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DEM CONVENTION FAR TOO CONVENTIONAL … or … IS ANYONE LEFT WHO’s NOT A ‘RACIST?’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 21-3, 2020) — As is THE PLANET‘s custom, we do not comment extensively on a presidential campaign until the conventions are over and we’re into October, “the cruelest month” for its chance of turning tides and launching surprise. We pretend we have heard nothing of both tickets so better to judge the campaigns on their effectiveness. Hard to do with the nonstop hype, one of the faults of our endless, non-stop presidential cycles. They drag on in snake-eating-its-tale circularity. The day after Nov. 3, with the uncertain,  shaky assumption the election will have been decided and conceded (two different things), we will hear talk of the early line on 2024.

Conventions, however, even virtual ones, lead with their chin and the coronations give plenty to write about. THE PLANET remembers when conventions mattered. Party members attended not knowing which favorite son would get the nod. Today, they are, as one commentator said, infomercials. Not much in the way of reliability can be learned at such non-events. We do have a few thoughts to share:

  • Joe Biden’s wife Jill made the best speech, touching on the human side of her husband. It wasn’t the lame, polished B.S. but a heartfelt pitch for her guy.
  • Worst speech? Kamala Harris. She started shaky, voice quivering. She warmed up a bit when she started talking about the pandemic, the virus she says has infected every American who doesn’t agree with her on the issues. Not, we don’t mean COVID-19. It’s racism, man. Everybody’s a racist.
  • The four days has been “racist this” and “racist that,” as if that’s America’s biggest problem and as if electing Biden-Harris  will miraculously change hearts and minds.
  • Alexandria Ortiz-Minority took her one-minute of speech time to … actually, it was over so fast we forget. Interesting that the party big wigs only gave The Squat 60 seconds of exposure. They don’t want the five amigas near prime time.
  • Michelle O’Bama got her Irish up, spitting out a bitter speech displaying her one true talent: marrying the right guy.
  • Her husband the former president showed that he’s a slick orator. Beware of them. They start singing, and the next thing you know you own a timeshare you’ll never visit.
  • Nowhere at no time in the convention did anyone mention the rioting and brutal attacks launched in American cities by Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

With Joe set for his big speech, THE PLANET shall continue watching the paint dry.

———- ooo ———-

The one sure thing about Nov. 3 will be controversy. The reliance on mail-in ballots via the Postal Service is a disaster waiting to happen.

Ballots will be mass-mailed to voter lists, which are about as accurate as Matt Kerwood’s first set of books. The ballots will not be indexed, and there is no tracking once they are printed and returned through the mail. What could go wrong, especially with the postal workers’ union in the pockets of Democrats? President Trump didn’t have to conspire to make the postal service inefficient and incompetent. It’s been that way for years. It’s funny. When we communicate with each other, we use e-mail and texts. When we pay our bills, we do it online. Our banking we do electronically. When the government sends Social Security checks, they do the same thing as your employer: direct deposit. But when the country goes about its most important civic activity, it relies on the Pony Express.

Suppose they gave an election an no one showed up?

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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Paul
Paul
1 month ago

I can’t help but laugh as they keep referring to Kamaka Harris as black, even funnier I actually heard one media clown call her African American. I don’t get it because she is just as much Indian as she is Jamaican but she certainly is in no way African anything.
It sure looks like the media is pushing an agenda to me. They have no shame.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

I pointed this out at the first.

Harris = Indian-Jamaican, no slave blood. In fact, ancestors owned slaves!!!!

Obama = Half black, half white, no slave blood. And will we ever know where his political money came from?

Mr Fritz
Mr Fritz
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Easy, his money came from George Soros. Obama is a globalist.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mr Fritz
1 month ago

What’s sad also, is how the Soros organization sometimes gets US taxpayers to fund his agenda(s) from our own politicians to create his nonsense policies.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

You dont get it but are incensed over her color.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

What do you guys think of more Trump weighing on Don lying and his fitness for office

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

No,a woman of color whos life was experienced as a black woman.You are right that you just dont get it.

Come On Man
Come On Man
1 month ago

Biden is a pure nitwit.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Come On Man
1 month ago

Trump is a genius.Tearing down America with the assistance of the ignorant.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

The same ignorant voters who voted for Obama twice? Without them Obama doesn’t win twice.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Trump is SUCH a winner! Stop BSing yourself and everybody else. The facts of Trump’s business and government life are by no means a winning streak. Trump makes Hitler/Mussolini/Stalin/Putin look good.

Mr Fritz
Mr Fritz
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

And there’s one of your ignorant voters!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

So, tell me who the winner is? Would it be the politicians who have been around forever ,who made a good living off the taxpayers dollars? Or the politicians who bring back the same issues every election cycle that, they were going to take care of 5- 10 elections ago, if elected?

