(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 5-7, 2019) — As a long-time philologist interested in comparative language, particularly as it pertains to English, a recent reference in the comment section of this board caught THE PLANET‘s attention. The writer, discussing Joe Biden, said he had been “me-too’d.” Use of this Twitter expression as a verb, far from indication a degradation of the language, tells us once again that English remains a flexible means of expression, especially with its sheer number of predicates. English, you see, is an action language. Unfortunately in this case, we have an action that in saner times would not rate a warrant.

Democratic politician Lucy Flores claims that Biden sniffed her hair and kissed the back of her head in 2014 while they were waiting to go on stage at a campaign event, one at which the former vice president generously donated his time to get Flores elected to dog catcher or some other office for which, short of being a minority female, she would likely be unqualified. Ah, but minority and female these days amount to “can’t touch this” status, an all but sure thing.

So what did the “horrified” and “shocked” Flores do about Biden’s innocent gesture of support? Nothing. For five years, she did nothing.

Now, with Biden about to declare a bid for the presidency, she decides to come clean. Of course, a stand-up person would have done a lot of things first before going on national TV with her laments. She would have told Biden right then and there she wasn’t comfortable with what he was doing. Okay, cut her some slack. They’re just about to go on stage. Maybe that wasn’t the time. But surely, sometime in the intervening half-decade, a forthright person would have (pick one or more):

  • Written a letter
  • Sent an e-mail
  • Made a phone call
  • Asked for meeting
  • Even better, did nothing …

… because nothing happened other than a kind man offering his support and encouragement to a newbie running for office.

She would have had the courtesy of communicating with Biden, especially after news of his presidential ambitions. But no, which causes the needle on the smell-o-meter to spike into the red zone. There’s something more behind this, and that “more” is a blatant attempt to derail Biden’s bid before it even starts. And brace yourself for a flood of pictures in which Biden is touching a woman in a manner than only a few months ago Desmond Morris and every other rational reader of body language would have praised as warm, friendly, affectionate, encouraging, supportive, embracing, inspiring, strengthening, and comforting — not in the least as predatory, sexual, or in any way indicative of bad intent.

THE PLANET doesn’t know Joe Biden, but we’ve been following him for years. We also know the testimony of those who do know him. He’s an open, friendly, hands-on guy. A throwback? Yes, but to a more enlightened, relaxed, and less uptight time, a time when social media didn’t exist didn’t arm every gadfly, troll, and character-wrecker with powers well beyond their maturity.

Fact is social media, technology, computers, the internet — call it what you will — has placed loaded AK-47s in the hands of mental teen-agers and “victims” who now want their book deals, their 15 minutes on “The View,” their hush money, their serial rights from The Enquirer.

Biden will survive these assaults because nothing remotely rising to the standard of “sexual assault” occurred. It’s time these liars stop using their hoo-hahs as stepping stones to selfish aggrandizement. “Victory” wreaths made of poison laurel confer no glory on the wearer and cause much damage to everyone else.

Go get ’em Joe.


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  1. Jonathan Melle
    April 4, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

    Joe Biden is 77-years-old. He’d be the first 80-year-old U.S. President. Sarcasm: Maybe we should elect someone older than Joe Biden? How about someone in their 90’s instead?

    • Hung Wang
      April 5, 2019 at 9:49 am #

      But now at 77 he gets it.

      • James
        April 5, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

        Yes to Biden, because leadership has a learning curve. Too bad people here didn’t get that when they got duped by Bouvier, Krol, Tyer and the rest of Pittsfield’s clown show into voting in a junior lawyer with no superior court experience to lead the DA’s office.

        • Magoo
          April 7, 2019 at 3:52 am #

          Anyone is Better than “no probable cause Caccaviello “
          If she doesn’t get rid the office of capeless Caccaviello loyalists , that are still covering up criminal activity, she will be unseated.

          Suborning perjury in cromartie case, shows the willingness to violate civil rights, to persecute anyone they choose. Yet Harrington still hasn’t fired them.

  2. Johnny99
    April 5, 2019 at 3:47 am #

    I disagree. Put a fork in em, he’s done. Some of theae women may have ulterior motives, and of course we must believe all women because they are women. In many of these cases, there are photos. Althought it is not sexual assault it may qualify as a non sexual assault in some cases. Criminal or not, he’s a creepy dude, and it has never been acceptable to do what he’s been doing for years – squeezing shoulders of people he just met, rubbing noses, long hugs and sniffs. The guy is like a crazy uncle and he’s done, as well he should be. He may have been me too’d, but not withstanding the me too movement, a guy that can’t keep his head, hands, or nose to himself should never hold any job dealing with the public, regardless of his intent. Anybody with his history of touching, rubbing, and sniffing shouldn’t even get a job as a WalMart greeter, seriously!

