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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 19, 2017

The Cowardice of It All:

 The Signal’s October 12 edition had an op-ed piece, written by Steve Lunetta, entitled “Is being anonymous a good thing?” It was interesting reading and I thought to myself, “I’m glad my critics aren’t anonymous; they have no problem letting me know who they are.”

It all changed the following day when I received an email containing a newsletter from a local political website. Included was a piece entitled “Gazette Needs to Improve Quality of Reporting.”

 My first thought was, okay we can always use some constructive criticism to improve our newspaper (The site was criticizing a Gazette article entitled “Early Hopefuls for City Council Race”). Boy was I wrong. It turned out to be a pissing piece on local election and political stuff reported and commented on in the Gazette, as well as past scrums in the mud that is local politics.

But what jumped out at me was this:

“Then Carl Boyer states ‘who has not had a smooth ride since being appointed in January, is vulnerable if a Latino runs against him.’ Now, no disrespect to Carl Boyer, but what does he know about winning an election in 2018? Claiming that Bill Miranda would be vulnerable if another Latino were to enter the mix is about as ignorant as can be. Is he really suggesting that Latinos will only vote for another Latino? Latinos only see skin color? Is anyone reading this stuff before it goes out? Is it any wonder that Sutton has gotten questions about racism within the Gazette?”

 I was okay with this until the last two sentences, so I quickly went to the end of the piece to see who wrote it, and guess what? There was no one named as the writer.  Look, I understand the mudslinging directed at me and this newspaper for stances people disagree with, but to play the race card without having the guts to reveal yourself is complete CHICKEN EXCREMENT!

Funny how the other op-ed in the newsletter had a name behind it! Whoever wrote the piece on the Gazette should man-up, show some courage and come out from behind the curtain of their baby blanket. Show your face like a big boy writer and gain some credibility, because at this point your site crapped down the toilet of integrity.             

Yawn:

Another week and we see the same old drivel coming from a columnist in The Signal newspaper regarding the president as being a wretched human being, let alone a president. This guy (Gary Horton) needs to come up with different material; this crap is becoming boring & unreadable. Not only does this guy tear Trump to shreds, he transitions his hate for him into making America out to be some horrible, weak and fallen country.

“America is adrift, having sold its soul to the loudest showman and it’s a base show, baser than a strange national burlesque where all of our faults are laid bare and we’re stripped naked before the whole world with every bloated wrinkle, fault, scar, cut and wound out there for all outside of our national nightmare to be unwillingly witnessed by those who once admired us.”                        

I almost feel sorry for Mr. Horton that a mere man can shake him up so much that it pushes him to such gloomy despair. Although, come to think of it, millions upon millions of folks felt the same way about our country under President Obama.

One thing is for sure, though, those same millions feel this president has got this country on the right track and the only thing that will derail him are progressives like Horton who can’t see their way out of a personality conflict.

Once again, a dreary column was written without addressing any hard facts or debating actual issues. Nothing regarding success against ISIS, an upward explosion of the stock market, improvements in almost all economic areas, not to mention President Trump’s fight to let us keep more of our own money and businesses too, that will push us in the right direction for the betterment of all Americans, including Gary Horton’s friends and family.

Tax Cut Mania:

The voices of meandering Congressmen regarding tax cuts is making me sick (someone told me I use the term “bat crap crazy” too much). I hear and read so many conflicting opinions of the plan it makes my head spin, but the thing is, details of the plan haven’t even been made public! How can Trump haters and fans quibble with the plan when we don’t know exactly what’s in it?

I’ll tell you what’s making me bat crap crazy and that’s the talk of how much it will hurt revenue. One pundit stated that a 15 percent corporate tax cut will cost the government $500-$750 billion over the next 10 years. I say, so freaking what?! We can’t find that amount of savings in cost reduction over the next 10 years?!

Come on, somebody, anybody in the House and Senate, please let common sense and compassion flow into your brains and get this done! While you’re at it, pretend you know what sacrificial hard work is. If you really care about Americans you should be working late into the night, weekends too and don’t even think about taking one of your infamous recesses until this deal is done! How about asking what your constituents think about tax cuts, disregarding your motivation for political ass-saving!

And while I’m at it, Steve Knight, please quit sending out your newsletter filled with stuff the majority of your constituency does not give two rips about. We’d rather see essays from you on the stuff that really affects our day-to-day lives.

Progressive Insanity?

 It’s easy to rant against typical goings on of the progressive left with most of it a matter of disagreement on socioeconomic issues. So much of the left’s thinking leaves me baffled, but this issue leaves me sadly bewildered.

A friend sent me links to some articles: One was entitled Gender Ideology Harms Children; another one was American College of Pediatrics Reaches Decision: Transgenderism of Children is Child Abuse; and one that really grabbed my attention, Child, 4, World’s Youngest-Ever Sex Change Patient. These articles reported instances of medical and surgical gender interventions for kids well before they reach puberty age.              

 I’m certainly no expert in this area, but it seems to me that this type of decision should be made by the individual themselves well after puberty has occurred. How in the world can a person know their true gender identity before puberty? How can a parent or a doctor absolutely know gender transition is what’s best for a child before they reach puberty?

How many little boys play with dolls, dress up like girls or wear their mommy’s make up? How many little girls want to be just like their daddy or older brother and emulate that through their behavior? In almost every case these kids are going through a passing phase.

In my opinion, any sort of hormone altering in a child before puberty is horribly wrong. Encouraging a young kid into thinking that becoming the opposite sex is normal and healthful should be considered child abuse. When a young person is well into their teens and begins to question their gender identity, then it’s appropriate to address the matter in a pragmatic way with intense professional involvement.

It’s sad to me when a parent intensely forces music or sports into a child’s life only because of their own desires. It’s tragic to me when parents impart their desire for gender transition on prepubescent kids without thought and concern for the future of their kid.

Letters to the Ranter:

Ranter’s Note 1: The following are in response to last week’s rant regarding nationally syndicated radio show host and Hart School Board president Joe Messina.

Doug,

Do you listen or watch Joe’s Alex Jones inspired show?! Do you read what he puts out from Right Winged Propaganda sites? Obviously NOT! The parents of the school district must be made aware of his show, the content and what he says on social media. Take it to the people, let the voters decide if they want “Little Alex Jones,” presiding over their kids school board. I hope he continues to be exposed for the Racist hate he spews out. Jamie

Doug,

I wish that creep would just go back to selling propane or whatever he used to do. Maybe he huffed too much of it over the years. Bruce

Doug,

Joe deserved every bit of the criticism he got and more. If our school board president was Muslim and encouraged kids to bring the Quran you conservatives would have your panties in a wad! Please, stop with the hypocrisy. Julie

Ranter’s Note 2: I have listened to Joe’s show on numerous occasions and have not once heard anything that borders on “racial hate.” I’ll repeat what I wrote last week; Someone please point out one instance of when Messina has tried to insert his personal religious and or political views into any of his school board activity. So far, not one person has done so and the only hate I’ve seen exhibited are from his critics.

Dear Mr. Sutton,

Hello, my name is Bethany and I am a student at Saugus High School. The following letter is to Councilman Bill Miranda about the Chamber of Commerce. Would you be able to publish this in the paper?

Dear Mr. Miranda,

I am very concerned about the unaccounted monies from the Latino Chamber of Commerce that were transferred to the SCV Chamber Of Commerce in 2015.  

Mr. Miranda, you claim: “I have all the proof. We have all the numbers.”

If this is true, I urge you to release them so we can clarify this issue. This matter can be seen as an act of corruption to the community, and putting your reputation at stake, as well as the other members of the City Council.

Since you have recently announced your plans for re-election, this will be, inevitably, a topic of discussion — so it is in your best interest, as well as our best interest, to resolve this issue. 

Please act on this matter because transparency and the integrity of the Santa Clarita City Council is what citizens of Santa Clarita deserve. When you represent the hardworking citizens of Santa Clarita, it is our right to be informed and seek justice.

 I look forward to seeing clarity on this issue. Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

“We believe the soundest basis for judging the rightness of an action is a test of its morality, legality, and its effect on human rights.”  — City Of Santa Clarita City Hall Philosophy Statement.

Sincerely,

Bethany

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 12, 2017

Really?

 Joe Messina, who is president of the Hart School Board and an admitted conservative (his nationally syndicated radio show certainly reflects that) posted a notice on Facebook regarding “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” With that, he wrote: “Exercise your free speech rights. … Don’t be ashamed of who you are.” 

 Oh, my gosh! You would have thought he wrote, “Bring your porn videos to school day,” based on comments like these:

“Don’t encourage Joe to use his f’ed up sense of values in his position as school board president. He is a disgusting human being & his only shield is that radio. Joe is not school board Joe. My kids or any others should not have to hear it at all on a school campus, forget telling them to not listen, if it’s not there I don’t have that problem.”

 “You’re damn right the horror, the atrocities & ignorance perpetrated in the name of that Book & religion are not anything I want my kids a part of so stop being an idiot.”

“Your bible is like your penis. I don’t care what you do with it. Just keep it away from my kid.”

“As usual with Joe he is not saying the whole story, this is an attempt to convert people to Christianity using kids. This is not some theological class discussing religion.”

Wow, how hateful can one be? To be clear, I have not come across or heard that Messina ever let his personal religious or political views influence any of his board member actions. I defy anyone to prove me wrong! That being said, these responses are typical of liberal hypocrisy that emotionally spews out of people who are more concerned with what they deem politically correct than what is actually common sense.

Joe was simply encouraging students not to give in to peer pressure (or their peers’ parental pressure, for that matter), and not to be afraid to stand up for what they believe in.

Do they really think he’s trying to covertly convert the entire Hart District’s student population to a horrible Christian cult? Give me a break.

What If?

I sincerely ask the folks who have their underwear in knots over this to consider the good things that can occur when kids are able to turn their lives around because of exposure to a positive message like Christianity’s. There have been countless stories over the years of lives being restored, and even saved from the ravages of bad life choices because of discovering God. Tell me what is so bad about that?

I really don’t think a student walking around campus with a bible because of the encouragement from a Christian who happens to be on the school board will bring about any harm to anyone, and in fact could help a student a great deal. And besides that, it’s called the First Amendment, so get over it!  

 Angel, Angel, Angel:

Angel Cruz is a young man who contributes to the Gazette’s opinion page from time to time (he’s more than welcome to continue doing so). I have never met Angel, but I feel the need to respond to some of what he wrote in his column last week, entitled “The Crossroads”:

“In Las Vegas we find the culmination of our sins. It is becoming all too clear that shootings in America are a matter of when. The policies we have let slide by the NRA have created a cyclical event of tragedy. …We live in a sick society that venerates success and ostracizes mental health. We cannot not change anything and be surprised it happens again.”

A culmination of our sins … who is the “our” he is referring to? Is it the people who honor and want to protect the Second Amendment, and keep our nation from falling into a pit of folks not being able to protect themselves? Is it the sin of those like Mr. Cruz who never, ever mention the fact that thousands upon thousands of people in Chicago have been shot over the years, despite the city having very strict gun laws?

Is it a sin to react with nonsensical emotion to a tragedy that could have been perpetrated by a bomb, a truck or knife-yielding terrorists? In my opinion, broad-brushed blaming of sin for a Las Vegas type of massacre should be avoided. The only sin committed was that of the killer. Any reasoning of politics or mental health policies as the end-all for these types of attacks makes no sense to me. There will always be mentally ill among us who will find any type of weapon available in order to carry out these sins.

“We are constantly embarrassed by an entitled buffoon who is supposed to be the leader of the free world.” 

I respectfully request Angel Cruz to refrain from name-calling (in my newspaper) that his liberal brethren resort to when trying to get their point across when they don’t like someone’s personality or disagree with their politics. This is not personal, and I know Mr. Cruz would have recoiled in horror if someone would have called President Obama an “ignorant, liberal, constitutional lawyer idiot.”

“Although Republicans are divided in how to gut healthcare for every working class citizen.”

Hold on a minute, does Angel really think the goal is to “gut” healthcare from everyone? Come on, man! Has he noticed what the current healthcare plan has done and is doing to the working class folks? Has he actually read any of the proposed plans, or is this just another emotional, misinformed statement? Does he realize that Democrats are turning a blind eye to the current plan that is adversely affecting so many? Is that any way to look out for the good of the people Angel seems so concerned about?

“They are looking to destroy our already thin social safety net in other ways. They offer no option to illegal immigrants but to hide in fear of a government they desperately want to be a part of.”

 The key word is “illegal.” The safety net was created for legal citizens, including immigrants who became citizens by the proper means.                                    

“Ripping apart regulations and increasing tax cuts for the wealthy — this is a recipe for the next financial crisis. How much of our livelihood will we give up until we see these politicians never had us in mind?”  

The receipt for the next financial crisis is already out of the oven and ready to burst from too much heat. The $10 trillion of increased debt that the previous administration saw fit to ignore is looming, large and dangerous. Regulation reforms and tax cuts for all Americans will bring about an increase in livelihoods, including Angel’s and his friends. By the way, all of the policies President Trump is trying to get through are with us in mind, if only more representatives in Congress shared this vision!

“We need to realize that we don’t need an upper class strangling us to give up our wealth to them.” 

I’m confused, isn’t that what happens when a nation falls into socialism, as many liberals wish would happen to America? Mr. Cruz is falling for the same misunderstanding that numerous young people are today. Many members of the upper class are the ones who create businesses and jobs, enabling the rest of us to gain our own wealth.

I want to thank Angel for proving a springboard to stimulate a portion of this week’s rant — keep up the good work!

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

On Monday October 9, most of the U.S. will be (was) commemorating Columbus Day.  Unfortunately, the L.A. City Council (where I live) voted 14-1 to abolish Columbus Day because 500 years ago, the council claims he was tried for slavery and mistreatment of the indigenous people.

What they don’t understand or care is that only 180 years ago their own party, the Democrat Party, committed genocide against America’s indigenous people known as the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek, and Cherokee.  Maybe they haven’t heard about the “Trail of Tears” where thousands of these indigenous people were rounded up by the newly formed Democrat Party from their southern homelands and forcibly marched hundreds of mile (where many died) to Oklahoma territory.

Why?  The Democrats selfishly wanted the land to grow their cotton, tobacco, etc., using black slaves to do the labor.  My question to the council:  Are you exercising your typical hypocrisy, or stupidity?  The Democrats have a very sordid past in regards to the indigenous and black people.  Lynda

Doug,

I am so sick and tired of hearing about the disrespect shown by the NFL players. You can throw in the Hollywood cry babies as well. Both of these groups earn millions of dollars selling their skills to the public. Don’t they understand that they are alienating half of the base that allows them to earn these ridiculous amounts of money?

 I am not a football fan but I am a movie goer. I can’t bring myself to see a Mel Gibson movie due to his stupid religious rants. There are several other Hollywood actors that I categorize in the same way. I stopped watching the Oscars and other award shows due to their political rants most of which are not based on facts. Don’t these idiots understand that they may be killing their golden goose? Where else would they earn their millions?I don’t see NFLers or Hollywood types with the skills or education to replace their paychecks.

 FINAL COMMENT: When I was in business selling to the wholesale trade with 10 sales people they were given three basic etched in stone rules. #1. No politics   #2  No religion  #3  Never park in a space provided for customers. These cry babies better wake the hell up!!  Ron

**Letters to the Ranter are submitted “as-is,” and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation. The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 5, 2017

Reprise:

This is what I wrote in June of 2016 after the Orlando nightclub massacre; sadly, with Sunday’s sick tragedy, the same still holds true.  

