(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 22, 2019) — He’s a racist, she’s a racist, all God’s chillen’ be racist.

That does seem to be the most presently fashionable epithet, a form of political upchucking.

Let’s see. Alexandria Occasional-Cortex (D-Lipstick) says Nancy Pelosi is a racist. Nancy Pelosi says Donald Trump is a racist. Donald Trump says Ilhan Omar is a racist. Joe Biden asks, “What’s a racist?”

This situation could not exist except in the byzantine world of (anti)social media, an exotic land for the easily distracted and shallow of thought, a world for the deaf and blind, allowing no subtlety — for how do you use words to convey what it is like to hear? How do syllables, written or spoken, deliver to the sightless viewer what the color red looks like?

Want to distract “voters” from issues? From remotely intelligent policy discussion? From semi-serious contemplation of the way forward? Play the racist card. It’s a popular game favored by the left, easy as Fish and more engaging than Old Maid.

AOC (Angry of Choice) is a regular John Scarne in this respect. After the Speaker of the House brought AOC and her Squad, rather Squat, down to the back bench by showing them what real power looks like on the Hill, Angry went on Twitter, calling Pelosi a racist. Nancy Pelosi may not be your political cup of herbal, but “racist” does not apply to her. All the Squat did via their fearless leader is further split the country, further destroy the Democrats, and give the President yet another campaign donation.

AOC’s tweet began the current rumble. President Trump, given his style, fired back 2-for-1, telling the four members of the Squat to go back from whence they came and fix the problems there (one of them, Elvirus Presley, is from Massachusetts). You know, first remove the plank from your own eye, then you will see clearly enough to remove the toothpick from your brother’s. Yeah, the old “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” approach uttered 2,000 years ago by a dude in Judea. Trump as Jesus. Talk about central casting.

Of course, the mainstream media (MM) couldn’t let it pass. The Squat are “women of color,” although the shades of three look lighter than a Vegas parlor” tan. Only one of the Squat, Rep. Omar, comes from foreign shores (Somalia). The other three were born rah-cheer in the good ol’ U. S. of A. The MM lectured Trump on this fact, ignoring the President’s meaning because it was not of itself racist. Remember, it was the four “women of color” not Trump who decided to play the race and gender cards.

“Woman of color.” That phrase is code for “untouchable.” It protects the incompetent and gives cover to both sexism and racism , the ills it pretends to abhor. Trump deserves a purple heart for not being intimidated in this respect. He delivers equality, but the “women of color” can’t take it.

Strictly speaking, if course, everyone on the planet (not THE PLANET) is a racist in that we all belong to the human race. At our most fundamental level, we are all related, all brothers and sisters — at least 50th cousins from any other person on the planet (and THE PLANET). We are one. There is no “us,” no “them.”

How easily we forget the words of that Judean chap.

Love one another, the final Amen to the greatest prayer of all time.

How simple. How hard.


“Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs [that] properly concern them”Paul Valery.



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  1. Drew Z
    July 21, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

    The Youngblood’s made a song of it. Great record to,I might add..Get Together.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    July 21, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

    Fact: Donald Trump is a RACIST!

    Trump = Hitler

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

      And right on cue – there’s your Exhibit A Dan!

    • TRiUMPhant
      July 21, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

      You’re delusional mr. Mele.

    • Paul
      July 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

      Jonathan, are you just high all the time?
      Hitler, really. Foolishness.

      • Jonathan Melle
        July 21, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

        demagogue: a political leader [Donald Trump] who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people rather than by using rational argument.

        • Trump 2020
          July 22, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

          Get ready for four more years cupcake.

      • ProxyDate
        July 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm #

        If you are a man of your word, this kind of baiting by Melle, which you promised wouldn’t be allowed, would be removed and the user banned either for a period of time or permanently.

        This kind of vitriol and mentally unbalanced posting adds zero to the discussion and just devolves into name calling.
        At one point you promised this would no longer be allowed but you allow it constantly.

        • danvalenti
          July 22, 2019 at 8:23 am #

          I am a man of my word, as everyone who has dealt with me knows. Jonathan’s comments can stand on their own for what they are. In fact, you have done a fine job of parsing his words. That, I would say, DOES add to the discussion. And as I have said and written many times, policing the “comments” section on a blog as lively as this, no one is Don Larsen on 10-8-56. That is, no one can throw a perfect game. Someday perhaps I’ll have my techies save the comments that our filters catch before they can be published. You would see the kind of spam a site like this attracts.

          • Shakes
            July 22, 2019 at 8:43 am #

            Interesting that PROXY tries to call out someone else after posting uncited sources about Clinton conspiracy theories.

          • ProxyDate
            July 22, 2019 at 10:38 am #

            Letting someone call anyone Hitler, who is nothing like Hitler is an offense beyond all others.
            The fact that you allow it makes you party to it, all after saying you wouldn’t allow for things like that.
            It doesn’t add to the conversation. It’s an attack with zero foundation, and as a Jew and a Republican it’s doubly offensive. So can we now just attack each other here?

          • Jonathan Melle
            July 22, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

            Donald Trump called 4 minority Congresswomen, including Ayanna Pressley, “RACISTS”, today, July 22, 2019. Until today, I never heard of a U.S. President call a black woman serving as a Member of U.S. Congress a “racist”! Unbelievable!

