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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 14, 2019

The Time And The Place?

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

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

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

These are quotes from those protesters in years past.

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

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

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

 Trump Like?

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

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

 Seriously?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaving California for Redder Pastures:        

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why?

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

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

How may I help you,

Press ‹1› for English.

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

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

One died for your soul,

The other for your freedom.

2020 will be here in a few Months.

A Nation of Sheep – Breeds a Government of Wolves!

Quips Quotes & Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter

Dear Ranter,

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

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

Doug,

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 7, 2019

Common Sensers:

I don’t think sensers is a word, but I’m going to start using the name “Common Sensers” to describe people who believe in faith (if they don’t believe in a God to have faith in, they at least believe in the freedom to do so), the land of the free, right vs. wrong and have the ability to think in a COMMON SENSE way.

That doesn’t mean we’re robots, all thinking the same way, believing in the same things or even agreeing with me. In my book it means someone who is thoughtful, thinks for themselves and has a grasp on the reality of how things actually affect our lives and the world we live in.

The rub comes when we differ on what common sense actually is on certain issues. For example; many of the Democratic presidential candidates don’t believe in border protection and think people from other countries should come and go as they please. Yet, as I write this news is coming out of a drug gang in Mexico ambushing Americans on a Mexican highway, brutally killing three adult women and six children. Shouldn’t common sense tell us that by having open borders these types of savages could wily-nilly just come over committing the same brutality here?

The problem I see is the inability or lack of desire to recognize common sense because it is overrun with nonsensical emotions. All of us have had our emotions get the better of us resulting in not so good outcomes, but the key is to not allow those emotions to override common sense in the long run. This is what baffles so many of us Common Sensers — trying to understand how so much of liberal thinking just doesn’t make sense.

Like What?

How about drastic cuts in natural gas and oil production, declaring climate change a national emergency, encouraging population control to help stem the affects of climate change, ending the Electoral College, eliminating private health insurance, implementing Medicare for all, national job guarantees, reparations for slavery, free tuition for college, debt relief for student loans, paid family leave and free childcare, just to mention a few.

Emotional idealism is leading the way with these thoughts on how things should be, but to Common Sensers these all are fraught with so many negative downsides they just don’t make sense. It’s obvious the liberals want ease and comfort for all, the policies look good on paper and sooth the souls of many, but common sense has to kick in with the reality of the numerous damages those policies would inflict on all of us.

More Stuff We Don’t Understand:

Common Sensers are also baffled by stuff involving culture as it relates to thinking and words we use; like rewriting lyrics to the song “Baby it’s Cold Outside” and not calling someone single, but referring to them as “self partnered.” Using the term “illegal alien” is frowned upon because it denotes racism. Also, enabling high school students to use the restroom of their choice because of the way they feel that day, and my favorite, discouraging the use of the term “brainstorming” and replacing it with “thought showers” for fear of offending epileptics.

There are hundreds more words and phrases the thought police don’t want us using, leaving many baffled and somewhat dazed and confused. But for us true Common Sensers who believe this stuff is truly nonsensical rubbish, we say, “Screw it, we’ll say and refer to matters the same way we’ve been doing for generations and our recommendation to you who get offended…GET OVER IT!”      

The Waiting:

As we wait in earnest for the Inspector General’s report on the fraudulent shenanigans by the Obama administration in their attempt to derail Trump’s presidency, it brings backs memories of an old Tom Petty song:

The waiting is the hardest part

Every day you get one more yard

You take it on faith, you take it to the heart

The waiting is the hardest part

The worst part of waiting is seeing and hearing the good job the Dems, through the mainstream media, have done in creating a convincing case of impeachment. Me thinks they are fast tracking this sham as they know what’s coming at them in the long tunnel of gross political corruption.

I find it appalling that the Dems are so obsessed with nailing Trump to the cross of impeachment that they are disregarding important issues which really matter and affect Americans. And come on, fairness and justice for all has truly run amuck here. Hillary’s email felonies, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS targeting conservative groups, all tower over the casual conversation President Trump had with the Ukrainian President.

