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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 22, 2017

Confession Time:

Somewhere along the timeline of my life I’ve heard, “Confession is good for the soul.” So, with the intent of making my soul good, I’m plunging into the water of confession. Jesus tells us in the Bible that having anger towards someone may as well be murder. Yikes, I’m in big trouble then. While I am a Christian, it certainly doesn’t mean I’m perfect. In fact sometimes I resemble what this lady went through.

A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk. …The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, spilling her coffee, dropping her cell phone and smearing her makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I had noticed the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the WWJD bumper sticker, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.”

The anger fits I experience are usually a result of someone in the public view acting (or not acting) in a way that makes me bat crap crazy! Fortunately, the anger that emanates from my tantrums has nowhere to go except to the TV screen, the radio dial or the computer screen. The thing is, the thoughts generated in my sinful mind are not okay and for sure fall into the category of what Jesus described as murder.

I know I’m forgetting many, but these are some that have been burned indelibly into my brain:

*When Obama would not lift a finger to get the Army veteran out of a Mexican jail after he had accidentally driven south of the border. The man languished in horrible conditions while all we heard from the president was crickets. His non-action on that one caused bad words to fly from my mouth. 

 *When that Lois Lerner lady from the IRS spearheaded the blatant attack on the Tea Party groups, which she was never held accountable for (and the matter has not been resolved to this day), I wanted to … don’t get me started on what Obama said to a Super Bowl pre-game audience about there not being a smidgen of evidence that the scandal even existed. To this day, when I think of that lady living a comfortable life off of taxpayers’ dollars it makes me want to…                    

*I don’t need to go into details on the Benghazi tragedy, but Hillary’s deception on that one made me want to…

 *When James Comey spent several minutes spewing a laundry list of Hillary’s treasonous email acts and then, inconceivably, said she was off the hook I about…        

 *When I heard about Kristian Saucier, a sailor in the Navy being sentenced to prison for taking six pictures of the inside of a nuclear attack submarine so he could show friends and family what he did in the Navy, and was court-martialed, though he had not even shared the photos with anyone, I couldn’t believe it. How could they send this poor guy to prison when Hillary was let off the hook? I just wanted to…

 *To be very honest, the reason I started this confession was to end with the outrage I have toward Kim Jong-un and what his North Korean hatchet men did to Otto Warmbier while he was in captivity for a bull crap reason. Just as I started on this last paragraph it was announced Otto has died. When they showed him being released and the condition he was in last week, I screamed we should bomb the living &%#$ out of those rat bastards!! Now, with his death, my thoughts are filled with anger that isn’t healthy for me and wouldn’t be for Jong-un, if I had my way.

Another headline from today read: “Kim Jong-un Lives in Fear of Assassination by Western Decapitation Team.” Now, that’s what I’m talking about! Let’s take that $%&*#@!*+ and hang his severed head on a tall pole for the entire world to see!

 Confession II Time:

God’s instruction for us to let him do the avenging of others’ wrongdoing and for us to keep our cool is very hard for me to accept. A sign in front of a church read: “Just Love Everyone, I’ll Sort ‘Em Out Later. God.” If only I could my lasso my emotions into compliance of God’s teachings like these.

Never avenge yourselves, leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it.      

The LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies.

 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.

 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 I’m sure glad God judges our hearts and not our habits, otherwise I’d be in a heap of trouble. So I’ll do my best not to let anger engulf my emotions, but when it comes to man’s selfishness for personal or political gain, evil wrongdoing and cowardice when doing harm, it’s really hard to follow his instructions. As the old saying goes, God, I pray for patience, but please hurry!           

 More Kim Jong-un:

 John McCain said: “Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime. In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder. North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons.  Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea.”

 So, what in the heck should we do? Already I’m hearing lefties squirming with talk of “no saber rattling, it will start a war” and “if we try to do anything all hell will break out and we’ll be really sorry.” So, wait a minute, aren’t liberals in the land of everything nice and easy for all? It is very well-documented the absolute hell many North Koreans live in on a daily basis. If a North Korean citizen does not work for the government or is in the military, there is zero quality of life for them. Is that how the left wants these people to live?

Couple that with the real and present danger of their nuclear weapon capability, along with a deranged leader who will order the use of those weapons to kill millions. I ask the question again, what do we do? John Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations, is advocating for us, our allies and China to overthrow the baby-faced, mentally ill dictator. I say get on with it before the lunatic has his guys stuff a nuclear warhead under the nose cone of one of those missiles and fires it off to a land mass where millions of people are. Is it wrong for me to want the same wrath for him that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden incurred?

 Speaking of Anger:

 As I wrote last week, this special prosecutor deal is stinking so far to high heaven it’s looking every bit like a lynch mob. I know it’s a worn-out phrase, but you really can’t make this stuff up.

*The Department of Justice who selected the special prosecutor is a group where 97% of the members donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

 *99.8% of the attorneys in the special prosecutor’s law firm donated money to Hillary, for a total of $678,000.

 *Four of the attorneys hired from other firms for the investigation ALL donated to Hillary.      

 *And we know the prosecutor is a close friend of James Comey, the guy who got this whole lynch mob going!

Let’s imagine Hillary had been elected. Now let’s pretend the DOJ decided to appoint a special prosecutor to look into her and slick Willie’s dealings with the Russians and, just for the fun of it, her email transgressions. Still playing pretend, what if the special prosecutor selected was a Trump supporter who had donated to his campaign and most of the attorneys the prosecutor hired to investigate the Clintons had also donated to the Trump campaign. OH MY GOSH, the media would be on the floors of their studios losing all control of their bodily fluids!

Please tell me what is right and fair about this investigation, because I’m so @#$$%& @#$ about this I could just…

Quotes of the Week: 

 “There’s absolutely no reason to have a special counsel, but it’s something the Democrats want and something the Republicans capitulated to. So, now we have this roving prosecutor whose subject of investigation is whatever subject he decides to investigate.” (Mark Levin)

“We now have a federal prosecutor, independent of every branch of the federal government, who has as his objective to take down the president of the United States. Mr. Mueller may be investigating individuals and so forth, but his purpose for being unleashed against the president of the United States is to make the case for impeachment, not indictment.” (Mark Levin)

 “GOP: Hey guys, let’s spend 7 years promising Obamacare repeal, then choose one of these: (1) replacing it with the same crap; (2) leaving it.” (Ben Shapiro)

“There’s been a lot of coverage of the Russia investigation, obviously focused last week on the devastating shooting here in Washington; Republicans have used all that news as cover to try to move a bill to the Senate floor that is deeply unpopular.”  (Senator Chris Murphy, democrat from Connecticut)

“The Dems are so desperate for a win; they tried to pull a Bryan Caforio type stunt in Georgia like they did here. How did that work out for them? (Doug Sutton)   

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 15, 2017

Late Breaking Rant:

 I’m finishing this piece on Wednesday morning as news of the shooting on the practice field is pouring out of all media outlets. I’ve written it before and I’ll write again: As long as mental illness is alive and well, these types of tragedies will occur again and again. It’s sad, scary and gut-wrenching, but it is harsh reality.

A concern I heard from a talking head in the media that really got my attention is that this type of meltdown could ramp up as unstable Trump-haters finally come to grips with the fact that he is here to stay as our president. When their high hopes of getting him out of office through these investigations and hearings are dashed, it could be the thing that pushes someone with a mental illness over the edge to resort to these irrational acts of violence. To be sure, there could very well be some Trump supporters with the same disease, that could go to this terrible extreme. As a song I heard goes: “It’s a crazy, mixed up, messy world we live in.”                           

 Do Regular Folks Care? 

 As the Senate immerses themselves in time-wasting, useless attention towards nothing but meaningless air, there was a poll released last week regarding Americans’ greatest concerns:

  1. Government spending
  2. The economy
  3. Infrastructure
  4. North Korea
  5. Terrorist attacks

Hmm, funny how all this Russian stuff didn’t appear in the top 5 of concerns. This is probably because we don’t give two rips about the freaking goings on in Washington, because the ramifications of the Russian jibber-jabber don’t affect what is most important to us. They shouldn’t affect these damn Democrat senators either, who are so hell-bent on going after Trump they have their heads up their butts, instead of where they should be — and that’s going to work for us!

As I have said before, after Hillary was let off the hook for her incredible misdeeds, this round of crap with Trump, Comey, Sessions and the Russians is a bunch of hooey. If Hillary wasn’t shipped up the river because of lack of intent, then this whole parade of garbage should be stopped in its tracks! One congressman said it best: “What the hell are we investigating?”   

Some Democrat types are becoming attractive targets for their own investigations (Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, Eric Holder) and, to be honest, I would love to see those three squirm as they endure the heat of Senate interrogations. With that being said, I say stop all of this peeing in the wind from both sides and get to work on the stuff that matters to you and me as indicated in the recent poll.

 

 The Senate Sucks:

 As I pluck away on my keyboard I have one ear on the Jeff Sessions interrogation and I can’t believe the ridiculous dribble coming out of the Dems mouths with their obvious motive being to take down the president. (I admire Sessions’ discipline. If I were him, I’d tell those people to kiss my ass and to take this job and shove it up the same place; but then again, that’s why I will never go near a political position.)

All the while, as they forge on with this nonsense, millions of folks are hurting or could be physically hurt. Right here in Santa Clarita small businesses are seeing the number of customers who walk through their doors diminish as they agonize over their hopes and dreams going up in smoke. Many families in town are struggling just to make ends meet. Just this week it was announced that malware was used to bring down Ukraine’s electrical system and that Russia has developed a cyber weapon capable of knocking out our grid, which could be the mother of all terrorist attacks. As each week passes, North Korea gets closer and closer to having a nuclear weapon that could harm many Americans.

So, as the Senate Democrats cackle and hackle with their selfish motives, crucial issues keep festering and bubbling. If these politicians really cared, I mean genuinely cared about you and me, would they still carry on with this nonsense? You decide.                                        

 The Senate Sucks II:

 As much as the Senate Democrats are swaying from their duties, the Republicans aren’t much better. What are they doing to help our cause? Does it seem to you they are working fast and furiously to right our ship? To both sides of Congress, please just do it, please get the tax cuts passed that regular folks need so badly. Forget about the revenue-neutral stuff, just let loose our money and the money of corporations. Can’t you guys see by not doing what you should be doing, you’re clogging up our chances for a comeback? Or do you even care? If Mitch McConnell hasn’t got the leadership skills to at least get his caucus on board with conservative ways, perhaps he should take one for the team and give someone else a chance to get things done. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. 

Steve, Where Are Ye?

 Once again, I ask the question; where is Steve Knight? We hear Bryan Caforio somewhere in the distance spouting out his views on the hot topics going on in Washington, but from Steve we just don’t hear much on the hot topics. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d like to hear him each and every day give us his views on what Washington is in an uproar about. I would find it refreshing, interesting and motivating if he gave a bit of a play-by-play with his assessment of what’s going on with what’s making the news. If nothing else, how about updates on the top 5 issues the poll listed as our main concerns?

I guess my concern is that with Knight’s stoic, tight-lipped ways, someone more dynamically vocal will come in and overpower him in the next election. The way it looks now, it may very well be a Democrat (ouch). Truth be told, if I’d known Steve was going to evolve into this quiet mode, I would have voted for Tony Strickland in 2014.  He seems like the type that would have kept our batteries charged with his banter.

Something Smells:

 When I first heard there was going to be a special prosecutor for the Russia deal, I thought, “OK, maybe we can get this over and done with. That was until I heard some stuff that reminded me of something smelling when I open the refrigerator door and it ain’t a good smell.

Think about this; James Comey gets the idea to force an appointment of a special prosecutor, so he has a friend leak a memo of his to the press to jump start the process. The plan worked and Comey’s good buddy, Robert Mueller is the one selected. From what I can gather, both Comey and Mueller have Democrat-leaning tendencies. Then lo and behold, Mueller hires deputy assistants who are Democrat supporters to help investigate the Trump administration, say what? I say enough is enough and Trump should fire the dude before this irrupts into a orchestrated political lynching.

 Quotes of the Week: 

 “I recused myself from any investigation into the campaign for president. I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations.” (Jeff Sessions)

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” (Mark Twain)

“Hey what do you expect from a culture that drives on parkways and parks on driveways.”  (Gallagher)

 In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” (Napoléon Bonaparte)

“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made president should on no account be allowed to do the job.”  (Douglas Adams)

“I have left orders to be awakened at any time during a national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.”  (Ronald Reagan)

 “I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.”  (Bill Maher)

 

 Letter to the Ranter:

 Doug,

 Try not to pull a muscle patting yourself on the back.

 “Not once has our reporter, Lee Barnathan, been called out for botching details” –

 How many times do you have need to be called out on the crap writing? Nearly everything your blogger writes makes assumptions and speculations about how the subjects think and feel rather than just quoting the subject and letting them speak for themselves.

 “Mayor Cameron Smyth said he hoped Miranda would come clean.” – Unless he actually said those words you owe everyone involved an apology, I would advise no one to hold their breath.

 “Since that didn’t happen, people such as Alan Ferdman and Joe Messina believe that it was a setup so Weste and McLean would be mayor and mayor pro tem in 2018” Joe corrected you that this was not a factual statement and you refused to correct your mistake.

 Don’t get me started on that dumpster fire of an article about Fox’s endorsement.  Nathan

 Ranter’s Note: I would like to thank Nathan for his faithful reading of the Gazette and I certainly don’t want to get him started on anything, especially a dumpster fire; that’s the last thing the gentleman needs.   

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 8, 2017

Why Me?

It’s interesting to see the attention-distracting efforts going on with the continuing saga of City Councilman Bill Miranda and the financial issues of the two chambers merging in 2015. Another media outlet latched onto the fact that I was on the Chamber board at the time of the merger (see front page story) and, as others have done, implied I should have been aware of the financial transition. I have made it clear in this space and even criticized myself for this void in my memory from 2 ½ years ago. I was also quoted in another Gazette article that I have no recall of the details of the merger. Even if I did drop the ball on this as a board member, why has this become about me and some of the other people involved?

This is a classic case of deflecting when someone or some group doesn’t want the spotlight shined on them. First, it was insinuations of racism by Miranda, and now this. Have you heard Hillary deflecting the reasons for her loss in the election? Facts are facts and no amount of deflecting changes the fact there is no legal accounting being provided for the funds in question — plain and simple.

Despite the dirt that is flung at the Gazette for our reporting on this, I’m proud we have kept this matter purely factual, based on our research and interviews. Not once has our reporter, Lee Barnathan, been called out for botching details (other than clarifying a quote from a previous week’s story). The same cannot be said for the local radio station and its printed matter on their website, at least in this instance.

Press Release:

 (See story on page 18)

After I wrote the preceding, the Chamber of Commerce issued a press release that led with the title: “BASELESS CLAIMS AGAINST SCV  CHAMBER FINANCIALS INVESTIGATED AND  DISMISSED” and the subtitle: “Anonymous source reported in local media regarding alleged financial discrepancy was unsubstantiated and without proof.”

Oh my goodness, this reads like press releases Obama or Hillary would issue when dealing with uncomfortable situations. It should have read: “This is our attempt at covering our butts to offset the confrontation from the media and public.”  I must say, it was a well-written press release by someone well-versed in putting out empty propaganda to calm a crap-storm the individual is in the midst of.

Give it Up?                

 Some have said, “Give the Miranda story up; you’re beating a dead horse, what’s the big deal?” Or even Bill has said himself, “Even if it was $2,000 thrown down the sewer, what’s the big deal?” 

Well, let’s see, are they letting up on Trump and the Russia thing? Is the media letting anything go that has to do with anything Trump? Did the press let up on Hillary’s  email scandal? And what if Woodward and Bernstein had given up the historical Watergate mess? Certainly this isn’t of the same national magnitude, but nevertheless, when a media outlet is presented with the questionable actions of a public official and/or entity, it needs to be looked into and reported on. This is no different.

Trump, Russians, Comey, Trump, Russians, Comey:

Timing is everything, or in this case, it sucks! As the Gazette goes to press on Wednesday night, the anxiously awaited testimony by James Comey is scheduled for Thursday. Assuming it occurred and how it went down, this rant could have been a lot different. Oh well, life doesn’t always go the way we want it to. Please try to put the testimony and all of the reverberations in the back of your mind as you read on.

 The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling.

I found these quotes regarding President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal rather amusing.

“It’s a traitorous act of war against the American people.”      

We are cooking the planet! The future of mankind is at a tipping point!”

“How is he ever going to explain to his grandchildren what he did to the air they breathe — assuming they breathe air.”

“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk.”          

And who can forget when Obama said: “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

 I’m sorry, but the Chicken Littles of our day almost make me laugh. Seriously, have these people not heard of terrorist attacks here and abroad? Attacks on our electric grid, if shutdown for extended periods of time, would result in the deaths of millions. Have any of them seen the missiles North Korea has been launching on a weekly basis that could easily have a nuclear warhead attached? Not to mention, a $20 trillion debt that many experts predict will cause an economic collapse that through various means will result in numerous deaths? I don’t suppose they have thought about drug overdoses, rampant obesity, diabetes and heart disease being a threat to society?

You mean to tell me these folks who must be somewhat intelligent and are going analeptic over this are truly scared of climate change over the other possible calamities facing mankind?

Other than this paranoid nonsense, we don’t need a bunch of jamoke foreigners telling us how, when and how much we have to do to fight this vicious, urgent, lifethreatening battle. We’re doing just fine, thank you. And Obama, bless his little heart (whoops, is that racist?), pledged $1 billion to the cause. You know how much China, Russia and India committed to giving? A BIG FAT ZERO! China really stepped up to the plate, telling the world they’ll get around to fighting the climate crisis in 2030. No wonder President Trump said, “See Ya!”

Can’t Pass This One Up:

 As mentioned previously, I have no idea what is going to come of the James Comey hearing on Thursday, but whatever happened, the following has to be considered (this was sent to me):

Remember that time Donald Trump was paid $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow?

Oh no, wait, that was Bill Clinton.

 Remember that time Donald Trump failed to disclose Russian donors to his foundation before he served as secretary of state?

Oh no, wait, that was Hillary.

 Remember that time Donald Trump was business partners with the Russian government and his company received $35 million from Russia?

Oh no, wait, that was John Podesta.

 Remember that time Donald Trump scored $145 million from shareholders of a uranium company that was sold to the Russians?

Oh no, wait, that was Hillary.

 Remember that time Donald Trump approved the sale of 20 percent of U. S. uranium to the Russians?

Oh no, wait, that was Hillary Clinton.

 How come with all this proof it’s not the Clintons being investigated?

 Late Breaking:

 Comey just released his opening statement (written) for Thursday’s testimony. I’m no lawyer, but if what Trump said to Comey was obstruction of justice, what Hillary did with her emails, what the Obama administration did with their unmasking of people in Trump’s circle and the cover-up job Lois Lerner did when the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups, then they should all be hung for the highest degree of treasonous acts! Also, remember what Comey said about not prosecuting Hillary because of a lack of intention on her part? If he uses that standard for Trump’s conversation with him, they shouldn’t even have the hearing.

Quotes of the Week: 

 “Cutting carbon pollution emissions by just 32% by 2030 would prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths each year.”  (Bernie Sanders)

“Cutting abortions in the U.S. by just 32% would save over 200,000 premature deaths per year.”  (Twitter response to Sanders)                                  

Funny, we didn’t have global warming until Al Gore came along. He must be a great scientist.”  (Facebook post)

 “I’m happy to deliver a beat down to Donald Trump and also to Barron. You know a lot of comics are going to go hard for Donald. My edge is that I’ll go direct for Barron, I’m going to get in ahead of the game.” (Kathy Griffin, six months ago)

 “I don’t think I will have a career after this, I’m going to be honest, he broke me.” (Kathy Griffin)

 “I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career.” (Kathy Griffin)

 “The worst of Trump is better than the best of Obama.” (Doug Sutton)

 Letter to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

Referencing the opinions of Josh, Angel and Analyn of the May 26th publication I thought why bother.. But after re-reading them tonight, here I go.

 Josh, Trump is brilliant. Alike you kid. you are almost there. Now all you have to do is jump parties and start supporting Trump. You half heartedly already do and you know it. That’s ok though. I think Dems have some good ideas and value too.

 Angel. Wow man. You  try to present  an era of archaic  draconian government. Keep writing. Power on with the drama. It causes me to chuckle and further my beliefs.  But seriously, one day you will realize working together is what America is and not this holy grail of separatism you try to define.

 Analyn, Just two words. Experience and respect. I hear your column but I didn’t hear those two words.  I learned respect first. Then I gained experience. I had it easy that way. However I see some who have to learn respect through experience. That’s the harder way. Are you catching my drift ? When the two are learned and gained properly generations, cultures, races, religions, etc.can meld and communicate cooperatively. Think of the bond between grandfather and grandchild.

 Doug, (while I’m at it) Thank you for presenting these youth in your Gazette. Sometimes I question your motives but I know you to believe these kids are our future. And we as adults need to hear them and your generosity in  the Gazette is  beyond admirable. Thank you thank you thank you.

Tim

P.S.  I too fear the national debt. I too worry about not just mine but my children’s future. You are not alone Brother.   

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 1, 2017

Here We Go Again:

 Another week and another peeing match related to local disputes (someone told me “junior high called and wants their drama back”). Last week I wrote an open letter to John Musella and Bill Miranda; this was the opening paragraph.

