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‘I HAVE A DREAD’ AND OTHER ITEMS FROM LANDS UNKNOWN

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 26, 2020) — THE PLANET has ventured to Lands Unknown (LU) for R&R, but we stay wired to events and happenings, from the insignificant nothings that make like miserable for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski to the hurricanes and wildfires that, as “acts of God,” impinge on this non-Paradisal planet (lower case). We shall continue from LU on our regular schedule, at brevity or length as the mood and topic fit.

  • “I Have a Dread” — On Friday, a rally takes place in Washington, D.C. to mark the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Another reverend, this time Al Sharpton, leads the March on Washington, dubbed “Get Off Our Necks.” Talk about preaching to the choir. Sharpton said the rally would feature family members who know the pain of losing loved ones at the hands of the police. Good, that, but what about families who lost loved ones at the hands of criminals and thugs? In a bite of irony, the same day will see fireworks over the Washington Monument to mark the end of the Republican National Convention.
  • Glamor and Hot Air — Speaking of the convention, last night Melania Trump spoke from the White House Rose Garden, a plant-fest beautifully redesigned by the First Lady. Melania, who along with Gisele Bundchen (Mrs. Tom Brady) and MRS. PLANET are the three most glamorous women in the world, spoke on women’s issues. The RNC’s first night featured the usual coronation stem-winding, a wiz-boom-bah of ideology, promises, and hot air.
  • ‘Come to Jesus’ — THE PLANET found Kim Guilfoyle’s speech embarrassing. The former FOX pundit and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend delivered it with the awful theatrics of a fundamentalist preacher at a tent crusade. Problem: The tent was empty. She came off like a bimbo.
  • Race to the Finish — Much more effective was the convention’s focus on race, particularly allegations of the GOP being “racist.” From the Associated PressThe bluntest comments on the former front came from former National Football League running back Herschel Walker, who spoke of his decades-long close relationship with Trump.

“It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people called Donald: The worst one is ‘racist,’ ” said Walker, who is Black. “I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist. People who think that don’t know what they’re talking about. Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”

Walker was joined by other Black Trump supporters, including White House staffer Ja’Ron Smith, Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones (D), [and] Maryland congressional candidate Kim Klacik (R).

Jones … made the case that Democrats were harming African Americans: “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave their mental plantation. We’ve been forced to be there for decades and generations.”

Haley, the first Indian American female governor in the country, took a broader pass at the issue, denouncing the idea of systemic racism.

“Here is one more important area where our president is right: He knows that political correctness and cancel culture are dangerous and just plain wrong,” Haley said. “In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country.”

  • City Hall Reopening — The Kapanski’s can finally re-enter city hall beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. We The People’s place of business will be open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment. THE PLANET endorses the city’s caution with respect to COVID-19. Also, the bookworms and the bums will be pleased to see the Pittsfield library open for business, usual hours.
  • Impropriety — The Proprietor’s Lodge, a.k.a. the ex-ITAM on Pontoosuc Lake, has been the source of much discussion here. THE PLANET can’t speak first-hand of the joint. We’ve never been and don’t intend to start now, with or without a pandemic. Friends and acquaintances who have had repast there have been unimpressed. Speaking of Pontoosuc, if it’s not Matt Reilly’s, we’re not going.

That’s it for now. THE PLANET must tend to our bees.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Donald Trump called neo Nazi’s “very fine people”. That was the very definition of systemic racism! I still cannot believe that he is the U.S. President. What ever happened to “Liberty and Justice for All” that defeated Hitler’s Germany in 1945?
Mike Pence is a religious nut-job! The White House is ran by a moral hypocrite and a religious extremist.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

As usual Jonathan, you pick a few words from the middle of a speech and try to use them out of context.
That is nothing more than a lie of omission.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

Trump was WRONG not to condemn the neo Nazi’s and other white supremacists.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Biden and he/she Clintons were good friends of Byrd, of the KKK, Johnny

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Johnny, the the D-Rats eliminated “God” from the plege of aliegance ,How does that sit with YOU? D-rat convention 2020

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

He did just that. Stop watching MSLSD.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
1 month ago

“bookworms and bums”. That’s a good one right there!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I did not atened nor watch, but I’ll be villifed by the left.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

spelling

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Who is the guy 8th shot on the right?

