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SPRING SPRINGS … ORANGE MADNESS … & … CABLE COMMISSION WOES

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 21, 2018) — We made it. Another winter resides now only in the books, an abstraction devoutly wished by many but not THE PLANET.

We have come to cherish snow season as part of the quadrennial Equinox. On a long, brisk walk in the semi-wilderness, we saw birds banking on the wind, a fox making tracks, and crystalized snowmelt slowly trickling under a cold sun. With the stripped trees, one can see deeply into the same woods that, in late spring and summer, shall be obscured by the green leaves of contradiction. In the evening, we gazed in “real country dark” at a sky full of stars, locating Orion’s Belt at 60 degrees in the SW ceiling with Venus blazing to the left. Diagonally opposite, the Big Dipper dripped with signs of True North.

Magnificent. A blessing.

We have also come to cherish, even covet, the “turning inside” that winter forces upon us. The snow acts as a muffle, and the silence becomes thick, offering recovery, relief, and unique self-consistencies that, at other times of the year, seem harder to come by. “Snow days” exist but not in a school context. A “snow day” is gray-white possibility.

Keep Florida. Give me a Northeast winter every time.

ORANGE ALERT — Not many outside of  THE PLANET and a few diehards gave the Syracuse Orangemen much chance of even making March Madness. The NCAA selection committee, giving the nod to coach Boeheim, gave the Orange a play-in game to determine the tournament’s final spot. Syracuse won. Then came two surprising victories, the second a shocker, against teams highly favored and better “on paper” the latter of which many picked for the championship game.

Fortunately, you don’t play on paper. You play on hardwood, and the Orange, largely on a brilliant, disciplined 2-3 zone defense, have made the Sweet 16. Next up is Duke (with Syracuse one of three ACC teams still alive). The Blue Devils won earlier this year in regular conference play in their southern barn as well as a match-up in the Carrier Dome. This time, the game is on neutral court. Duke will go against a bunch of young men who don’t know they’re not supposed to be doing what they’re doing. Moral of the story: Never trust “the experts.”

CATV CALLS — Monday night’s packed public hearing on Spectrum’s cable service highlighted a major structural fault that has long held back Pittsfield. THE PLANET writes of the demise in quality of the city’s boards and commissions. Over the years, these panels have been largely taken over by political hacks, wannabes, and the “Barney Fife” types — they love to see their name in the paper when nominated by the mayor, love to receive stipends, but hate doing the work. The city suffers, taxpayers get abused: not a good combination.

The cable commission is one such board. That commission has meekly accepted irrelevance, remaining content to have only one duty, to negotiate cable contracts. As you can judge from the results, these commissioners can’t even be relied upon to do that job. PLANET critics love to point out that THE PLANET “needs to get our s–t together” when it comes to critiquing the commission, to which we can only point out the myopia in such a statement. Such critics need to see an optimist and get their eyes checked.

Any cable commission with effective members truly interested in public service would make it clear that their participation is conditioned upon being allowed to act in ALL MATTERS concerning the city’s cable contract and the company retained to provide the service. It would be a relatively process to redefine the commission’s charter, expanding it scope. In short, the cable commission remains hidebound only because of the apathy of its members. In a healthy city, that doesn’t happen. A healthy burg is that way, invariably, because its boards and commissions serve in a vital, creative way.

The turnout gave us a rare glimpse of the kind of public input and oversight that keeps a community healthy. If only we could get citizens roused when the school department budget comes to the floor.

If only, if only, if only …

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“Convergence is just another name for coincidence. It is serendipity that’s purpose-driven” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

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Deacon Blue
Deacon Blue
3 years ago

Expext a Trump-Like public admonishment coming to the School Committee real soon, and it won’t matter who’s Court it’s on.

gocometti
gocometti
3 years ago

Back in the 1990’s I sat on the cable commission and found that the commission was in place to govern the contract between the City of Pittsfield and the private ” for profit ” company that was given permission by the City to use its airwaves. That doesn’t seem to be the case these days. Spectrum doesn’t seem to care at all for the access which the City of Pittsfield gives to them to set up their business in our community….they seem to think the airwaves belong to them when in fact the City of Pittsfield is in charge of who provides services to the community. Perhaps some old fashion competition from another cable provider would make a difference. Spectrum is not the only cable provider in America.

Wilson
Wilson
3 years ago

The cable commission’s only interest getting another fee added to residents’ bills to fund PCTV, “public service” is a myth, the less government the better

h
h
3 years ago

PCTV has been a rolling,self promoting, bootlicking, info-mercial for the gob’s and sig’s, it’s got so bad the Mayor does a Cooking Show (prep Cook) and JIV gets to tell bedtime stories to Bootlicker. Johnny not lately, gives new recruits a chance to interview, and has a vote down the road’.

