On The Beach Blog | November 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

S'long, Shelly!

Convicted Felon Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver Found Guilty On
All Counts In Corruption Trial

"Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty on all counts Monday afternoon in his federal trial on charges of bribery, ex­tortion and money laundering.

Silver was one of the most powerful men in Albany...."

And now we have some insight into how he got that way.

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority."

Lord Acton (1834-1902) sure nailed this one.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

'Good Ground' is how my grandmother...

...always referred to what is now known as "Hampton Bays," a hamlet where some residents are making noises about incorporating as a Village.

The minimum population requirement "of at least five hundred persons who are regular inhabitants thereof" is certainly met, but the land area "(does not) contain more than five square miles" could be a problem... how will the map be drawn?

(Who's included, who's excluded?) More...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

My most enjoyable Thanksgiving Day...

...football game in 53 years since the Dee-troit Lions... my Dee-troit Lions... handed the Vince Lombardi-coached Green Bay Packers their only loss of their 1962 championship season, 26-14.

The Lions' convincing 45-14 win over the favored visiting Philadelphia Eagles was all the more enjoyable in my living room because all three of the "Fox NFL Sunday" yakking head analysts, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson, picked the Eagles to prevail. More...

Feast, Imbibe and Say Grace

Thanksgiving Greetings to all

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Not a comforting image...

...on this evening's CBS news report on the tunnels be­neath the recaptured Iraqi city that had been under ISIS (Daesh) control for the past year.

ISIS used tunnels to hide under besieged Iraq city

"...the footage shows stocks of ammunition, including American-made car­tridges and bomb-making tools."
Liberated U.S. Military Ammo

Ay-up! That's a can of U.S. Military contract 5.56mm M885 rounds used in M16 and M4 rifles and carbines, suggesting that Daesh is using our weapons as well.

Roger Goodell is a clown!

Roger Goodell may have the good looks of '50s-'60s "Golden Boy" Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers, but as National Football League Commissioner his credibility has taken a hit on an almost weekly basis.

From the Ray Rice problem through the still on-going "de­flategate" incident to the current focus on Dallas Cowboys' defensive lineman Greg Hardy and the disturbing handling of St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum's widely televised concussion-causing hit against the Baltimore Ravens. More...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After Mattingly, it's Dave Roberts!

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... have ended their month-long search for a manager, and come up with a guy who used to play the outfield for them a dozen years ago: Dave Roberts.

Roberts is Dodgers' pick to be manager
Former outfielder becomes franchise's first minority skipper

Yeah, yeah yeah... while unimaginative sports writers focus on the ethnic angle because the Dodgers were the franchise which broke baseball's color barrier with More...

Monday, November 23, 2015

There used to be a Waldbaum's here...

70 Sunset Avenue, after the evacuation

...and before that an A&P. Now it could be used as a set for "The Walking Dead."

So now it's under a new leaseholder and soon... within the next four-to-six months or so... to carry a new banner as Best Market follows through on the bankrupt chain's plan to expand into the space once occupied by National's.

We'll be waiting... and watching.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Rarely have I been as disgusted as...

...I was listening to our President this past Wednesday trying to shame those speaking out about America's cur­rent immigration policy regarding Syrian refugees.

"Apparently, they're scared of widows and orphans com­ing into the United States of America as part of our tra­dition of compassion. First, they were worried about the press being too tough on them during debates. Now they're worried about three-year-old orphans."

The comments to reporters covering the President's More...

Friday, November 20, 2015

WFL's Trustees are dropping like...

...Senior Citizens around the year's holidays!

In a story first reported by O'Dwyer's yesterday afternoon, Trustee and Vice-President Karen Andrews, unexpectedly resigned the from the Board on which she had served for a dozen years.

Although no reason was offered at the time, Ms. Andrews subsequently told Southampton Press reporter Greg Wehner: More...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

'Hands-free' ain't all it's cracked up to be!

It's supposed to be the "safe way" to talk on a cell' 'phone while behind the wheel of a vehicles... or at least that's what law-makers have widely decreed.

(Distracted Driving Laws, quod videre.)

The problem with cell' 'phones and driving has nothing to do with "hands," and is the same problem with cell' 'phones and walking... one's mind isn't focussed on the primary activity when one is talking on the 'phone.

