Rod Serling’s Grave

H/T Atlas Obscura.

I figured Rod Serling’s grave marker would be more elaborate.

Lakeview Cemetery
Interlaken, New York

The final resting place for the famed creator and narrator of “The Twilight Zone.” 

IN INTERLAKEN, NEW YORK’S Lakeview Cemetery you can find the surprisingly ordinary gravesite of Rod Serling, famed creator and narrator of the anthology television series The Twilight Zone, which ran for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.

Serling joined the U.S. Army after graduating high school and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He eventually earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Philippine Liberation Medal. After being discharged from the Army in 1946 Serling enrolled in college, where he developed interests in theater, writing, and broadcasting.

Serling worked in radio and television for a number of years before finding success. In 1955, a program based on one of his scripts aired on Kraft Television Theatre that earned critical acclaim. At the time, a critic for the New York Times called it “one of the high points in the TV medium’s evolution.” With the praise came a number of job offers, and eventually the creation of the series that would make Serling a household name.

The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS on October 2, 1959. In addition to presenting each episode, Serling was the creator and head writer. Each episode presented a stand-alone story in which characters found themselves in the middle of disturbing or unusual events ranging from encounters with the supernatural to science-fiction dystopias. Many had twist endings and moral lessons about the human condition. Of the many scripts Serling wrote for The Twilight Zone, his favorite was adapted from a short story about a bibliophile bank teller called “Time Enough At Last.”

Although busy making an iconic show allowing us to enter the fifth dimension, Rod also taught college courses on film criticism, writing, and drama in the late 1960s until his untimely death in 1975 at 50 years old. He died after a series of heart attacks likely caused by his smoking of multiple packs of cigarettes a day. His wife, Carolyn Louise “Carol” Kramer Serling died on January 9, 2020, at the age of 90. She was buried next to her husband.

Know Before You Go

Rodman E. Serling, lot 1044, fifth to last row from the back (about 20 feet in between little tree and big tree). GPS signal isn’t great here but you can enter these waypoints: 42.627815, -76.719521

Italian Foods They Don’t Serve In Italy


I was surprised about where Caesar salad came from.

Growing up in my Italian-American grandmother’s kitchen, I thought I knew Italian food. That was until my first of many trips to Italy, where I learned that the sumptuous family feasts enjoyed at my grandparent’s house, complete with heavy Sunday sauce, enormous meatballs, chicken Parmigiana, and tortellini stuffed with pepperoni and cheese were actually a cuisine all to themselves — Italian-American cuisine.

So which of your favorite “Italian” dishes would you be able to order in a real Italian restaurant, and which would get you nothing more than some raised Italian eyebrows? Read on to discover!

Pepperoni pizza
Once considered a pauper’s food in Italy, pizza was brought to the shores of America by Italian immigrants. Businesses developed pizza recipes designed to replicate Italian flavors cheaply and quickly for the new wave of factory workers in cities like New Haven, Boston, Chicago, and New York. The famed Lombardi’s in NYC still churns out Neopolitan-style pies today.

While pizza certainly does continue to exist in Italy, it’s not quite the Americanized version we enjoy here in the States. Pizza in Italy is a simpler affair that’s lighter on the cheese and toppings. Italian pizza is served in convenience markets and bars, and is meant to be a quick snack. The best pizza I enjoyed in Italy was in the city of Lucca, in Tuscany. The only topping choices were cheese, sauce, basil, potatoes, and anchovies. The pizzaiola was kind enough to slice some fresh spicy salami from the deli counter to top the pizza with for his “new American friends.” Pepperoni, which is an American invention, was nowhere to be found. Besides, if you did request it, you’d likely get Italian peperoni — which is bell peppers.

Lobster fra diavolo
Lobster fra diavolo, while quite a treat, can be a mess to eat. In the classic recipe, a whole lobster, cooked in its shell, is served over spaghetti and topped with tomato sauce. Cracking lobster shells while dealing with hands covered in sauce makes it a meal that certainly requires a bib. Yet this decadent dish has long enjoyed popularity on the menus of Italian-American restaurants like the original Patsy’s in Manhattan, a favorite spot of many celebs.

Like many Italian-American recipes, the origins of lobster fra diavolo are a bit murky. Cookbook author Anna Teresa Callen, told The New York Times, “It’s not an Italian dish. It’s really another Italian-American invention. I have never seen it in Italy, and I suspect that it came from Long Island.”

Wherever it may be from, the dish is still popular in many American restaurants. So go ahead and mangia… but don’t forget to ask for extra napkins.

Chicken and veal Parmigiana
When it comes to true, Italian-American cooking, it doesn’t get more classic than a saucy and cheesy chicken or veal parmigiana. Did you think this dish was as authentically Italian as you could get? Guess again!

While you can enjoy eggplant Parmigiana, or “mellenzana alla Parmigiana” on your Italian getaway, chicken or veal Parmigiana will definitely not be on the menu. It turns out the two popular dishes are American inventions, inspired by the Italian eggplant dish, that were perhaps tweaked to include the meat that newly arrived Italian-American immigrants could now afford.

