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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 19, 2019

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

I concur.

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

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

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

And The Debt Grows On:

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

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

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

 Sometimes I Feel Like…..

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

Huge Sacrifice Worth It?

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

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

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

 Short Rants:

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

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

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

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

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 12, 2019

Clear and Present Danger

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Cry For Help:

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the thoughts of two other senators:

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

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

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

Oh….Now I get it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Then There’s This:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Charlie is one sharp Millennial! (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 5, 2019

Open & Honest:

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

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

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

Screw It!

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

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

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

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

Seriously:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

Hello,

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

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

Look forward to hearing from you, Doug Sutton

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

You’re such a joke. Shenelle

Doug,

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 29, 2019

Really Jonathan?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Careful What You Wish For?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

*Smart move. (Me)

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

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

 Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

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

 Good day Doug!

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

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

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

Norm

 Doug,

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

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

Dan

Doug,

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

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

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

Alexx

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

Keep up your patriotic, unselfish work.

– Timothy

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 22, 2019

The Week That Was:

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

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

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

 Stretching Hard:

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

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

 What Could Go Wrong?

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

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

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

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

Why Ask Why?

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

 Keep Your Eye On The Ball:

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

70 ways President Trump has changed the Nation (Headline)

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

No DUI Arrests in Sobriety Checkpoint (Headline)

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

Doug,

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

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

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

Doug,

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

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 15, 2019

I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going…

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

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

Think Seriously About This: 

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

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

Do You Know Any?

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

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

I’m Proud To Be White!

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

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

And Another Thing!

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

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

Stupid Words:

Rosanna Arquette, Actress:

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

Unknown:

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

Adam Schiff:

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

Elizabeth Warren:

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

Rob Reiner:

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

Julian Castro:

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

Elie Mystal:

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

Malcolm Nance, MSNBC:

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

Doug,

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

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

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

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 8, 2019

Sad Déjà Vu:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stupid Words:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potty Mouth Candidates:  

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

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

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

Gotta Share This:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 1, 2019

I Messed Up:

I was going to watch the debate Tuesday evening (we went to press Wednesday evening before the second debate) so I could convey my dismay to you. I tried, I really did try to watch, but it was unwatchable for me. I found myself consciously gravitating back and forth between the Dodgers’ game and Fox News.

I woke up feeling guilty for letting you down and I’m truly sorry (sort of). I fell short on my ranting duty and hope you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me; but I just couldn’t take it, even for three minutes. The absolute nonsense that was being flung from that stage had my brain going in a direction it shouldn’t have gone. So I bailed on you and the debate for the sake of my sanity (and my wife and dog).

I’m Almost Rantless:

If you’ve been a reader of this space for any length of time you may recall one of my most frequent topics to rant on is the national debt, which seems to keep growing as fast as the speed of light. When I heard about the proposed budget that increases spending by umpteen billion dollars I just threw my hands in the air thinking, “Is it going to take a major financial collapse to get these people to understand how dangerous their actions, or inactions for that matter, are?”

Why can’t they see the facts that we will soon be spending more on interest payments on the debt than on Medicaid or the military all while Social Security and Medicare spiral toward insolvency?

I must say I find it hugely disappointing that for all of the good things President Trump has done for this country, he is dropping the ball from the top of his Tower in New York on this one; with huge consequences staring each and every one of us in the face.

And it’s just not him; the conservatives in Congress are as complicit as he is in apparently ignoring this critical issue.  Heck, they might as well join forces with the Dems on thinking climate change is the greatest potential of harm to this country.  Delusional green thinking results in the same non-action on deficit spending then what Republicans are getting done, which is NOTHING!

I May Just Do IT:

I tell you what, if hell were to freeze over and one of the Democratic presidential candidates were to suddenly make eliminating deficit spending their top campaign promise I may just throw my support to them. That’s how strongly I feel about this issue, because I may not be around to experience the horrendous living conditions a financial crisis could cause because of astronomical debt, but my young adult sons and grandchildren will and that thought horrifies me.

I don’t think I have to worry about any of the Democratic candidates taking a strong stance on this though, as everyone of them is touting spend-spend-spend to garner votes as they dream of becoming president. They best be careful of what they wish for, because if they become the person in charge they could have the biggest economic mess facing them imaginable.                      

The Height of Political Correctness & Hypocrisy:   

This racism nonsense is wearing me out and at the rate its going it will surpass the number of rants I’ve done on the debt. I seriously need someone to explain to me how the things the president has said equates to racism on his part, I really do, because I just don’t get it.

I’m not sure if “identity racism” is the correct name for it, but that’s what it seems to be to me. If A.O.C + 3 happened to be Caucasian women would his comments have ignited such fury? If Elijah Cummings was a white guy and Trump reacted to his lies about conditions at the border by lashing back with the Baltimore comments, I bet not much would be made of it.

It’s all so hypocritical it makes me bat-crap-crazy. Bernie Sanders said worse things about that area of Baltimore than Trump did, was he accused of being a racist?

Dr. Ben Carson said that when he used to perform surgery on kids who lived in that run down area of Baltimore, and he would delay releasing them from the hospital for as long as possible because he didn’t want them returning to those living conditions, was he labeled a racist for saying that?

Obama is recorded as saying the area was “full of thug criminals.” When the ex-Mayor of Baltimore was in office she was recorded exclaiming “What the hell? We should just take all this sh*t down …Whoa, you can smell the rats, Whew, Jesus…oh, my God, you can smell the dead animals.”

Trump tweeted, “Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA…..”

“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

Again, if Cummings was Caucasian and the area of Baltimore was predominately white, would there have been any reaction to Trump’s tweets at all? I think it’s a sign of the times and a shame that perceived political correctness is at the root of the racist accusations the President is enduring. As usual political correctness easily slides into a distorted version of reality that unfairly labels a person with unfounded accusations.

Sometimes You Gotta:

I should just leave this alone, but sometimes you gotta push back, especially when it relates to this publication my wife and I have put our heart and soul into for 21 years.

I’m also responding because this relates to Facebook and the convenient way it allows people to write things they won’t say to your face. If you ask me it’s a chicken crap way to fling criticisms at a business that not only hurts those it’s directed at, but also unfairly skews the opinion of others who may not even be aware a business such as the Gazette exists. So now before they even set eyes on this paper they think it’s lousy.

 

This was posted on Facebook last week in a Santa Clarita community group that has 20,000 followers.

  Slow news day, I guess. #hardhittingjournalism

Look, the Gazette, and yours truly, have been criticized numerous times over the years. This is fine, but usually it’s done in a mature way, in written form that allows readers of the Gazette to make their own determination as to the validly of the complaint.

The gentleman who posted this has been a Gazette detractor in the past on Facebook and I’ve communicated to him that we will gladly publish anything he or his fellow Gazette haters wish to submit. Someone said I should push back on Facebook when this happens and I will tell you I’ve been-there-done-that in the past until I was blue in the face. At the time I remembered what my Dad told me a long time ago, “Don’t get in a pissing match with a skunk, because you’ll be the one who ends up stinking, not the skunk.

As far as editorial content is concerned, the Gazette is a weekly paper and our “news day” is unlike that of a daily paper that can capture the news from the previous day. A weekly paper that has a daily paper in its market has to be half newspaper-half magazine.

Just because one dude on Facebook thinks having a story about Ted Nugent’s show at the Canyon Club constitutes a slow news day, doesn’t mean there weren’t hundreds of readers who enjoyed reading the article. So take that, Facebook post, and shove it!  I know that’s not very mature, but sometimes you just gotta…

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

“It’s your money folks and they’re just pissing it away.” (Neil Cavuto during his Saturday morning show on Fox News, talking about the new budget the House passed)   

*The way new management is at Fox News, I’m surprised Neil didn’t get suspended for that one, even though it’s the gospel truth. (Me)

“There are certain things you’re not supposed to say. You’re not supposed to criticize anything the Democrats run. You’re not supposed to criticize anything where minorities are involved because that’s automatically labeled racist.” (Rush Limbaugh)

*So true, back when Obama was in charge, any criticism of him was labeled racist. But, when African American Cory Booker says he wants to punch the president in the mouth, no big deal, right? Can you imagine if any white candidate would have said they wanted to punch Obama in the mouth? Hypocrisy at its finest!

“Wherever you find this decadent decay, you’re going to find Democrats have run the operation, or the city, the state, whatever it is, the county, for decades.” (Rush Limbaugh)

*Did this all start with LBJ’s war on poverty that kick-started the huge amounts of dollars pumped into helping the poor, but was also the start of creating generations of people who rely solely on the government for financial survival and in turn created a malaise type attitude that has led to decadent decay?  (Me)

“The Democrats need a permanent underclass of people that are incapable of self-reliance. And so these situations are allowed to fester. They never do anything to improve the quality of the lives of their constituents. Their constituents are as unhappy today as they were 50 years ago.” (Rush Limbaugh)

*Why do you think Dems are so eager for open borders? They need a whole new group of voters who are reliant on the government to survive. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hey Doug I guess you didn’t watch so let me give you a Summation of Mueller’s testimony:

  1. trump dangled pardons to those who, as trump said it-”continue to tow the Republican party line of lying and covering up for our crimes”
  2. trump’s AG Barr LIED to America
  3. There was no “hoax”
  4. There was no “witch hunt”
  5. trump is not exonerated
  6. Russians put trump in office
  7. trump lied under oath in writing
  8. trump threatened a gov official in an attempt to get him to falsify documents
  9. trump asked Hope Hicks to lie to voters and Hicks did lie for trump
  10. Candidate trump’s campaign illegally paid cover-up money and lied to covered up that crime, running illegally for office in the first place
  11. trump and campaign lied and tried to cover up illegal meetings with Russians to get dirt on Hillary
  12. trump has obstructed justice x10. John

 Yeah, first time, mark it down, I don’t agree with Doug and couldn’t even read through this. Do NOT feel sorry for Mueller. He had innocent people put in prison since Bush Sr was in office. Some even killed themselves with the ruins of their lives. And after the cases were dismissed in the Supreme Court for illegal persecution/prosecution on American citizens, the families lives have never been the same. He is a cancer in a rogue non elected group of officials that have complete control over Americans, illegally and Un-Constitutionally. Bob Mueller should be put in prison. Wendy Facebook Post

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 25, 2019

Sad, Very Sad:

The Robert Mueller hearing fiasco on Wednesday had various twists and turns, but what got me was the man himself. I felt sorry for Mueller and especially his family. While he may be one heck of an actor who was trying to deceive members of the committees, to me he seemed like someone whose age is starting to catch up with him and it was there for the entire world to see.

Maybe what got me was that he is about the same age my late father was when he started showing the same sort of confusion and forgetfulness I saw with Mueller as he struggled with the questions that were flung at him. My Dad was sharp as a tack until it became obvious he just wasn’t the same guy anymore, and we all knew it.

Whoever came up with the idea, arranged, cajoled and forced Robert Mueller to that witness stand should be absolutely ashamed of themselves! Those who worked with him or interviewed him had to have known he should NOT have been put in that position. While it may not have been appropriate if he were my Dad, I would have been in someone’s face on Thursday with a “You selfish SOB, how could you have done that to my Dad and our family, why didn’t you have one of his Lieutenants up there?!”                         

As far as the hearing itself, I think L. Rob Werner, one of our contributing columnists, summed it up best:

Four things evident from Mueller’s congressional testimony:
1. Trump did not like being investigated.
2. Mueller chose not to investigate the origins, lies and other credibility issues related to those making the claim of Trump-Russian collusion.
3. Democrats want Trump impeached for being against the investigation.
4. Republicans want Democrats and government officials investigated and criminally prosecuted for manufacturing false claims of Trump-Russia collusion.

 Go, Mike, Go!

I first became aware of Mike Garcia this past April when it was announced he was running for Katie Hill’s seat. We did a short brief on his candidacy at the time, but it wasn’t until I heard Mike speak at a Lincoln Club luncheon that I realized he is the real deal and has the best shot of making Hill a one and done representative of our district.

If you are a fellow right-leaner I’m telling you this guy is a straight shooting conservative who articulates his thought values well. If Mike Garcia can take over Hill’s seat, we’ll have a solid, common sense Republican this district deserves, void of Dem-like thinking that is permeating this state and the swamp!

On July 13th The Signal published a guest commentary written by Mike; these are portions from the piece I think are important to share for those who didn’t see it.

“As a former Navy fighter pilot who served this country for almost 20 years and as a first-generation American, I feel compelled to highlight how dangerous Rep. Hill’s behavior is to the Antelope Valley, Simi Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley.”

“Katie Hill pulled a bait-and-switch on the people of our district. As a candidate for Congress, Hill supported the idea of more border security. But once elected she is now on the other side of the argument, standing in solidarity with the open border members of the extreme left of the Democrat Party. Hill has firmly put party politics and her allegiances to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York City socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez above the interests and safety of her own constituents. Her actions as a freshman representative have done nothing to protect us and our children.”

“Hill supports the American Dream and Promise act of 2019, a program that grants amnesty and educational benefits to 2.5 million illegal immigrants regardless of their criminal records, while taxpaying American citizens struggle to provide quality education for our own children.”

“Katie Hill has shown us that she has more concern for people attempting to illegally cross our border than she does for us and our own children. When President Trump announced on Feb. 15 that the border was in fact a national emergency, Katie Hill went on numerous national news stations stating the president was “acting like a toddler” with “pretend facts.”  She accused the president of “political terrorism.”

“As long as Katie Hill and the leftist extremists push liberal policies that promise sanctuary and free stuff, millions upon millions of people will continue to try to break into America, and the squalor of their experience will only get worse.”

“Politicians will say anything to get elected. I’m not a politician. I’m a fighter pilot and rational business man. I swore an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America. That oath has no expiration date. I fought for my country. I was ready to die for my country and the oath didn’t come off with the uniform.”

For some it’s too early for endorsements, but I’m jumping in with both feet with a strong endorsement for Garcia, as have several others in the district. I urge you to see for yourself what Mike stands for and make your own decision.

 No, Katie, No!

I saw where Katie Hill co-sponsored a bill that passed the House entitled “The Raise the Wage Act.”  It may as well be called “The Raise in Unemployment Act,” because that’s exactly what will happen if this thing is fully enacted in upcoming years. It flabbergasts me that someone as intelligent as Hill can’t see the negative ramifications of the government forcing businesses (particularly small businesses) to pay certain wages.

The yearly wage increase is estimated to be $2,760 per worker, so if you have ten employees that would equal a $27,600 increase in expense. How in the world can a small business absorb that?!  They can’t and won’t, so what are they going to do? They’ll cut expenses by cutting workers. Why can’t Hill and her cohorts see the common sense behind that and not give in to feel-good emotional idealism that lacks common sense and ends up hurting more than helping?

I’m reminded of a nephew of mine who owns three or four restaurants in the Bay Area. He is as left wing as one can be (which leads to very interesting and lively conversations when see each other), but he absolutely hates minimum wage laws. As liberal as he is, he detests the notion of the government dictating what he has to pay his employees. If my ultra left wing nephew can see the harm wage control does to businesses, what can’t congress people like Katie Hill see the same thing?

 Just When You Think…..

I think that old cliché is out the window these days, particularly when it comes to progressive thinking, because when we think it won’t get much weirder it does.

The headlines last week read; “Berkeley Bans Gendered Language” and “Manholes in Berkeley will now be called maintenance holes.”  Are they serious right now, they actually took the time during their city council meetings to propose and vote on this?!

Wait, they did pass something constructive during the meeting, it was banning the use of natural gas piping in new construction. That in and of itself is fuel for ranting, but the other accomplishment in that meeting of SUPER PROGRESSIVES  dwarf the rubbish of green thinking.

Not only will manholes be called maintenance holes, manpower will be referred to as human effort, and man-made objects will be described with terms like human-made, artificial, manufactured, machine made or synthetic. Gendered professional terms like fireman, firewoman and craftsman will be swapped out for gender-neutral substitutes like firefighter and craftspeople. Heirs will become beneficiaries.

I respectfully ask for my left-leaning friends and readers to please get back to me and explain how any of this helps the city of Berkeley and their citizens in real life situations. Seriously, because this totally baffles me and the only thing I think of is this City Council is a bunch of Kamala Harris and squad wannabes!