Gentlemen,

This matter could easily be put to rest by either one of you providing the necessary documents. John, you refused to cooperate upon our request by responding with: “I have seen no proof for these baseless claims. As such, I have no reason to spend valuable time digging out the evidence to prove otherwise.” But that’s the whole point, John. The only evidence in apparent existence is missing. I implore you to search the SCV Chamber’s records, because the Latino Chamber’s records (including their final tax return) are nowhere to be found. Bill, I urge you to implore John to do the same thing I’m asking.               

John, who is the current chairman of the Chamber board, didn’t seem to appreciate the letter (I was only trying to help) as he pulled a President Trump with tweets of love:

“Show us the proof! Not rumors & gossip. Doug Sutton you were on the Board during merger” and “Reveal your source! Show us what you have! Prove up your proof! You were on the chamber board during merger!”

I feel like a hamster on a wheel, going round and round. As I have stated publicly, yes, I was on the board at that time and shame on me for not recalling what the details of the merger were. The truth is, I don’t even remember much discussion on the matter, let alone any financial details. My recollection — right or wrong — was the board just let the CEO at the time handle it all.

Being on the board at that time does not change the fact that the Latino Chamber’s tax return for the period in question has not been filed and there is no accounting of monies from that tax period. He must be joking about “revealing our source,” right? As far as “show what you have, prove up your proof,” I will say it again. It is a fact that a final tax return was not filed which, in and of itself, is proof of the possibility of something being amiss.

It is also a fact that John Musella refuses to cooperate with trying to locate the SCV Chamber’s financials at the time of the merger. It seems to me that the burden of proof lies on both chamber entities, because the Gazette cannot manufacture or dig through their records.    

More Chamber:

Please read this carefully: My intention for this portion of writing is NOT to harm the Chamber. (As I have mentioned before, we have been members of the Chamber for 19 years. I have served in various capacities including being a member of the board of directors. The Chamber has been a staple in our company’s success and I want nothing more than for it to thrive once again.)

My main objective here is to give a voice to the people who also care a great deal and are very concerned as to the Chamber’s future. I would not even be going down this road if it weren’t for the comments and questions that have come my way recently.

To be clear, these particular questions and comments are NOT coming from me. I am only repeating what has been communicated to me. I asked the folks who communicated with me if they would be willing to go on the record and each of them declined. These came from those Chamber members who wish to remain anonymous.

*What is the financial situation? All I hear is that we’re in trouble.

*How are we going to make money without having the Chamber directory?

*I can’t believe they don’t have “lunch and learns” anymore.

*Ambassadors are really unhappy; they’re starting to drop like flies.

*Why was the golf tournament delayed? Didn’t that make money?

*The office staff is down to nothing; how are they getting important stuff done?

*John Musella doesn’t care about members who own small businesses; he only wants to deal with big companies.

*Why don’t we ever see him at mixers so we can ask questions? Is he trying avoid us?

*I wish someone would start a petition to get him out of here; he’s ruining the Chamber.

*If things keep going the way they have been, I see this Chamber imploding sooner than later.

*I just wish John would communicate and let us know what’s really going on; all I keep hearing is we are going to file for bankruptcy. Is that true?

 While John and I have had our differences of late, this is NOT intended to bury him. I am merely the messenger (please don’t shoot me) passing along these thoughts in hopes of improved communications to rank-and-file membership in an effort to address their concerns.

I’m Sick of the Russians!

It all started when I was just a kid and they started testing the air raid sirens in my hometown. If that wasn’t enough, we had to practice getting under our desks at school and covering our heads with our hands (yeah, like that would have saved us from a nuke). I vividly remember the worry my parents had over the Cuban Missile Crisis, when Russia had their missile launchers pointed right at Tucson (at least that’s what my friends said).

Now the bastards are trying to tear our attention away from the really important stuff that needs to happen. Wait, it’s not the dreaded Russians doing it, it’s the dreaded Democrats and liberal media who are trying distract our president from getting done what he needs to get done to fulfill his campaign pledges. Those pledges are the things that need to happen to make America great again!

Charlie’s Back!

I haven’t heard one person I come in contact with around town voice concerns about anything that may have happened between the administration and the Russians; that is, until Charles Vignola reappeared with his column in The Signal (where have you been, Charlie?). 

Charlie very eloquently laid out numerous bullet points of the Trump administration’s alleged misdeeds since he was elected. The first thing that comes to mind is that not many give two craps about the Russian goings on, other than folks like Charlie who are fervently hoping and praying that Trump will be thrown out of office.

Their selfish motivation does not allow them to recognize any of the positive things that have happened because of the new president nor, more importantly, what still needs to happen. Let it go, let justice prevail. If any wrongdoing occurred, let the chips fall where they may (just like they did with Hillary’s scandal).

In the meantime, how about thinking of the regular folks who are choking on the leftover mess from eight years of liberalism? Maybe you can help move along the stuff that will benefit all Americans, even those with selfish, emotional and idealistic motivation. After all, even lefties like economic prosperity over their own ideals, don’t they? Or do they?                  

Quotes of the Week:                                       

“Steve Knight recently agreed with the continuing investigation of the Trump campaign even though zero evidence has been presented to show collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. We know the DNC interfered with the election by making sure that Bernie Sanders had no chance of winning and hiring paid agitators to interfere at the Trump rallies. Steve Knight is NOT a conservative!” (Facebook post)

 “Do you know what’s getting hotter everyday? HELL, HELL is getting hotter! Time to send Terrorist’s in to get a temp reading for US!!! To improve our climate here on Earth, they MUST BE eradicated!”  (post from The Party of America)

 “It’s not that we shouldn’t be at all concerned with climate change … it’s just that if ISIS kills everyone, it won’t matter what the temperature is or if the globe gets warmer … that’s the whole point.” (Facebook post)

 “I can tell you almost assuredly that Trump is not off his game. He’s not despondent. He’s not sitting there worried about why all these people hate him. He’s not worried about all that. He’s just head down and moving ahead full speed as he can, not reacting or responding to all this stuff in the media, except when he tweets.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“Go with your gut, Mr. President, and push the GOP to get in the game. This isn’t that hard. Put some points on the domestic policy board and do so by kickoff of the NFL’s regular season. If Congress has to stay in town and work through July and August, demand it do so. How many other Americans are doing exactly the same thing through the summer months?” (Hugh Hewitt)

 Letters to the Ranter:

 I just read Josh Heath’s silly column (which even for him) was dumb. He criticizes our former great President Reagan and Republicans for not caring about the poor — only the rich. During Reagan’s Presidency (with Republicans controlling the Senate), this Country was simply great for the poor. Thanks to his Conservative policies, this Country enjoyed over 85 months of peacetime recovery, much lower unemployment, Black unemployment lowered greatly, especially for the young, just simply poor people doing much better. Heath also claims that because of Reagan, Americans voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. Not true — Obama was elected much later and only because this Country all of a sudden went into a major recession, otherwise the American people would not have voted for this leftist who wanted to “Transform” our great Country. President Trump won the last election because the Democrats neglected the hard working middle-America voters who were losing their jobs that went overseas. Heath also wants “Progressive” values for the Democrats to push — “Progressive” is just a code word for leftism, which has ruined almost every single Country (it) has infected. Robert

  I could hardly contain myself after reading the foolish letter writer Catherine writing to you complaining about a Conservative occasional columnist Joe Messina. She obviously cannot comprehend anyone with views that differ from her own leftist ones. I personally don’t care for your more frequent left-wing columnists Josh Heath, Angel Cruz, and worst of all Sylvia Turner, but I don’t go hysterical over their factually incorrect columns. The Gazette has more than enough balance with Liberal columnists even with Conservatives ones. Catherine needs to grow up and understand that other opinions that differ with her own deserve to be published. I personally find your leftist columnist more disturbing than Joe Messina’s but I can deal with it as a grown-up. Phil

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 25, 2017

Please Note:

 The following (starting with “I’m mad as”) was written Tuesday before Signal Publisher Chuck Champion addressed the City Council Tuesday evening regarding, among other things, the Bill Miranda controversy. Chuck stated that he was aware of the issue for several months and it precluded him from entering into a business arrangement with Miranda.

I can hear the critics now: Sutton and the Gazette were made aware of this by Champion and The Signal, pushing us to expose it. While Chuck is a business partner and friend, I will tell you with all honesty, he never made me aware of his knowledge of the matter before the Gazette broke the story on April 21.

As I’ve stated publicly and privately, the source that provided the Gazette with the information is not connected with The Signal, the SCV Chamber or the Latino Chamber in any way and Chuck Champion, to this day, is not aware of who the source is. Also, the information sent to us occurred after Miranda became a public official.

 I’m Mad As….

 Please allow me to vault into self-indulging ranting — “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Yep, that’s right, it’s from the movie “Network” when the news anchor loses his marbles on the air and goes into a ranting diatribe. Well, that’s me right now. No matter what I say, what I do, no matter what any of my business partners say or do, the Gazette is falsely and inaccurately accused, by some, of being a lackey for The Signal.

So, I am mad as hell (if I say I’m not going to take this anymore, I’m not sure what that looks like, so I won’t say it), but if you think for a nanosecond this is the case, then I will tell you right now, you don’t know what the freak you’re talking about. You have no clue what goes on inside these walls, and you sure as hell don’t know me very well. Because if you did, you would know that in no way, shape or form would I tolerate any interference or forced views, even subliminally, affecting this newspaper. If that isn’t enough for you, you can kiss my right-wing, conservative, Tea Party ass! (I don’t know what my political inclinations have to do with this, but it sounds good.)      

Miranda Ad Nauseam:

 During the same show on KHTS radio in which Bill Miranda heavily insinuated racism on the part of the Gazette, he also pulled the Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test card on me. I’ve been a member of the local chapter for 16 years, even serving as president for a year. It is a fabulous worldwide organization that does great things for folks in need. Miranda was a member for a short time, and yet decided to challenge my devotion to the Rotary Creed in relation to the Gazette’s coverage of his ending tenure as the Latino Chamber’s CEO.

Rotary’s Four-Way Test for all we think, do and say:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. 3.Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Bill thinks I flunked the test by publishing the article and should be ashamed of my Rotarian self. I will turn the tables back at him by asking:

Mr. Miranda, I ask you fair and square if what you are doing now by: claiming you have proof as to what happened financially with the Latino Chamber’s gala in 2014, the subsequent merger with the SCV Chamber, and your refusal or inability to provide such proof is …well, living up to the Four-Way Test you so vigorously accused me of violating?        

Does your thinly-veiled accusation of racism on the Gazette’s part stand up to the Four-Way Test? What about slamming my integrity with clueless and reckless claims of buckling to others’ demands to publish the article you are so emotionally defending? How does that hold up to the test? 

I will say it again; if Mr. Miranda provides the documents he claims, he has to alleviate the discrepancies in regard to the finances in question. Then the Gazette will run a front page retraction. The fact is that, as of this writing, he has not followed through on his pledge to do just that.

Miranda, Carl Goldman and I all agreed we would reconvene on the air (KHTS) this Friday (5/26), but thus far, that commitment has gone unheeded on Bill’s part. Instead, he is asking to delay the show until the end of June. He also contacted our reporter requesting to meet with him last Friday (5/19), but when asked to confirm the meeting, Miranda put him off for two weeks.

You know my ranting creed: I rant and you, the reader, decide, so go ahead and decide.  

 Open Letter:

An open letter to John Musella (chairman of the board, SCV Chamber of Commerce) and Bill Miranda:

Gentlemen,

This matter could easily be put to rest by either one of you providing the necessary documents. John, you refused to cooperate, upon our request, by responding with: “I have seen no proof for these baseless claims. As such, I have no reason to spend valuable time digging out the evidence to prove otherwise.” But that’s the whole point, John; the only evidence in apparent existence is missing. I implore you to search the SCV Chamber’s records, because the Latino Chamber’s records (including their final tax return) are nowhere to be found. Bill, I urge you to implore John to do the same thing I’m asking.               

Bill, as a cordial friend from the past, I suggest you take a long look at this matter and the no-win situation staring you in the face. If you don’t have the documents and can’t get John Musella to do some digging for you, then just come out and say so. Face your critics with something along the lines of “I screwed up. I don’t have any evidence, and for whatever reason, there wasn’t a final tax return filed. I apologize for the racism insinuations and for my prolonging the matter with what I don’t have. That would go a long way in cleaning up the messy optic this has turned into.           

Back to Regular Ranting:

 Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, Rose Bowl, even the COC football stadium — all have concerts scheduled during the summer. For you emotion-driven idealists who break into tears and agony over our president’s push for travel bans to help screen out the people who want to kill and maim us, please take notice. Talk about tears and agony, if what happened at the concert in England were to happen at one of these local venues, please think about how the agony would hit you, especially if someone you care about was a victim.

Please let go of your namby-pamby inclusiveness for all and allow some common sense into your head. Realize we are AT WAR and need every ounce of resources to keep all Americans safe!

Quotes of the Week:                                       

 “Since Watergate, the news media has acquired a steadily more arrogant attitude and has moved further and further to the Left. Today, they are adversarial opponents of conservatives, especially the Trump administration.” (Newt Gingrich)

“When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president.” (Jeb Bush)

“It’s colorless, it’s odorless, it’s tasteless, and no one gives a shit until they go to take a shower and it’s not there.” (Stacy Fortner, on the water merger controversy)

Gonna vent. I am 79 years old, I have lived through Carter, Reagan, Clinton, 2 Bushes, and Obama. Never, never in my lifetime have I seen a President be scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of wanting to hurt someone, slandered, ridiculed, insulted, lied to, threatened to murder him, threatened to rape our Beautiful First Lady, and have his children also insulted and humiliated. I am ashamed of this Country. I am ashamed of the ruthless, hating, cruel people that have no morals, and feel they have a right to say and do the things they are doing. I don’t know how to fix it. I wish I did. Every other President after they got in Office, were left alone, they weren’t on the news 24/7 being dissected by every word out of their mouths, ALWAYS being pressured to do this or that, and so now, we have the pleasure of discussing tax reform for how long …. whoo hoo, I am sooo not excited. LEAVE him alone! Let him do his job! (Facebook Post)

 Letters to the Ranter:

 I can’t believe that Miranda played the Hispanic card. No, Bill, this has nothing to do with your ethnicity, gender, age, or intelligence level. Simply provide the financial documents that you CLAIM that you have and that you AGREED to provide. If you don’t truly have them, say so. It really is simple to put this inquiry to rest. T. White

Bill Miranda was the compensated CEO of the nonprofit Latin Chamber of Commerce. He failed to discharge his responsibilities and account for monies that had been entrusted to the Latin Chamber by members, corporations and private donors, It is time for Mr Miranda to man up. If he wants a front page retraction from the Gazette, he should offer to write a front page mea culpa for the Gazette.   Steve

 Doug,

 I look forward to the Gazette each week and almost fast forward through it to read your rant. That being said, I have known you for almost two decades and have never heard you say anything racist or discriminatory.  For Councilman Miranda to say otherwise is absurd.  What came to mind about his words was this quote from Hermann Hesse. “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself.  What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”  From a psychological standpoint, perhaps Mr. Miranda is projecting what he doesn’t like about himself on you. At any rate, in reading the article in reference, I was surprised to learn there had been a Latino Chamber of Commerce. Would it be okay to have a Caucasian Chamber? Of course not! Why does it seem that those who cry inequality would join or accept anything that segregates, elevates, or lessens another? Latino Chamber, BET Awards, Latin Music Awards, Women’s History Month, and so on. Who decided to make diversity divisive? Let’s just be human beings.  Jan

Very disturbing and insulting article by Joe Messina you published. I will not read your paper as long as you allow crazy right wing extremists to publish their opinions. Why not just start quoting Alex Jones? You are losing credibility publishing this nonsense. Messina has no business being on the school board either. Are you a fan of Breitbart too??  Catherine

 Ranter’s Note: I responded to Catherine with this question. Thank you for your feedback, just curious as to how Messina’s article relates to the school board?

 Messina is on the Hart School Board. A parent posted your gazette article on him on Facebook yesterday and it garnered a lot of outrage. My point in complaining was about the Gazette giving this lunatic extremist a platform to dispense his alt-right views was not liked by many in Santa Clarita.  Catherine

 Doug,

Thanks for publishing my article last week. So far, I have had articles published in The Signal and The Los Angeles Daily News. So tired of all these liberals, time to fight back. John Cox is a potential  candidate for governor and he looks promising.  He was a speaker at our SCVFRW last month.  Phyllis

This column is comical, by the way. I marvel at the people willing to sacrifice their integrity to make excuses for this incompetent in the White House. Anthony

Oh Doug. You will be so very sad when Trump, Pence, and Ryan all are gone. President Orrin Hatch sound good to you?  Erin

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 18, 2017

Late Breaking Hysteria:

 As this edition of the Gazette heads to the printing company via electronic transmission, I feel the need to address the latest Trump hysteria engulfing Washington and the media. If Trump made a casual, off-handed remark to James Comey over dinner, along the lines of, “I hope you can lay off the guy, he really is a good person” and his haters think they finally have the impeachment they have been praying for, I will say God Bless ‘em.

Did the president order Comey to stop the investigation? Did Obama suggest or order Comey to look the other way from the disgraceful, illegal targeting the IRS did to Tea Party members? Did Obama have breakfast with Comey and Loretta Lynch and tell them that Hillary breaking three different federal laws with her emails was no big deal? Did Obama suggest to Comey that Bill Clinton meeting in private with Loretta Lynch in the heat of the email investigation was not worth considering?

I tell you what, if Congress wants to see the documentation of Comey’s dinner with Trump, they damn well better ask for each and every memo Comey has for his entire time on the job!               

By the way, while you Washington people are consumed with jr. high type goings on, the rest of us are choking on what you’re NOT getting done, so grow the freak up, take a chill pill and get going on what’s best for us, not your out-of-touch-with-reality crap!   

 I Wish:

I really wish I could rant on extensively about how the media and anti-Trumpers from both sides of the aisle wet themselves every week over the latest hysteria of the week from what Trump said or supposedly did. The hatred for the man and the biased coverage in print, digital, social media and over the airwaves is absolutely repulsive. When was the last time you heard anything positive as a result of Trump’s time in office? He has done more in his five months in office to help us regular folks than Mr. Obama did in eight years.

I would like to rant on and on with focus on consumer confidence and spending being up, the stock market and other financial markets thriving and corporate optimism that is higher than it has been in eight years. Also, that unemployment that is inching down, the labor participation rate sneaking upwards and the regulations that are being attacked. We are on our way to record oil production and the man has made America proud again with our no-nonsense, kick butt attitude.

I was hoping to rant a great deal that many think the guy is a complete failure at his job and the most horrible person in the world, based on media coverage. While I and millions of others think he is great for America. Does he have flaws? Sure, but what president in our history didn’t? Why can’t there be any coverage of anything positive whatsoever? I’ll tell you why; most of the people who produce the news are liberal lefties who are unable or unwilling to work as professionals and keep slanted views from affecting their coverage.

 I’m also itching to rant long and hard on the Russians and the scandals they accuse Trump of being entwined with. Of course, all we hear from the Dems and the media is crickets, regarding Hillary crawling into the bed of treason with her emails that she should be on trial for now.

We hear nothing about the real Russian scandal of Secretary of State Clinton approving the transfer of 20 percent of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. Later her husband just happened to be paid $500,000 for a speech he gave for a company related to the uranium deal. And yet the left-wing media’s underwear is tied up in knots over something  involving our president and the Russians that has no proven evidence to back it up?

 I Can’t:

 While I planned on a ranting bonanza regarding the aforementioned, I can’t. I can’t because I need the space to respond to the ongoing saga of City Councilman Bill Miranda and his time as CEO of the Latino Chamber of Commerce (he is listed as CEO on their tax returns) and his insinuation that the Gazette is being racist in our coverage of him.

 For those of you unaware of the controversy, the Gazette published an article some weeks back detailing the lack of financial records when the Latino Chamber merged with the SCV Chamber. Mr. Miranda took umbrage with the article and went on KHTS blasting myself and the writer of the piece.

During the course of the show he claimed he had proper documentation of the finances of the merger, stating, “I have all the proof, we have all the numbers.” Yet when our reporter (Lee Barnathan) contacted  Bill to get copies of the documents, he referred him to the Latino Chamber’s treasurer, who told the reporter he did not have them. Please note; there is no record of the Latino Chamber’s filing their final year’s tax return, which would clear this whole thing up.

The following week’s rant proceeded to tell our side of the story and how absolutely wrong Bill’s accusations were about us getting our motivation and information from The Signal. Please note: Not once in my column or the article in question was there any mention or insinuation of any wrongdoing on Miranda’s part.

To KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman’s credit, he invited both Mr. Miranda and I on the show to debate the matter. The gist of what I tried to convey was that all we are looking for is the proof Bill claimed he had, nothing more, nothing less. If the records are provided we will gladly write a front page story clarifying the issue.

On the radio show where he and I debated, Miranda reiterated he had the proof and was willing to provide it. When asked why he hadn’t done so earlier, he said something to the effect of, “Do your homework”; “You want me to write the story for you?” and “I’m not going to do your work for you.” Toward the end he said, “I’ve agreed to help you finish the article” (at the time of this writing the documents have yet to be produced).                          

