On The Beach Blog | March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Uh oh, not so fast!

Spotted this at the gates of the Westhampton Transfer Station Tuesday afternoon:

No more "Closed Wednesdays"

Great! "Seven Days" so no more Wednesday closings!

Sign was still there yesterday, yet "The Dump" was closed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I see this getting nipped in the bud!

"House Rules"

A timeless axiom of playing cards for money is...

Know the house rules before
sitting down at the table.

Someone involved with the project at 70 Sunset Avenue never bother­ed to check with the Village Building Department: More...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ahhhhhh, the media!

From the rubble of Brussels this week, comes a new term... actually an acronym... for the media to flog:

TATP: Islamic State group's DIY explosive of choice

"Used by jihadists everywhere from Paris and Brussels to the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the easy-to-make and deadly explosive TATP -- known as "the mother of Satan" -- has become the explosive of choice for the Islamic State group."

Annnnnnnnnnnd... anyone can make it!

There is a metaphysical certitude... thank you, John McLaughlin... that the incidence of TATP-related events will henceforth escalate.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Called to serve, willing to serve...

...but denied the opportunity by a blonde beast with a badge and a ballistic vest, and a skinny young fellow of color who likely has a problem with, in the expression of Richard Pryor, "w-w-w-hitey."

Yesterday morning, I reported per my Jury Summons to the Arthur M. Cromarty Criminal Court Complex in Riverhead, made it through the security magnetometers without hav­ing to remove my belt or metal-framed eyewear, this after being told that I didn't have to serve because I was "over 70 years old." More...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Way to go, CBS News!

Jeanne spotted it before I did, the photo-credit beneath the trio of American Mormons wounded in this morning's terror attack in Brussels:

"credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-Day Saints"

It was quickly corrected on their Website, but it went out incorrectly to a national audience around 6:37 pm.

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's bad enough that I can't...

...turn on the television set without "The Donald" on view all the time... and we're still a month away from the New York State Primaries... but this popped-up unbidden on my computer this past weekend:

Clinton Internet adv.

To which I respond, "Not a chance, this year or ever!"

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Charles Vane was hanged last night...

Zach McGowan as "Charles Vane"

...and my favorite Saturday evening cable series, "Black Sails," will be the worse for it, whether Starz renews it past next week's Season Three finale or not.

I took to the series from the night it weigh­ed anchor in January 2014... 52 years ago I was windjamming in the Caribbean, reading Raphael Sabatini (ah there, "Captain Blood" and Errol Flynn!) and sailing the Western part of what was once known as the Spanish Main... and I haven't missed an episode since. More...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Why is there such a thing as...

...a "jihadi neighborhood" in a city like Brussels, capital of the Western European country of Belgium, a constitu­tional monarchy cum federal parliamentary democracy?

How Paris attacks prime suspect gave investigators a slip for so long

"Bilal Benyaich, a Brussels security expert, described Molenbeek last November as a 'pitstop' for radicals, and a 'place where you can disappear;' Belgian conservative politician George Dallemagne called it an 'airbase for jihadists,' a place from where they could arm and attack places like Paris at will."

The municipality of Molenbeek has approximately More...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A coincidental convergence

What do Duke University and Suffolk County have in common?

30 for 30 graphic

I'm a long-time admirer of cable ESPN's "30 for 30" series of sports-related documentary films, but the one in current rotation, "Fantastic Lies" is especially com­pelling... I remember the event from 2006 very well, splashed across the media as the "Duke Lacrosse Rape."

National media and activists (including one of the worst specimens of each, Nancy Grace and Reverend Jesse Jack­son, Jr.) converged in Durham, North Carolina and lather­ed up grotesque levels of animosity against three lacrosse players who were subsequently arrested and charged with first degree forcible rape, first degree sexual offense and kidnapping, convictions for which could have sent them to prison for 30 or more years. More...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March Village Board Work Session

A full Westhampton Beach Village Board held a two-hour plus Work Session this evening that covered a broad range of subjects, from requests from Westhampton Free Library holding 7:00-9:00am Yoga Sessions at Rogers Beach on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, to adding a (trans­planted from West Hampton{sic} Dunes) 5K Race for a Reason on behalf of Backpacks for Fellow Students, to the Fall schedule.

(My compliments to Director Danielle Waskiewicz for turning the library into an active community center.)

Backpack mommy Nancy DeMattei made the pitch More...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pants on fire!

That's you, Jack O'Dwyer! From his public relations blog:

"The Westhampton, N.Y., library, which is also under pressure from residents to limit exposure of patrons to elecrtromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi and computers, has noted that it complies with federal guidelines. It has refused to make any changes in its current Wi-Fi setup."

