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AFGHANISTAN: ‘ARRIVING WHERE WE STARTED’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 25, 2021) — On Afghanistan, THE PLANET thought of T.S. Eliot’s lines: We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.

Twenty years of time wasted, money thrown away, and lives spent, and the United States finds itself “arriving where we started.” The Taliban was in power in 2001. A score of years later, the Taliban are still in power. President George W. Bush’s horrendous decision to impose capitalist democracy on a tribal land governed by the ignorance of religious law could do NOTHING BUT FAIL. There was no other outcome. The only question was “when?”

THE PLANET shares these further thoughts:

  • Quagmire — President Syracuse Joe made the right call. Disaster would have unfolded no matter how or when he went about it. Some have said: Get the people out first, then the soldiers. Yes, that’s how it works within the crisp realm of reason and logic. In Afghanistan, not so much. If the U.S. started retreating in that manner, not only would civilians be at risk but also an overwhelmed American military. Half measures cannot compete against fanaticism.
  • The Poison of Religion — When religion takes over as a temporal power, disaster results. Check your memory banks, as Capt. Kirk might say, and brush up on the history of the Roman Catholic Church during the era of the “fun popes” or Puritan America under Protestanism. It will take the Taliban some time to re-establish their new government, but they’ve called a “grand council” (loya jirga) led by religious leaders. The mullahs will decide how to apply Islamic law to education, finance, and all other aspects of society.
  • Mickey’s Butt — Blame the present disaster not on President Biden but on the Afghan Army (AfA) that we supported and trained all these years. Field intelligence claimed the AfA could stand on its own. They had 308,000 troops to the Taliban’s 100,000. So what did the AfA do with its 3-to-1 edge in manpower and 10-to-1 edge in materiel? It turned chicken, refusing to fight for their country. When then should America give Mickey Mouse’s rump?
  • Preparation H — Since the end of July, 42,000 people have been evacuated. It’s not like we were not prepared. We were as prepared as 20 years of crud would possibly allow.
  • Useless — Biden’s competence can be legitimately questioned, but look at his support team: a useless piece of cosmetics known as VP Kamala Harris, an incompetent defense secretary, and a secretary of state in the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim.
  • Money Made the Easy Way — How does the Taliban make its money? Crime, baby. The U.S. took the symbolic step of freezing Afghani’s capital reserves and installing new embargoes, but those actions are symbolic. The Taliban operate outside the global financial system. They get their moolah not from the mullahs but from drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and taking the vig from “legitimate” mining, timber, and real estate deals. Moreover, they now own billions of dollars of U.S. equipment.
  • Red Line” — The Taliban are so confident that they’re dictating terms, telling Biden there’s a “red line” on his Aug. 31 deadline for completing the exit. After that, they say, all bets are off. What does America do at that point? Send in more troops? Accede to the dictate?
  • Wondering — Where is the United Nations in all this? Oh yeah, THE PLANET forgot. The UN leads the league in ineffectiveness. U Thant might have made a difference, but not U Can’t. Does anyone have Dag Hammarsskjold on speed dial?

The last word about Afghanistan won’t be written for awhile yet, but anyone giving a moment’s reflection knows that it will not end well. It never does over there.

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“Unless there is a spiritual renaissance, the world will know no peace” Dag Hammarskjold

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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The school committee
The school committee
25 days ago

Biden will succeed in Afghanistan and he is succeeding with the virus as the Republicans are learning the hard way in the South but that Fox news for you.Biden is going to pass a huge infastructure and great society bill witha voting rights bill that will overturn the voter surpression nonsense of the Trump lie……The competency of Biden and Pelosi is laughable when questioned.Trumps lie is about his competency to be prez and his attemped coup for Putin is about his competency to be a free American citizen…..Trump is a traitor and Biden a great President of the people.The racist republicans and thepolitical party of Qanon lost its way 13 years ago.

Andrew
Andrew
Reply to  The school committee
25 days ago

Please share what you are smoking. At least it’s polite

Sgt. Bazooka
Sgt. Bazooka
Reply to  The school committee
25 days ago

We were hoping you left the country and joined the Taliban. You’re already in the Pittsfield Taliban, also k ow as the local democrat party.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Sgt. Bazooka
25 days ago

Are you serious? Really? We’ve been in Afghanistan for 20 years. Trump negotiated a weak withdrawal and stuck Biden with it.

Who in the hell do you think you are?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Bleak House
24 days ago

Biden did away with many policies of Trumps and could have said no to this one also. There was benchmarks to be met with Trumps drawdown.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

No, he didn’t. And, Trump didn’t even have the Afghan government as a party to his peace agreement with the Taliban. When Biden assumed office, there were about 2000 troops in Afghanistan.

Moreover, the Trump administration slow walked visa applications submitted by Afghanis. Had they not, Biden wouldn’t be getting so many people out now.