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 is 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 just a higher rate of mental illness that is invading mankind? Is it an increased culture of hate that is motivating the mentally ill to act out on their delusions? Is it just a passing phase and things will mellow out quickly? Like I’ve written before, when Adam and Eve screwed up and God allowed sin and free will into the human race, there has been a ton of unjustly bad stuff that has happened to millions of people for many years. Sadly, and unfortunately, what we’re seeing now is not going to end anytime soon.

Temporary Malaise:

I thought it would be difficult to muster up ranting energy in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre (family friends and some of our sons’ friends were in the crowd and were either wounded or performed great acts of courage in helping other wounded). But, my malaise only lasted as long as it took liberals to open their pie holes and spew the same nonsense (and then some) they do when this sort of tragedy happens.

Some of the best and brilliant comments I heard and read:

“White people and men will go on shooting sprees when they don’t get what they want.”

“Pray only Trumptards died!”

Something else, I think, to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were Trump supporters.”

“No way not to politicize this tragedy. It’s about gender & race as well as access to guns. Considering it random is comforting & dangerous.”

“White men have committed more mass shootings than any other group.”

Then there is this one from a top lawyer for CBS:

 “I’m actually not even sympathetic, because country music fans often are Republican gun-toters. … If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Republicans will ever do the right thing.” (To CBS’ credit they did fire the attorney)

Wait one freaking minute! Are these the same types of people who violently protest against conservative speakers because they consider their words to be hate speech? Talk about hate speech, the definition of hate speech should be what their liberal brethren pathetically puke out while family and friends agonize with gut-wrenching emotion over the fate of the people they care so much about. I know God wants us to let him avenge the stupid and the putrid, but is it okay if we fantasize physical violence against these common sense-impaired idiots?                 

 The Debt?

The debt, you want to talk about the debt?! (Imagine here the high-pitched voice inflection coach Jim Mora Sr. used when he said, “Playoffs? You want to talk about the playoffs?) For years and years this ranter (and precious few others) have railed against the enormous debt and the pitfalls that, at some point, will negatively affect each and every one of us.

All I can remember hearing from Democrats, as well as Republicans, regarding the debt is what’s known as crickets. That is, until now — yeah, now, because President Trump is pitching tax cuts (I would say tax reform, but that would require Congress to walk and chew gum at the same time and they can’t even get the wrapper off the gum to begin the process). And many of these self-proclaimed compassionate lawmakers don’t want the president to have success, even if it means helping millions of us.

What are we hearing now? Any tax cuts have to be revenue neutral, because we owe it to generations to come not to burden them with this debt. Give me a freaking break, where were these guys when the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress let trillions and trillions of dollars flow into the swamp of debt without any warning bells going off? Are these guys serious right now? All of a sudden they give two rips about the debt? This seems sickeningly hypocritical to me.

I’ve got an idea — let we the people and businesses keep more of our own money and let the economy expand in leaps and bounds from natural causes. Then we can marvel, as the result of this natural expansion fills federal coffers with increased tax revenue that will take care of their fake fear of increasing the debt.

 Speaking of Ideas:                  

I’ve got a good idea, let’s put our big boy and girl pants on and come up with a budget that brings in more money than what is spent. You know, like we do with our personal budget and what businesses have to do to survive. This will take some maturity on the part of our leaders, because they will have to cut major crap out of spending. I mean stuff that will be painful, but it will have to be done if they really want to put a dent in the debt they are now freaking out about, after all these years of not caring.

Farfetched?

 As unfortunate as it is, Washington is still a smelly, slimy swamp which is impotent to effect any positive change. The endless undermining of our president’s efforts for the good of the nation, the Russian stuff, a Congress who can’t get out of their own way to get one little thing done. All of this, as we suffer a slow, choking economic death under the weight of rapidly growing debt. Is it a big deal we’re $20 trillion in hard debt, and under standard accounting practices another $100 trillion in debt for vested Social Security benefits and other programs? As the hit country song goes, “Hell Yeah!”

I say let’s take matters into our own hands. How, you ask? It’s found in Article V of our Constitution. It is a provision that the founding fathers enacted to allow for this type of governing if the federal government got out of control. I don’t know about you, but it seems to me they are way out of control right about now.

The provision allows for changes to the Constitution without Congress being involved and the federal government would not be able to a damn thing about it! It’s a bit complicated and a bunch of states would have to be on the same page, but it could be done. It needs to be done to put an end to the piling on of debt and the reckless misuses of Federal power that Congress is unable or unwilling to stop. More to come on this.

Letter to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

I am a Vietnam era veteran, having served in both the Army National Guard and Army Reserves, and then the Air Force Reserves. During the latter part of the 1960s I was a Cargo Aircraft Aircrew Member flying support missions to South East Asia from 1965 to 1969. 

 Question for all those supporters who think allowing illegal immigrants (invaders) to come into our country should not be deported. What part of the Constitution or Federal Law gives the States, Counties, Cities, Colleges and Universities, churches, individuals or any other entity the right to decide who can come into the United States and who can stay here if not a citizen or “legal” resident?

 Why does the United States Federal Government and not states, counties and cities, issue Passports and Visas just like other countries through out the world do? Is this because this is Constitutional and Federal Law and not a right given to the states?

 Who can become a naturalized US Citizen is decided by the Federal Government. No state, county or city has the right to confer citizenship on anyone. So, it is only the Federal Government that can decide who is allowed in, and who can stay and under what circumstances. Everyone with half a brain and who ever took a civics class knows this. 

 Apparently our democratic politicians who are in California State, County, City governments and on School Boards and have other elected positions have decided they can overrule the Federal Government and allow whoever they want to come into our Country, State, Counties and Cities because they “just think they can and feel it is the right thing to do”. So they say to hell with Federal Law. I have read that some jurisdictions are now allowing non citizens to vote. What kind of nincompoops are these?   

 Why is it the Democrats and the Democratic Party leadership seem to want the Federal Government to hand over control to some state, county or city and let them decided who can come into the country and who can stay? What is wrong with these idiots? These same politicians are also giving these illegal invaders benefits and free education paid by the taxpaying citizens.    

 Doug, why doesn’t the mainstream news media and thinking influential individuals editorialize about the invasion taking place and the destructive impact it is having on our society? Parts of downtown Los Angeles have become a cesspool. The last time I was down there it reminded me of Tijuana in the 1950’s and 1960’s. A real mess.

 Thanks for letting me “rant” about how I see the politicians failing this country. Most of them are Democrats but there are some Republicans also sticking their heads in the sand and not willing to take strong stands about what is happening. You seem to be the only local newspaper who cares. Not the Signal, not the Daily News and certainly not the Los Angeles Times. All their articles are about some “poor” illegal being arrested by the mean old ICE Police. They then have some sympathetic article describing how it is affecting his wife and 8 kids if he gets deported. Note: They usually have some type of previous arrests or have been deported in the past. But this is all forgotten because his family is now up here collecting benefits. Again thanks for letting me “rant”.  

Jay  

 Doug, thank you for the article by Lee Barnathan last Friday printing the facts surrounding an inflammatory hit piece on Joe Messina (Hart School Board President and radio talk show host) by Anthony Breznican, which was published in another local newspaper September 22nd.

Messina was wrongly accused of posting a fake story derogatory to Muslims. Once again Mr. Breznican failed to get the facts, he just presumed Mr. Messina did it, when in fact other media outlets have the ability to post items on the site. When Messina heard about it, he went to the site to delete it and it was already gone; but facts be damned.

This is not the first time Breznican has done this. He did it just recently when he caused false accusations to be published about two of our elected leaders in the state. He was taken to task over that as well by his targets.

I wrote a rebuttal to the latter-mentioned ordeal stating readers need to be aware of the truthfulness of items authored; now it appears it is definitely true in the case of Anthony Breznican.

These printed falsehoods affect people’s reputations and jobs; but then is not that the whole intent?

Beware.

Betty Arenson

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 28, 2017

Just Shut-Up (Stand-Up) & Play!

 It’s bad enough we have to listen to self-serving, self-centered, idealogical sniveling during awards shows and concerts (just shut-up and act or sing), but now the political poop has invaded the sports arena. Oh my goodness, I really wish these NFL players would resist polluting our means of distraction from regular political nonsense and just do what they get paid to do.

A friend of mine had a good example of the absurdness of this all, pointing out it’s like if a surgeon had you on the table and before you went under, he or she sat down in protest and carried on about racial injustice.

I will add, what if a grocery store clerk stared you down and gritted his/her teeth, gave you an evil eye and muttered “black lives matter” before ringing up the groceries? In other words, this type of immature behavior does not belong anywhere at anyone’s job.

If this sort of thing did happen on the job, the SOBs would be fired! (When President Trump said the SOB should be fired for disrespecting the flag, he said what millions of Americans have been thinking.) FREE SPEECH DOES NOT APPLY TO THE WORKPLACE!

It is Sad:

 It’s sad that emotionally-driven actions with seemingly little thought given to those actions have crept into an incredibly popular sport. It’s sad that millions of unsuspecting young fans who idolize these guys are led into thinking that America is infested with what the player protests represent. It’s sad these kids are being brainwashed into thinking America is a horrible place, because of what they see these guys doing on TV.

It’s sad that these protests are condoned, yet praying before and after high school football games is strictly prohibited, and if the coach is involved he will be fired!

It’s sad that when Baltimore played Jacksonville in London, England last weekend, the players kneeled during the “Star Spangled Banner,” but rose to their feet for “God Save the Queen,” and this was on foreign soil! What’s really sad is the thousands of military personnel around the world, many in harm’s way for our country, who witnessed this on the Armed Forces Network. Even sadder is the number of wounded warriors who wish they had knees.          

 The NFL Joined the Club:

 The NFL joined the political hypocrisy club in a big way, and like all political hypocrisy, it reared its ugly head in the form of attempted political correctness vs. reality. The league is very strict when it comes to on-field behavior and attire. Players are not allowed to exhibit anger or celebration with gestures such as a finger across the throat, mimicking shooting a bow and arrow or any sort of indication of disrespect or over-the-top celebration.

Also, their rules are very explicit as to the players’ conduct during the national anthem, with steep penalties for breaking those rules. We’ll see if the NFL upholds the standards they are so proud of by showing their integrity and carry out the punishment for last weekend’s antics.

When five Dallas area police officers were gunned down by a Black Lives Matter fanatic last year, the Cowboys requested to wear a patch paying tribute to them. The league turned down the request, citing rules against political statements on uniforms.

When some players requested to wear commemorative patches on 9/11 last year (a Sunday), the league refused based on the same policy.

When a player wore a T-shirt during a post game interview he was fined thousands of dollars for what was on the shirt. What did it read? “Know Jesus, Know Peace.”

With hypocrisy like that, who needs liberals?

Now, let’s cut the crap and concentrate on stuff that really affects each and every one of us. You know, like going to war with North Korea and tax reduction to fix what financially ails many families and businesses. Maybe concentrate on the debacle that is our healthcare system and let the irrational, nonsensical, selfish football players drift off into a non-story and quit wasting our time.

Speaking of Absurdity:

I know we’re running a story on this, but I have to weigh in on this crock of crap, even before I see the article Lee Barnathan is writing. A gentleman wrote a column in The Signal last week entitled “Messina sends the wrong message.

I knew the piece was heading left as soon as I started to read. He went into a typical liberal narrative with something about a child of Middle Eastern descent being encouraged to leave his mom’s arms to walk into the first day of kindergarten. What this had to do with the guy’s beef about Hart School Board President Joe Messina, I’ll never know.

Reading on, it soon became clear the writer was drifting into left-wing, emotional never-never land. Bottom line: Joe Messina is a staunch conservative with a successful radio show, and because Messina’s political beliefs don’t line up with the writer’s, he has no business being a school board member.

This type of thinking is common in liberal land, where emotional rhetoric never seems to meet reality. I don’t think Joe’s conservative talk show, his political views on state or national issues, and certain websites he cites have ever spilled into his performance as a school board member. If the writer in question has exact examples of Joe’s political views, his radio show or other personal beliefs influencing his board decisions on the educational well-being of students, then write about those. The dude should shed his emotional dislike of Messina, his political views, and present some cold facts, instead of the nonsense he spewed.

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

Evidently Mr. Bess is quite the Shakespearean scholar. I wonder how fluent he is in Socrates: “It is better to remain silent and thought to be a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  Dave

Doug,

 I just got home and read your rant. Just hours ago watched entire Donald Trump UN speech which I thought was GREAT on every level. Anyone who didn’t agree 100% doesn’t love America. But you knew that. Anyway, great piece and we are in simpatico. And Pelosi saying how great it is illegals moved here…God Help Us. Go DT.  Harry

Howdy Doug,

 I just gotta rant too. I will not watch the NF after todays disrespect for our flag, our national anthem and our country. WTF? Why is CBS and the NFL politicizing my game day. F.U. No thank you. I will have way more fun gardening, walking my dogs, riding my bike or playing cards and games with friends and family. F the NFL.

 Riddle me this Batman. How many NFL players have served our Country? Zero. Do they realize how much opportunity is in America ??? Opportunity, freedom and liberty made possible by sacrifices of  those who R.E.S.P.E.C.T.E.D. our flag and Anthem. Or are they themselves the exception? How about they play ball in one of the 115 countries that don’t even have a McDonalds restaurant?

 I have been blessed with friends. Black, white, brown, Mexican, Canadian, South American, Indian, European, Asian, Philipino, Pakistani, Croatian, Armenian, named a few  But No No No,  listen to the media…actors…news casters…sports figures…politicians…they want you to believe 95% of the Country is divided, the world hates us, and it is ALL President Donald Trumps fault. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is just the crap CBS, the NFL and a jock named  Penn call “news” news. People who live in a bubble. Far from the reality of daily living to make ends comfortably meet. Pretty depressing huh ?

  Yes it is. Truthfully it is. But I have fortitude. Moral fortitude. Christian fortitude Fortitude in all faith. Fortitude in what I believe is right and wrong. AND most importantly, fortitude in mankind.. Later today I saw a white person with  “I HATE WHITE PEOPLE” T shirt. I just shrugged at her and smiled. I hope some day she gets it and stops spreading the hate.  Tim

P.S. I guess i ranted too quick. there is an NFL player, Villanueva, who served. Thank God he ignored the hype about racism and stood for his flag. Half Kudos to Mike Tomlin and the Steelers for not “showing up” for the kneel down. They would get my other half if they showed up and stood up. 

 I do read Doug’s Rant every Thursday before Bowling. I do not agree with Doug on many issues, but appreciate his candor.  However last week he did mis-inform his readers during his rant concerning the ESPN anchor lady by stating: 

“Did he do this on the air, as the anchor lady did who bashed Trump? NO! Schilling stated his feelings on his own Facebook page!”

The ESPN Anchor Hill did a tweet and not on the air. If Doug took a few seconds and google searched “ESPN Hill” he would have conducted honest reporting. I expect more from Doug. 

I would be disappointed in Doug if he does not bash the Health Secretary for wasting 300k of taxpayers’ money by using private airplanes. I look forward to next Thursday’s Rant. 

Please give the Serenity Prayer to Doug. If he is going to stay in California he needs to say this Prayer daily.  

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. 

-Jim Arnold, Newhall

 

*Letters to the editor are submitted “as-is,” without the editing of spelling, grammar or punctuation. The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.*

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 21, 2017

Some Weeks I Gotta Do Xtra Venting: (Therapeutic ranting, if you will)

You know how some weeks can be. Once in a while the crap piles up and spills out over into my mood. The crap affecting me is the kind you see, hear and read about. Lately, it’s really been driving me — you know — BAT CRAP CRAZY!

In the middle of my bat crap crazy mood I heard a song (on Pandora Radio, which does not bleep out lyrics)

Sometimes it makes me wanna blow my f*%#ing head off
Sometimes it makes me think the world has gone officially insane
Everything’s a scandal
The news too hard to handle
The world is so unbearable, like wearing socks with sandals

 I thought to myself, well isn’t that the truth, especially since I’ve been known to wear socks with sandals (I’m not proud of it, don’t judge). Anyway, please indulge me while I vent rantingly as a means of cleansing my Tea Party soul.