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Come On Man
1 month ago

How’s that Steve Bannon thing workin’ out for y’all? Gotta give Trump credit for one thing. He has had more people that have worked for him indicted than any other president. He has also done more in 3 years than Obama in 8. More people dead from a single disease. More people on unemployment. More buddies indicted. More people dissatisfied with his performance. More allies pissed off at us. When you add that to all of his fraudulent business from Trump University to Trump Foundation to all of his bankrupt companies, Trump is one hell of a success. And no matter how much you howl that what I’ve just said isn’t true, the courts are filled with his losses – over 4,000 of them. Trump is a Putin butt licking egomaniac. Nothing more. Trump has one motto: “If it ain’t broke, I’ll break it for ya.”

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

Explain what Trump accomllished with Obamas dconomy?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Joe Biden has been running for Prez since 1988 or for the past 32 years. Maybe he will finally get his chance to sit behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office. Kamala Harris would be the first minority and woman to serve as Veep. I met Joe Biden once, and I have a picture of him and I from over one decade ago. He is a good man. I will never support Donald Trump!

The Masked Candidate
The Masked Candidate
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

One of the worst speeches ive heard in some time. Trump will trounce him. Didn’t Syracuse have an English Department. What is econom?

Come On Man
Come On Man
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Does SU still offer a hair sniffing course?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  The Masked Candidate
1 month ago

Trump is not a liar.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  The Masked Candidate
1 month ago

Wait until you hear the leader of the white supremacist speak and the Q Annon candidate.They love Trump because he is saving you guys from the pedophiles .Q reported weird stuff again.Putin likes how you guys cant be fooled.Go Trump/Putin

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Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Biden is know for plagiarizing speeches, using his political influence to get millions of dollars from Ukraine and China for himself and his family, making comments that do sound racist, but which are ignored by the far left media, spying on a presidential campaign, and doing nothing throughout his nearly 50 year career in politics that really stands out as exceptional. He is part of the political swamp in Washington.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

And what is Trump good for? Cheating with the Russians to win the presidency. Lies like an old dog. Cheats on his wives. A consummate fraud from Trump University to the Trump Foundation (and banned from running a charity). Under investigation in NY for a plethora of frauds and he is NOT going to stop that freight train this time around. You can defend Trump all you want but your defense is baloney. The courts are filled with depositions from Trump and case after case showing what a fraud he really is. If you believe he’s great, go mix up a fresh batch of Kool-Aid for yourself.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

This is how many feel about our choices in most elections at every level of government.

“When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.” Mae
West

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Biden has been a politician for 45 years so he isn’t a newbie.

Mr Fritz
Mr Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Biden’s a “good man?” You are seriously warped in your thinking! He’s used his 40+ years in government to enrich his family, he’s a dyed in the wool racist, and a perv under wraps (but plenty of video footage exposing him). Now he has dementia. And you think he’s capable of running our nation? Oh right, you’re the same guy who supports the Clintons. ‘Nuff said!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Biden will only get to sit behind the resolute desk after Kamala gives him a tour of her new oval office and lets him get a photo op in of him playing president. Who knows, maybe Kamala won’t even use the resolute desk in her new office. First they have to win though.

jon doe
jon doe
1 month ago

Listening to Obama was refreshing and depressing. Refreshing because it reminded how a President should speak and act. Depressing because the contrast to the giant Oompa Loompa we have in the Oval Office is striking. As for Michelle Obama, I thought her speech was excellent. Pat and Mad trapper, you many now explode with a litany of comments and Fox News or Breitbart quotes and articles. Have at it 🙂

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

All I’ll say is if that’s the best America has to offer our Nation is in deep trouble.

America is still on the road to Hell under Trump, but it’s the slow road, not the Highway.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Stupid Don Trump is the best republicans have and Putin knows he a tool and you guys think hes a genius…lol

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

Yeah, Obama’s a great speaker, except when he’s actually president.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

I agree that Obama and Biden are part of the political swamp in Washington and the contrast between an Obama speech and a Trump speech is striking. Speaking and acting like a typical president means that telling the truth is not high on the list of priorities. Obama’s speech needed serious fact-checking. Some Americans like being told what they want to hear. A President Trump speech is like a breath of fresh air as compared to the speech of any Washington career politician. I already gave my thoughts on Michelle Obama’s speech. It was mainly all about racism. The amazing accomplishments of President Trump were ignored and made fun of by everyone at the Democratic convention.

ad lunam
ad lunam
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

What part needed fact checking?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  ad lunam
1 month ago

The part about President Trump putting children in cages when Obama built the cages. The nonsense that President Trump doesn’t know how to be a good president. His list of accomplishments is very long. That President Trump is bringing down the country. That’s being done by a mysterious appearing virus right before a major election and violence only in our major Democratic cities.

ad lunam
ad lunam
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Most of those words are opinions not facts Pat.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  ad lunam
1 month ago

Those are only the tip of the iceberg of all of the false statements that were made. Do your own research. I don’t have time today to list all of the false statements.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Name a dumber president that Trump

Horace Hassenfeffer
Horace Hassenfeffer
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Understand Pat, that truth,facts or reality are words/concepts that will never be found in the leftist/progressive dictionary.The left are woeful wordsmiths, linguistic con artists of the malevolent kind, who you or any other conservative thinker will never convince, that the very blessings they have received and enjoyed, living in this great nation of ours, will literally become extinct, once their prevaricated progressive principles come to complete fruition. Debating with the left is a fruitless exercise. Sadly, only until everything falls apart,(which is now beginning) from the institution of their pathetic and disastrous policies, will the left finally (hopefully) see the error of their insidious ways.

