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‘FIRE IN THE SHIRE’: PLANET VS. TFAR BOX IT UP, and COLONIALS’ JAMIE KEEFE WILL MAKE THE YEAR’S BIGGEST SPEECH. HOW BIG? THE FUTURE RIDES ON IT… plus POETRY FILLS THE HOUSE DOWNTOWN as THE PLANET WORKS ITS MAGIC, MARCHETTI MAYORAL CALIBER, & WRITERS SHINE

BY DAN VALENTI

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL 21, 2011) — 2nd Add — The Planet has yet to hear from Boring Broadsheet executive editor Tim Farkas on our challenge to three rounds of boxing at Beloved Wahconah Park at a time and date to be specified.

A few months ago, you may recall The Planet challenging Farkas to a debate on the role of the media in a community. He declined, even when we offered to tie our brain behind our back, just to make it somewhat fair. Then, in a gentleman’s gesture, we offered to meet him on physical grounds. The boxing match could be promoted big, draw big, and we could make our two favorite charities a lot of money. This is a serious offer. And after we’ve finished mopping the canvass with him, we shall embrace, like Frazier and Ali and will forevermore be friends.

Farkas is a sports guy. We trust like all men who have been paid to play in the toy department of a newspaper which is Sports, he has a sense of both competition and adventure. We can bill the fight: “The Fire in the Shire.” The Planet vs. TFar. three rounds of two minutes each.

The Planet will get going / and launch a left or two.

Timmy will get gone / Farkas, out in two.

The promoters will need some time, and The Planet needs his acceptance by 4 p.m. Friday, April 29.

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Pittsfield Colonials are Stepping Up to the Plate for the Community

FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL 21, 2011) — FIRST ADD — It was an evening of great fun and joy at Chapters Bookstore last night, for two and a half hours. Colonials owner Buddy Lewis observed this morning that the packed house didn’t want to leave once it was over and would have stayed for another two. That’s the kind of vibe the room had.

The Planet had the responsibility of producing this for the city in its observance of National Poetry Month. Arts Czarina Megan Whilden gave us the blank canvass. We were free to concoct and create, to produce, write, and host this live event. It came together like magic. Our readers included writers Paul Milenski and Laura Gross, talk show host and downtown storekeep Donna Todd Rivers, Mayor Jimmy Ruberto, and the Pittsfield Colonials.

Not Just an Acceptance but an Embrace

The Pittsfield Colonials — Buddy, manager Jamie Keefe (both of whom read poetry), Jackie Wendling (who ran the logistics and did a great job) and office manager Amanda Iozzo — embodied last night the philosophy of Community Service. “Philosophy” may be a high-sounding and abstract word. However, when a philosophy is put into action, it comes alive and assumes flesh and blood.

That the team would not only agree to participate in The Planet’s mad scientist scheme of having this night of “Baseball, God, and Other Non-Sequiturs” in downtown Pittsfield but would do so with such relish and embrace says everything and speaks for itself. Like Dizzy Dean once said, “It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.” It’s one thing to brag about community outreach and something else to do it.

When actions are louder than words, you know you’re dealing with a genuine article. The real deal. That’s what the Pittsfield Colonials are in the process of becoming: A summer asset to Pittsfield and Berkshire County that may someday rank with Tanglewood-BSO and the theaters. Is is there yet? No, and that’s the exciting part.

The fans and folks who support the ball club this year will literally be helping the city and the team create this community asset. It’s Year Two, still time for getting in on the ground floor. Someday, if this can be done, they will be able to look back and say, “Yeah, I helped do that.”

Jamie Keefe: More than Managing to Get By

Jamie Keefe, the new manager, is not Brian Daubach. He’s Jamie Keefe, a man with a wealth of professional baseball experience who will run a ball club HIS way. The Planet and everyone else will have to see that in action before saying much else about how he runs a ball game, but we know this much. Once Keefe whittles down the roster after tryouts (May 7 & 8 at BWP, Beloved Wahconah Park) and spring training (May 9-24 at BWP), he’s going to address the team.

It’s what The Planet calls The Big Speech. In many ways, it will be the most important speech of the year that anyone makes, including all the politicians who will vie in this year’s campaign.

