(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 10, 2019) — If you’re a woman and you’ve just got a book published, you might think — as did E. Jean Carroll — that the best way to get some cheapo publicity is to accuse the President of the United States of an alleged decades-old sexual assault. Experience, however “#me too” might babble otherwise, suggests the tactic doesn’t work. And in these lazy, crazy, hazy days of another blessed slow summer, when the periphery dominates the political debate at the expense of the Significant, why not take on the peripheral? No, not the budding Epstein case. Rather —

— Come on down, E. Jean Carroll.

The name reminds THE PLANET of J. Alfred Prufrock. We remember what a lit prof told us almost 50 years ago. The affectation of an initial for your Christian name combined with a spelled out middle and surname indicates weakness and self-doubt, a vain attempt to artificially pump up one’s self worth. The insight applies brilliantly to Eliot’s Prufrock, a man in an existential life crisis who can’t decide on much, not even how he should wear the cuffs of his pants … a man who “measures [his] life in coffee spoons.”

We can’t say as much about E. Jean Carroll, though. We only know she’s the advice columnist for Elle magazine, the kind of woman who an expert on everyone else’s problems but she herself is a mess. You know the type. God save us from “experts.”

We also know is that she has a book to sell, which makes the timing of her claims just a tad suspicious.  She waited almost 30 years until now?

There has been a Congress of women who have accused Trump of being “that guy,” but nothing sticks to him. Forget Reagan. Trump’s the all-time Teflon Prez. E. Jean Carroll’s claim sank to the bottom of the Dead Sea. She’s just not believable. Even Nancy Pelosi said of the woman’s accusation: “I haven’t spent any time on that. I don’t know what Congress’ role would be in this.” You go, girl!

Two friends of E. Jean Carroll came out recently in a show of “support.” Carol Martin, ex news anchor for WCBS-TV, said she advised her friend, “Don’t tell anybody.” Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook, said E. Jean Carroll called her immediately after the alleged incident. She said E. Jean Carroll was “breathless and laughing.” Birnbach said she laughed right along. Sounds like a real gut-wrench, eh?

You know what they say: With friends like that …

E. Jean Carroll claims she was shopping with Trump when he pushed her against a department store wall, unzipped, and tried to force himself on her. She said she “may have … hit him with my purse; I don’t know.” From there, the story falls apart, and when the lady went on yet another TV tabloid interview, she called rape a sexual thing, something women secretly crave.

Trump said E. Jean Carroll is “totally lying. Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened.”

Let us go then, you and I, / When the evening is spread out against the sky / Like a patient etherised upon a table.

We couldn’t have written it better, Thomas, “muttering retreats” and all. Now, about Epstein …


Talking with a child is like talking with yourself — yourself before you forget to notice things” — Anna Quindlen.



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  1. Jonathan Melle
    July 9, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

    Trump has been married 3 times, and he openly cheated on all three of his wives. He paid Stormy Daniels and a Playboy Bunny to stay quiet about his love affairs with them, while he sat with Bill Clinton’s accusers prior to one of the debates against Hillary Clinton. He even said he likes to grab women by their [meow].

    But according to Dan Valenti, the many women accusers are off base. To me, Donald Trump ranks right up their with Bill Clinton! Moreover, Trump is even worse than Bill Clinton because he is a total moral hypocrite!

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Mad Trapper
      July 9, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

      But did he RAPE women and UNDERAGE girls like Willy Clinton?

      • Truthsayer
        July 10, 2019 at 3:40 am #

        As the facts come out in his “great guy” Epstein’s case, we’ll find out if Donnie has had sex with underage girls, won’t we.

        Trump should observe the sage advice given to my son by my late father on prom night: “Keep your pecker in your pants!”

        Seems Trump thinks his is a divining rod…

        • Mr. Fritz
          July 10, 2019 at 7:42 am #

          Hey Fakesayer,
          Got any facts to back up your claims about Trump?
          Of course you don’t. Just the usual fake crap that you, Melle & Doomie like to sling.

