PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary


ITEM: BORING BROADSHEET PUBLISHES 2nd PUFF PIECE ON NO SHOW IN TWO DAZE — We won’t subject ourselves to cruel and unusual punishment by going back to the BB today to see the headline on Ned Oliver’s piece of fiction on Chris “No Show” Speranzo.

Today, Oliver’s spinning top dervishes the other state reps, who tell us how No Show will be sorely missed on Beacon Hill. No kidding. The lazy lout perpetuates the culture of corruption that has state politics frozen like a prehistoric moth in amber. Of course he will be missed: a never-fail vote for the GOBs to break the law.

Citizens in 12 of the 14 precincts in Pittsfield won’t miss No Show. How can you miss someone who in five-plus years hasn’t done a thing except stuff his procine craw with bacon grease from the public trough? No Show has so many rhetorical spare tires on him he looks like the Michelin man.

Here’s this gem from Oliver’s piece, which should be the lead of his story: “Speranzo has declined to return messages left with his Pittsfield or Boston offices. On Thursday afternoon, his district office on East Street was empty.”

This isn’t the lead because its news — Speranzo hasn’t returned one call from the media or constituents in his entire term in the legislature — but because it highlights the slime-ball nature of this slime-ball’s method of operation. The No Show Way: Kiss ass, suck up, don’t question the Boss’ orders, keep your mouth shut, and don’t say nuttin, stupid, or you’ll jinx the whole shebang.

THE PLANET won’t say we told you so.

No Show will be stepping into a courthouse that, no matter what they publicly say, doesn’t want him there. The two assistant clerks who were dissed by the four idiots on the Governor’s Council who knuckled under to the governor chaffe at now having to show No Show the ropes. We advise No Show to examine his chair for tacks each time he plants his ample butt.

Oh yeah, Pittsfield taxpayers: Congratulations. That phat phuck’s phony (as in cooked) appointment as magistrate will cost you another $40,000 for a special election. Uncle Gerry Lee came out of his coma long enough to say that he wouldn’t hold the special election at the same time as the municipal elections because it “would cause mass confusion at the polls” — panic in the streets, even, like Toyko fleeing Rodan. Way to have confidence in the intelligence of the people you tax to death, Uncle Gerry.

According to Oliver, Uncle G “wondered who will act as the city’s advocate on Beacon Hill in Speranzo’s absence.” The answer is the same advocate the city has had for the past five-plus years: NOBODY!

THE PLANET respectfully submits this solution to my Right Honorable Good Friends on the City Council: Draft legislation that requires No Show to pay the 40 grand out of his own pocket.




  1. olga1975
    July 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    I can’t believe that you have stooped this low. It’s one thing to oppose the appointment of Mr. Speranzo on merit, or qualifications, or whatever but to go to the low level of name calling and physical attributes is beyond what I expected of you. I am signing off of the Planet for good I hope what goes around comes around for you someday. You owe your readers and Mr. Speranzo an apology. Asta la vista baby

    • danvalenti
      July 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      On your way out, don’t let the dorr hit ya where the good lord spilt ya!

      • Jake
        July 9, 2011 at 8:53 am #

        Dan , How old are you? My 2year old wouldn’t stoop as low as you did! Grow up. Man up.

  2. Dave
    July 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm #


  3. Joetaxpayer
    July 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    olga1975 dont let the door hit you on the way out if you cant take the truth read the eagle,that would be more your speed.Dan is only stating the facts although alittle colorfully.Sad fact of the matter change the names berkshire delegation all vote the same,I think they share the same brain.Just getting sick of people getting elected and not honoring there terms Larkin now No show.Maybe it is time to pass a law to make them pay for any added costs for them leaving unless medical or family reasons.Better chance of Pittsfield balancing its budget,now that would be a impressive.

  4. Concern
    July 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Dan. You Keep blaming Speranzo, but who the the hell appointed him?????? Yes, this knuckle head dem Govenor Patrick. Patrick knew it would cost taxpayers $40,000. didn’t he?????????? Yes you right on with Lee.

