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HOMELESS UPDATE: CITY PLANNERS WHIFF, MAYOR WAIVES, TIERNEY WINKS, HOMELESS WANDER, KAPANSKIS WEEP

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 24-6, 2020) — The homeless crisis in Pittsfield only gets worse, with no sign of abating. The latest came after the Community Development Board shirked its responsibility, running away from a vote that would decide if a homeless shelter should be created at First United Methodist Church on Fenn Street.

It followed the continued silence of mayor Linda Tyer, who has ignored THE PLANET‘s requests for comments on what she knows about the sudden closing of the SJHS shelter and why personal effects and medications of homeless people were found in a DPW Dumpster on West Housatonic Street. Ostensibly, ServiceNet was contracted to handle the SJHS shelter, including its eventual closing, but the city’s inept fingerprints are all over this. Officials have also been quiet — “too quiet,” as in the Westerns — about rumors of “money disappearing.”

It’s clear that the huge presence of Section 8s, homeless, group homes, drug addicts, and the rest are the result of the city’s play for the “easy money.” When a city agrees to take in the “armies of the road,” funds pour in with little accounting. It creates a perfect storm: The “armies” descend, gangs and drug trade follows. The funds “disappear,” the word used by Jay Sachetti of ServiceNet, and the Kapanskis suffer the consequences in the form of higher taxes, demise of public safety, a ruined downtown, more crime, shooting, stabbings, break-ins, and assaults in such number that the local media don’t bother. Meanwhile, The Suits retreat to their $700,000 homes and sip cool drinks poolside.

Two comments from posters to THE PLANET capture the zeitgeist:

Johnny Dimentia: There has been a lot of back and forth on this issue but what I have not seen in detail is why the homeless issue has ballooned to its current level under this mayor. I do not remember it ever being anywhere near this bad before. So what has changed and what if any are the solutions? Is it fair to assume that the Pittsfield homeless population will continue to grow further reflecting the reality of a dying city?

Merry & Bright: So the Pittsfield Community Development board delayed voting on creating a homeless shelter at the United Methodist Church on Fenn Street. Sounded to me like this shelter has been well planned out. Three of the biggest objectors, Downtown Pittsfield, Tierney owner of Hotel on North and best of all Mr. Mayor Barry Clairmont’s office. Downtown Pittsfield has been useless for years. No matter where the shelter is, the homeless will hang out on North Street during the day. Yet, notice how much money both Tierney’s businesses and Clairmont’s accounting business received from the Payroll Protection Plan. In the millions! What kind of salary does an accounting firm make to receive this amount of money for payroll? Typical Pittsfield, the rich get richer and the hardworking middle class get screwed.

The Community Development Board members include

  • C.J. Hoss, chair
    (413) 499-9366, choss@pittsfieldch.com
  • Ted Kozlowski, Clerk
    (413) 499-9451, tkozlowski@cityofpittsfield.org
  • Sheila Irvin (Governor’s appt.)
  • Floriana Fitzgerald, Clerk
  • Elizabeth “Libby” Herland
  • Matthew E. Herzberg
  • Paul Saldana
  • Gary R. Levante
  • Cynthia Brown

First United pastor Fr. Ralph Howe, speaking at the meeting, fingered the real problem: Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and Hotel On North owner David Tierney. DPI president Peter Lafayette  wrote on Facebook that SJHS did not close. Right.

Lafayette has since abandoned that stance, the rock having been overturned. Former DPI president, THE PLANET‘s good friend Jesse Cook-Dubin, spoke for Lafayette at the meeting. Lafayette has been put in the attic with Ross Perot’s crazy old aunt, that, or retouching Tyler Street’s $600 garbage cans. And as for a homeless shelter spoiling the “dynamic, vibrant” downtown scene, THE PLANET would say city “leaders” decided that a generation ago with zoning changes inviting social-service agencies in and private enterprise out.

The CDB whiffed on this important issue, but on whose direction?

