(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2018) — The most recent developments on a proposed Korean summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean head of state Kim Jung Un indicate the switch has been flipped back to the “on” position. THE PLANET deems this cause for hope though not yet celebration.

Judging by the weekend events, the key figure in resuscitating the talks is South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took the brokerage baton from Chinese leader Xi Jinping, hopped a plane to Trump Villa, gauged the President’s mood (resolve to see the summit happen), flew back to Korea, and surprised the world by meeting with Un for the second time at the border between North and South an achieving a preternatural rapport with his rival. Moon performed the diplomatic equivalent of an Olympic decathlon, a Bruce Jenner was he WAS Bruce Jenner, Wheaties box and all.

Moon cuts a superb diplomatic figure. He’s good looking, respectable in appearance, positive in outlook, tenacious in relations, independent in thought, and fearless in confrontation — clearly the best South Korea has had at the helm in a while. The contrast between Moon and the two other principals in this peninsular soap opera startles even the casual observer. The larger-than-like Day-Glo Donald Trump and short, fat Kim (Body by Lou Costello) give this most serious topic a semi-comic tone worthy of midget tag-team wrestling from the 1950s, but it soon sobers one to realize the Korean Peninsula has been problematic for the globe for as long, now at the nuclear level.

Moon has the smarts not to underestimate Kim. The DPRK strong man understands far more than he lets on, girded by an education in Switzerland, a sharp intellect, and, oddly enough, a love of good ol’ USA-invented basketball. ‘Tis a tragedy of epic proportions that he would grow up to be a Bulls fan, but one must in practicality assign limits to the winning magic of the Boston Celtics brand. We fantasize longingly about Bill Russell replacing Dennis Rodman as the object of Kim’s hero worship and create scalding dialogue from the old redhead himself, Red Auerbach, on what he might say of the situation.

Ah, but we digress, though as yet another aside, what is NOT a digression in an Information Age dominated by the shallowness of “social media?” As a news and journalistic channel, social media forces serious stories to the top of the tower and makes then dive into a wet handkerchief, and the Korean story has suffered greatly from this Saturday Night Live approach to deadly serious news.

From personal disagreements to international crises, face-to-face look-em-in-the-eye conversation has no equal in solving conflict. Granted, it doesn’t always work — Neville Chamberlain waving a piece of paper on a British tarmac comes to mind — but it will always provide the best hope for resolution. The alternative is a continuation of a pointless, 68-year war to which all sides foolishly contribute and no side wants continued. A handshake trumps a missle launch every time, pun intended.

As we remember on this Memorial Day all who served and especially those who gave their lives and saw combat, let us keep in mind what is at stake in getting Trump and Kim to Singapore on June 12.


He who know with certainty what he wants hasn’t considered the possibilities” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.



The Usual Disclaimer.


  1. dusty
    May 28, 2018 at 1:28 am #

    Why can’t North and South Korea just solve this problem themselves?

    and if Trump wants to pull our troops out of S. Korea let him.

  2. The school committee
    May 28, 2018 at 4:27 am #

    It is the 16th negotiation with North Korea.Nobody believes Trump will drop a nuclear bomb on the Island of Korea.

    • NIB
      May 28, 2018 at 6:00 am #

      Korea isn’t an island.

      • dusty
        May 28, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

        Trump may turn it into an island if he cuts it in half with his mighty nuke toys. He is just dying to use them

      • 12 Gauge
        May 28, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

        TSC must be tokin it up again.

  3. Gigi
    May 28, 2018 at 6:18 am #

    President Trump’s “We Revere Those Who Died in Noble Service” Memorial Day Proclamation;

    • dusty
      May 28, 2018 at 7:30 am #

      Pretty good rhetoric from a draft dodger. 5 deferments…is that a record?

      Will he be sending more to die for a noble cause?

      • Mr. Fritz
        May 28, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

        Tell me about Clinton & Obama’s military service.

        • dusty
          May 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

          typical Trumpian pivot

          • Mr. Fritz
            May 28, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

            Typical liberal excuse.

        • The real Shakes His Head
          May 29, 2018 at 6:35 am #

          Barry was 12 years old when the draft ended.

          • 12 Gauge
            May 29, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

            So why didn’t he enlist?

          • The real Shakes His Head
            May 29, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

            Why didn’t trump?

  4. H
    May 28, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    We have an entrepeneut for President.

    • Mr. Fritz
      May 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      PHS graduate – can’t spell!

      • Harrison
        May 28, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

        Fritz, not sure how you know H is a PHS grad, but I am and take offense. Let me guess. You are a St. Joe grad.