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

It is possible that on entering this church, you may hear the call of God. On the other hand, it is not likely that he will contact you by phone. Thank you for turning off your phone. If you would like to talk to God, come in, choose a quiet place and talk to him. If you would like to see him, send him a text while driving.

 This notice can now be found in some French churches. Perhaps its adoption in the U. S. is long overdue.

“Google may well be the most powerful company on the face of the planet because they have a monopoly on information, on what you know and what I know. And not only that, but Google owns YouTube, which is the second-most popular website on the face of the planet. And the problem is, they use monopoly powers to silence voices they don’t like.” (Ted Cruz)

*Yeah, just ask Dennis Prager who has had 56 of his 320 five-minute videos, and other videos he’s produced, restricted on YouTube.    (Me)

“Google has even restricted access to a video on the Ten Commandments. Yes, the Ten Commandments. We have repeatedly asked Google why our videos are restricted, no explanation is ever given.” (Dennis Prager)

*Sad state of affairs when the most powerful company in the world doesn’t want to expose God’s word to its customers. (Me)

“This is the guy running these women. Not to say they don’t have their own brains. Don’t misunderstand. But he’s the money behind it. He’s the sugar daddy. He’s a trust-fund kid in his thirties, and he’s the energetic, inspirational leader behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and this other bunch of freshmen. He sets the policy for the squad. He’s the one that created the Green New Deal…He writes their speeches. They are his minions. He controls the money.” (Rush Limbaugh on Saikat Chakrabarti, A.O.C.’s Chief of Staff)

*Come to think of it, I wasn’t too sure the squad had the smarts to come up with the stuff they do. (Me)

“Everyone loves Donald Trump, they just don’t know it yet.” (Mike Lindell, the ‘My Pillow guy.’)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

As for Linda (not the Gary wife) Horton, she is mild in her criticism of my cartoons.  I also used to read in the Signal the Doonesbury comic strip that Linda misses.  And that doesn’t mean we are far left or that we support politicians when they embrace rioters, assaulters, and suppressors of opposing speech on campuses and in the public arenas of thought.  We would never break windows, burn buildings, slug people or throw things at police.  And we wouldn’t use the sight of a hat as an excuse to turn violent.   TP   

Doug,

I enjoy reading the Gazette news and opinions every week, both right and left articles. I especially enjoy your rants since I am closely aligned with your opinions and thoughts about the world around us. Lee Barnathan is a great reporter of the news too. Jimmie

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 18, 2019

I Swore I Wouldn’t:

When the Trump tweet fiasco exploded all over media outlets like a huge bomb shell of a disaster, I swore to myself I wouldn’t touch it in this space. I didn’t want to waste time or space on something I thought would blow over in a day, but as I start my weekly routine with this aspect of the job, “tweet gate” is out of control.

This thing is overflowing the brim of political correctness with such poppycock it’s sickening. Those four women have managed to control almost one hundred percent of the media’s narrative this week with such meaningless rubbish that it is almost unlistenable.

How Trump’s tweeted words were turned into a racist firestorm, I don’t get. I’ll tell you what though, if those women and their far left brethren want to get into interpretation of words, take a listen to what they’ve said about America, Israel and Al Qaeda, to name a few. Their words were hurtful to Jews, families of loved ones who have died as a result of terrorist groups, and were downright unpatriotic.

The President’s tweets were snowflake in nature compared to the AOC gang’s words and to be honest I’d tell them something worse then to go back to where they came from! Another thing for the ladies; get over it and concentrate on things that really matter.

Cold Sweat:                    

As I was half paying attention to a show on Fox News the other day, the commentator said something about “the Speaker of the House, the person who is third in line to become president of the United States should know better…” I froze in my tracks at the thought of “Nervous Nancy” becoming our president with the possibility sending sub-freezing chills throughout my blood stream.

My next thought was President Trump and Vice President Pence should never be in the same vicinity from now on, because if, God forbid, some tragedy were to beset them, the unthinkable would occur. In your worst nightmare can you imagine Nancy Pelosi as our president?!

These are some of her gems from the past:

“Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program.”

Hamas is a humanitarian organization.

But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.

Our view of the law is that it – if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, which is not reason for deportation.

You cannot cut your way to deficit reduction.

“It’s almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.”

Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.

 Everybody will have lower rates, better quality, and better access.

I don’t remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium.

The preceding quotes show her true political acumen which could make us beg for Obama to come back. For the sake of political correctness I’ll ignore the fact that she’s 79 years old (it’s beginning to show in my opinion), but most of all I’ll try and put this potential disaster out of my head, just like I’m doing with the thought of Kamala Harris becoming president!

 Speaking of Nightmares:

I’m hearing more and more conservative pundits predicting Kamala Harris will be the Democratic nominee to run against Trump. My biggest fear if this scenario were to come true would be the avalanche of identity political marketing that would engulf low information voters.

Can’t you hear it now coming from “the squad,” Nancy Pelosi, Mrs. Bill Clinton and even Harris herself, “We need a women and a person of color to lead this nation.”  The ads will be coming at us from all directions exclaiming a woman of color is much better suited to be this country’s president than the evil Trump.

Of course the Dem’s message probably won’t bother to address facts contrasting   policy stances of the two candidates. Rather, you can bet the message will be strong with playing on voter’s emotions, as such was the case in the marketing strategy utilized by Barack Obama’s and Mrs. Bill Clinton’s campaigns.

I’m reminded of the lady the day after Obama’s victory in 2008 who exclaimed to the camera, “Now I won’t have to worry about my mortgage and my cell phone!”  That type of thinking will probably be used as a campaign strategy and will be the Dem’s subliminal message to low information folks to garner their votes. If it works like it did for Obama, Kamala Harris will be sitting pretty in the White House come 2021 and the socialistic mud will start hitting the fan shortly after that!

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

Rep. Ilhan Omar says President Trump launched a ‘blatantly racist attack’ on duly elected members of Congress (Headline)

*What Rush said (below) (Me)

“The news reporting’s all over the place. Donald Trump’s racist tweets, Donald Trump’s xenophobic tweets, Donald Trump rotten, horrible scumbag. Donald Trump racist, Donald Trump blatant xenophobe. Donald Trump did not mention race once in these tweets. Trump did not mention race. Trump did not even mention color! Trump did not mention people of color! Trump did not tell anybody to go home! He said,’ Go home and fix it and come back and show us how it’s done’. These are the people who are constantly threatening or offering to leave if they lose elections, and they never do leave.”  (Rush Limbaugh)

*AOC and her comrades are now being referred to as “The Squad.”  I tell you what, they ain’t the Mod Squad, and I would call them the Lost Squad or the One-and-Done Squad. (Me)

“The bottom line is, folks, that whenever anybody of any stature on our side criticizes a Democrat, it’s automatically racism. It’s automatically xenophobia. It’s automatically bigotry. It’s automatically homophobia. It’s automatically all the clichés. They don’t even listen.”  (Rush Limbaugh)

*When I grow up I wanna be just like Rush.  (Me)

“I have an advantage of knowing the president very well and he’s not a racist,

His comments are not racist, but he loves the country very much. And he has a feeling that those who represent the country should love it as well.” (Ben Carson)

“Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi found themselves on the same side of the race card.

AOC suggested that Nancy Pelosi is racist for explicit singling out of newly elected women of color. No, AOC, Pelosi, like Trump criticized your character, not your color.” (Larry Elder)

*For those who may not be aware, Ben Carson and Larry Elder are African American and are both able to discern the difference between real racism and made up racism used for political purposes. (Me)

Lindsey Graham claims border fraud so prevalent ‘a terrorist could easily get in.’ (Headline)

*This is the type of problem the “squad ladies” should be focusing on instead of the other nonsense they obsess over.  (Me)

IHOP Franchisee Says Minimum Wage Hikes That Force Layoffs, Reduced Hours Are ‘Painful’ (Headline)

*Nothing like minimum wage legislation to make me bat-crap-crazy, all it takes is this example at an IHOP to show how damaging it can be to business owners and workers. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

This is in response to TP’s letter to you that commented on my Letter to the Editor, The Signal , 7/6/19.  Even though I share Gary Horton’s last name (via my husband), we are not related.  In fact I have never met Gary Horton, though I do often read his Opinion pieces and almost always agree with him.  As for TP’s comments on Doonesbury, that award winning strip has been in existence almost 50 years.  I believe the reason it has been around so long and has won so much recognition is that even though it espouses mostly liberal/progressive views, it speaks truth to power, regardless of who wields that power or party affiliation.  Can TP say the same for his political cartoons?  

 Let me also say that I strongly doubt the response that I received from The Signal that their choice of cartoons for the comics page is not influenced by politics.  Thanks for letting me clarify.  Linda Horton

Doug,
I work 2 jobs and still cannot afford to pay the astronomically high southern California rent. I am homeless, but do not qualify for free health care. I am a citizen of this country and am furious that our Governor has signed a bill allowing free health care for lawbreaking individuals. I assume this includes free meds? Why not provide free transportation as well, they need a way to get to their free doctor, right. Why stop there, why not free clothing.

No wonder so many people want to come to America. There is no downside. They get deported, then just come back. And while they’re here they get a free ride. This just encourages more illegal’s to skirt the law and live here for free.   Hank

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 11, 2019

Second Favorite:

 My second favorite Signal columnist, Josh Heath graced readers this past week with his liberal musings and as usual had me scratching my head. Maybe it’s just me, but as intelligent as Josh is, I can’t help thinking that some day when he has a wife and kids, owns a home, has two car payments and is paying out the nose in taxes to support the liberal causes he touts now, he might just change his way of thinking and come on over to the other side.

Anyway, his column included “Franklin Roosevelt built a modern welfare state not with help from conservatives, but by overcoming their bitter opposition.”

Well, no kidding. Conservatives of the day knew the impending disaster of a welfare state and it has turned out to be one of the worst things that could have happened to this country. While it may have been needed to help people during the depression, it has spiraled out of control since then, creating a whole class of folks who know of no other way to garner income.

Further on Heath wrote, “Once Ronald Reagan came on the scene they quickly reverted back to form and embraced a strident conservative vision.”

He’s darn right we did and it was the best thing that could have happened at the time, especially coming on the heels of Jimmy Carter. Many of Reagan’s policies are what Trump has implemented these days, showing once again that “strident conservatism” is what’s best for all of us.

For today’s GOP is not motivated by friendship, they seek victory. The right wishes to destroy the Democratic Party and enact as pure an agenda as possible.”

I almost lost my breakfast with this one, talk about the pot calling the kettle black! What we are seeing these days from the left is nothing but pure hatred for President Trump and his supporters; with an overwhelming desire to destroy anything that is remotely right of them. They are pushing hard to enact an agenda that is far from common sense and could cause so such damage it’s baffling and scary.

 There’s More:

Wait, there’s more. “We must beat the GOP in enough elections to the point where they realize, like what happened during Roosevelt’s era, that they have to accept progressive policy in order to politically survive.”

We ain’t accepting any kind of progressive crap that will do much more harm than good.  We will stand and politically fight until the majority of Americans realize what’s best for them. If it takes another round of a progressive government in power for that majority to see the ills of the Dem’s ways, we’ll be right there to point it out to them and point back to now, showing the conservative way is definitely the right and American way to go!

And finally; “How did conservatives treat him (Obama) in return? With sheer and utter hatred, called him a Kenyan, obstructed his entire program and routinely shut down the government as a means of getting their way.”

Wow, we could use almost all of those same words to describe how the Dems treat Trump, but with much worse name calling such as Hitler, racist, two-bit wall salesman, big hairy orange villain, crotch-fondling slab of rancid meatloaf, narcissistic serial con-artist and more. If Obama would have been depicted with a noose around his neck in the same way Trump was depicted with a bloody severed head, we all know what kind of racial hell would have rained down.

Besides that we didn’t see the Bush Administration taking numerous law-breaking, covert actions to derail Obama’s presidency the way Obama’s administration did with Trump, now did we?                                                     

Random Rants:

 As much as I like the job President Trump is doing I find it very disappointing he is not even mentioning the national debt that has the potential to tear this nation apart at the seams. Maybe it’s because he knows the manure he would take when announcing the numerous program cuts and streamlining of government procedures that’s necessary to even begin to get us out of the horrible debt mess. The thing is he doesn’t seem to let harsh criticism get to him on other stuff, so why not this?

I have a feeling if Dodgers’ pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched a no-hitter in this day and age and Vin Scully exclaimed like he did back then, “if you have a sombrero throw it to the sky,” he would be raked over the coals for insensitive, politically incorrect use of words and liberals would be calling for him to be fired?

The left went bonkers when President Trump had tanks in D.C. for his 4th of July speech, with some of the most idiotic comments imaginable said by the talking heads on CNN and MSNBC. What I don’t get is why those same critics haven’t cried foul when fighter jets fly over stadiums all over the country during the national anthem before football and baseball games. What’s the difference for these Trump-hating, anti-America pundits that freaked out over a few military tanks at a Fourth of July event? I color this one pathetic.                     

Is just me or does anyone notice that during earthquakes and wild fires there isn’t  different opinions between conservatives, liberals, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and LGBTQ+ folks? I find it somewhat ironic how that all goes out the window when basic survival and comfort is at risk.

It reminds me of Maslow’s 5 hierarchies of needs we learned about in Psychology 101.

  1. Physical needs 2. Safety needs 3. Love and belongingness needs 4. Esteem needs 5. Self-actualization needs

It’s easy to see why the first two “needs” kick in during emergency crises, but it’s also easy to see how the next three “needs” are what can really screw us up in more ways then one.

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

 Pete Buttigieg inspires gay pride, but not 100% confidence. (Headline)

 *I’m not touching this one, I’ve gotten in enough hot water for gay pride rants lately (Me)

Starbucks shop boots police officers because customer “did not feel safe” around them.  (Headline)

*They sure as heck would want them there to make their snow flake butts feel safe if there was armed robbery going on! (Me)

U.S. may hit debt limit sooner than expected. (Headline)

*Maybe this will get the President’s attention.  (Me)

“I admit that I was wrong about Trump. He’s not a clown, and he is delivering on his promises.  He’s a businessman, entertainer, and now the president that I didn’t want but now think we need.” (Gary Varvel, cartoonist and columnist for the Indianapolis Star)

*Many more are coming around to this guy’s way of thinking based on recent approval ratings.  (Me)

I think the economy is doing great, and it’s particularly reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment. African-American unemployment is at its lowest level…  I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans.” (Robert Johnson, Black Entertainment Television founder and longtime Democrat)

*Cory Booker and Kamala Harris aren’t going to like this guy much now.  (Me)

“This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship. Your very own dictatorship.

It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition.

 It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media.

 It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win – did.”  (The late Dr. Jack Devere Minzey, was the Department Head of Education at Eastern Michigan University)

 *This gentleman was 90 years old when he wrote the preceeding, hope I can rant like this if I get to be his age (Me)

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

You gotta love Josh Heath’s Opinion piece in the 7/9/19 Signal.  As a future professor, he won’t just drink the cool-aid, he’ll be serving it — so long as it is given to him.  Tom

 

Doug,

Is Linda Horton (“Missing  Doonesbury” letter to 7/6/19 Signal) related to Gary Horton?  If so — my 11/30/18 cartoon (below) might explain why there is such a need for comic strip support for Gary’s views.  Trudeau is Gary’s fact checker. (Gazette Cartoonist)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 27, 2019

Here I Go Again:

 As I was taking a break from chasing my grandkids around in Indiana last week, I went on The Signal’s website to see what was going on back home. The first thing that popped out to me was the headline “City to recognize June as Pride Month.” I cringed, thinking back to what I wrote on May 31 regarding my issue with the LGBTQ+ community being recognized and promoted as some sort of special political-type group in the public sector. I was really hoping there would not be a need to address this again (it’s not a comfortable issue for me to rant on), but now with this story about my city doing the same thing, I can’t just let it go.

I will add that if anyone is discriminated against, mistreated or targeted for any reason, the full extent of the law should be enforced to right those types of wrongs.

Before I get too far down this road, this is some of what I wrote on May 31 regarding this issue.

