Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 21, 2019

60 Minutes of Dropping the Ball:

CBS did a good job of hyping “60 Minutes” with Andrew McCabe last week. Tidbits of the interview they released ahead of time created a lot of buzz, and I’m sure it helped their ratings.

The lefties probably tuned in to hear the luscious details of the goods McCabe has on Trump for his Russian collusion bad deeds, and they had to be somewhat disappointed with what they heard.  I think righties watched to hear about the details of Rod Rosenstein offering to wear a wire while in meetings with the president. His purpose was to help convince cabinet members to try and oust Trump on the basis that he was some sort of traitor. That part of the interview didn’t disappoint.

What did disappoint was the interviewer dropping the ball by not asking McCabe certain questions, such as: “Whose idea was it to not charge Hillary Clinton with any felonies just before the election, when it was blatantly obvious she committed serious crimes?”       

“Were you aware that the information paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign for Russian dirt on Trump was written by an ex-British spy who hated Donald Trump’s guts, and none of what he came up with could  be verified, and most likely wasn’t true?”


Mr. McCabe, did you know the wife of one of the top lieutenants in the DOJ worked for the company that was hired by Clinton, and most likely helped to put the information together in the form of a dossier?”

Were you aware James Comey told President Trump about the dossier, but basically told him it couldn’t be proven and not to worry about it?”

When the Director of the CIA (John Brennan) gave the dossier to the FBI, why did you open the investigation of Trump and Russian collusion, even though the dossier was invalid?”

Did you question in your mind the legality of using the unproven dossier to dupe a judge into issuing a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign?

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by this, as Fox News is the only outlet that has covered any of this stuff. Surely, CBS is aware of the aforementioned, and for them to avoid asking McCabe these tough questions shows their true colors.

Go, Bill, Go!

I’ve tried over the last year to convey the absolute corruption which took place concerning the DOJ, the FBI and their low-down, dirty, illegal schemes to let Hillary Clinton off the felonious hook and screw Donald Trump, but it’s a complicated deal to elaborate on. I’m not giving up ranting about it, but I’m really hoping that this worse-than-Water Gate scandal is blown so wide open that the loveable mainstream media will have no choice but to cover it in detail, relieving my burden to explain it.

The only way this is going to happen, though, is if the new Attorney General, Bill Barr, grabs this corrupt bull by the horns and treats it with the true justice it deserves. He should start with the Obama administration to see who pulled the strings for this serious funny business, from Hillary’s email crimes to messing with Trump’s campaign that launched into a bogus collusion investigation. Come on, Mr. Barr, please do the right and just thing!

Face the Unbalanced Information:

Millions of viewers tune in to the long running Sunday morning news shows to get their weekly dose of political news, and, for many, it’s the only “political” type show they watch during the week (especially those without cable TV). Even those who aren’t really into politics stumble on to these shows while channel surfing. The problem is that they’re getting an unbalanced and filtered version of what’s really going on.

Face the Nation, Meet the Press, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and (to some extent) Fox News Sunday are so biased against conservatism and President Trump they should be embarrassed and ashamed of their journalistic selves. It starts with opening remarks from the hosts and carries through to the left-leaning panelists.

As a result of this, those who are of the low information variety come away misinformed based on the skewed views they hear. For instance, not once do I recall hearing anything about the very questionable means in which the Mueller investigation was launched. The many positive things the Trump administration has accomplished, especially the on-fire economy, are rarely covered.

So, what we have is unfair and unbalanced content from these shows, resulting in low information folks being unfairly misled into accepting views, without a clue of what the other side of the story is so they can decide for themselves.         

Am I Too Needy?

Maybe I’m a high maintenance type of guy because I still need help understanding my left-leaning friends.

Why are they so against a border wall, and why do even some of the presidential candidates think the existing barriers should be removed? Deep down, in their hearts, I mean deep, deep down, do they really give two hoots about a barrier that the majority of them will never actually lay their own eyes on?

I also don’t understand the childlike semantics of the type of barrier it should be.  Please tell me what difference it makes if it’s a wall or some sort of steel fence? Do they feel so bad for the immigrants who are trying enter our country illegally, they want them to be able to see into our country? What if it’s a hundred percent barbed wire fence? They still could see through it, right?  Oh no, that would be too inhumane, right? We wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings, now would we?

What I really don’t understand is how and why they ignore what dozens of border patrol professionals – who get down and dirty along the border – say about the need for a wall. I’ll write (for the twentieth time) about what a border patrol agent supervisor (works the border between Calexico and Yuma) I met in San Diego told me: “Absolutely we need a wall. It would be a great help in stopping these people from getting past us.”

Why don’t these liberals believe in what these guys are telling us? Are they so full of their idealistic selves they just scoff at experts’ claims and go about trying to convince themselves and their followers that they know best?  Please, someone help me to understand!

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

16 states suing Trump over border wall emergency declaration (Headline)

*Is it just a coincidence that all 16 governors of those states are Democrats? (Me)

The Academy Awards is still a significant event for America:   (Headline)

*How so? It’s an entertainment award show where the ladies try to expose as much of their breasts as they can get away with, and the majority of the participants are spoiled, rich brats who think America is screwed up with a president they distain. It’s hardly a significant event for America in my book.  (Me)

“I am not a Democrat Socialist” (Kamala Harris)

*Oh really? I bet she tries to “out-socialist” all of her opponents, just wait and see.  (Me)

California will sue the White House:  (Headline)

*Gavin Newsom couldn’t wait to join in on the fun. If he’s not careful, the legal fees for this will burn up his budget surplus.  (Me)

Excerpts from Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address on February 12: 

“Because last week, we heard another president stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values.

He described a country where inequality doesn’t seem to be a problem, where climate change doesn’t  exist, and where the greatest  threat we face  comes from families seeking asylum. Just last night, he went down to El Paso and said it again. The border emergency is a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater.

We’re not backing down. Just yesterday, I gave the National Guard a new mission – one that will refocus on the real threats facing our state.

The remaining third of our Guard will focus on stopping criminals smuggling drugs and guns through existing border checkpoints. A wall that stretches thousands of miles through the wilderness will do nothing to stop this threat.

This is our answer to the White House: No more division, no more xenophobia and no more nativism. We suffered enough from that in the nineties with Props 187 and 227.

Now, we’ve  covered a lot of ground today, but there is so much more that deserves our focus. Climate change. Reforming our tax code and our criminal justice system. Major initiatives like paid family leave, universal pre-school, free community college, re-imagining, the DMV…there’s so much more. And I’ll be talking a lot about those issues in the coming months.”






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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 35 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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