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GAZETTE’s JONATHAN LEVINE DIES … CANCEL CULTURE IS DESTROYING AMERICA FROM THE INSIDE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before we begin, we would like to pass along news of Jonathan Levine’s death. For 30 years, Jonathan published the Pittsfield Gazette, essentially as a one-man operation running on fumes. For those 30 years, readers received an alternative view of city politics and happenings. Jonathan was tireless, and no one attended more meetings or worked harder in the oft-unrewarding backwaters of local journalism. THE PLANET, saddened personally by the death of a man we respected, extends our deepest sympathies to Jonathan’s family, friends, and loved ones.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 23, 2021) — Welcome to summer.

Did you rock out on Joonteenth? For clarification, when referring to the genuine observance of the day, THE PLANET spells  it Juneteenth, giving its proper honor. However, when referring to the force-fed new federal holiday, it’s Joonteenth, when once again Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski get screwed to support nearly all public employees and many in the Dreaded Private Sector.

Just what America needed, another fake holiday.

Joonteenth? File it under “R” for “Reparations,” probably the most ill-advised thrust of social engineering since National Secretaries Day. On June 19, 1865, Union troops led by General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas  informed 250,000 enslaved people of their freed status, two-plus after the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation, according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In today’s current drive regarding reparations for slavery, a tiny minority on the extreme left found the perfect issue with which to browbeat reason into submission. How do they do it? The loons employ “cancel culture” to silence logic and dispassion, making of civic sanity collateral damage. In doing so, they have turned “reparations” into a form of back-door segregation.

Actually, if you want to talk about reparations, they’ve already been made, payment in full on April 9, 1895, when Lee surrendered to Grant. Or haven’t you heard about the American Civil War (1861-1865), in which there were 1.5 million casualties?

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Today and Friday, we delve into THE PLANET dictionary to define two terms favored by social engineers, predominately though not exclusively on the extreme left: Cancel Culture and Critical Race Theory.

Today, we take on Cancel Culture.

What is Cancel Culture?

THE PLANET had a rough idea, but to fully educate ourselves, we read a variety of information from the left, the right, and Switzerland, that is, neutral information such as Brittanica.com and others. Here’s a helpful entry from Brittanica that serves well as an overview:

Pro and Con: Cancel Culture

The summary of the article:

Pro

  • Allows marginalized people to seek accountability where the justice system fails.
  • Gives a voice to disenfranchised or less powerful people.
  • It’s a new form of boycott, a cherished tactic in the civil rights movement, to bring about social change.

Con

  • Amounts to online bullying and can incite violence and threats.
  • It is not productive and does not bring about social change.
  • Callout culture is a slippery slope and leads to intolerance as people systematically exclude anyone who disagrees with their views.

After our immersion into this cheap, 21st century product, THE PLANET suggests that, on the whole, Cancel Culture has more cost than benefit, does more harm than good, and increases the pressures on conformity rather than nurtures individualism. In short, it’s brimstone for the human spirt and for certain people a totalitarian inducement for endorsing  party-line orthodoxy. Shades of Stalinism.

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RIDDLE: What does Kylie Jenner, cheating on an exam, and Cancel Culture have in common?

ANSWER: They are all products of social media.

Cancel Culture is the high-tech cousin of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Self-appointed judges use social media shame to “out” anyone who disagrees with or “offends” them. The “guilty” are lynched without trial. If they hold a job, they are usually fired, especially in the lynch mobs of academia.

THE PLANET hopes this little tutorial help clarify the term. Both Cancel Culture and Critical Race Theory are having a corrosive effect on the free institutions of America. Unchecked, they will help destroy this country.

Which, it would seem to be, exactly what the activists intend.

Upcoming in The Weekend Edition, Critical Race Theory. Tomorrow, Thursday, our fearless review of The Berkshire Theater Group’s production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

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“‘I think, therefore I am’ is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches” — Writer Milan Kundera.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I have heard plenty about Critical Race Theory from both the right and left, and I have heard the term Cancel Culture used quite often by the right, but have never actually heard it used by the left.

Regarding reparations, I doubt that any African Americans would accept the claim that they were made in full when Lee surrendered to Grant, at least in part because the inequities persisted long after the civil war and remain even today.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Of course the left doesn’t use the term “Cancel Culture”. They don’t go around saying they just cancelled somebody, but that is exactly what they do. The on-line mob causes people to lose jobs and reputations. All the mob has to do is say someone is guilty of racism or some other “ism” and that person is toast. That is giving too much power to this woke mob.

Our government needs to stop the social engineering and reparations is part of that. Marxists and China and the radical Islamists want to portray America as racist for their own nefarious purposes which includes destroying our country.