Then things went down an unfortunate road, when he said: “I’m trying my absolute best not to view it as a Latino thing” and “All of a sudden the Latino gets into public office and the Latino Chamber is under scrutiny with a microscope and with the facts easily attainable, and being told, ‘Where did the money go?’ Ok, what are we, a bunch of hoodlums?”         

 He also said: “This is a story because I became a public figure, but of course there is no other story there, because it’s not going to sell newspapers to tell a positive story. It’s only going to sell newspapers to tell a negative story on the new Latino city council person. When was the last time you did a positive story on a Latino issue”?    

 I’ll let you, the reader, draw your own conclusions from these comments; but I and others I’ve heard from perceive this as a desperate attempt to draw attention away from the matter at hand.

I have absolutely nothing against Bill Miranda or any Latino organizations, but I feel  that now that he’s a public official, his past civic practices are open to fair evaluation. If it was brought to our attention that any other public official had a reason to be vetted for something that doesn’t seem right, we will investigate. It doesn’t matter what color, creed or gender they are.

 Quotes of the Week:                                       

 “Our most recent ‘aha’ moment began when we allowed State Senator Scott Wilk and City Councilmember Bill Miranda to defend themselves from unwarranted attacks. Both Senator Wilk and Councilmember Miranda have stellar reputations and are incredible representatives serving our valley. Now that they are in public office, they are an open target for inaccurate innuendos and distorted rumors.” (Carl Goldman, co-owner, KHTS radio)

 “Why is it when good people step up to serve the community, bad people come out of the dark to try and bring them down? Why is it when there is a great story to tell about Latino business people bonding together to help promote their business and their culture, editors want to chisel away the good while looking for ‘dirt’ to report? Why is it when the facts needed to corroborate a story are easily available, some journalists can’t be bothered to get them? These are just a few questions I have for … the Signal/Gazette.” (Bill Miranda from his editorial in Our Valley Media)

“We pride ourselves in working in harmony with the other leaders of our valley. We strongly endorse friendly competition because it raises the bar for everyone and makes us that much better. We want healthy, powerful media outlets to serve as responsible checks and balances. Media who are go-to accurate sources of news to counter so many of the inaccurate rumors that fly around social media and other entities in our valley.” (Carl Goldman) 

 “I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice.” (Rep. Al Green, Democrat from Texas)

 “I have a bird’s eye view on all this stuff, and I look at how they treated Hillary Clinton. I mean, for one millionth of what has happened with Trump, they would have impeached her. I’m just telling you. They would have been going crazy. That’s what makes this so egregious.” (Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democrat from Maryland)

 “Impeachment really is not a criminal proceeding. The American people have been conditioned to believe that, you know, high crimes and misdemeanors means what? Impeachment is a purely political process. And it can only succeed if there is the political will for it out there in the country.” (Rush Limbaugh)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 11, 2017

Late Breaking Ranting:

 James Comey is out of a job and many are saying not a moment too soon. Me thinks he should have been let go the day Trump took office. By the way, the deputy attorney general who strongly recommended he be fired was an Obama appointee. Also, it wasn’t too long ago the Dems were asking for Comey’s head and now they’re screaming that Trump pulled a Nixon. Huh?

When Comey appeared before Congress and read off a laundry list of the crimes Hillary Clinton committed, but then basically looked the other way, citing lack of intent, you knew something smelled in the wood pile. I have always heard that ignorance of the law has no defense. Hmmm. So, let’s get someone in there who will enforce the law no matter how powerful the guilty party may be.

 Everything They Touch Turns To….

As I watched and listened to all of the back and forths regarding the healthcare proposal, how great it is, how bad it is, it’s good for the folks, it’s bad for the folks, people are going to save money, people are going to get hosed, I couldn’t help but think what Ronald Reagan said: “Government is not a solution to our problems, government is the problem; government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

 Is this healthcare mess a great example of that or what? One thing is for sure; whether it’s Hillarycare, Obamacare, Ryancare, Trumpcare or Senatecare, it’s going to be  screwedupcare!

Think about it, almost everything the federal government gets involved in turns to complete horse excrement. The only thing (I think) they do remotely well is protect us with the military and even Obama tried to screw that up with spending cuts and assertive bravery cuts!

Our federal government  has pissed away legal tender to almost certain bankruptcy. They have spent our Social Security and Medicare funds, they waste money like it’s not theirs (wait, it really isn’t theirs). If businesses around the nation were run like the post office, the whole country’s economy would be bankrupt. And now they are blundering their way further into a system they have no business, credibility, proven ability or effective experience being in.

 Give the American Way a Chance:

Why not give capitalistic ingenuity a chance with an open, nationwide healthcare free-for-all. Of course, there would have to be some guidelines, but let free enterprise rein free; it’s proven to be the best innovating motivation there is. For example, a group of doctors in Wichita created an “insurance-free program.” They don’t take insurance, citing — “There isn’t a need for insurance for the common things.”

 Patients pay a monthly membership fee from $10 to $100 per month. Members have access to doctors in person, by phone or through social media channels. Patients don’t pay co-pays and aren’t charged extra for office visits. Medications typically cost “pennies on the pill.” Imaging often is done at a lower cost through the model as well. An X-ray might cost a member $20 to $40, including radiology reads, versus $100 or so at other clinics. Similar services might cost $500 to $1,000 through a hospital emergency room. They do advocate for health insurance to cover catastrophic events.

Now, that’s what I’m talking about! Get the government the heck out of this thing and we’ll do just fine, thank you. We don’t need those guys and gals in Washington screwing up our healthcare like they screw everything else up!

The Elephant and the Gorilla:   

 If there is one issue I’ve harped on the most in this space, it has to be the beyond comprehension of the federal debt. As the bickering and bantering rage over healthcare, budgets, tax reform and a dozen other nail-biting issues, the HUGE ELEPHANT and GORILLA still remain in the room. It’s a ticking-time-bomb no one seems to even think about, let alone talk about.

My latest research shows the debt is accumulating at a rate of $1.6 million per minute, cart wheeling towards $20 trillion rapidly! Please, someone tell me why, why hasn’t this forthcoming catastrophe even begun to scratch the surface of concerned conversation by political pundits and politicians themselves? Everyone knows too much debt can ruin a family or business, but very few seem to realize it will ruin our nation if something isn’t done to stem the tide of the deadly debt.

So, what are we doing to stem the tidal wave of debt? Have I mentioned anything recently about the federal government being a bunch of screw-ups? The proposed budget shows us spending $350 billion more than projected revenue. I’m not very good at math, but it seems to me if you’re trying to get out of debt this ain’t a good way to go about it.

Look, we’re out of freaking money! Does anybody get that? It doesn’t appear so, because we’re still spending a gaggle of it on all kinds of stuff that is just insane. It’s plain and simple, there is NO MONEY left; spending has to be cut until hurts like heck and then more has to be cut and then even more.

When will the madness end? It’s looking like it will end when there is an economic collapse that no one, not even the rich folks, will be immune from. And what’s really sad is the havoc it will wreak on the young and the vulnerable, all because the present leaders of our nation have their ignorant, selfish, idealistic heads up their … I mean in the sand.

 When Credit is Due:

I’ve been known to rip Signal columnists’ writing from time-to-time, but last week there was one I wholeheartedly agreed with. It was by Michael Cruz — “Time to Consider New Form of City Government.” I happen to know and like Michael, even though he leans fairly far to the left. His column was advocating district voting for city council members, something that I’ve ranted in favor of many times in this newspaper.

Michael put it in common sense perspective when he wrote:

“The first and second largest cities in Los Angeles County have more than five council members and their councils are elected by district, not at large. Several cities smaller than Santa Clarita have more council members and are elected by district as well.”   

 “Take a drive from Calgrove in Newhall to the Valencia development in Saugus, then drive over to Canyon Country, then return to Newhall. We have a large city and each neighborhood has its own specific needs.”  

 I will add to this by saying we should elect our mayor, not have undistricted elected council members make that decision for us. So come on, let’s be a big boy city and we would appreciate it if Michael Cruz will enlighten us on how to get this ball rolling.

 Quotes of the Week:                                       

“Today’s date will likely not be remembered as much as 9/11 … and yet, what Congress did today (healthcare bill) will end up killing many more Americans than Osama bin Laden ever did.” (Jerry Springer)

 “The Director of the FBI needs to be above reproach, with an unquestioned reputation for fairness and impartiality. Unfortunately, Mr. Comey had lost the confidence of both Republicans and Democrats and, frankly, the American people.” (Ted Cruz)

 “Challenges of historic import threaten America’s future. Action on the deficit, economy, energy, health care and much more is imperative, yet our legislative institutions fail to act. Congress must be reformed.” (Evan Bayh)

“Talent is God-given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be grateful. Conceit is self-given, be careful.” (John Wooden)

 Letter to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

Your column ( 05-04 ) was by far the best rant ever. You are right on spot about the Republicans, McConnell and Ryan, and The Chamber, The Signal, The Liberals, and this Miranda guy. My wife is correct … I would write you after reading it.

 Lots of things torque me and you glossed over it. Don’t be afraid to be angry. Express your anger in constructive criticism, positive community support and action, and in your columns. Unlike the Liberals who express theirs with violence, destruction and name calling. Which brings me to another thing that torques me. 

 This “RESIST” movement  premise that Conservatives do not support workers, ethnicity or immigration. What we don’t support is ILLEGAL immigration. Yes we are all immigrant heritage … LEGALLY. That’s the point. We don’t support Social Welfare Programs that demoralize and diminish self respect, responsibility or ambition. And we fully support working relationships conducive to free enterprise and productivity.

 My quote of the week comes from my neighbor.”I am so sick of these Liberals”. I will add sick of their twist on reality, twist on what America is, name calling, violence, heavily slanted media and the poor-minded followers. Just down right sick-of-it.

 Doug, get angry. Get pissed. More power to you. Amen brother. And BTW, I know your ploy to let your staff write your column two weeks ago. LOL good one. You have a big heart. Tim, Castaic

 Killing O’Reilly

It was predictable, really. Fox News Channel is fair and balanced in that it is the only News Channel that attempts to present both the liberal and conservative sides of the news. Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor was the highest rated news program for most of the 20 plus years he was on. He interviewed Trump several times and always tried to be fair in his coverage of the Trump campaign unlike the mainstream media. The mainstream media’s coverage of Trump was 89% negative and their main objective is to delegitimize his presidency every step of the way. To the left and the Democratic Party, this couldn’t stand, O’Reillys fair coverage, so they pulled out one of their tried and true pages from their liberal/progressive playbook, character assassination. This has worked so well in the past. They accused Dan Quayle of having an affair but when that didn’t work, they said he was stupid. Let’s not forget Clarence Thomas or Judge Bork. Anita Hill who followed Thomas to his next assignment was a real testament of that, not so. Then there was Herman Cain, a very successful Black business man. He was accused of sexual harassment and you can always know when Gloria Alred gets in the act, there is going to be the usual poor forlorn woman with tears rolling down her face. I just don’t believe these accusations. This is the same woman who was so sympathetic to the Menendez brothers who no longer had their parents. Well yeah, they killed them!

 It is hard to determine sexual harassment, it usually turns out to be a “she said, he said” situation. The mistake O’Reilly made, and Fox News made too, was to settle out of court because O’Reilly wanted to protect his family. Eventually, the left achieved their goal to take O’Reilly out and Fox bowed to political /advertising pressure. In all the years O’Reilly was at Fox, not one of these women ever filed a complaint with Human Resources or utilized the sexual harassment hotline. Makes you wonder. I myself will truly miss Bill O’Reilly and his success. Phyliss

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 4, 2017

I’m Back!

This Ranter goes away for a week and has his column hijacked by apparent liberal employees who proceed to rant on everything I’ve ranted against for years. (I guess they forgot who signs their paychecks.) To be fair, I asked them to do a version of my column while I was away, but yikes, who knew they would go into such mind numbing, idealistic, liberal overdrive? If I didn’t like them so much as good people, respect and appreciate their hard work for the Gazette, I would can their butts! (Wait, in this state I could go to jail for wrongful termination of an employee, so never mind.) But, you do gotta figure — not rotten, just wrong!

My Shorts Are Really Torqued:

My friend and city councilman Bill Miranda went off the deep end last week during a talk show on KHTS. The show included Bill and Scott Wilk as they proceeded to gnash their teeth over local newspaper coverage of their endeavors. Scott was mostly concerned with an editorial The Signal ran regarding him.

Mr. Miranda, however, was keenly upset with myself and the Gazette for running an article entitled “Messy Merger,” a piece on the Latino Chamber merger with the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber in 2015. I don’t know why Bill didn’t contact me directly, or at least write a rebuttal letter communicating his disagreement with the Gazette’s article. Maybe he got caught up in the exciting moment of live radio and let his emotions take over — and boy, were his emotions wrong and so were every one of his freaking words!

Bill Miranda: “There is a monopoly of print media in this town. The publisher of the Gazette, Doug Sutton, will tell you ad nauseam that he is free and independent to do anything he wants.”

Sutton (me): There is not a monopoly; the Gazette is completely independent of The Signal in all aspects of newspaper content. I would have never entered into the partnership if this wasn’t the case. The day they insist and dictate in any form or fashion what goes in the Gazette is the day my wife and I are out of here!

Miranda: “Show me, show me when you’re getting this fake news, false information from one side of your corporation. … Show me how you’re getting that kind of news and you know this community, you, Doug Sutton, know this community. You know Scott Wilk, you know Bill Miranda and you know all those people in both chambers when they merged.”

 Sutton: Information from one side of my corporation? I have no earthly idea what the man is talking about. What does me knowing this community and the two gentlemen on the show have anything to do with the article? The article was not about me, it was a news story we at the Gazette felt needed to be told. All Bill Miranda has to do is read the article to find out how we got our information. The piece written by Gazette reporter Lee Barnathan contained stated facts that were derived from quoted, named sources, without assumptions or editorializing (we did acknowledge a misquote and provided an error and apology statement in the following week’s edition). Mr. Miranda himself provided comments for the article; is that the fake news and false information he is speaking of?

 Miranda: “Where’s an article that says the merger was a good thing? Where’s an article that said the Latino Chamber delivered to the big chamber monies? Instead, all I get (is) the article that says ‘Where’s the money?’ … Okay, like it was some fantastic sum of money.”

 Sutton: Again, Miranda needs to read the article. The main premise was that the money is unaccounted for. This isn’t made up news or false information; it is a fact. There is no accounting of when and where the funds landed or even what the amount was. Another fact is that there is not a record of a tax return filed with the IRS for the Latino’s Chamber in its last year of existence. If there was a tax return it should have indicated how much income the Latino Chamber generated and how much flowed into the S.C. Chamber at the time of the merger. We didn’t report anything positive about the merger because nobody commented that it was a good thing.

Miranda: “Where are they getting this from? From their newly hired advisors, who have a bent; okay, they have a bent against him and they have a bent against me.”   

 Sutton: Newly hired advisors? Is Bill insinuating that my business partners are the Gazette’s advisors? I’ll say it till I’m blue in the face and swear on everything that is dear to me. The SIGNAL DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING WHATSOVER to do with the article in question or ANY OTHER ARTICLE since the partnership was consummated. Whatever bent they have against anyone does not involve the Gazette at all.

Miranda: “They are trying desperately to create something that didn’t exist. … All we ask is if you really want to print something like that, then do your homework.”

Sutton: All I ask is that before Bill spouts that stuff on a public airway, insinuating, insulting and questioning my integrity, he does his homework. He should read the article in question carefully and then use common sense to see that because everything written was attributed to sources contacted and quoted by our writer, there isn’t anything The Signal could have even contributed to the piece, even if we wanted them to.

Speaking of Torqued Shorts:  

Was all of my ranting regarding the great things that would result if Trump was to be in the White House and Republicans were to hold the majority seats in both houses all for naught?! Apparently so, because not a damn thing appears to even be close to getting done. What is going on? Why can’t these elected grown-ups get the things done we the voters were promised if we put them in control?

 We Conservatives want funds discontinued for Planned Parenthood (Unplanned Parenthood should be its real name) and National Public Radio (National Liberal Radio) and we want it now! And we want a wall built, even more strengthening of our military, and we want it now! The pitiful budget that was just proposed could have taken care of these issues, but noooo, the Republicans caved like a brick dropped on a birthday cake. The Democrats are dancing on their desks over this budget, all because the spineless Republicans are so worried of being blamed for a government shutdown.

While I’m At It and They Should Be Too:

 We want Obamacare repealed and replaced (as I type this there are rumblings this could happen this week), we want business and our personal taxes cut, and we want the government downsized considerably. The budget must be balanced with a quick end to deficit spending, and while you’re at it, make English required as our core language.                           

 This type of stuff is what we thought we were going to get, but instead all we get is wimp-ass whining, excuses, ego-driven motives and a great inclination to screw the whole thing up for all of us! I don’t blame Trump for the log jam that is stopping conservative progress. The blame falls with the ineptitude that permeates both Houses.           

 When a sports team is losing games left and right they can’t fire the whole team, but they do fire the coach and/or the general manager of the organization. With the constant Republican losing going on in the Senate and the House, I say it’s time for Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to go back to their desks with the rest of the slackers and try somebody else who may be able to get through to these knuckleheads.

You know what would really be nice too? To hear something other than crickets from Steve Knight.      

 Quotes of the Week:                                        

“We have really gone to extraordinary lengths to document Miranda not being suitable to a position of public trust. It is a shame to have Goldman and Wilk insult The Signal and Gazette as fake news.“(Steve Petzold)

 “If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.” (Hillary Clinton)

  “I love that Hillary took personal responsibility for her loss and immediately blamed Jim Comey and Russia.” (Judge Jeanine Pirro)

 “Either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good shutdown in September to fix mess!” (President Trump tweet)

“If Donald Trump walked on water, the media would criticize him for not knowing how to swim.” (Rep. Lou Barletta)

 “Stupidity is a talent for misconception.” (Edgar Allan Poe)

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” (Albert Einstein)

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug, Doug, Doug!

I look forward to your rant because of our like-mindedness. It makes me nod my head in agreement and laugh at your wit. Not last week. I ended up shaking my head in disgust and irritated enough to write a letter. Why would you allow someone who you know has opposing views write YOUR rant? The bashing of you, conservatives, the President, and Christianity were not appropriate for YOUR column. Let the liberals write in their section but keep the rant where it belongs: right, right, and right. Either get your rants done ahead of schedule or no more getaways for you.  Faithful Fan, Janet

Hi!

Long time SCV resident and Gazette reader. Just wanted to tell you it sure is nice that Doug is gone! I’ve always hated his column and all the BS and venom he always spews every week! I never agree with him and most people I know feel the same way. They won’t even bother picking the publication up at all anymore. Me, I enjoy the rest of it so I will continue to read it. But I gotta say, I very much enjoyed Doug’s column for a change when the substitute writer took over! I agreed with that angle a lot more than I ever do, there was a good sense of humor for a change, and frankly, I wish that guy would go away and not write a column at all anymore. He’s full of crap, has a bad and negative attitude, and just seems to be there simply to put out garbage and stir up shit! While he may be an employer, but if we are to be stuck with him here, and we can’t just get rid of him,  I’d much rather him stay behind the scenes than read his ridiculous angry and mostly ridiculous viewpoints in our local  paper! Thanks for listening to my opinion! That’s all I wanted to say! Thank you!

 Randy

Santa Clarita

Hi Doug,

I used to enjoy your paper. Until I read the Rant today at lunch.  I still have indigestion. No wonder you took off! Although I haven’t always agreed with you, I enjoyed reading what you had to say.  In the Rant I read, I just felt bad for the writers. Wild guess, they went to school at Cal, they are still smarting over Hillary’s loss, you took away their safe space, they claim to be journalists in search of the “truth”. (Just make certain the truth is 1000% liberal party line, if not, your right to free speech is suspended)  That is my Rant! Sue

Doug’s (Gone for the Week So Gazette Staff Took Over) Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 27, 2017

Fox News Was Right!

If you haven’t already noticed, there has been a change in your usual programming. Doug Sutton has temporarily deserted his post, and just like your paranoid Fox News pundits have warned you, the Liberals are taking over. But before you pass out those semi-automatic weapons to your grandchildren and form the fantasy militia you’ve been dreaming about — hold tight.

The Red Elephant in the Room …

We know you’re used to getting your weekly dose of verbatim reports from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, (and a moment of silence please for the late Bill O’Reilly) in the form of Doug’s Rant. We have to comb through this thing too, you know (reading material that you don’t always agree with on a weekly basis … what a concept). But, if you’re tired of hot air smacking you in the face and damaging your IQ every time you turn to page nine of the Gazette, you can breathe easy for today. We have a few grievances for the big, red elephants in the room.

Where Do We Even Begin?

Get it together, people. You have the House, Senate, AND the presidency. So, why is it that Trump has to wave the executive wand every time he wants to get something through? Oh yeah, because that’s what happens when your party is in shambles and the man in charge is not a rational human being.

Is it so hard to acknowledge the fact that his approval ratings are the lowest in modern history, and that his diplomacy skills are severely lacking?! Is it not terrifying to be represented by a man who the Kanye West of Capitol Hill and can’t seem to think before speaking? Why is it that American national interests are taking a back seat to golf at Mar-A-Lago every weekend? Did Doug’s Rant not criticize Obama for golfing during his presidency? At this point, we’re watching the circus as people scramble to support an administration on the mere basis of party affiliation.

