(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FOURTH OF JULY ETC., 2018) — In honor of the 4th, THE PLANET will take and enjoy a brief hiatus. In Vegas, they call it “going dark.” Check back Monday to see if we’ve taken down the “Gone Fishin'” sign or if we’ve decided to stay on the farm in Essex and keep bees for all or part of the remainder of our life.

Have a safe and happy holiday, everybody. And feel free to comment as usual to and on any and all until we next engage in the pleasure. Unlike the daily rag, we welcome free expression and exchange.

Adieu, adieu! Parting is such sweet joy.


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  1. 12 Gauge
    July 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    In the mean time I’m thinking about the DA,’s race and what a joke Andrea Herringbone is.And who the hell is that Judy chick? I’m backing Caccieivelo . I have no confidence in the buffoons running against him.

    • dusty
      July 4, 2018 at 12:50 am #

      You don’t know who the Judy chick is but in Trumpian fashion you call her a buffoon. I would expect nothing less from you Mr Gauge. You don’t even know all the candidates but you know you are going to vote for the machine. Awesome….just awesome

      • 12 Gauge
        July 4, 2018 at 9:19 am #

        Low I.Q.people have trouble grasping sarcasm.

        • dusty
          July 5, 2018 at 3:56 am #

          I know, I have heard that. But don’t feel too bad, you’re probably not the only one.

    • Flogging Molly
      July 6, 2018 at 6:39 am #

      And which wife of someone in the DA’s office are you?

  2. Ron Kitterman
    July 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

    As Martina McBride says roll the stone away its Independence Day!!

  3. Jonathan Melle
    July 3, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    The lovely Linda Tyer is the best Mayor of Pittsfield EVER! I like her support for Social Justice and Human Rights! I support her participation in Pittsfield politics!
    Happy Independence Day, Pittsfield, Massachusetts!

  4. Pat
    July 4, 2018 at 5:56 am #

    Happy 4th of July everyone. Stay cool.

    • dusty
      July 4, 2018 at 6:13 am #

      Right back at ya Pat. Relax and have good thoughts

  5. The school committee
    July 4, 2018 at 6:34 am #

    The school committee want the Crosby school community coordinator to work all day everyday as his contract stipulates .Is that to much to ask?

    • mi
      July 4, 2018 at 7:02 am #

      As long as he has a mini putting green in the office. I’m for extended breaks, but only during summer.

  6. Thomas More
    July 4, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    Chuck Garivaltis – from yesterday – I remember Tony Rensa well – he was the catcher-manager – when the season ended he joined the Indians in late August and finished the year in Cleveland. Frenchy Bourdegaray managed Three Rivers and went on to finish the season with the Dodgers. He lead the Can-Am league in Batting in 1946.

  7. Mr. Fritz
    July 4, 2018 at 9:32 am #

    Great 4th of July parade. Drury HS Band was outstanding! Put the PHS band to shame. Isn’t there a music program anymore in Pittsfield schools?

    • Corrective Invective
      July 4, 2018 at 10:05 am #

      Caccamo looked like an idiot with a blazer and shorts. I guess he was going for the Miss Jane Hathaway look

      • tom
        July 4, 2018 at 11:05 am #

        It was quite obvious by the way the councilors were walking in the parade that there is a definite divide. Just saying.

        • Corrective Invective
          July 4, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

          Why was scary Barry doing in the parade?

          • u
            July 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

            Agree, he has no business being OnThe street on the Fourth of July.

          • Corrective Invective
            July 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

            He has every right to be on the street but the parade people have strict rules as to who can march. Next year if you feel like marching just show up. No rules for Barry so no stinkin’ rules for you.

          • tom
            July 5, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

            Barry is holding the Tyer for re-election sign.

      • dusty
        July 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

        Saw some pictures on iberkshires. Can’t believe how some of the people were dressed. Long pants, long sleeved shirts and layered clothing. Did they know it was gonna be HOT??? I mean I know that is how they do it in the mid east but we have choices here

      • The school committee
        July 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

        Caccamo has not returned a call in 3 years,Connell,Simonelli, put the lazy councilor to shame.