Italian flag cookies
Some people call them Italian flag cookies, others call them rainbow cookies or seven layer cookies. At my house we always called them marzipan cookies, for the distinctive flavor they get from the almond paste. Italian flag cookies are really not cookies at all, but sponge cake, layered with jam, dipped in chocolate, and cut into bite-sized morsels. Whatever you call them, we can all agree on one thing — they don’t actually come from Italy.

According to Italian cooking master and cooking show host, Lidia Bastianich, “There are many traditional Italian almond paste cookies, but rainbow cookies seem to have been created in America by Italian-American immigrants to honor the colors of the Italian flag. You can find them in Italian bakeries year-round, but they are especially popular at Christmastime.”

Cioppino, a deliciously spicy fish stew, has an incredibly Italian sounding name, but is not from Italy at all.

San Francisco is said to be the original home of cioppino. Italian immigrant fishermen created it from the day’s catch, mixing the assortment of seafood with tinned tomatoes, wine and few spices they would carry while at sea. The origin of the name, cioppino, is debatable, with some believing it to be a Ligurian word which means “to chop,” while others say it is derived from the word “il ciuppin” which means “little soup.” Still, others claim that the name was an Italian hybrid of the English words “chip in,” since the fishermen from various boats would all chip in the scraps of their day’s catch to make one giant communal stew to share.

Cioppino is still popular in Californian restaurants, where it might be made with fish, shellfish, or a mixture of both. If you have access to good, fresh fish, it’s a pretty easy recipe to whip up yourself.

Muffuletta sandwiches may be stuffed with big Italian flavors like salami, Italian ham, provolone cheese, and olive salad, but the origins of the sandwich are firmly planted in America.

Invented in 1906 at the New Orleans Italian Market, the owner of the Central Grocery Company, Lupo Salvatore, created the sandwich so the local working men could manage an easier midday meal than their typical request of separate portions of meat, cheese, bread, and salad. The sandwich grew in popularity, becoming an iconic food of the colorful city. Muffuletta sandwiches can still be found throughout New Orleans, and you can even enjoy one at the still standing Central Grocery Company, whose sign boasts “The Original Muffuletta.”

Spaghetti and meatballs
Hard to believe, isn’t it? The quintessential Italian meal we all grew up loving is in fact, not Italian at all. But how can that be, you ask?

They do eat meatballs in Italy, but they’re not the large, tightly packed balls of meat we enjoy in America. Italian meatballs, or polpettes, can be made with any meat or fish, and are typically eaten alone, without a heavy sauce, or in soups. They’re golf ball-sized or smaller, and have a higher ratio of bread than the dense meatballs we’re accustomed to. When immigrants from Southern Italy made lives in the New World, they found that meat was no longer a luxury item, but one they could put on the dinner table every night. Thus, larger meatballs, packed with a higher ratio of meat became the norm.

Pasta, like spaghetti, is certainly Italian, but it’s typically served in smaller portions as an appetizer course, not as part of the main meal. There are two prevailing theories as to how the marriage of spaghetti and meatballs came to be. The first says that Italian restaurateurs, seeking to please the American appetite for starch with entrees, paired spaghetti with meatballs in lieu of the typical potatoes found on American dinner plates. The other theory is that Italian immigrants had few true Italian foods to choose from in American markets, and spaghetti enjoyed a promotion to entree status.

Mozzarella sticks
You may have thought TGI Friday’s invented those perfectly fried sticks of cheesy wonder, but it turns out fried sticks of cheese enjoy much more of a culinary history … just not from Italy.

The first mention of fried sticks of cheese dates to a French cookbook from 1393 called Le Menagier de Paris. While the recipe calls for Muenster cheese instead of mozzarella, it’s fair to say this was the dawn of folks clamoring to get their cheese stick on. While there’s no definitive record of the recipe being changed to mozzarella, we can all be thankful that some enterprising, snack food genius thought to make the switch.

If you do find yourself in Italy, and are hankering for a mozzarella stick, try mozzarella en Carrozza instead. This Roman snack is a fried sandwich of mozzarella cheese, and sometimes anchovy.

Shrimp scampi
Shrimp scampi could always be found at my grandmother’s Italian-American kitchen… at least her version of it. Shrimp were coated in breadcrumbs and fresh herbs, then sauteed in butter, olive oil, and garlic. They were deposited in a family-sized bowl where we would retrieve them with a spoon and eat them off torn pieces of Italian bread. At the neighbor’s house, shrimp scampi may have been unbreaded, cooked with lemon and white wine, and served over pasta. At still another neighbor’s house, tomatoes may have been added to the mix. Which recipe is correct? All of them. And while you may be able to get something similar in Italy, they won’t be calling it shrimp scampi.

According to Lidia Bastianich, scampi is actually a crustacean, very similar to lobster, also sometimes called a langoustine. Italian immigrants utilized the abundant shrimp found in America, and prepared it the classic way langoustines were prepared in Italy, so the dish should more accurately be called “shrimp cooked scampi style.” While the most classic Italian recipe would call for nothing more than olive oil, garlic, onion, and white wine, American families and restaurant chefs have adapted the recipe over the years, making it uniquely Italian-American.