    • Wilson
      April 5, 2019 at 11:05 am #

      Walmart greeter is a good analogy for the President, whose job is now to wave past hundreds of millions of invaders. Democrats will ignore the Biden issue, just like they ignored Warren’s fraudulent claim of being a minority

  3. Mr. Fritz
    April 5, 2019 at 4:31 am #

    Dan, I get your point about these women coming forward, years later, & accusing political figures of unwanted advances. The issues should have been dealt with at the time they happened. The worst case of this was Linda Ford during the Kavanaugh hearings.

    However, I would agree with Johnny99’s comments, above.
    Biden is too old, too corrupt and too creepy to be a candidate for president! Sure, he can run – but he can’t hide from his past sins, and I have no doubt that it would be an ugly & difficult campaign!

    • doomiedodger
      April 5, 2019 at 5:13 am #

      and Trump is not too old, corrupt or creepy? Hiding from past sins? Does Trump have any sins?

      You really do yourself a disservice when you lock in on the party affiliation and not the candidate..they call it tunnel vision sir.

      • Johnny99
        April 5, 2019 at 5:44 am #


        Fritz never mentioned party affiliation. Trump is a once in a million, an outlier for sure, and ironically it is precisely because Trump won that so many other nitwits, halfwits, and misfits think they can be president too now. Trump also helped spawn the me too movement. And it’s a heck of a lot easier to get re-elected than elected, as Landslide Linda is about to find out.

  4. Pat
    April 5, 2019 at 4:33 am #

    I am not a fan of Joe Biden, but it’s the phoniness of people like Mika this morning on Good Morning Joe that is so maddening. Mind you, I am only turning the channels when I heard this since I hate the show. These are all intelligent women she says of those accusing Joe, but the timing of this is just so suspect. Mika never questioned the motive of the woman coming forward after 40 years to accuse Kavanaugh of wanting to sexually assault her.

    Mika has to be so careful not to offend women while at the same time putting down the women for wanting to get rid of Joe as a presidential candidate since it’s obvious that the far left wants a candidate who is chosen by them and is younger and even more radical.

    • doomiedodger
      April 5, 2019 at 5:15 am #

      You are not a fan of Joe Biden or anything outside the republican party. Keep the blinders on seems to be working well for you.

      • Still wondering
        April 5, 2019 at 10:15 am #

        Pat is correct more than just about anyone else on this site.

  5. Gigi
    April 5, 2019 at 4:54 am #

    Joe Biden, leader of a motley crew of Democratic candidates.
    This will be a very entertaining campaign season!

  6. X-Lachs Lounge
    April 5, 2019 at 5:07 am #

    This id a coordinated effort by democrats to get rid of Biden. That being said joe Biden has become a punchline. He’s a nitwit who causes his own problems.

    • doomiedodger
      April 5, 2019 at 5:16 am #

      Good thing Trump does not cause any of his own problems. that is what makes him special I guess.

  7. bobby kay
    April 5, 2019 at 5:14 am #

    I’m thinking that Beto O Rourke rises to the top as the next big candidate after this episode of old Joe. He is getting a lot of campaign money,we’ll see.

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 5, 2019 at 10:02 am #

      According to a story on The Daily Caller, Beto funneled $110,000 in campaign money (in several transactions 2011 – 2018) to his web development company. This is against FEC rules. Stay tuned!

      Like I said before – this campaign season is providing some great entertainment!

  8. Land Ho
    April 5, 2019 at 5:54 am #

    Dan,have noticed on here that certain posts are going in real time and others like the one I’m posting now are added many hours later. Is this a philosophic problem? I’m certainly not an antagonizer like some of these other bloggers? What has happened to even handed comments and transparency? On the Biden issue, be careful what you wish for.

    • danvalenti
      April 5, 2019 at 9:51 am #

      No, it’s not a philosophical problem. It’s just the addition of new security software.

      • Theo
        April 6, 2019 at 8:20 am #

        I want to thank DV and the Planet for working to keep this site secure and open for these exchanges. Other press and media talk about free speech, only the Planet delivers. Thank you.

  9. Kermit Frog
    April 5, 2019 at 6:27 am #

    Who are the people rallying in Pittsfield re the Mueller report talking to? Does anyone else find this extremely weird or embarrassing for these people? Is someone from Dept of Justice in town? Do they not have jobs …
    Also, the last few posts on this blog have felt like big distractors and fodder for the right hand lunatic fringe. What gives?

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 5, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      To answer your question – those people in Park Square are angry Democrats upset that the Mueller investigation found NO evidence of Trump collusion with Russia. I agree, I think they are just embarrasing themselves…. but hey, it’s a free country and they have the right to demonstrate.

      They don’t seem to understand that if a person is not charged with a crime, U.S. law prevents releasing info to make a case against the person in the court of public opinion. AG Barr is merely upholding the law.

      The 2nd part of your comments is not very clear – can you better express your thoughts on the “right wing lunatics” being distractors?

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 5, 2019 at 8:52 am #

      To answer your question, the people rallying in Park Square are angry Democrats who are upset that NO collusion was found in the investigation of Trump & Russia. I agree that they are embarrassing themselves but hey…’s a free country and they have the right to demonstrate.

