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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Political Scumbags

J. Parnell Thomas

The name J. Parnell Thomas (1895-1970) is mostly unknown today but 70 years ago the seven term Republican Congressman from New Jersey was an outspoken mem­ber of the House UnAmerican Activ­ities Committee [HUAC) which held nine days of hearings into possible communist in­flu­ence in the film industry.

From that came The Hollywood Ten, a group of screen­writers (several doubling as director or producer), cited for contempt, fined and sentenced to prison terms. More...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

There's an old saying...

...that dates back to the late '60s with me:

"Dope makes you stupid!"

Woman orders breakfast from jail booth, gets handcuffs

Lizabeth Ildefonso, 44, of Jamesport

"Deputy Sheriff Yvonne DeCaro observed that the woman’s eyes were glassy and her pupils were dilated, not to mention she had 'white powdery residue in her left nostril....'"

And in law enforcement circles, that's known as a "a clue."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Old familly receipe

Jeanne made kartoffelpfannkuchen for dinner last night and it was delicious... as well as a first for the household.


Next time out when she has more time, she says she'll use her mom's special recipe with the correct, properly aged potatoes... my stomach quivers in anticipation.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'In police work...'

...as my old pal Patty Rogers used to say, "this is what's known as 'a clue.'"

Jeanne's critical incident tee-shirt

In my household, it means "Hang on, there's a bumpy road ahead!"

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

'Hap and Leonard' is back...

...and all will be right in my television-viewing world for the next six weeks as the latest adaptation of Joe R. Lans­dale's popular series of novels, "The Two-Bear Mambo," debuted this evening, and it had Jeanne and myself chortling with considerable gusto from the jump.

Not surprising given that Lansdale is a laugh-out-loud writer, and I've read the entire series of books about best pals Hap Collins, a white ex-con, and Leonard Pine, an openly gay black retired Marine.

The television series, now in its third season on The Sundance Channel (Optimum #192), is a delight. To­night's episode is available on-line.

Monday, March 05, 2018

What the hell did TV Guide do...


...to Lionel Richie's face or head on the cover of the current (March 5-18, 2018) issue?

My wife, who knows about such things, wonders is he's suffering from Acromegaly.

(Contemporaries of mine may recall Rondo Hatton, a screen actor with a limited film career during the '30s and '40s.) More...

Thursday, March 01, 2018

'Designated Survivor'


I was a major fan of the post-9/11 Fox show "24," and stuck around for its full, sometimes uneven, eight season run, November 2001 through May 2010, and along the way became a bit of a fan of Kiefer Sutherland.

The series' protagonist, "Jack Bauer," was a direct action, hands-on kinda guy who overcame numerous terrorist plots with merciless approaches that made ACLU members ulcers bleed.

So when I learned Sutherland had an ABC series "Desig­nated Survivor" debuting in Fall 2016, it seemed like it might be worth a try despite my increasing antipathy to­ward broadcast network dramas. More...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

I did not know that...


...Westhampton, on the books of the Federal Communications Com­mission, at least, is the "City of License" for a Spanish-language FM (98.5 MHz) radio station, call sign WBON; it began broadcasting Noon, September 20, 2007.

And while that comes as a total surprise to me, I suspect that it is well known to those gathering mornings along the fence on Montauk Highway behind the Westhampton 7-Eleven store.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Dog Food Buyer Alert!

Today brought alarming news for dog owners who've embraced Blue Buffalo as the healthiest choice for their household best friends:

General Mills to buy natural pet food company Blue Buffalo for about $8 billion in cash

Blue Buffalo has been one of the higher end makers of quality pet foods with an emphasis on nutrition and really healthy eating. More...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

So Long, Michael...

My initial reaction was one of shock, though not surprise.

William Michael Pitcher, Former Editor of The Southampton Press Western Edition, Dies February 21

Or as it was known when "W. Michael Pitcher" edited it from its offices on Mitchell Road, and I wrote for it as "Waldo Lydecker," The Hampton Chronicle-News. More...

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."


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:


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.


(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...