“To avoid getting in some trouble here, I want to be perfectly clear; I am not a homophobe. I can’t relate to the LGBTQ+ community but I do not judge, condemn or have any ill will towards folks who live their lives in that manner. I have had gay employees and friends throughout the years and never gave much thought as to who they were in relationship with. In fact, I’m good friends with a publisher of another weekly newspaper in California who happens to be gay and we get along great and his personal relationship never comes up.

“However, I am confused about the need for people who identify this way to promote and connect the LGBTQ+ lifestyle with their profession.  If someone is in any type of business – entertainment, sports or otherwise – I don’t care who they have sex with; I care about them as a person, how they treat other people and how they do their job.”

 Why?

Why did the city feel the need to recognize the LGBTQ+ community? I understand the desire to encourage inclusion of all Santa Clarita Valley citizens in political and cultural aspects of our city, what I don’t understand is the need to celebrate a certain group of people’s sexuality. Aren’t they just people who live their lives in Santa Clarita the same way we all do?

I’d feel the same way if it was Old White Guy and Gals month, Straight Parents’ month or a month celebrating Heterosexuals. What if we celebrated bald guys, overweight guys, gray-haired guys and gals, or even those who color their hair? Wouldn’t that seem foolish?

I guess what really bothers me is the city seemingly falling into the trap of pursuing political correctness in order to satisfy the ever-increasing need of those who think emotional idealism is the end-all be-all to solve problems which really don’t matter much in the scheme of life.

This is what I also wrote on May 31, and the offer still stands: “I hope you can see where I’m coming from on this subject, and I strongly urge anyone who disagrees with me and wants to respond in writing to please do so. I will gladly publish it.”

It’s All About Job Performance, Right?

While the Dems relentlessly pursue every avenue of impeachment they can fantasize about, President Trump is relentlessly doing a kick-butt job with the tasks he was elected to do. Sure he doesn’t articulate his performance all that well, but neither does the best coach in the NFL, Bill Belichik, and all he does win, win, win.

I don’t care how you feel about the guy, but tell me how you can argue with his job performance. The one that is jumping out at me right now is how the price of oil is not currently shooting through the roof. In years past, the shenanigans that Iran is pulling these days would have caused the oil market to break out into a conniption fit. But with our oil production gushing at a record pace after Trump took the shackles of Obama’s energy paranoia, we can basically tell the rest of the world to buzz off because we don’t need their stinkin’ oil!

I find it refreshing and encouraging the way President Trump is dealing with the other countries that are causing us problems. While some thought he was going to be a war monger and others now think he is being a wimp, I think he’s applying the shrewd negotiating methods he developed in the business world to maneuver us through these problems without the “lead from behind” idealism crap that plagued his predecessor.

Oh yeah, how about the economy, stupid (James Carville’s famous line)? Talk about kicking butt, who could have imagined how well it’s soaring these days. Of course the president isn’t going to bat a thousand on everything he strives for. But if you ask me, he’s doing one heck of a job for America, and if you want to argue that, go ahead. However, I ask you to deal with just the facts and nothing but the facts, not your assessment of his personality!

 South Carolina Welcomes Candidates:

That was the headline last weekend. I quickly scanned the article to see how these Dem candidates stood on the issues facing our nation these days. Oh, my goodness! Most of what I saw was waist-high rhetoric meant to out-soothe their competitors for the voting souls of likeminded liberal voters. Throw in some Trump-bashing hate speech and you have the makings of perfectly empty campaign speak. What a striking difference in their campaign pledges compared to those of then candidate Trump who laid out his plan to make “America Great Again” with point-by-point plans.

 Keep America Great:

That’s the new slogan for the President’s re-election campaign, but for many, it’s ammunition to throw non-factual dislike at the man, the job he is doing and the danger we face if he is re-elected. But, I’ll tell you where the real danger lies, and that’s if any of the Dem candidates end up as president.

It is absolutely frightening to hear them talk of the amount of spending it will take to cure their perceived ills that plague us Americans today. It reeks of so much socialistic thinking you would think we’re living in different country during an election season.

Even if we discount the spending they tout, the notion of their way of thinking is just plain wrong and goes against everything this country was founded on. I’m writing this before the two debates, and while I hope it doesn’t happen, let’s see how many socialistic and other crazy promises are spouted out of their mouths.

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

“Being fat isn’t your fault, getting pregnant isn’t your fault, flunking out of high school isn’t your fault, but having an ancestor half a millennium ago who’s feudal lord owned a slave, that’s totally on you?” (Larry Elder)

*If the Dem Candidates push hard for reparations to African American folks, I call total bull manure. Not one of them gives two rips about this, and it’s all about the votes. Shameful!

 Gay men need to be feminists too (Headline)

*After reading the article, I still don’t get it (Me)

 “I had no sense that he was the soulless bastard that he’s turned into, he used to be kind of like the boob of New York that pretended to be wealthy—or we thought was wealthy—and now he’s just  psychotic.”  (David Letterman on President Trump)

*Hey Dave, have you given any consideration as to the actual job he is doing as president, putting aside you’re personality conflict you have with the man?  We’ve heard and seen you say and do some pretty stupid things along the way, and I don’t think you’d appreciate the same sort of assessment of you as a person.  (Me)

“President Trump has common sense. He doesn’t get caught up in the weeds and he continues to keep us safe. So we don’t go to war with Iran. The Strait of Hormuz is still open and that, my friends, is a good news Trump story.” (Judge Jeanine Piro)

*What she said. (Me)

Eric Trump Says He Was Victim of ‘Disgusting Act’ at Bar, Employee Reportedly Arrested (Headline)

He was harassed and spit at while visiting an upscale Chicago bar just because he’s the president’s son?  Loving compassion by a liberal at its finest. (Me)

“You can do heroin and take a dump on the sidewalk, but vaping is where San Francisco draws the line.” (Tom Elliot)

*It’s a crazy, mixed-up liberal world out there! (Me)

 Letter to the Ranter:

Ok, you look nuts. Then I read the article and figured you have to be nuts to publicly praise the orange buffoon in the WH.   Julie

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 20, 2019

Ranter’s Note: My wife and I are in Indiana spending time with the grandkids. This rant is from one year ago this week. Do the more things change, the more they remain the same? You decide.

I Should Get Over It:

I know I should get over it and used to it, but as more and more bull crap is exposed regarding the FBI and Department of Justice’s handling of Hillary’s email debacle, as well as the Trump/Russia investigation, the more CNN and MSNBC make me bat-crap-crazy!

The congressional hearings earlier in the week with the Director of the FBI and the Inspector General were enthralling and incredibly newsworthy. As I do on many occasions, I quickly changed over to those networks to get their takes on the hearings, but lo and behold, there weren’t any. I scanned their websites, too, thinking there would have to be at least a mention of the hearings, but I found ZERO coverage (if I missed something, let me know, and I’ll stand corrected).

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m thinking they didn’t cover the hearings because they were so damning to their liberal friends. I know, I know, the children at the border issue is certainly newsworthy, but for that issue to soak up the whole news cycle while our country’s fabric of justice, fairness and legality was apparently torn up and thrown in our face, it should at least merit a mention, right?

The point of powers that be threatening to interfere with a presidential election (and it wasn’t the Russians) should at least result in some coverage in the interest of decent journalism, but wait, for these two networks, that ship sailed in November of 2016.

I Should Get Over It, Part II:

Speaking of bat-crap-crazy, after hearing that the Inspector General determined there was no evidence that the Clinton email probe was affected by bias, I was just as floored when Comey rattled off the laws Hillary broke, and then said there would be no charges.

Come on, we just aren’t that stupid. After reading and hearing what’s in the new Inspector General’s report, how can a reasonable and intelligent human being not see the bias spewing out like lava out of a volcano?

When the FBI guy (Peter Strzok) in charge of the Hillary investigation is asked by his FBI lover in a text, “Trump’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” and he answers with “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,” was that just pillow talk?

He also texted, “I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot,” and “God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.” Do you see any bias there?

These next texts by Peter Strzok, who oversaw the Hillary probe and then was selected to be on the team investigating Trump, too, puts a ribbon and bow on how biased the dude really was:

“For me, and this case, I personally have a sense of unfinished business. I unleashed it (Clinton investigation). Now I need to fix it and finish it (Trump/Russian investigation).”

“And damn this feels momentous. Because this matters. The other one did, too, but that was to ensure we didn’t F something up. This matters because this MATTERS.”

How can these people on the investigative teams think we’re so freaking stupid that we can’t see what this was all about? How dumb do they think we are not to realize that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump was started with the same type of bias, and after a year of so-called “nothing burgers.” This whole thing is going nowhere.

What really reeks of political foul play is the investigation of Hillary morphed into the Trump/Russian collusion thing, and the same Inspector General is investigating that investigation mess too. Can we expect the same sort of ‘non-bias’ findings in that upcoming report? When and how will this travesty all end?

I Should Get Over It, Part III:

I should get over and be used to whatever Gary Horton writes in The Signal, but sometimes it makes me gnash my teeth. On Wednesday: “Now, we’re surrounded by some of the most disturbing news we’ve ever seen. An anarchist president is tearing apart American fabric and values. We’re being ravaged from the top down and few in his party have the guts to stand up to it. This may be the greatest challenge to America Carrie and I’ve seen in 39 years. More than wars. More than recessions. More than guns.”

I’m sure Horton was referring to the FBI and DOJ crossing the dangerous line of government interference and attempting to manipulate an election, similar to what happens in third world countries, right? Of course he wasn’t. Instead, he fell into the emotional trap of laser-beaming in on a problem that had liberals’ hair on fire. President Trump did fix the problem of family separations at the border, but fixing the problem of corruption in the FBI and the DOJ will be a much harder problem to solve. That’s the “disturbing news” Mr. Horton should really be concerned with.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

What a surprise. The President is lying his ass off once again. Those who back this sick immoral criminal are not only aiding and abetting this inhumanity, but are allowing fascism to take root in America. Ripping children away from their parents is fascism pure and simple. (Rob Reiner)

“Why don’t they care about AMERICAN kids separated from their parents for life — killed by illegal aliens? NO compassion for Don Rosenberg, Mary Ann Mendoza.” (Ann Coulter)

“Our politicians step over my dead sons body everyday while scrambling to protect ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS they want to keep amongst us. Inhumane? You tell me!” (Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son Brandon, a police officer, was killed in a head-on collision by an illegal immigrant drunk driver)

IF they really cared about these children, why aren’t they verbally persecuting the people who have brought these children to our borders without food, water, shelter? No, this is about hatred of America & inciting unrest. What liberals do best. (Mary Ann Mendoza)

“Any investigator or prosecutor who doesn’t have a sense, after nearly a year of investigation, where their case is likely headed, is incompetent.” (James Comey on him exonerating Hillary Clinton before she was interrogated)

*Is he talking about himself or Robert Mueller? (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,
I put my full name as to make it clear who I am and why I am replying to you. Though I appreciate your criticism because criticism helps one to grow, I do agree with Nicole. I have seen your previous rants and I’m a bit bothered about the fact that you had the audacity to call out a teenage student about the very thing you fail to do. As Trump would say: SAD. I have nothing against you, and I appreciate your honesty and believe however I think you need to take a back seat on what you say because you really don’t practice what you preach.

Now, with that said, I’d like to take note of your current rant. You said, and I quote: “Perhaps his haters should take into consideration the reality of what this economy is doing under Trump’s watch, and think about what it could mean for them and their families in years to come, and not resort to such unreasonable hate”. Yeah, let me tell you something. I don’t care about having a few extra dollars in my pocket or getting to take family vacations if it comes at the cost of families. Is it family values that you are promoting? Then stand up to the injustice of our immigrants. If you honestly believe we have human decency towards immigrants, I want you to remember that we keep children in cages. We tear toddlers from their mothers. We rip families apart. And by we, I mean America, I mean the very same America that’s the land of the free. Yeah free, that’s a joke. Because cages aren’t the symbol of freedom.

Where is the tranquility for all? Yeah I stand by what I said in my article. The economy? At what cost Doug? Syrian lives, minorities rights, family values, women’s equalities? All of those have been infringed by the Trump regime. So yes, I hate him. And I will say it with a burning passion.

I’m not blind, but I think if you really value the economy above lives, then you are. Have a nice day. That’s my rant. Ashley Calkins, a young teen done with the BS

Howdy Doug,
Illegal Border crossing is total disrespect to every legal citizen who entered this Country the right way. Parents who endanger their children by “sneaking” them into this Country are irresponsible parents and endangering their children’s welfare. POTUS did not legislate the law nor did he jeopardize these illegal border families. The whole thing is out of proportion thanks to the media and asinine politicians. Republicans and Democrats suck and they all need to go in the swamp. Half of America wants cheap labor. Trump too. That is all it boils down to. I am disgusted, frustrated and embarrassed of the media and politics. Tim, Castaic

Doug,
I don’t know who the Dan is that likes giving all the privileges and rights to the illegals, but it is not this Dan. I expect he has a few of the families living with him. That’s nice. A little arithmetic! If 10% of the weapons in circulation right now are controlled by criminals or “wannabe” criminals and we cut the number of weapons in circulation by 50% then I suppose criminals and “wannabe” criminals will have 20% of the weapons in circulation. I haven’t heard of any cowardly attacks on the policeman ball.

Another?
Well according to no less an authority than Alexa there are 14 billion 500 million people on earth (at least most of the time). So if on average each person’s body contains 10 gallons of water that is 80 pounds of water. That means that 140,000,000,000 (billion?) gallons of water have been raised to 98.6 from whatever it was before. Sounds like a pretty good radiator to me. Do you think that might have something to do with global warming? That is if there really is any.

Then:
It seems to me that when ice freezes it adds air (some class I had years ago). So when a glacier is in the sea and it melts doesn’t the sea level go down?

Most of the glacier is under water. I’d say it is true in my scotch but it might be another outside source. The strength of President Trump is really amazing. Thank GOD for our President. -The other Dan

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 13, 2019

He’s Back!

Gary Horton, that is; the lovable columnist in The Signal Newspaper. Not that he went anywhere. It’s just that his writings lately have been about stuff that hasn’t made my breakfast rise to the surface. His column on June 5 grabbed my attention, though, as he reverted to his shout-outs of love (not) for our president.

It seems Gary thinks in order to be an effective president one has to possess the qualities of a Boy Scout (he didn’t mention if it was a Boy Scout or a girl who is a Boy Scout, but I guess that’s beside the point).  As usual, he didn’t mention one iota about the kind of job Trump is doing as president, just the normal personal attacks on the man which Gary and his liberal brethren frequently resort to.

Could the reason they don’t talk about the actual job he’s doing be because they recognize the guy is actually performing well as president, and they don’t know how to refute that?  The reason the Dems in Congress are laser-focused on impeachment and not on issues indicates the same dilemma for them.

Gary lists the qualities of a scout (I’m not saying boy because these days I could be accused of having some sort of girl phobia) as trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, reverent and clean. He claimed Trump meets only one of these qualifications, and that he is a clean-freak (not sure why, but he pondered if being a clean-freak would get Trump into heaven).

What Gary didn’t list are the qualities of a good leader, such as commitment and passion, decision making capabilities, making hard choices for the greater good which aren’t popular, following through on commitments, inspiring others and creative innovation.  Notice no mention of personality traits here – that’s because I believe there are different styles of effective leadership, and just because a leader you don’t like is not a freaking scout, that doesn’t mean he isn’t doing one heck of a job!

Cats More Precious than Babies?

 Ranter’s Note: I really do hate getting into the abortion issue; it’s such a sensitive subject that brings out strong emotions on both sides. But, I do have my own opinion on the matter, and to hide it would not be who I am, so here it goes. (As always, I urge anyone who feels differently than I do to write something about this, and I will be glad to publish it.)        

 The Headline read: “New York Passes Bill Outlawing Cat Declawing, Prompting Pro-life Outcry on State’s Liberal Abortion Practices.”  When I read this, I thought back to the New York Legislature when they passed the bill legalizing late-term abortion and the legislative people were dancing in the aisles! I found it sickening they celebrated that bill and that those elected officials seem to care more about cats than babies!