Where to Begin?

 Oh, I know, this is the great state we live in known as California, where the Democrat held legislature has passed every new tax, regulation, some of the most cockeyed labor laws imaginable, and any other socialistic bill that has come down the pike the last umpteen years. (By the way, do you think those signs telling us the buildings we walk into have cancer causing agents in them has ever, I mean just once, resulted in someone turning around and walking out? It’s a perfect example of government run amuck.)

* In November the state is adding 12 cents per gallon to our gasoline and 20 cents per gallon to diesel fuel (which will hike the cost of most everything we buy that’s transported by truck). And wait until you get your car registration renewal next year; it won’t be pretty. I don’t remember voting for any of this bull excrement, do you?

*California has a Congresswoman by the name of Nancy Pelosi who has the same pitiful philosophy as most every politician in this state. Here are examples:

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

 We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities.

For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help, along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profit taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as Americans.”*Then there is the government of California allocating $30 million to help “dreamers” stay here and $45 million to retain attorneys for illegal aliens to fight deportation.

*Now our state is in open rebellion against the federal government, declaring it is now a “sanctuary state” and will not abide by federal law relating to illegal aliens. Is it just me, or did Florida and South Carolina, along with five other southern states, do the same sort of thing in 1861? How did that work out for them?

*Now California is going to sue the administration to block construction of the border wall; go figure.

*To top all of this off, our beloved governor recently compared Trump supporters to ancient cave people. (Is that better or worse than being a deplorable?)

 It makes me so disgusted to live in this socialistic ruled state that borders on fascism, sometimes it makes me want to

Wait, There’s More:

 *I keep hearing delirious Trump haters exclaim in hysteria they are going to see that Trump is impeached. But, you know what, they never tell us on what grounds or the reason they want him impeached. It’s not like he covered up a break-in to the  Democratic Party’s headquarters or lied under oath about staining an intern’s dress inside the White House. Quit the delirium and give us some hard facts!

*I peeked at the Emmys during “Sunday Night Baseball” (Dodgers were on) and “Sunday Night Football,” but discovered quickly that it was hard to swallow. The  Trump bashing was routine and boring from a bunch of out-of-touch idealogs who really don’t give two rips about the stuff they pretend to care about (just shut up and act). I’ll say it again, if anyone would have criticized Obama the way these narcissists bash our president, it would’ve been a huge national scandal.

If that wasn’t enough, the show went so overboard, shoving political correctness down viewers’ throats (relating to race), it reeked of being disingenuous. The fake sincerity aimed at soothing race relations guilt caused my dinner to turn into digestive discomfort.

 ESPN: The Worldwide Leader of Hypocritical Political Correctness:

 Adding to the abhorrent hypocrisy gripping media land these days, there is the ESPN nightly anchor, who is a black woman, calling President Trump a white supremacist without stating any facts to back her vulgar accusation. She came away unscathed, giving a vague apology, a gentle slap on the wrist, and kept her job.

*Compare this to Doug Adler, a long-time ESPN tennis broadcaster who was calling a match with Venus Williams. During the match Adler made an observation describing Williams’ play: “You’re gonna see Venus move in and put the guerrilla effect on, charging the net.” Somebody thought that he meant “gorilla” and felt it was a racially charged comment about a black athlete. ESPN made Adler apologize and then fired him.  You may recall former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, who was a broadcaster on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, who was fired for what they thought was unfairly representing the transgender community with his personal opinion decrying North Carolina’s bathroom law. Did he do this on the air, as the anchor lady did who bashed Trump? NO! Schilling stated his feelings on his own Facebook page!

With the incredible level of unfair hypocrisy invading our culture these days, it sometimes makes me want to …  

My Spirit Isn’t the Only Thing Under the Weather:

*Heavy rain in Santa Clarita earlier this year, terrible tornadoes elsewhere, recent and approaching hurricanes, seemingly lead many to think that man-caused climate change is going to be the death of the earth and mankind (or should it be man-unkind?).                  

My load of bat crap craziness was lightened somewhat when I came across this quote:   “Florida has had 119 hurricanes since 1850, but the last big one was caused by climate change.”  I will add: How many hurricanes were there leading up to 1850, many years before man-unkind started it’s cruel abuse of God’s creation that he is too small to handle?

I have a question I need someone to answer. If every single motorized vehicle in the whole world were to be converted to electric power entirely and all manufacturing facilities across the globe were able to eliminate any polluting emissions, would there still be heavy rain storms, tornadoes and hurricanes? Climate alarmists tend to get under my skin so much sometimes it makes me want to …

 Just When I Thought:

 As I watched our president make his passionate speech to the United Nations the other day I was so impressed my spirit began to rise. Just when I thought my malaise of the day was going to dissipate, I opened to the opinion page of The Signal newspaper only to find myself being jacked back into bat crap craziness by one of their trusty liberal columnists.

He started off with, “Like a politically incorrect hurricane, Donald Trump has decimated the conventional expectations of how a ‘real’ president ought to conduct himself.”  This was as our president was giving one of the best presidential speeches I’ve heard in a long time, addressing incredibly important issues of our security, something the columnist has not mentioned in any of his Trump bashing, which has had zero to do with any sort of factual policy matters. I guess this gentleman’s hate for Trump overrides his concern for the safety of Americans, including his own family?

Speaking of the Speech:

Despite the setback of the column in The Signal, I pulled up my “feeling sorry for myself boot straps” and became enthralled with what the man at the podium inside the UN chambers was pontificating about. It was strong, presidential stuff that made me proud to be an American. President Trump pulled no punches, with absolutely none of the mamby pamby, feel-good rhetoric we’ve heard from the most recent president in the same setting. What we also didn’t hear was the nauseating apologies for America’s behavior in the past that Obama would meekly pout about. (Do you think Obama realizes he sounded like a wimp-ass back then when he heard the current president’s speech?)              

 In case you missed it, here are just portions of our President’s historic speech:

North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.

No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

“Rocket man” is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

The United States is ready, willing and able. But hopefully, this will not be necessary.

That’s what the United Nations is all about. That’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.

It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future.

It brings me back to the song entitled “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue.”

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!

Letters to the Ranter:

Hey Doug,
I think you got Bill’s attention. Paul

Doug,
Very nice rant last week, the tone was correct while laying out the facts that have been brought forth during the investigation. It is courageous of you to stick with the story. Steve

Doug,
I have been reading your column for some time now. I must say that I appreciate your fact-based reporting. Our community is growing and we need your voice in not only continued support of common sense, but historical awareness. Thank you and remember, as you well know, liberals treat “facts” like kryptonite. Craig

Doug’s Rant – I Rant You Decide!

| Doug's Rants | September 14, 2017

I Don’t Like This:

 I take no great pleasure with what I’m writing this week; in fact, I rather hate it. I’ve been criticized at times by friends and readers for being too apologetic for some of the stuff I write. Critics be dammed, because I get uncomfortable writing tough stuff about people I know and have had a good relationship with in the past. As Popeye used to say, “I am what I am and that’s all I am.”        

 I’m not writing this out of any sort of vengeance on my part, even though the gentleman in question accused me of being a rather despicable human being, but I have put that issue behind me. I’m simply addressing this as a matter of principle and integrity, for the City of Santa Clarita, the City Council and the voters in this community.

It’s Time:

 I’m calling on Bill Miranda to resign from his position on the City Council. If he had been elected to office this would not be occurring. But, because the matter of filling Dante Acosta’s seat was taken out of the hands of Santa Clarita voters, it’s a different ball game. The bottom line for me is that Bill was selected by three members of the council (Bob Kellar voted no) with what amounted to a zero vetting process. The lack of any sort of background check has brought us to this uncomfortable point in time and much of the blame lies with the three members of the council who voted him in.

In some ways I feel sorry for Miranda; it seems he was appointed and shoe-horned into a position he never should have been considered for, especially knowing what we know now. It’s been talked about by many that the process on the evening Bill was appointed was awkward and seemed contrived. While I won’t get into what may have motivated the councilpersons to select him, something about the process smelled fishy from the very beginning.

From what I recall, the only comments from the supporting councilpersons addressing his qualifications for the seat were vague in nature. Although Bill was lauded for orchestrating the Latino Chamber merger with the Santa Clarita Chamber, we, unfortunately, learned later the merger was shrouded with financial ambiguities and conflicting facts based on statements from other involved parties.

The Issues At Hand:

 If the unaccounted for monies from the merger was the only issue involved, would I be calling for Miranda’s resignation? Probably not, but if we look at the entire spectrum of his dealings leading up to this point, it should only lead to one conclusion.

*At the time of the merger in 2015, SCV Chamber CEO Terri Crain was led to believe by Bill they were going to get a significant membership and financial boost when the Latino Chamber of Commerce merged with them. But Crain said only about $2,000 came into the chamber coffers, and the 100 new members she was told would transfer were really more like 30.

 *On Feb. 2 – The Gazette publishes an article showing the tax return saying Miranda worked an average of zero hours a week for the Latino Chamber in 2012, yet was paid $17,000. Also, the status of his LLC, Our Valley Group, had been suspended by the Franchise Tax Board for failing to meet tax requirements. Miranda said he was a consultant; the IRS form listed him as CEO.

 *April 20 – The Gazette publishes an article pointing out discrepancies involving monies from the 2014 Latino Chamber gala and funds that were transferred to the SCV Chamber when the merger occurred. Latino Chamber Miranda should have been responsible for accurate accounting of the funds, but passed responsibility to others, including SCV chamber CEO Terri Crain, who had since resigned from her position.

 *April 28 – On a KHTS radio show, Miranda criticizes the Gazette for the article, making unsubstantiated claims that this newspaper was forced into publishing the story by outside influences. During the show he pounds his open right hand on some papers and says he has all the proof necessary to account for the funds.

 *May 1-3 – The Gazette calls Miranda, asking to name the time and place he will turn over the information he claimed to have, but the reporter is rebuffed with a text saying the treasurer of the Latino Chamber had the documents.

 *May 11 – The Gazette publishes an article stating the Latino Chamber treasurer claimed not to have the information Miranda said he had.

 *May 12 – On a KHTS radio show (where I was a guest) Miranda accuses the Gazette of racism for publishing stories regarding the lack of accounting for the Chamber monies and stated, “Even if $2,000 was thrown down the sewer, what difference does it make?”

*On the same show he told Carl Goldman and me that he had all the backing documents needed to clear the whole thing up and would appear on the same show in two weeks with those documents. It never happened.

 *A week or so after the show Bill texted Gazette reporter Lee Barnathan stating he wanted to meet with him. The text was unsolicited and did not indicate why he wanted to meet.

*May 23 – In an exchange with Gazette reporter Lee Barnathan, after a City Council meeting where The Signal publisher lambasted Miranda, Bill denies sending Barnathan a text wanting to meet.

 *July 26 – The state Attorney General’s office sends a notice of delinquency to Santa Clarita Education, Inc., in which Miranda is CEO, and threatens fines for failing to file tax returns for 2013-15 and failing to file renewal fees with the Registry of Charitable Trusts. The IRS also revoked the nonprofit status.

 *August 3 – The Gazette reports Miranda is the first known sitting councilmember to be sued while in office when Synchrony Bank files suit against Miranda for breach of contract and failing to pay back a credit card debt. The bank seeks $5,002.98.

 *Last week, the Gazette publishes an article regarding a loan the Latino Chamber made to its own educational foundation, funds that were not accounted for by either entity. The story also documented various discrepancies between the Latino Chamber’s final “Financial Income and Expense” report and their final tax return. At press time, those discrepancies had not been adequately addressed, despite inquires by the Gazette.

Should this stuff just be swept under the rug? Should we just forget about any of this and let the voters decide in November of 2018? Should a City Council member or two have a heart-to-heart with Bill and let him know what is in the best interest of the city, the integrity of the council, and for Bill himself?

Would the council still have appointed him if they knew then what they know now? Would voters have voted him in if they knew about his dealings? If the answers to either of these questions is no, then Bill must show the integrity I have known him to have in the past and resign his seat. I know how painful this will be for him, but it will show him to be a man of higher regard than if he continues to serve under this cloud.

I’ve known Bill Miranda for several years, and he is a good and decent man, but there comes a time when we all need to take a hard look in the mirror and make very difficult decisions.

As it states on the top of this page, “I Rant, You Decide.”  In this case, Bill Miranda needs to decide.

 You Go, Mr. President!

 I consider myself a Tea Party conservative, so I should be peeing my pants about Trump breaking bread with Democrats, right? I also consider myself a common sense realist when it comes to life, including politics. The way the established Republicans have been conducting business has proven to be pathetically unproductive. So, if the president needs to sleep with the enemy to get stuff done, then so be it. If I had my way, everything on earth would be conservative right down to the bone, but that isn’t the way things work in life. So, do what you gotta do, Mr. President … just get business and personal taxes cut NOW!!

By the Way:

 For the record, I’m a Steve Bannon fan, just sayin’ (See Column, page 10).

Letters to the Ranter:

 I find it incredibly ironic and instructive that one of the most eloquent and logical pieces I’ve ever read in the scg. came from FDR, a Democrat. But it’s obvious that, even as a liberal champion, he understood that there are times when being a leader means one has to ACT; just talking won’t make a problem go away. All Americans need to pray for Mr Trump, that God will give him great wisdom as he deals with N Korea. M Lopez, Saugus

Doug,

Great rant this (last) week. You had me laughing and engaged the entire rant. Thanks!

Anonymous  

 Doug,

When will Steve Knight rename his newsletter “Knight Vision” to “Strangers in the Knight”? Dave, Castaic

Doug,

I do not believe we are causing climate change, I believe global warming is a natural cycle that the Earth goes through. Millions of years ago there lived a giant snake scientists have named Titanaboa. This snake is roughly 42 feet long and weighs approximately 2,500 pounds. They have found turtle fossils as big as black bears. The reason scientists give for the enormity of this snake and other reptiles of the period is due to the Earth being much warmer during this time period. Yes, the Earth was much warmer and people were not around to be blamed for it. Henry

Doug,

Just read your rant 9/7 and I couldn’t agree more. I too, as you know, am taxed, and tired of current political affairs. Let me affirm Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris are not our friends in America as we know. They are enemies of the U.S. Constitution. I have neighbors who have skirted the law and they with the aforementioned are the problem. They call me hater cause I want them to comply with law. What a (expletive) concept. And all these entitlements? What am I entitled to? I didn›t birth unlawful immigrants. Harris and Pelosi have big homes and earn (???) major bank $$. I give a lot to charity and help people on a personal basis as a compassionate human does. Any Liberals here locally doing that?? I don›t need high tootin› political buffoons who live in a bubble to tell me how to be decent and politically correct. God d*&# America! Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 7, 2017

Contemplative State of Mind:

As I sit down (I know, I know, sitting is the new smoking, but those ascending desks are too expensive) to rant, I find myself in a contemplative state of mind. Why? I don’t know, but I’m just going to go with it and see what happens.

*Why do dogs tear up their own beds and then seemingly regret it when they have nothing soft to lie on?

*Should the Gazette’s office be closed on Indigenous People Day (formerly known as Columbus Day)?

*I heard that one of the reasons L.A. wanted to get rid of Columbus Day was Christopher was a sexual deviant. Hmm … it’s widely known Martin Luther King Jr. was a chronic adulterer. Should they change that holiday to African American People Day?

*Should the Gazette’s office be closed on Martin Luther King Day, because one year when we were open I got accused of being a racist? Can you imagine what could happen in this day and age if we’re open?