Kinda looks like a young Charlie Manson?

That’s O.K. we still LOVE YOU!!!

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

Satire on Dan’s youngster picture.

Lenny
Lenny
1 month ago

Dan,
According to the iberkshires article, City Hall will only be opening Tuesday & Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 1st.

Yurull Airea
Yurull Airea
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

Will the Mayor greet taxpayers at the door?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

Will Mayor get 2/5 of a paycheck?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 month ago

I always see Melania and think it’s Stephen Tyler without facial hair. Go figure.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

I’ll never look at her the same again!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

At least won’t turn to stone, like if you look at the H-beast

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Froggy,
When was your last eye exam?

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Italy was so frightened of being called “racist” they they refused to stop travel from China to their country until it was too late. They paid a heavy price in a very high death toll trying to be politically correct. Joe Biden put a label on President Trump for stopping travel from China to our country. Joe accused him of hating all foreigners. President Trump saved millions of lives from the deadly virus by his travel ban.

Yurull Airea
Yurull Airea
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Good job by Councilor Maffucio and ohthers last night calling out the Mayor on her lack of communicating. Has Councilor Cohen ever participated(speaking) in any of the meetings since January?

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Actually since the virus was already here by the time he did the ban the damage was already starting. And then he slow walked the testing, social distancing and face mask controls that were our only avenues of stopping or slowing the virus. He is personally responsible for at least 150,00 of the dead in America. he STILL is doing nothing that will help. He is promoting wannabee cures that he and his family are profiting from even though they have not been properly vetted by the real medical community.
His tunnel vision base will be the only ones foolish enough to try his “miracle cures”. More objective people will wait till a vaccine that has been through approved trials comes along. I know the truth hurts sometimes Pat but I am putting it out there just in case there are people on this site that still have some control over part of their brains.
And that leaves you out. Sadly.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
1 month ago

Wait what? Personally responsible for those deaths? Are we holding Baker responsible for the 8,000+ dead in this state, or Cuomo for the 32,000+ in NY? Has he been perfect? Absolutely not, but who the hell has in respect to the virus? He mobilized an incredibly fast response and we never ran into a triage situation or shortage of ventilators. We absolutely fell short on PPE.

I suspect you also blame Fauci for 150,000+ deaths because he promoted taking cruises, not wearing masks, and said the virus wasn’t a substantial threat on multiple occasions.

Last edited 1 month ago by Hendrix
Blare
Blare
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

There’s going to be much more to this story. Sooner than later, given recent developments. The chart below is one of the best visualizations I have seen in terms of capturing the absurdity of our COVID response – and what is at stake as we move forward. Our response to COVID thus far has arguably led to the loss of more “life-years” than COVID itself and the divergence is growing every day.

https://twitter.com/EthicalSkeptic/status/1298643179017732108/photo/1

If you want to get into the weeds, these are probably the two best sources for data driven, non-hysterical analysis of COVID. 

https://twitter.com/EthicalSkeptic
https://twitter.com/youyanggu

One of the takeaways, which fits the data perfectly both in the U.S. and abroad, is that herd immunity kicks in once about 20% of a population is infected. Which threshold has already been reached in the northeast, and has likely arrived in many southern states and explains their abrupt and steep decline in cases in the last week or so. Models predicted this. But the “experts” given a voice by the media have always suggested 60% was the likely threshold, and so almost nobody looked to herd immunity as a possible explanation for, say, the course of COVID in NYC. Infections and deaths continued to skyrocket for a full month after the lockdown was put in place, yet, when the numbers finally did come down, everyone immediately concluded – to the point of militancy – “see, the lockdowns worked!” 

The stupidity makes my head hurt. But, as we well know, about half our population is willing to be led by their noses to any destination that’s unfriendly to Trump, so it’s not that hard to understand how this all happened. But moving forward, we have absolutely no excuse to continue this madness. 

