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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 35 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 | June 25, 2020

A Goodbye For Now:

As I was contemplating how to begin this difficult rant, a song came to mind by Jackson Browne, whose music I have enjoyed since the early seventies (only when he sings though. When he talks, not so much, as he is a diehard liberal).

All good things have to come to an end
The thrills have to fade
Before they come ‘round again
The bills will be paid
And the pleasure will mend
All good things have to come to an end.

This is the next to last issue of the Gazette newspaper as we know it. Next week’s (July 3) edition will be the last one for now. Mrs. Ranter and I have always planned on retiring at some point and moving to Indiana to be closer to our oldest son, his wife and our three grandkids.  We would always ask each other, “When will be the right time?”

Well, the big-bad virus answered that question rather abruptly. Before virus time, our publishing company (the Gazette, Canyon Country and PetMe Magazines) were chugging along okay. There wasn’t any profit, but we always managed to break even. Along came the virus, and whamo! Our revenue plummeted by 70%.

We reached out to our readers for help, and over $8,000 in donations came in. We were blown away, which makes this decision even more painful. Those donations, along with the PPP loan we received, kept us afloat from the end of March until now.

To put it plain and simple, the Gazette (we were forced to pause the two magazines in March) is now unable to generate enough revenue to pay the bills. That’s when Mrs. Ranter and I knew the answer to our question as when to retire! (No pay, no stay in California.)

It Was Going to Happen Anyway:     

I’m sure you are well aware of the demise of the newspaper industry. It’s been downhill since 2007, with over 2,000 newspapers (mostly small weeklies) going out of business nationwide.

One writer summed it up this way:  “Printing sheets of paper to be delivered to a driveway only to be consumed in a matter of minutes is not long for this world. Most readers don’t want to pay for news and advertisers are finding less expensive and more targeted ways of reaching consumers. Local news is and should be gathered and disseminated online. With more than 80% of Americans having access to the internet, this form of transmission is fast and shareable.”             

Another reason this chapter was bound to end sooner or later is the bill our Left-wing whacko California legislature passed last year. AB 5, restricting the use of independent contractors, was going to be another possible death knell for this newspaper and others. Newspapers rely heavily on independent carriers to distribute their products, and the Gazette is no different. Come 2021 when those folks will be forced to become employees, it would have added additional cost to an already overloaded expense burden.

But Wait!         

There is some possible good news; after we get settled in Indiana, we’ll revisit the possibility of resurrecting the Gazette in one form or another, which will include the “Rant.”  It’s something we can do from Indiana and make it readily available to you here, so stay tuned. In the meantime, in mid-August, I’ll be delivering this rant in the form of a blog at www.dougsrant.com.

Gutless Wonders: 

I’ll tell you one of the regrets I have about closing this chapter of the Gazette, and it’s that the left wingers in Santa Clarita – who throw out unfounded and unfair racial accusations behind the gutless cover of Facebook – are going to think they won and claim they’re the cause of the Gazette’s demise.

Listen up, you spineless wonders: I have never spoken a word to you, but in typical left-wing fashion, you spew out hate that is so far from the truth about who I am. It makes you look like the fools you are.

When you nonsensical, emotion-driven, amateur, wannabe culture changers tried to close the Gazette down last year by whining to our advertisers that I was racist, it didn’t do a damn bit of good. Be assured, chicken crap Facebook warriors; you had NOTHING to do with the troubles that forced the changes we’re undergoing, and if you think you did, you’re more ignorant than you appear to be.

What’s Happening To Our Nation?

Is it just me, or is America coming apart at the cultural seams? My goodness, over the last few weeks, we’ve seen things that cause intense bewilderment! I had never heard of the term “cancel culture” until recently. I looked up the definition so I wouldn’t be out of the loop: “Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.

Oh! It’s a social media group shaming thing. I can relate to that, and now that I think about it, me and this newspaper have fallen victim to this new left-wing evil.

I’m guessing that all of the crazed graffiti and statue destroying is part of this cancel culture thing. But, I’m confused as to how defacing a historical church, knocking down a statue, or covering it with an American flag and setting it on fire will bring about any type of change.

Please, maybe one of you left wing zealots will kindly enlighten me as to how these illegal acts will bring about the change you so strongly desire. Otherwise it seems like they’re a bunch of whining babies starving for attention and throwing tantrums, like kids in a grocery store not getting the candy they want.

The Bewilderment Never Ends These Days:

-What happened to the rule of law? When a group of whatever they are called can take over and occupy a chunk of a major city, including residences, businesses and even a police building, it turns into mob rule. Now, copycat mobs in other cities are jealous of their Seattle brethren and are trying to do the same thing.

-Safety and security are the foundation of this country, and the responsibility of our president and every governor, county supervisor and mayor. So why is it so many Democrat leaders across the land are the ones being soft on civil unrest, turning a blind eye to destruction, looting and arson? I just don’t get it. Instead of live and let live, they’re allowing live and let die. It seems as though they are encouraging ghetto civil war!

-I need someone on the left side of things to tell me one good thing that has come from liberal policies. Seriously, whether its legislation, executive orders, managing municipalities, keeping crime down, helping the downtrodden or education – point to me any good outcomes. Please spare me the ideological, feel-good, could of would of crap that permeates liberal wishful thinking. Just show me the facts and nothing but the facts.

-Defund police departments? Please, that’s so insane, I’m not going to waste the keyboard pecking to even address it.

-You think things are bad now, go ahead and support Joe Biden and the likes of Christy Smith with your hopes of a Democrat majority in the senate and every office held by the same. If that happens, can you say we ain’t seen nothing yet?                                      

-Does “Black Lives Matter” really care about Black lives?  Not if you take into consideration a headline from this past Monday: Deadly weekend in Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis as New York City reports uptick in shootings (notice all are under Democrat control, just sayin’)Most of the victims were Black, and tragically included two 3-year-olds.  If “Black Lives Matter” folks really cared about Black lives, shouldn’t they be pouring into these cities to help save the lives of those they claim to matter?

Come on, Josh!

Josh Heath is at it again with his op-ed in The Signal.

After the countless number of deaths from police brutality, George Floyd’s passing was a breaking point. Seeing an innocent man have the life sucked out of him, as he cried for his mother, struck a deep chord in the American psyche.”

Me: Completely concur with the innocent man portion, but “countless number of deaths from police brutality” is a stretch. He should have included some facts to back up the broad statement.

“Most marched nonviolently, chanting for justice at the night sky, hoping their countrymen and a watchful God could hear them. Some, seeing a member of their own race tortured to death, lost all faith and decided to destroy whatever property they could find.”

Me: I don’t think the destroying of property had anything to do with looters losing all faith. The motivation for those guilty of destroying to gain entry was to get as much free stuff as they could carry, and had nothing to do with George Floyd.

“It is up to all of us to reach out to both the peaceful and the disillusioned during this critical juncture in history.”

Me: It does sound noble for us “to reach out” during this “critical juncture in history,” but I could use some help by way of an explanation of what and how reaching out looks like. To me it sounds like ideological, feel-good, hollow words.

“At a certain point, Americans must abandon partisanship and simply act with love towards a Black community that has been so grievously harmed.”

Me: I agree with “abandon partisanship and simply act with love,” but I think we should do that with folks from all walks of life. All races have been “grievously harmed” at certain times throughout history, and all should be treated with love and respect. As far as the Black community is concerned, I strongly recommend Josh read the teachings of Horace Cooper, Dr. Shelby Steele, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder and even Dr. Ben Carson, all black men who have a down to earth, common sense, realistic approach to the plight of black people.

Letter To The Ranter:

 

Doug,

Thanks for fighting the good fight. I’m so glad to have met you both. I’m sad for our country and community, but I know you will enjoy your grandkids. You’ve paid a high price. If you think it would help to start a campaign to boycott the gutless advertisers, why not ask your readers to phone in to them their support for you, and their plans to boycott those businesses who cave in?  You probably have thought of this and have your reasons.  God bless you and the Mrs., and guide your steps.  RH

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 18, 2020

There They Go Again:

Once again, this publisher (ranter) has come under attack for his written thoughts in last week’s column. The initial hit this time originated from the same gentleman who came after me when Christy Smith announced a boycott of the Gazette over what I wrote last year. Last time, he organized a campaign contacting our advertisers, claiming their businesses would be boycotted if they continued their ads with us.

This all emanates from a Santa Clarita Facebook group that has over 27,000 members. The racial criticisms towards me from members of this group generated over 500 comments last week, some in support, most with unkind words.

Examples:

The SCV has had it with this sort of blatant racist trash. You’re free to say whatever you like, but you’re not immune from the consequences.”

“If he wants people to stop calling him a racist dumbass maybe he could stop acting like a racist dumbass His Trump facemask says it all. He is part of the cancer. You’re such a headass it’s sad.”

“If you left the bubble of SCV and stepped into the real world you’d see how f***ed and racist in the head you are.”

“Sad you have 3 kids who you’ll raise to be ignorant and racist just like you. Please respond to this I’d love to see what your dumbass says. Doug seems like a miserable, racist dumb ass…WHITE guy who IS the problem. Shut your pie hole please.”        

I’m Not the Only One:

This is the same group who recently did pretty much the same thing to City Councilman Bob Kellar, demanding he resign from the council for statements he made ten years ago that were taken out of context. I’ve known Bob for over twenty years, and while we haven’t always agreed on things, he is one of the most honorable and decent human beings I’ve known. He is the farthest thing from racist as one can be. For him to be attacked like this from these whining liberals hiding in Facebook is complete crap!

What’s Their End Game?

When they started in on me last week, the gentleman who got the whole thing going deviously attributed quotes to me that were NOT mine.  They came from a “Letter to the Ranter” sent in by someone I don’t even know. Typical of lefty methods when going on the attack, those in this group didn’t bother to read my whole column, they just latched on to remarks that were and weren’t mine and took them to the liberal bank of B.S.

After the screaming meanies are finished, what will they have accomplished other than feeling better about themselves, thinking their venomous attacks will somehow change the world? Let’s say, for example, Bob Kellar did resign from the city council and this Ranter removed himself from the Gazette. How would that help fix the racial problems they are so adamant exist?

The point is, their raging righteousness doesn’t address or solve a damn thing, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is them shooting their angry liberal arrows far and wide, with hopes of filling a void they refuse to fill with constructive, common sense dialogue.              

Words & Symbols Matter?

I guess I shouldn’t, but I continue to be astounded by the screaming Left’s focus on words and monuments having to be destroyed in order to save the day. They go totally berserk when words are spoken or written in a manner that they think will cause the universe go off its track. If it’s a symbol which offends them, like a flag or a statue, it’s got to go that minute, by fire or joyous destruction. If it’s words said, or not said, or something written, or something that should have been written, it’s “Katie, bar the door!” as their hate pours out all over their device screens.

It completely escapes me that instead of engaging in civil discourse, or finding measured steps to seek some sort of common ground with those they disagree with (even hate), many Lefties just go balls-to-the-wall crazy on the streets or use social media to vent their hysteria. I have a son and some good friends who disagree with almost everything I write in this space, but they don’t lash out with venom or hate. We civilly discuss our differences and vote our own way. Why can’t all Lefties adopt that frame of mind and lose the hate and anger?

What Can We Do?

Most Lefty’s seem so shallow to me. The local ones took my words and branded me a racist and an awful human being. I’ve never even met or spoken to any of these people, yet in their minds, I’m crap.  Nothing I say or write from this point on will ever change their perception. And while I could care less what they think, I find it sad and confusing they live their lives like that.

It reminds me of something I read: “How Social Media Works: Me: ‘I prefer mangoes to oranges.’  Random Person: ‘So basically what you’re saying is you hate oranges. You also failed to mention pineapples, bananas and grapefruits meaning you hate them too.’”

I know I’m not racist, and I bet most folks who have been labeled that way aren’t either. So what can we do? No matter the words we use to try convince them otherwise, we know our words would go in one ear and out the other.

I like what Rush Limbaugh said: “Most people in this country do not think they’re racist. They think they’ve gone out of their way to avoid being racists. They’ve gone out of their way to be cooperating. They’ve gone out of their way to be sympathetic. It doesn’t compute. Many people are asking, what the hell else can I do?”

Letters to The Ranter:

Doug,
This article (on 6/12) is a PERFECT example of RACISM. You disgusting person. And anyone who agrees with you is just as disgusting. Yvette A

LOVE THE MASK! Tell it Doug.. 19 unarmed WHITE men killed by police last year, 9 black men, IN a year. 18 black men killed in 24 hours in Chicago, BLM no where to be found. 3 Black Cops didn’t get the send off George got, Equality? BLM? Unreal! Joe

Doug,
Talk to your black friends. Do you have any black friends? I mean it’s not their responsibility to educate you on what’s going on but it’s better than asking white people that are also in your bubble. If you sincerely want to know what’s going on ask someone that knows. Also – your trump face mask is revolting. He just gassed and shot rubber bullets at Americans. He is part of the problem. Lisa

Doug,
We love reading your thoughts! I gotta share this with you with all the recent nonsense. Back in 1988, I was a high school kid who got his first job, like most of the kids up here back then, at Magic Mountain. I was working in Bugs Bunny Land and a child tried to get on one of the rides who was clearly too tall. I told him sorry and he runs off. A few minutes later, he comes back with his mother screaming at me demanding to see my supervisor. I went and got him and he told the child to stand next to the sign to which he was clearly over the limit, about 6” over, that is until he started bending his knees. We both saw him do that and he was again denied to which his mother started screaming that we were both racists and that she was going to complain to corporate and all the tv stations and, I’ll never forget this, “Own the park and everything we have”. And they wonder why they don’t get any respect. Continue on with your rants! AZ

Doug,
What is actually wrong with you? First off, you don’t speak for all white people. Some of us don’t have this much hate and bigotry in our hearts.
Secondly, you’ve misspelled a number of words and made grammatical errors in your article, so having an actual intelligent dialogue with you about race is most likely impossible. I would suggest hiring an editor. What I do find hope in? The number of people at recent BLM rallies shows us your (and other racist old whites) thinking is old and tired and will soon be a thing of the past.
Hopefully you might take the time left in your life to educate yourself and grow as a human, instead of continuing to fester in your unwarranted bitterness. Get over your entitlement and actually meet people in the black community. Because as of today, you’re a disgrace to this community and I hope my and others efforts to remove your so called “newspaper” from Vons, is successful. Look in a mirror and reflect on who you’ve become. Because it’s not American and it’s not humanity. Kara

Ranter’s Note: The part of this letter with her criticism regarding the “misspelled number of words and grammatical errors” reminds me that attacking style is giving up on listening to what is being said. Not to mention no specifics are given, just throwing out words and berating my intelligence, and we have a great editor.

Doug,
I wanted to scream listening and watching the week long “celebration of life” of George Floyd as if he were a candidate for sainthood. Should he have been celebrated? Absolutely not. Should he have been mourned? Yes, by his immediate family and friends. George Floyd was a thug, plain and simple. He had multiple imprisonments for drugs and armed robbery. The most heinous of which was holding a gun to the belly of a pregnant woman while he robbed her. When he died he was trying to pass a counterfeit bill and had alcohol and meth in his system. Yea, he was a real role model. Max

Doug
I read the whole column with interest. No matter how you explain why you’re not a racist and what has caused a lot of the racism lately, you are likely going to be booed and chastised. I might mention one of the things that bothered me about George Floyd‘s death was first of all how unnecessary and horrific it was, but then to watch it be shown on every news channel maybe 20 times before the funeral on each station, was liberal media Brainwashing. They’re doing a lot of that lately. Even about the virus they dramatize numbers that are actually from Tests and many of them are passed case is being counted as current. I noticed they said 42% increase in hospitalizations in LA County, but they don’t tell you 42% of what like 42% of 50 would be very few hospitalizations but then most people don’t know how to figure percentages so they get away with it. Many hospitalizations had nothing to do with the virus lately. The liberal media has a big illiterate fan club and they applaud anything that is sent or printed by them. And yet the reelection of Donald Trump is pretty secure even though the polls are also skewed. And by the way I think your mask is great and I wish I had one although I really rebel When told to wear one outside. Don’t give up I’m telling it like it is! The smart people are listening and the others are irrelevant. Shirley

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 11, 2020

Tepid Steps:

I’m tepidly wading into this rant with much caution, as it was less than a year ago I wrote a portion of a rant that caused Christy Smith to have a conniption fit, culminating in the same puzzling bravado of racist accusations we’re seeing from those on the left with today’s tensions. As we saw last week’s protests result in harm to businesses, I guess I should be grateful that Christy’s calls for advertisers to boycott the Gazette went mostly unheeded, and we came out of it with just a few financial bumps and bruises.

The question for me, though, concerns the nonsensical, emotional overreactions to what happened to George Floyd. Please don’t get me wrong, the circumstances surrounding his wrongful death were horrible, and the four officers involved should have the full weight of the law come crashing down on them.

But, from what I’ve seen and heard, the mainstream media along with many on the left are taking the reality of this terrible situation and blowing it into the racial stratosphere. Four bad guys who happened to be cops did a really bad thing to an undeserving black man, but with all the hype, it’s being portrayed as a weekly occurrence across the land, and that just isn’t the case.

I Don’t See It:

From my years on this earth interacting with black friends and law enforcement friends, and keeping close tabs on all news stories, I just don’t see any indication of law enforcement contributing to the systemic racism that is being screamed from the rooftops as a result of one man’s death. Sure, there are bad things that happen to black people at the hands of white officers at times, but how prevalent is it really?  There are statistics to back up the fact that it just isn’t.

This is why it’s driving me bat-crap-crazy that the George Floyd tragedy is being pushed out to millions of low information citizens as OVERWHELMING proof of hateful racism by every law enforcement department in the nation. They’re jumping to emotional conclusions that are devoid of fact. The same goes with many things the left get their trousers in a twist about, when they think yelling, screaming and carrying signs will quickly save the day. But does it ever?

This is what a friend of mine (who happens to be black) wrote me during the stormy waters of the Christy Smith controversy last year, and in my opinion applies well to today’s mess.

Doug,

In my opinion on racism, I think more of it comes from the far left. They are constantly creating narratives that are designed to keep ethnic people afraid. By keeping ethnic people afraid, they keep them in mental prisons. A person in a mental prison will respond no differently than an animal completely surrounded by people wanting to harm it. The animal will strike as viciously as it needs to in order to feel protected.  Same with people. And unfortunately, the left is creating that same scenario for people that refuse to use their brains to think and really see they are being conditioned to act in a hateful manner towards people with differing beliefs.  Alexx

Don’t Be That Person:

The headline read; “Santa Clarita students protest, lead call for change.” I ask, what exact change are they leading the call for? Oh, I saw what the signs they held read: “White Silence is Violence,“No Justice No Peace,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Say Their Names,” and “I can’t Breathe.”  Okay, good metaphors. But how do they intend to really enact change for what they perceive the exact problem to be?

I’m not giving them a hard time for protesting. That is absolutely their right.  But I’d like the students to think about what exact change needs to happen to solve what exact problem?  My hope is many of them will not turn to a fad of the month mentality lacking thoughtful, concrete problems and solutions. We see too much of that already every time we turn on the mainstream media.

Why?

Why is George Floyd being turned into some kind of modern day martyr? Sure he was a victim of a terrible crime that shouldn’t have happened, but it seems he’s almost being anointed as a Christ-like sacrifice for mankind. His memorial services were covered by every major network like he was a past president.  It’s a glaring example of left-wing emotionalism spinning things completely out of whack.

The gentleman had many issues, none of which warrant the glory he is receiving in death. In reality, the accolades he received resulted from him attempting to break the law at the wrong place and the wrong time. Aside from that, he previously was jailed for armed robbery, breaking and entering a woman’s home, and pointing a gun at her while looking for drugs and money. Yet he’s being idolized by left leaners as great man because of the way he was killed?

This past Wednesday, the House of Representatives hastily scheduled a hearing on police practices. The first person to testify as an expert witness was George Floyd’s brother. All networks had their cameras glued to the gentleman, even though he has no police experience other than what happened to his brother. I’m sure some of the networks saw right through the idealistic charade, but were terrified of being labeled a racist network if they didn’t show it.

Let me ask you this: While the left is performing anguished somersaults over this isolated tragedy in Minneapolis, why are there are NO riots, gnashing of teeth, tears in the streets OR House hearings for Chicago’s 191 people (the majority of whom were black) shot and killed in 2020?  I think it’s because the weekly killing of black people in Chicago hasn’t risen to the emotional level that motivates the inner angst of those on the left because it lacks media sensationalism. I guess media overreaction is the only thing that goes to the heart and soul of lefties.

Unreal:   

I lamented during the virus lockdown period of our lives how we were seeing civil liberties erode behind the blue smoke of blue state dictator types. While the blue smoke is lessening some, we’ll have a clearer picture come November as to how much government smothering we’ll have to fight through.

Now, with the latest overblown reaction to a law enforcement tragedy, we are seeing political correctness saturated with one way thinking standing like an impending plague at our doorstep.

-Fox News caved and felt like they had to apologize for running a graph showing the stock market performance following the deaths of George Floyd, Martin Luther King and Michael Brown after critics lobbed racial insensitivity claims at them. So freaking what? Fox was showing factual data relating to actual current events. How in the world is that racially insensitive?

-An editor was fired after 20 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer for allowing a headline that read: “Buildings Matter Too.

-The New York Times ran an editorial piece by Republican Senator Tom Cotton about the usage of military troops to quell street violence during riots. The obviously ultra liberal editorial staff went bonkers over the article and demanded a retraction or they were going to walk off the job. The big babies got their way. It was retracted and the editor resigned.

These incidents indicate an alarming trend of how young lefties want to do away with traditional American values of freedom of speech, differing opinions and healthy debate. The fact that it’s part of our constitution seems to go right over their heads.

I recently heard something along the lines of: “These young lefty journalists do not believe there are two sides to every story, because in their minds, both sides do not have equal legitimate values. There is only one side, and it’s the side they believe in. And they don’t think it’s right for the other side to even be heard.  Basically, they’re saying if it’s not their side, it’s not worthy of journalistic practice.

My friends, do you find it as scary as I do that this type of thinking is creeping into our society at an alarming rate?

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

Recent events have had a profound effect on me. I don’t consider myself racist; I have friends of different ethnicities and have dated women of different ethnicities. But with recent events and my thoughts about them I question myself. One of the problems is that as a white man, I have been conditioned to feel bad if I stick up for my race. It is as if to do so, that somehow constitutes a racist attitude. I refuse to feel that way any longer. I refuse to be manipulated and controlled, and that is exactly what it is.

The stress of being locked up alone during the covid19 scare was hard enough, and then came the riots. Enough is enough.

Black folks seem to think that they have an exclusive right to whine and cry about police brutality. I can tell you without a doubt that white people are brutalized by the police as well. I have many eyewitness accounts, including my own. Many of those instances, unfortunately, were before everyone carried a camera equipped phone with them.

Black folks constantly complain about being discriminated against. What about equal opportunity employment? Here’s what that is, “I’m sorry Mr. ‘Me’, although you are perfectly suited for the job, we have too many white people working here so we have to hire a minority, in the name of ‘diversity’”. That is discrimination based on race.

