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THE EMPEROR OF ICE CREAM, AND OTHER BON MOTS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 28, 2020) — As the lady of the night said to the bishop, “Just because you see confetti doesn’t mean there’s a wedding.”

Things aren’t what they seem, and, in a sense, our entire professional career has been to get to the bottom of things — or what the philosophers call “truth.” We channel Wallace Stevens in letting “be” be the finale of “seems,” because we actually knew the Emperor of Ice Cream. With that circumspect opening, allow THE PLANET to clear out the files.

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CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? — We begin with this experience at the Pittsfield Police Department, reported first hand and in the first person by community activist and local landlord Alex Blumin: “I just went to Pittsfield Police Department to report a crime [Alex sent the message 4/24 at 6:37 p.m.] — assault and battery on my neighbor next door, a Muslim man in his 70s. He’s from a village in Pakistan, and his English level is very low. He can barely speak. He explained through gestures and broken English that two black guys assaulted him and searched his pockets for money. I advised him to call the police, but he refused for some reason. Since this is my street — the intersection of Hamlin and First Street — I am involved anyway, so I went to talk to the police. I entered the police station, pushed the button, and officer Murphy appeared, asking me if I had an emergency. I told him no, it wasn’t about me. Murphy interrupted me: ‘Mr. Blumin,’ he said. ‘You must do all business with us on the line, [not in person]. Unless you have an emergency, you must leave the station due to the corona virus.’ I was shocked. I can go to Home Depot every day. I can go to Walmart every day. I can shop for groceries regardless of the coronavirus. But our brace police do not allow people inside the police station, even though we finance the department with about $10 million in taxes each year. I am just speechless. What a disgusting mayor — Tyer. What a terrible village — Pittsfield.”

THE PLANET thanks Blumin for the information, for how seriously he takes his role as a citizen, and for having the stones to use his actual name. As for the police, y’all can sleep safely. Chief Mike Wynn  just finished reading “The Poky Little Puppy” and is onto “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” It’s for the children, you know.

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MOON MAROONED IN SWOON — When THE PLANET polled councilors for their thoughts on “The Connell Measure” — Chris Connell’s idea to keep Mayor CRAYOLOA-19 from overtaxing citizens for virus-fighting funds — we heard from 10 of the 11. Even Ty Cobb would love that average. The only one not to enter our orbit? Ward 1’s Helen Moon. We heard scuttlebutt from the D.A.’s office that says Mayor CRAYOLA and the district attorney “told Moon not to respond.” We haven’t confirmed that, but as yet, no one in the know has denied it. If Helen of Coy wants to chime in herself, she’s more than welcome at this address. [PREGNANT PAUSE] Gosh, you don’t think she’s afraid of us, do you?

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CONNELL PLANS ACTION — Speaking of “The Measure,” Connell isn’t wasting time putting deeds behind his syllables. He tells THE PLANET, “My plan to present it will be at the first meeting in May, on the 12th.  I was actually going to wait until the FEMA grant was presented to the council to insure we were actually going to be receiving it. However with more funds now in the works, I think it’s in the best interest of the city to try to get out in front of this and hopefully get this revenue account set up (if it’s passed by the council) … before any grants are accepted and then go into the general fund.” As we have said and will keep repeating, this measure isn’t only about saving poor Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski a few tax dollars. It will be a measure of how much this new council wants to do their oath-sworn job of being co-governors with the mayor. That means serving as a check and balance, providing accountability to the citizens they represent, and never being a rubber stamp. [SECOND PREGNANT PAUSE] As you can see, our cynicism actually serves as our optimism’s final safe harbor.

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LYSOL SHMY-SOL — Can we put to rest the invented “controversy” over President Trump’s remarks on “injecting bleach.” He never advised anyone to inject bleach.  Courtesy of THE 5th DENTIST, one of our newer and most informed commentators and someone who’s deep into the medical industry, here be the President’s actual words:

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. So I asked Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking of, if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that too. It sounds interesting.

ACTING UNDER SECRETARY BRYAN: We’ll get to the right folks who could.

THE PRESIDENT: Right. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds — it sounds interesting to me. So we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s — that’s pretty powerful.

“I didn’t see where he told anyone to inject swallow or in anyway use bleach or disinfectant in their bodies,” 5th said.  Neither did THE PLANET. We will, though, add this thought: Anyone stupid enough to inject or swallow Lysol based on The Presiden’t remarks should be applauded for doing us all a favor by dying. The fewer people with THAT level of stupidity, the better our chances for survival — all of us.