(Except that talking on the 'phone often seems to be the primary activity!) More...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Aux armes, citoyens!

Aujourd'hui France, demain le monde... mais pas aux Etats-Unis!

How ironic that this country, which is widely painted by the media both foreign and domestic as having the largest firearms-owning populace, has a Government that is still striving to disarm its citoyens.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto has often been quoted as warning the Ministry of War of Japan against an invasion of the United States because "There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." More...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Refreshing 'debate' in which...

...Stephen Colbert pulls a guest's pants down and reveals the most annoying parts of the schtick routinely employed by the host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."

Maher and Colbert

Was it a blood-letting? Naaah... unless the viewer notices the multiple little nicks and cuts suffered by Maher at the end of the 8+ minute segment.

(New Part II link plus the less edgy Part I.) More...

Monday, November 16, 2015

Funniest graphic I've seen all year...

...and at the same time it lends validation to the late Clay Felker's thesis, when he co-founded New York Magazine in 1968, that "The Hamptons" didn't start 'til one, heading East, had crossed the Shinnecock Canal.

Derived from a poll taken by Long Island Real Estate Report, "reporting on local real estate transactions," the bar graph purports to show what Villages and hamlets a majority of subscribers to the West Islip-based on-line publication feel should be included in the mostly illusory area known as "The Hamptons." More...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

December 15, 1991

Detroit Lions

It was a month shy of 24 years ago today... I was driving my year old first edition Explorer (my last-ever vehicle from Otis Ford), still operating out of my office at 74 Main Street, and under going an extended spell of sobriety and celibacy, and not enthused about either.

At Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin it was 10°F at game time when the Lions... my Lions... took on the rival Packers, and thanks to a fourth quarter 78-yard punt return by Mel Gray and despite being out-played in every statistic except the one on the score board, won the game, 21-17! More...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Remember when the Board of Education...

...went all in on an artificial turf surface for the high school's Carl A. Hansen football field?

A number of people... my wife included... objected to the installation and offered sound science-based reasons to support their positions, but the Board of Ed went ahead anyway.

Uh oh! More...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Elyse Richman, please copy!

Hot off of 27East:

'Legs' Sculpture In Sag Harbor Village To Come Down

16-foot-tall fiberglass sculpture of female legs

"A decision by State Supreme Court Judge James Hudson states that the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2012 'properly found that the sculpture was a structure' and is subject to the same regulations as a structure under the Zoning Code."

Yeah, it's "legs" rather than an ice cream cone, but please tell us this doesn't come as a shock to you, Elyse.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Seen in the front window...

Front of Circle M Beverage Barn

...of Circle M Beverage Barn on Montauk Highway in uptown Westhampton Beach:


Believe me, I certainly try to!

There's not much for which I need to leave our little Village... gasoline, of course, and now that the local supermarket is in its death throes prior to undergoing that much needed make-over there's More...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Let's hear it for...

...New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a man I have heretofore held in the lowest possible regard, a loathing also earned by his two immediate predecessors, Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo.

After three months of studying the matter, Attorney Gen­er­al Schneiderman has determined that "daily fantasy sports is neither victimless or harmless," and issued cease-and-desist letters to FanDuel and DraftKings, as well as a number of smaller fantasy sports sites, demanding that the competing companies "stop accepting illegal wagers in New York State." More...

Correcting a record...

...theirs, not OtBB's, we are relieved to relate.

Last week's Moore/Palmer Agitprop entry captioned November 5, 2015 contained the following:

"Dean Speir provided useful local history concerning the original substandard roadwork done by the developer on Stillwaters Lane...."

I might not have been clear during my brief comments during the Public Discussion portion of last Thursday's monthly Village Board meeting, but it wasn't simply Stillwaters Lane, but the entire Stillwaters More...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Greek strikes back...

...and Rolling Stone Magazine better show some serious contrition while reaching for its checkbook!

At issue, of course, is the discredited (and since retracted) story, "A Rape on Campus," published in the November 19, 2014 issue of the biweekly pop culture periodical.

U-VA fraternity sues Rolling Stone over rape story

"A University of Virginia fraternity sued Rolling Stone magazine on Monday for $25 million in damages over a discredited article about a 2012 gang rape at the fraternity."