This might not be a popular comparison, but I am going to use it anyway. The Arbery shooting. Tragic and barbaric, yes. But let’s change the location. Let’s say one evening I decided to take a leisurely stroll through “the hood”. What do you think would happen? Do you think the local street gang (is it racist to assume there is a street gang? No, it’s called reality) will send out the welcoming committee with a fruit basket to honor me for bringing “diversity” to the neighborhood? I am thinking that scenario would not end well for me. However, it would probably only get a brief mention in the news, and I would be at fault for walking through their neighborhood.

Let’s talk about the riots. When black people loot, assault and burn down their own neighborhood, even though it is not representative of the entire black community, it casts an extremely negative image of the entire community. You wonder why white folks look at a strange black man in their neighborhood with distrust. Do you really wonder why? This does not give anyone the right to confront that person, yet it is the image that people see. If you don’t even respect your own neighborhood, how can I expect you to respect mine? 

If you don’t want to be treated like a stereotype, then don’t act like one. You demand respect. Respect is earned; it is not given based on the color of your skin. That would be racist. 

I am tired of white people kowtowing to minorities to prove that they are not racist. You are or you aren’t, and your actions will show your true nature regardless of what you say. 

These riots have not brought the races closer together; rather it has widened the gap. I feel very bad for the many good, hard working and law abiding black citizens. They have been grossly misrepresented by a minority of thugs. Very sad.    HC

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 4, 2020

Ranter’s Note:  I had written what I thought was going to be the entirety of this week’s rant on Thursday, May 28, a week earlier than usual, as I was scheduled for back surgery the following day. The gentleman was killed by the policeman in Minneapolis the previous Monday, and the protests we saw were just getting started. I finished that day thinking that was that, and I wouldn’t have to dive in to ranting mode again until the second week of June. Needless to say, as I spent the next three days in the hospital watching non-stop coverage of carnage across our land, I knew I’d have to get my butt (sore back and all) in gear and get my two cents in after being discharged.         

What’s The Real Reason?

 While we can agree the death of the black gentleman was a horrendous injustice and those responsible have to be held accountable to fullest extent of the law, what we see many not agreeing with is all of this sickening, despicable and out of control human behavior occurring.

Is it because Trump is a terrible example of a leader and American looters are just following his lead, as many on the left exclaim?

Is it because racism is so entrenched in our society, many just can’t stand to live like this any longer, so they have to release their inner angst with ultra criminal activity?  Or, as Bernie Sanders put it: “A grotesque system of ingrained racism and economic disparity that now more than ever needs to be ripped down. These attacks on America are what the riots are really about.”

Is it because of a group called Antifa, who has been alleged to have organized groups of people to take part in the violence?

While I think the preceding could all be a part of what’s going on in the streets, I think it’s something I’ve yet to hear from the talking heads as they speculate, debate, scratch their heads and throw their hands up in wonder, trying to figure out the reason for the selfish and vicious behavior. In my opinion, it comes down to a basic premise of life. As the bible puts it: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Some 40 years ago, my newspaper career started out with managing a bunch of 12 to 15 year old carriers. As the new guy, I was assigned an area of Tucson that was not the greatest.  I spent time in several different homes during that period – White, Black, and Latino – and witnessed firsthand how crucial it was for a kid to have a stable home life with an involved and concerned mom, dad or both. It didn’t matter the ethnic or financial situation of the family; what mattered was how the leadership of the household was conducted, and it made a huge difference in the job performance of those kids.

The young people with a solid home life were hardworking and conscientious, meeting all of the requirements of the job. Those from a situation with little structure, discipline and lack of a moral foundation at home were terrible in all aspects of the job. Those types expected, and some even demanded, to be paid no matter if they did the required job or not (at times, the parents even demanded it for their kid).

I’m sure you can tell where I’m going with this; the low-life thugs we see on our TV screens with no regard for other’s property and even the safety of others have no moral foundation or compass to guide them to a mature way of living. Many have been used to hand-outs most of their lives, growing up in the culture of it’s mine and I deserve it, as they’ve waited for monthly welfare payments and food stamps.

It’s no wonder when given the slightest light of opportunity to get something for free, no matter the consequences for those who have put their heart and working soul into their business while they sat on their lazy butts waiting for their “deserved” free stuff, they go all out to do horrible harm without giving two craps of what they are doing to others.

I bet most don’t even think about racism, oppression or even the plight of George Floyd. They just think about what they can do to get by on free stuff provided one way or the other by hard working folks.

What’s really scary is these types of folks on the left doing everything they can to lure people into their voting grasp. Can you say promises of free-stuff equals Joe Biden being president January 20 of next year?                                                                        

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another:

Certainly the theme for 2020, but I say if we look back at America since Trump was elected in November of 2016, the theme should be “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!” When one crazy thing is finally over we think: “That has to be it, right? What else could possibly happen now?”

Back to 2020. These has been indescribable times, causing me to write some of the most emotional ranting I’ve pounded out (as one reader put it, You’re not much fun these days”).

Anyway, here are some random thoughts that have hit me since the virus seemed to morph right into the terrible incident in Minneapolis, and what has followed as a result.

*What happened to the big, bad virus? Why did the medical experts suddenly disappear off TV/computer screens and pages of newspapers? Until last week the virus garnered wall to wall coverage that scared the bejeebers out of us, as we cowered in our homes hoping not to die. Is it suddenly no longer a big deal, or was it an overblown farce to begin with?

*After the George Floyd tragedy, one question that popped into my brain was what would the reaction have been if a black officer had done the same thing to a white man? I think it’s fair to say the reaction would have been totally different. There wouldn’t have been much angst from left-leaning talking heads in the media, and NO rioting and looting would have happened.

*While the deadly use of force was terribly wrong, it just isn’t something that occurs on wide spread basis all the time. If it did we would surely hear about it at every turn of media life. If it was an out-of-control, common situation, I would consider the freak-out in the media and some of happenings on the streets to be justified.

*Why were blue state Dems so hyped up with threats of arresting any virus violators who sneezed or coughed in the wrong place, but now are showing sympathy and leniency for violent criminals ruining our cities?      

*Why is it that Dem governors were so concerned with the safety of their citizens, they smothered the economic life out of their states because of the virus; but with these riots, they are so concerned with their idealistic reputation of liberal love being tarnished, they make nonsensical decisions that don’t fully protect their people?

Will Biden Be Our Next Leader?

The headline read: “If the election were held today, Trump would lose.”

Do we really believe polls after what happened in 2016? Almost everyone, including me, was quite sure Mrs. Bill Clinton was going to be our president come January 20, 2017, all based on polls that faked the whole world out of its pants.

Anyway, I’m sure you recall when Hillary said she considered Trump supporters to be deplorable. My question is, what should we consider Biden supporters? I’m not going to go the Hillary route by using rude name calling to describe them, but I seriously would like to know what my Dem friends see in their candidate. It was easy to see what they liked about Clinton and Obama, but Joe, not so much.

Is the election going to be determined by low information, misinformed and emotionally driven voters who only know they hate Trump with a passion?  My concern is these folks have no clue as to how Trump has actually helped their life and our country compared to when Obama and Joe were in charge of things.

I’ll stay away (for now) from what I think is Biden’s obvious mental decline, but what about the hardcore facts concerning his vision to lead this nation?  What are his plans, what does he envision? Is it based on hope and change, like the slogan of his former boss? Do Biden’s supporters really know what his polices are compared to the many things Trump did to make America Great Again?

I implore voters to list Trump’s accomplishments side by side with Biden’s plans to keep America Great. Wait a minute, does Joe actually have a list of concrete measures he will enact to keep us great? From what I’ve seen and heard, his thinking is what A.O.C and her squad are dictating it should be. You know, the ultra-left, nonsensical stuff that would plunge us into dire straits worse than what   Trump saved us from.

All I can say is if Americans vote for our next president based on their hate for Trump’s personality, in favor of someone with a popular personality, God will really need to help us!

Don’t Do It To The Guy:

I recall that after Robert Mueller had tried to give effective testimony in front Congress regarding his $40 million investigation into Trump and the Russian collusion joke, I lamented that if I would have been his family, I would have taken someone on the investigation team to task for letting their dad make a fool of himself in front of the whole world to see. It wasn’t his fault, as it was obvious his reduced mental capacity wouldn’t let him expound on the complicated details of the investigation.

With that being said, I say shame on Joe Biden’s family, friends and campaign team for marching him out (even though it’s once in a while) and showing the struggles he is having in front audiences, TV and otherwise. I have had the painful experience of seeing my parent’s mental state decline as they got up there in years (My dad’s started when he was the same age as Biden is now), and clearly recognize what Biden is going through. While it can be funny seeing the highlights of his gaffes and Saturday Night Live-type skits, I actually find it sad.

I’m not going to touch on his ability to do the most important and powerful job in the world, I’m just saying (in my opinion, my experience and from what I’ve observed of Biden), if he was my loved one, I would do everything possible to try and get him out of the race so the man can retain dignity for the years he has left.                     

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 21, 2020

There Are No Words:

There are no words (well there are, but they aren’t suitable to print) to describe both my frustration and local business owners’ absolute outrage – which is more than anger; it’s downright heart break.

In particular is the plight of some locally owned furniture stores, who are just trying to keep their businesses from completely collapsing. Last weekend they opened and were conforming to every damn safety rule they were supposed to (masks, distancing and even hand sanitizer dispensers). They were allowing a limited number of folks in the stores, just like the grocery stores do, so their customers could browse SAFELY and pick out what they wanted.

But no…Health Department officials (who I  assume were trying to justify their jobs, because of course they’re still getting paid), came swarming into the stores ordering all customers out and mightily scolding the store owners and issuing citations for their law-breaking sins.

Never freaking mind that nearby were grocery stores, Targets and Walmarts, all packed with people eyeballing products they wanted to purchase. This is sickening, Blue State ultra-rubbish ruining lives, and they don’t give two craps about that. All they care about is their emotional, feel-good idealism, filling their misguided thought processes that screw things up like every other liberal policy they implement.

Why the Unnecessary Insanity?

I’ll tell you one reason; it’s scary propaganda that drones on and on, whether it comes from print, radio or television media, seeping into the brains of Americans. Which, in turn, causes undo alarm that the left uses to advance their liberal influence on unsuspecting, low information folks.

It’s nothing more than scare tactics – just like how they frighten folks with climate change. It’s ridiculous, the predictions made; the warnings and the unwarranted dire forecasts of things that are going to kill us.

After reporting what most consider good news regarding the virus, uplifting spirits (even causing the stock market to flourish), we then see reports come along dousing flames of the good news and making it seem worse than it was before.

When this thing first started and the lockdown was forced upon us, along with the other do’s and don’ts, did you think, or were you led to believe, that the shutdown would still be going on some 10 weeks later? If you’re like me, it was a temporary situation, not this long drawn-out ordeal unnecessarily causing angst for millions of Americans.

The whole idea was about flattening this thing called a “curve” to make sure the hospitals were not overwhelmed. Not only were they not overwhelmed, hospitals across the land are laying employees off, cutting pay and some are even going out of business. Ironic, isn’t it? This virus they said was going to devastate hospitals is now devastating them in a shamefully different way, while many of us are still stifled and suffering from nonsensical measures that were supposed to be over by now.

I Like What Floated Across My Monitor The Other Day: 

“We are NOT all in this together; politicians, state and local officials have not given up one PAYCHECK. They have not lost their homes or businesses; they have not laid awake at night wondering how they will feed their families or pay bills. As they continue to enforce draconian restrictions not one of them is suffering from their OWN DECISIONS. They are not now and NEVER will be any part of the WE in this!”  

Random Bits of Extreme Puzzlement:

-Why is it safe to walk on wet sand at the beach, but not dry sand? I’d like to see the research on that.

-Why when President Trump said he was taking Hydroxychloroquine did some of those in the media get their underwear all twisted up in knots? And why did no one mention that it was widely known Obama smoked in the White House and there was no fuss over that?

-Speaking of Obama, Jonathan Kraut wrote in The Signal newspaper: “To put it simply the American people, prodded by our buffoon-in-chief and members of his party, do not have political will or discipline to follow strict measure that will save lives.”   I’ll ignore the rude verbal slap in the face regarding us Republican Trump supporters, but if I would have written the same thing about Obama and Democrats, it would have been deemed as horribly racist and this newspaper would have been boycotted worse than what Christy Smith tried to do. What gives?

-In the same column, Kraut wrote: “Trump seems okay with perpetuating an immense death toll so his precious economy can rebuild.”  Wow, Trump’s precious economy, really? Isn’t it our economy? The foundation of the greatest country on earth, an economy that enables folks to provide for their families, an economy that is being smothered by paranoid types such as Kraut?

-Gruesome Newsom allocated $75 million of virus relief for illegal aliens, while pension funds for California First Responders’ are in grave danger. Who’s more important to Gavin?

-Am I the only one who was surprised to learn that Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County Department of Public Health director, is not a medical doctor, but has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare? If you ask me, she’s doing a terrible job minding the county’s welfare, as her dictator-like policies are doing more harm than good. I have a feeling she’s still receiving every dollar of her $465,000 a year salary while the rest of us choke on her orders.

-Gruesome Newsom had ordered that before restaurants can open in a county, 15 percent of the homeless population has to be sheltered. Then we see a judge in L.A. County issued an order requiring officials to provide shelter or alternative housing for the homeless (wait, I thought using the term homeless is politically incorrect, they have to be referred to as ‘shelter challenged’ or some such nonsense) who are currently living near freeway over-passes, under-passes and bridges. This is a perfect example of runaway liberalism using a crisis to worm their way into pushing stuff that has nothing to do with the virus.

Leniency at Its Finest:

I’ll tell you what, this Obamagate thing is rapidly gaining momentum as we see more and more evidence of wrongdoing by Barry and his vice president back then. Unfortunately, William Barr said there isn’t much of chance Obama or Biden will be in any hot water over the attempted coup, but I and many others sure think they should be. I know, I know, we just don’t do that to past presidents and their VP’s , yada, yada, yada, but I betcha a Democrat DOJ would be all over Trump like Botox all over Nancy’s face (Is it okay she called our president “morbidly obese”?) after he’s out-of-office. I’m also wondering if the same leniency is going to be applied to Mrs. Bill Clinton for her felonies.   

Quotes Quips & Headlines:

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economies, but many economic uncertainties are wringing them out of operation.”

“I’ve spoken to many small business owners and business leaders throughout my district, and it’s clear this arbitrary and untenable timeframe adds more harm to local businesses.” (Christy Smith, from a press release regarding the expiration of PPP)

*Wait just a minute; is this the same Christy Smith who tried to put a small business by the name of the “Santa Clarita Gazette” out of business last year?

“So yeah it really hurt to have my old seat flip back to Republican-for a ton of people & also for me. In fact, it was pretty f–king devastating, I went offline & cried for a few days but, as always, getting ready to stand back up & keep fighting. Hope you are too.” (Katie Hill)

*Oh yeah, Katie. We’ll keep fighting alright, but it will be to give you a lot more to cry about. (Me)

What did Joe Biden know and when did he forget it? (Headline)

*Classic headline in the New York Post (Me)

“Al Sharpton asked me this on his Saturday cable news show: ‘What is ‘Obamagate?’ ‘The intentional interference with the peaceful transition of power’ I responded.

I explained that the American tradition of peaceful transition of power is the ‘glory of the Republic.’ The central charge of the many for which ‘Obamagate’ is shorthand: Senior members of the administration of President Barack Obama made efforts to cripple President Trump’s ability to govern via unconstitutional methods throughout the transition and even into the first three years of his term. Zerlina Maxwell, opposite me on Sharpton’s virtual set, characterized the term “Obamagate” as a racist talking point.” (Hugh Hewitt)

*See what I mean about the absurd double standard of racism when it comes to anything Obama? That’s their go-to defense of Obama and it doesn’t apply to Trump whatsoever. Oh yeah, Hewitt gives an excellent definition of Obamagate. (Me)       

“It’s time to face the fact that PPP didn’t work. A great plan, difficult execution. No one’s fault. The only thing that will save businesses is consumer demand. No amount of loans to businesses will save them or jobs if their customers aren’t buying.  (Mark Cuban)     

*Why does this common sense thinking evade so many seemingly intelligent peoples’ brains?  (Me)

“Dear Congress, pull your head out of your ass and work together for the greater good of America. You’re just showing the American people how worthless you are! Sincerely, Every Tired American.”  (Facebook post)  

*Seems like this person is referring to those on both sides of the aisle, and who can blame him or her?  (Me)          

“Tobacco killed 7 million people worldwide last year! No revolution to shut down the tobacco industry? I guess $12 Billion in revenue changes things. Another 41,000 killed just from second hand smoke (CDC numbers) but I don’t see us being locked in our homes preventing us from breathing it in.” (Blogger)

*Deaths from numerous cancers and diseases, alcohol-related deaths and even car accidents are all reminders that life can be treacherous, but we’re willing to take those risks as we live our lives taking chances, so why not with this virus? (Me)

“The lockdown is ending because the American people say it’s ending. No further explanation from government is necessary.” (Dan Bongino)      

*Wait, Dan, you don’t live in L.A. County where the Health Department Nazi’s are on the prowl to shutdown anything that moves without their consent.  (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 14, 2020

He’s Back!

It’s been a month of Sundays (I’ve never figured out what that means, but it sounds good) since I’ve had the joyous opportunity to rant about Barry Obama, but he has delivered this one on a golden platter. Never mind him bashing Trump on the virus; he’s blaming him for the virus, he’s ripping him for the reaction to the virus and he’s all over Trump for the chaos of the lockdown.

But, when I read this quote from the former president, regarding the charges being dropped against Michael Flynn,  I about spit out the beverage I had just taken a sip of:  “That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic, not just instructional norms, but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”     

Is he serious right now?! You have got to be kidding me! This is from the guy who was well aware his IRS was illegally targeting conservative groups, who traded five terrorists and $1 million for Bowe Bergdahl, and later gave Iran $3 billion without approval from Congress. Fast and Furious was initiated with no approval from Congress, and when Congress issued subpoenas to investigate it, he refused. His Secretary of State (Hillary Clinton) was never interviewed under oath for her felonious deleting of emails, with Obama obviously intervening on her behalf to keep her out of jail.

The list could go and on, lowlighted by his Vice President (you know who) threatening to withhold national security aid to Ukraine unless the prosecuting attorney stopped the investigation of his son or he would be fired (which he was).

After all of that, the guy has the undignified gall to question how the rule of law is applied by the Trump administration.

A Heap of Trouble?

Are Obama or Biden ever going to be directly asked what they knew and when they knew about key members of their administration’s blatant coup attempt on the new president in 2016 and 2017? If Biden is in trouble for his alleged sexual shenanigans and Obama is enjoying his time of blissful denial of scandals during his time as president, they should see that there could be another thing coming at them in the tunnel of big trouble.

More things have come to light in recent days, indicating those two were up to their noses in, at best, knowing what was going on, and at worst, helping to orchestrate the whole coup attempt on Trump. Time and lack of space do not allow me to get into the weeds of what has gone public, but needless to say something smells rotten in the back of the Obama administration’s old refrigerator.

I strongly urge you to dissect the numerous published facts on this brewing controversyand no matter your political preference, please look at those facts and nothing but those facts before judging if this is a political witch-hunt. I think you’ll find those facts are much more concrete than the loosey-goosey facts resulting in the long years of the sham investigations and impeachment of President Trump.                              

Furthermore:

I’m sure you remember seeing the likes of Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Schumer, Schiff and Nancy on CNN, MSNBC and the Sunday morning network news shows, all forcefully claiming there was plenty of proof concerning Trump’s colluding with Russia. Some of them even exclaimed he was a Russian agent and a traitor!

Methinks all of that vocal rubbish resulted in the Dems taking over the House, and throwing obstacles in the way of Trump’s agenda by getting millions of Americans to buy into their bull crap.

I give credit to Tucker Carlson on Fox News for pointing out something I hadn’t thought of or heard before. It came to light when the sworn testimonies by the same people who were making the harsh accusations against Trump became public last week. Key Obama officials all revealed they saw no proof or indication that funny business between Russia and the Trump administration EVER OCCURRED!

All of the Trump haters who were on TV with claims they had proof of the horrible things Trump did with Russia were ALL LYING through their teeth, including elected members of Congress who were present at the closed hearing. Even worse was that some of those were Republicans who heard the same testimonies and didn’t stand up for Trump, go freaking figure.

They were all WELL AWARE of what the true sworn testimony was in those closed hearings, believing the public would never know, so they lied their pants off in front of millions of Americans.

 Can You Believe This?

Mrs. Pelosi has introduced a bill for virus relief that has so much pork poop included, it’s mind boggling. And oh yeah, it will only cost $3 trillion! These people are out of their minds with political selfishness. They need to stop this utter nonsense and open up the economy running on all cylinders to bring  prosperity back to where it was pre-virus. They are all about freak-outs over the virus without realizing that the money they want to spend, adding to the ginormous debt, will do incredibly more harm to the lives of people they claim to care so much about.          

Sen. Rand Paul said; “We have no money, we have no rainy day account, we have no savings account. The three trillion that we’ve already passed out is imaginary money.” Ari Fleicher was quoted with; “The day of reckoning is coming, there is going to be some serious repercussions financially and structurally to the United States if we don’t get this under control.”

The Senate cannot let this bill go through, they also have got to tackle HUGE spending cuts to save America from a fate much worse than the virus.

Random Rant Questions:

-Am I the only one who finds it ironically confusing that one week Trump is getting ripped for a terrible economy, then the next week he’s getting raked over the goals for wanting to open the economy, because it’s too soon?

-I heard Dr. Deborah Birx has said “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.” Yikes, if the number two expert on the virus thinks that, who can we believe? I think she said it because it’s been reported The Center for Disease Control may be inflating the coronavirus case numbers and death tolls by 25 percent.

If the CDC is inflating coronavirus deaths, along with nationwide percentage of deaths in nursing homes from the virus being close to 25 percent of total virus deaths, and statistics show people from 1 to 49 years old are basically unaffected by the virus,  what is the true severity of the economic killing virus? Add to that; we’re still hearing that pneumonia deaths are down significantly from a year ago, lending further credence to skewed coronavirus death figures. Should all of the preceding lead us to believe this whole thing was and is a sham?

-Do you find it hypocritical when Andrew Cuomo said something along the lines of: “with this virus it all boils down to saving lives. That is the very essence of what these safety measures are about, saving valuable lives and that’s all that really matters at this point as many want to throw lives away by loving economics more than life.”

But, then you recall the partial birth abortion bill he pushed for, when it passed he was gleeful and New York legislators were literally dancing in the aisles of their chambers?

-Do you agree with the statement “Democrats want to flatten the curve while flattening the economy”?

-Do you think the three reasons Democrats want to extend the shutdown is so mail-in balloting will happen so they can cheat, it will keep Joe Biden off the campaign trail and the economy will crash so they can blame Trump”?   

-Am I the only one who finds the rebellion by Elon Musk against Gavin Newsom rather refreshing?

-Do you wonder how they are ever going to come up with a vaccine for the coronavirus when they haven’t been able to discover one for the common cold, which is in the same virus family?

-Did you laugh out loud when Gavin Newsom said he needed a trillion dollars for his state and for a few of his fellow governors’ states?

-Would you rather have a president who doesn’t articulate his thoughts very well, but gets the job done, or a president who was a good orator, but did a lousy job?

