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| Doug's Rants | March 23, 2017

Rant Options Overload!

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

Here are the choices:

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

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

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

*Twitter suspending accounts they deem extreme.

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

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

*RyanCare and the divided Republicans.

*The dreaded Russians.

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

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

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

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

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

It’s the Debt, Stupid:

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

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

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

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

In Case You Missed It:

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

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

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

Voices in the Head:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,

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

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

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

Berta González-Harper

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 17, 2017

I’m on the Verge of Becoming a Snowflake:

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

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

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

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

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

Wearing Me Out:

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

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

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

I Just Don’t Care:

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

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

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

Quotes of the Week:             

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

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

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

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

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

Another Ranter’s Note, this is for VaNile:

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 10, 2017

A Day Without Liberals:

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

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

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

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

What Really Matters?:

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

North Korea launched missiles!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Urgent Stuff:

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

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

Something Smells in the Swamp:

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

Jeannie and Doug,

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

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

To be continued…

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 2, 2017

Dude Nailed It:

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

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

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

Capable and Competent?

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

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

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

The Headline Read:

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another great article, like your honest opinion. Judy

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

Jeannie and Doug,

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

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

To be continued…..

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 23, 2017

This is Me Whining:

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

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

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

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

Color Me Confused:

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

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

What Would Teddy Think?

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

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

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


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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to the Ranter:

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

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 16, 2017

I Need a Sanctuary City:

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

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

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

Josh, Josh, Josh:

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

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

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

Losing Their Minds:

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

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

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

What’s it Really About?

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

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

We Have Something in Common:

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

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

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

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 9, 2017

John Musella:

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

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

Obama’s Leftover Mess:

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

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

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

Schumer is a Big Baby:

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

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

I Kind of Love It:

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

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon Gardner
Canyon Country Resident
Small Business Owner

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 2, 2017

Ranter’s Clarification:

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

Difficult Rant:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keystone Cops:

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

Random Rants:

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

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

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

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

My Turn to Freak-Out in Bewilderment:

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

Here we go:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to the Ranter:

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 26, 2017

A Puzzlement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of the things Trump said last Friday:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ashley Judd:

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

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

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

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

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

Madonna:

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

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

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

The Absurdity of it All:

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

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

Shockin Y’all:

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

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

*Took steps to build the Keystone Pipeline.

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

*Terminated a bad trade deal.

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

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

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

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

*Visited the CIA to reconcile perceived differences.

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

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 19, 2017

Crazy Times These Days:

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

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

Crazy Continued:

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

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

My concluding thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

It May Be Crazy:

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

Craziest of All:

The Headlines Read:

Will Michael Moore successfully disrupt the inauguration?

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

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

54 Dems boycotting Trump’s inauguration

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

The Same Craziness:

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 12, 2017

Off the Reservation It is:

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

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

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

This Won’t End Well:

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

Is it Too Late?

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

Here We Go Again:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to the Ranter:

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 5, 2017

Good Riddance, Mr. President!    

I was planning on a farewell rant for Mr. Obama closer to January 20, but one of our contributing writers forced my hand for an earlier goodbye rant with his piece from two weeks ago entitled “Goodbye, Mr. President.” The column was written by Josh Heath, who is an excellent writer, a sharp young man who has written for the Gazette as a reporter and a columnist. I really do appreciate his contributions to our opinion page and hope he continues. Needless to say, though, Josh and I are on opposite sides of the political field, so his piece on the outgoing president pushed me into fifth gear ranting mode.

This is not intended to rip Josh, but to counter point his opinions that many in our land agree with.

JH. (Josh Heath) “He will leave behind a country that is more prosperous, more just and safer than when he found it.”

DS. (Me) More prosperous is preposterous. The federal debt has risen more under Obama than all previous presidents combined. Much of the growth in the bond and stock market has been from pumping money into them, artificially inflating values and contributing a tremendous amount of reckless debt. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a key indicator of economic health, has been anemic, at best. Forty percent of young adults are living with their parents. The USA ranks 23rd in the world for the best countries to do business in. A huge increase in regulations, many of them executively ordered, and a business tax percentage that is among the highest in the world have contributed to this shameful ranking. Instead of leaving us prosperous, I call it pathetic!

Just? I guess so, if you count a dramatic increase in police killings and riots in the streets over unfounded accusations against police as just. The majority of Americans don’t feel safer with the rise of domestic terror, horrible terror abroad, not to mention the hideous number of shootings in America’s cities, especially in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

JH. “Unemployment is down to 4.6 percent.” “Poverty is decreasing.”

DS. A rosy 4.6 percent unemployment rate is a misnomer. With the number of folks who gave up looking and fell out of the unemployment database, the rate is actually closer to 12 percent. The labor participation rate, a clear indicator of employment health, is at a near all-time low. These facts are hardly a successful employment picture to be touted. Poverty levels are difficult to ascertain, however. The number of food stamp recipients has increased by 11 million people since he took over, an astounding 34 percent. Over 12 million more people are on welfare since Obama became president, a hard sell to say he has decreased poverty.

JH. “Internationally he has re-oriented America’s place in the world.” “America was known for reckless military ventures.” “A foreign policy built on brute, rather than common sense.”

DS. Obama re-oriented our place in the world all right. The problem is he did it through tepidness (leading from behind), not standing behind his threats (red line in Syria), making the world less safe (outrageous nuclear deal with Iran), allowing and perpetrating a perception he did not have the cashews to continue making us the most powerful nation in the world. This was and is an embarrassment to us, putting America in a dangerous, weak position, much to the delight of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Also, it seems as though Obama has tried to re-orient America from the Judeo-Christian principles our land was founded on. As one pundit put it, “He praises Muslims, ignores Christians and blames Jews.”

Common sense is useless when we don’t have the military strength or the will to stand up to our adversaries. As Ronald Reagan said: “We maintain peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.” We must not ignore heightened terrorist attack risks and growing nuclear capabilities of our enemies. Sadly, Obama has put us in a risky security situation.

JH. “During the past eight years, President Obama has made diplomacy great again.” “Eighty percent of the Cuban people have a positive view of the president, giving him a higher approval rating than Raul and Fidel Castro. That’s profound.”

DS. Obama’s diplomacy has been horrific. Kissing the butts of Iran and Cuba while sabotaging Israel is not great diplomacy. Having a higher approval rating than the oppressive, torturing and murdering Castro brothers is not hard to accomplish nor something to be proud of.

JH. “The president re-wrote the rules governing student loans.” “Folks will only have to pay 10 percent of the money they have leftover after covering critical expenses like food and shelter.” “After 20 years of making payments, the loans will be entirely forgiven — the government will get off your back.”

DS. If I had student loans this would make me happy, but if the government helped with my mortgage payment, car payment and paid for the new flooring my wife wants, that would make me really happy. The problem is socialism is great for the recipients, but tends to bankrupt the country providing the FREE STUFF. One of the reasons our nation accumulated so much debt on Obama’s watch is because of programs such as this one, without an ounce of regard to the debt consequence that will haunt America for many years to come. Unfortunately, the appeal of a Santa Claus government is what helped get President Obama elected for two terms.

JH. “Fighting for universal health care to marriage equality and gender equality and transgender rights, President Obama has taken huge political risks to fight for the vulnerable. Donald Trump won the presidency by denigrating them.”

DS. Obamacare is probably the most damaging thing the president did to the American people. It started with his bull crapping us with “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, if you like your current plan you can keep it … family’s insurance premiums will decrease by an average of 25 percent.” The worst part is the man knew this was not to be true! His lies were soon revealed when premiums skyrocketed, policies were canceled and our favorite doctors were jerked away from us!

Donald Trump won the presidency because millions of Americans are sick and tired of being the vulnerable ones in regard to their finances, healthcare and safety. President elect Trump didn’t denigrate any Americans (as Hillary did with her basket of deplorables), but he offered real hope and change, compared to Obama’s hopelessness and blame.

JH. “As the president recedes into history to take his rightful place among legends, let us honor him this way, just as he honored those who came before him.”

DS. One of the true measures of a great leader is how they exit their position of leadership. Obama’s exit has been deplorable, at best. When George Bush left the White House he did so with class and dignity. He did not chide Obama, criticize his positions and undermine his upcoming term by throwing obstacles in the way of his upcoming policies with selfish, self-serving actions to try and enhance his legacy.

Obama’s executive actions to prevent drilling for oil in vast areas, his laughable sanctions against Russia (which at the very least should have been done years ago) and his astonishing, inexplicable treatment of Israel during his waning days in office is a revealing trait of the man showing he doesn’t give two rips about America, just one person, and that’s himself!

With that, Mr. Obama, I say don’t the let the door of the White House knock you on your butt as you leave for the last time. And do all of us a favor and take a page out of George Bush’s book by keeping your mouth shut regarding anything to do with President Trump. If you recall, President Bush refused to criticize or even offer up remarks regarding your job performance.

Where Have All the Conservatives Gone?

I have ranted about this before, but I have been led to believe this community is dominated by right-leaning folks. Now, I’m not so sure. If you peruse The Signal’s opinion page with regularity you will find the lefties seem to have the upper hand. To be sure, there are some conservatives who contribute columns, but their conservative writing doesn’t seem to have the same passion as the liberal writers, and they are outnumbered, in terms of frequency.

There are some good rebuttal letters submitted, but I’d like to see those letters expanded into columns for a more balanced presentation of political opinions. (Please know, I’m pining for this as a reader of The Signal, not as a business partner with their owners.)

I guess what’s really frustrating is I know several righties around here who should be putting fingers to keyboard to get their thoughts in print to expand our right-leaning beliefs. Come on, S.C. in Newhall; M.D. in Valencia; J.M. in Saugus; T.B. in Canyon Country; J.L. in Canyon Country; B.C. in Castaic; K.C. in Newhall/Canyon Country. Get your thoughts down and get them to The Signal for the sake of our cause!

Speaking of Left-Leaning Columnists:

Jonathan Kraut wrote an op-ed in The Signal a few days ago, entitled “Today’s Message for Israel.” It was well-written, thought-provoking, and while I disagreed with some of his points, for the most part it was a well-balanced piece. I did, however, have a problem with his name-calling of President Elect Trump. When Kraut resorted to calling him “Little Bully Trump” it took away from the credibility of his opinions.

I have no problem with a writer ripping Trump’s policies and positions, but the name-calling is amateurish, in my opinion. Lord knows I have been all over President Obama in this space on numerous occasions. But, can you imagine me calling him Little Baby Obama or Scared Little Barry? I would have been accused of being a racist.

Quotes of the Week:

“Donald Trump is mentally unstable, 3 weeks to stop him America.” (Rosie O’Donnell)

“Seriously-lazy, mainstream, celebrity-fawning, Trump-enabling media – do your job. It’s the 1st day of Congress & you haven’t changed a bit.” (Michael Moore)

“Megyn Kelly goes from Fox to NBC (go figure); Joe Scarborough considering moving from MSNBC to shortwave radio.” (Mark Levin)

“Barack Obama defends his legacy – on Twitter. But, but, but isn’t using Twitter unpresidential?” (Larry Elder)

“President could state his 8 years of accomplishment in one 140 character tweet!” (Internet Blogger)

“If the left can’t convince people their policies are better, all they have to do is convince enough people who don’t really pay close attention that supporting Trump is racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, evil – that you really just want to destroy America.”  (Buck Sexton, talk show host)

“Trump is signaling to the market and major corporations that he is going to be a friend to job growth and creation. That’s not just fluffy happy talk in the air. That can mean good things and that alone can have good consequences and we’re seeing the start of it.” (Buck Sexton)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | December 29, 2016

Thank You!
I want to thank all of our readers for their support of the Gazette and Doug’s Rant. I started writing this column on a whim and never imagined it would get the reaction it has over the last four and a half years. Some has been negative, but much of it positive. The year 2016 was a wild and crazy ride for us at the Gazette, part of it spent embroiled in the legal dispute with The Signal, which ended in a way that no one on God’s green earth could have predicted, but has been nothing but a blessing! The other crazy ride of course involved Donald Trump, providing me with plenty of ranting motivation, helping to alleviate the writer’s cramp I get from time to time. Thanks again. I’ll Rant at you next year!