U-VA's Phi Kappa Psi chapter filed the defamation More...

Monday, November 09, 2015

A poem past dusk

Pitch dark on the verandah
Sassy's bark booms through the stillness
A young buck bounds gracefully down the bluestones
Jeanne's greens safe for a moment longer

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Omaha! Omaha!

No, Peyton Manning, son of Archie, brother of Eli and Cooper, fell three yards short of establishing a career record for National Football League passing yardage and four points shy of a new record for wins by a quarterback in this afternoon's Denver Broncos' 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but the 39-year old Denver play-caller quieted the calumny that he no longer has the arm strength to "throw deep."

In the third quarter with Denver on its own 36-yard line and down by ten points, Peyton dropped back and aired out a perfect deep ball to hit Emmanuel Sanders in stride for a 64-yard touchdown to bring the Broncos to within three points of the lead.

It was the Peyton of old, and might be the longest pass for a touchdown he throws this season, but let it not be said that that old guy can't do it anymore.

Mortibus notandum

Two of our long-time community members:

  • Barbara Gill Betts. In 1989, she hosted the first ever group of locals who would found the West­hamp­ton Beach Historical Society. She was one of the great beauties of her generation.
  • Hallock Culver, founder in 1951 of H. R. Culver Plumbing Co., Inc., and a fixture in the Westhamp­ton area for eight decades.

Details on services arrangements will be found on 27East.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Sassy Chronicles - I

Sassy exploring an accummulation of something

Wherein 19 month old Sasquatch hit the sands of Rogers Beach the other afternoon, her first ever trip to the Atlantic Ocean...and didn't think much of it!

("Sassy," readers may re­call, is the 75 pound gal who came to us last Summer.)

O, she enjoyed the sand, all right, and all the very most fragrant things enbedded in it. More...

Thursday, November 05, 2015

November Village Board Meeting

Perfunctory meeting of the Mayor and Village Trustees this evening... until the Public Comment portion of the 54 min­ute session when it went completely off the tracks.

In the opening Public Hearing, representatives of both the Westhampton Beach Historical Society and HUGS made their pitches for 2016's Community Development Block Grant Funding; the announcement of individual awards will be made at next month's meeting. More...

NoMoRobo comes through in a big way...

...this election cycle just concluded as the Long Island-developed algorithmic-based telephone application intercepted... and summarily terminated... countless pre-recorded telephone calls attempting to convince us to vote for a particular political candidate.

Or, in some increasingly distressing instances called "going negative," dissuade us in voices usually reserved for an­nouncements of anthrax alerts or an imminent tidal wave, from supporting a candidate.

NoMoRobo, about which I wrote a year ago, is a terrific utility, works as advertised, and is free.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Election Day 2015, +1

As noted yesterday, I faced Election Day without any degree of enthusiasm for any particular candidate or political party, as on balance, I could (sullenly) argue for or against any of the candidates seeking office and offer rational reasons for my position.

My number one pet peeve this year was the distressingly less-than-sustentative rhetoric about "protecting our way of life" pledged by any number of candidates of all political persuasions, the persistent top offender being successful Bridget Fleming with almost 60% of the vote in the Suffolk County 2nd Legislative District. More...

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I go to the polls today...

...for the first time in recent memory, without any degree of enthusiasm for any particular candidate or political party.

It's discouraging.

The sundry campaigns began... this certainly was the Year of the Jumbo Postcards!... five weeks ago with liberal doses of "Platitudinous drivel!" in an attempt to portray individual candidates as "one of us" running for public office in an attempt to "protect our way of life" without ever quite articulating what that way of life is. More...

Monday, November 02, 2015

There's no bigger schmuck in New York...

...this morning than Mets manager Terry Collins, and no one knows it better than he does!

With his team leading the Kansas City Royals 2-0 and the Mets coming to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning, Collins had his pitching coach Daniel Warthen tell starting pitcher Matt Harvey that his night was over and that relief specialist Jeurys Familia was going to pitch the final frame. More...

Sunday, November 01, 2015

The truth about the time change...

...and it's time everyone learns it as you stuggle to re­mem­ber to "Spring forward!"