Fred Rutherford
Fred Rutherford
Reply to  Bleak House
24 days ago

False information

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
23 days ago

Biden did away with Visas, just cross the southern USA border, then apply for taxpayer funded benefits

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Sgt. Bazooka
24 days ago

Trump did a 2 trillion dollar tax cut for his wealthy republican friends and then crickets for the rest of his 4 year golf vacation even as the pandemic Trump said would go away was killing people.He is the not science Republican leader and you guys will follow whispering don off a cliff…..How many love stupid dons uninformed bs.Lets have everyone tell us what you love about Donald John Trump.The FOX propaganda arm of Russia tells Fox fans to not get a vaccine but take HORSE COW DEWORMING DRUGS…..has there ever been a more ignorant group think that todays crazy Trumps…..I lost only because Democrats snuck into red states and threw Trump ballots away.LOL

Last edited 24 days ago by The school committee
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Dan, election fraud.

Pandemic was a means to secure the ends.

“Fauci Says if Majority of Americans Get Vaccinated, Covid Will be Under Control by Spring of 2022 (VIDEO)”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/202…ng-2022-video/

What Falsey meant: “If Majority of Americans Get Vaccinated, THEY Will be Under Control by Spring of 2022 “

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

It is beneath contempt that come here and spread outright lies. Absolutely reprehensible.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
24 days ago

Were you looking in the mirror?

X-Lach's Lounge
X-Lach's Lounge
Reply to  Bleak House
23 days ago

You have trouble distinguishing between your judgements and reality.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  X-Lach's Lounge
23 days ago

The typical Trump voter is given to magical and fantastical thinking.

There is no chance that Trump will be reinstated. There is no chance that the 2020 election will be deemed fraudulent.

Your posts are ignorant nonsense.

pjmh
pjmh
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Agreed. 2/27/20 “It’s going to disappear. One day – it’s like a miracle – it will disappear.”

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

100% correct.Trump owned this election.I stated thaTrump will unite the country in his war on COVID and we needed him to lead it and what he did was inexplicable.Well like the fool his family says he is he messed it up……Thank you for admitting this Dan…..No cheat as Donald John Trump simply divided the country and got kicked to the curb.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Hmm, tax cuts for the wealthy that the democrats didn’t put much of a stink up about because they are just as much part of the wealthy system. It is a 2 party system of wealth, but they have to keep the game of good cop and bad cop going to keep the con going.

X-Lach's Lounge
X-Lach's Lounge
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

To get a tax cut I think you actually have to be a taxpayer.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Fake information

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

That post proves you spent 3 years of your life in 5th grade for a reason, stop blaming the teacher.

Herb Pease
Herb Pease
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Biden is the Taliban employee of the month.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Herb Pease
24 days ago

Subcontracted out by the Chi-Coms

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
25 days ago

Dementia Joe and Kamala are clueless. Kamala is concerned with Xmas toys while Rome burns.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
25 days ago

The main thing many people do NOT understand about foreign countries is that they will KILL anyone who opposes their regime. Western Democracies use the rule of law and open trials by juries against our enemies, but many foreign countries use violence. Hitler, Stalin, Chairman Mao and so on collectively KILLED hundreds of millions of innocent Peoples and people to show their respective regimes’ power. The Taliban in Afghanistan also KILLS anyone who opposes their regime. There are NOT two political parties and elections and peaceful transfers of political power in Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and the like. The Afghanistan military folded to the Taliban because the Afghani Soldiers’ survival was at stake. They did NOT want to be KILLED by the Taliban. In closing, the U.S.A. is but a drop of water in the proverbial Ocean of human history when it comes to democracy and a government ruled by laws instead of men. I wish everyone would understand that many foreign regimes KILL INNOCENT Peoples and people for their respective country’s legitimacy.

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
25 days ago

Joe Biden have very screwy plan.

Thomas Betit
Thomas Betit
24 days ago

Half measures – correct-we kept wrong airport
We left a drugged bunch of middle school mentality Afghan soldiers with out coaches- they would fight if they had someone to tell them to. People confused no American casualties in 18 months- almost 10,000 afagans were killed &wounded.
Should of delayed exit until winter when the Taliban doesn’t like fighting.

Biden chose to surround himself with political patronage people, who are more woke than effective.

” America doesn’t negotiate with Terrorists ”

Extremists no matter if they are religious antifa BLM are all volatile violent and unpredictable.

I think Biden forgot Afghanistan is centuries behind America, the average iq is in the teens before they smoke hash opium and pot.
75-80 are addicts
Think of a 13 year old without parents who has never been to school, but is armed and confused.

Biden owns this blunder, he either didn’t listen or ignored the warnings.
Blinken ended the ccr – which was developed because everyone but biden understood the difficulty in the task of leaving Afghanistan.

