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Doug Sutton is the publisher of Santa Clarita Gazette, Canyon Country and Pet Me Magazine. Doug is active in Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, Heart of the Canyons Church, and a past board member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Doug and Jeannie have been married for 34 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 11, 2018

Spoiled Rotten?

 I’m no Psychologist, but the way these lefty people (mainly women when it came to the Kavanaugh issue) behaved in the halls of the Senate building and on the streets in front of the Supreme Court building bordered on some sort of crazy lunacy. Is it just me, or was their behavior motivated by delusional ideology as they acted out like spoiled kids in a grocery store? And when the wailing starts, it grates on everyone and we just want the kids to shut up.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw a couple of ladies pounding and pawing at the doors of the court trying to get them to open. They were attempting to jam their fingers between the locked double doors, trying to pry them open, looking like patients in a mental hospital clawing their way out of a padded cell.

As kind of a side note, who raised these people? Who did not instill in them basic decency?  Sure, showing your ire by protesting is perfectly fine, but doing it with obnoxious rudeness only serves to intimidate and irritate anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Screaming in someone’s face, with fingernails-on-achalkboard type screeching, does absolutely no good.  Sitting down and pouting in the middle of an intersection while blocking traffic borders on insanity.

It sure as heck doesn’t help when these flames of absurd behavior against whom they disagree are fanned by people of influence. When fanatics on the left are encouraged to indulge in civil discourse, it furthers their resolve that the only solution – when their idealistic, liberal, progressive ideas aren’t supported – is to go nuts at the expense of those they feel betrayed by.

You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”  (Hillary Clinton)

Go to the Hill today, please, get up in the face of some Congresspeople.” (Senator Corey Booker).

What if They Did It?   

Imagine if  Brent Kavanaugh’s wife and kids had gotten in the faces of those Democrats who were challenging him so belligerently, crying and screaming “look at me when I’m talking to you, can’t you see how unfair you’re being?! You’re a hateful human being! How could you do this?!” Oh my, the spaghetti would have hit the fan big time. The hypocrisy would have poured out like a waterfall, because it’s okay for Dem supporters to act severely childish, but for not those on the other side.                    

Spiraling the Wrong Direction: 

Things are sprinting so fast towards a direction that no one I know, or have heard, says they could have ever imagined happening in today’s USA. It seems as though proper and decent behavior in our society gets progressively worse with each passing day. Maybe that’s why left-wing liberals are called progressives.

I heard Rush Limbaugh talking about how when he was a kid, his parents took him and his brother to watch the Senate proceedings. Rush was thumbing through a brochure that was handed out, when an usher hurried over and took it away from him, saying he was disturbing the proceedings. Then, the usher noticed Rush was chewing gum and he made him get rid of it. Compare that to what we see now with the screaming and protests from the unruly leftists in the gallery of the Senate Chambers. How much worse will this behavior get before it spills out into other areas of society where it is very much unwanted?

It Could Get Scary:

It’s going to get scary, someone’s going to get shot, and it could happen soon. I’m talking about someone in the right-wing political spotlight.” That’s what a friend said to me last week as we were commiserating about the Kavanaugh mess. I said, “You mean over Kavanaugh?” He replied, “It could be anything the left-wing fanatics go crazy over.”

 After giving it some thought, I have to agree with my friend. If you look at how the seemingly insane, fanatical leftists act out their frustrations with increasing instances and levels of zealousness, one can’t help but wonder where it will stop.

And it really is no joke; here is what Rand Paul’s wife wrote recently:

It’s nine o’clock at night, and as I watch out the window, a sheriff’s car slowly drives past my home. I am grateful that they have offered to do extra patrols, as someone just posted our home address, and Rand’s cell number, on the internet — all part of a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families. I now keep a loaded gun by my bed. Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.”

Can you imagine how Brent Kavanaugh and his wife felt when the death threats mounted against their family, including the kids?

How about the teacher in Minnesota who tweeted out, “whose (sic) going to take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?

Another example: a caller told a 25-year-old female staff member at one of Senator Collins’s Maine offices that he hoped she would be “raped and impregnated.”

Collins has also had some 3,000 coat hangers mailed to her office (a reference to the back-alley abortions).

Comedian Sarah Silverman said that she hopes President Donald Trump would one day be a victim of sexual assault, “held down” and “violated” in a tweet. “I hope you someday understand what it is to be held down against your will and violated. Your compassion is startless.”

Then there is the video and report from Portland showing leftist Antifa thugs trying to block and direct traffic, while threatening anyone who disobeys with violence, calling them “white supremacists.” They claimed they were engaging in a revolution, and would continue to enact it by “smearing and destroying anyone who stands in their way — first verbally and then physically.”

I don’t know what to do about it, but I’ll reprise from last week’s rant what Franklin Graham said recently:

“There’s a battle being fought in our country between good and evil, between right and wrong, between light and darkness. It’s not new, but it has certainly intensified in a very public way. The battle is raging in the halls of Congress, on the Senate floor, in the Supreme Court and on the media airwaves. It is raging in our city councils and school boards. Pray for our nation, that we would turn to God. He is the only answer for the problems we face. The Bible says ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord’ (Psalm 33:12).”  

 If you have any other ideas on how to curb the dangerous behavior we’re seeing these days, let me know.

Quips, Quotes &, Headlines:

 “Katie’s (Hill) concerns are with Knight’s following Trump’s impaired directives, how Steve’s party has been compromised and the negative impact Trump-commandeered polices are having on Californians and on civility, liberty and justice for all.”  (Gary Horton, from this week’s column in The Signal newpaper) 

*I laughed out loud when I read the part about Trump’s commandeered polices and civility. Civility? Katie or Gary wants to talk about civility?  Really?  (Me)

“It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic.” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

“The USA is a Constitutional Republic not a Democratic Republic. Eliminating the Electoral College allows the large populated State roughly 4-5 to determine who will be President and the others with no role in the process.” (Blogger)

“I too will crawl over broken glass. To vote for Democrats who will act as a check on Trump’s unrestrained and unprecedented abuse of power.” (Mat Boot on Twitter)

“The left has learned to give the impression that they’re somehow the majority opinion, when they’re not.”  (Dan Bongino, former Secret Service Agent and political commentator)

*I agree. How often do we hear Chuck Schumer say the majority of Americans believe in something he is touting? The majority of us Americans do not believe in the nonsense he does.  (Me)     

 “As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support [GOP Sen. candidate] Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women.”  (Larry Elder)

*Note the sarcasm (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

 Ranter’s Note: The following is from Gary Horton, whom I have written several rants disagreeing with what he has written in columns in The Signal over the last year (or more). While he and I are polar political opposites, I appreciate his first time response and hope they will continue.

Hi Doug,

Thanks for the shout out. Any publicity is said to be good publicity, so thanks. I’m just amazed at your vile for government, social security, and just about anything that would improve the lot of our country and its citizens. Here’s a short history lesson to help you:

 Nasty, brutish and short aren’t a firm of particularly unpleasant lawyers but a quotation from Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, or the matter, forme, and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civill, 1651. The fuller quotation of this phrase is even less appealing – “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. Hobbes described the natural state of mankind (the state pertaining before a central government is formed) as a “warre of every man against every man”. In the book he outlines the ‘incommodites’ of such a war: “Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”

 That’s right.  Without a thoughtful government to assist mankind to work together – how’s our life to be?  “the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”

I guess you would have us go back to that?   Gary

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 4, 2018

Don’t Ask Me:

Of course I’ve been asked if I’m going to rant on the Kavanaugh vs. Democrats issue, and the answer is no! This embarrassing, sad, sick, ridiculous, tragic, idiotic, bewildering, immature, perhaps illegal scheming with selfish grandstanding by self-promoting Democrats, some who just want a springboard for a presidential campaign is nauseating at best, and a complete mockery of the American way at worst.

The College of the Canyons Republicans’ press release written by students, and Gary Curtis’ piece, both on page 11, in addition to Steve Smith’s article on page 10 are sufficient ranting for me, and hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we will (rightly so) have a new Supreme Court Justice in place.

Change of Ranting Course:

 I had a whole other topic to rant about, but there’s nothing like a Gary Horton column in The Signal Newspaper to force a change of course and lead me into ranting about the mess in Washington – which I didn’t want to do.

First of all, I wish I had the time, space and energy to push back on his lavish praise of Amazon for raising their minimum wage to $15 per hour and how great it would be for all businesses to do that. But then I would have to go off on how vulgar I think it is for our Government to mandate what privately owned businesses have to pay their employees, which could result in those businesses ending up in the same financial boat as Social Security, but as I’m apt to do, I digress.

Gary Horton: “We saw a bunch of old white guys behaving badly in front of women and exposing themselves for what they are: privileged old white guys who are quickly being exposed as sexist anachronisms in Congress.”  (This old white guy doesn’t even know what anachronism is, so I guess Gary is smarter then me).

First of all, I could do a whole rant on the phrase “Old White Guys,” because I resemble it, and I am starting to find it offensive. Horton is really showing his liberal colors as he latches on to the feminist, man-hating movement (I bet he’ll love the first paragraph in the Quips, Quotes and Headlines section of this rant).        

 I just don’t understand why being an old white guy is such a bad thing. It seems like we’re headed towards being discriminated against. It was all old white guys who gave birth to this great nation, and now, just because of our age and skin color, we’ve become bad news and bad people? Nothing like the blanket, unsubstantiated judgment of a particular race which, if anyone in any other persuasion were referred to in that manner, would scream racism and ring loud and clear.

If I were to negatively call a group of African American men a bunch of “old Black guys” or Latinos a bunch of “old Mexican guys,” how would that ring with folks? Not too well, I’m afraid.  Come on Gary, lose the hypocrisy.

Talk About Behaving Badly:

 The only old white guys I saw behaving badly during the hearings were Democrat Senators who made complete fools of themselves by circumventing the so-called policy of keeping partisan politics out of Supreme Court appointees. And while I’m at it, I saw some female Senators behave badly, especially one old white girl!

How Mr. Horton can judge the sexist attitudes of privileged white guys by what we saw during the hearing last week is way beyond me. I’ll tell you what I and many others can judge, though, and that’s the horrific, selfish, hateful disregard for a man and his family by elected officials. How those Democrats can look themselves in the mirror is baffling to me, after their behavior and actions toward someone who was appointed and is very qualified for the job. Besides that, is all this pain and suffering for all involved, including us Americans worth it, when after it’s said and done, no one will give much of a rip about the court?!

It is a Bad Idea:

As the political silly season kicks into high gear, our mailboxes are filling with slick campaign ads to fill recycling bins (Hey, wait a minute, I heard print was dead, I thought EVERYONE is online? Hmmm, could be it be that thousands and thousands of voters don’t go online for their ever-waking information?).

Anyway, the pro-Katie Hill factions are all over Steve Knight’s comments from 2016 when he said “I think that Social Security was a bad idea. I do. I absolutely think it was a bad idea.”  Of course, the tag line is “Social Security isn’t a bad idea, but re-electing Steve Knight is.”

I’m here to rant that Social Security is and was a bad idea. It’s not surprising that Hill is attacking Knight for a couple of sentences regarding Social Security, when her vision statement consists of:

“I have strong ideals. I believe that the American government is an institution that should be protecting, fighting for, bettering and lifting up its people. We need to support our working families, we need to support our most vulnerable communities, we need to make sure that people have good jobs, access to affordable health care, clean drinking water and fresh air. We need to protect labor unions, we need to protect single parents, we need to protect the LGBTQ community, we need to gather together, unite with one another and stand to make this America, the America that we build together.”

Nice rhetoric from Hill, but how about some concrete facts about exactly how she intends to accomplish all of this feel-good stuff for our betterment, including how she will save Social Security from falling into the pit of socialistic bankruptcy?

More to My Point:

I’m not sure why Knight thinks Social Security is a bad idea, but I know why I do. The problem hatched when the idea was hatched by the government. Yes, the government is the problem, because they run the thing, and just like the Postal Service, they run the whole damn thing and it’s screwed up.

When working Americans and employers, by no choice of their own, are forced by law to hand over money to a savings account run by the government, what could go wrong? It was wrong 83 years ago, and it’s wrong now. Wrong, because it’s pure socialism, and socialism’s broken, just like Social Security.

Even when they were debating the act back then, a leader of a major manufacturing organization called it “ultimate socialist control of life and industry.”  And now, par for a socialistic-run government program, it’s on the close verge of being financially bankrupt because the money stolen from working Americans is no longer put aside for the Socialist Insecurity program. (For the sake of journalistic integrity, I borrowed that name.) It is tossed in with the rest of the taxes to pay for socialist programs designed to get career politicians re-elected.

If Mrs. Hill thinks Steve Knight is all wet for saying Social Security was a bad idea, then so be it. But she needs to explain how she can make it a good idea and prevent this socialistic program from running out of money before she and her husband reach retirement age, along with millions of other folks. If she can’t do that, then Steve Knight is right-on with his statement.

Quips, Quotes, Headlines & Memes:

“Look at the chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: We castrate their corpses and feed to swine? Yes” (Christine Fair, Georgetown University professor on Kavanaugh and Senators).

“There’s a battle being fought in our country between good and evil, between right and wrong, between light and darkness. It’s not new, but it has certainly intensified in a very public way. The battle is raging in the halls of Congress, on the Senate floor, in the Supreme Court and on the media airwaves. It is raging in our city councils and school boards. Pray for our nation, that we would turn to God. He is the only answer for the problems we face. The Bible says ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord’ (Psalm 33;12)”   (Franklin Graham)    

*Whether you believe in God or not you have to admit it doesn’t look like anything else can change the increasing hate that is expanding the divide between Americans anytime soon.  A divide resulting in many people thinking it’s very okay to accost someone in a public setting if you disagree with them or expound the vile, hateful rhetoric the professor did. These alone violate God’s message of treating others as you would want to be treated.  You may think Graham’s thoughts are too simplistic or religious, but tell me what else could possibly work to end the senseless incivility that has engulfed our land these days?    (Me)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, why aren’t you calling for a more complete FBI investigation into the alleged Chinese spy in your San Francisco office who served as your driver as well as a liaison to the Asian-American community in California? You say the FBI never informed you of any compromise of national security information, and that the staffer “never had access” to classified or sensitive information. But how could they know that without interviewing you and all the members of your staff? You have yet to call for an investigation into your own behavior, so obviously, you’re guilty.”  (Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire)

“Why not just have the FBI investigate every allegation against everyone in public life? And if you object, you’re guilty. That’s how this works, right? (Ben Shapiro)

Bill Cosby now officially a violent sexual predator, making him eligible to be the Democrat 2020 presidential nominee or DNC Chair:  (Meme)     

Name ONE thing DEMOCRATS have done in the last two years to make your life better? Go again, I’ll give to you till November to answer. (Meme) 

I’m grateful every day of my life that I’m not a Democrat. I’m also grateful that Democrats are grateful that I’m not a Democrat. It requires a life devoid of any moral compass to do what they’re doing and I have NOTHING in common with these people.”  (Dan Bongino, former Secret Service Agent and political commentator)

*I wonder if Dan thinks what Franklin Graham wrote applies mainly to hateful Democrats?   (Me)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 27, 2018

What Am I Supposed to Do?!

As I sit down to write this damn rant (yeah, I said it; I said “damn rant” because this is a week of bat-crap craziness that makes this freaking column hard to write, compared to other weeks, and yes, I would like some cheese with that whine), I’m struggling.

You try writing this thing week after week, with things swirling around so fast we can’t remember what most of the crises were even two weeks ago. Now today, as I try to get started, it’s like, what’s the use? Whatever the heck I write about today will be blown to smithereens by the time you read this.

When I do start this rant … where shall I begin? My fear is that the whole country is sinking into a massive pit of quicksand and chaotic insanity, and no amount of ranting will help (sure, like it ever has or will).

  • 6 Democratic Operatives Work to Stop Kavanaugh
  • Avenatti Releases Graphic Kavanaugh Allegations, Calls for New Delay
  • Kavanaugh Accuser’s Lawyers Are STILL Fighting Thursday Hearing, Won’t Agree To Outside Counsel
  • Limbaugh: “Republicans Have One Option On Kavanaugh If They Want To Survive”
  • Jimmy Kimmel Suggests Cutting Brett Kavanaugh’s Penis Off If He’s Confirmed
  • In 1992, Senator Cory Booker Admitted to Groping a High School Classmate and Issued a Call for Sexual Respect
  • Keith Ellison’s Accuser Reiterates Claims Against Deputy DNC Chair Amid Kavanaugh Debate and Democrats ignore the whole thing
  • Twitter Silencing Conservative Actor James Wood
  • Far-Left Activists Accost Cruz Family at Restaurant
  • Twitter Refuses Comment On Threatening Message (you are not safe we will find you) Sent to Sen. Ted Cruz
  • No Safe Haven: Ted Cruz latest Republican Accosted After Maxine Waters’ Call for Confrontation.
  • Why the Left is Consumed With Hate
  • Rod Rosenstein Not Long For His Job
  • Meadows Calls for Rosenstein to Testify This Week Over ‘Wire’ Comments
  • Lisa Page Took Rod Rosenstein’s Trump Tape Talk Seriously
  • Models With Three Breasts Hit Milan Fashion Runways
  • Consumer Confidence Rose in September, Notching its Highest Level in About 18 Years.
  • Americans Spent More on Taxes than on Food, Clothing Combined in 2017
  • Government Could Shut Down on Friday, if Congress Does Not Pass Funding Bill

See what I mean? These headlines are all from ONE DAY! Where should I begin? Where would you begin if you were me?  Is anyone out there thinking, “I feel your pain Doug”? Or maybe, they’re thinking, “It sucks to be you Doug.”  Either way, it ain’t helping me right now!  

Egregious Mess Still There: 

But, the most egregious mess of all is still buried beneath this week’s headlines, way down in the Deep State muck of the swamp. If what I’ve read, heard and researched is true, the corruption that occurred regarding high-ranking members of Trump’s own administration to bring him down, with illegitimate evidence to launch the Russian investigation, will make the aforementioned headlines look like child’s play. Then again, if the Dems take over Congress, this will come to a screeching halt just like Hillary’s felony charges did.

This is from last week’s Rant:

It seems as though the stalling that the DOJ and FBI have been doing in releasing crucial documents that Congress has asked for over and over, even to the point of issuing subpoenas, is about to end. Finally, President Trump issued an executive order for all of the documents to be turned over.

Now the question is, how quickly the two shady department heads (I say shady because have they stalled turning over the documents up to this point, what are they hiding, what are they afraid we’re going to find out?) will turn over the documents.”

Well, guess what? Those two department heads somehow convinced President Trump to back off his demands and delay the release. WHY, oh WHY, did they do that? What are they HIDING?  Now I’m hearing the President approved the delay when discovering that the corruption runs deeper than previously thought. This is just more of the craziness that is engulfing my fragile ranting soul.

Local Hypocrisy?

 This is what I wrote this past June:

The front page story from last week’s Gazette was about Kelly Trunkey challenging Joe Messina for his seat on the board of the Hart School District. In part, the article read:It is Messina’s role as host of ‘The Real Side with Joe Messina,’ which Trunkey called ‘behavior I am not comfortable with,’ that motivated her to run.” She was also quoted as saying, “He’s so involved in partisan politics that it takes away from his duties to our students, to our teachers. I believe I do not agree with him being on the board when he has obviously, an agenda.”

 If Mrs. Trunkey really feels that way, I wonder what she thinks of David Barlavi, who is running for a seat on the Saugus District School Board.

These are portions of what he posted on Facebook a few months ago:

“90 percent of registered repuglicans (sic) are still trumpanzees and their support for cheeto did not falter even last week with cheerio’s lips firmly on Putin’s rear end on world television.”  

“But when we regain power, what do we do with them? What do we do with the silent supporters of this orange fascism?”

“What do we do with their beloved treasonous pissident (sic) and his co-conspirators?

What do we do with the ones who continue to battle for orange fascism?”

I don’t know what Mr. Barlavi has in mind to do with us Trump supporters; perhaps accosting us in a restaurant or in the lobby of a movie theater, but I digress.

If Hart School Board member Joe Messina is attacked by his opponent and others (over the years) for expressing his conservative views and values on a radio show, how should David Barlavi’s quest to become a school board member be viewed with these statements and the image below?

Should it be “behavior (we) are not comfortable with”? Does this not reek of   “He’s so involved in partisan politics that it takes away from his duties to our students, to our teachers. I believe I do not agree with him being on the board when he has obviously, an agenda.” ?

Come on. Let’s hope we can lose the hypocrisy.

Lebron James:

 Ranter’s Note:  The following is a letter sent to me that was written to Lebron James by a third party; James has been a harsh critic of President Trump. Due to space limitations, this is an abbreviated version of the letter.

Dear Mr. James,

When you call Trump “a bum,” none of them (adoring Journalists) will tell you that statistics rank him as one of our best presidents for black Americans.   His tax cuts and freeing us from absurd regulations have resulted in — after only 18 months — the lowest unemployment numbers ever for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.

During those 18 months, Trump’s policies created about four times the number of manufacturing jobs created during the Obama administration’s last 18 months. Remember when Obama mistakenly told us “Our lost manufacturing jobs are not coming back.”   Maybe manufacturing job growth depends on a president who knows what he’s doing.

