(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 8, 2017) — Pittsfield spent around $30,000 for what, exactly? To “elect” six apparatchiks to six school committee seats, one city clerk for one seat, and seven Ward races plus four at-large seats that came in EXACTLY as THE PLANET predicted? The dumbasses in city hall would have better serve their constituents by going with THE PLANET’s prognostications, calling off the electoral farce, and given the $30Gs to a more worthy cause, such as food for the Christian Center or a nice raise for the underpaid finance director of the school department, Kristen “Tex” Behneke.

The “top” vote getter in the joke? Peter “Fly Boy” Marchetti. He “won” with 86% of the total electorate not voting for him. Instead of leaving office having comes to his senses and found a bit of integrity, Porculent Peter re-upped because of ill health: the voters, the ones with any sense, are still sick of him.

1, Moon’s rising. 2, Morandi clipping. 3, Caccamo putting. 4, Connell counter punching. 5, Rivers flowing. 6 Krol milking. 7, Simonelli paving. AT-LARGE Marchetti mooching, Mazzeo cooking, White wondering, and Persip pleading. SCHOOL COMMITTEE The usual gang of idiots with the con led by Yon. In short, with so many people NOT voting, None of the Above rules (and again, rues) the day.

In other action, Judge  John Agostini ruled in favor of the Berkshire Museum in the matter  of Norman Rockwell et. al., paving the way for the art auction next week in New York City. At Shuffleton’s Barbershop, the music stopped playing, the lights went out, and that crack in the window got a whole lot bigger.

Say good night, Gracie.


“Hello, I must be going.” — sung to the tune of Groucho Marx.



The Usual Disclaimer.


  1. Jonathan Melle
    November 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    To summarize, Pittsfield politics will continue as usual, meaning high taxes, fees, and debts, losses in population and jobs, Good Old Boys running the show, an overpriced, under-performing public school system, PEDA will turn 20 years old next year with 0 private tenants, a one political party state and local system with the usual political hacks,…
    To summarize, the Berkshire Museum will sell its soul and priceless art works for tens of millions of dollars. The special interests will be rolling in dough with pay raises and lucrative pensions, while Norman Rockwell will be rolling over in his grave.
    Also, John Barrett III goes to Beacon Hill. Hopefully he will fight the good fights for Northern Berkshire County. Only time will tell!
    – Jonathan Melle

    • Big Dig
      November 8, 2017 at 4:34 am #

      There is no money to fight for.

  2. Dick Flimsy
    November 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
    but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

  3. Pat
    November 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

    During the 2016 presidential race this area came out in droves to vote. It proved that this area will vote, but only if they choose to or need to. Progressives can win elections in this area easily with only a tiny portion of their base showing up at the polls.

    The apathy in the city is unbelievable. Must be that too many are drunk, stoned or high and/or they are happy to live in poverty so why bother to vote which is fine with local politicians. Anytime there is anything having to do with pot on the ballot that will also bring out large numbers of voters who would normally not care about voting. It really is sad how far this area has gone downhill. Lack of participation in local government has created a situation where one party leadership has taken over and benefits only certain people in a select inner circle in the city and county.

    • Jonathan Melle
      November 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

      Dear Pat,
      You hit the nail on the head!
      23% voter turnout means 77% of registered voters in Pittsfield did not vote.
      The Democrat Party backed political hacks win 100% of the so-called “elections” in Pittsfield politics. It is always a fix!
      Peter Marchetti even told the people to let the professional politicians to run Pittsfield politics. He got the top vote tally.
      There is no democracy in Pittsfield politics. It is all for show!
      – Jonathan

    • War Pigs
      November 8, 2017 at 9:05 am #

      When your candidate choices are either dying by being poisoned or dying by being shot, people often abstain. It’s like when you go into a store, don’t like anything you see, you buy nothing and walk out.

  4. dusty
    November 8, 2017 at 12:41 am #

    23 % of the electorate showed up? God bless them. And the results were exactly the same as if 93% would have shown up.

    Pat seems to suggest we can vote our way out of poverty. I hope she gives more details on that.

