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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 21, 2020

There Are No Words:

There are no words (well there are, but they aren’t suitable to print) to describe both my frustration and local business owners’ absolute outrage – which is more than anger; it’s downright heart break.

In particular is the plight of some locally owned furniture stores, who are just trying to keep their businesses from completely collapsing. Last weekend they opened and were conforming to every damn safety rule they were supposed to (masks, distancing and even hand sanitizer dispensers). They were allowing a limited number of folks in the stores, just like the grocery stores do, so their customers could browse SAFELY and pick out what they wanted.

But no…Health Department officials (who I  assume were trying to justify their jobs, because of course they’re still getting paid), came swarming into the stores ordering all customers out and mightily scolding the store owners and issuing citations for their law-breaking sins.

Never freaking mind that nearby were grocery stores, Targets and Walmarts, all packed with people eyeballing products they wanted to purchase. This is sickening, Blue State ultra-rubbish ruining lives, and they don’t give two craps about that. All they care about is their emotional, feel-good idealism, filling their misguided thought processes that screw things up like every other liberal policy they implement.

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Why the Unnecessary Insanity?

I’ll tell you one reason; it’s scary propaganda that drones on and on, whether it comes from print, radio or television media, seeping into the brains of Americans. Which, in turn, causes undo alarm that the left uses to advance their liberal influence on unsuspecting, low information folks.

It’s nothing more than scare tactics – just like how they frighten folks with climate change. It’s ridiculous, the predictions made; the warnings and the unwarranted dire forecasts of things that are going to kill us.

After reporting what most consider good news regarding the virus, uplifting spirits (even causing the stock market to flourish), we then see reports come along dousing flames of the good news and making it seem worse than it was before.

When this thing first started and the lockdown was forced upon us, along with the other do’s and don’ts, did you think, or were you led to believe, that the shutdown would still be going on some 10 weeks later? If you’re like me, it was a temporary situation, not this long drawn-out ordeal unnecessarily causing angst for millions of Americans.

The whole idea was about flattening this thing called a “curve” to make sure the hospitals were not overwhelmed. Not only were they not overwhelmed, hospitals across the land are laying employees off, cutting pay and some are even going out of business. Ironic, isn’t it? This virus they said was going to devastate hospitals is now devastating them in a shamefully different way, while many of us are still stifled and suffering from nonsensical measures that were supposed to be over by now.

I Like What Floated Across My Monitor The Other Day: 

“We are NOT all in this together; politicians, state and local officials have not given up one PAYCHECK. They have not lost their homes or businesses; they have not laid awake at night wondering how they will feed their families or pay bills. As they continue to enforce draconian restrictions not one of them is suffering from their OWN DECISIONS. They are not now and NEVER will be any part of the WE in this!”  

Random Bits of Extreme Puzzlement:

-Why is it safe to walk on wet sand at the beach, but not dry sand? I’d like to see the research on that.

-Why when President Trump said he was taking Hydroxychloroquine did some of those in the media get their underwear all twisted up in knots? And why did no one mention that it was widely known Obama smoked in the White House and there was no fuss over that?

-Speaking of Obama, Jonathan Kraut wrote in The Signal newspaper: “To put it simply the American people, prodded by our buffoon-in-chief and members of his party, do not have political will or discipline to follow strict measure that will save lives.”   I’ll ignore the rude verbal slap in the face regarding us Republican Trump supporters, but if I would have written the same thing about Obama and Democrats, it would have been deemed as horribly racist and this newspaper would have been boycotted worse than what Christy Smith tried to do. What gives?

-In the same column, Kraut wrote: “Trump seems okay with perpetuating an immense death toll so his precious economy can rebuild.”  Wow, Trump’s precious economy, really? Isn’t it our economy? The foundation of the greatest country on earth, an economy that enables folks to provide for their families, an economy that is being smothered by paranoid types such as Kraut?

-Gruesome Newsom allocated $75 million of virus relief for illegal aliens, while pension funds for California First Responders’ are in grave danger. Who’s more important to Gavin?

-Am I the only one who was surprised to learn that Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County Department of Public Health director, is not a medical doctor, but has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare? If you ask me, she’s doing a terrible job minding the county’s welfare, as her dictator-like policies are doing more harm than good. I have a feeling she’s still receiving every dollar of her $465,000 a year salary while the rest of us choke on her orders.

