On The Beach Blog | January 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hillary's stalemate strategy

Leading Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton may have backed into the ideal delaying strategy on her troublesome E-mails issue.

Two days ago her former department announced:

22 Clinton Emails Deemed Too Classified to Be Made Public

"The State Department on Friday said for the first time that “top secret” material had been sent through Hillary Clinton’s private computer server, and that it would not make public 22 of her emails because they contained highly classified information."

Those "top secret" communications were routed More...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Should we be surprised?

From The Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton's email defense just hit a major bump in the road

Note that this is The Washington Post, not the The Wash­ington Times, The Wall Street Journal or The Manchester Union-Leader. More...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

No Trump? No problem!

There was no "missing man" formation on the stage of this evening's Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, though there were some jabs taken at "The Donald."

What was missing, though, were the savage ad hominem comments directed at other candidates, and the streams of non-specific self-congratulatory hyperbole that have been the hallmark of the GOP front-runner.

One major news organization didn't see it that way:

Not in the Republican presidential Debate, Donald Trump Casts a Shadow

Really? Who ya gonna believe, OtBB or The New York Times?

So, who's the real racist?

Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaking at a South Carolina Democratic Party dinner two weeks ago before "a predominantly African-American audience:"

"Too often we hear Republicans talking in coded racial language about 'free stuff,' 'takers' and 'losers.' That has absolutely no place in our democracy and in our politics."

Is that really "coded racial language?" It would be news to me... but then I'm one of those "old white guys" apparent­ly born of privilege.

I'm also hard-pressed to cite any candidate, Republican or otherwise, who've used any of those terms the former First Lady threw out there... am I just uninformed?... so I sub­mit that she is guilty of creating a strawman.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cablevision's Best Kept Secret

With all the consolidation of channels that Long Island Cablevision... yeah, I know, they prefer their Optimum rebranding... performed last year, I've been wondering when the company was going to get around to adding new content-providers to some of those freed-up slots.

WGN America logo

Specifically, I was thinking of WGN America which was made available to cable services everywhere last July 15, and aside from sundry syndicated reruns of network series... More...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Special Election is completed...

...and to no one's surprise, Democrat Julie Lofstad running with Conservative and Independence Party cross endorsements, won handily over Republican Richard Yas­trzemski to fill the remainder of the disgraced felon Brad Bender's Southampton Town Council term.

With 42 of 42 Election Districts reporting, the unofficial count had Lofstad with 2771 (61.65%) to Yastrzemski's 1721 (38.29%). Two write-in ballots were also cast at the polls.

Congratulations to the lady from Hampton Bays.

Now we know Goring's literary tastes

In the final minute of last evening's Red Wings-Islanders game, with the visitors being sorely pressed by the Isles attempting to score the equalizer in a 3-2 game, Detroit won the faceoff deep in their own end and defenseman Kyle Quincey flipped the puck into the home team's end.

Center Darren Helm, one of the fastest skaters in the National Hockey League, raced after the puck and caught up with it just before it would have crossed the Isles' endline for an icing call. Avoiding a check by an Isles' player, he delivered a perfect pass to a trailing Luke Glendening who tapped it into an empty net. More...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Two goofs in snowtime...

...while on the public teat:

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor posing for photos

One photo would have sufficed. But four? More...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Never let it be said that the Mets...

...don't like to court disaster as the New York area awoke this morning covered in snow and the news:

Yoenis Cespedes agrees to deal with New York Mets

"The deal, pending a physical, is for three years and $75 million, including $27.5 million in the first year, after which he can opt out."

That "opt-out" clause is the one redeeming element More...

"Those who cannot remember the past...

...are condemned to repeat it." – George Santayana


I flashed on that quote when I read about the Houston-area BBQ restaurant, Brooks Place, which was offering a 25% discount to customers openly carrying a firearm on the day Texas' new gun law went into effect.

Houston-area BBQ favorite offered 25 percent off for open-carrying customers on first day of new law

When I clicked onto the associated Facebook page and saw the "Firearms Welcome" sign, I laughed at the "Judicious Marksmanship Is Appreciated" part, then started reading the comments. More...

Friday, January 22, 2016

Julie Julie Bo Boolie...