One other bit of info. With respect to specific immunity for recovered patients, you can find a gazillion articles in the press focusing on negative speculation about whether patients will be immune afterwards. So-called experts point to declining numbers of anti-bodies over time as evidence to make their case. Thing is, those antibodies are made by a type of T-immune cells that learn to recognize the virus as an invader. The T-cells are the gun, the antibodies are the bullets it fires. All that matters is the durability of those T-cells. And new research shows that they appear to be extremely stable over time. Potentially providing immunity for years. But that’s not the kind of news that sells in Pandemia, a world fueled by panic porn, false claims of expertise and ignorant self-righteousness.

Maybe knowledge and objectivity will win out in the end. Here’s an encouraging sign – that this article even made it into publication. Interesting read for anyone open to reason.

(see https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-08-13/covid-spread-is-forcing-scientists-to-rethink-herd-immunity)

If you take away nothing else from this post, it should be this: Do Not listen to ignorant, fear-mongering simpletons. Lives are literally at stake.

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

Every time we get a couple of day drop in deaths some people want to suggest everything is under control. It is NOT. Every weekend lower deaths are recorded for whatever reason. But just in the last two days there have been 2500 deaths in America which suggests to me that things are not well at all. Two or three days in not a trend.
And because the Trump administration is further cutting back on containment methods it is likely to get worse not better.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

Sigh. Clearly you either didn’t read or didn’t understand the material above.

When I mentioned ignorant fear-mongers who need to be put on ignore, that means people like you. You have absolutely no understanding of what is going on, how our understanding of COVID has evolved, and why – as it turns out – lockdowns and shutdowns moving forward would be the height of insanity.

Take some time. Do some reading. Then maybe comment. Not before.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

There is zero inaccurate information in what I said. The pandemic is not over and will not be for a long time. All the data, that is not (Trump skewed data), makes it quite clear that the USA has done just about everything wrong in handling the virus. And as a result the country will be a very long time getting back to normal and may go into a depression before it does.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

The illness will remain, but the “pandemic” will be over. Cases are dropping precipitously in all “hot zones” because they have reached the herd immunity threshold. That’s what the data tell us – clear as day. It also tells us that “lockdowns” did NOTHING to slow the spread.

It’s not a matter of you saying things that are “inaccurate.” It’s that you take basic data that you don’t understand and draw facile, incorrect conclusions.

Put it this way. I think you were the one who predicted 300k deaths by Christmas, correct? I will bet you any amount of money you wish that that number will not exceed 250k. I’ll give you a 50k cushion. Have Dan contact me if you’re interested in making that bet happen.

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

I’m guessing a lot of people had a mild case of it when the wave came through here in March and April but were never tested, myself included.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Free Bird
1 month ago

I know about a dozen kids-of-friends who tested positive for COVID in preparation for returning to their college campuses. One young lady said she felt like she had a mild hangover for a day, the rest never had ANY symptoms. Know too many positive antibody tests to count (i.e. “recovered” patients who never knew they had it). Nationally, the number of ACTUAL infections is almost certainly 10-15x the reported number, which represent 20-25% of the country. Definitely a higher concentration in the NE, hence the earlier arrival of herd immunity here. The south is reaching that point now.

Watch the death numbers over the next few weeks. They will drop steeply, just like the new infection #’s.

The worst is over for most every part of the country now.

The continued fear-mongering is irrational. Here is why that matters:

https://coloradosun.com/2020/08/17/denver-coronavirus-deaths-heart-attack/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

D-Cuomo the killer put CoVID+ patients in nursing homes, so his buddies running them could reap profits. Mean while Trump set up hospitals and sent a USA medical ship to NYC that went unused.

D-Cuomo is the killer, those he killed should sue his lying ass into poverty

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Yes, which is why states like FL and TX have nearly 1.5x the number of COVID cases but 1/3 the deaths of NY. The NYC lockdown was also a disaster, which most people can’t seem to grasp. But the numbers don’t lie.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

That probably has more to do with the fact that the average age of Covid positive people is much lower in Florida and Texas. I’ m guessing that after seeing what happened in New York, the older people in those states were smart enough to wear a mask and or stay home. Can’t say the same for the younger people.