Tierney controls DPI, his Buffalo Bob to DPI’s Howdy Doody. Mayor Tyer, evidently having no authentic interest in the issue, has adopted a “whatever” attitude. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski? They have no say. The are simply required to keep their mouths shut and pay higher taxes. No payroll relief for them, unlike the mayor’s hubby.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“Hope is a cause. Faith is an effect”Donald Turpentine.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Inner city Pittsfield is a nightmare! Pittsfield politics is the aftershock.
The Congressional Republicans new stimulus legislation is not going to bail out the financially insolvent state and local governments. The fiscal year has come when Pittsfield’s corrupt city government will go financially insolvent, which means that Matt Kerwood will soon have to part with his over $10 million in taxpayers’ money (or slush fund).
The lovely Linda Tyer will put in her time as a useless Mayor, and after 2024, she will retire with a nice city pension with her millionaire husband Barry Clairmont. The remnants of Pittsfield will be filled with homeless people living in parks and shelters and roaming around the inner city during business hours.
Move away from Pittsfield while you still have a chance! I did, and I am happy for it.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Schools are making plans to open per the Governor and The mayor wont open city hall and theSchool Administration is not open. THE School committee wont meet and CC wont meet.You need to meet boys and girls to show leadership.The mayor shoul address school everyday at noon.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
3 months ago

 Looks like Pittsfield doesn’t have to follow The Pottery Barn rules of “you break it, you bought it“ or “you break it, you buy it“  or to respond to questions from the Planet or Mike Daly and it’s not even cold yet, so let’s just get through the next election cycle. 

Johnny99
Johnny99
3 months ago

And so it goes, this shitty city allows the bums to shit in parks, sleep in the parks, booze it up, drug it up, in blantant violation of the city law, yet literally clamped the basketball hoops shut in the name of Corona 9, as Biden calls it.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Johnny99
3 months ago

That’s right Johnny. You have to pick up your dogs’ shit in the parks, or risk a fine for violating city law, same goes for necking in the park after dark. But if your homeless, you can shit your brains out in the park and don’t have to pick it up.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

So your telling us that the city expects us to pick up after our dogs in the park, but homeless can shit in the parks, and not bag it?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  JoeKapanski
3 months ago

Dogs are not allowed in parks.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Well, don’t complain Tell It. Next thing you know us taxpayers will be paying for doggie bags for the homeless.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
3 months ago

No need. City will give them free toilets and water, but charge us Kapanskis hundreds per year for sewer and water.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
3 months ago

How many homeless does Pittsfield have?

Spider
Spider
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Said it perfectly! If this continues (and it will), we will end up with the mess they have in CA. Dan: Do you know where our CC stands on this problem?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
3 months ago

So let’s see Gilbane Building Co builds a ‘not-fit-for-purpose‘ 120 million $$ Taconic High School (broken elevator may have contributed to sick teacher’s death) and then after getting the bid Senior Gilbane Manager Matt Tierney builds Hotel On North. Or can we properly say Gilbane built Hotel on North? Was that ever investigated? Bueller?
Despite what must be grotesque levels of profit hoarding from the crummy high school (which it seems like a party line to applaud, despite it being shit) Tierney is now rightly pissed he might lose a penny in his Hotel on North so fuck the public – he’s calling trump card to his minions – Downtown Pittsfield and Cohen KV Cook – the emissaries of ‘screw the tax payer.’
And the planning board – not sure what the hell to do – they have been programmed to both robotically screw the public and and blather in about being progressive have self destructed and are hiding in a bunker.
The planning board and community development team have been robotically programmed to approve ANY marijuana initiative or bar initiative or any irritant to the common serfs so long as their goombas make a profit.
Noise, too bad. Pot smell, fuck your kids, drunks and shootings, sorry pal cash in your retirement and move. But if Tierney is pissed? Well watch the minions scrabble. We are Pittsfield’s Ruling Class and we are taking the whole gd pie. Two finger salute and don’t kick the bear.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

It’s way past time for the citizens of Pittsfield to demand the CC approve a forensic audit of ALL depts. How many red flags do you need? The outrageous overages in the DPW several years ago should have initiated an audit of this administration. Tyer wanted Syrian refugees, now instead she imported homeless who are now out on the streets.This issue needs to be addressed.

Schools need to open in the fall, period.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

Pittsfield’s leaders won’t use or allow the F word being used. You know, for the children’s sake.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
3 months ago

Are you talking about the word Failing leadership?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

It definitely fits unfortunately.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

We need a leader to gather a group so we can march on city hall. I can go but am too old to muster the support needed. Who would go and who would lead is the question we need answered.

Spider
Spider
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

Can we legally remove the out of town homeless that we have and return them to their former residences? If not, why not?

