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December 30, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Bye, Bye B-Listers. Tier Two Celebs who Checked out in 2011"

Oh, Yea….THAT Guy!

 

Every New Year’s Eve the network run the obligatory scroll of the famous people who “have left us” this calendar year. Usually the 90-minute montage is a litany of very familiar names from the world of entertainment and politics. Kim Jong Il, Liz Taylor, Andy Rooney, Steve Jobs, Joe Frazier, Peter Falk Harry Morgan and Amy Winehouse are all instantly recognizable names…but what about the character actors and actresses you’ve seen in countless movies and television shows whose face you know but name you don’t. Submitted for my 2011 Farewell list is a bunch of faces who will make you utter….oh, yea, THAT, guy (or woman.)

 

Betty Garrett  (91)

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 4:06pm | link


December 29, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | We are What We Tweet: Bill Maher's Tebow Time"

We Are What We Tweet

 

Comedian Bill Maher vigorously stirred the pot with a weekend profane tweet taking warped satisfaction in the Denver Broncos’ blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills.

 

“Wow, Jesus just (expletive deleted) #Tim Tebow bad! And on Christmas Eve! Somewhere…Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler “Hey. Buffalo’s killing them” Maher tweeted.

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 2:49pm | link


December 28, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Sears: The Eroding of American Ingenuity"

My Youth In The Rear View Mirror

 

Growing up in “the bucket” (that’s Pawtucket for those of you not hip to the local lingo or not having viewed the Farrelly Brothers’/Michael Corrente 1999 flick OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE), a trip to the local SEARS store on Main Street was the equivalent of hitting Macy’s in the Big Apple. It was THE big store. Sure, there was the OUTLET COMPANY if you dared to venture ALL THE WAY to downtown Providence, but if you grew up in the bucket, it was SEARS. SHARTENBERG’S Department store in downtown Pawtucket was a dusty and distant second….but for innovative, happening and hip….it was SEARS in the bucket in the 60’s!

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:52pm | link


December 27, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Many unhappy returns.."

Many Unhappy Returns

 

For so many of us, the Christmas shopping season is quickly followed by the Christmas return season, as we bring back or exchange stuff we’ve received that we just don’t want. National Retail Federation stats show that stores will actually lose almost ten cents for every dollar’s worth of stuff they sell due to returns, just under 10%, up from 7% in past Christmas seasons. Some of the bigger retailers tweaked their return policies ahead of Christmas to avoid the pinch and lose as little of that dough as possible.

 

Target will now just accept returns on certain big ticket items for 45 days after purchase, that’s down from 90 days in years past.<

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 11:03am | link


December 23, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | A Christmas Dream"

A Christmas Dream

 

After weeks of being bombarded with such hideous Christmas songs  as “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” “The 12 Pains of Christmas,” and the dreadful ‘Singing Dogs Merry Christmas,” It’s time to clear our heads a bit with a Christmas song that’s not only a great listen but also contains some pretty powerful and poignant lyrics.

 

The Christmas song I enjoy the most was penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and it’s called “A Christmas Dream.” The song somehow found its way into the opening credits of a 1974 movie THE ODESSA FILES starring Jon Voight and Maximilian Schell. The movie’s based on a thriller written by Frederick Forsyth and the song is sung by one of the great Christmas song singers, Perry Como. Here are the lyrics:

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 6:00am | link


December 21, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep | My List of Naughty and Nice Christmas Movies"

Naughty and Nice Christmas Celluloid

 

For your holiday viewing pleasure, here’s my list of the best and the worst Christmas movies of all time. In total fairness, I’ve decided to add a middle column of flicks that have some merit but don’t deserve to fall into the naughty or nice categories. So here we go…….

 

The Porridge in the Middle

 

Sort of like egg nog and fruit cake….it kind of just sits there. Neither Naughty or Nice….

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 3:35pm | link


December 20, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Morphing in Camp Chafee and Why Alec Baldwin Deserves a Mulligan"

Under the Bus

 

A shake-up today in Camp Chafee as former Rep. George Zainyeh replaces Patrick Rogers as Chief of Staff. Zainyeh, a Democrat, twice tried to oust Chafee as Mayor of Warwick  in the 90’s and most recently had just started a gig as Chief Strategy Officer for Family Services of RI. He was a member of General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s transition team.

 

The official press release says Rogers is reportedly returning to his law practice. If you think that was the genesis of this move, I have some watches and dvd’s in the trunk of my car I’d like to show you. The announcement comes a few days after a Brown University poll had Chafee’s approval rating at 27%, down from 32% in May.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 2:26pm | link


December 19, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep | Coal in Crossroad RI's Stocking: Giving the Gift of Union Wrath"

Give the Gift of Union Wrath This Holiday Season

 

It couldn’t have been an epiphany when Crossroads Rhode Island President Anne Nolan realized the tally from her nonprofit’s annual direct mail donation solicitation campaign had dried up significantly. Nolan’s Crossroads RI came out in public support of ‘Engage RI,’ the business backed group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to push legislation to overhaul the state’s pension system. Now Nolan’s non-profit, which helps serve the state’s homeless, is feeling the wrath of angry union members who feel she helped take bread off their tables. Crossroads RI is one of about a half dozen non profits that aligned themselves with EngageRI.

 

Crossroads’ numbers during its peak months of October and November fell of the cliff, off $100K (50%) compared to last year. The reason? Not the crappy economy.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 3:41pm | link


December 16, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Gina Raimondo Riding High While Chafee Sinks To New Low"

Raimondo-Mania!

 

The public’s positive reaction to pension overhaul weighs heavily in the approval ratings of two high profile Rhody pols according to a Brown university-Taubman Center for public policy poll. 60% of those polled give a thumbs up to pension overhaul with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo getting most, if not all, of the credit for getting it through the General Assembly. Governor Linc Chafee, got no love from the random sample of 464 registered voters, even though it was considered a Chafee-Raimondo proposal.

 

Raimondo watched her approval rating soar to 52%, up from 39.5% in March, while Chafee’s approval rating dipped to just 27%, down from 32% in March. So why did Raimondo benefit from the public’s positive support of the law and Chafee didn’t? Because she, the novice, played the political game better than Chafee did. She got out ahead of the issue and branded the reform  HER’S while Chafee lingered in the weeds.

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 3:29pm | link


December 15, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Red Sox Prefer Little Ripples to Big Splash"

Not Exactly A Triple Lindy

 

New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington is off to a start at the helm that can only be described as the BizarroWorld Theo Epstein. First, closer Jonathon Papelbon is allowed to walk and sign a monster deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Wednesday, the Sox trade off injured infielder Jed Lowrie and prospect pitcher Kyle Weiland to the NL cellar dwelling Houston Astros for reliever Mark Melancon who wound up as the Astros closer in the second half of last year. One ESPN pundit says the Astros got the better of the deal but me thinks he didn't watch a ton of Sox games last season. Lowrie's a tease who rode a sweet hot streak last season to tempt us once again but he missed a bunch of games to injury AGAIN. Lowrie's a versatile infielder who can play every infield position, all of them rather poorly. Weiland was a closer at Notre Dame but has been converted into a starter. He was forced into a starting role in the Hub thanks to so many Sox starters going down for the count during the dreadful 7-20 finish. He wasn't exactly the savior getting roughed up in most of his starts. He'll benefit by a switch to the senior circuit...maybe. Prospects are exactly that , a duffle bag full of hope.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 10:25am | link


December 14, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Newt's Odd Odyssey"

Newt’s Odd Odyssey

 

I find Newt Gingrich’s surge in the GOP Presidential race fascinating. At first, I thought he was just taking his turn as the “flavor of the week” just as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry had. But Gingrich’s numbers aren’t only holding, they’re growing….but with an asterisk.

 

A just released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Gingrich with a whopping 40%-23% lead over Romney in the race for the GOP Presidential bid. That 40% is the highest of any GOP candidate in the past few months. However, when matched up against President Obama, Romney only trails by two points while Gingrich is crushed 51%-41%.

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:49pm | link


December 13, 2011

December 12, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep | Chafee's Tree Decision Makes Lil' Rhody a National Joke"

Making the Big Time

 

Once again Little Rhody’s in the national spotlight for the wrong reason. Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update with Seth Myers featured a joke about Governor Chafee’s “holiday tree” fiasco with anchor Seth Myers joking about how Rhode Islanders will REALLY be upset with Chafee calling Jesus “December Man.”

 

Lame decision by Chafee….lame joke on SNL

 

Funny……Unless

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 9:38am | link


December 09, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep | The Farrelly Brothers Three Stooges Trailer's Out: Looks Like the Nyucks are On You"

Leave Well Enough Alone

 

“I don’t know…it was my idea, but I don’t think much of it”

-Moe Howard

 

The highly anticipated….with much trepidation by many….trailer for the Farrelly Brothers full length THREE STOOGES movie hit cyberspace yesterday. The project had been on the brothers’ drawing board for well over a decade but finally didn’t get off the ground until a year ago. Judging from the trailer, it’s anything but a full lift off.

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 3:01pm | link


December 08, 2011

"St Pierre's Show Prep | Chafee to Kid's Chorus: "MYA CULPA""

Mya Culpa, Kids

 

The latest installments of the Holiday Tree soap opera includes an apology by Governor Chafee and another national black eye this time by the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

 

Chafee’s office sent a note to the children’s chorus that performed at Tuesday’s State House Tree lighting ceremony apologizing that the governor did not personally greet them during the ceremony and offering each kid a citation. Chafee’s appearance at the event was fleeting as he quickly showed up to throttle the tree’s lights up and then quickly scampered back to his office. Yesterday, I gave him credit for such a strategic move because had he attempted a speech, the 300 protesters who showed up to voice their displeasure over his decision NOT to call it a Christmas tree would likely have caused an ugly scene.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 12:34pm | link


December 07, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep | One Good Decision Doesn't Wipe Away a Year's Worth of Bad Ones"

When Tree Lighting Worlds Collide

 

You just knew it would end badly. Governor Chafee incensed lots of Rhode Islanders when he decided to ignore a resolution passed by the General Assembly this year calling for any and all references to the Statehouse Christmas tree as exactly that, a Christmas tree. Instead, the mega politically correct Chafee invited the state’s residents to attend the lighting of a “holiday” tree instead. Talk radio glommed onto Chafee’s most recent contribution of on air fodder and soon it snowballed into a national story.

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 2:30pm | link


December 06, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep | The Newt and the Donald: Two Peas in a Pod"

Embracing  “The Donald”

 

Surging presidential GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich was in New York yesterday and met with Donald Trump among other activities. Gingrich and The Donald were members of the mutual admiration society when they met with reporters afterwards. Gingrich praised the real estate mogul and TV reality show host and dismissed criticism from Ron Paul that THE PLANS FOR Trump to moderate an upcoming debate demeans the presidency. For now, Gingrich is the lone candidate to say he’ll participate.

 

 

Gingrich told reporters, “This is a country that elected a peanut farmer to the presidency. This is a country that elected an actor who made two movies with a chimpanzee to the presidency.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:42pm | link


December 05, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Chafee, the inn keeper to RI: Sorry, No Vacancies!"

Plug It In And Be Done With It!

 

The saga of the dueling tree lightings comes to a merciful end tomorrow as Governor Linc Chafee plugs in his Statehouse “holiday tree” just as the Diocese of Providence fires up its version a few blocks away on the grounds of St. Patrick’s parish.

 

Chafee remains unburdened by the deluge of angry phone calls to his office, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and internet postings ripping him for calling it a “holiday” tree. He stands by his decision which he claims was made out of respect for religious diversity.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 4:16pm | link


December 01, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Definitely an Evergreen Talk Show Topic"

Tree Talk Continues

 

“No decorations. I find tinsel distracting”

-Frank Costanza

 

The great “what to call the state house tree lighting ceremony” debate continues. National news outlets picked up the story of Governor Chafee’s official invitation to Tuesday’s lighting ceremony in which he refers to it as a “holiday tree” and not as a “Christmas Tree” despite a resolution lawmakers passed in January asking it be called a “Christmas Tree.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 3:25pm | link


November 30, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Chafee Putting the Crisis in Christmas"

Taking Christ Out, Putting Crisis In

 

Once again, Rhode Island finds itself smack dab in the national media spotlight for the wrong reason. Governor Linc Chafee’s decision to ignore a resolution passed by the General Assembly in January declaring the state house “Christmas” tree would be called exactly that and NOT a “holiday tree” has gone viral. The Drudge Report was all over it yesterday with just about every major newspaper picking it up. Representative Doreen Costa, the driving force behind getting the resolution passed, got some face time on FOX AND FRIENDS this morning. Bishop Tobin issued a statement yesterday calling Chafee’s decision “disheartening and divisive."

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 2:01pm | link


November 29, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Is Governor Chafee's Heart Three Sizes Too Small"

Chafee Naughty, Not Nice?

 

Governor Linc Chafee’s facing a Christmas crap storm for calling the annual tree lighting in the state house a “holiday” tree lighting instead of a Christmas tree lighting. It has lots of state reps as angry as Clark Griswold was when he received his ‘Jelly of the Month Club’ Christmas…err, holiday, bonus. You see, it’s not just Chafee’s decision to go all politically correct that has them bristling. It’s the fact the Governor’s ignoring a resolution passed on January 6th stating “That it is policy of the state that state officials and departments refer to the tree customarily erected  or displayed in celebration of the period from Thanksgiving of each year to January of the following year as a ‘Christmas tree’ and not as a holiday tree or other non traditional terms.” So there.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:20pm | link


November 28, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | The Little Lights are not Twinkling"

Not Exactly a Griswold Moment

 

“The little lights are not twinkling”

-EG Marshall as Art Smith in CHRISTMAS VACATION

 

We went shopping for the Chez St. Pierre Christmas Tree at a neighborhood nursery where we’ve gotten our tree the last several years, only to be disappointed that their delivery hadn’t arrived yet. We plan on returning there this evening. In an effort to support our local small business, we did buy a wreath and a swag.

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 2:40pm | link


November 23, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Some Thankful Thoughts"

I Love a Parade

 

Tomorrow the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 9a.m. Among the 15 signature giant balloons this year are two new additions:

 

*Paul Frank’s Julias-Julias the Monkey makes his debut sporting a jetpack as he soars overhead

 

*Sonic the Hedgehog-the first ever balloon based on a video game character, returns to the parade celebrating his 20th anniversary. Sonic will be wearing his signature white gloves and red shoes.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:56pm | link


November 22, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | A Tale of Two Red Sox Thanksgivings"

A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

 

It was nine years ago this week that Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein had Thanksgiving dinner with Curt and Shonda Schilling at the pitcher’s home in Arizona. Epstein was successful in convincing the Schill to waive his no trade clause and come to Boston. Nine years and two World Series titles later, the Red Sox are about to stuff Sox fans cornucopia with Bobby Valentine as Terry Francona’s replacement. Pardon me if I don’t seem quite as thankful as I did in 2003.

 

The Red Sox manager search has been whittled down to three….Valentine, Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo. I don’t think you need Bill James to decipher who is at the front of the line with that trio.

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 2:05pm | link


November 21, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Possible Pension Reform Vote Fallout"

With Friends Like These

 

With Rhode Island’s historic pension reform now formally signed into law, let’s take a quick look at how those lawmakers backed by unions against five targeted incumbents (painted as anti-union) voted on those precious union pensions. Let’s go to the tote board!

 

Rep Richard Morrison, Bristol, who beat Doug Gablynske- YES

Rep Teresa Tanziread more

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 10:44am | link


November 17, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep: Pension Reform Talk ain't"

Talk Ain’t Cheap

 

The two sides in Rhode Island’s pension reform battle spent some serious scratch leading up today’s historical vote. The two sides have used direct mail, robocalls, e-mails, fliers, radio and TV ads and newspaper campaigns in a flurry of activity that would make the Thriller in Manila look like a tea party. The AARP (against cuts) spent $100 grand which left many of its private sector retirees who support pension overhaul pretty p-o’d.

 

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 3:20pm | link


November 16, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Chafee is right! Political Newbie Raimondo's Learned How to "

Missing a Hearty Handclasp

 

The gloves are off as the state’s lawmakers prepare to vote tomorrow on the pension reform bill in their special session. Governor Linc Chafee is publically voicing his frustration with both General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed. The governor is accusing both of blocking his efforts to forcefully address troubled municipal retirement systems in the pension overhaul bill. The Pamphlet reports Chafee is blaming the demise of municipal pension measures on Raimondo’s “intransigence” (our official copy of Vocabulary for the College Bound Student tells us that means uncompromising) plus steady opposition from Paiva-Weed, who was reportedly so P-O’d at its inclusion that she refused to give Chafee a hearty hand clasp when the bill was introduced. Why, the very idea!

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 3:19pm | link


November 15, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Penn State's Sandusky: The King of Creepiosity"

You Can’t Shine Horse Poop

 

“I shouldn’t have showered with those kids”-Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky

 

Quite an epiphany from Joe Paterno’s one time defensive coordinator whose been charged with 40 counts…count ‘em folks….40 counts of sexually abusing eight underage boys. Sandusky did a phone interview with Bob Costas on NBC’s “ROCK CENTER” News Show last night. When Costas asked him straight out if he was a pedophile, Sandusky replied “no” and he’s innocent of any abuse. When Costas pressed him on his innocence in every aspect of the charges, Sandusky danced on the sidelines saying “Well, I could say, you know, I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:18pm | link


November 14, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | A Big Swing and a Miss by Saturday Night Live"

THE INEVITABLE

 

The Big Blue Bug, aka Nibbles Woodaway, has his reindeer ears adorning his head and his gigantic red nose light bulb in place ready to be illuminated. Gold-Diamond on Rt. 95 has all its outdoor holiday figurines adorning the grounds along the roadway ready to flip the switch. Interns were busily decorating the studio of sister station, LiteRock 105, Friday afternoon so it's just a matter of days now until Clark Griswald can christen it a "full scale holiday emergency."

 

People who greatly concern me: anyone saying aloud "save the bows" when gift exchange is underway. Also, those overly concerned with the immediate trash collection of discarded wrapping paper as gifts are exchanged.<

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 4:14pm | link


November 11, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Occupiers Wearing Out Their Welcome?"

Wearing Out Their Welcome?

The Occupy Providence lawyers held what was described as a “fruitful” meeting with city officials, including Safety Comish Steven Pare.

Eviction notices were given to the demonstrators in late October, but the city hasn’t done anything to force the occupants out of Burnside park as of yet.

Polls have found more Americans are empathetic to the Occupy Wall Street movement and the protesters’ cause, but are they risking losing that public support with some of their recent actions?

About 30 Occupy protesters disrupted GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann’s foreign policy speech yesterday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor. Occupy LA announced yesterday that they’re planning a protest at the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2nd in Pasadena.


We’re REALLY Not in Kansas Anymore

The dress and a pair of the ruby slippers Judy Garland’s “Dorothy” wore in “The Wizard of Oz” will be auctioned off in a three day “Profiles in History” sale in California.

The blue and white gingham pinafore dress is expected to fetch $300,000, while the slippers could command close to two million bucks.

It’s unknown how many pairs of ruby slippers were made for the film, but it is known that only five exist today (however one pair was stolen from the Judy Garland museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota back in 2005.)

One pair was on display at Walt Disneyworld’s MGM Studios Great Movie Ride From 1989-2000.


Trivia: What is Dorothy’s last name?

posted by Christina Myers at 5:29pm | link


November 10, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep| Age is no defense for Penn State Coach Joe Paterno"

Campus Chaos

 

Something tells me there’s a long, LONG way to go before we close the book on the Penn State child sex abuse scandal and possible cover up. The firings of legendary Head Coach Joe Paterno along with University President Graham Spanier may be the news cycle equivalent of being 50 yards into running a marathon.

 

The 84-year-old Paterno had said early yesterday that he would retire at season’s end, his 46th with Penn State. Later, however, the Board of Trustees announced both Paterno and President Spanier had been fired in unanimous votes.

 

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:49pm | link


November 09, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Is the Providence Place Mall someone's idea of a cruel joke?"

PHONE HOME

 

With everything that's going on in this country, one has to wonder why the White House feels the need to release a statement saying there's no evidence that alien life exists beyond our planet or has tried to contact humanity. Sr. space policy and communications official Phil Larson released the statement in a response to petitions on the White House website. Larson also insists there's no credible info suggesting evidence is being kept from the public's eye. In other words, forget about Area 51. Larson's statements came in response to two petitions with 17,000 signatures calling on the U.S. Government to disclose knowledge of extraterrestrial beings and contact with them. Larson didn't rule out the idea that extraterrestrial life could exist (after all, he needs the job) and said it is discussed and explored.

posted by Dee DeQuattro at 11:29am | link


November 08, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep | Herman Cain and George Costanza: Did they both "stop short?""

All aboard the MONKEY BUSINESS...

 

The conga line of woman accusing GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment has grown to four….four with an asterisk. That asterisk is the fact accuser number four, Sharon Bialek, brought along media shark Gloria Allred as her attorney.  Bialek claims she asked Cain for some career guidance back in July of 1997 when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association, after she was canned from her job within that group.

 

Bialek claims that after having dinner together, they were in a car for what she thought was a visit to the association’s DC headquarters when Cain allegedly groped her in a car. Bialek said “instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and he put his hand on my leg, under my skirt toward my genital. He also pushed my head toward his crotch.” She said she objected and asked Cain what he was doing, and he answered “you said you wanted a job, right?”

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posted by Dee DeQuattro at 1:07pm | link


November 04, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: A Bouncing Bieber Boy!"

Robbing the Cradle

Cops are contemplating investigating an alleged sexual tryst between Justin Bieber and a San Diego woman that happened last October at the Staples Center in LA.

Reason being Bieber was only 16-years-old at the time.

Various media outlets have reported Mariah Yeater filed a paternity suit earlier this week against the teenage heartthrob. Yeater had just turned 19-years-old when she claims she and Bieber, then 16, had a brief fling after one of his concerts.

She says she gave birth to a bouncing little Bieber boy in July and believes Bieber is the daddy because there were no other guys she had sex with at the time.

She wants child support and a paternity test.

Bieber says he’s not the father.

   Bieber appeared on The Today Show yesterday and denied even knowing Yeater (around 3:05)

California law states that anyone who has unlawful sex with a minor who is less than three years younger is guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries up to a one year jail sentence.


Paying Their Way

A Riverside County, California, supervisor is proposing that inmates pay the cost of their time behind bars.

That’s an estimated $143 bucks a day in that area. Supervisor Jeff Stones thinks it could generate as much as five million bucks for his county.

Inmates unable to pay their freight would have a lien put against any real property they own. Stone also wanted all prison visitors to pay county prisons a fee, but lawyers argued that would be unconstitutional.

You Actually Have to Pass a Law to Prevent This?<

posted by Christina Myers at 5:55pm | link


November 02, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Craig Price Should Never See the Light of Day"

He Who Laughs Last

Just a thought, but who do you think laughs the hardest before their subject enters the room for consideration, the parole board for Craig Price or Charles Manson?

Those two bottom feeders will see the light of freedom about the same time white smoke emerges from the Vatican chimney to announce Pope Larry Flynt the First.

Animal Price’s lawyer today argued that the 25 year sentence for contempt was “excessive.”

Susan Iannitelli told the court that Price had refused to seek psychiatric treatment at the advice of his counsel when he was a teenager. She says he is now ready, willing and eager to get treatment. Well, isn’t he just the little boy scout seeking a merit badge!

Every time this creature wanders close to a sniff of freedom, we should reflect back on the murders he so calmly admitted to after his arrest in 1989…

In 1987, when he was 13-years-old, Price broke into the Warwick home of Rebecca Spencer (two houses away from his), took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed the 27-year-old 58 times, killing her.

Two years later, at age 15, he murdered three other neighbors while stoned on marijuana and LSD.  He stabbed 39-year-old Joan Heaton 11 times, her 10-year-old daughter 62 times and crushed the skull of 8-year-old Melissa Heaton.

The wounds of the victims were so deep that the knives actually broke off at the handles into the bodies of the victims. Reports at the time claim Price sat at the kitchen table after the three killings and ate leftovers from the family fridge as the lifeless bodies lay at his feet.

Price was arrested a month before his 16th birthday and was tried and convicted as a minor.

posted by Christina Myers at 6:13pm | link


November 01, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Bon Appetit, McRib Fans!"

Hall of Presidents

Remember when the Celtics head coach Rick Pitino lost it in a 200 post game presser telling fans the glory days of the 80’s were a thing of the past? Larry Bird and company “ain’t walking through that door…?”



I’ve got news for those polled by CBS’ “60 Minutes” and “Vanity Fair”….Ronald Regan ain’t walking through the Rose Garden soon either.

GOP icon Ronald Regan came out on top in a new poll that asked Americans which past president they’d like to bring back during the current tough economics times. Regan got 36% of the vote, ahead of democratic hero Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was second with 29%. Thomas Jefferson was a distant third at 14%.

The survey also asked about the hypothetical of THEY THEMSELVES running for president. More than 60% said fears of skeletons in the closet being revealed would prevent them from doing so, with women more concerned about what could be brought to light than men.

A Banner Crop of Ghouls

At Chez St. Pierre last night…trick-or-treaters en masse rang the door bell….don’t know why I decided to take a tally but I did….show me a tote……132 candy bars handed out.


Like Sending Cher to Disneyworld

The woman who won $25K worth of plastic surgery in a contest this past weekend at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, turned down the procedures and took the prize in cash instead.

“The Nip and Tuck” sweepstakes offered the winner the options of breast implants, a tummy tuck, liposuction and a face lift…up to a total of $25 grand.<

posted by Christina Myers at 3:22pm | link


October 31, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Occupy Providence; Many Attend, Few Understand"

Thus Ends The Lesson

 

“They can be a great people, Kal-El, they want to be. They only lack the light to show the way.”
     
-Jor-El to his only son in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE

 

So exactly what did I learn from spending Friday afternoon in Burnside Park while on remote broadcast with the Buddy Cianci Show among the campers of Occupy Providence? After three hours on air and a couple prior setting up, not a hell of a lot I didn’t know before feeding the parking meter about four bucks in quarters.

 

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October 28, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: From MVP to LVP with One Swing of the Bat"

World Series

While Fox network execs aren’t exactly doing a buck-and-wing over the ratings the Cardinals-Rangers Fall Classic is generating, baseball fans are being treated to some serious drama on the diamond.

ESPN radio’s play-by-play guy Dan Shulman summed up last night’s 10-9 Cardinals’ win as “the prettiest ugliest game” he’s called in quite some time.

David Freese’s walk-off homer in the 11th capped off a game that saw the teams combine for five errors: the Rangers blow their first World Series title in team history with two outs and two strikes on hitters NOT ONCE but TWICE, Texas twice blowing two run leads in the 9th and 10th innings, and questionable moves galore by both Card’s skipper Tony Larussa and Rangers manager Ron Washington.

Larussa even got himself into the mess of having NO positional players left on his bench facing extra innings.

There’s been a ton of criticism directed at Rangers’ right fielder and ALCS MVP Nelson Cruz, who failed to make a catch on Freese’s two run, two out triple off closer Neftali Feliz, that sailed over his head on the warning track. Granted, it would have taken a very good catch, but Cruz clearly got happy feet as he felt the warning track beneath his feet.

The league knock on Cruz is he doesn’t like risking his body against outfield walls, and that reputation was certainly on display with that play.

Think about it. The Rangers, the oldest baseball franchise never to have won a World Series title (they began as the expansion Washington Senators in 1961 after the original Senators bolted to Minnesota to become the Twins) were one catch away from tasting the bubbly…or ginger ale around Josh Hamilton....yet Cruz played the ball as if it was game 140 on the regular season schedule.

Was it the best game in World Series history?

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October 27, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Broadcasting from the Belly of the Burnside Beast"

Off to Occupy

"Mr. President , have pity on the working man"
      -Randy Newman

The Buddy Cianci Show hits the road Friday to broadcast from Burnside Park, sight of the Occupy Providence encampment.

We've taken the position these folks have the right thing in mind, but the wrong individuals as the targets of their ire. Tugging on Superman's cape is the right of every American, just make sure it's Clark Kent wearing the duds and not someone else.

Protesting corporate greed is not a bad thing… but nobody elected Brian Moynahan as chief executive of Bank of America, but we sure as heck elected the lawmakers who are supposed to watch over banks across the fruited plain. Those DC lawmakers are the same people who Occupy Providence accuses, justifiably so, of not spending enough time on legislation addressing the plight of the middle class.

We scoped on Burnside Park yesterday morning for a prime spot to plop down the Buddy the C Show and found the occupants friendly and orderly.

We were told, however, that that time of day presents the smallest gatherings, plus an organizer alerted us to the fact "we aren't serving that much food this morning."


Don't Let the Good Lord Hit Ya'

Providence Safety Comish Steven Pare is personally handing out eviction notices to the Occupy Providence campers. The process began around 3p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Pare is giving occupantsread more

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October 26, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Unscientific Halloween Candy Tally"

Another Cocktail Party from Hell

Today's celebrity birthdays would make one hell of an ice breaking group. Imagine getting these folks together:

Hillary Clinton, Napoleon Dynamite actor Jon Heder, Pat Sajak, Jaclyn Smith, Love Boat cruise director Lauren Tewes (double the fun if she brings her stash) and Keith Urban.


I Wondered When This Would Finally Happen

The ratings for the CBS alleged comedy “Two and a Half Men” have finally tapered off.

Monday's numbers were actually up 5 percent, bringing in 15.4 million viewers.

That's far below the mega ratings from the season premiere when they killed off Charlie Sheen's character, but may represent the average viewing audience the show will continue to retain.


Exit Stage Left

It took far too many weeks, but “Dancing With the Stars” viewers FINALLY sent Chaz Bono packing last night.

Bono has dwelled at the bottom of the leader board for much of this season and better celeb hooters were sent packing before him.

DWTS season 13 has been a lackluster affair so far because producers assembled a less than stellar cast. I'm a huge fan and have followed the show from day one, but this season I find myself relying on the DVR more than any other season, being less than enthusiastic about each week's results.

There was a bit of a spark of controversy during Monday night's competition when Bono found himself in the bottom two with Hope Solo and her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who got into a heated argument with the judges.

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October 25, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Moammar, We Hardly Knew Ye"

Many Pounds of Flesh

Libya’s National Transitional Council interim government says ousted (and you don’t get much more ousted than how he met his maker) dictator Moammar Gadhafi has been buried in a secret grave.

This is after Gadhafi’s corpse has been on public display in cold storage for days. Lines to see the fallen dictator rivaled those at Space Mountain on a school vacation week.

Gadhafi was buried in an unmarked grave in the wee hours of the morning, along with his son and former defense minister. Libya’s leaders have said they won’t reveal the location of the grave, fearing it could be vandalized or turned into a shrine for die-hard supporters.

As part of the burial ceremony, Ghadifi’s body was washed in line with Islamic tradition. Kind of weird to show such respect for someone you kept decomposing in a cold storage unit while people lined up for days to have a peek.

Proof Art is Subjective

One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.

A 36-year-old artist, who is pregnant with her first child, plans to present her baby’s birth as performance art.

Marni Kotak has set up a birthing room in a Brooklyn art gallery, where she’ll be attended by a midwife when she pops sometime over the next few weeks. The exhibit actually opened earlier this month with people coming in to talk with Kotak or see the exhibit entitled “THE BIRTH OF BABY X.”

Wonder if it’ll be available on Netflix?<

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October 24, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Pension Reform Sides Draw Line in the Sand"

Shooting ONE Of The Messengers

The public employees union didn’t take too long to take to the airways with a radio ad campaign faulting “politicians” for trying to fix the state’s pension system “on the backs of the workers who followed all the rules.”

It names Governor Linc Chafee specifically, but conspicuous by its absence is the name of General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

The ad says, “After giving tax breaks to the rich, politicians are now trying to hurt your classroom teacher, the nurse at Eleanor Slater Hospital, the cook at the Veterans home, the custodian at your child’s school, the social worker who helps our most vulnerable citizens and the public safety workers who keep you safe. Once again they are protecting the wealthy, while the middle class suffers. We have a pension problem. But Governor Chafee’s solution is not only unfair it may also be illegal.”

I guess we can honestly say Mr. 36% has lost that union support he glommed onto to get elected.

While the public employee unions pony up the dough for aggressive radio, TV and print campaigns, the pro pension reform group EngageRI (an advocacy group trumpeting a list of well-connected supporters with deep pockets) launched a six figure multi media campaign to battle the employees union message.

EngageRI has also employed a high profile lobbyist to work the halls on Smith Hill pressing lawmakers to pass the Raimondo-Chafee pension reform bill.

Two places this battle will likely play out….on the air and in the newspapers, as well as eventually winding up in a courtroom.

But What Does HE Do With the Bounty?<

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October 21, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Why Gordon's Gotta Go"

Gordo’s Gotta Go

The number one reason troubled Rhode Island lawmaker Dan Gordon should step down was visible to all at Tuesday’s special session opener at the State House….his empty chair.   

Gordon, who faces all kinds of questions about his criminal record and military service, skipped the legislative meeting and speeches by Governor Linc Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, before the duo distributed more than 200 pages of pension reform light reading.