Almost as soon as Trump was in office the Dems launched their misguided, overzealous investigation into Trump/Russian collusion, costing millions of dollars, and found NOTHING.

The confusion this Common Senser is experiencing is the blatant quid pro quo Mr. Biden admitted to with his fire the prosecutor (who was investigating his son) you get the $Billion, don’t fire him you don’t get the $Billion. Come on Dems, if you have any common sense, wake up and kill this waste of time mess.

What If?

But, if the President is impeached and there really is justice for all and no one is above the law, then Mrs. Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, James Comey, John Brennan, Jim Clapper and others in Obama’s FBI and DOJ should be indicted and sent to prison!

Who knows, maybe our abundant waiting for news of the investigation into the coup attempt by the Obama administration will result in the indictment of the man himself.

In the meantime, we will be watching and listening as the Dems race against time, to impeach Trump before the Spy Gate investigators start indicting Obama’s peeps and all heck breaks loose with the political scandal of epic proportions all perpetrated by Trump-hating Dems.

Low Information = Clay Like Thinking:

As I go through life it is becoming more and more apparent to me that there are a ton of low information folks who aren’t aware, don’t care, are politically lazy and simply don’t think this stuff affects them. The thing is many of them vote! If they peripherally hear things like “free,” “guarantees,” “personal debt relief” and even what a “horrible president” Trump is, they become lumps of clay easily molded into wrong thinking. Those types of folks are just as scary as non Common Sensers as they vote motivated by their misinformed emotions that could carry all of us down the path of a nation in ruin.

It’s a lot of:

Trump is a terrible president

“Why do you think that?”

That’s what my friends say.” “I’m voting for Sanders or Warren.”

“So you think they would be a good president, why’s that?”

“I heard they will provide a lot free stuff that will really help me.”

“Are you concerned free anything from the government will cause problems for the country?”

“Why would it cause problems? It would be great for all of us!”    

Let’s hope and pray the majority of voters don’t turn out to be of this ilk!

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“I’m leaving because I didn’t want to be pedaled by papers and blogs and websites, used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I’ve ever seen – and the right-wing media to drive clicks and expand their audience by distributing intimate photos of me — taken without my knowledge, let alone my consent — for the sexual entertainment of millions.” (Katie Hill)

*That is a complete crock of crap, especially the “without my knowledge” part. I saw those pictures and if she wasn’t aware they were being taken she is completely sight challenged, or whatever the politically correct way to say someone is blind these days.  (Me)    

“It’s more than just climate change, and it is climate change. But, it’s more than that. As it relates to PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric Company), it’s about dog-eat-dog capitalism meeting climate change. It’s about corporate greed meeting climate change,” (Gavin Newsom)

*No, it’s about the Governor, who is as liberal as they come, joining with fellow Dems to devote time and money fighting against climate change that may not even exist. At the same time ignoring proper land management procedures that result in the horrific fires that spew more greenhouse gases above and beyond what their clean energy efforts save. (Me)

California has ditched coal; is natural gas next to go? (Headline)

This is the sort of thing that drives Common Sensers mad; millions of Californians rely on gas to heat their homes and water, cook their food and dry their clothes. But, the environmental wackos want to impose their far flung progressive climate ideas on us without any regard to common sense and the harm it would cause regular folks like us. (Me)

“The Democrats are tearing this country apart. They are wusses, wimps and weasels. They don’t have the chutzpah to face Donald Trump in November, I don’t blame them. Because he’ll blow those wusses, wimps and weasels right out of the swampy water they call home.” (Judge Jeanine Pirro)

*She must have been one tough judge and she nailed this one. (Me)    

Katie Hill ignited a new generation of Democrats (Headline)

*There is a lot of room for comments on this one, but I ain’t going there! (Me)                                                                                         

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 31, 2019

I Don’t Wanna Do This One!

 

If I sound like a three-year-old who doesn’t want to eat their vegetables, it’s because that’s how I feel. I do not recall a time when I’ve been asked so many times if I’m going to rant on a certain issue and it happened to be an issue I was trying to avoid like a case of the shingles. I’m sure you can imagine, or guess, what the issue is…It’s none other than the trials and tribulations of one Miss Katie Hill.

