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Monday, December 05, 2016

Was never a big fan...

...of actor/personality Ben Affleck, not just because of the left-of-progressive politicals he was voluably espousing a decade ago, but his over-exposure on Fox as a Boston fanboy during the historic 2004 World Serious Red Sox sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals... I was sick of him and the Jennifers (Lopez and then Garner) all over the TV screen instead of baseball.

(And yes, Fox Network has to accept most of the responsibility for that!)

But then someone, maybe even the young man himself, had a come-to-Jesus type session with the celebrity, and a new Ben Affleck evolved, chosing "better" roles More...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Moriches Bay Whale Addendum

"Save Our Whale"

I'm something of a late comer to the tragic tale of the young 30,000 pound gal who was killed by bureaucratic incom­pe­tence off Moriches Island last week, and was unaware of dedicated Facebook pages where interested observers posted messages and information in real time throughout the pitiable whale's ordeal and the anguished aftermath when I wrote today's earlier entry. More...

"We're from the Government...

...and we're here to help."

That's probably the last human words the juvenile female humpback whale heard when officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finally arrived in Hart's Cove to assess the hapless Megaptera novaeangliae which had stranded itself on a sandbar in Moriches Bay.

After three days of struggling to get to deeper water and with the U.S. Coast Guard officiously threatening to arrest anyone attempting any sort of aide and comfort for the 15-ton mammal, NOAA's determination was to euthanize her with the application of a "hot shot." More...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The DOD 'gets' it...

...even if U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley doesn't.

Defense Department releases plan allowing troops to carry privately-owned firearms on base

"The Defense Department has released guidelines that effectively allows troops to carry privately-owned and concealed firearms on military bases like Fort Hood, the scene of mass shootings in 2009 and 2014."

This logical and rational change in military policy comes despite public objections by General Milley, ironically the Base Commander of Fort Hood, Texas at the tine of the 2014 shootings by Spec. Ivan Lopez-Lopez who murdered three unarmed soldiers and wounding 14 others before taking his own life. More...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Love that Kellyanne Conway!

One of the Sunday morning news shows I usually watch is "The Week with George Stephanopoulos" even though it is mostly hosted by that aging shrew Martha Raddatz who this year edged "Judge" Jeanine Pirro out of my top three most detested American women.

(For the record, the other two are Nancy Grace and Hillary Clinton.)

In an attempted "gotcha" interview with Kellyanne More...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday Levity...

...but only if you took a flyer on Donald Trump!

Many offering their assurances that "The Donald" More...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A very classy life ends

One of the best sports "trivia" questions that regularly was raised at the Five O'Clock Club in the halcyon days of The Patio in the latter '60s was:

"Name four major league pitchers who had won 20 games by their 21st birthday?"

Two were easy, Christy Mathewson and Bob Feller, and one was tricky 'cause no one remembered that Babe Ruth was a helluva pitcher before he became the all-time home run hitter. More...

"Didja hear about...

...Simon Jorna selling Beach Bakery Cafe and going back to the Netherlands?"
"Yeah, he swore he was going to leave if Donald Trump won the election!"
"Well, Lena Dunham, Cher, Lady GaGa and a whole slew of other celebrities said they were mov­ing to Canada if Hillary lost, but they've all backed out."
"No, Simon's serious... an offer's been made and I hear he's already accepted it." More...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Missed-PAT-Palooza.

Last night's Oakland Raiders-Houston Texans game was unusual in two respects: it was played way South of the border in Mexico City, and neither teams' place-kickers missed an extra point following a Sunday schedule during which an even dozen, once considered "automatic," points after touchdown were missed.

Kickers miss record 12 extra-point attempts Sunday

"On 12 different occasions Sunday, a kicker lined up for an extra-point attempt following a touchdown and walk­ed away empty-handed." More...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Seen on upper Griffing Avenue

Cheeky little gobblers considering what this Thursday is!

Wild Turkeys on Griffing near Brook Road

Of all the species of fauna I've counted within the Village all these decades, this rafter is a first.

Photo by Jeanne with her iPhone.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It's not that 'The honeymoon' is over...

...no honeymoon even got started with the President-elect or Vice Pesident-elect as the mainstream media, still smarting over being made to look foolish by the decisive Trump-Pence victory of a dozen days ago, ripped into every decision the incoming Executive has announced.

