(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 20, 2018) — Trump spied on Clinton. Hillary spied on Donald. Every campaign does it, and that we remain surprised or interested might be the biggest surprise of all. That makes laughable the current, money-wasting probes into the Trump-Russia connection and the Comey handling of 2016’s probe of Clinton’s e-mail scandal. It’s time to let both go.

Who cares? It’s not like there’s a Republic to save. America lost that opportunity shortly after 9/11/01. Probing deeper, we cast that blame to the Cold War fox-hollows in 1949. Nonetheless, the wafer-thin but ubiquitous coverage of these highly political investigations makes them not only fair comment by must comment.

Of biggest concern is the actions of former FBI director James Comey. The Justice Department released its findings of a two-year examination of Comey’s actions, and it damns the agency for its incompetence, corruption, and excess. Comey cleared Clinton not of wrongdoing but of political wrongdoing, a splitting of angel hair not even fit for the shaved head of a pin. What you need to know about the report, THE PLANET digests here after our read of the tedious, 568-page document. Written in flaccid prose and drier than Dead Man’s Gulch in August, the probe reveal this:

  • Comey’s tactics were so far from investigative norms as to cast doubt on all of the agency’s actions, including its ability “to be fair arbiters of justice.” In other words, the agency has become a political with-hunt factory, fueled by politics and monitored by … Itself.
  • Inspector General  Mike Horowitz, author of the report, found virulent, anti-Trump e-mails from two key FBI officials — Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — who were not only key agents in the probe of Clinton but who were having a little nooky on the side. They both hated Trump but were allowed to guide the Clinton investigation. Strzok was only lead investigator for Comey.
  • One example of the Strzok-Page texts: During the investigation, while the 2016 presidential race gets white hot, a worried Page asks Strzok, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?” Strzok answers, “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.” This from two agents were took oaths to be impartial and above politics. Strzok, incidentally, was on special counsel Robert Meuller’s staff looking into the Trump-Russia connection.
  • The conduct of these two agents, the report found, “cast[s] a cloud over the entire FBI investigation,” sowing doubt about the agency itself.  “The damge  caused by these employees’ actions extends far beyond the scope of the [Clinton] investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence.” In other words, this agency with unlimited powers to secretly spy on you cannot be trusted, because it will do what it wants, civil liberties be damned. Big Brother, baby.

The actions of Strzok, Page, and three other agents have been referred to the FBI for possible internal action, to which THE PLANET says “Big deal.” Strzok is still on the agency payroll. Page quit last month. What needs to happen is a referral to these people to federal prosecutors and for the prosecutors to go aggressively after them.

The Justice Department’s report shows President Trump took the right course of action when he decisively fired Comey last year. The report affirms the suspicions of those who doubted Comey’s actions when he let Hillary off the hook. You’ll recall the infamous Comey press conference on July 5, 2016. At that time, he announced there would be no criminal charges brought against the former First Lady. Under normal protocol, “the FBI’s role would be limited to referring its findings to the attorney general.” In other words, the Justice Department, not the FBI, would make any public announcements related to the case. Comey acted “unilaterally” and well outside the scope of his office.

The report destroys what was left of Comey’s credibility. Keep that in mind if and when he’s called to testify into Meuller’s probe of Trump-Russia. More importantly, the report shows us that we should put no faith in the FBI. The domestic spying agency has left both J. Edgar Hoover’s dresses and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.’s Wildroot hair tonic in the dust long ago.


“Only the silence of the world is real. All our fatuous noise amounts to nothing” — Thomas Merton.



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  1. Lou Stewels
    June 21, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

    Comey would be a perfect fit for Pittsfield. He could help local moron and fellow former FBI agent Jackobowitz write his dopey op-ed’s for the dying Eagle.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    June 21, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    Satire – Government agencies have political hacks and banal bureaucrats. I would never have guessed it! Kind of like Pittsfield politics with its one political party system of Good Old Boys who all compete for the title of the “biggest political hack” in Massachusetts. I thought the system was only rigged in places like Russia and China, but not in good old Washington, D.C. or Pittsfield! I didn’t realize that political hacks and banal bureaucrats are in it for their own ends, such as lucrative salaries, pensions, rich campaign accounts, healthcare, and fame. Wow! This is all news to me. I thought the FBI was there to fight crime, not cozy up to the political establishment.

    To be real, we all know how the system works. The “golden rule” is those with the most gold rule the masses or the millions upon millions of have-nots. It costs millions of dollars to run for U.S. Congress, and a cool billion to win the presidency. Corporate America’s lobbyists on K Street fill politicians’ campaign coffers with bundles of money. After the typical Member of Congress retires, they collect a big pension and go on to be a lobbyist or consultant of some kind.

    In closing, Donald Trump is all talk! He has not changed one thing for the better in our nation’s capital beltway!

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 22, 2018 at 4:24 am #

      In regards to the last paragraph of your rant about President Trump, you can read about his lengthy list of accomplishments at
      I would encourage all the other low information voters on this blog to do the same.

      • Jonathan Melle
        June 22, 2018 at 6:45 am #

        You can also read about Hitler’s lengthy list of accomplishments! Although they include the Holocaust! Donald Trump has a propaganda web-site! Big deal!