As a professional journalist, I cringe at some of Trump’s buffoonery, like repeating sentences and wearing us out with “great,” “fantastic” and other empty adjectives.   He is often coarse.   He was not my candidate.   But there’s no question his policies have helped many more minority Americans than Obama.  

Your buddy Obama?   In addition to being our worst foreign affairs president and worst military commander-in-chief, his economic numbers all deserved an “F.”   He is our  ONLY eight-year president who failed to give us at least one 3% or higher year of adjusted GDP growth.   EVERY other president achieved at least one year of 4.28% or higher growth.   Aided by Vietnam spending, Johnson had an 8.48 year.   The best peacetime year — 7.83 — belonged to Reagan.   And Obama couldn’t even score a 3!!!   Look it up.

Poor families suffered most.   Obama’s awful job numbers forced a record number of people to take food stamps.   Black household income under Obama fell steeply as black unemployment rose.   Look that up, too.

Obama naively bribed the planet’s worst terrorist nation, Iran, with what was supposed to become a $150 billion handout.   Did Obama not know many of those U.S. Tax dollars would help fund Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism?   Of course he did.   He just didn’t care.

Remember the $800 billion of your and everyone else’s tax dollars in his early stimulus for “shovel-ready jobs.”   Most of those tax dollars went to political cronies.   He handed $500 million to Solyndra, a solar company run by boosters.   The company soon went bankrupt.   Our half-billion in tax money vanished with it.

Trump is often obnoxious, but people with courage can have that hangup.   Obama always talked big, then feebly stood by when Putin infringed on Ukraine and annexed Crimea.  But Obama’s most cowardly move came when he warned Assad not to cross “the red line” in Syria.   When Obama’s warning was ignored, which Assad knew would happen, Obama did nothing.   Does that make him a “bum?”

It makes me sad that you, as someone with a national voice would be so ignorant of economics, and also presidential decisions.   I encourage you to do more reading and thinking as you watch the nation’s GDP numbers rise and minority employment rise.

Or, you could ignore vital Trump decisions and remain an illiterate on both presidential achievement and economics.   If you disdain knowledge and keep calling Trump or any other U.S. president a bum, people will begin to wonder who’s the real bum.

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 20, 2018

An Open Letter:    

Jim De Bree wrote an open letter to the treasurer of the Republican National Committee and published it in his column in The Signal Newspaper this past Tuesday. The letter was in response to a donation request from the RNC. Jim laid out thoughtful and clear reasons as to why he wouldn’t be making a donation.

I’ve always enjoyed Jim’s writing (although I have to admit, some of it is a bit over my head, especially when it came to the details of the tax reform bill) and for the most part, he seems to lean right. I respect and understand the views he expressed in the letter, and far be it from me to criticize a guy who has forgotten more than I will ever know regarding the inner workings of today’s political world. I do, however, want to throw my view out there with some disagreement.

A small part of what he wrote was: “You have asked me to contribute to supporting President Trump’s vision to Make America Great Again. Quite frankly most of President Trump’s vision horrifies me. President Reagan was an inspirational leader. President Trump is an insecure, divisive character who is motivated solely by self-gratification.           

I found it disappointing that Jim went down the same road as other Signal columnists by evaluating and judging the president’s inner thoughts and motivations without ever meeting the man or dealing with him face to face. I have no problem with the majority of his criticisms about Trump in the piece, as they were based on disagreement with issues and political philosophy. Trump’s vision terrifying Jim is one thing, but labeling him as insecure, motivated solely by self-gratification is another. Who knows, maybe deep down President Reagan possessed those same human flaws.

“I am caught in the middle between two political parties whose partisan self-interests overwhelm the opportunities to create optimal solutions to the problems of the 21st century”

Hard to disagree with that one, but shouldn’t we deal with and appreciate the positive cards we’ve been dealt? How did the eight years of Obama work out for the country? If Hillary was in office right now, would we be sliding down the slippery slope towards socialism? Would we still be saddled with dangerous appeasement towards those who want to kill us all, with the policy of leading from behind?

Would we still be experiencing an economy smothered by anti-capitalistic  thinking, a GDP with its nose barely above water, high unemployment, or record numbers of folks on food stamps (just to name a few negatives)?

Three Quarters Full Or Empty?

I understand how Jim and many others can’t stand our president, and if a fellow Republican doesn’t want to donate to the conservative cause, that’s their right, and I don’t judge them for that. But hey, let’s give credit where credit is due, and at least admit things are better under Trump then they were under Obama, and even Bush.

For example:

*This Administration issued 67 deregulatory actions while only imposing three new regulatory actions. 

*The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at or above 3 percent for two quarters in a row for the first time in three years.

*Unemployment remains historically low, as the number of Americans filing for unemployment hit its lowest point since 1969.

*Job openings have reached 6.6 million, the highest level recorded. 

*The number of people dependent on food stamps has fallen by 2.6 million or 6.2 percent since January 2017. 

To me, that makes the glass three-quarters full, even if you’re anti-President Trump. If folks want to vote anti-Trump by voting for Democrats in just six weeks, when they usually vote Republican, that will make for a glass three quarters EMPTY!       

I don’t care how you feel about our President; do you really want to go back to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer running the show? Do really want us to regress into the mess we found ourselves in when the Progressives (they should really call themselves REGRESSIVES) were having their way, and it did little good for anyone, including the people they claim they really want to help?

Please people, don’t let your negative emotions about the president steer your votes towards the path we just got off of; a path that was no good for us. Just look at the facts. Do you really want to go back to a glass that was three-quarters EMPTY?!

I Ain’t Lettin Go!

 I don’t care how redundant it gets, I don’t care how complicated it is, I’m not letting go of the travesty that is the bull excrement of how the Mueller/Trump Russian collusion crap got started. There are millions of under and misinformed Americans, particularly the younger generations, who actually think Trump and the Republicans in Washington are under control of Vladimir Putin, and that Trump will soon be in prison because of it.

It doesn’t help to alleviate this thinking as this thing is about to break into a scandal bigger than Watergate, and that all four over-the-air networks failed to even mention it on their popular Sunday talk shows last week. But, to be sure, they were front-and-center with delight about Paul Manafort’s potential singing to Robert Mueller.              

From everything I’ve read and heard, it’s plain and simple that SERIOUS crimes were committed by the FBI and Department of Justice. It’s time the American people, who have been absolutely brain washed by the main stream media (especially the millions who only see and hear things about Trump from a peripheral view), become aware of where the real corruption took place.

When liberal pundits are on Fox News panels and the Hillary email mess is brought up, their comeback is usually, “Hey, she wasn’t convicted of anything.” Isn’t that part of the injustice of the whole thing?  Most Americans think she is sinless as white snow and Trump is the Devil in waiting. Now we are finding out the devil is in the details of how the corruptness went down from Hillary’s emails to Robert Mueller’s bogus investigation of the Russian collusion hoax.

Stop The Presses!

It seems as though the stalling that the DOJ and FBI have been doing in releasing crucial documents that Congress has asked for over and over, even to the point of issuing subpoenas, is about to end. Finally, President Trump issued an executive order for all of the documents to be turned over.

Now the question is, how quickly the two shady department heads (I say shady because have they stalled turning over the documents up to this point, what are they hiding, what are they afraid we’re going to find out?) turn over the documents.

If I was Trump, I’d tell Christopher Ray and Rod Rosenstein to have either those documents or their resignation letters on his desk in three days. If those guys are adamant in their beliefs that it’s wrong to follow the Presidents’ orders, they should resign today.  The fair and just thing that needs to happen is for the truth, and nothing but the truth, to be exposed for all of America to see.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “If it was this bad, why (didn’t) the Democrats challenge Judge Kavanaugh when he was in front of them … This is part of a pattern, they can’t beat him on the law so they’re trying to destroy his life.”   (Senator Lindsey Graham)

 “A leader of a women’s march told me, on camera, that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, millions of women will die. I take her at her word – that she and many others truly believe something so insane. And if you thought millions of womens’ lives were at stake, what WOULDN’T you do?”  (Buck Sexton, radio and TV commentator)

“Hey Jeff Flake: Sure, let’s postpone the vote (Kavanaugh) so we can hear her ‘repressed memory’ from 35 years ago. Here’s MY repressed memory: You as a Republican.” (Ann Coulter)

Kavanaugh’s mom ruled in foreclosure case involving accuser’s parents(Headline)

*Hmmm … (Me)

“Something’s got to happen to this guy (Trump), because if we don’t get rid of him, he’s going to undermine America and even the world.” (Governor Jerry Brown)

*Hey Jerry, do you mean the same way you screwed up California? I’m sorry we didn’t get rid of you the same way we got rid of Gray Davis!

“My perception is, let’s see what he gets done. Let’s stop banging on the pilot’s door and trying to pull the guy out of his seat while he’s still flying. You might not like how he’s flying the plane but let’s let him land it.” (Tim Allen, actor/comedian regarding President Trump)

Almost Half of Venezuela’s Stores Close After Socialists Win Huge Min Wage Hike: (Headline)

*It’s tragic what is happening in that country. Socialist lovers in this country, including Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, should at least look at photos of the chaos and desperate looks of parents with their children looking for food.  (Me)

 “The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.” (Black actor Michael Che, on Emmy award show)

Letter to the Ranter:

It’s pretty scary about the guy who tried to kidnap a toddler in front of the new TJ max on McBean yesterday and put the kid in an old RV van conversion! Sounds like the same 60 year old white guy with blondish hair that attacked a mother jogging with two babies in a stroller at Bridgeport (just across the street from where the TJ Max incident happened) a few months earlier – he tried to grab the stroller with the babies but she fought him off.  Same description. His bail was only $100,000 – what a joke.  All the SCV mothers are fuming mad. He has probably already been released! OMG! I hope that Doug rants about this or warns SCV mothers to beware. SO SCARY!! This guy could be out ready to try harder next time. As a grandmother of two babies – this freaks me out a bit. Victoria

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 13, 2018

Anonymous, This:

The world of anonymity is now attacking President Trump from all fronts. It looks like his hateful detractors are so devastated from the lack of impeachment ammunition they hoped to have had by now, they are resorting to spineless anonymous reporting as another avenue to bring him down.

If you ask me, it’s a chicken-crap way of reporting and writing a book. This newspaper could have field day publishing articles full of anonymous quotes, but we won’t do it (The Gazette will attribute quotes from anonymous sources on occasion, but our policy requires at least one named, qualified source in order to run a story. In fact, there are three anonymous letters we’re sitting on regarding concerns about goings on within the local Chamber of Commerce, but there will be no reporting on the issue until at least one person is willing to go on the record).

It’s so easy and lazy to hurl out anonymous stuff that is damaging to someone, and it is just wrong. The New York Times should be ashamed, and if there is a gutless wonder on Trump’s team that did indeed send the letter to the newspaper, they should have the stones to resign and show their face for all the world to see. If they were to do that, it would be a good example of newly found courage on the leaker’s part. But really, one has to wonder if the Trump-hating New York Times fabricated the whole thing.

As far as Bob Woodward’s book filled with anonymous sources, I really have to wonder why if someone feels it’s so important, as well as their duty to push out such damaging information for the sake of American’s awareness of an inept administration, they won’t divulge their identity? And if Woodward is such a professional journalist, why he doesn’t realize that someone who won’t put their name where their mouth is might just be full of “you-know-what.”

I’ll tell you one thing, though. The conviction of Vice President Pence’s response to the letter and the book describing the administration he is so deeply involved in – not resembling anything close to what was written in the letter and the book – leads me to believe something smells beneath the pages.

And another thing; can you imagine what the outcries would have been if the New York Times or Bob Woodward would have pulled the same anonymous nonsense regarding Barack Obama’s administration?  Wait a minute, that never would have happened!

Welcome Back Barry!

Wow, let the reminiscing begin! This rant used to be full of Barry Obama’s (my apologies, he did legally change his name to Barack) musings. Now he’s back, and better than ever. Thanks Barry, I mean Mr. Obama. Thanks for reigniting the ranting fodder you used to supply in abundance for all those years.

Let’s get to it. Mr. Obama pronounced President Trump as a “shameless demagogue who protects the privileged and the powerful while undercutting U.S. interests abroad and exploiting racial, ethnic and religious divides at home.” Gosh, I missed this guy; I miss his skilled articulation of empty rhetoric that is void of backed-up facts.

His take on the Benghazi tragedy and cover-up was that Republicans in Congress “embraced wild conspiracy theories, like those surrounding Benghazi.” This brilliant remark was made despite the facts, and nothing but the facts showed a complete deceitful conspiracy occurred.

My favorite from last week was in regard to the historic tax cuts, when Obama said Republicans “implemented tax cuts without regard to deficits.” Without regard to deficits? Deficits?! He’s critical of Trump and the Republicans for disregarding deficits?  Was he being serious right then? Does he not recall that he added more to the deficit than any of his predecessors combined?   Welcome back, Barack, indeed!                      

 It’s The Opposite of Justice & Fairness:

 The Mueller investigation into Russian collusion, with the Trump campaign and the ignoring of mounting evidence of undeniable corruption that started the whole thing, beginning with Hillary Clinton (maybe even Barack Obama), careening down and through to Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Sally Yates, James Clapper, John Brenner, Christopher Steele, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr, is a complete crock of crap!  It’s not right, it’s not fair, it’s a travesty of justice, and it’s maddening that nothing is being done that even points toward the direction of any kind of investigation of what’s in the crock.

How can the pile of evidence that is there for all to see not even ignite discussion of an investigation being needed, or draw attention from the main stream and cable networks? All the while, the Mueller probing is coming up empty, like a negative colonoscopy.

The deep state, as it’s called, is doing a royal screw job to Trump, as well as all Republicans, as Mueller slow-walks his investigation right into the midterm elections. I guess Mr. Mueller is in favor of a blue wave rolling into Congress, which is why he’s a allowing the stale poison of this hoax of an investigation to linger.

Where are the leaders of the Republican Party on this mess and why aren’t they shouting from the chambers about the travesty of all of this? Don’t they care its hurting efforts to stem the blue wave that is building momentum? Why aren’t we hearing from Mitch McConnell, Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy or even Steve Knight?  Do they want Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi running the Congressional show come January? Come on!!

 Who Needs Barack?

 Who needs Obama to rip President Trump when we have our own Gary Horton:

“Trump didn’t have to dehumanize, decivilize, demodernize our nation. He didn’t have to stoke racism. He didn’t have to select a cabinet that’s more like a motorized turnstile and featuring staff more like Larry, Moe and Curly than serious cabinet heads. He didn’t have to spite science. He didn’t have to (likely) commit election fraud, tax fraud and all sorts of likely soon-to-be-disclosed criminal acts in order to get elected. And he didn’t have to be facing potential impeachment charges just a short 20 months into his presidency.”

“Revealed as part carnival barker, part schoolyard bully, part shell-game shyster, part insane narcissist and besty with proven criminal operators – Trump’s blown his chance to be great.”

Gee, I remember getting ripped for writing that the closest thing Obama ever came to running something was as a community organizer and it showed in his job performance. I cringe to think about what would have happened if I described him in the same manner Horton did with Trump, because much of Horton’s ripping of Trump could easily be attributed to Obama.

Interestingly enough, Gary forgot to mention any of the good things President Trump has done for this nation, including getting back to being the world power we can all be proud of, not a money-throwing wimp nation that was an absolute embarrassment. And of course, he had no mention of the stellar economy Trump has ushered in compared to the anemic economy that was plagued with over-regulated, over-taxed and over-socialized policies with the previous regime. Whoops, did I really say that about the do-no-wrong former president?

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

“I had a great year, I just don’t remember which one it was.”  (Chris Ball)

Fitton (Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch) pointed out that Comey was fired, Strzok was fired, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was fired, and he thinks that Mueller should be next. (Excerpt from an online article)

Maxine Waters goes on Trump ‘impeachment’ tear, vows to ‘get him.’ (Headline)

*I almost feel sorry for her. It seems she could be slipping into some sort of dementia state.  (Me)

Ken Starr says he considered perjury charges against Hillary Clinton. (Headline)

*Fits her profile, don’t it?  (Me)

“Trump is damaging the dream of America more than any terrorist attack ever could.” (Joe Scarborough, MSNBC)

*Joe posted this on the 17th anniversary of the horrific day in our history. I won’t write what I want to about this insane, idiotic statement the guy made. It wouldn’t be fit to print.  (Me)

“Unfortunately, it appears Bob Woodward has used perpetual leaker Steve Bannon as a co-author for his book. His non-stop, self-centered leaking is why Steve was fired from the White House in the first place.” (Chris Christie)

“The only reason that we have an outsider business man President is because of you, your lies, your policies, & your divisiveness. Barack, you elected Trump & there is nothing you can do about the fact that he’s sitting in the oval office … So, thank you, Barack.” (Judge Jeanine Pirro, Fox News)

“Obama says the upcoming election is the most important in his lifetime; he may be right. Democrats are keen to undo the progress we have made over the past year, and they could. Let us hope voters won’t give them the chance.”  (Liz Peek, The Hill)

Letter to the Ranter:

 Doug,

Your writing was very thoughtful, very skillful and very appreciated.

RH

Ranter’s Note: This was in response to the abortion portion of last week’s rant.

Doug,

You know, I might have written that OP ED that has the left in a tizzy.  I’m not sure, at 80 years old it is hard to remember what I had for lunch.  Do you think the thing was postmarked from Greece? I wonder how many of the paid protesters walk along holding their sign then when the time comes they vote PRESIDENT TRUMP’S agenda. I wonder if they get paid more for the silly outbursts, maybe even more if they are shown being hauled out by security.

Theatre prevails!  Hollywood obviously has taken over Washington DC!  AHA maybe that’s it we are watching the making of a movie.  It could be called THE SILLYBUSTERS. Have you noticed the deep scowls on the faces of the left.  Could it be they are ashamed of what they are doing?  Nah they are concentrating on all the money they are making because PRESIDENT TRUMP is making our country GREAT again.  Could it be that they will vote his agenda too? OOPS Football kick off.  Got to go.  Talk about silly!    Dan

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 6, 2018

Hypocrisy Revisited Again (Again and Again). 

As I write this, the Kavanaugh hearing is under way, and up to this point it’s been a complete joke. The Dems are yelling loud and clear that not all of the documents they have requested have been provided by the Justice Department, among others. I say welcome to the club! You guys have sat in silence while the FBI and the Justice Department have slow-walked and non-walked the thousands of documents the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed related to how the Russian collusion investigation got started.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, the Dems are howling (barely above the screeching protesters at the hearing) about the unfairness of it all. I won’t even get into how one of their top tier lady Democrats not only withheld subpoenaed documents, but actually destroyed them! Didn’t hear much about that from them either and on and on the hypocrisy goes.                

One Guy’s Sensitive Ranting:

I’m fully aware abortion is a very sensitive subject, especially for women who believe strongly in their reproductive rights. If you have read this column for any length of time, you know where I fall with my spiritual beliefs as a Christian. However, I’m not coming at this from that angle. I’m simply approaching it as a human being with my own sensitive thoughts.

I really started thinking about abortion recently when some things garnered my attention, almost at once.  One was the whole the Kavanaugh hearing where Democrat Senators and spectators alike were so juiced up over the nominee getting on the bench and getting rid of Roe v. Wade.

Another was I ran across Oprah Winfrey Promoting “Shout Your Abortion” Movement. Their proclamation is “Abortion is normal, our stories are ours to tell. This is not a debate.”

The other was the 6-year-old girl, and the 4-year-old and 2-year-old boys who were at our house all of last week visiting from Indiana, along with their mom and dad. In other words, Grammy and Grandpa were blessed with their grandkids invading our home with all of the love, hecticness, and tears from typical kid trivial matters and the hollow sound of sudden quietness when they left.

A not-so-joyful experience my wife and I had in 1989 was the stillborn birth of what would have been our second son. The baby was 5 months along and came out with a fully formed body and a delightful looking face. And, if memory serves, that innocent little guy would have been legally eligible to have his life terminated at that point in his life.

Again, purely from this guy’s heart and experiences, I just can’t comprehend how anyone can be so adamant about wanting to kill an unborn child.  Is it because they haven’t experienced the joy of kids and grandkids, the gut wrenching experience of  a dead baby in my wife’s arms and wanting him so badly to be alive?

I just can’t fathom how anyone can “Shout Their Abortion with glee and pride or scream during a Senate hearing that the evil nominee under the microscope will ruin women’s lives if approved.

I surely understand the need in extreme circumstances to end an unborn child’s life, but does the fight for that right have to be expressed with such vehement anger and even joy over it? There are thousands and thousands of childless couples who would love more than anything to experience the joys and frustrations that come with loving and raising a child. To me, that’s what we should be shouting about in Senate chambers and movements.

Can’t Let This One Go:

A “Reader Letter” in last week’s Sunday Signal garnered my attention, similar to the way any Anti-Trump proclamation does. Though, this one drew Steve Knight into the fray. In part, the reader wrote, “His being a former police officer and upholder of law and order… The former assertion is irrelevant when it comes to running for political office, but the latter assertion raises questions.

