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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 campaign gets serious; Lombardi lets loose; the GOP needs a hug

Phillipe and Jorge are a bit disappointed that Little Rhody's Theater of the Absurd iss closed following the First Congressional District Democratic primary Tuesday.
The curtain comes down
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 14, 2012
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DePetro gets served; Akin, the legitimate idiot; Brenda returns

Your superior correspondents have always found it interesting that whenever a none-too-complimentary news story appears about local talk radio host John DePetro, he claims complete innocence.
Disgraceland
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 24, 2012

Olympic fever; Mittpicking; farewell, Johnny Connell

The 72-inch widescreen TV has been on 24/7 in the Boom Boom Room as Phillipe and Jorge — clad in togas, with laurel crowns on our heads, and faux medals made from the tops of yogurt containers around our necks — have paid rapt attention to the London Ol
The Sporting Life
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 03, 2012

Joe must go; winds of change; the king of fuh

Brown University has already taken its disgraced alumnus Joe Paterno's name off an award doled out every year to the school's outstanding male freshman athlete. But there is still a question about whether Coach Paterno should be ejected from the Brown A
Brown hall of shame
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 27, 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


Vinny’s way with words; a couple of Bruces; kids’ stuff; a miracle in Newport

Quite a few were surprised when it was recently announced that P&J's old pal, legendary Vo Dilun boxing champeen Vinny Paz, is going to play a starring role as a WASPy US Senator in the Stage Door Theater Company's production of A.R. Gurney's play,
Love letters from Paz
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 09, 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

High rolling at Quonset Point; faux news; Rhody’s reelin’ and rockin’

Boisterous GOP state Representative Joe Trillo has found a new cause to bloviate about: the "world-class casino" he is promoting, not very successfully, for Quonset Point.
No free drinks
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 13, 2012

The Asian Dubya

Well, you can bet they're sleeping with one eye open in South Korea these days, now that the recently deceased porn fan and Oriental Fatty Arbuckle impersonator Kim Jong Il appears to have passed his role as Great Oppressor to the Great Successor, his so
Let’s hear it for the boy; Gina hits Fountain Street; hometown rockers
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 23, 2011

Speak English!

P&J's Jingoistic Chuckle of the Week award goes to Tracy "My, She Looks Good on Horseback" Breton in her December 13 Urinal front page story on the recent overturning of Jamestowner David Swain's murder conviction in Tortola by the Eastern Caribbean
(sic) ’em; nit-twits; taking sides; let’s call it ‘Tommy the tree’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 16, 2011


Come on down!

Time for P&J's annual sojourn to Casa Diablo South in Palm Beach, where we hustle PGA Tour wannabes on the golf course for Pernod and Cuban cigar money.
Notes from Palm Beach; the grapplin’ GOP; the king of cinematic bombast
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 02, 2011
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Journalism MIA

Phillipe and Jorge are wishing a speedy recovery to our old friend, Bob Whitcomb, editor of the Urinal's editorial pages.
ProJo Medical report; the wild ones
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 25, 2011
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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

Memo to Jack Reed: Cut the bull on Afghanistan; iPad iLliteracy; hazing Cain

Phillipe and Jorge love Senator Jack Reed, but there comes a time when you just have to say, "Don't try to bullshit two bullshitters."
Lipstick on a pig
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 04, 2011

State to workers: just die, already; a variety of occupations

As Governor Lincoln Chafee, Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and state legislators who have been forced to get out of bed earlier than usual — poor dears — buckle up and take on the job of reforming the state's mutilated pension system, Phillipe and Jorge know
Pension pains
By  |  October 15, 2011


Occupy Everywhere

P&J must say that the Occupy Wall Street folks (whose enterprise is now spreading like wildfire) pretty much have "the big idea" covered: 1 percent have an incredibly large slice of the money and the other 99 percent of us suffer. Why is this?
Altering the American way; fuming in North Providence; the sporting life
By  |  October 14, 2011

You don’t need an education to spell ‘hate’

OK, Phillipe and Jorge are going to need a little help on this one.
More misplaced outrage; Monstrous behavior; viva literacy!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 30, 2011

Hell on Thayer Street

"Youth violence" has not exactly been a headline issue around here.
A sad story; fathers and sons; Theater of Bewilderment; the GOP gathers again
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 09, 2011
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Immortalizing Irene: dressed up to clean up, tales of survival, and blowhards

Phillipe had to endure Irene at Casa Diablo South in Newport. No problems at all, save for a titanic poplar limb, whose size had already led P&J to dub it "Johnny Wadd," falling all the way across the circular driveway and nearly taking down the pow
Paging Babe the Blue Ox  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 02, 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


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

Editor's Note regarding Dr. Lovemonkey

With this issue, the Providence Phoenix is dropping "Dr. Lovemonkey," the advice and relationship column written by longtime freelance contributor Rudy Cheeks.
Important announcement
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX  |  January 28, 2011

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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She blowed up good

File this one under either: “Too much coffee this morning, dear?” or “I told you not to hit the ‘Send’ button!”
Kempe goes ballistic. Plus, global greed, and jockeying for electoral position
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 07, 2010

Friartown, redux

Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2010


The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010

Judicial ups and downs

It was about time that Rogeriee Thompson was finally confirmed (unanimously, we might add) by the United States Senate for what amounts to an historic spot on the Federal Court of Appeals.
Plus poppy hypocrisy, pressuring the Pope, and even more ‘Buttercup’ trivia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2010

Ghouls on parade

The tale of local businessman Joseph A. Caramadre, who paid the terminally ill a fraction of the face value for the right to buy variable annuities in their names — annuities that paid out in full, plus interest, upon their deaths — is enough to make yo
Profiting from the dead; more on ‘Buttercup’; and the latest in Pawtucket
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 2010

Hail Mary pass?

Phillipe and Jorge noticed an interesting tidbit in the sports section of the New York Times recently.
Nothing says Super Bowl Sunday like an anti-abortion ad; Ripping Rush; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 22, 2010