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AS FLORENCE ‘BEARS DOWN’ THE PLANET SAYS ‘LET ‘EM DROWN’

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 2, Sept. 12, early evening — Our first addendum, intended to explain our remarks on 9/11/01, apparently did the trick. No one responded directly to our points made either there or in my answers to reader’s comments. So be it. Let us therefore be brief. First, we stand by our words. Second, the word “victims” is loaded and no longer has its previous usage. Third, more than victims, there is consequence. Cause and effect explains everything if one understands the dynamics and is willing to patiently examine underlying causes. The attacks on that day didn’t come for no reason, and they weren’t perpetrated by aliens from Fronab, that galaxy deep in space. We did it, to ourselves.  That’s the true tragedy of that day, one that few are willing to face. Fourth, the purpose of this website is to stimulate debate. Mission accomplished, to paraphrase a former president. Fifth, someone in the comment section asked if we were open to a debate. We answered yes. Set it up, keep it professional, and we’ll be there against any takers.

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ADD 1, SEPT. 12, 2018 — As I knew the second I hit the button that published yesterday’s column that the result would be insistent nd fierce, and so it was. That’s healthy, and that’s why this site exists: to stimulate, foster, and encourage debate. Though too often the comments section degenerate into a plague of “did to, did not,” occasionally we hit upon true deliberation. That happened today. That’s a good thing.

Please, therefore, permit a follow up. The germ of the column began with the incessant coverage of the hurricane. Relentless coverage of anything, particularly on that overgrown, underdeveloped medium of television, adds up to a kind of insult. Non-stop Florence this and Florence that, practically before the monster was a little more than Poseidon spitting far out in the Atlantic, became what such weather now turns into: A reality show, a made-for-TV soap opera that, to the networks and stations, sells ads and comes down to — surprise — money (another reason why commercial media disappoints us, particularly when we worked in it … here, there are no stupid executives to calm; we deal straight, from the top).

The Florence coverage brought Hurricane Hugo to mind, almost a generation ago. Anyone remember? Hugo was a devastating storm, probably as big or bigger than Florence, and the national coverage was proportionate to its effect. It was a story, but it wasn’t Armageddon plus the Second Coming. Locally, of course, is another matter. If a giant lightning ball were to threaten the existence of Pittsfield, we would expect local media to play it up big. Gosh, local radio might even give it a few minutes. Nationally, though, it warranted a few minutes from Walter Cronkite and then from Bob Gordon, your Channel 10 Atlantic Red Ball Weatherman. You were not pummeled with Hugo.

That was the background to our prefatory comments on Sept. 11, 2001. If you are 20, 21, 25 and under, you don’t remember that bizarre day. Much of that age group comprises a demographic highly sought by that low form of life known as a “TV executive” for ratings. Kids do not go to TV first, we realize, and they primarily get their news (you know, big stories like what’s up with Kayne West) from social media. It all combined to form a toxic media cocktail from which the uninformed could no more get a glimpse into the truth of history than they could attract flies with apple aceto that had gone years before its expiration date.

Let me pause here and allow you to reread the first four paragraphs of my column from yesterday. I’ll give you some time, before I come back and get into the infamous “There were no victims” statement. Traffic on this site has been brisk, traffic-jam proportions. There are those, I’m sure, who will attribute to me that TV motive of ratings. They would be wrong. I didn’t write inflammatory words for ratings. Allow me that much. OK, now, re-read the first four paragraphs, if you please.

Be back later


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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 12, 2018) — Yesterday was the 17th anniversary of the so-called “terrorist” attacks. THE PLANET was live on the air at the time. No better place to be, but get over it.

Get over it, already. That awful day happened. Move on.

Why commemorate a catastrophic failure? There were no victims, just people who were in the wrong building at the wrong time because bureaucrats who knew the attack was on its way didn’t do a thing about it.  We did it to ourselves. That’s how friggin’ stupid we are as a species. So forget it. Forget all the wars. Forget every son of a bitch who killed or got killed in a battle. There were, there are, no “heroes.” There were or are only the lucky ones who lived to come back. Let there be war. Only don’t commemorate, nd forget the ribbons and medals.

Commemoration exists only for the weak, those who fear the PRESENT MOMENT. Commemoration lives in the dead past. The past is like modeling clay to be molded however one wants. It means nothing. People who live in the past are like mastadonian beasts that, having by good fortune escaped the tarpits, go back for a second look. When they get stuck again and die, they cry “victim.” F*** that. There ARE NO VICTIMS. There is only consequence.

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We know Big Stories.

THE PLANET broke the Son of Sam story in 1977. We directed the coverage that brought down the corrupt Pennsylvanian Congressman Dan Flood and the Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania, ignoring lying power company PR people who told us “Everything was under control.” We told a mob boss in the Poconos to perform an anatomical impossibility on himself and lived to write about it.

THE PLANET knows big stories. So let us tell you …

… THE FRICKIN’ WEATHER IS NOT A BIG STORY! Got that?