After the cat bill passed, the tweets starting bouncing off the screens: “New York in January: Let’s legalize abortions up to birth and infanticide! New York Now: Declawing cats is horrible and evil!” 

 “In New York you may not be able to declaw your cat, but abortion of a baby up until the day of birth is fine.”

 I cannot believe the majority of the folks who voted for these officials in New York can possibly agree with the crap these people are putting into law (on the second thought, maybe I can believe it for the district that voted A.O.C in).

Look, if they feel strongly a cat shouldn’t be declawed, so be it; if they want to outlaw dogs being debarked, okay; but what in their minds motivates them to allow the killing of a full-formed baby right up to birth, and even after birth?

Even when I disagree with someone on political stuff, I try really hard not to judge them on a personal basis, but when it comes to someone thinking animals are more important than a human life, I find myself judging BIG TIME!

Could It Ever Happen?

When I think about how states like New York pass liberal abortion bills compared to other states that have recently passed very restrictive abortion bills, I can’t help but wonder how this type of a political clash will ever be resolved. If we look at the Grand Canyon-wide differences that exist between conservatives and liberals on certain issues, with the canyon seemingly widening every year, is the only way to figure out what culture we’re going to live under going to be determined by some sort of revolution or civil war?

I know it seems far-fetched, but based on the trend of divisiveness that has been expanding over the last several years, how can we who support the values this great nation was built upon continue to be trampled on more and more by those who have a warped view of how a society should operate?

I shudder to think what the culture will be like in the United States for my 6, 4, 2-year-old and soon-to-be-born grandkids 30-40 years from now. Do we just let progressive liberals determine the cultural state of our nation, or do we present-day conservatives do something similar to what the men did in the revolution and civil war days?

All we have to do is to take a look at what’s happening in Hong Kong this week. Those folks are so passionate about protesting laws they disagree with, they have taken it upon themselves to fight the issues by rioting in the streets. The point being they don’t want to see their country end up in a certain way. Do conservatives need to consider this type of reaction in the future?

As one pundit put it: “There is a point I have been trying to make for most of the year that I think has been consistently missed by many in the conservative movement. That point being that the greatest danger to conservatives is NOT over zealous  Leftists, but how we RESPOND to those Leftists. That is to say, I believe the globalists are using the Left as a cattle prod to dumb down conservatives and lure us into abandoning our principles.”

I don’t want to see us resort to violence, but what if the ills of liberalism can’t be fixed in a political fashion? Is that justification for an alternate strategy in order to protect the interest of generations to come, or do we just allow our principles to be abandoned for the sake of tranquility that will cause our grandchildren to live in a country that is screwed up beyond recognition?

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

Trying to reason with a Liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon. They knock over all the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around like they won.” (Captain Billy)

*Nothing I can add to this one!  (Me)

“I’ve worked so hard in my career, that I promise you, if I’m elected president you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America. We’re going to cure cancer.”(Joe Biden)

*Is he serious right now?!  How in the world can Biden make that claim? Talk about a desperate reach to garner votes. God help us if this guy gets elected.

“Democrat presidential hopefuls covet A.O.C endorsement (Headline)

*What a sad state of affairs for the Dems, when their candidates desperately want the Queen of the House’s (who is common-senseless when it comes to real life) stamp of approval.  (Me)

“In L.A. alone, over 56,000 homeless Americans are living on the streets. That includes 11,000+ veterans. So why did California just pass a bill allotting $100,000,000 for free healthcare for illegal aliens? Why isn’t Kamala Harris putting Americans first in her state?”  (Charlie Kirk)

*Right now I think Kamala only cares about getting votes from Americans in all states!  (Me)

“The only reason pundits are urging Mexico to defy Donald Trump is because they hate him more than they hate a totally dysfunctional border. Mexico is complicit in destroying any semblance of order. It is a co-conspirator in creating untenable, unsustainable chaos.  (Geraldo Rivera)

*This from a guy who has leaned too far left in the past for me. (Me)

Emails Place Dossier Author Steele a Step Closer to Clintons (Headline)

*Does a step closer to Clinton mean a step closer to Obama? (Me)

Call immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps (Headline- LA Times)

*All I have to say about this one is it’s complete @#*$  %^S&!  (Me)

Ex-Clinton Aide: If Trump probed Nadler, Schiff the way they conduct investigations on him, he’d be impeached (Headline)

*What’s it going to take for these guys to give up and do what they were voted in office to do! (Me)

“Investigations of the president, of the campaign, of the administration, of the president’s family, done with methods that were really meant to investigate people, not crimes, and things that seem to me to be way over the bounds of the Constitution.” (Mark Penn, political commentator)

*The problem is who can to hold these guys accountable for being over the bounds of the Constitution?  (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 6, 2019

Meat Eaters’ Rights Day?

The headline read, “Activists Observe Animal Rights Day by Holding Funerals For Dead Cows, Pigs and Chickens.” The story started off with, “As with any funeral, there were plenty of tears.” That was followed by a quote from a lady attending one of the funerals: “I get emotional because when I think of the abuse, you don’t think of it as abuse.” She’s got that right, because what abuse is to some people is the majority of people’s breakfast, lunch and dinners.

Look, if someone doesn’t want to eat meat, that’s their choice, but for the life of me I’ll never understand why these extremists feel the need to carry bloody corpses of farm animals in their marches, with many sobbing at the same time. If you ask me, God put these animals on earth for the nutritional well-being of humans. These folks seem to be putting the value of animals above people. (B.T.W., I’m all for the protection of pets and even some others facing extinction.)

Maybe steak, pork and chicken eaters should unite and hold a “Meat Eaters’ Rights Day” celebrating the gift of great food that feeds millions of Americans every day. Because if we did, the number of people in the street rioting would dwarf the number of nonsensical, emotional activists who set their sights on causes that bewilder the majority.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the thick, succulent pork chop I’m going to have at my favorite restaurant this weekend, the juicy steaks I’ll throw on the grill and the delicious chicken marsala my wife makes!

 More Bewilderment:

This headline read, “NBA teams moving away from title of owner.” When I saw this, I thought this smelled of political correctness, and sadly, that’s what this is. The article went on with, “Multiple NBA teams have moved away from the title of owner, instead opting for more racially sensitive terms like CEO, chairman, majority stakeholder, or governors.”

Notice the key words here are “racially sensitive terms.” They can’t be serious right now. The owner of a business entity shouldn’t be called an owner, because someone may think it could cause folks to relate a mere title to slave owners?!

“We refer to the owners of our teams as Governors; each team is represented on our Board of Governors,” an NBA spokesman said. Holy crow, because one NBA player mentioned on a Lebron James podcast that he didn’t like the term “owner,” the league panics and goes into fearful political correctness mode?

Now the Philadelphia 76ers changed the titles of their owners to Managing Partners. The Clippers changed the title of their owner to Chairman, and the Toronto Raptors renamed their owner President. But wait; there could be a sign of some sanity here, because the player who started the whole thing is on a team that is keeping their title as Owners. Let’s hope the Golden State Warriors don’t fall prey to pressure that is sure to engulf other NBA teams.

This reminds me of the Dem presidential candidates touting the need to compensate African Americans for the ills of slavery some 200 years ago, just to appease the emotional needs of those with the political correctness disease.

Come on now, these guys who own NBA teams worked hard for the money to buy their team. THEY OWN the business entity, just like many across the land who own various types of businesses. Just because the entity happens to be a basketball team with the majority of employees (players) being African American, that shouldn’t result in a wave of historical panic to appease those with short-sighted views of what’s really important.

Maybe This Will Help?

I’m still getting people saying, “Doug, this Russian thing with the FBI doing bad stuff to get the Trump investigation going is still too complicated for me to follow.”  The first thing I encourage them to do is read the book “The Russian Hoax,” which lays out perfectly how the whole thing went down.

Based on what I read in that book, and following the saga on Fox News (because none of the other networks have yet to touch the story), I’m hoping these questions will help to clarify things a bit for some.

-What were the roles of Obama and his lieutenants in the Trump investigations? Everything about the beginning of this fiasco points to them.

-Why did the spy Christopher Steele meet with Russians close to Vladimir Putin in 2016, telling him the wildest sort of rumors about Trump, which Steele then wrote up in his “dossier” for Glenn Simpson’s company called Fusion GPS?

-Was the motivation of the Russian sources, Steele, and Simpson to fraudulently   influence the 2016 campaign?

-Who at the FBI and Justice Department claimed the dossier (funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign) was credible enough to use as evidence for wiretap warrants on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page?

-Did any of the court judges question the FBI’s extra efforts to pursue Carter Page with wiretaps that allowed them to secretly listen in on those around him, possibly including Trump?

-Who was behind the Trump/Russian leaks full of bull excrement that flooded the news media?

-Has anyone been held accountable for the FBI’s supposedly lost or accidentally erased text messages and emails pertinent to the investigation?

-Why was the FBI team selected to investigate Trump hand-picked, with most of the agents being Trump haters?

-Why did Robert Mueller choose all Democrats to be on his special counsel team, with some of them even donating to Hillary’s campaign?

-How could Mueller’s investigation not lead him to the corruption of what initiated to his call to duty?

-Mueller must have started at the beginning, and being the supposedly brilliant investigator he is, wouldn’t he have smelled the dead rat in the swamp?

-If he did uncover this corrupt mess, why wasn’t it included in the infamous “Mueller Report”?

I hope this isn’t as clear as muddy swamp water, but stay tuned; repetitive listening and reading is the best way to learn things, and you’re bound to be deluged with it during the upcoming months.

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

New York Times bans reporters from CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Maddow shows for being too partisan (Headline)

*The New York Times did that? Did hell freeze over too?  (Me)

New documents show FBI gave Clinton lawyer special treatment (Headline)

*I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of these types of documents pouring out with proof of the Obama administration’s bad-boy behavior.  (Me)

“Mueller’s comments about DOJ policy not permitting a sitting president to be charged with a federal crime were entirely gratuitous. They were designed to inflame an impeachment effort and maximize the political damage to Trump. If a sitting president can’t be charged with a crime, then what was the point of Mueller’s appointment to begin with?” (Stephen Meister, The Epoch Times)

*That and a whole host of other questions need to be answered(Me)

“It’s just as dangerous to the continuation of self-government and our republican system, republic, that we not allow government power, law enforcement or intelligence power, to play a role in politics, to intrude into politics, and affect elections. (William Barr)

*If you were Hillary, Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lynch and even Mr. Obama himself, would you be getting nervous to the point of lawyering up? I sure would be.  (Me)

“While the other states bans (abortions) made the news, Georgia’s ban prompted Hollywood to engage and attempt to boycott the state where the industry spends a significant amount of resources filming television shows and movies. In fact, Georgia’s ban became so controversial it prompted actress Alyssa Milano to suggest women should stop having sex with men until the ban is reversed.”  (Nicole Russell, The Epoch News)

*Why can’t these people just do what they get paid to do? In other words, shut up and act! And another thing; she doesn’t want the government telling women what to do, but she is telling women to not have sex with men? Go figure. (Me)

Gun free Chicago sees most violent weekend of 2019, 50 Shot, 10 Killed (Headline)

*Point and counter point made? (Me)

Youths sue for a livable climate (Headline)

*Maybe they should sue for a brain bigger than Winnie the Pooh’s   (Me)

Goat Yoga At Gilchrist Farm To Raise Money For Santa Clarita’s All-Girls Scout BSA Troop (Headline)

*Wait a minute; if it’s an All-Girls Boy Scout Troop, aren’t they Girl Scouts?  Color me confused on this one. (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

 Good read, Doug.

By the way, Vicky’s letter was a hoot and a reminder that we need to remove the rafter in our own eye so we can see clearly how to remove the splinter in the eyes of others. I can certainly understand why she doesn’t post such on her Facebook page!  Ron

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 30, 2019

Let the Madness Begin:

Impeachment madness, that is, because after Robert Mueller’s rather ambiguous press statement Wednesday, all impeachment hell is going to break out in the House. If you think the Dems aren’t getting anything accomplished for the people these days, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, because not much is going to get done while we witness the madness of wall-to-wall impeachment talk from now until the swamp rats come home.

 Justice for All?

I find it sickening that the gnashing of teeth over the very uncertainty of Trump’s Russian involvement towers over the certainty of Mrs. Bill Clinton’s blatant felony actions. The entire swamp should have been – and still should be – screaming from the top of a sewer sludge hill that her actions were far more dangerous for this nation than what Trump MAY have done.

I just hope William Barr goes balls-to-the-wall in going after the cover up of Hillary’s crimes, along with the coup-type effort of Obama’s DOJ and FBI that fraudulently launched this Russian mess in the first place.                   

Gotta Be Careful On This One:

To avoid getting in some trouble here, I want to be perfectly clear; I am not a homophobe. I can’t relate to the LGBTQ+ community but I do not judge, condemn or have any ill will towards folks who live their lives in that manner. I have had gay employees and friends throughout the years and never gave much thought as to who they were in relationship with. In fact, I’m good friends with a publisher of another weekly newspaper in California who happens to be gay and we get along great and his personal relationship never comes up.

However, I am confused about the need for people who identify this way to promote and connect the LGBTQ+ lifestyle with their profession.  If someone is in any type of business – entertainment, sports or otherwise – I don’t care who they have sex with; I care about them as a person, how they treat other people and how they do their job.

This came to mind when I was at a Dodger game recently and they were plugging “LGBT Night” at an upcoming game, promoted as a special event ticket package that includes a ticket to the game, along with an exclusive LGBT Night duffle bag.  My thought was, “I don’t think they’ll ever have a heterosexual night with the words Straight Person printed on duffel bags, will they?” No, of course not. But that’s kind of my point – what’s the point of an LGBT Night (other than to sell more tickets)? Again, why the need to promote one’s sexual preference, whatever it is?                                     

 More Gay Athletes Need to Come Out:

That was the headline of an op-ed piece in the sports section of the L.A. Times. Yes, the sports section, where readers go to read about sports, not the opinion of a columnist who feels the need to promote his sexuality through professional athletes. (The L.A. Times should take heed from ESPN, who recently eliminated all political banter from their shows when they discovered it was one of the reasons for their drop in ratings.)

I was reminded of two or so years ago, when a headline read: “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.”

In response, 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.” 

Who can forget Katie Hill’s proclamation in 2018, when she was in the midst of her campaign to unseat Steve Knight in the House?

“I’ve identified as bisexual since I was a teenager, and if we want to achieve equality for all in our policies, we need more voices from the LGBTQ community in Congress. I am proud to be endorsed by Equality California, Equality PAC, the LGBTQ Victory Fund and the Stonewall Democratic Club, and if elected, I will be the only openly bisexual woman in the House of Representatives.

I wrote: “In my opinion, if a candidate wants to run on the platform of equality for all when it comes to sexual orientation, so be it; all Americans should have equal rights. But why throw her sexual preferences into the mix? Is it to push her personal sexual agenda out there by using the position she is striving for as a platform?”

In other words, what does a person’s sexual preference have to do with being a chairman of a board, a member of Congress or a professional athlete?  I hope you can see where I’m coming from on this subject, and I strongly urge anyone who disagrees with me and wants to respond in writing to please do so. I will gladly publish it.

This is Great!

I love this; a private company just completed a $6 million border wall on private property near El Paso, and get this – they did it with money raised from a GoFundMe account. The co-owner of the company said the wall was built on his property.

We have dealt with illegals coming across. We have been attacked by illegals coming across. We have been burglarized by illegals. We have drug traffickers coming through here, and anyone who is against this is against America.”

I ask, who needs America?! Of course, I jest (sort of), but what a great example of what can get done without the government. These guys got something done while the swamp-dwellers in Washington stumble and bumble their way to uselessness! There is a genuine crisis at the border, and the Dems can’t see past their hate for Trump for the good of the country and the people who flock here with misguided notions at their own peril, but I digress.

The same Dems who are incased in hateful swamp mud are the ones who exclaim that the government is the be-all and end-all for us citizens, but they aren’t getting a damn thing done for us citizens. Team Trump is the only one getting the job done for our betterment (whoops, I digressed again).

The point I’m trying to make is if government would get out of the way and let the nature of capitalism fueled by ingenuity lead the way, we could get important things done, as did the independent border wall builders. For example, they could start with the Postal Service and turn over the debacle to an entity with common business sense and perhaps save the nation the billions of dollars they lose.