Mr Fritz
Mr Fritz
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

Obama’s speech was disgraceful! He’s bitter, arrogant and disrespectful of the president. This is the guy who broke laws spying on Trump’s campaign! Obama weaponized the FBI, CIA, IRS, DOJ etc etc against his political foes. He should be doing time behind bars.

Spider
Spider
Reply to  Mr Fritz
1 month ago

It’s unheard of for any former president to criticize a sitting president, at least not publicly. It’s called “showing respect for the office”. But Obama showed his true colors the other night.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Spider
1 month ago

Actually, Trump spent the last three years showing his true colors. And you’re right, it is unheard of, and sad, that it has come to this, but Trump brought it upon himself. I have more respect for Richard Nixon.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Mr Fritz
1 month ago

You might want to look up the many things Trump said publicly about Obama before complaining Obama disrespected Trump.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

Trump was recruited by Steve Bannon to discredit the 1st black president then run.Until you know Bannon you wont know Trump

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

Hitler was a great speaker too. Obama is a raciss and his wife is even more of a white hating raciss than Harris. Shameful that they treat a sitting president like that. And all three hate the police. Vote Trump.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
1 month ago

Funny you mention Hitler. I always wondered how Hitler could have possibly come to power. Then I watched Trump stoke America’s fears and play to people’s worst instincts. Remember the Racists chanting “Blood and Soil” and Trump saying there were good people there? It’s really disturbing how blindly Trump loyalists follow him. History will not treat Trump, or his deluded followers, kindly.

Blare
Blare
1 month ago

Speaking of the DNC…as of August 12, our State is no longer providing COVID stats broken out by age group. Surely it’s no coincidence that this change occurred at the same time that people are finally starting to figure things out. Sooo many “experts” have lied to us and withheld or minimized important information, almost certainly for political reasons. I assume things will become even clearer over time. This is going to be an amazing episode in history. In a really bad way. Our media, in particular, has failed us.

Back to COVID. Not even going to provide commentary, just a few MA stats up to August 11, 2020. Nothing else needs to be said.

44,344 people aged 0-40 had gotten COVID. 53 deaths (zero under 20), for a death rate (among known cases only) of 0.12%

80,649 known cases 0-60, 460 deaths. Death rate of 0.57%

15,548 cases over 80, 5,496 deaths. Death rate of 35.35%

National data mirrors this. One of the few journalists who is on top of this is Alex Berenson, fyi. Has uncovered a number of other interesting nuances. Such as, death rate among the young was HIGHEST during the complete lockdown phase.

Mr Fritz
Mr Fritz
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

Howie Carr had a recent column about this as well, Blare.
I’m surprised the Guv hasn’t been sued by the restaurant owners, gym owners etc for forcing them to shut down/reduce services. The numbers don’t justify the continued state shutdown. Baker/Polito are clearly overstepping their emergency powers.
And yet, the END of July, Baker instituted a travel ban further limiting the Karpanskis’ freedom.
No one in Berkshire County hospitals with covid, yet schools are going remote, and the lockdown continues….

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

Unfortunately, that doesn’t sell or generate clicks. You hear about that one person in their 20’s that died of it and that is what attracts the clicks and views. Save this post because I can almost guarantee if Biden wins in November within a week we will no longer hear about COVID.

The young will be impacted way more in unemployment, health insurance, and inflation then anything this virus could do. If your unfortunate enough to be a millennial, congratulations you got screwed again. An entire working generation defined by recession.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

Yes, it’s the panic porn – the scary anecdotes, the BS about supposed “long-haulers,” etc. – that gets the attention, gets recycled, and poof, becomes the public’s “truth” about COVID. Meanwhile, virtually every single death among among “young” people has involved morbid obesity and/or significant underlying health issues. Yes, there are a few cases of the young and healthy dying, but they are outliers. Several hundred young and healthy kids die from the flu every year. But it’s COVID panic-porn that sells. And maybe wins elections. Kids be damned.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

The latest predictions are for 310,000 deaths by December 1st.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

Predictions are useless. Especially given the way COVID deaths are classified. But let’s ignore all that and assume that the 310,000 number comes to pass. Extrapolating out, about 2,000 of those 310,000 will be individuals under 35. Which is fewer than the number of Flu deaths in that cohort during a typical year.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I tried turning the channel to it a few times. I got angry, sad or nauseous quite quickly. Couldn’t stand it for more than a minute.

It’s depressing that this is the best that America has to offer.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Exactly!! And that is why we need to vote his lame ass out of office. Glad to see you have come to see the light sir.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

I was commenting on this weeks infomercial/circus/propaganda the MSM broadcast each evening .

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Right on!

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

You will feel better next week.It hard to believe the 1980s Don Trump is your idea of what you want America to be.Your kids and grandkids will shake their head one day and think about your intelligence.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

You mean the kids who are education deprived? The ones who are taught 2+2= 5 and math is racist? How everyone gets a trophy? Those kids? Yikes! No wonder most kids can’t do the basics. They will think we adults are all genius types.