-Do you agree with the statement: “Eric Garcetti and Gavin Newsom are as qualified for their jobs as I am to be the third baseman for the Dodgers?” How about: “Joe Biden looks like he’s a few fries short of a happy meal?’’           

Quotes Quips & Headlines:

“There isn’t gonna be an investigation of Barack Obama. It will never happen. I don’t care what they turn up, I don’t care what Durham has, there will never be an investigation of Barack Obama. It just won’t happen. We just don’t do that to ex-presidents.”  (Rush Limbaugh)

*Wait a minute; you don’t think they’ll do that to Trump when he is out of office?  (Me)

“The Democrat Party is the last place to go to get the truth. The Democrat Party is the home of the ruination of this country. If the Democrat Party prevails in this coronavirus fight, if their policies prevail, then you can say good-bye to this nation as a constitutional republic.”  (Rush Limbaugh)

*And Joe Biden is leading in the polls? If you are the praying type, you best get at it!  (Me)

“Everything that’s coming out about the corrupt Obama administration will make sense if you read what I put in my last book. We called it.  (Dan Bongino)

*Another good book that reveals the corruption is “The Russia Hoax” by Greg Jarrett, but at this point you can just surf the net for sordid details. (Me)

Hawaii could face civil unrest, rioting if coronavirus reopening doesn’t happen quicker (Headline)

*If you ask me the same thing could be coming to a county very near you.  (Me)

“Every time a person walks by without a mask I feel like they are shouting F*CK YOU right in my face, because basically they are. Don’t be an asshole, wear a mask.”  (Katie Hill)

*Gee, Katie, we didn’t know you could be so dirty. Wait, I guess we did.  (Me)

 

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

Enclosed is a check to help support your publication. We have been longtime subscribers to the Daily News but have decided to end our support of that paper. Rather than pay for a new subscription to the News we are sending you a donation as we find your paper to be much more informative. Roger

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 16, 2020

Letters to the Ranter:

Before I get started I thought I’d share these love letters I received after last week’s rant.

Doug,

You are a grade A clown. I can’t believe these idiotic and dangerous ramblings have been published. There should be a law protecting the public from deadly anti science articles. I really hope you don’t get someone sick.  dougisatool.com

Doug,

It should be illegal to publish these insane ramblings. I hope you don’t get anyone sick. Garbage anti science opinions are deadly.  f*[email protected]

Doug,

Trump has bungled this whole virus! If he was serious he should have had testing & more importantly had tracing & tracking after each positive person! A shutdown slows the virus! It’s proven! We lost 2 months of doing nothing! Korea had the same date of the 1st positive as the USA but they tested over 170,000 people to our 100! They also traced people! If you’re not going to test then you Need to shutdown ! This is a deadly virus! It’s also very contagious! We should have been tracing people since February! Find out how many people were exposed to the positive person & quarantined each person! That takes money, resources & time! Unless the government was willing to spend the money it wasn’t going to happen! It’s expensive!  Tom

Really?

Of course Tom isn’t the only one ripping the President, we’re hearing mainstream media (who aren’t true media, just biased hacks pretending to be professionals)   saying Trump was unprepared, he should have moved faster and should have done more, Trump wasn’t paying attention, he doesn’t care if people get sick and die.

Dr. Fauci who has become America’s knight in shining armor, the end all, be all for all things virus seems to have been late in ringing the alarm bell, but of course we don’t hear much about that. After all he is Trump’s expert advisor and the President’s critics are constantly exclaiming he doesn’t listen to his advisors!

Well let’s see; on January 21 the good Doctor said “Coronavirus is not a major threat for the people in United States, and this is not something the citizens should be worried about.”

On January 26, Dr. Fauci assured Americans that the coronavirus is nothing to worry about. “The American people should not be worried or frightened by this. It’s a very, very low risk to the United States.”

Later in January he said “We still have a low risk to the American public, but we want to keep it that way.”   

At some point he was asked if our government would consider city-wide shutdowns like China did, Fauci said “there’s no way in the world we could do that to Chicago, New York or to San Francisco.”

I even saw a headline from Forbes Magazine that read; Fauci says “cruising is okay if you are healthy.”

On January 31 President Trump enacted the travel ban from China, just a few short days after the virus guru said everything was fine and we should cool our jets. Have you seen this timeline from the Fauci loving, Trump hating media? Me neither.

These so called news sources need to shut their pie holes instead of being the other kind of body holes. Look, Trump isn’t perfect with this mess that China heaped on us, but he is working his butt off, making the best decisions he can with the help of different experts. Sure his ego takes him adrift at times, but NONE of that has impeded his caring concern for the well being of America.

Do you Recall?

By the way do you remember Obama getting unfairly slammed by right or left leaning media on the way he handled the swine flu pandemic ten years ago? I don’t, because it didn’t happen. Why didn’t we see the up-roaring consternation over Obama’s handling of that virus like Trump is with this one? (I know, it’s a rhetorical question with an obvious answer).

After all, that virus resulted in 60 Million Americans infected (as of this writing 600 Thousand have come down with Covid 19) with 300 Thousand folks being hospitalized. So what’s the deal, those figures weren’t high enough to warrant the tearing down of Obama? I’d say “go figure”, but I imagine you have already figured.

It’s Really Scary:     

I’ve made my thoughts very clear in this space regarding what I perceive to be the nonsensical over reaction that is engulfing us today, many disagree with me and I have the love letters to prove it.

But, I tell you what we should really panic about and it’s how the overreaching is manifesting itself into America turning into something we’ve only seen in books and movies.

In Colorado, a former police officer was handcuffed in front of his 6-year old daughter for playing catch with his family. They were 15 feet away from the nearest person.

The esteemed Mayor of Los Angeles urged citizens to snitch on folks who they witness violating his directives. 

In Kentucky, the Governor ordered local officials to take down the license plate numbers of anyone who attended a drive-in church service so they can be fined $500.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is threatening to permanently shut down any churches or synagogues who don’t comply with his shutdown order. 

In North Carolina people were arrested for protesting against what they feel is the unconstitutionality of the lockdown, the reason for the arrests? Protesting isn’t deemed as essential!!    

The Governor of Michigan has disallowed folks from traveling to their vacation homes in other parts of the state.  

Is it a coincidence that those issuing these warnings and orders are left wingers? Me thinks not, these people in power are taking advantage of a situation allowing them to show their true colors of thinking they know what’s best for Americans. They are ignoring the foundation of our nation, from the constitution, in the name of them and their self interests.

What’s really scary is how these liberals will hit the ground running when this health mess is finally over and millions of us won’t know what hit us until it’s too late.

It’s Really Scary II

I heard Dr. Fauci say there is a possibility of immunity cards being issued, does that mean we have to have a pass from the federal government to leave our home to go to work, to interact with others who are virus free?

Where will the check-points be, as we’re leaving our neighborhood, the main corridors of our communities? What will the ramifications be if we are out and about without the proper clearance from the government?

Talk about Big Brother; Google is offering to track down offenders of shutdown orders and report them to authorities. The left wing powers that be are frothing at the mouth as they fantasize about becoming a Venezuela, Russia or any nation that has the people in the throngs of their power.

Look, we can cower all we want in the corner in fear from the virus, but please wake up to what’s going on in the peripheral and be ready to stand up to anti Americanism! Hopefully it will only take our voting to fight the nationalistic, socialistic attempted takeover we are seeing today, but if that doesn’t work, what will? It’s a scary thought.

If this is as it seems and that’s a dry run to see how far the government can push until the American public starts pushing back, we could be in for bumpier ride than the virus is causing.

 Quick Thoughts:

As millions of Americans sit in their houses under control from all levels of government, all the while those same governments are scrambling every which way but loose to solve the problems we’re facing, I can’t help but remember some of the thoughts from Ronald Reagan.

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

 “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

 “Government’s tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

 Am I the only one who finds it ironic as we freak out about 27,000 folks dying from the virus no one is talking about the 50,000 people who die from car accidents, 606,000 who die from cancer, 805,000 who die from heart disease and the 862,000 babies killed in their mother’s womb each year?  Just asking.        

 

 Letters to the Ranter II

Doug,

I wrote a letter to you that was sort of long.  Then when I reread it I thought I could summarize with…. How many others think the negative press and a bunch of the democrats are going to vote for our Great President Donald Trump? Dan

Doug,

The issue with this virus isn’t the mortality rate, the issue is how incredibly easy this virus is to catch and spread, along with the incredibly high (and consistent) hospitalization rate of 20% that accompanies this virus.

Santa Clarita has a population of well over 200,000 residents currently. If just half those residents were to come down with this virus over the next 3 month, (The infection rate would much higher than 1/2 if we abandoned the current plan, but I’m just using that as a VERY conservative number) we’d end up with approximately 20,000 Santa Clarita residents would need to be hospitalized over that short period of time. I’m sure that you’ve been to Henry Mayo, now imagine 20,000 people needing to be admitted to our community hospital over a period of about 90 days!

Without these insane social distancing measures the health care system in Santa Clarita would completely collapse. I hate this time more than anyone, but this problem is not a simple one and requires much more from us. We need to see the entire chess board and work towards solving this problem with science and intellect.

These are incredibly dark, depressing times, I do my best to see the light in everyday and encourage us all to do the same.    Storel

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 9, 2020

Déjà vu All Over Again:

If you read last week’s rant online (no print edition last week) and experience Déjà vu reading this week’s piece, it’s not your imagination. I’m incorporating some of last week’s into this one for our print readers who did not see the online version. Maybe I’m doing this because I’m uncomfortably numb with writers block stemming from my inability to type as fast as my poisoned thoughts want me to.

Maybe it’s because I feel like I’ve been ranting the same crap over and over since this mess began. Maybe it’s from all of the different voices pouring into my head that seem to contradict each other at every turn. That, and the uncertainty of what is going to happen to this business my wife and I have poured our heart and soul into for the past 22 years, and to be perfectly honest with you, it’s leaving me a bit empty. Thanks for the therapy session, it helped.

Confusion Reigns:

On Wednesday, The Signal newspaper reported the total number of virus cases in Santa Clarita had reached 139, which is less than one half of one percent of the population. The total number of patients in our local hospital suffering from the virus was listed at 14.

On Tuesday, L.A. County’s infection rate stood at 6000 which is also less than one half of one percent of our county’s population. Of course the death rate for the entire county is a minuscule percentage of the population. I saw where deaths from pneumonia are significantly down from a year ago at this time, leading to speculation doctors are listing the virus as cause of death when it wasn’t the main cause. Also on Tuesday, the L.A. Times reported that on March 27 the prediction was 6,109 people in California would die from the virus, but the latest prediction is now 1,783. That’s a 70 percent difference. Go figure.

The media is making it sound like New York City is in the throngs of an extreme death-out, but on Tuesday the death toll was 5,500 with 138,000 current cases. I’m not good with math but those numbers compared to their population won’t even come up on my calculator. I read somewhere that Phoenix was stricken with two one-hundredths of a percent of their folks having contracted the disease. I’m seeing statistics the recovery rate from the virus is 98 percent nationwide.

I saw a video of hospitals, virus check-points, ambulances and the attached personnel hanging around with nothing to do.

Tell me if I’m wrong here, but does this seem to be a horrifying, runaway pandemic to you? Because it doesn’t to me. Sure, we need to try and stem the growth of the virus; I just don’t think it needs to be at the expense of the toll it’s taking on millions of Americans.

Stepping In It:

I suppose I’m stepping in it with these thoughts, but after seeing the Gazette lose 80 percent of our revenue, I just plain and simple don’t think this shutdown is worth it. Yeah, I said it! And it’s not just because of what we’re going through here. I’ve spoken with business owners in this community who had to stop their marketing efforts with us and I’ve seen and heard the absolute anguish in their faces and voice. They’re all more than willing to do whatever it takes to keep their employees and customers safe, but are crestfallen from what they are going through. I’m hearing, “Why can’t we be open for business like the stores, banks, Fed Ex, UPS and mail delivery are? We’ll be as careful as they are.”    

It Has Got to Stop:

Somehow, some way, someone’s got to take the proverbial bull by the horns and shake working Americans loose from these martial law type restrictions on our working freedoms. We have got to bust through this abyss and put the economy back in full drive, don’t think about it, don’t argue about it and don’t talk about it, JUST DO IT!

I don’t how many have lost their jobs in L.A. County or even Santa Clarita, but nationwide 9.9 million people have ended up jobless with countless number of small business heading into oblivion, ruining millions of folks lives. Is it worth it based on the reality of the severity of this thing?  Heck no, it isn’t! People want to, and for various important reasons, need to get back to work!

I heard someone say “Government is mandating an economic coma.” I say the longer we are in this induced coma, the longer it will take to recover and the damage to people sustained while being under the coma will take a greater toll then the damn virus is and will.

Easy For You to Say:

When President Trump said “the country needs to open back up, it’s not meant to be closed this way,” he was vilified to no end. “He doesn’t care about people dying, he doesn’t care about thousands of people suffering, and he is one selfish son-of-a-b*tch!”

 What makes me bat-crap crazy is the people doing the verbal crucifying of Trump, and others who are proclaiming the need for America to be released from these shackles, have zero concept of having NO money for their families or the complete devastation of losing a business.

Whether they work in big media, or for the government, it’s easy for them to shout out the fear mongering and hate to those who are desperate to get back to business. Like always, the left has no concept of real life – just the idea that feel good idealistic emotions are the end-all-be-all of life, no matter how much sense it DOESN’T make.

Collateral Damage?

Sure, you can say we will be taken care of financially by the government, but I don’t think we’re recognizing the emotional collateral damage that many are or will suffer from. It’s not just normal to be unproductive, cooped up in a residence with no end in sight. Domestic violence, suicides and surely self medicating with alcohol and drugs are on the rise.

I’m still asking a question nobody is answering. Why with the Spanish flu, the Polio outbreak, the Measles, the Mumps, Ebola, SARS, the Swine Flu, wasn’t the same government intervention taken as we’re being smothered with now? It seems to me our nation just dealt with those sicknesses, if you got it, you got it, some did, many did not and life went on, just as it does when thousands and thousands of our fellow Americans get sick or die for many different reasons.

And Another Thing:

I have a question, who was it that decided what businesses are essential and what aren’t?  My guess is those who made the decision work for the government with no concern of where their next paycheck is coming from or even the reality of life as a business owner.

I tell you what though, I know what millions of business owner are thinking: How dare you, and who are you to determine my business isn’t essential?!  It’s very essential to my customers, my employees, my family and me! Look, we’ll all stay 6 feet apart, use sanitizer on our hands, materials and surfaces. We’ll wear the stupid masks and do whatever you deem necessary to lower health risks.

 But please let us open back up so we can shout “free at last, good God almighty free at last!”                 

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

 “At some point soon, we’re going to have to make some real decisions about what kind of a calamity we are causing through this lockdown of our economy. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be inattentive to the public health concern — we should. But at some point, we have to worry about what we’re doing to our society, and what kind of economy we’re going to have after this is all over.” (Steve Moore, Economist)

“We now have the most severe, widespread and protracted form of martial law in our nation’s history, except as it applies to dangerous criminals who are undeterred and released. How much more will we allow this to continue until we call foul on these gross constitutional violations?” (Daniel Horowitz)

“It was a three-year economic boom. And we ourselves turned it off. We ourselves shut it down. No matter where you go in the country, it’s a ghost town. It’s eerie. But underlying it all to me is just an abject fear for what this is doing to people. And then the long term changes to our country as a means of dealing with it that are being implemented and will be implemented down the line. And at the same time, aside from the president and other people like you and me out here, but in officialdom I don’t see this fear, I don’t see it reflected. I don’t see the concern — well, call it from the elites, call it from the establishment or whatever.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“Keep as many people employed as possible. When you have people staying at home not taking care of themselves, we will end up with a hell of a lot more people dying from other causes then the coronavirus.”   (Devin Nunes)

*Those four gentleman nailed exactly what is ailing us much more than the virus is. (Me)       

 “I would rather have my children stay home and all of us who are over 50 go in and keep this economy going and working. Even if we all get sick, I would rather die than kill the country. Because it’s not the economy that’s dying, it’s the country.” (Glenn Beck)

*I concur, and many folks feel the same way Glenn does. (Me)

“Biden has dementia. China is not our friend. Bill Gates is not a hero. Trump will landslide win 2020.”  (Tweet by Young Dems for Trump)

*Wow, there are actually young Democrats who think like this? Who knew?  (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

I don’t disagree with anything you rant about. We need to get this crap behind us. I also understand that so far only a small percentage of the population has been  affected by this virus but with the numbers you quote don’t include the 2% of those affected die. The number of cases reported only include those that have been tested. How many more have been infected with only minor symptoms. How many have been hospitalized that haven’t been tested due to the shortage of testing capabilities. I’m not saying there is some overacting however the number of cases being reported is growing exponentially.

 I hear that the elderly and those with pre existing conditions are the ones most likely to die if they become infected, you and I meet both of that criteria. When our first responders are becoming  infected and we are loosing some of the most important members of our community, then we have a problem.

Now Nancy,”I’m too old for the job “ Pelosi wants the money that is going to help our country to go to abortions , the green new deal and other fantasies, we have a real problem. God bless our Country and may we find a cure or vaccination to stop this pandemic and get our lives back to normal.   Tim

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 2, 2020

Twilight Zone:

Whatever time zone Americans live in we’re all feeling like it’s the twilight zone. I have to be honest it’s taking some doing for me to get motivated to write this rant as I know it won’t be printed with ink for the very first time. Hopefully there are print readers who are finding their way to this online version.

These Are Scary Times:     

I’m not talking about the virus or even the economy right now; I’m talking about the way our nation could change after this day mare is over. The budding socialists, who have infiltrated every portion of the political spectrum in recent years, must be having gleeful thoughts as their mouths water as they can almost taste their dream of socialism, and all that comes with it, standing at our doors about to walk right in.

They are probably thinking the control the government has over us right now, and the heaps of money they’re throwing our way, are going to be the new normal when it’s all said and done. It was overwhelmingly obvious when Nancy Pelosi flew into the swamp and started demanding every damn socialist idea she could think of to be added to the bailout bill, including the green-new-freaking-deal, she was taking full advantage of this crisis, to start the trend of what she and her ilk have been striving for.

Does this mean the socialistic Dems are gonna keep the virus fear going for as long as possible to further worm their way into controlling America, touting what’s best for our well being and showering us with dollars from heaven to make it seem worth it?

I admit President Trump is helping to perpetuate these socialistic ways, but at this point what choice does he have? We can only hope and pray he sees the light of what these Dems are doing now, taking advantage of this crisis for their desired way and will fight like hell to regain our freedoms and get back to what we really need and that’s pure and simple capitalism.

 Stepping In It:

I suppose I’m stepping in it with these thoughts, but after seeing the Gazette lose 80 % of our revenue I just plain and simple don’t think this shut down is worth it, yea I said it! And it’s not just because of what we’re going through here, I’ve spoken with business owners in this community who had to stop their marketing efforts with us and I’ve seen and heard the absolute anguish in their faces and voice. They’re all more than willing to do whatever it takes to keep their employees and customers safe, but are crestfallen from what they are going through. I’m hearing, “Why can’t we be open for business like the stores, banks, Fed Ex, UPS and mail delivery are, we’ll be as careful as they are.”    

 Collateral Damage?

Sure, you can say they will be taken care of financially by the government, but I don’t think we’re recognizing the emotional collateral damage that many are or will suffer from. It’s just not normal to be unproductive, cooped up in a residence with no end in sight. Domestic violence, suicides and surely self-medicating with alcohol and drugs are on the rise.

I like what Devin Nunes said: “Keep as many people employed as possible. When you have people staying at home not taking care of themselves, we will end up with a hell of a lot more people dying from other causes then the coronavirus.”

I’m still asking a question nobody is answering. Why with the Spanish flu, the Polio outbreak, the Measles, the Mumps, Ebola, SARS, the Swine Flu, wasn’t the same government intervention taken as we’re being smothered with now? It seems to me our nation just dealt with those sicknesses, if you got it, you got it, some did, many did not and life went on, just as it does when thousands and thousands of our fellow Americans get sick or die for many different reasons.

Look, I’m putting my money where my mouth is, I’m 65 years old and a diabetic and sure I’m washing my hands like crazy, using hand sanitizer and trying to stay six feet away from humans, but I and millions of others are willing to take the risk of getting out there and mixing things up like we’re meant to do. Doing it without the fear many are succumbing to, you know like millions before us did throughout the years with many diseases, flu and viruses.

 More Virus Musings:

Adding to my questioning if this thing warrants the major disruptions of our lives are the statistics I’m seeing.

As of this writing 184 folks have died from the virus in California which equals .00026 % of the population. 8,704 Californians have been infected which is .0124 % of the population.

Nationwide there has been 207,613 cases reported equaling .00642 % of the population. Deaths as of April 1 stand at 4,611 which is .00142 % of our population.

Tell me if I’m wrong here, but does this seem to be a horrifying runaway pandemic to you, because it doesn’t to me. Sure, we need to try and stem the growth of the virus, I just don’t think it needs to be at the expense of the toll it’s taking on millions of Americans.

Even if (God forbid) the death rate reached 200,000 across our land, that’s still only .0000619% of the population. 7,452 people per day die in the United States from various calamities, we don’t freak out about that do we?

I understand it hurts very much when people we know and love get sick or die, it’s one of the hardest things in life we go through, but I for one will take that risk without seeing the unnecessary ruination of people’s lives just to protect me or even my loved ones.

 Quips Quotes & Headlines:

 “We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.” (Barack Obama)

*Thanks for that Mr. Obama, but how many Americans give two hoots about climate change right now?  (Me)

Trump rolls back Obama fuel policy  (Headline)

*Rut Roh, Barack won’t be too happy when he hears that, he may even send out another vicious tweet saying climate change is more dangerous than the virus.  (Me)

Trump’s Muddled Message (Headline on front page of LA Times)

*Do you recall how many times you saw an editorialized biased headline like this regarding Obama? I don’t either, because there never were any. (Me)

“The Kennedy Center just received a $25 million taxpayer bailout. But after securing the funds, the opera house laid off its entire orchestra and other staff. Disgraceful.” (Rep. Jim Jordan)

*You think they will give the money back? Me neither. I wonder what Mrs. Pelosi thinks about this debacle, I’m sure she can justify it just fine.  (Me)

“I think Mitch McConnell and all of these politicians should be prosecuted when this is done for the lies which cost thousands of deaths. He knows Trump is a con man who lied to everyone to delay bad news and that led to thousands of additional deaths. They are all murderers.”  (Judd Apatow, Hollywood Writer/Director)

*Gee, this guy must be a huge Pelosi fan; she thinks Trump’s actions have been deadly for Americans too. (Me)

“There’s no such thing as a non-essential worker….this economy is basically a quilt, and if you start pulling on jobs and tugging on careers…the whole thing will bunch up in a weird way.”  (Laura Ingraham)

*Laura better be careful, the new management at Fox News is firing show hosts for saying things they don’t approve of, just ask Trish Regan.  (Me)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 26, 2020

A Heavy Heart:

It is with regret for me to let you know the Gazette will NOT be publishing a print edition NEXT week. The huge loss of advertising revenue in the wake of the shut down makes it cost prohibitive to carry on in the immediate future. Our plan is to resume printing on April 10 and go forward every other week – God willing – and if the government powers that be come to their economic senses, we will be back weekly soon.

