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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 8, 2018

Marcy, Marcy, Marcy

Seems I got Marcy’s dander up, Rothenberg that is, the liberal feminist who contributes to the Gazette. I mean her dander was really up as she devoted her entire column last week, letting little ol’ me have it, after I spent a few paragraphs questioning the marching women’s motives and the thoughts she put down on paper the week before that.

While my fleshly inclination is to counter each of the points she threw at me, print- space, time and emotional energy counter that inclination. But, me being me, I can’t resist some counter jabs.

Seems I got Doug’s dander up

Getting your dander up on dictionary.com says: “To cause anger; infuriate; PISS someone OFF. To become angry; BLOW one’s TOP.”

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I can assure you I was not feeling any of the above emotions, I was just using Marcy’s words to get my point across, like I do with so many of her like-minded sort. First rule of opinion writing is to try and not take opposing views personally, and believe me, I’ve had lots of practice doing that.

“Unfortunately, he (me) forgot to do what responsible journalists do: base his arguments on fact.”     

I’ll be the first to tell you, I have never claimed to be a “journalist” or even a responsible one. I’m just a long-time newspaper guy trying to make this newspaper thrive as much as possible in really tough times for our industry by contributing entertaining, mostly politically-based opinion. I spew my thoughts on this page every week passing along what I feel is best for our community, state and nation, and I try to do that feeding off facts as I know them. So, when you get right down to it, I’m just a poor schmuck doing the best I can and having a blast doing it, so Marcy should just chill out.

“Doug has my email address. My phone number. He could have asked me why…”

Can you imagine Rush Limbaugh, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow or anyone in the opinion-giving business calling the person they are “ranting” about before they proceed to do so? I don’t think so – they (and I) just let ‘er rip!

“You ought to expand your horizons, Doug. Because what you and your pals think isn’t confirmed by any objective survey results. Don’t believe me? Look it up.”   

My pals and I don’t give a flying freak about some so-called objective survey (like the ones that claimed Hillary would win by a landside). We know what we know and what we feel and what we think is best for all and it’s based on our conservative views and we’re damn proud of it! Besides, there are surveys and polls to support both of our views.

“While I’m glad you ‘appreciate’ my contributions to your paper, Doug, you should find another way of expressing it. You don’t pay me for my professional contributions, so you might at least treat me professionally – by citing facts, instead of hyperbole, if you disagree with what I write.” 

If I took what Marcy wrote about me seriously, I would tell her to take her contributions to my newspaper and shove ‘em! But since I don’t, I hope she continues to contribute to the Gazette to enable the fair and balanced opinion we strive for. In the end, it’s okay to agree to disagree.

Believe You Me:

The Democrat voices column in The Signal this week was entitled “Believe me, you must believe me” by Jonathan Kraut. Towards the end of the piece he writes: “Despite what we have learned about the Russian connection with the Trump campaign and subsequent presidency, many still feel there are no serious issues soon to be revealed.” He then brings up a few nuggets of what he thinks are suspicious goings-on that should get the president in hot water. Kraut concludes with: “President Trump’s response to these facts is “there is no collusion, there is no collusion, there is no collusion, believe me.”

As with CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS & NBC, Jonathan is ignoring (or at least not referring to) overwhelming evidence of corruption emanating from the “Clinton Cartel.” If he is unaware of this stuff, let me try and help out (I won’t even begin with the cartel destroying emails, computers, Blackberry phones and getting away with not being charged with even a smidgen of a crime). 

*Hillary’s campaign’s law firm hires a company to do research on Trump.

*That company hires an ex-British spy to compile the research.

*He completes the research (the dossier) with information he supposedly got from Russians.

*The FBI starts an investigation into collusion between Trump and Russia.

*The director of the FBI tells Trump about the dossier, but tells him it is “salacious and unverified.”

*The ex-spy then shares the dossier with the press, with the FBI warning him not to.