      What they fail to understand is that Trump is not charged with any crime and therefore no information can be released to make a case against him in the court of public opinion. AG Barr is merely upholding the law of the land.

      I am not clear on your comments about “right hand lunatics” being distractors. Please clarify.

      • Kermit Frog
        April 5, 2019 at 10:49 am #

        Re second part of my comment – I meant that I can’t see how anyone except a right wing extremest can get indignant over plastic bag ban. It’s occurred in Pittsfield later than every other town and most of the smaller regional chains (Big Y, Guidos) are already complying for Lee, Lenox and Great Barrington. I drove behind a garbage truck and plastic bags were billowing out of the top and littering the road. Litter isn’t a left wing conspiracy.
        It would be nice if we were a more reasonable bunch. Maybe starting with the protestors. I bet there are several literacy charities that could use volunteers with a lot of free time.

    • Still wondering
      April 5, 2019 at 10:18 am #

      Right on Kermit. The protesters are a little club of bubble inhabitants. No deviancy from the far-left norm is allowed. Cross them once and you are shunned. I know several of them and its the same bunch every time.

      • Kermit Frog
        April 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

        I responded but it got caught up with the new security filter. Re my last comments — I think sometimes Dan tries to provoke thoughts or make a point and I wasn’t sure if anyone could be actually mad about the plastic ban bag. Out of all the things government does that doesn’t seem so terrible but maybe I don’t get it. I can only imagine a really conservative anti government person getting upset about that.

        • Mr. Fritz
          April 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

          To me the bag ban issue is more about 1) government limiting freedom of choice, and 2) common sense.

          First, the common sense issue. Pittsfield incinerates its trash. The cheap plastic bags provided by stores, for free, eventually end up in the incinerator. The new “compostable” plastic bags, which cost 4x the price, will also end up in the incinerator. The price of the bags will be passed along to the consumer by charging more for the goods, or charging an outright fee for the bags. All this in order to be politically correct. If the city had a landfill, then this situation would make sense. But we don’t!

          Now the issue of freedom of choice. As a frog, perhaps you are familiar with the analogy of the frog in the pot of water. The water temperature is increased slowly, the frog gradually gets used to the warming water, and before long the water is boiling and the frog is dead. The governmental banning of every little thing is a growing problem to me. Mayor Bloomberg wanted to ban 32 oz. sodas in NYC restaurants because of childhood obesity. An assemblywoman in the state of New York has introduced a bill to ban fur sales. Where does the government intrusion end?

          • Kermit Frog
            April 6, 2019 at 5:54 am #

            I didnt like Bloomberg for banning smoking in NYC and now I don’t smoke, and know of se real people dead from lung cancer — so am glad that smoking is restricted.
            As an amphibian, we are most susceptible to pollution. Frogs mean a good eco system. Clean water and air are good for humans too.
            I didn’t know Pittsfield burns garbage. Do they burn plastic too? Is recycling dine just to make certain people feel better.
            I would pay more for a King Kone that is a sensible portion size. Maybe the market can fix our complex problems but probably not all of them.

    • Fugimoto Hockalugi
      April 6, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

      Kermit, they’re just old hippies looking for the 60’s.

  10. Walt P
    April 5, 2019 at 6:35 am #

    Didn’t the President say Boeing mad great aircraft? E erything this guy touches turns to a disaster. “Have they added any bricks to. The wall lately?

  11. Shakes
    April 5, 2019 at 6:45 am #

    Uncle Joe is a creepy weirdo that needs to keep his hands to himself. He has a well-documented history of invading personal space.

    There is not a candidate other than Bernie that has a shot at winning from the Dems. I think they would screw him over again before they’s support him.

    • Ted
      April 5, 2019 at 8:25 am #

      You gotta admire Dan sticking to his guns on this. I think he’s the only person excited about Joe Biden.

      • danvalenti
        April 5, 2019 at 9:49 am #

        It’s not so much that I am “excited” about a Biden bid. It’s more of wanting to see him run on the merits instead of having a campaign waylaid before it’s even announced. It’s all too convenient, and it gives evidence of some mighty dirty stuff going on behind the scenes.

        • Rudy Baker
          April 5, 2019 at 9:52 am #

          Did Chris Mathews get a thrill up his leg?

        • LW
          April 5, 2019 at 10:36 am #

          Dan, you are right, it’s very dirty stuff brought to you by the Democratic Party. They even turn on their own. If Joe’s not going to run, or runs but doesn’t win the primary let it be because he was beat by the other candidates, not brought down by a bunch of lies.
          If everyone who ever ‘made’ me feel uncomfortable had to apologize I’d have to hire a secretary to answer all the calls.
          See, this is the whole Hillary ethos. Blame everything on someone else, including uncomfortable feelings that someone conjures up in their own mind.

  12. Ron Kitterman
    April 5, 2019 at 6:48 am #

    Joe’s bigger problem might be his son Hunter receiving $ millions from Ukraine company and his comments demanding firing. Could be easier for the Democrats to push him out for being Joe,than to explain him having his hands in someone else’s pockets from a foreign country.