My New Year’s Resolutions:
Before I give you mine, here are some that weren’t included in this week’s front page feature.

“To read less of the slanted gazette political BS” – Ethan Jewell

“To make the house of Sutton bend the knee! #GOT” – Michael Cruz

Doug’s:

-Avoid telling stupid drivers how stupid they are when they do stupid driving things.

-Realize that liberals are not stupid people – they just think like them.

-Reevaluate my opinion of liberals, and realize that they think I’m stupid too.

-Try not to get so worked up about the insanity of the left-leaning columnists in The Signal, and realize they know not what they are thinking, or a least understand that they do know, but have it all wrong.

-Pretend I’m listening to my wife more, and when she says “you never listen to me,” claim I heard her, I just don’t remember what she said.

-Quit complaining to my wife about the umpteen shoes that lay right outside of her shoe chest.

-Refrain from asking her why she is cleaning the heck out of the house when company is coming, and why it takes other people to motivate her into a cleaning frenzy when I would appreciate it all the time.

-On a serious note, I need to appreciate Jeannie Sutton much more. She holds this company together with her incredible, multiple talents, but more importantly is a great wife, mother and the best grandmother any kid could have.

Rant in Review
In keeping with the theme of this week’s Gazette, here are some rant excerpts from 2016.

There Are Two, Pick One!:
I remember as a kid my mom asking if I wanted chocolate or vanilla ice cream. I said I wanted strawberry, and she said we only have chocolate and vanilla. I said, but I want strawberry. At that point my dad jumped up, grabbed me, and off to my room I went, without any ice cream!

Hellooo, there are only two candidates available (don’t tell me about Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, they have as much chance of winning as the Rams do of becoming Super Bowl champions). Please deal in reality, people. I hear I can’t vote for either one of them. Come on, grow up, you have to choose one. Don’t be like a spoiled kid that only wants the ice cream that’s not available.

Even ultra conservative commentator Mark Levin, who has blasted Trump for months on end, came to this conclusion:
“I’m voting for Trump. Senator Ted Cruz would’ve been a far better choice to champion conservative principles as president. But, that’s not what happened, and at the end of the day, someone is going to be president.”

Eeyore is Onto Me:
The Eeyore doll sitting on my desk is looking right at me and he’s onto my mindset as I struggle to get this rant jump-started. Yeah, it’s about Trump. What else would it be? What else would knock my political fantasy down to the ground about having a president who maybe, just maybe, will have some sort of business type common sense to somehow straighten out the mess that is the federal government? You know, stuff like not spending:

-$856,000 to teach mountain lions how to walk on treadmills to study animal instincts
-$387,000 to study the effects of Swedish massages on rabbits
-$10,000 to monitor the growth rate of salt-marsh grass
-$200,000 to study how and why Wikipedia is sexist
-$371,000, to study whether mothers love dogs as much as they love kids

Bull Crap #1:
I ranted about this a few weeks back, but nobody has heeded the call (except for Steve Lunetta, who is a fairly consistent contributor) for somebody, anybody, with right leaning views to get off the couch and write stuff to counter the left wing, liberal stuff in The Signal. Instead, each week we have to suffer through these diatribes, which I know make many readers choke on their breakfast! So, come on, whatever happened to the righties who used to help make the opinion page in The Signal more balanced? For the sake of breakfast staying in my stomach – PLEASE!

Bull Crap #2:
I’m calling bull crap on what one of those writers, Gary Horton, wrote this week. Among other things, he inferred that Donald Trump is a “master dog whistler” and that whistler “speaks to our ears clever words designed to enrage hate against ‘the other’” And he “would divide our nation for his own empowerment, who destroys our national respect and honor for his own aggrandizement.” Mr. Horton, I will ask you what the hell Obama has been doing since he took office and the antics of Bill and Hillary over the years? Their actions and behavior epitomize what you’re describing much more than Mr. Trump’s spoken words!

Not a Smidgen, Mr. President?:
I’ll never forget it. It was the Super Bowl a couple of years ago and Bill O’Reilly was interviewing Obama during the pre-game show. O’Reilly asked him about the IRS scandal, Obama hemmed and hawed, and then O’Reilly asked him if there was “mass corruption involved.” Obama replied: “Not even mass corruption, not even a smidgeon of corruption, I would say.”

Oh really, Mr. President? Not even a smidgeon of corruption? Just days ago, your IRS admitted to targeting 426 organizations, most of which were conservative in nature. Seems like a lot more than just a smidgen, don’t it? If you lied to us about that, should we believe you if you claim the targeting order did not come from your administration? Hmm …

More Obama:
Does the president really think we’re stupid? Days before the worst job growth report in years was published, reports of frozen paychecks, further declining of the labor participation rate, which was already horrendous, not to mention the $19 Trillion debt, he had this to say: “America’s economy is not just better than it was eight years ago, it is the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” Huh?! Can you imagine – if the next eight years are like the last eight – what the president is fantasizing about? If that’s what you want … go Hillary!

Why, Oh Why Doesn’t Anyone Talk About This Stuff?:
Iran nuclear deal and NPR: A group the White House calls a key surrogate paid National Public Radio (NPR) $100,000 to help it report on the Iran nuclear pact. Wait a freaking minute – you mean to tell me an outside group paid a radio network, that is subsidized by our tax dollars, money to report on the one-sided deal that America got snookered on?

You don’t think the White House encouraged this to help mislead us on the deal, do you? Nah. … And heck, why pay NPR that kind of money for skewed reporting when we have CNN and MSNBC doing the same thing for free? (that we know of, anyway)

This would be like a community activist giving the Gazette money to help report on Measure E and not expect us to report in favor of their view. (Although I can be bought for the right price. JUST KIDDING!)

Me, Obama and City Council? Whoa, Nellie!:
Last week my staff pulled a fast one on me for April Fools’ Day. (At press time they faked me out with a bait-and-switch type thing on the front page. Imagine my shock when the papers rolled off the truck the next morning.) It was a photo of me shaking hands with Obama and announcing my candidacy for city council. Some folks didn’t get the joke, though, so this is my disclaimer: It wasn’t me – they superimposed my photo on the body of Putin (of all people) shaking hands with the anointed one, and all of the left wing quotes they had me saying were false! For those of you got upset, it was only a joke! Besides, blame my staff, not me.

Don’t Really Care:
I have been asked again, “Why hardly any ranting on local politics?” After giving it some thought, it’s because very few really care. Sure, there are folks who care a great deal, but unfortunately and sadly, not near enough do. I’ve done some informal polling (asked about 40 people) and have found that not many can tell me how many seats there are on the council or even know more than one of their names. Most do not know the name of our mayor! They also don’t think the council affects them much at all, regarding their personal or business lives. I don’t agree with them, but it is what it is. Even the controversial issues in recent times (billboards, chloride, mayor pro tem) drew a blank look when I brought them up to these folks.

How can more interest be generated in local politics and leaders? I think it’s what I’ve been ranting for a couple of years now, MAYOR and DISTRICT voting. For sure, there are a lot of detractors of the idea, with good points about why this sort of system is not good. But, I think if prospective council people ran in areas where the folks lived, there would be more buy-in to the local government process. I’ve said this before, but I remember growing up in Tucson and city council candidates coming to our door, campaigning regarding what they would do for our area of town. As a young person, who didn’t give much of a rip about anything but me, it got my attention.

An election for our mayor would create instant attention from many more Santa Claritans, and having competition between two or three candidates who focused their campaign on issues just down the street would do the same, if not more. Okay, so that’s my rant on local stuff!

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | December 22, 2016

Where Credit is Due:

I’ve written a few scathing rants regarding Gary Horton’s columns in The Signal, as his left-wing diatribes make me bat crap crazy! But, when I rip a guy’s writing when I disagree, so should I praise him when I wholeheartedly agree. His piece on Wednesday entitled Time to Receive the Gift of Reassessment was well written, thought-provoking and a good message to all.

I Can Relate:

I saw where Michelle Obama said she has no hope, now that Trump is coming in as president. I can relate. The Mayor of New York City has set up a hotline for those who are in distress over Trump winning, to call for comfort and guidance. I need a hotline like that. Right after the election, colleges were providing students with a safe place to congregate to help ease their fears; I need a safe place too. The left also have millions in denial over who won the election. I’m in denial too.

What is the cause of my anxiety? If I explain it you’ll laugh at me, just like millions of people are laughing at the big babies on the left. But, if you have to know, it’s because of the non-stop ash that keeps covering my yard and polluting our swimming pool (as I write this, the pool looks like someone dumped 50 gallons of black paint into it, and this is after I spent a week and a half cleaning out the black muck from the last wind storm).

So what’s the big deal, you ask? I’ll tell you what the big deal is. I’ve put all of my hope and dreams into having a perfect yard with a crystal clear blue swimming pool. Now the pool is pitch black and all of the concrete surrounding the house is covered with ash. I don’t know how much more I can take; someone told me this could go on for years. Every ounce of insecurity I have inside me has raised its ugly head, resulting in a fear that my whole world will never be what I envisioned, a world without hardship, with all things just perfect, and if they are not, someone or some entity will make everything all right. I’m so fearful no one will come to rescue my yard and pool, I can barely function as a human being. As a result I can totally relate to the left’s anxiety.

But, I won’t give up easily. I’ll protest, whine, cry, pout, place blame, and come up with stupid ideas on how to change this catastrophe that I have no control over. Maybe this will help me in dealing with my delusional paranoia, or at the very least, make me feel better about myself as I fight a futile fight.

Just Shut Up & Act!:

Did you see those Hollywood actors in the video encouraging the electoral voters to not vote for Trump? They made me wanna puke. It appears they actually thought because of their star power they could get those designated voters to go the other way. How did that work out for these egomaniacs? Are they shocked and surprised their pleading fell on deaf ears? I guess they didn’t see one of their own, Mark Wahlberg, (who is a bigger star than any of the jamokes in the video) talking about how out of touch Hollywood types are with the common folk. When these types go to Capitol Hill to testify on climate change, world hunger or some strange disease in a far off country, it brings to mind that knowing how to act don’t mean jack squat when it comes to knowing what’s best for the world and us. So, just shut up and act!

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?:

I’m telling you right now, Mitch McConnell, who is the Majority Leader in the Senate, is causing me to cast a wary eye his way. I don’t trust the guy to carry the mantel of Trump’s goals and get the bills to the new president’s desk in a timely manner. He is already hemming and hawing over Trump’s proposed tax cuts. This guy is a RHINO (Republican in name only) who is buddies with Harry Reid and has a terrible conservative voting record. Come on, Mitch, don’t screw this up; remember most of the folks who voted you in also voted for Trump. Don’t forget who brung you to the dance!

Maybe He’ll Get it Now:

I remember my brother telling me how great Obamacare was for him as he saved a bunch of money when he got his first policy under the plan. I said, “You’re welcome, because I’ll be helping to pay for some of the savings you’re getting.” He told me I was nuts and while I’m certainly not in the $250k earning range, I think he and you, as I did, will better understand the Affordable Care Act based on this tale somebody sent to me. (Yes, it is long, but worthwhile)

Only weeks after leaving office on January 20, 2017, former President Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Troy the Plumber to come out and fix it. Troy drives to President Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive, gated community near Chicago where all the residents have a net income of way more than $250,000 per year.

Troy arrives and takes his tools into the house. He is led to the guest bathroom that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Troy assesses the problem and tells President Obama that it’s an easy repair that will take less than 10 minutes. President Obama asks Troy how much it will cost. Troy checks his rate chart and says, “$9,500.”

“What?!  $9,500?!” Obama asks, stunned, “But you said it’s an easy repair. Michelle will whip me if I pay a plumber that much!”