Thomas More
Thomas More
1 month ago

Seems the Planet is befuddled. Proprietor’s Lodge was never Matt Reilly’s. It was once Breezy Knoll and later the ITAM. Reilly’s is on the other side of the lake.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Enjoy the well deserved R&R with your loved ones Dan! The fog of the daily grind hasn’t worn off yet . It takes a few days in the fresh air for the Mental Hygiene to take place. Thanks for posting The Planet remotely.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

A few days is insufficient – two solid weeks is the secret sauce.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Do you think that you’ll go there now that you know that it isn’t the former Matt Reilly’s? It’s a very nice place so I’m told.

Got Wunn
Got Wunn
Reply to  Thomas More
1 month ago

Yeah and the new management under the same owner has improved. Quite a few cars there last couple weeks. And unlike Proprietors,no leery neighbors.

ad lunam
ad lunam
Reply to  Thomas More
1 month ago

Breezy Knoll what century was that

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  ad lunam
1 month ago

20th

Merguez
Merguez
1 month ago

Dan, I thought Proprietor’s Lodge is the former ITAM, not Matt Reilly’s.

Debra
Debra
Reply to  Merguez
1 month ago

Correct! Reilly’s now called Lakeside.

Last edited 1 month ago by Debra
Yurull Airea
Yurull Airea
Reply to  Debra
1 month ago

Have the seafood platter at lakeside

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Debra
1 month ago

Thank you, Debra.

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

P. Lodge: overhyped, overpriced, and way too loud in there. Try an acoustics refit or something. Can’t hear the person sitting next to me.

Reilly’s once charged me $6 for about 12 oz. of Diet Coke–in three cups full of ice, no free refills. Wa?

I haven’t been back since.

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

Don’t blame you. But this album not Reilly’s anymore.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Herschel Walker a good man, whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Claims he never lifted a weight–just 1,000 sit-ups a day, 100? 500? more? push-ups a day, and RUN.

Tucker the man to watch again. Nice footage of the BLM POS destroying things and mom&pop businesses, assaulting seasoned citizens, and accosting diners as they try to eat.

Oh, so this is why people have assault rifles . . . and lots of ammo.

Tucker also had a montage of 10+ lamestream media “journalists” stuck on the meme of RNC night #1: DARK, DARK, DARK . . . like the parrots they are.

Carville says to say what? Oh, OK.

Agree on Guilfoyle–why are you shouting, Kimberly?

More to Melania than most people realize. Nice interview with the author of a book on her on C-SPAN lately.

And those stuck on the lie that Trump praised the neo-Nazis obviously can’t think too well. Limbaugh, AGAIN, dispelled that myth the other day.

Trump said that there are good people on both sides of the Robert E. Lee statue issue–leave it up or take it down.

The Planet had a nice video a while ago of the reasonable Shelby Foote, who’s on the Lee side.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago
Ok Insuddenz
Ok Insuddenz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Useless Lampilousy asked a dopey question at the Connell lynching. Useless Yookie wasn’t saying anything but was chomping-on some vittles. And laughing with someone while Chris was fightng for his Council life. Dumbest Council in history of city.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Maybe why we have a 2nd amendment?

Too late for those in mASSachsetts. Apply, wait …… meanwhile get murdered….

Oh, and if you get a permit for a right, better have things locked up where they are useless….

move to vermont

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Blameless Dood
Blameless Dood
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Trapper,why don’t you tell us why that cop shot the man in Wisconsin as being justified? I’d like to hear your opinion.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Blameless Dood
1 month ago

Tell me why,

???

BLM Evidentlydonot
BLM Evidentlydonot
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I’ll interject. Because you seem to be against B L M.

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
Reply to  BLM Evidentlydonot
1 month ago

BLM is a raciss, markist, anti police, anti family, terrorist like organization, versus the fact that of course black lives matter, except to BLM, when those blacks are cops or inner city kids murdered by other blacks.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

So Burn Loot Murder is A O.K. w/ BLM Evidentlydonot

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Blameless Dood
1 month ago

Repeated thug/abuser of women. A “nice human”

What was the THUG grabbing in the car? Certainly not diapers to change his his soiled kids shitters….

