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The Smith Hill gang

Dangerous Dan; kids on a leash; the great Dave Gavitt; more bus fuming
Well, at least one member of the General Assembly spent the weekend where most of them belong: in jail. We are speaking, of course, of the estimable GOP representative from Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, and "Lockup: Boston," Daniel Gordon.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 21, 2011

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

The whole truth?
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 personal injury accident claim.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 14, 2011

Hell on Thayer Street

A sad story; fathers and sons; Theater of Bewilderment; the GOP gathers again
"Youth violence" has not exactly been a headline issue around here.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 07, 2011


Immortalizing Irene: dressed up to clean up, tales of survival, and blowhards

Paging Babe the Blue Ox  
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 power lines.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 31, 2011

First Amendment battle in the Bucket

A Catholic controversy; Taibbi’s straight talk; dandy Don; wisdom from Warren
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.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 24, 2011

At the trough

Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
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.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 17, 2011


Back in the saddle again

Phillipe returns! Plus, road rage and the hell of war
Phillipe, who gave up his decades-long co-authorship of this column several months back, made a shocking and unannounced return last week ...
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 11, 2011


Rooting for roots

Plus, some parting words
Sunday afternoon was the grand opening of the Roots Café, the new boîte in the space formerly inhabited by the Black Repertory Company at 276 Westminster Street in the heart of downtown Providence.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 09, 2011


Ringing the bad taste bell

Poop on TV; Oscars get a Razzie; Farewell to Larry and Paul; Fab follies
Charmin and Quilted Northern toilet paper have been lighting up the bad taste bell of late with their televised ads.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 02, 2011


The new TV season

Power to the people; enviropalooza; on the money; farewell to Dickie
Gil Scott-Heron was wrong: The revolution(s) will be televised.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 23, 2011

Elementary, my dear Watson

What is ... um ...; Satana, dead! Dead!; same-sex redux; talkin' 'bout a revolution
Phillipe and Jorge are decades-long fans of the TV game show Jeopardy! Thus, when we heard that there was to be a man-vs.-machine lock-up on the show between a supercomputer named “Watson” and two of the show’s most outstanding past champions, we flexed our mental John Henry muscles and got ready to hammer this upstart junk pile.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 18, 2011


Blackboard jungle

Taking charge; bitchin' 'bout the Steelers; campaign notes
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.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 09, 2011

Bridge to somewhere

RITBA gets it right; the Gipper's Day; Chan's has the blues; more shame in Afghanistan
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.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 02, 2011


Poop and circumstance

Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 26, 2011


Can't we all get along?

Let love bloom; bitching about bitching; new sign of the times; wise guys
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.)
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 19, 2011


Diva down!

Babysitting the Bish; nautical talk; dissing discourse
Phillipe and Jorge rushed to the home of our close pal and confidante Bishop Tommy Tobin last weekend with cold compresses and fistfuls of Valium in an effort to tend to our well-accessorized dogmatist in a time of trouble.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 12, 2011

Why the NFL sucks

Tales of the No Fun League; judging the judges; parsing the Pamphlet of Record
Oh, we meant to say "Why the NFL sucks . . . except for the Patriots." Sorry. And prepare yourself for a sporting screed.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 05, 2011

United wussies of America

Summing up '10; life in the biggest little; communication breakdowns
"We're becoming a nation of wussies." Well, that's a hell of a way to wrap up a year.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 29, 2010


Desk job

Duck and cover redux; the best Congress money can buy; the Cabrals to the rescue!
Phillipe and Jorge believe it was thoughtful during this holiday season for the US government to clue in the Great Unwashed on how to survive a possible nuclear bomb strike. Their message, as reported by the New York Times on December 15: "Do not flee. Get inside any stable building and don't come out till officials say it's safe."
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 22, 2010


. . . Just glad to see me?

Bad karma; a Complex Christmas; the Darwin Awards; J.R. at City Hall
Phillipe and Jorge's Plaxico Burress Award goes to State Representative Peter Petrarca who was charged Saturday night with illegally firing a gun outside Club Karma, of which he is part owner, in the ProHo district of Our Little Towne.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 15, 2010


Let them eat cake

Obama caves, FIFA cashes in; Don checks out; Huzzah for Bill and Jaimy
Phillipe and Jorge will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming Senate vote on continuing the tax cuts for the filthy rich (the top two percent of Americans) who now appear to control America. And we trust Messrs. Reed and Whitehouse will do the right thing.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 08, 2010

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