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A WORD ON ‘THE PUBLIC GOOD,’ CHIEF WYNN RESPONDS, MORE QUESTIONS on STEROIDsGATE, and THE PLANET CHALLENGES TIM FARKAS TO A BOXING MATCH

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BY DAN VALENTI

‘Phony Bastard’ Apparel, Items: A Sensation Waiting to be Born

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL 20, 2001) — SECOND ADD — We have slapped a copyright (C) on “Phony Bastard,” and have our second fortune lined up with PB T-Shirts, Mugs, Keychains, and the like. There will be a Phony Bastard float in this year’s parade. We will license Phony Bastard stemware.

For example, the T-Shirts will come in a variety of colors and sizes. Each will feature the city’s famous checkerboard seal. There will be three basic wordings, depending upon who wears it or, if a gift, who is the intended recipient:

Model 1 — “I’m a phony bastard.” Perfect as a gift for Jonathan Lothrop, for example, or, if you are upset at that, Dan Valenti.

Model 2 — “I’m NOT a Phony Bastard.” Perfect for Mike Ward, because he told us he was not. The Planet will receive lots of these as gifts. Joe Nichols, Melissa Mazzeo, and kevin Sherman also come to mind.

Model 3 — !NEW! Added to the line for The Planet’s fashion consultant, Da Gen. This one reads: “I’m with Phony Bastard” with an arrow pointing to your side. Perfect for when you’re walking with someone like Lothrop, or, again, if you are one of The Planet’s many critics, Dan Valenti.

SEE YA TONIGHT, CHAPTERS BOOKSTORE, AT 6 PM FOR BASEBALL, GOD, & OTHER NON-SEQUITURS. “OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.” LOVE TO ALL.

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Wynn, Granger, PPD, and Planet: We’re All in It for The Public Good

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL 20, 2011) — FIRST ADD — Busy morning on The Planet, with media commitments, a deadline just met, and other fun stuff. We again thank Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn for his response to our recent postings and questions raised.

The Planet is second to none in respect for Wynn, both as a man and as a cop. We know him mostly in the latter capacity, through personal interaction and from reading his book on leadership (a topic which interests us greatly, since we have often spoken on it to businesses and conferences). We take the chief’s information at face value, realizing that as #1 command, he must balance a slew of interests that few realize. These interests involve many “audiences”: His officers, citizens and taxpayers, the mayor, city hall, home and family, the criminal justice system and courts, and others. It reminds us of the great Cuban righty, Luis Tiant, who could throw five different pitches from four different release points and six different moti0ns.

We also realize that Captain David Granger, as the man in charge if the internal investigation into SteroidsGate, has as a main loyalty the best for the men and women under his command. We fully understand why he would be concerned that there are leaks coming from the department. Every official agency reacts this way to leaks. It’s all about the flow of information. In a free society, and without compelling reason, information belongs to the public. The agencies generating that information, especially when it involves security and law enforcement issues, have a responsibility to control the information flow.

Information becomes a medium of exchange, a coin of the realm, that pays interest, can determine fortune or debt, be used to gain access or not, and, like other “coin,” be used as a measure of deciding the value of the objects to which they attach.

The Planet remains open to both and all sides of this story. We would love to sit down, on or off the record, with Chief Wynn and Capt. Granger, and we will do our best to make our time available if they think that will be helpful for the public good.

The Planet assumes that the chief, the captain, and the entire PPD shares the public good as our overriding, and practically ONLY, interest in the relevant topics.

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Chief Wynn Responds

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL 20, 2011, THE 1-STAR) — First in with Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn’s reponse to our phone call of April 19. The chief responded by e-mail, which is great, because it is in writing.

