(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 1, 2018) — Welcome to October!

In our previous column on the D.A.’s race, we outlined “why” Paul Caccaviello could win the November general election as a write-in candidate. Here, we give you the “how.” Bottom line is that this is a doable enterprise for PC.

A new tactic has emerged from Andrea Harrington’s supporters. First, Team H played the “insult” card that says Cacc disrespected the democratic process by seeking a “sore loser” write-in. That flopped on the face of it when THE PLANET pointed out that he’s actually doing the opposite. Next came the “He can’t win” mantra, refusing to believe it themselves. Now, we are getting the “playing favorites” angle, accusing us of secretly backing Caccaviello.

Let’s be clear. THE PLANET backs no one and everyone. We have never refused a candidate of any stripe when they asked us for advice, opinion, or our views. If they want the family recipe for crumb cake, we share it. We have, in fact, talked issues and strategies with both Harrington and Cacc — but we aren’t “backing” anyone. When we write of “why” and “how” he can win, THE PLANET simply points out the strategic and tactical elements that constitute the probable paths to victory for Cacc.

Why do it for him and not her? Easy. She already won straight-up, name-on-the-ballot.

THE PLANET isn’t saying Cacc WILL win. We are saying he CAN win. We respect both candidates, wish them both well, and will continue to communicate with both campaigns.

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Let us now carry the owls to Athens. Here’s how you win a sticker campaign:

  • Play the Edge — Winning sticker campaigns are characterized by unusual circumstances. In this case, it’s Cacc’s win in Pittsfield. The county seat will decide the race in November.
  • Take Off the Gloves — Cacc must become a — yuk — “politician.” No more Mr. Nice Guy. He’s in a duel.
  • Tout Experience — He wins by hammering home his advantage in experience. He makes the campaign about competence, since both more or less agree on the issues.
  • GOP Go — Caccaviello campaigned as a Democrat and is well known in party circles, so he has votes there. But the 7,600 county Republicans hold the key to this election. They did not vote in September. His perceived “tougher on crime” versus her perceived “soft, ‘understand them'” approach should play well with GOP voters.
  • Know and Follow Electoral Law — Cacc’s campaign needs to read and re-read what Massachusetts law says about sticker campaigns. If they’ve read them already, read them again.
  • What’s in a Name? — The ballot will have a space for every office, in this case the D.A., where a person can physically write-in a person’s name that is not on the ballot. Caccaviello’s name will not appear on the ballot. People will need to write it in. Commonwealth law also allows a candidate to pre-print stickers with his name and address on it. The regulations are precise. Stickers must be 2-1/4″x1/4″ printed in black ink with the candidate’s name and then, in smaller type size, his address. Follow the instructions. Cacc must print up a large number of stickers and see that they are well distributed.
  • Knight Rider — Have Judith Knight appear with Cacc in a press conference, in which Knight will endorse the acting D.A. and urge her supporters to do the same. In the primary, Knight won more than 5,000 votes to roughly Cacc’s 7,600 and Harrington’s 8,300. Do we have to draw a map?
  • Don’t ignore North and South — In the north, go to Williamstown, North Adams, and Adams. Also, stump in Great Barrington and Stockbridge. The goal is to neutralize the votes Harrington piled up there. Have Knight perform as a stump surrogate in these areas.
  • Eagle Eyes — Have trusted aides at each voting station. Monitor the polls scrupulously. Every vote counts. Allow no disqualified votes without a challenge. Be sure that every piece of paper is examined. With write-ins, there will be sloppiness. In Massachusetts, as long as a ballot reveals the intent of the voter, it counts as a vote. Butchered spellings of “caccaviello” count as a vote if they reveal voter intent.

That’s the “how.” Now it’s up to Caccaviello. Victory can be his, if he plays it right.


Surround yourself with people who know more than you do, then get out of their way” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.



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272 Responses to “HERE’S HOW ‘CACC CAN WIN’”

  1. Harlan Rinklenutts
    October 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

    You guys, other than Art, are way off. First of all it was Chuck Connors in the Rifleman. Jerry Van Dyke was Dicks brother who played banjo,he was co-host with Roy Clark I believe on the show He Haw.

  2. mi
    October 1, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    Thought that was Buck Owens and Roy Clark.Could have been Brett Cavanaugh. He did everything else according to CNN

  3. Johnny Absurd
    October 2, 2018 at 12:05 am #

    Dick Van Dyke would stumble over his own feet at the beginning of every show. I can’t believe anybody could be so clumsy. Any other show would have fired him or got him a walker.

