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“ALL’s WELL THAT ENDS WELL” — IMPEACHMENT FARCE WILL END IN SENATE WITH ACQUITTAL

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 13-5, 2019) — In case you haven’t heard, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee filed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Committee chair Gerry Nadler and House speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke of the “solemnity of the moment.” Fittingly, they arrived on Capitol Hill that morning in a 24-member clown car. The two charges equalled the arrival in gravitas:

Article 1: They don’t like Trump’s potty mouth.

Article 2: Trump told Greta Thunberg she would be better off chillin’ at the movies with her friends.

Clearly, these two narrowly defined indictments meet the Constitution’s definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

All seriousness aside, at Steve Allen used to say, how can anyone take the Democrats seriously? They made it clear the moment Trump won the 2016 election that they intended to remove him from office by whatever means necessary. Now with their most recent filing, they “believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to voters” (Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review). For Dems, this amounts to a last-second Hail Mary flung into the end zone but without as much chance of success.

Consider:

  • They have an “inclusive and diverse” field of presidential hopefuls who have poisoned the waters among themselves as they have jockeyed through an ugly nomination process — and the primaries haven’t even begun.
  • Each one has shot himself in the head, with Joe Biden and Peter Buttigieg emerging as the front runners (INSERT JOKE HERE).
  • They look at Trump’s record and go “uh-oh.” A record pace to the economy. First major tax reform in 30 years. Taxes cut for almost 85% of middle-class Americans. Record low unemployment across all demographics (Hispanics, Asians, blacks, youth). Cut taxes for small businesses by 20% (one beneficiary: THE PLANET). GDP of 3.1 this year. Half million new jobs. Record performance of stock markets. One million more job openings than unemployed people. Each area you turn — national security, health care, social programs, immigration, law and justice, veterans — Trump has thrown a complete game. Not a perfect game, but, say, a three-hitter.
  • It is now deep into the presidential election cycle. Betraying an incredible lack of faith in their ability to win in 2020, Dems have foolishly launched an impeachment process that has no chance of winning. Moderate and centrist Democrats are now scurrying, not knowing what to do, particularly those up for re-election or election in 2020. Do they side with the Uber-leftist and out-of-touch wing (AOC, Zoe Lofgren, Sheila Jackson et. al.) and curry favor, or do they break with the radicals to have a shot of winning office?
  • Trump is ahead in key battleground states (once again, Massachusetts will be as relevant to the 2020 election as they buggy whip is to a Tesla).
  • Throughout the impeachment process, they have repeatedly tripped over themselves. First, they pedaled the quid pro quo argument, changed to bribery, now to allowing the Ukraine to “meddle” in the 2016 election and fear of same for 2020. Ironically, because of their actions, the Democrats themselves are a threat to the 2020 election (Lowry) because they are driving public support to the President. Trump in a landslide.

Trump will be the third president to be impeached (Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton; Richard Nixon was never impeached. He voluntarily resigned from office). THE PLANET thought we’d never see a more frivolous  application of this Constitutional bromide than what the Republicans did to Bill Clinton, who got a blow job in the Oval Office from an ambitious and eager White House intern. The Pelosi-Nadler Show beats “Let’s Get Bubba.” By far.

At the 10th and final hearing before the Judiciary, Nadler led the debate. He made no mention of depriving Team Trump from presenting witness. He forgot to talk about the secret testimony, held outside of public view, in Star Chamber settings. Pelosi has yet to set a date for a House vote. She will also decide on how much debate to allow. Then it will go to the Senate, where the Republicans hold a 53-47 edge. We know what will happen.

  • Trump’s acquittal will be certain.
  • The vote will not be strictly along party lines. THE PLANET predicts several Democrat defections among moderate and centrist senators.
  • The public will react favorably to Trump, who will be cast as a victim. We in Massachusetts often forget: The radical left only appeals to the coasts. In the vast, open spaces of Middle America, the judgment is more bread-and-butter. In the end Trump will pick up support.
  • The whole clown show will end in November 2020, when Donald John Trump wins re-election.

Ars Moriendi, Democrats on the radical left. You have perfected it.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to someone who is dead”Thomas Paine.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Paul
Paul
10 months ago

Apparently the Democrats forgot that free speech applies to the President just as it does to the rest of us.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Paul
10 months ago

Trump sure as hell understands free speech when he’s sitting on the crapper at 3:00 AM pissing and moaning while Tweeting, claiming he wants to present his side, but when offered the chance, refuses. As Trump himself said, “Innocent people don’t plead the Fifth Amendment.” By refusing to allow people to testify or release documents, Trump has done exactly that. Don’t pee in my pool and tell me that the heat is from a pool heater.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

Why should he release documents? They haven’t even voted on impeachment yet. He knows this is a clown show so why should he willingly cooperate? He released the first and most important document and that was all that was needed since the Dems were making it all about that phone call. It turned out to be “nothing there” so the impeachment process should end, but just like they kept the Mueller report going for two years even when they knew there was nothing there, they are doing the same thing with impeachment…it’s all for a show trial.

Is Hillary in the bathroom late at night making a bad decision about running for president again?

Tom Betit
Tom Betit
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Remember mueller is the hack that protected Massachusetts senate president William Bulger’s murdering mobster brother Whitey for 20 years..
He showed Comey how to weaponise the FBI.

No Killary is in a drunken slumber peeing in her diaper.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Because they were investigating their President for Abuse of power as the constitution empowered them to do.The peoples house was given this responsibility. The people are doing their job.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

You don’t abuse the impeachment process because you don’t like the the tone of the president or his personality. Impeachment was not meant for such trivial matters. Many presidents in the past would have been a candidate for impeachment under the criteria that the Dems are using. Democrats have already said they will impeach again if this one doesn’t work. That is most definitely abuse of their power.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

Hey Fakesayer,
You claimed in your earlier post that you are a mushroom. I would agree that your statement is correct. Come out into the light and stop being fed the bs from mainstream news. Re- read Dan’s column, he spells out the truth for you.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
10 months ago

Unlike the Trump loving brown nosers, I get my news from multiple sources, and with all due respect to Dan, he’s a right winger. When it comes to the Republican side of things, he very much drinks the grape Kool Aid. That’s what he’s drinking in his photo on this site, not wine. Sorry Dan, but you have to admit, you’re very much to the right of center. Neither are you a constitutional expert. If you’re as right about Trump’s innocence as you were about the DA & Mayor elections, we’ve got a criminal who is staying in the White House.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

You get your news from multiple sources? Let me guess – CNN, CBS & MSNBC. Another brainwashed liberal!

