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| Doug's Rants | May 16, 2019

Prayer Breakfast Mania:

The annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast, which radio show host and Hart School board member Joe Messina organizes each year (with lots of help and sponsorships from local businesses), was held on May 2. I attended the event, and as usual, found it to be an excellent program. Based on the reaction from those who filled the ballroom at the Hyatt, they did too. During the program, Joe mentioned it was a bit of a miracle the breakfast came together at all, and he didn’t have time to elaborate, so I thought it would be an interesting story as to how he pulled it off (it was the front page story last week). As you can see, most of these Facebook fans thought otherwise (with my responses).

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

 -There was no exploiting of prayer or Jesus to sell anything; it was an event that catered to the spiritual beliefs of those who were there with nothing even close to the rubbish this person posted.

“It should be organized by a local church for spiritual reasons and not political reasons or as Messina sees it a way to flip the bird to all the liberal heathens he hates and who hate him so much.”


 Again, complete ignorant nonsense. In fact, Messina expounded on the need to love and tolerate others, including those who we adamantly disagree with.

“Can anyone explain why the city allows Joe Messina to deceptively call this personal money-making venture the ‘Mayors Prayer Breakfast’ when it has nothing to do with Santa Clarita or its mayor?”

 -Please note; it’s NOT the Mayor’s, it’s Mayors (no possessive punctuation). The city or the mayor has anything to do with the breakfast. In fact, Mayors Prayer Breakfasts are held all over the nation and have been for several years on the National Day of Prayer. Also, it is not a money-making venture, it is breakeven at best.

The SCV Mayors Prayer Breakfast” is put on by The Diako Group — a tax exempt organization founded by Joe Messina himself. Joe — how much money did the breakfast bring in, and how much money do you personally keep from your work as “Diako”?

 -While it’s none of this guy’s business regarding the financial goings on of the organization or the breakfast, I can tell you the event is very expensive to put on and does not allow for anything that comes close to resembling a profit.

“God works in mysterious ways. A great event this year… No protesters.”

 These are a few of almost 200 comments that mostly blasted Messina and the event.

Why the Hate?

Jesus tells us in the bible, “If the world hates you, know it has hated me before it hated you.”  I can’t get inside these detractors’ heads to know if they hate Jesus, but based on their responses, they sure do hate the idea of an event based on the spiritual beliefs of many. And they have obvious hate for one Joe Messina, based on his national political stances and his personal spiritual beliefs, and they can’t handle the fact he is on the Hart School Board. (As I have written before, there is not one verified instance of Messina pushing the agenda of his political or spiritual beliefs while performing his duties on the board.)                  

The bottom line is Joe Messina sacrifices his time and even is at financial risk when putting this event on. He does this for the sake of Christians in the community to experience this national event. In attendance were folks from different walks of life. I saw doctors, lawyers, politicians, law enforcement personnel, first responders, business guys and gals and an array of others.

Look, if you don’t share the beliefs of Messina or the folks who went to the breakfast, that’s fine. But why the hate towards an event or the gentleman who provides a service that many appreciate, just because you disagree with his political views?

In fact, it’s typical hypocrisy of left-leaning folks who purport love and tolerance for the stuff they believe in, but go rudely ape-nuts over what they don’t believe in.

Talk About Hypocrisy:

The Dems in Congress are wetting themselves because they know the Mueller report they hung their impeachment dreams on didn’t turn out the way they thought it would. Now they are desperately trying to salvage those impeachment plans by subpoenaing whoever walks and breathes, along with holding the Attorney General in contempt for refusing to be drilled by the Dems’ lawyers (the Senate didn’t do it that way, why the House?) and not providing them with the complete report, which would be illegal for him to do (how dumb is that?).

The hypocrisy sets in when we look back at 2012, when the Republicans held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Jerry Nadler: “Just joined the walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt.”

 Adam Schiff:  “To say this is a terrible use of Congress’ power and time is an understatement.”

