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TRUMP-BIDEN 1 ‘ANIMAL HOUSE’ REDUX, WHICH MEANS THE PRESIDENT WON

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 2-4, 2020) Given that there will only be ONE ISSUE from here to Nov. 3, THE PLANET today follows up our previous column, dashed off minutes after Trump-Biden 1 (T-B1). With time to reflect, we also engaged in a political experiment by going back and selecting two previous presidential debates, Kennedy v. Nixon in 1960 and Carter v. Ford in 1976. After that, we rewatched T-B1.

Sobering.

In 1960 and 1976, we had genuine debates. The exchanges were amazing, full of substance, particularly in 1960. In T-B1, we had a “DB8,” a designation from texting, which must stand as 2020’s rhetorical currency. Never did THE PLANET think we’d live long enough to find a medium to make the words on bumper stickers look like profundities.

The T-B1 DB8, of course, wasn’t a debate at all but a remake of the food fight from Animal House.

“This clown.”

“Stupid bastards.”

“Shut up, man!”

Not since Montaigne invented the essay has civilization made such a lengthy move — in this case, in the wrong direction.

Trump’s strategy became clear from the start: Get in the steamroller and put it in “drive.” Why should anyone feign surprise at Trump being Trump?

It worked.

The President’s interruptions and bombasts dangled like bobbers on the lake’s surface. A cooler, more composed Joe Biden would have let the bait stay there. That’s what our coaching to the Vice President would have been. Let Trump go off. You be the adult. Instead, Uncle Joe bit, got hooked, and Trump played him beautifully. Biden would have won this hands down had he kept his cool, acted “presidential,” said less, and allowed moderator Chris Wallace to be the “bad cop,” a role Wallace was more than willing to play with the President. Instead, Biden stepped into the ring, where Trump ate him up.

Lost opportunity for the Biden camp, a win for the President.

First topic: the Supreme Court. Biden said Americans should “have a say” on who gets to fill the vacant seat, spouting the standard line of the party that doesn’t control the Senate. Lost opportunity for the VP. Trump jumped on it, responding that Americans DID have their say. Republicans took back the White House and added to their Senate majority. “Elections have consequences,” Trump said, like a professor lecturing a clueless student.

It set the tone for the remainder of the “debate,” one that turned on Trump’s typical rumbling style. Using interruptions, Trump managed to wrestle control from helpless moderator Chris Wallace and keep Biden off stride. It’s a bullying tactic, and it worked. Biden’s many fumbles with words and the flatness of his prepared zingers didn’t come from nowhere. Also, addressing the camera directly instead of his opponent is a move I would advise the Biden team to lose in T-B2. If you’re going to be in a debate, take on your opponent, not the camera.

Biden said he would undo President Trump’s tax cuts, which he claimed were for the millionaires and billionaires. He was either misinformed or lying. The non-partisan Tax Foundation said that every tax bracket received lower taxes under the President’s move, overwhelmingly so for the middle class, with 91% in the middle quintile getting tax relief.

When it came to urban violence, Biden said: “Antifa is an idea, not an organization, that’s what his FBI director said.”

“Antifa is a dangerous, radical group. They’ll overthrow you,” Trump replied.

Each guy was splitting the middle.

FBI Director Christopher Wray did say his agency is investigating those who identify as Antifa while committing serious crimes.

“Antifa is a real thing. It’s not a group or an organization. It’s a movement, or an ideology may be one way of thinking of it and we have quite a number, and I’ve said this quite consistently since my first time appearing before this committee, we have any number of properly predicated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists and some of those individuals self-identify with Antifa,” Wray said.

On the environment, who do you think won? Trump called for better domestic forest management. Biden backed off of the Green New Deal and pledged $20 billion to Brazil for rainforest preservation. Size it up yourself: Taking care of U.S. forests vs. $20 billion to a country famous for corruption. Which do you think scores with more American voters?

We have two more presidential “DB8s” scheduled. Aunt Millie is sure to keep the windows open.

The VP candidates square off Wednesday.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“A great soul has nothing to do”Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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RN
RN
28 days ago

Trump needs to let Biden talk. The longer Biden talks the dumber and more confused he is. It shows his dementia.

By interrupting, Trump saved Biden.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  RN
28 days ago

Very well said RN. Trump’s his own worst enemy at times. Common mistake of egomaniacs.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  RN
28 days ago

kind of the same approach we use with TSC.

RN
RN
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
27 days ago

Exactly

RN
RN
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
27 days ago

And mush brain Melle

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
28 days ago

Hello Dan Valenti, The special interest, corporate K Street D.C. lobbyists wrote Trump’s tax cut bill, which was voted for only by Republican Party Members of U.S. Congress without any of them reading the thousands of pages of bureaucratic creative accounting and financial jargon that Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski could never comprehend. In order for Trump’s tax cuts to work, the U.S. economy needed large growth in our nation’s GDP. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 economic recession, the economic losses in GDP has been in double digits. U.S. budget deficits are now in the trillions of dollars. It is an economic nightmare! President Trump and our “part-time” U.S. Congress have put multiple mortgages on our country’s future only to save Wall Street and the Billionaires who received most of the gains in the national income. Our country has record unemployment, millions of displaced workers have lost their healthcare insurance when they need it the most, state and local governments are facing huge budget deficits, and we are heading into the Fall flu season compounded by the coronavirus epidemic. On Biden, I agree with you that Biden should not be proposing tax hikes and growing the already large federal government, while post industrial America is sinking to rock bottom. Biden has been a career politician for 47 years, and he has been a do-nothing since 1973. Biden cannot run on his public record because it is lackluster, and it is a story of D.C. Beltway politics that has been disconnected from the rest of America. In closing, I think both Trump and Biden are poor choices for American voters on November 3rd, 2020. Best wishes, Jonathan Melle