*Okay, I’ll give it to them. Climate change is horrible and man is causing it. You, me and billions of other people are causing it! It’s the reason for the terrible hurricanes that are occurring. OK, now are you happy?

*With that confession out of the way, let me ask this: What should I do differently than I’m doing now? If I do those things will I still have to be concerned about North Korea, the $20 trillion national debt, or even the exorbitant cost of living in California? Or will reducing climate change solve all problems?

*Will we ever get to vote for our own mayor?

*Will the Bill Miranda/Latino Chamber controversy ever die?

*Will John Musella and Hunt Braly ever think the Gazette’s coverage of Bill Miranda and the Latino Chamber is fair and balanced?

*Would Musella’s PR firm ever agree to represent the Gazette?

*Will the Goldmans (owners of KHTS ) ever speak to me again?

*Will the wife of a certain school board member stay angry with me?

*Will Scott Wilk ever shake hands with the Signal owners?

*Will I live to see the day when we can drive from Canyon Country to Newhall on Via Princessa?

*Will my friend Chris Ball and I ever agree on anything political, especially the minimum wage issue?

*Will there ever be a hospital on the east side of town, so when I have my first heart attack I can go in an ambulance on ugly Sierra Hwy instead of beautiful McBean, but get there quicker?

*Will Steve Knight ever include hot topics in his newsletter such as North Korea, tax reform and staving off single payer health benefits, instead of FBI building tours, Simi Valley Eagle Scouts and Antelope Valley ribbon cuttings?

*Will Nancy Pelosi or Maxine Waters ever say anything that makes sense, or has a smidgen of common sense involved in their talking points?

*Will the Democrats provide anything but crickets when it comes to supporting President Trump against the North Korean dictator who wants nothing more than to annihilate us? Will their hate for the man supersede their concern for us Americans?

*I like things black and white, full of common sense and void of unnecessary emotion, but this DACA thing violates all of those in my brain.

*If anyone thinks Congress can get their selfish act together to pass legislation in six months regarding DACA … I surely don’t know what to tell them.

*If anyone thinks Congress can get anything done on the debt ceiling, tax reform, healthcare, DACA, the wall, or declaring war on North Korea, good luck with that.           

*Is it true Bernie Sanders is currently the country’s most popular active politician?

*Is it true Kamala Harris, our senator, is widely speculated to be a 2020 presidential candidate for the Democrats?

*Is it true she is going to co-sponsor Bernie’s single-payer health care legislation so she can latch herself onto America’s most popular politician for a shot at the presidency?

*If I don’t vote for her for president will that make me a racist, a bigot and a woman-hater?

 *Am I the only one who thinks the Republican Party’s contemptible incompetence and unwillingness to fully back the Republican president will result in devastatingly bad results at the polls in the future?

 *Will this continued pathetic Republican failure result in socialists within the Democratic Party taking over, resulting in big government tyranny that has wrecked other nations?

*Will anyone join me in saying God, please help us?

A Bit Eerie:

I came across a fireside chat by President Roosevelt from 1941. It immediately struck me as eerie, as it relates to what we’re facing now with the threats and missile exercises North Korea is doing.

Obviously, these statements I pulled from the president’s radio address were in regard to Hitler, his actions and threats at the time, but they sure seem apropos to what’s going on now.

Our nation was staring a mentally ill dictator in the face back then; today we are in a stare down with a man (boy) who could even be sicker than Hitler was. Should we just wait for the kid dictator to kill thousands of Americans, or should we first kill thousands of North Koreans?

As awful as this sounds, it’s the brutal reality we face. How long President Trump and his advisors wait is the agonizing decision they need to make. The question is, how long should they wait?

Here is some of what President Roosevelt said:

Our type of democratic civilization has outgrown the thought of feeling compelled to fight some other Nation by reason of any single piratical attack on one of our ships. We are not becoming hysterical or losing our sense of proportion. Therefore, what I am thinking and saying tonight does not relate to any isolated episode.

 It would be unworthy of a great Nation to exaggerate an isolated incident, or to become inflamed by some one act of violence. But it would be inexcusable folly to minimize such incidents in the face of evidence which makes it clear that the incident is not isolated, but is part of a general plan.

 His intention has been made clear. The American people can have no further illusions about it.

 There has now come a time when you and I must see the cold, inexorable necessity of saying to these inhuman, unrestrained seekers of world conquest and permanent world domination by the sword: You seek to throw our children and our children’s children into your form of terrorism and slavery. You have now attacked our own safety. You shall go no further.

Normal practices of diplomacy — note writing — are of no possible use in dealing with international outlaws who sink our ships and kill our citizens.

I assume that the German leaders are not deeply concerned, tonight or any other time, by what we Americans or the American Government say or publish about them. We cannot bring about the downfall of Nazism by the use of long-range invective. But when you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.

My obligation as President is historic; it is clear. It is inescapable.

 It is time for all Americans, Americans of all the Americas to stop being deluded by the romantic notion that the Americas can go on living happily and peacefully in a Nazi-dominated world.

 We have sought no shooting war with Hitler. We do not seek it now. But neither do we want peace so much, that we are willing to pay for it by permitting him to attack our naval and merchant ships while they are on legitimate business.

 I have no illusions about the gravity of this step. I have not taken it hurriedly or lightly. It is the result of months and months of constant thought and anxiety and prayer. In the protection of your Nation and mine it cannot be avoided.

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 31, 2017

Writer’s Cramp:

As I sit down to peck away at the keyboard, it’s hard to concentrate on normal ranting stuff with the horrible mess happening in the Houston area. Hopefully, by the time you read this, things will have improved down there. For now — I’ll have to grasp the slogan from my Arizona Wildcats of “BEAR DOWN!” and get this done.

Do I?

Do I need to get a new life? It seems my life is fairly consumed with news and information from various media (mainly politics, some sports), which I use to help assimilate my thoughts for this space each week. Imagine my shock when I come across folks who aren’t like me. Examples: “I can’t believe what the media is doing to Trump” … “What are they doing, I haven’t been following it.”  “What do you think we should do about North Korea?” … “Why, what’s going on with them?”  “It could be worse; we could be living in Houston” … “Oh yeah, someone was telling me about that, I don’t follow the news.” “You don’t follow the news? How do you live a meaningful life?” (My wife did say she was glad football is starting so “Fox News” wouldn’t be on so much.)

But, you know what? These are all normal, well-adjusted people who just don’t care or want to know what is going on outside of the important realms of their lives. Could it be these folks don’t want to know what’s going on in the world so they can live a carefree life — and who can blame them? (It reminds me of what my mom, who has Alzheimer’s, said: “I don’t have problems anymore, because I don’t remember them.”)

Could this work for me? Should I chill out, relax, quit following this stuff and start writing a puff gossip column? (A friend from high school in Tucson who reads the rant on SantaClaritaGazette.com said, “Dude, you’re gonna die from a heart attack if you keep this up.”) Should I give up this weekly diatribe and retreat into blissful retirement? (That ain’t happening, I’m in the newspaper business!)

Naw, I’m not changing. I’ll be the guy writing this stuff until my last breath (or last coherent thought), doing my tiny part trying to save the world (or at least some of the people in Santa Clarita) from the horrible, nonsensical, emotion-driven, liberal, progressive, absurdly back-ass thinking!                                       

Defend This!

 I want to thank The Signal newspaper for helping me to alleviate my writer’s cramp by publishing the column by a young man entitled “In Defense of Millennial Snowflakes.” It’s a good thing I ate lunch a while ago or I may have lost it.

He wrote: “Certainly it is true Millennials have had a tougher time growing up than previous generations — our high rates of depression and anxiety show this. This is perfectly understandable, however, for we also face tremendous burdens that our parents and grandparents did not.” (See what I mean about losing my lunch?)

He goes on:

“So to the Trump-tie wearing bully boys of the older generation, my message is this: Know that when you call kids snowflakes you speak from a place of weakness, not strength, and implicitly admit your own ignorance of the world around you.” 

I don’t have the time, space or emotional energy to counter each of these ridiculous statements, but I’m most certain any person with even a loose grip of reality, including Millennials I know, can see the snow flaking, delusional blame game this represents.

“But they far too often prefer the lazy route of condescension, insults and scorn — and when conservatives take this posture, they place their boot on the neck of kids today, spit in the eye of our ancestors, and weaken the social fabric of this great country.”     

How’s this for a “lazy route of condescension”: GROW UP AND GET OVER IT. I don’t have a clue how this will “place my boot on the neck of kids,” or “spit in the eye of our ancestors,” and lord knows, I don’t want to weaken social fabric, but this type of nonsense is what heightens the proof that snowflakes flourish in our land today. It’s like when our president was elected and Millennials across America went into a paranoid frenzy of crying and needing the comfort of safe spaces to exist. Or when someone spray paints the name Trump on a campus sidewalk and the reaction from students requires mental wellness intervention.

He finished with:

“One cannot engage in such dastardly behavior and make any claim to patriotism, maturity, good sense, principle, constructive citizenship, basic ethics, moral hygiene or human decency.”   

 Good gosh, I have no claim to basic ethics, good sense or human decency? I didn’t realize I am such a wretch of a person! Talk about condescending insults, these comments reveal this writer is snow blind and can’t see his way through the snowflakes to realize this is the typical hypocrisy that liberals frequently fall into when they can’t handle the unfairness of life. I’ll say it again — Get Over It!         

 Another Shot across the Bow:

 I’ll tell you one thing “non-news” people should pay attention to, and that’s the test missile North Korea fired a few days ago. That one flew right over Japan and was their 16th test of the year. All Americans need to recognize that the chances of a terrible war on the horizon are growing with each passing day. This war could make the Houston tragedy look like a picnic on the beach.

If we do something preemptive you can bet the liberals will scream that President Trump is a war hawk and is overreacting to these missile tests. OK, so what do we do, let North Korea keep playing Russian roulette with missiles until one hits that is dirty and strikes somewhere, killing thousands of people, and then react?

It’s an incredibly agonizing decision our president has to make, but do we want to see death and destruction on our soil or somewhere else? If the deranged boy dictator keeps playing with his dangerous toys, something will need to be done to prevent major harm to us and it won’t be pretty at all when it happens.

 Cut the Crap and Get It Done:

On Wednesday President Trump started his campaign to enact badly needed tax reform. In my opinion, this is the number one reason the guy got elected and for a very good reason. It is such a no-brainer how much this would help each and every one of us, including many Trump-haters out there. It’s pretty simple and laced with common sense. More money in our paychecks and more money for businesses to expand and grow, creating new jobs equals a huge WIN-WIN! It’s time we pull our heads out of our butts and realize that one of the highest business tax rates in world does nothing but harm the economy.

With all of the common sense permeating through this needed reform, you know it’s going to face “horse excrement” objections from both sides of the aisle. The big cry will be the debt increase. The thing is, the guys who will do the screaming haven’t given three rips about the debt as it has been careening towards $20 trillion over the last several years. Why not let the tax cut horse out of the barn and see if GDP growth doesn’t start a flood of additional revenue into the treasury coffers? Come on, just try it, please just try something different and not allow your hate of Trump or your own egotistical selfishness get in the way of helping us!

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan need to put on their very big boy pants to ensure this gets done. We don’t want to hear sniveling excuses from them as to why it’s so hard and takes so long! Cut the crap, get it done or get the hell out of the way and give someone else a chance!

 Quote of the Week:

 I want to see days and weeks of coverage about Dickinson, Texas, a town that is approximately one-third Black, one-third Hispanic and one-third White. I want to see editorials discussing how neighbor helped neighbor, regardless of race, sexual orientation or which statues they think are appropriate. I want to see nightly discussions of the human response to seeing their fellow man in need. I want to see video of a white, good-old boy helping a black man and his family onto his boat so they can escape flood waters. I want to see video of a Hispanic man whose parents were migrant farm workers helping a white man and his family onto his boat. I don’t want to hear how Trump supported or antagonized anything. I want to see these things because they are actually happening right now in Texas. This is America today. That’s what I want to see.

 You are purveyors of negativity and divisiveness because that’s what gives you ratings and income. You intentionally deceive us. Because in all this human suffering along the Texas coast, you don’t even see that love and decency abound in America. Maybe you do, but that won’t make you as much money will it?  (Facebook Post)

 Letter to the Ranter:

 Doug,

It looks like the Democrats have added a new page to their playbook and that is to tear down Confederate statues. Then they can blame Republicans and Trump branding us as racists and supporters of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremists. They have become hysterical about this issue and they seem to have lost their collective minds!! We can then have many more episodes like the one in Charlottesville. These statues have been around for over a hundred years or more in most cases, why now? Collusion and Russian interference in the election has been the Dems mantra for the last year and the reason why Hillary didn’t win. This hasn’t worked. My question when I saw the violence and melee in Charlottesville were one, “Who were these people”? and second, “Where were the police”? Why did the Mayor give the order to stand down and why didn’t the Governor call in the National Guard if the police couldn’t handle this? Just have to blame Trump and the Republicans and brand them as supporters of these extremist groups. Why were these leftist groups, Black Lives Matter and Antifa held accountable for their part in this. Oh, I guess you cant’t blame the left as their motives are admirable. Since all of these Confederate statues are Democrats, the present day Democrats should think again about pulling them down, wouldn’t you think. Phyllis

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 24, 2017

Color Me Confused:

Listening to the various news networks, one would think the country is on the brink of a civil war with unrest ready to explode into national chaos that will harm men, women and children. What drives me nuts is these people sit in their studio bubbles, going on and on about the tragic divide we’re facing these days and if President Trump doesn’t fix the problem the nation will be circling the drain in the near future. These guys and gals seem to be liberal alarmists resulting from their self-absorbed lives that are as far from our lives as east is from west.

But, I ask you (and myself), how is this terrible hatred affecting our day-to-day lives? Are you going to work each day, taking your kids to school, getting them off to college, going grocery shopping, attending church, doing your favorite hobby? Have you sat in the comfort of your home with your loving family doing what families do, have you gone out with friends or had them over for dinner? You get my point, right?

Could it be these protesters, speakers at rallies, the liberal media and even political leaders, are feigning an agonizing sentiment of the effects of bigotry and racism that have no actual bearing on their lives, just to ignite a cause that goes against dreaded conservatism?

Is this just another left wing cry-out, driven by idealistic emotions that they hope will become a horrific problem that will blast us in the face each day so their misguided fears can become reality, reinforcing their liberal self-worth?

Hypocrisy Rising:

As I ranted last week, hypocrisy is shining bright these days with the liberals who claim this nation is doomed with all the horror occurring and a president who wants and is causing it all to happen. Wait a minute! Let’s look  at some of the hateful venom that has come from the side of those condemning hate.

When Steve Bannon left his job, Nancy Pelosi said, “One less white supremacist in the White House.” (Hey Nancy, when Eric Holder left, if Paul Ryan had said, “One less Black Lives Matter supporter in the White House,” how would you have reacted?) What about the state senator in Missouri who said, “Trump should be assassinated.” Johnny Depp said, “Can we bring Trump here? … When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Who will ever forget Kathy Griffin holding up a replica of our president’s severed bloody head for the world to see?

Now, tell me what in the heck Donald Trump said, did not say, didn’t say right, did not say at the right time that is so hateful compared to the aforementioned bull crap?!    

 Let Him Be!

(to the tune of “Let it Be”)

Let’s let the president do his job in spite of himself. I know he is the world’s worst articulator, and he says dumb things at the wrong time, but he and his advisors have what it takes to alow this country’s prosperity to soar to great heights. This could help all Americans — high, middle income folks and the poor. If his detractors on both sides of the aisle could get past their selfish, hateful tunnel vision of the guy, happy days could be here again!

