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Friday, September 22, 2017

Qu'est que c'est "dotard?"

It's the question on the lips of every French-speaking person around the globe, as well as other nationalities everywhere... in their own tongue, of course.

It's a wonderful word, well used by the man with one of the world's worst haircuts, speaking of the man with whom he vies for that dubious title.

That the two coiffure-challenged National leaders seem intent on hauling one another into nuclear armageddon, which one's high stakes woofing will finally cause the other to say, "O yeah? Watch this!"

We tremble as we watch our all-news network of choice!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In memoria, Hallie and Mike...

...neither of whom I knew, as I suspect no one on The Southampton Press did either, but it didn't stop them from cogently editorializing about their deaths last week in tomorrow morning's edition.

(The second item on A8 of the Editorial page.)

What the newspaper has done is mention the existence of two "tribute" videos posted on line, and which are herein­under presented. More...

Sunday, September 17, 2017


...we're talking the pro football pre-game shows Sundays at Noon during football season and this one's an easy pick for me.

Regular OtBB readers are likely aware that I'm a 66+ year Detroit Lions fan from a time when there were only 12 professional teams in the country, and being something of a traditionalist, most would suspect that I'd be partial to "Fox NFL Sunday" anchored by Terry Bradshaw, but that immediately falls out of consideration because: More...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017)

Harry Dean Stanton in "Cisco Pike" 1972

One of the best character actors I've ever had the pleasure of watching, passed away this afternoon of natural causes at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

More than just a craggy face, Harry Dean Stanton was seemingly incapable of a less than memorable perfor­mance in any of the 199 roles he assayed over a 63-year career before a television or movie lens. More...

Another victory, of sorts...

...and somewhere Gerry and Budd Schulberg are smiling to themselves as last week New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation announced the completion of a significantly revised draft management plan for mute swans.

That DEC has backed off its plan of 2014 to murder them in Cranberry Marsh and anywhere else they could be found on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, is emblematic of the good fight well fought against a Government agency not always responsive to the public it is supposed to serve.

(cf: the juvenile female humpback whale who was ignored to death in Moriches Bay last December. Different agency, but same awful result!) More...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A good guy wins one...

Updated Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 12:05 pm

...and beats the machine while he's at it!

(Even though it's not the Suffolk County GOP behemoth of yore... hey there, Dick Zeidler!... this was an impressive win.)

Oddly, only local gal Lisa Finn, writing in Southampton Patch reported the story fully and accurately...

Larry Zacarese Wins Suffolk County Sheriff GOP Primary Race

...and it wasn't 'til more than 15 hours after the polls closed that the Suffolk County Board of Elections took official note of the Primary results.

And while my sentiment is that once-vaunted Newsday has devolved into little more than a bird cage liner, they got this one startlingly right in an editorial last week:

Suffolk County sheriff primary reeks of the political swamp

"Your [primary] vote is an opportunity to take a stand against party bosses who rig races. Against cross-endorsement scams that rob all voters of real choices. Against backroom deals in which political leaders divide the spoils of victory, rewarding operatives with patron­age jobs regardless of merit."

Just so!

The back room deal rigged by those "party bosses" was so blatant that even Newsday felt compelled to call it out, and the rank and file registered Suffolk County GOP voters by a 56% to 44% margin, stuck it to the power brokers.

That's a good feeling!

Zacarese will meet Democratic candidate Stuart P. Besen, a 53-year old lawyer from Northport, is November's General Election.

Zacarese: si! Boyle: no!

Lawrence Zacarese

In any language available at any of the polling places throughout Suffolk County in today's Republican Primary, it should be clear: Lawrence Zacarese should be the GOP standard bearer in the November General Election!

Friday, September 08, 2017

By far the better candidate...

...for Suffolk County Sheriff in Tuesday's Republican primary is challenger Lawrence Zacarese.

Yeah, I'm not enchanted with his campaign's association Rudy Giuliani and Curtis Sliwa, but he gets the nod over the political hack the County GOP put up for Sheriff.

Vote for Larry Zacarese

On Tuesday, September 12, vote for Larry Zacarese.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Phil Boyle must think we're all dummies

Otherwise why would he be campaigning for Suffolk County Sheriff with a message like...

