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Pocket Signature
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
27 hours from now we will know Governor Phil Scott's decision on the legalization of weed in Vermont.  He can sign it into law or veto it, but if he does neither, it will become law without his signature at midnight tomorrow.  I predict this will happen.  The governor is already in a budget fight with the legislature making a veto on this less appealing to him.  He has also argued he doesn't want to leave money on the table, so a veto on weed and its potential future revenue might appear to contradict this principle as well.  Scott has expressed his libertarian respect for the concept as well as his public safety concerns about it.  He has also expressed his belief there is a philosophical difference between signing it and letting it become law without his signature.  I don't think he's going to sign or veto it.

5/24 Update- the radio says Scott will announce his decision at noon, and that he's said it won't be to do nothing.  That does not bode well for legalization I think.  Now I think a veto is most likely, but who knows?  Maybe I'll be surprised.
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
10.07.16: "U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections"

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11.08.16: US Presidential Election

12.15.16: President Obama says "...we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be."

12.19.16: "Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!”"

12.25.16: "Russian military plane carrying 92 on board, including famed army band, crashes into Black Sea" on its way to Syria.

05.18.17: Hours after meeting with Trump, Turkish President Erdoğan watches as his bodyguards beat American protesters in Washington D.C. with impunity.
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Genese Grill vs. Jane Knodell
Monday, February 27, 2017
Close Race in Central District... Small p progressive challenger seeks to unseat long entrenched incumbent in old north end. Will Knodell get "Grilled" on Town Meeting Day?
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Fargin' Trick!!
Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Thursday, July 14, 2016


Hillary Clinton Chooses Senator Bernie Sanders as Running Mate

July 21, 2016 6:59am EST BurlingtonPol.com- In a move sure to send shock waves throughout the political world, Hillary Clinton will announce Bernie Sanders as her vice-presidential running mate later today, according to several early press announcements from senior campaign staffers.  "In the end she decided the best way to unify the party and capture the energy and passion that propelled Bernie in the primaries was to have [Sanders] on the ticket with her" said one.  Others are speculating that Sanders' reputation as trustworthy and genuine will help balance out the trust deficit at the top of the ticket.  The pair will appear together at a campaign rally near Buckeye Lake, Ohio later today where Clinton is expected to make the announcement.... developing... 
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 11:45 PM   2 comments
UK Votes to Leave EU
Saturday, June 25, 2016
This is a victory for the dark forces of the universe.  Listen to the horrifying, dehumanizing language meant to sow the seeds of hatred; meant to instill racial and nationalist superiority over "other" people; meant to put up walls and divide people...

From The BBC:

UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who at the start of the night predicted that Remain might "edge" a win, told supporters: "Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom."
At a Brexit party, he told supporters: "If the predictions are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, and a victory for decent people."

Whom does Mr. Farage mean to say are not "real people?"  Does that mean the people who are not the "real people" he speaks of are animals?  Are they less than human?

What does "ordinary people" mean?  "ordinary people" is code for White, English speaking, Christian and native born.  What else could he mean by "ordinary people?"

Whom does Mr. Farage mean to say are not "decent people?"  This kind of talk is straight out of the Dark Side playbook.  Scapegoating.  Stoking fear.  Dehumanizing people.  Encouraging hatred.

The vote by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was very close.  It was 17,410,742 or 51.9% to 16,141,241 or 48.1%.  

There is a warning in this to the United States.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 12:14 AM   2 comments
Barack Obama Is Smarter Than You II
Re: The president's use of "ISIL"  where most pundits and politicians say "ISIS."

Look at all the things already called Isis that have been affected by what the militants in the middle east are called:

Name changes due to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

I believe Barack Obama is sensitive to this and resists allowing western and world culture to be affected by choosing to use the acronym that isn't shared by the Egyptian goddess and numerous other people and things.  It's also true the Levant refers to a larger area than just Syria, so besides protecting civilization by the choice of a single letter, the president is also calling attention to the potentially more widespread nature of this enemy's reach.  President Obama is exceedingly thoughtful and intelligent. I hope I see another president as smart as him in my lifetime.   