Last edited 2 months ago by Pat
The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Cancel culture is a Fox Trigger phrase Pat.Democrats say What you as RED STATE thinkers do….You cancel voting by minorities.You cant argue what your doing.Fox media is the Reublican party.Floor Fox viewers with TRIGGER WORDS and you do the rest.Please say socialist,communist,marxist = Democrat are the party for labor.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Requiring an ID to vote is NOT cancelling minority voting and you KNOW it. 80% of Americans in a recent poll say that ID should be required for voting just like ID is required for doing most things in this country. Voting is no less important and it insures we do not have people voting more than once. I’m sure you are for people not voting more than once?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

That is the lead to justify the surpression.Voter ID is acceptable but not the real story.Its all part of the Trump lie that he was cheated.You lie about it.You are the most scared human in America

Last edited 2 months ago by The school committee
Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

False information.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Independent Fact Checker
2 months ago

They are changing laws in red states because Trump said he only lost because Americans cheated.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Independent Fact Checker
2 months ago

You guys dont do facts

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Critical Race Theory simply means that white history is taught by whites controlling the narrative. Critical Race theory simply means education that includes past excluded history and who would not want all history taught and why fear it.I am amazed at the number of white educated people who fear all history being told as it would explain how we got hear and still have racism because our ignorance is disreslectful to minorities.Do not fear the truth. FEAR is what is wrong with America. Fascism lives because of FEAR

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

False

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Independent Fact Checker
2 months ago

How does a Fox viewer know truth

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

In Critical Race Theory, do they still talk about how Africans are still enslaving their own people? The leading cause of death for a black man 16-35 is another black man (black on black violence)? Or is all of this conveniently left out?

Just blame it on Whitey. Shirley Edgerton does. Some how she scammed the tax-payer into a do-nothing job, to do just that.

Last edited 2 months ago by Markus Aurelius
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

you got that right

Shirley learned, from Rev Al Sharpton

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Brilliant

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

Brilliant

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

Cherry picking history is fine but thats a start.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

What am I cherry picking TSC? Africans were enslaving their own long before white Europeans arrived and still continue to do so.

Black on black violence is out of control now more so than ever. Generally, if the demographics favor the black community in many cities, it tends to be violent and usually leads the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), in violent crimes committed by and against, those that live in those communities.

I understand that you, Linda, DA Wrong Way, Farley-Country-Buffet (D), Hinds, Sweet Pete White, all live in Fantasy Land and think big, bad, white, policemen, hunt the black man. But that is simply not true. Facts area facts, cupcake.

I ask again, what did I “cherry pick?”

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Yes, Pat, it is certainly true that Marxists and China and the radical Islamists want to portray America as racist. 

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I read the whole thing.

Trapper, you’ve got to consider the likelihood that the information in the link you post is correct. In my estimation, the information in the article is not likely to be accurate.

Why?

Because it is unlikely that the author would have access to the information he is citing. The article is about a high-level defector working with the DIA. You need to ask yourself: why would the author — ” a retired engineer with 40 years of experience in the areas of product development, quality assurance, organizational development, and corporate strategic planning ” — have access to info about a DIA defector?

It is unlikely. It is, however, likely that he got paid for his article.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

So you believe China, senile Joe, and Russia, have America’s best interests in mind.

gas is up 50% food too,,,,,,,,,

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Investigate because republicans are hiding the truth……1/6/2021

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I believe Biden has America’s best interests in mind.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

urer full of shit

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Yes, the right, not the left, uses the term ‘cancel culture’. The right has made up and defined the term, and claim that it is perpetrated by the left on the right.

That is just a little too convenient. The left can say anything they want when they don’t like what they see, just like the right can. To say that only the left is practicing ‘cancel culture’ is disingenuous.

The owner of the winner of the Kentucky Derby publicly blamed ‘cancel culture’ (that is, the left) for his horse failing his post-race drug test. He was actually attempting to politicize the matter by blaming the left.

Dan’s (and Britannica’s) framing of the argument by saying ‘cancel culture’ has XYZ pros and XYZ cons is also disingenuous, because it makes the fallacious assumption that it is mostly the left that practices ‘cancel culture’.

As the Britannica article points out, Bill Cosby was ‘canceled’ (= criticized) because he was caught secretly using drugs on women in order to rape them.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I got your point full force. I do not make the assumption that only the left practices cancel culture.

What is a little too convenient is that the majority of the bloggers here assume that it is the left — and only the left — that does it.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Yet you dont talk about Trump canceling Biden as President….democracy canceled.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

They would never accept that.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Dan,you’re better than Fox Trigger words

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Mostly false and out of context.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You are so full of Shit,

Your eyes are Brown, maybe shit runnnig eyes and ears too !!!

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

classy. like the remark in spanish about my mother.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I never said a thing about the whore who raised YOU

But since YOU Brouoght it up…

Tu madre es un gran puta.

Got that?

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

shame on you

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You have less class than a new Chevy/Obamcar

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Zero class,he wants his way.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

I would’nt have youe whore Mom for a bad date, got that?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Whew, unbelievable. Trapper calls my mother a whore and TSC’s mother a whore, and I don’t see any approbation or even ‘thumbs-down’. Unbelievable.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Thank you!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Fox media brains you with cancel culture

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

K: ‘Cancel Culture’ is a media term; it is more junk. The concern is totalitarianism. Soviets never used that word either, but totalitarianism begins at home in each individual’s head. Each citizen is required to police his own thoughts, and eventually finds the easiest ones to generate are those that are free of negative consequence both self inflicted or not. So, the observation that individual A is not aware of self-policing is not an indication that it isn’t happening.

I took a linguistics course in Russian language way back when. The professor made us read 100 pages a day of soviet pedagogy in the original lingo. His idea was that it’s so dull that we would be forced to skim sans dictionary and actually understand it. He was a genius; us not so much. I discovered the rare endangered race of Serbo-Cromagnans, only to learn that I had misread….