...as in Second Chance Lofstad, got a big boost this week when The Southampton Press' Editorial Board threw their support behind the Hampton Bays activist in Tuesday's Special Election to fill Brad Bender's vacated Council seat on the Southampton Town Board.

But the biggest boost her candidacy received was when State Supreme Court Justice John J. Leo ruled that Republican candidate Richard Yastrzemski's lawsuit con­test­ing Lofstad's claim to the Conservative line, was not filed timely. More...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Addition by subtraction

"Thinking" New York Mets fans can only hope this headline portends the movement of a key player in their 2015 drive to the post-season to the team which should be their chief Eastern Division rival in 2016.

Nationals reportedly make offer to Cespedes

Before anyone starts scratching their head, this is More...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January Trustees Work Session...

...preceeded by Special Hearings, was just winding down when I decamped to catch the end of the Red Wings-Blues hockey game 2½ hours later.

(Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore is a nice lady with a diverting smile, but she doesn't run a very tight meeting!)

The held-over Special Exception Hearing to increase in­door seating from 16 seats to 40 seats at Tonino's Pizza More...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Loopholes and Liars

Recently, I heard a new term from candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in a shrill attack against her primary competition for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders:

"He voted for what we call the 'Charleston loophole.'"

That got my attention twice over... What is the "Charles­ton loophole" and Who exactly is the "we?" More...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

It wasn't very politic...

...of Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz (r, tx) to make the comment...

"Listen, there are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of New York. But everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro- gay-marriage, focus around money and the media."

...which, although he made a distinction between the state and the city, could be construed as disparaging of all New Yorkers, because it opened him up to an unnecessary backlash. More...

Friday, January 15, 2016

I'll pass...

...on cable USA's "blockbuster new" series "Colony" which debuts tonight at 10:00pm.

It's dicey passing such judgment on a series sight unseen, but their own words, "blockbuster new," do them in. More...

Brian McCreedy (1940-2016)

Grand Marshal of the 1982 St. Patrick's Day Parade, long-time Westhampton Beach Police Officer and proprietor of the last "regular joint" in the Village, Brian K. McCreedy, died Wednesday evening at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Arrangements are under the auspices of the J. Ronald Scott Funeral Home on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays, with burial, Tuesday, January 19, at Good Ground Cemetery.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Village Board Meeting...

...having been rescheduled from January 8th because of the untimely passing of Village Tax Receiver Veronica Wagner, started late due to the length of the Planning Board meeting, and delayed even further because of a gremlin in the audio component of the video equipment.

Restarting fresh at 7:10pm, the ladies of the Beautification Committee presented awards for the annual Holiday Light­ing Contest with some new categories such as "Wow Factor" and "Best Doghouse." Winners included Fitzgerald Gallery for "Best Window Display" and Seafield Center for Right Living, Rest & Rehabilitation as "Most Inspirational."

That was pretty much the highlight of the evening More...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Musical Franchises of the NFL...

...or, as Jimmy Durante might have said, everybody wants to get into the Los Angeles act!

The way that professional sports teams move around has always interested me, perhaps because as an "Army brat" I had hit 45 states by the time I was 12 years old, just about the time that the Braves left Boston for Milwaukee, the Philadelphia Athletics headed West to settle in Kansas City and, bucking the flow, the St. Louis Browns migrated East to become the Baltimore Orioles. More...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It was 'The Force,' I tell you...

..."The Force" made me do it!

Opening titles

With the news this week that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is now the top grossing movie in the history of the United States... can the galaxy be far behind?... a confession is in order: the affiant reneged on his "Include me out!" vow to not see the movie! More...

Saturday, January 09, 2016

'La Vie' opens large...

...and provided a nice Saturday evening deep Winter diversion while everyone's waiting for the annual Saint Patrick's Parade Day fundraising gala almost two months from now.

A little before 6:00 pm as we made our way up Old River­head Road to the relocated Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350, I told Jeanne, "I hope they have a good turn-out."

Not to worry. More...

Friday, January 08, 2016

This is just wrong...

Sign in Barth's window on Sunset Avenue

...and I'm writing that as someone who is al­most exclusively a patron of Barth's Pharmacy at 58 Sun­set Avenue in West­hampton Beach.

