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Rhode Island

Ebola and the Enterovirus — Preventable Plagues?

October 5, 2014

Right now two plagues are a scourge across America — Ebola and the Non-Polio Enterovirus D-68.  While our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these highly infectious and deadly diseases making their rounds around the USA, two notions popped into my mind. First, how in the hell did Ebola get in the [...]

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Raimondo and Fung to Square Off in Rhode Island

September 9, 2014

The three Axis of Right bloggers all moved away, but we grew up in the smallest state in the union and still keep track of what’s going on there.  Tonight, the state held its primaries, and the gubernatorial race could be an interesting one. In the Democrat primary, State Treasurer Gina Raimondo won comfortably over [...]

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RI Speaker Resigns Amid Murky Investigation

March 23, 2014

Rhode Island’s House Speaker, Gordon Fox (D), resigned yesterday amid an investigation by the US attorney’s office, the FBI, the IRS, and the state police.  The story itself is interesting for two reasons: first, that no one yet knows what the investigation is all about, and secondly, that Fox is biracial and gay. In this [...]

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Movie Review: The Conjuring

July 25, 2013

While I used to be a big horror movie fan, my tastes have generally moved on.  I’m not into gross or overly elaborate death scenes.  I’ve come to yawn at those masked serial killer movies.  However, every once in a while a horror movie comes along that piques my interest.  The Conjuring is one such [...]

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Bear Safety Video

July 13, 2013

From WJAR 10, Rhode Island’s NBC affiliate, comes this bear safety video which is supposed to be serious and probably has some merit, but good luck not laughing:

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A Narrower “View” sans Hasselbeck

March 9, 2013

ABC’s “The View” is firing Elisabeth Hasselbeck after nine years allegedly because market research indicates that she is too conservative for the show’s audience.  As it turns out, Joy Behar just quit the show recently, shaking things up pretty significantly.  I don’t necessarily doubt the bottom-line market research, but since Hasselbeck and I are both [...]

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The Station Fire 10 Years Later

February 21, 2013

On the evening of February 20, 2003, a pyrotechnic display at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, sparked a fire which killed 100 people.  After a decade, an official memorial is finally being constructed on the site.  However, one hundred crosses have donned this area as an unofficial memorial since the remnants of [...]

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Harry Reid is Cliff Jumping

December 27, 2012

While I’ve never been cliff diving from monstrous heights, I did jump off a bit of a cliff at Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, RI, as a freshly minted high school graduate back in the day:  you get the guts, take the jump, float for a long second or two before smacking the water to loud [...]

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CNBC: Rhode Island is the Worst State for Business

July 12, 2012

Based upon a series of metrics, CNBC ranked all the states on everything from the cost of doing business, to infrastructure, to access to capital, etc. in order to determine which was the best state for business. My home state of Rhode Island ranked dead last among the states!  While not the worst in every category, Little Rhody [...]

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Miss USA 2012 is from Rhode Island

June 5, 2012

Nowadays Rhode Island needs any victory that it can get.  So, it was great to hear that twenty-year-old Cranston, Rhode Island native  Olivia Culpo became the 61st Miss USA last night.  Here was the moment: Just so you know:  beautiful and poised band-camp cellists are not a dime-a-dozen in the Ocean State.  Nonetheless, good for [...]

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“Buffett Rule” Brouhaha Stirring

January 30, 2012

Rhode Island’s junior Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is planning on introducing the “Buffett Rule” tax increase this week to stoke class envy and help the President’s statist agenda.  The (ah-hem) “Paying a Fair Share Bill” indicates that people with income over $1 million will automatically pay a 30% income tax rate. Since we tax income [...]

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My Hurricane was Mostly a Breeze

August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene really devastated some areas, but generally not mine.  New Jersey got tons of rain with a few significant gusts.  In my area the worst gusts hit with the sun shining Sunday afternoon, after nearly 2o straight hours of rain. Although the eye came literally within 30 miles from where I live, I never [...]

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The Northeast Quake

August 23, 2011

There I was having lunch with a friend at Chili’s when the walls started to throb a bit.  It was kind of like there was a kid on the other side of the wall pushing and releasing the shoddy the wall in an annoying manner, mixed with the feeling Chili’s had a large washing machine [...]

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Patrick Kennedy — The Newest Addition to the Jersey Shore

July 27, 2011

I thought I moved away from Rhode Island — away from those insane drivers, away from its hopelessly broken economy and politics, away from its hodgepodge of mentally handicapped voters, and most importantly away from the Kennedy’s! Unfortunately, it was not to be.  Former RI Congressman Patrick Kennedy married a Jersey-girl and plans to move [...]

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Pension Costs Choking Providence

June 27, 2011

Why is it that whenever I hear news about Rhode Island it’s usually bad?  Like any story about Buddy Cianci, The Station Nightclub Fire, the Floods of 2010, electing a mentally handicapped man governor last year, etc. Now, it turns out that the Wall Street Journal, taking a look at local government shortfalls around the [...]

