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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Soooo, where's everyone been...

...all these decades while a priapic Harvey Weinstein ran amok in Hollywood, New York City and Paris sexually assaulting, mollesting and being otherwise inappropriate with dozens of females, primarily star-struck young ingénues looking for a leg up in show business?

(Standby for an updated number on his victims... the inexact figure appreciates daily!)

Actresses and starlets-who-want-to-be-actresses are coming out of, not the woodwork, but their attorneys' offices to tell their stories of sexual misconduct, More...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Let's hear it for Eli Manning...

...and the New York (even though they've been calling New Jersey home for over 40 years) Giants of the National Football League!

Against all expectations (except those of the most diehard Big Blue fans) the winless Giants went into Denver (3-1) last night and beat the Broncos, 23-10, and contributed significantly to our meal this evening. More...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Second Worst Woman in the World...

...wedged in there ahead of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Grace but still behind V. Stiviano, has got to be Kijuana Nige Sherrod, the comely African-American 33-year-old who posted the video of Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting lines of a white powdery substance, because...

"My motive was just to basically expose the inequalities in the system. It's not just NFL. The inequalities that come with being a minority compared with a white privileged person in America just in general."

A self-described "professional tease" and More...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Honest if not particularly politic

When I first learned of what Congressman Brendan Boyle (D, PA) had tweeted after the United States Men's Soccer Team had suffered a humiliating loss at the feet of tiny Trinidad and Tobago, one which kept the USA men's team from qualifying for the World Cup...:

"I was really disappointed they didn't qualify for the World Cup. Then I remembered I couldn't care less about soccer."

...I thought, "What a dick, and a gratuitous one!"

While I have never been part of the Twitter-verse, the reaction of those denizens pretty much mirrored my own. More...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Think I'll pass

Received this notice of an "Acquisition Opportunity" from a long-time OtBB Secret Field Operative Brian J. McCarthy.

(Necessarily a pseudonym for his protection.) More...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Yeah, it's a NY Post sports columnist...

...so whatever Mike Vaccaro writes about the New York Jets, no matter how fatuous, is just his opinion.

Todd Bowles looks like the clueless coach of an 0-16 team

"We’ll start by paraphrasing the late Dennis Green: The Jets are what we thought they were."

Okay, that was penned on September 10th, the More...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I'm not big on...

Los Angeles Dodgers logo

...edge of the seat nail-biting finishes in sporting events involving teams for which I root: the Lions and Red Wings of Detroit, and of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers!

(Purposefully omitted from that short list is the nearby NBA team for which I've had to shelve my rooting interest for as long as it remains under the present ownership.)

So I'm delighted that the Dodgers... my Dodgers... swept their National League best of five Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, three-zip. More...

Friday, October 06, 2017

Memo to Lisa Finn: WHA-AT?!?

This just caught my critical (and curious) eye:

Vineyard 48 Shut Down By State Liquor Authority; 'Good Riddance,' Supe Says By Lisa Finn

"Neighbors of Vineyard 48 have long said the winery has shattered their quality of life, complaining of couples having sex outside, loud music and a string of alleged alcohol overdoses."

Public intoxication? No longer criminal, but sure. Unruly behavior? For sure. Disorderly conduct? Absolutely!

But "alcohol overdoses?" Anyone hospitalized?

I mean, really!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Remember this name, remember this face...

Hayley Geftman-Gold

...she's Hayley Geftman-Gold, the now former Vice President and Senior Counsel, Strategic Transactions at CBS in New York City.

The late '30s-something mother of three who resides with her busband and family in Brooklyn, New York, was fired from her year-old position with the broadcast corporation for her extraordinarily tone-deaf Twitter messages following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on the evening of October 1st. More...

Monday, October 02, 2017

It's a simple matter of 'character'...

...and that's now, and for some years now, a notable deficiency with Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Louisville athletic board starts process to fire Rick Pitino after contract breach claim

It's not like OtBB hasn't written about this mutt before:

That the man has lasted in his position of the Cardinals head coach speaks as much to the priorities of the Univer­sity of Louisville's regents as it does of Pitino's utter lack of any sort of moral compass.

Someone blinked...

...but no one'll say who, and if this "negotiation" runs to form, sometime in the next day or so, both sides will insist that everyone's pleased with the outcome.

Altice Reaches Deal With Disney, Averting Blackout of ESPN and Other Channels

"Talks between Altice and Disney went down to the wire Sunday afternoon against a 5 p.m. ET deadline for a new carriage agreement to avert a black out of ESPN, WABC-TV New York and other Disney-owned channels on Altice USA’s Optimum platform serving about 2.6 million New York-area subscribers."

Guess who won't be happy!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Wisdom is not so much what you say...

...but how well you are able to articulate your thoughts, an epiphany which came to me during this morning's weekly CBS talking head-fest, "Face The Nation."

It was delivered by Amy Walter, National Editor of The Cook Political Report during a discussion of the Admin­is­tration's response to the hurricane which devastated Puerto Rico:

"Unfortunately what this does is that it brings us back to this place where if you're on a certain side of the aisle, you put on your jersey and side with the Mayor (of San Juan) and on the other side of the aisle you put on your jersey and side with the President. More...

Friday, September 29, 2017

A little seen classic...

"Mystery of the Wax Museum"

...1933's "Mystery of the Wax Museum " is being shown Saturday morning (10:30am) on cable TCM, Channel 97, and it's well-worth recording if you're otherwise engaged.

The reason why it's "little seen" is that for decades it was thought to be a "lost" film... only some production stills survived to tantalize cinema buffs. More...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Beware Barry Bernstein bearing gifts...

...as yesterday's mitzvah probably led to today's yetzer hara as we see from a report in this week's Southampton Press Western Edition:

Main Street Park's Days Could Be Numbered In Westhampton Beach

A close reading of Kate Riga's story leads one to conclude that Barry Bernstein must think Westhampton Beach Village government is comprised of shmendriks. More...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Aww jeez, not again!

While not quite breaking news, I didn't become aware of the posibility that the Disney conglomerate will be with­holding network ABC and the ESPN family of cable sports channel from the Optimum (that's us!) line-up over a carriage dispute and, what else!, rights fees.

This is not the first time our cable provider has had a dispute with a content provided to the detriment of consumers... remember the Cablevision/Fox-News Corp. freeze-out of 2010 that cost subscribers the first two games of the World Serious between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants.

(Both games were won by eventual champion Giants.) More...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Did I see Dylan Laube at his best?

I went to one Westhampton Beach High School football game last year, a "Friday Night Lights" deal against Amity­ville Memorial, a team that was once a Suffolk County scholastic powerhouse, and with a student body size that dwarfed that of the local high school.

That was then (the '70s), this was 2016 and the student body sizes have reversed... and the Hurricanes, led by running back Dylan Laube, literally glided away from the team from western Suffolk, 49-20. More...

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

AFC/CBS v. NFC/Fox

...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...