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ISRAEL’s KNESSET SLAPS DEMOCRACY IN FACE, plus … SJC CHIEF JUSTICE THROWS FLY IN ‘NO SHOW’s’ OINTMENT, and MITT ROMNEY COMES UP BIG IN IOWA BY TELLING NEOCON CHRISTIANS TO BUG OFF

ISRAEL’S KNESSET PASSES ‘DISGRACEFUL NEW LAW’

By LARA FRIEDMAN

Special to PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(EDITOR’s NOTE): THE PLANET, which values the larger view as much as we do putting the local yokels under the pin and tweezers, presents this guest contribution from Lara Friedman, director of policy and government relations for American for Peace Now, an advocacy group working toward a just solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., THURSDAY JULY 14, 2011) — Monday (July 11, 2011) will go down in history as the day that the Israeli Knesset voted to suspend democracy in Israel.  Monday was the day when the Knesset effectively outlawed peaceful protest against Israeli government policies, including settlements.



The passage of this law is a travesty of democracy.



I am proud that our Israeli friends and colleagues in the Israeli Peace Now movement are leading a national effort in Israel to challenge this disgraceful new law. As proud Israelis, they know what this law means for their country and their futures.  They know that it is not just their own ability to fight for peace, but also the very soul of Israel, that it is at stake.


Support Peace Now and the people of Israel by “liking” Peace Now’s new Facebook campaign page challenging the boycott law.



Let’s be very clear here: fundamentally this is not about boycotts or even, really, about settlements.  It is about trying to stifle dissent, smother activism, and suppress freedom of expression in Israel.  

And this flagrant attack on the basic democratic value of freedom of expression is not an isolated case.

The boycott law is just the latest in a series of anti-democratic initiatives in the Knesset – some of them already enacted – that seek to suffocate the Israeli civil society organizations that are most critical to preserving Israel’s democracy – groups working to promote peace, human rights, and civil rights within Israel.





All of us who love Israel – who love the people of Israel and who are deeply committed to ensuring a future for them in the Jewish and democratic state of Israel – cannot stay silent.  

We will not stay silent.  We will not be intimated.  We will not back down.  Israel and the Israeli people are worth fighting for.

THE PLANET thanks Lara Friedman for her letter.

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Chief Justice Ireland Asks Gov. Patrick to Put Up or Shut Up

On Judicial Appointments, including His Corrupt Corpulence, Lord No Show

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY JULY 14, 2011) — As if we didn’t need yet another reason to prevent Chris “No Show” Speranzo from “serving” as the next clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court, we have the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) supplying one.

In a highly unusual and perhaps unprecedented move, SJC chief Roderick Ireland has asked Gov. Deval Patrick to bring an immediate halt to all pending judicial appointments. That, of course, would include the Lard of the Flies, His Corrupt Corpulence, Lord No Show (EDITOR’s NOTE: The writer’s reference to Mr. Speranzo’s weight are meant to be figurative not literal). His Lardness would then be deprived of sitting on his ample duff as a do-nothing no-show in an office that operated efficiently for two years without the mag’s job being filled.

It won’t happen, of course. Yesterday, the governor appeared to reject the request out of hand. His chief legal counsel, Mark Reilly, called Ireland’s request “confusing at best.” He saw Ireland’s request “as an attempt to restrain the governor’s constitutional authority,” adding that Patrick “will continue to exercise the powers granted to him by the Constitution of this Commonwealth.” While not an outright rejection of Ireland, Reilly’s statement implies that the appointments will go through.

The Background: $24 million in Cuts

As part of the FY2012 budget, Gov. Patrick ordered the courts to take a $24 million budget cut. That prompted Ireland’s decision to fire the ball back on the governor’s hands. Ireland is in effect saying, “Fine, if you’re serious about the cuts, then stop the appointments.”

Ireland heads a court system that employs 6,500 people in 101 courthouses presided over by 379 judges. Who says crime doesn’t pay? If the appointments go through, the rank-and-file employees in the court system will feel the pain in furloughs, layoffs, and other reductions. They will, in effect, be dying for No Show’s political sins.