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Forget the grand kids TSC, Does your head ever shake when you see the stark, results of the bankrupt progressive policies you endear yourself to believe in ? Detroit, Chicago, Portland and Baltimore, Four shining examples of the esteemed and honorable progressive movement.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Horace Hasenfeffer
1 month ago

I saw that on Fox entertainment

GMHeller
GMHeller
1 month ago

New York is in play.
Upstate is for Trump.
Cuomo’s stupidity has doomed thousands of nursing home residents.
NYC voters watch as de Blasio destroys the city.
New York is in play.
Developing…….

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  GMHeller
1 month ago

New York State is a sodden mess. They get more revenue than some European countries and they can’t manage themselves to efficiently execute the public services. They have sooo much graft and way too many civil servant patronage jobs. Have you ever been in a state office? 30 percent of staff are paper weights and do absolutely nothing but plan their next vacation. You will pay 10k property tax a year on a 300k house and if you fix anything they will immediate raise it. They can’t lower taxes and fire staff as it would crash the economy. All this BTW is the plan Mayor Clairmont wants for Western, Ma.

For the GOP – if Trump stopped acting like a spoiled baby for 5 minutes her could have had a legendary presidency. He has no impulse control.

Now we are back to the same bs we are used to with the Democrats. I liked Michelle Obama’s speech (as we do need to see more of what joins us as a country before we destroy ourselves) but the problem is we have no choice between irresponsible spending from Democrats that benefits cronies and patronage jobs and irresponsible spending from Republicans that benefits corporations that don’t need it.

I am for some spending. I think we should have public health. BHS has shown that we should as the majority of their care (if it could be called that) is paid for by government funds. The other patients over pay for substandard care. If we have bankruptcies over Covid care it’s just proves medical care should be covered by the government. It’s not adequate to leave it to private enterprise.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

If the big government radical progressives ever get into office, God forbid, it will only get worse. They want a lot more people in government not less. It would be a bureaucratic nightmare.

President Trump has a right to complain after the horrible way he has been treated. In between impeachment and coup attempts, he has accomplished so much more than most presidents.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Did you see that Joe Kennedy was part of a racist fraternity called Kappa Alpha (KA)? I guess the Eagle just over looked that … The editor would have had an aneurism if it was a republican who was part of that fraternity.
I do really think Trump’s twitter tirades are a big negative. The negotiations in North Korea and Israel were big strides – plus he has made more positive more impact on the economy than Obama. All the staff turnover was not a good reflection on him.
In the future I would like Medicare for all as we have the worst of both worlds now and it hurts the public and small business most of all.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

I agree. President Trump is great with the economy. Now he is bringing it back again after this terrible virus.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pelosi put 3 trillion in and will pump it again for 3 trillion.Trump is a salesman of hate.He is a f…up

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

A Kennedy a part of a racist fraternity? No, I didn’t hear that because the liberal media is keeping that quiet you can be sure. All the local politicians are rooting for Kennedy including our District Attorney Harrington who isn’t a politician, but sure acts like one, and the Berkshire Eagle has endorsed him.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Reported by Stanford’s news and Boston.com as well as Daily Beast. The fraternity takes its heritage from Robert E Lee. Good reporting Eagle, lol! The Eagle likes white, entitled men with memory problems.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-history-of-americas-most-racist-frat-was-no-secretexcept-to-joe-kennedy-iii

Last edited 1 month ago by Kermit Frog
jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

What’s scary is I think you actually believe this crap.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

I’m not sure if saying Michelle Oblala was ok triggered people or saying Barry wants to bankrupt the city. But US states waste so much money! And NYS is the worst of the worst in that regard. We don’t need to spend anymore – we need to be more efficient.

NYC has about the same annual budget as Sweden. Sweden has about 2 million more people and as far as I know NYC or NYS don’t have an army. Where does the fing money go? Consultants? Check! Teacher union BS check! Cop pensions check! Nefarious entangled social services programs with WAY TOO MANY INCOMPETENT 100k employees. Check check check.

Sweden has free childcare, University education, good schools, fewer homeless. A good economy with living wages for most people.

The NYS mess is what Pittsfield wants – because the only power these dung merchants have is spending other people’s money – or with the pot/or low life DPI people – Is manipulation of other’s rights to enrich themselves. Until we have a better class of people it won’t change.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

That wasn’t intentional but I left it because it was funny.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Magilla

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Joke Biden. He’ll need good meds in order to put together a few sentences once a week, or once a month.

President Harris.

The horror. The horror.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Donald and Melania Trump…Bizarre
Joe and Jill Biden….Not Bizarre

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

You want bizarre? Try Hill and Bill.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Bizzarre = Biden the brain and anyone.

J2S
J2S
1 month ago

I don’t have that much of a problem with those already self made millionaires and billionaires who get elected.I have a problem with the ones who become billionaires and millionaires after getting elected.

