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Monday, May 21, 2018

Remember how I said...

...back at the beginning of March in a critique of Season 2 of ABC network's "Desig­nated Survivor:"

"So, sadly, I'm out!"

Less than two months later, ABC said the same thing, and canceled the series. More...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Letter(s) to my Representatives (Part 2)

Being a continuation from last Thursday.

Following the speedy but hopelessly inadequate response from New York State Senator Ken LaValle's office, I waited more than a fortnight to hear from Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Bridgehampton).

Then, on April 19th, I did... and unlike with Senator Ken, this was by no means a brush-off. More...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

There goes the game(s)

This week's top story, nationally...

Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports betting in victory for New Jersey

"New Jersey won a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court on Monday that could lead many states to legalize betting on college and professional sports."

While I've been known to wager a bob or two on a sporting event, this decision saddens me, for when the NFL, More...

Friday, May 11, 2018

This just in...

Candidates' petitions to stand in the 2018 Westhampton Beach Village Elections had to have been filed by 5:00 pm Friday afternoon, and when the deadline had passed, only one, bearing the names of Mayor Maria Z. Moore and Trustees Ralph Urban and Stephen A. Frano had been accepted by Clerk of the Village Elizabeth Lindtvit.

The three incumbents will enjoy the political luxury of running unopposed on the ballot on the June 15th election, held in the Municipal Building at Six Corners.

A rumored challenge from one of the recently high profile Trager family members appears to have been illusory, so failing a successful write-in vote or Russian intervention, the make-up of the Village Board will remain the same for the next 13 months.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Letter(s) to my Representatives (Part 1)

...as in New York State Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, about a frustrating situation pertaining to our bottled gas supplier.

(Note: it used to be "suppliers" which is likely at the root of the the issue.) More...

Thursday, May 03, 2018

May Village Board Meeting

A well-attended meeting considering that there was no pressing issue(s) to draw people to watch their local Goverment in action, passing 31 Resolutions, holding one Public Hearing, and having perhaps four attendees rising to speak during the Public Discussion portion.

But by the time Mayor Maria Moore called the meeting to a close and moved into Executive Session, I was left with a large question mark floating above my head and the words "Cui bono?" in my ear. More...

Thursday, April 19, 2018

My spirits soar this date...

Sassy

...as it is the fourth birthday of Sassy (short for Sasquatch, for her youthful predilection for stepping on my feet), our 80-pound pure-bred Rottweiler and a real sweetie pie.

But at the same time my heart is heavy for the fiery deaths of 76 religious practitioners of an offshoot of Seventh-day Adventism near Waco, Texas, and the darkest malignant actions of Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City.

There are other reasons to remember April 19th... 1775 and 1943 chief among them.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

April Village Board Meeting

Mayor Maria Moore called the monthly meeting of a full complement of the Westhampton Beach Board of Trustees to order at 5:06 pm, a trifle tardy owing to a technical issue with the video recording equipment.

The Board, having reviewed the Tentative Budget, opened a public hearing on the matter. Only one member of the audience, Stillwaters resident Sabina Trager raised any questions.

(Mrs. Trager, having already picked up a nominating petition, is a potential Board candidate in June's Vil­lage election... who didn't see that coming?) More...

Sunday, April 01, 2018

I call "B.S.!"

From People Magazine, and it's not an April Fool's gag:

Arnold Schwarzenegger's First Words After Open Heart Surgery: ‘I’m back’

"His first words after waking up were 'I'm back,' his representative Daniel Ketchell tweeted on Friday...."

Clearly that's a pre-planned press agent's invention, which the 44-year old celebrity news magazine had to have known, yet they publish this tripe with a straight face!

Friday, March 30, 2018

UH OH!

This is not the type of news I wanted to hear on a Good Friday... or any day, truth be told!

‘True Detective’ Drama: ‘Green Room’ Director Exits After 2 Episodes

The HBO show caught me (and the rest of the TV-viewing world) by complete surprise back in 2014 and received excellent critical notices, especially right here!

Headlined by Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan, the eight episode first season was written by a virtually unknown Nic Pizzolatto, and left me clamoring for more. More...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Honoring our dead

Adjacent Gabreski Airport this midday...

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Photo courtesy of Jeanne.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happier Saturdays are here again

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I haven't forgiven cable TCM for dropping their Saturday morning programming of serials and Grade B" (like Chester Morris' "Boston Blackie" or Ann Sothern's "Maisie" from the '30s and '40s.

Imagine my delight at discovering that TCM has resumed their Sat­urday morning trip into the way­back movieola with Universal's 1938 chapterplay, "Red Barry" starring 1932 Olympic Gold Medal­ist for 400-meter freestyle swimming, Linden "Buster" Crabbe, the versatle star who also portrayed "Flash Gordon," "Buck Rogers," "Tarzan" and later in life, "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion."

Unfortuntely, I missed the first two chapters, but after an almost three year hiatus, TCM is once again giving me a reason to look forward to Saturday mornings!

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.

kartoffelpfannkuchen

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...

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...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'

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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...

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...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."

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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...