‘But They Tell it Like It Is …’

Just because you say things in a way that is brash and offensive to other people, it doesn’t mean that it is secretly the right philosophy, or even a truth that “no one is willing to talk about.” When’s the last time you agreed with something Madonna said? People like Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump — who have being loud and abhorrent as the hallmark of their careers — only have followings because they speak the same disturbing, selfish inner monologues that people do who should have the decency to keep it to themselves, or at least back it up with an educated argument.

So I Have This Friend …

Our political system is complex. Just as there are no simple problems, there are no simple solutions. That being said, it is not fair to oversimplify a situation with anecdotal evidence in order to support your philosophy of how the world works. Just because you know A GUY who lost his business under Obama’s presidency, it’s not necessarily an indicator of how certain policies are affecting the rest of the country. Your one friend in Florida whose premiums went up after the implementation of Obamacare doesn’t cancel out the countless people whose lives were saved by the bill, and vice versa. Also, on a very important side note, having a gay or black friend doesn’t give you a free pass to say racist and/or homophobic things. Just so you know.

Blessed are the Rich …

It’s no secret that fans of the Rant tend to have Christian affiliations and beliefs. That’s fine — except when those beliefs don’t line up with your voting record. If you are a New Testament Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the New Covenant, you believe and follow his one rule: love one another.

The last time I checked, choosing your own personal economic interests over loving others is not Jesus’ way. And if you are going to come at me with “I never claimed to be a perfect Christian, and Jesus is my judge,” don’t judge non-Christians for not measuring up to the same standards you hold (or should hold) for Christians.

Down with Regulations!

So, you want a government that doesn’t have a hand in your lives (except when it comes to gay marriage and a woman’s right to choose). And you don’t want them to tell businesses what to do either. As long as that’s settled, we hope you don’t mind trusting large corporations without economic incentives to lower arsenic in children’s rice cereal, decrease pollution, and not fire Deborah for wearing last season’s frumpy pantsuit instead of a pencil skirt. Go ahead, trust the invisible hand of competition to employ struggling, single, expectant mothers who need maternity leave. It’s so easy to hate regulations when you are not on the receiving end of things — and god forbid you have to sacrifice for someone else.

The ‘D’ Word

When it comes to money, Doug is always concerned. This is understandable, because that is what immediately affects people, and he is an employer. But, when he talks about the national debt, the first programs he wants to cut are those that one might consider the most helpful to our own citizens. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are all on the chopping block in the Rant every week, but all of the above help citizens get back on their feet. What about the billions of dollars spent on defense every year? Funneling countless dollars into stabilizing (if that’s what you want to call it) foreign governments and giving $3 billion annually in military aid to Israel is not “patriotic.” If “America First” is your doctrine, maybe we should cool it with the world-police act, because blowing countries up is not a great financial decision.

What on God’s (No Longer Green) Earth?!

If you don’t believe in global warming because you don’t want to trade in your SUV, hippies gross you out, or Al Gore gave you bad vibes, that’s fine. At this point, there is no sense arguing with facts, because no one in the Bible Belt wants to believe Bill Nye. But, you can’t deny the massive amounts of pure garbage floating around the Pacific Ocean and clogging Free Willy’s blow hole. Taking care of the planet doesn’t have to be associated with a liberal conspiracy, because even those people suck on plastic Starbucks straws and live in vans that get about three miles per gallon. If you ever want to take your rifle out to the forest to hunt wildlife again, we’d better start doing something soon.

Quotes of the Week

“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:7)

“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)

“It used to be, it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.” (Ted Cruz)
“Climate change is not science. It’s religion.” (Ted Cruz)

“A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?” (Ronald Reagan)

 “Do you realize who signs your paychecks?!” (Doug Sutton)

Doug might think twice before leaving town again. That’s what you get for putting monkeys near a computer.

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 20, 2017

The Boot is Back!

 “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”

 When Toby Keith sang this song at one of the president’s inauguration parties, it didn’t dawn on me at the time how prophetic it was. Fast forward some five months later; I and millions of others are really glad President Trump pulled the boot out of mothballs to put to good use again.

For the last eight years we have had sand kicked in our faces with embarrassing humiliation. The food stamp president’s idealistic wimpyness of hollow threats, leading from behind (whatever the heck that means), gutting the military, refusal to identify Islamic terrorism, and looking the other way when concrete nuclear threats were staring us in the face are finally over. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about giving billions of dollars to an enemy who hates our guts (Iran) while turning our noses up at our only true ally in the region (Israel).

 Now the boot is in high gear as we let the rest of world know we be back in the kick-ass business. Is it a macho thing, an American ego thing? No, it’s common sense strength President Reagan believed in and used effectively. I like what the vice-president said: “The era of strategic patience is over. President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.”

Some call the Trump Administration “war hawks”; I call them common sense protectors of men, women and children. You cannot allow a delusional, mentally unstable, unelected dictator to keep testing the waters of nuclear attacks. A leader who forces an estimated 200,000 of his own people to live lives of utter wretchedness in internment camps should not be trusted with nuclear weapons to cause great harm to people who aren’t his own.

We cannot and will not allow a massive deadly threat to gain any more traction. Even if our coast is not yet threatened, what about Hawaii or Japan? The scariest of all is Seoul, South Korea, which is about as close to the tyrant as Santa Clarita is to Anaheim, with thousands of Americans and our troops there.

It’s a Messed Up – Screwed Up State of Affairs

It usually takes me parts of two days to write this sucker, but this week I’m cramming it into one day, as the boss (my wife) and I are heading to Louisville for a “community newspaper” conference. We will be hearing all about the state of our industry on a national scale (contrary to what you may think, our industry is doing rather well). But, the state of our state is what’s really cramming in my brain today.

The democrat/liberal mindset of California’s state legislature and governor are so far gone it’s a joke. Does the blame lay with them or the voters who put them there? And what does it say about those Democrat folks, some of whom are friends of mine, and even my youngest son! Who can convince these lost souls of the way of the common sense world? These loved ones aren’t rotten, just wrong.

If this wasn’t so serious it would be hysterically funny, how these people think the way things should be in our state. For instance, wasting billions of gallons of precious water to help fish, not from going extinct, but enabling them to get to the ocean without a struggle. Instead of funneling the water to farmers who produce crops we eat, it’s wasted on some sort of freaking trout. These fish huggers could be the ones attacking Trump supporters with pepper spray in Berkeley each weekend (now that takes guts).

Of course, the state’s libs don’t want anything to happen to illegal aliens who are blatant law breakers, so they insist on California breaking the law to shield them from undesired consequences. The socially concerned tax-and-spend loons care so much for the downtrodden they stick it to them with a new gas tax and increased registration fees. These Einsteins don’t realize they are putting even more of a financial burden on the folks they always claim they really want to help.

California has one of the highest poverty levels in the nation, not because of low wages per se, but because of the high cost living, particularly the cost of housing. If the libs care so much for the poor, why do they hike the cost of fuel and fees that cause the price of everything to go up? It makes zero sense for a state to bury its citizens and businesses with choking costs that smother our efforts to succeed, all because the Democrat elected officials in Sacramento need to feel good about themselves. These idealistic, socialistic fools are going to cause this not so great state to implode.

Oh, wait a minute, now the governor wants to spend upwards of $70 billion to build a super train that will take us from here to Moon-Beam land. The dude could be dead before it’s even finished, so why the concern? I know, I know, he wants to leave a liberal, idealistic legacy behind, even at the cost of us regular folks trying to survive here in Venezuela, I mean California.

Speaking of Liberals

Someone sent me this and I just can’t pass up sharing it with you:

  1. Back off and let those men who want to marry men, marry men.
    B. Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women.
    C.  Allow those folks who want to abort their babies, abort their babies.

 In three generations, there will be no more Democrats.

These are the 10 poorest cities in America (250,000 and over in population) and the percent of people below the poverty level in each:

1. Detroit, MI 32.5%
2. Buffalo, NY 29.9%
3. Cincinnati, OH 27.8%
4. Cleveland, OH 27.0%
5. Miami, FL 26.9%
6. St. Louis, MO 26.8%
7. El Paso, TX 26.4%
8. Milwaukee, WI 26.2%
9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%
10. Newark, NJ 24.2%

What do these top 10 cities all have in common? All their mayors are Democrats. The last Republican mayor was in Cleveland in 1989. Most haven’t had a Republican Mayor in many years and good ole El Paso Texas has never had one.

So, what’s the deal? Why the proof in the pudding consequences of liberal, socialistic governing that just doesn’t work?

I’ll let Abraham Lincoln, from over a 150 years ago, give his take:

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

Enough said?

Quotes of the Week                                       

 “We maintain the peace through strength; weakness only invites aggression.” (Ronald Reagan)

 “We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.” (Ronald Reagan) “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.” (Ronald Reagan)

“Government has laid its hand on health, housing, farming, industry, commerce, education, and to an ever-increasing degree, interferes with the people’s right to know. Government tends to grow, government programs take on weight and momentum as public servants say, always with the best of intentions. But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or economically as the private sector of the economy.” (Ronald Reagan)

 “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven, where they don’t need it, and hell where they already have it.” (Ronald Reagan)

 Memes of the Week

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 13, 2017

People Make Me Nuts:

In the course of my life I’ve often said, “If it wasn’t for people, my job would be a lot easier” and “It’s only people that make my life miserable.” In fact, I told myself just this morning that I would try my very best to carefully listen to each and every word my wife said, and remember those words. Of course, that didn’t last too long, and soon the most important person in my life was barking at my butt for not listening to her. So, I just went into Charlie Brown mode by tuning her out like he did his teachers, which added to the irritation level inside our home. Then I turned on the Fox Business Channel only to see a clip from MSNBC of one of their bozo show hosts claiming Putin conspired with Trump by ordering the chemical attacks so Trump could look good for the missile attack on Syria. That one made me gag on the breakfast I was eating.

A short time later I’m pulling onto the 14 freeway telling myself I would not assume the competitive spirit against the other idiot drivers who tick me off on a daily basis (even though I’m only on that freeway for a few miles). That lasted for a half mile until one of those fools cut me off, causing me to have to brake hard to avoid a collision. Then, as I’m proceeding down Golden Valley Road some nimrod pulled out right in front of me, again causing more wear and tear on my brakes. Now my brain was full of soured emotions as I walked into the office to start this rant, and why? All because of freaking people!

Downhill:

It went downhill from there. Once I was at my desk to start this rant I made the mistake of reading the opinion piece in that day’s Signal, and oh my gosh, there was another human adding to my soured brain with a column, entitled “Typical Move by GOP.”  The writer was amped up about President Trump’s budget and how defense spending is going up, while eliminating funding for public media, particularly National Public Radio. Well, no sugar Sherlock, our country is in debt up to its eyeballs (a trillion times over), the world is on fire with people that want to wipe us off the face of the earth, and this dude is whining over losing government sponsored radio that spews left-wing garbage all day long. Why should we right thinking taxpayers pay for a radio network that promotes the exact things we don’t believe in?

This is a typical left-winger who thinks with emotional ideals, while not considering the negative consequences. We need to save a ton of money and we need to save it fast. Besides that, the government should not be in the business of a lot of stuff, including the radio business. And, I’ll add, the abortion business, the healthcare industry, and the mail delivery service, just to name a few. This day has gotten off to a people-causing, irritating day, so I’m going to take a break before I have an unsightly meltdown.

It Ain’t Any Better:

 I came back to the office in the afternoon feeling rested and relaxed, until I came across a letter to The Signal’s editor, entitled “It’s Time to Halt Trump.” I’m getting really tired of these hate Trump no matter what folks (here they are again, brain souring people). Someone said, “Trump could finance a cure for cancer and people would still hate him.” Ain’t that the truth! Almost every day I hear the phrase impeach Trump (I say, “For what?” Give me concrete reasons please!). The letter to the editor accused Trump of turning back the clock on civil and human rights, telling lies and turning America into total chaos. “He must be stopped before it’s too late and we are incapable of halting the damage to our beloved country.”

 What is this letter writer seeing that I’m not seeing? When and where is all of this stuff hitting the fan? I really wish when someone is making these delusional comments they would back them up with some stone cold facts. But then again, maybe God is trying to teach me I need to put up with those humans who torque my shorts on a daily basis. After all, Jesus did say we need to pull the log out of our own eye before criticizing the speck in others’ eyes. OUCH!

A Knight Reprise:       

 Last week I wrote about Steve Knight and his apparent malaise when it comes to addressing the things that matter most to his constituents, like tax reform. The financial world is on pins and needles waiting for word on progress for the reform, which is the most important (I think) issue that motivated voters last November. We, the common folk, are waiting for more money in our paychecks so we can increase our purchase power to buy stuff we’ve been putting off. If businesses and folks have more money to spend and invest with, the economy could take off like a rocket ship!

So, what did we see in the newsletter Rep. Knight sent out this week? Everything but anything to do with the seemingly most important issues out there. No thoughts on our missile attack on Syria, what the Secretary of State should convey to the Russians while he’s over there, what we should do about North Korea, or what he knows and feels about the resurgence of the Obamacare negotiations. And it would be nice if he at least would give us some hope on the tax thing. Come on, Steve, soothe our impatient souls.

 Talk About Nuts:    

Remember those undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees talking about selling aborted body parts for profit, which is highly illegal? In my mind, those people incriminated themselves big time and should face prosecution for the crimes they committed, or at least Planned Parenthood should be held accountable. Did either of those two things happen? Noooo, but do you know what did happen? David Daleiden and Sandra Merrit, the two who conducted the undercover interviews were charged with 15 felonies. California prosecutors said that by filming 14 people without their consent, the filmmakers had invaded their privacy.

You have got to be absolutely kidding me! This is like a journalist who poses as a buyer of stolen goods being indicted while the guys who stole the stuff go on their merry way. This a complete travesty of fairness and common sense. But hey, this is California, the king of liberal, nonsensical, ridiculous, emotional, ideological, pure whacked-out thinking. Let’s hope cooler legal heads prevail and these two heroes get their lives back. As for Planned Parenthood, don’t worry about them, they will get off scot free and continue to receive around $500 million a year to continue to sell aborted baby parts. What a state and what a country!

Quotes of the Week:                                       

“Our tax code is an absolute mess. Americans spend nearly 7 billion hours annually on tax compliance. This wasted time, when combined with out-of-pocket costs, amounts to an economic loss of $261.2 billion each year.” (Brandon Arnold, The National Taxpayers Union)

 “President Trump may have suffered a blow when it comes to health care, but his looming tax reform bill will get bipartisan support.”  (Anthony Scaramucci, hedge fund manager)

The U.S. tax code was written by A students. Every April 15, we have to pay somebody who got an A in accounting to keep ourselves from being sent to jail.” (P. J. O’Rourke)

“Nearly 100 years ago, when Planned Parenthood was founded, birth control was illegal.” (Cecile Richards)

If Planned Parenthood wants to be involved in providing counseling services and HIV testing, they ought not to be in the business of providing abortions.” (Mike Pence)

Memes of the Week: 

 

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,

Your weekly rant and last week’s contribution by Jim is funnier than a Hallmark Card. Seriously though, don’t go soft. Don’t go soft on Steve Knight. I don’t care for him. I feel he is part of the political process that just drags their ass. Also, I really appreciate the free ads. Sold two items recently. Happy Easter buddy, Tim and Janet, Castaic

 Doug,

I enjoy your weekly rant column but I wanted to clarify why we over in Valencia have nice landscaped streets like McBean Parkway. The original developer of Valencia, Newhall Land and Farming, paid to construct the streets, paseos and landscaping which resulted in higher prices for the adjacent homes. In addition, the maintenance of the paseos and street landscaping is paid by the neighboring homeowners via a landscape maintenance district (LMD). The LMD is a direct assessment on your property tax bill. The LMD for my home is $144 per year and my small Valencia office building has a direct assessment of $574 per year for the LMD.  I am glad you enjoy the beauty of McBean Parkway brought to you by the real estate owners of Valencia.   Doug E, Valencia

     

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 6, 2017

It was a Rude Awakening

 It was early 1997; we had just moved here from Phoenix for a job change (USA TODAY to Recycler Classifieds). Where we came from it was all Tucson or Phoenix (with the exception of a few suburbs), so we arrived here thinking we were moving to Santa Clarita. Soon we started hearing about places called Valencia, Newhall and Saugus, which we assumed were suburbs of Santa Clarita. Then we learned we had moved to Canyon Country, but it was actually Santa Clarita. Huh?! The lay of the land was later explained to us and we thought that was that.

That was that until we started meeting people who lived on the other side of town (tracks, if you will) and when we would tell them we had just moved from Arizona to Canyon Country, the look on their faces told us all we needed to know about where the east side stood in many of their minds. I remember asking someone who was giving me a hard time about choosing the community we moved to, “What’s so wrong with Canyon Country?” and he said “Sierra Highway, an ugly road in an ugly town.”  One of our new neighbors proceeded to tell me, “Canyon Country is the stepchild of Santa Clarita. Always has been and always will.”

 Fast Forward

 This past March, the Gazette published an article entitled “Who Cares About Sierra Highway.” That piece was about the city controlling certain parts of the highway and CalTrans controlling other parts, thus the ugly stretches of the road. While the Gazette article in March focused mainly on Sierra Highway south of Soledad, I frequently drive to points north from Soledad and it is in bad shape and damn ugly! I, like many other east siders, have always heard that CalTrans controls that portion of the road, thus the shoddiness and lack of beautification.

This month in Canyon Country Magazine (published by this company) the headline on the cover is “Beauty and the Beast in Canyon Country.” I’m sure you can guess what “the Beast” refers to. In the magazine piece it is revealed that the City of Santa Clarita controls Sierra Highway from Soledad north to Fox Feed. The first thing I thought about when learning that was what my neighbor said back in 1997 about the Canyon Country stepchild thing.                          

 What Gives?

In my 20 years of living on the east side, the talk of Canyon Country being ignored by the city has been a constant topic of discussion from citizens to office campaigners. (Seems just like the traffic issue, which is the forefront of all city council campaigns, but fades quickly after the election.) I’m not going to go through the list of examples I’m familiar with and heard talked about that tend to bear this out, but I will tell you that the stretch of Sierra Highway in question, and its obvious lack of attention, is most telling, in my opinion.

In the Canyon Country Magazine article, city officials are quoted as saying that 9.5 million is spent by the city annually on slurry seal and overlay road preservation, but I don’t recall this occurring on this portion of the road. Quotes from the article include: “When the Community Center moves forward there will be significant improvements to Sierra Highway going north from Soledad”and “With the development of the Community Center, street improvements along the property frontage on Sierra Highway will be constructed, including sidewalk, curb and lighting.”

 Okay, great, but why is it taking a community center to motivate these changes? And it seems as though it’s just for the portion where the center will be. Why not the whole stretch of road? Why hasn’t the city been willing to pay for these improvements in the past? Why have they let it turn into an eyesore of no sidewalks and lack of lighting, resulting in justified safety concerns?

No wonder Canyon Country is perceived as a neglected child — the road in question is unsafe and looks like crap, while the city spends millions of dollars on an artsy fartsy theatre and a parking structure in Newhall. Maybe they could hold off on the Thursday night “SENSES” festivities for a few years, using the savings to help improve the senses of Sierra Highway.

Just think, maybe someday the ugly highway in Canyon Country can become beautiful like McBean Parkway and the east side can become a big boy community, like the rest of Santa Clarita. The article is on this web site – Search: What’s Happening to the Highway

 Hoping for a More Amped UP Congressman

 I voted for him, I like and respect him, but I and others I have heard from would like Steve Knight to be more vociferous when it comes to the issues that really matter to us. The issues that motivated millions of us to vote for President Trump to help affect the changes we deem as very important to … are you ready? MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Look, I appreciate Steve’s initiatives on things like equal pay legislation, fighting for funds for veterans’ homes and the VA to fix the veterans’ crisis hotline. Revising a bill to block future mining projects in Santa Clarita and even applauding a disaster declaration, for our area, are all worthy issues.

But, we’d like to hear him yell from Washington, and when he is here, about the stuff that matters to most Republicans. We want to hear him get aggressive, at least vocally, about his burning desire to get our personal and business taxes way down, getting rid of as many regulations as possible that choke businesses nearly to death (especially in the state that is the king of regulations — California, that is).

We’d like him to get in front of every camera or microphone he can and declare his allegiance, not necessarily to Trump, but at least his allegiance to Trump’s ideals. We don’t want to try and change the guy’s personality, but come on, give it to us louder and harder and with regularity, so we know what matters most to our representative. If all we hear is crickets from the congressman, how are we going to know where he is coming from and what’s really important to him?

Well, What Do You Know!      

 Under Trump, regulations are being cut, energy initiatives are poised to enable energy production to explode, the debt has actually been reduced, the labor participation rate has improved, and there are even reports of average hourly wage increases. Despite problems with healthcare reform, talks are heating up on tax reform, not to mention a stock market that is riding the bull of confidence.

So, what do you know; consumer confidence is skyrocketing, building confidence index is on the rise, companies are making growth plans, and almost all agree economic optimism is higher than it’s been in 12 years or so.

Yet, according to the national media and some columnists in The Signal, the country is about to collapse on itself. Charlie even wrote in the newspaper: “At this point only the most die-hard Trump sycophants are still sticking with this guy.”

I’m not as smart as he is, so I had to look up what a sycophant is. It’s a “servile flatterer.” Then I had to look up what “servile” is. It means “subservient, submissive.” So, I guess Charlie is calling me a “subservient, submissive flatterer” of President Trump? Is that name calling? Because those Signal columnists are really good at that.                      