Why? Because if one is for law and order then one must be in favor of a strong judiciary, starting with the Department of JusticeThat department, though the head is selected by the president, is there to serve the people … It is not there to become a tool for the president to vilify and bring down his political opponents, critics, or impede investigations. That is dictatorial.

He (Knight) cannot both support law and order and be in favor of Trump. That is the height of personal hypocrisy. Until Knight clarifies his position one way or the other, he is a flawed candidate. 

Hmm … I find this confusing. What Knight’s thoughts are regarding President Trump’s law and order policies are irrelevant to the office he is running for. Knight’s own beliefs are what’s important in his bid to hold the office. To label anyone with the “height of personal hypocrisy” because they do or don’t support someone and agree or disagree with that person’s beliefs is not hypocritical. And it certainly does not make them a “flawed candidate.”

As far as the current Department of Justice goes, I would ask for examples of President Trump using the DOJ as “a tool to vilify and bring down his political opponents, critics, or impede investigations” and him being “dictatorial.”

On the contrary, my thought is that it’s the upper echelon of Obama’s DOJ and the present day departments that have violated the creed of “serving the people” and have and are doing their best to “bring down” those they deem as their “political opponents.” They have made concerted efforts to “impede investigations.” One only has to look at the goings on of the Hillary investigation, as well as the current tangled web of the launching of the Trump/Russian investigation.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

Democrats interrupt start of Kavanaugh confirmation hearing: (Headline)

*It was a great stage for Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to market themselves for their presidential run in 2020. The problem for them, though, is they looked foolish doing so. (Me)

“Totally out of order display, incredible lack of civility, violation of protocol along with other Dem Senators during opening of Kavanaugh hearing. Ginsburg was much more unpalatable and to the left of the political spectrum than Kavanaugh is to the right but no one pulled the BS tactics Dems are employing to mollify the left wing whackos. Dems no longer believe in rule of law but must resort to protest and violence to countermand the Constitution and our laws. (Rocky, a blogger)

“Kavanaugh’s daughters rushed out of chaotic, hot hearing.” (Headline)

*Sad day when the guy’s own young daughters can’t stay to witness their Dad’s historic day. Hope the grandstanding Dems and their rude and crude supporters are proud of themselves. (Me)

The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”  (Meghan McCain, during her father’s memorial service)

Meghan McCain, by all accounts a good and genuine person and a solid, articulate voice for conservatism on The View, delivered a powerful, eloquent eulogy that would have been perfect were it not for her desire to not just memorialize her father, but also bash the sitting president.” (Scott Morefield, Town Hall)

*I find it sad that distasteful politics were inserted into the memorial service. (Me)

Why Not Build a Never Trump Party That Believes in Nothing?  (Headline)

*Yeah, if you’re a Republican who doesn’t believe in President Trump or the Democrat way, where does that leave you?   (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

 Doug,

No personal insults here.  You’ve put in your time over the years on your “rant” and that alone is pretty stand up. But ranting should be ok only when ranting is factual.  You say in your latest, “President Trump’s approval ratings are stronger than ever.” This is echo-chamber make believe. Facts are: The latest ABC News/Washington Post survey, released Friday, showed the President at 36% approval and 60% disapproval. 36% approval.  60% disapproval.  And this poll is not an outlier. 

It seems Americans are getting pretty much done with the graft, grifting, tax-stealing, insulting, mobster-acting, everyone-around-him indicted or pleading, fake submitting (North Korea, etc), not honoring John McCain with flags half mast… it’s just gotten to be too much. We are a more civil people than this.  We are more decent than this.  We care for our neighbors more than this. 

Doug, we have a common criminal in the White House.  They say you become the company you keep.  Well, from porn stars to foreign agents to jail birds, Trump is surrounded by such unsavory folks that you would never allow in your home.

 So – rant on.  But please keep to the facts.  This is a DEEPLY unpopular president.  One of the least popular ever in the history of the Republic.  This is not a rant.  It is not make believe.  It is not a talking point.  Trump is either loathed or disliked by 60% of the American public. Please cast your rants more truthfully and I think people will give you more credibility.  Gary

Ranter’s Note:  Gallup and Rasmussen polls show a combined average approval rating of 43 percent for the period of 8/29-9/3.

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 30, 2018

Trump This:

 

Well, what do you know; President Trump’s approval ratings are stronger than ever, even after liberal pundits were wetting their pants last week about finally having something to bury him with. Trump supporters are sick and tired of the endless barrage of complete bull excrement hurdled at them from five out of the six TV networks, the majority of print media outlets, including our backyard’s Daily News, LA Times, and even some folks in our own Signal newspaper. Also, of course liberal politicians and candidates throw out their nonsensical rhetoric every chance they get.

 

But our President’s supporters see past all of this nonsense, knowing the country is turning around and heading in a direction we haven’t seen since the eighties, and they don’t give a rat’s butt about Trump’s fake sky-falling every day of the freaking week.  President Trump is their man, they’re not going to dump him, and they’re not going to listen to the people who are trying to destroy him. Those people seem to love to hate Trump more then they love our country, and that’s a selfish shame! Let them wallow in their hate, but as for me and my fellow supporters, we’ll continue to look at the reality of the good job he is doing.

 

Katie, We Hardly Know Ya:

 

As Labor Day creeps by, the inundation of political ads will begin, and we will see a bunch from Katie Hill as she tries to unseat Steve Knight with a ton of monetary support from what I assume are Democrat Super PACs.

 

The first thing I saw when I visited her on Facebook was a meme that read, “STEVE KNIGHT VOTES WITH TRUMP 99% OF THE TIME.”  Okay, that’s great, but what are some examples of what Knight voted for that she is against? I bet if she was in office and Hillary was president, she would vote with her 99 percent of the time. So what? That just indicates a leaning towards what her party believes in.

 

But I’d like to see her get down to brass tacks with hard facts of how she will accomplish what’s best for us in the 25th District, and tell us exactly what the problem is with what Trump/Knight has done.

 

This is her vision statement:

 

“I have strong ideals. I believe that the American government is an institution that should be protecting, fighting for, bettering and lifting up its people. We need to support our working families, we need to support our most vulnerable communities, we need to make sure that people have good jobs, access to affordable health care, clean drinking water and fresh air. We need to protect labor unions, we need to protect single parents, we need to protect the LGBTQ community, we need to gather together, unite with one another and stand to make this America, the America that we build together.”

 

All good stuff, but where’s the meat? I guess we’ll all find out together what her actual ideas are to implement changes and achieve what she is pining for when she and Steve Knight debate in the upcoming weeks. It should be fun.

 

In the meantime, I welcome Katie and any of her supporters to submit thoughts on how she will be a better representative than Knight. They will all be published as is.

 

It Could Be Worse:

 

At least I haven’t read or heard Katie Hill say what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said recently. If you ask me, this Democrat Socialist rising star said some things that should baffle even Katie.

 

Abolishing ICE means not having an agency that incarcerates children and sexually assaults women with impunity. It does not mean abolish deportation. Also, I have no problem saying white supremacy has no place in this country. It’s the GOP that struggles to say that. Our children’s lives are on the line. Not a single elected official, Democrat OR Republican, should accept money from fossil fuel corporations. Americans are dying because of a government too coward to save the planet. It’s wrong. And we will need a Green New Deal to survive.”

 

Please Katie, don’t go there!

 

Putting Money Where Their Mouths Are: 

 

I’m a guy who likes to deal with real reality (except when it comes to my denial of my faults that the wife points out).

 

The reality is, our left-leaning friends want all kinds of free this and that for the betterment of mankind. The candidates on their side shout from the stages at rallies of how the ills of the nation will be soothed with endless amounts of money thrown at the direction of problems, creating bloated government programs that rarely seem to work. My reality question of the day is: If they care so much about their ideology of helping the downtrodden, how much are they willing to pitch in of their own money?

 

Perhaps the government should create a program just for the folks who want everyone’s taxes raised where they can have as large of chunk of money as they want deducted from their paycheck to contribute to their political causes. How would that go over? Methinks not well, because their whole premise of socialistic governing is to use other people’s money for the good of all people. And although they don’t take in to account what to do when that money runs out, they don’t care, they just don’t want their own money to run out. Just ask ‘em!

 

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 

“Mob boss Trump will of course issue presidential pardons to his former campaign manager Paul Manafort …”  (Jonathan Kraut from his column in the Signal Newspaper)

 

*If Kraut has an issue with Trump using his presidential authority to pardon someone, so be it. My issue is the hypocrisy of his “mob boss” label of the president. If I were to have referred to President Obama as the “Black Panther boss” (please recall how members of that organization stalked voting sites with obvious intimidation tactics when Obama was running), I would have had holy journalistic hell to pay. I would urge Mr. Kraut to maintain some journalistic integrity of his own and refrain from name calling. (Me)

 

NSA leaker found guilty after spending a year in jail, then sentenced five more years:  (Headline)

 

*This 26-year-old female removed classified material from a government facility and mailed it to a news outlet while she was in the Air Force.  Granted, not a bright thing to do, obviously against the law, and the punishment was fair and just. But, it really emphasizes the case of complete lack of justice for all when it comes to Mrs. Bill Clinton when she went all out to destroy emails that had been subpoenaed,  and she didn’t even receive a slap on the hand. What a country we live in. (Me)

 

“If Trump paying a former girlfriend to keep quiet about consensual sex is a campaign violation, why is it okay ok that Congress has a fund to pay off sexual harassment claims?”   (Meme)

 

Senate approves $854 Billion spending bill that funds Planned Parenthood: (Headline)    

 

*The vote was 87 to 5 with 8 not voting. With a Republican majority in the Senate, what does this tell us about how those Republicans feel about the $21trillion debt staring us in the face?  It tells us they don’t give two rips about it as they went swamp swimming with their liberal brethren.  (Me)

 

“I didn’t like to work with Michael, I didn’t like to interact with Michael, and that’s why he had no role in the campaign, even when he wanted one. I was very clear when I was in charge of the campaign, Michael was not somebody who we wanted at the campaign. He would go out and make statements that we had to walk back afterwards because he would say things which were factually untrue. I warned everybody at the organization that Michael was going to become a problem.” (Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager on Michael Cohen)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 23, 2018

Bob Kellar:

Before I start with my fairly meaningless diatribe (at least when it comes to what really matters in life), I want to give a shout-out to Bob Kellar, the longtime city councilman who had a heart attack last week. We are all pleased to hear he is doing well now.

Around 20 years ago when we first started this publication, I was fortunate to be asked to join some sort of Canyon Country committee that Bob was on, under the umbrella of our Chamber of Commerce. This was before Bob was on the city council, and me being new in town, I didn’t know the guy from Adam. I quickly realized he was the real deal when it came to this community, and was not surprised in the least when he ran and was elected to the city council.

Over the years, we’ve certainly had our differences on city matters, other council persons and candidates.  At times, he has let me know in no uncertain terms his displeasure at what has been in this newspaper. When I didn’t endorse him in the last election and was in favor of two other candidates, I know someone close to him was none too pleased, and they let me know it.

Despite these differences, Bob Kellar has always been a gentleman to me, has been supportive of the Gazette and even told me he likes the Rant, which I took as a special compliment. Rest up Bob, get back out there soon and do what you think is best for Santa Clarita.  I look forward to seeing you around town for many years to come!

Frustration at the Highest Degree:

The hypocrisy that runs rampant throughout the left-leaning world, especially the media, is such a crock of crap. It makes a calm, reasonable guy like myself go freaking nuts!  Seriously, when you get right down to it, it’s just not fair to our president. I don’t care if you hate the guy, or think he is a doing a lousy job as President (which I would argue with you vigorously about), he is getting screwed (and not in a good way)!

To my friends on the left, please don’t let your negative emotions about our president interfere with what is plain as day. Facts don’t lie, even if Hillary Clinton did. What is going on and went on with the Justice Department and The FBI is just plain wrong, and I don’t see how anyone, in spite of their political persuasion, can’t see that.

I’ve hesitated getting too deep in the weeds on this stuff, because so many folks tell me they can’t or don’t want to keep track of it, so I’m just going to throw stuff out here and hope for the best.

Here I Go:

 Why there is not even a mention by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN or MSNBC of the suspicious origins of the Trump/Russian accusations is almost tragic. It is a total bias-motivated, journalistic integrity melt down! Just a little research by these  supposed top-notch professionals in their fields as to how the investigation got started, at the very least, warrants providing their viewers with some facts.

Those facts are like layers of an onion. They just have to be peeled back. The New York Times Best Seller list contains three books that would provide these brilliant journalists with facts that are backed up with a lot of investigative research. Jeannine Piro’s Liars, Leakers and Liberals, Greg Jarrett’s The Russian Hoax and even the liberal Alan Dershovitz’s Trumped Up & The Case Against Impeaching Trump all provide plenty of evidence of the sham that is the Trump/Russian collusion investigation.

Another subject that torques my shorts is the blatant injustice involving Mrs. Bill Clinton, compared to what’s going on with President Trump and his associates. After a relatively short investigation by the FBI (in which the head of that investigation is a documented Trump hater) it’s revealed she broke four Federal laws:  18 USC §793.  18 USC §1924.  18 USC §798.  18 USC §2071  (look ‘em up).

What happened to her? Zilch, nothing!  Yet the investigation of Trump’s alleged wrongdoing goes on and on and on without an end in sight.

 They Are All So Giddy:

The Left is having a field day this week with Trump’s former associate Paul Manafort’s conviction, and his former attorney Michael Cohen’s pleadings (to be sure, while it’s been determined these gentleman committed crimes, those crimes have NOTHING to do with the Russian matter at hand). But how can anyone on the left or the right tell me EQUAL JUSTICE for all took place when it comes to Clinton, Manafort and Cohen? Why are these guys in such legal hot water when Hillary is living a care-free life? It’s the biased bull-excrement that is in the pores of every inch of every Trump hater who occupies top positions, and that, my friend, is NOT what this nation of equal justice for all was founded on!

Here Comes the Deep Weeds:

The Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, appears to be the most stoneless dude to ever hold the position. While he cowers under the blankets of recusing himself from the Russian investigation, his Trump appointed Deputy Rod Rosenstein is running the show.

Something I cannot figure out, is how a short time after Trump interviewed Robert Mueller for the FBI Director job and didn’t hire him, Rosenstein appointed Mueller to head up the investigation into Trump. Isn’t that violation of common sense 101? It never occurred to Rosenstein that Mueller might have a bit of a bent attitude towards the guy who just pulled the plug on the job he wanted? And when Mueller selected almost all Democrats to be on the investigation team (including some who donated money to Hillary’s campaign), it didn’t occur to the seemingly intelligent Mr. Rosenstein that something wasn’t quite right?  

Now, he is letting the guy who should have never been appointed in the first place investigate the president and go all over the place, bringing others down for stuff that has nothing to do with his original assignment. Rosenstein is also allowing Mueller to take an eternity to show us any evidence of what Trump may have done. It’s just not fair that this has droned on for a year and a half, leaving Americans in the dark with the midterms coming at us fast and furiously.        

Deeper Weeds:      

This Rosenstein guy is in the middle of the deep weeds. Why is he refusing to hand over the many documents Congress has subpoenaed from his department, what is he trying to hide, and who is he trying to protect?  We need to know the facts behind how this Russian probe got started and he is acting like a stubborn child!

Could it be he realizes the whole thing is a complete legal screw-up, and the origins of the investigation relied on fake evidence that Hillary bought and paid for? Is Rosenstein fully aware of how the fake evidence was used by a gaggle of Trump haters who wanted nothing more than cause him great harm?  Is Rosenstein the quarterback of the whole damn thing, or the lineman trying to protect the quarterback at any cost?

For the sake of justice, fairness, accountability, professionalism, and most of all, awareness for the American people, Rosenstein should put his big boy pants on and release everything Congress is asking for. Trying to hide stuff out of shame, embarrassment or covering up crimes is not a justified and fair reason to do so. President Trump, you and I deserve much better.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

Road repair project prompts calls: (Headline)

*This was regarding work to be done on Sierra Highway, but the Signal reported it was not related to pedestrian bridge at Golden Valley Rd.

With that being said, me has a gripe. The work on the pedestrian bridge over Sierra Highway at Golden Valley has gone on at a snail’s pace. I drive by the work site an average of four times per day, and for what seems like weeks on end, there have been NO workers actively working on constructing the bridge.

That in and of itself does not bother me. What does bother me is the lane that is closed going westbound on Golden Valley approaching Sierra Highway. That lane closure, while no work activity has occurred for weeks on end, impedes traffic severely. If one tries to avoid it by taking Sierra Highway northbound and turning left on Golden Valley, forget about it. It takes several minutes to make that turn, due to the large amount of cars going that way to avoid the Golden Valley westbound route.

Come on, us local commuters need a break. Either kick the bridge construction into high gear or give us the lane back until someone can get their construction act together.  (Me)

You have to show that it’s a crime, it’s not a crime for a candidate like Trump to contribute to his own campaign, and probably not even a crime to direct someone else to contribute if he plans to pay that back. The only evidence that the president did anything that might be unlawful … comes from a man who’s admitted to be a liar.”  (Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz on Michael Cohen’s allegations)

Democrats Say They Won’t Meet With Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Because Of Cohen Allegations: (Headline)

*Now that’s a real mature attitude. It sounds so childish.   (Me)

“If there is a scintilla of evidence that the president colluded with the Russians and Brennan had that evidence, the entire world would already know.” (Senator Tim Scott)

“Dear Jim, of course the press is not the enemy of the people. Unbiased, honest, responsible journalism is a bulwark of free society. Vain, narcissistic, biased blather is not journalism. You are sir, not a journalist, but you are the enemy of the people.” (Actor James Wood to Jim Acosta of CNN)

Gavin Newsom defends gas tax, high-speed rail: (Headline)

*Wow, this guy is going to be a real doozy of a Governor. I’m surprised that in the same speech, he didn’t defend defecating and leaving dirty syringes on the streets of San Francisco along with putting people in jail for using straws. (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 16, 2018

District Voting Déjà Vu:

I have Déjà vu, because I’ve ranted about district voting for city council seats several times in the past.

The headline in The Signal this week read: “15 set to compete for 3 City Council seats.” For those of you who are new to Santa Clarita, our city council election is conducted on an at-large basis. In other words, it’s a free-for-all for the 15 candidates to try and cram their way into three seats.

I recall standing up and asking the members of a business networking group I was a part of, “who here can tell me the names of the city council members?” Of the thirty people present, only one could name one of them, and the rest just stared at me with blank faces. Talk about apathy – but could the apathy problem be fixed?

My reason for bringing this up is to ask, what if a council person represented only their area of town, had some sort of satellite office down the street, had campaigned door to door, stood outside of their grocery store, as did their opponent, would they then know the name of the winner representing them? If the council person regularly sent out email news letters about what’s going on their part of town, would that lessen the apathy?  I equate it to the emails we get from our homeowners’ association that let us know what’s going on, and we find them very informative.

This type of representation is what I grew up with in Tucson and later experienced as an adult living in Phoenix. District voting and representation is what all of the school districts in Santa Clarita operate under, including the COC Board and even the Water Board. Why should the most important, elected entity in this city be any different?

My concern is that when thousands of Santa Claritans go the polls in November to vote for the various state and federal candidates, when they get to the portion of the ballot for City Council, they will go with name recognition and vote all incumbents, not knowing or recognizing the other candidates. A change to district voting with ultra-local campaigning could alter the automatic votes for incumbents that seem to occur with at-large voting.

It Ain’t Just Me:

Mark White, who ran for city council in 2016, had a column in the Signal on August 7 and made some spot-on points regarding the need for district voting.

Typically the argument against district elections has been it will create “turf wars” between the districts and individuals may put the interest of their district ahead of the city as a whole.” This ranter says, so what? I’d like to see turf wars when it’s my turf that is being represented. Should it be any different than Steve Knight fighting our turf wars in Washington?

More from Mark White:

A current viewpoint being expressed is that district elections will disadvantage the incumbents and potentially increase the odds of a newcomer being elected. Our incumbents are not entitled to their seat.”

Three of the current council members all live in Newhall less than three miles apart from each other. The three incumbents who have announced they are running for re-election also all live just a few miles from each other. In a city that is over 62 square miles should four of the five current City Council members be concentrated in such a small area? Does this provide the best representation and is it in the best interest for all of the SCV?”

As our city has grown and changed, so should our method of governance. District elections will make running for office accessible to more people and increase citizen involvement. Election by districts will drastically reduce the cost of campaigns and will put elected representatives in closer contact with their constituents.”
Its time folks, it really is (I won’t get into how we should be electing our Mayor this time, that rant will be coming down the road). Let’s become a big-boy city and get away from the current type of good ol’ boy (gal, too) elections.

For more on this topic, be sure and read Alan Ferdman’s column on the preceding page, he has some good points, too.

Josh is My Favorite:

Heath, that is. The political science student at UCLA who contributes to The Signal’s opinion page from time to time, and my favorite young Socialist Democrat.

The premise of his column was that the rich (he didn’t define rich) should consider paying more taxes and looking at it as an investment toward a better society. He was referring to free tuition for college students (I heard someone say recently “today’s colleges are teaching students what to think not how to think”).