*Even though the FBI and the Department of Justice knew the dossier was suspect, as to the facts, they use it anyway to get a search warrant to wire tap the Trump campaign.

*Just recently we learned the FBI didn’t tell the judge where the dossier came from or who paid for it when they applied for the search warrant.

*Also, we just learned the ex-spy probably lied to the FBI about how and from whom he got the facts for the dossier.

*Now this thing has really blown up, with evidence that Hillary’s campaign manager was feeding false allegations against Trump to the ex-spy to be included in the dossier, figuring the ex-spy would tell the FBI he got them from Russians.

So Jonathan Kraut and his mainstream media brethren can turn a blind eye to all of this information while still singing the Trump/Russia collusion song, but, believe you me, the smoke and fire from the other side is shaping up to be Watergate on steroids!         

We Are Being Buried With Politically Correct Hypocrisy:

The commercials during this year’s Super Bowl were riddled with ideological feel-good messages. They were written with a smear of political correctness, not daring to hurt anyone’s feelings or firing up irritation. Gone were the spicy, gritty, and even humorous, political type ads, replaced with ballroom dancing football players and breweries producing water instead of beer. I guess I should be grateful there wasn’t an ad with ladies wearing those vagina caps.

For years the Washington Redskins have been under fire to change their name. The politically correct hounds found a way to get the name issue in front of the Supreme Court, where, thank goodness, they lost, but they still are howling for the NFL team to change its name.

In direct contrast to the Redskins holding firm, not giving in to political correctness disease, the Cleveland Indians baseball team announced they will no longer wear the Chief Wahoo image on their uniforms beginning in 2019. My question is, if it’s that offensive, why not do it in two months when the season starts? Why wait for a year – what is the point? It won’t be as offensive in a year? How hypocritical is that?

The image of Chief Wahoo has been associated with the team for umpteen years and now the top brass of the team has been brainwashed by idealists. What a shame, especially for lifelong fans of the team that cherish what Chief Wahoo represents for them, without a shred of racism entering their minds.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

“The modern era of feminism is how you track that at its beginning. It manifested itself in crazy ways. Parents would try raising their daughters in blue rooms with GI Joe and try raising their sons in pink rooms with Barbie to see what would happen, and they were shocked.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“Women were doing well in this country until feminism came along.” (Rush)  

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?” (Oscar Wilde)  

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” (Gloria Steinem) 

“I detest politics, to be honest with you. It’s a cesspool. And I don’t think I would fare well in that cesspool because I don’t believe in political correctness and I certainly don’t believe in dishonesty.” (Ben Carson)

“Political correctness has become a straightjacket.” (Gary Oldman, actor)

“This lie of political correctness is bringing this country down. You just want to break through it all.” (Jon Voight, actor)

High school cancels musical after white student lands lead role (Headline)

Stock Market tumbles wiping out billions (Headline)

The mainstream media was all over this one; funny thing is they didn’t make a peep when the stock market was skyrocketing, I wonder why? I don’t really wonder why, it’s just one of a dozen ways they hate our president and it manifests itself in bias reporting. (Me)

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About Doug Sutton

Doug Sutton is the publisher of Santa Clarita Gazette, Canyon Country and Pet Me Magazine. Doug is active in Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, Heart of the Canyons Church, and a past board member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Doug and Jeannie have been married for 34 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

2 Responses to “Doug’s Rant”

  1. Yep, Marcy Rothenberg got under your skin!

    • Poor guy. He’s the publisher of a newspaper, yet he doesn’t think he’s a journalist…just a “newspaper guy.” Which, if he looked in his Funk and Wagnalls, he’d discover means he’s a …JOURNALIST. And he doesn’t know the difference between objective polls, which are scientifically designed to determine FACT and/or the level of support/opposition to something, and push-polls, which allow Doug and his like-minded minions to say “SEE the poll says everyone agrees with us so WE are RIGHT!” SMDH.

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