The Planet doesn’t mind putting pressure on, because we sense Keefe is a man who craves it and performs his best in the clutch. The Big Speech will set a tone and deliver the expectations for Year Two, a year that may make or break. For upon the shoulders of the 22 men who will wear the uniform of the Pittsfield Colonials will ride the future of professional baseball at Wahconah Park. If they nail it, if they deliver big, this is going to be one heck of a great ride, like a Broadway Hit that plays to full houses for decades. Yeah, the Colonials have a chance to become the “Cats” of Pittfield and Berkshire County … or not.

They could drop the ball. Failure is always possible. And the greatest avenue for failure to sneak into Year Two will be off, not on, the field.

A Lot Will Ride on 22 Men, and They Best Understand It Going In

What these 22 men do on the field will determine their standing in the Can-Am League, with the ultimate goal of brining a Can-Am championship to the city and county. What they do off the field will determine if they can ignite the passion and support that will be needed to finally put pro ball over in Shire City in a big way. In effect, their job will be Win a Flag and Create a Love Affair ‘Twist Team and Town. Much of this will be riding when Jamie Keefe makes The Big Speech.

If all is done right, there’s no reason that a ticket at Wahconah PArk will be like trying to get a ticket to Fenway Park. Our many critics will mock The Planet for such a ballsy statement, but the only way you build big is to dream big. Big outcomes requires big conceptions.

Stand-up Guy, and the Team will Know It

Judging from last night, Jamie Keefe has broad shoulders. He doesn’t back down from a challenge. He embraces it (Stop the presses: “Ballclub Manager Reads Poetry”!). One senses that, if this were hoop, he’s the kind of player who WANTS to take that last shot with the game on the line. One senses, if this were combat, he’s the kind of buddy you want in the foxhole with you.

It promises to be a magic year in Pittsfield, in more ways that one.

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DON’T EVEN TRY TO INTIMIDATE US!!!!!!!!

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL 21, 2011) — Our gloves are off, too.

To Whom It May Concern:

We will not be bossed, bought, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed, or intimidated. To those who wish to stifle us, beware and bring it on. We are fearless and we will can be ruthless if the case may be. Let those with ears to hear, listen. Let those with eyes to see, view. You dump two on us, we will give you four. You get the message. We don’t rattle. You dig?

Don’t even go there. You deal with The Planet on OUR terms. We will not back down in the pursuit of Truth. We are utterly fearless, and if you wish to mess with us, you better be, too, prepared to go ALL THE WAY, no holds barred. With that understanding, we will deal with all foes with respect and with the Daguella.

Thank you.

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Thank You, Jimmy Ruberto, Megan Whilden, Buddy Lewis, Jamie Keefe, Laura Gross, Paul Milenski, Donna Tod Rivers, Buddy Lewis, Jamie Keefe, Chapters Bookstore, Everyone who Showed Up Last Night, and Especially to … PETER MARCHETTI.

The Planet had one of the most fulfilling nights of the recent past last night at Chapters Bookstore, with Mayor Jimmy Ruberto, Arts Czar Megan Whilden, Writers Paul Milenski, Laura Gross, and Donna Todd Rivers, the Pittsfield Colonials, and a packed house

Poetry.

Downtown Pittsfield.

A cold, raw, Wednesday night.

Packed house.

Do you realize what this means? In NYC, a similar event draws 10 people. Last night, we drew 100. Pittsfield is alive. The Colonials will prove that this summer.

There was one special visitor.

Peter Marchetti. He came. He did’t have to. He could have told The Planet “what for.” He didn’t.

He had a budget meeting, he had a thousand other commitments, and yet he stopped by to make an appearance. Peter and The Planet had a private conversation, TOTALLY between the two of us.

We thank Peter for showing up. He likely wrestled with it, not sure if he would run into the much-rumored Beast or Monster. He didn’t. He ran into Dan Valenti, human being. Peter Marchetti, The Planet thanks you. The Planet admires you for your courage in opening the campaign in addressing your private life openly and with integrity. It admires the love of the city you have expressed and how you expressed it. We shall get beat up for acknowledging this, but you deserve it. Stand up, all the way.

The Planet gives respect when respect is due. You have earned that. And that, WE DIG, and so should every person in Pittsfield. Again, our warmest personal thanks and regards.