Joe most feel is suffering dementia
He should be immediately evaluated.
Its painful to watch, and criminal to allow him to continue comprising America.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
24 days ago

General Milly is as dumb as a stump. How did this clown ever get promoted? How did the fools in Biden’s state department get there? Must have been rejects from House of Cards?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Acute Angina
24 days ago

Actually most of them are retreads from the Obama administration. They are all about being WOKE and worrying about angry white men and the far left agenda. They are useless, but that doesn’t let Biden off the hook. In the end, as Biden said himself, the buck stops here so as Commander-In-Chief he only has himself to blame for bad decisions like taking out the troops before all the Americans and allies were out and handing decision making over to the Taliban since he allowed them into the country so quickly which obviously could happen with all of our troops being removed first.

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

Pat,Woke means enlightened, educated ,aware of the truth.Cult means you stopped being enlightened, educated,aware…..cult means obedience to the lie…….Im still waiting for someone here on the right wing blog to admitt you believe Dons lie and why you believe it without lying

Akbar Fukwad
Akbar Fukwad
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

How are things in the Taliban?

Annulgas
Annulgas
24 days ago

That airport is surrounded by Taliban. The US has zero leverage. The Taliban can rain hellfire onto it from all sides at any moment they wish. My fear is that, if we have 5000 soldiers there, and they are the last to leave, that the Taliban will attack them before they can get out. And they can do this while positioned amoungst thousands of innocent civilians. They are not stupid. They are ruthless and very happy to die for their cause. And they hate America.
Bottom line is that they are holding all the cards. Biden is in a mine field with thousands of lives in the balance. They have him and America by the balls. My fear is that they are going to want to give America a big bitch slap on their way out. I hope I am wrong.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Annulgas
24 days ago

Uh huh

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Annulgas
24 days ago

CNN
The US believes ISIS-K, which is a sworn enemy of the Taliban, wants to create mayhem at the airport and has intelligence streams suggesting it is capable and planning to carry out multiple attacks, according to the official.
On Tuesday, as he confirmed his decision not to extend the evacuation deadline beyond August 31, President Joe Biden acknowledged the growing threat the group poses to the airport.
“Every day we’re on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both US and allied forces and innocent civilians,” Biden said.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Fizzlehead
24 days ago

Aha! A new enemy! Wonderful news, and just in time!

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Fizzlehead
23 days ago

Wonder why Fake News would start spreading this lie

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
23 days ago

You cry “Fake News.” Tell us, where is the real news? Where do you get your information from? What sources?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Why attack? They have thousands of American hostages for extorting the incompetent demented fools running the executive asylum in DC.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Yes, that may be the worst of it. We will be suffering Taliban torture videos. One American hostage will be worth a dozen skilled murderers. If nothing else, this is the reason that the extraction had to happen first.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

I am thinking you are a hostage of Donald Trump. You just don’t grasp it yet. But, in time, you will. And you will feel quite the fool.

Come On Man
Come On Man
Reply to  Fizzlehead
24 days ago

Please don’t think. It just doesn’t work for you.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

How can we effect an overpowering reprisal if we don’t have means of conducting one? A cruise missile dumped in the woods will make a good joke. I can see the Taliban youtube video: Joe Biden strikes back. Boom boom boom. Casualties: 15 sheep and an outhouse.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Russia is never going back in.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

and what exactly are your targets Dan? Our soldiers on the base are in a fishbowl. Once any shooting starts they are never coming out. ANY helicopter will be taken out immediately. Ground troops same thing.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

Massive targeted airstrikes. That’s what the Soviets said too, and they even had the cooperation of Najibullah. We will not be conducting anything more than symbolic acts of minimal destruction for reasons Annulgas gives below.

Truth is, today Washington suits are not even able to predict how horrible the situation will be even by Saturday, 8/28, let alone how we could even resolve an attack on Kabul Airport.

Last edited 23 days ago by levitan
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

D-ementia Joe gave the Afghanis tons of the best military equipment we have. That includes at least two kinds of surface to air missiles, and planes that intercept and decipher communications: they now have the 26th largest air force in the world. How many US planes going to get shot down with US made weapons Joe gave them?

How are you going to “raking in precision fire”, into a crowd that may contain hundreds/thousands of Americans left behind by Joe, along with Afghan civilians?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

The 5000 are trapped and cannot get out unless the Taliban lets them out. Does the Kabul airport even have bunkers? One plane wrecked on the runway and no more planes can leave. What overpowering? Sending cruise missiles into mountains? I remember these guys shooting down Russian migs with RPGs 30 years ago and I am sure they are much more sophisticated today. Where are our nearest airbases? Turkey? Are they still even our friends? They hide in tunnels. Deep tunnels and caves. There is a reason we are leaving and that is because we have not been able to defeat them in 20 years. They do not have obvious bases we can bomb. They do not march around in large units. Most of them are indistinguishable from civilians.
If we ever get out we need to stay out. You cannot win a guerilla war in a huge country with high tech weapons where the indigenous population is playing both sides depending on their needs on any given day.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
24 days ago

Thanks to D-ementia Joe, Taliban are armed with the best military equipment available.