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MAY YOUR DAYS BE … — MERRY & BRIGHT, one of THE PLANET‘s most well-known and prolific participants, raised a series of vital questions with respect to the mayor’s most recent TV pep talk. Here’s the comment, in full:

Finally broke down and watched Mayor Crayola’s latest Friday update. Made sure I did it before I ate so I wouldn’t barf. First thing I noticed is the weekly message was almost 3 minutes shorter than the week before. She seems to have less and less to tell us hardworking taxpayers, is she hiding something? LOL Mayor Crayola we all know after almost six weeks of this that we need to wash our hands and stay home! This little speech took up about 2 minutes of her update. How about explaining to us why there is no traffic control? Why Pittsfield speed limits have evidently been changed to 70 mph on Dalton Ave. & Merrill Rd? Why people are allowed to blow red lights and stop signs? Have heard that the police officers are working 7 days on 7 days off with hazard pay and overtime pay even though they are not working overtime. Could she explain this? Young mothers and children are spending their days picking up garbage and nicely bagging it by the road for the DPW to pick up. Notice that there have been some of these bags on New York Avenue by the deer for at least a week. While taking a walk to watch the deer I saw 3 DPW trucks drive by these bags, two dump trucks and one pick-up with nothing in the back of their trucks. So Mayor Crayola, why are we paying these trucks to drive around all day? They most certainly are not filling potholes. Why is the Health/Police/Fire departments not enforcing the amount of people going to Walmart and Market 32? It is time for our City Council to demand a update from Mayor Crayola and Eddie Munster-Cufflinks to divulge who is getting paid in this City for doing absolutely nothing. Or do they even know, or care, of course they are also getting paid and have basically free health insurance. Meanwhile make sure you pay your taxes on time so Mayor Crayola has enough money to keep her inside circle of friends happy.

M&B has asked vital questions that DEMAND answers, pronto. Therefore, THE PLANET has forwarded the comment in full to the mayor, requesting responses. We also included a private message that shall, for the moment at least, remain that way.

What’s that we say about the phone not ringing?

Nonetheless, we don’t discourage easily!

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“Let the lamp fix its beam. The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream”Wallace Stevens, “The Emperor of Ice-Cream.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
1 month ago

“Just because you see confetti doesn’t mean there’s a wedding.” Be that as it may if you see a pigeon that ain’t confetti falling from the sky.

JoePesci
JoePesci
1 month ago

Trump was clearly talking of the potential possibility, down the road, of an injection that would cure Corona, not ingestion. Just more fake news by the lame stream media, and all the idiots that junped to conclusions and flew off the handle without watching the press conference, which by the way I did, live.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  JoePesci
1 month ago

Speaking of remedies for corona, the FBI actually raided & shut down a medical facility for giving hi-dose vitamin C i.v.s to frontline workers. This is a proven method of reducing the impact of & prevention of covid symptoms.
Story can be found on http://www.informationliberation.com

Shocked to hear that our police station is shut down for walk-ins. They are hard enough to get ahold of via phone for non- emergencies.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

All police stations are implementing this face to face policy.Did he file the report by E-Mail?.

Spagirl
Spagirl
Reply to  JoePesci
1 month ago

No one in their right mind would have had this conversation. As a President it is wreckless. No excuses no matter how you twist it are credible.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Spagirl
1 month ago

No one in their right mind would ever consider drinking bleach or injecting Lysol.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

or say something that may be construed as that being a good idea

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Apparently Chris Cuomo and his wife bathed in it. This is why we don’t listen to any mainstream media, CNN, FOX or otherwise. Idiot

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

she put 1quarter cup of bleach into 55 gallon bath tub of water .

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

They are doing it Pat.

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

To drink Lysol or read your hateful comments???
Tough choice.
Support your president.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
1 month ago

We keep looking every night to see if he can show Presidential leadership.He cant get there.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Wrong

truthsayer
truthsayer
Reply to  JoePesci
1 month ago

Really? Then why are poison control center calls up nearly 200% since his comment? Why did the maker of Lysol have to step up? Why did doctors including his own panel’s step up and say not to ingest disinfectants. Nice try. I watched him live as well. He said it. It was stupid. So what?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

You & some others on this blog should take a remedial course in reading comprehension. As Dan also stated above, 5th Dentist posted the full transcript of Trump’s remarks. Don’t let your hatred for POTUS get in the way of common sense!

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

Why is he stepping back on the podium ? Because what he said was wreckless and dangerous.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

wreckless?

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

Stupid As is stupid does, sir

Paul
Paul
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

Truthsayer, if you bothered to read about it you would find that the largest increase was due to children getting their hands on hand sanitizer.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  JoePesci
1 month ago

Sure

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
1 month ago

How many employees working from home, in what departments, and what exactly are they supposed to be doing, and what exactly are they doing????????????? Us Kapanskis deserve to know. No names necessary, just departments and postions. I guess all the teachers are getting full pay for the rest of the year.

