(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 7, 2019) — The 74th anniversary+1 of the day of the United States needlessly dropping an A bomb at Hiroshima (prefacing an even more heinous “event” three days later at Nagasaki), instantly vaporizing half a million innocent civilians, seems a precipitous time to offer a few modest proposals following the weekend’s action-packed rodeos in El Paso-Dayton.

  • Did it ever occur to you that Pittsfield’s “status quo” loves it when national events steal the attention during an election year? The Suits, who have this year’s outcome already in the bag, love the Four Corners “offense.” The last thing they want is too much attention being paid to the sham that has become the elections for mayor, council, and especially school committee. That’s why they must secretly love mass murders. The gun fun supplies several days of not bothering with the campaign. Easier to keep Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, frantically working to keep their financial heads above water, in the dank dark.
  • The best way to take these mass rampages out of the news is to just shoot everybody. Simple. Effective. What’s not to like?
  • How much has social media hijacked rationality? The New York Times caved to mob pressure and withdrew this page one headline: “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” No matter that the headline was accurate.
  • Who among you harbors a secret wish that the death toll from incidents such as mass murders isn’t higher than it turns out? Comic George Carlin made that observation. If you find out a building collapsed, there’s disappointment when you learn no one was killed. After 9/11, initial reports had as many at 10,000 people dying. When the final toll submerged below 3,000, did you feel a letdown? Just a tiny one?
  • For common American pastimes such as El Paso-Dayton, THE PLANET sportsbook has installed 20 as the “satisfaction” over/under. If 20 or more die, it’s a satisfied “over.” Under 20 wastes our time. Kudos to the shooter in El Paso for feeding the national lust. As for the loser shooter in Dayton, he should have planned it better. Ten dead won’t cut it.
  • “You know the shit he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the fuck” — Quote from that Churchillian stateman and Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Satire is no longer possible.
  • In Chicago, Ill-noize, over the same weekend of El Paso-Dayton, there were so much gunplay police literally lost count, so much that Chicago Shot Spotter resigned to become a Hoover vacuum cleaner. There were at least seven murders and more than 50 wounded, almost all of it:
    • Black-on-black
    • Committed by males against males,
    • Under 25
    • In a city with the most restrictive gun laws in America. Can’t touch that, though. Black Lies Matter.
  • THE PLANET proposes making assault weapons free to all boys middle-school and up to 25 years old. Free ammunition, too. Kids need something to do besides violent video games.
  • Apropos of nothing, John Wayne plays a character called “Guns” in Donovan’s Reef.
  • Latest TV reality show: Young dumbass males compete for the right to gun down innocent people. Winner gets driven in a limo to a nearby shopping center, outdoor festival, or concert, locked and loaded. He’s given a five-minute shopping spree before cops shoot and kill him. Show’s title: Make Room for Dummy. For that he wins today’s most precious prize, 15 minutes of fame.


“We make out of the quarrel with others rhetoric but out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry”W.B. Yeats.



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  1. Johnny99
    August 6, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

    The A bombs were needed to save American lives by ending the war much quicker. If we had to take Japan city by city there would have been tremendous losses and firebombs were devastating. My dad could’ve died in an invasion and God Bless Harry effin Truman because my Dad came home and married and raised a family. Got dam japs wouldn’t surrender till we dropped the second one. They brought it upon themselves. Sad but true.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    August 6, 2019 at 9:12 pm #

    Pittsfield was home to a mass shooting 4 years ago.

    “On the night of July 4, 2015, a mass shooting occurred on Linden Street in Pittsfield, injuring four and killing Ronald Pinel, 25, of Pittsfield. No arrests have been made in the case, and what sparked the dispute remains a mystery. The Pittsfield case is classified as one of the country’s 353 mass shooting incidents to date in 2015.”

    Source: “Here are Berkshire County’s top stories of 2015”, By Tony Dobrowolski, The Berkshire Eagle, December 26, 2015.

    I believe downtown Pittsfield is a dangerous place, especially after hours!