Troy says, “Yes, but what I do is charge those who make more than $250,000 per year a much higher amount so I can fix the plumbing of poorer people for free. This has always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied the Democrat Congress, who passed this philosophy into law. Now all plumbers must do business this way. It’s known as the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act of 2014’. I’m surprised you haven’t heard of it.”

In spite of that, Obama tells Troy there’s no way he’s paying that much for a small plumbing repair, so Troy leaves. Obama spends the next hour flipping through the phone book calling for another plumber, but he finds that all other plumbing businesses in the area have gone out of business, so Obama calls Troy and pleads with him to return.

Troy goes back to President Obama’s house, looks at the leaky pipe, checks his new rate chart and says, “Let’s see, this will now cost you $21,000.” President Obama quickly fires back, “What? A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!”

Troy explains, “Well, because of the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ a lot of wealthier people are learning how to maintain and take care of their own plumbing, so there are fewer payers in the plumbing exchanges. As a result, the price I have to charge wealthy people like you keeps rising. Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work by those who get it for free has skyrocketed! There’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs, but the amount we get doesn’t cover our costs, especially paperwork and record-keeping.

This unfortunately has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, they’re not being replaced, and nobody is going into the plumbing business because they know they can’t make any money at it. I’m hurting too, all thanks to greedy, rich people like you who won’t pay their ‘fair share.’ On the other hand, why didn’t you buy plumbing insurance last December? If you had bought plumbing insurance available under the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ all this would have been covered by your policy.”

“You mean I wouldn’t have to pay anything to have you fix my plumbing problem?” asks Obama. “Well, not exactly,” replies Troy. “You would have had to buy the insurance before the deadline, which has passed now. And, because you’re rich, you would have had to pay $34,000 in premiums, which would have given you a ‘silver’ plan, and then, since this would have been your first repair, you would have to pay up to the $21,000 deductible, and anything over that would have a $7,500 co-pay, and then there’s the mandatory maintenance program, which is covered up to 17.5%, so there are some costs involved. Nothing is for free.”

“WHAT?!” exclaims Obama. “Why so much for a puny sink leak?!” With a bland look, Troy replies, “Well, paperwork, mostly, like I said. And the internal cost of the program itself. You don’t think a program of this complexity and scope can run itself, do you?  Besides, there are millions of folks with lower incomes than you, even many in the ‘middle class’ who qualify for subsidies that people like you must support. That’s why they call it the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act’! Only people who don’t make much money can afford it. If you want affordable plumbing, you’ll have to give away most of what you have accumulated and cut yours and Michelle’s income by about 90%. Then you can qualify to GET your ‘Fair Share’ instead of GIVING it.”

“But who would pass a crazy act like the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act’?!” exclaims the exasperated Obama. After a sigh, Troy replies, “Congress … because they didn’t read it.”

Quotes of the Week:

“IMHO, if you’re applying for the city council position appointment “process,” you’re contributing to the subversion of our local democracy. We all know a 5th conservative Republican is simply going to be crowned, and we all know that in this era of Trump, most Republicans have stopped caring about ethics, morality, or integrity – just power and money. But if you consider yourself a conservative who still believes in our American democracy, becoming an accomplice to this local “anointment” travesty should not be acceptable to you. Some are saying we should inundate the CC with thousands of applications. I feel we should not legitimize this absurdity whatsoever. I mean, the guy we actually elected failed even the Palin standard of time served. An appointment now would be Putinesque.” (David Barlavi and Stacy Fortner as posted in Santa Clarita Community, a local Facebook group)

“If Trump walked on water the media would say, yeah, because he can’t swim.” (Unknown)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug:
Just a year-end wish for you and your family for a Merry Christmas, and for the first time in a long time, I can finally say with confidence; Happy New Year ( or four? ) Keep punchin’
Dale

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | December 15, 2016

Get Over it!:

One of my favorite songs by The Eagles is called “Get Over It!” That song is dedicated to the following sore losers: It’s been five weeks since the election and the mainstream media’s liberal mouthpieces cannot accept the results of the election. My goodness, people – come on, it’s over. You lost, end of story! Quit crying over the electoral college. This process is constitutional, put in place by the founding fathers and has been in effect for every presidential election the nation has ever had. Get over it!

What a surprise; Russia hacks, but so does China, Iran and North Korea, just to name a few. I tell you what, though, unless Russia subliminally infiltrated the thoughts of millions of voters to vote for Trump, this bull crap of them affecting the outcome of the election is for those imbibing in the newly legalized substance that the City of Santa Clarita is trying to keep out of here. So, get over it!

You creampuff liberals who are still insecure and scared – about what, God only knows, need to grow up and realize this nation is a country of laws with a government that was created with a system of checks and balances. Whatever you’re crying in your Cocoa Puffs about is a figment of your paranoid, unrealistic imagination. Get over it!

CNN, you need to get over yourselves. You guys are in such election denial and you’re still the freaking Clinton News Network. Every story is a rip Trump piece that is so biased the so-called professionals on the network should be ashamed and embarrassed. Say what you want about Fox News, but nearly every panel they have is comprised of at least one liberal. I know, because they irritate the heck out of me. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by CNN’s lack of credibility; any news organization that leaks debate questions to their candidate of choice shows their true pathetic colors. Get over it, CNN. (By the way, millions of us are over you!)

The L.A. Times need to get over themselves too. Tuesday’s headlines regarding Trump and the GOP were: China Warns Trump of Threat to Ties; Rift in GOP Widens Over Russia; China Toughens up its Tone Toward Trump; Russia Drives Wedge into GOP.

Your headlines regarding the Right have been reeking of left-wing bias for many years, and now that your side lost, you’re looking for any negative sensationalism you can grab to salve your wounds. Get over it!

Jump on the Bandwagon:

If the aforementioned media outlets would somehow take their crap-colored sunglasses off for a few minutes they might be surprised at what they find. That is, the positive things that have occurred since the president elect became just that. If the weak-kneed liberals can get out of their fraidy cat mode, maybe they will see that what is happening with Trump being elected will help a great deal with economic conditions that should benefit all Americans, even those who can’t see past their hatred for the man and his policies. So, come on everyone, wake-up, smell the roses and why don’t you media types report some of Trump’s good stuff.

Since Trump’s victory, economic optimism has skyrocketed. Stock markets have risen around 4-5 percent. Industrial and bank indexes are at new highs, investors see Trump’s economic policies – tax reform, regulatory reform, and infrastructure spending – as a great jump start to a sluggish economy.

Trump’s policy changes will make things better for business, resulting in business investing more. New business opportunities will be opened, new jobs created, incomes will rise, and most folks will be better off. We will be back to widespread prosperity. So, come on all you naysayers, never Trumpers, and even you liberals; jump aboard the Trump-Bump-Bandwagon!

I Love It:

I absolutely love seeing left wingers go nuts over Trump goings on: He shouldn’t tweet like that, that isn’t presidential. He shouldn’t have said that, he shouldn’t have talked to her. He is undermining the CIA, why should he care about expensive airplanes? She isn’t qualified for that job. He’s a doctor, and what does he know about housing? These guys are all generals, they don’t want peace and will blow up the world. Him? He has never worked a day in government in his life; running an oil company is not the same as working for the government. That guy will let our environment go straight to hell. How can he pick someone to head the Department of Energy, when that guy wanted to eliminate the agency? THE FUN IS JUST BEGINNING!

Reprise:

This past October I wrote an extracurricular rant about the serious danger of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse weapon) attack on our nation. This type of weapon has no physical effect on humans, but can take out the entire electrical grid of the U.S., resulting in horrible, long-term suffering and deaths.

Congressman Trent Franks said: “We are only one act of madness away from a social cataclysm unlike anything our country has ever known.” A report in the Wall Street Journal claimed: “A nuclear device detonated above the U.S. could kill millions, and we’ve done almost nothing to prepare.” I wrote: “What will it take to get our leaders to wake up to this horrible possibility? To start with, it requires recognizing that WE have ENEMIES whose only goal in life is to cause us terrible harm and would gleefully celebrate our great suffering. We certainly have the capability to PREVENT this type of attack, but the people at the top HAVE to get their heads out of their butts.”

I’m Taking Credit:

As a result of that rant, there is finally legislation that has passed to address this threat to America. Just kidding about the credit going to me. Congressman Trent Franks deserves the credit for this bill; he was one of the first to ring the alarm bell on this one. One of Trent’s supporters summed it up this way: “I wish more people understood the dangers of electromagnetic pulse. Besides taking down the power grid it could also destroy any electronic device you have. That means no cell phone, no TV, no radio. No power!”

Let’s hope and pray this legislation can become effective and prevent this possible horrific devastation from ever occurring.

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

Trump Denies He’ll Take a ‘Wrecking Ball’ to Obama’s Legacy: I say go for it!

Trump Battles For Legitimacy: He is 10 times more legitimate than the current president.

Trump Blasts Cost of New Air Force One: Really refreshing if you ask me.

Trump Slams Cost of the F-35 Fighter Plane: There he goes again.

Report: Leaderless Democrats Fear They Could Get Steamrolled: Using sports metaphors, let’s move in for the kill or we should put them away.

Quotes of the Week:

“This ‘whole stages of grief’ thing doesn’t seem to be working for some Democrats.” (Chris Stirewait, Fox News)

“I think the skeptical, the hostile press will continue the way they have, frankly, in this last five weeks since he got elected. And I think many of them are election deniers still fighting the last war, still thinking we’re in the permanent campaign.” (Kellyanne Conway, Trump campaign manager)

“Sore losers makes winning even more fun.” (Lou Dobbs)

“I think this really speaks to the president elect’s focus on keeping costs down across the board with regard to government spending. I think people are really frustrated with some of the big price tags that are coming out for programs, even in addition to this one. So we’re going to look for areas where we can keep costs down and look for ways where we can save money.” (Jason Miller, Trump spokesman)

“Here is a truth. EVERYBODY ON TV IS OVERPAID AND SPOILED. I’m the only one who admits it.” (Sean Hannity)

Letters to the Ranter:

It was sad to read columnist Joshua Heath’s column on the death of the evil Communist dictator of Cuba. He does not understand why tens of thousands of Cubans risked their lives and that of their children to escape to Florida. They would totally disagree on his praising of Castro’s policies for his Country. The Cuba that Castro inherited ranked 3rd in Latin America in doctors and dentists and daily calorie consumption per capita.  Cubans were the most literate (not after Castro) Latins and had a vibrant civic life with private professional, commercial, religious and charitable organizations. Castro destroyed all that. In the past 50 years, Cuba’s export growth has been less than Haiti’s, and now even doctors are scarce because so many are sent abroad to earn foreign currency. Hospitals actually lack sheets and aspirin.  The avg. monthly income is $20 and government food rations are inadequate. So, economic and social devastation under Castro, but also human devastation- tens of thousands of freedom-loving Cubans murdered, others tortured and jailed, and the suppression of freedom and liberty for Cuba since Castro stole his way to power. So, Donald Trump was one of the few men who got his eulogy telling the truth about the evil reign of Castro. Shame on Obama, Jimmy Carter, the Canadien P.M., and other leftist world leaders. Name not provided

Author’s Response:

This is odd, because my piece was literally just the argument made by human rights groups: he was a bastard to his opposition, but did nice things for social justice. I’m not a fan of Castro as an individual, I think he was insane. I was just saying, in the column, that we should look at it his entire career and learn from the good and scorn the bad. Josh Heath

Hi Doug:
Just a note to thank you for printing my “Farewell to the Flim-Flam-Family”story.
I’ve attached another short piece, which may be a bit too provocative to print, but thought you’d get a chuckle out of it anyway. Keep punchin’ Best Regards,
Dale

Converting the Liberal

The following procedure is guaranteed to awaken the dormant, thinking human being in the staunchest Liberal.
Step 1. Have them place their hands at the side of their ears, palms facing forward.
Step 2. Prepare for Step 3. by clearing their mind of all thoughts, followed by a deep breath, hold it for fifteen seconds, then exhale very slowly.
Step 3. They are now ready for Step 4., the final procedure.
Step 4. With a firm, steady effort, slowly begin to push their hands forward. Continue pushing until a loud “popping” sound is heard. That will be the sound of their head being pulled out of their ass, where it has spent it’s life, up to now. Within a short while, their eyesight will improve dramatically, and their brain will suddenly possess the ability to think clearly, and to reason. This will continue for some time, until finally, they will become a productive human being; i.e. Conservative.