            – Jonathan Melle

            P.S. I will always speak my good conscience as long as I live!

        • Blare
          July 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

          Awww. Boo hoo for you. The reality is that the many people who inappropriately invoke the “like Hitler!” reference lose all credibility, immediately. Banning them is a waste of time.

          On the other hand, what about those who comment ignorantly and offensively about current murder investigations? People who justify their stupidity by claiming inside knowledge from the professionals on the scene? Should those imbeciles be banned as well?


  3. Johnny99
    July 21, 2019 at 7:09 pm #

    Trump is a lot of things for sure but what he said is not racist whatsoever. Thank you Dan for saying what needs to be said. Everybody’s so got darn sensitive now a days. You can’t even call a manhole a manhole anymore, You can’t say somebody is obese because even though millions are, it’s not their fault, and you can’t insult a “woman of color” without being labeled a racist or a woman hater. Trump is right on. And Omar is a fraud and a phony who married her brother and should be deported. All 4 are a bunch of no good commy lovin’ Farley Bouvier types.

    Dan, is it too early to call the election for Tyer?

  4. TRiUMPhant
    July 21, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

    You’re delusional mr. Mele.

    • Jonathan Melle
      July 21, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

      I dislike extremists like Trump in big government, as well as extremist in organized big religion!

      Trump equals Hitler because both are/were extremists who persecuted minority Peoples!

      Down with Trump! Impeach Trump! Vote out Trump in 2020!

      End racism forever!

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        July 22, 2019 at 6:51 am #

        Trump persecutes by having a very low unemployment rate for minorities ….oh the humanity.

      • Ed Check
        July 22, 2019 at 7:03 am #

        Calling President Trump an extremist just shows how far to the left this country has gone. And by left I mean socialist / communist. Most citizens are too far brainwashed in the communist manifesto to even realize how far we have drifted. When I read the points outlined in the manifesto, it was an eye opener. I suggest the President Trump haters here get informed. If not for President Trump our country would have been on its way to a true Hitler style national socialist state (Nazi) with the evil Hillary Clinton in charge.

        Also, The entire racist scenario is just used by the leftists to scare people into not attacking crazy leftist ideas. Just another method of limiting free speech.

        Today in the Berkshire Buzzard, another article on Medicare for all, citing families that could not afford their share of premiums even with employers insurance. Well wait until they implement increased taxes (premiums) for Medicare for all. Then see what happens when the IRS goes after you for nonpayment of the taxes.

        People think that Medicare for all has no financial financial impact on them. Think social security tax on steroids.

        • The school committee
          July 22, 2019 at 9:53 am #

          America is right wing,where have you been?Up to 18 months ago we had all right house,senate,president….your believing the wealthy republican brainwash

  5. Ron Kitterman
    July 22, 2019 at 12:55 am #

    This is going to go on a long time because calling someone a racist works. Its what Hillary tried and failed with 4 years ago calling conservatives deplorables – racists – sexists – homophobes -xenophobe.It’s the modern day equivalent of calling someone ugly. It’s being used way too frequently because it works – think the new term by the social justice warriors is woke to marginalize us and make us all into social justice warriors.

    • Paul
      July 22, 2019 at 3:32 am #

      Ron your right, the “you’re a racist” is getting old. It is no longer taken seriously because it over used and more time than not it’s not true.

  6. Johnny99
    July 22, 2019 at 1:32 am #

    “Social Justice Warrior”, “woke”, “people of color”, binary, trans, progressive, black lies matter, diversity, it’s all a bunch of feminist liberal mumbonjumbo and oh, putting a man on the moon was sexist and better bring a woman next time regardless of ability. The pussificationn of America is at hand – I watched a man walk on the moon 50 years ago and today we can’t even launch Americans to the moon with our own equipment, and 71 percent of the youth are unqualified for the armed services – too fat, too many tattoos, can’t run around the block three times quick, etc.
    Is it any wonder someone like Trump got

  7. CC The Maze Sun
    July 22, 2019 at 4:15 am #

    The Human “Race”. Race to the finish. You must complete your run by finishing the Game and exiting the Maze proper.

    “Run rabbit run, dig that hole, forget the Sun, when at last the work is done, don’t sit down, it’s time to dig another one

    Long you live and high you fly
    But only if you ride the tide
    Balanced on the biggest wave
    Race towards an early grave”
    – Pink Floyd (Breathe)

    “Life is like a Maze of doors and they all
    Open from the side your on
    Just keep on pushing hard boy
    Try as you may
    You’re gonna wind up where you started from
    You’re gonna wind up where you Started From”
    – Cat Stevens (Sitting)

  8. Truthsayer
    July 22, 2019 at 4:16 am #

    I’m not going to get into arguments about who or what is a racist simply because it’s a matter of personal opinion based on one’s own upbringing and views. I will say political correctness has gone way over the rails.

    I have to apologize for diverging from the conversation, but this does fit in with the concept that in today’s politics, women are untouchable when it comes to criticism even when it’s the truth.

