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goofs with guns; the sporting life; catching up with Mr. Flanagan

Does it get any more ironic than accidental shootings at gun shows in North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio on national Gun Appreciation Day?
Misfirings
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 25, 2013

A foolish furor in North Prov; so over Grover; we need more women

Phillipe and Jorge are outraged that a North Providence police officer forced a carload of 'utes to do push-ups by the side if the road as penance for vandalizing a mailbox. What kind of sick, vigilante justice is this?
Do the right thing
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 30, 2012

We voted!; the old ball game; hear them roar

Like all good Vo Dilunduhs, Phillipe and Jorge used our unaffiliated voter status to become "Republicans for a day," cast our ballots in the GOP primary, and then switch back to being independents immediately afterward.
Poll dances
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 27, 2012
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Seven mini-musings; say it with plates; a tribute to Les

WHY GRAMMAR MATTERS This from the Urinal on the Justin Bieber paternity suit: "She said she gave birth to the boy because there were no other possible men she had sex with at the time."
Lightning round
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 11, 2011

Bridge to somewhere

Phillipe and Jorge were flabbergasted — and Casa Diablo rocked to its very foundation — by the recent actions of Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority chairman David Darlington and his board.
RITBA gets it right; the Gipper's Day; Chan's has the blues; more shame in Afghanistan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 04, 2011
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Can't we all get along?

So there Phillipe and Jorge were on Saturday, standing in line outside the Borders in Providence Place, about eight people down from a guy who looked very much like Bishop Tobin. (Tough to tell with an overcoat shrouding the usual red carpet get-up.)
Let love bloom; bitching about bitching; new sign of the times; wise guys
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 21, 2011


Why the NFL sucks

Oh, we meant to say "Why the NFL sucks . . . except for the Patriots." Sorry. And prepare yourself for a sporting screed.
Tales of the No Fun League; judging the judges; parsing the Pamphlet of Record
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 07, 2011
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Linc's greenskeeping

Sure, governor-elect Lincoln Chafee used to shoe racehorses up in Canada, but it appears he could also have been a good greenskeeper.
Chafee gets a feather in his cap; dreading Cantor; Korean fever dreams
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2010
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The journalist makes news; don't buy it; two fond farewells

"ri monthly has a story coming out where I am listed as one of the top 10 most powerful in ri. If they try to f*** me, I will kill them." Who said that? John DePetro, WPRO's morning talk show weasel.
Pop goes the weasel
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2010

The Independent Man, and greased to go

Phillipe and Jorge were given a subtle indicator that it was going to be a tough election night when an ad for his-and-hers KY Jelly ran right after the early ballot projections on Channel 6's news at 9 pm. This was to be a Ben Dover Production, indeed
Our last words on campaign ’10; acting up; farewell, Len Jardine
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 05, 2010

In the matter of Chafee campaign manager John 'JR' Pagliarini

The outrageous attempt to tar Linc Chafee's campaign manager John "JR" Pagliarini, who fell on his sword last week and quit the campaign, is the sort of Karl Roveian dirty trick that should make any decent Vo Dilunduh long for a good shower.
Karl Rove would be proud; it’s still a Complex World; the return of Ut
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 22, 2010


The weird get weirder; all about rubbers; farewell to Mr. Burke

When you consider the Democrats' disunity, ineptitude, and near-complete inability to present voters with a coherent program, it would seem that the pundits who have been predicting a Republican tsunami have a strong argument. But wait! Just in time, th
Republican theocrats
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 15, 2010
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R.I.P., Ben Mondor (1925-2010)

Flags at half-mast at Casa Diablo and black mourning mantillas over Phillipe and Jorge’s heads on learning of the death of Ben Mondor Sunday at his home in Warwick Neck at age 85.
The beloved Mr. Mondor; Environmental blinders; Volume control; Insane Clown Posse
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 08, 2010
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The Looey Guv lunacy; a few endorsements; notable quotes; fond farewells

"You guys have the easiest job in the world," our fellow Vo Dilunders often tell Phillipe and Jorge. "There’s so much political fodder in this state you have enough material for a lifetime."
Fodder by the ton
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 24, 2010

The most wonderful (not) time of year: P+J's endorsements

Yes, it's election time and, sad to say, all those ridiculous television ads that are designed to capture the "moron vote" (by far, the largest sector of the voting public) are in heavy rotation.
Plus, pushing for a free press at CCRI; remembering Nathan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 10, 2010

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


Cutting taxes (and throats)

"If there was such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing . . . It is . . . unseemly for the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell to insist that the nati
The GOP only cares about winning; the rich get even richers; notes from the road
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 06, 2010

Settling for half a loaf

I’m sure you will recall that your superior correspondents were early and ardent supporters of our president, Barack Obama.
Backing Barack. Plus, the utilities’ power play, and shoveling some snow musings.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 25, 2009

The ubiquitous Scott Duhamel

Saturday morning breakfast as Casa Diablo over the years has changed considerably.
He’s everywhere! Plus, a new jewel in Cvanston, BeloJo notes, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 23, 2009

Gubernatorial agonistes

On Tuesday, WRNI political reporter and former Phoenix news editor and master of the Casa Diablo elbow bend, Ian Donnis, broke the news that veteran political communications specialist, Bill Fischer, head ramrod at True North Communications, had sign
Caprio makes a big move. Plus, reasons to block the LNG terminal
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 07, 2009