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Re: “Loretta's Fine Italian Cuisine

2nd thoughts
If Bob Conlon finds no fault I'm prepared to question my own judgement, but my experience was distinctly otherwise. Uninteresting, overpriced food with occasional flourishes of less-than-mediocrity; it was borderline insulting, as if the challenge was seeing just how little quality could be delivered for nearly $200 without causing a scene. The wait staff was superb (and, yes, the napkins are nice); only the utterly mundane food keeps Loretta's from being a reasonable restaurant. Food: 1 Ambiance: 2 Service: 5

Posted by prion on 03/17/2013 at 12:48 AM

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Re: “Montpeculiar: Feeling Spurned, House Republicans Threaten to Boycott

Mitzi Johnson is a saint! Dweebs ignore the bell, can't get themselves to class on time, expect everyone else to twiddle their thumbs until they grace the Assembly with their presence, then, rather than request a revote, threaten to leave in a huff and whine to the press about respect. What does the Speaker do? She apologizes for her incompetence, when any sane person (which is to say, anyone but a Republican) can see the incompetence is theirs and the apology should be from them. Yes, they don't get the respect they should this is why. Preen, posture, bellyache indignation over nothing this isn't about the majority disrespecting the minority, this is adults mollifying petulant children to coax them into allowing the adults to get their work done.

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Posted by prion on 04/17/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Without commenting on the entirety of the accusations and implications in this snotty little tirade, let me ask this question: if you were a public figure with a choice in the matter, would you talk to Seven Days? Seven Days performs a valuable public service, but its news staff/editorial writers are pretentious self-important smart-asses, puerile college newspaper wannabes pretending to be adults. As exemplified in this article, they generally think that they themselves are a vital and interesting component of stories, regardless of the ostensible subject. Journalists injecting themselves into stories are charlatans; opinion editors injecting their egos into stories are fools. Senator Sanders' judgement may be called into question on a number of fronts, but he'd be plain crazy to interact with Seven Days on any level, ever.

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Posted by prion on 04/12/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Analysis: How the House GOP Failed to Derail Shumlin's Renewable Siting Fix

"Precisely what Turner and his fellow House Republicans were fighting for — or against — was never quite clear."

No one likes being told what to do, even when what they're being told is reasonable or necessary. Pitching a fit when it's time for bed is childish, but politicians sometimes value exercising their authority and accruing possible political advantage above any consideration of public benefit or simply doing their job.

Anger's abroad in the land. It's unfocused, inchoate, unpredictable. No one's quite sure with whom they're so angry, who did them so wrong, but they're furious and ready to put 'em up with anyone who crosses them. It's infected the entire political spectrum and provided fertile ground for all manner of uprisings, but inside Vermont it's being exploited primarily by Republicans. This ridiculous reaction, battle stations over literally nothing more than legislative procedure, is why there're only 53 Republicans in the House.

The assertion that a special session of the General Assembly may only override or fail to override a veto, may not propose or pass new legislation, was at best a peculiar point of view and pure wishful thinking. Making wishful thinking the basis for strongly-worded public pronouncements, fulminating against the rest of the Assembly for declining to subscribe to that peculiar point of view (in fact ignoring it as irrelevant posturing) is hardly politically astute.

Republicans might consider that they aren't impotent because there are so few of them so much as there are so few of them because they are impotent, precisely because they consistently elect as their leaders the most emotional and least adroit among them.

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Posted by prion on 06/13/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Analysis: How the House GOP Failed to Derail Shumlin's Renewable Siting Fix

"Annette Smith understands the issues involved in more depth than any of the press"

She does indeed. However, she's chosen to bend the conversation beyond reason or veracity in her zeal for her particular viewpoint. The press doesn't bother with her any more because they know what she'll say. She'll say anything, no matter how ludicrous or pointless, that sounds (to her) like justification for her crusade. Lately, that includes vitriolic diatribes against anyone with a different viewpoint.

This may not have been a partisan issue, but it's become one. That doesn't mean a sharp division by party affiliation. (Thankfully, in Vermont, that sort of mindless lockstep is rare.) Increasingly, it's a showdown between people who feel a duty to figure out together what to do and how to do it, versus those who want to do nothing, thwart everything, look away and cover their ears hoping nothing changes in the outside world.

Ms. Smith, in her frustration, has embraced the philosophy that bad outcomes mean an agent of evil engineered them, some bad actor is responsible and ill-informed or apathetic or venal confederates are conspiring to confound the divine inspiration to which she's privy. She can't comprehend how anyone looking at the same evidence she looks at could sincerely and intelligently come to a different conclusion. Her explanation is corruption. As her claims grow more outlandish and her language more defamatory, sincere, intelligent people are bound to pay less attention to her.

Plenty of people will pay attention to her, but antagonizing and denigrating everyone with whom you disagree quickly thins the ranks of an audience in Vermont.

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Posted by prion on 06/13/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Does Google Think 'Vermont' Is in Morristown?

Google Maps is rife with inexplicable errors. Look up Kamp Kill Kare State Park. Google Maps shows a large swath of private land as "Killkare State Park" adjacent to but as far as I can tell having 0 overlap with the actual park, which is shown as private land labeled "Burton Island State Park". That's not an isolated confusion: random nonsense like that is all over the state. Green River State Park is shown as being the small bit that's NOT part of the park. Everywhere you look, arbitrary guesses and algorithmic approximations populate a supposedly authoritative reference work. To its credit, Google offers a fairly direct path to editing address locations and even street names, but not boundaries, not areas, not region designation.

Posted by prion on 05/12/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Bern, Baby, Bern: A Sanders Blowout in New Hampshire

"taken the lead in the race for delegates to the Democratic National Convention"
by one measure, which is those bound by law or party rules. In fact, a great many delegates (712 at the moment) are not so bound and may vote for anyone they choose. >1/2 of those have already declared their intention to vote for Hillary Clinton regardless of their state's popular expression (including several of Vermont's 10) which by any reasonable standard means she has vastly more delegates locked up than does Sanders. The NY Times delegate vote count is: Sanders 44, Clinton 394. Those unpledged delegate votes could conceivably waver, but barring something extraordinary (an indictment, for instance) they're in the bank. Because of this, NH expects to deliver more delegate votes to Clinton than to Sanders, in spite of the landslide primary vote. The same could easily happen in Vermont. This is not a quirk of individual states; this is the DNC consciously deciding to render the primary process superfluous, a stage show, reserving the actual determination of nominee to themselves. Proportional allocation and lots of superdelegates means the only way Sanders can win as a Democrat is by winning every state by margins even greater than NH's, which is simply not possible. That sounds unfair, but it's supposed to provide a bulwark against populist lunacy. Some Republicans are looking on in envy right about now.

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Posted by prion on 02/10/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “WTF: What's With the Headless Woman Mural on Pine Street?

Corrections and clarifications are always good, but one of the benefits of 7Days is you can address them directly to a story's author by clicking on the byline. That way they can be seen, apprised, and (if called for) an update submitted almost immediately. Comments down here may or may not be read, but they aren't fed live to the person who can fix a piece.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by prion on 12/09/2014 at 6:49 PM

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