        Donald Trump = Adolf Hitler

        Like Hitler is still an embarrassment to Germany, Trump is a big embarrassment to the USA!

        Down with Hitler!

        Down with Trump!

        • Still Wondering
          June 22, 2018 at 7:07 am #

          And you are an embarrassment to yourself and this site.

        • Pat
          June 22, 2018 at 7:19 am #

          Jonathan, a real dictator doesn’t make peace agreements with other countries and help us to avoid nuclear war. A real dictator is so busy taking over other countries that he doesn’t care a darn about his own country. A real dictator wants war and lots of it to display his lust for power. A real dictator murders and kills his own citizens if they do not march to his agenda or he can single out a group of people, as with Hitler, who deserve to be destroyed. A real dictator has the media completely and totally in bed with him.

          I don’t want a dictator either which is why whether your side is in charge or my side is in charge, we should have small government. We should also limit the powers of the executive branch. I don’t like it when presidents sign too many executive orders like the other day when Congress would do nothing to end the law on the books on illegal immigration and President Trump had to sign an executive order. Congress should have done it’s job to avoid that situation. At least Congress didn’t get its fancy picnic which was at least some punishment for their lack of action.

          • Jonathan Melle
            June 22, 2018 at 9:18 am #

            Donald Trump – The List:
            * He believes he is above the law and that he can pardon himself and others associated with him, which would be “obstruction of justice”
            * He is committing “crimes against humanity” by separating children from their immigrant parents
            * He pulled out the UN Human Rights Council on June 19th, 2018
            * He targeted Mexicans with hate-speech and a multi-billion dollar border wall
            * He targeted Muslims with an unconstitutional travel ban, a religious test, and hate speech
            * He used sexist language against women, including saying he likes to “grab women by their [meow]
            * He represents the racist views of “white nationalism”, and he had alt-right or neo-nazi’s like Stephen Bannon work for his campaign and administration
            * He wants a racist 2020 U.S. Census question that will force people further into the shadows
            * He failed to condemn the hate and neo-nazi groups who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia
            * He endorsed the use of torture that was used during the Bush/Cheney years
            * He mocked the disabled
            * He is a moral hypocrite who openly cheated on all 3 of his wives
            * He won’t release his federal tax returns because he is hiding his shady business dealings
            * He declared business bankruptcy 4 times over
            * His tax cut/scam bill will increase the national debt by trillions of additional dollars
            * He opted out of the Paris climate agreement, he rescinded the Iran Nuclear Treaty, and he imposed tariffs on our economic allies
            * He admires authoritarian dictators in Russia and China
            * He uses immature name-calling of political opponents, and he tears people down to build himself up
            * He disparages the news media every chance he gets
            * He has left DACA or “dreamers” program in limbo
            * He has large numbers of staff turnover in his administration
            * He is in legal trouble with the Mueller “Russian collusion” investigation and the Stormy Daniels legal case
            * He taunted the nuclear annihilation of tens of millions of people who live in North Korea

          • Pat
            June 22, 2018 at 9:31 am #

            None of those qualify as being a dictator and the majority are not even true. Stop listening to the mainstream media who supported Hillary and her crimes and who hate Donald Trump and want to impeach him.

          • Jonathan Melle
            June 22, 2018 at 9:40 am #

            Being above “the rule of law” and being able to “pardon himself” does, indeed, qualify Donald Trump as being a dictator! Furthermore, I am not lying! Trump is dividing people to conquer our democracy!

          • 12 Gauge
            June 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

            Johnathan take a break from watching the View.

  3. h
    June 22, 2018 at 4:35 am #

    No Wal mart at PEDA site and Dow has been down last few days. Trump failing on immigration creating Mutiny at the border.

    • Pat
      June 22, 2018 at 6:30 am #

      CNN and MSNBC interviewing illegal immigrants and telling them that this country owes them free everything and how dare we do anything to add discomfort to them even for a few minutes after the nightmare they have had trying to illegally enter this county. The sick liberal media is so far left and pushing for completely open borders that hopefully this liberal media will destroy itself by showing the American people just how disgusting it has become.

  4. dusty
    June 22, 2018 at 6:09 am #

    I would put Comeys patriotism and loyalty to his country way over the guy who worships Putin.

    Also, Trump would not have gotten elected without help from Comey. Comey cut the legs out from under Hillary Clinton at the last minute. He should be a MAGA hero.

    just sayin

    • Pat
      June 22, 2018 at 6:25 am #

      Condoning a politicized FBI is not smart Dusty. In fact it’s very dangerous. Just because you don’t like the candidate that won doesn’t mean you should applaud a person like Comey. Comey and the politicized culture in the FBI is poison for this country and needs to be cleaned out and exposed for what it is.

      • dusty
        June 22, 2018 at 7:21 am #

        But having Russian KGB agents running your campaign is not dangerous Pat? Diversify your information sources and you may see a whole new world out there

        • Pat
          June 22, 2018 at 7:44 am #

          Dusty, please accept that your candidate lost and we have another president. If Mueller had anything on a Trump and Russia connection that was impeachable, we would have heard it by now. President Trump was right to fire Comey. Watching CNN and MSNBC, which I do, just to view the insanity, is not diversifying my world view. It is stepping into paranoia.