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No one on the Sunday News shows had her claws out more than ABC's Martha Raddatz during her interrogation of Re­publication National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, named this past week as White House Chief of Staff. More...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A position I never much thought about...

...was that of White House Press Secretary, probably because I generally haven't trusted whoever has served as that capacity.

(You can thank the likes of Ron Ziegler, Jody Powell and Mike McCurry for that!)

That said, while the name of Laura Ingraham has been bandied about to serve in that capacity... and I love Ms. Ingraham for her intelligence and her wit... the Trump-Pence Administration could do a lot worse than hold over Josh Earnest. More...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Whooooooooo did it?

For the second time this Fall, just now there were several loud booms... and I don't think they were sonic in nature.

Jeanne heard it in the kitchen, but for me reading in the living room they were not only audible, but palpable.

So, I ask again, not only "Whooooooooo did it?" but "What was that?"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I'd be ashamed to be a Democrat...

...after watching Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledge that Chicago will "always be a sanctuary city:"

CHICAGO TO REMAIN A SANCTUARY CITY FOR IMMIGRANTS, EMANUEL SAYS

"To all those who are, after Tuesday's election, very nervous and filled with anxiety as we've spoken to, you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago. Chicago will always be a sanctuary city." More...

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It just makes me crazed!

...and dramatically decreases the pleasure I derive from watch­ing professional football games, a regular pastime since my formative days at the dawn of the '50s.

Seemingly forgotten today is the admonition to his players by the great Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi: "When you go into the end zone, act like you've been there before." More...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Look to thine own self, lady!

Saturday evening news Flash:

Hillary Clinton Blames F.B.I. Director for Election Loss

"Hillary Clinton on Saturday cast blame for her surprise election loss on the announcement by the F.B.I. di­rec­tor, James B. Comey, days before the election that he had revived the inquiry into her use of a private email server."

And here I've been all along convinced that President-Elect Donald J. Trump was possessed of the biggest ego in the just concluded National election! More...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Notes from Tuesday's front lines...

...dragging my sorry butt much of the day, all in service to a National election that most people were sick of eight months ago.

(The "butt" thing is solely one of my own mak­ing... I forgot to bring a seat cushion. Fellow poll worker Tom Betjemann, a member of the Fire Deparment, simply comandeered a cushy desk chair and sat in bliss the entire 16½ hours.)

After several consecutive yawners, this time between the opening of the polls at 6:00 and 6:20 am we processed more than twice as many voters at the last two Primary elections combined. More...

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Wow!

All anyone needs to consider this morning-after-the-day-before was from Senior Politics Editor Sam Stein's post-mortem on the world's biggest cyber-cesspool:

"There are no adjectives to describe what happened on Tuesday night, at least none that seem appropriate for an election result as unfathomable as what transpired."

Donald Trump's win/Hillary Clinton's loss are, either one, "unfathomable" only to the Trump haters and the drinkers of the Clinton kool aid, but certainly understandable, if not actually forseen by thems what had actually been paying attention. More...

Monday, November 07, 2016

No tears here for Janet Reno (1938-2016)

There will be many effusive encomiums tossed at former United States Attorney General Janet Reno, who died early yesterday in Miami, Florida from complications related to Parkinson's disease.

Not a pleasant way to go, either for those afflicted or for family or care-givers around them... but not as horrible as dying by fire or from smoke inhalation as did 80 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, the deadly federal raid Ms. Reno approved in early 1993.

I cannot find it in me to mourn her passing.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

It's only fitting, and a bit ironic...

...that more than five dozen Westhampton Beach homes are scheduled to receive potable water from the new Suffolk municipal water system located on county property at Gabreski Airport, designated in September a State Superfund Site.

Fitting because those homes' well water has been con­tam­inated by perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) orig­inating at the Air National Guard facility located on Gabreski. More...

Friday, November 04, 2016

Boy, looks are deceiving!

Chris Bosh

For the past several years, there've been two faces frequently seen on television that have induced an in­voluntary, faint but discernable, shudder in this viewer.

One is professional basketball player Chris Bosh, one of the "Big Three" who took the Miami Heat to the NBA finals four straight years, winning titles in 2011 and 2012. More...