Ireland says the courts are “committed to continuing the many cost-saving measures implemented over the past three years.” Again, it appears that Patrick will not entertain the chief justice’s request. The governor would rather play politics. On the one hand, he orders the $24M in cuts to look good with taxpayers. On the other hand, he approves a slew of lifetime appointments to the courts, including No Show.

Ireland’s unusual move in effect passes the ball back to the governor. THE PLANET recommends that Patrick side with common sense and help the courts meets your challenge without punishing the wrong people. We ask him, in this case, not to side with the Big Shots and Vested Interests, who have calculated and engineered these plum lifetime court appointments.

If you want to put this question directly to the governor, meet him tomorrow in Lilac Park, Lenox, at 5 p.m. He’ll be there to informally meet with residents. THE PLANET intends to bring this matter up at dinner tomorrow night, when we sup with Deval and James Taylor at Blantyre.

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ROMNEY TELLS TO ‘FAMILY VALUES’

NEOCONS IN IOWA WHERE TO GO

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

THE PLANET isn’t ready to endorse anyone for President yet, but of the Republicans, our former Gov. Mitt Romney is looking nomination worthy. Mr. Mitt not only differentiated himself from rabid right neocons Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum, he did so while being the other kind of “right,” the one that refers to what is good, sensible, and morally sustainable.

Romney refused to sign the phony “family values” group’s 14-point pledge to pin-headedness put as a loyalty oath by an obscure Iowa Christian group. Sure, Romney’s move is political, but what’s not in a presidential campaign? In this rejection, Romney takes the stance of a leader.

Here’s the top of a longer AP piece:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign said Tuesday that he will not sign a conservative Iowa Christian group’s far-reaching pledge opposing gay marriage, making him the first Republican presidential candidate to reject it.

Two of Romney’s rivals for the Republican nomination, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, have signed the The Family Leader’s 14-point pledge, which calls on the candidates to denounce same-sex marriage rights, pornography, same-sex military accommodations and forms of Islamic law.

When it was first circulated last week, the introduction to the pledge stated that African American children were more likely to be raised in two-parent households when they were born into slavery than they are today. The group struck that language and apologized after black ministers complained, but it said it stands by the rest of the document.

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney, told The Associated Press in a written statement Tuesday that Romney “strongly supports traditional marriage,” but that the oath “contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.”

Bachmann and Santorum have been campaigning hard to court the influential social conservatives in Iowa, which holds the nation’s first caucuses. Romney’s rejection of the pledge reflects his diminished focus on winning Iowa, where he spent $10 million during his 2008 presidential campaign only to finish second.

None of the other GOP presidential hopefuls, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have said whether they will sign the pledge or not.

THE PLANET LEAVES YOU FOR THE MOMENT. IN THE HOPPER, WHAT’s GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES AT PITTSFIELD’s TROUBLED “STOREFRONT ARTISTS’ PROJECT.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

22 Responses to “ISRAEL’s KNESSET SLAPS DEMOCRACY IN FACE, plus … SJC CHIEF JUSTICE THROWS FLY IN ‘NO SHOW’s’ OINTMENT, and MITT ROMNEY COMES UP BIG IN IOWA BY TELLING NEOCON CHRISTIANS TO BUG OFF”

  1. JoeBlow
    July 14, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I’m not a fan of Romney,I wish Chris Christie would enter the race!

    • Jake
      July 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

      Hey Dan, I’ll listen to a judge talk about fiscal responsibility when they offer to pay 10% of their pay towards their pension!!!

      • Jake
        July 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

        Dan, Just wondering why don’t Judges pay anything toward their pension? All other state and munincipal employees pay toward their pensions.

    • Jake
      July 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

      Ask Christie about the helicopter ride to see his sons ball game who payed for it! Yea he my man.