    Today’s BEagle had a political propaganda fluff piece about DA Harrington written by Ruth Bass. Apparently, Ms. Bass hasn’t expanded her research beyond Ms. Harrington or her minions. I have. Police officers assigned to special units are asking to be returned to regular duty. Morale is low. Why? Because these diligent men and women who are trying to enforce the laws and who have spent months pursuing perps have seen their work go down the toilet.

    Harrington is weak on crime. She is a catch and release DA. Sadly, some of the biggest drug dealers were released on personal recognizance only to not show up in court thereby causing months of work to have been nothing but a waste of time.

    Ms. Harrington, like all women in politics, want to be treated as equals. That being the case, they need to be prepared to accept the same level of criticism that they are always prepared to heap upon men. Instead, others of their gender write fluff pieces of baloney simply to further the political ambitions of these empty cans.

    • danvalenti
      July 22, 2019 at 8:19 am #

      They want to be treated as equals, but when they are, they play the gender card. No strong woman does that. Bass’s “gender fluff piece” shows she should have been put out to pasture years ago.

      • Tom Betit
        July 23, 2019 at 6:04 am #

        The eagle is The a pitta me of fake news
        Published a defamatory hit piece on myself
        Full of inaccuracies the largest being my property has a special permit for six cars in addition to six cars and use car license the remaining vehicles are customer car is being repaired
        Larry Parnass is less than accurate as well as Another politically motivated writer

    • James
      July 22, 2019 at 9:29 am #

      “Being incarcerated is a traumatic experience,” Harrington said. I think that tells you everything you need to know about where this so-called DA is focusing her “reforms.” How the f is that making us more safe!? We have no DA for the good and peaceful citizens and victims of crime. Instead, the reality is we have a crappy lawyer. A bleeding heart who is the criminal’s best friend. A wannabe politician lucky to have any job making tiny changes based on other people’s ideas trumpeting them like they are “reform.” This state needs to stop electing politicians whose loyalties lie with criminals.

      • Blare
        July 22, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

        And how has your life changed thus far into Harrington’s reign? Have the criminal hordes changed your life in any way or are you parroting what you hear from the many angry, vindictive, dim bulbs in our county (and in Pittsfield especially)?


        • James
          July 23, 2019 at 5:38 am #

          You are absolutely, 100% right. The vast majority of us will not need the District Attorney so it’s not going to make a bit of difference to our lives who has the job. A DA is for the young woman whose boyfriend has beaten the heck out of her for the upteenth time or maybe the young teen raped in a garage or how about that heroin addict whose dealer is on their 5th conviction? You see where I’m going. If it doesn’t effect us, who cares, right?

        • James
          July 23, 2019 at 7:43 am #

          You are absolutely right. Who is DA in Berkshire County will not make one iota of difference to most of us. But what about the woman whose boyfriend has beat her up for the the upteenth time or that teen who was raped in a garage, or the heroin addict whose dealer is on their 5th conviction? The DA is for them. But hey, if it’s not happening to us, who cares, right?

      • Tom Betit
        July 23, 2019 at 6:16 am #

        Many of district Attorney Harrington‘s dismissals, were caused by MSP Detective’s falsifying information prior to her election
        hat they still are employed it’s a bit confusing

        As former district attorney has now infected/exposed Springfield courts also, resulting in judges being forced to administer very low bails. Due to credibility issues.
        Wrongful arrests to intimidate suspects/victims are costing the commonwealth millions

        There has not been a significant rise in crime, in fact factor out Sheffield murder suicide, they seem significantly lower

        • James
          July 23, 2019 at 9:20 am #

          Sorry for my duplicate posts, it’s disconcerting to see them disappear into the ether and then appear much later.As for the DA and crime, they are neither to be held responsible when it goes up nor credited when it goes down. Some of the DA’s programs can help prevent crime and a strong DA can assure the community including law breakers that crimes will be prosecuted effectively. Prevention lies primarily with the mayor and police. Speaking of which, if there has been information falsified by the state police and prosecution please do provide details.

  9. Del Monicos
    July 22, 2019 at 5:01 am #

    So, you have cop,a car mechanic,a secretary and a spaghetti server running for Mayor, no kidding.

    • danvalenti
      July 22, 2019 at 8:17 am #

      There’s a joke in there somewhere: “A cop, a car mechanic, a secretary, and a spaghetti server walk into a bar …”

      • Johnny99
        July 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

        Here’s the joke Dan – so far, none of them are actually running – Kalinwski wrote one letter to the editor, Mazzeo send a give me money letter and I think opened a storefront. Haven’t heard boo outta what’s his name, and Tyer is campainging. Understand it’s early but still, as I asked earlier in a post Dan

        is it too early to call the election for Tyer? Cuz I don’t see a close race.

        • Brian C. Marquis
          July 23, 2019 at 6:38 am #

          Silk-stocking Mazzeo brings absolutely nothing to the table. Zero. Nada. She’s about attentive to Pittsfield needs as I am to Lanesborough’s. It just ain’t there.

          She’s a dilatant walking aimlessly about you commoners flaunting her million-dollar apparel in front of those who barely can afford rent and mortgage payments.