I suppose when I was his age, I would have wished and hoped for anything at all that the government would pay for and I would get for free. But then, I became a big boy and realized that would be an absolute mistake for various reasons, not the least of which is the rich don’t have enough money to pay for all of the stuff  socialists want to provide for free (I won’t get into how handouts can result in complacent unmotivated humans).

They’ll Just Screw It Up, Josh:

The main thing for me is that when any type of government entity gets a hold of money, what they’re supposed to accomplish with it gets screwed up every which way.

Take Social Security for instance – the government has spent every dollar of what has come in since it started 83 years ago this week, and this year, the fund ran out of money for the first time. I just read that Medicare will run out of money in eight short years.

Now, we’re hearing the likes of Sanders, Warren and the young candidate in New York, who is a socialistic fanatic, saying we need to spend more money to expand Social Security, expand Medicare, and now Josh is touting free tuition.

But what none of these folks are saying is how we’re going to pay for all of this without bankrupting the country. Perhaps Josh can write a column on how drastic measures need to take place to eat away at the bigger-than-ginormous debt of $20 trillion?

What the pleading socialists are failing to recognize is the extreme danger of this debt that will really hurt millions of Americans down the road. When the government runs out of money and Social Security and Medicare are gone, no one is going to give two rips about high tuition.

By the way, I’ve known Josh for quite a few years, and while we are polar opposites politically, I like and respect him, and he’s a good human.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

“No Borders, No walls, No U.S.A at all!” (Chant by marchers last weekend at the Anti-Hate Rally in Virginia).

I would murder him for the people” (Protestor at Anti-Hate Rally when asked what he would do if the President showed up there).  

 I hate to think what these people would have said if it was a Pro-Hate rally. (Me)

14-year-old running for Governor of Vermont:  (Headline)  

How old is Gavin Newsom? I wonder how much in common he has with this kid.  (Me)

“How telling that someone the President deems a lowlife, not very bright, a loser should still have a place in the White House because she ‘only said GREAT things about me.’ Like a vain and insecure king, flattery is all that matters, making him an easy mark for our adversaries.” (Rep. Adam Schiff)

Gee Adam, I guess you don’t appreciate our President, huh?  (Me)

“Mark Levin, a few days after having dinner with President Trump, says Mueller is more of a threat to the republic than Putin. Trump’s tweeting attacks on the FBI. It might be useful for Republicans to tell the president once again not to interfere with the Mueller investigation.”   (Bill Kristol, Editor Weekly Standard)

Billy Kristol, I speak for myself & think for myself. Would you like to come on my radio show & debate the constitutional issues related to Mueller’s activities? If not, stick it. (Mark Levin)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

I could, and I am almost certain that someone will, take on this “rant” point by point…but to what end? You won’t change your mind because some guy on the internet tells you to. What I can say that might have an ounce of effect is that you have fallen into a well-worn American political trap that is akin to tunnel vision.

Go hang out with new people in new places. Travel and see the world a bit more. Listen to their music, eat their food (and offer some of yours). Then let it settle in that if you have done this the right way, probably half of the people you encountered are “the left”.

They aren’t so bad, are they? They don’t all scream at people they don’t like. They aren’t all fringe fanatics. Doesn’t it just grind your gears when “the right” all get lumped into the same group? Don’t you feel misrepresented and ignored?

It’s easy to sit behind a keyboard and rant away in your own paper about the lack of civil discourse and completely misrepresent somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 million people. It is only slightly more difficult, yet wildly more fun and enlightening, to get out and be in the world trying new things and meeting new people outside of your own circle.

There’s your civil discourse. And there’s “the left”. And the right. And the middle. All in one big pot just trying to get through life as best they can. I eagerly await your new column, “Doug’s Discoveries”, where you enlighten us all with your revelatory experiences instead of contributing to the vitriol and demeaning half of America. One foot out the door…   Some Guy

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 9, 2018

Baffling Blue Surge:

 The special election for a House seat in Ohio this week saw the Republican defeating the Democrat by a narrow margin, and man did the left-wing media have a cheery spin on that. They claimed it should have been a landslide victory based on the political demographics of the district, and that is a sure indicator a blue surge is sure to happen (for those who are confused on the color coding for the parties; Blue = Democrat and Red = Republican).

Who knows how the seat count will end up after November 7, but if it goes the way of a blue majority, it will be as baffling as trying to make sense what Nancy Pelosi says during her news conferences.

Like I’ve written many times in this column, I just don’t understand it. I don’t get how anyone could ever vote for the Democrats of today.

 -Voting blue is a vote for socialism and a risk for a Venezuelan-type life.      

 -A blue vote is a vote to eliminate ICE.

 -Voting blue could result in elimination of border protection.

 -A blue vote could weaken the military.

 -If you want Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House again, vote blue.

 -A blue vote will result in an explosion of out-of-control spending, as Congress will throw billions of dollars at social programs that have already been proven not to work.

 -If you want your income tax cuts reversed and corporate tax cuts reversed, vote blue.

 -If you want to see the economy morph back to what it was under Obama, vote blue.

 -If you’re not happy with our oil and gas boom, vote blue.

 -A blue could very well turn our nation into another California.

If you have the answer as to how and why people will vote blue, please enlighten me, because I really need it!

How Bad Will It Get?

 As I was growing up, I witnessed (on TV) numerous riots take place across the country. It started with race riots and careened into Vietnam War protests. If I recall correctly (I was a teenager), as violent as those were, they didn’t seem to carry the personal vitriol we’re seeing today.

The new rage in protests these days includes invading public figures’ personal space with intimidating verbal assaults and even physical threats. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, The Homeland Security Advisor and the Attorney General of Florida have all been severely harassed recently during their private time in public places.

This week, we saw Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens (young conservatives who are frequent guests on Fox News) having breakfast in a café, where they were descended upon by a bunch of Antifa punks, and driven outside while they were verbally assaulted. Kirk was doused with water and had an egg thrown at him. These Einsteins are so bright, they were chanting “F white supremacy …” and Candice Owens is black!

Can you imagine if a group of conservatives walked into restaurant and harassed two young liberals, one being a black woman, while they were eating breakfast, forcing them outside with water and eggs being thrown at them?  Oh, my gosh, the left-wing media would be crying hate crime and calling for prison sentences.

I just don’t get it, I really don’t. The hypocrisy of these actions against public figures is front and center. How can they oppose supremacy, suppression, mistreatment of others and hate, while treating people the very same way? Like I alluded to, intelligence doesn’t seem to be their strong point.

 The Same Nonsense With MyPillow Guy?  

Last week, Stephen Smith, one of our contributing writers wrote a piece about the perils of selling for the MyPillow Company.

“So, how is it that the “OMG” part of this story comes out while I was in conversation with a salesman promoting the MyPillow products? The company’s sales provide an honest livelihood for MyPillow Inc. employees, generate charitable giving, and the CEO is an honorable man of faith. Sadly, the salesman has found himself victim to the end of civility, and perhaps a witness to the beginning of the end of our civil society. While performing his work duties, he has been verbally attacked, his product disparaged and his CEO reviled because Mike Lindell is a Conservative, and not an enemy of President Trump.”

 I didn’t think much about it until I received an email from a couple who are friends of mine and read the article and sell MyPillow Products on a roving basis around the country.

“Doug, You have no idea how stupid people can be to sales reps in general, but put our MyPillow shirt on, and we become a lightning rod for stupidity. It is so bad in Southern California, that we have opted to work for my pillow in other states.”

 These are kind and generous people, who because of the company they work for are harassed the same way those public figures have been. This is wrong on so many levels. It’s disturbing, sickening and seems as though it won’t end anytime soon.

Smith’s article went on to read: “Imagine what the salesman must feel. He is selling an honest product at an honest price that benefits the customer – from a company that is a responsible member of the community – and he is attacked because the company that he represents is not an enemy of the President of the United States. The patrons of the store felt free to uncivilly verbally assault him and the products he represents.

 This nonsense is repulsive. I can only hope and pray that when my grandkids are grown, this crap will be way behind us, but I fear it will only be worse.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “Rest assured San Francisco residents, the city has a plan. The Board of Supervisors has heard the cry from the people and has leapt into action. By moving to ban plastic straws, cocktail drink swords, and plastic stirrers. That’s right, disease-infested needles that can kill a person with a deadly virus are welcomed and taxpayer funded – but an olive on a cocktail sword will soon be illegal.”  (Printus Le Blanc, Fox News)

*With the incoming governor on the horizon, how much worse will this type of thing get? One can only imagine. (Me)

The left’s attack on whiteness comes from many vantage points, but it has a single purpose. It seeks to convince whites themselves that their whiteness unjustly confers symbolic and real privileges — access to better schools and safer neighborhoods; standards of beauty and intelligence that favor them. The ultimate objective in stigmatizing whiteness is to intensify racial tension.”  (John Perazzo, Author)

“We’re undergoing a Maoist-like Cultural Revolution — with the power of the corporate mass media, corporate social media, the academy, most of corporate America, the deep state, the shadow government, and most of the legal apparatuses behind it. Anti-western, anti-individual, anti-Christian, anti-liberty monsters are ravaging our cultural legacies as well as our contemporary arts and letters. Our entire culture is under siege and undergoing an utter and relentless social justice dismantling. Leftist totalitarianism is running amok. We’re on the precipice of completely losing our culture, the benefits of western civilization, and the entire legacy of western civilizational history. A major resurgence and counter attack is necessary and soon.” (Michael Rectenwald, Professor at NYU)

 *In other words, it’s a mess, and this writer thinks we need to take action now!  (Me)

“Iran crowds reportedly chant ‘death to the dictator!’ as US sanctions increase economic unrest.” (Headline)

*I have a friend who grew up in Iran, and while he doesn’t have a problem with the sanctions, he is concerned about his family’s living conditions over there – which have deteriorated over the years. He is really concerned about what will happen to the protesters, because the corrupt regime has no qualms with killing, maiming and torturing those who go against them.  (Me)

“The Republicans have now won 8 out of 9 House Seats, yet if you listen to the Fake News Media you would think we are being clobbered. Why can’t they play it straight, so unfair to the Republican Party and in particular, your favorite President!”  (President Trump)

“Lovely Woman: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Democrat, jokes Rand Paul can be beaten: Just ask his neighbor.”  (Laura Ingraham)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 2, 2018

The Boat in the Swamp Needs More Rocking, Not Less:

(Yawning) “Let’s just leave things the same, why rock the boat, we don’t want to be uncomfortable. Besides that, it could upset people, especially those who intimidate us or could hurt us politically. We don’t want to get blamed for stuff that will upset voters.”

This is my perception of what some of our elected Republican brethren in Washington are thinking as they float comfortably in the swamp that is Washington D.C. Little did we know, that when President Trump decried the vastness and harmful effects of the swamp, there would be some in his own party who would want to keep the swamp the way it was and is.

I’m the first one to admit I don’t like change, but come on; we all have to get out of our comfort zone at some point when things are in disarray, and Trump has shown this by example. He gets in office and declares that things have got to be different.  He fought like crazy to get rid of Obamacare, and he did what he said he was going to do by enabling us to keep more of our own money. He ordered the changes to the tree-hugger regulations on oil exploration to help with getting out of the energy stranglehold the Middle East has on us.

He unlocked the shackles of burdening taxes and regulations on businesses, and look what happened. The economy is rocking; more people are working than ever before, including Blacks and Latinos. The four percent GDP is a direct result from these changes. And you know what?  The changes are nothing but plain common sense stuff, not brain surgery – and the left hates it. They hate the government getting less tax dollars, they hate business. They think its evil and it’s meant to harm us.

Whoops, I digressed a bit, but you get the point, right? If Trump and certain members of Congress would have not rocked the boat, this good stuff wouldn’t have happened. But recently, it seems as though the enthusiasm for boat rocking has sadly diminished.

Rocking (or not) the Boat II:

The freak out over a rocked boat began with President Trump declaring he doesn’t give a rip (my words) about shutting down the government if Congress doesn’t get their act together on immigration reform, including building the dreaded wall. The weak-kneed Republicans started squirming right out of the gate. A Republican Senator stated, “Oh no, I don’t think anybody wins on that. I think that’s a no-win for both parties. I think Democrats will tell you that, too.” Fearless (Not) Mitch McConnell said something about the Senate “having no plans for a government shutdown.” Of course, they aren’t the only right-wingers afraid of rocking the proverbial boat. There are plenty of chicken poop Republicans singing the same song.

The so-called shutting down of the federal government has proven in the past to be not that big of a deal, so what are these guys so afraid of? It’s the same crap I referred to in the very first paragraph of this rant as to why they have no stones.

The damn government should be shut down! The President and his spineless party should have shut it down over the putrid budget that was passed earlier in the year.  A budget that spent money on stuff that no Republican with an ounce of a conservative heart should have ever even considered. Worst of all, the budget came in with $800 billion more being spent than was projected to come in!

Right-minded Republicans (including Trump) should have raised holy heck over that budget, but no! That would cause way too much boat rocking, and lord knows that just can’t happen. Now, who even needs a freaking boat to rock, a good portion of the righties are joining the lefties in a swamp swimming party. Not much will change with that sort party going on.

Go Jim Go, Leave Paul Leave:

Talk about boat rocking. I would just love to see Jim Jordan become the next Speaker of the House. The Freedom Caucus co-founder would show the House members what strong-spined leadership is all about.

I heard him say something this week along the lines of, “If the President wants to shut the government down for the good of the country, then we should do it!”  When he announced his run for Speaker of the House, one of his statements was, “President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people. Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.

Have you heard the current Speaker Paul Ryan say anything along those lines? He is yawning in the smooth-sailing boat of the swamp, while guys like Jim Jordan try like heck to change all of that.

Ryan announced he won’t be seeking another term as a Representative, meaning of course he will no longer be Speaker. Though, it seems he has no intention of stepping down as Speaker before his term is finished, and that’s just plain selfish and wrong.

Have you ever had a boss or any kind leader announce they were leaving the job, but would be staying in place until they were gone? Did they lose their effectiveness as a leader? Did you lose your enthusiasm to appease him or her? Of course that happens, it’s called short-timers disease, and it’s a natural human reaction. But Ryan is staying put instead of getting out of the way for a guy like Jordan.

So when it comes to tough issues like a government shutdown, or impeaching Rod Rosenstein for withholding pertinent evidence which the Judiciary Committee has been requesting for many months, Ryan goes into his “not rocking the boat” mode, much to the detriment of healthy conservatism.

From Last Week’s Letters to the Editor:

 It’s extremely disheartening to read columns by people in my community who have no consideration or empathy for others. The blind allegiance to an authority who treats human suffering like nothing is sickening to me. Not only do they not acknowledge the atrocities committed by the current president, they DEFEND him. Sometimes, they do it in the name of Christianity – which I, as a Christian, am extremely offended by. And how inconvenient for Doug of Doug’s Rant, that he has an ad for a church at the bottom of the page, while he spouts hatred towards God’s children. We are all God’s children – no matter our race, class, or citizenship status. Can you imagine what Jesus would say if he saw us treating his children – refugees, undocumented immigrants – how we treat them now? God’s children are not just a burden on our wallets.

 As I have said before, I can take anything but criticism and being disagreed with. Of course I jest, but I just can’t let this letter go by without commenting.

First of all, the church in which the writer is referring to requested their ad be placed on the same page as The Rant.

Second, I would ask the writer that as a Christian, has he read what Jesus said about judging others without examining themselves? His statement of me not having, “consideration or empathy for others” and “(spouting) hatred towards God’s children” is a direct contradiction to what the bible teaches by simply making those statements. The letter writer doesn’t know me and has no clue as to where my heart lies with regard to others, especially children.

As far as my “blind allegiance to an authority who treats human suffering like nothing,” I will say that our president has done more to help people through his duties as president in the short time he has been in office than any president in my lifetime.           

 Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

“President Trump can’t seem to get $20 billion for a new wall. So how did Obama come up with $150 Billion to give to Iran? (James Wood, Actor)     

Good question; I don’t remember Congress approving the $150 billion for Obama, do you? (Me)

“The Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die & then the judgment. We won’t be judged by media spin masters or forensic audio analysts, but you will be judged by truth & righteousness—by God Himself.”  (Franklin Graham)

Graham was commenting on the leaked tape from Trump’s former attorney. (Me) 

Counselors Claim Clients Face Trump Anxiety: ‘Fear of the World Ending’: (Headline)

I won’t say these people are paranoid, out-of-touch snowflakes, because I’ll be accused of “spouting hatred towards God’s children.” (Me)

Why are burned-out millennials quitting lucrative jobs? (Headline)

I ain’t saying a word on this one.  (Me)

I don’t care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown.”  (President Trump)

I love this kind of boat-rocking.  (Me)

“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”  (President Trump)

“The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family and campaign may be implicated. This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight. America must never accept it.”  (Adam Schiff)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 26, 2018

Not This Time:

A year ago, I decided to take my first week off from ranting in the five years since I started it to attend my wife’s annual family reunion in San Diego (Yeah, vacationing with a bunch of in-laws, sound like fun? Actually, it is fun, they’re good people). I let two Gazette employees (who shall remain nameless) take over this space for that week, and I have to tell you, I received some of the most negative feedback I have ever had from what they wrote.

Needless to say, and much to my chagrin, the contents of the rant that week were the polar opposite of my beliefs. With that in mind, I’m not making that mistake again as we venture down to San Diego this year. While my time away doesn’t allow for the usual ranting, I have included stuff that has been sent to me over the last few months.

The Rant returns to its regular diatribe next week.

WHERE DO WE GET THESE MORONS? 
Windfall Tax on Retirement Income … Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people “you’re so darn stupid that we’re going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you.” Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words, tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement. This woman is a nut case! You aren’t going to believe this.

Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds)!

Alas, it is true – all to help the 12 million (only 12 million?) Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities! 

This woman is frightening. She quotes … “We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, (didn’t Marx say something like this?) in our country; and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.” (I’m not rich, are you?)

When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied: “We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profit taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as Americans.” (Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) 

“Lower your  retirement; give it to others who have not worked, as you have” for your money.

This woman is out of her mind!!! If this data is half right it is still a major scandal!

Congress should be ashamed …

The biggest factor of why seniors are losing more and more benefits: They are getting blamed for the country going broke. 

It’s easy to dismiss individual programs that benefit non-citizens until they’re put together and this picture emerges. Someone did a lot of research to put together all of this data. Often these programs are buried within other programs making them difficult to find. 

A Real Eye Opener

WHY is the USA BANKRUPT? Read this: We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.

I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the readers get sick of reading them. I also have included URL’s for verification of all the following facts.

 

  1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal immigrants each year by state governments. Verify at: 
    http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_ immigrati onissuecenters7fd8 

 

  1. $22 Billion a year is spent on foodAssistance  programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal immigrants. Verify at: 
    http://www.cis.org/articles/20    04/fiscalexec.HTML 

 

  1. $2.5 Billion a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal immigrants. Verify at:
    http://www.cis.org/articles/20   

 

  1. $12 Billion a year is spent on Primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English! Verify at: 
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt…0.HTML >

 

  1. $17 Billion a year is spent for Education for the American-born children of illegal immigrants, known as Anchor babies.

 

  1. $3 Million a DAY is spent to incarcerateillegal immigrants.

 

  1. 30 percent of all Federal Prison inmatesare illegal immigrants.

 

  1. $90 Billion a year is spent onillegalimmigrants for Welfare & Social Services by the American taxpayers. Verify at: 
    http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCI PTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML 

 

  1. $200 Billion a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal immigrants.

 

  1. In 2006, illegal immigrants sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to theirCountriesof origin. 

 

  1. The Dark Sideof illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes committed by illegal immigrants in The United States.

 The total cost is a whopping $338.3 billion a year and if you’re like me, having trouble understanding this amount of money; it is $338,300,000,00000 which  would be enough to stimulate  the economy for the citizens of this country. 

Are we that Stupid? Yes, for allowing those in the U.S. Congress to get away with doing this year after year!!!!!

And they tell us that our social security funds are going broke and may not be available to us soon. How much of this are we going to stand for?

God bless you and God bless America!

This one was great … think she deserves a medal!!!

You have to love this lady.

Alan Simpson, the former senator from Wyoming, calls senior citizens “the Greediest Generation” as he compared Social Security to a milk cow with 310 million teats.

Here’s a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana …

I think she is a little ticked off but she also tells it like it is!

“Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight!!!!

  1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) For FIFTY YEARS.

 

  1. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63)

 

  1. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus Bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi Scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.
  2. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and “your ilk” pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing Retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your “shill commission” are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN!

 

  1. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now “you morons” propose to change the rules of The game. Why? Because “you idiots” mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

 

  1. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why?

Because you “incompetent bastards” spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American Taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt. To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “(B.S.)” to your incompetence.

Well, Captain (B.S.), I have a few questions for YOU:

  1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers During your pathetic 50-year political career?

 

  1. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits From the American taxpayers?

 

  1. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

 

  1. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain (B.S.), and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the “greedy”   ones. It is you and your fellow Nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our Expense, you lunk-headed leech.

That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it. And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a (B*#$%)

NO, I did not stutter!

P.S And stop calling Social Security benefits “entitlements” WHAT AN INSULT!! I have been paying in to the SS system for 52 years! “It’s my money” – give it back to me the way the system was originally designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks!”