Thursday, November 03, 2016

November Village Board Meeting

Mayor Maria Moore called the monthly meeting to order at 7:02 pm, short Trustee Brian Tymann who was otherwise indisposed.

Westhampton Beach Histor­ical Society President Jon Stanat made a pitch for funding in the form of a Com­mun­ity Development Block Grant, which request the Village has looked upon favor­ably in the past. He outlined the activ­ities and good works the Society undertakes during the course of a year. The Board stated that a decision would be announced at the December 1st meeting. More...

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

World Serious Impressions

The past two nights I witnessed the worst post-season centerfield play since game two of the 1966 Fall Classic when the Dodgers Willie Davis made three errors on two successive plays and the Orioles scored three unearned runs on their way to a 6-0 victory and a four game sweep.

(It was the great Sandy Koufax's final game in the majors, retiring that off-season at age 30 with a 75-year old arthritic left arm.

On Tuesday night in the top of the first of a 1-0 game, Indians young centerfielder Tyler Naquin suffered More...

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Faces of the DNC

My wife is seriously pissed!

After scurrying around Western Suffolk last Spring to get the Primary vote out for Bernie Sanders and traveling to Philadelphia to sleep on her daughter's couch to support her candidate at the Democratic National Convention in July...

(She even popped up to New Paltz in September to watch Bernie stump for Zephyr Teachout!)

...it's now sunk in that her guy never had a chance!

First it was revealed that the DNC's medusa... More...

Saturday, October 29, 2016

John Zacherle (1918-2016)

John Zacherle

Almost on the eve of, fittingly, All Hallows Eve, the broadcast media personality most closely identified with October 31st passed away Thursday, age 98, at his Manhattan home on West 96th Street.

Known professionally as "Zacherley" and celebrated for the past 60 years for his whimsical hosting of classic black & white macabre films, first as "Roland" on WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, then on WABC-TV in New York City where the "Y" was added to his family name to aid in viewers' pronounciation. More...

Friday, October 28, 2016

I got your 'October Surprise' right here!

FBI reopens Clinton probe after new emails found in Anthony Weiner case

"The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state after discovering new emails – apparently during the probe of former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting – in a stunning turn of events just days before the presi­den­tial election." More...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Edward Guild Dean (1939-2016)

The Village lost one of its more prominent citizens Monday evening when Eddie Dean passed away at his Oak Street home in hospice care after a valiant two-year toe-to-toe fight with lung cancer.

Founder and for many years proprietor of Dean's County Market on Mill Road before retiring and passing it on to his son Bryan, Eddie is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former JoAnne Chaplic, and numerous progeny both natural and adopted.

Visitation is today, October 27, at Follett & Werner Funeral Home, 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm, with services at Immaculate Conception on Quiogue Friday morning.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shock and Horror in Eckart's

Wednesday is my day for the meal which 15 month's ago supplanted McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffin as my favorite midday repast, the Sausage, Eggs and Cheese Wrap as served at Eckart's Luncheonette, now in its second century (and counting) on Mill Road.

It's a venerated locale, known as much for it eclectic decor and friendly staff as for its lack of pretension both in its ambiance and on its menu.

A distinctive element of that decor is an old timey More...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why are we not surprised, II?

Or, "George, George, George..." redux. From 27East:

State Parole Board Again Denies Former Lawmaker's Bid For Early Release

"Freedom has once again eluded former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi, who, earlier this month, was denied parole for the second time since being incar­cer­ated at an upstate prison five years ago for his role in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme." More...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Suppose they held a debate...

...and no one showed up!

In the timeless words of Miss Emily Litella, "Never Mind."

I see by the issue of October 27, the Press News Group did host a debate and I (and another) couldn't find the correct venue. Mea culpa and abject apologies. More...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Night Sights

Updated Saturday, 10/22/2016 – 08:25 am

I went to a football game this evening and a Dylan Laube broke out... repeatedly, scoring five touchdowns in just the first half.

After last Saturday's 33-14 victory over Eastport South Manor, it's the second consecutive week he's tallied five scores.

(Laube had already scored more than two dozen touchdowns in the team's first six games, all wins, for the season.) More...