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Friday, January 20, 2017

Who we have elected...

...as Chief Executive for the next four years, is Donald J. Trump, and it seems unlikely that he won't for all time be known as "The Twitter President."

(Which, considering the alternative, "The Pants Suit President," is for me greatly preferable! [shudder!])

So I'm willing to give the new President some room to show his stuff, but I am reminded of an observation by adult film writer-director Jacky St. James:

"If you're cruel on social media you're either a coward or a dick."

Mr. President?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Congratulations 2017 Hall of Famers...

...Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and "Pudge" Rodriguez, voted into the Cooperstown baseball shrine, each with over 75% of the votes cast by the Baseball Writers of America.

I have no quibble with any of those inductees, though I'm saddened by the lessened vote totals for outspoken pitcher Curt Schilling, doomed by Political Correctitude, a curse defeated only by Donald Trump.

But again I am infuriated by that uber-weenie Bob Costas who, during the announcement cablecast on MLB (Channel 222), made snide comment about Bagwell's induction on his sixth year of eligibility, saying that it was because Mike Piazza was voted in last year. More...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Say what???

From President Obama's 29th and final White House press conference, responsing to a question:

"I think somewhere we're ging to have to spend... and this willl require some action by the Supreme Court... we have to re-examine the flood of endless money that goes into our politics, which I think is very unhealthy."

It was not immediately apparent just which candidate he had in mind: 2016 Presidential Campaign Expenditures.

Monday, January 16, 2017

One thing I'll miss about...

...President Barack Obama is his way with a laugh line, an art apparently missing from President-elect Donald Trump's personal style.

Great line... perfect delivery!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Helluva game! Helluva week!

The week ended the same way it began, with a teriffic, nail-biter of a football game!

Last Monday night it was the 2017 College National Championship Playoff between the #2 ranked Clemson Tigers and the top seeded Alabama Crimson Tide.

With one (1!) second left, Clemson scored the game-winning touchdown, allowing the Tigers to finish the season at the top for the first time since 1981. More...

Another milestone of my youth...

...an event my mom always tried to take me to for my birthday, is folding its tents and scattering its remnants across the eroding landscape of my memory... "the Great­est Show on Earth" won't be any longer.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to close after 146 years

"Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise." More...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January Village Board Meeting

In the rescheduled monthly Village Board meeting (delayed one week), Michelle Buggé announced the winners of the Holiday Lighting contest, none of whom (even with the new, streamlined categories) were in attendance.

In what could be interpreted as a "screw you!" to the ever­last­ingly suspended Police Officer Joseph Pesapane, the Village's fathers and mother promoted Officer Stephen McManus to the rank of Police Detective at an annual salary of $124,743.60, which figure will likely appear on the front cover of Newsday within the foreseeable future.

(Nearly a dozen uniformed members of the de­part­ment did attend to applaud Detective McManus' award of his Gold Shield.) More...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Just when we really need him...

...to head to to Washington, D.C. and knock Al Sharpton on his steatopygian butt, Roy Innes has left us.

Civil rights leader Innis, who moved from liberalism to libertarianism, dies at 82

Born on St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands in 1932, Roy Emile Alfredo Innis was elected national chair­man of the Congress of Racial Equality in 1968 and was a strong voice for the organization's principles for more than half a century. More...

Monday, January 09, 2017

'A good guy with a gun...'

...isn't just a tag line used by the National Rifle Association, it's real and it's even more relevant now than in any time recent.

'I fired until my magazine was empty'

"Eytan Rund, an Israeli guide who survived the Jeru­salem lorry attack, recounts his ordeal" More...

Making America great Again...

...Westhampton Beach edition!

Haven't seen any really enterprising local kids on a "Snow Day" since Snapper Hulse's two sons would show up on my front steps with shovels (never any machines!) and offer to dig us out for what was an entirely equitable price.

Sunday morning, though, it was Chris Merle (631-488-7443) and Thomas Montagna (631-376-2541) who appeared, timely with shovels and a snow blower, and unencumbered us from "the white stuff" in no time at all.

Probably could've gotten it done cheaper, but I didn't have to ask either fellow to show their "green card."

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Never 'got' Giuliana Rancic...

Giuliana Rancic

...or what her claim to any sort of celebrity could be aside, from her in­sistance on wearing her hair drawn back emphasizing not only her cheekbones and ears, but an oversized head atop a dis­turb­ingly cachectic body.

Yet she persists, as I learned en passant (channel-flip­ping) earlier this evening: More...

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Please disregard Wednesday's blog...

...the one entitled "Not sure what to make of this," as I have no excuses to make.