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66 Responses to “‘FIRE IN THE SHIRE’: PLANET VS. TFAR BOX IT UP, and COLONIALS’ JAMIE KEEFE WILL MAKE THE YEAR’S BIGGEST SPEECH. HOW BIG? THE FUTURE RIDES ON IT… plus POETRY FILLS THE HOUSE DOWNTOWN as THE PLANET WORKS ITS MAGIC, MARCHETTI MAYORAL CALIBER, & WRITERS SHINE”

  1. GMHeller
    April 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Mr. Valenti,
    You excitedly write:
    “Do you realize what this means?”

    Yeah, it means there was nothing else to do on a cold, raw, Wednesday night in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for 100 people of average intelligence who’ve all had to deal with one helluva winter and who’re choppin’ at the bit for a wee bit of Spring.

    • Laura Gross
      April 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      It was actually a nice evening. I think that most people there were of superior intelligence! But seriously, it means that there are people that wish to go out for an evening of poetry instead of staying in front of the tv zoning out, being spoon-fed information. Look at other thriving municipalities and you will see that a strong arts focus is a contributing factor in that thriving. So I will excitedly say (although I am anti adverb), go arts, go poetry, go Pittsfield. Happy Spring to you.

      • GMHeller
        April 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

        @Laura Gross,
        You write:
        “…..it means that there are people that wish to go out for an evening of poetry instead of staying in front of the tv zoning out, being spoon-fed information.”

        It’s doubtful MSNBC has that number of viewers, even in True Blue Berkshire County.

  2. danvalenti
    April 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    GMH
    You know not a drop of it. You twit.

    • danvalenti
      April 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

      GMH, Mr. Removed from the Scene, Mr. Brave. GMH, you are showing yourself to be a wuss.

  3. rick
    April 21, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    i sense an ire in your warning dan, whats up? and whom are you issuing the warning too? remember the planet is transparent…….so fill us in… we gots to know!!!!

  4. Felix
    April 21, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    Dan,
    GMH and company are a bunch of monkeys hollering from the cover of trees. I suggest you close down the comments section. It detracts from your well-presented, thoughtful, funny, insightful, incite-full, pieces.
    Felix

    • danvalenti
      April 21, 2011 at 6:26 am #

      Thanks, brother. Wise advice. It is under consideration with Weights and Measures. The “Comments” section may get a hump.

    • GMHeller
      April 23, 2011 at 6:57 am #

      @Felix,
      You write: “GMH and company are a bunch of monkeys hollering from the cover of trees.”

      What cover of what trees?
      How is attaching one’s real name to one’s posted comments here any different than sending a signed letter to the editor to be published in the daily newspaper?

  5. San Simeon
    April 21, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Wow. This is a new side of The Planet that has not yet emerged. Yes, what’s up we gotsta know.! Also, Planet, we liked your remarks about Mr. marchetti. That also came from out of the blue. you have more facets than one of Rick Storhrs diamonds

  6. rick
    April 21, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    remember dan were stronger in numbers, so fill us in on whos trying to strong arm you.

    • danvalenti
      April 21, 2011 at 7:10 am #

      RICK
      Thanks, and The Planet appreciates the show of support from you and lots of others, who emailed, phoned, or told us. The Planet prefers to keep this all in house for the moment, because we have stated our intentions and have reason to believe the message was received and respected. We handled this one man-to-man, giving no quarter and asking none, and feel both sides reached an understanding. Again, thanks, Rick.

  7. rick
    April 21, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    its just that you peeked our curiosity, just remember we got your back

  8. john
    April 21, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Have no idea what this is all about, sounds like smoke and mirrors. Ward, Vincelette, Josh? and others chime in, and presto, complaints about some posts lead to a possible HUMP? Mr. Heller is a brilliant man, Planet, and likes to get involved because he can, AND SOMETIMES THE LIBERAL WORD SENDS HIM INTO A FRENZY, LIKE A SHARK IN BLOOD INFESTED WATERS. Conor Berry for whatever reason stalled on the Sherman Baldwin$ fact finder tour, when the count on him was 3-2 he dropped his bat and left the field for greener pastures. Was he pressured? Was the powerful good ol boy network spinning a web for his demise? Is this the same scenario, different actors? I have read your books Planet, and have enjoyed them all, quite frankly this blog is better than most national blogs, let alone the cheezy Topix. I enjoy Heller, Jimmy, Scott, rick, Ambrose…. and most all of your posters, the enemy isn’t your fan base but the insinuations made by the accused. Heard on Consider Zip’ you were a crazy blogger, might have been talking about Heller, because he was asking question about the topic of the day, but that reflects all on this Planet. For some reason I had it figured out that this would be short term site and even thought the g o b’s had hired you to scramble up some topics to take the focus off a certain powerful figure or seven. Hope I’m wrong. Your stories are unfinished and the count is 3-2, don’t pull a Berry on us!

