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William Boardman 
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Updated on December 15, 2015 at 1:52 PM



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Re: “Walters: Congressional Candidate Drops Out on Live Radio

Ted Cohen's ad hominem, mind-reading attack on Ben Mitchell is as mindless as it is narrow and vituperative, none of which makes for a cogent argument.

Ted Cohen doesn't demonstrate that he knows anything about the candidates. For examples:

Ted Cohen doesn't seem to know that Ben Mitchell opposes basing the F-35 bomber in Burlington while Peter Welch has supported this multi-billion dollar military-industrial boondoggle since he took office.

Ted Cohen doesn't seem to know that Ben Mitchell supports impeaching President Trump while Welch voted against impeach article last December, just as he opposed impeaching President Bush for lying us into war.

Ted Cohen doesn't seem to know that Ben Mitchell supports a single payer health care program, while Welch has never shown any leadership on this issue, and actively obstructed it as a state senator.

Ted Cohen doesn't seem to care about corporate money (and Welch's protect-the-opioid makers bill) or dark money or the deep political corruption of the American election system (including Welch's failure to push back against Citizens United).

Ted Cohen inveighs against a trailing third place candidate withdrawing late in the race to give the second place candidate a better chance, but he doesn't make any of the reasoned arguments why this might not be good. He offers no better option. He implies that it would be better for the third place candidate to stay in the race, divide the vote, and make the incumbent's re-election that much more certain. Really?

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by William Boardman on 08/12/2018 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Milne Accuses Leahy of Flip-Flopping on Superdelegate Stance

Milne says, in effect, "How dare Leahy
threaten to back the democratic choice?"


But that's what Republicans are all about these days,
and ever since 2000,
controlling the vote, changing the vote, caging voters,
destroying voting rights, using any means available
to make sure there is NO democratic choice.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by William Boardman on 04/14/2016 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Sanders Slams Media for 'Bernie Blackout,' Ignores Vermont Press

Whine, whine whine,
and to what purpose?

The penultimate graf should
be the second graf

Personal interviews are more about
reporter vanity than actual news

15 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by William Boardman on 12/15/2015 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Goddard's Commencement Speaker Is Controversial Mumia Abu-Jamal

This is McCarthy-style orchestrated outrage
operating without intellectual integrity:


Mumia was convicted, but his trial was a sham.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by William Boardman on 10/04/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “CCTA Board Urges Union to Reconsider Arbitration

If Tom Buckley of CCTA is quoted correctly, he spoke a falsehood.

From the article:
board chairman Tom Buckley of Winooski. "The Union’s refusal of binding arbitration
prevents the parties from engaging in a fair and neutral process that would prevent
a strike and reach a resolution.”

He probably knows what he says isn't true, which would make it a lie,
albeit a familiar form of lie in labor disputes.

Mediation is also a fair and neutral process.

Binding arbitration isn't necessarily a fair or neutral process,
otherwise why would credit card companies insist on it?

When you get a 54-0 vote against you, you might wonder
if you'd really been negotiating in good faith.

These drivers are a long way from being overpaid,
and their grievances, as reported ("fret"? really?), sound just.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Apanther on 03/14/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “A Lobbyist in the Legislature? How Sirotkin Would Segue to the Senate

Amen to that,
which, if read with Scalia-like literal mindedness,
would support the notion that lobbying is unconstitutional
(except when it's for the common benefit).
So how do you use "lobbyist" and "common benefit"
in a sentence that's honest about both?

Posted by Apanther on 01/28/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “A Lobbyist in the Legislature? How Sirotkin Would Segue to the Senate

Thinking about professionalism --
where is it in this piece
that gives John Hollar a chance for a cheapshot falsehood
but gives Gwen Hallsmith no chance at all to reply....

Posted by Apanther on 01/28/2014 at 4:30 PM

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