Here’s what the chief wrote in an e-mail sent and received at 2:49 p.m. April 19:

Comments: Dan,

Got your message, left at the office this morning.  Sorry for the delay in responding.  I think this response fully states my position on these issues:

1.  The “investigations”:  Neither of the investigations identified on your site has a known connection to the PPD.  The local LE agency investigated a steroid “importer,” who subsequently identified two local LE personnel.   The Federal investigation targeted the alleged source of the steroids.  We have no information that either of these investigations has any Pittsfield connection, beyond that already identified.

2. OT:  I haven’t stopped all Drug Enforcement OT.  I have asked all command staff, across all divisions to monitor and limit discretionary OT spending.  We go through this process every year, as we closely monitor our budget, in order to stay within budget.

3. Road Jobs:  All sworn personnel below the rank of Lieutenant are eligible to work outside overtime details.  Many plain clothes personnel do so regularly.  The decision by Investigators to work details is probably based more on scheduling changes, than any lost OT.

4. I have not issued any order to the Drug Unit to stay in Pittsfield.  Our unit’s members are assigned to the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and have the authority to work county wide.  Drug traffickers don’t respect jurisdictional boundaries and our investigators go where the cases take them.  These operations generate leads which often develop into Pittsfield cases.  The Drug Unit’s supervisors did request that they be allowed to temporarily focus their efforts closer to home and cut back on the number of operations they are running.  This request was based on the demands presented by current investigations.  I approved this request.

Much of the cost associated with our investigators working extra-jurisdictional cases is reimbursed through our Task Force agreement.  The benefits to the City from participating in the Task Force far outweigh any other costs.

5.   We have experimented with different schedules for the Drug Unit and many other personnel.  We’ll keeping doing so until we find the schedules that work the best for everyone.

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The Questions Won’t Go Away, and Neither Will the Story Until there are Believable Answers

The Planet thanks the chief for this response. There are, of course, many outstanding questions:

* The two investigations into steroids, the chief says, have no “known connection to the PPD.” On the other hand, that does not say there is no such connection. There may be a connection that is unknown to the PPD and to The Planet.

* What does Chief Wynn make of the Granger Memo? He does not deny the veracity of the memo, with good reason. The veracity of the Granger Memo is beyond all reasonable doubt. For example, does the chief think it is an appropriate memo in content and tone?

* Does the chief share Captain Granger’s opinion that Planet Valenti is a “malicious and self-serving” website?

* Is the chief satisfied with the extent and scope of Capt. Granger’s investigation — five days long — into steroids that “nabbed” officer David Kirchner?

* Why did Granger’s investigation take only five days, when routine matters of far less importance often take up weeks and months of internal probe?

* Did Kirchner get favored treatment compared to other officers, who — according to PPD inside sources — say were railroaded because they didn’t have the right connections. If so, why? What, if anything, makes Kirchner special? Does he know too much? Having been cut a huge break in the slap on the wrist he apparently received, does that make him less apt to spill the beans on compromising information he may know pertaining to command rank within the PPD?

* Why did the actions of officer Kirchner come as a surprise to the PPD command?

* If Kirchner was involved in illegal drug activity and the PPD didn’t know it, what is the assurance to the public that Kirchner is the only PPD staffer involved in such activity? In light of this, does Capt. Granger recommend an independent top-to-bottom internal probe?

Boring Broadsheet: A Lack of Balls and a Challenge in the Square Circle: Tim Farkas, Will You Accept The Planet’s Offer to a Match?

Many more questions remain outstanding. SteroidsGate as a story will not stop until they have been answered. And where, in all this, is the Boring Broadsheet, that emasculated shell of its former shell. Tim Farkas, man up. Show you got a pair. Wait, on second thought, we can’t ask the impossible.

OK, so here’s the deal. Since you won’t debate The Planet on the role of journalism in the era of cyberspace and the media’s responsibility to the citizenry, The Planet makes this offer, of our own free will:

*We challenge you to a boxing match at Beloved Wahconah Park, three rounds, as the undercard when Jose Canseco and celebrity boxing comes to the ballpark. We have been working out on the heavy bag. You have the advantage of size and reach. We have the advantage of speed and stamina. The Planet vs. FarkMan? We box for our favorite respective charities. What say?