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
28 days ago

The goal is to build a middle class not to make billionaires.Tax cuts are not ideas.Tax increases are not ideas .They are policy.One policy raises taxes beginning with people who make 35,000.00 per month.The other policy is to take the wealth out of the economy before it helps build a society that requires simlle funding of schools roads and military which kick the can down the road to your grandchildren.Tax policy has been designed by the rich and powerful for 40 years.Sucking so much money from society you now support a president who wants to stop funding SS,MEDICARE POSTAL SERVICE and Public education.Greed is uncontrollable in its accumulation of wealth as there will never be enough.Like any addiction money is the strongest.The wealth is so huge you can not understand it.There is plenty of money and very little goes to society at large.To keep this wealth Trump has given you a race problem so you don unite.You have been suckered by all wealthy people.They are against 7.25 minimum wage…

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
28 days ago

Greed is uncontrollable which is why socialism/communism always fails. A small group of people have all the money and power to dole out as they see fit. Corruption easily sets in as does tyranny over the people. Listen to the people of socialist/communist/Marxist countries who are begging Americans to learn the lessons of their countries and do not go down that dark path.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
28 days ago

Lots of money and most of it in the hands of extremely wealthy Democrats like the Obamas who on top of their other wealth earn 1 million dollars per year from Netflix. They use their money to fund Marxism and globalism. Why don’t they practice what they preach and live simply like they want the rest of us to do? Americans are so blinded by the fairy tales these people are spinning that they can’t see that these already wealthy people will have even more money and power in a socialist/communist society.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Pat
28 days ago

Obama’s are a true rag to riches story along with many other politicians because of elected office.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
26 days ago

The dumb voter

jon doe
jon doe
28 days ago

“Let Trump go off. You be the adult. Instead, Uncle Joe bit, got hooked, and Trump played him beautifully. Biden would have won this hands down had he kept his cool, acted “presidential,” said less, and allowed moderator Chris Wallace to be the “bad cop,” a role Wallace was more than willing to play with the President. Instead, Biden stepped into the ring, where Trump ate him up”.

Sorry Dan, I wish I had a dollar for every time Trump acted or said something stupid and his defenders then try to spin it as his “brilliant” strategy. Trump didn’t play anyone beautifully. He was a loose cannon, with no control and acted desperate like a caged animal. I can’t say much for Biden’s performance either, but Trump’s was far from beautiful and he certainly didn’t eat Biden up. The whole debate was pathetic and a sad reflection on where this administration has taken the country.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  jon doe
28 days ago

Trump came out to create chaos.He succeeded as that c was his goal.He got on national tv to let the white militia and supremacist know he will need them to create chaos and intimidation at poling places.Those who mail their vote will not be fully counted….you are being suckered.Lets see the rest of his llan unfold

Pat
Pat
Reply to  jon doe
28 days ago

With the entire fate of the country hanging in the balance as in communism vs. capitalism, I think that raised voices and interrupting are allowed. God forbid we look back and realize that everyone was so polite and kind while Marxism was allowed to destroy out country. Nobody fought back. We just let it happen.

D-Fens
D-Fens
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Trump has signed more “socialist” executive orders than any president in recent times… lol

jon doe
jon doe
28 days ago

“The non-partisan Tax Foundation said that every tax bracket received lower taxes under the President’s move, overwhelmingly so for the middle class, with 91% in the middle quintile getting tax relief.”

https://www.policygenius.com/taxes/who-benefited-most-from-the-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-tax-plan-consequences/

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
28 days ago

that there is some seriously twisted logic if you ask me. But the Trumpalites will lap it up and go “yup, yup, that’s what happened… yup”

Merguez
Merguez
28 days ago

Trump is positive for Covid-19. Won’t be able to deflect from his incompetent handling of the pandemic now.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Merguez
28 days ago

If it is true. Would not put it past him to be just adding to the chaos he loves so much. Right now I do not believe it at all. Sure not going to believe it on his word or his personal doctors word.

Happy Pullace
Happy Pullace
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
28 days ago

Exactly. He could say he has it just to show how easy it will be for an older patient to beat it

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
28 days ago

For Trump, testing positive is a sign of weakness, so I have no doubt that he is positive. It hurts his campaign because it directs attention to his idiotic failure to follow recommended COVID 19 protocols.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Merguez
28 days ago

Wait- this was a guy who was tested probably daily along with most immediate contacts and still got it. This just shows we are probably all going to be impacted by it at some point and if you want to stay locked in your house forever waiting for a virus to go away that never will, feel free. At least let the rest of us get back to providing for our families.