Merguez
Merguez
1 month ago

Far too conventional, not “to.” Grammar matters. Moving on: Eagle endorsed AH’s pal JKennedy for Senate. AH had a facebook rant about how Markey refused to have his photo taken with her during her campaign for DA. Shows excellent judgment on Markey’s part and he gets my vote. Working in Springfield recently-not a single sign for progressive luv Morse. Hmmm…. I can tell you first hand that Holyoke schools are not fit for anyone. I would think he would want to stay in his community and get things right before asking for greater responsibility. But that’s not how it’s done anymore. Doesn’t matter if the D convention was a total snooze. Biden wins. Trump is out to financially enrich himself and his family under the guise of MAGA. Hey, Tundra pickup guy in Adams with Trump 2020 sticker – Trump doesn’t give a damn about you or your family or your kids’ future.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  Merguez
1 month ago

I am for new blood in Congress!! And that includes both sides of the aisle. It is time to move this Country forward. My vote goes against those entrenched for decades. I am also in favor of term limits and hope this is legislated in the future.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

Until there are term limits seniority and rank matter. We have both in Neal and Markey. Foolish to dump either of them.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
1 month ago

Let’s bring in Kennedy – the fan of Robert E Lee. I mean his namesake was pro Hitler.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Truth.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Merguez
1 month ago

Trump needs another four years to come close to what Biden made off being in office in eight years to enrich himself. That’s not counting Biden’s 50 years of being an elected official and China bucks.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

President Trump needs another 4 years to completely and thoroughly drain the Washington swamp once and for all. The Bidens are rich because of Joe’s shady Ukraine and China deals when he was VP.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Trump filled the swamp. Good God man, read a legitimate newspaper.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

If you get all your news from far left news sources, you are not getting the truthful news.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

You know what Pat, you’re not wrong. Conversely, I would say the same is true if you get all your news from far right sources.To get the full and complete picture you need to expose yourself to multiple news outlets and sources so one can make informed and reasoned decisions.

However, given you quote far right propaganda almost non stop on this board, you’re clearly not doing much fact finding. The reality of it is, I tune into Fox almost daily, in addition to CNN and MSN and I read news from multiple sources, both left and right. I try not to comment much on this stuff, as I would prefer this blog would focus on local stuff, as the internet is already filled with people on the left and right bashing each other, but sometimes the things you guys say just begs a response.

The fact of the matter is, that whether you lean left, right, or somewhere in between we are all neighbors here in the Berkshires, and I assume we want the best for everyone. So it would be nice if the constant right /left crap could be turned down and we could just focus on relevant local issues.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  jon doe
1 month ago

I do. I watch them all even the ones that make me want to become very ill like CNN and MSNBC. With a presidential election coming up I think we need to focus on it because with such different political views represented by Biden and Trump, it will determine local issues. If we go Marxist/Socialist, you can bet that will have an effect on local politics. I think locals don’t want to talk about it because, just like Biden is taking so few questions about his plans, Progressives don’t want to discuss the particulars because they are so extremist and would frighten voters.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Merguez
1 month ago

Joe and his son Hunter Biden were taking millions from Ukraine and China in a very underhanded way when Joe was VP. President Trump isn’t even taking a presidential salary.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

OY

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

His constant trips to his golf resorts cost far more than his salary, but thanks.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Merguez
1 month ago

And you should have wrote with quotes “Far too conventional”, so there.

Mr. G
Mr. G
1 month ago

How many arrested rioters, not looters, rioters, were Antifa vs. BoogeyBoys and other right wing instigators and agitators? I heard a lot more of that than any “Antifa” people. Antifa is a hoax cooked up by the right wing media to scare old people. Looks like they got ya Dan!

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

Antifa is a “hoax”, G? They have a website, perhaps you should check it out. They are a Marxist group aiming to destroy the nuclear family among other things. Please give us your source on “right wing instigators & agitators” causing looting & destruction? None such! You & Fakesayer should get a room and work out your TDS!

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Mr. G
1 month ago

Don’t be ridiculous. I had to go out to the Portland area for business recently. The city has been destroyed and turned into an asylum. Drove around a few outer-sections of the city, but didn’t dare head far downtown. Did not see a single person or message or symbol associated with anything remotely “conservative,” let alone far right. BLM and antifa rule the streets – together. Used to love places like Portland and Bend, but will never go there again unless out of business necessity.

The awful goings-on in Portland are being throughly documented every night. You should avail yourself of the gazillion videos online before commenting further.

J2S
J2S
1 month ago

I think this comment from another is a good one about the supposed debates happening.

As someone said earlier, this “enormously effective speech“ leaves Biden no excuse to skip the
debates. THAT will be “must see tv.”

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

No one can debate Trump because he does not debate. He just calls names and behaves like a fourth grader. Biden is wise to stay away from him

As Twain said, never wrestle with a pig – it gets mud all over you and the pig likes it.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Joe is hiding in his basement and has only answered 14 questions from the media since his campaign started. That is when Joe gets confused. When he can’t read a script.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

OH…

Free Bird
Free Bird
1 month ago

Just like in 2016 the DNC avoided telling us what their platform is and instead focused on bashing Trump. Defunding the police, banning fossil fuels, and adding numerous regulations to business owners are not things that I agree with but that’s their agenda. Elections should be about policies not personalities.

