(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2019) — They couldn’t fit on one stage, so 20 of the 24 trying to win the Democrat Party’s nomination for president found themselves on two stages, two consecutive nights.

THE PLANET‘s first question concerns timing. We’re eight months before the first primaries, and we have this? We ask a rhetorical question, given how politics has become a continuous run for election or re-election. This holds true on all levels, even in backwaters such as Pittsfield, Mass., where, for example, the moment the new district attorney gets office, she sets as her first priority the fundraisers designed to keep her there. The People’s business can wait.

Of the Dems’ 24-pack, can you imagine being the four lightweights left out? We have $500 in Monopoly money for anyone, including the four, who can name this quartet. As for the dreaded others, organizers treated the electorate to the A and B teams. The scrubs went first, and the only significant matter decided was the determination that Megan Rapinoe has more testosterone than Pete Buttigieg.


We bet he does.

Oh, and Beto O’Rourke answered the first question of the first night in Spanish. It was the worst case of pandering since Deanna Ruffer told Linda Tyer the Tyler Street garbage cans were “dynamic and vibrant.” THE PLANET to O’Rourke: You’re in America. We speak English here.

———- ooo ———-

The A-Team included such household names as Eric Swalwell and Andrew Yang. If these are the big guns, Trump can retain Mulligan as his caddy on the golf course. He won’t break a sweat. There are only four names worth noting as we move to death throes of the 2020 election: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

Biden — Syracuse grad. 40 years in the Senate. Eight as VP. The party’s young radicals want to turn that into “too white, too old, too male.” That’s how out of touch the party’s “new” thinking is, insisting on beating themselves up over peripheral issues such as race and gender. Biden stayed above the fray. He adopted a presidential strategy when the other nine tried to gang-tackle him. Despite what the Mainstream Media wants you to believe with their reporting, Biden walked away untouched, and all the national polls still show him in the lead. He’s the only Democrat with a shot against Trump.

Harris — If you didn’t know it already, she reminded you: She’s black (sort of). She’s female. She plays the race card from both sides and the gender card from the bottom. In an obviously rehearsed rant, she took aim at Biden, starting with: “I do not believe you’re a racist.” Harris then told him he was the biggest racist since Boss Bull. She claimed “That girl is me” in a tall tale about busing, leaving out her wealthy upbringing in another country. Harris may be flavor of the month, but like all fads, this one has a short shelf life. What a phony.

Sanders — The Mad Scientist of the bunch and the most entertaining. He zealously flogs “democratic socialism,” a phrase that, ironically, sounds to the ear like Germany’s “national socialism” of the 1930s. On many levels, THE PLANET would love to see him facing Trump next year. At least he stands for something, though, according to the party’s acolytes, he’s another one too old, too white, too male.

Warren — Granny of The Beverly Hillbillies but without spring tonic. Solid on the stump but only when she’s preaching to the choir. Her “home-spun” act comes off as an embarrassing “Please, like me. Like me, please oh please.” The faux Indian (the Fukcawee tribe) should cut her losses, endorse Biden, then stump for the ticket’s number 2 spot.

———- ooo ———-

President Trump had the best review of the debates: “Boring!”

The precise moment Trump won re-election came when the candidates were asked who supported free, 100% health care for illegal aliens. Everyone shot up their hands. Trump, as usual, had the last word: “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited health insurance. How about taking care of American citizens first?”

Game. Set. Match.


The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age” — Lucille Ball.



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  1. C.Trzcinka
    July 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    The winner was Trump. I thought that Bennett, Delaney and Hickenlooper had the best ideas but were clearly not relevant given how far left the Democrats have moved. I’ve encountered real anger over the positions that illegal immigrants be granted immunity from prosecution and be given healthcare. This is more than one nail in the Democrats coffin if they don’t disavow this– as Harris already has.

    But the first primary will be just after the SuperBowl and the NFL hasn’t even gone into camps yet. The electorate has eight months to think about all this.

    • danvalenti
      July 3, 2019 at 8:17 am #

      I tried to make that point my question on why we had these debates now, eight months away from the first primaries. Several answers possible: Politics is entertainment, just another reality-TV show. Or it’s a way to shape a race in favor of the Dems’ new and radical left (e.g., the predictable “bump” Harris got for her racist attack on Biden). Or it’s a way to handle the 24 candidates by eliminating the chaff from the wheat. Still way too son, any way you look at it.

