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Vidal's Journal
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October 5, 2018

Murkowski and Collins probably made a deal

I think Murkowski is allowed to vote "No" on Kavanaugh because Flake and Collins said they would vote "yes" and that's enough to confirm him.
This allows Murkowski to look good in Alaska (where they hate Kavanaugh).
But her vote means nothing because Kavanaugh can be confirmed anyway.
That's what I think.

September 15, 2018

Trump is Done: Manafort Already Gave Mueller 'Blockbuster' Evidence

"Manafort had to deliver some blockbuster, truthful information to get the deal he got.”

"Which means that Donald Trump is done. From here it’s just a matter of working out the timeline and the details for the end of his presidency."


September 15, 2018

Why the Manafort Plea Deal Could Bring Down Trump and His Family

"All legal observers who commented after the deal was announced yesterday have said that it is highly significant, even though the exact nature of Manafort’s cooperation remains unknown. In other words, we don’t know what Manafort knows — or what Mueller knows. But we can surmise that they both know a lot, and they have the evidence that might ultimately bring down the Trump presidency."


September 15, 2018

Texas Just Voted to Erase Hillary Clinton From the History Books

On Friday, the Texas Board of Education voted to eliminate Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the state’s social studies curriculum.


February 19, 2018

Robert Mueller has even more aces up his sleeve than we thought

Source: Palmer Report

"We all knew that Mueller arrested Rick Gates along with Paul Manafort because he was hoping to get Gates to flip on Manafort, so that Manafort would flip on Trump. And frankly, this was always going to work. Gates is broke and couldn’t afford to mount the kind of sophisticated legal defense team required to have a snowball’s chance at beating money laundering charges. So of course Gates flipped in the end. Manafort will flip too, because his high priced attorneys can’t save him now that his longtime business partner Gates is testifying against him.

But no one saw Mueller indicting the Russians for conspiring to rig the election in Trump’s favor. Especially not right now, when Mueller had us all believing that his next step was to bring the obstruction of justice case against Trump. This was a strategic kick in Trump’s groin to weaken him politically before bringing the legal hammer down on him. It’s the kind of moment that makes you glad Mueller is on our side, and makes you hope that Mueller never comes after you for anything.

As of now, Robert Mueller is simultaneously hammering away at Donald Trump from the obstruction of justice angle that’s in focus of late, the Gates-Manafort Russian money laundering angle that we’ve just been reminded has always been in plain sight, and the election rigging conspiracy angle that no one saw coming. And this is just the stuff we know about. If he has aces up his sleeve as mischievous as the Russia indictments, he clearly has more aces to play that we didn’t know he even had."


February 17, 2018

Isn't Our Government Supposed to Protect Us?

I thought the FBI and CIA and the military would keep us safe from attack against the U.S. from hostile foreign governments.

But they have not. And they are not right now protecting us either.

The attacks on our democracy our current and ongoing.

Can someone explain to me why our government is not keeping us safe from the war being waged against us?

February 6, 2018

The Only Thing that Motivates the Republicans Now is Racism

There I said it.

They are totally corrupt and will do anything to stay in power because of their fears.

They are afraid of people who are not white-skinned, and very afraid what will happen if they get in power.

I am white and I can see this fear all around me.

I personally don't fear that way for various reasons, but the fear is driving them crazy.

We can expect a lot more bad things to happen.

February 4, 2018

Greedy America and Healthcare

Healthcare in America is based on greed. This means some people in the healthcare field are getting rich while tens of millions of Americans are thrown into poverty and bankruptcy due to their excessive healthcare costs.

In America, over 35,000 people die each year because they can't afford health insurance.

In America, the average family spends $10,000 per year on health insurance premiums with another $8,000 per year in deductibles.

Most plans now also require co-insurance payments, which require that, even once you meet your deductible, you continue paying some percentage (usually 20%) of all costs.

In America, many people who HAVE health insurance still go bankrupt and slide into poverty due to the greed-based pricing of health services.

The fortunate few who are getting rich off of other people's misery are laughing all the way to the bank. Doctors and corporations have one primary goal: make as much money as possible.

This situation will continue so long as Americans continue to allow the greedy, selfish people to control our healthcare system.

America is the ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD where healthcare is driven by profits and greed instead of focusing on health and taking care of people.

We need only look to other countries for examples of what we can do to fix our broken healthcare system that is bankrupting millions of people and eventually our entire country.

January 21, 2018

Holding firm on DACA may help Democrats take back control of the House of Representatives in the 201

Holding firm on DACA may help Democrats take back control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 elections.

There are 142 congressional districts that have Hispanic populations greater than the national average, about 18 percent.

==> 52 of those districts are currently held by Republicans. (Among those 52 GOP-held districts, 18 are already rated as competitive by the Cook Political Report.)

==> In 21 Republican-held House districts, the Hispanic population tops 30 percent.

A poll this week found 87 percent of people wanted the Dreamers to stay provided they met requirements such as working or going to school. This is an unusually high percentage of agreement in a nation that is very divided politically.

Supporting DACA is a winning issue for Democrats. Standing strong will solidify and excite their "base" of supporters and increase turnout in this year's elections.

Plus there is this bonus: holding firm on DACA avoids giving Trump a "win" which he so desperately wants.

Democrats must not give in on DACA no matter how long the shutdown stays in effect.

January 4, 2018

Why there are lawsuits about the book

Book sales.

All the publicity about the book and the lawsuits, etc. has pushed the book immediately to the top of the bestseller lists.

People are speculating that Trump gets a share of the profits and that he is helping the book sales by getting more publicity, which he is very good at.

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