I can’t wait until he recovers with “mild symptoms” which will bolster his campaign and show why locking down the entire economy over something an obese 74 year old who lives off of diet coke can beat, was stupid.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
28 days ago

I’m sure Walter Reed would not be involved in your ridiculous suggestion.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Merguez
28 days ago

Seems to me that the leader of England also had the virus and all is well. Will Democrats be praying for the health of our president? Will they wish him well?

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Pat
28 days ago

Boris Johnson ended up in Intensive Care. Not easy-breezy experience.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Merguez
28 days ago

Because he held off seeking treatment until his symptoms got really bad.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
28 days ago

Biden is the trojan horse of tyranny. If you support communism, socialism, marxism….then you will get tyranny. Biden has spent his 47 years of being a swamp creature with the sole purpose of enriching his family through close ties with Russia, China & the Ukraine. He is a liar, plagiarizer and demented senile fraud. Kamala Harris is busy raising money to free the rioters who have been arrested for looting, destroying property and causing mayhem. Harris, rejected by her own party in her quest to seek the Democrat presidential nomination, will become your president if Biden is elected.

Trump is the only one standing between you and tyranny. He’s a fighter, an American businessman with a spine of steel. He has eradicated ISIS, revived the American economy, lowered taxes – for a complete list of his accomplishments visit http://www.promiseskept.com.

The government’s number one job is to protect its citizens. Some on this blog want the government to provide for all their needs – to them I say get a job, work hard and you will be able to live comfortably in the land of the free.

Want to be ruled by a one world tyrannical globalist government? Vote Harris/Biden.
Want freedom & capitalism? Vote Trump/Pence!

Pat
Pat
28 days ago

Praying for President Trump and Melania. His enemies will just use this to put down our president and it’s so disgusting after he has worked so hard to fight this virus. After he is working so hard to save us from communism.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Pat
28 days ago

What closet have you been inhabiting? Trump has deliberately worked against the efforts to contain the virus. He has mocked people for wearing masks, including Biden.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Merguez
28 days ago

There is no guarantee that a mask would have helped him. You can’t wear masks all the time when you are speaking in public. Biden hardly ever speaks in public and has been hiding out, but even he takes off the mask when speaking or we wouldn’t be able to hear him.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Pat
28 days ago

Wearing a mask reduces risk, Pat. It’s all about risk reduction. No guarantees until there is a vaccine.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Merguez
27 days ago

and even the vaccine has no guarantees. This is going to be a long haul experiment and times are going to be tough going forward.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Merguez
27 days ago

No guarantee a vaccine works either, people have been infected, twice.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
28 days ago

Quit talking stupid.Just stop.Dont bring any more attention to the ignorance

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
28 days ago

pat it is obvious that Hillary and Obama left a secret vial of Corona virus that would explode in the Ovasl office justbefore the election. Goddam Hillary and Obama for doing this to him. Marxists, globalists, demorats all had a hand in this along with Soros and antifa.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

There is no guarantee that if you stay in the right hand lane you won’t get in a head on collision. But there is edvidence that it will increase your odds.

You seem to be suggesting that you do not wear a mask Pat. Good luck out there and if you wind up on a ventilator just remember that there was no guarantee the mask would have helped you anyway. So, not your fault.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
27 days ago

“There is no guarantee that if you stay in the right hand lane you won’t get in a head on collision. But there is edvidence that it will increase your odds.
You seem to be suggesting that you do not wear a mask Pat. Good luck out there and if you wind up on a ventilator just remember that there was no guarantee the mask would have helped you anyway. So, not your fault.”

Got left and right mixed up here?

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Mad Trapper
26 days ago

Sure did. Your reading comprehension score just went up.

Sadly though, your ability to read Donald Trump for what he really is still gets failing grade. His people have created a false God and again, sadly, many people have taken the bait. Godspeed on your recovery.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
28 days ago

Dont have to.Its obvious Pat

D-Fens
D-Fens
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

YOu clearly do not know what communism is. Trump has enacted more “communist” executive orders than any prez in recent history.

Juan Alvarez
Juan Alvarez
28 days ago

Anyone wonder, if you let Andrea Harrington just talk, maybe about how many Williams college prosecutions she has brought forward, not to include those that David Capeless started. If she can tell the difference between a projectile and a shell casing. If she can keep up on taxes or her license status. Or if she is simply mirroring Rachel Rollins for a higher political ambition. What’d she do for the people of Springside or was it just a photo op. How’s John Krol doing.

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Happy Pullace
Happy Pullace
28 days ago

If he becomes incapacitated and Pence becomes President then as stated earlier Pence will Par-Don him going forward. Because he’s not going to win the next election if he is running.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Happy Pullace
28 days ago

Pardon him for what? 3.5+ years, Mueller, impeachment, constant recriminations, lie and after lie about Trump, and you got what?

You don’t got dick.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
28 days ago

Biden seemingly doing well with his strategy:

1. Media minions put on a full-court press with a daily October surprise on Trump from Labor Day to Nov. 3.

2. Run out the clock with a four-corners-of-the-basement offense.

I already gave the verdict yesterday–Biden won by TKO.