    Stay off of:
    North Street
    Tyler Street
    Lincoln Street
    First Street
    Second Street
    Linden Street
    Dewey Avenue
    Cherry Street
    Burbank Street
    Kent Avenue
    Madison Avenue
    And Seymour Street
    And you might survive.

  3. doomiedodger
    August 7, 2019 at 12:00 am #

    Can you just imagine the carnage if a civil war ever broke out in the USA? So many guns. So much ammunition. So many factions with issues. So much hatred and ignorance. The melting pot would pretty much exterminate itself.

  4. Pat
    August 7, 2019 at 3:25 am #

    Who is in control of our media? Who is forcing The New York Times to not run an article that praises President Trump? Even more frightening than Russia attempting to interfere in our elections, is this group of people who want to control American minds through our completely messed up media.

    • The school committee
      August 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

      Trumps corporate buddies are in control of media.

      • Mad Trapper
        August 7, 2019 at 2:17 pm #


        What drugs are you on?


        In case you are ignorant, Trump is POTUS

  5. Pat
    August 7, 2019 at 3:33 am #

    I agree Dan V. that the Pittsfield election results are already in the bag since either Mazzeo or Tyer will keep the suits and the school employees happy not the majority of the people in the city who they barely know exist.

    For an election that is only weeks away, the effort being put out by the candidates is barely registering on the radar. They don’t even bother to debate since they know their views are so similar and they all answer to their Progressive masters in Boston and here in Pittsfield.

    • Johnny Absurd
      August 7, 2019 at 4:49 am #

      Maybe Tyer and Mazzeo are actually running a team effort. Mazzeo to weed out competition in the primary. They have the same special interest goals and may be in bed together trying to pull another one over on the voters. They can both be winners if Tyer gets to keep the corner office, cuz it’s Pittsfield ya know. Is there a high profile position about to open up somewhere?

      Am I jaded having watched Pittsfield politics too long?

      • Pat
        August 7, 2019 at 5:09 am #

        The lack of any debate is frightening as is the late hour for this election with nobody stating their goals for the future of this city in any kind of public forum.

        • Johnny Absurd
          August 7, 2019 at 6:49 am #

          That is probably because the goals have not and will not change. Suck the taxpayer dry and funnel what you can of it to special interests.

          Pittsfield politics 101

          • Kermit Frog
            August 8, 2019 at 6:17 am #

            I have been thinking the same thing. Also, why are the patronage folk from the DA’s office needing to be in City Council too? It’s like we can’t have enough of the same people controlling the political system – they are entrenched everywhere.

          • danvalenti
            August 8, 2019 at 8:24 am #

            This growing D.A.-city council- mayoral link is trending toward “unhealthy.” Bears watching, as does any consolidation of power when there is no redress.

  6. Mr. Fritz
    August 7, 2019 at 4:32 am #

    Really, Dan?

    “Needlessly dropping an A bomb” ?? Thankfully the U.S. did – and it helped end the war. God bless Truman.

    We are a nation under attack by globalists/socialists who want this country destroyed to usher in one world government. They have sowed discord by promoting open borders, sanctuary cities and gun control. Criminals are being turned loose on the streets. Mental health hospitals closed.

    Until the public stops electing godless socialists like TFB, Tyer, Harrington, etc – it ain’t gonna change!

    • Johnny Absurd
      August 7, 2019 at 4:52 am #

      If Trump gets the race riots he is fomenting socialism will be the least of your worries.

      • Mad Trapper
        August 7, 2019 at 8:03 am #

        Barry Sotero poked the stick ,in the hornet race nest ,ASAP after being elected.

        His AGs, Holder and Wright should be in prison.

        Holder, maybe a Mexican one for gun running “fast and furious”. Holder deserves a Mexican jail for killing all those Mexicans.

        Brian Terry was murdered too, as Holder provided the murder weapon. Let the Mexicans have Holder.

