Overnight: Maren Kroymann sings 'Wie Ein Tiger'

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This YT clip is of Maren Kroymann, a German singer, actress, and cabaret performer performing a hit song from 1977 or so,  'wie ein Tiger'.  If you are wondering about her strange body language, she is parodying a German pop singer named Peter Krauss, whom you can see here if you really want to.  I prefer Maren and her band, an amazing guitarist and an amazing piano player. (playing in tiger-skin gloves!).

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Are the Green Mountain Progressives Going to Pull Off Single Payer?

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

We elected Bernie and gave the country Ben and Jerry, don't put anything universal past us mule-headed liberal mountain people.

Steve Kornacki highlighted one of the best (and thanks to TeaMania) only positive stories around on single payer prospects in the country on Up over at MSNBC , pulling in Vox's stellar Sarah Kliff, and Vermont State Legislature Rep. Chris Pearson to discuss. Find the full Vox piece here.

 Image courtesy Vox

Image courtesy Vox

Not since we were enjoying the pitched battles and healthcare wars on The Hill leading up to victory in 2010(!) was this Green Mountain gal so excited to see coverage of the Right's expected reaction to real Progressive progress.

It's no sure bet -  Vermont is in full possession of their allotted portion of Tea Party crazy. Yet, when pre-butted by Rep. Pearson of the state's Progressive Party ... listen up and  see if you don't feel some of that vintage, vindicating Hopey Changey Feeling wash over you.  The president might not have spiked the ACA ball to our collective liberal satisfaction quite yet, but here's some interim excitement to re-fire the engines for November.

Peter Shumlin isn't a Howard Dean by personality, but he has been the sleeper gubernatorial hit of the decade up here. He was a leader smart enough to see that a 700% rise in heroin use in the state in two years had an impact on our morale and small but over-worked state hospitals. ER visits now include tragic front row seats to what poverty, addiction and the GOP has brought us to. Not that there's any pressure, as both he and Kliff note.

If Vermont gets single-payer health care right, which I believe we will, other states will follow," Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin predicted in a recent interview. "If we screw it up, it will set back this effort for a long time. So I know we have a tremendous amount of responsibility, not only to Vermonters.

fearKeep your ears perked about VT Act 48. AKA Green Mountain Care. It's an uphill climb, half the nations that attempt to pioneer this human right fail, repeatedly.

However, in 1777 -- when still a Nation because we declined the invite in '76 -- Vermont abolished slavery. In 2000 we were the state first to acknowledge civil unions, then the 4th to celebrate gay marriage. Two years ago we were Numero Uno to ban fracking and watch this week's news on mandatory GMO food labeling.

And don't underestimate our ability to overcompensate for our size and the patience-drain it takes to abide next to those Live Free or Die maniacs and the buzzards they draw in New Hampshire. So It Is On.  May this be a super sharp contrast to ex-centerfold/ex-Senator Scott Brown and his ubiquitous GD truck.

Kliff chose a doozie of a higher self quote when interviewing the local progressive peeps.

I was the first person I ever heard in politics who was a serious candidate, who said the words ‘single payer,’ and was not using them in an attack ad," recalls Deb Richter, president of Vermont for Single Payer. "It was amazing."

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US economy heating up

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The US economy is on its way back! Want to know how I know that? I mean besides the stats and other technical stuff like that. I know that the US economy is recovering because Fox Biz has told me so in yet another email alert. And because we all put our trust in Fox more than any other news source, we believe them:

Economic activity is bouncing back from winter doldrums across most of the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts, according to the central bank’s anecdotal Beige Book report. At the same time, labor market conditions were seen as ‘mixed but generally positive,’ while price pressure remained subdued.

I think we all know what's coming next, right? Say it with me...

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GOP Gov. Susana Martinez "can be nasty, juvenile, vindictive, appears ignorant about basic policy"

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"Somebody told me he's absolutely eloquent in Spanish, but his English? He sounds like a retard."

Yes, New Mexico's GOP Susana Martinez laughs and played along as an aide says that about Ben Lujan (former Speaker of the House and father of NM Congressman Ben Ray Lujan).

ProgressNow reminds us that Governor Martinez has "actively promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads, media pieces and slickly-produced profiles of her. 'Retard' as a descriptor of people like her sister has long since been considered inappropriate." How's that GOP outreach workin' for ya, Sue?

Mother Jones posted a whopper of a story about a side of Susana Martinez we haven't seen. And by whopper I mean, ouch! Apparently the private Susana Martinez differs from the public Susana Martinez. And as you may recall, public Susana Martinez has been the darling of many a Republican, not to mention a possible 2016 contender.

