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FYI- This blog's "ever-changing tagline" is broken.  It's stuck on "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." I can't update my settings for BurlingtonPol.com in Blogger.  I still can for ArlenaBlog, so I don't know what the problem is.  It's not the best tagline to be stuck with but it's not the worst I could think of either.  I don't care much about this problem right now, or this blog ever for that matter.  That's the whole premise of this thing.  I can ignore and disrespect it and it's still always here for me, like a ringing in my head that won't go away.  Of course if I were a little smarter or cared a little bit more I could figure it out and change the tagline.  Meh.  Not dealing with it right now.  It will resolve itself when the world is eviscerated by nuclear weapons.  Just keeping my loyal readers in the loop. Thanks for reading BurlingtonPol.com.  Visit often.
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The Trail of Breadcrumbs
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Zoe Barnes meets Deep Throat at the intersection of the subway and the parking garage to discuss the future of mayor Miro Weinberger.

ZB: The Democrats are circling the wagons to protect Miro and do damage control.  PR efforts are in full force.  They released a feel-good story about city employees doing work for Amazon for free, and another about BPD's "Citizens on Patrol" training program.

DT: It's not the crime, it's the cover up.  On Vermont Public Radio Weinberger said that after he put Brandon del Pozo on administrative leave, he huddled up with the City's HR Director Deanna Paluba and City Attorney Eileen Blackwood to discuss what to do next.  He said Paluba had handled “800 of these types of cases."  Now what does that mean?

ZB: What does that mean?  These are questions anyone could ask.

DT: But no one is except you.  Miro tells these two what happened.  He says that on 7/4/19 del Pozo trolled Winkleman with the @WinkleWatchers twitter handle, then destroyed that public record lied about it to a reporter on 7/23/19. Then on 7/28/19 the chief showed up at his house to tell him all this, and that this creepy stalker shit was the last straw.  He told them he took del Pozo's badge and gun.  Then he asked his team how to limit the damage.

ZB: Tell me again why you asked me to delete our texts and the contact for you in my phone...?

DT:  So this conversation took place sometime in the five or six days between 7/28/19 when del Pozo was on administrative leave and 8/2/19 when he went out on medical leave. Paluba, who had "800 cases" of this type said that if this were deemed a "health" or "mental health" issue, they could avoid informing the city council and public of del Pozo's lies and bad behavior.  The City Attorney said that they would need medical documentation and buy-in from del Pozo himself, but it should work because health information is protected.

ZB:  But what about "Lori Spicer?"

DT: Miro admitted on VPR there had never been suspicion of the chief acting impulsively or with lack of judgement due to his injury.  A caller asked the mayor if he reviewed other previous actions of the chief with consideration of the brain injury they're blaming this on, and he fumbled badly.  He had no real answer.  It's highly unlikely that he acted this way due to the injury in ONLY this ONE particular case, and not when he wrote his NYT Op-Ed in November, for example. In fact, it defies belief.

ZB: Now it's worse. Del Pozo lied under oath. But Miro will never let go of power.  He knows he's damaged, but he also knows you can't beat someone with no one. What if the Progs can't find a strong candidate?  He doesn't want his legacy to be a giant pit.

DT: Get the emails or notes between Paluba and Miro between 7/28 and 8/2.  To do that Winkleman will have to sue on a civil rights violation. Talk to other reporters about this....

Deep Throat recedes silently into the darkness and is gone.

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Trump Impeached
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 Democratic Party does Heavy Lifting of Keeping Our Republic

Republican Traitors Betray Constitution in Craven Abdication of Duty

Article I. Abuse of Power, carries 230-197, 
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God Save The Constitution And The United States of America


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Lead Found in Hunt School Drinking Water
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Burlington School District
Dec 17 at 9:26 PM
December 17, 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians and our Staff:
The State of Vermont passed a new law in 2019 that requires all schools and child care providers to test their drinking water for lead. Samples of water from every tap at Hunt Middle School that is reasonably expected to be used for drinking or cooking were collected and sent to the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory for analysis.
Results for HMS:
  • One or more of the taps had a lead level AT OR ABOVE the 4 parts per billion (ppb) action level.
We take our responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for the children and staff seriously. Any tap that tested at or above 4 ppb was immediately taken out of service for drinking or cooking. We are working on fixes to permanently lower levels of lead in the water.
Lead exposure poses a special risk to children because they absorb lead into their systems more easily than adults do. Lead can slow down growth, impair development and learning, and can cause behavior problems. While the major source of lead poisoning in Vermont children is paint, lead in plumbing pipes and fixtures can add to a person’s overall exposure. Drinking water in schools and homes may contain lead from old pipes, plumbing fixtures (such as fountains and faucets), or the solder that joins pipe sections together.
More Information
  • For questions about the water testing process, or about the law and its requirements, please dial 2-1-1.
  • You can view school and child care results, remediation and any follow-up testing at leadresults.vermont.gov. (NOTE: If your child’s preschool or after school program is located at a school, the results will be listed under the school’s name.) For more information visit:
  • If you have questions or concerns about our facility and the actions we are taking, please contact Elizabeth Brosseau, (802) 864-8453.
To learn more about lead hazards and lead poisoning prevention, visit healthvermont.gov/lead.
If you want to test your home drinking water for lead, contact the Health Department Laboratory to order a $12 first draw lead test kit. Call 802-338-4736 or 800-660-9997 (toll free in Vermont).
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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 9:38 PM   1 comments
Deputy Police Chief Jan Wright Exposed as "Lori Spicer"
Monday, December 16, 2019
From Seven Days:

Acting Chief Had Her Own Fake Social Media Account — and Has Been Replaced
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:45 PM   0 comments
del Pozo Resigns
It's hard to take an inventory of how much psychic energy I've spent ruminating on this direct twitter message from former chief del Pozo and its aftermath in my life, or how much fear it's caused me, but I feel like I've been holding my breath between August 12, 2016 and today.  That was the day I tweeted about his patch, and he wrote back to me within 10 minutes with a message intended to intimidate me out of my opinion or at least my expression of it.

