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The RIGGED FLAG ‘COMPETITION’ PRODUCES A ‘WINNER’; ONLY THE PLANET HAS THE TRUTH, plus The “PHONY BASTARDS” FIRESTORM: MUCH HEAT, MUCH SUPPORT, & a WARD BOND

BY DAN VALENTI

FIRST ADD, APRIL 13, 2011

Flagging Down the Truth

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL 13, 2011) — On March 25, The Planet posted the exclusive expose on cheating in the City Flag Competition. Today, The Boring Broadsheet wrote the scintillating (NOT!) of the winner. Here’s what we wrote, as a refresher. No one else had it:

Planet Network Uncovers Cheating in City Flag Competition

A common thread that weaves together many seemingly unrelated and disparate stories of The Naked City (But Thinks It’s Not) is that for the Little Guy, for Joe and Mary Jane Kapanski, for Joe and Jane Sixpack, and for We The People, the game is rigged. We see this on a scale as large as Pittsfield $331 million ticking time bomb known as unfunded liabilities down to a matter as small as the recent competition for a city flag.

One of The Planet’s most reliable spies, Round Jacket (RJ), has uncovered “smoking gun” evidence of cheating in the flag race. If you recall, the city got on board with this hokey promotion, and — naturally — the Boring Broadsheet promoted it like it was EV Worldwide bringing in 1,000 JOBS!!

Cheating Matters and is No Small Deal

Cheating and ignoring the rules seems to be an infectious disease in the land of Benigno Numine. RJ reports:

Members of a facebook event page created to support flag #5 in the contest were given instructions on how to cheat in the contest by the artist who submitted the design. The message given to them reads as follows:

“Hey everyone, tomorrow at noon, the voting stops. SO we need to really step it up today. If you turn off the cookies in your browser (under your preferences), you can vote an unlimited amount of times. So vote people and help me out. We can do this. PS — Thanks to everyone who voted for me.”

RJ concludes: This is proof that rigging was involved in the conteset (to say nothing of the poor quality of the designs submitted).

Continuing its love of cotton candy and fluff, the BB devoted a page 1 story to the “breaking news.” The winner, we learn, is a 2010 graduate in illustration from U-Mass. He works as a youth counselor. Apparently, the kid doesn’t have employment in his field. Juding by the mediocre design, we could guess why.

It’s strictly a cut-and-paste Photo Shop computerized bore. The artist told the BB’s Dick Lindsay, “I hope this [contest] puts my name out there a little.” It’s in the Eagle. Consider it done. You name is out there as little as it can get.

The artist tells Lindsay, “I looked at other municipal flags from around the state[,] and I wanted our flag to be unique.” Apparently, there was concern that some wanted a flag just like Belchertown’s.

Here’s he coop de grass, as Snagglepuss would put it. Linsday reveals the two weeks of voting produced “more than 50,000 votes, but the organizers “aren’t releasing the final tally for th five entries …” No why the cloak and dagger on this Barney Fife item? Well, don’t you think it would be embarrassing if it turned out that the “winning” flag had received 49,990 votes, and the other four finalists split the remaining 101.

We get the government we deserve, and also the flag as well.

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A Quickie

We didn’t bother to look for the Boring Broadsheet’s coverage of the city council meeting. We new Dick Lindsay’s piece wouldn’t be in there. It will be carried as old news on Wednesday. We post this for anyone who wishes NOT to be informed of the meeting. Again, Lindsay’s piece will run on Wednesday.

A check with the newsroom revealed that the Executive Editor pulled Lindsay off the council story to share his amazing piece on the … flag “winner.”

Why make it up when the truth exceeds fiction?

What’s in a Phrase?

Phony bastards.

The phrase ignited a firestorm on The Planet yesterday, much greater than that needed to toast marshmallows but far less for us to feel the heat.

We labeled my Right Honorable Good Friends on the city council with the epithet yesterday, in connection with a dereliction of duty that has been a continuing pattern since the early 1990s, post-GE, post-Anne Wotjkowski, and at the dawn of a disastrous era of barroom politics. We have received an avalanche of reaction, 10 to 1 loving The Planet’s particular and restricted use of the phrase. We might call it a laser-like usage.

