PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2012 & BEYOND — ’twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … nothing.

We shan’t burden you with tales of scandal and corruption. We won’t fill this space with senile  fluff. We won’t shamelessly waste a column to blatantly kiss up to local celebrities to make sure we keep getting free tickets to local events. No. We shall simply wish all of you a Merry, Merry Christmas.

For the 648th time since late September 2010, THE PLANET has been our gift to you. It’s has been free and it shall stay that way. We have resisted selling ad space and/or implementing a subscription model, though we have built up a readership base where several for-profit models would fit.

THE PLANET won’t do that. We aren’t interested in mere money., which, inevitably, have a certain filth factor associated with it.

We Tell the Truth

We want this website and its content to be totally free of all outside influence. We answer to ourselves and love it on our own terms. We tell the truth. We shall continue doing that.

THE PLANET laughs at the various folks, mostly Special Interest types who feel threatened by the truth, who wonder about the source of our funding. We have put up with all sorts of wild rumors about silent partners and secret backers. Fine. We learned long ago that we don’t waste energy upon what we can’t control. They can’t accept that we eat the costs, mostly in time. They can’t align the concept of altruism with their cynical view of democracy. They can’t accept that the impetus to truth would be propelled by its own idealistic fuel. They don’t understand the concept of information as currency.

Pity on them.

The fact is, we have created a site whose popularity continues to grow. We do no advertising or promotion. We rely on word of mouth. One tells two. Two tells four. Four tell eight, and so on. Despite what some so-called “experts” told us, our model has worked exactly according to the business plan we outlined more than two years ago, when we planned this experiment in melding the protocols of professional journalism with the fearless spirit of a Bierce-Mencken type crusader in a package bound by the endlessly and tirelessly energetic photons of cyberspace.

“Controversial?” Yeah, well, so was Jesus

There’s nothing like THE PLANET. That’s our gravitational pull.

We also laugh when someone describes us as “controversial.” We resist that and all other labels. “Controversial” is a code word used by the unimaginatively timid when they refer to that hot commodity, truth. Today, a dear priest friend of mine pointed out that the guy who is the “reason for the season,” Jesus, was, in his day, also called “controversial.” That’s the Jesus the current redneck fundamental evangelical strain that has recently infected Catholicism doesn’t get and conveniently ignores.  That little baby lying in a manger? That’s who he grew up to be: a man of truth who used love as the impetus to radical change.

Jesus upturned the tables of the money changers. He called out the Scribes and Pharisees for what they were: hypocrites. He pointed out how the “high priests” of the day loved to wield their power but didn’t think the laws applied to them. Yes, love is a mighty effective agent, even in politics.

“Controversial?” “Feared?” “Tendentious?” “Destroyer of People?” What a laugh, but okay. It just means we’re in pretty good company. Christians celebrate his birth tomorrow.

Anyway, please have a safe, happy, healthy Christmas and New Year.


Excelsior! Faber est quisque fortunae suae.





  1. Wilson
    December 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Merry Christmas, and thanks for the THE PLANET.

  2. joetaxpayer
    December 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Merry Christmas Dan, thanks for the memorable columns, maybe come out with “The Best of” for the New Year. Jesus will always be controversial,that’s ok. Those who truely believe are not swayed by this, but are inspired to carry that cross.

  3. Italia
    December 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    BUON NATALE to you and yours Dan

  4. tito
    December 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Weaponry Swiat I Szczeliwego Nowego Roku!

    • Twist
      December 25, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      that’s a little messed up… just saying

    • Twist
      December 25, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      that’s a little messed up… just saying

  5. Dave G
    December 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm #


  6. tito
    December 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I would like to offer a Merry Christmas to the NIlan Family for the sometimes blatant accusations that some people offered on this website.

  7. Gene
    December 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I would like to offer a Merry Christmas to the Moore family for having been put through hell by the blatantly thoughtless actions of the Nilan family. I would like to thank the people of this website for offering their support to the Moores in condemnation of the heartless actions taken against one of their own by the thoughtless actions of a spoiled little brat.

    • DUSTY
      December 25, 2012 at 8:27 am #


  8. tito
    December 25, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Wesolych Swiat, don’t know why it came out different, it is Merry Christmas.

    • Twist
      December 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      basically you said “Merry Weapons” — that was odd

  9. joetaxpayer
    December 25, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    You might ask why am i on this site xmass morning.I ask why the hell are we paying double time for sanders to be out.I think we might have a half inch on the ground.This town could save a nickel if it was given to it.Mayor Dan couldn’t run water!

    • Wilson
      December 25, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Those guys are probably pulling overtime and double time year round, though most of the road work is contracted out

  10. joetaxpayer
    December 25, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Sorry, couldn’t save a nickle

  11. GMHeller
    December 25, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Merry Christmas to the residents of Pittsfield.
    Your present is higher taxes every time a Liberal Democrat holds the corner office in Pittsfield City Hall.
    Elections have consequences.

  12. tito
    December 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    @ Joe T.. What’s the big deal? If the city runs out of cash for roads through wasteful spending, we just go in to free cash!

  13. Joe Pinhead
    December 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I wish everyone a very merry Christmas. I too didn’t understand the need for overtime holiday pay for the plow guys, Don’t get me wrong – they worked they earned it however on of all days Christmas do we need to remind them that the monies could have been given to teachers.
    Since they took the monies and it wasn’t going to “the children” doesn’t this make them at the very minimum grinches? I would bet that some of the teachers now have “hurt feelings” who can be brought up in front of the school board for a kangaroo trial? Me for pointing it out? or the plow drivers for taking funds away from the teachers pockets? we could have and should have all gather around and chanted for the children for the children. I sure hope Alf as well as the teachers union reps look into child endangerment or neglect charges at a minimum against those awful plow guys and whoever called them out.
    Cant wait to see if Alf has learned any math, when Mr. Kinnas was explaining 10 X .5= 5 he was lost- wait until he hears 2 inches of snow equals XXXX dollars in ot.
    And to all a good night

    • joetaxpayer
      December 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      Joe p we are talking a half inch please stop talkihg like some SUPER Hurricane sandy freak

  14. tito
    December 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    That’s Pulitzer type stuff Pin, and to the point!

  15. LV
    December 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    So proud of your steadfastly scrupulous offerings.
    Merry Christmas, my good man.