I have not felt safe in the city of my birth since the moment I received it.  I have not felt free to speak my mind.  Maybe today I can start to heal, and Burlington can start to heal.  Miro's legacy will still be tainted, but maybe the taint can fade a bit.  I hope no Burlington Police Officer ever behaves the way Brandon del Pozo did again.

Thank you Charles Winkleman.  Thank you Courtney Lamdin.

I have written on this subject for the past three years, and I have spoken to many of you about it. I have campaigned against the mayor as hard as I could since then because of it, especially as del Pozo repeated the behavior again and again. I spoke to the city council and to Seven Days. At the same time I have tried to explain this to the mayor.  I know I am not expressing myself well enough, and I'm groping for the words to explain why what del Pozo did by bothering people on social media is an abuse of power and so very wrong.

I feel exhausted.  Today is a great day for the rule of law and for justice but it's not a day for celebration.  It's a day for picking up the pieces, and getting back to regular order.

I want to get back to what I was talking about on August 12, 2016 before I was interrupted by the former chief demanding that I answer to him for  what I choose to say.

The new police patch del Pozo gave us, currently worn by Burlington's finest, is ugly.  It's dark, foreboding, and overly simplistic.  It seems designed to create fear, and that isn't nice.  Unlike the old bright and colorful patch we had for forty years, which depicts the Adirondacks from the view of a Burlingtonian, the new patch depicts the Green Mountains, from the view of a New Yorker.  I don't like it.  I said it belongs on a robot soldier in a future dystopian police state, and del Pozo responded quickly and viscerally.  That's not 21st century policing.

The police have the only legitimate use of force.  He was the chief of him.  He's a guy I didn't know and never met.  I didn't have a good feeling about him from what I had heard.  His message scared me.  There is no possible way he didn't know it would and intend it to. There isn't an equivalency between us when we have a disagreement.  There shouldn't be a disagreement.  There shouldn't be an interaction.  This is America.  I'm allowed to say what I want.

I've had the facebook post hidden all this time too.  I guess I can put that back now, but for friends only.  Del Pozo taught me to change my privacy settings.


 

Later that morning on facebook, after he commented on my post, and kept commenting even after I asked him to stop.  Then he sent me a friend request and I wrote this.






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Promissory Estoppel
Sunday, December 15, 2019

The outrageousness of this cannot be overstated. The Vermont Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that any employee dishonesty is just cause for immediate termination even in cases of minor misrepresentations. Here the dishonesty is fourfold, ongoing, and profound:

1) The Chief twitter-bullied Mr. Winkleman without revealing his true identity.

2) The Chief's repeated and purposeful lies in the SevenDays interview of July 23rd.

3) The coverup by the Chief and the Mayor to the public, the City Council, and the Police Commission of the real context of his "leave of absence" until it was outed 5 months later by WCAX TV News. This was misrepresentation by omission, not "self-reporting."

4) The misrepresentation by omission by the Mayor and the Chief by failing to disclose that the Chief had been relieved of his gun and his badge.
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Full Text: Remarks to the Burlington City Council 06.26.17
Full Text: Remarks to the Burlington City Council  06.26.17
 
I'm Haik Bedrosian. I'm a former Burlington city councilor and a former school commissioner. I live in Ward 7. My message to you is that it is inappropriate for the chief of police, or any police officer to leave comments in the social media of individual citizens. I am here to testify that it happened to me last year when the chief left comments on one of my Facebook posts and I found it very intimidating. I let him and the mayor know that I found it intimidating. I told Jay Diaz of the Vermont ACLU about it and he said ACLU had already received a number of complaints from others about the chief making them uncomfortable on their social media. On June 23 WCAX.com reported about BPD's arrest of a South Burlington teenager who had posted on her Facebook page pictures of bruises she said the police gave her. Quote: “Burlington's police chief is firing back with a strongly worded statement he posted to Huysman's Facebook page.” Huysman has now taken that post down and I am certain it was because the chief commented on her Facebook page and she found it intimidating. I know the mayor is certain of this as well.

There is no legitimate business purpose for the chief of police to have gone to this person's personal Facebook page, and leave a comment there contradicting her. The police have a special responsibility to not unnecessarily intimidate people. By personally commenting on an individual's Facebook post the chief sends a message that he is personally watching you, and when he visits your page and argues against you, the asymmetrical power dynamic tends to result in the post itself being taken down. Freedom of speech is just a concept and it's a very fragile thing in real life.

If he wants to put his side of the story out, then he has any number of his own social media platforms to do it on, and it's important that he stick to them because what he says and writes should be a matter of public record. Whatever his comments were on my post last year, and what he posted on Logan Huysman's page is no longer available to the public, at least as primary sources.

In August of last year I sent the following 3 recommendations to police commissioner Sarah Kenny for the police vis-a-vis social media and I urge the city council to really think about them:

First: the police should always remember that any tweet, comment, message or emoji they send from a police email or social media platform carries the full authority and power of their position and that they represent not just their own point of view, but that of the police department and the city of Burlington. Any officer , including and especially the chief carries his badge and his gun into any online social media debate he gets into, and as such it should be *assumed* approaching a stranger online for any reason can be intimidating to that person.