Mr. G
Mr. G
28 days ago

IRS data on the 2018 tax season released in May 2019 shows that savings for taxpayers were uneven. For example, the average refund was $90 higher, nationally, in 2018 than 2017. But the taxpayers who saw the largest refund increases had an adjusted gross income (AGI) of at least $200,000. Tax returns showing an AGI of less than $100,000 paid less income tax overall, but returns with an AGI just above $100,000 (many middle-class families) owed more tax, on average. Note that this AGI is per tax return, not per taxpayer: A married couple where each spouse has a salary of $65,000 could very well have an AGI of just above $100,000 if they file jointly.

On the whole, low-income families appear to have received the least savings, while high-income families saved the most. Middle-class families saw mixed results. The biggest winners from Trump’s tax cuts were probably businesses. Between 2017 and 2018, corporations paid 22.4% less income tax. The total value of refunds issued by the IRS to businesses also increased by 33.8% nationally.

Dan, by saying Trump’s tax cuts benefited the middle class you are just promulgating another of the endless lies told by this administration. You know it’s not true, Trump knows it’s not true and hopefully his addle-brained supporters in the category figure it out very quickly too.

Dan Valenti
Dan Valenti
Reply to  Mr. G
28 days ago

MR G
It is not I who said the tax cuts benefitted the middle class but the non-artisan Tax Foundation. It is also the majority cross-section of economists, tax analysts, and accountants. That you can’t accept it, well, that’s another matter.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Dan Valenti
28 days ago

Of course they benefited the middle class, the point is they benefited the rich much more.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  danvalenti
28 days ago

Not if you’re Donald Trump, at least not on the Federal level. But I was referring to percentages, and someone making $347,000 saw a tax cut of 2.9% while someone making $65,000 saw a tax cut of 1.6%.https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-tax-plan-consequences/.

That being said, there’s a limit to how much I think we should tax any individual, regardless of how much they make. This is America, and there’s no shame in being successful. I actually think 25% Federal tax is more than enough to tax anyone regardless of income, but you really can’t easily unwind the system at this point.

However the biggest waste was the corporate tax cuts. Most businesses just bought their own stock back or pocketed the money, they did not reinvest it in into creating new jobs which was the load of crap that was used as justification.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  jon doe
27 days ago

What should corporate rate be jon?

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Johnny99
27 days ago

I guess that depends upon if you could actually get them to pay it.

An in-depth analysis of Fortune 500 companies’ financial filings finds that at least 60 of the nation’s biggest corporations didn’t pay a dime in federal income taxes in 2018 on a collective $79 billion in profits, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy said today.
If these companies paid the statutory 21 percent federal tax rate, they would owe $16.4 billion in federal income taxes. Instead, they collectively received $4.3 billion in rebates. The analysisCorporate Tax Avoidance Remains Rampant under New Tax Law, examines 2018 corporate financial filings that have been released to date. It provides an initial, comprehensive look at how corporate tax cuts under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affected the tax-paying habits of corporations.
“For years, corporations have manipulated the system to avoid paying taxes, and it’s clear that the 2017 tax law did nothing to change this,” said Matthew Gardner, a senior fellow at ITEP and lead author of the report.
The tax-avoiding corporations are some of the most profitable, recognizable companies in the world, and they represent a variety of industries, including technology, energy and gas, financial services, aviation, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. Earlier this year, ITEP reported Netflix and Amazon paid no federal taxes. Other companies on this list include Chevron, Delta Airlines, Eli Lilly, General Motors, Gannett, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Halliburton, IBM, Jetblue Airways, Principal Financial, Salesforce.com, US Steel, and Whirlpool. The complete list is at https://itep.org/notadime.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  jon doe
26 days ago

So then that is the fault of the congress who wrote the laws, not the corporations who followed them. Just like you taking tax breaks you are entitled to.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Johnny99
26 days ago

That is correct. The whole corporate tax structure needs to be completely overhauled as the current system encourages corporations to avoid taxes by setting up shell companies overseas. And the tax laws regarding commercial real estate are particularly egregious as they allow you to depreciate the asset even though it might be doubling or tripling in value. One of Trump’s favorites. Though in his case, I think it will turn out there is plenty of fraud and illegal tax evasion involved. Time will tell.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  danvalenti
27 days ago

Some do and some do not

Mr. G
Mr. G
28 days ago

7.9% is the highest the unemployment rate has been ahead of a presidential election since the government started tracking the monthly rate in 1948. Comparing presidents’ jobs records in their first 44 months in office over the same time period, Trump comes last.

Greatest economy in history my ass.

Dan Valenti
Dan Valenti
Reply to  Mr. G
28 days ago

The true reading is pre-COVID. Best ever. The virus shut down the economy. Compared to what it was this spring, that 7.9% looks pretty good.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Mr. G
28 days ago

Actually the same in October 2012: https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121211.htm

Dims might be trouble because black and Hispanic unemployment at historic lows before COVID. So they now know what can be done with the economy under Trump.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
28 days ago

“might be in trouble”

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
28 days ago

Which means, of course, that Obama was just as bad for the economy as COVID.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
28 days ago

Trump fought off the virus by not social distancing or wearing a mask. Besides masks actuaqlly can give you the virus according to his doctor. Even his personal doctor said he was safer than anybody in the country so that Is why I don’t believe he really has it. There is no way he could have gotten it with all the protection he was doing. The test is known to have false positives about half the time. He is fine. Stop making a big deal out of it.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
28 days ago

I leave this blog to the flat-earthers.