          Stay tuned as Mazzeo begins pounding Tyer on issues she supported in the past; especially when she rubber-stamped everyone of Bianchi’s costly initiatives – then turned around and blamed the current administration for forcing it into damage control.

          Mazzeo and Bianchi. Two washed-up pols that deserve each other’s demented company.

          Stay tuned also for the slugfest between . . .

          . . . mayoral candidate Mazzeo’s Joan Kelly Di Martino, as she tried desperately to compete against Mayor Tyer’s Barry Clairmont.

          People should know when they’re conquered . . .

          And that’s the bottom-line!!

          • Tom Betit
            July 23, 2019 at 10:11 am #

            Mrs Mazzeo is a very smart and proven leader, who from humble beginnings Rose to be president of the areas dental hygienist association
            Feeling she had much more to offer became a city counselor and a pretty effective one for her constituents
            She is a proven winning commodity
            In both her personal and professional life

            You sound a bit Jealous, sorry the derogatory remarks are very offensive and Beneath you

            “ that’s the bottom line”

            Her only flaw is support of disgraced former district attorney and his buddy newly disgraced sheriff.
            She gets in front of that Pittsfield has a new mayor

            Business friendly, proactive and very smart.
            I wish her all the best, the area is better for her efforts.

    • Johnny99
      July 22, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

      Not exactly Del. Don’t know squat about what’s his name, but Tyer is an incumbent mayor, former long term city councilor, and former long term and competent city clerk, which is a managerial position by the way. It’s a cheap shot to refer to her as a secretary. Mazzeo also is a long time councilor, and Kalinowski is an ex-cop.

      • Johnny Absurd
        July 23, 2019 at 11:36 am #

        You left out that under her watch the roads literally came apart. Schools, which were admittedly bad when she came in, got even worse. Crime, which was getting bad when she came in, got even worse. Taxes, which were high when she came in, escalated and are continuing to balloon out of the atmosphere. She shepherds tax breaks for millionaires and is tight lipped about who of these friends get them. She once campaigned on open honest government but instead operates in the shadows.

        Are the people of Pittsfield better off for her being mayor? Hell no! Would things change if she was given a second set of four years? Hell no!

        Is Mazzeo the answer? Probably not. Is Pittsfield screwed? Hell yes!

  10. Pat
    July 22, 2019 at 5:10 am #

    So sick of the far left playing the race card. The fact is that “the squad” is dangerous for this country. Their ideas are toxic. They are against Israel and their ideas are socialist/communist. This is what the liberal media wants to cover up by making it all about race.

    • danvalenti
      July 22, 2019 at 8:15 am #

      Throwing the “racist” accusation stops all discussions, even policy discussions. It’s like pressing the “freeze” button. Everything comes to a halt. Whoever is advising the Democrats to play this card so frequently are destroying the party and any hopes of winning in 2020. It becomes the little boy crying wolf. It also has a boomerang effect by hiding in plain view actual, ugly cases of unjust discrimination based on skin color. It is a disservice to the electorate in general, the Squad’s respective constituents in particular, and black people everywhere.

  11. Spagirl
    July 22, 2019 at 5:38 am #

    One comment only:
    No one is born racist. The outlandish ignorance is a chosen culture. It does not look good on anyone, and it pretty well defines who you are.

  12. Mr. G
    July 22, 2019 at 6:13 am #

    From an actual Conservative and former active-duty Marine, ” He behaves and has always behaved as an unabashed racist. Yes, I’ve seen your favorite meme that claims he was never accused of racism before the Democrats…Absolutely false. Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019 See the Central Park 5, the lawsuits and fines resulting from his refusal to lease to black tenants, the 1992 lost appeal trying to overturn penalties for removing black dealers from tables, his remarks to the house native American affairs subcommittee in 1993. The man sees and treats racial groups of people as monoliths.”

    • danvalenti
      July 22, 2019 at 8:16 am #

      I see this is a quote. I’ll bite. Who said it, MR G?

      • Kermit Frog
        July 22, 2019 at 9:40 am #

        Trump is a bigot for sure. My father used to say there was ugliness anywhere if you looked hard enough. People don’t need to get outraged about politically incorrect things for example a 90 year old nun might say or publish a private conversation to embarrass someone. BUT if I am president and constantly make public inflammatory comments as such I am a racist because I don’t care enough to consider the impact.
        Also, this blog and its commenters make many comments about the behavior of black men. They don’t parent they are more likely to commit crime etc. If we said Pittsfield was a mess because of too many Southern Europeans and their corruption would that be offensive? Germany and the UK are tired of paying off Greek and Italian and Portuguese corruption. Can we suggest the entire problem of our region is on an ethnic group and how life was where they came from??? – no. It’s utterly offensive. Why we have to be so ignorant as a society is beyond me.

    • Hell Toupee
      July 22, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      July 25, 2018

      The city of New York released thousands of documents from the 1989 Central Park rape case last week, provoking more weeping and gnashing of teeth over Donald Trump’s full-page ads in four New York newspapers taken out soon after that attack with the headline:



      His ad never mentioned the Central Park rape, but talked about New York families — “White, Black, Hispanic and Asian” — unable to enjoy walks through the park at dusk. Of muggers and murderers, he said, “I no longer want to understand their anger. I want them to understand our anger. … They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes.”

