On The Beach Blog | December 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Person of the Year, 2016

This was easy, 'cause every other possible contender finishes w-a-a-a-y up the track to the former Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, she who flew into Donald Trump's chaotic campaign in August and took him across the November 8th finish line well ahead of the prohibitive favorite.

The Villain and the Hero Super Girl

Yeah, that's a Super Girl outfit chose for a lavish Villains and Heroes-themed party costume party thrown earlier this month for Trump's SuperPac hosted by the Mercer family at their home in Head of the Harbor (St. James).

Look at it this way: no Kellyanne Conway, no President-elect Trump, and wherever you stand, this was a Never Hillary household!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Something of a disconnect...

...'twixt image and narration on WCBS (Channel 2) 6:00 News' report on today's incommodious episode:

Prisoner Escapes Police Custody, Bolts From Hospital In Greenwich Village

And while the voice-over described how police everywhere were undertaking an intense search for the escapee.

Scene of the escape.

This is not unique to "New York City's Finest," but rather to uniformed law enforcement everywhere there is a police presence and bullets aren't flying.

There are always, it seems, matters of great import to discuss whenever blue uniforms gather, but standing around the doorway when the guy's already gone?

Monday, December 26, 2016

You decide

MSNBC talking head Rachel Maddow questioned newly appointed Trump Administration "counsellor" Kellyanne Conway last week about how the President-elect, his family and his administration plan to deal with the media, how reporters can expect to be treated after January 20th's inauguration, citing Trump's recent attacks on ABC News anchor Martha Raddatz, whom he mocked for "crying when she realized that we won."

Both Ms. Raddatz and ABC network denied the account, calling it "fiction" and "ridiculous and untrue."

As Warner Wolf used to say, "Let's go to the videotape."

In the alternative, perhaps she was just exhausted.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Abuse of statutes

This is an Awful News/Better News story:

No Bond for Suspect in "Road Rage" Toddler Shooting Death

"Gary Holmes, 33, of Little Rock, was arrested Thursday night in the Acen King case. Holmes was booked into Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility on charges of Capital Murder and Terroristic Act (2 counts)."

"Terroristic Act (2 counts)???" I'm fine with the "Capital Murder" part, and Arkansas does have the Death Penalty.

A "Terrorist Act" is 24-year-old radicalized Tunisian Anis Amri driving a truck into a heavily populated Berlin Christmas market!

Let's not dilute the intent of Terrorism Statutes just because some prosecutor wants a bigger headline!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Won't miss it at all, II...

...being an add-on to last week's "Won't miss it at all" in which I referenced a mid-2010 The New York Times article about the "dueling" book stores, but which I was unable to retrieve.

An OtBB reader whose Times Archives-foo is superior to mine, found it: "Bookstore Arrives, and Sides Are Taken," and it does not portray Books and Books co-owner Jack McKeown in a gracious light: More...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nathan in La La land

This caught my eye this afternoon, almost a full day following the meeting of the Electorial College to formally cast their votes as determined by the results of November 8th's National Election:

Electoral College Update: There Are Now Close to Enough Faithless Electors to Prevent Donald Trump from Being President, Reports Suggest

Nathan Francis

The mostly speculative story carrying Nathan Francis's by-line, is remark­ably devoid of any declarative statements, as everything is presented with qualifiers (weasel words) such as "may," "suggests," "so-called" and "appears," all in sup­port of the premise... More...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Oops! [heh heh]

Seen the YouTube video aimed at President-elect Donald Trump's Electoral College voters?

That's the full length version, but abbreviated versions tar­geted individual Trump electors by name. More...

Tough time of the year for us elders

Not playin' the po' pitiful pearl card here... just look at The Southampton Press obituaries page over the next three-four weeks! More...

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Why is Donna Brazile still getting a pass?

I may need to stop watching television news programs given the amount of roiling they cause in my stomach.

One example is ABC's "This Week With George Steph­anopoulos" today with that harpy Martha Raddatz prop­ping up the (still) Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile in an interview about the allegations that the Russians worked to throw the Presidential election to Donald Trump. More...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

O Hillary, look to thyself...

Hillary Clinton horrow

...for once, you snivelling harridan, look to thyself!

It was barf-inducing to listen to failed Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton attempt to rehabilitate her political persona Thurs­day... audio only, no video... in a speech before $1 billion worth of donors in Washington, D.C., telling them:

"Make no mistake, as the press is finally catch­ing up to the facts, which we desperately tried to present to them during the last months of the campaign. This is not just an attack on me and my campaign... this is an attack against our country." More...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Won't miss it at all

One of the time-honored places to catch up with local news being the barber shop, while sitting in Merle's chair on Mill Road yesterday afternoon, I learned that Books and Books in the middle of Main Street had shuttered almost a fort­night ago.

I take a certain degree of pride that I purposely hadn't set foot in that establishment since they opened just over six years ago... and I'm not even friends with The Open Book's Terry Lucas, but I was in business on Main Street for 24 years. More...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Okay, here's the deal...