That may change:

No wonder, then, that many see Martinez, who turns 55 in July, as the party's future. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren touts her "great resume": America's first Latina governor. Former district attorney of a border county. Guardian of her mentally disabled sister. Tax cutter, gun owner, daughter of a sheriff's deputy. The Koch brothers invited her to speak at one of their secretive donor enclaves. Karl Rove singled her out in Time's list of last year's 100 most influential people as a "reform-minded conservative Republican." The Washington Post put her at the top of a list of likely 2016 vice presidential candidates; Romney has boosted her as a presidential contender.... In the media, Martinez is often compared to Sarah Palin [...]

Internal campaign records and interviews with former aides suggest that she didn't dig too deeply into the details of her own proposals: "Aren't we the ONLY state in the US that provides a NM drivers license to illegal aliens?" she asked in a November 24, 2009, email. (At the time, seven other states had similar policies.) [...]

Listening to recordings of Martinez talking with her aides is like watching an episode of HBO's Veep, with over-the-top backroom banter full of pique, self-regard, and vindictiveness. As Martinez and her campaign staff rewatched a recent televised debate, Martinez referred to Denish, her opponent, as "that little bitch." After Denish noted that the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce had given her an award, McCleskey snapped, "That's why we're not meeting with those fuckers." [...]

A major postelection interview with Latina magazine became a punch line after Martinez asked her interviewer to "remind me" what the DREAM Act was.

As ProgressNow notes, Susana Martinez has no problem with references to Democrats as “Little Bitches” and “Little Retards.” There is more audio at that link.

If this is the real Susana Martinez, if this represents what she really thinks about teachers, women, the mentally disabled, and Hispanic business, she's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

There's a lot more where that came from.

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Hank Aaron Flooded with Racist Hate Mail After Remarks on Racism in America

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Please note: This is a repost via repost.us of an article on FreakOutNation. Thanks, Anomaly!

Hank Aaron flooded with racist hate mail after remarks on racism in America (via FreakOutNation)

The Atlanta Braves have been inundated with racist hate mail after baseball legend Hank Aaron’s recent comments about racism in America and President Obama’s critics. USA Today reports on the hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron…


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No one said affordable health care would be free

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Affordable health care means just that: health care we can afford, not health care that's provided to us at no cost. Unfortunately, the vehement anti-Obamacare opponents on the right are pushing lies, and the news dee jays need to diligently call them out. The letters below refer to one case that is being exploited.

Like Barbara Garnaus did, there are Americans out there who become ill and then complain that they have to pay for health services. But some of the most vocal critics fail to put their stories into context. Garnaus, a cancer patient, wasn't covered at all. Obviously (at least to most people), the Affordable Health Care Act says you still have to pay for services, but in most cases, you get more bang for your buck.

It also means that some people are struggling to make payments because they are unable to earn enough money to afford much of anything in the first place. Increasing the minimum wage would help rectify the problem.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "For working poor, new health premiums can be a burden," April 14

The headline on this article is very misleading. The impression given is that Obamacare places an undue burden on low-income citizens.

This story is about someone — 63-year-old Barbara Garnaus — who went for years without any insurance, relying on good health and free clinics. Now she has cancer and has bought insurance under Obamacare.

Before healthcare reform, she probably would not have been able to obtain insurance at all after the cancer was diagnosed.

So yes, her $13.50 monthly premium is more than she paid when she had no insurance and was in good health, but it's a lot less than it would cost for the same healthcare without insurance, which is where she would have been without Obamacare.

Sure, paying premiums costs more than not paying them, but healthcare with insurance costs a lot less than healthcare without insurance.

Perry Valantine

Costa Mesa

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A $13.50 monthly payment for health insurance is amazingly low. The Times should applaud the program that allows a person who could never afford healthcare to receive medical treatment for cancer.

The cost of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act isn't the source of Garnaus' troubles. Rather, she is struggling to pay for healthcare because of her extremely low salary.

Until hardworking Americans like Garnaus receive wages that allow them to pay for a place to live, housing, transportation and, yes, healthcare, they will struggle as she does.

But don't blame the Affordable Care Act — it has brought affordable healthcare to millions of previously uninsured Americans.

Jo Perry

Studio City

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Blistering Liberal Dissent to Wrong-Headed SCOTUS Decision

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Note: this is a repost of an April 2, 2014 story from Alan Colmes's Liberaland

Blistering Liberal Dissent To Wrong-Headed SCOTUS Decision (via Liberaland)

In today’s horrible decision to allow the rich to have greater influence electing their buddies, Stephen Breyer wrote a strong dissent signed by Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagen. “Where enough money calls the tune, the general…


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