Last edited 2 months ago by levitan
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

Yes it is code for totalitarianism. But make no mistake, it is practiced by the right at least as much as the left.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Water seeks its own level. Academia got captured because academia seeks truth and social advancement. Though I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t agree.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Academia lost credibility long ago. Ask the asshats running Williams now.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

When I attended WC, the faculty were well split between Republican and Democrats. I left as the Cultural Crisis spilled onto campus. With 4 years of debate over ‘political correctness’ (with the residual question of whether P.C. is a good idea) and finally the Grand Locuter arrives in 1991 to debate the Cultural Crisis in Academia. The Hair of Jacques Derrida arrives. We all had to see it for ourselves, and it was just like in the books: a sculptural marvel!

Five or six other academics attended the debate on ‘cultural crises.’ Derrida’s Hair said, “A crisis is good. Time to change. I have jetlag….” A conservative historian made a paragraph until a progressive saw his chance. He jumped over her and personally insulted her to a rising cadence, and the entire Chapin Hall exploded in hoots and cheers. The conservative historian was humiliated, squashed with literal tears and her cheeks.

Now, there are no conservatives on campus at Williams College, and there is a Social Justice protest held every semester.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

Well, I think that is a shame. My grandfather, sister and nephew went to Williams, and I have good friends that teach there. I am sorry they treated Derrida’s heir so poorly. I would’ve thought Williams would be a little more sympathetic to the right.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Academia is the US’s most valuable export.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Trump University

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Academia seeks deanships, department chairs, tenure, and publications. I guess that’s where Social Justice lives.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

I get your point. It is a nasty system.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Social advancement may obliterate equality, but it doesn’t obliterate truth.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Well I think it is advancement. That is where we disagree.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Academia lost it’s soul about 1980, ask Dan.

I know it and grew through it.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

US academia is still the academia that the rest of the world aspires to.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

And yours is Sewer /hosey/poop!!!

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

More high-level language from Trapper…..NOT!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Texas is demanding to know you politics before hiring you

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I have doubts about the loose use of ‘right’ and ‘left.’ EG., communists are called ‘left.’ Fascists are called ‘right.’ In reality they are the same and frequently fund each other as well as ally. Reaching back, Franco, Mussolini, and Hitler were allies, and each imposed the supremacy of the State and its ideology upon anyone within its reach.

Clearly, it is too soon for thinking that we are thinking. We need to lay some groundwork and define the terms. I gave you one for CC, now we need to define the terms right and left.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

Good point.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

-1!

Someone really hates you. Weird thing about hate is what it causes.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

yes, you are right.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Continued from lower down….
Back in the ’80’s, we liked to identify the military hawks as ‘right’ – Reagan and ICBM’s; Left was anti-nuke, anti-nuke power too.

Now, the left loves a strong military and are in favor of expanding nuclear power to the complete detriment of aquatic life that needs cool water. (Heat pollution is also destructive, and no one cares about nuclear waste storage anymore)

These two terms are too fluid to stand the test of time in my opinion.

Last edited 2 months ago by levitan
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

We need better terms. Difficult to do. Right and left do seem heuristically useful for now.

what about maga vs non-maga?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

but Dan, they both do it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

how about asshat?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

That would exclude a lot of people, wouldn’t it?

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You love to make stuff up and speak in broad generalities.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

Yes it is true. That is what I do for a living. But in fact, every one of us is ‘making stuff up’. Every one of us is ‘making it up’ whenever we say anything. The question is the extent to which it is fact-based and whether it gets close to truth.

I speak in broad generalities but the right-wing posters to this blog speak in even greater generalities than me.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

“The question is the extent to which it is fact-based and whether it gets close to truth.”

Good words.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

aka bullshitter

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You use a lot of words to say nothing. A professional bull shitter.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

Just because Trapper and Agent 86 don’t get it doesn’t mean it’s bullshit.