In the meantime, please check out www.santaclaritagazette.com for posting of outside contributor’s op-ed pieces you enjoy each week. As for this ranter, I’ll do my best to contribute also.

She Really Is!

Some weeks ago after The Speaker of the House tore up the State of the Union speech, I called her a name I shouldn’t have (I even disappointed some friends of mine) and regret it (sort of).  After the complete bull crap she pulled earlier this week with her last minute fly-in into the swamp and grabbing Chuck Schumer by his private parts, yanking him away from the deal he had almost struck with the other side of the aisle to help all Americans, it really solidified my belief that she really is a royal female dog, and a very selfish one at that!

From what I’m reading today, the stuff she and her cowering boy (Schumer) are trying to cram into the relief bill have nothing to do with the economic damage related to the virus and is nothing short of sickening! Granted, I’m pounding the keyboard here a few days before you’re reading this, so I don’t know how this ends up, but needless to say, so far it’s been shameful beyond shameful.

Helicopter $ The Way To Go?             

As many await the money that should start dropping into our bank accounts or mail boxes like manna from heaven, I’m left wondering if this is the way to go. Sure, many folks need a helping hand right now and will welcome what comes in, but perhaps we should try some good old fashioned expense reduction to enable what funds we do have to go further.

For those fortunate businesses that will still have a payroll, how about eliminating the burden of payroll taxes and any sort of government fees many have to pay? For example; auto repair related shops and the like have to pay environmental fees; our  LLC has to pay $1,700 a year just to be in business. The feds and the state should eliminate taxes on the gas we buy, sales tax on food and all commodities should bite the dust for now, this would also help businesses sell more goods and services. Maybe the government should help cover banks and property owners so they can suspend all rent, mortgages, car loan payments etc.

The list could go on and on, but you get the picture.  In other words, instead of huge sums of bail out money being pushed out, let you, me and businesses keep the money we earn. It’s ours in the first place, and all of us need to stretch it much further than before during times like these.

Starve The Virus, Save The Economy?

In the last few rants I’ve written:

“I vaguely remember the swine flu from ten years ago, but if we had gone through the same rigmarole we are now, I bet I’d remember it very well and so would you. I saw a headline from February of 2010: ‘Swine Flu Has Killed up to 17,000, With 60 Million Infected in the U.S.’ I went on to read 300,000 folks were hospitalized with that flu.»

“Another confusing factor for me is if this virus doesn’t make us that sick and is affecting relatively few, why is it a big deal? If the main concern is to protect those who are vulnerable from serious complications from the virus, then absolutely, let’s do anything and everything necessary to protect them. But why turn the lives of 300 million plus Americans upside down for that fairly limited segment of our population?”

 “If I’m missing something here please let me know, because unless it’s the bubonic plague or one of those deadly virus’ we see in the movies, why should we panic and mess with day-to-day living, that can have negative financial impact for many folks?  I say get over it and go on with life, if you happen to get sick with any kind of virus deal with it, like we have our whole lives.”

I caught some guff for those remarks with “you shouldn’t care about money more than people’s lives.”  It’s not that I don’t care about people’s health; I just don’t think it’s worth ruining millions of folks’ financial lives for the risk of some of us getting sick. Again, I ask, and nobody has enlightened me, as to the question of why weren’t there the same extreme actions taken ten years ago during the swine flu epidemic?  Our world as we knew it then stayed intact and everyone I knew back then came through with flying colors.

Even back during the swine flu days, the CDC advised AGAINST school closures and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “Shuttering schools will be considered a last resort, because it creates major disruptions and forces many parents to miss work and lose the money they need for example to put food on the table.” Hello?!

Could Common Sense Come Into Play?

Now we’re hearing common sense rumblings of:

“For the sake of American’s financial and mental health, this has to end soon, despite the risks.”

“Trump worries US will see ‘suicides by the thousands’ if coronavirus devastates economy.”

 “There are economic consequences in trying to save lives on a mass scale. We should try and manage this thing without the severe financial pain being inflicted upon millions of those at a lower risk with a mass shutdown. Open things up while urgently protecting the most vulnerable.”             

“Twelve weeks of this will do more damage to many more than the virus will.”

“Liberty University invites students back to campus requires faculty to report to work.”

“This was a medical problem; we shouldn’t let it turn into a long-lasting financial problem.”

The Lieutenant Governor of Texas said; “Let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living, let’s be smart about it, and those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”

This stuff makes liberal Dems and talking heads at CNN and MSNBC go bonkers. Sure it does, because none of them are concerned with how they’re going to put food on their families’ table or pay bills that are stacking up. So they sit there and squawk out there idealistic emotion-driven drivel without thought of the rest of us who are choking financially and want to get back to work and take our chances on getting the damn virus!

Common sense has got to come into play, but will it happen with many of the officials who made these decisions to lock us down having never worked a real job or owned a business?  I heard about long time Democrat Senator Ed Muskie, who bought a business after working in government for his whole adult life, saying “If I knew what it was like to own a business many of my votes in the Senate over the years would have been different.”  Well there you have it, a perfect example of what the life experience is of people who are running and ruining our lives today.

The Consequences? 

What are the possible consequences of the decisions these people are making for us today? Only time will tell, but how much time do we have before things really hit the fan? How long will it be until we see a leap in domestic violence within homes, other crimes going through the roof as many turn to desperate measures? What about a malaise settling in causing an epidemic of severe depression resulting in a steep and tragic rise of suicides that President Trump is concerned about?

We’ve already seen shoving matches in lines outside of grocery stores with law enforcement having to intervene; if this goes on too long, will we see anarchy in the streets as folks resort to measures that have never entered their minds in order to feed their families?

I know much of the preceding may seem farfetched, but let me ask you: Considering what we thought about this virus thing just a few short weeks ago, did we ever think it would come to what it has?

I firmly believe if you took a poll of millions of business owners and workers across our land, most would indicate they want to go back to life as we knew it and take our chances with getting ill. We did that ten years ago during the deadly swine flu epidemic that most folks barely remember, why can’t these lock downers see that?! Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“When Trump took office, we knew eventually America would pay a price for the incompetence of a reality show narcissist president. No one thought the price would be this high in dollars and lives.”  (Gary Horton)

*Don’t you just love how Dems are using this thing to shoot politically poisoned darts at Trump?  Funny, we didn’t see the same selfish politicizing against Obama when the swine flu infected 60 million Americans and he didn’t seem to do much of anything. (Me)

“Ostensibly, the panic-driven shutdown of the U.S. economy could plunge us into recession or worse, with dire consequences for the 2020 campaign. Some on the Left see COVID-19 in unapologetically political terms, as the magic solution to ending the Trump presidency and his supporters in a way that all the past hopes and dreams of doing so—from subverting the Electoral College after the November 2016 election to Mueller and impeachment, and all in between—utterly failed.”  (Victor Davis Hanson)

“Whatever the ultimate human and economic toll from the coronavirus, there is no doubt that Trump, as president, will be blamed for the economic slowdown of spring and perhaps even early summer. The media despises the president as does entertainment, academia, and the media, ensuring in popular culture and the news that he will be demonized in a way Obama was not, despite reacting far more slowly, to the swine flu threat of 2009.”   (Victor Davis Hanson)

*The incredible hypocrisy of the Trump presidency compared to Obama will go down in history as a pathetic chapter. (Me)

“He has done more than any other president in history to help bring American jobs back to our shores, strengthen our military, secure our borders, bring our troops out of needless conflicts, reform criminal justice and helping the wrongly accused and those given excessive sentences, and lower the unemployment rate across all demographics.”  (C. Norman Allen, from his column in the Signal on 3/21)

*How did Obama do with those issues? See what I mean about incredible hypocrisy? (Me)

“Americans need to know a certain date when this will end. The uncertainty for businesses, parents and kids is just not sustainable.”  (Laura Ingraham)

*Amen to that, sister!  (Me)

“What will this do to our long-term relationship with government? Already mayors and governors around the country are using this pandemic as an excuse to expand government’s control of our lives. Will that end when the virus ends? Perhaps, or perhaps they will tell us the risk of pandemics will be with us indefinitely and some of their controls need to remain in place permanently. After all, the history of lost liberty is marked by those who were foolish enough to trust the promises of their rulers.”  (Charlie Kirk)

*If that happens, I say “let the revolution begin,” because that could be the only way to unshackle the chains of government that would be preventing true freedom. (Me)

 

Letter to the Ranter:   

Doug

Trump and Cuomo are both now talking of about getting the economy going sooner rather than later.  Trump is thinking about the election and Cuomo is thinking about tax revenues.  Cuomo made his statement last Tuesday.  Another funny thing, MSNBC and CNN go after Trump for doing all the talking  and not letting his experts on the Coronavirus Task Force do all the talking at their news conferences, while not mentioning that Cuomo does all the talking at his daily news conferences.  Also, no reporting by the dynamic duo on Cuomo’s suggestion of early limited return to work, while blasting Trump’s similar idea.  Tom

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 5, 2020

Not So Super Tuesday:

As I start this week’s rant it’s Super Tuesday and I ain’t feeling too super, I’m not sure why because at this point I don’t even know how the battle for Katie Hill’s seat turns out.

Maybe it’s because I’m a brand new member of the Medicare club and while that’s depressing enough as it is to be of age to join the club, it’s also driving me nuts. One month the insulin prescribed for me is $42, the following month it’s $123! Being a rookie in the club I inquired as to why and found out something about being in (or out?) of something called a donut hole, say what? I can’t even eat donuts!

I asked the doctor for another brand and was pleasantly surprised to find out it was $62. But, the nice lady I talked to from the club office informed me it would also surpass $100 next month! I then turned to the trusty club manual for fun facts to find out why, but with me being math challenged, I declared screw it, I’ll just have to wait until the Dems let Trump do his job and get the cost of insulin down for all of us old folks.

Maybe II

Maybe I’m not feeling so super on this Super Tuesday because these are such crazy and confusing times for this conservative patriot. Millions of Americans (including my youngest son) are embracing socialism with their fanatical support of Bernie Sanders. It figures many Californians are foaming at the mouth over Bernie because voters here seem to like high taxes, insane laws and regulations on business out the wazoo. It bewilders me to no end that voters in this Golden State relish this type of muck that holds them down, but repeatedly send Sanders-like politicians to Sacramento to screw everyone’s life up!

Millions more are supporting Joe Biden despite of his seemingly mental decline, reminding me of the song Dazed & Confused, leaving me confused as to why so many of his supporters think the gentleman could lead this nation.

Maybe III

Maybe it’s these bizarre but sad headlines I came across while surfing the World Wide Web that have me missing out on the thrill of Super Tuesday.

Some Libs saying they want the Coronavirus so they can give it to Trump supporters.

Children are losing sleep and having bad dreams over climate change, study finds

Donna Brazile Tells GOP Head Ronna McDaniel to Go to Hell on live TV

PETA Applauds Alaska Airlines for Dropping Iditarod Sponsorship

Uproar After ‘Sunday Service’ Replaces Transgender Show

Many Millennials Can’t Change A Light Bulb By Themselves, Survey Finds

Rob Reiner: If Dems Don’t Take Out Trump in 2020 We Will Lose Our Democracy and Earth

Maybe IV

Maybe my Super Tuesday funk is from the developing paranoia that just hit home for me when I took a break from this downcast ranting and went to the bank. While I was punching in my pin number at the ATM it dawned on me that somebody with the damn virus could have touched the same keys I did and what about the twenty dollar bill, who’s been touching that?  Then I stopped for gas, what if the last person at the pump has the virus and touched everything I touched? After that I went inside the convenience market to get a bottle of water and quickly realized I grabbed the door handle that hundreds of people have grabbed recently!

See what I mean, it’s difficult for a guy like me to enjoy Super Tuesday after enduring what I have had to endure, it could be worse I suppose, at least I’m not in the cruise line business.

Seriously Though:

When the virus thing hit the news some weeks back I remember thinking there is no way I’ll end up ranting about this will I?  I really don’t want to, but as what usually happens when I think that, I end up doing so anyway. I started ruminating on it when our 401k looked like it was circling the drain last week and then on Super Tuesday a columnist in the Signal Newspaper wrote an op-ed about it. I’m not begrudging what the gentleman wrote, because it seems he’s buying what the mass media is purporting on the virus and who knows how this thing will turn out.

He wrote; “I recommend you and your family be prepared to self-quarantine for two to three weeks. Fluids like Gatorade with electrolytes, bottled water, over-the-counter medications that address the flu, staples like rice, potatoes, pasta, canned fruit and frozen vegetables might be goods to have on hand.”

That’s good advice for everyone no matter what the emergency is, but then he went on with; “I would expect the feds to recommend self-quarantine for non-essential personnel at some point in the coming weeks.”  Further on he wrote; “Restaurants, schools, concerts, religious services and sporting events could be on hold. Groceries and essentials could be delivered at your door and paid by credit card. Human interaction could be reduced to a minimum as the virus runs its course.”

I’m sorry, but I think that is over reacting, to be sure the only thing I really know about virus’ are how crappy they make me feel. Mrs. Ranter and I both had the flu a month or so ago and while very unpleasant it was gone in a few days and we are no worse for wear.

As with the flu that we all try to fight off every year, there are folks among us who are vulnerable to any virus, putting them at risk for serious illness. Of course we should do everything possible to help prevent them from being exposed, but to shut down life as we know it just doesn’t make sense to me.

Damn Media?

This virus seems to be nothing more than a bad cold which all of us have had to deal with since we were born. While the virus in question reportedly spreads like a bat out of hell, to me the danger is being blown up to panic proportions by the media. Are they looking to make extra bucks with ratings from an over blown crisis, are they trying to sabotage Trump, or are they just power hungry, control freaks?

Whatever the reason, shame on them, this reminds me of the fear mongering they attempt with dreaded climate change. As one pundit put it; “It is a press-induced panic that will have real consequences and it will not be from the virus itself. We have eight deaths from the coronavirus, 18,000 from the flu. Why isn’t the message, get your flu vaccine?”        

The big shame of this is the hurt it’s putting on businesses, the travel industry is getting killed, and the supply chain is being choked off because of the panic the media is puking out, even resulting in some people being thrown into bankruptcy.

Unthinkable:

When I think about the consequences of some sort of required home quarantine, I think about the many small businesses that advertize in the Gazette. Very few could survive more than a few days without conducting their business and this newspaper would not survive with the loss of advertizing revenue resulting from such an extreme measure as was alluded to in the Signal column.

Chill out media and those who think media spews the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Let’s do the best we can to prevent this from spreading, taking care of ourselves, while taking the chance of getting this bug as we do with every virus every day of every year. I think it’s more than worth it than to ruin the lives of many people because of hyped up panic.

Quips Quotes & Headlines

This is sad and scary. Sad for him (Joe Biden), because onset dementia is a terrifying and horrible disease. Scary for us, because a serious contender for the presidency is actually campaigning proudly on raising taxes for the working American, and doing so gleefully. (James Wood)

*It’s easy to make fun of Joe, but the state of his mind is a sad thing. This was brought home Sunday morning when Chris Wallace asked him about and showed clips of his mental gaffes, Biden got a puzzled look on his face then attempted to explain them away. When Wallace wrapped up the interview he thanked Biden and Joe answered “Thanks Chuck.”   (Me)

Hillary Clinton to Be Deposed Over Her Private Email Server Fiasco (Headline)

*Is this the beginning of uncovering the corruptness that could and should get several of Obama’s lieutenants in a heap of legal hot water?  (Me)

“When I look at Bernie Sanders and his socialistic ideas it reminds me of the initials of his first and last name, Straight B.S.”

“We need more free thinkers and less free loaders and if you are a freeloader, we need you to get up off your seat and do-nothing and go get you a job!”

“Black people don’t need reparations, black people need liberation from the Democrat plantation.”  (Diamond & Silk from their speech at CPAC last week) 

*Let’s hope there are a bunch more black folks who think like these two ladies do and not a bunch more that think like the ones who voted for Biden in South Carolina.  (Me)

“Given status of the race, I’m going to switch my vote from Warren to Biden. No slight at Warren, but she has no path at this point and I feel Biden presents the strongest possible chance at beating Trump and taking back the Senate & holding the House.

(Bill Murray)

*Yep, it’s that Bill Murray and he obviously leans far left which is typical of those in his field. But seriously, can you imagine Biden or Sanders as president with Dems controlling both the House and Senate? If that were to happen it may be best to turn assets into cash or precious metals, stash them in a safe place and build a high wall around our homes.  (Me)

Letter to the Ranter
Refer to Gary Horton’s 3/4/20 column in the Signal Opinion page. It’s a good read. Gary’s inner Steinbeck was in good form. When absent Trump bashing, Gary can write a very reasonable and persuasive family story about the painful evolution of America – and the world for that matter. There’s a good Americana social message screenplay “The Hortons” in his piece. The tail end of the story is of course Gary himself who lives in Santa Clarita, coffees at Starbucks, and enjoys the fruits of capitalism. Could he really see himself in a Bernie Sanders America? Tom

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 27, 2020

Chicken Crap Politics:

When I saw the negative TV ad about Mike Garcia not paying taxes it didn’t seem true to me, that’s not the Mike Garcia I know and with the vicious tone of the ad it smelled like BS smear tactics, which I hate with a passion.

The ad was paid for by some PAC and I don’t know if it’s the same PAC Mike is talking about in a statement he made, but after reading the statement, something sure stinks in the back of the refrigerator.

“The Democrats and Pelosi are terrified of our grassroots campaign, so terrified that the Democrat’s House PAC is now running over $300,000 of ads for Steve Knight. I’ve heard of running against Democrats. And I’ve heard of running against Republicans. But running against a Republican who is supported by Democrat Nancy Pelosi is a new one. The Dems don’t want me to win, and they’re paying big money to confuse the voters into supporting my opponents.”

Local political observer, Betty Arenson posted this a few days ago bringing the puzzling pieces together:

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is at it again. They are running ads against the respectable and honorable veteran Mike Garcia claiming he does not pay his taxes. IT IS A TOTAL LIE! The facts are: Mike Garcia sold a residential property (included two units) in Tulare County, Ca. in the first half of 2019. As is quite common in real estate, the county levied a supplemental tax of about $1,000.00. With that levy comes the default act of filing two liens (two units); an automatic process. The property was assessed in May 2019 for the 2018 period of ownership. Mike Garcia learned of the lien in July 2019 with a DUE DATE TO PAY OF FEBRUARY 28, 2020….a date as of this writing is not here yet. The liens have been paid and there is not scandal but for the Democrat’s lies. 

The bible tells us in proverbs, “The Lord despises every kind of cheating. Some men enjoy cheating, but the cake they buy with such ill-gotten gain will turn to gravel in their mouths.” This sure applies to the Houston Astros, but in this case it applies to cheating by a Dem party who claims to be all about fairness and equality, showing shameless chicken crap hypocrisy!

Stopped in My Tracks: 

I was puttering around the house the other evening with Jesse Watter’s show on in the background when he said something I hadn’t really thought of, stopping me in my tracks. He laid out a possible scenario of President Bernie Sanders, upon taking office, issuing executive orders such as immediate ceasing of fossil fuel exploration or even production cutbacks, shutting down coal mines and perhaps some sort of gun confiscation. I thought of him probably re-instituting the regulations on businesses that Trump reversed and of course initiating economy killing legislation right away.

Jesse mentioned the possibility of President Sander’s actions causing anarchy with the streets of America flooded with panicked people. Farfetched you say, what if the dollar shrinks to a minuscule value, rapid inflation, affecting food and fuel shortages occur. What if his actions result in American’s 401k’s and other investments dissolving before their very eyes?

A Fine Mess:

If Bernie moves into the White House can you imagine the number of corporations that would pick up and get the heck out of dodge before we can say State of the Union?  Those companies could leave behind a trail of empty buildings, unemployed workers with a nation in economic ruin. A ruin that will make the climate change crisis look like an episode of the old TV show, Truth or Consequences.

I have a friend who has worked for a major investment company for many years. He is convinced that if Bernie wins the election the stock market will NOT open on November 4th to try and delay the crash that will be seen and felt around the world.

I Can Hear it Now:

I know, I know, people will say I’m an alarmist, a pessimist and I don’t deal in reality, but I’m telling you even if things don’t happen to the extreme of the preceding, it will be bad for you, me, ours and yours. Some will say this won’t matter because Bernie will never be elected president, hellooo….was anyone saying that about Trump four years ago today?

My concern is Bernie appeals strongly to the throngs of folks who want the good life money can help with, but are unwilling to put forth what is needed to better themselves to gain that type of life. Many voters today have a mind-set of taking the easy road because of the way they were raised.

The political alternative Bernie is selling is taken very seriously by millions of millennial voters and their yet to be recruited brethren who will vote right there with them, because Bernie’s way sounds so hassle free. What they don’t realize is much of what they enjoy in life is a result of capitalism and could disappear if socialism takes over the country. How to convince them of that is beyond me.

Whatever Happened?

Is it just me, but wasn’t there a huge issue engulfing the nation just a few short weeks ago?  You remember, and by the way whatever happened to that impeachment thing that was supposedly tearing the fabric of our nation to shreds, because of the treasonous actions by our dictator-type president?

Hmm…that thing went by way of a fad that sizzles and quickly burns out.  Now we can get back to good old fashioned hate for our president, based mainly on his personality. If any of his haters would look at the facts, and nothing but the facts, using at least one quarter of their smarts, could they possibly see some of his worth as a president?

No they won’t, so now they are retreating back to their claims of Trump being a dictator and just like Hitler, which is real mature, intelligent thinking if you ask me.  If I were to have criticized Obama and called him names, like we see with Trump, the likes of a Christy Smith and her followers would have screamed racism to the tenth degree and maybe even picketed outside of the Gazette office trying to take me out. All of this is HYPROCISY at its best.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“I need to find a way beyond what I’ve already done to express my heartfelt gratitude and thanks and appreciation for the outpouring that continues to come in from people. I’m thinking there are more prayers for me in this country than can be counted, than can be tabulated. And I just am confident as heck that they matter, that they’re effective. So please accept this as an ongoing and never-ending thank you to everybody.”  (Rush Limbaugh)

*Good to hear, but it’s also being reported Rush has received an abundance of hate and mean-spirited thoughts about his “suffering” from those on the left who despise him because of his beliefs. I just can’t fathom this; if Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff or even Rachael Maddow announced they had advanced lung cancer I would be hoping for their recovery. Are these people so morally and spiritually depleted they can’t overcome their personal feelings of hate toward the man as he fights for his life?  (Me)

“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks. The Drive-By Media hype of this thing as a pandemic, as, ‘Oh, my God. If you get it, you’re dead,’ do you know what the — I think the survival rate is 98 percent. Ninety-eight percent of people get the coronavirus survive. It’s a respiratory system virus. I believe the way it’s being weaponized is by virtue of the media, and I think that it is an effort to bring down Trump, and one of the ways it’s being used to do this is to scare the investors, to scare people in business,” (Rush Limbaugh)

*Rush has a way of getting the bottom of things using common sense that escapes many.  (Me)

Arizona gas tax could double (Headline)

*My home state has been invaded by Californians, will I ever have a safe haven to escape too?  (Me)

Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history.”  (Barrack Obama)

*Sure he did, all it took was around $800 billion of tax payers money (we didn’t have) in stimulus legislation, that legislation also paid for unemployment and food stamp benefits. He also used the jewel called “quantitative easing” that pumped trillions of dollars into the economy, while keeping the prime interest rate at 0 percent, talk about a fake propped up economy. I like the way President Trump brought Obama’s economy back from the dead with good ole fashion, freed up capitalism. (Me)

Sanders sends Democratic establishment into panic mode  (Headline)

*Can you imagine the states of millions of people’s minds if the dude wins on November 3rd, talk about panic mode!   (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

This morning, I thought of how difficult it would be to wake up in an isolation unit in Nebraska with coronavirus. I also thought of what it might be like to return home after such an experience, so I composed the following, which is airing today on KHUG: Our thoughts go out to Carl Goldman, who tested positive for Coronavirus. Carl is in isolation in Nebraska with his wife Jeri. They are fellow broadcasters who own KHTS radio here in the SCV. Whether you pray, meditate, or just want to send healing thoughts their way, please pause for a moment. Look, while I never met Carl or Jeri, they are fellow broadcasters, and I welcome them back to the SCV when they are able to come back home.