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

Lindsey Agrees With Me:

 While we aren’t hearing much these days about the dreadful living conditions in Venezuela caused by their illegitimate president, who is backed by a bunch of Cuban troops, much of the Venezuelan population is still living a hell-like existence.

I wrote something similar to this before, but Lindsey Graham brought it home with this statement.

“Trump said rightly, Maduro’s not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The entire region supports the Trump approach, that Guaidó is the legitimate leader. I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba the ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you’ve got to choose between democracy and Maduro. And if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we’re coming after you. This is in our backyard.”

I say that if we were to do what Graham and I suggest, it would be a huge blessing for Venezuelans, and it would also show the likes of Iran and North Korea that President Trump has put big boy pants on America – and if you mess with us, it will be like what Toby Keith sang after 9/11: “We’ll put a boot up your ass; it’s the American way.”

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“Her job is very much at risk. Nancy Pelosi is riding a bucking, wild bronco called the Democratic caucus.” (Lindsey Graham)

*I almost feel sorry for Nancy (emphasis on almost). She seems lost during her news conferences. Maybe Illhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and A.O.C. are driving her crazy; I would think they would drive anyone crazy!  (Me)

“This country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than pass comprehensive immigration reform.”  (Illhan Omar)

*See what I mean about driving people crazy?  (Me)

“We have a president of the United States wink at a murderous dictator to mock a former vice president? As what? A campaign surrogate for 2020? This is despicable in too many ways to count.” (Dan Rather)

*Hey Dan, not nearly as despicable as your blatantly, fraud-like, fake reporting on George Bush that exposed you as the liberal hack you are!   (Me)

CNN Clowns. “Let me help. Has Trump been tougher on China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria and yes, North Korea than Obama? No question about it.” (Mark Levin)

*Besides the booming economy, this is another example of the good job President Trump is doing. In other words, he’s making us a big boy country, as we were under President Reagan. (Me)

Consumer confidence rebounds to near 18-year high (Headline)

*Enough said. (Me)

Doug,

 Did you like Joshua Heath’s column?  He managed to combine the need for good old self motivation with Bernie Sanders to the rescue.  And some day Josh will be a college professor.  Tom

Doug,

I didn’t realize you were the Publisher of the Santa Clarita Gazette. I realize this is a Conservative paper that supports Donald Trump, and I appreciate reading views other than myself.  I enjoy your “Rants” as some of the stuff you write about also irritates me, but I don’t have a newspaper to vent about it. (By the way, did you actually READ the whole Mueller Report???)

 And, since probably half of my close friends support Trump, I cannot even put things on Facebook, where rants like this matter–ha ha.  

 I always read your newspaper when I get my car washed.  I enjoy it, like the articles a lot, and give support to local businesses.

 But, this last column was a bit over the line.  Give me a break.  I am a liberal, but occasionally watch State TV, aka Fox News.  Every time something very important is happening, like the President ranting and walking out of meetings, Fox News is reporting on the latest butt shot that Kim Kardashian had. Or, they are manipulating videos of Nancy Pelosi (so childish). They seem enamored of all TV and media personalities, especially when Trump does something really stupid.

 I welcome the GOP’s and Trump’s private lawyer, Barr, investigating the beginning of the Russian probe.  Maybe he will uncover exactly why the FBI and ALL Intelligence Departments realized that the Russians were seriously trying to influence the American elections in 2016.

 What I am concerned about is Trump’s coziness with Vladimir, and all other dictators.  Trump, as we all know, is truly an idiot, just totally self-centered and the only thing he loves besides himself is money.  His rich dad made the millions, working the American government (and they let him) then he gave Donald Trump, his only son that wanted to follow in his footsteps, a kick in the pants and sent him to military school, as apparently, he was a “bad boy” (I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but there is something kinky about why he was sent to military school, when all the other kids were not and it pops up a bit on the Internet)

 Anyway, Donald just wanted to get his stern father’s approval and tried really really hard to follow in his footsteps. As in documented proof, he was a total failure, and Daddy kept bailing him out.  Long story short, he was a “master showman” and a genius, in my opinion, of manipulating public opinion.  Lo and behold, he even became President of the United States, a job he was wholly unqualified for, but, due to his talk(lies) and the disgust of the American public, and probably with the help of the Kremlin, he became President.

And, he LOVES it, wants to become dictator/king.  

 As a man with no intelligence, and who doesn’t read or study history or prepare for meetings with very intelligent world leaders, he has no clue about the American Constitution. (I’m so afraid of what Japan will get out of him with their blatant brown nosing of the Trump Trophy at the sumo wrestling match–look what Saudia Arabia got with the gold chair they let him sit on!!) He just barks orders, and expects his sorry kids and followers (GOP Congress people) to handle everything for him.  I know he is not a horrible person, he is just totally spoiled, self centered and all he cares about is money.  He has NO moral compass that he should have learned from parents, or teachers, or whoever.  It’s sort of not really his fault, but people that, in trying to get on his good side (like Lindsay Graham,) just cater to his every whim.  How should he know that the real world has consequences, he’s been doing this ALL his life.

 The problem is that the rest of the world also sees his vanity.  Putin, is former KGB, and has been planning the overturn of American democracy way before he took over power in Russia.  And, with his people, it was so easy to manipulate a disgusted American public.  They were very good.  I, too, saw their Facebook stuff.  I ignored it, but thought it was strange. But, I know a lot of my friends, who somehow feel “cheated” by life, easily bought into blaming ALL minorities for all their un accomplishments…It’s so easy to be a White Nationalist and blame people for your shortcomings, especially if you run into bad luck, or maybe you are not quite good enough to get that promotion.

 Donald Trump is trying, with the aid of Russia, to destroy the American Democracy where we all have an equal chance to have a good life.  By defying the Courts, and refusing to cooperate, by calling Intelligence Committee Traitors, the news media, “the enemy of the people.”  I’m hoping that the good people on the Supreme Court will realize the Constitution is here for a reason, and not, like Barr, turn in his morals for an evil purpose such as Trump has…

 I am really scared for our Democracy.  NO ONE is above the law.  Trump calls the Russian Investigation into his minions, who actually courted the Russians, a “witch hunt’ and he cannot govern while these investigations are going on.  Do you really think that someone that works with foreign governments, like Russia and Saudi Arabia, that will pay him millions, is really worse than Bill Clinton, who cheated on his wife??  And, by the way, Bill Clinton did a good job governing while he was being investigated.  Come on now, even YOU have to admit that foreign interference in our democracy is worth investigation.

 Anyway, I will still probably read your column.  I just hope, like Fox News, you are not just saying all these really dumb things for ratings. 

 Thank you, Vicky

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 23, 2019

Can They Even Pretend to be Professional?

It’s pretty common for me to rip the likes of CNN, MSNBC, the L.A. Times and the rest of the mainstream media with cutting sarcasm as their ultra-biased news coverage drifts further to the left. But, when I think seriously about it, it really is a serious matter, as they are not giving folks a fair and balanced account of what’s really going on, leaving many unaware of critical issues. Take for example the huge storm clouds on the horizon regarding the origins of the Russia/Trump investigation, and despite the headlines from this week alone, the mainstream media is completely ignoring it.

-Barr: “Answers have been inadequate on origins of Russian probe,” “Russia probe review raising more questions”  

-Declassification of key Russian probe documents could be right around the corner

-Secret FBI transcripts from Russian probe could be game changer

-Nellie Ohr deleted emails exchanged with DOJ husband Bruce Ohr

-Judicial Watch releases email exchange between State Dept official and Bruce Ohr targeting Trump with Steele dossier material

Obama’s FBI, DOJ may have spied on trump admin, not just campaign

-Obama-era FBI, DOJ officials worried what Barr’s review into Russia probe could find

 We have been bombarded with supposed Trump scandals by the mainstream media with relentless coverage, and even though it’s covered with a definite bias, these are totally legitimate issues that should be reported.

The huge elephant in their newsrooms is the blatantly biased ignoring of this simmering, soon-to-be boiling over scandal. I feel they have an absolute obligation as professional news organizations to cover all issues, even if it makes them feel politically uncomfortable. It’s just not right that millions of folks have no idea about this brewing scandal because the powers that be at these media outlets simply don’t want something covered that is detrimental to their political ideologies.

I can hear my left-leaning friends right now saying, “Doug, freaking Fox News is just as biased, only the other way.” I say hold on – Fox News has covered every nook and cranny of the Russia/Trump story and almost every one of their talking head panels includes a lefty, who vociferously touts the Democrat side of things.

As left-leaning as Walter Cronkite was, or how liberal Huntley and Brinkley may have been, those guys and other news media outlets during that era did a professional job of covering ALL of the news, leaving it up to viewers and readers to decide what they did or didn’t like.

I would think all news organizations today would want to emulate the ways of their news forefathers and strive for the same balanced coverage. The mainstream media continuing this unbalanced, unprofessional reporting is terribly shameful, but what’s really shameful is for them to continue to try and shape the news instead of professionally reporting it.

Whose Economy is it?

Democrats running for president are frequently asked about the red-hot economy and President Trump. Their answer: It’s Barack Obama’s economy.

Eric Swalwell: “President Trump was lucky enough to come into office as our nation experienced a long and remarkably steady streak of job growth thanks to President Obama’s policies.  He hasn’t managed to get in the way of that, despite his tax cut for the rich, his trade wars and his administration’s epic instability.”

 Michael Bennet: “We’re in the 10th year of a recovery that started in 2009 when Barack Obama was president.  Donald Trump since being elected in the last two years, and I will confess, even he couldn’t screw up the momentum that we had been going on for the eight years that Obama got elected.”

Joe Biden: “I know President Trump likes to take credit for the economy… Just look at the facts, not the alternative facts. President Trump inherited an economy from Obama-Biden administration that was given to him — just like he inherited everything else in his life.”

Bernie Sanders: The truth is that half the people in this country today, despite the good economy, are living paycheck to paycheck, and millions people are working two or three jobs just to put food on the table.”

This campaign rhetoric is complete poppycock, and meant to suck in low information voters who will gullibly lap it up. These types of folks are not aware of what Obama’s economy was like during his eight years, but I’ll give them a hint; his economy was at the wrong end of a shut out the whole nine innings. Trump’s economy is four grand slam home runs after four innings!

The first bull manure I’m calling is Bernie Sanders’, for saying “millions of Americans” are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive. Of course, he doesn’t mention that many more Americans are working than when Obama/Biden were running the show, or the many millions who are gainfully employed with just one job. The other fact he fails to mention is that only 5 percent of the workforce has more than one job. Hardly the crisis Bernie wails about.

What the other candidates don’t tell the people they’re trying to get votes from, is that the economy began to turn around the day after Trump was elected. The stock market took a sharp turn up, and has continued to soar ever since. The stock brokers of the land were confident that a businessman in the White House meant good things for the economy, and they sure were right.

Donald Trump slashed government regulations, even calling it stealth tax-cut type of action, by eliminating 100 old regulations for every new one passed. Those heavy rules hampered companies’ abilities to turn a profit, and after that, profitability began to chart upwards.

Towards the end of 2017, Trump got the GOP to pass tax reform. Soon after, companies announced they would be giving out bonuses, raises, and increased charitable contributions.

Despite what the Dem candidates would have us believe, Trump took over an anemic economy of high unemployment, slivers of growth and record numbers of people on government assistance, replacing it with an economy that’s been to the moon.

There are now more job openings available than people to fill them, and the unemployment rate is at a record-breaking low, especially for minorities and women. Wages are up, taxes are down and we are kicking economic butt. This is no fluke. This is a businessman in the White House who knows what it takes to be successful, and it’s not by liberal, idealistic ideas touted by empty suits who are spouting utter nonsense in an effort to win over their clueless, low information   brethren.

A Thought from Mrs. Ranter:  

Seriously not wanting to get into the abortion debate, because at its core, I agree that government should not dictate a moral issue. I’m saddened that we’ve come to this point; that abortion itself is up for discussion. That we are not all appalled at the concept of terminating a pregnancy at any stage. The moral compass of humanity has strayed so far that this is an issue at all is sad to me. The scores of women who have had and regret their past abortions, the scores of women who are barren, the people now speaking out that are the result of an event that would today have allowed and encouraged them to be aborted. Pregnancy is part of the miracle of life, regardless of gestational age or the conditions under which it occurs. That our society is even having the discussion/argument is incredibly sad to me.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 Nancy Pelosi Claims Democrats have always acknowledged the border crisis (Headline)

*Yeah, before Trump came into office. Now they say it’s a fabricated crisis. (Me)

Facebook Says Suspension of Candace Owens’s account was a Mistake (Headline)

*That’s what they said about the IRS targeting conservative groups. There is no excuse for political discrimination. (Me)

 Amash Gets Republican Primary Challenge 2 Days After Calling for Trump’s Impeachment (Headline)

*What took so long? (Me)

Harris Proposes fines to close gender pay gap (Headline)

*Seriously, Kamala?  (Me)

 Men paid more than women in Kamala Harris’s senate office and campaign staff (Headline)

*She best get her checkbook out!  (Me)

 It turns out the attorney general is Sean Hannity, and Sean Hannity is the attorney general! I mean, every talking point from Fox News gets repeated!” (Jeffery Tobin, CNN)

*CNN is just jealous because Fox News viewership dwarfs theirs, and stupid remarks like this are one of the reasons why.  (Me)   

“We choose abortion in this country not because it’s a right we are owed as women. We choose abortion because we have forgotten how to love. We don’t know how to love with the same kind of love that our Creator used when he formed us, in the womb, single, unique and unrepeatable.” (Lisa Wheeler, Fox News)

*Good argument for not allowing abortions for rape and incest victims. Those babies deserve to live as much of the rest of us.   (Me)

 “I’m not sure there is an issue (abortion) more divisive and difficult. … This is a grenade in American politics and where the shards and pieces go, we do not know.” (Bill Bennent)

*Sad, but very true. (Me)

 Letter to the Ranter:

First you have a columnist (Ronnie Nathan) who calls himself an “extreme Centrist”.  All he did was crap on President Trump and took no centrist positions.  Now, you have a columnist (Will Durst) who calls himself a “Raging Moderate”.  And what does he do?  Same thing.  His whole column-crap was on our great President Trump.  Please, next time any of those two write for your publication, please refer to their columns as “From the biased anti-Trump left”.  Robert

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 16, 2019

Prayer Breakfast Mania:

The annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast, which radio show host and Hart School board member Joe Messina organizes each year (with lots of help and sponsorships from local businesses), was held on May 2. I attended the event, and as usual, found it to be an excellent program. Based on the reaction from those who filled the ballroom at the Hyatt, they did too. During the program, Joe mentioned it was a bit of a miracle the breakfast came together at all, and he didn’t have time to elaborate, so I thought it would be an interesting story as to how he pulled it off (it was the front page story last week). As you can see, most of these Facebook fans thought otherwise (with my responses).

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

 -There was no exploiting of prayer or Jesus to sell anything; it was an event that catered to the spiritual beliefs of those who were there with nothing even close to the rubbish this person posted.

“It should be organized by a local church for spiritual reasons and not political reasons or as Messina sees it a way to flip the bird to all the liberal heathens he hates and who hate him so much.”

 Again, complete ignorant nonsense. In fact, Messina expounded on the need to love and tolerate others, including those who we adamantly disagree with.

“Can anyone explain why the city allows Joe Messina to deceptively call this personal money-making venture the ‘Mayors Prayer Breakfast’ when it has nothing to do with Santa Clarita or its mayor?”

 -Please note; it’s NOT the Mayor’s, it’s Mayors (no possessive punctuation). The city or the mayor has anything to do with the breakfast. In fact, Mayors Prayer Breakfasts are held all over the nation and have been for several years on the National Day of Prayer. Also, it is not a money-making venture, it is breakeven at best.

The SCV Mayors Prayer Breakfast” is put on by The Diako Group — a tax exempt organization founded by Joe Messina himself. Joe — how much money did the breakfast bring in, and how much money do you personally keep from your work as “Diako”?

