(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 27-9, 2019) — The new business courting Pittsfield, Spacely Space Sprockets, tempted THE PLANET for The Weekend Edition. Alas, space provides too big a topic with not enough information, though the early signs are troubling, especially Mr. Spacely’s threat to the city that if The Kapanskis don’t cough up, he’s leaving. Our initial response to this sort of blackmail is “There’s the escape hatch. How about using it?”

Which leaves us The Curious Case of the Washington Whistleblower.

This mystery has Democrats lathering for impeachment and Republicans circling the wagons. If one takes a step back and looks from higher ground, one sees … what, exactly? Washington politics, for sure. Government  dysfunction, certainly. A partisan ink-blot test, yeah. Only  substance seems to be missing.

The evidence leads back to Democrat-friendly operatives looking to strike a campaign two-fer. In pursuing this non-issue, they hope (a) to sink Joe Biden as party nominee, creating the ascendancy of Elizabeth Warren and (b) impeach President Trump.

THE PLANET predicts that (a) will fail — Biden will emerge as the party’s standard bearer — and (b) will backfire. The strong majority of the country doesn’t want impeachment. Biden will win in the end because of his party bona fides. There are enough cool heads in the room to realize a Warren nomination will doom the Dems’ chances in 2020. The country won’t stomach that kind of radical shift to the looney left.

(B)’s reverse thrust will come adults with enough institutional memory to recall the two previous impeachment efforts: the failed impeachment of Richard Nixon and the “successful” attempted coup of Bill Clinton. Nixon had the guts to resign before the inevitable. Clinton prevailed because of the trivial nature of the charges.

The Whistleblower is still unknown, as is the substance of this person’s second-hand contentions, but that has not prevented Democrats from a Limbaugh to judgment.

With that, THE PLANET presents this guest column by commentator Katie Pavlich.

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The Department of Justice has released an unredacted transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The text was taken down by note takers. The call took place in July from the White House Situation Room. It shows no effort by President Trump to pressure Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, in exchange for military aid. This action was falsely alleged by a whistleblower and pushed Democrats on Capitol Hill into an impeachment inquiry.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General [Barr] would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me,” Trump said.

“I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First of all I understand and I’m knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case,” Zelensky replied.

“I’m sure you will figure it out. I heard the prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very fair prosecutor so good luck with everything. You have a lot of assets. It’s a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their [they’re] incredible people,” Trump said.

The New York Times reported earlier this year that Biden bragged about getting the prosecutor in question fired under a threat of withholding $1 billion in loan assets for the country. At the time of the firing, that prosecutor was looking into Hunter Biden.

It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act. And one of his most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.

The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.

Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.

Katie Pavlich’s latest book, Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, is available on Amazon.

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It looks like Uncle Joe did what any decent dad would do: Try to get his sleezy son out of the tar.

What do you think?

Have a great weekend, everybody.


For men believe in the truth of all that is seen to be firmly believed” — Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human.



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  1. Fran Barguin
    September 26, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

    I think his Ukraine deal is all bullshit so that the media can get viewers and make millions this coming weekend. Have you ever noticed Trump never really does anything that will get him impeached,it’s just not going to happen. We should be concerned about Tyers quid pro quo with the Eagle I berkshires pctv goons who make Trump look like an alter boy.

  2. Mabels Diggs
    September 26, 2019 at 7:53 pm #

    Tyer has her arms spread eagle and talking, but to whom ? Was there a crowd in the road? Was traffic stopped for what looks to be some kind of speech?

    • PoliceReport
      September 27, 2019 at 9:58 am #


    • Merry & Bright
      September 27, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

      She looks like she is flipping the bird to all the taxpayers with her right hand.

  3. CC The Maze Sun
    September 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

    ”Lives in a dream
    Waits at the window
    Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
    Who is it for?”

  4. Jonathan Melle
    September 26, 2019 at 9:53 pm #

    I think Donald Trump should release his federal tax returns! And, why did he declare business bankruptcy 4 times?

    I think Donald Trump should explain his NDA’s with porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy bunny Karen McDougal.

    I think Donald Trump should explain why members of his campaign staff and administration staff were prosecuted and incarcerated.

    I think Donald Trump should explain why he had neo-nazi’s work for his campaign and administration. Stephen Bannon. Sebastian Gorka. He even failed to condemn the hate and neo-nazi groups who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia

    I think Donald Trump should explain why he ripped immigrant infants from their mother’s arms and put them in cages you would not put your family dog in. Some compare the detention centers to concentration camps!

    I think Donald Trump should explain his hostility towards the 4th Estate: The Press/News Media.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Paul
      September 27, 2019 at 3:26 am #

      I don’t remember releasing your tax returns being a requirement for holding the office of President.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2019 at 4:03 am #

      Everybody who isn’t a Democrat has hostility toward the 4th Estate: The Press/News Media because they are in bed with one party. The way too cozy and friendly collusion between the Democrats and the media is a MAJOR reason for many of the problems we have in this country. That cozy relationship allows the Democrats to get away with far too much.

      I think the far left Democrats should explain why they encourage children to call each other comrade, why they want to shut down free speech in this country that doesn’t agree with their far left agenda, and why they want to set up an authoritarian Russian style government in this country by the passage of the ridiculous Green New Deal touted by Lizzie Warren, Kamala Harris, and many other of the far left Democratic candidates.

      • Mr. G
        September 27, 2019 at 5:12 am #

        Jesus Pat, nothing you said above is true. Not a word.

        • Thomas More
          September 27, 2019 at 6:06 am #

          Ignore her. This blog is her therapy.

        • Edward R. Murrow
          September 27, 2019 at 6:12 am #

          Pat is spot-on, all except for the Russia-style gov’t thing.

          • Pat
            September 27, 2019 at 9:18 am #

            Thank you Ed Murrow. The media is intentionally using words like “cover-up”, “mafia” and other inflammatory words and statements to push this hoax on the public. I would not believe anything this media says leading up to the election and even beyond when it comes to President Trump.

    • Still wondering
      September 27, 2019 at 6:24 am #

      What? You again?

      • Edward R. Murrow
        September 27, 2019 at 11:32 am #

        I would say more of a Norway-style gov’t, which is really what Bernie talks about.

        But Pat’s right about the ridiculous language used by the Dems–“organized crime shakedown,” “Sopranos episode,” and everything said by Chairman Shifty in his opening yesterday.

        If the Dems do this right, they should be able to work themselves right out of the House majority next November.

        Keep it up, y’all.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      September 27, 2019 at 7:09 am #

      How about all these politicians release their taxes and show how they went from rags to riches? How about releasing the taxpayer funded sexual claim payouts for those politicians along with all the names of politicians? Obama bought the cages so ask him why he didn’t buy the deluxe models. Not once have I heard you ask the same of democrat politicians misdeeds past or present.

      • Barbados
        September 27, 2019 at 9:06 am #

        I like the politicians who win office for the first time, stay in for a bunch of unopposed terms, then get out and they’re rich and they land big “consulting”: jobs or lifetime appointsments (Peter Larkin, Chris Speranzo frinstance locally). State and national levels even worse. The big “Cash in”.

    • Acute Angina
      September 27, 2019 at 10:28 am #

      Mr. Melle, you should release he air from your blow up Linda love doll.

      • levitan
        September 29, 2019 at 11:16 am #

        Nasty words.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      September 29, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      More fake news from Melle.

  5. Johnny99
    September 26, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

    The whistleblower is a blowhard who has no firsthand knowledge of Jack shit or diddly squat and it’s totally uncalled for to open an investigation based on supposition and rumors and heresay and no proper authority would ever do so let alone an impeachment inquiry. Furthermore the transcript should end it all period. Not a single high crime or misdemeanor nor a low crime nor a felony. The deep state is trying to take Trump down and he better watch out or the bastards will be trying to take him out anyway they can, just like they got Kennedy.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2019 at 4:36 am #

      True. I hope Trump has double security protection in this insane time in which we are living in which people DO NOT accept the results of an election.