          We all know that Russia was trying to interfere with our elections. Russia had trolls all over social media trying to influence how people in this country think about the candidates so they were very busy doing that. I think the trolls are still out there and we do have a Russia problem just not connected with President Trump. We do need to focus on Russian interference in this country, but not trying to link it to President Trump.

          • NIB
            June 22, 2018 at 8:44 am #

            And Russian attempted election interference was happening way before the 2016 election. But Obama did nothing about it. It only became an issue when the Dems needed to find an excuse for blowing it.

          • Mr. G
            June 23, 2018 at 4:34 am #

            Pat that is disingenuous. Anyone with a pencil can easily connect the dots between the Trump campaign and the Russians. In order to make the evidence stand at the level of impeachability, and conviction, it had damn well better be air tight. No prosecutor would pull the plug on any investigation before all the loose ends were tied up. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they do grind.

  5. Pat
    June 22, 2018 at 6:19 am #

    Many on this board insisted that Comey should run as the next Democratic presidential candidate. This was after “A Higher Loyalty” came out and so many paid money to read a bunch of lies. Comey did have a higher loyalty, but that loyalty wasn’t to the FBI, the country, or to justice.

    Even though, thank God, he didn’t help Hillary win the election, Comey and his family were really pro-Hillary and he wanted to help her win. His last minute late October announcement to open the Hillary investigation was an attempt to save himself when he realized he may have gone too far in trying to protect Hillary.

    • NIB
      June 22, 2018 at 8:42 am #

      Pat, I agree. Comey’s October announcement was nothing more than a CYA attempt that failed miserably.

  6. The school committee
    June 22, 2018 at 6:50 am #

    Trump is clear and innocent,so let the Mueller investigation finnish up so Trump knows how this Russian influence happened.I do wonder why Republicans dont want to know.It happened so we need the complete picture and if Trump is innocent he as Preident wants this independent look at who did what.

  7. The school committee
    June 22, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    Comey was the most respected member of the FBI,would Trumps mother in law find Trump or Comey more believable?….no need to answer

    • dusty
      June 22, 2018 at 7:22 am #

      Let me field that toughy…

      I think even Ivanka would take Comey over the father she knows all too well.

    • mi
      June 22, 2018 at 7:58 am #

      Trump, he’s taking care of mummy in law.

  8. 12 Gauge
    June 22, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    Dusty, Melle and TSC love fake news.

  9. 12 Gauge
    June 22, 2018 at 8:35 am #

    Dusty, Melle and TSC love fake news. Fake news fruitcakes..

    • dusty
      June 22, 2018 at 9:15 am #

      What is it about some Trump followers that they resort to all this name calling. So fourth grade…kinda cheapens your argument when you have to substitute name calling for factual information

      but if that is all ya got I guess ya gotta go with it

      • Jonathan Melle
        June 22, 2018 at 9:43 am #

        I am proud to stand up against Donald Trump and his hateful supporters!

        Down with Trump! Down with Hate!

        • Mr. Fritz
          June 22, 2018 at 9:49 am #

          Who’s spewing hate continuously on this blog? That would be YOU, with all your hateful comments towards YOUR President and other community leaders who have somehow wronged you many years ago. Get over it before your hate destroys you.

        • CosbiesLadies
          June 22, 2018 at 9:55 am #

          Don’t forget the lies J Mel Approaching upwards of 3000′ ,and while I got you on here streets for the weekend please? DOw down again.

          • Jonathan Melle
            June 22, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            Stay off of:
            North st.
            Tyler st.
            Lincoln st.
            First st.
            Second st.
            Linden st.
            Dewey ave
            Cherry st.
            Burbank st.
            Kent ave
            Madison ave
            And Seymour st.
            And you might survive.

        • 12 Gauge
          June 22, 2018 at 10:37 am #

          Jonathan, there is no one more hateful than you

          • Jonathan Melle
            June 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

            I should not hate, but I am human and hate is part of our human nature. Rather than hate, I choose to stand up to people, especially politicians, who hurt people through mean-spirited methods and hate policies.

            Per Pittsfield politics, I cannot believe what I lived through since I was 20 years old during the Spring of 1996! To read about it, please view my blog page:

            Per my experience living in the Pittsfield area, I had to deal with the sad part of life including being jobless and working low-income jobs with no benefits. I felt doomed to a life of poverty in Pittsfield! To read about it, please view my blog page:

            Pittsfield has experienced post-industrial economic losses! Thousands of people have had to move out of Pittsfield due to the many hundreds of lost jobs over the past 4 decades. The result is that Pittsfield is one of the most economically unequal communities in the state and nation because there are no living wage jobs for the average worker in Pittsfield.

            I was one of those people who could not make it in Pittsfield. When I went to the unemployment office on North Street or interviewed for a job in Pittsfield, I felt I was being laughed at because no one would hire me. Moreover, I felt I was blacklisted by the Nuciforo network and the Good Old Boys who demanded absolute loyalty to their cause of running Pittsfield’s economy into the proverbial ditch.

