!!BULLETIN!! SOURCES — ELM STREET ROBBER CAUGHT …PITTSFIELD SCHOOLS’ HANDBOOK FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS: LIES WRITTEN BY LIARS … IN LENOX, THEIR SCHOOL MOB BOSS WANTS A SPENDING HIKE OF 8.1% … MR. MITT CONTINUES INEVITABLE TRAIPSE TO VICTORY
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
ADD 1 (MARCH 17, 2012, 2:20 p.m.)
SOURCES: ELM STREET ROBBER CAUGHT
We break into our regular weekened coverage to report that, according to sources, the woman wanted for a string of robberies in the Elm Street area was arrested and charged this afternoon in Pittsfield. Police said Danielle Kenyon, 49, was arrested at her home, saying they had obtained and used a search warrant.
Police filed four counts of armed robbery against Kenyon. Bail was set for her at $50,000. Her arraignment is scheduled for Monday morning in Central Berkshire District Court.
Pittsfield police credited Egremont Police Chief Reena Bucknell for contacting them with a tip. Monday night, Bucknell apparently obtained information from a source concerning an alleged upcoming robbery. Egremont police had stopped Kenyon Tuesday on a motor vehicle infraction. Police said she was driving her mother’s SUV.
Pittsfield Police Det. Patrick Barry said police have that SUV “on film” in connection with a robbery at Lipton Mart on Elm Street in Pittsfield.
AMBROSE, a commentator to this website, posted news of the arrest at 5:17 p.m. THE PLANET first heard about it from a source at around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012) — The Policy Handbook for Parents and Students for the 2011-2012 School Year is written in English and three foreign languages (naturally, because we can’t have fluency in English as a requirement of any public school in AMERICA, now, can we?). For authorship, it bears the names of members of the former Pittsfield School Committee (Kathleen Amuso, Mayor Jimmy Ruberto, Alf Barbalunga, Churchill Cotton, Dan Elias, Erin Sullivan, and Kathy Yon) and, signing for the Pittsfield Public Schools, Dr. Howard “Jake” Eberwein III, superintendent; Barbara Malkas, deputy superintendent, and Kristen Behnke, school business administrator.
Ruberto is now working on his tan in Florida. Cotton, with no need for that, serves at large on the city council. Sullivan has gone daisy picking. Jake Eberwein is on his way out under mysterious circumstances (Don’t tell anyone, but “They” are not letting you in on half of what’s going on, folks!). Unfortunately, Malkas and Behnke are still among the politically living.
The report is full of lies, lies, and more lies. This would make the signatories to the report liars, liars, and more liars. You have to remember a couple of things. In Pittsfield, everything is politics, especially education. Why? Because the public school eat up $83 of a $130 million budget, or 63.8% of every cent it takes to run the moth-eaten city. Thus, one can never read an otherwise innocuous document from the Pittsfield Public Schools as anything other than political communication, meant, as George Orwell famously put it, to make murder seem respectable and to give solidity to pure wind.
A Dressing Down: Public Schools’ Dress Code is Worse than a Lie; It is a Joke
We won’t bore you with details. The report can be read in its entirety online. We won’t include the link as an act of mercy, because, my dear friends, the only way you come out of reading of this piece of bad fiction without permanent brain damage is to go into your session already in a medically induced coma.
Lies and liars.
We will bring up just one egregious examples: The “Code of Conduct Violation,” Section N, as in, No Matter. It addresses the matter of student attire. It reads:
N. INAPPROPRIATE STUDENT ATTIRE
Personal appearance is an individual matter. No one, however, has the privilege of disregarding the norms of reasonable dress. Attire that could interfere with the learning process is not allowed. Students will be counseled on an individual basis if their attire is improper. Parents will be contacted if there is a question regarding a student’s attire. Clothing must always conform to safety standards of the particular class. The following dress code was drawn up by a committee of parents, teachers, administrators, and students:
• Hooded jackets or sweatshirts with drawstrings cannot be worn on or around play or work equipment. • Clothing is to be clean and neat without holes or tears. • The bottom of the top overlaps the top of the bottoms. • Spandex and Lycra are acceptable only when worn over or under less revealing garments.
• Obscene, vulgar, racist, sexist or other offensive pictures, words, or slogans are prohibited. • Hemlines of skirts or shorts must fall below fingertips when arms are relaxed at sides. • Shoes/sandals must be worn at all times. • Hats (caps, berets, scarves) of a non-religious nature may not be worn in the school.
• Undergarments should not be visible. • Any other dress that distracts, disrupts, intimidates or provokes can be deemed inappropriate by the
principal or designee.
Coats/jackets should be kept in student lockers unless conditions warrant otherwise.
Let’s parse these brave sounding words.