        • 12 Gauge
          May 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

          Hail to the school we love

  5. mi
    May 28, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    I don’t think non military Presidents look sincere at speeches like at Arlington.Especially five deferment Presidents.

  6. Trumped Up
    May 28, 2018 at 9:30 am #

    Rich mans draft dodger.

  7. CosbiesLadies
    May 28, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    G G. that’s for turning me on to Chris Matthews. Love him.

  8. Paul Jakacky
    May 28, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    I laugh when the Trump haters talk about him not serving in the military. Clinton and Oboma never served. If their precious Hillary got elected same goes. Military service is not required to be President end of story.

    • Harrison
      May 28, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

      It’s true. But don’t you think it should be a requirement?

      • Mr. Fritz
        May 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

        Not at all – that’s why we have a Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff providing advice & guidance to the President.
        I’m just glad John McCain was never elected Prez – the guy is a Globalist, and like all globalists hates the U.S. and believes in one world govt. – globalism above American sovreignty. God bless Donald J. Trump!

    • dusty
      May 28, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

      It is not that he did not serve it is that he got 5 count them, five deferments while others his age went off to fight for his right to inherit his Dads empire. Also he disrespected John McCain for being captured while flying a mission over Viet Nam.

      • Wilson
        May 29, 2018 at 5:26 am #

        Vietnam War didn’t effect anyone’s rights to anything, it was lost so we have the proof

    • TThe school committee
      May 29, 2018 at 5:25 am #

      It was the Senator John Mccain comment about he liked Pilots under fire who did not get hit by gunfire and President Obama and President Clinton never made a comment this ignorant.Trump says what he thinks…Trump being Trump

      • 12 Gauge
        May 29, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

        I still remember how 0bama told us he visited 57 states, and that’s just the beginning of his stupidity.

  9. Bill Q
    May 28, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Good points Paul, however agree trump is an embarrassment currently and should stay home.

  10. Cos
    May 28, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    Agree trump is an embarrassment and am quite sick of his teleprompt tar and circle hand when speaking. Dow has been down into this week and gas prices are soaring.

  11. Pat
    May 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    The real embarrassment to this country is the behavior of Progressives ever since President Trump has been elected. The childish behavior has gone on for much too long. If this was a sports game, we would say that liberals are very poor sports, but this is much more serious and I agree with Herman Cain about Progressives suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    President Trump is doing an EXCELLENT job and liberals are pea green with envy.

    • Mitchell McConnell
      May 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      So true Pat…now go enjoy your fireworks and don’t forget to wear your MAGA hat so everybody knows just how proud you are of your president…. and remember…he love love loves you right back.

      • Pat
        May 28, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

        I am not a person who wears hats with slogans or even t-shirts with slogans.

        As for President Trump loving me right back, very cute, but I do think he cares about all Americans more than most phony politicians.

        • dusty
          May 29, 2018 at 12:46 am #

          Donald Trump cares about Donald Trump and that is it sister. If he can use you he will care about you for a short while but then toss you aside. The man is a player and has millions of people willing to follow him right off a cliff. So very sad for America.

          • Mr. Fritz
            May 29, 2018 at 4:22 am #

            So you voted for Hillary? The treasonous head of the Clinton Crime Family? Sold U.S. uranium to the Ruskies in exchange for millions in kickbacks? Sold her soul, while Sec. of State, to the highest foreign bidders in exchange for “favors” when she expected to win the presidency?
            Be an American and support your country and your President!

      • 12 Gauge
        May 29, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

        Mitchell, take your hat and jacket off.

    • The school committee
      May 29, 2018 at 5:28 am #

      Trumps is doing a great job at dividing voters by race as regressives allow the wealthy and corporations to continue sucking every dollar out of your wallet.

      • Pat
        May 29, 2018 at 5:49 am #

        More African Americans are employed than ever before. Employment for women hasn’t been this good since 18 years ago. Many African Americans are on President Trump’s team. Not seeing the racial bias. Everyone has more money to spend than ever before except for here in Berkshire County.

        Don’t judge the economic prosperity of this country by what is happening in Berkshire County as this area continues its decline with few jobs, huge income disparity, and lots of unfairness due to our decaying political agenda.

        • TThe school committee
          May 29, 2018 at 7:18 am #

          You dont see racial bias,ok I believe you dont.Pat ,who provides your healthcare and at what rate?

  12. h
    May 29, 2018 at 4:34 am #

    American yes,support Trump absolutely not. Dow should be down all day..

