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PITTSBURGH MASSACRE AFTERMATH: THE BEAST WITHIN

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 29, 2018) — “They will not win out.”

Pittsburgh, Pa. mayor Bill Peduto spoke those brave words in the wake of the latest installment of “BLAM! Great American Gunfire Cliché … or is it our newest “reality TV” show? THE PLANET refers to the assault-weapon attack on the Tree of Life synagogue that left 11 people dead and several wounded. This type of attack has now descended into a low-form cliché: Lone loser white gunman attacks defenseless people using a semi-automatic assault rifle.

Peduto’s words also rang the cliché bell, a literary bromide offering a Q-tip to staunch a severed head. We hear similar words after each of these mindless mass murders, but that nag has already left the stable. They did win out. They have won out. That’s why there are metal detectors at school entrances and why, to go to a sporting event, management treats you like a suspected terrorist.

They have won out.

———- ooo ———-

The loser who shot and killed those people, he won, using an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and three Glock .357 pistols (and, by the way, how did he come out of it alive? Why didn’t he take a dozen in the hat?). His actions set up another hate-fest centered on gun control, racism, violence, and whatever else you want to throw in the “I am this and you’re a that” soup. How do you keep the unhinged and the simply bad from possessing such weapons? Since we are still “debating” this issue, the answer must be that “Society can’t prevent it.” Weapons manufacturers will continue to make their products for an eager worldwide market, and as long as that happens, some of them will filter down into the wrong hands, more laws or no more laws.

The question “So what does society do?” splinters then into another round of tribal politics, sewing more division, more hatred, and more strife.

Actually, “Society” doesn’t need to do anything. “Society” doesn’t exist. “Society” isn’t some “thing” outside of human experience. “Society” is us. We — are “Society,” and after 10,000 years or so of civilization, we still haven’t tamed the beast within. Perhaps this is beyond our capability as humans.

We say we love freedom.

We don’t.

We hate freedom, since freedom inevitably ends up in license. And “politics” is that activity that feeds upon our inability to coexist in harmony by pretending to do two diametrically opposed things at the same time: It creates the illusion that we label “freedom” while at the same time implicitly or explicitly creating governing forms that ALL — all — consist of some form of authoritarianism.

The beast within prospers because our technological realizations have made self-destruction achievable, whether on a personal, group, national, or international level. The test for any civilization will be its ability to survive its technological innovations. We of the planet earth have thus far flunked out. Atomic café, anyone?

Where is our time for The Quiet? For reflection? For slowing down? Where?

It’s interesting to note that among the 11 worshippers killed in the attack were people aged 97, a married couple in their 80s, 88, 75, 69, 66, 65, and two in their 50s. No young people. Think about the implications of that.

Those looking here for “solutions,” “answers,” or even “responses” will not find them. We leave that to the politicians, authorities, police, and others who have to pretend they have something new for us.

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“We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin” — C.S. Lewis.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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128 Responses to “PITTSBURGH MASSACRE AFTERMATH: THE BEAST WITHIN”

  1. CosbiesLadies
    October 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

    We are in for a long haul of destruction at this rate.

  2. u
    October 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    I can hear the enemy now. We don’t need to kill Americans, they’re killing each other.

  3. Art Seller
    October 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    Mad Men follow only their own rules. We are a society that loves freedom. Many american men and women lost their lives so that we could enjoy that freedom and no one should forget it. These isolated butcherings occur at a much higher frequency than they did in the past. The Major question we must ask is Why. Are we overlooking something that we did in the past that we are not doing now or are these incidents fueled by the world we live in today? Looking for the answer is like looking for a pin in a thousand bales of hay. One thing we must do is examine who our elected leaders are and closely examine their rhetoric. There is not a scintilla of doubt that we have a president who foments violence. He loves people to body slam journalists and wants his crazzies to punch people in the mouth who criticize him. This is something very different which we have never before seen in an American President. The environment of the political landscape under Scump is something we Americans have never seen before. For the first time in American history we have a president who espouses dictatorial power which no present American citizen has ever experienced. Our republic is in revolution right now and the coming midterms will be the most important election period of our entire lives. Is Scump responsible for the new born hate and divisiveness we are experiencing in America right now? I will leave it up to every individual in this country to decide this question on Nov6th. For my part I say he is responsible for most of the new born hate and violence we are experiencing in America today. Who agrees with me will be decided on Nov 6th. The ballot box is the most powerful tool the American people have at their disposal. We all need to use it.

    • 12 Gauge
      October 28, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

      I totally disagree with your made up delusional malarkey.

    • Art Seller
      October 28, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      When a president of the United States has no use for the truth what does that say about those who support him? All of us democrat or republican are not really that far apart. The politicians will say we are but we aren’t . We all know the difference between right and wrong and all of us know the truth from a lie. Anyone who says they don’t value these tenants are just plain crazy. I believe we have given trump a chance but he blew it. Will the next democratic or republican president be better than trump? I think so because we have seen a lot about trump we don’t like and we will remember these traits in the years to come. We made a mistake with trump. He pitted Americans against Americans. We have had enough. We must move forward without him and we can clip his wings to do no more damage by voting Democrat on Nov ,6 th The type of Democrat I am talking about is ALL of us

      • Fake Bomb
        October 28, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

        The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country. Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!

      • Pat
        October 29, 2018 at 3:51 am #

        President Trump is a champion of the Jewish people as we have seen throughout this administration with the embassy move and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital. This murderer (I will not mention his name) was not a President Trump supporter.

