On The Beach Blog | October 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

O my! Why are we not surprised?

After months of whispers and speculation, the other shoe dropped for four term Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his anti-corruption bureau chief, Christopher McPartland.

Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota Indicted In 2012 Police Brutality Cover-up

The two men surrendered this afternoon after being named in indictments on numerous felony charges including ob­struction of a federal civil rights investigation and wit­ness tampering. More...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Who Is Covering Up...

...and by whatever's sacred to you, why?

The Westhampton Beach Hurricanes football team, after last Friday evening's impressive 23-8 win over powerful Sayville (5-2) at Hansen (remember that name!) Field.

The reason I know this is due to the not-always-reliable Newsday and a site called Maxpreps, because nowhere has it been reported locally.

(Stop the presses, update OtBB: 27East filed this report this morning.) More...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Soooo, where's everyone been...

...all these decades while a priapic Harvey Weinstein ran amok in Hollywood, New York City and Paris sexually assaulting, mollesting and being otherwise inappropriate with dozens of females, primarily star-struck young ingénues looking for a leg up in show business?

(Standby for an updated number on his victims... the inexact figure appreciates daily!)

Actresses and starlets-who-want-to-be-actresses are coming out of, not the woodwork, but their attorneys' offices to tell their stories of sexual misconduct, More...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Let's hear it for Eli Manning...

...and the New York (even though they've been calling New Jersey home for over 40 years) Giants of the National Football League!

Against all expectations (except those of the most diehard Big Blue fans) the winless Giants went into Denver (3-1) last night and beat the Broncos, 23-10, and contributed significantly to our meal this evening. More...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Second Worst Woman in the World...

...wedged in there ahead of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Grace but still behind V. Stiviano, has got to be Kijuana Nige Sherrod, the comely African-American 33-year-old who posted the video of Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting lines of a white powdery substance, because...

"My motive was just to basically expose the inequalities in the system. It's not just NFL. The inequalities that come with being a minority compared with a white privileged person in America just in general."

A self-described "professional tease" and More...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Honest if not particularly politic

When I first learned of what Congressman Brendan Boyle (D, PA) had tweeted after the United States Men's Soccer Team had suffered a humiliating loss at the feet of tiny Trinidad and Tobago, one which kept the USA men's team from qualifying for the World Cup...:

"I was really disappointed they didn't qualify for the World Cup. Then I remembered I couldn't care less about soccer."

...I thought, "What a dick, and a gratuitous one!"

While I have never been part of the Twitter-verse, the reaction of those denizens pretty much mirrored my own. More...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Think I'll pass

Received this notice of an "Acquisition Opportunity" from a long-time OtBB Secret Field Operative Brian J. McCarthy.

(Necessarily a pseudonym for his protection.) More...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Yeah, it's a NY Post sports columnist...

...so whatever Mike Vaccaro writes about the New York Jets, no matter how fatuous, is just his opinion.

Todd Bowles looks like the clueless coach of an 0-16 team

"We’ll start by paraphrasing the late Dennis Green: The Jets are what we thought they were."

Okay, that was penned on September 10th, the More...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I'm not big on...

Los Angeles Dodgers logo

...edge of the seat nail-biting finishes in sporting events involving teams for which I root: the Lions and Red Wings of Detroit, and of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers!

(Purposefully omitted from that short list is the nearby NBA team for which I've had to shelve my rooting interest for as long as it remains under the present ownership.)

So I'm delighted that the Dodgers... my Dodgers... swept their National League best of five Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, three-zip. More...

Friday, October 06, 2017

Memo to Lisa Finn: WHA-AT?!?

This just caught my critical (and curious) eye:

Vineyard 48 Shut Down By State Liquor Authority; 'Good Riddance,' Supe Says By Lisa Finn

"Neighbors of Vineyard 48 have long said the winery has shattered their quality of life, complaining of couples having sex outside, loud music and a string of alleged alcohol overdoses."

Public intoxication? No longer criminal, but sure. Unruly behavior? For sure. Disorderly conduct? Absolutely!

But "alcohol overdoses?" Anyone hospitalized?

I mean, really!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Remember this name, remember this face...

Hayley Geftman-Gold

...she's Hayley Geftman-Gold, the now former Vice President and Senior Counsel, Strategic Transactions at CBS in New York City.

The late '30s-something mother of three who resides with her busband and family in Brooklyn, New York, was fired from her year-old position with the broadcast corporation for her extraordinarily tone-deaf Twitter messages following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on the evening of October 1st. More...

Monday, October 02, 2017

It's a simple matter of 'character'...

...and that's now, and for some years now, a notable deficiency with Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Louisville athletic board starts process to fire Rick Pitino after contract breach claim

It's not like OtBB hasn't written about this mutt before:

That the man has lasted in his position of the Cardinals head coach speaks as much to the priorities of the Univer­sity of Louisville's regents as it does of Pitino's utter lack of any sort of moral compass.

Someone blinked...

...but no one'll say who, and if this "negotiation" runs to form, sometime in the next day or so, both sides will insist that everyone's pleased with the outcome.

Altice Reaches Deal With Disney, Averting Blackout of ESPN and Other Channels

"Talks between Altice and Disney went down to the wire Sunday afternoon against a 5 p.m. ET deadline for a new carriage agreement to avert a black out of ESPN, WABC-TV New York and other Disney-owned channels on Altice USA’s Optimum platform serving about 2.6 million New York-area subscribers."

Guess who won't be happy!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Wisdom is not so much what you say...

...but how well you are able to articulate your thoughts, an epiphany which came to me during this morning's weekly CBS talking head-fest, "Face The Nation."

It was delivered by Amy Walter, National Editor of The Cook Political Report during a discussion of the Admin­is­tration's response to the hurricane which devastated Puerto Rico:

"Unfortunately what this does is that it brings us back to this place where if you're on a certain side of the aisle, you put on your jersey and side with the Mayor (of San Juan) and on the other side of the aisle you put on your jersey and side with the President. More...