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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 9, 2016

Who Would’ve Thunk It?!
I’m sure many of you are flabbergasted, bewildered, confused and maybe angry with news of the Gazette’s new venture with the owners of The Signal. I can hear it now: What the heck is Doug thinking becoming partners with those guys, when not too long ago they were bashing each other with no-holds-barred, righteous anger?

Let me tell you a story: Those of you who are Dodger fans may remember back in the ‘60s when Juan Marichal of the Giants was at the plate, raised his bat and clubbed Dodger catcher John Roseboro on top of his head (in those days catchers did not wear helmets). His Dodger teammates came streaming on to the field, many with bats in their hands.

As you may be aware, The Signal attempted to club the Gazette over the head in a legal fashion. I reacted how Roseboro wished he could have (he was unconscious), and many of you came out in support of us, as his teammates did. By the way, as time went by, those two players became good friends.

Please keep in mind, The Signal’s present owners took over just recently, at the beginning of this year. The legal squabble between the two newspapers started some three years earlier. Although new ownership carried on the fight, even escalated it, and I was so angry with them it tied me up in knots, I knew they were a different sort compared to the previous regime. This bore out when they extended an olive branch to us after I had attacked them in print and in person. Lesser men would have taken greater steps to squash us; instead they reached out in compromise.

To make a long story short, one day after a contentious morning of legal haggling between us and our attorneys, they floated the idea of instead of fighting each other, joining forces and helping each other. Our first thought was “no freaking way!” But, after smoking the peace pipe, burying the hatchet and extending the olive branch, we listened to what they had to say. After hours of getting to know each other, discussions and negotiations, we decided accepting their offer of a partnership was the best thing to do for the business, our employees and our family.

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Please realize, the Gazette will operate independently of The Signal. We formed a partnership with the owners (Chuck Champion, Gary Sproule and Russ Briley) – not the newspaper itself. Going forward, I will still rant and have the same control over the Gazette’s content and, when necessary, disagree with their editorial positions.

As a friend of mine said: Rant on, Baby!

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

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

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

Where’s the Meat?
Last week I listed Hillary’s first 100 day plans in the White House compared to Donald’s. Her list was miniscule compared to his and I asked for help from the readers to see if anyone could provide me with more substance of her plans. Didn’t get a thing, and the more I listen to her campaign speeches, they remind of the person who is president now. Long on fluffy emotional rhetoric – short on facts about what or how –long on bashing her opponent with rhetoric criticisms – short on pointing out exactly what he claims is so wrong. It’s hope and blame – or was it shame – wait, it was change, all over again.

Trump>>Trump>>Trump
These days the rant can’t go a week without addressing our favorite Donald. I came across these comments that helped boost my confidence in him:
“Trump is a one-man wrecking ball against our dysfunctional and corrupt establishment.” (Ann Coulter)

“Let me break every taboo in polite society and offer some selective praise for Donald Trump and his presidential campaign. Yes, he’s a short-fingered vulgarian and, yes, he’s appealed to the lowest factors in American politics. But he has also introduced five issues into mainstream political debate that weren’t there before, that should have been there, and which, thanks only to him, are there now.” (Brett Arends)

“The Donald Trump on stage, the entertainer — he is not the Donald Trump in a meeting with six people.” Is he high ego? Yes he is. Does he dominate? No way. He would rather hear other people speak on their issues and their concerns because he knows what he thinks. He wants to know what they think.” (Rep. Chris Collins)

“Those who have met with Trump in recent weeks describe has him as an attentive, inquisitive pupil, far from the bombastic showman of the campaign trail. They say he tends to listen more than he speaks.” (excerpt from article)

Those descriptions of Trump, behind closed doors, go right along with the details indicated by the gentleman who worked directly for Trump, who we featured in The Gazette a few months ago.

Recent Headlines Catching my Attention: (with my 2 cents thrown in)

Conservative Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Says GOP Should Change Convention Rules to Dump Trump: Many think we should dump you. Hugh, do you really want Hillary to be president? Because that’s what you’re calling for!

Media Gives Clinton Total Pass on $12,000 Armani Jacket, but Pounded Palin in ’08: Wait a minute, the media aren’t biased, are they?

Scarborough Scorches ‘Weak’ GOP Leaders Caving to Trump: Make Him Prove He’s Not a Bigot: Hey Joe, you should prove you’re a real journalist, because you are amateurish and are on a network very few tune into.

Sportscaster Says Trump Supporter Deserved Abuse Because She Was Dressed Provocatively: I’m rantless on this one.

Conservative Magazine Begs Romney to Run for President: Yeah, that worked out great four years ago.

Quotes of the Week:

“My enemies are my coach; they teach me how to be strong and wise.” (Unknown)

Never hate your enemy; it clouds your judgment.” (Don Corleone)

“To be successful you need friends, and to be very successful you need enemies.” (Sidney Sheldon)

“Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into her private hedge fund – the Russians, the Saudis, the Chinese – all gave money to Bill and Hillary and got favorable treatment in return. It’s a sad day in America when foreign governments with deep pockets have more influence in our own country than our great citizens.” (Donald Trump)

We like parts of Donald Trump’s message but he does need to act more presidential and he does need to transition to a general election approach,” (U.S. Senator Susan Collins)

“Imagine Donald Trump sitting in the Situation Room, making life-or-death decisions on behalf of the United States. Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he’s angry, but America’s entire arsenal.” (Hillary Clinton)

“I wonder if Hillary has ever watched the show ‘Orange is the New Black’? She may need pointers.” (Doug Sutton)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,
Your last two weeks of rants are RIGHT ON SPOT Your rants are always current and correct in my book. My wife reminds me “nothing wrong with ranting”… And somehow your writing flair makes it humorous. Or is the humor a sad, ill, knee jerk re-action to the issue? My semi-dysfunctional upbringing says yes. However the good news is you could moonlihght at JRs Comedy Club if you needed extra income. Its that painfully funny but so are the views of your opponents.

Or should I say the views of MY opponents are disturbingly not funny.

When the Republican Party becomes my opponent and does not acknowledge the will of the members. The majority, a LARGE majority of us support Trump. And unless we ( Republicans) get it together real fast we are going to lose this Presidential race. I see the heat against Trump coming on more fierce than ever. The GOP needs to realize he is THE Man. What experience did Obama ever have to President ? And people talk about Trump not having smarts. Trump is an SMF. Trump has balls. Obama has raisnets. Everyone makes fun of Trumps hair.. Obama has chia seeds.( Can I say that or am I now a white devil slave master racists biggot.)

I hope the first thing Trump abolishes is the 60 lbs of election material and the barrage of related unsolicited ANNOYING phone calls and hang-ups. That money should be used to pay down the National debt. Think I have an idea here. No Campaigning. Only statements of how much money a Candidate has contributed to the debt. You know, BUY your way into office. Isn’t that how the Legislative process works ? Rules and regs are formed by dollars from special interest groups through lobbying and bribes ? Starting Jan. 1, 2017. All campaign dollars to be forwarded to the Political Action Committee titled: SPOONDME Society to Pay Off Our National Debt. Mega Early. Tim

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

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About Doug Sutton

Doug Sutton is the publisher of Santa Clarita Gazette, Canyon Country and Santa Clarita Living Magazines. Doug is active in Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, the local Chamber of Commerce and Heart of the Canyons Church. Doug and Jeannie have been married for 32 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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