On The Beach Blog | August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Clever, or illegal... or both?

Unretouched image of vehicle in Sexton Commons parking lot

I saw one of these for the first time this morning in the Main Street parking lot next to Sexton Commons, and it took me all of two seconds to figure out what it was for.

And then I had to do some research to learn whether so blatant a "rule-beater" was even legal.

(The accompanying image is not "Photoshopped" in any manner!) More...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A rational voice is heard...

...through the din of knee-jerk hysteria and cynical opportunism, a voice belonging to the husband of Vicki Gardner, survivor of Wednesday's deadly assault on former co-workers at WDBJ-TV by Vester Lee Flanagan II.

Tim Gardner had a different view than that of murder victim Alison Parker's father Andy who has vowed to fight for stricter firearms regulations.

Recognizing that the murderer had been fixated on harm­ing his one-time colleagues, Mr. Gardner said:

"Whether it was a gun or machete or ax, it doesn't make any difference. He was determined and he was crazy. He was going to kill her, and he waited until he was on air to do it that way. Place the blame on the individual and not with the tool he used."

Great clarity in a maelstrom of grief and anger.

Thanks Al... it was thrilling!

I hadn't thought of Al Arbour in years, for the simple reason that when it comes to hockey, I am first and fore­most and have been for 64 years, a Detroit Red Wings fan.

But in the '70s, long before there were dedicated sports channels... and even if there had been, Long Island Cable­vision wouldn't have carried them... if I wanted to see my team play, the closest place was the Nassau Coliseum.

(Damned NBC dropped its Sunday afternoon Game of the Week following the National Hockey League 1974–75 season.) More...

Friday, August 28, 2015

How freakin' predictable is this?

If the media's reaction to the on-air murders of "two of our own" disgusted me yesterday, I lack the vocabulary to char­acterize my feelings over the current spate of calls for greater "gun control!"

What's really predictable is that one of the most prom­i­nent voices is that of The New York Times:

After Virginia TV Shooting, Grief and Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

A sampling of excerpts: More...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I'm thoroughly disgusted...

...and it will come as no surprise to OtBB's even occa­sional readers that the target of my contempt is the media, ESPN in specific and the local and network news programs for their actions Wednesday, from the moment that a luna­tic with a gun, a grudge and video capability fed images of his murders of two young television employees, reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward, during a live remote from Smith Mountain Lake in the Blue Ridge Moun­tains of Virginia.

Starting with the über-Politically Correct cable-caster:

ESPN pulls Curt Schilling from LLWS duty after 'unacceptable' tweet

Schilling's offense? A 'tweet...' More...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This makes me so sad...

...but if I can get past that for a moment, I get angry!

US report: Controller sent pilot in fatal NY crash to nonexistent runway at closed airport

(Similarly on 27East: NTSB: Milo Was Directed To Defunct Runway Before Crash)

The use of "nonexistent" is more suitable in this instance than "defunct" as the latter implies "out of service," a condition most pilots would accept as a last resort rather than attempting an emergency landing in a heavily built-up area. More...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

'Life is short. Have an affair'

...but if you're found out, don't shorten it even more by sticking your head in the oven or taking a Norman Maine walk on the beach 'til your hat floats!

Police: Ashley Madison hack might have led to suicides

The names and personal information, including credit card numbers, of 35 million members of the Ashley Madison site which openly promotes discreet extra-marital liaisons, has been hacked by an entity identifying itself as "The Impact Team."

(So much for discretion!) More...

Monday, August 24, 2015

What else is one to think?

Remember that "feel good" event last Friday aboard the Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris when a quartet of alert passengers, including two members of the United States Military in mufti, tackled and subdued a man armed with a box cutter, a handgun and a machinegun?

The headline: "A Shot, a Glimpse of an AK-47, and U.S. Servicemen Pounced on Gunman on Train to France."

Yesterday, Ayoub el Khazzani's attorney said her client "is dumbfounded by the terrorist motives attributed to his action," that he was hungry and just wanted some money to get something to eat.

(Ah!, yes... the ol' Les Misérables defense.) More...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Union! Union! Union! II

Unnoticed... and heretofore uncommented on by anyone... was this fractional advertisement on page A20 of this week's Southampton Press Western Edition:

Fractional adv. in Augusr 20, 2015 edition of the Southampton Press Western Edition

(Highlighting added.) More...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Union! Union! Union!

And it wasn't even close, with Big labor prevailing by more than 10-to-one.

Meanwhile, over in Oneck, the fading star of Joan Levan dimmed a little more.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Dowager Empress au natural...

From tomorrow's Southampton Press Western Edition front page story about the Westhamp­ton Free Library employees upcoming vote on unionization and charges of a retaliatory firing by the Joan Levan-led Library Board of Trustees:

"'This is bullshit,' Ms. Levan said. 'She brings that stuff up, but it means nothing to me.'"

Ah yes... you can take the girl out of Steubenville, but you can't take the Steubenville out of the girl!

'Corporate' really sucks!

Boy!, did this little item on 27East this morning about the closing of the local Waldbaum's ever resonate with me.

"When reached Tuesday afternoon, a manager who declined to identify himself denied that the store was set to close on September 11.

'No, it’s not accurate at all,' the man said. 'You have to call the main office to get exact dates."

Right! Corporate America's credo: keep the underlings in the dark... what they don't know can't hurt us! More...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wanna see a WABC airhead in action?