Italian dressing
If you order a salad with your meal in an Italian restaurant, you will be given one dressing and one dressing only — olive oil and vinegar, or “olio e aceto.” And as far as Italians are concerned, that is Italian dressing. Ask for anything else to dress your salad, and you may as well mark a giant “T” on your forehead for “Turista.”

Then what about Caesar salad? Surely that’s an Italian invention, right? Not even close! Would you believe it’s Mexican? It’s true. Restaurant owner Caesar Cardini introduced the salad at his establishment in Tijuana, though his brother, Alex, takes credit for adding anchovies to the creamy mix. The salad grew popular all over the world, with the International Society of Epicure declaring it “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years” in 1953.

The Surprising Origin Of Pepperoni Pizza


252 millions of pepperoni is consumed yearly on pizza that is one heck of a lot of pepperoni eaten.

Close your eyes and envision the iconic slice of pizza. Chances are it’s got pepperoni on it. According to a 2019 poll conducted by YouGov, this spicy seasoned salami is the most popular pizza topping in America. Annually, our love for pepperoni pizza accounts for around 252 million (yes, million) pounds of pepperoni consumed in a sea of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese (via Your Guide to Pizza). Pepperoni pizza, it turns out, is rooted in American culture (via Thrillist).

American pizza, of course, is a descendent of the Italian pie. Immigrants from Naples brought the now ubiquitous food custom overseas, serving up slices in cities famous for their pizzerias, including New Haven and Chicago (via History). Pepperoni, on the other hand, is a New World addition. Food writer and historian John Mariani called pepperoni “purely an Italian-American creation, like chicken Parmesan” (via The New York Times). In fact, the Italian word “peperoni” refers to large bell peppers and not a cured salami. The original flatbreads in Naples were topped with tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies, and garlic.

Pepperoni pizza was born in America
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The air-dried spicy salami known as pepperoni first appeared in Italian-American markets following World War I but didn’t make its debut as a pizza topping until much later. Photographic evidence of a wall menu at a New Haven pizzeria called The Spot points to the 1950s. By contrast, in the 1930s, sausage, bacon, and other types of salami had been the typical toppings. Pizza scholar and author of New Haven Apizza Colin Caplin suspects that pepperoni first appeared on restaurant menus as part of a cured meat appetizer. Caplin told Thrillist, “That’s how a lot of toppings made it onto pizza in the first place: people experimenting.”

Why pepperoni stayed on menus is a whole different story. The trajectory of pepperoni as America’s favorite pizza topping follows the same timeline as pizza’s rising popularity as fast food. When pizza chains Pizza Hut and Domino’s opened their ovens in the 1960s, they were looking for toppings that were inexpensive and traveled well, according to Caplin. He said pizza chains “would have found products that could be mass-produced.” Pepperoni fit the bill, and the rest is history.


Weatherman Fired After 33 Years on the Job for Refusing Vaccine, Goes Out with Legendary Final Words

H/T Western Journal.

We are losing more and more liberties under dictates of Reichsfuhrer-SS Biden.

With a prediction for very stormy weather ahead for the nation he loves, meteorologist Karl Bohnak signed off last week after being fired for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bohnak had served as the weatherman at Michigan’s WLUC-TV for 33 years, according to The Washington Post. Gray Television, WLUC’s parent company, instituted a vaccine-or-else policy that went into effect on Wednesday.

Bohnak, quoting New York Yankee icon Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech, announced his departure in a post on Facebook.

“I am sad, but, to borrow a quote from a famous ballplayer, ‘I’m the luckiest man on the face of the earth’ because I had a dream as a kid to be a weatherman.

“That dream came true and to top it off, I got to broadcast weather for one of the most challenging, beautiful spots in the United States. As an added bonus, the people I broadcast to all across Upper Michigan were so kind and encouraging,” he wrote.

But a cloud has fallen over the land of the free, he wrote.

“The abrogation of our liberty and freedom under the guise of a pandemic is very disturbing to me. Hopefully, whether you lean right or left, you are concerned about what has occurred the last year-and-a-half.

“I just wanted to go about my business, ‘live and let live’, and keep my mouth shut. But this act by the federal government through corporate America has brought me to a crossroads. Our way of life, our freedom and liberty, is collapsing before our eyes,” Bohnak wrote.

He said personal freedom should be paramount.

“Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me. I have authority over my body.”

Bohnak then laid out why he had refused the vaccine.

“I have decided against the vaccine option, first and foremost, because the manufacturers of these injections have absolutely no liability if injury or death occurs after the shot. I asked myself, would I buy brakes for my vehicle if the brake company had no liability if the brakes failed? No!

“So, I will certainly not allow a medicine in my body from a company that does not stand behind its product,” he wrote.

Bohnak said he might have received the vaccine had the risk of death from COVID-19 been significant.

“However,” he wrote, “for a normally healthy adult not housed in a nursing home or not suffering from serious comorbidities, the chance of surviving COVID is well over 99 percent. I will take the chance and go without a shot. I choose not to risk serious side effects.”

“It’s time to wake up to what is occurring here in America and across the world,” he continued.