Charles Trzcinka
Charles Trzcinka
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Some African Americans obviously want money and look for any excuse. The fact that inequities persisted for long after the Civil War has nothing to do with the economic distribution now. There is no “white privilige”. It is a very common mistake to believe that the economy is a “zero sum” game where the gains of one group is dependent on the losses of another. This is progressive lie. The gains of any group are based on their opportunities and efforts. We need to help those who have done poorly but not on the basis of race. We need to help them because they need to be helped.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Our country was founded by so-called religious white settlers from Europe committing genocide to the tune of around 50 million native American Indigenous Peoples and stealing their land and cultures for over three centuries. The Founding Fathers mostly owned Slaves, but fought the British Empire in the Revolutionary War in the name of classical Liberty. The word Capitalism is nowhere to be found in ALL of the written documents by the mostly slave holding Founding Fathers. When the U.S. Constitution was written and ratified by the states, nearly all of the industry was agricultural. In the 19th Century, the U.S.A. went through the Industrial Revolution where millions of U.S. Citizens and immigrants were exploited to create the 20th Century capitalist society we live in today. During the U.S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln wanted to free the Slaves and then send all of the black people back to Africa by force. Lincoln was assassinated before he could forcefully deport the former slaves and free black people back to Africa. U.S. History forgets that Abe Lincoln was really a racist who wanted a white supremacist America. After the Civil War, the U.S.A. entered the Gilded Age where Oligarchs controlled nearly all of the money in the U.S. economy. Blacks and other minorities endured second class citizenship under racist Jim Crow law and segregation. The U.S. Government and the states oversaw racist eugenics laws that were designed to decrease and eliminate black and disabled people from society. The U.S. Government in the 1920s passed racist immigration laws that targeted Jewish People and Italian People from immigrating to America. In the 1920s, Adolf Hitler published books where he praised the U.S. Government for passing laws that discriminated against Jews, Blacks, other minorities, and the disabled. It wasn’t until President Harry Truman that the U.S. Armed Forces were desegregated. Post World War 2, the “white flight” out of cities into the suburbs saw redlining and some communities did not allow black people to buy homes in their suburbs. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s when the U.S. Government passed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts to end Jim Crow and treat black people as equals under federal law. After black people had equal rights in the mid-1960s, the federal government stopped investing in the working class and underclass. Instead, big business and big government implemented class warfare or structural conflict and violence against all of the American People who weren’t wealthy – thereby killing the American Dream of Social Mobility to rise up from poverty and into the middle class. In the 1970s through today (2021), the gap between rich and poor is now the largest in 100 years. The only two groups who grow in the U.S. economy or financial system are the dynastic billionaire families who run Wall Street and the U.S.A.’s huge underclass. There have been many recent academic books that explain that the U.S.A. is more classist today than it was 100 years ago. The U.S.A. used to criticize foreign countries such as the United Kingdom and India for its rigid class system, but now in 2021, the U.S.A. is more classist than both the U.K. and India. In 2021, the U.S.A. is in a K-shaped economic recovery for Wall Street, but an economic recession for Main Street. Big Business and Big Government – the corporate elite and the ruling elite – are doing better than ever, while the American People are experiencing a distressed economy that causes them only economic pain and financial loss. In the Swamp, K Street corporate lobbyist firms spend millions and billions of dollars buying off Members of U.S. Congress to give their well heeled big business clients trillions of public dollars and tax breaks. President Biden and his Biden “Crime” Family are all very wealthy thanks to suspect Hunter Biden’s alleged money laundering business schemes with adversarial foreign countries such as China, Russia and Ukraine. Let us all not forget that U.S. Government is in the business of war and arm sales. The U.S.A.’s number one non-farm export are military weapons to foreign governments. Since the end of World War 2, the U.S. Government, military, and the like, has killed millions upon millions of foreign Peoples in endless wars to make Wall Street trillions upon trillions of dollars in money. The U.S. Government still controls 85 to 90 percent of Iraq’s second largest oil fields (next to Saudi Arabia) in the world by military force. The U.S.A. is the second largest polluter of global warming greenhouse gases in the world; China is the largest. When one puts China and the U.S.A. together, the two countries alone account for nearly 50 percent of the world’s global warming pollution. In 2008, both the Democrat and Republican Parties in the Swamp gave Wall Street trillions of dollars in bailouts after Wall Street nearly destroyed the U.S. economy; while foreign banks who do business on Wall Street received hundreds of billions in federal bailout dollars. Big business was rewarded by the Swamp for bringing the U.S. economy to its knees in 2008! To be clear, the Swamp continually mortgages our country’s future to redistribute wealth to the top one percent or Wall Street year after year – “the system is rigged”, as U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren likes to say. In closing, the U.S. Government is all about the Almighty Dollar instead of their propaganda about democracy and rule by law that they push on the American People and the world. I wish I could write that the Founding Fathers didn’t own Slaves, Abe Lincoln wasn’t a racist, the 20th Century was fair to all Americans, and millions upon millions of foreign Peoples weren’t killed by our for profit war machine, and the 21st Century wasn’t K-shaped in the form of record economic inequality, but I would be lying.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Mostly out of context rant.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

From the link I provided above.

Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery was “misleading.” The five professors wrote that the project “ignores (Lincoln’s) conviction that the Declaration of Independence proclaimed universal equality, for Blacks as well as whites” and ignores his agreement with Frederick Douglass that the Constitution was “a glorious liberty
document.”

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
2 months ago

I am not sure that the side that is denying the insurrection should be talking about “cancel culture”. A little self reflection may be in order.

Any discussion of “reparations” should end right now. If the black community feels that racism in America is systemic they should consider how they would feel if they were white and were asked to pay for bad things that happened before they were even born. And I say that because I believe reparations will anger many white people who were not angry before and undo progress which has been achieved.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Reparations could be traded for easy access to voting in the Qannon KKK Skinbead white Supremacy States. Hannity leads the ignorant by fear.The Grama Grampa Fox viewer cant sleep anymore as the fear AOC promoting electric autos……Republicans now fear batteries

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

I think TSC is right. It is simply amazing how much Hannity, Carlson and the new Limbaugh handlers deal in the currency of hate and fear. When I listen to them, I simply can’t believe how much they want their listeners to think that the left hates them. They push that message incessantly.

The opposite is not the case. The left doesn’t preach that the right hates them.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Totally false information

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Thanks for the note on self reflection. I agree.

But I do not agree with your statement on reparations.

Reparations will anger certain whites, to be sure. But the bad things that happened before they were born clearly extend into the present in the form of systemic racism.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I’m 1/2 Polish, I want cash from the Russians and Germans, those living here now too!

Part English also, more from the Germans…..

The Turks/Islam raided Poland for hundreds of years, I want reparations from all of Islam. Their Mosques comamdered for Churches…

Satire at it’s best!

