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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 9:15 PM   0 comments
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?


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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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 1:45 AM   0 comments
More to Come...
Friday, June 05, 2015

posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 11:38 PM   0 comments
"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. 
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 4:05 AM   0 comments
Eye of the Tiger
Thursday, May 28, 2015

posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:36 PM   0 comments
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

posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 3:22 PM   0 comments
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…
 
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 11:12 PM   0 comments
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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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 7:18 AM   0 comments
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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
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 9:37 PM   0 comments
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.

Thanks,
Haik

*****
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


Haik,

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.

Ben

*****
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


Haik,

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.

Ben

*****
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:

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PRESS RELEASE

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

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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 12:59 PM   4 comments
Dean and Sanders Fail on IRV
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Failure from the two top Burlington pols this week on the IRV question.

First from Dean speaking to reporters on Church Street along side a representative from the League of Women Voters. He said that the 'Hinda Miller' election did not use IRV, and that it had only been used once- in the most recent election. Before and after that embarrassing gaff, on which he was immediately corrected, he did a good job of spitting out the textbook arguments for IRV. But that flub kinda killed the whole press conference for him, it seemed to me. Kinda killed his credibility on this issue. I mean, did he not vote in the 2006 mayoral election? Maybe not.

Then yesterday I received a flyer in the mail with Bernard Sanders's picture on it. Here look:

I mean that's just embarrassing, right? Are we supposed to forget that Bernie's 1981 "10 Vote" victory over Gordon Paquette put Sanders in the mayor's office with just 43% in a race with a spoiler? I'm sorry but the "fifty percent matters" folks using Bernie's image like this is just, well- It just makes me embarrassed for everybody.

And by the way- it is simply not intellectually honest to equate a traditional majority with a the kind of majority manufactured through the instant runoff system. They are not the same and I'm sure Jason Lorber, Mark Larson, Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean all realize that.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:05 PM   10 comments
BT Denied Access to Cash Pool
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
From Shay Totten at Blurt 02.17.10
"...In an eight-page ruling, the Vermont Public Service Board late Tuesday denied Burlington Telecom's request to dip into the city's so-called "cash pool" to make a key $386,000 interest payment tomorrow on its lease with CitiLeasing..."
Burlington Telecom is crashing and burning before our eyes! This is like watching the Hindenburg disaster!

A spectacular multi-colored, star-studded, fiber-optic, fifty million dollar, money burning, dazzling, spectacular, imploding, exploding fireball for every man, woman and child to witness with their very eyes!

Yes indeed ladies and gentleman! Step right up, but don't get too close- and watch the blazing, amazing financial and political meltdown of this once promising, small-d-city department of the city of Burlington! A once in a lifetime chance to see a red hot fiery explosion of this magnitude!

There will be plenty of recrimination, denunciation, insinuation, rumble and slur to go round when this is over, but for now let your jaw drop and your mind relax as you watch this train wreck in slow motion. As this plane smashes into the mountainside. As Burlington Telecom burns like Rome and fizzles into a puff of smoke.

Amazing.

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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 7:54 AM   1 comments
BT Blue Ribbon Report
Thursday, February 11, 2010
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 9:19 AM   11 comments
Sunny Saturday II
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I'm not going to waste my time blogging.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 11:30 AM   0 comments
100,000 Visits
Thursday, February 04, 2010
It's been three years and 23 days since I started this blog and today it got its one hundred thousandth visit. That averages to 89 visits per day. I guess that's pretty good.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 6:55 PM   4 comments
The Future of Telecom
Monday, February 01, 2010
An iphone is a phone, TV and internet connected computer is it not? You can hook that up to a projector and speakers can't you? And a keyboard?

I think all computing and telecom will be unified in whatever physical manifestation that suits us. And that's it.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 6:26 PM   7 comments
Christmas at Henry's
Sunday, January 31, 2010
For whatever reason, I was wandering around downtown, broke, hungry and looking unkempt on Christmas morning this year. I noticed that Henry's happened to be open. One of the staff was outside smoking and he told me they were open on Christmas morning offering free breakfast to anybody. He told me to go inside and I resisted, saying I really do have a home and a family to go to- that I was really just out there walking around- you know- for whatever reason. The guy was so nice. "It's ok," he said "We're open for everyone no matter what." He seemed very sincere and convinced me it would be ok even if I just wanted a cup of coffee. So I went in and took a seat at the bar. The waitress gave me coffee and asked if I wanted breakfast. What the hell, I figured. Sure.

