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Name: Mara Alis Butler
Gender: Female
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 01:13 AM
Number of posts: 20,996

About Me

Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

Journal Archives

It's stupid political nonsense pushed by Republicans

whom evidently don’t ever have enough to complain about. She’ll visit the border and they’ll complain that it was just a “photo-op”. It’s ridiculous to think she can appease them.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Jun 15, 2021, 08:52 AM (0 replies)

I have to start back in the office 50% of the time starting next week

and back in the office full time after Independence Day and I'm already dreading it, not so much being back in the office but it just feels like a waste of time to drive 30-40 minutes one way through increasingly congested traffic (there is a local interstate that will be out of commission for EIGHTEEN MONTHS yay infrastructure!) for a job where I'm not really even there all day most days as I work for Child Services and split most of my time between paperwork in the office, going to client homes, and going to court. We have been working remotely for over a year now and been managing things pretty well, with court being held remotely and being able to manage paperwork and other duties fine remotely. I neither feel particularly motivated to return to the home, nor do I think that the job has ever really needed to have our butts sitting in an office most of the time when we're not doing other stuff. Yet, for now I suppose our Republican Governor (Holcomb-Indiana) wants to make sure that everything appears "normal" which is probably just as well for him as our Republican Supermajority Overlords stripped him of emergency health measures (heaven forfend we have to deal with a worst public health emergency in the future).

Anyway, I digress..........

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Jun 13, 2021, 10:49 AM (1 replies)

Question about Afghanistan Withdrawal

I've been seeing some stories lately about some activists trying to pressure Joe Biden into letting a number of Afghan translators and people whom have worked with the US during our long involvement in Afghanistan into the country, supposedly to help protect them from retribution or something but what I don't quite understand is, is this something that is commonplace whenever we leave a former war zone or is it when we make a tactical withdrawal (aka retreat) like we did in Vietnam? Are we leaving Afghanistan with the general assumption that the Taliban will be immediately filling the void left by our withdrawal, which is why these activists are so concerned about protecting those Afghanis whom helped us there?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Jun 7, 2021, 09:42 PM (3 replies)

Just because somebody is disabled

Doesn't mean that they can't be an awful person, unfortunately.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat Jun 5, 2021, 04:50 PM (0 replies)

If you ever want confirmation about what right-wingers REALLY mean by demanding "religious freedom"

This is it here. For THEM, NOT everybody else.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat May 22, 2021, 12:44 PM (0 replies)


Government Cruise Boats?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu May 13, 2021, 03:10 PM (1 replies)

The Economy & UI

Is this right wing “idea” that UI is to blame for the slow economic recovery gaining steam/traction? Starting to see it crop up everywhere in the MSM all of the sudden after some GQP Congresscritters started pushing the idea and some states like MT and SC are cutting off UI early.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri May 7, 2021, 06:59 PM (8 replies)

Probably early 2000's

I was glued to the news and podcasts (esp Diane Rehm show) for the first few years after 9/11 and became a small donor to them and our local PBS held a kids event every summer that we took our kids to. After awhile though I started to get really irritated at their "bothsiderism". I still tune in every once in a while but it still is pretty bad and some of the better correspondents have since left. Still somewhat better than most corporate owned media but it has become severely degraded by right wing control and defunding over the years. :-/
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun May 2, 2021, 10:45 PM (0 replies)

Whatever Republicans say about DC Statehood

It all really comes to hating the idea of us having two more Democratic Senate Seats and at least one additional House seat, probably filled by POC. If it were a potentially right-leaning state, you know they'd be all for it.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun May 2, 2021, 09:09 PM (1 replies)

I generally like Carville

but he shouldn't be feeding into Republican/right-wing propaganda about "wokeness" and "elitism". It's cheap, a waste of time, energy, and it doesn't even mean anything other than that which the Republicans/right-wing doesn't like. To me, rejecting "wokeness" is "respectability politics" at its worst and if we have to choose (hint: we don't) between winning elections and supporting the interests of diversity and minority groups within society, I'm going with interests of diversity and minority groups within society. Years of evidence has also shown that everytime Democrats run away from progressivism and diversity, it doesn't really work or net us any more votes among the white racists that this is supposed to (in theory) appeal to.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri Apr 30, 2021, 04:51 PM (0 replies)
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