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Consistently inconsistent

One of Governor Paul LePage's most impressive performances, to date, has been his consistency.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 07, 2011

Poop and circumstance

Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2011

Just a little bit of consistency

We frequently think that Governor Donald "Laughing Boy" Carcieri is an ideologue who uses data merely to confirm his already strongly held reactionary views. (Actually, when it comes to social issues, his wife's strongly held reactionary views.)
The loosey-goosey Gov; slipping with Scalia; keeping  church and state separate
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 13, 2010

Local heroes, ’09 edition

The Rhode Island music community flourished in 2009, with new full-lengths from the Coming Weak, California Smile, and the pride of Cranston West and official big-leaguers Monty Are I, who released Break Through the Silence in September.
From Suicide Bill & the Liquors to Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 25, 2009

Diane Sawyer and the new voice of authority

The sight of Barack Obama in the White House has, rather quickly, taken on the air of the ordinary.
Anchors away
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 11, 2009
deer list

Hail, Deer Tick!

Heady days for Deer Tick.
The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 19, 2009

We could be heroes . . .

With all due respect to David Bowie's lyrics — and certainly to all the men and women in the military at all levels — the concept of "hero" as it pertains to the media's use of the term has sadly become overblown.
Superlative sobriquet overused as blanket term for all military members
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 11, 2009

A great little performer

If this doesn't convince you that no one with lotsa bucks plays by the rules, and that insider trading is rife on Wall Street, along with obscene bonuses collected by what are essentially crooks, with no morals, at most big lending institutions, how wou
Obama administration stubs its toe with the tax-challenged
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 04, 2009

A new beginning?

Obama augurs a fresh start, even with a stock of Clintonites
Obama augurs a fresh start, even with a stock of Clintonites
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  December 22, 2008

‘Jock-ular’ election coverage

Yes, today the Providence Phoenix is celebrating its 30th anniversary, including the 10-year run of the NewPaper, and P+J are so proud to have been here the whole time.  
How Mike Ditka almost became the Republican heir-apparent
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 22, 2008

What a break

A shout out of big-time thanks from the John McCain campaign to our friends in Georgia that are being mercilessly bombed by the Russian military after provoking Big Bad Vlad Putin!
McCain struts his stuff as Russia attacks Georgia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 13, 2008


Bad times for kickers

Here’s a depressing-ass story that tells you everything you need to know about the life of a retired mediocre athlete.
Sports blotter: "Not so high on the hog" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 16, 2008

Ten new careers for Bill Gates

Here are some jobs Mr. Gates could pursue.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 09, 2008

For real change, the chattering classes need to take a fall

The key word of the moment in America is “change.”
Phillipe and Jorge
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 09, 2008

Comedy Rambo

Misunderestimate Stephen Colbert at your peril.
A gladiator of mockery, Stephen Colbert is dismantling American society from the inside
By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 16, 2007

Waffle, battered

Hillary Clinton is on the defensive, now that her opponents have honed in on her apparent flip-flops and “waffling” in this past week’s debate.
All  politicians flip-flop — Hillary’s just not very good at it
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 07, 2007


Thus spoke Imus

What P&J find very offensive reaches beyond the Imus program, into the world of music and multimedia, including TV and other radio shows.
Pop culture echoes the talker’s boneheaded “ho’s” slur
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 11, 2007

The ’06 Guild Follies: Queen Elizabeth rules

Yes, it’s time to read about the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies, the biggest Vo Dilun cocktail party of the year, which, naturally, is held in Massachusetts.
In singing star turn, Pina wins rare standing O
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 28, 2007

Weekend at Anna Nicole’s

Just when you think TV news can’t further debase itself, along comes the death of Anna Nicole Smith.
More massive stupidity for endless viewing on TV
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 14, 2007

Good night, Mr. White

Phillipe and Jorge were mightily saddened last week when we learned of the death of longtime friend, confidante, and jokester Doug White right after our deadline.
A fond farewell to a local legend  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 23, 2006

Capital boneheads

The willing support of GOP US representatives for Dubya’s spying on innocent Americans, violating their civil rights on a daily basis for years, makes this all the more detestable, if not laughable.
Uproar over Jefferson investigation is stupid
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  May 31, 2006

Celebrity skin

There were once television news people like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, and David Brinkley — anchors whom you could actually believe.
Couric’s ascent speaks volumes about the state of TV news
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 12, 2006

Yahoo!’s one-man news army

Everyone’s heard of garage rock.
Plus, sizing up ABC’s new anchors, gutsy changes at RKO, and reporters turn into government investigators
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 26, 2006

The “I” word

Greg Mitchell had a very nice piece in the trade magazine Editor & Publisher about how our mainstream media — an absolute disgrace throughout the Bush administration — is avoiding using the word “impeachment” concerning the Boy in the Bubble’s affro
Why is the mainstream media afraid of George W. Bush?
By  |  January 25, 2006