        • 12Gauge
          July 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

          He’s too busy trying to find his pants.

      • Dick Flimsy
        July 4, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

        He is an idiot.

    • Thomas More
      July 4, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      Parade wasn’t long enough. Thankfully though, it gave you a chance to take a shot at PHS.

      • RobEM
        July 4, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

        Does P.H.S. have band uniforms for events during the school year?

    • The school committee
      July 4, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      Pittsfield has the best music program in the state with great teachers who are gifted.

      • 12 Gauge
        July 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

        Yeah, they’re gifted every payday.

  8. h
    July 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    p H s band was great. but not as Great as Gaetani has been for our Xity.

  9. The school committee
    July 4, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    Shulmans merry go round is the biggest sham ever put on in the berkshires.Its his gift to Pittsfield…..put it on the front lawn of the museum

    • AlaskanBushClowns
      July 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

      No T I F no whiffs.

    • dusty
      July 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Totally disagree. One reason it is not doing as well as they wished is because of a lack of city support. But the whole thing was done with heart and it will be a shame if it does not make it. Hope everyone takes their kids there this coming weekend and spreads the word.

      • 12 Gauge
        July 4, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

        Who wants to chip in for a season pass so dust can ride all summer?

      • 12 Gauge
        July 6, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

        Dust, what kind of city support are you suggesting?

  10. AlaskanBushClowns
    July 4, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Tif is city support.Whether Jim wants it or not….the electrical Bill will kill ya.

  11. CosbiesLadiesI
    July 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    Maybe Jim Wliusz can tell C J hoss not to get refills at the all you can eats.

  12. h
    July 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Let’s hope Mr. G has recovered from not being chosen as parade marshal simply because. G man’s agenda would have been to all departments Cut Sven percent across the board, that would have been his first designation as mayor.

    • Corrective Invective
      July 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

      He should have just marched like scary Barry did. If a highly decorated Vietnam vet can’t march then why can a pencil pushing hack march?

      • Shakey Shakey
        July 5, 2018 at 6:29 am #

        What are his service jacket decorations?

        • Cos
          July 6, 2018 at 4:56 am #

          Who scary…..none.

  13. Free Bird
    July 4, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    The longtime band director at PHS retired a year ago, and the music program at Herberg has been cut. Pittsfield schools have become all about testing, evaluations, more testing, more evaluations.

    • dusty
      July 5, 2018 at 12:35 am #

      and money. money, moneeeeee!!!

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 5, 2018 at 2:57 am #

      Free Bird,
      How about Taconic – don’t they have a band? Just seemed rather odd – 2 big local schools, and no marching band to compete with Drury? I know a lot of my neighbors have pulled their kids out of PHS and are sending them to Lenox, due to various reasons. As a taxpayer, the decline in the schools is concerning. Throwing money at a problem is not the answer. I would love to see some new people elected to the school committee.

      • dusty
        July 5, 2018 at 4:06 am #

        You cannot get on that school committee unless you sign an oath in blood to vote for every spending item that comes before you, preferably without reading or talking about it. There is an FBI caliber vetting method to make sure no dissenters get near that budget process. Anyone who balances their household budget or has any remote money management background gets red-lined right out of the gate.

        Just watch one meeting and you will see what I mean..comes across like a Scientology get together complete with group head bobbing after every line item

        • Mr. Fritz
          July 5, 2018 at 4:26 am #

          You may be right, Dusty!

  14. The school committee
    July 5, 2018 at 3:17 am #

    Lenox graduation rates are a fix.Lee has hired Ex Pittsfield super Jake Eberwien to spend them into oblivion.

  15. The school committee
    July 5, 2018 at 4:45 am #

    Let us not forget that on the 4th of July we must figure out what Russia has done to the US and why is our President such a huge supporter of that country’s war on America

    • Pat
      July 5, 2018 at 5:58 am #

      Obama and Hillary were the true supporters of Russia. Whether selling them our uranium (Hillary) or doing nothing while Russia went wild and Obama had evidence that that country was up to no good.

