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Can we all just settle down a bit? Frankly, this is bordering on the absurd.

Liberals are running around in the streets with their hair on fire, going on news programs claiming outrageous things and clogging the internet with ludicrous rants.

Yes, your candidate lost. Eight years ago, my candidate lost. So what? We are still here. We are still all Americans. And we are still the envy of the world.

Our nation is bigger than you and me. Our ideas and principles remain the same and will continue to be so as we move into the future. We must not descend into useless bitterness, anger and protests.

A recent protest in Los Angeles had high school students leaving class to march on City Hall. Some teachers were observed escorting students and actively participating in the walk-out.

We’ve got a few problems here. High school students don’t vote. They have no say in our political system until they are of legal age. To allow such a protest by underage students is irresponsible.

Next, some teachers appear to be aiding and abetting the truancy of their students. While I believe that most teachers are professional and look after their pupils’ best interests, to take these actions is harmful.

They should be identified and severely disciplined. Translation: terminated.

Young teenage kids are prone to emotional overreaction. For a teacher to play into this is damaging to our society. There are better ways of handling these emotions.

The schools and districts involved should also lose funding for the day. Those students should not count in daily totals for state educational reimbursement.

Let’s see how willing school administrations are to stage protests when the action is not being underwritten by taxpayer dollars.

The protests can also take a violent turn. One news report showed a terrorized woman sitting in her car after protesters broke her windshield with a baseball bat.

Does a responsible educator allow students to be in such a situation? I think not.

So what can we do about this? In this age of communication technology, it is easy to see that people get their news and views from one or two like-minded sources.

I would like to see these “radical teachers” hand out a new set of assignments to their students. How about asking the students to argue the opposite side?

Instead of simply writing off Trump followers as “racists” or “bigots,” ask the kids to delve into the reasons behind the Trump following.

This would require students to look beyond CNN, Redit and Twitter to get more information. Students (and all of us, really) need to break down our silos and hear the other side.

I am no paragon of virtue but I watched both Fox and CNN during the election. Yes, there was a difference and it was good to understand both points of view.

For example, I was very skeptical of Sean Hannity when he was discussing the impact of Obamacare three weeks ago, but then the White House issued a report that essentially verified what Hannity was saying. Sometimes, we learn from those who have differing viewpoints.

I also listen to podcasts that originate in New York and Chicago such as This American Life, Freakonomics, and Stuff You Should Know. Most have a fairly liberal bent and I often wind up yelling at my cell phone.

Which is really odd but rather cathartic in a way.

For example, a podcast this week dealt with a school teacher who was doing parent conferences the day after the election and she cried with nearly every set of parents who came to see her.

This is wrong. If this teacher showed professionalism, she would have assured these parents that they would be fine, that America is still America, and that the education their children receive will still be excellent.

Besides, the topic is a parent-teacher conference and not national politics. Hair on fire.

Let’s make this a challenge. I challenge all liberals to listen to a news source with a decidedly conservative bent (Fox?). And I challenge conservatives to listen to more liberal news sources.

After a few days, write a column about what you learned and send it to The Signal (see

Or just send it to me and I’ll summarize a few experiences into a column for Right About Now.

Let’s see what we can learn about the other side and maybe douse a few coiffures in the process.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and is not worried about Uncle Earl’s hair. He has none. Steve can be reached at

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  • Brian Baker

    “Let’s make this a challenge. I challenge all liberals to listen to a news source with a decidedly conservative bent (Fox?).”

    Well, good luck on that, Steve. I think there’s a better chance that you’ll win the lottery.

    “And I challenge conservatives to listen to more liberal news sources.”

    I actually agree with that, and start every day DOING exactly that. It keeps me well informed on exactly what my opposition is doing and… thinking (using that word VERY loosely).

    • indy

      Unlike this poster, I support Steve’s idea that you should look to other sources that don’t echo your beliefs 24/7, essentially cocooning you and leaving you empty for the larger context of most issues.

      • noonan

        Gasbag says what?

      • Brian Baker

        “Unlike this poster”, wIndybag?

        Did you even read what I wrote, you fool?

        • indy

          What I find interesting is the conservatives that propagated lies, distortions, innuendo and speculations as this poster put forth toward Hillary get so upset when the same practice is applied to them . . .

          And rather than deal with the reality . . . we get the standard ‘name calling’ and other nonsense that makes these types of posters irrelevant . . . and makes their ‘whining and crying’ embarrassing considering their past use of partisan propaganda.

          I’d suggest getting past the nonsense put froth by Fox and Breitbart and look for media outlets that actually practice sound journalism . . .