Instead, it looks like we are going to be bogged down in the swamp’s murky mess of sewer water by Trump haters. They remain blind and self-centered, consumed with their hatred for a man who could benefit them and everyone they know and love. What will it take for them to give the guy at least half a chance? Not much of a snowball’s chance in hell the way crap is flowing into the swamp water at increasing volumes, while precious time slips away.

These days, so many are in angst over the lack of unity in this country, yet so many are causing disunity with the nonsensical opposition to everything the president wants to accomplish. Of course, he needs to do his part by shutting his pie hole and freezing his twitter fingers when he’s tempted to make emotional, knee-jerk reactions (none of us suffers from emotional, knee-jerk reaction disease, do we?). So, how about everyone take a chill pill and let him do his job, enabling good fortune for all?        

 Rush Limbaugh Said It Best:

“It’s very simple, Mr. President. You become the United States president of the economy. You become the president of tax cuts. You become the president of jobs. You become president of economic policy. And leave this social stuff to Ivanka, or whoever. You focus on why you were elected.

 You become the president of the wall, the president of borders. … You become the president of tax cuts and tax reform, and you laser focus on the economy, and you laser focus on getting the GDP up to three to five percent. And you do that, Mr. President, and they can nip at your heels like a bunch of Chihuahuas all day long and it isn’t gonna matter.”                      

 Statues and Horse Mania:

I’ve been pondering how metal configurations of Civil War figures can cause so much gnashing of teeth. I mean really, those statues have been around for many, many years, and now all of a sudden they have to come down right now, so people won’t collapse in fear? As I was giving that some thought I came across an article regarding USC’s mascot, the beautiful white horse named Traveler. You know what the issue is with the horse? Some students are offended the horse’s name is the same as Robert E. Lee’s horse back in the Civil War! I don’t know how much more of this I can take!             

 I finished this portion of the rant and headed home for a relaxing evening watching the Dodgers and Trump’s rally in Phoenix. But then I heard something that literally made my stomach turn. A sportscaster for ESPN was pulled from calling an upcoming football game because his name is Robert Lee. To top it off, the gentleman is an Asian American! I don’t have the words right now to express how sickeningly politically correct this is. It is beyond absurd and makes zero sense. Some people question if Trump is mentally fit for his job. I will tell you right now the officials who made this decision are completely mad and should be forced into a mental institution!

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

Help me here, are the protesters protesting that the other protesters are protesting against what the protesters are protesting about or are the protesters that are protesting against the protesters that don’t agree with the protesters that are protesting really protesting at all? Tom

Doug,

 President Trump kept his promises. 17 facts since Jan. 20, 2017

  1. Aggressive action has been taken against isis
  2. Unemployment rate continues to decline
  3. Put a conservative jurist on the supreme court
  4. Consumer confidence is at an all time high
  5. Over 1 million jobs have been created
  6. Hundreds of unnecessary regulations have been eliminated
  7. Our communities are becoming safer
  8. U.S. Stock market has gone through the roof
  9. Stock market has gained more than $4 trillion in wealth
  10. The u.s. Debt has decreased -$103 billion
  11. U.s. Manufacturing index soared to a 33-year high- best since 1983 under ronald reagan
  12. Housing sales have skyrocketed
  13. Well over 1 million new jobs created
  14. American businesses coming back to u.s. From foreign countries
  15. 1.1 million americans dropped off food stamp rolls
  16. Unemployment drops to only 4.3%, lowest in 16 years
  17. Full support to law enforcement and border control-craking down on illegal immigration, down by more than 70% even without a complete wall. Eusibio

 Doug,

I am about to quit reading the Gazette. Blair Bess opinion was such a vile, hateful diatribe of nonsense and lies. It goes waaay beyond just printing “the other guys opinion.” 

 Doug, Who I do call out is you. We don’t watch the fake news for this very reason. And now you condone it in your publication. I just got to throw this in there Blair. Pump the brakes and tell me where were you when the 5 Police officers were intentionally murdered in the Texas riots??? Better yet where was the then President??? At least our current President, Mr. Donald J. Trump, has the balls to make press conferences.

 Doug you write in your rant what I perceive as apologies to people who don’t like your opinion. Sounds a little “snow-flakey” to me. Good God Man, stand up for your decisions and beliefs and be proud. I don’t hear lies, insults and name-calling coming out of your mouth.  If anyone is offended it is their right, but  not your problem. I am so sick  of political  correctness encroaching my liberties. I have friends who disagree with me but we are still friends. Anyone else is just saving me money and stressors come Christmas time.

 Sally White is next. Honestly Sally, that her family’s annual electricity cost, now that they have solar, is right around $300 per year.” Sally, what about the cost of the solar system? That alone is about a $20k cash outlay. Add to that the cost of financing. Now take into consideration the system will be repalced at 25-30 yrs and at that time it will only be guaranteed (if that) at 50-60 % efficiency. These are real truthful figures given to me by retailers and installers. So do the math Sally!! Don’t write deceiving figures to lure people into Utopian Ideology.and don’t label me as anti solar either. Label me as anti Carbon TAX. Yes tax, not “fee”. 

 Alfred Wadell. I trust our president Trump. Waay waaay more than the past Admin. November 8th 2016 was a grand day for me and a hell of a lot more Americans than you naysayers are willing to admit. I can’t tell you how excited I am that Donald J Trump was ELECTED our 45th POTUS. That Hillary Clinton is NOT our President. That America is now led by a fearless, open, honest Man. I admire his family. I don’t apologize. I am proud. Unlike the opposition Donald Trump supporters don’t need to riot or flood the media with name calling, lies and insults.

 So Doug, bottom line. If I wanted to read Constant Negative News from Complete know Nothings I could tune in CNN, MSNBC, read the big papers or the local news channels. Thank you for The Gazette, but please keep it a more positive light. There is too much negativity in these trying times. Tim

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 17, 2017

Are You an “Unwise and Immature American”?

 I have to believe several thousand of The Signal’s readers voted for President Trump. If that’s the case I’m surprised they allowed one of their opinion writers to rip us Trump voters.  It was right there for all to read: “And then came along Donald Trump, chosen by an unwise and immature American electorate, who selected the reality show version of Kim to lead our nation.” Whoa, he just threw us into Hillary’s basket of deplorables!

 Look, I don’t care if this guy doesn’t like Trump as our president, but why did he have to personally insult us Trump voters? Why did he play the name calling card his fellow liberals frequently resort to? Is it because they wake up in the middle of the night when the fairytale dream they are having with Hillary as president turns into a Trump nightmare, and then they curl up in the fetal position, sucking their insecure voting fingers?

One thing’s for sure, my fellow Trump supporters are surely not as immature (if you think about it, how is it immature to cast a vote for the candidate of one’s choice?) as the writer appears to be with that ridiculous barb.

He Went On:                     

He continued: “It is sad that our president is enraptured with engaging 33-year-old Kim” and “How absurd. Any fool knows a bully threatening another bully to stop the bullying goes nowhere.”    

 Wait a minute. Trump is the bully? The leader of North Korea has been firing missiles all over the place and then exclaiming he is going to take us out, and this dude claims Trump is the bully? You have got to be freaking kidding me!

I’ll tell you one thing — millions of Americans (the immature ones, right?) much prefer our “bullying president” over the namby-pamby presidents of the past (Clinton and Obama) who, for the gain of their legacy, liked to kiss nuclear-possessing leaders’ butts, which has led us down this dangerous path. This is not only the case with North Korea, but Iran as well.

Oh yeah, in case you haven’t heard, it appears as though Kim Jong Un is backing down from his threats. Could it be the bully President Trump got to this guy? Funny how that worked, huh?

It Happened Again:                     

 The following day the other lefty columnist (I swear these guys call each other and collude as to what they’re going to write about) delightfully started his column with “Hillary Clinton hit it nearly spot on when she called out ‘half of Trump supporters are a basket of deplorables.’ Yes, she overshot on the ‘half’ part, but was absolutely right on the deplorable side.”

 If I wasn’t such a mature gentleman I’d fire back with @#$& you and the horse you rode in on, but I’m not like that. I’ll go back to it again like I have several times before. If I would have attacked Obama voters the way these guys do Trump supporters, I would have been excoriated for being a racist! I would hope The Signal folks would tell these guys to grow the freak up and quit with personal insults! Maybe become big boy writers and stick to the facts of the issues.

 I Won’t Let Go:

 While I really am pleased the SCV Chamber has been able to right its financial ship, I won’t let untruths go uncontested in another media outlet regarding the merger with the Latino Chamber. I’m not going to just stand by and let misguided notions percolate in the public’s eye.

These quotes and statements are from an opinion piece on the KHTS website:

“Unfortunately, there was a lot of talk around town about alleged missing money that was a lot of brouhaha over nothing.”

It wasn’t over “nothing.” It was, and still is, a fact that there is a discrepancy between the Latino Chamber’s financial statement and tax return. Furthermore, the “brouhaha” was ignited by Bill Miranda himself, who kept digging the hole deeper and deeper with false claims, racial insinuations and empty guarantees.

“The Latino Chamber has been accused of having a few thousand dollars unaccounted for after the merger, insinuating that under Miranda’s leadership, he should be able to account for the funds.”                     

 “According to the Chamber and in the financials stated in the tax return, the money is accounted for.” 

 Mr. Miranda exclaimed several times over he could, and would, account for the missing money. To this day it has not been the case.

“Politics and competition appear to be at play in much of the allegations being bantered about.” 

 This whole thing started with the Gazette doing a factual article with no politics or slanted editorializing involved. Politics became involved when Miranda thrust it there. I’m not sure how competition plays in to this, as I don’t consider Bill’s online publication as competition to the Gazette.

“Soon after Miranda took office, the attacks began.”  

 I’ll say it again; we wrote factual articles with verified quotes from parties involved. Neither I, nor the Gazette, initiated any attacks on Bill Miranda. The attacks emanated from Miranda himself causing a defensive response on our part. If Bill would have just kept his mouth shut after the first article ran, this crap storm would have never occurred.

 It’s Not Personal:

 I do my darnedest in this space not to make or take anything personally (although, when Bill Miranda insinuated racism on my part with the Latino Chamber controversy things got dicey). I do admit to taking it a bit personally when this newspaper is unfairly and unjustly criticized, which I felt was the case with KHTS and their attorney’s assertions regarding articles the Gazette ran regarding the HOA email issue.

Unfortunately, some folks who read this column and our articles aren’t able to see the objectivity we strive so hard to achieve on our news pages. We also run a range of opinions—and we’re open to more!

However, there are people out there who think I hate the people who are the object of my rants and other stories in the paper.

I used to get: “Your hatred of Obama is really strong.” Recently it’s been: “Wow, you must really hate Bill Miranda and John Musella” or “Leave the Goldmans alone, they are great people” and “What did the Chamber do to piss you off so much?”

 It can be uncomfortable at times, especially when people I know, like, and respect send a cross word my way. That was the case with a few chamber board members, as well as regular members.

While I admit my writing style may lend itself to the perception of anger on my part towards people, I really don’t mean it to be taken personally. Heck, I remember writing that Obama seemed like a great guy to have few beers with. I just hated the way he presided over our country and got pretty animated about it.

So relax folks, I’m just a loveable warm fuzz ball, who likes to mix it up in this space about issues I feel strongly about, and if people are involved in those issues, it ain’t personal!

Ditch Mitch?

 Years ago, I had a boss who liked to say, “I deal in results, not excuses.” Tough stuff for sure, but hey, that can be the harsh reality of life. Apparently the majority leader of the Senate doesn’t buy into that concept, as he whined about President Trump giving him a hard time about not getting the job done. It reminded me of another boss I had while working for USA TODAY newspaper. He gave me a difficult project that had to be completed in a short period of time. I remember telling him, “That’s impossible — the distribution companies I deal with are not very flexible and they won’t agree to this easily, especially in that short of a time frame.” He looked at me and said, “I think you’re selling yourself short, but if you can’t get this done, I’ll find someone who can.”     

 I was peeing my pants as I walked out of his office, but I got to work, negotiating, cajoling, working deals, begging and pleading. After a rough six weeks I got it done just before the deadline.

So far, Mitch McConnell hasn’t gotten the job done and the excuses he whined about ain’t cutting it. If the Lakers don’t win enough games this year, no matter the number of excuses the coach may have, they won’t fire the team, but he’ll be outta there! If he can’t get tax reform done, then Mitch should ditch himself for the good of the country.

 Pathetic:

While the riot in Virginia last weekend was surely a terrible thing, the media coverage of it was a joke. Most of the weekend they spent driveling on and on about our president failing to denounce white supremacy. They weren’t too concerned with the deaths, injuries and violence — just him not using the correct words at the correct time (a CNN analyst even said the president didn’t deserve to be a human!). This is the same media who defended Obama for not using the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” This is the same media who didn’t give two rips when Obama held a news conference regarding the journalist who had his head cut off by ISIS, then went straight to the golf course.

Of course, these non-biased reporters (not) never, ever called Obama on the carpet for not addressing the thousands of black citizens killed in his hometown of Chicago during his term. (Should the media have accused Obama of being a racist as they accused Trump of being a white supremacist?) What about the shooting of Steve Scalise on a baseball field by a Bernie Sanders fanatic. Did the right-wing media blame Sanders for that?

Why didn’t the media scorch Obama, who was a huge Black Lives Matter supporter, for their hateful chants? “What do we want? DEAD COPS! When do we want it? NOW!” and “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!” This whole thing is hypocrisy at its finest.        

 As the weekend wore on, the liberal talking heads were blaming President Trump for the riot (I’m surprised they didn’t hold him responsible for the helicopter crash that killed the two law enforcement officers who were monitoring the demonstration). These people just can’t comprehend that there are mentally challenged people out there who will continue to wreak havoc upon innocent, unsuspecting souls. No amount of finger-pointing will change the depravity of mankind, whether it’s white supremacists, left-wing fanatics, radical Islamic terrorists or thugs down the street. Placing blame on an individual, or even a political party, for other people’s horrible behavior is pathetic.

       

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 10, 2017

Please Allow Me to Snivel:

 The other day I was greeted by someone with, “Why are you ranting about all of this stupid local crap? It’s boring. I like it when you give the @#$%ing liberals the @#$% they deserve.” I really didn’t have much of an answer for the gentleman, but what I should have said is, “You try coming up with different topics every single freaking week for years on end with a 1,700-word piece. I can’t win, I don’t focus on local politics enough, I rant too much on local stuff, I’m too conservative, I’m not conservative enough, you use too harsh of language, you should be tougher on liberals, you give your wife too hard of a time in the rant. Anyone who likes Trump as much as you do is a fool.” Okay, I feel better now; thanks for reading my whiney venting rant.           

 I Gotta Do This One:    

 This newspaper has published two news articles regarding the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association giving its list of members’ email addresses to KHTS. Apparently the owners of the radio station didn’t take kindly to the Gazette’s coverage, as we were made aware last week.

That awareness came in the form of a letter addressed to Mr. Doug Sutton, Publisher, The Santa Clarita Gazette (me) from the “general counsel to KHTS and its shareholders.” It read, in part:

Please direct all communications to me. Recently it has come to my attention that your paper has published a series of stories designed to place the ownership of KHTS in a false and misleading light because they are looking for more effective mediums to provide information to our community in cases of emergencies. I have two simple questions for you: What is your objection to residents receiving notifications when exigent circumstances exist? What business is it of yours what business decisions my client makes or with whom?”

I take great offense to the accusation of “false and misleading light.” I would ask for a specific fact supporting that statement. It’s really easy to throw out these types of offensive remarks without pinpointing what was incorrect.

My answer to the two simple questions:

Both are irrelevant — as with every news article the Gazette publishes, it was based solely on accurate information and verified, quoted emails. My personal opinion and that of the writer as to the email list sharing is also irrelevant and were not stated in the stories.

