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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What did we learn this season?

If'n you don't watch "Inside the NFL" on Showtime or the NFL Network (cable channel 218), then this entry's head­line probably won't resonate.

I love the show for its top notch multi-camera footage from NFL Films, but I've also become interested in the personalities who host the hour-long series which is cablecast from week one of the regular football season until the week following the Super Bowl.

That's this week for those without a scorecard. More...

Monday, February 08, 2016

Irrelevant, ridiculous and desperate...

...best describes that Leroy Lockhorn-looking clown on Fox News this morning!

Beyonce's 'Black Power' salute during Super Bowl 50 halftime show slammed by Rudy Giuliani as 'attack' on police

"This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive."

Well, if there was an actual "Black Power salute," I More...

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The calls of "Omaha, Omaha, Omaha..."

...from Quarterback Peyton Manning may not be again heard on the playing fields of the National Football League, and if so, at least #18 goes out a huge winner!

Which is exactly how it should be for the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, going out on top!

The smart money was, as it should have been, on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers with their sterling 17-1 record this season, but Peyton was the sentimental favorite, and he led the Denver Broncos to a terrific 24-10 upset win!

So, is sexism now okay?

This afternoon's report in The New York Times gives me considerable pause:

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders

"Hillary Clinton’s older feminist supporters have a message for young women who are not backing her candidacy: Shame on you.

Women were expected to help power Mrs. Clinton to the Democratic nomination...."

I reject both Sanders and Clinton on a political More...

Saturday, February 06, 2016

A voice from the past

Remember Sacheen Littlefeather?

Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Oscars ceremony

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Not to blow smoke...

...up my own fundamental orifice, but Wednesday's OtBB entry closed with:

"Iowa may supplant Florida and its "hanging chad" fiasco as a national joke...."

Yesterday's lead editorial in the Des Moines Register opened with:

"Once again the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips."

I don't know what prior events induced global hilarity, but Iowa from its first-in-the-nation primary process to its ethanol subsidies needs to get its act together.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

February Village Board Meeting

...being another mercifully brief mid-Winter session, start-to-finish in 16 minutes which included the time it took to swear in a full-time police officer with attendant speechifying, glad-handing and multiple "photo ops."

With Mayor Maria Moore occupied elsewhere on family business, Deputy Mayor Charles Palmer Jr. ran the meet­ing at breakneck speed, but business was still addressed: More...

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

"After the party...

...it's all in the potty," was an odious expression used by a chum of mine more than half a century ago to describe the results of excessive imbibition the previous night.

That's sort of how I feel following Monday evening's Iowa caucuses, as I not unreasonably expected that everyone's battlecry would be "On to New Hampshire!"

Yeah, well, what do I know? More...

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Outstanding!

The animal I celebrate today is not the grumpy, unreliable groundhog (Marmota monax) but the magnificent raptor which America has adopted as its totem: the eagle!

Just watch this baby in action:

Ironically, it wasn't done here, but in the Nether­lands: "Trained eagle des­troys drone in Dutch police video."

Pretty decent drone defense. Every gal who wants to tan topless in the privacy of her backyard should have one!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Too soon, too soon...

...but I get it, why some of the legendary professional sports stars bail betimes from Detroit teams as the Lions' remarkable wide receiver Calvin Johnson seems almost certain to do this week.

Hockey Hall of Famer Marcelle Dionne was the #2 overall draft pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 1971, and after four sparkling seasons, demanded a trade out of what he called "Murder City" due to its increasingly out of control crime rate and annual leadership in homicides. More...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hillary's stalemate strategy

Leading Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton may have backed into the ideal delaying strategy on her troublesome E-mails issue.

Two days ago her former department announced:

22 Clinton Emails Deemed Too Classified to Be Made Public

"The State Department on Friday said for the first time that “top secret” material had been sent through Hillary Clinton’s private computer server, and that it would not make public 22 of her emails because they contained highly classified information."

Those "top secret" communications were routed More...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Should we be surprised?

From The Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton's email defense just hit a major bump in the road

Note that this is The Washington Post, not the The Wash­ington Times, The Wall Street Journal or The Manchester Union-Leader. More...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

No Trump? No problem!