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

And it is indeed satire because apparently you don’t mean it.

The difference is that the lot of the black man is greatly discounted due to past injustices. Every statistic showing negative black status results from the historical inequities.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I am somewhat in agreement with MT. The reparations can of worms is a large one. I am not sure there is an ethnic group whose ancestors were not beaten, tortured, raped or maligned at some point in time.
And were there black people in Africa who sold black slaves to the white man? Were there black slave owners?
But what I really do not get is why someone thinks todays white man owes todays black man for something that happened to long dead people a very long time ago. What did I do?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Yes, I understand your point, P-to-P. You didn’t do anything. But there is a major problem in American society — it is a cancer on the society that is the direct result of slavery, our original sin. We need to try to rectify it. Unfortunately that takes affirmative action and all the obvious reverse inequities that follow from that.

I think we should tax the rich to make the process easier on those who are now being discriminated against to implement the social engineering that is affirmative action.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

my race was murdered by Islam, asswipe

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I’ll correct myself, murdered AND enslaved by Muslims

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

The problems of black Americans are the result of white liberal policies.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

There’s no reason for such a broad, inaccurate generalization.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I want reparations from Harvard University. I was turned down, but Pocahontas Warren got accepted with fraudulent information on her college application.

Plus, she got a job as a Native American woman w/Harvard. I’m owed some coin.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

So sue. I would conjecture that Warren made it without much help from affirmative action.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

In North Korea people are punished for the pseudo crimes of their parents and grandparents. An Ironic twist is that many American Blacks have the genes of slave owners. They if anyone owe themselves reparations.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

Your irony is biting and cruel when you say black people owe themselves reparations. Black people for the most part did not inflict injustices upon themselves.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

That’s not what I said linguistics buffoon

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

So what did you say, sir?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

The original slavers were Blacks in Africa, research that. They sold to Islam too, who slaved all races, much from Europe

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Those slaves that had to haul those huge stones to build the pyramids were only given a half cup of putrid water per day and they were in the middle of the desert. No one can prove that I am not a descendant and I am applying right here right now for two bags of gold and four camels. (the two humpers please)

Ancient
Ancient
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

You are 100% certain of how the Pyramids were constructed.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Your application is not likely to succeed for lack of evidence.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

And what evidence do “people of color” have to show to get their brownie points on civil service exams, etc?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Johnny99
2 months ago

There is plenty of evidence for the abuse of people of color. It is everywhere. It is undeniable.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

That is true. I don’t see the relation with the plight of the black race in this country.

I don’t know anything about Islam slaving races, and don’t know how it is relevant.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

Juneteenth is the lost history of a massacred black neighborhood.You have been WOKE educated and enlightened and humbled by truth and its uncomfortable. The cancel history culture of the Qanon republican party of everything bad in human behavior which finds its roots in fear. Trump tried to cancel Saturday Night Live because it made jokes about him…..Skinhead republicans flag waivers want to cancel minority numbers voting.The KKK is very proud of Gaetz and Green as their ignorance is used to promote fear…..Qanon has them both out of Washington on a tour of fear.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

I knew who my Father was , a good kind man, this weekend was Father’s day TSC, it always will be.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Kudos. Well said.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Far Left Activists Infiltrated Jan. 6 Protests Dressed as Conservatives with OAN Microphone – Breached Capitol Grounds, Gave FBI Tips on How to Infiltrate Trump Rallies (VIDEO)
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/far-left-activists-infiltrated-jan-6-protests-dressed-conservatives-oan-microphone-breached-capitol-grounds-gave-fbi-tips-infiltrate-trump-rallies-video/

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

The FBI hired informants to infiltrate groups. That’s all.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

fbi was the cooks who instigared crimes

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

No, not true, and it makes no sense.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Misleading and incomplete information.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Independent Fact Checker
2 months ago

Not misleading at all in my view. I think K’s point, if correct, raises reasonable suspicions warranting further investigation.

K: What do you mean, “that’s all”? ‘That’s All’ means that nothing more is intended than to infiltrate. Infiltration for the sake of infiltration is possible, I suppose. We know that the KGB infiltrated for the sake of infiltration mostly (they infiltrated every single citizen), but even there, ‘that’s all’ would not apply.

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levitan
levitan
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

K: To continue…

Infiltrate: the definition assumes that some form of attack or subversion is intended in the act. If the FBI infiltrated the insurgents, why didn’t they also engage in challenging it?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

Because then they would be ‘outed’ as informants.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Really? The FBI infiltrated a group intending an insurrection, participated in it, but did not warn the Capitol Police, much less attempt to stop it? Leading up to the 9/11 terrorist homicides, it was the CIA that shafted the FBI (with responsibility for the death of the lead investigator of the criminal cells) and they got investigated. Shouldn’t Congress be investigating the FBI for this event?

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kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
2 months ago

Well congress should certainly be investigating the insurrection.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Alice in Wonderland has more credibility as reality than most of the stool matter you post here MT. And you know it. If you are trying to emulate Rush Limbaugh you need more work.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Pooper,

I need some for the garden.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Total garbage. You don’t have a clue.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

XXX prez trump says he will violently overthrow our democracy in 38 days.He will cancel democracy for fascism…..The Cancel Culture of Qanon

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

BXiden and D-rats stole election 11//3-4 /2020

the truth will set you free

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Trap, it is a FANTASY to believe the democrats stole the election. Trump simply could not stand the thought of his losing a fair fight, therefore, the fight couldn’t have been fair.

