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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

'Big news' from CVS

Saw this yesterday from ABC News' Katie Kindelan:

CVS vows to put an end to altering of beauty imagery in its stores

"Drug chain giant CVS Pharmacy announced today it will take new steps toward letting customers know when an image used on social media or in marketing and in-store materials has been digitally altered."

"Truth in advertising," eh? Admirable... and overdue!

Buried in the story:

"By 2020, brand partners will be required to use imagery that is not materially altered....'"

Probably about the time their new store on Sunset Avenue is ready to open.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Monday Morning QB

I've been watching professional football now now for over 67 years, and I've never seen anything like the final ten (10!) seconds of Sunday's NFL NFC Divisional Playoff Game in Minneapolis.

Anyone who follows the sport knows what happened and has seen multiple replays of the game-ending touch­down-that-should-never-have-been.

That it did happen was not a fluke like the 1972 Franco Harris "Immaculate Reception," but an inexplicable "whiff" by New Orleans safety Marcus Williams when he went to tackle Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs who then sped into the endzone to complete a 61-yard game-winner as the final gun sounded. More...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Enough with the 'props' already!

(props – accolades, proper respect or just dues.)

Being in the nature of a personal gripe about an annoying trend I've identified on television sports programming.

For years now I've noted that whenever former Pitts­burgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, an 11-year CBS analyst, is cited by name in on-air promos or in "The NFL Today" studio, it's always as "Coach Cowher." More...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

In the wake of a terrifying missile alert...

...that the 50th state was the target of an imminent attack, presumably from North Korea...

Emergency Alert
ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill.

...Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard [D, Hawaii 13] was on both CNN and Fox News condemning "the failure of our country's leaders for decades that have put this country in this position today." More...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

This is just crap journalism!

I've got nothing for actor/director/producer James Franco; not a big fan, and tend to have negative feelings because of the creepy, villainous roles he's taken over his 21-year film career.

Today this story surfaced on an entertainment site:

James Franco accused of sexually inappropriate behavior by five women

"Five women have come forward with allegations of sex­ually inappropriate behavior against Franco, More...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Natalie Portman is not only a fraud...

...but a moron as well for her snippy comment on stage at Sunday evening's Golden Globes Award telecast:

"And here are the all-male nominees."

Natalie Portman and Ron Howard announcing the Best Directors category at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony

Is she really suggesting that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Awards Nominating Committee has no female members responsible for the nominations? More...

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Others hit ESPN over LaVal Ball interview

More than a day after OtBB called out "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" for cablecasting its garbage interview with the most obnoxious NBA father in the 70+ year history of the league, a number of NBA coaches have gone on the record criticizing ESPN for their dubious "journalism."

(Cited blog: "Shame, shame on ESPN...") More...

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Shame, shame on ESPN...

...for affording airtime to the troll parading across the globe hyping the supreme abilities of his hoopster sons!

LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play for' Luke Walton

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more. "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more. They don't want to play for him."

This was from an exclusive interview the senior Ball gave ESPN's Jeff Goodman from Birstonas, Lithuania where his two younger sons are set to make their professional debuts this week. More...

Friday, January 05, 2018

One of the best films of 2017...

...is quietly sneaking into the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center this weekend, Friday through Sunday, for a wholly inadequate four performances.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is, in this era of remakes, sequels and movies based on comic books, an utter original that will surprise and delight. More...

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

'48 Hours: Secrets of Waco'

I don't know why I thought that David Koresh and a religious sect on a 77-acre farm 13 miles from Waco, Texas, would get a fair shake out of CBS... as opposed to ABC, CNN or NBC... but after watching "48 Hours: Secrets of Waco," the more fool I.

Last Friday's hour-long report on the Branch Davidians' violent 51-day confrontation with the U.S. Government wasn't even bad journalism, it was just an embarrassingly superficial one-sided retelling of an event that I, who had a New Gun Week column at the time, and others, followed very closely in the hours after it began on Sunday, Febru­ary 28, 1993, to its horrifying firey conclusion cablecast live on CNN, April 10. More...

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year from Optimum...

...or, as we used to call them through a string of ex­plitives in the old days, "#$@&%*! Cablevision!"