Second: to the extent possible the police should avoid getting into online debates with people about anything. The police exist to protect people's freedom of speech, not argue with them about it from their own personal point of view or even from the point of view of the department.

Third: based on the premise that an officer of the department, speaks for that department and the city when engaging in social media, the preservation of what that officer says and posts for the record becomes a matter of public interest. It is therefore advisable that to the extent possible the police limit their online engagement to the media platforms they control and can preserve for the record, such as their own Twitter, Facebook and web pages... Or perhaps to those connected to a commercial media entity with a physical address like the free press or Seven Days... But avoid engaging on citizens personal Facebook, Twitter etc, because that person will be free to change or delete what was said. That person may also not welcome it and find it extremely impolite and intimidating.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 11:37 AM   0 comments
Who is Lori Spicer?
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
After studying this Facebook profile, and after studying this Instagram profile, including its followers and especially those it's following, and after reading this post's comment thread, I think it's obvious. 

There is no "Lori Spicer."  This is a fake identity, invented for a purpose.

Hiding behind fake profiles is dishonorable and dishonest.  It's not clever, and it's no way to improve your organization's image.  This is deplorable, and absolutely disqualifying behavior for any public official.

Burlington will be better off when Lori eases on down the road.



posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:57 PM   4 comments
Weinberger's Tainted Legacy
Monday, December 09, 2019
Thank you to Charles Winkleman for his hard work as a public watchdog.  His latest piece titled Chief Brandon del Pozo Bullies Critics into Silence is credible and urgent.  It aligns precisely with my own observations and theories about the chief over the last three and a half years since he abused his power to intimidate me when I criticized his new police logo patch.  I think lurking in the cyber shadows is this man's modus operandi.  The most likely explanation for what happened in this poll, for example, is that del Pozo himself cheated in it by voting over and over through proxy IP addresses.

I told Miro to get rid of del Pozo then, and have reiterated my direction to the mayor over and over with each new abuse by his appointed police chief.  I have warned Weinberger what keeping del Pozo on would do to his legacy.  In my view, it's an appalling abdication of duty by Weinberger to have failed to fire del Pozo for this long.

It's also very vexing.  Why does the mayor continue to make this obviously horrible choice?  The only plausible answer I can think of is that Miro Weinberger himself is intimidated and afraid of del Pozo, and the elected civilian mayor is not in control.  His hired gun is.

Related Stories:

Burlington and Vermont Politics on the Left Dec 9 2019 
Chief Brandon del Pozo Bullies Critics into Silence

VT Digger Apr 17 2019
Burlington police chief challenged health official’s ‘homicide’ determination

VT Digger Apr 18 2019
Public safety head calls Burlington police chief’s pressure ‘completely inappropriate’

VT Digger Apr 26 2019
Attorney general warned Burlington’s police chief after press conference

BurlingtonPol.com  July 06, 2017
Don't Bring a Gun to a Flame War  

BurlingtonPol.com   August 13, 2016
Burlington Police Patch Poll  

Burlington Free Press July 13, 2015 
Burlington council confirms police chief
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BTV Prog Nominating Caucus Report
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Zoraya Hightower beat Sharon Bushor for the Progressive nomination for Ward 1 city councilor.  It was said she won by a significant margin but for unknown reasons the party was keeping the vote total secret in its immediate aftermath.  Both women are expected to appear on the general election ballot as Independent candidates.  Bushor the incumbent has served on the city council since 1945.

Former city councilor, commentator, and member of the "twitteratti" Ed Adrian remarked on the makeup of the crowd of caucus goers "there's not a lot of X'ers here.  It's a lot of Boomers and Millennials but not many Gen X'ers."

Sharon Carpenter gave a very strong speech to the Ward 4 caucus, including remarks about the many beach closings due to pollution in recent years.  She was nominated for city council without opposition but said she would vote herself in the Democratic Party caucus, and caucus with Democrats on the city council if elected. Carpenter would replace Kurt Wright who is expected to announce tomorrow morning that he will not seek a billionth term this March.  Former city councilor Dave Hartnett who previously said he would run for the seat if Wright does not, said tonight he was still deciding.

Ward 7 city councilor Ali Dieng won the Progressive nomination for another term.  In his nomination speech Dieng said he's been honored to serve the people of ward 7 "to have their voices heard and their ideas respected."  "I'm a people person" he said "I believe in the future of Burlington."  Dieng also announced that tomorrow he will depart for his first visit to Africa since he emigrated from Senegal over ten years ago.






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Photo with Patrick and Lloyd
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Left to right: Patrick Brown, Haik Bedrosian, Lloyd Goodrow
Photo op of a lifetime with two living icons Patrick Brown and Lloyd Goodrow aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III this afternoon.  Photo credit: Daniel Goodrow.

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Weinberger to Step Down after Third Term
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Breaking News


Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger announced Friday that he would not seek a fourth 3-year term as the chief executive of Vermont's largest city, saying that after nearly a decade since his first election in 2012, it will be time to pass the pass the torch to new leadership in 2021.

Citing the city's improved bond rating, new housing projects, and nuts and bolts accomplishments like the replacement of aging water mains, Weinberger also acknowledged criticism on a number of fronts, most notably the failed "City Place" project that remains a blight on the downtown core, and numerous widely decried ethical violations by his former police chief Brandon Del Pozo.