 

Yeah, I saw the compromising photos and read the embarrassing personal text messages and I was as shocked as anyone. But, I also try like heck to avoid judging people on their personal hang-ups and habits remembering what Jesus said about “Judging others without examining our own personal warts,” and him confronting the folks who were about to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery by asking, “Those who have never sinned throw the first stone.”  Of course no one did and went on their way.

 

With all that being said, while God forgives our sins and tells us not to judge others’ sins, there is no escaping the consequences of our actions, particularly if one has been put in a position of great responsibility, a position that requires the upmost integrity.

 

As a side note, I wonder if Hill resigned on her own accord. It’s well known her campaign received millions of dollars from high powered Democratic donors, so many would not be surprised if those same donors through Nancy Pelosi decided she was a liability going into the 2020 election. I guess what it may have boiled down to is — live by your donor’s grace and die by those same donor’s lack of grace.

 Ranting Craw:

I’m a big believer in accountability for our actions, and while Hill’s act of resigning is a positive step in that direction there are aspects of this thing that stick in my ranting craw. Her resignation statement had precious little in the way of a heartfelt apology, and one of her remarks was that the incident “left her terrified for future women who might want to run for office.” I say the only reason a woman, or a man for that matter, should be terrified to run for office is if they have skeletons (so to speak) inside the camera of their scorned spouse! Otherwise, there is no reason whatsoever to be terrified to run for office.

That statement lends itself to show Hill thinks of herself as a victim in all of this. She isn’t a victim. She allowed (looks like encouraged) her husband to take photos of her and the lady friend in those intimate positions. This mess she finds herself in is a result of her own sexual preferences and desires (which is her own business, of course). She allowed those desires to skew her thinking, resulting in the poor judgment to seemingly seduce an impressible young lady on her campaign staff and to flaunt it in front of the lens of a camera. What could go wrong with all of that?!

 Hypocrisy Galore:

The hypocrisy with all of this runs as deep as the murky swamp of Washington D.C. Can you imagine if the same sort of thing would have happened with Steve Knight? Oh my gosh, the local lefties would be marching in front of Knight’s office or home with stones in hand. And there is no way they would let him off the hook with a resignation announcement short on remorse and not sincerely asking for forgiveness while claiming he was the victim after all.

Of course, the reaction by local lefties to this mess has been quite cricket-like. The strongest comment I saw was someone stating they “felt like throwing up” after Hill’s resignation (not sure if the damming photos of Hill caused this person to want to throw up or the agonizing pain of defeat with humiliation).

In summing this up I concur with what I saw from a blogger on the internet:

Despite all of the hypocritical blathering, the fact remains: Katie Hill violated ethics and possibly the law. She did it for the sake of her own sexual pleasure. She is unfit for office and deserves to lose her job. This was all her doing and now she is paying the price.”

 Water Under the Proverbial Bridge:

Time to move ahead and leave the past in the past. While the timing of the next election for the house seat in this district may have changed, it’s just as important as ever to bring the seat back to the right side of the isle. I personally feel Mike Garcia is the man for the job and I encourage all to check him out and lend your support to his campaign.

Whether it’s Katie Hill, Christy Smith, the House lead Dems or the dozen or so Dem candidates for president, they spell trouble for America and I mean BIG trouble. The socialistic way of life they are touting is permeating further and further into the thinking of more and more Americans.

A recent poll of millennials showed 70% of them will vote for a socialist. That generation is being hoodwinked into thinking that free is the be all and end all of a blissful future. In reality it’s a dose of societal cyanide poisoning that will rear its sick head when it’s too late to do anything about it.

No matter if the right takes back the House, Republicans remain in power in the Senate and if president Trump is re-elected we will still be sinking in a deep dark hole of debt that is very dangerous. If that hole is dug deeper and faster with Socialistic rule there will be NO turning back to try and save this nation as we know it. It’s sad and scary that intelligent Americans cannot or do not want to recognize the obvious fact that a nation already in severe debt cannot survive with more mountains of debt from socialistic spending being shoveled into the debt death hole.