  13. MoronDope
    April 5, 2019 at 7:48 am #

    After thousands of lies and the latest that TrumpFather was born in Germany has mental instability written all over it. He could have been a more dangerous President, the voters took this into account when they allowed the Congress Back to power. He will not win re election.

    • Lenny
      April 5, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

      Your screen name fits you perfectly.

  14. The school committee
    April 5, 2019 at 7:53 am #

    Biden is mostly being called a pedophile for the simple reason that this fake tagging will elevate Trump debauchery all real above this charge and the backup corruption charge is the plan.Trump voters need a plan and have one.

  15. Shakes
    April 5, 2019 at 8:03 am #

    Uncle Joe voted for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He is a moderate Repubtard in Clinton trappings. These are enough to torpedo his nomination.

  16. Johnny2Shoes
    April 5, 2019 at 8:18 am #

    Where is Obama when Joe needs him? Not one peep out of him and I believe it is because Obama is behind Wille Browns old climb the ladder lady by any means necessary. Mika and the rest of the media went silent when Clinton was around as governor and president. The CigarToo crowd never showed up.

    • Pat
      April 5, 2019 at 9:44 am #

      True, not a peep from Obama in favor of his Vice-President of 8 years. That’s because Obama is promoting very far left Beto O’Rourke and would be more than happy to knock Joe out of the running.

    • Johnny99
      April 5, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

      The last thing Obama wants is an old white man in the white house. He would much prefer a Kamala / Booker combo, or some such thing. Biden was a poor veep choice from the get go. The veep choice never ceases to amaze me – from Palin, to Edwards, to Quayle, etc. Let us hope a decent veep gets on the demo ticket, because sooner or later people will see Trump for what he is.

    • Lenny
      April 5, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

      Better yet, where is Biden’s wife? She must love him swimmimng in the nude in front of his female SS agents! And squeezing the little girls and women! Stop his little blue pills!

    • Lenny
      April 6, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      Johnny – Obama is too busy violating the Logan Act. He’s in Germany schmoozing with Merkel. No time for Joe’s pedo problems.

  17. The school committee
    April 5, 2019 at 8:28 am #

    Clinton was tagged a rapist and murderer of I think 13 people with Hillary’s help by Rush Limbaugh,Glenn Beck,Jones,and Hannity

  18. Truthsayer
    April 5, 2019 at 8:45 am #

    Sorry, but to me the #MeToo movement is now a big joke. It’s become a tool for many women to get their moment in the spotlight. If some of the things that happened made the “uncomfortable” and they didn’t say anything for five year, then I guess it wasn’t really that big a deal until they get that chance to see their names in print.

    When I was 19 and in college working at a local manufacturer, as I was leaving at the end of my shift, I bent over at the water fountain for a drink. One of two older women walking in goosed me, and walked away laughing. OMG! I was so uncomfortable! It marred me for the rest of my life! I am going to hunt down who they were and sue their estates! NOT!

    I’ve seen plenty of older men who have no lecherous intentions place their hands on a female coworker’s arm or hand or shoulder as either a gesture of friendship,concern, or sympathy. I’ve also seen plenty of women do the same.

    Sorry, but when it comes to #MeToo, I’m not buying into it these days. If it didn’t bother you five, ten, fifteen or more years ago, but suddenly you might get attention or a buck or two, a hand on your shoulder is more traumatic than when your brother set your hamster on fire? RIGHTtttttt!

    • LW
      April 5, 2019 at 10:28 am #

      If the woman who goosed you ever runs for office the Democratic Party will be reaching out to you and ask (coerce or pay) you to share your horrific story. They’ll even pay for your lawyer (Avenetti if he’s not in prison) and help you write a book. You may even get your own movie on OWN. At the very least a left leaning propagandist ‘documentary’ on HBO.

      • Truthsayer
        April 5, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        All of this Progressive BS from #MeToo to Andrea Harrington caused me to give up being an Independent and going right back to a registered Republican. All of this liberal la-la lunacy has been in play for years, and our school systems are an example. The basics are gone and we are churning out a nation where the majority of kids are barely suited for jobs in the fast food service industry.

  19. The school committee
    April 5, 2019 at 9:49 am #

    Very afraid of Joe’s conservative politics and his expierance. They know the liberals are a easier target as socialism wont work on Joe.Pat will call him a creepy pedophile like man of God Glenn Beck did all morning saying he didn’t think his touch of the childre n was sexual but left the rest of us to think it was sexual.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      April 5, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      His experience is nothing but failed policies.
      He has no conservative policies. Stop repeating CNN fake news.

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 5, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      That’s a classic! One of the funniest clips I’ve seen!

  20. Sonny
    April 5, 2019 at 10:20 am #

    Nice to see the Loony Left eat one of their own. Soros must be behind the sudden surge of damaging touchy-feely Biden’s possible run. He is not close to being as far left as the Big Money destroyers need. Moderate Dems should really assess the path they are being led down.

