(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 8, 2019) — That was some last week in June for the Prez. Not even THE PLANET had it as good.

You can already start talking about a legacy for President Donald Trump. Talk about a winning week. First, 20 of the 24 Democrats trying to secure their party’s nomination practically gifted Trump a second term with their universal embrace of 100% health insurance for illegals. Second, Trump that week reached agreements at the G-20 meeting in Japan with China’s Xi Jin-Ping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Third, he became the first U.S. President to set foot in North Korea. Even Obama’s people called it historic.

The North Korean odyssey is simply unprecedented. Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to restart negotiations, and tensions on the peninsula have been lowered past the boiling point. Yes, the water’s again safe to drink — hot, yes, but safe.

“We want to bring to an end our unpleasant past and bring in a new future,” Kim said, sounding positively statesmanlike. He called Trump’s visit a “very courageous and determined act. This handshake of peace itself serves to demonstrate that today is different than yesterday.” Kim said he hoped the president’s visit “can be the foundation for better things.”

South Korean president Moon Jae-in said, “I hope through today’s meeting the peace process for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and establishment of permanent peace has overcome a big hurdle. It can give a big hope to the world and the 80 million people of North and South Korea.”

Trump said, “This was a great day, a legendary and historic day.”

That it was.

The president had sent Kim a personal letter two weeks ago. The contents weren’t revealed (aside: Did it open “Dear Kimmie?”), but Kim’s reaction indicated the letter was about the meeting, a kind of, “Let’s shock the world.” Of course, Trump played it differently and far more amusingly. He told reporters that the thought of the visit came to him in a flash during one of the breaks at the G-20: “Yesterday, I was thinking, ‘I am here. Let’s see whether we can say hello to Kim I put the word out, and he said ‘OK,’ he wanted to do it, and so did I.”

Right. Like the way we used to call up Eric McGregor in the morning and say, “Mac, want to meet me at Fenway today?” There’s no way the meeting happened out of the blue. The logistics had to be worked out well before hand. That takes nothing away from Trump’s achievement, however. In fact, it enhances the accomplishment. Trump has an entirely different approach to foreign policy and diplomacy, one that eschews formality and protocol. Only he could have pulled this off. His unorthodox approach gets results, and he has made more progress on Korea than every president since Truman, combined.

For Donald Trump, the last week of June Was The Week That Was.

Oh, and incidentally, as of the first week in July, Trump’s approval rating has never been higher.


Winning slowly is just another way of losing” — Bill McKibbean.



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  1. GMHeller
    July 7, 2019 at 11:07 pm #

    I’m told that CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS refused to show much video of the massive crowds attending Trump’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial on the 4th of July. A rain-drenched group of four of us arrived around 4PM near the northwest corner of the reflecting pool. By the time Donald began speaking more than two hours later, the sea of humanity of which we were a water-logged part stretched all the way back to the Washington Monument 7/10 of a mile away, crowding that distant elevated base. It was truly an amazing number of folks in attendance, which easily could have amounted to a million or more.

    • Pat
      July 8, 2019 at 4:16 am #

      The crowd was massive, and the liberal media didn’t care. Once again, it shows the huge disconnect between the people of this country and this far left media.

      • Still wondering
        July 8, 2019 at 5:34 am #


  2. doomiedodger
    July 8, 2019 at 2:01 am #

    It may have been a great week for Trump but not so much for the innocent children he is allowing to stay caged in camps. Seriously, who the hell does this sort of thing?
    The answer is, psychopathic monsters. That is who does that sort of thing.

    And so Trump stepped into North Korea? So what? Are there less missiles? Is Kim still in power? Have any treaties been signed? Has anything actually changed outside of dubious symbolism?