In the old days, we had hurricanes the size of a Texas Cadillac. They wiped out half the state of Louisiana, and guess what? The collective IQ of America shot up by 50 points — what we call a silver lining. Now, we got Hurricane Florence “bearing down” on the southern east coast. On Tuesday, South Carolina closed all its schools and ordered an evacuation, taking it out of the realm of free choice. What have we become, ladies and gentlemen? If you don’t want to come under direct threat of a hurricane, then don’t live in the coast. Move to Utah.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told the press, “We don’t want to risk one South Carolinian’s life. We are not going to gamble on the lives of the South Carolina people.”

Why not? Risk it. Gamble away. Roll them bones. We love the odds. If they’re too stupid to get out of the way of 140 mph winds, let ’em have fun dodging flying trucks and refrigerators. The more the merrier. Pile ’em up like firewood. Throw in a locked-and-loaded mass murderer for good measure. And take Emeril Lagasse with you. … oh wait, he’s from Nawleans.

This is the South. They brush their tooth. They lost the Civil War and … were surprised. That’s the South for ya. We’re not saying they’re dumb, mind you, but when  Syracuse visited Clemson a couple years ago in football, the home fans did the wave. Fifteen kids in the student section drowned. We play them again on the road (Sept. 29). All fans will be required to wear life vests. They’re actually proud down there of the retard, Forrest Gump. In the South, fried butter dipped in lard is considered vegan. God help us.

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Look, it’s weather, whether or not. Weather is not a Big Story. Weather is weather. It’s a canary in a car wash. In the Northeast, we’ll all be driven crazy by the winter weather reports. The “meteorologists” will act like Mitch Miller conducting the Gang, loving every second of stardom. A four-inch snowfall will be a call to Joan of Arc, and JIV will get his kicks yankin’ it while announcing the shutdown of schools. Hey, this is Massachusetts, where a LBTGQA?LMNOP (fe)male married a frog dressed in Latex in a ceremony presided over by a consenting coat rack with pierced nipples. This is Pittsfield, where Carmen Massimiano invented the donut hole and Angel-o Stracuzzi bobbed for chestnuts. This is Pittsfield, where every druggie, welfare cheat, and scum is rewarded with an EBT card and every decent, honest, taxpaying citizen eats Shinola.

A hurricane’s a comin’, you say? Let ’em all drown.

Florence, do your thing, baby!

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“I play with convicts. Don’t number many. Soldiers of fortune, they don’t earn a penny”Nils Lofgrin, from his song “Code of the Road.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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128 Responses to “AS FLORENCE ‘BEARS DOWN’ THE PLANET SAYS ‘LET ‘EM DROWN’”

  1. Cicero
    September 11, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

    Wow, Dan, that’s an incredibly facile and disrespectful remembrance of 9/11. I assume that your comment that “bureaucrats who knew the attack was on its way didn’t do a thing about it” means that you are a 9/11 truther.

    Before I delve any further into the idiocy of your 9/11 sentiments, please do let me know the answer to that one question. I have no interest in debating a truther or participating in a website run by someone so deluded.

    Hoping I’m wrong.

    Cicero

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:58 am #

      CICERO
      I’m not a “truther” about anything. I make judgments about facts, as best as I can know them. There is a well-documented trail of evidence indicating such an attack would likely be coming, including that the FBI and its field agents knew about the terrorists, mostly Saudi Arabian, taking flying lessons and only learning how to take off and steer, no land. That and other information about sabotage, going back to the first attack at the WTC in 1993, never made it through channels. Engineers have studied the odd way the two towers pancaked on each other and concluded they were controlled implosions. I was disrespectful in my remembrance, and I apologize for that. I do not apologize, however, for the way we as human beings can’t let go of the past, particularly the painful and horrific past. Remembrance tends to keep us there. That exercise may have personal redemptive value, but on the whole, all the remembrances in the world have not prevented the same mistakes being made over and over with respect to war, violence, and ow we treat each other. The only fully redemptive moment is the PRESENT moment, the one aspect of time in which we do not know how to live. Animals do, but not people.

      • Cicero
        September 12, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

        Dan – Thanks for the responses. Glad to hear you are not a truther. That would have been disturbing.

        Your point about people not acting on warnings, ignoring intelligence and facts on the ground as they evolved, etc. speaks to INCOMPETENCE. And is a sentiment with which I completely agree. But when you phase it in terms of people “allowing” it to happen, that implies a deliberateness to their actions. And that is simply cuckoo.

        Even before 9/11, the number of “threats” evaluated by the FBI, etc. was astronomical. It is not inconceivable, by any stretch, that one eventually went through to fruition. Especially given the simple brilliance of the 9/11 plot.

        The WERE leads, the dots should have been connected, all that is true. Complete incompetence, no question about it. But that’s very different from claiming proof of “intent”.

        • danvalenti
          September 12, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

          CICERO
          Agreed. This is what debate is all about: an exchange of views, done carefully and with respect.

  2. Cicero
    September 11, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

    One other quick question before I potentially tune you out. What is the point of your statement that “there were no victims, just people in the wrong buildings at the wrong time.”

    If your intent is to channel Ward Churchill, and imply that the “little Himmlers” of NYC got what they deserved, at least have the courage to come out and say it. Don’t hide behind mostly veiled, opaque references.