      According to the media, the five convicted boys were INNOCENT — and Trump would have executed the poor lads! This is nonsense. They wouldn’t have been executed because the rape victim miraculously survived. Also, they weren’t innocent.

      Let’s look at the facts of the case.

      On April 19, 1989, investment banker Trisha Meili went for a run through Central Park around 9 p.m., whereupon she was attacked by a wolf pack looking for a “white girl,” dragged 100 yards into the woods, stripped, beaten with a pipe and a brick, raped and left for dead.

      By the time the police found Meili, she’d lost three-quarters of her blood. Her case was initially assigned to the homicide unit of the D.A.’s office because none of her doctors thought she would make it through the night.

      Of the 37 youths brought in for questioning about the multiple violent attacks in the park that night, only 10 were charged with a crime and only five for the rape of the jogger: Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise. All five confessed — four on videotape with adult relatives present and one with a parent present, but not on videotape.

      Two unanimous, multicultural juries convicted them, despite aggressive defense lawyers putting on their best case.

      But the media have a different method of judging guilt and innocence. They don’t look at irrelevant factors, such as evidence, but at relevant factors such as the race of the accused and the race of the victim.

      Unfortunately for Meili, she was guilty of being white, while her attackers belonged to the Brahmin caste: “people of color.” So, after waiting an interminable 13 years, the media proclaimed that the five convicts had been “exonerated” by DNA evidence!

      DNA evidence didn’t convict them, so it couldn’t “exonerate” them. This was a gang attack. It was always known that other rapists “got away,” as the prosecutor told the jury, and that none of the defendants’ DNA was found in the jogger’s cervix or on her sock — the only samples that were taken.

      While it blows most people away to find out that none of the suspects’ DNA was found on Meili, this is a sleight of hand. The trick is that we’re looking at it through a modern lens. True, today, these kids’ DNA would have been found all over the crime scene. But in 1989, DNA was a primitive science. Cops wouldn’t have even bothered collecting samples for DNA tests back then.

      The case was solved with other evidence — and there was a lot of it.

      On the drive to the precinct, Raymond Santana blurted out, “I had nothing to do with the rape. All I did was feel the woman’s t*ts.” The cops didn’t even know about a rape yet.

      Yusef Salaam announced to the detective interviewing him, “I was there, but I didn’t rape her.” Even if true, under the law, anyone who participated in the attack on Meili is guilty of her rape.

      Two of Korey Wise’s friends said that when they ran into him on the street the day after the attack, he told them the cops were after him. “You heard about that woman that was beat up and raped in the park last night? That was us!”

      Taken to the scene of the crime by a detective and a prosecutor, he said, “Damn, damn, that’s a lot of blood. … I knew she was bleeding, but I didn’t know how bad she was. It was dark. I couldn’t see how much blood there was at night.”

      Wise also told a detective that someone he thought was named “Rudy” stole the jogger’s Walkman and belt pouch. The jogger was still in a coma. The police did not know yet that a Walkman had been stolen from her.

      Wise told a friend’s sister, Melody Jackson, that he didn’t rape the jogger; he “only held her legs down while Kevin (Richardson) f—ed her.” Jackson volunteered this information to the police, thinking it would help Wise.

      The night of the attack, Richardson told an acquaintance, “We just raped somebody.” The crotch of his underwear was suspiciously stained with semen, grass stains, dirt and debris. Walking near the crime scene with a detective the next day, Richardson said, “This is where we got her … where the raping occurred.”

      Santana and Richardson independently brought investigators to the precise location of the attack on the jogger.

      Recall that, when all these statements were made, no one — not the police, the witnesses, the suspects, or their friends and acquaintances — knew whether Meili would emerge from her coma and be able to identify her attackers.

      Sarah Burns, who co-wrote and co-directed the propaganda film “The Central Park Five” with her father (whose reputation she has now destroyed), waved away the defendants’ confessions — forget all the other evidence — in a 2016 New York Times op-ed, explaining: “The power imbalance in an interrogation room is extreme, especially when the suspects are young teenagers, afraid of the police and unfamiliar with the justice system or their rights.”

      Far from trembling and afraid, as Burns imagines, the suspects were singing the rap song “Wild Thing” for hours in the precinct house, laughing and joking about raping the jogger. One of the attackers said, “It was fun.”

      When a cop told Santana that he should have been out with a girlfriend rather than mugging people in Central Park, Santana responded, “I already got mines,” and laughed with another boy from the park.

      One of the youths arrested that night stated on videotape that he heard Santana and another boy laughing about “how they ‘made a woman bleed.'”

      They sound absolutely terrified!

      In Burns’ defense, she knows so little about that case that she called the prosecutor by the wrong name in her op-ed.

      The actual evidence doesn’t matter. Again, the victim was a privileged white woman (BAD!) and the perpetrators were youths of color (GOOD!). So the media lied and claimed the DNA evidence “exonerated” them.

      This allegation was based on Matias Reyes’ confession to the attack — and his claim that he acted alone. His DNA matched the unidentified DNA on the jogger — proving nothing, other than that he was the one of the others who “got away.” He is also the “Rudy” who stole her Walkman, as Wise said at the time. How did Wise know Reyes — or “Rudy” — had taken a Walkman?

