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PERMANENT WAR, A SAD FEATURE OF U.S. LIFE, SERVICED HANDILY BY THE UKRAINE SITUATION

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, JUNE 1, 2022) — Today, we present a thought-provoking guest column on the topic of permanent war. This dreadful condition has been in place in America since the end of World War II, when we did something the country has never done before. We failed to revert to a peacetime economy.

Actually, THE PLANET understands the need at that time to keep the economic machine going, the unprecedented might of American know-how and manufacturing that set us up for prosperity. The politicians sowed the seeds of our undoing, however, when it allowed the military to use fear to establish what has become the national security state. Fast forward the Way Back Machine to today.

What hath we wrought?

Despite a plethora of domestic problems, we have sent $40 billion and counting to the Ukraine, a country with a notoriously corrupt past. The money has been used to prolong a foreign entanglement that has done and will do the United States little good.

To read the article as originally posted, click on the link in the next sentence.

This article originally appeared at ScheerPost. Used by permission.

For those who for whatever reason are not able or don’t wish to do that, you can read it here.

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ENDLESS WAR

BY CHRIS HODGES

The United States, as the near-unanimous vote to provide nearly $40 billion in aid to Ukraine illustrates, is trapped in the death spiral of unchecked militarism. No high speed trains. No universal health care. No viable COVID relief program. No respite from 8.3% inflation. No infrastructure programs to repair decaying roads and bridges, which require $41.8 billion to fix the 43,586 structurally deficient bridges, on average 68 years old. No forgiveness of $1.7 trillion in student debt. No addressing income inequality. No program to feed the 17 million children who go to bed each night hungry. No rational gun control or curbing of the epidemic of nihilistic violence and mass shootings. No help for the 100,000 Americans who die each year of drug overdoses. No minimum wage of $15 an hour to counter 44 years of wage stagnation. No respite from gas prices that are projected to hit $6 a gallon.

The permanent war economy, implanted since the end of World War II, has destroyed the private economy, bankrupted the nation, and squandered trillions of dollars of taxpayer money. The monopolization of capital by the military has driven the US debt to $30 trillion, $6 trillion more than the US GDP of $24 trillion. Servicing this debt costs $300 billion a year. We spent more on the military, $813 billion for fiscal year 2023, than the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined.

We are paying a heavy social, political and economic cost for our militarism. Washington watches passively as the U.S. rots, morally, politically, economically and physically, while China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India and other countries extract themselves from the tyranny of the U.S. dollar and the international Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a messaging network banks and other financial institutions use to send and receive information, such as money transfer instructions. Once the U.S. dollar is no longer the world’s reserve currency, once there is an alternative to SWIFT, it will precipitate an internal economic collapse. It will force the immediate contraction of the U.S. empire shuttering most of its nearly 800 overseas military installations. It will signal the death of Pax Americana.

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Democrat or Republican. It does not matter. War is the raison d’être of the state. Extravagant military expenditures are justified in the name of “national security.” The nearly $40 billion allocated for Ukraine, most of it going into the hands of weapons manufacturers such as Raytheon Technologies, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is only the beginning. Military strategists, who say the war will be long and protracted, are talking about infusions of $4 or $5 billion in military aid a month to Ukraine. We face existential threats. But these do not count. The proposed budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in fiscal year 2023 is $10.675 billion. The proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is $11.881 billion. Ukraine alone gets more than double that amount. Pandemics and the climate emergency are afterthoughts. War is all that matters. This is a recipe for collective suicide.

War is the raison d’être of the state. Extravagant military expenditures are justified for “national security.” The $40 billion allocated for Ukraine mostly goes to weapons manufacturers. Strategists talk of sending $4 billion more every month.

There were three restraints to the avarice and bloodlust of the permanent war economy that no longer exist. The first was the old liberal wing of the Democratic Party, led by politicians such as Sen. George McGovern, Sen. Eugene McCarthy and Sen. J. William Fulbright, who wrote “The Pentagon Propaganda Machine.” The self-identified progressives, a pitiful minority, in Congress today, from Rep. Barbara Lee —who was the single vote in the House and the Senate opposing an open-ended authorization allowing the president to wage war in Afghanistan or anywhere else — to Rep. Ilhan Omar are now dutifully lining up to fund the latest proxy war. The second restraint was an independent media and academia, including journalists such as I.F Stone and Neil Sheehan along with scholars such as Seymour Melman, author of “The Permanent War Economy” and “Pentagon Capitalism: The Political Economy of War.” Third, and perhaps most important, was an organized antiwar movement led by religious leaders such as Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr. and Phil and Dan Berrigan, as well as groups such as Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). They understood that unchecked militarism was a fatal disease.

None of these opposition forces, which did not reverse the permanent war economy but curbed its excesses, now exist. The two ruling parties have been bought by corporations, especially military contractors. The press is anemic and obsequious to the war industry. Propagandists for permanent war, largely from right-wing think tanks lavishly funded by the war industry, along with former military and intelligence officials, are exclusively quoted or interviewed as military experts. NBC’s “Meet the Press” aired a segment May 13 where officials from Center for a New American Security (CNAS) simulated what a war with China over Taiwan might look like. The co-founder of CNAS, Michèle Flournoy, who appeared in the “Meet the Press” war games segment and was considered by Biden to run the Pentagon, wrote in 2020 in Foreign Affairs that the U.S. needs to develop “the capability to credibly threaten to sink all of China’s military vessels, submarines and merchant ships in the South China Sea within 72 hours.”

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The handful of anti-militarists and critics of empire from the left, such as Noam Chomsky, and the right, such as Ron Paul, have been declared persona non grata by a compliant media. The liberal class has retreated into boutique activism where issues of class, capitalism and militarism are jettisoned for “cancel culture,” multiculturalism and identity politics. Liberals are cheerleading the war in Ukraine. At least the inception of the war with Iraq saw them join significant street protests. Ukraine is embraced as the latest crusade for freedom and democracy against the new Hitler. There is little hope, I fear, of rolling back or restraining the disasters being orchestrated on a national and global level.  The neoconservatives and liberal interventionists chant in unison for war. Joe Biden has appointed these warmongers, whose attitude to nuclear war is terrifyingly cavalier, to run the Pentagon, the National Security Council and the State Department.