So, while media types mess their pants everyday about the horrible state of Trump’s America, I and all of the other deplorables are going to stick with our sycophant ways, while the confused, bewildered, clueless liberals cry on their computer screens as we cry all the way to the bank!

 Quotes of the Week                                   

 

I am not a crook.” (Richard Nixon)

“I didn’t have sexual relations with that woman.” (Bill Clinton)

“I know nothing about this.” (Susan Rice)

“Poor Susan Rice. Obama White House tells her to tell Benghazi lies — she loses Secretary of State job. Obama White House tells her to unmask, she loses her reputation.” (Larry Elder)

 “Federal and state laws make it illegal to sell health insurance that doesn’t cover a laughable array of supposedly vital services based on bureaucrats’ medical opinions, of which providers have the best lobbyists.”  (Sean Hannity)

“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.” (Bill O’Reilly)

 “If Trump Embraces Single-Payer Health Care, the Country Is Lost.” (Glenn Beck)

 “It was Ted Kennedy’s strategy to keep highly qualified constitutionalists from the court and it all started with nomination of Robert Bork and one of the most vile speeches ever made by Kennedy. It was Chuck Schumer’s strategy that led to the effort to destroy Clarence Thomas and the strategy being used to try to take out Neil Gorsuch now. We have now reached a point where filling the Scalia seat with a decent constitutionalist is now unacceptable.” (Mark Levin)

Letters to the Ranter

Doug,

I was reading the Daily News Thursday morning and in my groggy half asleep rituals I thought I read that California wants to increase our taxes again. After my third cup of coffee I read the articles again and realized I wasn’t dreaming. Page one has an article about raising the gasoline tax by 43% and penalizing those ecological folks that bought electric vehicles $100 a year because they drive on our roads. On page 9 there is “an offer to amend” prop. 13 to increase property taxes to address the high housing costs. It seems to me that if you raise the property tax it would increase the price of housing. I’m confused. LA county just increased the sales tax to help the homeless, they don’t know how they are going to do it yet but with enough money they will find a way. Have you ever heard of a city, county, state or federal government that has taxed themselves into prosperity? Didn’t think so.   Tom
Now …Doug,

You know how much I admire a really clever political email (right or left) and this is one of the best:

The year was 1947.  Some of you will recall that on  July 8, 1947, a little more than 66 years ago,numerous witnesses claim that an Unidentified Flying Object, (UFO), with five aliens aboard, crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside  Roswell,  New Mexico. This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered-up by the U.S. Air Force,as well as other Federal Agencies and Organizations.

 However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of April, year 1948,
nine months
 after the alien crash, the following people were born:

Albert A. Gore, Jr.

Hillary Rodham
William J. Clinton
John F. Kerry
Howard Dean

Nancy Pelosi
Dianne Feinstein
Charles E. Schumer
Barbara Boxer

Joe Biden

This is the obvious consequence of aliens breeding with sheep and jack-asses.
I truly hope this bit of information clears up a lot of things for you.   It did for me. Now you can stop wondering why they support the bill to help all Illegal Aliens.
  Jim

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 30, 2017

Another Week of Venting (ranting, if you will):

Another week and more op-ed pieces in The Signal I have to respond to. I guess I don’t have to, but I need to vent about some of what the two gentlemen wrote this week.

First of all, in my opinion, the name-calling they resort to makes them look small, amateurish and somewhat immature for men of their apparent stature. Calling our president “Baby Bully Trump” or stating a “real president would have.” Calling him “President Shuckster” and calling Trump’s son-in-law “Imperial Swamp Prince” should not be included in a professional newspaper column.

Worse, it’s hypocritical beyond belief, because if I or anyone else used the same sort of terminology to describe Obama or his family, we would have been fanatically accused of being racist! Bust his butt on issues, but leave the name-calling out of it. It takes away from the points you’re trying to convey.

By the way, I’m one of those “suffering white voters” G.H. talked about. I can tell you one thing for sure, Sir: I and many other voters, whether black, brown or white suffered more under the previous president than your white ass has suffered during the last three months!

Painful Lessons of Not Compromising:

As my mom told the story, I was traumatized at a young age by not comprising. According to her, my dad was home with me and when it came time for my bottle he handed it to me and I said it was too cold. He heated it up, but I told him it was still too cold. He heated it up some more and then I told him it’s too hot! He proceeded to grab it out of my hands and threw it in the trash, never to be held by me again. The emotional pain I felt must have been overwhelming, and all because I refused to compromise. )-:

One thing I have surely learned during the many years after that traumatic event is that compromising is an essential ingredient to success in most aspects of life. When my wife and I were engaged in negotiations with the Paladin Media Group to form the partnership we enjoy now, compromise happened left and right. If we had all been stuck to the purpose of perfect over reasonable, the deal would have never been consummated, and that wouldn’t have been a good thing for either party.

You probably know where this is going, because the guys and gals who make up both houses of Congress seem to be clueless as to the notion of give and take. I mean, really! These smart, personable people can’t sit down behind locked doors and hammer out a deal that works for the good of all (as imperfect as it may be)?! It may not be possible with the Dems, but come on! Republicans have got to put on their big people pants and cut this crap out!

What scares the bejeebers out of me if this unproductive, family fighting continues, is how on God’s green earth will tax reform and other important measures get through to accomplish what needs to be done for the greater good of our nation? While I’m conflicted on raising the debt ceiling, I’m aware of the muddy, gross, swamp water that will hit the fan if it doesn’t happen. Please, guys and gals in Congress, instead of chasing the perfectness of your own desires, think about us common folk and don’t SCREW IT UP!

Speaking of Green Earth:

President Trump moved on from the stinging defeat of the healthcare bill like the Lakers do from their defeats. In other words — forget about it (New York accent intended). On Tuesday he did something he could do without having other people (Congress) screw it up. He signed an executive order following through on his campaign promise to roll back Obama’s environmental protections intended to combat climate change. Calling it an Energy Independence order, it begins the process of getting rid of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that was Obama’s deal for restricting the carbon emissions that could contribute to climate change (Didn’t this start out as global warming, but they had to change it because things started getting colder? Just sayin’).

After all the nonsense we heard out of Washington last week, it was really refreshing to hear Vice President Pence state: “The war on coal is over. Everyone here knows the truth that affordable, abundant and reliable energy powers the American economy.” The new EPA administrator said the president is setting a “new course” that is both “pro-jobs” and “pro-environment.” “It’s going to create jobs in the oil and gas sector. For too long, over the last several years, you’ve had certain industries, certain sectors of our economy that were within the crosshairs of the EPA.” 

I tell you what; getting things humming on energy production/independence, regulatory reduction on the financial industry, tax cuts, maybe someday healthcare reform, along with a stock market boom, and this country’s economy will explode like nobody’s business! Millions of Americans could benefit and rejoice with good jobs and more money in their bank accounts. But, even if the president’s detractors and their families benefit from his policies, they will still hate him, so I’ll say it for him — screw-‘em!

Tree Huggers Panic:

Of course the green thinking folks had a hot flash (or was it cold flash?) panic when news of Trump’s order came out. Nancy Pelosi and her friends started screaming that our children’s future will be ruined by climate change. Of course, they didn’t mention anything about a $20 trillion debt as troublesome for those same kids, but I digress.

The opinion piece in The Signal on March 25 read: “We the People Must Solve Climate Change.” Huh? I don’t even know what a catalytic converter does or how to stop a lawn mower from spewing earth-killing emissions. Do farmers know how to stop their cattle from emitting deadly farting gas? I don’t think so, so what can we mere humans do to stop the earth-ravaging pollution that, according to Obama, is more of a threat than terrorism? The Signal columnist went on to cite problems and solutions relating to this urgent matter, but I thought the same thing I always think when confronted with this urgent and scary prospect of weather retaliating for our environmental sins.

Weather recording only started about 220 years ago, so please tell me how valid can facts on climate change be?! How can anyone know what the warmest — coldest —windiest — deadliest — most fire laden year in history has been?! Please help me to understand.

Quotes of the Week:

“Imagine if the Bush Administration had been monitoring the phone calls of Obama’s aides, maybe even Obama himself. And what if that information was carefully preserved by the Bush Administration and then shared with 16 other intelligence agencies around the world, including some of those run by foreign governments?” (Rush Limbaugh)

“He (Trump) should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand. He’s a distraction in and of himself. He’s got a lot of work to do, and some of these things — the wiretapping and all of this stuff — is a complete distraction that makes it harder to accomplish the things I know he wants to do.” (Jeb Bush)

“Climate change alarmists say, even if the evidence is scant, we should err on the side of caution. Why doesn’t that apply to voter ID?” (Larry Elder)

“I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.” (Andrew Carnegie)

“I’m a compromiser and a maneuverer. I try to get something. That’s the way our system works.” (Lyndon B. Johnson)

“I don’t care about deficit spending, but the Freedom Caucus does.” (Richard Fowler, Democrat and Fox News contributor)

Letters to the Ranter:
Doug,
I would like to use this somewhat simple example to help people to understand why we need to hold our elected politicians accountable for eliminating our national public debt crisis.

On March 23, 2017 the US Treasury reported that the American people’s debt (you and I ) was US Public Debt $19,845,829,879,261.96          

That means that you and your children along with  everyone else collectively in the United States owe $19 Trillion 645 Billion 829 Million 879 Thousand 261 US Dollars and 96 cents.

This is the amount that your elected government officials (yes you have the right to vote them in and out) have over-spent to pay the bills of the United States to date.

Using the US Population Census estimate on March 23rd 2017, we have approx. 324,000,000 people in the United States. Each individual in the United States is responsible for over $60,835 of public debt, that includes you and EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY. A big thanks to all of our elected politicians.

Whether you like it or not you and your children are responsible for your portion of the debt of our government. This was done by all ( Democrats, Republicans and Independents) government politicians spending more money than they collected (mostly in public taxes from us the people).  

How long would you be able to run your own household if you didn’t have the income to pay your bills each month? Not very long…even if you used your credit cards which people do. In short order you would need to make dramatic cuts in your spending and perhaps your life-style to continue eating and just existing.

It’s about time that the American people wake up to the fact that our government needs to be accountable to its people. They need to start with an annual budget of income and expenses. Then only spend the income that is projected to come from our taxes and other income sources. (The government doesn’t create income – but we give them the elected power to over-spend our tax dollars – and we pay them their salaries and expenses to represent us. )

All of our elected politicians must get together and talk until they figure out how to eliminate all of our national public debt… before the whole house of debt comes crumbling down on our head including our children. It is not a laughing matter. Just ask the people of Greece how it feels to have a government out of fiscal control.

How can you help? Start by taking control in your own home. Figure out your own household budget. How much income can you expect this month? How much will your bills be this month for health care, food, gas, insurance, etc.? Will we have enough income to pay all the bills? If not what expenses do we need to cut? What if we have more income than expenses this month? Should we save it for unexpected expenses, vacation or retirement? Learn this simple process. Teach it to your children. Hold your elected politicians accountable to these same rules.

For those of you who are more educated and perhaps just scoff at this simple example, I only wish that there was a way for you to take over my family’s portion of the U.S. debt today– it’s just over $300,000. How much of the debt do you and your family own? Paul Jacques

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 23, 2017

Rant Options Overload!

Here I go again, round and round the rant goes, where it lands I don’t even know. My choices of stuff to rant about have my head spinning with little chance of winning.

Here are the choices:

*The reason for the ugliness of Sierra Highway, while the beautification of Downtown Newhall marches on.

*A Congress that can’t get out of its own way.

*Who wiretapped who, who knew about it and when did they know?

*Twitter suspending accounts they deem extreme.

*The gnashing of teeth by the Left, over Trump’s proposed budget.

*Trump Administration that began publishing weekly list of crimes by illegal aliens.

*RyanCare and the divided Republicans.

*The dreaded Russians.

*The stupid questions Neil Gorsuch is having to endure from ill-informed Democrat senators.

*The plight of the brick-and-mortar retail industry that is dying a slow death, similar to that of the horse and buggy industry in the early 1900s and the newspaper industry these days. Hey! Wait a minute! I resemble that remark.

*Wishing Steve Knight would show some of the same fortitude as other congressmen when it comes to voicing opinions on hot button topics. Instead we get press releases about him pushing to maintain historic rocket test stands near Simi Valley, while the all important healthcare bill was a mere forty hours away.

*Last, but not least, the lunatic running North Korea and the havoc he wants to reap on us. (And some say Trump is the next Hitler?)

The thing is, no matter what I bang out on this keyboard, by the time you read it, some other frantic issue will belly itself up to the bar, leaving this awe-inspiring rant to turn to dust in the wind.

It’s the Debt, Stupid:

Last week I lamented on having writer’s block and my desperate plea for help to knock that block down. Thanks to a couple of contributing columnists in The Signal, my plea was answered. The following cartoon represents the typical thinking of the Left and their complete disregard of our debt problem.

This was born out by Katie Hill (declared Democratic candidate for Steve Knight’s seat in 2018) and her piece in the Signal. She does start out with: “We should not be leaving trillions of dollars of debt for our children to pay.” Good start, but it didn’t last long, as she proceeds to lament the harm a list of budget cuts will be. There was then no mention of the debt or how to alleviate the problem of our kids having to pay dearly for the emotional soothing, financial and socialistic sins we are blindly committing by dumping more debt onto the pile of debt that is already incomprehensible in its massiveness.

I’ve ranted on this before and I’ll do it again; cutting expenses for the greater good is terribly, terribly difficult, especially when it affects folks negatively. Over the last 10 years I’ve had to make the most gut-wrenching decisions of my life having to lay employees off. Some were fathers who were the breadwinners of their homes and some were single mothers working hard to make ends meet, but it had to be done.

The government cannot be our fix all and end all savior. What Left-leaning, well-meaning, deniers like Katie Hill fail to see is the monster that is the federal government will collapse under the irresponsible, reckless spending they insist on. They must realize it’s all going to blow up in our children’s faces, unless we take drastic and painful measures to try and slice the fat off the beast!

In Case You Missed It:

Here are some of the proposed budget cuts that will be proposed and are the cause of much of the angst emanating from left-leaners:

• Eliminates the USDA Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, a reduction of $498 million
• Cuts $250 million by zeroing out National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants and programs that support coastal and marine management
• Reduces or eliminates 20 programs within the Department of Education
• Cuts FEMA state and local grant funding by $667 million
• Eliminates funds for Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing
• Ceases payments to the United Nations’ climate change programs for the Green Climate Fund and precursor funds
• Scales back funding for the World Bank and other international development banks by $650 million over three years
• Cuts federal subsidies to Amtrak and eliminates support for Amtrak’s long-distance services
• Cuts funding to the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program
• Shrinks the Treasury workforce
• Stops funding for the Clean Power Plan

If you ask me, since there is no cutting of entitlement programs there has to be a much greater reduction in all other areas of expenditures and these don’t come close to cutting it (no pun intended). But, if the lefties are having conniption fits over these minor cuts, imagine how they’ll react if and when the big ones ever hit.

Voices in the Head:

My favorite columnist in The Signal, Mr. G.H. himself, just can’t accept the fact that Donald Trump is our president. I can’t say as I blame him much, as I spent eight years myself not accepting Obama’s incompetence. G.H. wrote something about a “sad tale” relating to Trump, but nothing is sadder than the $10 trillion debt Obama accumulated for his and my kids to face, the depleted military that lessens our ability to effectively defend ourselves. Then there’s shoving the notion of the government comforting and saving us down millions of Americans’ throats, helping to create a snowflake generation that won’t be able to handle the slightest stress ball that will come their way.

G.H. also wrote something about Trump and “hysterics about immigrants.” I wonder if he heard about the 14-year-old young lady who was brutally raped by two illegal aliens in the bathroom of a high school this past week? Any hysteria deserving on that one?

Mr. H. also wrote: “We hear a population recoiling over the rape and pillage of Trump’s proposed health-care changes.” Rape and pillage? Now that’s what I call hysteria; it reminds me of the New York Times writer who said the election of Donald Trump was as bad as Pearl Harbor, or the Hillary supporters who proposed that Trump’s winning was worse than the 9/11 attacks, or even the accusations that Trump is another Hitler. I feel sorry for G.H. and others like him who live with the voices of unreality in their heads.

Quotes of the Week:
“In time of peace there can, at all events, be no justification for the creation of a permanent debt by the Federal Government. Its limited range of constitutional duties may certainly under such circumstances be performed without such a resort.” (Martin Van Buren, 8th president of the United States)

“The problem is real, and the solution will be painful. We must stabilize and then reduce the national debt, or we could spend $1 trillion a year in interest alone by 2020. There is no easy way out of our debt problem, so everything must be on the table. A sensible, realistic plan requires shared sacrifice – and Washington must lead the way and tighten its belt.” (The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform)

“When all of America comes to realize that President Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing, it will make last November’s national nervous breakdown look like a momentary case of the vapors. What can go wrong awaits in markets, banks, currencies, and the immense dark pools of counterparty obligations that amount to black holes, where notions of value are sucked out of the universe. There is so much that can go wrong. And then it will. And then maybe that will prompt us back to consider being a nation again.” (James Howard Kunstler)

“The great majority of central banks were established after 1900 to help governments spend money they didn’t have. They became engines of inflation. The largest number of runaway inflations and the worst runaway inflations have occurred since 1900.” (Jim Powell)

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” (Ronald Reagan)

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” (Herbert Hoover)

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” (Milton Friedman)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,

I tried repeatedly to post this comment on Betty Arenson’s article, but received an error message about (CAPTCHA) each and every time so am sending directly to you.

Thanks. I always enjoy your articles Betty and wish there were more folks who would take the time to research and write interesting and informative articles like yours. The leftist ideology is always well represented here in California but those of us with more moderate or conservative views are not as well represented, perhaps because we tire of being called racists and every other vile name whenever we share our opinions.

Keep up the good work Betty; we need to hear diverse and well-reasoned opinions like yours and not just the garbage from the whiners on the left!

Berta González-Harper

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 17, 2017

I’m on the Verge of Becoming a Snowflake:

This is about the 208th straight week I’ve sat down at this keyboard to drain my brain with thoughts that convey the belief of my core values and expose the chicken crap thoughts of the other side. My ranting each week kind of reminds me of the band “3 Doors Down” and the lyrics of one of their songs.

“What happens to a man when
He spills his heart on a page
And he watches words float away then
His feelings lie over a page alone
There waiting for someone who cares to read them
To open their eyes to see them
To see if they can make his thoughts their own.”

Anyway, lately I’ve been having writer’s block and I find myself looking for someone to step in and help me out, or least to help me feel better about myself. Because when writing this incredibly important, life changing, journalistic wonder of words, I get panic attacks wondering if anyone will open their eyes to see them, to see if they can make my thoughts their own?

Adding to my anxiety is the additional burden of being the publisher of this publication, having to manage the financial (most stressful), newspaper content and distribution aspects of this endeavor and what seems like 50 other daily details to ensure a healthy publishing company.

Because of the pressure that is my life, I want the government to step in and provide me with financial assistance to help relieve my worries, or at least pay for counseling! If the country wants to be socialistic, then damn it, send me some freaking money. I deserve it and I need my uncomfortableness relieved. Why should I not have my snowflake type pain relieved? This is me and my troubles, so tell me, what else is more important than that?

Wearing Me Out:

If you’re anything like me, this Trumpcare or Ryancare, whatever you want to call it, debacle is wearing me out. If this isn’t a great example of government workers messing up everything they touch, I don’t know what is. My editor and/or wife won’t let me use the phrase I think best explains their ineptitude, because the phrase refers to screwing up a certain type of dream, but it is a spot on description of what’s going on.

My takeaway is that the whole thing is about trying to fix a socialistic program with watered down socialism. When the initial ingredients of a soup are terrible, trying to mix in more water to lessen the taste of the terrible ingredients just causes additional problems. This is especially true when some people really liked the first batch, some like the second batch, and some can’t stand any of the soup!

My Attention Deficit Disorder goes into overdrive when I try to figure out the details of the opposing views on this thing, but here is my best shot:
The last regime wanted Americans who were broke or didn’t want health insurance to    not have to pay for it.
This regime doesn’t want to completely do that.
American taxpayers forked out more than $100 billion last year to pay for health coverage for the non-insured.
All Americans were forced to buy health insurance to help cover the cost for those without (even those who didn’t want it). This is a non-denying, brutal form of socialism.
The proposed plan will not require Americans to buy health insurance.
If people don’t want coverage, they can go to the emergency room and get treated, just like the pre-Obama days. If they can’t pay, we taxpayers will divvy up for the cost.
If folks cannot afford coverage, the Republicans want the states to handle it through Medicaid.
The Trump gang wants out of the health care business and will send federal money to the individual states so they can decide who gets what.
Liberals are appalled by this; they can’t stand the thought of the federal government not dictating health insurance costs and who gets it free or subsidized.
Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, the new plan calls for subsidies of its own to help deflect the cost for those who are currently in need of financial help.
The hard right is opposed to this, as they want a completely free market healthcare plan with government out of the game all together. If they don’t get their way, they will gum up the whole deal.
This, my friends, is a cluster of a dilemma that needs to be busted open for the good of all, somehow, some way.