          • Truthsayer
            July 10, 2019 at 8:23 am #

            And Trump’s cheating on all three of his wives, paying off porn stars, and all the women who have accused him with cases still in the courts, yeh, they’re all liars. It would seem that all you Trumpites peaked in 8th grade, and your IQs still haven’t gone past double digits.

            Yep, Trump is salt of the earth!

          • Truthsayer
            July 10, 2019 at 11:52 am #

            Defending President Bone Spur? A man who doesn’t pay his contractors, hires illegals, and actively cheated to win the same way he cheats at golf. A truly moral and upstanding man of character, this Trump. Would you back your kids if they behaved like him?

    • Mad Trapper
      July 9, 2019 at 9:15 pm #

      But Willie has an excuse, because no male human would have sex with the H-Beast!

      Besides she had a Huma.

    • Still wondering
      July 10, 2019 at 7:03 am #

      Whereas you, have never managed to have a girlfriend.

    • Tom Betit
      July 10, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      Being a victim of the good old boy network you really should understand the powers that be narcissistic and sociopathic as they are attempt to control the narrative. We now live in Wild West. Ruled by Pedophiles

      • Jonathan Melle
        July 10, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

        Thank you for acknowledging that I am a victim of Pittsfield politics Good Old Boy network. All these years later, not one hurtful person had the decency to apologize to me. But, what am I supposed to do about it other than complain. I no longer live in the Pittsfield area. My family relocated to Southern NH during the Fall of 2003. I followed them in the early-Spring of 2004.

        I have followed Pittsfield politics on web-sites from my new home in NH. Basically, the same group of Good Old Boys have pulled the same crap on local people that they pulled on me and my family. The Good Old Boys rule by fear and intimidation. If someone wants to participate in their government, the Good Old Boys retaliates against them on many insidious levels.

        Pittsfield has serious problems, including decades of population and job loss, a shrinking tax base, high taxes and public debts, 21 years of PEDA failures, and an underperforming public school system with over 650 students per academic choicing out to other school districts.

        In closing, Pittsfield politics has not changed at all over the years since I moved away. In fact, things went from bad to worse!

        – Jonathan Melle

        • Brian C. Marquis
          July 11, 2019 at 4:43 am #

          Get over yourself, already.

          I’ve felt the brunt of their ugly politics and recovered nicely.

          At some point in your life, Jonathan, you need to take control of your psyche. If you can’t seem to – you might consider psychoanalysis or another form of psychological treatment. Try redirecting your thoughts into the here & now.

          By your earlier admissions, you no longer live in Pittsfield?. Just a wild guess, but living life outside Pittsfield might be a healthy dose of coping with past trama!!

          Also, try coming to terms with the fact that you permitted certain people to drive out; that could be the core of all your insecurities and ego bruising.

          Butch up, please!!

          And while you’re at it . . .

          Seriously, get over it, already!!!

  2. doomiedodger
    July 9, 2019 at 11:57 pm #

    Poor misunderstood Donald. Everybody be picking on the poor guy. Almost brings me to tears.

  3. Mad Trapper
    July 10, 2019 at 4:49 am #

    Where is the leftist/liberal/socialst news on Slick Willie Clintoon, concerning his raping teeage girls with Epstein?

    The H-Beast was on Lolita Express too. Was she there to “clean the carpets”?

    • Mr. G
      July 10, 2019 at 5:34 am #

      You sure you wanna jump on that Mad? It looks right now like both Willie and your boy Don Don were both real busy diddling u derage girls with this monster. They should both be in jail then. Just cuz Clinton allegedly did it doesn’t make it any less disgusting for Donnie boy to have allegedly done likewise.

      • ProxyDate
        July 10, 2019 at 6:01 am #

        Nope, not even close. Trump is going to come out smelling like a rose on this.
        He banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago because he assaulted a girl there. The girl sadly didn’t press charges and eventually ended up being one of Epstein’s slave recruiters.