Del Pozo resigned abruptly himself only last month to become a full-time social media consultant for the New York City police department's 120th precinct in Staten Island.

The Burlington Democratic party will choose a new candidate for mayor at their nominating caucus in January of 2021...

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Mall Walk
Friday, June 28, 2019

 

 

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Bernie Sanders Rallies in Montpelier
Saturday, May 25, 2019
I wish I could have live tweeted the Bernie rally but my phone’s battery died before these pics could be taken with Tiko’s phone.


The band was great. The introductory speeches were all great. I’ve never heard Peter Welch so fired up and Ben Cohen gave a history lesson about mayor Sanders and how his long entrenched Democratic predecessor wouldn’t allow free movie night.
 


And there around me were Erhard Mahnke and Brian Pine and Phil Fiermonte and Mike Blair and Vicki Blair, Anthony Pollina and Bob Hooper. And over there were Carina Driscoll and Jane Sanders and Dave Driscoll- and all the Bernie people of Vermont- and then the man himself.


The weather was perfectly overcast to keep the sun off. But it came out for moment when Bernie spoke and he mentioned it.

Then he reminded us there’s a horrible war in Yemen. And climate change is not a hoax. And that women have a right to privacy. And that we are dealing now with the most dangerous president in American history.

The strength of Bernie’s voice booming out the speakers and echoing off the buildings across State Street was surreal, even over the din of a banner dragging plane, and even across the decades, his voice boomed.

And when the speech ended and the crowd broke up, there was a little rain.
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Selene Colburn Wins First Mayoral Twitter Poll
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
For most of the seven days this poll ran, Selene held a strong majority of the votes, but fell to just under 49% in the last day of voting. Coincidentally just under 49% was the same percentage of votes the current mayor received in the last election. Stay tuned for the results of the next mayoral twitter poll.

(Vote Totals- Selene 15, Kurt 6, Carina 6, Ali 4.)

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More to Come...
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Facebook Status Update 04.05.19 11:26am
Friday, April 05, 2019
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Wright or Hartnett to run for Ward 4 Councilor in 2020
Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Breaking News 

Dave Hartnett told me today at the Miller Center that if Kurt Wright decides not to run for re-election to his council seat in 2020, then he will run for it.
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TMD2019

***Update: The Election Results***

[Facebook Status Update 0.16.19   6:17am]

I’ve had the privilege to vote for Wanda Hines, Greg Guma and Carina Driscoll for mayor since Bob Kids left office. I’m never going to vote for Miro Weinberger. I don’t agree with the direction he’s taken Burlington and no other public official has ever done the kind of grievous harm to my first amendment rights that he has in my life. No one has ever made me feel less safe to speak freely.

It’s Election Day in Burlington...


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Facebook Status Update 01.16.19 1:34pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019


When someone is elected and holds office for a long time as a member of a particular political party, we presume they work in service to the principles of the party, not the other way around.

Even Bernie Sanders, who has run "Independent" since at least 1981, did not run for president "independent" when he sought the Democratic nomination for president, and did not win it.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Bernie Sanders Running For President
Bernie announced he's running for president today, by telling John Dickerson of CBS New Vermont Public Radio.  Then he spoke to John Dickerson of CBS News.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention was held between July 25, 2016 and July 28, 2016.  On the following Sunday, July 31, 2016, John Dickerson interviewed Bernie on CBS's Sunday talk show Face The Nation.  From the transcript:
DICKERSON: During the convention, when Hillary Clinton mentioned you, you looked like -- you had a bit of stoic look on your face. What was going through your mind?
SANDERS: I always have that look on my face.
(LAUGHTER)
SANDERS: It's nothing new that I am not always a smiley kind of guy.
  
Sanders is the instant front-runner, and most likely the next president.  So... who am I kidding?  I'll vote for Bernie of course, but I also support Kamala too, and those two are gonna fight.  None of the other candidates, or potential candidates matter.

Sanders vs. Harris 
vs.
Trump
Here we go. 
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Kamala Harris Running For President
Monday, January 21, 2019
I left the TV on channel 22 (ABC) yesterday (because Judge Judy) so when I turned it on this morning in the stupor of my snow-shoveling hangover, it was already tuned into Good Morning America.  Practically the first thing I heard after that was "I am running for president of the United States..."

This is huge, huge news. Kamala Harris is easily the strongest candidate to announce so far.  She is the instant front-runner, and most likely the next president.

Bernie hasn't announced yet, and if he does run again, I am going to be very torn.  Just because I'm in love with Kamala Harris does not mean I love Bernie Sanders any less than I always have.  If they're both on the primary ballot- it's going to be hard.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 27: (L-R) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) talk to reporters following the weekly Democratic Senate policy luncheon in the U.S. Capitol November 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats strongly voiced their opposition to the appointment of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Blurb by MercuryNews.com)

And can I just say this?  I might love Bernie a little too much as a human man to want to see him be president.  You know how Micky doesn't want Rocky to fight Mr. T because he loves him too much?  Of course Rocky can beat Mr. T, and he can beat Drago too, sure.  But it's also true that the Rocky movies are the Creed Movies now, right?  This analogy sucks but I'm trying to say something.  I don't know what.

Go ahead and run again if you want to Bernie.  You might win.   It's not for me to say.  But from a social psychology perspective, 2016 was traumatizing, and you might remind people of the trauma if you run.  I love you and I want you to do whatever makes you happy.  But loving someone means you're honest with them too.