Mr Fritz
Mr Fritz
1 month ago

The DNC convention was a low budget, gloomy, “we hate Trump,” angry, amateurish production. But the best part was…….it backfired! Trump’s got a 51% approval rating!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/trump-reaches-51-approval-rating-day-dnc-dumpster-fire-ends/

Zairo Tranzparentsee
Zairo Tranzparentsee
Reply to  Mr Fritz
1 month ago

Now this site will become a pro trump with posts for Biden support will be non existent.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Zairo Tranzparentsee
1 month ago

Where are all the Biden supporters on here? Dan sure in hell doesn’t stop them from showing it. He allows differing opinions to issues all the time. That’s what makes him and his site the go to site, if you choose so. Try showing a different opinion on I Berkshires or The Eagle and see what happens. You can’t even comment on one and the other allows certain ones.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Barbara Bouchet Alert:

TCM 6:15 pm today “Danger Route”

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

And if you’re a golf fan, Dustin Johnson 10 under after 10 for the round. 3:26 pm. I’m not kidding.

Golf Channel

Baring Adeet
Baring Adeet
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Who’s Jack being played by John Krol?

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

-11 after 11.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Almost history: Seven holes left. One more birdie = 59; two = 58; three = 57! All were quite possible.

But DJ’s 60 wasn’t the best round of the day. That was the 59 by Scottie Sheffler.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Huge Trump rally at Coltsville intersection now 4-6pm. Wear your gear and gather with friends.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

(or as most of them are doing…making an ass out of themselves)

RN
RN
1 month ago

Twenty three Covid cases this week in Berkshire county. Zero coded to actual Berkshire county. All coded to NY, NJ, and two cities in MA.
Four deaths as well. None coded to Berkshire County.

Berkshire county is not coding cases properly. They are coding them to where the people are from. They are supposed to code them to where the people TEST. Second home owners coming to the Berkshires and staying are a danger to US.
There has been little to no contact tracing because all the cases are coded out of the area.
A house in Lenox had 5 cases.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Yikes. That’s bad.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Because of all the secrecy from city hall in Pittsfield I do not trust them or any organization they may be involved with. If they will hide where your tax money is being spent they will hide anything. We have no idea where our tax money all goes or if it is legitimate or not. Pittsfield politics is all about the money. And there is big money reasons to hide the virus.

Cali Wildfire
Cali Wildfire
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

This could all be resolved by Clowncil asking questions. Like,Where’s the Beef?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Cali Wildfire
1 month ago

Problem is this CC is basically non-existent. They also are incapable of making a decision! Issues are just tossed to train wrecked sub-committees. They show up for ZOOM meetings and the Mayor pulls their strings like the old Muppet show. There are only two muppets that try to speak up for taxpayers, Connell and Morandi, aliases Statler and Waldorf. Yet this administration has made petty accusations against both of them to cut their strings. Morandi with his wife working for the school department and Connell for protecting his mom during the pandemic. Saw on Facebook that Moonbeam and Food Critic White were boo hooing about how tired they were after the marathon Connell petty attack meeting. Wow, poor babies. Many of them are spending their days campaigning for Senate and Congressional races on Facebook, that also includes our DA. Think about it, whomever wins for the Senate or Congress seats, are they going to give a little extra support to Pittsfield when our City Councillors supported the other side, they are going to look the other way. The taxpayers elected them to work for the success and prosperity of Pittsfield. Take a look around folks, this is not happening, the City is a total mess and none of them seem to see it or care. As long as they get their insurance, salary and build their pension they are content. This is shameful and disgusting.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

But Merry – what have the Congress persons or Senators EVER done but enrich a few local people?
I mean Markey? Please – he helped enrich some entrenched local good old boys with Solar projects. Warren never even went to North Adams – she got ice cream in Lenox and then went a completely managed Q&A (no hard questions) at BCC – which is strongly influenced by the family of good old boys they enrich themselves. There is not a single state elected official or national representative who is legitimately working for the people of Pittsfield.
All these reasons are why I am especially proud of Cornelius Hoss (a young guy with an old geezer name) for pushing for the shelter. The Tyer group ate garbage and the Mazzeo group are garbage. I hope the eat each other alive and we get new people in.