    • Tom Betit
      July 8, 2019 at 3:22 am #

      Obama’s administration built the cages, the Democrats refused to vote on Humanitarian aid. Boycotting Wayfare for providing beds
      Just keep ignoring the pesky fax, And continue the rhetoric

      Even President Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago stated “you know what the difference between a liberal and a cannibal is? Candles only eat their enemies”
      The world even sees the fact trump is revolutionizing politics
      With the power of the purse.

      Johnson decided not to run for reelection as a Democrat party was so dysfunctional and fractured just like it is today.
      Leaving America with Nixon:(

      You should get used to President trump,you may see one of his sons or daughters run in2024.

    • Spagirl
      July 8, 2019 at 3:31 am #

      No one of normal mind, heart, and soul. With a love for their Country and people.

    • Pat
      July 8, 2019 at 4:06 am #

      Obama did the cages and you all thought it was just fine. Remember that the pictures the media showed of children in cages was from the Obama era, a big whoops on the part of the media, but everyone who has visited the border recently, except for some Dems who are making things up, says that CONSIDERING that the border was never meant for an influx of this many people, the conditions are fine.

      Offering free healthcare for life and other freebies are causing these people to come here in record numbers especially if they bring children which is further incentive.

      • doomiedodger
        July 8, 2019 at 4:33 am #

        Pat, for Gods sake, Obama is NO LONGER president. If your best defense of Trump is that Obama and Hillary were not perfect it is pretty weak. Can we deal with todays issues for now?

        • Pat
          July 8, 2019 at 4:40 am #

          The current issue is that as long as the Dems show no interest in stopping the flow of illegal immigrants at the border, they have no right to complain about the conditions. They know the border was NEVER meant to handle this many people. It’s amazing there aren’t more tragedies with this many people entering the country at one time. The Dems want people to be allowed to just walk in the country. That would mean we have no borders.

          • The school committee
            July 8, 2019 at 7:03 am #

            Border security is and has been bipartisan, where do you live?Turn the channel.

          • danvalenti
            July 8, 2019 at 9:12 am #

            There is NO good answer when that many people amass at a nation’s borders. If we agree that borders — those artificially defined delimiters on what is actually free and open land — are necessary to nationhood, then we must also agree on border integrity. The countries from which the people are fleeing are nightmares. That good people would want out is understandable. Problem is, how do potential host countries handle numbers that are so great? And how does the host separate the legitimate from the bad actors. The promise of 100% free health insurance, drivers’ licenses, and other bennies to illegal aliens is surely drawing a lot of scammers. Good people want to be open, loving, and compassionate, but the numbers, the politics, the ethics, the native issues, and so many other factors prevent anything close to a just solution. The ultimate best response is that people stay in their own country and begin the painful steps at reform. Each must straighten out their respective houses. In the case of the southern influx (Mexico and Central America), the illegal drug business has caused almost all of it. Might things be much better if the U.S. were to make ALL drugs legal and take away the filthily lucrative drug trade of the cartels — the cartels that “buy” governments and police in those sunny countries?

        • Tom Betit
          July 13, 2019 at 5:27 am #

          Trump has been attempting to fix The crisis at the southern border, to which uniformly the Democrats claimed was nothing more than a manufactured crisis hoax.
          Which was happening prior to trumps election, that he is trying to take steps to humanely return the illegal aliens to their country quicker will alleviate the problem. Best case scenario is people will apply for citizenship from their home country, not attempting to subvert the system.
          Which is unfair to those who follow the rules, and undoubtably will make better citizens

  3. Mr. G
    July 8, 2019 at 5:07 am #

    What agreements did Trump reach with China and Russia? Xi Jin Ping and he agreed to talk, which I guess is an agreement of sorts, and he cracked wise with Putin about election meddling and getting rid of journalists. Good for him stepping in to North Korea, he continues to be solicitous toady to that brutal dictator and give him the attention he craves.

    • Non Essere Uno Stronzo
      July 8, 2019 at 6:44 am #

      To all the Trump haters…….Non Essere Uno Stronzo.