        • Art Seller
          October 29, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

          Pat Oh really? He wasn’t a scump disciple? Who was he following the tooth ferry!!! The hate in this country is fueled by scump and he is more dangerous when people like you support him. I must be not getting something. Are you one who swears by his over 2300 lies?Those lies have all been fact checked by the WP. Can I conclude that you condone lying??? Your smarter than that pat. You are my favorite scumpetts.

        • Village Knight
          November 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

          Pat! Bravo! I agree 100%!

      • Mr. Fritz
        October 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

        Art –
        Let me address the fallacies in your rant –

        1) Dems & Republicans ARE far apart – leftists/socialists are for gun control, open borders, sanctuary states, unlimited immigration, abortion, global government, etc.
        2) Not all people can recognize truth from lies – you would be exhibit A
        3) “We” did not make a mistake with Trump – he was voted in by the people
        4) All of us are NOT Dems – see point #1 – I completely disagree with the Dem platform

        MAGA!

    • 12 Gauge
      October 28, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      You confuse your poor judgement and desires with reality.

      • Art Seller
        October 29, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

        Snipperings!!!!!

        • 12 Gauge
          October 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

          The truth and you know it.

          • Art Seller
            October 29, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

            Snipperings.

    • Rudy Baker
      October 29, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

      In decades past we used to put seriously crazy people in state hospitals. Then someone got the bright idea to deinstitutionalize and main stream them. This explains 90% of the problem.

      • Art Seller
        October 29, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

        What year were you released? Have you grown intellectually since you were foisted on society? Evidently by the content of your post you haven’t. If anything you have gotten worse So sad.

    • Village Knight
      November 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

      Long Live The U.S. President–Donald Trump!

  4. Trump Derangement Syndrome
    October 28, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

    Trump carries a reputation of making deals, and liberals hate it. Liberals speculate if Trump can cut deals with real politicians over real issues? So far in his Presidency, Trump have proven that he is up to that task, even reaching over to the Democrats to negotiate a deal over DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Making historic deals concerning trade, the Iran Deal, and other major business deals for companies here in the United States. The biggest obstacle is a healthcare bill aka Obamacare. If Donald Trump can repeal and replace Obamacare, liberals will have no choice to face embarrassment. The last thing liberals want to see President Donald Trump do is make deals with real politicians over real issues.

    • Art Seller
      October 28, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

      G. Berish. I read your post on the last board where you mockingly said Gaetanis is the Messiah. Actually you are correct. In his first coming as the Messiah in the 80’s he saved the city residents over 100 million dollars. If you have been paying attention the Messiah’s second coming is scheduled for mid November. There will be those who will try to thwart him like the secretary in the mayors office and five halfwits on the council. No one has ever seen the Gman’s A game but let me assure you that if you are on the opposite side from him and if he decides to level his A game on you. You are as good as gone. I have seen him operate when the stakes are high and watching him operate is a sight to behold. I watched him in the 80’s. He purposely laid back for a while and planed his attack and when he struck all that was left was scattered bones and cheap clothing all over the floor. He took a ,150 million dollar pot of gold away from one of the worlds most successful engineering companies with the ease of stealing candy from a baby. Ironically he will be doing battle with the same engineering company again. I predict that they will try to fill the council chambers with their bodies but that will make no difference to the Gman. He is coming to win for the tax and ratepayers. The greatest show on earth will play out in little pittsfield. It will be David against Goliath in a rematch. David won last time and he plans to win again this time. Yes you are right G. Berish Gaetanis is Pittsfield’s Messiah. Yes indeed

    • THE school committee
      October 29, 2018 at 5:20 am #

      Trumps past is Trump present.As a non 1%re I understand Billionaire Trump taking care of corporations and the wealthy and it completely makes sense.What does not make sense is the idea that hes making America great again for the 90% who dont participate in corporate taxation or wealthy tax laws.Im sure the 2 trillion in borrowed tax benefits for corporations and rich folks is considered good American financing by average Trump supporters.

  5. Truthsayer
    October 28, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

    Social media allows for the spread of false information, threats, anger, and hate, and do it all with pretty much total anonymity. We have used our online presences to create tribes, separated by hundreds and thousands of miles, yet linked by the speed of our internet connection. The result is that we have zero respect for anyone who think or holds values different from our own.

    It’s long overdue that we hit the off button. It’s not easy in this connected world. It’s got to start with each one of us, so…….

    Good night all! Have a good day tomorrow.

  6. Wondrous
    October 28, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    Agree, trump is scum in the lower class,great in the upper Cass, and the dumbest supporters of his antics on here.

  7. amandaWell
    October 28, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

    That L A Dodger Peterson putting seeds in his mouth with two out in the bottom of the ninth. 1 for 12 was Joc. Way to go Papi Less Sawx!

    • danvalenti
      October 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      Yes. Congrats to the WORLD CHAMP (119-57) Boston Red Sox, MLB’s 21st century dynasty.

  8. Wilson
    October 28, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

    The shooter was angry that a Jewish organization was relocating Muslims to his city. With this kind of thing going on across America of course the population needs to be disarmed.

    • 12 Gauge
      October 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

      Yeah, let’s send ANTIFA door to door and disarm the population.

      • Art Seller
        October 29, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

        That’s the first good idea you have ever posted. I agree with you.

        • Levitan
          October 29, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

          Send antifa to houses and you may indeed witness disarmament. The likes of which were experienced by Saddam Hussein watching the US military disarm itself in Kuwait in 1991.

