As the old line goes, people can complain about the weather, but no one does anything about it. That’s true from P&J’s vantage point, where we have bitched, moaned, cheered, and/or celebrated life in The Biggest Little for more than three decades. Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose.
Looking back at 2013, some events do stand out, especially the paired events of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent Red Sox World Series victory. Guess there is a God, indeed.
Unfortunately, all signs now point to a similar potential tragedy in Russia, where the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics offer the sort of stage that is a terrorist’s wet dream. The fact that certain radical groups have already been doing stretching exercises (this week, there were two suicide bombs in Russia within 24 hours) is not a good sign, especially since the incredibly vain Vladimir Putin, he of the shirtless outdoor endeavors, considers this his personal showcase.
Back here in Vo Dilun, the best we may have to offer for excitement in 2014 are the twin races for Rhody governor and mayor of La Prov. With full fields of candidates that present the chance for multiple public meltdowns, embarrassing behavior, or sheer lunacy, P&J believe we and other media members have a treasure trove of low-rent fodder awaiting us.
Speaking of media, while WPRO has cornered the market on hate speech with its John DePetro fiasco, it’s more depressing that The Urinal is now on the market. Considering the huge staff cuts the paper has suffered since being bought by owners in Texas who could give a rat’s ass about employees in Little Rhody, a similar bottom line-driven move could spell disaster for the august organ. P&J’s hope is for a local ownership team to leap into the breach and save the day. We won’t mention any names, but former Prov mayor Boy Joe Paolino will know whom we’re talking about.
We could go on and on about what Vo Dilun needs (a clean legislature would be nice), but our frozen Pernod and grapefruit sharpeners for New Year’s Eve await us. They always help when we consider how much there is to do to revive Little Rhody, and how hard it will be to find the right folks to do it.
So let’s see, should we give any credence to the long, detailed, and exhaustive report from Sunday’s New York Times on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans — including a US ambassador — dead? Or should we trust the investigative work of the partisan political members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence?
The Committee Chair, Representative Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), rushed over to Fox News on Sunday after the story was published to reassure the faithful that it was only the New York Times and they are not to be trusted with such important matters when we have people who have been elected to Congress working the case. You can trust them to give you the straight story.