    I purposely did not vote this time out of utter apathy but may show up the next time depending on who Krols opponent is. My guess is that the machine will run another one of their own candidates in addition to Krol so that the people really do not have a choice at all.

  5. Radar
    November 8, 2017 at 2:27 am #

    They need to go back to two year mayoral terms. If a current mayor was doing a favorable job, one would think they’d have no trouble with a re-election.

  6. Rocky Creed
    November 8, 2017 at 3:40 am #

    I learned something very interesting yesterday. Under the new charter, a ward councilor can move from their elected ward to another ward to live. Dina Guiel currently rents an apartment in ward 2 but was actively looking to buy a house in ward 4. Thank God she lost.

    • Arial Black
      November 8, 2017 at 5:26 am #

      Phew! we really dodged a bullet.

  7. Rocky Creed
    November 8, 2017 at 3:46 am #


    Yesterday voters in Syracuse elected a Mayor who is not affiliated with a major political party for the first time in 100 years.

  8. Cos
    November 8, 2017 at 5:04 am #

    So, the logic is to give the Mayor a four year term because most times it takes the first two years to get anything accomplished, got that right.

  9. h
    November 8, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    You’d think Marchetti had just won the Presidential Election.

    • dusty
      November 8, 2017 at 5:56 am #

      Can we see a listing of all Marchettis campaign donors? Does not matter as we know who they are and that they will be getting favorable nods from the dais.

      good boy Pete…Good boy

      • Len X Abhorant
        November 8, 2017 at 6:19 am #

        Well, he got a lot of public advertising on the stooge show and by the way, how is he able to go on that show during a campaign, he’s a Board Member of PCTV?

        • dusty
          November 8, 2017 at 7:24 am #

          I think you answered your own question Len. He has access and power and quite frankly…who is going to stop him? Or Krol from doing what he is doing. They got the power and there is no oversight. None!

  10. Still Not Matt
    November 8, 2017 at 6:04 am #

    Typical bellyaching from people that just bitch. Why don’t one of you civic leaders run for office yourselves? At least G-man had the stones to do it.

    • Dustin M
      November 8, 2017 at 7:59 am #

      You are matt. and you add nothing to the conversation

      • Still Not Matt
        November 8, 2017 at 8:02 am #

        Matt should file a protection order against you. I am not even the poor schlep and you insist on harassing me.

        • Dustin M
          November 8, 2017 at 8:16 am #

          Sure matt.

          • Still Not Matt
            November 8, 2017 at 8:48 am #

            find a job, loser

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 8:54 am #

            I have one. Didnt lose mine like you matt

          • Still Not Matt
            November 8, 2017 at 9:39 am #

            You should do it better.

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 9:41 am #

            Matt why are you such a habitual liar

          • Still Not Matt
            November 8, 2017 at 10:23 am #

            Why are you such a low IQ Neanderthal? Wait, I shouldn’t insult cavemen.

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 10:37 am #

            Matt is that the best you have. You are pathetic.

          • Shakes His Head
            November 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

            I’m sorry your father was never proud of you.

          • Dustin M
            November 9, 2017 at 6:33 am #

            I’m sorry your wife tossed you out. Not

          • Still Not Matt
            November 9, 2017 at 9:19 am #

            Actually, she left, best day of my life.

          • Dustin M
            November 9, 2017 at 9:32 am #

            No matt she tossed you out

  11. Pat
    November 8, 2017 at 6:24 am #

    Current political leadership in Pittsfield has no interest in job creation and wanted to bring refugees here from dangerous parts of the world to turn us into Europe. Only Trump stopped that insanity at least for now.

    • Still Not Matt
      November 8, 2017 at 7:50 am #

      Why would we want foreign terrorists when we have plenty of domestic right-wing nut jobs already?

      • Dustin M
        November 8, 2017 at 7:59 am #

        I think you mean left wing nut jobs like you matt who add nothing to the conversation

        • Still Not Matt
          November 8, 2017 at 8:01 am #

          What is your unhealthy fantasy about this Matt fellow?