    • danvalenti
      July 8, 2019 at 9:30 am #

      MR G
      At the G-20, Trump and Xi reached agreements on the resumption of trade talks. Analysts with more of the inside dope say they expect the two countries to reach an agreement to end the trade war by the end of summer. That’s good news, if it happens. As you recall, we were against Trump’s actions on trade. With Russia, “important verbal agreements” (Russia’s phrase) were reached on national security issues, resumption of START and INF talks (nukes), and cooperation in Syria. And yes, I know Looie B. Mayer’s pronouncement on verbal agreements “not worth the paper they’re printed on.” Nonetheless, by all measures, Trump and Putin talked in accord. Face-to-face sit downs and communication are INVALUABLE in conflict resolution. This is what the surprise meeting with Kim was all about. Like it or not, North Korea has a formidable military capability. Trump’s unusual approach to the DPRK seems to be working. Kim is not his old man or his grandfather. He was educated in Switzerland, is infatuated with things U.S. (food, cars, basketball, booze, smokes), and he realizes his survival depends on cooperation rather than confrontation. He is the first leader there to come to that harshly soft (or softly harsh) conclusion. Trump has made more progress with the rogue nation than all efforts combined since Yalta.

      • Mr. G
        July 8, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

        Your last statement is correct. I do not, however, recall seeing any reports of agreement on START talks. I hope they did. That’s a big one. As far as cooperation in Syria, that is puzzling considering at this point we are essentially fighting on opposite sides. Thanks Dan.

        • danvalenti
          July 8, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

          “Insiders” familiar with the private talks said both men agreed to commit to a new START negotiation. As for Syria, cooperation seems to indicate that the two sides will find common ground. Let’s hope they put an end to the deadly nonsense there. Thank YOU, MR. G.

  4. The school committee
    July 8, 2019 at 7:05 am #

    Of course the real question is with all the American citizens Trump publicly hates white people love him more.

    • Mad Trapper
      July 8, 2019 at 7:28 am #

      TSC, maybe Dan could help you with English composition skills?

      Playing the race card is getting old too.

      I’m sorry the democrats/socialists care more about criminal aliens, white, black, and brown, than American citizens, of the same races/colors.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        July 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

        If Trump said air was good TSC would put a plastic bag over his head.

      • The school committee
        July 8, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

        Are in Spellings house sold for 120 million and you folks are waiting on Trump to help your middle class healthcare with cheaper and better last July it would be delivered…lemmings got Trump

        • Mad Trapper
          July 8, 2019 at 5:11 pm #

          I think your response sums it up.

          I can’t teach an idiot.

          Maybe Dan is more gifted?

        • Mad Trapper
          July 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

          Translate from idiot gibbersh?????

          Got a clue to English language ?

          Maybe that is why YOU LOVE, Criminal aliens so much!!!


  5. Mad Trapper
    July 8, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    Just wondering?

    Why won’t the democrats/socialists let the immigration laws, already on the books, be enforced?

    There is 1 MILLION criminals that have been through the courts, and told to leave. Why are they not deported? Many have been deported thrice and/or are felons.

    Then there is sanctuary cites/counties/states. That is a FEDERAL FELONY!!! Those politicians should be jailed, and a FELONY conviction so they can’t be in our government again.

    Same with those hiring criminal aliens.

    Why do all these 20+ Democrat candidates, for POTUS, love these criminals, domestic and foreign , more than American citizens?

    Why should I pay for their :health care, food, housing, drivers licenses?

    Why have a census, if we can’t tell if we are counting criminals, who will boost Federal Aid to places that harbor them?

  6. Jonathan Melle
    July 8, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    I like it when Dan Valenti writes about Pittsfield politics more than when he writes about Donald Trump. I hope Dan Valenti interviews all of the candidates for Pittsfield City Hall this Fall of 2019.