It is just as simple as that.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Tom Thumb was a small man. But he looms large next to Donald Trump.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Delusional.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Seinle Joe Biden, 81 million votes, Com ‘on

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Biden outpolled Trump because more people trusted and believed in Biden. 81 million votes is totally credible.

Your best defense can’t be ‘he couldn’t possibly have gotten that many votes’ because he DID.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

pure nonsense

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Way to delve into this very emotional and extreme issue. As I read the replies I see you either touched a nerve or people are out of their medication. In my view America is the greatest country because they allow individuals to be free to choose how to live, even if it’s in a basement typing away on a computer ignorant thoughts. What strikes this writer is how closed minded one side is to the opposite view. I see one side offer actual evidence via statements and videos while the other side just calls them names. This other side is actually the one that brought anti bullying education into the schools, maybe they should read up on it so they can change their bullying to civilized discourse. As for upward mobility I personally know of minority classmates who have climbed the social and professional ladder. It took drive, smarts and commitment…and also not viewing themselves as a victim!

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I respectfully disagree.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Shouldn’t you be resting up for your 3AM Cumbies stroll, flogging mol…I mean Barry?

Why don’t you walk down Bradford Street at 11:30PM and give us an update on how “safe” it is?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

But Shirley, what you are failing to recognize is a basic truth:

The minds of both sides are closed to the other side’s view.

If you broad-sample the media that is exactly what you see: siloed thinking.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I agree so don’t watch or read the silo’s. I know it’s hard but find the sources that only report the news and don’t inject their opinions. There are many spectrums to every light and try to see them all

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

I don’t think such sources exist, but I do think that PBS comes closest, but that’s my personal opinion that I’m sure readers of this blog would not accept.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

I think everything has to be consumed, even the silos.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

How many on this board will be willing to say Biden is President of the United States.Russia has always planned to destroy America without one Russian bullet being shot…..Hows Trumps buddy Putin doing?…..Im saying in 4 years he came very close on 1/6/2021

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Rants of a misinformed fool.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Biden is the IM-POTUS

God help America when he’s declared senile and Kommieala takes over.

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kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Who is doing the name calling?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Call it like I see it.

Got eyes?

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I am guessing you are not invited to very many family get togethers MT. You come across as the guy that people cross the street so that they don’t have to talk to. (and I say this constructively)

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

TSC’s point is that Cancel Culture cuts both ways. And he is right.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You are nuts as TSC

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

It is quite clear and straightforward.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

FALSE!

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

But trying to cancel a democratic election and democracy itself kinda tips the scales in one direction. Their own chatter about leftist cancel culture is mostly more misdirection, which I might add, is the rights biggest weapon. Look over there, not at me.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

right you are, points.

The Downtown Umbrella Guy
The Downtown Umbrella Guy
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

And here I thought that’s more of a Navy thing 😉

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella Guy
2 months ago

Was TSC in attendance/performing?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I’m betting a front row seat, tossing roses pedals and kisses.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

and was that you sniffing around in the underwear drawer after the show? I think they got you on a surveillance tape bozo.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

No, that was Joe Biden

Hunter was with the whores doing crack,, backstage ,

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The Downtown Umbrella Guy
The Downtown Umbrella Guy
2 months ago

The right loves to use cancel culture just as much as the left. Every time an athlete kneels or a celebrity says something you dont agree with, heck remember when cheerios had an interracial couple in a commercial and the right lost their minds?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella Guy
2 months ago

Eat Wheaties for 40 years and you’ll end up like Bruce Jenner ; )

Pole Vawter
Pole Vawter
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

You mean Caitlin. Bruce gave up his Pole….just sayin

No I Don’t
No I Don’t
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella Guy
2 months ago

No

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella Guy
2 months ago

Very false.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella Guy
2 months ago

Thank you, TDUG.

J2S
J2S
2 months ago

“We all want justice, but not at the expense of truth”

Historian Gordon Wood

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/24/nytr-d24.html

I have spent my career studying the American Revolution and cannot accept the view that “one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” I don’t know of any colonist who said that they wanted independence in order to preserve their slaves. No colonist expressed alarm that the mother country was out to abolish slavery in 1776. If southerners were concerned about losing their slaves, why didn’t they make efforts to ally with the slaveholding planters in the British West Indies? Perhaps some southern slaveholders were alarmed by news of the Somerset decision, but we don’t have any evidence of that. Besides, that decision was not known in the colonies until the fall of 1772 and by that date the colonists were well along in their drive to independence. Remember, it all started in 1765 with the Stamp Act. The same is true of Dunmore’s proclamation of 1775. It may have tipped the scales for some hesitant Virginia planters, but by then the revolutionary movement was already well along in Virginia.
There is no evidence in 1776 of a rising movement to abolish the Atlantic slave trade, as the 1619 Project erroneously asserts, nor is there any evidence the British government was eager to do so. But even if either were the case, ending the Atlantic slave trade would have been welcomed by the Virginia planters, who already had more slaves than they needed. Indeed, the Virginians in the years following independence took the lead in moving to abolish the despicable international slave trade.
How could slavery be worth preserving for someone like John Adams, who hated slavery and owned no slaves? If anyone in the Continental Congress was responsible for the Declaration of Independence, it was Adams. And much of our countrymen now know that from seeing the film of the musical “1776.” Ignoring his and other northerners’ roles in the decision for independence can only undermine the credibility of your project with the general public. Far from preserving slavery the North saw the Revolution as an opportunity to abolish the institution. The first anti-slave movements in the history of the world, supported by whites as well as blacks, took place in the northern states in the years
immediately following 1776.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