Campaign flyer

After eight years in the New York State Assembly and another five in the New York State Senate, one would think that if he sincerely wanted to "increase the penalties for heroin," he would have introduced legislation to that effect then, and not wait 'til he's running for Sheriff! More...

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

In this week in 1939...

...I not only wasn't born, I wasn't yet conceived, but my father, two days shy of his 29th birthday, knew what this event portended.

Nazi Germany invades Poland

Employed as an actuary at Metropolitan Life Company, he was part of the ROTC from his years at MIT from which he'd graduated in 1932.

As the radio report came through that Friday, my father told my mother, "We... I am going to war, and we need to plan accordingly."

With me on the scene and my sister still five months from drawing her first breath, my father did go to war, just as he foresaw 29 months earlier.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

A clear choice in next week's GOP primary

And my only question is, how could the Suffolk County Republican "bosses" have gotten this one so wrong?

Tuesday, September 12th will see a primary election between party designee New York State Senator Phil Boyle (5th District, Bayshore) and challenger Larry Zacarese, a Smithtown resident and veteran of the NYPD. He is currently an Assistant Chief for Stony Brook University Police Department.

No Boyle

Not a tough decision, really... a law enforcement pro­fessional for the County's top law enforcement position, or a career politician. More...

"Sweet Tuesday"

It's the day after an uneventful Labor Day, and it's one the late Walter Fritchie called "Sweet Tuesday" because the air smelled sweeter and fresher for the Summer invaders having made a mass exit.

It was said without rancor or opprobrium, more as an observation of the obvious to anyone who ventured down Main Street and could smell the air and feel the difference between yesterday and this morning.

I don't know that it's unique to Westhampton Beach, but I've never experienced the sensation anywhere else, and I've been around a bit.

All hail "Sweet Tuesday!"

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Whew! Dodged a bullet.

Conspicuous by their absence are the names of any locations along the barrier beach (Dune Road) between Moriches and Shinnecock inlets!

Officials Warn Against Swimming at 14 Long Island Beaches

"Officials expect high bacteria levels at the 14 beaches after heavy rain Saturday night on the South Shore. Levels of bacteria are expected to exceed the standards for New York State."

Didn't miss by much, however... one Brookhaven Town site, Shirley Beach, is several miles West of Cupsogue as the seagull soars.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Best Press Headline in Ages!

And I can't remember when the last one was!

Fire Damages The Clamman Seafood Market Thursday Night; Lobsters Rescued

The straightforward report is accompanied by long-time Press correspondent Michael Wright's on-the-scene photo­graph of two non-standard Southampton ladies hauling a container of marine crustaceans out of harm's way.

This is a lock for a Best Spot News award in the next NY State Press Association's Better Newspaper competition.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Season 7's Most Satisfying Death

Spoiler Alert! If you've not yet seen the "Game of Thrones" Season 7 finale currently on HBO, pass by!

Seen it and want to relive a scene, c'mon in! More...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Do they all share the same stylist?

We're asking about, [l-r] MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, for­mer ABC News political director Amy Walter and ESPN's Kate Fagan.

Maddow, Walter and Fagan

Jus' wondering....

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Jeanne has made the scene...

...and I'll be "batching" it for the next four-five days while she is off to, of all places, Wyoming where her son Baier the Doctor is fulfilling his residency requirement.

The critical element in this is that Sassy, puppy boy Rosco and I will be watching the Season 7 finale of "Game of Thrones" alone Sunday evening.


The 80-minute episode's title is "The Dragon and the Wolf," giving me hope that along with dragons, one of the two surviving direwolves, "Nymeria," will be in action!

I am breathless in anticipation! More...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Am I so sheltered that I just now...

Antifa logo

...learned what Antifa is, and what role it's been been playing around America over the past several years?

(Antifa = "anti-fascist," a commendable political and social stance which seems to have been co-opted by loosely organized, mask-wearing radical Leftists.)

What's propelled it into my (and others) consciousness this week has been the violent events in Charlottesville last Friday, and the war of words between the Trump Admin­istration and the media. More...