        Trump didn’t like Epstein because he was another alpha dog.
        Not once in the dozens of accusations from women has trump ever been accused of fooling around with minors.

        • Thomas More
          July 10, 2019 at 7:47 am #

          Donald Trump will never smell like a rose.

          • Mad Trapper
            July 10, 2019 at 11:45 am #

            But he’ll never stank as bad as a Clinton

      • Mad Trapper
        July 10, 2019 at 11:02 am #

        Don was the ONLY one to come clean and forward

      • Mad Trapper
        July 10, 2019 at 11:31 am #

        Slick Willie and his witch should have been in prison many years ago.

        The fact that the DNC fixed the 2016 primary is a disgrace. And the democrats are still saying Trump fixed the election.

        Well election was fixed, by the DNC, Clinton, Wasserman. They then tried, and failed to smear Trump.

        I don’t believe Trump is the best our nation has to offer, but much better than any Clinton, including little Cheesy.

  4. ProxyDate
    July 10, 2019 at 7:00 am #

    It is alleged that that escaped POS convict, child molester, drug addict is being aided by his family.

    • ProxyDate
      July 10, 2019 at 7:02 am #

      Police sources indicate that there’s no way he could have disappeared that fast without help.
      They have video evidence of him near a car. In looking further, the car seemed to have circled the lot several times and moved towards him and picked him up.

  5. Mad Trapper
    July 10, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    More Demoncratic smear peddled as “news”

    • Pat
      July 10, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      So terrible and this isn’t the first time the media has done this. Do they think they can get away with this because the public is so stupid?

  6. The school committee
    July 10, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    Dan you are smarter than this.Just look to your local parish Catholic Church and the victims of priest abuse knew where power was. Priest victims would not say a word because even their parents would not believe them .This is one area where many Trump supporters the was when America was great .It had many victims when we were freat women blacks and children as drunk Dad beat the crap out of his wife and children….nobody said a word Dan when America was great

  7. Tom Betit
    July 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm #


    • Tom Betit
      July 13, 2019 at 12:19 am #

      Did young chandler and guard have previous history?
      Something doesn’t add up,rumor is sex offender story is high school girlfriends folks caught them. Pressed charges as he was 16& girl was 15. Took plea and it was prior to registration. Who was his lawyer?

      Could of happened to 50% of population. For that he is stigmatized? Ruining a once aspiring athlete, if he had been a football player or hockey player at Williams college it would’ve been covered up.
      I can kinda understand his frustration. If the facts are correct.

  8. Pat
    July 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

    I agree that a prisoner so dangerous should have had 2 guards at least. Escape attempts usually happen when they are away from the prison. He even escaped in the past from police so had a history of doing this. Warning flags all over the place on this, but they were ignored.

    • Tom Betit
      July 13, 2019 at 12:28 am #

      Almost like they wanted him to escape !
      Now he is in for 90-120 days
      Another frame up by district Attorneys office ?
      Seems every case they bring has been dismissed due to Falsified evidence or perjured testimony

      Ms Harrington needs to clean house and start fresh
      The detectives came with office, and should have been replaced also.they covered up a lot of criminal activity, then frame innocent victims to intimidate, vilify and silence them.
      My guess is Mr. Chandler has a story to tell.

  9. The school committee
    July 10, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    I’m guessing Tyer is going to vote for Mayor Mazzeo.All departments put in under funded budgets so that the schools get what they want and we bail the rest of it out in free cash.The highway budget needs to be 10% over.Highway is off by 2 million and military veterans are getting screwed paying incompetent City Council budgets

  10. The school committee
    July 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    By all accounts the Taconic fancy building is in ruins. School committee does not know what is going on.Taconic facility is the biggest cover-up in Pittsfield right now.If the Berkshire Eagle wants to sell papers this is what they need to investigate.People are uninformed and if the Eagle could inform people would read.

    • Mr. G
      July 10, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

      How so TSC? Report!

