(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 25, 2017) — Once upon a time, in a dim and distant present — the time in Pittsfield’s electoral history where “now” officially and finally became “then” — an ersatz collection of “candidates” stood on the ballot pounded so thin by fluid-draining apathy that it out-“thinned” a wafer.

Welcome to the freeze-dried election. Just add water and stir.

In November, thanks to a neat bit of crookery known as “the new city charter,” the mayor’s office won’t be up for grabs. Add to that a series of deadly boring “races” plus too many candidates not worthy of official life, and you’re looking at single-digit turnouts so measly that lexicons will have to catch plate to include the new words bound to be created by linguists trying out-do “apathy” in hopelessness.

To give this counterfeit campaign any attention strike THE PLANET as morbid. Nonetheless, buoyed by the spooks of October, we shall do so.

Come on down, Helen Moon.

By the nature of her candidacy, The Moonbat neatly symbolizes the jejune, even-emaciated nature of Campaign ’17 by what she says, what she doesn’t say, and what she represents.

The Nature of Her Candidacy: Coronate Moonbat today. The Suits have seen to everything: publicity, finances, and best of all, creating hopelessness throughout the city which, last time we checked, still includes Ward 1. THE PLANET makes the latter statement guardedly, since the singular ward has not been truly represented since the days of Rockin’ Rob Tuttle. Now that she’s unofficially officially in, Moonbat can go about Job 1, which is to advance every initiative of the Powers That Be to the detriment of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, an ordinary pair of bedraggled  taxpayers who have managed the minor miracle of dwindling in number yet found living in all seven wards.

Here’s the Secret Electoral Plan For Ward 1, given to THE PLANET from a person some consider the Suits’ capo di tutti capi. Capo says “They” wanted the present Ward 1 councilor out, for reasons not divulged. Conveniently, all of a sudden Lisa Tully got a “headache” and decided not to re-up. In her place, The Suits dialed up an even more “Won’t rock the boat” type, one who will perpetuate the fiction that all is well, raise taxes, support more $$$ for the school department, and forever be grateful to her masters.

Capo says they thought they had found the perfect choice in Ty Allen Jackson. TAJ, you see, had the right stuff plus the perfect pigmentation. How could he not throw a perfect game? Answer: By having the spine to think for himself. For The Suits, independence is the Cardinal Sin. They expect their “house Toms” of both gender and color NOT to be “uppity.” This may have lost TAJ a council seat but boosted his value in THE PLANET‘s eyes.

The incident, if true as Capo relates it, shows that “Pocohontas progressives” care about minorities only if they can exploit them for political purposes. “Racist” might be a suitable word to describe this bad strategy. Consequently, all of a sudden TAJ mysteriously falls through the trap door in the proverbial back room at Remo‘s. Enter Moonbat, in record time primed and ready for her star turn. As for TAJ, he will serve hard time in solitary, after which he may be allowed  in through The Suits’ service entrance. Sad.

What She Says: Blather. All blather. Moonbat speaks in the boilerplate of a teleprompter, the words inputted by someone else, rotely scrolling cliches’ uttered in the ornamented style of a finial — looking good but serving no practical purpose. “Strategic … dynamic … vibrant … initiatives … diversity… I hope to engage new people … I am really so inspired … There are so many great things in Ward 1.”  Blah blah blah. Stick a fork in her. We think she’s done. Put her in office now.

What She Doesn’t Say: Nothing about cutting taxes, which remains the singlemost important policy move that Pittsfield can do. Nothing about reducing city spending. Nothing about reigning in an out-of-control school department. Nothing about the need for across-the-board accountability for all city departments, especially department heads. Nothing about SPECIFICALLY dealing with “Untouchables”-type crime and mayhem.

What She Represents: The young, attractive face that vapidly projects the “feel good” image of a Viagra ad or a hair-shampoo commercial. Underneath the sunshine and flowers, one can search diligently for political courage and intellectual substance only to surface empty-handed with a bad case of the bends.

