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CLEARING OUT THE TICKLE FILE

BY DAN VALENTI

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE MONDAY OCT. 15, 2017) — Time for THE PLANET to begin cleaning out the tickle file with the following items. Each deserves lengthier treatment and may receive it, but for now, let’s bring them out truncated. We do this because you won’t and can’t find such coverage anywhere else in the county seat and the rest of The Berkshires the seat has been so dutifully corrupting.

Who’s Buried in Grant’s tomb? — Answer: Pitsfield. Whenever you see the local mainstream media wetting itself over the latest state and federal grant funds, no doubt announced by one of your sleazy reps, break out the worry beads. Grant dollars come with horrific conditions that can be boiled down to this: “For this sucker money, Pittsfield, you have to take X number of —————.” Fill in the blank with any combination of “drug addicts, pushers, gang members, delinquents, ‘special needs’ people, group homes, and the like.” That’s why the city’s “vibrant, dynamic” downtown resembles a set for a cheesy zombie flick.

Give It Up for Lent — When you are bought and sold by The Suits, you aren’t your own person. That’s why mayor Linda “Trashcan” Tyer HAD to support the Berkshire Museum’s morally corrupt plan to sell two Norman Rockwell originals and a boatload of some of its most valuable art. Speaking of the BM, did you know that back before he became famous, Lewis Lent worked for the institution. How “Pittsfield” is that?

Black Coffee — If you’re wondering what gives at the Dunkin’ Donuts lot at Fenn and First, wonder no more. PLANET sources intimately familiar with the business side tell us that Dunkin’s regional owner Cafua Management is letting the site “sit idle” as a passive-aggressive protest over shoddy treatment by the city. Cafua wanted to put up the new facility with drive-up, but the city’s notoriously anti-business officials said no despite the company’s responsible plan. The plan more than adequately handled traffic and aesthetic concerns. In the city, that’s reason enough to shut the door on a fine, private-sector business. It’s called a “Steinism.”

Yet Another ‘Steinism’ — Speaking of Steinisms, have you noticd how the city has placed more needless handicapped parking spaces downtown. THE PLANET’s favorite is the one in front of Crawford Square. Brilliant official Pittsfield took away the one parking spot for a handicapped spot. It comes after the “No Parking. Loading Zone.” Business owners in the Square sought relief from council, corner office, and elsewhere because of lost business, but no dice. Official Pittsfield doesn’t care. Thank you, Mayor Tyer.

Calling Nurse Betty — The recalcitrance between Berkshire Health Systems and its nurses was and is a lose-lose lose-lose. Patients, the community at large, hospital administrators, and the nurse’s union all lost. Truth and settlement will be found in the middle after both sides dismount the high Secretariats and Mr. Eds.

Your Ass, It Is — One of the most inadvertently amusing billboards THE PLANET has seen in a while has to be the one put up by one of Pittsfield’s biggest welfare recipients, The Beacon Cinema. The peep house board shows a donkey sitting in a big Lay-Z-Boy movie seat. The  copy reads: “Your Ass, Our Seats.” How true. The Lovely Linda and the bobo council gave owner Richard Stanley another five years of tax breaks on top of the nine he just blew through. Taxpayers, it was indeed your ass that paid for his seats. Don’t tell anyone, incidentally, but we hear that despite the city’s articifial price supports, the Beacon is losing money. You’re shocked, we’re sure.

Moonshot — Helen Moon, the oh-so-politically-correct candidate in Ward 1 has lawn signs with this slogan: “A New Voice.” Citing truth-in-advertising guidelines, THE PLANET suggests the addition on another three-word line. The truthful signs would read: “A New Voice. Same Old Bullshit.”

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“Chances are your chances are awfully good.” — Johnny Mathis.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

31 Responses to “CLEARING OUT THE TICKLE FILE”

  1. themiddleground
    October 16, 2017 at 12:20 am #

    The problem with the nurses strike and the angle BMC isn’t showing is that it can harm BMC by forcing them to turn patients away if they give in to what the nurses are calling for with PT ratios. If all the nurses are at the max BMC will be forced to turn people away.

  2. SisterGoldenHair
    October 16, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    Dan, as a used car salesman once told me – there’s an ass for every seat! (At least in Pittsfield). In reference to Moonshot – sounds to me like same shit, different day. Let us at least hope Lent’s job wasn’t paid for with tax dollars ala grant money. Is nurse Betty a reference to a movie or tv show of which I am not aware? I recall nurse Ratchet from One Flew, one of the great movies of all time, right up there with The Shaw Shank.

    • danvalenti
      October 16, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      SISTER
      The reference is to a TV show, highly recommended. Edie Falcone (SP?), who played Tony Soprano’s wife, Carmela, in THE SOPRANOS, plays Nurse Betty.

      • Ham Anex
        October 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

        Edie Falco…nurse Jackie

        • Dick Flimsy
          October 17, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

          I’m waiting for the nurse Moonbat show.

          • Benigno Numine
            October 17, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

            Hope it’s better than the nurse Lisa Sominex show.

  3. War Pigs
    October 16, 2017 at 5:27 am #

    Tax breaks for the wealthy do one thing – line the pockets of the wealthy. The Beacon TIF is just one example.

    • dusty
      October 16, 2017 at 6:38 am #

      Stanley is going to need more than soft seats to get me in that place. I resent having to subsidize a millionaires tax bill while mine keeps growing and for that reason I do not patronize his business. And I make sure everyone I know why I feel the way I do. Same goes for car dealerships and hotels

  4. Ron Kitterman
    October 16, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    Thanks for the D and D info you’d think as retired cop, I’d know that but. Would make a great spot for auto supply store though ?