Cleve Intesare
Cleve Intesare
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Yes,teachers are being paid.

Dick Flimsy
Dick Flimsy
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

What are Moon and Lampiasi doing during this shut down? What did they do before the shutdown? Why are all the hacks being paid to sit at home? How are they working from home?

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

The teachers are teaching as best they can. A 6th grade student at Herberg is in contact receiving assignments and help if needed in science, math and English. They are not home because they want to be.

Dick Flimsy
Dick Flimsy
Reply to  Thomas More
1 month ago

Moon and Lampiasi aren’t teachers. They are hacks who have do nothing jobs in the DA’s office. Since they don’t do much at work I guess they can do not much at home.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Thanks Dan for putting the drinking bleach nonsense to bed once and for all. I might also add that our president and others on his team are exhausted from trying to save the country on very little sleep so we should all keep that in mind. Everyone is exhausted from this virus nightmare, but we don’t have to go out and face a roomful of reporters everyday, many of whom do not like President Trump.

Reel Deel
Reel Deel
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Trump will send us at least two more checks. He is truly the helping hand President. The United States has been outsmarted…by CHINA.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Not sure he put it to bed as even Fox news is still talking about it. Pretty sure Rush and Sean will be talking about it as well.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

Beck Limbaugh Hannity and Fox propaganda until 11pm all get the talking points daily.Not one independent thought

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Seems like TSC and truthsayer on one and the same. Use your name.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
1 month ago

Not in this city chuck.That is employment suicide for you and your children.Thats why everyone keeps secrets.You know this.

truthsayer
truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

What’s there to like about Trump? He’s a self-focused jackass.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

Look in the mirror.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

Name one politician who isn’t… I’ll wait

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

Trump was a jackass in the 80s

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

We are told Covid – 19 can be spread by flatulence. Did you get Trump derangement syndrome (TDS) from inhaling farts?

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Acute Angina
1 month ago

Trump is one deranged president.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

The White House press wont let Trump play them the way he played celeb gossip reporters in NY or the way he played you guys on the Obama birther fake news promoted by Fox Corporation and Power people propaganda channel.Trump made a fool of himself and he was not happy that people noticed.Trump was at the annual press corp banquet when Obama released his Birth certificate the day before.Obama gave a speech where the President roast people and he just tore into Trump to the point people were just cringing at how Obama ripped Trump to shreds over his Fake birther scandle by the right wing.Obama crossed Trump and he will never get over it.Don left with his head down red faced and tail between his legs.He wants to destroy the ACAct for personal reasons at America’s expense.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

The far left doesn’t like President Trump and will never get over it.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pat ,Trumps incompetent and hes been exposed.Not to you but to smart independent white males who see that 4 more is not going to happen.They just want a middle of the road guy who wont act stupid and wont hire stupid people.Smart people have kids and this moron is not good for kids

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Nothing but hate. The White House press asks the most inane questions. The best questions come from older reporters. My feeling is your President should say “next question” and move on.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Most of the question are weak.There is no sam Donaldson or Dan Rather.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

TSC, the liberal media has been doing fake news a long time. For so long the sheeple think it’s the truth. “The Shameful Legacy of Three TV Anchors Sara Pentz A Journal for Western Man– Issue XLI– September 5, 2005 In a nine month period between the end of 2004 and the middle of 2005, all three of the major networks ‘lost’ their star news anchors––Tom Brokaw (November 2004), Dan Rather (March 2005), and Peter Jennings (August 7, 2005). Tom Brokaw of NBC chose to retire. Dan Rather ‘resigned’ in disgrace from CBS after he orchestrated one of the most biased reports every produced for a television network. Peter Jennings died at 67 years. Each of these men leaves a shameful legacy on the face of American journalism. They led their networks into a shocking wave of politically biased reporting and did absolutely nothing… Read more »

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Questions are we weak gotcha ones. Watch them closely, very few notes taken after the questions are asked.
I get a kick out of , I have a question and one from my friend who couldn’t make it.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
1 month ago

Saying how great he is or calling people names exposes him to who he is.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

bleach was never mentioned by Trump.It was disinfectants to be injected.

Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

Can someone from the Islamic center translate for this guy and the PPD?

Gigi
Gigi
1 month ago

Governor Cuomo’s policy of sending Chinese Flu patients back into nursing homes has killed many. Who will hold him accountable? What exactly was his motive for implementing this outrageous policy?

https://nypost.com/2020/04/21/cuomo-coronavirus-nursing-home-policy-proves-tragic-goodwin/

Gigi
Gigi
1 month ago

Hats off to Chris Connell for being the watchdog on the city’s financial shenanigans!