He left them enough aircraft that they are #26 in the world for combat aircraft. That besides thousands of surface to air misslles, armored vehicles, 600,000 small arms, pallets of US currency,………

Knight Mair
Knight Mair
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Evidentially not enough to stop isis

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
24 days ago

OFF TOPIC
For those of you who care about such things, the BHS site is showing 280 positive tests for Covid in the last two weeks. And 18 have been hospitalized. Just because the mayor does not talk about it much does not mean it is not real and right in your back yard.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Pointstoponder
24 days ago

Go hide in your basement.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

And don’t forget your mask.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

You better hope I am not at the admissions desk when you come in with the Covid. Cuz your ass gonna be laying in the hallway for a couple of days. No room in the ICU for fools. And from the hallway to the refrigerator truck.

McDonald Trump
McDonald Trump
Reply to  Fizzlehead
24 days ago

Having your head up your ass is more protective than any mask. You are very safe.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Fizzlehead
23 days ago

Don’t spread lies the hospital has a lot of beds available.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
23 days ago

Could have 500 beds. But if you are the fool who wears no mask and is afraid of vaccines, you don’t get a bed. You stay in the hallway with others like you. You will be issued a fly swatter because the maggots are hatching fast out there. If you are making no effort why should I?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
23 days ago

Ineffective unapproved vaccines, that are neither effective in preventing infection, or transmission.

Masks are like putting up chain link fence around your yard to keep out mosquitos.

CoobLee Con
CoobLee Con
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

Stooge has moved to his upstairs I believe the pct boob is still a stooge though?

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  CoobLee Con
24 days ago

Did Biden need the basement bunker back?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Well, that and the fact that his opponent was Donald Trump who was out in front of his people every night or two for two years. So weird.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Exactly Dan,just let Trump be Trump

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
Reply to  CoobLee Con
24 days ago

Yes, it’s true. He’s having a rummage sale in the basement. Of note are several pair of knee pads; civilian business, military, public service and political (covert & overt). A bit dated, but serviceable to a fledgling dime dropper. Buy all and a quart of Brown Spot Removal Cream for the Proboscis FREE!

Willie Nelson Mandela
Willie Nelson Mandela
Reply to  Ghost Rider
23 days ago

What about my books?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

215 people died in Texas from covid yesterday. 228 in Florida (in one day) Almost every day there is some asshat like on TV, in an ICU, on a ventilator begging for his life. And I can’t help but chuckle cuz they did it to themselves. And I have zero sympathy for stupid people who bring death to their own doorstep and then beg for help. SEE yaaaa, buh bye now…hope you made out a will

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Fizzlehead
24 days ago

Very kind. I compliment you for your sensitivity to a stranger.

“Begging for his life” – did you actually see that happen?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Fizzlehead
24 days ago

Five thumbs down and the Covid virus is coming up behind them as we speak. The grim reaper likes it when you make it easy for him.

Corruption
Corruption
Reply to  Pointstoponder
24 days ago

BHS – don’t tread on me

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
24 days ago

I am just amazed at how brainwashed Americans are towards the Democratic Party. As I read papers, magazines, online sites and listen to the media not much is questioned about all the poor decisions the current ruling party is making. If this was 2 years ago and a different President you would not be able to look or listen anywhere without contempt and hate being extolled on the government. This is where our news organizations are and why you should not believe any of it. Curious as to why we are pulling out of Afghanistan when things were rather calm. Did China whisper in Hunter’s ear and get a one on one with bumblin? I was against the invasion of Afghanistan but understood why we went in and what we were trying to accomplish. It seems like our people over their lost focus on what they were trying to create, or our government in Washington, not sure which on. Looking around and seeing all the chaos in all sections of society I see years of pain coming up. Hopefully I am wrong but all signals are telling me things are going get worse.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
24 days ago

They could get much worse. And I guarantee you Russia, Iran, China and North Korea will throw a little gasoline on the fire behind the scenes if they get a chance. Perfect time to hack some computers. There will never be a better time to take America down than right now. That is why I cannot understand people more concerned with Joe Biden than all these American lives. They cannot even wait another week. Just sad.

Pat
Pat
24 days ago

If Biden’s mental faculties were firing on all cylinders, the withdrawal from the country, while not without problems, would not have been this precarious. He has over 3 more years of potential military blunders that could be just as bad for this country and we have no hope coming from the Vice-President who is as bad if not worse than Biden.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

You seem to know more about world affairs than anybody so I am wondering why they don’t snap you up to work at the Pentagon Pat. Give them a call immediately and tell them how to fix it all please. They need you right now. Do it for the good of your country.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Fizzlehead
24 days ago

Glenn Beck and Tucker

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
23 days ago

Pentagon has been infested with Sotero/Biden lackeys more concerned with: CRT, sex changes for service “things”, proper use of “pronouns”, LGBT agendas, being “woke”, ………..