            Per Donald Trump, he is a hate-filled president! He uses hate-speech and racism to build himself up, thereby tearing people down like a mean-spirited bully. I feel that I am the opposite of Trump’s M.O. I want to be a voice for the voiceless in our top-down system of inequity and injustice. To me, those without rights or power, they all have rights and power with me. Instead of separating children from their immigrant parents, and putting people in cages and tent cities, I would show compassion to the powerless and assimilate families into our country where everyone has rights and liberties to live a happy and prosperous life.

            – Jonathan Melle


            P.S. I will always speak my good conscience as long as I live. Human Rights for Everyone!

      • 12 Gauge
        June 22, 2018 at 10:36 am #

        Your posts support my conclusions

        • 12 Gauge
          June 22, 2018 at 10:41 am #

          The above remark was for dusty

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 22, 2018 at 9:51 am #

      Low information voters.

  10. NIB
    June 22, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    The deep state lives on and will live forever. Whether it’s the FBI making sure Hillary got off scott free, the Bush admin inventing evidence of WMD in Irag, Reagan admin making Ollie the fall guy for Iran-Contra, Obama admin telling cyber security chief to stand down on Russian election interference, Watergate, Clinton-Monica, the list is endless.
    Where there’s money and power there’s corruption. Our gov’t is not only no exception, it’s the poster child for corruption.

    • dusty
      June 22, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      Your last line should be added to the Star Spangled Banner

    • Pat
      June 22, 2018 at 9:42 am #

      I agree which is why small government is best. Corruption and government go hand in hand. The far left wants to grow government even larger and that isn’t good especially when the media is much too cozy with the left and wants to destroy Republicans. If they succeeded, that would leave us with one party in bed with the media. Corruption would run rampant in that scenario.

      • Mr. Fritz
        June 22, 2018 at 9:59 am #

        The good news is much of the evil in our government and society is being exposed by Trump’s administration. That’s why the leftist Dems are floating so much fake crap which was actually occurring under previous administrations.
        Love this President, love this country, and looking forward to the landslide Trump victory in 2 years!

  11. dusty
    June 22, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Article in iBerkshires talking about the city of Pittsfield having a tax lien auction this fall. They will cherry pick the properties to auction. Wonder if that big mess way out on rte 20 will the logging operation being run out of it will be selected this time. That one always seems to be giving a break…is the owner connected?? Oh my!

    In a couple of more years they will be auctioning off a bunch of once senior homesteads I imagine. They are probably looking forward to it.

  12. Joe Blow
    June 22, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    Former President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice told him to “stand down” in response to Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Why would she do this?Hmm!

  13. Space Patrol
    June 22, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    Tru p wants to go after them I. space also.

  14. Unwanted Carl
    June 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

    Joe BLOw, the next frontier where there will be trillions poured Into, is SPACE. Putin and Trump are going to become partners in crime and Billions in Cash. There will be logos on the side of these Space PatRol vehicles, that will don (no pun) Trump. – Putin. It’s real, it’s coming. In twenty years,also we will be driving air vehicles,flying cars). Yup, we will be just like the Jetsens. Trump. is a Genius.

    • Joe Blow
      June 22, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      What does that have to do with the stand down order? Here are just a few technologies the space program has contributed to the world.

      NASA spinoff technologies

      Ventricular assist device
      Infrared ear thermometers
      Artificial limbs
      Light-emitting diodes in medical therapies
      Invisible braces
      Scratch-resistant lenses
      3D food printing
      Aircraft anti-icing systems
      Highway safety
      Improved radial tires
      Chemical detection
      Video enhancing and analysis systems
      Landmine Removal
      Fire-resistant reinforcement
      Firefighting equipment
      Shock Absorbers for buildings
      Temper foam
      Enriched baby food
      Portable cordless vacuums
      Freeze drying
      Digital image sensor
      Water purification
      Solar Cells
      Pollution remediation
      Correcting for GPS signal errors
      Water location
      Structural analysis software
      Remotely controlled ovens
      NASA Visualization Explore
      Software catalog
      Powdered lubricants
      Improved mine safety
      Food safety
      Gold coating

      • Gigi
        June 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

        Great post, Joe Blow! Love it!

      • Fugimoto Hockalugi
        June 22, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

        You forgot Tang.

  15. Halo
    June 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    Sucks to be Joe Blow.

  16. Jonathan Melle
    June 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    I am being mocked on topix tonight. I posted: “Vote 4 Dan Valenti”

  17. CosbiesLadies
    June 22, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

    Streets please and a Lucy story.

    • Jonathan Melle
      June 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

      Lucy wants you to go his pot shop on Dalton Avenue and buy some of his marijuana products.

  18. 12 Gauge
    June 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

    Johnathan take a break from watching the View.

  19. 12 Gauge
    June 22, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

    One definition of fruitcake…an eccentric or insane person. Sorry dusty but that’s you TSC and Melle in essence. You guys need to stop watching the view and stop posting made up nonsense.