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

This nightmare is a terrible tragedy. I wish politicians would put their differences aside until we get through the coronavirus pandemic. 25% of the World’s COVID-19 deaths are in the U.S.A. Tens of millions of American workers have lost their jobs and health insurance. We are in a recession and on the brink of economic collapse. The World as we know it has changed for the worse. After the coronavirus pandemic, we will have to deal with the debt pandemic. I feel sorry for all the people who are dipping in the 401k’s and IRA’s. I hope the workers’ savings accounts don’t get wiped out. Lastly, I think it is myopic and unfair that most people “Blame Linda Tyer” for all that is wrong in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The mess that is Pittsfield politics has been going on for decades! We are in a public… Read more »

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Johnathan, do you feel sorry enough to take a 10 percent cut in your federal pension, to help with the absolutely outrageous pork barrel spending that is taking place in the name of Covid? We as a nation are on the brink of collapse for sure now, in more ways than one, and paying people 600 per week for 14 weeks on top of their unemployment is a sure fire way to keep the economy in the tank. This Covid thing has been turned into a democratic conspiracy against Trump by the demorats, who are desperate and know sleepy joe can’t string two sentences together. And how do you feel about 25 million for The Kennedy Center and the billions in handouts for private colleges with overpaid do little professors? P.S. Tyer is a disgrace to the oath of office and could care less… Read more »

Gigi
Gigi
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

The Governor needs to lift the lockdown orders as soon as possible.

https://www.wnd.com/2020/04/8-reasons-support-reopening-america/

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

I think people are hurting out there and they need extra cash to pay their bills. Like everyone else, I disagree with pork barrel spending. I support Mayor Linda Tyer in Pittsfield politics, but I do not agree with all of her policies and decisions. Pittsfield has very high levels of municipal taxes, fees, and debts. All of this was true prior to 2016. I hope that state and local governments will receive a federal bailout soon. I hope the economy doesn’t collapse. We have a debt crisis. Please stay safe out there.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Trump had added 3 trillion in debt in tax breaks before the War on the Virus.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

That statement was pure pro big business as the big bailout already took place.Now being true republican thinking is get the laborers back to work because they do not deserve money. Trump has people by the balls if the average man now never even considers t he 3rd big business bailout in 25 years.The dems will get the economy back on track.We will probably pass a bill to tax profits. Asking big business to help pay our bills.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

I wish politicians would put the differences they have aside all the time and do right by the taxpayers no matter what’s going on. Just a wish.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

There is an article in a Eagle paper Sunday speaking of sheriff Bowlers Covid virus infection. Happily he seems to be getting over it. But in the article it says this

Bowler is one of more than 400 county residents who have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began. Dozens of Berkshire residents have succumbed to it.

Can anyone find any local dashboards that talk of dozens of Berkshire residents succumbing to the virus? Was this a Freudian slip?

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

You won’t find it because whenever BHS can, it posts addresses as “unknown”. They desperately want to keep the deaths under 100 (originally 25) and cases under 500 so they do what they can to under report it or report it incorrectly.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

Berkshire County has 31 recorded deaths. That is two dozen plus…

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-april-27-2020/download

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Auto Phil
1 month ago

AUTO,
Thanks for the data set. I am sure some will take issue with it as it might not agree with a narrative being pushed.

Johnny99
Johnny99
1 month ago

Sounds to me like officer Murphy handled this Blumin fellow in an entirely professional manner. And while there are exceptions to everything, the police are not generally in the business of acting on hearsay reports, and by he way, anybody can file a report through the police website, so I am told. If the victim wants to report what sounds like a robbery the onus is on the victim, and if Blumin could garner the basic facts so can the police, who also can arrange an interpreter, if needed. The police are in lockdown mode due to the Corona scare which has been overblown biggly.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Dan,

To answer your question, when the phone doesn’t ring, you’ll know it’s the Mayor not getting back to you. But unlike me back in the day before everybody made the team and got a trophy, I am sure you won’t be waiting by the phone for the call that won’t be coming.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
1 month ago

This whole thing about Blumin getting blown off, as well as Merry and Brights’ concerns about policing and staffing, as well as many other comments here about the state of policing in city, can be addressed in a press release drafted in 15 minutes, or a 5 minute phone call or email to you, either by the mayor or the chief. Perhaps despite Tyers best efforts police have a staffing issue still for some reason, and I expect the cops are hunkering down because they don’t want a case of Corona. Personally anybody who drinks that Mexican urine deserves to get sick. There’s a reason they put a lime in it ya know.