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Trap,
Once again it comes down to following commands of law enforcement. Those in law enforcement want to go home to there loved ones and order to do so,have to make split second decisions. When people are complying it levels the field for both parties so these things might not happen.

BLM Evidentlydonot
BLM Evidentlydonot
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Racist broom. Go back to Soho.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  BLM Evidentlydonot
1 month ago

Where is Soho?

I’m a country boy who thinks there is good and bad, in all races, creeds, and colors.

BLM /Antifa are criminal organizations.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  BLM Evidentlydonot
1 month ago

Play the the card.

You a BLM THUG?

I have friends, of most every race/religion. Lived, schooled, and worked with.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Blare
Blare
Reply to  Blameless Dood
1 month ago

The initial media narrative was that Blake was a good samaritan who stopped to break up a fight between two women, and was then murdered by cops when he returned to his car to check on his kids. Which fueled the outrage of the mobs that have been assaulting, burning and looting their way through our cities while chanting “say his name, Ja-cob Blake” and “rest in pow-er, Ja-cob Blake.”

In reality, he had shown up uninvited at the home of the mother of three of his children, who had an active order of protection against him since a few months earlier he had raped her, stolen her car and debit card and withdrawn $1k from her bank. Blake took her car keys from her so she couldn’t leave. She called the cops. She told the cops Blake had a knife. Blake fought the cops then tried to get into his car. A knife was found on the floorboard after the incident.

Here’s the earlier criminal complaint.

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/7043323/Jacob-Blake-Criminal-Complaint.pdf

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
Reply to  Blameless Dood
1 month ago

Totally justified. LAwful arrest. Man had warrant. Failure to submit/obey commands, and he had a weapon. Why can’t these people simply comply?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I’m locked and loaded!!!

I have BP fireaarme don’t need . BS Ma laws, locking/up/storage. Some will ventilate 3 B L M thugs ih one shot.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I have noticed certain MSM are now walking back support for the continued so called peaceful protests (Riots). Not because they give two about the protesters, but because Trumps poll numbers have ticked in the areas affected by the carnage.

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Yea, that light in the loafers, raciss Don Lemon on CNN said so himself- got to get it under control he said because it was hurting Biden.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

August 26, 2020

Hello Dan Bosley,

I read your op-ed about your defense of PAC-Man Richie Neal’s killing of surprise medical billing after the corrupt Springfield Congressman received thousands of lobbyists’ special interest dollars. Shouldn’t you have disclosed that your are a Beacon Hill lobbyist? Do you have a conflict of interest here?

I know all about “Bureaucrat Bosley on the Public Record”! You, Dan Bosley, sponsored a secretive rider to State House legislation to give wealthy corporations in Massachusetts billions of dollars in tax breaks without any public hearings or input of any kind. The Boston Globe derided your secretive rider as “The Bosley Amendment”.

You were very close to two convicted Felons named former Speakers of the State House Tom Finneran and Sal DiMasi when you were a North Adams State Representative. They were both de facto dictators who mocked the very ideals of democracy. To this day, the State House operates behind closed doors with top-down leadership. 

The Massachusetts State Legislature won’t pass a fiscal year 2021 state budget until after the November 3rd, 2020, election, when they will predictably raise state taxes, fees, and public debts, while cutting state services, local aid, and public education funds. It is the same old crap all of these years later since you stepped down from the State House in 2010. The politicians and lobbyists come first, while the people always get shafted by them.

You opposed casino gambling in Massachusetts because you did not want it to cut into the state lottery’s billions of dollars in revenue. You represented the poorest community in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and you knew full well that the state lottery is a form of regressive taxation that hurt your unknowing constituents.

In closing, Dan Bosley, your economic policies always favored wealthy special interests over the people you supposedly represented on Beacon Hill. Now, you are a greedy State House lobbyist who represents the wealthy’s special interests over the good of the people in the corrupt State House in Boston.

In Truth!

Jonathan Melle

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Neal is a POS/turd.