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Spider
3 months ago

Speak with Donald Trump. He may have some room in his children cages.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
3 months ago

Anyone?
Do we have homeless individuals that were bussed into Pittsfield as part of the Sanctuary City deal? Were they originally housed in the Hilton Garden Inn?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
3 months ago

Spagirl, I have noticed that you have asked this question many times and have not received an answer. Wish I had the answer as I would also like to also know. Evidently, it is another one of the Mayor’s behind the scene secrets and she doesn’t feel she needs to let the taxpayers know where their tax monies are going. She does not communicate back to folks like Dan when he asks the questions for the taxpayers. Also, I have noticed that she does not answer on her Mayor Linda Tyer Facebook page. Her cheerleader assistant Roberta McCullough Dews spends her days and nights many times sarcastically answering questions on this Facebook for the Mayor. She seems to immediately have a typical political jumbled answer for any questions asked by residents trying to communicate to the Mayor. Wonder if she gets extra pay or bonus for performing this task? If the Mayor doesn’t feel the need to answer her own Mayoral Facebook then maybe she should just take her name off it and rename it the City of Pittsfield Lies Facebook.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Exactly!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
3 months ago

Nobody in massachusetts government wants to talk about this.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

No one!! Thankyou!

Cantee Loapes
Cantee Loapes
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
3 months ago

Yes. I have one of them currently picking my cantaloupes.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Cantee Loapes
3 months ago

How do you wash your produce?

Human fertilizer is not healthy

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

You can rinse it in the commode. Just put a strainer in the bottom and flush it a couple of times. Better than a salad tosser. It’s called thinking outside the box. Or like Kerwood says, “another arrow in your quiver”.
OMG

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
3 months ago

Spagirlfrommass, the answer is yes, we have imports. And we have returns, people who were living in other states who came home to Pittsfield right around the time that the country was going into quarantine who are part of this population.Its almost as if they were giving them one way ticket from wherever they were.
There was a new import on North Street today, recently arrived to the Y, really confused about how to get around Pittsfield, so I’m wondering if they are now from the ‘Rona motel right down to the center of town.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Dan , a little off topic but fits in with where Pittsfield is headed under democrat leadership

Maybe the Planet could do the same, with some pictures of Pittsfield? Post them and send a collage to Tyer and City Council.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/weekend-please-send-us-photos-leftist-mob-violence-rioting-city-going-expose-democrat-destruction-monday/

This Weekend: Please Send Us Photos of Leftist Mob Violence and Rioting from Your City — We Are Going to Expose the Democrat Destruction on Monday By Jim Hoft
Published July 24, 2020 at 7:00am

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For weeks now since the death of George Floyd in May Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Marxists and other far left groups with the support of the Democrat Party have been looting, rioting and destroying businesses, homes and public property across America

The mainstream media HAS YET to air this destruction from the weeks of Democrat-endorsed violence.

The American media is hiding this from you.

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Homeless in Pittsfield? Tip of the iceberg, look what’s coming….

From another website……..

Coming Eviction Tsunami

1/3 of renters -36%- (just renters not home owners) did not making July rent.. that is about 28,000,000 americans

stats show that people that missed one month tend to miss the next month also

During the Great Recession of 2007-2009–approximately 10 million people lost their homes. Of course, that crisis played out over the course of several years. Now, that figure could reach 28 million people between now and September, in the span of just over a month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPmrKHj2VwA&feature=emb_logo

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Trap,
Would those numbers include government (taxpayers) funded low income rents?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
3 months ago

Numbers I posted were from another site, without citing source, except Youtube link

The government is broke but still printing out paper money. I think section 8 is safe until states/fed goes belly up?

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

In Pittsfield the mayor is paying some peoples rent. Only she is using taxpayer money and the landlords are buddies. As usual in Pittsfield everybody wins except the taxpayer.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
3 months ago

People who go for help from the regional housing authority are doomed, the board members & banks are scamming vulnerable people.

The People who actually seek the help that is offered are disappointed to find out when it is discovered too late that the lawyers, the banks, the 501c3’s , they’re not helping anyone bet themselves to get a piece of the pie eyed cannabis pie.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Be The Change
3 months ago

What is the process for the city to take someone’s home if they do not pay taxes? How long would it take? How long would it take in the courts if about 5000 Pittsfield homeowners decided not to pay their taxes until sensible budget management took place?

