Dipshidiot of the day: BALTIMORE SUN COLUMNIST Tricia Bishop

Tricia Bishop:



The Baltimore Sun recently published an op-ed that is both maddeningly idiotic and hilariously ironic regarding the city’s incredible amount of gun violence.

In the piece, columnist Tricia Bishop claims that she is more afraid of legal gun owners than she is of those who illegally purchase and use guns in the inner city — you know, the ones who are actually murdering people.

Lets stop there. That alone is ridiculous. Not only are her fears statistically ludicrous, but they serve just to compound the fears Americans have against legal gun owners. These people want one thing, to get guns outlawed, and they’ll spread as many lies as they can to make it happen.

Continue reading, however, and it gets really odd: To try to defend her outrageous remarks, she explains her “privilege” to live in a segregated city.

Excuse me? It sounds as if Ms. Bishop accidentally let her inner racist out. She feels safe, evidentially, because she doesn’t have to live with all the racial minorities that are responsible for the city’s sky-high murder rates.

Well this can be solved fairly easily. If Tricia Bishop is less afraid of those criminals than she is the white, middle-class people with whom she currently lives, maybe she should move to the inner-city, among those who make her feel “safe.”

She’d probably change her mind pretty quickly, if she makes it out alive.

If you’re white, middle-class, and are a legal gun owner, The Baltimore Sun is afraid of you. More so even then they are of the illegal gun touting murderers currently overtaking their city’s streets. Just read the recent article published in the publication, written by Tricia Bishop:

It’s inevitable when my husband and I visit family these days that the subject of violence in Baltimore comes up. Often, I’m the one who raises it. But when it came up last week on a trip to see my parents in Georgia, I got my back up. I thought of the 11-hour drive south and the billboards we passed along I-81 boasting guns for sale (“A Glock for Christmas”!), and of the story my brother-in-law, who lives in Florida, told of a neighbor stopping by to shoot the breeze in his suburban driveway, a handgun holstered at the man’s waist as their kids played nearby.

I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners. I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore’s illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.” The closest I typically get to the action is feeling the chest-thumping vibrations of the Foxtrot police helicopter flying overhead in pursuit of someone who might be a few streets over, but might as well be a world away. But I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter.

It’s probably good that op-eds like this get published. The more the anti-gun lobby talks, the more ridiculous they reveal themselves to be. Keep talking, Tricia Bishop. All you’re doing is strengthening America’s adherence to the Second Amendment.

This is about the most ignorant thing I think I have ever heard…….

Well he does have a nice car…….

Food Network star Guy Fieri films at three Modesto establishments

Three Modesto eateries got one-way tickets to Flavortown on Wednesday as Food Network star Guy Fieri came to film his series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

The celebrity chef and TV host recorded at Modesto’s Bauer’s 66 1/2 Skillet & Grill, Food Fix Truck and Commonwealth Gastropub. His popular Food Network series, which launched in 2007, has Fieri travel around the county visiting local restaurants and sampling their fare. This is Fieri’s first time shooting the program, known by fans as Triple D, in Modesto.

Production teams had been in town earlier this week shooting interior shots of the restaurants, which were selected from recommendations submitted online. Fieri, who lives in Santa Rosa and grew up in Humbolt County, arrived in town Wednesday and spent close to six hours filming in the city. His crew declined comment on his appearance, but news of his arrival soon spread, and small crowds – which grew throughout the day – followed him around to his shoots.

Filming started in the late morning at Bauer’s on the north end of McHenry Village shopping center. Fieri’s signature fire-engine-red 1968 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible was parked in front of the restaurant, and a crowd of employees and would-be diners gathered outside as filming began. An employee was overheard saying she believed Fieri would be trying at least its nine-cheese mac and cheese topped with panko breadcrumbs and its Lamburgherini, which is ground leg of lamb topped with arugula, gorgonzola, bacon and mushrooms with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Song Tran, who owns the Magic Nails salon just a couple of doors down, said Fieri was being very nice to the people who gathered outside the restaurant to spot the celebrity. She said she’s enjoyed eating at Bauer’s and, had Fieri asked for a recommendation, would have told him to try the blackened salmon salad. “I’m a salad person,” Tran said.

One of the restaurant’s immediate neighbors is Barber Salon McHenry Village, formerly known as Richard’s. Barber Edward Lind said Fieri stopped by and, on a customer’s phone, took some snapshots with folks who were in the shop. He also filmed himself coming out of the barber shop.