  9. Spagirl
    October 29, 2018 at 3:13 am #

    It is interesting to note that the President of the United States of America said it was their own fault for not arming themselves.

    • Pat
      October 29, 2018 at 4:11 am #

      What he said Spagirl was we should bring back the death penalty and that it would have been good if somebody armed had been there. Not that it was their fault for not having an armed person there. Big difference.

      The death penalty would be a big deterrent for these murderers in my opinion.

      • The school committee
        October 29, 2018 at 7:32 am #

        Trump want America to know that where ever Americans go we need a bodyguard,honestly I think Trump is right about this.Things are so bad Trump can’t help but notice Americans need guns….This is America being great again

        • Pat
          October 29, 2018 at 9:14 am #

          All the police shootings during the Obama years?!?

          • Art Seller
            October 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

            Snipperings.

  10. He can’t win
    October 29, 2018 at 3:50 am #

    How many of you Caccamo lovers knew that Paul appliD three times to be a judge. He got shot down, obviously, all three. I hear the reason was hat case in 2008 when he dismissed an African American juror without case. The Govoners Council thinks he is a racist.

    For those of you thinking Harrington is using this position as a stepping stone, look at your own guy.

    ,Auge Dan can ask Paul how many times he has applied to be a judge?

    • Pat
      October 29, 2018 at 3:57 am #

      We don’t know if Harrington is using this position as a stepping stone, but we do know that she will be using this position to promote a political agenda which is something that a District Attorney should NOT be doing.

      • SisterGoldenHair
        October 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

        Hey He can’t Win

        You should be ashamed of yourself for your post. Judgeships are largely political, which may help explain why he didn’t get one, if indeed he put in for one. The Governor’s Council only gets involved when the governor brings a nominee forth, that is why it is called a governor’s council, you idiot.

        And you obviously don’t know what you are talking about when it comes to jury selection either.

        Is you last line got some kind of slip in there “Auge” ?????

        ps.

        Yes He can and He is Going to.

        Are you peeing your pants now or later????

        • Art Seller
          October 29, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

          You tell him sister!!! You saved me a post.

        • Brian C. Marquis
          October 30, 2018 at 5:53 am #

          So, let’s unpack this:

          Cacc applied three times to gov. for judgeship; gov. nominates him three times to the Governor’s Council; Governor’s Council denies him three times.

          I’m not finding any errors or omissions in ‘He can’t win’ ‘s argument.

          Anyone else recall when Mitt Romney was pressured by local pols to appoint Dave Capeless over Rich Dohoney after DA Jerry Downing’s sudden, unexpected death?

          Continuity is crucial in protecting internal corruption.

          Politics then!! Politics now!!

    • Maximus Aurelius
      October 29, 2018 at 8:13 am #

      They both are not fit to hold office.

    • Chuck Vincelette
      October 29, 2018 at 8:45 am #

      A racist? You should be ashamed of yourself. I believe in free speech so in exercising my right of free speech, AH needs to put a muzzle on you or get you help.
      This is so wrong on so many levels.

    • The school committee
      October 29, 2018 at 9:04 am #

      A resonable desire in the field of law would be to want a judgeship.As for your desperate attempt to tag him a racist is embarrassing that Harrington told you to do that in a public forum.She needs to apologize today.

  11. He can’t win
    October 29, 2018 at 3:51 am #

    That was supposed to say “maybe Dan can ask”

    • danvalenti
      October 29, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

      HCW
      As a matter of fact, Dan DID ask, and we have PC’s answer. We shall be publishing that, and MUCH more on the DA race, this week.

  12. Pat
    October 29, 2018 at 4:05 am #

    I noticed too that the majority of the victims of the massacre are elderly. Look at what happened in Portland with the elderly motorists being bullied by Antifa.

    • Johnny Absurd
      October 29, 2018 at 5:23 am #

      Taking away medicare and social security is bullying the elderly. Ask your friend Trump what his plans are for those two things.
      (or, just pivot to another subject entirely)

      • The school committee
        October 29, 2018 at 9:14 am #

        Pat redirects any question the sacred Trump is asked.

      • Pat
        October 29, 2018 at 9:15 am #

        Fake news.

    • The school committee
      October 29, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      ANTIFA is a terrorist group who want chaos and keep your eye on anything or any individual who promotes chaos as they are one and the same.

  13. H
    October 29, 2018 at 5:22 am #

    Watch Iran start some shit with Israel.

  14. UAlbany
    October 29, 2018 at 7:01 am #

    give he shooter over to the jewish community…they are one race you don’t trifle with – they can mete out the justice….

  15. Kermit Frog
    October 29, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Pat – Trump is one of Israel’s biggest supporters, you are right. But the shooter did say that this support was preventing MAGA. Trump courts racists as does the National Review and the WSJ these days. The Sat NR lead article was about how in Europe they bow to Sharia. They buried it later in the day after the news. It’s hateful speech all the time in so many papers but the conservative es have gone down a slippery slope that is distasteful. (Despite a break with French (NR writer) saying he would change how he wrote about police brutality. )
    I appreciated the Mayor of Pittsburgh’s response – civil, sensible and with common sense. Too bad all sides are lacking that.

    • The Dynamic Vibrator
      October 29, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      Is it a good idea to accept Sharia?

    • Pat
      October 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      The shooter is obviously not well mentally or morally The shooter’s version of MAGA is not Donald Trumps version of MAGA. President Trump does not court racists. More African Americans have changed from Democrat to Republican because of President Trump. Do you really think there aren’t racists who vote Democrat? Does that make all Democrats racist? Just because some Trump supporters are racists doesn’t mean that the majority of Trump supporters are racist. There is no logic to what you are saying.