Dan Valenti
Dan Valenti
Reply to  Merguez
28 days ago

When you do, MERGUEZ, please take care not to ball off the edge. THE PLANET doesn’t want to lose your contributions!

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Dan Valenti
28 days ago

Thanks, Dan. You won me with your piece on Shuffleton’s Barber Shop.

J2S
J2S
28 days ago

Flounder Joe really needs to get back to Faber University. I’m sure he’ll do much better this time.

RN
RN
28 days ago

Biden testing positive for Covid, icing on the cake

Dan Valenti
Dan Valenti
Reply to  RN
28 days ago

Interesting you should mention this, RN. When asked is Biden had contracted C-19 or shown any symptoms, the campaign did not respond.

RN
RN
Reply to  Dan Valenti
28 days ago

They’ll say he tested negative but the truth will be they hid the positive test. It’s his basement dwelling that’s the tip-off he’s been in isolation.

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  RN
28 days ago

If you send Biden’s campaign $50.00 Joe will autograph a pair of depends for you.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Dementia Joe
28 days ago

That’s a good one. You have truly given yourself a good name.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Dementia Joe
28 days ago

For $25 More, Commie-ala will throw in a pair of dirty knee-pads

ROFL!!!!

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RN
RN
28 days ago

So one thing that’s weird is that every news site since the beginning of the campaign and first debates have all highly censored comments or have suspended commenting entirely. Even a lot of entertainment sites have shut off commenting

Most of these sites are heavy left liberal agenda news aggregators or entertainment sites. Like Yahoo! HuffPo, MSNBC, TMZ, etc.

They say it’s in the name of civility but it seems more like a way to allow them to make up news and not get called out on it

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  danvalenti
27 days ago

It is called the New Stalinism.

“Repeat something enough and it becomes a fact.”
–Josef Stalin

Seems to be the MO of the Left and its media minions.

braintree
braintree
28 days ago

What’s going on at Springside Park?

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  braintree
28 days ago

Well the mayor has just appropriated $500,000 to fix up the Springside House. And she asked for the council to bypass the fiancnce committee which they did. And that is on top of tens of thousands for a friggin dog park at Burbank Park. It is great that a city with garbage all over its roads, a homeless problem without answer and streets almost beyond repair has so much money for such things.

I guess in some alternate world a mayor might flip the priorties but right now we got to fund the kickback stuff and that is just sad as hell in these tough times.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  braintree
27 days ago

“Oh, out of nine lives, I spent seven
Now, how in the world do you get to Heaven

Oh, you don’t know the shape I’m in

I’ve just spent 60 days in the jail house
For the crime of having no dough, no no
Now here I am back out on the street
For the crime of having nowhere to go………

Save your neck or save your brother
Looks like it’s one or the other
Oh, you don’t know the shape I’m in”

-R. Robbertson

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
27 days ago

Democrat operatives brought the virus into the Whitehouse.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Acute Angina
27 days ago

Absolutely. Even Tucker hinted about that.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

Of course Tucker would say something like that. That is what he gets paid for. Why does Tucker spend his whole life trying to tear America apart at its seams? Just how much does Putin pay this guy? He never says one word that might suggest the two political parties compromise or get along. Always devisive.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
27 days ago

PUTIN!

Very insightful.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

Mr. Fritz. The voice of the little guy, furthering the conversation.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Thomas More
27 days ago

Thom,

You are MORE than welcome to converse.

But You seem to be a liberal rather than a conversationalist.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Thomas More
27 days ago

“Liberalism is a mental disorder.” – Michael Savage

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

Until we find a cure- Spay and Neuter your liberals.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

Figures Schumer would try a trick like that.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Acute Angina
27 days ago

That sounds about as unhinged as the lefties saying Trump doesn’t even have Covid. Has the US mentally come apart at the seams?

Surely, Iran could place a press operative with Covid to go sneeze on the President if it was that easy to reach him and they are so lazy about guidelines.

If we are shooting fish in a barrel why bother trying to do anything right?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
27 days ago

On the news on TV last night (1Oct2020), they said that the U.S. airlines already received a $25 billion bailout from U.S. Congress & Trump earlier this year of 2020. Then they said that the U.S. airlines are asking for another $25 billion bailout. Should the U.S. taxpayers give the U.S. airlines a second bailout, or should the U.S. airlines have to learn what it is like to live as the U.S. taxpayers who don’t get $25 billion bailouts from the federal government? Remember the 2008 multi-trillion-dollar bailouts of Wall Street and the Billionaires? The financial geniuses who destroyed our country’s economy gave themselves huge bonuses with our taxpayer dollars. Do you think we still live in a capitalist society where risk and reward are what drives our once great economy? Or, do we live in a Heads the Billionaires and Wall Street always win, and Tails the U.S. taxpayers always lose because we have to bailout the top 1 percent? I believe we live in the latter. If the economy does well, then we have capitalism. But if the economy tanks, then we have reverse socialism.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
27 days ago

I remember the GM bailout that started with TARP and Bush, then went feral with Sotero.