  3. Cicero
    September 11, 2018 at 11:38 pm #

    One other quick question before I potentially tune you out. What is the point of your statement that “there were no victims, just people in the wrong buildings at the wrong time.”

    If your intent is to channel Ward Churchill, and imply that the “little Himmlers” of NYC got what they deserved, at least have the courage to come out and say it. Don’t hide behind mostly veiled, opaque references.

    Still hoping I’m wrong.

    • Gigi
      September 12, 2018 at 3:11 am #

      Wow Dan, I have to agree with Cicero’s comments. I find your column about 9/11 quite disturbing.

      I do however, agree with your comments on the approach of Florence. If people are too dumb to get out of the way of this storm – then let the chips fall where they may. The coverage is over the top.

      • danvalenti
        September 12, 2018 at 7:30 am #

        GIGI
        I appreciate your feedback. My coverage was deliberately over the top. In the case of 9/11, probably too much so. I agree. As for Florence, Since Hurricane Hugo, the Carolina coast has seen a 25% uptick in population. People want coastal living. Well, that comes with a risk. If a person isn’t prepared to lose, they shouldn’t play the game.

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:48 am #

      CICERO
      I don’t know who Ward Churchill is. I know who Ward Cleaver is. I know who Winston Churchill is. So that wasn’t my intent. What I wrote about “no victims” was way over the top. The point of the statement was to illustrate the deep results of cause and effect. They can never be untangled. That much is true. It was a point, however and I grant, too obtuse to be made so bluntly; so from that point, my statement was in error.

  4. Cicero
    September 11, 2018 at 11:45 pm #

    We did it to ourselves???

    I wonder, would you at any point be open to having some sort of debate about these issues? You make frequent historical references, but I don’t believe you have actually studied history through clear eyes, without the bias of your particular point of view.

    You may cover local politics well, but you are a very confused man otherwise.

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:43 am #

      CICERO
      I am always open to debate. That’s the whole point!

  5. Ron Kitterman
    September 12, 2018 at 3:10 am #

    The problem with the so called self anointed journalists and the DC local political types even Pittsfield, is they never get out of their bubble and go to the heart land to find out what the so called average person is thinking. Breaking the story doesn’t mean much to me at all. When 911 happened I was in my cruiser on North St listening to your talk show on WBRK and Dave Hover rode up on his bike and started rambling about planes into buildings. I drove to the station thinking it was a piper cub or Cesna that flew into the WTC and then saw the clips. So he broke the story. My point is the problem is the journalist doesn’t get out of the bubble of DC and wander into the heartland and see what everyday Americans are thinking or doing. Same can be said for DC, Boston Pittsfield or wherever. Going into the heartland and getting some perspective says a lot more than getting the big scoop IMHO.

    • dusty
      September 12, 2018 at 4:51 am #

      The heartland you say?

      I am picturing a gaggle of journalist standing in a cornfield asking questions of a scarecrow on a perch.

      and the scarecrow is Trump

      and he is searching for a brain

      not having any luck

      and the journalist are just looking at each other with bewildered looks on their faces

      wondering if Dorothy will come running up the row with her hair on fire

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:33 am #

      RK
      I didn’t say I broke the 9/11 story, although locally I probably did I merely pointed out where I was at the time: on the air. Does DC refer to Washington?

  6. The school committee
    September 12, 2018 at 3:40 am #

    Trump said we are as ready for the storm as we could be,then this wack job went on to say he did a great job in Puerto Rico and people dont realize how good we did…..those American citizens said our efforts there were a disaster after a disaster.Hes nuts,I knew he was a ahole in the 80s.If you are of a certain age and been been getting Trump new from New York for 40 years you already knew he was parinoid.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 12, 2018 at 5:03 am #

      Parrot. TSC want a cracker?

      • Art Seller
        September 12, 2018 at 10:53 am #

        TDs Read what tsc posted. Every word he/she posted is absolutely the truth and can be confirmed. You seem to be a student of the truth isn’t the truth, fake news and alternative facts. People are tired of this charade. There is no one on this site who is more blinded by trump than you. Intelligent people who may have supported trump early on are heading to the gates in droves.I hope you we the light before it is too late because your boy is going down.It is only a matter of time now. Stupid can only hang on so long and you know you can’t cure stupid. Look at all the polls except fox polls and you will see that scumps days are numbered. In the future instead of responding withTds tell us what you think.This site is all about dialog and we need to see your thinking process. I hope you are not on scumps ship when it goes down as that is going to be a ship that the intelligent will help sink. Get out before you go to the bottom never to be heard from ever again. That ship is going to sink. There is not a bit of doubt about it.

        • Mr. Fritz
          September 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

          There you go again Gaetani – lying. Trump & the U.S govt. did an outstanding job getting emergency supplies to Puerto Rico – it was the failure of the corrupt local officials who dropped the ball by not organizing the storage & delivery of the supplies. The island’s infrastructure was in disrepair long before the hurricanes hit. Even mainstream news showed the interview with the mayor of San Juan – who was complaining about not getting enough support from the U.S. – while standing in front of an enormous load of pallets with the supplies still shrink-wrapped.
          You are just another parrot on this blog – so consumed with hatred for your President that you participate in any& all lies reported on CNN.

