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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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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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How Free is Your State?

March 29, 2013

So, how free is your state?  Here are the latest rankings from an expansive George Mason University study (pdf) based on personal freedoms, as well as both fiscal and regulatory policies in each state. The top five most free states are:  North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. Rounding out the bottom five [...]

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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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Movie Review — The Perks of Being a Wallflower

February 17, 2013

The film The Perks of Being a Wallflower was in and out of theaters around here in NJ pretty quick.  Usually that’s a sign of a film’s quality — not this time.  I think people really missed out on a gem — I know I did, but made up for it by seeing Perks this [...]

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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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Occupiers in RI Disrupt Pro-Life Rally

January 31, 2012

Last week, Rhode Island’s own Occupy rubes decided to infiltrate a Right to Life rally, shout down a priest leading a prayer, and allegedly dump condoms on a group of young female students. Nothing like a greasy, unemployed, statist useful-idiot mob to keep things classy around the Ocean State.  Also, nothing like a police force [...]

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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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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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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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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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Is Patrick Kennedy’s Seat in Play?

February 5, 2010

Yesterday, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) got a challenger in his bid for reelection from state representative John Loughlin.  Loughlin may seem like just another ill-fated challenger to Kennedy (there have been many over the years) but this race is one to watch for two reasons: A new poll shows that 60% of voters in his [...]

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Sheldon Whitehouse Just Wants Some Attention

December 21, 2009

Fewer things in politics are as pitiful as an obscure back bench politician desperately seeking attention.  Take my Senator, backbench Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for example.  A few weeks ago, he desperately tried to get his name in the headlines by using the term for one of San Francisco’s favorite indoor sports to describe Tea Party [...]

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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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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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RI Teaparty Storms Capital

June 11, 2009

Rhode Island (my native state) held a Tea Party protest yesterday to specifically protest increased taxes and the lack of substantial spending cuts in this year’s fiscal budget.  The protest drew over 1,000 people, with about 500 or so admitted into the capital building to protest in front of legislators offices.  The protest received a [...]

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Californians Vote for Fiscal Responsibility

May 20, 2009

Californians rejected a series of ballot measures yesterday that would have significantly raised their taxes so that the state could address its severe budget deficit without any major cuts in spending.  According to the liberal SFGate, the state will now be forced to “consider deeper cuts to education, public safety and health and human services.”  [...]

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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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Freedom Across the Fruited Plain: A Study

March 17, 2009

Freedom!!!  We love it, we cherish it, we want to spread it!  Well, of course we do, we’re Americans and (at least on this site) conservatives too. However, as Nicole Russell writing for the American Spectator points out, not all states are created equal when it comes to securing people’s freedom.  She cites a George [...]

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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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Rogue’s Island Strikes Again with Even Higher Taxes

December 7, 2008

I couldn’t resist commenting on this latest scheme out of my former home state, the dying State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations!  Because the Democrat-controlled state legislature is invested so heavily in buying the votes of their constituents through the welfare-state socialism and corruption which has dominated Lil’ Rhody for decades, they simply cannot “cut” any program [...]

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The Obama Endorsement: Chafee Is As Chafee Does

February 14, 2008

Once upon a time, many thought that the sole purpose of this website to bash Lincoln Chafee and with good reason. All three of us are conservative Republicans who were born and raised in Rhode Island, and we were naturally disgusted with the leftist leanings of our former Senator. After siding with the Democrats on [...]

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Ride The Corkscrew Again . . . Almost

February 8, 2008

This one’s for the Rhode Islanders. Like me, many of you have fond memories of Rocky Point, that cheesy amusement park from yesteryear. We will never taste chowda and clamcakes in the World’s Largest Shore Dining Hall, spit on the fat lady in the House of Horrors or be drenched by flume bacteria water ever [...]

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