    • Jonathan Melle
      June 22, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

      Were people”eccentric” or “insane” back in the old days when they opposed Hitler and his Nazi regime in Germany?
      We have a chance to stop Donald Trump from turning our beloved country into another version of Hitler’s Nazi Germany regime!
      Down with Hitler! Down with Trump!
      I hope Trump will be impeached and convicted!

      • 12 Gauge
        June 23, 2018 at 11:46 am #

        Your moonbat forefathers such as George Bernard Shaw, old man Kennedy and W.E.B. Du Bois had praise for Hitler. They loved the guy. They changed their minds when Hitler turned on Stalin. The Progresives also loved Mussolini. JM you mostly talk through your ass.

        • 12 Gauge
          June 23, 2018 at 11:48 am #

          Convicted of what you buffoon? Contempt of Melle?

  20. The school committee
    June 23, 2018 at 7:34 am #

    12 is in a cult and doesn’t know it.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 23, 2018 at 7:56 am #

      You’ve been brainwashed by the mainstream media. Low information voter.

    • dusty
      June 23, 2018 at 8:58 am #

      true and sad some minds are so pliable

      • 12 Gauge
        June 23, 2018 at 11:37 am #

        TSC and dusty, where do you two mega minds get your information. It seems that you get if from the View or maybe a bar stool.

    • 12 Gauge
      June 23, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      Ha, you are a democultist

  21. Jonathan Melle
    June 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    It’s now clear that thousands of innocent children, including crying little babies, have been stolen from their parents and essentially scattered to the wind by the bottomless evil of Donald Trump. And nobody can tell us how MOST of them will EVER be reunited.

    It is now clear that, whether by heartless plan or by callous negligence, Trump’s monstrous intent was to permanently tear up these families to punish them for the “crime” of seeking asylum from the United States of America, the now FORMER world symbol of justice and liberty.

    Yesterday at a immigration hearing it was argued that it was not relevant where a mother’s child might be. The Republican judge was so angered by the heartless disdain of the government attorney he literally slammed his fist on the bench, sending a pen flying.

    It is now clear that absolutely no provision was made when their these desperately sobbing children were seized to make a record that would even theoretically allow them to be associated with and returned to their real mother and fathers. So when they tell us that it’s no problem, that they know how to do this, they are . . .

    What’s the word for what they are doing here? Did you ever struggle to find the perfect word to characterize or describe something?

    Right, here it is . . . they are LYING.

    Lying, lying, lying, lying and more LYING.

    They won’t let the media in to see what is actually going on. They won’t even let mayors of their own cities or governors of their own states have access.

    And there is no end in sight of the still to escalate family wrecking on this child snatching railroad.

    Today Trump confirmed our reading that, executive order or no executive order, with or without a pretentious prop signature to wave in front of TV cameras, “ultimately” even more children will be ripped from their mothers arms. Just as we predicted, in just 20 days, if the judge in the Flores case won’t reauthorize appalling inhumanity, and they won’t, Trump resumes grabbing breast feeding infants from their mothers arms again.

    How many more? Yesterday, Trump ordered the Department of Defense to provide space for 20,000 orphans, TWENTY THOUSAND more, on military bases where nobody else will be able to get in, literal black op sites for babies.

    Trump has got to be stopped. YOU’VE got to stop him. By speaking out about the most disgraceful and despicable depravity since the first time America set up its own concentrations camps.

    If you will ever speak out to demonstrate against anything, demonstrate about this. DEMAND that everything else grind to a halt until these children are located. Whether it takes a massive DNA testing program or whatever. Whatever it takes to try to wash away this shameless national stain.

    This is no longer about who Donald Trump is. For a long time that has been abundantly clear for those with ears to hear and eyes to see.

    This is now about who WE are. And this is NOT who we are.

    Except for those who remain silent now. That is who THEY are.

    And please forward this message to everyone else you know on your own email lists.

    Source: The Pen (The People’s Email Network) June 23, 2018.

      • Pat
        June 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

        This article says it perfectly. So many easily fooled people who don’t reason things out and are just ruled by their emotions so they are easily manipulated by this deceptive media of ours. Our media has an agenda and it is all about getting power for one party. The liberal media will be creating one crisis after another and telling one lie after another between now and the November elections.

        • Jonathan Melle
          June 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

          Breitbart = alt-right = Hitler Nazi’s

          • 12 Gauge
            June 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

            Melle = BUFFOON

    • Jow Blow
      June 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

      You’re all ate up like a soup sandwich! Internet “tough guy” with a serious case of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). Where were you during the Obama years? The immigration system is and has been broken for many years. How the hell can the US take care of everyone else while it’s own citizens are homeless,jobless and just struggling to make it by? Between Bush and Obama we are 21 trillion in debt and the government is a sea of corruption. Get a clue THEY(the uni-party)R’s & D’s want us divided because together we are strong…we are being destroyed from within! WWGOWGA!! where we go one we go all!

  22. Gary Wood
    June 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    So what’s this I hear about a religious protest at Park Square being broken up by storm troopers from the local gaystopo?