Since all we do is war, all proposed solutions are military. War will cripple Russia. War will curb the growing power of China. These are demented and dangerous fantasies of a ruling class severed from reality.

Since all we do is war, all proposed solutions are military. This military adventurism accelerates the decline, as the defeat in Vietnam and the squandering of $8 trillion in the futile wars in the Middle East illustrate. War and sanctions, it is believed, will cripple Russia, rich in gas and natural resources. War, or the threat of war, will curb the growing economic and military clout of China.

These are demented and dangerous fantasies, perpetrated by a ruling class that has severed itself from reality. No longer able to salvage their own society and economy, they seek to destroy those of their global competitors, especially Russia and China. Once the militarists cripple Russia, the plan goes, they will focus military aggression on the Indo-Pacific, dominating what Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, referring to the Pacific, called “the American Sea.”

You cannot talk about war without talking about markets. The U.S., whose growth rate has fallen to below 2%, while China’s is 8.1%, has turned to military aggression to bolster its sagging economy. If the U.S. can sever Russian gas supplies to Europe, it will force Europeans to buy from the United States. U.S. firms, at the same time, would be happy to replace the Chinese Communist Party, even if they must do it through the threat of war, to open unfettered access to Chinese markets. War, if it did break out with China, would devastate the Chinese, American and global economies, destroying free trade between countries as in World War I. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Washington is desperately trying to build military and economic alliances to ward off a rising China, whose economy is expected by 2028 to overtake that of the United States, according to the U.K.’s Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). The White House has said that Biden’s recent visit to Asia was about sending a “powerful message” to Beijing and others about what the world could look like if democracies “stand together to shape the rules of the road.” The Biden administration has invited South Korea and Japan to attend the NATO summit in Madrid.

But fewer and fewer nations, even among European allies, are willing to be dominated by the United States. Washington’s veneer of democracy and supposed respect for human rights and civil liberties is so badly tarnished as to be irrecoverable. Its economic decline, with China’s manufacturing 70% higher than that of the U.S., is irreversible. War is a desperate Hail Mary, one employed by dying empires throughout history with catastrophic consequences. “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable,” Thucydides noted in “The History of the Peloponnesian War.”

A key component to the sustenance of the permanent war state was the creation of the all-volunteer force. Without conscripts, the burden of fighting wars falls to the poor, the working class and military families. This allows the children of the middle class, who led the Vietnam antiwar movement, to avoid service. It protects the military from internal revolts, carried out by troops during the Vietnam War, which jeopardized the cohesion of the armed forces.

The all-volunteer force, by limiting the pool of available troops, also makes the global ambitions of the militarists impossible. Desperate to maintain or increase troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military instituted the “stop-loss” policy that arbitrarily extended active-duty contracts. Its slang term was the “backdoor draft.” The effort to bolster the number of troops by hiring private military contractors as well has had a negligible effect. Increased troop levels would not have won the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the tiny percentage of those willing to serve in the military (only 7% of the U.S. population are veterans) is an unacknowledged Achilles heel for the militarists.

“As a consequence, the problem of too much war and too few soldiers eludes serious scrutiny,” writes historian and retired Army Col. Andrew Bacevich in “After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed“:

Expectations of technology bridging that gap provide an excuse to avoid asking the most fundamental questions: Does the United States possess the military wherewithal to oblige adversaries to endorse its claim of being history’s indispensable nation? And if the answer is no, as the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suggest, wouldn’t it make sense for Washington to temper its ambitions accordingly?

This question, as Bacevich points out, is “anathema.” The military strategists work from the supposition that the coming wars won’t look anything like past wars. They invest in imaginary theories of future wars that ignore the lessons of the past, ensuring more fiascos.

The political class is as self-deluded as the generals. It refuses to accept the emergence of a multipolar world and the palpable decline of American power. It speaks in the outdated language of American exceptionalism and triumphalism, believing it has the right to impose its will as the leader of the “free world.” In his 1992 Defense Planning Guidance memorandum, then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz argued that the U.S. must ensure no rival superpower again arises. The U.S. should project its military strength to dominate a unipolar world in perpetuity. On Feb. 19, 1998, on NBC’s “Today,” Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave the Democratic version of this doctrine of unipolarity. “If we have to use force it is because we are Americans; we are the indispensable nation,” she said. “We stand tall, and we see further than other countries into the future.”

This demented vision of unrivaled U.S. global supremacy, not to mention unrivaled goodness and virtue, blinds the establishment Republicans and Democrats. The military strikes they casually used to assert the doctrine of unipolarity, especially in the Middle East, swiftly spawned jihadist terror and prolonged warfare. None of them saw it coming until the hijacked jets slammed into the World Trade Center twin towers. That they cling to this absurd hallucination is the triumph of hope over experience.

There is a deep loathing among the public for these elitist Ivy League architects of American imperialism. Imperialism was tolerated when it was able to project power abroad and produce rising living standards at home. It was tolerated when it restrained itself to covert interventions in countries such as Iran, Guatemala and Indonesia. It went off the rails in Vietnam. The military defeats that followed accompanied a steady decline in living standards, wage stagnation, a crumbling infrastructure and eventually a series of economic policies and trade deals, orchestrated by the same ruling class, which deindustrialized and impoverished the country.

Donald Trump committed the heresy of questioning the sanctity of American empire, calling the invasion of Iraq a “big, fat mistake.” Told that Putin was “a killer,” he retorted, “You think our country’s so innocent?”

The establishment oligarchs, now united in the Democratic Party, distrust Donald Trump. He commits the heresy of questioning the sanctity of the American empire. Trump derided the invasion of Iraq as a “big, fat mistake.” He promised “to keep us out of endless war.” Trump was repeatedly questioned about his relationship with Vladimir Putin. Putin was “a killer,” one interviewer told him. “There are a lot of killers,” Trump retorted. “You think our country’s so innocent?” Trump dared to speak a truth that was to be forever unspoken, that the militarists had sold out the American people.

Noam Chomsky took some heat for pointing out, correctly, that Trump is the “one statesman” who has laid out a “sensible” proposition to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The proposed solution included “facilitating negotiations instead of undermining them and moving toward establishing some kind of accommodation in Europe … in which there are no military alliances but just mutual accommodation.”