I'm in love with Kamala Harris and I'm pretty sure she's gonna win.
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Josh Bridgman 1967-2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
I am saddened to read on Bill Simmon's Facebook today, of the passing of my friend Josh Bridgman. I saw him only the other day walking downtown, and it crossed my mind to stop and offer a ride, but it was too hard for me and I didn't do it. This feels like something I might regret, since in retrospect it seems I blew my last chance to talk to Josh, and that's sad, but the whole thing is sad and regret is pointless. To everyone who knew Josh and loved him, or maybe just loved the idea of him even if the man himself could be hard to take sometimes, I am so very sorry. To the Burlington community and the whole wide world, I am so very sorry. I was already sad today and now I am more sad. Today I have a new and powerful negative association with checking my Facebook feed that will probably feed my growing aversion to it. Facebook hurts. Maybe that's why I'm writing this here. Bill Simmon shouldn't take this personally of course, unless it's as a complement, since his advice informed the creation of this very blog thirteen years ago. Thank you Bill. I will still use Facebook to share this eulogy, but I wanted to come home to write it.


The second to last time I saw Josh was maybe a month or two ago, walking east on the South side of Pearl Street, just east of where South Winooski Ave begins, next to the Ronald McDonald House, where the bus pulls in and stops right there... you know where I mean. I was driving by him this time as well but it would have been impossible to stop, so I don't even have to get to the question of regret in this instance. I'm not 100% sure of this, but I'm going to say it anyway- I had just pulled out of the parking garage that only in the last couple of months began automating the work Josh used to do there for so many years, taking your ticket and charging for parking in that little booth by the exit gate of the municipal garage. I remember always feeling good that Josh had a pretty good city job in that little booth where he would read books and write plays. A real life human being in a little booth contributes so much more to the quality of life in Burlington than a barcode scanner does.

"We're not Dorks" with Jason Cooley 1994

I think the time I saw him before that, we were both on foot and we did have a brief stop and chat, but I can't remember when that was. A year ago maybe? Two years? I don't know. I don't keep track of time the way I used to, I think. It wasn't a memorable stop and chat, but then again my memory isn't what it used to be, I think. I remember my impression was that he had gone very gray and that... he wasn't wearing a black trench coat maybe and I might have noted that.


So my recent memories of Josh Bridgman aren't that great. There was a period around 20 years ago or so when I'd say we were pretty good friends. Once he and I drove to Rutland together to audition for a movie at the mall there. So here we go- Josh Bridgman- not long ago dubbed by Bill Simmon "Bridgman on Fire" when one of his plays was getting some media attention... Maybe it was when 802 Online's Cathy Resmer wrote this story... Being Josh Bridgman. Or maybe it was when deadbeat Eva Sollberger made this video...[SIV201].


Josh was famous for wearing a black trench coat almost all the time. I'm pretty sure at some point he lived in the old, oddly shaped building at the northeast corner of North Street and North Winooski Ave, above where The Last Elm Cafe used to be, and The African Market is now, where members of Phish are said to have lived, which was once some kind of grain barn, in the same building where Psychedelicatessen was, where his former co-star of the fabled cable access channel 15 show "The Matty and Stech Variety Hour featuring Josh Bridgman and a Cast of Thousands," Matt Tanner currently lives. I think I visited him there once.


Josh was known for his explosive, cackling laughter and its accompanying spray of spit that would always hit you in the face. He was a playwright, although I can't say I ever saw one of his plays. Josh is the only person I know to have appeared nude, and gently touched himself live on public access TV, and he got away with it.

In a way Josh Bridgman was super-human. Not super-human like Superman but super-human as in, just so very human. Boisterous. Brilliant. Funny. He was loud... when he started laughing he could get embarrassingly loud. His glasses were crooked a lot and he was always disheveled. He was so very human. The exact opposite of a barcode scanner. Burlington has lost a beautiful part of our humanity and I feel that as I write this, sobbing.

Me and Josh at Uncommon Grounds- Late 1990s

I'm old enough to still own physical pictures. These pictures of Josh Bridgman are from my collection of those.

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Kurt Wright Announces Retirement
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Longtime Vermont state representative for Chittenden County District 6-1, and Burlington city councilor for Ward 4 Kurt Wright announced his retirement from politics in a Facebook post early this morning.   Wright's post in its entirely follows the row of stars below.

***
Congratulations to the winners in the district 6-1 State Rep race, Carol Ode and Mr; Hooper.

Tonight's loss was a very disappointing one to me there is no question about that. It certainly is not the way I wanted to have my time in Montpelier end after all these years. But the people have spoken.


With this loss my time in elective office will come to an end. When my term ends on the City Council in 2020 I will not seek another one. Nor will I seek to serve another year as President of the Council in 2019. I announce this with sadness and admit I will greatly miss serving and will miss most of my colleagues and the give and take on all the issues. But all good things must come to an end and the results tonight underscore for me that it is time to move on. I say this with no bitterness toward anyone, just an honest assessment that my time is up.


My personal disappointment is eclipsed by my belief that this defeat is a loss for the center in politics.

Heartfelt thanks to my many friends and supporters in the New North End that have supported me for so long and that have said the kindest things imaginable to me at the polls and at their doors. I will never forget you and I want you all to know how much those comments meant to me. I didn't deserve the incredible compliments you gave me but they warmed my heart none the less.

Thanks also to people that supported me despite political risk to them: Jane Knodell Mayor Weinberger and Dave Hartnett. I will never forget their political courage and I'm sorry they had to take such flak for their support of me.