  2. danvalenti
    July 14, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Christie would make a fine candidate. If the GOP pack, Mr. Mitt is far and away the ablest and most qualified.

    • Jake
      July 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      Dan ask the employees who used to work for KB Toys how much they like Romney and his Bain Capital corp!

  3. beezer
    July 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Sometimes you have to go off topic. Speranzo left his position to seek a G O B permanent well payed position. The inquiry is that everyone is concerned about the cost of a new election, where it should be about, is Speranzo was qualified to begin with and left his constuents in the dust for his own personal gain. Lee and Tyer are out there saying it would be a logistical nightmare to have a munical ballot and Ruberto is saying we don’t know who Chris Speranzo really is. For once I believe the Mayor, we never knew who he was, because if we did we wouldn’t have voted for him to begin with. Pete Larkin should have set this unpopular exammple for the future candidates

    • Jake
      July 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      Beezer, So if a better job came up that you are qualified and interested in, you would not apply for it?

  4. CONCERNED
    July 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    OK JAKE you don’t’ like anyone that might be running. Therefore we will keep Obama (that is doing such a great job ugh) KB toys, are you kidding me!!!!!!!

    • Joetaxpayer
      July 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      Jake are you for real?

  5. browning
    July 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    1. I think Obama will win relection, especially when and if the GOP fails to see sense on raising debt ceiling
    2. Mr. Speranzo has acted in a way I would expect from a sleezy politician. He’s not qualified and is in this job only because of who he knows and his personal promise that he will do the bidding of those who put him there. He’s a disgrace.
    3. I disagree with the conclusion of Ms. Friedman. Israel must protect its interests above all else, or there will be no democracy.

  6. just saying
    July 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Romney? He is the same as Bush, a liberal progressive with an R after his name. Bachmann the bitch who voted to suspend the 4th amendment and continue the ‘Patriot’ act? Christie the antigun fake? None of these are any different than obumbler or bush (1 or 2).
    Dr. Ron Paul is the only Constitutionalist in the race at this point. If Chuck Baldwin gets in again, I may vote for him over Mr. Paul. Then again perhaps not.
    If you want more of the same vote obumbler or romney care. They are the same thing, puppets lacking any intelligent or original thoughts.
    Politics ought not be a sport where financial power equals who wins. If the people would wake the fuck up and learn about the candidates, and I mean really research them…..
    Maybe, just maybe, the Republic will endure. With o idiot or flippy flopper romney we are screwed. Neocons and libs are the same thing with different social talking points. Their fiscal policies are equally destructive to the business owner and the middle class worker.

  7. Concern
    July 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Browning. Obama will win in Mass. ( where voter vote for same idiots time and time again ). However there are 49 more states.

  8. Concern
    July 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I’m not sticking up for how Speranzo got the job. However why is he not qualified ???? He is a lawyer. Remember Leo Evans, he had no experience. Remember Jake Barnini, he was a liquor salesman. So to say he is not qualified is not correct.

  9. Joetaxpayer
    July 15, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    Obama needs to see Susan Orman and learn how not to spend money we dont have.Unfortunately the bum will get re-elected,just not seeing a electable GOP opponent.God help us.

  10. beezer
    July 15, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding someone who knows how to fix it…

    • danvalenti
      July 16, 2011 at 7:56 am #

      Right on, brother.

  11. rick
    July 15, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    dan… i think we could win a civil suit against no show and make him pay for the special election…. if there is a lawyer out in the planet ….. what do you think……… we cant just let that piece of crap get away with this.

    • danvalenti
      July 16, 2011 at 7:55 am #

      RICK
      Most interesting. It might be worthwhile checking into. There are lawyers who orbit THE PLANET. Hmmmm.

  12. beezer
    July 15, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    ATTENTION DAN: TIME FOR A NEW SUBJECT, THE CRAP ON THE T V AND LOCAL RADIO IS JUNK. please?

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  1. Aaron Rzadczynski - July 14, 2011

    I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it….

    Frank Howard Clark…