 Nancy Pelosi: “It’s such a ridiculous thing. This contempt [vote], don’t get me started.”

 Steny Hoyer: “The action on the floor today is unprecedented in the history of America.”

 Elijah Cummings: “You’ve been holding the Attorney General to an impossible standard” and that he solely was “protecting documents he was prohibited by law from producing.”

 Are you kidding me right now?! How do these people look themselves in the mirror?! Their Contempt of Congress for Attorney General Barr is them pouting over what they didn’t get in the Mueller report. The Republicans’ contempt of Holder was for the “Fast in Furious” scandal that resulted in the death of a border patrol agent. The death of a protector of our country, caused by an Attorney General’s screw-up, compared to pouting, warrants the same political treatment by House Dems? Seriously?!

Is Anyone Aware, Does Anyone Care?

On Wednesday morning, I went through the L.A. Times to see what their reporting was on the rising tensions with Iran. There was nothing. I went to the websites of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and Fox had one story the other two had zip.

I started thinking, wow, things are getting close to war over there, yet I’m hearing and reading precious little about it (hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, the news coverage has increased or the crisis has subsided).

This is a big deal folks. A team of U.S. military investigators made an assessment that either Iran or those who are allies attacked four tanker ships in the area. The incidents show there is increased risk for shippers in a region vital to energy supply.

The White House has ordered a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group and four B-52 bombers to head over there. Officials said urgent credible threats from Iran against Americans were found. Our Secretary of State told Iraqi officials that U.S. intelligence showed that Iran-backed militias moved missiles near bases housing American forces. Then there was the order for all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq to leave the country.

Let’s hope and pray nothing comes of this heightened crisis, because if it does, the impact could be felt economically for all of us with sky high gas prices and big stock market hits. Of course, loss of American lives would be tragic, and God forbid the leader of Iran has a meltdown and tries something with nuclear weapons.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

A federal court granted Judicial Watch discovery on Clinton emails because the court wanted answers about the cover-up. And now we have answers because it looks like the Obama White House orchestrated the Clinton email cover-up. (Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch)

*Like Judge Jeanine said: “Grab your popcorn, the show is about to begin.” And what a show it will be as the mud hits the fan giving me plenty to rant about. (Me)

Florida man caught shooing raccoon off boat faces back lash (Headline)

*The guy was 20 miles out in the ocean when he discovered the thing. If you’ve ever encountered a Raccoon, they are nasty animals and can carry rabies. What else could this gentleman do for his family’s safety? I hate it when emotionalism tries to conquer common sense.  (Me)

Elizabeth Warren turns down Fox News town hall, calling the network a ‘hate-for-profit racket’ (Headline)

*Wow, has she seen the latest ratings showing Fox News has many more viewers than the other two cable networks? She may want to put her big girl pants on and accept Fox’s invitation if she wants anyone to see her Town Hall.  Besides, which of the three networks really expounds hate?  (Me)

“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it. Like the ‘world ending in 12 years thing’, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

*I’m not so sure I have the intelligence of a sea sponge, because when I look back on it, she was very serious and emphatic, so I guess you’d have to have the honesty of the Clintons to purport a bull-crap walk back like this one.  (Me)

“I got a text message from a friend who’s like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify,” Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.” (Rashida Tlaib)

*We don’t need to understand her better. This Congress lady, who is of Palestinian decent, makes it clears she hates Israel, and what a racist idiot has anything to do with it, I don’t know.  (Me)

“You know, I was reading in Leviticus where it said, ‘Because of these things, the land will vomit you out.’ I think God will say, ‘I’ve had it with America, if you do this kind of stuff, I’m going to get rid of you as a nation.” (Pat Robertson)

*Yikes, and to think our nation is only 243 years old – which is just a blink of an eye in God’s eyes. We best be careful!  (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Sorry Doug, Joshua Heath was put on this earth to drive conservatives insane. But it all helps confirm why we are conservative. Michael Savage says liberalism is a mental disease and Heath is Exhibit A. 



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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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