a bridge or a tourist attraction; whe...
Democracy out loud

South Burlington, VT

#61 Jul 27, 2013
ThisVermonter wrote:
How much money did the state and federal government drop on the new bike bridge in Keene?
Nice!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#62 Jul 27, 2013
You are not allowed to talk bout this unless walked across this road.

No wonder there was a fatality...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#63 Jul 27, 2013
I will be hanging around the bridge beginning at 12 noon.
Brattleboro Police

Brattleboro, VT

#64 Jul 27, 2013
If that is you, Mike, we will be looking for you! We know where you live and you have quite a track record!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#65 Jul 27, 2013
I’L be the guy there who will be sporting a haircut just like you guys.

By the way, your pay sucks!!!
Democracy out loud

South Burlington, VT

#66 Jul 27, 2013
Lol, making new friends Mike?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#67 Jul 27, 2013
So I am doing my Brattleboro side of the bridge routine. I have been doing this for a week now. I am pretending to direct traffic to heaven …towards NH and Hinsdale …most of the women are smiling ear to ear with my angel game. Smiling and shaking their heads back and forth like I am such a bad boy.

This is my personal best as yet with the Hinsdale bridge issues, three cruisers, four policemen and a detective coming to harangue me...

I see the first police cruiser making a turn onto Bridge Street...coming my way…then two more cruisers follow the first one. I say this is going to be good…somebody is in big trouble. I watch them pull into the public parking train station. They wiz right in front of me and pull youee. They pull up right in front of me. They all open their car doors at the same time. Out pour four police officers and one detective. I thought I was heading to jail. I volunteer to put my hands behind my back.

Just tell us what you are doing one police officer says. I had my halo on. I tell him I am "pretend" directing traffic toward heavenly NH. I say that bridge is hanging on thread…so in a mocking way I signaling these people could be on their way to heaven if the bridge collapses. We are on a campaign to build a new bridge. He sternly says, are you directing traffic? I tell the cop, don’t be ridiculous, I got a halo on. Nobody would follow the hand signal of a crazy guy wearing a halo. That is when I got a smile out of all of them. He told me I was directing traffic.
So then he goes onto if he catches me directing traffic again he will arrest me for disturbing the peace. He then goes onto repeating four time if I direct traffic they will charge me with disturbing the peace He tells me it is illegal to tape a message to a traffic sign. He explains I could display as many signs as I want near the bridge…but no traffic directing. I told the cop, you have no idea how much fun I was having “pretend” directing traffic to heaven. I got a big smile out of him then.

So from my point, the Brattleboro police treated me with the utmost decency and respect…
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#68 Jul 27, 2013
You know what I am talking about, a crazy acting man and a police confrontation. It is a very dangerous situation. They just couldn’t handle a police related potential crazy man thing any better.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#69 Jul 27, 2013
There is no doubt, I was coached on how to handle this sitation with the police.

I knew how to play my part!!!
Roger

Newton Center, MA

#70 Jul 27, 2013
Mike, why don't you take a vacation from yourself and your obsessions? Go to church somewhere this weekend, join a 12 step program or something?

You remind me of the nut in "What About Bob?" with Richard Dreyfus. But in this case, not so funny....

I was on a bridge painting crew for a while, Miller Construction, led by a hard driving foreman, lots of jobs are like that. Yes, the bridges did get painted and looked better, eventually they some of them were replaced or worked on for safety purposes.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#71 Jul 27, 2013
Talk about sick, you are constantly following me here…

Why don’t you take a break from me!
Wondering out loud

South Burlington, VT

#72 Jul 27, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
So I am doing my Brattleboro side of the bridge routine. I have been doing this for a week now. I am pretending to direct traffic to heaven …towards NH and Hinsdale …most of the women are smiling ear to ear with my angel game. Smiling and shaking their heads back and forth like I am such a bad boy.
This is my personal best as yet with the Hinsdale bridge issues, three cruisers, four policemen and a detective coming to harangue me...
I see the first police cruiser making a turn onto Bridge Street...coming my way…then two more cruisers follow the first one. I say this is going to be good…somebody is in big trouble. I watch them pull into the public parking train station. They wiz right in front of me and pull youee. They pull up right in front of me. They all open their car doors at the same time. Out pour four police officers and one detective. I thought I was heading to jail. I volunteer to put my hands behind my back.
Just tell us what you are doing one police officer says. I had my halo on. I tell him I am "pretend" directing traffic toward heavenly NH. I say that bridge is hanging on thread…so in a mocking way I signaling these people could be on their way to heaven if the bridge collapses. We are on a campaign to build a new bridge. He sternly says, are you directing traffic? I tell the cop, don’t be ridiculous, I got a halo on. Nobody would follow the hand signal of a crazy guy wearing a halo. That is when I got a smile out of all of them. He told me I was directing traffic.
So then he goes onto if he catches me directing traffic again he will arrest me for disturbing the peace. He then goes onto repeating four time if I direct traffic they will charge me with disturbing the peace He tells me it is illegal to tape a message to a traffic sign. He explains I could display as many signs as I want near the bridge…but no traffic directing. I told the cop, you have no idea how much fun I was having “pretend” directing traffic to heaven. I got a big smile out of him then.
So from my point, the Brattleboro police treated me with the utmost decency and respect…
I believe in the real world they call that police harassment Mike. Thanks for the best laugh I have had in a long time! You are ever so Much better than all those Statue of Liberty tax traffic dancers we see every spring.
Marta