    • Harrison
      October 2, 2018 at 3:38 am #

      Note to Pat.
      Dick Van Dyke was a highly functioning alcoholic when he was tripping over that ottoman and many years into his career. He finally went into recovery and is alive at 92, so there is still hope for Brett.

    • danvalenti
      October 2, 2018 at 8:23 am #

      They actually filmed two openings for the show. In one, Rob trips over the Ottoman. In the other, he approaches it and neatly sidesteps. No one but the producer knew which one would proceed each show, and the cast used to make friendly bets over it. Dick was a great and vastly under-rated physical (slapstick) comedian.

      • Pat
        October 2, 2018 at 10:29 am #

        I disagree. There is a big difference between an alcoholic judge and an alcoholic actor. Drunk actors have been faking it forever. Just look at Dean Martin and Errol Flynn. Judges, on the other hand have a very intellectual job in which they need to be sharp at all times. Kavanaugh’s memory is unbelievable for cases. Also, Kavanaugh’s wife with 2 young children doesn’t seem like the kind of woman who would stay with an alcoholic husband.

  4. The school committee
    October 2, 2018 at 2:33 am #

    The Berkshire Eagle cant be against Kavanaugh and not do a comprehensive story on abuse at Williams college to explain what went on to its readers.This kind of journalism is gone as everything now is PR from Trump to Harrington with both pointing fingers at things gone wrong.The story locally is that Harrington if elected will pursue charges at Williams…..The Eagle needs to do this so it’s readers know what went on at Williams college

    • Charlie
      October 2, 2018 at 5:31 am #

      They cannot pursue charges when the victims and the school refuse to report. These cases are reported to the police without names. This is the school’s policy to protect victim privacy. Do you really think the DA’s office would not pursue reported rapes anywhere or the paper would refuse such a story? The idea that Harrington, one of the least skilled lawyers in the entire county, could do something is laughable.

  5. Gigi
    October 2, 2018 at 4:14 am #

    Elizabeth Warren, the fake indian, wants you to vote for her for U.S. Senate – so she can spend the next two years running for President! She could care less about the people of Massachusetts – what has she accomplished for us? Vote Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate!

    • Pat
      October 2, 2018 at 6:19 am #

      I will absolutely be voting for Geoff Diehl.

      • The school committee
        October 2, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

        Warren will protect Pat even though he all corporate… must have a state job Pat

        • 12 Gauge
          October 2, 2018 at 6:48 pm #


  6. Doomiedoger
    October 2, 2018 at 4:41 am #

    Wasn’t it Breitbart that invented the “alternative fact”? Or do they just borrow the concept every day?

  7. The school committee
    October 2, 2018 at 5:28 am #

    BIG NEWS…The Berkshire Eagle burrowed a story on the back page of the second section on rising contaminate levels at GE site…..Front page story….Could someone who sees Caccamo tell him hes a Pittsfield city councilor with 8k salary and 20 k in health bennies……at least return phone calls and tell your voters you don’t give a crap.

    • Spagirl
      October 2, 2018 at 6:27 am #

      Cacammo is completely out of touch in Ward 3. It is ridiculous

    • Thomas More
      October 2, 2018 at 6:49 am #

      Allendale is not real news. Real news is someone riding under a bridge on the Ash Trail.
      Unfortunately this blog has become the local outlet for breitbart.

    • Johnny Absurd
      October 2, 2018 at 6:52 am #

      and kinda left out the type of “contaminant” in the headline. Easy mistake, but probably on purpose after a boardroom meeting.

  8. Liza
    October 2, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    Women should be outraged. Harrington snaps a photo and claims Markey has supported her when he has not. Healey claims Harrington is experienced when she isn’t. This is garbage. If we do not have truth over spin in the DA’s office what do we have? Why do they have to lie? How is this a win for women? Are we supposed to not care about the truth and just be happy there is a woman on the ticket? While the DA’s office fights against violence toward women, these women are pandering politicians. Bad for women. Bad for Berkshire County. Bad.

  9. Pat
    October 2, 2018 at 6:43 am #

    President Trump should have Mike Lee waiting on standby just in case anything happens with the Kavanugh confirmation due to dirty tactics on the left. Mike Lee could be quickly confirmed before the midterms. I am still rooting for Kavanaugh though and I think he will make it.