      As for immunity and free health care for illegals, that’s a non-starter. If the Dems insist on that and take it into the general election, they are dead in the water.

      • The school committee
        July 4, 2019 at 9:45 am #

        Where do illegal signup for free healthcare?

        • Mad Trapper
          July 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

          They just go to any hospital ER and get care they NEVER pay for.

          I get to pay for it through my taxes.

          • The school committee
            July 5, 2019 at 3:30 am #

            Thanks,I was informed illegals sign up for a free healthcare program

  2. Johnny99
    July 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm #

    Harris should be ashamed for pulling race card as well as booker. Biden is a has been who has foot in mouth disease and can’t keep his hands to himself especially with females, kinda like Trump.

    I’d rather have Biden be nominee but he better not dare pick Harris after what she pulled as veep. I fear it won’t matter because I expect he’s done.

    • Shakes
      July 3, 2019 at 6:29 am #

      I mean, Creepy Joe IS a racist, unpresidential hack.

    • The school committee
      July 4, 2019 at 9:47 am #

      she got an 8 point jump for stating that.Trump has stated 10k lies in 36 months

      • Mad Trapper
        July 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

        How isit that Harris lies claiming she was the 2nd “integrated class” in Berkely? That would be 1964, the year the witch was born.

        And she was “bussed”!!!

        Why has “liberal media” not picked up ON THIS LIE?

        • The school committee
          July 5, 2019 at 3:32 am #

          It’s called the Trump Standard and you must be caught lying 500 times to even be questioned

  3. Jonathan Melle
    July 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

    Trump lost the popular vote by a record margin of millions of votes.
    Trump then lost the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections.
    Yet, according to Dan Valenti and his followers, Trump will easily win reelection in 2020 because the Democrats are too far left on the issues.
    What has Trump done for post-industrial America? Record budget deficits, and a huge national debt. Rising tensions in the Middle East, especially with Iran. Personal friendships with Russia’s Putin and North Korea’s brutal dictator. A border crisis with Mexico. Economic Inequality!
    I believe it will be a close election next year, but Trump has his problematic issue, too.
    – Jonathan Melle

    • Pat
      July 3, 2019 at 4:17 am #

      That’s why the electoral college that the far left wants to get rid of is so important. The far left in high population areas like the Northeast and California would determine the outcome of future elections. That is mob rule since the voices of people in other lower population areas of the country who tend to be more conservative, or even moderate Dems, would be shut out.

      Political candidates would only concern themselves with the issues of the people in these high population areas and would care less about the needs of the rest of the country since they wouldn’t need them to win any election. Not good!!!

    • The school committee
      July 4, 2019 at 9:48 am #

      Your correct Jonathan

  4. dusty
    July 3, 2019 at 12:31 am #

    I certainly have better things to do for the next year than following any political campaigning for an election that is a year and a half away. But around August of 2020 I will tune in when most of the hubris has been sifted out and then see what is being offered.

    • danvalenti
      July 3, 2019 at 8:19 am #

      You will be like most sensible people. Nothing matters until the parties hold their conventions and the two candidates stump for real.

  5. Pat
    July 3, 2019 at 4:10 am #

    Either Liz or Kamala as President or VP is too frightening for words. Anyone who disagrees with the politics of Liz or Kamala is automatically called a racist no matter what subject is being discussed.

    • Johnny Absurd
      July 3, 2019 at 4:24 am #

      Pat despite your apparent hatred for anything that is not Trump I hope you will be able to enjoy the holiday. Please take a short break for the good of your family and friends.

      • Mr. Fritz
        July 3, 2019 at 4:39 am #

        I agree with Pat’s viewpoint.
        Johnny maybe you should vacation in California this summer – San Francisco. Just watch out for the piles of human feces on the sidewalks, endless miles of tent cities, illegals committing crimes etc. This is what Dem/Socialists have in mind for our country. Wake up!

        • Johnny Absurd
          July 3, 2019 at 5:39 am #

          Fritz I hope you also can take a break from the vitriol and chill for a bit. Does a body good sometimes.

          • Shakes
            July 3, 2019 at 6:33 am #

            They are racist. If you are uncomfortable with the moniker, well don’t be racist… simple as that.

