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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 26, 2019

Do They Believe The Things They Say? 

 Seriously, I find it hard to believe these people really believe the words that come out of their own mouths. Is it too judgmental to think that if they do, they’re minus a far amount of brain cells, or is it they intentionally baffle us with BS instead of dazzling us with brilliance, because they realize many will buy the BS?

Bernie:

During the debate last week Bernie Sanders promised to “criminally prosecute fossil fuel executives for destroying the planet.” On Twitter, he said something along the lines of, “if I win, I’ll pass a Green New Deal and criminally prosecute the fossil fuel executives who have destroyed the planet.” That is just bat-crap-crazy. Literally, it sounds like someone NOT of sound mind, standing on a street corner bellowing it out on a bull horn.

He really believes he can put these CEOs in jail for running companies producing energy for the benefit of millions of people? The scary thing is the throng of supporters who believe him.

AOC:

This was during a Bernie Sanders rally this week, so we shouldn’t be surprised with her exuberance as she exclaimed; “America is not an advanced society, its fascism what we have, are we ready for the revolution?”  This woman needs to realize if we were under true fascism there wouldn’t have been a rally for her to shout out her blather. But then again she thinks the world will end in eleven years.

Joe:

Joe (The Gem) Biden said that he would be okay if jobs were lost if it meant getting even with the energy industry.  The dude is actually okay with the possibility of eliminating hundreds of thousands American’s jobs who work in the fossil fuel industry?  In his heart of hearts, as president, he would favor policies that would eliminate blue-collar jobs for the Green New Deal? When he said it he was almost gleaming with pride! Joe can’t really mean that can he or did he just say it to get on the good side A.O.C. and her gang?

Biden also stepped in it when he said “the middle class is getting killed, the middle class is getting crushed, the working class has no way up as a consequence” The guy is delusional, how could he say that with a straight face? What were Dems across the land thinking when they heard that, they must see the economic facts, including record job numbers and unemployment levels right?

It’s not just Joe, all of those Dems on that stage want us to believe the economy isn’t all that great; the candidates are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of as many people as possible. They want us to think the economy is in some sort of recession with a depression staring us in the face. The only depression I see is the one that will engulf their brains when they realize what fools they look like.

Al Green:

Al Green (not the singer) a member of the House of Representatives is apparently need of some sort of therapy. “I do believe that we have to deal with the original sin. We have to deal with slavery; slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. The president has played on racism and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support, to mobilize people.”

“Until we deal with the issue of invidious discrimination as it relates to the LGBTQ community, the anti-Semitism, the racism, the Islamophobia, the transphobia, and also the misogyny that Trump has exemplified, I don’t think our work is done.”

Wow, this is me shaking my head with baffling puzzlement. Could Mr. Green actually believe his own nonsense, is there any way he could NOT know that three new polls have President Trump’s approval rating among black voters as quadrupling since 2016?

This is important and I hope Green realizes President Trump won the electoral college in a land slide in 2016 even with scoring just 8% approval with black voters.  If he can get even half the figure among black voters he’s getting now in these polls, he will easily win reelection in 2020.

 Wait, There’s More:

Rudolf:

I know Christmas is behind us, but I found it funny and rather alarming that Rudolf  The Red Nosed Reindeer came under political correctness attack this year for just being who he was and his life experience. Among the claims is that Rudolf’s story “promotes bullying with the other reindeer not letting Rudolph play with them.” It also allows kids to be exposed to the parable of Santa being a “racist, a homophobe and a bigoted jerk.”    

Emma Thompson:

This lovely actress is obsessed with climate change, so much so she has a dire warning for us: “Better wrap up warm, stockpiling food and remember there is a surprising amount of protein in the average household pet.” Does Emma really believe we will have to eat our cats or dogs because of climate change?

Alyssa Milano:

This talented actress goes above and beyond in her effort to protect her son: “I just had to chase my 8 year old son out of the room while the news was playing a Trump lies speech. It’s  f**king upsetting I can’t allow my son to listen to our president because our president is inappropriate, misogynistic and unpresidential, so unfair to parents.” If this kid is sheltered from the adversity of a speech by the President of the United States he’s in for a rough road of life. If Alyssa really believes her kid needs to be protected this way, she’s gonna have her own rough road raising her son.        

 Not Hard To Believe These Days:

8:00 am: I made a snowman.

8:10 – A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman.

8:15 – So, I made a snow woman.

8:20 – The gay couple living nearby threw a hissy fit and moaned it could have been two snow men instead.

8:22 – The transgender man..woman..person asked why I didn’t just make one snow person with detachable parts.

8:25 – The vegans at the end of the lane complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with.

8:28 – I was being called a racist because the snow couple is white.

8:31 – The Muslim gent across the road demanded the snow woman wear a burqa.

8:40 – The police arrived saying someone had been offended

8:42 – The feminist neighbor complained again that the broomstick of the snow woman needed to be removed because it depicted women in a domestic role.

8:43 – The council equality officer arrived and threatened me with eviction.

8:45 – TV news crew from ABC showed up. I was asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow-women. I replied “Snowballs” and am now called a sexist.

9:00 – I was on the news as a suspected terrorist, racist, homophobe sensibility offender, bent on stirring up trouble during difficult weather.

9:10 – I was asked if I have any accomplices. My children were taken by social services.

9:29 – Far left protesters offended by everything marched down the street demanding for me to be beheaded.

Moral: There is no moral to this story. It is what we have become

I didn’t write this, but sadly as we drift farther and farther into the abyss of political correctness, these absurdities will become the new norm for people to strive for, believing they are essential for a healthy America.                  

Here’s hoping you had a Merry Christmas & will have a Happy New Year!  I’ll rant at you again in the next decade.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“Let me tell you something: every past president would be subject to impeachment under the current articles being debated in the House of Representatives. John Adams would be impeached. He shut down newspapers; he imprisoned reporters. Abraham Lincoln would be impeached. He shut down 300 newspapers; he imprisoned reporters, FDR would be impeached 25 times. John Kennedy would be impeached, used in the IRS and the FBI against his political opponents, leaked information against them. Lyndon Johnson would be impeached, used the IRS, the FBI, and the CIA, to tap into his political opponents, into civil rights leaders. And by the way, became a multimillionaire while he was a Senator. We’d have a lot of impeachment going on with these bogus rules under this rogue House Democrat leadership.”  (Mark Levin)

*Levin left out Barrack Obama; IRS targeting, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, telling Russia he’d have more flexibility after he was re-elected, spying on journalists and the Iran nuclear deal with a ransom payment, just to name a few.   (Me)  

 “A far left magazine, or very progressive, as some would call it, which has been doing poorly and hasn’t been involved with the Billy Graham family for many years. Christianity Today, knows nothing about reading a perfect transcript of a routine phone call.”  (President Trump)

Since they invoked my father’s name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), I feel it is important for me to respond. Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed.”  (Franklin Graham)

Christianity Today Backed Amnesty for Illegal Aliens in 2015   (Headline)

*Shouldn’t a Christian magazine stick to Christian topics? It reminds me of entertainers who flap their trap about stuff they have no business talking about. (Me)

“The FBI broke into President Trump’s campaign, spied on him, then tried to cover it up. This is a modern-day Watergate. (Kevin McCarthy)

*The Dems are saying what Trump did is worse than what Nixon did, what will they say about what Obama’s FBI & DOJ did?

 

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

South Bend Indiana has a population of 130,000 that means with Santa Clarita’s population of over 200,000, Mayor Marsha McLean would make a good president! Ken

 

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 12, 2019

Almost Lost My Breakfast:

Someone asked me last week why I haven’t been ranting much on the impeachment thing recently and truth be told the whole thing had been a yawner for me up until Tuesday. The hearings were unwatchable and besides that, while I try really hard not to judge people on their personality, watching the two guys running the hearings was hard for me to take without scowling and yelling at the speakers on my desk. The combination of Adam Schiff’s and Jerry Nadler’s deceitful, unfairness while running the hearings along with their sparkling (not) personalities was reducing my ranting quality of life.

This past Tuesday morning when the articles of impeachment were announced and a little while later when Nancy Pelosi paraded her peeps in front of the cameras, smugly celebrating the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, acting like the impeachment stuff never happened, I almost lost my breakfast. She and her cohorts portrayed themselves as economic saviors for the country, it was such conniving, self serving bull manure it must have made Barack Obama proud.

It didn’t help my stomach much either when Adam Schiff had his own mug on TV that morning proclaiming “The argument ‘why don’t you just wait?’ amounts to this. Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time? Why not let him have foreign help just one more time?The president’s misconduct goes to the heart of whether we can conduct a free and fair election in 2020.”   How much more nonsensical swamp mud can a man shovel with a comment like that?!

Another regurgitating moment occurred when I read just one sentence from the articles of impeachment; “Wherefore President Trump by such conduct has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the constitution if allowed to remain in office.”  This reminded me of the stupidly exhibited by Mrs. Pelosi when she said something along the lines of “for the sake of civilization we need to impeach this president.”  I then remembered another comment she made earlier that caused me to exclaim…liar-liar-pants-on fire!  “I don’t hate anyone, not even the president, I pray for the president.”                   

Here’s Your Sign:

After choking on all of the BS, I turned from Fox News to Newsmax TV. I began pondering why this is really happening with such flimsy evidence compared to what they had on Nixon and Clinton along with the disregard for fairness and common sense while they rush this along. Then five words from the guy on Newsmax TV hit me right between the ears with his take as to why this sham is going on, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and abortion.

At first I thought huh? But he went on to explain that with Ginsburg’s age and illnesses she is not long for the court and the Dems are panicking. If they can’t get Trump out of office he will nominate and the Senate will confirm a conservative jurist who will be anti-abortion. The show host’s contention is the Dem’s claim to fame is keeping abortion free and easy and with Trump in office when Ginsburg leaves, their party’s political foundation will crumble.

Makes sense to me and this could explain the obvious desperation Pelosi and her gang are showing with their apparent paranoia that Trump’s success as president is likely to gain him four more years in office and their abortion dreams will be sunk!

One can only hope the Republicans in the Senate show the world, in no uncertain terms, what a farce this impeachment is with the same passion the Dems showed in ramming it through the House. I’m not completely confident of the Senate doing that as they have sounded rather meek throughout the time the Schiff Circus was in full swing.  You gotta get aggressive boys and girls!

My Dad Warned Me:   

My late father told me many years ago to not get a pissing match with a skunk because you’ll never win. Unfortunately I don’t always take heed of that as once in a while I fall prey to those types of matches on Facebook. It usually involves Trump and before you know it my computer screen is covered with screaming amounts of Trump Derangement Syndrome leaving me with little time and emotional energy to fight back.

The words my Facebook pissing opponents use to disparage Trump are not suitable for print so I’ll fall back onto my home ranting turf here. Of course, according to them, Trump is a putrid president and Obama was a much better leader than Trump is.

But, as with anyone who says that, it leaves me puzzled as to what their claim is based on.  When Trump was campaigning he laid out itemized changes that needed to occur to make America great again, at the same time Obama was poo-pooing his ideas with statements such as “this GDP number is the new normal, manufacturing jobs are gone for good and what is Trump going to do, wave a magic wand to bring those manufacturing jobs back?”

Back when Obama was campaigning it was empty feel good rhetoric such as “hope and change” and America improving stuff such as ending the use of torture, centralizing ethics, lobbying information for voters, reforming mandatory minimum sentences, creating new financial regulations, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center and reducing oil consumption by 35 percent.

The plans Trump laid out were much different than Obama’s and lo and behold look what happened: Record high oil production, resulting in energy independence, rebuilt a pathetically depleted military  enabling America to become a mighty force to be respected throughout the world like it had been until Obama messed with it. Trump forcibly maintained that taxes needed to be cut for businesses and individuals along with business choking regulations greatly reduced.

Well Trump haters, looked what happened: GDP numbers have gone way up, a Stock Market that has sky rocketed and is still accelerating, a SURGE of new jobs, a HUGE jump in manufacturing activity. Much lower unemployment for men, woman and people of color, resulting in millions of Americans going OFF of food stamps.   

No Matter What:

Like my Facebook foes, no matter what the positive facts are regarding Trump they will always hate and deride any of his successes.

Jim Cramer, the wacky left leaning economist on CNBC said;  “No matter your view on President Trump there’s no denying we’re living in the best labor market in more than a generation. This is the best number I’ve ever seen in my life, zeroing in on the 3.5% unemployment rate in November, now that’s a blessing. ”

Joe Biden weighed in on Trump’s excellent jobs numbers with this gem: “A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity. It’s about being able to look your kid in the eye and say everything is going to be okay — and mean it. Too many people today can’t do that. We have to rebuild an inclusive middle class and restore the dignity of work.”

 What in the world he talking about, everything’s not okay now? The record number of jobs have no dignity?  Parents are reluctant to tell their kid’s about their jobs because those jobs have no dignity? What indignity is he talking about, the kind when you have when you tell your kids you can’t afford to pay for school extracurricular activities, no food other then what food stamps will cover, no birthday or Christmas presents, because the economy is in the tank and Mom and Dad have been laid off and can’t find another job?  Joe, that’s what it was like when you and your boss were in charge, talk about indignity!