You should tell us what it says.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

It says like usual, facts are sometimes what some want them to be, such as the 1619 projected in order to be factually right.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

That is the way it works, yes. But there aren’t many ways to project 1619 so that it’s different than it actually is.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Re: Inner City Pittsfield (Mass.) residents live in fear of gun violence – June 23, 2021

Please read the following news story by WAMC’s Josh Landes about gun violence in inner city Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

https://www.wamc.org/post/pittsfield-city-council-presses-mayor-gun-violence-plan

The inner city Pittsfield residents live in fear of gun violence. I know I haven’t lived in or around Pittsfield for over 17 years now, but I am saddened that North Street is known as “Social Services Alley” instead of a business district, while the area around North Street is known as the “Ring of Poverty” with decades of entrenched intergenerational family poverty, welfare and criminal cases.

My theory about why Pittsfield sucks is that the state and local leaders use inner city Pittsfield’s worst rated Level 5 public schools, social services programs, welfare caseloads, and criminal caseloads all as revenue sources instead of investing in the underclass and working poor who live there. I call it “Perverse Incentives”, which is similar to the state lottery regressive taxation predatory scheme that takes advantage of the unknowing poorest people and communities in Massachusetts.

Mayor Linda Tyer married a millionaire Accountant named Barry Clairmont who owns a near one million dollar home in a wealthy and elitist gated community very close to the Pittsfield border with Hancock. The Lovely Linda and Barry are very political in state and local government, but they are also disconnected from the majority of people who live in Pittsfield. I still believes the Mayor cares about all of the people who live in Pittsfield, but she in unfortunately unavailable to them.

Jonathan A. Melle

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

How the hell can you say “she cares about all the people,”but is unavailable to them in the same sentence? Yeah, some new FN social programs ought to stop the shootings. She and the DA knows full well the gangbangers turf wars over drugs, guns, prostitution and whatever else they are into are the problem causing said gun violence. Stop the social justice warriors approach to enforcement with these problems and end it with the full extent of the law as promised, like when it’s campaign season.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

The judges are just as bad as Squeaky.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Acute Angina
2 months ago

I hope the Lovely Linda cares about the people of Pittsfield instead of only Pittsfield politics. I was thinking with my heart. Who knows?

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

I’m not a Tyer fan but the mayor of city doesn’t dispense justice. The cops do what they should but the DA and judges don’t. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ATF is involved in some un tracking scheme that doesn’t work and in fact has backfired. It wouldn’t be the first time for ATF.

Shanjay Gooupti
Shanjay Gooupti
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Common Man.
Get real. She’s had five years.

Shanjay Gooupti
Shanjay Gooupti
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Well I believe if it’s you’re heart.

Pole Vawter
Pole Vawter
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Cares in what way? Raises taxes,roads are shit,filthy streets,crime rampant, buildings are crap, Hess still looms Going on to mteenh years¿ The bottom line is she not smart enough,has no business acumen, and is never visible in the community other than pctv and photo ops at the park. And speaking of photo ops where was she on June teenth?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Pole Vawter
2 months ago

I would NOT want to be Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts! Mayor Linda Tyer inherited a mess from all of the failed Mayors before her. She obviously hasn’t changed things for the better! BUT, I don’t believe anyone out there could. She is part of Godfather Jimmy Ruberto’s useless faction of the one political party -the state Democratic Party – that is ran by the same Boston Democratic Party leaders who ran a homophobic smear campaign against Alex Morse to favor K Street’s favorite PAC Man Richie Neal in last year’s Congressional election in September of 2020. Tricia Farley Bouvier is another loyal Lieutenant of Godfather Jimmy Ruberto. She has gone to Boston’s corrupt Statehouse for nearly one decade now, but she has proven herself to be a do nothing rubber stamp for Boston’s corrupt State House leadership that only does DISSERVICES to the people of Massachusetts. Chrome Dome Adam Hinds lives in a $690,000 home in Amherst, Massachusetts, which is NOT in his legislative district. Godfather Jimmy Ruberto has given the people and taxpayers of Pittsfield two of his loyal women politicians, along with one Chrome Dome, who all have NOT changed things for the better in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I wonder how things are going in Jimmy Ruberto’s hometown of Naples, Florida? I wonder how Jimmy Ruberto likes his $490,000 Summer condo in upper class Lenox? Jimmy Ruberto is too good to live in Pittsfield! BUT, Jimmy Ruberto sure screwed over Pittsfield during and after his 8 years as Mayor of Pittsfield (2004- 2011). Sarcasm: I read that the Berkshire Museum is fishing his Rolodex out of the bottom of Silver Lake to put it on display so that museum goers can learn how Pittsfield lost a record number of living wage jobs and thousands of residents to population loss during and after Jimmy Ruberto’s time in the corner office in Pittsfield City Hall. PUKE!!!!