      A cellmate claims Reyes told him that he heard a woman screaming in the park that night and ran to join the fun.

      The “exoneration” comes down to Reyes’ unsubstantiated claim that he acted alone. Years of careful investigation, videotaped confessions, witness statements, assembling evidence, trial by jury and repeated appeals — all that is nothing compared to the word of an upstanding citizen like Reyes, a violent psychopath who sexually assaulted his own mother and raped and murdered a pregnant woman while her children heard the attack through the bedroom door.

      That’s the sum total of the “exoneration”: the word of a psycho.

      Note that Reyes faced absolutely no penalty for his confession — the statute of limitations had run out years earlier. Before he confessed, Reyes had been moved to Korey Wise’s cellblock. He requested a transfer on the grounds that he feared Wise’s gang. All he had to do was confess — with no penalty — and he got his prison transfer!

      Not even this monster’s self-serving “confession” can explain away the five attackers’ other crimes that night — vicious beatings that left one parkgoer unconscious and another permanently injured. These attacks, the “Central Park Five” never disputed, and frequently admitted.

      The SJW’s verdict: Award the criminals $41 million. Trump’s idea: Punish them.

      And you still can’t figure out how he became president.


      • Johnny99
        July 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm #

        Thank you for this. Central Park Five was an awful movie and distorted the truth tremendously.

        Read “white girl bleed a lot” and “don’t make the black kids angry” for the truth .

        The truth that young black males are largely responsible for the violent crime in our major cities and many smaller ones

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 23, 2019 at 3:27 am #

      G is a Globalist Troll.
      No names to the quote – just like CNN’s anonymous sources.

  13. Mr. G
    July 22, 2019 at 6:56 am #

    was my last comment flagged for further review? Is that random? Contained no foul language or personal attacks. Just curious.

    • danvalenti
      July 22, 2019 at 8:09 am #

      MR G
      This was a random situation. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Mr. G
        July 22, 2019 at 10:21 am #

        No inconvenience! I just like looking under the hood and trying to figure out how these things work!

  14. The school committee
    July 22, 2019 at 6:58 am #

    Are you people for real. When you target the very minorities the wealthy republican party fears and knows will be in control of our country in a decade and you block their numbers at the border to slow the future of America trying to keep the european flavor from becoming more American South than you like..Republican wealth needs white people of poverty and ignorance to fight this domestic War on your border creating the very fears that Hitler used to rise in power naming everything on targeted races or religions.Racism is being used by our presidents very effectively on whites to divide the gave nots.The wealthy needs white fear and race to stay in control

    • Ed Check
      July 22, 2019 at 7:09 am #

      Wrong again TSC, the president that was the best hope for moderating this failed. That was President Obama. He did more to fan the flames of racism in this country under his watch than any president in the modern era. He clearly demonstrated that racism is not defined by color but by who is in power. It is not only racism, but really totalitarianism.

      Any BTW, the true racists have always been the Democratic Party leaders. Any factual analysis will show you this. Go do some true research.

      • danvalenti
        July 22, 2019 at 8:07 am #

        Valid points. Thanks.

        • Shakes
          July 22, 2019 at 8:47 am #

          Valid points? No evidence = No validity

      • The school committee
        July 22, 2019 at 9:59 am #

        Obama is a witness to Trumps wealthy worried future of who will run America.The wealthy need to keep America divided and they do it through any means…..they need the non wealthy to keep their power

        • Ed Check
          July 22, 2019 at 11:17 am #

          The elite globalist / socialists are who want to keep America divided. They are the deep state politicians like liberal democrats and many rino republicans like form speaker Ryan, Mitt Romney, etc. I also include the main stream media as their allies.

          They all hate President Trump because he will not follow the agenda of the globalist one world agenda. If not for President Trump, we would all be marching to a globalist one-world system.

          You may despise President Trump because of what the many liars in the media say, like the Berkshire Eagle, and others, but he is the only leader standing between you and the real enemies.

          If you are too blind to see the real enemy, then maybe just go to your local weed establishment, and continue to live in the matrix, because reality is too difficult for you.

  15. Johnny2Shoes
    July 22, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    I just don’t get it. Many of the white voters who voted for Trump in 2016 are called racist for doing so and many of those same voters voted for Obama in two elections which gave him the presidency. So basically some are saying, Your a racist one day and not the next and the group that does the labeling will determine when you are a racist.

  16. The school committee
    July 22, 2019 at 10:00 am #


  17. Johnny Absurd
    July 22, 2019 at 10:16 am #

    What I do appreciate the Trumps for is that they exposed the religious right for the fake Christians they are. Trump has broken all ten commandments and most of them while in office. And yet these so-blind-they-can’t- see “Christians” just make excuses for his behavior. So some good will have come out of his 4 year circus performance and less people will be fooled by the blathering pastors claiming God wanted them to own 5 Lear jets.

    (and yah,
    Trump IS a racist) but he has a lot worse traits

    • Kermit Frog
      July 23, 2019 at 6:14 am #

      I agree. Yup.

      And our politicians get the masses excited about racism or victim hood.