          • Art Seller
            September 12, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

            Fritz you are so far gone you now believe your own lies. Like I told you before it’s Mr. Gaetanis to you. He is a man and you are a mouse. You are what is called a liars liar.You are just like the liar you support.the old saying show me who you run with and I will tell you who you are. You my friend are a liars liar and you can’t get any lower than that. Please stop polluting this site and go back I to your mancave.

          • Art Seller
            September 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

            Fritz I just saw the mayor of San Juan and what she said is the exact opposite of what you said. One of us is a liar and it isn’t me. What was I observing fake news? Your just like scump we catch you in a lie and you try to get out of it with another lie. I hare liars they are dangerous that means you and scump are dangerous as you are both confirmed liars.Where do you people come from? IThought you weren’t going to post anymore enema or is it shakes or TDs. You are a lost soul.

          • Gigi
            September 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

            Fritz is right, Gaetani. I saw the same video dating from 9/17 – here is the proof.
            Why don’t you try posting facts instead of hot air and insults to anyone who disagrees with you?

            https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/san-juan-s-mayor-pleads-trump-you-are-killing-us-n806116

          • Gigi
            September 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

            And Gaetani, here’s another for your reading pleasure;

            https://www.theepochtimes.com/puerto-rico-officials-investigated-for-corruption-during-hurricane-relief_2560097.html

          • Mr. Fritz
            September 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

            Thanks Gigi for doing my homework for me! I vividly remember that pic of the Democrat mayor, and thinking what a hypocrite she was.

          • Gigi
            September 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

            Got your back Mr. Fritz!

    • Harrison
      September 12, 2018 at 5:16 am #

      Give your president a break. I am sure he has already stocked up on Bounty.

    • Spagirl
      September 12, 2018 at 7:39 am #

      The school committe,
      The idiot also said he was there on “7/11” clearing rubble. Did you see that? Yes.. “7/11”
      Imbecile!!

  7. Honest Earl's Downtown Dumpster
    September 12, 2018 at 5:01 am #

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fbi-was-warned-about-flight-schools/

  8. Honest Earl's Downtown Dumpster
    September 12, 2018 at 5:05 am #

    https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=129563&page=1

  9. Unwanted Carl
    September 12, 2018 at 5:18 am #

    The Mayor is looking for applause, any applause.

  10. Still wondering
    September 12, 2018 at 5:22 am #

    As I’ve said a few times, WHEN DAN IS WRONG, HE IS SPECTACULARLY WRONG.

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:42 am #

      SW
      I agree with that assessment.

  11. Enema of the State
    September 12, 2018 at 5:39 am #

    Well Dan, this has to be your worst column ever. The victims of 9/11 did not do it to themselves. Our gov’t failed them, and failed them in the worst way. First the democrat Clinton failed to get Bin Laden, even after he tried to assassinate Clinton in Manila. Then the Republican Bush ignored countless warnings of what was to come and it led to one of the worst days in US history. Gov’t failed the people, and the people are true victims.
    Also, telling people who live in hurricane country to just move is a pretty ignorant statement. Moving takes alot of money and often times means uprooting your family. Not to mention you need a good job waiting for you and there are few. As someone who has tried to move out of Pittsfield more than once and has been thwarted by the unaffordability of gentrified communities I can tell you it ain’t easy. We all don’t get to marry someone with money, get a cushy overpaying gov’t job, and get to live in a bubble in Stockbridge.
    I’m done with this blog. Between today’s column and the pathological liar Gaetani who writes in the 3rd person, along with all the hate and ignorance that’s spewed forth here it’s time to go.

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:41 am #

      EOTS
      “Worst ever” is at least a distinction. To your points: I was over the top on 9/11, deliberately so. Way over the top. I agree. As for Florence, People choose where they live. They can choose to move. That’s especially true for expensive coastal living. People who move to the Carolinas, particularly the coast, ignored the risk they were taking. Also, this board welcomes all points of view, even unpopular ones. We try to extend a most liberal interpretation of “free speech.” Perhaps my 9/11 comments were a test of that.

  12. Thomas More
    September 12, 2018 at 6:04 am #

    No need to go to the ocean, Dan. They’re bitin’ on land.

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:34 am #

      TM
      You’re right. And they bite hard!

  13. Mr. Fritz
    September 12, 2018 at 6:13 am #

    I would have to agree with Enema’s comments – no more to say.

  14. Art Seller
    September 12, 2018 at 6:36 am #

    Enema Give yourself one. We have heard very little from you that is of any value to this board. You are talking about the champions of the underdogs who operate daily to help the bedraggled taxpayer.Even thy can have an off day but you have an off day every day. Go back to your hole and stay there and don’t ever post here gain as you promised You will not be missed. You are a habitual liar of low intelligence as is evidenced by all of your posts. You believe in fake news alternative facts truth isn’t truth and all that bs.So Dan got a few things wrong today what should we do kill him? You are a person the G man would love to have on his TV show. He would have you dyed fried and layed to the side as Fred G Sanford would say. It is a good feeling knowing we won’t have to put up with any more of your drivel Now keep your promise to stay in your hole you A hole The G man just spent two nights in a row representing the taxpayers and will spend another night tonight on his show.As I stated before it is amazing the number of nobody’s who throw stones at somebody’s and you definitely are a nobody

    • mi
      September 12, 2018 at 7:43 am #

      Goodbye enema. But really,we know you’ll be back under another name, or should we say shadow?