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
10 months ago

MSLSD

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
10 months ago

Innocent people do not plead the 5th.This is a self incrimination ammendment

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

MushroomMan no like OrangeMan.
Who’d you vote for in 2016, HildaBeast or Bernie the Commie?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

Innocent men and women plead the 5th when they choose not to respond. The Fifth Amendment does not protect guilt, it burdens prosecution. Nice to see Democrats come clean on their disdain on the Bill of Rights.

Red Pullew
Red Pullew
Reply to  Paul
10 months ago

Yeah,but their the ones not breaking the law.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Paul
10 months ago

Independent voters and Democrats along with Republicans not for Trump expect more from the President

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
10 months ago

For McConnell to plan to acquit Trump without witnesses or evidence – whether or not Trump is guilty of anything – is doing precisely what Trump has done – using the Constitution as toilet paper. Interesting that McConnell and Graham were so rabid about Clinton’s impeachment. One thing. There are those of us out here that don’t give two shits about money like Trump thinks we all do. There are things far more important, and if you’ve ever worn a uniform, you’d understand that.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

We don’t care about being rich. We DO care about having a job and in that President Trump has delivered brilliantly for this country.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Thank You Barrack Obama

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Clearly, you understand Jack Shit about economics, and Jack left town. It takes about 5 years for any new administration to change things. Right now – FACTS MAGA BUBBA – the U.S. is the lowest developed nation in tax collections in 2018 thanks to the Republican cuts. The good news is that Mexico and Ireland do worse than us. Our deficit has ballooned. Who’s gonna pay these bills? Answer: our kids and grandkids. Yeh, we’re doing really swell. When it hits the fan like it did under Bush there’s nothing left to save us.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

Nailed it truth.You are clearly not a viewer of Fox news.The truth does not listen to that MORON Glenn Beck who asks Bill O’Reilly for answers.Then the 4 time divorcee and drug addict Rush Limbaugh……talk radio is for shut ins.

Harrison
Harrison
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

You mean the same Lindsey Graham who said:
You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.
I think Donald Trump is a con man.
I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.
He’s a race baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.
That Lindsey?

Levitan
Levitan
Reply to  Harrison
10 months ago

Harr:

‘That Graham’ had been close to McCain. Now suspected to have been a leaker of Hillary’s Steele calumny, do you think he would agree with Graham 2016?

I find it interesting how McCain has become so dear to the Democrats.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Levitan
10 months ago

Because Trump hated McCain like he hates Democrats.Trump hates the majority of Americans

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

It was Hillary who called Trump voters the “Deplorables” and Hillary and her friends in high places who have been trying to get revenge ever since she lost.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

If the deplorable shoe fits, wear it with pride.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Thats the talking point on Fox News Pat

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

TSC:

What was there to like about McCain?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  levitan
10 months ago

McCain’s courage Trumps politics.Mueller Courage Trump politics.Most middle class and poor people respect courage.Donald Trump does not respect courage.Military people respect courage.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

@The School Committee:

The first element of courage is the memory of one’s principles with those principles based on the understanding of justice, or in USA elected terms – adhering to the Constitution as well as abiding by campaign promises.

I can’t think of many contemporary politicians who did not quickly forget their principles once elected, but you can’t argue that President Trump is among them.

You like Viva la resistance! and I like God Bless the USA!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Harrison
10 months ago

Then Linda Graham looked into his eyes and he got hot for Don.

Levitan
Levitan
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

TT:

There were no crimes nor offenses, as acknowledged by the two articles (‘obst. Congress’ & ‘abuse of power’).

No crimes means, there are no witnesses.

Obstruction of Congress does not exist ; it’s a play on the term ‘obstruction of justice.’ Their ckaim to obstruction is also weak. Nadler’s team demanded WH mbers to appear, but the Executive, an equal branch, felt the demand unreasonable for numerous legal reasons. So, they appealed to the courts. Nadler refused to wait on the Court and instead represented the delay as obstruction. There’s no such a thing as ‘obstruct ion of Congress’ and the Executive (and Congress) is permitted request intervention of the Third Branch. Why didn’t Nadler want to hear the Court’s ruling?

Abuse of power is the ubiquitous claim throughout the generations challenging controversial policies. I bet Pres. Jefferson got hit with that one over the Louisiana Purchase which took place without Congressional oversight.

I support a quick orderly dismissal of charges. Hunter/Joe can get their day in Court in another venue. Perhaps the courts that hear sedition cases would be better.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Levitan
10 months ago

I do not like the ultra conservative Bidens, but they hardly are inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

Shakes:

No indeed. Those Bidens would have you do anything but rebel against the Bidens and others who built their empires and wealth marshalling the USS Constitution.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

TT:

There were no material witnesses and no evidence to consider. Do you really want the Senate to call the Bidens, Schiff, Nadler, and the ‘whistleblower’ as witnesses? Unlike unlike Nadler’s ‘indictment,’ they would have lawyers and the Fifth Amendment rights, but perjury cost lives. No testimony is the best outcome for both the Nation as a whole and the ragtag confederacy of the Democrat Party in particular.

The Democratic leadership has done terrible things for the country. They have destroyed the minority’s power wherever they encountered it. First with the filibuster, now with squelching bipartisan procedure with regards to impeachment. You would think that the consequences resulting in eliminating the filibuster would have taught them a lesson. Barack Obama confirmed 50 appeals judges in 8 years. Trump matches that number in 3.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  levitan
10 months ago

Republicans Stall all Judicial appointments

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

Chuck Schumer sure fixed that problem though, didn’t he?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

TT:

“using the Constitution as toilet paper” Can you do better than quote Wasserman Schultz? She’s been disgraced.

The school committee
The school committee
10 months ago

Donald Trump wanted this for that……Simple

Levitan
Levitan
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

Profound. You may have discovered the Meaning of Life.

We perish when that this no longer exists.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Levitan
10 months ago

Its called the Simple Truth. Disernment is out of reach for you.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

Oh, shucks. I though we had found a profound truth together.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

Donald has nothing on Hillary. She would have gotten much more out of,I want this for that. She would have gotten a boatload of money for the Clinton Foundation to boot.

