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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 01:13 AM
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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.

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I don't blame her for being done

Just sad and bitter that we've been left with a perverted, ignorant wealthy doofus and his equally reprehensible and vacuous family, as well as Congress being in the hands of a party that is equally reprehensible and hostile to the needs and concerns of almost everybody in this country.

Did I mention how bitter I feel about it all?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Apr 18, 2017, 09:58 AM (1 replies)

You're right

there is no easy solution to the problem of NK. The best way for it to end (in my completely non-professional opinion) is for somebody within the NK military sympathetic to the US/SK somehow getting rid of Kim and all of his family/heirs and syncophants. That that hasn't happened so far in spite of everything suggests that it is unlikely to happen anytime real soon. A lot of Presidents have come and gone basically keeping with the general policy of containing NK and not playing into their saber rattling. It seemed like Bill Clinton was making some progress on keeping them from getting nuclear weapons through diplomacy during his Presidency, but, if I remember correctly, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney shunned the NK deal and, post-9/11- lumped them into the so-called "Axis of Evil". NK responded by becoming more belligerent and moving ahead and acquiring nuclear weapons. Maybe it was a little more complicated than that but that's the gist of what I remember from that time period. Strangely, despite Bush/Cheney's strong stance on "disarming" Iraq of WMD and their subsequent invasion and occupation of Iraq and their saber rattling with Iran (which, to this day, Republicans are more focused on), they seemed *strangely* silent on the one rogue country that actually HAD nuclear weapons.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Apr 17, 2017, 12:25 PM (0 replies)

Great latitude

As long as Secretary of HHS (or other cabinet official) is Republican. Otherwise, Republicans will sue the pants off of Democratic agency heads to cripple their ability/latitude to do much.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Apr 16, 2017, 06:31 AM (0 replies)


I have to agree. We have to figure out a good consensus candidate and back them up 100% Trump CANNOT be allowed to win another 4-year term when we will all be lucky just to survive the first 4 years!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 12, 2017, 11:33 AM (0 replies)


either is seriously deluded about how dangerous the world is or they're purposely manipulating the public with fear about an armed murderer or terrorist around every corner so as to sell more guns and ammo, which is now seriously more difficult now that they can't accuse Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton of thinking about taking everybody's gunz away!

The ultimate goal in some states seems to be turning them into "Wild West" arenas where just about everybody is packing heat and deputized to respond with lethal force to any potentially threatening individuals. They also seem to want the rest of the public whom are maybe not quite so crazy about guns to feel more "comfortable" with other people walking around openly carrying their rifles.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Apr 11, 2017, 09:58 AM (0 replies)


I see what he's trying to do here and I applaud the integrity but I can already see that this isn't going to work well. When we get back in the WH and Republicans are in the minority in the Senate, they will ensure that no Democratic President gets to make a SCOTUS nomination via the Filibuster, but then they will go "Nuclear" again once they are back in the majority in the Senate. The filibuster for SCOTUS nominees has now been broken and will not ever be fixed unless both parties agree that it will be respected and, unfortunately, there is absolutely no reason to trust that the GOP will hold up their end of the bargain.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Apr 10, 2017, 06:27 PM (0 replies)

What upsets me the most

is, while it something that both parties have used to their advantage as a minority (and was previously respected as such), under President Obama, the Republicans SEVERELY abused it to the point that simple governance- appointing cabinet nominees and creating a REAL crisis in judicial vacancies- was made practically impossible and then the Democrats responded with limiting it some just to keep government operating and now the Republicans, now that they are fully in charge, have limited it more to get their Scalia clone on SCOTUS for Trump (after denying consideration of President Obama's lawfully nominated candidate), and will probably wipe it out completely at some point, probably when they have some "must-pass" legislation that they want to ram through on a party-line vote.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Apr 7, 2017, 06:15 PM (0 replies)

I'm not quite sure I know how to feel about the strike yet

Depends a lot on what comes next and even how effective the strike may (or may not) have been in knocking out Assad's ability to do further chemical attacks. I think that some people here are a bit put off by the fact that Trumpublicans have been smearing President Obama over what happened in 2013 and his failure to act militarily in spite of intense Congressional opposition and in spite of the fact that a peaceful resolution actually was achieved and held right up until now- when Trump essentially seemed to communicate to Syria/Russia that we were not going to get involved and that we were basically going to leave them alone. Of interest is, how did Syria get chemical weapons (again)?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Apr 7, 2017, 02:05 PM (0 replies)

Regulation is a four-letter word to Republicans

While there may be a few frivolous ones out there that legitimately should be scrapped or are outdated, most regulations seem to have been put in place for a good reason. But you wouldn't know that from the way most Republicans rail against them. Of course, most people in most places in our country (Kansas maybe not so much) have grown up well-protected from predatory actions by businesses and other bad actors BECAUSE we've had regulations in place to protect us, so not many know about how bad things can be/get. I will say that I have heard that Amusement Parks are, in general, not particularly well-regulated places and I would expect that they, like pretty much everything else, is very loosely regulated in Kansas.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Apr 7, 2017, 01:43 PM (0 replies)


unless it happens to them, affects them, etc. in any way, shape, or form..........it simply doesn't matter.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Apr 7, 2017, 01:30 PM (1 replies)
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