I was away part of the week and taped three evenings worth of "Chasing News" to better delve into it.

The on-air people (known as "chasers") serve as field reporters and their own camera-persons (using "selfie-sticks" for the love of Jacques Dittes), studio co-hosts, writers/producers and set-dressers.... similar to the way Harvey Levin dresses his miminalist "TMZ on TV" sets with informally-clad youngsters. More...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Not sure what to make of this

I have no use for the "TMZ on TV" syndicated celebrity scandalmonger show hosted by Harvey Levin and related to the TMZ website.

(Don't know the show? Maybe you've seen the Pro­gressive Insurance spot spoofing TMZ and Levin.)

'Chasing News' logo

My antipathy for Levin and the TMZ brand is the subject of another OtBB entry, but what occasioned this one was a show I literally stumbled on last evening, "Chasing News" on WWOR-TV, Channel 9 at 10:00 pm. More...

Monday, January 02, 2017

Cheat, cheat, never beat!

The big pop news out of New Year's Eve was some dirty work at the crossroads of the world: Times Square.

Mariah Carey walks off stage after technical snag

"An audio track malfunction was reported while Carey was lip-syncing to some of her biggest songs onstage in front of a live audience of millions."

The lessons of Milli Vanilli clearly escaped the Carey camp.

Then, walking off the stage in a huff, she said: More...

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Why is this woman still...

Donna Brazile

...given any sort of national platform after being outted as the source of the questions being leaked to Hillary Clinton in advance of the Democratic Primary debate with Bernie Sanders?

(Donna Brazile was a featured guest on ABC's "This Week..." this morning.)

The Sanders wing of the Democratic Party have over­whelmingly called for Brazile to step down from her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Wanna know why the Democratic Party is in big trouble?

After punting a national election in which their candidate was the prohibitive favorite even two hours after the polls closed, Brazile and Nancy Pelosi are still calling the shots!

What a way to ring out...

...the old year, with a six-day orgy of all the "Game of Thrones" episodes to date, in sequence!

It kicked off on HBO2 at Noon of Boxing Day and con­cluded New Year's Eve, something close to 60 hours of all my favorite GOTery... Daenerys Stormborn's rapidly maturing dragons, the Stark offsprings' endangered dire­wolves, the hilarious and tragic Tyrion Lannister, and the plucky and increasingly lethal 14-year old Arya Stark.

Whoever dreamt up the idea of this six season marathon had the right idea... instead of launching the start of April as previous years have, Season 7 won't debut 'til late this Summer, so the past week slaked Jeanne's and my GOT jones.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Person of the Year, 2016

This was easy, 'cause every other possible contender finishes w-a-a-a-y up the track to the former Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, she who flew into Donald Trump's chaotic campaign in August and took him across the November 8th finish line well ahead of the prohibitive favorite.

The Villain and the Hero Super Girl

Yeah, that's a Super Girl outfit chose for a lavish Villains and Heroes-themed party costume party thrown earlier this month for Trump's SuperPac hosted by the Mercer family at their home in Head of the Harbor (St. James).

Look at it this way: no Kellyanne Conway, no President-elect Trump, and wherever you stand, this was a Never Hillary household!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Something of a disconnect...

...'twixt image and narration on WCBS (Channel 2) 6:00 News' report on today's incommodious episode:

Prisoner Escapes Police Custody, Bolts From Hospital In Greenwich Village

And while the voice-over described how police everywhere were undertaking an intense search for the escapee.

Scene of the escape.

This is not unique to "New York City's Finest," but rather to uniformed law enforcement everywhere there is a police presence and bullets aren't flying.

There are always, it seems, matters of great import to discuss whenever blue uniforms gather, but standing around the doorway when the guy's already gone?

Monday, December 26, 2016

You decide

MSNBC talking head Rachel Maddow questioned newly appointed Trump Administration "counsellor" Kellyanne Conway last week about how the President-elect, his family and his administration plan to deal with the media, how reporters can expect to be treated after January 20th's inauguration, citing Trump's recent attacks on ABC News anchor Martha Raddatz, whom he mocked for "crying when she realized that we won."

Both Ms. Raddatz and ABC network denied the account, calling it "fiction" and "ridiculous and untrue."

As Warner Wolf used to say, "Let's go to the videotape."

In the alternative, perhaps she was just exhausted.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Abuse of statutes

This is an Awful News/Better News story:

No Bond for Suspect in "Road Rage" Toddler Shooting Death

"Gary Holmes, 33, of Little Rock, was arrested Thursday night in the Acen King case. Holmes was booked into Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility on charges of Capital Murder and Terroristic Act (2 counts)."