  6. Johnny99
    September 26, 2019 at 10:35 pm #

    Mr. and Mrs. Kapanski,

    I present to you, the greatest case that can be made for not voting for Tyer. Forget the article about the Tyler Street Renaissance, and just look at the picture. Loaded with has beens, failed leaders that led this city into the gutter, and GOBSIG types, and taken on private property owned by a connected businessman who is sucking on taxpayers nipple, thanks to Tyer.,585847

    Tyer just sunk her ship with that stupid stunt and gave Mazzeo campaign gold. The only question ladies and gentlemen is did Tyer dummy up and keep Harrington away by design, or is Harrington too busy working on the latest homicide as hard as Tyer claims, or is Harrington away on another taxpayer funded junket????

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 27, 2019 at 1:13 am #

      It was a circus performance worthy of a Barnum and Bailey endorsement. And it was done with an obscene, ballsy, in your face FU to the senior citizens and taxpayers. These are the people eating our lunch on a daily basis and by staging this production they are suggesting that they think you are stupid beyond belief. A few of them look like they are holding in their laughter.


    • Sojourner Truth
      September 27, 2019 at 5:00 am #

      AMEN !!!!…. Tyer’s admitted iconic role model, Jimmy Ruberto and her svelte City Council Protector and Cult Puppet, Marchetti, used “renaissance and collaborative” wordings to support her. The cult needs to expand their vocabulary.
      Hey, Gerry Lee almost appeared sober.
      Did you notice all the perennial hacks and retreads ?
      Can anyone figure the total amount of municipal pensions, salaries, grants,TIFs, and other public funds represented in this photo shoot ? No personal agendas ($$$) there…yeah right !!!

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 27, 2019 at 7:00 am #

      Amen to all of the above. It was a “who not to vote for” pic!

    • Barbados
      September 27, 2019 at 9:34 am #

      Major backfire. Tyer’s biggest blunder yet. Fatal to be seen with these hacks. Evidence of how clueless she is and how removed from us Kapanskis. I would expect Melissa loved it! I wasn’t sure until now. “Mayor Mazzeo.” Gotta nice ring to it.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      September 27, 2019 at 10:31 am #

      Johnny, Harrington is only concerned with away from homicide.

  7. PoliceReport
    September 27, 2019 at 12:38 am #

    Andrew Bakaj… lawyer, worked for CIA, sat the Ukraine Desk.
    A “whistleblowers” best friend.

  8. Auto Phil
    September 27, 2019 at 1:00 am #

    Five months ago Justin McKennon wrote a blog post on the EMA website about a satellite that suddenly failed in space when it encountered space debris. The blog says they are “currently in the process of developing a facility” to test effects on spacecraft. (The chamber).

    “Current openings” of employment opportunities on their website has an ad for an Associate Consultant to be hired in Pittsfield, MA.

    I say Justin McKennon is bluffing when he says they’ll go elsewhere without the incentive package.

    • PoliceReport
      September 27, 2019 at 2:25 am #

      That “associate consultant” isn’t actually a job at EMA. It’s a job for contract work as a contractor at another company.
      EMA is acting like an employment agent. You are a contract employee, for the duration of the consulting.
      The company pays $45k but books you at $60-90k.
      EMA also lists a few “employees” that are also “employees” of other companies. It’s a trend in some tech companies, whereby it bolsters their numbers, makes the company look bigger, and also lets people pad their resume.
      A good example, having a VP of sales or a Director of sales in Europe who is also simultaneously a VP of Sales or Director of sales for another company. Or where your VP of European sales has jumped company to company and is also a new hire. Not because of any real expertise in the specific industry but because they “sell software”.

      But let’s take a closer look at the McKennon and Wilson team.
      McKennon is essentially a “new hire” he’s only worked for the company EMA for 5 months. Wilson as well, a very recent hire, 5 months with under a years worth of actual work experience outside of working as a research assistant during his education.

      Both come from contracting work NTS – National Technical Systems which is a much larger firm in the space tech industry, one that’s ten times larger than EMA.

      So what you have here is, two new hires (under six months) one who was so busy building a space empire he’s been a contractor for 6 years, the other who’s not held a “real job” for even a year who in 11 months has worked for two different companies, and this is the face of the Pittsfield Space Empire? This is who Mayor Linda Tyer is going to give $140k, and 60k+ in tax breaks in the first round of funding.
      These are the people who are going to run a new “division” of a company? They can’t even source an independent loan or VC funding. They are going to “create” jobs by hiring “associate consultants” to backfill jobs at GD and add in a low level administrative position or two. This is not a space empire led by competent, seasoned business people. This is a space fantasy led by two contractors with barely six years of experience in the industry they are going to build an empire in.

      It takes 10 minutes of research to see the pipe dream that this is.
      Neither of these people have led even a handful of people, let alone run a division of a company. If McKennon wants to take his space test chamber and run home, so be it. He lives in Pittsfield. Well he has for the last 5+ years. He can go back to consulting if he wants, or maybe he can’t. In talking with someone who works at GD, this project seems to be happening because a contract is ending and this is actually a way for McKennon stay in Pittsfield. Granted he might take his space test chamber show to Albany, but that’s not a bad commute.

      These are both smart guys, well educated, but they don’t know how to run a company nor have they been with the company for more than a year combined. This is the company Mayor Linda Tyer wants to invest in? With these two as the people in charge?


      Senior Scientist
      Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc.
      May 2019 – Present 5 mos

      Senior Engineer
      NTS – National Technical Systems
      Dec 2018 – May 2019 6 mos
      Pittsfield, Massachusetts Area
      Simulation, modeling and testing of lightning and space environment effects.

      Graduate Research Assistant
      Utah State University
      Jan 2016 – Dec 2018 3 yrs

      Principal Scientist I
      Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc.
      Apr 2019 – Present 6 mos
      Pittsfield, Massachusetts Area

      Chief Engineer
      NTS – National Technical Systems
      Apr 2014 – Apr 2019 5 yrs 1 mo
      Pittsfield, Massachusetts Area

      • Dick Flimsy
        September 27, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

        Jonathan Levine’s column from the Pittsfield Gazette:

        Seeking a Slice of Space

        Mayor Linda Tyer’s proposal to incentivize Electro Magnetic Applications with perks should be carefully reviewed.

        The space tech firm proposes to invest $600,000 in a vacuum chamber in the city, starting with two company representatives, then adding four more employees.

        Tyer is throwing out the welcome mat, seeking $140,000 from the economic development account funded initially by General Electric to show the city’s excitement about EMA.

        Pittsfield has a remarkably poor record when it comes to such economic development efforts, personified by Workshop Live, the online guitar instruction firm that resided briefly on South Street but moved elsewhere when the public subsidies eroded.

        Then there was EV Worldwide which planned to revolutionize the battery industry from West St. The last flicker of power from that startup also went out once the public subsidies ended.

        Now Tyer proposes more modest subsidies for EMA, with even more modest benchmarks, notably the hiring of six employees.

        While it would be good to have Pittsfield established as “a hub in the emerging space industry,” (per a mayoral announcement), one must wonder if funding from a now-finite account is the best way to accomplish this goal.

        Other than attempt to reprogram the economic development funds for private home upgrades, Tyer has been largely hands-off from the resource.

        Now it’s up to city councilors to assess the EMA plan, which also includes a phase-in of taxes on the chamber and other personal property.

        Aside from the long term prospects of the market sector, it’s clear the city needs clearer benchmarks and the enforcement for such giveaways.

        Having been burned before by salesman pitching high-tech plans, city officials should carefully evaluate market potential and whether diverting scant public money makes sense.

      • Lenny
        September 28, 2019 at 7:30 am #

        Thanks PoliceReport & Dick Flimsy for that info.
        Is McKennon related to anyone in city government?

      • levitan
        September 29, 2019 at 11:21 am #

        Fine research. Also, saying, “Give me a grant for my hypothetical operation or I ask a different municipality” is rather unconventional. A leveraged threat should state “Provide me a grant or I remove my existing operations to somewhere else.”

    • Thomas More
      September 27, 2019 at 6:39 am #

      He bluffing only to the extent that he’ll not go anywhere. He sees Pittsfield as a place that will give him a brand new building, $200,000 and pay his taxes for five years.