Christy Smith:

State Assemblyman Christy Smith must have had the inside scoop on Katie Hill’s resignation as she shot out of the shoot the minute the resignation was announced with a well planned campaign type press release. This isn’t about that, or her effort to put the Gazette out of business, this is about her true colors shown in Sacramento with a voting record that will make any conservative’s hair curl.

She voted for:

$10.5 billion ratepayer surcharge to bail out PG&E

$1 billion individual mandate on health insurance ($695 per person who doesn’t have insurance)

$1.7 billion on new taxes on small business

$2 billion Managed Care Organization Tax

$194 million (first year & then higher) for 9-1-1 service tax

 I seem to recall that during her campaign she was pretty adamant about not caving into the Dems (who rule Sacramento) and would cast her votes in the interest of all in her district. It looks as though she didn’t keep that promise and I cringe to think how she would cave to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff all those miles away when they pressure her to vote their left leaning ways.

We cannot let her go there. Go, Mike Garcia, go!

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State dies at 48. (Obituary headline in the Washington Post) 

 *Like one pundit put it, “What’s with this pile of dog sh*t” headline!” I couldn’t agree more, I guess the Post forgot he was the head of ISIS, a brutal terrorist organization that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in the Middle East, including the brutal murder of numerous civilian hostages from Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. He loved to see people’s heads cut off and was raping women left and right. (Me)

“When you realize: Pelosi and Schiff were just in Jordan trying to undermine Trump’s Syria cease-fire. Dianne Feinstein repeatedly met with Iranian officials. John Kerry has tried to undermine Trump’s Iran policy for 3 years. …It makes sense why Trump kept Democrats in the dark” (Charlie Kirk)

*Think Dems, just think about it, do you really think he should have confided in you when you guys are trying to undermine and even fire the President? Now you’re whining about not being consulted on the al-Baghdadi thing, really?  (Me)

 “I would also be very mindful of the fact that as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit. I would be very cautious, if you were my son, in terms of dealing with that police officer, but I would also defend my rights and know my rights and make sure, if possible, that police officer’s camera is on, what goes on. Obviously, we need to end all forms of racism in this country from Donald Trump down to the local police department.” (Bernie Sanders)

*How do you politely say someone is full of crap?!  (Me)

Two Mother’s mission: Bringing LGBTQ books to local schools (Headline)

 *Last rant I asked for help to understand this type of thinking, so far no one has offered anything up. (Me)

“It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies” from your college professors. You youngsters need to taste socialism and see evil face to face to understand you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, most are all too interested in their careers or Climbing the Social Ladder to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the Great Lie in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.”  (Unknown)

*Don’t know who wrote it, but I sure agree with it. (Me)

How Pot is Changing the Nation (Headline)

*I don’t know how it is these days, but in my day it made us lazy, stupid and hungry. (Me)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 24, 2019

Déjà Vu All Over Again:

The opinion piece headline in the LA Times read, “Undoing the great mistake of 2016.” As I begin reading, a déjà vu type feeling crept over me that I couldn’t quite put a finger on; then it hit me, it was eerily similar to the columns in The Signal newspaper that have been written by two Trump hating lefties over the last couple of years.

The LA Times articles states, “Immigrants are being demonized and detained; homelessness is reaching crisis levels in big cities; and craven, self interested lawmakers seem paralyzed, unable to act on these and other policy issues, including the terribly urgent matter of climate change, which threatens our very existence.” This was written in the context of approaching the 2020 election with the intimation this stuff is all Trump’s fault. Really, which side of the isle is paralyzed with “self interested lawmakers?” The Dems are the ones paralyzed with an impeach Trump obsession without getting much of a damn thing done for the rest of us. And if climate change is threatening our very existence (which is very much in question), it seems to me Trump would be better dealing with the great polluters of the world then one of the mamby, pamby candidates we’re seeing now (see Obama’s time in office).