      • Indy, you do realize that Brian’s comment indicates agreement with Steve and you, don’t you?

        Perhaps it’s just the lack of an edit feature that makes it appear that you commented without actually reading Brian’s post.

        • Brian Baker

          You give WAY too much credit, Eric.

  • Steve Lunetta

    BB- what do you listen to?

  • Brian Baker

    Here’s the lineup, Steve.

    In the AM I read, in this order (the on-line editions): The Signal, WaPo, LA Daily News, LA Times, NY Times, Townhall, Fox. Obviously, it’s impossible to read all of them cover-to-cover; I go through each and read any articles or opinion pieces that grab my attention. Usually 2 – 3 hours per day (a benefit of being retired).

    In the car I listen to AM 870 if Prager, Levin or Elder are on, otherwise it’s KHTS.

    How about you?

    • Brian Baker

      BTW, I don’t watch TV news. I find it incredibly and boringly shallow.

      • tech

        Same here on TV news, Brian.

      • Bobs R

        I watch Kings hockey. It’s all I have time for, really. But I’m a YUGE hockey fan

        Of course, I hate the Ducks with a passion.

  • hopeful

    I have always listened to and read a variety of sources for the exact purpose that you suggest, Steve. For any big issue, I spend an equal amount of time watching Fox and CNN, with a splash of MSNBC. I watch local news stations (Channel 2, 5, 9 depending on the time I am watching) for everyday news.

    I read The Signal, Arizona Daily Sun (liberal), Washington Post (liberal), Huffington Post (liberal), Politico (liberal), Real Clear Politics (middle of the road) the Dredge Report (compilation of conservative-leaning articles from all sources, including the NY Times), the Blaze (conservative), and Breitbart News (conservative – never knew about this source until Indy pointed it out – thanks Indy for that link).

    Obviously, I have plenty of time on my hands, but with that time I try to be open minded so I can learn something new everyday. I often seek out books or experiences that will take me out of my comfort zone, exemplified by my recent Pantages Theater excursion where I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch, or when I read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

    All of these experiences, along with my upbringing, my education, my family, my friends, and my faith in God have molded me into the person I am today, and I am so grateful and content as a result.

    • tech

      Intellectual curiosity and thoughtful principles are a hallmarks of decent rational people, Hopeful. Shrieking juvenile intolerance is not.

  • Nishka

    “Hair on fire absurdity”
    Yes the Democrats lost and the Republican party won all well and good !!!!

    To have a person the likes of Trump as President of the United States and his ilk running this glorious
    country with their damaging negative agenda and their hate and fear spewed to the American people
    for months what do expect from people who don’t think this way ????

    If you are on their hate list for one thing or another you are running scared and so you lash out.!!!!!!

    These protesters have every right to protest just as a teacher has seeing that their future as not so bright
    and their social issues that they will have to depend on now and in the future being decimated !!!!!!!

    Put yourself in their shoes especially if you are a minority waiting for someone to knock on your door to harm you.

    • tech

      Thank you for an example of the column’s topic, Nishka.

      Calm down. You’re shrieking absurdities and no one is suppressing peaceful protest.

    • Brian Baker

      “… with their damaging negative agenda and their hate and fear spewed to the American people
      for months … If you are on their hate list for one thing or another…”

      Sounds to me like a summarization of the last eight years.

    • Bobs R

      More lies. Wow. You really do take after your hero Hillary.

      Once again proving the Left are a bunch of hypocrites. They claim to be the party of “Peace and Tolerance”. They are, so long as you agree with them 100%. Otherwise, “Assassinate, KILL KILL KILL! No free speech unless you agree with me!”

      The world is watching you, and shaking their head

      • hopeful

        Yes, the world is watching, Bobs, especially when Michelle Obama’s motto, “When they go low, we go high” is not resonating with many hypocrites on the left.

  • noonan

    I view liberal sources all the time. Why just yesterday I spent 20 minutes on the Drudge Report! 🙂

    I watch CNN until I can’t handle it anymore. I watch MSLSD when I want to improve my mood. Watching liberals cry and whine is very cathartic. On the net, I look at The Daily Beast, CNN, and on occasion when I’m feeling frisky, the Huff Post. I also read a lot from the NYTimes and WaPost but usually from Real Clear Politics which is my go to source of political commentary and news.

    I’m convinced that conservatives are far more varied in their news sources than liberals, I know, not shocking at all.

    Hey Lois, you’re still not mad are you? Haaaaaaa!

  • nohatejustdebate

    At the last debate when Trump said he might challenge the results of the election, Hillary Clinton said she was “horrified” by that answer. Anyone believe she is “horrified” by the actions of her followers?