The school committee
The school committee
10 months ago

Allendale School is educating Pittsfield students age 6 to 12 in a building that sits on a Toxic Swamp of chemicals……Tyer Mccandless Yon Elias Curtis and Moon ….led by Marchetti think its OK

Smv
Smv
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

They just received hefty raises for a job well done……Lady Boots .

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

Toxic raises for the leaders. JM was in a win win situation, leave and make more dough and stay because no one else wanted him and still get more dough.

Pittsfield School Committee approves pay hikes for school leaders
Posted Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:48 pm
By Amanda Drane, The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — Pay raises will roll out soon for the top four leaders of the Pittsfield Public Schools.

The School Committee on Wednesday approved the salary hikes as part of a set of fresh six-year contracts for Superintendent Jason “Jake” McCandless, Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Kristen Behnke, and Assistant Superintendent of Career and Technical Education Tammy Gage.

The contracts are retroactive to July 2019 and run through June 2025. After next year, each administrator will receive 2 percent increases each year through the end of the contracts.

McCandless currently earns $160,156 per year, but the new contract bumps his pay to $165,156. In July 2020, that will increase to $169,156.

Curtis earns $117,312 a year; that will increase to $122,406, and then to $127,500. Behnke’s salary of $112,208 will jump to $118,604, and then to $125,000 in July.

For Gage, who handles the city’s evolving vocational program at the newly built Taconic High School, the new contract increases her pay from $97,291 to $101,146 for this school year, and to $105,000 in July.

The School Committee understands the value in McCandless and his cabinet, committee Chairwoman Katherine Yon said, and the salary increases reflect a desire to keep that team in place. Superintendent positions continue to open up in the Berkshires, she said, and it’s important that the district not lose any of its leaders to districts that, historically, pay more than Pittsfield.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
10 months ago

Could we audit the budgets for the last 10 years.Why do they get 10 k plus raises.These are the people who educate 300 pittsfield kids at a Toxic Dump……is there no shame…….Trump Tyer Mccandless maybe the 3 biggest Bullshitters on earth.Same people buying all of it. Curtis should be fired.Behnke is a clown with money.Audit her

CC The Maze Sun
CC The Maze Sun
10 months ago

“(Gonna come out now ,hey hey hey, oh Look Out!)

She came in through the bathroom window [Through the Sun/Hole in the ocean, down into Wonderland]
Protected by a silver spoon [Processed through Mother Mary/Sexy Sadie/Venus to incarnate into the Beast system]
But now she sucks her thumb and wonders [Mind wiped at birth. Wondering, wandering in the Maze, the Game begins]
By the banks of her own lagoon [Shipwrecked. Left to drown in her own tears. Now in the commerce/currency system]

Didn’t anybody tell her? [Nobody told you, how to unfold your Love. No one alerted you]
Didn’t anybody see? [The others who entered the Game in the same way are busy trying to figure it all out too]
Sunday’s on the phone to Monday [SUNday, MOONday – the two pillars/columns/towers of the Game]
Tuesday’s on the phone to me [The controllers busy telling him what clues to leave and how to leave them]

She said she’d always been a dancer [The bottom of your feet are “soles”. Its a sole journey]
She worked at fifteen clubs a day [15 = 1+5 = 6. 6 is 9 upsidedown. 9 = Dream]
And though she thought I knew the answer [She knows that he knows]
Well, I knew what I could not say [The Game will not allow him to tell her directly. Only in Clues]”

Pat
Pat
10 months ago

Nancy Pelosi admitted yesterday that this process to get rid of President Trump has been going on for 22 months. So revealing how she blends the impeachment process and the Russian witch hunt into an agenda that is one and the same and has the same intent…overturning an election by people who know better about what is best for this country. They have been promising to do this from the moment President Trump was elected. Their arrogance is off the charts.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

an election won with the minority vote.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

A system that wasn’t an issue until Trump came along.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
10 months ago

I recall the 2000 vote theft by the ultra conservative SCOTUS, but you may be too young to remember that.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

No ,I’m old enough to remember that plenty. Actually as a youngster I remember watching JFK ‘s funeral on the tube.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Actually, the Court ruled that the Federal Court cannot intervene in state’s balloting. Hence, the opinion states that no precedent can be drawn from their opinion.

Recount of the entire State of Florida (done by Newsweek? not certain) gave Gore the majority. However, Gore did not see an advantage in reviewing the overall state and insisted on recounting only two ‘blue’ counties. Recounts restricted to Broward/Dade confirmed GWB’s majority.

Perhaps Gore should not have tried to count out voters he did not trust.

Beware the revisionists. They think 2000 is fair game.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

I assume your opinions are held strongly Dan.I believe in disciplined financial budgets.I dont believe in wars we wont pay for. Borrowing money from our grand kids to pay for Iraq is so odd. A slow moving republican party on spending was a given.Never in a million years would you expect that party to give wealthy people and corporations a 1.6 trillion dollar gift.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago
levitan
levitan
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
10 months ago

Thanks J2S.

The attack on the Electoral College is an existential threat to a united republic. Why? A popular vote would catalyze the power of the two political parties to appeal to regional majorities. James Ceaser writes in Presidential Selection that the Parties ‘reformed’ themselves in the 20th century to become populist entities. The downside resulted in candidates such as Forbes running for executive office simply to highlight special interest platforms. Is an outsider running for office always bad? Are insiders free of corruption? Obviously not, but the argument holds that populism favors ambition and self interest.

The next worst step to take is reducing the presidential selection to a rude popular count. Want to win an election under the proposed terms? Grab a demagogue and squeeze the votes from the urban centers located in just a few states. One potential consequence will be the Federal Government losing its ability to manage regional divides and conflicts that exist risking dissolution, war, or at the least instability and disaffection.

The worst outcome is hard to imagine, but we have suffered wars and violent encounters between states and Feds before. The lesson of the Soviet Union could be informative. How does a huge nation (not a small one like Denmark or France) maintain a stable union comprising conflicting regional interests and little shift in identity? Will a popular vote placate all interests and provide a government that enjoys universal legitimacy or will that government enjoy little respect in general?

