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Proud Liberal Dem

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Name: Mara
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 12:13 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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Has anybody e-published their work (on Kindle, Barnes & Noble)

and if so, what has your experience been? Was it fairly easy to publish and are you earning any money off of it? I'm working on a novel/story that I hope to e-publish as well but I've never done it before and wanted to know if there is a chance to make a decent amount of money off of it (though I realize that it would, of course, be dependent on how much people want it). I guess what I really want to know if this is a boondoggle or a legitimate opportunity for aspiring writers to make a little on the side with their work?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Dec 16, 2011, 05:31 PM (20 replies)

Does he have a better idea of where the drone is/was

than Bush did of where Iraq's WMDs were? Unless Obama knew where the drone was, any attack would've been a futile gesture and just led to needless provocation. It's not great that Iran got a drone (if they did) but it would've been worse to invade their airspace and attack them over it IMHO. It's situations like this for which we should DEMAND somebody like Barack Obama be President!

Repubs (all of them except for maybe Paul) seem to be jonesing BADLY for a war with Iran!

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:55 AM (0 replies)

Bookmark feature?

Is there currently no way to bookmark threads for reading later? If there is, how do you do it?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:31 PM (10 replies)

Sounds sort of like Sarah Palin's "real Americans" line from 2008.

Anyway, given the higher standard of living that Europeans enjoy(ed) in a lot of important respects (i.e. healthcare, childcare, college, etc.), I don't understand people who DON'T want us to be more like Europe anyway. WTF is it with Republicans and their demands that everybody (but them) suffers (needlessly)?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:39 PM (0 replies)

Right

Vetting is entirely appropriate and within the scope of congressional authority but I think that, generally speaking, Senators, if they are refusing to confirm somebody, should be required have some substantive (i.e. REAL) reasons to vote against them. There's almost no reason I can think of to filibuster most nominees (though the Dems were certainly right to filibuster Bolton, who got put in with a recess appointment nonetheless). It is mind-boggling that they are able to manipulate things so that, even though they admit that they have no problems with Cordray specifically, they can still feel completely at ease with refusing to confirm him in order to kneecap a federal agency ESTABLISHED BY LAW and/or force changes to the law that they weren't able to achieve during the normal legislative process last time. IMHO they need to allow an up-or-down vote on the nomination to be held ASAP and then, if they want to change the law more to their liking, they need to put together relevant legislation and put it to a debate/vote. The way that the Republicans have been kneecapping the federal government, the economy, and Obama's Presidency in general is (or should be) nothing short of scandalous.

I didn't think about it at first but you're also right about the Republicans trying to make it seem like the agency doesn't even exist and/or that the agency has some kind of extraordinary unchecked powers. Actually, if anybody is trying to achieve something through extraordinary means, it's the Republicans in the Senate! They want to win changes that they know (or figure) that Congress and President Obama won't approve. In general, I'd say that the Republicans are basically trying to "run out the clock" until next November after which they believe (or hope) to have another Republican "trifecta".
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 02:24 PM (0 replies)

The agency already exists

Republicans may not like it but IMHO until or unless they submit legislation to alter or abolish it and said legislation becomes law, they need to quit playing games and preventing the agency from functioning as it currently exists BY LAW at this time. Senator Lugar (R-IN), when I once wrote him a letter applauding his confirmation of Jocelyn Elders for Surgeon General under Clinton, wrote back to me in response that he believed that a President was entitled to his nominees. Unfortunately, assuming that he is part of the GOP caucus participating in the filibuster against Mr. Cordray, Lugar doesn't seem to believe in this high-minded principle any longer. From what I can recall, the Democrats gave GWB most of his nominees as well, at least the ones necessary for keeping critical government agencies functioning and the Republicans, for the most part, didn't put up these kind of hurdles for most of Clinton's nominees. There needs to be some kind of general agreement on the part of the Senators that, absent some kind of extraordinary circumstances, whoever assumes the Presidency really should be able get his/her nominees confirmed, or at the very least, they should not be subjected to filibusters, secret holds, etc. It's really kind of scary when, earlier in his Presidency, it took an outbreak of Swine Flu for Obama to get his HHS Secretary (Sebelius) confirmed. The Republicans had better be thankful that THAT situation didn't turn out worse for the public and that federal intervention wasn't hamstrung by petty politicking.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:44 AM (1 replies)