    • Johnny Absurd
      October 2, 2018 at 6:53 am #

      or he could get Garland and cut out the bullshit

    • The school committee
      October 2, 2018 at 7:41 am #

      Do you want women’s choice outlawed Pat?YES or No

      • Pat
        October 2, 2018 at 9:27 am #

        Abortion in this country is out of control. It’s not in trouble though no matter what the far left says. Unfortunately abortion will not be stopped even with a conservative on the Supreme Court as a swing vote. More Americans have to value the earliest beginnings of life before that happens.

        • X-Lachs Lounge
          October 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

          Abortion cuts down on democrats, so it’s not all bad.

        • Johnny Absurd
          October 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

          Abortion is out of control? Where do you get your abortion statistics Pat?

          but keep in mind that without abortion there might be millions of unwanted children with parents who could not or would not take care of them….and that would be bad for the rest of us

  10. Harrison
    October 2, 2018 at 6:49 am #

    Not giving Garland a hearing was the dirtiest of tactics. The right has memory issues.

    • Edward R. Murrow
      October 2, 2018 at 7:29 am #

      Perhaps you do–remember the Biden rule? No confirmation hearings in presidential election years.

      • Harrison
        October 2, 2018 at 7:37 am #

        Biden called for a wait UNLESS a moderate was nominated. Garland was a moderate.

        • shakes
          October 2, 2018 at 7:55 am #

          Biden’s floor speech was on June 25, 1992, more than three months later in the election cycle than it is now.

          There was no Supreme Court vacancy to fill.

          There was no nominee to consider.

          The Senate never took a vote to adopt a rule to delay consideration of a nominee until after the election.

          So what exactly RULE are you considering or are you just stupidly repeating something you heard?

          • Edward R. Murrow
            October 2, 2018 at 11:28 am #


            Relevant part starts about 1:45.

            Biden was preemptive then, but hypocrisy still obtains now.

            You should use quotes when you copy text directly.

          • Shakes
            October 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

            ‘You’re an idiot’

  11. Edward R. Murrow
    October 2, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    Oh, man, Kavanaugh is done. Breaking news!

    The judge has repeatedly stated that he always got Raisinettes at the movie theater, from the time be was seven and into and past his college/law school days.

    But now former classmates and friends have stated that Kavanaugh would often get Junior Mints.

    Not credible. Can’t serve on the Supreme Court.

    I believe the classmates, not Kavanaugh.

    And if you believe Kavanaugh, I’m going to get my Stalinist mob and come harass you at some point in your daily life.

  12. The school committee
    October 2, 2018 at 7:50 am #

    Allendale School is built on that sick swamp GE used for a chemical dump….Moon wants Pittsfield students to spend 40 hours a week on a chemical swamp,so does White ,Yon ,Tyer,Rivers ,Kroll,along with Taylor Curtis Mccandless,Elias…..the air filters need changing every 30 day in a healthy building and every week in Allendale….Behnkes in charge of custodial decisions

  13. The school committee
    October 2, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    Allendale air filters need testing of the dust caught in the classrooms.Needs testing every month.Where are the air quality monitors and why doesn’t the public have access to the readings.Should be posted on website.What is the secret Yon wants to keep…..Can the other councilors impeach Caccamo and then pick anyone at random to replace the lazy councilor.

  14. U
    October 2, 2018 at 8:19 am #

    So, you go to a job interview, let’s say rocket scientist, and the hiring people ask you some questions like,do you drink? Do you have any problem with drinking,have you ever been accused of assault, and of course the big one, do you know we have a company policy here that you have to be respectful to co workers and your superiors. And your response is, yeh I drink, don’t you? No never had a problem,you? Never did anything sexually like assault, ok….now your crying, is it something we said? Well,I’ve got this calendar that I wrote on myself. Ok, so you’ve never been belligerent in any way because of alchohol…NO, never been arrested or questioned related to any drinking? I’ve work hard, busted my butt,played sports, yeah I had some beer, beers, I like beer, yeah beer, like it, you, do you drink? . No, I don’t have a problem…neither do I………….
    Lie lie lie lie, and we give you the mulligan on the sexual assault.

    Reason for no hire. Lies, drinks to excess and lied,Temperment not in line for our rocket scientist project coordinator.