Quotes & Quips:

“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the inspector general that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” (John Durham, special counsel for the DOJ)

*This guy was appointed to investigate the attempted coup of Trump by the Obama administration, this thing ain’t over by a long shot and the Dems who think it’s over got another thing coming!   (Me)

“This is a slap in the face.  This is John Durham telling Horowitz, your whole take on this is not true, it’s not right.  We have more evidence than you’ve found.  We don’t agree at all with your conclusion that the beginnings of this were warranted and justified.” (Rush Limbaugh)

*If I was one of those people from the Obama administration who were involved in this, I’d be afraid, very afraid.  (Me)

“The greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government used the apparatus of the state both to spy on political opponents but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election. As far as I’m aware, this is the first time in history that this has been done to a presidential campaign, the use of these counterintelligence techniques against a presidential campaign. (William Barr, Attorney General)

*Why do I have the feeling that when the mud really hits the fan on this one it will make impeachment look like a walk in the park?  (Me)

“Nancy Pelosi is literally off her rocker! She’s using soviet-style politics to remove the President of the United States from office and wants to ram it through by Christmas so most Americans can’t question the lack of witnesses, evidence or EVEN due process. Nancy Pelosi is literally the most corrupt politician in America with an estimated net worth in excess of $100 MILLION! For years she’s been buying off other Members of Congress in an effort to force her stranglehold on power and now force passage of the impeachment vote.” (John Dennis, candidate for the House running against Pelosi)

*Do you think any of this nonsense matters to voters in her district? Good luck Mr. Dennis, you’re going to need it!  (Me)

“Every elected Republican knows this president is guilty of countless impeachable offenses. But they along with Evangelicals and White Supremacists have made a pact with Putin. But unlike a pact with the Devil, this one can be unsigned.” (Rob Reiner)    

 *Archie Bunker was right, he is a Meat Head.  (Me)

 Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

It seems to me that it is absolutely imperative that the citizens of the United States of America know about the “diversion” of funds that the former Vice President orchestrated.  That is whether he was running for office or not.  It seems to me that our GREAT PRESIDENT performed a HEROIC task by asking the President of the country that was damaged by the diversion for information about what happened.  Was he supposed to ask a demo brat?  Dan

 

 

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 14, 2019

The Time And The Place?

What a scene it must have been at the Hart School Board meeting last week where protesters showed up at a meeting meant to further the cause of educating the teenagers of the Santa Clarita Valley. Were the protesters there to voice differences they have with district policy that are adversely affecting the good of students?  NO, they were there to call for board member Joe Messina to step down from the board for his alleged role in Katie Hill’s resignation, which has absolutely nothing to do with school district matters.

Their claim is he got a hold of the damning photos and shared them with Republicans who used them against Hill (which Messina vehemently denies). Why didn’t the protesters show up at Hill’s estranged husband’s house and protest the guy who took and was the source of the photos? That seems to me to be more apropos then showing up at a meeting and delaying the intended efforts by a school board for their own political hatred of one Joe Messina.

And believe me political hate (maybe personal hate, I don’t know) for Joe Messina was their motivation based on past spiteful efforts against him. David Barlavi, a local attorney, member of the Saugus Union School District Board and well known locally as a staunch liberal Democrat, presumably can’t stand Messina’s political views, is the one who organized the protest at the board meeting. This is the same guy who used to organize protests outside of the hotel where the Mayors Prayer Breakfast Messina coordinates each year was being held.

These are quotes from those protesters in years past.

“It’s disgraceful the way Messina exploits prayer and Christ to sell his bigotry business.”

“Thank you Dunamis Group and our beloved Mr. Messina for once again this year bringing hatred to our community in the name of God.”

 “It biases you in your position on the school board to have your views against homosexuals and transgendered people.”

 Trump Like?

This reminds me somewhat of President Trump is facing these days, they couldn’t get him on the Russian Collusion thing so they looked for another bogus way to try and get rid of him. David Barlavi and his followers have tried for years to derail Messina’s role on the Hart School Board. It’s not only the prayer breakfast he organizes each year, but for years his detractors have vehemently railed against him being on the school board because of the national radio show he hosts on a nightly basis. Yea really, they don’t think he is a worthy board member because the conservative views he touts on the show will somehow infiltrate the board while he performs his board duties and end up harming students. Yes they are serious, Common Sensers they’re not!

Now the Barlavi gang has jumped on the opportunity of the notion Messina is the reason Katie Hill is no longer representing this district and they’re piling on their past efforts to get him off the board with something that has nothing to do with his performance and duties as a board member. Sounds a little like Trump derangement syndrome, they don’t like him as president, not for the job he is doing, just because of their hatred for him.

 Seriously?  

Statements attributed to David Barlavi from an article in The Signal newspaper:

A school board member should be a good example to students and Messina’s alleged behavior was not.”

“We should not have someone on our school board that teaches bullying to our boys against girls”        

“But we need to educate our community, we need to make sure that Katie Hill’s resignation is seen as the lesson it needs to be; that bullying is wrong, taunting women is wrong.”   

I’m almost rantless on this mumbo jumbo liberal political speak. What the freak is Barlavi talking about, that Messina with his alleged behavior, teaches boys to bully girls? That Hill’s resignation is some sort of lesson that should educate the community as some sort of moral lesson about taunting women?

For those who aren’t aware Barlavi was the subject himself for behavior unbecoming a school board member and it was not alleged, as a photo of him holding a hand over his heart and his fist in the air while reciting The Pledge of Allegiance graced the front page of this newspaper and was all over social media. (He discontinued the practice after  much flak.)

The only educating Mr. Barlavi purports with his words, are that he and his followers are liberal spinners of an issue resulting from a public person who got caught doing wrong things. They are deflecting criticism from where it should be and trying to place it on someone they have a long standing hate for at a venue they shouldn’t have gone near for that purpose and for that I say shame on them!

Leaving California for Redder Pastures:        

That was the headline in the LA Times two days after an op-ed piece in The Signal newspaper by Brian Baker entitled “Adios, Farewll Commiefornia” and one day after Gary Horton’s piece entitled “Commiefornia? Try Capitalist Paradise Instead.”

I laughed to myself at the LA Time’s headline and wondered if Horton saw it because he seemed so butt hurt that Baker dare criticize this state in The Signal. A state that has drifted so far to the left it’s puking blue everywhere we look.

Horton was so upset he even ripped the state of Colorado where Baker is moving to with;  “So, I take it rather personally when various opinion writers dump all over our fair state – especially in favor of some much lesser locale, landlocked between Polygamy Central and Home on the Range.” Gee, I wonder what he would have wrote if Baker was moving to Utah?

I’m sorry Horton was upset that his beloved state was ripped in the newspapers, but I ask you, how many folks do you know who have already left or are planning to move out of California? My wife I know a dozen or so families that are gone and plenty more who are seriously planning to leave and even more considering it.

As the LA Times reported in their article many who are fleeing the state are sick of high taxes, luke warm support for law enforcement and polices that are leaning more and more to open borders.

Sure enough Baker summarized his reasons for leaving with; “a cesspool of corrupt politics, insane social and fiscal policies, out-of-control taxation, outrageous cost of living, an inundation of illegal immigrants and welfare mooches, and a general decline in many ways to a Third-World standard of living (I’m looking at your poop patrols, San Fran, as well as the homeless camps in so many areas around the state).” 

I think he pretty much nailed it and I betcha almost every right leaning Common Senser still living here concurs with him greatly.

It seems to me almost every lefty like Horton loves it here and therein lies the problem; they will continue to vote for lawmakers who will continue to shove the left leaning nonsense down us Common Sensers throats for the foreseeable future.

I know one thing for sure, there is no way Mr. and Mrs. Ranter will able to afford to live here when we retire and even if we could afford to, I don’t  think we would stay here as the liberal swamp rises higher and higher, surrounding us and drowning us.          

Why?

Why would so many on the left hate the following?  Why are we Common Sensers, God and America loving folks labeled as right wing nuts for our beliefs in the following?  (Sent to me)

GOOD MORNING, WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a Christian Nation, land of the free and BECAUSE of the brave.

How may I help you,

Press ‹1› for English.

Press ‹2› to disconnect until you learn to speak English.

And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

One died for your soul,

The other for your freedom.

2020 will be here in a few Months.

A Nation of Sheep – Breeds a Government of Wolves!

Quips Quotes & Headlines

“I think we’re going to enter years and years, if not decades of darkness. I see the mass of illegal immigrants, who are illiterate even in their own language. They have none of our shared values. They will never be Americans and embrace the values that built this country. They’ve been steeped in hatred for this nation by the media and the universities. And they have a very dim view of our nation, even though they love the benefits that have accrued from far better people than them.”  (Michael Savage, radio show host and author)

*It’s easy for me to see his pessimism, it’s staring us in the face, but try sharing this with a liberal and you’ll get boycotted!  (Me)

“I’m so glad we don’t have to thank veterans the other 364 days.” (David Barlavi, Saugus school board member and potential candidate for Christy Smith’s seat in the State Assembly)

*Yea, the same guy who protests prayer breakfasts and raises his fist during the pledge of allegiance.  (Me)

“I hope he doesn’t recuse himself from the race”  (Judge Jeanine Pirro on Jeff Sessions running for his old Senate seat)

*I think Sessions was a terrible Attorney General, but an excellent Senator. To his credit he never responded negatively to Trump’s harsh criticism of him.  (Me)

“Our nation and the rights of her people are under attack, not by a foreign adversary, but from enemies within who are willing to take away each of the rights which has made the United States of America a beacon of freedom, individualism and innovation to the rest of the world. They are attempting to dismantle the very documents which have made this nation so great and has led to our astronomical amount of prosperity.” (Robert Patrick Lewis from his speech this past Monday at the City’s Veterans Day event), his speech can be read in its entirety on page 14.

Letters to the Ranter

Dear Ranter,

After looking at you picture in your rant (11/8/19 edition), I think you are trying to make it look like you have a headache.  I think you are constipated.  KC

Ranter’s Note: Do you think KC is trying to tell me I’m full of it?

Doug,

It was sickening to see Katie Hill’s concession speech.  She said there was a double standard.  Really.  She left on her own to avoid the House ethics committee where they would have found a lot more evidence against her then she admitted.  She was actually pushed by the Democrats to make them look good.  They wanted her out.  No double standard at all.  Lynda

 

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)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 17, 2019

Does This Stuff Really Matter?

Just spent five days in Indiana hanging with our son, his wife and three rambunctious grand kids, it was a great time filled with fun, games and mini road trips. When the television was on it was cartoons, kid shows, baseball and football, but NOTHING POLITCAL for five whole days. I thought I’d have Fox News withdrawal, but to my pleasant surprise that didn’t happen and I found myself comfortably insulated from the sour notes the left wing (especially the Sunday morning shows) tend to cast upon me.

But, as fate would have it, as soon as we got to the Indianapolis airport I found myself face to face with CNN and the blissful denial I had been experiencing came crashing to the ground with the reality of blatant media bias that so wrongly skews the perception of unsuspecting viewers who are innocently trapped into watching the farce of a news network in airports across the land, but I digress.

After escaping CNN and flying 35,000 feet above the fruited plains, I got to thinking about the days of old, as in when I was a kid. I vividly remember the numerous backyard barbeques with families and there were always four of my Dad’s friends who would get into shouting matches over politics of the day. I remember thinking what’s the big deal? Well now I certainly understand.

But, what strikes me now is that as passionate as those guys were and how it seemed almost life and death to them, all of those gentleman are gone now. I then moved my thinking to the Watergate days and the abundance of gnashing of teeth that went on in those days and now many of those people are no longer with us. Even Bill Clinton’s dress mess, the resulting impeachment, the hanging chads of the 2000 election and the list goes on and on and what do those things matter now to the folks who it mattered so much to then?

We (especially me) get worked up over this stuff and for what, really? Like my Dad’s friends, for all the emotions they spent during those barbeques, what did it matter the relatively short years later when they were no longer with us, when it was their time to go did they lament about not being able convince their buddies of the ills of their political views?

Maybe the current state of my political melancholy is because of the five days of not giving a rip while away, maybe it’s because when I picked up my three year old grandson my back (which needs surgery anyway) rebelled vigorously and the pain is consuming my thoughts, or maybe it’s the fact I’m staring Medicare in the face in a few months and wonder if the time I have left should be consumed with allowing the left wing faction of our times to drive me bat-crap-crazy? Because in the GRAND scheme of things what REALLY MATTERS?! Thanks for putting up with this Eeyore portion of the rant.

This Does Matter!

I saw an interview with John Kasich who was warning us of the financial crisis we will face with “the growing debt will become an economic calamity for our children and grandchildren.” If there is anything that could snap me out of my political funk of ‘what does it matter’, it’s what will happen to the grandkids if we don’t start to fix the debt problem NOW!

While John Kasich is too far center for me, he knows how to help push a budget through the House, when he was a Representative his budget bills ran a surplus, imagine that, in these days of having a budget that projects spending a $Trillion or more than the amount of revenue coming in, he was able to help construct and pass a budget that made a profit (if you will).

Is Kasich the only one who will stand on a hill and proclaim the danger of debt, for now it looks like it. I sure hope this changes because a lot of our young loved ones, including those who haven’t been born yet will suffer, even physically, if the tide of skyrocketing debt isn’t stopped and turned in the opposite direction.

We can only hope the left wing doesn’t win over the majority of Americans with their belief that climate change is going to be more harmful than the staggering debt.

What A Joke!

I swallowed hard and tuned into the Dem debate the other night and what a joke it was. CNN’s questions for the candidates were embarrassingly lame and if whoever came up with those questions believes they are an indicator of the stuff a good president is made of, I’m rantless.