      • Shakey PATtooie
        July 5, 2018 at 6:30 am #

        you do realize that not an ounce of uranium left the united states, right?

      • dusty
        July 5, 2018 at 9:57 am #

        Yah…just fergit about that old election meddling stuff….taint nothin

        • Pat
          July 5, 2018 at 10:20 am #

          Russia was trying to meddle in our election, but Trump wasn’t involved. It’s Peter Strzok and others with their “insurance policy” who insisted on trying to connect President Trump to Russia due to their own nefarious purposes.

  16. Spider
    July 5, 2018 at 5:38 am #

    We haven’t had a good school comm. in years. We all scrutinize and criticize our CC when appropriate, but the worse culprits to the hard working taxpayers is our School Committee.

    They have always served the wishes of the teacher’s union, regardless of the cost to the taxpayer.

    • shakey Spidey
      July 5, 2018 at 6:31 am #

      you should run for school board.

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 5, 2018 at 10:01 am #

      I would like to see some parents run for the school committee, who have kids in the schools, with the goal of replacing the three worst members – Cutler, Taylor & Powell. Is it demographics bringing the schools down, or bad policies? Seems like the focus is on special ed & students needing “therapeutic” help.

      • Spider
        July 5, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        You hit the nail on the head….just exactly where the “focus” is on.

        And yet it seems like musical education (i.e. bands) have gone by the wayside. It was a disgrace the way the Drury band showed up our PHS band. And doesn’t Taconic even have a band?

        Our SC and teacher’s union are determining how our tax dollars are being spent and they are doing a terrible job!

      • NIB
        July 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

        The schools must provide education by state law. But where in the state law does it say it has to provide free mental healthcare too?

        • Shakey Shakey
          July 6, 2018 at 7:08 am #

          There are federal education laws, at least until vapid Betsy DeVos replaces them with the bible.

          • dusty
            July 7, 2018 at 1:19 am #

            Vapid and vacuous such as many a Trump appointee i.e. Carson….completely manageable….zombie like follower

  17. Pat
    July 5, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    Young people protested in Williamstown during 4th of July celebrations and one of their signs read “No One is Illegal on Stolen Land”. They are going back to the days of the earliest beginnings of the country to make everyone feel guilty and try to justify having open borders now? What is being taught on these college campuses?!? These are supposedly some of the best educated people in the country, but they are seriously uninformed.

    I can’t believe they aren’t reading modern classics like “The Strange Death of Europe” by Douglas Murray in which he describes how Europeans are sacrificing their culture due to guilt over their history. It sounds exactly like the same insanity that is playing out in this country on many college campuses and among the far left. Douglas Murray’s book is a warning to America not to go down the same road as Europe. Europe will be unrecognizable in the very near future. Douglas Murray is an extremely intelligent man who is also a member of a British think tank. His book is unbelievably eye opening and should be required reading for all Americans.

    • Ed Check
      July 5, 2018 at 7:34 am #

      It’s the same in the high schools. While substituting at PHS, a history teacher left a lesson where one of the assignments was to write about the horrors of the US dropping the two atomic bombs on Japan. It was all about how the students felt about it. There did not appear to be any research about what was going on in the US and world at the time.

      I remember a conversation with my uncle, who had fought in Europe during WW2, North Africa and Italy. He had told me how grateful he was for this, since his division was slated to go to the pacific. Truman’s decision saved numerous lives of Americans. To my uncle my uncle President Truman was a hero. It’s always easy (and irresponsible) to judge the actions of history by your limited experiences.

      Yes it was horrific, but war is horrible. However if you’re in it, you better be ready to win it.

      • tom
        July 5, 2018 at 10:53 am #

        Looks like tricia has put on more tonnage. Must be all the perks.

        • dusty
          July 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

          Pittsfield offered her up to Boston and the msg was, “this one will do whatever you tell her” and they snapped her up.

          Reminds me a bit of the Pavlov experiment.

        • 12 Gauge
          July 6, 2018 at 6:53 am #

          Trivial Trivia is Pittsfield’s answer to Bella Abzug.