  15. Shakes His Head
    September 12, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    There are no heroes in war.

  16. Edward R. Murrow
    September 12, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    Without weather, the BB wouldn’t have much to run every day.

  17. Spagirl
    September 12, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    The school committe,
    The idiot also said he was there on “7/11” clearing rubble. Did you see that? Yes.. “7/11”
    Imbecile!!

  18. Pat
    September 12, 2018 at 8:30 am #

    People are just so mean. Would you put down your 71 year old grandmother and call her an imbecile if she said 7/11 when she obviously meant to say 9/11?

    How about Obama calling Benghazi a conspiracy theory? That wasn’t a mistake with saying the wrong numbers. He really meant it and the survivors of that event know what really happened and are rather upset with Obama.

    • dusty
      September 12, 2018 at 10:09 am #

      Pat If you saying that Trump is suffering from dementia then you are probably right. And he should step down for the security of the nation instead of storm trooping around the world pretending to be Putin.

      • Pat
        September 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

        Two can play this game Dusty. Do you forget or transpose words from time to time. I bet it started happening once you turned 50. Does it mean you have Dementia? Should you be put away? I didn’t think so. Should Obama be put away in a home for the aged for his stupid remarks?

        • dusty
          September 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

          Ok not dementia, but can we both agree that he is criminally insane?

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          September 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

          dusty has TDS

    • Spagirl
      September 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      No one is mean Pat. Your President is clueless on a daily basis.

  19. Pat
    September 12, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    Will Joe and Mika fans of the liberal Morning Joe show stop tuning in because Joe insulted 9/11 victims by saying the President Trump presidency is worse than 9/11? No, liberals will tune in bright eyed and bushy tailed for their daily dose of outrage meant to drum up the hate against President Trump. Remember, Americans are addicted to outrage and these shows are even meant to make Americans addicted to hate in my opinion.

    Instead of focusing on one person we all need to agree that big government is what we need to protect ourselves against so we do not lose our freedoms. The right is afraid of the left and the left of the right, but really the problem is too much government in our lives.

    • shook
      September 12, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      The people of Puerto Rico should rightfully argue that the Trump presidency is worse than 9/11 to them.

    • Thomas More
      September 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

      and so will you tune in Pat, TV is about audience, not what they like and don’t like

  20. Shelly Liver
    September 12, 2018 at 11:49 am #

    Again, trump should resign, trump has an inflated economy anyway,that could go south at any moment.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 12, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

      Another PMSNBC parrot.

    • Pat
      September 12, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      Keep hoping for the worse Shelly Liver. I hope none of your friends or family will suffer if you get what you want and the economy goes south just to make President Trump look bad. No doubt you work for the school department or hospital so you figure you can ride out a bad economy if President Trump can only look bad it would all be worth it.

      Stop watching Joe and Mika or even worse listening to that debbie downer Rachel Maddow.

  21. Shelly Liver
    September 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    I am a 37 year old self made woman, single. First of all,what I do is none of your business Pat. I’ll be fine,and am one of the fortunate ones to be well heeled, like my friends the Planet and that Mr. Gaetani. I do not trust OUR President.

    • Pat
      September 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      I didn’t ask you to tell me what you do, but I figured you could ride it out or you wouldn’t be talking about it happening as if it was inevitable. What will put an end to the good economy for sure is Dems taking control in November. They will undo everything President Trump has done and take us back into the swamp of a poor economy. Not everyone is well heeled so let’s all hope this doesn’t happen.

      • Art Seller
        September 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

        Pat the good economy we are experiencing now is a continuation of Obama’s policy. The real affects of trumps efforts will come when american businesses start to feel the affects of his tarrifs. Already the USAuto industry is in trouble and things will get worse from here on With the average US automobile costing 4000 colors more will clearly spell disaster for the auto worker and layoffs will follow. All other industries will follow the decline and we will go into a bust faze for the american worker. Trump gave the filthy rich 1.5 trillion dollars thinking the would lead to tr8ckle down but it led to trickle up where corporations bought back their own shares furthering their stock price which also benefits them.What has trump done for you? You will find out when you file your 2018 income tax return and I assure you not much. Trump is not the deliverer his base think he is.The only support trump has left is his base and even that is shrinking and that is not enough to get him another term. I honestly think he will resign or be impeached but it is a certainty that he will only be a one term president. This is how I see things but am always interested in reading what others have to think.

        • Pat
          September 12, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

          Even President Trump can’t save the Berkshires. Poor leadership or no leadership depending on how you look at it has destroyed this area perhaps permanently.

          I disagree. The GDP was in serious trouble under Obama. Obama said Trump would need a magic wand to raise it. I guess President Trump has a magic wand.

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          September 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

          Pure bull shit Art. Obama said what Trumphas done couldn’t be done. Obama is a big liar and only gullible micf follow that fake pied piper. Stop watching fake news MSLSD.