Letters to the Ranter:

Howdy Doug,

I can’t watch TV. Boycotting my 2 favorite shows Jeopardy and The wheel. Can’t watch the news, any news because it feels like I’m being shouted at with brain washing delusions and EXTREMELY poor journalistic format or value.

Then I briefly read your Gazette and people are writing in about how POTUS Trump meeting with Putin is comparable to 911. WTH ??? Does that writer have any idea how ignorant that sounds? Probably not because they are not even sensitive to the families who lost loved ones, nor the honor and dignity of the survivors.

Next down the pike is someone saying Hillary Clinton is referencing the newest Supreme Court nominee will bring us back to slavery. Really Hillary??

Lastly is a reference as the Americans who voted for Trump have the lowest IQ.

Doug, I’m going bat crap crazy. Just when I think a week of these name calling, fear mongering Liberals can’t get any worse from the last…it does.

Truth is not just stranger than fiction, it sometimes hurts. These Liberal politicos and the media are…well at times I feel all I can do is shake my head in disgust and laugh it off like a bat crap crazy man.

No. I stand proud. Say what I feel. Do what I say. Treat everyone with respect.

IAPOY Doug.

Your friend,

Tim Trotter

Castaic CA

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 19, 2018

I’m Not Going Say Those Words:

I won’t write the words I want to use, because my wife and journalistic decency won’t allow it.  It’s one thing if you disagree with President Trump on his press conference with President Putin, even Republicans are criticizing him for that, but they are doing it in a mature and professional manner.

Those on the left? You have got to be freaking kidding me. The words they used to rip on Trump were absolutely mind boggling. How can a person with at least an ounce of common sense and intelligence say these things, and expect to be taken seriously?

We were burglarized this time by foreign agents and it’s just as serious to me as the Cuban Missile Crisis, in terms of an attack, or the 9/11 attack.”

His performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”

Trump’s remarks were nothing short of treason.”

Treason! Treason, you say? That is total putrid garbage.  Treason against the United States consists of levying war against our country or adhering to our enemies, giving them aid or comfort. The offence is punishable by death. If these Einsteins had their way, they would want Trump punished by death.

These remarks, as well as the remarks I wrote about last week as a result of the nomination for The Supreme Court Justice are such loads of crap. It makes one wonder about the IQ level of these people.  Either that, or they are so blinded by ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ they go temporarily insane.

He Screwed Up:

Okay, I get it, Trump screwed up with some of his words during the news conference with the former KGB agent (Putin), but is it the end of the world as we know it?  The day after, he owned up to his mistake and made clear what he meant to say. With all the fallout from his misuse of words, you would think America is going to fold into an utter chaotic mess at the hands of Putin and the Russians.

Folks need to chill the heck out. The latest Trump gut-wrenching will pass over like climate changing cow flatulence blowing across the plains of America. Just last week, there was hysteria in the streets over the Supreme Court’s future killing of women and the repulsive Republicans giving poor Peter Strozk such a hard time during the Congressional hearing. Now, those heart-pounding issues are but a distant memory, making one wonder what’s next. But, one thing is for sure, there will be a next.

I Don’t Know How He Does It:       

Believe it or not, I get asked from time to time why I don’t run for City Council. Ain’t no way that’s happening. First of all, I wouldn’t stand a chance in Hades of winning, and second of all, I would be the first council person in Santa Clarita history to tell someone from my seat on the dais to kiss my @#% and go to @#%&!

That being said, I don’t know how President Trump refrains from telling some of the idiots to @#$% off and die, because I know that I, and many others, would. With all of the negative stuff that is thrown his way from both sides of the aisle, we don’t hear much praise of the good things he has accomplished, and that’s what would drive me bat-crap-crazy, and I bet it would for you, too.

I would be saying, “Hey, have you nimrods noticed the economy thriving from tax cuts and deregulation? Does that matter a hill of fake news to you? What about the Supreme Court Justices? How about me getting us out of that crazy Climate Change Accord with those tree-huggers in Paris?”

 “If I’m such a terrible statesman, what about the billions of dollars I got from those NATO free-loaders? While I may have messed up during the press conference with Putin, what about me enforcing the red line Obama was too chicken to do in Syria?”    

 “Have you people happened to have noticed that we’re on our way to energy independence with the lifting of restrictions on oil exploration? If the left had their way, we would be on the road to 100 percent reliance on other countries.” 

 “Come on, give me a break!”   

 How Will It Fly From the Fan, Then?

 In this day and age of whirlwind negative Trump news, I find it interesting that the sound of crickets is all we hear when it comes to the fake collusion mess. That can of worms has only just begun to open, and when it is clear the whole collusion investigation was instigated based on fraudulent evidence bought and paid for by the Democrats, which way will the crap fly from the fan then?

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “If a fetus is not a human until life is born, why do abortion-supporting women follow their doctor’s orders to refrain from smoking, drinking, and taking drugs during pregnancy, so as to not harm the baby.” (Terry Lovell, president of Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated, from her column in The Signal on 7/14)

*Lovell’s piece was very good, she made some excellent points. I highly recommend you read it, if you haven’t already. (Me)

“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders; of killings, of war, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?” (Mother Teresa)

*This quote from Mother Teresa was included in Terry Lovell’s column. (Me)

“And just like that, they went from freaking out about babies being separated to freaking out about The Supreme Court taking away their right to kill babies.” (Meme)

*Go figure on that one. (Me)

“As I flip from Fox to CNN I might as well be watching two entirely different newscasts. It isn’t just the slant and opinions, it’s what each network is leaving out to support their own agenda. The mainstream media bashing of our President, from NPR, to MSNBC and CNN has brought a new low to journalism.


It’s important for our local media to rise above the national media nonsense. KHTS applauds the changes at the Signal newspaper. We believe under the new leadership of Richard and Chris Budman the paper will shift to one of friendly competitors, with both media entities working toward the benefit of our valley instead of trying to destroy it.  (Carl Goldman, Co-Owner KHTS Radio)
*This is a portion of an excellent piece written by Carl. Check it out on the KHTS website. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the Gazette not being included in his local media reference.  (Me)

“Peter Strzok loves the FBI, and his wife, and his mistress and he f***ed them all.” (James Wood, Actor)

“There’s a large group of people who blindly follow what this man (Trump) says, that don’t think for themselves, that is a cult.”  (Tara Setmayer, while guest hosting on ‘The View’)

“I have made the conscious choice, and I have more reason than anyone in here to dislike President Trump. I’m sorry but I’ve made the conscious choice to try and understand his voters, I think when we sit here, in studios in Manhattan judging the middle of the country we make no waves whatsoever.” (Meghan McCain, John McCain’s daughter and a regular on ‘The View’)

*She does have good reasons not to like Trump for the things he said about her Dad, and yet she is clear-minded enough to recognize the validity of his presidency. I wish others could take the emotions out of their thinking when judging The President like Ms. McCain has. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

Some random thoughts about what is going on in this crazy world. A despondent Phillip Germain should take the time to read the U.S. Constitution. NIFLA v. Becerra is not about abortion. It is about the First Amendment i.e. free speech. Does he really think that women are so uninformed as to not know where to go to get an abortion? Apparently so because he believes that they need the state of California forcing NIFLA to inform them.     

 It’s been about two months now and Blair Bess has not accused Trump in particular and Republicans in general of being racists. Someone had better check to make sure it is really Blair writing under his byline.

 Why isn’t Alan Ferdman on the Santa Clarita City Council? He seems to be the only person who knows the law and has a clue as to what is going on.

 I would encourage Democrats/leftists (but I repeat myself) like “Mad Max”(ine) Waters, Michael Moore etc. to keep hounding and flash mobbing Trump staffers and Republican Senators and Congressmen. It pretty much assures me that Republicans will retain and gain seats in the Senate but will also maintain a majority in the House too.

 And finally: Doug keep on holding Gary Horton to account. I get a kick out of his articles telling us how we need to do more for the homeless and downtrodden while he and his wife a cruisin’ down the 126 in their ‘Vetter to Oxnard to spend a day on their yacht.   

Gordon

 

Doug,

What a great week or so for our great President.  His trip to NATO has to be a clear victory for the U S A as other countries finally step up to pay their fair share.  His meeting with Putin was tremendous, another giant step in the right direction.  (I love those on the left that say “He shouldn’t meet with that guy”.  Do they think that by ignoring him he will go away?) I am beginning to wonder more and more why so much of the media remains anti Trump.  Surely they see the immense progress being made by this country since he has been in office and still they take cheap shots at him.  Have they looked at their 401K’s lately?  The country is doing great.

 I do not wonder so much about congress, right and left.  I will not be surprised if probably in his second term he tries to unify the retirement programs in the country.  So that when congress decides to give away our Social Security their money will be in the game too.  Seems fair to me. He will need the media on his side to maybe get that done. 

 I haven’t heard much about DACA lately, I wonder how many of the kids deemed illegal because they were brought in to the country at a young age by their parents took steps to become citizens through legal channels.

 How about the people that have been waiting patiently and legally in line to gain admission in to our country?  I wonder what they think as the flood of illegals continues.    Dan

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 12, 2018

OMG:

 Oh my, gosh! The sky is falling, the Russians are coming, nuclear power plants are melting down – wait, they aren’t melting down, it’s our left leaning friends who are melting down. It’s kind of funny and sad at the same time, just as it was when Trump was elected, the tears were flowing, and there were yearnings for safe places. Again, we’re seeing genuine angst coming from liberal novices, entertainers and elected swamp-dwellers.

See if you can feel their pain:

This nominee will probably kill absolutely everyone in America. Millions will die. Possibly billions.

This is the end of the world as we know it.”

This nomination will cement the first American dictatorship.”

Trump’s announcement is a death sentence for thousands of women in the United States.”

“OK Ladies and Gentlemen who care for and respect ladies, it is official. The move back to Medieval Values, Sharia Law even, where old, bitter men get to tell women what is best for their bodies, lives, and well being is as done a deal as this is Twitter. Unless we say NO! NO!”

 “Brett Kavanaugh represents a fundamental threat to the promise of equality.”

 “President Trump has told us what he wants to do. He wants to roll back worker’s rights, civil rights, women’s rights and he picked a guy that will do just that.”

 Then the anguished angst went too far as it penetrated the brains of the liberal zealots after the appointment was announced. Some stormed the street of the Supreme Court building, intimidating the Fox News anchor who was just trying to do her job by reporting outside of the court house.           

 Shannon Bream Tweeted:

“Literally had to bail on our live show from SCOTUS. Moving the show back to the safety of the studio.”

 “Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.”

 Wow, once again, the hypocrisy of these people is overwhelming as they show us what they’re really made of when they violate the values they supposedly care so much about.

As far as the over-the-top, knee-jerk reactions from the more “civil” left-leaners, I just hope they’re able to react to normal bumps in the road that come at us in life better than they do a mere announcement that really doesn’t affect their lives one way or the other.

Chagrin City:

 Have you ever known anyone who just did things better than you, whether at school or on the job? I remember my days working for the Tucson and Phoenix newspapers, as well as USA Today, and there was always that one guy or gal who excelled when it came to meeting goals or objectives, much to my chagrin.

Can you imagine the chagrin President Obama is feeling these days? If he is as smart as he seems to be, he’s got to be thinking, “Man this Trump guy is kicking my presidential butt! Who knew he would have so much energy and follow-through skills to get as much done as he has in this short of time, the guy is wearing me out.       

 I’m not saying he agrees with anything Trump has accomplished, but he has to realize that compared to what he accomplished in eight years and what Trump has accomplished in a year and a half, it ain’t even close.

He’s got to be saying to himself, “I can’t believe by strengthening the military and taking a tough stance, he’s getting more respect from those guys than I did. He even got the dude from North Korea to sit down with him, making Trump look better than me. I guess I should have called him Rocket Man and said I have a Nuclear Button that is a much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my button works! No wonder they called me the Appeaser-in-Chief, I feel like such a wimp.           

“What’s really bugging me is how the economy has done so well since Trump took over. I suppose common sense should have told me that lowering taxes and regulations on businesses would have helped turned things around in a big way. Heck, economic growth is up, unemployment is down, the number of people on food stamps is down, job growth and the labor participation rate is up too.”

“I mean, come on, I didn’t want to enact all of that stuff that has helped with Trump’s economy, because I really thought socialistic governing was the way to go. It looks like I was wrong, and now my legacy is circling the drain.And if you really look at it, I didn’t do much of squat while I had that job. But hey, at least I acted presidential with my great speaking ability and my cool, suave personality. But then again, where did that get me?”                         

Have Americans Lost Our Minds?

That was the title of Gary Horton’s column in The Signal newspaper this week. The pull quote from the piece read: “Our blogs, websites, Facebook posts and partisan news sites are forever at each other’s throats, in the most uncivil and essentially un-American way. Any drive for unity and consensus is essentially out the door these days.”    

I had to chuckle a bit on that one, recalling some of the stuff he has written over the years (I didn’t remember word for word, so I looked some of them up):

My gut reaction to Ryan’s exploitative dribble is, ‘Go to hell, you duplicitous bastard and take your make-believe prayer with you!’ Why doesn’t Ryan take a bullet himself and tell us just how well prayers are working for him?

Donald Trump is a master dog whistler and that whistler speaks to our ears, clever words designed to enrage hate against the other and he would divide our nation for his own empowerment, who destroys our national respect and honor for his own aggrandizement.

Trump will be Trump! We can’t really stop him. So what if his son-in-law haggles for mega-loans from his White Office? So what if the daughter hawks her wares, levering the presidential seal?

Now, I’m no angel in this regard, and Gary makes a good point as to the need for greater civility between those we disagree with, but you know what they say, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” Just sayin’. (-:      

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

NFL Players’ Association files grievance over anthem policy: (Headline)

*Please see “Take a Knee” on page 10.   (Me)

 Hillary Clinton eyes 2020: (Headline)

*Are you kidding me right now?! (Me)

“I can think of no better description than to call ICE a terrorist organization, and I will wear any criticism from Mike Pence as a badge of honor.” (Cynthia Nixon, actress and candidate for Governor of New York).

*Is she serious right now?  (Me)

Kentucky Defies Leftists & Atheists, Brings the Bible Back to Schools: (Headline)

*When will California do the same? Don’t hold your breath (Me)

“Let me tell you this about Adam. Adam’s had a terrible last couple of years, he wanted to be the attorney general under Hillary Clinton and no one in the country worked harder to protect her than Adam Schiff.  He wanted to be the head of the CIA, he wanted … to run for Senate in the People’s Republic of California, but he couldn’t win either of those seats, so now, now he wants to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — speaking of the apocalypse, Adam Schiff wants to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. (Trey Gowdy)

“No American should be above the law, including The President.” (Juan Williams, Fox News)

*Wait a minute Juan – are you including Hillary Clinton, too? If so, we’ve got a mess of an injustice on our hands. (Me)

It seems to be that if you are running for president on the Democratic side in 2020 or thinking about it, you have to prove you are the most insane person when it comes to Trump nominees, President Trump could nominate George Washington and they would all be up in arms.”  (Sen. Lindsey Graham)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

Just read the rant. Although I just couldn’t read all the sick people from the left spouting on,  excellent points about how things would change if there was a terror attack (and did not know about bombs on ships…they hate us and will never stop–and I don’t just mean the left!) and I had somehow missed the Obama ladies room line…CLASSIC!!!!  LOVED all the Ted quotes you got in there! He is a great entertainer and American.  Harry

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 5, 2018

Father Forgive Me?

The sermon in church a couple weeks ago was about being careful not to judge other people, and we know that Jesus told us, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Okay, okay. I get it, but is it really judging when you just point out what others have said? Is it really judging when I just allow the stupidity of their ways to be revealed through their own words?  I don’t know, but I sure hope not, because that’s what I’m going to do.

I realize these folks truly believe this stuff, and I know these words were passionately motivated by their beliefs, but does that make them any less stupid? Rut row, is that judging?

(After re-reading the preceding paragraphs a day later, I’m wondering if “stupid” is too harsh and judgmental. Perhaps I should say misguided, foolish, nonsensical, or that they lack common sense? Between you and me though, what I’m really thinking is that they’re freaking nuts, but that just wouldn’t be right, so I’m not saying that).

Anyway, here you go. A week’s worth of liberal anguish.

Michael Moore:

“Resorting to turning our schools into killing fields because we love our guns more than we love our kids – who the hell are we kidding? Stop being shocked that Trump is kidnapping children from their parents as if this isn’t who we are! Yes, it is. It has ALWAYS been who we are”.

“Why does Trump hate Catholics so much? His latest sick fetish is (to) round up tens of thousands of Catholics, jail them, take their children from them, then jail them. He also hates Catholics from Haiti (shithole country) & he truly despises the Catholic island of Puerto Rico. Why?”

Chelsea Handler:

“Trump and Putin are going to meet on July 16th. Which means Trump has two weeks to get in shape to fit into his wedding dress.”

 A Chant at one of last week’s protest marches: 

“F… your borders, F… your walls, we will make your system fall.”

 Nancy Pelosi:

“We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, in our country; and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.” 

 Philip Germain, Chair CA 25 United for Progress:

It’s pretty sad we have a government that wants to regulate women’s bodies more than banks or firearms. But that’s just me.”

 Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: 

“While there is no causality, there is a connection in the attitudes of this unhinged gunman and the President of the United States” (referring to the shooting at the newspaper office in Maryland)

 Rob Cox, Reuters News:

“Blood is on your hands Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul.”  (Re: shooting at newspaper office)

 Cynthia Nixon, actress and candidate for Congress:

“ICE has strayed so far away from its mission. It is supposed to be here to keep Americans safe but what it has turned into, frankly, is a terrorist organization of its own that is terrorizing people who are coming to this country.”

 From a ‘letter to the editor’ recently submitted to The Signal newspaper:

Lest we forget how Trump has dehumanized, degraded, demeaned people and how he has brought bigotry back twofold to this divided country.  This country has been set back progressively by a madman who is only concerned about himself and the money he can make.

Joshua Topolsky, co-founder of Vox Media’s The Verge:

“Ben Shapiro is the Jew who helps other Jews onto the train.” (Shapiro is a conservative commentator)

 Jennifer Rubin, MSNBC contributor:

So it’s perfectly civil to do that; no one’s telling them to be violent protesters, but we’re not going to let these people go through life unscathed. Sarah Huckabee has no right to live a life of no fuss, no muss, after lying to the press — after inciting against the press. These people should be made uncomfortable, and, I think that’s a life sentence frankly.”

 Joe Scarborough, MSNBC:

Children are being marched away to showers, just like the Nazis said they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back. You’d think they would use another trick.

  Dave Jacobson, CNN:

Donald Trump increasingly looks like Hitler in Nazi Germany. Donald Trump is turning this nation into Nazi Germany and turning these detention centers into concentration camps.

 Michelle Wolf, comedian: (so-called)

“These politicians, these people that we’re expected to be civil to, our public servants that we elected to do a job… they work for us, You can’t just casually harass these people. You have to insult them specifically.”

 “If you see Ivanka on the street, first call her Tiffany. This will devastate her. Then talk to her in terms she’ll understand. Say, Ivanka, you’re like vaginal mesh. You were supposed to support women but now you have blood all over you and you’re the center of a thousand lawsuits.”            

 “Is your nickname ‘herpes’? Because you’re not necessarily the most dangerous person in the administration but you’re very unpleasant, totally incurable and you always show up when we’re about to get f—-d.”

There you go, I’ll let you decide how to describe these words and the intentions behind them, and whether or not judging them is a sin. As for me, I’m staying out of it.  (-:

Recurring Thought:

As I researched and pulled together what these liberal folks expressed, I kept going back to what we all should really be concerned with, which is health, happiness, and the love of family and friends. We all want to live a comfortable life with the basic (and then some) necessities of life garnered from our labor and the opportunity to pursue the work we desire. Getting worked up over how we believe others should think and act won’t matter a hill of beans if the aforementioned is pulled out from underneath us.

If the dollar were to collapse, along with our economy or, God forbid, we were without electricity and water for several months, how soon would the hysterical cries from the liberals stop?

If a deadly bomb killed many of us and made many others very ill (I recently saw a piece on the threat of terrorists’ using cargo containers to transfer and then detonate bombs on ships from the middle east that arrive in Los Angeles), all the stuff the progressives are so wound up about would quickly become irrelevant in a big way.