“We are being bludgeoned with fear, I believe, in an effort to control us. Eminent doctors, virologists and epidemiologists who post facts contradicting the ‘official’ accepted narrative regarding COVID are being censored; some are losing their jobs.

“It’s time to honor those who served. For me, I honor them by saying ‘Enough! I have the right to choose — we all do. If we do nothing, we will lose that right.”

Bohnak concluded with “a distillation of a portion of Jefferson’s masterpiece, the Declaration of Independence: ‘When tyranny becomes law, resistance becomes duty.’

“Those who love America and the freedom and liberty it stands for, must speak up. Hopefully, it’s not too late,” he wrote.

The Western Journal has published this article in the interest of shedding light on stories about the COVID-19 vaccine that go largely unreported by the establishment media. In the same spirit, according to the most recent statistics from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System, 7,653 deaths have been reported among those who received a vaccine, or 20 out of every 1,000,000. By contrast, 666,440 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by the CDC, or 17,537 out of every 1,000,000. In addition, it must be noted that VAERS reports can be filed by anyone and are unverified by the CDC. Thus, as the agency notes, “reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem.” The decision to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is a personal one, and it is important to consider context when making that decision. — Ed. note


10 Long-Gone MLB Ballparks With Quirky Features


Ten long gone a very quirky baseball fields.

Houston’s Colt Stadium was plagued by mosquitoes and brutal heat. Other ballparks, such as Cleveland’s cavernous ‘Mistake by the Lake,’ had bizarre dimensions.

Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field—Major League Baseball’s oldest ballparks—are charming testaments from the sport’s early 20th century. Some of the peers of those ballparks had odd features, from weird dimensions to insanely high outfield walls. Here are 10 of the more unusual and quirky bygone ballparks in MLB history.

1. Baker Bowl in Philadelphia | 1904-1938

ODDITY: Towering right field wall.

The original wooden Baker Bowl, destroyed in an 1895 fire, was rebuilt with steel and brick. It was home of the Philadelphia Phillies and widely considered the first “modern” ballpark. 

Because the right field corner was only 279 feet from home plate, a 40-foot-high wall was erected to prevent routine popups from turning into home runs. In 1937, the right field wall was increased to 60 feet, much higher than the famous, 37-foot “Green Monster” in left field at Boston’s Fenway Park—one of the odder features in a Major League Baseball stadium.

2. Forbes Field in Pittsburgh | 1909-1970

ODDITY: “Greenberg Gardens” and left-center field, which was 457 feet from home plate—one of the longer distances in MLB history.

Three large light towers were in play at Forbes, named after French and Indian War General John Forbes. Left field was strange indeed. After World War II, with the arrival of slugger Hank Greenberg, the Pirates moved the left field fence in 30 feet. The bullpens, previously located in foul territory, were moved into the area behind the leftfield fence. Sportswriters dubbed that area “Greenberg Gardens,” after the power hitter who had a penchant for homering to left field.

After hitting 25 home runs in 1947, his lone season in Pittsburgh, Greenberg retired. His “Gardens” were renamed “Kiner’s Korner,” in honor of young outfielder Ralph Kiner, who hit 40 home runs in 1948.

In Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski homered over the 406-foot sign in left-center field, giving Pittsburgh the World Series title over the New York Yankees. 

3. Polo Grounds in New York | 1911-1963

In the decisive Game 6 of the 1923 World Series, the Yankees beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds.


In the decisive Game 6 of the 1923 World Series, the Yankees beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

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ODDITY: Deep in center field (403 to 505 feet) but shallow and home run-friendly down the lines (276 feet in left and only 258 feet in right).

The original site of this hallowed New York ballpark was in a corner of Central Park. People played polo nearby, hence the name Polo Grounds. The name stuck even when a new Polo Grounds was built farther uptown, at Coogan’s Hollow.

Capacity was just 16,000 when the new ballpark opened, but by the 1950s, it was nearly 55,000 fans. The New York Giants played there until they moved to San Francisco in 1958. The Yankees moved into the Polo Grounds in 1913.

That arrangement worked fine until 1920, when the Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox. The short right field played perfectly for the left-handed-hitting Ruth, and his popularity became an irritant to the Giants. In 1920, the Yankees drew 1,289,422 at the Polo Grounds, more than 300,000 more fans than the Giants. Pushed to move elsewhere by their in-city rivals, the Yankees moved into Yankee Statium in 1923. 

The New York Mets played at the Polo Grounds from 1962-63.

4. Tiger Stadium in Detroit | 1912-1999

Tiger Stadium had many quirks, including a flagpole in center field, a few feet from the outfield wall.


Tiger Stadium had many quirks, including a flagpole in center field, a few feet from the outfield wall.

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ODDITY: A right field seating area jutted 10 feet over the field and became the landing area for many home runs.

Tiger Stadium was a classic example of the way the local environs created challenges that were often solved with creative, but quirky, solutions by ballpark designers. The right field overhang was necessary because Trumbull Avenue made any expansion beyond the ballpark impossible. 