Gy Buffbich
Gy Buffbich
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
1 month ago

Come on let’s be realistic. We can’t have any cops go down to Covid,and it sounds like Murphy was only doing his job. What bothers me is we have had all these repetitive calls over the years and Mayor or Police never addressed the problem. Like over the weekend some dude calling nine 11 several times and ppd had to respond to a no problem type answer,this has to stop. The other is the spike in bad drivers in the area. Passing on double lines,speeding,cutting you off,driving in your lane,red lights? This summer will be hell here if we don’t bare down now in the streets. And if you see people jogging in the road don’t try to run them down. Be careful of bicyclists also.

Be The Change
Be The Change
1 month ago

We all know who the landlords are. They will receive the housing funds. Same people who develop Downtown Pittsfield. They will receive the PPP/Bailouts.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Be The Change
1 month ago

The people killing Berkshire Co and enriching themselves and to whom all the clouncil defer.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
1 month ago

PPD officers were put on a modified schedule due to the corona outbreak. I heard they had at least 10 officers test positive.

I don’t recall the details of the modified scheduling, but the result was reduced hours/manpower. It is not surprising that Mr. Blumin was blown off. I’ve heard stories of other people trying to report crimes that were also blown off and basically told, “you deal with it, we’re not coming” manner.

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Auto Phil
1 month ago

….And just like that, vigilante justice became the norm in the big city

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the 5th Dentist
1 month ago

Charles Bronson aka Paul Kersey , coming soon to real life.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Auto Phil
1 month ago

– you don’t need firearms for personal protection, call the police
– state closes gun registration and gun stores
– Person goes to police to report assault and is turned away
– police won’t investigate a plethora of crimes by order of the DA

“Progressive”. I feel so much safer. Thank you all

The School committee
The School committee
1 month ago

Did Blumin have a mask on and it was not an emergency so why did he not call ahead.Common sense tells me he was wrong.Did he go home and make the complaint and did they respond.We who dont watch Trump apologist 24/7 know exactly what Trump said.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Are you as worried about the assault charges against Joe Biden as you are about picking apart President Trump’s words to make it sound like he is advocating drinking bleach? Still waiting for ANY praise from the far left for all that President Trump has done to help this country fight corona virus.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

“They let you grab by the !@$$y if you are a star”. I wunner who said that.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
1 month ago

How about posting some of Biden’s gaffes – there are only a million or so to choose from. Why not post the latest sexual attack accuser’s comments about creepy Joe?

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Biden is not the President of the United States

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Thank God.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

I’m Joe Biden, and I forgot this message

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
1 month ago

Again, we are talking about an accuser claiming sexual assault that the far left went so crazy about during the Kavanaugh hearings, but we are now hearing crickets from them.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Trump could cure cancer and the left would complain he’s homophobic for not curing HIV/AIDS first

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pat ,How did you respond to the Kavanaugh charges and the charges of rape against Trump

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Trump never said bleach.Go watch the clip Pat as it is so easy to verify this on your own Do wait for Beck and the rest of the right to interpret this for you.

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Since we are all grasping and we each have become authorities on what he said what it means and how to interpret it. instead of reading the official record. Let me take a stab at it,
Is it possible in a moment of weakness he felt bad about not adding enough monies for Planned Parenthood and the Pelosi crowd that he attempted to make up for it? Hell anyone’s guess is as good as the next.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lysols-vintage-ads-subtly-pushed-women-to-use-its-disinfectant-as-birth-control-218734/

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

TSC, bleach would probably be easier on your liver than your usual

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Are you worried about the charges against Trump?

truthsayer
truthsayer
1 month ago

Sorry Dan. You’re not Trump’s press secretary endlessly trying to spin his BS into gold. Printing what he said does not reflect the context in which he said it or the tone of his voice or the way he said it. He was serious and having one of those senior moments wherein his mouth was voicing out loud what his brain was thinking but shouldn’t have relesed into the air. We all saw what he said. There is no spinning it, there is no “what he really meant is….” He said it. Period. If he didn’t say it, then why did the maker of Lysol come out and warn people? And since his comment, calls to state poison control centers are up significantly including an Illinois woman who mixed bleach with Listerine because Trump said it would fight the virus. Clearly, many of his… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

That’s right – take your own advice & MOVE ON.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

There are way too many SENIOR moments coming out of the mouth of Joe Biden who is benefiting from COVID-19 since he doesn’t have to make so many public appearances and embarrass himself with his inability to talk coherently. The far left doesn’t care as long as he can win the election. He will be controlled from behind the scenes to promote the far left socialist/communist agenda.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I wouldn’t let Biden drive me around the block. He’d get lost!

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
1 month ago

He couldn’t find a parking place in an empty parking garage.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
1 month ago

Joe Biden isn’t stupid, he has DEMentia.