  23. Voytek Gobsigski
    June 23, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    What was with the religious demonstration on Park Square today? I heard that storm troopers from the local Gaystopo broke it up. Does anyone know what happened?

    • Benigno Numine
      June 23, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

      Does Herzig know about this? Ziggy?????

  24. U
    June 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    Media is looking for a name for those Trump Tents which the President-called them. I have a name, Motel Hate.

    • Corrective Invective
      June 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

      You must be a professional idea man.

  25. Unwanted Carl
    June 23, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

    So Taconic entered the State Championship game without one of the starters because a review of something? I don’t know, couldn’t they let the kid play and suspend next year, pretty lame

  26. Jonathan Melle
    June 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm #


    Re: Open letter to George Will

    Dear George Will:

    I read your column about Bill Weld vying for Libertarian Party’s 2020 nomination for U.S. President. Your praise of Weld’s pedigree and background in government leaves out some important facts, including Governor Weld’s mismanagement of Boston’s “Big Dig”, which doubled in cost during his 6.5-years in office. While Governor Weld cut taxes and put into practice “Reaganomics” for Massachusetts, the state government became the nation’s #1 per capita debtor state in the nation, which is a title it still holds today. Indeed, Massachusetts’ public finances are now likened to those of a third world banana republic! In addition, Governor Weld resigned his position as Governor of Massachusetts during his second term during the Summer of 1997. After failing to manage the “Big Dig” and failing in his attempt at “supply-side economics”, Bill Weld left Massachusetts to live in New York City to be with his Wall Street colleagues he made rich by plunging Massachusetts state government into billions upon billions of dollars in debt. The rub on Bill Weld was that he was just another “borrow-and-spend” Republican!

    In 2012, you praised another former Massachusetts Governor named Willard Mitt Romney when he challenged Barack Obama for the presidency. Governor Romney’s solution to financial management was to make large cuts to public education and local aid. During Governor Romney’s one-term in office, he made the largest cuts to public education and local aid of anyone prior or since. Moreover, Governor Romney said “a fee is not a tax” to raise revenue for the state government in Massachusetts. In addition, Governor Romney passed “Romney-care”, which was a flawed program to provide health insurance to the masses. “Romney-care” wasn’t so much about quality healthcare as it was a way for him to run on something when he ran for U.S. President twice for over 4-years of his life. When Romney ran for president, he switched his beliefs on policy positions to perfectly align with the national Republican Party. Romney came across as totally fake and insincere!

    When I read your criticisms of “free stuff” the Democrats promise, I believe you fall silent on how to include the underclass, working poor, and otherwise disadvantaged people into the economy. Would you rather spend tens of thousands of dollars incarcerating the non-Welds and non-Romneys than aiding them to obtain a college degree? Would you rather see uninsured families lose their financial security due to a major illness rather than providing them with universal healthcare? What is your solution to unemployed or under-employed workers when you derisively refer to “guaranteed-government-jobs”?

    Not everyone is like Bill Weld, who was born with an $80-million trust fund and a family legacy at Harvard, or Mitt Romney, who is three-times more wealthy than Weld! There are millions of American citizens who depend on society, including the government, to help them succeed in our nation’s 21st-Century economy. As I pointed out, part of Weld’s legacy was to place Massachusetts into deep debts that it is still drowning in today. Weld can blame the “Big Dig”, but the fact remains his tax cuts did not work! As for Romney, his solution for Massachusetts was to make deep cuts to public education and local aid. Governor Romney knew he wouldn’t win a second term in 2006!

    In closing, I admire your stand against U.S. President Donald Trump. He is a hateful demagogue who is dividing our country and weakening our democratic institutions. Down with Trump!

    Jonathan Melle

    • 12 Gauge
      June 23, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

      Weld and Romney are RINOS you fool.

      • Jonathan Melle
        June 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

        Weld and Romney are trust fund babies born with a “silver spoon” in their mouth. It must be nice to be handed tens of millions of dollars by your rich daddy!

        • 12 Gauge
          June 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

          Check with the Kennedy’s on that one.

    • Hoyt Clagwell
      June 23, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

      He is a hateful demagogue who is dividing our country and weakening our democratic institutions. …..can you give concrete examples?

      • Jonathan Melle
        June 23, 2018 at 9:02 pm #


        Trump believes he above the rule of law and that he can pardon himself.

        Trump uses white nationalism, hate-speech, and lies to persecute people, especially women and children immigrants!

        Trump is committing “crimes against humanity” by separating mothers from their babies at the southern border.

        Trump tells people “the system is rigged” when he doesn’t get his way.

        • dusty
          June 24, 2018 at 4:25 am #

          He and his family are making millions of dollars every week using his presidency as a springboard. All the while behind the scenes decimating health care, deregulating the banking industry and angering allies across the world.

          but using children as pawns to get his border wall is as low as a human being can go…some people are OK with that…I am not

          • 12 Gauge
            June 24, 2018 at 8:27 am #

            stop watching and reading fake news.

        • Mr. Fritz
          June 24, 2018 at 4:53 am #

          You can’t fix stupid.