Tiger Stadium had other quirks. A tall flagpole in center field, a few feet from the outfield wall, was in fair territory and a constant challenge for outfielders. Pillars holding up the upper deck obstructed the view of fans from many outfield seats.

5. Braves Field in Boston | 1915-1953

ODDITY: The center field wall, 550 feet straightaway from home plate, was lined with trees to hide the smoke from a railyard beyond the fence.

The deep center field made this stadium a hotbed for inside-the-park home runs. But the trees, which didn’t obscure the smoke, were an all-time oddity. Babe Ruth, who began his big-league career with the Red Sox at Fenway Park nearby, played his final season with the Boston Braves, in 1935.

6. Municipal Stadium in Cleveland | 1932-1993

An aerial view of cavernous Municipal Stadium in 1956.


An aerial view of cavernous Municipal Stadium in 1956.

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ODDITY: The stadium, known as “The Mistake by the Lake,” was too vast for baseball but was needed for that purpose by the Indians for 60 years.

Until the baseball dimensions were changed in the football-friendly stadium, center field was 470 feet from home plate and the left and right field corners were 463 feet—distances no home run hitter would ever love.  

When Bill Veeck owned the Indians, he installed fences that were shallower than the original walls and moved depending on what depth would benefit the Indians. MLB outlawed that practice. 

Because of Municipal Stadium’s 78,000-seat capacity, which made regular baseball crowds look miniscule, the Indians played only weekend and holiday games in the park near Lake Erie from 1934-46. Weekday games were played at League Park, which had its own eccentricities. Situated in a rectangle defined by city streets, the park had a shallow (290 feet) left field. To mitigate the lack of depth, the fence in left field was 40 feet high, three feet higher than Fenway Park’s “Green Monster.”

7. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles | 1958-1961

ODDITY: Built to host the 1932 Summer Olympics, its 90,000-seat capacity was the largest in MLB history.

To wedge a baseball field into the Coliseum, the left field fence was just 250 feet from home plate, a distance some recreation league softball hitters could reach today. A tall screen was added to make it more challenging for hitters to clear. 

On October 4, 1959, the Dodgers hosted Game 3 of the World Series against the Chicago White Sox—the first postseason game in MLB history played in California. The team moved into Dodgers Stadium in 1962.

8. Candlestick Park in San Francisco | 1960-1999

ODDITY: Excessive wind, fog and unseasonably cold weather in the park near San Francisco Bay.

At the 1961 MLB All-Star Game, San Francisco Giants pitcher Stu Miller was blown off the mound by a gust of wind. That was an awful flaw of the otherwise pretty orange ballpark between downtown San Francisco and the city’s airport. There was talk of building a dome over the park in the mid-1980s, but that idea never took root. 

In 1989, the ‘Stick was rocked by the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake shortly before Game 3 of the Giants-Oakland A’s World Series, which was postponed and resumed 10 days later.

9. Colt Stadium in Houston | 1962-1964

ODDITY: The heat was as unbearable as the mosquitoes.

Colt Stadium was the reason the city of Houston built the Astrodome to house its expansion Colt 45’s—soon renamed the Astros. The ballpark was nicknamed “Mosquito Heaven” because of the swarming bloodsuckers who feasted on anyone there. But the park was tough enough even before the mosquitoes got there.

Then-Houston Colt Rusty Staub summed it up: “I don’t care what ballpark they ever talk about as being the hottest place on the face of the Earth, Colt Stadium was it.” The stadium eventually was disassembled and relocated in Torreon, Mexico. Presumably, it wasn’t any cooler there.

10. Astrodome in Houston | 1965-1999

The Astrodome was Major League Baseball's first indoor stadium.


The Astrodome was Major League Baseball’s first indoor stadium.

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ODDITY: Weird ground rules—a ball hitting the roof or speaker above the playing field was in play.

The Astrodome, the first indoor stadium in MLB history, produced a domino effect of unanticipated problems. The stadium’s nearly 5,000 translucent panels allowed natural light, but that also meant the sun poured in from certain angles and blinded players, particularly outfielders.

The solution, painting many of the panels, solved one problem but created another. The stadium’s natural grass, expected to thrive in natural light, died once the panels were painted. The solution to that—artificial grass named AstroTurf—also created problems for players, most of whom hated the newfangled surface because playing on it often caused injuries. 

Some parts of the dome were beyond easy repair. In a 1974 game, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Mike Schmidt’s towering fly ball hit a speaker suspended from the ceiling, 117 feet high and 300 feet from home plate. In any other ballpark, Schmidt’s blast probably would have been a home run. But his hit plopped into the outfield, and he was awarded a single.

In 1965, New York Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson called a game from a gondola suspended 208 feet above second base. Nobody hit Nelson with a fly ball.

We’re Not Insurrectionists, Gabby


Gabby Giffords is so full of crap it oozes out of her pores.

For American gun owners, one of the major problems with the legacy media controlling the national narrative is that their fellow leftists are never held accountable for what they say, regardless of how libelous, insulting and flat-out wrong their comments are.

If a falsehood – even a whopper of a lie – fits their personal political views, the media will never question what is said. They’ll even promulgate the lie by repeating it in news stories and social media, which results in the statement being regurgitated so often it becomes accepted as fact by the uninformed.

