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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thanks Al... it was thrilling!

I hadn't thought of Al Arbour in years, for the simple reason that when it comes to hockey, I am first and fore­most and have been for 64 years, a Detroit Red Wings fan.

But in the '70s, long before there were dedicated sports channels... and even if there had been, Long Island Cable­vision wouldn't have carried them... if I wanted to see my team play, the closest place was the Nassau Coliseum.

(Damned NBC dropped its Sunday afternoon Game of the Week following the National Hockey League 1974–75 season.) More...

Friday, August 28, 2015

How freakin' predictable is this?

If the media's reaction to the on-air murders of "two of our own" disgusted me yesterday, I lack the vocabulary to char­acterize my feelings over the current spate of calls for greater "gun control!"

What's really predictable is that one of the most prom­i­nent voices is that of The New York Times:

After Virginia TV Shooting, Grief and Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

A sampling of excerpts: More...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I'm thoroughly disgusted...

...and it will come as no surprise to OtBB's even occa­sional readers that the target of my contempt is the media, ESPN in specific and the local and network news programs for their actions Wednesday, from the moment that a luna­tic with a gun, a grudge and video capability fed images of his murders of two young television employees, reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward, during a live remote from Smith Mountain Lake in the Blue Ridge Moun­tains of Virginia.

Starting with the über-Politically Correct cable-caster:

ESPN pulls Curt Schilling from LLWS duty after 'unacceptable' tweet

Schilling's offense? A 'tweet...' More...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This makes me so sad...

...but if I can get past that for a moment, I get angry!

US report: Controller sent pilot in fatal NY crash to nonexistent runway at closed airport

(Similarly on 27East: NTSB: Milo Was Directed To Defunct Runway Before Crash)

The use of "nonexistent" is more suitable in this instance than "defunct" as the latter implies "out of service," a condition most pilots would accept as a last resort rather than attempting an emergency landing in a heavily built-up area. More...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

'Life is short. Have an affair'

...but if you're found out, don't shorten it even more by sticking your head in the oven or taking a Norman Maine walk on the beach 'til your hat floats!

Police: Ashley Madison hack might have led to suicides

The names and personal information, including credit card numbers, of 35 million members of the Ashley Madison site which openly promotes discreet extra-marital liaisons, has been hacked by an entity identifying itself as "The Impact Team."

(So much for discretion!) More...

Monday, August 24, 2015

What else is one to think?

Remember that "feel good" event last Friday aboard the Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris when a quartet of alert passengers, including two members of the United States Military in mufti, tackled and subdued a man armed with a box cutter, a handgun and a machinegun?

The headline: "A Shot, a Glimpse of an AK-47, and U.S. Servicemen Pounced on Gunman on Train to France."

Yesterday, Ayoub el Khazzani's attorney said her client "is dumbfounded by the terrorist motives attributed to his action," that he was hungry and just wanted some money to get something to eat.

(Ah!, yes... the ol' Les Misérables defense.) More...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Union! Union! Union! II

Unnoticed... and heretofore uncommented on by anyone... was this fractional advertisement on page A20 of this week's Southampton Press Western Edition:

Fractional adv. in Augusr 20, 2015 edition of the Southampton Press Western Edition

(Highlighting added.) More...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Union! Union! Union!

And it wasn't even close, with Big labor prevailing by more than 10-to-one.

Meanwhile, over in Oneck, the fading star of Joan Levan dimmed a little more.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Dowager Empress au natural...

From tomorrow's Southampton Press Western Edition front page story about the Westhamp­ton Free Library employees upcoming vote on unionization and charges of a retaliatory firing by the Joan Levan-led Library Board of Trustees:

"'This is bullshit,' Ms. Levan said. 'She brings that stuff up, but it means nothing to me.'"

Ah yes... you can take the girl out of Steubenville, but you can't take the Steubenville out of the girl!

'Corporate' really sucks!

Boy!, did this little item on 27East this morning about the closing of the local Waldbaum's ever resonate with me.

"When reached Tuesday afternoon, a manager who declined to identify himself denied that the store was set to close on September 11.

'No, it’s not accurate at all,' the man said. 'You have to call the main office to get exact dates."

Right! Corporate America's credo: keep the underlings in the dark... what they don't know can't hurt us! More...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wanna see a WABC airhead in action?

Look no farther than Channel 7's Kristin Thorne reporting from Montauk Highway on the death of local restauranteur Joe Milo in a crash of the private plane he was piloting over Nassau County Sunday morning:

Kristin Thorne

(Great gestures and random verb emphasis, Kristin!)