There is one Show though on that you can count on, we know what it is.

Cos
Cos
3 years ago

Dan, do you know how the accident victim ever made out?

Simon Ives
Simon Ives
3 years ago

I’m thinking of doing a documentary on the impact of auto parts stores on the Berkshire economy but I might wait for a few more to open up first. How would I get it on PCTV?

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  Simon Ives
3 years ago

Matt that is not witty or funny at all

Richard Baculum
Richard Baculum
3 years ago

This was good. Some guy posted this on facebook;

Linda Tyer just rushed Terry Kinnas away from the microphone after 5 minutes, less than that, actually, because he criticized her and her office for not DOING THEIR JOB in enforcing parts of the contract with Spectrum as far as fulfilling their responsibilities to the people of Pittsfield. Others had spoken for 8 or 9 minutes, but because Mr. Kinnas brought up the lack of action from her office in representing us, her constituents, he was rushed away, very rudely in fact. This was supposed to be a public meeting but I hear the concerns of EVERY citizen in Pittsfield, not just those who bash Spectrum and leave her and her office, the authority elected to protect us from predators, such as Spectrum.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Richard Baculum
3 years ago

The mayors blood pressure sky rockets whenever she sees Terry coming. There is nothing more dangerous to a politician than a knowledgeable involved citizen.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Richard Baculum
3 years ago

Terry Kinnas truly is a Super Citizen. He deserves an apology from the mayor for being cut off – many others were allowed to ramble on. Terry was a hero when he served on the school committee – he filed complaints against violations of the open meeting laws and won. Thank you Terry!

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
3 years ago

It’s all about the envelopes. It’s just like buying a mattress from Justin Resnic or Bob’s Furniture
Here are the prices single $29.99- double $39.99 queen- $49.99- king $59.99 –
Or –
(1) – $25 a month 50 MBPS Down, 1 MBPS up
(2) – $50 a month 100 MBPS Down, 5 MBPS up
(3) – $75 a month 500 MBPS down, 10 MBPS up
(4) – $100 a month 1 GBPS down, 25 MBPS up
Spectrum. It is the second largest cable operator in the U.S. by subscribers, having acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016. It offers cable broadband and fiber Internet service. Internet plans start at $29.99 per month for 12 months, when bundled, for speeds starting at 60 Mbps.

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
3 years ago

Spectrum doesn’t have to do Anything that the F C C can’t make them do. Are we going to have to get the Water Wiz involved?

Unwanted Carl
Unwanted Carl
3 years ago

Why does this sound like something out of a trump deal?

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Unwanted Carl
3 years ago

Because when low life Trump got elected many other bottom dwelling wannabees are reading his playbook.

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

You should not speak of YOUR President that way. He is making America great again

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Unwanted Carl
3 years ago

Geez people – get over it. Trump won fair & square. Wake up & smell the Folgers. MAGA!

Still Wondering
Still Wondering
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

Whining is all the dems have left. They are not even a national party anymore.

Shelly Liver
Shelly Liver
3 years ago

I love Spectrum so far, got new boxes, all the channels I need, even have channel five which I didn’t get before.Good job Mayor!

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Shelly Liver
3 years ago

and such a bargain

mi
mi
3 years ago

Do you think that someone in a gate community is worried about bargain, and spectrum doesn’t care here anyway, they’ve got the Market.

The school committee
The school committee
3 years ago

Spectrum has thousand of elderly who dont have the slightest idea of how to program the remotes.It the worst rollout of any business change ever.They did not care one bit about their customer but thats business today .You should not have to pay for cable the be blackmailed into other charges to watch it.

Simon Ives
Simon Ives
Reply to  The school committee
3 years ago

It’s almost as bad as the rollout of the Obama care website was.

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  Simon Ives
3 years ago

not working……you are not fooling anyone

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Simon Ives
3 years ago

You must have healthcare.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
3 years ago

I’m rollin’ in the dough ever since 0bama saved my $2500.00 a year on health care.

Tricksie
Tricksie
3 years ago

I want a meeting to complain about my electric bill, and groceries, insurance rates, and mortgage, and RE taxes, and income taxes, and state taxes, and the price of tea, and the price of rice, and the price of bananas – or wait….if I don’t like the price then I won’t buy it – cancel your subscription or STFU – TV isn’t a God given right – Tyer is a terrible Mayor but for many other reasons – the cable prices aren’t her fault – please people

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Tricksie
3 years ago

I was wondering when someone would come along and put these upstart senior citizens in their place. Good job.