Opponents of the Electoral College may not appreciate the benefits of a stable government. The odds of a democratic system serving the interests of 250 million people and the territory from coast to coast surviving the test of time is a feat not matched by any. China and Russia manage to rule by force, and they have popular votes as it happens. Their leaders win 99% of the vote, the opponent gets 20% and a stiff prison sentence.

CC The Maze Sun
CC The Maze Sun
10 months ago

“And so I quit the police department [The actors only stay on stage for so long]
And got myself a steady job [Enjoy the rest of their run]
And though she tried her best to help me [She parrots the false/phoney clues, inadvertently]
She could steal, but she could not rob [She would never participate in the deception knowingly but does so unknowingly]

Didn’t anybody tell her?
[How can anyone tell her when they are also trying to figure it out?]
Didn’t anybody see? [CC = 33 = See See. You have two eyes]
Sunday’s on the phone to Monday
[The Game is played with two towers/pillars, the Sun and the Moon]
Tuesday’s on the phone to me, oh yeah [The rich, famous, play from the deceiving side. They try and keep you in the Game while
Also required to give us the clues]

Pat
Pat
10 months ago

Boris Johnson has won in the UK. Just like in this country it’s the “in touch with reality and bread and butter” folks who gave him the victory. It’s the people on the coast like California and here in the Northeast who want to do away with the electoral college trying to fool people into believing it would be fair while knowing it favors high population areas and would give them a victory every time. When it comes to seeking power and money, there is nothing they will not attempt to use to fool the American people.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Boris Johnson was caught laughing and mocking Trump the other day. He thinks Trump is a freaking laughing stock. (That is why Trump left Britain early because he was humiliated). So does Putin who has turned him into a clown puppet. He has trained Trump to tear America apart so that he does not have to do it himself. It is true Pat and you know it in your heart.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
10 months ago

If you call creating the lowest unemployment numbers in recent history, a booming economy, a safe country and so many people having hope for the future, as destroying the country, I don’t understand your meaning. We know the real destroyers are on the far left. We have seen their New Green Deal agenda plan and their threats of “the total transformation of American”.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

His Obams economy continues and would have been much stronger had het not given the 1.7 trillion to friends

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

President Obama went away. He now lives in a 12 million dollar cottage on Martha’s Vineyard and has not been since seen by any Daley officer in Chicago.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
10 months ago

Impeach Trump!

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
10 months ago

Pelosi is on record saying they have spent 22 + months doing that. They have nothing but blank pieces of paper bearing testimony, just like Joe McCarthy.

Hendrix
Hendrix
10 months ago

Clinton wasn’t impeached for the act so much as lying under oath? I was too young to really remember well, but I always recall that being the teaching point.

It is going to be really interesting to see how it plays out in November. I could see it going either way. Many of my republican friends who voted for Trump will probably do so again, but really wish he would just tone it down with the rhetoric. The unemployment rate, rising retirement accounts, and rising disposable income all speaks for itself, he needs to stay on that.

Tulsi is the only Democrat I could see myself voting for. I also respect the fact that she announced she would not be running for reelection in Hawaii to focus on her unlikely presidential bid. If I was a taxpayer in Hawaii, I would applaud that, as opposed to Warren who has done nothing since reelection other then on the national circuit.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
10 months ago

My Christmas wish is that McConnell inflicts maximum pain on the Dimocrats. But that probably won’t happen. He’ll just kill the chicken running around without a head and move on.

Weak. Very weak.

Article 1 is mostly whiny opinion. Article 2 is baseless. Has anyone in here read them besides me?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
10 months ago

As he did when Obama saved his republican party starting in 2009.

Levitan
Levitan
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
10 months ago

I have both read them as well as watched live the proceedings. A sick performance.

There are no impeachable offenses in Nadler’s document plus no consensus that new evidence is to be found. Therefore, the proper action is to dismiss the case without examining the hands behind this document in pursuing the higher object of preserving what remains of the legitimacy of the Congress as large and the House in particular.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Yes….everyone Democrat or Republican should be on the up and up.Some just dont get it.Some dont think rules are for them.Some are delusional.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
10 months ago

Not sure everyone is taking into consideration that Trump has changed our government forever. All the things he has done and allowed to be done are now the norm. Republican’s cannot tell a future democratic president (if there ever is one) that he cannot bring his family into the white house to work for him. It is heretofore OK to ignore congressional subpoenas. Anyone can ignore the wishes and votes of congress even if they are bipartisan. He has almost made congress obsolete…why even elect them anymore?? He has let that genie out of the bottle and how do you get it back in?

Trump has opened a political Pandoras box and keep in mind the he has turned on and destroyed many he once called his friends. He does it al the time and you may be next. Donald cares about Donald and when he takes your grandmothers social security or food stamps just remember, he is making America great again by doing so.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
10 months ago

Democrats are destroying the 4th Amendment. President Trump is their current target, but would they hesitate to go after anybody who doesn’t agree with their agenda? What rights would that person have since they are not as powerful as a president? The road that the left is taking us down is a danger to all Americans. Who at the FBI was behind allowing all of those 17 errors to happen? That is far too many errors to be a coincidence. No, it was intentional. Who was behind it? More than half of all Americans demand to know.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

I think they should go after any politician that uses campaign contributions to pay porn stars for sex.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

I also believe they should go after all the politicians who have used taxpayers money to settle sexual lawsuits against them while in office.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
10 months ago

Sure. Jim Jordan shouldn’t be allowed off the hook.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

I think that any porn star complaining about their client ought to be hanged. At least shown the door. She made a deal, but she didn’t like the performance. I don’t want to hear about it.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Just he illegally used other people’s money to pay her off.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Pat are you saying Trump committed his crimes because of the FBI SCUM as your Dictator said

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

President Trump knows that the real problems in the FBI are at the top of the leadership. The majority in the FBI are the best in the world. Some people in the top of the FBI have been using their political bias to help some politicians and hurt others. That is NOT the mission of the FBI and Christoper Wray has a big problem that he needs to fix.