He shames Silvo Contes legacy

I’ll even vote D- to primary Neal

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Bosley and those connected to him will just label you a Nut Job ,as did the others here in Berkshire County politics for your different positions on politics and on what you believe in.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Smitty used to be a nice guy too.

Baastun, got to him.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

But the best part of Tucker last night was when he caught CNN committing an act of accidental journalism, which they quickly corrected.

They had a graphic saying “. . . violent protests . . .” It when off the screen for a while, and came back up without the “violent,” just “…protests…”

That should tell you everything you need to know about the Left.

“Repeat something often enough and it becomes a fact.”

Josef Stalin, and the lamestream leftist media.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Didn’t see that but I believe it.The narrative they want must be kept up. It is like the night where a reporter was live on the ground with fires and looting going on and he was saying, peaceful protests were going on to his CNN colleague back at the station.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
1 month ago

“If men in MAGA hats were burning down buildings, looting stores and engaging in mob violence against strangers, Democrats who are currently shrugging their shoulders about riots would be calling for the national guard to start firing live rounds into crowds Remember that” – Buck Sexton

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

Dimorats, the party of chaos and mayhem–and lies.

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

Lies?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Teachers are also refusing to return to the classrooms, but do want to keep receiving their paychecks. The far left radicals are representing the teachers unions and must believe that the young people have been thoroughly brainwashed to Marxism so there is no further need for going to school in person. Maybe they have figured out how to continue the brainwashing with online learning.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Hello Dan Bosley, and Patrick Fennell, respectively,

Thank you for your respective responses to my letter today. Dan Bosley, the fact remains that after “PAC-Man” (or the corrupt Congressman from Springfield named) Richard Edmund Neal purposefully killed a negotiated bill to end surprise medical billing, while he received thousands of dollars from lobbyists connected to the financial and insurance industries, millions of Americans are still dealing with surprise medical billing.

Dan Bosley, when I go to the hospital, I receive statements from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that states to me: “Thank you for your service. We are a grateful country to be able to serve you.” You always pick on me for my character, but, in fact, I live in our great country that honors me.

Patrick Fennell, I know how Dan Bosley operates in corrupt Beacon Hill politics. My dad, Bob, was a Berkshire County Commissioner from 1997 – mid-2000. My dad told then North Adams State Representative (and now State House lobbyist) Dan Bosley that Boston’s “Big Dig” had many billions of dollar in cost overruns, and he asked “Bureaucrat” Bosley why he was abolishing Berkshire County government. Dan Bosley’s response to my dad was that “the sooner county government is abolished, the better”.

Dan Bosley’s legislation in the State House to abolish Berkshire County government left Pontoosuc Lake in an accounting agency for two whole years. Dan Bosley did nothing to address the single most expensive public works project in U.S. history (Boston’s “Big Dig”), while his legislation to abolish Berkshire County government was sloppy.

Dan Bosley makes his money off of Massachusetts’ taxpayers. He collects a state pension, and now works for special interests as a corrupt Beacon Hill lobbyist. His op-ed today in the “Dirty Bird” (Berkshire Eagle) omitted so many facts, such as his interests as a lobbyist and Neal’s millions of campaign dollars from lobbyists, that the people are once again mislead and misinformed by Dan Bosley.

Lastly, if Dan Bosley wants to talk about character, then let him explain his secretive rider to State House legislation years ago that would have given wealthy corporations billions of dollars in tax breaks without a public hearing or any input whatsoever.

In Truth!

Jonathan Melle

Donee Lye
Donee Lye
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

N B A has cancelled games

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Donee Lye
1 month ago

good!!! NBA MLB NFL , can go to hell, and get a job!!!!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I heard the NRA is cancelling hunting. OM effing God!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

No trespassing.

We have guns and shovels

Got Wunn
Got Wunn
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

What’s your solution Trap? To these murders?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Got Wunn
1 month ago

LEO has to be responsible for their conduct. It’s not an easy job. There are bad apples , but the whole barrel isn’t rotten. I’ve had rights violated by bad LEO, but much more often they have been of service. And I can’t play the race card.

