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Re: “Piss Poor: Burlington Mulls Proposals for More Public Bathrooms

The fully funded Pomerleau "splash park" design in the recently approved City Hall Park design is a ready-made public urinal that will not require any retrofits for nighttime use. One anticipates an immediate decrease in diel urination frequency on the steps of City Hall, an inappropriate use that introduces a low pH environment that the granite stair treads were not designed to withstand.

Increasing the "interactive jet fountain" density while maintaining the current water column heights would potentially provide suitable screening for daytime use. And to maximize the splash park guest experience, a rather pleasant French bidet-type effect could be achieved by simply decreasing water pressure in some of the interior interactive fountain jets.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/23/2019 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Quiros, Stenger, Face Federal Charges in EB-5 Scandal

Critics are universally panning the limited local release of "Bill and Ari's Somewhat-Less-Than-Excellent Adventure" a dark, amateurish, and ultimately failed foray into the mis-matched, back-stabbing con-men, failed heist, former buddy-film genre.

its fair to say that Stenger and Quiros loathesome and morally bankrupt characters convey none of the goofy, whacky stoner charm that has endeared Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter to generations of movie-goers (Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure 3 - scheduled to open in theatres everywhere on 8/21/20).

Still, yesterdays perp walk scene, featuring a cuffed Ari and Bill shuffling into the Courthouse to plead not guilty, is sure to please many, and the script features some hidden gems that will likely stand the test of time:

Ari: "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K."
Bill: "We're in danger of flunking most heinously, Ari."
Ari: "What if we were lying?"
Bill: "Why would we lie to ourselves?"
Ari: "All we are is dust in the wind."
Bill: "Dust."
Bill: "Wind."
Ari: "Bill?"

The buzz around future episodes anticipates upcoming courtroom scenes where Ari's "unclean hands" defense ensnares numerous government officials who green-lighted the deception & fraud, with cameo appearances by several familiar local celebs - Shumlin, Leahy Miller, Moulton, & MacLean for starters.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/22/2019 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Bennington Rep Has an Outstanding Arrest Warrant in Illinois

One eagerly awaits an outraged response from Jeff Weaver, Sanders crony and tireless systemic racism finger-waggler, who stands steadfast and fearless in his condemnation of these rampant race-based political outings.

In the meantime, permit me "a very measured response" as it were, as I step in to warm up the crowd:

"Sadly, like too many others in our society, The Seven Days wants to brand political representatives and fishing guides like Chris Bates for life - an attitude that disproportionately impacts white people and middle class people. This is just another way systemic racism works. Its disappointing that The Seven Days is helping to uphold it."

Please understand that this is not "an indictment of Seven Days as an institution" and I do not assert, nor undoubtedly will Mr. Weaver, that news outlets should never report on the criminal backgrounds of white fishing guide and lawmakers. I only make "the observation that when you engage in this kind of call-out reporting on a story that's been previously reported ... all it does is reinforce an unfair system."

9 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/18/2019 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Media Note: Sanders Aide Accuses VTDigger of 'Systemic Racism'

Jeff Weavers sophomoric "systemic racism" rant to Vermont Digger strays so far from the universally accepted definition of the term that it is an embarrassment to "systemicists" and "racists" alike. Can anyone envision a starker example of the political risks involved with public pontification and schooling the press on issues so far removed from ones wheelhouse as a political handler, dark money bagman, and comic book purveyor?

Recall that Mr. Weaver was never an Oscar nominee for his masterful exposition of nuanced race relations in Driving Mr. Sanders. Nor would familiarity and heart-felt personal identification with the likes of or Jug-Head, Reggie, Betty, or Veronica in Archie Comix' racially-segregated Riverdale provide meaningful insight into anything remotely resembling systemic racism.

If anything, Hispanic embezzlers are most likely significantly under-represented within Vermonts lily-white embezzlement community, and, truth be told, I cannot recall a single cautionary media tale about sensationalized and excessive, negative coverage of Hispanic embezzlement in the Green Mountain State. "Wheres the Systemic Racism?", the feisty, elderly woman at the Wendys drive-up window might have barked, had she lived another 35 years following the TV commercial battle for the 1984 Democrat Presidential nomination between Walter Mondale and Gary Hart.