First thing GM did, with US taxpayer cash, was build a brand new factory, IN BRAZIL. Thanks Barry!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
27 days ago

They should bail out the airlines and then cut medical care for the working class. Then bail out the farmers, oil companies and pharmasutical people followed up with eliminating social security. It seems like the logical way to get te country back on its feet. Maybe give congress a raise and more vacation time so they can feel good.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
27 days ago

Johnny, You eat anything this week? Thank a farmer.

I could give a rat’s butt about airlines that fast tracked Covid to the USA

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
27 days ago

Bailouts & Shovel ready jobs.

The family foundation of billionaire George Kaiser, an Obama fundraiser, is one of Solyndra’s big investors. The GOP says that Team Obama interfered to speed up the loan approval, cutting short due diligence so that Vice President Joe Biden could announce the loan at the Sept. 4, 2009, groundbreaking of a new Solyndra factory being financed by that government cash.”
The issuance of new loan guarantees to additional green companies despite the Solyndra scandal. “Now here we are, $535 billion in wasted taxpayer dollars later, and it seems that the administration is intent on going full speed ahead. In fact, the president recently said in an interview that the Solyndra deal was ‘a good bet.’
Talk about a disconnect.”

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

Steve Scully, the moderator for the next presidential debate, served as an intern for then-senator Joe Biden, and also served as a staff assistant in Senator Ted Kennedy’s office – two of the most high-profile democrats. A pic posted on the internet shows besties Biden & Scully smiling & posing together at a 2016 “Biden Beach Blast.” Scully has also criticized Trump on social media.

Another debate “moderator” with an anti-Trump viewpoint!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

I think he may also have delivered both their children and set up a trust fund for them. He also lets them stay at his chalet on the French Riviera any time they damn well please. I just know they never wanted this information to get leaked out but I felt obligated to let people know about it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
27 days ago

Johnny, find that on CNN?

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
27 days ago

“. . . Trump’s surrogates, like Putin . . .”

–Sen. Chris Murphy (Dim-CT), aka idiot and Matt Damon doll

What next? I guess Russian prostitutes will do Trump campaign appearances and pee on beds.

Really, really smart those Dimorats.

RN
RN
27 days ago

So why and how was a reporter, who tested positive for Covid, allowed to go to the rose garden event last Saturday for the Amy Barrett.
Seems like a purposeful non-disclosure in hopes of infecting the administration.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  RN
27 days ago

Not only getting the president and his staff sick, but then turning around and blaming him for not wearing a mask. They are devious enough to do this.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Whose ever fault it may have been it was NOT the fault of the president, white house or republican party. Repeat this over and over and pass it along to evryone everywhere. Say it now. Now say it again. Once more please.

Good boy!

RN
RN
27 days ago

Paper says Berkshire Covid count up two on Friday, it’s actually up 11 or more.

They are miscounting cases and assigning them to unknown or out of state. A family in Richmond, one of the parents works for the Trump administration, they listed those cases as DC.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
27 days ago

Pittsfield woman killed in shooting….. how many unsolved murders do we have in Pittsfield? The DA,Police Chief,Mayor and City council are inept. Our local politicians are vibrant dynamic pieces of crap!

RN
RN
27 days ago

Two different tabloids and two different spins.
72 hours into the diagnosis.
He tested Wednesday night early Thursday AM (1AM Tweet).

TMZ is spinning it hard to make Trump look bad.
https://nypost.com/2020/10/03/trump-fever-free-and-doing-very-well-in-covid-19-battle-doctor/

https://www.tmz.com/2020/10/03/donald-trump-health-update-coronavirus/

Pat
Pat
27 days ago

After the deadly shooting death of a 22 year old woman in Pittsfield last night, there was a person lying down in the middle of the road on the corner of Tyler and Pine Street early this afternoon. Tons of police and medical personnel were attending the person. Not a car accident so not sure if they were shot or what happened.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Pat, He was hit by a car,the car mirror clipped him.

RN
RN
Reply to  Joe Blow
27 days ago

When idiots cross against the signal what do you expect.

Tirunelveli Site
Tirunelveli Site
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Cam tested positive.

Agent 86
Agent 86
27 days ago

Why did the Pittsfield police officer ignore the death threats that the BLM guy with the bull horn made to the Trump supporters in Allendale yesterday? I guess death threats don’t matter .

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Agent 86
27 days ago

Got a badge #, officer is a wittiness who would be compelled to testify? Go file file a complaint:

Massachusetts General Laws

CHAPTER 275. PROCEEDINGS TO PREVENT CRIMES

Section 2 Complaint of threat to commit crime

“If complaint is made to any such court or justice that a person has threatened to commit a crime against the person or property of another, such court or justice shall examine the complainant and any witnesses who may be produced, on oath, reduce the complaint to writing and cause it to be subscribed by the complainant.”

Besides threaten to commit murder, it is also a hate crime

Call up Wynn and Tyer. Ask them why this is ignored or tolerated?