And riddle me this. A dog licks its balls because it can. Why doesn’t the Boring Broadsheet doesn’t lick its balls?

Answer: Because it has none. Phony Bastard.

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FIRST ADD LATER TODAY. UNTIL THEN, “OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.” LOVE TO ALL.

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Joetaxpayer
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Joetaxpayer

Nicely done! Who the hell is Tim Farkas?

scott
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scott

The executive liar, oops I mean editor of the Berkshire Eagle.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Tim Farkas is the executive editor at The Berkshire Eagle who opted not to publish the fact that Angelo Stracuzzi was originally charged by Biddeford Maine police with soliciting 13 and 15 year-old boys for sex. Rather, Mr. Farkas felt obliged simply to let it be reported that there was just one incident rather than the two that actually occurred. All that Mr. Farkas could muster up is that it was only an assault and battery, and malicious destruction of private property involving one ‘young male’. Mr. Farkas let stand the perp’s — Stracuzzi’s — version of events without publishing a single word of the Biddeford Police detective’s report on the two incidents. Apparently, all the unseemly facts got in the way of The Eagle’s protecting Mr. Stracuzzi and Mr. Farkas was in the middle of that cover-up — along with his sleazy publisher… Read more »

Joetaxpayer
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Joetaxpayer

Thanks for the answer. He does seem like a PB.

CONCERNED
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CONCERNED

Speaking of Mr. Stracuzzi there is a rumor that he is working for Jack Downing at Vet. Home (not sure correct title) on West Housatonic St. Also something about Mr. Stracuzzi starting a credit union for the vets. I know he has been seen in town on several occasions. Has he no shame ?????

scott
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scott

Why should he he is in good company after all here in the Beautiful Berkshires if you know what I mean…

Conor Berry
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Conor Berry

Mr. Heller, You win: So, I’m feeling some pressure, as a reporter, to peel the onion further, especially since the “citizen journalists” of the online world are mentioning the awful, tawdry details of the Greylock CEO case and I haven’t written word one — though I did, in a rather delphic way, allude to some bizarre sets of circumstances. Didn’t the CEO’s mother warn him against picking up hitchikers?! I was originally told, point blank, by two well-placed law enforcement sources that the underlying charges, the ones The Eagle avoided covering initially, stemmed from allegations that the CEO in question solicited sex from a group of boys or pre-teens up in Biddeford, ME. At that point, I had no idea the allegations stemmed from two separate incidents spread over two evenings. I actually learned that from you, Mr. Heller. My source said, and I… Read more »

GMHeller
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GMHeller

CONOR BERRY!
Your reportorial presence in Berkshire County has been sorely missed!
Thank you for fleshing out more of the details regarding the Stracuzzi matter and how it came to be reported in The Berkshire Eagle.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

“Cover-up! Eagle CEO ‘Barred..Reporting’ on Stracuzzi Sex Cases! — Awful Details”

SEE:
http://berkshireeagle.blogspot.com/2011/04/cover-up-eagle-ceo-barredreporting-on.html

Jeff
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Jeff

Conor,

You will be missed. I cancelled my subscription the day you left (I was going to anyway). Do you have any insight on the SteriodsGate?

San Simeon
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San Simeon

exec edittor of the boring broadsheet, refused the planet’s challenge for a debate. i like this approach, maquis queensbury rules. buddy lewis as ref

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I wonder if Acting Chief Michael Winn knows that everyone thinks he is a big fool and an idiot. Not one person beloved a word of what he said. Not one person does not believe there is so much more going on and whatever it is, it must be UGLY.

Guy N
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Guy N

Dan your Bloggs should be on topix. Shame on you for stooping to name calling. Grow up Dan! Show that your a man not a pussy.

scott
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scott

You’re* Also as a feminist I find the word “pussy” highly offensive.

Guy N
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Guy N

OK How about girly boy?