    • Wilson
      July 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      The college must be the biggest owner of land in Williamstown, why are they protesting at a public road instead of demanding that the dorms be unlocked so that foreigners and aborigines and wander in?

    • Mr. G
      July 6, 2018 at 6:06 am #

      “Naked racism may still be unacceptable in polite society. But post-Brexit vote there’s a clear market emerging for a slightly posher, better-read, more respectable way of saying that you’d rather not live next door to Romanians or think Muslims are coming to rape your womenfolk. Think Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, but with longer words, and for people who wouldn’t be seen dead on an English Defence League march – although one of the more ridiculous contentions in this book by the journalist Douglas Murray is that the EDL are actually terribly misunderstood chaps, who have a point, and aren’t really to blame for the way their rallies regularly end in violence.

      So here it is; a book for all those who found David Goodhart’s recent arguments about “white self-interest” – or preferring one’s own ethnic grouping, which he says is definitely not the same as racism – just too woolly liberal. A proper book, with footnotes and everything, about how godless Europe is dying in front of our eyes; and all because it’s too knackered and feeble to resist the barbarian hordes, welcomed in by idiots who’d gladly trade a few beheadings for some colourful ethnic restaurants. (I paraphrase, but barely.) And it probably won’t even matter, for true believers, that it is all so badly argued.”

      • Mr. G
        July 6, 2018 at 8:38 am #

        Sorry…the above is a review of Douglas Murray’s bookwhich Pat cites as recommended reading.

        • Pat
          July 6, 2018 at 9:04 am #

          Interesting Mr. G that you didn’t put the source of where you got this review. I highly suggest readers go to Amazon and read the literally hundreds of positive reviews of Douglas Murray’s book. Not racism Mr. G, but common sense.

          Progressives say we need more people in the country to fill jobs, but they are the same ones favoring abortion in which hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost.

  18. Shakey Shakey
    July 5, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    Douglas Murray is a white supremacist. He’s an actor that sensationalizes hate speech because he makes money off of it. Despicable human being.

    • Pat
      July 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Douglas Murray is a gay man. He attended Oxford University. It’s obvious you have no idea who he is.

      • Patty Shakey
        July 6, 2018 at 7:16 am #

        Pat, he studied English before dropping out of a college at Oxford University.

        Gay people can be white supremacists.

        Check out his group’s website:

        which after one open page shows you that they are just trying to rent out their space on the ‘office solutions’ tab.

        Again, this clown, low level hack Douglas Murray is a completely fake charlatan. I know exactly who he is.

        • Pat
          July 6, 2018 at 11:27 am #

          If this was somebody on the left they would say that putting down one gay person obviously means that you hate all gay people.

          • shakey Patty
            July 9, 2018 at 8:42 am #

            being a white supremacist has nothing to do with sexual preference. If it quacks like a duck, it is a duck.

            Typical deflect and obfuscate the operatives of the discussion.

  19. The school committee
    July 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    Pat ,the fox news channel is a extension of Russian power in America.Russia employs the media is the enemy as Trump does.Russias war on America has never been more powerful than it is now.You are a mouthpiece for Russia because Fox new and pat continue with Clinton and Obama are the enemy.The libs,the educated,unions are the enemy of the American people…pure ignorance.Russia is at war with America not Obama……Russia invaded Ukrain, Russia got Trump elected and Russia brainwashed Pat and the planet

    • Pat
      July 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

      Russia DID NOT get Trump elected. Americans who hated the Progressive agenda got Trump elected. If any group is a mouthpiece for Russia, our Liberal media fits very nicely in that role by getting everybody fighting and stirring up division in the country. Russia loves that kind of turmoil.

      • 12 Gauge
        July 6, 2018 at 6:50 am #

        TED is a delusional Democrat dimwit. Who just makes stuff up.

      • NIB
        July 6, 2018 at 9:16 am #

        Pat and 12G,
        TCS is just making stuff up to get responses from you. AKA as a troll. If you just ignore him/her it will go away.