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
3 months ago

Let the Revolution begin. Civil Disobedience.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  juicylucy
3 months ago

Seriously. Nothing else works. There seems to be an impenetrable cadre running the city and making key decisions. I am sure they also are setting the tax rate and selecting which huge expenditures move forward. (and how and to whom the contracts are pieced out)
We are and have been steamrolled into submission. The revolution has no vibrant durable leaders and the cadre knows this. If someone stands up they are either beat down or paid off.

It was fascinating to watch the recent powerful protests but there are other serious causes as well that people will not even get off their couch for. I don’t get it.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
3 months ago

It depends on who you know.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
3 months ago

was pretty funny that when Tyer first announced the program she already had a list of who was going to get the money

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Wilson
3 months ago

Follow the Money.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Wilson
3 months ago

and then there were the ginormous “administrative costs”, They have absolutely no shame

Dina Krol Jr
Dina Krol Jr
3 months ago

The facebook page “Berkshire County Information” run by the power-tripping Janet F. has taken an interesting spin on the homeless situation and has limited posts about it from the pseudo-news source “It’s Pittsfield Tonight”.

The Spin:
Mike & CO are out-of-towners and they are not only helping the homeless but she believes their actions are promoting Pittsfield as a safe haven for all homeless in the tri-state area to move here.Calling for these people to take the homeless to their own cities and towns while also condemning them for trespassing to get those photos and dumpster diving.

I wonder if this has anything to do with Mike and Janet’s absolute polar opposite views of Lovely Linda.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Dina Krol Jr
3 months ago

Once the displaced homeless folk get set up wherever and inundated with charitable donations they might be much better off given their sad situation. And I am sure a number of them have phones and internet and friends in other communities. Will this call be made?
“Hey Johnny, you are not going to believe this but one day I am kicked out of my shelter and the next day I got all this new stuff and decent food and people can’t do enough for me. How quick can you get here? Tell all your friends.”
Somewhere in Holyoke and Albany iphones in parks and alleyways are ringing off the hook

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

They say, news travels fast and good news even faster.

ad lunam
ad lunam
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

Holyoke’s gofundme is to buy them all bus tickets to Pittsfield

RN
RN
Reply to  Dina Krol Jr
3 months ago

The new homeless are here because of Tyer and her 3AM Cowboy husband.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
3 months ago

I did a Google map search using both the SJHS and Methodist Church as an epicenter. The businesses that are owned by “movers, shakers and the connected” is so obvious, with Hotel on North being in the middle! If this isn’t a classic case of NIMBY, I don’t know what is.
Why do you suppose the old City Farm (Poor Farm) was located way out on West Street? (Ironic in itself). Why is the Hilton Garden Inn barely mentioned anymore. Why was Barton’s located way up off North Street. RIGHT! To keep the riff raff off the main drag.
Does the Mayor really want the “day trippers” emptying out of the Church across the street from City Hall and going on the nod or getting intox’ed in Palace Park?
THIS is why the “Pittsfield Planners Delay Downtown Homeless Shelter Vote!”

This Just In
This Just In
3 months ago

Dr. Fauci is exempt from the no baseball rule in Pittsfield.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  This Just In
3 months ago

You mean the doctor that said to wear a mask but is pictured at a ball game playing with his phone, sans mask, and when caught claimed he was drinking water.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
3 months ago

He was texting his Chi-Coms friends, about the loot he gained when he said falsely, hydroxquinoline didn’t work, and how he made Trump look bad

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Speaking of Chi-com friends, the first thing the Chinese president did when Donald got elected was to give his daughter Ivanka (the really pretty but incredibly stupid one) several patents to market her products in China. (she also has most of her junk jewelry made there as well) So ya might say she benefits quite well from her and her dads snugglefest with China.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
3 months ago

Not as much as Dementia Joe’s Son, Hunter Biden.

The democRATS are all very cozy with China.

The Hildebeast spent almost a month there when she was secretary of state under Barry Sotero. Her hubby, Slick Willie, gave the Chi-Coms most favored trading status. It is any wonder nothing is made in America and we have these shortages.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

When you need some medications, tell them Slick Willie sent ya!!!

All the OTC medications and most all prescription drugs are made in China.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
3 months ago

Dementia Joe, Hunter, Hienz 57 Kerry’s stepson……..and sleazy China connections.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/21/nyt-confirms-hunter-biden-bank-of-china-deal-leaves-out-key-details/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Seattle D-Mayor and D-City Council strip police of means of non-lethal crowd control. De facto endorsement of left wing riots,looting, and burning.