...NBC News, institutionally the most dishonest organiza­tion in the history of broadcast news media (see Trayvon Martin, General Motors pickup trucks, etc.), is running with the story...

Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

Citing two anonymous senior United States intelligence officials, NBC believes with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in this year's pres­idential election. More...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


This, it seems, is the best anyone's going to get...

NOAA Official Apologizes For Lack Of Communication With Community About Stranded Whale

Actually, this isn't just a matter of "too little too late," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's formal response to the death by bureaucratic bungling of the ju­ve­nile female humpback whale in Moriches Bay last month is wholly inadequate, and gives further evidence of the agency's incompetence or, worse, indifference. More...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Whopper of the Year

Trump's favorite gesture

President-elect Donald Trump's hyperbolic and non-specific assertions on the stump (and after), commonly declaimed while waving his right hand in the air, forefinger extended, the thumb and middlefinger forming a circle, have been driving me nuts for the past 18 months.

(But that miracle-worker KellyAnne Con­way could have excised that particular gesture from The Donald's repertoire!)

But anything Trump might have exagerated or embellish­ed, pales in comparison to a number of straight-faced statements from the failed Democratic candidate. More...

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Our 'Uncle Ham'

(A Guest Blog by my cousin David "Woodie" Clifton.)

As local Westhampton Beach kids of the '50s-'60s we five brothers were blessed with the non-blood-related parent­ing love offered among the tight-knit families of the area. Both Ham and Ruthie, as well as a handful of other families, never failed to make it known that we were "family." This was a continuation from prior generations.

Our Fathers

Ham mentored my father, Charles Clifton, as a budding sailboat racer, which led to his great success at the inter­national level. More...

One particular 'Jewish question'

First, my qualifications to weigh in on such a weighty sub­ject: born in Beth Israel Hospital where I was subjected to the minor procedure that comes with being delivered in such a venue.

And 19 years later, the college I attended had a predom­inantly Jewish undergraduate student body, so pretty much by osmosis I assimilated a fair number of Yiddish (and faux-yiddish) expressions.

So, in candor, I'm not at all qualified to discuss any "Jew­ish question," but I gotta ask this one: More...

Friday, December 09, 2016

Best news of the week!

Hot headline from this afternoon:

Giuliani pulls name from contention for secretary of state

"Giuliani had publicly campaigned for the post, but on Friday he explained his decision to withdraw."

Rudy was a decent surrogate for Trump during the More...

Thursday, December 08, 2016

'That ol' Hambone!'

Ham, July 4, 2008

...was how his late wife Ruthie used to refer to him when she would begin recounting a story about Arma Andon, known almost universally as "Ham."

He passed away earlier today, less than one month shy of his 98th birthday, and less than three months following the loss of his first born, Gail.

Ham and I enjoyed a long and varied history togther, dat­ing to the Summer of 1956 after my father was killed, when he and my "uncle" Steve Griffing took me under their wings and had me accompany them ("in case it blows up and we need extra weight") when heading out to race their Narrasketuck, #91 christened "Twircher." More...

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Day of Infamy +75

I was five days shy of 15 months old when the Rising Sun appeared over Oahu to execute a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hickam Field, et al, and six weeks later my father had left his job as an actuary at Metropolitan Life and was in uniform destined for North Africa.

I actually have at least two recollections from that time, verified a dozen or so years later, primarily because when my dad shipped out, we returned to the family home­stead in Westhampton Beach for the duration. More...

Monday, December 05, 2016

Was never a big fan...

...of actor/personality Ben Affleck, not just because of the left-of-progressive politicals he was volubly espousing a decade ago, but his over-exposure on Fox as a Boston fanboy during the historic 2004 World Serious Red Sox sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals... I was sick of him and the Jennifers (Lopez and then Garner) all over the TV screen instead of baseball.

(And yes, Fox Network has to accept most of the responsibility for that!)

But then someone, maybe even the young man himself, had a come-to-Jesus type session with the celebrity, and a new Ben Affleck evolved, chosing "better" roles More...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Moriches Bay Whale Addendum

"Save Our Whale"

I'm something of a late comer to the tragic tale of the young 30,000 pound gal who was killed by bureaucratic incom­pe­tence off Moriches Island last week, and was unaware of dedicated Facebook pages where interested observers posted messages and information in real time throughout the pitiable whale's ordeal and the anguished aftermath when I wrote today's earlier entry. More...

"We're from the Government...

...and we're here to help."

That's probably the last human words the juvenile female humpback whale heard when officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finally arrived in Hart's Cove to assess the hapless Megaptera novaeangliae which had stranded itself on a sandbar in Moriches Bay.

After three days of struggling to get to deeper water and with the U.S. Coast Guard officiously threatening to arrest anyone attempting any sort of aide and comfort for the 15-ton mammal, NOAA's determination was to euthanize her with the application of a "hot shot." More...