Example; the last question of the debate was: “What friendships have you had that will surprise us and what impact has it had on you and your beliefs?” Right then I thought “are you freaking kidding me right now, you guys are trying to help millions (if that many were even watching CNN) in deciding who to vote for to lead this nation and this is how you conclude the debate?

When there was a presidential type question asked (mostly foreign affairs) the candidates proceeded to pound on what Trump was doing wrong, then bumbled along trying to give a coherent solution to the problem. They reminded me of the foreign affairs experience Obama had when he was trying to become president and we know how well that went when he was in office.

One thing that was blatantly missing during the debate was the itemized changes and solutions Trump would tout during his campaigning days. While his ideas were not delivered in the smoothest of fashions they were concise with common sense thoughts. What I heard Tuesday night was similar to Obama’s “Hope & Change” (which soon turned to haplessness and blame) and I was never quite sure what Obama exactly meant with his mantra, but he delivered it with such eloquence it worked well for him. With this bunch….. not so much.

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

Documents heighten scrutiny on Biden-Ukraine dealings, indicate Hunter may have made millions. (Headline)

*Daddy Joe, Hunter and the Dems can claim all day long this is a nothing burger, do they really think were that stupid? (Me)

“What they were doing was incredibly unethical and quite frankly if I did that — if I were sitting on those boards — I’d be in jail right now.” (Eric Trump)

*Eric would have been in jail and his Dad impeached quicker than the Dodgers were out of the playoffs if they pulled what Hunter and his Dad did. (Me)

“The impeachment power is large and serious. Yet these days, Democrats toss the word around with as much regularity as they do the word hearing, or motion or bill.” (Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal editorial board)

“House Democrats have yet to vote for a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump. Should they unilaterally do so, half the country will see it as proof that the party is determined to reverse via brute force the results of the 2016 election. Again, nothing Trump has done compares.” (Kimberley Strassel)

*She is right on point, the word impeachment has been coming out of the Dem’s mouths since February of 2017, a perfect example of immature sore losers who haven’t gotten past the acceptance stage of the grieving process. (Me)

135 House Republicans co-sponsor resolution to censure Schiff over ‘parody’ reading of Trump-Zelensky call (Headline)

*Do you think Adam gives two cow patties about being censured? I sure don’t (Me)

Fox News crushes MSNBC, CNN to win 71st straight quarter as Hannity finishes atop cable news (Headline)

*Does this mean there is hope after all for our side or do the majority of lefties only watch social media? (Me)

“The Republican party was my vehicle, not my master, I’m an American.”(John Kasich)

*If he’s the one who can convince the swampers the debt is a very serious issue I don’t care what he is. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,
You gotta love Horton, column in the 10/9/19 Signal.
Talk about scandals — to Horton: Hillary pay to play never happened; Bill and Lynch on the tarmac never happened; Uranium One never happened; Fast and Furious never happened; Obama “after the election” to the Russians never happened; Business choking regulations never happened; Weaponizing the IRS never happened; Manufacturing will never comeback never said; You can keep your health plan never promised; etc. HORTON WEARS A PATCH OVER HIS LEFT EYE. Tom

Doug,
Gary Horton makes good points about money and politics in his 10/16/19 column in the Signal. He then beats the drum for public funding of political contests. Gary please explain how this would do any more than exchange private influence for political influence in our elections. Politicians would make public funding law and partisan government officials would be making money distribution regulations and decisions before elections. Now what could possibly go wrong with that? Tom

Doug,
Election Interference…What about Mexico?

The Mexican government has effectively millions of “unregistered foreign agents” lobbying U.S. local, state and federal governments for better treatment of Mexican nationals illegally residing in the U.S. Next up…DACA demonstrations and pro-DACA banners on freeway overpasses, highways and college campuses. Imagine U.S. citizens’ outrage if the Russians had flooded the U.S. with millions of illegal aliens marching openly in major metropolitan areas with the Russian flag.
Greg Whitney

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 10, 2019

Another Fine Mess:

This impeachment stuff is such a mess and keeps changing every half hour with news coming at us like suitcases on a baggage carousel at LAX. After a while it all sounds the same, just like the suitcases all look the same. All I’m gonna say this week is it sure seems like the Dems are using Trump’s phone conversation with Zelensky to try and make a political mountain out of a molehill.

While President Trump probably shouldn’t have said what he said to the Ukrainian president (but hey, right or wrong that’s how he did things for umpteen years while conducting his business and I, for one, am happy he’s been using his business acumen in accomplishing what he has for America), I just don’t see how it remotely reaches the level of impeachment. It also pales heavily in comparison to Mrs. Bill Clinton’s email atrocities or what the Obama team did in trying to pull the first coup against a new elected president of the United States coming into office.

Stop the Presses!

This just came to me from somewhere in the depths of the world wide web so I’m stealing it in case you haven’t seen it.

I’m sick of the Dems saying Trump is inappropriate…

  • Ted Kennedy left a woman to die in a river.
  • Bill Clinton had weird sex in the Oval Office with a barely legal intern.
  • Obama ran guns to Mexican drug lords and gave billions to terrorist states.
  • Biden makes creepy and sexist comments and publicly fondles women.
  • Hillary Clinton endangered Americans, released classified Intel, wiped her illegal server and destroyed mobile devices, left 4 American heroes to die and lied about it being caused by some stupid BS video, sold nuclear material to our enemies, and took money from terrorist-producing countries.
  • John Edwards was indicted for using campaign funds to hide his mistress.
  • Rod Blagojevich is in prison for trying to sell Obama’s senate seat.
  • Anthony Weiner…well, need I say more?

Yes, Democrat Party, please lecture us on what is “beneath” a political office. You have so much experience in that area.

Different Direction:

I’m heading in a different direction now, a direction that’s been on my mind for a while now. Weird culture and societal stuff, whatever you call it, keeps getting worse and worse; weirder and weirder as the years progress. Whether it’s political, sexual, personal in nature or whatever sociologists label the different stuff in life, it just keeps creeping further and further to what many feel is not normal. For me it’s scary stuff.

I guess what’s really driving this home for me is what things will be like for our seven, five, three-year-old and three-month-old grandkids in 20 to 30 years. If this stuff progresses at the rate it has over just the last few years, who knows what they’ll have to deal with

I’ll probably get blasted for this as being a “religious fanatic,” a “right-wing loon,” “insensitive to people’s emotional needs,” a “hate monger,” an “animal hater” or whatever; but as a famous cartoon character used to say, “I am what I am and that’s’ all that I am.”

Prayer In School:

Of course there is no way to prove this, and there are many factors that could have attributed to these statistics, but is it just a coincidence things starting going downhill after the courts removed prayer in public schools in 1963? (These were reported in 1981, I can only hope they have improved since then).

 *Teen pregnancies for girls ages 15 through 19 went up 187%.

 *For younger girls, ages 10 to 14 years, pregnancies increased by 553%.

 *Sexually transmitted diseases went up 226% in the next 12 years.*SAT scores rapidly declined for 18 consecutive years, even though the same test has been used since 1941.

*Violent crimes by teens increased 544%. *Illegal drugs have become an enormous & uncontrollable problem.

*From 1940-1962 — talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls and getting out of turn in line were the main issues teachers had to cope with, soon it became vandalism, bullying, assault, drug dealing/use and even fear for their own safety.

Political Correctness With a Vengeance:

This one is a real head shaker for me, the paranoia and angst that has exploded of using or not using certain words and phrases is out-of-control. A good example is the poop-storm this newspaper encountered with innocuous words I wrote in this column last month.

I don’t know where to start with this stuff, so here goes….

*You can now be fined up to $250,000 if you call someone an “illegal alien” in New York City

*It’s not Columbus day any longer, oh no it must be called “Indigenes Peoples Day,” because Christopher wasn’t the first to discover America he just helped start the process of populating America with white people and we all know that ain’t a good thing.       

*Manholes now have to be “maintenance holes,” manpower is now “human effort,” man-made objects will be described as “human-made.”  Profession names like fireman, firewoman and craftsman have to be “firefighter” and “craftspeople,” heirs will become “beneficiaries.”

*Old people are to be referred to as “people of advanced age.” No more poor people, they are “persons experiencing poverty.” No one is overweight or fat they are “people of size.”

These ridiculous efforts to bend terms and phrases that have been used for generations, to even criminalize and demonize certain words that millions of people use, just because ultra-sensitive people, without a solid foundation for their life, might be offended, is sick in my book.

What it gets down to is emotional protection for the insecure is more important than freedom of speech and common sense. Add to that, the left wing fringe is attempting to control the thoughts and words, and silence, all who disagree with them. I guess they aren’t familiar with the concept of freedom of speech.

 Laws & Politics:

New laws we’re seeing these days are enough to make us wonder the actual intelligence level of some political officials, especially in our state of California.

*The entire state will now ignore U.S. immigration law.

*You can make up your gender on official state IDs, there is now a third option for gender on the California driver’s license application. Californians who don’t identify as either male or female can now identify as “nonbinary” gender category, designated by the letter “X.”

 *The law that was passed a few years ago allowing kids to use the restroom or locker room of their choice, depending on how they perceived their gender at any given time, was pure insanity in many folk’s eyes (Especially fathers of teenage daughters).   

 *Schools in California will be prohibited from suspending any student from kindergarten to eighth grade “who disrupts school activities or otherwise willfully defies the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators  or school officials.”

Political idealism reeking from the Dem presidential candidates and law makers here is enough to make blood shoot out of our eyeballs.

*Open borders, to let all to come and go as they please, illegal aliens legally obtaining drivers licenses, being eligible for welfare and free health care.

*Free healthcare for all and  forgiveness of student loans.

*Banning sugary drinks, plastic bags, straws, water bottles, goldfish as pets because it’s inhuman, Barbie Dolls because they are not gender neutral and even forbidding the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.                

*Just about every school year a high school coach is censored, suspended or fired for praying with his or her team. There was even a coach who was fired for praying by himself on the football field before and after games.  

There is a ton more I could go on and on about and if I thought this was just a passing phase I wouldn’t be alarmed. But the left has become so obsessively persistent in shoving their progressive thinking down our throats I don’t think there will be a reversal of that effort in my life time.

In the meantime let’s stay calm, cool and collected, stand strong for the common sense we believe in and push back on this crazy stuff by voting for candidates who will do the same. I know I will be hoping and praying that the America I grew up in will somehow be remotely the same as the one our grandkids will grow up in.

 Quips Quotes & Headlines:

When are we going to get the transcripts from the Obama administration’s negotiations with the Iranians? Remember, the negotiations they insisted weren’t happening? (Dan Bongino)

 “We all know Obama was sending pallet loads of cash to the Iranians in the dead of night…and no impeachment inquiries, no demanding of transcripts, not a peep from the deep state Democrats who all align themselves with the terrorists in Iran!” (Millennial Conservative)

 These guys smell the same hypocrisy most people with a brain are. (Me)

“Sleazy Adam Schiff looks like the broken man he is. He’s a laughingstock on the Hill and many of his Democrat colleagues know he’s an embarrassment to sentient beings. Watching him desperately trying to save yet another one of his easily debunked hoaxes is a sad, sorry scene.” (Dan Bongino)

There is just something about that Schiff guy that bugs me, not sure if its his political sleaziness or his delightful (NOT) personality. (Me)

*News anchors fight back against GOP senators’ refusal to condemn Trump (Headline)

 Wait a minute, aren’t news anchors supposed to report the news, not try to influence the news. I guess in these days of CNN and MSNBC that’s old fashioned. (Me)

 

Letter to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,

Just a quick note, I love your paper, The Gazette. I am tired of the over paid Dems. Just some food for thought, I think the Dems should return all the money they were paid for nothing they have completed. Dems have a two point perspective, on a sightless view, their needs and wants, not for the people. Also they should repay all the court costs, not use government money. Question, how long have they been working for the devil? The Dems are trying to destroy the great U.S.A., this is God’s country. Michael, Canyon Country

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 3, 2019

Thank you, Jonathan:

While driving to the office today I wasn’t looking forward to tackling this week’s rant, because all that’s been funneling through my brain is impeachment, impeachment and impeachment. It’s a lot of BS in my book, saturated with such hypocrisy it’s making me you know what (someone told me I use the phrase “bat-crap-crazy” too much so I’m trying to cut back). And while the headline of Jonathan Kraut’s column in Tuesday’s Signal was titled “Either Way it Goes, Impeachment Will Leave a Mark On Us,” it had enough Trump hating in it to save me from ranting on all impeachment, all the time.

It is not that Trump is a great guy who gets into trouble for simply trying hard to do the right thing. But despite Trump’s bullying, lies, manipulation, salacious past, belittlement of public servants, braggadocio, wild slander of his opponents, selfish views of the world, narcissism, and incompetence, the impeachment process means great suffering for anyone who loves this country.”

I do agree with his assessment of the impeachment process causing pain for the country, but it’s his side that is guilty of causing the suffering with their baseless accusations. Of course you noticed (Not) Kraut’s analyzing of the actual job Trump has done as president with his itemized disagreements on Trump’s policy’s that have been put in place. Nope, instead Jonathan goes right to his true colors of showing disdain for the president’s personality, just as his brethren on the left do 24/7, without mention of a strong economy and all that goes with it that have benefited so many of Kraut’s fellow Americans.

As I’ve alluded to too many times in this space, if I would have attacked Obama’s personality in remotely the same way Jonathan did, every local liberal around would have screamed for a BOYCOTT of the Gazette!