I believe that all of us who serve the public through the media are special people, and even though I never met them, I sincerely send them my prayers and healing wishes.  

Henry

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 20, 2020

 Mike Garcia:

 As I’ve written before I’m all in for Mike Garcia becoming our next Representative in Washington. I’ve heard him speak twice, have chatted with him some and, let me tell you, he as solid as solid gets as a man and a conservative. Mike is a down to earth family guy with a stellar resume that includes being in harm’s way for this nation as a fighter pilot in Iraq.

I particularly appreciate him being the only candidate I’ve heard list the national debt as a concern, an issue all Americans should  be very concerned about. His other campaign issues are National Security, Building the Wall, Immigration Reform, Term Limits, Socialism and Taxes.

 Garcia’s vision for our district and this country are core conservative, common sense values that are proving these days to be what makes America great. If we head back down the path the Dems want to take us, we could end up in the throngs of an Obama like syndrome with weak defense, weak economy, all the while hearing we are a great nation because of feel good measures that in reality actually poison the great things we’re seeing in America today.

Christy Smith:

By contrast, one of  Mike Garcia’s opponents, Dem Christy Smith, lists some of her important issues as Taking on Corporate Polluters and the Climate Crisis, Advocating for Women and Families, Enacting Gun Safety measures (we know what that means), Building Affordable Housing and Ensuring Human rights for all.        

All noble causes (except gun control) but to me are ideological goals that don’t really do what is intended, are expensive and end up with hollow results, not the results that make America great.

As an example, another one of Smith’s priorities is “Growing the Middle Class and Small Business.” Okay, that’s a good thing, but it’s already happening with President Trump’s vision, how is her vision different?

This is straight from her campaign website. “She believes we must make smart investments in transportation infrastructure, education, scientific research, and renewable and clean energy industries to create sustainable jobs in our community that will also pay the mortgage.  She also believes we should do more to help people start and grow small businesses right here at home and give people the career skills they need by making colleges and trade schools more affordable and accessible, all the while ensuring that workers have the right to organize and have a voice in the workplace through unions.”

 I say, all the while using tax payer dollars to prop up the economy the same way Obama did in his days and how did that work out?  Smith’s type of concept smells like the infamous Solyndra deal that misled the Dems to loan, with visions of grandeur, $535 Million for a solar project loan that later went toes up

For the sake of this district and our nation we need Mike Garcia and many more like him to save us from falling into the pit of what the left think is filled with milk and honey when actually it’s sewer like swamp water.

She and Others:

Christy Smith and other Dem candidates running for different levels of office across our land are all singing the same song, get rid of Trump and all of those who support his policies. I’m a bit baffled with that, how can they honestly say they have something better than what is happening now?

As an example, Job creation under Trump, 2 million jobs forecasted, 7 million jobs actually created.

Middle-class income growth – adjusted for inflation

Bush $402

Obama $1043

Trump  $5003

How Americans view their personal finances: 74% believe next year will be better and 59% say they’re better off than last year.

I mean come on, the facts and figures of what’s going on right now are filled with good news the nation only dreamed of before Trump took office. His vision and follow-through of reduced regulations and lower taxes have greatly contributed to    record low unemployment for ALL genders and races, a surge in manufacturing activity, a Stock Market enabling the coffers of 401k’s and most retirement funds to fill up to the brim and GDP growth that towers over the meek years of the Dem held White House of 2009-2016.

What’s not to like, combine these facts with record high domestic oil production, a military rebuilt to garner respect and an attitude of American leadership that was embarrassingly lacking.

Let me ask you what of the Dem campaign issues would take this nation anywhere near the heights of what we’ve experienced since January of 2017? Review Christy Smith’s views and ambitions compared to those of Mike Garcia’s and tell me which would keep us where we are now or even propel us to greater heights of American Exceptionalism?

For my friends on the left, please don’t be blinded by personality or platforms that sound good and make you feel good, but really don’t directly affect your life or that of your family and friends. Please look at the true realities of life and make your voting decisions based on that, even if they conflict with the emotional ideology of the way liberal’s think life should be in America.

Climate Crisis Derangement Syndrome?

This Climate Crisis thing is starting to bug me more than the fanatical Bernie Bros who are about as civil as a raccoon being interrupted while going through your trash. Anyway, the headline that set me off read, “Airlines fear spread of flight shaming”  I thought huh, what is flight shaming?

And oh my goodness it’s the fear airlines have that climate change fanatics will rally their brethren to boycott air travel, which they claim is already occurring in Europe with air travel down 4%. Then I saw the possible reason why, the teenage queen of the climate change crisis, Greta Thunberg was shown on a ship crossing the ocean to reap her acclaim in America because she refuses to travel by air so as to not pollute the sky and contribute to the undoing of the world as we know it.

I saw that emissions from all type of commercial flights comprise 2.4% of all global CO2 emissions, now that’s a reason to boycott air travel if I’ve ever heard one. Then there was the op-ed about a “lot of aircraft noise lately in SCV” it seems as though flight patterns have changed over our valley creating a “veritable  freeway of airplane noise and pollution over once quiet neighborhoods”, I exclaimed to myself “who knew?” I haven’t heard any more air plane noise than usual and haven’t heard anyone complain about it, but then what do I know?

I did have to chuckle though having grown up in Tucson where Davis Monthan Air Force base is located. On a daily basis and frequently through-out the day those jets flew loud and low over neighborhoods and schools, guess what, we never gave those  jets a second thought as they zoomed across the skies. We realized the base was an important part of the community and the loud planes were a necessary part of that.  

Anyway, recently I saw something about banning motor vehicles in parts of downtown Los Angles and other cities considering the same sort of thing to fight climate crisis (or is it to appease climate change alarmists?).  I thought, heck, lets ban vehicles in downtown Newhall, on Town Center Drive, who needs those stinkin polluters there anyway. 

Wait a Minute!

Later as I was cruising the 14 from Newhall to Lancaster noticing the steep terrains that come and go along the way it suddenly hit me, it can’t be this way, look at all of the climate crisis causing emissions that are emitted when cars and trucks have to climb those hills. We absolutely have to level the 14 to be flat and free of extra emissions if we’re going to get out of this alive! And what about the Grapevine, we need the Army Core of Engineers to flatten that sucker.

Speaking of the Grapevine, as you travel north on the 5 you eventually come upon Harris Ranch and tell you what, with that many cows congregated in one area, can you imagine the huge amount of flatus being emitted into the atmosphere, joining the already harmful air plane pollution, each and every one of those cows gotta go! I don’t know how much more climate change stress I can take.                                                                             

 Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager says Fox News has been ‘more fair’ than MSNBC  (Headline)

*Is he serious right now, does Bernie know he said it? (Me)

Time Magazine Cover Crowns Gay Pete Buttigieg and ‘Wife’ As America’s ‘First Family’  (Headline)

*Perhaps they should have waited to see if he even wins the nomination, but that’s feel good liberal emotion for you.  (Me)

Jewish LGBT Feminist ‘Historian’ Trashes George Washington As A ‘Liar’ And ‘Cheat’ In New Book (Headline)

*You mean to tell me there is now George Washington derangement syndrome too? (Me)

Bernie Sanders Blasts Michael Bloomberg and His ‘Racist Policies’ at Massive Rally (Headline)

*Hey Mike, now you know how Donald Trump feels. (Me)

Obama Tries to Take Credit for Trump Economy  (Headline)

“Odd, because he never seemed to stop blaming Bush when he was in office.”  (Dan Bongino)

“Brian Stelter (CNN) is what happens when you give a TV show to a guy with heavy self-esteem issues, a razor-thin resume, and who measures life experience by how many coffees he’s fetched for the boss. He’s a sorry soul and an embarrassment to his network.”  (Dan Bongino)

*Hey Dan, Humpty Dumpty is very sensitive you know.  (Me)

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 6, 2020

What A Speech It Was!

Excellent State of the Union speech by our president Tuesday evening, in my book it was a grand slam home run! I don’t care if one hates Donald Trump, they can’t deny facts, because facts are facts and facts are –capitalism–reduced regulations–lower taxes and conservative thinking have enabled the great things we’re seeing today in America.

As for Nancy Pelosi, what can I say, my Mom always told me “if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.”  Adding to that, I discourage and try hard to avoid name calling anywhere in this newspaper, but in this instance I’m throwing all of that out the window. Nancy is a ROYAL BITCH!!

What A Sunday It Was:

Super Bowl Sunday was an interesting day for me as it prompted some varying emotions in my ranting head. It started in the morning as I perused the main stream network talk shows that were full of biased gnashing of teeth over the pending acquittal of the president. They were also super excited about the Iowa caucuses for the Dems, the party their networks love so much.

Pardon me as I digress for a moment; we now know how bungled the caucus process turned out to be and it was rather delightful to see those same Dem loving talking heads go nuts over the debacle.

I like Tammy Bruce of Fox News take on the Iowa fiasco. “So when we talk about the chaos in Iowa, the immediate thing you think about is this group of people wanting more government, more control over your lives. And they couldn’t manage a caucus. This is a party where its major candidates are promoting things like Medicare-for-all, which is the complete and utter takeover of your lives.”

Emotional Sermon:

After gladly turning off the liberal loving talk shows, Super Bowl Sunday continued as we made our way to church. Towards the end of another good sermon by the pastor, things got emotionally interesting as he abruptly interrupted himself to take a bit of detour.

By way of background our church has what is called a “quilt ministry” where a group of ladies (including Mrs. Ranter) get together to make quilts to be given to adults and children who are suffering, generally from a serious illness. The quilts represent caring and prayer for those afflicted and many of them are not even an attendee of the church.

The pastor picked up a newly made quilt and said something along the lines of “this one is difficult for me.”  He went on to explain someone had requested a quilt for someone who is struggling severely with grief as well as guilt. He admitted when he first heard of the quilt request his first reaction was no, I don’t think so, but after giving it serious thought he was convicted that for true loving and forgiving Christians it was absolutely the right thing to do.

The person the quilt was for is the mother of the Saugus High shooter, who as none of us can imagine, is dealing with HUGE emotional issues as she tries to move on with her life. The person at our church, who asked for the quilt to be made, works with the Mom and expressed how much emotional support she needs.

I can relate to the pastor’s dilemma and I admit my feelings towards the woman have not been positive. Then I thought back to our son and the horrible drug addiction he suffered from for three plus years. During that time he stole, lied, cheated, treated his family like crap, while wreaking havoc hell on everyone but his drug buddies (Thank God he has been clean and sober for almost four years with a wife, baby and promising career).

Of course he didn’t do what the shooter did, but it was no fault of his Mom and me  he did the things he did. And I believe it is no fault of the mother what her son did that terrible day last November and the Mom deserves all the support, kindness and forgiveness she can get.

The Big Game Shame:

There weren’t a lot of dry eyes when the church service ended as we headed home waiting for the big game to start and what a game it was, until half time that is.

Look, I’m no prude and as a guy, well what can I say, it wasn’t the ugliest halftime show I’ve ever seen. But come on, how many parents across the nation changed the channel during the quasi soft porn show equipped with a striper’s pole and the shapely, half naked women gyrating to the beat of the music.

The halftime show bothered me on different levels. The question I’m left with is what do the #MeToo ladies and those women who demonstrated with pink vagina caps on, screaming for equality, think of sexually objectifying women as exhibited so obviously in the show? Did the half naked, hip bumping promote equality for women that many on the left are so desperate for?

I just don’t get it, how the mainstream media, Hollywood and who ever produces this stuff, thinks  it was okay for prime time family viewing. Especially in light of the recent sex scandals in Hollywood (think Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby), so showing young girls and boys who only wanted to watch football that shaking half naked bodies is acceptable entertainment? Sexual type entertainment is not what we want to see on family programming, especially the most watched event of the year.

Franklin Graham said it well; “I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time television in order to protect children. We see that disappearing before our eyes. It was demonstrated in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show—with millions of children watching. This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay. With the exploitation of women on the rise worldwide, instead of lowering the standard, we as a society should be raising it. I’m disappointed in Pepsi and the NFL.”

Irritating politics, emotional church service, baffling half time show and oh yea a great game….what a Sunday it was!

The Dem Candidates March On: 

As Bernie, Pete, Elizabeth and Joe march on to New Hampshire (I assume Mr. Bloomberg will join them somewhere along the line)  with all the vigor they can muster as they try to out lib each other, I’m left with conservative, common sense, head shaking bewilderment.

Elizabeth reiterated during a town hall meeting her Secretary of Education nominee will have to be vetted by a 9-year-old trans child.  Say what?

Her reasoning? “States should focus on funding public schools, not private ones – especially not ones that maintain anti-LGBTQ+ policies. We must ensure every kid, especially LGBTQ+ kids get a high quality public education.”

Elizabeth has railed against private school anti-LGBTQ+ policies such as requiring a student’s biological sex to determine the restroom they must use. She also doesn’t believe in adherence to a Christian view of marriage between one man and one woman. It’s her prerogative to have those views, but are those views important when considering who to vote for to become President?

Bernie Sanders is reportedly already prepping executive orders on open borders and abortion and I’m sure he’s salivating at the prospect of legislation for Medicare for all, a green new deal, free college, loan forgiveness and a GIANT tax increase that won’t come close to paying for all of his fantasies, but will make him feel better that he’s sticking it to the rich. Is this really a guy millions of Americans want to be our next president? That’s as scary as you know what.

Even Mr. Bloomberg is joining the gang with his “transgender rights should include federally funded sex change surgery and housing rights based on gender identity.” Oh my, is he going to try and legislate limits on sugar, fat and salt intake like he did as Mayor of New York City?  These are great concepts to embrace (not) when determining who to vote for, right?

I don’t know what Joe’s thinking is or what he’s proposing because nothing he says makes any sense to me anyway.

Mayor Pete is touting; “It is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future.”  Hmm, that reminds me of Obama’s “hope and change”, which was meaningless rhetoric that propelled him into the White House, you don’t think??, naw, can’t happen with Mayor Pete, right?

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming in the program today, I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me. … The one thing that I know that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that has developed between all of you and me.

So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with this. But the upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. (Rush Limbaugh)

*Sad news, I’ve been a Rush follower for thirty years, I readily admit he has had a huge influence on me and my conservative values.  (Me)

“If Rush can make it, the President should make him an honored guest for the State of the Union. Rush is an icon. He’s a rare figure who can walk off the stage at some point knowing the world is dramatically different, & better, because he was in it. Thank you Rush.” (Dan Bongino)

“Rush is the great teacher for Conservatism! Praying his voice will continue teaching for many more years to come! God bless and heal Rush!”  (Linda on Twitter)

“Rush Limbaugh is an irreplaceable voice of Truth. I am truly praying.” (Greg on Twitter)

“Rush is the original, self-made conservative media entrepreneur rebel who defied establishment gatekeepers. Always a happy warrior. I’ll never forget his kindness over the years. Prayers up!” (Michelle Malkin)

“He’s changed the world and we will fight with him to beat cancer.” (Mark Levin)

“Rush Limbaugh is a National Treasure who has made a difference on the airwaves of America for 30 years. Rush, Karen and I will be joining millions across this Country in praying for your swift recovery. God Bless You!”  (Vice President Mike Pence)

*I’m finding it irritating, shameful and sad that for every positive remark made about Rush there are nasty ones from left leaning folks who hate him because of his conservative views and are rejoicing he has this disease. I found it repulsive Nancy Pelosi looked up with distain at Rush when he received the Medal of Honor during The State of the Union speech. I find it even more repulsive A.O.C. called Rush a “racist” and Rob Reiner said “I loathe the f—ing man” and this was all after his cancer disclosure. Any decent human being would show compassion for someone who just found out they have a terminal disease despite their dislike for that person’s ideology and I find that sickenly disgusting.   (Me)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 16, 2020

Mature?

 Jonathan Kraut, whom I assume is a friendly liberal, had a column in this week’s Signal newspaper entitled “Trump Rolls the Dice in Iran Actions.” The piece is well written, as all of Kraut’s are, but of course I disagree with much of it. He wrote: “We have been essentially in a war with Iran since the Iranian revolution in 1979 that ousted the Shah in favor of rule by Islamic law. Until Trump, our handling of this conflict has been somewhat measured and mature.” 

 

Hang on a minute; he calls Obama’s handling of Iran mature? Sure, it was measured all right, but I and many others call that softer than soft and was a detriment to our handling of this terrorist regime. And tell me how mature it was for Obama to not disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals with inspections on Iran’s nuclear sites when he presented the nuclear deal to Congress. Reportedly they were uncovered by chance when members of Congress found out about them during a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency.

 

Later it came to light that the Obama administration had secretly sent a plane to Tehran loaded with $400 million in Swiss francs, Euros and other currencies on the same day Iran released four American hostages, which was followed by two more secret flights carrying another $1.3 billion in cash.

 

Even after that Obama’s administration secretly tried to help Iran use U.S. banks to convert $5.7 billion in Iranian assets, after promising Congress that Iran would not get access to the U.S. financial system.

 

I tell ya what, if that is measured and mature, I wonder what treason is, and I wonder how Obama stayed out of the impeachment fire. Besides, now we know why Iran acts like they do, getting way too much for their own good causing them to act like a spoiled child who thinks they can get away with things without consequence. NOT A VERY MATURE WAY to handle things in my book.

 

Jonathan went on with: “I propose we will experience the wrath of an irate and taunted Iranian regime over the next perhaps year or two and that this conflict will not end well. Despite Trump’s threat of pre-targeting 52 key Iranian installations, so long as Trump is president, nothing on heaven and earth will curb Iran from exacting a thoughtful and comprehensive reign of deadly revenge.” 

 

Hold the phone, Kraut is blaming Trump for Iran’s hate for America? It’s very clear to me that Iran has and will continue their terrorist ways towards us whether it’s out of revenge or pure hate. Continuing to appease them with wimpyness like Obama did will only lead to the exact thing Kraut is afraid will happen. As it was with the likes of Hitler and Saddam Hussein, blunt force is what causes change for good, not measured maturity.

 

Which Crystal Ball?

 

Further down the page he wrote: “I predict that Iranian hackers are going to disrupt American banking, air travel and utility networks, plunging our economy and even our personal safety into an unstable climate of chaos. We certainly will experience the deaths of dozens if not hundreds of American service members by Iranian-backed rocket attacks and IEDs globally over the next few years.”

 

“The price of crude oil will skyrocket if Saudi oil facilities will come under drone attack and oil moving through the Strait of Hormuz will be choked off. And finally, the U.S., already in an undeclared war with Iran, will be forced to overtly declare a state of hostility or humbly back out as a coward.”

 

Wow, a nice optimistic view of things; nevertheless, Jonathan’s crystal ball is different than mine. Mine says Iran may spurt out some violent, cowardly acts, but not near the extent his does. Because if they pull stuff to that extreme, they know we will make life in Iran much more miserable than it already is. One thing is for sure, the USA won’t be backing out as a coward, not with real maturity, that is actual presidential maturity as shown by the likes of Kennedy, Reagan, both Bushes and now Donald Trump! Certainly not one Barack Obama.

 

Boston Hit It Out Of The Park:

 

John that is, his column in the Signal on  January 10th entitled “Hopefully, Mrs. Smith Does NOT Go to Washington” was such a home run I have to share a smidgen of it here in case you didn’t see it (entire piece can be read on The Signal’s website in the opinion section).

 

“Here’s why sane people can’t vote for you. You, Christy Smith, cannot be separated from your fellow California Democrats. The lunatic fringe of your party is running the show and you cannot separate yourself from that insanity.  You vote with the crazies.”

 

“Your party’s voting record is like a balloon with the air let out, flying around a room. Abortion AFTER nine months? Really? World’s ending in nine years? Really? Giving votes to felons? To junior high schoolers? Why?

 

“Your party also is behind early release of criminals and enacting laws where people can’t be arrested for crimes involving a take of under a thousand bucks. Your party passed Senate Bill 1322, essentially legalizing child prostitution in this state. That’s where you can’t arrest anyone under 18 for selling their bodies for sex.”

 

“Your party was behind the passage of SB1383 — outlawing cow flatulence. That bill, as written, seems to call for inserting miles of intestinal pipelines in every bovine in the Golden State and venting their farts into a bag. Really Christy?”  

     

“You collect billions and billions in taxes for roads and infrastructure. They’ve been in horrific shape for years. It’s so bad, major freeway interchange signs are unreadable at night and have been for years. Nothing. Gets. Fixed.”  

 

“And your party screams at us with pretend crises while real ones are ignored. We suffer droughts, but can’t build reservoirs. We pay nosebleed prices for gas, but can’t build a new refinery in California.”

 

Boston articulates much more of these asinine left wing policies in his column, really hammering home the point of how nonsensical Dem thinking can be. To be fair I don’t know how many of these laws and policies Christy Smith was or is in favor of, but we sure know the majority of her Dem brethren are and that’s where the rub comes in.

 

Do we really want people in office who vigorously favor these types of policies to represent us in the swamp? I say NO WE DON’T and that’s why I’m pushing for MIKE GARCIA to help deliver us from this insanity!

 

The Identity Of It All:

 

Some headlines read; “No people of color on this week’s debate stage” “Why Democrats must pick a person of color for VP”  “A woman must be part of a presidential ticket” “Would America elect a gay man for president?”  “NFL is once again scrutinized for lack of opportunities for black coaches” Whatever happened to the “best and most qualified person should get the job”?

 

I’m not saying in the past there hasn’t been some promoting, hiring or electing done on a gender or race basis. I’m saying it’s a good thing we’ve come a long way from those days, but now it’s drifted way too far the other way (should I say to the left?) due to a desire based on idealism.            

 

Perhaps the reason no people of color are left in the presidential race is because they didn’t get the job done and they were unable to convince voters they were best for the job. That’s the way it should be in any job type situation. Let the best man, woman,  LGBTQ+ person, etc. win based on what’s most important – their qualifications!

 

I like how a remark I came across brings this home: “People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of ‘race’ or ‘gender’ alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason.”