      • Kermit Frog
        October 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        Yes, the crazy guy said things that Trump did not say.
        Yes, there are Democrats who are racist. I never said all Republicans are racist and I do not believe evthat to be true.
        But I disagree that I am not making sense. Trump has changed the temperature of country to allow public speech of a tenor that was not considered acceptable before. Discussing immigrants as insects et al.
        I like conservative small government policies that do not carry this tenor of vulgarity or bigotry. I’m with the dissenting Republicans.

  16. Giacometti
    October 29, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    Interesting that Tanglewood has no metal detectors at its many
    entrances…never has…with huge crowds attending concerts year
    after year…must be that the Berkshires don’t attract the kind of
    people that carry weapons into populated events to do harm here.

    • Dynamic Vibrator
      October 29, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      Don’t be giving anyone ideas.

  17. U
    October 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Oh,Sharia,holds on holds on,oh Sharia Squirrell Hill told Kellyanne to tell Trump…

    Stay Away.

  18. Kermit Frog
    October 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    US Arms dealers don’t mind selling arm to Sharia jurisdictions.

    There are no European (or US) Sharia courts.

    Yet, there is a lot of race baiting and stupidity.

    And yet they still sell the weaponry to the people whose values they don’t hold or respect.

    • The Dynamic Vibrator
      October 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      We aren’t going to be able to end Sharia in the mid East but it has no place in the west where it competes with established western legal systems. Sharia and Islam are nothing but religious fascism.

      • Kermit Frog
        October 29, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

        Agreed, no reasonable person thinks Sharia is a good thing. But I don’t believe any reasonable people think it is formenting as altetnative rule of law in Europe.
        The point I’m making is that Sharia infuriates people and the articles about Sharia rev up a certain base.
        I think that idea – what incites – was the basis of Dan’s post.

        • The Dynamic Vibrator
          October 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

          There are 1.5 billion in the world who might regard Sharia as the final word.

          • Kermit Frog
            October 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

            Ha, yes. I think I meant reasonable American, but most Muslims don’t like it either the same way I don’t want a born again judging me. .Howevet, it brought a funny thought to my mind that US separatist are often lawless religious fanatics who practice pologmy ie Waco.

          • The Dynamic Vibrator
            October 29, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

            where do koresh followers go to worship these days? There were 1.5 billion of them too. Right?

          • Kermit Frog
            October 30, 2018 at 4:29 am #

            I’m not sure where the 1.5 million figure comes from. Islamic Law in other countries is or is not our business?
            If we like freedom why do we care what crazy to us stuff others believe? Yet we do.
            Also, there are bizarre religious cults all over the us. Flip a rock out in Wyoming and you have polygamist anti government group. The Olymics in Utah years back saw a crackdown as they were considered embarrassing. But again, what about freedom? I guess everyone has different standards of who is allowed freedom.

  19. u
    October 29, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    Massachusetts Loooo E’s Sharia Law!

  20. SisterGoldenHair
    October 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Now we are going to throw more money away, this time on a “substation”. Tyer is going to make it happen, she said. She is also quoted in the boring broadsheet as follows:

    “She said she’s also working to accelerate her fight against blight and downed streetlights, which she said can contribute to criminal activity in the neighborhood. And Tyer said she wants to understand how unemployment factors into crime.”

    “I just am so glad that we’re having these conversations about the situation in the West Side,” she said. “And we’ve got some work to do.”

    “I really want to get busy doing, not just on this issue but on so many issues that are confronting us here in Pittsfield.”

    And how long has she been mayor, and didn’t she campaign on blight and blast Bianchi right on Robbins Ave while campaigning?

    And now she wants to get busy doing? Gimme a break. She had her chance and blew it. At this point, I might even vote for granny warren or harrington for mayor before tyer.

    • Art Seller
      October 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Sister She is what the Gman has always called her. Secretary tired. In 2015 we had a choice between an idiot and a genius and we chose an idiot. The Gman has been talking about boots on the ground, body cameras and a police oversight/advisory committee for three years at every council meeting. She is only three years late. She doesn’t have a single accomplishment to show for three years in her position. She should be held up as an example as to what a failed mayor looks like. Just imagine how differently things would look !like if the Gman was elected mayor. Only in politics can a idiot like tired beat a genius like Gaetanis. The Gman has been out there front and center for the past three years feeding tired ideas as to what she should do but she wasn’t listening. She and five light weight councilors will try to stop the Gman as he makes his move to save the city another 30 million but it is plainly evident they do not know the Gman but I assure you that the Gman has worked very hard these past three years to try to save the rate and taxpayers some 30 million dollars and there is no stopping him now. Everyone soon will see the messiah in his second coming. He is on the move for the rate and tax payers and that should put any politician on notice that the Gman is coming to score a win for the people of pittsfield. The greatest show down since his last show down in the 80’s is near at hand. His teeth and claws have been sharpened and he is ready to deliver a nice Xmas present to all city residents. Stay tuned a very good show will be played out soon right here in our beloved pittsfield

      • SisterGoldenHair
        October 29, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

        Artie, you may well be right but I fear the G man is unelectable and indeed she was literally the chosen one last time around.

        Perhaps you should throw your hat in the ring.