UAlbany
UAlbany
10 months ago

Unlike the small minded Dems, Trump understands that impeachment is NOTHING. Simple indictment. Trial will be must watch TV for sure. Joe Biden will be destroyed in the trial. A trial is where real lawyers ask real questions, not the one sided farce we’ve seen so far. Ironically, the trial will destroy the Dems and they can’t see it, they are too deep in their own sanctimonious rhetoric. A guy on NPR said yesterday that the Dems better go to that trial with clean hands. It’s gonna get ugly. Real ugly as career lawyers will be looking to make history, there will be OJ Simpson trial like moments – F. Lee Bailey style. Get the popcorn, we have something to occupy an otherwise boring Jan in the Berkshires.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
10 months ago

Is this impeachment process really a serious issue before our elected officials? Rep. Cedric the Entertainer shows just how important it is.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/12/13/if-trumps-impeachment-is-so-vital-to-the-survival-of-the-country-then-why-is-this-house-democrat-watching-golf-n2557950

Punc Nayshun
Punc Nayshun
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
10 months ago

I actually think will become our greatest President of all time. Investors gate Skip Biden,crackpipe Skip as he was known in the hood. Locally we should.be looking into the 500 vote massacre in Ward Five. One of the biggest defeats in City History.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Punc Nayshun
10 months ago

Trump is the greatest at needing Help from Russia to win back in America where hes fnup on s hourly basis.He will lose the popular vote not by 3.5 million but 15 million

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
10 months ago

Awesome post, 2shoes. Impeachment is only a serious issue to Nads, Pelosi & Schiff – who should be thrown out of office for this clown show. The good news is that Trump’s poll numbers keep going up, as well as donations to his campaign account.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Is it really a prize to win the title of most neoconservative right wing nut job party between the dems and the GOP? They both suck.

JohnnyRocket
JohnnyRocket
10 months ago

Can someone please inform us how we impeach or remove a mayor?

And boy oh boy does that new bathroom look fugly and outta place at Clapp Park. Too bad it was built at all. Should have just put it where the old one was. Let’s hope Clapp Park doesn’t go the way of Wild Acres which is in shambles.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  JohnnyRocket
10 months ago

Is it true that this fancy outhouse at Clapp Park will have both ladies and men’s bidets? I hear they cost a pretty penny but really get the job done. Maybe they should get a few for city hall because there is an unholy stench coming out of the windows over there.

Dick Flimsy
Dick Flimsy
Reply to  JohnnyRocket
10 months ago

Check the city charter. It outlines how to recall a mayor.

Pat
Pat
10 months ago

The New York Times runs an article today saying that impeachment may help President Trump politically, but it is still a private humiliation. That’s says it all right there. They knew they couldn’t get a full impeachment since they have nothing so they are going for humiliation. Again, these are all friends of Hillary in government and other high places who are seeking revenge for President Trump beating Hillary in 2016.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Trump should get enough private humiliation looking in the mirror every morning.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

Shakes:

Forgive me, but this is too easy to forgo: I doubt Trump sees you in his reflection.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  levitan
10 months ago

His home is empty; mine is not. He wears the emperor’s new clothes. Forgive me, I easily dismiss the insults of ignorant, impotent old white men.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

You couldn’t resist responding?

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  levitan
10 months ago

Boomer say what?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Truthsayer
10 months ago

I liked the first addition better because it translated the meanings of , Tell Vlad, “I’ll have more room after the election is over”. A bonus was the big red reset button translation.

Aerin
Aerin
10 months ago

I want to nominate Police Report for the top poster on this site as well. Here is her/his response to my question on the Harrington’s latest claim to success in domestic violence in case you missed it.(Things move so quickly here on the PLANET!) A DA who misleads the public is a topic far more relevant locally than the impeachment, IMHO.
Police Report
It’s the maximum because they pleaded the charges down. If they were to have gone after all charges in court, it would have been 15 years. When you pleaded down the charges and half of them don’t even make it to court, that’s why you get 2 1/2 years as the maximum charge.
No justice was served here, they will qualify for release in about 19 months.
It was a success because DA Andrea Harrington got to not miss any yoga classes, she could issue a press release (the Eagle is now just printing her press releases with fluff at the top and bottom of the “articles”) and it protects her budget which is now over budget.
You need money to prosecute cases, especially when you get paid a big salary and can’t do the job yourself.
Her paying a staff three hours of labor to coach her on what to squeak out for 2 minutes of court work is not economically feasible.

Mey A Hemma
Mey A Hemma
Reply to  Aerin
10 months ago

Just like the Patriots do it back to back,I’m going with Chuck Garivaltas for two in a row.

Darrell Lect
Darrell Lect
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Jerry Nadler should get theBiggest Boob of the year,Stooge a close second.

Post Mort
Post Mort
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

We know it won’t be Low. He’s done.

Callie Gallagah
Callie Gallagah
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Trump cutting CHINA PRICE FOR MPORTS 15 percent,yet they aren’t required to tell how much they’ll purchase in volume from us? Make Chiner great again. Guess who benefits on this insider info? I’ll give you one clue,it won’t be Kapanski.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Callie Gallagah
10 months ago

China has the best negotiators in the world and as said on business channel Trump is negotiating for next election.China is negotiating for the next 200 years.They know Trump needs this and they will allow him to boast that he won the day and they will win the future.

Malsara
Malsara
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

P R gets the Orbit and the-administrators get heavy raises. Per Lady BOOTS AND Co.

Hulk Wolkennford
Hulk Wolkennford
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Never,ever discount Brady or Belechick,Ever,you loser taxpayers.

JohnnyRocket
JohnnyRocket
Reply to  Hulk Wolkennford
10 months ago

They’re toast my friend

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Dan, what are the base qualification? Can a person win by only posting a handful of times in a year, or not posting at all until late in the year, kinda of like a Johnny come lately? I assume it’s a quality over quantity type situation. Asking for a friend.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
10 months ago

By Amanda Drane, The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — Pay raises will roll out soon for the top four leaders of the Pittsfield Public Schools.

The School Committee on Wednesday approved the salary hikes as part of a set of fresh six-year contracts for Superintendent Jason “Jake” McCandless, Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Kristen Behnke, and Assistant Superintendent of Career and Technical Education Tammy Gage.

The contracts are retroactive to July 2019 and run through June 2025. After next year, each administrator will receive 2 percent increases each year through the end of the contracts.

McCandless currently earns $160,156 per year, but the new contract bumps his pay to $165,156. In July 2020, that will increase to $169,156.

Curtis earns $117,312 a year; that will increase to $122,406, and then to $127,500. Behnke’s salary of $112,208 will jump to $118,604, and then to $125,000 in July.