Hopefully my loss and the elimination of my centrist voice will now end that divisiveness. Politics can be a nasty business.


I will continue to work hard for the New North End and Burlington until my term ends in 2020.


It has been the honor of a lifetime serving the citizens of the New North End and Burlington. I hope you feel that I have represented you with dignity, humor and respect for the institutions I served in.
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Hunt School Dance Incident
Friday, September 28, 2018
 Breaking News

According to three students who attended the Hunt Middle School Dance tonight, the dance was ended about 20 minutes earlier than scheduled due to what an assistant principal described as a "racist incident" in which and argument between two kids escalated as throngs of other kids began to swarm and chose sides posturing against each other in a threatening manner.  The witnesses said teachers were not allowing students to leave the school and were cordoning them in the auditorium for several minutes.  They said one teacher was taking video of the scene and bystanders, and at a certain point kids started to leave the auditorium en masse without permission.  Shortly after two police cruisers were seen leaving the scene.

Email update 1 from Hunt School's principal:
Sep 28 at 9:59 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Tonight at the Hunt Middle School Dance there was an incident of racial harassment directed by students towards some of our students of color. This nearly resulted in an altercation, at which time Mr. Kelley chose to end the dance early. The police were called as a preventative measure to ensure the safety of everyone attending the dance. I would like to thank the officers for acting swiftly and compassionately towards our students.

I want to stress that no students were physically injured tonight and that all students were sent home safely. Mr. Kelley and I have already been in touch with the District’s Equity Coordinator as well as the Superintendent. Starting this weekend, we will be working to create a school-wide response for Monday morning when students arrive back to HMS. We will also do a full racial harassment investigation for those students who were offenders and targets of tonight's events.  If you have any more information regarding this incident, please either email me at mscheidt@bsdvt.org or call me Monday morning. If you would prefer to contact the Equity Coordinator, please email Sparks at hsparks@bsdvt.org.  

At Hunt we believe that “All are Welcome” and we believe that every student should feel valued and safe attending our school. I am deeply troubled by this event and would like to address this issue as a whole community so that we can prevent this from repeating again here at HMS.
Thank you,
Mattie Scheidt

Email update 2 from Hunt School's principal:
Sep 29 at 9:48 AM

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last night I sent out the following email but had omitted the word alleged regarding the incident.  This was not intentional and I apologize for the oversight. As stated there needs to be a full investigation regarding the alleged incident.  We will follow the district policy and procedures. Please be assured that no conclusions of what happened have been determined. We are still gathering facts to make sure we have the full story.
 
Tonight at the Hunt Middle School Dance there was an alleged incident of racial harassment directed by students towards some of our students of color. This nearly resulted in an altercation, at which time Mr. Kelley chose to end the dance early... [original message repeats...]

Email update 3 from Hunt School's principal:


Oct 4 at 9:45 AM

Dear Hunt Community Members,
On Friday, September 28th, a racial harassment incident was alleged to have occurred during our school dance. As with all allegations of harassment we launched an investigation. After conducting a thorough investigation it was determined that there was no truth to the allegation .
It was found that students had not directly heard the racial slur but were reacting to a rumor they heard.  As our school district is implementing Restorative Practices we are working with the students involved to make repairs for the harm done to our community.  We are supporting the entire school community as we were all greatly impacted by this incident. We are aware that issues regarding race within our school and community exist. We will continue to make it a priority to address all diversity issues as a school.  Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mattie Scheidt 
Principal
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What's Left of the Blogosphere?
Thursday, September 06, 2018
This blog has been active since January 2006, a long, long time ago.  At that time it was surrounded by a blogosphere that included iburlington.com, Candleblog, She's Right, 5 Before Chaos, Vermont Daily Briefing, The Carpetbagger Report, Freyne Land...802 Online...Minor Heresies... all Gone now.  We still have Green Mountain Daily, I guess. Vermont Digger is new.
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2018 Mayoral Election
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Miro Weinberger (D) * 5809 48.92%
Carina Driscoll (I) 4155 34.99%
Infinite Culcleasure (I) 1910 16.09%

I had a fortuitous encounter and nice chat with Bob Kiss in Battery Park after voting today.  Well technically yesterday since it's after midnight.  He mentioned that Francis Cain is still with us, which is kind of neat.  When I was in high school I helped clean out the bomb shelter under city hall and there were these old reel-to-reel audio tapes of mayor Cain that I suppose were to have been played in the event there was a nuclear war *and* he was incapacitated.  I don't know.  There were also many metal tins filled with rotten saltine crackers.  Let's face it.  It would be better to die quickly in a nuclear war than live a few more pitiful days in the radioactive hellscape that came next.  This was around the time the wall came down in Berlin.  I think the wall came down and we threw out the reel-to-reel tapes and the saltines the next day.  Something like that.

So you can see the totals from the election.  It's extremely significant that Miro Weinberger won with less than 50% of the vote because it allows us to argue that in either an instant runoff voting, or two-person race scenario, we'd be talking about mayor-elect Driscoll right now. 

I tweeted an embarrassing false projection that Miro had won a city-wide majority before Wards 2 and 4 were counted and had to apologize for it.  Again, I'm sorry.

48.92% is agonizingly close to that majority mandate every politician wants, especially for a mayor who won with 68.27% last time.  Carina hurt him.  She cut him like Rocky cut Drago in Rocky IV.  "You see?!  He's not a machine!! He's a man!!"

Miro can argue that his support actually went up from 5241 votes in 2015 to 5809 votes in 2018, but higher voter turnout in 2018 has turned him into a plurality mayor.   What could he have done differently that would have maintained the majority's support?  He knows what I found disqualifying in his second term.

