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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 01:13 AM
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About Me

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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Do people like Bowers

realize that once they give Trump power again, the next time he tries to overthrow the government and seize total power, heíll make sure that they canít resist him and that he and others are likely going to wind up in jail or dead (or both)?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Jun 22, 2022, 10:25 PM (0 replies)

When will they learn?

And why canít they just belong to the Joe Manchin/Krysten Sinema wing of the party? Sure, they might not be completely enthusiastic about Democrats but at least theyíll stand a lesser chance of being hated and could possibly be eliminated under Republicans. I just donítÖ.get them.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat Jun 18, 2022, 04:51 PM (0 replies)

A reluctant break

at best. He didn't just outright shoot the idea of overturning the election down right away like anybody else with even a minimum of knowledge of the Constitution would. He obviously researched the idea until Dan F**king Quayle told him to not even consider it.

He also hasn't ruled out supporting Trump again despite what happened.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri Jun 17, 2022, 01:00 PM (0 replies)

I will have to say

I was starting to panic for the second election in the row but once they called Arizona(!) for Biden, I was finally able to relax and go to bed. It obviously wasn't over yet nor called for Biden yet but winning Arizona gave Biden another (quite unexpected) path to 270 EV. He ended up getting all of the states he needed anyway but Arizona and Georgia were the icing on the cake.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Jun 13, 2022, 11:48 AM (2 replies)

You know

I can appreciate that the framers probably thought it best to not make it TOO EASY for things like impeachment, expulsion, etc., so that they can't just be used casually and for naked political retribution, but part of me also thinks that they probably unintentionally made it TOO HARD to do it as well, especially when the perps are partially running the show. I don't know what the solution is, but mechanisms to hold our leaders accountable aren't very useful if they're nearly impossible for the good guys to use to confront dangers to our democracy from bad leaders.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri Jun 10, 2022, 11:16 AM (0 replies)

That's what I want to scream

everytime I hear on the news or read political articles talking about how DOOMED Democrats are because of those issues over which Biden has no control and that electing Republicans would only make all those things (and others) worse.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Jun 9, 2022, 12:28 PM (0 replies)

Crucial context

which I don't feel like a lot of people appreciate, just in the same way that the Democrats held Congress for 2 years under GWB, Obama had to deal with a divided Congress for 4 years and then a Republican Congress for the last 2. The way things seem to be bending, it looks like we may be looking at a Republican Congress again under Biden for at least the next 2 years. Whereas, Republicans had the WH and Congress for an almost unfettered 6 year period where they got to pass bills, tax cuts, and put Judges on the courts, including Alito and Roberts, starting the tilt of the court to the far right. A lot of people just think that Democrats suck because they can't control Republican obstructionism and then attack Democrats and refuse to vote because they think that their votes don't matter, thus practically giving more election cycles over to Republicans and then getting upset AGAIN that things suck more and more. I try to explain this to people on the left and they act like I'm just making excuses or being a party loyalist.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Jun 2, 2022, 10:55 AM (0 replies)

I feel like

whenever the NRA says that limits on firearm ownership/use don't work, it's like how anti-vaxxers say that Covid vaccines and other precautions don't work. They seem to insist that laws work flawlessly and prevent every single death or prevent a certain number of deaths and if they don't, then what's the point of doing ANYTHING? And to the extent that pro-RKBAers are also making anti-choice arguments, they contradict themselves by claiming that people will still find ways to kill people (albeit less efficiently and with further victims), so, again, what's the point of doing ANYTHING?

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat May 28, 2022, 03:29 PM (0 replies)

How about "Vaginas"?

Then they'll regulate the shit out of them
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu May 26, 2022, 08:16 PM (0 replies)

On Biden not seeking a second term

I was listening to a clip of Michael Smerconish from CNN that just made my blood boil over this weekend. Now, Smerconish is not a right-wing hack or somebody that I intensely dislike (though I disagree with him often), but all this talk about how bad Joe Biden's poll numbers are and talking about how Lyndon B. Johnson declined to seek another term and how Biden might be wise to do the same thing is really starting to depress me even more than I already am depressed about everything bad going on right now. He pointed out how Biden is a decent and honorable person but that he's getting too old and his Presidency is floundering (largely for reasons that he has little or no control over).

Is this a real thing being floated by other Democrats, or is this just idle pundit-speak or wishful thinking? I don't know that Smerconish has any thoughts or motives to suggest this, but are Republicans afraid of having to face Joe Biden again or does "the media" *want* Republicans back in power (for bottom line reasons). Who is seriously driving this narrative/idea? I do remember that some pundits wanted Barack Obama to refuse to run again in 2012 and for Hillary Clinton to replace him, but nobody really took it seriously and Obama won comfortably won 2012 despite his own sagging poll numbers and the midterm congressional defeat. Did pundits ever suggest Trump or any other Republican in political trouble refuse to run for re-election like this (because I don't remember it)? Why is it only Democrats they make this suggestion for?

Not really looking for a debate but is anybody else pissed off by all this talk or know where this is coming from?

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun May 22, 2022, 08:07 PM (78 replies)
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