United States

#73 Jul 27, 2013
No it's called law enforcement for law breakers....
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#74 Jul 28, 2013
The complicating factor here is the restaurant related road work going on. There is a huge hole in the road heading towards Hinsdale’s protruding out half way into the traffic lane. So the Hinsdale heading guys would have to go over into the west head lane. This is a very recent dig. It wasn't a free flow of traffic...

I am convinced only being a traffic director for a few days, if I was dressed up as the devil…a large group of people would follow my silly traffic directions to the tee without thinking.

There is no doubt I got a group of distractors using the police…there are making bogus and legitimate complaints to the police to stymie my activities. Then the regular people who are irked at me making complaints to the police. I suspect I am putting a significant burden on both police departments concerning public complaints…you know, what is the right thing we do with mike and what is in the interest of the greater good. It is a really complicated issue all around and how do we all interpret the events around the dilapidated bridge.

In no way do I think the police as harassing me yesterday…I used the word “harangue” very intentionally. The police were trying to take control and maintain situational awareness of strange events in their town.

If I had to do this thing all over again, I should have had a talk with both police departments about the overview with my intent of activities. I was always worried they would say your future activities are illegal.
Wondering out loud

South Burlington, VT

#75 Jul 28, 2013
Rent a Statue of Liberty costume and see what happens, folks just don't trust Angels these days ushering them towards their eternal resting place. Could be that a NewYorker called the police thinking you were a terrorist planning to bomb the bridge!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#76 Jul 28, 2013
So in the last few days I have had the Hinsdale police closely surveilling me (at the bridge) and taking note of my bad boy behavior.

I had the Hinsdale selectman calling my house informing me out of the blue saying I have a appointment to see them on Monday at 7:15pm.

Then the ”three police cruisers, four policeman and one detective” incident yesterday in Bratt...

Let’s not forget about the big bridge meeting ahead of us on this Thursday @ 6 pm at the Windham Career Center in Brattleboro.

In no way do I feel I am being picked on…I am creating a significant public event at the Hinsdale Bridge based solely on my volition. I am a victim of nothing! I could stop all of this if I just went home and rode my bicycle.

I am generating and provoking this issue not the police or the selectman…

I promise there will be no violence of any kind of personal property or person surrounding this…I can’t be provoked into acting irrationally.

I just want to be clear!

God bless the United States of America!
Disturbing the Peace

South Burlington, VT

#77 Jul 28, 2013
Think about how many times over the years have they have actually pressed charges on the outrageous activities of anti Vermont Yankee protesters. Brattleboro normally celebrates such activism, so why are they picking on you?

This is a speech on the issue BUHS teacher Tim Kipp

http://thisvtlife.com/2013/07/22/disturbing-t...
Black Listed

Gilsum, NH

#78 Jul 28, 2013
You must ask yourself, why isn't your story on the front pages of The Commons newspaper? You are the best friend Hinsdale and Brattleboro ever had! You are fighting for the rights of the forgotten, the endangered, the little guy, a voice crying in the wilderness! You are everything Vermont professes to love and they won't tell your story? You must go to them if they are unwilling to come to you!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#79 Jul 28, 2013
That was a beautiful graduation speech…

So how would I know if someone in Brat was trying to raising my status by calling out the ”three police cruisers, four policeman and one detective” incident.

How about, Mike hasn’t thought out the implications with his “pretending” to be a traffic flagger? What if he caused a accident and he was implicated in it…what would be the response of the system? Would he blame himself?

Maybe somebody was trying to save me from myself?
President Barack Obama

Brattleboro, VT

#80 Jul 28, 2013
Mike, I flew into Vermont to just give aid to this challenging cause. I have just directed the Interior Secretary to release funds for this important project that you have been working so hard to advance. I will be awarding you a presidential medal of freedom. Thank you and the coffee party for supporting me and other Democratic candidates!

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