Lou Wuzkrayzie
Lou Wuzkrayzie
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Start with the businesses that received money from the mayors office.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Please let the lovely Linda Tyer that I would work for her if she paid me only 1 percent of Matt Kerwood’s +$10 million slush fund per fiscal year. She could pay me +$100,000.00 per fiscal year. BUT, please do not let Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski know that I got a cut of their hard-earned excess municipal tax payments.
Matt Kerwood’s “creative accounting” gimmicks are the stuff of legend! He shuffles Mary and Jane Kapanski’s money around municipal bank accounts, and also builds a huge slush fund in the process.
Will Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski ever get their municipal tax dollars back from Matt Kerwood’s +$10 million slush fund? Probably not, but Matt Kerwood will continue to “cook the books” to make believe Pittsfield’s municipal finances are solvent.
I want to go to the Matt Kerwood’s municipal financial management school of chicanery and gimmickry. I want to know how to build my own +$10 million slush fund by overtaxing Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski out of their personal savings.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Dear Berkshire Visitors: The Berkshires are lovely. Please continue to visit and explore all the beauty this area has to offer. Yes, we have our share of insular white trash who are territorial and unwelcoming, but please don’t think that is the norm here. Some people even pretend to have medical knowledge as they spew about about COVID “carriers for life,” the dangers of your pets acquiring and transmitting COVID, or some inexplicable conspiracy by our medical professionals to suppress COVID information, mislead the public, and apparently forego the Government COVID premiums they would have otherwise received. Just remember. Wherever you are from, I’m sure you have a number of stupid people in your midst. No different here, though maybe the concentration is bit higher. But please don’t let that stop you from visiting. Without your economic contributions, a place like Pittsfield would become more of a cesspool than it already is. And it can’t get much worse. Thanks, a concerned local.

RN
RN
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

You are quite the stalker and quite the Covid denier. You must be a trumpster.
The Covid premiums are nothing compared to the money to be made from elective procedures. It’s in a hospitals best interest to keep the Covid numbers low because it makes that particular hospital looks safer. I guess you missed all the ads about “come in we are safe”. Covid premiums were also curtailed about two months ago. Just when they started saying we are safe come in. This from a hospital that actually brought us to international infamy by creating the Berkshires county Covid problem in the first place.

Yes there are Covid carriers for life. The virus exists in perpetuity in your system, for 1-3% it will never go away and for about 50% they won’t develop antibodies.
Asymptomatic carriers for life.
Yes pets can carry and transmit Covid
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/second-dog-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-as-owners-warned-not-to-abandon-pets-2020-03-20

If you visit the Berkshires, follow the rules, two week quarantine. This bull s**t of weekend travel and loading up party houses. Not acceptable. Don’t come here to escape from your Covid infested home regions.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

He does seem to both a Covid denier and a stalker. Creepy mofo, IMO.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Hmm, bizarre conclusion since you have nothing substantive to say, ever, yet insist on responding to comments that aren’t directed at you. Who’s the stalker?

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Too funny. Why do you keep digging in with your “carriers for life” nonsense? Not one single medical authority has ever said or suggested such a thing. Brainless fear mongering – put out there by a person claiming to be a medical professional? Great sign of the times. Regarding pets, did you notice the date on that article? Yes, 3 or 4 pets around the world tested positive for COVID in the early stages, but not a single documented case of pets giving COVID to their owners. You made the claim, so please find one single case to support what you say, a single example of a pet transmitting COVID to a human. Or kindly shut the ef up.

Mass hospitals have been open for elective procedures for months. Very noticeable that your argument has shifted from “they lie about the numbers because they want Berkshire County open for business” to lying because they want to continue elective procedures – something nobody with an ounce of sanity would consider changing. Except for a local (supposed) RN who has a history of making fantastically baseless statements about COVID.

America needs to tune out the ignorant fear-mongers. Witness their approach. Looking closely at the numbers, recognizing who is at risk, taking into account the massive downside to “shutting things down” – these behaviors earn you the monicker “COVID Denier” or “Trumpster.”

Consider the state of affairs in MA. The positivity rate of COVID tests rose rapidly (but linearly) in March as testing ramped up and peaked at 28.15% on April 14. There were 7,517 tests that day, 2,263 were positive. Since that time, the 7 day rolling average of test positivity has been on a steady, linear decline. The numbers are actually fascinating. No blips at all, a steady, methodical decline to where we are today, which is this: 1.1% of tests now come back positive.

There was no blip in that rate as restrictions were relaxed and people re-emerged from hiding. Just the opposite. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying.

Also, hysterical to see NY, NJ, CT and MA – the 4 states with the highest COVID death rates in the U.S by far – get self-righteous about ANYTHING COVID related. Their policies killed a lot of people unnecessarily. They’re gonna have some splainin’ to do when this is all said and done.

This Just In
This Just In
1 month ago

Corn Pop just endorsed Dementia Joe.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  This Just In
1 month ago

Biden’s speech was so dry he farted dust after giving it.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  This Just In
1 month ago

They all look like Corn Pop to Sleepy Joe, except the Latinos they look like Jose Corn Pop

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Has Trump pardoned Steve Bannon yet? Better do it before he starts talkin

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Hey , I’m all for justice being served upon Bannon and people charged with him in this matter, but only if they are guilty. I’d be curious to see if Andrew Weissmann is involved in anyway. He has a knack for this stuff.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

What’s the big deal about Bannon and friends here?

Ever hear of the Clinton Crime Foundation? What, 5% actually went to charity? King of Morocco gave $14 mil, for what exactly? Swedes pay-to-play with Madame Secretary Hillary?

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

I don’t get the problem with mail-in voting (on either side) as a matter of logistics.

You send it to the town where your polling place is, no? So the thing doesn’t have to go far.

Only problem, of course, is Dimorat cheating.