U
U
3 years ago

Don’t speak about you’re Mayor like that, she was elected by the people.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
3 years ago

I believe Stormy Daniels! She is telling her story about her love affair with Donald Trump! Stormy, Stormy, Stormy!

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 years ago

You also believe you have been molested and blackballed from getting a job. Yea, you are credible.

Still Wondering
Still Wondering
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 years ago

Of course you do Jonathan. Except that she now says she “technically” didn’t have sex with him. I’m sure you are familiar with such situations.

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  Still Wondering
3 years ago

With a doll maybe.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 years ago

Jon, if you are a vet, why are you mocking your Commander-In-Chief? Despicable.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

Hey dude…everybody is mocking your commander in chief. Have you seen any late night TV in the last year? Or gone to any comedy show anywhere in the world in the last year. The whole world (minus the Hannity tribe) is laughing their collective asses off. What do you suppose the whole world sees that you don’t?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Maybe Nuciforo can sell his marijuana products to help the women Donald Trump is suing for millions of dollars to be silent about his love affairs and inappropriate sexual behaviors towards porn stars, playboy bunnies, and reality TV actors?

I believe Stormy Daniels! Go Stormy!

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Show some respect for Your President

Cos
Cos
3 years ago

Jon seems to have a gynophobe problem. dean et al just problems.Pootinitus.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Cos
3 years ago

I have never been diagnosed with gynophobia! Please get your facts straight.

It is not my fault that Donald Trump is a sexual deviant when it comes to beautiful women!

Johnny2shoes
Johnny2shoes
3 years ago

What always bothered me was how these cable companies would offer discounts and great packages to new customers, but nothing to loyal customers who have been using the same company for a long period of time. I know they do it to recruit new customers,but there should be a little something for all.

U
U
3 years ago

Whatever happened to the Cable Guy?

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

How many wo an did trump have? He makes Wilt Chamberlain look like an altar boy. To bad a kid doesn’t surface, are these woman stupid?

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  Halo
3 years ago

You are jealous

Halo
Halo
Reply to  Steven Dean
3 years ago

Of course, stormy has trip dees.

U
U
3 years ago

The mega mega mega super super super citizen, the Wiz,will host his call I. She tat six p m on channel 1301. The Gaetani Pittsfield News Hour is the best how Currently on PCTV. news you can Trust.

I wonder what the G-Man will be talking about tonight. I Hope he talks about how Tyer unfairly shut down Mr. Kinnas at the cable meeting. The Wiz is the ultimate taxpayer advocate,and I’m certain he should have something to say regarding Tyreds action. tired should be prepared for a tongue lashing by the Great One!

He and only is capable of righting the many wrongs in this City, he has balls like Valenti, like basketballs. Petty politicians take note.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  U
3 years ago

You were unmasked by your former boss, Dan Guss.

Rudy Baker
Rudy Baker
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

Is Guss still a guest of the Ha, ha hotel? It’s a shame how his mind went when Krofta fired him. I understand he enjoys the arts and crafts. Loves finger painting too.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Rudy Baker
3 years ago

Fake news Gaetani.

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

He’s not afraid of small potatoes or any potatoes, the money is already in the bank. Gaetani hasn’t broke a sweat in thirty years, bring em on!

mi
mi
3 years ago

Three of my favorites Connell,Mel Maz Morandi DTR Cack,Gaetano Kinnas And of course The Great Planet.

Colin O'Scopy
Colin O'Scopy
Reply to  mi
3 years ago

Caccomo???? Are you kidding?

LoneGunMan
LoneGunMan
Reply to  Colin O'Scopy
3 years ago

It’s a personal opinion, not like he’s being considered the most effective or best representative.

Mi might like the shade of his beard

RobEM
RobEM
3 years ago

Now this is funny. A coworker and his wife wanted to watch the cable hearing. None of the pctv channels would work.

Colin O'Scopy
Colin O'Scopy
Reply to  RobEM
3 years ago

Go to the PCTV facebook page. You can watch it there.

Halo
Halo
Reply to  RobEM
3 years ago

That is funny……people our talking anttenna, do they work?

mi
mi
3 years ago

That should be eight!