  9. danvalenti
    April 21, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    JOHN
    Yours above is as good a COMMENT as we have received since we started doing this. I respect GMH. He does get into frenzies when “liberal” comes up or some other topic that sets him off. That’s fine. But I’m not going to play the “Yes-No” game: “Did you have dinner with the guv and the mayor last night.” I won’t answer those kinds of inquiries. Conor Berry is in Springfield now. I can’t speak for him as to why. I have stories but only he can address the matter intelligently. As Conor realized and anyone who tries to cover the city honestly, truthfully, and fearlessly (which is no one at the BB or anywhere else except Jonathan Levine to an extent and The Planet), being here, in person, mixing it up with real people is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than doing it “virtually” with blips on a computer screen, as Heller does. He couldn’t get the stories I’m getting if he acted in real life, with real sources, with real human beings looking you in the eye. His sources would clam up. All the sources The Plant has, for example, in SteroidsGate have been real people, met in real meetings, actual physical meetings.

    Again, you’re was a fair and intelligent comment, even the criticism.

  10. Randy
    April 21, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Whereas I do find GMHeller’s blogs interesting and well written, I would hardly call him brilliant – the terms ‘closed-minded’ and ‘short sighted’ come more to mind. But that’s just one man’s opinion.
    Hopefully the comments section will not be removed as it is by far one of the more interesting, intelligent blogs I read.
    Good luck to the Colonials, we really do need something to be successful around here.
    Dan, if you ever do have that boxing match please be sure to get some PED’s from the internet – we don’t want you to have any chance of losing! Just kidding, of course.

  11. San Simeon
    April 21, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Agree. Heller is clever and lots of enrgy but brilliant? man if that’s brilliant I’m a savant . Valenti on the other hand i would call brilliant. GMH can run in his leageu, with due respect to Heller.
    Colonials will have greater support this year and seem to be doing lots of stuff out there in terms of communities activitiy. sorry typing, going too fast.

  12. GMHeller
    April 21, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Mr. Valenti,
    Nobody is trying to ‘strong-arm’ you, but it sure does appear to this reader that you are getting caught up with celebrity, much like Liberal media types in Washington who in the heat of actually getting to interview their heroes Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi, then proceed to fail miserably at asking the hard, discomfiting questions.
    If you are breaking bread with Mayor Ruberto and/or Governor Patrick, both of whom have proven in my opinion to be little more than lackluster political hacks (embarrassingly so), and when you then proceed to sing the praises of these hacks on PlanetValenti (for no other reason it appears than because you got to sit down, eat food, and exchange jokes at the same table with politicians you plainly admire), then it would appear that, at least momentarily, you have given up objectivity and by your own choice have become no better than the liberal media hacks in Washington who do exactly the same thing in the presence of political celebrities whose agenda they like.
    Mr. Valenti, do you have any doubt that it is Jimmy Ruberto who is stage-managing the police department response to the fed steroids probe?
    Do you have any doubt that it is Jimmy Ruberto who recommended to Mike Wynn that you — specifically you — be kept out of the chief’s private press conference two weeks ago at The Berkshire Eagle?

    So political hack Ruberto sits down with you at a restaurant table, looks you in the eye, laughs at your lame PlanetValenti jokes, and suddenly he’s a great guy and not the same one who told his employee Mike Wynn to tell you in essence to go F yourself?
    Or did you just get taken in by a politician’s natural charm?
    So next time you interview Ruberto, will you now be able to question to his face his veracity if and when he outright lies to you?
    Further, Mr. Valenti, isn’t it possible that the only reason you even got invited in the first place to sit down at that table with your political heroes (if indeed that dinner happened) was because you are now perceived as a threat to the GOB’s and they are trying to figure out a way to win you over.
    And imagine, all it seems to have taken is a little gladhanding and cocktails at Red Lion Inn.

    • Dusty
      April 21, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      Mr Heller your thought also crossed my mind. Valenti would be a huge threat to the GOB chances of getting their pawns lined up.
      And as they hold the Berkshire Eagle by the groin they would go far to own the Planet as well. Anything is possible in Pittsfield, Can anyone really be trusted anymore? Can you blame anyone for being suspicious in a town of secrecy and shadows?

