We have attempted to contact both Caprio and Larochelle on numerous occasions but they have not returned our calls. P&J are left with a number of questions. How long can DePetro engage in the kind of behavior you might find at Casa Diablo and continue to promote himself, on air, as a champion of family values? Does hypocrisy matter anymore? Why does WPRO feel compelled to keep this guy?


'LEGITIMATE' RAPE

Republicans might have a problem this November garnering the votes of at least two important demographics. They would be: a) women and, b) anyone with a seventh-grade knowledge of biology.

This became clear to your superior correspondents this week when the GOP platform committee once again approved language calling for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion — with no explicit exceptions for cases involving rape or incest.

The timing was perfect, of course, as the move came in the midst of a national uproar over Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's curious contention that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" have the magical ability to prevent a pregnancy from occurring.

Of course, we have no idea what being legitimately raped means since it would seem to us that rape is, by its very nature, always illegitimate. Mitt Romney (who frequently shows signs of having a seventh-grade knowledge of biology) quickly distanced himself from Akin's statement. His running mate, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, may have more of a problem backing away from the Missouri candidate since he has long been reading from the same playbook on abortion.

As many Republicans urged Akin to give up his pursuit of the Senate seat or simply go away, he has refused to pull out of the race. If he sticks around through November, that will leave Republicans in the unenviable position of convincing voters that their platform on abortion rights (read: none) is not coming from the same place as Akin's rhetoric.


A BRENDA RETROSPECTIVE

Start making plans now. On September 15, Brenda Mosher Bennett will offer up a very special evening of music at the Blackstone River Theatre. Older music fans from these parts certainly know who Brenda is but, for the uninitiated, here is a little tutorial.

As Brenda Mosher, she was one of the backup singers for the legendary Ken Lyon & Tombstone band. This was when the band was at its peak, featuring the lineup that recorded for Columbia Records and went on a national tour with Mott the Hoople and Queen. Brenda even penned one of the songs on the first Columbia album.

Later Brenda married Roy Bennett, who became the lighting designer for Prince. Brenda joined a Prince tour, working in the wardrobe department and, after Prince heard her sing, he immediately signed her up to be a member of Vanity 6. Brenda remained in the band as it morphed into the Apollonia 6.

She sang on hits like "Nasty Girl" and on the Prince-produced hit single for the Bangles, "Manic Monday." Brenda also appeared in the film Purple Rain as both an actress and musical performer. She was on the road with Prince for a long time.

About 20 years ago, Brenda left the road and her successful musical career to become a mother and raise her child. But she continued to write songs and, earlier this year, put out her first solo CD a capella, with all music written, produced, and arranged by Brenda. Jorge has it and loves it.

So, do yourself a favor and don't miss this rare appearance by Brenda Bennett and friends — Mark Taber, Rick Bellaire, Don Culp, Lori Lacaille, Adrienne West, and Betsy Listenfelt.

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