Since practically every other student violates “the norms of reasonable dress” with impugnity, this section is a lie. That makes Eberwein, Malkas, etc. liars. Attire in middle schools and both high schools routinely “interferes with the learning process” and is allowed.
* Clothing is routinely worn with holes and tears.
* Bottoms of tops too often do not overlap tops of bottoms.
* Spandex and Lycra are worn with other revealing garments. This refers to girls, who think it appropriate to show their jiggling tits on chest billboards rather than dress modestly, thereby conveying the notion that they are to be taken with a bit more weight than Snooki.
* Hats are routinely worn in school. Perhaps you’ve seen them: Boys with the gangsta-lid baseball caps attached to heads that are screwed onto necks backwards.
* Undergarments are often visible.
Lies and liars.
Of course, the answer here is school uniforms, a reform that
(a) Is long overdue in Pittsfield public schools
(b) Instantly removes the issues associated with teens and their clothes
(c) Puts all families from all income levels on equal footing
(d) Saves parents money
(e) Improves classroom behavior
(f) Boosts morale of students and staff
(g) Raises a student’s self-esteem
(h) Builds a sense of school identity, and
(h) Results generally in improved academic performance. This last point has been demonstrated repeatedly in public school districts that have adopted school uniforms. Currently, there are about 14 million public school pupils in America that wear uniforms, a number that is growing. The time for school uniforms is long overdue in the Pittsfield Public Schools.
THE PLANET intends a full discussion of this issue in a future edition.
More Public School Lies by Public School Liars
The section on bullying, which is three words longer than Moby Dick, is also a gigantic lie signed by Malkas and the other liars. We don’t have space for that today, but we hope to be putting verse and chapter on that one in the near future.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We mention Malkas because we have insiders saying she has the job as Jake’s successor. In the bag. Sewn Up. The Fix is in. We don’t know that for sure, but the drumbeat is persistent and undeniable. Don’t tell anyone, though. You’re not supposed to know that. THE PLANET presents this persistent hearsay on the reasoning that, if true, the sunlight we bring to it may cause the undead to turn to sand. To spell it out for those who can’t read political Braille, by spilling the beans, perhaps we can shame Da Boyz into abandoning the plan, because you — the dumb-ass taxpayers who fund the Pittsfield public school cesspool — are supposed to think the current search for a new superintendent is too legit to quit.]
We also share this tidbit about the “arrangement” between the Pittsfield Public Schools and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, found on p. 39 of the document:
JUVENILE RESOURCE CENTER (JRC)
The Pittsfield Public Schools have an agreement with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department to operate a program alternative to out-of-school suspension. The program places students suspended for a 3-9 day period in a full-day educational setting where classroom assignments can be completed and tutorial and case management services provided. The JRC also offers long-term tutoring, dropout prevention programming, and court mandated counseling. The Juvenile Resource Center program is operated in the educational suite of the former House of Correction on Second Street. Students assigned to the JRC must arrive with a parent/guardian on the first day for a conference and orientation. Upon successful completion of assignments at the JRC, students receive full credit for assignments and school attendance.
File that away for future reference. The key points to keep in mind:
* The arrangement between the schools and the JRC
* Another man who has the same name as Jake Eberwein III
* Barbara Malkas, former personnel head for the Pittsfield Public Schools, who was the officer in charge of Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) checks.
The information might having bearing on Malkas’ fitness not only to serve as superintendent, not only in her current position, but also generally in the employ of taxpayers in the local schools.
When Public Officials Screw You Over, Taxpayers, You Will Have THE PLANET Pitching for Your Side
You see, ladies and gentlemen, if the School Committee save for Terry Kinnas and Dan Bianchi do not intend to give you a legitimate process in their search for a new superintendent or on anything else, THE PLANET will try our best to fill the breach. If Malkas is the Chosen One, she needs to be vetted for her suitability. If she is not the Chosen One, she is still deputy superintendent, and she needs to be vetted for her suitability.
We freely admit: Malkas may be a the greatest educator/administrator in the history of man- and woman-kind. If that’s the case, there shouldn’t be a problem in getting to know her a little bit better. But what if she isn’t? What if she, like all of us, have warts and blemishes? They should be revealed, shouldn’t they, particularly if — and we only say if — they turn out to be unusual, especially as it pertains to that all important issue of character.
Short of having Jonathan Lothrop, Paul Capitanio, Christine Yon, and Dancing Barry Clairmont perform a Vulcan Mind Meld on Malkas and other contenders for the Super’s job — you know, the Superpower that lets them see into the souls of others, as they did with Jeff Ferrin — we intend to let We The People have their look.
Anyone with an objection to that: Squeak up now or forever hold your wagger.