Related Posts: 
Barack Obama is Smarter Than You (Friday, August 21, 2009)
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More to Come...
Monday, February 08, 2016
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Endorsement Photo 1995
Monday, February 01, 2016
This is the Progressive Coalition photo of Bernie endorsing me for the Ward 3 city council seat  being vacated by Brian Pine in 1995.  It was taken this time of year in City Hall Park.  Bernie wasn't super psyched to endorse me.  You can see he wasn't smiling and Brian had to be in the picture to attenuate Bernie's responsibility for the matter.  And the picture is black and white.  Still- he put his arm around me.  That was nice.  I wasn't really a Progressive and I was only 22, but I had the party's nomination for the seat partly because nobody else wanted it, but also perhaps because I threatened to be a spoiler for them in the mayor's race that year if they didn't give it to me.  Before we took the picture Bernie and I took a walk on Church Street and he told me the one condition of his endorsement was my assurance that I would hash out my disagreements within the party to shape its positions, and support those positions publicly once they were shaped, whether or not they mirrored my wishes.

Left to right: Haik Bedrosian, Bernie Sanders and Brian Pine.

This is the essential contract of joining any political party and it was the first and last time I ever made it.  I assured Bernie that I could live with this condition in order to get this photograph and win the election, but once on the city council I deviated from the party line too often for their taste and the party ("coalition") was quick nominate someone else in the very next election.  I have been an independent ever since and ironically have always felt an affinity with Bernie because he is, or was until recently too.  It's hard to win elections as an independent.  I managed to win a write-in race for the school board six years ago but that's about the level of electoral success an independent can reasonably expect.  Bernie's success as an independent is phenomenal, but the presidency is worth the trade I suppose.  A seat on the city council was worth it to me once a long time ago.

Post script... Lest this post seem too "about me," I believe Bernie will win and be a great president. I can see it, and I support that. He'll be called a Democratic president but he'll be a pretty darn independent Democrat.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:40 PM   0 comments
Trump Vows to Silence Protesters with Violence
Saturday, January 09, 2016


At his speech in Burlington Vermont on January 7, 2016 Mr. Trump made a clear threat of violence against future protesters.

Between approximately 51 minutes, 50 seconds into the video of the speech linked here and 53 minutes and 21 seconds into it Trump says...

"...You see today we have security people that are...you know it's hard.  Ten years ago they would have been on their ass these people.  They really would.  Ten years ago it would have been much tougher.  This is what happens.  And this is why we lose control of our country.  Because everybody's afraid to do anything.  The police... phenomenal people by the way... totally mistreated... And they really are...They're afraid they're going to lose their job over some of this stuff... You got them out of here?  Get them out...  We're going to get more and more angry as we go along.  Is that OK?  And by the end I'll say 'get them the hell out of here!' and then, by the way, by that time security will be so mean and so nasty.  And you know what's going to happen when that happens?  We're not going to have any more problems.. We're not... We're not going to have any more problems.  Did you notice with the first group the security guys were going... they're not my guys... but the first group they're going 'please come with us'  and they're screaming... second group they're a little... now the last group they're starting to get a little bit nasty... pretty soon they're going to get so nasty that we're not going to have any more protesting.  You know that, right?"

