Phillipe and Jorge still can't figure out why no one in the environmental movement has adapted Robert Parker's 1966 classic hit, "Barefootin'," bangin out a song called 'Treehuggin'," with appropriate lyrics. We guess Weird Al Yankovic is just too fat and lazy, and Seth McFarlane too smart.

At any rate, if you want to step out to one of Little Rhody's top enviro gatherings of the year, P&J suggest you hit all or some of the 9th Annual Rhode Island Land and Water Conservation Summit at the University of Rhode Island Memorial Union on Saturday, March 10 from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm.

Keynote speaker is the mayor of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Lisa Wong, who made her mark turning the Nashua River from one you could walk across — on the pulp from nearby paper mills — to a shining ribbon running through the city.

The day is filled with workshops on everything from how to preserve access to your local stream to the legal aspects of land conservation to "geocaching," a trendy little treasure hunt for techies wherein you use GPS devices to find items "cached" in secret places along nature trails or in wild areas. Sort of like trying to find the URI campus, but without your car.

For full program descriptions and online registration, go to Or you can call 401.874.6482.

Special note: The General Assembly is deciding whether to put two major bonds on the ballot. They would support land conservation ($25 million) and clean water ($20 million) initiatives. Because Vo Dilunduhs have always known how good they have it here with the joys (and economic benefits) of Narragansett Bay and wonderful farms, parks, playgrounds, and conservation areas, an environmental bond has never been defeated at the polls.

Make sure you tell your local legislators that you want to see these two proposals on the ballot this November, because it would be a slap in the public's face if the people who value what's best about The Biggest Little aren't allowed to make their own decision about what their future is going to look like in this place we choose to call home. Oh, and did we mention it's an election year?


As we have said in this space before, when things go down the toilet in this country in the near future, just blame the Iranians.

It was bad enough that the little simpleton, Dubya Bush, got us into two off-the-books wars. (Hey, don't hear much about that ol' dry-drunk draft-dodger anymore, do you? Wasn't he in something called the Republican Party? P&J can't understand why the GOP presidential candidates won't mention his name or seek his endorsement. Might it be something about his eight years that put us in the economic situation we are in now?)

But now we don't need Dubya to get the US into an unnecessary war and get our young soldiers killed. We are going to let the Mossad and their boss, Israeli thug Bibi Netanyahu, do it for us. We say, if Israel wants a fight, let them go it alone, and good luck to ya, Bibi.

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