THE PLANET would remind Helen Moon — and all who will win office, for that matter — that we will gladly meet with any of them over coffee, on or off the record. For THE PLANET, coverage is never personal. It’s political. Our advice to the winners: Toughen up your hide. When you assume public office and utter the oath, you declare youself fair game. You are and will be held accountable at this address.

Good luck to you all. You’re going to need it.


“You can’t just belong to someone. You have to be connected to them.” Lady Huntington Proteus Hollingsworth III.



The Usual Disclaimer.



  1. 12 Gauge
    October 24, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Gueil, Wright and Sere are Krol kronies too. Please stay away from them on election day. Moon has a low energy opponent but please vote for him. We don’t need these Krol klones.

  2. Pat
    October 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    No mention of the issues that matter because poverty helps big government to grow even bigger. This is why poverty has increased with Progressives in charge in this area. In order for big government to become even more powerful there needs to be a large number of people dependent on big government.

  3. The school committee
    October 25, 2017 at 1:06 am #

    The planet will one day open his thinking and understand that Senator Warren is a consumer watchdog of the blue collar worker..Cant yet understand the support of Trump who if you grew up and were exposed to thed cancer of lakewood and his weakening of a EPA your support of him is not understandable.What does the planet see Trump doing that will change the berkshires

    • Gigi
      October 25, 2017 at 4:26 am #

      Senator Warren, a consumer watchdog? That’s laughable. She’s a liar of the first degree. Call her Liawatha, Sitting Bull, Pocahontas – for lying about her ethnicity. She claims to be an American Indian, and has used that lie to get into schools and to land jobs. Vote for Geoff Diehl! He’s leading the effort to reduce MA. taxes and is against illegal immigration.

      • Pat
        October 25, 2017 at 4:45 am #

        Geoff Diehl has my vote. Warren needs to be voted out. She cares more about her party than the people she was elected to serve….meaning ALL of the people not just the radical far left and its agenda.

        • dusty
          October 25, 2017 at 10:05 am #

          If only there were more Donald Trumps in politics. Maybe we can clone him so that the world will get fixed even quicker. MAGA

      • The school committee
        October 25, 2017 at 9:41 am #

        Hannity,Howie and Rush use those silly phrases

  4. dusty
    October 25, 2017 at 1:29 am #

    It does not matter what Miss Moon says or does not say. Campaign rhetoric is hollow and insulting. And almost all political wannabees are coached by their mentors to do it. Yet there is a large segment of the voting population that still take them seriously.

    Here is a tip for voters.
    A very high percentage of political candidates are nothing more than actors auditioning for a role in government. They use boilerplate worn out phrases used by almost every other ladder climbing , fast talking has been politician before them. They practice their speeches in front of a mirror. They get out in front of the people and pretend to actually give a shit while inwardly looking forward to the goodies waiting for them in the government hand basket.

    And because of this masquerade the truth is when you vote you have absolutely no idea what you are really voting for. You might as well be at a carnival trying to win a teddy bear made in China. Voting has become a feel good practice that has little to do with getting decent representation.

    So don’t beat yourself up if you are too sick to get out and vote.

  5. Rocky Creed
    October 25, 2017 at 2:13 am #

    12 Gauge is spot on. Krol is a no good pretty boy. Ask Pete Marchetti who has finally realized that. Krol has been sneaking around stabbing PM in the back as he stacks the deck with his cronnies to win his secret bid for city council president.

    • dusty
      October 25, 2017 at 6:35 am #

      ….and paving the way for his mayoral takeover. already seen shopping for new drapes for the corner office

      oh yah it’s true

  6. Cosbies
    October 25, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    Vote Dina Guiel, she’s the real deal.

  7. Cosbies
    October 25, 2017 at 5:07 am #

    Check out Morandi’s campaign speech,reorganazize?

