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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Here's an excellant example of...

...how the mainstream media lies, the current exmple courtesy of tonight's edition of "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley"

In the second segment, Pelley introduced correspondent Margaret Brennan from The White House:

"Margaret, there was some confusion today on immigration. The President said one thing and then his Homeland Security Secretary rushed out and said another."

Brennan: More...

Comedy Tonight: the other shoe falleth

Okay, so last night was a "shake down cruise," the maiden voyage of comedy at The Claddagh, and while I have no idea what sort of capacity the Fire Marshal established for the place, it seemed pretty near capacity.

That is to say, I think the launch was a successful one... Jeanne certainly enjoyed herself, and it seemed the rest of the crowd did as well.

And for good reason: two of the comedians, Jack Simmons and especially Peter Bales, in the parlance of their trade­craft, "killed." More...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Comedy Tonight...

...and no it's not some $90-a-seat-in-the-back-balcony at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

(But then it's not Lewis Black or Ron White, either!)

It's at The Claddagh Restaurant and Tap Room (née Papa Joe's) tonight at 8:00 pm, and features Jack Simmons, Peaches Rodriguez and Peter Bales, not exactly "head­liners" but the funniest acts in a local barroom since Billy Thorne went on a quacking rant last Summer!

We'll give it a shot because Jeanne loves this type of thing, #1, and, #2, I've had several good meals there and want to see them succeed.

Monday, February 20, 2017

After a great start, Best Market...

...is sending an unfortunate signal that while Wald­baum's/A&P may be gone, one of their more onerous and odious policies lives on at 70 Sunset Avenue.

(Calling Dot Berdinka, Kay Frankfurt and Joanna Ferraro-Levy! We can't call it "CRAAP" anymore... maybe "CRABY?" )

I recall the suits in Montvale, NJ referred to it as "zone pricing," by which shoppers at the Westhampton Beach store pay a chunk more than those who travel 8¼ miles to buy the identical item at the Best on Route 58. More...

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Makes me freakin' nuts!

Rather than curse the darkness, Jeanne went out and bought a 2-pack of Silvania LED bulbs...

Rediculously oversized packaging

...at BJ's (@ $12.99 + sales tax) for the light by her television chair where she reads her periodicals while I'm watching anything that disinterests her... which is just about everything since "Justified" went off the air. More...

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

One down, but more need to go!

Most up-lifting news of the week:

Syndicated Entertainment Veteran 'The Insider' to End

"Hosted by Debbie Matenopoulos and Louis Aguirre, the CBS Television Distribution series will wrap on a to-be-determined date in early- or mid-September. Staff, including correspondents Michael Yo and Keltie Knight, were informed of the decision during a Tuesday morning meeting."

Hard-and-fast rule @ chez Speir: no information/news shows with muzak-esque soundtracks... ever!

With the sunsetting of "The Insider," "Access Holly­wood," "Entertainment Tonight" and "Extra" can't be far behind!

If there's any mercy left in this universe!

Friday, February 03, 2017

How they dealt with Muslim fanatics...

...in the old days, if Hollywood history is at all accurate.

I love old movies, especially the ones from my youth, and I disremember in which "oater" I first heard this, but I've never forgotten it as it speaks directly to consumption:

"Indians boil the buffalo hooves."

(i.e., nothing is wasted; when they kill an animal, it's not just for the meat and the hide.) More...

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Stunning Irony in Successionist California

I was still reeling from the unresolved (then as now) murder of President John F. Kennedy when student unrest, then upheavals, became national news in 1964 and 1965. At that time, such activism was widely considered a "Euro­pean thing," virtually unknown in the United States.

That, of course, all changed with the emergence of student protest leaders like Mark Rudd at Columbia University and, in 1964, Mario Savio at University of California, Berkeley in what was called the "Free Speech Movement." More...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Memo to ESPN:

By whatever is sacred to your corporate selves (yeah!, we all know it's Mammon), you've gotta rethink the cancela­tion of the Sunday staple, "The Sports Reporters."

It's not surprising that the weekly 30-minute show has had some of its luster diminished, having lost, to early deaths, the only two hosts it had ever known, Dick Schaap and John Saunders, and their successor, Mike Lupica, is woefully inadequate to the task. More...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Battle lines being drawn...

...and the first to stand against President Donald Trump's Executive Order barring refugee is the previously unheralded United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly for the Eastern District of New York.

Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees...

"A federal judge in Brooklyn came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the United States on Saturday after an execu­tive order signed by President Trump, which sought to keep many foreigners from entering the country, led to chaotic scenes across the globe. More...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

An idea whose time is ASAP!

California secession movement starts gathering petition signatures

I actually fantasized about this several weeks ago, remem­bering a gag someone told on "The Jack Paar Tonight Show" when Hawaii was about to be admitted to the Union, and arranging 50 stars would be a challenge.

Old Glory 1958-59

Under discussion was what a 50-star flag would look like; the tran­si­tion from the 6 X 8 Old Glory with which I'd grown up, to the 49-star version with the ad­dition of Alaska, was a simple More...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Were we that wrong back then?

"Then" being 46 years ago when the seminal Moniebogue Press crew, as eclectic a collection of odds and sods who somehow published a "alternative" newspaper on a fairly regular basis.

Along with excoriating the Shoreham nuclear power plant and mercilessly (and somewhat unfairly) tweaking Legis­la­tor H. Beecher Halsey over the possibility of landing 747s at the just demobilized Suffolk County Air Force Base, we actually halted a proposed 247 "garden apartment" devel­opment of the Moniebogue wetlands, the marshy area between the municipal marina and Modern Yachts off Library Avenue. More...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Look's inviting, doesn't it?

Mcdonald's McCafé® Caramel Mocha

But as Marshall Efron and PBS' "The Great American Dream Machine" taught us almost 50 years ago More...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Today, we are 9!

Which for me is a new personal relationship duration re­cord, so I splurged with the world's richest triple choco­late layer cake from Simon's Beach Bakery...

The richest chocolate cake ever

...and a couple of cards from Lynne's Cards and Gifts, 'cause Jeanne dearly loves cards!

(Sweet Honey Mustard! I remember when the best Hallmark Card was only 25¢!)

As is evident, we didn't wait 'til after dinner to dive into the cake!

"As adults," Jeanne decided, "we can do that if we want!"

We did... and then some!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Watching Public Television...

...which in this area is PBS, Channel 13, is not one I spend a great deal of time tuned to.

But on occasion there's something that intrigues and compels, like this week's program about Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and then a just-concluded two-part series devoted to Barack Obama's Presidency "In Divided States of America" narrated by the supremely gifted Will Lyman.

(Great pipes!) More...

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.