  9. Truthsayer
    September 27, 2019 at 2:28 am #

    I don’t agree with your assessment Dan. Trump cheated in real estate, cheated his contractors out of money, has lost a plethora of court cases related to his businesses, cheated on his wives, cheats at golf. Trump’s July 25 call reads like a scene out of the Godfather with Trump in Brando’s role. Attempting to sanitize and hide the transcript on another server? C’mon, let’s get real. You and all your Trump lovers can say what you want, but Trump got caught. Period. And knowing how you all think about Don the Con, maybe you can figure out a way to blame Hillary for all of this. Give it up.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2019 at 4:16 am #

      With all the spies in the White House trying to take down President Trump not to mention all the Democratic leakers, I am not shocked that President Trump is putting the Transcript on another server along with any other information I hope that the far left wants to distort and twist into conspiracy theories. Notice the far left media shows no interest in who leaked this information which is a major crime.

      All the cheating you mentioned sounds like a description of the Clinton marriage and their many questionable business dealings throughout their too long time in politics. Yet these are people beloved by many Democrats. Stop the hypocrisy.

      • Truthsayer
        September 27, 2019 at 7:59 am #

        I wouldn’t wipe my rear end with Trump’s head although it would be the only honest crap linked to Trump.

        You Trumpites really need to give it up with the Clintons. I’ve been a Republican my entire life. Trump is scum of the earth and to me the country is more important that this jackass. He needs to go. The party needs to go back to being the honrable bunch it used to be.

        • Pat
          September 27, 2019 at 9:22 am #

          You are being so fooled by the far left. They are using the hatred that you and others have for President Trump to get a far left candidate in as President and pass the Green New Deal which will change government from asking what we want to telling us how to live our lives. You think President Trump is a despot, well, the whole system of government that Lizzie and company wants for this country will be extremely bad for this country. No cars, no planes, telling us what to eat, to sacrifice for climate change… thank you!!!!

        • Ben Dover
          September 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

          Truthsayer, I’ve been a faithful democrat my entire life but seeing what Trump has done to make this country better has made me a Trump democrat. He has done great things.

          • The school committee
            September 29, 2019 at 6:32 am #

            Tax cuts for the wealthy and a deregulated Banking system Educational system and a non existent EPA…Trump going back in time making thing Great Again when we were ignorant…what blue collar underpaid man would not want more of this.Next he will offer healthcare that covers nothing…

      • Mr. G
        September 27, 2019 at 8:05 am #

        I wish that those who still support Trump despite his constant lies, racism, hate speech, overwhelming, out in the open corruption and profound stupidity would realize that everyone, domestically and abroad knows he has to go except for you. I understand why Republican politicians continue to support him; they fear he will force primary’s on them and they will lose their cushy, lucrative honorariums, but why Dan and Pat? He has done nothing to benefit you or your ilk. He has run up the deficit obscenely, formerly anathema to Republicans, he is a moral charlatan….he has to go.

        • Mr. Fritz
          September 27, 2019 at 9:16 am #

          Mr. G & Fakesayer,
          You are both suckers, listening to and buying into the mainstream media “news.”
          Trump is the most investigated president in American history. He has committed no crimes. Provide facts to support your allegations to the contrary.

          • Pat
            September 27, 2019 at 9:23 am #

            I agree Mr. Fritz. They are just being used by the far left, but don’t realize it yet.

    • Edward R. Murrow
      September 27, 2019 at 6:37 am #

      This is precisely the Left’s problem as seen in Truthsayer’s comment.

      All we hear is Trump this, Trump that, bigot, incompetent, corrupt, cheat, bankrupt, blah, blah, and blah-diddy-blah-blah–all day long, every day. Constitution this, oath of office that, 25th Amendment, my Aunt Sally hates him . . .

      Well, if Trump is so damn bad, why haven’t you impeached him yet? This should have been done in January.

      Your problem is that you need an actual CHARGE (with at least some evidence) of high crimes and misdemeanors–you ain’t had one before and you ain’t got one now.

      So, time to shit or get off the pot.

  10. Mad Trapper
    September 27, 2019 at 3:22 am #

    “Sections of a so-called whistleblower’s complaint alleging President Donald Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 presidential race relies upon a self-described investigative journalism organization bankrolled massively by billionaire activist George Soros.

    The complainer admits, “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described.” Still, the so-called whistleblower goes on to allege that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

    The transcript of the phone call authorized for release by President Trump evidences no such pressure or quid pro quo and shows the request to investigate alleged corruption involving Biden and his family was a small part of the call.

    The “whistleblower” concedes that his information is based on secondhand knowledge: “However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible because, in almost all cases, multiple officials recounted fact patterns that were consistent with one another.”

    “Hundreds of pages of never-released memos and documents conflict with a story that former Vice President Joe Biden has been telling about him pressuring Ukraine to fire its chief prosecutor because he was corrupt, and not because the prosecutor was investigating a company that hired his son, according to a report.

    The Hill‘s John Solomon is reporting that the documents — many from the American legal team that helped the company, Burisma Holdings, try to stave off its legal troubles — raise the “troubling prospect” that U.S. officials may have “painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped “ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview” Biden’s son Hunter during the 2016 presidential elections.

    Solomon reported that, for instance, an official Ukrainian government memo shows that Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Biden forced the firing of the chief prosecutor and offered “an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures” about Ukrainian prosecutor”

  11. The school committee
    September 27, 2019 at 3:23 am #

    Best reasons to vote for Mazzeo came out yesterday to endorse her. Bouvier Marchetti Yon and the person that spent more money than the others when she gave Eberwien and the Sheriff keys to the vault.Senior citizens will have no chance staying in their homes another 4 years under Tyer….Our school department is about to fold under many years of mismanagement. Pittsfield citizens are supporting a 1/2 empty PHS .The department of schools has wasted 10s of milions.Just ask the people who endorsed Tyer

  12. The school committee
    September 27, 2019 at 3:31 am #

    Trump wants the Ukrainian President to get some dirt on Biddens family for his use in the election to be President.The 400 million will be released for this favor.Trump went into a coverup upon being reported under the whistleblowers law.Trump wants whistleblower to be described as a spy.What happened to Jeff Epstein and the public threat to any future whistle blower is very intimidating.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2019 at 4:23 am #

      No, you are getting Trump confused with Hillary who we KNOW used an intermediary to get dirt on Trump using the Steel dossier and Russia. Also being investigated is possible Ukraine and DNC collusion to get dirt on Trump for the 2016 election.

      The whistle blower is a spy in my opinion and the written account that came out yesterday reads like it was written by a large group of Democrat lawyers.

      • Mr. G
        September 27, 2019 at 8:07 am #

        Again Pat, everything you say has been debunked.

        • Pat
          September 27, 2019 at 9:25 am #

          You are so wrong Mr. G. We are only at the tip of the iceberg of the Ukraine story. Americans will be shocked at what comes out. This is why the urgency to impeach President Trump is so great. The bad guys are being closed in on.

        • Mr. Fritz
          September 27, 2019 at 9:42 am #

          Let the hate flow through you, Mr G.
          G stands for globalist, right?
          Globalists hate Trump because he believes in American sovreignity – which is in direct opposition to one world government.
          Wake up G, there’s still time to become pro-American!

        • Edward R. Murrow
          September 27, 2019 at 11:36 am #

          Pat’s statements have not been debunked, but maybe only G-bunked.

      • The school committee
        September 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

        He and Rudy admitted it .They were told ahead of time as deep state Trump does whatever he wants.Hillary is not President.Pat your killing us.Trump said he was a spy and you said he was a spy….What does Hannity say.

        • levitan
          September 29, 2019 at 12:11 pm #


          He is a leaker – otherwise known as a criminal. The Whitehouse, intelligence, and FBI are infected by criminals planted by the prior administrations.

          The leaker acquired information he was not authorized to possess, gave or sold it to another party who was not legally allowed to receive it and did so surreptitiously. That makes the mystery-person a criminal.

        • Hannity
          September 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

          TSC is full of Bovine Sierra.

      • The school committee
        September 29, 2019 at 6:34 am #

        Its Hillarys fault.

    • Fake News
      September 27, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      TSC, very fake news.

  13. Walter Webster
    September 27, 2019 at 4:40 am #

    Many of you are fooling yourselves.

    Ruberto is probably more popular now than when he was in office.

    Yon has the respect of the school department.

    Marchetti has been the top vote getter more times than Mazzeo and is known for being a level headed city councilor.

    Kevin Sherman and Gerry Lee are beloved in this community.

    I’ll give you Bouvier and Doyle.

    The majority of this group carries weight. This will sway voters Tyer’s way. No doubt in my mind.