  8. gocometti
    October 25, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    John Krol is Jim Ruberto Jr.

    • Jonathan Melle
      October 25, 2017 at 8:04 am #

      What does it matter? The next Mayor of Pittsfield will face a fiscally insolvent municipal government.

      Pittsfield politics is always predictable! They raise taxes by about 5% each year while the tax base shrinks with population and job loss. The political hacks serve the Good Old Boys. The little guy – Mary Jane & Joe Kapanski – gets screwed.

      Jimmy Ruberto’s real home is in Naples, Florida. He doesn’t care about what happens in Pittsfield, Massachusetts!

  9. War Pigs
    October 25, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    What Dan says is unfortunately true. And evidence that we really do not live in a real democracy. When your choices are different degrees of the far left, it’s not a democracy.

    • Shakes His Head
      October 26, 2017 at 9:04 am #

      So now we just make up word meanings because you fanatics are unable to read a dictionary?



      a :government by the people; especially :rule of the majority

      b :a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

      2 :a political unit that has a democratic government

      3 capitalized :the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the U.S. ·from emancipation Republicanism to New Deal Democracy
      —C. M. Roberts

      4 :the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority

      5 :the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

      • War Pigs
        October 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

        As usual, SSH is too dumb to get the point and resorts to brainless trolling. So you really think a gov’t ruled by one party and by the special interests is a gov’t by the people? LMAO.

        • Shakes His Head
          October 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

          Vote for someone else or fashion a more convincing platform.

          • Adam Cain
            October 26, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

            Just ignore matt (shh). His life sucks

  10. Nota
    October 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    For entertainment a purposes here is whom to vote for
    Ward two: Guiel
    Ward three: Caccamo
    Ward four: Connelll
    Ward Six
    Ward seven : Simonelli ( Tony Roads)
    At Large: G Man,Mazzeo,Persip, Marchetti

    Do this in Memory of Me. We have to vote Mr. G in. If anything, it will be an enthusiastic year of meetings, lets give the man a chance

  11. Jonathan Melle
    October 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    October 25, 2017

    Dear Rinaldo Del Gallo III,

    I see you are the Attorney representing a man who wanted to speak as a Libertarian at Boston’s Free Speech event this past summer, which was one week after the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Your client was terminated from his job due to his association with the aforementioned event in Boston that Mayor Marty Walsh spoke out against.

    Please share your thoughts about President Donald Trump and his staff who are associated with the alt-right movement that has taken hold in both Europe and the United States of America. What are your beliefs on Neo-Nazis, White Supremacy, White Nationalism, and the alt-right movement?

    As your friend, I wish to explain my views on the alt-right movement. I condemn it! I believe in Human Rights for All Peoples and people. I believe that the alt-right movement is totally immoral. It stands for everything this country stands against. We fought Hitler in WW2 and his violent, hateful ideology should have died with him in the Spring of 1945.

    As for your lawsuit against the Mayor of Boston, I believe there is a relation or correlation between the Charlottesville, Virginia event one week prior to the Boston Free Speech event this past summer. To say there was no relation or correlation is wrong! The alt-right is both overt and COVERT! I disagree with you about Marty Walsh’s stand on the event he spoke out against. I believe Marty Walsh did the right thing! He spoke his beliefs and showed himself to be a man of conscience who represents all of Boston’s diverse residents.

    Jonathan Melle

  12. dusty
    October 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Is it true that the selective service is going to roll out a draft in the very near future??? Rumors are rolling. Hope you Trump folks don’t have any draft age sons or daughters or nephews or nieces or grand children cuz they may need some fodder for the Asian peninsula.

  13. gocometti
    October 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    Jonathan Melle…because you don’t actually live in Pittsfield any more you are not fully aware that Jim Ruberto is still pulling the strings…to keep Tyer in as Mayor and to get Krol in as Council
    President….Ruberto can’t give up the power…it’s not in his best interest…if you were to moved back to Pittsfield you might better understand.