The time has come to undo the great mistake of 2016 and drive Trump out of office at the ballot box.”  I concur with the ballot box thing, how about sharing this with Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi before they drag us through the mud of impeachment. Let the people decide, not sore loser politicians who are running amok.

It is time to pull our country out of the illiberal abyss into which it is sinking and put it on a path toward reason and fairness and empathy and constructive engagement with the world.” Not sure exactly what that means. I thought, “Oh, they mean like Obama did that made us the laughing stock of the world?” His “lead from behind,” the empty threat of “not crossing the red line” and the billions in cash he gave to Iran to continue their American and Israeli destructive ways? Yeah. Let’s go back to that stuff.

Voters need to keep their eyes on the prize: defeating Trump state by state, issue by issue, state by state and vote by vote.”  Hey, I’m all for the “issue by issue” debate, this is something that has been sorely missing in Trump hating opinion columns, by talking heads in the media and glaringly in the Dem debates thus far. Instead it’s all personality conflict stuff sending his detractors into immature tizzies.

More than 60 million Americans consciously choose this president over his opponent four years ago. And many voters remain entranced-hoodwinked, in our view-by his blunt, cocky, overpromised style.” These guys are brilliant. We did consciously vote for the guy, and with enthusiasm because we believed he would change America; not with the empty rhetoric of some “hope and change” crap, but with common sense, Reagan-like details of issues he would push to implement.

Hoodwinked You Say?

We Trump voters aren’t “hood winked,” and his “style” is anything but “overpromised;” in fact, we are impressed at what he said he would do, what he has done and what has resulted from what’s been done! The list is long, and includes business regulation reduction, tax reform, a stock market that took off the day after he was elected, GDP growth that wasn’t even noticeable during Obama’s days, record high oil production, low unemployment for all, including women and people of color, a surge in manufacturing and millions of people off of government assist programs, including food stamps.

Has everything the president accomplished gone perfectly and are all things going well? Of course not. But those editorial dudes or dudettes at the LA Times should look in some other direction for what they think the millions of Americans who support Trump and what he has done for our nation are thinking, because it ain’t what they’re thinking on whatever floor of the LA Times they work on. Just like it isn’t for the gentlemen who contribute to The Signal with their Trump derangement thoughts.

Tepidly:

As I tepidly tread into this portion of the rant I want to clarify that I feel ALL people in this country should be treated with respect and dignity without any sort of mistreatment or discrimination based on anything having to do with their gender, their desired gender or lifestyle. All should be treated equally and I judge no one as long as they are law abiding and treat others well.

Many times in this space I have asked for help for clarification on certain matters and I could use some help with understanding this.

Recent headlines I’ve come across:

“Transgender Cyclist Rachel McKinnon Keeps Smashing Women’s Records”

“Transgender Activists Force Menstrual Products Brand to Remove Woman Symbol from Packaging”

 The thing with the cyclist and other transgender athletes (former males) who compete in women’s sports is just plain irritating and totally unfair to the women who work so hard at their sport only to be out-done by someone, who by God’s design, have the upper hand physically. It’s a selfish and cheap way to gain glory.

Aside from the athlete aspect, my puzzlement concerns the need these folks have to forcibly insert themselves into mainstream culture with the pollution of political correctness that is slowly but surely gaining a choke hold on the America way of life we’ve had for many years. I mean, come on, what does the symbol of a woman on a menstrual product package have to do with the rights of a transgender individual?  How does that symbol offend or discriminate against anything or anybody?!

 Children?

 The headline that really got my attention regarding the transgender issue read, “More Parents are Thinking Outside the Gender Box.”  Now look, if an adult parent considers the need, and even acts on gender change (although it seems to me self control would be advised until the child is old enough to understand what Mommy or Daddy are doing, as it could cause emotional problems), that’s one thing, but to sway or pursue gender neutrality for their young son or daughter is just wrong to me.

Why do parents who are gender conflicted themselves feel the need to mold their kids or even allow for the possibility of gender choice while they are so young? Can’t they be raised as they were born, and when they come of age it can become their choice?