Condolences to the Milo family.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Major Flashback

I almost fell out of my chair watching the CBS Evening News when it reported on the confirmation on a century old rumored scandal:

DNA tests show President Harding fathered love child

O, my stars! More...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Probably a good idea to...

Headline of Citarella adv.

...spell the name correctly when soliciting business from a new area.

This is the offending part of the fractional advertisement appearing on page A3 of tomorrow's Southampton Press Western Edition. More...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It seems so long ago...

...but it has only been 20 years since the notorious "Sunrise Wildfire," hot on the heels of one in Rocky Point which had just been brought under control, broke out and scorched the Pine Barrens North of Westhampton Beach.

I was alone on the IRTC Range testing the Phase II proto­type of a Special Operations handgun I'd been alotted for one week, the first gunwriter anywhere to get his hands on one, simply because I was the first to ask H&K. More...

Monday, August 10, 2015

When I think of Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford at USC

...who passed away yesterday of natural causes at age 84, I can't help but think of one of the worst women in the history of the world!

Suzen Johnson was a late 40-some­thing big-breasted, big-haired blonde flight attendant stewardess who trysted with the one-time football "Golden Boy" in a $400-a-night suite in Manhattan's Regency Hotel, solely to provide salacious tabloid fodder for The Globe. More...

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Letting Gracie go...

...after a terrible decline due to, what else?... cancer, in this instance of the mast cell variety.

Her story over her ±14 years is an interest­ing one, for we found her in Spring 2003, courtesy of a tip from friend Cathy Loviglio, at the Brookhaven Town Shelter shortly after the loss of my sweet little Rotty pup Jessie. More...

Saturday, August 08, 2015

It's not just that 'the law is a ass...'

Donald Trump during the first Presidential debate

...it's that Donald John Trump is as well, as he happily demonstrated in spectacular fashion during Thursday evening's "Big Boys" Presidential Debate in front of a record 24 million viewers.

"The Donald" surged to the forefront of the polls in an inordinately large field of Republican candidates with a series of unfiltered More...

Friday, August 07, 2015

Not buying it for a second, dear lady!

Updated Sunday, August 09, 2015 – 02:09pm

I don't care how great an actess Meryl Streep is or how many Academy Awards she's been nominated for and won (19/3, but who's counting?), I think I've found something she can't do without sounding like a complete phoney!

Witness this snippet from a promotional spot for her new movie, "Ricki and the Flash," opening today: More...

Thursday, August 06, 2015

August Village Board Meeting

I think it was a short session this evening... I cannot attest to that fact as the formal portion of the meeting concluded after just 19 minutes, and when that ol'Orish hoo-doo Jack O'Dwyer took to the public lectern and began one of his commonly interminable discourses on his 6,000+ pages of eruvim material, I fled.

JPOE Chairman Arnold Sheiffer

On a related matter, when Jewish People for the Better­ment of Westhampton Beach Chairman Arnold Sheiffer twice rose and asked Mayor Maria Moore for an update on the Village's litigation regarding the eruv, for the second month running, she had no substantive answer. More...

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Do... or do not!

The Killoran family of Remsenburg has gotten a great deal of coverage over the past several months, and it has become a very emotional issue, especially for those who side with them in their battle to get their special needs son accepted by the Westhampton Beach School District this coming academic year.

But this current story on 27East gives one pause about their cause:

Parents Say They Will File Discrimination Suit Against Westhampton Beach School District

Particularly bothersome is the headline. More...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

It just [smack!] hit me...

...in the middle of an afternoon nap: I know who the bird mask killer is in this season's "True Detective."

It's pretty clear if...

  1. ...you pay careful attention to the narrative;
  2. ...you don't think about it too much;
  3. ...you recall the way the show's writer and series creator Nic Pizzolatto structured the first season, the one with Matthew McConaughey, Woody Har­rel­son and Michelle Monaghan.

(Recall that we caught glimpses of the big guy on the lawnmover, "Errol Childress," early on, and he was the lunatic murderer in the "Big Reveal.") More...

Monday, August 03, 2015

Holy Bad Faith, TCM!

I don't know how long they've been programming old serials at 10:00 am Saturday on Turner Classic Movies (channel 97 on the rearranged cable system), but this weekend was an unhappy flashback 65 years to my youth as an Army brat when it always seemed as if I was in another state the following weekend when I was anxious to learn how "Tim Tyler's Luck" was holding out or if "Flash Gordon" was able to defend Dale Arden's maidenly virtue from the carnal depredations of Ming the Merciless.