Gordon was conspicuous by his absence, despite pledging to attend.

Gordon instead referred to the gathering as a “dog and pony show” not worthy of billing taxpayers 30 bucks for his mileage reimbursement. He says he watched the speeches on TV

Representative Bob Watson is going through some personal turmoil too, but at least he’s doing the job his constituents elected him to do and showing the proper respect to the office of Governor and General Treasurer.

Gordon’s silly personal grandstanding does nothing for the folks he represents in Little Compton, Portsmouth and Tiverton.

This only happens to be one of the single most important issues the state has faced in its history. You’d think he’d at least show up and listen.

This guy’s a circus. Somebody get him a tent.


The Ultimate Contradiction Awaits

MTV is apparently looking to cast some Occupy Wall Street protesters for the next season of its long running reality show "The Real World".

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October 20, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Young Man with a Horn"

Young Man With a Horn

Who makes these rules?

A 12-year-old Massachusetts boy isn’t being allowed to bring his saxophone on bus number 9 within the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District because the bus is filled to capacity and the instrument creates a “safety hazard.”

Andrew DiMarzio says the sax and its case fit under the seat and takes up no more room than a backpack. Other kids are allowed to pack athletic equipment and other gear onto the bus and stow it beneath their seat.

Because of the rule, Andrew’s mom has to make special transportation arrangements for her son three times a week so he can get to band practice. Mrs. DiMarzio’s job conflicts with Andrew’s trek to school time.

Andrew has been at the sax for a year and a half and recently started practicing with the marching band.

Both the school and the bus company say no instruments larger than a flute or a clarinet are allowed on the bus when it’s at capacity. Andrew and his mom haven’t seen any such policy in writing as of yet.

Last week, the school district did refund Andrew’s $225 dollar fee to ride the bus to school, but his mom says that wasn’t the solution she was seeking.

Maybe he can car pool with the tuba player.

The Height of Hypocrisy

Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank insists he sympathizes with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, but he sure has a funny way of showing it. <

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October 19, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: A Needed Break From Pension Processing"

Pension Overload

After going through close to 200 pages of the pension reform bill presented to the General Assembly by Treasurer Gina Rainondo and Governor Chafee yesterday, I thought I’d take a day’s break from the pension pounding that’s turning my brain to guacamole, and move on to some other things buried in the back of my head.


Is Nothing Sacred?

It’s bad enough the executive at FOX and baseball comish Bud Selig are looking at a St. Louis-Texas Rangers likely World Series ratings famine, but now they’ve got to worry about the Occupy Wall Street crowd descending upon the sight of game one tonight, Busch Stadium.

A Facebook blitz suggests there may be either a massive gathering outside the stadium or the group may possibly pitch a tent city around the stadium to take advantage of the network visibility.

“Occupy St. Louis” posted an open invitation to watch the game tonight for free on a big screen at its campsite in nearby Kiener Plaza, which is just a few blocks from the stadium. The game’s commercials will be blocked out, replaced by a livestream from other Occupy groups.

The Facebook posting says, ‘Come watch the game with the 99%. Show the world that there isn’t a need for corporate sponsors to enjoy baseball.”

Spare me.

World Series predictions: I’m pulling for the Texas Rangers to win it, because the franchise has been around since 1961 and have never won the whole thing. They started as the NEW Washington Senators, an expansion team after the original Senators relocated to Minnesota. The NEW Washington Senators moved to Arlington, Texas in 1971.<

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October 17, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Occupy Wall St. Makes Strange Bedfellows"

Strange Bedfellows

It’s bad enough movie stars making millions of bucks a year, ripping off the general public, are showing up at these Occupy Wall Street demonstrations… but politicians?!

That’s got to be the ultimate in hypocrisy.

Locally, U.S Representative Jim Langevin paid a visit to the Occupy Providence event Saturday night at Burnside Park. He’s lucky the 1,200 in attendance didn’t tar and feather him (a practice I’d like to see revised--perhaps a reality show in the making?)

Are these demonstrators so out of touch with what they’re protesting about that they can’t see Langevin is part of the problem, not part of the solution?

OK, so you won’t find him listed on the Board of Directors for Goldman Sachs, but believe me, he’s on their speed dial. 

The Occupy Wall Street crowd is protesting against corporate greed, right? And who makes the rules for our nation’s banks? That would be Congress, McFly. 

Meantime, while Occupy Providence folks were urging people to close their Bank of America accounts, there’s Congressman Langevin smack dab in the middle of the chants “Bank of America, bad for America.” As if Bank of America, which provides jobs to Rhode Islanders, needs more reasons to pull up stakes and turn off the lights in the downtown Superman Building headquarters.

Over the weekend, while honoring Martin Luther King at a dedication of the new memorial on National Mall in DC, President Obama remarked how Dr.

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October 14, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: You Give Them Eyes, Father"

Why Should She Care?

“No one ever died an atheist”
     -Plato

I remain dumbfounded over the fact a self proclaimed atheist would even give a damn about a school prayer banner that has adorned the wall of the Cranston High West auditorium since the early 1960’s.

16-year-old junior Jessica Ahlquist finds herself firmly at the center of a U.S. District Court suit alleging the prayer, on display at the school for almost 50 years, violates the First Amendment. The RI Civil Liberties Union filed suit on her behalf, alleging the prayer makes Ahlquist feel “excluded, ostracized and devalued as a member of the school community.”

Back in March, the School Committee voted to keep the prayer because it’s a historic document created more than half a century ago, along with a school creed, school colors and a mascot. All were part of an effort to give the school an identity and tradition, they say.

The vote was based on a belief that “school history and tradition should be maintained”, not upon some desire to inject religion into the public schools. That mantra is the argument of the School Committee’s lawyer Joseph Cavanagh.

The issue with me is NOT whether or not the presence of the banner violates the First Amendment.

Of course it does.

It begins “Oh Heavenly Father” for goodness sake. It ends with “Amen.”

Perry Mason would rest his case right there, and poor Hamilton Burger would chalk up another one in the loss column.

What gives me the red butt is the fact a self proclaimed atheist would give a crap about it. “Excluded, ostracized and devalued as a member of the school community”?

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October 13, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: The Numbers Back America's Middle Class Malaise"

Taking The Pulse

    “Greed is Good”
    Gordon Gekko, WALL STREET

Let’s take a look at some poll numbers as the “Occupy Providence” movement gets set to move into Burnside Park Saturday afternoon.

An ABC News/Washington post poll finds 70% of Americans have an unfavorable view of Wall Street, while a nearly identical 68% view the federal government in a negative light.

As always, these things break out differently depending on which side of the political fence you find yourself on.

To no surprise, negative views of Wall Street are at 84% among liberal Democrats and 59% among conservative Republicans. Meanwhile, things are flipped on views on the government, with 89% of conservatives viewing DC negatively and 57% of liberals.

Americans who are better off financially and those approaching retirement age (have you opened YOUR financial statements this month?) were also among those more likely to see Wall Street negatively.

Out of Place and Out of Touch

What the hell are celebrities doing showing up at these Occupy Wall Street protests. Talk about hypocrisy. 

As the protests continue to grow and garner more media attention, celebs have been showing up at the site in lower Manhattan. Filmmaker Michael Moore, actress Susan Sarandon, actors Mike Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Penn Badgley, comedian Rosanne Barr, rappers Kanye West and Talib Kweli and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons have all shown their faces and grabbed a photo op.

West showed up in a limo.

What the hell are grossly overpaid, wealthy celebrities doing showing up at a protest highlighting soaring income inequality in this country?

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October 12, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Raising Cain at the GOP Presidential Debate"

Back Up The Truck

If even HALF of what a published report claims was happening on the 2011 Red Sox team is true, then Red Sox Nation should have no problem unplugging whatever emotional connection they have with certain players and supporting a massive Yawkey Way enema.

Reports have Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey and even Clay Bucholtz (at times) drinking beer, eating fast food fried chicken and playing video games in the clubhouse during games, as teammates in the dug out hung on for dear life during a 7-20 September.

Players reportedly cut back on their exercise regimens despite appeals from the team’s strengthening and conditioning coach, who watched helplessly as much of the squad turned into the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Players bitched and moaned so much about having to play a Hurricane Irene-forced doubleheader that principal owner John Henry gave all of them 300 dollar headphones and invited them to enjoy a players’ only night on his yacht.

Beckett, Lester and Lackey combined for a 2-7 record during the September meltdown with a 6.45 earned run average as the Sox lost 11 of their 15 starts.

Even worse than the indifference, attitude and results, is the fact that none of this coddled crew wants to take any responsibility for the collapse.

Only second baseman Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz (to a teeny-weeny degree) seem to have any willingness to shoulder the blame. The rest seem ok with sweeping it under the off season rug and lugging a duffle bag full of promises and worn out clichés to spring training….but that’s not going to wash with this truly unlikeable bunch.

The outcry from Red Sox fans BEFORE these in-depth revelations was to make dramatic changes.

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October 11, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: The Natives are Restless"

What Makes These Occupants Occupy?

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement (I’ve yet to come up with a better term) started about the middle of last month, with a group of some 1,000 protestors marching through the streets. It has since taken on the momentum of a ball of snow rolling down a steep hill.

In the wee hours of this morning, the city of Boston arrested 100 protestors, who made their way across the North Washington Bridge to set up a campground in a newly renovated area of Greenway park, that the city had asked them to stay off of.

The arrests started around 1:20 this morning, when cops lined up on Atlantic Avenue.

Shortly thereafter, sheriff vans and paddy wagons by the dozens moved in, and about 200 officers in uniforms and riot gear surrounded the section of the park occupied by the protestors. Police gave the group a few minutes to disperse, but the crowd started chanting, “The people united will never be defeated” and stayed put.

Cops waited another ten minutes, made one more request the group break up, and then moved in.

65 men and 35 women were arrested and booked in the South End. Many of those arrested say the police used force that wasn’t necessary.

A group called “Occupy Providence” is planning a march through downtown Providence Saturday, leaving Burnside Park at 5p.m. A letter to the media provided no contact name.

What’s the purpose or the motive of those who gather for these “occupations?”

It’s a demand for greater equality in our country’s economic system. It’s also a demand for greater accountability from our political leaders who drive that system.

Remember that whole “life, liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness” business? <

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October 10, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Let Rhode Islanders Roll the Bones"

It Tolls For Thee

A return of tolls to the Mt. Hope Bride seems inevitable to me. It’s either that or tacking on even more dough to the toll on the Pell Bridge.

Hey, it may be BOTH.

A legislator from Bristol spoke at a hearing Thursday night suggesting the state’s gas tax be hiked, instead of returning to charging to cross the tattered trestle.

Representative Ray Gallison, who represents Bristol and Portsmouth, told the gathering at Portsmouth High School that’s it’s “grossly unfair” to reinstitute the tolls on the bridge his constituents use.

The challenge remains as to how to pay the multi-million dollar per year maintenance bill for the span. Pell Bridge users now support both bridges.

While Representative Allison doesn’t want the tolls returned to Mt. Hope, others in attendance spoke in favor of the tally to pass. Some said they’ve grown weary of paying a high toll on the Pell Bridge so that people can pass over the Mt. Hope structure free.

A study suggests to cover the Mt. Hope Bridge expenses, tolls of 52 cents (dam, where are those pennies?) for passenger cars at a discounted state resident rate, $2.50 for non residents, with all using EZ Pass transponders.

Passenger cars billed through the use of a video camera would pay $3.25.

The Head of the RI Bridge and Turnpike Authority, David Darlington, doesn’t know yet what tolls to charge. He doesn’t even know if it’s feasible taking into consideration the impact the tolls would have on residents.

What he does know, however, is it’s not his overall decision. Darlington says the authority can’t legally impose tolls on the bridge without the General Assembly’s ok.

Darlington says if tolls were reinstituted on the Mt.

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October 06, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: A Take-Home Lesson for the Anti-Chafee Rally Attendees"

We Come To Praise…Then Bury Caesar

A Bizzaro World afternoon at the State House Wednesday as Governor Linc Chafee was presented flowers and fury all in a three hour span.

The roses came first as part of an “appreciation ceremony” when children, some as young as 3-years-old, led by the Guatemalan-American Alliance and the Immigrants in Action Committee, delivered white and pink roses to his office in appreciation of his immigration policies

The rankling came an hour and a half later as a crowd estimated at 500 gathered hoisting signs saying “Dump Chafee” and “Impeach Chafee Now,” against Chafee’s support of in-state tuition raises for undocumented (aka: illegal) students and Chafee’s intent to consider special driving licenses for illegal immigrants. Activists and tea party members filled the crowd, often breaking out into chants of “USA, USA!”

The anti Chafee rally was the dream child of frosh state Rep. Doreen Costa, (R-North Kingstown).

Five other lawmakers joined Costa at yesterday’s rally. State Rep. Peter Palumbo said he’ll be one of the lead sponsors next year of legislation to overturn last week’s vote by the Board of Governor’s of Higher Education approving the in-state tuition measure.

To add a little levity to the occasion, a group of 15 counter protesters dressed as “Clowns for Immigration Law Enforcement” interrupted the Executive Director of Rhode Island for Immigration Law Enforcement, Terry Gorman, just as the event got underway.

The rubber nosed clowns came equipped with plastic horns and drums. Hey, why not?

I’m not a big rally guy.

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October 05, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: A Sign of the Times in Warwick"

Is Nothing Sacred?

Signs, signs everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
     
Five Man Electrical Band 1971
      Tesla 1991

The Warwick City Council has proposed a resolution that would ban the display of signs after what is described as a “lengthy and somewhat raucous Council meeting last month.”

At that meeting, hundreds of residents and Tea Party activists showed up to speak out against an increase in their motor vehicle tax.

The RI ACLU’s jumping ugly over the resolution, saying that the passive display of signs at public meetings is a “core exercise of free speech rights.” Here here!

It’s one thing if the placards display obscenities or are hoisted in an unruly way (?), but to restrict an individual’s right to peacefully and silently exercise First Amendment rights just ain’t right!  Besides, some of those signs are down right hilarious.

The Council is scheduled to consider the sign ban at its next meeting Wednesday.


The Plot Thickens

The Chicago Cubs have formally asked the Boston Red Sox to speak with General Manager Theo Epstein.

Meetings apparently have already taken place within the walls at Fenway Park on the request yesterday.

Epstein is still under contract with the Sox and that means the Red Sox can just tell the Cubbies to pound sand. Boston has the option to keep Epstein on Yawkey way for another year.

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October 04, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Royal Rumble on the State House Lawn"

When Worlds Collide

Tomorrow afternoon at the State House oughta be a hoot, as dueling immigration rallies are planned just a couple of hours apart.

The Guatemalan-American Alliance and the Immigrants in Action Committee kick things off at 3:30 with a Governor Linc Chafee Appreciation rally, at which 100 kids will present Mr 36% with white roses to thank him for his “courage and unwavering leadership” on tuition and drivers permits.

At 5p.m., it’s anything but roses for Chafee, as six state lawmakers, led by frosh Rep Doreen Costa R-North Kingstown, leads a news conference and rally in front of the State House to protest Chafee’s immigration policies demanding that the governor “cease and desist” in his efforts to create immigration law “through his own system of Obama-like czars.”

Hmmm, one at 3:30 the other at 5? I sense the distinct possibility of overlap here. Tomorrow’s got better potential for a “Royal Rumble” instead of any kind of rally.

Where’ that creepy  kid with the banjo from “Deliverance” when you need him?


Ar Sie Bereiten Für Einige Fusball?

Last night, ESPN pulled the plug on Hank Williams Jr.’s iconic “Are You Ready for Some Football” intro song from its Monday Night Football telecast, after the singer used an Adolph Hitler analogy while discussing President Obama with Fox News.

During a Monday morning interview with “Fox and Friends”, Williams described an Obama golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner earlier this summer as “like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanhayu.”

The chairman of the coalition is AFL-CIO president George Nee, who says Rhode Island’s public employees have far too long been unfairly attacked and scapegoated for the state’s pension problem.

The Executive Director of the advocacy group Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, Harriet Lloyd calls the video the start of a multimedia public-relations campaign to block any real reforms. Lloyd says the “notion that taking away cost of living adjustments and nearly free lifetime health care benefits will someday leave someone with an undignified or impoverished retirement, is ridiculous.” That was in response to Nee’s comment that all Rhode Islanders deserve a dignified retirement.

From my position, I’m just watching the wheels go round and round, following what this State Pension Advisory Group has had to say, plus keeping a watchful eye on the legalities of the Central Falls situation.

There are union members on that advisory panel (as there should be) and I can tell you this, they’re not going to budge.

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September 12, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Taking the Collar"

That Loud Gagging Sound

…You hear emanating from Yawkey Way is the 2011 Boston Red Sox doing their best to go down in the annals of baseball history as one of the biggest stretch chokes ever.

The Sox had a nine game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays just a couple of weeks ago, only to go 3-10 in their last 13 games, including a three game sweep at the hands of the Rays this weekend.

Tampa Bay pulled to within three and a half games of the reeling Sox, and it’s pretty clear panic has set in big time.

The Red Sox have 16 games remaining, ten at home, including four with the Rays at Fenway. The Rays still have seven games left head-to-head with the Yankees.

It’s likely Red Sox Nation (that term grates on me a tad now) will be rooting for the Yankees in those contests.

The Sox still control their own destiny, but wasn’t it just a week ago the baseball pundits were saying “barring a monumental collapse” the Sox would be in post season? Shows you why they play the games.


Over The Line

The Comedy Central Roasts are usually affairs not for the faint at heart.

Those taking the dais to poke verbal fun at the guest of honor normally check good taste at the door. But last night’s taping of the roast of Charlie Sheen really did step over the line.

One of the stars of MTV’s “Jackass”, Steve-O, took his turn poking Sheen by saying, “The last time this many nobodies got roasted, at least the band Great White was playing.

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September 08, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Sexed Up on Cyberspace"

Cyber-Critic

The House Republican caucus in Rhode Island is small enough (as Buddy would say, “they can meet in a phone booth”). Now it’s down one more member as it has voted to expel freshman state Rep. Dan Gordon, who represents portions of Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton.

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry says six of the ten House Republicans voted to give Gordon the boot at a closed door GOP caucus get together. The meeting took place about an hour before Tuesday’s briefing on the state’s looming pension crisis.

Newberry made public the letter of bad news sent to Gordon, plus an earlier letter sent to the Rep. that took him to task for slamming his colleagues in online forums (I’m assuming his Facebook page).

In a letter sent the first week of September, Newberry tells Gordon his comments “have crossed the line into personal invective attack. Disagreement is fine and no one is required to like any other member of the House on a personal level.” Newberry sent out a clear warning to Gordon he’d get the boot if he didn’t cut out the cyber crap.

Gordon remains Representative of District 71, but is no longer considered a member of the House Republican Caucus. 

Gordon, who was elected to the seat John Loughlin left behind when he ran for Congress, got into a cauldron of controversy this spring over comments he made about the formation of a gay-straight alliance at Tiverton High. Responding to the group’s formation, Gordon suggested on both a talk radio show and on a website that the state cut aid to Tiverton.

The Newport Daily News reported at the time of the controversy that Gordon wrote “it doesn’t matter gay or straight, if sexual meet up groups are being promoted in our schools rather than improving test scores, that school is failing….

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September 07, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Painful Pension Plight"

Getting a Little Taste

“Fasten Your Seatbelts….it’s gonna be a bumpy night”
      Bette Davis in ALL ABOUT EVE

A couple of national experts who study pensions told RI lawmakers yesterday that Lil’ Rhody ain’t the Lone Ranger when it comes to keeping promises made to government employees.

The gathering took place at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, which I find only fitting as the state’s pension system needs a rebirth.

The research director for the Pew Center on the States, a think tank whose web site boasts that it “applies the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems”, reported that a handful of states have already won preliminary court battles to cut the annual cost of living increases paid their own retirees.

However, Pew’s Kil Huh floored the folks in the room when he told them the pension administrator in one of those states, Colorado, expects years of litigation. Holy schnikees.

Huh also said the average state contributes 3-4% of the general fund to its pension fund. Rhode Island? “Significantly more….of course.”

The state’s union heads immediately started digging in their heels.

The President for the RI Alliance for Social Service Employees Local 580, Phillip Keefe, said if proposed changes are Draconian, he’ll lobby day and night to defeat them. Council 94 President J. Michael Downey dusted off the old jewel by saying there were certain commitments made when people were hired and we should do our best to keep those commitments.

In other words, a promise is a promise no matter how many backs of the taxpayers we break.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:42pm | link


September 06, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Out of Sight, Out of Mind"

Have We Forgotten?

National Grid says all of its customers left without power by Tropical Storm Irene’s visit are all up and running again as of Sunday.

At the peak of outages, 344,000 National Grid customers reported power outages. A spokesperson for National Grid wondered if some Rhode Islanders, spared the hardship of recent natural disasters, have simply “forgotten what nature can do to you.”

By comparison, Hurricane Bob twenty years ago packed sustained winds of 100 mph, more than twice the wind of Irene. About 220,000 customers lost power. Many waited five days, or more, for power to be restored. Hurricane Bob was a Category 2. 

Back in 1985, Hurricane Gloria came through as a Category 1 with 80 mile an hour sustained winds. Gloria left 350,000 customers in the dark, slightly more than what Irene left in her wake. It took more than a week to bring everyone back.

Last Thursday, State Senator John Tossoni of Smithfield and Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond both called for an examination of how prepared the utility was for Irene (WPRO’s weekly contributor, “The Money Man”, Gary Sasse called for one the day prior, on the Buddy Cianci Show. Gary’s choice of words was “an examination”, not investigation.)

One federal energy official said a lingering Tropical Storm can often do more damage than a fast moving, more powerful hurricane. That’s knowledge above my pay grade.

Could National Grid have done a better job? Perhaps.

Is the National Grid spokesman right in wondering if we’ve become a tad soft and often forget the power of Mother Nature? Yup.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:20pm | link


September 02, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Walking On Without Jerry"

Walk On

I've always been fascinated with Jerry Lewis.

My fascination is based primarily on "will the real Jerry Lewis please stand up", more than any actual appreciation for his work. Personally, I never found the guy all that funny.

When I was a very young kid, my father and his brother, my uncle Henry, used to alternate dropping me and my sister off at the movies along with Henry's two sons, Henry Jr. and his younger brother, Michael. Henry Jr. was my sister Janet's age (four years my senior) while Michael and I were the same age.

My father insisted on the safe comedies of Lewis (usually at the Strand Theatre in downtown Pawtucket), while my uncle Henry was much less restrictive, allowing us to attend creature double features at the Lafayette in his native Central Falls, where he and my dad grew up.

By comparison, the Lewis comedies sucked out loud in the the minds of two twelve and two eight-year-olds. Give us THE FLY or THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD any day over Lewis' comedies.

Maybe that planted the seed of strike one in my mind regarding one Jerry "Lewis" Levitch. Still, he remained a bit of an enigma as I grew older, still struggling with why this guy was so successful and why people found him funny.

He could do slapstick comedy well, but that's never been my cup of tea.

He had a short-lived NBC comedy variety show that made me laugh a little thanks to a handful of recurring comedy bits, the type of schtick I appreciate, but the yuks for me were few and far between.

The whole Martin-Lewis aspect of his career was always ancient history to me. Something that never stood the test of time in my mind.<

posted by Christina Myers at 11:24am | link


September 01, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: These Are the Times that Try Men's Souls"

Now It Gets Dicey

“These are the times that try men’s souls”
     -Thomas Paine

You can hear the anger and frustration growing on the talk show phone lines the past 48 hours.

As the list of customers without power dwindles from close to 400 thousand immediately after Irene’s wake, to the 62,000 (as I write this) who remain… the ‘WHY ME” mantra grows louder and louder.

To exacerbate the situation, the checkerboard pattern of power loss in many communities can leave one street without power while the street adjacent to it is up and running. One household is enjoying a hot meal and watching television while neighbors a fence behind are playing their one hundredth game of Trivial Pursuit by candlelight, while eating cold Spaghetti O’s out of a can.

Checking National Grid’s website for restoration status updates, is it better to read “accessing situation” or see the actual hard date of September 5th? 

Because Misery loves company, those in Foster, where 94% of National Grid’s customers remain in the dark, can take solace.

In Jamestown it’s a different tune where only EIGHT customers, representing just 0.2% of National Grid users, remain without juice.

There but for the grace of God go I.


Will They EVER “Get It?”

Even as polls in the wake of the debt ceiling fiasco show Americans are fed up with the fighting between the White House and congressional Republicans that leads to little or nothing getting accomplished, the message continues to fall on deaf ears.

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August 31, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Lessons Learned"

Things I Learned Or That Were Re-Inforced Thanks to Irene

 Cold pizza is good. Warm Natty Lites are not

•  The media is in a no-win situation. Too much coverage is hype, not enough and you’re irresponsible

•  Michele Bachmann frightens me

•  Baseball on radio will always be more enjoyable than baseball on TV

•  We are a pampered lot with an attitude of entitlement

•  Cold showers still suck

•  Too many political leaders are nothing more than opportunists

•  I finally found out why you’re urged to fill your tub

•  All TV meteorologists take off their suit jackets and roll up their sleeves to let viewers know they’re working hard

•  Animals really can tell when a weather event is brewing LONG before humans know

•  Lincoln Chafee is no J. Joseph Garrahy when it comes to EMA briefings

•  The Providence hurricane barrier still functions…or at least the gates still come down

•  Weather Channel anchors can’t ad lib


A letter to the editor in today’s pamphlet railed on the media’s coverage of Hurricane Irene, saying it was far more than necessary. The writer asked, “Can’t we all just use common sense.”

I would respectfully ask the writer to take a deep breath, take a long, insightful look around him, and reconsider that question.

The Judges Have Their Scores

ABC can borrow George’s Bush’s “mission accomplished” banner.

The network is getting bombarded with reaction to the selection of Chaz Bono as a celebrity competitor on the upcoming season 13 of “Dancing With the Stars.

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August 30, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility "

Slow Burn

 

Over the last 24 hours, I’ve decided those critical of the media for “hyping” hurricane Irene couldn’t be more wrong.

Last night I was lucky enough to get the power back at Chez St. Pierre around 9p.m., after being in the dark for close to 30 hours…but close to 140-thousand Rhode Islanders remain without power.

Many could go well into the weekend without juice.

Losing power isn’t only an inconvenience and a crippling blow to businesses, it’s also life threatening in many instances.

We took a number of calls on Monday’s Buddy Cianci Show from Rhode Islanders who needed power for medical devices and refrigeration for certain types of medications.

So to those critical of the media blitz on Irene, I say I respectfully disagree. It was the right thing to do. Now, as far as the political hacks taking advantage of the situation, that’s another story, and a sordid one at that.

It’s very easy for those of us with power to tell those without electricity to be patient.

As I said, we got ours back around 9 last night, but there are EG homes just blocks away still without. Some friends of ours without power came over this morning to take hot showers.

If you’re lucky enough to have escaped Irene’s wrath, keep your neighbors’ plight in perspective. Perhaps they were less fortunate, so lend a hand.

We can all go back to ignoring each other once the power’s back on.

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August 29, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: A Mighty Wind"

Damned If You Do....Damned If You Don't

When it comes to Hurricanes and Blizzards in New England, media outlets always find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

If you nail it, you're a hero, performing above and beyond for those you're licensed to serve. Miss it to the slightest degree and you're accused of over-hyping the situation and causing a panic.

Some pundits are already hammering both politicians and the media for seriously overdoing the coverage of Irene.

The Pamphlet's Bill Reynolds said in his Saturday bullet column that the end of the world wouldn't get as much coverage as Irene did this past week.

You can certainly argue that Irene WASN'T overhyped. The storm caused at least 18 deaths, widespread flooding and power outages for more than four million customers, 300,000 here in Rhode Island.

One can also make the case that even more might have perished if not for the evacuation orders and the media coverage they got.

But did the coverage Irene received have many expecting a scene out of "The Day After Tomorrow"?

Here in Rhode Island, and throughout most of New England, we're used to these things presenting serious danger, only to peter out. Most usually weaken as they track northward, their size and strength affected by water, wind and land.

This is what happened with Irene. So why such a serious fall from the "storm of the century" to just another name that WON'T be retired? It's all about the Big Apple, plan and simple.

Areas actually being evacuated and the unprecedented closing of the subway system suggested Irene was ready to huff and to puff and to blow the place in.

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August 26, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: An Unwelcome Weekend Guest"

Something Wicked This Way Comes

We’ve been saying for quite some time around these parts that we’re long overdue for “the big one”, meaning a serious hurricane.

We dodged the Mighty Earl a year ago. We’ll see what Irene brings. Her ETA is Sunday evening.

So what should your modes operandi be? I think NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s simplistic “plan for the worst, hope for the best” nails it.

Hurricanes are unpredictable buggers. They carry that trait right up to the last possible moment. Even when the most experienced meteorologist says they’ll zig, they zag.

I was working up the dial when Gloria hit in 1985 and at WPRO as Operations Manager during Hurricane Bob in 1991. Technology was so much different then compared to today.

No such thing as cell phones or the internet. Communicating with family and friends wasn’t as easy as it is today. Back then we were still blown away by fax machines.

So, will your cell phone still work if Irene’s wrath is as brutal as its potential suggests? What happens when cellular networks go down? Can phone carriers handle a natural disaster?

This week’s earthquake caused some connectivity headaches outside Richmond Virginia. People took to Facebook and Twitter to not only report the news but also that their landlines and cellphones weren’t functioning.

All phone carriers have emergency plans to deal with disasters but as one tech head recently put it, “nature is always going to be better and stronger than those efforts”, which brings us back to the simplistic advice of Mayor Bloomberg.

Keep WPRO and 99.7 close by all weekend long.

posted by Christina Myers at 10:52am | link


August 25, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: The Casino Race Is On"

Roll Those Bones

It is said “He who hesitates is lost.”

It’s an adage State Rep William San Bento firmly believes in. That’s why the long time advocate of full scale casino gambling in Rhode Island is renewing his call for a special election to allow blackjack tables and other traditional casino fare currently taboo in the Ocean State.

San Bento’s renewed sense of urgency was ignited by Massachusetts lawmakers moving much closer to approving resort casinos.

Before recessing in June, RI state lawmakers set the stage for a November 2012 referendum on whether to OK full scale gambling at the privately owned Twin River in Lincoln. Both Governor Chafee and our legislative leaders don’t seem to share San Bento’s sense of urgency.

Planned gambling studies proposed by the Governor are collecting dust, while the Bay State is on the fast track.

Like gambling or not, it is a MAJOR source of revenue for our struggling state.

I’ve never understood the resistance to adding table games to Twin River. It’s a slot parlor. That’s gambling.

San Bento is right. Let the public decide and put it to a vote.

Under the current plan, Massachusetts will be finishing the landscaping on two or three full scale casinos by the time we even address the issue.

The Big Mo

According to a pair of polls, Texas Governor Rick Perry is picking up a head of steam in the GOP Presidential race.

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August 24, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"

Another “Where Were You Moment”

“We all have our faults. Mine’s in California”
   -Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor in SUPERMAN

So, where were YOU when the most powerful earthquake to hit the East Coast in 67 years struck Tuesday?

I hate to admit it, but my answer’s the same as Governor Linc Chafee’s….I didn’t feel a thing.

I had the day off, as the Buddy the C Show was on assignment and I was busy with a rather hefty “honey do” list that took me to and fro all over the state.

But even though I covered a lot of Ocean State turf yesterday, I didn’t feel a thing. Not the slightest little rumble. I actually feel denied.

Next up on Mother Nature’s gift list is Hurricane Irene, which has strengthened to a category three, as it picks up steam over warm waters. A category three packs winds of up to 130 miles an hour and is nothing to sneeze at.

The Carolinas are preparing for possible landfall on Saturday. We could get a taste by Sunday. How big a taste is always anyone guess, so stay tuned.

Will it be a milk and bread event or a beer and wine fiasco? Only time will tell.


Sickly Numbers

The Gallup Daily Tracker has President Obama’s job approval rating at a paltry 38% today. A CBS poll has Obama in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachman.

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August 23, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: The Cicilline Squeeze"

Getting Interesting In the First District

Did you catch the photo of Congressman David Cicilline serving dinner to a Cumberland resident at one of his orchestrated “Neighborhood Suppers” on the front page of today’s Pamphlet?

The look on his face is priceless, as he seems enthralled by the conversation he’s having with an elderly resident. This thing screams for a caption contest.

He’s more likely thinking about his next high ticket DC fundraiser, than he is about how that guy is gonna pay for his prescription refills. This guy’s about as vulnerable as it gets as he seeks re-election to a second term.

If I was a betting man, I’d put the mortgage money on Democrat Anthony Gemma making another run at Cicilline in a Democratic primary. Gemma’s got deep pockets and was just starting to find the soft spots in Cicilline’s armor, as the clock ran out on him in the last primary.

Cicilline could also be looking at two very formidable GOP foes in John Loughlin and former Top Cop Brendan Doherty.