I don’t understand why some parents don’t want their baby to be specified on the birth certificate as male or female. Why are some gender conflicted parents raising their children in a “gender creative” manner or what they call a “gender expansive” way? Come on, let boys be boys and girls be girls, and if they become conflicted with it later on in life help them with all the resources available.

It should come as no surprise California allows parents to obtain gender-neutral birth certificates. Come on give me a freaking break, when a baby is born it’s really easy to tell what gender they are and the reason to not declare that is very confusing to me.

Many of these same parents raise their kids not allowing them to use gender identifying words; instead they have to use they, them and theirs pronouns. I thought bad potty training could mess up a kid later in life, but this?

Please help me to understand all of this stuff, I’m really confused!

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

Expanding DOJ probe could give Trump ammo; Brennan, Clapper reason to fret (Headline)

*I’ve left the “spy gate” thing alone for a while, but I’m telling you this thing should blow-up bigger than a stupid phone call between our President and the Ukrainian President. (Me)

Beto O’Rourke: People of This Country ‘Will Force’ Republican Senators to Impeach Trump (Headline)

*As usual Beto is living in a world that doesn’t exist and he won’t move out of it. (Me)

California Governor Pardons Three Immigrant Felons to Avoid Deportation (Headline)

*Of course he did, he is motivated by feel good emotions with no regard for common sense. (Me)

23 House Republicans Have Yet to Back Movement to Censure Adam Schiff (Headline)

*Who are these people, are they really Republicans or are they…??? (Me)

List of people that aren’t Russian assets: 1. President Trump 2. Tulsi Gabbard 3. Just about every American because it’s a stupid accusation. And yet it has somehow been normalized by the Democrat Party as a legitimate political attack. Anything for power.  (Dan Crenshaw, R-Rep, Texas)

*I’m concerned about Mrs. Bill Clinton’s emotional state as she joins in with some of the loony left with the far-out Russian asset assertions. (Me)

 “In the past when a party loses the presidency, they take the opportunity to.figure out why the American voter rejected them. This group has, in contrast, chosen to try to change systems and outcomes through means other than through the voters.” (Larry Elder)

*Since the Dems aren’t confident in winning the American way, they are trying to win the 3rd world way. (Me)

Former Fox Host Greta Van Susteren Calls Out Chris Wallace for Trump ‘Smear’ (Headline)

*I agree with Greta, Fox News Sunday has become like the other Sunday morning shows and Wallace is coming across as biased as Chuck Todd these days. (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 17, 2019

Does This Stuff Really Matter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Does Matter!

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

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

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

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

What A Joke!

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

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

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

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

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

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

Doug,
Election Interference…What about Mexico?

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 10, 2019

Another Fine Mess:

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

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

Stop the Presses!

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

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

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

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

Different Direction:

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

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

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

Prayer In School:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Political Correctness With a Vengeance:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Laws & Politics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Free healthcare for all and  forgiveness of student loans.

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

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

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

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

 Quips Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Letter to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,

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

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 3, 2019

Thank you, Jonathan:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Better Him Than Me:

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Let Them!

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

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

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

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

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

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Wall Street fears a Warren victory  (Headline)

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

Doug,

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 26, 2019

Media Sickness:

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

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

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

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

Speaking of Biden:

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

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

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

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

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

House Launches Impeachment Inquiry:

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

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

Does The President Think We’re Idiots?             

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

As usual Rush Limbaugh nailed this:               

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

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

 Joe Biden calls for Trump impeachment  (Headline)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

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

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

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

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 19, 2019

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

I concur.

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

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

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

And The Debt Grows On:

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

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

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

 Sometimes I Feel Like…..

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

Huge Sacrifice Worth It?

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

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

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

 Short Rants:

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

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

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

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

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 12, 2019

Clear and Present Danger

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Cry For Help:

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the thoughts of two other senators:

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

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

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

Oh….Now I get it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Then There’s This:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Charlie is one sharp Millennial! (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 5, 2019

Open & Honest:

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

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

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

Screw It!