“Trump backers are going to discover that they fell in love with who Trump says he is instead of who he really is. For Trump supporters it will be like someone in a relationship who wishes his or her partner would be the way they seemed when they first met. It will be hard for them to acknowledge that the good, capable and caring person first represented was just putting on an act to gain trust. It will be even harder for them to admit Trump’s true character is actually deficient and unworthy.”

Don’t you just love it when someone on the left tells us Trump supporters how we should feel about him or how we’re going to feel about him, you know, like we’re deplorables for supporting the man. It’s like telling a friend the women he married is a piece of work and he’s going to see in a short while what she is really like, no ifs, ands or buts. The friend would say, “Excuse me, how in the world do you know what’s going to happen and besides that, let me see for myself — don’t tell me how I’m going to feel.”

As for Trump’s supporters, how about this; just like a partner in a relationship, we have difference of opinions and will even get irritated as all get out with their personality quirks, but we recognize and appreciate the qualities they had that initially attracted us to them and realize those qualities are still there for the good of the future despite certain things we don’t like about the person.

“Trump’s us against them narratives have been unproductive and corrupt the spirit of progress. I want any opposition party and my party to find ways to work together to get things done on our behalf instead of always blaming the “other side.” Assigned blame on others is typically out of self-interest and ignores our collective political future.”

 Is he serious right now? Narratives that are “unproductive and corrupt the spirit of progress” and blaming Trump for that, really? The rest of his thoughts in this paragraph could easily be describing his own side and would be very accurate.

I ask you, how much good stuff has Trump and his side accomplished compared to Jonathan’s side? Is he telling us the Dems unhealthy obsession with Trump is not out of self-interest and doesn’t ignore our collective political future? Give me a break; his side does not give any rip what so ever about anything other than how they can destroy Trump.

If you ask me, that’s a sure indication of incompetence on Kraut’s side part in striving to do what’s right by us Americans, the person always striving to do that is President Trump, but the Dems are constantly and selfishly throwing strip spikes on his roads; hurting all Americans!

Better Him Than Me:

“Intel Chief’s Patience With Adam Schiff Wears Thin After Hours of Questioning on Whistleblower Complaint” That was the headline after the Chief went through the brutal hearing last week.  If it would have been me testifying in front of that congressional committee things may have sounded a little different:

You’ve already asked me the same question six ways to Sunday, do you think I’m that stupid I’ll answer it differently this time?

Have you even been paying attention to any of my testimony because if you have, you would know I already answered that question 15 different times!

You are such a freaking hypocrite, first you tell me I’m an honorable and good man and you’re not disparaging the job I’m doing, then you proceed to rip me to shreds because I didn’t do what you think I should have done and when I should have done it, so you can kiss my butt as I get the hell out of here, because I’m not listening to or answering your dumb poop questions in such condescending terms any more today.

 And another thing, you people are showing your true colors and intelligence levels, because if you think what the president said to the Ukranian president is an impeachable offense you need to have your collective heads examined.

Don’t Let Them!

Whether you, your loved ones, friends and acquaintances are left of center, right of center or right down the middle, know that watching CNN, MSNBC and the three over the air networks we will be inundated with impeachment news and opinion. It’s plain and simple—in my opinion, watching those networks gives such a skewed side of the story it distorts reality, which is a shame when it comes to the novice who is new to this sort of stuff.

Of course I urge all of you to watch Fox News, not because they have a definite slant towards Trump and the right wing view of things, but because they are much more professional in presenting both sides of this impeachment issue. Almost every one of their opinion panels includes a left wing Trump detractor to counter the Trump supporters. I believe it comes closest to showing both sides of a story, letting the viewer decide.

 The Media Research Center (MRC) found that since Trump took office 89% of those network’s coverage of the President is negative. Watch CNN or MSNBC for a half an hour and then switch over to Fox News, if you’re like me you’ll find it astonishing they’re covering the same story.

How many Americans have been pushed into passionate impeachment rage because they tuned into a news network to simply be informed like their parents and grandparents did back in the day, only to be smothered with propaganda similar to how state sponsored networks do in China and Russia? As an example, when doing so they hear over and over the made up crap Adam Schiff spewed in the committee hearing last week with his reciting of the infamous Trump phone call. How many unsuspecting folks took it to be the gospel truth because no one on those networks had the professional decency to inform their viewers it was a fictional account?!

I gotta go, I just busted the exclamation key by pounding it too hard!

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

Bernie Sanders Hospitalized, Canceling Events Until Further Notice (Headline)

*I sincerely hope Bernie recovers well and is back at it soon. How many Trump detractors would say the same thing about our president if the same thing happened to him? (Me)

 “Hunter Biden slept with his brothers widow, got caught with a crack pipe, multiple drivers licenses, a badge in his car, was thrown out of the military for drugs. You can certainly understand why a Ukranian energy company jumped at the chance make him a director.”  (Larry Elder)

*Add to that he had zero experience in the energy sector and did not speak the language, so I’m sure Daddy Biden’s $Billion to Ukraine had nothing to do with him getting the gig, right? (Me)

 CNN’s chief legal analyst: “Democrats hearing on Ukraine call didn’t ‘have that much juice to it” (Headline)

*Does the dude still work there, because that must have really ticked off the higher ups at CNN. (Me)

“Trump can’t withstand an impeachment inquiry and all that it will reveal.When the evidence is laid out, not only will the majority of Americans support impeachment, but Republican senators, especially the 19 who are up for re-election, will support it as well or face the wrath of voters in 2020.”  (Mary Anne Marsh,  Fox News)

*Who said Fox News isn’t fair and balanced?  (Me)

 Wall Street fears a Warren victory  (Headline)

*They sure as heck aren’t the only one, can you imagine if she gets elected? I don’t even want to think about it.  (Me)

 Professor Claims Tom Brady’s Popularity Tied to Rising ‘White Supremacy’ (Headline)

*His popularity wouldn’t have anything to do with he’s (arguably) the best quarterback in the history of the NFL would it?  (For some reason I’m squeamish about writing on the subject of white supremacy, I’m not sure why) (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

What a disappointment it was reading Jonathan Kraut’s column in this past Tuesday’s Signal.  Most of it read like it came right out of the mouths of MSNBC and CNN “Political Experts”.  At least it was at a level above Robert De Niro.  Tom

Doug,

Regarding your chat with our non- representative Christy Smith who evidently doesn’t see you as a devil anymore, is she willing to prove she isn’t a devil herself by calling off her anti-free speech fascists and instead have them phone your former advertisers to say they should start placing advertisements again?  If she isn’t, that proves she’s a despicable hypocrite. She should know you’ve always had columns in your paper that you disagree with politically.  What a travesty of an anti-American she must be, not to mention weakling, to try shutting down opposing views.  Richard

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 26, 2019

Media Sickness:

Maybe it’s my sickness for being so ticked off at the TV networks, yelling at the screen like they can hear me, scaring my dog and getting strange looks from my wife. A headline in the LA Times read, “Has Trump gone too far now?” My thought is: have the five Hillary, Obama, Biden loving and Trump hating TV networks gone too far this time? If you ask me, any ounce of journalistic professionalism they may have had are as long gone as the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen’s lights out fast ball which has disappeared (Just in time for the playoffs).

These pathetic pieces of bias networks have never shown their true colors more vividly than last Sunday morning’s shows that were all Trump and all Ukraine all the time. Unless I missed it, nary a word was said about Biden’s obvious corrupted deeds with his son and Ukraine.

What really torques my shorts is the number of times they have covered the absolute corruptness of the Obama administration when it comes to Mrs. Bill Clinton’s felonious email destroying and the attempted coup by the Obama administration to keep Trump from taking office. The number of times I remember seeing coverage on those scandals is precious few.

But when they get a whiff of something that just may hurt Trump they are all over it like a narcissist who is blind to the need for balance in their life. The problem with such a lack of dignified, professional news coverage is it unfairly sways folks who only watch those shows into a misguided notion of realty, and that is totally unacceptable for professional journalism. So what do I do? Keep yelling at TV I guess, because nothing is going to change; so I may as well vent to help maintain some semblance of sanity.

Speaking of Biden:

For those of you who don’t keep score at home on this stuff, let me provide you with a glimpse of what our Vice President at the time has been documented to pulling off.

Biden’s son, Hunter, formed a business partnership with John Kerry’s stepson, and another friend who was a former roommate, to start their own private equity firm. Obama selected Vice President Biden to be the point person for Ukraine foreign policy and before you knew it Biden’s son’s company was in a partnership with the Ukraine’s largest oil company. Hunter Biden was paid huge amounts of money for consulting fees even though he had no experience in energy or natural gas and no background in Ukraine’s inner energy workings. He didn’t even speak the language. Was it just a coincidence V.P. Biden orchestrated $1.8 billion to aid Ukraine around the same time?

Wait, it gets better: Later on V.P. Biden became aware of Ukraine investigating his son for the apparent corrupt business arrangement. At the same time he was authorized to grant another $1 billion in the form of a loan guarantee to Ukraine and held a press conference to announce it. I’ll let Uncle Joe tell you in his own words what happened next.

“They were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, … we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president.’ …I said, call him. I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said you’re not getting the billion. … I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor (who was investigating his son) is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”

 I’ve read the transcript of Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian president, that has the Dems springing into impeachment action, I just don’t see it coming close at all to the crap Biden pulled helping and protecting his son back then. To use Trump’s conversation with the guy as a means for impeachment is just another indication of a two-freaking-tiered justice system that goes against every grain of what our forefathers envisioned for this country.

House Launches Impeachment Inquiry:

Of course that was the headline a few days ago, and it is making me bat-crap-crazy. Now every Democrat in the nation is full of Christmas-like joy as they foam at the mouth with thoughts of removing Trump from the Whitehouse. What a waste of our resources and distraction from real life problems the Dems don’t give a rip about! Those intelligent humans on the left side of the aisle have to realize their chances of getting this done in the Senate are slim to none, but they don’t care. At the very least they want to use the inquiry as a campaign weapon for 2020.

Most of my bat-crap-craziness results from what came out of the mouth of Nancy Pelosi who exclaimed, “The President must be held accountable; no one is above the law.” Oh yeah, Nancy — is the same true regarding Hillary Clinton and her deleted emails, Joe Biden’s corrupt dealings with Ukraine, members of Obama’s Cabinet, the Justice Department and the FBI who illegally tried to bring down Trump?!

Does The President Think We’re Idiots?             

This is another headline in the LA Times this week, but I would ask if Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi think we’re idiots?  They’re claiming this impeachment stuff has nothing to do with partisan politics, which is a crock of corn if I’ve ever heard one. The Squad’s heat has finally lit a fire under Nancy’s rear-end and it has became too uncomfortable for her to sit still so she finally relented, and with Chuckey’s blessing, she plowed ahead with such flimsy evidence. It’s laughable.

As usual Rush Limbaugh nailed this:               

“Honestly, folks, no matter how difficult it may be, do not doubt me on this. There’s nothing here. There is no violation of law. There is no violation of the Constitution. There is no violation of campaign finance laws. There is nothing here like there was nothing to the Trump-Russia collusion. There’s nothing here like Christine Blasey Ford had nothing on Brett Kavanaugh. It is simply the same effort, the same objective: overturn the election results of 2016 using different narratives or different stories or different scandals. But it is all the same thing.”\

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

“Their only politically viable avenue is scandal, investigation, impeachment with Trump. They can’t win on the economy, they can’t win on China, they can’t win on America’s role in the world so they can only win when they pick this scab of scandal.” (Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union Chairman)

*Isn’t it sad a president who has done so much for our country in such a short time has to go through this bull crap?

“What is going on is that the president has committed several impeachable offenses. He, himself, what he has admitted to is already impeachable, regardless of future developments.” (Alexandria Ocasio Cortez)

*Hey, if she is so sure the world is ending in 12 years because of climate change, what should it matter to her? She should be preparing for the ocean to engulf her district. (Me)   

 Joe Biden calls for Trump impeachment  (Headline)

*That’s not a conflict of interest or the pot calling the kettle black is it? (Me)

“Why is Twitter running declaring that I said white nationalism is not a problem for black America when they know that I said it is not the biggest problem facing black America?  (Candace Owens)

*I feel her pain, it’s similar to what I wrote last month that got me in hot water and on top of that she’s African American. (Me)

“Dear children who are being manipulated by the Left: When I was in school, Al Gore told us that we had ten years left to live before ice caps melted & flooded the planet. Spoiler Alert: it never happened. Care about your environment without being brainwashed by politicians.” (Candace Owens)

*Wait a minute; A.O.C. said in twelve years the world will end. It looks like A.O.C. has more in common with Al Gore than her fellow millennial Candace Owens…go figure. (Me)

Majority of college students think the world will end in 12 years. (Headline)  

*I wonder where they got that from? If they really believe it’s true why go to class, why not just party the years away? (Me)

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.(Greta Thunberg 16 year old climate activist)

 *Not sure how her childhood has been stolen now that she’s 16, but I guess her dreams don’t include getting a driver’s license and owning a car someday. (Me)

 Poll: 73 percent of Republican students have withheld political views in class for fear their grades would suffer (Headline)

*The same percentage of students would probably say the same thing about being a Christian, sad, very sad. (Me)

 Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

Your comments last week regarding your meeting with our district’s Assemblywoman Christy Smith was very telling. You were the adult who asked for a meeting after her incredible antics.  Her page’s FB post that you printed is precisely what we constituents would expect.  Her pitiful comments were superficial and arrogant. She’s merely trying to brush this huge mistake away. There was not an inkling of recognition or awareness of what she did to a small family -owned business here in the SCV, let alone any inkling of apology or regret. Remarkable!