    • danvalenti
      August 7, 2019 at 8:06 am #

      MR F
      Perhaps it warrants a column. I have studied long and deep into this issue. Immediately after the bomb was dropped, the U.S. spin was that it ended the war and prevented the necessity of an American invasion of Japan, which would have cost half a million lives (not the million accepted as fact; half a million was the figure the military used after its most thorough analysis). Two points more: (1) There were better alternatives to demonstrate the power of the Bomb w/o dropping it on a live city and (2) The emperor as well as most of his military command were ready for surrender, having realized they were beat. I do grant it will always be argumentative from both sides. Suffice it to say is that based on both moral/ethical considerations, but mainly the cool logic that comes from scholarship, my conclusion is that the U.S. did not need to drop the Bombs.

      • Johnny Absurd
        August 7, 2019 at 9:25 am #

        Also to consider though is that it brought the capability of nuclear weapons front and center. It may have actually saved future lives because now we bend over backwards not to use them. And the ones we have now are many times more powerful than Little Boy and Fatman.

        • danvalenti
          August 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

          THE PLANET shall take up the case of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in The Weekend Edition.

      • The school committee
        August 7, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

        Where are the open borders in America and who is for this as Congress gave 5 billion for border security.

        • Mad Trapper
          August 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

          Your house TSC!!!

          They are coming, all of them to YOU!!!!

          We can clean up North Street.

          YOU got food, TP, doing laundy, daipers, tampoons?

          You love them take them.


          • The school committee
            August 8, 2019 at 7:40 am #

            As Pete Arlos said it is better to be uninformed than misinformed.

          • danvalenti
            August 8, 2019 at 8:16 am #

            Widsom from the Aging Greek God. We shall never again see his like.

      • Kermit Frog
        August 8, 2019 at 6:25 am #

        This is interesting to me. A huge part of the end of WW2 was showing superiority not just to axis but also our soviet allies, a precursor to the Cold War. I wouldn’t be surprised if that use of force so close to the Soviets has that in mind. It’s interesting to look back.
        I forget what the historical term (Marshall Plan?) for after the war but the US helped Germany, Japan and later South Korea come back to be powerful nations, and allies again. Maybe Japan has alway resented the shame of losing as a proud country but they are still a friend today.

        • danvalenti
          August 8, 2019 at 8:23 am #

          Yes, it was the Marshall Plan that got the defeated nations of Europe and Pacific Rim back on their feet, Europe especially. Post WWII, Japan took the lousiest lemons and made the most delicious lemonade. Seeing their industrial centers reduced to nothing, they embraced a rebuild. They also proved their wisdom by adopting quality control in their shiny, new manufacturing capability — Six Sigma, the Deming method. With that, within a generation, they were outproducing the world in terms of price v. quality. Example: Eating Detroit’s lunch with their fabulous automobiles, which took the U.S. and world by storm. From A-bombs to reaching the world’s #2 economy. Quite a story.

    • The school committee
      August 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

      Trumps corporate buddies are in control of media.

      • Mad Trapper
        August 7, 2019 at 2:28 pm #

        No , Waccos like AOC seem to be.

        The NYT bowed down to fictional “news” rather than TRUTH

    • The school committee
      August 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

      Where are the open borders in America and who is for this as Congress gave 5 billion for border security.

  7. Mad Trapper
    August 7, 2019 at 5:05 am #

    Dan, I came across this which sums up our current situation;

    “Rather then deal with the real cause and effect of gun violence in America the politicians, the demonrats politicize it to advance their party’s agenda and their own pursuit of power. The republicans, wanting to maintain their power as well, play the game and make concessions at the expense of the constitution. They have no interest in solving the problem or keeping Americans safe from these unbalanced wackos. When they achieve total control you won’t be safe from the politicians anyways, what do they care if your safe now. Getting the guns is a means to an end, it’s not your life they care about. “

    • Shakes
      August 7, 2019 at 6:46 am #

      Sounds like you’ve got it all figured out.

      I tell you what, let’s send each discharged veteran home with a handgun, we can call it our Veteran’s Affairs Medical Efficiency Program. Guaranteed to eliminate a large portion of future mental health treatment and put many more guns out there because they aren’t the problem!