      • danvalenti
        July 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

        Yes. THE PLANET would love details and specifics.

    • ProxyDate
      July 11, 2019 at 10:10 am #

      TSC are you referencing the missing $2.1 million in fake change orders? Change orders that were never actually done/completed but yet were paid for as part of an alleged kickback scheme?

  11. The school committee
    July 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

    If you want to know what’s going on at Herberg School that costi g us an extra 1 million just read on Social media about overdoses ,missing 13 year old boys and girls,jail escapees and incompetence….Im not voting Tyer and cant wait for Mazzeo and if she can’t consolidate I will vote for the nest warm body.

    • Already Tyred
      July 10, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

      Tyer is dumber than Charlie Smith.

  12. ProxyDate
    July 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    Since the Berkshire Eagle doesn’t follow up on anything wondering if anyone has info on the following stories:

    Cop who’s daughter tried to kill herself with his duty gun?
    Cops who drove drunk and beat up some guy in his driveway?
    Investigation into the Mayor and Kerwood and a missing $2.1 million in funds.
    Murder in Sheffield, DA Harrington said a final report was forthcoming prior to her jaunt to Europe?
    Report about the murder in the apartments off dalton Ave?
    Reports that the Beacon is planning on closing

    • ProxyDate
      July 10, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

      Another story entirely missed by the Berkshire Eagle. They sent one of their “investigative reporters” off to parts unknown to interview cities with closed malls. They still haven’t figured out what the money game is. There’s a reason they are letting these malls go to waste and then dumping money into them via shell companies.

      • danvalenti
        July 10, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

        One scenario we heard about these ghost malls is similar to the one mentioned by PROXY. Shell companies are buying them as a place to launder money. Scheme is a good one, but not perfect. Company ShellA buys the Broken Arrow Mall, which is near derelict. The Town of Broken Arrow is happy, because ShellA pays taxes (though not on the full rate; this after previous owner’s default is forgiven by the township or municipality). ShellA Inc. loves it because it has a place to run through the illicit dough it is getting from its black ops (gambling, drugs, prostitution nd so forth). It also gets rent from the few companies still in the mall. That becomes walking around money. If the township does not forgive the tax debt, often ShellA will pay it, because it will be peanuts compared to the laundered dough. These companies also employ high-powered law firms to scare away auditors.

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

      What about the motorcycle/ car collision last week that killed the motorcyclist – were any charges filed against the driver of the car?

  13. Mad Trapper
    July 10, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

    Pot calling the kettle black.

    Kamala Harris ancestors owned slaves in Jamacia.

    Think she’ll be willing to ante up “reparations” she cackles about?

  14. Joe Q.Blow
    July 10, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

    This woman has a cat name Miss Vagina T. Fireball and her outrageous statement on Anderson Cooper’s show are just the tipof her crazy spear. Our Defamation,Libel and Slander laws are a joke

    “Bad fellows have done bad things to your advice columnist,” E. Jean Carroll writes early on in What Do We … in a Prius named Miss Bingley, she leaves behind her cat, Vagina T. Fireball


    Anderson Cooper cuts to commercial after Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll calls rape ‘sexy’


  15. ProxyDate
    July 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

    One secret to Epstein’s success might have been an insurance policy he took out just in case the privileged left ever considered revoking his membership in their justice-suspension club: videos. ZeroHedge reports that Epstein wired his mansion with hidden cameras and secretly recorded orgies involving high-profile friends with underage girls and that he’s saved these recordings for blackmail.”
    Epstein kept a book of contacts of some of the most famous elites. Mixed in with the names of accomplices are famous actors, lawyers, and big politicians.
    One of those names, Bill Clinton, took repeated (26) trips on Epstein’s private passenger jet, nicknamed by Virgin Island locals as the “Lolita Express” because it was known to ferry Epstein and his powerful friends to sexually exploit children on a 78-acre retreat. The U.S. Secret Service has resisted multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for records of Clinton receiving taxpayer-funded protection while on these jaunts.