Monday, August 14, 2017

The forgotten Boy of Summer

Gil Hodges Bobblehead

In truth, the man will never be forgotten by me or any of the "Flatbush Faithful" from the lively Dodgers days in Brooklyn, but it is those myopic mutts on the Hall of Fame Oldtimers' and Golden Days committees who either have huge holes in their memory banks, or are simply ignorami who have neither the wit nor the pride to perform their job properly.

I rise to again address the issue of Gilbert Ray Hodges' disgraceful absence from Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. More...

Friday, August 11, 2017

A timely blast (heh heh) from the past!

Federal Civil Defense Administration

I didn't even think of this in October 1962 when half the country was sure that JFK's brinksmanship with Nikita Khrushchev had plunged the world into nuclear Arma­ged­don over the subject of... surprise!... missiles where we didn't want them.

Unusual, considering I grew up in the '40s when the United States developed and tested the world's first nuclear weapon (then called an atomic bomb) and then proceeded to drop a pair of them on Japanese cities on the otherside of the world.

Japan, already fighting a series of losing battles in a war they had started 44 months earlier, quickly sued for peace and agreed to an unconditional surrender less than ten days after the second mushroom cloud appeared over the Land of the Rising Sun.

(I remember that evening, the setting sunlight struggling around the blackout shades darkening my bedroom as the bells of the Beach Methodist Church pealed joyously throughout the evening.)

It wasn't long before the country, if not the world, was swept up in an abiding fear of atomic bombs, and by the early '50s "Popular Mechanics" was publishing plans for what came to be known as "bomb shelters."

(We didn't go that far, but by the time our father had deployed to Korea... remember that name!... we had case goods of Mary Kitchen Roast Beef Hash and Campbell's condensed soups... heavy on Black Bean and Bean with Bacon... in our basement.)

Anyone paying attention to this week's news, can under­stand why I felt this might again be pertinent!

(Pretty terrifying stuff to a pre-teenager!)

On a historical note, the Federal Civil Defense Administra­tion, created by President Truman in 1948, went through a series of mergers and consolidations, from the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization under President Eisenhower in 1958 to the Office of Civil Defense in 1961 and the Office of Emergency Planning less then two months later (both under JFK), then being renamed the Office of Emer­gency Preparedness under LBJ in 1968 and finally abolish­ed by Nixon on July 1, 1973.

Just remember, "Duck and Cover" is still a sound strategy, and an even better one if you've prepared a place in which to do it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Pete Fenner (1936-2016)

This was passed onto me just this afternoon.

David Fenner, age 80, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Portland, after suffering a stroke. He was surrounded by family, and passed peacefully.

Pete was born April 18, 1936, to John and Janice (Gleason) Fenner in Montclair, N.J., the middle of three children. He grew up in Madison, N.J., and graduated from Madison High School in 1954. Pete attended Lehigh University, and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Nancy Royce weds Pete Fenner After college, he married his childhood sweetheart Nancy Carrell Royce, and began a long career with Ma Bell, starting as an engineer with Western Electric, and finish­ing as a Vice President and Divi­sion Head at AT&T. More...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

August Village Board Meeting

After opening the meeting acknowledging that Clerk of the Village Elizabeth Lindtvit has been Certified by the New York State Society of Municipal Finance Officers and tossing some kudos at Westhampton Beach Police Detec­tive Steve McManus for his efforts in illegal pharmaceutical diversion, Mayor Maria Moore got down to business with a Special Exception Application for Entertainment Permit for The Claddagh Restaurant.

Following a recommendation by the Planning Board, a final approval of The Claddagh's permit was contingent on re­submitting a completed application.

Although the actions occurred this past April, the real news to emerge from the Village Board meeting was that due to the joint efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Village Police Department, an investigation More...

Monday, July 31, 2017

Out, damn'd squirrels!

Boy, did this catch my eye on this afternoon's 27east!

Squirrels Might Have Caused Fire At Quogue Refuge's Ice House

"Last month’s fire that damaged the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s old ice house building might have been started by unlikely culprits: a family of squirrels."