The search for a new superintendent is meant to be a public process. It’s also supposed to be on the level. THE PLANET intends to do what we can to see that it is, on both accounts.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN LENOX: ASSUME THE POSITION
In Lenox, bedraggled taxpayers were presented a preliminary school budget request. It calls for an 8.1 percent increase over FY ’12 (from the current $8,148,069 to $8,808,179). Who else besides public schools has the balls to ask for increases like that in an economy like this?
When Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski budget for the household, they first look at income. After estimating how much money they have, they plan their expenditures. If the income takes a hit, they tighten the belt. When Government budgets, it first looks at how much money it wants to spend on all the unnecessary wish-list toys. Then it turns the taxpayers upside down to raise the funds. Whenever anyone proposes an actual cut, especially in the dreadful boondoggle of public education, the Vested Interest scream, “Oh, no, The Children, The Children,” using to lads and lassies as human budgetary shields.
Lenox Super Presents a ‘Needs’ Budget — That’s When a Bureaucratic Porker Holds Up Taxpayers with a Bloated Laundry List of ‘Gimmes’
The Lenox Schools’ Mob Boss, that is, Superintendent — Dr. Edward J. Costa III — told the Millionaires School Committee that his budget was a “needs budget” which hasn’t been reduced yet.
“It’s not a final budget,” he told the committee. “It’s just a raw budget.” Yeah, it’s also a swift boot in the rear end for taxpayers, who, even in Lenox, are having a hard time meeting their own expenses. (AN ASIDE: Notice how both Costa and Jake are Thirds, as in “III” — people so important they have to be counted in Roman numerals, like Super Bowls).
To show you how buffaloed the Lenox School Committee is by Mob boss Costa consider this: The bozos on the committee told Costa to present a FY ’13 budget that included everything on his wish list. That’s rather like giving a blank check to your life savings to a robber. They are accomplices to rape.
The Lenox School Committee chair woman is Marybeth Mitts (no, we don’t make these names up, folks). She is the Alf Barbalunga of that panel. Does that give you a clearer picture?
“We’re going to try moving forward on some of [Mob Boss’] needs,” Mitts said. TRANSLATION: “He can’t keep his Mitts off of the money, and we ain’t going to try to stop him.”
Taxpayers, everywhere, unite, because you have nothing to lose except being royally screwed.
YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT FROM THE NATIONAL MEDIA, BUT MITT WON THE LATEST ROUND OF PRIMARIES
If you are following the Republican presidential nomination process, you probably thought that Rick Santorum revived his flagging campaign winning Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi. If you thought that, it means you were reading national press accounts, which want to make the primary campaign a horse race, and you didn’t read THE PLANET.
We explained earlier this week how the math and the momentum were all Mitt’s, even eerily predicting how Santorum would win the two redneck states but lose the delegate battle.
Guess what: THE PLANET was right again (Gosh, this is getting boring).
Romney Gained Once Again, Pushing Santorum and GRinch Closer to Mathematical Elimination
By the time all the voting finished on Tuesday, Mr. Mitt had won 41 delegates to Santorum’s 35. Gingrich and Santorum are moving closer to mathematical elimination, and the Republicans will have their best shot at unseating President Barack O’Bama in the fall in Mitt Romney.
- Newt Gingrich is 373 delegates behind Mitt Romney. And Rick Santorum is 255 delegates behind Mitt Romney. That means both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will have to start netting an impossible number of delegates to catch up and overtake Mitt’s lead.
- Of the remaining delegates, Rick Santorum must win 69% to reach 1,144 delegates. Those prospects look nearly impossible when you consider he has only won 26% of the delegates awarded to date.
- Mitt has received more votes and more delegates in the Southern states than any other candidate. And that’s without including Virginia, where both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich failed to qualify for the ballot.
It’s inevitable, barring the unforseen. Mitt Romney will take on the President in November. He has a good shot at winning.
Romney is winning by focusing on the pressing issues of the election and not the side-show stunts.
For Romney, the issues are
JOBS — Reviving the economy through “free enterprise, hard work, and innovation.”
TAXES — “Fairer, flatter, and simpler.”
REGULATION — “Cutting the red tape.”
TRADE — “Open markets on terms that work for America.”
ENERGY — “Pro-jobs, Pro-markets, Pro-America
LABOR — “Free enterprise, free choice, free speech.”
HUMAN CAPITAL — “A 21st Century workforce.”
SPENDING — “Smaller, simpler, smarter government.”
What a platform. Gee, it sounds as if we wrote it ourselves!
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT, DEAR FRIENDS, BUT IT’S THE WEEKEND ALREADY, WITH MORE MARCH MADNESS IN OUR FUTURE. MAY YOUR BRACKETS EMERGE INTACT AND MAY YOUR GREAT END ALWAYS BE HUMAN HAPPINESS.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.