The Left Winged Parrot won’t care, Albany/Springfield news might, but I doubt it.

Tutu Wanahbroslee
Tutu Wanahbroslee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
27 days ago

Happy 66 birthday Al Sharpton

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Tutu Wanahbroslee
26 days ago

Ask the Rev. Al Shakedown and rest of the Justice Brothers what exactly they have done for their brothers and sisters.

Love those large and mid-size cities. Fun to walk around in. Eat a meal outside in peace. Plywood-shopping so much fun on a nice afternoon. Trashcan fires give the area a nice aroma.

And Harris-Biden support all this.

Yeah, go BLM POS!

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

Good news for conservatives – Tom Fitton will be keeping a close watch over wayward judges.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/president-trump-appoint-tom-fitton-court-oversight-power-remove-certain-judges-misconduct/

Callou Gallagorr
Callou Gallagorr
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
26 days ago

St Louis Cardinal Great Bob Gibson dead at eighty four. Talk about bringing the heat. R I P Bob.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
27 days ago

Voter fraud in Minnesota by IIhan Omar operatives, caught on tape by Project Veritas.

D-officials do not want to take action, no response at all!! Omar blames “Islamaphobia”

The deep state swamp at FBI is taking a blind eye as “there is no voter fraud/evidence”, despite there being a tape.

MSM complex says story is “disinformation”.

https://www.judicialwatch.org/videos/voter-fraud-on-tape/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekend+playback&utm_term=members&utm_content=20201003144559

https://www.projectveritas.com/news/ilhan-omar-connected-cash-for-ballots-voter-fraud-scheme-corrupts-elections/

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
26 days ago

Omar has control over Biden since just yesterday she complained that Biden shouldn’t have removed negative ads against President Trump while he is sick and all of a sudden, the ads are back. In a Biden presidency, IIhan Omar and the rest of the squad will be controlling Biden like a puppet. Omar, who hates this country, despite all the success it has given her, and the rest of the squad who are just as toxic and want to destroy this country and turn it Marxist and Omar has her own additional agenda to destroy freedom in this country.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
26 days ago

Hello Clarence Fanto,

I read your op-ed in the Dirty Bird (Berkshire Eagle) online today (3-Oct-2020). My response to your analysis of the 2020 economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and U.S. Congress’ refusal negotiate a new stimulus bill, is that both the Republican and Democratic Parties stink! The Republican Party is horrible for its hypocrisy on the filling of U.S. Supreme Court judicial vacancies. The Republican Party is even worse for its hypocrisy on federal budget deficits and the $27 trillion and rising national debt. The Democratic Party is horrible for all of the time they take off by calling the U.S. House of Representatives into month-long recesses. After Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed a political stimulus bill this past week, the U.S. House of Representatives are now on yet another month-long recess. Pelosi knew full well that neither the Trump White House nor the McConnell U.S. Senate would vote for her new stimulus bill. Pelosi is playing political games instead of staying is session to truly advocate for the neglected American people. On Beacon Hill, the Democratic Party controlled Massachusetts State Legislature has not held a formal legislative session since July 31, 2020. Smitty Pignatelli and Adam Hinds and company haven’t done anything at all for over two months and counting. Beacon Hill hasn’t passed (or even proposed) a state budget after over 3 months and counting. Massachusetts state government is facing a multi-billion-dollar state budget deficit, and the State Legislature in Boston is playing financial shell games instead of addressing the needs of the taxpayers/citizens. In closing, I believe that you, Clarence Fanto, should address the failings of both the Republican and Democratic Party politicians in Boston and Washington, D.C.

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

Nunuiv Leabuv
Nunuiv Leabuv
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
26 days ago

Trump was tweeting yesterday to get the stimulus bill done. Fake News Jon. Pelosi will be to blame for not lowering the tab.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
26 days ago

T-shirt:

Lotsa
Gays
Back
Trump

Let’s see Joke Biden go into the hospital for a paper cut and speak like this the next day:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/03/video-trump-appears-free-from-serious-covid-symptoms-in-surprise-address-from-walter-reed/

Free Bird
Free Bird
26 days ago

So if Trump gets well and donates plasma, I wonder if it would cure TDS.

The school committee
The school committee
26 days ago

As usual Trump came out to create more of his chaos to keep his fringe supporters and the white male vote.He was told to interrupt The Senator and Vice President Biden and the to attack the moderator and Senator Bidens son.Trump was successful in its me against the world approach…..It did not get him 1 new vote.It most likely cost him his election.His calamity continued as he condemed Americans voting by mail and calling democrats cheaters and that will keep many of the ignorant white males questioning the democratic system but any rational American understand the setup that dictators use to make the stupid fear the system.Trump owns the stupid vote ….The on Friday the rest of the Trump calamity continued.What a failure what a loser.Biden will lead you out of the virus until we have a treatment and a vaccine…..Dumbest President ever and most see him as a clown

Alkaline Cardinulls
Alkaline Cardinulls
Reply to  The school committee
26 days ago

Stormy is starting to make sense at this point.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
26 days ago

Biden would have had the death count in this country in the millions with his nonsense about it being racist to stop travel from China. Lots of intelligent females of all races and males of various races too will be voting for President Trump, so don’t make this a white males only issue. White males are people too and that just shows racism against them.