    BTW – I have found Michael Medved to be about the most balanced talk show on radio. Prager is also brilliant. I only tune in to CNN and MSNBC to see their reactions to Democratic setbacks. Their reactions are sublime!

    • Brian Baker

      Yeah, it was pretty damned funny to tune in CNN (Communist News Network) periodically on election night, and watch them get glummer and glummer as the night wore on.

  • Steve Lunetta

    Nishka- unfortunately, you prove the point. The simple fact of the matter is this: good people (that you may differ with on some points) are going to be appointed to administration posts. The same thing would have happened with Hilary’s people. There is absolutely no reason to react so emotionally.

    Time to calm down, drink some tea, reflect on positives, and move forward with the new reality.

    “Hate list”- no such thing
    “Fear and hate” spewing- both sides were really guilty of this. But, that is politics isn’t it?
    “future being decimated”- if the person did something illegal, whose fault is that? And, probably, this thing is going to end in reform followed by granting of permanent residency so there is no reason to be so emotional

    Breath deep. Relax. All will be well.

    • Bobs R

      Sadly, the media is feeding the lies to people like Nishka, and they believe it without vetting.

      After the media was exposed and embarrassed on their coverage of the election, you would think they would at least try to do their job: REPORT the news, not CREATE the news. But, that has not happened yet.

      I just listened to a clip of the BBC where he said Steve Bannon hates Jews. I don’t like the guy personally, but he made it up out of thin air and accused him of it. It has become a witch hunt based on lies, just like in Salem. Is this going to be the new Media slogan? “Lies lies lies!”

      The News Media has not learned their lesson. They and the left claim the are #Tolerant, but have proven without a shadow of a doubt they are anything but. They may as diametrically opposed to Tolerance as is possible to be.

  • noonan

    Lois, if Trump is such a racist, how did he get more black votes than Romney? How did he get A LOT more Hispanic votes than Romney? How did he get more Asian votes than Romney? Why did he go to the inner city of Detroit, something Hillary failed to do, and ask for their vote? How come you didn’t notice when he was at a rally in CO that someone handed him a rainbow flag that he proudly displayed? If you really want facts and I know facts are kryptonite to you, the only group that he got fewer votes than Romney was white people.

    You can push the narrative all you want. Well informed people, people that generally post here for the most part, know you are full of it. Gosh, how could you stoke and divide the country with your racist BS if he actually helped the black community? What if deporting 2 million criminal illegals did something good for the Hispanic community? It’s anecdotal, but I have two Hispanic ladies working for me, 1st generation Americans, and they both say good riddance to the scum that are ruining cities like Los Angeles. Only an immoral fool would argue otherwise.

    • hopeful

      Here’s another one for you: My very good friends, who now live in Arizona, each legally immigrated to the US when they were kids. Needless to say, both of them, along with their adult children all voted for Trump. For months, we would talk back and forth about the horrible choices we had to choose between. I told them that I was lucky to live in CA. where I didn’t have to make that choice, but they felt the need to vote for Trump because Arizona was turning out to be an important swing state this year, and there was NO WAY they wanted Hillary Clinton to win.

      Had the Democrats put up pretty much ANY other candidate than Hillary Clinton, I have no doubt that the Democrats would have won the election this year. But, the Democrats wrongly thought that everyone would be willing to look past Hillary’s lack of accomplishments as Senator, her horrible record as Secretary of State, where the Middle East is in a shambles and our long-time adversaries are emboldened, and her years and years of lies and corruption, just because she was a woman, and “deserved” the Presidency.

      The Democrats really need to rethink their strategy from this point forward because it isn’t working. And personally, I really do hope they change their ways because I don’t think it is good for us if one political party gets too powerful, which is what is happening with the Republican party right now.

      Democrats, please take heed:

      • Bobs R

        Well stated Hopeful

        My EX is a legal immigrant. Obviously we don’t agree on much these days, but she always had a problem with ILLEGAL immigrants. She went through the process, paid her dues, and became legal. She felt anger at those who were not following the law.

        But alas, we are in an age of entitlements. Everyone “deserves” everything. If they don’t get it, they throw tantrums.

  • Nishka

    “A prominent Trump supporter set off major alarm bells when he cited World War II-era Japanese-American internment camps as a “precedent” for an immigrant registry.”
    “The comment, in a Fox News interview, provoked furious criticism from civil rights activists, Muslim organizations and politicians.”