      Hopefully Dan is still with the people but he has sounded a tad looney in his last few blogs.

    • danvalenti
      April 21, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      GMH
      With whom I have dinner is none of anyone’s business.
      Again, your political bias blinds you. I have criticized liberals and so-called conservatives with equal barrages. There are liberal positions I love and loathe and conservative ones as well. I am libertarian with a small “el.”
      I have raked the mayor and the governor over the coals when in my judgment they deserved it and applauded when they didn’t.
      To your other (more pertinent) questions (other than my dinner companions):
      * Yes, I have doubts that Ruberto gave orders to Chief Wynn on media relations. The doubts are reasonable.
      * Yes, I have doubt (“any doubt” is how you phrased it) that Ruberto is stage-managing the PPd response to the feds probe into steroids.
      * No, I am taken in by no one’s natural charm. I find charm charming but it weighs not a drop in my coverage.
      * Yes, the next time I interview Ruberto, I will be able to ask if he lies to me.
      * I have no political heroes, as you claim in your last paragraph.
      Hope this helps you.
      Now, let me ask you: When is the last time you showed your face publicly in downtown Pittsfield? When is the last time you looked Chief Wynn in the eyes? When was the last time you went face to face with Jim Ruberto, Capt. David Granger, or any of the others you are so quick to “cover.” You are doing it all virtually, which means you’re incapable of getting the full story.
      Tell me, point blank, where do you live? Give me an address, a physical location. Do you live in Berkshire County? Where. For how many months of the season.
      Why do you have so many e-mail addresses and web sites?
      Why do you use real names on your sites with “false” suffixes; clearly, its meant to deceive when someone goes to “berkshireeagle” or “wams” and gets you.
      Why all the mystery about your identity? What’s up with all that?
      If you come out, you will gain much credibility which you don’t have.
      Some of your information is good, granted, but you are seen as a crank on the grassy knoll by many of not most. I do not share that view, by the way.

    • Jim Gleason
      April 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      Clarence Fanto? John Krol? Acouple of bootlicking waterboys who follow orders and do nothing else. They should strive to tell the truth as Dan does. No comparison.

      • NFM
        April 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

        Mr. Gleason,

        Someone’s bruised ego compelled him to remove the post to which you refer. Jealousy is an ugly quality, don’t you agree?

        • Jim Gleason
          April 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

          Who’s jealous and toward whom is the jealousy directed?

      • Jim Gleasen
        April 24, 2011 at 12:48 am #

        Jim GleasON,
        I read on here that you do a lot of name calling. If these people are doing such a terrible job, why don’t you get off your duff and enter the arena of politics? But then again, between this and other blogs, you probably have burned one to many bridges. Maybe you could make better use of your time helping the little man out [THIS PORTION OF THE COMMENT HAS BEEN REDACTED. WE WARN ALL POSTERS NOT TO CROSS THE LINE. WE WANT TO KEEP THIS SITE THE HOME OF FREE SPEECH> THAT IS NOT AN INVITATION FOR IGNORANT SLURS] by giving a voice to the people.

  13. John
    April 21, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Brilliant!

  14. dave
    April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I was going to comment by the time I was done reading, DAN had taken my comments right out of my head. I have listened and read Dan since about 95. He is a celebrity of the little guy

  15. john
    April 21, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Who do you think scorched the Mayor with the ”I’m not going to go there Dan” and the beloved humina humina humina, that’s right, the Planet’.. WELL BEFORE ANY DINNERS WERE INVOLVED. Now lets move on, or we’ll all be cast back on the dreaded Topix site.

  16. rick
    April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    i find gmh to be one pissed off guy who hates everything about berkshire county, he already has a negative to everything dan writes.wether its good or bad… i had a grandfather like that…..pissed off at the world. i think theres a lot of good things written on this site,funny, sincere, lite and deep. every body just chimming in with their thoughts…..isnt it what this blog is all about???????