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 27, 2019 at 6:05 am #

      You sound like you may be their speech writer. So a grain of salt for your post dude

    • Cheshire Cat
      September 27, 2019 at 7:18 am #

      Welcome back, Barry! We missed you.

    • SallySays
      September 27, 2019 at 8:47 am #


      You’re either smoking the whacky weed, or I’ve got some nice clean PEDA land to sell ya, because you are either out of it, or sadly misinformed.

      This will only hurt Tyer, and actually shows how desperate she has become. Ruberto campaigned on tax relief and jobs and failed to deliver, and knew he was beat so he didn’t run again. He’s one of a long line of failed mayors and he’s Tyers puppet master. The only voter’s this is swaying is those unsteady on their feet to begin with.

      • Walter Webster
        September 27, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

        I spoke to a number of people today who think the endorsements will swing things Tyer’s way. The question is can she keep it up? Does Mazzeo have a counter punch? Kalinowsky and Graves won’t cut it.

        Will Mazzeo roll out Bianchi, Bowler, Connell and Morandi?

        We shall see.

        • Johnny99
          September 27, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

          Counterpunch??? Seriously? If you think Tyer landed a blow with this idoicy you’re nuts. A picture is worth a thousand words and if I was Mazzeo I’d buy this photo from the boaring broadsheet and put it on a huge campaign cardboard and send it to every taxpayer. It shows Tyer is a bought and sold GOBSIG. Mazzeo needn’t say a word, cuz the pic is doin the talkin for her. Tyer sunk her ship Wally Webster.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      September 27, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

      The school department loves yon because she’ll give into any demand the union wants and she won’t hold the school department responsible for scrappy low schools.

  14. SallySays
    September 27, 2019 at 5:07 am #

    Walter, you’re either smokin the whacky weed or I’ve got some nice clean PEDA property to seek ya.

  15. Edward R. Murrow
    September 27, 2019 at 6:22 am #

    Corrigenda for the Planet today:

    –and one more time, boys and girls:

    1. Nixon resigned because he didn’t have the votes in the Senate. Goldwater, Howard Baker et al. went to the White House and told him so.

    2. Clinton did not resign because he DID have the votes in the Senate.

    Simple as that.

    1. Biden has bragged about shaking down, as the sitting VP, Ukraine over the prosecutor who was investigating his son and thus got that prosecutor fired.

    2. Three Dem. US senators–Leahy, Durbin, and Menendez (who I thought was supposed to be in jail)–sent a letter to Ukraine threatening to withhold money if they didn’t cooperate on the Russian hoax thing.

    3. All calls between the US president and foreign leaders are CLASSIFIED, so how can you be accused of trying to cover up something that is ipso facto classified? Says right on the transcript “Unclassified.”

    4. Chairman Shifty’s lying opening performance yesterday reminds us why you should never, ever vote for a Democrat.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

      I will never vote Democrat again. These people are not well and they are incompetent. Queen Hillary should be facing the same scrutiny as President Trump over something we know she did….paying money for dirt on Trump involving Ukraine and Russia.

  16. Truthsayer
    September 27, 2019 at 9:51 am #

    Love the BEagle’s front pager on Tyer’s endorsements. Every single left winger that driven the city into the hole is standing behind her in support. That group is nothing for Tyer to brag about.

    RUN! RUN FAST! To Mazzeo.

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 27, 2019 at 11:54 am #

      Is the Eagle going to wait till the day before, before announcing that it too, is endorsing Tyer? Cuz their endorsement could cost her another 1000 votes on top of the damage done by the Ruberto, Doyle, Yon photo op baggage department boondoggle. She would be wise to tell them, no, beg them, not to endorse her.

      • danvalenti
        September 27, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

        We know for a fact that The Boring Broadsheet will endorse Tyer. We knew it since the mayor first announced her re-up … or rather, the day after. Comes from an unimpeachable newsroom source.

        • Lenny
          September 28, 2019 at 7:32 am #

          Hey the Beagle is advertising for a Controller/CFO – sounds like the ship is sinking!

    • Harrison
      September 27, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

      I thought the same thing when I saw that photo. It did seem like the primaries indicated a desire to change, so thought it was kind of a ballsy move by the Tyer campaign.

      • Johnny99
        September 27, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

        Desperate not ballsy.

  17. Gobsig
    September 27, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    Let’s celebrate the good news. Smitty wants to outlaw plastic straws. What a boost for the Berkshires.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

      Unbelievable. All the problems we have in this area and plastic straws are their biggest concern. Can these people be impeached for incompetence?

    • danvalenti
      September 27, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

      Right up there with Spacely Space Sprockets wanting to soak the Kapanskis for the new space chamber.

      • Mad Trapper
        September 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

        Maybe Smitty has a connection to metal straw companies? ROFL!!!

        “You’ve probably been hearing a lot about these metal drinking straws.

        They were made to help save the planet and stop plastic straws from polluting the ocean.

        However, these straws can be dangerous.

        The New York Post reports that Elena Struthers-Gardner from Broadstone, England had fallen while she was drinking from a metal drinking straw. It went through her left eye and killed her……….

      • levitan
        September 29, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

        You do realize that statements framed around silly language will not have much impact on Mass Eco Assistance Coordinating Council or even one member on the City Council, right?

  18. Shakes
    September 27, 2019 at 10:52 am #

    Biden and Trump are both scum bags. Literally two of the worst people possible in the presidency.

    I don’t need the Planet, breitbart, Fox News, cnn, or any other source to tell me what I already know. Liz Warren is a fake progressive too. At this point, the corrupt incumbent, Trump wins.

    I do wonder though, would the republican senate back impeachment if It strengthens a Pence run in 2020 because he’s the incumbent?

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 27, 2019 at 11:58 am #

      Actually Putin has already won. He is the American president but operates out of an office in Moscow. If Trump gets the most votes in 2020 Putin will still be our president. None of this shit that is happening is an accident but rather quite by design. Putin’s design.

      • Acute Angina
        September 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

        Smoke another joint.

      • levitan
        September 29, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

        What would be the mechanism for your proposed scheme?

  19. The school committee
    September 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    Tyer wants your money.She took money from you in 2016..2017…2018…2019…..Yon wants your money…Amuso gave and wasted millions and millions…Marchetti cant say no to Jake…Eberwien or Mccandless….Amuso begged Eberwien to never leave his position……..Bouvier spent 121 million at Taconic with ….Barry wants your money….Tyer loves taxes

    • Pat
      September 27, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

      Mazzeo LOVES the taxes too. She even said so on her radio interview on 1420 or didn’t you listen to it? She said “Nobody likes taxes, but they need to increase”. You are fooling yourself if you think she will lower or stop increasing taxes. Tyer is no better on taxes, but that is the point. They both adhere to the basic ideas of their party which is high taxation. If you want something different, you need to vote in a different political party.

  20. Charlie
    September 27, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

    Today’s WTF
    Following up on her campaign promise and in advance of Domestic Violence month DA Harrington and her task force have been working hard to bring you…A book club. The big idea is, everyone is going to read a book about domestic violence by a human rights writer. That’s it. Contact Helen Moon.

    • Blare
      September 27, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

      Yes, I am sure that recommending a book is the extent of AH’s plans to address DV.

      Moreover, I think it an outrage that this woman suggest that people read a common book so that they might have thoughtful discussions about the topic. Reading is for morons.

      Right, Charlie?

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        September 27, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

        BLARE, If you read a book recommended by Harrington you are a moron.

      • Aerin
        September 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

        A book club? Sorry Blare but for a prosecutor this is what’s known as a Nothing Burger.

      • Charlie
        September 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

        You know what’s not funny, Blare? The number of domestic violence cases that have been 86’d because Harrington’s staff is unprepared. District court is a sad place to be if you are women in Berkshire County because your representation is non-existent.

        • Blare
          September 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

          Oh please do tell, how many DV cases have been botched by AH’s staff being unprepared?

          Funny how you smear AH by spewing BS that can be neither proved nor disproved. Not an obvious technique at all. And used so rarely around these parts.

          • Charlie
            September 28, 2019 at 6:23 am #

            Yes, Blare, the DA campaigned on the promise of transparency so where is it? Do you have any info on how domestic violence cases are being handled?