Fighting a war is a secondary concern for them

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Thanks Dan.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

Brainwashed? That’d be Trump’s mendacious lawyers who are going to be disbarred for lying about the election being stolen.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/25/powell-wood-trump-sanctions-506910

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
24 days ago
Biker Boi
Biker Boi
24 days ago

Mountain and gravel biking has arrived at Notchview- open August 13 to October 17. The 15+ miles of family friendly terrain offer something for everyone – easy to intermediate, with several advanced trails. A two-month online Access Pass is required and will directly support the property to maintain and assess the trails for future use. Book your pass today and start exploring the Hoosac Range in the Berkshires: https://thetrustees.org/notchviewmtnbike

#mountainbiking #intheberkshires #nemba #thetrustees #notchview #bikelife

Why not at notchview? They can have the pump and dump track.

levitan
levitan
24 days ago

(1) The tale of Sir Robin with subtitles (Brave Sir Robin) – Bing video

Biden had much to learn from this documentary.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
24 days ago

Maybe if Afghanistan had a bikepath we wouldn’t be in this mess.

Biker Boi
Biker Boi
Reply to  LegalEagle
24 days ago

They don’t allow MTB on the goat paths because it causes too much damage.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  LegalEagle
24 days ago

The mayor and her bike folk have recruited a thousand bike riders to ride through the city Saturday giving the finger to anyone who is against tearing up Springside park. The hospital is on alert in case there are any who do not know how to follow the rules of the road. Stay away from the emergency room that day.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Fizzlehead
24 days ago

Amazing how this official is talking about this jewel in the city and the way this project is being treated differently about destroying the Done Deal at Springside jewel.

This is a multiyear process that we’re getting into, it’s really important to make certain that we do a good job with the inputs, we don’t want to miss anyone or anyone’s ideas,” McGrath said.
 
“So we’re going to pay particular attention to making certain we hear from everyone through this process, because that’s really critically important, this is a jewel of a city park and it really deserves to have the community’s full attention and consideration for future planning.”

 In-person surveys will also be conducted with stakeholder groups that will be impacted by the project such as fishermen, boaters, neighbors, and outdoor groups.

This should be a lot of fun., these are the types of things that I really get energized about, to sort of have people share their hopes and dreams for this a wonderful lakeside park which I think over the years has provided so many memories for so many families in our community,” he told the Parks
Commission last week.
 

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/65766/Pittsfield-Begins-Master-Vision-Planning-for-
Pontoosuc-Lake-Park.html

Roberto Del Halitoso
Roberto Del Halitoso
Reply to  Fizzlehead
23 days ago

Are she and Barry ridding a bicycle built for two?

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Upon further research, they would not give up the land as Afghanistan produces 90% of illicit heroin globally. There should be some nice synergies with the pro-drug Berkshires, though.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  LegalEagle
24 days ago

I bet Hunter gets a cut of the 90% produced!

Two Wongs/0 Rite
Two Wongs/0 Rite
Reply to  LegalEagle
24 days ago

Michaels/Vrabel, love you long time

OMG
OMG
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

I Love all those things.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  LegalEagle
22 days ago

Don’t worry they aren’t vaccinated so according to TSC and Fizzlehead they will all be dead shortly

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
24 days ago

Biden have brilliant plan. He now Sun Tzu Biden.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hung Wang
24 days ago

What is it with you and this racist, anti-Asian nonsense?

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  Bleak House
24 days ago

Asian people very good people. All people good,

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  Bleak House
24 days ago

Your brain like inside egg roll

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hung Wang
24 days ago

You’re about as funny as pancreatic cancer.

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  Bleak House
23 days ago

You smart like Biden

Sum Ting Wong
Sum Ting Wong
Reply to  Bleak House
23 days ago

Why you insult egg role?

Knight Mair
Knight Mair
Reply to  Sum Ting Wong
23 days ago

With six,you get egg role?just sayin

levitan
levitan
24 days ago

“Behold the Cerebus, the Atlantic Plow
Her precious cargo — Burgoyne, Clinton, Howe
Bow wow wow.”

General Millie looks darned good in those 1940 digs. Real fighting and strategizing stuff!

levitan
levitan
Reply to  levitan
24 days ago

I bet he gets a ribbon for each press conference.

Sealer Postopdick
Sealer Postopdick
Reply to  levitan
24 days ago

Anyone see the do-nothing mayor at the d o t hearing? Smerking and wowing the whole meeting? Redact her and get a business manager in here.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
24 days ago

9/11/2021

That feeling you had when the 2nd plane hit the tower…….

Suddz
Suddz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

North st is dead. Who would want to travel down street with a car lane to parking and have to cross over the huge widen deck bike lanes? Lucky business traffic is down,imagine the one lane backup nightmare?

