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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 7:00am 8/20/2017 at 7:00am

Welcome to my world.

Not Ithaca, this time, Rhode Island.

 
 
 

Happy Victory Over Japan Day

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:30pm 8/14/2017 at 5:30pm
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The only state which still celebrates Victory Over Japan Day is my home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Except, we can’t call it Victory Over Japan Day. Because that is a microaggression against Japan, even though they did start the war and we are celebrating victory over Japan.

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Rhode Island high school reschedules midterms for anti-Trump walkout

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 8:40am 1/18/2017 at 8:40am
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The activists beyond the “Resistance” to Donald Trump’s Inauguration are urging students nationwide to walk out of classes on Friday, January 20, 2017, just prior to Trump’s swearing in.

The College Fix reports:

A student socialist group has organized a nationwide walkout on Friday to protest...

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Rhode Island Teacher To Bring Students to Anti-Trump Protest

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 8:00am 1/8/2017 at 8:00am

Central Falls High School math teacher Seth Kolker has organized a trip for a group of students to attend the “Women’s March on Washington” to protest against President-elect Donald Trump the day after his inauguration:

Central Falls High School math teacher Seth Kolker has independently organized the group. He did so to...

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VIDEO: Protesters march on home of man who criticized yoga pants (seriously)

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 24, 2016 at 8:30am 10/24/2016 at 8:30am

Alan Sorrentino wrote a Letter to the Editor of his local newspaper, the Barrington Times in Barrington, Rhode Island.

It was a letter, accordingly to Sorrentino, intended to be tongue-in-cheek, somewhat humorous in intent, critical of women wearing yoga pants outside the yoga studio (and men in Speedos).

Little did Sorrentino realize that...

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New object of hate: Guy who complained about older women in Yoga pants

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 5:45pm 10/22/2016 at 5:45pm
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The internet moves from object of hate, to object of hate.

Perhaps a prime example was Justine Sacco, who after tweeting an ambiguous, clearly satirical message about AIDS that some people interpreted as racist, found herself...

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The difference between Ithaca and Rhode Island

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:00am 8/30/2016 at 7:00am

As you may have noted from some of my recent posts, we recently bought a small waterfront house in my formerly-now-once-again home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

For the past six weeks I’ve been back and forth several times, and expect to split the year between Ithaca and Rhode Island...

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Make Victory Over Japan Day great again!

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 8:30pm 8/7/2016 at 8:30pm

I’m back in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations again. Not just for the weekend, but “for good.” We are back to splitting the year between Ithaca and RI.

When I left in 2013, I lamented all that would be missed:

My home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations has...

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Rhode Island legislature passes anti-BDS law

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:10pm 6/18/2016 at 1:10pm
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The Rhode Island legislature has joined numerous other states in passing legislation prohibiting the state and its subdivisions from contracting with entities involved in discriminatory boycotts, which would cover the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Signature by the Governor is expected.

The recognition that boycotts based on religion and national origin are d...

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Rhode Island drops new “Cooler and Warmer” slogan after massive ridicule

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:30pm 4/1/2016 at 8:30pm

My formerly home State of Rhode Island and [do you remember the rest of the official state name?] recently mourned the loss of Robert Healey, founder and perennial candidate of the Cool Moose Party:

Robert J. Healey Jr. was a fixture at Rod’s Grille in Warren — so much so that words...

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Rhode Island Bill Would Punish Parents for Latch-key Kids

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5:00pm 3/19/2016 at 5:00pm
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/274b17c3f76f48b681e109de64bd4cde/dont-leave-them-kids-alone-state-lawmakers-target-parents

You may recall the Silver Spring, Maryland case of parents being charged with “unsubstantiated neglect” for allowing their children, ages 10 and 6, to walk home from a local park.  This, along with similar incidents, sparked a debate about “free-range kids,” the role government should take in parenting, and the relative...

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RIP Buddy Cianci

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:04am 1/28/2016 at 11:04am

Former Providence Mayor Vicent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. has died, The Providence Journal reports.

He was a lovable rogue, but definitely a rogue. He transformed Providence from a washed-out industrial blight to the jewel of New England. He was larger than life, and came to epitomize both the power and excesses of personality.


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Victory over Japan Day

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 14, 2015 at 1:00pm 8/14/2015 at 1:00pm
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Victory Day, formerly known as VJ Day, formerly known as Victory Over Japan Day, no longer is celebrated anywhere in the U.S. except in my formerly home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  It is celebrated the second Monday in August, even though Japan didn’t actually formally surrender until September...

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R.I.P. Sgt. Andrew McKenna

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 8:36pm 8/9/2015 at 8:36pm

There I was, minding my own business on Twitter, when Kurt Schlichter retweeted this tweet and it hit me in the gut:

What jumped out at me was not just...

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Obama sidewalks

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00am 7/7/2015 at 7:00am

Remember the Miles of New Sidewalks, and Empty Stores I wrote about on July 6, 2010?

It concerned federal Stimulus Plan “shovel ready” construction of miles of sidewalks in Warren, Rhode Island, which were built pretty much just for the sake...

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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Ithaca anymore

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 6, 2015 at 7:00am 7/6/2015 at 7:00am

I spent July 4 weekend back in my previous home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Having lived full time in Ithaca (NY) for the past two years, I had forgotten what it’s like in ‘merica.

It felt really good.

Mailbox - United We Stand w fence - Rhode Island

 
 
 

Wut? Former RI Senator and Governor Linc Chafee for President?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11:48am 4/9/2015 at 11:48am

Former U.S. Senator and Rhode Island Governor Linc Chafee has announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.

When Rhode Island reader and blogger Tony emailed me about it, I thought it was a joke. Chafee has a reputation of a buffoonish political character who switches political sides on a whim. On...

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