      What a win-win!

      • Mad Trapper
        August 7, 2019 at 7:31 am #

        Vets used to be able to come home with “war trophies”, including guns.

        Any rise in mass shootings after WWI/WWII/Korea?

        What has caused this is the liberals telling Americans how to raise/educate children. And the left winged public education indoctration instead of educating.

        Kids can can learn about LBGT perversions in schools, but not firearm safety.

        Why should a junior high school student learn about “fisting”? That is mASSachusetts public schools, and is DISGUSTING!!!

        It is even worse now. They have drag queens in PUBLIC LIBRARIES instilling these perversions on children.

        Americans have had guns, usually the same ones used by military, since 1776. What has changed? Lack of morals, scruples, and the demise of American politicians into self serving hacks.

        IKE was right when he warned about the military industrial complex, what he did not see, was the rise of the political media complex.

        They both are anti-American

        And more on LBGT and children

        “MassResistance mothers expose what really happens to children at LGBT “Youth Pride” events

        Kids given materials for homosexual sex, transgender body mutilation
        Lessons in how to become a “drag queen”
        Parents harassed by both local police and rabid Antifa activists”

        • danvalenti
          August 7, 2019 at 7:57 am #

          My dad came home from WWI (rifle squadron, front lines, Battle of the Bulge) with some of his gear and also some German stuff, one of which was a handgun. He taught us boys how to shoot rifles and handguns, and that’s where I learned my respect for firearms.

          • Mad Trapper
            August 7, 2019 at 8:24 am #

            Dan, I thank your Father for his service, did you mean WWII?

            My dad signed up before Pearl. Wanted to be Navy, but was color blind. Ended up 8th Air Force in Britain/Europe. His friends he enlisted with, are still on the Arizona.

            He taught me gun safety/hunting , along with my uncles who also lived through the great depression.

            My grandparents supplemented a farm with hunting/fishing/trapping.

            I learned how to be self sufficient even if poor, without government handouts. Also all about handling firearms.

            We were never hungry, but never without work to do, without being paid.

          • danvalenti
            August 7, 2019 at 8:49 am #

            Yes, WWII. We too grew up without much money, though not poor. We were taught to be self-reliant, decent, willing to help out, but taking no one’s guff. We grew up in a neighborhood, with lots of kids, games, and fun. We had our odd jobs and responsibilities (yup, no pay!) but mostly could be free to be kids. We spent tons of time outside, playing ball, army, hide-and-seek, and lots of other games. Summer would find us often at Deming. Winter at the Boys Club. Rode our bokes everywhere. Walked to school and back. It was a different planet, a different universe. No computers, no pop music blaring or playing everywhere, “upstreet” a place for decent people, and busy. There was a more human pace to life.

          • Shakes
            August 7, 2019 at 11:26 am #

            If only we could go back to the glory days of the 1950’s where men just beat their wives or had them committed and the uppity brown colored people knew their places. What nostalgia!

          • Mad Trapper
            August 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

            Shaky Ground

            My forefathers never beat women, for you to imply is an insult.

            They never owned a slave.

            My Father taught me all men, were to to judged by their deeds not their color.
            Got that Shaky?

          • Shakes
            August 8, 2019 at 9:25 am #

            Hate seeing the departed disappointed, you cannot day racist, sexist things and then claim to not be.

  8. Daisy Ducks
    August 7, 2019 at 5:36 am #

    So they have a toys for tots barbecue at the Camp with and after that a fundraiser for the Sheriff. Stooge has been compted two free tickets to the event. First of all why is he being given anything free and second what, does the sheriff do with the proceeds from his upcoming event? Anyone bringing a toy should get free food at the event.

  9. Sum Ting Wong
    August 7, 2019 at 6:32 am #

    Let us not forget that Japan killed 12 million Chinese. Hiroshima and Nagasaki pale in comparison.

    • Sum Ting Wong
      August 7, 2019 at 6:35 am #

      The “Rape Of Nanking” by Iris Chang is highly recommended.

