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Weinberger to Destroy Moran Plant
Saturday, September 02, 2017
So the key points from the 09.01.17 news from Seven Days are:

Keeping the Moran Plant building has a democratic mandate...
"City voters in 2014 approved the use of $6.3 million in tax-increment financing towards redevelopment of the old power plant building, which shuttered in 1986."
But instead the city is likely to spend more than the approved 6.3 million to destroy it.
"Instead, the building will likely be demolished and the site remediated — at a price tag of at least $4 million and upwards of $10.7 million, according to city estimates"
The crux of the story is that mayor Miro Weinberger decided to pull the plug on negotiations with the redevelopment team.  He dumped them.  They didn't dump him.
"“What the New Moran team was trying to do was very hard,” he told reporters""
Hmmm... What did Kennedy say again?  Oh yeah... "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept..." Something like that anyway.
"Weinberger attributed the failed deliberations to construction risks, environmental challenges and financial uncertainty. “There was a lot of potential for problems that would have required the city to go beyond its $6 million commitment,” Weinberger said."
I like Kennedy's ideas about doing hard things, but they don't appear to have been applied in this instance.  It will be interesting to see how well mayor Weinberger's justifications withstand scrutiny.  He says the redevelopment of Moran would potentially cost more than 6 million dollars, but we know that's also true of destroying it, don't we?
"Still, he acknowledged, “This was a difficult decision to make and not one I wanted to come to.”"
 I'm not sure that's true.  How hard did he really try to make the redevelopment of the Moran Plant work?  I've worried that he's always wanted to see it demolished and that this might have been a foregone conclusion when he first took office five years ago.  But that's just my gut feeling. 
"Weinberger said that he’d be looking into other options besides another city park, though he said he didn’t know what exactly the end result might look like. The city is bound by the state’s Public Trust Doctrine, which requires that the property serve a public purpose, while the moribund building itself is on the National Register of Historic Places. There will be a “significant public input and process” before a decision on reuse is made, Weinberger said."
 Um... Yeah.  He may not know exactly what it will look like, but I bet he's got a pretty good idea in his head.  (Hint: you don't want to land on Boardwalk with one of these on it.)

There was still hope for the building in January of this year when there was a proposal for...
"...redeveloping the facility with community space and venues for rent at a cost of $15.4 million dollars. They planned to break ground by the end of this year."
But...
"Friday’s announcement made clear that’s not going to happen.

“The city was just not confident that the project would succeed,” Weinberger said. “Without that confidence, we couldn’t move forward.”"
 So- Hope for something: $15.4 M, Cost of destroying: 4 to 10.7 million.  And since those are both estimates from parties interested in deflating the numbers, I consider the comparison between the two a virtual wash.

This is a soulless choice to take the path of least resistance, unbecoming of a true leader.

posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 4:08 AM   18 comments
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Student Nazi at BHS
Thursday, July 06, 2017
If that kid comes back to BHS in the fall for his junior year, and continues to use the swastika as his avatar, there are going to be problems. A Nazi will hide behind the protections of a liberal society like a craven coward, while simultaneously shredding those protections for his targets.

Yesterday's Burlington Free Press quotes this little Nazi as saying he feels harassed as a Trump supporter in a liberal culture of "bigotry and violence" but he doesn't seem to care much about the 82 students who petitioned him to stop threatening and harassing them with his symbol of hatred and death. He cries he's the victim while he threatens and disrupts the entire school.

This kid hides his hate speech behind shameless lies and the first amendment while his scumbag Nazi lawyer Brady Toensing threatens to sue another kid for covering the story in the high school paper, and successfully suppressing it.  Sick irony.

There is a twisted perversion of the truth in the way a Nazi thinks and operates. Pleading his innocence and nobility, the swastika-boy presented the school board with the most inflammatory and evocative quote from George Washington, taken out of context to project the imagery of sheep being lead to slaughter. Hiding behind patriotic icons in order to remind people of how his heroes led millions of Jews and minorities to slaughter in the 1930's and 40's

This sinister kid thinks he's pretty darn clever. He has the principal, the school board and the superintendent all tied in knots and impotent. It's embarrassing to watch. It's pathetic. He is engaging in threatening, disruptive hate speech and no responsible party is showing any spine to stop him. That cannot persist. Even the Burlington Free Press has been restrained from writing a story about it, but finally got the ok from their lawyers now that it's summer vacation. Print edition anyway. I can't seem to find the story online.