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 8:16 am #

            matt why dont you just stop. you add nothing and are a left wing nut

          • Still Not Matt
            November 8, 2017 at 8:49 am #

            Why don’t you be a better father to your offspring?

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 8:55 am #

            I think that is the question for you matt

          • Still Not Matt
            November 8, 2017 at 9:41 am #

            blah blah matt, blah blah conversation, blah blah you are a big loser with a questionable affinity for minors, blah blah cant write a cohesive comment about the topic of the day, blah blah wahhh wahhh.

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 9:51 am #

            Matt you last post proves once again i am correct. You have nothing to add.

          • Still Not Matt
            November 8, 2017 at 10:22 am #

            you arent even correct tying your shoes, which you should be able to do in spite of your mental impairment.

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 10:38 am #

            Matt you have proven again i am correct. You are a failure

          • Still Not Matt
            November 9, 2017 at 10:50 am #

            incorrect and flawed.

          • Dustin M
            November 9, 2017 at 10:51 am #

            100% correct, accurate and confirmed

      • 12 Gauge
        November 8, 2017 at 10:13 am #

        like the Bernie Bro who shot up the baseball practice or the fruit loop who broke Rand Paul’s ribs?

        • Still Not Matt
          November 8, 2017 at 10:22 am #

          you’d be pissed if your neighbor keep his yard looking like Rand Paul’s.

          • Still Not Matt
            November 8, 2017 at 10:27 am #

            If more wacko moonbats started shooting lawmakers there would be a real quick discussion and implementation of gun control legislation.

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 10:38 am #

            Matt again you have nothing to add. Failure

          • Dustin M
            November 8, 2017 at 10:38 am #

            There goes Matt proving he is a left wing nut, preaching violence against conservatives

          • Shakes His Head
            November 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

            Only violence against minorities and women is acceptable?

          • Dustin M
            November 9, 2017 at 6:33 am #

            In your small head

    • The school committee
      November 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

      What will Trump do for Pittsfield Pat Planet Board

      • Pat
        November 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

        Trump has stopped many potentially dangerous refugees from coming here. You need to thank Trump voters for that as well.

        • The school committee
          November 9, 2017 at 8:22 am #

          So most of the Trump sheep are measuring Trumps success as potential invisable unknowns….hes got you hook line sinker

  12. dusty
    November 8, 2017 at 7:32 am #


    So I am watching the television thing and there is all this talk about the Texas mass murderer having a telling past. Animal cruelty and domestic abuse including cracking a child’s skull.. How did they miss all these RED FLAGS they wonder.

    So I also read in the November 3rd Berkshire Eagle that former Eagle school staffers who beat up disabled kids are avoiding jail time and that their charges will be dismissed if they are nice for a whole year. Well people, it is not that they miss the RED FLAGS but rather they just ignore them altogether. I am sure people who beat up disabled people are just fine if you just get to know them.


    • dusty
      November 8, 2017 at 7:33 am #

      That is Eagleton school…so sorry.

      • ThisSpagirl
        November 9, 2017 at 3:39 am #

        This crap makes no sense. Abusing the most vulnerable, and getting away with it. Modern judge nitwits.

  13. 12 Gauge
    November 8, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    At least fake Jon Kroll’s Koup failed for the most part.

  14. Ron Kitterman
    November 8, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    Would have to agree 12 Gauge but patience is another card they hold on to dearly. We need to primary everyone in the future. Sure they have no show positions to fill for the brave progressives to fill.

  15. CosbiesLadies
    November 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Is it me or is the real Mayor Matt Kerwood?

    • dusty
      November 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      At one time he was being groomed for mayor because he was a yes man….an order follower…one who would sacrifice all dignity for a step up the political ladder. But he talked out of his ass way too much and even though he was the ideal puppet it did not overcome his indefatigable bullshit. It was truly exhausting.

      • Two Cents
        November 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

        Dusty- Excellent and accurate analysis…Maybe he can teach Kroll about wearing out your welcome. The most asked question I heard this election season was why doesn’t anyone run against John Kroll. And that was usually followed-up by “I’m so sick of him!” Attention, those interested in seeking office in Ward 6…The time is Ripe!