 -While it’s none of this guy’s business regarding the financial goings on of the organization or the breakfast, I can tell you the event is very expensive to put on and does not allow for anything that comes close to resembling a profit.

“God works in mysterious ways. A great event this year… No protesters.”

 These are a few of almost 200 comments that mostly blasted Messina and the event.

Why the Hate?

Jesus tells us in the bible, “If the world hates you, know it has hated me before it hated you.”  I can’t get inside these detractors’ heads to know if they hate Jesus, but based on their responses, they sure do hate the idea of an event based on the spiritual beliefs of many. And they have obvious hate for one Joe Messina, based on his national political stances and his personal spiritual beliefs, and they can’t handle the fact he is on the Hart School Board. (As I have written before, there is not one verified instance of Messina pushing the agenda of his political or spiritual beliefs while performing his duties on the board.)                  

The bottom line is Joe Messina sacrifices his time and even is at financial risk when putting this event on. He does this for the sake of Christians in the community to experience this national event. In attendance were folks from different walks of life. I saw doctors, lawyers, politicians, law enforcement personnel, first responders, business guys and gals and an array of others.

Look, if you don’t share the beliefs of Messina or the folks who went to the breakfast, that’s fine. But why the hate towards an event or the gentleman who provides a service that many appreciate, just because you disagree with his political views?

In fact, it’s typical hypocrisy of left-leaning folks who purport love and tolerance for the stuff they believe in, but go rudely ape-nuts over what they don’t believe in.

Talk About Hypocrisy:

The Dems in Congress are wetting themselves because they know the Mueller report they hung their impeachment dreams on didn’t turn out the way they thought it would. Now they are desperately trying to salvage those impeachment plans by subpoenaing whoever walks and breathes, along with holding the Attorney General in contempt for refusing to be drilled by the Dems’ lawyers (the Senate didn’t do it that way, why the House?) and not providing them with the complete report, which would be illegal for him to do (how dumb is that?).

The hypocrisy sets in when we look back at 2012, when the Republicans held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Jerry Nadler: “Just joined the walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt.”

 Adam Schiff:  “To say this is a terrible use of Congress’ power and time is an understatement.”

 Nancy Pelosi: “It’s such a ridiculous thing. This contempt [vote], don’t get me started.”

 Steny Hoyer: “The action on the floor today is unprecedented in the history of America.”

 Elijah Cummings: “You’ve been holding the Attorney General to an impossible standard” and that he solely was “protecting documents he was prohibited by law from producing.”

 Are you kidding me right now?! How do these people look themselves in the mirror?! Their Contempt of Congress for Attorney General Barr is them pouting over what they didn’t get in the Mueller report. The Republicans’ contempt of Holder was for the “Fast in Furious” scandal that resulted in the death of a border patrol agent. The death of a protector of our country, caused by an Attorney General’s screw-up, compared to pouting, warrants the same political treatment by House Dems? Seriously?!

Is Anyone Aware, Does Anyone Care?

On Wednesday morning, I went through the L.A. Times to see what their reporting was on the rising tensions with Iran. There was nothing. I went to the websites of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and Fox had one story the other two had zip.

I started thinking, wow, things are getting close to war over there, yet I’m hearing and reading precious little about it (hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, the news coverage has increased or the crisis has subsided).

This is a big deal folks. A team of U.S. military investigators made an assessment that either Iran or those who are allies attacked four tanker ships in the area. The incidents show there is increased risk for shippers in a region vital to energy supply.

The White House has ordered a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group and four B-52 bombers to head over there. Officials said urgent credible threats from Iran against Americans were found. Our Secretary of State told Iraqi officials that U.S. intelligence showed that Iran-backed militias moved missiles near bases housing American forces. Then there was the order for all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq to leave the country.

Let’s hope and pray nothing comes of this heightened crisis, because if it does, the impact could be felt economically for all of us with sky high gas prices and big stock market hits. Of course, loss of American lives would be tragic, and God forbid the leader of Iran has a meltdown and tries something with nuclear weapons.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

A federal court granted Judicial Watch discovery on Clinton emails because the court wanted answers about the cover-up. And now we have answers because it looks like the Obama White House orchestrated the Clinton email cover-up. (Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch)

*Like Judge Jeanine said: “Grab your popcorn, the show is about to begin.” And what a show it will be as the mud hits the fan giving me plenty to rant about. (Me)

Florida man caught shooing raccoon off boat faces back lash (Headline)

*The guy was 20 miles out in the ocean when he discovered the thing. If you’ve ever encountered a Raccoon, they are nasty animals and can carry rabies. What else could this gentleman do for his family’s safety? I hate it when emotionalism tries to conquer common sense.  (Me)

Elizabeth Warren turns down Fox News town hall, calling the network a ‘hate-for-profit racket’ (Headline)

*Wow, has she seen the latest ratings showing Fox News has many more viewers than the other two cable networks? She may want to put her big girl pants on and accept Fox’s invitation if she wants anyone to see her Town Hall.  Besides, which of the three networks really expounds hate?  (Me)

“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it. Like the ‘world ending in 12 years thing’, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

*I’m not so sure I have the intelligence of a sea sponge, because when I look back on it, she was very serious and emphatic, so I guess you’d have to have the honesty of the Clintons to purport a bull-crap walk back like this one.  (Me)

“I got a text message from a friend who’s like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify,” Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.” (Rashida Tlaib)

*We don’t need to understand her better. This Congress lady, who is of Palestinian decent, makes it clears she hates Israel, and what a racist idiot has anything to do with it, I don’t know.  (Me)

“You know, I was reading in Leviticus where it said, ‘Because of these things, the land will vomit you out.’ I think God will say, ‘I’ve had it with America, if you do this kind of stuff, I’m going to get rid of you as a nation.” (Pat Robertson)

*Yikes, and to think our nation is only 243 years old – which is just a blink of an eye in God’s eyes. We best be careful!  (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Sorry Doug, Joshua Heath was put on this earth to drive conservatives insane. But it all helps confirm why we are conservative. Michael Savage says liberalism is a mental disease and Heath is Exhibit A. 

Phyllis

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 9, 2019

I Almost Lost My Breakfast:

A column titled “Democratic Voices” appears in The Signal Newspaper every Tuesday, and this past edition featuring the loveable Josh Heath was a real doozy. Yikes, he’s now neck and neck with Gary Horton in driving me to rant on something I wasn’t planning on until reading their crap – sorry – I mean opinion.

There was so much nonsense in Heath’s piece that I could fill two pages with my response. But time, space and energy limit me to stick to a few of my favorites.

 “In response the GOP has worked tirelessly to marginalize the political influence of non-white voters through voting suppression bills like the one passed in North Carolina.”

The bill in North Carolina (that ultimately failed) was simply a bill to enact strict I.D. laws for people when voting. This is a law that should have been in place everywhere, many years ago, to thwart voting fraud that can run rampant (you have to show I.D. for everything else we do, why not voting?). To say the motivation for the bill was to suppress minority voters seems ludicrous to me, and Heath would have had to be inside the bill sponsors’ minds to know that.                        

 “As our country becomes more diverse the power of the Republican Party will proportionately decline, as we’ve seen in California.”

While Josh may think Republican voters shrinking in our state is a good thing, I say take a look at California and tell me how well off we are with his side running things. This state is a mess in many ways, and most of it is caused by the progressives in our state legislature that Heath seems to want to occupy every legislature. Don’t believe me about the state of this state, just ask the throngs of folks who have fled California and the many others who are planning on it.

Josh needs to open his eyes and see that touting for increasing Democrat influence across our land ultimately hurts the very people he wants to expand the Democrat voter base with.

“In order to slow this trend, conservatives have become fiercely anti-immigrant, opposing all paths to citizenship for those here illegally, as those policies would lead to a browner America.”       

Conservatives have no problem with legal and just immigration. What we have a problem with is the left pushing for immigration without restrictions or adherence to the law, and their only motivation being gaining voters for their side. I think that deep down, progressives don’t give two hoots about the plight of those streaming illegally into our nation. They just want more votes for their side to lead us down a progressive path of emotional idealism that will hurt all Americans.

In other words the GOP has become the White Panther Party, a political conglomerate dedicated to advancing their Caucasian base … Using racist rhetoric about hordes of immigrants invading America, it is clear what is happening here. These folks are summoning up the worst sin in our national life—White supremacy—as a way to hold on to power.”      

This is where I almost lost my breakfast. We Republicans have become the “White Panther Party,” dedicated to advancing our Caucasian base? That is such a load of manure, and I’m astounded he had the gall to write it. If he really believes that’s true, I’m one offended guy, and if you are a Republican, you should be offended too.

Does Heath realize what Trump’s economy has done for people of color with low unemployment, along with the large number of minorities who have been able to get off food stamps and other government support programs?! The Republican Party has done more for minorities in two years than Obama did in eight by expressing his pathetic attitude that minorities are being brought down by the USA.

Josh needs to wake up. Nobody is “using racist rhetoric about hordes of immigrants invading America.”  That’s the kind of stuff the progressive rookies in the House spout and it makes them sound really stupid. He should take a cue from them and not sound as nonsensical as they do.

As far as Republicans “summoning up the worst sin in our national life—White supremacy—as a way to hold on to power,” I’m going to let you rant on your own, because I’m about to pound the keyboard with words that would be unbecoming of a Christian, or even a columnist for that matter.           

 Punting:

 I’m worn out from the preceding ranting so I’m punting on this one. Someone sent this to me – or I ran across it a couple of weeks ago, but after cutting and pasting it, I can’t find who or where it came from. But, since I like it so much, and it’s so anti-progressive, it will soothe my soul to share it.

Trump puts America and its people first. This is why people love him and this is why he will remain in charge for so long. There is not a single thing wrong with him and people need to open their eyes. When he boasts that he has a “bigger red button” than Kim Jong-un does, he so transcends the mealy-mouthed rhetoric of the past, thereby forcing a new recognition of American power.

  1. Hillary: held accountable for her previous wrongs!
  2. Put “GOD” back in America!
  3. Borders: Closed or tightly guarded!
  4. Congress: On the same retirement and healthcare plans as everybody else.
  5. Congress:  Obey its own laws NOW!
  6. Language: English!
  7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
  8. Drug-Free: Mandatory drug screening before and during Welfare!
  9. Freebies: NONE to non-citizens!
  10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
  11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
  12. Term limits for congress. And most of all,
  13. “RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!»  And our law enforcement.

 I will add pursuing the contemptible corruptness of the Obama administration to the full extent of the law in their treason-like attempt to illegally meddle in the business of the Trump presidency before and after the election.

Which of those points do you agree with, which don’t you agree with, how many of our left leaning friends would disagree with all of them? As for me and my house, all these bullet points should be in effect for America to be the America our founding fathers expected it to be.    

I’m Better Now:

Okay, I’ve calmed down some from the first section of this rant, so here goes a couple of thoughts.

Trump a Bad Business Man and President?

I woke up Wednesday morning to CBS Radio with the news anchor exclaiming that President Trump’s tax returns from the ‘80s and ‘90s were discovered, that he lost a billion and some dollars during that time and his businesses didn’t pay much in taxes. I don’t know what she was so giddy about; this was made public a long time ago. And yeah, he paid little in taxes because he lost money in those years. That’s how it works, make money – pay taxes. Lose money – pay little taxes. It works the same for everyone.

Folks are insinuating that this makes him a lousy president. Hey, he still has a net worth that is nothing to sneeze at. When you’re a big boy in the line of work he was in, you stand a good chance of losing big-boy money. I personally think his business experience, good or bad, has lent itself to the good job he has done for this country.

Trump, Barr, Mueller, Oh My! 

Wednesday morning was also the House Judiciary committee hearing on holding Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for not releasing the entire Mueller report. Oh my, the partisan sparks were flying like a food fight in a high school cafeteria. But what got me were the Republicans hammering the corrupt nature that started the whole Russian thing, and the fact that if Barr were to release the report, he would be breaking the law. While the verbal hammer was coming down, the Dems looked like deer in the headlights when they yelled about the sins of the president that would send this country to hell.

Remember the days of partisan sparks flying over tax cuts, border walls, abortion rights, and even confirming Supreme Court nominees? Do you think we’ll ever get back to good, old fashioned issue fighting?  Who knows? It could be really refreshing.

 Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“The Mueller report has turned the media into screaming toddlers.”  (Greg Gutfield)

 *Dems in the House, too. (Me)

“Reparations is the extraction of money from those who were never slave owners to be given to those who were never slaves.” (Larry Elder)

*That just makes too much sense for the Dem candidates to comprehend. (Me)

“Unemployment drops to the lowest level in half a century. More poor and minority folks working than ever. Sad that the toxic partisanship in Washington prevents everyone from celebrating America’s triumph.” (Geraldo Rivera) 

 *Hard to care about the good of the nation when all that matters to someone is emotional idealism and hate for a man who is doing a good job as president. (Me)

Gallup: Trump approval hits high, tops Obama at same time in presidency (Headline)

 *Does CNN and MSNBC know about this? (Me)

CNN Host: F*ck Tucker Carlson (Headline)

Yikes, was he upset about Trump’s high approval rating?  (Me)

“They hate Trump and they’ll do anything including subjugating the Constitution, it’s not worth talking about anymore. But what is worth talking about is how the tables will turn. Sources tell me there is an investigation into how this counterintelligence investigation into Trump began. It is time to investigate the beginning of this coup and who in the DOJ, FBI and White House signed on to prevent and overturn the will of the American people. Grab your popcorn, folks… it’s show time. Multiple criminal leak investigations are underway.”  (Judge Jeanine Pirro)

*Hey, give me some credit. I’ve been ranting about this stuff for a year and a half, and mostly to deaf ears it seems. Now it looks like this attempted coup started way up the ladder to the house on Pennsylvania Ave, and all Watergate-type hell should break loose!

Dougs Rant!

| Doug's Rants | May 2, 2019

This is Making Me (You-Know-What) Crazy!

I guess it should be as predictable as the Dodger bullpen giving up runs in late innings of games, but once again the media is blaming President Trump for a highly publicized shooting. This time it’s the synagogue attack that occurred in the San Diego area this past Saturday. What comes out of these people’s mouths is downright dumb and makes them sound like stupid fools. If they truly believe what they are saying, I would question their intellectual sanity.

“Trump stokes hatred toward most Americans. He has transformed hate crimes to domestic acts of terrorism and therefore is derelict in his duties.  That is impeachable.”

“We are so far beyond dog whistles here, Donald. The blood that is spilled, is on your hands.”

“Take responsibility for your actions. Mr. President, you are the culprit.”

“If you took a lot of the statements by politicians right now, including Trump, and you compare them to what Al Qaeda or ISIS clerics said that inspired attacks around the world over the last decade, they would look remarkably similar, specifically this is incitement to violence in many cases.”

Please tell me how this shooter, or any other person who is obviously afflicted with mental illness, can be influenced by a president’s words to do what this guy did?  Donald Trump is not the cause of attacks by a mentally deranged person, and if these Trump hating media types really think that’s the case, they need to think again.

How would these blithering talking heads respond to the fact that during Obama’s time as president, there were 162 mass murder victims with 18 incidents of eight or more people being shot and killed?  How much blame did we hear the media place on him? None, of course, because they loved him with criticism-free coverage and because no president can or should be blamed for the acts of crazy person.

 Is That All You Got, Joe?

Joe Biden blasted his campaign off in such invigorating style. I was moved; yeah, moved to rolling my eyes and scratching my head. I’m sure Joe’s remarks were moving to some, but for the life of me, I don’t know why or how.

“Everything that has made America America is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”

“And that’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”

I think the “words” Joe was referring to were the president’s statements after the Charlottesville incident last year. But seriously, Trump’s words were a threat to our nation unlike he has ever seen in his lifetime? Is he really serious about that? Where was he on September 11, 2001?!  Does he really think mere words from our own president are unlike any threat he has ever seen? Come on, Joe. Think, just think, would ya?

Anyway, my head-scratching was a result of headlines that week, such as:

-Stocks end week at new highs with good GDP data

 -Stocks record high

GDP BIG: 3.2% economy very strong

U.S. Economy Grew at 3.2% Rate in First Quarter

-Economy is hitting on all cylinders

I’m not surprised Joe did not mention the current economy that has made his and Barack’s economy look like the New England Patriots playing a high school football team; or the embarrassing butt-kissing those two did to other countries, turning us into vulnerable wimps failing to stand up to the bullies of the world. Of course, paying Iran $150 billion in cash to enter into a bogus nuclear deal and gutting our military didn’t help much.