    • Jonathan Melle
      October 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

      I understand Jimmy Ruberto’s M.O. all too well. He is a snake oil salesman who moved from Texas as a man in his 50’s in the year 2001 into his mother’s Pittsfield home, then he proceeded to put his mother into a nursing home, thereby usurping his own mother’s Pittsfield home as his base of operation to run for Mayor of Pittsfield.

      Jimmy Ruberto is the King of the Good Old Boys club that ran Pittsfield’s already depressed local economy into the proverbial ditch. He appointed Carmen Massimiano as Chairman of the Licensing Board. He even had Luciforo swear him into his 3rd term as Mayor of Pittsfield in early-2008.

      My biggest regret in my experience in Pittsfield politics was believing in Jimmy Ruberto’s falsehoods!

  14. Nota
    October 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    I am seriously considering running for Mayor in a couple of years. My agenda will be very simple, develope our PEDA property, put something into the existing Sabics property, sustain and grow General Dynamics,bring in business like an Amazon. Currently we have one of the best products in the world with the LENCO vehicles, we need to grow that, ten fold. One thing our area does have is beauty, we have many venues and not just Tanglewood. We have to get a hold of the current crime escalation, zero tolerance,when it comes to drugs, assaults. We have to Stop the Fgiveaways in exchange for minimal jobs, Covanta is a prime example. Private enterprise like the Beacon Theatre must make a go of it on it’s own.

    • Nota
      October 26, 2017 at 3:22 am #

      Due to lack of enthusiastic support, decided not to run for Mayor in two years.

      • Shakes His Head
        October 26, 2017 at 8:49 am #

        I don’t think you understand the scale of what Amazon needs.

        • Nota
          October 26, 2017 at 8:55 am #

          Well, it’s a foregone conclusion.

          • War Pigs
            October 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

            Those of us with a brain know that you were being facetious. You may have to spell in out in crayon for SSH to understand it.

          • Shakes His Head
            October 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

            Get back to drinking.

          • Harry Merkin
            October 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

            and you can post from the same bar as Sport

  15. The school committee
    October 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    If your not for Senator Warren you are for deregulation of banking….history realeats itself for the uninformed

  16. 12 Gauge
    October 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    Who heard Krol call one of the people who spoke in the public comment section a jerk? Is that proper for the council VP to call citizens jerks during a council meeting?

  17. Jonathan Melle
    October 25, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

    “Pittsfield Ward 1 candidate Michael Cirullo halts campaign”
    By Amanda Drane, – The Berkshire Eagle, October 25, 2017

    PITTSFIELD — Ward 1 candidate Michael Cirullo says he’s no longer actively seeking the City Council seat.

    His name will appear on the ballot on Nov. 7 nonetheless, as the ballot was already finalized.

    “I have ended active campaigning,” he told The Eagle.

    That leaves Helen Moon as the only candidate actively seeking the Ward 1 seat.

    Cirullo said the decision to halt the campaign came because no one wanted to hear hard truths about the city’s financial situation. Going door to door telling people we have to close two schools, he said, made him wildly unpopular.

    “I’m not what I think of as a politician. I’m not a speech-giver,” he said. “I’m a numbers guy.”

    Plus, he said he didn’t get the endorsements he’d hoped for and got caught up with selling a building for his work. Cirullo works for General Dynamics and is the business agent for IUE-CWA Local 255.He said that as a political novice he didn’t realize how hard it would be to get people on board with cuts to services. He said the city needs to look at the money coming in and reduce accordingly.

    “The arts, parks are great when we can afford them,” he said. “There is no magic bullet — it needs to be consistent, steady growth.”

    He said his first run-in with politics has been disenchanting, but he’s intent on staying involved in the community.

    “Someday maybe there’ll be an appetite for the things I’m talking about,” he said.

    Reach Amanda Drane at 413-496-6296, or @amandadrane on Twitter.