Council: Aider and Abettor to Forces of Political Darkness

During those dark years, the city council enabled the forces of political darkness to:

* Solidify the GOB network (what Wotjkowski famously called in her shellacking of Angelo Stracuzzi in 1989 “the Pittsfield 100″);

* Defeat any attempt of a healthy post-GE life (the story still has to be told how the Spaulding manufacturing facility was deliberately kep out of Pittsfield!). The city is paying for it still.

* Sign a disastrous Consent Agreement with GE that let the company skip town; leave its tons of industrial toxins in our air, land, and water; and exit leaving the city permanently toxic all in exchange for a few million dollars, which the council proceeded to waste on grease and graft;

* Encourage public apathy that left the GOD in charge;

* Drive down civic engagement, mock democratic rule, and adopt a poisonous “We know better than you” paternalism that has discouraged women to run for office and forced those who have to play the game “like men.”

We could go on and on. Phony bastards.

What it Says and What it Means

Now when one uses a blanket description of this type, most intelligent and reasonable people realize the usage. A blanket phrase will appear to cover ALL, even the non-phony bastards. Who is not a phony bastard on the present council? Actually, all of them. They are: Yon, White, Cappy, Ward, Lothrop, Krol, Nichols, Lee, Marchetti, Mazzeo, and Sherman. See, as people we love every single one of them. We love them as brothers and sisters. As politicians? That’s always a different consideration.

This is an 8-3 council. This council could have forced, for example, tougher negotiations with the bargaining units of the Big 3 (police, fire, and schools). This council could have taken an early and aggressive position to demand immediate drug testing for the PPD. This council could have  adopted a unanimous consent that it is in favor of the removal of GE industrial toxins and is willing to open the Consent Agreement and this time amend in favor of We the People. This council could have inserted itself into the PEDA question: Why, after 13 years, hasn’t a single company wanted to invest there? There are countless other actions upon with my Right Honorable Good Friends have been timid, wimpy, and silent.

Let me tell the non-linguists who objected to our use of “phony bastards.” Mike Ward, Democracy is a blanket form of government. Majority rules — really, an immature way to decide affairs when a majority chooses not to participate. But because a “majority” decision applies to all, when we apply “phony bastard” to an aspect of the democratic process … uh, sorry Mike. We didn’t invent the rules. We only follow them.

Mayor Ruberto: The Executive, with a Vision, and Therefore Exempt

We exempt Mayor Jimmy Ruberto from being under the blanket. Why? Because he’s earned it.

Like what he’s done or not, he has at least DONE SOMETHING. He was left with seeds and stems by years of mayoral neglect. He made the most of the lemons. He boosted the recreation and resort element as the city’s “better something than nothing” best option. That has worked. no question. The mayor has brought Double-A quality professional baseball back to the city. The Colonials are here to stay.

Mostly, however, we exempt the mayor because the mayor is the executive. The executive proposes. The council disposes. That is why we don’t deny Jim Ruberto his vision. At least he has one. Sara Hathaway (policy wonk), Gerry Doyle (barkeep), Charlie Smith (We dont need no stinking mall), or Ed Reilly (lost in minutae) did not have coherent visions. Anne Wotjkowski did. Jimmy Ruberto does.

Mike Ward: Taking His Football and Going Home

Added to the “phony bastard” debate was this comment from Ward 4 councilor Mike Ward:

WARD: “It’s not just your audience that needs policing, Dan. You crossed the line with the “phoney bastards” comment and it has undermined the positive work you have done. You are free to say whatever you want in this fine country and I defend that right. But for my part, I would feel pretty stupid if I continued to respond to requests for comment from a media outlet that refers to me as a phoney bastard. So don’t bother sending me your Silver Lake & PPD Drug Testing homework assignment. When the phone doesn’t ring you’ll know it’s me.”

We thank my good friend for defending our right to publish. We are surprised at his petulance, which likely comes from a source about which we, the public, knows nothing. As we answered Ward’s comment, we told him we shall still be sending him our poll. We will bother to include him. He says he will not bother to respond.

He can decide not to respond and thus bail out on Ward 4, but it won’t matter. Ward’s situational courage won’t hurt him, since he’s a lame duck. And no, he’s not a “phony bastard.” We know him, like him, and have recreated with him. We like his spunk and how he can give us “what for.” Politically, though, we submit that his comment above might ironically incline one to place him, POLITICALLY, in the very category he insists does not include him. He will learn.

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FIRST ADD TO COME LATER. FOR NOW, “OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.” LOVE TO ALL.