We can speculate about whether Carina's 'testing the waters' period before announcing a firm decision to run swayed Infinite Culcleasure's decision to officially enter the race before she did.  If she had jumped in with both feet immediately, would Infinite have deferred to her candidacy and stayed out?  The results seem to indicate that a 2-way race would have been a squeaker with an uncertain outcome.

Like Judge Judy says, shoulda coulda woulda.

Majorities, mandates and legitimacy are the gossamer threads that hold leaders up spiritually and give them power.  I have personally never voted for Miro Weinberger.  In the 2012 Democratic nominating caucus when (in theory) I could have thrown the then-tied vote to either Tim Ashe or Miro Weinberger, I abstained from voting at all.  I will always find the outcome of that caucus questionable.  On the first day of voting at Memorial Auditorium when I attended, they started checking people in by computer.  Then the computers crashed and they moved to checking people in with paper lists.  Nothing would have precluded someone who had checked in by computer and received a ballot, from checking in again on paper and receiving a second ballot once the computer crashed.  That's what I remember.  I also remember hearing rumors of shenanigans in the vote counting the day the caucus reconvened to break the tie.  Nonetheless there have now been three city elections since to validate Weinberger, in which I have voted for Wanda Hines, Greg Guma and Carina Driscoll respectively. 

Congratulations to mayor Weinberger on winning a third three-year term.  Nine years will be one more year than Bernie Sanders got and three more years than Bob Kiss got.  Bob and I agreed in the park that if Carina lost today, she can still run again and win down the road.  We talked about Burlington Telecom a little too.  We agreed it's too bad the city won't own the asset, but that it will still be of great benefit.  Bob took a calculated risk to build that network for us, and I told him he did a good job.  In the end we did not lose money on it, and the city has a great fiber optic network.  That's the reality of Bob Kiss's legacy as mayor regardless of the "failed policies of the recent past" rhetoric Miro ran against Carina with.

The city will look much different three years from now when it's time for the next mayoral election.  49% will give Miro the time to build his tall buildings and knock down the Moran plant.  We shall see how things go.







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Miracle Maddow Comment
Tuesday, February 13, 2018


File this under "you're living in the past, man!"  

On this very night, ten years ago, along this same stretch of blog in a dense fog just like this. I saw the most amazing blog comment I ever seen. There was this sound, like a garbage truck dropped off the Empire State Building...And when they finally read the comment from the upstart Air America Radio host...It looked like this...!


 

Yes Ma'am! the most amazing blog comment I ever seen.  February 13, 2008.  Exactly one month after my mom died.  10 years ago today. 
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Antonio B. Pomerleau 1917- 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Antonio B. Pomerleau

September 28, 1917 - February 8, 2018
Born in Quebec
Resided in Burlington, Vermont

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news aggregation i
Monday, January 29, 2018
“an unsafe interaction.” 

"jane doe vs. jeffery epstein and donald trump"

"astronaut john young"

"don’t assume democracy is safe"

"they’re bringing drugs. they’re bringing crime. they’re rapists."

"and some, i assume, are good people.

 
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Facebook Status Update 12.23.18 1:18pm
Sunday, January 07, 2018
I started my blog in late January 2006. A couple of weeks later as I was starting to mull the need for some kind of disclaimer for it, Dick Cheney shot a guy in the face. I noticed that a story about that online changed from its original version, without apparent acknowledgement. I think it was ABC news, but I could be wrong. That's not the point.

The point is that's when I realized about fake news, and how tricky the internet is... and that event with the story about the Cheney shooting changing, informed the creation of my blog's disclaimer, which has proven in nearly 13 years of blogging to be so resilient and comprehensive, I have not had to change it once. It's perfect. It's based on the premise that you're going to believe what I write on my blog because you know me personally and trust me, or you know of me and trust my reputation, more so than because of citations and evidence.

The disclaimer is really a warning about *everything* you see and hear on the internet, Get it? You can thank Dick Cheney and his shotgun for this...

BurlingtonPol.com Disclaimer
Basically I can do whatever I want with this website.
I can be fair or I can be slanted.
I can post your comment or not depending on how I feel.
I can report on whatever I want.
I can deride someone for remaining anonymous, immediately after posting an anonymous comment myself. I did that today.
I can contribute under fake identities.
I may post something and then change it, or delete part or all of it.
This blog can disappear at any time for any amount of time.
I can do whatever I want with links.
All comments are subject to change or deletion without notice, including yours.
I don't have to be consistant about anything.
I can change these rules anytime, retroactively and without notice.
Oh- and I don’t even necessarily have to tell the truth, so you might want to check my facts from time to time.
Et cetera.
The viewing of any part of BurlingtonPol.com constitutes acceptance of these terms.
If you don't like it, change the channel. (See The First Ammendment to the US Constitution.)

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Progressive Fissure
Thursday, December 14, 2017
As of tonight 644 people like the Carina for mayor Facebook page and 462 people like the Infinite for mayor Facebook page.  Here is how the interest in their respective launch parties stack up.  Two Independent candidacies splitting the left of center vote à la Genese Grill vs. Jane Knodell can only be good news to the incumbent mayor.