    • GMHeller
      April 23, 2011 at 7:29 am #

      @rick,
      You mean the fact that General Electric Company has literally poisoned the ground, air, and water of Pittsfield doesn’t piss you off?
      You mean that the utter failure of the local political power structure (including the Mayor, Pittsfield City Council, state representatives, state senators,and the local newspaper) to do anything about it doesn’t piss you off?
      You mean the fact that The Berkshire Eagle regularly covers-up news of particular significance to Berkshire County readers and specifically in order to protect local sacred cows doesn’t piss you off?
      You mean the fact that Pittsfield’s public employees are allowed to get way with illegal activities which would net anyone not connected to the power structure time in the slammer doesn’t piss you off?
      Sounds like your grandfather knew some things you do not.
      Hopefully he was a Conservative Republican fed up with the Liberals of his day.

  17. GMHeller
    April 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Mr..Valenti,
    You write:
    “With whom I have dinner is none of anyone’s business.”

    Oh really?
    None of anyone’s business in the case of political personages about whom you then later write on PlanetValenti, and whom you insist on raving about?
    Mr. Valenti, it goes to the heart of your credibility and how committed you are to objectivity.
    Why are you afraid to acknowledge whether or not you had dinner with the Liberal Democrat Governor and Liberal Democrat Mayor of Pittsfield?
    You don’t think that information bears on how you cover these political hacks who are bankrupting the state and city?

  18. john
    April 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    lol rick.. I had a great grandad like that also, last name was Custer, always pissed off.

  19. rick
    April 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    also john, he was a closed minded conservative. his opinion and only his opinion…. family gatherings turned into a bruha… lol. he was a great man, just opionated

  20. john
    April 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    What is very clear here is that the Planet is letting the posters vent or write constructive criticism, G M maybe if you concentrated on what you know instead of believe you would be more credible. With that being said I think your very entertaining and respect your prose, its the poetry that scares me. LET THE CHARTOCK CRITIQUES GO, WE KNOW HE IS A WEASEL,ENOUGH.

  21. Randy
    April 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    There goes GMH with all his ‘liberal’ rants. I am starting to believe he is one of those moronic ‘birthers’ and thinks Sean Hannity tells the truth. BTW, I am not a dem or a liberal, I am a staunch independant as both parties dissapoint me.

    • GMHeller
      April 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      Funny, how the moment one labels an admitted Liberal with the label “Liberal” all the “staunch independents” who claim not to be self-righteous breast-beating Liberals then stand up, beat their breasts, and claim self-righteous indignation.
      Welcome to Berkshire County!

      • GMHeller
        April 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

        Besides, Mr. Valenti, your reluctance to admit whether or not you dined with the Governor and/or Mayor belies your sensitivity on this very point of whether such meetings are coloring your objectivity.
        Had President George W. Bush been discovered secretly dining with Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, you know damn well that the kook-fringe Liberal crowd would be full of conspiracy theories.
        (Note that whenever Limbaugh or Hannity would actually meet with the country’s last real president, that each talk show host would freely acknowledged that fact on each host’s respective radio program.)
        So c’mon Dan, fess up.

  22. Jim Gleason
    April 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Hey Dan. The Mexican army band, as you must know if you used the word, played the Daguala outside the Alamo for hours on end to keep the Texans from sleeping, thus making them more vulnerable to attack. The word means “No Quarter”, or no mercy, and was followed in the attack. You are telling your detractors and intimidators that you will have no quarter in battle, I assume. Good for you, and keep up the good work.

    • danvalenti
      April 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

      Nice pick-up, JG! Yes, the Deguella was used in the fashion you describe. Yes, my detractors and anyone else who presents falsities as the truth (like where The Planet eats!!) gets no mercy in battle. Thanks for the support.

  23. rick
    April 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    gmh.. there you go again…(reagan) and thats your opinion..lol

  24. rick
    April 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    lets liten up a bit and have some fun out here in the space of planet.

  25. Randy
    April 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    GMH, ah so you do admit you are a moronic ‘birther’ and think that Hannity tells the truth. Hahaha, just teasing you in good fun. I have alot of conservative values but I just wish those values would be promoted in a positive fashion, rather than the stupid lies (he wasn’t born here, he’s a muslim, he created TARP) that really just degrade conservatives as a whole.

    • GMHeller
      April 23, 2011 at 7:43 am #

      @Randy,
      There’s no claim here to being a “birther”, just someone wondering why anyone would spend millions of dollars to keep original birth documents under wraps?
      If a Pittsfield politician spend a lot of money to keep aspects of his personal history hidden, wouldn’t you wonder why?