 

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 

“Dear Iran, the USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize. We want peace with your nation, we are being held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do not know how to escape. Please do not kill us.”  (Rose Mcgowan, actress)

 

*Should this woman’s sanity be in question?  (Me)

 

Michael Moore apologizes to Iran on behalf of the American people for airstrike that killed Soleimani (Headline)

 

“If what is being projected is true, this is yet another example of collateral damage from the actions that have been taken in a provocative way by the president of the United States.” (Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif)

 

“Innocent civilians are now dead because they were caught in the middle of an unnecessary and unwanted military tit for tat.”  (Pete Buttigieg)

 

*Where is Joe McCarthy when you need him?  (Me)

 

“One of the questions I raised just right after this came out (Soleimani killing), does this have anything to do with the fact that Donald Trump is right on the eve of an impeachment hearing?”  (Elizabeth Warren)

 

“Okay Elizabeth Warren, I’ve got an answer for you, the reason why now is that Soleimani just orchestrated an attack on our embassy, killed an American citizen, and we had very good intel from the CIA, from the DNI, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. They said it was the best intel they’ve ever seen, that there was an imminent attack coming within days. So, Elizabeth Warren, that is why.”  (Rep. Dan Crenshaw)

 

*Do you think that makes any sense to Mrs. Warren, or does her hatred for Trump supersede logical thinking?  (Me

 

Queen Elizabeth issues statement after royal family summit to discuss future plans of Harry, Meghan  (Headline)

 

*I don’t know what the statement was and I don’t care. With all of the stuff going on in the world who can give two rips about this?   (Me)

 

Letter to the Ranter:

 

Doug,

Good rant last week, I didn’t think it was possible but now all these morons look even stupider now that Iran shot down a plane with 170 innocent people, lied about it and only fessed up because the world figures it out in a hurry. And good to see Revolt over there, let’s pray this is The End of The Mullahs.  Paul

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 9, 2020

No Rest For The Bewildered: 

Last week as the Mrs. and I were flying over the fruited plains for five days with the grandkids in Indiana, I was drifting into a mellow like state to the point of losing my ranting vigor. Sure enough after arriving at our son and daughter-in-law’s house, shaking off the cold and becoming engulfed in little kid stuff, I really lost my appetite for the political messes that had been fueling the ranting energy.

Knowing I would be back at work later in the week than normal, along with my out-of-sight, out-of-mind, blissful state, I decided I would reach back into the archives and run a rant reprise, thus prolonging my blissful “I don’t give a rip attitude.” I figured after this week, I would jump back into impeachment, Russia Gate, the lame Democrat held House and of course the ever sky rocketing debt that no one seems to give a flip about, just to mention a few.

But nooo, right in the middle of our stay the president had to go and order the blowing up of that slime bag Iranian terrorist to smithereens! While I cheered the action I still was able to maintain my calm demeanor. That lasted until the kids went to bed and our son turned on CNN, I immediately went into bat-crap-crazy mode as I listened to the skewed left–talking heads go nuts over the horrible act the president initiated.

I Won’t Print The Word:    

Back in my younger days we would lambast those with the dove like remarks we heard from the libs with a word I won’t go near, but needless to say it’s similar to the word WIMPY. These people were in such shock you would have thought we killed the pope or something. They seemed to be shaking in their shoes with fear because Trump’s action was a threat to their own safety.

One exclaimed  “I can’t believe Trump had a head of state assassinated, we can’t just go around killing political figures we don’t like, the result is going to be horrifying!”   Another lamented; “This is a massive, deliberate, and dangerous escalation of conflict with Iran. The President just put the lives of every person in the region – U.S. service members, civilians and even those here – at immediate risk.”

 I mean really, after Soleimani was torched, these wimps were on the screen supporting Iran, who want all Americans DEAD, defending the country even though they kill homosexuals and transgenders and violate all kinds of human rights of their people, the very rights the Libs supposedly hold sacred. You can’t tell me their hate for Trump doesn’t supersede their beliefs of fairness for all.

He’s An Opposite Magnet:

It’s almost like Trump tricked the entire left wing media into defending a cowardly mass terrorist. It seems as though the president has a knack for turning cloudy thinking Dems into the Keystone Cops as they rush to any opposite direction he points. How else does one explain them defending Soleimani who was a murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans?

Why, when Obama oversaw the killing of Osama Bin Laden they didn’t assert that it was a “reckless move that would escalate the likelihood of more deaths and a new Middle East conflict?” They didn’t because that president could do no wrong in their eyes. He could assassinate a terrorist or send pallets of cash to Iran to enable Soleimani to spread terror and it was all the same to them because it was their messiah who was doing it. I betcha if they had their way we would be sending a boat load of cash to Iran as a way of a big apology, it’s all so pathetic.

You Gotta Love It:

Just heard the president as he addressed the nation and in my humble opinion he nailed it. No doubting his presidential acumen on this one, he laid things out in a clear and concise manner, leaving no doubt as to what the consequences will be for Iran if they continue their evil ways. At the same time he made clear there is room for the two sides to come together in some manner. Most importantly he re-stated his resolve that Iran will never possess nuclear weapons under any circumstances and we can be sure it won’t be as a result of a cash quid pro quo!  Hopefully even Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden realize that dog don’t hunt.

Still Doubters:

To be sure even after the justification for taking out Soleimani, the failed bomb attempts that followed and President Trump’s national address there are plenty of doubters left. Perhaps they don’t recall, aren’t aware or don’t care, but these boys have been bad and a pain in our butt for a long time. 52 hostages were held for 444 days at our embassy in the seventies.  In 1988 they placed mines in the Persian Gulf that struck a navy vessel, injuring 10 sailors. In 2016 they seized two of our naval vessels along with 10 U.S. sailors.

This past year alone Iran attacked oil tankers, shot down a US drone, attacked US military bases in Iraq and stormed the US Embassy.

So what are we supposed to do, placate them like Great Britain did with Hitler early on, like Obama did with Iran during his time in office?  Do we want to be wimps, reacting from behind after another terrorist attack, or do we take heed of Toby Keith’s song “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” with “This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage, you’ll be sorry that you messed with the US of A ‘cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way.”                     

 If you ask me, it’s high time to keep our boot firmly planted where it’s most uncomfortable for them and if they try to squirm away we take care of the rest of the body before, NOT after, it’s too late!

Outstanding Letter:

I came across this “letter to the editor” in a newspaper somewhere I’m not aware of:

I got on an airplane last week with other passengers. As I watched the pilot go into the cockpit and lock the door, I realized I didn’t know anything about him, was he the best pilot the airline had or was he the worst pilot in the nation?

 That began to concern me. If I had met the pilot, I might not have been happy with him being in charge. What if I really didn’t like this pilot? What if he had character flaws? What if he almost got kicked out of pilot’s school? I did not choose him, he wasn’t my choice, and somebody else chose him for this flight, not me. But he was the pilot.

Still, we were going to fly together. So one thing was certain, I did not want him to fail. If he failed—we all failed. I read the emergency card and I was alert for any trouble, but I hoped for the best. Maybe he wasn’t the worst pilot, or maybe he was. But that didn’t matter, I wanted him to succeed, I didn’t want him to fail.   

 I think a lot of us need to remember that about our presidents, it is sad that some people want a president to fail. Although I didn’t want Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to be president, I definitely did not want them to fail. Whoever is president, we should hope for the best.

 There are no winners in a plane crash and no winners in a divided nation.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“You don’t see anyone standing up for Iran. You’re not hearing any of the Gulf members. You’re not hearing China. You’re not hearing Russia. The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and our Democrat presidential candidates.”  (Nikki Haley)

“Our bases are under attack & liberals, along with the anti-Trump crowd, on this platform are celebrating & cracking jokes. These people hate you, they hate this country & they worship our enemies as long as those enemies can score a few points against Trump. Absolutely disgusting” (Dan Bongino)

“Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & the world cannot afford war.” (Nancy Pelosi)

 “We are under military attack by another nation and Nancy Pelosi attacks President Trump.”  (Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch)

*These are all terribly sad, but true  (Me)

“Time to bomb all 52 Iranian sites. Time is now to show the strength and power of the United States. Iran is messing with a non-passive President. (Ryan on Twitter)

*As much as the left hates this, it may be time to wipe the evil portion of Iran off the face of the earth.   (Me)

Trump’s tax cuts have failed most of us (Headline, LA Times)

*Really? It sure helped my family and many of our friends. It sure appears as though they have helped the outstanding economy.  (Me)

Trump turns to a tired old messaging playbook (Headline, LA Times)

I tell you what I’m tired of LA Times and that’s your pitiful bias that permeates your so-called newspaper.  (Me)

Oil prices remain stable despite Mideast upheaval   (Headline)

*Needless to say this was not a headline in the LA Times and thank goodness we have a president who has the vision to prevent us from being brought to our energy knees during this crisis.  (Me)

 “It’s the economy stupid!” (James Carville, aide to candidate Bill Clinton, during the 1992 campaign)

*It is the economy, what does Carville think about today’s economy and will his Dem brethren take his creed to heart? No they won’t!  (Me)

“You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and then f**k off.” (Ricky Gervais, while hosting the Golden Globe award show)

*The guy has some stones speaking out the truth, standing in front of those multi millionaire liberal actors while millions were watching on TV. Of course most didn’t listen to him and still spouted out their liberal guts when accepting their award. (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 2, 2020

A Year Spent In Bewildering Bafflement:  

 

Maybe next week I’ll rant about some sort of year-end-review stuff, but as I begin this weekly keyboard pecking I find myself falling deeper and deeper into an incomprehensible abyss. Come to think of it, I fought this much of last year, when somebody asked, “Is it me or have you been doing more reacting to other people’s words and thoughts than before?”

 

I hadn’t thought about it or realized it, and I’m not going to re-read the 50 rants I wrote last year. But yeah, that person could be right – and you probably understand why. The things certain people are thinking, saying, wanting, yelling about, protesting about, investigating and even impeaching over make me BAT CRAP CRAZY!

Should my New Year’s Resolution be to chill out over this stuff and just let it slide off my back? I suppose I could, but it would be just another resolution that fades to black a couple of weeks in. Besides that, I could lose my ranting enthusiasm, and you wouldn’t want that to happen, would you?  (There are several out there who would welcome that – and you know who you are.)               

 

Some Samplings:

 

-Michael Moore seems like an intelligent guy, but why does he say such stupid things? “I refuse to participate in post-racial America. I refuse to say because we elected Obama that suddenly that means everything is ok, white people have changed. White people have not changed.”

 

Two-thirds of all white guys voted for Trump. That means anytime you see three white guys walking at you, down the street towards you, two of them voted for Trump. You need to move over to the other sidewalk because these are not good people that are walking toward you. You should be afraid of them.”

 

Moore was as serious as a heart attack, and the guys interviewing him were lapping this up with gleeful heads nodding like they just became aware that white guys who voted for Trump are vile and contemptible.

 

-I really want to say that the Reverend Al Sharpton is a disgrace to the human race, but that wouldn’t be very nice, and since Jesus forgives him, I should too. But I refuse to believe even Jesus would be thrilled with what he said: “The reason they’re (Christians) so offended  is it’s exposing all of them that they would take this shameless con man (Trump) over the principles that they’re preaching in the holy season as we celebrate Jesus. They would sell Jesus out if they felt they could get something from it.”   

 

-Then, there’s some liberal magazine that hates Hallmark movies. Admittedly I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly watched a Hallmark movie, but do they really portray fascist propaganda? According to the magazine; “They brim with white heterosexuals who exclusively, emphatically, and endlessly bellow “Merry Christmas. They’re centered on beauty-pageant heroines and strong-jawed heroes with white-nationalist haircuts. There are occasional sightings of Christmas sweater–wearing black people, but they exist only to cheer on the dreams of the white leads, and everyone on Trump’s naughty list—Muslims, gay people, feminists—has never crossed the snowcapped green-screen mountains to taint these quaint Christmas villages. None of this should be a surprise, because Hallmark movies, as cloying and saccharine as they are, constitute the platonic ideal of fascist propaganda.”  Who thinks like this? Do these people really feel this way, or are they just trying to soothe their white guilt?

 

-After I awoke last Saturday morning contemplating the state of my bewildered mind, I opened the L.A. Times to see this headline: “L.A. could offer period equity.” Being a guy who had no sisters growing up and no daughters to raise, I wasn’t sure what the headline meant. But I soon got it when reading, “The plan would require free feminine hygiene products in all city-owned restrooms.”  Oh my, I’m not sure how much criticism I want to throw at this one, but needless to say, it’s just another example of the rash amount of free stuff liberals what to heap on society. “Sanitary products are vital for the health, well being and full participation of women and girls—and transgender and nonbinary people who menstruate.”  Please, I need someone to help me understand.            

 

-Then we have the ex-candidate for president, Beto O’Rourke commenting on the church shooting in Texas this week: “So saddened to hear about another church shooting in Texas, this one in White Settlement near Fort Worth. Clearly what we are doing in Texas, what we are doing in this country, when it comes to guns is not working.”  Really, Beto? You think the gentleman who saved several lives in the church shouldn’t have been allowed to have a gun? Please explain how this makes any sense in your brain.

 

-Of course Bill de Blasio had to add his brilliant reasoning as to one of the reasons for the Anti-Semitic Knife Attack in New York.  “I also want us to be clear what’s happening here, an atmosphere of hate has been developing in this country over the last few years. A lot of it is emanating from Washington, and it’s having an effect on all of us.”  And you wonder why I’m engulfed in a sea of incomprehensible bafflement.           

 

Some Good Stuff:   

 

There was some good stuff I came across that lessened my baffling-bewilderment syndrome. I’m not sure who wrote these, but they did soothe my deplorable soul. “I will always prefer a crude speaking leader that loves his people over a fork tongued slick speaking self serving monster.”

 

“Imagine you have 25 years experience in your job. A new guy comes in with no experience and immediately begins running circles around you. You had your boss convinced there were legitimate reasons for not getting stuff done, but the new guy does it anyway. Imagine your resentment, fear, and bitterness over the potential loss of job and power. Now you know why Washington D.C. hates President Trump.”               

 

One of the biggest bafflements of my life, and probably the most ranted-on topic in this space for the past year, has been the hate of this president, based on the man’s personality. It floors me that a guy who is doing such a good job – with absolute facts to back up his job performance – is so vilified as a bad president. For the life of me I can’t comprehend intelligent, clear-thinking people who rate his job performance based solely on his inability to articulate well, the words he uses, his description of other people and even his mannerisms.

 

It’s fine for people to go nuts over the man for policy differences, but how often do you hear criticism of the actual job he’s is doing based on policies he has affected? Precious little, if you ask me and I find it sad, as so much good stuff has come from his work as president only to have a bogus Russian collusion investigation suck up time, energy and much money for two years. Now we’re being sucked into congressional nothingness with an impeachment that reeks of partisan puke – all because of hate for one man.

 

Let Me Ask You Something:

 

When you get up in the morning and start your daily life, what really matters to you? Does climate change eat at you? Do you wish and hope above all things for a Green New Deal and the need to eliminate fossil fuels? How about corporate greed, fat cats hoarding all the money, those same rich people needing to be taxed to the hilt so their money can be spread around to the unfortunate? Do you give a lot of thought to equal gender pay, minimum wage requirements and affordable housing?

 

All around, do you see blatant racism, discrimination against LGBTQ+ folks and it troubles you?  Do you dwell on the need for African Americans alive today to receive money for slavery from the past? What about paid leave, gender neutral restrooms in schools and the dangers of oil production? Just asking.

 

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 

Gunman Opens Fire in Texas Church, Parishioners Respond with Own Weapons (Headline)

 

*If this were to have happened in a Santa Clarita church last Sunday, how many of the parishioners would have had guns? Can you imagine the number of dead and wounded there would have been in the Texas church without those law-abiding citizens coming to the rescue? Do you think this will change any gun control fanatic’s way of thinking? Me neither, it makes too much sense.  (Me)

 

From Ukraine to Virginia: The top 7 political scandals of 2019 (Headline)

 

*Number one on the list: “Trump Calls Ukraine.” Number 2; “Katie Hill’s Photo Fiasco.”  Wow, Katie almost beat her favorite president in scandals of the year. That’s got to make her proud!   (Me)

 

«Republicans have an incentive to spread misinformation.”(Chuck Todd, NBC News and host of Meet the Press)

 

“Chuck Todd shares office space with Joy Reid and Brian Williams and is lamenting to us common folk how misinformation spreads.” (Internet Blogger)

 

“Delusional Chuck Todd, a propagandist who accuses his targets of HIS tactics. He’s one of the dumbest, most craven, and most ideologically-driven of the bunch.  In short order, he’s done enormous damage to freedom of the press and the political system.” (Mark Levin)

 

*Todd is a disgrace to journalism, causing liberals Walter Cronkite and Tim Russert to turn over in their graves. Cronkite and Russert were liberals, but you wouldn’t have known it based on the professional manner they reported the news and conducted interviews. Chuck should be ashamed to purport he is a professional in his field.  (Me)

 

 

 

Letter to the Ranter:

 

Sad.  Little Katie Hill complains about folks on Facebook that show Iron Crosses yet has one tattooed on her crotch.  Dumb and stupid hypocrite.  Robert

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | December 19, 2019

Late Breaking Rant:

Liberal America was shaken to its core this week when Superior Court Justice Neil Gorsuch appeared on Fox News and quickly exclaimed, “Merry Christmas.”  This brought a quick rebuke from well-known comedian Sean Kent; “On Fox News Neil Gorsuch made a point to say Merry Christmas like he just gained the freedom to say it under Trump.”

Amee Vanderpool, a world renowned Playboy journalist, denounced the greeting and the internet skies opened up with far flung liberal support that has shaken the foundation of religious freedom in this country (liberals wish); “Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch just appeared on Fox News, making a point to parrot the Merry Christmas talking points of the GOP.”            

 His Lying Eyes:   

“You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you’d realize
There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes”

(Eagles)

I remember a new kid in junior high who seemed so cool everyone wanted to hang out with him. He had just moved from California to Tucson with stories that boggled our 13-year-old minds. The beautiful girlfriend he left behind, his all star little league accomplishments, the electric guitar he could play almost every rock song out there on and the brand new car waiting for him back in California when he turned 16. We all fell for it, but when it all turned out to be lies we all resented the heck out of the guy.

I remember asking my Mom why someone would do that, she said something along the lines of, “he is insecure with something missing in his life that makes him want to be accepted so badly he lies so people will like him.”

For some reason I thought of that kid from all those years ago when I saw the letter Devin Nunes wrote to Adam Schiff this week. In part it read; “After publishing false conclusions of such enormity on a topic directly within this committee’s over sight responsibilities, it is clear you are in need of rehabilitation, I hope this letter will serve as the first step in that vital process.”    

 Not sure if Nunes wrote the letter with tongue in cheek, but keep in mind this was directed at Schiff’s itemized claims disputing the FBI and DOJ spying on the Trump campaign that were all proved to be UNTRUE in the IG report last week.

This doesn’t even include the impeachment bunk, but Nunes’ letter did go on with; “I also understand such an acknowledgement is made even more difficult by the fact you’ve already been discredited by your two year-long false claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 presidential campaign.”

I’m not sure how Schiff can deny he has not been truthful with so much of what he has said and written, but Nunes also wrote in the letter, “It’s crucial that you admit you have a problem.”  I don’t think he or his followers will ever admit he has a problem, but could his problem be what my Mom said about the guy from my junior high days?   

Pathetic:

 Millions of Americans enjoy this joyous time of year, and whether or not they buy into the “real reason for the season,” why do some media outlets and even churches have to skew the reason for the season with asinine portrayals of the birth of Jesus or the life that Jesus led later in life.

I was astonished by the front page of the LA Times with a headline of “Caged Nativity Display Exposes American Shame.” This was accompanied by a photo of a nativity scene showing Joseph, Mary and Jesus all in separate cages. Of course it was meant to depict the separation of families illegally crossing the border (a procedure initiated by the Obama administration) even though the practice has ended.

It baffles me why this Christian church in Claremont insisted on inserting their political views in such a way that ruins a time honored visual tradition held dear by so many. Did they give any consideration as to how the grossly distorted scene would offend so many and be perceived by young children who are in the critical learning stages of their lives? NO – the church gave into a self-centered belief that falsely leads visitors to believe that the separations still happen while ignoring the portrayal of the foundation the church was founded on.                                        

Netfilx:

For some sick reason Netflix picked this time of year to join in with their own delusional portrayal of Christ’s life with a movie called “The First Temptation of Christ.” It’s a film depicting Jesus as a homosexual involved in a same-sex relationship with a man. It also portrays Mary, Jesus’ mother, as a pot-smoking adulterer.

In my book this is a distorted effort to pull off some sort of hip, progressive entertainment catering to the likes of the guy who wrote to me with, “Just like that f**king Jesus Christ dude. I’m sure your JC cruised the Middle East with a MAGA hat on and blamed Moses for all of his problems.”  While this type of entertainment crap may seem cool to few, for many it’s pathetically sick!

I like what a blogger wrote: “Serious question: what do you think the reaction would be if Netflix published a movie implying Mohammed was gay?” The point being they never would or will because that would be politically incorrect and offend way too many people.  It sure looks true these days with what Jesus proclaimed many years ago, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”  Too bad an entertainment network is a good example of this.                

Beating a Dead Horse?

I’ve ranted, proclaimed, pleaded, yelled in written words and begged someone, anyone, to see the devastation that is headed our way that will very much hurt the young, the old, the rich and the poor. You guessed it, it’s the national debt that at the time of this writing is $23,128,531,???,??? (the reason for the question marks is when I’m looking at the debt clock those figures are multiplying so rapidly I can’t correctly write them down).

A great example of the ignorance, lack of caring or laziness of those who can help divert the disaster is in Rand Paul’s annual waste list over the past year:                

Attempted to increase trust between Tunisian political parties and citizens: $2,000,000

Converted an abandoned mental hospital: $2,120,040,355.35

Supported “Green Growth” in Peru: $10,000,000

Fixed vehicles New York City falsely claimed Superstorm Sandy damaged (FEMA): $5,303,624

Increased the capacity of the Pakistani film industry: $100,000

Paid out billions from Medicare in improper payments: $48,000,000,000

Taught English and IT skills at Madrassas: $150,000

Studied frog mating calls in Panama: $466,991

Paid for Google Scholar searches in Hawaii:$51,722,107

Paid for property confiscated in Afghanistan: $325,485

TAXPAYER DOLLARS WASTED:

$50,190,108,562

So, let’s just concentrate on impeaching Trump for the next five years and fight to the hilt against anything he is for, all the while casting a blind eye at the absolutely absurd wasteful spending that contributes more and grossly more to the debt that will eventually strangle us all. Republicans are just as guilty for allowing this travesty to continue, whatever happened to true conservatism that fought against wasteful and over spending?!

