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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender Woman /Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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For all of the things Texas can rightly be criticized for

their approach to Impeachment is something that maybe we should consider adding at the Federal level, namely requiring Presidents to temporarily step aside (with the VP substituting?) after being impeached and until the subsequent trial is completed. Seems like if you've done something to warrant impeachment and may potentially be thrown out of office for, you shouldn't be allowed to keep your hands on the wheel and/or able to intimidate/obstruct with the powers of the Presidency. It's just a thought........
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed May 31, 2023, 06:20 PM (7 replies)


The article is right in its description of such an action as a "nuclear-level escalation". People from all over the country go to Disney World. His chances of winning a Presidential nomination, let alone a general election, let alone not being literally ridden out of town on a rail would be infinitesimal if he actually did something to REALLY harm Disney.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu May 11, 2023, 04:10 PM (1 replies)

Their whole "argument" about Joe being involved seems to be

"Do you really think Hunter Biden is "charismatic enough" to be corrupt on his own?" Of course, their whole thing is that Hunter traded on his famous father, Joe's name, so isn't that how he did it then? Why would he have to be "charismatic" to be corrupt?

These people are so zealous to impeach and/or convict the entire Biden family that they don't even stop to think about how they sound and, more importantly, they are ignoring all of the Trump family criminality that has actually already been proven or is in the process of being adjudicated.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu May 11, 2023, 11:53 AM (0 replies)

Ending this cycle of abuse and weaponization

has to be done somehow. I think that the public would largely be on Biden's side if he ignores the debt ceiling and the Republicans protest. I don't even really understand why we have a "debt ceiling" anyway. I'm sure that there's some history about it but, assuming we don't plan to voluntarily welsh on our debts, what purpose does it even serve and has its usefulness, whatever it was, ended?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon May 8, 2023, 05:09 PM (1 replies)

I don't believe in primaries

simply "just because". It should be reserved for a real emergency situation if the incumbent is totally incompetent/inappropriate for the job and/or if somebody really have a strong case to make that you can do things better than the incumbent (neither Kennedy nor Williamson are credible candidates) and if neither things apply, you're just creating unnecessary and divisive electoral drama and draining resources that should be spent elsewhere.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon May 8, 2023, 12:12 PM (0 replies)

I don't necessarily agree it's a winning issue for them

At least not long term. I just think they’re largely taking advantage of people’s general ignorance of a very complex issue, something that they are unfortunately very good at. I suspect that when these laws wind up in courts, most of them likely won’t stand bc Republicans will be forced to provide actual evidence and facts, which are not on their side and they won’t be able to actually justify them. As one abortion activist once said, pregnancy is too complicated to regulate. I think the same can be said about gender.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri May 5, 2023, 11:05 PM (0 replies)

I figured

Imagine the horrors of having a LABOR SECRETARY who supports and advocates for working people?!!
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Apr 19, 2023, 03:41 PM (0 replies)

They underestimate the general humanity of most of the country

Just like with Bush II's Social Security privatization push, they repeatedly assume that most of the country thinks like they do, that if they only care about things if it affects *them* or a friend or family member. They obviously can't fathom that people would actually care about other people, just as a matter of being human, which just further goes to show how they don't actually believe in all of the religious sophistry they're constantly spouting and acting like they embrace.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Apr 17, 2023, 11:36 AM (0 replies)

Marianne Williamson Makes Gains Against Joe Biden, New Poll Suggests (Newsweek Clickbait)

Total clickbait headline from Newsweek


Spoiler: She’s polling at 10%, folks, and Biden at 73%.

I had a friend on FB misinterpret the poll to claim that she is only 10 points behind Biden.

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Apr 3, 2023, 11:21 PM (31 replies)

DeSantis would get this nearly unprecedented new power under Florida bill

A proposal in the Florida Legislature to give Gov. Ron DeSantis more power over high school sports is nearly unprecedented. The Tampa Bay Times could find only one state that currently has similar executive authority over its primary prep athletics association: Delaware.


Though groups such as the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and its board of directors are easy to overlook, their policies and procedures help shape students’ high school careers. That means a potential overhaul to Florida’s governing body is worth exploring.
What changes are proposed?
The board would shrink to nine members and be chosen very differently under HB 225 and SB 308. Eight members would be appointed by the governor, with confirmation by the Senate, and the ninth would be the education commissioner.

The proposal comes after the association board chose not to include mandatory questions about students’ menstrual cycles in paperwork given to schools for player participation. It also comes as DeSantis gains or exerts more executive power, from removing and replacing the Hillsborough County state attorney and school board members to controlling Walt Disney World’s government services.


How is this guy going to run for President of the entire country when he is being made responsible for managing everything in just one state?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Mar 30, 2023, 03:58 PM (6 replies)
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