66 Responses to “The RIGGED FLAG ‘COMPETITION’ PRODUCES A ‘WINNER’; ONLY THE PLANET HAS THE TRUTH, plus The “PHONY BASTARDS” FIRESTORM: MUCH HEAT, MUCH SUPPORT, & a WARD BOND”

  1. Thornton
    April 13, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Well, at least he gets to keep his Orbit Award.

    • danvalenti
      April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      Oh, yes. These are for Life. His comments may win him another! The nominating committee has selected it as a nominee!

  2. NFM
    April 13, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Mike Ward is correct. He is not compelled to reply to a blog, much less to a juvenile blog that resorts to name calling.

    • Brian Gibert
      April 13, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      Dan Very Immature of you. Now your doing the 2 step trying to make your point! Childish Dan Youve lowered your self to “Topix” level! Congratulations!

      • Scott
        April 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

        Every post you make is retarded and childish.

        • Brian Gibert
          April 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

          Scott Retarded is not PC !

          • Scott
            April 14, 2011 at 3:59 am #

            I don’t mean retarded like mentally challenged I mean retarded like the city council.

        • Scott
          April 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

          Every post you make go read them sometime.

  3. Concern
    April 13, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I agrree Councilor Ward shouldn’t have such thin skin however I don’t think we should be calling the Councilors, The “PHONEY BASTARDS” either. How about ” not sincere, non genuine with what they are saying to the public. ( in some cases )

    • danvalenti
      April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      The Planet never liked euphemisms, such as “collateral damage” that the military calls “killing innocent women and children.” It’s “phony bastards,” therefore, rather than “disingenuous products of illegitimate copulation.”

      • Scott
        April 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

        I hate how you guys keep referring to this as topix I mean no matter where you go when you’re right people revert to name calling and discrediting you by making up lies that’s just modern politics. You have to call it like you see it.

  4. notho
    April 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Dan, speaking of the Orbit award as comment of the year. Mayor Ruberto should get it for his ”Because it felt good”.

  5. notho
    April 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    My super imposed picture of Silver Lake lined with dead rats on its banks didn’t make the cut? Just what was the prize to the winner? A bucket of sand- salt and courtesy of excess road debris left from our fine streets?

  6. Thornton
    April 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Dan, you ought to have an award called the Flip Flop. I have the perfect candidate.

  7. Dusty
    April 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    The super majority of the council are phony bastards. And they can grasp this moniker and use it to skip doing the survey…and in doing so they wil prove the point themselves.

    But I don’t know how Ruberto (of all people) gets off. The reason the others are phony bastards is because he has encouraged them to be so. I doubt if any of them take a breath or have a bowel movement without checking with him first.

    And I think you might be afraid of him because there is no excusing the misfit operation he has put together for the city. The buck stops at the top. He could change everything…but he does not. He is indeed the king of phony bastards.

  8. Roscoe K Barrett
    April 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Danny V,

    Thank you for resurfacing the the flag fixing as it is all the more relevant now. There are plenty of ways for Pittsfield to celebrate its big 2-5-0. The city now has a distasteful and mostly eronous flag to already top off having its baseball landmark field given a new name. Whats next.

    The bottom line is this. The BB wont disclose the votes. I raise this question. How does the contest get over 50,000 votes. Need I say more. Here are a few quick facts.

    1. Population of Pittsfield (2009) est. 42,424

    2. Registered voters (Oct. 2008) 30,080

    3. Students in Pittsfield Public Schools est. 6,000

    You do the math. There is no way possible for a fair contest for the flag of Pittsfield to have 50,000 voters if the rules were 1 vote per person.

    Red Jacket provided you with the proof of this. Its unfortunate that this farce has happened in the first place. The flag is free promotion for Berkshire Bank which has 2/4 buildings featured in the flag design. Need more be said. Those who are amongst other religious denominations should be outraged that out of all the houses of worship in the Pittsfield city limits only one was chosen for the flag, which should have been omitted in the first place to avoid a hotbed of scathing critcism.

    I leave you with this parting thought. Now that Pittsfield has a Flag that looks like its straight from AutoCAD, look up the flags of Massachusetts’ other great cities. A brief look will speak for itself.

    • danvalenti
      April 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      NO WAY they could have received 50,000+ LEGITIMATE votes. That’s why they didn’t release the numbers. Phony bastards.

      • Eyeroll
        April 14, 2011 at 7:33 am #

        So, what I think ya’ll may have missed is that the Eagle’s voting page never explicitly said that there was a limit of 1 vote per person. You may have assumed that was the case, but as far as I recall, that was not included on the page.