If a new school year starts and he keeps it up with his swastika, pressure is going to be ratcheted up on all parties until this comes to a head. Let Toensing sue and discredit himself as a Nazi. Let the national spotlight shine on the kid. The community is going to fight.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 11:21 PM   1 comments
Don't Bring a Gun to a Flame War
Reporter Katie Jickling published a story titled "Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism" in today's edition of Seven Days.  I am quoted as one of the critics of the chief's social media posts.

I also left one comment which has already garnered 26 "dislikes" in just under 10 hours.



I'd just like to pull a few quotes from the article and unpack them a little here.  Jickling begins by discussing Logan Huysman's June 22 facebook post.  The post has been taken down, so the source of Jickling's information about it isn't clear, although the story was first picked up by WCAX
"...on June 22, when she used the social media platform to publicly accuse the Burlington police of brutality during an altercation..."

"...Within a day, Chief Brandon del Pozo took her to task. He used his personal Facebook account to comment on hers — specifically, he posted a detailed police press release refuting her version of events. He also sent the communication to the news media...."
Stop right here.  As you can see from my unpopular comment, this is the part I object to.  It is very intimidating for the chief of police to approach you online as a total stranger and start arguing with you.  The police should avoid being needlessly intimidating.  It does not matter what someone says, if they are just exercising free speech and not committing a crime, there is no business purpose for the chief of police to get involved directly with that person.  He should assume if he goes to their Facebook page and starts arguing them, there is a chance the person might be intimidated into removing the message he disagrees with.  And it's hard for me to believe he doesn't assume this, yet he does it anyway. 



"Very intimidating."  She said I could quote her.   Now why did Katie Jickling from Seven Days not ask the police chief "Do you think Ms. Huysman took down her post because she was intimidated by you leaving a comment on it?"   That's the salient question here.  And it would have been fascinating to read how he'd have have responded to it.

Moving on...
"Huysman was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and simple assault on a law enforcement officer.

The chief's post started a lively discussion on the teen's Facebook page. Many of the commenters were strangers to Huysman."
It's hard for me to understand how this is considered appropriate.  Would the chief want each one of his officers tracking down their suspects and leaving comments on their personal Facebook pages?   Of course not.  It would reek of police intimidation and be called cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying, not "twenty-first century policing."
"When Huysman saw del Pozo's response and the outrage it generated, she deleted the entire thread.

 Del Pozo maintained that his post was necessary to quell the spread of false accusations. But it also triggered critiques from people who see his approach to social media as an abuse of power and a violation of individual privacy"
 It is not the job of the police to "quell" free speech of any kind, whether it's about his department or not.  This quote makes it sound like his goal was to get her to take the post down.

"Casper may be friendly, but he's been a ghost a long time.  He knows very well he scares people."


Attorney Jay Diaz from the ACLU seems to get it...
"There's a fine line between engaging the community, which is something we want our law enforcement officers to do, and doing what some might see as trying to shut down conversations," said Jay Diaz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. "Affirmatively posting on a citizen's Facebook page, especially in a sensitive situation, seems fairly inappropriate and would be understandably chilling."
Later Jinkling moves on to cover my contribution to the story.  I don't feel the quotes of mine she selected present the full depth of my arguments, and that's part of the reason I'm writing this post.  She described my 'robot-soldier' tweet from last year, and the chief's direct messages to me on twitter in response.  What isn't clear from the story is that I posted a screenshot of the tweet on Facebook, and screenshots of his direct messages that generated hundreds of comments, about the patch, police and social media and other topics... including some from the chief speaking in favor of his new patch.  I told him respectfully I didn't think his participation was appropriate, and he responded that he took "great exception" to that.  Of course I found that even more intimidating and uncomfortable.

When he then sent me a friend request I just broke down and messaged him in a coarse way that he was a stranger to me and I considered every message and comment from him a form of intimidation.  At that point he left me alone and to his credit I haven't heard from him since.  But then again why should I?  I'm not a criminal and I have the right to say whatever I want.  I described each part of these interactions to Miro Weinberger in person last August, and I sent a letter to the chief explaining very clearly why I was uncomfortable with his messaging me directly.  I cc'd Miro Weinberger and Selene Colburn on it and I gave a copy of this letter to Katie Jinkling from Seven Days too when she interviewed me for the story.  The point is that the mayor and the chief were duly warned last year that this social media behavior is intimidating, or potentially so, and should be avoided.
"Bedrosian deleted the post and blocked del Pozo. "I remain intimidated by Brandon del Pozo to this day," he said"
It's not correct to say I deleted the post.  I deleted the original tweet, but the Facebook post has merely been removed from the view of most people.... which reminds me... it's time to revoke reporter Katie Jinkling's access to it.  Hey wait a minute... she knows it's not deleted, since she read it herself to quote from it.  In any event,  I had hoped not to have to come back to this topic.  As I said to the chief in my letter- I'm glad he's keeping us safe, I wouldn't want his job, I was only talking about a patch and so forth... but to see him engage in this kind of cyber-intimidation again with Logan Huysman is troubling.  And I told Katie Jinking that's the quote I wanted in Seven Days...
"To see this happen again is troubling" 
But it didn't make it in.  All well.  More from Jinkling's article:
"After the Huysman posts, Bedrosian voiced his concern at a city council meeting last week.

