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Blowhards blown away; our humble endorsements; do your part!

Cock-eyed optimists that Phillipe and Jorge are, we always look for the silver lining in hurricane-driven clouds.
Saved by the storm
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 02, 2012

The pols’ kids are all right; pack your bags, Bobby V.; vidal’s rich legacy

Phillipe and Jorge can tell you that we were angels as 'utes, never giving our parents the least bit of trouble amidst the exploding hormones.
Teen frenzy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 10, 2012

More reverend than most reverends; an Abel challenger; hail, Olivia

Those unfamiliar with Phillipe and Jorge's childhoods are often surprised to learn that in our Wonder Years, your superior correspondents were quite the choirboys.
Holy too too
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 08, 2012

Bowing to Amalur; Karl vs. Clint; Mitt the nitwit; local color

OK, P&J have found a solution to that nasty little dispute about whether or not to include "Providence Plantations" in Vo Dilun's formal name — State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
State of the art
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 10, 2012
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Farewell, Governor Garrahy; film follies; Soopah hype; culinary arts in the Bucket

The flags are at half-mast at Casa Diablo on the passing of the wonderful former Vo Dilun governor, J. Joseph Garrahy.
Wotta guy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 03, 2012

Musings from the Boom Boom Room; Loughlin’s next move; Tebow fatigue

To twist an old St. Patrick's Day joke a bit, "What's one-mile long with an IQ of 50? A Hollywood red carpet walk."
The cringe capades
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 20, 2012


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2012 will be all shook up; The pope, aka His Clotheshorse; a few final farewells

As the New Year blooms, Phillipe and Jorge gaze into our big crystal ball.
Crystal balls at the State House
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 30, 2011

The Urinal does it again; more on Thayer Street; no joke; fun in the Bucket

Phillipe and Jorge were agitated to see the wrap-around over the front section of our September 13 issue of the Urinal, as we had grown quite fond of finding garish stickers in these parts, informing us what local firms would buy our gold or pursue a per
The whole truth?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 16, 2011

First Amendment battle in the Bucket

As regular readers of this column know, Jorge is a native of Pawtucket. It was with great pride that I attended the celebration at McCoy Stadium this past Tuesday evening, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation.
A Catholic controversy; Taibbi’s straight talk; dandy Don; wisdom from Warren
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 26, 2011

At the trough

In another example of the wonderful money management skills of government everywhere in Rhode Island, it appears that when it comes to getting rid of a budget deficit, you do it by throwing money at lawyers.
Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2011
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Back in the saddle again

Phillipe, who gave up his decades-long co-authorship of this column several months back, made a shocking and unannounced return last week ...
Phillipe returns! Plus, road rage and the hell of war
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 06, 2011


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Oh Captain, my Captain

Dominating the news in the Biggest Little at the end of last week and over the weekend — and rightfully so — was the passing of former Governor Bruce G. Sundlun.
Bruce Sundlun was larger than life; judicial musings
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 29, 2011
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Charm City looks for inspiration

This is not the only area in which Maryland and the Biggest Little are seeking synergy.
Where? La Prov and the Bucket. Plus, how to stay plugged in
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 24, 2011

Talkin' 'bout a revolution

As Vo Dilunduhs with the slightest sense of our state's history know, we have just finished Gaspee Days, a celebration of what was one of the first (and most dramatic) blows for freedom in the years leading up to the Revolution.
Parading in Pawtuxet; a matter of Pride; perlow heats ’em up again
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 17, 2011
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Spoonem's turns 30

If I want to experience the best of Vo Dilun, all I have to do is walk around the corner from my house.
Celebrating an Edgewood treasure; it’s time for Waltonpalooza!!
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 03, 2011
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State struggles, Gina good!

I don't know the solution to our state's fiscal and political problems. If I did, I'd probably run for public office.
The treasurer has integrity; resurrecting baseball; other musings
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 27, 2011


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Thanks all around

"Thanks All Around" is the title of the opening section of Jaimy Gordon's novel, Shamp of the City-Solo (published in 1974).
Words for Waldrop; GOP = fun; some god news; random notes
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 13, 2011
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Conflict or what?

With Passover just around the corner, I detected a decidedly non-kosher element in the Other Paper on Monday.
The Journal takes out an ad; siding with Keith; mad about Phoebe
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 15, 2011
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Blackboard jungle

Look who's swinging in on a vine with a long and loud Tarzan yell to take over as chairman of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education: it's our old pal "George of the Jungle" Caruolo.
Taking charge; bitchin' 'bout the Steelers; campaign notes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 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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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


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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

The view from the throne

We think we're turning Japanese, we think we're turning Japanese, we really think so. The Japanese have a tremendous obsession with toilets. But the Narragansett Bay Commission, which oversees treatment of metropolitan Providence's sewage, are getting
Toilet humor; They do? They don't?; The GOP is ont he clock; Dubya returns
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 12, 2010

Rejoice! Race to the bottom soon over

There are only a few more days left in this particularly ridiculous election cycle and, if there is one group of people who worked tirelessly and with true creative elan it would be the opposition research teams. Give these folks a bonus! That much of
The scramble for the undecided vote; quotes of note; the Life of Keith
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 29, 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

Hire us now, Ms. Gist!

Wow! Bow-wow! How do we get a job to write a speech for state education commissioner Deborah Gist for a cool $10,000?
Will tap dance for free!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 28, 2010


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Crossing the line

The news from the Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corp., owners of the Dallas Morning News and our own Providence Urinal, hit home hard and quickly last week in Our Little Towne.
Belo Sells out. Plus, talk like a Brit, Chicago Vin acts up, and faithless football.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 11, 2009

Paging Queequeg

Like Captain Ahab with Moby-Dick, it appears Providence Bishop Tommy Tobin has his own obsession with Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
Patrick and the Bishop go another round. Plus, farewell to Mary and Art.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 27, 2009
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Vo Dilun’s ultimate reality show

Attention all real housewives of New Jersey, Atlanta, and Orange County, Jon, Kate and all Kardashians and Biggest Losers: your lunch has just been taken. That’s right, when it comes to bizarro reality world excitement, you just can’t touch the Biggest L
 What’s up with Williams? Plus, The Gov and Glenn, and a time for Jen
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 09, 2009
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Obama, Osama, oh Mama!

The news story of the week, of the year, of the decade — the military taking out Osama bin Laden — will lead, I predict, to a classic example of what I like to call Moon Landing Syndrome.
Life after Bin Laden; Trump the Clown; under the big top; all we need is love
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  January 01, 1900