    • dusty
      October 26, 2017 at 12:27 am #

      Decent people are better off not in politics. It just ruins your whole perspective of people and human values. If you are not a good liar, bull shitter and or conniver and are not in bed with the financial backers you will not get elected in Pittsfield anyway. Cirullo did himself a huge favor. Pittsfield is what it is and its trajectory is downward. Leave the carcass to the hyenas.

    • Arial Black
      October 26, 2017 at 6:16 am #

      Token candidate put up by the GOBSIGs to help Moon. He’ll get his reward later.

  18. The school committee
    October 26, 2017 at 3:24 am #

    Pittsfield has a scool department form of goverment.Stop worrying who councilors are because the most powerful person in Pittsfield is Mrs Yon and her committee. Bouvier.Tricia, Amuso,Massimiano Eberwien mistakenly designed Taconic as if Pittsfield can afford to build 2 high schools for 1600 students and shrinking every year by 100.City was told by the Federal goverment 10 years ago we would be a 33k in 1 generation

    • Pat
      October 26, 2017 at 4:45 am #

      So sad that only Moon is running in Ward 1 now. It just gets worse and worse for Pittsfield. The school people do run the city and own the politicians since nobody else bothers to vote. Also sad that Cirullo could find no intelligent life in Pittsfield who would listen to words of wisdom. Again, this is why the city is in so much trouble. Schools have never taught critical thinking skills in this area.

      • War Pigs
        October 26, 2017 at 5:26 am #

        The problem is that you have to have money and political backing in order to challenge the ‘chosen ones’. That makes it nearly impossible for any normal citizen that is not backed by a union or a certain political party to win.
        This is not democracy.

        • Shakes His Head
          October 26, 2017 at 8:52 am #

          Ummmm. Yes it is democracy. one person=one vote.

          • War Pigs
            October 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

            SHH, that’s not the definition of democracy. Actually it’s government by the people; especially rule of the majority.
            A gov’t controlled by special interests and the wealthy is not a gov’t of the people. Therefore it’s not a democracy, at least not in the real sense, and certainly not what our founding fathers envisioned.

          • danvalenti
            October 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

            Pittsfield doesn’t have a democracy. It has an oligarchy.

          • Shakes His Head
            October 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

            Are you having a séance to channel the intent of men that lived 200 years ago?

      • The school committee
        October 26, 2017 at 8:16 am #

        1 out of 3 teachers live out of town in the drug suburbs.

  19. Pat
    October 26, 2017 at 4:42 am #

    Rachel Maddow has done nothing but put down Trump and accuse him of Russian collusion. Same with all of “in the tank with Democrats” media. All of them were lying since we now find out that Hillary and Democrats were the real Russian collusion to try to destroy Trump.

    This is why the media being in bed with one party is so DANGEROUS for the country. It’s like living in Russia where you only hear what the media wants you to hear since they hide the rest if it makes those they favor look bad.

    • War Pigs
      October 26, 2017 at 5:32 am #

      Maddow, Matthews and others like Mika and Joe are on an agenda where the truth is irrelevant.
      Turning over some of the control of this nation’s uranium to Russia is far more dangerous and corrupt than all this made up collusion crap, yet they either fail to mention it at all, or try to gloss over it.

      • Shakes His Head
        October 26, 2017 at 8:56 am #

        A key fact ignored in criticisms of Clinton’s supposed involvement in the deal is that the uranium was not — nor could it be — exported, and remained under the control of U.S.-based subsidiaries of Uranium One, according to a statement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

        NRC’s review of the transfer of control request determined that the U.S. subsidiaries will remain the licensees, will remain qualified to conduct the uranium recovery operations, and will continue to have the equipment, facilities, and procedures necessary to protect public health and safety and to minimize danger to life or property. The review also determined that the licensees will maintain adequate financial surety for eventual decommissioning of the sites. Neither Uranium One nor ARMZ holds an NRC export license, so no uranium produced at either facility may be exported

        • War Pigs
          October 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

          If you think not having an export license will stop anyone you need to up your meds.
          FBI agents and a confidential informant made secret recordings, gathered records and intercepted emails as far back as 2009, which showed that Russian officials had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks

        • War Pigs
          October 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

          How is Hillary Clinton involved?