Loughlin too was softening up Cicilline big time down the stretch in the last general election only losing to the former Mayor of Providence by 6% after Lil’ Cheech had built up a whopping double digit lead early in the campaign.

As always, it’ll come down to money. As stated, Gemma’s got deep pockets. Doherty’s been fairly successful in fundraising so far. Loughlin’s on spring duty in Iraq and isn’t allowed to fundraise. I’m sure he’ll be back in the states sometime in December, so he’ll be starting the engine later than his opponents.

All three of Cicilline’s potential opponents do have one thing in their arsenal, however, and that’s the economic mess he left the city of Providence in.

That’ll be their mantra.

posted by Christina Myers at 6:17pm | link


August 22, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: And a Child Shall Lead Them"

Cudos  To The  Kids

Major props to the Cumberland Little Leaguers, who did us proud, despite not advancing in the Little League World Series.

The mere fact the team got as far as it did makes them winners.

6,800 All Star teams competed for the right to go to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Only 16-of those teams made it.

The way the Cumberland Littlin’s carried themselves in defeat was also something to take a great degree of pride from.


On Remakes, Prequels and Sequels

I’m very much on record being against remaking classic films.

I’m even against remaking good movies. Usually, they just don’t stand up to the comparison.

Take “Fright Night”, released this weekend, doing a paltry $8.3 million at the box office.

Very few sequels are better than the first installment. Godfather 2 and Superman 2 perhaps rare exceptions.

But for every Godfather 2, there’s a Caddyshack 2, Ghostbuster 2, and perhaps the worst sequel ever made (yes, worse than Caddyshack 2) is The Sting 2 where Jackie Gleason and Mac Davis took over the roles played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Prequels seem to be the safest bet, as they are done with a cleaner slate.

Ridley Scott is revisiting his 1979 classic “Alien” with the upcoming 3-D prequel film “Prometheus.”

Scott is also working on a film that advances his groundbreaking sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”

I can live with both.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:35pm | link


August 19, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Obama's Healthy Coffers"

The Money Man

That’s what we call our weekly Wednesday contributor Gary Sasse. The real Money Man is President Barak Obama.

USA Today reports Obama has headlined 127 fundraising events for himself and others, significantly outpacing the fundraising activity of the previous five presidents during their first terms.

Yes, even Bill Clinton.

Let’s compare:
George W. Bush held 88 fundraisers
Bill Clinton held 76

In 2008, Obama collected a record $745 million becoming the first major party nominee to reject dough from the public financing program since it began in 1976. He has raised $46.3 million in the first three months of his re-election campaign, more than the entire GOP field.

Trust In Me

A Reuters/Ipsos poll says comedian/actress Betty White is both the most popular and most trusted celebrity with Americans and the person most likely to drive up the business of a brand she might choose to endorse.

Here’s the list of the top 10 most popular and trusted celebs followed by the ten most unpopular and least trustworthy.

posted by Christina Myers at 5:48pm | link


August 18, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Let Bygones Be Bygones"

Can't We All Just Get Along

Is this FINALLY the end of the Garrahy Judicial Complex dust up story?

Representative Jon Brien issued a statement last night that he has decided he will NOT file any formal complaint against NEARI union members over that verbal confrontation outside a courtroom last week.

Former Rep. Doug Gablinske filed a formal complaint against union members, singling out Secretary Louis Rainone as physically threatening Brien. Gablinske told WPRO’s Dan Yorke yesterday he doubted his friend Brien would file a complaint because the Woonsocket Rep. has aspirations for higher office.

Gablinske proved to be Nostradamus on this one.

In Brien’s statement, he said all the right things. How, as an attorney and a policymaker who intimately understands the legal process, he didn’t want to bog down law enforcement and the court system with this incident.

Brien’s a stand up guy. He’s a man of principle.

It had to be a bit of a bitter taste to walk away without getting a pound of flesh…or a half pound at leastmaybe a quarter pounder?

I’m sure this incident’s just a microcosm of the behavior lawmakers have to tolerate when it comes to the likes of the Rainones of the union world.

Brien’s smart to walk away from it and live to fight another more important battle for the citizens he represents in the frozen north of Woonsocket.

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August 17, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Ron Gives ProJo PANTS ON FIRE"

Pants On Fire!

The Pamphlet gets its own PANTS ON FIRE today for their story “Ex-legislator Douglas W. Gablinske files complaint against union leader.”

In covering the latest development in the Energizer Bunny talk radio story of the childish dust up at the Garrahy Complex between Rep. Jon Brien of Woonsocket and National Education Association of Rhode Island secretary Louis Rainone, the Pamphlet reported Rep. Brien told WPRO that he would NOT file a complaint against the union leader.

Au contraire, mon frère!

Brien told Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil on the WPRO Morning News that he still hadn’t decided if he’d file one.

PANTS ON FIRE!

This saga gets more foolish by the day, especially when it comes to Rainone (who called me a jerk on Facebook the other day).

Union leaders, including Rainone and assistant executive director Patrick Crowley were among those attending the trial of union exec John Leidecker, accused of cyberstalking Gablinske. Rainone was all in a tizzy because Brien was using his cell phone in the courtroom, which is a no-no.

Rainone confronted Brien in the hallway outside of the courtroom where WPRO digital reporter Bob Plain reported the union member ran towards Brien pounding his fist into his hand.

Rainone told the Pamphlet yesterday that he was “clapping”, not pounding his fist. Yea, that’s the ticket! Yup, nothing gets a more hearty round of applause than a day inside the Garrahy Complex.

This Rainone is a gem.

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August 16, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: The New Three Stooges"

Brien, Gablinske and Rainone...the NEW Three Stooges?

The saga of the Garrahy Complex dust-up becomes more nonsensical with every passing day.

Now, former Rep. Doug Gablinske has filed a formal complaint accusing NEARI secretary Louis Rainone of threatening Rep. Jon Brien with bodily harm following a court hearing last week.

The complaint also gives an account of Rainone rushing onto an elevator with Gablinske and his wife and Pro-Jo writer Ed Achorn after a court hearing on June 28th. It was the FIRST day of teachers' union executive director John Leidecker's trial regarding allegations he cyber-stalked Gablinske during a hot primary race.

According to Gablinske, Rainone "trash talked" Achorn, yelling after they exited the elevator that they "stunk" it up.

Seems to me if there was an incident that concerned Gablinske back on June 28th, he should have complained about it then.

Meantime, Brien told WPRO's Morning News Team of Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil that he still hasn't decided if he'll file a formal complaint against Rainone.

What's with these guys?

You've got the chance to do the right thing calling this guy out on his behavior, but you leave your stones on the soap dish? Does someone have cold feet because the stories don't jive?

I don't know...what I do know, however, is if HALF of what Gablinske and Brien claim happened is true, this guy Louis Rainone sounds like a real beauty.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:36pm | link


August 15, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Zsa Zsa Celebrates"

A Ray Of Sunshine on a Lousy Monday

Amidst the doom and gloom on Wall Street and rioting in Europe comes a much needed feel good story can we embrace.

The Cumberland Little Leaguers are headed to Williamsport, PA to represent New England in the Little League World Series.

The Cumberland Americans punched their ticket with a 13-7 rout of Massachusetts State champion Andover National Saturday.

It’s so much fun to watch these kids compete. Talk about for the love of the game.
 

Records Are Made to Be Broken

I’ll admit it. I’m a baseball purist, and when I see marginal baseball players threatening what I consider the “Holy Grail” of benchmarks, I cringe.

That’s why I was really happy to see Atlanta Braves’ infielder Dan Uggla’s consecutive game hit streak end at 33 on Sunday.

The National League record is 44, held by Pete Rose set in 1978. The Major League record, of course, was set in 1941 by Joe Dimaggio.

I always want GREAT players’ marks to be beaten by equally as great players. You can be lucky and have a hitting streak run to 30 games but you’ve got to be GREAT to get past 40.

To put things in perspective, Uggla needed a 33 game hitting streak to lift his anemic batting average to .231. That’s embarrassing.

Dimaggio hit .357 in his hit streak year of 1941.

Uggla has struck out 104 times year-to-date. In his 1941 56 game hit streak year, Dimaggio struck out 13 times TOTAL in 139 games. 13 TIMES TOTAL.

By the way, after Dimaggio’s streak was ended, he began another 16-game streak that meant he hit safely in 72 of 74 games.

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August 12, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Children Must Play"

Boys Behaving Badly

That’s really the bottom line when it comes to that little verbal dust-up between state Rep John Brien and NEARI official Lou Rainone in Providence District Court Wednesday afternoon.

Rainone took exception to Brien’s use of his cell phone in the courtroom at NEARI’s assistant director John Leidecker’s court appearance on charges of cyberstalking former Rep Doug Gablinske.

I assume Brien was there in support of his former colleague Mr. Gablinske while Rainone was among several in attendance on the Leidecker team.

I spoke with Brien, who told me there were about six members of “Team Leidecker” in the hall outside the courtroom as things were breaking up. The group included Assistant Executive Director of NEARI, Pat Crowley.

Brien told me Crowley unleashed an obscenity in his direction to which Brien remarked “charming.” At that point Rainone offered to show Brien “just how charming I can be.”

Brien then asked Rainone to join him in the elevator. Rainone moved towards the elevator while punching his fist into his open hand (what is he the Skut Farkus of organized labor?).

Both guys cooled their jets when they realized WPRO’s digital reporter Bob Plain was right there, tape recorder in hand.

Brien told me he did feel “threatened”, but it wasn’t as though he was being surrounded by a pack of rabid canines. He also told me he knew the elevator doors would open to a herd of Capital cops should “Master Of  Disaster” Rainone take matters to a level of fisticuffs.

Silly stuff, really.

Both should not be allowed to pass Go and collect their 200 dollars, and let’s take away their get-out-of-jail-free cards while we’re at it.

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August 11, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 8/11"

General  Malaise

“There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues”
     -Eddie Cochran

Before today’s opening bell, the Dow had lost 2,000 points over the last three weeks.

That’s a thrill ride to make Universal Studios envious.

Don’t know about you, but I haven’t mustered up the testicular fortitude to click online and check my 401K. I just can’t do it. I fear it more than Scrooge does the visit from the third and final spirit.

While we’re on the subject of numbers, a Reuters/IPSOS poll finds 76% of Americans think the country is “on the wrong path” while 47% think “the worst is yet to come” economically.

That’ll give you an idea of where consumer confidence is going.

The daily

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August 10, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 8/10"

Reaching the Boiling Point

A bunch of polls have come out in the last two weeks showing America’s steadily-increasing anger towards Congress.

A CNN/ORC International poll out yesterday may say it all. Only 41% of Americans believe their OWN U.S. House member deserves re-election.

That’s the first time that number’s been below 50% in the two decades CNN’s been asking the question. 

The poll suggests the anger is more tilted towards the GOP. Favorable views of the Republican Party fell eight points over the past month to 33% with 59% saying the GOP leaves a bad taste in their mouths.

Congressman Jim Langevin is calling on Congress to end its August break and haul fanny back to DC.

He’s no dummy. He can read the writing on the wall.



The Big Squeeze

Home plate umpire Tim McClelland’s strike zone in the bottom first inning of last night’s 4-3 Red Sox over the Twins in Minnesota was about the size of a thimble.

I give credit to Sox starter Eric Bedard and catcher Jason Veritek for not blowing their stacks, it was so horrific. Bedard walked four in the first (according to McClelland), including one batter with the bases loaded.

NESN’s “Amica Strike Zone” gizmo gave visible testament to McClelland’s incompetence.

Bedard had given up NO walks in his Sox debut against the Indians last week, plus the Twins hadn’t drawn a walk in the team’s previous 182 at bats before last night’s first inning.

Bedard had another solid outing going five innings (he’s on a strict pitch count coming off the D-L and last night’s first inning racked up quite a few) giving up 2 hits while striking out 6. He set down the last 7 batters.

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August 09, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 8/9"

Talk Ain't Cheap

Two of the best story headlines I caught yesterday regarding President Obama's painful attempt to stop the Wall Street bleeding by taking to the national airwaves yesterday afternoon were: "It tanks while he talks" and "Barakalypse Now."

The market dipped 200 points between the time it was announced Obama would speak and the time he finished. It was already down close to 350 points. His little pep talk took it down to almost 600. It, of course, finished the day down a gum-bleeding 634 points.

Why in the world would he decide to make that address yesterday afternoon during the height of trading?

The time the nation and the world needed to see leadership was very early on during the debt ceiling debate.

At least that's when Standard and Poor's needed to see it.



Filling Our Insatiable  Kennedy Cavity

Audio tapes of Jackie Onassis recorded within months of the assassination of JFK on November 22nd 1963, are set to be released soon, and word is they're "explosive."

Jackie O spilled her guts to noted historian Arthur Schlesinger and the recordings have been sealed in a vault at Boston's Kennedy Library.

So why are the tapes being released now after all this time has passed? Inside poop is Caroline Kennedy made a deal with the ABC network....they'd get the tapes if they'd agree to drop that multi-million dollar series about the Kennedy family.

ABC plans a special show featuring the tapes. So what can we expect?

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August 08, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 8/8"

Finger Pointing Olympics

If finger-pointing was an Olympic sport, our nation's lawmakers would cop the gold, silver and bronze.

Both parties sought the spotlight of the weekend's talking-head shows to dump as much blame for the S&P downgrade on the opposing party as the networks would allow.

You didn't have to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict the Dow would take a major dump this morning thanks to the U.S downgrade weighing on world markets.

One of  the factors in Standard and Poor's decision to drop the country's bond rating one notch from AAA to AA+ was the "degree of uncertainty around the political policy process"… meaning how dysfunctional Congress is and the lack of leadership from President Obama during the three-ring debt-crisis-circus.

Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and top White House advisor David Axelrod blamed the members of the Tea Party in Congress on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Of course, Republicans are blaming the Democrats with Arizona Senator John McCain telling "Meet the Press", "I agree there is dysfunction in our system and a lot of that has to do with failure of the president of the United States to lead."

Liberal Democratic Senator Barney Frank, the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, says the biggest reason the United States is seeing its credit downgraded is that it spends too much money being "the military policemen of the world."

These guys can point as many fingers as they want in as many directions as they want, but it comes down to one simple thing I was taught a LONG time ago: Winners look in the mirror and losers point in all other directions.

Members of ALL parties and the President  shoulder the blame for this dysfunctional mess.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:18pm | link


August 05, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 8/5"

Pound of Flesh

I don't know about you, but I'm at critical mass with this Cranston neighbor feud story.

Cliff note recap: Bob Gold, whose cancer is in remission, somehow pissed off his 70-plus neighbor, Eddy Jimmis, to the point where Jimmis hung a wreath on his garage, visible to Gold, with the words "Glad you have canser (sic) so die stupid."

Jimmis says he put up the sign because Gold yelled ‘hello’ to Carol Jimmis, Edward's wife, with a smirk and stuck his tongue out at him. Jimmis says he “wanted to make Gold as made as he mad him.”

Jimmis later took the offending note down and replaced it with "Love your neighbor."

Cranston police visited Jimmis under the protocol of community policing and asked if he'd agree to sit down with Gold to work things out. Jimmis said “yes.” Gold…said “no.”

Yesterday, Jimmis told reporters (including our own digital reporter Christina Myers), "I should never have put that sign up. It hurts me right here (hand over heart)."

Since then he has even put up another sign reading, "Bob, I'm very sorry, Ed."

Seventeen people picketed outside Jimmis' house Tuesday...it grew to 25 on Wednesday....35 yesterday. Sense an ugly  pattern here? Protestors even chanted "Ed and Carol, you're no good...time to leave the neighborhood."

Jimmis is on record as saying "I did something wrong. I feel bad. I want to apologize to him (Gold)." Gold says he wants other neighbors at the table if he sat down with Jimmis because "it's not about him and me. It's about the neighborhood." Really?

posted by Christina Myers at 5:59pm | link


August 04, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 8/4"

Hiya, Neighbor

 

Cranston neighbors Bob Gold and Eddy Jimmis continue their over-the-fence, backyard war.

Jimmis put a hand written note inside a Christmas wreath that read "glad you have canser (yup, canSer) so die stupid" and hung it on his garage so Gold, in cancer remission, could easily view it.

It caused a
backlash of anger through the neighborhood.

Gold made himself available to WPRO for an interview yesterday but Jimmis was an elusive son-of-a-gun....that is until our bright, shiny new digital reporter, Christina Myers, did a little bit of old fashioned, hunker-down journalism and got an interview that certainly sheds illumination on one Eddy Jimmis.

On her FIRST DAY on the job, Christina simply staked things out in the neighborhood until she thought the time was right, knocked on Jimmis' door and
journeyed into the belly of the beast.

posted by Christina Myers at 2:18pm | link


August 03, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 8/3"

Hatfields and Mccoys Little Rhody Style

Police in Cranston are refereeing a neighborhood dispute of rather unique proportions.

Seems one neighbor posted a sign wishing that the other, who is in remission from cancer, would die.

Bob Gold of the Stadium neighborhood has been in remission for a year from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he’s been battling since February of 2009.

His neighbor, Edward Jimmis, hung a holiday wreath with a red bow on the back window of his garage (clearly visible from Gold’s home). A hand written note inside the wreath read: “Glad you have cancer. So die stupid.” Whoa.

Gold called the cops who talked to Jimmis, but the police say Jimmis was not breaking any law.

An officer asked Jimmis to take the wreath down, but he refused. Jimmis later changed the sign to “Love your neighbor.”

Obviously, Mr. Jimmis is a man of extremes.

When asked why he put up such a hateful message in the first place, Jimmis said “I wanted to hit a nerve.” So why the change of heart? “You’re supposed to love your neighbor. I’m doing him a favor” said Jimmis.

Cranston Police Chief, Marco Palumbo, says Jimmis admitted his original sign was “over the top” (gee, ya’ think?) and said he won’t post it again.

Seventeen people staged a peaceful protest in front of his home. Perhaps that explains his sudden burst of neighborly love.

So, what caused the rift in the first place? Supposedly, Jimmis was p-o’d because Gold waived at his wife. Love they neighbor, indeed.

By the way, rocket scientist Jimmis spelled cancer “canser.

posted by Christina Myers at 5:47pm | link


July 29, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 7/29"

Waiting For the Pension Fairy

"Give Me Just a Little More Time"- 1970 Chairman of the Board

The Central Falls retirees are asking receiver Robert Flanders for more time to decide on his request that they accept reductions in their pensions...some as much as 50%...to help the city avoid bankruptcy.

Flanders had set Thursday as the deadline to respond. The judge's proposal is designed to save the cash strapped town $2.5 million annually in pension-payment costs.

Michael Long, a retired city police officer and now a lawyer, sent Flanders a letter saying, "We respectfully submit that it is entirely unfair, unreasonable and unrealistic for the Officer of Receiver to have expected the retirees to return a decisive ballot on a matter of such great importance."

Flanders says he's willing to work with Long but time is running short. Flanders says the city's facing a negative August cash flow, meaning tough decisions have to be made NOW.

Attorney Long says no timetable has been set for their counter-proposal.

Meanwhile, he says the retirees have asked Flanders to avoid filing for bankruptcy and to CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THEM with their existing retirement benefits.

Gee, why didn't Judge Flanders think of that in the first place?

More time for WHAT? The city is flat out broke...busted...destitute...dirt poor.

David Copperfield couldn't save this situation.


OH, Ralph....

posted by Christina Myers at 3:39pm | link


July 28, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 7/28"

Watching the Wheels

You've got to think the rest of the world is looking at us and shaking their heads. I'm sure many are even laughing at our incompetence.

The debate among Democrats, Republicans, and GOP Tea Partyers on raising the debt ceiling will likely continue through the weekend as Tuesday's deadline nears.

Investors and ordinary Americans are increasingly nervous that the previously unthinkable, a US default, could spark a new financial crisis.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner's facing a test within his own party as he struggles to drum up enough votes for his plan. Boehner's trying to squash the internal revolt by GOP Tea Partyers, telling rank and file to "get your ass in line."

Arizona Senator John McCain railed against what he called "bizarro" alternative plans by "Tea Party hobbits."

There's a 6p.m. scheduled vote on Boehner's bill today. Boehner's bill could break the inertia in DC over the debt crisis that's spooking markets.

Wall Street CEO's shot off a letter to EVERY member of Congress and President Obama urging them to solve the debt problem saying "the consequences of inaction for our economy, the already struggling job market, the financial circumstances of American businesses and families, and for America's global economic leadership-would be very grave."

President Obama has threated to veto the Boehner bill and the majority of the Democratic controlled Senate has vowed to vote against it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll move tonight to kill Boehner's debt ceiling proposal, paving the way for Senate votes this weekend on a possible compromise.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:50pm | link


July 27, 2011

"St Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 7/27"

Debt Drama

You know the debt ceiling drama is going to come right down to the last second.

It's way past an economic issue at this point, and nothing but flat-out political theatre. A game of political chicken among the Democrats, Republicans and the Tea Party conservatives.

GOP House Speaker, John Boehner, was supposed to hold a vote on his plan today, but pulled back when he realized he wasn't going to have the votes because of opposition to his plan from Tea Party conservatives within his own party.

President Obama is adamantly opposed to Boehner's bill because it would require another vote on raising the debt ceiling next year....meaning smack dab in the middle of the Presidential election.

The Tea Party types are digging in and not budging.

Monday night the President took to the TV airwaves appealing to Americans to "make your voice heard to lawmakers." Congressional phones and websites were swamped....but I'd love to know what most Americans had to say to their Congressional leaders.

Obama urged Americans to tell their representatives they favor compromise and the balanced approach he wants to cut the deficit, which includes both spending cuts and tax increases.

So NOW WHAT?

Winston Churchill once said "America can always be counted on to do the right thing....after they've explored every other option."

Sure, it's easy to say "let's spend some more money!" It's what we've done for decade upon decade to get us into the frittata we're in now.

Every American wants to see us reign in our debt, to get our fiscal house in order. Isn't that what we expect every individual to do?

posted by Christina Myers at 2:22pm | link


July 26, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 7/26"

Does Anyone Really Know What Time It  Is?

How embarrassing was THAT last night?
  
     To watch President Obama address ther nation about the debt crisis, click here.

     To watch John Boehner's response to President Obama, click here.

Watching President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner getting into a primetime pee-peeing contest on national TV just made me more confident these chowder-heads in Washington aren't going to reach some sort of compromise on raising the debt ceiling before Tuesday's deadline.

A week or two ago I found that unconscionable, but after last night, I just don't know.

Not coming to a plan on raising the debt ceiling will lead to a devastating default that'll make the Wreck of the Hesperus look like a fender bender.

Last night President Obama did his best to channel the spirit of Ronald Regan, quoting the great communicator saying, "Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share, or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment? And I think you know the answer."

Former U-S Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mary Jo Jacobi, who worked with Regan told MSNBC that Regan would have started negotiations much earlier that President Obama did. She also said Regan would have expressed considerable dismay that for more than 800 days the US has operated without an approved federal budget.

Loosley translated: “I knew Ronald Regan. Ronald Regan was a friend of mine. President Obama, you're no Ronald Regan. Regan was great at compromise.”

He was also someone who had a plan.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:56pm | link


July 22, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 7/22"

Remembering  Bruce  Sundlun

Seems everyone has a story to tell about the colorful former Governor who passed away Thursday at age 91.

Sundlun’s two terms as governor, from 1991-1995 (remember, the term was two years back then) came at a time when the state was in a deep recession... not to mention the worst banking collapse in the state’s history.

Sundlun was the right man for the job.

His style was one of brazen determination providing a strong rudder at a time when seemingly everything around us was unraveling. He had the courage to make the bold moves that had to be made at that time of crisis. His self confidence, drive and determination sent out a clear signal…. “Coming through, and God help any Rhode Islander who tries to get in my way."

What’s Sundlun’s legacy? It’s easiest to point to the terminal at TF Green Airport that bears his name.

To me, it’s how he navigated us through the four most tumultuous years in our state’s history.


Oh, Ralph

Is there something in the water in North Providence?

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis caused a talk radio dust-up yesterday when it came out that he hired the brother-in-law of his chief of staff to a $43,321-a-year executive assistant position.

Eleuterio “Terry” Patriarca helped on Mollis’ campaigns and worked for the town of North Providence when Mollis was mayor.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:34pm | link


July 21, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 7/21"

Tale of Two Pages

One of the Central Falls retirees anxiously awaiting his pension packet, Donald A. Cardin, got plenty of ink in today's pamphlet.

His photo is prominent in the above-the-fold article entitled "Central Falls retirees anxiously await pension packet." He is also the subject of a letter to the editor called "Entitled at age 46." The author of the letter rips Cardin for retiring at age 46 and then complaining he still needs to work to make ends meet.

Cardin's pension is $36,000 per year, but C-F receiver Bob Flanders' Crazy Eddy slice and dice formula will take that down significantly if retirees agree to take his medicine rather than roll the dice in bankruptcy.

I am not a union guy, nor am I an anti-union guy. I don't spend a hell of a lot of time resenting the fact my taxpayer dollars fund these people's pensions.

Had I wanted to be on the other side of the equation, I would have made that journey long ago.

I chose a different career path, one void of pensions. I don't regret it and I don't resent the retirees entitled to pensions. That's just the way things work in my head.

I have no issue with those who earned their pensions fair and square.

Do I have sympathy for those retirees in C-F who are looking at pensions about to be placed in the Flanders Veg-O-Matic? Nope. Do I have empathy for them? Yup.

The plight of Central Falls is more immediate than unfunded pension liabilities elsewhere, but the clock's ticking on those cities too.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:06pm | link


July 20, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 7/20"

A Haircut or a Beheading

"A Haircut or a Beheading": These are the words of Central Falls receiver Judge Robert Flanders in describing what he calls the only choice pension retirees have in the city of Central Falls.

The one-square-mile city teeters on the brink of bankruptcy and Flanders told the Buddy Cianci Show last week that he was "a few weeks away from a decision" as to whether or not the city will head towards filing for municipal bankruptcy in federal court.

The clock started ticking big time last night when Flanders addressed about 100 retired CF police and firefighters who gathered in a steamy auditorium at Central Falls High School. Flanders calmly told the group their pensions must be slashed in half to save the city $2.5 million annually or face the possibility of bankruptcy, an alternative that could leave them with much less.

Crazy Eddie's got nothing on Judge Flanders.

He told them difficult times call for drastic actions in tackling an estimated $25 million in deficits for the city over the next five years. Central Falls' annual budget is about $17 million, and it faces $80 million in unfunded pension and benefit obligations.

You don't need Einstein's help figuring out THAT equation.

Flanders' proposal is voluntary, of course, on the part of the retirees. It sets 60 as the normal retirement age, with a maximum of 10 years of service for a full pension of 40% of compensation.

As things stand now, public safety employees can retire after 20 years and get 50% of their compensation, regardless of their age.

Flanders' proposal is for them to work a minimum of 25 years and get 40% comp regardless of age.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:40pm | link


July 19, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 7/19"

Pension Patter

Cranston Mayor Alan Fung is predicting financial Armageddon for his city next year, unless changes are made in the state's pension system.

Fung is a member of the 12 person
pension advisory panel put together to create a pension reform Trip Tik for General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Fung says his city would be looking at closing libraries, eliminating services to seniors, ending its parks and recreation programs and eliminating trash removal. Pretty grim stuff.

The board met for the second time Monday and asked the musical question,
"How much should someone receive in retirement?"

Can you think of a MORE SUBJECTIVE inquiry?


Fung, to his credit, gave some sharp criticism to the idea that taxpayers who fund the pension plans have to worry about whether public employees have good savings habits.

Meantime, after hearing arguments about whether a public pension is a contract
that can't be challenged, RI Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter says she'll decide in September on pension change legality.

This one perplexes me a tad. Won't any decision Taft-Carter makes potentially affect HER pension


Perfect Timing

David Ortiz' three game suspension (reduced from four games via appeal)
couldn't have come at a better time.

The Sox began a 3-game series against the dreadful Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards Monday. Perfect timing for two reasons.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:02pm | link


July 18, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 7/18"

The Creature Walks Among Us

OK, so I’m borrowing the slug from the Creature from the Black Lagoon Sci Fi flicks from the 50’s…and while Casey Anthony doesn’t look anything as creepy on the outside as the movie monster, me thinks she’s certainly that hideous looking on the inside.

Anthony walked out of Orange County jail in Orlando shortly after midnight Sunday and her representatives, led by defense attorney Jose Baez, whisked her away in an awaiting SUV. The vehicle took off followed by four helicopters from various media outlets.

Neither Anthony or her attorney said a word to the army of reporters who were camped outside the jail.

There will be ample time for that.

I think the fact that Anthony was wearing a hot pink polo with a V-neck speaks volumes about her “hey, look at me” personality.

Freud would have a field day with her. In fact, I think he’d send out for an extra couch.

Officials at Orange County jail were taking no chances around Anthony’s release time. Law enforcement officials put up plastic barricades around the jail’s booking and release center, 8-deputies patrolled in bullet proof vests, with at least one officer carrying an assault weapon. About 5-officers circled the area on horseback.

Hell, even one of Anthony’s lawyers admitted he was packing heat.

So where to now? This isn’t going to be as simple as holing up in some off-the-beaten-track motel room, cutting your hair short and dying it another color, like in the movies.

This is REAL life. No place to run and no place to hide.

No Henry Hill witness protection situation here.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:22pm | link


July 14, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 7/14"

Fat Police

A doctor from the Children's Hospital in Boston wrote an op-ed piece in yesterday's JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION arguing that parents of extremely obese kids should temporarily lose custody to foster care for not controlling their weight.

Dr. David Ludwig says the goal is not to blame parents, but to act in the children's best interest and get them the help they need that their parents clearly can't, or won't, provide.

While some two-million kids are extremely obese, the doc says most are not in imminent danger. But he says some do have dangerous conditions such as diabetes, breathing difficulties and liver problems...and for those kids, state intervention that includes education, parent training, and temporary protective custody, should be considered.

Enter the voice of reason, University of Pennsylvania bio-ethicist Art Caplan who says he worries there's a risk in putting too much blame on parents. Caplan says
obese kids are the victims of advertising, marketing, peer pressure and bullying.

Stuff he says parents can't control.

Caplan says, "If you're going to change a child's weight, you're going to have to change all of them."

 

This One Stinks

The judge presiding over the Roger Clemens perjury trial declared a mistrial over inadmissible evidence shown to jurors.

U-S District Judge Reggie Walton (known as a major league hard ass) said the Rocket could not be assured a fair trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence against his orders ON THE SECOND DAY of testimony.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:43pm | link


July 13, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 7/13"

Dissing Derek's Decision

Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter's decision to skip last night's MLB All Star Game in Arizona continues to be met with both criticism and support.

Jeter sighted "mental and physical exhaustion" he experienced chasing career hit 3,000 as his reason for skipping the midsummer classic.

"Mental and physical exhaustion"...that's gotta have Ty Cob rolling all the way to the gate of the Royston, Georgia cemetery where he's sharpening his spikes for eternity...or put another crack in Ted Williams cryogenically frozen noggin.

It's certainly got this guy pretty upset...



Jeter's long been MLB's poster child for the way the game "should be played" and I've admired him for that since he broke-in 17 seasons ago.

As a baseball "purist", however, this decision rubs me the wrong way.

How much effort would it have taken for him to fly his private jet to Arizona just to tip his cap to the fans who voted him in as the A-L's starting shortstop? He could have gotten to the game just in time for the introduction ceremonies, acknowledged the crowd which certainly would have given him a rousing ovation for joining the three-thousand hit club, then quietly jetted back to the Big Apple.

So, I don't agree with his decision.

At the same time, I don't think that wipes out all the good stuff he's done during his career.

Now, let's talk about the guy we all should have a problem with, and that's baseball Comish Bud Selig...

Selig went out of his way to defend Jeter's decision to skip the All Star festivities saying "there isn't a player I'm more proud of in the last 15 years than Derek Jeter. He has played the game the way it should be played, and he's been a better human being off the field" (as if Jeter and Selig go clubbing together).

posted by Christina Myers at 3:37pm | link


July 12, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 7/12"

St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 7/12

Feeling Gay? Then Start To Pray!

That loud thud you hear in the distance is Michele Bachman's Presidential campaign crashing to the ground just as it was lifting off.

ABC News reports a former patient seeking help from the Christian counseling clinic owned by the GOP Presidential hopeful and hubby Marcus, says he was advised that prayer would rid him of his homosexual urges and he would eventually be "re-oriented"...meaning, shed his gayness.

Back in 2004, then 17-year old Andrew Ramirez was told his path for therapy was to read the Bible and pray to God that he would no longer be gay. The counselor at Bachmann & Associates told Ramirez "God would forgive him if he were straight."

Bachmann and Associates has denied it has treated gay patients in this fashion, but new undercover video tells a different tale.

A Vermont based-advocacy group Truth Wins Out, based in Vermont, decided to act on lingering questions about the clinic's approach to counseling gay patients, and sent a gay man undercover with a camera to seek help from a Bachmann Associates.

John Becker visited the clinic 5 times in late June, telling his therapist he was struggling with an overwhelming attraction to the same sex. Becker says he was told the goal of his treatment was to end his homosexual urges entirely and he was provided scriptural mantras to repeat to himself in order to stay on track.

