On The Beach Blog | February 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Too Cruel!

Sent along by a former Remsenburg resident, now located in Arizona:

Tom Baker image

The accompanying message read:

"This is for all my friends back East that have had the Winter from hell. Just to let you know that we are suffering as well here."

A law that verdant in Phoenix? I don't think so!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sad Sign o'the Times

Stumbled across at People.com:

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Separate

"Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are ending their longtime marriage."

We subsequently learn that "the pair have been married since (June 11) 2005."

Not even nine years qualifies as "longtime" in People world?

Well, then bless Kitty and Con Teller, Jackie and Bill Bennett.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Best news I've had yet this year!

This just in...

America is fed up with me: Morgan to quit CNN job

"Three years after he launched himself on an un­sus­pecting American public as a prime-time interrogator of politicians and celebrities, Piers Morgan has admitted defeat in the nightly ratings battle and plans to step down from his CNN show.

The former tabloid editor, who has transformed himself into a cable news personality, said that dwindling view­ing figures and an anti-gun campaign that alienated a vast swath of his audience had led him to conclude that his show had 'run its course.'"
Piers Morgan

In three short years, Morgan eclipsed Nancy Grace as television's most contemptible personality.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Peacock's plumage has molted...

The poor ol' peacock

...considerably and its colors have lost their vaunted vibrancy over the past 30 years since wunder­kind Brandon Tartikoff elevated NBC from a dismal third place... there was no Fox at the time... to Number One in the Nielsen ratings.

At age 31, on the strength of well-written, well produced (i.e., quality!) programs such as "Hill Street Blues," "The Cosby Show," "St. Elsewhere," "L.A. Law," "Cheers," and "Law & Order," NBC killed the competition! More...

Friday, February 21, 2014

And so it starts for Zeldin...

...not unlike the way it started for me in 2011 when I announced my candidacy for Village office.

Found this in the OtBB Comment queue this afternoon, in­tending to be appended to "George Demos' First Salvo:"


...under the name of "TruthonZeldin" with the E-dress of "toughlove@aol.com." More...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tonight's Sports Report

Helluva day, and evening, for watching competitions on television, starting with the Women's Hockey Gold Medal Game between, as it has been every Winter Olympiad save one since the gals were given a go in 1998, the Canadians versus the United States.

USA won that first-ever meeting in Nagano, Japan, but it's been all Canada ever since. More...

This'll fix someone's economy...

...and I have a pretty good idea of just whose economy will be improved!

This fractional advertisement is running in this morning's Southampton Press, and can be found on page A5 of the Western Edition. More...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Memo to Alex Gregor

Dear Southampton Town Highway Superintendent;

I understand that this Winter's weather has put a serious strain on your department, and the fact that I haven't heard anyone calling in for your head... except in Sagaponack Village, of course... the way the residents of Queens howled for that of Mayor John V. N. Lindsay in 1969, must mean you're doing at least an adequate job.

Still, there are a couple of things I think you should More...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ahhhh, now I remember...

...why this sounded so familiar.

Developers now want to build 118 homes, golf course in East Quogue

"...the revised plan – which now proposes the con­struc­tion of 118 residential units, and not the 82 as originally pitched – is much different from the pre-application ap­proved last month by the Southampton Town Board."

It took a bit before it clicked, but it was less than three years ago that Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, after More...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The 'Evil Genius' Strikes Again!

Until recently, I'd never paid much attention to the Sunday morning collections of talking heads/pundits/spinmeisters and hacks on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC... and still don't have any great degree of tolerance for them.

But once in awhile there's a segment which surprises and de­lights, such as occurred this morning when Fox's Chris Wallace had former Ohio Democratic Governor (2007-2011) Ted Strickland and Republican strategist Karl Rove on to discuss the putative front runners for their parties' 2016 Presidential nominations. More...

Friday, February 14, 2014

The first part is now official!

From 27East this afternoon:

Suffolk Republican Committee Picks Zeldin To Challenge Bishop; Snubs Demos

"The Suffolk County Republican Committee on Thursday night tapped a familiar face to challenge U.S. Represen­tative Tim Bishop of Southampton for the right to rep­resent New York’s 1st Congressional District next year, though nominee and current State Senator Lee Zeldin will most likely first have to stave off a challenge from a familiar foe from within the GOP." More...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

So long, Gus...