The only thing Biden and the squad will lead us to is total government control over our lives using the virus to keep everyone in line. Add his calling climate change the existential crisis of our lifetime and you can the picture, or maybe you don’t, but the end result will be greedy big government involved in every aspect of our lives. Say goodbye to freedom.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
26 days ago

Even Covid-19 chose Trump over Biden

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
26 days ago

Joe’s cokehead son, Hunter:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/4/how-treasury-dept-tracked-overseas-cash-pocketed-b/

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden flatly denied at Tuesday night’s debate that his lawyer son took huge sums of money from corrupt oligarchs and Chinese communists during his vice presidency, but Treasury Department reports show that Hunter Biden did receive the money.
President Trump chose to make an issue of Hunter Biden’s cash haul from Russia, Ukraine and China with the implication that unsavory figures were trying to buy Vice President Biden and the Obama administration.
“When somebody gets 3½ million dollars from the mayor of Moscow,” Mr. Trump said.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/sep/30/hunter-biden-burisma-payments-detailed-treasury-de/

“Why did he get it?” Mr. Trump asked.
“That report was written for political reasons,” Mr. Biden said.
Mr. Trump asserted, “Once you became vice president, he made a fortune in Ukraine, in China, in Moscow and various other places.”
Mr. Biden responded, “That is not true.”
According to the senators’ Treasury records, it is true.
In April 2014, President Obama made Mr. Biden the point man in Ukraine, after the Russian invasion, to persuade leaders to rid the country of rampant corruption.
The next month, Hunter Biden showed up on the board of directors of the energy company Burisma Holdings, which the State Department considers corrupt, as it does its oligarch owner, Mykola Zlochevsky. Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, already had secured a spot.
Over the years, Burisma paid the two more than $4 million. Treasury records show that 48 wire transfers from May 2014 to February 2016 totaled $3.4 million. The money went to Rosemont Seneca Bohai, a shell company run by Mr. Archer in partnership with a Chinese investment fund.

Gigi
Gigi
26 days ago

Why has no one questioned Kamala Harris’ eligibility to become (Vice) President?
Under Article II of the Constitution, she is ineligible due to the fact she is not a natural born citizen. Though born in CA, Harris’ father was a citizen of Jamaica and her mother a citizen of India.

God forbid Biden gets elected as president, removed from office due to cognitive impairment, and Harris – as ineligible to be president – is forced to pass the torch to Pelosi – if she is still House Speaker.
Nightmare scenario, but possible. Part of Pelosi’s plan?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Gigi
26 days ago

The whole Biden election would be a nightmare scenario. They hate the country and want to remake it into their vision of Marxism. Their close ties with China make it even more frightening since China has used a virus to get what they want and, if successful, and Biden wins, it will just prove to them that viruses can control elections or give them more power. The far left wants to get rid of elections anyway because the people will no longer have a say in big Marxist government.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
26 days ago

Who is a Marxist?

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Gigi
26 days ago

being born in the USA is enough, I’m sure the Democrats will run an anchor baby at some point

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Gigi
26 days ago

read the constitution stupid

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Thomas More
26 days ago

“Shall not be infringed…..”

Agent 86
Agent 86
26 days ago

Was the young woman who was murdered Friday night on the west side black? Where is the BLM and white outrage?

Juan Alvarez
Juan Alvarez
Reply to  Agent 86
26 days ago

Didn’t wrong way angry Andrea criticize the last administration for their lack of transparency during these incidents of violence. It’s like she’s learning something but again not admitting she was previously wrong. Forget about her Brady list (that had she been an officer, her license suspension would’ve put her on the list) she seems to be the real one with integrity issues. I really wish Helen Moon hadn’t been given a gag order exit, sounds like she has a thing or two to say. Does anyone know, has she paid her property taxes yet?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Agent 86
26 days ago

Why,are you saying it was something other than whats being reported

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
26 days ago

Left Winged Parrot don’t report much, TSC.

And Wynn/Tyer thinks Pittsfield is “vibrant and dynamic…..”. Their heads won’t come out of the sand on this until they have a spin.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
26 days ago

I’m saying that those who say black lives matter don’t give a shit in this case. There won’t be any gathering of phony black and white liberals on Park Square.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
Reply to  Agent 86
25 days ago

She was a white girl.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Auto Phil
25 days ago

White lives don’t matter

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Agent 86
25 days ago

She is caucasian

Gigi
Gigi
26 days ago

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/grenell-comey-intelligencecommunity/2020/10/04/id/990272/

Ric Grenell, former ambassador to Germany, former Director of National Intelligence,
called out Comey for pleading ignorance and blaming subordinates during last week’s testimony in D.C. into the Russia hoax. Grenell is also calling for the public release of more documents related to the probe.

Hopefully Trump will hire Grenell to replace Chris Wray as FBI head. Drain the swamp!

Eraquee Aftganni
Eraquee Aftganni
Reply to  Gigi
26 days ago

Trump is on his back trying to make America great again,stumilus deal might just put him over the hump. Don’t count him out.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Gigi
26 days ago

Trump does not pay taxes