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
3 years ago

I made a deal with Spectrum Awhile ago,now they aren’t making any deals. It’s like switching to gas heat and getting the rebate on the furnace conversion, sometimes you have to want it when they promote it. Timing, however, there really wasn’t much coming from the cable commission.

mi
mi
3 years ago

President Dump praise of Putin is weaker than Obama’s dealings with Ruska when he was President, and that is weak. Why would you praise him on his victory. Your. It going to say it’s ok?….are you Fox?

mi
mi
3 years ago

Trump is scum. Poor Baron.

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  mi
3 years ago

Fake news. Don’t speak that way of YOUR President

May Hemm
May Hemm
3 years ago

Attention Dead Heads channels is the following 1301 1302 1303……..on PCTV…1301 Is public access ….1302 is educational……..and 1303 is governmental access.. No wonder idiots are elected by other idiots.

Harlan RinkleNutts
Harlan RinkleNutts
3 years ago

What one is the C C on? And what is Planet show and the Gaetonee show? All other are Infomercial? Looks like Scumps pleasures are going to his little head, which in turn could be his downfall, because everyone likes a sex story.

The school committee
The school committee
3 years ago

Trump lovers must love the new higher gas prices.What are you going to do with all your money?

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  The school committee
3 years ago

Grab a clue

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
3 years ago

Gas prices were up and down, mostly up, during the Obama administration. You didn’t complain about it then I’m sure. The last time we saw gas prices at 98 cents per gallon was 2001. I doubt gas prices will ever be that low again.

tito
tito
3 years ago

Don’t know,but this Gatani is pretty smart, he says the EPA is
Lowering standards, thank goodness they didn’t approve the projects it would have killed us.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

I love listening to all these liberal heads exploding over Trump, on this blog. It really is entertainment. Melle, Dusty, etc. – who are you gonna support for prez in 2020? Such a fine array of candidates – pedophile Biden, Liz Warren the fake Indian, Hillary and her Clinton Crime Family, Bernie the Socialist…..the list is endless. Humor me with your choice, please. In the meantime….MAGA!

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

I understand that hemorrhoids can really make you irritable Mr Fritz but there is help on the way. Check out the pharmacy section at Wa-lMart and turn that frown upside down.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Notice Dusty didn’t answer my question. He prefers to talk about hemorrhoids.

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

If you had em, you’d talk about them too.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

I am not the kind of person that picks my presidential candidates two years ahead of time. Does not sound like a very intelligent approach to me.

Tricksie
Tricksie
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

first smart thing you’ve said in a while Dusty, now back in line snowflake Don Lemon is coming on the overpriced tele !!!

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

Totally agree with you Mr. Fritz. Oprah Winfrey for president was the big choice of Progressive Hollywood last I checked. She who stood by silently while Harvey Weinstein was pressuring so many women to have sexual relations with him or he would ruin their careers. Actually all of Hollywood stood by silently while that happened even though it was well know by everyone, but they and the Democrats are supposedly now the big champions of women.

Don’t even get me started on how Democrats and the liberal media treated Sara Palin.

Harrison
Harrison
Reply to  Pat
3 years ago

Palin is an idiot. Pat, you don’t have to worry about Oprah. You don’t have to worry about Bernie, Warren and Biden. But you should be worried.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Harrison
3 years ago

Sara Palin isn’t an idiot. She is a very intelligent woman who was called so many names by Hollywood, the liberal media and Democrats, but more than that, those on the left made it their personal mission to destroy her and her career all because she is a conservative.

What about Mika on Morning Joe who whines incessantly about President Trump or Rachel Maddow who does the same? Are they idiots? For that matter what about Hillary who wants to blame her presidential loss on women who listened to the men in their lives to make their voting choice? Hillary who thought women should vote for her just because she is a woman and for no other reason. These women are all challenged shall we say to do and say what makes sense, but I don’t see the liberal media going after them. Of course not because they are on the side of the liberal media. They are what the left likes to call “nasty women” which is a good thing from their point of view.

Harrison
Harrison
Reply to  Pat
3 years ago

There were a lot of intelligent women McCain could have selected as a running mate. She was and is an idiot.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Pat
3 years ago

If you think Sarah Palin is smart I hope to hell you are not a teacher. Set the bar a little higher for yourself Pat.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Pat
3 years ago

We know Hillary is only smart when it comes to getting more money in her and Bill’s pockets, but when it comes to helping the public, Hillary has no smarts.