I Just Don’t Care:

As I try to shake off my snowflake blues, I’m getting irritated to the point of just saying screw all of this, all of them and the horses they rode in on.  I don’t give a flying flip about Trump’s taxes and NBC’s amateurish and desperate attempts to take him down, even though he paid a $38 million tax bill. I don’t care that NBC was the real infiltrator, not the Russians, in the presidential election. I don’t care that George Soros spent millions of his own dollars to pay for women to march around with vagina caps on their heads. I don’t care that there is a CEO who is giving snowflake tests to job applicants. I don’t even care that a $3 million patriot missile was used to shoot down a $200 drone.

What I really don’t care about is the congressional jargon that makes no sense to me; Three step approaches that won’t work, will work, but should work. I don’t care if it doesn’t fit in the reconciliation process, or going nuclear on the 60 vote rule. Or about tax policy to dis-incentivize bad behavior, and if it will pass muster with the parliamentarian, or The Reid rule, the Byrd rule and any other damn rule that seems to do nothing but throw wrenches into the spokes of the wheel of progress for us regular folk.

What I really care about is that my freaking health insurance premium is almost 60 percent of what my mortgage payment is! That I have a bad shoulder and a bad hip, but my healthcare provider won’t pop for MRI’s for lame reasons they half-heartedly try to explain to me. I could rant on and on about other stuff that rankles my soul, but you get the point. Come on Congress, don’t give us excuses, give us results!

Quotes of the Week:             

“Yes, in socialism the rich will be poorer – but the poor will also be poorer. People will lose interest in really working hard and creating jobs.” (Thomas Peterffy)

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” (Thomas Sowell)

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” (Winston Churchill)

“Capitalism is not really an ism at all. It is what people do if you leave them alone.” (Arnold Beichmen)

“Due to more confidence in the economy, businesses added nearly 300K jobs in February, 100K more than predicted. Damn you, Trump!”  (Larry Elder)

“Under new plan, no one is forced to sign up. If they want to, more choice is available, since not all plans have to include government mandated features.” (Duane Pattersen, Radio Blogger)

“Our plan is about giving people more choices & better access to plans they want & can afford. When people have more choices, costs go down. Don’t forget, Obamacare is in the middle of a collapse, five states have one insurer left. Over 1,000 counties have only one insurer left.” (Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House)

“Make no mistake, RyanCare is ObamaCare just with a different name. Coverage is the same, costs to the buyer are not lower and there will be a bigger burden to the American taxpayer than ObamaCare. The Cadillac Tax is not repealed and a new entitlement program is enshrined in GOP clothing. It’s time for President Trump to scrap the GOP health care bill. Send Paul Ryan and Secretary Price back to the drawing board and come up with a free market solution.” (Eric Bolling, Fox News)

Letters to the Ranter:

I wanted to comment on Betty Arenson’s piece recently in your paper.
I have been a follower of Ms. Arenson since she began commenting in The Signal, so I was pleased to see her commentary in the Gazette. Betty is meticulous in her research, so I always know that she is correct in her facts, regardless (of) which side of the aisle they are sitting on. I think a “newspaper”, whether it is an online newspaper, or a traditional news provider, or a TV one, should give both sides on an argument. And those remarks should be truthful.   Paige

Ranter’s Note:  This is the fourth and final installment of a letter written to my wife and I by the delightful 90 year young VaNile Risser.

Jeannie and Doug,
I can’t close this letter without letting you know how much I love your rants! You’re always on target and still play fair with the opposition. Thank you for your intelligence and common sense. After reading your story—I’m even more of a fan.

I have to add, I have tremendous faith in yours and Jeanie’s love for one another. I would love to know your love story. I know it sounds nosey, but I have discovered couples that have a beautiful relationship, also have a beautiful love story, with what I believe is a higher power involved.

God bless you, and may you keep on keeping on! You really add a great deal of intelligent, informative, pleasant/humorous reading to my days!

Another Ranter’s Note, this is for VaNile:

Many years ago an invitation arrived at my parents’ house for my 10-year high school class reunion. I told my mom I wasn’t interested in going; she said, “You have to go.” I cited lack of interest and a lack of funds, but she said, “I’ll pay for it, you go for an hour and if you don’t like it, leave.” So, I took her money and begrudgingly went to an event I wasn’t too excited about. One of the first people I saw was Jeannie Mouer, who I had known in elementary and junior high school, but with attending a very large high school, we lost of track of each other during those four years. The rest of the story is … nine months after the reunion we got married and have been so for almost 33 years now. So yes, VaNile, I think our relationship was arranged by a higher power and with the help of knowing mom!

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 10, 2017

A Day Without Liberals:

Wednesday was “A Day Without a Woman.” Some statement, somewhere said: “Women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.” But, another statement read: “Make no mistake, March 8 will mostly be a day without women who can afford to skip work and shuffle childcare and household duties to someone else.” In other words, it was for ideological, liberal, “out of touch with reality” women who think marching with things on their heads that are supposed to represent a part of the female anatomy will bring about change.

But, I digress: I wanna day without liberals! Yeah, a day where I don’t have to hear or read spewed, emotional crap from people who believe government action is needed to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. Liberals who think the duty of the government is to alleviate all social ills, to guarantee that no one is in need and generally emphasize the need for the government to solve our problems.

I want a day where all I’m exposed to is common sense, realistic, responsible people. Hard working Americans who bust their butt every day, realizing that life ain’t a walk in a nice smelling rose garden. Those who understand and realize there are times in life where you just gotta suck it up and not fall into poor me pouting – needing and deserving a perfect life, and the only way they think they’re going to get that is through other people and the government doing it for them.

What’s sad is, many people in government feel the same way and work hard at trying to get the rest of us to buy into it. Thus, we see snowflakes that are fragile, emotional and ideological wrecks who can’t understand why they are so miserable.

What Really Matters?:

In the midst of the continuous uproar over wiretapping, who talked to the Russians, what did they talk about, the new Attorney General recusal of himself from investigating himself, the Senate Democrats jerking around Trump appointees, Trump being Trump, James Comey having a tantrum over Trump being Trump, travel restrictions, the Republicans fighting over Obamacare while the Dems stand around smirking, the transgender bathroom wars and, worst of all, Kelly Ann Conway sitting on a couch in the Oval Office with her feet up, a little ol’ thing happened that hasn’t seen much of any news coverage.

North Korea launched missiles!!

Yawn, boring and no big deal? Think again: The stories read: “Nuclear-armed North Korea said Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on U.S. bases in Japan, as global condemnation of the regime swelled.”

“Three of the four missiles fired Monday came down provocatively close to U.S. ally Japan, in waters that are part of its exclusive economic zone. The military units involved are tasked to strike the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan.”

“The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in South Korea on Tuesday, the U.S. Pacific Command said.”

If that wasn’t enough good news; Iran launched missiles too!!

“Iran conducted its first ballistic missile test under Donald Trump’s presidency, in yet another apparent violation of a United Nations resolution, U.S. officials said.”

“U.N. Resolution 2231 – put in place days after the Iran nuclear deal was signed – calls on the Islamic Republic not to conduct such tests. However, this is at least Iran’s second such test since July. The resolution bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect July 20, 2015.”

Wow, you can really tell how much Iran respects Obama’s treaty; but then again, when you give them $1.3 billion and then fly $400 million over to them in cash and their leader still leads chants of “death to America,” it should have, perhaps, been the first clue something like this could happen. But that’s just me.

Urgent Stuff:

In my book, the news of our enemies, who want nothing more than to destroy each and every one of us, conducting missile launches should have dominated the headlines. I’m not saying we should ignore the recent news the media is bombarding us with isn’t important, but none of it will mean squat if these rat bastards get aggressive with nuclear war heads and strike Japan or Israel. Because if that happens, the issues dominating the news today will fade away quickly. In fact, experts believe North Korea will have the capability, in the not too distance future, to fire missiles that will reach the west coast of our country (including Santa Clarita?).

In my opinion, right now the Trump administration and Congress need to go into urgent World War II mode to get the military up to par to make sure we’re ready to wipe these vicious enemies off the face of earth! Too extreme, you say? Better them than us, don’t you think? And Mr. Obama’s stripping the military to almost bare bones should be causing extra urgency to get into high gear.

Something Smells in the Swamp:

Something smells in the swamp that is Washington and it ain’t the swamp water. I’ll let the quotes of the week do most of my ranting on this one, but for you skeptics of Obama having been involved in any type of shady surveillance, I would ask you to recall James Rosen of Fox News. Obama’s DOJ secretly accessed all of his gmails, contacts, and surveilled more than 20 phone lines connected to him, including his mother’s phone in Staten Island, NY. Unbeknownst to him, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, had more than 40 secret service agents checking into his past and present personal matters. And who will ever forget the targeting the IRS did to the conservative groups on Obama’s watch? Just sayin’.

Quotes of the Week:

“Now, folks, January 20th, New York Times, Michael Schmidt wrote that team Trump had Russia connections, and to support his point, said that Trump’s people were wiretapped, and that’s in the New York Times in January. So Trump tweets over the weekend that Obama’s wiretapping him, and how low that is and what Trump thinks of it and so forth. This same reporter comes back and says there’s no evidence of that. Trump’s a lunatic. There’s no evidence of that. Trump’s insane.

Well now, how can this be? The New York Times has the word ‘wiretapped’ in a headline. The writer, one of three on the piece, claims that Trump had Russian connections and to support the point, he said that Trump’s people were wiretapped. So Trump comes along, ‘Yeah, I was wiretapped.’ Same reporter: ‘There’s no evidence of that.’ Now, what’s going on at the New York Times? How in the world — do they know what they’re doing or did they just forget what they did? Are they so obsessed with hatred — and that’s what the Democrat Party and the left has become, folks.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“The fact is that there is more evidence in the Times’ own pages to substantiate the ‘conspiracy theory’ of the Obama Administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign than there ever was to back up the idea that Russia colluded with Trump in the election.” (Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart News)

“In its final days, the Obama administration expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections. Why would President Obama wait seven years and 11 months to issue that order? Because he wanted as much information – true or not – to be available to his appointed deep state shadow government officials so they could leak it to the press with maximum cover.” (Sean Hannity)

“The real issues are whether the Obama Justice Department sought such surveillance authorization from the FISA court; and whether, if the Justice Department did that, the White House was aware of or complicit in the decision to do so. There is less than zero chance that such a controversial surveillance request could have happened without consultation between the Justice Department and the White House.
“It would be a scandal of Watergate dimension if a presidential administration sought to conduct, or did conduct, national-security surveillance against the presidential candidate of the opposition party.” (Andrew McCarthy, National Review)

“We have a real problem right now. The media’s turning on the media, we have leaks coming out that are felonies, we have stories about six federal departments and agencies, intelligence and law enforcement that were investigating something, somebody, somehow. So, what’s the answer?” (Mark Levin)

Letters to the Ranter:

Ranter’s Note: This is the third installment of a letter written to my wife and me by the delightful 90-year-young VaNile Risser.

Jeannie and Doug,

I also love the little Canyon Country Magazine you publish. I have learned more about what is out here than I had any idea. Things have grown and changed too fast for me to keep up with, and I love hearing about the progress, business and etc., even though I am too old to be much of a benefit for them. We moved to Canyon Country in 1964 from Burbank. At the time it was a small, farming community, and our tract was at the end of the housing at the top of Whites Canyon. It was called Mint Canyon then, and I don’t recall when it was officially named Canyon Country, but it was considered by the Newhall’s to be the “South Central” of the valley. I honestly do miss the small town atmosphere, and we have did have some very admirable and intelligent people here.

I’m convinced you have had some positive influence with the publication of the Signal since you have been in the same building. It was getting to be somewhat pathetic, with arrogant liberals dominating its opinion page. It was frequently nothing more than a pain in the tush. Thank heavens for Betty Aronson, Brian Baker, Steve Lunetta, and a few others. However, overall it has improved dramatically. It is now full of local interesting articles, and the opinion page is more tolerable.

To be continued…

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 2, 2017

Dude Nailed It:

Many wanted presidential, and presidential is what they got. I wasn’t so sure Trump had it in him, but in my book he hit a home run. Also, it was great fun after eight years of the previous president to see the other side of the aisle going nuts with enthusiasm. Most of that time the Democrats sat on their hands with a stone cold look on their faces. Their selfishness was quite evident when not even acknowledging Trump’s proposals that are right up their ideological alleys. Anyway, our president was spot on with his delivery, philosophy, espousing common sense truths and staying away from trivial stuff he usually drifts into.

While it was a home run of a speech it wasn’t a grand slam. The debt ceiling vote is going to raise its ugly head in just a couple of weeks and it is sure to be a firestorm of a fight.I wonder if the Dems who fought so hard for raising the ceiling the last eight years will switch sides just to mess with Trump – who knows? But, Trump should have addressed it strongly on Tuesday.

Also, there was precious little said about the $20 trillion debt, not to mention the $200 trillion of unfunded liabilities staring us in the face like thousands of maxed out, unpaid credit cards stuffed under your bed. You know, out-of-sight-out-of-mind. While the president has made some strides in debt reduction and makes reference to the debt, he should have screamed out RED ALERT- RED ALERT-RED ALERT during his address. While I applaud most of the other stuff he will try get done, the debt thing has got to be addressed with 100 mph urgency!

Capable and Competent?

No matter how great the common sense policy plans the president laid out Tuesday evening are, they won’t go anywhere without the Republicans (Democrats are a lost cause) in both houses getting their act together, coming together and getting off their rear ends to get this stuff done! I’m really sick of the hemming and hawing that goes on with these people; they couldn’t all agree on something if their lives depended on it. You Republicans in the House and Senate, for once please put aside your selfish, self-serving thoughts and shoot for the good for us common folk. We would really appreciate it.

Many of you ladies and gentlemen in Congress must have run a business at some point, so you know you gotta go fast, hard and smart when enacting change to help or save a business. When a business is in a crisis mode (and Lord knows this country is in a crisis mode) you don’t have the time or energy to mess around plodding, pining, sweating small stuff and getting worked up over personality differences. You just have to bust butt and get ‘er done!

I get the feeling Mr. Trump is making the heads of Republicans in Congress spin; they can’t keep up with him and his businesslike sprinting. It’s like the “I Love Lucy” episode when Lucy and Ethel are trying to keep up with the candies on the conveyer belt. Come on, guys and gals, put on your big kid pants, get over it, act like the professionals you profess to be.

The Headline Read:

When I read what a Signal columnist wrote a few weeks back regarding “Post Trump Stress Disorder,” I thought maybe he was misinformed or it was joke. That was until I read a headline in a major newspaper: “Finding it Hard to Talk About Trump.” Forgive me, but I laughed out loud when I read (from a therapist): “Week after week they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump: … “They’re too anxious to concentrate at work” … “Therapists nationwide say they’ve been overwhelmed by the strong feelings triggered by one of the most divisive figures in modern history.”

The headline on the continuing page read: “We Are Not in Normal Anymore” with comments: “Therapists say the last time so many people came to therapy wanting to talk about the same thing was after the Sept 11 attacks” … “Trump has been a topic of discussion for months, even for people seeing therapists as seemingly unrelated as relationship troubles or eating disorders” … “A therapist in St. Paul published a manifesto online declaring Trump a unique threat to America’s mental health.”

Am I cruel and unfeeling not to sympathize with these poor folks? Is this where the term snowflake comes from? Are the people who suffer this anxiety mentally ill? When I would tell friends about this article all it did was generate laughter and that included left-leaning friends!

I hope none of these suffering people watched his speech this week, because they would have seen what a mean-spirited, hardened, dangerous and wicked man he really is and that could have sent many of these people over the proverbial edge of madness.

Hey people, really, it’s going to be okay. Take deep breaths, relax, life doesn’t have to be so difficult over a mere man. If God was in the White House, then maybe you’d have something to stress about. Otherwise think about more money in your paychecks, less expensive stuff you buy, including gasoline, when the demon president gets his tax and energy plans through. Won’t that soften the terrifying blows you’re suffering through now?

Quotes of the Week:

“Americans saw the president I work with every day.” (Vice President Pence)

“CNN should apply to become a political party.” (John Phelps, Doug’s friend from high school)

“Because he is governing from the hard right, it’s because he is governing way off to the extreme. A speech isn’t going to change that.” (Chuck Schumer)

“This is without a doubt the best speech he ever gave. In fact, this should have been his inaugural address, a version of it.” (Charles Krauthammer)

“Watching the Oscars and hearing all these celebrities and their political beliefs is unbelievable. If you’re out of touch with reality, please just accept your reward and shut up.” (Parker Sutton)

“These actors haven’t been this upset since the car valet mixed up their Lamborghini for a Lexus.” (Laura Ingraham)

“Next time, how about less effort at Trump bashing and more effort at making sure the presenters have the right envelope?” (Larry Elder)

“Hillary called. She wants Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to review the ballots voters cast in Wisconsin and Michigan.” (Larry Elder)

“Call me, Warren Beatty; I can help you get through this.” (Steve Harvey)

“La La Land just became the victim of fake news.” (Angela Belcamino)

“I’m sure Russia was behind the envelope fiasco.” (Doug Sutton)
Letters to the Ranter:

I don’t understand why, when I read your rant – I usually agree. Aren’t you trying to rile us up to get another reaction from us? I digress. The reason for my writing is to agree with today’s rant and to ADD TO IT AND EXPRESS MY OWN RANT! Having just filled out my absent ballot I counted 12 languages + English for “Translate election material” available! If you are eligible to vote, should you not at least understand the English language and the subject to which you are voting upon ? Diane

Another great article, like your honest opinion. Judy

Ranter’s Note: This is the second installment of a letter written to my wife and I by the delightful 90 year young VaNile Risser.

Jeannie and Doug,

However I feel compelled to write to you because of coincidence that occurred yesterday. Being a child of the great depression, I have a miserable characteristic of saving almost everything I lay my hands on because I may need it sometime. My house in general may not show it (thank goodness) but I could be labeled a closet hoarder. However I am in the process of deleting my great collection so my kids won’t hate me when I check out. I have sometimes gotten started on a project and had company come for the weekend, so I pack it all in a box and put it in my “collection” room. Sometimes I don’t get back to that particular project for a while and even forget about it (one ages benefits) and go on to something else, but much of what I saved, has been writings, newspapers articles, etc.

Yesterday was a rare day of staying home and getting something accomplished. I picked up one of the boxes that didn’t recognize and proceeded to see what I could toss. It was publications and the like from 2008 to the middle of last year. When I finally got to the very bottom I found a Gazette! I was surprised because I thought I had kept all the copies together. (and yes I keep the whole package). I began to check it out and found it was probably the first edition I had received, even though it was labeled “issue 925 October 21.” One of the top articles was, “The Gamble that Became the Gazette.” I may not have been impressed at the time, but I was certainly anxious to read it now. When I completed reading it, I checked my stored stack to see if I had the following edition, and I DID!! Both of them told the story. I have to tell you how much I respect and admire your tenacity and dedication, and am so glad you stuck it out. I hope everything is going well for you now and that the future is only going to be better and secure.

To be continued…..

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 23, 2017

This is Me Whining:

I want to go back to Arizona (waa, waa, waa) because I’m not sure how much more I can take of California. We were out of town last July, and when we got back, they wouldn’t let us in our own neighborhood because of the fire. When they did let us in, the house stunk to high heaven of smoke, and there were massive amounts of ash covering everything outside. For the next six months or so, whenever the wind blew, the damn ash made a mess outside, and made many messes in the swimming pool.

On top of that, during the last few weeks, the heavy rains have prevented us from being able to get home. We’ve had to shelter in place, because if we left the area, they wouldn’t let us back in. The poor swimming pool that had to endure all those bouts of ash is now brown from the muddy water that flowed into it last Friday.

I can handle short term, pain-in-the-butt stuff relating to Mother Nature. But, what I can’t take is this liberal, tree-hugging, stickleback fish-loving, ugly wind farm, ideological, over-regulated and loving fish more than people’s water state taking our plastic grocery bags away! Seriously? Really? California is the only state in the U.S. to have a state-wide ban and it’s driving me nuts.

Not once – not once since the day they enacted this crock of crap initiative have I remembered to bring even one of the rapidly accumulating amounts of freaking bags in my car, into the store. Say what you want about my brain function, but all I’ll say is: I want to go back to Arizona where at least at know I’ll have something to put the dog poop in!

Color Me Confused:

Remember when Slick Willie (President Clinton) was impeached for lying about staining an intern’s dress? The Democrats in congress fervently came together to support him, despite knowing his guilt. They publicly joined forces, even getting on buses to go to the White House after the impeachment vote, standing behind Clinton as he spoke.

Fast forward 18 years later, and think about the support Trump is getting from his fellow Republicans. Sure, he has warts, but come on – talk about warts, Clinton was covered with them, yet his guys stood by him. I wish and hope that today’s majority in congress would show at least some of the same enthusiastic support Slick Willie had.

What Would Teddy Think?

Many in the nation are stewing, twisting, turning and grinding their teeth over the perceived horror of immigration restriction and reform. This issue is a good example of just how far progressivism has climbed the ladder in our society. Liberal, progressive thinking has made its way by leaps and bounds in all sorts of other areas, and I, for one, think it’s a scary ride into a full-blown socialistic way of life. This way of life would have many of our previous leaders turning in their graves.

Back in his day, Theodore Roosevelt wrote:
Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it. Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back. He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here. He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend upon his knowing English and observing American standards.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

With Roosevelt’s comments in mind, this Notice of Language Services is for all who apply for Social Services from the state of California. There are sixteen different languages provided, with free interpretation available.