Title logo

Came Saturday morning and there was no Chapter 4 of 1949's "Batman and Robin," no expla­na­tion as to why, and no "Back in September" notice to allay my growing anxiety! More...

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Help, help me Ronda...

...help me to understand what Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia thought she knew that had her running her mouth like Floyd Mayweather on a testosterone jag... the claims she made about Ronda Rousey, and the promise made to her mother to break her opponent's jaw.

I hope the undercard was exciting, because it took just 34 seconds for Rousey to put Correia on the octagon canvas, and she didn't use her famous "armbar" submission hold to end the fight... she literally punched the girl's lights out!

Here's the sudden finish.

That's about one-fourth of the time I paid $5 to watch "Sonny" Liston knock heavy­weight champion Floyd Patter­son senseless in 2:09 of the first round in a pay-per-view at the Island Garden Arena in West Hempstead in 1962.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The real story...

...behind the brief entry in today's Moore/Palmer Agit­prop site, curiously captioned "No Shoes Today..."

"The quote 'A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.' is often incorrectly ascribed to Mark Twain."

The reader would not unreasonably expect that the blogger would reveal the identity of the true author...

(If one is going to say what it's not, one is then obliged to say what it is!)

...but noooooooooooooo, nowhere is found even a hint (or a link) to the actualy origins of the Twain-esque bons mots.

Not to worry... OtBB herein addresses that deficiency: it was Jonathan Swift!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Telling only part of 'The Story'

When I saw the small headline on page A5 of this morn­ing's Southampton Press Western Edition...

Village To Seek Aide

...my immediate reaction was, "What took'em so long?"

I mean, this was broached at this past February's Village Board Meeting, and there seemed to be general acclaim for the idea. More...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Separated at birth?

Camilla Parker-Bowles and Pat LaLama

Which one is Camilla Parker-Bowles, consort to the heir apparent to the throne of England and which one is Pat LaLama, a tele-tabloid hack on the celebrity journalism (i.e., trash TV) and "true crime" beat?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Few seem to have noticed this, II

The fall-out from the July 17 shootings in which a radi­cal­ized "devout Muslim" shot and killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two recruiting offices and one ad­jac­ent motor pool enclosure in the Chattanooga, Ten­nes­see area, has fallen across a broad spectrum.

After it was learned that military policy dictates that service personnel staffing recruiting centers not be armed... the return fire came from one of those in the motor pool... came the announcment:

Military Plans Increased Security at Recruiting Stations After Chattanooga Attack

"The officials could not discuss the nature of the security measures – but they did say that the measures will not include arming personnel at off-base facilities like the ones attacked in Chattanooga." More...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

'Loredana, Esq.' canceled...

...and not just The Sundance Channel "reality show," but its star, 47-year old Loredana Nesci whose body was dis­covered in the Redondo Beach, California, home she shared with her accused killer.

What interested me in her "Loredana, Esq." series when it aired last year was the revelation of just how far the tainted tenacles of the mortgage fraud for which area residents George Guldi and Donald MacPherson are pres­ently incarcerated, spread. More...

Friday, July 24, 2015

The problem with 'one-hit wonders' is...

...that after that initial big success, no matter how medi­ocre the string of follow-ups they produce, studios and networks are always eager to provide financing for another project with the fond belief of "Well, they did it once...."

Case in point, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan caused a stir in 1999 with "The Sixth Sense," and was run­ner-up to "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" as the top grossing film of that year. More...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Why Westhampton Beach was excluded...

...from the deal which has just seen the other two South Fork Waldbaum's locations acquired by Stop & Shop of Quincy, Massachusetts, which has also acquired 23 other A&P-owned stores in the New York area1."

Stop and Shop Acquires Southampton and East Hampton Waldbaum's Stores

"What happened there?" one may ask. More...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

At times like this past weekend...

The famous 'Gloria's' tee-shirt

...I feel an almost over­whelming urge to resur­rect my most celebrated tee-shirt, one from 1974 popularly known simply as "Gloria's."

I was traveling up Mill Road and saw large semi rig coming the opposite direction was waiting to make a left turn into the Westhampton 7-Eleven store, and had a line of traffic stacked behind it from the the hillock coming up from Montauk Highway and the Beaver Dam traffic light. More...