And things haven't changed all that much, witness today's E-mail message from Route 58 out of Woodbury:

"STARZ & STARZ ENCORE are no longer available

STARZ and STARZ ENCORE programming is no longer available on Optimum's TV lineup

However, we have launched several new and exciting channels to your package for your enjoyment." More...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Like a lemming...

...I went to the local Post Office this afternoon, stood in line and mailed off my 2018 Property Tax payment to Southampton Town.

It was easy: the line was one person long, the clerk at the U.S.P.S. window knew exactly what I was mailing and machine franked the envelope (very important... more later), collected 49¢ and I was outta there in under three minutes.

Even though for the first time ever I'd pre-paid the whole year's Town property taxes, I was a happy chappie know­ing that I'd, for 2018 at least, I'd worked the system and saved some money. More...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lee Zeldin's sop to the Left

Just as at least one Bernie Sanders die hard I know voted for Donald Trump solely because he wasn't Hillary Clinton, I began supporting Lee Zeldin (R, Shirley) because he wasn't Tim Bishop.

Nor, 15 months ago, was he former Supervisor Anna Throne Holst with whom I'd reached my limit in her years on the Southampton Town Board.

(But then, by 2015, my disgust with anyone on the Town Council was bipartisan.) More...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Well done, Michael Brunetti!

Yeah, I know it's the barely-hanging-on Newsday, but in a current feature entitled "Long Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive," Brunetti's Vongole Bianca ranks number three over all.

Described as a...

"...white clam, pie, topped with nothing more than fresh-shucked local clams, garlic butter and herbs. Ocean, meet pizza."

(Ignoring for the moment that "local clams" come from the bays not the ocean....) More...

Monday, December 25, 2017

A Christmas Smile

This came to my wife this week, courtesy of my eldest step-daughter:

Christmas Wheel of Fortune

Neither of us "got" it... me, because I didn't read the thing, and just tried to "solve" the thing.

Then Jeanne figured it out, explained it to me and we both had a good yuletide chuckle!

Merry Christmas to all.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

On, brave old Army team!

I'm an "Army brat," and have been since I was sixteen months old... so when it came to college foot­ball, have always rooted for the team from the United States Military Academy at West Point (NY).

(My father didn't attend "The Point," but since MIT hadn't fielded a football team since 1900....)

The "Black Knights of the Hudson" were worthy of my interest when I was a youngster, six undefeated seasons between 1943 and 1958, and in that time featured three Heisman Trophy winners in the persons of "Doc" Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958). More...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Anthony DePalma is a tool of...

...the dishonest Democratic apparat, as he so plainly demonstrates on the Letters page [A9] of today's South­ampton Press Western Edition.

Under the caption "Endangers Us," DePalma spends three (mercifully) short paragraphs babbling about a non-issue he neither understands nor is enough informed about to even identify by name, H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

"This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms."

This not what DePalma would have one believe, however, writing: More...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I was just two weeks a teenager when...

Bobby Greenlease

...six-year old Robert Cosgrove Green­lease Jr. was kidnapped from elite Notre Dame de Sion (pre-school through grade 12) in Kansas City, Missouri by 41-year old former prostitute Bonnie Brown Heady, posing as his aunt.

It was national news, and it is vivid in my recollections mostly for the speed with which justice was administered.

Within hours, Bobby Greenlease had been murdered by Heady's accomplice Carl Austin Hall and his body buried near her house in St. Joseph, Missouri, even though the demanded $600,000 ransom was in the process of being paid by the parents. More...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This should boost sales of...

...the type of home security camera we've all seen advertised lately in a television commercial for the Ring Floodlight Cam.

The impetus would come from this "feel better" story on 27East today: More...

Monday, December 18, 2017

An on-going reclamation project is...

...threatened anew, and voices in the wilderness of the Riverhead Plains are still fighting the good fight.

There was a letter in this week's Southampton Press Western Edition by a very familiar name, Forest Markowitz, the de facto ombudsman for Hampton West Estates, née "base housing."

At issue is 48 housing units on the North side of Steward Avenue, ajacent Hampton West Estates and commonly referenced as "Coast Guard Housing," recently demised by the U.S. Government. More...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winterfest flops...

...as the undefeated, championship Westhampton Beach Hurricane football team ruled the day!


Arriving by flatbed as the celebratory parade progressed from Mill Road along Main Street, the victorious team... More...

Saturday (today!) is not only...