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Emma Watson to Leave Brown University

April 22, 2011

Actress Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame has decided to leave her studies at Brown University, perhaps never to return.  Reason being that in her quest for “normalcy” at Brown she bumped into droll Ivy League wit, effete snobbery, and Harvard stalkers.  So, she’s likely going to finish her undergrad work elsewhere. I have a [...]

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Rhode Island Forecast: Economic Death Spiral

February 9, 2011

Ever since Rhode Island elected big spending former RINO union-shill Lincoln Chafee governor last November, I personally believed that this signaled my home state’s fast track to fiscal oblivion.  As it turns out, I am not alone.  Using nearly any measure of economic metrics, RI is at or near the bottom and is getting worse.  [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #9, November 9, 2010

November 11, 2010

Episode #9 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the 2010 election.  The GOP takes back Congress, makes gains in the Senate, in Governorships, and in State Legislatures.  Axis of Right Radio breaks down the 2010 election, and what it means for America in this special [...]

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Democrat Frank Caprio: Obama, Shove It!

October 25, 2010

The three-way governor’s race in Rhode Island between Democrat Frank Caprio, the lovable college cokehead Independent Lincoln Chafee, and Republican John Robitaille is closer than many thought and just got much more interesting.  Real Clear Politics believes this race is really between Caprio and Chafee.  That being said, Chafee (renowned RINO and former Senate colleague [...]

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Japan Surrenders, 65 years later

August 15, 2010

August 15, 1945, was the date when the Japanese Emperor Hirohito took to the radio waves and for the first time ever the Japanese people heard their emperor’s voice.  The address was to tell them that the Potsdam Declaration was to be accepted and the the war with the Allies was over — World War [...]

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RI School Says No to Soldiers on Hat

June 17, 2010

Tiogue School in Coventry, RI, is making national news for a move on crazy hat day to tell a child that his hat was inappropriate.  Why, you ask?  Look at the child’s monstrosity here: Tsk, tsk, what is society coming to!  Apparently, the principal said that the theme of the hat was cool, but that [...]

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Patrick Kennedy at His Whiny Best

March 10, 2010

Enjoy! Watch CBS News Videos Online At least his dad was a drunk — what’s his excuse?  … Oh yeah…

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The Central Falls Precedent

February 24, 2010

I lived in Rhode Island for about 24 years.  I can say without hesitation that Central Falls is one of the worst square miles one could find outside of Detroit.  One doesn’t drive through it… you find ways to drive around it!  OK, that’s a little exaggeration (nothing in the developed world is nearly as [...]

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They Don’t Call It Road Island for Nothing

December 30, 2009

According to Forbes Magazine, Rhode Island leads the nation in . . . safe driving.  Be sure to check out the next issue of Forbes Magazine for their feature on Hawaii’s reaction to the news that they lead the nation in annual snowfall.

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Patriots Mascot Caught in Sex Sting

December 12, 2009

Apparently, not just Tiger Woods pays for sex nowadays!  As it turns out one of the guys who acts as the “Pat the Patriot” was picked up with 13 other people in an undercover sex sting in Rhode Island. Until last November there was a loophole in Rhode Island law which allowed for prostitution… only [...]

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Ayn Rand on Socialized Health Care

October 8, 2009

Upon discussing Atlas Shrugged with my father a few weeks ago, he spotted an editorial in the Providence Journal (the local Rhode Island paper slowly dying like the rest of the MSM) which spotlighted Rand’s book We the Living from 1936.  Well, the article said that a 1942 movie on the book exists and only recently on DVD format.  [...]

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Congratulations Elisabeth!

August 10, 2009

Congratulations to Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the birth of her third child yesterday (not the child pictured above)!  She’s by far the classiest gal on “The View,” articulate, talented, passionate, conservative, and she’s from Rhode Island which make her sentiments even more amazing!  Being conservative and from Rhode Island is kind of something all us contributors at AOR know [...]

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Brown University Rejects Columbus, Loves Self

April 8, 2009

After a student petition and recent activism, Brown University (the Ivy League’s version of a ”safety” school) has officially renamed Columbus Day on its calender to “Fall Weekend” through a faculty vote.  This kind of politically correct nonsense is to be expected from such a liberal school, which needs a little intellectual diversity in their History Department.  [...]

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Job Fairs at Strip Clubs — Gotta Love Obamanomics!

March 23, 2009

Everybody in the Rhode Island area has either heard of or been a client of the Foxy Lady — a place of ilrepute in the midst of a town called Providence, known for all sorts of things including a “Legs and Eggs” special, while being as classy as Southern New England can do a public strip club.  [...]

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Former RI Senator Claiborne Pell Dies at 90

January 2, 2009

Meaning no disrespect, but when I heard about the passing of former Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell yesterday, I had absolutely no idea he was still alive until then.  The former six-term Senator served from 1960 to 1996, so he was always old to me, and since moving to NJ seven years ago I just assumed [...]

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