I don’t know what else needs to be said other than, “Teddy, if you could be here now, you would NOT talk softly while carrying a big stick!”

Quotes of the Week:

“Japanese immigrants are not capable of assimilation into the American Population.” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Macon Daily Telegraph, 1925)

“I would feel repugnance and objection to having large numbers of Japanese coming over here and intermarry with the American population.” (FDR, Macon Daily Telegraph, 1925)

“Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

“Illegal immigration continues to be a major problem in the United States. We have people waiting to come here legally. And we should not be rewarding people who have come here illegally.” (John Barrasso)

“Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.” (Timothy Murphy)
“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” (Ronald Reagan)

“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.” (Donald Trump)

“We’re actually taking people that are criminals, very, very, hardened criminals in some cases … with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we’re getting them out and that’s what I said I would do. … And I said at the beginning, we are going to get the bad ones, the really bad ones, we’re getting them out and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” (Donald Trump)

Letter to the Ranter:

Ranter’s Note: This is the first installment of a letter written to my wife and I by the lovely VaNile Risser.

Jeannie and Doug,
I am taking the liberty of addressing you in this personal way because I am 90 years old, and can get away with a lot ridiculous actions! Getting old may not be for sissies, but it can have its plus side also.

Anyway, I have this compulsion to write to you and only hope maybe you will find time to read my (letter). I have acquired this tremendous respect and love for the two of you, just want to let you know it. Not long ago I came into the Signal’s office to continue my subscription and pick up a copy of that day’s issue that had not been received that morning. While there I asked if Doug would be willing to come out and say hello, because I was so impressed with his rants. The receptionist was very courteous and said she would see. She went into the back and returned with Doug right behind her. I was quite surprised at both your youth and good looks. And said if I said if you weren’t married I would be in the competition, even though you looked young enough to be my grandson. I had two chocolate cigars to that I planned to give you for the two if I had the opportunity, and was so glad I did, because you were very courteous and friendly and, deserved them. I have seen Jeannie’s picture in the little Canyon Country Magazine that you put out, so I knew what a sweet girl she looked to be. Thank you again for that courtesy. I feel I have met a true celebrity. One with real brains and talent!
To be continued…..

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 16, 2017

I Need a Sanctuary City:

Yeah, it’s me who needs a sanctuary city to protect me from the consequences of breaking the law. I broke the law and I don’t want to face the justice I deserve. Look, I’m a nice, productive member of society; I pay taxes, work hard and care about people, so why should I have to adhere to the law? I want Santa Clarita to become a sanctuary city for traffic law breakers. I want to be set aside from other traffic law breakers and be protected from accountability. So what if hundreds of other citizens in our city who break traffic laws pay the price for their law breaking, I want to be exempt because I’m me and I’m special!

Yep, I ran a stop sign (at Sand Canyon & Lost Canyon roads). I did it because I hate that freaking stop sign; it shouldn’t be there, holds up traffic unnecessarily and because I don’t agree with the law that a driver must come to a complete stop at a stop sign, I did it on purpose and don’t think I should be held accountable.

Come on, Mayor Smyth, protect me from the court system that wants to fine me money I don’t have or take time I don’t have to learn the ways of traffic laws in Santa Clarita. Please, Mr. Mayor, act quickly to declare us a sanctuary city for traffic law breakers, even though it will be against city, county and state laws. Who gives a rip about the law of the land – I need my protection!

Josh, Josh, Josh:

Josh Heath, that is. I appreciate his young skull full of mush (not bad mush, just mush that needs to be sculpted some) that enthusiastically pours liberal thinking onto the pages of the Gazette. But I think what’s inside that head of his needs to be formed into some common sense and not emotional, knee-jerk nonsense that occurs often with his liberal brethren.

Last week he wrote statements relating to Trump’s illegal alien order such as: “The idea was just too immoral”; “It is without a doubt one of the evilest policies ever enacted by the United States”; “But it is grossly immoral for any of his supporters to still support him uncritically”; “Donald Trump’s supporters must speak out against his cruel, inhumane actions. Their character and the character of the entire nation rests on them to do so.” And my favorite: “Anybody who still supports Trump (after his deportation order) really needs to see a priest, a rabbi, a Buddhist monk, a witchdoctor; someone who can find your conscience for you.”

Young Mr. Heath needs to realize he is not God; God is the one who is the ultimate judge of the inhumane, immoral, evil cruelty, and who builds our conscience. And if one is not a believer in God he or she can gain that wisdom somewhere else. Just because Josh feels that way doesn’t mean it’s reality that Trump or his supporters are those types of people with those nasty attributes. He’s casting such judgmental, blanket assertions that can cause a loss of credibility to his opinions. For me personally, I take umbrage with being put into a category of needing to find a conscience or having my character rest on doing or saying something that Mr. Heath thinks I should.

Losing Their Minds:

Someone on one of the Sunday morning talk shows said something like “the Left lost the election and now are their losing their minds.” I concur; they are acting as if their hair is on fire. You would think a huge meteor was discovered last November and is now hurling towards earth and we’re all gonna die!

One of the latest was protesters screaming in the face of a recently approved cabinet member who was trying to get into a governmental SUV. A lady latched onto the SUV’s front grill as it was trying to pull out, and it took security a few minutes to pry her fingers off. She was franticly teed-off. Was it for the new secretary of defense, attorney general or the secretary of state? Noooo, it was for the new secretary of education – the freaking secretary of education! To use a worn out phrase, you can’t make this stuff up.

OMG (oh my gosh), it seems the libs are going nuts just to go nuts. Left-leaning women are in terror because they think they are going to lose their rights before there is any iota of indication that’s going to happen. These hysterical types should stop and thank their higher being they are in a country that allows this kind of free speech. Be thankful they live in a country that doesn’t put their citizens in prison for this type of behavior.

What’s it Really About?

What is all the protesting, the fear, the anger, the slandering of innocent first family members about? The press, the actors, the musicians, the singers act as if Trump is a direct threat to their well-being. When Obama was in his prime, the Tea Party types were as passionate as they could be for their causes, but it was nowhere close to the vitriol, sometimes spilling over to physical violence, we see from protesters these days. Are they just hating because that’s the in thing to do? Do they really think any of Trump’s polices will hurt them, or is it just their ideological feelings that are hurt?

What if, just what if, the new administration’s actions resulted in positive things for all Americans? More jobs, more income, lower taxes, cheaper energy, a safer homeland. Shouldn’t someone, no matter what are their political views, be grateful and rejoice for the success of all? If not, it shows selfishness with a higher regard for political ideals instead of genuine concern. Please, you left-leaning Americans, don’t let perceptional hate for one man get in the way of hoping for what’s best for all of your fellow citizens, even if the guy you hate affects those changes. It’s called being unselfish.

We Have Something in Common:

Wow, Gary Horton (Signal op-ed contributor) and I have something in common; we listen to Billy Joel songs, which came to light from his recent column. He cited some information I assume is accurate:

“Psychologists report a surge of (American) patients complaining of stress syndromes relating to the barrage of news coming out of the Trump White House. There’s actually a name for this condition: ‘Post Trump Stress Disorder.’ Symptoms include, as cited by the Mayo Clinic, ‘irritability, aggressive behavior, overwhelming guilt or shame, depression, self-destructive behavior such as alcohol and substance abuse, trouble concentrating, trouble sleeping, and being easily startled or frightened.’ … Most women I know, and quite a few men, tell me of going to bed worrying about what will jump out at them at the next morning’s headlines.”

Hmm, Post Trump Stress Disorder? I’m sorry, but we have a son who spent nine months on the battle fields of Afghanistan. Talk about stress disorder, that is a serious disorder! In my personal opinion, if someone is actually experiencing Trump stress and suffering from it, they should become much more informed about the realities of life. Perhaps these folks should consider counseling as a means of relief from this perceived danger to their lives.

I have no reason to believe that Horton actually knows people who go to bed worried about the following day’s headlines. But, I will tell you this, most people I know go to bed worried about paying for their health insurance, rent or mortgage payment, and paying for expensive food and gas. Great concern for the well-being of parents, kids and grandkids is common too; now that’s stuff to worry about!

Quotes of the Week:

“All the talk about how he would change his style once he got to the White House was misguided. His bombastic, combative and sometimes frenetic approach to life is what got him elected, so of course he’s going to stick with it. And when aides tell him he needs to change, he’ll obviously think that he heard that advice throughout the campaign he was expected to lose.” (Howard Kurtz, Fox News)

“He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army.” (Harry Truman on Dwight Eisenhower)

“When I see older veterans supporting this administration, I feel they didn’t really know what fascism was till it pointed a gun at them.” (David Barlavi)

“Republicans start to realize TRUMP IS AN EVIL MORON.” (Rosie O’Donnell)

“Russians fear Trump will be assassinated. American liberals fear Trump won’t be assassinated.” (Ann Coulter)

“Immigration crackdown separating people from families. Yeah, criminals from your families.” (Ann Coulter)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 9, 2017

John Musella:

When my phone rang the day after the Gazette came out last week and John Musella was calling, I cringed – thinking, “Here we go. He is going to rip me a new one for what I wrote regarding our Chamber of Commerce and pronouncing him being the first openly gay chairman of the board.” In case you missed it, I wrote: “The sole purpose of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is to support the members’ businesses through various means, plain and simple. In my opinion, the position should not be a means to advance someone’s personal or political message.”

Instead of the criticism I expected, I was pleasantly surprised by John’s graciousness as he explained he wasn’t upset with me for my opinion, but thought it was important for the LBGT community in town to be aware of potential success they could have, as they often feel shunned in outside settings. While I still don’t agree with promoting a personal lifestyle in the manner it was, I appreciate his intention and respect my friend John for the way he handled being the subject of one of my rants.

Obama’s Leftover Mess:

Did you hear about the state of our military in recent days? As an example, 53 percent of all Navy aircraft can’t fly; 62 percent of strike F-18s can’t fly today because 27 percent are in need of major repair and 35 percent are simply awaiting maintenance or parts. A president’s first and foremost job is to keep our nation safe and he did a pee-poor job of leaving us with the military readiness needed to accomplish that. Now the consequences of his ineptness could come back to really bite us where it hurts.

He did not kick butt and take names, as Trump will do, to get the budget sequester off the back of the Pentagon. Under Obama, for every dollar that was added to defense there had to be a dollar added to discretionary domestic spending. That’s great, just bleeping great and makes a ton of sense, right? NO!

So, now if a serious military threat is initiated against us or one of our allies, we will be up a deep, muddy creek without an effective military paddle. Thanks a lot, Barack!

Schumer is a Big Baby:

Dude, save your fake tears – cry at your daughter’s wedding, your friend’s funeral, or even a constituent’s military burial. But, don’t try to come off as this sensitive, butt hurt, caring guy over a relatively few non-Americans who temporarily couldn’t get into the country. Did you cry in 2011 when Obama had 400,000 immigrants deported? Did you cry when Kate Steinle was murdered by an illegal immigrant with a criminal history who had previously been deported five times? I don’t think so.

Schumer is also a big baby for leading his Democratic caucus in futile, selfish delays in confirming Trump’s cabinet nominees. He knows there’s no way in heck he can stop any of them, but acts like a spoiled brat screaming in a grocery store because he didn’t get his way. What’s the point of these useless delays, other than a clear indication Schumer really does not give two rips about the well-being of this country, just himself and his Democrat cronies.

I Kind of Love It:

North Dakota is trying to pass a bill that if someone is blocking a public road while protesting, you can hit them with your car. I find this very interesting, as well as tempting. As Judge Jeanine Pirro put it: “The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit a crime. You don’t have the right to block traffic, to stop me from catching an airplane to visit my sick mother or block someone from getting to a job interview. Your rights are not superior to mine.”

While I talk a big game, I would not actually be able to bring myself to run over an inconsiderate, selfish, ill-informed protester who was blocking traffic, but it would be tempting. Surely this law won’t pass, because someone who is not as loving and tolerant as myself would not think twice about flattening some idiot interfering with a public right-of-way as a means of protesting.

Quotes of the Week:

“Republicanism, the GOP platform, is based entirely in meanness, cruelty, prejudice, fear and greed. I really don’t get how so many people buy into it. Are there really that many bad people in America?” (David Barlavi)

“It’s about race relations, because Boston is a racist ass city and Tom Brady supports a racist president, you morons.” (Internet blogger)

“No one – no one – has the right to enter the United States unless he or she is a citizen of the United States.” (Judge Jeanine Pirro)

“Trump put Iran on notice, warned China, put the military on the border, then he broke for lunch.” (Larry Elder)

“I love this guy (Trump). Read the truth. I’ve been saying it for years: we’re in a civil war in this country every bit as profound as the original, the only difference being it’s been less bloody…….so far.” (Brian Baker)

“Brian, this is dead on. Thanks for posting. Dennis Prager often speaks of Leftism being a religion. It is a disease. Dennis also is specific to separate the Left from liberals and Democrats. He speaks of that cultism called the Left.” (Betty Arenson)

Letters to the Ranter:
Doug,
Maybe you can rant about how expensive California is to live in. I heard last week that we (L.A. City) passed a bill to make it legal for people to sell products (tacos, hot dogs, blankets, hats…) on public streets from carts (like Tijuana). We did this so that the people who are here illegally and have pending misdemeanor charges would get the charges dropped so they won’t be deported. We are allowing 2 vendors per block (to be on the sidewalk outside of businesses). But now people are protesting that they want to have no restriction on the number of street vendors allowed per block. The news report also said that because of all the trash and traffic problems this will cause – our taxes will have to be raised to cover those additional expenses. Wow – I guess I’m ranting. Sorry. Maybe I read your column too much. Lol. There is so much going on right now to rant about! Victoria

Doug,
I usually do not feel compelled to write, however the articles and conversations about the recent City Council appointee have caused me to think about the process. First of all, I know Bill Miranda and feel he has the capability to do a good job. This is nothing against him or any other candidate. I understand the many issues the City Council faced when Dante Acosta won his election for State Assembly.

•The City Council did not want to spend $300,000 – $400,000 for a special election
•The people want to have a “say” in who their elected officials are
•It is not a realistic task to review, interview, and vet 50 candidates in a thorough manner that is fair to all
•Any process should be timely so that the Council is not down a valuable member
•Any process utilized sets a precedent for future similar situations 

While I recognize that there were more than several qualified candidates among the 50 that submitted their candidacy, my question is where were all of these people when there was the election for the office. While I am sure there are many reasons the majority of the applicants did not run in the election, I have to believe those that did were more committed to the position. Those candidates held themselves out for scrutiny, spent their time and money, and campaigned to win a position. As a result, I believe they should have been the only applicants who should have been allowed to apply. I also understand the people who felt that the 3rd place candidate should have automatically been selected. My comment would be that the 3rd place candidate may not be the automatic winner if a separate special election were held.    

My solution would be to take the top 3 vote recipients who did not win a position in the election and require the City Council choose from those three. This serves the process in many ways:
•No additional City funds were spent on a special election
•The people would have had a “say” in the selection of the 3 finalists
•Only 3 candidates would need to be interviewed and vetted allowing for a more thorough process
•It minimizes the accusations of “backroom politics”
•Ensures a candidate that was committed to the position gets the position

Of course, no solution is perfect and no matter the outcome, someone will be dissatisfied. However, I believe this idea could be a solution in the future when we are faced with similar circumstances.  

Jon Gardner
Canyon Country Resident
Small Business Owner

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 2, 2017

Ranter’s Clarification:

Thanks to a reader who called our office pointing out this confusing comment I wrote last week. “This oppression occurs in countries our last president seemed to almost support as much as his own country and without a doubt, Israel.” I should have written: “This oppression occurs in countries our last president seemed to almost support as much as his own country, along with his obvious preference for those countries over Israel.”

Difficult Rant:

Admittedly, this is one of the more difficult rants I’ve written in quite some time. As a way of background, I have been a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce for over 18 years and was a member of the board of directors for four and a half years. The chamber enacts term limits, so I’m no longer on the board. My involvement in the chamber has been a definite asset for my company over the years and resulted in many friendships.

During my tenure on the board there were some rough waters the chamber encountered that I felt were newsworthy (rant-worthy), but I declared in this column that I would not be commenting on those issues, as it would be a conflict of interest for me to do so. I also refrained from informing our editor of the chamber’s troubles for the same reason.

I had the pleasure of serving on the board with the newly installed chairman, John Musella. He is a gentleman I like and respect. John is openly gay which, of course, does not in any way affect how I feel about him. I question, however, the attention given to this issue; the chamber is a professional organization, so his personal life should play almost no role in it.

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

The sole purpose of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is to support the members’ businesses through various means, plain and simple. In my opinion, the position should not be a means to advance someone’s personal or political message.

With all that being said, I wish nothing but the best for John and his year as chairman of the board. I just hope his personal affairs are merely background, not aimed at being center stage in chamber matters.

Keystone Cops:

The left-wing media covering Donald Trump reminds me of the Keystone Cops. They run back and forth from one crisis to the other, bumbling and fumbling all over each other. His tweets—what he said—why did he say that—how could he say that—what did he mean by that—the protests—the executive orders—the immigration tragedy—he fired the acting attorney general—The Supreme Court nominee—oh my—oh no—what don’t we know? I love all of this; the poor lefty media libs are going absolutely bonkers over the guy. In fact, you guessed it, Trump is driving them BAT CRAP CRAZY!

Random Rants:

*Those actor award shows have turned into breast awards shows. It seems to be the actresses are trying to out boob each other, seeing who can leave the least to the imagination. Why don’t they just go topless so we can have a genuine contest!

*Let me get this straight; the whole world is in a frantic panic over a sliver of people who weren’t allowed in the country, but Iran testing a ballistic missile is no big deal?

*I watched a trailer of the new show “Santa Clarita Diet” and found it to be ridiculously un-humorous and unwatchable.

*I love what Trump is doing; he’s kickin’ ass and taking names while his critics whine, cry and curl up in a ball of bewilderment.

My Turn to Freak-Out in Bewilderment:

With respect to Ronald Reagan: “There you go again.” (and again and again and again). This is my semi-regular rant countering the liberal spouting that comes from some of The Signal’s columnists (a shout-out to Brian Baker, a contributor to The Signal, who regularly offers differing opinions to those of the liberal dudes).

Here we go:

“Well over 100 fired-up and focused people packed into (pizza place) to discuss reshaping Santa Clarita’s political future … with a common purpose; to take back our town from the harmful ideologies and slanderous tactics fostered by the Trump campaign and now presidency.”

Sir, if you are going to make statements like this, I would strongly suggest you show some professional journalism skills and give your readers at least one example of what the heck you’re talking about! I’d really like to know who, when and how you, or anyone in this group, has seen or heard the antics of anyone, any group affecting this city with any of the harmful ideologies and slanderous tactics you broad brush Conservatives and Trump supporters with.

“Unlike the Tea Party movement that held Congress hostage to ideological absurdity and was against everything and anything Obama.”

First of all, which part of what the Tea Party stands for is ideological absurdity? Stuff like: A strong military, elimination of special interests, a downsized government, balanced budget, ending deficit spending, a reduction in personal and business taxes?

If you want a great example of holding Congress hostage, one can look no further than what your side is doing as I type this. Another Signal columnist said:

“Get out the Xanax — this will be an orchestrated, terrifying ride with self-deluded amateur hour actors at the wheel.”

Talk about amateur hour actors at the wheel, the last president never ran, administered or managed anything in his professional life. It obviously showed, and those shortcomings are going to haunt us for a long, long time. You should be thanking God or your lucky stars that we have a guy with the capabilities to clean up the mess he left for us.

Quotes of the Week:

“In Cheeto’s life, he’s used to eventually wearing down his poor or elderly tenants with his incessant slumlord nonsense. In business, he’s just kept beating powerless people down till they gave up. But he’s never dealt with activists and protesters. He really doesn’t understand that he shouldn’t make us angry.” (David Barlavi)

Ranter’s note: I commented on Mr. Barlavi’s facebook post asking him; “If I would have referred to Obama as “Chocolate Dude” when ranting against him, how would you have reacted?” As of press time I haven’t seen a response.

“By close of market today, I will be completely divested from the stock market. Why? The Obama wave should dissipate shortly, and the orange financial crisis should begin soon after. Trickle Down will once again be shown to be just another golden shower, Isolationism will backfire, and Bernie will be elected to come in and fix yet another Republican recession. Sadly, Cheeto and his 1% Richie Rich pals will have already reaped and pillaged all they could from us. I just hope not too many young Americans will have been killed or maimed in their upcoming, profiteering wars. Lost children cannot be recovered.” (David Barlavi)

“Obama had 11 of 15 cabinet members this far in, Trump has been given 2. This should outrage every American. Call your Congress person and demand they stop democrat obstructionism.” (Todd Hall)

“Ok here it is: I am an Immigrant since 1997. It was completely clear to me that I am a Guest in this country even though I am a permanent resident. Going through the Process it was made clear that my status is merely depending on the current status of the immigration laws of this country. I was advised numerous times of anything that could cause my revocation or deportation. The laws never changed since I came here in 1997 and I adhere by them, but also aware that I could be in a situation, where I had to leave at any given moment. I always have Plan B in place, should the moment come, that anything changes. I never would dare to demand anything or protest for a right (that I don’t have) to stay here… ever. I find this unbelievable, that US Citizens are protesting to break their own Immigration laws. I find myself in a Twilight Zone and in utter disbelief that people in this country do not know their laws and break them for people that have absolutely NO rights here. You Liberals or democrats should be ashamed to disobey your laws for foreigners that you don’t know or what their intentions are. You are betraying your own country.” (Carmen Russo)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,
I am absolutely delighted that we are having a raging national debate on what it means to be an American. Trump should be applauded for that. I think it’s fantastic. If his words and actions can inspire our citizenry to actually think about their civil liberties and demonstrate our American values, it will be a great accomplishment. Thomas Jefferson said: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” I think it’s bloody brilliant! Chris Ball

Great article by Michael Cruz. I too agree we need districts, this way each city will get representation. It will also promote getting Stevenson Ranch to be part of the city, which has always been their biggest problem…taking their tax dollars without representation. It’s a win/win for all of the Santa Clarita Valley which is working to become the 2nd largest city, not just 3rd. Wendy Albright

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 26, 2017

A Puzzlement:

Color me confused on that Million Women March. I mean, really – I don’t get it.