  16. Jon Reid
    November 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    Pittsfield will be bankrupt within several years. What then? Home values plummet? Property taxes go up? Those who can leave are doing so. Something else to consider: why would anyone open a business in such a business unfriendly city?

    Where’s the Greek god when we need him?

  17. Len X Abhorant
    November 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    There’s no doubt people are leaving. You can live one town over and not feel any pain, all it takes is a little labor.

  18. Chris P. Bacon
    November 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    Happy DTED everyone.

    • Chris P. Bacon
      November 8, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

      Actually DTEDA

  19. The school committee
    November 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    Nothing will change,its groundhog day in Pittsfield everyday.Just 1 councilor and 1 School Committee member must start to analyze the numbers of what we can spend on schools.Why can’t we be pro education and spend every nickle carefully.The school committee continues to higher bad administrators of budgets and it starts with Behnke,Curtis, Yon

  20. Dave
    November 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    I’m just glad Mr. Barrett got a new job. He looked like he was suffering from withdrawal. After a couple of weeks back on the public nipple he will be good as new.

  21. Leonard Nemo
    November 8, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    Pittsfield is a joke, can’t wait to get the heck out of this cesspool

  22. The school committee
    November 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    Mayor we are not worthy of a super walmart at this point,

    • Pat
      November 9, 2017 at 5:22 am #

      Not to worry, with Mazzeo in charge you won’t get a super Walmart. Never mind that stores are closing right and left, it’s all about the Progressive agenda. The rich Progressives have online shopping and traveling to other malls, but the poor and struggling working middle class and their shopping needs are NOT a concern of local politicians.

      • The school committee
        November 9, 2017 at 8:28 am #

        Will you move to a city with a superwalmart if we dont get one… about a super wharehouse for walmart as we head to the future…..our mayor is on welfare….120k…nice….she now makes Behnke money and Joe Curtis money…..both could not do 5 th grade math……spent 80million but cant show how they did the work

  23. Already Tyred
    November 8, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

    I hear she approved a new trash can factory.

    • acheshirecat
      November 9, 2017 at 11:49 am #

      I hope the new trash can factory can design better than the one Pittsfield got stuck with. They designed a big square outer bin and put a smaller round can for the actual trash. That means a lot of room for the trash to fall into the outer bin, not in the can. Then who ever empties them pulls out the can and the trash that didn’t make it into the can goes to the bottom of the bin and builds up. Then the emptier just puts the can back on top of the built up garbage and and the can becomes useless. Classic Pittsfield.

  24. GhostRider
    November 8, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    My phone was buzzing from about 3 PM (my time) from contacts on the East Coast asking me if I’ve seen the dirt on PittHo on Nat’l news. When I reminded them I was behind the curve, I had to wait with bated breath and a few brews, waiting to see it.
    WHAT a slap in the face it gave in re: the selling of the Rockwell art. Bottom line; “it’s all about the money” and not the history or the art, and that is what the news implied. What a sad state of affairs; having to sell off your assests to maintain a museum now lacking assests of history. WHY does a museum have to resort to selling off it’s DONATED gifts to stay open? Betsy McGraw showed a disingenuous face when asked if the sale of the Rockwell gifts was necessary. Notice the stall, the looking away, the blinking eyes; the guarded answer. Deceit!
    Why not just let the beast roll over and drive a stake in it’s heart? Sell it all! Take the marbled halls and use it as an Ellis Island for junkies, illegals, and other incoming effluent from surrounding areas. Bring us you tired, your poor, your helpless, your gang bangers, rapists and dealers!
    Another reason I’m glad to be outta’ there!
    Seems every time I come back to visit, something large happens that defies logic. But that is the nature of Pittsfield politics……..always has and always will be!!!!!!!!
    SUX donit?

    • Already Tyred
      November 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Maybe the local Dunkin’ will feature a Sux Donut.

    • dusty
      November 9, 2017 at 1:14 am #

      and when the money comes rolling in from the sale of the art pieces who will over see what happens to it? Will there be pay raises and bonuses for those in charge of the museum? Will there be any over sight? Will the museum finances be closed to scrutiny? Will the books be closed to the public?