This has been overlooked by the major media but it's very important and must be addressed.
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Bernie as George Washington
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Poor America
Friday, June 19, 2015
Poor America.  Look how starving they are for Bernie Sanders.  We are so lucky to have had him in town for the last 35 years or so.  I like him so much I have had virtually nothing to say to him for the last twenty years, if that makes any sense.  There's nothing to say except "hi." or the occasional "thank you."  More recently "Good luck" but what do I need to engage in a discussion with Bernie for?  He does everything I want him to in congress and I know what he would say to just about anything I could ask him so I really have no desire to take his time.  That and he's not very friendly.  But we love him for that.  Who needs friendly?  Grow up.  Right now it looks like "Saunnerz" (as my dad would say)  has a pretty good shot at being president, and that would obviously change the country.  But whether he wins and he's 83 after two terms as president or doesn't win and he's 83 after three terms in the senate... Bernie *may* retire in the next ten years or so... what's going to happen to the progressive coalition in Burlington?

Artist: Anna Pierattini

What's happening now?  I have no idea.  I don't even know how the city council works anymore.  I mean... I have a vague idea that I have less representation in Ward 7 than I used to, and this is somehow attributable to Daniel Fogel, UVM's former president who built lots of housing in Ward 1... and that there are councilors who represent districts larger than wards with one vote each... but I'm having a hard time looking directly at it.  Councilors having one vote each on the council should represent about the same number of people each.  I *think* right now in Burlington we have two councilors whose votes carry the same weight as the others' but who are elected from and represent larger constituencies than their cohorts.  I can't face that if it's true.  That's just wrong.  I don't want to know.

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More to Come...
Friday, June 05, 2015

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"The Rape Essay"
Monday, June 01, 2015
Apparently people are calling it that.  It's more of a gender role essay but whatever.  It kinda sucks, but the story no one will ever follow up on is- In 1972 were there really a lot of headlines as inconceivably horrible as the one Bernie suggested here?  Very poorly written indeed but it made some valid points- about keeping one's own identity in a marriage and about "pigness."

I love the font.  So early 70s.  Anyway... I went through my papers today and threw out a bunch of junk I wrote 20 years ago and longer.  I did some very poor writing myself and sadly some of it was published in college newspapers that look similar to this.  I don't think I'll ever run for president.

Remember kids.  Never write anything and never run for president. 
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Eye of the Tiger
Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Bernie Sanders For President
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Looks like I'm blogging again.  The wordpress version of this blog that existed from 2010 to 2015 is no longer.  I didn't pay my server and they deleted a ton of my files (notice holes everywhere where pictures should be) and I was about to lose the name "BurlingtonPol.com" forever too until seven brave heroes decided to make donations to allow me to keep it.  Thanks to Kat, Hannah, Jason, Adele, Sonja, Tom and Jessica to be known hence as "The Heroes of The Revolution(!)" for donating a combined total of over $80 in 24 hours!

The timing couldn't be more fortuitous with Bernie announcing he's running for president two hours from now.  I have to get down to the waterfront.  I took a vacation day for this, although mostly I've been doing yard work.  Luckily the Way Back machine has snapped a lot of pictures of my former work. I was able to find this recyclable gem from the 2006 senate race.  Even more fitting today...

"His whole life was a million to one shot."

The mythology of Rocky Balboa is so easily fused with that of Bernie Sanders.  The every man.  The fighter with a dream up against impossible odds... Who among us can resist that narrative?

But as a practical matter.  As a blogger...  Well let me say this... Let me ask the rest of America... do you know what it's like to never need to write to your congressman, like ever, because you know he's going to virtually always do the right thing?  There's not a lot to talk about...  But good for you Bernie Sanders!  Give 'em hell.  We love you....

I'll post again after the big speech...

[Speech happens]

...ok I'm back to keep my promise.  I honestly couldn't hear most of it from where I was.  For actual coverage of the speech...VT Digger is a good source... I just soaked in the atmosphere....and snapped some selfies with Bob Kiss and Greg Guma, then played the "almost-Bernie-sightings game"

 ...Kat, Brian, Maisie and Ivan... Great to see you.   And then on my way back to the car is was nice to chat with Bram Kranichfeld who was dressed in a suit on a pretty humid evening...