Becker says his counselor seemed to "genuinely believe in his heart of hearts that, somehow, my homosexuality could be cured and could be eliminated."

Footage shows Becker being told he could eventually be attracted to women and rid himself of his gay urges.

Bachmann & Associates is clearly billed on its website as a religious-based approach to mental health treatment. Marcus Bachmann describes counseling at his clinic as being done in a "practical, caring and sensitive way.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:22pm | link


July 11, 2011

"Ron St. Pierre > St. Pierre's Show Prep | 7/11/11"

The Politics of Guest Booking

My last 2-attempts at booking state appointed Central Falls receiver, retired judge Robert Flanders, were stonewalled with both stalling out at the desk of his receptionist who told me that "all media inquiries must now go through Mike Trainor", Governor Linc Chafee's Director of Communications.

Seeing as Trainor's used daily as a speed bag on the Buddy Cianci Show, I figured "that's all she wrote" on that. Still, I left my cell phone number in hopes the judge would still appear at our request.

Friday nite the judge returned my call saying he'd be happy to come on Monday (today) if his schedule allowed (which it did).

Flanders says there's no way the city of Central Falls can avoid bankruptcy unless unions make ample concessions. Over the weekend he dug even deeper saying the city needs concessions from retired C-F workers too.

Chafee, a man who hasn't met a union member handshake he doesn't like, was quick to tell public radio last week that he's considering replacing Flanders as the receiver, but gave no reason why.


No need for a Triple A Trip Tik to understand this journey.

Flanders wants union concessions and Chafee doesn't want to step on the toes that are attached to a union voter's fanny.

So, I'm wondering if Flanders....a guy who is definitely "his own man"....decided to appear this afternoon just to show everyone who's running the receivership show...at least for now. 

Sticker Shock in Providence?

Although recent union concessions and state assistance allowed Mayor Angel Taveras' administration to cut nearly 60% (that's $59 million) from its projected $110 million dollar deficit, a tax hike is likely in the city.

Plans to find the other $51 millionmust be negotiated or approved by the City Council.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:25pm | link


July 08, 2011

"Ron St. Pierre > St. Pierre's Show Prep | 7/8/11"

No Comprende

 

This one's beautiful.

 

The RI Regents has set a minimum English language standard for teachers. Teachers "suspected" of not speaking English intelligibly will be required to take a language-competency test to determine whether they should be allowed in the classroom.

They must score in the mid-range to keep their gigs.


This move has upset several folks including teachers who aren't from this country. They oppose the move, claiming it could be used to discriminate and target good teachers who happen to have heavy accents.

One teacher, Viola Egbuniiwe, a science teacher in Providence who moved to this country from Nigeria in 1974, told the Providence Journal, "Students could complain they just don't understand me.

posted by Christina Myers at 4:13pm | link


July 07, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 7/7"

Will  Casey Cash In?

 

Casey Anthony, acquitted in the death of her toddler daughter, has been sentenced to four years in prison for telling lies to investigators that would have made Pinocchio proud.


She received one year in jail, to be served consecutively, on each of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, as well as a thousand bucks for each count, plus court fees.

When you figure in time already served and good behavior, she’s waltzing out of prison NEXT WEDNESDAY!


Now the big question….will she cash in on her case? My guess is initially, yes.

When she’s released, Anthony will be considered an “A-List” celebrity “must get” guest. It’s feasible a book and/or movie deal could be struck too.

Most analysts say there are no legal restrictions on Anthony profiting on the details of her case (not guilty, remember?) so the laws in place to keep criminals from earning money off their crimes doesn’t apply here.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:04pm | link


July 06, 2011

"St. Pierre Show Prep: Wednesday 7/6"

Passing  Thoughts

 

Longtime co-host of the WPRO Salty Brine Morning Show, Larry Ice Cold Kruger, died yesterday at age 66. Larry had been in a battle with various ailments for several years.


In 1988, I was hired by Cap Cities to "flip" WPRO A-M from a music station to a NewsTalk station to do battle with the established market leading Talker I had been programming up the dial since 1984.

I was the poor schmuck who was going to come in and tell Salty and Larry I was taking their tunes away. It was the day the music dies on the Wampanoag Trail.

It was my job to change WPRO to a news-issues driven radio station from a "Middle of the Road" (does that term even exist anymore?) music station.

I was walking into a situation where I had one functioning day-part, Morning Drive, and a floundering radio station after 10am every day.

That dilemma was brought about more so by the audio dynamic of the FM band morte than the excellent on-air talent that followed Salty and Larry.

The post 10am 63 WPRO line-up was as talented as any other disc jockey crew in the marketplace...it's just that the marketplace listened to music on the FM dial.

It was time to take 63 WPRO into the world of spoken word only.

Major changes would have to take place post 10am and prior to 5:30am. The lone change I would make to the Salty and Larry Morning Show was to remove the two-three songs they would play hourly.

posted by Christina Myers at 9:21pm | link


July 01, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 7/1"

Cram Session

 

State lawmakers ended their session late last nite and dropped the gavel.

They’ll reconvene in October. 

Binding arbitration died in the House while the 195 land grab passed with major alterations. Voter ID finally passed (how can ANYBODY be against that?) as well as the seat belt law where cops can pull you over for no other reason other than they think you’re not buckled up. If you’re not, it’s a $75-dollar fine.

On the subject of binding arbitration, make no mistake that the camel’s nose is under the tent on this one. With so much union support firmly behind it, it’s gonna rise like the Phoenix next session.

How is This Possible?

 

The body of a woman who drowned was apparently in a Fall River public pool for almost THREE DAYS, and remained there while people were swimming, before it was discovered.

The body of Marie Joseph was found in the Veteran’s Memorial  Pool at Lafayette Park by people who jumped the fence for a 10pm dip after the pool had closed.

The pool is run by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. The pool has 12 staffers and 6 lifeguards on duty.

posted by Christina Myers at 5:11pm | link


June 30, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 6/30"

And Down the Stretch They Come

 

With the exception of civil unions, most of the controversial bills of this General Assembly session are still outstanding. Bills for binding arbitration (which survived the Senate) and the 195 land grab were tabled by House committees last night.

Our ground sources tell us binding arbitration won't be passed, but lifelong Rhode Islanders know better than to call the medical examiner just yet, as 11th hour wheeling and dealing is commonplace on Smith Hill, especially when there's a firm union push behind something.

Dem Rep. Jon Brien of Woonsocket puts it best saying, "I'm a no. This is where the rubber meets the road and shows who you stand with-the taxpayers or the unions."

The National Education Association of RI and the RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals say the bills would achieve labor peace and prevent teacher strikes and other work actions.


News flash: teacher strikes are illegal.

I got a kick out of hearing some of the reps saying this piece of legislation is all about the kids. I guess that's why Education Commissioner Deb Gist is adamantly against it.

posted by Christina Myers at 3:49pm | link


June 29, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 6/29"

Making Sausage


Fasching in Germany is the time of year when the pigs are turned into sausage and a Mardi Gras type celebration begins.


Every year around this time, state lawmakers make their own sausage on Smith Hill, force feeding it to their constituents in the dark of night long after our noggins' have hit the pillow for the night. It's the same tired tune EVERY year.


Common Cause voices outrage that the
General Assembly willingly ignores open meetings laws. Callers to talk shows bark about lawmakers dragging their feet for six months only to ramrod through legislation they haven't even read. This is followed by the next day conga line of “oh woe is me” (or us), callers to shows vowing to "vote those bums out" next election because “WE NEED CHANGE!”


This time of year is like Bill Murray's GROUNDHOG DAY.

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June 28, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 6/28"

Here's One To Get the Phones Ringing


The latest story to generate outrage over airport security practices has been sparked by the case of an ill, wheelchair- bound 95-year-old woman who had to remove her adult diaper before she was allowed aboard her plane at Northwest Regional airport last week.

The TSA denies that the woman was forced to remove her diaper, saying officers acted properly. The woman's daughter, however, says "au contraire mon frère". She tells CNN that while the agents never actually asked her mom to remove her Depends, they made it clear she wasn't getting on that plane until they were able to inspect it.

Upon an initial pat down, a TSA agent felt something suspicious on her leg. The agent said the diaper was wet and firm, preventing them from checking it thoroughly. The daughter said the only other diapers she had were packed away, but she offered to remove the offending diaper. The elderly woman was then allowed through security.



New guidelines were recently announced to avoid airport pat-downs of kids after videos of TSA agents inspecting children went viral awhile back.

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June 27, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 6/27"

Up, Up and Away

The so called ‘Superman’ Bank of America building in downtown Providence is much discussed lately as the white elephant in the room. That's because the bank is nearing the end of a 10-year lease in 2013. Many think the building's antiquated and not easily converted for another use...plus, it has NO parking whatsoever.

So, why is it nicknamed the ‘Superman’ building? That's because it looks eerily similar to the building seen in the opening of the Superman TV series of the 50's. The establishing shot of the Daily Planet Building where Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White labored for a great metropolitcan newspaper was the E. Clem Wilson building in LA for the first two seasons of the show's run. But the building we're talking about is the 32-story Los Angeles City Hall, which was used as the Planet building in seasons two through six.

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June 24, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 6/24"

Bizarre Priorities

The issues Governor Linc Chafee prioritizes boggle the mind. Chafee's refusing to turn over suspected murderer Jason Wayne Pleau to the feds, saying that doing so would expose the current ACI prisoner to the death penalty. Chafee has been a longtime opponent of capital punishment. in fact, during a 2006 debate with Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey, Chafee was asked if he'd support the death penalty for Osama Bin Laden if he were caught and convicted of masterminding the September 11, 2001 attacks and Chafee said he wouldn't support it.




Chafee says the anti death penalty sentiment is a Rhode Island "philosophy" stemming from the execution of John Gordon, a wealthy mill owner, who was wrongfully hanged for murder 166-years ago. Today, Chafee's office released a letter from the public defender stating that Pleau wants to plead guilty to the murder of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main in September of 2010 in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole. When WPRO's Steve Klamkin caught up with Chafee today and asked him where his long standing opposition to the death penalty stems from, Chafee responded "it's part of our social and ethical fabric." Rhode Island outlawed the death penalty in 1852. Chafee made it sound as though Rhode Islanders stand in anti death penalty solidarity and it's as much a part of our state mosaic as clamcakes, coffee milk, Del's lemonade and not using directional lights. I checked in with QUEST RESEARCH pollster Victor Profughi to see if he could remember ANY recent poll done on how Rhode Islanders feel about the death penalty and he couldn't think of one. I wonder if our attitude has changed since 1852? One last thought to ponder....Chafee's against the death penalty but he's pro-choice. There's a talk show topic waiting to be hatched.

Tarnished  Badge

"You can't quit...."
"Why not?"
"Because you're fired!"
"You can't fire him...."
"Why not?"
"Because he quit!

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June 22, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 6/22"

AARP MLB Style

The Florida Marlins had a change of managers this week as it was "out with the old and in with the, well, old....the very old." When Edwin Rodriguez "resigned" last week after his team had dropped 10-in a row and 17 of their last 18 games, the Marlins decided to replace him with 80-year old Jack McKeon as manager. McKeon led the Marlins from a Wild Card birth to the World Championship in 2003 and is regarded as one of Major League Baseball's old school hard-asses. Of course his hiring was grist for the TV late nite talk show mill with even Jimmy Fallon coming up with a funny line (a definite rarity)when he quipped McKeon "made 4-trips to the mound and 12 trips to the bathroom" Monday nite. In McKeon's first game (a loss) he benched his slumping superstar, Hanley Ramirez, for poor base running. Ramirez, the guy we traded to get Josh Beckett, is a documented head case who often reminds you of that other Ramirez who wore a Red Sox uniform and also gave up on his team. The Marlins are quick to point out that McKeon is the "interim" manager and a permanent replacement will be named for the 2012 season, but for the rest of 2011, this is McKeon’s ship to right in the N-L East. I'm rooting for the cigar chomping Trader Jack to lead his fish out of last place. I'm also rooting for him to realize that it's the cherry on his MLB sundae and it's time to switch to golf after Florida's 162nd game of the year.

Oldies but Goodies

McKeon's not the oldest manager/coach in history. In fact, he's not even the oldest baseball manager ever. That honor goes to Connie Mack, who managed the Philadelphia Athletics FOREVER, retiring after the 1950 season at age 88. 84 year old John Gagliardi is the head coach of college football Division One's St John's University Blazers (in Minnesota), Joe Paterno is head coach of Penn State football, Bobby Bowden was 80 when he was forced out as head football coach at Florida State, Casey Stengel managed Major League Baseball til the age of 76, and Hubie Brown coached the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies through age 76

Bottoms Up

The Stanley Cup Champion (sounds sweet, doesn't it?

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June 21, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 6/21"

Grounded....To The Third Power

My Mama's Sleepin'....and My Daddy's Not Around
-Chubby Checker, The Twist

I can't imagine how grounded Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman's daughter must be. A Facebook posting by Esserman's daughter regarding her graduation party at Chez Esserman was made public last week. As you're aware, the Chief broke up a graduation party at his house a couple of weeks ago when he discovered underage drinking (there's gambling at Rick's Cafe?) and the whole story went viral to the point Safety Comish Steve Pare was looking into the whole sordid affair. Mothers Against Drunk Driving even chastised the Chief for not calling his own department for back up instead of just sending the party goers on their merry way, some with cases of beer on their shoulders. But the piece de resistance was the Facebook posting the younger Esserman sent out telling invitees her parents wouldn't be home and to bring beer and "pod" (that's marijuana, folks) and to be ready to play "pong", the beer drinking game created on the campus of Dartmouth College, the very halls of higher learning from which Shiney Badge graduated. Do not pass GO....for about a decade....and don't even dream of collecting that $200-bucks

Bruins Bandwagon

During my journies since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, I've heard many Bruins' so called "loyalists" complaining about "fair weather fans" and "jumping on the bandwagon." I say, SO WHAT? The whole thing transcends sport. It was an EVENT, much like the Patriots Super Bowl wins and the 2004 Boston Red Sox world championship. I say the more the merrier. I think its fantastic people are out there wearing Bruins t-shirts and caps who can't tell the difference between a blue line and a clothesline. It's fun....

The Big Flush

Because a 21-year old Portland, Oregon man was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, Oregon's biggest city is sending 8-million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain. 
Portland officials defended the decision saying they didn't want to send city residents water laced with pee no mater how much it had been diluted.

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June 16, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 6/16"

Lord Stanley Returns

Wow.....what a game. It was everything a 7th game should be, let alone the 7th game of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins played textbook hockey in every aspect of the game defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. The Canucks looked completely frustrated all game long by the air tight Bruins defense. Yesterday I blogged that perhaps the lone statistic that could play a role in a B's win was the fact the team was 11-1 in the playoffs when they scored the first goal....make that 12-1 now. When it was all said and done, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoisted the Stanley Cup high over his head (no small feat as that baby weighs 35 lbs) then handed it over the 43-year old Mark Recchi who also held it high and then dropped a loud and clear F-Bomb to NBC's dismay. Recchi announced his retirement after the game. Actually, there was a cornucopia of f-bombs flying everywhere at game's end. Where was the mandatory "Nipplegate" network delay?

Vancouver handled the loss well, don't you think? Good Lord Stanley, what was THAT all about? Rioting and over 150-people injured. Madness.

Boston will salute its champions Saturday with a rolling rally starting outside the Garden at 11am ending in Copley Square. Right now the Red Sox are scheduled to play a 1pm game that day but something tells me that'll be bumped to the evening. There's also a Katy Perry concert at the Garden that night. This will be the 7th rolling rally for the city over the last decade. We've been spoiled.

Tidbits:

*The Bruins' Brad Marchand had more goals in the last five games than the ENTIRE Vancouver team scored

*Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo is under contract for another decade

I've got a cool suggestion for a Bruin first pitch combo for the Red Sox game tomorrow nite at Fenway against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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June 15, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 6/15"

That Friday the 13th Feelin'

Why am I getting that feeling in regards to Governor Chafee's insipid tax plan proposal? At first, I thought it was D-E-D, as cold as a stare from Anthony Weiner's wife towards the Congressman. But, as time continues to go by and with no state budget details emerging from Smith Hill, I'm starting to visualize Chafee in that Jason Voorhees goalie mask. Chafee, meantime, says if the Assembly wants cuts, everything's on the table. Mr. 36% hasn't ruled out layoffs or furlough days for state workers if lawmakers instruct his administration to make further cuts in state spending. State Democratic lawmakers, who make up 65 of the 75 members of the lower chamber, held a private caucus yesterday to discuss their version of the state budget but emerged from the 2 1/2 hour meeting offering no insights whatsoever. Chafee says he had no illusion his budget would come back as submitted. Perhaps what we could see is something more akin to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein rather than Friday the 13th's Jason....a sewn together bunch of parts with the sales tax being lowered to Chafee's suggested 6% but a severe slashing (Jason?) of the items and services Chafee wants to make taxable that currently aren't

Too Bizarre To Make a Prediction

The decisive game seven of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks is tonight in Vancouver. This has been one of the strangest Stanley Cup Finals ever with the Bruins dominating on their home ice outscoring the Canucks 17-3 while Vancouver's won three low scoring one goal games at home. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo's been a magician at home and a sieve at the Garden while Tim Thomas had been brilliant throughout. So, because this game's on Canuck ice, toss out the "hot goalie" theory, as both men have been superb in Vancouver. The team that scores first argument? You may have something there. The Bruins are 11-1 in the 2011 playoffs when they score the first goal and you've got to think allowing the first goal would get into Luongo's noggin' after being pulled from game 6 for being rather porous. ESPN.com’s predicting a 5-2 Bruins win and a Stanley Cup in the Hub for the first time since Espo, Orr, Cheevers and company skated together close to 40-years ago.

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June 14, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 6/14"

I Agree With MADD

The Executive Director of the RI Chapter of Mother's Against Drunk Driving says she met with Police Chief Dean Esserman and is convinced he did not break the state's Social Host law in regards to his daughter's underage drinking party over the weekend. Gabrielle Abate says there's no proof (therefore any reason to believe) Esserman was aware drinking was going on. She says he told her he found booze in a cup and broke the party up immediately. Abate telling the WPRO Morning News "there are no pictures to prove" otherwise so she's taking Esserman at his word. She did, however, agree with what loads of our callers said yesterday, that Esserman SHOULD HAVE called for back-up when he broke up the shindig. Esserman told Abate that maybe 70-people were at the house when he shut the party down. "He thinks he did what his training told him to do...and maybe he did." But Abate suggested that any parent in a similar situation should call for help. I say Esserman shouldn't have EVER put himself in a situation that could go as wrong as this one did. He should have said "NO" to the party.


Roasted Weiner

You can't ramp up the pressure much more on NY Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign. President Obama told NBC's TODAY SHOW that he'd resign if he were in the Congressman's place. Obama called Weiner's sending of lewd photos and messages online to a conga line of women (reportedly including one 17-year) "highly inappropriate", Obama said "I can tell you that if was me, I'd resign." The President said "when you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can't serve as effectively as you need to at the time when people are worrying about jobs and their mortgages and paying the bills, then you should probably step back." Weiner started a 2-week leave of absence while seeking "treatment" for an undisclosed condition at an equally undisclosed location.

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June 13, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 6/13"

Toga....Toga....Toga!

Quite the weekend at Chez Esserman. The Providence Police Chief's daughter tossed a graduation party at the Chief's East Side home during which underage drinking took place. The Chief says he and his adult son were supervising the shindig when he discovered alcohol was being consumed by minors. The Chief says he promptly shut down the party asking people to leave and turning away others who were just arriving. Esserman says the party started as a barbecue and following chow being served, the party continued in the backyard with his permission. The Chief says the party began to grow quickly (can you say Facebook?) with many uninvited guests showing up. It was at that point he noticed some underage kids boozing up "without my knowledge or consent". It was then he stopped the party and sent people home. Esserman says he checked that no drivers were under the influence. OK, that's HIS story but lots of folks, including members of the Providence Town Council, wants to make sure it checks out. Some of the questions being asked include; why weren't the cops called when the drinking was discovered and why weren't the kids' parents notified of the wrongdoing? How can you tell if DOZENS of kids were ok to drive and what type of "test" did Esserman run? Is Esserman DUI certified? Why wasn't the booze confiscated? Safety Comish Steve Pare says he's spoken to Esserman about the mess. We'll see if anything comes of that conversation. Here's my question, Chief, what the hell were you thinking even CONSIDERING a graduation party. Don't these things more often than not turn out this way? You're the chief of police, for god's sake. Not even Sheriff Taylor would risk such a thing with Opie, and he was Helen Crump's prize student. One final thought, what about the state's "social host law", which makes adults liable for underage drinking on their property? Rhode Island's Social Host Law says "any adult in RI who KNOWLINGLY permits minors to consume alcohol in his or her home faces escalating penalties with repeat offenses. The first thing Esserman should have done was called his own force to his home. The last thing he should have done as made a decision all those kids were ok to drive.

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June 10, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 6/10"

Getting Tough In Dixie

Those wishing they were “in the land of cotton” had better have a green card beginning September 1st. Alabama Republican Governor Robert Bentley signed what’s being viewed as the strongest legislation in the country targeting illegal immigrants, surpassing the tough measures passed by Arizona. Under Alabama’s new law, it will be a crime to knowingly transport an illegal immigrant or rent them an apartment and, as in Arizona, cops will be able to request proof that someone’s in the country legally  if they suspect they might not be and have stopped them for another reason (that one’s always kind of murky to me)…..All businesses, no matter their size, must check the legal status of their employees using the federal E-verify system and all public schools will be required to find out if students are in the country legally. Public schools will NOT bar those students from attending, however. Lawmakers say the purpose is to gather data on how many students are enrolled who aren’t in the country legally and how much the state’s spending to educate them. Of course, advocacy groups are set to challenge the legislation. Mary Bauer of the southern Poverty Law Center calls it “clearly unconstitutional, mean spirited and racist.” I guess Mary missed the word  ILLEGAL. Governor Bentley says he’s confident the law will stand and one of the measure’s sponsors, Senator Scott Beason, says it will help the unemployed in Alabama by preventing illegal immigrants from taking jobs. Alabama’s unemployment rate sits at 9.3%

Weiner Playing Hardball

Hell no, I won’t go! That’s the mantra of New York Anthony ‘Have You Seen My Weiner?” Weiner as pressure increases from his own Democratic Party demanding his resignation. The number of women who claim Weiner was sexting with them totals 6 now. This week’s coup de gras of the Weiner scandal was a Full Monty shot of the Congressman that went viral on the internet. While Weiner’s Democratic colleagues are turning on him, a NY-1/Marist survey says his constituents are not. 58% of the people in his district, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, think he should remain in office while 33% want him out.

How Can We Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?

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June 09, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 6/9"

He Who Hesitates Is Lost

The full scale push is "game on" up on Smith Hill. Organized labor brought out the hammer as RI AFL-CIO Prez George Nee urged a Senate Committee on Special Legislation to allow a special referendum this fall. Nee's correct in saying we've been lucky the full scale casino push in Massachusetts has stalled. He's also correct in saying maybe that luck is about to run out. This week the Massachusetts House Speaker said he'd like a casino vote by his state's legislature next month. There are two bills the RI Senate Committee on Special Legislation is looking at. Both would add table games to Twin River to go along with the existing V-T-L's . One calls for a November 2012 referendum on a general election ballot.  The other, the one Nee's pushing, calls for a special election in November of this year. The strange aspect of that bill, proposed by Senator Frank Ciccone, if voters approve it, calls for the creation of a "gaming commission", subject to Senate confirmation, to seek competitive bids for the license. The license would then go to the "highest responsible qualified bidder." Huh? So if voters say yes, then what happens, a truck backs up and hauls away the owners of Twin River? This makes no sense.  Governor Chafee's spokesman says Mr. 36% “believes that a matter of this importance to Rhode Island should not be decided in an off-year election, where voter turnout is historically lower than in election years." Genius. Let's wait until Massachusetts is finishing the landscaping on their shiny new 3-casinos before we even vote on putting our question on a ballot. McFLY, gambling is our state's third largest source of revenue whether you're in favor of it or not. If Massachusetts beats us to the punch, we are royally screwed. We need to vote on this thing sooner not later, but we need a finely honed question with full details (like how much $ the state will get off those table games) for voters to consider. The Ciccone bill is anything but. The only this that bill gets right is the need to get it in front of voters PDQ

The Full Monty

So Congressman Weiner, how was YOUR week?

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June 08, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 6/8"

L’Affair  Watson

The strange case of Bob Watson become more curious by the day. The former House Minority Leader found himself in New Haven Superior Court yesterday where he either entered a plea of not guilty or didn’t enter a plea at all, depending on who you listen to. Outside the courthouse, Watson told a small gathering of reporters (including WPRO’s digital guy Bob Plain) he pleaded “not guilty” to charges that he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during his court appearance. But Watson’s attorney, Jack O’Donnell and Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph LaMotta said that wasn’t the case, that Watson did NOT enter a plea and is scheduled to do so at his next appearance in late July (these things DO drag out, don’t they?) Watson vows to vigorously defend himself against a charge he was driving under the influence when East Haven cops stopped him at a sobriety checkpoint back in April. Results of a urine sample taken that nite showed Watson blood alcohol level to be fine BUT tested positive for cocaine and THC, a compound in marijuana. Watson denies his urine could have contained coke as cops report saying “I deny that allegation absolutely and unequivocally.” When asked if he thought the test was faulty he said “I have no idea.”…but my guess is he does think so. Watson’s lawyer says they plan to retest the sample that cops assert tested positive for blow. In the days after Watson’s experience at the sobriety checkpoint and East Haven Police Department he stopped just short of calling them the Keystone cops. Watson, a guy who has always been a friend to the press, has been smartly staying well under the radar screen since initially making himself available when the story first broke. He says he’s dealing with “a political issue, a personal issue and a legal issue. I’ve addressed it politically. I now need to address in legally. I’d rather not be prosecuted in the media. I am going to address this in a legal fashion.” Smart choice. The media scales of justice aren’t exactly the most balanced.

Night Rider

If things seem a bit darker to you along some Rhode Island roadways, don’t worry, you’re not pulling a Bette Davis in Dark Victory….things will be darker for another reason.

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June 07, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 6/7"

Wondering About Weiner

After a full week of denial, NY Congressman Anthony Weiner finally came cocoa admitting he indeed tweeted photos of his, well, weiner, to a 21-year old college student. How Mr. and Mrs. Weiner must be proud!  He also admitted to he'd had inappropriate conversations online with other women apologizing numerous times to his wife of less than one year. Weiner had claimed for days he was the victim of a hacker but faced a sea of doubters when he refused to deny the image was of him. Yesterday, he finally admitted it wasn't an isolated incident and he indeed tweeted the dirty deed. Now let's not start giving this creep any credit for a sudden influx of character. Yesterday's presser came after conservative activist Andrew Breibart's website posted new photos of Weiner, including one of him shirtless, that were from a second woman. Let's not confuse remorse with the need to put a tourniquet on a ruptured political artery. It's called CYA....or CYW (covering your wiener). The chairman of the National Republican Party, Reince Priebus, says Weiner should resign. Gee, that wasn't too predictable, was it? Weiner says he'll have no part of that. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for a House ethics investigation. Ethics investigation? Newsflash....ethics=moral philosophy......he has NONE. He tweeted shots of his privates to a 21-year old college student. That might turn out to be the MOST innocent electronic activity he was engaged in. Then he looked the country in the eye and LIED. ETHICS INVESTIGATION?

Rewriting History Figuratively Then Literally

Sarah Palin's claim Paul Revere's midnight ride was to warn the Brits as well colonists met with much skepticism especially after she refused to admit she messed up while appearing on FOX NEWS SUNDAY with Chris Wallace. Yesterday,  a Boston University history professor said Palin was actually correct because when Revere was eventually stopped by the British he did tell them there was a mobilization they'd soon be facing, but that was after his mission of warning the colonists was accomplished. That really not what Palin suggested but I'm sure she'd say "you betcha, that's the ticket!

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June 06, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 6/6"

Why Can't They Just Say "I Screwed Up" And Move On?

Submitted for your reading pleasure, the plights of Rep. Anthony Weiner and Sarah Palin. Let's start with Weiner who is mired in a controversy surrounding a lewd photo sent from his Twitter account to a 21-year old college student. Weiner says his Twitter account was hacked and he's the victim of a prank (props to MSNBC calling the story "Trick or Tweet" during Friday's coverage) but he stopped short in denying the photo was actually him. Now, the website BigGovernment.com claims a new woman has come forward with photos, chats and e-mails sent to her by the congressman suggesting the two were involved in an "online, consensual relationship involving the mutual exchange of intimate photographs." Oh, my. Radar Online also reports the woman was involved in a lengthy "sexting" exchange with Weiner via Facebook last month. The woman, who volunteered as a Democratic campaign worker, told Radar online "I have more than 200-messages from him and they're all explicit in nature." She also claims she had phone sex with Weiner for 30-minutes ON HIS GOVERNMENT PROVIDED PHONE. Your tax dollars at work. Why doesn't Weiner just come forward, admit bad judgment, use the old sex addict defense and move on. Right or wrong, people don't care about this stuff anymore. ....now, the latest  L'Affair Palin

One If By Land

Last week, Sarah Palin's "I'm Not Running For President" Bus tour rumbled through Boston. During her stop in Beantown, the Klondike cutie claimed Paul Revere's famous ride was intended to warn British soldiers as well as the American colonists. When Palin appeared on FOX NEWS SUNDAY with Chris Wallace this past weekend, he gave her the opportunity for a mia culpa moment asking her "you realize you messed up about Paul Revere, don't you?" She wouldn't fess up. Instead, Palin backed up her statement saying "I didn't mess up about Paul Revere; Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. Hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take away American arms. You are not going to beat our well armed-persons, individual, private militia that we have.

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June 03, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 6/3"

The Time Has Come For Us To Say Sayonara

Reports are Daisuke Matsuzaka will inform the Red Sox of his intention to have “Tommy John” surgery on his torn ulnar collateral ligament (his throwing elbow). Tommy John surgery is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the elbow’s replaced by a tendon from elsewhere in the body …forearm, hammy, knee, foot…even a cadaver….yuch….how Mary Shelly of me. It’s actually a common surgery now, first done on pitcher Tommy John in 1974, thus the name. Had it been done on actress Dolores Del Rio, it would have carried a much more colorful moniker. The Red Sox doctors didn’t jump to a Tommy John surgery diagnosis and Sox manager Terry Francona’s been insisting there are no plans for Dice K to go under the knife….but, Dice K sought out a second opinion in that of renowned surgeon Dr Lewis Yocum, a recognized expert in this type of slicing and dicing, and the good doctor quickly suggested the surgery be done asap and supposedly Dice K wants it done.

Here’s the rub. The team who has the player under contract has the right to send the player to ANOTHER dr for ANOTHER opinion and ultimately can make the decision whether or not the players has surgery or just rest. The Red Sox shelled out $51-million just for the rites to negotiate with Dick K then signed him to a 6-year $52-million dollar deal that runs thru next season. That’s a $103-million dollar investment in ONE player and one has to wonder what’s going on in the Boston brass’ minds. Would they actually try to recoup some of the $ spent on Dice K should he opt for surgery against the team’s wishes which effective violates his agreement with the Sox? So many fans think the guy was a bust and maybe in the very big picture he was (is)….but let’s look at it from a “snapshot” sort of way. He was 15-12 in his MLB rookie season of 2007 and we won the World Series. Take away those 15-wins and do we even win the A-L East? Then he goes 1-1 against Cleveland in the ALCS and 1-0 against the Rockies in the WS (a game in which he got a big RBI single in the National League ballpark) and we sweep 4-0 for our second World Championship in 3-seasons. He then went on to post an 18-3 mark in 2008. Leave him alone.

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June 02, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 6/2"

Grilled Weiner

Sometimes an attempt at humor can only make a bad situation worse. Submitted for your consideration is the bizarre controversy surrounding Rep Mark Weiner, a New York democrat and potential mayoral candidate. Questions continue to hound Weiner about a lewd photo that appeared to be sent from his Twitter account last week to a 21-year old female college student. Weiner says he didn't send the photo to anyone and that his account had been hacked to carry out what he deems a prank. When asked if the photo showing a man clad in underwear from the waist down was of him, Weiner said he couldn't say for sure that it wasn't. Weiner's attempt at infusing humor into the situation with a little double entendre went over like flatulence in a submarine when he questioned all the attention being brought to the photo saying "I'm not really sure it rises, no pun intended, to that level." Oh, you funny, funny man. He can't say for sure it's NOT him? Can't you recognize a photo of yourself in your underwear? A bigger question to be asked is what in the world is Weiner, who recently got spliced to an aid to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, doing following a 21-year old college student on Twitter?