  21. The school committee
    April 5, 2019 at 11:59 am #

    Close Hibbard,PHS,Crosby and 400,000 square feet of school buildings go away.The savings in maintaince and heat will be millions…..Taconic 9 10 11 is 1000 kids,Crosby was unfit 20 years ago and special ed is always assigned a unfit building by McCandless and Yon and Tyer.These people must change by putting sped children a Williams..Just add a 2nd floor there.

    • Johnny99
      April 5, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

      You’re on the right track. Crosby land would make a great police station. Tyer’s gonna piss away any savings on something else, so it might as well be a new police station. Close PHS, sell it off, same with Hibbard. Merge both high schools at Taconic, and keep the 9th graders in junior high schools. Close a couple more schools too. There should have been a task force formed for this very reason, several years ago. Pittsfield’s always a day late and a dollar short. Wait till the new school tax kicks in with the tripleing of water rates. Good luck selling your house then, you’re gonna need it.

  22. doomiedodger
    April 5, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    I think Dan’s point was that the line for sexual abuse is moving towards the ridiculous. If I were in college now I might be afraid to ask a girl out. Seems like just about anything could get you labeled as creepy. I think many woman would agree that the bar for sexual abuse is moving a little to far.

    I said many, not all , obviously.

    • danvalenti
      April 5, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

      That would be a fair summation. The litmus test for a sexual “assault” has now moved into an area that includes ordinary behaviors among people that were once considered friendly, supportive, encouraging, comforting, and the like. It is having a chilling effect on male-female relationships, especially those of college age.

      • Pat
        April 5, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

        The Me Too movement has morphed into portraying women as delicate flowers who are so fragile that we simply can’t handle any kind of male attention. It seems that we are going back in time to the Victorian age where women needed smelling salts to revive them. College campuses need safe spaces to protect college students from each other. I would definitely NOT want to be a female on a college campus today because of all of the paranoia.

      • JoePesci
        April 6, 2019 at 12:36 am #

        Yes, as a professor I expect you are aware of the “affirmative consent” movement, also known as “yes means yes”. Next thing you know you’ll need written permission to go on a date, and another permission slip for a first kiss, etc.

  23. Dan that Alarm
    April 5, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    Dan, how are Candidates able to be on two times in the last two weeks campaigning on the same show. That’s not fair for newcomers! Like a Jeff Ferrin or others who want to run for a seat or position. He candidates were Tyer and Marchetti, they appeared on that morning show.

  24. Jonathan Melle
    April 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

    What are your predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s vote for a new Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton?

    I predict it will pass because the vested interests always win, while the humble Kapanski family always pays for the tax increases.

    • Johnny99
      April 5, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

      Hey, at least they have a vote, unlike what was crammed down our throats in Pittsfield. Let’s hope it is a significant majority either way. I predict it will be defeated, but hey, I never thought Trump would win either.

      • Jonathan Melle
        April 5, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

        Why didn’t Pittsfield politics hold a vote on the new Taconic High School?

        Why is the Dalton region holding a vote when Pittsfield did not?

        That is an interesting point!

        • Thomas More
          April 5, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

          ’cause they’re a town and we’re a city

        • doomiedodger
          April 6, 2019 at 2:01 am #

          And Dalton believes in Democracy while Pittsfield is ruled by special interests. The people are subjects like in ye olde England.

  25. Johnny99
    April 5, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

    Fear. After the Civic Authority Scam went down in flames with a vote, the GOBSIGs knew the new high school that we couldn’t afford and didn’t need, would also be voted down, therefore, the powers that be made sure the Kapanskis’ had no say.

    Not certain of the mechanism in the Wahaconah district, but I suspect with several different governments it would have been harder to pull one over on the Kapanskis’.

    • Thomas More
      April 5, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

      damn GOBSIGS

  26. The school committee
    April 5, 2019 at 5:01 pm #

    It will lose inthe towns and Dalton a very narrow pass

  27. ProxyDate
    April 5, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

    This is all a setup to further the CNN chosen candidate Pete Buttigieg. Wait and see, this guy from nowhere is going to be on every liberal leaning MSM program.

    He’s openly gay, he’s perfect for the Dems.

    The Beto fellow will be the next Howard Dean, a mere presidential punchline

    • Colin O'Scopy
      April 5, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

      Now we know where the Butt part of the name comes in to play.

  28. Agent 86
    April 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men are facing murder charges in the death of 18-year-old Jaden Salois of Dalton.

    Carlos Pascual-Polanco, 18, and Chiry Omar Pascual-Polanco, 22, both of Pittsfield were arraigned on murder charges on Friday related the shooting on Edward Avenue shooting of Salois.

    Police discovered Salois outside a home on Edward, near the Elm Street intersection, in the early hours of Jan. 20. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

    The alleged killers are being held without bail. First Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell is prosecuting the case.

