It's not surprising that the weekly 30-minute show has had some of its luster diminished, having lost, to early deaths, the only two hosts it had ever known, Dick Schaap and John Saunders, and their successor, Mike Lupica, is woefully inadequate to the task. More...
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
...and the first to stand against President Donald Trump's Executive Order barring refugee is the previously unheralded United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly for the Eastern District of New York.
"A federal judge in Brooklyn came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the United States on Saturday after an executive order signed by President Trump, which sought to keep many foreigners from entering the country, led to chaotic scenes across the globe. More...
Saturday, January 28, 2017
I actually fantasized about this several weeks ago, remembering a gag someone told on "The Jack Paar Tonight Show" when Hawaii was about to be admitted to the Union, and arranging 50 stars would be a challenge.
Under discussion was what a 50-star flag would look like; the transition from the 6 X 8 Old Glory with which I'd grown up, to the 49-star version with the addition of Alaska, was a simple More...
Friday, January 27, 2017
"Then" being 46 years ago when the seminal Moniebogue Press crew, as eclectic a collection of odds and sods who somehow published a "alternative" newspaper on a fairly regular basis.
Along with excoriating the Shoreham nuclear power plant and mercilessly (and somewhat unfairly) tweaking Legislator H. Beecher Halsey over the possibility of landing 747s at the just demobilized Suffolk County Air Force Base, we actually halted a proposed 247 "garden apartment" development of the Moniebogue wetlands, the marshy area between the municipal marina and Modern Yachts off Library Avenue. More...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Which for me is a new personal relationship duration record, so I splurged with the world's richest triple chocolate layer cake from Simon's Beach Bakery...
...and a couple of cards from Lynne's Cards and Gifts, 'cause Jeanne dearly loves cards!
(Sweet Honey Mustard! I remember when the best Hallmark Card was only 25¢!)
As is evident, we didn't wait 'til after dinner to dive into the cake!
"As adults," Jeanne decided, "we can do that if we want!"
We did... and then some!
Sunday, January 22, 2017
...which in this area is PBS, Channel 13, is not one I spend a great deal of time tuned to.
But on occasion there's something that intrigues and compels, like this week's program about Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and then a just-concluded two-part series devoted to Barack Obama's Presidency "In Divided States of America" narrated by the supremely gifted Will Lyman.
Friday, January 20, 2017
...as Chief Executive for the next four years, is Donald J. Trump, and it seems unlikely that he won't for all time be known as "The Twitter President."
(Which, considering the alternative, "The Pants Suit President," is for me greatly preferable! [shudder!])
So I'm willing to give the new President some room to show his stuff, but I am reminded of an observation by adult film writer-director Jacky St. James:
"If you're cruel on social media you're either a coward or a dick."
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I have no quibble with any of those inductees, though I'm saddened by the lessened vote totals for outspoken pitcher Curt Schilling, doomed by Political Correctitude, a curse defeated only by Donald Trump.
But again I am infuriated by that uber-weenie Bob Costas who, during the announcement cablecast on MLB (Channel 222), made snide comment about Bagwell's induction on his sixth year of eligibility, saying that it was because Mike Piazza was voted in last year. More...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
From President Obama's 29th and final White House press conference, responsing to a question:
"I think somewhere we're ging to have to spend... and this willl require some action by the Supreme Court... we have to re-examine the flood of endless money that goes into our politics, which I think is very unhealthy."
It was not immediately apparent just which candidate he had in mind: 2016 Presidential Campaign Expenditures.
Monday, January 16, 2017
...President Barack Obama is his way with a laugh line, an art apparently missing from President-elect Donald Trump's personal style.
Great line... perfect delivery!
Sunday, January 15, 2017
The week ended the same way it began, with a teriffic, nail-biter of a football game!
Last Monday night it was the 2017 College National Championship Playoff between the #2 ranked Clemson Tigers and the top seeded Alabama Crimson Tide.
With one (1!) second left, Clemson scored the game-winning touchdown, allowing the Tigers to finish the season at the top for the first time since 1981. More...
...an event my mom always tried to take me to for my birthday, is folding its tents and scattering its remnants across the eroding landscape of my memory... "the Greatest Show on Earth" won't be any longer.
"Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise." More...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
In the rescheduled monthly Village Board meeting (delayed one week), Michelle Buggé announced the winners of the Holiday Lighting contest, none of whom (even with the new, streamlined categories) were in attendance.
In what could be interpreted as a "screw you!" to the everlastingly suspended Police Officer Joseph Pesapane, the Village's fathers and mother promoted Officer Stephen McManus to the rank of Police Detective at an annual salary of $124,743.60, which figure will likely appear on the front cover of Newsday within the foreseeable future.
(Nearly a dozen uniformed members of the department did attend to applaud Detective McManus' award of his Gold Shield.) More...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
...to head to to Washington, D.C. and knock Al Sharpton on his steatopygian butt, Roy Innes has left us.
Born on St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands in 1932, Roy Emile Alfredo Innis was elected national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality in 1968 and was a strong voice for the organization's principles for more than half a century. More...
Monday, January 09, 2017
...Westhampton Beach edition!
Haven't seen any really enterprising local kids on a "Snow Day" since Snapper Hulse's two sons would show up on my front steps with shovels (never any machines!) and offer to dig us out for what was an entirely equitable price.
Sunday morning, though, it was Chris Merle (631-488-7443) and Thomas Montagna (631-376-2541) who appeared, timely with shovels and a snow blower, and unencumbered us from "the white stuff" in no time at all.
Probably could've gotten it done cheaper, but I didn't have to ask either fellow to show their "green card."
Sunday, January 08, 2017
...or what her claim to any sort of celebrity could be aside, from her insistance on wearing her hair drawn back emphasizing not only her cheekbones and ears, but an oversized head atop a disturbingly cachectic body.
Yet she persists, as I learned en passant (channel-flipping) earlier this evening: More...
Saturday, January 07, 2017
...the one entitled "Not sure what to make of this," as I have no excuses to make.
I was away part of the week and taped three evenings worth of "Chasing News" to better delve into it.
The on-air people (known as "chasers") serve as field reporters and their own camera-persons (using "selfie-sticks" for the love of Jacques Dittes), studio co-hosts, writers/producers and set-dressers.... similar to the way Harvey Levin dresses his miminalist "TMZ on TV" sets with informally-clad youngsters. More...
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
(Don't know the show? Maybe you've seen the Progressive Insurance spot spoofing TMZ and Levin.)
My antipathy for Levin and the TMZ brand is the subject of another OtBB entry, but what occasioned this one was a show I literally stumbled on last evening, "Chasing News" on WWOR-TV, Channel 9 at 10:00 pm. More...
Monday, January 02, 2017
The big pop news out of New Year's Eve was some dirty work at the crossroads of the world: Times Square.
"An audio track malfunction was reported while Carey was lip-syncing to some of her biggest songs onstage in front of a live audience of millions."
The lessons of Milli Vanilli clearly escaped the Carey camp.
Then, walking off the stage in a huff, she said: More...
Sunday, January 01, 2017
...given any sort of national platform after being outted as the source of the questions being leaked to Hillary Clinton in advance of the Democratic Primary debate with Bernie Sanders?
(Donna Brazile was a featured guest on ABC's "This Week..." this morning.)
The Sanders wing of the Democratic Party have overwhelmingly called for Brazile to step down from her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Wanna know why the Democratic Party is in big trouble?
After punting a national election in which their candidate was the prohibitive favorite even two hours after the polls closed, Brazile and Nancy Pelosi are still calling the shots!
...the old year, with a six-day orgy of all the "Game of Thrones" episodes to date, in sequence!
It kicked off on HBO2 at Noon of Boxing Day and concluded New Year's Eve, something close to 60 hours of all my favorite GOTery... Daenerys Stormborn's rapidly maturing dragons, the Stark offsprings' endangered direwolves, the hilarious and tragic Tyrion Lannister, and the plucky and increasingly lethal 14-year old Arya Stark.
Whoever dreamt up the idea of this six season marathon had the right idea... instead of launching the start of April as previous years have, Season 7 won't debut 'til late this Summer, so the past week slaked Jeanne's and my GOT jones.