          • Art Seller
            September 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

            Yes TDs. Obama said what scump has done couldn’t be done. Obama said scump couldn’t ruin the country and we all know now that president Obama was wrong

      • Thomas More
        September 12, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

        Pat; you didn’t ask her what she did , you told her. ” . No doubt you work for the school department or hospital”.

    • Fugimoto Hockalugi
      September 12, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

      I’ll bet you do a lot for yourself.

  22. u
    September 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    That’s not the plan. If trump is forced out or loses period, he and his friends already got there chuck. Of course,the Dems will be blamed. The Movie The Sting, come to mind Pat?

  23. Shelly Liver
    September 12, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Trup IS the reincarnation of P T Barnum, or e Devil.

    • Fugimoto Hockalugi
      September 12, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

      Shelly Liver Failure

  24. u
    September 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    I agree,whatever u sed.

  25. Flint Waters
    September 12, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    Jon, next time you put the streets on for us,include Elm St. Thank You’

  26. Bill Q
    September 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    I was watching a program on pctv,The Mayor was giving awards with pictures. One of the photo op recipients refused to take the picture with the Mayor, good for her.

  27. Earl Grey Squirrel
    September 12, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    was Dumpstergate a story?

  28. The school committee
    September 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

    Tyer cant get the lines painted,or the streets swept .She absolutely confuse everyone on our recycling.The mayor with white moon caccamo,Rivers need to talk about fumes under Allendale school

  29. Unwanted Carl
    September 12, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    If people are worried in S C don’t. Look at the fantastic job trump did in P R. Only a couple few thousand dead there.

  30. Art Seller
    September 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    GI GI. Another lost soul. I know what I just saw with my own eyes. The mayor of San Juan telling the world that scump and his administration have failed PR. Mayor Cruz is her name. She has pleaded for help from scump and received nothing. What did I see with my own eyes Fake news. Again I know what I saw. Thank you for thinking that I am the G man. I consider it an honor..He is one of the smartest individuals I have ever known. Have you ever seen his show? He and Dan are the only two individuals who really care about the taxpayers and they go out on a limb every day trying to help you and you throw stones.Where do people like you come from. I would like to tell you where to go but I know the G man would be mad at me so you are safe this time

    • Gigi
      September 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

      You are the lost soul.
      Puerto Rico has received billions in aid from the U.S.
      Their politicians are corrupt Democrat hacks.
      As a taxpayer, I would hate to see any more of my tax dollars sent to this hell-hole island.
      Stop peddling fake news.

      • Art Seller
        September 12, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

        GI GI only the facts please. You and your type are all smoke and mirrors. Today’s NY Times. Trump calls response to hurricane that killed thousands an unsung success. Mayor Carmen Yullin Cruz stated If scump thinks the deaths of almost 3000 people is a success God help us. Jose Andrus a Spanish chef who organized a feeding program stated the death toll issues have been one of the biggest cover ups in US history.It has been a massive failure by the US government and the white house. FEMA admitted the massive short comings and promised to do better. Still some 300,000 homes have nothing but canvas roofs.This is not fake news it is 100% factual information coming from people who are there in PR. Now you can try to spin it any way you want but remember the truth will set you free.Give up brietbart and masspil. You are a US citizen who Mr. Gaetanis put his life on the line for and you try to kick sand in his face. You and your type on this board are ingrates. You better pray that he is successful on these water and sewer projects as if he isn’t you and your type will be the first ones who will be forced to move. He is trying to help you you nitwit.

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          September 12, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

          Fake news. Trump doesn’t control the weather. The problem in Puerto Rico predate Trump by decades. The Times like the Eagle prints all the fake news that’s fit to print.

        • Cosbies
          September 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

          What’s odd is Terrorism has been put on hold, yet since Trump has been in office, more American Carnage in the streets, and places like Chicago and Nevadacto name a couple, are at all time highs. During his watch,all time,deaths by murder in America on his watch as Potus.

      • Art Seller
        September 12, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

        Gigi The more you post the more we learn about you. The citizens in PR are American citizens. Oh you weren’t told about that on brietbart. We don’t have to dig a grave for you as you are doing a very good job yourself. I think you have a nut loose and that can be corrected but stupid is another story. I think you can do better or at least I hope so. Consider those who agree with you. Do you really want to be lumped with them? Just sayin.

        • 12 Gauge
          September 12, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

          Art , you should take Joy Behar on a date. It’s obvious that you watch her on The View.

          • Harry Merkin
            September 12, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

            I think Art should date Maxine Waters. He sounds just like her.

      • Mr. G
        September 13, 2018 at 8:33 am #

        Jesus Gigi, get a clue. Puerto Rico IS the US

        • Cos
          September 13, 2018 at 10:29 am #

          Can’t fix stupid.

        • Ed Check
          September 13, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

          Yes, residents of Puerto Rico are US citizens. No, it is not a recognized state, therefore any money is budgeted as aid, away from the 50 recognized states. Guam would be another example.

        • Gigi
          September 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

          I did not state anywhere in my posts that PR was NOT a territory of the U.S.
          You and Gaetani need to take a refresher course in reading comprehension.