Ultimately Weavers "systemic racism" admonition comes across as that of a self-absorbed, egotistical bully to whom racism is defined by and measured in favorable or unfavorable polling numbers, a dark, liberal version of infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who squandered his 15 minutes of Wharholian fame when he strayed from his anti-government folk-hero path to expound on race-related issues:

"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro." proffered Bundy.

Et tu Weaver?

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/13/2019 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Congolese Brothers Say a Run-In With Burlington Police Left a Lasting Impression

"So he was sober?"

"A paragon of virtue?"

"Time for a stab at sobriety?"

While the shaky, uneven body-cam video and audio quality make it difficult to state with certainty that drug impairment led to the aggressive, violent, and in one case deadly, behavior recently displayed by Officers Bellevance, Corrow, and Campbell et al, the common thread of increased hostility and aggression, erratic delusional behavior, impaired judgement, extreme irritability and manic-like violent responses by Burlington cops reads like a textbook list of warning signs and side effects associated with anabolic steroid abuse and/or addiction.

Chief Del Pozo is well aware that no segment of society or line of work is untouched by the current drug epidemic in Burlington, and to think that the BPD remains somehow immune to the culture of rampant steroid use in law enforcement nationwide, would be to stick ones head in the proverbial sand.

Over the weekend Chief Del Pozo spoke of the need for the BPD to take whatever measures are necessary to address and restore the publics trust in our police force. Obvious and readily achievable first steps would be for the BPD: 1) to re-evaluate, overhaul, and mandate real de-escalation training and require its implementation as a condition of employment, 2) to establish a Zero Tolerance policy and work-place culture for illegal drug use, including steroids, and 3) to implement random work-place drug testing for all police officers and management.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/09/2019 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Burlington Council Hears Updates on Kilburn Case, Mall Development

Brookfields Got Talent! Theyre conducting a nationwide search for the next Don Sinex!

Excerpts from a current Help Wanted ad, posted on LinkedIn three plus weeks ago:

"[Brookfield] is seeking a talented Senior Project Manager to be responsible for all onsite construction activity for our CityPlace Burlington mixed-use development project."

"Develops effective communications and mechanisms to ensure project coordination with the Owner, Design and Construction participants."

"Ensures that development and construction activities move according to contract schedule."

"Experience working with the City of Los Angeles preferred."

Personally Im pretty juiced about the "talented" qualifier for Senior Project Manager, as that should weed out the otherwise inevitable welter of untalented real estate developer hucksters and con artists, along with their inevitable empty promises, outright lies, and ever-changing project start dates. And the call for "Experience working with the City of Los Angeles" is a think-outside-the-box stroke of genius!"

So kudos to Mayor Weinberger and City Council for keeping an eye on the prize and for holding Brookfield's feet to the fire! The 7K Burlington shells out monthly to Development Consultant Jeffrey Glassberg "to provide sustained overall leadership to the project team, interact with the developer and facilitate progress among the many parties with interests in the project", is looking more and more like a pretty shrewd investment!

There can be little doubt that any day now that Brookfield, plans to share additional exciting news and updates about their nationwide talent search for the next Senior Project Manager for CityPlace!

18 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/01/2019 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

Faux-supporters of Chief Wiggum do him no favors by trivializing his arrogant incompetence, ignorance of and plain disregard for the law, among the myriad character flaws that endear him to legions of fans.

According to Wikepedia - an unimpeachable repository of things Wiggum:

While [Chief Wiggum] pretentiously feigns authority, he has little regard for individual rights or even public safety. He is disturbingly uninformed and flaunts his power, albeit with good intentions most of the time .... He is completely ignorant of Springfield's laws and even makes up his own laws on the fly, and often quotes sayings from the police handbook which cannot actually be found in the book .

Fortunately for long-time fans, Chief Wiggum steadfastly remains true to character, and as the boorish, self-appointed Chief Medical Examiner in this latest tragedy - the most recent of a string of citizen deaths by the hands of responding officers - has ignored entreaties to stray off-script.

24 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 04/25/2019 at 12:43 PM

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