Still wondering
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Still wondering

Regarding Angelo… he has a gravestone at St. Joe’s cemetary with his name on it AND his now ex-wife’s name too. I wonder how she feels about that.

John
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John

Thank you Mayor Ruberto for taking the time out of your schedule to do the event tonight at Chapters with Dan tonight, see you guys there.

arpaint
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arpaint

Well Dan as I have said before your site is grate and I don’t care if some captain doesn’t like it. As far as Kirchner is concern I think the chief should have got rid of him because of what I have read about steroid use a how it could jeopardize someone employment in law enforcement and if that is true then this officer should have been sent on his way. I suggest that this officer resign and put this whole matter to rest and PPD can get on with their work and not worry about what is on your site.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Mr. Valenti,
Rather than waste time and energy with a lightweight like Tim Farkas, recommend you extend your challenge to Andrew Mick or hizzoner himself, James Ruberto.

Guy N
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Guy N

I think Paul Dowd even with ALS can whip Dan’s Butt!!

John
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John

Heard the Punisher is wearing a t-shirt with Jose Canseco’s arm on it with a needle, (steroids) not cool for kids to look at, Charity or not. Then Canseco will be the Colonials first base Coach after the fight. So what does this message send to our youth? One thing is for certain after Canseco beats up the Punisher, Canseco will coach first base. The Punisher will be first base.

John
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John

There is no line, Planet. Farkas can’t make the weight by fight time. Everyone in Vegas knows the Planet is always on top of his game.

John
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John

Diagnosing Siggies Freud’s letter, one could gather the half truth that is mentioned is probably the factor that would not want to be exposed, that would be the other half.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Dan Valenti:
In your First Add today, you write:
“We also realize that Captain David Granger, as the man in charge if the internal investigation into SteroidsGate, has as a main loyalty the best for the men and women under his command.”
Excuse me, but as the guy in charge of PPD’s Internal Affairs Unit, isn’t David Granger’s real job to ferret out corruption and wrongdoing inside the department and bring those people to justice?
If that’s what you think his gig is, and if Capt. Granger’s ‘main loyalty’ is ‘the best for the men and women’ of the department, then Capt. Granger is in the wrong job; he ought instead be the local police union president.

scott
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scott

Right on T.V the IA guys are always dicks and feared by the regular cops.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Dan Valenti, You write: “The Planet is second to none in respect for Wynn, both as a man and as a cop.” Question: Why? Especially if this public official is not doing his job well and, at best, is being disingenuous with the public he is supposed to serve. Chief Wynn intentionally kept you out of a press conference ultimately held privately behind closed doors with Berkshire Eagle editors. Further, chief Wynn has done nothing so far but dissemble and mislead in every one of his public statements regarding the federal steroids probe. Further, chief Wynn has not announced that he was undertaking any internal investigation of any kind into steroids usage in the department he controls. Mr. Valenti, when you make public statements espousing grand admiration for a local public official who in reality has not proven his ability to deal honestly with… Read more »

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Mr. Valenti, One additional point.
If you have such admiration for Chief Wynn’s leadership, why do you express so much indignation with the email Capt. Granger sent out to the police rank and file?
Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Capt. Granger’s email was vetted thoroughly before it was sent by chief Wynn before the ‘send’ button was pressed on Capt. Granger’s computer keyboard?

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Clarification: Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Capt. Granger’s email was vetted thoroughly by Chief Wynn before the ‘send’ button was pressed on Capt. Granger’s computer keyboard?

John
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John

I say meet u’s at the gig tonight and we’ll all break bread, what is exactly on the menu, Planet? Also, just ran across Jonathan Levine, say it isn’t so Planet, you haven’t been sparring with him for the undercard with fartass, have you? He had some sort of busted up right arm.

ambrose bearse
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ambrose bearse

you’re match with farkas would be interesting – how about a few more that would pack the place
jimmy g vs jimmy r. or johnny b. or
tom h. vs jimmy r. or
how about nichols-krol, marine vs, brown nose
for the main event Trish vs Pam – no last names needed – their faces flash across the mind like Snookie vs Madonna –
if Trish’s got anything left, one on one with Melissa, my $ on Mel, in like 15 seconds, but she’ll still lose, 8-3.

