(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 16, 2019) — Yet another company looking to sell dope to dopes has applied to operate in Pittsfield. The growing number of would-bes includes Tenesel Wellness, Pure Botanicals, and Berkshire Roots. There may be others, but forgive THE PLANET for losing track. Sometimes things happen in such quantity as to make counting an Ed Wynn exercise or to invite a gratuitous photo-op for the mayor.

Don’t bogart that joint, my friend. Pass it over to Pittsfield.”

The operational angst that afflicts the budding marijuana market has played out in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts just as you would guess, tangled in a Medusa-head of legalism, red tape, bureaucracy, and politics. It doesn’t have to be so. What could be simpler than making the growing, possession, and selling of pot outright legal with no governmental involvement? Just free up the whole bong. That would remove too much tax money, you say? The government-run pot industry’s exorbitant taxes keep most of the business underground and illegal where it was, is, and will always be.

Rooooooooooooooooooooooooll another one. Just like the other one.”

If you want to grow and smoke pot, you should be able to do it 100% freely. Same with companies that want to sell Mother Nature. Let them open stores with free market supply-demand regulating the business. Just don’t expect it to happen around here, not with the Commonwealth’s meddling politicians. And do you wonder if the coveted permits in Benigno Numine will be given out fairly or only to those who have “played (ahem) ball?”

In the immortal words of Henry Patrick, “Give me liberty, or give me meth.”

Speaking of the munchies (WARNING! Cute Segue Alert!), it cost taxpayers $400,000 a month for the Pittsfield Public School Department to provide free meals to students. Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a free lunch … and a free breakfast. The 400 Large come from federal coffers (USDA) not from city monies, but it’s still taxpayer dollars.

Actually, $20,000 a day to feed kids might be the necessary evil of two lessers. The alternative would be to let kids pony up lunch money, but Pittsfield is so poor (nearly 3/4 of the school population) that it’s certain some kids would not eat. A hungry kid has no chance at scholarship or achievement.

The free meals made news when the PSD revealed that in light of the government shutdown, it has enough money to keep the program going for another two months. After that, it will either have to ask for payment from families of find the money elsewhere. We agree that the meals program must be kept going. At that same time, we mourn the sad state of public education. As long as schools must provide daycare for families who won’t or can’t, it can’t fulfill its prime directive, which is to educate children.

Maybe it’s time to ask JIV, Kristen Behneke, and the other overpaid apparatchiks in the PSD to kick in a few of their own dollars when the money runs out. Ah, but you know where they’re going to look.

Gotta mirror?

“Everybody, sing along! Don’t bogart that joint, my friend. Pass it over to Pittsfield.”


You mustn’t ever put water in a Habitant soup. No no no NEVER put water in a Habitant soup” — TV commercial.



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  1. Trump Fellas
    January 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

    She looked ridiculous in that photo with her beak sniffing the Marijuana. Imagine the years of D A R E in our City,and then put that photo next to it and throw in the officer from the Steroid arrest.

  2. H
    January 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

    The onlything you peeps has to know here and now is Gaetani is the only one doing the leg work for the taxpayer. No one else is doing a gosh damn thing,no one. I’m current on pctv cacha glimpse of me if you tune in-now. Im The one in Shape. Shakes, you way some?

  3. Johnny Absurd
    January 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    Was that Wayfair story scrubbed already on either or both sites? Will people be fired? Is Trumps doppelganger at city hall furious?

    • Art Seller
      January 17, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

      Cohen says he rigged polls in scumps favor. The irony is the fact that even rigging the polls scump didn’t win them. Cohen has some receipts. Scump is spewing hate against Cohen which could cause harm to Cohen’s family. The beginning of the end for scump is playing out right before our own eyes. I mean the eyes of the sane.

      • Mr. Fritz
        January 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

        The polls said Hillary would win the election, you buffoon. Trump won the presidency – get over it! So much for polls! And who do you think manipulated the polls to report that Hillary was far in the lead? Do you have a brain, waterboy?

      • Trump Train
        January 17, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

        If there are receipts, then Trump should get a refund. Cohen obviously didn’t do a good job, or he defrauded then candidates Trump. Now President Trump.

        • Art Seller
          January 17, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

          Fritz and train. You seem to belong to the group I call buffoons. Your continuous lack of ability to produce a coherent paragraph leads me to believe you haven’t gone any further than grade school. You are way out of your league. Way out of your league. You make a fool of yourselves with every post on this board. Low intelligence wanna be’,s

          • Art Seller
            January 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

            Scump for all practical purposes is finished. He is losing moderate republicans left and right. If he caves in and opens the govt without getting his wall, that will be the end of his base and himself. This is the first time he has to deal with opposition and he is losing big time. He will cave but it will be too late and we will be well rid of him.

  4. Shelly Liver
    January 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

    She didn’t really say that did she?

    • Art Seller
      January 17, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

      Forestell 21 million. Gaetani: 18 million. City: 61.4 million. Which one would you choose??????????

  5. The school committee
    January 17, 2019 at 6:47 pm #

    Trump will never leave office,hes wounded by the truth and a very dangerous man

  6. Gigi
    January 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    Priceless! Finally, a president with a spine of steel!

    • Art Seller
      January 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm #

      Spine?? This is a coward who missed Viet nam because of bone spurs. You call him spined because he nixed a group of democrats who were going to visit our troops in a war zone??? He is a coward and you and your ilk is why our country is in turmoil that it is. We are going to get rid of him soo n but what are we going to do to get rid of you and your ilk??? You my enemy are a breitbart brat with little to no nervous tissue in your cranium. Do you know what this means????

  7. X-Lachs Lounge
    January 17, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

    Art, can we get your football predictions for the weekend? Many of us made a fortune by betting against your advice . We would like to add to our earnings by not taking your advice.

    • Art Seller
      January 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

      Lounge I gave you the winner this past weekend. I never play win or loose. Too risky when you bet big money like I do.!my method is too sophisticated for you. Here is a good method for you. Bet the most that you can afford on the favorite. Get as good of odds as you can on the non favorite and bet an amount which will cover the money you spent on the favorite in case the favorite loses. I use to bet like this but thereis a much better way to make big money. I assume you are a small better and this method is good enough for you. If you follow my advise you will never loose.

      • Art Seller
        January 17, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

        This just reported by buzz feed. Scump directed Cohen to lie to congress about Moscow tower project. This is just another example of this sob. Many news sources are calling for his impeachment even before Mueller delivers his report. I believe this is the last straw for scump. Look for impeachment proceedings to start very soon. Our president is nothing but a liar. This is the collusion every one has been talking about.

  8. May Hemm
    January 17, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

    Cohen is an American hero. Time for a book Michael, and then a movie.

    • Art Seller
      January 17, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

      MH This is what Nixon got impeached for. This is the goods which is going to send scump packing, I imagine the scumpsters are speechless over this. If this doesnt sway them I guess nothing will. It doesnt make much difference as the congress has what it needs now. Scumps days are now numbered now.

  9. May Hemm
    January 18, 2019 at 5:23 am #

    He faces many criminal charges as well.

  10. Frank Pentangeli
    January 25, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

    Valenti has a great blog.