    I believe the 2020 presidential election will be very close, within the margin of error of 3 to 4 percent. Trump will win all of the red states, while the Democrat candidate will win all of the blue states. The purple states will decide who wins the White House.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Johnny2Shoes
      July 9, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      I wouldn’t bet against Dan not researching and covering the upcoming local elections. He won’t let the candidates skate that easy without some coverage that we won’t get from our local media that is substantial and meaningful.

  7. Mad Trapper
    July 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    Is Slick Willie, H-Beast, Huma, and Wiener, going to prison with Epstein?

    They Prosecuter already said Trump in 2009 was the ONLY one who was forthcoming with evidence about Epstein. Where was Willie Clinton and Hiledbaest?

  8. The school committee
    July 8, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

    Tyer is afraid to ask highway to pick up broken pieces of curbing which litter the city from plowing last february.Your raising taxes so high and only the schools get your cash…please ask parks and all city vehicles to stop and get broken curbing……its almost August mayor

  9. Spagirl
    July 8, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

    Dan Valenti
    Your response all the way above…. there is NO good answer… is absolute, and clearly defined. Thankyou and I agree.

    • danvalenti
      July 8, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

      Thanks, SPA. It’s like the circus has left town, and there’s nothing left to do but deal with the dung heap. At this point in the mess, people need to realize that every option is a bad one.

      • Pat
        July 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

        The far left has organizations intentionally bringing illegal immigrants into the country. This was planned by key people on the far left and is not just poor people wanting to come here. They want to spread chaos and divide the American people on this issue.

  10. X-Lachs Lounge
    July 8, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    Did they capture the prisoner who escaped this afternoon?

  11. The school committee
    July 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

    Tyer please ask all city Trucks to stop and throw the asphalt broken pieces in their trucks…thought we bought a machine to fix curbing the plows break….Mayor Mazzeo is a lock…shes 5 to 1 in Vegas

  12. ProxyDate
    July 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

    Bill Clinton just issued a statement about Epstein. Epstein is offering up Clinton, Spitzer, Dershowitz, and a bunch of others.
    Peloton has actually been informed at the request of Trump as to some of the details of the ongoing investigation.
    Trump is actually acting like a statesmen on this one.
    Wiener is gonna end up in prison again.

    • Thomas More
      July 9, 2019 at 4:53 am #

      Proxy – Did your sources tell you that?

    • The school committee
      July 9, 2019 at 5:06 am #

      Oh no,not another witch hunt.Trump will clear his name…he never knew the guy,he was a nobody a hanger on ,nobody liked him who knew him.His jet plane was was slow and uncomfortable,he never paid his bill when he came to Largo,never trusted him.Trump is a world class liar.

      • Mad Trapper
        July 9, 2019 at 7:15 am #

        Trump is the ONLY one who came forward in 2009 to prosecute Epstein.

        Where was Willie and Hillie?

        • Johnny2Shoes
          July 9, 2019 at 10:59 am #

          Bill and Hill we’re busy checking in their luggage and boarding the plane to Epstein’s Fantasy Island for a working vacation. Clinton Foundation work was on the schedule.You know the Clinton’s ,they never let a fundraising opportunity go to waste.

      • ProxyDate
        July 9, 2019 at 7:24 am #

        Oddly trump is going to come out clean on this one. He hated Epstein. It’s well known in NYC.
        He saw him as a threat financially, as a “better looking guy” who got younger women (legal age) and he hated him mostly because he’s a Jew and was such buddies with Democrats like Clinton.
        This is going to be a good show

      • Mad Trapper
        July 9, 2019 at 7:30 am #

        “The only thing that I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person who, in 2009 when I served a lot of subpoenas on a lot of people, or at least gave notice to some pretty connected people, that I want to talk to them, is the only person who picked up the phone and said, let’s just talk,” Bradley Edwards told New York magazine. “I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know, and was very helpful, in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information. That checked out and that helped us and we didn’t have to take a deposition of him in 2009.” Edwards has also said President Trump barred Epstein from Mar-a-Lago “because Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” court documents say.”