Trump is too unfocused and mercurial to offer serious policy solutions. He did set a timetable to withdraw from Afghanistan, but he also ratcheted up the economic war against Venezuela and reinstituted crushing sanctions against Cuba and Iran, which the Obama administration had ended. He increased the military budget. He apparently flirted with carrying out a missile strike on Mexico to “destroy the drug labs.” But he acknowledges a distaste for imperial mismanagement that resonates with the public, one that has every right to loath the smug mandarins that plunge us into one war after another. Trump lies like he breathes. But so do they.

The 57 Republicans who refused to support the $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, along with many of the 19 bills that included an earlier $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine, come out of the kooky conspiratorial world of Trump. They, like Trump, repeat this heresy. They too are attacked and censored. But the longer Biden and the ruling class continue to pour resources into war at our expense, the more these proto-fascists, already set to wipe out Democratic gains in the House and Senate this fall, will be ascendant. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, during the debate on the aid package to Ukraine, which most members were not given time to closely examine, said: “$40 billion but there’s no baby formula for American mothers and babies.”

“An unknown amount of money to the CIA and Ukraine supplemental bill but there’s no formula for American babies,” she added. “Stop funding regime change and money laundering scams. A U.S. politician covers up their crimes in countries like Ukraine.”

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin immediately attacked Greene for parroting the propaganda of Vladimir Putin.

Greene, like Trump, spoke a truth that resonates with a beleaguered public. The opposition to permanent war should have come from the tiny progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which unfortunately sold out to the craven Democratic leadership to save their political careers. Greene is demented, but Raskin and the Democrats peddle their own brand of lunacy. We are going to pay a very steep price for this burlesque.

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THE PLANET invites your comments.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

Interesting read in this current segment. I would point out all America has to do is start being a producer of goods and buying American made products. If the government really wanted to stop the slide invest in manufacturing and let the oil start to flow. Unfortunately the current situation, economically speaking, should have the government cut spending on goods and services and pay down their debt. This should help lower inflationary pressures in the short term and allow the governments to have reserves to put into a new growth. I don’t think this will happen but it would be a great start. BTW has anyone seen the missing greenhouses? How about the movie seats that the city paid for in the Beacon?

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
1 month ago

There is no accountability for the Ukraine money…. I think most of it will be stolen.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  12 Gauge
1 month ago

I think most of it will go to the globalists that just met in Davos. It is so pathetic. No baby formula, but billions supposedly sent to Ukraine for an endless war. Biden wants the endless war in Ukraine and he has been setting it up months ago when he said this war will go on for a long time. “Trump will get us into war” was the endless taunt from the media during the Trump presidency and now they glorify Biden for promising an endless Russian/Ukraine war.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Right and that’s a bad thing (eye roll). I do not want build back better. How about this. Can Joe just put things back to the way they were before.

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  Get Over It
1 month ago

It’s bad for me… I couldn’t express myself as an underage rainbow leprechaun who wants to read softcore porn to kids at the public library.

I am free!

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
1 month ago

These are my pronouns (Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Donald Trump’s)

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Get Over It
1 month ago

You mean with all the crumbling roads and bridges?

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

So which have been fixed since Sleepy Joe came about that were not scheduled under Trump?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Get Over It
1 month ago

UH, NOTHING was scheduled under Trump. Please double check your news source because it is almost ALWAYS wrong.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

cite your source….that is totally not true

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Get Over It
1 month ago

What he forgot to tell us is that before we “Build Back Better” -which by the way has been the U.N.’s mission statement years before Biden-was that 1st we must destroy America.

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

Dan ,we had record stock market every year after 2009.We had chep gas during Covid shutdown. The UNITED STATES border has never been ignored.

Last edited 1 month ago by the school committee
fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Trump did not get us into war. He got us into an insurrection, which is far worse in my opinion.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Hillary, Xiden, Sotero, and the DNC, were spying on American citizens, to include a sitting president prior to 1/6/21, but people trespassing at the Capitol concerns you more?

Last edited 1 month ago by Markus Aurelius
fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

Absolutely. Trump wants to be president forever with no more elections, just like his friend Putin in Moscow. He will still do it if people like you support him.

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Because of people like you Fizz, I’m paying $5 a gallon, can’t find baby formula, inflation is through the roof, but let me guess, it’s Putin’s fault?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Marcus Aurelius
1 month ago

I will take full responsibility for all that. Give me your address and I will send some baby formula over for you. Sounds like you could use it.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

70 Allen Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Attn: Barry Tyer

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

Trump wanted the stupids,every single stupid and he got them

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

That is factually inaccurate.

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

really? A bunch of scared elite politicians missing their lunch is worse than families being murdered, raped, fire bombed, etc? Whole cities demolished

You think Jan 6. Was WORSE than that? That <68 IQ is showing

Herb Pease
Herb Pease
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

War is peace

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Herb Pease
1 month ago

God is Dead – Nietzsche

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

Rather that clean up the production company they made a decision to create the shortage by shutting it down….why

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Almost no mention of the Covid hoax used to take away Americans freedoms.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Biden did not say one word about the ballooning egg crisis in the Northeast sector of his country. Also, have you tried to find any night crawlers lately? There does not seem to be as many as in past years and I just cannot understand why this man is not looking into it during the food shortage when people need to survive more and more on fish they catch in local rivers and ponds. Does he just sit on his ass watching FOX news and eating McDonalds all day or sumptin?

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

Funny

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Plenty of night crawlers on north st.. especially at 3am….ask Barry.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  12 Gauge
1 month ago

Sounds like they are out in big numbers right now. Stay away from inner Pittsfield until the planets realign. (or Tyer leaves whichever comes first)

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

Trump wanted all the stupids to support him.He got all of them

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
1 month ago

According to the local paper an accountant for the town of Monterey has been sent to jail for larceny of that towns coffers and others. This seems to happen quite often and most often only seems to be found out by accident.