In addition, the articles published were without editorial opinion on KHTS’ ability to cover and communicate during emergencies. Our intent, from a news perspective, was the propriety — both legally and implied — of sharing email lists, specifically when people signed up with the understanding that the list would never be shared or used commercially. The articles are very explicit with those points; perhaps the counselor did not read them. (The stories are on our web site: https://santaclaritafree.com/gazette/news/khts-seeks-scv-homeowners-emails and https://santaclaritafree.com/gazette/news/hoas-protect-members-information).

The letter from the attorney also read:

 “Unless you have evidence that my clients have violated the law regarding emails, email lists, or opt outs, I request you immediately cease and desist from these irresponsible stories solely designed to place my client, a competitor, in a false and misleading light.”   

I know this is not correct legalese, but what the freak is he talking about?! “A false and misleading light” and “irresponsible stories”? I challenge him and KHTS to please point out exactly what was written that was false and misleading? If even just one can be proven, the Gazette will issue a retraction; otherwise, there is no way in hell we will cease and desist from ANY story we deem as valuable news for our readers.

I’ll tell you what irresponsible is. That’s the owners of the station sending out an email to 800 Sand Canyon residents through the homeowners association that “the article in the Gazette about our intentions is inaccurate.” That was done without one damn example of what was inaccurate! (As I ranted last week, the homeowners association refused to send out my rebuttal to this accusation.)

The attorney’s letter further stated:

“I understand that Michael Hogan was misquoted in a previous story and sent you correspondence to that effect.”

 The gentleman in question was NOT misquoted and we have the email from him with the EXACT statement, word for word, that was published. As far as the follow-up correspondence he sent, there is no contradiction in the two emails — they are about separate issues.

The attorney’s letter also said:

“I will thereby expect you to not only publish a retraction of that story, but also refrain from any further commentary concerning the station.”  

Please be assured there will be NO retraction of the story. And as for any further commentary regarding the radio station, commentary in an opinion column is protected by the First Amendment.

I’m not sure what the Goldmans had to pay for the letter to be written, but we could have saved them the expense, if they just would have submitted a letter themselves expressing their point of view. I would have shared it with our readers. You know why? Because we at the Gazette strive to be fair and balanced, just as we were with the articles in question!

A Miranda Heads-Up:

 Lately a lot of the Gazette comments I’ve gotten are regarding the editorial cartoon featuring City Councilman Bill Miranda. The cartoon was pulled last week at press time as we received a late-breaking press release of The Chamber of Commerce completing the Latino Chamber’s final tax return. I wanted to make sure we weren’t being unfair to Bill, in light of the press release, until we had a chance to review it (see story on page 3).

The writer and I are of the opinion that Mr. Miranda has not fulfilled his guarantee from May 12 that he would provide proper documentation two weeks later, as he said on a radio show with Carl Goldman and me.

Recently, in an article he was quoted as saying: “When the chambers merged there was a written memorandum of understanding that stated clearly that the SCV Chamber (not the Latino Chamber) was responsible for submitting the tax report in question. Shortly after the merger the SCV Chamber had to deal with what they felt were more pressing issues and the filing was not made. They are in the process of correcting that and they expect all filings to be done in a short period of time. I have no involvement in the matter.” 

No involvement in the matter?! Really? That’s not what he said on various occasions over the last several months. How can he suddenly wash his hands of this now? For the 25th time, on the radio show with Carl Goldman and I on May 12 he exclaimed:

“I have all the proof, we have all the numbers!”

In light of this self-denial, his lack of follow-through and what our evaluation of the tax return found, the cartoon has been reinstated.

Really, Josh?

“The Rich, Conservative Welfare Queens?” This was the title of Mr. Heath’s column in The Signal this past week. His premise is that we who were fortunate enough to grow up in a good home with a good learning environment and ended up with a conservative nature are guilty of mooching off of the government because of the plentiful tax dollars going to the schools we attended. Now that we’re on “top,” we are hypocritically refusing to help those in need of the same environment.

“When asked to contribute his (our) tax dollars so that students today can enjoy the same opportunities he was given, our hypocrite cruelly refuses. He closes his eyes to their sub-standard education system and exorbitant college costs.”

“With his protest, he proves his true identity. He is a welfare queen, a moocher, fool and traitor to his country, who forged his success off generosity of his elders. But now, an elder himself, refuses to give anything back.”

Where the freak do I begin with that pile of horse excrement? This is a good example of a snowflake student in need of a safe place. This is the kind of thinking that comes from a young liberal who thinks the government is the end all and be all for someone  to make it in life.

This dude needs to let his peers know they need to pull up their boot straps and work two jobs while going to school, like many of us did to get through the tough time of education and not rely on the sugar daddy of government to get them through. If someone had a rough environment to learn in or can’t afford the college they want to go to, then suck it up and get after it.

Our tax dollars go to the same school systems our parents’ went to, and if some of your generation struggled because of a lousy environment, it’s too damn bad — get over it! There are countless stories of underprivileged folks that have overcome the pitfalls of a lousy upbringing and bad schools who managed to thrive through the adversity and beyond! (Dr. Ben Carson is a great example.) 

We Conservatives are very much against giving more tax dollars to the government young liberals think should save their butts. That government they so worship will just take those extra dollars and piss them down a rabbit hole like it’s been done for every Democrat year they’ve been alive. To say we aren’t compassionate toward others is complete nonsense. Our type of compassion is encouraging young people to work hard, keep your head down and don’t be anxiety-ridden about what help you can’t get from your government.

As far as being a traitor goes, Josh needs to consult the Google dictionary.

Quote of the Week:

Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress said, “When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers with full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un. I’m heartened to see that our president — contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors — will not tolerate any threat against the American people. When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it. Thank God for a President who is serious about protecting our country.”

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 3, 2017

Equal Opportunity Fairness?

 As reported in this newspaper recently, there is a controversy brewing between residents of the Sand Canyon area and The Sand Canyon Homeowners Association (SCHOA). KHTS has requested the list of email addresses of the homeowners for the purpose of creating “a hyper local information portal for Sand Canyon.” As you can imagine, there are folks who aren’t happy about this.

 

I’m not going to get into the aspect of whether it’s ethical for a homeowners association to hand over email addresses of some unsuspecting residents to a for profit media company. I’m not going rant that I would love to have the same email list enabling this publisher’s Canyon Country Magazine to create the same sort of information portal with the monthly Sand Canyon news we deliver each month.

 

Instead, I’m going to address the unfair and damaging email that Ruthann Levison, SCHOA’s communications director, shared about this newspaper by KHTS owners Carl Goldman and Jeri Seratti Goldman to 800 of my neighbors. This was done without giving me the opportunity to defend the Gazette writer, our publishing integrity and this newspaper’s reputation to those residents.

 

An open letter to Sand Canyon Residents from the Goldmans stated “the article in the Gazette about our intentions is inaccurate.” Nowhere in the letter did it address what was inaccurate, what we got wrong or what should have been written. It was a flat, unwarranted, defamatory slam. The letter containing the slam went directly to Sand Canyon homeowners via email.

 

The following is the letter I sent to Mrs. Levison:

 

 Ruthann, please forward to the Canyon:

 

In regard to Tuesday’s email from the Goldmans to 800 of our neighbors, I was surprised to see it forwarded. It was a public relations piece that claimed an inaccuracy in a well-researched, factual article in the Gazette. They included no evidence for the statement, yet it cast doubt on the credibility of our writer and of our publication. 

 

Her response:

 

Good Morning Doug,

I have considered your request and have decided not to submit your writing to the SCHOA community. While I am mindful that you wish to set the record straight in response to the recent comments by KHTS, please note that SCHOA is not the proper forum for your response.

You have an existing facility to respond directly to KHTS and to your readers.


As you know, SCHOA is very interested in providing direct access to emergency information provided by KHTS for our canyon residents, if they wish to receive it, as this methodology appears to be a reasonable, more efficient and necessary method of effective and timely communications for the future.

As such, this is the sole perspective of SCHOA and thus, I prefer that SCHOA not intervene in conflicts such as the one you have described. Please note that if KHTS makes a request to respond to your further communication to them, if any, in a separate forum, SCHOA will decline to provide a platform for their response.

Urgh! The problem is that she let the cat out of the bag and then decided the association was not the place to allow my defense of the unsubstantiated allegation.

 

I will say this, the article in question was based solely on facts and verified comments from a SCHOA board meeting the writer attended, in addition to emails from association members.

 

As much as I would like to think that every member of SCHOA reads the Gazette in one form or the other, the fact is they don’t, and now this newspaper has been besmirched to those who don’t follow us, without our opportunity to set the record straight.                   

 

A Very Serious Situation:

 

While the left-wing media locks in on Russia, Scaramucci, General Kelly and the certain downfall of the administration, the North Korean madman keeps practicing his country’s missile skills. At the same time, millions of Americans (especially millennials) are going about their lives zeroed in on themselves and their personal fulfillment, totally unaware, or not caring about this pending threat.

 

Then there are those who don’t think the madman would ever actually attack us because he knows we would annihilate his country. Do you really think a guy who torches and allows his people starve, many of them in labor camps, gives two rips about his country?

 

So, what to do? Just hope no missile with a nuclear warhead ever gets this far? Rely on our ability to shoot down any missile heading our way? Hope and pray China can talk some sense into the guy? Even if we could engage in some dialogue with the dictator, would we believe him like England believed Hitler?

 

This was really brought home by Senator Lindsey Graham:

 

“There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s program and North Korea itself. He is not going to allow (President Trump) the ability of this madman to have a missile to hit America. If there’s going to be a war to stop him, it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here. And he has told me that to my face. And that may be provocative, but not really. When you’re president of the United States, where does your allegiance lie? To the people of the United States? This man Kim Jong Un is threatening America with a nuclear-tipped missile.”

 

We all hope and pray this never happens, but we must, every one of us, be prepared for the horror we will witness if an attack on our part occurs over there. If it does, it will be because our leaders will be acting to protect us. I’m sure you remember how 9/11 affected this country; can you imagine how a nuclear attack on Honolulu would bring us to our  knees, in more ways than one?

 

Letters to the Ranter:

 

Doug,

I was designing an answer to the lib Bess in your opinion section who fits the bill as the rest of the whining libs and attacks on Trump! All we need to do is focus on why the damn Obamacare is so expensive because of all the added Federal and State employees adding another TPA before any of the business sent in and out between the client/insured and insurance company. And, all the new rules and regulations caused by the feds reporting (already have that for last 100 yrs) necessary to comply with ACA rules!

 

I have never in 54 years been so damn mad doing all the extra work between clients and insurance companies and getting paid 20% of what we previously made before damn Obamacare and have 5 times more work! Ask any broker! If they weren’t such idiots who don’t know what hell they are doing we could spend the time and have a forum, but unfortunately wouldn’t change as they don’t qualify or know what they are doing!

 

Check my article I wrote for you and tell them all they have to do to reduce costs is focus on those 3 solutions:

 

  1. Feds prosecute fraud!
  2. Work Rx to reduce costs of development as noted.
  3. Have Mal practice insurance for doctors more reasonable to save cost, not passed onto patients, but keep them accountable! James

 

Doug,

We received a letter in the mail the other day from our insurance company, stating that they could not make an arrangement with the only hospital in our community to be a preferred provider. You would think an insurance company as big as Anthem Blue Cross and the only hospital in Santa Clarita, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital could come to a compromise. Instead, if we have an emergency need, we have to go the San Fernando Valley. And what about all of our doctors we have in SCV, do they work out of those other hospitals? How about the insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, lawyers all put the people first? What a concept…. Deanna

 

Doug,

I just read your current Rants and I of course agree with the seven points you made about the Obama/Clinton administration failures. There is one more point that I feel I must add. Obama did a shameful thing when he threatened and succeeded in holding up Federal funds to all of American Academia unless they came up with a policy of young male college students often unfairly charged with sex crimes to be charged with guilty until proven innocent instead of the traditional American way of innocent until proven guilty. Shame on him for that. So many young males unfairly convicted of that while colleges have always been the safest places for young American female college students.  Robert

 

Doug,

The liberals who wanted to try and impeach President Trump as soon as he took office (with no proof or evidence about collusion or obstruction of justice) should look into their own closet. Would collusion look like then President Obama telling Russian President Medvedev he “would be more flexible after he is re-elected (in 2012)”. Or would it resemble then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signing off on the sale of 20% of U.S. uranium reserves to a Russian-owned mining company? Also, name calling is a favorite tactic of people void of ideas. Those who routinely condemn “hate speech” think nothing of calling Trump and his supporters fascist, racist, blank-o-phobe (fill in the blank), hater, anti-Semite and worse.(By the way—liberals/leftists are the ones who engage in all of these charges against Trump and his supporters, not Conservatives). Voters weariness of this tactic possible contributed to Trump winning. Many protestors practicing those behaviors they project onto President Trump is unconscionable.  Phil

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 27, 2017

Talk About Collusion:

 Seriously, it looks like the two leading liberal writers for The Signal call each other when they each get a bug up their butts over Trump and say something like, “Hey, you want to go after Trump this week?”  Because, lo and behold, they graced the opinion page on consecutive days this past week with columns regurgitating the same stuff they spewed the last umpteen times they’ve gone off on the president. Can’t these guys come up with anything new?

It would be somewhat refreshing if they would get down to debating issues that really affect the folks who read the paper, not the typical Trump-bashing we get by watching CNN or listening to Juan Williams on “Fox News.” Why don’t they at least talk about Democrat policies vs. Trump’s, based on the crucial areas most of us are very concerned about?

Instead, we get stuff like “the narcissist in chief,” no loyalty because of “three marriages,” Trump engaging in a chit-chat speech to 20,000 kids at the Boy Scout Jamboree who are “hormone-infused, pimply-skinned kids.” (Never mind those 20,000 kids were loudly chanting “We love Trump” for much of the speech.) “Common decency demands we put an end to this charade of ‘presidential conduct’”; “If we are to remain a principled nation, Trump must simply go”; and “His crude but effective marketing skills have persuaded millions of Americans that bullying, ineptitude and endless grievance are ‘modern day presidential’ qualities.” 

 I’m not sure what any of this rhetoric has to do with solving the many problems we face as a nation, at home and abroad. Maybe these gents can find it in their fingers to point out how they think these challenges should be handled instead of mindless bashing.

 It’s a Puzzlement:

 It’s puzzling how Trump-haters are quick to point out personality traits and unproven innuendos on the other side without mentioning the obvious and proven misdeeds from their side.

*Hillary’s net worth rose by millions while she was secretary of state.

 *Obama released Guantanamo Bay prisoners who went back to kill Americans.

 *Eric Holder sold guns to criminal drug cartels and some of those guns were used to kill Americans.

 *The IRS under Obama targeted conservative groups.

 *Obama had close ties to terrorists Rashid Khalidi and Bill Ayers.

 *Obama allowed the national debt to explode.

 *Hillary Clinton’s state department approved the transfer of 20 percent of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.

 The list could go on longer, but the point should be well taken. Their side had bad apples and policy decisions that backed fired badly. Now, the other side has a duly elected president who at times can be crude, vulgar and undignified at times, but has goals to really make us great again. If those on the left would just leave the guy alone to get the job done to help keep us safe and prosperous, we would all be better off. But you know what really is going to happen and all you have to do is read the liberal opinions in The Signal to see all of the negative spin that helps no American!

 A Slow Boil to Death: 

The biggest hang-up Congress is facing with the healthcare mess is who gets more,  who gets less, who pays more, who pays less? The mentality of the government having to be everything for most everybody is slowly killing our nation like a nice warm bath, putting us to sleep, and when we wake up we’re boiled to death!