      • Kermit Frog
        August 8, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

        Yup, it is a good book. Japanese imperialism is is fun topic to bring up at Thanksgiving dinner (see comments on family dinners below) or whatever.we are supposed to call that holiday now.

  10. Johnny Absurd
    August 7, 2019 at 6:55 am #

    32 million cows are killed in the U.S. each year. Nobody gives a shit as long as their steak is cooked properly. Are these Gods animals? Are we Gods animals? If God did not want us to have guns and kill cows I assume he would step in and stop us. And using that questionable logic I assume God may very well enjoy the sport of watching us kill everything everyday by whatever means we can.


    • Ben Dover
      August 7, 2019 at 7:26 am #

      Maybe you should break the joints in half.

  11. Sgt. Bazooka
    August 7, 2019 at 8:20 am #

    In 1998 Massachusetts lawmakers passed what they said was one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Yet, in the decade since the laws were passed, firearm-related crime has increased dramatically. Gun-related deaths alone have increased by 68%, and gun-related assault injuries have increased by 72%. Emergency room visits due to gun-related assaults have increased by a whopping 222%.

    • Mad Trapper
      August 7, 2019 at 8:39 am #

      mASSachusetts lawmakers set the standard for leftist nerds.

      The last decent Rep we had was Silvio Conte. D-Rat Neal is a disgrace to America.

      The state is a sucking cesspool with the holding tank in Basstun.

      We used to hunt on they way to school, leave guns in cars/trucks or principal, then hunt on the way home. Nobody shot a human. We also had gun safety/hunter education, instead of deviant LBGT queers telling us about how to become a pervert.

      • Shakes
        August 7, 2019 at 11:30 am #

        I think you have a latent sexual identity crisis Are you sure your fixation isn’t strong curiosity about non-traditional sexual acts?

        • Mad Trapper
          August 7, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

          Your posts say it all.

          YOU are a pervert!!!

          No wonder you like bath house Barry Sotero!!! ROFL!!!

    • The school committee
      August 7, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      Your point is that if more guns were sold those numbers would be down,thats very interesting.

      • Mad Trapper
        August 7, 2019 at 2:59 pm #


        You missed the whole point of the post.

        New, stringent, democrat passed/written gun laws, has resulted in MORE CRIME!!!!

        Whoo Ho Ho.!!!!!!

        What’s next from Basstun?

        A camera in your home? Maybe some legislators, would enjoy a toilet cam better!!!!

        Bawney Fwank……….

    • Johnny99
      August 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

      What is your source? Are these state stats or fed stats?

      • Mad Trapper
        August 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm #


        You are on the internet. Choose your sources and see.

        Or better, take a walk down Tyler, to North, down thru the West side by the river, come out by the Madison. When you get there, take the sides streets off of Tyler to get back to point one.

        Still got your: wallet, clothes, “virginity”

        • Johnny99
          August 8, 2019 at 2:59 am #

          Mad Trapper,

          No doubt gun crime is way up in Pittsfield since 98 and the only way I’m takin the walk you laid out is with an armed bodyguard. However, Bazooka should be naming his source so we can go to it and if it concerns Mass crime stats then it’s pertinent – if it’s a nationwide stat it ain’t.

          • Shakes
            August 9, 2019 at 7:12 am #

            When I lived in Pittsfield I regularly jogged those neighborhoods. path was down Columbus, out to west, up Onota, out Madison, and back down north street. Nobody every bothered me. I waved, smiled, and was friendly to anybody that acknowledged my presence. I ate at the hot dog ranch regularly and occasionally went to the Crossroads.

            Your posts show astounding ignorance. You aren’t discussing, you are hating. Honestly, you hate people that don’t deserve it, who would never hate you.

  12. Edward R, Murrow
    August 7, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    I like what the woman from Alabama in Ken Burns’ “The War” said about Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

    “You’ll never find anyone in our [WWII] generation who would say dropping the bomb was wrong.”

    Japs just wouldn’t give up. No way, no how.