And so you would think a much bigger town, with a much bigger budget might do a forensic audit just to make sure all was well. Especially if there had not been one in forever. Would it not be good business practice? And if a town absolutely refused to do such an audit and became alarmed at the very suggestion, why might that be?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
1 month ago

And that is exactly why there will never be an honest audit in Pittsfield, MA. As long as no one looks for any malfeasance, fiduciary failures, graft, corruption, fraud, waste, abuse, perversions, NONE WILL BE FOUND.

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
1 month ago

Something that’s really weird. That shooting in Texas, somebody posted amazingly accurate details about the whole thing way before any news outlet did. Only now are the details coming out and they are amazingly accurate.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Uh Oh
1 month ago

I’m still wondering how he just turned 18, unemployed, and was able to afford >$5000 worth of weapons and ammo. Who financed this killing spree?

The local LEO is reportedly not speaking/forthcoming to state authorities. Were they actively chasing the truck when he crashed outside the school? He supposedly shot his grandmother before stealing the truck, and was involved in gunfire with police considerable time before he arrived/crashed. The school was in a lockdown before he crashed, a woman/teacher supposedly left a door open. Was he headed for the school or was that just where he crashed?

There is lots of conflicting reports from the MSM about what actually happened and when.

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

He just happened to have his trusty AR-15 shredding children machine with him and oddly had protection on his head and chest……

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

He had a long history as a minor of: violence, animal abuse, verbal and social media threats, shooting BB guns at people.

If the Police/DAs had prosecuted these crimes, his prior record would bar him from possesion/purchase of firearms, and the NICS background check would have flagged him.

Who financed these weapons TSC?

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That’s accurate. All these progressive DA’s want more gun control, prosecute the lower level crimes and they will fail their background checks.

So technically, someone like Andrea Harrington and her office are literally creating a scenario where mentally unstable/violent offenders are still able to obtain firearms legally.

Kind of like when someone has an unregistered handgun, improper storage, etc. charges and they are NOT sent to jail as the law mandates

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

Was it Biden?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Some other news/rumors concerning the killer. I can’t confirm this one so take it as a rumor.

“On top of this, the shooter had no drivers license or photo ID, so how could he possibly get his hands on all this expensive equipment?”

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Well the govenor of Texas wants everybody to have a gun so he may have bought it for him? It could happen in Texas cuz they be luvin their guns.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Fact. in Switzerland the burglary rate is lowest in the world, because every homeowner must have a gun.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

“A gunman fatally shot two people before parishioners shot and killed him at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, authorities said.

J.P. Bevering, police chief of White Settlement, in Tarrant County, said the man opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ during services shortly before noon. Worshipers returned fire, killing the gunman, Bevering said.”

“The shooter struck a second person before two other parishioners, who are volunteer members of a church security team, returned fire. The shooting was over within six seconds, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters.

They “drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,” Patrick said.”

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That was staged by the NRA. They had auditions for the actors that very morning in that same church. The acting coach even said afterwards that he wished they had practiced more so that it looked more authentic. Ask Tucker, even he laughed because the plastic gun was so obvious.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

You made that up. Sad.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Get Over It
1 month ago

It could be an alternative fact which is no different than how Fox news reports news. So since they made alternative facts acceptable there is no reason all news outlets cannot do the same. Breibart does it. News max does it. I enjoy alternate facts and am grateful to Fox news for making them real.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Your comments are becoming so full of lies you may work for the Enquirer

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Wow your as delusional as TSC. You two been out using you “bring crack better” Biden pipes again?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

We need “common sense ” vaccine control.

People killed with rifles 2020, 454. Source FBI crime report FBI.gov.

People killed by covid vaccine 2021, 20,622. Source VAERS.HHS.GOV

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

Trump got all the stupids.The God fearing right says you can’t have freedom without an AR-15 by your bed….Dodge city freedom

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Even far left people on this board have said their goal is for America to become a non-player in the world. We’ll still have a strong military to protect ourselves they say, but they want our country taken down and let other countries become super powers. Under Biden, they are reaching that goal.

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

Military budget is more than Russia China combined by far.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

3 days ago Biden said ” U.S. will not supply Ukraine with long range rockets” then clean up on isle 5 ” U.S. to send rockets to Ukraine ” this morning he ( Biden ) stated that he doesn’t favor the Ukrainians firing off the weapons from Ukraine into Russia .

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

TRUMP!!!!

That’s my whole argument. I win

*note sarcasm*

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

FOX is in isle 5 throwing fascism everywhere

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

What is fascism? I suspect in your mind anything you don’t like is racism or fascism. You are obtuse.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
1 month ago

You forgot White supremacists and Fox viewers….

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Come read SC’s new book, grammar mistakes, clueless ranting and all. Published by Pelosi LLC

“Everyone I disagree with is a racist, fascist, xenophobic pig unless they vote Big D”

Last edited 1 month ago by Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
1 month ago

Capt, you forgot the last part of that quote:

“And after you vote the Big D, bend over and prepare to get an even bigger helping of the Big D.”

The Downtown Umbrella guy
The Downtown Umbrella guy
1 month ago

You folks have been around long enough, don’t pretend this is our first proxy war.
Wait till you find out how much we send Israel every year.

Price is Wrong
Price is Wrong
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella guy
1 month ago

Can you see the cops wearing a taser,a gun, bulletsand belt,pepper spray and now a bolo wrap to lasso the perp. Oh and flashlight and communication devices.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Price is Wrong
1 month ago

They can dress up like Batman and drive in the bat mobile with robin

laughingstock
laughingstock
1 month ago

Good thing another DA’s office prosecuted this otherwise it would have been another CWOF from our crack DA.

An accountant who stole nearly $1 million from multiple Massachusetts towns he worked for — including $24,597 from Monterey — has been sentenced to more than three years in jail, prosecutors said Tuesday.
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/southern_berkshires/accountant-sent-to-jail-for-defrauding-monterey-other-massachusetts-towns/article_96ec3018-e11e-11ec-bf92-5314475d337c.html

The Squadron
The Squadron
Reply to  laughingstock
1 month ago

Looks like another win for Andrea Harrington’s aggressive Special Victims Unit tackling domestic violence against women and girls. This time we have a murder.

A judge issued the abuse prevention order to Rosado, but it expired a few weeks later when neither she nor Luis Rosado attended a court hearing.”

