Eddie gets one right
As shocking as this may seem, your superior correspondents are in agreement with the sentiments expressed by the BeloJo’s Easy Ed Achorn in his Tuesday column, about the despicable power grab by Bill Murphy and his minions in the House of Representatives.
They’re trying to retain control of the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), a move revealed by separation of powers legislation as a completely bogus usurpation of power. When Eddie isn’t a knee-jerk right-wing ideologue, he has some good points. This week is a case in point.
Achorn’s suggestion that the legislature is doing its best to bend way over for the judicial branch, presenting it with a new courthouse and rubber-stamping its budgetary requests, has the smell of truth about it. Whether our chief justice more closely resembles his hero, Abraham Lincoln, or a less flattering political figure may soon become apparent.
Meanwhile for those Democrats who stood up to Murphy on the CRMC vote (and who will undoubtedly be punished accordingly), we salute you. In particular, a tip of the sombrero to stalwart Repre¬sentatives Dennigan, Handy, Segal, our kind of conscientious legislators (as opposed to someone like Representative San Bento, a typical Murphy minion, whose conscience was exchanged for a dozen doughnuts years ago).
It was nice to see the US get off to a fine start at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro by having the words “Welcome to the Congo!” written on a white board at American headquarters. This was captured by a Brazilian photographer. As a letter writer to O Globo, which published the photo, remarked: “With respect to your phrase, typical of Americans who have serious problems with geography, a piece of advice: GO BACK HOME.” The Bush legacy thrives once again.
Foo! Fest to take Prov by storm
AS220’s annual Foo! Fest will be held in La Prov on Saturday, July 14, from noon to midnight. It’s the equivalent of a gigantic block party on Empire Street, outside the admirable Umberto Crenca’s arts center in downtown (Bert would hasten to add, of course, that a cast of dozens, if not thousands, is responsible for this and AS220’s other good efforts.) Bands, food, art, invaders from outer space, the Budweiser Clydesdales, Siegfried and Roy, Paris Hilton, John Wayne, U2, the Beatles, John Coltrane, and Andre the Giant will be on hand (OK, we’re stretching a bit), but as always, be there or be square. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
Speaking of music and local heroes, among the longtime good guy musicians based in the Biggest Little are cousins John Cafferty and Steve Smith.
Seven years ago, John, Steve, and Mike Gilbert created the Rock-N-Jock Charities to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island. The guys invite some of their rock ’n’ roll friends, put on a big concert, and hold a rock ’n’ roll golf tournament. So, on Sunday, July 22, the place to be is the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza in Warwick (doors open at 6, with the music starting at 7) for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Steve Smith and the Nakeds, and special guest Jimi Jamison, formerly of Survivor.
Your superior correspondents have attended this event in the past and can tell you that there is usually quite a crew of musicians, and Narragansett beer has been seen on the premises. So beware, but be there.
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