  15. Chuck Vincelette
    October 2, 2018 at 8:40 am #

    Just a question or two about the questions about the Willaims College controversy: 1) if there have been so many rapes on campus and the college is trying to hide them why haven’t the parents filed lawsuits against the college and 2) don’t some of the alleged victims come from families that have the wherewithal to hire lawyers and sue the college for millions?
    It just doesn’t seem to make sense to me. Not an opinion just 2 questions.

    • Charlie
      October 2, 2018 at 10:54 am #

      I guess no one is reading anyone else’s posts. As stated, the cases are reported to the police without names because the victims don’t want the police involved. The DA can’t prosecute if there is no defendant or victim. That’s the victim’s choice and the school’s procedure.

      • Cicero
        October 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

        Marq-, er, Charlie – Going back 6 years, there were over 70 reported rapes at Williams. How did you learn that all 70 “didn’t want the police involved”? That’s some really sensitive information, you must have serious connections.

  16. Minister of Intoxication
    October 2, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    Broadway Joe Namath now doing benefit commercials for Medicare. Talk about drinkers?

    • Johnny2Shoes
      October 2, 2018 at 11:53 am #

      Remember BoozewayJoe’s sideline interview with a female sideline announcer during a football game awhile ago? He had a few and was googling her. All harmless! Wonder what Emerson Boozer his teammate thought?

  17. CosbiesLadies
    October 2, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    The senators will vote who,ever throws money at them.Susan Collins R-Maine top contributor is general dynamics, Jeff is a Flake, has a million plus pac from something called club growth. Lisa Merk, R-Alaska,getting millions, it’s a joke, they are in it together,follow the dot$. Locally here, the same.

  18. Halo
    October 2, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    Trump I’m Ten with R- congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.Her portfolioim millions including drinkers of America..67g

  19. The school committee
    October 2, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    Yes,Chuck is right to ask as I was wondering the same thing.Harrington and supporters are saying there is a problem at Williams college that Capeless did not address so what was that problem that the families did not pursue.

    • Truthsayer
      October 2, 2018 at 10:11 am #

      Harrington & Supporters are saying there is a problem at Williams that Capeless did not address. Question: How can a DA’s office address an issue if it is not reported, no complaints are filed despite actions that violate the criminal code, and Williams resolves the issue by payoffs and deals cut?

      You are all about to get what you wished for and it’s going to get very ugly.

      • Spider
        October 2, 2018 at 11:19 am #

        Newspapers are always looking for a really good story. Why hasn’t any of them gone after this one at Williams College?

        Talk about an obvious cover-up. This is ripe for the picking!

        We might have our own little scandal to rival the priest abuse one in Boston.

        • danvalenti
          October 2, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

          I wish they were … “Newspaper … looking for a good story.” That’s the trouble in Berkshire County. The only local daily is run by journalistic incompetents who measure “quality” by revenue. Even by that low standard the “quality” is dying. They have some good, eager staff but that staff is too green, lacks proper guidance, and has too many restraints on the type of digging — real digging — that reporters should do. Moreover, with high turnover comes staffers who have no idea of local institutional, political, and social history. They are prey, therefore, to the agendas of those who play them like cheap fiddles. There are many good stories out there, but they are not pursued, especially the juicier ones, because it would topple too many fiefdoms. How do you think THE PLANET gets so many scoops when that isn’t even our purpose or our intention? We have our spies, operatives, gumshoes, and Z-agents just about everywhere. They come to us in our sleep. It’s too bad for once-thriving Berkshire County and Pittsfield that it has a local daily and a mainstream media (the radio stations, online “papers”) that is simply too weak, too afraid, too passive, to complicit, and too dependent on too few but key advertisers to grow a pair and fulfill its constitutional duties as the Fourth Estate.

      • Shakes His Head
        October 2, 2018 at 11:23 am #


        • Spider
          October 2, 2018 at 11:38 am #

          Oh, really, Shakes? And for how long have they been checking on this? Days, months, years? Or is this recent?

          We “nitwits” would love to hear more details! Don’t be shy!

          • Shakes
            October 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

            I don’t what the state police are assigned to, but they are under the direction of the prosecutor, if the DA office catches wind of a crime, then it has the power on its own to investigate. The office does not need permission, or even cooperation from local law enforcement (or Williams College for that matter).

        • Charlie
          October 2, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

          How would you go about prosecuting a case that looks like this?
          “Jane Doe says John Smith assaulted her. She does not want to press charges.”
          How would a newspaper report this story?

          • Spider
            October 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

            Shakes, what is it? You stated that “the DA’s office has state police detectives assigned to it”, but now you don’t know anything?