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | December 8, 2016

What Rhymes With Buck?

Kevin Buck, that is; the columnist who contributes to The Signal. In the interest of good taste, I won’t play the rhyming game with his name, as it would be a personal attack, which I want to avoid. Of course, he did not avoid personal attacks on our president elect in his recent piece: “Just because he won does not make him any more qualified to hold the office; it does not make him any more decent or moral. He is still a liar, a thief, a con man and a despicable excuse for a human being.” Can you imagine if a right-leaning columnist used those words to describe Obama in the paper? Oh, my gosh. The Signal would have protesters outside of their office (our office) demanding he should never write for the paper again. I can understand if Buck wants to criticize Trump’s positions, but to attack him in this manner is narrow-minded, shallow, judgmental, deplorable and, in my opinion, shows a lack of professionalism.

I Should Stop:

I should stop there, but I just can’t. Buck went on to write about the wall Trump has said he will build: “A wall that will do almost zero in preventing illegal immigration.” Kevin must not read the rant, otherwise he would have read what I wrote a few months ago about a border patrol supervisor I met in San Diego, who told me how much the wall WOULD help their enforcement efforts, especially with the increase of people from the Middle East trying to get across. He told me, “I hope he gets the thing built right away!”

What Mr. Buck wrote next actually made me want to use the word his name rhymes with … with a “you” after it, but that would cause me to break one of the 10 commandments, as Jesus explained them, and so I will refrain. “The voters whose support I have the most problem reconciling with Trump is the Christian right. They have spent decades trying to remake America into a biblical utopia. They have been extremely judgmental of every part of society that falls short of the religious ideals they want us all to live by. And yet, they supported and continue to support a man who has proudly broken every one of the 10 commandments, except maybe the sixth.”

As a Christian who happens to lean far to the right, I take umbrage with this load of crap. First of all, Buck shows his biblical ignorance in using the word “utopia.” In fact, much of the Bible addresses the human struggle we all face here on earth. The utopia comes into play after we’re out of here. Second of all, the Bible teaches us to avoid judging on all levels. Most Christians strive for religious ideals for themselves, and it’s hard enough to achieve that, let alone impart it on others and then judge them for not buying in.

Many millions of Christians support Trump, not for his personal, behavioral aspects (which would be judging), but for his efforts to get this country back to being great again, with common sense reasoning that the founding fathers envisioned. It appears Kevin Buck is too wrapped up in his selfish, hateful ideals to give Mr. Trump a chance at succeeding, even if it benefits all Americans, including himself.

I’m so Enlightened:

There is so much I’m learning since the election, like the reasons Donald beat Hillary. Just the other day, I learned it was because: she is a woman; James Comey sabotaged her campaign; WikiLeaks did her in; and Fox News was incredibly biased against her. Who knew? I’m so naïve, I really thought it was Trump laying out his positive vision for the nation and voters realizing Hillary’s way of thinking was going to lead us down the same road of crap we’ve been on for the last eight years. What a dunce I am!

The big one I missed was that President Elect Trump won because of racism. Why didn’t I think of that? Of course, it was because his supporters are all racists. Symone Sanders, who was Bernie Sanders’ national press secretary, summed it up perfectly:

“We have to be real and understand that the populism around Donald Trump’s campaign was intrinsically tied to racism. ‘Make America Great Again’ takes us back to a time when we were in slavery, we were in chains, when we worked on plantations, internment camps for the Chinese (I think she meant Japanese). So, it is really, really important that if we want to heal, that if people want to get past, if Trump supporters want to say, ‘Well, why are you calling me racist,’ that we have to understand that populism was tied to elements of racism … people think racism is dogs and white hoods and water hoses and the n-word. And that is not the only form of racism. There are microaggressions. There are, “Oh, you speak so well.” These are microaggressions that are forms of prejudice and discrimination that we have to address.”

I learn something new every day. I thought microaggressions are when you tell a cupcake-coed you like her hair, or even when you call someone ma’am or sir when they might be gender-challenged and it could hurt his or her feelings. I sure didn’t know it could be from being a Trump supporter.

By the way, someone forgot to tell Senator Chuck Schumer about how bad these microaggressions are. I couldn’t believe it when he said, “I have serious concerns about Ben Carson’s lack of expertise and experience in dealing with housing issues.” Wait a minute – that is a macroaggressive, racist comment! Whenever someone criticized Obama for his lack of experience it was labeled as racist thinking. I am stunned and sad Mr. Schumer could be so insensitive.

Oh, I learned something else, and that is that Trump is scaring people, especially in California. Some progressive billionaire (Tom Steyer) said: “It’s impossible to look at the Trump campaign and not see a direct threat to the civil liberties and dignity of California citizens.” Since I live in California, I’m just now realizing the harsh realities of Trump becoming my president. I certainly don’t want my civil liberties and dignity to be taken away. What should I do? Please, someone give me advice on this!
Headlines of the Week (with my 2 cents added)

Bergdahl Requests a Pardon: You know Obama wants to do this in the worst way.

Bergdahl Platoon Leader Blasts Desperate Pardon Plea: Not much more needs to be said?

Harry Reid Will Get A-list Sendoff From Clinton, Biden and McConnell: Dude should get a D-list sendoff and McConnell should be ashamed of himself.

Pelosi in Denial? Leader Says Dems Don’t Need New Direction: Nancy, you keep that line of thinking up for as long as you want; it just shows how out-of-touch you really are. By the way, when are you going the way of Harry Reid?

Trump Targets Boeing for ‘Out of Control’ Air Force One Costs: This is the kind of common sense we need; Obama wouldn’t have even thought of this.

Having Sex May Improve Your Memory, Study Finds: No wonder I – on second thought, never mind.

LAUSD Moves to Ease Trump Anxieties: How can a local school district promise someone protection from federal law?

Today’s White House Briefing: What’s the point of having these until January 20?

Quotes of the Week:

“A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for his family.” (Actor Mark Wahlberg, on why celebrities should refrain from political comments)

“It is important for people to know religion has nothing to do with being a good person, and that being open and honest about what you believe — and don’t believe — is the best gift you can give this holiday season. More and more Americans are leaving religion, but we still have work to do when it comes to fighting the stigma many atheists face.” (David Silverman, president of American Atheists, on their ad campaign “Make America Great Again – Skip Church”)

“MSNBC has no shame, now defending defense contractor Boeing’s huge markups and cost overruns, just out of Trump hatred.” (Mark Simone, radio talk show host)

“Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon. Nancy Pelosi is a two-bit political hack. Who is she to stand in judgment of Dr. Carson’s qualifications?” (Sheriff David Clarke)

“That Westworld finale was more confusing than the Rams’ decision to give Jeff Fisher a contract extension.” (Dennis Miller)

“Donald Trump, in the first four weeks of his presidency, has done more to help this country than I think Barack Obama has done in the last four years.” (Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager)

Doug’s Rant: The Drinking Game

| Doug's Rants, Opinion | December 1, 2016

rantIf you read Doug’s Rant every week, you are probably a) a conservative, b) at a bus stop, or c) one of Doug’s liberal close friends (the two of you know who you are).

But, no matter which category you fall under, you somehow have enough time to read an entire rant, so you must have enough time to participate in this week’s Drinking Game: Doug’s Rant Edition. This game traditionally involves consuming alcohol, but since this is a newspaper, and you are most likely reading this before 11 a.m., I’m going to close my eyes and pretend that coffee is the liquid of the hour. So, drink yourselves into a day of anxious productivity and frequent bathroom trips, because this game is going to get intense.

Round One – Bolded Headings and Italicized Sass:

-Every time Doug introduces a topic by using an old cliché as a headline: drink.
-When he italicizes an adjective – and I mean any adjective: take a drink.
-When Doug replaces curse words with other vague not-so-curse-words: take a drink.

Round Two – Humble Beginnings:

-Every time Doug begins with an anecdote about his weekend or family: drink.
-Whenever he opens the rant by mentioning the legal battle with The Signal: drink.
-If he starts the rant by commenting on the city council: take two drinks.

Round Three – Taking out the Trash:

-When Doug trashes Barack Obama and/or ObamaCare: drink.
-Whenever Doug contests The Signal’s op-ed writers and/or The Signal: drink.
-If Doug slams the Clintons: sip. (These ones add up.)
-When he lambasts political correctness: drink.
-When he bashes Liberals and their “sensitivity”: drink.

Round Four – Proof is in the Politics:

-When Doug mentions the national debt: take a break. You’ll need it.
-If Doug concedes Trump’s flaws, but then praises him: drink.
-When Doug goes off about regulations: drink.
-When he mentions what Jesus would do, but also talks about stronger borders: drink. (Sorry, Doug)

Final Round – You’ve Got Mail:

-If the Rant includes fan mail from supporters: drink.
-If one of the quotes is from a token Liberal: drink.
-If one of the quotes is from a Facebook post: take a drink.
-If Rush Limbaugh is anywhere near the quotes: DRINK.
-If the Headlines of the Week can be found on Drudge Report: take a drink.

Bonus Round – Silver Linings

-When Doug includes letters from people who disagree with him: drink.
-When Doug gives his ignorant teenage employee the permission to make fun of him in a 500-word article: drink.
-When Doug does not fire his ignorant teenage employee for making fun of him in said article: cross yourself, say your prayers, take a drink.
-When Doug publishes liberal op-eds in the Gazette: drink.
-When Doug has a lot on his plate and still takes time to help people out: take a drink.
-When Doug says “Does Sarah Farnell know who signs her paychecks?”: nod, then drink.

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | December 1, 2016

I Will Have Some Cheese:

Yes, I will have some cheese with my whine. It’s Monday after the long weekend and I’ve got nothing to rant about except for what I’ve been bemoaning recently.

*When is the freaking ash going to go away? The fire near my house was almost five months ago and still, every time a Santa Ana wind blows through, the ground outside of my house gets covered with ash. It is especially bad in the pool where it turns to sludge and clogs up the filter system. Plus, the dogs don’t like the stuff in their water bowls either. A friend in the area told me that after a few rains, the ash on the burn areas of the hills would settle into the ground. Well, that ain’t happening.

*As I was driving back from Arizona – from the car pool lane – I look over to my left and see useless asphalt where another lane could easily be for-rant-copyinstalled to relieve traffic congestion. This goes on for mile after mile. It’s particularly annoying when the car pool lane comes to a screeching halt. I can’t tell you how tempted I was to move over, onto the lane that’s not a lane and hightail it. Are the same Einsteins who built these non-lanes the same people that are going to use our Measure M dollars?

*Speaking of Arizona, when I was in Tucson, the average price for regular gas was $1.95 per gallon! What a great state California is!

*Speaking of our state, why do they still have the checkpoints at the Arizona border, bringing traffic to standstill as cars enter California? The money the state pays those guys and gals to stand there and do nothing but wave us through could be used to subsidize our gasoline, right?

*Again, speaking of our state, did you know that if you’re convicted of a DUI for drugs, you still have to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in your car, even though it cannot detect any substance other than alcohol when blown into? In other words, someone can be whacked out of their mind on drugs, but the device will allow their car to start and they can be on their merry way. What a great state we live in!