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

The state of Orange County newspapers turns bleaker: (Headline)  

I hate reading news like this, especially knowing over 1800 daily and weekly newspapers across our land have gone out of business in the last 10 years. (Me)

“Just doing it the right way, not doing things that are underhanded, never recruiting, that’s the problem with high school football, there’s so much recruiting.” (Mike Herrington, retiring football coach at Hart High)

*I’ve often wondered how Valencia High has won the Foothill League title so many years in a row. (Me)

“It just amazes me, this is 2019 and the race relations and the way we perceive and the way we say things are happening in this country, I just don’t see them happening.” (Darryl Wimbly, a black man and a Democrat, who voted for Trump, commenting during a CNN panel discussion)

*Wait a minute, remember when I wrote much of the same thoughts and Christy Smith flipped out and called for a boycott of The Gazette? What would she think of this gentleman?  (Me)

“Democrat Hypocrisy: Nadler’s hearings had ZERO fact witnesses, and people with no firsthand info testified in Schiff’s. But now that Schiff himself could be called to testify, he suddenly wants strict standards for witnesses?” (Congressman Steve Scalise)

*Adam thinks he’s blameless, I think he’s shameless. (Me)

I can be Schiff’s worst nightmare. Shiffty Schiff has practically succeeded in doing everything in his power to railroad President Trump into an illegitimate impeachment, but in the process, he neglected the residents of our district and like most Americans, they’re tired of his “bull-schiff.”  (Eric Early, Schiff’s opponent in the next election)

*Early would make an excellent House member and getting Schiff out of there would be huge, but I don’t think voters in the Burbank/Glendale area will oust their liberal hero.  (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

You wrote about how the left-wing is making our great President Trump out to be a cult leader. Really. When I think of a true Cult leader, I think of Barack Hussein Obama five days before he took office, when in front of many thousands of Democratic supporters said “We are only five days before fundamentally transforming the United States of America”.  Not reforming (which we didn’t even need) but Transforming, as if we were a gutter nation.  That is my definition of a cult leader.  And let’s add Obama had the IRS ignore all the Conservative groups and individuals requests for tax status.  That is impeachable.  He also illegally spied on Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Where are all the Dems on that one?  Robert

Doug,

Things are getting hot for the Dems but not the way they want.  Turns out that Rudy Giuliani wasn’t wasting time in Ukraine.  He and OAN cable channel were gathering evidence of massive corruption and cover up involving the Bidens, Burisma, and our State Department – Hunter Biden’s phony job, money laundering, Joe Biden’s quid pro quo for US aide, and more.  We are talking about interviews with Ukrainian officials and documents on the record – none of the secret sources crap used by the left media.  And Rudy and OAN are starting to put it all on air.  This combined with AG Barr’s on-going investigations should begin to reveal a lot of criminal activity – stuff the left media outlets have failed to investigate and continue to discount as unsubstantiated.  (Today’s Time Magazine internet site has the whole story detailed — I saw OAN’s first installment on TV last night).  Tom

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | December 5, 2019

I’m  Starting To Take This Personally: 

Have you been hearing like I have, that us Trump supporters have been brainwashed by a cult leader that happens to be the President of the United States and he is controlling our minds with evil thought control?  Yep, we are not capable of thinking for ourselves and have fallen victim to a guy with Charlie Manson like power.

Some mind control expert on MSNBC was talking about what Dan Rather said about Trump supporters being in his cult.

I define a destructive cult as an authoritarian pyramid structured group with someone at the top who claims to have total power and total wisdom that uses deception and control of behavior, information, thoughts, and emotions to make people loyal, and dependent, and obedient followers.”

Brian Selter, the brilliant show host on MSNBC responded with, “the president is using mind control. It is frightening to hear a cult expert say that you see all these signs right now today in American politics.”

MSNBC talking head, Donny Deutsch (I have another name for the guy, but in the interest of good taste I shall refrain) said “I don’t know what the spell Trump has over the Right — obviously, we talk a lot about a cult leader.”

Another gentleman on MNBC named Malcolm Nance stated, “You know, the behaviors that I am seeing here, and this is anecdotal, are very similar to the way that ISIS members are. They are true believers — and this is their reality, and they will not surrender it. You know, they’re dead-enders.”

MSNBC’s (not so joyful) Joy Reid said, “it isn’t just a pejorative to say that it’s a cult that supports the president. There’s a lot of evidence that is a racial and religious cult of personality in which his base is solidly among the white evangelicals that almost worship him and say that he’s the chosen one of God”

There is no two ways about it, these people are freaking nuts, they have formed their own cult with delusional thoughts that come from who knows where. Maybe they’re just pretending, to entertain their low number of viewers who mostly lean far to the left. If these so called professional pundits truly believe this malarkey (thanks to Joe Biden for reinventing the term with it newly painted on the side of his campaign bus) then they really do lack the intelligence needed to be true journalists. Wait a minute that could explain a lot, if you ever watch the Trump Derangement networks you know what I’m talking about!

I’m Reminded:

This cult malarkey (thanks again Mr. Biden, now I can’t get the word out of my head) kind of reminds me of the column written by Jonathan Kraut in The Signal newspaper last week. He wrote, “It is no secret the core of Trump’s supporters is comprised of those of faith. But it is a mystery why they cling to him even now.”

We don’t cling to anyone; we think for ourselves and support those who do the job they were elected to do. Trump is not perfect; many who voted for him disagree with some of his policies and cringe at some of the things he says. But this president has done what no other president since Reagan has been able to accomplish domestically and internationally.

If the president wasn’t doing what we elected him to do, we would be criticizing the job he’s doing all day long and faith would have nothing to do with it, just as faith has nothing to do with our appreciation of the job he is doing.

Kraut went on to write, “One question that confounds me is why Trump continues to have such a strong loyalty among evangelicals. Trump’s conduct is anything but Christ-like. Trump does not forgive others, he never asks for forgiveness, salvation or redemption, nor does he show any sign of humbleness.” Never is a big word so Kraut must have the White House bugged, because he seems to know all of the private conversations the Trump family engages in, but I digress.

But, even if the president conducts his life in the manner Kraut describes, that really isn’t any of our business. Many a person has been worn out by judging and expecting someone to be a certain way and working hard to affect that change. But heck, we can’t even change ourselves let alone change someone else, but here I go digressing again.

Whether it’s people of faith or folks who don’t believe the same, most want a president that tries their best to pave the way for what’s best for our friends, family and all Americans. Sure, there are varying opinions on how this should be accomplished, but no matter the way, not many are robots, cult members or people of faith with their heads so far in the heavenly sky they don’t have earthly common sense. The common sense that governs how they think things should be or who should be in charge of accomplishing them.

World War Zero:   

I can finally sleep at night knowing John Kerry and Arnold Schwarzenegger have joined forces to launch “World War Zero,” a major undertaking to push for public action to combat climate change. I heard Kerry exclaim “we have to treat climate change as a war” and “we are way behind the eight ball.” Of course they’re proclaiming, like all climate change alarmists, this pending disaster is the greatest threat to mankind we face.

Not sure if Kerry and Schwarzenegger are aware of the $23 Trillion and soaring amount of debt this nation is facing, but if they were to properly assess the danger of the debt they may reprioritize their concerns.

It seems to me running out of money to pay for the necessities of the American way of life is much more of a crisis than a degree or two of temperature change.

With the federal government borrowing over a $100 billion a month to pay our bills, more and more of the federal budget goes to paying interest, which leaves less and less money for everything else. Naturally with every $100 Billion borrowed per month the interest sky rockets, interest on the federal debt is already $324 Billion a year and climbing. That is more than annual spending on transportation, international affairs, employment, training and social services.

Making things worse, more than 40 percent of the federal debt is held by foreigners, mainly China and Japan, so a lot of the interest payments go to them. According to experts this will erode the growth of U.S. living standards over time. Those are living standards millions of Americans have become accustomed to.

At some point lenders could decide that the U.S. government isn’t such a good risk to lend money to. If that happens, the interest rates on money borrowed to cover our expenses will go way up, pushing up rates households and businesses pay to borrow. Also, the foreigners who are major lenders to the U.S. might lose confidence in the U.S. and invest their money elsewhere, causing a plunge in the value of the U.S. dollar alongside a surge in interest rates. I’m no economist, if you don’t buy into this, research it yourself and tell me where I’m wrong.

In my brain its plain and simple we are on the road to an economic disaster, why can’t the likes of Kerry and Schwarzenegger see the huge danger of continuing down this road compared to the road of climate change?

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“Women are upset at Trump’s naughty words — they also bought 80 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray.

Not one feminist defended Sarah Sanders. It seems women’s rights only matter if those women are liberal.

President Trump’s wall costs less than the Obamacare website. Let that sink in, America.

We are one election away from open borders, socialism, gun confiscation, and full-term abortion nationally. We are fighting evil.

They sent more troops and armament to arrest Roger Stone than they sent to defend Benghazi.

Russia donated $0.00 to the Trump campaign. Russia donated $145,600,000 to the Clinton Foundation. But Trump was the one investigated!

Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to the State of the Union. President Trump invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the Union. Let that sink in.

Chelsea Clinton got out of college and got a job at NBC that paid $900,000 per year. Her mom flies around the country speaking out about white privilege.

And just like that, they went from being against foreign interference in our elections to allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections.

The same media that told me Hillary Clinton had a 95% chance of winning now tells me Trump’s approval ratings are low.” (Unkown)

*Whoever wrote this could have gone on and on, but even these are enough to show the hypocrisy that is liberalism. I challenge anyone to show me the same sort of hypocrisy regarding conservatism. (Me)

“Taylor Swift threw a public temper tantrum because a record label wouldn’t let her play own songs. Wait till she finds out the Democrats she supports aren’t going to let her spend her own money.” (Candice Owen)

*Not sure Taylor would see or understand the irony of it all.  (Me)

House Democrat introduces bill to halt LGBTQ bullying: (Headline)

*Wait a minute, the House Dems are going to tackle such an urgent and compelling issue while fighting through all of the haze and daze of impeachment? Wow, good for them.  (Me)

“These people shouldn’t be allowed to live” (Student at a college in North Carolina, protesting Charlie Kirk and Lara Trump speaking on campus)

*Gee I wonder if this kid was raised by the guy who wrote the following letter. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

After reading a handful of your democracy-hating rants, I believe I may have gone too easy on you. You’ve been brainwashed with Trumpism…which is based on hatred and disdain for those who think differently than yourself. Just like that f**king Jesus Christ dude. I’m sure your JC cruised the Middle East with a MAGA hat on and blamed Moses for all of his problems. (Scott)

Ranter’s Note: I did reply to Scott with some words of encouragement.

 Doug,

My wife was reading her bible and came up a new version of Acts 25:7. “After Trump (Paul) arrived, the Democrats (the Jews) had come down from Washington (Jerusalem) and stood around him bringing many serious charges against him which they could not prove.”  Dave

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 27, 2019

Puzzlement:

I was in the middle of writing this weekly rambling when I was informed Christy Smith’s campaign sent a press release to the Gazette announcing an endorsement from a certain union. I said, “wait a minute, they have the nerve to send this newspaper a press release intended to help Smith win an election (expecting free publicity) when in the recent past she declared no money would be spent by her in the Gazette and announced a boycott of this newspaper with the intentions of hurting us financially.” What would you do?

A Guy At The Grocery Store:

I was minding my own business while waiting to check-out at the grocery store the other day where a guy about my age and his adult daughter were in line ahead of me engaged in conversation. I wasn’t paying much attention until he told her he was in much better shape to retire than just a few years ago, she asked him “why?” and he told her “my 401K is going through the roof.” She asked him “why is that?” My antennas had already reached their maximum height and I found myself blurting out “because of Trump!”

I inwardly cringed for inserting myself into their conversation and was a little concerned he might be a “Never Trumper.” But, his eyes lit up and he exclaimed “you’re   absolutely right and he has got to stay in office for another five years so I can retire in style and we can keep this country on the right track!”

 The guy then went into a wonderful diatribe about Trump being exactly what this country needed and how the yahoos are clueless as to what he means for this nation and they don’t like or get him so they hate him because he isn’t one of them. He went on with “he’s like a difficult boss who is kind of a jerk but gets stuff done that really benefits the company”, I almost shouted “amen brother!”

Later I got to thinking isn’t that what the Trump presidency is all about or should be all about. It still mystifies me that so many have hatred for the man and think he is doing a terrible job just because they can’t stand his personality. It makes zero sense to me that so many have benefited because of the job he is doing yet he is undeservedly maligned at every point along the way. I really feel it’s a selfish, immature way of evaluating his job performance.

Don’t his haters and detractors want their sons, daughters, spouses, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, employees, employers and anyone else in their life to be successful as a result of the economic blessings President Trump has imparted with his vision of how things should be?

Why can’t they see that even though Obama was smooth, personable, a great articulator and easy to like, he was not getting the job done resulting in economic woes that were many and affected so many negatively? They should take heed from the gentleman at the grocery store and see the reality of what is best for him and all Americans!                                            

 Bewildering Bafflement:

 As I think back on the movie Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid; I’m relating to the line “who are those guys?”  I guess I’m doing that as I remember the good ole days of our Democrat friends whose thoughts leaned far more to the common sense side of things and a lot less to the side of bewildering bafflement. I mean really, as much as Obama drove me bat-crap-crazy with his liberal policy thinking and was actually the inspiration that got this rant started, the guy had a level head about certain things or at least articulated them in a way that didn’t cause me to question his sanity.

But these days, you’ve got to be kidding me, the stuff we hear from the candidates who want to be our next president is truly what? Maybe mind blowing, the popular phrase from the days when the Butch and Sundance movie was out?  At the risk of coming close to name calling their ideas are idiotically insane!

Their campaign promises are beyond common sense and even have Barrack Obama warning them to watch where they’re going. No borders, no immigration requirements, universal healthcare that would include government run long-term health care, re-implementing business strangling taxes and regulations, come on!

Now I’m hearing some of them calling for federal funds to build houses and provide subsidies for renters. Sure, Dems in the past leaned towards these ideas, but nothing this close to nonsensical madness that would be the ruin of this nation. The fact that they don’t recognize any of the dangers these ideas pose is scary in and of itself. It lends itself to questioning if they have the intelligence level and wherewithal to be in that job.

Who knows maybe Michael Bloomberg will bring some common sense into the fray or will he cause the other candidates to go even further towards far left insanity in hopes they will capture the votes of low information, free stuff lovers?!                                                    

Wait; There’s Even Better Bewildering

Bafflement:

The young liberals of our time are even more crazed than the adult Dems in the room, where did their confused crazy actions emanate from, it’s not from Dem friends of mine who disagree vehemently with me, but always show good manners and respect as the decent human beings they are.

It’s one thing to have strong opinions about matters and, of course, free speech is a matter of constitutional law, but the crap these young people pull is beyond decency (I haven’t seen the movie “Safe Places” but I’m hearing it  frighteningly shows the extent these people will go to get their point across and shut down free speech).

Recently I saw a video where a young lady on a campus was holding a sign that read Black Lives Matter, a young man stood next to her with a sign reading All Lives’ Matter, the girl went berserk ripping it out his hands, tried to beat the guy and screamed uncontrollably at him.

We’ve seen the videos of students ganging up and beating a reporter just because he represented a conservative media outlet, attacking someone wearing a MAGA hat and violently insisting that conservative speakers have no right to speak on their campus.

Last week Ann Coulter was speaking at a Berkley event, student protesters formed a human chain physically refusing to allow students who wanted to attend the speech to get through. Last weekend students poured out of the stands at the Harvard vs. Yale football game interrupting the game as they planted their butts right in the middle of the field protesting Climate Change.

Please Tell Me:   

I need one of those rude, misguided and often violent protestors to fill me in on exactly what they expect to accomplish by the crazed behavior they exhibit. What do they believe will result from their asinine actions, do they really think it will result in massive changes that will mold their ideas into reality? Is it their thinking that by resisting the freedoms our fore fathers set forth in the constitution or interrupting a sporting event that has absolutely nothing to do with the cause they’re so concerned with, they will capture the hearts and minds of all Americans?

Or is it they are snowflakes afraid of their own shadows that have grown up being sheltered from the realities of life and it has lead them to fight because of fear of losing the free comfort they’re so accustomed to. Like frightened children they lash out in fearful tantrums. I really don’t know, that’s why I need someone to enlighten me.

Quotes & Quips

“Where were all these whistleblowers when Obama loaded a plane with $150 Billion in cash to Iran in the dead of the night?”  (Unknown)       

*Don’t start dwelling on the hypocritical aspects of this impeachment farce, it will drive you up many walls.   (Me)      

“The American people see [the impeachment inquiry] for what it is. The Democrats have never accepted the fact that 63 million Americans voted for this guy and they want him to come here and shake it up. And he won an Electoral College landslide and they [Democrats] don’t care because they don’t trust the American people.” (Rep. Jim Jordan)

*The mistrust is mutual, the Dems in Washington aren’t worthy of our trust for numerous reasons.  (Me)

“Joe Biden has been in office for 44 years. Chuck Schumer has been in office for 38 years. Nancy Pelosi has been in office for 32 years. Maxine Waters has been in office for 28 years. Yet… they blame all of America’s problems on a guy who’s been in office for 3 years.” (Ryan Fournia, Twitter)

*Yea a guy who in 3 years has done more for America than those Dems have done in a combined total of 98 years. Pathetic!  (Me)

“Fundraising has exploded for the GOP, with the Republican National Committee reporting it hauled in $25.3 million during October and had $61.4 million in the hopper at month’s end. In contrast, the Democrat party machine brought in a mere $9 million. At the end of last month, the Democratic National Committee was $7 million in debt and had only $8.7 million in the kitty.” (Liz Peek, Fox News)

*What should that tell us?  (Me)

“As more witnesses testify amid Trump’s diminished political clout, Republican senators who will ultimately decide his fate – and their own – should start to see that standing with him comes at a price.” (Mary Anne Marsh, Fox News)

*I think she’s confused, maybe she doesn’t know what her colleague (Liz Peek) at Fox News is reporting because if she did Mary Anne would realize where the price really lies.  (Me)

 

 Letters to the Ranter:

 

Doug,

What fun it will be watching the same CNN and MSNBC panels of experts gradually embrace Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman, as their new candidate of the people.  The scripted Democrat debates were a disaster when the candidates started stating their ideas, and Bloomberg, a savvy rich guy, took notice.  What on earth had he been funding?  He mounted his donkey and rode to the rodeo. The barrage of programming highlighting Bloomberg in a positive light started last Monday with: MSNBC’s Velshi and Ruhle – field report showing Bloomberg support;  MSNBC’s Trump hating Katy Tur’s in-studio supportive discussion;  ABC’s The View; etc.  The leftist media will trip over each other to now praise Michael Bloomberg with his self funding as a good prospect to beat Trump.  Tom

Doug,

What’s up, I will tell you what’s up, what’s aloft and irrelevant too. The force of gravity, this is where the Democrats are with no stability. The current house is up in the air, they would probably build their house in the sand, not stable on a rock. The House of  Democrats will soon collapse; they need God and Jesus in their life.  (Michael)   

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 21, 2019

Another Tough One:

For the second time in recent weeks I’m faced with writing about something I don’t want to go anywhere near. I’m referring to the tragedy at Saugus High last week that rocked this community. To be totally honest I feel a bit inadequate here, I’m not a pastor, a psychologist, law enforcement officer or any other professional associated with this area of expertise.

I’m just a long time newspaper guy (most of those years not as any kind of journalist) who almost by accident fell into writing this weekly column some eight years ago (mainly because of a guy named Barack Obama). I do however feel moved to address this horrible situation. Please understand I don’t intend to sound callous, insensitive or discount the overwhelming grief engulfing the lives of family and friends of the victims.

I have never tried to hide the fact that I’m a Christian and these thoughts are grounded in those beliefs. When bad things that totally baffle us happen to people, we are left with the HUGE question of WHY?

Why and how could God let this happen, how can a loving God allow so much pain to affect so many? The thing is, God gave free will to all people on the earth because he did not want us to live as artificial type robots wired to be all the same. Like it or not, free will works both ways, it works great when the majority are living good, decent lives, loving, helping, serving and appreciating others, but not so great when evil invades the minds of humans causing them to harm others.

Hard To Understand: 

Even for those who live faith based lives, bad stuff can be really hard to understand. There is a sweet 13 year old young lady we know that has battled a rare type of brain cancer for almost two years. Every year my wife and I attend the Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s fund raising event that features kids with cancer they strive to help. Seeing those sick kids on stage or on video is heartbreaking, when they show pictures of the kids who passed away since the previous year’s event it’s absolutely heartbreaking.

We all know people who have died from a horrible disease, car accidents and even suicide. We hate it, we don’t get it, we don’t understand it, many try to place blame on people, things, situations and even God. While the pain can be overwhelming we should garner comfort in knowing we who believe in the eternity of heaven may find out the WHY someday.

I think a quote from a Santa Clarita resident from an LA Time’s article regarding the vigil at Central Park Sunday evening sums it up well.“We know that safety is not a place, it is not a person. God is greater than all our situations.”  I will add it was evident from watching the vigil many there were comforted by God and for that we should be thankful.

Get It Over With!

This impeachment mess is wearing me out; I try my best not to listen to the hearings while working at my desk, but I’m drawn to them like a moth to a light. No matter how ridiculous and unfair the charade being led by Adam Schiff is, I still sit here cringing, smirking and sometimes growling at the computer speakers.

The hearings are dull, yet irritating with nonsensical questions by Dems as they drift into other subject lanes (like a driver texting while on the road) that have nothing to do with the actual matters at hand. Their statements, inferences and putting words in witnesses’ mouths are laughable as it reveals their blind ambition to get rid of the president without regard to common sense. Of course me thinks the common sense boat for these folks sailed long ago.

It’s quite clear to me that no matter who testifies, what they testify to and even how effective their testimony is one way or the other, the Dem led House is going to send this thing to the Senate for an impeachment trial.

I’ve got an idea, let’s have the House vote now and get it over with. We already know what the outcome of the vote will be, so save us from the circus like farce of these hearings and be done with it!

Hey!

 Hey, I’ve got another idea for Dems in the House, how about they get to work on getting some stuff done for us instead of dead-heading on getting President Trump out of office. From what I’m hearing they may have to nudge Mrs. Pelosi to help break lose the log jam of bills that should be addressed and may actually help you and me.

While I realize this is a pipe dream or even a fantasy that will never come true, but perhaps the Dems (Republicans too) could pay extreme attention to what Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said last week:

“The Federal Deficit Is Unsustainable, over time this outlook could restrain fiscal policymakers willingness or ability to support economic activity during a downturn.”

There you have it, while the top economist in the country is issuing a dire warning about a potential economic disaster that would affect each and every one of us; the Dems are claiming Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president poses a danger to our democracy and national security. They claim our freedom and adherence to the constitution is at stake (see what I mean about a lack of common sense), all the while ignoring the economic time bomb that will be fueled by an expected 2020 budget deficit of $1.1 Trillion.

The main thing that is happening with House Dems these days is them not making the main thing of what they’re supposed be getting done the main thing.

Veterans Day Gratefulness:  

I received this email from a cousin on my Mom’s side of the family this past Veterans Day. My cousin is older than me and maybe that’s why I don’t remember this.

“Our Grandfather was fighting in Europe during World War I. Grandpa was left for dead but someone noticed he was still alive when they were collecting the dead from the battlefield. At the aide station he was judged not worthy of serious treatment (he’d been exposed to the elements for a few days) and was sent to the unit where they sent wounded who were not expected to survive.

Due to anti-Semitism in the army medical corps, that unit was headed by a Jewish doctor. By the time he saw Grandpa, he was fed up with having all his patients die. He saw there was a chance that Grandpa could survive and he was determined to make that happen. He personally nursed Grandpa and was responsible for his recovery. Keep in mind that this was decades before antibiotics. It took Grandpa a couple of years to recover.

If it wasn’t for that doctor all those years ago our mothers would not have been born. The whole wing of our family tree would not be. No kids, grandkids, nada. I have a grateful heart for this man on this veterans day for all that is.”

