On The Beach Blog | February 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Oscars Night Notes

This used to be a huge night in my house during the years I shared it with "Waldo," but lately not so much... I just don't see 200-250 movies a year any longer which should indicate my current level of interest in what currently comes out of Hollywood nowadays.

But the decision to have Chris Rock host the ceremonies tonight made me want to tune in for his opening mono­logue just to gauge the tenor of the evening, one which was uncommonly controversial due to the boycott by sundry persons of color due to "the lack of diversity" among the nominees. More...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pullin' the 'Blue Bloods' plug...

...after six bumpy seasons, with extreme prejudice; it was last evening's "Help Me, Help You" episode, #127 in the CBS series, that finally did it!

I had stayed with the show for the appearances of old pros Tom Selleck, Len Cariou and Amy Carlson (who's not-so-old), and that brightest of youngsters Sami Gayle, and stuck it out even though a change in Producers saw the dumping of talented Jennifer Esposito after 46 episodes and replacing her with Marisa Ramirez. More...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The B-I-G Sell Job

Over half-a-centry ago the poetic American songwriter Bob Dylan sang:

"There's a battle outside and it is raging. It'll
soon shake your windows and rattle your walls...."

Right! But the fight is not Trump v. Cruz v. Rubio, or Hillary against the FBI, or even Dave Calone or Anna Throne-Holst to see who gets run over by Lee Zeldin.

It's a passel of people and civic collectives against More...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

'The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of...'

...which would be the rara avis, the black bird or...

Title frame

...and I took a run up to Holtsville this afternoon for the 75th Anniversary screening of the great Warner Brothers classic. More...

Monday, February 22, 2016

Washington's Birthday epiphany

For decades I've raged about big media's Leftist biases, and written of specific instances of misrepresentations, lies and outright fraud by The New York Times, The Washington Post and, institutionally, the worst of them all, NBC news.

Just this evening, thanks to the weekly Showtime series "The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth" which follows the current Presidential campaigns with an almost as-it-happens immediacy, I discovered how dishonestly virtually everyone reported on Hillary Rodham Clinton's dog barking moment last week. More...

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday outing along the strand

Some friends in Quogue alerted us to the current seals phenomenon in Moriches Bay Northwest of Cupsogue Beach on a shoal visible only at ebb tide just inside the Inlet.

"There were about a hundred of them just past midday," Mary Hoch told Jeanne yesterday, so naturally she wanted to go see for herself.

We checked the tide tables for Moriches Inlet and set off in my four-wheeler just after noon. More...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

This is a terrific idea!

Courtesy of m'daughter many miles away:

'The Maltese Falcon' Is Coming Back to Theaters

"Cinephiles, rejoice! Humphrey Bogart is returning to the big screen for the 75th anniversary of 'The Maltese Falcon.'

The John Huston noir will be playing on February 21 and 24 in more than 650 theaters across the nation to celebrate the milestone anniversary."

Perfect, the Diamond year of a gem of a film. More...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Football Field update

Memo to Westhampton Beach Board of Education:

U.S. agencies to study safety of artificial turf fields

According to CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye:

"The Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday they will study whether artificial turf fields and playgrounds that use bits of recycled tires are exposing children to dangerous chemicals." More...

Saturday, February 13, 2016

This is most unfortunate!

And I suspect that it's going to impact on the dynamics of the 2016 Presidential race... whoever the candidates turn out to be.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died At the Age of 79

"Scalia, the intellectual cornerstone of the court's modern conservative wing, whose elegant and acidic opinions inspired a movement of legal thinkers and ignited liberal critics, died February 13 on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas." More...

Friday, February 12, 2016

A major loss of luster...

...is what Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to suffer this month, and we're talking a matter of character here!

First there was the disinformation ploy the Cruz campaign used against Dr. Ben Carson in the final lap of the Iowa caucuses which may have denied Donald Trump a win in that state.

(On the plus side, it might have infused a note of humility into The Donald... if that's possible.) More...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two signs the Village is in trouble...