        Also, if the site’s designers had really wanted to limit re-voting, they could have set it up to track IP addresses and not allowed multiple votes from the same IP address.

        Browser cookie settings vary from one individual’s computer to the next. For example, an individual whose browser was configured to clear cookies daily could visit the voting site each day, and have access to the voting page. There would be no indication to that person that repeat voting wasn’t expected.

        It wasn’t an election, where social norms create the expectation of 1 vote per person, and explicitly stated laws prohibit repeat voting. There was no registration process. There wasn’t even any explicit requirement, or at least statement of the expectation, that voters be residents of Pittsfield.

        Where were these rules, which you claim were broken, posted?

        • danvalenti
          April 14, 2011 at 7:41 am #

          The rules of moral conduct were broken. You yourself admit the Eagle didn’t explicitly state one vote per customer. It also didn’t explicitly state an infinite amount of possible conditions. In a contest like this, as we learned in 6th grade civics (which they don’t teach in school today), you know proper conduct without having to be policed b Big Brother. Sorry, Eyeroll, we’re not convinced.

          • Guy N
            April 14, 2011 at 8:50 am #

            Dan People vote in MLB allstar vote multiple times,is this fair?

          • danvalenti
            April 14, 2011 at 10:06 am #

            @GN
            Touche. In 1956, Cincinnati Redlegs’ fans stuffed the ballot boxes and elected practically their entire starting nine at the starting All Star team for the National League. The league was hugely embarrassed and amended the process. Point is, now that we know that the final tally was rigged, the city should cancel all results or, short of that, making sure when the 300th anniversary flag is designed, they will have corrected the problem. Betcha the Boring Broadsheet gets right on the story.

  9. rick
    April 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    seems to this reader that mr. ward is way to thin skinned for public office, phony bastard is nice compared to some of the things said about the council at the water cooler.

  10. GMHeller
    April 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Mr. Valenti,
    Hate to burst your bubble of adulation for Mayor James Ruberto, but his ‘coherent vision’ for Pittsfield does not include getting to the bottom of the anabolic steroids scandal in the Pittsfield Police Department, nor does Hizzoner really want to discover or expose just how many of the department’s 120-person force are juicing.
    You, of all people, should not be so taken in by a Mayor who stage manages a charade wherein police chief Wynn intentionally keeps you out of a ‘press’ conference held privately behind closed doors wherein Mr. Wynn is questioned laughably and so barely perceptibly by his cheering section at The Berkshire Eagle.
    You’re being played, pal.

  11. Jonathan Melle
    April 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    If Mayor Jimmy Ruberto is so “great” then why is not he running for re-election. Is it because he knows he would lose the election? Jimmy Ruberto is the KING of the Good Old Boy network, starring Andrea “Luciforo” (nephew of Queen Anne E. Wojtkowski), Carmen Massimiano, and Angelo Stracuzzi.

  12. rick
    April 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    if robertos so great why did he run out of the council meeting last night before mazzeo could ask him questions???????????? what a wuss

    • Josh
      April 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

      Typically mayors leave council meetings shortly after the council handles the mayor’s communications. This is not just Mayor Ruberto’s practice; I’ve seen Mayors Doyle and Hathaway do this as well. This is generally the only portion of the meeting in which the mayor is responsible for attending, when councilors may ask questions of them. Since Councilor Mazzeo’s petition wasn’t a communication, he was not obliged to stay.

      Knowing the trend of this, if I were a councilor who wanted to ask questions, I would have asked it to be taken out of order immediately prior to the communications so that it would ensure his attendance.

      • rick
        April 14, 2011 at 3:17 am #

        thanks josh, hopefully mazzeo does that next time

      • Guy N
        April 14, 2011 at 5:58 am #

        Have you ever scene the Mayor when I talk at open mic? He looks like he needs to go to the john every time I speak!

  13. Cindy Berkman
    April 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    I thought somebody had a great idea for the city flag a few weeks ago on Disquis (although it was taken down quickly). The poster said the flag should have a bloody knife, a couple of crack-cocaine rocks, a U-Haul moving truck driving away from Pittsfield, Mayor McChese (like symbol) running away from city hall with dollars falling out of his pockets, and holes in the flag to remind all drivers of the bumper crop of potholes throughout the city.

    There were other items mentioned, but I can’t remember them all. I would have voted for it.