    “The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office was able to bring these charges thanks to the hard work and professionalism of the Pittsfield Police Department and State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement released on Friday.

    “We worked closely with law enforcement on this case. The District Attorney’s Office sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Salois.”

    • JoePesci
      April 6, 2019 at 12:14 am #

      The DAs office worked closely with the cops on a homicide – I would hope so Andrea, that’s nothing to gloat about, but then again coming from your office maybe it is. And no bail? The killers must not be some transgendered minorities who were trauma victims growing up. Hats off to the PPD Detectives who probably did all the work. Let’s hope Harrington doesn’t ”Smollet” the case.

      • Aerin
        April 6, 2019 at 7:39 am #

        Harrington showcased her vast management experience Friday by corralling her staff to let them know she was firing a perfectly good victim advocate – while the employee cleaned out her desk. Maximizing the trauma, no warning, zero dignity. Aside from being a disgraceful way to manage any office, can you say wrongful termination?

        • Louis
          April 6, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

          Hi Aerin,
          How do you know it was a perfectly good victim’s advocate? I mean, maybe it was someone who deserved to be fired. That happens in our world sometimes. What makes you say it was wrongful termination? If it in fact was wrongful termination then I agree it should be looked into. Nobody is above the law not even a DA. But how can we know? Maybe it was someone who was incompetent or had little experience and made serious errors. I don’t see how you can judge Harrington on this with so few facts, that’s my main point. L.

          • ProxyDate
            April 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

            Just because YOU don’t know, doesn’t mean others don’t. Watch who she hires to replace the former employee.

            The employee was fired because of questions she brought up about Moonbeam

          • Louis
            April 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

            So someone was fired because of questions she brought up about another employee in the office? That doesn’t sound very likely to me, I’m sorry. L.

          • LW
            April 7, 2019 at 6:42 am #

            Nobody is above the law? Have you been living in a cave the last 30 years?

          • Aerin
            April 7, 2019 at 7:16 am #

            The employee has extensive experience and called out mistakes when she saw them. Harrington has no experience managing anything anywhere ever. She is a D player who hires F players like Moon and Dahoney. It’s a bozo explosion.

          • Louis
            April 7, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

            An experienced victim’s advocate was fired because she called out mistakes as she saw them? Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly what happened. Please. I don’t think I’ll just take the word of someone with such an obvious axe to grind. L.

  29. Susski nd
    April 5, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

    Three things Krol left us.hige tax increases,huge water rates, and bad roads

    • Krol's Kronies
      April 6, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

      He won’t last long at a real job.

  30. Lou Lighter
    April 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

    So,the model said Trump had bad breath, is that all cnn has?

  31. Jonathan Melle
    April 5, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

    If a Teo’s hot dog floated on SIlver Lake overnight, would it eventually glow in the dark?

    • Benigno Numine
      April 5, 2019 at 9:54 pm #

      They already do if you get onions on them.

      • Johnny99
        April 6, 2019 at 12:05 am #

        Yea, and they flouresced blue under the old bug light back in the early 70,s, Teos had out front. We’d buy em at the walk up window as bugs were electrocuted and dropped by the thousands around us. Or was it the PCBs in the air! I swear they tasted better back then.

    • JoePesci
      April 6, 2019 at 11:17 am #


      If you swing back into town, I’ll take you to Teo’s for a 6 pack with the works, and a can of root beer. Then, I’ll give you a tour so you can see what a hsit hole we’ve become

  32. Mad Trapper
    April 6, 2019 at 1:24 am #

    More dirty democrat dirt dug up:

    Judicial Watch’s Weekly Update: Judicial Watch Sues for Anti-Trump Coup Docs

    Obama State Dept Conspiracy against Trump?

    Victoria Nuland, President Obama’s assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs from September 2013 until January 2017, has been linked to the notorious anti-Trump dossier fabricated by Hillary Clinton’s opposition research firm.

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 6, 2019 at 4:46 am #

      Round of applause for Tom Fitton & Co. Why is Rod Rosenstein still Asst. AG?

  33. The school committee
    April 6, 2019 at 5:05 am #

    Trump lives a life
    of secresey and coverup.You guys would still be running behind the DDT trucks and oiling down your dirt driveway with PCB oilI have now figured out that not knowing made America great.Im on board with investigating the investigation.Lets get it all out.Im very surprised that Trump and McConnell dont want a big FBI investigation into who is behind ther lies about Trump and Russia.Lets do it.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      April 6, 2019 at 9:29 am #

      You got it bad and that ain’t good.

  34. Secretariet
    April 6, 2019 at 6:05 am #

    He’s indeed, let’s see the returns,what’s the problem?

  35. Spider
    April 6, 2019 at 6:17 am #

    As Johnny99 said, after the Civic Authority vote was defeated, it set the stage so that the taxpayers of this city will never again have the right to vote on anything of importance to them.

    Building Taconic without voter approval was an outrage! And we have yet to see what the cost will do to our tax rate.

    What is the holdup on the taxes for Taconic? The school is up and running. What are they waiting for? Until after the election?