  • Nishka

    “America’s security not only depends on the strength of our military but also in our values and morals. America is strongest when the world sees us as a beacon of justice, built on diversity and tolerance. Allowing Steve Bannon to serve in the White House sends just the opposite message to the world, diminishing our standing and giving extremists fuel for their propaganda. We cannot sit by and let a dangerous individual like this influence our laws and policies.”

    • Brian Baker

      “We cannot sit by and let a dangerous individual like this influence our laws and policies.”

      And how do you plan to stop it? Loud whining? A hissy-fit on the White House lawn?

  • Nishka

    “David Duke attacks Dem senator over Trump win” !!!!!!

    This is the just the beginning of the rising profile of the alt-right. !!!!!

    • Steve Lunetta

      Nishka- who is David Duke? Is he an elected official? Is he in charge of anything? Exactly. His opinion means nothing. And you paying him attention simply gives him power that he does not warrant. Calm down and think.

      • Brian Baker

        “Calm down and think.”

        Dude!… You’re talking to a Dem/socialist!

  • Nishka

    “Trump’s campaign has used anti-Semitic symbols that Trump has failed to disown even when advised of their offensive content. And under his wings, America has seen an unprecedented outburst of blunt and naked hatred of Jews, which has only gotten worse since his election.”

    • Steve Lunetta

      Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close advisor is Jewish. Ivanka, his daughter is Jewish. Many members of his transition team have close ties to the conservative Jewish community. And this;

      “One of the team members is Steven Mnuchin, a longtime banker who was finance chairman of the campaign and, like Kushner, is a scion of one of New York’s best-known Jewish families”

      To say the Trump administration is anti-Semitic is pure rubbish. This is akin to saying Trump hates women even though the Trump organization is known to promote and retain more female executives than most “progressive” companies.

      Nishka, stop reading left-wing news and social media. Understand what is really happening and calm down.

      • Bobs R

        Don’t bother with Facts with Lois. She hates those things

  • nohatejustdebate

    Stand by Nishka. The media will likely be reporting how much Trump hates his daughter Ivanka for converting to Judaism because of his naked hatred for Jews. He will also likely disown her children. Hey, if the mainstream media reports it, it MUST be true!

    Yeah…just like their reporting that Trump was certain lose!

  • nohatejustdebate

    Hopeful, I understand your concern about one party having too much power but which part of the government would you want to see the Democratic Party control?

    • hopeful

      At this point, I don’t want the Democrat Party to CONTROL any part of the government because of what that party has become. However, I don’t want the Democrat Party to devolve even further, which could easily result in the Republicans having a filibuster-proof majority after the 2018 elections.

      In 2018, there are 25 Democrat Senators up for reelection compared to 8 Republicans, and more than half of those 25 Democrat Senators come from states that Trump won. Currently, the 2017 Senate is expected to be filled with a 52-48 Republican majority, which means that the Republicans could be in the position to take away enough of those 25 current seats, while defending their 8 seats to create a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

      Living in California, we have all seen what happens when a one party rule dominates, and that is never good in my opinion. I believe our government works best when there is a fusion of ideas from all sides, hopefully working for what is best for our country as a whole.

      But as it stands right now, the Democrats don’t seem to be willing to make the necessary changes to gain back their edge, but we will know by the end of the month when Nancy Pelosi is either reelected or dismissed as Minority Leader in the House. Under President Obama, with Pelosi and Reid (thank goodness he is retiring), the Democrats have lost “13 US Senate seats, 69 House seats, 12 governorships, and 30 state legislatures. The entire party is a smoldering ruin.”

  • Nishka

    Jeff Sessions for Attorney General: Another racist in the racist cabinet !!!
    “In 1986, he was denied a federal judgeship after former colleagues testified before a Senate committee that he joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying he thought they were “okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana.”


    • Bobs R

      Are you allergic to the Real World?

  • Nishka

    “California leaders vow to protect young people from deportation” REWARDING NEWS !!!!!

  • Nishka

    “Those young people “face uncertainty, fear and stress, leading to psychological issues including depression, anxiety and an increased risk of suicide,”
    This is what a Trump Presidency has brought to this country !!!!!

    Put yourself in their shoes !!!!!!

  • noonan

    Oh, poor buttercups! If you want to kill yourself because your person lost the presidency, please go ahead. It will do wonders for the gene pool.

    WTF is with the parents of these delicate snowflakes? What happened to us that caused us to be such a nation of sniveling p*ssies?

  • Bobs R

    Don’t click this link, no matter what you do! It contains facts, and I know you hate those things!