Who Will Save Your Soul
Who Will Save Your Soul
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

That’s not the question – if you can’t save your own ?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

One thing you can be sure of is that linda will ask for, and the brown nose schitty clowncilors will approve funeral expenses. At least several millions of taxpayers $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, for a proper funeral of course. While at the same time all of them will be denying the fact that NORTH STREET IS DEAD. But that won’t stop any of them from exploiting the taxpayers for millions more of taxpayers $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for the dastardly scoundrels to piss away on another of Pittsfield’s obscenely expensive lost causes. NORTH STREET IS DEAD, and it most certainly did not die from natural causes. IT WAS MURDERED, by greed and corruption perpetrated by nefarious scoundrels.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

except in this case the ever present carpetbaggers are accumulating wealth. And a new 40 million dollar pot has been set before them. The feast has already begun

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

It is pretty disgusting watching all the known pigs line the trough for their dough all in awhile the taxpayers just shrug and look for a way out of this bizarre scene

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

Who is going to pay for the obit? Eagle charges an arm and a leg taking advantage of mourners when they are suffering.. Says all you need to know about that business plan.

Rocco Gobsigo
Rocco Gobsigo
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

Yuki can do a go fund me

Piggy Pie
Piggy Pie
Reply to  Suddz
24 days ago

Put on your gambling hat prior hehhha

Pat
Pat
24 days ago

The Taliban is modeling themselves after far left Progressive Democrats and vowing to fight climate change in between chopping off heads and burning people alive. It’s not just the climate change issue either. They are using Progressive words like “inclusive”. Will we soon be hearing “Build Back Better” as their new motto? I just find it stunning and chilling that of all the political systems across the world the terrorist group Taliban has chosen far left Progressive politics to govern Afghanistan. I agree with the comments beneath this article that are saying things like, “So, they are outing themselves as Democrats?” and “Will they be joining the Paris Climate Accord soon?”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9925087/Taliban-vow-tackle-CLIMATE-CHANGE-amid-civilian-executions-eradication-womens-freedoms.html#comments

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Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

I agree Dan, but getting the country to the center of anything seems very difficult these days. People want the extremes and even the Taliban latches onto an extreme because it’s the popular thing to do and might give themselves some legitimacy. They will continue to be brutal, but outwardly portray themselves as politically correct. That’s also popular in politics today to say one thing and do another.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

Curious how you chop off heads and appear politically correct. Even Trump could not pull that off.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

The Taliban turning themselves into politicians was only inevitable given our current environment where people want to give politicians so much control over their lives. The Taliban is taking advantage of that dangerous trend. Nancy Pelosi’s Green New Deal will effectively take away a lot of freedoms in this country, but she is seen as a great politician by the far left.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

All that will be going on behind the scenes. For obvious reasons the Taliban hates television and any kind of media. They also don’t like the police because they are the police.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

So you are saying that if they chop off heads behind the scenes no one will know it is them. Got it.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

This isn’t that difficult to understand. Once the cameras and our soldiers are gone, the world will be shut out except for what the Talban tells us is going on. Unless somebody can leak information out of that country on what is really happening, all we will see are the smiling faces of the Taliban telling us they support climate change and being inclusive.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

and the whole purpose of chopping off heads is to make a point. A point they want everyone to see. If no one is going to see why make such a big mess? Just use a bullet and move on
Pat needs to take Chopping off Heads 101, an online Taliban course and get updated on modern day warfare.

Rule 5
Rule 5
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

It worked during the French Revolution.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

True. Moderation, unfortunately, seems boring to many people, but that is where out problems can be solved. The Taliban latches onto an extreme and popular political movement to give themselves legitimacy and act like they are politically correct while continuing to brutally rule over the people.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

“Extreme and popular political movement”? Kinda like Trumps extreme and popular political movement?

Rule 5
Rule 5
24 days ago

The Taliban is now onboard with fighting climate change. Easy to do if you live in the year 800 like democrats want us to do.

Towill Bann
Towill Bann
Reply to  Rule 5
24 days ago

Well,the heat is on. When we’ve gone people will be slaughtered.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
23 days ago

Guess the mayors bike parade is today at 4:15 not Saturday. Going from park Square to Pontoosuc lake. Hope that is not your route home from work cuz you may be late for dinner.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

In this heat? Do they want people to suffer from heat exhaustion? It’s going to feel like 100 degrees this afternoon with the chance of severe storms. Not a good day for a bike parade.