Lind, who’s cut hair in the center for 40 years and used to own the barber shop, said he was unfamiliar with Fieri but intends to watch the show. He was told it would air sometime during the last two weeks of February or the first two weeks of March.

And what did the barber think of Fieri’s trademark shock of bleach-blond hair? “If he let me go at it, I’d bring him back into civilization,” Lind said. “Some guys like it like that, and when you get done cutting, you gel it and rough it up. I could make it look good, but he probably wouldn’t like it.”

Modesto resident Jaime Moreno was one of the people waiting outside Bauer’s for a chance to eat on camera. He is friends with restaurant owner Tye Bauer, who opened the restaurant about six years ago.

“This place has been really good for a long time,” he said. “So it’s good to get some recognition. He deserves it.”

After spending more than an hour filming inside Bauer’s, Fieri left in a black Mercedes van limousine to go to his next stop – the Food Fix Truck. The eatery on wheels has called the parking lot at Warden’s Outlet Center on North Ninth Street its home for the past eight months. Chef and owner Hank Olson opened the food truck thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign in early 2015. It specializes in oversize sandwiches including the Porkstrami on a homemade pretzel roll, which was one of the items Fieri tried.

This is Olson’s second brush with Food Network star fame. In March 2015, celebrity chef and TV host Alton Brown ate at there and signed the front of his truck before a scheduled appearance at downtown Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts.

All of the restaurants were closed to the public during filming, but family and friends of the owners were asked to pose as customers. Fieri was shown interacting with the chefs and chatting with diners at each stop. Between the locations, a production assistant drove and tended to the Camaro, which remained covered by a tarp until just before it was time to shoot. Fieri – who changed shirts between each restaurant – never drove the car, and instead only exited or closed its door for the camera.

His final location for the day was the Commonwealth craft pub on 11th Street between J and K streets, where he arrived just before 2 p.m. A small crowd of nearly a dozen was already there; it swelled to more than 50 toward the end of his stay. People lined the sidewalk and leaned over balconies at Tenth Street Place to catch a glimpse of the famous foodie. Drivers honked their approval as they went by, and Fieri even jokingly told one of them “no cruising,” in reference to the city’s anti-cruising ordinance.

“I heard he was filming in town and had to come out. I honestly think it is great. This will create buzz for those places in Modesto and hopefully show us in a more positive light,” said Ceres resident Stephanie Couto, who watches the show regularly with her 12-year-old son, Michael. The family has even traveled to visit some of the other restaurants Fieri has featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Before Fieri stepped outside to film an intro coming out of his Camaro at Commonwealth, a production manager asked the crowd to please stay quiet because “he is improvising and does his comedy off the top of his head.”

Fieri could be overheard talking about Commonwealth’s owners, childhood friends and Beyer High School graduates Jeff Brown and Blake Humble, who moved back to Modesto to raise their families. He called their story “the American dream.”

The restaurant owners could not comment on the filming, and have not been told when the show will air. It could take as long as six months to a year for the Modesto “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” episode to be broadcast. Fieri posed with the owners and families at each eatery before stepping into his limousine with smiles or waves to the gathered fans.

“We’re definitely getting together and watching the episode when it airs,” said Enochs High junior Ashley Maki, who came with a group of friends to see Fieri. They left with several shots of his car and of the spiky-haired chef.

After spending about two hours inside Commonwealth, Fieri was off again. One of his entourage was overheard saying that the TV personality would be filming in Stockton on Thursday. Before leaving, someone in the crowd thanked him for coming to Modesto and he responded, “It’s a great town.”


Whittle away at the gun laws……..

Californians would be limited to buying a maximum of one rifle or shotgun each month under newly proposed legislation.

It would be the same limit currently in place for handguns.

Democratic Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles says his AB1674 responds to Californians purchasing more long guns than handguns in the last decade. Currently, anyone can buy as many rifles or shotguns as they want at any time.

Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento introduced SB877. It would require the Department of Public Health to collect data on violent deaths in the state, including gun deaths.

Other lawmakers last week introduced two bills aimed at closing a legal loophole that allows firearms manufacturers to include “bullet buttons” that let rifle owners rapidly exchange empty ammunition magazines for full ones.

People keep saying commonsense gun laws but what is happening they are taking baby steps to get things in place and slowly get the guns taken away…….


Federal employees revel in the fact that they swindle land from private property owners at pennies on the dollar, in astonishing admissions captured in a recently released video.