Maybe this is a good thing? They used to just shoot rioters and that seemed to stop the violence quick!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/seattle-police-chief-warns-city-cops-unable-protect-property-antifa-blm-riots-thanks-city-council-barring-crowd-control-tools/

Seattle Police Chief: “I am sending this notification for the purpose of ensuring I have done my due diligence of informing Council of the foreseeable impact of this ordinance on upcoming events.
It is a fact that there are groups and individuals who are intent on destruction in our City. Yes, we also have seen weeks of peaceful demonstrations, but two recent events (Sunday, July 19th and Wednesday, July 22nd) have included wide-scale property destruction and attacks on officers, injuring more than a dozen, some significantly.

This weekend we know that several events are planned across the city that will foreseeably involve many of the same violent actors from recent days. There is no reason not to assume we will continue to experience property destruction, arson, looting, and attempts to injure additional officers throughout the weekend and beyond.”

Update:

https://www.redstate.com/beccalower/2020/07/25/breaking-fed-judge-stops-ban-of-seattle-police-tools-after-exasperated-chief-tells-citizens-her-officers-cant-protect-them/

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, blocking an ordinance that would ban the use of tear gas, pepper spray and other tools used by Seattle police to disperse a crowd.

The decision comes after a hearing was held at 8 p.m. Friday, with the U.S. Department of Justice seeking to stop the ban on tear gas, arguing it likely violates the consent decree the Seattle Police Department is under.

It also comes as police Chief Carmen Best put a directive in place ahead of the Seattle City Council’s ban that would go into effect Sunday.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Update:

In spite of the police’s best efforts, the left winged D-supported anarchists, had another “peaceful protest” in Seattle.

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/07/25/seattle-rioters-attack-police-and-citizens-throw-explosives-at-precinct-torch-new-youth-detention-center/

“………Seattle anarchists are rioting in support of Portland.
The protest would march by businesses and then start chanting “I don’t know shit, I don’t see shit,” then Antifa members would break off and start smashing things.

Here they were torching the site where they’re building the new juvenile detention center…….”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Update:

And the D-endorsed “peaceful protest” in Seattle continues Saturday night.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/update-seattle-antifa-continue-fire-mortars-hurl-explosives-police-officers-least-3-officers-injured/

Peaceful Protest.
Antifa went on an all-out assault Saturday against police officers and the city of Seattle.
The protesters are firing mortars and hurling explosives at police.
And the Democrat politicians are scolding police instead of the violent leftist mobs.

Police have made at least 3 arrests and continue to work to disperse large crowd on Capitol Hill. Earlier incident was determined to be a life-safety issue/declared a riot. Individuals continue to throw explosives and fire mortars at police. At least 2 officers have been injured.

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020

Re: officer injuries — One officer hospitalized with leg injury caused by an explosive. Two other officers treated/returned to duty.

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020

Crowd continuing to throw large rocks, bottles, fireworks and other explosives at officers. pic.twitter.com/3gTGJUonUt

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020

The left ramped up their violence this weekend.

Seattle right now. This isn’t peaceful. pic.twitter.com/r4eudk9USX

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 26, 2020

The left is attacking police.

Seattle. pic.twitter.com/Olx7eLLyT6

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 26, 2020

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
3 months ago

MSM news coverage unbiased?

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/07/24/networks-cut-away-when-wh-press-secretary-plays-footage-of-peaceful-protests-n2573095

“To shield their viewers from acknowledging a reality that would pop their liberal bubbles of disinformation, the cable networks cut away from the White House press briefing on Friday as soon as Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany began playing clips of so-called peaceful protesters engaging in wanton violence and wishing death to police officers and their families. 
Do liberals ever find it odd that their networks suddenly stop coverage of live press briefings? To be fair, Fox News also cut away while the video played. But unlike the other networks, Fox hasn’t been denying the existence of widespread violence across the nation over the past several weeks. 
What the uninformed viewers missed seeing was footage of rioters in Portland setting fires, vandalizing property, overturning barricades, ripping apart walls, donning weapons, attacking law enforcement, firing incendiary weapons at officers, toppling statutes, beating up people, and wishing death to officers and their families. Still, the footage was pretty mild compared to several other episodes of violence captured on film at leftwing protests in recent weeks.”