The place was populated mostly by men of limited means, by all appearances. The guy I sat next to at the bar told me a little about himself. Basically he was a career dishwasher. 62 years old. He said he works at a restaurant on Williston Road. He has no car so he has to bus or walk to work. He talked about how hard he worked. How many hours he had to work at a low wage just to survive, and about some of the horrible conditions he had experienced at different resturants in and around Burlington over many years. He made constant reference to what life is like "when you're alone." He said that he had been given a free Christmas turkey by a charity, but that it was too big for him to eat, being alone and all, so he turned it over to the food shelf. He talked about the very high turnover rate in his profession, and of all the young people he's seen hired that quit almost immediately, or who would call in sick on a busy weekend when it was obvious they were just calling in so they could go out to the bars and get drunk. He talked of why parents work double shifts to support their kids, and of how one could never just quit, being alone and having nothing or nobody to fall back on. He had a real work ethic and took pride in his work. "Dishwasher is the backbone of the restaurant," he said "if we don't work- nobody works, and the wait staff, chefs and managers all know it." he said with some satisfaction. Oddly, he said his one hobby was watching women's basketball. "They work together as a team better than the men." he said. And he talked about that for a while.

The man left an impression on me. Here was a fundamentally decent, honest, hardworking- true native Vermonter, I might add, whose life, as far as I could tell, just totally sucked. He said he wanted to work until he died, because at this point in his life the labor was the only thing keeping him alive. He said he had seen others at his age and in similar situations die quickly after they stopped working.

Yep. There was a lady working there I could just sense was the owner. I introduced my self to her, and she said her name was Naiomi. She was one of the 'new' owners who had taken over Henry's since Roberta Goldstein passed on. She said they do this free breakfast every year. I thanked her and told her I would write about it. I left a five dollar donation for Camp Takumta and went home.

*BurlingtonPol Trivia- I myself have washed dishes in a number of resturants around town, including at Henry's itself in the summer of 1991. Yep.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 1:09 PM   8 comments
Post 917
Thursday, January 28, 2010
* I did this for the title before on post 821.

* Check out http://repealirv.blogspot.com/ by Owen Mulligan.

Here's a .pdf file of Tomorrow Night's Special City Council Meeting Agenda. Item number 3 on the deliberative agenda is a public forum on the proposed charter change regarding the elimination of Instant Runoff Voting.

*Awesome Blog by Lea Terhune about the goings on of the Wards 4&7 NPA at North End Neighborhood Planning Assembly. It's pretty cutting edge to drop the superfluous "New" and go with just "North End."

*H.A.N.D.S. (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors) Is a community group whose mission is " to provide social and nutritional opportunities for older adults and their families."

*Can anybody explain how the relativity of simultaneity might somehow cancel out the observer effect? Because I can't.

*Are Kevin Curley and Kurt Wright both going to be on the ballot in Ward Four?

*My wife likes Cracked.com. Also, she will sometimes give a length of her hair to help make a wig for a cancer patient.

If you haven't donated a dime to help Haiti, then I'm disappointed in you. Turn your life around by donating to PIH.org.

*The State of The Union. Obama's first State of the Union was excellent. I think he is a very decent man.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 5:50 PM   3 comments
Sunny Saturday
Saturday, January 23, 2010
1:58pm-The stars have alligned. My wife is at work. My mother-in-law has the kids, and I don't have to work today. I have the house to myself for the next three hours. It's incredible.

Obviously I have to spend most of that time cleaning. This place is a mess. But look- I'm doing a blog post too. Yay.

I'll update a few times while I'm cleaning.

2:00pm- Yeah, so...

*IRV. Huh. Word on the street is the Dems may, in general, vote to keep IRV. I'm not. I guess we'll see.

*BT. Yeah. I don't care about BT anymore. It can die. It's obviously an imprudent risk. The council should sell it to the highest bidder ASAP and minimize the loss we're going to eat. On a personal note, I cut my own BT service down to just basic internet and basic TV. That should allow me to catch up on my debt to them.

The telecom business is not easy. I still find it hard to believe that Southern Bell ended up eating AT&T. I mean really.

*I eat Tritium for breakfast- I saw Arnie Gunderson on TV and then I realized I had a picture of him on my phone...

2:14pm: Now I'm just procrastinating. Cleaning starts...Now!

2:36pm: Cleaning is daunting. Let's talk about Avatar. My wife forced me to see it for my birthday. First of all the 3D was just like any 3D I've ever seen. Not that special. Secondly- the story was stupid. Why couldn't they get that done in 90 minutes? The thing gave me a headache. Utterly forgettable.

Back to cleaning...

3:40pm: Despair sets in. No more blogging. Just have to do what I can with the time I have left and go get the kids. Sunny Saturday almost over.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 1:53 PM   6 comments
Sahara
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I feel like I'm slipping away from the planet. Time keeps spinning faster and faster, and all I can think about lately is walking across the Sahara desert with a Bedouin caravan. Ahh. So warm. So sunny. So magical.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 8:40 AM   0 comments
Another Year of BurlingtonPol
Thursday, January 07, 2010
I just renewed my web host for another year. Each year my payment is due by Jan 13, which also happens to be the date my mother died two years ago. This is the start of BurlingtonPol.com's 5th year.

Sorry to all for my lack of blogging lately- Wards 4/7 NPA, Owen- anyone else who has written to me lately looking for me to post this or that- I'll be back at it soon.

Thanks for your patience and thanks for reading BurlingtonPol.com. Visit often!
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