    • Spagirl
      October 16, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      Hahaaa yep.

    • danvalenti
      October 16, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      THE PLANET’s pleasure, RK.

  5. Skippy
    October 16, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    Trumps health and tax plan do absolutely nothing for the Kapanski’s.

    • Jonathan Melle
      October 16, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      Prez Trump needs to release his most recent tax returns documents before he releases his tax reform plan!

      Does Trump have his money in offshore tax havens accounts?

      Does Trump pay any federal taxes?

      What happened with Trump’s IRS audit?

      – Jonathan Melle

  6. Becky Bobblehead
    October 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    If he doesn’t, why would he want that out there. It’s Un American.

  7. Joe Blow
    October 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Donald Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Reveals He Paid $38 Million in Taxes on $150 Million Income…… Rachel Madcow

    • dusty
      October 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

      yah and so you would think he would want to leak the rest of them huh?

      but for some reason….he is keeping them inside a double sided lead box in a Fort Knox like environment protected by U.S. marines and Apache helicopters

      i wunner why

      • Dilly Dally
        October 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

        He doesn’t want anyone to find put about his embarrassing deductions for hair moose and Viagra.

  8. Joe Blow
    October 16, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    Big national story will be revieled very very soon…tick tick Hillary!
    #MAGA

  9. Shakes His Head
    October 17, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    Louis Lent had a tickle file too!!!!!

    • Dick Flimsy
      October 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

      Carmen is this you?

  10. h
    October 17, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    So, did the Judge who sentenced a drug operator with a stolen handgun, tens of thousands in cash and several pounds of illegal drugs to one year probation. Just on the gun charge alone he should’ve got five years, others do.

    • dusty
      October 17, 2017 at 8:47 am #

      sounds like the guy had a lot of money

      • Shakes His Head
        October 17, 2017 at 9:55 am #

        Or a lot of drugs

  11. CosbiesLadies
    October 17, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    Or both. Super Timmy wins again. Kids,crime does pay.

  12. SisterGoldenHair
    October 17, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    Dan and Ham,

    Thnaks for answer on nurse Betty

  13. dusty
    October 17, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    so I came by the Hess gas station and arboretum a while ago and it looks like one of their customers smashed out all the windows.

    Probably some drunk who got mad because the attendant did not come out quick enough

  14. SisterGoldenHair
    October 17, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    Looks like Pittsfield Detectives solved the murder outside Lach’s

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/10/pittsfield_man_charged_with_20.html#incart_river_index

    • Dick Flimsy
      October 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

      Col. Mustard with the lead pipe.

  15. gocometti
    October 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Back when the Beacon Cinema was first built Downtown Pittsfield
    Inc. got a cut in every ticket sold because they, and the Chamber
    of Commerce were the vehicle which brought Richard Stanley to Downtown Pittsfield in the first place.. I’m sure that insider money
    grab is still a part of The Beacon Cinema’s and it’s new seating.

  16. Joe Blow
    October 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Bombshell Revelations about Russia and Obama’s Department of Justice

    These extraordinary revelations, apparently from frustrated FBI agents, were published in The Hill today. The corruption they suggest is extensive:

    Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

    Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

    They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

    Let that sink in. All of this was known before the Obama/Clinton State Department approved the controversial transfer of US uranium assets to Russia. But the Obama/Holder Justice Department did nothing.

    Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefitting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

    The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.
    ***
    In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. …

    “The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

    The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

    But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

    Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.

    The case also exposed a serious national security breach: Mikerin had given a contract to an American trucking firm called Transport Logistics International that held the sensitive job of transporting Russia’s uranium around the United States in return for more than $2 million in kickbacks from some of its executives, court records show.

    Bringing down a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme that had both compromised a sensitive uranium transportation asset inside the U.S. and facilitated international money laundering would seem a major feather in any law enforcement agency’s cap.

    But the Justice Department and FBI took little credit in 2014 when Mikerin, the Russian financier and the trucking firm executives were arrested and charged.

    The only public statement occurred an entire year later when the Justice Department put out a little-noticed press release in August 2015, just days before Labor Day. The release noted that the various defendants had reached plea deals.

    By that time, the criminal cases against Mikerin had been narrowed to a single charge of money laundering for a scheme that officials admitted stretched from 2004 to 2014. And though agents had evidence of criminal wrongdoing they collected since at least 2009, federal prosecutors only cited in the plea agreement a handful of transactions that occurred in 2011 and 2012, well after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’s approval.

    The final court case also made no mention of any connection to the influence peddling conversations the FBI undercover informant witnessed about the Russian nuclear officials trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons even though agents had gathered documents showing the transmission of millions of dollars from Russia’s nuclear industry to an American entity that had provided assistance to Bill Clinton’s foundation, sources confirmed to The Hill.

    The lack of fanfare left many key players in Washington with no inkling that a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme with serious national security implications had been uncovered.
    ***
    Ronald Hosko, who served as the assistant FBI director in charge of criminal cases when the investigation was underway, told The Hill he did not recall ever being briefed about Mikerin’s case by the counterintelligence side of the bureau despite the criminal charges that were being lodged.

    “I had no idea this case was being conducted,” a surprised Hosko said in an interview.

    Likewise, major congressional figures were also kept in the dark.

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administration

    • Gigi
      October 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

      Joe Blow,
      Thanks for posting this great article. Will the Clintons flee the country? Will Eric Holder face charges? Lock ’em all up!