(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 17, 2017) —  Graffiti may be to post-modern life what cave paintings were to French caves, but why would any allegedly intelligent, carnivorous biped want to leave his imbecilic mark on the wall of a public bathroom? Can the yen for immortality be so hard-wired in us?

Contrary to popular belief, the words of the prophet aren’t written on subway walls or in tenement halls. You can find them in bathroom stalls. At one time, the words could betray a certain wisdom, as this one, found on the walls of a Union College W.C.: “To be is to do — Nietzsche. To do is to be — Sartre. Do be do be do — Sinatra.” It has to be the greatest wall wisdom of all time. Today, however, graffiti has gone the way of social media, into the toilet. Literally. True story: THE PLANET recently found the writing in tongues inside of a Pittsfield urinal, written, obviously, with water-resistant magic marker. We won’t repeat the sentiment but will tell you it had to do with an anatomical impossibility accompanied by a phone number.

All of this leads us to the rumination worthy of a sit-down on the porcelain throne, namely, the number of non-stories appearing in mainstream media that would be better told on bathroom walls. They provide temporary relief, they stink, and they need to be flushed.

Leading the list is the much ado about nothing involving Donald Trump Jr. The frothing elements of the Loon Left, having failed to find anything on the President, have targeted his son. All such a “story” requires is Junior’s name, the word “Russia” and some combination of phrases conveying “electoral influence.” The Junior-Russia story boils down to nothing more that an outside entity preferring one candidate to another. No “stop the presses” there. Russia, and its predecessor the Soviet Union, have preferred presidential candidates going back at least to the post-WWII era. Democrats’ unhealthy obsession with the non-story has only perpetuated poisonous, even treacherous polarization of America’s national politics.

THE PLANET needn’t articulate the global consequences. Suffice it to say that such fear-mongering provides both sufficient and necessary cause for the like of the Bay State’s Elizabeth Warren and a lot of copycats of the clueless, air-headed “Colleens” who trickle down to the local level. We think here of the women running for Pittsfield city council, a quartet with no other qualifications except that they adhere to the Warren Wing and who aren’t men. America deserves better. Pittsfield deserves better.

At least at the national level, as is the case in most other states of the union, there is partisan equity. Massachusetts, however, has been in the totalitarian grip of liberal Democrats. As we have all witnessed, one-party rule assures nothing but a screwing of ordinary, law-abiding citizens and the glorification of two classes: The Suits and the scum. The latter serve the former politically. The former exploit the latter for votes, keeping them in the perpetual slavery of government handouts — all the free housing, insurance, food, tuition, and other “benefits” that enable the irresponsible behavior that makes like hell for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski.

If you want to complain, in Massachusetts, you have no recourse, not to your state reps or anyone serving in city office. Your best bet is to write it on the walls of a nearby stall. Oh, and you can drop a comment at this address.  THE PLANET always listens. We always hear.


“Ballerina, you should have seen her, dancing in the sand.” — Elton John, “Tiny Dancer.”



The Usual Disclaimer.



  1. Jonathan Melle
    July 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    Politics is always a done deal! Politicians are only actors reading their scripted lines on a stage. To the victor goes the spoils. The vested interests (big 3 unions) control the budget. If you want to get ahead, you have to be a “yes man”. If you speak out, you get blacklisted. Pittsfield politics is a top-down, one-political-party, machine. There is no room for dissent when they raise taxes, increase debts, and preside over a shrinking local economy. Thousands of people have moved away from Pittsfield over the past couple of decades. Thousands of jobs have been lost in Pittsfield, too. The Good Old Boys still run the show.

    • Village Knight
      July 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

      Reply to Jonathan Melle on Politics—Bravo!!! Nicely said!!!

  2. SisterGoldenHair
    July 16, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

    Speaking of graffiti, some years back The Aging Greek God Himself, I believe, was able to get the state to clean up Balance Rock, which was just sickening to look at with all the grafitti. Well, now the state did the park over real nice, with new picnic areas and a new driveway but the graffiti is despicable. Why go through all the trouble to clean the place up but leave the star attraction a mess. Perhaps one of your secret squadron members can get us a picture. It’s a shame my granddaughter had to see it like that.

  3. Pat
    July 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    So sad what this city, county, and state have turned into. Totalitarian describes it perfectly. Liberals have created a two class system of wealthy and poor. The working class (which doesn’t include teachers or school administrators with their outrageous salaries) is ignored.

    Crime is rampant, jobs are few, and local politicians supposedly can’t figure out why people want to leave the area. The wealthy live in gated communities or wealthy neighborhoods away from the crime and noise of the irresponsible people.