  5. rick
    July 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    why dont they just appoint some one to no shows seat and save the tax payers time and money? im sure patrick and roberto have some one in line for the job. if this nonsense keeps up no one is ever going to vote again…

  6. Luxor Rex
    July 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    That’s just what “they” want, for the people never to vote again. Taht way the idiots and GOBs do whatever dahell they want

  7. Richard
    July 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I can’t understand the working people [blue collar] in Pittsfield that keep on electing people like uncle Gerry and Speranzo . Not to mention the city council except for 2 of the members. Come on working class get out and vote and shack up the politician in this town. Stop the suits from deciding your feature.

    • Joetaxpayer
      July 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      Richard,could not agree with you more,been voting in this city for 25 years,and been on the losing side more than I care to say.

      • Tom
        July 9, 2011 at 11:53 am #

        you guys are onto something! maybe we should have a no college degrees allowed (sorry Dan!) law to serve on the city counsel.

  8. beezer
    July 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    I’m looking to get one of those Phat Waterfront Homes on the Riverway @ LindenStreet and the former, Arlos Estates? PULLLLLLLeeeeze. Anyone know what they’ll go for.

  9. Joetaxpayer
    July 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Im looking for a place in Hancock,just lowered there tax to 3.18 per 1,000 lowest in the state.Thats what Im talking about,lowering taxs rates regardless the size of the community.I guess Pittsfield never caught on to the concept.

    • Jake
      July 9, 2011 at 8:57 am #

      Hope you like to shovel your road in the winter.

  10. Dusty
    July 9, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    Cut your losses people…you are not going to beat these slime balls. They are greedy, they are lazy and they got the power. I believe the U.S. should cut its losses and pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. And because I don’t want to waste anymore of my life and money, I am pulling out of Pittsfield. If I had young children it would be one more powerful reason. Sure there are other sucky places but there are many, many better places. Do your homework so that you don’t choose another place controlled by a greedy white collar crime outfit.

    And to those of you who have just relocated to Pittsfield…you have my condolences.

    • Jake
      July 9, 2011 at 8:57 am #

      See you Dusty.

    • Tom
      July 9, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      lemme guess, you’re cutting your losses?

    July 9, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Dusty: What do you expect with what the people of Mass. have elected, time and time again. Kerry, , Oliver, Barney, Downing, Speranzo, Patrick, and on and on and on. What do they all have in Common They are all Demo’s So people of MA. you got what you voted for, but you will vote them in time and time again. So stop your bitching.

    • Jake
      July 9, 2011 at 8:59 am #

      What about Weld, Romney Swift and the other Republican Govs? I forgot they were super!

  12. Baby baby
    July 9, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Dan, apparently you can watch TV but not comprehend.

    Lets start with Gerry. You said “he wouldn’t hold the special election at the same time as the municipal elections because it would cause mass confusion at the polls”.

    That is not what he said at all. First of all, it’s not his decision ( which he knows, and apparently you don’t) it’s the speaker of the house that calls the election dates. He merely pointed out the difficulties of trying to do so. He also pointed out that there are different legal requirements for the length of time needed between a preliminary election and the final election for state elections vs. Municipal elections, making IMPOSSIBLE to have the preliminary elections and final elections line up.

    He also pointed out that there are different rules as to whom can vote in a municipal election and who can vote in a state election.

    It was pointed out at the same council meeting that it will NOT cost $40,000.

    So Dan, are you going to correct yourself, check the facts, or perpetuate the lies to make yourself look like a hero of the people?

    • Jake
      July 9, 2011 at 9:00 am #

      Baby Baby, Don’t you know Dan never admits he’s wrong?

  13. beezer
    July 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    All of us are going to be in a world of suffering if we travel the current path. Shoveling driveways will not matter much.

    July 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Jake Yep all there fault with 95% of lawmakers being demo’s and calling all the shots. Good old Mass. keep voting the good old boys in

  15. Baby baby
    July 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Come on Dan, you have read my previous post because you removed the post after it. Why no reply to my post? Is it not worthy? Or, do I have to challenge you to reply and say you are a phony bastard if you do not? Isn’t that what you do to the council?