...and it is with rue that this will be the first salutation I've addressed to that friendliest of men in almost 45 years that will not be answered.

When I read the obituary in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition, it cheered me to learn far more about Gustav Albert Hindenlang III in three minutes than I thought I knew in all that time. More...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Isaac Sidney Caesar (1922-2014)

There were two must-see TV shows in our house at 127 Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens, Michigan when the Speir family got its first ever television set in 1951, a 15-inch Philco, as I recollect.

One was Arturo Toscanini's irregular performances... about twice a year, I think... conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

(A 1952 clip of the Maestro conducting "The William Tell Overture.") More...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

If there's a more useless waste...

...of taxpayer money than Congress, then I can't imagine what it is. And I have a fairly good imagination!

Considering the core issues of a war in Afghanistan, health­care, a spiraling National Debt, crime, immigration, the threat of a new nuclear power in the Middle East and on the Pacific Rim, et al, look at what two of its members were doing yesterday: More...

Monday, February 10, 2014

My daughter reminds us...

...that "The Walking Dead" returned to cable AMC last evening, and offers a time-honered strategy for dealing with a zombie apocalypse:

Zombie Apocalypse survival strategy

For my part, I still haven't forgiven AMC for replacing "Rubi­con" after just one season with this!

Having grown up with Darby Jones as a model for "the un­dead," George Romero reimagined the genre in 1968 with "Night of the Living Dead," and things haven't been the same since.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

One of the cleverest, funniest...

...and best rehearsed lip-synched labors-of-love video productions I've ever seen:

Screen capture - click to play

Jeanne has never been able to abide the music of ABBA, but even she got a big kick out of this! More...

Friday, February 07, 2014

And now this?

Hot on the heels of the remarkable and surprising news that CVS will remove all tobacco products from its stores by Halloween, came a strange and ominous letter from Paraco Gas in Riverhead, from whom I've been buying my propane since they were named Synergy, and probably before that!

The fact of the matter is that because we use less than 50 gallons a year for our kitchen stove, Paraco...

"...finds it necessary to start charging an annual equipment lease." More...

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ballsy, CVS, very ballsy

An absolute stunner! Per The New York Times:

CVS Vows to Quit Selling Tobacco Products

"CVS Caremark, the country's largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October." More...

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Jeez-Louise, I did not see this coming!

Sub-captioned "The world's first Pelosi-Republican," the investigative report is essentially a "hit piece" on George Demos about whom OtBB wrote yesterday.

Republican Candidate for NY Seat Tied to Major Democratic Donors

"A Republican candidate for New York's first congres­sion­al district has close family ties to major Democratic donors, including the business partner of Paul Pelosi, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) husband." More...

Monday, February 03, 2014

George Demos' First Salvo...

...just landed on my home 'phone in the form of a taped message from the third time Republican candidate for New York State's First Congressional District, the seat occupied for the past 11 years by Democrat Timothy Bishop.

Demos campaign bug

Demos, who failed GOP primary challenges in both 2010 and 2012 to well-funded car­petbagger Randy Altschuler, has launch­ed 2014 campaign messages well in advance of Bishop or his presumptive op­ponent, State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, Shirley). More...

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Those old-timers knew a thing or two...

...or at least Damon Runyon and the Seattle Seahawks bettors certainly did.

The outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII wasn't in doubt from the first snap of the game when Denver center Manny Ramirez (no, not that Manny Ramirez) decided to snap the football while quarterback Peyton Manning was still engaged with telling the left side of the offense what he expected of them.

"Yes, Peyton, that was the footbal that just flew by you!"

The WTF? look of conster­nation in Manning's eyes told the story, and somewhere a better image of that instant (seen in this isolated camera replay) will be published for the sake of posterity and countless witty captions. More...

The 'smart money'...

...this evening is on the Seattle Seahawks to prevail in Super Bowl XLVIII for rather conventional reasons:

  1. Good defense beats good offense, and while the Denver Broncos own the best offense, Seattle is possessed of the #1 defense in the National Foot­ball League this season. More...