...and the culprits aren't in Village Hall, though one is, in fact, at Six Corners!

The Hampton Arts Twin Cinema

Are they serious?!

Mid-Winter, presently all but snow-bound, and the only movies venue around goes dark on us during our period of greatest need!

(Forget the Performing Arts Center on Main Street... it only shows movies [they prefer the term "cinema"] as an after-thought!)

And then there's the Sunset Avenue matter... More...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What did we learn this season?

If'n you don't watch "Inside the NFL" on Showtime or the NFL Network (cable channel 218), then this entry's head­line probably won't resonate.

I love the show for its top notch multi-camera footage from NFL Films, but I've also become interested in the personalities who host the hour-long series which is cablecast from week one of the regular football season until the week following the Super Bowl.

That's this week for those without a scorecard. More...

Monday, February 08, 2016

Irrelevant, ridiculous and desperate...

...best describes that Leroy Lockhorn-looking clown on Fox News this morning!

Beyonce's 'Black Power' salute during Super Bowl 50 halftime show slammed by Rudy Giuliani as 'attack' on police

"This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive."

Well, if there was an actual "Black Power salute," I More...

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The calls of "Omaha, Omaha, Omaha..."

...from Quarterback Peyton Manning may not be again heard on the playing fields of the National Football League, and if so, at least #18 goes out a huge winner!

Which is exactly how it should be for the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, going out on top!

The smart money was, as it should have been, on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers with their sterling 17-1 record this season, but Peyton was the sentimental favorite, and he led the Denver Broncos to a terrific 24-10 upset win!

So, is sexism now okay?

This afternoon's report in The New York Times gives me considerable pause:

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders

"Hillary Clinton’s older feminist supporters have a message for young women who are not backing her candidacy: Shame on you.

Women were expected to help power Mrs. Clinton to the Democratic nomination...."

I reject both Sanders and Clinton on a political More...

Saturday, February 06, 2016

A voice from the past

Remember Sacheen Littlefeather?

Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Oscars ceremony


Friday, February 05, 2016

Not to blow smoke...

...up my own fundamental orifice, but Wednesday's OtBB entry closed with:

"Iowa may supplant Florida and its "hanging chad" fiasco as a national joke...."

Yesterday's lead editorial in the Des Moines Register opened with:

"Once again the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips."

I don't know what prior events induced global hilarity, but Iowa from its first-in-the-nation primary process to its ethanol subsidies needs to get its act together.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

February Village Board Meeting

...being another mercifully brief mid-Winter session, start-to-finish in 16 minutes which included the time it took to swear in a full-time police officer with attendant speechifying, glad-handing and multiple "photo ops."

With Mayor Maria Moore occupied elsewhere on family business, Deputy Mayor Charles Palmer Jr. ran the meet­ing at breakneck speed, but business was still addressed: More...

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

"After the party...

...it's all in the potty," was an odious expression used by a chum of mine more than half a century ago to describe the results of excessive imbibition the previous night.

That's sort of how I feel following Monday evening's Iowa caucuses, as I not unreasonably expected that everyone's battlecry would be "On to New Hampshire!"

Yeah, well, what do I know? More...

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


The animal I celebrate today is not the grumpy, unreliable groundhog (Marmota monax) but the magnificent raptor which America has adopted as its totem: the eagle!

Just watch this baby in action:

Ironically, it wasn't done here, but in the Nether­lands: "Trained eagle des­troys drone in Dutch police video."

Pretty decent drone defense. Every gal who wants to tan topless in the privacy of her backyard should have one!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Too soon, too soon...

...but I get it, why some of the legendary professional sports stars bail betimes from Detroit teams as the Lions' remarkable wide receiver Calvin Johnson seems almost certain to do this week.

Hockey Hall of Famer Marcelle Dionne was the #2 overall draft pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 1971, and after four sparkling seasons, demanded a trade out of what he called "Murder City" due to its increasingly out of control crime rate and annual leadership in homicides. More...