"Terroristic Act (2 counts)???" I'm fine with the "Capital Murder" part, and Arkansas does have the Death Penalty.

A "Terrorist Act" is 24-year-old radicalized Tunisian Anis Amri driving a truck into a heavily populated Berlin Christmas market!

Let's not dilute the intent of Terrorism Statutes just because some prosecutor wants a bigger headline!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Won't miss it at all, II...

...being an add-on to last week's "Won't miss it at all" in which I referenced a mid-2010 The New York Times article about the "dueling" book stores, but which I was unable to retrieve.

An OtBB reader whose Times Archives-foo is superior to mine, found it: "Bookstore Arrives, and Sides Are Taken," and it does not portray Books and Books co-owner Jack McKeown in a gracious light: More...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nathan in La La land

This caught my eye this afternoon, almost a full day following the meeting of the Electorial College to formally cast their votes as determined by the results of November 8th's National Election:

Electoral College Update: There Are Now Close to Enough Faithless Electors to Prevent Donald Trump from Being President, Reports Suggest

Nathan Francis

The mostly speculative story carrying Nathan Francis's by-line, is remark­ably devoid of any declarative statements, as everything is presented with qualifiers (weasel words) such as "may," "suggests," "so-called" and "appears," all in sup­port of the premise... More...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Oops! [heh heh]

Seen the YouTube video aimed at President-elect Donald Trump's Electoral College voters?

That's the full length version, but abbreviated versions tar­geted individual Trump electors by name. More...

Tough time of the year for us elders

Not playin' the po' pitiful pearl card here... just look at The Southampton Press obituaries page over the next three-four weeks! More...

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Why is Donna Brazile still getting a pass?

I may need to stop watching television news programs given the amount of roiling they cause in my stomach.

One example is ABC's "This Week With George Steph­anopoulos" today with that harpy Martha Raddatz prop­ping up the (still) Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile in an interview about the allegations that the Russians worked to throw the Presidential election to Donald Trump. More...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

O Hillary, look to thyself...

Hillary Clinton horrow

...for once, you snivelling harridan, look to thyself!

It was barf-inducing to listen to failed Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton attempt to rehabilitate her political persona Thurs­day... audio only, no video... in a speech before $1 billion worth of donors in Washington, D.C., telling them:

"Make no mistake, as the press is finally catch­ing up to the facts, which we desperately tried to present to them during the last months of the campaign. This is not just an attack on me and my campaign... this is an attack against our country." More...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Won't miss it at all

One of the time-honored places to catch up with local news being the barber shop, while sitting in Merle's chair on Mill Road yesterday afternoon, I learned that Books and Books in the middle of Main Street had shuttered almost a fort­night ago.

I take a certain degree of pride that I purposely hadn't set foot in that establishment since they opened just over six years ago... and I'm not even friends with The Open Book's Terry Lucas, but I was in business on Main Street for 24 years. More...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Okay, here's the deal...

...NBC News, institutionally the most dishonest organiza­tion in the history of broadcast news media (see Trayvon Martin, General Motors pickup trucks, etc.), is running with the story...

Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

Citing two anonymous senior United States intelligence officials, NBC believes with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in this year's pres­idential election. More...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TL˛

This, it seems, is the best anyone's going to get...

NOAA Official Apologizes For Lack Of Communication With Community About Stranded Whale

Actually, this isn't just a matter of "too little too late," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's formal response to the death by bureaucratic bungling of the ju­ve­nile female humpback whale in Moriches Bay last month is wholly inadequate, and gives further evidence of the agency's incompetence or, worse, indifference. More...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Whopper of the Year

Trump's favorite gesture

President-elect Donald Trump's hyperbolic and non-specific assertions on the stump (and after), commonly declaimed while waving his right hand in the air, forefinger extended, the thumb and middlefinger forming a circle, have been driving me nuts for the past 18 months.

(But that miracle-worker KellyAnne Con­way could have excised that particular gesture from The Donald's repertoire!)

But anything Trump might have exagerated or embellish­ed, pales in comparison to a number of straight-faced statements from the failed Democratic candidate. More...

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Our 'Uncle Ham'

(A Guest Blog by my cousin David "Woodie" Clifton.)

As local Westhampton Beach kids of the '50s-'60s we five brothers were blessed with the non-blood-related parent­ing love offered among the tight-knit families of the area. Both Ham and Ruthie, as well as a handful of other families, never failed to make it known that we were "family." This was a continuation from prior generations.

Our Fathers

Ham mentored my father, Charles Clifton, as a budding sailboat racer, which led to his great success at the inter­national level. More...