  18. Edward R, Murrow
    July 22, 2019 at 11:49 am #

    “I’m a racist, you’re a racist, wouldn’t you like be a racist too?
    Be a racist, let’s be a racist.”

    Hey, we can market that. Kinda catchy.

    The Left again renders words meaningless. Pure Stalinism.

  19. Norm Fernordner
    July 22, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

  20. The school committee
    July 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    Our right wing goverment led by the rich and powerful president Trump has to live with what he targets for his race baiting, split the majority and have the non powerful non wealthy live his fear.

  21. The school committee
    July 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

    Republican party has always controlled those who are weakest.Trump will test your obedience. As the planet knows journalist are to aggitate power not the poor and the ignorant.Always aggitate who uses hate.Trump is to be aggitate as the most dangerous m acc n alive…..When will media aggitate the Epstien years

    • Voytek Gobsigski
      July 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

      Thank you for your comments oh wise one.

    • Tom Betit
      July 23, 2019 at 5:57 am #

      Wasn’t it the Republicans who freed the slaves?
      Trumps Policies have lowered Minority unemployment to record lows
      Republicans are courting minority and women voters consciously

      Trumps tweet was is a troll
      As the meaning was Lovett or leave it, but don’t complain about it unless you’re trying to fix the problem

      That the squad took the bait, is pretty sad to have such low intelligence politicians

      You seem angry the inevitable Democrat self-destruction is continuing. The Democrats need candidates not hysteria

  22. Drew Z
    July 22, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

    The rich and the media are the only ones benefiting from the political nonsense the last four years.

  23. Aerin
    July 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

    Once again Harrington shows how little she knows about her job. “She was troubled by knowing that discrimination was sometimes a factor, having witnessed a black man held on $5,000 and a white man with a similar offense free for $1,000.” The crime is way down on the list of things considered by the prosecution. In fact, there are 17 factors listed in the statute, such as roots in the community, prior record, record of defaults. Where they are from and how much of a flight risk is far more relevant – for example all those drug dealers from outside the county. Every prosecutor knows this. For the love of God, wake up. This DA shows how little she knows about the basics of the job and the Eagle gives Ruth Bass a column to write about it. It’s sickening.

    • JoePesci
      July 22, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

      Well said Aerin, and well said Truthsayer and James.

      Just read Bass’s puff piece. Sickening is right. And Bass is now toting DA’s massive 6 months of experience. Wow! And to say DA is on call 24/7 and takes charge of major crime scenes??? Are you serious. No crime scene supervisor in his right mind is going to let her take charge of a crime scene. And for Bass to say she is in charge of the courts – another outright lie. The chief administrative judge is in charge of the courts, and theres an entire state bureaucracy for it. DA has nothing to do with running the courts. And Harrington claims jails is traumatizing? Are you fffffing kiddin me? What about the traumatized victims Andrea. You have no idea what its like to be robbed, beat, or raped. You are a disgrace to the office.

      • Fugimoto Hockalugi
        July 22, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

        Ruth’s not lying, she’s just dumb.

    • Acute Angina
      July 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

      Ruth has one too many letters in her last name. Hilton’s work has improved since he passed away though.

      • Acute Angina
        July 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm #

        Milton not Hilton.

    • ProxyDate
      July 22, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

      Ruth Bass can make all these claims from her insulated white privileged, rarified air home in Richmond. She is as going senile up there

  24. The school committee
    July 22, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    In the end the planet believes and support sTrump

    • Ed Check
      July 23, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      Thank goodness. A media source with discernment.

  25. ProxyDate
    July 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm #

    Last one ever: when you find out who is replacing Ford as judgeits gonna be quite a shocker.

    • Johnny99
      July 22, 2019 at 10:14 pm #

      Let’s hope it’s Harrington so we can get a real DA again.

      • ProxyDate
        July 23, 2019 at 4:53 am #

        Oh it’s gonna be even better than that.

        • Drew Z
          July 23, 2019 at 5:42 am #

          Yeah,I heard who it was also,and it is a shocker.And it isn’t Mike M

        • Trump Train
          July 23, 2019 at 7:15 am #

          Tell us, o great one.

    • Spagirl
      July 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      Please don’t say it’s David Capeless

      • Johnny Absurd
        July 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

        Is it Tricia Farley? Cuz she knows pretty much everything ya know.

      • Aerin
        July 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

        Spagirl, What have you done for your community?

        • johnny Absurd
          July 23, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

          Well she probably had nothing to do with the Baran case. And that is a plus.

        • Blare
          July 23, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

          So, you’re saying that David Capeless was a positive force for our community. Are you out of your mind or are you trying to be funny? Capeless was a bully and a coward. He went after people who could not afford decent representation like a maniac, while those who were connected or had strong defense attorneys were treated far less harshly. Horrible to realize that someone like that wielded such power for 15 years. He was an unjust and immoral DA. Thank God he is gone.


          • Aerin
            July 23, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

            He was elected to four terms by like 60% of the vote and ran unopposed several times, but keep up your fantasy. Baran was Ford. Don;t let facts get in your way.

      • Drew Z
        July 23, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

        No,not Cape-less.