        • PoliceReport
          September 28, 2019 at 8:43 am #

          What’s worse still about DA Andrea Harrington’s approach to this is that there are dozens of not hundreds of domestic violence cases languishing while she does her book club.

          Who exactly is the target audience for this? Existing victims? Will the have time to show up for the readings?
          Instead of being innovative and proactive DA Andrea Harrington just copied yet another program with the “book of the month” spoon fed to her.

          A much better book that does a historical deep dive, that revisits victims and abusers, is See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse by Jess Hill.
          But it would take an iota of thought to actually do something that’s not just copying another DA’s program. Then again Jess Hill isn’t a US author who tweets about trump 4-5 times a day. Jess Hill wasn’t on the Daily Show, so there’s not that progressive cache.

    • PoliceReport
      September 27, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

      Yes because it’s important to have theoretical discussions amongst those that have the time to go to these little photo-ops.
      It’s not like there isn’t tons of practical work to be done. Plus Rachel Louise Snyder is the hot new author, Esquire, The Daily Show, she rails against Republicans on Twitter on an hourly basis, worked for NPR.
      It breaks no new ground, it’s packaged differently.

      • Blare
        September 27, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

        Do you think that no matter what you say, if you say it as though you’re an authority it magically becomes true?

        You say Visible Bruises breaks no new ground. What do you mean by “new ground”? Given we live in a society that has been tone deaf and ignorant regarding the nature and complexity of DV since…forever, seems to me that there’s still quite bit of ground to be broken. But no, a wave of your wand and suddenly everyone knows all there is to know on the topic, so everything RLS covers in her book is old news by definition. That’s a brilliant argument. Really thoughtful.

        Of course, I doubt you have even read the book, which makes your commentary all the more ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as your attempt to lay the Gamache case at AH’s doorstep, when it was plainly the previous DA(s) who botched the case.

      • Aerin
        September 28, 2019 at 6:17 am #

        The eagle actually wrote about Harrington’s book club. It’s brilliant. She’s not going to do anything. She’s just going to rely on other people to read a book and get some positive press for herself.

  21. sheetish
    September 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

    Did you notice something in the picture? All the homely people were in the back.

  22. Quastia Romantico
    September 27, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

    Doyle eerily resembles the Butler Lurch from the Addams Family.

  23. The school committee
    September 27, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

    Mazzeo wont owe anything to Tyers supporters.What do retreads do for Pittsfield taxpayers.Tyer wants money from old people and from hard working poor people.Thats Pittsfields elite.

  24. Pat
    September 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

    “The Clinton campaign proactively sought dirt on Trump from Russian government sources. They did it through cutouts. In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials. The result was the salacious dossier, whose sources included “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Steele’s work was paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached Russian officials for damaging material on Trump.

    Clinton claims she did not know about Steele’s work. It doesn’t matter. Imagine if Cohen, or another lawyer paid by the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, had hired a former British spy with campaign money to collect dirt on Clinton from Russian intelligence and foreign ministry officials. Do you think that everyone in Washington would be saying: “There’s no evidence Trump knew, so no big deal — nothing to see here”? Of course not.” From the Washington Post.

  25. Auto Phil
    September 27, 2019 at 2:49 pm #,585846

    Who is following this absolute fuck up of a trial?
    Excuse my language.

    Gamache died. Johnson is on trial for murder. Those are about the only things we know for sure in this entire story.

    Campbell admits to shooting Gamache. Campbell then says he lied, it was Johnson. Campbell still pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter for Gamache’s death.

    Lang says Campbell shot Gamache. He says this in a police interview and then to a grand jury. Then he says he lied, Johnson shot Gamache.

    Lang’s girlfriend also says Campbell shot Gamache on two occasions to the police. Then she says she lied and Johnson shot Gamache.

    The 4th person, Moretti, originally said JOHNSON admitted to shooting Gamache. Now he is stating he lied, that Johnson never said that.

    If you were to look up Reasonable Doubt in the dictionary, THIS would be the example given. It’s like Who’s On First.

    At this point there is no way any of those jurors should be able to say I believe without a doubt that the man on trial is the man who killed Gamache.

    It could have been a one-armed man, by the train, in the rain, in the dark, in the park-ing lot of the Big Y. Maybe Gamache shot himself. Or the weed sellers, Lang and the girlfriend set him up and shot him themselves…

    Oh, all all this over a quarter point of weed. Fast forward to today and the five of them could have walked into a dispensary together and walked out with over a quarter pound collectively.

    • danvalenti
      September 27, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

      It’s the one-armed man, the one who got Dr. Kimble’s wife. Has to be him.

    • Auto Phil
      September 27, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

      I really think the only logical thing here is to declare a mistrial. If Johnson is convicted, the material for appeal could be turned into a Lifetime Original Movie… what a mess.

    • PoliceReport
      September 27, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

      This is a textbook example of creating reasonable doubt by lying.
      I think you’ll see this in another drug case coming up. Younger brother, no rap sheet pleaded out, older brother will put all of it on the younger brother and will walk.

      Even the police suggested that the witnesses got the wrong person. That coupled with the fact they pleaded to what they thought was just an assault, makes perfect sense.
      If you can pleaded down to a short stretch with time served, and think it’s not going to be a murder wrap, why wouldn’t you?
      Saves time, prolly better deal than what you public defender would get you at trial. It’s oddly believable.

      Also while DA Andrea Harrington has her book club, what’s going on with those dozens of Williams rape cases? In specific, what’s up with Pucci’s client. She was so aggrieved, why isn’t she in DA Andrea Harrington’s office asking for justice? Pucci said he had other people that were raped and contacted him, why isn’t he pushing forward on all those cases for the victims?

      • James
        September 28, 2019 at 9:15 am #

        I heard that Harrington shopped Pucci’s case around to her progressive DA friends and they turned her down because it’s a lousy case.

    • levitan
      September 29, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

      Could have been shot somewhere else, between Pittsfield and Cooley Dickinson.

      • levitan
        September 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

        Inadequate protection for witnesses, again?

        Remember Capeless stringing Glasser out as bait?

        • PoliceReport
          September 29, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

          That’s not exactly true. Glasser kept asking to leave his relocation locations and wouldn’t abide by the requirements of his relocation.
          Glasser had a number of cognitive problems that made dealing with him difficult.

          • Levitan
            September 29, 2019 at 8:45 pm #


            You’re right that Glasser was likely a difficult person who may have compromised himself even if he were covered. Capeless likely would have wanted him in witness protection. However, Capeless did not even approach the State for funds to provide witness protection. The evidence for carelessness is there.

  26. Ewendt
    September 27, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    I’ve heard from informed sources that this case was tee’d up for trial when Harrington took office. Now 9 months later the witnesses have had time to get scared and recant.

  27. Pat
    September 27, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    President Trump was doing exactly what he should have been doing since the law passed in 1998 that gives the United States and Ukraine the right to discuss possible criminal matters and that includes potential legal problems involving Biden and Ukraine and, oh yeah, a billion dollars. President Trump was well within his rights to do this. No money was held back from Ukraine either since it’s obvious that Trump and the Ukraine leader are on very good terms.

  28. Trump 2020
    September 27, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    I hope that the House of
    Representatives impeaches Trump. Let me tell you what will happen next!
    1. The House can pass articles of impeachment over the objections of the Republicans, and refer to the Senate for trial.
    2. The Senate will conduct a trial. There will be a vote, and the Republicans will vote unanimously, along with a small number of Democrats, to not convict the President. Legally, it will all be over at that point.
    3. However, during the trial, and this is what no one is thinking about right now, the President’s attorneys will have the right to subpoena and question ANYONE THEY WANT.. That is different than the special counsel investigation, which was very one-sided. So, during the impeachment trial, we will be hearing testimony from James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson, Donna Brazile, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Christopher Steele, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, James Clapper, and a whole host of other participants in this whole sordid affair and the ensuing cover up activities.
    A lot of dirt will be dug up; a lot of truth will be unveiled. Finger pointing will occur. Deals will start being made, and suddenly, a lot of democrats will start being charged and going to prison.
    All this, because, remember, the President’s team will now, for the first time, have the RIGHT to question all of these people under oath – and they will turn on each other. That is already starting.
    4. Lastly, one more thing will happen, the Senate will not convict the President. Nothing will happen to Trump. Most Americans are clueless about political processes, the law, and the Constitution. Most Americans believe that being impeached results in removal from office. They don’t understand that phase 2 is a trial in and by the Senate, where he has zero chance of conviction. Remember, the Senate is controlled by Republicans; they will determine what testimony is allowed — and **everything** will be allowed, including: DNC collusion with the Clinton campaign to fix the election in favor of Hillary, the creation of the Trump dossier, the cover up and destruction of emails that very likely included incriminating information.
    They will incriminate each other for lying to the FISA court, for spying and wiretapping the Trump campaign, and for colluding with foreign political actors, especially George Soros. After the Senate declines to convict the President, we will have an election, and Trump will win. It will be a backlash against democrat petulance, temper tantrums, hypocrisy and dishonesty. Even minorities will vote for Trump, because, for the first time, they will see that democrats have spent 2+ years focused on maintaining their own power, and not doing anything at all about black murders in Chicago, homelessness, opioids, and other important issues that are actually killing people. And, we will spend the following four years listening to politicians and pundits claim that the whole impeachment was rigged.
    So let’s move on to impeachment.