      • Trump Train
        July 9, 2019 at 11:57 am #

        President Trump also banned Epstein from Mara Lago after incident with minor by Epstein. The only liar and bigot here is TSC.
        President Trump is the only President in decades that has America’s interests first. That is what all of the guilt ridden democrats cannot tolerate. They feel guilty about America’s successes and dominance in the world. Sad really.

  13. The school committee
    July 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

    Epstein and Trump are one and the same.Insanely rich

    • Acute Angina
      July 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

      Did Epstein ever attend Camp Russel?

      • The school committee
        July 9, 2019 at 5:07 am #

        Don’t they all.

        • Mad Trapper
          July 9, 2019 at 7:19 am #

          I think they were all D-rats and homos at Russel.

          Check it out TSC.

          • Acute Angina
            July 9, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

            TSC was there.

  14. Kermit Frog
    July 9, 2019 at 6:43 am #

    I am going to be watching this Epstein thing with popcorn. How many of the was waaas about Kavenaugh get carried over this time? Also, way to go NY AG and southern district – let’s show Healy how things get done.

  15. Mad Trapper
    July 9, 2019 at 6:54 am #

    TSC, your hero, Clinton is about to go to jail for life, most likely with his witch H-Beast, Wiener, and Huma.

    Then we can move on to Larry Sinclair and Barry’s denials.

    Biden is just a groper and pervert. He’ll get D-votes.

    • Thomas More
      July 9, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

      This is what the Planet calls free speech.

    • The school committee
      July 9, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

      Bill and Trump were buddies.Trump and Epstien were old New York wealthy 80s pervs.

  16. ProxyDate
    July 9, 2019 at 7:39 am #

    Anyone hear anything about WAMC being audited by the IRS? Seems it might be an outgrowth of a friars club investigation? Is there any link between the two?

  17. Johnny Absurd
    July 9, 2019 at 8:43 am #

    Just got a robo call from PD saying be on the lookout for the escape and be careful. 20 hours he has been running around and they just now decided to warn people?

    I am sure they had a good reason but I like to be able to understand things and this I do not.

    • Pat
      July 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

      It also doesn’t make sense that someone so dangerous would just have one police officer guarding him. Since the prisoner has a black belt in karate, he was able to easily get away from the police officer.

      Was this planned and did he get the officer’s gun? If planned, he could have had a ride waiting for him. Very scary. Everyone lock your doors.

      • Mad Trapper
        July 9, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

        Can’t protect yourself in D-MASSHOLEachusetts.

        Guns have to be locked up. Call the cops and wait 30 minutes.

        • Pat
          July 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

          I agree Mad Trapper.

          I can’t believe he wasn’t easily seen by lots of people what with having no shirt and bright orange prison pants. You would think many would have seen which direction he was heading.

        • Pat
          July 9, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

          So true Mad Trapper.

    • Merry & Bright
      July 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm #

      JA, I also would like to understand this delay. From what I have heard today at work the blame game is going on. PPD feels it is Sheriff Bowler’s issue, haven’t heard anything from Wynn, and Vibrant Dynamic Lovely Linda’s comment in the BB basically did not make much sense. The citizens of Pittsfield are nervous and some are scared. This robo call should have gone out immediately after it happened. Meanwhile, think of the funds being spent on this one person who should have been secured, Sheriff Bowler said that both the Sheriff’s Dept. and PPD are familiar with Harry, so why weren’t more precautions taken? Funny thing is, I drove through the intersection by the hospital right before it happened. Line trucks were working on the poles, there were (3) PPD police officers doing the detail, funny none of them saw a man running with bright orange pants, no shirt and no shoes. Of course when I was trying to maneuver through the intersection the PPD officers were either staring at their cellphone or watching the line workers, not doing their traffic job. I would love to get paid what these details officers get paid!Bottom line the taxpayers of Pittsfield deserve better communication from these officials that were voted in.