*Wal-Mart is a billion dollar company, so why in the heck can’t they afford decent carts? Whenever I shop there, it takes me two or three tries to find one that doesn’t go thump-thump, or takes all my strength to keep it from plowing into other carts. What makes it even more challenging is that the floor where carts are kept is roughly textured so you don’t know it’s a dud until you’re out into the flow of shopping traffic. Who knew life could be so hard?

*Is it just me, or do you get the feeling Santa Claritans aren’t going to have much of a say as to who will take Dante Acosta’s seat on the city council?

*If we had city council districts, would it still cost $175,000 to have a special election to replace Acosta in the Canyon Country District?

*Is it just me, or did Conservatives whine, cry, gnash our teeth, fret, criticize, and lash out against Obama after he was elected as much as the Liberals are doing with Trump?

*If we would have done that, you know for sure, cries of racism would have flooded the airways.

*If someone on an awards show mimicked Michelle Obama the way they did Mrs. Trump on that awards show last week, there would be riots in the street.

Come on, Donald! (Mr. President-elect):

I’m sure Mr. Trump reads the Rant, so I’m addressing this to him:

Dear Mr. President-elect,

None of your predecessors seemed too concerned about our nation’s HUGE-HUGE-HUGE-HUGE debt, but I and a few others are. I’ve written (ranted) several times about what I consider to be a real and soon-to-be present danger, but reader response has been non-existent, for the most part (no one commented on what I think is another scary risk for America—An Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon attack, either). I guess we all live in a state of denial, La La Land, or even awareness of potentially grave situations.

These are some excerpts of what I’ve written in the past:
As our government keeps growing and growing, it needs more money to operate, while at the same time, the debt keeps growing and growing, causing more and more interest that has to be paid. So, what keeps happening? We continue to borrow like crazy, sinking into deeper debt by the minute (literally).

If this continues the way it has been going, soon every dollar of tax revenue will have to go towards paying just the debt interest alone, let alone the principal. Then we will have to borrow even more (or hope to) just to pay for essentials, like the military, homeland security, air traffic control, the FBI, etc. If it gets to the point where all we can borrow goes to pay for these essentials, how does government then pay for social security, Medicare, welfare and food stamps (entitlements)?

When this happens, the most difficult of decisions will have to be made. I think we will have no choice but to somehow pay for the security aspects of the government (military, etc.), but entitlement funding will go away, because we’ll be unable to pay the high interest of borrowing more or will be prevented from borrowing at all, to cover entitlements.
Social security and disability checks will quit coming in the mail, automatic deposits for the same will cease, food stamps won’t be available; it will be horrific! Will people just sit at home starving to death or dying from lack of medicine? When people get frightened and desperate, especially for their kids, many won’t stop at anything.

It Won’t Matter At All:

Sir, I appreciate the plans you have to help the economy and I think they are all good ideas, but when I hear talk of spending a trillion dollars on infrastructure, it reminds me of the wife who has the house extensively remodeled when the family is on the verge of bankruptcy. All of the great ideas you have for the nation will not matter if we are thrown into economic and civil chaos.

Somehow, some way, you – every elected official in Washington and every employee of the Federal Government – has got to make slashing spending an urgent priority. As a business owner and a corporate employee, I’ve had to cut expenses after there was no more to cut, and then some. It hurt, caused extra work and made things stressful, but it HAD to be done.

Mr. Trump, I beg you to treat this gig like you did while building your business empire. Hold people’s feet to the fire like you did on “The Apprentice.” Demand and hold people accountable, like they’re spending your investments. While many will push back, whine, cry, throw tantrums and scream bloody murder, the debt situation must be solved before devastation engulfs us all. I think you’re the guy to do it, so please don’t let me, and America, down.

Headlines of the Week (with my 2 cents added)

Donald Trump Signals Big Health Policy Changes are Coming: Hopefully, many more changes too.

Trump Says He’s Leaving His Businesses to Focus on Presidency: Wow! He’s going from a billionaire to a $1-per-year salary. What a guy!

Obama on Dems’ Inability to Reach Voters: Part of it is Fox News in Every Bar and Restaurant: Huh? This is a real stretch. You don’t suppose it’s because voters knew America couldn’t survive another four years like the past eight years, do you? You can’t blame Fox News for that.

Donald Trump to Meet With Sheriff David Clarke at Trump Tower: I’d hire Clarke for whatever job he wants.

Democrats Clinch Supermajorities in State. Now What? Of course, the state is California. The “now what” is, we will drift further into the abyss of progressive, socialistic liberalism like the other fringe coastal states that have no clue about the real world.

Castro’s Life, Legacy Praised: Please help me understand why a man who was a brutal dictator deserves such adulation?

Quotes of the Week:

“President-elect Trump should get up every day and begin by looking at his own campaign promises. He owes his presidency to the people who believed in him, not to the courtiers and schmoozers who had contempt for him as a candidate, but adore him now that he is going to be president.” (Newt Gingrich)

“‘Reasonableness’ will be the death of Trumpism. The very essence of the Trump candidacy was a willingness to set out new policies, new goals, and new toughness that was ‘unreasonable’ to Washington, but made perfect sense to millions of Americans. President Trump should ‘unreasonably’ insist on draining the swamp and changing policies. This is why he was elected.” (Newt Gingrich)

“I don’t know about you, folks. When I was growing up, I never expected to be able to afford everything I wanted. There are certain things I couldn’t afford. I didn’t run around blasting those companies or those things. I just decided I was gonna have to, if I really wanted it, find a way to pay for it. But that doesn’t seem to be the attitude today.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“President Obama … is like a tenant who has been evicted from a property; he’s going to trash the place on the way out.” (Sheriff David Clarke)

“Chicago is dying the death of a thousand cuts. Rahm Emanuel can’t wait ‘til Jan. 1 when the death count goes back to 1.” (Sheriff David Clarke)

Letters to the Ranter:

I am a long time Signal reader and a short time Gazette reader. I really appreciate the honesty of both Conservative AND Liberal writers of editorials published. This week’s Liberal writers actually were honest as to why they lost the presidential election. How refreshing. Their ineptness and arrogance is what allowed a Republican/Democrat be elected. Therefore we got a president elect that does not follow party B.S. and hopefully will actually attempt to solve some of our problems. He might also be the president who exposes those in Congress who do not vote for the benefit of their constituents as opposed to their own benefit or Party lines. I’m now a weekly reader of the Gazette. Keep up the good work. Ron, Valencia

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 23, 2016

The Thanksgiving That is:

I didn’t think I would be writing about this, but almost on a daily basis I get asked, “How is it going with the Signal?” I figured it would be too boring for rant readers if I shared about that, but recently we ran a series of articles, “History of the Gazette,” and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive feedback we received on the series. That feedback and the question I get frequently asked is leading me to share.

Many who followed the legal battle between the Gazette and The Signal for three years were shocked, dismayed, suspicious, and questioned my sanity when the deal took place. Some of the comments were: “What are you thinking? Those guys will undermine you and run you out of town”; “They’ll control what goes in the paper and the Gazette will be robbed of its uniqueness”; “You think guys like that are really going to leave you alone and still support what you do?”; “Doug, I’m worried your rant won’t ever be the same”; and “The new owners want to take this town over and controlling you is the first step.”

The owners of the local radio station took it a step further. Apparently, because of their mistrust and/or dislike of the new owners of The Signal, they abruptly canceled “The Gazette Radio Hour,” which my attorney friend, John Rogers, and I hosted. While I still like and respect the owners of the station, John and I were disappointed and felt they overreacted.

And So?:

In this week to be thankful, I will tell you, my wife and I are grateful for the business relationship that formed out of the ashes of dispute. We have a good working relationship with the new partners and they have been true to their word, allowing us to operate without any interference whatsoever! In fact, I’ve offered up critical ranting of the Signal’s op-ed writers, as well as differing with their editorial board’s endorsements and criteria for endorsements, without a murmur of push-back. This, along with enabled cost reductions in printing and distribution through the partnership, has made for a win-win situation.

This, my friends, is something to be thankful for — for our family, our employees, the company, and especially the readers of the Gazette!

Just Shut Up:     

Just shut up. We enjoy being entertained by you, but please spare us your political puking as you use a stage to promote your personal hate. We don’t give two craps what you think about Mike Pence, Donald Trump and his wife. Your verbal message on the stage of a play to Pence or your degrading of the Trumps during an award show is classless and gutless. It doesn’t take many stones between your legs to rip someone in an entertainment setting, when your targets aren’t able to stand up for themselves.

Why don’t you self-absorbed jerk-punks lament about the senseless killings of police officers over the weekend or the congressman’s grandson who was gunned down in Chicago over a pair of sneakers. Maybe talk about how nice it will be when folks have more money in their paychecks so more of them can afford tickets to your plays and concerts or buy your recordings. Heck, I don’t know, maybe you could chant “USA, USA” and shout how great a country this is, enabling you to project your stupidity without legal or oppressive consequence. So please, just shut up and entertain!

Quotes of The Week:

“The left is trying to come to grips with its utter rejection, and its response to Donald Trump will be to fall back on an endless series of freakoutrages – hyperbolic, unhinged, hack media-fueled spasms of faux moral panic every time he dares do anything. Appoint someone to a job? Freak out – it’s an outrage! Go to dinner? Freak out – it’s an outrage! Actually keep promises made to the voters? Freak out – it’s an outrage! But it isn’t going to work. Not anymore. Freakoutrage fatigue is in effect. You can cry Wolf Blitzer all day long and nobody cares.”  (Kurt Schlicher, columnist for Town Hall)

“No administration is ready on day one. We weren’t ready on day one, I’ve never met one that’s ever been ready on day one. But, I’m confident on day one everything will be in good hands and they’ll be able to handle everything.” (Joe Biden, on Trump’s admistration transition)

“If you have nostalgia for the days when blacks kept quiet, gays were in the closet, immigrants were invisible and women stayed in the kitchen, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is your man.” (Rep. Luis Gutierrez on the nominee for Attorney General)

“Trump selected a qualified, fair, dedicated to rule of law and justice-for-all person in Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.” (Sheriff David Clarke)

“Obama in Berlin said Trump won’t remain in office long if he doesn’t focus. How then did Obama last 8 years focusing on golf and NCAA picks?” (Sheriff David Clarke)

“President Obama now has a personal Facebook page where he says he wants to have real conversations about issues. In other words, he’s new to Facebook.” (Conan O’Brien)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug:
Wish your column could be read all across the country. Your words echo the thoughts of the vast majority of Americans. And, judging by the recent election, I don’t think I have to say much more. Like most, I was elated the night of the election as things became clear that my wildest hopes were going to be delivered, and in spades !!

I was moved to pen a little farewell to the Clintons, and I thought you’d like a copy. Put it in your column, if you like, or share it with other like minds. Can’t wait to see your future thoughts on our new President as he begins the hard work of pulling the nails out of America’s coffin just in time. Until then Best Regards,
Dale

“Don’t forget to close the door behind you” So let us bid farewell and Bon Voyage to those lovable hicks gone slicks, the Flim-Flam-Family, as they seek fresher, greener villages to worm their way  into the hearts and wallets to fleece and flam it’s vulnerable citizenry.
They sally forth, inspired by the great words of Abe Lincoln, “You can fool some of the people, some of the time…..and that’s all you need to become a wealthy politician.”  Their parting words say it all; “Worry not for us, for we still have our family…..Foundation, that is!”   

Hi Doug,

I’m a little perturbed about the lack of support for President Elect Donald John Trump by “Trump supporters,” including you. “I was and am a Donald Trump supporter. Not so much because of him, per se, but for what I think he can do for our nation with the key factors that can benefit all of us.” (Doug’s quote from last rant)

Listen to me very carefully Mister… President Elect Donald Trump has got balls. He is  ingenious, successful, kind and considerate. You and I have not met him. All we really know of him is what the media has reported and what we decide to believe. And the Harvey Levin story among others do not portray him as anything less than a gracious man. Nor are these reports mainstream. (Go figure why that is) You, Doug are part of the problem with your pitter-pattering support. You sound like the leftist glib that has become the political correctness you abhor. This shit has got to stop F#*%ing-A man stand up and realize that President Elect Donald Trump is you, me and many many Americans personified. Except he is the real deal. His family is real. His life is real. And his action is real.