Long before Jeanne began fighting the good fight against the giant "hooved rodents" (Odocoileus virginianus) whose population has burgeoned within our Village over the past 18-20 years and savaged her gardens... More...

Monday, July 24, 2017

They've got to tighten...

Updated Monday, July 24, 2017 – 5:34 pm

...the requirements for allowing people into the country by at least adding a rudimentary intelligence test!

Whatever else potential entrants would be asked, high on the list would be:

"If it has been raining throughout the night and morning and you are tasked with leaf-blowing on a landscaping job, so you:"
  1. Go ahead, put on a set of earphones and wander around the yard pointing the blower at anything resembling a leaf, no matter how soggy? (Adelante, ponga un conjunto de auriculares y pasee por el patio apuntando el soplador a cualquier cosa que se asemeje a una hoja, no importa cómo está empapado?)
  2. Pack up and go home to wait from a dryer day? (Pack y volver a casa a esperar de un día de secado?)


Friday, July 21, 2017

'Bout damned time!

I've been railing against the disparity of gasoline prices in the area it seems like for-freakin'-ever...

(See: "Con$umer Ga$oline Advi$ory" exactly six years ago!)

...and prodding our Assemblyman Fred Thiele to do something about it!

For his part, Fred would issue an annual press release claiming he was introducting legislation to address the problem... which, not surprisingly, remained shame­fully unaddressed. More...

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Major Re-evaluation

I took snide potshots at Fred Havemeyer during his extended tenure as Southampton Town Trustee, based solely on his campaign photo, dressed in pristine waders intended to certify his credentials as an authentic bayman.

Of course, he was no such thing, just a gentleman Bridge­hampton farmer with lengthy fealty to the Republican party, but that campaign photo bothered me almost as much as the one of Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry posing with a shotgun as if this was a regular activity of the long time gun prohibitionist.

John Kerry 2004 Presidential Campaign Photo

(Hilariously, Kerry "shot himself in the foot" with his target demographic because firearms owners everywhere immediately recognized that image as less a photo op than a cynically posed bit of fakery; had it been genuine, the candidate would have been wearing eye and ear protection!) More...

Friday, July 14, 2017

I'm rooting for the guy

This caught my attention this morning:

Tim Tebow exceeding expectations in high-A ball

...and I was immediately reminded of that famous, long-running magazine advertisement from 1926: "They Laughed When I Sat Down At The Piano – But When I Started to Play!" More...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Boooo! Hssss! to the Sunset Avenue 7-Eleven

...to the Sunset Avenue 7-Eleven for discontinuing the July 11th (7-11, get it?) promotion of a free small slurpee with more than five hours left in the day.


We'd rushed all the way back from Stony Brook to our local 7-Eleven store only to find the sign of denial on the front door! Bad form!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Catching up with Evans Killeen

Years? Not nearly!

Evans Killeen basecall card, circa 1959

It's been decades since Evans Killeen and I ran across one another... it had to have been 1986 when "Rocket Gibraltar" was filming at Henry Immes former home on Beach Lane and one of the actors portraying a professionl baseball pitch­er, needed some serious coaching for his role.

Who ya gonna call? More...

Thursday, July 06, 2017

A misspent mind...

...is George Guldi's, as we learn from 27East:

Appellate Court Tosses Guldi Conviction In Westhampton Beach Insurance Fraud Case...

(Yes, all aspects of the Mortgage Fraud trial were upheld.)

2009 Guldi mugshot

As someone who has known George his entire life... he was born and raised in my extended rear yard in the house he was convicted of setting fire to... it's been apparent that the man is a very smart attorney, just never quite as smart as he considered himself to be.

How this ruling affects George's freedom from incarcer­a­tion is not immediately known, but had he approached his two parole hearings with a less truculent attitude, he'd've been back on the street some time ago.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Here's a weird one...

...uncovered during a 60 hours marathon viewing, in sequence, of the full six seasons of "Games of Thrones" over this extended weekend as cable HBO whets every­one's appetite for the delayed premiere of an abbreviated Season 7 on July 16th.

Not that this viewer needed much stimulation... I've been all in since midway through the first season when I sud­denly "got" what "GOT" was all about! More...