            You are all talk and no action!

            Get back to us “nitwits” when you have something!

    • Cicero
      October 2, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

      You ask “what was the “problem that the families did not pursue”?

      Wow are you offensive. If a rape claim was snuffed out at the criminal level and no probable cause was found, the victim and parents would be virtually powerless to do anything about it. Unless she decided to fight it by going public and having her face and name plastered in the media, her personal history put under a microscope, and her rape story shared with the rest of the planet.
      She’d be known as a rape victim first and foremost for the rest of her life.

      Fighting a DA legally would be a complete waste of time. They have unlimited power and absolute immunity that protects them no matter what they do.

      But hey, no big deal, right? She’s probably some spoiled rich girl anyway. Probably deserved it.

      • Charlie
        October 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

        Krol is just making stuff up, No cases were sent to the DA because the victims declined.

        • Krol's Kronies
          October 2, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

          Krol has fake information and he runs a fake company.

      • Jeffrey
        October 3, 2018 at 5:59 am #

        How do you propose the DA’s office was made aware of these cases if WPD or MSP never investigated then?

        • Cicero
          October 3, 2018 at 7:07 am #

          Why do you assume the WPD never investigated any of these claims? You have no basis to assume that. That is the info that Caccaviello has been called upon to provide – how many cases were investigated and their disposition.

          But you are correct about the MSP not investigating any cases. They never investigate rape cases at Williams as a matter of policy.

          That fact right there should tell you all you need to know.

          • danvalenti
            October 3, 2018 at 8:01 am #

            Harrington says if she is elected, she’s going to get to the bottom of the alleged ongoings at Williams. That’s a reason to both vote for her or not vote for her. I’m curious to know people’s views, so let’s take the most informal of polls. Here’s the Q: Is Andrea Harrington’s promise to look into the alleged rape culture at Williams College and to go after crimes there enough for you to vote for her in November?

          • Jeffrey
            October 3, 2018 at 10:27 am #

            Your absolutely right I have no basis to judge that they did not investigate these claims or that they were notified but they do have the power to arrest or charge someone without consulting with the DA’s office. I guess I would pose the same question to you, how can you make the assumption that they were investigated and the cases forwarded to the DA for review or that there were victims wishing to have their cases go forward. Both claims are simply assumptions

          • Cicero
            October 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

            Dan – I think that question is too narrow, there are a number of issues at play. I haven’t heard anything about Harrington “looking into the alleged rape culture at Williams.” I have heard her promise to re-examine every unindicted rape allegation – not just at Williams – going back 15 years, which is the statute of limitations for the crime.

            Williams is under the microscope because of the number of allegations on campus. A rape culture appears to be thriving. But if the occasional case made it into criminal court, things would likely change. That is the bigger point here. The apparent policy of no rape prosecutions at Williams does more than deny justice for victims; it provides no impediment to the numbers going down in the future.

            The numbers deserve an explanation and the silence is deafening, especially given the bombast on this board about the truth bomb headed our way. It’s always just around the corner, but never quite here. Why is that?

            And yes, this issue is enough for me to support Harrington. But it’s not jut supporting her – it’s about making sure that people who behave like team Capeless are bounced from power.

          • danvalenti
            October 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

            Well, her comment that she will go after every unindicted rape allegation would have to include the hotbed of such charges (and they are not, though barely, that) involving Williams College.

          • Cicero
            October 3, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

            Dan – Again, that is not what she said. She said she was going to REVIEW every un-indicted rape case brought in the last 15 years. One would hope (and expect) that the majority would be turn out to above board and up to snuff. But what about cases that potentially don’t meet that standard? Or if a bunch of them are concentrated in one area? Are they not worth uncovering and delivering justice on behalf of victims? Those are the cases she might “go after”.

            In the meantime, zero, zilch, nada from Cacaviello (and apparently the WPD Chief?) on why no prosecutions during the Capeless era. Which led to steadily climbing Clery numbers throughout his tenure. Previous DA’s were not afraid to prosecute Williams students when required, which kept numbers much lower. Law enforcement matters.

            Would you at least like to see some data, such as how many cases were investigated and how they were disposed?