Gigi
Gigi
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago
Pat
Pat
Reply to  Gigi
1 month ago

The Democrats want the chaos after the election. They know their mail in ballot scheme will create just that situation.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

No party will EVER be able to match the chaos Trump and his Russian friends are creating for America right now. And it will take more than 4 years for any party president to repair the horrendous damage that has been done. So sad. Glad I do not have children or even grand children who will be the ones to suffer the most.

RN
RN
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Its simple. In normal absentee ballots you have to request it.
In mail in voting you automatically get one sent out to you, if you requested it or not based on some idea of your last known address from a local town clerk.

In Pittsfield the city clerk is completely inept. They can’t even figure out dog licenses or the mailing of ballots with appropriate postage.

So these unsolicited ballots are just mailed out to last known addresses. That’s where the fraud will happen. I bought my house seven years ago. The previous owner died in the city of Pittsfield. I still get mail from the city in his name.
I got a MVE bill for him seven years after his death for a 2018 bill. I get city census mail for him every year. They know he’s dead.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Yes, that’s the incompetence/corruption side, but I hear people complaining about the mail-in ballots not getting to the counting place on time, or ever, from both the Left and Right.

But mail-in seems to be happening, so not sure it can be reversed where already implemented, such as here.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

I should have stated if he is guilty like Hillary and the rest of the politicians and people connected to them,then justice should be served on all not just some.

J2S
J2S
1 month ago

Just another Democrat love story…

I don’t know why this lady didn’t just wait for a Biden down ticket bounce after his convention to cry racism to get votes, after all the convention was an America is, a racist fest.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/fake-hate-black-democrat-faked-filmed-beating-kidnapping-wth-votes-even-posted-online/

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

“Pittsfield putting halt to donations at Springside Park for homeless”
The Berkshire Eagle, August 22, 2020

PITTSFIELD — Starting Monday, the city no longer will allow donations to be accepted or stored at the pavilion at Springside Park.

The Parks Commission voted this week to direct donations to Barton’s Crossing, the Christian Center or the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community for those experiencing homelessness. Donors should reach out to those organizations to coordinate a drop-off with them directly, according to a news release from Mayor Linda Tyer’s office.

The pavilion has been serving as a drop-off location for donations from those concerned about the city’s homeless taking residence in Springside Park.

The commission, in a statement this week, said it has growing concerns about “inappropriate behavior” that, it claims, is becoming more common at the park. But, the commission said its position has been to be “compassionately tolerant” and allow those experiencing homelessness to shelter in parks.

“Although this use is in violation of park rules which state that parks are closed from dusk to dawn, we do now want to withdraw our tolerance at this time,” the statement read.

The decision of the commission to disallow drop-off donations at the pavilion was made “in order to create a more streamlined and efficient system for the storage and distribution of donations” that had been arriving, according to the mayor’s office.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
1 month ago

Biden won’t spend time golfing. He can’t find his balls.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Acute Angina
1 month ago

Maybe he wants to keep his balls. If he put them out there he would be castrated by those who have different opinions. That’s how it works around here.. Jobs,friends, politicians etc..

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Trump has 100% of the QAnnon vote and 100% of the white people are supreme vote and 70% of white male vote

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

and so if he can choke off the mail-in voting and create massive backups at the polling stations he will have another chance at a bogus election victory.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

My dead grandparents and both my dog and cat are mail-in voting for Biden

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

What makes you so sure they won’t be voting for Trump? Any of the voting issues you bring up cut both ways.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Hmm , 2015 Pelosi and Shum wanted to break up postal services. Check it out. Guess who was President then.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

It’s the far left Progressives who want chaos on election day and after. They know this mail-in ballot thing will not work and will not give fair election results in a timely manner. Cats, dogs, and dead people voting is not a winning formula for a fair election and they know it. It will just be another excuse for violence after the elections if they lose. If they win unfairly due to these deceptive mail-in ballots, the violence will continue anyway because they need to destroy capitalism.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

You forgot black support at about 15% and Latino vote at about the same for Trump.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

If Joe Biden wins he has no intention of running again at his age and in his mental condition so if he even makes it through 4 years and we don’t end up with very radical Kamala as President, he has nobody to impress. He can do anything he and the radical left want because he doesn’t need to care if the public likes it or not since he’s not running for a second term.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

President Trump to announce major breakthrough in therapeutic drugs for COVID-19 later this afternoon.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-to-reveal-coronavirus-breakthrough-therapeutic-wh-press-secretary-says

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

and he is getting kickbacks for every dose of this that is sold. He gets a piece of the pie on everything.

and Pat, could you please say something nasty about his sister for us? Tell us how she is deep state or a Marxist loonie please.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Hannity and Q are giving the keynote speech….this convention will be the biggest shit show ever lpoduced by Rupert Murdoch

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Trump replacing Mike with David Dukes KKK and you guys will think its brilliant

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

He was going to ask his sister Mary but changed his mind.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Nattering Nabobs of Negativity; Does Debbie Downer prescribe your therapy drugs???
Try a new prescription and get help for beating dead horses.

Come On Man
Come On Man
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Dukes is a democrat.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Sounds like your elevator doesn’t go to the top floor and the oars don’t reach the water.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Who uses oars in an elevator besides Trump?

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
1 month ago

LOL