FailedArts
FailedArts
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

What a joke. Culture venues will get a bunch of tired 31 million kapanski cash. Inputseesions helped greatly she said. Will the Museum get more monies? Thought Rockwell Art bailed them already.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

Isn’t that when they are calling for a thunder and lightning storm? I would not want to be dodging lightning bolts while on a bike with thousands of others

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

That’s prime time for panhandlers. I wonder if someone from the city will pay them off to “disappear” so they don’t ruin a good photo opportunity. And speaking of panhandlers, what a great visual it will be when Park Square is full of Flags representing military veterans.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  acheshirecat
23 days ago

Would it surprise anyone if the mayor rewarded each and everyone of them with a taxpayer funded gift card to a bike shop when they get back? Cuz this looks a lot like a political rally in support of bicycle ventures in Pittsfield. And are they taking names and emails in order to form a coalition to fight the Springside opponents? (I think they are)

J2S
J2S
Reply to  acheshirecat
23 days ago

Cat,
The wife and I had two members of the panhandle crowd that approached us while in the PC parking lot recently both at different days. Fellow asked if we could spare a dollar or two. It was on one of the hot and humid days we had. We were just loading up things we had bought into car. Told him no cash, but the wife flipped him a 32 0z Gator Aid and the guy never even said thanks and continued through the parking lot. The second was a woman who approached and startled us seeming to come from no where and appears at the window asking if we could spare a dollar or two. Wife said, wait a minute you were just at the entrance medium sitting in a chair while the guy was asking for money as we were coming in to shop about a half hour ago. The guy was holding a sign and had a metal leg. Wife gave her about a buck fifty in change from center glove. My wife has a heart of gold , but she won’t be coming with me anymore especially with all the help wanted signs out. PC and the rest of the store’s there better clamp down on people approaching costumers as these people are bold and the elderly are the ones I’m more concerned about.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
Reply to  J2S
23 days ago

They don’t want food, they don’t want ‘Gatorade.” They want money, coin of the realm, cash. They don’t care about their health, they don’t care about you or your guilty feelings. They will buy drugs and/or alcohol and you, feeling guilty and sorry for these people, support their habit and it will keep them hanging around public venues and scamming types like yourself. It’s a big circle!!!
And I’m NOT saying you are a bad person; just ill informed with a big heart.
“I’m homeless and hungry. Help Me. God Bless!”

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Pointstoponder
23 days ago

If you take North Street home, you WILL be late for dinner. And grumpy.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

A rare compliment from the man.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
23 days ago

Shit is on at Kabul airport. If you believe in God start praying.

FailedArts
FailedArts
Reply to  Fizzlehead
23 days ago

U S Cant retaliate when they leave’ Taliban will take it out on the people.It’s going to be a humanitarian shit-show.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Biden’s foreign policy is a disaster. 13 dead 52 wounded & numbers growing at Kabul airport.

Here’s more troubling fallout from Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan – he’s just handed over control of the world’s largest lithium deposits to the Taliban. Afghanistan has massive deposits of minerals essential for renewable energies. Demand for these minerals will quadruple as the US mandates the use of electric vehicles in the future. Biden has effectively given away rare earths to the Taliban’s new best friend, China. Yep, China Joe has sold us out. He should be court-martialed!

https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/biden-withdraw-allows-taliban-secure-worlds-largest-lithium-deposits

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

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/live-updates-taliban-gain-more-ground-in-afghanistan-as-they-close-in-on-kabul

“12 US service members killed in Kabul airport explosion, officials say:”
https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/live-updates-taliban-gain-more-ground-in-afghanistan-as-they-close-in-on-kabul

“Afghanistan explosions: At least 10 US troops killed in Kabul airport blast, dozens wounded, officials say”
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/americans-left-behind-afghanistan-kabul-bombings

“Americans likely to be left behind in Afghanistan after Kabul bombings:”

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
23 days ago

If you voted for Biden you’ll never be able to wash the blood off your hands.

Let’s hope Biden and his bootlickers smarten up.

Giocometti
Giocometti
Reply to  12 Gauge
23 days ago

You’re right about that. I voted for Trump and I still have crabs.

Simon Ives
Simon Ives
Reply to  Giocometti
23 days ago

You probably got them from Kamala.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
23 days ago

Need to wash the blood off the Dominion voting machines and those controlling the vote count 11/3-4/2020 too.

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LegalEagle
LegalEagle
23 days ago

And now, a message and video ad from your District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

In her latest tweet the DA promotes the Drug Policy Alliance. DPA is the largest lobbyist in the US selling pro-drug/anti-drug law enforcement propaganda dressed up as science.

Their message:
the war on drugs, not drugs, is ruining people’s lives
the war on drugs, not drugs, fuels mass incarceration
the war on drugs, not drugs and drug dealers target people of color
the war on drugs, not drugs, cripples communities and costs billions

Can we please see evidence as this relates to Berkshire County?