        • 12 Gauge
          July 6, 2018 at 11:42 am #

          TSC believes the fake info….must be the drugs.

  20. Wolf Fritzter
    July 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    Scott Pruitt was the best director u s ever had, shame some lady holding a child scolding him in public made him resign.

    • dusty
      July 7, 2018 at 1:25 am #

      Pruitt played Al Capone in his fourth grade play and was never quite able to move out of the role. But once again, you need to look at the type of people Trump has surrounded himself with. It is not by accident…criminal minds think alike.

  21. Paul
    July 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    If the Germans or the Japanese had got the bomb before us you can bet your ass they would have used it as fast as they could.
    I’ll bet that dumb ass history teacher never gave their students the information they really needed to make an informed decision. I talked to a student from PHS a year ago that thought Pearl Harbor was in CA. Go figure. Want a real treat? Ask those samehigh school kids what happened on on Dec 7th and see if that figured in their feeling’s.

    • NIB
      July 6, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Dropping the bomb saved many thousands of lives – I bet the teacher didn’t mention that either. Even after the total devastation of Nagasaki and Hiroshima it took a tie breaking vote by the emperor before Japan agreed to surrender. If the bombs weren’t dropped they most assuredly would have continue to fight on and were willing the sacrifice every life to defend their homeland.
      It was the right thing to do. Only a snowflake or someone ignorant of WW2 history would think otherwise.

    • Dick Flimsy
      July 6, 2018 at 11:44 am #

  22. The school committee
    July 6, 2018 at 1:34 am #

    Puttins Fox News Network has been more successful than 1st anticipated by the Russians.Puttin knows well that media coverage has to be limited to good Trump news stories and told Trump to keep hammering bad media coverage of Trump is the enemy of the people as t
    Puttin does in Russia ,he to is anti Europe as Trump is…….Brainwashing the base….how did it happen in Germany?…they felt as you feel,right.Media reporting should always aggitate Trump weirdness…..Democrats are to blame,the Clintons are to blame being to much pro business and lower taxes on the rich….
    Obama had to clean up Banking mess and a fail economy and handed Trump a great economy that is now in decline

    • 12 Gauge
      July 6, 2018 at 6:46 am #

      Game information from a fool.

      • 12 Gauge
        July 6, 2018 at 6:48 am #

        Game not game

    • dusty
      July 7, 2018 at 1:49 am #

      FOX news is an arm of the KGB and they are so far up Trump’s ass that even a massive enema won’t help. These are perilous times for America as weak minds are co-opted and absorbed into the regime. Putin’s psychological manipulating skills are unmatched in history.

  23. Pat
    July 6, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    From the Huffpost:

    “There is a rapidly forming consensus among Latino groups and Democrats on Capitol Hill that calls to abolish ICE are a distraction from the broader goal of comprehensive immigration reform and the more immediate goal of a DACA fix. They view the push as mostly coming from white-dominated progressive groups, not Latino organizations.

    “We understand the impetus for this movement,” said Mayra Macias, the political director at Latino Victory, which hasn’t taken a firm stance on the issue. “But we’re cognizant that the issues around immigration enforcement go deeper than ICE as an agency.”

    The movement to abolish ICE is often compared to Republican calls to end the IRS during the Tea Party era ― an impossibility that sounds appealing to the base and helps hobble the agency. But Democratic strategists fear it could turn into the equivalent of GOP calls to abolish the Department of Education, which do nothing to limit the agency’s power but repel swing voters.

    “I don’t think this is coming up from the grassroots. This is being driven by elite activists,” said one Democratic pollster, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about an intraparty debate. “Republicans will get to go on offense if Democrats get bullied by the professional left into supporting abolishing ICE.”

    True, the abolish ICE movement is being driven by the elites on the left like Hollywood and the New York crowd, the majority of whom happen to be white.

    • dusty
      July 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      I blame it all on mothers who have paternal instincts. They should be jailed as well. This whole caring about children nonsense has gone too far. These kids should have known better than to be born to parents who would move them to a country that would separate them from their mothers and therefore deserve whatever horrors may befall them.