So, let’ s all be concerned, and perhaps vocalize that concern regarding things that could actually affect life as we know it, and not issues that affect us emotionally.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “I pray there is a cure for self-inflicted madness and that truth logic and commonsense return to the haters when they wake up from their manufactured fantasy nightmare.”  (Ted Nugent referring to Trump Derangement Syndrome)

“OK my fellow human beings who are tuned in and smart enough to cherish our precious gift of life and the undeniable duty to defend it. I remain astonished that innocent victims of mass shootings continue to fail to inspire others to be prepared and have a firearm on their person at all times. Fire extinguishers, spare tires & a jack, duct tape, basic every day tools of self-sufficiency and rugged individualism independence make perfect sense. Unarmed and helpless is a catastrophic and surefire suicidal irresponsibility. For God sake’s America wakeup and have the tools you need at hand. Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness only work if you survive. Good should win evil should lose. Stack the odds in your favor. Put a goddamn gun in your belt and be prepared to use it.”  (Ted Nugent)

“BBQ like you mean it! Killit and Grillit and celebrate the sacred life giving protein from Gods renewable pantry! Happy Independence Day every damn day!”  (Ted Nugent)

*If it seems I went a little overboard on Ted Nugent quotes, you may be right. The thing is, I saw his show at The Canyon last weekend – and while I wasn’t familiar with him or his music before that, the show by this 70-year-old guy blew me away. His guitar playing, vocals, showmanship and energy were second to none. Oh yeah, I like his patriotism and politics, too. (Me)

“President Kennedy put a man on the moon, President Obama put a man in the ladies room.” (Picture of a sign posted on Facebook)

Does your Obama sticker make you feel stupid yet? (Bumper sticker)

“Despite unpopularity, Trump is winning while Democrats are reeling.” (Chuck Todd, on Meet the Press)

*Who this guy, and what did he do with the real Chuck Todd? (Me)

Letters to the Ranter: 

Doug,

Santa Clarita recently passed a law making it illegal for a homeless person to sleep in a car parked on the street. 

 At the same time California is full of “Sanctuary Cities”.  So let me see if I understand this, a legal citizen can go to jail only because he or she may be experiencing hard times and is living in their car. But a law breaking person living in this state illegally is free to go on breaking the law, as long as they go on living 10 to a room like cockroaches in an apartment. I know that last statement is politically incorrect, I don’t care, the truth is the truth, deal with it. Our law makers need to get their priorities straight.  Hank

Hello Doug,

As usual I look for your rant & am always anxious to read it.

I have been a moderate conservative all my life as my folks were before me & usually vote along party lines.

 I have had several friends that were more liberal & some that are extremely liberal. It hasn’t been a real problem because we can still enjoy a friendship together, we just don’t talk politics. So far it hasn’t been a problem but since it has now reached the boiling point I can see the environment changing.

 The new or should I say old face of the democratic party is so far off base. Maxine Waters recently encouraging situations similar to Sarah Huckabee to be stepped up wanting similar situations at malls, dept. stores, any place where the general public gather. Such nonsense. The even scarier thought is that a lot of people that already operate with control issue problems get together with like people & get each other fired up, well I am sure several situations will not be peaceable & is bound to lead to violence or even death.

 It seems like it would be illegal for a hired public figure who are supposed to be serving all the people to be involved in this kind of verbage.

 It is unbelievable to me that the majority isn’t happy with the progress that we have made since President Trump has been in office. I am willing to observe & not to get involved in any of the liberal nonsense but I know a lot of people that are not as passive as I am.

 The other thing that I have a hard time wrapping my mind around is how could our government demand parents give up custody of their children which has been recently corrected,  but how can they claim that they have lost these kids.

It seems ludicrous that they would send adults home without their children. I hope that all children end up with their parents regardless of where they are, & the sooner the better. That part of the program must be in utter chaos.

Well, I wish that writing a letter & having it published in the Gazette would solve this problem but I know it won’t. Thanks for hearing my thoughts.  Dennis

 *Letters to the editor are printed “as-is,” and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation.

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 14, 2018

Radio Show Paranoia?

 The front page story from last week’s Gazette was about Kelly Trunkey challenging Joe Messina for his seat on the board of the Hart School District. In part, the article read: “It is Messina’s role as host of ‘The Real Side with Joe Messina,’ which Trunkey called ‘behavior I am not comfortable with,’ that motivated her to run.” She was also quoted as saying, “He’s so involved in partisan politics that it takes away from his duties to our students, to our teachers. I believe I do not agree with him being on the board when he has obviously, an agenda.”

 Is Messina the “Kim Jong-un” of the school board? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure there are other members on the board who vote on matters relating to students/teachers, and who also have the ability to prevent a matter from passing that they deem not in the best interest of the district.

Aside from that, I would like to see exact examples of Joe Messina’s national political views expressed on his show that have been proven to influence detrimental actions on his part while serving on the board for the last nine years. Not the fear that it will happen, but by reviewing his track record from his time on the board while having the radio show. I hope Mrs. Trunkey sticks to actual school district issues while campaigning, not unrealistic fear mongering about what could happen based on someone having a conservative radio show.

Game On For City Council Seats:

 As candidates for Santa Clarita City Council begin to line up and we start reading and hearing what platforms they’re running on, all will cite traffic as a hot issue. I’m thinking the only way traffic in Santa Clarita is going to really improve is when roads are built over and through the hills that divide the east side from the west side.

I’m looking for candidates who will lay out a pin-point, step-by-step policy and procedure with urgent energy to get those roads built. Someone who has the ability to sift through and weed out the “it can’t be done,” the “it can’t happen until…” and the “it will probably take several years before those roads get built, if ever.”  I want a city council that will take the attitude of “we don’t deal in excuses, we only deal in results!”  So when you hear the candidates sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher garbling on about traffic in our city and they don’t vociferously sound the alarm for new roads connecting east-to-west, forget about it!                         

 How Could You, Doug?

 Some of my friends, family members, casual acquaintances and new people I’ve met have all virtually said the same thing when the conversation gets around to our president: “How can you like the guy Doug?” or “How do you write glowing stuff about that idiot?

If you have read this column in the past, you know where I stand on our president ­­­­­— and it’s not because I necessarily like him. In fact, it seems Obama would be more fun to have a beer with than Trump. The difference is, I couldn’t stand the way Obama ran the country, but I think Trump is doing a tremendously better job in all aspects. But, I’m able to separate my feelings regarding the two presidents from their personalities and job performance, something even intelligent Democrats are unable or unwilling to do.

Do the smart, good looking people in the mainstream media separate their personal feelings and just concentrate on presidential job performance? Absolutely freaking not!  Obama was the center of love-fest coverage, even as the country floundered in economic anemia and embarrassing international weakness. Trump’s coverage is based on pure hate from personality-judging, without regard to job performance.

Sometimes I tune into on CNN or MSNBC just to get a laugh at the ridiculousness of the things they say about President Trump. While watching coverage of the summit in Singapore, it was amusing to hear the liberal-loving commentaries regarding Trump’s performance. It appeared they were openly rooting for his failure by sniping, criticizing and questioning his every move, including the way he shook hands with the Dictator, and even criticizing the dinner menu for that evening.

Of course, Democrat leaders could see zero value in what Trump pulled off:

Chuck Schumer: “What the United States has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. What North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and lasting. By granting a meeting with Chairman Kim, President Trump has granted a brutal and repressive dictatorship, the international legitimacy it has long craved.”

Nancy Pelosi: “In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo.”

It’s no matter that their guy (Obama) gave Iran $150 Billion of taxpayer money to supposedly halt their production of nuclear weapons that weren’t even built yet, Trump is on the road to preventing actual attacks with bombs that are ready to go without giving the dude a dime! Those existing weapons have the capability to reach our land now, or very soon. But hey, when you deal with folks who don’t deal in what’s best for our safety, just selfish hate for a president, this is the nonsense you get.

Mom & Dad:              

I’ll give you another reason I enthusiastically support our president, and it relates to President Reagan and my mom and dad. No, they didn’t know Reagan personally, but oh my, did he have a profound impact on their lives that has lasted until today.

My dad supported our family (including my two younger brothers and I) with income solely from his commissions as an insurance agent. We weren’t destitute, but we sure lived a frugal existence from President Kennedy through Jimmy Carter’s time in office (I was out on my own in 1974, but watched the family struggle continue).

Lo and behold, after Reagan was in office and introduced changes that ignited the economy, my dad’s business took off! The success he enjoyed enabled a comfortable life style for my mom and dad (including lots of travel), but best of all, provided him with the means to invest in the stock market and real-estate.

Those investments are paying off even today (Dad passed away in 2010) as our mother struggles with dementia and is financially able to live with great, loving care in a wonderful facility (that ain’t cheap).

So as Trump’s economy takes off, I can’t help but think of the many of folks out there who will financially benefit and be able to take care of their spouse for many years to come, the way my dad was able to under President Reagan’s time in office.

Perhaps his haters should take into consideration the reality of what this economy is doing under Trump’s watch, and think about what it could mean for them and their families in years to come, and not resort to such unreasonable hate.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “I feel like President Trump and Kim Jong-un are going to be members of ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ This really just feels like a sitcom of some sort as opposed to having the gravity that this is really about the security of the United States of America.” (Wendy Sherman, former Obama advisor)

“I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point. And by the way, I’m hoping for it. Because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.  (Bill Maher)

*‘Lose your democracy?’ Really Bill?  (Me)

CNN’s Jim Acosta slammed for obnoxious grandstanding during summit: (Headline)

“I love watching you bust their balls, I can’t get enough of it.” (Jimmy Kimmel to CNN’s Jim Acosta)

Robert De Niro gets rapturous standing ovation at Tony’s after declaring ‘F*ck Trump’:  (Headline)

*Haters gonna hate. (Me)

Food Stamp Enrollment Dips to Lowest Level in 8 Years (Headline)

*What’s to hate about that? (Me)

“Wave a wand. Remove ALL white anti-black racism. Does this solve the fact that 73% of blacks are raised without a dad; that 50% of inner city kids drop out of H.S.; and that most inner city kids who graduate from H.S. cannot read, write or do math at grade level?!” (Larry Elder)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

In your backhanded welcome of Ashley Caulkins as a contributor, you attempt to “mansplain” to her: “I caution her to avoid putting down a large segment of the population and limit the personal attacks on her president…will ultimately delegitimize her opinion with many readers and jeopardize the value of her other points.”

I think perhaps you should lead by example and avoid “putting down a large segment of the population” that will ultimately delegitimize your opinion with many readers and jeopardize the value of your other points. One does not have to look far to see the hypocrisy of your “caution” to a high school student:

 Doug Sutton: 2/22/18 Issue “Perhaps the Berkeley snowflakes, the vagina cap-wearing ladies, and even the Trump-blaming high school students should take a look back in history before they throw misguided rocks at those of us on the right.”

Time to lead by example and practice what you preach.

Nicolette

Bravo!!! My sentiments exactly! If she takes the Editor’s advice, it surely wouldn’t be HER opinion. Thank you Nicole.    Deborah

Doug’s Rant finally makes a point I agree with. He lists 7 countries that impose cruel and harsh punishment on illegal immigrants, including North Korea and Iran. He then points out that the United States treats illegal immigrant humainly. He does a good job of pointing out the difference between a cruel, harsh dictatorship and a true democracy.   Dan

*See additional letters

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 7, 2018

Ranter’s Note:

I want to welcome our newest contributor to the Gazette, Ashley Calkins (see page 8), and I hope she continues submitting opinion pieces. I will, however, caution her to in the future, avoid putting down a large segment of the population and limit the use of personal attacks on our president. Phrases such as, “The cowardice of many has created the terror that is our president, the ignorance of our masses has allowed him to gain office,” and “where a homophobic, sexist, racist man is our president,” will ultimately delegitimize her opinion with many readers and jeopardize the value of her other points.

What Really Matters 

While listening to the mind-numbing campaign ads leading up to Tuesday night for Gavin Newsom, Xavier Becerra and even Diane Feinstein, I kept thinking that the things they were touting as the reason to vote for them really don’t matter, or actually affect the majority of us in our day to day living. In some cases, such as immigration issues, their policies could actually hurt and disrupt day to day living.

Going back to what I wrote last week, Democrat ads promote the right to marry the person you love, LGBT rights, providing health care to every citizen, taking on the NRA, taking on the Trump administration to defend the Affordable Care Act and DACA, fighting against the Muslim travel ban, the EPA’s air quality standards and the plan to build a wall along the California border. Of course, supporting immigrants, their rights, providing benefits and protecting them from law enforcement, are their big ones.

Republicans, however, implore that California is in trouble with the highest state income tax in the nation – ranking dead last in business friendliness, and the highest poverty rate in the country. The unfunded public pension liability has reached a critical stage, and there is huge risk of not being able to fund the public retiree health care liability. The middle class is being smothered with high state sales tax, high gas taxes, traffic fines, and utility rates.

What confounds me is how Democrats think their issues are so critical to so many people, while ignoring the issues that seem so important. If the socioeconomic status of folks is in chaos, what good do their liberal campaign points do to help those they’re trying to get votes from?           

Do these Democratic candidates actually care about the people they want votes from? Do they really feel strongly about the issues they put forth?  Could it be that they’re just using feel-good, emotional, idealistic motivation to get votes, without regard for what could help or prevent real harm to those they hope to represent, serve and supposedly care about?

What’s Really Scary:

What scares me is that it appears the majority of California voters have bought into this liberal nonsense, with nearly 48 million voting for Feinstein, Newsom and Becerra alone on Tuesday. While I’m not going to claim that those voters represent “the ignorance of our masses,” it is concerning that they feel the thoughts of these candidates is what will enable a better life for them and their families (those here legally, anyway).

I’m no sociologist or psychologist, but it seems to me many of the folks who vote for these liberal candidates are putting a misplaced reliance on government for substantive and emotional foundations for their lives. Many don’t see that these foundations need to come from faith, family, self reliance and hard work. The government exists as a peripheral means of support for us, not the be-all-end-all of existence. It is well documented that if a society that heads in the direction we are (especially California), it plows into a heap of trouble!

Another Gem:

Someone sent me this gem that I can’t pass up sharing:   

 Let’s see if I got this right!

If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor.  

If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally, you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

If you cross the U.S. border illegally, you get …
A job, a drivers license, social security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Washington, billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language, the right to carry your country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect, and, in many instances, you can vote.

I just wanted to make sure I had a firm grasp of the situation!

 Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “Voters are going to have a real choice this November between a Governor who is going to stand up to Donald Trump or a foot soldier in Trump’s war on California.”  (Gavin Newsom)

*The war on California is going to be fought by you Mr. Newsom, and you won’t realize it until it’s too late!  (Me)

“We are going to take this state and we are going to make it livable and affordable.” (John Cox)

“Gavin Newsom wants to turn this state into Venezuela – we’re not going to let him.” (John Cox)

*One can only imagine how sweet it would be with a huge upset in November. (Me)

Primary night is over and the Democrats averted total disaster in California (Headline)

*Is it all possible our side could pull the type of upset Trump did in 2016? (Me)

Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $17 million since Mueller’s appointment (Headline)

*What’s a measly $17 million when we’re $20 trillion in debt already? As Nancy Pelosi would say, ‘$17 million is just crumbs.’ (Me)

Samantha Bee’s vile insults against Ivanka Trump and others are liberal media’s late-night business model.  (Headline)

*This whole hypocritical thing with the media has reached sickening proportions (see Letter to the Ranter below).  (Me)

“The lowest unemployment in recorded American history. Thank you, Mr. President.” (James Wood, Actor)

“Those jobs of the past are just not going to come back, what magic wand does Trump have?”  (Barack Obama)

“May’s jobs report shows that strong employment numbers mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans’ watch.  Republicans’ cruel, cynical health care sabotage campaign is already spiking families’ premiums by double digits and pushing millions off their coverage, according to the nonpartisan CBO,” (Nancy Pelosi)

“Pelosi is terrified that Americans are working again, of course. The entire Democrat strategy is based on welfare, illegal immigration, and taxing those who work and create. Misery and poverty are the recruiting engine of the Democratic Party.”  (James Wood)

Letter to the Ranter:
So ABC cancels an entire show and cast (of which only one made a silly and innocuous tweat).  What about when an ABC star called someone the n-word. Nothing happened. What about when liberal fool Joy Behar called all Christians mentally ill. Nothing. (it is her and stupid goldberg who are mentally ill). What about lies and slander and hatred and death threats by ABC shows against the president. No repremands, no firing. Seems if you support that mentally ill maniac liar Hillary, you can do and say anything and get away with it. But a trump supporter with one demb tweet that she tried to immediatley delete, and apologize for. All hell breaks loose. ABC does not and never had any moral values. They once broadcast a totally lying documentary about 15 years ago called “men, sex, and rape,” which made many factually incorrect statement and practically made all men rapists or potential rapists, with leftist women college professors who are the scum of the earth, like catherine mckennon. Shame on ABC, a gutter network, just like CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC.
Melissa

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 31, 2018

Who Really Has Courage for A Change?

I was going to headline this with we’re screwed, and while I’m not sure it’s appropriate for a headline, it sure is an accurate term regarding the guy who will likely be our next governor. If you’ve seen or heard Gavin Newsom’s campaign ads they tout a lot of stuff that makes a conservative’s stomach churn.

“The LA Times called Gavin Newsom ahead of the pack, from gay marriage to gun control. The first mayor to recognize marriage equality. The first to provide healthcare to every resident. The first to take on the National Rifle Association and win. The one candidate with a record of bold leadership and bold results. It’s why Kamala Harris, teachers, nurses and firefighters support Gavin Newsom for governor. Courage for a change.”

 “It takes courage to make real change. That’s Gavin Newsom. The first to recognize the right to marry the person you love. The first to deliver health care to every citizen as a fundamental human right. Gavin Newsom took on the gun lobby. And won. And Newsom balanced seven budgets in a row…without laying off a single police officer, teacher or firefighter.’ Newsom: ‘It’s about doing what Californians have always done. Imagining the future. And building the future today.’ Gavin Newsom for Governor. Courage. For a change.”

 Goodness gracious, this guy’s courage for change is going to make us wish Jerry Brown could serve another two terms and, unfortunately, the liberal voters among us will lap this crap up like a dog lapping up a bucket of beer and our conservative heads will be spinning like the beer-drinking dog will!

What a stark contrast between Newsom ads and John Cox’s ads:

 “If you want to know why I am running, the answer is really quite simple. Because there are two Californias — the one we have, and the one we could have. The California we have is in trouble, and we need to do something about it.

“We have the highest state income tax in the nation, but today rank dead last in friendliness to business. We have the highest poverty rate in the country. Our unfunded public pension liability has reached the critical stage and we haven’t even begun to fund our huge public retiree health care liability. Our high cost of living, including our regressive taxes are hurting the middle class, with the highest state sales tax, and sky-high gas taxes, traffic fines, and utility rates. The list goes on.”

 I do have to say that Travis Allen would be my first choice for governor; his conservative ideals pack more of a punch than Cox’s, but like my support for Ted Cruz in 2016 and giving way to the guy who had more of chance to win the presidency, so it goes with Allen and Cox.

John Cox is the one really pushing “courage for change,” because the change Newsom is touting is nothing but socialism that could cripple California, which is already on the brink of economic chaos.

I will ask any of my liberal friends to compare the substance of the two ad campaigns and tell me which one would really help you and your family. Not the feel good idealism of Newsom’s but the harsh reality of Cox’s, a reality that could really hurt many of us Californians unless someone like a John Cox has the real courage for change.                         

How Much More Will We Be Able To Take?

 Stomaching Gavin Newsom will be hard enough, but sadly, it looks like another socialistic, liberal and criminal-loving person will be filling a crucial seat, that of attorney general. Yep, it looks like the lovable Xavier Becerra will continue his bang-up job in that position as he gains confidence from being elected (he was selected the first time around) energizing his efforts to force liberal bull dung down our throats.

“Since taking office in January, Becerra has taken the Trump administration to court to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He’s led the fight against the discriminatory Muslim travel ban, the EPA’s illegal delay of air quality standards, and the ill-conceived wasteful plan to build a wall along the California border.” 

 “As California Attorney General, Becerra sued the Trump Administration over its effort to curb funding for sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten local law enforcement’s ability to protect our communities.”  

 He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in a Santa Clarita summer to win, but Eric Early would make an excellent attorney general. Much like John Cox, Early recognizes the dangers facing us under a Xavier Becerra.

“California’s sanctuary state law should be renamed the “Illegal Immigrant Felon Protection Act,” because that’s its only purpose. Enough is enough. We need an AG that will put the safety of California citizens first.

 “The current “non-elected” attorney general – is a lifetime politician with almost no real legal experience. His career has focused on his own self-interest, and he is currently using taxpayer money to further his own goals.”                   In a perfect world (state, if you will) John Cox would be our next governor and Eric Early our next attorney general. But, reading the tea leaves of California’s liberal electorate, I’m afraid we’re going to be under the rule of a Newsom/Becerra administration, and it ain’t going to be pretty, my friends.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:  Right now we are living through a crisis in our democracy; there are certainly not tanks in the street, but what is happening today goes to the heart of who we are as a nation. I say this not as a Democrat who lost an election, but an American afraid of losing a country.” (Hillary Clinton)

*Crisis in our democracy, losing a country, really? Can you imagine if she was president? (Me)

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” (President Trump)

“Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan: If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy. You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions. (John Brennan, former CIA Director and current MSNBC contributor)

“President Obama, basically, it appears to me, politicized all of his agencies: the [Department of Justice] DOJ, the FBI, the IRS, the CIA. They were all involved in trying to take down Donald Trump.” (Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business)

“The president of the United States is lying to us over and over and over and over again; we’ve all seen it with our very own eyes and we’ve heard it with our own ears.” (Don Lemon, CNN)

*Round and round all of this Trump and Obama stuff goes, how it’s going to end up, nobody knows. If I was a betting man, based on what I’ve been able to garner, the Trump team should have more confidence than the Obama team on where the chips are going to fall on this one. (Me)

“I think that his policies have been by and large a good deal better than I might have expected. But some of the things he has said are not ones that I would aspire for my grandkids to adopt.” (Mitt Romney)

*Romney should tread lightly when talking about Trump. The majority of Utah voters support him and Mitt needs those votes to win the senate seat there. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

This is my first correspondence with you.