What residents? Names? Specifics?

The only one making any sort of fuss about Westhampton Free Library's Wi-Fi, is that benighted old fraud O'Dwyer... and any claim of residency on his part is dubious.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Maureen Muscarella (1938-2016)

Sad news from Texas just now... my good friend Tony Muscarella called to let me know that his wife of 60 years, the former Maureen Zemetra, had passed away early today in a Houston hospital emergency room.

Tony and Maureen had operated Dolly Marshall Kennels on Tanner's Neck Lane for many years before Tony retired from Brookhaven National Lab in the late '80s before retiring to Richfield, North Carolina, then relocating to Port Charlotte, Florida for more than a decade where Jeanne and I used to visit with them while staying with another Westhampton Beach ex-pat, my cousin Steve Griffing.

Last year, with Maureen's health deteriorating, they moved a final time to the Houston suburb of Cypress.

Deepest sympathies to Tony and their children, Anthony, Ann and Michael.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Unconscionable CNN actions...

...and Donald Trump called them, and news-show host Don Lemon in particular, on it!

Screen capture from CNN

My wife spotted it ten minutes before Trump raised the is­sue with Lemon... CNN was playing the same several min­utes of video footage of a physical confrontation More...

Friday, March 11, 2016

Wounded Warrior Project update...

Previous OtBB entries from November 2012:

...but I get no pride or sense of vindication in this. More...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Positively drooling...

...best describes the mainstream media over an unin­tentional shooting in Florida this week.

A sampling, starting with the ever predictable CNN:

Pro-gun activist is accidentally shot by 4-year-old son

...then from CBS Chicago... More...

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Reverse Peristalsis from an E-mail

"I may vomit!" Sheridan Whiteside

...a sensibility I shared with the celebrated character inspired by Alexander Woollcott when I read yesterday's nauseating encomium authored by Hampton Synagogue "Honorary President" Morris Tuchman.

Occasioned by the decision by the Village of Quogue to cede their fight against an eruv in their municipality, took the opportunity to blow voluminous clouds of smoke up Rabbi Marc Schneier's fundamental orifice, to wit: More...

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

What does the Cablevision sale portend?

Few took notice... OtBB as well... of the proposed acquisition of the Long Island Cablevision media empire (including moribund Newsday) last September by a Netherlands-based multinational telecoms company.

Altice Agrees to Buy Cablevision for $10 Billion

"The takeover is expected to close in the first half of 2016 once regulatory approvals have been obtained"

And there's the rub... New York City, New York State More...

Monday, March 07, 2016

Can't quite say 'Not a moment too soon...'

...that my Sunday evening "guilty pleasure," CBS' "The Good Wife," is in the process of wrapping up its seventh and final season.

In point of fact, the series should have gracefully folded its tent after the sixth! More...

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Trump in a peanut shell

I've got nothing for comedian Louis C.K. one way or the other... I'm not familiar with the man or his work... but what he expressed in an e-mail yesterday, nailed "The Donald" as succinctly and accurately as anything I've seen yet.

"If you are a true conservative. Don’t vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him."

Just so, just so....

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Nancy Cuthbert (1930-2016)

Nancy Whaley Cuthbert

Mrs. Peter Cuthbert, the former Nancy Whaley, was laid to rest in a snow-carpeted Westhampton Cemetery this morning in the presence of her widower, her six children, numerous grandchildren and countless friends.

It was a lovely ceremony conducted by Nancy's brother and accompanied by the sounds of geese gossiping on Cook's Pond, a solitary bagpiper in kilt and kit, and a red hawk who rose from the North and spiraled overhead for the occasion.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

March Village Board Meeting

Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore took a chapter from former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's 1996 vol­ume, "It Takes a Village" this evening.

March Village Meeting

Led by Dress-uniformed Sons of the Beach (whose num­bers lined 2½ sides of the meeting room for the largest turn-out since residents made their feelings known about a "Police Com­mis­sioner" last year), feted the Village's three centurions: birthday girl Rose Loos along with John Comba and Jean Tocko. More...

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

¡Una declaración estúpida stupendously!

It was a mind-numbingly absurd statement on CBS Even­ing News, uttered by correspondent Manuel Bojor­quez at the end of a report on a large break-in in Texas...

Caught on camera: Thieves storm Houston gun store

...in which as many as 50 handguns and long guns were stolen yesterday morning by ten masked burglars, all caught on video surveillance.

"Federal officials said weapons stolen in burglaries like this one likely end up on the black market, and could be used in violent crimes."

Do ya think?

Psssst! They sure weren't stolen by firearms collectors.