A Weiner You Can Enjoy

I'm a big fan of The Food Network's Bobby Flay. A few seasons back, Flay did an entire episode called "Ball Park Food" that included several types of nachos and hot dogs. This recipe is AMAZING. I'm making these this weekend:

Grilled Hot Dogs with Mango Chutney and Red Onion:
* 9 oz jar of mango chutney (such as Major Gery's brand) chop up any large pieces
* 1/2 cup red onion
*1/4 cup fresh cilantro (I only use 1/8 cup)
*1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
*8 hot dogs of choice and buns

Mix the chutney, onion cilantro and mustard in bowl, grills the dogs and top with chutney concoction

Chutney can be found in the aisle with relish, pickles, etc....some stores put it in with the jelly and jams. If you don't see it, ask as just about every market carries the stuff

How About a Skull and Crossbones?

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June 01, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 6/1"

A  Chance for Chafee

Maybe there's hope for Governor Linc Chafee after all. Chafee's administration is asking state lawmakers for money to hire 25-staffers at the much maligned Division of Motor Vehicles. As the House and Senate head toward the finish line, Chafee's asking them to approve plans to spend $2.3-million to "improve customer service at the DMV for all Rhode Islanders." The cake would be used for additional 25-staffers and to open 2-new branches, locations TBA, and the re-open a part time branch in Westerly. Chafee's the latest to join the conga line of governors who have promised to fix the DMV. I remember Governor Carcieri's first inauguration speech when he promised to get the DMV services online. That got the biggest hand of the nite. If Chafee can pull this off, it could turn into MAJOR props for him. I'm not joking here. This is the kind of stuff that can help turn things around for him. Think about it for a second...doesn't just about everyone you know have a DMV horror story? If Chafee can get this mess turned around, he'll be a hero. Appointing Lisa Holly interim head of the department was a smart move. She's no slouch. One thing to keep in mind, however. The number of employees over the last three years at the DMV has fallen from 192 to 155 so the addition of 25-new hires doesn't even bring it to the level of 2008 so systems will be just as important as additional bodies.

Chafee's got a chance to hit one over the wall here....let's hope

No Blue Flu?

The lawyer for the Providence FOP, Joe Rodio, says a buyout of senior police officers would save $4 to $5 million bucks right away. Rodio says if you combine that with a "continued crackdown" on overtime spending, the police union would give Mayor Angel Tavares the $6-million in concessions he's seeking. Rodio says the officers see the loss of prized o-t as a major concession. Looks like it was a kid in a candy store when it came to o-t in that department with $4.6 million spent in 2009-2010 and almost $5.6 million in 2011. Rodio says a recent clampdown has slowed spending down to an annual rate of $2.5 million. Less than HALF of 2011's total overtime costs.

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May 31, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 5/31"

Be VERY Afraid

Did you catch any of the Ch 10 special Town Hall Meeting featuring Rhode Island Governors that aired Monday? Governors Garrahy, DiPrete, Sundlun, Carcieri and Chafee were all on set (Lincoln Almond apparently turned down the invite...hey, he really WAS the missing Linc) for a round table discussion hosted by Ch 10's Frank Coletta and PBN's Mark Murphy. Carcieri hit the nail on the head (as he did all 8-years he was in office) saying the problem is state government is too big and it's too expensive to do business in RI. BINGO. Chafee claims RI is "on the threshold" citing the moving of Rt. 195, attaching the train station to the airport in Warwick (this guy's more obsessed with trains than Gomez Addams) and building the tunnels under Narragansett Bay (the sewer overflow project I assume) as reasons we're "the best state in the union, bar none." On the threshold? The threshold to what....hell? A rambling Sundlun was a tad difficult to watch reminding me of the 1994 Grammy Awards when someone dropped the curtain early on Lifetime Achievement Recipient Frank Sinatra when the 79 year old Chairman of the Board went off script during his acceptance speech, which was all over the map.

Chafee......Governor or Gelding?

Is Chafee's agenda derailed after just 5-months in office? Take a look at what he said were his priorities and you tell me how many are in his "win" column. The sales tax, dead on Smith Hill a month after his proposal. Gay marriage. D-E-D.....the House passed a civil union compromise that has yet to pass the Senate. Chafee even touted gay marriage as an economic engine in his inauguration speech. Immigration....just his second day in office, Chafee rescinded Governor Carcieri's executive order on E-Verify only to have the new A-G announce a few days later he was hooking the state up with Secure Communities, requiring local law enforcement to check the immigration status of those they arrest. Chafee's actions also alienated the head of the RI State Police, Brendan Doherty, who stepped down rather that deal with the new governor's ideology on how to keep the citizens of the state safe. Chafee's not unique when it comes to gubernatorial geldings.

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May 27, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 5/27"

Madness

The RI Chapter of the ACLU is asking the school prayer hanging in the auditorium of Cranston West High School be covered up until the court rules on whether it stays or goes for good. In April, the ACLU filed a suit against the city on behalf of self proclaimed atheist Jessica Ahlquist, a sophomore at the school, who doesn't believe in the "religious expression conveyed" by the message on the auditorium wall and "felt isolated, ostracized and devalued by her school and community because of the School Prayer." Newsflash, Jessica, YOU'RE AN ATHIEST...A NON BELIEVER....how can you be ostracized by something you don't believe in? It could say "Mother Goose, give us the strength we need to blah, blah, blah....."

Cooler Heads

Child killer Michael Woodmansee, whose much discussed potential release from the ACI this August, has agreed to seek civil commitment instead, according to State Corrections Director A-T Wall. Two shrinks who examined Woodmansee agreed he was a candidate for civil commitment. The reports will not be made public. Wall says "none of the options were particularly good. We all understood he was going to be released from prison. No one had to like it.We are all bound to follow the law. The only alternative to state mental health was admitting him to the community, and we were not comfortable with releasing him to the street." So does this mean Woodmansee can leave at will because he volunteered to be commited? Nope. His release would have to be ok'd by the Director of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.

Tiki Talk

Former NY Giant player Tiki Barber, who's attempting a comeback to the NFL after retiring in 2006, is being blasted after comparing himself to Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Barber's quip to Sports Illustrated talked about moving with his girlfriend into his agent's house last year while trying to hide from the media after their extra marital relationship went public. Barber says he and his girlfriend were hiding out in agent Mark Lepselter's attic, saying, "Lep's Jewish, and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing." Oh, my. When Barber's side order came to light his wife was pregnant with twins.

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May 26, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 5/26"

Cold Feet

The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, has cancelled next Thursday's scheduled visit to the Providence Police Dpt. On Wednesday's Buddy Cianci Show, the Prez of the Providence F-O-P, Taft Manzotti, told Hiz Honah that Holder could expect a "warm welcome" from the Providence Police union in light of the announced 60-80 potential cop layoffs. It didn't take long for the Obama Administration to decide to skip the event in light of the loosely veiled protest threat. That's standard fare for the administration which also cancelled an appearance by V-P Joe Biden at the U-S Conference of Mayors held in providence while Lil Cheech was still at war with the firefighters union back in June of 2009. I don't know which bugs me more, the fact that the Obama administration let's something like this alter their plans or the fact Manzott would encourage such antiquated behavior. Business as usual on both ends, I guess.

Eating Their Young

Manzotti was adamant about not taking a 10% across the board cut during yesterday's interview. He claims the rank and file is unyielding in their stance to not take a step backwards. But what exactly is "a step backwards" in these financially troubling times? Is it a step backwards to accept a 10% pay cut and keep the Providence Police force at 100% or is it a step backwards to cut the force by 17% and threaten the safety of both the cops and the public they serve? The 60-80 cops that'll get the big haircut are mostly the youngest on board. Last hired, first fired. The force will get smaller and older. The Police Dept won't promote any officers for the next 24-months in yet another effort to save money. How can both Mayor Angel Tavares and Safety Commish Steven Pare say publicly that service won't suffer? Cutting the staff by 17% has got to mean a longer wait for reaction to a crime. Does what they say mean those 60-80 officers weren't necessary from the get -go? Dumb thing to say. Just stick with the black and white here. We're running out of money and need to cut the budget by 10%...period. I understand Manzotti digging in and protecting his turf. That's what union heads do. It's the sole reason for their existence...to get something for their members and then NEVER GIVE IT UP.....but guess what?

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May 25, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 5/25"

Layoffs Very Possible

Providence Mayor Angel Tavares held a press conference this afternoon confirming as many as 80-Providence cops could be laid off. Tavares is looking to shave $6-million off the Police Dept.'s budget to help plug a projected $110-million dollar deficit next year. If the police union doesn't agree to concessions, 60-80 cops will be let go. That number represents about 17% of the current police force. Tavares claims the layoffs could be made without affecting police services. I wonder if the residents of the cap city are buying THAT? So the gauntlet's down...we'll see if the cops eat their own.

What Was HE Thinking?

Actor Peter Fonda might soon be visited by a bunch of guys in sunglasses talking into their suit jacket lapels. Fonda made some comments about President Obama that can easily be viewed as threats. Fonda, attending the Cannes Film Festival promoting a new documentary about the BP Oil spill, said "I'm training my grandchildren to use long range rifles. For what purpose? Well, I'm not going to say the words Barack Obama....but".....OH MY.

DWTS  Season 12

As I predicted, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson copped the mirror ball trophy last nite...but what I didn't predict is Kirstie Alley would finish second over Chelsea Kane. The "winner takes all" Ch-Cha gimmick the other nite should have given me a hint that Kane wasn't getting the fan votes needed to thrust her into the finals against Ralph Macchio. I'm sure the last thing ABC wanted to see was the 22-year old Kane going home before the 49-year old Macchio. I'll bet Mr. Miyaga would have figured out what ABC was up to with that "winner takes all" 15-point Ch-Cha win for Chelsea and Mark Ballas!

Shrinkage

The 60-year olf Alley performed the cha-cha in her final dance wearing the outfit she had on for the show's premiere ten weeks ago....the costume had to be taken in 38-inches

Another List....Another Black Mark for Rhody

 The website ineed.com came out with the "top 10 hardest places to land a job" and you guessed it.

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May 24, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 5/24"

A  Game of Chicken

Just when you thought things in the city of Providence couldn't get any crazier, Buddy gets word that as many as 80-cops could be laid off if the city's budget demands aren't met. Providence Mayor Angel Tavares is asking the Police Department to cut its budget by 10% which would require some union give backs. If the department doesn't give in to the concessions, up to 80-cops could be pink slipped....and we're talking Lightning Round here, folks....if the city's forced to layoff the officers, heads could roll as early as Thursday.
WPRO News contacted the mayor's office for comment. The mayor's spokesperson, David "Little Popi" Ortiz told us "we don't comment about ongoing negotiations"...in other words, it's true. Stay tuned. We're wired in.

Loughlin’s Plight

A press release was sent out by John Loughlin spokesperson Michael Napolitano yesterday in a effort to clarify any questions about what Loughlin can or can't do while serving 7-months in Iraq as Lt Col John Loughlin. First off, the release is printed on 'Loughlin for U-S Congress' stationary so I guess it's a forgone conclusion he'll seek the GOP nod for the first Congressional district in 2012. Napolitano says "Lt Col Loughlin is focused on his mission and preparing for his assignment in Iraq. Due to Army regulations, he is not allowed to make political comments or personally raise money for his campaign. It is perfectly allowable for others to do so on his behalf. In fact, the campaign is actively raising money to fund the 2012 race." If Loughlin’s intentions don't change over the next 7-months, he'll face former State Police Col Brendan Doherty in what could be a slobber knocker of a GOP primary.

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May 23, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 5/23"

Rapture-Less

I've got to admit when that volcanic eruption happened in Iceland Saturday, I flinched a tad.....but the predicted RAPTURE that was supposed to take place Saturday never happened much to the chagrin of 89-year old fundamentalist radio preacher Harold Camping. Reporters were camped on Camping's front door in Almeda, California Sunday as 6pm EST came and went without incident. Camping appeared saying he was "flabbergasted" the Rapture didn't occur. He said "it was a really tough weekend" and that he's "looking for answers." Camping said he'd spend the remainder of the weekend praying and consulting with un-raptured friends. He said he'd be back at work Monday and would have more to say then. This is the second rapture prediction for Camping who predicted an earlier one in 1994. Here's my prediction....Camping's back accepting contributions on his radio network and selling t-shirts and bumper stickers to the bruillons who will still follow him. P-T Barnum was right, the IS a sucker born every minute.

Meantime, the website judgementday2011.com issued an apology for a rapture-less weekend and is hawking tee shirts



Ticket Warning

The President of P-Pac has a warning for those searching for tix online....beware of wooden horses. When you search for the Providence Performing Arts on Google, the first website to come up reads "The official ticket source online for the Providence Performing Arts Center" and even have a photo of the theatre. The bogus sight...well, bogus in the sense that's it's anything "official"....www.providencepac.org...is a ticket selling operation that has ZERO affiliation with P-Pac. It offers tix to P-Pac at prices far above their face value.

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May 20, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 5/20"

One and Done?

A new poll released by channel 12 last nite isn't exactly good news for freshman congressman David Cicillini. The poll has Lil Cheech already trailing both John Loughlin and Brendan Doherty, his two potential GOP rivals in his reelection bid in 2012. It's pretty clear Cicillini is being hounded by Providence's dismal financial situation following his 8-year reign as mayor. Back in March, a Brown University poll had him at a horrendous 17% approval ratings just 11-weeks into his time in congress. The channel 12 poll says Cicillini would lose to Loughlin by 12% if the election was held this month. Doherty, who just declared he's running for the first congressional seat held by Chichi, would win by 13%. Head to head, Loughlin beats Cicillini 47-35% with 17% undecided. Doherty would win 46-33% with 20% undecided. This poll puts Cicillini's approval rating at a pathetic 23%. Democrats and Independents are also turning away from Cicillini. Back in October, 79% of Democrats and 28% of independents supported Cicillini. Those numbers now stand at 64% and 13% respectively. Cicillini's bastion of safe haven, senior citizens, seem to be turning on him too. Just 34% of voters over 60 approve of his performance so far, that's down from 54% in a poll done shortly before the November election when Cicillini's "scare the seniors" blitzkrieg was in full swing. Right now, this looks like an "anyone but Cicillini" poll and Providence's fiscal quagmire is his ball and chain

Conan Conga Line

 It's started....much like L'Affair Tiger Woods, the mistress spigot has been opened on Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just days after we find out Arnold fathered a love child with his housekeeper of 20-years, comes word from former child actress Gigi Jeffers who claims she and the Barbarian had a longtime affair that began when she was just 16-years old while she worked on the TV show "Little House on the Prairie." She says they had sex that year then didn't see each other until 1989 when they apparently made up for lost time. Star magazine reports Schwarzenegger and Jeffers once had sex with Gigi in her hotel room while Maria was in another room on the same floor.

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May 19, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 5/19"

What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?

May 21st may be judgment day and the beginning of the end of the world. The founder of Family Radio Worldwide, 89-year old Reverend Harold Camping, has a number of followers who believe his prediction that the Rapture. The belief that Christ will bring the faithful into paradise prior to a period of tribulation on earth that proceeds the end of time...will be this Saturday. Camping says earthquakes will hit Fiji and New Zealand at 6pm (is that EST?) Saturday and the second coming of Christ will immediately follow (now that’s an entrance!). The actual end of the world as we know it will be completed 5-months later on October 21, 2011. So who gets "raptured"? Camping says it's simple. If you've given yourself over the Jesus....you're in. He even did some math for us saying 200-million of the world's 6.7 billion people will be raptured (so you're sayin' there's a chance!)  For those of you at home keeping score, Reverend Camping's the same guy who predicted the apocalypse in 1994 but now claims that was merely the end of the "church age." Yea, that's the ticket. Saturday's bound to be a big nite for "Rapture Parties", don't you think? And when 6pm comes and goes on Saturday nite and we're all still standing here on earth figuring out how to make the mortgage payments, we can all start looking forward to 12-21-2012, the day the Mayan Calendar predicts the apocalypse. Party on, Wayne!

A Little Tip from Uncle Ron

The banning of circumcision in San Francisco is one step closer today. Supporters of the ban say male circumcision is a form of "genital mutilation" that should not be forced on a young child. Opponents argue the proposal is a clear violation of constitutionally protected freedoms. San Francisco officials confirmed that the initiative received enough signatures to appear on the ballot this November. Some 7,700 signature from city residents have been gathered. Initiatives need 7,168 signatures to qualify. If the measure passes, circumcisions would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail ("so, what are YOU in for?").

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May 18, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 5/18"

What's Your Hurry?

Is there actually a sense of urgency now regarding reforming pensions? The headline in today's Pamphlet "RI Assembly, governor agree on need for pension reform." Isn't that special? Leaders are talking about a special legislative session THIS FALL to fix a broken retirement system. General Treasurer Gina Raimondo whose been sounding the alarm about Rhody's busted pension system, hopes to release her proposals for change Monday. Raimondo's been talking with Governor Chafee, Speaker Fox and Senate Prez Teresa Paiva Weed about how to proceed. One idea is the creation of a special study group (something this state just loves to do) that would hammer out solutions this summer, followed by a special Assembly session in the FALL to enact changes. Can't wait to see what group of usual suspects makes up that group. If Raimondo's going to have the info she needs to offer proposals for change, what the hell do we need a special study group for? Why can't these proposals be laid out and the special legislative begin IMMEDIATELY? Time's running out on this current session of the General Assembly which has prioritized such items as civil unions, voter I-D and D-N-A testing....all these put higher on the list than an unfunded pension liability that threatens to break the backs of taxpayers. Roll out your findings and proposals Monday, Ms General Treasurer, skip the idea of assembling a bunch of hacks to provide the usual warped guidance on how to proceed, and call the special session NOW

Feeling Slighted

General Treasurer Raimondo's scheduled to address the members of RI's second largest union Tuesday at the Portuguese Club in Cranston. Talk about hostile turf. The Prez of Local 580 of the Service Employees International Union, Phillip Keefe, is a tad upset with Raimondo claiming she assured him she'd "not make any recommendations one way or the other until I get all of my studies back", and then "we can have further discussions." Keefe says he was "surprised and shocked" to read in the Pamphlet that Raimondo planned on rolling out her proposals for reform the day before she was to address his rank and file.

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May 17, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 5/17"

Couchon

If throwing the book at someone was an Olympic sport, U-S District Court Judge Mary Lisi would cop the gold this week. Lisa lowered the boom big time on North Providence's Three Stooges in that town's public corruption case. She even dropped an ash can on their 74-year old bagman, chowder head Edward Imondi, sending him away for a year and a day. Former council prez Joseph Burchfield got 64-months, Raymond Douglas got 78-months (that bruillon was running book on the side in addition to taking bribes) and today, John Zambarano got 71-months for his role in the kickback scheme. The prosecuting attorney summed up Zambarano as “power hungry, arrogant, a corrupt politician" and, my fave, "a greedy pig." My guess is those are Zambrano's good points. Check out what that beauty Douglas had to say yesterday after sentencing (bear in mind Douglas apologized for his offenses before sentencing). Outside the courthouse, after Lisi's decision, Douglass claimed the justice system had failed and walked away. Enjoy your stay at the "gated community", boys, you've certainly earned it.

Beach Blanket Bingo

The D-E-M's encouraging Rhode Islanders to get their beach parking passes now because the fees are gonna go up soon. The DEM's proposing a daily beach parking fee increase for residents from $6 daily to $10 on weekdays and from $7 to $14 on weekends. Season passes would jump from $30 to $60 bucks for residents and $60 to $120 for non-residents

Back to Earth

Gallup says President Obama has loss all of the spike he saw in his approval rating after Osama Bin Laden was rubbed out dropping back to the 46% he had prior to Bin Laden's big send off to meet his virgins. Rasmussen suggests about the same

Terminator Side Order

Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child with a longtime household employee. The dalliance
reportedly happened a decade ago.

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May 16, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 5/16"

Stirring the Pot

 Senator Jim Sheehan (Dem-Narragansett, North Kingstown) is accusing former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey of grandstaing and slander during Saturday's Operation Clean Government forum at the Varnum Armroy in East Greenwich. The always flamboyant Laffey stirred the watchdog group's gathering saying the city of Providence needs to declare bankruptcy immediately. He also urged the crowd to "publicly humiliate your elected officials." When Sheehan, one of a handful of legislators present, tried to address the crowd, Laffey described him as "the perfect politician" and warned the audience that Sheehan was talking down to them. Sheehan called Laffey "ego maniacal" and "a bomb thrower" but the crowd has tuned on the rep by then and sided with Laffey urging Sheehan to leave. Sheehan tells me the coverage of the event in the Pamphlet was terribly one sided and didn't tell the whole story. He cites the fact Laffey, who now lives in Colorado, is in the midst of filming a documentary and this was one of his stops with the camera rolling. Sheehan also suggests that Operation Clean Government wasn't exactly enamored with the lopsided negative vibe the forum created.

The Illustrated Man

A Warwick man's getting ready to sue his former employer for firing him because he has too many tattoos. Nathan Hardisty says he was let go from the Walgreens at Hoxie Four Corners because he has too much artwork on his frame. The 26-year old says he was hired with his tattoos showing and got great performance reviews that led to a promotion to shift manager without any problems a few weeks ago. He claims the store pink slipped him after a customer complained about his tattoos. Personally, I think you've got to be some kind of massive dufus to complain about someone's tattoos. I've never understood the need to lay permanent (or temporary for that matter) artwork on my flesh but unless the artwork contained seriously unsettling messages, what's the problem?

Slim Pickens

Both Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump say they're out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination

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May 13, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 5/13"

Let the Games Begin

This is like starting the baseball season in December.....Former State Police Supt. Brendan Doherty formally announced his candidacy for Congressional District One as a Republican. Doherty's chosen campaign slogan is "common sense, uncommon integrity. The Col brought out a big gun being introduced at the Pawtucket presser by former chief of the Bucket's toy Giant Hasbro, Alan Hassenfeld. Doherty's announcement is expected to set the stage for a bloody GOP primary against former state rep John Loughlin who is leaving Sunday for a 7-month tour of military reserve duty in Iraq. Loughlin told me this week he fully intends to run again. Loughlin narrowly lost to Cicillini in last year's general election and most pundits felt if he had another two weeks he may have pulled off the upset. With an approval rating somewhere south of the belly of Moby Dick, Cicillini will likely face a tough Democratic primary of his own. RI Dem party chairman Ed Pacheco told me this morning it's WAY TOO EARLY to start having to talk about this stuff, spouted out some nifty party line rhetoric say of "White Brendan Doherty and John Loughlin are going to fight it out to see who can pander more to the right wings of the Republican Party, Congressman Cicilline is busy doing the job he was elected to do on behalf of Rhode islanders in the First Congressional District." it's comments such as this that makes me tend to agree with Mr. Pacheco...IT IS TOO EARLY to hear that type of dusty positioning statement. My ears aren't completely healed from last November.

Stopping Short

No, not Frank Castanza's make out move on Estelle....Providence Mayor Angel Tavares' two step around the question posed by Ch 12's Ian Donnis during the taping of the station's NEWSMAKERS show to air this weekend. Donnis asked Tavares point blank if he's going to support Congressman David Cicillini's re-election bid. The Mayor tried to hide behind some dribble about being a Democrat and supporting democrats, yadda, yadda, yadda, before Donnis got him to admit "we'll cross that bridge when we get there." Hmmmmmm, doesn't exactly sound like a ringing endorsement of Lil Cheech, does it?

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May 12, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 5/12"

The Rubber Hits the Road

Actually, when it comes to the state’s unfunded pension liability, we’re down to the tire rims hitting the road. The State Retirement Board voted to have you, the taxpayer, provide an additional $266-million to support government employee pensions starting in 2012. After the Retirement Board voted, Governor Chafee acknowledged the difficult plight for the state’s pension managers saying “ there’s no easy decisions here…but we all know we can’t ignore our responsibilities.” We do? The Board, led by State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, certainly seems to have figured out how to ignore their responsibilities to the taxpayers of Rhode Island. Raimondo, who has been ducking the Buddy Cianci Show since the primary, continues to tell us the current situation is unsustainable yet she offers little (so far) in terms of solutions. She says she’s reviewing the entire pension system and will recommend changes. OK, WHEN?  The gap between what’s been promised in benefits and the scarole to pay for them has ballooned over the years because pension investments suffered in the bad economy and the government didn’t set aside enough dough for the pension plans. So it’s pretty simple. There’s no money, honey. Governor Chafee, who hasn’t met a union member vote he doesn’t like, is quick to point out a promise made should be kept. How can you offer such warped logic in such a black and white situation? The system needs comprehensive reform and not just going forward. Those already in retirement must see their pensions adjusted too. The question Raimondo’s grappling with is IS THAT LEGAL? As a kid growing up in The Bucket, the son of two textile workers who struggled to make ends meet week to week, I remember my parents using one of those budget envelope contraptions, the ones where a series of envelopes are strung together…one for the mortgage, one for groceries, insurance, etc. Once one of those envelopes was empty, it meant there was no more $ available. Pretty simple stuff. I was taught “you can’t spend what you don’t have.” Apparently, you can according to the Retirement Board. You just put it on the backs of already strapped taxpayers.

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May 11, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 5/11"

Too Soon.....Too Soon

No, it's not the audience at Comedy Central's roast of Hugh Hefner yelling at Gilbert Godfrey post 9-11, it's most of the reaction I've heard around the water cooler...or "bubbler" here in Lil Rhody...to the word former Top Cop Brendan Doherty will formally announce tomorrow his candidacy for the congressional seat currently held by David Cicillini. Doherty's presser is at 3:30 at Imperial Packaging in Pawtucket, smack dab in the middle of District One. Loads of  local political pundits, including Buddy, seem to think the Col is coming out of the gate too quickly but Victor Profughi of Quest Research seems to think it's a ploy by Doherty to scare away other GOP hopefuls, such as John Loughlin, from taking him on in a primary. I don't think that strategy’s gonna work...in fact, Loughlin himself told me that today by phone. He told the Pamphlet "I think I've been fairly transparent that I plan to run again"...when I asked him today if he still stands behind those words, he said "definitely". Loughlin's a Lt Col in the Army Reserve and he leaves Sunday for a 7-month stay in Baghdad, a city he says is "in better financial shape that Cicillini left Providence." He sounds like a candidate to me. Maybe Doherty's "announce early" approach won't scare Loughlin off, but it sure will give him loads of time....7-months worth.....of local visibility while Loughlin's left with a support staff that has to carry on in his absence. I invited Loughlin on the show today and he politely refused saying it's Brendan's day in the spotlight and I don't want to spoil that for him. Class act.

Another Angle

Providence College Poly Sci Professor Anthony Affigne says he thinks Doherty "will be crushed" in the general election if he doesn't "change his ways". Remember, the reason Doherty stepped down as Rhode Island's top cop is because he got into a dispute with for state police Col Stephen Pare, now Providence Safety Commissioner, when Pare wanted to opt out of the federal Secure Communities Program to help determine whether criminal suspects are in the country illegally.

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May 10, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 5/10"

Big Announcement Coming?

Former head of the RI State Police, Col Brendan Doherty, will make an announcement with regards to his future plans this Thursday at Imperial Packaging in Pawtucket. Note the location....smack dab in Congressman David Cicillini's district. Ever since he stepped down as RI's top cop, rumors have swirled around Doherty as a possible challenger to Lil Cheech in the first Congressional district as well as a potential challenger to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.  Last week Doherty announced he's formed a security-consulting firm that will work in partnership with a larger firm in New Jersey. I doubt highly he's calling a press conference in Pawtucket to announce that's where he's setting up shop. One can have all kinds of theories about the Thursday 3:30 presser. Seems awfully early to me to announce he's running against Lil Cheech...then again, there's no time like the present with Cicillini still reeling from a 17% approval rating in the most recent Brown poll plus the findings of the "Corrective Action Plan to Restore Sound Financial Management" done by Internal Auditor Matthew Clarkin and City Council Fiscal Advisor Gary Sasse that virtually accused Lil Cheech of lying about the financial health of the city and keeping it out of the voting public's sight. This guy is ripe for the picking and perhaps Doherty intends to reap an early harvest. Of the two, Cicillini certainly seems the most vulnerable.

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May 09, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 5/9"

The Bin Laden Tapes

The video tapes confiscated by the Navy Seals who took out public enemy number one last week are a hoot. My favorite is the raw stuff of Bin Laden's propaganda speeches before they become the finished product. The equivalent of Islamic B-Roll. Just watching him look off camera stage left to make sure his make up's ok, blows away the perception he's some celestial, divine presence. The shot of him checking videos wearing a ski cap  while wrapped in a woolen blanket also made it clear he puts his abaya on one leg at a time. In other words....he's just a man. It was sheer genius on the part of the White House to release this stuff...but to also keep the volume down on the audio so Bin Laden's worn out rhetoric wouldn't permeate the internet falling on impressionable ears. If any more is available, put it on my Netflix queue because I can't get enough

SNL

Saturday Night Live certainly didn't handle things with kid gloves this weaned. I sat waiting wondering how...and if.....the show would take this story on. I didn't have to wait long to find out as the opening skit featured Fred Armisen as Bin Laden delivering his last will and testament on video. While it wasn't the funniest bit, it certainly did what the show has always done best and that's biting, irreverent political satire



Another skit featured host Tina Fey in a Little Mermaid knock off during which the body of Bin Laden sinks to the bottom of the sea. Talk about cutting to the chase

And So It Begins

Two Muslim Imams who were traveling together were made to get off a Delta Connection flight in Memphis Friday that was on its way to North Carolina, and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them board. Lawyers for the duo are screaming racial profiling saying the men had already passed multiple security clearances before boarding. A U-S Airways Captain has come to the defense of the pilot saying "I can promise you the captain didn't throw those people off because of the way they were dressed."

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May 06, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 5/6"

Spare Me

Now there's outcry over the shooting of an unarmed Bin Laden. Some are saying the U-S went too far in acting as policeman, judge and executioner of the world's most wanted man. Attorney General Eric Holder, our chief law enforcement enchilada, told a U-S Senate committee that snuffing out the al Qaeda leader was legal saying it was an act of national self defense. Works for me. Even if Bin Laden had tried to surrender, Holder says the Navy Seals were justified in their actions to protect themselves and others in the building. Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt told German TV the operation could have incalculable consequences in the Arab world at a time of great unrest there. "It was quite clearly a violation of international law" according to Schmidt. Hey, Helmut, I wonder if you'd see things a tad differently had Bin Laden's merry men flown two jetliners into an innocent crowd taking in the Rathaus-Glockenspiel show in a jam packed Marienplatz.  Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson echoed Schmidt's criticism saying "it's not justice. It's a perversion of the term. Justice means taking someone to court, finding them guilty upon evidence and then sentencing them." Robertson called the U-S actions "a cold blooded assassination." Have a cream soda, Geoffrey, and put another shrimp on the barbie.

Info Treasure Chest

Intelligence pulled from Bin Laden's compound this week suggests he was planning attacks on U-S trains on the anniversary of 9/11. After taking out Bin Laden and four of his "associates", Navy Seals confiscated a bunch of computers, DVD's and documents from the home where U-S officials think the Al Qaeda chief hade been hiding for up to 6-years.

Cabin Fever

One of Bin Laden's wives claims she lived in that compound for 5-years without leaving the upper floors of the house. The little lady is one of 3-wives of Bin Laden currently being grilled by our Pakistani "pals".  

Hogging the Headlines?

The father of one of the heroes of the ill fated United Airlines Flight 93 has been openly critical of President Obama's handling of the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

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May 05, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 5/5"

Just a Matter of Time

All the hullabaloo over President Obama's decision NOT to release the photos of a slain Osama bin Laden will soon be moot. We all know that somehow the images (the real ones, not those bogus shots already posted) will somehow find their way to the internet. It's inevitable. There's a market out there for them. In fact, there's a market out there just dying to see them. The White House's reason that the photos are too "gruesome" just doesn't hold water. President Obama's "we don't want to spike the football" reasoning is a little weak too. If the real bottom line for the decision is we don't want to incite the Islamic world, then I'm buying. But we all know the clock's ticking on when they'll leak and be posted. Same with the video of the burial at sea. It didn't take Reuters long to publish photos of 5-of the approximately two dozen individuals killed in the firefight at Bin Laden's compound. The news agency reportedly got the photos from a Pakistani security official about an hour after U-S forces finished the job and hauled Bin Laden's lifeless body away. The photos are posted on CNN's website if that's an itch you need to scratch. The Associated Press has requested through the freedom of information act both the photos and video of the slain Bin Laden

Mixed Response

Reaction to the President's decision not to release the photos was mixed on the Buddy Cianci Show yesterday. We also got a fairly steady stream of conspiracy theories which will abound until the photos finally show up. My guess is even after the photos make their way into the public view people will still come up with more theories about them being doctored of the events staged. Remember the movie CAPRICORN ONE? The premise is based on the theory the moon landing was staged...something people ACTUALLY believe to this day



It doesn't matter how much hard evidence is produced that Bib Laden was indeed taken out this week. Individuals with cult followings will always attract conspiracy theorists. It's the nature of the beast...and this guy WAS indeed a beast.