    What are you going to do, Harry?

  13. Drew Z
    August 7, 2019 at 11:49 am #

    Biden is on A Game today. Give em hell Joe!

  14. The school committee
    August 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

    Trump is ignorant. Trump is white guy dumb.Trump would be a great Kentucky citizen.Trump promotes ignorance and the market for this stuff is huge.Going back in time to unlearn what we have learned about America and live in the perfect state of ignorance…Go Trump his support on this board is steady

    • Mad Trapper
      August 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

      TSC, how much liquor/hard drugs today?

      Read your post

      • The school committee
        August 7, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

        You win,Trump is love,Trump is inteligent, Trump is not a crook,Trump gave you a big tax cut,Trump built this economy, Trump never cheated on any of his wives,Trump is not mentally ill,Trump supporter are very berry incredibly smart.

  15. Bradford North
    August 7, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

    Sad to say BC has chosen to be a jackass. Can anyone answer the question?

    Bradford North August 6, 2019 at 5:50 pm #
    Barry, where fort art thou? What’s the story on the Springside cistern? Where did the mayor get the money to fill it? How much did it cost? Where did the money come from? Who’s doing the work? Did the job go out to bid? Why did Pittsfield take possesion of this stupid hole in the first place?


    B. Clairmont August 7, 2019 at 3:58 am #
    She took it out of her paycheck, It didn’t go out to bid, I did the work and make twice what she paid me!


    • Merry & Bright
      August 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

      Bradford – All your questions certainly deserve an answer, but just want to let you know that BC won’t answer them. I have asked him many legitimate questions on this blog and he has never ever answered them, just bullied me. Guess it is your turn. My feeling is he does not want to answer our questions because the truth will come out. On another note, after reading the article on the Meter issue, I have come to the conclusion that the current Administration and some of the City Council can not take a poop without having to hire a consultant. I find it hard to believe that between Kufflinks, Lovely Linda and Deanna that they can’t figure out how to create an Excel spreadsheet to monitor the Meter issues. Seems like they know how to calculate raising the water rates and also their salaries. Just don’t get it. Sad and scary that these folks are contributing with the decline of Pittsfield instead of trying to make a better City for us hardworking taxpayers.

      • Gobsig
        August 8, 2019 at 6:36 am #

        We don’t need no stinkin’ spreadsheet when we got Kerwood to baffle em with bullshit.

        • danvalenti
          August 8, 2019 at 8:18 am #

          Kufflinks is to obfuscation what Don Rickles was to insult comedy. A Master.

        • Johnny2Shoes
          August 8, 2019 at 9:17 am #

          If you can’t, ” Dazzle them with Brilliance, Dazzle them with Bull Sh^t “. This saying comes to mind with Pittsfield’s state of affairs.

      • Spagirl
        August 8, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

        The incompetence across the board in this City is infuriating. Why do they now need a consultant to sort out the parking debacle that they have created? They can’t even sort out a system for trash collection. What City has a Mayor and Council that cannot connect the dots? Pittsfield needs to hire a Town Manager to break up the party!! Get rid of a Mayor.

    • Ted
      August 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

      Stick with words you know and maybe you’ll get a real answer.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm #

      Dan, don’t waste your time with a weekend column on this subject – you won’t change my mind.

      • danvalenti
        August 7, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

        I never “try to change anyone’s mind.” That is up to them. I will, however, lay out the case for all, including those whose minds are open to reason and logic. That is never “a waste.”

        • Mr. Fritz
          August 8, 2019 at 10:29 am #

          And what is the point of discussing a historical event, speculating about “what could have been?” It’s over, the power of the bomb was released, the war ended. Speculation is useless in this case.
          Reason & logic were discussed in the articles that Johnny posted.

          • danvalenti
            August 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

            There’s a difference between speculation and analysis. That is the point of discussing historical events.

      • Johnny Absurd
        August 8, 2019 at 1:41 am #

        Can we chat about the mayor wanting to bring back the parking consultant that apparently gave misguided info in the first place?