Wasn’t Harrington just bragging that she invented the concept of prosecuting cases of domestic violence even when the victim isn’t participating?

“In the March affidavit, Rosado wrote that she and Luis Rosado got married earlier this year. He started using drugs soon after and had physically hurt her, she wrote. “This man is very unstable and unpredictable,” she wrote. “I am in fear for my life at this point, I don’t know who to turn to anymore.”

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/crime/complaint-issued-homicide-north-adams/article_e4bac7c6-e1b1-11ec-bd71-8bd586ffa088.html

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
Reply to  The Squadron
1 month ago

In Massachusetts, a victim does not have the right to decide whether or not to press criminal charges. The police must arrest the offender if there is probable cause to believe and assault and battery occurred. 

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Al A. Bye
1 month ago

Al, that law only applies to domestic violence cases. The Commonwealth becomes the “victim” in all DV cases, not simple a/b cases.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  Al A. Bye
1 month ago

Not exactly. Police have absolute discretion on making arrest for domestic assault and battery unless there is a violation of a restraining order- then arrest is mandatory but of course they have to catch the bastard first. Arrest is simply the “preferred response” for simple domestic assault and battery and in fact if it is not a “domestic” assault and battery, police can’t even make an arrest unless they witness it, no matter what – just another reason the criminal justice system is broken.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The Squadron
1 month ago

All of a sudden he started using drugs? I’m sure he was previously a solid citizen.

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  12 Gauge
1 month ago

Probably snorted the lines right off her asscrack before heading to Key West on a Tuesday evening

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
1 month ago

According to the news about her death, her maiden last name was Tatro. I’ve heard of this name in the news before.

Copy the press release
Copy the press release
Reply to  The Squadron
1 month ago

This murder and the murder of Dennis Bernardo are both the result of an incompetent DA. Anyone who endorses or votes for Harrington now should have to answer why.

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  Copy the press release
1 month ago

And reports have been sealed on the Bernardi case until September so voters won’t figure out that when she had the chance to have the murderer committed to a mental health facility, she just dismissed a felony assault case and let him walk free…to murder that poor man. PLEASE VOTE HER OUT.

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  The Squadron
1 month ago

And today Harrington called for a noon press conference to take credit for Rosado’s arrest, when he was on the street to commit murder due to her incompetence in the 1st place..As Dan says, totally “tone deaf”

The Squadron
The Squadron
Reply to  Two Cents
1 month ago

It’s a lot worse than tone deaf. Harrington does not understand her job and is a danger to the public. Today she endorsed an ACLU activist for Plymouth County DA. This could be a first in the history of Massachusetts – a DA taking aim at a fellow DA. It’s quite astonishing really. First we have Harrington attacking federal prosecutors for upholding the law. Now we have her endorsing a candidate who has promised a Do Not Prosecute Crime List. He is expected to lose and so is Harrington. All progressive prosecutors must go because they have political agendas that have nothing to do with the justice system. Get out and vote out these pretenders and posers.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

I’m catching up on the budget hearings. So far Karen Kalinowsky has asked the Mayor to add $65,000 to the budget, Earl Persip asked for $50,000 to be added to the budget and Charles Kronick asked for $1,000 to be added to the budget. All these motions passed. Wasn’t Kalinowsky and Kronick supposed to be our saviours and cut the budget? Didn’t Kronick come on this site a few days ago and say he thought the budget should be cut 5%? Yet he proposes an increase?

I don’t get it.

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Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Got to define terms: Budget is a plan how to allocate funds. Two budgets, same total, can have different distributions.

Increasing/adding a line item only changes the plan of the budget but does not necessarily impact the cost of the budget. One could easily increase Highway salaries $100,000 and still reduce the overall cost. Did I say 5%? It is probably too small, and probably should request 10%. (Do I have the courage?)

Let’s go back and delete the funding for City Council. In New Hampshire, State Reps are paid $200/year (in sterling). I suggest councilors get $10 in sterling.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

It was never going to happen, it’s like joining a drug cartel and trying to get them to sell less drugs. And that’s what they are, hardened criminals. Kronick was already looking at being forced to resign

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

Wilson – not intimidated by slander, and I am not attracted to running away.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

Worldwide: I’ll explain.

I expect the budget to be not only cut, but planned for a recession.

That means reduce borrowing, no silly pet projects, ARPA for strictly capital needs and human services as mandated and as envisioned by the Act.

$1,000 to acknowledge the volunteer staff of RSVP should have passed without debate given the priorities. It pales in comparison to the following:

  1. $500,000 Pickleball (Bike Lane Redux)
  2. $200,000 Bike Trail designing Phase II
  3. $167,000 + benefits and presume future growth to DEI department. (contradicting audit recommendations)
  4. $75,000 Social Worker, qualifications set at license only, (Specialized training, advance degree not specified?) Base rate for SW no specialization is $50,000. (Also contradicting audit recs)
  5. $4,000,000+ in capital borrowing that should be funded by ARPA (your tax dollars)
  6. Increasing Building Maintenance for schools when we have more classrooms than students and principles passing students through?
  7. Overtime for departments that cannot retain staff due to uncompetitive salaries

On the other hand:
$1,000 additional for 300 volunteers who provide $800,000 value and provide an actual service to elderly such as rides to physicians.

You call that an increase – really?? There is only one person whom I know that thinks like this.

Also, I would remind you that the majority in Ward 2 are unsatisfied with the rising cost of Pittsfield. That feeling is driven by a lack of value for the buck as in no residential road improvements in return for Chapter 90 Tax funds. Keep that stuff up and people will absolutely quicken their flight out of Dodge. The only chart worth its ink and means anything in the Budget Book is on Page 9. By the slope of the graph, we can expect the last man to leave and turn off the lights in 2040.

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fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Thank you Charles. Lots of pork in that budget with inflation so high and hard times on the near horizon. It is a beyond horrible budget and shows just how magnificently incompetent this mayor is. I was wondering if the taxpayers could start a gofund me to pay Mr Marchetti a bonus just to do his fucking job. I will put in the first $25.00.