There was no "missing man" formation on the stage of this evening's Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, though there were some jabs taken at "The Donald."

What was missing, though, were the savage ad hominem comments directed at other candidates, and the streams of non-specific self-congratulatory hyperbole that have been the hallmark of the GOP front-runner.

One major news organization didn't see it that way:

Not in the Republican presidential Debate, Donald Trump Casts a Shadow

Really? Who ya gonna believe, OtBB or The New York Times?

So, who's the real racist?

Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaking at a South Carolina Democratic Party dinner two weeks ago before "a predominantly African-American audience:"

"Too often we hear Republicans talking in coded racial language about 'free stuff,' 'takers' and 'losers.' That has absolutely no place in our democracy and in our politics."

Is that really "coded racial language?" It would be news to me... but then I'm one of those "old white guys" apparent­ly born of privilege.

I'm also hard-pressed to cite any candidate, Republican or otherwise, who've used any of those terms the former First Lady threw out there... am I just uninformed?... so I sub­mit that she is guilty of creating a strawman.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cablevision's Best Kept Secret

With all the consolidation of channels that Long Island Cablevision... yeah, I know, they prefer their Optimum rebranding... performed last year, I've been wondering when the company was going to get around to adding new content-providers to some of those freed-up slots.

WGN America logo

Specifically, I was thinking of WGN America which was made available to cable services everywhere last July 15, and aside from sundry syndicated reruns of network series... More...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Special Election is completed...

...and to no one's surprise, Democrat Julie Lofstad running with Conservative and Independence Party cross endorsements, won handily over Republican Richard Yas­trzemski to fill the remainder of the disgraced felon Brad Bender's Southampton Town Council term.

With 42 of 42 Election Districts reporting, the unofficial count had Lofstad with 2771 (61.65%) to Yastrzemski's 1721 (38.29%). Two write-in ballots were also cast at the polls.

Congratulations to the lady from Hampton Bays.

Now we know Goring's literary tastes

In the final minute of last evening's Red Wings-Islanders game, with the visitors being sorely pressed by the Isles attempting to score the equalizer in a 3-2 game, Detroit won the faceoff deep in their own end and defenseman Kyle Quincey flipped the puck into the home team's end.

Center Darren Helm, one of the fastest skaters in the National Hockey League, raced after the puck and caught up with it just before it would have crossed the Isles' endline for an icing call. Avoiding a check by an Isles' player, he delivered a perfect pass to a trailing Luke Glendening who tapped it into an empty net. More...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Two goofs in snowtime...

...while on the public teat:

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor posing for photos

One photo would have sufficed. But four? More...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Never let it be said that the Mets...

...don't like to court disaster as the New York area awoke this morning covered in snow and the news:

Yoenis Cespedes agrees to deal with New York Mets

"The deal, pending a physical, is for three years and $75 million, including $27.5 million in the first year, after which he can opt out."

That "opt-out" clause is the one redeeming element More...

"Those who cannot remember the past...

...are condemned to repeat it." – George Santayana

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I flashed on that quote when I read about the Houston-area BBQ restaurant, Brooks Place, which was offering a 25% discount to customers openly carrying a firearm on the day Texas' new gun law went into effect.

Houston-area BBQ favorite offered 25 percent off for open-carrying customers on first day of new law

When I clicked onto the associated Facebook page and saw the "Firearms Welcome" sign, I laughed at the "Judicious Marksmanship Is Appreciated" part, then started reading the comments.

Most were supportive, one was alarmingly threatening... and one was stunningly ignorant when Chicago resident Mike Gerard posted:

"This has bad idea written all over it. 'unless needed'? Please tell me when would anyone need to use a gun for any reason in a restaurant ? TX you are about to lose a lot of business in your state."

Mike lives in Chicago where the institutionally Democratic (and corrupt) have ruled for close to a century, so perhaps he's unfamilar with the events of October 16, 1991 at Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas when a mutant in a pick-up truck crashed through the front window and murdered 22 noon-hour patrons and wounding 23 others.

Two of those who died were Al and Ursula Gratia whose 32-year old daughter Suzanna relutantly escaped.

Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a handgun owner disarmed by the Texas law then in effect, became an advocate for firerms legistation reform, and later a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

Mike Gerard doesn't appear to have many female friends... next time he's in Texas he should make it a priority to make Ms. Hupp's acquaintenceship.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Julie Julie Bo Boolie...

...as in Second Chance Lofstad, got a big boost this week when The Southampton Press' Editorial Board threw their support behind the Hampton Bays activist in Tuesday's Special Election to fill Brad Bender's vacated Council seat on the Southampton Town Board.

But the biggest boost her candidacy received was when State Supreme Court Justice John J. Leo ruled that Republican candidate Richard Yastrzemski's lawsuit con­test­ing Lofstad's claim to the Conservative line, was not filed timely. More...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Addition by subtraction

"Thinking" New York Mets fans can only hope this headline portends the movement of a key player in their 2015 drive to the post-season to the team which should be their chief Eastern Division rival in 2016.

Nationals reportedly make offer to Cespedes

Before anyone starts scratching their head, this is More...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January Trustees Work Session...

...preceeded by Special Hearings, was just winding down when I decamped to catch the end of the Red Wings-Blues hockey game 2½ hours later.

(Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore is a nice lady with a diverting smile, but she doesn't run a very tight meeting!)

The held-over Special Exception Hearing to increase in­door seating from 16 seats to 40 seats at Tonino's Pizza More...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Loopholes and Liars

Recently, I heard a new term from candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in a shrill attack against her primary competition for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders:

"He voted for what we call the 'Charleston loophole.'"

That got my attention twice over... What is the "Charles­ton loophole" and Who exactly is the "we?" More...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

It wasn't very politic...

...of Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz (r, tx) to make the comment...

"Listen, there are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of New York. But everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro- gay-marriage, focus around money and the media."

...which, although he made a distinction between the state and the city, could be construed as disparaging of all New Yorkers, because it opened him up to an unnecessary backlash. More...

Friday, January 15, 2016

I'll pass...

...on cable USA's "blockbuster new" series "Colony" which debuts tonight at 10:00pm.

It's dicey passing such judgment on a series sight unseen, but their own words, "blockbuster new," do them in. More...

Brian McCreedy (1940-2016)

Grand Marshal of the 1982 St. Patrick's Day Parade, long-time Westhampton Beach Police Officer and proprietor of the last "regular joint" in the Village, Brian K. McCreedy, died Wednesday evening at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Arrangements are under the auspices of the J. Ronald Scott Funeral Home on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays, with burial, Tuesday, January 19, at Good Ground Cemetery.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Village Board Meeting...

...having been rescheduled from January 8th because of the untimely passing of Village Tax Receiver Veronica Wagner, started late due to the length of the Planning Board meeting, and delayed even further because of a gremlin in the audio component of the video equipment.

Restarting fresh at 7:10pm, the ladies of the Beautification Committee presented awards for the annual Holiday Light­ing Contest with some new categories such as "Wow Factor" and "Best Doghouse." Winners included Fitzgerald Gallery for "Best Window Display" and Seafield Center for Right Living, Rest & Rehabilitation as "Most Inspirational."

That was pretty much the highlight of the evening More...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Musical Franchises of the NFL...

...or, as Jimmy Durante might have said, everybody wants to get into the Los Angeles act!

The way that professional sports teams move around has always interested me, perhaps because as an "Army brat" I had hit 45 states by the time I was 12 years old, just about the time that the Braves left Boston for Milwaukee, the Philadelphia Athletics headed West to settle in Kansas City and, bucking the flow, the St. Louis Browns migrated East to become the Baltimore Orioles. More...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It was 'The Force,' I tell you...

..."The Force" made me do it!

Opening titles

With the news this week that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is now the top grossing movie in the history of the United States... can the galaxy be far behind?... a confession is in order: the affiant reneged on his "Include me out!" vow to not see the movie! More...

Saturday, January 09, 2016

'La Vie' opens large...

...and provided a nice Saturday evening deep Winter diversion while everyone's waiting for the annual Saint Patrick's Parade Day fundraising gala almost two months from now.

A little before 6:00 pm as we made our way up Old River­head Road to the relocated Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350, I told Jeanne, "I hope they have a good turn-out."

Not to worry. More...