Look no farther than Channel 7's Kristin Thorne reporting from Montauk Highway on the death of local restauranteur Joe Milo in a crash of the private plane he was piloting over Nassau County Sunday morning:

Kristin Thorne

(Great gestures and random verb emphasis, Kristin!)

Condolences to the Milo family.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Major Flashback

I almost fell out of my chair watching the CBS Evening News when it reported on the confirmation on a century old rumored scandal:

DNA tests show President Harding fathered love child

O, my stars! More...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Probably a good idea to...

Headline of Citarella adv.

...spell the name correctly when soliciting business from a new area.

This is the offending part of the fractional advertisement appearing on page A3 of tomorrow's Southampton Press Western Edition. More...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It seems so long ago...

...but it has only been 20 years since the notorious "Sunrise Wildfire," hot on the heels of one in Rocky Point which had just been brought under control, broke out and scorched the Pine Barrens North of Westhampton Beach.

I was alone on the IRTC Range testing the Phase II proto­type of a Special Operations handgun I'd been alotted for one week, the first gunwriter anywhere to get his hands on one, simply because I was the first to ask H&K. More...

Monday, August 10, 2015

When I think of Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford at USC

...who passed away yesterday of natural causes at age 84, I can't help but think of one of the worst women in the history of the world!

Suzen Johnson was a late 40-some­thing big-breasted, big-haired blonde flight attendant stewardess who trysted with the one-time football "Golden Boy" in a $400-a-night suite in Manhattan's Regency Hotel, solely to provide salacious tabloid fodder for The Globe. More...

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Letting Gracie go...

...after a terrible decline due to, what else?... cancer, in this instance of the mast cell variety.

Her story over her ±14 years is an interest­ing one, for we found her in Spring 2003, courtesy of a tip from friend Cathy Loviglio, at the Brookhaven Town Shelter shortly after the loss of my sweet little Rotty pup Jessie. More...

Saturday, August 08, 2015

It's not just that 'the law is a ass...'

Donald Trump during the first Presidential debate

...it's that Donald John Trump is as well, as he happily demonstrated in spectacular fashion during Thursday evening's "Big Boys" Presidential Debate in front of a record 24 million viewers.

"The Donald" surged to the forefront of the polls in an inordinately large field of Republican candidates with a series of unfiltered More...

Friday, August 07, 2015

Not buying it for a second, dear lady!

Updated Sunday, August 09, 2015 – 02:09pm

I don't care how great an actess Meryl Streep is or how many Academy Awards she's been nominated for and won (19/3, but who's counting?), I think I've found something she can't do without sounding like a complete phoney!

Witness this snippet from a promotional spot for her new movie, "Ricki and the Flash," opening today: More...

Thursday, August 06, 2015

August Village Board Meeting

I think it was a short session this evening... I cannot attest to that fact as the formal portion of the meeting concluded after just 19 minutes, and when that ol'Orish hoo-doo Jack O'Dwyer took to the public lectern and began one of his commonly interminable discourses on his 6,000+ pages of eruvim material, I fled.

JPOE Chairman Arnold Sheiffer

On a related matter, when Jewish People for the Better­ment of Westhampton Beach Chairman Arnold Sheiffer twice rose and asked Mayor Maria Moore for an update on the Village's litigation regarding the eruv, for the second month running, she had no substantive answer. More...

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Do... or do not!

The Killoran family of Remsenburg has gotten a great deal of coverage over the past several months, and it has become a very emotional issue, especially for those who side with them in their battle to get their special needs son accepted by the Westhampton Beach School District this coming academic year.

But this current story on 27East gives one pause about their cause:

Parents Say They Will File Discrimination Suit Against Westhampton Beach School District

Particularly bothersome is the headline. More...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

It just [smack!] hit me...

...in the middle of an afternoon nap: I know who the bird mask killer is in this season's "True Detective."

It's pretty clear if...

  1. ...you pay careful attention to the narrative;
  2. ...you don't think about it too much;
  3. ...you recall the way the show's writer and series creator Nic Pizzolatto structured the first season, the one with Matthew McConaughey, Woody Har­rel­son and Michelle Monaghan.

(Recall that we caught glimpses of the big guy on the lawnmover, "Errol Childress," early on, and he was the lunatic murderer in the "Big Reveal.") More...

Monday, August 03, 2015

Holy Bad Faith, TCM!

I don't know how long they've been programming old serials at 10:00 am Saturday on Turner Classic Movies (channel 97 on the rearranged cable system), but this weekend was an unhappy flashback 65 years to my youth as an Army brat when it always seemed as if I was in another state the following weekend when I was anxious to learn how "Tim Tyler's Luck" was holding out or if "Flash Gordon" was able to defend Dale Arden's maidenly virtue from the carnal depredations of Ming the Merciless.

Title logo

Came Saturday morning and there was no Chapter 4 of 1949's "Batman and Robin," no expla­na­tion as to why, and no "Back in September" notice to allay my growing anxiety! More...

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Help, help me Ronda...

...help me to understand what Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia thought she knew that had her running her mouth like Floyd Mayweather on a testosterone jag... the claims she made about Ronda Rousey, and the promise made to her mother to break her opponent's jaw.

I hope the undercard was exciting, because it took just 34 seconds for Rousey to put Correia on the octagon canvas, and she didn't use her famous "armbar" submission hold to end the fight... she literally punched the girl's lights out!

Here's the sudden finish.

That's about one-fourth of the time I paid $5 to watch "Sonny" Liston knock heavy­weight champion Floyd Patter­son senseless in 2:09 of the first round in a pay-per-view at the Island Garden Arena in West Hempstead in 1962.