  26. Nomad
    April 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Dan…

    Any truth to the rumor that you’re the front runner to be Marchetti’s campaign manager?

    • danvalenti
      April 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      Yes. It’s totally true. And I’m also going to lead the NBA in scoring next year.

  27. Concern
    April 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    I think Peter White might have that job, the way he follows him like a lamb. Oh well Peter M taught Peter W everything he knows. Oh is that why he knows nothing!!!!!!

    • Jim Gleasen
      April 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

      That’s too many Peter’s and it’s not even in a men’s locker room.

      • Jim Gleason
        April 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

        You’re such a coward you have to use a derivative of my name to get your stupid posts on. ZERO!

        • CONCERNED
          April 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

          ?????? whats that about???

        • Jim Gleasen
          April 23, 2011 at 12:44 am #

          Hold on there sugar!! First off, this is my name.Just moved into the area (Dalton). Do the words “peter” and “locker room” in the same sentence get a rise in your levis? It notwmakes sense why my email box was stuffed with ads for gay asian cowboy porn addressed to Jim Gleasen. Now my wife will calm down when I show her this and you gett angry about posting about a couple of guys. I apologize to you, if any of these peter’s are your “life partner.” Being new to the area and area blogging, I guess I should wait to learn the main players. By the way, if you want your books/dvds/etc, send me your address and I’ll have it all forwarded to you.

          • CONCERNED
            April 23, 2011 at 7:30 am #

            If you are writing to me CONCERNED Jim GleasEN I have no idea what your talking about ??????

          • Jim Gleasen
            April 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

            No, not writing towards you. I made a quip on your comment and Jim GleasON got his thong in a bunch. Seems people can’t have the name Jim GleasEN.

          • Jim Gleason
            April 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

            I believe you are putting your perverted past-times on me, mr gleasEN, you phony bastard. Run for council in Ward 5.

  28. Jim Gleason
    April 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Dan, because Pete Marchetti showed up at your event doesn’t make him any more qualified to be mayor, it makes him someone who likes poetry and schmoozing. I think you go a bit overboard in your praise of him.

    • danvalenti
      April 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      Agreed. Point well taken. Thought Pete deserved credit for what he did. I have to respect people who deal with me face to face.

  29. John
    April 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Planet, the would have gave 500g to the Museum remark stated by Mr. Marchetti the night the request was downsized to 250g still haunts me.

    • danvalenti
      April 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      Yes, he has made many past statements that need clarification.

  30. Jim Gleason
    April 22, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Hey guys. Got a Gazette bulletin last night that mayor ruberto wants to ne-name Columbus Ave. to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and that this proposal is on the council agenda next Tuesday. When will the stupidity end? Name one of the many new streets cropping up in Pittsfield after Dr. King, but not Columbus Ave. He’s trying to remake the city in his “vision”, meanwhile ruining the history of our once fine city.

    • danvalenti
      April 22, 2011 at 8:55 am #

      It’s true. Agenda item #4 on the council docket. Bad move, in that its unnecessary, too politically correct, and redundant: There is already a King Street in Pittsfield, off Onota Street. That can be renamed MLK Street if this is to be done at all.

      • rick
        April 22, 2011 at 10:14 am #

        robertos got to much time on his hands.

        • rick
          April 22, 2011 at 10:20 am #

          i can see him sitting in the corner office playing computer solitair, and all of a sudden, just like in the cartoons a light bulb goes on over his head and says…. gee i think ill rename colombus ave to mlk… heres the problem with lame ducks to much time on their hands,, collecting their last pay checks.

    • Guy N
      April 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      Jimmy is this all you have to worry about? Get a life man.

      • Jim Gleason
        April 24, 2011 at 9:04 am #

        You and your cronies tried this tact on Topix and it didn’t work there. Keep up the foolishness, it just makes you look like an idiot. If you had the guts to use your real name maybe we could get an idea of why you’re such a pervert. Is this really Angeblow Jacuzzi?

    • GMHeller
      April 23, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      Suggest all of Route 7 in Pittsfield should be renamed Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Boulevard seeing as how most of Pittsfield and Berkshire County voted for this great man who is leading the nation into economic prosperity.

  31. John
    April 22, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Sounds like a gimmick to me. The council shoots it down and makes it look like they weren’t on board as usual with the Mayor. Its called the six degrees of seperation.

  32. John
    April 23, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Can da mayor rename my street Teddy Kennedy Way?