        • Art Seller
          October 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

          Sister thanks I’ll pass. The Gman never cared to be mayor. He was laying down tracks to arrive where he is today. He has accomplished what he set out to do. He and his team of scientists and engineers will give a presentation on ways to reduce the costs at the sewer plant by 10’s and 10’s of millions of dollars just like he did in the 80’s. The Gman says that many people in the city today have no clue as to who he is and what he did for the city in the80’s However thru his TV show and letters and commentaries he feels everyone today knows who he is and what he did for pittsfield when he built the city’s two drinking water plants. If the Gman is successful in saving mega millions again do you think the city residents might want a mayor of his caliber? I asked the Gman about running for mayor. He very quickly responded. “May be I could use a vacation” You’ve got to love the Gman. He is the most down to earth man I’ve ever known and of course he is a genius.

  21. H
    October 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    Spot on S G H. the Mayor campaigned on the Blight issue,Hess Gardens still stands and many others. Take a look at Silver Lake if you could, where the Great One (Planet himself) literally did a show over there with the barbed wire at Belanger Field. Drive around Silver Lake and check out the Benches with the weeds in front of the,obscuring the view of the Lake, not that you want to see that either. You can’t make it up…
    .

    Mayor?

  22. CosbiesLadies
    October 29, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    Bob Woodward quote about a trump “we’ve been had”

  23. H
    October 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

    DOWn is DOWn again. Nasdaq is always down. Just sayin

    • Art Seller
      October 29, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      Scump and the republicans are now saying we must keep Obama care. Every last republican senator has tried to kill Obama care for the last eight years.and have taken and lost 60 attempts to kill it. President Obama is on the scene now and scumps approval rating dropped 4 points in the past week to 40% president Obamas approval rating today amongst Americans is a staggering 63%. If he stays on the campaign trail until election he will sink scumps approval rating to 25__30%. Obama made clear that it was his administration that put the american economy on the firm footing it is on now but he claimed that if Scump remains in office much longer he will undue all the success he worked hard to help the american taxpayer. It was refreshing to listen to a honest man who has the american people in his heart. All the american people. Obama will lead the blue wave and with a 63% approval rating he is certain to bring the democrats back into power. A good man never rests. Obama is a good man.

      • Gigi
        October 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

        Over 40 acts of left-wing violence during October. Here’s the complete list;

        https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2018/10/29/death-threats-assaults-vandalism-over-40-acts-of-left-wing-thuggery-in-october-so-far/

        The leftist Demoncrats are still in denial mode over the election of President Trump. Get over it! Their main objective is to impeach the president. For what, I ask? Mueller has had two years to dig up dirt on Trump and has come up empty-handed. After the outrageous behavior by the Dems during the Kavanaugh hearings, why would anyone want to be associated with this gang of thugs? Nancy Pelosi is on video describing how to run a smear campaign. Former US AG Eric Holder quote, “when they go low, we kick them.” Hillary Clinton has vowed no civility until the Dems take back government. The Dems are a sack of sore & vicious losers!

        • Art Seller
          October 29, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

          GI idiot Mueller has come up empty????? Where did you hear that? Don’t tell me. I know. SO SO SAD.

      • Gigi
        October 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

        Art, your “info” is fake news. Trump’s approval rating is 50%;

        http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/current_events/politics/prez_track_oct29

        Please tell us what the source is for your bogus Obama approval rating of 63%!

        Obama will go down in history as the worst US President ever.
        Obama’s economy went south for a full 8 years – he has had nothing to do with the turn-around, you fool!

        • G. Berish
          October 29, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

          63 is Art’s IQ.

          • Art Seller
            October 29, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

            G.Berish Snipperings.

        • Art Seller
          October 29, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

          GI idiot When I post you can bank on it. I love truth and know the difference between right and wrong. You clearly don’t You follow a buffoon who has told more lies than carter has pills. What does that say about you? Your not aware of the numbers because there is no mention of it on breitbart and fox. You become more an more ridiculous with each additional post. Forget about your news sources they are making you more and more radical every day. Get with the program. Watch the Gman’s show and get up to date. He educates on every show and it appears you need a lot of educating. Just Sayin

      • Trump Derangement Syndrome
        October 29, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

        Art is a delusional pea brain.

  24. The school committee
    October 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    What American is always stirring the pot,who wants small doses of chaos every day.Trump loves the media and has always manipulated the media.Trump wants his base to distrust the negatives they say about him.

  25. Trump Derangement Syndrome
    October 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    Who deserves credit for the booming economy? This is not a petty argument. How voters answer the question could well determine whether Democrats retake the House of Representatives come November.

    Trump and Obama (and their admirers) are slugging it out, both claiming that it is their policies that have led to the ongoing economic expansion, steady job growth and higher stock prices.

    Happily for President Trump, the pros agree with him. A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow.

    The Wall Street Journal asked 68 business, financial and academic economists who was responsible for the strengthening of the economy, and most “suggested Mr. Trump’s election deserves at least some credit” for the upturn.

    A majority said the president had been “somewhat” or “strongly” positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market.

    The pros cite the White House’s push for lighter regulation and the recent tax bill as critical to a pro-growth environment; more than 90 percent of the group thought the tax bill would boost GDP expansion over the next two years.

    A year ago in the same survey, economists awarded President Obama mixed grades. Most saw his policies as positive for financial stability, but neutral-to-negative for GDP growth and negative for long-term growth. By contrast, Trump was seen as neutral to positive for long-term gains.

    Why would Trump rate higher than Obama with this group? Economists point to the upturn in business confidence that accompanied Trump’s election, and tie that to increasing business investment. Spending on capital goods accelerated sharply over the first three quarters of last year, growing at an annualized rate of 6.2 percent.