          • dusty
            June 24, 2018 at 6:26 am #

            You can’t. But you can use more than one propaganda news source so that you are less likely to get dragged into a cult. Try it and good luck. we are all hoping for your speedy recovery.

          • Mr. Fritz
            June 24, 2018 at 8:20 am #

            And some people like you, Dusty, can’t handle the truth!

        • Gigi
          June 24, 2018 at 5:46 am #

          This story illustrates the false information being circulated by Globalists and Socialists (like Jon Melle) who want to destroy our country through illegal immigration – by preying on sympathy “for the children.”

          • Pat
            June 24, 2018 at 6:24 am #

            Russia is getting in on the act too because they really are trying to destroy our country. They just aren’t using President Trump to do it. Their Russian trolls are using our social media to spread lies to create instability in the country. So between the Russian trolls and our own liberal media spreading lies, this is why so many people in this country are being fed so much nonsense.

        • Pat
          June 24, 2018 at 6:45 am #

          Here’s the thing Mr. Melle. The system really has been rigged against President Trump and if you had listened, as I did, to the entire hearings last week when the FBI officials were being grilled by Congress you would have heard a very frightening story of what has been happening at the FBI with political bias. Also this article written by Dan V. should tell you that President Trump has been dealing with a “rigged system”.

          Remember Hillary running around screaming “It’s a conspiracy” when Bill was running around telling lies about his affair with Monica in the White House, well that really wasn’t a conspiracy and Bill Clinton was guilty. The Clintons just figured they could continue to get away with anything they wanted as they always have with so many powerful people on their side, but Bill did get caught that time. Hillary did get away with her latest blunder with her e-mails thanks to a powerful Mr. Comey at the FBI, but at least she didn’t win the presidency.

        • 12 Gauge
          June 24, 2018 at 8:24 am #

          Except in cases of impeachment ANY POTUS could pardon him/her self.

          The rest of your rant is based on fake news and unworthy of a response.

          Oh and it’s OK for you to rant on about how Pittsfield is rigged but no one else can say any system is rigged. Stop being a buffoon.

  27. Pat
    June 24, 2018 at 6:34 am #

    Now James Comey is claiming to be embarrassed to say he is from the United States because of our policy of separating children from parents. I can think of a lot of other reasons why Mr. Comey should be embarrassed beginning with his own behavior while head of the FBI. His silence about the same things happening on the border during the Obama administration and, oh yeah, using his power at the FBI to clear Hillary of her obvious crimes. All because he had a “higher loyalty” to the Clintons.

    • dusty
      June 24, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      I am against any president traumatizing children but not at all surprised that Trump would do it. He has shown many times that he only cares about his own selfish power and will attempt to destroy anything in his path even helpless children who never did anything to deserve what is happening to them

      And this proves what most of us have feared all along. Trump is devoid of compassion at even the lowest level. He does not own a heart and cannot even fake having one.

      • Pat
        June 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

        You were not fearful of Obama’s level of compassion though when he was separating children from families and putting children in cages in 2014. We have the pictures. We’ve seen it. Why is Trump a Hitler while Obama was a good guy?

      • Joe Blow
        June 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

        The parents are doing the traumatizing!

  28. Unwanted Carl
    June 24, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    This is trumps border uprising. i am in favor of trumps space force.

    • dusty
      June 24, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      Trump s Space Force consists of compressed air inside his skull forcing the sides of his head outward. And that is the closest he will ever get to Space Force. The intense unseen force in a vacuum so powerful that it prohibits the existence of brain cells.

  29. The school committee
    June 24, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    Crazy Trump created the villain to be afraid of and you have bought in that its media….journalist are there to aggitate goverment .Crazy fears journalists looking at his actions

  30. 12 Gauge
    June 24, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    Melle, I’m posting this in your honor:

    Godwin’s Law
    A term that originated on Usenet, Godwin’s Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin’s Law has effectively forfieted the argument.

  31. 12 Gauge
    June 24, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that, when a Hitler comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever made the comparison loses whatever debate is in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin’s law.

  32. Dilly Dally
    June 24, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Trump has been trying to prove to his Father,still,that he had what it takes even though Dad drew a hard line with him. Turns out this tough love Dad gave little Donny turned him into President of the United States. But, all the lies and bullshit you see is strictly two things,proving the late Father wrong and succeeding at any cost in Business. He’s a liar and manipulator because that’s we he learned to succeed growing up. He never learned compassion skills.

  33. mi
    June 24, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    The Majority of the City Council is of Italain Heritage. What is the Majority of the School Committee? We do know one thing, there are no indigenous people on either.

  34. Nota
    June 24, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    Councilor White, your Italian role models didn’t discover America, Columbus did. And as far as being Italian, it could have been a one night stand. Back in the day everything was condoned, including rape,incest, and murder. Sort of like today. This is a flip flop subject for one Council Member, not worth mentioning on the Planet.

  35. Jonathan Melle
    June 24, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    I guess I am just another pseudo-intellectual who overly relies on Godwin’s Law to make my point in my fake arguments. Thanks for exposing me for being another phony!

    Does all of that mean that Donald Trump is the American Messiah? Should I switch to a new religion honoring the great Trump?

