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What is Linc hiding?; the Big East gets small; blunders at Halitosis Hall

"What's that you're holding behind your back?"
Show us your hands
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 15, 2013

The State vs. the People, Pt. 1

On Monday, the most prominent headline on the front page of our daily paper or, as the Bud-I calls it with a unique mixture of glee and sadness, "The Pamphlet," was "Cesspools given notice."
A variety of cesspools; the right to know; taking aim
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 02, 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

Knowing no shame

The recent rush to adjourn the 2010 General Assembly session on the arbitrary date of June 10 was an affront to the Rhode Island citizenry and a low mark for the state’s politicians.
The disgraceful General Assembly; hail, do-gooders; and a plea for ProHo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 18, 2010
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Pointing fingers in the Gulf

Now that we have enlisted the aid of James Cameron, Kevin Costner, Betty White, and the Olneyville New York System Oil, Olestra, and Anal Leakage Institute to help plug the BP underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, let’s take a look at what is really b
The disaster was waiting to happen; kudos for Grover; and gangsta talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 11, 2010
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Finally, a GOP gubernatorial contender!

Speaking of the GOP, it appears the party has a candidate — at last! — for the gubernatorial race, provided he doesn't wimp out like Rory Smith did when he realized he was in a no-win, not-ever situation.
Robitaille gives it a go. Plus, voter unrest, Reid puts his foot in it, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 15, 2010


Hail to the chief

Phillipe and Jorge are delighted to see that Paul Suttell, our pick for Chief Justice of the Vo Dilun Supreme Court, smoothly sailed through the General Assembly to assume that grand position.
The supreme Suttell. Plus, Newport news, and more on Michael.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 03, 2009

Panic attacks!!!

Would everyone please go running out of your house screaming in utter hysteria right now.
Overreacting in the USA. Plus, EDC = DOA, OK + RI, and a Rush to judgment
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 01, 2009

Giles is one tough cookie

Phillipe and Jorge could not be more pleased to hear that President Barack Obama has nominated Cynthia Giles, the director of Rhode Island's branch of the Conservation Law Founda-tion.
Plus economic outrage, the clueless Pope, and listening to 'The Angry Man'
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 25, 2009

Phillippe and Jorge: Fixing the system

The always reliable Tom Sgouros raised some interesting issues in his February 7 e-mail newsletter, "Rhode Island Policy Reporter," that P+J were unable to find space for last week.
Suggestions for the next visit to the voting booth
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 18, 2009

Playing to our strength

Well, despite the fact that Little Rhody has become the poster child for the national recession, leading all states in statistical categories like unemployment and debt per capita, it is nice to know that we are able to deflect public attention from our
Nothing like a mass bust for a sense of old-time mobbed-up Rhode Island
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2008


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Best and the brightest

Phillipe + Jorge’s Roman Hruska Award, celebrating mediocrity in the General Assembly, goes to departing state Representative Joseph Scott. 
Departing lawmaker suggests closing Halitosis Hall for a few years
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 09, 2008

Twin killing

The General Assembly mulling a flat-broke state and a gambling joint gone bust. Now there’s a Biggest Little match made in heaven.
Halitosis Hall offered chance to play high-stakes shell game
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 18, 2008
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Twenty years pass, RI stays the same

Phillipe + Jorge were graciously asked to recall Rhode Island’s Monthly’s first dubious achievement-style Rhode Island Red Awards, as chosen in 1988 by your superior correspondents, during the mag’s 20th anniversary gala last week.
Acclaim for dubious deeds is an Ocean State mainstay
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 07, 2008
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I didn’t give at the office

Hats off to the brave lawmakers at Halitosis Hall!
Halitosis Hall gets an ‘F’ for long-range thinking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 2008
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Dubya’s final countdown

So the countdown begins on the last year in office of the cross-eyed, flash card-taught, flight suit-wearing little cowboy.
Thanks be, time’s running down on his disastrous presidency
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 02, 2008


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Dollar Bill-ed

Phillipe + Jorge are surprised and sad to see that state Senator Stephen Alves of West Warwick is being investigated by the FBI.
Senator Alves comes under scrutiny
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 03, 2007
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Evil genius

You’ve got to hand it to Dick Cheney, vice president and fictional MAXIMUM RULER OF THE UNIVERSE.
“Big Time” Cheney is completely shameless
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 27, 2007
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State House steel cage match

Governor Carcieri certainly revealed his flair for the dramatic when he unleashed his proposal last week to ax 1000 state employees.
Carcieri and the legislature square off during a time of meager revenue
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 13, 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
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2006 from Casa Diablo

If you travel down the Hershey Highway, turning left at the Tuna Tunnel, continuing over the Um Bridge, above the beautiful Art Lake, you will come to Casa Diablo.
 Better stock up on Pernod and grapefruit after this doozy
By PHILIPPE & JORGE  |  December 21, 2006


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Campaign follies

You can always learn something from watching television commercials.
Faster, GOP Senate candidates! Kill! kill!
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 17, 2006
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Just checking — on you

We must have missed it when Alberto Gonzales was named honorary chief of our staties.
The RI state police seek a scary level of intrusion
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 13, 2006

Driving Mr. Kennedy

Where the hell was the chauffeur when US Representative Patrick Kennedy needed him?
A plurality of JFK and Jesus portraits shore up Patrick’s base
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 10, 2006

More of the same

There's a story that famed author P.G. Wodehouse — aged, ill, and confined to his bed — woke up one morning, opened his eyes, and said, “Not again !”
Let’s pray for an awakened public in 2006
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 06, 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