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Trump's Remarks on Navajo Code Talkers
THE PRESIDENT: That's fantastic, thank you. That's fantastic. Thank you very much. Beautiful.
That was so incredible, and now I don't have to make my speech. I had the most beautiful speech written out. I was so proud of it. Look. And I thought you would leave out Iwo Jima, but you got that in the end, too. (Laughter.)
And I want to tell you -- you said you're 90 years old? That's great, because you have good genes. That means the press has got me to kick around for a long time. (Laughter.)
That was beautiful. I loved that and I loved your delivery. And the Code Talkers are amazing. And seriously, it is what I said. So what I'm going to do is give you my speech, and I want you to hold that. And I know you like me, so you'll save it. But that was so well delivered, from the heart. That was from the heart.
So I want to give you this speech because I don't want to bore them with saying the same thing you just said. And you said it better, believe me, because you said it from here. And I mean it from there too.
And you have a lot of great friends. Tom Cole is here, and you know Tom. And you know Jeff. So I want to thank you both, Jeff Denham. I want to thank you both for being here, and you too for being here.
Also, General Dunford, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Kelly. And I have to say, I said to General Kelly --- I said, General, how good -- here he is right there, the Chief; he's the General and the Chief. I said, how good were these Code Talkers? What was it? He said, sir, you have no idea. You have no idea how great they were -- what they've done for this country, and the strength and the bravery and the love that they had for the country and that you have for the country.
So that was the ultimate statement from General Kelly, the importance. And I just want to thank you because you're very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who, they say, was here a long time ago. They call her "Pocahontas."
But you know what, I like you because you are special. You are special people. You are really incredible people. And from the heart, from the absolute heart, we appreciate what you've done, how you've done it, the bravery that you displayed, and the love that you have for your country.
Tom, I would say that's as good as it gets, wouldn't you say? That's as good as you get.
General Kelly, just come up for one second. I want to just have you say what you told me, a little bit about the Code Talkers. Because it really has been -- learning about you and learning about what you've done has been something that I'd like General Kelly to say to the press.
Go ahead, General.

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Council Votes to Destroy Burlington Telecom
Tuesday, November 28, 2017


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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2018 Senate Race
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Question re Bernie Sanders, 2018 Senate race

Joy-Ann Reid
05/29/16 at 8:23 PM

To haikbedrosian@yahoo.com

Message body

Hi there,

I interviewed a gentleman named Al Giordano today, who is threatening to mount a campaign against Bernie Sanders for Senate in 2018. Wondering if you are familiar with him, if you think he could have a shot, and whether the Democratic Party in Vermont, and in Burlington, would ever side with a challenger against Sanders.

Would love to chat with you if you have some time.

Thanks,
Joy-Ann Reid
MSNBC (and The Daily Beast)


Re: Question re Bernie Sanders, 2018 Senate race
Haik Bedrosian
05/30/16 at 4:02 AM

To Joy-Ann Reid

Message body

Hi Joy. Thanks for writing. I had never heard of Mr. Giordano before right now so I looked at his Twitter page and website and whatever he stands for is not readily apparent. That doesn't bode well for him, although it's highly doubtful it would make much difference. Assuming Bernie doesn't win the Democratic nomination and presidency it's hard to imagine him losing his senate seat to anyone, ever. Vermont rarely fails to re-elect its incumbents. Pat Leahy, for example, has been in the senate over 40 years and he is not more popular than Sanders. To the best of my understanding, since Bernie was elected to Congress in 1990 he has always won the Democratic endorsement and then declined it in favor of running as an Independent. Could someone else get the Democratic endorsement? Perhaps if it were purely up to Howard Dean, but it's very hard to imagine it happening if regular people get to vote on it. In general Vermonters are quite happy with our congressional representation, and with Bernie in particular. There is almost no one who hasn't either received constituent services from Bernie, or known someone close to them who has. I work on the phone as a food stamp worker and until about a year ago when Bernie got busy, I could expect clients warning daily that they would complain to senator Sanders's office when they had problems with our system. Nobody warned they would run to Pat Leahy. The question in my mind is whether Bernie would seek re-election as a Democrat, or go back to what he's always done and run as an Independent. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say it still sounds weird for Bernie Sanders to be referred to as a Democrat. Nonetheless he is still in a much better position to take on Trump than HRC whom the party has already rejected once and whom the nation may well reject too, I'm afraid. This Al Giordano fellow will almost certainly be forgotten. Bernard Sanders hasn't lost an election in Vermont since 1988 and it's hard to see why he ever would. Regards, Haik

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Re: Question re Bernie Sanders, 2018 Senate race
Joy-Ann Reid
05/30/16 at 2:09 PM

To Haik Bedrosian

Message body

Thanks for the info, Haik! Have a great Memorial Day.

Joy
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Church Street Energy System
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iBurlington
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Identity Theory
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Inside Track
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She's Right (Original Site)
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She's Right (New Site)
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The 9/11 Non-conspiracist
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The Bove's Blog
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The Deli Magazine
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The Golden Age of Robots
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The Stech Blog
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The Vermont Daily Briefing (VDB)
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Undead Molly
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UVM College Democrats
by UVM College Democrats

VCAM (Channel 15) Blog
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Ward 5 NPA News
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Vermonters for a Real 9/11 Investigation
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Yes and No
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Defenders Council of Vermont
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Five Before Chaos (Original Site)
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Five Before Chaos (New Site)
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Food Stamp Mamas
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From the Newsdesk
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Green Mountain Daily
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Green Mountain Jamie
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Green Mountain Politics 1
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I must be Dreaming
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Norsehorse's Home on the Web
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Norsehorse's Home Turf
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Political Animal
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Politicker VT
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Reason and Brimstone
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The Carpetbagger Report
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The Dwinell Political Report
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True Crime in Burlington

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Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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