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

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

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

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

Seriously:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

Hello,

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

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

Look forward to hearing from you, Doug Sutton

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

You’re such a joke. Shenelle

Doug,

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 29, 2019

Really Jonathan?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Careful What You Wish For?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

*Smart move. (Me)

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

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

 Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

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

 Good day Doug!

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

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

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

Norm

 Doug,

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

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

Dan

Doug,

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

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

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

Alexx

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

Keep up your patriotic, unselfish work.

– Timothy

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 22, 2019

The Week That Was:

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

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

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

 Stretching Hard:

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

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

 What Could Go Wrong?

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

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

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

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

Why Ask Why?

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

 Keep Your Eye On The Ball:

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

70 ways President Trump has changed the Nation (Headline)

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

No DUI Arrests in Sobriety Checkpoint (Headline)

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

Doug,

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

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

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

Doug,

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

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 15, 2019

I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going…

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

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

Think Seriously About This: 

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

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

Do You Know Any?

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

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

I’m Proud To Be White!

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

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

And Another Thing!

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

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

Stupid Words:

Rosanna Arquette, Actress:

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

Unknown:

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

Adam Schiff:

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

Elizabeth Warren:

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

Rob Reiner:

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

Julian Castro:

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

Elie Mystal:

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

Malcolm Nance, MSNBC:

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

Doug,

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

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

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

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 8, 2019

Sad Déjà Vu:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stupid Words:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potty Mouth Candidates:  

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

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

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

Gotta Share This:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 1, 2019

I Messed Up:

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

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

I’m Almost Rantless:

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

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

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

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

I May Just Do IT:

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

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

The Height of Political Correctness & Hypocrisy:   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes You Gotta:

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

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

 

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

  Slow news day, I guess. #hardhittingjournalism

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

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

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

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

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 25, 2019

Sad, Very Sad:

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

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

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

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

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

 Go, Mike, Go!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 No, Katie, No!

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

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

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

 Just When You Think…..

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

Doug,

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

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 18, 2019

I Swore I Wouldn’t:

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

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

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

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

Cold Sweat:                    

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

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

These are some of her gems from the past:

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

Hamas is a humanitarian organization.

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

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

You cannot cut your way to deficit reduction.

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

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

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

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

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

 Speaking of Nightmares:

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

*What Rush said (below) (Me)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

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

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

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 11, 2019

Second Favorite:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 There’s More:

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

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

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

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

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

Random Rants:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

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

 

Doug,

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 27, 2019

Here I Go Again:

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

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

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

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

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

 Why?

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

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

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

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

It’s All About Job Performance, Right?

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

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

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

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

 South Carolina Welcomes Candidates:

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

 Keep America Great:

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

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

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

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

 Gay men need to be feminists too (Headline)

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

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

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

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

*What she said. (Me)

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

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

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

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

 Letter to the Ranter:

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

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 20, 2019

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

I Should Get Over It:

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

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

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

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

I Should Get Over It, Part II:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Should Get Over It, Part III:

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

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

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Ranter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 13, 2019

He’s Back!

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

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

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

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

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

Cats More Precious than Babies?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Could It Ever Happen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

*Nothing I can add to this one!  (Me)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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| Doug's Rants | June 6, 2019

Meat Eaters’ Rights Day?

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

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

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

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

 More Bewilderment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe This Will Help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Point and counter point made? (Me)

Youths sue for a livable climate (Headline)

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

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

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

Letter to the Ranter:

 Good read, Doug.

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

 

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| Doug's Rants | May 30, 2019

Let the Madness Begin:

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

 Justice for All?

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

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

Gotta Be Careful On This One:

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

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

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

 More Gay Athletes Need to Come Out:

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

I was reminded of two or so years ago, when a headline read: “The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to make history Friday night, when the board installs John Musella as its first openly gay chairman in the chamber’s 94-year history.”

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

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

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

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

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

This is Great!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lindsey Agrees With Me:

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

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

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

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

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Enough said. (Me)

Doug,

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

Doug,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Thank you, Vicky

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