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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Not that unusual in that part of the world

This news report caught my attention this morning:

Cruise ship on which big brawl broke out docks in Melbourne

"A cruise ship that had to have 23 members of an unruly family booted off after a mass brawl has docked in Mel­bourne. Passengers described three days of mayhem during what was supposed to be an ideal holiday through the South Pacific."

I think George Takei said it best: "O my!" More...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

FBI taking a helluva hit this year...

...and the year isn't even eight weeks old yet!

First it's the intimate lovers' exchanges between Bureau Special Agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page... 50,000 of them so far... that called into question the legitimacy of the FBI's investigation into then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unsecured E-mail server, as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible Trump Presidential campaign collusion with Russian intelligence agencies. More...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

So now they've settled the $$$ dispute...

...between Altice/Optimum (née "#$@&%*! Cable­vision!") and the Starz cable channels that's been raging simmering since the end of 2017.

(cf: "Happy New Year from Optimum...")

This arrived in an E-mail this very morning:

Great news! Starz and StarzEncore are returning to Optimum!

"We fought hard on your behalf to reach a fair agree­ment with Starz so you can enjoy the drama, action and excitement from Starz and Starz Encore on your TV lineup at a great value."

(Uh oh! Better get out the lube!) More...

'Cause we both missed it...

...on the actual 10th Anniversary date of January 24th even though I have it memorialized in my cell' 'phone calendar, and our friends JoAnn Rich and Cathy Loviglio presented us with...

Jeanne and the commemorative stone

...a lovely inscribed commemorative stone for Jeanne's decorative backyard garden, this might help!

Happy Saint Valentine's Day, my love!

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Sound of the Other Shoe Dropping...

My dear ol' Mom was fond of quoting Geoffrey Chaucer's proverb: "All good things must come to an end."

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And it has, for now at least, to the corner of Library and Main which was so bad an eyesore 22 years ago that the Wilenski Administration popped for a stockade fence and some land­scap­ing to shield the the parcel from the gaze of passers-by. More...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Here's an area of the swamp...

...a particulalrly feculent area, that desperately needs draining: Medicare!

(United States Medicare, a single-payer, national social insurance program, is administered by the U.S. Government's Social Security Administration.)

In a television commercial that probably would never air in prime time, being relegated to "overnight" time slots, the first image shown is the familiar red and blue on white Medicare Health Insurance card while a voice over asks if anyone carrying such a card is suffering from "chronic back pain or knee pain?" More...

Friday, February 09, 2018

Rand Paul...

...explains it all:

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You go, Rand!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

New Rule for NFL Broadcasts

Cris Collinsworth

Eight year National Foorball League vet­er­an receiver Cris Collinsworth last caught a pass in 1988, but has been in the broad­cast booth as a "color man," variously on NBC and Fox, ever since.

I'm not sure exactly when he passed his prime, but by the end of the first quarter of this evening's Super Bowl LII telecast, it was apparent that Collinsworth has devolved into a 59-year old gas bag who not only doesn't com­plement play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, more often than not he gets underfoot. More...

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Tarnation! 'Damnation' has been axed!

Cable USA (Optimum Channel 38) has dropped, after just one season, it's '30s period drama "Damnation." Drat!

'Damnation' Canceled at USA Network

"With live-plus-3 returns, Damnation bowed to a not-insignificant 1.4 million viewers. Subsequent episodes, however, dropped dramatically."

Double drat! I really liked that show! More...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

William Henry Bennett (1934-2018)

William Henry Bennett

Services for Bill Bennett will be held next Friday at Werner-Rothwell Funeral Home followed on Saturday, February 10th by a Memorial Mass at Church of the Immac­u­late Conception on Quiogue.

Complete details are on the Werner-Roth­well website.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bill Bennett fought the good fight...

...to the very end, and that fight ended at 12:15 this morning, just over two months shy of his 84th birthday.

The former Southampton Town Trustee is survived by his wife of seven decades, the former Jacqueline Parlatto, two of his three children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We are diminished.

Monday, January 29, 2018

More timely today than it was...

...over 65 years ago. And more effective than #metoo.

Of course many of the new women of today would feel this is condescension on Colt's part, and they should've used one of the .45 caliber "O" frame pistols rather than a "D" frame 2-inch .38 Special.

O, and for the record, being a "masher" wasn't a shootable offense back then... it didn't need to be!

Friday, January 26, 2018

This sure caught my eye…

...both for its sheer visual appeal (it's beautiful!) and because it immediately raised the timeless question of form versus function.

Laguna Garzón Bridge, Maldonado, Uruguay

The 663-foot Laguna Garzón Bridge, designed by Uru­guayan architect Rafael Viñoly, opened in 2015. More...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sighting on Aspatuck: a 'Llama-Deer'

Well, that's what my wife, perhaps our foremost local Odocoileus virginianus-ologist calls it... at least second only to Bill Bennett.

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(Mr. Bennett has yet to see the creature in the wild.) More...

Monday, January 22, 2018

Why is this guy skating on...

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin

...the highly divisive "shithole countries" characteriza­tion that dominated the news cycle ten days ago and thereafter?

He is Senator Dick Durbin (D, Illinois), the sole member of his party to attend a small closed door White House January 11 meeting, called os­tensibly to discuss the contentious and highly partisan issue of immigration.

Leaving the meeting, Durbin raced to the first microphone he could find and reported to an eager media that the President of the United States had referred to certain third world nations in a crudely pejorative manner. More...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

I may, in fact, vomit!, Part 2

Robby Anderson

In late November, following a "Gang Green" loss to the Carolina Panthers, I called out Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson and offered a suggestion to the team.

Anderson, a second year player, had had a pretty good game and while his end zone celebration after his second touchdown was just another "Hey!, look at me, ain't I great!" preening action that many NFL fans are getting sick of, what seriously irked me was his sound byte when he got back to the sideline:

"Don't forget to vote for me for the All-Pro team." More...

Friday, January 19, 2018

This is an oddity...

...that in nearly half-a-century of closely clocking what movies are showing in the area, I see that Westhampton Beach has a virtual day & date situation that only an un­scru­pulous booking agent would allow to happen.

Remember how the praises for "Three Billboards Out­side Ebbing, Missouri" were sung en passant in this space in early December, and again when it was due to screen at the Performing Arts Center the opening week­end of this new year? More...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

One of the handful of the Impossibles...

...for me to flip past when I'm channel surfing, along with "All The President's Men," the original "The Day of the Jackal" and 1996's DeNiro-Pacino crime drama "Heat," is 2002's "The Sum of All Fears" because it's going to lead to a very satisfying denouement with the powerful Puccini aria Nessun Dorma on the soundtrack.

(No, that's not the incomparable voice of Luciano Pa­varotti, but that of a pretty fair California-born tenor named Bruce Sledge.) More...

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 ex­pletives 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...