            I, personally, am aghast at the childhood naivety and even the racist attitudes I had at some points in my life. I’m embarrassed and ashamed. I admit that those poor choices are offensive and as an adult I contribute both to my profession and my community in ways that put non-males and non-whites on more equal footing. I believe in reparations, not because I feel guilt, but because it is the right thing to do.

          • danvalenti
            July 3, 2019 at 8:23 am #

            To hit someone with the term “racist” is today’s convenient way to deflect true debate. It immediately stops any discussion by railroading whatever topic, and the accusation becomes the issue. Rather like the magician’s use of misdirection. He leads to audience one way and performs the trick in a way no one notices.

          • Shakes
            July 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

            But the accusation is the issue. Too bad the perpetrator is uncomfortable for getting called out on their actions.

          • Johnny2Shoes
            July 3, 2019 at 2:28 pm #


            See Jesse Smollette for racist accusations that became an issue. There are way to many false racial accusations flying around and unfortunately has hurt those who truly are victims of such claims. Obama was elected twice and it was the white voters who made it happen. So white folks are suddenly deemed all racist since Trump’ election?

          • Shakes
            July 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

            Which way do you want it, broad generalizations or not?

        • Hell Toupee
          July 3, 2019 at 5:20 pm #

          Shakes! I’d like to suggest that you join the Hemlock Society to atone for your white guilt.

        • The school committee
          July 5, 2019 at 3:35 am #

          Fox news has reported on the homeless in San Fran everyday.Glenn Beck and Rush also report in on their Trump shows

    • The school committee
      July 4, 2019 at 9:52 am #

      Having Senator Warren will keep banks from stealing money from all of us on the planet.She will tax People making over10 million like you Pat and she will allow us to pay for healthcare collectively together.She will fire the brilliant Betsey in a second

      • Mad Trapper
        July 4, 2019 at 11:30 am #

        Lieawhatha will take your tax money to give healthcare to criminal aliens, along with free housing, and food.

        Then give them drivers licenses, and a better welfare subsidy than Americans.

        She will steal your money Americans, to line her nest, the globalists, and the criminal aliens she loves so much.

        Socialism wherever tried, has failed, and evolved into Communism .

        TSC, why don’t you move to Venezuela?

        It HAS the government You are seeking.

  6. Pat
    July 3, 2019 at 5:03 am #

    Bernie is the most honest about being a socialist, but they are all socialists. Only socialists, including Biden, would cheer on giving free healthcare for life to illegal immigrants which they know encourages even more to come to our country. Then the far left can complain about the horrible conditions on the border that they are helping to create.

    • Johnny Absurd
      July 3, 2019 at 5:40 am #

      gotta admit though…things got ten times worse since Trump was elected ten times worse

      Obama did it

      Hillary did it

      Lincoln did it

  7. Shakes
    July 3, 2019 at 6:34 am #

    If we don’t have healthcare for immigrants then we should not have healthcare for old people or poor people. They are no more entitled.

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 3, 2019 at 7:19 am #

      Key words Shakes – ILLEGAL immigrants – they have broken into our country in violation of our nation’s laws and are NOT entitled to any healthcare. The Dem clowns running for president seem to have no knowledge of our nation’s laws.
      Trump wins!

      • shakes
        July 3, 2019 at 7:43 am #

        For now, flagship federal health programs remain off limits to all but U.S. citizens and legal residents. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance and the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Congress even forbade unauthorized immigrants from buying ACA coverage with their own money.

        America doesn’t slam the door completely. Federally funded community health centers provide basic medical care to the uninsured without asking immigration questions. Hospital emergency rooms are required by law to treat and stabilize all patients, with government subsidizing the cost. Some states, like California, use their own funds to cover children regardless of immigration status.

        • danvalenti
          July 3, 2019 at 8:24 am #

          Good information.

      • Johnny Absurd
        July 3, 2019 at 10:27 am #

        When the English and colonists came to America and started massacring the Indians, the Indians said, we need to keep these immigrants out. So we killed most of them and now live on their land and we do not want to share what we have stolen with any damn immigrants. MAGA

        • Pat
          July 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

          We accept people into our country Johnny Absurd and always have. We just want them to come here legally. We are not responsible for what happened in the early years of the settling of this country. Just like we shouldn’t feel guilt for something that happened hundreds of years ago in our own families. That is Absurd Johnny Absurd.