          Clinton served on CFIUS when the inter-agency committee voted in favor of the Uranium One deal.

          The FBI and the informant prior to the deal going through also had obtained documents and an eyewitness account that Russian officials routed millions of dollars to the U.S. benefiting the charitable foundation of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

          • Shakes His Head
            October 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

            Actually, Hillary designated an under-secretary of state to occupy her seat on CFIUS and was not involved in the reviews. Probably she was too busy flying all over the world to get into the technical details of the CFIUS committee.

      • dusty
        October 26, 2017 at 8:58 am #

        …but is it more dangerous than a nuclear war?

        • Pat
          October 26, 2017 at 10:02 am #

          When you add the fact that Obama gave billions to North Korea and thus helped them to buy all this nuclear technolgy, the Democrats have been very bad. Helping Russia with uranium….unbelievable. Colluding with Russia to stop Trump….very bad.

  20. The school committee
    October 26, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    Donald Trump lied for 7 years that Obama was not an American citizen. Many very very ignorant people believex him as the do now.Trump is a proven liar.

    • Dilly Dally
      October 26, 2017 at 9:19 am #

      Nowadays a proven liar is in.

  21. 12 Gauge
    October 26, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    I believex.

  22. Len X Abhorant
    October 26, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    While going to my favorite watering hole,Crossroads, I noticed a rather new home by the Lights at W Union and Onota St. while passing the driveway, it looked like a pig pen. My question is the? The Mayor who capaigned quite a lot on the blight issue,has let the Former Hess Gas Starion and the Burger King on Merrill Rd. the former Kentucky Fried business on East St. to name a few. What gives?

    • dusty
      October 26, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

      What gives? As I stated previously, campaigning is simply vomiting up word combinations and buzz phrases that sound promising to the more gullible among us at election time. No politician has any solid intentions of actually doing what they said they would do. If it happens that is great but the original intent is merely to blow pink smoke up a voters ass until the election is over. The reality is something quite different as we always find out.

  23. The school committee
    October 26, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    This morning Trump said the press makes him act weird. Trump said about himself that he is really really really smart and he went to a Ivy League college.

  24. The school committee
    October 26, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    I wonder what Mayor Yon will do next.Will she close Crosby or Allendale.Both are sick buildings.Im guessing Allendale because the General Electric toxic dump is under it.

    • Len X Abhorant
      October 26, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      Parents that let their kids go to Allendale are irresponsible and believe that joint is safe. Toxins are not likely to travel in the atomosphere and am sure testing is frequent. The problem is the piles of toxins that penetrate the GROUND called a Vertical absortion,and leaks into the GROUND.BUFFOONS?

      • tommy
        October 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

        Kroll called the G-man a jerk. No question about it. nice from the VP of the council. The mayor should be ashamed of the CHOSEN ONE.

        • Still wondering
          October 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

          Well, he IS a jerk.

          • dusty
            October 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

            Krol probably is a Trump worshiper and is subconsciously mimicking him. He will make a great mayor.

          • 12 Gauge
            October 26, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

            Krol is a Bernie Bro.

          • 12 Gauge
            October 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

            Krol is probably feed up with his fake company.

  25. War Pigs
    October 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Mayor Tyer let’s out the truth in the 2017 Mayor Challenge application about the troubles Pittsfield is facing. Odd, I did not find the word vibrant anywhere in it.

  26. mi
    October 26, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    One thing we can coun t on when Handsome Hollywood Johnny becomes Mayor. The highest budget in the History of the City. That would happen anyway.