    Such outlays will spur productivity gains and lead to wage hikes, creating a virtuous circle complete with rising consumer confidence and spending.

    Unhappily Trump, voters have not yet caught up with the experts. Democrats have done an excellent job of trashing Trump’s policies, issuing hysterical alarms over the supposed dangers of deregulation (toxic water, foul air!) and vilifying the GOP tax bill.

    Imagine the nation polling negative on a tax cut for an estimated 90 percent of the workers. That takes genius.

    Democrats are terrified that the tax cuts will be a pleasant surprise to those who believed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when she called the bill Armageddon, and when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared it a “kick in the gut to the middle class.”

    They are even more terrified of the bonuses and raises being handed out by employers large and small, who credit the tax bill for those unexpected benefits. Democrats are trying to convince voters that those $1,000 bonuses and pay hikes are “crumbs” as multi-millionaire Nancy Pelosi recently said.

    Maybe $1,000 is “pathetic” to Pelosi, but for a great many Americans, it is a big and welcome windfall.

    So far, Democrats are winning the messaging war, using President Trump’s unpopularity to sour Americans on everything the White House does.

    In a recent Quinnipiac poll, a record 66 percent of those surveyed graded the economy as “excellent” or “good” but 49 percent of those surveyed credited Obama while only 40 percent named Trump.

    That poll, though, seems biased. Only 23 percent of those questioned were Republicans, while 34 percent described themselves as Democrats, and 38 percent said they were Independents. It also asked the questions in a way that appeared likely to elicit an anti-Trump response.

    As the months pass, it will be increasingly difficult for Democrats to separate rising wages and faster growth from the tax bill sponsored by Republicans and the rollback of regulations, which has encouraged an upturn in business investment.

    Even the New York Times, no friend to President Trump, has described the “wave of optimism” sweeping over Americans business leaders, saying it is “beginning to translate into the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation — and may finally raise wages significantly.”

    The Times ran the piece on New Year’s Day, pretty much guaranteeing it would attract few readers, but still.

    More than two million workers have now received bonuses and or raises, with their bosses telling them the benefits are flowing from the GOP tax bill. That number will continue to grow as other companies are pressured into sharing the proceeds from lower taxes. This is a powerful and persuasive movement that is gaining momentum every day, which is probably why Democrats are so foolishly belittling the payouts.

    A vast majority of Americans feel more optimistic about their prospects than they have in a decade. Will they really want to rock the boat come November and throw out the party at the helm? We shall see.

    • Art Seller
      October 29, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

      The economy is great because of Obama policies. My post above details how and why we are doing so good. Did I have to point this out to you??? Where do you people come from. Another scump deranged foot soldier.

      • Trump Derangement Syndrome
        October 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

        Pea Brain, exactly what Obama policies?

      • Joe Pinhead
        October 29, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

        Art, could you please respond with some useful information? Your response demonstrate that you are nothing more than a random word generator. Most of it hateful and even more of it totally inaccurate. I’ve just read through your posts from a few weeks back regarding the porn lawyer and his client during the hearings for the SJC. You say you know truth and speak fact you are so wrong in your written comments for all the world to see. You may not see how foolish it makes you look and that’s ok but you are hurting your alter ego and his chances of even being taken seriously as a candidate for election. TDS articulated some very compelling points refuse them with something above a third grade response.
        When you run for office or the Gman does he is going to need to listen to all the voters / Taxpayers. Since they are citizens of the country and city their concerns are valid and worthy of an articulate response that at least dignifies them as a human.
        By the way I appreciate the copying of my statement at the end of your posts. Copying my sign off of just sayin is flattering
        Just sayin
        LTIF

        • Art Seller
          October 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

          Joe thanks for your opinion. I nor the Gman care nothing about running for office. You are a trump disciple and I am not. I gave up even reading anything TDS posts as it is four or five different posters who is one person. And if I might add a scump deranged disciple. I post info that is of value to some people and not others. Your posts are similar liked by some and not by others. I didn’t realize that it was you who first signed Just Saying. Now knowing that I will make it a point to never use it again I don’t want any one to get us mixed up but I don’t think they will. Good to hear from you.

          • Joe Pinhead
            October 29, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

            Art, while I did vote for Trump and most likely will again depending on who runs against him I am far from a disciple. Believing that history is the best judge of any politician I prefer mine long dead. I don’t believe rational and logical thinking prevails in current times it’s more about emotion now.
            I ask though respectfully how many women are marching or invading depending upon viewpoint that are pregnant with little to no prenatal care? The area of origin is known for the Zika virus being a pinhead microcephaly is important to me. What of zoosters and HPV? Are we setting up for an epidemic?

            Just wondering

          • danvalenti
            November 1, 2018 at 8:54 am #

            Good example of an intelligent, respectful exchange of views. Thanks, AS and JP.

  26. Trump Derangement Syndrome
    October 29, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

    Every cesspool city that has gone under or will go under is under democrat control.

    • Art Seller
      October 29, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

      Joe I don’t think we are setting up for an epidemic. I say this because I believe that the WHO monitors even these third world countries and delivers the most up to date immunizations. As far as prenatal care for pregnant women that is a toss up. I doubt that any of these women have had any prenatal care nor even know what that means. Not having prenatal care sets up a whole pandora’s box of life long care we will have to provide to these children of these arriving immigrants. We must establish a protocol to address all of these problems as recently as yesterday. What have we seen so far from grump about a protocol?? Absolutely nothing. There in lies the biggest problem. I haven’t heard a peep from trump about this and I don’t think we will. It will take a concerted effort of the entire congress to address these problems and I think it will be addressed if the dems win the house.