Some of Bernie's media people talking to Bill McKibben

With Bob Kiss

With Greg Guma
Hoops for Bernie
The media sets up

near-Bernie sighting

near-Bernie sighting

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David Letterman's Last Show
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Letterman Song
I was standing there with Letterman
I was standing there with Letterman and his friend Paul
Do you recall?
The beauty of it all…

(Well I do.  I do.)

When I was ten, he was my friend.  The TV in my closet cast a glow.
I was up at one A.M.  With The World's Most Dangerous Band,
And Jungle Jack on the twelve-thirty show.

He dropped things off a five-floor tower
The home office in Milwaukee is the Top Ten source of power.
Monkey cams and Velcro suits and How's he doing on time?
'cause here comes Larry “Bud” Melman and The Regulator Guy!

'Cause I was standing there on Letterman
I was standing there on Letterman and his friend Paul
Do you recall?
We could have had it all...

(Well I do.  I do.)

His Cue cards smashed through empty windows and the gag just never got old
Hoosier Daddy on the cover of Rolling Stone. Lea Thompson and Sandler are not alone.
“There simply is no better man” so “Come on! Let's watch David Letterman!”

He likes cigars and driving fast cars and filling in for Johnny
Mujibur and Sirajul and Rupert Jee's Hello Deli
Quintuple bypass. Can't extort him for cash. Drew Barrymore lifted her blouse...
And one of his fans, intent on her plans, kept breaking into his house!

Be-Cause, I was standing there with Letterman
I was standing there with Letterman and his friend Paul
Do you recall?
The beauty of it all…

(I do.  I do.)

Outside The Ed Sullivan Theater this morning, May 20, 2015…
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Help Save BurlingtonPol.com
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Long story short... My blog BurlingtonPol is on life support. My server has deleted my files for non-payment and I am about to lose the domain name "BurlingtonPol.com" forever for lack of eighty bucks.

A couple of days ago they said I could still keep it for that much money, but time is running out.

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Blogger to Wordpress
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Blogger ended its FTP support so I moved my blog. It can now be found at BurlingtonPol.com
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Election Night 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Blogger is ending its FTP support and I'm trying to deal with that. Obviously I'm not doing a good job. Please forgive this blog's appearance, and thanks for continuing to visit anyway.

So the big news from my own perspective is that I appear to have won a seat on the school board thanks to my Ward Seven write-in candidacy. The unofficial tally shown to me and Tom Fleury said there were 121 write in votes and I won 66 of them. Greg Jenkins, the city council candidate came in second in the school board race with about 45 votes. So that's good. Winning a write-in election is a rare feat, especially with a name like mine. I'll do my best as a school commissioner.

Council results: Ed won again in ward One. The Dem squeaked past the Prog in Ward Two. Emma won unopposed in Three. Kurt beat Russ Ellis in Four. Keogh and Paul return from Five and Six respectively. In Ward Seven Paul Decelles won re-election with 911 votes. The "s" in "Decelles" is silent. It's pronounced "Deh-sell."

Ed said the mayor should step down on Channel 17 and then Kurt went overboard in chiding him about it.

We have voted to repeal instant runoff voting.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 8:09 PM   2 comments
Write-in Candidate
Friday, February 26, 2010
I notice there's nobody on the ballot for school board in Ward Seven where I live. I would serve on the school board if folks wanted to write me in Tuesday. This post is my campaign.

Write in "Haik Bedrosian" for Ward 7 School Board.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 6:12 PM   2 comments
Pacy on Protocols
From: Haik Bedrosian [mailto:haikbedrosian@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 12:03 PM
To: Ben Pacy
Cc: Jonathan P.A. Leopold, Jr.; Bob Kiss
Subject: Election Protocols and Safeguards

Hi Ben,

It seems to me the necessity of moving the votes from the polls to city hall because of IRV introduces a new opportunity for cheating.

I am curious to know what safeguards are in place to prevent possible switching of memory cards holding IRV votes when they are en route from the ward polling places to the central tabulator at city hall.