    They would spread this madness to the rest of the country if given the chance since they certainly act like they want one party (theirs) in charge of the country.

  4. Ron Kitterman
    July 17, 2017 at 4:06 am #

    Sister Golden Hair brings up a good point on Balance Rock, The history shows that it was a gift to the city by Lawrence K. Miller and because Pittsfield couldn’t keep up with the maintenance it wound up with the state. With a power washer and a weed wacker and a group energetic group of gen x’s or wanna be pols, we could tackle that project ourselves or do we need to get permission from the Governor or the Progressives to step foot in Sacred park now?

    • danvalenti
      July 17, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      THE PLANET would be willing to participate in such a cleanup, perhaps even sponsor.

  5. mi
    July 17, 2017 at 4:08 am #

    I have a friend , his name is Julian Lee, for a nominal fee he will tell you where to live. Julian is an Astrocartographer, he’s the real deal, and has several thousands that he has helped over the years.

    • Pat
      July 17, 2017 at 6:33 am #

      I know about it. The system uses astrology to match a location that is favorable to your birth chart. If you move to that location you will find happiness and success. If the progressives spread their philosophy across the country and get rid of any opposition there will be no place that is any better than another even using astrology will not help.

      The rest of the country should look at Massachusetts as a warning of what happens when progressives completely take over.

      • Luce Ball
        July 17, 2017 at 6:42 am #

        Good one Pat. Two people that have been all over the world that have moved back here weren’t referred by Julian, I don’t believe, one’s a Politician and the other a wanna be Planet.

  6. CosbiesLadies
    July 17, 2017 at 4:25 am #

    Has he ever referred anyone to Pittsfield?

    • Pat
      July 17, 2017 at 6:52 am #

      Good question. Difficult to imagine, but I suppose there are some people who are astrologically compatible with this area. It’s mathematically impossible for everyone to find success, however, with so few jobs.

      Not everyone measures success by making tons of money. Many people just want to find a job that pays more than minimum wage, but a lot less than a three figure salary and they would be quite happy. Trouble is those types of jobs are not in abundance in this area. More jobs paying in the 30 to 40 thousand dollar range per year are what is needed in this area.

    • danvalenti
      July 17, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      Yes. To Hotel on North.

  7. Thomas More
    July 17, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    The air-head Colleens of who the Planet writes have every qualification necessary. They live in the city or their wards and are over the age of 18 years.
    As for the Loon left, its interesting that the Planet is not capable of expressing its self without name calling.

    • danvalenti
      July 17, 2017 at 11:22 am #

      Good to hear from you, TM.

  8. Mr. G
    July 17, 2017 at 6:25 am #

    Wow Dan. I’ve lost any remaining respect I had for you after this. What’s next, embracing the flat earth movement?

    • danvalenti
      July 17, 2017 at 11:22 am #

      THE PLANET appreciates the reaction, whether ’tis rhetorical of actual.

  9. Mr. G
    July 17, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    The Economist is not what anyone would call a liberal or progressive media outlet.

    • Pat
      July 17, 2017 at 8:57 am #

      “The scandal is becoming a clash between the worst aspects of American democracy and the best. The worst is its bilious, myopic hyper-partisanship; the best the unrivaled ability of American institutions, including journalists whom Mr Trump reviles, to hold the powerful to account. Legally and politically, the ending is unclear. Morally, the verdict is already in.”

      This line from the article is interesting and says it all. The unrivaled ability of journalists to hold the powerful to account. The problem is that journalists in this country only do that for the powerful they do not like. That isn’t true justice.

  10. Koz
    July 17, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    She came from Planet Pat.

  11. Spectator
    July 17, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    I’m not certain, but I believe that those investigating any potential wrongdoing by the trump camp simply have not publicly discussed the specifics of what may have been learned during the investigation, so to say “having failed to find anything on the President” sounds at worst, like Fake News.

    • danvalenti
      July 17, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      Valid points, but it is fact that as of this writing, officials “have failed to find anything on the President.” Perhaps they will, to come, and perhaps they won’t. As far as “Fake News” is concerned, that is a too-easily dismissed label to take seriously. That applies to both extremes of the political spectrum.

      • Spectator
        July 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

        I’m not sure its really that they have failed to find info, so much as they just have not released any info as a means of maintaining the integrity of the investigation.

    • 2112
      July 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

      If they had found anything on Trump it would have been leaked to the press.

      • Spectator
        July 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

        it’s only leak if it’s classified information, and almost all of the so called “leaks” coming from the White House, has been non-classified information.

  12. The school committee
    July 18, 2017 at 5:02 am #

    They have the entire Trump clan reserving time with the Russian lawyer who would deliver information to the Trumps to influence our presidential election…..sheep can not disern.