  20. Pat
    October 2, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    I disagree that Brett Kavanaugh is a high functioning alcoholic. Actors like Errol Flynn, Dean Martin and other alcoholic actors can fake it because let’s face it acting isn’t brain surgery, but a judge needs to be extremely intellectual with a good memory for facts. Brett Kavanaugh showed his extremely good memory for cases and law. Also, with two young children, Kavanaugh’s wife doesn’t seem like the type of woman who would stay with an alcoholic husband and father.

    All of the above mentioned alcoholic actors had serious relationship issues. Dick Van Dyke wasn’t married from 1984 to 2012 presumably during which time he was a hard core alcoholic.

    • Johnny Absurd
      October 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Presumedly? Well that’s good enough for me Pat. Case closed!

      • Pat
        October 2, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

        The point is that his marriage did not stand the strain of his alcoholism. Most do not.

    • Harrison
      October 2, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

      Wrong Pat. He quit drinking in 1980, so he was sober during the years you presume he was hard core.

      • Pat
        October 2, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

        So he says, but one never knows with alcoholics and it was surely a long road for him to complete sobriety. The point is that alcohol abuse and long term relationships do not work well together.

  21. Shelly Liver
    October 2, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    We are beyond maybe proof of an alledged sexual assault, unless you know something we don’t. However, we now have the facts of him in a couple of lies with now more than one coroborating witnesses. We are talking about a high school incident decades ago, not how bad a drinker he has become. Now his judgement character, as well as his Temperment come into play, let alone he lied more than once under oath. The under oath part bothers many,he’s a Judge for krist sakes.

  22. SisterGoldenHair
    October 2, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    Why doesn’t Trump just put Harrington on the supreme court?

    And the Williams College rape non-sense is fake news. There is a huge difference between a reported sexual assualt, and an actual sexual crime, that is investigated by the police.

    • Art Seller
      October 2, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      Scump in huge trouble. Tune into any channel but fox.Bye bye Bret and Donnie lies

      • Art Seller
        October 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

        Trump and his father liars cheats tax evaders fraud and on and on. Daddy isn’t here to help him now but we will help him out of the presidency very soon. Its all over except for the fat lady singing. The truth will set you free and scumps lies will get him a investigation by the civil investigation service. I bet scump will ask for a whole lot more time than the one week the FBI was given to investigate Kavascump. Get your popcorn the show is just starting

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        October 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

        Art is the king of imagination.

        • Ed Check
          October 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

          It is especially sad when Art replies to himself.

    • Cicero
      October 2, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

      Just yesterday you wrote “And for the record Cicero I fully support knowing the real story of the alleged Williams College rapes.”

      That’s some change of heart you had overnight.

      We will see what is fake news if Caccaviello ever gets around to addressing the issue and giving us some stats.

      I see many people around here crowing about the “big news” that’s just around the corner. By all means, please share.

    • Cicero
      October 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      I just re-read your post. I see you draw a distinction between the “reported sexual assaults” at Williams and “actual sex crimes”

      Think about that for a second, lady. You are as offensive as they come. Shame on you.

      • Charlie
        October 2, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

        The problem for Cicerkrol is, his legal advisor is Andrea Harrington, who doesn’t know anything about anything, least of all a rape case. There are in fact, cases reported only to Wiliams and cases reported to the police, as well as those reported to neither. Keep these no-nothings away from our DA’s office!!!

        • Cicero
          October 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

          You are all=ways really, really strong, but this one time I will indulge your stupidity and correct it.

          Quotes from David Capeless in an iBerkshires interview a few years ago about campus rape at Williams. Why don’t you read them closely:

          CAPELESS: “Right from the beginning, if a girl complains, college security notifies the police, the police notifies my office. And the school will pursue it…. Unfortunately, there’s been a misunderstanding of what colleges are doing. It’s too easy to think that they have every reason to suppress the idea that there are assaults on their campus. But they’re not suppressing the information. Frankly, in the past, there were students who were discouraged from reporting [to civil authorities], but not now.”

          Regarding the though process behind Capeless’s approach to sexual assault and rape cases, his answer to this question was quite enlightening…and revolting:

          QUESTION: If someone chooses not to pursue a criminal prosecution, the worst thing the college can do is expel them. Does not society demand more of a punishment for the crime of rape?

          CAPELESS: That all depends on the facts. In some instances, I would agree with that. If by what they have done, are they inclined to do it again? Or was it an aberrant moment that’s highly regretted?

          I can assure you that no sexual assault victim ever was given comfort by learning “it was an aberrant moment that’s highly regretted. Very similar to the awful “just few minutes of action” comment about the Stanford rapes.