          We are different people. We are NOT our relatives and we are NOT responsible for anything that was done in the past by bad people in the country…it’s totally out of our control. All we can do is be our best selves today. We do not forget the past, but we do not dwell on the past. That is not healthy!!!!!

        • Ham Anex
          July 3, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

          Do you see any difference between legal and illegal immigrants JA?

      • Thomas More
        July 3, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

        Please go to westfield

    • Spider
      July 4, 2019 at 5:34 am #

      Are you for real, SHAKES? You are comparing apples to oranges.

      Illegal immigrants have NO rights at all!

      Name me any country where American can barge in and demand anything. And get it. Go ahead……name a country.

      I’m waiting!

      • Shakes
        July 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

        Can you read the constitution where it says ‘people’ and not ‘citizens’ ?

        • Spider
          July 5, 2019 at 5:09 am #

          SHAKES – And can you answer my question? What country would agree to the same demands?

          I’ll keep waiting!

          • Shakes
            July 5, 2019 at 9:36 am #

            Any country that adheres to the 1967 international refugee treaty/protocol?

            Come back with something after you’ve figured out how to study, dummy.

        • Spider
          July 5, 2019 at 9:55 am #

          Hey, SHAKES – You’re so very smart, AGAIN, just name one of the countries (1967 refugee treaty/protocol).

          If you can!!!!

          And perhaps we can ship all those illegals to that country.

  8. CC The Maze Sun
    July 3, 2019 at 6:52 am #

    Lucille Ball = Light Orb

    Desilu = Destination Light

    Through the Sun – Home.

    • Mr. Fritz
      July 3, 2019 at 7:20 am #

      What the hell are you smoking??

      • CC The Maze Sun
        July 3, 2019 at 8:11 am #

        Mr. Fritz, some more clues for you:

        Roy Orb-ison
        Rings Star
        Howard Stern (Stern is German for “Star”)

        The clues are all around us for those who eyes to see them.
        Keep on asking, keep on knocking.

        “How in the world you gonna see
        Laughing at fools like me?
        Who on earth do you think you are?
        A Super-STAR?
        Well right you are
        We all shine on…..”

        • Mr. Fritz
          July 4, 2019 at 5:00 am #

          You’re shining on, all right.
          And this is why drugs like marijuana should not be legalized.

          • CC The Maze Sun
            July 4, 2019 at 7:21 am #

            “Living is easy with eyes closed
            Misunderstanding all you see….”

        • Info
          July 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

          Ring-O Star?

          • CC The Maze Sun
            July 5, 2019 at 8:56 am #

            Info: Excellent!
            It’s right there.

  9. Trump 2020
    July 3, 2019 at 7:14 am #


  10. The Dynamic Vibrator
    July 3, 2019 at 7:16 am #

    Those Tyer Tyler Trash Cans turn me on.

  11. ProxyDate
    July 3, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    Looks like Stockbridge is getting it from all sides.
    Lawsuit by Chuckie for the FD, allegations by chuckie of open meeting law violations by the two of the selectmen, sexual harassment allegations by Town staff, now their town admin is moving to Richmond. She just went from one unethical mess to another, Richmond is just as bad, just smaller.
    West Stockbridge hired an unqualified town clerk as their town admin so I guess there is that.

    • Johnny Absurd
      July 4, 2019 at 1:52 am #

      Feels great to live in Pittsfield, the land of squeaky clean politics, where there is no need for independent audits of the city finances. I’m just all puffed up with pride right now on the 4th of July.

      • ProxyDate
        July 4, 2019 at 4:59 am #

        Kerwood worked in Richmond as Town administrator for a few years. I guess they cut their teeth on corruption in Richmond and move onto the big leagues.

        • Johnny Absurd
          July 4, 2019 at 9:11 am #

          Actually Kerwood learned how to work the system while city councilor in Pittsfield (for way too long). He was a key shill in the push for the CIVIC AUTHORITY which was a GOB attempt to wrest what little power the people had left from them.

          In the end they just revised the city charter and got their Civic Authority by sleight of hand. Sad that this is the kind of government we send kids to fight and die for. Just sad.