 The left and that condescending Obama have gotten away with ripping our fundamental liberties and destroying our quality of life because of  Greed and Idolatry supported by pussy foot politicians, the media brainwashing and cowards that don’t take action. The scheme is only over when WE grow balls and FULLY SUPPORT our President Elect  Donald Trump in word and action.

AND may I remind one of our greatest Presidents ever, Abraham Lincoln was not expected to win the election and when he did, he  filtrated his cabinet with his adversaries. Any of that sound familiar ??? AND you, Doug find the time to say, well you know, Donald Trump…I really don’t like him, but… Doug, really man, where are your brains ??Millions of us like Donald Trump. Mike Pence likes him. Scott Baio likes him. President Elect Donald Trump is no God, Jesus, Saint, Allah, Messiah or whatever. But he is the next GREAT President. Thanks Brother and Have a Happy Turkey Day,   Tim

Doug,
Since the left considers anyone that doesn’t agree with them to be a racist, an anti-Semite, a sexist, an Islamaphobe……..and the list goes on and on. The only ones the left does not consider to be racist, anti-Semitic and Judeophobic is ITSELF. Just like the left got the entire election wrong from Trump to both houses of Congress and many issues and candidates in many states, it’s quite predictable that it has this issue wrong, too.
 
The crybabies on the left still have not realized what the rest of America has realized, that the left is only about name-calling and race-politics only as it has gotten very fat and lazy, putting down the millions of white working class voters that it used to champion. It now champions only the very, very rich and the very, very poor.
Remember lefties……. DeplorableLivesMatter.  S.Rubin

Hey Doug,

Thanks for the shout-out in your October 28 Rant! It’s always nice to know that someone actually reads these columns (other than the six or so retired guys who comment on every column). After this heated political season, The Signal said they’d like to “invite (me) to write for another publication” so unfortunately I won’t be around any longer for your bemusement. At least not in The Signal. Moving forward — it’ll just be more of the like-minded on their pages. A couple of national political sites have expressed interest in publishing The Rational Center, so once I decide where it’ll land, I’ll let you know! Cheers!
John Zarring

Ranter’s Note:  I ranted hard against John’s views — this just goes to show one should not take this stuff personally.

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 17, 2016

Who Should Decide?

If you read the front page story of this newspaper you saw the beginning of what is sure to generate some fun back and forths on how to select a replacement and who should replace Dante Acosta on the City Council. The writing is on the wall that there will be no special election, due to the cost, resulting in some sort of selection process. I don’t think I’ll be the only one to bring up: They have millions for a theatre in Newhall, but can’t spare $175,000 to let the voters decide on who should sit on the City Council?

In my ranting opinion, the voters should decide who gets the seat. If a special election is too expensive, then the candidate who was the first runner-up to the winners should get the nod, and that would be TimBen Boydston. This would be the closest thing to a voter selection.

In the spirit of David Letterman, here are the 10 least likely people to be selected to the vacant City Council seat:

10. David Barlavi

9. Bryan Caforio

8. Leon Worden

7. Elaine Ballace

6. Doug Fraser

5. Lynne Plambeck

4. Cam Noltemeyer

3. Alan Ferdman

2. Steve Petzold

The number 1 least likely person to be selected to the City Council:

TimBen Boydston !

This is not an indictment on Boydston’s capability as a city councilman, rather it’s me forecasting the very slim odds of him being selected. I don’t think there is a chance on God’s earth that the sitting council folks will come close to considering him. It would be like the U.S. Senate taking Ted Cruz back if he was ousted; it ain’t happening. But, I think Ted Cruz has been an asset to the Senate with his pain-in-the-butt ways, and I think our council needs Boydston’s pain-in-the-butt ways too.

Pin Me, Pin Me (like a child would say it)

I’ve been looking for a safety pin to put on my shirt so I can show the whole world (or at least my little world) that I am a safe person to be around with no reason to fear me. I’m kind, considerate (most of the time); I care about people and want what’s best for all. I am a Christian who tries to treat people the way I want to be treated. I am not a bigot, a homophobe or a racist; I was and am a Donald Trump supporter. Not so much because of him, per se, but for what I think he can do for our nation with the key factors that can benefit all of us. I truly believe he wants to do what’s best for us citizens and the self-absorbed hatefulness for the man who many think will impart evil atrocities across our land is pure rubbish.

To a Friend:

When Obama won four years ago I was bitterly disappointed, but you didn’t read in this space or hear me say things like “anyone who voted for Obama is a complete freaking idiot who wants to see this nation die a slow death” or “the only decent people in our country are the ones who voted for Romney” or “anyone who voted for Obama is a communistic, socialistic low-life.”

These are posts from a middle-aged Facebook friend (and a friendly acquaintance in person) that, I think, typifies the rhetoric that is permeating throughout the liberal world:

“Most of America feels their country left them for a Grand Wizard, filed for divorce to take everything, and the new white Klan wedding is in January.

“The country I’ve loved all my life is no more.

“Trump and his followers are a direct threat to me, my family, and many of my friends. I am in full protection mode! Red alert! Shields at maximum! Phasers and photon torpedoes armed and ready. Intruder alert.

“The bigots do not outnumber us – although there appear to be a lot more of them than we thought.

“There is no comparison between our hatred for Trump, and their hatred for Obama. They hate Obama because he’s black, we hate Trump because he’s a bigot.”

My friend, do you really think we Trump supporters represent these thoughts you venomously spew out? How on earth can Trump even come close to doing all the terrible things you think he will do to our people?

I’ve got an idea; how about we give the guy a chance to show what he can and will do as our president. If he screws the whole thing up or does the hateful things you are convinced he will, then go ahead and blister him. Look, he won fair and square and you’re coming off like a spoiled, hysterical brat! I still consider you a friend, but come on, man!

Concern:

I’m really concerned for the young people who are so traumatized by Donald Trump becoming our president. They are looking for people with safety pins on, safe places to congregate, therapy pets, professors that sympathize with their fragile psyches so much they allow them to skip class and delay exams.

My concern? How in the freak are they going to handle the harsh realities of life? It reminds me of the song that goes: “I wish the real world would just stop hassling me.” Let me tell you young ones, the real world will never stop hassling you, so you better buck-up and get used to it. If having a president-elect scares the poop out of you and sends you into a paranoid depression, you are in for a long, tough ride on the train that is life.

What happens later in life when you yourself run for PTA president or president of your kid’s little league and you don’t get it? How will you handle your emotions when you have a mean boss or a boss tells you you’re not performing up to the company’s standards and you could be let go? What if you get laid off a job at no fault of your own? These are just a few things that life will throw at you in later years, so get over it, get over yourself, and grow up fast, before you end up a non-functioning wuss.

Quotes of the Week:

“Had Hillary won, how many college classes and exams would have been cancelled due to student and teacher emotional trauma?” (Larry Elder)

“Hey friends, I know some of you are very upset about this election, I urge you to be aware of the fact of how lucky we are to live in a place where we are actually allowed to decide things like this. There are millions of people around the world who would give everything just to be able to vote in an election…so instead of bashing Trump and America maybe you should sit back and realize how lucky you are to be complaining!” (Parker Sutton)

“Obama gets 95 percent of the black vote and no one bats an eye. Trump gets 55 percent of the white vote and everyone loses their minds.” (Larry Elder)

“These folks are your neighbors, John. You caused a lot of pain – but screw it, it’s just politics, right? You get to walk away whistlin’ Dixie. I’m getting more and more impressed with the new crew at the Signal. They made peace with my friend Doug, they’ve actually thought about their endorsements, and they canned your ass. I may actually add the Signal to my subscriptions along with the Gazette.” (Matt Denny, in response to John Zaring, who is upset The Signal uninvited him as an op-ed contributor).

“Hillary ditches media after collapse, silence. Trump ditches press to eat dinner, they lose it. The media is a joke.” (Todd Hall, Plumber )

“If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y., Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily.” (President-Elect Donald Trump)

“The first three members of Trump’s administration team are a woman, a gay man and a black man. How is he a woman hating, homophobic, racist?” (Facebook post)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,
Regarding Trump.
Our military has matured quite a bit since the days of Curtis LeMay, and I don’t think Trump can push the nuclear button without some institutional restraints. That’s the worst that could happen. I think our government has enough checks and balances, so he can’t burn the house down. I think the American People will soon learn what they got. I have absolutely no confidence in Trump, but I am comfortable with our institutions. I once saw Justice Kennedy say that we have two constitutions: the written one and who we are. Both constitutions will restrain the tyrant.

We will soon find out what the Republican Senate and House really think about the Iran deal. All their previous posturing was a harmless hedge against failure. If Obama and the other Western leaders are correct, then the world is safer. If the deal goes sour, Republicans are on the record having been against it. It was a no-risk and no-brainer posture for anti-Obama political forces to be against the Iran deal. But now, if they want to repeal it, they are taking a huge risk. I don’t think the gutless wonders will try it. The Iran deal is, so far, succeeding.

I predict that when the Republican Congress addresses health care, they will find that a single-payer universal coverage is the most economical option, and the existing major insurers can divide up the country and become regulated utilities like AT&T. Like Nixon going to China, maybe the Republican Party can make it happen when the Democrats couldn’t. There’s only one right solution, and I think we are inexorably headed for it.

I am hopeful that Trump will confound those ignorant deplorables who voted for his bigotry when he faces the problem of leading the intelligent people who didn’t vote for him. We all want Trump to succeed in leading and representing our country. As far as I can tell, if he does succeed, it will surprise everybody, including those who voted for him.

Finally, I have had to put up with my friends for eight years talking about “that idiot in Washington.” Well, now it’s my turn. Chris

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 10, 2016

I Confess:

Me of little faith: I bought into the media hype of Trump not having much of a chance and felt defeated by noon on Election Day. With our son, daughter-in-law and three young grandchildren at our home, visiting from Indiana, I decided to write a conceding rant (sort of), be done with it and head home to enjoy their last evening in town, buffering the disappointment I was sure to feel. You can imagine my pleasant shock, surprise and rejoicing, as the long night came to an end.

This is What I Wrote Tuesday Afternoon:

Sour Grapes?

Call it sour grapes, call it me pouting, call it whatever you damn well want to, but in the words of Obama’s former pastor,“America’s roosters have come home to roost.” The roosters have voted in a criminally tainted woman to roost in the White House; although, that doesn’t bother me as much as voters’ apparent disregard of our family’s financial well-being (let alone our physical safety, but I won’t digress to that issue this week). I really don’t understand; is it that these folks are oblivious to the reality of our economic situation, or is it they just don’t give a rip as to their own economic well-being, as long as their idealistic, emotional desires are met?

If you think our prosperity and financial security will improve with these policies, then – I’m speechless (or rantless, if you will):

*Raise the minimum wage.

*Create jobs to rebuild infrastructure with money we don’t have.

*Offer free or heavily discounted tuition.

*Raise business taxes that are already among the highest in the world.

*Increase regulations to stifle energy production.

*Strive for further government control of our healthcare.

*Complete disregard to the $20 trillion debt.
For those who got their election wish, I hope these work for all of us, but color me very skeptical.

I’m in Need of Help:

Again, I’m just flabbergasted that so many voted for more of the same crap that has led us down this pitiful path we’ve been on for years: Please, someone help me to understand how and why so many millions of voters want the same pool of economic challenges we’ve been floating in? I really mean it, please enlighten me.

*The labor force participation rate has fallen to the lowest since 1978.

*There are now 95 million people out of work who are not included in the unemployment rate.

*Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been so weak that Obama is the only U.S. chief executive in history not to preside over even a single year with 3 percent GDP growth.

*The number of people on food stamps has increased by 13 million.

*There are eight million more in poverty.