  • nohatejustdebate

    Nishka’s new source is an outfit called, “Correct The Record”, a Clinton SuperPac. Gee, no bias there. Here are just a few of the other headlines from their website:

    Jeff Sessions’ Bigoted, Racist Record Makes Him Unfit for the Cabinet

    Meet Trump’s Reported Top Pick for National Security Advisor: An Islamophobic Lobbyist With Kremlin Connections

    “Notorious” Islamophobe Frank Gaffney Reportedly Advising Trump

    Trump Transition Descends into Chaotic Family Melodrama

    Rudy Giuliani’s Business Ties to Enemies of the United States Disqualify Him for Secretary of State

    Should you run out of toilet paper, print them out and wipe away.

  • Nishka

    “It’s strange that Ryan blames Obamacare for Medicare going “broke” (which it’s not). The Affordable Care Act actually strengthened the near-term outlook of the Part A trust fund, by raising additional revenues and cutting expenses.”
    “So it’s the opposite of what Ryan says happened. Fact Check awarded Four Pinocchios.”

  • Nishka

    “Donald J. Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a series of lawsuits stemming from his defunct for-profit education venture, Trump University, finally putting to rest fraud allegations by former students, which have dogged him for years and hampered his presidential campaign.”
    “The settlement was announced by the New York attorney general, just 10 days before one of the cases was set to be heard by a jury. The deal, if approved, averts a potentially embarrassing and highly unusual predicament: a president-elect on trial, and possibly even taking the stand in his own defense, while scrambling to build his incoming administration.”

  • Nishka

    “Many on the transition team are registered lobbyists who are deeply invested in Trump’s system change,”

    “It looks like the lobbyists and special interests are already taking over.”

  • Nishka

    “GOP ‘UNIFIED’ photo shows the white face of power in Donald Trump’s America
    White power!”

    “Republicans took a very poorly photographed victory lap today, tweeting out a selfie of the GOP members of the House posed behind Vice President-elect Mike Pence.”

    “The caption? “UNIFIED.”

    “Perhaps the GOP is merely trying to emulate the racial makeup of the House of Representatives in the
    19th century”
    “Awww, isn’t that sweet — the GOP establishment is telling Pence that there are no hard feelings about all his and future President Trump’s “drain the swamp” rhetoric.”

  • Nishka

    “Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Thursday she didn’t agree with President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for more infrastructure spending and less banking regulation.”
    “President-elect Donald Trump has pledged a $1 trillion infrastructure spending program to help jump-start an economy that he said during the campaign was in terrible shape.”

    “Speaking on Capitol Hill Thursday, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen warned lawmakers that as they consider such spending, they should keep an eye on the national debt. Yellen also said that while the economy needed a big boost with fiscal stimulus after the financial crisis, that’s not the case now.”

    “The economy is operating relatively close to full employment at this point,” she said, “so in contrast to where the economy was after the financial crisis when a large demand boost was needed to lower unemployment, we’re no longer in that state.”

  • Nishka

    ” President-elect Donald Trump has chosen three hawkish loyalists for key posts.”
    “They are Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Representative Mike Pompeo as C.I.A. director and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser.”
    “All three are regarded as outliers from conventional Republican thinking, shunned in various ways for viewpoints that were seen as unacceptable or overly partisan”

    • tech
    • Steve Lunetta

      I am confused, Nishka. Trump is criticized when he selects party insiders for key positions. Then, he is criticized for selecting outsiders that the Beltway crowd does not like. You can’t have it both ways. Another example of absurdity.

  • Nishka

    “President-elect Donald Trump claimed credit on Thursday for keeping a Ford plant in Kentucky from moving to Mexico. But the company never planned to move the entire plant, only one of its programs”

    “Ford has never announced plans to move to Mexico either its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, which produces the Lincoln Navigator, or the Louisville Assembly Plant, which produces the Lincoln MKC and the Ford Escape.”

  • Nishka

    “President-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly bragged that he never settles lawsuits despite a long history of doing so, has agreed to a $25 million settlement to end the fraud cases pending against his defunct real estate seminar program, Trump University.” ANOTHER LIE!!!!!!!!

    • And if you like your plastic bags, you can keep your plastic bags. Or something like that.

  • nohatejustdebate

    Ah yes, Nishka. We know how you cannot tolerate politicians that lie!

  • nohatejustdebate

    Speaking of liars, looks like the victory of President Trump has forced the Rational Center to shut down. Hopefully John Zaring will crawl back into his dark hole.

    • tech

      Quelle surprise! Who knew that Mr. Zaring’s charade would implode after ringing so hallow?

      • tech


        But he did have a holier than thou attitude, eh?

  • noonan

    Lois appears to be having a nervous breakdown.