Case in point, a tweet from Gabby Gifford’s anti-gun group, Giffords, which was sent Sept. 10:

“The insurrectionists who attacked the US Capitol are the same ones pushing an extremist guns-everywhere agenda,” the tweet states. “For the safety and future of our country, lawmakers need to protect public safety and democracy from extremism and violence.”

To be clear, insurrection is a federal crime punishable by a hefty fine and up to 10 years in prison, although none of the Jan. 6 defendants Gabby references have been charged with it. What’s worse is that Gabby clearly says that gun owners and anyone else who supports our God-given constitutional rights are criminals capable of extremism and violence, who need to be specifically targeted and suppressed by new laws for the sake of our public safety and democracy.

On what planet does this make sense?

Gabby’s statement is so over-the-top I half hoped someone would hold her accountable, but of course no one did. She’s seen as an anti-gun icon by the left, and can get away with saying whatever she wants, even marginalizing American gun owners and insisting we’re all revolutionaries-in-waiting.

Take a look in the mirror if you want to see who Gabby is defaming. We are the fringe, she wants the public to believe, rather than the majority we truly are. We are the real mainstream, not violent extremists. We don’t need to be targeted by new laws, especially since we are the law enforcement officers who would enforce these laws. Besides, the true violent extremists – the real threats to our democracy – were recently gifted billions of dollars worth of advanced weaponry by the Biden-Harris regime.

Gabby and her ilk usually dismiss comments they disagree with as hate speech, which they then try to censor through their allies in the legacy media, but her comments are the real hate speech. I understand she is angry and lashing out, since we stopped her employee, David Chipman, from becoming ATF director, but there is no excuse for comments like this.

We will continue to call out hateful speech like this, regardless of who says it.

Biden Blames Republicans, Pledges Continued Gun Control Push, After Withdrawing Chipman

H/T Breitbart.

The 2022 midterms can not happen soon enough to stop Joe Pee Pads Biden’s anti gun jihad.

President Joe Biden released a statement Thursday in which he blamed Republicans for David Chipman’s failed nomination and pledged to continue working toward more gun control.

The statement began with Biden praising Chipman for his work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), then moved to blamed Republicans for the Chipman nomination failure:

Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it. That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation, and it’s why they side with gun manufacturers over the overwhelming majority of the American people in opposing commonsense measures like universal background checks.

Biden did not mention that the pivotal opposition to Chipman’s nomination came from Sen. Angus King (I-ME).

King caucuses with Senate Democrats, giving them the 50 votes that allow them to hold the majority over Republicans, counting VP Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote authority. Once King announced he would not support Chipman, it was evident that the nomination was going nowhere unless a Republican crossed the aisle to support the gun control nominee.

In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. (The Biden administration is expected to nominate Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

In this September 25, 2019, photo, Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden’s statement on the withdraw of Chipman concluded with a pledge to continue pursuing gun control:

We knew this wouldn’t be easy – there’s only been one Senate-confirmed ATF Director in the Bureau’s history – but I have spent my entire career working to combat the scourge of gun violence, and I remain deeply committed to that work. Since taking office, my Administration has taken numerous steps to combat gun violence, and we’ll continue to use every tool at our disposal to fight gun violence and keep Americans safe. I am grateful for Mr. Chipman’s service and for his work.

Gun control has been a staple among Biden’s presidential goals from day one.

For example, during a February 24, 2020, campaign speech in South Carolina, Biden referenced gun manufacturers then looked into the camera and said, “I’m going to take you down.”

4x Felon, Working As Security Guard, Executes Customer For Not Wearing Mask, Claims Self-Defense

H/T Concealed Nation.

This thug should have never been in possession of a firearm.

We would need a bigger blog, a faster server, and a lot more staff if TTAG detailed everything wrong with Murder City, USA. However, the story of a liquor store that hired a four-time convicted felon (and registered sex offender) to provide armed security surely is exceptional in more ways than one.

Chester Holmes, 42, got a gig working armed security for a liquor store in Chicago.  According the CPD, things went south when a maskless customer walked into the store.  Holmes reportedly ordered the man to mask up and the customer seems to have declined the directive from the vigilant guard.

Screencap from Illinois State Police website by Boch.

A quick search of Illinois’ sex offender database shows Mr. Holmes earned a conviction for sexually abusing a 16-year-old female when he was 24. He’s listed as a sexual predator.  Suffice it to say with four felonies to his credit, he didn’t have a valid FOID card, much less the wallet full of licenses needed to legitimately work an armed security job.

One thing led to another inside the store and cops say Mr. Holmes shot the non-compliant customer. Holmes then followed the wounded customer outside the shop and shot him until the customer was no longer at risk of spreading COVID. Or breathing.

At arraignment, through his public defender, Mr. Holmes claimed he shot the maskless customer in self-defense, claiming that the 28-year-old maskless man would infect everyone with COVID and leave them all to die of the flu-like disease. The public defender then noted that the sexual predator “has a big heart and is a kind-hearted man.”