    Anyone out there know when we will find out? Barry?

    • Jonathan Melle
      April 6, 2019 at 11:08 am #

      Hello Spider, from what I understand, the lovely Linda Tyer’s Matt Kerwood chose to make interest only payments on the bond for the new Taconic High School. I don’t know when they will begin to make principal and interest payments? When they do make prinicipal and interests payments, then it will increase your municipal tax bill.

    • Johnny99
      April 6, 2019 at 11:32 am #


      Here is a link to an I Berkshire article about our 18 cents per week tax cut this fiscal year:

      This is the last paragraph – “Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said there is no big hit on the way. He said $40 million of the $46 million the city is expected to pay for the school has already been bonded and is included in the budget. He said the debt for the school has been structured so that the biggest hit comes in 2021, at the same time debt expires from school projects 20 years ago so it balances out. He said his goal has been to keep the city’s debt balanced as projects come on and off the city’s budget.” This leaves lots of questions unanswered, and of course they weren’t even asked by the councilors or reporters.

      • Jonathan Melle
        April 6, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

        Pittsfield will become financially insolvent sometime in the 2020’s decade! Matt Kerwood’s interest only debt payments only defers the future tax increases, while the tax base continues to diminish. Pittsfield politics is a case study of financial mismanagement! The hundreds of millions of dollars in debts/liabilities will never be paid off in our lifetimes! But, the lovely Linda Tyer gave the median property taxpayer a 2-cents per day tax cut on paper this fiscal year. What a joke!

        • Johnny Absurd
          April 6, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

          After the election you may see serious power moves if this mayor is reelected. KAPOWEEEE!!!

          She and her people will have nothing to lose

        • Cock Ied
          April 6, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

          Yeah, but it’s a first and it looks good in print. Clairmont is a phony.

      • Spider
        April 7, 2019 at 5:42 am #

        Thank you, Johnny99. “the biggest hit comes in 2021”. Right after the election!

        Isn’t that interesting!

      • LW
        April 7, 2019 at 6:36 am #

        There are no real reporters/journalists at the Berkshire Buzzard, only mouthpieces for the local politicians. I’m sure some of them want to be true journalists but aren’t allowed. The ghost of Joseph Goebbels is running that rag.

  36. Zulu Bagginz
    April 6, 2019 at 6:21 am #

    Why the big deal over Trump at his golf course.

  37. X-Lachs Lounge
    April 6, 2019 at 7:37 am #

    Here’s a Creepy Joe Classic.

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 6, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      There’s plenty of video evidence showing that Biden has a serious sexual problem. Trump, Obama, Sessions and others know about it. The proof is out there!

      Thanks for posting X-Lachs!

  38. Spider
    April 6, 2019 at 11:14 am #

    I can’t help but wonder if the three involved in the murder (the 2 alleged murderers and the victim) were illegals. Heard a rumor.

    If so, I hope Harrington would contact ICE.

    Again, it might just be a rumor.

    • JoePesci
      April 6, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      Yea, and after she pleas’ em down to misdemeandor homicide, lets hope ICE takes em away.

  39. Merry & Bright
    April 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    Tried to run a few errands in Dynamic Vibrant Pittsfield today. It is tough enough driving around the city dodging pot holes that we are suppose to have patience waiting for City Hall to repair, but what about the out of control traffic issues. People are speeding, running red lights, tailgating, pedestrians J walking, cars passing on the right, swerving over the center line and not a Pittsfield Police car to be found. I thought the Mayor stated she had formed a Traffic Bureau, anyone know if this is true, or is it another lie from the corner office?

    • Johnny Absurd
      April 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

      She promised a traffic bureau and then hired additional police to fill those slots. If they are out there they are well hidden because traffic violations are thousands per day in Pittsfield. Must be more fun writing up the accidents caused by the people who think there are no more rules on the road. And yah it does seem that way in Pittsfield.

    • Pat
      April 6, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

      I agree. I’m so sick of trying to dodge all of the holes.

      • Johnny99
        April 7, 2019 at 9:57 am #


        Do you mean the A holes, the bullet holes, or the pot holes? And which of the three are there more of in Rubertos’ greatest small city in New England????????????????????

    • Dynamic Vibrator
      April 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

      It isn’t easy.

      • Merry & Bright
        April 7, 2019 at 7:24 am #

        Took at look at the City of Pittsfield website. The Pittsfield Police section still has Officer Coco as the go to pro for proper installation of child car seats. Citizens must have had to drive to his prison cell to have the seats checked (sarcasm). This verifies my thoughts that Tyer has not staffed the Traffic Bureau as promised.

        • Dynamic Vibrator
          April 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

          Let’s face it our city is a fraud

  40. Amanduh Brane
    April 6, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

    WRHS….School Construction vote passed , by 88 votes.

    • Johnny Absurd
      April 6, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

      How many peeps work for the Dalton school system and how many total votes were tallied?