People who vote for him are stupid

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pat ,you are not listening to Trumps PR update.Hes nuts when there is a Camera.

Fake News
Fake News
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

fake news

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

This was what caught my interest.

The first thing that came to mind when I started thinking about it, was chemotherapy, where we poison the patient in hopes that the poison will kill cancer before it kills the patient. But there is actually a procedure that uses hydrogen peroxide….you know, the substitute for mercurochrome for treating (disinfecting) skinned knees? Well, it turns out there is an intravenous technique used to kill internal bacteria and viruses using that common solution. Over at American Thinker, Andrea Widburg explains.

Read: Trump’s idea for “disinfecting” people to fight disease is already being done

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

So true. People on the far left will grasp at anything to put down this president while he is working his butt off to save this country. All the while ignoring every stupid thing that comes out of Biden’s mouth like not wanting to close the borders when this COVID-19 began. Also their silence on sexual assault by his accuser. So hypocritical.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I grasped it when Trump said there were only 15 cases and they would be gone in a few days. Even Fox news hyped that one up as did Mr. Hannity and butt buddy Rush Limbaugh. You can look that up before you divert the discussion to Hillary or Obama or Santa Claus.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
1 month ago

China never told anyone how serious this virus had become, how contagious and very bad for some people. President Trump NEVER said this was a hoax. Biden didn’t want to close the borders and had to walk it back when he realized how serious the virus is as did New York Democrat Bill DeBlasio and many far left reporters on MSNBC and CNN who made fun of President Trump for closing off travel from China.

V Gusradas
V Gusradas
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Will work for scrubbing agents.

The School committee
The School committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Democrats and independent voters wait every night for a leader to show up on stage.He never shows.He puts on his lying hat then has Mike Pence pledge allegiance to him.Mr President without your great leadership….on and on and on

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

TSC, your new leader is Joe DEMentia Biden.

“I’m Joe Biden, and I forgot this message”

Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

I’m pretty sure that our police station has a camera on the front door. There is no reason why a RING DORBELL system couldn’t be set up outside the front door of the police station.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

The White House has pulled today’s briefing from the schedule!! Free at last!! Free at last!!

V Gusradas
V Gusradas
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

I agree trump has ruined America

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

Found it!!! the only television in the world with out the ability to either shut off or change the channel. And just like the exhausting City job searches. After an exhausting search t turns out it was right here in our fair city all along.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

This is what the far left was trying to do. They didn’t want President Trump getting any attention from these Covid-19 meetings. They got rid of the rallies thanks to the COVID-19 and they were so glad about that. Now, with the help of their nasty far left reporters, they are so happy to get rid of the corona virus briefings. Lots of people got a lot of information from these briefings and it’s just further proof that they have no concern about the people in this country!!! Their socialist/communist agenda that ends with one world government is all they care about.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

The briefing is back on for tonight at the White House. All set.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

Great news! I watched it. It went well. Only 2 nasty reporter questions. The nastiest one was a long blonde haired reporter asking the President if he thought he should be re-elected since 55,000 people have died from corona virus so far on his watch. The president kept his cool and answered honestly that one death is too many. It was a stupid question, probably from somebody from NPR or MSNBC, that people dying from corona virus is grounds for losing an election would mean that leaders from 184 countries around the world will all soon be replaced. Ironically the people of China have been trying to get rid of their leader for some time, but just like Putin in Russia, it seems that Xi Jinping of China now has achieved one party leadership in China and intends to make himself the permanent president.… Read more »

The School committee
The School committee
1 month ago

The stockbridge police department are not allowing access to the station at this time.All request are done through EMail.Emmergency is the same 911

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Note to Alex Blummin If a beat down and robbery occurs in Pittsfield don’t report it in Stockbridge either. Probably not a good idea to try and report it in Albany or Bennington. Just a guess TSC can you check on that for us?

Fake News
Fake News
1 month ago

WASHINGTON, D.C.—At his press conference last night, President Trump told everyone to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. “Water’s tremendous, very powerful stuff,” he said. “You won’t believe the things they can do with water. Water balloons. Water slides. Water beds. It’s amazing. You can freeze it and make ice, I’m told. Ice is great for lots of things. Ice cream. Ice cubes. Igloos.” “Anyway, drink water.” Horrified journalists scrambled to warn Americans not to drown themselves in their pools and bathtubs. “Trump says water is good — but this is very misleading,” said Rachel Maddow. “Did you know that water kills many people every year? These dangerous, unhinged remarks from the president could cause many to drown themselves. Plus, do you know what’s hidden in water? Sharks. This president wants you to die from a shark attack!” Representatives for various bottled water… Read more »

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Fake News
1 month ago

Water also contains hydrogen which can be made into bombs. And if you drink it and lie down on your side you run the risk of it blowing a big hole in your belly. Stay away from water. You could ruin your garden if it is not applied properly.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Fake News
1 month ago

Sums up how media spins just about everything nowadays.