  14. Jim Gleason
    April 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    ruberto is the most phony of the phony bastards. I hope you don’t include Mazzeo, Nichols or Sherman in this number, as they don’t fit or deserve the name. They seem to be the only ones who care about the welfae of ALL of the people in town, not just the richie riches. I suppose ruberto’s exodus from council chambers last night just before the questions on his acting appointment rip off were to start was having vision and honesty. He’s the biggest “phony bastard” of all, except maybe Lothrop and Lee.

    • Joetaxpayer
      April 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

      Jim dont always agree with you,but I have to on this one.Hope with a new Mayor and council city can get a handle on its finances.Maybe even touch the 3rd rail.

    • Concern
      April 14, 2011 at 9:04 am #

      Jim. Your are so bitter, bitter all the time . No matter what the subject, politics, sports, people etc etc I would hope something could make you happy sometime.

    • Jerri R
      April 14, 2011 at 9:05 am #

      I agree, but I am not sure of Sherman, I hope he proves me wrong, becasue I have vote for him, I am not sure if I want too in the next time around.

  15. PITTSFIELD BELIEVER
    April 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Valenti ate at Blantye tonight.

    • PCP
      April 14, 2011 at 3:52 am #

      Thanks for the reminder, that Marchetti is part of the problem and not the solution.

    • Scott
      April 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      I heard their food is marvelous. I’m eating at Trattoria Rustica on Sat what’s that tell you about me? Absolutely nothing!

  16. danvalenti
    April 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    The point I was making in reference to the phony bastards exempted the mayor, as I said, because he’s the executive. He proposes. He has a vision. I’m not debating here the wisdom of the vision or anything else about it. The council votes as a majority or a supermajority. re-read my comments about the shortcomings of the democratic process for a panel of 11 that, by its collective actions, has driven the majority of the electorate from participation. The mayor gets a break here because the points were not about him. That he controls or dominates the council is the COUNCIL’s fault.

    • PCP
      April 14, 2011 at 3:54 am #

      What is the Mayor’s vision?

  17. Jonathan Melle
    April 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I ordered a pizza and said no anchovies. What did I get? A pizza with anchovies! It reminds me of Pittsfield under Mayor Jimmy Ruberto. One voted for Ruberto expecting results and all they got back was a bill with higher taxes for nothing in return. No jobs. A dead downtown. A network of Good Old Boys and Wise Guys. PCBs causing cancer. I feel bad for the next Mayor!

    • Guy N
      April 14, 2011 at 6:38 am #

      So Jon did you sue the pizza company?

  18. Brady Kerr
    April 14, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Dan,
    I think you are a self important jerk. This is my first time on your blog and it will be my last. Its people like you that never know when to shut up that make this world suck.
    I think if you want to improve this blog, either delete it or start writing with some class.
    Thanks,

    • danvalenti
      April 14, 2011 at 7:36 am #

      BRADY
      You’re welcome. Thanks for your thoughts. Obviously, we don’t agree, but that’s the beauty of this forum.

    • Dusty
      April 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

      See ya Brady…..buh bye now

    • Scott
      April 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      Why should he shut up? He’s only printing the truth based on facts and has no agenda or advertising dollars swaying him one way or another stick to fox news sheep and if you want class read the Eagle ha, ha, ha, ha yeah right!

  19. rick
    April 14, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    dan, seems to me that your site that the gobs want to discredit, becomes a hot topic as it did this morn. on krols show. good to see you keeping them on their toes……..the fact that the flag issue was rigged by one side reminds me of the bullet vote in politics.. seemed to me that krol couldnt grasp the concept. phony bastards was a bit strong, but that is most public officials….keep up the good work.

    • danvalenti
      April 14, 2011 at 7:35 am #

      RICK
      Well, they can do what they wish. I’m confident enough in my product. It will speak for itself. As I said on the air today with John, my job is to write and present the best product I can. After that, I broadcast it. It’s up to individuals how they want to respond.

  20. toto
    April 14, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    @brady Kerr/\? your last post as brady kerr! you’ll be back.

  21. toto
    April 14, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Dan is on fire, look at the numbers!

  22. toto
    April 14, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Jonathan are u sure they were anchovies.

  23. rick
    April 14, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    scott, i think you may have made a new definition, thats funny and true

    • Scott
      April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      I try. Theres a new Vince Vaugn movie out where he says “thats gay! I don’t mean in a homosexual way, I mean like your mom won’t let you take the car out on a Friday night gay.”