 Part of her post stated “We both agree that representation of multiple perspectives in media is critically important. To that end, Doug has offered space weekly to anyone who’d like to write from centrist, left of center, and progressive perspectives. I’d encourage anyone interested to reach out to Doug at The Gazette for details.” That verbiage translates to “Because I talked to Doug Sutton, now the left of center will have a voice in the Gazette that they have not had before”.

 That is unbelievably oblivious! Christy Smith is so profoundly clueless; she does not even know The Gazette does publish articles and thoughts of people from every corner to contribute in writing to his Gazette and still actively seeks more! You, Doug, have rejected no one. A good share of the commentary writers and contributors today are from the left of center. To admit she does not know this is an eye opener to the (formerly) naive. It is glaringly clear that Assemblywoman Christy Smith has not called off her rabid faction to stop threatening and intimidating Gazette advertisers.

 What an elected representative! One who works to shut down small businesses and promotes job losses that threaten livelihoods of working families…her constituents, whether they’ve voted for her or not. This is a huge wake-up call and should frighten everyone!  It’s in our collective face and it’s shameful. Betty Arenson

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 19, 2019

Ranter’s Note I:  I requested a meeting (off the record) with Christy Smith to share my concerns over her reaction to my column on August 16. She agreed and we met earlier this week for what turned out to be a cordial conversation. She posted this on Facebook to which

I concur.

“Today I had the opportunity to meet with Santa Clarita Gazette and Free Classifieds publisher Doug Sutton. I appreciate that Doug took the time to meet, graciously heard me out, and respectively shared his concerns. While there are some issues where we don’t see eye to eye, we found some common ground. We both agree that representation of multiple perspectives in media is critically important. To that end, Doug has offered space weekly to anyone who’d like to write from centrist, left of center, and progressive perspectives. I’d encourage anyone interested to reach out to Doug at the Gazette for details.”

 Ranter’s Note II: Regarding the bill I ranted on last week that threatens the independent contractor status of key personnel this and other newspapers utilize, there is bad news and there is good news. The bad news is the law passed causing many current independent contractors to be thrown in to the throngs of restrictive employment status and putting many businesses in financial peril. The good news is lawmakers in Sacramento agreed to delay implementation of the law for newspapers until 2021.

Ranter’s Note III: For those of you keeping score at home the Gazette has now lost a second advertising account due to the harassing emails sent by local liberals claiming me and this newspaper are racist.

And The Debt Grows On:

 Well what do you know, this past week marked the time this year the Federal government spent $1 Trillion more than came in to the tax coffers and that’s with record growth in those coffers! Shame on you Donald Trump, shame on you Mitch McConnell, shame on you Nancy Pelosi, shame on you Kevin McCarthy and shame on you Kati Hill. And the list could go on and on and on and on and on of people who could at least try to do something to delay the detonation of the debt bomb.

No, instead some in the Senate are rushing to get 12 SPENDING bills pushed through before the September 30 deadline. Of course the Dems are already trying to get a temporary spending bill passed by the 30th to keep the government open.

I find it insanely insane that no Republican I’ve seen or heard gives two hoots about the pending debt bomb or to begin to even think about making some sort of spending cuts. Instead they merrily ride along, fighting for issues I support whole heartedly, but still they are not seeing, or choosing not to see, the $22 Trillion Elephant in the room. Come on you conservative House members, who formed the Freedom Caucus, PLEASE, PLEASE show us the same grit and determination you’ve demonstrated on other key issues and start kicking the same sort of butt on this one!

 Sometimes I Feel Like…..

Not the whipping post (the great song by the Allman Brothers band), but Noah from the bible, yea him. You know what happened, he warned people for a long time about the pending doom and was ignored until it was too late. I’m reminded of a newspaper conference I went to in the late nineties where a speaker forcefully voiced his opinion that this thing called the internet would become a huge threat to newspapers. Everyone there thought the guy was nuts, but looked what happened some 12 years later, he was right-on. Ignoring Noah and the internet remind me of what most are doing regarding the

Huge Sacrifice Worth It?

There is something Republicans in Congress can do to start the fight against the debt bomb growing larger and larger each day, but it will take extreme courage and I don’t think they have the stones to do it. If that courage could be mustered they should dig in their heels and not raise the debt ceiling or pass grotesquely bloated spending bills and allow the government to shut the freak down.

Oh yea, the Republicans would be blamed and crucified for allowing such a terrible thing to happen and to be sure there would be consequences from a shut down. But I ask, don’t we need the shock of all shocks to get people’s attention to realize the need for a drastic sacrifice to avoid a shock BIGGER than any shutdown would cause?

We gotta start somewhere, nothing ever gets done without a starting point and somehow, someway, someone has got to lead the charge we desperately need to start cutting spending. My goodness at the very least we have to have an annual budget that creates zero addition to the debt (other than the unimaginable amount of interest accumulated every day of the year) i.e. don’t spend a dime more than what comes in.  I say that ain’t gonna happen so either Republicans cause a HUGE stir to upset the HUGE apple cart that is the U.S. government or we are all going to be in deep manure sooner than later!

 Short Rants:

 -Did you see where 9 people were shot dead and 18 more were shot and injured this past weekend in Chicago? Me neither, where is the outrage from the left on this? After all Chicago has very strict gun laws, how is that working out for them?

-The U.S now has full proof that Iran attacked Saudi Arabia’s oil fields last week. So what now? ‘You pull another stunt like the last five you’ve pulled there is going to big trouble for you!’ Yea, that’ll shake em up so much they’ll just pull five more with their middle finger pointed right us. I say listen to Toby Keith when he sang; “Oh, justice will be served And the battle will rage, This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage And you’ll be sorry that you messed with The U.S. of A Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass It’s the American way.”

 -Sounds to me like the betting folks are putting their money on Elizabeth Warren to win the Dem’s nomination. Oh goody she is touting Medicare for all, free public college and Federal funds to build more housing and raising the bejeebers on taxes for businesses. That won’t help the debt bomb or keep the economy on its red hot course now will it?

-When I heard the news of Iran attacking the Saudi Arabia oil fields I flashed back to the seventies remembering when I waited in lines with many other frustrated drivers, inching towards to the gas pumps hoping the station wouldn’t put up their red flag indicating no more gas before I got there. Then I thanked President Trump for his foresight to unleash oil production in our own land to help keep the mess in the seventies from happening today!

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

 “You know, on Jan. 20, 2021, at 12:01 p.m., we’re going to have a Democratic president, a Democratic House, and a Democratic Senate. There will be life after Donald Trump.” (Julian Castro, Democrat presidential candidate)

 *Yea but if what he said comes true, life after Donald Trump will be a mess to the likes we’ve never seen.  (Me)

“Houston, we have a problem. This — we have a guy there that is literally running our country like a game show. He would rather lie than lead. I think we need something different.” (Amy Klobuchar, Democrat presidential candidate)

*America, we have a problem, if this lady or any candidate similar to her thinks we need something different, that difference will lead us straight back to Obama days and beyond, that beyond will be crashing south of those days. (Me)

On Aug. 3, in El Paso, Texas, two things became crystal clear for me, and I think produced a turning point for this country. The first is just how dangerous Donald Trump is, the cost and the consequence of his presidency, racism and violence that had long been a part of America was welcomed out into the open and directed to my hometown of El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed, dozens more grievously injured by a man carrying a weapon he should never have been able to buy in the first place, inspired to kill by our president”.  (Beto O’Rourke, Democrat presidential candidate)

*Yea that’s it Beto, our president is dangerous, a racist and the consequence of that is a severely mentally ill person going to your city and killing people. If that’s true then was it because of Obama 236 people died in mass shootings during his two terms?  (Me)

“The differences among us Democrats on the stage are not as great as the urgency for us to unite as a party, not just to beat Donald Trump, but to unite America in common cause and common purpose. That’s why I’m running for president, and that’s how I will lead this nation.” (Cory Booker, Democrat presidential candidate)

*Common cause, common purpose to unite America? That is how he’s going to lead this nation? I hope he fills us in on how exactly that works because right now all I’ve heard is empty rhetoric from him.  (Me)

So, President Trump, you’ve spent the last two-and-a-half years full time trying to sow hate and division among us, and that is why we’ve gotten nothing done. You have used hate, intimidation, fear, and over 12,000 lies as a way to distract from your failed policies and your broken promises. The only reason you’ve not been indicted is because there was a memo in the Department of Justice that says a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. (Kamala Harris, Democrat presidential candidate)

*Hate, intimidation, fear, broken promises, 12,000 lies and getting nothing done? Sounds like the mindless state she was in when she slept her way to becoming a political hot shot in San Francisco all those years ago.  (Me)

“Let me be blunt and tell you what you don’t hear much about in Congress or in the media, and that is, it goes without saying that we must and will defeat Trump, the most dangerous president in the history of this country.” (Bernie Sanders, Democrat presidential candidate)

*I wonder if Bernie is aware of Trump’s reluctance to go to war with Iran? Either way I wish he would tell us why Trump is so dangerous, because if he is that dangerous then I’m as clueless as Bernie is. (Me)

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 12, 2019

Clear and Present Danger

 When Christy Smith pronounced her encouragement of boycotting the Gazette newspaper a few weeks ago, while alarming, it was a foggy and somewhat distant danger. Her attempt was a pale comparison to what is happening now.

As I peck at this keyboard our State Senate has already passed a measure that is a clear and present danger to this newspaper and perhaps many others. By the time you read this I’m quite sure the Assembly will have rubber stamped this bill.

The measure is AB 5, which will, in part, require newspapers and the distribution companies they use for delivery to treat the independent contractor carriers they utilize as employees. I can’t speak for other newspapers, but the increased cost of transitioning these folks to employees will be cost prohibitive; in other words it would be expensive as all get out!

The main intended target of this bill is Uber and Lyft drivers, but the collateral damage is landing straight on newspapers and the part-time delivery folks who rely on the extra income they earn to help make ends meet. Of course, in the infinite wisdom (or lack thereof) of Democrat controlled Sacramento who don’t seem to give much thought to the companies that could be forced out of business, or to leave the state with the resulting financial hardships left for their employees and service providers to suffer.

Another fallout from the bill will be the restriction on freelance writers that limits the number of articles they can submit in a year to keep them eligible as independent contractors. Again, the double edged sword of the bill will hurt newspapers that rely heavily on freelancers (including the Gazette) and curtail the income of those writers.

It’s well documented that many newspapers have been reducing staff, cutting expenses and eliminating pages to save on printing costs as advertising revenue declines in the present day culture of the internet. The last thing we need is for a liberal legislature, that has no clue as to how real world of business works, to implement a potential death knell measure for newspapers to help make them feel better about themselves as progressive legislators.

A Cry For Help:

 This little ole’ newspaper isn’t the only one shaking in their boots over this; a full page ad appeared in the LA Times this week sponsored by the California News Publishers Association. The headline read: “Newspapers-Both Big and Small-are Vital to Democracy. Don’t Let the Legislature Kill Them Off.”

Included in the ad were statements from California Black Media, The Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, The Vallejo Times-Herald and the LA Times.

Each newspaper wrote of their concern in the ad and as an example this is what the Orange County Register provided — “All we ask is that state lawmakers do us no harm – that, to ensure the survival of local journalism, they let us to continue operating under the same rules that have governed us for more than 40 years.”

Of course I add an AMEN to that, but it looks like it’s too late.

I will tell you I reached out to Senator Scott Wilk who opposed the bill and helped put across amendments exempting certain industries, including newspapers. However, he didn’t seem too optimistic they would be voted in and he was right.

Here are the thoughts of two other senators:

“AB 5 employs a one-size-fits-all approach that won’t work for Californians. We’re talking about college students, single moms, and many other hard working individuals who need flexibility to pay their bills. The majority party is once again taking away choice from the very people they were elected to serve.” – Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)

“Over 2 million Californians choose to work as independent contractors and AB 5 only protects certain industries. I am proud to have stood with my Republican colleagues in offering better solutions to protect workers in industries such as healthcare, transportation, and newspapers carriers and distributors. If the governor truly believes in supporting a California for all, then he needs to do the right thing and veto AB 5.” – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield)

Do you think there is any chance Gavin Newsom will veto this bill? I don’t either.

Oh….Now I get it!

“Trump donors and their businesses face fresh wave of boycotts, public shaming.”

That was a headline of an article I ran across that caused me to slap my forehead and think, “Now I know where Santa Clarita’s local lefties got their idea to boycott the Gazette, they’re just freaking copy-cats!” Of course they’re not really copy cats, they just have the same mindset as most nonsensical liberals across our land do.

Their thinking is that rather than engaging in constructive and mature dialogue on issues they have a problem with, they put on diapers, pout, yell, scream, cry and pour out hateful indignation towards individuals with personal attacks and harmful tactics to smear and cause financial hurt. They think this is the best way to bring about change. How thoughtful and adult that is.

In reference to the article, apparently the mud-slinging and smear campaigns being directed at supporters and donors of Trump is escalating with “a revived effort by Trump critics to name and shame them, with the apparent goal of hurting their businesses.” (That sure feels familiar)

A new website in the Pittsburg area is set to launch that will include “a database of Trump supporter-owned businesses in the Pittsburgh area, as well as tips for how to get those specific businesses closed down.” Similar to Trump hating, Gazette detractors in our city want to cost people their livelihoods just because they don’t agree with them politically.