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May 04, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 5/4"

Commander Queeg Moment

What a mess the RI GOP is. Yesterday, House republicans ousted Rep Bob Watson as minority leader a week and a half after Watson's arrest in Connecticut on driving under the influence and marijuana possession charges...and less than a week after the 113-member house gave Watson a standing O after he addressed his DUI debacle on the House floor. He also got the dreaded vote of confidence from fellow republicans. But yesterday, in a move that would have made Fred McMurray's character Lt Tom Keefer in the Caine Mutiny proud, Reps Brian Newberry and Joe Trillo organized an overthrow of Watson as the 10-member GOP caucus met behind closed doors and voted 6-2 to boot Watson. Rep John Savage and Watson himself voted to keep things status quo. One of the 10-was absent and another, Rep Larry Ehrhardt, had already left the room in disgust. Errhardy saying "it's a disgraceful group of people....it's a dark day for the State of RI. It's a dark day for the caucus and for the Republican party." To make matters worse...much worse....Joe Trillo appeared on the Matt Allen Show Tuesday night and went on record as saying he thinks Bob Watson "drinks too much." Come on, man, you got your pound of flesh earlier in the day, do you have to kick the guy when he's down with such a cheap shot? That's like King Kong Bundy demanding a 5-count instead of a 3-in the center of the squared circle of the WWE. Gotta wonder what the newly elected head of the RI GOP, Ken McKay's thinking about this island of misfit toys he's inherited. Trillo was on with Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil this morning suggesting his remarks on Matt's Show last nite were taken out of context. Out of context....huh? You stopped just short of calling the guy a drunk!

Ch 12, by the way, reported yesterday that Watson was also arrested on a DUI charge in New Hampshire back in 1999

Newberry will be our guest Thursday afternoon at 5...............

RIBX  Bruillon

The Rhode Island Business Expo....with the new moniker RIBX...took place yesterday at the RI Convention Center. Organizers scheduled Governor Linc Chafee to give a speech to open the event. Here's in a transcript:

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May 03, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 5/3"

Coming Out of the Woodwork

Well, THAT didn't take long. Seems Osama Bin Laden brings out the absolute best in conspiracy theorists. Seems the black helicopter folks are waxing as creatively on Bin Laden's demise as a group of Borscht Belt comics spinning their version of The Aristocrats. But it's not hard to imagine why the announcement Bin Laden was taken out sounds so suspicious to so many. A 10-year search for the international terrorist ends with his body buried at sea, no photos, film or other documentation provided. Of course a skeptical mind will run wild. Radio host Alex Jones has long claimed the U-S government was behind the events of the September 11th attacks. Jones even believes our government had Bin Laden frozen for years (give my regards to Walt Disney, Osama). A Facebook group called "Osama Bin Laden Not Dead" has started attracting conspiracy theorists. Yesterday fake photos of Bid Laden's battered face online added fuel to the fire (although they looked about as realistic as the special effects in the "Attack of the Colossal Man"). All the ingredients are there to fuel the conspiratorial impulse, something that quickly becomes viral. Check out some of the more radical of the theories:

*The timing of the announcement. Obama timed his announcement to knock Donald Trump's reality TV Show The Apprentice off the air to punish The Donald over the birth certificate fiasco
*Alex Jones Birds-Eye theory that Bin Laden's been on ice for years
*Obama timed the action to boost his re-election hopes (usually conspiracy theories have a political angle to them)
*Bin Laden's been dead for years but the U-S government never acknowledged his death as a way to keep support for the war on terror strong
*Obama is a Muslim and is in cahoots with terrorists

Put me down for we got the bad guy and tossed his body into the ocean for 2-reasons, not to piss off the Islamic community even more by crapping all over their custom of a swift burial AND to make sure his remains didn't wind up in the hands of extremists who would have built a public shrine to him.

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May 02, 2011

"St. Pierre Show Prep: Monday 5/2"

Game.....Set......Match?

If you're like me, you agree with the President of the United States' assessment that it's "a good day to be an American" following the intricate military operation that resulted in the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan yesterday. If you're like me, you're also wondering where we go from here. But for the moment, let's "enjoy" the feeling of justice prevails even if it does feel just the slightest bit uncomfortable (at least for me) that such euphoria is the result of a human being taking one between the eyes. A decade ago, I remember the incredible feeling of vulnerability that overwhelmed me when we got hit on our own soil that morning of September 11th 2001. Two hijacked jet airliners crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City was unconscionable. The news that a third hijacked airliner hits the Pentagon. I remember wondering if Boston was next that morning. A fourth plane, targeted for the Capitol Building or perhaps the White House, crashed into a field in Shanksville Pennsylvania after some passengers and the flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane. You all know the chilling history. The country suffered a massive psychological blow much of which explains why it's so easy to feel "good" about yesterday's events.

Yea, we've got an extra skip in our step today knowing the leader of the evil doers has been taken out. Sorry to be the party pooper, but I've got to ask, now what? To me, it comes down to a list of the good, the bad and the unknown. The good? A horrible evil has been wiped off the face of this earth. Detainees were key to the information that unlocked Bin Laden's whereabouts. We didn't have a Jimmy Carter Operation Eagle Claw moment as this event went off with surgical success. The bad? Osama's compound was just 31-miles north of the Pakistan capital of Islamabad raising questions about whether Pakistan’s military and intelligence leadership knew his whereabouts and sheltered him (As Stone Cold would say, give me a "hell yes" on that one.) Bin Laden's burial at sea. While I know it was the right thing to do to honor Islamic tradition calling for a body to be buried within 24-hours of death, it also takes away tangible proof he's dead, something his cult could feed upon (it worked that way with Hitler in 1945.) Lastly, what about reprisal attacks by al-Qaida?

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April 29, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 4/29"

Over the Line or Dead On?

Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer, one of the most respected electronic journalists in America, fired shots at Donald Trump during his appearance on the CBS Evening News Wednesday nite. Scheifer went after Trump for questioning whether President Obama's grades were good enough to get into Harvard Law School. Trump said "I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can't get into Harvard. We don't know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our President." Scheifer was quick to counter saying "That's just code for saying he got into law school because he's black." Most of us know deep down that this is EXACTLY what Trump meant. Scheifer just had the testicular fortitude to call him out on it....but on network TV? Scheifer doesn't give a rat's patoot at age 74 about an e-mail or memo from Les Moonvees. He thinks Trump's a racist and said it...watch Katie Couric's reaction....priceless




Things That Go Trump In The Night

The Donald caught a bad case of potty mouth in Las Vegas the day after claiming he was the reason President Obama (finally) produced his birth certificate. In a profanity laced speech before a boisterous crowd, the billionaire unloaded on Saudi Arabia, Libya, China, Afghanistan and U-S leaders. Trump dropped several F-Bombs during his tirade and even busted out the Queen Mother of bombs with a rather blunt assessment of how his administration (god forbid) would handle trade with the Chinese saying "Listen you mother¬_ _ _ _ _ _ _, we're going to tax you 25%" How presidential. Kiss Melania with that mouth?

Is Nothing Sacred?

According to the Comics Alliance website, in Action Comics issue #900, Superman will renounce his U-S citizenship. Reportedly, the Man of Steel announces his plan after consulting with the president's national security adviser who is pissed that Superman was in Iran to support the protesters against the regime.

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April 28, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 4/28"

Now THAT Would Be Ironic

Did you see Ch 12's Newsmakers program this past weekend? Yikes. Freshman Congressman David Cicillini was grilled by former A-G Arlene Violet and Investigator Tim White over the mess he left the city of Providence's finances in and the findings of Gary Sasse's "Corrective Action Plan To Restore Sound Financial Management" report presented to the City Council. "Grilled" is too kind of a verb...."fricasseed" may be a better choice. Cicillini's numerous attempts to "spalin" the situation, as Ricky Ricardo would say, continue to leave the masses in complete bewilderment. Is he coming cocoa or tossing out a smokescreen 007's Austin Martin would be proud of? Violet, to her credit, wouldn't let Cicillini do his usual doubletalk when she asked him how he could say during the campaign that Providence was in "excellent financial condition" when multiple reports...the icing on the cake was Sasse and internal auditor Matthew Clarkin's...show big budget problems. When Ciciliini's trip tik finally brought him to a destination for an answer, he declared, "When I made that comment, I used the information that was provided to me by my staff." When White asked if Lil Cheech thinks there was any wrong doing, Cicillini was quick to again point a finger at info he was provided. Hmmmmm, wrong doing that you're not directly responsible for but happened under your leadership? Can you say RICO? Of course, whether or not any actual legal wrongdoing took place is to be determined and a hell of a reach at best, but still, doesn't the potential irony give you a chuckle?

The Daggers Come Out

The Obama Administration pulled a Popeye yesterday saying "that's alls I can stands and I can't stands no more" releasing the President's long-form birth certificate after years of refusing to do so. Obama's standard short form birth certificate from Hawaii has long been public released during the 2008 presidential run, and the birther conspiracy theory that he wasn't born in this country has been debunked time and time again. But when Donald Trump started to put his well financed shoulder to the birther wheel, in regained a load of steam.

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April 27, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 4/27"

Royal Pains

I actually know people who plan on taking the day off from work in order to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton which begins Friday morning at 4am EST. They're making "a day of it" complete with brunch and mimosas. For sure, the nups have been meticulously planned, but there's one wild card that's completely out of planners' hands...the weather. London weather yakkers are predicting the risk of "heavy showers" on the big day. Certainly the bride and groom won't suffer in the rain (right now the plan is to arrive in an uncovered carriage but there's one with a topper on stand by in case of precip) but the big losers could be the estimated billion viewers. British media is worried that umbrellas might make it hard to see who is arriving and leaving the cathedral and may block out the "first look" at Kate's dress. The DAILY MAIL reports that rain or shine, the couple will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the traditional first kiss after they take their vows. The royal lip lock is set for 1:25pm, or 8:25 am EST for DVR purposes. Meantime, those zany Brits are making bets on all kinds of things relating to the ceremony as the country's bookies are expecting a big haul for what will be their biggest non-sports event in a long time. Here are some of the weirder bets:

* What color Queen Elizabeth will wear (we're quite sure she'll have one hell of a hat on as usual)
*Whether Kate's father will shed a tear
*How long Kate makes William wait at the alter
*Whether Prince Harry will be sober enough to deliver the best man speech
*If Kate will jilt (great word) William at the alter (now THAT I'd tune in for)

For me, if this was happening in my backyard, I'd draw the drapes

New Voice in Town

Aflac Insurance has chosen the new voice for the Aflac duck. Radio sales manager Dan McKeague beat out some 12,500 applicants for the job of quacking "Af-LAC" in the tv commercials. Dumb ass "comedian" Gilbert Gottfried lost his longtime gig as the duck's pipes after he tweeted an incredibly insensitive comment about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Gottfried apologized the next day which was way too little, far too late as Aflac gets about 3/4 of its revenues from the Japanese market.

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April 26, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 4/26"

Waxing on Watson

Opinion on House Minority Leader Bob Watson's arrest for driving under the influence, marijuana possession and possession of a hash pipe has been all over the gamut since the news broke early Monday morning. From "what's the big deal" to individuals and groups demanding his resignation, opinion is like a fanny....everybody has one. The line to pile on Watson is a long one particularly because of his style which the Pamphlet has described as "bitterly acerbic" saying Watson plays the role of House Minority Leader with "tremendous zeal, a passion that sometimes sounds to the uninitiated like anger, and a talent for the cutting, yet albeit, occasionally politically incorrect phrase." Those are Pamphlet State House Bureau chief reporter Katherine Gregg's words. It's a more than accurate description of Bob Watson. You may remember Watson got himself into some hot water back in February at a Providence Chamber of Commerce breakfast when he tried to get a few yucks criticizing legislative priorities by saying "I suppose if you're a gay man from Guatemala who gambles and smokes pot, you probably think that we're on to some good ideas here." He told me he stopped short on his attempt at alliteration using the word "pot" instead of "ganji" because he was afraid the crowd he was working wouldn't get the meaning of the synonym for marijuana. I knew right then and there he meant no disrespect to the Guatemalan community and he was only going for a laugh....although a miscalculated guffaw.  Of course, that's not how the Guatemalan community took it and they were soon demanding an apology blowing it so far out of proportion they flew in national representatives from the West Coast to scream bloody murder. Watson stubbornly (and rightfully) held his ground saying he meant no disrespect and no apology would come from him. Hindsight's 20-20. All Watson had to do at that time was toss out the blanket statement "I meant no disrespect to the Guatemalan community and if my words caused them any pain, I apologize for that." End of story.

But Watson didn't play the political game then and now it's allowing the Guatemalan American-Alliance and the Immigrants in Action Committee to storm Watson's castle demanding their pound of flesh.

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April 25, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 4/25"

“The Donald” Dynamic

Most of us have watched with a strange curiosity Donald Trump’s toying with the thought of a Presidential run. Now, a CNN poll puts Trump as the leading candidate for the GOP nod for the 2012 presidential election. OK, it’s early yet, and he does only get 16% of the support of likely GOP voters. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s commentary calls Trump a kind of “fantasy” candidate who appears to be a populist  straight talker. You don’t think Trump’s comments last week to ABC’s George Stephanopolis about taking over the oil fields of Libya had some people in this country pumping their fists while also pumping $3.88 a gallon gasoline? Rewind to 1992 when distrust in professional politicians was rampant and Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot decided to enter the field as an Indy. Perot actually led the major party candidates before he derailed his candidacy going all nutty by claiming GOP operatives tried to disrupt his daughter’s wedding. Perot actually dropped out of the race in July only to re-enter a few weeks later but the damage was done. Still, he managed 18.9% of the popular vote and may cost George Bush the Sr. the election. Bill Clinton took 43% of the vote to Bush’s 37.5. Trump is a stronger candidate than Perot simply because of name recognition and the “populist” issues that are white hot. But can he do anything more than have the same impact on a presidential race than Perot had? Unlikely. I can’t see him winning a GOP primary against Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney…and if he runs as an Indy, he’ll just help President Obama cruise into a second term in office

Poetic Justice

It seems only right such a materialistic narcissist such as Charlie Sheen would be dumped by one of his “goddesses”….BY TEXT MESSAGE. Sheen announced during one of his hideous Torpedo of Truth shows in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend, that he is now down to one goddess after Bree Olson gave his a hi tech Dear John heave-ho. Bree left Sheen’s tour last week to return to her home in Indiana (her parents must be so proud). At that time she assured “fans” she was still one of his goddesses and planned to rejoin him on the road soon. Guess even goddesses, or in this case high price prostitutes, can come to their senses.

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April 22, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 4/22"

Thou Shall Not NOT Air This Movie

ABC TV will air Cecille B Demille's 1956 version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Saturday nite at 7pm. The 3 hour and 40 minute flick (that's about  22-minutes per commandment) has been aired by the network every year since 1973 on Easter or Passover. In 1999, for some reason when ABC chose not to air it, they received numerous irate phone calls from people accustomed to watching it every Easter than they have from any other film they ever telecast. Perhaps those callers feared one of the commandments had changed...or some new ones were added...and they didn't want to be left out of the loop. I've always found this movie to be, well, bizarre, and casting plays a major role in that vibe. Charlton Heston plays Moses. Supposedly DeMille cast Heston because he impressed DeMille with his knowledge of ancient Egypt. DeMille failed to realize Moses lived sometime in the New Kingdom and it was Old Kingdom Egypt Heston waxed about. Hey, New Kingdom, Old Kingdom, what's the difference? The guy looked good holding a pair of tablets. Perhaps the most bizarre casting is that of Edward G Robinson as Dathan.  Little Caesar betraying Moses? And that's Yvonne DeCarlo as Sephora, Moses' wife. A generation later knew her as Lilly Munster. I wonder who was more difficult around the house, Moses or Herman Munster? Then there are some unaccredited appearances that make you chuckle. Mike Conners who became TV's MANNIX has a tiny role and is listed in the credits as "Touch Conners", Robert Vaughn, TV's MAN FROM UNCLE and current ambulance chasing pitchman, makes his screen debut as a Hebrew spearman but is uncredited, and then there's my fave, Herb Alpert, as in the Tijuana Brass and Dating and Newlywed Game theme songs, as a Hebrew drummer, again not credited. Not surprisingly, the movie won no acting awards but it did score a win for Special Visual Effects. In a time long before C-G-I, visual effects people really had to put their thinking caps on to pull of eye popping stuff...including the parting of the Red Sea. DeMille was reluctant to discuss the technical details of how the film was made, but finally spilled the beans on the parting of the waters. the Red Sea footage was spliced with footage run in reverse of 300-thousand gallons of water pouring from large U-shaped trip tanks set up in the studio back lot.

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April 21, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 4/21"

Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight

I don’t think Congressman Cicillini’s responding too wisely to a report on the management of Providence’s finances under his watch as Mayor. Financial advisor Gary Sasse and auditor Matt Clarkin presented their “Corrective Action Plan to restore Sound Financial Management” to the City Council yesterday in which the report described Cicillini as running a “dysfunctional” system that ignored budget procedures and inflated revenue estimates exacerbated by political infighting. Ciciilini’s immediate response was to blame 3-things for his city’s plight…the national recession, 50-million dollars in cuts to state aid, and the loss of federal stimulus money. After he had a chance to see the report and let it sink in a little, he ratcheted things way up calling Sasse and Governor Carcieri the “architects” of the state cuts. He said he was “appalled” that the council hired Sasse who served as Carcieri’s director of revenue and administration saying Sasse “led the charge for a set of budget practices that wrecked our state’s finances, frankly.” Then he got downright personal saying “To have Sasse access how the city navigated through these devastating cuts (meaning in state aid) is pretty galling to me and very much like an arsonist claiming that the home owner didn’t call the fire department quickly enough.” Ouch.  Gary Sasse is one of the most respected “numbers” guy in the country. DISCLAIMER: Sasse is in studio with us every Wednesday at 5:30 on the Buddy Cianci Show. I see it first hand every week. The guy’s brilliant with numbers. The last the last thing  Cicillini should do is tug on THAT cape. Maybe Cicillini should just say “hey, I did what I thought was best for the city at the time” and leave it at that. Hey, why not, getting people’s attention off that firestorm got him elected to Congress

***GARY SASSE WILL BE IN STUDIO WITH US FRIDAY 4/22 4-5PM TO REACT

Lil Cheech’s Big Three

Before making things personal, Cicillini’s initial reaction was to blame the national recession, $50-million in cuts to state aid, and the loss of federal stimulus money for the plight of his city’s financial status.

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April 19, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 4/19"

Commute Kibosh

It took a department evaluation by Providence Safety Comish Steven Pare to determine allowing cops to take police cars home was a waste of taxpayers’ dollars? Guess so. Twenty five police employees, most of them sergeants, are losing their taxpayer subsidized commutes. This includes one lieutenant whose been taking a cop car home to Windsor, Conn. Every night. That’s a 166-mile roundtrip journey. We’ve been banging this drum on the Buddy Cianci Show for a couple of years now. Until last week, 60-police vehicles are assigned to folks and taken home each day by Police Department personnel. Pare has put the kibosh on 23 officers, the animal control director and that Nutmeg state lieutenant. Under Pare’s new policy, no vehicle that’s still being taken home can leave Rhode Island. Pare’s actions greatly reverses the policy Police Chief Dean Esserman put in place 8-years ago when he became chief. There were 40-take home vehicles which he later expanded to 60. Esserman’s rationale for allowing vehicles to be taken home? It was in case off duty cops were called to action and must have a quick way to come in. Unless you’re using George Jetson’s sweet ride, there’s no way you’re getting in quickly from Windsor Connecticut.

Online Pitch

Governor Linc Chafee is taking his budget pitch to YouTube. The low tech video was uploaded onto YouTube yesterday during House Minority Leader Bob Watson’s visit to the Buddy Cianci Show. When I made Watson aware of it he quipped “I hope he hasn’t hired someone at $85,000 a year to handle his social media now….” Chafee’s pitch seems more out of the Department of Tourism’s playbook to me



Home Sweet Home

“Buddy” the dog has found a home. The 9-year old chow/retriever mix that played the part of Sandy in the RI Youth Theatre’s production of Annie will go to Sauderstown grandparents.

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April 18, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 4/18"

Tale of Two Cities

As Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicillini begin their reelection bids, they couldn't be in more opposite situations. Whitehouse has raised an impressive $1,051,329 in contributions during the first quarter of 2011 and now has a total of $1,681,744 in his campaign chest. Rep David Cicillini, on the other hand, has raised a paltry $124,000 over the last 3-months ending the period with just $77,930 in the bank after paying off debts from his 2010 campaign. The most recent Brown poll shows Whitehouse with a less than impressive 38% job approval but that number dwarfs the microscopic 17% approval rating Cicillini garnered. So, Lil Cheech begins his pursuit of a second term without the dominant financial advantage he had based on the campaign war chest he built as Mayor of Providence. It's no wonder his primary opponent, Anthony Gemma, as well as his GOP opponent in the general election, John Loughlin, are both keeping their options open. There's also much speculation former head of the state police, Brendan Doherty, will run against Cicillini as a republican. It's very clear Providence's financial dilemma has followed Cicillini to DC despite his often desperate sounding attempts to change the conversation. Maybe Cicillini's finally admitting it's inevitable he address the situation. He penned an op ed piece that ran in Saturday's pamphlet titled "I was a prudent manager of city finances." Question is, is anyone buying it now? Cicillini's given his potential opponent(s) the upper hand by allowing himself to be defined, and limping in with little dough and an approval rating of 17%, he's ripe for the picking. Whitehouse, on the other hand, seems to be in pretty good shape. Whitehouse can't be doing cartwheels over his 38% approval showing, but in these times when most voters look at politicians with many a raised eyebrow, it's not the end of the world. Whitehouse has one declared opponent this far, republican Benjamin "Barry" Hinckley, who has raised $100,460 dollars so far. Me?

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April 15, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 4/15"

Spinning Your Wheels

I know this may be considered almost sacrilegious in the world of talk radio, but I think this afternoon’s 3rd annual Tea Party “Tax Day” rally is much ado about nothing. Most rallies accomplish little more than generating some nice B-roll for the 6 and 11 o’clock newscasts and provide face time at the podium for a bunch of opportunists who more often than not don’t even know what the hell the cause is for.
Granted, there are speakers who genuinely feel they can make a difference (those poor souls) but most are there to get their faces on the news, in the Pamphlet, or to generate an audio/video segment they can use on their own shows or websites or in the photo section of the next book they try to push. I even heard a rumor Glenn  Beck is supposed to show up on the State House lawn this afternoon. Make sense he’d show up at a RI event now that even Fox News has figured out he’s lost his mind. Call me cynical, but I was around for Steve White’s rallies in front of Providence City Hall and Steve Kass (whom I have a world of respect for) getting people organized to cut their Exxon credit cards in half….and guess what? It accomplishes nothing except to  provide vapid  theatre for TV, radio and the internet. The crowd that gathers this afternoon will be performing for a group of lawmakers watching from their windows above doing their level headed best not to laugh out loud. We’re talking about House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate Prez Teresa Paiva Weed, two people who feel the recent ludicrous raises given General Assembly staffers are justified. Do you think they’ll suddenly experience an epiphany about spending when they peer through the State House blinds and see a bunch of people lingering on the lawn with TV live trucks parked about? People….learn from Sisyphus….jumping up and down on the State House lawn this afternoon isn’t going to push that rock over the lip of the hill. You want change? It happens in the voting booth, not on the State House lawn

Sizing Up Lil Cheech

No formal decisions yet on 2012 challengers for U-S Rep David Cicillini.

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April 14, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 4/14"

D-E-D

6-hours of public testimony from hundreds of business owners and residents opposing Governor Chafee’s two tiered tax proposal did the trick….House speaker Gordon Fox said a majority of House members would reject the plan so you can stick a fork in its current form. Fox says he’ll work with the administration to come up with alternatives. Not many gave a warm and fuzzy reception to Chafee’s plan to lower the current tax rate from 7 to 6% and greatly expand the tax to currently exempt items and services. Even car dealers came out against the plan which on the surface seems a surprise as you’d think they’d benefit from lower sales tax on auto sales…but they would be hurt by Chafee’s plan to tax parts, services and repairs, an area where their bread is lathered in butter. Right up until yesterday, Chafee still firmly believed his tax plan was the way to get the state out of its malaise. He really didn’t think it would discourage businesses from moving here. You really have to wonder whose advising this guy

Nite Nite

Did Vice President Joe Biden nod off during President Obama’s speech on reducing the deficit? You be the judge


Did you hear the speech? Not a jury in America would find Biden guilty of any wrongdoing

P-C  Police Gone Wild

Here’s one for the ages….a Seattle elementary school is calling Easter eggs “spring spheres” instead because they say they want to take religion out of the annual egg hunt. The city’s parks department also removed the word “Easter” from its ads for egg hunts

Putdown of  Patdown

A Kentucky husband and wife are getting national attention after posting a video on YouTube of their 6-year old daughter being patted down by a TSA agent at a New Orleans airport. Todd and Selena Drexel told Good Morning America they want the TSA to change the way it screens kids. They say their daughter Anna was confused by the search and began crying afterward because she thought she had done something wrong.

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April 13, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 4/13"

Buddy Needs a Home

No not our Buddy. He's content with the 903. Buddy, a 9-year old chow/golden retriever mix who came to the rescue of the RI Youth Theatre's production of "Annie" 6-weeks ago by filling the role of Sandy just in the nick of time needs someone to come to her rescue. Back in late February, the orphaned pooch stepped in to fill the stage role after another dog originally cast became unavailable. When the East Greenwich Animal Protection League made Buddy's time in the limelight public, they hoped all the attention would lead to someone adopting him. Though some folks called and expressed interest in adopting Buddy, nobody followed thru. Now, the clock's running on Buddy...and not in a good way. A couple of weeks ago, Buddy slipped while taking a step from the Greenwich Bay Animal Hospital's indoor kennel (where the E-G Animal protection League keeps its dogs while looking for homes for the animals) to one of the outdoor cages and tore a ligament in her left rear leg. Poor Buddy's been in pain ever since and needs surgery. The cost of fixing buddy's game is somewhere between $1,200 and $1,800 bucks, an amount the League is willing to pay as long as it knows Buddy has a real home waiting for her instead of the shelter. Folks interested in adopting Buddy need to know he's very friendly and fine with kids but apparently doesn't get along too well with other animals. She also has a thyroid condition that requires her to take meds costing $11-bucks a month. People interested in adopting Buddy...whose a cutie pie....should call Tammy Flanagan of the League at 401-241-4541. Here's more about the League and its fine work

A List We Do Well On

Kiplinger's, a D-C based publisher of business forecasts, lists the city of Providence as the third best city for commuters. The city's commute description boasts "convenient highway access in addition to 40-parking garages and more than 1,000 on street parking spaces that cost about $1 per hour. Yearly fuel wasted here is about half the national average." Wow.....a list we don't "suck on”, to quote our legal analyst Lou Pulner. Klipinger's also says the average commute is 23.

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April 12, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 4/12"

Dice K Dilemma

You’ve watched a lot of baseball, my friend, if you can remember a performance that would rival that pathetic effort put in last nite by Dice K. He lasted just two innings...starting but not retiring anyone in the third....gave up 7-earned runs on 8-hits including 2-homers and left with a 2-game ERA of 12.86. The Pamphlet's sports section runs something called "keys to the game"...all they have to do from this point forward is put "Daisuke Matsuzaka" under that slug line and the rest explains itself. The effort, or lack of, was manna for Sportstalk heaven this morning and the big question is "what now?" Do you even give him a third start after watching what added up to batting practice last nite for a team that limped in 1-8 having scored 20-runs TOTAL in those nine games only to erupt for 16 against Dice K and the assortment of misfit toys the Sox rolled out after him? Sox management's got a BIG problem on its hands here. Dice K has effectively been a bust since his 18-3 record of 2008 which followed a 15-12 rookie season. He's under contract (52-million over 6-years) thru next season. Boston paid 51-million as the winning bid just negotiate with him when he was posted by the Seibu Lions in 2006. The big discussion today was exactly what the Sox options are with Dice K. His contract doesn't allow him to be sent to Pawtucket (or lower) to get his act together. They could put him in the bullpen, but this is a guy who can't throw strikes as a starter. You want to see him come in with runners ALREADY on base? They could put him on the disabled list. Problem with that is both the manager and player are on record as saying there's nothing physically wrong with him. They could send him to Ft Myers for "extended spring training" like they did last year. Lastly, that could designate him for assignment but that would mean eating 20-million left on his deal. They could trade him....oh, never mind that one. The one thing I didn't hear discussed is the importance of this being handled delicately considering the importance of Dice K to the Sox efforts of marketing and branding worldwide. Releasing him would be an insult not only to the player but to his country. Manager Terry Francona's frustration with Dice K could be felt in the tone of his voice in the post game material saying time and time again players must be "consistent" at this level.

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April 11, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 4/11"

Opposition's Mounting

Governor Chafee's two tiered tax increase proposal continues to get pummeled in the Pamphlet's op-ed selections. The newspaper itself has been running ads dissing the thought of additional 1% and 6% taxes on previously non taxed goods and services. Since Mr. 36% unveiled his proposed $7.6 billion dollar budget for the next fiscal year last month, a vast array of business owners and taxpayer groups have started boiling the hot lead against the sales tax portion of his plan. House and Senate leaders say they've been flooded with e-mails and letters voicing opposition against Chafee's proposal. Hair salon owners were some of the first to actually organize coming up with a Facebook page then holding a meeting attended by hundreds. Newspapers have run full page ads ripping the plan and movie theatres have lobby placards warning patrons of the impending tax on entertainment venues. The Rhode Island Tea Party will hold its third annual "Tax Day" rally Friday at the State House and the group intends to make Chafee's tax plan the bull’s eye in the dead center of its target. If you've been living with your head in the sand, I strongly encourage you to check out the list of goods and services currently exempt from a sales tax that would become taxable if Chafee's tax plan wins approval. It's staggering. The "biggies" that are now exempt but would be slapped with a 6% sales tax in Linc's World are extermination, landscaping, employment agency services, haircuts, weight loss programs, nail stylists, car repair and car washes, amusement parks, campgrounds, and recreational sports centers, clothing and shoes, florists, tailoring and dry cleaning. If you don't know your state rep's name, find out and let him or her know how you feel about more taxes.

Taxes on the Table

President Obama will lay out his plan for reducing the deficit in a speech Wednesday and expect more than just the usual rhetoric about cuts. The White House is setting its sights on tax increases. The President is expected to call for tax increases for people making over $250,000 annually. The increases will come at a time when the president's approval ratings are in an absolute freefall with liberals according to a Rasmussen report released today.

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April 07, 2011

"St. Pierre Show Prep: Thursday 4/7"

Clueless

You don’t have to go much further than a front page story in today’s Pamphlet to figure out why we’re in the mess we’re in. “Paiva Weed Stands By Pay Hikes For Staffers.” Senate Prez Teresa Paiva Weed says she sees no reason to reconsider the raises given Senate staffers in recent months claiming she doesn’t believe the public’s been shown the full picture. Over the past week or so, both Paiva Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox have come under fire for pay hikes…some to the level of obscene…. doled out while the state’s in dire straights. Fox keeps mumbling something about reorganization and claiming a half million bucks has been saved overall. I think the taxpayers have seen enough of “the picture” to realize this isn’t the time for ANY raises. What business in the private sector hasn’t gone thru a “reorganization” in recent years. It’s called DOWNSIZING, with employees being asked to take on additional duties with no raise in pay. There are two worlds in the Ocean State…the one we the taxpayers live in and the one those aboard the pirate ship we call the General Assembly live in.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Yesterday it was rumored Meredith Viera will be leaving the Today Show. Today’s word is Matt Lauer has informed NBC brass he’s leaving when his contract’s up December 31, 2012…..Glenn Beck’s leaving his Fox News Show later this year. Fox and Beck issued a joint press release stating Beck plans “to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as other platforms.” TRANSLATION? We’re pulling the plug on your show because of crappy ratings but will honor your contract til it ends. The ratings for Beck’s Show have dropped 40% and a conga line of advertisers have boycotted him after he said President Obama has “a deep seated hatred for white people.”….and locally, rumor is Ch 6 will be dropping its 4pm news (did that EVER make sense to you?) and starting up a 5pm newscast a la ch’s 10 and 12 in two weeks

Turmoil On The Old Town Team

There is justified panic over the 0-5 start  of the Old Town Team.

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April 06, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 4/6"

Do the Math

On the cover of today’s Pamphlet, there’s a story called “1% adds up.” It’s the story of Cranston couple with three kids and what impact Governor Chafee’s 1% and 6% tax proposals would have on them over the course of a year. This is an exercise we did on the Buddy Cianci Show about three weeks ago, but we’ll cut the paper some slack here. I encourage you to do the same thing. Sit down with your calculator and add up how much more $ you’ll shell out over the course of a week, a month and a year if Chafee’s burdensome taxes somehow see the light of day thru the General Assembly. It’s mind boggling. Raising taxes isn’t the way out of this mess and will only make the state less appealing to businesses. Cut spending, Governor

Score one for the Good Guys

Despite the efforts of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Public Safety Comish Steven Pare, the secure Communities program has been activated for Rhode Island law enforcement agencies. Secure communities is a program of the U-S Department of Homeland Security in  which the FBI takes information about all people arrested and booked by the police and checks a Homeland Security database to see if they are subject to deportation. They can subject to getting the boot from the U-S because they are here illegally and/or because they’ve committed a crime. Local law enforcement jurisdictions may not opt out of the program according to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), as Providence asked to do. Taveras and Parre argued the program creates a counterproductive fear among legal and illegal immigrants who are contributing to American Society. First of all, if you’re illegal, you should get tossed….period. Secondly, since when is getting bad guys off the street counterproductive? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the Mayor not wanting to alienate his minority base, right? And if you believe that one, I have some nice watches I’d like to show you

What Am I Missing Here?<

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April 05, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 4/5"

Raises Raise Questions….and Ire?

