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Re: “Burlington City Council Could Vote to Request F-35 Cancellation

Regardless of whether one supports or opposes the basing of F-35s in our communities, I think that we can all agree that sometimes, in the heat of battle, the easiest course of action is to simply make shit up and pass it off as the gospel truth to one's sycophants and camp followers.

In this vein, beaucoup kudos are due Fightin Tom Torti and his minions at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, for their willingness to shamelessly and publicly embarrass themselves by promulgating the false claim that the ballot language for the recent public vote against the basing of F-35s was "misleading and confusing, and the margin of passage [55 percent to 45 percent] was within the margin of error."

As President Torti is well aware, there is no margin of error when we vote. Margin of error is a measurement of uncertainty that results from sampling, (ie. as in a public poll prior to a vote). In a vote, ALL the votes are counted. There is no partial random sample, and, therefore, no margin of error.

55 percent of the voters oppose the basing of F-35s at the Burlington Airport, President Torti, with No Margin Of Error!

Mercy sakes, My Misinformed and Malcontent Mathlete Minions!

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Posted by flipflopfly on 03/27/2018 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Basketball Players Take a Knee Before UVM Game

I stand with Rick. Kneeling during the anthem is as egregious as rolling on Shabbos.

I did not watch my buddies die face down in the muck just so black athletes from some artsy-fartsy private school could make a mockery of their inviolable, patriotic duty to entertain white folk in Patrick.

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Posted by flipflopfly on 11/09/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Alcoholism is a disease. Drunk driving is not. Ms. Ingram and numerous supporters sound befuddled about the distinction between the two.

40 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 10/14/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Walters: Environmentalists Object to Scott Climate Panel Choice

Kudos to David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy Erickson for pointing out the need for objectivity in leading the Technical Advisory Group!

Its hard to imagine that Annette Smith, who has lived on an off-the-grid, solar-powered farm for decades, could ever be an impartial voice on the subject of renewable energy.

Hopefully Deputy Secretary Walke will reach back out to impartial experts on objectivity such as David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy Erickson. We owe it to ourselves to find the type of objective leadership that Blitterdorfian Sustainable Science & Policy experts can endorse!

11 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 08/13/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Hops production, like other commercial crops, may sometimes require the judicious application of certain chemical products in order to minimize the potential for crop failure. However, the resource demands and hidden costs of raising a successful crop of affluent rural suburbanites on an identical plot in the Charlotte countryside are infinitely greater.

37 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 08/05/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “North Avenue Bike Lane Survey Leads to Controversy

Many consider living in the New North End, and expecting to drive quickly and unimpeded to Williston, to be a fundamental human right.

While arguably this could be construed as more of a community mental health issue than a safe streets quandary, it is clear that the establishment of a high-speed, limited-access road, exclusively for cars and trucks, could potentially quell much of the grumbling and angst exhibited by car-partisans.

Imagine climbing in your vehicle of choice in the New North End, and being whisked quickly away towards Walmart and Home Depot and other fine Willistonesque destinations, free from self-entitled cyclists and lolly-gagging foot-traffic!

Oh wait. Such a road already exists. Some call it "The Northern Connector. Or more crudely, The Beltway.

On second thought, never mind.

32 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 07/07/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “North Avenue Bike Lane Survey Leads to Controversy

Mercy sakes, Councilor Hartnett!

The 53 percent vs. 40 percent city-wide response in favor of sensible, safe, and painless changes to North Avenue traffic management and bicycle safety is a greater margin than the 54-46 percent PAC-funded vote in favor of City Center spot zoning last November.

Last fall, Burlington citizens bore witness to your titillating sinecure as Campaign Chair of Mayor Weinbergers PAC Partnership for Burlingtons Future, when Miros PAC-funneled slush funds was targeted to support spot zone downtown according to the diktats and whims of an out-of-state developer. As figurehead Chair, Im sure you were afforded ample opportunity to rub shoulders with the Mayor, and to ensure that mailings about the proposed North Ave. lane changes were properly addressed and mailed.

Moving forward, I encourage you to get back on the pony, get your hands dirty, and help make Burlington a safer city for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, rather than go AWOL and wash your hands of it, while waffling on about mis-addressed postcards and such when things dont go your way.

55 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 07/06/2017 at 10:14 PM

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