*The percentage of families with not one of its members employed has skyrocketed.

*We now have the lowest home ownership rate in 51 years.

*The national debt increased 81percent under Obama, which is more than all past presidents combined.

*Does the Obamacare debacle even need to be addressed here?

Wednesday Morning Glory!

So, here I am on Wednesday morning deleting the rest of what I wrote the day before and trying to rant with some sense, while up against a tight deadline before the Gazette goes to press. My first thought is: The voting folks across our nation must have realized the mess we were headed for if Clinton carried on with Obama’s way of governing. If you read the preceding list of woes, anyone with some common sense would have to see the light, right? Well, thank God (and I do mean thank him, God had to do some intervening on this one) so many millions saw the common sense light and completely changed the direction of the huge ship that is America just in time to avoid a huge iceberg!

No Gloating Here:

The taste of victory is sweet, but vanishes quickly, and as Vin Scully used to say about ball players, “What have you done for us lately?” Same holds true with Trump and his new team as they get ready to do battle with Congress and I do mean battle. While each side of congress has Republican majorities, that don’t mean jack crap. Time and time again, we have seen Republicans buckle when there has been a chance to address what ails America, and Trump will need to utilize his “art of the deal” skills to get his entire new group of Republican friends to join forces and help us the hell out of this mess.
Please, Mr. Trump:

I implore you, Mr. President-Elect, put your big boy pants on, forget the petty bull crap and get down to the serious business of the people and show us you have what it takes to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! Please follow through on the incredibly important stuff you promised you would accomplish and help, really help, each and every one of us live a more prosperous, safe and secure life. I know this will really shake you up Donald, but this ranter will be all over your butt at the first sign of you screwing this up!

Headlines of the Week: (along with my 2 cents)

Ryan Says Trump Victory Will Unify Republicans, Vows to Work Hand in Hand: I don’t know, Paul, you were chicken poop during the campaign and now you want us to believe this?

Trump’s Joy is Obama’s Pain: Barack made this bed and now he…

Obama Has Previously Called Trump Unfit to Become President: Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall when they meet at the White House this week?

Pollsters Suffer Huge Embarrassment: Yep, and I fell for their embarrassing ineptness.

McConnell: ObamaCare Repeal High on Agenda: Mitch, I’m asking you; please don’t mess this up, don’t be the wimp you’ve been in the past.

Can America Survive President Donald Trump? Hey, we survived eight years of the guy we have now.

May God Bless President Trump: Amen to that!

Quotes of the Week:

“Our party has not believed the Democrats can be beat, and Donald Trump has shown how to do it. It took a political outsider, somebody with no fingerprints on anything to do away with the way Washington works.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“Seventy percent of the people in this country told the pollsters, who refused to listen. The pollsters refused to see the crowds. The pollsters refused to assign legitimacy to anything having to do with Trump, including his voters.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“I can’t stop crying. I can’t even believe this. It’s too clear about the consciousness of our country. I can’t. I’m so afraid of what is about to happen.” (Singer-Songwriter India.Arie)

“This is an embarrassing night for America. We’ve let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We’ve let a bully set our course. I’m devastated.” (Actor Chris Evans)

“Honestly f*** this s*** I am moving if this is my president.” (Miley Cyrus)

“Great faith in God works. Mr. real Donald Trump, I’m proud to call you President of the United States of America.” (Actor Scott Baio)

Letters to the Ranter:

Awsome!!!
As an avid reader of your rant I just wanted to pass along to you and your readers let it be known the American people spoke loud and clear about ending the political establishment hold on the American people for the first time in eight years I feel like A true free American I finally have hope this country will once again be viewed as the greatest country in the world. I’m thankful the socialist agenda will be stopped dead in its tracks and I’m looking forward to a prosperous future for my family and every person in this country. Kevin

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 3, 2016

Ranting Paralysis:

As I sit down on the afternoon of Halloween I’m trying my very best to enter into my typical ranting tirade, but I am suffering from ranting paralysis. No matter what I write today it could be old news (especially regarding Hillary) tomorrow, the next day and … with Trump you never know; WikiLeaks may dump emails implicating him on some scandalous thing.

So, what to do? My default has always been – who will do the best job for you, me and our families? But, most folks just seem to yawn at those “minor” issues; instead they focus on personality flaws and lawbreaking activities (which one’s worse never seems to be determined).

Don’t get me wrong, I really feel Hillary should be disqualified from running, or at least pull out of the race for the sake of the nation, but that ain’t happening, so it looks like the election will happen, come hell or high water.

Survey Says?

How about a quick survey to help determine the best choice? All you have to do is fill in the blanks, then add up the names to determine who you want to be our next president.
Who will reduce personal taxes?  ________
Which candidate do you trust to lower taxes on business? ________
Who is in favor of eliminating the death tax? ________
Which candidate will attempt to cut out-of-control, stupid spending? ________
Who is more likely to submit budgets that show more revenue (or at least the same) as what will be spent? _______
Who would make more of an effort to pay down the national debt? _______
Reduce regulations on business? _______
Which candidate claims they will initiate changes to bring companies/their jobs/their cash back to the U.S.? _______
Who wants to lift regulations on energy companies which result in job losses and suppress production?_______
Which candidate would implement energy production policies creating jobs and making America energy independent?_______
Push for health insurance law change, creating bonafide competition, resulting in saving us money with better quality of care?________

So, who did you come up with? If you’re for Hillary, were you able to fill in her name on any of these questions? I don’t think so. And if you did, you should check the facts. If you don’t think these issues affect you, me and our families, then I don’t know what to say to you. If you think climate change is the key to our future, spending billions of dollars we don’t have on crazy stuff no one can imagine is good for our country, then you filled out the wrong survey.

Another One Joins in on the Fun:

I should probably thank my friends at The Signal for the guest columnists who contribute to their editorial page. They provide me with ranting material.

In Tuesday’s edition Jonathan Kraut wrote a piece entitled “Choose Truth Over Fear.” While it was interesting and well written, some of his comments are a puzzlement to me:

“While local races are tough to call, Clinton clearly is the candidate who will create a more stable and prosperous world.” I’m not sure if the latest FBI and WikiLeaks news broke before this was written, but Hillary being the one to “create a more stable and prosperous world” seems to be a non-starter. If the women is elected it will result in a controversial, gridlocked, ineffective mess. Besides that, raising taxes, increasing regulations and adding to the $20 trillion debt doesn’t lend itself to a
prosperous world.

“What also scares me is that some of our neighbors ignore the character and decision making elements altogether and follow fear over truth.” I can only surmise he is referring to Trump regarding fear, but if he is relating “truth” to Hillary’s “character and decision making elements,” I would say the truth is, her character and truthfulness are on par with Richard Nixon.

“Some simply vote because of party affiliation, even if the candidate has demonstrated bad character.” Hmm, is this not turning the spotlight back on the writer himself? (Jonathan’s bio reads he is a Democratic Party activist)

“Others use character in choosing candidates, including qualities such as trustworthiness, personal conduct and ethics. Character does count.” Oh, really? Tell me how in the heck Hillary comes within five miles of these character traits?

“Clinton has my vote because of her experience in government, while Trump has none, and I think it’s trivial that a private computer server setup for her personal emails may have contained some business emails. If you ignore unfounded allegations and stick with character and decision making, I think you will agree.” When I read this one I thought he was trying to be sarcastically funny.

It seems as though Jonathan didn’t hear what the director of the FBI had to say about those “business emails,” because there was nothing trivial or unfounded about them. In fact, many law experts say she should be in jail because of those emails, not to mention the 30,000 she obliterated! If anyone wants to stick with her for “character and decision making” qualities, then I suggest you do some deep digging research and rethink the mess that is Mrs. Bill Clinton.

Election Day Emotions:

I’m really hoping the election goes the way I want it to. Four years ago I recall the utter devastation I felt as my hope for an economic turnaround that would help businesses who were potential advertisers for the Gazette and save my financial butt were flushed away with the Obama victory. The incredible range of emotions I felt that night and the next morning I will remember vividly until the day I die. This is what I wrote in the rant on Wednesday of that week in 2012.

To put everything in perspective, our phone rang at 7:00 this morning. It was our 22-year-old son calling from Afghanistan. He’s okay, but his tank was hit by an IED on Wednesday, just as the final election results were coming in. The tank was blown over, but all eight crew members escaped without serious injury. He sounded a little shaky, but otherwise okay.

I think God was trying to tell me, “Doug, there are more important things in this world than your personal economics.” I say amen to that as we move forward despite this mess we find ourselves in, knowing that all things will work together for good!

So, no matter the outcome next Tuesday, life will go on – maybe not the way we want it to, but whoever promised us a rose garden (did I hear that in a song?).One thing is for sure; after Tuesday, life won’t be boring whatsoever.

Headlines of the Week:

Justice Department Official Gave Clinton Camp ‘Heads up’ About Testimony:

CNN Proves Nickname ‘Clinton News Network’ is Accurate:

Donna Brazile out at CNN after Emails Show She Leaked Debate Question to Clinton Campaign:

If Dems Will Rig a Debate For Clinton, What Won’t They Do to Win?

GOP Senator: Hillary Clinton Could be Impeached:

Still Think Hillary Clinton Is a Role Model for Your Daughter?

Quotes of the Week:

“History Will Be Made This November: Who says history isn’t interesting? Only in the USA. Regardless of who wins the presidential election this November, we will witness history being made. If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election, it will be the first time in history that two U.S. presidents have slept with each other! If Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election, it will be the first time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family. Is this a great country or what?” (Unknown Blogger)

“If asked how I could ever support Donald Trump after comments he made about women over 11 years ago and if I would still support him if he made those comments to my daughter? My response would be this: If he had put our nation’s security at risk, I would not vote for him. If his organization received large donations from countries that killed women and gays, I would not vote for him. If he boasted 30 years of government experience, but still could not discern if an email was CLASSIFIED or not, I would not vote for him. If he boasted about how he has defended children his entire life, but is for abortion – even late-term abortion when the child can feel pain, I would not vote for him. If he made public statements that those who hold religious beliefs about life need to change the ‘way they think,’ I would not vote for him. If he wanted my young daughter or granddaughter to go into restrooms with men dressed as women, I would not vote for him. If he caused lives to be destroyed in Benghazi and then lied to the faces of the GOLD STAR mothers/fathers as they stood by their sons› caskets, I would not vote for him. If people who opposed him mysteriously turned up dead, I would not vote for him. If he suddenly developed a southern accent and African-American dialect when campaigning in black communities, I would not vote for him.

HOWEVER … the ONLY person who does ALL of these things is HILLARY.

The fact that Donald Trump made stupid and crass remarks over 11 years ago pales in comparison. I›m bigger than those remarks and I am willing to forgive. We all have said stupid things throughout our lives. To me, the fact that Hillary lies continuously is a much bigger problem! We can see the effects of her lies in many of her failed actions and policies which have hurt America and Americans.” (Curt Schilling, former major league pitcher)

Doug’s Extra Rant – The Unthinkable

| Doug's Rants | October 28, 2016

I am not writing this extra rant for sensational fear mongering or to be a wannabe science fiction writer. I’m writing this because I truly feel this is a realistic possibility and think it should be shouted from the mountain tops, particularly by those whose job it is to protect us.

The Left calls the war on ISIS a “narrative fight.” Gary Horton (op-ed writer in The Signal) thinks Trump is trying to get elected by using fear. Obama has downplayed threats from our enemies through words (including lack of words), inaction, and even actions reducing our military protection. Even more troubling to me is a possible terrorist attack only a handful of sources refer to and most people do not know anything about. It is so terrifying that I was uncomfortable reading a novel called “One Second After,” a fictional account based on factual research as to what would happen to the people of our nation if this occurred.