I am a long time reader of your rants and I love them all!!!

I stand behind your views.

I don’t know how you, as publisher of the Gazette, can stand dealing with the complete idiots that write some of the Gazette’s articles. One recent (yellow) article in particular, was written by Blair Bess who is mis-quoting (as does the media left) our President by stating; “ President Trump’s latest assault on undocumented aliens reached a new low last week when he said, “These aren’t people; these are animals.”My message to Blair Bess; “Take the banana out of your ears and listen better before you take pen in hand and show the world just how limited your opinion is!” President Trump’s comments were about the M-13 gang members, who easily come across our border and defile everything this country has been founded on. I agree with him, They are animals!!! In his article, Blair Bess just goes on and on and on… about nothing really with no factual basis! He even brings Nazi Germany into this fold…..REALLY???

 Why can’t these people understand that Hilary has LOST and Donald Trump (and the rest of our country) has WON!!! Can’t these folks see all the great things that our President has supported and promoted into positive actions for our country?

 When Obama was president, I didn’t like it, but I’m an American citizen and I supported his right to perform to the best of his ability until he finally left office.

 We Republicans are not this country’s enemy, but we continue to be treated like we are! Grow up American Democrats and open your eyes to the realities of this world!! Thanks for the soap box Doug. Jeff

Ranter’s Note:

The following are comments from folks on Facebook regarding part of last week’s rant entitled “Mueller’s probe needs to be probed.”

You need to be probed. Jeng

Sir, your patriotism has fallen off the cliff! Perhaps you should do the same. Richard

Your brain is what needs to be probed if we can find anything! Mueller is an outstanding prosecutor. He knows exactly what he is doing. Christina

Honestly, where do these Wingnuts come from? Our Country was invaded by Russia, and you Goose-Stepping Facist-Republicans come out of the toilets. Dan

Dan, prove the wrong. If Mueller can’t make it happen after a year and a half, with all our millions of tax dollars and all the “brightest” lawyers pulling out everything under their hats, you should figure out a way to get on his crusade and help him “find it.” Wendy

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 24, 2018

Mueller’s Probe Needs To Be Probed:

A letter to the editor in The Signal newspaper last week regarding the Mueller investigation read in part:

The Republicans are calling for a conclusion to this most important investigation The Republicans’ fear is that the longer the investigation goes on more wrong doings will surface.Republicans are pressuring hard to end the investigation and in doing so are only adding more fervor to the fire, which is in Mueller’s favor.

The letter writer left out some matters that are pointing to an inconvenient truth about this whole thing. These headlines recently appeared in the ‘Trump hating’ New York Times:

Giuliani says Mueller has informed him that Trump cannot be indicted.

Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia.

This from Mark Penn who was an advisor to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton for several years and hardly a Trump supporter:

This process must now be stopped, preferably long before a vote in the Senate. Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again.”

If the letter writer were to dig deep as to how this investigation got started she may be shocked to learn this whole thing is a made up farce, possibly instigated illegally by President Obama himself. His FBI and his DOJ had a phony document they used to get a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign for pure political reasons to help Hillary Clinton.

So far this is being borne out by the FBI and DOJ who are seemingly scared to death to provide Congress with documents that could expose the pants off of what went on with the FBI & DOJ all the way up to Obama!

As usual, hypocrisy from the left is front and center when it comes to our President. Can you imagine if George Bush had instigated the same type of illegal crap against Barack Obama’s campaign to try and keep him out of the White House? The media would have exploded like three nuclear bombs going off; instead, the news of this possible illegal bombshell is mostly being reported by conservative outlets.                

Really?

Diane Trautman, who is a member of “Advocates of the SCV” and running for City Council, wrote a column in The Signal, entitled “Leadership Vacuum at City Hall.” She admonished Mayor Laurene Weste and the City Council for the raucous meeting when SB 54 was heatedly debated. While I am not going to get into the discussion on how the meeting was run, I am puzzled as to what Trautman wrote in the conclusion of her piece after lamenting how the council reacted and voted unanimously in favor of the SB 54 push-back.

Now our city is fractured and what do we have to show for it? Our City Council has sent a message to Sacramento. But they have also created a political wedge issue for the coming elections.” Our city is fractured, a political wedge created? By my estimation 90 percent of Santa Clarita residents don’t know about the meeting, what was debated and how the council voted on the issue and if they did, it wouldn’t even begin to create much of a fracture.

They have harmed the city’s reputation (how will this affect the local real estate market?)” As far as the city’s reputation being harmed, I think the council’s vote ENHANCED our reputation, based on accolades the council received from out-of-town media outlets and the rate of other cities doing what Santa Clarita did. I’m not sure why or how she thinks the local real estate market could be affected, but I say it can ONLY HELP!

They redirected city resources away from fighting the opioid crisis, homelessness, and traffic and safety, to fight a political battle.” Really? This seems like quite a stretch to me, a stretch that reeks of her own political battle of trying to get elected.

Worst of all they’ve sent a message to residents: We don’t represent you. Deal with it.”  WRONG! They DO represent us! They sent a message to those of us who want to keep our city safer from dangerous illegal aliens such as the MS-13 gang members that Trump labeled as animals which, by the way, I agree with him on his description. Those criminals should not be anywhere near any American citizen.

Get Over It?

Should it not bother me when Blue Shield sent me their “notice informing individuals about nondiscrimination and accessibility requirements” which was in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalong, Navajo, Korean, Armenian, Russian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Khmer, Arabic, Hmong, Thai, Hindi, and Laotian?

Does it make me a bad person to agree with Theodore Roosevelt when he said, “We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us” and “We have room for but one flag, the American flag. … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language”?

 I Can’t Pass This One Up:

By Jeff Foxworthy:

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

One of the most popular intellectuals in the modern Republican Party is the libertarian writer Ayn Rand. This immoral, decrepit woman advocated a philosophy…” (Josh Heath from his column in The Signal—”GOP’s Favorite Witch”)

*Josh does not need to resort to personal name-calling when trying to get his view across regarding someone’s philosophy. I don’t think he would appreciate it if I described him as a young, immature idiot for writing this.

In terms of a broader society, it requires passing those laws—universal health care, debt free college, affordable child care—that gives everyone a shot at success and not just the privileged few.”  (Josh Heath)

*Josh needs to take a look at what’s going on in Venezuela. (Me)

California politician pushes for free health care for illegal immigrants.” (Headline)

*This guy is looking for favors from Gavin Newsom already. (Me)

Now that we know the FBI investigates campaigns for foreign collusion, why didn’t they plant a mole in Hillary’s campaign when they learned that she and Bill raked in $145 mil in Russian money? (Larry Elder Tweet)

Trump:   I was “wire tapped”
CNN:    Haha. That idiot Donald Trump thinks he was wire tapped.
..six months later…
CNN: Trump was wire tapped  (Meme)

Has anyone seen Jeff Sessions? Has he been rendered incapacitated? Has he been devoured by the Swamp? Asking because a real AG would have stepped in and shut down this circus by now. Worried about him … poor guy.” (Eric Bolling, formerly of Fox News)

“The most dangerous man in America” (Jeff Sessions) “The most powerful prosecutor in the world, the man who holds the scales of justice in his hands, hides behind the coattails of a Rod Rosenstein.” (Judge Jeanine Pirro, Fox News)

“You’re too stupid to handle even household appliances if you think the FBI was against Trump.” (Joe Scarborough, MSNBC)

*I remember when Joe was a conservative before he fell in love with a staunch liberal. (Me)

I would without a doubt beat Trump in 2020 but my wife would never go for it.” (Alec Baldwin)

*Dream on, Alec. (Me)

“I would rather my daughter dated a member of MS-13 than a member of the Republican Party.” (Rob Rousseau on Twitter)

*Wow, what a Dad! (Me)

“The city of West Hollywood is giving Stormy Daniels the key to the city for ‘speaking truth to power.’ So when can Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones expect to receive their keys?” (Larry Elder Tweet)

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 17, 2018

Why, Doug, Why?

 Someone asked me why I write about Trump so much. I didn’t know if they were a supporter or a hater, so I said, “To bug you.” The person chuckled slightly and changed the subject. The real reason, though, is to help off-set the rampantly biased Trump Derangement Syndrome news that emanates from most media outlets. I’ve discovered there are many folks that do not follow this stuff closely, so they only hear the negative peripheral noise, resulting in a skewed perception of the president. While I don’t consider this column as some sort of great mass communication forum, I do want to do a small part to help get a side of Trump out there that many don’t hear or read about.

 It’s All In The Scoreboard:

Hey Trump haters, how about taking a look at the scoreboard. When a ball game is on the line you look at the scoreboard. It doesn’t matter much how the team is playing, just what the scoreboard indicates. Stealing a portion of one of Bill Clinton’s lines: It’s the scoreboard, stupid!

Speaking of scoreboards, President Trump is a game changer, upsetting so many political apple carts; his detractors are slipping and sliding on squished apples with looks of bewildering puzzlement.

CNN and MSNBC actually crack me up as they franticly spout out, pore over and gnash their teeth about irrelevant stuff intended to soothe the souls of Trump haters as the scoreboard shows an ever increasing blow-out.

A couple of nights ago a panel on CNN (I’ve written it a hundred times or so, but most Fox News panels include at least one liberal to offer another side of an issue, but the one righty CNN used to have they fired) were anguishing over low morale in the White House, why the First Lady kept her surgery a secret, and Stormy Daniels being the one who could bring down the Trump presidency.

My favorite was the panel launching into the president because he talks with Sean Hannity on a regular basis. These people really got worked up over this and I actually started laughing out loud at the spectacle on the screen. Of course the panel did not touch on any relevant issues like a big boy network should. I guess they can’t see the scoreboard.

 Sick of Winning Yet?

 When The Donald was campaigning he threw out the line, “We’ll win so much, you’ll get sick of winning.” At the time I thought it was a pretty dumb thing to say, but hey, who knew?! Rush Limbaugh even said, “Now he’s having to keep promises other presidents made.” You gotta love it!

Just last week the winning ramped up with the announcement of black unemployment at an all time low, overall unemployment lowest since 2000, negotiating the release of three Americans from North Korea and the capture of ISIS’s top five most wanted.

It doesn’t end there. The historic moving of our embassy to Jerusalem (which other presidents promised to do, but didn’t), the summit with Kim Jong Un that six months ago nobody thought remotely possible. Trade agreements are being renegotiated. He got us out of the Iran-Obama deal and out of the Paris climate debacle. The economy is on fire as a result of deregulation, corporate/personal tax cuts and we’re seeing record small-business profits. What’s not to love? Scoreboard Baby!

 It Would Make ‘Em Wanna Die!

 As talk percolates of President Trump possibly winning the Nobel Peace Prize it makes me laugh even harder than watching the CNN funny pundits. Can you imagine how the liberal left and the conservative “Never Trumpers” would react if he actually won the thing? Oh my word, the gut-wrenching, emotional despair that engulfed Hillary land when Trump won the election could erupt bigger than the volcano in Hawaii.

Speaking Of the Award:

According to the official Nobel Committee in Oslo:

In addition to humanitarian efforts and peace movements, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for work in a wide range of fields including advocacy of human rights, mediation of international conflicts, and arms control.”

Hellooo … take a look at Trump’s scoreboard in these areas and tell me who should win the prize instead of him? He certainly deserves the award more than Obama did and it shouldn’t be a popularity contest, but a results oriented award. I would hope the Nobel Committee members don’t fall prey to Trump Derangement Syndrome.     

 Bernie Sanders Supporters Take Note:

 Before I got caught up in Trump scoreboard watching my intent was to decry socialism, but time has gotten away from me. I do want to point out some of what I’ve been reading regarding the tragic existence that has engulfed the people of Venezuela.

“Schools are closed because teachers aren’t being paid, and the schools can no longer afford to serve lunch. Most hospitals are closed. There are shortages of just about everything – food, medicine, even the paper on which to print passports if people even try to leave. Many Venezuelans are fleeing the country on their own.

 “There was a study that came out a couple months ago that found that over half of Venezuelans report losing weight in the last year with an average loss of 20 pounds. People are dying of treatable diseases because of a lack of medication.”

 Trying to govern a country by socialistic means can result in these horribly avoidable living situations that these innocent people are having to endure. I hope folks that love the stuff Bernie Sanders wants to do will take note and think twice about living under socialism.

 

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 Reports Indicate Secret FBI and CIA Mole Spying on Trump Campaign: (Headline)

“Now we know – the FBI tried to get a Russian billionaire to help on the (phony) Trump collusion narrative and he told them it was ludicrous.” (Laura Ingram on Twitter)

We have yet to see any credible evidence or intelligence that led to the opening of this investigation. … I think what it really means, I think it will look badly on the Department of Justice and the FBI on how they conducted this investigation.”  (Rep. Devin Nunez)

*Folks, I know it’s really complicated, but I hope you’re trying to follow this mess that started with Hillary Clinton’s email obstruction of justice all the way to now. If you do the research I think you’ll find that many facts point towards an incredible scandal that could make Watergate look like a fraternity prank. (Me)

 Russian company indicted by Mueller says charge is baseless (Headline)

* Looks like Trump may not be the only one Mueller isn’t finding evidence on, the poor guy. (Me)

“About the derisive comment made about John McCain by a Trump staffer, did President Obama personally apologize when a senior Obama administration official aide called Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu “chickenshit” and “coward”?! (Tweet from Larry Elder)

Trump’s rising approval rating scrambles Dems’ midterm strategy (Headline)

* Keep ‘em jumping, guessing and anxious, Donald (Me)

Kim Jong Un was so upset about dead baby turtles he had the farm manager executed, defector says  (Headline)

*So this is the warm fuzzball Trump is going to negotiate with? (Me)

Postal Service Loses $1.3 Billion During Last Quarter (Headline)

*In just one quarter? Think of all the hostages Obama could have gotten released with that kind of money. President Trump hasn’t paid a dime for the hostages he’s gotten released and I bet if we turned the Postal Service over to his private company this kind of loss would disappear quickly! (Me)

Colombia clamping down on Venezuelan refugees trying to enter their country (Headline)

*I hope the supporters of SB 54 don’t hear about this, they could have a nervous breakdown. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Read this https://santaclaritafree.com/gazette/opinion/letter-4 and made me laugh at the end when he/she writes: “I (for) one, will not be reading this publication nor the paper until this issue is addressed officially.”

 How will they know if it has been addressed officially if they are not reading the publication? Cheers! Brian

Doug,

You mentioned in the rant last week that the Dodgers suck and I have to agree with you. As long as they stick too tightly to playing analytics baseball they will have a problem because they have become predictable and every team is able to use that to their advantage as they have made their adjustments from 2017. The Dodgers are still trying the same strategy from 2017 and it is not working out this year as homeruns are way down and they can’t come up with any clutch hits. If they thought Darvish tipping pitches was bad then perhaps tipping the whole game is worse and they should occasionally make a decision not supported by analytics so that they are not so easily pegged. I also think Roberts is losing control of the team. They can still get hot as they have in the past but this year does feel different. 

 

Russell

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 10, 2018

Ranter’s Note:

In last week’s rant I wrote that no one had responded to my invitation to write in regarding the “plagiarism” controversy that permeated Facebook and this newspaper. The fact is, I left town after finishing the column and was unaware of a response submitted the following day. I stand corrected and thank Mike Devlin for his letter.           

Tuesday Night:

I switched back & forth between the Dodger game and the City Council meeting and both were unwatchable to me. The Dodgers because they suck right now and the Council meeting because it sounded like a basketball game with a bunch of drunken students yelling at each other. All that was missing were cheerleaders with pompoms and a male yell-leader with a megaphone. The emotional, nonsensical rhetoric that flowed from the liberal speakers was too much for me to listen to.

However, I was proud and pleased to learn Wednesday morning that the motion to oppose California’s sanctuary way of thinking was passed unanimously by our council. I was actually proud of my buddy Bill Miranda, who was quoted in a Signal article, “(We keep hearing), ‘there are three of you running for election and you better be careful’; Understand one thing: It’s not about elections. It’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons. If that means I don’t get elected, so be it.”

And to the Bob Kellar detractors, who keep bringing up his statement from the past about being a racist, just stop! You are taking his comments from that time completely out of context; quit using it to unfairly slam the gentleman. By the way, I agree with every word he said on that day.

I Don’t Get It:

Gina Haspel is her name and if torturing terrorism suspects was her game back in the day, I’m fine with that. She has been undergoing a Senate confirmation hearing this week to be director of the CIA (hopefully she has been confirmed by the time you’re reading this).

I just don’t understand the trepidation over the water boarding that happened after 9/11 which is one of the things the Dems are using to oppose her confirmation.  They say it’s not right to treat any person that way, especially if it’s done by the hands of Americans. Really? If it worked to save one of their loved ones’ lives would it be okay then? If it helped stave off future terrorist attacks and saved thousands of American lives, doesn’t that justify it? Come on, these guys crash planes into buildings filled with people, pull chicken crap stuff like blowing up innocent people at public events, cut journalists’ heads off and these naysayers are gnashing their teeth over something that makes these haters and killers of Americans suffer some, without coming close to what they did or would do to us?                     

Just Once …

Just once wouldn’t you like to hear a Liberal on a Fox News panel (it wouldn’t be on CNN or MSNBC; they rarely have a Conservative on their panels) say something like, “You know you’re right; it does seem a bit strange that the FBI and the Department of Justice didn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton for her obstruction of justice shenanigans, even though the evidence was plain as day, but are going crazy after Trump for something they haven’t been able to prove after a year of investigating.

Or “You know if I was a Republican I’d be ticked off that Robert Mueller selected all of those Democrat Hillary supporters to be on the investigation team going after the president. I know if Hillary was president and there was an investigation into her destroying classified emails and the investigators were all Republicans, I’d throw a fit!”

How about, “I actually think Mueller should man-up and admit he hasn’t been able to find any evidence that Trump broke the law and shut the investigation down for the sake of our country; we’ve got some bigger fish to fry that really matter.”

Wouldn’t you fall out of your chair if a Dem said, “The corruption inside the FBI and the DOJ have exposed that the real collusion is between Fusion GPS, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democrat National Committee, the Russians, Christopher Steele and even the Obama administration.

I would be flabbergasted if Juan Williams (Fox’s resident Liberal) said, “You know something, I have no idea why the FBI and Rod Rosenstein of the DOJ are refusing to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee even with the threat of impeachment hanging over their heads, they must really have something to hide if they’re not buckling under to that kind of pressure.”

Can you imagine one of the liberal lawyers that are on Fox News saying, “I thought the two attorney generals under Obama were a joke, but Jeff Sessions is as screwed-up as they were. I’ll tell you one thing, though, at least they protected the rear ends of Obama and Hillary, but this Sessions guy is a real wimp. Is he even showing up for work these days?

Yeah I know, this stuff will never be said by a Liberal within an earshot of any Conservative, even after the house of cards that is this whole mess comes crashing down.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

Trump Numbers Still Climbing Despite Continuous Negative Coverage (Headline)

Go Donald, Go! (Me)

CNN’s April Ryan Bashes Melania Trump: ‘She Isn’t ‘Culturally American’ (Headline)

I don’t think CNN is culturally American. (Me)

John Kerry Rides to Iran’s Rescue (Headline)

There’s just something about that guy that rubs me the wrong way, I can’t put my finger on it. (Me)

New York AG (Eric Scheiderman) called everyone a racist, and called girlfriend a ‘brown slave’ (Headline)

 Mueller just lost a key New York ally (New York AG) against Trump (Headline)

See, God does work all things together for good. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

The recent venomous attacks against Bill Reynolds, impugning his character in both social media and in local SCV publications, have nothing to do with plagiarism and everything to do with politics. Had he not been a pro-Trump supporter and against SB 54, he would not have received one scintilla of criticism. That’s the reality. As for the plagiarism aspect, Bill has never represented himself to be SCV’s Carl Bernstein. He’s a non-paid columnist, a blogger of sorts, that has selflessly devoted 1000’s of hours of his time to promote Veteran issues and to memorialize numerous SCV Veterans and their families in his enormously popular Veteran’s Page in The Signal. For Bill to have to assign attribution or to footnote the information he provides in his news articles, for which he receives no salary nor compensation, is just an excuse from his those on the Left to attack a man who happens to be a Conservative. To say otherwise is simply political cowardice. Max

 

Ranter’s Note: This gentleman responded to my request of someone letting me know what Obama accomplished during his term.                             

Doug,

Here you are, in no order.

  1. Ended the Great Recession of 2008
  2. Reduced the unemployment rate from Over 8% to 4.7 upon leaving office.
  1. Saved the US Automotive industry
  2. Killed Osama Bin Laden
  3. Developed and instituted the plan to eliminate ISIS.
  4. Development of the ACA
  5. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform
  6. 858 Billion Dollar Tax Cut
  7. Raised Fuel Efficiency Standards
  8. Clean Power Plan
  9. Nuclear Deal with Iran
  10. Trans-Pacific Partnership
  11. Paris Climate Agreement
  12. No personal scandals!