  12. Kermit Frog
    July 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

    I had heard the Richmond has State AG ethics violations against them too. I don’t know if they will catch up with their town admin or not. What have you hard about their lack of ethics? I have heard there are some serious judgement issues.,

  13. Mad Trapper
    July 4, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    I watched the first two Left Winged Parrot contests for the Grand Cuckoo of 2020.

    I found that each one of all 20 stooges had no concerns for American laws nor American citizens. Open borders, government services for criminal aliens, no enforcement of existing laws for these criminals. They want to turn the USA into a 3rd world hole.

    Is this the best the DNC has to offer?

    Harris playing the race card and outright lying about her being “bussed”. Creepy feely Joe. Lieawhatha Warren, Socialist Sanders, the “guy” from South Bendover IN, Gun grabbers galore, “greener” than Al Gorebot, “Beavis” O’Rouke not using English,……..

    I didn’t see any democRAT with a redeeming quality, not in a single one, much less being worthy of my vote

  14. Chuck Vincelette
    July 4, 2019 at 9:39 am #

    Enjoyed the parade immensely. The Parade Committee deserves a well deserved pat on the back! The bucket brigade should circulate during the parade. Never so any bucket people!

    • B. Clairmont
      July 5, 2019 at 4:27 am #


      I saw several people collecting. I ran into Pete Marchetti last night. He said they collected around $7,000 in the buckets.


      • danvalenti
        July 5, 2019 at 8:24 am #

        That’s a lot of lose money floating around. All depends on having honest people in charge.

        • Mad Trapper
          July 5, 2019 at 10:14 am #


          You can’t find ONE in city hall

  15. The school committee
    July 4, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    Parade is great,very well run. Great crowd

  16. The school committee
    July 4, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Warren will eat Trumps lunch in a debate.His appeal is to the misinformed. Trump will melt on stage.Trump is no match for Warren as her appeal is to inteligence .Fox Propaganda will run hate commentary on her for white men to hate.

    • Mad Trapper
      July 4, 2019 at 10:20 am #

      Lieawhatha Warren went to the Cherokee reservation, and stripped naked, and then ran to and fro one night.

      She still don’t have any Native American DNA in her!

      TSC, you are racist and WASPaphobic

    • Pat
      July 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

      Liz Warren has been a nightmare for Massachusetts. She has done nothing but campaign for another position and write books. She would be a nightmare for this country. She just recently discovered that the middle class even exists. She’s been more worried about illegal immigrants.

      • Mad Trapper
        July 4, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

        Yes, it’s a shame we still do not have Scott Brown as a Senator.

        Warren and Markey are the two sorts weasels that the mASSachsetts voters seem to keep electing.

        How long did they keep the Capitan of the USN Buick in office after Chappaquidick?

  17. Mr. Fritz
    July 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

    Anyone know if charges have been filed against the driver in the car/motorcycle accident earlier this week?
    Wondering who was at fault.

  18. Pat
    July 4, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

    Fireworks out of control in Pittsfield as usual. Police do nothing. Many people have to work tomorrow. I thought the police were patrolling Springside Park which is having huge booms and thuds coming from it as you drive by and spraying cars with fireworks debris. Could be the same group of kids setting off illegal fireworks that were harassing kids in that park just recently?

  19. ProxyDate
    July 5, 2019 at 7:51 am #

    Let’s look at the candidates:

    Best chance Biden
    Got beat to the ground by Obama and Hillary. He didn’t make it out of the first round.
    Hillary in turn got beat to the ground by Obama. She was at 41% and Obama was at 17% and she LOST!
    So Biden got beak by a second rate Hillary. Why is that important? Because Trump beat Hillary, soundly, where it counts in the electoral college where the win means everything. The presidential election is not a popularity contest.

    No chance. He’s a bubble candidate. He’s rabidly loved by those who follow him, has zero traction with most of America.
    He’s also extremely flawed by his “do what I say, not what I do” mentality. His wife is nearly criminally flawed and brings tons of baggage as well. The guy is also OLD!

    Good for a sound bite, but once you start dissecting her rhetoric, she withers. Might make a good VP mercy/affirmative action pick, but not much else. We also haven’t seen the full extent of her skeletons and I’m told she has a few career enders.

    Zero chance, she plays to her sycophants but no one else.
    No real ideas, and any ideas she has would cost billions to trillions off the backs of the middle class.

    The rest aren’t even worth discussing. They are all fighting to get out of single digits.