It seems as though I’ve ranted a hundred times in this space about the absolute hypocrisy this nonsense is in regards to the attempted destroying of President Trump. If any of these actions were to have occurred against Obama, Congress would have held every hearing imaginable to get to the bottom of the horrible racism besetting our president. That is just another example of how screwed up this whole culture of hate is.

And Then There’s This:

Is it just me or are the Dem candidates doubling down on climate change in addition to their hateful Trump rhetoric? Sure they are; each of them is looking for something non-economic to gain some sort of traction as they stare at the backside of poll leading Joe Biden. (Can you imagine the clenching of teeth going on with them as they can’t gain much ground on Biden, they’ve got to be thinking, “If I can’t beat this guy what am I doing in this race and who can I beat?”)

Back to the climate change thing, I read where someone suggested these questions be asked of the candidates regarding their climate change policies:

  1. Would your climate policies trigger a recession?
  2. Would your climate policies put U.S. households in economic peril?
  3. Do the benefits of your climate policy justify the costs?
  4. Will you acknowledge the serious methodology and transparency problems in the U.S. National Climate Assessment?
  5. Is there really a climate crisis?

I will add: How in the world do you propose to implement your strategies without turning the whole country upside down as far as our American way of life, let alone financially?

Kimberley Strassel wrote in the Wall Street Journal; “When you talk about banning fracking. When you talk about a carbon-free economy by 2030 or 2050, you are saying we are going to kill every coal job in the country, every oil and gas job, all of the shipping jobs that they do — we’re talking about millions of positions, that we’re gonna kill with the Democrat agenda.”

She is right on. We need some common sense here; even if climate change is caused by us humans (many don’t buy into that notion) how about recommending some practical solutions that won’t cause unemployment to go through the roof and send the nation’s debt into the outer stratosphere. In my opinion detonating the debt bomb that is already ticking mightily is much more of a danger to all of us than climate change.

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“We won’t allow hateful rhetoric to be here, the fact that Chick-fil-A is opening on the streets of Toronto is something that is quite alarming.” (Justin Khan of a local LGBTQ organization)

*The guy was holding a sign that read “HATE SHOUDLN’T TASTE GREAT”. I would ask this dude where the hate really lies.  (Me)

 “My son Henry, who’s 8-years-old, he asked me, ‘Dad, if you win and you become President, we get to live in El Paso, right?’ I said no, we’d live in Washington, DC. But he knew that our community will become uninhabitable, will not sustain human life along this current trajectory unless something changes” (Beto O’Rourke)

 *I ask you to listen to this guy ramble and tell me if you think he has the smarts and common sense to be the leader of our nation. (Me)

“We have to unify the country around this project (climate change)… This is the hardest thing that we will have done in my lifetime, on par with winning World War 2, perhaps even more challenging than that. (Pete Buttigieg)

 *Come on Mayor Pete, an estimated 70-80 million people died in that war, including 500,000 Americans, I think you and your peeps need to revise your talking points along with your priorities. (Me)         

 “4 prominent Democrat senators voted for a wall in 2006.  Their names? Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden. Most Democrats have supported border security their entire time in office… until President Trump took office. What changed?” (Charlie Kirk, Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA )

 If Elizabeth Warren truly believes college should be more affordable, shouldn’t she ask her husband to forego his $400,000 a year Harvard Law salary? (Charlie Kirk)

 “Bernie Sanders spent $300,000 in one month on private jet travel. But instead of giving up his private jet to lower carbon emissions, he would rather abort babies.” (Charlie Kirk)

 “If Obama really cared about fixing urban communities why didn’t he invest $15 million into crime prevention and scholarships in Chicago instead of buying a $15 million mansion in the most privileged secluded resort community in America?” (Charlie Kirk)

*Charlie is one sharp Millennial! (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

I also looked and looked for the racist statements in your column. I also never understood introductory algebra and wasn’t allowed to take the class once in high school. And I also know that America is great, and I voted for Trump. Marina

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 5, 2019

Open & Honest:

 As I was trying to jump-start this week’s rant I found myself being concerned with backlash from the local lefties who up until a few days before this writing were still emailing Gazette advertisers trying to intimidate them to pull their ad dollars from this “racist paper.” Thank God and goodness we have only lost one advertiser who caved to the nonsensical rhetoric that inundated most of them.

During the several years I’ve been filling this space with my thoughts; many a nasty criticism has come my way. I can honestly say most of it hasn’t bothered me (one instance it did was when a nice elderly lady wrote to me that my language was too coarse at times) as I chalked it up to, “comes with the territory.” But, I have to tell you when the possibility of losing ad revenue is thrown in my face; it is cause for concern as this business is 99% dependent on ad dollars. It’s just not my family’s income I’m concerned with, it’s also the folks working for us who depend on it, too (not to mention other numerous overhead expenses).

So what am I to do? Cower behind this keyboard in fear of more harassment being heaped on our advertisers, or do I just say “screw it” and rant like I’ve been doing since before my hair turned gray?

Screw It!

 I want to write about what’s so wrong with thinking America is great, and recognizing that we are the greatest nation on earth? Sure, our nation has faults and is far from perfect, but we’re always the first to offer aid after international disasters and people from around the world would choose to live here.

I’ll tell you why that is, it’s American exceptionalism and why that phrase is deemed horrific by the left I’ll never know. What’s their deal — they don’t want America to be the great nation it is, or is it they can’t see past their poop-colored glasses when trying to determine what makes a country great?

American exceptionalism doesn’t equate to being an evil empire, unless someone already has a skewed, mixed up view of America to begin with. It doesn’t mean we’re better people than other folks in the world, it means we live in a country that was founded on solid, core beliefs that carry on to this day. Those foundations are what should cause us to love, respect and stand up for America, not rip and ridicule it as nation of people who should be ashamed of their race.

The majority of Americans, including myself, my loved ones, acquaintances and friends want all Americans to be great and prosper no matter their race, religion, sexual identity or political ideals. That’s truly what American exceptionalism is!

Seriously:

Sometimes I get concerned about my intelligence level (don’t laugh). Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, as hard as I try, why I don’t see what some of our friends on the left do. They are so convinced their view is just common sense for all to see. It’s like when I took algebra in high school, no matter how much I focused and concentrated on how to solve the equation it just wouldn’t come to me, even when the teacher said, “It was common sense” (yikes, painful memories).

Anyway, when I hear the new mayor of Chicago blame Republicans for the large number of shootings there were over the Labor Day weekend, and she says it like we’re all stupid for not seeing that, I get puzzled.

When I heard about a liberal columnist back East who ripped apart a candidate running for a local office as being a white nationalist because he is a pro-life conservative, and those type of people oppose abortion not because they believe every human life is sacred, but because they fear that abortion will accelerate the demographic “replacement” of white people by nonwhite immigrants. She is really serious about this, and it makes me scratch my head.

When I read about a movement for a Straight Pride event in Modesto and one of the protesters exclaimed, “That’s not what this is. This is white supremacy being wrapped up in a package of straight pride and people are just taking the package and taking the white supremacy that comes with it,” I felt like I was back in algebra class, trying to figure out how the two equate to each other.

When Christy Smith called for a boycott of the Gazette….Oh never mind. On second thought more incomprehension just clouded my brain. If Christy and her fellow Gazette detractors were true liberals how could they use a term like boycott, why you ask? Come on it’s common sense, boycott is not a gender neutral term. I can’t believe they used a term that is so derogatory to the male gender, it makes no sense!

Ranter’s Note: I’ve been asked over the last few weeks what the Gazette boycotters are emailing to our advertisers. Here are a couple of examples.

Hi,

I am writing to you as I was left rather shaken seeing signs of racism in a recent piece written in the Gazette. Since you advertise there, I am letting you know that I will limit my shopping to places that do not advertise in this racist paper. I am not going to write to you letting you know what racism is, as I assume you know.

I ask that you take your ads elsewhere. Thank you.

Hello,

I’m writing because I recently picked up a copy of the Santa Clarita Gazette and was horrified to see the publisher, Doug Sutton, “rant” about how white supremacy is a hoax and complaining that concerns about racism are actually attacks on whites., but he is essentially echoing dangerous talking points from the likes of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and the KKK’s David Duke.

 This hateful rhetoric has no place in a diverse community like Santa Clarita and it saddens me that this publication is freely available all throughout town. What’s worse is that the Santa Clarita Gazette is legitimized with advertisements from businesses like yours. Perhaps you didn’t realize Doug Sutton’s toxic viewpoints when purchasing ads for your business, but in light of his recent editorial column, I’m asking that you stop advertising in a publication that promotes hate, bigotry, racism, and outright lies. Thank you.

 Ranter’s Note II: This is what I wrote to some of those who sent the emails.

Hi,

While I appreciate your passion for what you believe, I don’t understand the need for you to try and tear down a business that employs decent, hard working folks, just because you disagree with an opinion piece I wrote. In fact the majority of the people we have heard from are quite puzzled as to how my column has been perceived as racist in any form or fashion.

With that being said you are more than welcome to submit your thoughts for publishing as to why what I wrote was racist, but I would ask you use exact quotes from the column when doing so.

If you’re not aware the Gazette strives for fair and balanced news/opinion, which is why we published the hate mail and other dissenting letters received regarding my column.

Look forward to hearing from you, Doug Sutton

Ranter’s Note III: I have not heard back from any of these folks.

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

 “So what I’m looking for is accountability and responsibility. What should the price be for somebody who lies to the FISA court to get a warrant against an American citizen? We need to hold those accountable who watch us when it comes to getting warrants against anybody regardless of the political party in question. Did they manipulate the FISA court? Did they manipulate the counter-intelligence rules against Papadopoulos? Did they let Clinton go because they have a political bias? Time will tell.” (Lindsey Graham)

 *As I’ve been writing for the better part of two year, the Hillary pardon for her blatant email felonies and the conjuring up of fake evidence against the Trump campaign, leading to the disgrace of the Mueller investigation, appears to have roots all the way up into the Obama administration. (Me)

 Trump Invites Louisiana’s Little League Champions to White House After Historic Win (Headline)

*I hope those 12-year-old kids don’t refuse to go based on what they’ve seen the professional teams do (not go). (Me)

 Biden’s Connections Flaunted by His Brother to Defraud Health Care Startups, Lawsuit Alleges (Headline)

 *Come on now, they don’t expect Joe to remember any of that, do they? (Me)

 De Blasio logged a 7-hour work month at City Hall (Headline)

*I guess since he’s a socialist he expects to still get paid for not working. (Me)

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

You’re just another bitter boomer that is more concerned about things being fair for them and the world revolving on them while choosing to be passive aggressive.

You’re such a joke. Shenelle

Doug,

Ever since Trump’s election, the left was shocked into full blown Trump Derangement Syndrome and this derangement has only gotten worse as time goes on. The Dems have called Trump every name under the books and done everything they could to reverse the results of the 2016 election. First it was Russia, Russia, Russia and then Stormy, Stormy, Stormy. Then after 30 million dollars or so when neither of these two assaults worked out it was a new tact. It is now racism, racism, racism. Not only are they still calling Trump every name under the book, they are now calling all of his constituents all of those names too.

This is what Doug seemed to be reacting to in his August 16th “Rant.” He is tired of being called a white supremacist or racist, who wouldn’t b?  Apparently the holyist of holy Christy Smith doesn’t like this freedom of speech thing in our constitution and cited two incidents of racism against her staff right here in Santa Clarita, what this had to do with Doug is hard to say but she indirectly was calling him a racist it would seem. She goes on to attempt a boycott of his publication and all of those who advertise in the gazette to do the same. I guess she doesn’t care that a lot of people would be put out of a job if her boycott was successful which it won’t be. This is mean, vindictive and cruel to say the least. She hides behind this facade of sweetness but behind that facade we see her true colors. It is my hope we can boycott this hypocrite in 2020 who ran on a platform of supporting small business, not. She owes Doug an apology. Phyllis

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 29, 2019

Really Jonathan?

 In April of this year Jonathan Kraut wrote an op-ed in the Signal Newspaper entitled “Santa Claritans Should Choose Our Own Mayor.” I was all over that one, really liking and agreeing with all the points he made. The one in this past Tuesday’s Signal, “Comparing MAGA-ism vs. McCarthyism,” not so much.

Kraut contends that Trump’s push backs on those who disagree with him are kindred to Joseph McCarthy’s accusations of various folks being communists back in the day. He cited Wikipedia’s definition of McCarthyism as “the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.” Really? He interprets Trump’s New York street style vocabulary, while shooting from the hip, as meeting that definition? Kraut also asserts that Trump supporters will be crying in their beer at some point, “I predict 36% (his favorable rating) of die-hard Trump supporters are going to one day experience regret, disappointment and even shame from being part of the MAGA Movement.”

What he fails to mention is die-hard supporters feeling ecstatic over the job of Making America Great Again the President has done. While we recognize he’s not the best articulator in the world, and sometimes causes our heads to shake with what he says or tweets, we don’t evaluate him on personality or presidential decorum. We also don’t emotionally stretch our thinking into obscure reasoning that he is an evil demon.

This reminds me somewhat of a psychiatrist, Dr. Allen Francis, on CNN the other day spouting, “Calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we’re crazy for having elected him and even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist. Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin, Mao in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were.” Kraut’s claims are not as far out as this guy, but they hold the same puzzling distortion of reality.

Kraut finished up with, “One day that 36% will know that Trump unorthodox conduct was motivated by narcissism and not patriotism, by selfish interest not national interest, and by creating dissent not solutions.” Wow, I didn’t know Jonathan had the ability to infiltrate someone’s brain to know their true motivation.