What D- Mayors and Governors has let happen is criminal. There is not “peaceful protests” going on in those cites, it’s riots and looting.

I’ll support those in Berkshire county for being civil and peaceful. Continue MLK’s legacy, don’t tarnish it.

Tirade War
Tirade War
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That’s where the defending of police comes in. Trump can’t tell them what to do but can hold back funding iff the states don’t want to wake up on this.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg goes on Fox News and says that President Trump is responsible for the violence in the cities across the country because the violence is happening on his watch. Doesn’t matter that the Democrats are encouraging the violence and doing nothing to stop it in their Democrat run cities because it is all the fault of President Trump. These liberals continue to believe that Americans are fools.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Is Peetty the wife, or the husband? He should have clarified that in D-primaries.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
1 month ago

Matt Reilly ‘s? Barry goes to Matt Foley’s van down by the river for a quick 3 am burger and beer.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Glenn Beck explains how Marxism is being taught in our schools. K-12 has been infiltrated and kids as young as 9 years old are being taught to hit the streets as social justice advocates.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKh6JfdSSdQ

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Pittsfield has cancelled fall sports. It was obvious to a blind man as early as May that this was the logical path. But Pittsfield had to dick around and prolong the anxiety for a lot of people as well as waste a bundle of money before doing it.
When you consistently hire from the nepotismal candidates while bypassing qualified people this is what you get. Most of the city departments are like this which explains the upside down effect you see every day.

And just who was it from DIG SAFE that marked out the water lines near Hubbard ave that got punctured TWICE within a week?

Know Mas
Know Mas
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Ricardo has some splaining to do.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

The Left now going after Tucker for telling and showing the truth about BLM POS.

Nice people.

Chaos and mayhem. Brought to you by the Democratic Party.

I’m Joke Biden and I, uh, duh, what did I do again?

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

Truth is verboten, chaos their spokesperson, Biden, the Ace of their base. What a promising future for the Doomacrat Left

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

So yesterday was another enlightening day in Pittsfield. Another great decision made by one of this Administration’s department heads. Morales decides not to repair a broken water main last week and then decides to back fill with small rocks so the City “could organize a repair plan”. Wow, great idea and great plan they organized. This Administration should thank their lucky stars that no one was killed yesterday. Amazing stupidity again. Many, many vehicles damaged, one poor guy has damage in the amount of $6,000. The rock shower went on for over a half an hour. Not funny. Who was the rocket scientist that made this decision last week to back fill with rocks? Morales or Barbarotta? From what I have heard from many folks this was absolutely the worse thing that could have been done. Why did they not repair it last week properly? If Morales was not sure how to repair, then they should have used some of Kerwoods’s secret stash money to hire a contractor that knew what they were doing, At least this week the Administration woke up and used Code Red to notify taxpayers, much better than last week when taxpayers were not notified and proceeded to do laundry in dirty water. Feel bad for the car owners that have to now deal with the City’s red tape to get their cars repaired. Willing to bet they are in for a long haul.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Morales?

Merry and Bright, Morales must be a Hispanic and , YOU are Racist!

SHAME on YOU, and it’s Trumps fault!!!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Pun intended!

Got ya!

Spider
Spider
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

You are right! What idiots at City Hall decided to wait and think about it first?

The taxpayers will now have to pay (and rightfully so) for all the auto damage. But if someone had been severely injured or killed by the rocks, the families would sue and end up owning the city.

Again, we really do have a bunch of idiots running this city. God help us all!.

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

Evidently City Hall has already pushed this major blooper under the rug, No updates today as far as I have seen as to whether the water main is fixed and an update on when our water is going to clear up. No need to communicate to taxpayers, just make sure you pay your sewer and water bill next week. Also, just saw that Price Rite is closing, another store closing in this vibrant and dynamic city. Get’s better every day:/

Main Moddull
Main Moddull
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

They should have filled Silver Lake in. Morales will have to answer for this. Aside. The Cell Tower looks like a go. And Proprietors get a little slap on the hand.