  27. Shelly Liver
    October 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    Henderson Nevada?

  28. Norm Fernordner
    October 29, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    Winslow Arizona

    • U
      October 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

      Drove there in a flat-bed.

    • Art Seller
      October 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

      I enjoy having fun with all the scumpetts on this board. This little site is a small microcosom which is indicative of the macrocosom which is the United states. Are there more scumpetts on this board than there are reasoning individuals? It is hard to say but suffice to say there are deep divisions. Our type of government is the best type of government any where in the world. Next Tuesday we will vote to either continue the insanity we are locked into or we will choose a new path to sanity. It is as simple as that. In any event I hope everyone every where comes out to vote so we can see what direction the voters choose for the next two years. I would hope that we have a 100% voter turn out but I know that if we have A 50% turnout we will be lucky. So about the best I can say now is get out and vote. This is probably the most important election in any of our lifetimes. All of us should be resigned to accept the outcomes of the election and help whoever wins . That is the american way.

      • Mr. Fritz
        October 30, 2018 at 4:29 am #

        Let me point out Art, your comment, “all of us should be resigned to accept the outcomes of the election and help whoever wins. That is the american way.” Then why do you refuse to support your President? It seems that you are either a double-minded man, or very insincere. Actions speak louder than words. The truth will set you free.

  29. Joe Pinhead
    October 29, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    Just a question. Columbus is currently scorned for coming to these shores devoid of an invite. Being fully aware that he must have been the father of modern epidemiology and intentionally infected the “Indigenous Peoples” with small pox and other diseases how many in the caravan have been immunized from many of the diseases we have work so hard and invested so deeply to eradicate from our shores?
    We have thousands marching towards our borders in an attempt to leverage our resources hum I think in another time some might call that an invasion.
    Just putting out some thoughts
    Just sayin

    • Art Seller
      October 29, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

      Joe Pinhead. I was wondering where you were. This is a good point. If the illegals enter as asylum seekers at a legal entry point, I believe custom agents will check for immunization records. If these immigrants don’t have paperwork I believe they will be vaccinated and quarantined for some period of time. I believe these immigrants are marching toward a legal entry point. However those trying to enter illegally can pose the problem you are speaking of,

      • Joe Pinhead
        October 29, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

        Art, those who have entered illegally are in some part responsible for the return of some of the diseases we had eradicated. They are marching towards an entry point but once here Who knows what will happen the border controls will simply be overwhelmed. Can we trust that political rhetoric and positioning won’t get in the way of truth from either side? Will we get an honest accounting of the true and total costs of this in terms of human resources expended? Sickness and disease brought in? Crime? Or will we hear that the vast majority are Drs and lawyers? What will the cost be overtime to social services healthcare etc? Will we ever know?

        Just sayin

        • Art Seller
          October 29, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

          Joe. Yes this is a very big problem. At a legal point of entry, the problems you mentioned would be properly addressed. Illegal entry incorporates the ills you are speaking about. Trump has no clear policy to address these immigrants who so far appear to be trying to enter the US legally. Without clearly established guide lines I am fearful that the illegal entry will become more problematic than it is now. Trump is saying he will ship them all back to where they came from. How do you think that will play out? There are many people in this country who sympathize with these individuals who are risking everything to escape the brutality in the countries they come from. What should we an empathetic country do? Should we send them back their home land where they face certain danger or should we do what we can for the poor souls? I don’t think trump is the person to decide the fate of these individuals as he has no empathy and decency as has been demonstrated in the two years since he has been president. A big problem that we must solve.

          • Herb Pease
            October 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

            The caravans are huge scams that are funded and organized by a wide variety of nefarious characters. Only a pea brain can’t figure that out

          • Joe Pinhead
            October 30, 2018 at 5:26 am #

            Art,
            There are a pile of problems as we have touched on. Of course as part of the human condition we each have both empathy and compassion towards these poor souls. However we must have empathy and compassion towards those who will and can be negatively impacted as well. Can we as a country bear the costs for all the worlds ills?
            Did this issue start in their home country last week? last year? or has it been brewing for a long time and finally reached a crisis point? if so then Multiple administrations have failed in foreign policy attempts programs etc. Have we not as US citizens spent untold Billions to bolster all of central America? we have not turned a blind eye, those that are entrusted and compensated to monitor and work on these issues have failed us the American citizen and their failure has lead to untold suffering and loss of life. that’s in part why some refer to the whole mess in DC as the swamp. We see the caravan because they show us that in the media. Have you seen a story in the mainstream of life in any Central American country over the past say 10 years?

            just sayin

  30. He can’t win
    October 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    It appears Paul has “ghosted” Brian Marquis. Brian is not happy and may even be regretting his vote for Paul.

    If true, this is the smartest thing Paul has done yet.

    • Art Seller
      October 29, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

      Herb Pease. Who are these nefarious characters that are funding these caravans? Is it possible that these are just people who are looking for a better life just like perhaps your parents or grand parents? I have to put myself in these peoples shoes and ask if I might do the same things these people are doing and my answer is yes I would. Can’t you at least have some empathy for these unfortunate souls who’s only misfortune was to be born in the wrong country. Do you have any empathy for the most unfortunate amongst us???

      • Herb Pease
        October 30, 2018 at 7:58 am #

        You have reading comprehension issues. Try again.