  16. The school committee
    July 10, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

    Trumps friend Epstien is involved in blackmail

  17. danvalenti
    July 10, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

    Well, POTUS said she was lying. You may or may not accept his word, which is your right, but he DID comment.

    • Tom Betit
      July 13, 2019 at 11:10 am #

      Seems “the Ellen Rometsch Strategy.” As dubbed When Physical evidence was used to black mail Jerry ford to control Warren commission findings. Is still in practice today.

      Later ms Lewinsky was smeared as a bimbo
      Still got paid very well for services provided.
      As she had the proof.

      Trump by this time had probably been blackmailed 100 times.
      Probably has a release he says prior to festivities.

      Just another form of Prostitution if practiced between consenting adults. But pedophiles narcissist and sociopaths don’t get their power fix, of causing the abuse and control.

      Which the Donald doesn’t seem to be searching for a power trip as much as a good time.

  18. Johnny Absurd
    July 11, 2019 at 2:15 am #

    Where are all the lawn signs? Is there an election coming or not? Is Mazzeo hedging her bets?

    Don’t matter I guess. We are screwed with either elitist woman mayoral candidate who will take care of the rich and famous at the expense of the less fortunate blue collar peon types.

    Sure wish all those who have left Pittsfield in the last five years would chime in here and give their reasons why. also if they have any regrets.

  19. The school committee
    July 11, 2019 at 4:31 am #

    Why is the same southern New York court pressing charges on Epstien at this time.I would say there is a likelihood that information in the Trump investigations that much has turned up.New York Florida New York Florida New York Florida New York Florida…what is logical about New York Florida

    • ProxyDate
      July 11, 2019 at 5:39 am #

      In case you are unaware. NYC and Florida are popular destinations for the rich and famous.
      So much so there’s a winter and summer polo season, same with baseball, training camps for most major league sports are in FL.
      It’s almost like people go south in the winter for warmer weather.
      It has nothing to do with Trump.

      • Johnny Absurd
        July 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

        I guess that proves Trump is innocent. What more proof do you need TSC?

  20. The school committee
    July 11, 2019 at 4:38 am #

    The uninterested City Council needs to have invite the Building department in to discuss the problems with our 121 million fancy school….built too small to consolidate,vocational is still not on line.Wahconah should learn from us…Build a big audutorium,Gym,and cafeteria. Build normal new classrooms for teaching the rectangle classroom does not need to be reinvented.Use vinyl tile everywhere and never ever put a rug in a public school building as you might as well install mold

  21. doomiedodger
    July 11, 2019 at 6:06 am #

    I think the mayor is finding out that if you squander large sums of taxpayer money on special interest projects you may not have enough to do the important necessary things.

    Does Clapp park really need to be reinvented every other year? Was it really wise to turn over Waconah park to special interests?
    Did the Senior Center really need a new marquee? Did Tyler street really need a total do over while money was tight after building a new school and water treatment facilities? (while roads are falling apart)

    And shouldn’t we be revisiting all the tax breaks being given to the millionaire business donor class? The greedy are killing it for regular people who are giving up basic needs to subsidize the wealthy in Pittsfield. (by the way has the mayor or any mayoral candidates released the list of business owners getting these lucrative tax breaks or is the mayor still keeping that info under tight security?)

    • danvalenti
      July 11, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

      Excellent questions, DOOMIE.

  22. The school committee
    July 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    we are witnessing a man named Trump take over our form of goverment before Latinos become the majority.The think tanks have been warning in secret about the numbers .This is the reason you live Trump and are allowing him to become the dictator

    • G. Berish
      July 11, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

      The gibberish king has spoken.

      • Johnny Absurd
        July 11, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

        You are right about Trump. He talks in circles and flip flops on a daily basis. Never know what the hell he is trying to say. He is a horrible communicator for sure. Glad I am not the only one who feels that way.

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          July 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

          Take heart many suffer from your condition.