For Gage, who handles the city’s evolving vocational program at the newly built Taconic High School, the new contract increases her pay from $97,291 to $101,146 for this school year, and to $105,000 in July.

The School Committee understands the value in McCandless and his cabinet, committee Chairwoman Katherine Yon said, and the salary increases reflect a desire to keep that team in place. Superintendent positions continue to open up in the Berkshires, she said, and it’s important that the district not lose any of its leaders to districts that, historically, pay more than Pittsfield.

Searches are underway for superintendents in the Lenox and Lee school districts.

“We don’t want them to go anywhere,” Yon said. “We want to show them how much we value their service.”

The city’s schools chief sought to leave the district in recent months — and was a finalist for an Eastern Massachusetts position — but in October he signaled his intentions to stay in Pittsfield.

Yon said a look at recent superintendent salaries statewide put McCandless toward the bottom of the list, while his years of experience place him toward the top.

Yon noted that Curtis’ predecessor made $125,000, and Behnke’s slate of duties and her budgeting skills call for a salary to match. Plus, Yon said, she is aware of people who Behnke previously trained — and who have since left the district — who now make more than her.

Gage is newly in charge of “our jewel over there in west Pittsfield,” Yon said, and “we see what she’s already done.”

“This is a very fine team that Dr. McCandless has put together,” she said.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Acute Angina
10 months ago

retroactive raises…the city’s “auditor” only pops up to say higher taxes are necessary to keep the city solvent, never seems to be around to object to new and creative ways the city finds to spend more, probably busy auditing his own offshore bank accounts

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Acute Angina
10 months ago

Good job violating Berkshire Eagle.com’s service terms.

a fan
a fan
10 months ago

How can anyone take the democrats seriously? It is simple. Ethics wins over tribalism. The democrats are not evil, and the 30% are not bad people — they represent those in our democracy who were dissatisfied at the time of the 2016 election. The democrats are seeking to overturn the election results? Of course they are. That’s what impeachment IS.
I, like most democrats, was not happy he was elected, but the reason we want him impeached – despite assured acquittal in the Senate – is because of his unethical behavior. Period.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  a fan
10 months ago

‘Unethical Behavior’? That is even more vague than what is in the Articles of Impeachment. How funny!

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  a fan
10 months ago

Since when is some moonbat’s idea of ethical behavior grounds for impeachment?

Buutzy
Buutzy
Reply to  Acute Angina
10 months ago

People are hurting right here in the city because of Trump. Yet, the School Administrators get lucrative pay raises by spending your money,that’s easy. Lady a Boots doesn’t have a clue.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Acute Angina
10 months ago

You do realize that neither moonboats or Rightwing nutjobs get to decide. That is the US Senate’s duty. Unfortunately it’s full of impotent right wing nut jobs, so expect an acquittal.

Police Report
Police Report
10 months ago

Off Topic:

If you are curious about where policies like those endorsed by DA Andra Harrington lead, look no further than NY and the escalation of violent crime by unfortunate youths.
Think petit larceny doesn’t lead to worse crime? I give you the story of slain Barnard College student Tessa Majors.

NYPD was well aware of a small gang of kids robbing people on the stairs were Majors was killed. They let it happen over and over again, why? The perps were under age and until recently just brandishing weapons. Well those unfortunate youths just needed to bump up to murder to get the attention of the police.

So when you think for a moment that DA Andrea Harrington has a clue as to what makes for good law enforcement, know she’s a criminals friend and doesn’t care one bit about those impacted by crime. Unless of course it will get her picture in the paper or her squeaky voice on the news.

https://nypost.com/2019/12/13/columbia-student-recounts-knifepoint-mugging-where-tessa-majors-was-murdered/

Where’s the final report on the Sheffield murders? Where are all the investigations into the Williams College sexual assaults? Where’s the justice for Great Barrington and Simon’s Rock communities who were subjected by hate crimes and lies by a woman of color?

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Police Report
10 months ago

The woman of color gets a free pass because well, she’s a women of color. And the college gets more unqualified professors and some more streetlights.

You’ll never hear the detail on Sheffield murders.

The Williams college cases are mostly a nothing burger.

These progressive DAs are making me sick.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/social-justice-reform-is-no-justice-at-all/2019/11/27/139dff76-109b-11ea-b0fc-62cc38411ebb_story.html

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Police Report
10 months ago

That is a perfect example of how ignoring smaller crimes leads to more serious crimes in which people are murdered. That used to be basic crime knowledge 101 until the far left began taking over district attorneys offices across the country and ignoring what has been proven to prevent crime. By rewriting the rules, these far left district attorneys are increasing murders and other serious crimes across the country.

EWendt
EWendt
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

This will make you sicker: BOSTON GLOBE Meet the 2019 Bostonians of the Year: Andrew Lelling and Rachael Rollins
These fiercely dedicated prosecutors don’t agree on much, except this: Justice needs to be for everyone. By Neil Swidey Globe Staff,Updated December 11, 2019, 8:04 a.m.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2019/12/11/magazine/meet-2019-bostonians-year-andrew-lelling-rachael-rollins/
“Justice needs to be for everyone” – including those who have committed crimes? It is the most cynical political campaign of our time. These politicos have seen an opportunity for votes among those who normally did not vote – criminals and their supporters. Pandering to their interests is not justice for all. It’s justice for nobody.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  EWendt
10 months ago

Totally frightening how they are pandering for votes from criminals. Of course the criminals want light or no sentences for their crimes. This is how our country goes down the tubes very quickly.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Police Report
10 months ago

Especially in cases where people are committing robbery. All it takes is one person fighting back as maybe Tessa Majors did and the whole thing escalates from a small time robbery to murder. If this hadn’t been allowed to continue, this young woman would still be alive. Robbery under a certain amount is fine according to far left district attorneys, even if they are using a weapon, as these young people were doing? Then the whole thing escalated to murder which is not shocking considering it was allowed to continue because it was just young people who maybe needed the money.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Be prepared to pay for broken windows policing and incarceration. You don’t want to pay for better roads or education, but are you prepared to double your taxes for a military state?

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

Are you paying attention? We want to cut school spending to pay for the better roads. It’s not complicated.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Cheshire Cat
10 months ago

How much of a tax increase are you willing to pay for better roads?