Mr. G
Mr. G
Reply to  Pat
3 years ago

What about all the women Donnie Boy sexually abused? Geez, now I feel like Pat and Mr. Fritz spewing out the Obama and/or Hillary name every time something negative is said about Trump.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. G
3 years ago

Sexual abuse? Keep trying Mr. G.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Mr. G
3 years ago

That is all they got because there is no excuse for Trump. You cannot defend him but you can divert the conversation to someone else. And that “pivot” maneuver is taught in the Hannity school of alternative facts. It is a desperation move used all day and night on Fox news.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

No Dusty, desperation is what they do ALL DAY on MSNBC and CNN and all the major news networks.

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

Anyone but scumP.

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

I even take Heckler at this point.

u
u
3 years ago

Pat Paulsen for President.

gocometti
gocometti
3 years ago

Please take note:

All funding for PCTV does not come from subscribers…ALL FUNDS THAT KEEP PCTV ON THE AIR COMES FROM SPECTRUM…The cable provider provides these funds in exchange for the rights the City of Pittsfield grants to the
cable provider ( Spectrum ) to use the airwaves in the City.
Therefore it is incorrect to assume that cable rates pay for
PCTV programming. Spectrum pays for PCTV programming
by law as a part of their contract with the City of Pittsfield.

Bowlee and Lebo
Bowlee and Lebo
Reply to  gocometti
3 years ago

that’s an imp. distinction, thank you gocometti. also to Dan v. I loved the piece on winter… great writing .

Earl Parsnip
Earl Parsnip
Reply to  gocometti
3 years ago

Pittsfield Community Television is paid for via a unique arrangement. Through a ten-year franchise agreement between Time Warner Cable and the City of Pittsfield, our station receives nearly 5% of Time Warner Cable’s revenues annually. The funding we receive is used for both operating expenses (salaries, utilities, rent, supplies, etc.) and for capital needs (purchase of equipment)

SisterGoldenHair
SisterGoldenHair
Reply to  Earl Parsnip
3 years ago

Exactly! And where do the revenues come from? Pittsfield residents, who are getting porked every which way by their own city government in the form of higher property taxes, community preservation tax, higher water rates, high school tax, excise tax even though the roads are the worst in New England, and if “they” had their way, toters. So therefore Gocomo,it is coreect to assume that all funding comes from subscribers. Where do you think Spectrum gets their money. Dummy up man.

H
H
3 years ago

what has PCTV been crying about, the channels are a higher number? Are they going to keep th same programming?

Trisha Trasha
Trisha Trasha
3 years ago

On the Cable get together last night, it was a shame the way Terry was stopped from speaking, awful.

SisterGoldenHair
SisterGoldenHair
3 years ago

Dan,

Great column on winter, the changing of seasons, and its wonderful benefits for the soul. I for one am sick and tired of all the cry babies pissing and moaning about winter year after year. It’s a free country and if you don’t like winter -move down south. Now, if you want to bitch about pot holes in Pittsfield, well that’s perfectly understandable!

Personally I hope for an April surprise in the form of a foot of snow.

SojournerTruth
SojournerTruth
3 years ago

Mass state trooper, Eric Chin made $302,000 in 2017. Plus perks. Cable’s not an issue for Massachusetts’ finest.

CosbiesLadiesI
CosbiesLadiesI
Reply to  SojournerTruth
3 years ago

Allright Chin!

Trisha Trasha
Trisha Trasha
3 years ago

DOWn

H
H
3 years ago

Dow all red

u
u
3 years ago

It’s on the negative Frits, trump tipped em off they know when to buy and sell.

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  u
3 years ago

You are fake news

H
H
3 years ago

Bozo the Clown died, sorry to here this. R I P Bozo

H
H
3 years ago

Why does D T R bring peopleli,e William Cameron onto her t v Show. No one wants to see or hear fro. Has beenslike Cameron, p
Ease DT Rget better guests, otherwise, your show will fall by the wayside, like the Stooge Sturgeon’s Show.

You should think of going solo like the Wiz.

Which is the top show on PCTV.

I’m sure the Wiz would be glad to give you some tips. He has gone to call-in and has a terrific show every week, someone even called in and wanted the G -Man to get rid of a dead skunk on a snow bank on Pecks Rd. the Wiz handled it very graciously,love that Wiz!

mi
mi
3 years ago

Gaetani should have been a Senator or Governor, the man is knowledgeable In all aspects of City and National subjects. And is one of the very few who is actually for the taxpayer.

Gigi
Gigi
3 years ago

Will the swamp ever be drained? McConnell and Biden are among the worst swamp creatures.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/21/5-secret-empires-bombshell-revelations/

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Gigi
3 years ago

This is why we need far fewer politicians in all of our lives. I will be reading this book. “Killing the Deep State” and “All Out War” are also great books to check out to see what is really going on in this country.