As you pack your peanut butter jelly sandwich today and fill your tank with gas at 3.70 a gallon, consider the fact the vast majority of state workers got 3% raises and some key General Assembly staff received double digit pay hikes. This comes when the state’s looking at a $331-million dollar deficit next year. It also filed in the face of legislative leaders and the governor talking about the need for “shared sacrifice.” Well, seems to me, the taxpayers are the one’s putting an extra notch in their belts. The Projo gets some credit for making this their headline story Saturday…but why the least circulated day of the week? Why not front and center on Sunday, the day the paper is most read? The poster child for these pay hikes is Speaker of the House Gordon fox’s chief of staff, Frank Anzeveno whose pay jumped 21% from $130,821 to $162,986. At least 43 legislative staffers got “longevity bonuses” that other state employees get every five years or so (consider it a reward for staying off the radar screen). Some got “performance-based” merit raises on top of their longevity pay. Still other hit the trifecta….raises on top of THOSE raises. Consider the case of Anzeveno. He’s already put in enough state work time as a former legislator and assistant A-D at Rhode Island College and aide to 3-speakers to retire TODAY with an $82,284 a year pension. Speaker Fox has promised to “reconsider” all these raises….of course, that came after the news became public and the feces hit the fan…Props to Governor Chafee for criticizing the timing of these legislative pay raises. Of course he was quick to pull a Pontias Pilate noting that as governor, he has no control over legislative spending. Still, he came out in question of the bumps. Fox says the reorganization of the Assembly’s day to day operation has already resulted in a savings over $500,000 in the legislature’s $39 million dollar budget. What operation do you know of that hasn’t had to saddle people with additional duties…wearing two or three hats as we says….WITHOUT giving additional compensation in these tough times. Why couldn’t the day to day Assembly operation be reorganized WITHOUT raises….

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April 01, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 4/1"

Treat Me Like a Fool

April Fools Day was once fertile field for radio pranksters. It started with morning drive hosts suddenly showing up on a sister station’s a-m slot. What jocularity. Then it spiraled furiously out of control with the emergence of the cookie cutter “Morning Zoo” programs where prank calls were the norm on a daily basis and April 1st only upped the ante. It really got insane with the blitzkrieg of Howard Stern wannabees, which brings me to this story. On April 1st, 1986, I was the Program Director of a station up the dial and also did sports on the morning drive show plus the morning drive show hosted by Carolyn Fox across the hall. New Director John Carpilio did the same double duty. Merry prankster Fox decided she would announce that the “Providence Relations Board Committee” had decided to close the city for the day and if her listeners had any questions they could call for more information. The number she gave out was to the WPRO AM newsroom. To say the least WPRO AM, Providence City hall and police were flooded with calls. I remember standing in the studio with John while she was cultivating the joke and getting ready to roll it out when I said to him “this isn’t going to turn out well.” Of course, she hadn’t checked in with her Program Director (who was likely changing the water in his bong at the time) or any other member of management. Heck, they’re no fun, right? Surprisingly, the mess only resulted in ONE lawsuit filed by a student at Brown University who claimed the announcement made him miss a critical test resulting in a failing grade. I became the Program Director of that rocker a short time later (I rank that experience in my top two least fun gigs in 32-years of doing this)  and can recall being deposed but I don’t remember what happened after that. Likely some out of court settlement. It didn’t take people too long in this world of litigation to figure out a sea of damage settlements was potentially out there as a result of these type  of  pranks and several big time lawsuits occurred down the road in major markets. Since then, this kind of stuff’s taboo on the dial

Still One More

In the very early 90’s, while I was General Manager at WPRO, I was in New York city with my National Sales Manager on business calls.

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March 31, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Thursday 3/31"

Mission Impossible

Why do so many people think fixing Rhode Island’s Registry of Motor Vehicles in impossible? One patron quoted in a Pamphlet article today calls the situation there “beyond ridiculous.” The troubled agency has a brand new, sparkling $17-million dollar facility and no it has a new interim director. Yesterday, Governor Linc Chafee turned the keys over to Lisa Holley, former police detective and chief legal council for the state Dpt of Public safety, telling her to simply “fix the DMV.” Holley promises action to fix long standing problems. During the news conference at the new Cranston headquarters, Chafee noted that JFK sent a man to the moon in 1969. If Kennedy could do that, RI can certainly fix the DMV. How the hell one has to do with the other is another reason you keep this man away from live microphones. I believe we all have our own theories as to what hell would be for us. I’m sure a visit to the RI DMV is the equivalent of eternal damnation for many. I’ve been fortunate because the last several cars I’ve bought were brand new and the dealership took care of registering them for me. Also, I’m b a Triple A member (“loyal member since 1998” as the card says. I don’t know why mailing in a check every 12-months constitutes loyalty, but that’s an issue for another time) and one of the benefits is being able to renew my license at the Warwick Triple A branch which took me all of five minutes in December. Believe me, I know how lucky I’ve been over the past 20-years. I haven’t had to put myself thru DMV misery in a long, long time…but I remember. Boy, do I remember. I wish Lisa Holley all the success in the world in her challenge. As for Chafee, I wish him luck with future analogies and metaphors

These Figures Stagger Me

A Quinnipiac poll released today show President Obama’s numbers sliding. His approval rating stands at an all time low of 42% while half of those polled say they won’t vote for him for a second term

Is This REALLY A Good Idea?<

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March 30, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Wednesday 3/30"

The Beat Goes On

Op ed pieces galore have adorned the pages of the Pamphlet the past two weeks from high profile community leaders blasting Governor Linc Chafee’s tax proposals. P-Pac head enchilada Lyn Singleton started the ball rolling last week saying Chafee’s proposed 6% tax on tickets to live entertainment events would kill his venue. That was followed by a piece submitted by Convention Center Authority head Dave Duffy echoing Singleton’s thoughts. Then Providence Chamber of Commerce Prez Laurie White added an  op ed saying Chafee’s sweeping tax plan would depress the state. Today, the former director of administration and revenue for RI, Gary Sasse contributed a piece entitled “Chafee’s regressive tax plan hurts RI.” Why can’t Chafee get it thru his head that additional taxes aren’t the answers here. These contributors know of what they speak. Chafee’s plan will dry up jobs in a state already suffering from double digit unemployment, make an already unfriendly state to do business in even more unfriendly, drive consumers to Mass and Conn and make it more difficult for families to enjoy themselves every now and then. Chafee even wants to make it tough for the working man to park at state beaches

Something’s Gotta Give

The taxpayer (that’s us, folks) cost of providing promised retirement $ to public-sector workers in RI will rise by $50-million next year….and that’s WITH the increase Governor Chafee wants in employee contributions to their pension fund. People, you can’t spend what you don’t have. Governor Chafee says a promise is a promise….but this is one we can’t keep

Reevaluating or Retreating?

House Speaker Gordon Fox says he plans on reevaluating raises he ok’d for his chief of staff and other legislative employees. The pay hikes affected employees such as Fox’s chief of staff, Frank Anzeveno whose pay jumped from $130K to $162K….that’s more than 30-grand, people. Also getting a nice kiss is House spokesman Larry Berman whose salary rose from 103,329 to $108,438. Fox recently said the pay boosts were part of a reorganization that was intended to make “our legislature more efficient, productive and transparent.” Fox says “I’ll look at it and I’ll review it.

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March 29, 2011

"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Tuesday 3/29"

Another One Bites the Dust

We've been wondering aloud on the Buddy Cianci Show where the hell Providence School Super Tom Brady's been during the whole Providence teacher firings fiasco. About the only sighting of Brady was on B-roll during the whole mess (file footage TV stations use when doing a reader). Well early this afternoon, before airtime, Buddy reported to our newsroom that Brady's stepping down from his post sometime in July if not sooner. Brady was appointed by former Providence Mayor David "17%" Cicillini back in March 2008. He's presided over a city school system wracked with problems from money woes to underperforming schools. When Mayor Angel Taveras announced plans to send layoff notices to every school teacher and the closure of elementary schools earlier this month, Lamont Cranston was easier to find than Brady. Guess he was pricing moving companies. A press release from Taveras' office says Brady will stay on the job til July 15th. My guess is he's already vapor. Of course, an intergalactic search for his replacement is underway...in the meantime, a tip to Mr. Brady, "Bekins men are careful, quick and kind"

Linc's At It Again

Quick....let's tax something else. Governor Chafee now wants to increase parking fees at state beaches for both residents and non residents. In his proposed budget to lawmakers, Chafee's proposing DOUBLING the price of a season pass from $30 dollars to $60-bucks for residents and from $60 to $120 dollars for non residents. Weekend daily parking would jump from $7 to $15 for residents and from $14 to $25 dollars for non residents. A legislative panel reviewed the changes last week. The fee hike would reportedly raise $1.9 million to apply towards the state's projected $331 million dollar fiscal deficit beginning July 1st. Beach parking in RI hasn't been raised in 9-years. When Ch 10's Mario Hilario asked Chafee if he fears people won't go to Rhode Island beaches due to the severe hikes in parking fees, the Governor scrunched his face up in deep thought and replied "no, people will double up in cars" First of all, NO THEY WON'T....secondly, if they did do that, how would more revenue be generated?

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March 28, 2011

"St.Pierre's Show Prep: Monday 3/28"

Not What St. Joseph Had In Mind

The Health Dept. is investigating an outbreak of salmonella that might be linked to bad zeppoles. Some 25-people have fallen ill from the pastries that were sold at multiple places. All 25-of those who fell ill directly or indirectly bought the lead sinkers from DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston. 13-tested positive for salmonella poisoning and 10 have experienced nausea, vomiting and Montezuma's Revenge. The Health Dept. has determined the bakery stored the zeppole shells in used egg crates, possibly exposing the shells to raw egg residue. Yuck. I wouldn't wish salmonella on my worst enemy...ok, maybe a couple of them. I was one of the unfortunate 2,100 individuals in the attached article who came down with a slight case of food poisoning dining at Margarita-Y-Amigas in West Palm Beach back in August of 1995. My wife, however, didn't escape as well as I did, testing positive for salmonella and feeling its full wrath.

A Special Place in Hell

District Court Judge Anthony Capraro mustn’t be a dog owner. His decision last week to require the owner of a severely emaciated dog to contribute $50-dollars toward the cost of prosecuting her, without giving her a fine, jail time, probation, community service or restrictions on pet ownership is unconscionable. RI SPCA President E.J Finocchio calls the judge's decision "open season on pets" and "not even a slap on the wrist, but a pat on the wrist." The case involved a lab-retriever mix, now 11-months old, known as Icabod, who was taken from his owner's apartment weighing scant 21-pounds 3-months after being taken away from the owner in Providence, Icabod has gained 22-pounds as has been adopted. Hades must have a select spot downstairs for people who abuse animals like this...her name's in the Pamphlet story....

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March 25, 2011

""Some things don't add up in the Brown University Poll""

Upon Further Review: Having a little time to digest the most recent Brown University poll released yesterday, some things add up while others don't.

The approval ratings for our elected officials are less than stellar, in fact, Governor Linc Chafee's approval rating of 32% suggests that the honeymoon's over before he had a chance to get a trip tik to Niagra Falls. 77% of those polled said former Providence Mayor and newbie Congressman David Cicillini is responsible for that city's current budget problems. Remember, that 77% represents those polled THROUGHOUT THE STATE, not just the city of Providence. Cicillini's overall approval ratings was a dismal 17%. The top three scores went to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras at 52%, Senator Jack Reed at 51% and Education Comish Deb Gist at 50.3%.

Although they lead the pack, those are less than great scores. Reed usually winds up in the 60's and Taveras, as a newly elected mayor, should also be in the 60's. Could it be the overall negative mood across the country when it comes to the job elected officials are doing?  Likely...that's why I think THOSE numbers are accurate. However, when it comes to the "mixed" support for Chafee's new tax proposal, I find it next to hard to believe there's ANY support for taxing goods and services that are currently tax free.

The Brown poll said 59% of those polled were OK with taxing dry cleaning and 57% were cool with taxing concerts, movies, theatre and sporting events.The Taubman Center's head honcho, Marion Orr, told our audience it seems those polled seemed to be ok with additional taxing of goods and services they don't use all the time like dry cleaning and live entertainment but cooled when it came to heating fuel, water bills and textbooks. OK with an additional tax on dry cleaning and live entertainment venues? I find that one hard to swallow.

One Toke Over the Line

An old video surfaced on TMZ.com yesterday of Whoopi Goldberg admitting she was stoned when she accepted her Best  Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost in 1991.

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"St. Pierre's Show Prep: Friday 3/25"

Upon Further Review

Having a little time to digest the most recent Brown University poll released yesterday, some things add up while others don't. The approval ratings for our elected officials are less than stellar; in fact, Governor Linc Chafee's approval rating of 32% suggests that the honeymoon's over before he had a chance to get a trip ticket to Niagara Falls. 77% of those polled said former Providence Mayor and newbie Congressman David Cicillini is responsible for that city's current budget problems. Remember, that 77% represents those polled THROUGHOUT THE STATE, not just the city of Providence. Cicillini's overall approval ratings were a dismal 17%. The top three scores went to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras at 52%, Senator Jack Reed at 51% and Education Comish Deb Gist at 50.3%. Although they lead the pack, those are less than great scores. Reed usually winds up in the 60's and Taveras, as a newly elected mayor, should also be in the 60's. Could it be the overall negative mood across the country when it comes to the job elected officials are doing? Likely....that's why I think THOSE numbers are accurate. However, when it comes to the "mixed" support for Chafee's new tax proposal, I find it next to hard to believe there's ANY support for taxing goods and services that are currently tax free. The Brown poll said 59% of those polled were ok with taxing dry cleaning and 57% were cool with taxing concerts, movies, theatre and sporting events.The Taubman Center's head honcho, Marion Orr, told our audience yesterday it seems those polled seemed to be ok with additional taxing of goods and services they don't use all the time like dry cleaning and live entertainment but cooled when it came to heating fuel, water bills and textbooks. OK with an additional tax on dry cleaning and live entertainment venues? I find that one hard to swallow

One Toke Over the Line

An old video surfaced on TMZ.com yesterday of Whoopi Goldberg admitting she was stoned when she accepted her Best  Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost in 1991

Forgettable...That's What You Are

In a night of mostly forgettable moments, here are a few that stood out to me;

CLASSY -Natalie Portman's acceptance speech for Best Actress

NO CLASS-Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo's F-Bomb. Aren't the Golden Globes for that kind of talk

BEST LINE -73-year old Best Original Screenplay winner David Seideler (for THE  KINGS SPEECH) saying his father told him he was "a late bloomer"

UNEASY  FEELING- Rolling out 94-year old Kirk Douglas for anything longer than a couple of lines was sheer torture

BATMAN'S BRAIN FART-Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale forgetting his wife's name during his acceptance speech....but isn't it cool when actors and actresses let their real accents come to the forefront?

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February 25, 2011

"Row, row, row your boat"

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Governor Chafee yesterday "huddled" with State Police Chief Supt Brendan Doherty at the State House to reinforce his "let's pull on the oars together" message after Doherty sent out a scathing press release calling Providence Safety Commissioner Steven Pare on the rug for requesting his city opt out of the U-S Department of Homeland Security's "Secure Communities" program. Under  Secure Communies, police send info about criminal suspects charged with crimes, including their fingerprints, to the FBI, which electonically checks an ICE (Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) database to see if they are subject to deportation or other enforcement action by ICE. Chafee's actions yesterday made it very clear he doesn't want to see a public duel between Doherty and Pare. Well, Governor, here's a news flash...... Doherty also happens to be Rhode Island's Public Safety Commissioner and if he thinks Pare's decision to attempt to opt out of Secure Communities actually endangers the citizens of the city of Providence, shouldn't he voice his concern? So now the man responsible for the public's safety statewide is the most recent victim of the Chafee muzzle. Chafee's main mouthpiece , Mike Trainor, told the press yesterday that Doherty has agreed not to speak again publicly about Secure Communities until Chafee settles on HIS policy. Man, would I have loved to have listened in on the conversation in that  trooper car on Doherty's ride back to the barracks from the State House. The Secure Community program has a simple goal; to snare people who are in the U-S illegally and have committed crimes. Chafee says he would prefer that a match up of fingerprints and other info with ICE be limited to people accused of "violent crimes." Remember, as one of hist first acts in office, Chafee had Doherty terminate an arrangement between the state police and ICE in which four state troopers were trained and deputized to enforce immigration laws. It was a move Doherty disagreed with. Chafee muzzling Doherty and asking him to lay low until the governor
settles on HIS policy is like asking Batman to check in with Commissioner Gorden before he leaves the Batcave to battle the Joker. The bottom line here's pretty obvious.

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February 24, 2011

"A Battle is Brewing"

A Battle is Brewing
 
Rhode Island State Police Col.  Brendan Doherty released a scathing statement Wednesday reaffirming his department's  commitment to working with ICE when checking on the immigration status of a person charged with a crime. This flies directly in the face of new Providence Safety Comish Steve Pare, Doherty's predecessor as head of the State's top cops, decision to act to opt out of the "Secure Communities" program. Pare also issued an internal memo to providence cops telling them to stop using an electronic ICE database to check a person's status who has been arrested. The memo says the department will go back to a daily fax of "arraignment sheets" to ICE. That procedue was the one in place back in 2008 when Marco Riz, a Guatemalan immigrant wanted for deportation by ICE, was arrested and charged with carjacking and raping a woman in Roger Williams Park. Doherty's release labels Pare's decision to break away from using the better technology at the disposal of Providence police "dangerous and irresponsible." Pare's argument is working with ICE under the Secure Communities program and similar programs available thru advanced technology will create fear in the immigrant community and mistrust between the community and the police, thus "risking the public safety." Let me see if I fully understand that logic. So, going back to an  archaic fax system (the one that allowed a guy wanted for deportation for 4-years to slip thru the cracks and eventually carjack and rape a woman TWICE) is a better way to keep the public safe. Works for me. Maybe we should make an even stronger effort and go to morse code...or better yet, smoke signal. Nope, Providence isn't a sanctuary city according to Pare...and if you believe that, I have some fine watches in the trunk of my car I'd like to show you. By the way, Mayor Angel Taveras' resonse to Col Doherty was "He runs the State Police, I run the city of Providence..." Ohhhhh, a Bobby Flay throwdown. All I can say is the state of Rhode Island should be thankful a guy like Brendan Doherty's on the job, and to the citizens of Providence, I say set your decoder rings on "illegal"

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"Senator Cianci? "

Senator Cianci?

A poll fielded by Public Policy Polling to take the temperature of  Sheldon Whitehouse shows the first term Senator quite vulnerable but it was the performance of other names tossed into a possible showdown that raised a few eyebrows. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian gave Whitehouse the toughest competition in 7-potential match-ups that also factored in Republicans Governor Don Carcieri, John Loughlin, John Robitaille and Buddy Cianci who was identified as an independent. Buddy polled extremely well.  Whitehouse's approval rate is 48% BUT his disapproval is at 38%. In two way matchups, Whitehouse is in trouble, polling belowe 50% against Avedisian and Robitaille and barely breaks 50% against Buddy and Loughlin.It's unlikely Loughlin or Robitaille will seek Whitehouse's office as they've both gone on record as saying other offices wet their whistles more. But what about Buddy? Six terms as Mayor of Providence and a guy with an open microphone 4-hours daily up until the deadline to declare. Buddy's favorability in this poll is 44%, that's higher than ANY of the Republicans in the field.So how did Buddy's name wind up in the phone poll? The firm decided to include him after seeking suggestions on Twitter and learning lots of folks were curious as to how the former mayor would fare. Races with crowded fields are the ones Buddy covets and usually succeeds in. If 2012 rolls around and the planets align themselves just right....If there are bloody primaries and if enough undecideds linger after the dust settles, things could get mighty interesting

Kicking and Screaming

Perennial political  candidate Chris Young's at it again. Young showed up at last nite's Cranston School Committee hearing on the controversial banner that's been hanging in the Cranston High School West auditorium containing a prayer which calls on "Our Heavenly Father" to guide students. The committee last nite heard arguments pro and con on the banner which has been hanging there since 1958. The parent of a student started the whole controversy months ago complaing about religion permeating the school's message. Young tried to make his usual "scene" last nite but was barked down by committee member Michael Traficante.

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February 22, 2011

"Back to the Future"

Back To The Future

A memo unearthed by Ch 12 investigator Tim White dated January 24th, instructs officers to stop running immigration checks thru an electronic data base connected to ICE (U-S Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) and revert to the former system Providence Police used- faxing a daily "arraignment sheet" to ICE. This puts the onus back on the feds to verify a person's immigration status. That's the system that allowed Marco Riz (pronounced Reez), a Guatemalan immigrant wanted for deportation by ICE, to slip thru the cracks. All Riz wound up doing was to carjack and rape a woman (twice) in Roger Williams Park. In 2008, an ICE official blamed Providence police for not using the electronic system to check the immigration status of Riz who is currently behind bars for 30-years for that carjacking and rape. A federal judge had ordered Riz deported back in 2004 putting him on the ICE wanted list. In 2007, Providence police arrested this jabroni twice, once for domestic assault and once for DUI but he was released after arraignment BOTH times. How can anyone think going back to a daily "arraignment sheet" via fax makes the citizens of Providence...make that the citizens of Rhode Island...safer? Why would the city refuse embracing better technology? Can you say "sanctuary?" Maybe we can install 8-track players in the police cruisers next

I'm Your Huckleberry

Texas, where they doing everything BIG, is on track to become the second state in the nation (after Utah) to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus. More than half the members of the Texas House signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again. Republican Governor Rick Perry, a six shootin' son of a gun in his own right, backs the idea. Backers of the measure say the best defense agaisnt the attacks on college campuses like the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 is to allow students and teachers to pack heat. University of Texas President William Powers thinks the idea is nuts saying the mix of students, guns and campus parties is too volatile. Ya' think? You're my boy, Blue!

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"Fat Tax"

Fat  Tax

A new study suggests people may be less likely to buy high calorie foods if there's a tax on it, boosting the argument of those who want to slap taxes on junk food as a way to fight the nation's obesity crisis. Those backing busting such a move point to the massive taxes placed on a pack of smokes  having helped cut tobacco use. In this study, a group of 178-college students choose a hypothetical lunch from a computer menu on 3-seperate occasions. Each time, the prices for high calorie items were increased, first by 25% then by a whopping 50%. Overall, students decided to order fewer calories overall once the price of ding dongs made their gums bleed. Students cut their total intake per meal by 100-300 calories depending how high the tax was. Look, making sure the meals we provide kids in schools are nutritious and giving them healthier choices is one thing....but when you allow the government to start fiddlin' with MY Oreo middles, well, that's downright un-American. I'm an adult, and if I want to live on a diet of Snowballs, Mountain Dew and Goobers, that's up to me (by the way one hour on a treadmill at a speed as low as 4.0 will burn those 300-calories noted above). Also, I don't think it's a fair argument to compare high calorie foods to cigarettes. Sure, we know eating at McDonalds or Papa Gino's three times a day 7-days a week isn't the most healthy meal choices, but junk food in moderation's fine....it's a treat....everything in moderation. But the same can't be said about cigarettes. I don't think I've ever heard a doctor (unless he was testifying for big tobacco) suggest "you know a few Camels here and there can't hurt ya"....Come on, let's play fair when it comes to my Yodels

Hail  To The Chief

It's one of those "sort of holidays" today as we say in the radio business. Some folks have the day off (the Brine Shrine offices are closed) some banks are open as are State offices but schools, libraries and municipal offices are closed, the stock market takes the day off and there's no mail delivery. We're on the air as usual but the day's normal routine is broken on this "President's Day.

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February 18, 2011

"Jerry, GOODBYE"

Jerry, GOODBYE

I've long said a full screen re-union of the Seinfeld cast picking up from the final episode (which sucked) as they're released from jail would do killer box office bucks. Problem is, the longer they wait, the more cast members are gonna go to that big sit com set in the sky. Since the final episode aired in May of 2008, The Seinfeld cast has lost Barney Martin who played Jerry's dad, Morty,  in every episode but one...Sandy Baron who played Morty's Del Boca Vista neighbor Jack Klompos and recently Bill Erwin who played the ornary "Mr Fields" in an episode that brought him an Emmy nomination. Now comes the passing of another key character, Uncle Leo played by Len Lesser who checked out at 88 the other day. Lesser had a hell of a tv and movie resume. I remember watching the 1970 movie "Kelly's Heroes" on AMC recenlty and who pops up on screen in a small role as Platon Sgt Bellamy....Len lesser. And what do I shout aloud? UNCLE LEO....Jerry, HELLO!  In a recent interview, Lesser described dealing with Uncle Leo fame

Dust Off That Magic Lassoo

Adrianne Palicki of 'Friday Night lights" fame has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming NBC series

Of course, Linda Carter played Wonder Woman in the mid 70's TV series. When the show's ratings began to wane, the writers searched for things to spice it up introducing a young Debra Winger as "Wonder Girl" which, predictably, did about as much for the show as Yvonne Craig's Batgirl did for Batman's sagging Neilson's in the mid 60's...it did, however, lead to this absolutely GENIUS bit on Letterman many years later

Shop til You Drop

 It's coming up to almost a year since the Spring floods devastated Rhode Island and submerged most of the Warwick Mall.

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February 17, 2011

"How much is too much?"

A Man of Conviction

 I say cudio and props to House Minbority Leader Bob Watson who refused to cave in to the media craving demands of David A. Quiroa, president of the Guatemalan-American Alliance of Rhode Island, who held a press conference yesterday demading Watson apologize for the joke he told at last week's Providence Chamber of Commerce Breakfast gathering. By now you've heard the audio cut played more often than Neil Armstrong's "one small step" speech, but just in case you've been in a cave next to Bin Laden, Watson tried to tickle the funny bone suggesting the state's lawmakers priorities were out of whack with the following bit iof alliteration; " I suppose if you're a gay man from guatemala who gambles and smokes pot (he told me he was going to use "gonja" but at the last instant decided the crowd he was playing wouldn't know the meaning of the word), you proboably think we're onto some good ideas here." Watson said "I apologize when appropriate and/or necessary. i identify this situation as representing neither circumstance." You may agree or disagree with Watson (I happen to agree with him. There was nothing insulting about the remark) but you've got to give him credit for sticking to his beliefs. My guess is most politicians would have caved and apologized for making such a remark even if in their heart of hearst they knew it wasn't a slam. Bob Watson's our in studio guest today at 4pm. if you miss it, catch the podcast on Buddy's page on 630wpro.com

Problem  Child

The Detroit Tigers have a problem on their hands. Talented slugger Miguel Cabrera was arrested Wednesday on drunken driving charges on day ONE of Tigers' spring training in Fort Pierce, Florida. The 27-year old was spotted by a deputy in a car that's engine was smoking alongside a road in Fort Pierce. Inside, Carbrera reeked of booze, slurred his speech and even took a swig from a bottle as the deputy watched. He wandered into the road with his hands up before he was cuffed cursing at cops as they tried to stuf him into the patrol car. Cabrera, who refused a breath test, was charged with driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence. Fort Pierce is over 100-miles away from Tigers' training camp in Lakeland.

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"Access Denied"

ACCESS DENIED

This is getting downright silly. Governor Lincoln Chafee's across the board gag order on state employees is downright un- American.  Yesterday we asked for access to Department of Labor and Training, Charlie Fogarty, to shed some light on what options those poor 100-people who lost their jobs when Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow abruptly shut it's doors....today we had questions about who qualifies for in state college tuitions and were told by Eliot Kreiger ( a good guy) that Chafee's no talk radio policy is still in effect and nobody could come on with us. This is beyond talk show fodder now . It's anti free speech. We know for a fact most, if not all , of these individuals being told talk radio is taboo think the gag order is ridiculous and unfair to the taxpayers. When I contact these individuals I'll swear I can hear their eyes rolling in disgust. Only Chafee's immediate inner circle actually think this is a good idea

Charlie Sheen Says Being Sober is Boring

When will this pantload go away? Fresh out of the hospital from his latest drug-booze and hooker meltdown, Charlie Sheen appeared on the DercTV/Fox Sports Radio show telling host Dan Patrick "I was sober for 5-years a long time ago and was just bored out of my tree. It's inauthentic...it's not who I am. I didn't drink for 12-years and, man, that first one, Dan, Wow." 2-weeks back, Sheen checked into rehab again after being rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pains from a reported drug and booze bender. The rehab suspended production of the TV series "Two and a Half Men" (am I the only person who think that show sucks?). Sheen suggested he should get back to work immediately saying "I heal real quickly but I unravel pretty quickly. So get me right now, guys" addressing the show's producers. TMZ reported Sheen was partying with 5-women, including a porn star, and a briefcase full of coke at the time of the most recent  meltdown. In addition to Sheen's documented substance abuse, Sheen has had several run-ins with the law in the 1990's in cases related to drugs, domestic violence and prostitution. His CBS contract has a good behavior clause that he simply poo-poos laughing it off with "Yea, blah, blah, nitpick, nitpick.

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"Lost in Alliteration"

Lost in Alliteration

House Minority Leader Bob Watson riled up the RI Guatemalan community with his comments at a Providence Chamber of Commerce breakfast last week. Watson joked " I guess if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smoke marijuana, you probably think we're onto some good ideas here" in an attempt to poke fun at what lawmakers are making priorities thus far. Watson was going for alliteration here. Too bad he chose not to use the word "gonja" (a form of cannibas) because he didn't think the crowd he was playing to would know what gonja was (he also should have gone for the word "guy" instead of man....that way he would have had a run of Guatemalan, gay, guy, gamble and gonja) a mighty impressive run. Instead, he's got a brouhaha on his hands which is, in my opinion, much to do about nothing. Still, the President of the Guatemalan-American Alliance of Rhode Island, David A. Quiroa,  thinks Watson's remarks are so hurtful and damaging he's demanding a "formal" apology from Watson and is holding a news conference tomorrow with Juan "is that camera rolling?" Garcia, president of the Immigrants in Action Committee in Providence. Quiroa told WPRO's Dan York this afternoon that a representative of the Guatemalan General Consulate are flying in to participate. Watson's offered no apology so far and told WPRO's Matt Allen his remark "was not the least bit insulting." I spoke with Watson early this morning in hopes he'd come on our show this afternoon but he told me he's waiting until tomorrow's presser takes place....to see if he's even invited. Watson told me he has yet to even be contacted by the Guatemalan American Alliance, a claim Quiroa verified with Dan during  this afternoon's interview. I hope Watson holds his ground because this whole thing is beyond silly

Will I  Dream, Dave?

Last nite began the three episode Jeopardy competition pitting the longest running winner, Ken Jennings, and the biggest money earner, Brad Rutter, agaisnt an IBM super computer named "Watson" and the results so far are down right creepy. Let's start with the disembodied computer voice that sounds like a dead ringer for 2001's HAL 9000.

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February 14, 2011

"Gagaloo's Gags"

Hey, You Got  The Job

At what point, if ever, does Lady Gaga let her music start to speak a little more for itself and cut back a TAD on the "hey, look how outrageous I am" schtick?. It's becomming predictably unpredictable. Being carried to the stage as though you're Captain Spaulding inside a giant condom (today, by the way, is national condom day) is definately a show stopper even though a trash talking Muppet's performance gets my vote for being even MORE outrageous. Gaga's outfit was reportedly meant to coincide with her new single "Born This Way" which she performed during the show. Gaga's stylist (now THAT'S gotta be a tough gig to stay fresh at) explained that the singer is "is in incubation." How special.  Here's the entrance. I like Captain Spaulding's better



Christina's On a Roll

Kind of a rough 14-days for Christina Aguilera. Last Sunday she gaffes the National Anthem before a few people on national tv.....try like the largest audience ever to tune in a tv event....and last nite she slips on stage at the Grammy Awards upon the completion of a group to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It wasn't a major header a la Steven Tyler or Jimmy Buffet, but it was a slip none the less. Don't ask me why, but people falling off a stage always get a major belly laugh from me. Nothing provides a better yuck than someone stylin' and profilin' only to wind up head first into the orchestra pit. Submitted for your approval, one of my favorite headers



DO  YOU  SUFFER  FROM SNOW  PLOW  RAGE? Comment below.

Neither Snow...Nor Sleet......

The mail must be delievered....but apparently all this snow is taking its toll on local mail carriers. Providence  U-S Postal Service spokesperson Christine Dougas says 44-mail carriers have been injured on the job in RI and Southeastern Massachusetts so far this winter, falling on ice or slogging thru snow.