Stacey Rossi
Stacey Rossi
3 months ago

I wonder what the correlation and/or possible causation is between the increased numbers of homeless and the prosecutorial decisions in the locality. I suspect the findings would prove illustrative.

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Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Stacey Rossi
3 months ago

The city of Pittsfield may look like an episode of the Walking Dead by the end of summer. It is almost like the mayor knew this was coming when she moved to the perimeter of the city in a gated community.

RN
RN
3 months ago

Talk to any nurse you know at BMC that works the ER. They ALL know the frequent flyers, the homeless that have been here for years. Since April or May there’s been a huge influx of new homeless, some with some really severe mental health issues, some with pretty hardcore drug problems, a few with some serious criminal records. The city of Pittsfield easily doubled the number of homeless in the area during the first months of the COVID pandemic because the Mayor and her 3AM cowboy husband crunched the numbers and saw $$$$.
Ask Kufflinks Munster how much the city got in “administrative fees” for the grants they received.
Ask them how much they got for “fixing up” St Joes and by fixing up I mean lining peoples pockets.
Mayor McMeatflaps doesn’t care about the homeless problem, she never did.

In the old days hobos had a sign system to warn and encourage other hobos, now they have obama phones, yeah the homeless still call them that.

Pittsfield us an easy mark, a sucker just ask the bi curious 3am cowboy
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ShamSuppaide
ShamSuppaide
Reply to  RN
3 months ago

I thought that was the presidential cognitive test. The in out one looks to be J low’s ears.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  ShamSuppaide
3 months ago

If they these Biden wouldn’t be nominee he can’t even tie his shoes

Butter Plunkerrs
Butter Plunkerrs
Reply to  RN
3 months ago

Attendance Red Sox ORioles ….three people
Planet readership….1030
Yankees attendance…..two people
Stooge Reruns on pct….two people
HOmeless In Pittsfield?
Tired makeovers…seve
Number of times kufflinks shuffled accounts…forty

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Butter Plunkerrs
3 months ago

Since they are all taking a knee, they are The Red Sux, and Stankies.

No more pro sports, their sponsors, or NASCAR for me

Stim Chex
Stim Chex
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

The Taconic Crimewave.

Sensibahtique
Sensibahtique
Reply to  RN
3 months ago

Hobos Matter. Aside,Is there anything on there about wearing a mask while playing pocket pool?

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

When Pittsfieldians were Vibrant and Dynamic.

Mark Tully
Mark Tully
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Dan, Thank you for referring to us correctly as Pittsfieldians. In my research I noticed both you and Brian Sullivan referred to us correctly when you wrote for the Eagle. Our mayor refers to us as Pittsfielders, which was is a misnomer.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Mark Tully
3 months ago

She’s just not that bright and not qualified to be the mayor of our city especially in these difficult times.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mark Tully
3 months ago

Ya know Mark I have given this some deep thought and I think (not sure) but I think I am offended by the term Pittsfieldians. Seems like there might be some reference to sharecropping going on there and the whole subservient aura that goes with that just causes me concern. That may be the dilemma the mayor was having when she changed it. Needs to be put in the Charter though.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Sensibahtique
3 months ago

I agree Hobos Matter is awesome. Dan I think you should run with this and put Pittsfield back on the map. Somebody just said that Pittsfield is going to be a great place to live after the pandemic (in 2024). Where can we paint this? Hess Forest? Front of city hall? On Dotties patio? Hotel on North sidewalk? I will chip in on a billboard if someone starts a gofundme page.

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
3 months ago

You people can’t say Hobo Lives Matter because Black Lives Matters considers that disrespectful to their name

Porkey Weever
Porkey Weever
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
3 months ago

Hobos Lives matter pertains here in the city and in the context of Mr. Valenti’s subject, including Hobos. What should it State, Homeless People Matter? Frankly this was very clever and people love it. And that includes Dan the Man.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
3 months ago

“Peaceful” BLM thugs shot a 24 year old mother dead for saying “all lives matter”

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
3 months ago

Who is “you people”?
Some people with inferiority complexes will take offense to that as well. There are actually people going around with their ears perked up listening for the wrong combination of words. And when they hear them their little psychys get all swollen and sore. And they feel the need to speak out about it.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Right in front of Hotel on North, or Dotties.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Maybe the city can buy them all nice bags attached to the end of a long stick, to hold their “shit”, pun intended!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Satire…..

