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RIVERS’ SELL-OUT VOTE COSTS TAXPAYERS $75 MILLION, BUT SHE’S SITTING PRETTY AT $75K/YR in MIRACULOUSLY CREATED, “MAKE-WORK” JOB

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 17, 2018) — Contempt should only be spent on someone you take seriously. For the lightweights, pick from among ridicule, mockery, and flicking of the kind you do to an insect — three forms of abuse that cozily fit under the heading […]

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COFFEE, TOO, HAS BECOME A POLITICAL ACT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 15-17, 2018) — Last week THE PLANET enjoyed morning coffee at a well-known local coffee house. We asked for “a cup of coffee.” Are we ever going to learn? It used to be you went into a diner or sat behind […]

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TRUMP, KIM, & ‘THE CLASP’: ALREADY SINGAPORE SUMMIT IS A SUCCESS OF THE FIRST ORDER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 13, 2018) — From the instant of the Clasp, the Summit de tutti Summi has exceeded all expectations. THE PLANET finds it incredible that President Donald Trump and DPRNK leader Kim Jung Un have pulled off the unpullable, even though many ideologues refuse to […]

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THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS TOMORROW MORNING, 9 A.M. SINGAPORE TIME

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 11, 2018) — They have arrived. Early. Folks, we have unfolding a breathtaking moment. Someone, apparently, not only thought but actualized the unthinkable. Slam the two major participants in what is the most historic diplomatic outing since 1950 if you insist, but […]

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ANTHEMS, BUSTED BUSTS, LEBRON, RFK, & A BAKED 1ST AMENDMENT WIN

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 9-11, 2018) — Rounding up the flotsam, jetsam, an unclesam of a writer’s notebook: Oh Say Can You See? — As a matter of fact, we can’t. THE PLANET, however, can propose an equitable solution to the NFL’s kneeling dilemma. That would […]

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WHAT? A JOKE “OFFENDS” YOU? LIGHTEN UP, SNOWFLAKE, AND LAUGH IT OFF

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNEDSAY JUNE 6, 2018) — She’s a comedian and actress. Like many comics who have come before, her humor pushes the envelope up to and sometimes past tearing. Her jokes can be in bad taste and twisted, raunchy and rough. THE PLANET could cite a […]

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