I have to say I was quite taken back after learning of this from my cousin and was actually emotional thinking about all of the “would not be’s” of my life and loved ones in this present day. And just think, if it wasn’t for that doctor there would be no Rant to read today (although there are some out there who would be happy if I was never born).       

Free Stuff:

Ranter’s Note: My friend Ken said that when I run these from someone else it’s because I don’t feel like writing a full rant. Tell him he’s on to me!

This one sent to me is a good example of the rant from two weeks ago regarding low information voters who vote for the person they think will get them as many freebies as possible.

“The folks who are getting the free stuff  don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff and the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.

The folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now the people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING  the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff  by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Understand this:

All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.  The United States officially became a Republic 238 years ago.

The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.  ELECTION 2020 IS COMING: A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves!”

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“Your comments reflect the despicable nature of your character, hate & fear of our foreign service officers & desperation to protect your corrupt & criminal acts. Your efforts to intimidate will fail. May your downfall be swift, your penalty onerous, & your legacy condemned by all”   (John Brennan, CIA Director under Obama, referring to Trump).

*Oh my, a gutsy thing to say since he could very well be guilty of corrupt and criminal acts himself with being at the heart of the coup effort against Trump in 2016.  (Me)

Dan Rather: Trump’s Support is a Cult and Cults Generally Don’t End Well (Headline)

*Hey Dan, that’s another fallacy that’s cooped in that brain of yours, it’s similar to reporting you did on President Bush (43) regarding his fighter pilot days that turned out to be made up fiction with your sorry butt journalism.  (Me)

“You don’t get a bill when you drop your kid off at school. You don’t pull out your credit card when you call the fire department. It’s time to do the same for health care by passing Medicare for All and ensure no one leaves the hospital with insurmountable debt.” (Bernie Sanders)

*I’m guessing Bernie’s parents never told him the same thing our parents told us; MONEY DOESN”T GROW ON TREES!   (Me) 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 7, 2019

Common Sensers:

I don’t think sensers is a word, but I’m going to start using the name “Common Sensers” to describe people who believe in faith (if they don’t believe in a God to have faith in, they at least believe in the freedom to do so), the land of the free, right vs. wrong and have the ability to think in a COMMON SENSE way.

That doesn’t mean we’re robots, all thinking the same way, believing in the same things or even agreeing with me. In my book it means someone who is thoughtful, thinks for themselves and has a grasp on the reality of how things actually affect our lives and the world we live in.

The rub comes when we differ on what common sense actually is on certain issues. For example; many of the Democratic presidential candidates don’t believe in border protection and think people from other countries should come and go as they please. Yet, as I write this news is coming out of a drug gang in Mexico ambushing Americans on a Mexican highway, brutally killing three adult women and six children. Shouldn’t common sense tell us that by having open borders these types of savages could wily-nilly just come over committing the same brutality here?

The problem I see is the inability or lack of desire to recognize common sense because it is overrun with nonsensical emotions. All of us have had our emotions get the better of us resulting in not so good outcomes, but the key is to not allow those emotions to override common sense in the long run. This is what baffles so many of us Common Sensers — trying to understand how so much of liberal thinking just doesn’t make sense.

Like What?

How about drastic cuts in natural gas and oil production, declaring climate change a national emergency, encouraging population control to help stem the affects of climate change, ending the Electoral College, eliminating private health insurance, implementing Medicare for all, national job guarantees, reparations for slavery, free tuition for college, debt relief for student loans, paid family leave and free childcare, just to mention a few.

Emotional idealism is leading the way with these thoughts on how things should be, but to Common Sensers these all are fraught with so many negative downsides they just don’t make sense. It’s obvious the liberals want ease and comfort for all, the policies look good on paper and sooth the souls of many, but common sense has to kick in with the reality of the numerous damages those policies would inflict on all of us.

More Stuff We Don’t Understand:

Common Sensers are also baffled by stuff involving culture as it relates to thinking and words we use; like rewriting lyrics to the song “Baby it’s Cold Outside” and not calling someone single, but referring to them as “self partnered.” Using the term “illegal alien” is frowned upon because it denotes racism. Also, enabling high school students to use the restroom of their choice because of the way they feel that day, and my favorite, discouraging the use of the term “brainstorming” and replacing it with “thought showers” for fear of offending epileptics.

There are hundreds more words and phrases the thought police don’t want us using, leaving many baffled and somewhat dazed and confused. But for us true Common Sensers who believe this stuff is truly nonsensical rubbish, we say, “Screw it, we’ll say and refer to matters the same way we’ve been doing for generations and our recommendation to you who get offended…GET OVER IT!”      

The Waiting:

As we wait in earnest for the Inspector General’s report on the fraudulent shenanigans by the Obama administration in their attempt to derail Trump’s presidency, it brings backs memories of an old Tom Petty song:

The waiting is the hardest part

Every day you get one more yard

You take it on faith, you take it to the heart

The waiting is the hardest part

The worst part of waiting is seeing and hearing the good job the Dems, through the mainstream media, have done in creating a convincing case of impeachment. Me thinks they are fast tracking this sham as they know what’s coming at them in the long tunnel of gross political corruption.

I find it appalling that the Dems are so obsessed with nailing Trump to the cross of impeachment that they are disregarding important issues which really matter and affect Americans. And come on, fairness and justice for all has truly run amuck here. Hillary’s email felonies, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS targeting conservative groups, all tower over the casual conversation President Trump had with the Ukrainian President.

Almost as soon as Trump was in office the Dems launched their misguided, overzealous investigation into Trump/Russian collusion, costing millions of dollars, and found NOTHING.

The confusion this Common Senser is experiencing is the blatant quid pro quo Mr. Biden admitted to with his fire the prosecutor (who was investigating his son) you get the $Billion, don’t fire him you don’t get the $Billion. Come on Dems, if you have any common sense, wake up and kill this waste of time mess.

What If?

But, if the President is impeached and there really is justice for all and no one is above the law, then Mrs. Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, James Comey, John Brennan, Jim Clapper and others in Obama’s FBI and DOJ should be indicted and sent to prison!

Who knows, maybe our abundant waiting for news of the investigation into the coup attempt by the Obama administration will result in the indictment of the man himself.

In the meantime, we will be watching and listening as the Dems race against time, to impeach Trump before the Spy Gate investigators start indicting Obama’s peeps and all heck breaks loose with the political scandal of epic proportions all perpetrated by Trump-hating Dems.

Low Information = Clay Like Thinking:

As I go through life it is becoming more and more apparent to me that there are a ton of low information folks who aren’t aware, don’t care, are politically lazy and simply don’t think this stuff affects them. The thing is many of them vote! If they peripherally hear things like “free,” “guarantees,” “personal debt relief” and even what a “horrible president” Trump is, they become lumps of clay easily molded into wrong thinking. Those types of folks are just as scary as non Common Sensers as they vote motivated by their misinformed emotions that could carry all of us down the path of a nation in ruin.

It’s a lot of:

Trump is a terrible president

“Why do you think that?”

That’s what my friends say.” “I’m voting for Sanders or Warren.”

“So you think they would be a good president, why’s that?”

“I heard they will provide a lot free stuff that will really help me.”

“Are you concerned free anything from the government will cause problems for the country?”

“Why would it cause problems? It would be great for all of us!”    

Let’s hope and pray the majority of voters don’t turn out to be of this ilk!

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“I’m leaving because I didn’t want to be pedaled by papers and blogs and websites, used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I’ve ever seen – and the right-wing media to drive clicks and expand their audience by distributing intimate photos of me — taken without my knowledge, let alone my consent — for the sexual entertainment of millions.” (Katie Hill)

*That is a complete crock of crap, especially the “without my knowledge” part. I saw those pictures and if she wasn’t aware they were being taken she is completely sight challenged, or whatever the politically correct way to say someone is blind these days.  (Me)    

“It’s more than just climate change, and it is climate change. But, it’s more than that. As it relates to PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric Company), it’s about dog-eat-dog capitalism meeting climate change. It’s about corporate greed meeting climate change,” (Gavin Newsom)

*No, it’s about the Governor, who is as liberal as they come, joining with fellow Dems to devote time and money fighting against climate change that may not even exist. At the same time ignoring proper land management procedures that result in the horrific fires that spew more greenhouse gases above and beyond what their clean energy efforts save. (Me)

California has ditched coal; is natural gas next to go? (Headline)

This is the sort of thing that drives Common Sensers mad; millions of Californians rely on gas to heat their homes and water, cook their food and dry their clothes. But, the environmental wackos want to impose their far flung progressive climate ideas on us without any regard to common sense and the harm it would cause regular folks like us. (Me)

“The Democrats are tearing this country apart. They are wusses, wimps and weasels. They don’t have the chutzpah to face Donald Trump in November, I don’t blame them. Because he’ll blow those wusses, wimps and weasels right out of the swampy water they call home.” (Judge Jeanine Pirro)

*She must have been one tough judge and she nailed this one. (Me)    

Katie Hill ignited a new generation of Democrats (Headline)

*There is a lot of room for comments on this one, but I ain’t going there! (Me)                                                                                         

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 31, 2019

I Don’t Wanna Do This One!

 

If I sound like a three-year-old who doesn’t want to eat their vegetables, it’s because that’s how I feel. I do not recall a time when I’ve been asked so many times if I’m going to rant on a certain issue and it happened to be an issue I was trying to avoid like a case of the shingles. I’m sure you can imagine, or guess, what the issue is…It’s none other than the trials and tribulations of one Miss Katie Hill.

 

Yeah, I saw the compromising photos and read the embarrassing personal text messages and I was as shocked as anyone. But, I also try like heck to avoid judging people on their personal hang-ups and habits remembering what Jesus said about “Judging others without examining our own personal warts,” and him confronting the folks who were about to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery by asking, “Those who have never sinned throw the first stone.”  Of course no one did and went on their way.

 

With all that being said, while God forgives our sins and tells us not to judge others’ sins, there is no escaping the consequences of our actions, particularly if one has been put in a position of great responsibility, a position that requires the upmost integrity.

 

As a side note, I wonder if Hill resigned on her own accord. It’s well known her campaign received millions of dollars from high powered Democratic donors, so many would not be surprised if those same donors through Nancy Pelosi decided she was a liability going into the 2020 election. I guess what it may have boiled down to is — live by your donor’s grace and die by those same donor’s lack of grace.

 Ranting Craw:

I’m a big believer in accountability for our actions, and while Hill’s act of resigning is a positive step in that direction there are aspects of this thing that stick in my ranting craw. Her resignation statement had precious little in the way of a heartfelt apology, and one of her remarks was that the incident “left her terrified for future women who might want to run for office.” I say the only reason a woman, or a man for that matter, should be terrified to run for office is if they have skeletons (so to speak) inside the camera of their scorned spouse! Otherwise, there is no reason whatsoever to be terrified to run for office.

That statement lends itself to show Hill thinks of herself as a victim in all of this. She isn’t a victim. She allowed (looks like encouraged) her husband to take photos of her and the lady friend in those intimate positions. This mess she finds herself in is a result of her own sexual preferences and desires (which is her own business, of course). She allowed those desires to skew her thinking, resulting in the poor judgment to seemingly seduce an impressible young lady on her campaign staff and to flaunt it in front of the lens of a camera. What could go wrong with all of that?!

 Hypocrisy Galore:

The hypocrisy with all of this runs as deep as the murky swamp of Washington D.C. Can you imagine if the same sort of thing would have happened with Steve Knight? Oh my gosh, the local lefties would be marching in front of Knight’s office or home with stones in hand. And there is no way they would let him off the hook with a resignation announcement short on remorse and not sincerely asking for forgiveness while claiming he was the victim after all.

Of course, the reaction by local lefties to this mess has been quite cricket-like. The strongest comment I saw was someone stating they “felt like throwing up” after Hill’s resignation (not sure if the damming photos of Hill caused this person to want to throw up or the agonizing pain of defeat with humiliation).

In summing this up I concur with what I saw from a blogger on the internet:

Despite all of the hypocritical blathering, the fact remains: Katie Hill violated ethics and possibly the law. She did it for the sake of her own sexual pleasure. She is unfit for office and deserves to lose her job. This was all her doing and now she is paying the price.”

 Water Under the Proverbial Bridge:

Time to move ahead and leave the past in the past. While the timing of the next election for the house seat in this district may have changed, it’s just as important as ever to bring the seat back to the right side of the isle. I personally feel Mike Garcia is the man for the job and I encourage all to check him out and lend your support to his campaign.

Whether it’s Katie Hill, Christy Smith, the House lead Dems or the dozen or so Dem candidates for president, they spell trouble for America and I mean BIG trouble. The socialistic way of life they are touting is permeating further and further into the thinking of more and more Americans.

A recent poll of millennials showed 70% of them will vote for a socialist. That generation is being hoodwinked into thinking that free is the be all and end all of a blissful future. In reality it’s a dose of societal cyanide poisoning that will rear its sick head when it’s too late to do anything about it.

No matter if the right takes back the House, Republicans remain in power in the Senate and if president Trump is re-elected we will still be sinking in a deep dark hole of debt that is very dangerous. If that hole is dug deeper and faster with Socialistic rule there will be NO turning back to try and save this nation as we know it. It’s sad and scary that intelligent Americans cannot or do not want to recognize the obvious fact that a nation already in severe debt cannot survive with more mountains of debt from socialistic spending being shoveled into the debt death hole.

Christy Smith:

State Assemblyman Christy Smith must have had the inside scoop on Katie Hill’s resignation as she shot out of the shoot the minute the resignation was announced with a well planned campaign type press release. This isn’t about that, or her effort to put the Gazette out of business, this is about her true colors shown in Sacramento with a voting record that will make any conservative’s hair curl.

She voted for:

$10.5 billion ratepayer surcharge to bail out PG&E

$1 billion individual mandate on health insurance ($695 per person who doesn’t have insurance)

$1.7 billion on new taxes on small business

$2 billion Managed Care Organization Tax

$194 million (first year & then higher) for 9-1-1 service tax

 I seem to recall that during her campaign she was pretty adamant about not caving into the Dems (who rule Sacramento) and would cast her votes in the interest of all in her district. It looks as though she didn’t keep that promise and I cringe to think how she would cave to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff all those miles away when they pressure her to vote their left leaning ways.

We cannot let her go there. Go, Mike Garcia, go!

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State dies at 48. (Obituary headline in the Washington Post) 

 *Like one pundit put it, “What’s with this pile of dog sh*t” headline!” I couldn’t agree more, I guess the Post forgot he was the head of ISIS, a brutal terrorist organization that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in the Middle East, including the brutal murder of numerous civilian hostages from Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. He loved to see people’s heads cut off and was raping women left and right. (Me)

“When you realize: Pelosi and Schiff were just in Jordan trying to undermine Trump’s Syria cease-fire. Dianne Feinstein repeatedly met with Iranian officials. John Kerry has tried to undermine Trump’s Iran policy for 3 years. …It makes sense why Trump kept Democrats in the dark” (Charlie Kirk)

*Think Dems, just think about it, do you really think he should have confided in you when you guys are trying to undermine and even fire the President? Now you’re whining about not being consulted on the al-Baghdadi thing, really?  (Me)

 “I would also be very mindful of the fact that as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit. I would be very cautious, if you were my son, in terms of dealing with that police officer, but I would also defend my rights and know my rights and make sure, if possible, that police officer’s camera is on, what goes on. Obviously, we need to end all forms of racism in this country from Donald Trump down to the local police department.” (Bernie Sanders)

*How do you politely say someone is full of crap?!  (Me)

Two Mother’s mission: Bringing LGBTQ books to local schools (Headline)

 *Last rant I asked for help to understand this type of thinking, so far no one has offered anything up. (Me)

“It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies” from your college professors. You youngsters need to taste socialism and see evil face to face to understand you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, most are all too interested in their careers or Climbing the Social Ladder to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the Great Lie in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.”  (Unknown)

*Don’t know who wrote it, but I sure agree with it. (Me)

How Pot is Changing the Nation (Headline)

*I don’t know how it is these days, but in my day it made us lazy, stupid and hungry. (Me)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 24, 2019

Déjà Vu All Over Again:

The opinion piece headline in the LA Times read, “Undoing the great mistake of 2016.” As I begin reading, a déjà vu type feeling crept over me that I couldn’t quite put a finger on; then it hit me, it was eerily similar to the columns in The Signal newspaper that have been written by two Trump hating lefties over the last couple of years.

The LA Times articles states, “Immigrants are being demonized and detained; homelessness is reaching crisis levels in big cities; and craven, self interested lawmakers seem paralyzed, unable to act on these and other policy issues, including the terribly urgent matter of climate change, which threatens our very existence.” This was written in the context of approaching the 2020 election with the intimation this stuff is all Trump’s fault. Really, which side of the isle is paralyzed with “self interested lawmakers?” The Dems are the ones paralyzed with an impeach Trump obsession without getting much of a damn thing done for the rest of us. And if climate change is threatening our very existence (which is very much in question), it seems to me Trump would be better dealing with the great polluters of the world then one of the mamby, pamby candidates we’re seeing now (see Obama’s time in office).

The time has come to undo the great mistake of 2016 and drive Trump out of office at the ballot box.”  I concur with the ballot box thing, how about sharing this with Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi before they drag us through the mud of impeachment. Let the people decide, not sore loser politicians who are running amok.

It is time to pull our country out of the illiberal abyss into which it is sinking and put it on a path toward reason and fairness and empathy and constructive engagement with the world.” Not sure exactly what that means. I thought, “Oh, they mean like Obama did that made us the laughing stock of the world?” His “lead from behind,” the empty threat of “not crossing the red line” and the billions in cash he gave to Iran to continue their American and Israeli destructive ways? Yeah. Let’s go back to that stuff.

Voters need to keep their eyes on the prize: defeating Trump state by state, issue by issue, state by state and vote by vote.”  Hey, I’m all for the “issue by issue” debate, this is something that has been sorely missing in Trump hating opinion columns, by talking heads in the media and glaringly in the Dem debates thus far. Instead it’s all personality conflict stuff sending his detractors into immature tizzies.

More than 60 million Americans consciously choose this president over his opponent four years ago. And many voters remain entranced-hoodwinked, in our view-by his blunt, cocky, overpromised style.” These guys are brilliant. We did consciously vote for the guy, and with enthusiasm because we believed he would change America; not with the empty rhetoric of some “hope and change” crap, but with common sense, Reagan-like details of issues he would push to implement.

Hoodwinked You Say?

We Trump voters aren’t “hood winked,” and his “style” is anything but “overpromised;” in fact, we are impressed at what he said he would do, what he has done and what has resulted from what’s been done! The list is long, and includes business regulation reduction, tax reform, a stock market that took off the day after he was elected, GDP growth that wasn’t even noticeable during Obama’s days, record high oil production, low unemployment for all, including women and people of color, a surge in manufacturing and millions of people off of government assist programs, including food stamps.

Has everything the president accomplished gone perfectly and are all things going well? Of course not. But those editorial dudes or dudettes at the LA Times should look in some other direction for what they think the millions of Americans who support Trump and what he has done for our nation are thinking, because it ain’t what they’re thinking on whatever floor of the LA Times they work on. Just like it isn’t for the gentlemen who contribute to The Signal with their Trump derangement thoughts.

Tepidly:

As I tepidly tread into this portion of the rant I want to clarify that I feel ALL people in this country should be treated with respect and dignity without any sort of mistreatment or discrimination based on anything having to do with their gender, their desired gender or lifestyle. All should be treated equally and I judge no one as long as they are law abiding and treat others well.

Many times in this space I have asked for help for clarification on certain matters and I could use some help with understanding this.

Recent headlines I’ve come across:

“Transgender Cyclist Rachel McKinnon Keeps Smashing Women’s Records”

“Transgender Activists Force Menstrual Products Brand to Remove Woman Symbol from Packaging”

 The thing with the cyclist and other transgender athletes (former males) who compete in women’s sports is just plain irritating and totally unfair to the women who work so hard at their sport only to be out-done by someone, who by God’s design, have the upper hand physically. It’s a selfish and cheap way to gain glory.

Aside from the athlete aspect, my puzzlement concerns the need these folks have to forcibly insert themselves into mainstream culture with the pollution of political correctness that is slowly but surely gaining a choke hold on the America way of life we’ve had for many years. I mean, come on, what does the symbol of a woman on a menstrual product package have to do with the rights of a transgender individual?  How does that symbol offend or discriminate against anything or anybody?!

 Children?

 The headline that really got my attention regarding the transgender issue read, “More Parents are Thinking Outside the Gender Box.”  Now look, if an adult parent considers the need, and even acts on gender change (although it seems to me self control would be advised until the child is old enough to understand what Mommy or Daddy are doing, as it could cause emotional problems), that’s one thing, but to sway or pursue gender neutrality for their young son or daughter is just wrong to me.

Why do parents who are gender conflicted themselves feel the need to mold their kids or even allow for the possibility of gender choice while they are so young? Can’t they be raised as they were born, and when they come of age it can become their choice?

I don’t understand why some parents don’t want their baby to be specified on the birth certificate as male or female. Why are some gender conflicted parents raising their children in a “gender creative” manner or what they call a “gender expansive” way? Come on, let boys be boys and girls be girls, and if they become conflicted with it later on in life help them with all the resources available.

It should come as no surprise California allows parents to obtain gender-neutral birth certificates. Come on give me a freaking break, when a baby is born it’s really easy to tell what gender they are and the reason to not declare that is very confusing to me.

Many of these same parents raise their kids not allowing them to use gender identifying words; instead they have to use they, them and theirs pronouns. I thought bad potty training could mess up a kid later in life, but this?

Please help me to understand all of this stuff, I’m really confused!

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

Expanding DOJ probe could give Trump ammo; Brennan, Clapper reason to fret (Headline)

*I’ve left the “spy gate” thing alone for a while, but I’m telling you this thing should blow-up bigger than a stupid phone call between our President and the Ukrainian President. (Me)

Beto O’Rourke: People of This Country ‘Will Force’ Republican Senators to Impeach Trump (Headline)

*As usual Beto is living in a world that doesn’t exist and he won’t move out of it. (Me)

California Governor Pardons Three Immigrant Felons to Avoid Deportation (Headline)

*Of course he did, he is motivated by feel good emotions with no regard for common sense. (Me)

23 House Republicans Have Yet to Back Movement to Censure Adam Schiff (Headline)

*Who are these people, are they really Republicans or are they…??? (Me)

List of people that aren’t Russian assets: 1. President Trump 2. Tulsi Gabbard 3. Just about every American because it’s a stupid accusation. And yet it has somehow been normalized by the Democrat Party as a legitimate political attack. Anything for power.  (Dan Crenshaw, R-Rep, Texas)

*I’m concerned about Mrs. Bill Clinton’s emotional state as she joins in with some of the loony left with the far-out Russian asset assertions. (Me)

 “In the past when a party loses the presidency, they take the opportunity to.figure out why the American voter rejected them. This group has, in contrast, chosen to try to change systems and outcomes through means other than through the voters.” (Larry Elder)

*Since the Dems aren’t confident in winning the American way, they are trying to win the 3rd world way. (Me)

Former Fox Host Greta Van Susteren Calls Out Chris Wallace for Trump ‘Smear’ (Headline)

*I agree with Greta, Fox News Sunday has become like the other Sunday morning shows and Wallace is coming across as biased as Chuck Todd these days. (Me)

 

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