    • Magoo
      April 7, 2019 at 6:05 am #

      Wahconah principal using parent notification System to alert only voters with children in school, what about voters who don’t have children in school and most likely would’ve voted no?
      Imagine legal action will follow, to invalidate results.
      Can’t use government property to encourage voting.

  41. Amanduh Brane
    April 6, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    1785 for……1697 against

    • Pat
      April 6, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

      Wow. That was close.

  42. The school committee
    April 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

    Alex Jones and Trump were into the birth certificate conspiracy on Obama. Trump Obama,Biden,Sanders you name the guy and call it the me to problem.Not one man has the right to touch anybody.Not Trump,Biden,McConnell end of story.Guys do it a guys should not ever touch a woman they are just meeting.It is a problem that women have had to deal with.Which man on this board wants Sean Hannity touching your wife…none ,just don’t do it

  43. Jonathan Melle
    April 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

    Now that the vested interests in the Dalton region passed the new WRHS project, will the Berkshire Eagle follow up on their call for Adam Hinds, Smitty Pignatelli, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Paul Marx, and John Barrett III to protect the vulnerable fixed income taxpayers who will be paying hundreds of dollars more for the 30 year duration of the bond? How will the aforementioned do nothing Berkshire Legislators protect these people who choose between paying their taxes or eating food? Will they ever break from their unanimous votes for Speaker for life Bob DeLeo’s special interest legislation to actually do something constructive for a change? What about Congressman Richie Neal, who this past week started a multi-million dollar legal battle to see Trump’s tax returns….in 2025! Will Richie Neal protect the hard hit vulnerable taxpayers? What about Elizabeth Warren? But she is too busy running a long-shot run for the White House. What about Ed Markey? I understand he really lives in another state that borders Washington, D.C. What about Trump? But he only cares about the billionaires. The Eagle really knows that no one will protect the vulnerable taxpayers from big tax increases. The vested interests are the real winners, once again!
    – Jonathan Melle

    • doomiedodger
      April 7, 2019 at 2:03 am #

      Perhaps more people could afford the Eagle if they did not have to pay such high taxes, like the ones the Eagle always seems to push for in their OP EDS. Plus, as a customer do I want to support a publication that seems to strongly support political and special interest agendas to my own personal detriment?

      While this newspaper is a much improved version of its predecessor it seems to still be a political tool. My opinion.

  44. The school committee
    April 7, 2019 at 2:22 am #

    Alex Jones has been a big part of the Trump deep state conspiracy. Trump is very careful to always make sure his voters get a piece of this deep state boogie man so that his followers know that hes the only thing that stands between them and complete disaster.Pat and the others never see the business and the profiting of being a pawn in the fear Trump creates.Trumps the player and you have been played.

    • Acute Angina
      April 7, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

      Where did you get this latest fake news?

  45. Pat
    April 7, 2019 at 4:02 am #

    Charlie Baker and District Attorney of Suffolk County Rachael Rollins are battling over the same issues we have here in Berkshire County with our new District Attorney who is supported by Linda Tyer. Going easy on drug crimes is very frightening and lowering the bar for crimes only leads to even more crimes. We voted for Linda Tyer to combat serious crime in Berkshire County and she did hire additional police, but then put her support behind a District Attorney who is not tough on drug crimes. Rachael Rollins doesn’t believe that everyone is equal under the law and this is the path that Progressives are heading down.

    Rachael Rollins claims that the people who voted for her want her to go easy on so-called low level crimes.

    • LW
      April 7, 2019 at 6:39 am #

      Still waiting for her to ‘look into’ the alleged Williams College rape cases. Can’t believe so many fools fell for that crap. Oh wait, I can believe it. People are stupid and dishonest.

    • JoePesci
      April 7, 2019 at 7:32 am #

      And we all know what happend in Chicago right? With the DA dropping charges left and right, including serious cases of assault and battery on a police officer, not to mention the big one; Jessie Smollet.

      The new DA in Philly is much the same.

      “Smolletting” a case will become the name for all these prgressive DA’s letting people off the hook.

      Guaranteed to happen here, just a question of when

      • Johnny Absurd
        April 7, 2019 at 9:13 am #

        Already happens here. If you are politically connected you get a free ride and get to laugh at the poor smuck who is not hooked in with the right people. May be another high profiler getting off real soon.

  46. Reignbow
    April 7, 2019 at 10:31 am #

    Ihats why we have the new advisory committee here,Drew is on the job.pete and Drew want you to babysit lgbrq and y.

  47. The school committee
    April 7, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

    The mayor needs to call the company that tore up the road on Egremont ave so they can repair what was a brand new road .The damage is opposite the entry into this busy building.It needs to be done this week.
    Alex Jones is Trumps advisor along with Sean,Rush,and Beck.Who would have guessed there are millions who follow Alex Jones and Trump ,McConnell

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      April 7, 2019 at 4:40 pm #

      More fake news.

  48. Paris
    April 7, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    What does everyone think of the mayoral race so far?

    • Thomas More
      April 7, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

      It’s too close to call.