        • Johnny99
          August 8, 2019 at 3:06 am #

          Agreed. Would love to see Dan slice and dice and chop and purée this ridiculous parking fiasco with the consultant icing on the cake.

          And is anyone actually running for mayor or just being listed on the ballot?

          • danvalenti
            August 8, 2019 at 8:26 am #

            Well, we HAVE sliced and diced the parking fiasco. Search PLANET’s archives for verse and chapter. Do you and others think another round is in order? Let us know. And why.

        • Gobsig
          August 8, 2019 at 6:33 am #

          Because the mayor loves consultants we are screwed with crazy upgrades to the sewer and water plants. Maybe she can convince KY Jelly to open a plant here so we can take it in the @55 easier. Bozo Barry must guide her.

  16. Bradford North
    August 7, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

    Barry. Try something new. Don’t be a jackass .

  17. Mad Trapper
    August 8, 2019 at 2:17 am #

    Censorship by twitter

    Twitter don’t like Mitch McConnell.

    Mitch had a bunch of violent antifa at his home this weekend. He recorded it and posted it.

    Twitter banned him.

    Why is that?

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign has been thrown in Twitter jail.

    After sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican’s home in Louisville, the campaign Twitter account, Team Mitch, has been locked out.

    “This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell. This is a problem with the speech police in America today,” McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Courier Journal. “The Lexington Herald-Leader can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it.”

    “Twitter will allow the words of “Massacre Mitch” to trend nationally on their platform, but locks our account for posting actual threats against us,” Golden added. “We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”

    • Pat
      August 8, 2019 at 4:15 am #

      Twitter has gone down the far left rabbit hole. They can’t handle the truth. They need to control what the public sees and hears to fool as many people as possible. The media did this with the Ohio and El Paso shootings by pushing the lie that President Trump was responsible when, in fact, both shooters were spouting far left nonsense.

      The Ohio shooter loves Satan and Elizabeth Warren and is concerned that the far left agenda isn’t happening fast enough. By the logic of the media, are Liz and the far left responsible for the shootings?

    • Johnny Absurd
      August 8, 2019 at 4:21 am #

      The fascinating thing about Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell is that his devoted disciples would not want either one of them living in their neighborhood or going anywhere near their children.

      Can you spell “conundrum?”

      MAGA (hee hee)

    • Pat
      August 8, 2019 at 4:45 am #

      Just like the media ignored the Ohio and El Paso shooters far left agenda. The Ohio Shooter loved Satan and Elizabeth Warren. Both were worried about the far left agenda not happening fast enough.

      • Johnny Absurd
        August 8, 2019 at 5:33 am #

        So are you seriously saying Elizabeth Warren encouraged this guy to shoot people? Forget what you heard on right wing media and try to rationalize the concept for yourself.

        If you can.


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

          That is exactly what the MSM, POTUS candidates, and members of Congress are saying about The President.

          Why the dichotomy with Lieawhatha Warren?

        • danvalenti
          August 8, 2019 at 8:25 am #

          No politician encouraged any of those idiot shooters or stabbers. These are acts performed by individuals who made lousy choices for their lives and fatal ones for the innocent lives of others.

      • Herb Pease
        August 8, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

        The only difference between Satan and Warren is Satan doesn’t claim to be an Indian.

      • The school committee
        August 8, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

        pat,go watch Tucker re runs

  18. Thought
    August 8, 2019 at 5:16 am #

    Pull the plug on the Morning show,please.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 8, 2019 at 10:24 am #

      All you have to do is to CHOOSE not to listen.
      This isn’t rocket science!

      • Agent 86
        August 8, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

        What is it that you don’t like about that show? I’m not putting the show down or defending it. I understand that almost anyone can have a show on the station. Kind of cool.

  19. 12 Gauge
    August 8, 2019 at 6:47 am #

    Time for a poll. Is Shakes A) a moron or B) an imbecile or C) an idiot?