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January 31, 2011

"Kerr's Clemency Coach"

The Great Esserman Debate

Providence  City Councilman John igliozi is recommending cutting Police Chief Dean esserman's salary and benefits. Igliozi heads the council's finance committee and is adamant Esserman not be paid more money than his new boss, Public Safety Comish Steven Pare. Pare is paid $150,000 while ESSERMAN IS PAID $168,000. The Chief also recieves a city pension of $18K annually in deferred compenation to a tax-sheltered investment plan, the government's version of a 401K. Igliozi says his poistion is "people that you can hire and fire clearly shouldn't be paid more than you." Igliozi also states "We also have no obligation to continue to give these lucrative perks." Igliozi is certainly correct when it comes to the perks as Esserman's contract has ended. But to suggest that someone shouldn't be paid more money than the person he reports to is way off base. It happens everywhere in business. The question shouldn't be whether it's right or wrong for Esserman to make more $ than Pare, the man he reports to. the question should simply be is Esserman worth that kind of cake?

Kerr's  Clemency Coach

Pamphlet columnist Bob Kerr does a column called "The Clemency Coach" 4-times a year. The column's designed to "give people who have really stepped in it the chance to go somewhere where nobody knows their names or the things they'ved done." I like Bob Kerr. I like his writing. Most times I agree with the individuals he suggests should take a ride on his Clemency Coach but in Sunday's edition, I just didn't get the line "the snow is as high as Buddy Cianci's eye"....I understand it's a play off of 'Oh What A Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma....what I don't get is why it's supposed to be funny. Am I missing something here? Hey, don't get me wrong, we'll take the ink, thank you....but I JUST DON'T GET IT

Do you? Comment below with your ideas as to what Kerr meant.

Does ANYONE here Play Defense?

The NFL and the NHL should abandon their All Star Games. The NFL game (called the Pro Bowl) was played yesterday in Hawaii and was once again a complete joke.

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January 28, 2011

"Challenger changes history"

How Challenger Could Have Changed the RI  Radio Landscape

A handful of events fall into the category “I remember exactly where I was when….”. Some are happy events and some aren’t. I remember vividly my 3rd grade teacher, Sister Mary Gemma at St Raymond’s School in Pawtucket sending me home to 10 Trenton Street in Pawtucket  because JFK had been shot.  I remember sitting before the black and white tv at 361 Vine Street in the bucket as a 9-year old when the Beatles made their appearance on Ed Sullivan. I remember programming the radio station up the dial the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded a mere 73-seconds after launch, 9-miles above the Atlantic  25-years ago today. NASA had launched 24-shuttle missions before and I remember a sense of routine had settled in. Most news and news/talk radio stations had always covered the launches live but now that sense of the routine gave us a sense of false comfort and more and more stations opted out of carrying the launches live, ours among them. Hey, we’ll just make it part of the next newscast, right? I remember I was in the newsroom monitoring the launch on the network feed (we were an ABC affiliate) and our mid day host at the time, the very talented John Morgan, was discussing a topic on the opposite end of the spectrum from a space shuttle launch…and then it happened. “Can you see the shuttle, Vic” (ABC’s Vic Ratner, whom we nicknamed “Mr. Shuttle, because he had done the play by play of every shuttle launch to date for the network)….and then the words “something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.” We quickly got word to John to throw it to the network and listened in horror, as did the rest of the state and nation, as to what was unfolding. Here’s how the Challenger disaster could have historically impacted RI radio on that day………………
WPRO was (and still is) the radio station listeners instinctively tuned into for breaking news. That station “up the dial” had only recently surpassed WPRO in the ratings (unheard of at that time) because it had flipped to the talk format while a very dusty WPRO was still playing music BUT had THE MAN, Salty Brine, still dominating mornings.

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January 27, 2011

"Seperated at Birth and Busted Choppers "

Stacking Up

Can you remember a snowier January here in Rhode Island? January 2011 ranks as the state's 4th snowiest January on record according to the Nat'l Weather Service. With 4-days left in the month, we're one inch away from tying for the 3rd snowiest January on record, since record keeping began in 1904. We've had 30.7" of the white stuff dumped on us as of 9 this morning. The 3rd snowiest January scored 31.9" in 1948 (pre-me) second is 36.7" in 2005, and first place belongs to 1996 with a total of 37.4" of snow. The Nat'l Weather Service says a "clipper system" could bring snow in here again this weekend. That's ok, I'm cool with 4th place, thank you. Here's who got whacked worst last nite into this morning

Burrillville 15.8"
North Foster 15.1"

  

Woonsocket 14.2"
Scituate 13.5"
West Warwick 13"

We got about 10" in East Greenwich. It's gonna be awhile before I access the hot tub in the backyard of Chez St. Pierre

Seperated at Birth

Senior Editor for the Cook Political Report in DC, Jennifer Duffy, was a guest on the Buddy Cianci Show Wednesday giving us her take on the State of the Union address. When asked about the official GOP response given by Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, she suggested Rep Ryan resembled the character of Eddie Munster from the 60's tv show. You be the judge

  

Busted Choppers

Rep Dennis Kucinich is suing a congressional cafateria for $150,000 after the Ohio democrat says he suffered dental damage when he bit into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap he bought there.

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"Our Sputnik Moment"

State of the Union Address; Our Sputnik Moment

The President evoked a "back to the future" theme with a Sputnik-inspired call for more investment in the technologies that would lead to more jobs for Americans, just as the Space Race of the 50's and 60's caused a tsunami of economic growth and innovation. But times have changed since that 1957 Sputnik moment. That event 54-years ago. The Sputnik shock helped create an 80% increase on federal spending on education, training and social services between 1957 and 1962, but defense spending was still at about 50% of all federal spending in 1962 compared to just 19% today. Another difference between the Sputnik moment of 1957 and today is the Federal debt amounted to 60% of gross domestic product back then....today it's close to 90% of the GDP. Back to the future? Sounds as though we should borrow Dr
Emmet Brown's flux capacitor

Strange Bedfellows

Democrats and Republicans sat intermingled for the first time in memory during last nite's address. It sure made for some good vicuals. My favorite was Arizona Republican John McCain and Democrat John Kerry-the men on the losing end of the of the two most recent presidential contests-sitting side by side. A real Kodak moment

CNN Takes Heat

The "official" GOP response to the address was given by Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, but there was another response given by Tea Party fave Rep Michele Bachmann of Minnesota who spoke at the invitation of the group "Tea Party Express." Bachmann's response was originally only to appear on the Tea Party Express website, but CNN decided to air the thing in its entirety, the lone network to do so (gotta fill those 24/7's with something). CNN's decision drew some of that rare bipartisanship that's all the buzz in Washington these days, with criticism of the network coming from both the right and left. Republicans were unhappy because it risked making the GOP look conflicted and fragmented. As for the left, Bachmann's respone ran the risk of making Ryan's look moderate by comparison.

Uncomfortable Schtick

The President tried going for a few yucks last nite.

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January 25, 2011

"Oscar nominations and State of the Union"

STATE OF THE UNION

President Obama delivers his second State of the Union speech tonite. Here are a few things to watch for:

1) The overall civility of things. Hanging over tonite's speech will be the attempted assassination of Arizona Rep Gabrielle Giffords. A number of members of opposite parties have pledged to sit with one another.

2) How many times will the President be interrupted by applause. Always fun. I am predicting 10-times

3) Economic chest pounding-The economy will certainly be topic numero uno but Obama's gotta be careful not to give his administration too many props for any moves it has made to side step financial disaster. Do you think the average Joe and Joan Six Pack feel things are getting better in their own lives? That's a big fat "NOT AT THIS TIME" on the magic 8-ball

4) The GOP response will be a combo punch. There's the official response being delivered by Wisconsin Rep Paul Ryan and a tea party-flavored one by Minnesota Rep Michele Bachmann. It'll be interesting to see if they're on the same page

You can hear the State of the Union speech tonite at 9 on WPRO and 99-7 FM and react to it on the Buddy Cianci Show W ednesday beginning at 2

GUT  CHECK

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's been taking a ton of heat for not playing in the 2nd half of the Bears-Green Bay Packers NFC championship game Sunday. Cutler suffered  (at the time of the broadcast) an undisclosed knee injury and stood on the sidelines watching his team lose 21-14. Current and former NFL players criticized Cutler in Twitter posts. An MRI Monday showed Cutler suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The Bears' medical team made the decision to lift Cutler. One unnamed staffer said the move was to make sure Cutler didn't further hurt his knee before the Super Bowl. News note to that staffer, you've got to GET to the Superbowl before worrying about whose able to play in it. Sports Illustrated reported Cutler's eyes welled up when he was told about the critical Tweets (there' no crying in football!) and many of his teammates have come to his defense since Sunday. Still, coming out of the NFC title game?

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"The media world-Commercials, hosts and more"

Wide Left

Now you see him....now you don't. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann stunned his viewers on his "Countdown"
show Friday nite announcing in the final minutes that it would be his last show.
His departure ends the reign of the highest rated and highest profile liberal voice in cable news. Olbermann offered no reason for his departure...neither did the network. Did he quit or did he get canned? One NBC Universal exec said it was a mutual parting of ways with Olbermann taking the first step. The source saying the relationship had been failing for a long time. Olbermann almost got the big haircut in November when it was learned he contributed to the political campaigns of 3-Democratic candidates, an MSNBC no-no, but was suspended for 2-days instead. The Wall Street Journal reports the exit deal Olbermann hammered out with MSNBC will pay him $7-million bucks (you read right) roughly a year's pay of a 4-year 30-million dollar contract that would have expired in 2012. It contains provisions that will keep Olbermann from hosting another show for a year, bars him from appearances and interviews for several months, and restricts disparagement from either side (thus the on air civility in Friday nite's parting words). MSNBC will now feature the trio of  Rachel Maddow, Ed Shultz and Lawrence O'Donnell. I only watched Olbermann a handful of times and found him to be WAY over top in his presentation which I always found disingenuous. I found him simply uncomfortable to watch whether I agreed with him at times or not.  Olbermann routinely got his clock cleaned every nite by Bill O'Reilly by a 3 to 1 margin of viewership.

Post Game Chat

Watching CBS' Terry Bradshaw doing the post game locker room interviews with the NFC champion Green Bay Packers, one is reminded not too many of the guys in that locker room, led by Bradshaw, ain't exactly sitting on the front steps waiting for the bookmoble to swing by

Rejected!

Fox has rejected a proposed Super Bowl ad from the conservative comedy website JesusHatesObama.com.

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January 21, 2011

"Controversial TV and Snow Sagas"

THOSE  ZANY  BRIT  TEENS

On Thursday, media watch dog group The Parents Television Council called on lawmakers and law enforcement officials to open an investigation regarding possible child pornography on MTV's newest series "Skins"....Skins is described as an edgy Brit teen drama which follows the lives and loves of shameless teenagers who get high, get drunk, get it on and go to school. One major advertiser, Taco Bell, has decided to yank its commercials from the show (wonder if the Chafee administration got to Ginger, the Taco Bell Dog) in the wake of a mounting scandal. The show made its debut Monday on MTV causing an uproar for its frank depiction of teenage sex and drug use. Unlike MTV's envelope pushing shows of the past, Skins features underage actors engaged in sexual situations. The youngest star of the show is 15. Neilsen ratings for the premiere, which was heavily promoted during MTV's hit show "Jersey Shore", drew 1.2 million people younger than 18, or more than a third of its total audience.

WHITEOUT

To quote the great philosopher, Popeye, "that's alls I can stand cause I can't stands no more." Please, no more snow.  The calander only reads January 22nd and most towns and cities have exhausted two thirds of their budgeted snow plowing dough. WPRO's Accu Weather says more snow could be on the way Tuesday....lots and lots more snow.  I'm sick of the supermarkets being elbow to elbow....I'm sick of shoveling and wondering if the town of East Greenwich will forget my street again....I'm sick of wondering when the next plow (when one finally does arrive) will take out my mailbox and throw all the street snow back into my driveway....I'm sick of watching the tv reporters sticking a yardstick in a snowpile....My dog, Rita, is sick of doing her business in the same shoveled out area she's been using for over a week....I'm even sick of the Operation Snowball jingle (blasphemy  here at the Brine Shrine). I'm sick of looking at it, moving it, talking about it, listening to callers talk about it.

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January 20, 2011

"Props to Chafee and Obsession with the Mob"

THE  INFATUATION  ESCAPES  ME

I've never understood people's fascination with "the mob." Sure, I thought the first two Godfather movies were terrific (Godfather 3 kind of sucked) and Goodfellas is in my top 20-flicks of all time (I never got into the Sopranos) but that's drama...it's entertainment. What I just can't wrap my arms around is the enthrallment some people have over the Casa Nostra. Today 127-mobsters were arrested in New York, New Jersey and New England on a multitude of charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficing. In Lil' Rhody, longtime New England crime boss Louie "Baby Shacks" Manocchio and mob associate Thomas Iafrate are charged with extorting cash "protection" payments for nearly two decades from the owner of the Satin Doll and the Cadillac Lounge strip clubs and other adult entertainment businesses. About 97% of the arrests were made in Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey. The 83-year old Manocchio was arrested in Fort Lauderdale and was held overnight. He'll make his initial appearance in U-S District court today and will be transported to Rhode Island for arraignment at a date TBD. To me, This one is a classic story that's a big news story but not a great talk topic...at least not yet. A year or so ago, our show brought up the fact the FBI was investigating exactly HOW the Cadillac Lounge got its liquor lisence. Now, should the arrests of Luis Manoccio (aka "Baby Shanks" aka "Baby Shacks" aka "The Old Man") and Iafrate move past the private sector into the public arena , meaning government, THEN we've got a juicy talk topic on our hands. til then, it's back to Hollywood for me

 

PROPS  TO  CHAFEE

With the first three of our new Governor's nominees to top posts facing confirmation hearings on Smith Hill this week. Governor Chafee had a precedent-setting decision to make.

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January 19, 2011

"Fairness Doctrines and Sarah Palin"

BE AFRAID....BE VERY AFRAID

One frightening side bar generated by the great request to "tone down the political rhetoric" is a call to reinstate the fairness doctrine. Rep Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the third ranking Democrat in the House, and Dem Rep Louise Slaughter of NY finished GOLD and SILVER medalists in the knee jerking competition suggesting in the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy that it might be a good idea to revisit the contentious rule. The fairness doctrine's roots go back to 1949. Its purpose was two fold: to require broadcasters to devote airtime to news that's in the public's interest, and to give equal time to contrasting views. After decades of court challenged, including some that made it to the Supreme Court, Regan appointed FCC Chief Mark Fowler started rolling back the rules. Later it was repealed by President Regan by executive order in 1987. Most pundits don't think the fairness doctrine would pass constitutional muster because it violates the First Amendment saying there are no grounds for government to tell any media outlet what to say.  How would the implementation of the fairness doctrine stop mentally deranged people like the Tucson shooter from doing deranged things? All it stops is the FREE flow of vibrant speech. It’s not going to stifle crazy acts by lunatics. By the way, the fairness doctrine was in place when the country watched JFK and MLB assassinated

SASSY  SARAH

Sarah Palin’s faced a world of crap since using the term “blood libel” to describe comments made by those who falsely tried to link conservatives to the assassination attempt against Rep Gabrielle Giffords. Some Jewish groups strongly protested her use of the term, which histrically was used to accuse Jews of using blood of Christians in religious rituals. Palin says the term referred to those “falsely accused of having blood on their hands.

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January 18, 2011

"Chafee's Carnival and Wooly Mammoths"

HAVING  THEIR  CAKE

The Projo ran an editorial today entitled 'Chafee's Talk Radio Carnival" (toned down to "Chafee's Talk Show Trauma" on its website) that allowed them to protect its best interests while dropping an ash can on talk radio. The editorial points out it's no violation for Chafee to keep his liberal views off talk radio and banning his department heads from appearing except in times of emergency. The editorial suggests there are times when the governor would find explaining his policies (provided he can) on talk radio useful, for the interests of his administration, the state and the public. The editorial even suggests he might quickly regret his ban. Now comes the part where the Projo protects its best interest, meaning circulation and advertsing revenues. The accuse Chafee of going "utterly over the top" when he asked advertisers to stop supporting talk radio. "Those that pay-the advertisers-should shut them down" is how Chafee put it. The Projo suggests, rightfully so, "this gets mighty close to violating at least the spirit of the First Amendment." The editorial suggests Chafee should take a step back and let the public and private businesses, including the media, play out their activities without government threats, implied or otherwise. Read between the lines here....gulp, I sure hope Chafee doesn't do that to US!  What if he keeps US at arms length? What if a reporter writes something critical of him and he shuts US off? What is one of our columnists writes something he doesn't like? Will he came after OUR advertisers too? I agree with most of the editorial's points but why couldn't the Projo resist taking cheap shots at talk radio? The piece contains the following claims; WE AGREE MOST TALK SHOWS ARE AWFUL....HOSTED BY DEMAGOGUES WHO RILE UP LISTENERS WITH DIATRIBES THAT MAKE HOSTS LOTS OF MONEY....HOSTS ARE FAR MORE MOTIVATED BY RATINGS (AND MONEY) THAN ANY POLITICAL PRINCIPLE....WE WOULDN'T CALL MANY TALK SHOW HOSTS THESE DAYS MEMBERS OF THE "NEWS-MEDIA"....MOST PEOPLE HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN LISTEN TO THEM ANYWAY-SUCH AS WORK FOR A LIVING OR SLEEP.....

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January 17, 2011

"Patriots Losses and the Golden Globes"

ANY  GIVEN  SUNDAY

Did that ever ring true Sunday in Foxboro. The Jets bitch slapped the Patriots from pillar to post yesterday beating them at virtually every aspect of the game. After sitting thru the first game which was about as exciting and entertaining as a Linc Almond press conference, I was looking forward to an energy boost. What I got instead was 3-hours of total  frustration thanks to the combination of the Jets outstanding defensive plan and a rather questionable offensive game plan by the Patriots. I talked with Buddy in the morning and told him 'I've got a bad feeling about this game today" and repeated the same as I sat down on the couch with my wife at kickoff. Give Rex Ryan and his team the props they deserve for a better set of X's and O's than Bill Bilicheck's crew....but I can still do without all the trash talk, thank you....plus giving the Jets "credit" for backing it up. Pittsburgh, The Jets, Green Bay and the Bears are left. If I don't show up to watch, please start the games without me. Superbowl Sunday looks like a nice day for the movies and getting a good table at my favorite restaurant

PAMPHLET'S  FEATHER  DUSTER

My colleague Matt Allen said today "The Projo went to the museum to dust off a few relics" in reference to Sunday's most recent pile on talk radio front page piece. Former Governors Linc Almond, Ed DiPrete and Joe Garrahy plus a group of professors of communications and political science were rounded up to comment on Governor Linc Chafee's decision to put a talk radio gag order on himself and his directors. I wasn't surprised to hear Linc Almond say he considered being on talk radio shows was "a waste of time" and poo-poo the size of the format's listening audience. You think for a second Almond, who appointed Linc Chafee to fill his dad's senate seat when John Chafee died in 1999, was going to go against the Chafee grain? Think again. DiPrete says "he's never heard of people settling their differences by refusing to talk with each other" and suggested Chafee get into the studio for a face to face with his tormentors. Garrahy says "there's no question talk show people (talk show "people"????

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January 13, 2011

"Chafee's plunders, Snow removal"

Uh Oh,  10-Minutes to Wopner

Governor Linc Chafee should be a ride at Disneyworld he presents so many twists and turns. Chafee made national news over the past 48-hours putting a gag order on not only himself but all state employees under him when it comes to appearing on talk radio. He later flipped flopped saying his edict wasn't etched in stone and department heads would make themselves available to talkers in times of emergency such as yesterday's snow storm. Today, as Paul Harvey used to say, was "page three".....When talk radio hosts use harshly divisive language, Chafee says "the advertisers should shut them down." Chafee suggests the solution to the vitriolic rhetoric, which some have linked to the shooting of U-S Rep Gabrielle Giffords over the weekend, is for people to stop paying for it, including not buying books from people who use such langauge. He referred to talk radio yesterday as "nonsense" dismissing it as "entertainment not journalism." Chafee went so far as claiming "some of the people (meaning talkers) don't even believe what they say" painting with a broad brush that's the exclusive motive of talk show hosts everywhere. Is he right making such a claim? Yes, he is, but not with such a broad brush. Just lack week Tucker Carlson subbing for Sean hannity of Fox TV suggested Michael Vick should be executed  for killing dogs and for running a dog fighting ring. Think THAT ONE was just to grab a headline? Of course it was. Are there talk show hosts who make statements they don't believe in just to stir the drink? Sure are. All of em'? Nope. Mr. 36% is looking at a budget deficit that'll choke a horse and leading a state with a staggering unemployment rate and now he's telling advertisers to pull dough off RI radio stations. The governor we're expecting to lead an economic comeback and generate economic development is is so out of touch it's painful. He's disrespectful of the hard working businesses that spend their $ on talk radio BECAUSE IT WORKS FOR THEM and, quite frankly, I question if this is anti-fair trade behavior on Chafee's part. Chafee calls talk radio "ratings driven, for profit programming" but will still go on NPR.

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January 12, 2011

"Snow Stories"

Viewing  RIPTA’S  Undercarriage

Governor Linc Chafee threw outgoing Governor Don Carcieri under the bus in his inaugural speech when he called Carcieri’s executive order on illegal immigration ineffective and the cause of generating fear within the immigrant community. Chafee, of course, rescinded the order while the ink was still drying on his speech (which he didn’t write). But Chafee didn’t stop there. When pressed on why he kept Keith Stokes as head of the RI E-D-C, an agency Chafee blasted during his campaign for its $75-million dollar loan to Curt Schilling’s 38-Studios, Chafee said of Stokes “he worked for the governor at the time.” Chafee says when he and Stokes had the opportunity to speak (which didn’t happen at Chafee’s transitional retreat December 30th because Stokes wasn’t invited) he says they found “common philosophical ground” Clearly, Chafee says, the deal with 38-Studios was Carcieri’s. Stokes’ reappointment came shortly after Cliff Monteiro, outgoing head of the RI Chapter of the N Double A-C-P complained Chafee lacked diversity within his administration. Reappointing Stokes was the right thing to do because he’s highly qualified and deserved to continue in the position after almost snatching the America’s Cup from the city of San Francisco long after that ship had sailed…but don’t give Chafee too much credit for making the wise choice. Monteiro’s claims may have aided Chafee in realizing he and Stokes found that “common philosophical ground.”

The Odds Were Against Me

For the first time in my radio career (which spans 32 years) I wasn’t able to get in to do my shift on a snow day. Swapping my 4-wheel drive Jeep Liberty for a Honda Accord certainly contributed to just how brave I’d be tackling lightly plowed streets, but the real culprit is the town of East Greenwich. As I write this it’s 12:45 and the surrounding streets in my High Hawk neighborhood have not been kissed by a plow since four in the morning. All those years of taking listener calls saying theirs was the only street not plowed in a certain neighborhood always left me a tad skeptical…but not anymore. This time, I’m the victim! But EAST GREENWICH? The taxes we pay to live in this town are enough to make your gums bleed.

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January 11, 2011

"Linc's orders and Cooling it Down"

Navigating "LincWorld"

Now the Chafee administration is slapping a gag order on its members when it comes to talk radio. The projo reports the new governor doesn't plan to spend his own time on talk radio and he intends to ban state employees from spending their state work time talking on the radio. Chafee spokesman, Mike Trainor, says the policy emanates from a belief that talk radio is essentially "ratings-driven, for profit programming", and "we don't think its appropriate to use taxpayer resources" in the form of state employee work time to "support for-profit, ratings-driven programming." Trainor says Chafee will continue to to to the news reporters for the local radio stations and the non-profit local NPR affiliate. Both Trainor and Chafee take a daily ass whipping on the Buddy Cianci Show....in fact, they get smacked around so much they decided to boycott the radio station's debates during the election simply because it was scheduled during Buddy's time slot. If Trainor and Chafee want to hide, that's fine. Chafee's terrible on his feet, has a tendency to ramble and often comes accross as unsure of himself so shielding him from live, longform situations is a smart move. Chafee needs to be kept in a "sound bite" environment as often as possible. But an accross the board gag order? That's absurd. A quarter of a million people listen to WPRO on a weekly basis. Those are people who rely on talk radio as a part of the mosaic of their daily lives. The Providence Journal's not a "for profit" operation? TV stations aren't 'for profit" operations? NPR? Come on, they rely on donations and your taxpayer dollars.
Chafee might have tipped his hand last week when he rescinded Governor Carcieri's executive order on illigal immigration. When an A-P reporter asked how the head of the State Police, Brendan Dougherty, felt about his rescinding the order (which Dougherty supported), Chafee reminded the reporter that Dougherty works for him.
Chafee was elected with 36% of the vote. His base of support consists of unions and the liberal left, all of whom HATE talk radio. Those on hand who burst into applause at his press conference rescinding the executive order on illiegal immigration HATE talk radio.

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January 10, 2011

"Cracking a Nut and Marathon Miles"

Cracking a Nut

Trying to make sense out of the events in Tucson this weekend are futile. Already we’ve had to scurry to our dictionaries to look up the word “nihilism (well, at least I had to) and we’ve heard neighbors of shooter Jared Loughner describe him as “a quiet man”, someone who kept to himself and was often seen walking the dog while wearing a hooded sweatshirt listening to his I-Pod. As is always the case in these horrible shooting sprees, the media will bring forth what will be framed as “tell tale signs” the individual was about to snap at any moment and was more than capable of such actions. Nihilism, by the way, is an extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence. It’s also the belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement. I believe that’s the definition we can drape over Jared. Loughner believed the U-S government was behind the events of 9/11 and worried that governments were maneuvering to create a unified monetary system so that social elites and bureaucrats could control the rest of the world. OK, real Soylent Green kind of stuff but he’s certainly not the first person to actually believe such stuff. He listed his favorite books George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”. Other Loughner choice reading was Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, “The Communist Manifesto”, “Peter Pan” and Aesop’s Fables. So what? I’ve read all of those except “The Communist Manifesto” (I’ll get around to that one about the time I read Jonathon Livingston Seagull, thank you). That doesn’t mean you should shine a light over my head as the next guy to scream “I’m not what daddy wanted” before going postal…..Now, even before Loghner’s motive is known, there’s an outcry to tone down political rhetoric nationwide. Senator Dick Durbin, the second ranking Senate Democrat, referred to Sarah Palin’s March Facebook posting of the cross hairs of a gun scope appearing over the districts of 20-Democrats she opposed while supporting Tea Party candidates this past election. Durbin told CNN’s State of the Union “These sorts of things invite the kind of toxic rhetoric that can lead unstable people to believe this is an acceptable response.

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January 07, 2011

"'Too Infinity and Beyond'.. or just around Walt Disney World "

RACE DAY DRAWS NEAR

Greetings from Orlando where I will attempt to finish my 3rd Waltdisneyworld marathon Saturday morning....and I do mean morning. Runners must be on site no later than 4:30. about 15-thousand runners begin the 13.1 ( that last point one is a killer) I am in wave 4 which starts around 5:50. The conditions should be a he'll of a lot better than last year recording breaking cold of 19 degrees at start time complete with a steady sleet the whole race . Temps Saturday should be around 40 with partly sunny skies(when the sun finally rises)

The run starts in the vast Epcot parking lot and takes on a journey along interstae route 4 into Disneyworld past the Contemporary Resort, thru Tomorrowland, Cinderella's castle, past the Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts, back onto route 4 then into Epcot for the finish. Along the route they keep you entertained and your mind off the matter at hand with music....from Dj's to high to bands....At the final mile is a Gospel group in flowing robes belting out tunes that shake Spaceship Earth from it's moorings. I remember thinking on my first run 4-years ago upon passing the gospel group I was either about to finish or I had died trying.

Wish me luck

Back with a full fresh blog on Monday

Check out the course map of the race Ron will be running below!





Wish Ron luck on the race by commenting your thoughts below!

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January 05, 2011

"Word Webs and a Game of Chicken"

What a Tangled  Web

When I logged onto the offical state web sight of the office of the governor to check out Linc Chafee's new executive order on a code of ethics which calls for "the highest ethical behavior in his administration", a funny thing happened. When I clicked on " Linc Chafee", a slick bio of our new governor adorns the computer screen. In the bio, it mentions Chafee's book "Against the Tide" with the complete title underlined. When I clicked on that, it took me to Amazon.com. In other words, the state paid OFFICIAL web site of the governor is hawking books for Chafee....but as the Ginsu commercial used to say, "but wait, there's more". Seems it's a family affair because when you click on first lady Stephanie Chafee's link, it mentions her book The American Way to Change which is also underlined. A quick click sent to to, guess where? Amazon.com. No mention of any special discount if you buy a family two pack. The highest ethical behavior in his administration indeed. Too bad he missed the Christmas stocking stuffer opportunity.

A Game of Chicken?

This morning Governor Linc Chafee rescinded the executive order on illegal immigration issued by his predecessor Don Carcieri. Chafee signed the rescission at the International Institute of Rhode Island, a nonprofit agency that aids immigrants and resettles hundreds of new refugees annually. Chafee had pledged to rescind the order which he called divsie and harmful to the immigrant community as one of his first acts as governor. "Roger Williams would be very proud" Chafee said as he signed the order (of course, Roger Williams never watched B-roll of illegals pouring over the Mexico border into Arizona). Among other things, Carcieri's order required state agencies and vendors to verify the legal status of all employees (and exactly WHAT is so bad about that?)....Now, here's where it gets very, VERY intersting. Chafee's rescission also ends the so-called 287(g) agreement between state police and the U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Carcieri's edict required state police to seek the 287(g) partnership program, which has led to four RI troopers being deputized with immigration enforcement powers.

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January 04, 2011

"Chafee the Governor"

Drop the "elect" Cause Now It's Governor Chafee

Linc Chafee was officially sworn in today as Rhode Island's first Indy Governor. It was, as I expected, a less than stimulating inaugural speech as delivering fiery rhetoric isn't Linc's bag. Of course, it's all about what you do and not what you say. It didn't take long...in fact on page three of his speech....for him to address Governor Carcieri's executive order on illegal immigration. He let us know tomorrow he will rescind the so-called E-Verify Executive order saying "however well intentioned it may have been, it has caused needless anxiety within our Latino community without demonstrating any progress on illegal immigration....an issue I strongly believe must be solved at the Federal level." I can only imagine how the hair stood up on outgoing Governor Carcieri's neck as he sat there having to listening to that comment (Carcieri's car was likely already idling with the engine pointing south). Right after he promised to officially rescind the order tomorrow, he addressed the issue of same sex marriage equality urging the General Assembly to quickly consider and adopt this legislation (meaning make sure it doesn't go to the people for a vote)......
Quoting F Scott Fitzgerald, Roger Williams and Italian explorer Verrazano is all well and good during a day of pomp and circumstance, but I'll quote the great philosopher Sarah Peller when I ask "where's the beef?" If Chafee had simply gone through his 15-minurte speech without citing ANYTHING specific in terms of solutions for the mess we're in, I would have given him a mulligan because today is his and his suppoters' day to revel. But he DID offer specifics on rescinding the executive order on illegal immigration, something that law enforcement officials must bristle over, and urging the General Assembly to pass a same sex marriage bill. Chafee said "mark my words, these two actions will do more for economic growth in our state that any economic development loan." HUH? So, Rhode Island, there are Linc Chafee's priorities today as the deal is sealed.

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January 03, 2011

"New Year, New Leadership"

Changing of the Guard

That's how our afternoon anchor desribed the swearing in of the new mayor of Providence Angel Taveras. Exactly what guard is he replacing? Outgoing mayor David Cicillini's head's been in DC since beating John Loughlin for Patrick Kennedy's vacated congressional seat. The city's broke....so exactly whose been mind in the store? Taveras reportedly opened his speech today thanking his pal Lil Cheech for "cleaning out the corruption in the city" Oh, my....not exactly the best way to start off with the 2 til 6 show

Estoy A Cargo

About 20-25 percent of Tavares' speech was in Spanish. Does that bug you at all? I was asking folks in the Brine Shrine Halls today and most played it politically correct saying it was all about tolerance, meaning how much was in Spanish....well, now we know. The make up of the Providence population has certainly changed but this country's language is English, isn't it? yea, it bugs me.

Must See TV

During a discussion last week of anti-Muslim feeling in the U-S, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric suggested what what she called a "Muslim version of The Cosby Show" could help promote understanding and disepl some of that sentiment. Couric was doing an overview of the year 2010 on her CBSNews.com web show when she spoke about the controversy created by the proposed mosque near Ground Zero. When fellow panelist Mo Rocca said most Americans including well eductaed people know little about Islam, Couric countered with the Cosby Show suggestion saying " I know that sounds crazy (ya' think?) but the Cosby show did so much to change attitudes about African Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don't understand. Me? I'm afraid of Katie Couric. Les Moonvees must have done a Danny Thomas coffee spit when he heard this one. Imagine, Mo Rocca the voice of reason. Then again, CBS did sign off on the zany goings on inside a Natzi prison camp for Hogan's Heros and ABC actually endorsed a comedy about a Flying Nun. Break out those multi colored sweaters!

You Didn't REALLY Think We Had  A Shot.....Did Ya?<

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