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TRUMP’s ROLLING PRESS CONFERENCE, LITERALLY ON COURSE, CONVEYS THE ESSENCE OF HIS PRESIDENTIAL BID

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION JULY 15-17, 2016) —  Today, THE PLANET runs a guest story that conveys the refreshing, unpredictable, and honest flavor of Donald Trump campaign to become your next president. He’s a candidate unique in modern presidential politics. His campaign that has thrown out The [...]

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AUDIT REVEALS CITY’S FINANCIAL WOES, BUT TWO SIMPLE REFORMS WOULD PROVIDE THE FIX

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY JULY 14, BASTILLE DAY 2016) — Typically, the audit performed by Scanlon & Associates for the city does little more than check the math. In its own words, its “responsibility is to express opinions” on the city’s financial claims. At worst, the auditors [...]

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BLACK COP HAS HEARD ENOUGH; FACEBOOK POST FRAMES RACE ISSUE PASSIONATELY, PRECISELY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 13, 2016) — Most any fair-minded person would find it both incredible and incredulous to read the many inaccurate, inflammatory, and in some cases hysterical claims about how this nation’s police forces are stacked with trigger-happy muscle heads who want only to gun [...]

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‘THE FERGUSON EFFECT,’ PART II

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Second of Two Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY JULY 12, 2016) — Nearly two years ago, police in Ferguson, MO, shot and killed Michael Brown. To explain this act, social activists created a metaphor that morphed into a national storyline, namely, that police departments across the nation are [...]

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‘THE FERGUSON EFFECT’ IS TO RACE RELATIONS WHAT BLACK IS TO WHITE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 11, 2016) — Nearly two years ago, police in Ferguson, MO, shot and killed Michael Brown. To explain this act, social activists from the extreme left created a metaphor that morphed into a national storyline, namely, that police departments across the nation [...]

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CORRECTING ERRONEOUS CLAIMS ON A PROJECT THAT COMES FROM GOODNESS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, JULY 8-10, 2016) — Allow THE PLANET to have the final word on our recent discussion of the merits and achievement of Jim and Jackie Shulman‘s triumphant Berkshire Carousel. First, no one including THE PLANET ever claimed that the carousel would be [...]

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