Phillipe & Jorge’s Cool, Cool World: We Have Some Questions

Simple Questions

Phillipe and Jorge may not have old-school, Brylcreemed, part-it-on-the-side Ivy League haircuts, and are not as scrubbed-up and bright and shiny as Hillary’s political advisors, but we can probably give her better input on how to run a campaign than her control freak know-it-alls.

How about starting out each day by asking the American public and the wretched, ink-stained hacks and talking hairdos of the media some simple questions such as, “Why won’t Donald Trump release his taxes? What is he hiding?” And then perhaps venture on by querying, “How much money is he in debt to Russian and Chinese investors? Shouldn’t we be shown?”

Yeah, that’s probably too simple for her smug, preening pack of Kennedy School of Government grads. But there is nothing that resonates more with the Great Unwashed than someone who is scamming the IRS, especially if he claims to have made $690+ million and isn’t paying a dime every April, while most of us are hunting down deposit soda bottles and donating blood for money to make the nut for what we owe the federal government.

“Because I’m smart,” was the orange oaf Mr. Buttinski’s comment during the first debate, which should up the ante on how much he should be despised.  So the rest of us are just numbnuts who are too stupid to game the system despite the fact he spends more on cosmetics and hair stylists each week than we all make in a year. And anyone who has been audited by the IRS, as Donald Duck-the-Truth falsely claims is the hold-up on the release of his detailed financial information, knows, it is a horror show. The IRS goes after folks a paycheck short of looking for a couch to sleep on while he skates by using deductions — some now being seen as illegal — to which those of us not sitting on bagso’bucks have no recourse.

The Trumpster knows that if his tax returns ever see the light of day he is toast. Because all his duped supporters, who the Donald wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire, should be precisely the ones who should be most furious, and they are the ones carrying his no-pay weight through their own hard-earned contributions to Americans’ everyday education, police and military programs, among other basics of life in the US of A.

Smart? Maybe. Anti-American? Definitely.

Simple Questions, Part Deux

It was heartening news to hear that Little Rhody’s General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is pulling the Biggest Little’s pension system investments out of hedge funds.

As everyone is aware, his predecessor, Governor Gigi, is totally smitten by Wall Street and the professional thieves known as hedge fund managers who produce nothing but thrive on others’ money. Which, under her leadership at the treasurer’s office, is how we started enriching her pals with her “nudge-nudge, wink-wink” blessing years ago.

An interesting question that we have yet to see asked, never mind answered, in the press is how much in total did hedge fund managers skim off in fees from the years of Vo Dilun’s investment, and just how much did the state get in earnings from these bandits in Armani suits and ties?

It is no wonder Governor Gigi gets wet every time someone says, “Goldman Sachs,” as to her it appears that anyone handling investments in New York City should be viewed as a Marvel superhero. The teachers and state employees whose funds are being carved off the top by the hedge fund honchos have rightly been upset by having Gigi’s pals make money off their labor. So it is nice to see that — finally — the treasurer’s office is looking for some professional investment firms that do not consider it their right to peel bills off Little Rhody’s roll for their new Mercedes or next ounce of blow.

And now would someone please total up just how much of a cut they really got, in ’Merican dollars?  Thanks, we’re busy watching the Pats, so just call us when you’ve got it.

Headline Story of the Week

File under “Wish We’d Thought of That.” From England’s Private Eye:

Trump Congratulates the Leader of Pneumonia

After shock reports that Hillary Clinton had been struck down by Pneumonia this week, Donald Trump congratulated the leader and the people of Pneumonia for their assistance.

“I get on great with the Pneumonians,” said the strange-haired fantasist yesterday. “I love the country of Pneumonia and I get on great with the Pneumonia leader, General whatsisname, who is a close personal friend of mine, and who’s said many nice things about me, and I’m glad to get the help of Pneumonia to defeat crooked Hillary Clinton.”

Passages
Passionate, tough, persistent and committed, Henry Shelton, more than any individual we know, changed the lives of the needy, poor and working class people of Rhode Island for the better. He was the founder of the George Wiley Center (and, if you don’t know who George Wiley was, we encourage you do a brief bit of research on this scientist and civil rights leader) and, for decades, the champion and voice of the poor and a primary motivating force beyond nearly every initiative for social justice in the state. On September 21, Henry passed away quietly at his home in the Edgewood section of Cranston. He was 86.
State Senator Josh Miller was quoted in The BlowJo as saying, “I have personally always looked to him as a true moral compass.” This has been true for many of us. When there was a new battle or a new initiative being planned, your superior correspondents could depend on getting a phone call or a note from Henry, assuring us of its importance and suggesting that we let people know what was going on in the Cool, Cool World column.
The Henry Shelton-led epic battle with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission to make it more difficult to turn off the heat and electricity in the homes of poor folks who were in arrears with the utility company was finally won in 2011 with the passage of the Henry Shelton Act, which provided some protection for many who owed money to the utilities, setting up tougher standards for shut-offs.
There are many stories about Henry’s tireless and passionate support for those in need and, undoubtedly, they are all true. It will take the efforts of many, many people to carry on the important work that Henry inspired. Rest in peace, Henry. Your work made a huge difference.
Phillipe & Jorge also wish to note the passing of someone who we didn’t know, but who was a powerful source of good in his community. Stephen Chrabaszcz, the principal of Toll Gate High School in Warwick, died unexpectedly on September 20. Friends of ours who had children in the Warwick school system tell us that Principal Chrabaszcz was well known for going the extra mile for his students.
Not To Be Missed
Our good friend Darren Hill (RI Music Hall of Famer for his work with The Raindogs) has a great event planned at his great place POP, the vintage and antique emporium for all cool popular culture stuff at 219 West Park Street in Providence (near the old Coca Cola bottling plant). On Friday evening, October 7 from 6 to 11pm, POP will have (in conjunction with Van Vessem Gallery in Tiverton, an event called “High Fidelity” featuring the photography of Bobby Grossman and a special performance by David (New York Dolls, Buster Poindexter) Johansen.
A RISD graduate, Bobby Grossman captured the emerging scene in downtown NYC in the 1970s at CBGB, the Mudd Club and other venues. He has great photographs of a lot of the major figures in that scene, including former schoolmates Talking Heads. He has also collaborated with Shepard Fairey on a piece (Doom & Destiny) featuring Debbie Harry that will be shown.
Since Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) has known some of these folks for years — first meeting David Johansen at the Mercer Arts Center in 1972 — he will be emceeing this event. Should be a good time for all. See story at motifri.com/highfidelity.

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