Oh well, it looks like Joe is going to rely on emotional, nonsensical rhetoric to try and gain his party nomination. I’m not sure if he’ll move as far left as Bernie and the young, socialistic, crusader candidates, but it will be fun to watch and rant about! At least the new favorite Democrat launched his campaign with mindless rhetoric that I’m sure made his old boss proud.

While You’re At It:

Did you see what the new Attorney General (no surprise she was endorsed by Governor Cuomo) for the state of New York is burning to do in investigating President Trump? Yep, she wants to “investigate anyone in his orbit who has in fact violated the law.” She listed potential illegalities involving his real estate holdings, a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian, Government subsidies Trump received and probing the Trump Foundation – along with more targeted investigations.      

Hey ma’am, I’m thinking Hillary Clinton lives in New York as well, so why don’t you investigate the crap out of her, too? You know, stuff like her and Bill’s foundation that reeks of scandal reaching far and wide. I urge you to Google “Hillary’s Scandals” and you’ll see there are more listed than you can count on both of your hands. The one I really think you should zero in on is her deleting thousands of subpoenaed emails, destroying computers and cell phones, along with permanently erasing hard drives.

I’m sure you’ll agree what she did with those emails and devices would land each and every one of us in jail, including you, so why don’t you put your integrity above your hate for Trump and strive for JUSTICE FOR ALL!

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Voters size up O’Rourke at L.A. tech school (Headline)  

*Not too difficult to size him up. All you have to do is listen to him for two minutes and that will tell you all you need to know. (Me)

Troops role on the border to expand (Headline)

*Beto isn’t going to like that one bit since he wants to eliminate all borders and let anyone and everyone in. (Me)

The white male savior we’ve finally outgrown (Headline)

*Wow, the L.A. Times has bailed on Joe Biden already? (Me)

“It’s time to take back our own thinking and use the logic and facts that we can all see as to what is happening around us and how we need to make our own self assessment as to how we want our country to continue to grow and prosper and bring about the policies that have greatly helped our own well-being so much over the last two years.

 If we allow the mainstream media to continue to feed us misguided principles and their judgments, as if they are truths, instead of doing our own homework, then we will fall victim to a terrible consequence that will be too late to change once the final bell rings.” (Chris Allen from his column in The Signal entitled “Don’t Let Media Do Your Thinking.”)

*He nailed this; all you have to do is read the L.A. Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and tune into CNN and MSNBC. While you’re at it, jump around the Sunday morning talk shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and even the Fox network (at times) for great examples of what he wrote about.

“This gets us to the next installment of ‘Friday the 13th,’ a.k.a. the Democratic presidential candidates. Kamala Harris, you say? You seriously want me to vote for Kamala Harris? And you say that Cory “Spartacus” Booker is just like Kamala, only better and balder? Are you kidding me? Pete Buttigieg? Ask me again when I stop laughing.

 Bernie? Really? This grumpy near-octogenarian “public service” millionaire with three mansions is running for the presidency of the wrong country. All his best ideas have already been put into practice––in Venezuela.

 Did someone say Warren? Warren, the first Cherokee candidate — that Warren? Doesn’t she now want reparations not just for African-Americans, but also for Native Americans? Where, oh where, is that lever to pull for Trump?

 Biden? The creepy old guy who likes to massage women and 13-year-old girls in public? That guy? I have a 19-year-old daughter, and I sure hope he never goes anywhere near her. But I do hope he runs. It feels like he’s been running for president in every election since Eisenhower. Can he lurch far enough to the left this time, to satisfy the woke police? I doubt it, but it will be fun to watch him try.

 I am a highly motivated Trump voter because the Democrats have motivated me up to my eyeballs. I have never been more motivated in my life, because the Democrats are terrifying me. I am locked, cocked, and ready to rock in that voting booth. I just wish I didn’t have to wait 20 months.” (George S. Bardmesser, an attorney in Washington, D.C.)

*I couldn’t have said it better myself. (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 18, 2019

Ranter’s Note: The timing is all wrong. As you’re reading this, the Mueller report should have been released in all its glory, and because of our press schedule, it’s missing this week’s edition. So I’ll ramble on about other stuff and hopefully the crazy bantering with gnashing of teeth in all forms of media, that is surely happening, won’t distract you too much.

This Couldn’t Have Possibly Happened!

I almost fell out of my chair when the Mrs. shared an article with me from the New York Times entitled, “Face it: You probably got a tax cut.”  My first thought was, “Wow, this doesn’t sound like the New York Times, what’s going on?” Then I read from the article, “If you’re an American taxpayer, you probably got a tax cut last year. And there’s a good chance you don’t believe it.”

I tepidly went on and was pleasantly surprised to read, “Ever since President Trump signed the Republican-sponsored tax bill in December 2017, independent analyses have consistently found that a large majority of Americans would owe less because of the law. Preliminary data based on tax filings has shown the same.”

This was the part that floored me: “To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.”  

 “A survey conducted in early April for The New York Times by the online research platform SurveyMonkey found that only 40 percent of Americans believed they had received a tax cut under the law.” The article stated that 65 percent had actually received a tax cut.

Is this really the Times actually citing the liberals’ misguided efforts to sink one of Trump’s successes? What’s next, Nancy Pelosi’s Dems agreeing with Trump to build a wall?!

This is a good example of how those who only follow main stream media can easily be manipulated into anti-Trump thinking. I commend the New York Times for shining this positive light with professional journalism.

Who is This Guy?

Who is this Mayor Pete guy that has taken the Dem world by storm? (At least for this week.) One thing’s for sure, I’ll never remember how to pronounce his last name (Buttigieg), but that’s beside the point. The point is I can’t get a grasp on what he’s trying to say.

Maybe you can help me here: “That’s why I’m here today – to tell a different story thanMake America Great Again’ because there is a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back.” What myth is he talking about? Hasn’t he seen the EVIDENCE of record manufacturing and record-low unemployment, along with other positive economic facts? What clock is he talking about turning back?

“First comes freedom: something that our conservative friends have come to think of as their own. Let me tell you: Freedom doesn’t belong to one political party. Our conservative friends care about freedom, but only make it part of the journey.” What the heck is he talking about? Freedom as our own, us conservatives care about freedom, but we only make it part of the journey?

“They only see freedom from, as though government were the only thing that can make you unfree. But that’s not true. Your neighbor can make you unfree.”  What freaking neighbor is he talking about that can make us unfree?  (In fact, my spell check doesn’t even recognize the word unfree.)

Geez, even when Uncle Bernie speaks we know what he’s talking about. It’s scary as all get out, but at least we can comprehend what he’s saying.

Hypocrisy Watch:

Wenever anyone would criticize President Obama about an issue or policy (that criticism never came close to the personal attacks Trump endures) the outcry was always the same –RACISM – because he was a president of color. Fast forward to the present, and when one of the rookie Congressional ladies of color is lambasted for their ignorant statements, her fellow rookies come to her defense with the same cries of racism.

Now we have Herman Cain, who is a man of color, ran for president and an intelligent, successful business person who President Trump wanted to nominate for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The protests against his nomination came fast and furious from both sides of the aisle. The concerns were for different issues they had with Cain’s nomination, and for all I know, those concerns could be legitimate.

But, do you hear Mr. Cain crying racism? Or other people of color in or out of congress yelling from the rafters that Cain’s detractors are doing so only because of the color of his skin? No we don’t! So why is it different with Obama and the lady rookies of color?  Why do they scream out blanket accusations of racism, when it’s left-leaning minorities whose qualifications are questioned? Why isn’t the reaction the same for an African American named Herman Cain?

Don’t get me wrong. It would be wrong to play the race card regarding Cain, just as it was and is to use it for the aforementioned people. But you know what Herman Cain did? He quietly and gracefully withdrew his name for consideration like any human with class would do.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Academic seen explaining how Muslim men should beat their wives  (Headline)

*Rut-row, I wonder if Ilhan Omar has seen this, and how would she spin it? (Me)

“I guess we as a nation are basically ignoring that a Somali Muslim grabbed a 5-year-old white kid from his mother and threw him off a 3rd story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota. I only mention ethnicity here, because if a white guy had done it to a Muslim child, it would be every headline everywhere for the next 2 months. Why is this? (Facebook post)

*What does Ilhan Omar have to say about this? Wait, I haven’t heard a word from her on this, have you?

“Without question, it is more difficult today to come out as a conservative than it is to come out as gay. Conservatives today are treated with the same social stigma as gays were in the 80’s.”  (Candice Owens)      

*Yikes, what if you’re a conservative and gay? (Me)

Eric Swalwell announces 2020 campaign, says nation is in quicksand (Headline)

*The dude has been watching too many Tarzan reruns. The nation is actually soaring and flying high above quicksand, just like Tarzan did on those tree vines.  (Me)

“Your paycheck will feel the Bern.” (Diamond and Silk)

*Should we enjoy our tax breaks while we can?  (Me)

Mueller Report to be released to public Thursday morning.

Kudlow: Economy ‘booming, absolutely booming’

Mnuchin: Keeping IRS from weaponizing against Trump.

Top European diplomat praises president, hits Obama-era ‘lecturing’

*Those headlines could be titled “As Trump’s World Turns” (Me)

 Mayor of Yuma Arizona declares emergency over migrant situation (Headline)

*Reading this and seeing the video of hundreds of illegals walking right into our country (near Yuma) where a border wall should be (but isn’t) makes me bat-crap-crazy. All while Dems dismiss all of this as MALARKEY. Un-be-freaking-lievable! (Me)

“No Collusion, No Obstruction!”  (President Trump)

*We should all know if this is true by the time you read this.  (Me)

 Letter to the Ranter:

Gazette: Great paper. Very interesting, insightful editorial comments. Doug’s rant–really great in-depth writing-all good. I read cover to cover, you are our voice in the SCV. Please keep up the excellent job.  John

Ranter’s Note 2

This week’s rant is dedicated to my Mom, Susie Sutton, who passed away peacefully this past Tuesday at the age of 85, after a long battle with dementia and a recent stroke. While she wasn’t boisterous about her political views, and even voted for Democrats on occasion (which I forgave her for), she and my late Dad laid a solid foundation for me and my brothers that included hard work, conscientiousness, accountability, follow-through with commitments, and a loving family. Rest in peace, Mom.

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 11, 2019

Scary Stuff:

The headline read: “Bernie Sanders is the Democratic front runner.

The article went on to say he raised more than $18 million in the first three months of this year. I got to thinking, yeah, so what? But the more I thought about it, and after talking to a friend about what it would actually be like if the dude became our president, I began to get scared – very scared. I imagined myself curling up in a fetal position with a pacifier in my mouth after his victory is announced; becoming the very snowflake I made fun of after Trump was elected.  I envisioned becoming so fraught with fear, that it caused me to experience one of the greatest nightmares of my life: I was in the grips of WRITER’S BLOCK!

I talked myself down and started in on some intense psychological self-evaluation. What I discovered was I would really be crestfallen over millions of my American brothers and sisters being head over heels in support of Uncle Bernie. It’s like when one of my sons did something stupid as a teenager, and I would yell, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!”

What Are They Thinking?         

Seriously, it baffles me to bat-crap-craziness that so many folks think the policies which Sanders wants to put in place are what’s needed and best for our country.  I don’t want to sound mean or overly critical, but shouldn’t his supporters be of right mind and see how damaging these things would be, if actually implemented? Medicare for all, free college tuition, universal basic income, reparations for slavery … To even attempt to pay for all this rigmarole, taxes would have to be raised above the stratosphere, causing destruction of the current economy that is on fire right now.

Diving further into my psyche, I became aware of what really bothers me about the throngs of folks who desperately want this stuff in place; it’s these Bernie supporters who fail to recognize the psychological impact it could have on Americans. It would be “spoiled kid syndrome,” resulting in a massive malaise of people not learning to deal with the struggle of having to work, strive and stress to achieve what they want in their lives.

There are already signs of this when we look at the younger generations today who have had everything handed to them, and it shows in their work values and life attitudes. I’m reminded of teachers I know from elementary to high school who talk about parents going to the nth degree to protect their kids from any sort of problems they encounter and to shelter them from the pain of life.  Can you imagine what it would be like if generation after generation had everything handed to them from the government, like how Uncle Bernie wants? People would grow up not ever knowing what it’s like to work and struggle, and that would have horrible ramifications for all aspects of American culture as we know it today.  I hope and pray this realization would somehow engulf the minds of the folks before they vote for Sanders.

Is the Giant, Slow-Lumbering Worm Finally Turning?

“The worm is turning” is a term that has been used for a baseball team when coming out of prolonged hitting slump. The giant worm I  refer to is the absolute corruption of the FBI and DOJ regarding Hillary’s crimes and the Trump/Russian investigation, looks like it may be starting its slow turn towards justice. Attorney General Barr gave a veiled warning he is concerned with what he’s learning and will be looking hard into it. Accompany that with the Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, promising he will dig hard and deep to get to the bottom of what could and maybe should be a scandal bigger than Watergate. Turn worm, turn!              

Shouldn’t they be Squirming?

As I watched the Dems moan, pout and drill Bill Barr over the Mueller investigation, I couldn’t help but think that they either don’t know about the corruption eruption that will be exploding (making Trump’s investigation look like a picnic), or they are in complete denial.

Is there any way they aren’t concerned, knowing Hillary and her team deleted 33,000 subpoenaed emails, basically acid-washed hard drives and physically destroyed computers and cell phones?  We now know from records obtained by Judicial Watch the exact date and time the software program BleachBit was downloaded and used to wipe her hard drives clean. It was March 11, 2015 at 11:42 am. They crow about President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, but oh my, goodness, what did she do, just chop liver?

Proving the investigation was rigged so as not to threaten Hillary’s presidential aspirations (which seemingly started at the top, like in the Whitehouse) could rattle the swamp so hard it will drain all over itself!

The investigation proving that same FBI and DOJ pulled some of the most deceitful legal methods to try and derail the Trump campaign and presidency should have the Dems squirming in their collective seats. If they are squirming, they’re doing a good job of hiding it. Let’s see how long they can keep it up.

Mini Rants:

 -I keep hearing from both sides of the aisle: “The American people want this, they want that … Americans are concerned about this and that … All Americans care about is that and this.”  From where I sit, many – if not most Americans – don’t know or care about what the peeps in the swamp are talking about.        

 -I’ll be glad when the full Mueller report is released; I’m tired of the Dems’ whining and lamenting that Barr somehow took matters into his own hands when issuing his brief on the report.

-With all of the news that pours out of the swamp on a daily basis, most of it from the Dems in the House, one would think they are really getting stuff done for us, right? Wrong. From what I can tell, they haven’t done a damn thing in their first three months other than investigate Trump and gnash their teeth over the Mueller report. Perhaps they should check recent polls on what Americans really care about, and get after that!

The Dems keep denying there is an emergency crisis at the border, even though officials who are neck deep in the situation keep shouting it out. My question is, how many of the doubting Dems have actually stepped foot down there before talking out of the wrong end of their body?

-Does Beto O’Rourke think his cry to eliminate borders and his claims that the Trump administration is similar to the Third Reich in Germany will really help him become president?

-I’m hearing the Democrat presidential wannabes saying, “We need something completely different for America.”  Hmm … something different as in the Obama days with record numbers of people on government assistance programs, an anemic economy with high unemployment and business suppression via high taxes and smothering regulations? Maybe one of these candidates should check out how the how the economy is doing under Trump and be careful what they wish for or promise.                   

 Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 AG William Barr Testifies at House Hearing (Headline)

*Maybe it’s just me, but now that the Dems have taken over the House, they sound unintelligent and amateurish during these hearings.  (Me)

Barr grilled on how he narrowed 300-page Mueller report down to 4-page summary in 48 hours (Headline)

*Barr is a better man than I am. The tone and the stupidity of the Dem’s questions would have caused me to answer them in a very unprofessional manner. Like, “You stupid turd! That is probably the dumbest question I’ve been asked in my life!” or “That question has been asked of me three times already this morning, have you been listening, or just thinking about what you’re going to say when it’s your turn so you can garner as much attention for yourself as possible?” (Me)

It’s Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban (Headline posted on Facebook)

“Been saying that for years, actually got kicked off FB for 39 days for saying … Alt-Right Christians are a ….disease upon humanity” (Facebook post)

“Extremists of the religious type are just as dangerous as enemy factions; in fact, they are the enemy as certain as any other extremists. And a major threat to this country. No wonder they cater to such an evil moron as trump! I don’t believe he has faith of any kind except power and money. He’s a wannabe dictator and has to be stopped at all costs now; I don’t think we can handle two more years of his destruction!”   (Facebook Post)

*Further examples of the war on Christianity that I’ve been ranting about recently. (Me)

House conservatives form new Anti-Socialism Caucus (Headline)

*I bet that will shake up Bernie and the A.O.C gang. (Me)

Evening News skips March 196K jobs rebound, 3.8 percent unemployment  (Headline on Media Research Center website)

“Every day it becomes more evident that the liberal news media are no longer simply a megaphone for liberals in Washington, New York, and Hollywood. The media are now leading the radical Left and using their platform to push a socialist agenda.  (Statement from Media Research Center)

Fox News discussed the Green New Deal more often than CNN and MSNBC combined (Headline)

*Is it because CNN and MSNBC realized how stupid it is, and didn’t want to be embarrassed by it? (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 4, 2019

The Beat Goes On:

Two weeks ago I wrote about the book entitled, “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christianity. The premise of the book is “Christians are being targeted by secular leftists; they want to destroy Christianity in America.”      

I find it rather troubling that in the past two weeks since I wrote that rant, we continue to see evidence of what the author is addressing in the book. While I’ve been criticized in the past for focusing too much on religion in this space, I feel it’s important to expose the potentially dangerous persecution of the spiritual foundation which our founding fathers established.   

I’ve made it clear over the years I’m a Christian, but I do realize many readers don’t hold that same belief system. I do not resent or judge those folks whatsoever, but I want to expose what I feel is terribly wrong with a segment of people pushing to undermine the freedom of religion, motivated by the notion that Christianity is evil,  wrong and unfit for anyone. I would hope even folks who do not share my beliefs would see the danger in this.

No Chick-Fil-A for You:

Air travelers in Buffalo and San Antonio who were looking forward to eating at Chick-fil-A in their airports will have to make other meal choices, after the deals with the fried and grilled chicken chain were snuffed out by local politicians and officials. Was it because Chick-Fil-A wanted lower rent or less revenue sharing from the airports?  Oh no, they were concerned about the chain’s anti-LGBTQ history and voiced worries about its inclusion policies.

One official put it this way: “Chick-Fil-A has a long history of supporting and funding anti-LGBTQ organizations … As a state entity, we have a responsibility to avoid doing business with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups.”

Oh my word, are these people aware of the $500 million of tax payer money awarded annually to Planned Parenthood in part to kill unborn babies?  Talk about hateful and divisive. Does that mean if the government wants to put post offices in those two airports, they will be turned down too?!

If you’re like me, you’re thinking: Oh my gosh, who are these hideous sounding groups Chick-Fil-A donates to that caused them to lose their lease deals in the airports? Well … what I saw was the “Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” “The Paul Anderson Youth Home” and “The Salvation Army,” which, according to pundits, «spread an anti-LGBTQ message” and teach “homosexuality is a sin.” Seriously? Chick-Fil-A got booted from the airports because they donate to The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christians Athletes? Are they serious right now? From what I know, these organizations are the opposite of divisive and hateful.

Does Chick-Fil-A refuse to serve LGBTQ folks in their restaurants? Do they break the law by not hiring people who identify as such?  Here is their stance:

“We want to make it clear that our sole focus is on providing delicious food and welcoming everyone – not being a part of a national political conversation. We do not have a political or social agenda. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

My strong feeling is that the reasons for these discriminating actions by officials in Buffalo and San Antonio are based on the CEO and many in upper management being strong Christians. Sure, the CEO has expressed his negative views on same-sex-relationships, but as an American, he has every right to do that. By all accounts, the company does business in an honest, ethical manner, and for their business to be punished is further indication of the war on Christianity.

Unplanned:

The movie, that is, which tells the true story of a former Planned Parenthood executive who quit the organization to become a pro-life advocate. I’m sure you saw all of the commercials on TV for this movie, right? Oh wait, you didn’t. Do you know why?  It’s because all of the television networks except for Fox News would NOT accept the ads.

That’s right. In this day and age of networks fighting for all the ad revenue they can get, the money offered them to promote this film was turned down?!  The reason they gave; the sensitive nature of the movie. Oh really, the sensitive nature of a film that deals with an organization which receives $500 million a year from the USA? This is coming from some networks that show graphic violent and sex scenes unabashedly, which they accept gobs of advertising dollars for.  They sure don’t turn down the big advertising bucks for those shows, do they?

If you ask me, this review of the movie says a lot about the war on Christianity these days:

“Propaganda doesn’t come more putrid than Unplanned, which is the perfect way to spend a Friday or Saturday night if you’re a die-hard right-to-lifer who views Planned Parenthood as a scourge upon the face of the Earth.  Smacking you upside the head with its message for 110 god-awful minutes via every cornball cliché in the (not-so-good) Christian-movie book, it’s a leaden, self-righteous and wholly rancid affair, designed only to preach to its choir by maligning the non-profit organization.”

The networks refusing these ads wouldn’t have anything to do with the production company of the film producing Christian-based movies, would it?  This is a sad and pathetic point in time that is indicative of the war on Christian values and beliefs. As I alluded to earlier, even if you aren’t a Christian, this stuff should concern you greatly.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“It (Trump’s presidency) has caused a lot of us to go through individual and group therapy. It has caused a lot of us to feel a bit of despair, and depression, and anxiety, and fear. And I say don’t let the bad guys win.” (Kamala Harris)

*I say don’t let the snowflakes win. (Me)

“Many Democrats are FOR driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, but AGAINST voter ID laws.”  (Tomi Lahren, Fox News)

*Am I remembering correctly, that if you have a driver’s license, it’s really easy to register to vote and you don’t have to show I.D. before voting?  I may be slow, but I think I’m beginning to see the methods to the Democrats’ madness.  (Me)

“What’s really happening here is that the 76-year-old Biden is now trying mightily to reconcile the old Democrat Party of Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy with the ever-shifting liberal PC codes of the present.”  (Laura Ingram)

“Joe Biden is about to politically perish on that MeToo line. Democrat fanatics see him as one of the last remaining stumbling blocks to creating their socialist utopia. They need to stop him before he even enters the race.”  (Laura Ingram)

Biden accused of unwanted kiss, may have kissed his chance for Dem nomination goodbye  (Headline)

*I don’t know why, but I kind of feel sorry for Uncle Joe. He reminds of the guy in the movie “Death of a Salesman.” (Me)

“We are actually talking about something substantive. We are not calling anyone names, People say, ‘Tea Party of the left,’ and I find this phrase very interesting. Because the grounding of the Tea Party was xenophobia, the underpinnings of white supremacy.”  (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

*Since I identify with the Tea Party, I think she just called me names, but I’ll let Tucker finish this one.

So, it’s official. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a moron and nasty and more self-righteous than any televangelist who ever preached a sermon on cable access. She is not impressive. She’s awful.  (Tucker Carlson)

A liberal paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does, indeed, exist. It’s called prison.”  (Joe Arpaio, former Maricopa County Sheriff)

Letters to the Ranter: 

 Doug,

 I’m really grateful to see Robert Patrick Lewis having an article again.  Please keep him as a regular. Your “rants” are really truthful and funny.  Love the memes too. 

-Judy

 

Doug,

Love the newspaper, especially Doug’s Rants! Humor with facts, not expressed in other media!

-Paul

 

Doug,

What else?  Isn’t it great that after 2+ years at $1,000,000 a month the Mueller investigation is finally over and President Trump is not a Russian.  Some of us knew that from the beginning. HEY WAIT A MINUTE! SOME OF US KNEW HE WAS NOT A SPY SO SINCE WE ARE WAY DOWN ON THE FOOD CHAIN MR. MUELLER MUST HAVE KNOW HIS INVESTIGATION WAS BASED ON A HOAX.

He let the investigation continue anyway.  Do you think that would have anything to do with the Republicans losing the HOUSE?  Were the silly upsets due to the barrage of FAKE ERRONEOUS NEWS?

Maybe we should have all of the elections that caused seats to be flipped be re- run. 

 Now we get the gentleman from Burbank who wants to spend a few million more dollars looking for that which is not there.  Hey Adam have you seen the pot holes in the roads.  Maybe we could fix the pot holes with money going in to the pie holes. 

Dan

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 28, 2019

Really?

Katie Hill was interviewed on CNN the day after the mud hit the fan with the Barr letter (she is very well-spoken when appearing on these network shows, by the way) and was asked by the info lady, “President Trump said I sure hope they look at the other side of this, of how this whole thing got started. What do you think he was referring to?”

Hill: “I don’t know; who knows what the President thinks.” Really? Neither one of these ladies who are waist deep in the swamp of Washington is aware of the corruptness that ignited the Mueller investigation?  They haven’t heard of the New York Times Best Seller, The Russian Hoax? They don’t know that James Comey admitted leaking information (which turned out to be bogus) to the press with hopes of getting the probe launched with former CIA Director, John Brennan, doing the same thing?

They aren’t aware of the other officials in the FBI and DOJ who hated Trump so much that they used concocted evidence to try and bring him down because they couldn’t fathom the idea of him becoming president? They haven’t heard the evidence of these officials rejecting the result of the election and thinking they could save their liberal brethren from Trump by burying him in Russian collusion dirt?

Seriously? These two ladies didn’t know anything about this stuff? I find that really hard to believe and would venture to guess they just didn’t want to expose the liberal CNN audience to such atrocities conducted by their own ilk.

Did You Notice?

During the heat of the denial-fest regarding the Mueller report, CNN and the like didn’t come close to addressing the corruption that was the foundation of the whole mess. Not a word (that I heard) was mentioned regarding the dossier as the sole reason, and it all started with Hillary Clinton paying for it. Robert Mueller had to have known it, based on his kinship with James Comey. It was written by somebody paid by Hillary, Christopher Steele, who worked with a guy named Glenn Simpson; and it was used by the FBI, who knew that it was totally bogus to get a warrant to spy on the Trump administration.

Pointing His Way?

Not many in front of the cameras will even suggest that the corruption of this time period could very well have started with the Obama administration. I and many others think the former president pulled the strings of Loretta Lynch to get Hillary out from underneath her email crimes. She did that by washing her hands of it and told James Comey to take care of it with the veiled instruction (call it a matter, not an investigation) to make sure Hillary got off scot free.  What else could motivate the director of the FBI to stand in front of the nation (when it should have been Attorney General Lynch), rattle off the crimes Hillary committed and then state she wasn’t going to be charged because of some nonsensical reasoning?  It had to be the guy in the White House at the time motivating Comey, don’t you think?

If Obama wanted Hillary to win so much that he went to those extremes to clear her, wouldn’t he pull the same sort of strings to derail Trump winning? As Lindsey Graham inferred in his news conference this week, STAY TUNED!

Everything They Touch is Turning to Foolishness:

I would think the Dems are feeling like the Lakers these days (foolish) because they have the greatest player in the world, but can’t win many games. The Dems are so sure of themselves with brimming confidence that their way is the way to save the nation from Trump and ourselves. Yet, not much is going their way these days. Most of them were sure as rain Trump was an agent of Russia, and now they are feebly trying to say the findings aren’t true, with some of them ruefully back tracking from their blown-up assertions.

I would say most on the left put their entire Trump-is-a-traitor confidence in the reporting by CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Now their confidence in these biased, Trump-hating news sources has been shaken to its core, as demonstrated by TV ratings this week (Sean Hannity had 4 Million viewers Monday Night compared to CNN’s 950 thousand, ouch!). Now there are outcries that the Times and the Post should give back the Pulitzer prizes they won for the in-depth reporting they gleefully did on the collusion investigation.

Foolishness Continued:

Aside from their obsession with Russian collusion, the Democrat’s outlandish Trump-hating contrasted to the backdrop of his wide-scale success at home and abroad is causing their foolishness to become magnified. Not only do they ignore the HARD FACTS of the Trump administration’s overwhelming success compared to that of Obama, they are pitching the most foolish policies one can imagine. No border walls,  guilt money to African American folks for slavery some 200 years ago, Medicare for all, free daycare for all, free college for all, and of course, the putrid Green Deal that is so ludicrous it makes even some of the best of libs shake their heads.

Why most of their foolishness is coming back to haunt them is easy to see, and it’s simple. Most Americans are intelligent (at least semi), level-headed, common sense people. Even those who grew up with left-leaning tendencies can see how foolish this way of thinking is, because it just doesn’t make sense! For those who do champion these ideas, I would ask them to use their embarrassing and foolish feelings from the Trump Russian fiasco as a learning tool.

Fox News:     

The Headlines read, “Is Fox News having moral qualms about itself?” and “Are we losing Fox News?”  It sure seems that way. Last week, I wrote about Judge Jeanine being suspended for a politically incorrect comment, and now they’ve hired Donna Brazile, who couldn’t cut it at CNN and was guilty of feeding Hillary questions ahead the presidential debate.

Rupert Murdoch’s son is now running Fox News and is reported to lean way left of his father, with a wife who is ultra-liberal, which could explain a lot. Combine this with the rumors that the regular newscasters hate being lumped in with the conservative opinion shows the network is best known for.

If this is the beginning of Fox’s demise, it isn’t a good thing. The Media Research Center has documented that the evening news coverage of Trump by ABC, CBS, and NBC in 2018 was 90 percent negative. That has a huge, skewed impact with 23 million Americans watching these network news shows each night. It’s even worse when you include the biased, hostile coverage at CNN, MSNBC, NPR and other liberal outlets.  Is it okay to say GOD PLEASE SAVE FOX NEWS?

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

City to consider changes in mayor selection (Headline) 

*Am I the only one who thinks the only change should be the voters of Santa Clarita electing a mayor? (Me)      

“For some reason, Americans chose Trump to be their partner for four years. And he has responded by beating the body politic with right after right hook and staying out late carousing with the Russians.” (Josh Heath)

*Hey Josh, Americans chose Trump to be our president, not our partner. We voted for him to make America great again, and if you would take off the blinders of hate you have for the man and focus solely on the actual job he has done as president, you will see he has made great strides in doing just that. Stick to the facts, my friend, not the hyperbole of your liberal brethren.

The Mueller report finds no evidence showing Trump’s team of collusion with Russia, but stops short of exonerating Trump on obstruction of justice. Knowing Trump, he probably tried to do exactly that. Two more years of chaos, race baiting, grafters, con artists, shame, fear. Sad  (Bette Midler)

“Everything out of your mouth is a lie. There were never Russians, only Hollywood media moguls and their actors in their news rooms and on Twitter. Aka u! Kavanaugh justified, Gorsuch justified, Juanita Broaddrick justified, Trump justified. You’re complicit in treason & a fool.”  (Anonymous reply to Bette Midler)

“Trump should pardon General Flynn this week and he should throw in the words “fully exonerated” just to melt lib brains.”   (Buck Sexton)

“Will any media executives, hosts or reporters be fired for their complicity in promoting a 2-year hoax that undermined the nation & sought to cripple the Trump presidency? CNN? MSNBC? NY Times? The Fox prime-time opinion hosts, all of whom have been smeared & boycotted, got it right.”  (Mark Levin)

*Yeah, Fox will suspend Judge Jeanine for some benign comment, but these companies won’t do squat to their people who were and are utterly incompetent. (Me)     

“President Trump should now go 100 mph and get things done, good things like he has been doing.  People have to get this collusion crap out of their heads, get over the personality conflict they have with him and support him as he gets down to the needed business of this country.”  (Doug Sutton)

“Let me get this straight, Donald Trump is not exonerated, but Jussie Smollett is?!?! So much for white privelege.” (Larry Elder)  

 

 

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