Berkshire County, This is your DA on drugs. The message: Stop the war on drugs so our drug dealers can continue their livelihoods without interference. You voted for her. She speaks for @CountyBerkshire.

https://twitter.com/harringtonforda/status/1428749159713153028?s=20

@harringtonforda
·
Aug 20

Working to end unfair racial disparities in the courts & building a culture of inclusion is a core priority at the @CountyBerkshire
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Drug Policy Alliance

@DrugPolicyOrg
· Aug 19
https://abs-0.twimg.com/emoji/v2/svg/1f373.svg THIS is what a truthful war on drugs commercial looks like.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

The folks here in our addiction treatment community are too busy putting out fires to point out people like Harrington and groups like the Drug Policy Alliance and their “harm reduction” are in direct opposition to prevention efforts. The DPA seeks to legalize all drugs and believes there are safe ways to use drugs.This undermines the efforts of those truly trying to minimize harm to people at risk. We need more treatment programs, more beds, more sober houses, more community support for people in recovery. We don’t need to inject peopel with heroin and send them out to drive drugged. The DPA doesn’t give a damn about addicts. They take advantage of drug addiction and diseases like HIV to advance an agenda that has nothing to do with helping people of any color and everything to do with their political goals of legal drugs. Sickening, right?

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

The DA and the DPA have one thing in common. They’re both phony.
Andrea Harrington cares nothing for any of the issues she suddenly got behind at age 45 when she managed to get herself elected based on a pile of bull. She had no history of working for women, involvement in drug treatment issues, support for any so called racial injustice in the Berkshires. She has no interest in law enforcement as a component of substance abuse. She was on the elementary school board until she stopped showing up or doing anything. She’s a campaigner who operates atop tiny little trojan horse for her desire to win a job she never imagined she could come near. She is that simple. She shows up at events and prepares nothing with nothing of any sustance to add. The treatment and recovery community have no use for her.
The DPA is more complex but suffice it to say they have no involvement in treatment either. DPA wants legalization of all drugs.Its founder wanted to do drugs without consequence. He got Soros to fund campaigns for medical marijuana, needle exchange, decriminalization, legal weed, these are all incremental issues people can get behind without having to hear “legalize all drugs.” DPA is not interested in helping the addicted, families and communities. If so, where is the $$$? They fund ballot initiatives and run campaigns to fool people into believing BS, for example, marijuana will solve the opioid crisis.They want to reduce the role of the criminial justice system to the maximum extent and legalize all drugs.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  LegalEagle
23 days ago

Are you a lawyer?

Who Will Save Your Soul
Who Will Save Your Soul
Reply to  LegalEagle
23 days ago

I’ve been trying to say that, couldn’t quite get it right – what can we do ?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
23 days ago

https://www.oann.com/afghanistan-faces-humanitarian-crisis-as-airlift-deadline-looms/

Attack on Kabul airport kills at least 13; airlift thrust into chaos

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
23 days ago
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Knight Mair
Knight Mair
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

We should have never evacuated unless we were sure no American Service Men and Women were in harms way Joe!!!!Joe

Knight Mair
Knight Mair
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

This isn’t rocket science. The evacuation was deadly. It not the job Joe,it’s the way the job Was executed.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
23 days ago

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/08/breaking-third-blast-kabul-reported/

BREAKING: Reports of a third blast in Kabul only one hour ago.A third blast in Kabul is being reported.

https://twitter.com/fahmidahyousfi/status/1430960836164587529

Knight Mair
Knight Mair
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

The creed always says Be Prepared. We weren’t. Biden states after the massacre they he’s ordered any-additional force if needed.?A Little late Joe. The tactical part of this failed miserably.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

New reports this may have been an ammo dump blown up by U.S. forces?

“Third blast heard in Kabul, Taliban say US military destroying ammunitionA Taliban spokesperson confirmed that a third blast reported by local and international media around Kabul was from the US military destroying ammunitions.
Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reporting from Kabul said the explosion sounded like a ” very large thud, a huge bang”.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/26/panic-grips-kabul-airport-as-evacuation-deadline-nears-live-news

X-Lachs Lounge
X-Lachs Lounge
23 days ago

Bill called me after watching Biden and told me….. “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

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James
James
23 days ago

People who like to get high aren’t good at business, screwed their workers and got fined by the AG. https://www.berkshireeagle.com/crime/theory-wellness-to-pay-back-wages-to-employees/article_f225d7d8-069d-11ec-a12f-4fa837de1359.html

J2S
J2S
Reply to  James
23 days ago

Noticed that premium pay will be reduced and eventually phased out by the same people who claim they are for the hardworking families living paycheck to paycheck. They sided with those who fill their campaign coffers and their pockets as well, over the same people the Democrats supposedly care most about. When will the people who vote continually for a one party majority here in Massachusetts wake up and realize it doesn’t work the way they say, it will for them at election time.

Thomas Betit
Thomas Betit
23 days ago

Joe has 14 American Kia, 200 Afghan Kia
And 300 casualties as of 6 pm eastern standard time.
Zuckerberg, Twitter and Google are just as much to blame.
What of the 100plud Christian children the 82nd airborne forced from the airport.
He should hang – the 20 christian missionaries who perished are blood on his hands.
It’s long past time for accountability.