The judge didn’t buy it. Even in Chicago’s famously forgiving criminal justice system. Mr. Holmes earned the rarity of being held without bail in Cook County Jail pending his trial.  That right there is a miracle in today’s Cook County court system.

CWB Chicago has some of the story:

“The victim fled the store, fell outside, followed by the defendant [who], according to the surveillance video, shot a second time. The defendant then paces back and forth and shot a third time,” Marubio said before ordering 42-year-old Chester Holmes held without bail.

Holmes, who is barred from possessing a weapon because he is a four-time convicted felon and registered child sex offender, was working as an armed security guard at the store on the 6000 block of South Racine when a 28-year-old man walked in without a COVID mask around 9:53 am. Monday, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste.

Holmes and the victim argued about the mask policy and the victim eventually left. He then turned around and walked back in. When he did, Holmes met him with a drawn handgun and shot him, Auguste said.

The victim fell to the ground outside the store.

Holmes, who defense attorney Jonathan Feldman said “has a big heart and is a kind-hearted man,” shot the man again, then paced around and shot him a third time before running away, according to Auguste. The victim, who was shot in the stomach, arm, and leg, was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed part of his intestines, Auguste said.

The moral of the story: not all security guards are properly licensed and vetted. Act accordingly if you have to interact with one, especially in sketchy locations. Like the nation’s third largest city.

NRA Calls Attempts To Shut It Down “Unwarranted”

H/T Bearing Arms.

If  Letitia James is successful in shutting down the NRA no gun rights organization will be safe from such political vendettas.

The NRA describes itself as the nation’s oldest civil rights organization in the country, and that’s not an inaccurate claim. It’s been around for a long time, and though its history may have been marred by capitulation to the anti-Second Amendment forces in the nation at certain times, it still ended becoming the boogieman for every gun control fan in the country.

Unfortunately, its days may be numbered if New York Attorney General Letitia James has her way about it.

She’s currently trying to force the courts to shut down the group. The NRA, unsurprisingly, is saying that such an effort is uncalled for.

The National Rifle Association urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James, saying she hasn’t shown rampant misconduct by top executives. Even if she could prove her claims, they would mean the NRA was a victim and that James’ push to dissolve the guns-rights group is misguided, it argued in a court filing.

James is seeking the NRA’s “corporate death” over allegations that executives at the New York-chartered nonprofit misused millions of dollars of assets, the organization said Wednesday in a court filing. The attorney general sued in state court last year and amended her complaint after the NRA’s failed attempt to declare bankruptcy and move to Texas.

“Even if the disputed allegations against the individual defendants were true, the NRA itself, its Board, and its members were the victims of the wrongdoing, not the perpetrators,” the organization argued. “It would be a fundamental miscarriage of justice — and contrary to New York law — to punish the NRA’s 5 million members by dissolving the NRA.”

James has failed to provide evidence that the NRA, longtime leader Wayne LaPierre and three executives diverted millions of dollars in assets to themselves, the group said. The NRA also said the attorney general hasn’t provided support for her claims that LaPierre improperly controls the 76-member board of directors. The NRA repeated an earlier claim that James had a “political vendetta” against the group.

I mean, she called the NRA a terrorist organization, so yeah, I’d say she has a vendetta against them. If that doesn’t work against her, I don’t know what would.

As for the NRA’s claim, they make a fair point.

Now, I haven’t looked at what’s been happening in court in and of itself. I just know what the media has revealed, much of which I suspect was provided by a certain disgruntled former employee. How much of that is completely accurate remains to be seen and how much of that is the basis for the court case also remains to be seen.

However, what I can tell you, though, is that what the NRA’s attorneys are saying about the possibility of them being true is dead-on accurate. If there’s been mismanagement of funds within the NRA, then the group and its membership are victims. They’ve been stolen from and James is essentially trying to get the death penalty for an armed robbery victim.

This wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t for the fact that James loathes the NRA’s mission. She supports gun control and figures that if she gets the NRA out of the way, her party can successfully ram through whatever agenda they want, so she’s pouncing on the idea that she can kill the organization.

I’m sure the fact that it would put her on a sure path toward higher office isn’t hurting her motivation, either.

Regardless, the legal mechanisms James is trying to use exist for organizations that are little more than scams, not groups that have been effectively accomplishing their mission since 1871.

James doesn’t care about that, though. She’s only worried about settling that vendetta.


Defending Roommates from a Determined Intruder – Armed Citizen Stories

H/T AmmoLand.

The person with the gun did what they needed to do to keep everyone safe.

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It is almost midnight when you hear your roommates call out. Someone is trying to get into the house. They heard someone at the windows and at the back door. You get your gun. A few seconds later, a stranger kicks through the front door. He rushes in and you try to push him back outside. He fights you. You shoot your attacker until he stops.


You back up and call 911. You put your gun away. EMS tries to life-flight your attacker to the hospital, but bad weather keeps the aircraft on the ground. You and your roommates give a statement to the police. Your attacker is transported to the hospital where he dies.

You look in the news the next day. You notice that your attacker already had a mugshot.