  24. Cindy Berkman
    April 14, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Dan,
    I don’t know if you caught the “local” section of the Boring Broadsheet today? The headlines talked about two local guys getting arrested and charged with buying drugs, 6 months ago? Not that I’m upset w/people getting arrested for alleged criminal acts, but a story like that is really front page news? It seems nothing more than a little fluff to show the drug force is really working for us.

    On another note, it did say that two guys were charged: Cory Moody and Charles Best. Police allege they has a lot of money, drugs, and a gun. At first I thought good job to the drug force. But then I thought, if Officer Kirchner was involved in that case, do these two drug dealers walk free? And like I said last week, if the rest of the drug force didn’t (ignored) the apparent fact that Officer Kirchner was illegally buying and /or using steriods, it really questions their integrity and expertise.

    • Cindy Berkman
      April 14, 2011 at 11:27 am #

      I meant to say: they caught two guys: sorry for the typo

    • Scott
      April 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

      Cindy: that maniac ran a group of people over with his truck sending one or two to the hospital with serious injuries was arrested for attempted murder and released on $10,000 bail. He then took the same vehicle and drove up to a witness while he was with his children and threatened him which is how he got the new set of charges. His bail should have been revoked but with the potential for profit when this dirt bag kills someone and ends up in prison for life is just too much to pass up on so they are letting him run rampant to terrorize society. They love victims.

  25. IKnowWhatHappened
    April 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Just throwing this out there, if the winner cheated, who’s to say they are the only one that cheated? Could the 50,000 something votes be split between one or two or three flags and the winner barely won amongst the bunch? Did you think of that? Maybe one cheated and the others followed suit? Maybe it wasn’t hard to figure out how to do cheat (nor to figure out how to see the total number of votes as they were being cast.)

    Perhaps the better way to determine the winner was to go by the written votes – and I’ll do anything to bet the winner would still be the same.

    But in the grand scheme of things on this planet, in our lives, and in the ever opinionated internet blogging world, one tiny voice from a tiny blogger doesn’t mean much. It’s just a flag people, let the kid have his day. Why does everybody have to shoot everybody else down all the time, especially in a moment of happiness in this guy’s life? Let’s focus on bigger issues than being cruel.

    • danvalenti
      April 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

      Yes, but it is not “cruel” to express a qualified aesthetic judgment on a mediocre design that comes from a college design graduate who isn’t working in his field. The design has a sixth-grader-with-a-computer patina to it. Let’s be honest. Don’t be cruel.

      • Roscoe K Barrett
        April 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

        The way the BB has run the stories on the contest, one would be left to think the winner was going to get the keys to Pittsfield’s “Artabout” van. Im pretty sure the only fair art contest was the annual Pittsfield Winter Carnival Button Design Contest. Bottom line is Pittsfield is now stuck with a “modernesque” flag that lacks tradition and honor that one would hope would be associated with Pittsfield as it enters its 250th year since its establishment.

        • danvalenti
          April 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

          The flag is’t even “modernesque,” though I see what you are driving at, RKB. It’s animatronic day-glo photoshop posing. That’s “our” phlag. As in “lag.”

          • IKnowWhatHappened
            April 15, 2011 at 3:25 am #

            Did either of you submit a flag and maybe it wasn’t selected as one of the finalists?

      • IKnowWhatHappened
        April 15, 2011 at 3:24 am #

        I don’t see how slandering a just-out-of-college kid is nice thing in any way, Dan. You are entitled to your opinion on the artwork and the flag, but personally attacking the artist is another thing.

        • danvalenti
          April 15, 2011 at 6:01 am #

          Where is the personal attack? It’s just not there. Give me the exact words. If it’s “personal attack,” I’ll eat them. If not, hey, that’s life.

          • Guy N
            April 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

            Dan you should have been a lawyer!! ” Give me the exact words” Dan you can twist your words with the best of them! You Phony Bastard But Im still your friend right!!

          • danvalenti
            April 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

            GN
            We know, we know. … thanks, man.

    • Dusty
      April 15, 2011 at 1:34 am #

      I could care less about the design or if Pittsfield even has a flag. But now my curiosity is perked regarding if this falls into the category of the winner having a political connection. Anyone know?

      • IKnowWhatHappened
        April 15, 2011 at 3:26 am #

        No political connection.