  26. The school committee
    July 23, 2019 at 11:17 am #

    Trump was Epstiens great friend.

    • Johnny Absurd
      July 23, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      They both had teenage beauty pageants. Why would a real estate mogul need a teenage beauty pageant? He bragged that he could walk right into their dressing room cuz it was his pageant.

      Nothing creepy about that if you are Donald Trump. Have you ever seen the pics of teenage Ivanka sitting on his lap? Just google it. You can tell he really loves his daughter.

    • Hung Wang
      July 23, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      Democrat party confuse Wang. They give fine if you no buy O’Bama care but they want to give free health insurance to illegal people. It no make sense. I think i go down to Sim’s and find fat chick and forget about democrat nuts.

      • danvalenti
        July 23, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

        Your English is improving. We’re all proud of you.

    • Hung Wang
      July 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      Epstein give many Yen to Bill Clinton. Bill fly to on Epstein plane very many time. You no think that Clinton play hanky panky with young girl? You very sugosi in head.

    • Trump Train
      July 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

      Another TSC lie, get your facts straight. Don’t believe MSM lies.

  27. The school committee
    July 23, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

    Donald Trump and Epstien were wealthy powerful pervs in the 80s and 90s in New York and Neighbors in Florida….Fake News

  28. Mad Trapper
    July 23, 2019 at 8:16 pm #

    Omar should be sent back to Somalia, after she is thrown out of Congress!!!

    Dear Chairman Skaggs,

    Judicial Watch is a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation, promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in government and fidelity to the rule of law. We regularly monitor congressional ethics issues as part of our anti-corruption mission.

    This letter serves as an official complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).

    Substantial, compelling and, to date, unrefuted evidence has been uncovered that Rep. Ilhan Omar may have committed the following crimes in violation of both federal law and Minnesota state law: perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud.

    Such violations would also breach the Code of Ethics for Government Service, to which all federal officeholders are subject, “Any person in Government service should uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.”) Rep. Omar actions in this suspected immigration fraud, marriage fraud, perjurious statements on her Minnesota divorce filings, and falsifications on her tax returns, merit your immediate investigation.

    The watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a House Ethics complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., calling for a congressional investigation of allegations she married her brother in an immigration-fraud scheme.

    As WND reported, investigative reporter David Steinberg and others have published over the past three years substantial evidence that Omar married her brother to defraud U.S. immigration and perjured herself eight times in her divorce statement. In addition, a Minnesota state agency last month fined her for filing joint tax returns with a man who was not her husband while legally married to a man who appears to be her brother.

    “The evidence is overwhelming Rep. Omar may have violated the law and House rules,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The House of Representatives must urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Omar.”

    Fitton encouraged Americans “to share their views on Rep. Omar’s apparent misconduct with their congressmen.”

    The complaint calls on the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch an immediate investigation into Omar’s conduct.

    • danvalenti
      July 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

      Serious stuff, it would appear. Let’s see how far the House looks into this.

      • Mad Trapper
        July 24, 2019 at 12:49 am #

        Dan, even more serious is is her name is NOT “Omar”. She fraudulently entered the USA initially when seeking asylum.

        “The preceding information was given to me by multiple sources within the Minneapolis Somali community. The verifiable evidence corroborating their information follows below:

        In 1995, Ilhan entered the United States as a fraudulent member of the “Omar” family.

        That is not her family. The Omar family is a second, unrelated family which was being granted asylum by the United States. The Omars allowed Ilhan, her genetic sister Sahra, and her genetic father Nur Said to use false names to apply for asylum as members of the Omar family.

        Ilhan’s genetic family split up at this time. The above three received asylum in the United States, while Ilhan’s three other siblings — using their real names — managed to get asylum in the United Kingdom.

        Ilhan Abdullahi Omar’s name, before applying for asylum, was Ilhan Nur Said Elmi.

        Her father’s name before applying for asylum was Nur Said Elmi Mohamed. Her sister Sahra Noor’s name before applying for asylum was Sahra Nur Said Elmi. Her three siblings who were granted asylum by the United Kingdom are Leila Nur Said Elmi, Mohamed Nur Said Elmi, and Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.

        Ilhan and Ahmed married in 2009, presumably to benefit in some way from a fraudulent marriage. They did not divorce until 2017. ”

        • danvalenti
          July 24, 2019 at 11:20 am #

          It’s enlightening how the Mainstream Media won’t touch this story. In the “old days,” it would have been buried, unless Jack Anderson, I.F. Stone, or H.L. Mencken dug it out. This makes the case for cyber-journalism.

      • Shakes
        July 24, 2019 at 4:45 am #

        The OCE is not the appropriate authority to investigate this. JW knows this, you should know this, and I’m embarrassed for your ignorance.

        • Trump Train
          July 24, 2019 at 6:37 am #

          Judicial Watch is a great organization. I am sure they also sent complaints to both federal and state attorneys general as well.

          The voters in Minnesota need to wake up and recall this fraudster.

        • Mad Trapper
          July 24, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

          If AG Barr would do his job, Rep “Omar” would be in shackles waiting to go back to Somalia, where she belongs.

        • Mad Trapper
          July 24, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

          Are you embarASSED that we have a federal felon in congress?