          • Art Seller
            September 13, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

            Gigi we know what you said. You didn’t want a penny more of your tax dollars spent in that hell hole. Translation American citizens kiss my ass. As I stated don’t post frequently that way no one will know how stupid you are. Please get some education.

  31. Maggie SC
    September 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    This is real bad one, get the hell out S C.

  32. Paul Jakacky
    September 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

    One thing that would be great is if Dan spared us any sports history.

    • danvalenti
      September 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

      PAUL
      To what do you allude, specifically?

      • Paul
        September 13, 2018 at 6:13 am #

        Dan, you write about sports history and things you attended and the people you knew. You also mention local sports players of times gone by.
        That being said, now you tell us to forget about wars gone by, forget about 9/11 and move on.
        I say forget about sports, it’s pretty much a bunch of grown ups playing kids games being paid unreal amounts of money and usually acting like spoiled children.

        • danvalenti
          September 13, 2018 at 6:50 am #

          PAUL
          OK, now I get the connection. It’s a good one, about remembrance and forgetting. I would only add that the sports history and other parts of my memory you mention are for me good memories. War, 9/11, and the like, not so much. Either way, memory does tend to gild the past. I agree about sports today, with the money and the behavior.

          • Paul
            September 13, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

            I agree that wars are not normally good memories. However, I have no desire to forget friends that have their life in service of out country. I also want to remember those of the past who have provided me with my freedom. Most paid a very high price and many paid with their lives. I think it would beyond disrespectful to forget them. Maybe those of us that have served have a different outlook.

  33. Halo
    September 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    Sex retread Melanie should help with the sand bags in S C.. Believe the term sanbag was coined after the Donald. Not fake news by any sense of word.

  34. U
    September 12, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    Here is my dream. Turn the House and Senate into Demos and let Trump finish out his term. With that,combo of the press, he will have no power. He could be impeached though,we’ll see.

    • Art Seller
      September 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

      U You are very astute. What you just stated is looking more and more plausible every day. If both houses are won trump will not be able to move left or right and he will not be able to pass anything and will not have anyone he suggests for any position approved. In essence he will be a dead duck. This is how dictators end up. Will he be impeached? Absolutely. The Dems are licking their chops and they will get their meal very soon.

    • dusty
      September 13, 2018 at 4:05 am #

      If not before Trump’s term is over but surely after, the whole Trump family will be gazing through barred windows, even little cutie pie Ivanka who is just as complicit in the whole money laundering, tax evasion scheme as mastermind Papa Donald.

      Did you ever wonder why Trump’s sister wanted nothing to do with Donald or the rest of the family? Well now you know why. She knew they would all be spending the rest of their lives in jail because they could not keep their greedy little hands out of the government coffers or any other coffers they might stumble on.

      Even the “love everybody” country of Ireland does not want Trump to visit? think about that? Is the whole world just making shit up about Trump? The whole world Pat?

      • Mr. Fritz
        September 13, 2018 at 4:27 am #

        The two loud & proud hot air bags, above. What facts do you have to support your claims? Money laundering & tax evasion?? Where is the proof?

        • Cos
          September 13, 2018 at 6:46 am #

          Oh, he’s going down,the question is who will be put out first,him or you. But you still have topix.

          • Mr. Fritz
            September 13, 2018 at 9:50 am #

            Still no facts, only the sound of crickets……

        • Art Seller
          September 13, 2018 at 11:13 am #

          Don’t look to us to teach you get out there and get yourself educated. It is clearly evident by the quality and quantity of your posts that you have a third or fourth grade education. It could even be lower. What is it?

          • Mr. Fritz
            September 13, 2018 at 11:32 am #

            As I said, all hot air & no facts!

      • Pat
        September 13, 2018 at 7:17 am #

        Dusty, if only you had shown this much concern about airing out the Clinton’s dirty laundry.

    • Pat
      September 13, 2018 at 7:22 am #

      Let’s not forget all the freebies that Dems have no idea how they will afford. That nice economy you are looking at right now will fall flat which is what the far left Dems want so the can say, “See, this economy is so bad only socialism will save us now”. They are a tricky mob this far left. Be very cautious of them America.

      Lots of crime also works well for them because the whole idea is to destabilize the country which is why we are hearing about these 15 crimes they want to ignore in order to focus on the really violent crimes. Does this sound logical to you Americans?

      • The school committee
        September 13, 2018 at 8:42 am #

        I’m not voting for a socialist.I thought about voting Trump the remembered he was an ahole wack job who was still a nut with the birther club he started and flew around the country fake needing about

  35. AlaskanBushClowns
    September 13, 2018 at 4:27 am #

    Agree dusty, whatever happens,this family is a mess. I’m beginning to think McConnell is seeiing the light finally, in his last few statements on the elections looming , he’s very worried. Finally.

    Now, the Health Department is a Kangaroo Court with the hearing Department officer getting a vote order for demolition of a propert. Who pays for that, hopefully the owner.

  36. Pat
    September 13, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    Obama said that a 4.0 GDP was impossible and a pipe dream unless Trump had a magic wand. Well, President Trump apparently has a magic wand, but whenever you mention this great news, the far left deflects by saying, “Trump is an idiot”, “Trump is an imbecile”, “That Trump needs to be impeached”.