-Gruesome Newsom had ordered that before restaurants can open in a county, 15 percent of the homeless population has to be sheltered. Then we see a judge in L.A. County issued an order requiring officials to provide shelter or alternative housing for the homeless (wait, I thought using the term homeless is politically incorrect, they have to be referred to as ‘shelter challenged’ or some such nonsense) who are currently living near freeway over-passes, under-passes and bridges. This is a perfect example of runaway liberalism using a crisis to worm their way into pushing stuff that has nothing to do with the virus.

Leniency at Its Finest:

I’ll tell you what, this Obamagate thing is rapidly gaining momentum as we see more and more evidence of wrongdoing by Barry and his vice president back then. Unfortunately, William Barr said there isn’t much of chance Obama or Biden will be in any hot water over the attempted coup, but I and many others sure think they should be. I know, I know, we just don’t do that to past presidents and their VP’s , yada, yada, yada, but I betcha a Democrat DOJ would be all over Trump like Botox all over Nancy’s face (Is it okay she called our president “morbidly obese”?) after he’s out-of-office. I’m also wondering if the same leniency is going to be applied to Mrs. Bill Clinton for her felonies.   

Quotes Quips & Headlines:

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economies, but many economic uncertainties are wringing them out of operation.”

“I’ve spoken to many small business owners and business leaders throughout my district, and it’s clear this arbitrary and untenable timeframe adds more harm to local businesses.” (Christy Smith, from a press release regarding the expiration of PPP)

*Wait just a minute; is this the same Christy Smith who tried to put a small business by the name of the “Santa Clarita Gazette” out of business last year?

“So yeah it really hurt to have my old seat flip back to Republican-for a ton of people & also for me. In fact, it was pretty f–king devastating, I went offline & cried for a few days but, as always, getting ready to stand back up & keep fighting. Hope you are too.” (Katie Hill)

*Oh yeah, Katie. We’ll keep fighting alright, but it will be to give you a lot more to cry about. (Me)

What did Joe Biden know and when did he forget it? (Headline)

*Classic headline in the New York Post (Me)

“Al Sharpton asked me this on his Saturday cable news show: ‘What is ‘Obamagate?’ ‘The intentional interference with the peaceful transition of power’ I responded.

I explained that the American tradition of peaceful transition of power is the ‘glory of the Republic.’ The central charge of the many for which ‘Obamagate’ is shorthand: Senior members of the administration of President Barack Obama made efforts to cripple President Trump’s ability to govern via unconstitutional methods throughout the transition and even into the first three years of his term. Zerlina Maxwell, opposite me on Sharpton’s virtual set, characterized the term “Obamagate” as a racist talking point.” (Hugh Hewitt)

*See what I mean about the absurd double standard of racism when it comes to anything Obama? That’s their go-to defense of Obama and it doesn’t apply to Trump whatsoever. Oh yeah, Hewitt gives an excellent definition of Obamagate. (Me)       

“It’s time to face the fact that PPP didn’t work. A great plan, difficult execution. No one’s fault. The only thing that will save businesses is consumer demand. No amount of loans to businesses will save them or jobs if their customers aren’t buying.  (Mark Cuban)     

*Why does this common sense thinking evade so many seemingly intelligent peoples’ brains?  (Me)

“Dear Congress, pull your head out of your ass and work together for the greater good of America. You’re just showing the American people how worthless you are! Sincerely, Every Tired American.”  (Facebook post)  

*Seems like this person is referring to those on both sides of the aisle, and who can blame him or her?  (Me)          

“Tobacco killed 7 million people worldwide last year! No revolution to shut down the tobacco industry? I guess $12 Billion in revenue changes things. Another 41,000 killed just from second hand smoke (CDC numbers) but I don’t see us being locked in our homes preventing us from breathing it in.” (Blogger)

*Deaths from numerous cancers and diseases, alcohol-related deaths and even car accidents are all reminders that life can be treacherous, but we’re willing to take those risks as we live our lives taking chances, so why not with this virus? (Me)

“The lockdown is ending because the American people say it’s ending. No further explanation from government is necessary.” (Dan Bongino)      

*Wait, Dan, you don’t live in L.A. County where the Health Department Nazi’s are on the prowl to shutdown anything that moves without their consent.  (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 35 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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