J2S
J2S
1 month ago

As if the LEO’s didn’t have enough on their plates. They have to figure out if looting is needed or for personal gain for charging requirements. WTF!

https://www.redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2020/08/27/soros-da-diana-becton-requires-officers-consider-whether-a-looter-needed-stolen-goods-before-charging/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Lets just hope it don’t start here.

I’ll be judged by 12 , rather than buried by 6.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Trap, Hope you don’t mind as I passed on that post to a few ! Excellent saying.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

What’s wrong with this picture?
Can’t make this stuff up, folks!
CNN and its stellar crack reporting team! Nothing to see here, move along!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/wow-cant-make-cnn-reports-mostly-peaceful-protests-fires-rage-background-shots-fired-video/

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

More CNN Newspeak, I’m hear:

“. . .fiery but peaceful protests”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

NBA on strike.

Good!!! get a job you lazy SOBS!!!!

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

All these sports teams that kneel during the pledge/anthem – take a lesson from Madison Cawthorn..

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/26/madison-cawthorn-rises-wheelchair-rnc-declares-can-kneel-before-god-stand-flag/

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago
J2S
J2S
1 month ago

Who didn’t see this coming? Pelosi now says, there should be no presidential debates to reporters today. Because you can’t legitimately converse with Donald .

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

and that is true. It would be like debating an effing chimp. Trump does not know anything and he does not care about anything. So he just blithers and blathers and substitutes pathological lying for debating. Look up the long list of childish names he has called his opponents or detractors. I was going to say he has the intellect of a fourth grader but that would be insulting fourth graders.
Biden is going to try anyway I guess, perhaps out of pure pity for the man. But let’s just hope Trump does not start throwing his own feces around.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

I’m pretty sure most have made their decision on who they want for president regardless of the debates.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

We should have debates. It’s ridiculous that Joe doesn’t want to discuss the particulars of what he wants to do. That should be a red flag for voters. They are hiding so much in the Biden campaign including Joe’s inability to think clearly unless he is reading from a script.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Turns out Trumps religious right leader is a kinky little bugger. Jerry Falwell Jr. likes to watch his pool boy bang his wife and in fact it was HIS idea. 7 years this went on and he has admitted it Pat so don’t give me the Hannity dodge. All the while this assclown is preaching to his cult followers to only screw your own legal husband or wife while his own deviant deeds go unchecked. A lot of religious organizations are nothing more than money laundering cults and credit Trump for recognizing their ignorance and tapping into that voting block.

Carayzee Joe
Carayzee Joe
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Does anyone know what Smitty is saying about the Lenox area Dump?

Carayzee Joe
Carayzee Joe
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

At least Kamala and Joe want to help school funding

Biden's Brain
Biden's Brain
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Speaking of swimming pools….does Biden still swim naked in front of female secret service?

Know Mas
Know Mas
Reply to  Biden's Brain
1 month ago

America…..Divided we Stand. Just like Pittsfield.the-great divide. America never be grea fighting one another because of political affiliation. The Media has ruined the Country.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Tyer Talks Broken Water Main, Encampments In Pittsfield Parks, And Reopening Schools
https://www.wamc.org/post/tyer-talks-broken-water-main-encampments-pittsfield-parks-and-reopening-schools

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Here is the complete Glenn Beck tv show “Brainwashed” about how Marxists have taken over our school system. His next special pt. 2 will show how much worse the indoctrination is in middle and high school where they are teaching kids that private property is bad. No private property will mean you don’t need police.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJZNjRBHVNY

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

It’s easy to be a communist in a free country. Try being free in a communist country.

Know Mas
Know Mas
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Rudy sounded like a comedienne tonight. He ought to hook up with the other Trump bimbo and go on the road together.

Quinine Bydone
Quinine Bydone
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Who is this Cotton guy? R Arkansas. Looks like a giraffe.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Quinine Bydone
1 month ago

Google it buddy. He is a remarkable US Senator, former Congressman, Harvard Grad, and Iraq and Afghanistan war vet, who has done more to defend America and stand up for the American way of life, than you, me or, or most people. Try not to disparage a man for his immutable characteristics.

p.s. If he looks like a giraffe, what do you look like?