Wrest Toraunt
Wrest Toraunt
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

Congress to approve another 1200. Just heard it, and maybe another in June.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

So the Los Angeles Lakers decided not to take their multi million dollar package. Why were all these fat cats allowed to get money in the first place? Harvard with their 40 billion dollar endowment was going to take some until it got leaked out. This started out as a plan to help small business but somebody killed the oversight part of it at the last minute.

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
1 month ago

Agree the roll out of the PPP was FAR from perfect. It was a huge program and was bound to have problems. The thinking probably was get the money out quickly and clean the messes up later.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Yup. Rewarding deadbeats along with The hard workers who the government put outta work. You don’t see the supermarket, Walmart, Home Depot, tractor supply, or target workers dropping like flies why? Open the state today.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

So Dan, it has been almost 24 hours since you asked questions of Mayor Crayola. Hope you didn’t ruin your day waiting for her to answer. She evidently did not read my question about the speed limit on Dalton Avenue. I was passed by a gray SUV weaving in and out of traffic going approximately 75 mph this afternoon right through red lights so I guess she did not get the word out to the PPD either. Speaking of the PPD, someone should do a well-being check on Chief Mikey. He looks pretty disheveled lately during his reading sessions. Feel bad about Alex Blumin’s attempt to help his neighbor and his dealings with the PPD. Even before the the outbreak of the Corin19, when entering the PPD the welcome did not exist, it was more like don’t bother me, it is the same attitude… Read more »

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Amazing. So she declined to answer. Wow, yet not surprised. Verified that she just does not care to communicate to the taxpayers that pay her salary and we are all in in for a long 3 1/2 years of her spending our monies any way she wants. Thanks for the effort Dan.

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Shoot her an email with your concerns and your real name. Pretty certain she will get back to you.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
1 month ago

Don’t count on it. The City Collector of Taxes Lisa M. Lewis lost my checks for payment of my water bills. I personally went to the mayor’s office with this issue Sh would not meet or speak with me regarding this matter. My fine “FREE CASH” .

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
1 month ago

Chuck, been there tried that. She is totally unreachable unless you are one of her inner circle trolls which I am not and trust me I don’t want to be.

Wrest Toraunt
Wrest Toraunt
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

We don’t care about Amy, Dan.

The School committee
The School committee
1 month ago

Trump was given the greatest economy the world has ever seen by Obama.Mic drop.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  The School committee
1 month ago

Fake news pal

Tony Blair
Tony Blair
1 month ago

This blog serves as great comical relief I must say. About the same 1/2 dozen commentators all hiding behind aliases, often complaining about transparency. The irony! I also find it amusing that the author often claims that he does not “take sides” however there is never any criticism about Trump but constant justification for what he said. So interesting how Trump supporters were always “I like Trump because he means what he says.” Now, it’s all about “that’s not what he meant.” Such BS. Those are the same individuals that will probably make themselves a “Trumptini” of Clorox or other disinfectants, based on the recent suggestions he made at a press conference. Oops, sorry, that was sarcasm! The constant criticism of the current mayoral administration seems unjust and again quite one-sided. Always critical but rarely a suggestion of how things should be done differently.… Read more »

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Tony Blair
1 month ago

Moe for mayor, Larry for School Superintendent, and Curly for head of DPW.

Stooges are far superior to con artists running the show now.

Anderson williams
Anderson williams
Reply to  Tony Blair
1 month ago

Anyone, speaking of comical relief I must have missed it.. Did Doctor/Attorney/DPW/Real estate expert/Snow plow driver/scientist/Giants QB/world affairs expert/ Police Report go M.I.A?

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Tony Blair
1 month ago

Mr. Blair, Here are the answers to your questions. “So what if the Mayor asked our kids to color and send them to City Hall?” My taxes went up hundreds last fiscal year, and hundreds more under Tyer in years prior. Crime went up alot too, as did water and sewer rates. To rub salt in the wound, she gave away millions of our tax dollars to connected GOBSIGs, like The Beacon Bomb. The least she could do is keep us Kapanskis updated on Corona, in a timely and accurate manner, and forget about the happy crap with the crayons. It’s analogous to the chief reading books to the kiddies while the city goes to hell in a handbasket. No matter how hard he is working, or what else he does, it doesn’t have a good look to Joe Taxpayer. “Connell as a watchdog?”… Read more »

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Mnuchin says audits on small business loans. Good for him. Maybe local banks will consider that …

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Lockdown continued till May 18th by tyrant Baker. May Day protests against the lockdowns planned for Friday May 1st! If you own a business, I hope you express your displeasure to the Guv. Data on iberkshires; 9 people with covid in BMC! There is NO SCIENCE behind lockdowns!