But, I’ll say this — even if those motivations are true, I’ll take the job Trump has done over Obama, who was the master of presidential political correctness and slickness. Only the Lord knows what his motivations were, but look where they got us!

 *Coincidently, right after I completed this portion of the rant I received this from a reader: “Regarding Jonathan Kraut’s Op Ed in the 8/27/19 Signal ‘Comparing MAGA-ism vs. McCarthyism.” Does Kraut realize that the core of his piece accurately describes the last two plus years of the Mueller investigation and the continued attacks by the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Reps Nadler and Schiff are today’s McCarthy — going after everyone who was ever associated with President Trump and accusing them of un-American behavior.” –Tom

Be Careful What You Wish For?

 Of course Jonathan Kraut is not the only one who badly wants a Democrat in the White House come 2021. The lovable Bill Maher is wishing and hoping for a recession soon to help the Dem’s chances of ousting Trump. No matter the pain for businesses and families in America, he just wants the “hated one” out of office and has no care for what happens to every day Americans. Now that’s what I call real liberal love.

 They want so badly for Trump to be gone they look like crazed fans on TV in the bottom of the ninth of the World Series with caps on backwards, fingers crossed, some in fervent prayer and others with tears streaming down their cheeks.

Are they being careful of what they wish for? Of course not, they’re just riding the wave of emotional hate that could carry them to crash on the beach of real life realities.

What do they want, high unemployment again, a labor participation rate as low as the floor, those applying for food stamps again at record levels as was the case in the Obama years? Do they want the stifling business regulations re-implemented, to reverse the tax cuts that have benefited millions of our citizens, and while they’re at it, to raise the corporate tax level back to being one of the highest in the world?

Wait, lets’ shut down new oil production efforts and re-shackle energy production so we can become ultra-dependent on foreign nations who will have us by the “you know what” again.

Let’s not forget what a Dem president will do to add to the monstrous debt, already smothering us, by spending trillions of dollars on numerous programs that only serve to sooth their liberal emotional souls. IS THIS WHAT THEY REALLY WANT?!

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

Fox News outdraws CNN, MSNBC again, extending win streak to 212 straight months. (Headline)

 *CNN even finished behind the kid’s network, Nickelodeon, what does that tell you?  (Me)

 Trump was right to push back against climate and the other niche agenda items and insist that the G-7 leaders focus on the big economic policy questions.” (James Morris, Fox News)

*Sounds like me ranting about what’s important in the real realities of life. (Me)

Trump Doesn’t Attend the G7 Climate Session, Has Meetings with India and Germany (Headline)

*Smart move. (Me)

“Look at Crazy Bernie’s climate change plan, it’s $16 trillion! This is after he’s granted health care — free health care — to every illegal immigrant paid for with a middle tax increase. The federal budget every year is $4 trillion to $4.5 trillion. His climate change plan is four times that. We don’t have that money. We don’t even have the money we spend now, technically. So they’re reduced now to literally admitting that they’re Santa Claus. Who can announce that they’re going to give away the most?” (Rush Limbaugh)

*It’s not just Bernie, the other candidates are touting huge Santa Clausism, I guess the outcome will be determined by who can out Santa Claus who. (Me)

 Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

I fully support your right to free speech and wish I could do more to cheer you on in the face of this mindless boycott project, but I am more than 1500 miles north of you, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Do you think it would it help if I emailed your advertisers with a statement of support? Yours in sanity, David

 Good day Doug!

I just finished reading this week’s paper (not all of it! Some of the left wing trash is too much for me!)

 All I have to say is please keep up the good work you’re doing with your column!! I cannot believe how low our society is becoming! There are many who this weekend are rejoicing about a man’s death and hoping it was painful!! If Conservatives were to say that about one of theirs! Can you imagine!? I just pray that many people, (and I believe they will) keep reading your writings every week! Next year’s elections are going to be crucial!! Can we reverse some of the mistakes of the past while keeping Trump and the like!? I sure hope so!

 Keep up the good work Doug!! And thank you for putting up with all the negative feedback! You’re smart enough to know where it comes from, and why!!!

Norm

 Doug,

I hope your advertising revenue has soared since the apparently underqualified elected official decided she didn’t like what you wrote so you should be shut down.

 The way I learned it was “I don’t like what you say but I will defend your right to say it”. There is a lesson there for the lefties. If the demo brat doesn’t like what you say then you are automatically wrong and need to be silenced. I appreciate that you publish both sides of the issues in the Gazette, Keep up the good work. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press. Two pretty powerful and necessary freedoms.

Dan

Doug,

Because you’re a white guy supporting Trump, you have a target on you. My strong assumption is that they will try to find some way to corrupt what you said about being “proud of being white” and link it to being a white supremacist who has become bold because of Trump. But, anyone – including liberals – that read your article can clearly understand you don’t support racism. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of your race/heritage. It made you who you are today. And you hit the nail on the head when you everyone is equal in God’s eyes so it’s His opinion that matters most. So to hate your diverse background is basically equivalent to saying, “God made a mistake.” Everyone has the right to be proud of who they are, no matter what color they are.

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.

 In response to them contacting advertisers, it amazes me that it is white liberals telling people they are racist. As a black man, that has experienced true racism simply because of the color of my skin, me and my siblings being told by a couple of our white teachers in elementary that black people descended from apes, having to fight and even threatened to be killed, from white students leaving derogatory n-word messages on our whiteboards in school – even to the point of not meeting my grandfather because his parents didn’t want to be known for having a black grandchild (my mother), I’d welcome a white liberal to tell me what I am supposed to consider racist and what I’m not supposed to consider racist.

Alexx

Hi Doug, I look forward to reading your article every week. Your article is the only way we can get a non-racist unbiased opinion out there. The leftists get “very uneasy” when they hear the truth.

Keep up your patriotic, unselfish work.

– Timothy

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 22, 2019

The Week That Was:

As you can probably imagine, this has been an interesting week for me. My warm fuzz ball inner-self has been sandpapered down to a baseball. It’s come to the point where I’ve been humming certain songs; you know, like, “Nobody likes me everybody hates me, I’m going to eat a worm, a long skinny slimy one, a big fat juicy one, I’m going to eat a worm,” (I never have understood the point of that song, but I’ve been singing it anyway) and, “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good, Oh Lord please don’t let me be misunderstood.”  Songs to sooth my soul these days.

In the midst of my singing a friend called to commiserate with me and of course he threw in, “You better not paint your walls white or this whole thing will start up again.” That got me to thinking, I better not buy a white car, get my teeth whitened or include the word “white” when I mention red, *@#$% and blue. It kind of reminds me of the song that goes, “Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone.” In high school my pals and I had a saying that when things got tough, “life sucks and then you die.”  Maybe I should take solace in knowing I’m like the president and causing people to enjoy “Doug derangement syndrome!”

Hopefully you realize that was all written in jest; my life is just fine and this dust-up will pass. I do want to say I really appreciate the outpouring of support I’ve received, it means a lot to this battered and bruised Ranter.

 Stretching Hard:

The Dems are going nuts trying to maneuver their way into the presidency. First they put all of their eggs in the basket of the Russian collusion thing and now that that blew up in their face they are stretching hard to finagle into other areas they hope will bring Trump down.

They’re riding hard on the racism issue thinking that if enough of that will stick they’ll have him where they want him. Last week when the stock market took a nose dive they (and the media) went bonkers screaming like Chicken Little did with the sky falling that “a recession is coming, a recession is coming!”  (Remember, there were only crickets when the market shot upward a bunch of points after he was in office, but now that a small slump has hit it’s all his fault).  Of course it didn’t matter that expert after expert quickly squashed the recession notion with “it won’t happen anytime soon.”

 What Could Go Wrong?

What if the Dems do succeed in getting their candidate in the White House, what road will he or she take us down?  I’m not sure with most of them because I’m having trouble following exactly what their policy thinking is. Most of what I hear is rhetoric meant to sooth what the itching ears of voters want to hear. I miss the days when actual issues were debated head-to-head giving us a clear picture of each side’s views so we could make up our minds based on their thoughts and ideas. Those days are long gone!

I tell you what though, if you want an example of what could happen if any of those Dems occupy the oval office, you need to look no further than what just happened in Finland.

“Finland’s Government Collapses Due to Rising Cost of Universal Health Care.” That was the headline, the sub headline was “Similar problems are bedeviling Sweden and Denmark, two other countries frequently held up as models to follow on health care.” 

Need I say much more? The promises of Medicare for all, doing away with private health insurance, free college and forgiveness of student loan debt, among other things, could very well bring our nation to its knees.

Why Ask Why?

What really gets me is the growing number of Republicans who are throwing their support to the Dems in hopes of dethroning a president they just can’t stand personally. Do these conservatives (sort of I guess) really hate Trump more than they love our country, do they really want the incumbent president to get voted out of office resulting in the potential damage a Dem president could cause to engulf us all? How mature of them!

 Keep Your Eye On The Ball:

Andrew McCarthy a former U.S. Attorney, has written a book entitled “Ball of Collusion, The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.”

 In the book he maintains, “The real collusion in the 2016 election was not between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. It was between the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration.”

After reading the book Rush Limbaugh stated, “It starts with the premise that Obama politicized the intelligence agencies of this country… McCarthy demonstrates how none of this could have happened was it not for high ranking figures in the Obama administration. This was the politicization of the Department of Justice by a sitting president.”

 I’ve heard McCarthy on television basically say that there is no legal way or even a possibility the investigation into Trump’s campaign could have happened without the knowledge and approval from President Obama.

I’ve long been writing about the actions of Obama’s administration being the driving force (illegally) to prevent or derail Trump from becoming president.   Many feel this scandal will make Watergate look like a junior high prank. The evidence that has been mounting over the past two years is nothing short of incredible. I just hope when the mud hits the fan about Obama’s involvement the racism card isn’t pulled like it was during his tenure whenever criticism was directed his way.

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

New York Times Executive Editor Says Focus Has Shifted From Russia-Trump Theory to Trump’s ‘Character’ (Headline)

*They wouldn’t want to focus on the actual job he has done as president now would they?  (Me)

70 ways President Trump has changed the Nation (Headline)

*This is from The Epoch Times newspaper, they actually deal with facts like a big-boy newspaper. (Me)

No DUI Arrests in Sobriety Checkpoint (Headline)

Good news and I see these checkpoints becoming unnecessary and money that could be used for other law enforcement issues. With the rise of Uber, Lyft and a wonderful local company called Designated Driver, maybe the problem of DUIs is fading. (Me)

Governor Newsom Signs into Law a Bill Setting Police Limits (Headline)

*Talk about appeasing the emotions of the left. This bill calls for law enforcement to use deadly force only when “necessary” instead of when “reasonable.” I’m no expert, but now law enforcement personnel when faced with a split second decision to protect themselves and others around them, have to ponder if it’s necessary as opposed to reasonable?  I need help understanding this one. (Me)

“This is not peace, this is not love, this is hate among the radical left. While the Republican Party has voted for renewal, for a place of safety, a community where all can have peace there is an ongoing war among the left. They have hate, it’s like venom, no words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate. Trump is a man of truth, love, and justice, not just for Americans but for the people of Israel.” (Jon Voight, actor)

*True that, and I have experienced the hate he refers to firsthand this week. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Ranter’s Note: These are just a couple of the correspondence that have come my way. We would have to increase this newspaper’s page count significantly to include them all.

Doug,

You say you’re “bat crazy.” I would have to agree with you. Just because you or anyone else hasn’t met a white supremacist or nazi doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Have you ever come face to face with a Bengal Tiger? I doubt it (although I wish you would) but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. If you had any intelligence whatsoever, you could just research FBI stats that show white supremacists as the greatest source of terror facing this country. Or you could just turn on your television. Or more directly, you could just look in the mirror because we now have proof that in addition to being a poor writer you are also a white supremacist.

You’re a racist and your support for chump re-enforces that, too. Chump’s comment that there were “fine people on both sides” referring to the neo nazis and supremacists, his comments about Mexicans, his history relative to the Central Park 5 and many others clearly indicate his stance and, since you support him, yours too.

You’re an inconsequential, little man who is relegated to attempting to write for a throwaway paper in Santa Clarita. You are a nothing, Doug. And a nothing you will always be. Go put on your hood and run off to your KKK rally. – Mike

Doug,

I agree with you and it’s truly unfortunate that the media keeps this race thing going. I have no problem with anyone of any race for being proud of who they are. If you are proud to be black, white, Asian, Mexican etc it makes no difference to me. I am happy for those people who can be proud to be themselves. I fell across this article because someone on Facebook wants to boycott the paper, claiming Doug is a racist, spewing the same crap you covered in your article. And I must say, I completely agree with you Doug. I guess now I’ll be called a racist too hahahahhaha – Jennifer

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 15, 2019

I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going…

I know, who cares if I’m not going to take it anymore? How does “not taking it anymore” work anyway? Is it me locking my office door, blasting Eagles (band) music, refusing to rant and refusing to come out until this sick cycle of crap comes to a blessed end? Who would know and who would care anyway? Besides that, if I wait until this sick cycle ends I could be in here for the rest of my life!

Seriously though, in all the years I’ve been writing this rant I can’t remember being as bat-crap-crazy as I’ve been lately with this racist, white supremacy bull manure. Look, I can understand having disagreements on issues, not seeing eye-to-eye on political leanings, but this absolute, nonsensical rhetoric spouted by above average intelligent (seemingly) humans is something I just can’t comprehend. For the sake of their brains still being somewhat intact, I really hope they realize how stupid they sound, but know they have to be that way because they think it’s the only way they can win in 2020!