    • danvalenti
      August 8, 2019 at 8:18 am #

      You forgot (d) a regular contributor to THE PLANET who does stimulate discussion and does often provide a welcome alternate view … (e) None of the above. I vote for (d).

      • Johnny Absurd
        August 8, 2019 at 8:20 am #

        I vote D for Shakes. I think the other guy missed too many classes to even get a grade.

        • danvalenti
          August 8, 2019 at 8:30 am #

          Thanks. Anyone else. Please vote on our good friend SHAKES. PLANET recommends (d).

          • 12 Gauge
            August 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

            d for dolt or dullard

    • Shakes
      August 9, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      This from folks complaining that the left can only call names.

  20. Mad Trapper
    August 8, 2019 at 7:58 am #

    Mass stabbing in Santa Ana Ca!!!!

    4 dead

    Time to ban metal knives. And those undectectable plastic ones also!!!

    • danvalenti
      August 8, 2019 at 8:15 am #

      The suggested ban doesn’t go far enough. We need new laws to ban all household knives and cutlery. How about Mothers Against Cutlery and Knives (MACK)?

      • Johnny Absurd
        August 8, 2019 at 8:23 am #

        Studies show that there are more violent arguments and serious injuries at family picnics than at soccer matches.
        Either ban family picnics or just ban families.

        • danvalenti
          August 8, 2019 at 8:29 am #

          Yes. Banning families is a good start. We don’t like half measures, though, and that’s why we recommended “shoot everybody.” If we do that, there will be no one left to commit gun violence.

        • Acute Angina
          August 8, 2019 at 9:08 am #

          Studies show that most studies are made up.

      • Johnny2Shoes
        August 8, 2019 at 9:26 am #

        Ahh, Mack the Knife. Bobby Darin

      • Wilson
        August 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

        They do have cutlery control in the UK and China. Proves that giving up freedom just lets them take more and more, “safety” means living your whole life afraid of breaking another new rule

  21. Shakes
    August 8, 2019 at 9:30 am #

    Or take domestic violence prevention seriously and provide support services for victims?

  22. Ham Anex
    August 8, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    In regards to the springside cement pond….has any gone in their to check what’s in it before its filled in?

    • Johnny Absurd
      August 8, 2019 at 11:39 am #

      like garbage or pcbs?

      • Ham Anex
        August 8, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

        like dead bodies.

        • Hell Toupee
          August 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

          or judy henchler’s training bra.

    • danvalenti
      August 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

      My spies have looked into the SEE-ment pond. They found old bottle of Granny’s spring tonic, one of Ellie May’s tops, and one of Jed’s fancy pot passers.

      • Johnny Absurd
        August 8, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

        Maybe someone should dig down about six feet into the bottom of that thing. Are we missing anyone?

        Are we GOING to be missing anyone? Barry says he knows who we are which means other folk do as well. uh oh

        • Norm Fernordner
          August 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

          Maybe he has crystal balls.

    • Bradford North
      August 8, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

      I hear that Doyle’s empty beer cans are being used as fill.

  23. Johnny Absurd
    August 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm #

    So why do we need to revisit the parking clusterfuck? Because like a Russian Doll we keep waking up to the same upside down Planet of the Apes era parking puzzle. This is not a Rubik cube people. Other cities and towns have actually figured it out. Stop over thinking it. And for Gods sake stop paying fortune telling consultants to do basic logic.

    • Spagirl
      August 8, 2019 at 4:17 pm #

      We have a City with a Mayor and City Council that cannot come up with an idea, and implement it. Now they nedd a consultant again to come in and fix the debacle they created. They cannot implement a trash removal system. They are incompetent. Pittsfield needs to hire a paid Town Manager to breakup the Party. Get rid of a Mayor.

  24. The school committee
    August 8, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

    This is great news as the mayor announced today that streets will be swept and lines painted Nov 1st .She also said the school will be hiring 300 more people over the next 4 years.She is asking that Elm and Williams street speed limit be raised to 75mph. Dominos Pizza and Trucks with lawn mower trailers exempt as they go 100 mph