Brace for an economic ‘hurricane,’ JPMorgan Chase CEO says

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Fizz – pork is often desirable projects which a rep forces others to accept to pass a general act. What would you call the line items I listed? Something other than pork.
I saw that article – the word from agriculture is 50% in increase supplies/fuel today. Come harvest that cost will have distribution multipliers. In normal chains, if raw mat go up 30%, distributer doubles it, and retailer then doubles again (or whatever profit margin is normal).
Evidently, since leaders aren’t planning and just spending like money grows on trees, agriculture will eat expense and who knows what happens to them.

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

*principals

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Fact is $1,000 increase is still an increase. Small yes, but still adds more money to the budget. I’m glad the Mayor worked around the council and is installing Pickleball courts. We seniors need stuff to do as well as the kids.

Your on shaky ground going after the DEI department. Youll be labeled a racist. Adding inspectors is adding staff as well, but you don’t point that out, just the DEI department.

I hope you go after the school department budget tonight. That is where we can save some real money. The question is do you have the guts to do it.

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

The last thing anyone needs are more social workers. They are absolutely useless and overpaid.

You have 0 choice
You have 0 choice
1 month ago

Subject matter jurisdiction

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

Now we have Johnny Depp winning hie case against Amber Heard but still having to pay his ex-douchebag a couple of million dollars. He’s no better. Why have we spent time and muti-millions on this lengthy case of two clowns who sexually cheated on one another.? The fact we made a popular story of this is a terrible reflection of our own sexual dreams. Don’t criticize me. That’s what I believe. That’s a big difference from a belief of a kid who grew up on Euclid Ave. in the 40’s.

Deppth
Deppth
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Come on Chuck. You’re tribe will never be in Johnny’s League. And he’s innocent.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Dan

I hope folks forgive me because I know I will miss names of great athletes who grew up in the Briggs School area. You mentioned a couple. Former NY Yankee pitcher Art Ditmar grew up on Euclid Ave. and developed his skills on a field we called the Owls Club. You now know it as the Crescent Creamery parking lot. Did you know Art had a brother who was a good pitcher, too? His name was George and he attended Williams College . At that time the Crescent field was an open lot with hills and bumps. A foul ball from the batter’s box would end up on the railroad tracks. Hard to imagine a youngster today playing on a field like that. Larry Bossidy was an all-time great Pittsfield pitcher, as well as a great basketball player, who I met in the fifth grade and have gone through life together. Larry grew up in the Deming Park area. His twin brother, Tommy, would have been as great as Larry if not for medical problems. Who could forget Fred Broaderick from St. Joseph High School? Fred developed his skills on the current Crescent Creamery parking lot and became an all-time great 3 sport star at St. Joseph High School. An older brother who attended St. Joseph’s was one of our first casualties in World War 2.Then there was area based Jim Bacon and Joe Hodlin. Who can ever forget my first grade buddy, Frand Reid.? Frank was a 3 sport star. Football was his best sport. Nearby, but Tucker school kids, were Don Morehead and Buddy Sheran. Did you know Don Morehead was PHS’s senior class president? This was 1949. Don was the first and only minority to ever attain this honor. He was extraordinary. A wonderful personality and an all-time athletic great. The Sheran family were special. Buddy was a great second basemen who also played basketball. There were 2 brothers. Don, known as Bones was an excellent basketball player at St. Joseph. Dickey, known as Rags, was a great player for PHS. Great players, none better, wonderful memories.

Deppth
Deppth
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

Chuck and Dan. Being Red Sox fans I understand the animosity. But you’ll be interested to know Johnny was in A A and was also a member of the Pirates in the Caribbean League.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

Because, Chuck, if you lie and falsely acuse someone of a crime you should not get away with it. How is that not an important life lesson? (His lawyer lied about her friends cooking up some evidence so he had to pay for that.) Any way you look at it, this is a win for truth and justice and I welcome it. Especially given we have a DA who refused to follow the laws about public records and lied about it and got away with it. Especially when our DA did not pursue truth and justice in a hate crime hoax. Sorry. Not Sorry.

Deppth
Deppth
Reply to  RNtoo
1 month ago

Multiple people shot at Tulsa ok hospital,shooter is dead.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  RNtoo
1 month ago

Great trial! Loved the muffin bit.
Defense witness to Heard’s lawyer: “CAn I clarify what happened so we can stop talking about the muffins??”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8ZFuHIEH2c
appr: 6:00 mins

The driver was good too. “When I look at someone, I alwyays look them in the eyes and just talk to them I don’t pay attention to their makeup. I don’t say, ‘hmm, you did an eyebrow wrong. Your foundation is extra heavy today. Strange choiice for lipstick….I would have noticed if she were bruised. I don’t know much about makeup…”

Heard’s expression was perfect. She had blood on her mind listening to the verdict. Revenge! She shall become another BAtman nemesis.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  RNtoo
1 month ago

So why isn’t Hilary, Comey, Schumer, Pelosi,etc. in jail? All they do is lie. Also why is Neal push an East-West railroad when the state can’t fix the roads and bridges they have?

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

Yes sir, two spousal abusers airing out their dirty laundry- and they are both no good. I did know of either until the media spectacle and I don’t get it but the women fall all over Jack Ass Johnny like he’s Elvis or something. He looks like a run of the mill dirt bag to me.

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

I agree with you Chuck, but at the same time this case was important after the cancel culture/METOO movement hit us full force.

SO MANY women have been allowed to ruin mens lives with false accusations and claims and due to the current climate, if someone simply accuses you you will lose your career, kids, credibility, etc without trial. Guilty until proven innocent.

While Johnny Depp is no angel, Amber Heard was a lying sack that clearly instigated situations, escalated and gas lit him to her advantage and tried to ride the METOO wave to further her career. She got exactly what she deserved…

Teedoff
Teedoff
Reply to  Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
1 month ago

No she should have been prosecuted for domestic assault. Can you imagine if she was being stitched up at the hospital instead of him?

PolicerReportWhereareyou
PolicerReportWhereareyou
1 month ago

You know who this case is a tragic outcome for? The Carnevales who had no choice but to put their trust in you only to see you let two out of four defendants walk away free because you are a terrible DA. That’s why the family has given their money to your opponent to help get you out of office.