Looking at this from a Social Work perspective

I strongly believe in the principle of "informed consent" and, in the context of sexual activity, both partners should, ideally, be open and honest with each other about things like HIV+ diagnosis, STDs, etc. prior to engaging in sexual activity so that both partners can make a decision about whether or not to engage in sexual activity and/or what kind of sexual activity they want to engage in and ensure appropriate protections. At the very least, everybody should consistently be utilizing safe(r) sex practices with new/non-monogamous partners. However, I have mixed feelings about whether or not disclosing HIV+ status prior to engaging in sexual activity should be considered criminal, unless, perhaps, there is provable malicious intent. People should ultimately make sure that they are protecting themselves and others when engaging in any kind of sexual activity and there is a legitimate public health interest in stemming the spread of HIV but I'm not sure that criminal sanctions are the best or most appropriate way to manage it, particularly since the fear of criminal sanctions might inadvertently inhibit communication/disclosure rather than encourage it.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:44 AM (0 replies)

Somebody should remind Rick

that no sane doctor is going to hold a gun to a woman's head and demand that she get an abortion if it is discovered that her child has a particular malady and that the family can make their own decisions about how they wish to proceed with the pregnancy. "Encouraged to" does not=Force. I suspect that people like him seem to regard knowledge that prenatal testing might uncover as dangerous simply because people might not make the same decision that they would when faced with difficult circumstances. However, families making their own decisions about their reproductive lives is how things are SUPPOSED to work in our (still mostly free) country. It really makes me mad that he would demand the same rights for himself and his family that he would actively deny other people.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Feb 19, 2012, 03:50 PM (0 replies)

There is something definitely (very) weird going on

when the global price of gas goes down but the pump prices remain the same (or go up)?

BTW how exactly do Republicans (and the media) KNOW what is going to happen with gas prices? Good question to ask.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Feb 19, 2012, 06:00 PM (1 replies)

WYSIWYG

with Santorum & Gingrich. Santorum has, at times, surprised me about how far out his views actually extend but I don't find either of them quite as "threatening" as Romney because Obama would crush either of them like a bug in the GE. Mitt worries me more because, some of his comments notwithstanding, has the kind of record- as Governor of Massachusetts- that people voting in GE might ultimately decide is "moderate" enough to win their support in a GE (if Romney can make it there). Romney is a panderer and would do whatever Grover Norquist wants him to do if he got elected POTUS but he just doesn't come off as being as "scary" or "unlikable" as Gingrich or Santorum and it will be harder for the Obama campaign to make him look as scary as Gingrich and Santorum.

Romney's "electability", as of late, has been challenged by the Republican Party but that is primarily because the party "base" has moved (and continues to move) further to the right and they command the most influence at the moment. It remains to be seen if Santorum can broaden his appeal to the "base" to the whole of the Republican Party. If he does, then he could very well knock Mitt out and win the nomination. If not, then he will be the latest "not-Romney" to enjoy a brief surge in popularity only to ultimately fade away just like Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich have all done before him.

If he and Romney continue to tussle and neither achieves a commanding lead, I wouldn't be surprised for them to discuss a combined ticket. Romney could present the more "moderate" face of the ticket and Santorum would keep the fundies riled up and get them to the polls on Election Day. That, at least to me, would be the more worrisome scenario though the thought of Santorum being a heartbeat away from the Presidency would definitely energize the Democratic base as well and would probably cost Romney some independent support just Palin scared them away from voting for McCain in 2008.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Feb 19, 2012, 07:16 PM (0 replies)
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