      • tom
        October 4, 2018 at 9:35 am #

        Thanks Johnny Boy

  23. Johnny2Shoes
    October 2, 2018 at 11:35 am #


    Love the Cuse (Valenti) turnover chain! At first I had thought it was just your daily bling apparel!

  24. The school committee
    October 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    What did Capeless not do according to Harrington?

    • Cicero
      October 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      This issue came up because Caccaviello went after Williams at a debate. That’s what led to the Clery Act data coming out and all the rest.

      Harrington did not make up these numbers, and it is not just Harrington who wants an explanation as to why Capeless never prosecuted Wiliams rape cases.

      Any decent human being would want to know if something rotten was going on here. If all was above board, then share the stats and explain why it is reasonable that there was not one criminally prosecutable case out of the lot.

      • Charlie
        October 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

        No names no case, Krolero. Wiliams reports them as unnamed, uncooperative victims. But keep drilling at it. Don’t facts get in your way.

        • The school committee
          October 2, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

          Sounds like it about Williams College not wanting it phblic

          • Liza
            October 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

            I’ll tell you what Capeless never did is go after people with personal politics like Harrington did, threatening Melissa Mazzeo with a promise to ruin her career. Is this what the DA’s office would be like under her? Why don’t the people who read beyond the planet need to know this information? Why doesn’t Mazzeo call the Eagle? It’s shocking.

      • 12 Gauge
        October 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

        What did Mike Wynn know about the longstanding rape culture at Williams? The students always know more than the administration. Someone needs to ask him.

        • Dick Flimsy
          October 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

          If he knew anything but never said anything how could his wife even look at him?

        • Cicero
          October 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

          Yeah, seriously. What did Mike know when he graduated 25 years ago, 11 years before scum David Capeless took office and decided to stop prosecuting Williams rape cases.

          That’s a brilliant question, generated by a brilliant mind. Or Brain.

          • Jeffrey
            October 4, 2018 at 6:14 am #

            There you go again implying that these cases were investigated and forwarded to the DA’s office without providing any proof.

          • Jeffrey
            October 4, 2018 at 7:39 am #

            Who has much more of a reason to hide these assaults, a private institution such as a college or a publicly funded District Attorneys Office? Who has a longer history of hiding these assaults, private institutions such as higher learning institutions and religious organizations or district attorneys offices?

      • Chuck
        October 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

        Harrington didn’t make up those numbers but she sure as hell manufactured her experience

  25. CosbiesLadies
    October 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    So long farewell Donald. It was real.

  26. CosbiesLadies
    October 2, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Word is the The G Man has interrupted his travel- itinerary because the sudden bulletin concerning President ScumP’s exposure in the the N YTimes article . We know the G Man reads five-six newspapers a day and will have plenty of factual not fake information ready to assemble for tommorow nights award winning t v show. Gaetani News Hour…Channel Mars 1301 6 p m

    • Edward R. Murrow
      October 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

      You can get facts from newspapers?


    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      October 2, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

      Gaetani is the best misinformed person in the northeast.

  27. U
    October 2, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    Trump better call his lover and tell him to do something stupid I’m (scump) in trouble Kim!!!

  28. CosbiesLadies
    October 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Anyone see, you can’t make it up, the hornet trying to get into trumps hair? Funny stuff, you can’t make it up..Also, Trump says he doesn’t ever drink a drop of alchohol? He was toasting the NATO leaders and downing a glass of wine he poured? Another lie?

    Pat and Fritz should owe the intelligent readers on the Planet an apology for all the fake news comments geared to some of our loyal Planet posters, who said Trump was a skunk and now it has come to fruition. I’m very happy I am steadfast and true because people like fritz,Pat and even our hero here THE Planet, were wrong. It’s one thing to be a party affiliate but not at the cost of American Democracy and Decency.

    • Johnny Absurd
      October 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

      I endorse this comment

  29. CosbiesLadies
    October 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    The problem we have here is what Hillary said during the campaign. Do we want his hand on the button. Be very leery going forward, because when
    Trump gets cornered something arises.

    A big thanks to Art and spagirl, who along with myself and others knewTrump was no good.I detest the way he has treated and conducted his rants against some really good Americans, one in particular John McCain.

    Anyway I’m hanging my hat on the N. Y Times and we will go from there, with the Planets guidance.