    They do the same thing with any good news, but they will not discuss any of the craziness from their side like the freebies, the 15 crimes that will not be punished, open borders, socialism, etc. They immediately deflect to “That Trump has dementia”, “Trump is destroying the country”. The far left is using President Trump to fool people about their intentions for this country which are not good.

  37. Cosbies
    September 13, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    The end game is that Trump acts like a child sometimes and he quite possible have a mental defect. Check his Toe Nails.

    • Pat
      September 13, 2018 at 10:38 am #

      There is no mental illness from Trump, but we know it is running rampant on the far left.

      • Art seller
        September 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

        Pat I enjoy your posts but to say there is no insanity with trump makes me wonder if you might have a bit of insanity..I still admire your loyalty to scump but honestly he would throw you off the bridge with out given a second thought. Obama’s term is over and there is nothing we can do about whatever is good or bad but we have to focus on scump. He stiffed laborers to the tune of 6 billion dollars over 6 bankruptcys. Considering just this fact alone he should be in prison but don’t worry he will get there sooner or later. Don’t lump yourself with the 5 or 6 soft skulls whose posts contain 5or six words.That is all the are capable of. They almost always make no sense but even though I do not agree with you I like your posts to see if I can learn something. I have a hunch that you are going to be very very sad soon when scump is indicted. His lucky streak is coming to an end very very soon and when it does America is going to have the greatest celebration of all time. It is going to be HUGE

  38. The school committee
    September 13, 2018 at 8:46 am #

    When I watch Fox news I laugh at how stupid they think people are

    • Pat
      September 13, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      Yeah, it’s real stupid to want to not prosecute 15 crimes or have open borders….we know where the REAL stupidity is coming from and it is the FAR LEFT.

    • 12 Gauge
      September 13, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      After I watch fox the only one that looks stupid is TSC.

  39. mi
    September 13, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    Would you believe frites probably believes he has a noodle up there?
    I’ve the three shows the good-Gaetani News Hour, the bad-Discussions from hell and The Bugly a Todd Show Production,didn’t get the PCTV best show award,it went to some show I’ve never heard or seen.

    • Art Seller
      September 13, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      Finally the intelligent informed citizen is posting and sadly so are the insane trump die hards. Some one posted a ways back that the die hards will jump off the cliff with scump.Do you think that will be a good thing or a bad thing? Where do these nuts come from?

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 13, 2018 at 11:10 am #

      Not surprising to me.

  40. Halo
    September 13, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    Rumor has it thirty teachers will be laid off, anyone hear anything like that?

    • Pat
      September 13, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      We can only hope. More than likely with so few students, they are not needed.

  41. Nota
    September 13, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Don’t look now but I think J E T a a pretty good football team.

  42. Art Seller's
    September 13, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    Finally the intelligent informed citizen is posting and sadly so are the insane trump die hards. Some one posted a ways back that the die hards will jump off the cliff with scump.Do you think that will be a good thing or a bad thing? Where do these nuts come from?

  43. Pat
    September 13, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    More insanity from the liberal media which is in bed with the far left. They are using the hurricane to bash Trump. You can’t make this up. Not to mention the danger of having the media in bed with one party. There is nobody to call them out when they are in power as we saw during the Obama years. The Democrat president could do no wrong. This is dangerous for our country. We need an UNBIASED media that doesn’t pick favorites, but tells the truth about the right and the left.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/editorials/2018/09/editorial_storm_surge_of_bias

    • Mr. G
      September 13, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

      Pat, Trump was the one who started using the hurricane to try to burnish his ego, image and political standing. He brought this on himself because he needs his ego stroked every minute. He gets what he deserves in backlash.

  44. mi
    September 13, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    Trump’s done. Just a matter of time.

  45. CosbiesLadies
    September 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    When Trump gets his, all I will post on here is, see ya! New Yorkers can’t stand him, his own neighbors.

  46. CosbiesLadies
    September 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    FEMA is run by the Federal Government. When you send tapayer money on supplies for instance, the first thing you do is make sure people receiving the supplies get them. PERIOD? That’s not Puerto Rico’s fault, that’s FEMA’s. capiche? And that’s Trumps fault. He did a great job, fore sure. NOT!

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      Gaetani – Apparently you didn’t bother to read the article posted above regarding the corruption involving the distribution of relief supplies in PR. The supplies sent by the US “were trapped in ports with local corruption preventing proper distribution.” And, later in the article “ the Trump administration later bypassed local officials & the US MILITARY began delivering the goods directly.”

      • Art Seller
        September 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

        Yes there were a few glitches and they were reported by all media overall the scump handling was a total disgrace and he is now calling the confirmed deaths associated with the storm fake news.This guy is a monster and is very dangerous. Do you want to be associated with a clown like that? Your smarter the that fritz

  47. CosbiesLadies
    September 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    There were a couple misques so so sorry,how many misques has our President had? What’s the DOW up to today?

  48. u
    September 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    It’s up Over 100.

  49. Art Seller
    September 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Lots of military installations in the path of Florence.They are hunkering down. And will be first responders.God bless our military.They are always prepared. Let’s pray for them and all the people who will be impacted by this hurricane