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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...

Monday, November 20, 2017

One thing we know about...

LaVar Ball

...LeVar Ball is that he has an ego the size of Asia and a mouth which just may be the world's first perpetual motion machine.

And now he and Donald Trump have discovered one another on Twitter, the wonderful thing is that no one other than the increasingly irrelevant media has to pay attention to either of them.

(North Korea's gotta be breathing a huge sigh of relief for this distraction.) More...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Most pathetic Tweet yet!

It doesn't get worse than this... or we hope it doesn't!

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!"

Jeanne and I discussed this, and concluded, his protesta­tions on the campaign trail to the contrary, that Donald J. Trump fears that he has an under-sized penis.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WHA-AT?!?

This makes no sense at all!

DA To Retry Guldi On Felony Larceny And Insurance Fraud Charges

"The decision to re-try the now-disbarred attorney was somewhat unexpected, as Mr. Guldi had already served more than six years of a four-to-12-year sentence at an upstate prison prior to being released on his own recognizance this July when a state appellate court threw out his conviction on a technicality."

Yeah, what the 27East report said! More...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

It's a (modest) start!

At first glance of the following headline on 27East, a com­mon response would be, "'Bout damn'd time!"

ICE Agents Apprehend Individuals In Sag Harbor And Hampton Bays During Islandwide Sting

"Officers targeted undocumented individuals who had been convicted of aggravated DWI, second-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespassing, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired."

While none of the charges rise to the level of those leveled against MS-13 members, it's an action that was not on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's agenda ever since Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signaled his softness on immigration. More...

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Salvation at Six Corners

Long-timers may recall that after Susan Puma ana­grammed Ron & Ruth Rawson's Hampton Star Theater into the Hampton Arts Cinema in the late '50s, as an inde­pend­ent exhibitor in the land of the Prudential chain of movie houses, product availability was limited.

They kept the doors open in the Summer season with "art films" like "Elvira Madigan," "Romeo and Julliet" and "Putney Swope," and the rest of the year, drawing on the sizeable concentrated population at the air base, with soft-core (R and X-rated) double features. More...

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Screwed by 'The Machine!'

OtBB's oft-utilized phrase "once reliably Republican" now extends w-a-a-a-y past Southampton to all of Suffolk County where voters, undeterred by revelations of corruption and indictments in the upper reaches of the District Attorney's office, elected dynamic young federal prosecutor-turned-Police Commissioner Tim Sini as the new D.A. come January.

It is not unreasonably assumed that Sini views this office as a "stepping stone," and that County Executive Steve Ballone better start looking over his shoulder while Con­gressman Lee Zeldin is praying Sini doesn't move his home 25 miles East. More...

Monday, November 06, 2017

Choices At The Polls: 2017 Edition

What a weird run-up to tomorrow's elections with the, not just the fall-from-grace but criminal indictment of four-term incumbent Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, to the uncommon flurry of glossy mailing pieces from the New York State Democratic Committee supporting their Suffolk County Candidates, and mostly uninspired postcards with negative messages about both sides in Southampton Town.

(The one with Julie Lofstad as a marionette is visually striking 'though the message is boilerplater GOP without specifics.) More...

Saturday, November 04, 2017

The Kevin Spacey Conundrum

When it rains, it pours, and the diluge that began with mega-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and continued with the powerful and famous as disparate as director Bret Ratner, Hollywood hyphenate James Toback and even George Herbert Walker Bush, has now swamped two-time Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey.

Ye Gawds and little (and huge) indiscretions, will it never end?

Probably not! More...

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Definitely time for a new District Attorney

Never mind the convoluted "Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota Indicted In 2012 Police Brutality Cover-up" story that finally led to the sudden end of a 16-year career as the county's top prosecutor, here's something a bit more straight forward and much closer to home.

Demitri Hampton Murder Case Co-Defendants Sentenced To Prison

"Murder" eh? Should be stiff sentences, yes? Not so fast! More...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

O my! Why are we not surprised?

After months of whispers and speculation, the other shoe dropped for four term Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his anti-corruption bureau chief, Christopher McPartland.

Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota Indicted In 2012 Police Brutality Cover-up

The two men surrendered this afternoon after being named in indictments on numerous felony charges including ob­struction of a federal civil rights investigation and wit­ness tampering. More...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Who Is Covering Up...

...and by whatever's sacred to you, why?

The Westhampton Beach Hurricanes football team, after last Friday evening's impressive 23-8 win over powerful Sayville (5-2) at Hansen (remember that name!) Field.

The reason I know this is due to the not-always-reliable Newsday and a site called Maxpreps, because nowhere has it been reported locally.

(Stop the presses, update OtBB: 27East filed this report this morning.) More...

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!