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The faded Follies

The thrill is gone at the ProJo shindig; there’s something about Cumberland; and more
As regular readers of the Cool, Cool World well know, one of the social highlights of the year at Casa Diablo is the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 03, 2010

Bouquets all around

P+J spread the love; haigiography; hate-mongers in the Biggest Little
While it is difficult to be very jolly during February, P+J are in a generous mood and are willing to salute a few people, rather than dissect them. Yes, we are just wonderful.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 24, 2010

Political pig pile

Kennedy sets off a free-for-all; bad news for Loughlin and Dennigan
For some time now, we at Casa Diablo have been aware of what is either a heinous conspiracy involving the timing of local news revelations or just another unfair law of nature.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 24, 2010

Music to incite the savage beast

‘My Way’ can kill you; Big money quashes ‘Big Money’; and a truly Soopah Bowl
Although your superior correspondents try to avoid situations where we have no alternative but to be totally annoying, there have been times when P+J have agreed to karaoke performances.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 10, 2010

Salinger’s eternal cone of silence

The death of a genius; rocking for Nicole; the General Assembly goes transparent
With the death of J.D. Salinger, nearly every obituary featured some quote or reference to his American masterpiece, The Catcher In the Rye , and rightly so. If you don't know the name Holden Caulfield, you don't know ding about literature.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 03, 2010

A wake-up call

Ranting about money and media; musical musings; and notes from the road
Some months back, Judge Richard Posner, a prolific author and longtime leading figure in the laissez-faire-oriented Chicago school of economics published his latest tome, a little bit of conservative heresy titled A Failure of Capitalism .
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 27, 2010

Hail Mary pass?

Nothing says Super Bowl Sunday like an anti-abortion ad; Ripping Rush; and more
Phillipe and Jorge noticed an interesting tidbit in the sports section of the New York Times recently.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 20, 2010


Finally, a GOP gubernatorial contender!

Robitaille gives it a go. Plus, voter unrest, Reid puts his foot in it, and more.
Speaking of the GOP, it appears the party has a candidate — at last! — for the gubernatorial race, provided he doesn't wimp out like Rory Smith did when he realized he was in a no-win, not-ever situation.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 13, 2010


Regarding Henry

The Steadfast Mr. Shelton. Plus, vetoing The Don and doubting Linc.
Since P&J heard that our friend Henry Shelton had suffered a stroke on December 28, we have joined tens of thousands of other Vo Dilunduhs, in praying for his full and speedy recovery.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 06, 2010

Grumpy World

Happy? Not us! Plus, Pawtucket pride, saluting the navy, and a New Year’s toast.
P&J were strangely drawn to the story by Linda Borg in the Sunday BeloJo on the exceptionally low marks the Biggest Little received in a happiness index conceived by what we suspect are a bunch of elite jickies from across the pond for the journal Science (which is, after all, headquartered in Cambridge, England).
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 30, 2009

Settling for half a loaf

Backing Barack. Plus, the utilities’ power play, and shoveling some snow musings.
I’m sure you will recall that your superior correspondents were early and ardent supporters of our president, Barack Obama.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 22, 2009

Change? What change?

Operation Afghan Tragedy. Plus, getting steamed over global warming and men in tights.
Nice to see Goldman Sachs employee Barack "President" Obama get rolled by Gen. Stanley McChrystal so we can send more troops to Afghanistan on a hopeless mission.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 16, 2009


Crossing the line

Belo Sells out. Plus, talk like a Brit, Chicago Vin acts up, and faithless football.
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.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 09, 2009


King of the world

At sea with URi’s Ballard. Plus, pilin’ on Palin, and hanging with Mike and Lucia.
There was a very nice star turn on the November 29 edition of 60 Minutes by URI's Bob Ballard, although the university got scant mention.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 02, 2009

Paging Queequeg

Patrick and the Bishop go another round. Plus, farewell to Mary and Art.
Like Captain Ahab with Moby-Dick, it appears Providence Bishop Tommy Tobin has his own obsession with Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 25, 2009


Governor Ghoul

 Sinking to new lows
Phillipe and Jorge are coming late to this fight, as last week’s column was already filed when the announcement was made that Governor Donald Carcieri — Governor Ghoul to you — had vetoed a bill giving domestic partners the right to claim the bodies of and make funeral arrangements for the people with whom they shared their lives.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 18, 2009

Easy Ed strikes again

More propaganda from Achorn. Plus, legislative musings and more.
It’s always easy for Ed. That’s “Easy Ed” Achorn, the Other Paper’s deputy editorial pages editor who is the equivalent of a right-wing P&J.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 11, 2009


Paging Dilbert

Fonting around at the Urinal. Plus, celebrity karaoke, and more.
What’s black and white and re(a)d all over? Certainly not the Providence Urinal, whose circulation has been falling faster than a 1000-pound safe pushed out of a sky-scraper window.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 04, 2009


Judging the Judge

Committee Doubting Thompson. Plus, The Bish, Rush, and more.
After reading Sunday’s front page BeloJo story, “Support for R.I. Judge not unanimous,” your superior correspondents have to suspect that everything — absolutely everything — is thoroughly politicized.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 28, 2009

The ubiquitous Scott Duhamel

He’s everywhere! Plus, a new jewel in Cvanston, BeloJo notes, and more.
Saturday morning breakfast as Casa Diablo over the years has changed considerably.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 26, 2009

Rhode Island’s pride is showing

 Finally, some good ‘news!’ Plus, Brown slips, the Patriots slide, and more
There was much to-do and flexing of cultural muscles and civic pride as Our Little Towne placed in the top 10 in many prestigious categories in Travel & Leisure magazine’s 2009 survey of “America’s Favorite Cities.”
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 16, 2009

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