      • 12 Gauge
        July 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

        Thank you for your daily delusion. I can hardly wait for the next one.

    • NIB
      July 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      The Dems are breaking off into different factions now, like the TEA Party did from the Repubs, and it’s sure to backfire because it’s really off the wall wacko stuff like abolishing ICE. You’d think they’d learn after they blew the 2016 election, but then again we are talking about out of touch, elitist politicians who know little about real folk.

  24. The school committee
    July 6, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Please know one thing,Russia knew Clinton would be tough on them and they wanted Trump in and targeted all the Midwest with pro Trump anti Clinton propoganda….Puttin is Trumps daddy and you are on board….anti media anyone….Puttin know s it works.Russia keeps banging away at Free press reporting….Control what the base believes.Example Pat and 12 gauge hate media reporting what goes on.Trumps,Puttin,Fox scrub the news.

    • 12 Gauge
      July 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      Not wit

    • Pat
      July 7, 2018 at 5:16 am #

      Not true. Russia had trolls all over social media, but even the FBI verified that these trolls would often change sides. One day they would be promoting Trump, but the next day the same troll would be saying good things about Hillary. The whole point of the Russian interference wasn’t to choose a candidate, but to get everybody fighting over the candidates. Russia wants to weaken the country by dividing us. In that they are succeeding nicely since so many people do not understand what they are attempting to do on these social media sites.

      Add to the Russian interference all the insanity from the far left and it’s no wonder that Americans can’t agree on anything what with these two groups attempting to split us apart. The old divide and conquer.

  25. 12 Gauge
    July 6, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Pour another one nitwit.

    • dusty
      July 7, 2018 at 1:52 am #

      says the notwit

      • 12 Gauge
        July 7, 2018 at 8:10 am #

        dust, auto correct on some devices is a bitch. about time for your first drink of the day.

  26. dusty
    July 7, 2018 at 2:08 am #

    There is an interesting if not confusing article in iberkshires which speaks of a Police Advisory Committee being formed or modified by the mayor which will bring better transparency of police operations but at the same time advocate on behalf of the police dept. Perhaps my comprehension is skewed but these goals seem a tad conflicting to me.

    But do read it for yourself

    • Otto Korrect
      July 7, 2018 at 8:12 am #


    • Mr. Fritz
      July 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      Read it, and of course I would assume that the remaining 10 open slots would be filled with progressives sympathetic to the Tyer agenda. Why don’t you apply for one of the spots, Dusty? You seem to have time on your hands. Vote against building a new police station – I’m sure there are options other than a new build. I know you would make decisions beneficial to the taxpayer.

  27. The school committee
    July 7, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Well said 12 gauge ,Trump speaks to nitwits and the nitwits get him.Trump is a big ignorant bully and you love this bully.Your whole party are afraid of the big bully and you are now a party of cowards.The world has been a victim to bullies many times and now America is the bully.The wealthy are just borrowing your brain for a few years and when they are done they will give it back to you an’t then you will have learned something about how powerful people and organizations manipulate your inner fear .

    • 12 Gauge
      July 7, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

      Fake crap from the master fake crapper.

    • 12 Gauge
      July 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

      TSC, do you post during your LSD trips or after?

  28. Gigi
    July 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    Great Drum & Bugle Show at Wahconah Park tonight – excellent music – brought to Pittsfield by the 4th of July Parade Committee.

  29. 12 Gauge
    July 8, 2018 at 11:49 am #

    Bad news Planet fans. Trump just Tweeted how much he loved oxygen and Melle, dusty and TSC put plastic bags over their heads.

    • Jonathan Melle
      July 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Donald Trump will change our country tomorrow (Monday) night by appointing a conservative Judge to the Supreme Court. My only option may be to move to Canada to escape fascism!

      • 12 Gauge
        July 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

        Avoid plastic bags. let me know when you move I’ll send gas money.

        • Jonathan Melle
          July 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

          Instead of sending me gas $, please send me a bumper sticker that reads: “Deport Trump!”