Spending on entitlements is the highest it’s been in our history. More Americans rely on government handouts than ever before. The proportion of Americans accepting antipoverty aid has soared over the last 57 or so years, and both parties are to blame. While I really liked the $900 President Bush sent out during the Recession, it was a foolish thing to do.

Obviously, the increased entitlement spending is fueling the national debt by dangerous leaps and bounds. We are inching slowly-but-surely to an economic disaster that could threaten our way of normal, comfortable life, as well as our safety. It will be especially tragic for the very young and old.

While many pairs of underwear are knotted up with anxiety over political correctness, LBGT rights, presidential acumen, meetings with Russians and other nonsense, we are blinded with a false sense of security of all being well in our secure little bubbles, which are destined to be painfully popped.

To be fair, I ripped Obama numerous times on his dereliction duty of not shouting from the rooftop regarding too much spending and debt. With this particular looming disaster, President Trump is dropping this huge ball as badly as Obama did. At this point, my guess is it will take a scary wake-up call to get everybody’s attention on this.

Quotes of the Week:                      

 “Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory.” (James Lankford)

“Let’s be honest about this; the liberal agenda with failed stimulus plans and government entitlement programs is crippling our economy and our quality of life.” (Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King)

People do not let you know how they feel. They’re very nice to your face, and then they take a shiv or a machete and they stab it in your back. … I’m more of a front-stabbing person.” (New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci)

“The people I care most about are the middle-income people in this country, who have gotten screwed. And if there’s upward revision, it’s going to be on high-income people.” (President Trump)

Letter to the Ranter:

 It is a shame that Democrats unfairly criticize President Trump, especially from California, a once great state that they put into the gutter. It wasn’t President Trump who unfairly made us the highest taxed state in the nation. He didn’t try to make us a sanctuary state and keep violent illegal criminals here. The Democrats have ruined our public school system, they are responsible for the out of control rents and housing costs. Higher crime rates. Forced vaccinations for young children, making some sick and even dying. Leftist indoctrination of young, impressionable school children into hating our great country. Our out of control lunatic Governor who makes President Trump look tame by comparison. Yes, Democrats should look at what Democrats have done to our once great state. Lynda

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 20, 2017

Cruising Soledad:

After filling up the gas tank and cursing this state for the already high gas taxes that will go up another 12 cents in November, I was heading up Soledad from Sand Canyon thinking about how I could move back to Tucson and suffer through the same hot and humid weather as here, but pay only $1.95 per gallon. My thoughts were interrupted as a young lady in some type of sports car went whizzing by with her blond hair blowing in the wind, causing me to start singing “She’ll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the T-Bird away.”

Then I passed the medical building next to Facey that has been vacant since it was constructed around eight years ago. A friend told me she thought some homeless folks had been living on the property, so she called the city and heard only yawns and crickets.

As I neared Sierra Hwy and saw the ugly white building on the corner, I wondered how long it will be until ground is broken for the badly needed community center right next to the ugly building.

As I crossed over the river with no water in it, I looked up to my right and saw those ugly looking solar panels that decorate the hillside above the manufactured home neighborhood.

As I arrived at our office trying to cool off, I got to thinking again:

If the vacant building next to Facey on Soledad sat on McBean Pkwy, with a temporary chain link fence around it for eight years, would it still be sitting there or would it have met the same fate as ‘The Greens’ property did?

Why is the construction of the parking structure next to where Laemmle Theatre will be built going up at breakneck speed, while the land in Canyon Country where the community center will be built sits with dirt and weeds?

 If ugly solar panels were installed on the hillside next to Castaic Lake Water Agency, would the city holler more than they have with the ones in Canyon Country? (In the city’s defense, the panels in question are strictly a state deal, and to my understanding the city’s hands are tied).         

 Maybe my Canyon Country stepchild mentality was getting the best of me, or maybe I was just projecting my California/Arizona frustration at the west-leaning powers that be. Maybe I should just turn up the AC in my car, buy cheap gas at Sam’s Club, avoid driving on Soledad and chill out my thinking by singing more Beach Boys songs.

 Somebody Please Help Me!

I’m very serious; I desperately need someone to explain to me why the military should be spending taxpayer dollars on gender change surgery for their personnel. Seriously, how does gender change surgery help the number one goal of the military to provide effective security for our people? I want to hear from at least one of my liberal friends on this one.

The shameful part of this whole thing is our very own House of Representatives voted down a Republican proposal that would have prohibited the Pentagon from paying for gender transition surgeries for transgender service members. Twenty-four Republicans even joined Democrats in opposing the measure. The measure was proposed in hopes of killing a directive from our buddy Obama requiring the Defense Department to pay for transgender surgeries.

This results in the rage that engulfs me when incredibly stupid, nonsensical liberal thinking creeps its way into normal life. To me, this is a vulgar distortion of normalcy that progressives think should permeate our culture, making for a sicker society than we already have. It reminds me of the law that was passed allowing boys to use the same bathroom as girls just because they say they identify as a girl or sanctuary cities defying federal law by protecting criminals from immigration enforcement.

With sick crap like this happening in our land, I say not only God Bless The United States of America, but God help the United States of America!

Speaking of Rage:

 I wish the only thing ticking me off right now is the Canadian progressive-ass prime minister giving a terrorist $8 million because the guy sued Canada for civil rights violations, claiming he was tortured in prison. No freaking matter the Son of a *&%$# killed an American soldier and blinded another one. The rat bastard should still be in prison rotting his life away, let alone getting $8 million to live a life of luxury. God may forgive him, but I’d like him to be castrated with no anesthesia.       

My sinful anger is further aggravated with the complete selfish, self-serving, immature actions of the Senate. If any of these guys and gals had to prove their worth working in the real world they would be in for a rude awakening. Now their rude awakening should be having to look for a real job when they are thrown out of office.

Look, I understand wanting to stand on principles, but come on, compromise is a key component to a successful personal and professional life. When the likes of Rand Paul and Mike Lee (whose conservative ways I really like) aren’t willing to take what they can get, hold their nose and vote for something that at least gets things going in a direction that will start to benefit us regular folks, it’s just plain wrong.

 With the ineptitude this fiasco represents, how in the world are they going to be able to achieve the rest of the Republican agenda we so desperately need? How do you think this Congress is going to do dealing with the debt ceiling vote, tax reform, and further regulatory changes, just to name few? Color me very disappointingly skeptical.      

 Letters to the Ranter:

 Dear Doug,

I thought I’d drop you a note in response to some of the statements you made recently regarding our podcast (www.thetalkofsantaclarita.com) and my role as a host.  

 In your June 29th rant regarding my interview with KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman, you wondered why I didn’t ask why your radio show was cancelled and Bill Miranda’s allegations to you (which I believe to be unfounded) of racism. 

 First, as an FYI,  both of the questions were in my notes before the interview began but quite simply as the interview progressed I found that there were other issues that I considered more pertinent to explore. Carl had openly stated live on the radio that KHTS doesn’t have a political bias and in the same breath admitted he had donated to Scott Wilk’s campaign (while Scott was on the air with him)  And I had been told stories of his alleged media bias in the past.  I wanted to hear his side of things. To me the issue of media bias is one of grave concern in this valley (if not one of the most important) and there wasn’t enough time to cover every question I had.  I chose to ask what I considered to be the most important.  

Then, on your July 13th rant,  you mentioned our podcast with John Musella but without mentioning me or the podcast by name. (Come on, Doug! At least give us a shout out!) You again wondered about some of the questions I asked, including why I didn’t ask what Mr. Musella’s thoughts were regarding the charges of racism against you. Again, we were discussing the questions the Gazette has regarding the SCV Chamber and its merger with the Latino Chamber. The issue of whether you are a racist just wasn’t relevant to the conversation.

 So, in regards to both podcast interviews I think you need to realize: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU, DOUG! It’s easy to Monday morning quarterback an interview, Doug. However, if you want, you can always call our comment line and make suggestions for improvement on future shows at 1-661- 505-8672.  We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you. We still very much consider you a friend of the show and would like to have you on again in the near future.  

 All the best,

Stephen Daniels

Host of “The Talk of Santa Clarita”

Wow Doug,

Re 7-6 Rant. Best column ever. You said it all in the first paragraphs. I too wonder about a “civil war”. I feel 2020 will be very hurtful to the Liberals. Us conservatives will be forced and compelled to quell the lefts violent antics. But I also hope to be proven wrong by building outspoken support in and of the “Conservative  Movement” our Country so badly needs. Kudos to Edward and Phil for their letters and to you for printing the positive support. We need to speak up, write up, act up.  Not just in our support but in the truth about who we really are. Damn those violent , lying liberals. I’m called crazy for my Trump bumper sticker, my Make America  Great Again and Blue Lives Matter flags flown daily. ( The flags came from China ? *%^).

 In fact now I think about it last night I had a small nightmare I was being assaulted for having the sticker. But oh well. Common sense prevails. I am proud. I am kind. I love America and my neighbors and I want to work with and live peacefully with them. How that is accomplished is the question. Civil war ?  Hope not. Pray not. Believe it is not the Conservative choice but the choice may be necessary to defend an America based on freedom and liberty. God, I am so sick of these Liberals. They are not  “Progressive”. They are taking us backwards.

-Tim

 

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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 13, 2017

He Once Told Me He Liked The Gazette:  (Think of it in the form of a song)

I and John Musella, who is the chairman of the board of the SCV Chamber of Commerce and acting CEO, used to be on friendly terms. I remember him telling me some years back that he “really liked the Gazette.” Apparently, his feelings have waned, reminding me of the song: “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” or maybe the break-up song I heard that goes: “She Hates Me, She Really Hates Me.” Although she is a he in this case, you get the point.

For some reason our relationship has become strained in recent months, although I can’t imagine why. I think the Gazette’s coverage of the Chamber’s goings on have been fair, accurate and balanced, but apparently he doesn’t feel the same way. Imagine my shock and disappointment when I received this email from him last week:

“Please cancel the delivery of The Gazette to the SCV Chamber office. We just put them directly into the recycling when they arrive every week. It would be better for the environment if you stopped delivering them.”

 It felt like a kick in the stomach, as my world came crashing down. I was surprised by his concern for the environment, since he is a Conservative and in business with The Dump, so I emailed him back: “What is it; you don’t like my support of President Trump?”

I was hoping for some reasonable justification and clarification for the jolting news, but it only got worse as he replied:

“Your question implies I read the Gazette.” Now this publisher is singing the song: “It’s Over, It’s Really Over.”  I’m not sure how I’m going to get through the rest of this rant with my depleted spirit, but I’ll give it my “Best Shot.” If I can’t get through this, maybe I’ll head to Arizona singing “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”

 Too Much Heat in the Community Kitchen?       

Santa Clarita Community is a cool Facebook group with thousands of members, and the group’s creed is “Your Daily Community Connection.” I certainly agree with that description, as members of the group post informative and fun stuff all the time.

Some months ago I was encouraged by one of the founders to submit my rants each week. I remember saying something along the lines of, “Are you sure that will go over well?” The reply was something like, “Who cares; do it anyway.” So, most weeks I would post the column and from time to time received some disagreeing comments, which was fine with me. I think I even got a concurring remark along the way.

Then the last couple of weeks I noticed the rants were not appearing on the site. When I inquired as to why, I was told, “We aren’t doing national political posts in the group for a bit … it’s become so tense we decided to keep any political discussions locally focused and see how that goes.”  That’s fair — it’s their group and they have every right to determine what goes in or doesn’t go in.

But, later I got to thinking it rang of liberal snowflakes needing safe spaces. I flashed back to a member of the group who harshly criticized me for running Hart School Board member Joe Messina’s columns in the Gazette. The columns were all about national issues and had absolutely nothing to do with anything locally, let alone the school district. But, she was livid such conservative crap would come from a school board member. I asked what his thoughts on national politics had to do with his position, but didn’t get a logical answer.                

I would like to think that mature adults on either side of the political spectrum would be able to post their views and enter into constructive debates without tenseness getting in the way and ruining the opportunity for the rest of us. I hope the folks in the community group can get to that point someday soon.

An Open Letter to John Musella:

 The opening portion of this column was written earlier in the week based on an email I received last week, and obviously, it was written tongue in cheek. Later in the week I was alerted to a local podcast with John Musella as the guest. This letter is in response to statements made by John during the podcast.

Dear John,

In response to the recent interview you did, I found it amusing, as well as somewhat baffling. You asserted that the Gazette (or “a group of people,” as you stated it) put out “false information, making a stink about nothing” regarding the Latino Chamber/Bill Miranda controversy. You proclaimed we are “running around with no facts, no information, no evidence, no nothing” and “they are just running around saying it and just saying it doesn’t make it true.”

I’ll ignore your disparaging remarks regarding myself and the Gazette, as you said: “If you can even call it a newspaper” and then referred to it as “the classifieds.” I’ll even disregard your trashing the professional life of Lee Barnathan (the lead reporter of the series). I’ll ignore this stuff because we have made every effort during this controversial journey to refrain from the type of spiteful rhetoric you lowered yourself to in the interview.

I am curious as to why the podcast moderator didn’t bring up the racism issue that Mr. Miranda alluded to (resorted to) regarding myself. I’m also curious how you would have responded to the question.

By the way, you said my company is a “non dues-paying member.” While I admit we are a month past due (although we didn’t have record of being billed for the dues until you personally sent me the past due invoice for 2017 the day before you did the podcast). I will tell you that from 1998 through 2016 we paid approximately $7,500 in dues and related expenditures, but I digress.

John, you went on and on about “baseless allegations, rumors, innuendos,” on our part, stating “show me the proof.” You claimed to have the proof of no wrongdoing, including “all of the documentation, emails and checks.” When pressed about showing the proof, you responded with something along the lines of, “I’m not going to waste my time or the Chamber’s staff time responding to every crazy person who says something about something.”

Let’s back up a moment. On April 21 of this year, the Gazette published an article entitled “Messy Merger.” When that week’s issue closed-out with the story in question it was fast forgotten by myself and the reporter. The story made its point regarding the merging of the two chambers and the seemingly uncounted for monies. We then moved on to other news for the following week and the article would have been buried in the newspaper morgue from then on.

That is, until Bill Miranda went on KHTS radio and lambasted myself, the writer and the Gazette with false accusations. We responded to those allegations and that should have been that. But, I was then asked to appear on KHTS and things exploded, including Miranda’s racist insinuations against me. Mr. Miranda told Carl Goldman he had all of the proof that was needed and would be back in two weeks to provide it on the air, which still hasn’t occurred several weeks later.

During this entire adventure, the Gazette provided nothing but facts and factual statements from involved parties. Not once did our reporting or my statements on the radio go anywhere near the type of rancid communication you are accusing us of creating.

John, I’m not sure if you will read this, because you indicated to me last week you don’t read the Gazette, but I would like to issue a challenge to you and Bill Miranda to join Lee Barnathan and myself on the air and go over the proof that you and Bill claim to have. If the proof is viable, the Gazette will responsibly report it with a front page story.

If you have the documents you claim to have, why do we have to wait? Let’s do this and put it to bed once and for all.

Sincerely,

Doug Sutton

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 6, 2017

Hypocrisy at its Finest:

 Tea Partiers, Trump supporters and Conservatives are the bane of the nation, according to many liberals. We’ve been labeled as selfish haters, causers of people dying and pushers of grandmas over cliffs in their wheelchairs. We want dirty air, dirty water, are incredibly stupid for not believing the earth is going to choke to death because of human activity and cows passing gas. We Conservatives are such horrible human beings because we think spending more money than what is brought in needs to stop and stop now. But, because spending cuts means less for some unfortunate souls (and lazy ones), we are horrible citizens who want great harm bestowed on our fellow Americans.

But seriously, are we really that bad? I mean, come on; I’m just a warm, loving fuzz ball who wants nothing but the best for everyone. But, come to think of it, if my ilk is so bad, have we ever, and I mean ever:

 *Rioted after elections?