    • 12 Gauge
      June 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

      You are my favorite Buffoon.

  36. h
    June 24, 2018 at 11:25 am #

    Trump,as we all,will have the same sized coffin,no one is better than another. if History repeats itself, what would you call the recent detentions of Families and separation there-of? What is the thought process or was there one? Families and children are separated and In a cage, the only thing missing in comparison to Hitler, because te philosophy the same, is execution.

    On the Columbus outcry, f-off,if it weren’t for him, we would pn’t be speaking English. This was a really stupid debate at City Council. You would have to change every Holiday, they were all political heretic’s

    • Jonathan Melle
      June 24, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      Someday soon, we will have a holiday honoring the great Donald Trump for saving our nation from immigrant women and children!

      • Cos
        June 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

        What do we call it?

    • Pat
      June 24, 2018 at 11:58 am #

      Stop trying to pull the wool over the eyes of people “H”. You know full well that the pictures of children in cages were from 2014….the Obama years. Obama too was separating families. No hysteria from Liberals or Liberal media. Rachel Maddow wasn’t crying then.

  37. Bill Q
    June 24, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    Well, you have to see our silly Council debating this? this happened 600 years ago, It’s a feel good debate and sounds more and more like political jockeying. The only thing we should recognize, Councilor Flip Flop? is current taxpayer relief.

    Mazzeo lost my support on two things. I”ll expound in further posts. Neither has anything to do with Columbus.

    • Spider
      June 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

      Wow, Bill Q.—can’t wait to hear you expound on this. Are you referring to DTR as “flip flop”?

      And as far as Mazzeo on “Columbus”, I am very disappointed in Persip throwing out the race card with her comment.

      But what else did Mazzeo do that disturbs you?

  38. CosbiesLadies
    June 24, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    If you want to stop the Political jockeying and political nonsense, read this, please.

  39. Pat
    June 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    As Progressives try really hard to quiet any discussion about the FBI hearings this past week and make it all about Trump and immigration, Peter Strozk will be giving a deposition on Wednesday about why he said he and his FBI agents would stop Trump and if that didn’t work he had an insurance plan.

    Stopping Trump meant making sure Hillary was cleared of her crimes so that Hillary could defeat him. The insurance policy was that if the worst happened and Trump was elected then the investigation into the phony Trump and Russia collusion was ready to take him down . This was political corruption at the highest level and even the liberal media was involved by wining and dining FBI agents.

  40. Pat
    June 24, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    I watched Chris Wallace today grilling a former homeland security secretary who was asked what is Democrat’s plan for huge surge of illegal immigrants on the border. He had no short term plan and only mentioned trying to change the situation in the countries where they are coming from. Again, these are long term plans only and do nothing to stop the growing numbers now. Democrats just want to push for open borders.

    The fact is that of the 12,000 children that came to the border this summer, 10,000 came without parents.

  41. Pat
    June 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    “H” and others on this board know that Obama was separating parents from children in 2014 along with putting them in cages. We have the pictures. No outrage then. Rachel Maddow wasn’t crying then. More hypocrisy from people who want to take the conversation away from finding real solutions to illegal immigration and who want to shift it away from the corrupt FBI behavior from those at the top that tainted the Hillary investigation and the Trump investigation.

  42. mi
    June 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    On Separation, where were the children, walking the streets of Pittsdield?

  43. H
    June 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    Ask yourself? Are these big tax cut Corporations investing in the worker? Or just buying their stock back for the investor? The Ryan Trump current package could be one big catastophe down the road, and it will be a recession like we’ve never seen before.

    Where is the money from overseas going to? Is it in Coltsvillel?

  44. Unwanted Carl
    June 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

    Trump told his gold people when and how much to buy,it’s in the books. The sheiks in Saudi Oil Fields told Obama when first elected,85 a barrel is what they wanted, it was way below that when they stated it. trump won,watch oil prices rise

    I”m going to El Paso Tommorrow to protest, not enough humanity around here to care. Drew and Igor are trying to change things here for the better.

  45. The school committee
    June 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    Media grilled a democrat and its regressives thsm

    • 12 Gauge
      June 24, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

      pour another one

  46. Cos
    June 24, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    If we were to have A Holiday for Trump one Day, what could we call it? I’ll go First. Liar Liar Pants on Fire Day.

    • 12 Gauge
      June 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      Call it Make America Great Again day. You buffoon libtards will eventually see the light.

  47. U
    June 24, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Or CIty Councilor Days

    Flip Flop Day
    Barbers Day
    Cavalier Day
    You Know Day
    Eat at the Big Table Someday Day
    Another resurfaced Road Day
    Compliance Day
    Higher Education Day
    Unapposed Day
    Trash Talk Day
    Beverage Ina Jar Day

  48. dusty
    June 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    Pat keeps saying “the fact is” “the fact is”. But all her “facts” come from Trump backing sites so how in the hell is that objective? She is in a cult and can’t even see daylight. Prayers for Pat everybody.

    Don’t waste them on 12 gauge…he has already left the planet.

  49. 12 Gauge
    June 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

    Be sure to catch fellow libtard, Joy Behar on the View tomorrow dusty.