    • Pat
      September 28, 2019 at 5:11 am #

      I agree. They want to bring down Trump? Well, let’s get them for their crimes and show the American people just who are the real criminals. It’s time to fight back!!! They want a quick impeachment to avoid all of their own dirt being brought to light.

      • The school committee
        September 28, 2019 at 6:42 pm #

        Pat can you quote Trump and Rudy as they admit to the crime.

    • Lenny
      September 28, 2019 at 7:36 am #

      And the swamp will get eradicated!
      Win- win!
      Bring it on!

  29. Jonathan Melle
    September 27, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

    I believe that Gerry Doyle and Jimmy Ruberto were both big failures in the sad history of Pittsfield politics. The “Doyle debacle” included the signing of the questionable Consent Decree with GE, the birth of the now 21-year-old PEDA, the scandal where millions of taxpayer dollars went missing and was never accounted for, and Good Old Boys barroom politics. The “Ruberto regime” was like one big horrible series of lies! Jimmy Ruberto said he wouldn’t use the Good Old Boys club that gave Pittsfield politics a bad name. But in a short amount of time, it became clear that he was the King of the Good Old Boys! Ruberto said he had a “rolodex” of business contacts, but then hundreds of living wage jobs were lost and thousands of people moved away from Pittsfield during his 8 years of failed “leadership”. Ruberto spent over $2 million from GE’s settlement fund on the downtown Pittsfield’s arts venues instead of using the money for real economic development. On taxes, Ruberto raised annual budgets by 5% per fiscal year, while borrowing a record amount of money. After Ruberto retired, he led a coalition to sell off the Berkshire Museum’s most valuable pieces of artwork, which was very controversial and wrong.

    I disagree with the lovely Linda Tyer standing with Gerry Doyle and Jimmy Ruberto on Thursday, 9/26/2019. She is playing into the hands of the Good Old Boys who have ran Pittsfield into the proverbial ditch. It has been stated that Jimmy Ruberto acts like the Godfather of Pittsfield politics. He wants to run the show behind the scenes of Mayor Linda Tyer’s administration. If true, that shows very poor “leadership” by Linda Tyer. Instead, Linda Tyer should say she is independent and wants to lead Pittsfield away from its failed past leaders.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Johnny99
      September 28, 2019 at 4:49 am #

      Holy Toledo Johnathan, you took your blinders off and are now seeing things clearly, unlike half the GOBSIG types in the photo with their eyes closed.

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 28, 2019 at 9:42 am #

      She is not “playing into their hands” Johnathon. She IS ONE OF THEM!

    • Johnny2Shoes
      September 28, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      She could just say she is independent from them to get elected because politicians will say and do anything to get elected. I think that it is to late for that because the photo is already out there for anyone to believe it.

  30. john doe
    September 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    May I suggest everyone read the full transcript of the Trump Ukraine call rather than Dan’s small snippet. It reads like something out of the GodFather with Trump telling the Ukranian President he needs “favor” from him, which is to investigate Biden’s son. It couldn’t be more clear that Trump was soliciting help from a foreign leader to advance his own election prospects. It is completely egregious.

    And it is both scary and dangerous when people try to label a whistle blower a “spy” in order to deter any other would be whistle blowers. I am sure there are plenty of them out there. Trump is running this country like a third world despot.

    • Wilson
      September 28, 2019 at 2:51 am #

      are you so spun by the media that you are more upset about Trump trying to get elected than about Biden for being corrupt? Always about catching Trump in a technicality while criminals and traitors are protected

      • Pat
        September 28, 2019 at 5:06 am #

        Unbelievable. They did the same thing with Hillary and her crimes….look the other way because they are Democrats. It’s clear that the far left is willing to sacrifice Joe to get to Trump. So they make up this phony conspiracy theory with some loyal to Hillary CIA officer sneaking around the White House snooping for something they can twist into an impeachment. Joe isn’t far left enough for them anyway so they will throw him under the bus easily. They need that Green New Deal to pass to get total control over this country.

      • john doe
        September 28, 2019 at 7:29 am #

        I am upset that we have a president that is either so stupid or brazen, that after encouraging the Russians to interfere with his first election, he actively solicited the Ukranian government to help with this election. If you call that a technicality I would hate to know what you think needs to happen to actually be guilty of something.Your response is a classic Trump tactic. Rather than address the charge you try and divert about Biden, which is a whole separate issue.And as far as I’m concerned, both Hunter Biden and Don Trump Junior used the power of their father’s positions for personal gain and they should both be ashamed of themselves.

        • Johnny2Shoes
          September 28, 2019 at 8:12 am #

          I’m also upset with Trump,” The great “Art Of The Deal” maker. Why in the hell didn’t he offer one transcript to Shiff and the rest of the impeachment squad for 30,000 e-mails that would reveal so much about everything ?

        • Pat
          September 28, 2019 at 10:47 am #

          He didn’t encourage the Russians to interfere with the first 2016 election. That was Obama and crew who did NOTHING and said nothing even when they KNEW about the interference more than likely because they intended to blame it on Trump if he was elected, which they did. Shifty Shiff was the one who said he had solid information that Trump was guilty of Russian collusion. That was another lie. So here we go again with the Ukraine angle. These people are shameless.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      September 28, 2019 at 6:30 am #

      Whistleblower is just another name for a disgruntled democrat. Hillary called Joe and told him she has some leftover Bleach Bit for sale.You know her, anything for a buck.

      • Pat
        September 28, 2019 at 7:29 am #

        More suspicious activity going on behind the scenes with the whistle blower law. It was conveniently changed recently to allow complaints that do not involve firsthand knowledge by the whistle blower. Gee, I wonder who changed it?!?

      • john doe
        September 28, 2019 at 7:35 am #

        More Trump spin. Label someone who is reporting your bad behavior a traitor, spy, disgruntled democrat etc. Once again this is a dangerous action one would expect from a tyrant dictator. There is a reason there are whistle blower laws, and they protect all of us. I understand people’s frustrations with the far leaning left, but the way people blindly embrace and defend this poor excuse for a president is truly mind boggling. I predict that ten years from now most of Trumps supporters will be embarrassed to say publicly they ever supported him.

        • Lenny
          September 28, 2019 at 7:38 am #

          Turn off CNN, you globalist!

        • Johnny2Shoes
          September 28, 2019 at 8:14 am #

          Wouldn’t it be nice though if the same rules applied to all

  31. Joe Blow
    September 28, 2019 at 12:12 am #

    I’ve never seen a Presidents phone calls leaked before President Trump. This sets a very bad precedent for future Presidents of both parties. The deep state is real and a threat to our Constitutional Republic….keep it up Dems!

  32. Johnny Absurd
    September 28, 2019 at 4:34 am #

    So the mayor is bringing in this company EMA (Electro Magnetic Applications) to the PEDA site and giving them a healthy chunk of taxpayer money? And they want to build a Vacuum Chamber to test whatever?
    So why can’t the mayor save the taxpayers money by letting this company use the vacuum chamber in the corner office?

    The mayor says, “there is a lot more to be done”. (a lot more done to whom?) the taxpayers?

