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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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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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Sometimes the only way to win the game

is to not play it. Boehner fought hard to get a Republican majority in the House and get elected Speaker. It's his responsibility to lead. The failings of members of Congress cannot and should not be perpetually dropped in Obama's lap. Furthermore, yeah, I think that everybody is sick and tired of all of this ridiculous "brinksmanship." Thank you, Mr. President!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Dec 20, 2011, 04:55 PM (0 replies)

"a politically driven exercise destined for failure"

That describes Republican policies in a nutshell IMHO.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Dec 20, 2011, 12:04 PM (0 replies)

Google+ Profile Problems

I signed up for a Google+ account a couple of weeks ago and my profile was promptly suspended because of how I had written my name. I have a somewhat unusual spelling and I put how to pronounce it in quotation marks and I guess that's a big no-no. It was just carried over from my original Google Account, so I didn't know that it was problematic until now. Well, I went in and fixed it but now I've just been sitting on my hands waiting on Google to "unsuspend" my profile. Anybody had this happen to them and how long did it actually take for them to re-activate your profile? Is there any number and/or e-mail address you can contact Google directly at to resolve this?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:33 PM (0 replies)

The Republicans are telling us what they'll do if they get the WH and Congress

We NEED to see and listen to what they are proposing and vote accordingly next year IMHO!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Dec 17, 2011, 04:11 PM (0 replies)

Strange Windows (7) Startup Issue

For some time now (not sure when exactly it started), I've been having a box pop up during Windows log on displaying a list of programs and asking me what program I want to use to open a file (my name) but I don't even know what the file is let alone what program to use. Has anybody had a similar problem and if so, how did you fix this. It's not hampering the computer's performance but it is irritating and I'd love to get rid of it. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks! BTW is there a way to do a screen print here?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:02 PM (5 replies)

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, 06:31 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, 11:55 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, 03:31 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, 06:39 PM (0 replies)


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, 03:24 PM (0 replies)
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