  31. Minister of Intoxication
    October 29, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    Columbus and Trump have similar personality traits, not to the extreme,but similar. And add Hitler to that twosome.

    • Joe Pinhead
      October 29, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

      I’m interested in hearing your basis for Columbus’s personality traits. Are you applying the thoughts and beliefs from todays modern society? Or is it based on the thought and beliefs of the day? I do agree on some of the similarities as both seek out more effective trade and shipping of goods
      Just sayin

  32. Minister of Intoxication
    October 29, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    Thats easy Pin.they were both selfish,racist, and mean. For starters.

  33. The school committee
    October 30, 2018 at 3:35 am #

    What will Trump do or say today to bring small chaos to America and will he reinforce his message to the base….dont believe the media.

  34. Gigi
    October 30, 2018 at 4:37 am #

    Will President Trump sign an executive order to end illegal immigrant birthright citizenship? I sure hope so!

    https://www.axios.com/trump-birthright-citizenship-executive-order-0cf4285a-16c6-48f2-a933-bd71fd72ea82.html

    • Spider
      October 30, 2018 at 8:07 am #

      I sure hope Trump signs it! Other countries among them Ireland, Australia, France and India have already done so.

      I have long opposed this “anchor baby” deal this country has given to illegals. Enough is enough!

  35. u
    October 30, 2018 at 4:45 am #

    Pittsburgh Mayor doesn’t want trump here. Trump is the Match that lit the fire during the riots of hate in Charlotville when he refused to denounce all of he hate protesters. Five thousand lies is to many lies.

  36. Porky Pig
    October 30, 2018 at 5:06 am #

    That’s All Folks! Brain Marquis has snapped. After a long hard campaign of blind accusations about screen names and whimsical tales of fantasy it looks like he’s been booted from the Cacc Campaign for being … well… toxic.

    It was fun while it lasted but now he’s talking about Mike Daly using “tracing technology” to connect a screen name to some AH team member. That’s not how tech works pappy, LEO can link IP’s to accounts but Joe Schmo cant do squat. Too much time Leggin it and watching CSI:Miami.

    So now that he’s had a falling out with Cacc we can expect 1 week of nonsense from his FB page where he backpedals his confidence for Cacc and slowly unravels his mind.

    And just so we’re clear:
    AH = Krol’s Marionette, no experience
    PC = Overconfident, only put in effort after failure.

    The pittsfield public loses when either one wins, shame.

  37. Unwanted Carl
    October 30, 2018 at 5:07 am #

    Our President is sending 5200 troops to the Border to keep the Caravan out of the U S. The most deployed In a while to quell entrance here. Fox is sating small pox could be a problem amongst this Caravan.

    • Johnny Absurd
      October 30, 2018 at 5:46 am #

      One of Foxes drones spotted 2 guys walking along a path carrying an ICBM on their backs. Also a nuclear sub that was all camouflaged. Do not trust these people.

    • Pat
      October 30, 2018 at 8:10 am #

      Your former Democrat president Barack Obama said we should not allow people into the country without being checked and verified and we should not allow them to enter as a giant herd since this is not fair to people who come here legally. On that I agree with him. There are thousands in this group and there may be thousands more to come in other groups. President Trump is doing the right thing, but we need a wall. We can’t have a constant military presence on the border.

  38. The school committee
    October 30, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Trump to create chaos at the border for election day.Trump to do away with Habius Corprus a Constitutional right,Trump states again and again that people like the planet are a threat to America….more chaos by Trump

  39. The school committee
    October 30, 2018 at 7:07 am #

    No matter who endorses democrat Harrington the Democrat Cacciviello has the expierenc the rookie does not or ever will posses.
    The Pittsfield police can not grow it numbers unroll school consolidation takes place.Pittsfield needs 30 more officers.The raising of Pittsfield taxes takes place next week in city hall and the entire city has been invited to the tax gentrification of Pittsfield ma.New York corporations own the crime hood rentals in town….Tyer needs to get to work on crime….Pittsfield is known as a Crime Destination for every crime thinkable….Police departments should be overstaffed not understaffed….Tyer,you need to get to work yesterday….get Caccamo to help

    • Levitan
      October 30, 2018 at 9:34 am #

      “The raising of Pittsfield taxes takes place next week in city hall and the entire city has been invited to the tax gentrification of Pittsfield ma.”

      This is an interesting observation. Could you explain what you mean regarding tax gentrification?

      • The school committee
        October 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

        Forcing people to move like SS retirement checks that cant keep up with Tyer,Yon spending.The tipping point is reached and you have to sell.

        • Levitan
          October 31, 2018 at 8:45 am #

          Too many mouths to feed on CC and City Hall?

  40. Pat
    October 30, 2018 at 8:17 am #

    College students interviewed said we should allow these giant groups of illegal immigrants to enter the country. To do otherwise would not be humane in their opinion. They are being taught by far left colleges to not even bother checking for disease or that they might be dangerous. Extremely wealthy Nancy Pelosi wants to allow them in, but would never consider taking in a family and helping them. Nancy lives a life of wealth and privilege. No, she wants struggling taxpayers to pay for them.

    • The school committee
      October 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

      These are anti Trump future voters and he must protect the elite like you Pat from poor people.

  41. H
    October 30, 2018 at 10:48 am #

    Pence mcConnel,Ryan, are enablers . Now Trump wants to get rid of U S Birthtight. You had better look at the 14 th Amendmant you orange haired boob. Your blond haired blue eyed Nazi look ain’t Working President Scump. National disgrace.