  13. The school committee
    May 29, 2018 at 7:26 am #

    There are 1500 high school students and our school department needs 1/2 million square feet to educate them ,there are empty classrooms at PHS and there are 7 kids in some classrooms…….There are millions to be saved from consolidation and McCandless and Taylor wont do it.The electronic MCAS testing costs millions….dont do this absolutely unnecessary spending

    • 12 Gauge
      May 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

      The only time you make any sense is when you talk like a Republican as you did here.

  14. Spider
    May 29, 2018 at 7:49 am #

    Bravo, Mr. Fritz! I can’t even look at Hillary. She and Bill are the two most corrupt individuals to ever hold office.

    You have to be really stupid to believe that their billions were legitimate. Give me a break!

  15. mi
    May 29, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    Mayor Tyer announced she will be running again for Mayor on the Sturgeon Show.
    Dow biggest drop in over a month???

    • Two Cents
      May 29, 2018 at 11:35 am #

      The two might be related…Because Pittsfield stock just went down. If she truly believes that citizens want her back then she is even more out of touch than we realized. Many of her biggest supporters during the campaign have even had enough.

      • Pat
        May 29, 2018 at 11:59 am #

        All any Progressive who runs has to promise is “more money for the schools” and they will win the election. No other effort is required so running again for mayor is actually very easy. In a competition between two progressives, say Mazzeo and Tyer, the winner will be the one who promises the most to the Pittsfield schools since these voters have been deciding the elections. So sad for this city.

        • NIB
          May 29, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

          Correct. Bianchi lost to Ruberto because Ruberto claimed Bianchi was going to lay off teachers. It was just another Ruberto lie but it worked.

        • The school committee
          May 29, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

          I find all financially irresponsible politicians regressive.

    • dusty
      May 29, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      If Tyer runs, which I seriously doubt, then Gaetani has a real shot. Her credibility is shot and she has spent her whole term taking care of wealthy friends while pooping all over seniors and fixed income folk. And the last time I checked the voting population is made up mostly of seniors.

      • Two Cents
        May 29, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

        Curious Dusty….Why do you “seriously doubt” that Tyer will run again? (you sparked a glimmer of hope for me)

        • dusty
          May 29, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

          I just think she has gotten what she wanted out of the experience and that she has little to gain by hanging around. The machine will probably boot her up the ladder if she wants them to or she could probably retire and live nicely somewhere where the taxes are not so high.

          It may be too late, or maybe she does not care, but she is on or near being on the list of mayors that make people feel yucky when they pass them on the street.

          • Authentic Shakes His Head Not-Praxis 33
            May 30, 2018 at 5:22 am #

            TFB isn’t ready to retire yet.

  16. Jonathan Melle
    May 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    Pittsfield is lucky to have the best Mayor lead the city government towards 2020 and beyond! The lovely Linda Tyer is the best Mayor of Pittsfield EVER! Go lovely Linda Tyer!

  17. CosbiesLadies
    May 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    Gaetani will reduce the budget seven percent and would decrease the budget with no tax increase. But the most serious immediate threat, is the fight against the not needed water-sewer plant which the G-Man has been fighting furiously against.Flip Floppin Rivers has put a monkey wrench into the works, and road repair-less , cowardly votes have made the G-Man more confident going forward. He needs everyone on board, otherwise we are doomed with the rates.

    • Harrison
      May 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

      Thanks but is there an election going on?

  18. The school committee
    May 29, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    I see the irresponsible Roseanne Barr just screwed over about 100 people working on her show because acc he thought being a racist is finny

    • 12 Gauge
      May 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

      Not as finny as one of your drunk high posts.

  19. h
    May 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    Jiv is dazzling them at the C C Meeting tonight ( bullshitting) and he’s doing it with fresh boot polish on his mustache.

  20. Halo
    May 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    One of the questions to JIV was an item that went up 180 percent. JIV’s answer (I’m drawing a blank)

  21. CosbiesLadiesI
    May 29, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Ozzie B. is correct, what a joke this School Budget is becoming. Glitches,over budgeting. Councilors asking good questions but won’t cut?

  22. Trumped Up
    May 29, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    Done with Mazzeo after she commended the School Superintendent for not taking a raise. Sounded like fishing for votes to me?

    The Council looked very amatuerish tonight and let JIV and Company off the hook several times.

    • dusty
      May 29, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

      Mazzeo really said that? And did the superintendent blush and say “aww shucks mamn”?

      that is like thanking the addict for not stealing his mothers purse