Cindy Berkman
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Cindy Berkman

If I’m a betting woman, I’m going with the following:

*Jimmy G vs. Jimmy R (Jimmy R, by split decision)
*Nichols (Marine) vs. Krol (the nose that knows a powerful rear-end, when he can get his nose in there)-Nichols in a 80’s style Tyson knock-out
*Yon vs. caffeine (caffeine in the same fashion as Nichols)
*J. Lo (American Idol diva) vs. J. Lo (Pittsfield’s own divo)-Draw
*Lee vs. Budweiser-Lee DQ’d 30 seconds into fight. Lee shown in replays biting into Budweiser that would make even Mike Tyson jealous.

John
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John

Dr. Adamo can do the testing before the matches. And the time keeper at the bell, of course, Gerry Lee. Three minute rounds. Mel would knock your fillings out.

John
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John

@G M and Planet….It isn’t what you know its what you can prove….Training Day…. And a good reporter will go on to the next one!

scott
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scott

They said that in “Law Abiding Citizen”.

PITTSFIELD BELIEVER
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PITTSFIELD BELIEVER

VALENTI ate at the Red Lion Inn tonight with Jim Ruberto and Deval PAtrick (and wives). This is from the phony who is the Champiopn of the Little Guy. Partick. I kid you not. Crawling to Valenti like he’s something. Little guy to little guy. Two Napoleons. Ask Nancy Fitz if the table received a bill,. This was the post-party dinner, VIP private room after the events at chapters in downtown pittsfield. I can forgive Mayor Ruberto. He’s on his way out. But Patrick. With Valenti? Ask that phopny bastard Valenti to deny all this and he wont.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

If that were true, it’s like asking Liberal reporters in main stream media who party with Bill Clinton or Barack Obama to be impartial in their coverage of the guy– yeah, right.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Mr. Valenti,
Does Pittsfield Believer’s allegation hold water?
Did you dine this evening with Ruberto, Patrick and Co.?

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Mr. Valenti:
You are dissembling.
Just answer the question:
Did you dine this evening with Ruberto, Patrick and Co.?
Yes or no?

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Mr. Valenti,
If you dine as friends with the Mayor, and if that Mayor is stage-managing the Police Department’s ham-handed response to a federal steroids probe whilst simultaneously (and intentionally) NOT instructing that department to investigate and discover the extent of steroids usage and dealing within that department, then how do you honestly expect to be able to pose the tough, totally unfriendly questions that need to be asked of that Mayor with whom you just broke bread?

Dusty
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Dusty

a valid point and one I think I have heard Dan make himself at one time

it does seem strange Dan that one minute you are ripping Marchetti a new one and then you dine and chat with him in the company of the exalted mayor and all of a sudden he is now Gods gift..

certainly took me back a step

Jeff
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Jeff

I think it was brave to write that about the intimidation, we back you 100%. It just goes to prove there is some really really evil stuff being hid. I like Glen also. I enjoy reading you both very much. There has been a lack of good reporting for a long time.

Joetaxpayer
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Joetaxpayer

Would not dine withDeval if you paid me and paided for my meal,how did he ever get re-elected.Was really hoping Obama was going to get him away from us.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

For the record, if I was paid and if my meal was paid for, I would indeed dine with any Liberal Democrat.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

My preferences when dining out are Lobster and Oysters on the half-shell.

edconnect
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edconnect

Isn’t phony bastard an oxymoron? Isn’t it good to be a” phony bastard”? Or a “fake illegitimate child”

scott
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scott

It depends on how you think about it but you’re right nice job using your brain.

Planet Valenti