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Doodley's Journal
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February 14, 2024

Visit to a MAGA didn't go well. Am I to blame?

Went with wife to visit a MAGA. The conversation moved to healthcare. I was trying to say that healthcare is a basic human right in the European nation where I grew up. Here, tens of millions have healthcare because of Obama, and because of the actions of John McCain to stop GOP taking it away, and incidentally that Trump called McCain a loser because he was caught and incarcerated as a war prisoner, denigrating all vets. Meanwhile, my wife is telling me to stop talking. I'm saying to my wife: "Why do you want me not to speak?" The MAGA host is saying its because nobody cares what I have to say. As I try to speak, my wife keeps telling me to stop. At this point I'm raising my voice just to be heard. I've got two people who are against my right to speak what is on my mind. Then I'm told by MAGA host to leave as I am invited to a house and yelling. I certainly wasn't yelling. Anyway, I walked out and did yell at that point, "I care that millions of people have healthcare, you may not." I am not one to name-call or ever say anything abusive. Wife stayed for another half hour. Should I feel bad? Am I to blame?

January 19, 2024

Only 20% of Americans would vote Trump if he is convicted of a crime, including 43% of GOP voters and 14% Independents.

Only 20 percent of voters would vote for former President Trump if he's convicted of a felony, according to new Ipsos/Reuters polling. The Morning Joe panel discusses.

October 13, 2023

Israel, White House condemn Donald Trump's remarks

Oct 12 (Reuters) - Israel and the White House on Thursday condemned remarks by Donald Trump in which he praised the Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over an attack by Palestinian Hamas militants that killed more than 1,300 people in Israel.

Trump, a former Republican president who is the frontrunner to become the party's 2024 presidential nominee, called the Lebanese Hezbollah, a sworn enemy of Israel, "very smart" and accused Netanyahu of being "not prepared" for the Hamas attack, which also killed 22 Americans.

October 11, 2023

Putin calls Trump charges "persecution of a political rival for political reasons."

Shows how much Putin wants America to be his puppet. The first thing Trump would do is withdraw all aid to Ukraine and lift all sanctions against Russia.

“As for the prosecution of Trump, for us what is happening in today’s conditions, in my opinion, is good because it shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others democracy,” Putin said at an Eastern Economic Forum gathering in Russia’s Pacific Coast city of Vladivostok.

“Everything that is happening with Trump is the persecution of a political rival for political reasons. That’s what it is. And this is being done in front of the public of the United States and the whole world,” he said.


October 9, 2023

I can't say I have felt hate for decades, but these Republicans who desperately want

Trump to be their president and blame Joe Biden for everything, including the Hamas attacks, bring me close to feeling that way again. Who else fears for the future of America? If Trump wins next time, that's it. America and the world as we know it will be over. How do we remain positive with this very real threat hanging over us? I am struggling.

April 2, 2023

Post-indictment poll: Trump surges to largest-ever lead over DeSantis, but Biden still ahead.


In the previous Yahoo News/YouGov survey, which was conducted less than two weeks ago, Trump (47%) led DeSantis (39%) by eight percentage points in a head-to-head matchup among registered voters who are Republicans or Republican-leaning independents. As recently as February, it was DeSantis who was narrowly ahead of Trump, 45% to 41%.

But the new, post-indictment poll suddenly finds Trump lapping DeSantis by 26 percentage points — 57% to 31% — in a one-on-one contest. The former president even attracts majority support (52%, up from 44% previously) when pitted against a wider, 10-candidate field of declared and potential GOP challengers, while DeSantis plummets to 21% (down from 28%).


Most Americans, for instance, think Trump should not be allowed to serve a second term if he is “convicted of a crime in this case” (52%). Perhaps even more ominous for Trump is how few think he should be allowed to serve as president if found guilty: just 31%. Another 17% are unsure.


Meanwhile, the new survey shows no change at all in preferences for the general election, with President Biden maintaining the same two-point edge over Trump (45% to 43%) that he enjoyed in the previous Yahoo News/YouGov poll.

March 24, 2023

Transgender youth face despicable GOP 'Forced outing' bills that make schools unsafe.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Al Stone-Gebhardt worked hard in school to make sure he graduates in May, and he spent hundreds of dollars on commencement regalia, but he is fully prepared not to participate in the ceremony.

The 17-year-old, who is transgender, said he fears his high school, Tulsa Union, might use his deadname — the name he was given at birth but no longer uses — on his diploma and during the ceremony instead of his legally changed name. He has had teachers call him by his birth name, sometimes inadvertently, and said he finds the experience traumatizing.

“Being deadnamed just immediately makes you feel belittled, weak and insignificant,” Stone-Gebhardt said. “I didn’t want to be in the classroom. I didn’t trust the teacher.”

As hundreds of bills nationwide take aim at nearly every facet of transgender existence, from health care to athletics to bathroom access, trans kids and their families say certain proposals could eliminate one of the last remaining safe havens to explore their identities: K-12 public schools.

Several “ parental rights ” proposals, which aim to give parents greater control over their children's education, would formally allow or require schools to deadname trans students or out them to their parents without consent. While some parents and teachers argue they have a right to know, others warn it could jeopardize the mental health and physical safety of gender-nonconforming children and place educators in the crosshairs.

March 14, 2023

Second voting machine company approved for lawsuit against Fox News. This time for $2.7 billion!

Goodbye Fox News!

A defamation lawsuit against Fox News by voting machine company Smartmatic appears to be headed to trial after the New York Supreme Court gave the green light last week.

An analysis by The Guardian found that the $2.7 billion lawsuit could be "more dangerous" than the $1.6 billion lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems. In both cases, Fox News personalities are accused of falsely claiming President Joe Biden won the election because of a voting machine conspiracy.

"The Earth is round. Two plus two equals four," Smartmatic's 2021 complaint began. "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election for President and Vice President of the United States. The election was not stolen, rigged, or fixed. These are facts. They are demonstrable and irrefutable."

The complaint also noted: "Defendants did not want Biden to win the election. They wanted President Trump to win re-election … They also saw an opportunity to capitalize on President Trump’s popularity by inventing a story.”


March 11, 2023

Maxwell Frost (D-Fla): Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 coverage makes people feel like they can do it again.

Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) says Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s sympathetic coverage this week of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack increases the risk for future violence because it creates a space “where people feel like they can do it again.”

In a clip from an interview on Showtime’s “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth” shared exclusively with The Hill on Friday, the first-term lawmaker said that what Carlson has done with the 41,000 hours of surveillance footage that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) gave him is “really dangerous.”

“It creates a problem where if there’s not real accountability with people being sympathizers towards the insurrection, it puts us in a position where people feel like they can do it again,” Frost said.

McCarthy has said he does not regret sharing the videos with Carlson, despite the bipartisan backlash that has followed his using the tapes to argue that the events of Jan. 6 were calmer than how they have been presented. McCarthy has voiced support for showing “transparency” on what happened during that day, even as multiple Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), denounced Carlson’s coverage.


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