  33. Merry & Bright
    September 28, 2019 at 5:02 am #

    Hopefully the fact that McKennon stated on the BB Facebook that if he did not received money from the City of Pittsfield he would go elsewhere should be enough of heads up to vote this down. Any successful business man would know enough to not respond on a Facebook page, especially without thinking responses through. Why is his corporate headquarters not setting his business up? If he is already threatening to leave, will he take the money and the first time something does not go his way, he will stamp his feet and leave? Once again leaving the taxpayers of Pittsfield hanging This GE money should be utilized to benefit all the taxpayers not one person that has a dream. We also need a Mayor that serves all the people, not just a chosen few.

    • PoliceReport
      September 28, 2019 at 6:02 am #

      The two people from EMA pushing this deal have worked for EMA for less than six months each.
      One of them hasn’t even been working for a year.
      McKennon has been a consultant for 6 years and prior to that didn’t even work in the “space field”. Beyond consulting at GD during his EMA “tenure” he was a software “salesman” repping EMA at trade show booths.
      Neither of these individuals are principals of the company, they aren’t owners, co-owners, or on any board. They are new hire employees with a total of 6-7 years experience in the “space industry”.
      They’ve never run a company, never been responsible for any facilities they’ve owned, have extremely limited expertise in their field, and want to do something “no one has ever done before”.

      “No test facility in the world has all these capabilities, let alone in a single test chamber,” EMA states in documents within the proposal.
      Maybe there’s a reason for that? If NASA and SpaceX aren’t doing this, maybe there is a reason this isn’t being done?

      Seems like a lot of risk for 4 jobs, two of which are entry level administration positions.

      • danvalenti
        September 28, 2019 at 7:51 am #

        You ask reasonable questions, PR. The city’s only hope now rests with the council. They should NOT approve this shaky “investment.”

        • Gobsig
          September 28, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

          Tyer’s plan is to launch a tax probe to Uranus.

      • Auto Phil
        September 28, 2019 at 10:16 am #

        You make an excellent point. This kind of thing doesn’t exist anywhere else. Is this literally the brainchild of Justin McKennon? Why has no one / no company ever thought to comprehensively test spacecraft to space storm elements before? Or does it happen in some other fashion?

        We know McKennon/EMA has been in the process of developing this testing facility since at least April 2019. What has transpired between then and now to end up as a proposal to the City of Pittsfield in September 2019…?

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 28, 2019 at 7:52 am #

      I agree, but we have a bunch of non- business type people on the CC who will probably not investigate this matter thoroughly.
      I stand firmly against throwing Economic Development Funds at a fledgling private business in order to make it appear that our city leadership is making progress in bringing legit businesses to the city. Too many public money throwaways to private companies in this town.
      The hypocrisy is that longtime downtown business people like Ramondetta of Nautilus have to fight tooth & nail for free public parking space to be restored, yet the city rushes to throw $140,000 at a startup business offering 4 jobs in five years total.

      • danvalenti
        September 28, 2019 at 7:55 am #

        Precisely. This is not a “legit” business. It’s another sham and scam, by all appearances and all that due diligence reveals. What you say about long-established businesses is true, as well.

        • Lenny
          September 28, 2019 at 10:38 am #

          So are these two EMA people related to anyone in city government?

          • danvalenti
            September 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

            Good question. As we know, in Pittsfield, It’s a Small, Small World.

          • PoliceReport
            September 29, 2019 at 7:29 am #

            Not that I can see. Justin’s wife Jill McKennon works for eversource. They bought a $400k home in Pittsfield in 2016 on Juliana Drive. They have one child and would seem to be vested in the community.
            Justin May peddle his space chamber elsewhere but it would seem it’s more a way of staying here.
            If he gets his space chamber, as his contract ends with GD, he won’t end up consulting elsewhere.
            The motivation is not “what’s good for Pittsfield” or what makes sense in the industry, it’s a way for Justin to stay put, nothing more.

      • levitan
        September 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

        Business experience is not required to determine the strength of this proposal. Everything one needs to know to question is available in the minutes.

  34. PoliceReport
    September 28, 2019 at 5:38 am #

    As it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, two of the most common types of domestic violence are rape of a spouse or domestic partner and sexual abuse against a date aka “date rape”.

    Considering there were dozens of outstanding alleged cases of rape at Williams and it was a lynchpin promise of DA Andrea Harrington’s campaign, maybe instead of hosting a book club she should be prosecuting those cases. Maybe she should spend a little time reading and brushing up on current case law and get in there and win those cases for the victims.

    It’s interesting that most of the complaints levied are Williams College, except those “dozen” or so cases Pucci says he was told about, haven’t been investigated and moved forward.
    If there’s about 50 or so sexual assaults a year at Williams College, why isn’t DA Andrea Harrington pursuing these cases?
    These “sexual predators”, if left unchecked and not punished – do they plan on punishing them if the are under 25? Under 21?
    will only go on to do it again.

    Also as Pucci and DA Andrea Harrington have asserted that it was all a failure of Capeless and Caccaviello, maybe she should talk with Lexie Brackenridge and her parents.

    You can read her story here:

    It falls within the timeline of the cases Pucci was talking about.
    What seems to be theme, as is with many of these cases, that DA Andrea Harrington forgets to mention, many of the students don’t bring criminal charges. That coupled with the schools Title IV requirement of maintaining the victims confidentiality, creates this catch-22 of non-reporting.

    One interesting quote, “Her parents consulted an attorney. He advised against pressing charges, warning them that a trial would take two years and take their daughter out of college.”
    This sadly seems to be the norm, thankfully some progress is being made but I certainly encourage DA Andrea Harrington to use her vast legal experience and knowledge to work with local colleges to increase reporting.

    • danvalenti
      September 28, 2019 at 7:52 am #

      Yes. The Williams rape case were, as you say, one of AH’s major campaign platforms. Then she get in and what happens? Nothing. Actions speak all.

      • Blare
        September 29, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

        I would guess that Yoonsang Bae disagrees with you.

        • PoliceReport
          September 29, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

          The Bae case was delayed because the victim in question got the remedy of him being suspended, she being able to complete college, then being emotionally and physically ready to testify.

          Bae was indicted in 2017, it took two years for the case to come to trial. By her own words she was not emotionally ready to testify until years after the rape, hence the original offer of the plea deal. As she became a willing witness, due to time, therapy, and a change in attitude, a rape case ends up being easier to present. A rape case with no victim testimony becomes a one sided “he said” case.
          It was consensual sex”.

          Where’s the Pucci case? Why hasn’t DA Andrea Harrington pursued that one? Brakenridge case, well within the statue of limitations.

          • Blare
            September 29, 2019 at 10:19 pm #

            There’s a reason AH said “we will not plea down rape charges” after the conviction, a pretty clear reference to Capeless’s wrist-slap plea offer to Bae.

            You take info in the Beagle and weave it into a facile story that you know neither the victim or anyone else is going to bother refuting. You imply you have inside knowledge, despite the fact that if you DO have inside knowledge and think it’s ok to share it on a message board, you are an ethical disaster.

            Also, why do you keep mentioning the “Pucci case”? I know he brought up a case during the DA election, but why do you still care? Did Pucci beat you up as a kid?

    • Blare
      September 29, 2019 at 3:11 pm #

      An “interesting quote” is usually one that comes directly from an actor in a situation, not a reporter’s 2-sentence summary of what was likely a carefully considered, painful choice. Chanel Miller’s story probably helps explain their decision.

  35. The Ruki
    September 28, 2019 at 11:35 am #

    And correct Dan. You could also say that about the Mayors blight program, a stint you did when you were at Puke T V illustrated the infamous Hess Forest still standing. Lovely view isn’t it?as youngsters leave Morning-side School. Vote Yuki andJay Hamling,very smart people.

    • Benigno Numine
      September 28, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

      None smarter than Alex Blumin. Most important to get White and Persip off the CC. Two dumb gobsigs.

  36. Mill Street Blues
    September 28, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

    One of the biggest blight disappointments was the area around Silver a Lake last I looked was weed laden specifically around the lake. I really thought the city was going to make that area special. Another fugetaboutit.

    • Auto Phil
      September 28, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

      They only mow it when there is something happening at the PEDA sites. I believe it was mowed last week in preparation for the spaceship landing…

  37. The school committee
    September 28, 2019 at 6:45 pm #

    TYER wants your money.