The Hobos, should have a “peaceful protest” at Linda and Barry’s house. Maybe the Antifa could supply some bricks, spray paint, explosives, incenderaries…..

Call the Albany and Springfield TV stations in.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Dan when you spoke to the homeless folk did you come across one who seemed lucid enough to post on this blog? He or she perhaps could keep us abreast of what is happening on the inside. Maybe we could print them up tee shirts that say PITTSFIELD HOBOS and a Generalissamo logo so they can feel like they have communal value.
(get on this today Barry)

Jonsun Hoebow
Jonsun Hoebow
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

We’re in. Go for it Dan. Let us know. It’s not just a local problem. You could be the Hobos Commisioner.

Jonsun Hoebow
Jonsun Hoebow
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
3 months ago

I’ll donate billboard Hobos Matter. Get it going Dan. Where do I send a check?

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  RN
3 months ago

It seems politicians nowadays don’t think anything through. Pittsfield took the money for the shelter without any plans to deal with the problem when the money ran out. The Green New Deal is a pie in the sky proposal with no scientific or economic feasibility study to back it up. The defund the police movement is perhaps the most insane idea yet, while the politicians proposing that managed to keep their personal security detail.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Free Bird
3 months ago

I agree. The Green New Deal is all about control over every aspect of our lives including our vehicles being confiscated. There will be 2 systems of justice in the country under the defund the police movement. One for the Democrat elites and their friends who can afford private security and one for the poor and middle class who will largely be on their own with no weapons and only a local mob and social workers to protect them. If Americans stand for that unfairness, we are opening the door to a Venezuela type of government in this country.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

A bunch of the republicans in Washington, McConnell, Cruz, Jordan, Gaetz, Pence, Miller, etc. allowed Trump to run amok and destroy the country figuring that they would make so much money while he was in office that they could move to another country after he destroyed this one.
What they did not plan on was that he would be so bad that no country would want Americans ever moving to their country’s again. So they will be stuck here with the country they helped ruin for their own children and their children.
You really cannot fix stupid no matter how much money you pour on it. Stupid is stupid and has been since Midas turned his daughter to gold.

Dane Judy Androp
Dane Judy Androp
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
3 months ago

Stop on a dime! Excellent Post J A. Krist is this the first true Liberal Progressive Republican?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
3 months ago

It’s so horrible that unemployment in America was the lowest it has ever been before the China virus was released onto the world. What a terrible thing President Trump did by forcing so many people to have good paying jobs and not have to rely on the government. How dare he destroy the country by making people free and independent. What a nerve he has trying to bring back our great economy again. What this country needs is a Joe Biden presidency so the Communists, Anarchists, and radical Islamists can enslave us all.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Unbridled and hysterical raving from the Hannity crowd

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Biden’s supporters don’t care about jobs , because they won’t work, and just care about free shit someone else has to pay for.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

China will be eating Americas lunch by the end of this year. And Trump will be the one serving it. He is preparing it right now by stirring up all kinds of shit that will backfire big time as he underestimates the Chinese people and their power in the global community. Sadly, since he has also offended many of our allies, many of them are drifting to befriend China. That was not their first choice but Trump pushed them in that direction.

No, Hannity does not speak of such things. So please upscale your learning by cross checking news sources. I know, I know. Hannity says do not listen to any other sources. But you might want to do it behind his back anyway. You owe it to yourself and family to see what is really heading your way.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
3 months ago

Politicians and big businesses , plus investors from both sides opened and gave China the all you can eat American buffet long ago. Now that it has come back to bite America in the ass ,the blame game begins. The D’s and R’s and media will play the usual game of blame. They all enriched themselves as the UniParty,

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  RN
3 months ago

3 AM COWBOY. I like it.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  RN
3 months ago

Which one says you can shit and sleep in the park?

Thad Z
Thad Z
Reply to  Johnny99
3 months ago

Conditions must be awful for one. It’s bug country there isn’t it? Where’s the Health Department.? Where do they shit? In the Woods?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
3 months ago

Spending less never seems to be a popular plan of action. Also, if the city isn’t qualified to run a homeless shelter how are they qualified to be a Shark Tank to the local business aspirational types? I wish they would do less, but actually do it. Clean streets, plow, police, teach, have a picnic every couple of years when they are feeling especially proud of themselves. I do know we need social services but it all seems so ineffective and inefficient. I’m not surprised that half of what they do goes up in smoke as they shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Kermit Frog
3 months ago

Same shit, different park. As Tucker said last night about Mayor of Chicago, you wouldn’t let her plan your vacation, she is so incompetent. Same goes for Tyer. My God, there is a lack of leadership in this city.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

Check out Pittsfield crime map for the last month. Holy crap!

https://communitycrimemap.com/

Stim Chex
Stim Chex
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

Why aren’t there any protests at city hall concerning homeless? Where are the bleeding hearts? Homeless People Matter. And why not? The Mayor did say in her blight campaign to come to Pittsfield not to work…that’s what she said. Well there here,take care of them.