What is doubly troubling is that the words expressed by the Village Trustees (and myself) at the December Village Board Meeting seem to have fallen on deaf ears, so here they are again:

"What most of those in apparent opposition (to a CVS Pharmacy) don't grasp is that the municipality has a number of fully articulated standards in its code, and if those standards are met, then the application will be granted... to do otherwise is to invite an unwinnable legal action."

Show up at the (rescheduled) monthly meeting, Thursday, January 14th if you like, but don't demand that the Board cut its own, and ultimately our own, throat!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

It shows a fundamental misunderstanding...

...of the entire issue when President Barack Obama tells a national audience during cable CNN's "Guns in America" two hour live Town Hall program, when he casually asserts that the National Rifle Association is mainly supported by gun manufacturers whose resistance to stricter firearms law is purely profit-motivated.

I acknowledge that the President has a great deal on his plate, and that "gun violence" is but one of the issues he feels the need to address, but tonight was a waste of everyone's time given the tough questions the President didn't answer as much as the political message he worked to deliver. More...

I've always known Bob Costas to be...

...an uber-weenie, but a misogynist and a sexist?

Last evening on the MLB Network (cable channel 222), during the hour in which the results of the 2016 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame voting were announced, it was revealed that Ken Griffey Jr. was named on 437 of the 440 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, a record-setting 99.3%.

It was widely speculated that Griffey Junior was not only a lock for induction in his first year of eligibility, but that the vote would be a unanimous one. More...

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

An entrance to the Village is improved...

...with the long-awaited debut of the relocated Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 on the site of the old Skyway Lounge (most recently Finn McCool's) at 101 Old Riverhead Road, a primary ingress into Westhampton Beach.

New Era Begins For VFW Post In Westhampton Beach

"This Saturday, January 9, from 4 to 9 p.m., the post is hosting a special 'Military Appreciation Night' that will feature a complimentary buffet provided by The Beach Bakery Cafe in Westhampton Beach and live music cour­tesy of The Erin Doherty Project. There is no charge to attend...."

This is a big plus for the Village as it's one less apparently demised premises on view for first time visitors to West­hampton Beach.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Revolting... absolutely revolting!

That was President Barack Obama's performance in a video opportunity in the East Room of the White House this afternoon, outlining his forthcoming executive action "to curb gun violence."

Tearful Obama Outlines Steps to Curb Gun Deaths

"For all the emotion he showed, Mr. Obama nonetheless faces legal, political and logistical hurdles that are likely to blunt the effect of the plan he laid out."

But there he was, on national television, unsuccessfully fighting back tears and choked with emotion in a display worthy of Jimmy Swaggart confessing a sin.

It was, to borrow from the Bard, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," because for all the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, what Obama, surrounded by families of victims, managed to articulate through those tears, will accomplish nothing.

The media (and Hillary), however, lapped it up!

(Text of the President on new gun control measures)

Repeat after me...

...there's no such thing as "The Gun Show Loophole!"

It doesn't exist other than as a convenient fiction for fire­arms prohibitionists and sycophantic media to toss disdain­fully into a conversation or a news report... and not one in 20 who utter the term can come within a country mile of explaining it.

So when you hear it used, whatever your political per­sua­sion, you may be confident that the speaker has no idea what they are talking about. It just "sounds good."

Or, if it's a politician, you are being lied to, ie: More...

Monday, January 04, 2016

If you were wondering about John Tesar...

...for something other than he skipped town owing you money, the lad has made a major... albeit notorious... name for himself in and around Dallas.

Actually, Tesar has done alright for himself, with his own professionally managed Website and (currently) two (2... but subject to change at any moment) upscale restaurants in which he showcases his culinary skills.

And to think, he got his start flipping burgers onto Thomas' Toasteds at Magic's Pub after launching his Hamptons' career as a towel boy at The Dune Deck. More...

Saturday, January 02, 2016

The (absurd) naming game!

I am thankful for small things, one of which is that the Rose Bowl is still "the Rose Bowl," and not something like "The Burger King Rose Bowl," and I salute the RBOC Trustees for standing strong to protect their brand.

I probably first became aware of "naming rights" back in the early '80s when the Brendan Byrne Arena, the venue where I had attended a disappointing Giants-Lions game in 1976 and a terrific Bruce Springsteen concert in 1985.

Now I didn't care one jot for the 47th Governor (1974-1982) of New Jersey for whom the venue was More...