Think Seriously About This: 

The madness of the media and Dems keeping up non-stop accusations of Trump being a white supremacist caused me to look up the definition; it read: “A person who believes that the white race is better than all other races and should have control over all other races.”

Come on you Trump derangement sufferers, please tell me words and actions of what this man has said or done to cause you to believe that he believes “the white race is better than all other races and he should have control over all other races?!” Don’t give me the poppycock of him saying that some illegals coming in to our country are criminals, saying the squad should go back to where they came from or Baltimore is a horrible place to live. Seriously, if you think those words represent the definition of a white supremacist then I almost feel sorry for you. And if you think statements like those cause sick people to shoot other people, than I definitely feel sorry for you.

Do You Know Any?

Do you know any white supremacists in your neighborhood, your church, the grocery store you go to, where you take your car to get serviced, restaurants you frequent, casual acquaintances, friends or friends of friends? Have you ever been introduced to someone and the introducer says, “This is John Smith, he’s a white supremacist.” Me neither, it’s almost made-up. I’m sure there are some fringe ones hiding out in the depths of the internet, but I don’t think many can be found because they’re hiding and I’m not sure we can easily find them if we wanted to.

I tell you what though, its way easier to find far left extremists who anguish over the horribleness of what makes our country great and there are a lot more of those types of folks then there are white supremacists. If the left doesn’t like the way our president runs this country so be it, but they shouldn’t try to pull the race card with the absurdity of him being a white supremacist, it’s unbecoming of their intelligence.

I’m Proud To Be White!

Yea, I said it — I’m sick of the attack on white people. I’m proud to be white, just as anyone should be proud of who they are. We are all equal in God’s eyes and it’s his opinion that matters most to me. Before someone pulls the same card race card on me that lefties are pulling on Trump, I’m pulling the anti-racist card (something I don’t like doing, because it puts me unnecessarily on the defensive). I grew up with black and Latino friends, the first roommates I had when I moved out of my parent’s house were black, and to this day I have the same type of friends.

These days many on the left are trying to shame us white humans for being the race we are when we were born, which of course we didn’t have anything to with. Just because we were born white and there have been atrocities done to people of color through the years doesn’t mean we should be shamed into guilt for other people’s evil ways, when we didn’t have a stinking thing to do with that evil. We shouldn’t be shamed into guilt for our whiteness by folks who live life with emotional idealism that only serves to sooth their out-of-balance, negative thoughts.  

And Another Thing!

I find the rubbish of this white privilege stuff making me bat-crap-crazy as much as the other nonsense I addressed in this rant. I’m not privileged because I was born white; I’m privileged because I live in the greatest nation on earth that allows ANYONE, of any COLOR to live a good life because of the foundation this country was built on. Sure those who grew up in poverty, through no fault of their own, have a harder time climbing the ladder of a successful life, but millions have including people I’ve known over the years.

Those folks, no matter their color, no matter the situation they grew up in, had the opportunity to thrive because of capitalism that gives anyone who strives and works hard to live a good, meaningful life. That’s what I call being privileged and the color of someone’s skin has nothing to do with it. The privilege we all have is living in the USA and don’t get me started on the left decrying the evil of American Exceptionalism, that will have to wait for another rant.

Stupid Words:

Rosanna Arquette, Actress:

“I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me. And I feel so much shame.”

Unknown:

Today I had a vasectomy because I’m terrified of having babies in an era of climate crisis.”

Adam Schiff:

“We just had a hearing in the Intelligence Committee about this, because the threat domestically from white supremacist violence now I think is eclipsing the threat from the doctrinarians of ISIS and al-Qaida and the like in terms of domestic crimes.”

Elizabeth Warren:

“Today I was asked whether the president is a white Supremacist, I said yes.”

Rob Reiner:

“The case for the Impeachment of the grotesque Presidency of Donald Trump is overwhelming. Our 243 yr. experiment in Democratic self rule is on a collision course with racist White Nationalism. Congress must act as if America’s life depends on it. Because it does.”

Julian Castro:

“As we saw in El Paso Americans were killed because you (Trump) stoked the fire of racists, innocent people were shot down because they look different than you.”

Elie Mystal:

People of color are already targeted under this administration; I have no problem with shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate. I mean I go further, I want pitchforks and torches outside Stephen Ross’ house in the Hamptons. I’ve been to the Hamptons, it’s very nice. There’s no reason why it has to be. There’s no reason he should be able to have a nice little party.”

Malcolm Nance, MSNBC:

“These people feel that they are the foot soldiers and executors of what the disenfranchisement that the white race is feeling and Donald Trump is giving them subliminal orders in their head.”

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

“Many black men are in prison for breaking & entering. The sentence is anywhere between 4 months to 4 yrs in prison—time which they are separated from their families. Nobody cares. But get caught breaking into a country? Public outcry & TV crews arrive to interview sad children.”  (Candace Owens)

“Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”  (Joe Biden)

*Can you imagine if Donald Trump would have said that? Oh my word the press would have melted down faster than the Dodgers’ bull pen. But because Uncle Joe is a Dem favorite, he gets a free pass. The hypocrisy of this, what Candace Owen and Larry Elder referred to is getting seriously sick and I see no end in sight. (Me)

“4 killed, 43 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings: An 8-yr-old girl shot in Humboldt Park, 16-yr-old boy killed in a shooting in Little Village” Q: How many do you think were killed by white supremacists? (Larry Elder)

While researching my upcoming book The United States of Trump, we could not find one example of the President discussing skin color in a pejorative way or promoting Caucasian dominance.” (Bill O’Reilly)

*If he had O’Reilly would say so. (Me)

It’s always WHITE LIBERALS telling other white people they’re racist. I worked for the biggest urban media radio company and you know who tried to tell me I was racist for supporting the President? My WHITE liberal boss. (Alex Clark)

“Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on President Trump. Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me.”   (President Trump)

*Can you imagine if Scaramucci was African American??? (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

What an amazing and informative publication this is! What with Barnathan, Stephen Smith, Rob Werner, and Doug’s Rants, the SC Gazette has become my favorite news and opinion source. The recent edition with Ms. Valladares has certainly shown she’d be a great representative. I’ve been very impressed with Mr. Garcia and think he’s the candidate to take on Katie Hill next time around. To the SCG, keep up the great work! Mark

Doug,

Wow was John Boston spot on with his article about Katy Hill this morning (last Saturday’s Signal). I can’t help but wonder in addition to what Mr. Boston wrote what the makeup of the House would be if the SNIPE HUNT had not been going on. How many voters voted for the Demo Brats because of the smoke from the Mueller camp?

Let’s see, I don’t like criminals. Every race has criminals. Does that make me a Universal Racist? Remember the old song with the line “I don’t like anyone very much”? If you remember the song it might be time for it to be remade because the strife continues.

I believe we have had global warming since the Ice Age. I believe we have had global population growth since the Ice Age. There are now about 15 billion people on the planet (I counted them. All but a few like President Trump). So 15 billion people exhaling 98.6 24/7 and if the average water content for these people equals 80 pounds that is 10 gallons of water or 150 billion gallons of water also raised to 98.6 . (I have not weighed them all yet)

I wonder how many of the folks echoing the anti Trump bull really believe in what they are doing or are protecting a paycheck and enjoying the unexpected 401K growth as a result of President Trump’s administration. Dan

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 8, 2019

Sad Déjà Vu:

Sadly another rant following a mass shooting(s), unfortunately this scenario has occurred way too many times over the years. The senseless violence is bewildering enough, but the ultra politicizing of these tragedies that immediately follows each event is equally bewildering.

This is what I have written right after each time in the aftermath of mass shootings.

Why in the world does all of this stuff seem to be happening in droves? Why do we see just a few days go by until another tragedy hits? Is it, as many believe, God slowly removing his hand of protection from the world that has been keeping this bad stuff in check? Is this the beginning of the end, as the Bible describes, or is it a higher rate of mental illness that is invading society? Is it an increased culture of hate that is motivating the mentally ill to act out on their delusions?  I’ve always maintained that when Adam and Eve screwed up and God allowed sin and free will into the human race, a ton of unjustly bad stuff has happened to millions of people for many years. Sadly, and unfortunately, what we’re seeing now is not going to end anytime soon.

What really gets me is the hypocrisy eruption of the blame game that happens, particularly since President Trump came into office. Come on, did anyone blame Bernie Sanders when one of his supporters shot up the baseball field where Republican Congressmen where practicing, nearly killing one of them?

The El Paso shooting has resulted in a heap of blame on Trump, but the Dayton shooter was a fan of Elizabeth Warren. Do you hear any blame being shoved her way?

What about the 24 mass shootings that killed 236 and wounded 512 people while Obama was president, did anyone on the right even come close to placing blame on him?

Placing blame on anyone for the actions of mentally ill killers is just plain rubbish making no sense at all. Using the actions of someone with a disease of the brain for political purposes is a crying shame.

Stupid Words:

 I become more and more flabbergasted with each passing day at what left leaning folks are spewing out of their pie holes. In fact, I’m having trouble finding words to use to effectively reflect what my ranting feelings are on the utter stupidity of these words.

The scary thing is the number people who buy into this stupid rhetorical nonsense as reality.  I need someone, anyone, to please fill me in on how the following statements can be placed somewhere, anywhere, in the realm of common sense reality – please, I dare you!

Rep. Ilhan Omar:” I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country. And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe — Americans safe inside of this country — we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”

Reza Aslan, professor at the University of California, Riverside: “After today, there is no longer any room for nuance. The president is a white nationalist terror leader, His supporters – ALL OF THEM – are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood, and this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.”

Joe Scarborough: “For those of you funding Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, you may want to take note: Because you keep writing checks to this president, it’s on you…because you are funding this white supremacist campaign…It is your money that is funding this white supremacy.”

Kirsten Gillibrand: “The first thing I’m going to do as president is I am going to Clorox the Oval Office,”

Andrew Yang: “We are too late. We are 10 years too late. We need to do everything we can to start moving the climate in the right direction but we also need to start moving our people to higher ground.”

Kirsten Gillibrand: “I can explain it to white women in the suburbs, When their son is walking down the street with a bag of M&Ms in his pocket, wearing a hoodie, his whiteness is what protects him from not being shot.”

Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence and MSNBC contributor:”The President said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th. That’s 8/8. The numbers 88 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter H is the eighth letter of the alphabet and, to them, the numbers 88 together stand for Heil Hitler. So, we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8. No one is thinking about this. No one is giving him the advice or he’s rejecting the advice. So understand your adversary to counter the adversary.” 

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace:”You now have a president, as you said, who is talking about exterminating Latinos”.

Potty Mouth Candidates:  

Cory Booker:”Listening to the president, such bull sh-t soup of ineffective words, this is so weak. We should condemn his lack of a real plan. 

Tim Ryan:”Mitch McConnell needs to get off his a** and do something. Republicans need to get their sh-t together and stop pandering to the NRA. Period.” 

Beto O’Rourke: “What do you think? You know the sh-t he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f–k?”

Gotta Share This:

These are portions of someone else’s rant that ended up in my email.

To the 535 voting members of the Legislature, it is now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons

The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 244 years to get it right and it is broke.

 Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 84 years to get it right and it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 81 years to get it right and it is broke.

War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more. 

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 49 years to get it right and it is broke.

You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars. I know what’s wrong. We have lost our minds to “Political Correctness!” We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc. In the last few months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey…And now Pakistan previous home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!! (And you can’t agree to a simple $5B for a wall to help keep us safe?!!!) Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid nor do they get any breaks…

 AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds, and mentally ill without treatment – etc, etc. And the CRAZIES in California want to give “free” medical care to illegal aliens. This is stupid!!! Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries. Sad isn’t it?

Every bit of this is a great example of the absolute incompetence of our government, and the more people who rely on the government the more messed-up things become. This is way I am so pessimistic that a solution to our debt crisis will ever come to pass, as the incompetence leads us down the path to a very painful financial collapse.

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. (Ecclesiastes 2:10)

*Hey, those are God’s words, not mine. (Me)

Charles Barkley stands by his argument that Dems haven’t done a damn thing to help the black community (Headline)

*How racist can you get, isn’t that how the race bait fanatics will take this?  Sir Charles (or the round mound of rebound as he was called in college) is an African American who is well-balanced and calls ‘em as he sees ‘em.  (Me)

“The only way to remove Trump is to crush Trump. And that’s the question that has to be asked, who can crush Trump? Who’s the street fighter?  Michelle Obama would beat him. She would beat him in the debates. He wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her.” (Michael Moore)

*Of course she would, we all know how brilliant and astute Michael Moore is, right?  (Me)

It’s WAY more fun to cry “white nationalism”–and exaggerate white anti-black racism–than to deal with black-on-black murders–a problem FAR more serious.” (Larry Elder)

*A serious problem that is never spoken of by those who spew out the white supremacist accusations at President Trump #IgnorantHypocrisy. (Me)

“One man with a gun can control a hundred without one.” (Vladimir Lenin)

“To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” (Adolf Hitler) 

Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars. (Unknown)

*All food for thought as the onslaught for gun control swirls around us. (Me)

“Look, one of the saddest things we’re seeing is our colleges and universities trying really hard to raise a generation of pansies” (Ted Cruz)

*Not only pansies, but socialists, political correctness fanatics and warped views on the reality of real life. I’m not sure how some of these kids are going to be able to exist, becoming well-rounded, contributing members of society in the real world. (Me)

 

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