 *Rioted on campuses when a liberal was going to make a speech? 

 *Blockaded offices and physically attacked speakers?

 *Thrown bags of human feces and urine at police and Obama supporters?

 *Stabbed a police horse during a protest march?

 *Created a website stating President Obama should be executed?

 *Hold up a replica of Obama’s severed head covered with blood?

 *Produced a play simulating the murder of Obama?

 *Criticized Obama for the way he looked?

 *Told a huge crowd of Conservatives we wanted to blow up the White House?

 Silly me, I thought liberals were kind, gentle, genuinely caring people who want nothing more than all people to be cared for with taxpayer dollars and live a life free from pain or conflict. They sure have me fooled!

 Escaping Swear Words:

Tommy Lasorda has always said that the only time he swore was in the dugout or on the baseball field, nowhere else. I guess his passion for the Dodgers brought out the swearing in him. I’m not much of a swearer (at least I try hard not to be), but something about this stuff I write about makes me so bat crap crazy the bad words come pouring into my mind and try to escape through my fingers on to the keyboard.

 Who Could Have Thunk IT?

 An illegal alien was paid $190,000 by the city of San Francisco because the police turned the man over to immigration authorities, which is in violation of their own sanctuary law. You mean to tell me a guy who was blatantly breaking a law of the United States was handed over six figures of monies because the police, the police, for goodness sakes, did what they should have done? I don’t know how to put into words (vulgar or not) the complete exasperating frustration of this lunacy. Do any of these sanctuary law worshipers remember Kate Stienle, the young lady who was shot to death while walking with her father in San Francisco? The illegal alien had been deported a few times, but came back into the country and committed this horrendous act.

It’s crap like this that makes me wonder how long it will be until civil war breaks out in this nation. It seems to me a bit reminiscent of why the big Civil War occurred, entities not wanting to abide by federal policy. Who knows if this blatant nose thumbing will ever result in civil war, but either way, this type of progressivism is wrong and dangerous (in more ways than one) and should not be allowed to continue.

Adding to my swear word inclination is the fact our (mine and your) tax dollars are going towards paying attorney fees for these law-breaking aliens. Yep, look it up, right here in L.A. County we’re footing the bill for these criminals who shouldn’t be here in the first place. There should be no questions asked, if you’re here and you shouldn’t be your butt should be on the next bus heading south. Our money should not be used to keep law breakers off those buses.

 Speaking of Vulgar:

 The headline read: “New Pay Hikes Put the Squeeze on L.A. Firms.” Well, No Sugar, Sherlock — what in the heck do you think is going to happen when a company’s expenses are increased without regard to business common sense? I find the government telling businesses what they have to pay their employees incredibly vulgar. This is the same type of ugly, damaging  progressiveness as the sanctuary city mess. Do these liberal, emotionally-driven people who think this stuff up, have at least one common sense cell in their brains? How many layoffs, reduced hours, reduced production and automation replacing humans have to happen before anyone gets the picture? I have no freaking idea.

Quotes of the Week: 

 “The only difference between Illinois and Venezuela is Illinois has toilet paper.” (unknown)

 “I wish the Gazette could use as many anonymous sources as The New York Times and The Washington Pos. Then we could be a big-boy newspaper with real fake news.” (Doug Sutton)

 “Let me tell you why I should stay, instead. I’m a master legislator. I’m experienced in terms of knowing the institutional memory of the Congress” and “If Hillary Clinton had won, I might have gone home,” Pelosi stated. “But with Donald Trump in the White House, with a Republican majority in both houses — no way.”  (Nancy Pelosi)

 “He (Ben Carson) doesn’t care about poor people in public housing, he believes that if you’re poor it is your own fault. If he thinks I am going to give him a pass, I’m going to take his ass apart.” (Rep. Maxine Waters).

“Ben Carson has more intelligence in his pinky finger, than Maxine Waters has in her entire body.” (Blogger reply)

“There’s no reason to insult his pinky finger like that.” (Blogger)

 Letters to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

First of all, I enjoy reading your column every week. Good job! You get to the point and don’t hesitate to keep me interested, focused and entertained. Yes, I chuckle at your rants!

 Regarding your column for 6/23, I want to thank you for being open and forthright about your faith. It’s not often an editor (in) the written media stands up for their Christian beliefs. As a fellow follower of Jesus Christ, that honors God and inspires me. And I pray God will speak to peoples’ hearts as a result of your stand and witness. By contrast, as you point out regularly, we have constant exposure to plenty of wrong-headed ideas and opinions, things to be bothered and troubled about.

 Then, about your column for 6/30, thanks for continuing to hold Bill Miranda accountable for the Latino Chamber finances. Yes, the RIVER of opinion is to just let the darn issue go away. So you’re one of the few that puts out the effort to paddle upstream and go after the truth. Stay on it.

 I’m bothered that the City Council appointed him without a public vote, and that the vetting process stopped short of true public involvement and voice. But the fact he is now in a council position still does obligate him, as well as the rest of the council members, to serve the city electorate and be accountable and transparent to us. I would just rather recall him and go through the expense to elect someone else to fill that seat, instead of always wondering whether Mr. Miranda has our backs. Thanks, Edward.

 Looks like the bad Americans are wasting their worthless time (do they ever work) pushing for impeachment of a democratically elected president who has committed no crimes.  No collusion.  No obstruction.  Thye (sic) should be pushing for Hillary Clinton to stand trial for various felonies she got away with.  She and her pimp husband actually defrauded the country of haiti with their phony and lying requests for aid for their earthquake years ago.  Their chants of “liar” “thief” and “traitor” all belong to her and her sex fiend husband.  If these bad American socialists (Bernie sanders is too conservative for them) want trump impeached, trump must be doing something good, which he does almost every day in office.  Phil

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 29, 2017

The Perfect Mess:

 The mess that is the healthcare dilemma with senators trying to come to a meeting of the minds reminds me of trying to get a room full of young teenagers to agree on what movie to watch or what music to listen to … oh, my gosh (“valley girl” voice inflection intended). 

I’m so confused on this thing, I can’t keep up with who it will help or hurt, how much it will cost, how much it will save, how many lose coverage or how many gain coverage. What I do know is my premiums have skyrocketed in recent years and it has hurt financially, so I hope whatever they do, my wife and I can catch a break. I also know the Democrats aren’t lifting a finger to help with any of this, which proves they don’t give a gosh darn about the folks, even their constituents who are suffering as a result of their president’s healthcare plan.

What is for certain is that the government is trying to be all things to all people and when that is the goal, everything gets screwed up, with the best example being the state of healthcare from Obama until now. When you provide people with entitlements it’s really hard to take them back without those people going bonkers.

What really needs to painfully happen is to let free enterprise run its true capitalistic course with competition and consumer choice leading the way to root out the cancer of government that has metastasized throughout the system.

But we all know that ain’t gonna happen, so we’re in for a political poison smorgasbord that will end up as messed up as ever with the frosting on the pile of crap being more debt that is going to crush this nation at some point in time.

 Recall Road?

 The Bill Miranda thing with the Latino Chamber funds keeps popping back into my brain. I just can’t rationalize letting it get swept under the rug, only to be forgotten. Maybe because it reminds me of public officials who think they’re above being held accountable for their actions and just ignore the issue in hopes it will just go away.

Maybe it’s because of the statement he made on the radio: “What if it was $2,000 flushed down the sewer — what difference does it make?!” This reminds me of what Hillary said about the four dead men in the Benghazi tragedy.      

Maybe it’s because Miranda pulled the race card on me, apparently out of desperation to make the matter go away. It’s the same sort of race card former National Security Advisor Susan Rice is pulling now, out of desperation for her mess (which could be criminal) to go away.

Maybe it’s because Bill’s appointment to the City Council seemed so orchestrated, as he was shoe horned into the slot without much vetting at all. And now the lack of vetting or discernment on the majority of the City Council’s part has reared its controversial head — none of them seem to care, even though it was them who put him in the council seat. I can see them justifying looking the other way if he had been elected, but they elected him themselves! (except for Bob Kellar). Shouldn’t they be held accountable in some way for this?

Maybe it’s because certain members of the City Council were so enamored with Bill’s business acumen and his accomplishing the merger of the two chambers they didn’t bother to do any background check as to how it actually went down. I’m talking about more than just the funds aspect of it, because according to the SCV Chamber CEO at the time, it was not the smooth transition it was purported to be.

So, I’m asking myself and you, “Is it OK for a recently appointed councilman to serve while acting like nothing happened regarding the missing funds?” It seems that, except for few, nobody gives two poops. The council and councilmen in question surely don’t.

Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? If the money unaccounted for was in the five figure range, would that raise the ire of more than just a few concerned citizens?  If this was a newly appointed senator selected by a state’s governor because of an unexpected vacancy and this type of financial question came into play, would the Washington media just let it get swept under the rug?

No matter the amount of money in question, the size and scope of our city, (which some refer to as Mayberry), with a majority of its citizens who can’t even give you a name of a council person, do we just let this die? If we do, what does it say about the integrity of our city government? What kind of signal does it send to all involved in the appointment process earlier this year? Does it at least provide a some sort of lesson as to how to proceed next time a vacancy occurs?

Does this warrant a recall drive? Would that create some urgency to get this matter cleared up? I don’t know, but it’s my hope this thing doesn’t turn into dust in the wind. That just seems wrong to me; does it to you?

Soft Talk?

For the past year or so, concerned citizen Stephen Daniels has been doing interview podcasts with community members with various stories that should be told. The site of the podcasts is entitled Talk of Santa Clarita (thetalkofsantaclarita.com). Stephen is a quality interviewer and does a good job of getting to the heart of the matter with each guest. I experienced this firsthand, as I was a guest on his show several months ago. The questions he asked were pointed, direct and made me mentally squirm at times. While we certainly didn’t agree on a whole lot, he was fair and balanced for the entire show.

With that being said, I was somewhat disappointed with his line of questioning for Carl Goldman (co-owner of KHTS) on a recent podcast. To be fair, Stephen did ask some tough questions that I’m sure Carl found uncomfortable, but it was the questions not asked I found curious.

At the start of the show Carl alluded to his reluctance to the interview because of recent events, stating he wanted to put the “churn behind us” before proceeding with the interview. Whatever the churn he was referring to, there were some issues I feel should have been addressed.

Why was the “Gazette Radio Hour” suddenly canceled and all of the Gazette’s business dealings with KHTS abruptly cancelled when the Suttons’ partnership with the owners of The Signal was announced? (This was long before the recent war of words between KHTS and The Signal.)

Asking for clarification of Carl’s response to the allegations that the majority of their Facebook  fan base are from Turkey?

 Seeking more of an in-depth response as to the war of words with The Signal.

 His thoughts on the Bill Miranda controversy, Bill’s stance on two different shows moderated by Carl, and his assurance to Carl that he would provide proper documentation of the Latino Chamber’s finances and return to the show with the documentation, which has not happened.

When I was on with Stephen we got down and dirty on some topics I really didn’t want aired to the public (as it has been with some of his other guests too), but I gritted my teeth and spoke my piece. The intent here is not to disparage Stephen Daniels or Carl Goldman, just to point out what I feel should have been discussed for the sake of those who follow this stuff — you know, inquiring Claritans want to know.                                            

Quotes of the Week: 

“It is said that Democrats are in an existential crisis because of their obsessions with Donald Trump suing over the election, trying to subvert the Electoral College, dreaming of impeachment and the 25th Amendment, filing briefs under the emoluments clause of the Constitution, stalling appointments, relying on deep-state insurrectionary bureaucrats, cherry-picking liberal judges for obstructive passes, and going from one conspiracy theory to the next as collusion begat obstruction that begat witness tampering. More outsider advice is for Democrats to focus instead on their agenda.” (Victor Davis Hanson, National Review)

“I’m not convinced we know what the best thing is for the party right now, I’m not convinced we have the answers.” (Jim Manley, Democrat Strategist)

“Wow, CNN had to retract big story on ‘Russia,’ with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!”  (President Trump)

“They (the media) are still trying to destroy Trump when it comes to Russia, collusion, Comey being fired and all that, which is enabling Trump to do an end run. Now, could it be that Trump is feeding this chaos by keeping them focused? And look at the tweets. Trump’s tweets every day are designed to tick them off. Trump’s tweets are designed to just hit them upside the head. Trump’s tweets are designed to trickle into their nostrils and go down their throats and upset their stomachs, and he’s got dead aim on all this.” (Rush Limbaugh)

 “This crooked scum press needs to have their aššes kicked daily. I’m loving President Trump’s relentless calling them out. These uppity arrogant ‘journalists’ have way too much influence and need to sit the F down and shut the F up! (Randy, blogger)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

I am so right there with you – your article about anger took courage to write. Thanks for being real. Richard

 Doug,

Wow! Talk about pissing me off!! You are on the wrong side of the liberal PC agenda on all points. AND I STAND WITH YOU!! The liberals won’t be happy until the entire country turns blue ala California. And how is that going for us with sanctuary cities,an absolute theft of our taxes and open borders. What doesn’t the left understand about the points in your rant? Speaking of PC I experienced it first hand with the 1st Cav Division overseas in the ‘60s.Walking guard outside the perimeter without ammunition. I mention that here based on the decisions made by those whose job it was to protect our people in Benghazi as well as those brain trusts who ruled on MY rules of engagement. PLEASE! Keep pissing me off. Your rants should be required reading for all.  Ron

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 22, 2017

Confession Time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Confession II Time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 More Kim Jong-un:

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

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

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

 Speaking of Anger:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes of the Week: 

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

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

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

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 15, 2017

Late Breaking Rant:

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

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

 Do Regular Folks Care? 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 The Senate Sucks:

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

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

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

 The Senate Sucks II:

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

Steve, Where Are Ye?

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

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

Something Smells:

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

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

 Quotes of the Week: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 Letter to the Ranter:

 Doug,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 8, 2017

Why Me?

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

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

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

Press Release:

 (See story on page 18)

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

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

Give it Up?                

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

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

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

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

 The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can’t Pass This One Up:

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

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

Oh no, wait, that was Bill Clinton.

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

Oh no, wait, that was Hillary.

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

Oh no, wait, that was John Podesta.

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

Oh no, wait, that was Hillary.

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

Oh no, wait, that was Hillary Clinton.

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

 Late Breaking:

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

Quotes of the Week: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Letter to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

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

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

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

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

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

Tim

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 1, 2017

Here We Go Again:

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

Gentlemen,

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Chamber:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m Sick of the Russians!

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

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

Charlie’s Back!

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

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

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

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

Quotes of the Week:                                       

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

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

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

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

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

 Letters to the Ranter:

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

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 25, 2017

Please Note:

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

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

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

 I’m Mad As….

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

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

Miranda Ad Nauseam:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Open Letter:

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

Gentlemen,

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

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

Back to Regular Ranting:

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

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

Quotes of the Week:                                       

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

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

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

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

 Letters to the Ranter:

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

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

 Doug,

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

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

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

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

 Doug,

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

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

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

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| Doug's Rants | May 18, 2017

Late Breaking Hysteria:

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

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

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

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

 I Wish:

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

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

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

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

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

 I Can’t:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Quotes of the Week:                                       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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| Doug's Rants | May 11, 2017

Late Breaking Ranting:

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

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

 Everything They Touch Turns To….

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

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

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

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

 Give the American Way a Chance:

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

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

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

The Elephant and the Gorilla:   

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

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

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

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

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

 When Credit is Due:

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

Michael put it in common sense perspective when he wrote:

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

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

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

 Quotes of the Week:                                       

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

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

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

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

 Letter to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

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

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

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

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

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

 Killing O’Reilly

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

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

 

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