"By personally commenting on an individual's Facebook post, the chief sends a message that he is personally watching you," Bedrosian said. "And when he visits your page and argues against you, the asymmetrical power dynamic tends to result in the post itself being taken down."

After the meeting, Council President Jane Knodell said it was the first complaint she'd heard about del Pozo's social media practices. Councilor Kurt Wright seconded that, but they both agreed that Bedrosian had a point. Knodell said she'd refer the matter to the police commission."
 I will post the full text of my comments to the city council at the bottom of this post, but you know what's interesting about this?  After I spoke and exited City Hall, Kurt Wright came chasing after me along with Katie Jinkling and introduced me to her.  What I heard him say was that he and other city councilors were already discussing the topic, and that Logan Huysman had a right to free speech and should not have been intimidated out of it by the chief.  Based on this I do not believe that mine was the first such complaint heard by either Kurt Wright or Jane Knodell either for that matter.  I think the entire city council has a general sense there's an issue and the mayor certainly does.  Some of the concepts are subtle but he understands the ethics involved.  I don't care how many "dislikes" my comments get.  The mayor went to Yale and Harvard.  Don't tell me he doesn't get it. 

The Seven Days article appears to break some important news at the end...
"Del Pozo, too, said he's learned his lesson. He'll continue to express himself on his own social media accounts, but he's done posting on the individual Facebook pages of others.

"It may well have sufficed to put it on my own page or our own Twitter feed," he conceded."
It would be very good news if the chief does in fact stop posting to the individual Facebook pages of others, or the individual social media of any kind hosted by an individual citizen, but I would feel a lot better if the head of the police department was someone with the good judgement to never have done it in the first place.

I was a little concerned it doesn't necessarily follow that merely conceding it would have sufficed to post to his own platforms means "he's done posting on the individual Facebook pages of others" so I asked Katie Jinkling what he said to justify writing that and here was her reply.


 As with Jane and Kurt, I don't think my complaint was the first the mayor heard of the issue either.  I think it's likely he has heard of other complaints, and is parsing language to say mine was the first complaint that he heard (directly).  And it's not clear what referring it back to the chief would accomplish. 

In any event... If mine was the first complaint, it appears to have been an extremely effective one, since the chief has promised to change his practice.  That's not enough though.  What should have been mere common sense will probably need to have some rules written around it now.


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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 @ 1:45 AM   1 comments
Ward Seven Special Election
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I predict the vote will be closer than many expect, with Ali Dieng still the likely winner, with Dober a close second, followed by Ellie Blais and Chris Trombly.  We shall see.  I voted for Ali Dieng.
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
10.07.16: "U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections"

10.31.16: "the Red Phone was used on Oct. 31 to send a message to Moscow. "This action was part of our ongoing, rigorous efforts to press the Russian government to halt the actions of those responsible for these cyber attacks.""

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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Burlington Police Patch Poll
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Breaking Update: 
Poll Cancelled for Suspected Voter Fraud
Results Invalidated

The graphic above represents the vote percentages at the point the poll was cancelled. If you didn't get a chance to vote, I'm sorry. The poll ran for fewer than 24 hours. I don't want to get into specifics about the actual number of votes that came in, but it was 19 total, with 12 in favor of our beloved old patch and 7 in favor of the proposed change.

The poll was set to allow one vote per IP address per year. I put the poll post up Saturday and as I assumed would be the case, the score quickly shot up to 10 to 1 in favor of the old patch, which so clearly represents the spirit of Burlington much, much better than the proposed change.

Over the course of Sunday morning the number of votes to change the patch shot up from 1 to 7 during which time there were four separate visits to this page, referred here by facebook, that came from what appeared to be anonymous proxy servers representing an "unknown organization." Based on this I think as many as 5 of the votes to change the patch may have come from the same person hiding his or her IP address. Poll cancelled. Results invalided. Management apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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CLINTON TAPS SANDERS FOR VP
Thursday, July 14, 2016

***BREAKING NEWS***

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... 
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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.   

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More to Come...
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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.
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Trump Vows to Silence Protesters with Violence
Saturday, January 09, 2016

 https://youtu.be/g0NbmltHQH0


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
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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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"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
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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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