It’s a nuclear type bomb called an EMP (electromagnetic pulse weapon) that, when released, has no physical impact on humans. I can tell you, though, that after reading this book and doing some additional research, I would prefer to be blown to bits by a traditional nuke than have to endure and witness what would happen to our society if attacked by an EMP. Most troublesome are the gut-wrenching effects that will take weeks, months, and even years to play out.

Newt Gingrich, in the forward for the book “One Second After,” wrote: “Few in our government and in the public sector have openly confronted the threat offered by the use of but one nuclear weapon. … Such an event would destroy our complex, delicate high-tech society and throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the middle ages.”

Other Statements:
We are only one act of madness away from a social cataclysm unlike anything our country has ever known.
Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), senior member, House Armed Services Committee

EMP is one of the small number of threats that could hold at risk the continued existence of U.S. civil society.
Dr. Robert Hermann, commissioner, U.S. Congress EMP Commission

The likelihood of a severe geo-magnetic event capable of crippling our electric grid is 100 percent.
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), senior member, House Homeland Security Committee

Related Headlines Regarding EMPs:

-Electro-Magnetic Pulse Nuclear War to be Launched by Iran
-Ayatollah Warns U.S. Needs a Punch in the Mouth
-Iran’s Spiritual Leader Says Nuke Plan to Continue
-Electronic Doomsday for the US?
-Expert: North Korea Prepping EMP Attack on US

Article Excerpts:

The spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, is warning the U.S. to stay out of his country’s business and, in particular, its nuclear program, which was set to resume a few weeks ago. Speaking on a tour of southeast Iran, Khomeini said the U.S. “deserved a punch in the mouth.” From where does this brashness come? It comes from Iran’s plans to launch an electro-magnetic pulse nuclear war against the USA and Europe, crippling the West in the war on terror.

In article, titled “Electronics to Determine Fate of Future Wars,” an Iranian military journal explains how an EMP attack on America’s electronic infrastructure, caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon high above the U.S., would bring the country to its knees. “If the world’s industrial countries fail to devise effective ways to defend themselves against dangerous electronic assaults, then they will disintegrate within a few years.”

The recent North Korean nuclear and the Iranian ballistic missile tests are serious deadly threats to the United States. North Korea’s latest bomb test is being widely dismissed by “experts” because the apparent yield is around 10 kilotons or less – which just so happens to be exactly the right amount for an EMP explosion.

An EMP attack on the U.S. would leave the country with no electricity, no communications, no transportation, no fuel, no food, and no running water.

Our increasing dependence on advanced electronics systems results in the potential for increased EMP vulnerability … and, if unaddressed, “makes EMP employment by an adversary an attractive asymmetric option.” — EMP Commission

++Recent military writings and exercises of potential adversaries would combine EMP with cyber-attacks, sabotage, and kinetic attacks against the national electric grid and other critical infrastructures.

Let’s Bring it Home to Us:

Think back to a time your home was without power for few hours, or even a few days. Did it change your way of life during that period? Sure it did; now think what it would be like to be without electricity for years.

Imagine you’re at work and the power goes out, it’s late in the day and you decide to head home a little early. You get out to your car, but it won’t start, you look around and most other cars won’t start either. Looking out to the street, most vehicles are stalled-out, people are out of them wondering what is going on. The only vehicles moving are the older ones that don’t rely on computerized electrical systems to run. Someone starts shouting they saw an airliner plunging to the ground, and as you look to the horizon there are columns of smoke scattered in the distance, even your car radio won’t work.

You eventually decide to walk home and find yourself walking with many others along sidewalks that are usually empty. As you pass by a freeway exit you see hundreds of drivers walking off the on-ramp, having abandoned their vehicles. The people around you are looking and sounding confused, worried, with some starting to panic. There is no cell phone or land line service and a sheriff’s deputy tells you none of the communication services in his patrol car are working. As troubling and scary as this is starting to become, no one realizes the misery is only beginning and life, as all of Americans know, is drastically changing for years to come.

Again, I’m not writing this for the sake of sensationalism, my research has shown this event is very much a possibility. What follows the opening act in this scenario is beyond unbelievable: When people are deprived of any sort of communication other than face to face, and it goes on for what seems like several days, panic sets in. The panic is worsened by no running water and malfunctioning sewer systems that are backing up into homes. All forms of retail stores are broken into and looted by regular, law-abiding citizens. Shelves are stripped bare, armed robberies for food and water become common. You actually hear gunshots in your neighborhood, as home invasions by regular type folk occur because they’re desperate for basic necessities to live – water and food.

I know what many of you are thinking; that would never happen here, my friends and neighbors wouldn’t do that, we would help each other out. I know it’s hard to grasp this thought, but if you were truly panicked and frightened for you and your family, I mean really scared, would you want to part with the what little you had that would help keep your family alive. Remember, unless someone has an unlimited source of food and water, at some point THEY RUN OUT.

As the weeks go slowly by, more and more people die from lack of medicine, life-saving devices, malnourishment, severe dehydration, not to mention numerous suicides. People with mental illness whose meds have run out become walking time bombs, endangering themselves and others. These chilling realities are only the tip of the iceberg of the problems that would plague us with a nationwide electrical outage, lasting for years. I urge you to read the book “One Second After” and do some additional research on your own to gain more insight into this.

So, what is our nation doing to protect us from this catastrophe? Not much of anything. In fact, many feel the nuclear deal we made with Iran and the billions of dollars given to them only perpetuates their ability to pull off this type of attack. A commentary in the Wall Street Journal claimed: “A nuclear device detonated above the U.S. could kill millions, and we’ve done almost nothing to prepare.”

What will it take to get our leaders to wake up to this horrible possibility? To start with, it requires recognizing that WE have ENEMIES whose only goal in life is to cause us terrible harm and would gleefully celebrate our great suffering. We certainly have the capability to PREVENT this type of attack, but the people at the top HAVE to get their heads out of their butts. KEEP this in MIND, when you cast your VOTE!

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 28, 2016

Are Trump-Supporting Signal Newspaper Readers in the Basket of Deplorables?

John Zaring apparently thinks so. In his weekly column he wrote: “There is one path that will allow Trump to monetize the rancor he’s fomented and that’s to convert his basket of deplorables into a boatload of money.” I take his meaning that as a Trump supporter I’m in that basket of deplorables. I assume I’m not the only Signal reader who felt that jab and I would be ticked-off if one our columnists slighted Gazette readers in that way.

If I wrote something along the lines of Hillary supporters fall into a box of liars, cheaters and law breakers, I would have my butt blistered by our liberal readers. Just because someone gets to write for a media outlet shouldn’t result in the customers of that outlet to be personally criticized.

I do not remember another presidential election where the supporters of a candidate are blasted the way Trump voters have been. You know where it all comes from, right? Mrs. Clinton herself. It started with her saying Trump supporters are deplorable, and now as she claims he incites bigotry. Clinton is essentially tossing us into a basket of bigots too. Joining her in the club is the loveable Michael Moore, who recently said of Trump voters: “I want them to think about the damage they could do being a legal terrorist on November 8th.”

Back to the basket of deplorable. I’ll tell you what deplorable is; it’s when a candidate and left wing opinion writers can’t or won’t address ISSUES that actually affect the folks, but instead resort to personal tear-downs of the opponent and his supporters. I will choke on my Diet Coke (I don’t drink coffee) if one morning I open The Signal and one, just one, of their left-leaning op-ed writers does a side-by-side comparison of issues between the two candidates, instead of what a reprobate the dude candidate is.

Who You Gonna Blame Then?

If you’re not paying attention to what economic experts are predicting you may want to (even if it’s just for your investments). For example, Warren Buffet has been dumping American stocks in companyies that rely on consumer purchasing. David Stockman, a renowned economist predicts that “It’s going to be a calamity, and there’s total silence in this campaign about it. Things are going to blow up in the next four years, there will be a stock market crash, there will be a recession, the annual deficit will be back in the plus trillion dollar category very soon and it will all come down on her head and on the watch of the establishment. I think we’re in fiscal fantasy land and I believe we’re being subjected to a massive con job about how serious this problem is.”

When the crap hits the fan, who are liberals gonna blame? They can’t blame Bush on this one; they may blame Obama for the $10 trillion debt that occurred under his watch, but he won’t care, as he lavishes in the millions he will earn as a retired dictator, I mean, president.

Socialism on the Horizon?
Somewhere I saw this and wrote it down: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of it and one day we will be a socialist nation without us knowing how it happened.”

Do you think Hillary and her party are in favor of us becoming a socialistic nation? Have you read what has been written regarding steps that trend towards a nation becoming socialized?

*Healthcare—Control healthcare and you control the people.
*Poverty—Increase poverty, poor people are easier to control if you are providing everything they need to live.
*Debt—Increase the nation’s debt to an unsustainable level, then you can increase taxes and this will produce more poverty.
*Gun Control—Remove the ability of people to defend themselves and depend on the government for protection. That makes it easier to create a police state.
*Welfare—Provide for people’s food, housing and income.
*Education—Take control of what people read and listen to—take control of what children learn in school.
*Religion—Remove belief in God from the government and schools.
*Class Warfare—Divide the people into the wealthy and poor. This will cause more discontent and make it easier to increases taxes on the rich with support from the poor.

Do these steps ring a bell of familiarity as to what we’re seeing in our country these days? These are writings of Saul Alinsky, who Hillary wrote her college thesis about, and Obama wrote about him in his books. What else needs to be said? If you want an example of how bad socialism can be, just take a look at the current state of OBAMACARE!

Quotes of the Week:

“You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately. You call the city, the county and four different exterminators.  Nobody can handle the job. … But then you hear of one guy and this one guy guarantees to get rid of them. So you hire him. You don’t care if the guy smells, you don’t care if he cusses and swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for Obama, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack, you simply want those
raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He’s the guy. He’s the best. Period.
 
“Here’s why we want Trump. Yes, he’s a bit of an ass, yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. The country is a mess because its politicians suck. The Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere. We want it all fixed! We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he insults people, we don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he’s been married three times, we don’t care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, we don’t care that he doesn’t know the name
of some Muslim terrorist.
 
“This country is bankrupt and appears weak. Our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in. ‘AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED’ and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.
 
“We’re sick of our politicians, sick of the Republican Party, sick of the Democratic Party and sick of illegals. We just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but doesn’t have lobbyists’ money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator.  He has built a lot of things. He’s also not a politician, not a cowardly, politically correct politician. And he not only says he can fix it, he says he will fix it and we believe him. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.  Also, we don’t care if the guy has bad hair. We just want those raccoons gone, out of our house, NOW.” (Unknown blogger)

“Is Trump good for America? I have always admired Winston Churchill. He is seen as one of the greatest national leaders in the 20th century. Winston is a key feature. His life is controversial. He was not always celebrated as a great leader. He was a bombastic, cigar smoking, at times crude, even misogynistic leader. It is alleged that he told off color stories to his children before bedtime!

“There are many websites that discuss the outlandish comments and activities of this great world leader. But, he had exactly what was needed to stop Hitler at the Channel, to rouse a nation to never give up and to partner with America to find final victory in Europe. You probably wouldn’t want him as your pastor, maybe not even your father, but he was the right leader for that moment in history.

“So … is Donald Trump good for America? I honestly believe that he has been already. He has shaken the political system. Do his comments offend me? At times! Do I agree with all he says? Not at all! But, could he be a ‘Cyrus’ being raised up by God to preserve America? Nobody liked Gen. Patton, but he sure WAS an instrument of the United States for the right things.

“This I know. I will vote for the best chance for America. In the end – God will continue to be my source and my hope. I do believe that God has had a hand in America’s history. I hope and pray that He will also have a saving hand in America’s future.” (Dr. James Dobson, in excerpts from his article “A Christian Pastor’s Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama”)

Letters to the Ranter:

Trump’s behavior toward women cannot be defended. Your attempt to use the “two wrongs DO make a right” defense shows what kind of man YOU are Doug Sutton. (Michelle)

Doug, another great rant. One question. Why don’t we see Sylvia Turner’s face? (Janet)

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