 There is more if you want them. What has Rump done? Attacked the environment, established a revolving door of appointees, advisors in the White House. Paid off a porn-star one month prior to the election. Supports white supremacists. Torn down everything his predecessor created. Alienated all of our allies, torn down the Justice Dept, attacks his own cabinet members, accepts foreign money by booking rooms and events at his own properties, denigrates women and minorities.

Rant away Doug, facts don’t lie, but Rump does! Lawrence

 

Doug,

I was happy to see my recent contribution concerning pies and politicians appear in your current (4 May) column. Needless to say I’ve been a fan of your brand of rhetoric for a long time, and I’m sure you’ve got a large chunk of Santa Clarita just as anxious to see your next issue come out as I am. Dale

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 4, 2018

Short Ones:

 -Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a much better person than I am. If I would have been the one sitting there listening to the crap the so-called comedian was spewing at her (at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner) I would have stood up, thrown water in her face, said something unprintable to her and walked out. Instead, Sanders just sat there with a stoic look on her face.

-When I saw the headline of Roseanne, on people mad that she supports Trump, saying, “I don’t give a f**k” (on a talk show), I thought, what if she was in attendance at the Correspondents’ Dinner? What would she have done or said to the comedian who trashed Sarah Sanders to her face? It could have been very entertaining.

-I heard a prominent Republican say he thought Mitch McConnell was doing a good job as Senate Majority leader. I disagree; there are around 500 bills the House has sent to the Senate that are just sitting there; isn’t that the type of thing Harry Reid used to do?

-Watching news clips of those migrant caravan members trying to scale the border wall and forcing themselves into our country made me sick. They are making a mockery of us and our screwed-up immigration system. There was chanting going on from the group, led by someone with a bull-horn. What a pathetic joke this whole orchestrated mess is.

Really?

 After this newspaper hit the streets last week (and computer screens), a slow rumble began to rise on Facebook, with howls of plagiarism regarding a letter that was published (see Plagiarism Uproar on Page 3). The writer of the letter, the Gazette, The Signal and I were verbally crucified for what I don’t think amounts to much at all. But, I’ll let you decide after you read the article.

What astonished me was the vitriol that emanated from the Facebook contributors and the amount of time spent haggling and venting. My first thought was, “These people need to get a freaking life for freaking out over this trivial matter.” Do they not have other fulfilling things to consume their time and energy? With me running this publishing company (with my wife) I don’t have the time or the energy to get in these useless peeing matches with words on end.

I find it interesting that most of the purveyors of the biting criticism are liberals and the gentleman who wrote the letter is a conservative. A coincidence? I think not. I must admit I did fall prey to joining in the fray a bit, but didn’t have the time or the energy to fully engage in the pissing matches. I did, however, invite and encourage any of the participants to submit a letter to me that I would (and still will) publish in the Gazette giving them the opportunity to address the issue at hand that has them so riled up. So far, nothing has come across my screen.

Trump This!

I had a friend ask me recently if I still like Trump. “Other than his personality, what’s not to like?” I joked. I asked him, and I’ll ask you, tell me exactly what Obama accomplished in eight years that comes close to what President Trump has done in 14 months? The friend didn’t answer my question, but said something about Obama having presidential class and Trump doesn’t have a clue to what that is.

I invite and welcome anyone to send me an email (doug@santaclaritagazette.com) answering my question, without regard to personal matters, just the actual job he’s doing compared to Obama. After all, if we want to take personalities and personal behavior into account when judging any president, it just adds layers of stuff that, when you get down to it, really doesn’t matter when it comes to actually affecting our lives, does it?            

 What does affect our lives is economic security, protecting us and our allies from bad guys who want to do terrible harm, including people who can just hop a fence on their way to cause us harm. I ask you, did the Obama years bring about the economic flourishing we see today or the American way of being a force in the world?

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself:

 When Charles Krauthammer was a regular on Fox News during the election cycle for president he was none too happy with one Donald Trump as a candidate. I remember it well, as he irritated me with his ongoing tirades of Trump not being a conservative.

It seems Krauthammer is singing a different song these days, based on what he’s seen over the course of Trump’s term.

“Trump Is Not a Liberal or Conservative, he’s a pragmatist. (Definition: A pragmatist is someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal. A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn’t let emotion distract him or her.)”

 “Immigration isn’t a Republican problem, it isn’t a Liberal problem; it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach, not an approach that is intended to appease one
group or another.”

 “The impending collapse of the economy wasn’t a Liberal or Conservative problem, it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed, because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect.”

 “Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.”

 “Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it.”

 “Here again, successful businessmen, like Trump, who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work, and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work, you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.”

 “I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.”

 “We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?”

 “Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk in running for president and certainly did not need, or possibly even want, the job; that says it all. He wants success for the U.S. and her citizens because he loves his country.”

 This makes a lot of sense to me, but for the Trump-haters out there (like my friend) it’s complete gibberish, and that’s a short-sighted shame.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “You’re not going to brush us off and dismiss us like we don’t have merit here. These people censored us for no reason. They put limitations on our page for no reason. And that was wrong.”“If the shoe was on the other foot and Mark Zuckerberg was a conservative, and we were liberals, oh, all fences and all chains would have broke loose. You know it and I know it. What I find appalling is these Democrats don’t want to take up for our voice because we support the president.” (Lynette Hardaway of Diamond & Silk during testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee regarding Facebook bias) 

“The Democrats don’t care about our military, they don’t care about our borders and I don’t think they care much about crime.”   

 “A vote for a Democrat in November is a vote for open borders and crime; it’s simple, very simple. It’s also a vote for much higher taxes.” (President Trump)

Based on past history, it’s hard to argue with those points. (Me) 

 Clinton Coup Clan Continues Attack (Headline)

 Try saying that three times fast! (Me)

Israel Exposes Iran’s Nuclear Lies (Headline)

Interesting, I seem to remember many folks trying to tell Obama this would happen before he sent Iran $150 billion in cash to behave properly. (Me)

“Let’s be crystal clear. Liberals are NOT looking out for: minorities – immigrants -the poor or the LGBT community. But Liberals are looking out for the votes of: minorities – immigrants – the poor and the LGBT community.” (Tweet from Dan Bongino, political commentator)

This can’t possibly be true, can it? (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

Now and then somebody says something that hits the nail on the head.

For example, I remember hearing a statement years ago that stuck in my memory; “You can fool some of the people, some of the time, and that’s all you need to make a decent living!” It’s not exactly the way Abe Lincoln put it, but I’m pretty sure he’d agree with it. And I’m pretty sure who it describes best; who else but politicians? We marvel at the fantastic wealth and pampered life-style Hollywood celebrities enjoy. But they at least have to actually show up at work, and produce some semblance of a product. But take your average politician; not so much. If the time devoted to actual work by the average politician were to be measured in results, the results produced, for the most part, would qualify as a “Flop” in Hollywood. But the really big difference is, if an actor doesn’t please the public, it’s, “Fade to black,” and “Don’t call us, we’ll call you!” “Well,” you say, “If you don’t like the way a politician is performing, then you just don’t vote for them again!” 

 Ahh, but here comes that pesky rub again. Politicians have learned long ago that they are able to retain their cushy positions by simply allowing a few crumbs to fall upon those voters who look to the politician for favors, and with indebted gratitude they stand ready and anxious to cast their vote for them again, as the politician happily munches away at his much bigger pie.

 It’s strange how no one seems to ever ask the obvious question of where that big, juicy pie comes from. Perhaps someday it will dawn on them, that they are the Bakers of that pie.

Dean

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 26, 2018

Stuff I Don’t Get:

-Robert Mueller has been investigating the Russian collusion thing for almost a year. A freaking year and this so-called brilliant law man can’t find anything on Trump? Give it up and stop wasting taxpayer money on this bogus crap.

-How in the world can James Comey say a special prosecutor would have been unfair to Hillary Clinton? He should say the Mueller investigation is unfair to President Trump.

-Why won’t Fresno State punish the professor who celebrated Barbara Bush’s death? I bet if a conservative professor celebrated the death of any Democrat first lady their butts would be shoved right out of the door.

-Why is the media hailing a six-point victory by a Republican in the Arizona special election as a sure indication Republicans are going down hard in November?

-If the Dems are going to take over the House in Washington, is it only because of Trump’s personality? If that’s the case, it indicates a very immature voter base.

-I’m still confused what platform the Dems will be running on in November.

-One simple issue should do it for Republicans and it regards the vastly improved economy, so why aren’t they shouting that from the rooftops?

-In these days of complete hysteria in our land about stuff that really doesn’t matter, why isn’t more talked about regarding Israel and the Middle East getting closer to all out war and how it could affect each and every one of us if End Times Prophecy is true?

My New Hero:

Who knew that when I turned over to Fox News between innings of a Dodger game the other night, I would be blown away by what a guest on one of the shows was saying. I had never heard of this person or heard her views before, but it was so refreshing, I stayed on the station to hear more while missing a half inning of the game.

Her name is Candace Owens, a 28-year-old black woman who has the absolute courage to speak such common sense to folks (especially black Americans). It has created enemies for her, and I can see why:

Blacks are ideological slaves and pawns for the Democratic Party.”

Donald Trump represents the very first opportunity for black Americans to jump off this ideological slave ship that is the Democratic Party.”

I refuse to accept this narrative that I’m a victim – I’m not a victim.”

Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.”

Black lives don’t matter to ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Five hundred million dollars of taxpayer dollars go to slaughtering 800 black babies per a day. Not a SINGLE WORD from Black Lives Matter.”

Only 0004 percent of unarmed blacks shot annually, and they want us to burn down our own neighborhoods.”

If you want to talk to me about .0004 percent of unarmed blacks being shot, we’re first going to have a discussion why you’re not outside protesting every single Planned Parenthood in this country.”

And my favorite:

Victim mentality is not cool. I don’t know why people like being oppressed; it’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard. Oh, we love oppression, we’re oppressed, 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow which, by the way, none of you lived through, your grandparents did. It’s embarrassing, you’re not living through anything right now, you’re overly privileged Americans.”

You can bet you’ll be reading more of this lady’s quotes in this space and I’m thinking she is going to explode onto the conservative screen, which will be just fine with me!

Help Me Out On This One:

What would you think if I were to begin this rant with “I’m a heterosexual and my intention here is to advance the notion that my sexuality matters when it comes to the opinions I’m about to vent about. I’m proud to be a heterosexual man and will use that to the best of my ability to further the cause of conservatism.” You would probably think I’d lost my ranting mind and mutter “what does Doug’s sexual orientation have to do with his points today?”

In February of 2017, I Wrote:

The day started with a press release, stating: “The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to make history Friday night, when the board installs John Musella as its first openly gay chairman in the Chamber’s 94-year history.” A year ago Curtis Woods, a black gentleman, was installed as chairman for 2016, but there was no press release regarding him being the first African American to assume the role. In future press releases will there be the first openly Christian, openly Muslim, or the first physically disabled? I would say it’s doubtful, but why? Because none of these personal circumstances are of the organization’s concern.

This Week:

I ran across a statement from Katie Hill, a candidate for the House of Representatives in the 25th district, the seat currently held by Steve Knight. Again, I feel personal sexual circumstances have nothing to with an organization you work for or are trying to garner votes for.

“I’ve identified as bisexual since I was a teenager and if we want to achieve equality for all in our policies, we need more voices from the LGBTQ community in Congress. I am proud to be endorsed by Equality California, Equality PAC, the LGBTQ Victory Fund and the Stonewall Democratic Club, and if elected, I will be the only openly bisexual woman in the House of Representatives. The federal government has no business in restricting basic human rights based on sexual orientation and I am ready to protect equality at every turn in Congress.”

In my opinion, if a candidate wants to run on the platform of equality for all when it comes to sexual orientation, so be it; all Americans should have equal rights. But why throw her sexual preferences into the mix? Is it to push her personal sexual agenda out there by using the position she is striving for as a platform? That’s what I felt John Musella was doing last year with his proclamation when taking the position with our Chamber of Commerce.

Does Hill think this will garner additional endearment from voters in the 25th? I don’t think voters give two rips what the gender is of a person a candidate has sex with during their personal time; we just want the job done right, if and when you get there. I personally don’t think her coming out will be helpful in her getting there and will be meaningless if she does get there, so why bring it up?

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

Head of Iran’s army threatens to ‘annihilate’ Israel (Headline)

Apocalyptic dust storm engulfs Iranian province (Headline)  

Iran has had 4 earthquakes in the past 7 days (Headline)

Perhaps Iran should get a clue that God gets unhappy when a country messes with Israel with annihilation threats and can throw havoc their way. Also, before Iran attacks Israel they might want to study up on the fact that Israel has never lost a war, despite huge odds against them. When God is on your side you tend to end up with David-like wins over Goliath.” (Me)

Knife control push now showing up in U.S. (Headline)

“So if guns kill people, I guess pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk and spoons make people fat.” (A reader sent in a photo of this from a sign in a car window)  

“I’ve talked to scores of Democrats running for Congress. None of them are gonna run on Mueller, impeachment, Stormy Daniels. They’re gonna run on the tax bill, which they think is unfair to the middle class, they’re gonna run on Medicare, they’re gonna run on Social Security, and I think they’re gonna win on that.”  (Paul Begala, CNN)

Is he telling us the Dems are thinking the middle class is going to be upset with having more money in their bank accounts? (Me)

“They joined, you know, groups on Facebook and immediately swarms of Russia bots would descend upon them and make terrible, terrible accusations against them because they were supporting me.” (Hillary Clinton on one of the reasons she lost the election)

Remember Dr. Julie Futrell, the clinical psychologist who proclaimed President Trump had a dangerous mental illness a few months back, even though she never treated or even met the man? I’m calling on her to reach out to Hillary Clinton who is obviously suffering from some sort mental illness and is straying into the la la land of delusional thinking and severe loser remorse she just can’t get over. I actually feel sorry for her. (Me)

“Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL” (President Trump’s tweet)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 19, 2018

It Runs Amuck:

Hypocrisy, lack of transparency and unfair bias, that is, it’s enough to make a guy bat-crap-crazy:

Putting aside the incredible, unbalanced justice of the Hillary/Obama/Comey regime, compared to what’s happening with Trump these days, there is still plenty to address.

Gary Horton of The Signal writing about “No drama Obama” wrote “Ah so boring and bland. And to top it off we were respected internationally so much we could hardly stand it all. It’s gone. All gone.”  

Respected internationally? Obama was a disrespected wimp. I guess Horton doesn’t recall Obama talking about the red line in the sand regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons. When they crossed that red line and we saw the horrifying images of children suffering from the effects of nerve gas, he showed the aggression of a hibernating turtle. Of course, Horton didn’t bring up President Trump taking decisive action like a president should when the same atrocities occurred last year and last week.

Horton goes on with: “Please oh please, help us return to the days of normalcy, days of decency.” Ah, he must be talking about Obama’s IRS confirmed blatant targeting of conservative organizations and him telling a Super Bowl audience there wasn’t a smidgen of evidence to it. Maybe he’s referring to spying on conservative journalists, the lies and deception of Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s secret server or the Bowe Bergdahl debacle? And who can forget (looks like Horton did) the travesty of the Iran nuclear deal with a ransom payment of $1.3 billion in taxpayer cash to the foundation of terrorism. Now there are strong indications Obama was involved in the spying on Trump’s campaign scandal.  Those are the days of normalcy and decency we should all long for?!    

There’s More Out There:

Ebony Magazine publishes a “Power 100”; it’s their version of the 100 most influential black people each year in America. They recognize athletes, entertainers (quite a few rap artists), politicians and more. Last year Maxine Waters was their ICON award-winner (yikes); that should tell you right there what the deal is with this program.

Sure enough, from what I have been able to gather, conservative black men who are very influential are nowhere to be found as one of Ebony’s Power 100 members. Walter Williams, a long-time conservative economist and columnist, conservative commentator and author, Thomas Sowell, Senator Tim Scott, former congressmen Allen West and JC Watts have not been recognized. Even Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been left off the list (and Maxine Waters is one of their icons instead of him – you have got to be freaking kidding me).

What about Larry Elder, who has had an influence on hundreds of thousands of radio listeners over the years? I guess his influence doesn’t concur with Ebony’s way of thinking. Juan Williams of Fox News is a big-time liberal, but I guess because he works for a right-leaning network, he’s ineligible.

Where Were They?

When Diamond and Silk, the Trump-loving social media darlings, who happen to be black, were censored from Facebook for being a “danger to the community,” where was the NAACP or the Black Lives Matter organizations? I’m assuming these ladies are not the types of black people that matter when it comes to rights violations?

If Facebook would have done the same thing with two liberal Obama-loving black ladies, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would  have led a massive march on Facebook’s headquarters. All we heard were crickets on this one. I wonder why.       

On it Goes:

When ABC News aired the James Comey interview, they conveniently edited out the portion where Comey was openly critical of Obama’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email “matter.”  What they didn’t edit out was Comey talking about what fervent supporters of Hillary Clinton his wife and daughters are. Now, you don’t think that had anything to do with him letting Hillary slide, right before the election, on the obstruction of justice felonies she committed, do you? I bet Gary Horton thinks it’s just peachy, normal and decent.

It’s funny how the gentleman who conducted the high profile interview with James Comey, George Stephanopoulos, the former White House Communications Director for Bill Clinton, failed to disclose he donated $75,000 to Hillary over the years. You don’t think Stephanopoulos has any bias towards President Trump, which would skew his interview questions with the Trump-hating Comey do you?

What Really Matters?

Do you ever sit and contemplate as to what really matters to you in this life? Okay, maybe you don’t sit and meditate on it, but you know what I mean. I’m sure family and loved ones are at the top of your list, along with career, and most certainly economic issues, affecting you and yours.

I bring this up in light of former porno stars, playboy playmates, prostitutes, people peeing on each other and James Comey’s narcissistic book tour dominating the mainstream news. When President Trump called those third world countries sh*t holes you would have thought the biggest story of the century broke. The mainstream media uttered Trump’s phrase 195 times in one day!

The unfortunate term of “peeing on each other” was mentioned 77 times in recent days. When it was reported Sean Hannity was a client of Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen (which Hannity vehemently denies), the media jumped on it and pronounced it 48 times in one day!

While this garbage is shoved down our throats, the stuff that matters to most of us is pathetically underreported. What most Americans really care about are job prospects for their unemployed friends, future jobs for our kids and grandkids, or maybe even the overall economic upside for the down trodden among us. With that being said, instead of the reports of a healthy GDP, Job growth, unemployment being down, labor participation up and the number of folks on food stamps down, all we saw and heard on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC were the droning on and on about useless crap (or pee, if you will).

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

“Why did Jim Comey take so many memos about President Trump, then president-elect or candidate Trump, and no memos about Hillary Clinton? Is that extraordinary?” (Maria Bartiromo on Fox News Sunday).

“Just FYI, we need more libs at The Signal. The two main progressive columnists –me and Anthony Breznican – face a tough audience.” (Josh Heath)

Hey Josh, what are Gary Horton & Jonathan Kraut, chopped liver? Bryan Caforio, Katie Hill and Jess Phoenix all had their columns published in The Signal. They’re not exactly a beacon on a hill for conservatism. (Me)

“Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria. We pray that God will guide the whole region toward a future of dignity and of peace. And we pray that God will continue to watch over and bless the United States of America.” (President Trump)

“I appreciate that we have a president that understands prayer and solicits prayer. Our country is in trouble, and the world is in trouble. The perplexity of the problems that the president faces every day, at home and abroad, is just incredible.” (Franklin Graham)

“Stormy Daniels should consider herself lucky. If she had been one of Bill Clinton’s bimbos, she may have already been found dead with a gunshot to the back of the head that was ruled as a suicide.” (Tweet from “Educating Liberals”)

“Should Chuck Todd, a former Democrat congressional staffer (his wife is a Democrat operative) cover Democrats as host of Meet the Press?” (Mark Levin)

Walter Cronkite and Tim Russert, among others, were Democrat liberals who were professional enough to not let their left-leaning views come across on news shows. Todd is so devoid of that he should be embarrassed and NBC should have the professionalism to fire him. (Me)

“The perception that the president may have ordered these strikes in part because of scandal will affect the impact and the effectiveness of these military strikes.” (Rachel Maddow, MSNBC)

“This is pathetic. In order to believe this you would have to accept that Trump somehow convinced France, the UK and Israel to ally with the U.S. in order to divert attention from ‘scandal.’ People watch this crap?” (Twitter response to Maddow)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

In an attempt to achieve truth in advertising I would like to offer a revision of the often quoted phrase found at the foot of our statue of Liberty. It seems there has of late been much confusion as to the exact and original of this simple verse and many re-interpretations have been offered in a seeming attempt to benefit one particular cause or another. So that there should be no further confusion as to the new, true intent and purpose of the phrase, allow me to present my revised rendition here; plain and simple.

 “Give me your lame, your lazy, your hooded masses, yearning for free stuff. The wretched refuse of failed societies; send these, the worthless to me. I lift my lamp beside the gold plated door.”   Dale      

 

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