          • 12 Gauge
            July 8, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

            Deport him to Canada? Your new neighbor.

      • Mr. Fritz
        July 9, 2018 at 9:25 am #

        I’d be happy to drive you to the border, Melle.

        • Two Cents
          July 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

          I was going to offer to buy him a bus ticket, but then I realized whether in another state or another country, we’d still be forced to hear about his paranoid delusions over Andrea Nuciforo and his unhealthy obsession with Linda Tyer. I guess there’s nothing going on in New Hampshire to troll over.

  30. Pat
    July 8, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    Fireworks still going on in many neighborhoods in the city from annoying people who haven’t figured out that 4th of July is over.

  31. Pat
    July 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    Stupid comment below from Lizzie Warren below. She attempts to change the subject from her phony heritage claims by putting down DNA testing of illegal immigrant children. Hey Lizzie, these kids could be brought here by people using them for nefarious purposes. People who may abuse, abandon or murder these kids once they get into the country. The DNA testing is to make sure the children and parents really are related so it is to protect the children. (Read Gigi’s post above). Lizzie knows this, but is just trying to spread more misinformation and get the attention off of her false heritage claims.

    “Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you’re destroying.”

    — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 5, 2018

    • 12 Gauge
      July 8, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

      Poor Fakeahontis.

  32. The school committee
    July 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    Never mind the consumer protectionist Warren,we want to stay focused on the Russian problem and the markets falling with energy and food increasing.Trump care is out now in July,cheaper better….Pat what going on there.

    • 12 Gauge
      July 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

      Thanks for sharing you delusion. I was afraid that something happened to you.

  33. The school committee
    July 9, 2018 at 4:13 am #

    It’s all being reported in fake news 12 and the fake DOW numbers along with the fake gas pump prices and the tripling of hamburg prices that you pay for with your fake cash from your real tax cut …Butter is almost 6 bucks

    • mi
      July 9, 2018 at 4:51 am #

      Wait til the next recession.

    • Pat
      July 9, 2018 at 6:47 am #

      Food prices began to skyrocket years ago, but nobody was complaining then. The size of products would get smaller and smaller while the price remained the same or increased. This started at least 10 years ago. It was all good for Progressives until President Trump was elected.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      July 9, 2018 at 7:42 am #

      How about the price of booze? I’m sure you’re aware of changes there,

      • The school committee
        July 9, 2018 at 8:02 am #

        Sean Hannity has pounded in your head to call it Trump derangement syndrome….I guess you watch the Russian Fox Broadcast

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          July 9, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

          And you drink the Russian vodka. Try mixing it with Prime juice and your posts will improve.

  34. dusty
    July 9, 2018 at 5:28 am #

    Read something about Trump wanting to block all Iranian oil from shipping ports and that that could double the price of a barrel of oil. The good news keeps on coming. I gotta get me one of those bright red MAGA hats.

  35. H
    July 9, 2018 at 6:21 am #

    We better hope Gaetani is able to downsize the stupid Paris Accord related water infusion here.

    • dusty
      July 9, 2018 at 7:26 am #

      Ahhh, Pittsfield is rolling in money. 1/4 million bucks to fix up a marquee. And that is up from the original estimate. Personally if I were mayor I would have found a way to get that money refunded to the taxpayers or maybe fix a road or two. Buuutttt, uh, ya know we gotta feed the kitty.

      But it is this kind of la tee da spendfestting that destroys my faith in my representatives. Taxpayers doing without some things due to super high taxes they have to pay only to have that money spent on frill stuff… really sucks how things are prioritized.

      • The school committee
        July 9, 2018 at 8:06 am #

        100k for the original proposal and Simonelli did not like that number….I just want the Superintendant to make the Crosby school coordinator work all day everyday according to the contract he signed,if not we should get one that will.

      • NIB
        July 9, 2018 at 8:44 am #

        Teachers and construction unions run this city. We have taxation without representation, that is us non union folks have zero representation.

  36. 12 Gauge
    July 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

    SCOTUS pick coming up. Who’s head will spontaneously combusr? Dusty, Melle or TSC?