...the weather-delayed Winterfest between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm along Westhampton Beach's Main Street, but a Parade of Champions there as well (1:00 pm) celebrating the Hurricane's undefeated football team.

The concurrent events are advertised on page A16 of this week's Southampton Press Western Edition:


Seems like a grand way to kick off the Christmas season.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Gillibrand Tract

Kirsten Gillibrand, 2011

When interim Governor David Paterson named Represent­a­tive Kirsten Gillibrand (NY, 20th) to succeed Senator Hillary Clinton who President Barack Obama had named Secretary of State, I and many of my colleagues in the shooting community thought this was a great selection.

Considered a "Blue Dog Democrat" based on her single term in the House, it took a single career counseling session with New York's senior Senator Chuck Schumer for her to abandon the Second Amendment and enlist in the ranks of the gun control advocates.

Since then it's only gotten worse. More...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Boom! ... BOOM!

That's what those in and around New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:20 am heard today, as an improvised explosive device attached to the person of 27-year Akayed Ullah, detonated, injuring the actor and three others in the vicinity.

None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening, and the suspect was the most seriously damaged with burns to his mid-section.

(Originally from Bangladesh, Ullah has been living in Brooklyn.) More...

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Others may disagree...

...but I feel Dylan Laube and Westhampton Beach have been slighted by the Hansen Award Selection Committee, now in the hands of Newsday.

And given the way things have been going for print media in general and Newsday in specific of late, I suspect that "committee" is one person, Gregg Sarra, the resident high school sports columnist/writer.

Yeah, I know... I've been openly touting Laube to win the 58th Carl A. Hansen Memorial Award all season long; he was, after all, runner-up in 2016, and his 2017 season was even more spectacular! More...

Friday, December 08, 2017

Day of Infamy for not only...

...the United States on the 76th anniversary of Japan's sneak attack on American military bases at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, but disgraced Westhampton Beach Police Officer Joseph Pesapane who was formally and finally separated from the force from which he had been suspended (for at least the third time) since early 2014.

(Translation: Joe's been fired by the Village Board!)

Can this really be the end of the sad Pesapane saga that began more than eight years ago?

Probably not... if he can find an attorney who'll take him on as a client and litigate against Westhampton Beach.

The last one to represent Pesapane in an action against the Village, a lawyer whose palms perspired at the sound of a siren in the distance, resigned his client, apparently when he realized the young man was a head case.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Cinema de Lux, more than just a name

I have experienced the future of my movie-going, and it's just off the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville, the Island 16: Cinema de Lux.

(Yeah, it's a 20 mile drive, but with the venue's new... to me, at least... appointments, it's well worth the schlepp.)

I disremember my first time there... probably April 2004 for "Crash" on our way upstate to visit Jeanne's parents, so it was just a two-hour stop-over. More...

Sunday, December 03, 2017

What's the real message here?

Every so often I spot a TV commercial that causes me to scratch my head, hit re-wind and re-watch the spot more carefully while wondering what's really going on with this one.

This is one such...

It's been running regularly for over a year now. More...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Nagging Question

"What did he know and when did he know it?" is a phrase that was in vogue during the National nightmare known as "Watergate."

In the wake of the startling dismissal of 20-year veteran "Today" host Matt Lauer by NBC in the wake of a formal complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior" lodged against him by a female employee, a variation of that question becomes relevant.

"What did they know, and when did they know it?"

The initial story was that the female staffer and her More...

This is what Dylan Laube...

...and other great running backs are all about!

Southampton Press photo by Drew Budd

Check out this detail of the photo by Southampton Press' Drew Budd from Sunday afternoon's Long Island Class III championship game at Stony Brook. More...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I may, in fact, vomit!

Last week OtBB wrote about the Most pathetic Tweet yet!, and this afternoon, while watching the New York Jets trying (futilely, of course) to beat the Carolina Panthers, I heard the most revolting sound byte ever captured by a sideline parabolic microphone!

Robby Anderson

(And the NFL wonders why ratings are down and they're losing sponsors!)

A Jets receiver, #11, Robby Anderson, was having a pretty decent game, scoring two touchdowns, the second one putting his team up 17-13, then performing a pantomine celebration in the end zone by using the football as a pillow upon which to rest his head as he lay down to feign taking a nap. More...