You cant have it-both ways. You want to cure the Opiate problem? many come here just to get a fix and roam the streets. It’s a recycling effect to its worst end.

Crime haven’t hit its apex here either and we’re understaffed. Results? What you have now. Mayhem.

Stim Chex
Stim Chex
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

The problem of misery is when the economy is so crummy. But when politicians are in charge during good times the poor are left scraps,neglected and the rest are drinking champagne and going to plays.

Crap Check
Crap Check
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

More no names for Taconic Braves, the Eviction,The Tenants,the,Rent, the wicked Pissa’s, the EffenOlli’s.

RN
RN
Reply to  Crap Check
3 months ago

The Hobos, The Section 8’s (isn’t it weird a section 8 in the army is for discharge mental patients)

Curonell Vague
Curonell Vague
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
3 months ago

Pittsfielders don’t take a knee,seat or stand. But we do squat. Thus,,the Taconic Squatters.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Curonell Vague
3 months ago

Stanley took some seats. Oh no.. I meant Pittsfielders bought some seats FOR Stanley. (and a theater complex as well) He was actually the impetus for my new song, “He’s no Hobo, He’s my leech.”

MAMA MIA - Here we go again
MAMA MIA - Here we go again
3 months ago

Mia I feel for you, I really do. As a dog owner and person without a heart of stone i honestly feel terrible that your dog was hit by a car.

But. What are you looking to accomplish with your social media cry for justice? You just moved onto one of the busiest high traffic streets and your dog ran in the road from your front yard.

What happens when you find the car who hit and ultimately caused the death of your dog? Publicly shame them? Pull a social media Cancel on them and get them fired?

They hit a dog, not a person.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

Hurrah for Coach Ditka – respect the flag or get the hell outta the country!
I always liked that guy!

https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2020/07/26/watch-mike-ditka-on-anthem-protests-if-you-cant-respect-our-national-anthem-get-the-hell-out-of-the-country/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

Yea, I bet Ted Williams is rolling over in his grave with what the Red Sux did when The Star Spangled Banner player.

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Trump knows how to make people homeless as that is what he did when Daddy gave him a job.

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Maybe Trump could bring in the deep state police hes using for crowd control over a springside

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

I hope he sends in the newly created Hobo Force.

FeeIancey
FeeIancey
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
3 months ago

Homelessness has been around for Centuries. Why such a big deal now? No one should be homeless in America.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
3 months ago

Holy cow! Messer, did you see the news today?

Trump looked left, then looked right, then looked down. He took three steps, and then moved his whole body–his whole body, mind you–90 degrees to the right.

I mean, H-O-L-Y C-O-W, Messer.

He’ll have to resign tomorrow.

RN
RN
3 months ago

Anyone think this is going to turn out to be fake?
Also what happened to that Sheffield racist incident? Any arrests?

Any bets that he’s gonna start a gofundme page?
Maybe it was shots but you’d think if they were shooting at his house they would have hit it.

How soon before he spray paints the N word on his own house?

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/north-adams-blm-leader-expresses-concern-after-incident-outside-his-home,610036

Moore believes the apparent attack was retaliation for his leading BLM rallies, including the one on Sunday, and speaking out against North Adams City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr. Moore has called for Moulton to resign after his recent comments on a local cable television show calling the BLM organization a terrorist group. Several city councilors and other elected officials have denounced Moulton’s comments. He also trivialized the coronavirus pandemic during the broadcast last week.

Moore say critics of BLM are “trying to silence me” and his response will be through peaceful rallies.

FeeIancey
FeeIancey
Reply to  RN
3 months ago

Back to the Hobos. It’s pretty evident in Pittsfield that the logo here,’we are all in it together’ doesn’t apply to the homeless. Hope the politicians slept well this weekend while Joe Hobo sweated and delicate outside. Where is the Health Department?