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
Reply to  Shakes
10 months ago

Read it again Shakey. I’ve got all day.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Cheshire Cat
10 months ago

So you want to pay less taxes overall and have better roads? Not going to happen. Next?

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Police Report
10 months ago

Harrington and the other progressive wing nuts claim this allows for more resources to attack violent crime. The reality is, the other DA’s were not ignoring violent crime, and these lower level crimes, unaddressed, lead to deadlier and more costlier wrongs being committed. It also allows the cops to get these people in the system, which helps solve future crimes. Whether or not the DA prosecutes, the cops should lock em all up. Broken Windows Policing works. When Bratton implemented that in NYC, it drove crime down biggly.

https://www.city-journal.org/html/why-we-need-broken-windows-policing-13696.html

James
James
Reply to  SallySays
10 months ago

Harrington’s office is touting some group called Court Watch that is supposedly tracking data on her prosecutors. Turns out it’s all part of the same ACLU group that backed Harrington and other progressive prosecutors campaigns. See below, they’re doing all the “training” of the watchers. When you drill down on the link “What a Difference a DA Makes” you get the ACLU. As has been pointed out on this site they are backed by millions in funding from billionaire George Soros to get involved in local district attorney races.Obviously the watchers have a mission to watch themselves. Anyone have a problem with that? Not our local media apparently. Meanwhile, reverse false racism at Simon’s Rock gets a pass. SMH.

http://www.aclum.org/en/events/suffolk-county-court-watch-training

Police Report
Police Report
Reply to  James
10 months ago

If a woman “not of color” wrote those things and carved a swastika in a bench, you could bet it would be a hate crime.

Police Report
Police Report
Reply to  SallySays
10 months ago

What most know nothing DAs like Andrea Harrington don’t get, along with her supporters. Broken windows policing is much cheaper.

We can use the Majors case as an example.
The police, at the instruction of the DA and Mayor in NYC have walked back from petit crimes and crimes committed by teens.
The police still take the reports, just don’t do anything.
In the last year, at that exact spot, there have been 37 reports of muggings. They did nothing. Well it seems Ms Majors fought back and was killed for her trouble.
In the last two days the NYPD has authorized $250k in overtime using an “all hands on deck” approach to solving this crime. The will spend an additional $150k-250k to close it out. They were out there today with divers in the pond and there were 35 officers on extra duty today doing extra canvassing, keeping a section of the park closed. So even before a trial they’ve spent over $400k to close this case. Right now there are confessions, who knows if they will hold? If they do that’s about another $100k in DA money spent on labor. If the confessions don’t hold, expect the DA to spend over a million per to prosecute.
Now let’s talk about incarceration.
Three perps, for a minimum of 25 years, at an average of $80k a year per perp for incarceration.
That’s $6 million.
There will probably be a lawsuit by the victims family, figure $2 to $4 million to settle.
So we are looking at a $10 million price tag for one murder and the incarceration of three juveniles for the next 25 years.
The alternative would have been 4-8 hours of a beat cops pay collaring these kids and putting them in the system. Early intervention and doing the job the parents and family won’t.
Progressive DAs like Andrea Harrington don’t get that actual early intervention by police actually stop crimes from escalating. Putting a kid though the system and in juvenile detention can, and often is, the first step for putting a kid on the right track and creating a productive citizen. Their absent fathers and their incapable or overworked mothers, aunts, and grandmothers can’t do the job, so the police are forced to intervene.
Anyone that tells you that broken windows policing doesn’t work or is too expensive has never been on the front line of law enforcement. They don’t see the positive impact it has because their too busy writing grants to do studies to prove the opposite because it fits their narrative.

EWendt
EWendt
Reply to  Police Report
10 months ago

The number of people on tv commenting that the assailant had his whole life ahead of him is stunning.

JohnnyRocket
JohnnyRocket
Reply to  EWendt
10 months ago

Yea, what about the victim having her whole life ahead of her? Now it’s all about the trauma and what happened to little Jerome that would cause him to do such a thing. Electrocute his ass!

Pat
Pat
Reply to  EWendt
10 months ago

It is shocking and sad to have more concern for the murderers. What happened to respect and concern for women by the Democrats? A young woman is the victim of not only the murderer or murderers, but of the insanity of restorative justice. Who is going to speak up for her?

Police Report
Police Report
Reply to  Police Report
10 months ago

And on queue, the case is starting to get “complicated” and is going to cost a lot more.

The NYPD investigation into the fatal mugging of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors suffered a setback Saturday, with officials setting free one of the two young teen suspects in custody for the murder.

The 14-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld by The Post, had been the second kid arrested in the stabbing, but was sprung late Friday after city Law Department officials — who handle the prosecution of juveniles — declined to prosecute him for lack of evidence, law enforcement sources told The Post.

“He came in” to Morningside Heights’ 26th Precinct, said one source. “He lawyered up. They had to let him go,” the source said.

“He’s still a suspect,” another source said. “But they want more evidence. They want a stronger case.”

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

“It is a horrible, horrible thing that Tessa Majors was stabbed to death in Morningside Park. Just horrible. Yet, this whole thing just reeks of Columbia’s uncomfortable relationship with Harlem and our failure to address urban violence with anything other than policing. I used to walk through that park every day to and from work, but about a year and a half ago I noticed more and more drug-related activity, and groups of young kids following me through the park. I started taking another route to work. There were also reports of increased muggings and robberies – often committed by 12 and 13 year old kids (https://www.westsiderag.com/…/sucker-punch-attacks-in-morni…). Last April, Bob Lederer, a long-time LGBT and AIDS activist was attacked and beaten at 4:30 in the afternoon in Morningside Park. He spent 8 days in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. Activists in the community were concerned about this, but wanted to explore alternatives to police-related, carceral, responses to the safety issues in the park – especially since it was young kinds who were suspected of these muggings/robberies. They had a restorative justice approach to the issue, not a demand for more cops, (see Street Corner Resources, https://www.facebook.com/StreetCornerRes), but have had trouble getting the City or the Community Board to help, so the problem persisted with few efforts to address the problem of safety in the park. Meanwhile Columbia did nothing. Didn’t notify the Columbia community of an increase in violence in Morningside Park, so new members of the community like Tessa would be on alert.”

