Marc Comtois

A water drop and ripples

Who is the real audience for Biden’s vax-mandate speech?

By Marc Comtois | September 10, 2021 |

According to John Podhoretz, Biden’s vax-mandate “speech was a Rube Goldberg message aimed at neurotic vaccinated people”.  Pohhoretz continues: He told the American people without qualification that fully vaccinated people are at incredibly low risk: “Only 1 out of every 160,000 fully vaccinated Americans was hospitalized for COVID per day.” Then he promised to shield…

A water drop and ripples

Engineers used “conservative” approach to build post-Katrina levees in New Orleans…

By Marc Comtois | September 3, 2021 |

…and it apparently paid off (relatively speaking).  As the saying goes, we’re all conservative when it comes to things we know about.  So, instead of calculating for a 100 year storm, which was the standard, they took New Orleans’ rather unique vulnerability into account, doubled some crucial numbers and got the defenses designed and built…

A water drop and ripples

There needs to be a movie about the “Pineapple Express”

By Marc Comtois | August 27, 2021 |

No, not a sequel, but a movie about the inspiring story coming out of Afghanistan about “an all-volunteer group of American veterans of the Afghan war launched a final daring mission on Wednesday night dubbed the “Pineapple Express” to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety…”  Hollywood used to be able…

Engraving of the capture of Mistick Fort

If a cow-riding hermit like Rev. Blackstone is akin to Hitler…

By Marc Comtois | August 26, 2021 |

…then what do you call, for instance, the 200 or so Narragansett’s who helped wipe-out the Pequots at Mistick Fort? On May 23, a force of approximately 80 English (10 remained with the ships), 60 Mohegan and River Indians under Uncas, and 200 Narragansett marched 30 miles to present-day Mystic, Connecticut….Mistick Fort was engulfed in…

A water drop and ripples

Comedy Central’s version of Toby Flenderson Cancels ‘Diversity Day’ from its The Office re-runs

By Marc Comtois | August 25, 2021 |

According to Daily Wire (first discovered by Barstool), Comedy Central doesn’t find a particular episode of the sitcom The Office funny after all. The episode is famous for its politically incorrect storyline which features boss Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) forcing the paper company staff to participate in a racial diversity seminar where he speaks in…

Students Get at least 4 cracks at Passing the NECAP Requirement

By Marc Comtois | March 19, 2013 |

In light of the recent outcry over the NECAP graduation requirements, here are the actual requirements as published on the RI Dep’t of Ed. website: First Chance: Score 2 on first attempt (2 out of 4, 2 is partial proficiency) in 11th grade. If they fail the first try, the student and his parents are…

Who owns your stuff?

By Marc Comtois | March 19, 2013 |

When is our stuff actually, you know, our stuff? Recently a stir was caused when cell-phone unlocking—the practice of enabling your cellphone for use on any cell network with any SIM card—became illegal. Now, with legislation pending in Congress to re-legalize(?) the practice, Kyle Wiens writes that we need to focus on “unlocking” much more…

The Story of Rebecka and Jourie

By Marc Comtois | March 17, 2013 |

The piece detailing “EBT day” in Woonsocket in the Washington Post this Sunday was sad and frustrating all at once. That’s what made it a good piece. It showed how Woonsocket has come to rely on 12 days a year for its economic health: the first day of each month when SNAP EBT cards are…

Joyeuse Fête de la Saint-Patrick!

By Marc Comtois | March 17, 2013 |

Why the French? Because I’m the great-great grandson of a girl from County Clare whose family immigrated to Quebec instead of America! On the other hand, my wife’s family came over from Cork straight to Boston….So Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Block Report: Food Stamps Abused For Oxy and Vike

By Marc Comtois | March 13, 2013 |

According to the Waste and Fraud Report formulated by Ken Block and released in a redacted version by Governor Chafee this afternoon (pdf), there’s a whole lotta Oxy and Vike on the market thanks to Food Stamps: We performed a study where we looked at Medicaid drug utilizations for Vicodin and Oxycontin (and all of…

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