On a Lighter Note…

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Penelope Barrel Strength bourbon is really, really good.

By Justin Katz | January 3, 2022 |

In fact, in my admittedly short experience with whiskeys, it may be my favorite of any style.  (Subject to revision, of course!)

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Sometimes headline misfires make for imaginative fictional takes.

By Justin Katz | December 24, 2021 |

If I were a teacher or professor of creative writing, I’d save headlines like the following from a WPRI story by Melanie DaSilva for class assignments.  English is wonderful for ambiguities, which makes it an excellent language in which to embed two, three, or even four layers of subtext, but a sometimes-challenging language with which…

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Boston Globe plays the straight man for SNL.

By Justin Katz | November 9, 2021 |

I have to admit that I found Kenneth Singletary’s write-up for the Boston Globe about a Saturday Night Live skit involving Rhode Island to be more humorous than the skit itself: Singletary plays the straight man (that’s a comedy term, for the woke out there) with his straight-news report: Strong looks worried. The newscast continues.…

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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…

So What Shall We Call The Proposed State Bank?

By Monique Chartier | April 9, 2013 |

That is correct; Kim Kalunian at WPRO reports that a bill … submitted by Rep. Charlene Lima (D-Cranston) would create a Rhode Island state bank. The bill would establish a Rhode Island state bank to “protect the financial welfare and economic vitality of the citizens” and create jobs. The state bank would have the same…

Sarah Palin Flouts The Nanny

By Monique Chartier | March 17, 2013 |

A friend remarked yesterday that Sarah Palin made some great points in her CPAC speech. Undoubtedly. But this was my favorite moment. (Apologies for the preceding ad.) Click here for audience reaction in a double screen shot. Click here for an explanation which, of course, stars New York City’s power-mad mayor. And a great rebuttal,…

Rhode Island Rules the Universe!

By Marc Comtois | December 20, 2012 |

Cranston’s Olivia Culpo is Miss Universe!

Mitt Romney at the Al Smith Dinner

By Monique Chartier | October 20, 2012 |

Video below. Transcript, courtesy the Chicago Sun Times, here. Background of the Al Smith Dinner. One of my favorite lines from Governor Romney’s remarks: I was actually hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening, because he’ll laugh at anything.

GarbagemanGate Prematurely Terminated By Pesky Facts

By Monique Chartier | October 2, 2012 |

“Pathetic” and “weak” would be good adjectives for this anti-Romney ad put out by AFSME. The ad opens this way: “My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize that the service we provide – if it wasn’t for us, it would…

Charlie Hall Suggests a Third Alternative for the CD-1 Primary

By Monique Chartier | September 21, 2012 |

Apologies that this is a little late … Courtesy Ocean State Follies and Rhode Island 101

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