    • Johnny Absurd
      October 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

      Rumor is it that Trumps Korean lover is going to provide a residence in his country which has a non extradition clause with the U.S. So is Trump just preying on Kim Jungs emotions and using him for cover from US tax authorities?

      and where will the lying cheating children go? They have alienated most of the countries on the planet, so they are going to need to scramble and start kissing ass. No country is going to want Donald Jr because he likes to kill animals and then brag about it…a truly soulless individual

  30. H
    October 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

    “I say get rid of the bum”

    • Gigi
      October 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

      Are you making a threat against the President?

      • H
        October 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

        Yes, send him back to Queens.

  31. Gigi
    October 2, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

    Great article on the Kavanaugh spectacle, as mentioned on Howie’s show today;

  32. Cos
    October 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

    Howie Carr is a Lush Limbaugh reject..just sayin.

    • Art Seller
      October 2, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      The FBI investigation is being run by scump. This is why there was no interview of Ford or any of the key witnesses. Unbelievably Kavascumps peers who actually contacted the FBI and asked to be heard were not. This confirmation process is undeniably a total sham. Because this sham is not criminal in nature means scump is deciding who is interviewed and who is not. The process is nothing more than a slight delay for KavaScump’s confirmation. This is a partisan circus that has shown the American public how desperately we need a blue wave in November and because of this sham we will definitely get one. Look at Mitch McConnell. He is foaming at the mouth and pulling out all the stops to put the most tainted nominee of all time on the SC. THe FBI if given the green light to unturn every stone would burry KavaScumps. They are powerless because of Scump a buffoon who is facing 20 allegations of sexual misconduct and we all know how he likes to grab em by the ? Because we heard him say it The only hope decent people in america have in this situation is to hope that Flake Merkowski Collins and two red democrats will step up and do the right thing. I think flake will do the right thing. The other four I have no idea. We are in perilous times but I truly think if KavaScump is seated it may trigger a civil war. Look what scump has done to our country. The pubidiots may hold all the cards now but not for much longer.

  33. Bill Q
    October 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    Don’t forget Blasey wanted an investigation and KavaNUTTS said he would do what the Senate, wanted and never once said yes to questioning from efbe @ @

  34. Bill Q
    October 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

    I know a couple people on here because they lack the fortitude, to exclaim. We were Wrong.

  35. Art Seller
    October 2, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    Donald Scump owes me and all other taxpayers over 500 million dollars plus interest for income tax evasion and I want my share back. Now let’s start keeping a log of those who still support him after this disclosure so that we will all know who not to pay attention to in the future because they condone criminal activity.The truth is starting to set us free. I always knew that scump was no good and now the whole world knows it.

    • Art Seller
      October 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

      Let me be clear the FBI investigation into the kavaScump investigation has been run by Scump and the findings will not be released to the public. Dr. ford not interviewed, Mrs. Ramiriz’s 20 named witnesses not even contacted. Dr.Fords witnesses not contacted and KavaScumps peers who would shed light as to him being a raging drunk not contacted. I think you see the picture. Let the scumsters come forward and try to justify this sham orchestrated by Scump. I can’t wait to see the responses.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        October 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

        Have some cheese with your whine.

        • Art Seller
          October 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

          Someone from the FBI will come forward sooner or later to tell us that the investigation was constrained and those constraining it were key republicans and the disgrace we call the president. I believe more so now that the key votes to sink KavaScump will deliver. Any of these undecided senators will realize that if they approve this miscreant their political days are over. The Republican dinosaurs who are pushing for this nominee are now marked for removal. This is about ethical behavior and the decent Americans demand ethical behavior and there has been nothing ethical about this circus act. The next few days will portend a massive shift to demand ethical behavior and it will be the beginning of the end for this Orange haired ball of lard who is going to be impeached predominately because he is a corrupt sob. The walls of justice are closing around him rapidly and if we can get one person from the FBI to tell us how this investigation was impeded by this scum ball his demise will come even sooner. It is time for all decent Americans to come forward on Nov. 6th and say enough.

          • X-Lachs Lounge
            October 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

            This post stinks. You must be having limburger with your whine.

    • Moon River
      October 2, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

      Better that he owes you than cheats you out of it.

  36. Minister of Intoxication
    October 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    Brett’s a possible blackout drinker, and liar,Trump doesn’t drink alchohol, but was seen drinking the wine that he gave the world leaders the other dayon Mational Televison and drank to a toast himself. Lie count at “5547”

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      October 2, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

      It was diet Coke. It’s you who drinks whine.