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Pole Vawter
2 months ago

The mayor is simply dancing on the piano until her very lucrative mayoralship is over. When she has that glass of wine with her pheasant dinner I doubt she spends one second worrying about the people 3 miles to the east of her little mountainside haven. When that heavy iron gate protecting her home closes for the night and Barry lights up the fire pit, I imagine her phone gets shut off and gun shots are the farthest thing from her mind.

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
2 months ago

I was sorry to see the news about Jonathan Levine’s passing. I didn’t personally know him but I did look forward to the Pittsfield Gazette every week. I believe it was in those pages that I was introduced to Dan Valenti’s writing.

killer Klinton
killer Klinton
2 months ago

Another Hillary Clinton “suicide” John McAfee is dead

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  killer Klinton
2 months ago

Rush Limbaugh had inside info on Trumps shady dealings. Look what happened to him. Was he about to spill the beans?

You Suck
You Suck
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Disgusting that a man battling cancer has to have an asshole like you make fun of his death.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Once again false conspiracy theory information.

Kick Offe
Kick Offe
Reply to  Independent Fact Checker
2 months ago

I’d like to know why the First St. shooting is taking so long bring any info to the public. The public can’t help if they know nothing of the players involved. Are they protecting someone? The woman driving the car for instance?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Biden et al

Is nomating CHIM(p)nan for head of BATF

That turd stood prodly over mudered bodies of men women and children.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

It is time for the insurectionist investigation. Republican Proud Boy Militia and former Trump election workers were involve.

Alfred Ninkenpoop
Alfred Ninkenpoop
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Dan? Think about this,I could be dead wrong….pun intended….but since the inception of spot shotter I believe shootings have gone way up. Or sputter shot

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I fired my 9mm in the Illinois suburbs and the cops showed up. I hid in my basement.

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Was Biden with you?

Black Market
Black Market
2 months ago

I find it difficult to believe anything [ ] claims. These charges will get dropped. This is how drugs get on the street. If the defendants weren’t addicts, they are now…. they will claim dependency in order to avoid jail & opt for programs & treatment. Berkshire programming – revolving door style of slavery.

https://cbs6albany.com/news/local/nine-charged-in-berkshire-county-narcotics-operation

THEY DO IT FOR THE MONEY – THATS THE REASON !!!

Mo money, Mo money, Mo money

Agent 86
Agent 86
2 months ago

Brown university should pay reparations: The Browns, one of the great mercantile families of colonial America, were Rhode Island slave traders. At least six of them — James and his brother Obadiah, and James’s four sons, Nicholas, John, Joseph, and Moses — ran one of the biggest slave-trading businesses in New England, and for more than half a century the family reaped huge profits from the slave trade. “When James Brown sent the Mary to Africa in 1736, he launched Providence into the Negro traffic and laid the foundation for the Brown fortune. From this year until 1790, the Browns played a commanding role in the New England slave trade.”[1] Their donations to Rhode Island College were so generous that the name was changed to Brown University.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

yes, you are right. Same with Georgetown U and many others.

Muther Patriciah
Muther Patriciah
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

These drug traffickers arrested by the sheriffs office are to receive drug treatment before any criminal prosecution. Which in reality means a very light sentences. What’s a little heroin in the community anyway.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Somewhere around year six of his presidency, Obama entered into a trade agreement with Afghanistan.
What the HELL was he thinking Afghanistan would bring to the world market? Carpets??
Within two years of that agreement America was drowning in heroin.
Don Winslow interviewed El Chapo, and wrote an article about it for Esquire a few years ago, and to summarize:
El Chapo flatout states that if it weren’t for American demand for drugs, he wouldn’t exist.
And then this is where it gets interesting: he says that when Oregon and Washington legalized weed it cost him billions of dollars. Yes, that’s a “b”, billions.
Like any business, he needed to offset those losses somehow. There were Afghani’s living in Mexico, and he meets with them.
And he goes on to say that heroin is a much better product for him business-wise because he makes obscene profits with less product, transportation and delivery is less cumbersome, etc.
And then he tells Winslow you know that’s a good gig but what’s even better is a few dollars worth of chemicals and two guys in a lab making almost the same product, and I don’t have to manage workers and fields and the profit margin with fentanyl is even higher. And he’s absolutely thrilled with the demand in the US.
See, that’s the dirty little secret about drugs: people like to get high. And in America we like to get high a lot.
The number of people in the US who are addicts is almost statistically negligible, it’s something like 2% of the population.
But the impact is NOT neglible. So what we hear a lot about is the cost in terms of able-bodied workers being unavailable due to their heroin use, productivity, the cost impact on healthcare yadda yadda.
And that’s all well and good if you leave China out of the equation.
The progressives will say I’m a racist for saying this but this is serious chemical warfare on our country by China.
Because it’s not the nine to five bricks. and mortar workforce that we’re losing to fentanyl; it’s the young men and women who my otherwise have joined the military, end up on whom we call to boost our military ranks should we go to war.
It’s utterly diabolical and absolutely brilliant strategy if you think about it.
But fear not! I have the solution!
Remember back in the day when a kid got in trouble sometimes the judge would say okay you have a choice to make: you can go to jail or you can go into the army.
So I propose that every person who gets jammed up legally due to drugs in America don’t send them to treatment, don’t send them to jail, detox them, and then put them into the armed forces.
Now that would be restorative justice at its finest if you ask me!