      Some years ago the powers that be decided that the Colonial theater, just down the street from the museum, needed to be restored and the cost was going to be a whopping 2 million dollars. Well golly gee don’t you know that the final cost for those renovations was well over 20 (twenty) million dollars. How did that happen? And into whose pockets did all that money go?
      I will not be surprised one bit if a year from now we are hearing about a major renovation of the museum and that a huge chunk of the art sale money will be used to pay for it but with the addition of some TIF money tossed in.

      • War Pigs
        November 9, 2017 at 6:19 am #

        All the money goes to the special interests in this city. Labor unions, construction unions, teacher unions. The politicians get their support in return so they get elected or re-elected, along with some nice kickbacks I’m sure. The fix is in.
        The vast majority of the people who voted Tuesday were public employees voting to make sure the pig keeps getting fed. And they are the pig.

        • danvalenti
          November 9, 2017 at 8:35 am #

          Well put, and accurate.

    • danvalenti
      November 9, 2017 at 8:41 am #

      This earns comment of the month honors. McGraw’s has had that posture throughout the entire fiasco. As pointed out by THE PLANET in our recent series, this organization has run up $12 million in debt over the past decade. The tens of millions generated by the auction will likely be money that similarly disappears, with inadequate safeguards and accountability. Kickback city? The museum is a private entity and can very well keep the books hidden in a “safe” place. Time, methinks, to organize a permanent boycott of the BM.

  25. The school committee
    November 9, 2017 at 2:57 am #

    Istill believe the museum should pay Pittsfield back the 400k for the environmental controls we bought to protect the rockwell painting and other artworks.
    While we are at it lets get Hankcock Shaker Village to give us back the 400 k we gave them for remodeling their offices that they redirected.Liars and legal thieves

  26. The school committee
    November 9, 2017 at 3:01 am #

    Eberwien and Bouvier.Tricia are on the board of directors at the museum and they are having financial trouble ,is anyone surprised.These to follow the money always reinventing themselves.Watch Lenox hire Eberwien….their downfall is at hand

  27. Len X Abhorant
    November 9, 2017 at 4:39 am #

    The Museum thing, just stinks.

    • geosims
      November 9, 2017 at 11:05 am #

      Just saw on CBS nightly news Pitts let that board comprised of non-locals steal all that art, we’re the laughing stock of the nation now. The people lost again due to apathy and by all informed accounts, the museum will be bankrupt in 5-10 years.Unbelievable

  28. Pat
    November 9, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    President Trump is awesome in China. They are treating President Trump and family so nice in China. Ivanka’s daughter singing in Mandarin for the Chinese.

    • dusty
      November 9, 2017 at 6:35 am #

      Ivanka should be singing as the only reason she went on this trip is to sign up more lucrative business deals for herself. she loves all those kids who work long hours to make her clothes. She is as unscrupulous and ignorant as her father. Pretty face and nothing else to offer.

      • Still Not Matt
        November 9, 2017 at 9:22 am #

        She’s a 6 at best.

        • Dustin M
          November 9, 2017 at 9:35 am #

          matt you are jealous because you lost your family due to your actions

          • Shakes His Head
            November 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

            Dude, Stop being retarded, you seriously have some deep rooted mental issues. I assure you both my daughters are at the top of their high school classes and I share them 50-50 with my ex wife. You’re a classless fake news joke.

    • The school committee
      November 9, 2017 at 8:31 am #

      Trump is getting very huge

    • Len X Abhorant
      November 9, 2017 at 9:20 am #

      Yes, I heard her lead a Chorus of Let it Be.

  29. h
    November 9, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Pelito was here giving us another grant. She called the Mayor a Champion.

  30. Cos
    November 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    The Mayor’s new Name is….The Champ. So, it is written, so it shall be inscribed.

    • dusty
      November 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

      Champ is fine. and please watch your vowels so that we do not see any chimps or chumps erroneously typed.

  31. Don the Drain
    November 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    I know more than you all.