    • Jonathan Melle
      September 28, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

      Blame Linda!

      • Johnny2Shoes
        September 29, 2019 at 6:10 am #

        She inherited a mess! And another couple terms should do the trick to clean it up.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      September 29, 2019 at 6:06 am #

      You can’t enjoy a vibrant and dynamic city without cash for very long.

      • danvalenti
        September 29, 2019 at 7:52 am #

        You left out “collaborative.” Vibrant, dynamic, and collaborative. All is well.

  38. PoliceReport
    September 28, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

    An Adams man was arrested Saturday in an August shooting that claimed the life of 32-year-old Stephanie Olivieri, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

    Tyler Sumner, 25, faces a murder charge stemming from the Columbus Avenue homicide, said Andy McKeever, a spokesman for the office. Sumner is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Berkshire District Court.

    McKeever said officers with the Pittsfield Police Department arrested Sumner with assistance from patrol units in Adams and North Adams.

    Olivieri, of Yonkers, N.Y., was shot once Aug. 25 while sitting in a car on Columbus Avenue. Investigators did not believe that she was the intended target, officials said in the days after the shooting.

    More details were unavailable at the time of this report.

    • PoliceReport
      September 28, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

      NORTH ADAMS — The Berkshire County Drug Task Force raided a West Main Street apartment Tuesday night, reportedly turning up crack cocaine and heroin.

      After watching the property as part of a three-month investigation, police executed a search warrant and located Tyler Sumner, 23, who was allegedly in possession of $314 in cash, 23 bags of heroin and 8 grams of crack cocaine.

      If sold on the street, the heroin is estimated by police to be worth $160 to $230, while the crack cocaine would bring in about $800.

      Prosecutors argued that Sumner has engaged in “consistent criminal activity for years,” referring to his multiple prior drug convictions.

      Sumner’s attorney, Glenn Keiderling, briefly questioned if police had substantiated the reliability of confidential informants referenced in the report and indicated he would explore whether the initial search warrant was valid.Sumner pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Northern Berkshire District Court to single counts of class A drug possession, subsequent offense, and class B drug possession, subsequent offense.

      Judge Paul Vrabel set bail at $3,500 cash or $35,000 surety.

      He is scheduled to appear in court June 22 for a pretrial hearing.

      NORTH ADAMS — A Pittsfield man was sentenced to two-and-a half years in jail on Wednesday for assaulting two state troopers in Adams after a routine traffic stop last year.

      According to police, Tyler Sumner, 19, of Hamlin Street, was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and had to be subdued with pepper spray after attempting to fight off two troopers on Columbia Street on Oct. 23, 2013.

      Sumner was found guilty of two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card.

      Judge Michael Ripps’ sentencing was in line with recommendations by the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office and Sumner’s attorney Michelle Mechta.

      When Trooper Michael O’Brien began a pat-down search of Sumner outside the pulled-over car, he resisted, knocking down O’Brien into the road. Sumner then punched and pushed Trooper Dave McKearney, according to the police report.

      After his arrest, police found a Colt .25 pistol containing one round on Sumner. He told police that he and another passenger were members of the Crips gang.

    • JoePesci
      September 29, 2019 at 1:53 am #

      Hat’s off to the detectives who solved this case, and not the DA who couldn’t indicte a ham sandwich!

      • danvalenti
        September 29, 2019 at 7:51 am #

        Well, if the ham sandwich had a lot of horseradish and Tabasco, maybe our tough-on-crime D.A. might be able to indict.

  39. Acute Angina
    September 28, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

    Do you believe it? Twenty five and according to Harrington his brain just finished developing. Oh well.

    • PoliceReport
      September 29, 2019 at 4:20 am #

      As you will see, as it is approved for posting, this young man has a storied history of violence and drug dealing. His criminal history goes way back to when he was an actual juvenile, 14 and 15 with assault charges culminating in an arrest for assault with a firearm when he was barely 17.
      Of course none of it was his fault, his brain was and is still developing. His gang affiliation is just a byproduct of his need for a family and like other experts have noted, this is just a local crime not a crime associated with a larger enterprise of drug trafficking and gangs. This will be the second innocent woman shot in the head, by mistake mind you, by people with known gang ties and a history of violence and drug dealing.

      • Auto Phil
        September 29, 2019 at 11:37 am #

        This is all because he wasn’t diverted between ages 17-24 you know. We failed him as a community.

      • Agent 86
        September 29, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

        PoliceReport, what was the disposition of the firearms charges over the years on this knucklehead?

        • PoliceReport
          September 29, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

          About two years total in jail. Sentenced to 2 1/2 for gun a year and a 1/3 for their things.

          • Agent 86
            September 29, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

            • Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 18B, an additional criminal charge can be imposed if a person is charged with a felony and was in possession of any type of firearm at that time. If convicted, a minimum prison sentence of five years will be imposed. In the case of a ‘large capacity’ weapon, the prison sentence will be at least 10 years. Additionally, a sentence will be imposed for the underlying felony.

  40. PoliceReport
    September 29, 2019 at 4:07 am #

    So if you follow the Democrats “logic” the best way to get away with something is to be a candidate for President, then any official questions about your families illegal doings become “opposition research”

    Much ado has been made about why this call was moved to a code worded system and why many calls like it were not.
    As it contains the specific names of people of interest and specific names of alleged bad actors in a forgiven government, by law it should be code worded. Code worded and eye only systems and protocols are designed to keep casual eyes off of documents and conversations that might lead to future criminal prosecutions or intelligence actions.

    US and Ukraine Treaty doc 106-6, signed by then President Bill Clinton with then Senator Joe Biden voting to ratify contains the following:
    “The Treaty is self-executing. It provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual assistance available under the Treaty includes: taking of testimony or statements of persons; providing documents, records, and articles of evidence; serving documents; locating or identifying persons; transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes; executing requests for searches and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to restraint, confiscation, forfeiture of assets, restitution, and collection of fines; and any other form of assistance not prohibited by the laws of the requested state. I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty and give its advice and consent to ratification.”


  41. Pat
    September 29, 2019 at 5:30 am #

    I amend the above. It seems the change in the Whistle Blower Act was made sometime between 2018 and the present and was done in secret. This CIA agent and more than likely other spies were in the White House during that time and have been trying to get something on the president all this time. This change in the Whistle Blower law would cover all their bases. So while the Russian collusion investigation was going on which shifty Schiff assured us he had solid information that the president was guilty, they also had this “insurance policy” investigation going on in the White House.

  42. The school committee
    September 29, 2019 at 6:51 am #

    Linda Tyer is running for Mayor for 4 More Years to protect her Department heads and their slogan is”We want to spend more money than last year and we need to raise TAXES” Taxes for Tyer because she knows how to spend.

    • Jonathan Melle
      September 29, 2019 at 10:09 am #

      Pittsfield politics stands for high taxes!

  43. Johnny2Shoes
    September 29, 2019 at 11:45 am #

    I would say the voters who vote them in and keep putting them in are the real reason Pittsfield politics stands for higher taxes. They know what they are getting from the same retreads after awhile in office.

  44. The school committee
    September 29, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

    The snowflake Senate is afraid of Don Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s Mafia

    • Van Lingle Mungo
      September 29, 2019 at 6:42 pm #

      Stop it Mark.

  45. The school committee
    September 29, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

    Snowflake Republicans are quiet.

  46. C. Trzcinka
    September 29, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

    There is obvious pressure from Trump to do a “favor”. He asks this in the paragraph after Zelensky asks for Javelins which the Ukrainians need to stop the Russians. Trump does not define the favor which means either he doesn’t know what it is or both parties know what it is. The request for a favor coming immediately after the request for assistance is a threat. Trump goes on to elaborate that an investigation should begin against Biden and that Zelensky should coordinate with Guiliani and Barr.

    There is a benign explanation and an corrupt one of this exchange. The corrupt one is fully explained by the Democrats -Trump is using US national security to improve his election chances. The benign explanation is that he is trying to reduce corruption in a country where the US has strategic interests. He wants to see investigations proceed of hacking by Ukrainian in the 2016 election (Zelensky’s prosecutor general believes this) and corruption with American citizens one of which happens to be Hunter Biden.

    There are many facts in the whistle-blower’s report that the Democrats will either confirm or dis-confirm over the next few weeks. We will see which explanation they support.