“This is a tragic outcome for all parties involved but this lengthy sentence holds Mr. Delvalle-Rodriguez accountable for his actions and sends a message to our community that we will not tolerate gun violence.” – District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  PolicerReportWhereareyou
1 month ago

Who are other defendants?

Reported that 2 more thugs got time in the crowbar hotel. Is there more who were charged?

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/68408/Man-Sentenced-To-30-Years-in-Prison-for-Carnevale-Shooting-.html

Copy the press release
Copy the press release
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The jury acquitted Christopher Frazier, 22, of Pittsfield of the same charges. Daquan Douglas was acquitted on all charges except misleading the police.If you didn’t know maybe it is because the DA likes to put out press releases confusing the public.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Copy the press release
1 month ago

From link above

Co-defendants Kevin Nieves and Daquan Douglas were also convicted. The court initially sentenced Nieves to 20 to 25 years in State Prison but is expected to increase that sentence in accordance with the Commonwealth’s arguments. The court sentenced Douglas to serve up to four years on a single count of misleading a police officer.”

Made no mention of Frazier.

Copy the press release
Copy the press release
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Like I said, two of them will walk away with next to nothing for their particpation

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Copy the press release
1 month ago

I’m surprised the da didn’t give the two who walked participation trophies to make them feel like they did something to contribute.

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  PolicerReportWhereareyou
1 month ago

You know what the best part about Capeless as DA was? He shut up unless necessary and did his job. Andrea spends more time on social media, promoting her white guilt agenda and catering to minorities like shes the great white hope than actually prosecuting crimes.

She is NOT DA, she is a politician. Anyone who happily votes for her needs a trip out behind the woodshed. The sad thing is she is such a narcissist that she doesn’t even see it.

Trump Derangement Syndrome got her elected. The Pink Pussy hates and the male pussies voted with their lady parts all hyped up on mean tweets and oppression. Same way Linda got in

Teedoff
Teedoff
Reply to  Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
1 month ago

But will our public officials have the moral compass to stand up to Wrong Way? I am betting not. Some may say nothing, but none will stand up and say the truth. Jamie Raskin is a perfect example of a self-centered political opportunist who does’t care one thing about the people of Berkshire County. If he did he would bother to find out how Andrea Harrington isn’t even a progressive. She promised to end cash bail then cut around it by overusing dangerousness hearings. He didn’t bother to find out how she overinflated her experience as a “death row attorney.” He didn’t know she never tried a case in superior court and then unecessarily took on and lost a simple case just to satisfy her ego? He couldn’t bother to learn how she tried to unseat a judge, how she backed her indicted friend Marilyn Mosby that resulted in disgraceful editorials in our local paper. Does he know how failed in her duty in the Simon’s Rock racial hoax? Does he even know what a race baiter is? Does he not know how Andrea Harrington used racial tensions and anti-police rhetoric to convince the public POC’s are being arrested and held unfairly here? All this information and a lot more is available with a simple google search. He doesn’t care because he is nothing more than a “scratch my back” politican. And so apparently are many of our elected officials. When they see us not voting for them they will know why and in a word it is morals. You either do or do not have what it takes to stand up for what is right and wrong.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Teedoff
1 month ago

Did you notice you didn’t see the usual band of do nothings: Tricia Farley-Country Buffet (D), Flat Tyer, or Smitty, at her recent announcement?

Only the chief race baiter herself, Shirley Edgerton, was their. I’m sure Shirley wants to keep tabs on any “investigation” that might crop up, from the felonious use of the $700,000 she and Warren recently received.

I’m pretty sure the intent of that money wasn’t to enrich Warren and his fam.

Right Councilor Kronick?

SaferStreets
SaferStreets
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

The silence is deafening. Take note. They are just as despicable for remaining silent.

EQ ESQ.
EQ ESQ.
1 month ago

Will do anything fo a dolla – even that. Call me.

Trix are for kids
Trix are for kids
1 month ago

How bout that little nagger offer his neighbor a f* cup of lemonade instead of trying to be a f* entrepregrantmoneyneuer ?

White is the new orange
White is the new orange
1 month ago

Next time I’m in court I’m in black face & speka0englay… & gay.

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Old black
Old black
1 month ago

White,
$50 on you get a dismissal. And a job at the rli.

Last edited 1 month ago by Old black
Fru Itshun
Fru Itshun
Reply to  Old black
1 month ago

Anyone hear hand gun at city council throwing out a figure of arpa money? She said fifty million available but ‘ made that figure up’ Apple doesn’t far from that tree.Aside. Rickys on pctv this morning doing damage control.

Old black
Old black
1 month ago

money ain’t justice

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

No more money to Ukraine. Another 70 million was given yesterday by our government. We know that Biden wants to keep this war going for a long time for his own purposes involving global government and destroying our country. Where are the voices from the right to “Put America First”? We have done all we can to help Ukraine. The amount of money we have sent them is outrageous. Sending weapons was fine, but not a transfer of our wealth to Ukraine.

Fru Itshun
Fru Itshun
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I’m still be-miffed at how voters overwhelmingly approved the pickpocket tax? How many fucking taxes do we have now. And now with inflation? Somethings wrong.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Fru Itshun
1 month ago

This rip off tax was rightly initially rejected by the taxpayers. Part of the problem was that not enough right-minded taxpayers showed up the second time to vote against this added tax. Or, who knows, maybe some creep crept in, and stuffed the ballot box with fraudulent votes to ensure that this rip-off tax succeeded the second time around. So, now tyer gets to steal more of the taxpayer’s money for just about any grifter with their hands out, new roofs on churches, new ornate iron fencing for St. Joseph Catholic Church, rental assistance programs, first-time homebuyer’s programs, new roofs, new windows, new porches, new decks, new doors, new siding on the decrepit homes of derelict homeowners who can’t afford to take care of their own property. This rip off tax should be rescinded retroactive to its suspect inception.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

The mayor says those taxpayers who don’t want to pay for repairs for run down homes is coming from a Vast Blight Wing Conspiracy group.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  J2S
29 days ago

Whaaa? Really? Where can I see this?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

If Trump was still in charge we would be sending money and weapons to Russia.