This is their attitude. The above quote from a local in the area where the crime happened. Reading the comments to this post you will hear people calling for other who should have “talked” to these groups of violent kids. They didn’t want extra police. They believed restorative justice would solve the problem. It didn’t. They want to blame Columbia and not their insane approach to preventing crime.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Police Report
10 months ago

What the neighborhood is really like where Tessa Majors was murdered. Total disrespect of everyone by the young people who have formed into gangs and everybody just allowed it to happen because they are young people. The youth is out of control. Swearing at anyone who attempts to give them any form of discipline. Leave them alone was the message from everyone including the schools and the police. They are just young people.
https://nypost.com/2019/12/14/spiraling-morningside-park-crime-stats-show-a-neighborhood-gripped-by-violence/

EWendt
EWendt
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Unbelievable. Quote of the day from the city councilor: “One of my concerns arising from the young age of the suspects in this case is that there’ll be pressure on police to ratchet up aggressive enforcement on kids as young as 13.”

EWendt
EWendt
Reply to  EWendt
10 months ago

She was buying weed. “We don’t enforce marijuana laws anymore. We’re basically hands-off on the enforcement of marijuana,” Mullins added. “We are watching the city slowly erode.”https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/ny-ed-mullins-tessa-majors-barnard-weed-20191215-657c5xd3nbffljgky7nzwu6h5a-story.html

gigi
gigi
10 months ago
The school committee
The school committee
10 months ago

Trumps spokes people are planting seeds for a 3rd term.Trumps speeches at rallies are planting seeds about false deep state conspiracy in the event that he possibly is found guilty.He is promoting a full fledged attack by his gun owning supporters on other law abiding citizens. This Guy is so incredible how people dismiss his bizzar behavior

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  The school committee
10 months ago

Maybe you could get help at the Brein Center.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
10 months ago

If Trump could have more grace and decency in his statements the accomplishments of his presidency could be seen. But any time something good happens or evolves he distracts with an off color tweet or mouth war. It’s a shame as he is as much or more to blame for his bad reputation than the press he dislikes.

The NYT ran a searing article about the FISA process. That always seemed far more treacherous than the Ukraine affair.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
10 months ago

SECTION 9-4
RECALL.
(a)
Application – Any holder of an elected office in the city, with more than six months remaining in the term of office for which the officer was elected, may be recalled therefrom by the voters of the city in the manner provided in this section. No recall petition shall be filed against an officer within six months after taking office.
(b)
Recall Petition – A recall petition may be initiated by the filing of an affidavit containing the name of the officer sought to be recalled and a statement of the grounds for recall, provided that the affidavit is signed by at least 500 voters for the office of mayor or councilor-at-large and at least 300 voters for any other elected officials; provided, however, that the signatures for a recall petition for the office of ward city councilor shall be from certified voters in the ward for which the councilor was elected. The city clerk shall thereupon deliver to those voters making the affidavit copies of petition blanks demanding such recall, copies of which printed forms the city clerk shall keep available. The blanks shall be issued by the city clerk, with signature and official seal attached thereto. The blanks shall be dated, shall be addressed to the city council and shall contain the names of all the persons to whom the blanks are issued, the number of blanks so issued, the name of the person whose recall is sought, the office from which removal is sought and the grounds of recall as stated in the affidavit. A copy of the petition shall be entered in a record book to be kept in the office of the city clerk. Said recall petition shall be returned and filed with the city clerk within 28 days after the filing of the affidavit, and shall have been signed by at least 20% of the voters of the city for any officer elected at large and signed by at least 20% of the voters of the ward for an officer elected by ward. The city clerk shall submit the petition to the registrars of voters and the registrars shall, within five days, certify thereon the number of signatures which are names of voters.
(c)
Recall Election – If the petition shall be found and certified by the city clerk to be sufficient, the city clerk shall submit the same with such certificate to the city council within five days, and the city council shall give written notice of the receipt of the certificate to the officer sought to be recalled and shall, if the officer does not resign within five days thereafter, order an election to be held on a date fixed by the city council not less than 64 days and not more than 90 days after the date of the city clerk’s certificate that a sufficient petition has been filed; provided, however, that if any other city election is to occur within 120 days after the date of the certificate, the city council shall postpone the holding of the recall election to the date of such other election. If a vacancy occurs in said office after a recall election has been ordered, the election shall not proceed as provided in this section.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
10 months ago

In the Dec 8 edition of the Eagle there is another excellent article about the museum and its selling of the art. What I got out of it is that the museum board AGREED to be open about where the sold art money is and what is being done with it. And if I understand the further reading is that the people running the finances are NOT being open about the finances. Now why would they not be open as they said they would? Use your own imagination but it looks like they need more eyes on them. Read the article and see if you think things seem on the up and up.

Pat
Pat
10 months ago

The Fisa abuse is a massive scandal. The media is attempting to hide just how big of a scandal this is and how FBI Director Christopher Wray has a big problem on his hands.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/12/the-obamas-administrations-fisa-abuse-is-a-massive-scandal/

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

Pat, what do you think about the Clinton Foundation’s investigation and the pending $2M settlement, along with Chelsea having to take lessons on having to work with a not for profit? Turns out Hillary paid out hush money to Bill’s mistress with campaign funds. Isn’t that illegal?

Lenny
Lenny
10 months ago

Check out the legislative tallies for Berkshire lawmakers in today’s Eagle. TFB had a lackluster performance and “did not respond to multiple requests for comment.” She has continually proposed bills imposing additional taxes on residents as well as proposing drivers licenses for illegals. She needs to be voted out!

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Lenny
10 months ago

Pittsfield politics just raised municipal taxes with $10 million in reserves. Beacon Hill politics sees Berkshire County as an after-thought.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
10 months ago

The entire Berkshire delegation is there only to kiss the ass of the Massachusetts democrat party. The party doesn’t give a crap about the Berkshires.

Dom Juan Telegraphetto
Dom Juan Telegraphetto
Reply to  Lenny
10 months ago

Yes,Buffier, and faces of Tyered,McCandyass, Stooge, Baremont,Boots,Nylons, Curtdismissed,Masseeme,Amusedso, Low,RuufRuuf, Shiity,

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Lenny
10 months ago

Her response to the article on FB was amusing. Calling out the author as an intern as to insinuate that they know nothing of what they are writing about, rather then defending the record.

I see she was busy campaigning in NH though.