I realize this is short notice, but I would like an answer on this today so that I may publish it at BurlingtonPol.com before the election Tuesday. If Ben is not available today, I would be satisfied to get an answer from either Jonathan or Bob instead.


From: Ben Pacy
Subject: RE: Election Protocols and Safeguards
To: "'Haik Bedrosian'"

Cc: Jonathan P.A. Leopold, Jr., Bob Kiss
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010, 12:20 PM


This may best be described orally, or I can show you. Nonetheless, I will attempt to describe in writing.

Upon preparing the machine for the election, the memory card is sealed into the tabulator with a seal. The number on this seal is documented on a form and sealed into the tabulator case. The number on the seal for the tabulator is also recorded on that form. On the morning of the election, the tabulators are delivered to the polling places, where the seal on the tabulator case is broken, and the form is then accessible to the Ward Clerk and Inspectors of Election, to verify both the seal on the tabulator case and the seal on the memory card. This process is repeated for the return to City Hall, except the memory card seal should be the same, only the tabulator case seal will be different. In addition, two election officials of different political party are required to accompany the tabulators and ballots back to City Hall. These seal numbers are then verified at City Hall when they arrive. At the 2009 Mayoral Election, candidates also had representatives accompany the election officials and the tabulators. If I recall correctly every candidate had a representative for every ward. Let me know if you have further questions.


From: Haik Bedrosian [mailto:haikbedrosian@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 12:03 PM
To: Ben Pacy
Cc: Jonathan P.A. Leopold, Jr.; Bob Kiss
Subject: Election Protocols and Safeguards

Thanks for the fast reply. How do we know there aren't already votes on the cards when they go out to the polling places to begin with?

From: Ben Pacy
Subject: RE: Election Protocols and Safeguards
To: "'Haik Bedrosian'"

Cc: Jonathan P.A. Leopold, Jr., Bob Kiss
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010, 1:46 PM


The memory cards are programmed with the current election information by the vendor LHS Associates. The memory cards are placed in the tabulators and test ballots are run through the machines to verify that the tabulators are adding up the correct markings on the test ballots. Once the test is done the tabulators are then put in election mode. This is the point at which the memory card is sealed into the machine. When the tabulator arrives at the polling place on the day of the election; the seals are verified and then the machine is turned on. When the machine is turned on the tabulator prints out what is called the zero tape. All of the races show zeros in them reflecting what is on the memory card. This is to verify that there is no ballot information stored in the memory card. I guess the next question would be, could the memory cards be manipulated in some way. I do not know the answer to that, but we can always count the ballots again. The State laws do provide for recounts if races are close or contested through a court.


From: Haik Bedrosian [mailto:haikbedrosian@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 2:20 PM
To: Ben Pacy
Cc: Jonathan P.A. Leopold, Jr.; Bob Kiss
Subject: RE: Election Protocols and Safeguards

Thanks very much. Have a good election Tuesday!
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 2:52 PM   3 comments
Berezniak:Press Release
Below is a statement released today by city councilor David Berezniak:


Burlington, Vermont February 25, 2010: Burlington City Council Candidate in Ward Two, David Berezniak has issued the following statement in response to recent phone call to voter in Ward 2 falsely purporting to be made on behalf of his campaign for re-election:

It recently came to my attention that a voter in Ward 2 has been contacted over the telephone by a caller identifying themself as a worker for my campaign. I was informed that the caller is aggressive and rude, trying to induce the targeted voter to reveal who they are voting for in the City Council races in Ward 2. I want to be clear that no such calls have been made by me or authorized by me or by anyone campaigning with me or on my behalf. I would never condone such behavior, and to express my disappointment that anyone would do this.
I hope my neighbors will continue to contact me if they should you receive a call of this nature and will vote their conscience on Election Day. Thank you.

CONTACT: David Berezniak: (802) 863-2598


posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 12:59 PM   4 comments
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