(like he did when he was president)

And you know this to be true Pat. You know it….. do not deny it. Even Tucker says it is true.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Another blatant lie or cite your source. And Tucker did not say that.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Get Over It
29 days ago

Tucker works for Murdoch who is a fabulous liar. Also, Tucker has a look about him. He looks like a liar.

Last edited 29 days ago by levitan
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Billions to Ukraine are flowing right back into the Democrats and RINOs pickpockets. 10% “for the big guy”

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I was wrong about the amount. It was 700 million not 70 million that Biden is giving to Ukraine in addition to all the other billions.

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fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

You do know that congress approved this money? Republicans overwhelmingly?

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Demorats 100%

levitan
levitan
Reply to  fizzlehead
29 days ago

If Trump sent weapons and money to Russia, how come they never showed up in Ukraine and how come they are out of money?

And what about the weapons and the kill list the Bidens gave the Taliban?

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
1 month ago

Why is this case being prosecuted by the US Attorney? It appears to be just the one case and she admitted to it. What reason would there be?

A Pittsfield nurse is facing up to four years in prison for stealing fentanyl from a critical care patient

The Berkshire Eagle May 31, 2022 

SPRINGFIELD — A Pittsfield woman is facing up to four years in prison for stealing fentanyl that was being administered to a patient in February 2019.
Jessica Lotto, 36, admitted that she used a syringe to steal the drug from the IV line of a patient in the critical care unit at Berkshire Medical Center, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. She was charged in November 2021.
Lotto pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Tuesday to one count of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud, deceit or subterfuge. The charge calls for a potential sentence of up to four years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Jan. 25. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Deepika Bains Shukla, who is head of Rollins’ Springfield branch office, is prosecuting the case.

t System TownNews.com.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Al A. Bye
1 month ago

In my earlier life I grew up with and worked with a junkie alcoholic RN nurse. She lost her license for stealing drugs/medications. But her license was reinstated, and she resume her RN duties even though she was still an alcoholic and drug addict. She died before she was 50. Alcoholism/substance abuse/drug addiction is not uncommon in the medical profession. Let’s hope this one does the whole 4 years and her license never gets reinstated.

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

Why was it outsourced????

Outfox
Outfox
1 month ago

Off topic but word on the street has it that the real reason Greystone building was sold due to the LLC that took over the property from George Whaling stood to lose the building due to their ongoing negligence and harassment of tenants, including tenants who were severely injured, and one man who died as the result of injuries when he fell on the concrete pad that leads to the street entrance.
At the time of the fall that concrete pad was covered with multiple layers of all-weather carpeting that since has been removed so that the defect in the pad is now visible.
Anybody taking a quick walk past can see it, but apparently at the time of the Fall there were photographs that show the defect wasn’t visible.
There are also stories of the building inspector refusing to respond to requests by tenants tto address dangerous conditions.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

I bet the mayor has some money lying around to bring that old building up to code especially if they are apartments or more North street CONDOS. No need to be affordable housing. Just need to be special interest connected and uh oh, here come the tax breaks.

Congo Luxert
Congo Luxert
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

How bout everyone on here give a thumbs up on the Mayor good budget platform and hard work !

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Congo Luxert
1 month ago

Are you holding your breath Barry?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
1 month ago

War What Is It Good For

War, huh) Yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, uhh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y’all
War, huh (good God)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me, oh

War, I despise
Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mother’s eyes
When their sons go off to fight
And lose their lives

I said, war, huh, (good God, y’all)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, just say it again
War, (whoa), huh (oh Lord)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me

It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
(War) Friend only to The Undertaker
Oh, war it’s an enemy to all mankind
The thought of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die? Oh

War, huh good God y’all)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
War (uh-huh), huh (yeah, huh)
What it is good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me

It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
(War) It’s got on friend that’s The Undertaker
Oh, war, has shattered many a young man’s dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much too short and precious
To spend fighting wars each day
War can’t give life
It can only take it away, oh……..

Obviously, this anti-war BS gives no thought to the provocateurs, the warmongers and the war profiteers.

The “Fish” Cheer / I Feel Like I’m Fixin to Die / Country Joe and the Fish

Gimme an F…
Gimme a U…
Gimme a C…
Gimme a K…

What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?

yeah, c’mon all you big strong men
Uncle Sam needs your help again
he’s got himself in a terrible jam
way down yonder in Vietnam
so put down your books and pick up a gun
we’re gonna have a whole lot of fun

and it’s 1,2,3 what’re we fighting for?
don’t ask I don’t give a damn
next stop is Vietnam
and it’s 5,6,7, open up the pearly gates
well there ain’t no time to wonder why
whoopee! we’re all gonna die….

be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box

gotcha22
gotcha22
1 month ago

Harrington wearing a promotional tee shirt and blazer she had to throw on for the presser afer working the case all night. Yeah, right.
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/crime/man-accused-of-killing-wife-in-north-adams-is-arrested/article_2de6f336-e282-11ec-aa73-6b547e7fa955.html

SaferStreets
SaferStreets
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

Poser.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
1 month ago

Has the Pittsfield Health department abandoned updating their covid info? Is anyone in charge anywhere in the city of Pittsfield for anything at all besides Pickle Ball, Scooters and Bike stuff?

Congo Luxert
Congo Luxert
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Pecks road by the 10 year bridge construction that hasn’t been started 14 inch high grass next to the former mayor candidate candidate candidate but I think that city property either way flats you need to mow it

Congo Luxert
Congo Luxert
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

CityCouncil Grades:
Kavey F
White F
Persip F-
Sherman D
Conant F-
Kalinowsky A+
Kronick A+
Warren B-
Guiel L F
Maffuccio D+

AmandaWell
AmandaWell
Reply to  Congo Luxert
1 month ago

Tonight’s Council Grades:
Persip F
Sherman D+
Conant F
White F
Kronick A+
Kalinowsky A +
Guiel F-
Kavey F
Warren A
Maffuccio D –

Congo Luxert
Congo Luxert
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Great job though by Andrew
I N in the Rosado investigation.

Congo Luxert
Congo Luxert
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Stooge says we’re doing great.

Derri Vhente
Derri Vhente
Reply to  Congo Luxert
1 month ago

Don’t quite know why a certain city councilor is asking about a inclusion question on a hire? What’s that hav to do with the school budget?