These roommates made themselves safer before they heard something strange outside. One of the roommates decided that they live in a dangerous world and they got a firearm. Like storing a fire extinguisher, they stored their firearm so it was both secure and immediately accessible when it was needed. They stored their gun in a condition so that it could be used as soon as they grabbed it.

Let’s stop here before we go on. We have millions of new gun owners who are trying to figure out how to live with a gun in their home. They bought a gun for personal protection. Many of them have roommates. What should they do now?

Learning to live with a gun is a process as much as it was to learn to own and drive a car. You didn’t learn everything from the car salesman.

Of course you want to talk to the clerk at the gun shop. Ask him about options for safe storage. Maybe there is a local gun club or shooting range. You probably know someone who owns a gun. Ask them for information. You need information that applies to you and your situation.

This attack took place in the state of Maryland where it is always difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get a “wear and carry” permit. You want to learn how you might carry at home and at work. It is good advice to shop for a holster as you shop for your firearm. You also want to learn how you must transport your firearm to be within the law. We also have to learn how to store our firearm when we’re not wearing it.

Welcome to the gun culture. There are many small things to learn. It is a series of small steps rather than one giant leap.

The news article doesn’t say how the gun was stored. We want it both safe and accessible. Many new gun owners imagine that they can store their gun unloaded so it is safe and yet have quick access to it because it is sitting on their top-shelf. They think that replaces a holster during the day, and replaces a rapid access gun-safe at night.  In a word, NO!

Yes, you want to store your gun when it is not on your body. No, the top shelf of your clothes closet is not safe storage. The dilemma is that either anyone who walks in can grab the gun, or the gun isn’t useful because the ammunition is stored separately and it takes time to assemble. If you think the top of the shelf really works for you, then load your magazine with snap caps and set an alarm. When the alarm goes off at 2 am see how long it takes you to have a “loaded” firearm in your hands..even though it is loaded with dummy rounds.

I suggest that new gun owners shop for a rapid-access firearm safe. They run about $100. I know that is another hundred dollars you could spend on training. It is another hundred you could spend on ammunition and practice. 

You bought a gun so that you and the people you live with would be safer; that includes safe storage of the firearm.

If you know a new gun owner who is undecided about safe storage, then send them this article.

What else did our defenders do correctly? We have to recognize that they locked their doors. That gave them warning when the intruder had to try every door and window. The defenders also sounded an alarm. There is a temptation, particularly in the middle of the night, to assume that everything is fine and to pretend that an unusual sound was meaningless and harmless. The defenders did the uncomfortable thing and raised an alarm. Next, our defender moved toward the sound rather than staying locked in his room and leaving the other roommates to fend for themselves.

We have to stop again to avoid misunderstanding. There are good reasons that a safety plan might be for every roommate to lock themselves in their room and call 911. What works for me might not work for you. What worked, in this case, might not be the best plan for your living situation. At least get-together and answer the who, what, when, where, and how of defense.

The best solution is to talk to the people you live with and build a safety plan together.

It also sounds like the defenders shouted for the intruder to stop and get out. They confronted the intruder and tried to push him back outside. That is dangerous, but critically important. The gun was their last resort. They only used a lethal tool after less lethal methods failed.

The defender shot because he was attacked in his home, a place he had every legal right to be. He stopped shooting when the offender stopped attacking him. When you go to a self-defense class someone will inevitably ask how many shots they should fire. The accurate answer is that you shoot until you can stop shooting. We have to justify every shot we fire.

Shoot when you face an immediate, unavoidable, and lethal threat. Stop shooting when the threat becomes delayed, avoidable, or non-lethal. 

The defenders stayed at the scene of the crime. This is where multiple defenders are an advantage. Someone should watch the attacker to make sure the scene remains safe. Someone should check to make sure the defenders are not hurt or to assess the degree of injury. Someone should call 911, and someone should guide the police to the scene. You’re going to run out of hands if you try to do all that by yourself.

If I didn’t mention that you should have a safety plan with your roommates, then let me mention that now. It is less important who does what job so long as you remember the tasks to be accomplished and keep working. If only one of you is trained with a gun, then the remaining roommates are unarmed when that roommate is away from home. You don’t know who will be where when the door is kicked in, and you don’t know whose phone will have a dead battery. Yes, some of you may be better with a phone but it would be best if each of you could perform any task.

The person on the phone should give warning before the police arrive. Be sure to put your gun away before the police enter your home. In general, it is a good idea to holster your firearm as soon as you can and the scene is safe. 

When they arrive, you will be separated from your roommates and questioned by the deputies. This is where you want to keep your statements simple and factual.

We were here in our home. He broke in. There is the broken door. We tried to push him back out. He fought with me. I had to defend myself and others. I’ll fill out a complaint and testify against the intruder. I’ll cooperate, but first I want to speak with my attorney.

If the deputy says you should seek medical treatment then do so. Besides getting treatment, the doctor’s report identifies the number and extent of your injuries. Let the full report come later after you’ve spoken to your lawyer. This approach is particularly important since you have roommates. In theory, each of you saw the same thing and said the same thing. In practice, any variation can be called a contradiction that calls your testimony into question.  

Have a lawyer and plan to use him. You covered that in your safety plan, didn’t you?