      • Pat
        July 9, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

        That’s what I say. No shirt and bright orange prison pants and nobody saw which direction he was going?

  18. Mad Trapper
    July 9, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    There mega info on what is going on around Epstein, including Clinton starting to get scared.

    Nude Photos Of Underage Girls Seized From Epstein’s Home……epsteins-home/

    When asked about Bill Clinton’s claim that he only traveled with Mr. Epstein four times, Mrs. Sarnoff flat-out calls Clinton a liar based on known documentary evidence, flight logs and witness accounts:…linton-a-liar/

    Epstein Detention Memo – Seized Safe Contents Include CD ROM’s of Victims With Other Suspects……ther-suspects/

    Former President Bill Clinton Breaks His Silence – Releases Panicked Statement on Jeffrey Epstein…ffrey-epstein/

    HUGE!… Pilot Logs Reveal ALMOST EVERY TIME Bill Clinton Flew on Epstein’s Lolita Express — UNDERAGE GIRLS WERE ON THE PLANE! (VIDEO)…e-plane-video/

    And get a load of this crap……

    CORRUPT WIKIPEDIA Deletes Jeffrey Epstein’s Links to Frequent Flyer Bill Clinton — Adds Link to Donald Trump…-donald-trump/

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 9, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

      Yeah this story is getting better by the day. Lots of big names involved in the Lolita Express story. Wish I could see Bill squirming!

  19. ProxyDate
    July 9, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

    Alan Dershowitz is DONE! Clinton is DONE! Epstein had video and photos of both engaging in sex acts with minors. covertly filmed while on his plane.

    The number of photos and videos of Alan Dershowitz range into the hundreds, those of Bill Clinton range to several dozen.

    • Man From Nantucket
      July 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

      I haven’t seen Alan Dershowitz on FOX since this broke. Too bad I like Dershowitz.Clinton on the other hand is crap.

  20. Mad Trapper
    July 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    From comments on one one the links above concering WikI:

    Diogenes of Sinope HalfPint74 • 8 hours ago • edited

    I am a Wikipedia editor (for certain scientific issues I am expert in). These entries are accurate.

    I am NOT permitted to edit the major political entries which are closed to free and open correction. Anything political on Wikipedia is complete Fake News.

    HalfPint74 Diogenes of Sinope • 8 hours ago

    Thank you for the info, but Epstein is an individual, a billionaire and NOT in politics. Are you stating that using a “political” name in Wiki constitutes an individual’s “bio” now becoming “political”?

    Diogenes of Sinope HalfPint74 • 7 hours ago • edited

    Absolutely YES.

    Anything on Wikipedia that could in any way impact on any socialist party on earth (the democrats in the US) or anything detrimental to globalism (such as Soros or the Man-Made Global Warming Hoax) is seized with all access suddenly removed from from any freedom loving, intellectually honest, or independent minded person like myself.

    Diogenes of Sinope HalfPint74 • 6 hours ago

    Anything on Wikipedia that could in any way impact on any socialist party on earth (the democrats in the US) or anything detrimental to globalism (such as Soros or the Man-Made Global Warming Hoax) is seized with all access suddenly removed from from any freedom loving, intellectually honest, or independent minded person like myself.

  21. ProxyDate
    July 9, 2019 at 7:11 pm #

    Soooo the driving force behind Pittsfield Pickleball seems to be Tom Mooney. FOIA requests for emails will confirm.

  22. ProxyDate
    July 9, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

    Ed Buck is in a lot of Epstein level trouble as well.

  23. Tom Betit
    July 13, 2019 at 5:10 am #

    Dan Valenti

    My hunch was correct Alexander Acosta would get fired before weekend.
    My post suggesting former Ag sessions departure was because he was stonewalling prosecuting many cases , disappeared
    Redacted by who’s request?
    Seems being critical of district attorneys office, puts me in planet Valenti-prison.