RN
RN
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

The fact that there is a lockdown made the low number possible [REDACTED].
That number could have easily been 900, then you’d be getting your panties in a twist over there not being a lock down.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Wow – what a potty mouth you have, RN. Are you a union leader? The fact is that 900 people did not die here. Original models of 2.2 million deaths has been continually reduced, now to under 60,000 – the same number of fatalities from last year’s flu season. Do you still have a job? Be grateful, as many do not. Is your employer able to continue on? Be grateful as many small businesses will not reopen. All this economic chaos due to virus models that were over-exaggerated. BMC is advertising for customers, as the hospital is nearly empty! Time for the lockdowns to end. Leave the decisions to reopen businesses to the company owners! Leave the decisions whether or not to dine-in at restaurants to the customers. Those people in the high risk categories for covid should isolate themselves until they feel safe.… Read more »

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

RN, I thought the low number was because BHS was adulterating the count somehow and was changing records, causes of death and all manner of things to foster some as of yet undescribed conspiracy. I know the mentioned one at one time was to save the tourist business but so many of the venues closed down early before we here in the Commonwealth had even peaked so that made no sense. I do have a question though that I could use your help with. If I recall correctly when I asked what the motive was for BHS to change numbers and lower the count thus affecting even further their revenue in the form of reimbursements I believe I was an %^&*#$% simpleton. Now Mr. Fritz has made a statement and he is referred to by you as an %^&#$% moron can you please tell… Read more »

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The Haircut Blessed are those that can give without remembering and take without forgetting. One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week. ’ The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week. ’ The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a… Read more »

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That was great! We need term limits on all politicians and they can’t be trusted for long. Big government is dangerous because that would give us a lot more politicians.

G Man is in Town
G Man is in Town
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pat that’s the best proposal I’ve heard in a long time.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Term limits:
Limit Congress to 2 terms: 1 in office, 1 in jail.

Meedeuh Tipes
Meedeuh Tipes
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Incredible Tony Blair up above. Pandering to the mayor and criticizing two Ward Councilors? Can you say Hippocrate? He is correct about the Trump bias. But are Democrats any better….hell no. Trump alienated our friendly countries and now is getting all p p from China?.

Aside…Pittsfield should hire Vigilantes to roam the streets. Put them in cars to pull over crazy drivers for starters. The Planet is correct when he talks about this Mayor. She neither a leader or very smart.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Reagan was right. Unfortunately the special interests rammed a revised charter down our throats so they could keep their lap doggy in power.
Now we have some city politicians watching out the window while citizens pick up the garbage on the roads as they wonder why their tax bills are so high. Will the mayor be signing up senior citizens to fill pot holes next?

Bray Dee Forlunch
Bray Dee Forlunch
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Is the puppet show in session tonight?

Nutty Bakor
Nutty Bakor
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Roofer looks like Ben Franklin on Brady Bunch tv

Krian Kris Konelle
Krian Kris Konelle
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Yes,there is a show on tonight.

Nutty Bakor
Nutty Bakor
Reply to  Bray Dee Forlunch
1 month ago

Dan, I’m a big eye guy. When I look at Charlie Baker I see something going on there. He’s hiding something or did something.

RN
RN
1 month ago

Oh yeah it looks like pets can be infected. Many corona viruses are zoonotic. They can jump from species to species, the whole problem in the first place. As it mutates COVID-19 will infect dogs and cats, cats seem to be genetically more susceptible as the is similar to attachment structure as FIP. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html What to do if you own pets Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection. Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household. Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people… Read more »

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Hey moron, the link you provided completely undercuts your alarmist bullshit. Can you read?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Open letter to Patrick Fennell April 28, 2020 Re: The News today Hello Pat, U.S. Congress House of Representatives Chamber is extending its recess for a second time in April of 2020. It was 3 weeks until April 20, 2020. Then it was 5 weeks until May 4, 2020. Now, it will be beyond 5 weeks. The U.S. Senate will convene on May 4, 2020. 25 percent of coronavirus cases are in the U.S.A. Some believe President Donald Trump is unfit to deal with the public health crisis. In less than 3 weeks, the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases doubled to over one million American people infected with coronavirus. Over 58,300 Americans have died. Despite the huge increases in coronavirus cases, protesters want the shut down to end without evidenced base scientific data. We are in a “Great Recession” with tens of millions of… Read more »

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Pence must have made you Trumpers proud today.