This is what some of the protesters said last Saturday when asked why they were marching:

“For my undocumented students, for women’s rights, for all those who can’t defend themselves.”

“Because I’ve never been so afraid for my country.”

“Because if Trump’s style of leadership becomes normalized, the world will simply implode with ridiculous, irresponsible division.”

“I’ve never felt so disheartened in my life and need to feel hopeful again.”

“We have made so many gains and I fear we will lose them all under the Trump presidency.”

“This is what we’re all about, coming together and creating and thriving in the face of adversity.”

Afraid for your country, need to feel hopeful again, lose all gains, and thrive in the face of adversity? Really? If you are afraid, need hope or feel adversity because of a new president, I don’t know what to tell you. I hope real life problems don’t come your way, because it doesn’t seem like you are emotionally equipped to handle them.

Here are some of the things Trump said last Friday:

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the American People.”

“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capitol has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”

“Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.”

“Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.”

“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

“Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.”

Come on now, do any of these statements represent a deep, dark warning for you marchers to tremble in fear, shake with rage, cheer speakers, and make absolute fools out of yourselves with some of the most idiotic, embarrassing stuff many have ever heard?

Ashley Judd:

“I am not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheetos dust.

“I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee, I’m not nasty like the combo of Trump and Pence being served up to me in the voting booth. I’m nasty like the battles my grandmothers fought to get me into that voting booth.

“I am nasty like my bloodstains on my bed sheets, we do not actually choose if and when we had our periods. We do not like throwing away our favorite pairs of underpants. Why are pads and tampons still taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not? Is your erection really more than protecting the parts of my womanhood? Is the bloodstain on my jeans more embarrassing than the thinning of your hair?

“And our pussies ain’t for grabbing. They’re for reminding you that our walls are stronger than America’s ever will be. Our pussies are for our pleasure.”

I’m rantless on this one. Too bad Ashley can’t act half as well as her mother and sister can sing (The Judds), although she did a good job acting like a fool on this one.

Madonna:

“Welcome to the revolution of love. To the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny.Where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people. Where people being uniquely different might be considered a crime. It took this darkness to wake us the f*ck up. … Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

Can you imagine if Ted Nugent were to have publicly stated that he thought about blowing up the White House when Obama lived there? The dude would have been arrested on the spot!

All of this reminds me of what David Crosby said (Crosby, Stills & Nash) about their revolutionary type songs in the late ‘60s (paraphrasing): “We were so naive back then, we actually thought we could change the world with a guitar and a song,” as well as this post relating to last weekend’s NFL playoff games: I refuse to accept the results of the AFC & NFC championship games. Tomorrow I’ll be protesting, marching, crying, denying and forming support groups. #NotMySuperBowl

The Absurdity of it All:

I asked my wife why all the marchers were wearing those pink caps. She told me they were “pussy caps.” I said, “No way, they have their young daughters wearing them!” Looking it up, she was right. I am so dumbfounded; I feel like an old, naive, conservative, straight, white guy. Wait, that’s what I am!

If those marchers really wanted to protest something worthwhile, why not protest the lack of rights for women in the Middle East? This oppression occurs in countries that our last president seemed to almost support as much as his own country, and without a doubt, Israel. To name a few: Women are not allowed to drive a car, wear clothes or make-up to enhance their looks, interact with men, swim in a public pool, or try on clothes when shopping. In some countries, they have to have male witnesses to prove rape and women can be stoned to death for committing adultery. Why don’t you snowflake, paranoid, emotionally-driven marchers put that in your pussy caps and get down to protesting atrocities that really matter, instead of your delusional fears?

Shockin Y’all:

While the whiners of the world are hunkered down in presidential terror, the new president is exhibiting excellent follow-through skills in his new job. As a guy like myself, who has been involved in business for many years, one of the most important qualities that any worker has to have is following through on what they say they are going to do. This has been a foreign concept for many politicians over the years, including presidents. This president is showing his own version of Shock & Awe as he rifles through many of the things he said he was going to address:

*Took action to freeze all new regulations, and vowed to cut the current regulations on the books by 75 percent.

*Took steps to build the Keystone Pipeline.

*Ordered construction of the border wall and targeted sanctuary cities.

*Terminated a bad trade deal.

*Cut off federal funds going to foreign nonprofits that promote or perform abortions.

*Reversed a planned cut on mortgage insurance for many first-time homebuyers.

*Ordered executive branch agencies to begin preparing for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

*Spoke with Benjamin Netanyahu by phone, seemingly indicating a thaw in U.S. relations with Israel.

*Visited the CIA to reconcile perceived differences.

*Reached out to Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, to make plans for sit down meetings.

I realize these are just some of the things he needs to get done and the hard part will come when having to deal with the madness that is Congress. But, if his first few days on the job are any indication, we are in for a wild ride! The ride will be a lot of fun, especially when the economy explodes with personal and business tax cuts. With respect to Toby Keith, Trump is Shockin Y’all!

Quotes of the Week:

“Kids, don’t do heroin, it’s a gateway to being a Republican.” (Bill Maher)

“President Trump is showing us that we have not been getting our money’s worth out of previous Presidents!” (Internet Blogger)

“Liberals’ new idea: MSNBC now saying Trump’s a ‘liberal Democrat who ran as a Republican.’ He must be popular!” (Ann Coulter)

“If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24 percent from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” (President Trump)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 19, 2017

Crazy Times These Days:

I got up this morning, turned on the news, read The Signal and the LA Times (I would cancel that subscription in a heartbeat if it wasn’t for their sports section) and thought to myself, “The things going on in this city, county, state and nation is freaking crazy!”

It was punctuated by a headline in The Signal, “2 pedestrians hit by cars.” One was on Soledad at Galeton, where someone was hit by a car at 3:30 the afternoon before. That stopped me in my tracks! At around 3:20-3:25 I was approaching that intersection with a green light showing, when two punks walked right out in front of me in the crosswalk (they had the red light). One stopped right in the middle of the crosswalk, staring me down defiantly, giving me the one-finger salute. I honked and drove around him. Looking through my rearview mirror he continued to flip me off, still standing in the middle of the road. I don’t know if that was the person who was struck, but the whole thing was just crazy!

Crazy Continued:

I can’t believe I’m ranting about local stuff two weeks in a row, but this selection process for the vacant City Council seat is driving me bat crap crazy with each passing speculation. Someone said to me, “The Barnum & Bailey Circus is no more, but we have our own circus right here at City Hall.” Another commented, “The city has a cash reserve of $750,000, so why can’t they use some of that to hold a special election and quit this nonsense?” Someone else said something about “this is creating a whole other basket of deplorables.” Deplorable is too harsh, but this whole thing reminds me of trying to select a PTA or a Little League president. Not that the council is either of those, but the process seems just as amateurish.

The preceding was written the afternoon before the selection meeting. Nothing occurred Tuesday night that caused me to change what I wrote then.

My concluding thoughts:

*Throughout the selection process I kept thinking this should not be the council’s decision to make. It should be the voters’ choice.

*Now that it’s done, how about the City Council taking on an aggressive, non-passive attitude and get some stuff done to really help out the folks. Someone needs to bust their butt and cut through all the crap that is the Whittaker-Bermite mess, because roads over those hills are the only thing that is going to help with traffic.

While they’re at it, how about spending the money that was saved by not having the special election to make badly needed improvements on Sierra Highway for safety and esthetic purposes. I know, I know, Cal Trans is responsible for parts of the road, but they ain’t doing a damn thing about it, so how about climbing out of the box and do what’s right?

*I wish Bill Miranda Godspeed in his new position. My hope is that he will not be a cheerleader or a yes man to the rest of the council. We need a voice of counter balance, not a voice that will reinforce what many think was the reason for the type of selection process that occurred, i.e., the council members not wanting another Boydston type to push back on their line of thinking.

*If Tuesday night meant anything, it was a clear indication we desperately need district voting and an elected mayor.

It May Be Crazy:

It may be crazy, but I sure as heck hope Trump don’t stop – tweeting, that is. I love it when right and left leaners go into a tizzy over Trump’s daily tweeting. Get used to it, folks, this is just one of a bunch of things that’s going to be different than any other president we’ve had. Hopefully the results will be different too, so don’t go crazy over a few tactless tweets.

Craziest of All:

The Headlines Read:

Will Michael Moore successfully disrupt the inauguration?

Inaugural Rioters Urged to ‘Go Hard’ in ‘Only Chance’ to ‘Rove the City’ Under ‘Protocol of the Obama Era’

Maxine Waters on Avoiding Trump Inauguration: ‘I Don’t Honor Him, I Don’t Respect Him’

54 Dems boycotting Trump’s inauguration

This is really crazy crap and I’m not going to be very nice about it (I usually try and avoid name-calling in this space, but not this time). First of all, screw you, you selfish, unpatriotic jerks. We don’t give two farts if you show up or not. This isn’t about you and your emotional immaturity. It’s about an American institution and you boycotting it just shows how much you really care about the things you say you care about. Let me ask you hypocrites if you would have howled “racism” at Republicans who would have boycotted Obama’s inauguration. You know none did, even though many were scared to death over the socialistic, dark road they knew he was going to take us down. Nonetheless, they put their big boy and girl pants on and attended like the patriots they are. These Democrats are a disgrace to their elected positions, constituents and country! I’ll say it again, screw you and the liberal horse you rode in on, or rode out on, in this case.

The Same Craziness:

My left-wing writing buddies at The Signal (although I’ve never met them) keep on with the same crazy thinking their liberal ilk are doing across the nation. They are criticizing, second guessing every thought, words and inconsequential actions by Trump before the guy even steps foot in the White House. Come on, you guys – give the guy a chance before you walk all over him. Your type of ripping is what you guys decried to us as racism when it came to Obama and we at least waited until the man had a chance to screw up. How would you like for me to rip you for columns you haven’t written yet? It would be easy to do, because they are the same nonsensical, rhetorical, emotion-driven, no-facts-allowed crap.

Quotes of the Week:

“So let me get this straight. Obamacare is collapsing and millions of people will lose all coverage and states will go bankrupt, but Democrats want to keep it? Do they hate Americans that much? What the hell is wrong with them? They can’t be that stupid, can they?” (Todd Hall)

“I fully support imposing martial law, delaying the inauguration until Trump is cleared of all charges.” (Rosie O’Donnell)

“Anyone but him, literally, put a GOP as interim president, declare a state of emergency.” (Rosie O’Donnell)

“You know, I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.” (Rep. John Lewis)

“Trump can meet with black celebrities such as Steve Harvey all he likes. Given his past words, I’d be surprised to see tears of joy from any minorities as he is sworn in.” (Juan Williams, Fox News).

“I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won’t be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration.” (Rep. Keith Ellison)

“God loves you just like you are, but he loves you too much to leave you like you are.” (Pastor Jim Ryan)

Letters to the Ranter:

So sad that this young college student know-it-all Phillip Germain has to come to the Santa Clarita Valley and help ruin this great place.  He wants to make it Blue, not Red the way it should be.  Can’t this gigantic leftist state of California simply have one small part of it Conservative, with Republicans having a majority in it?  Does he go to Los Angeles, where the Council is 14 out of 15 Democrats, and push for balance there?  Of course not.  Does he go to Berkeley or San Francisco and push for some Republicans to actually get elected there for balance.  No way.  He wants to make the entire state of California go his rotten way.  Lord forbid the SCV has an all-GOP Council and a GOP Congressman.  He wants to make SCV into San Francisco.  Don’t let this happen.  Christy Smith and Bryan Caforio are not good for the SCV.  They deserved to lose.  Let this misguided college student go elsewhere in this gigantic state and push for balance there.  Everywhere else has a majority of Democrats running all the cities and Counties.  Let his and his friends try to get a few Republicans elected there. Robert

Doug,
The quote. “Adversity builds character”. In light of the liberals the Democrat party recent behavior should be “ Adversity SHOWS Character”. Unfortunately their actions do not reflect pluralism.We, the Trump supporters,  have a strong battle ahead. I will not support the GOP riding on the coat tails of President Elect Donald Trumps victory and entrance into the White House. A recent LTE in The Signal suggested the GOP needs to guide our new POTUS. Any politician who admits they did not support him but now do,  will be accepted . If one wants to continue with how grand the GOP is and how they will  now lead the Country now are as delusional as any leftist. Trump is draining the swamp regardless of party affiliation Also any celebrity or public person who vilifies Trump, I am not saying disagrees with, but convincingly tries to vilify him, I will boycott.  This must be done if we want true reform, For too long we have let the unchallenged leftist agenda of diminishing accountability, increasing  government bloat and waste,  propagate entitlement,  define PC ideology as law,  and give credibility to the media and “hollywood” as fact instead of entertainment and info,   erode our liberty ( defined as….the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. … That is the battle. The good fight.” Tim, Castaic

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 12, 2017

Off the Reservation It is:

Ranter’s Note: In the interest of full disclosure, I was asked by TimBen Boydston to write a letter of recommendation to go with his application for the City Council appointment process, which I did. I also endorsed him and Alan Ferdman during the race for City Council. This piece is not advocating for either one of them to be appointed.

Alan Ferdman “went off the reservation” last week writing about national stuff. I’m going off it this week, ranting about local stuff. Normally I have just a passing interest in the local political scene, needing a head full of irritation from national liberal garbage for me to gain ranting momentum. But, this thing with the council appointing a replacement for Dante Acosta themselves is starting to bend me sideways. To be clear, I’m a huge advocate for district/mayoral voting, and the way the council is handling this appointment for the vacant seat is the polar opposite of that.

The more I think about it, the right way to do things in America is for us to vote for the person who will represent the interests of city residents. Can you imagine if the Congress in Washington or the Supreme Court Justices were charged with filling their own vacant seats? Oh my word, what a circus that would be. Unfortunately, with 40-something applicants for just the one seat, the circus is beginning here.

This Won’t End Well:

No matter how this goes, the procedure and the outcome is going to send the people who care about this stuff into a gnashing of teeth tizzy, which will spill over to the folks who normally don’t pay much attention. Maybe the council should retain a P.R. firm that deals with negative perception so they can save some face, because this ain’t going to end well for them. For example, as a Canyon Country resident, I am rooting hard for a resident of the east side to be appointed. My thinking will be, ‘Hey, if they select someone from the north or west side of town, the council will be overloaded 4-to-1 against my side of the city.’ If they select someone other than a Hispanic they will get ripped for that. Too young, too old, too white, too liberal, too conservative will be the cry that fills Facebook and the council chambers.

Is it Too Late?

Is it too late to change direction and go for a special election? Because that’s the way, for various reasons, it should go. I know, I know it’s expensive, but come on, isn’t it worth it to get the seat filled in a way that’s pure voting, non-conflict of interest and with positive public relations? Can’t wait that long to fill the seat? The Supreme Court has been at an even count since Scalia died and they’ve somehow managed. There has to be a way for a tie-breaking procedure, or at the very least, live with setting aside the item until the seat is filled. And if you really think about it, how many voting ties will there really be with the current make-up of the council?

Here We Go Again:

Sure, why not start the new year off with a rant against a Signal contributor. This time one of their columnists reared his liberal head in the form of a “letter to the editor.” I’m still waiting for a fellow conservative or two in Santa Clarita to assist me in countering this generalizing, rhetorical nonsense, but until someone steps up to the plate, I guess I’ll have to do the dirty work.

What nonsense, you ask? “These folks (conservatives) are actually regressionists. With some odd attraction they seek to turn back time to a meaner, harsher America, when it was ‘Everyman to himself.’ … Government is good for military build-up and law and order and an industrial prison complex and not much more … to create a fractured society of haves and have nots … specifically: Reduced social services for the weakest and poorest among us; punish the impoverished; abandon the sick to a ‘market-based insurance system’ that, because it is profit-seeking, will either abandon the very ill or raise rates to an unaffordable high level.”

This reminds me of the TV commercial a few years back depicting a Republican pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair down the side of a hill, saying something like “Conservatives will throw Granny off the cliff.” Yeah, that’s us, all right. We Conservatives are all about murdering grandmothers and we want America to become a mean, nasty, terrible place to live. Our goal is to do this by tearing apart and ruining as many lives as possible through policies that are only intended to hurt, not help.

This letter to the editor, the old TV commercial, what Meryl Streep said, are all a load of crap motivated by the Left’s warped perception of reality. When they can’t argue the facts with common sense, they resort to almost childish tantrums to try and gain emotional support for their cause.

The letter to the editor is an example of this. Does the writer really think Conservatives want to dump all this harm on the folks, playing the role of the evil devil, all because we believe conservative policies are what’s best for all Americans, including the ones he mentions? Of course, he doesn’t even consider any of the good the policies he demonizes could do. If he and others like him would argue with facts and not emotional fiction, there could be a big-boy debate about potential outcomes based on facts.

The letter concluded with: “This isn’t the America my father and uncle fought for in WWII.” Sir, I would venture to guess the majority of those who served our country in any war feel they fought for the principles conservatism represents and not cry baby diatribes.

Headlines of the Week: (my 2 cents are added)

Does Trump Owe Victory to Russia? Will the Clintons owe staying out of prison to Trump?

Senator Jeff Sessions Receives a Grilling on Capitol Hill He’s a better man than I am; I would have told those people to take the A.G. job and stick it up …

MTV’s Ira Madison III Calls Jeff Sessions’ Granddaughter ‘Prop’ Stolen from Toys R Us Reminds me of the type of stuff the liberal contributors to The Signal would say.

Middle Class Shrank During Obama’s Eight-year Tenure: Oh really, isn’t that the same sort of harm Conservatives are accused of inflicting?

Jay Carney: Obama Presidency Was Scandal-Free: I actually laughed out loud when I read this.

Quotes of the Week:

“If Streep (Meryl) wants to talk about vilification, fine. Let’s talk about the Christians and Conservatives in Hollywood who are afraid to come out of the cultural closet for fear of retribution. Let’s talk about the Sacramento theatre director who was forced out of his job – because he supported traditional marriage.” (Todd Starnes, talk show host)

“In 2003, she (Streep) gave convicted child molester Roman Polanski a standing ovation after he was awarded an Oscar at the Academy Awards. She saluted a child molester – a deviant who had sex with a 13-year-old girl after drugging her. So the next time Streep wants to get all high and mighty – maybe she ought to just sit down and keep her mouth shut – and spare us the self-righteous indignation.” (Todd Starnes)

“They don’t know what they’re saying. They just know it sounds great. They just know it’s gonna work and build bridges to the people important to them. She (Meryl Streep) hasn’t the slightest idea, and if she does, she’s even stupider than I think. She hasn’t the slightest idea that she has just told over half the country to go to hell.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“It is astounding, because people like Meryl Streep and others have not been educated to think critically. They are nothing but sponges. They’ve never been taught to think. They are arrogant and condescending and think that what they know is accurate and there is nothing else, and so whatever comes in gets processed.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“Trump wins either way. He wins if he’s a punch line and he wins if he’s ignored. That’s what you get when you elect a walking, talking joke.” (Stephen Marche, novelist and columnist)

“Why is it absence makes the heart grow fonder, but familiarity breeds contempt?

Why am I almost never satisfied with what I have, but always long for more?

Why do deprivation, adversity, scarcity and suffering often produce the best qualities in us, while prosperity, ease and abundance often produce the worst?” (Jon Bloom, author)

“Church is a hospital for sinners, not a showcase for saints.” (Pastor Jim Ryan)

Letter to the Ranter:

Hi Doug:
Hope 2017 is treating you well, and giving you enough to “Rant” about. I’ve been watching the, “Gifted” ones, the Hollywood celebrities that is, on TV, lecturing us about what’s good for us, so I wrote the following response.

I wish to take this opportunity to defend those in the Entertainment field, who endeavor to publicly state their political views, and are constantly criticized and accused of not knowing what they are talking about. The fact that they are actors, has nothing to do with the validity of their viewpoint. I would remind those who criticize, that it is clearly spelled out in our Constitution, that all citizens of our great country have an equal right to voice their opinion; no matter their station in society. For example, would they also object to someone who holds a less prominent position to proclaim their political viewpoint and beliefs? I think not. I for one, give full ear to the opinions of both those in that elevated state of enlightenment known as, Hollywood, as I do to one at a lower professional strata of our society; say, a Pimp, for instance. I can tell you with confidence, having heard political opinions proffered by both; I can find no discernible difference in their lack of knowledge about the subject between the two. Dale Paule

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