We went out to the mine and the owners were two little guys that had been in the Second World War,” a California park service employee recalls at a retirement celebration for Mojave National Preserve Superintendent Mary Martin in 2005.

The employee brags about how the veterans’ mine was appraised by the federal government at $40 million, and acquired for a paltry $2.5 million.

“We did get it appraised and we did acquire it for $2.5 million which I stole the money from Washington to acquire it,” the employee in the video admits, adding that it’s sometimes hard to bamboozle property owners due to the agency’s reputation.

“‘Lands’ isn’t always supported because we’re the ‘bad guys.’ We come in, and we take this land. And we always take it for less than it’s worth.”

Later during the celebration dinner, another park service employee reveals that the acquisition of more than a hundred thousand private acres in the Mojave National Preserve were procured under Martin’s leadership, who he labels the “acquisition queen.”

“Acres acquired under the acquisition queen’s regime, 111,550.54 acres,” an employee announces in an extended clip of the dinner.

The employee then shows two other numbers, 5.66 and 106,375.36, which correlate with the park where Martin would be relocating, the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

He indicates that the larger number is the acreage of Lassen National Park, while the smaller number is acreage privately owned.

“If you own those 5.66 acres, would you be sweating right now?” the man jests referring to Martin’s acquisition power.

The employees’ jaw-dropping admissions amid joyful applause, smiles and celebration over the confiscation of two World War II veterans’ and others’ private land goes to prove the federal government is not at all concerned with “land preservation” and focuses mainly on predatory land grabs.



Open Carry in Texas a Non-issue…….

Open carry seems to be going off without a bang in Texas.

Law enforcers statewide had anticipated being overwhelmed by 911 calls from Texans reporting others openly carrying holstered handguns, but the phone lines haven’t been even close to slightly busy.

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“We do not have anything interesting to report,” Cpl. Tracey Knight, spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Police Department, said last week. “Two calls so far, no issues. We have no concerns and we have had no problems.”

That’s two more calls than have been logged by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.

“I said before this became law that I thought it was going to be much ado about nothing but I didn’t know it was going to be this much nothing,” Sheriff Dee Anderson said.

That sentiment has been echoed by other law enforcers across the state — as well as by many open carry supporters — about the new Texas law that went into effect Jan. 1.

“As we predicted, the passage of the open carry law has been a real nonevent,” said C.J. Grisham, president of Open Carry Texas.

Not everyone agrees.

IT’S TOO SOON TO TELL.Carolyn Daniel, an Arlington volunteer with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

“It’s too soon to tell,” say opponents such as Carolyn Daniel, an Arlington volunteer with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

She and others with Moms Demand Action opposed the law before it took effect and remain opposed.

“Changes in legislation can take years to determine an impact,” she said.

Some say the biggest impact of open carry is the growing number of businesses that have outlawed guns on their property.

‘All seems quiet’

The Legislature first restricted the carrying of pistols in public in 1871.

That law first changed in 1995, when lawmakers allowed handguns to be carried if concealed.

Lawmakers again approved changes last year, and Jan. 1 was the first day Texans who are licensed — which means they are at least 21, have a clear criminal record and no record of mental illness — could legally carry their guns openly.

SO FAR, ALL SEEMS QUIET.Shannon Edmonds, staff attorney for the Austin-based Texas District and County Attorneys Association

“So far, all seems quiet — which is consistent with what we expected,” said Shannon Edmonds, a staff attorney for the Austin-based Texas District and County Attorneys Association, which has had staffers traveling across the state teaching prosecutors, police and judges about the nuts and bolts of the law.

In Texas, more than 925,000 people, around 3.4 percent of the state’s 27 million residents, have a license to carry, according to the most recent numbers from the Texas Department of PublicSafety.

In Tarrant County, more than 65,000 residents had licenses to carry handguns as of November.

Peace officers statewide have been trying to determine how to handle the new law.

They have suggested anyone who sees a person openly carrying a handgun and feels threatened should call the police or sheriff’s department.

“So far, we haven’t seen any major incidents relating to the new open carry law. And that’s a positive — no matter how anyone feels about the law, pro or con,” said John Moritz, a spokesman for the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.

“Lawmakers are already making plans to hold hearings on how the law is being implemented and CLEAT encourages them to listen to police chiefs, sheriffs, cops on the street, for ways to make the law safer without infringing upon anyone’s constitutional rights,” he said.

Grisham said law enforcement on this issue “has been great.”

“We haven’t a single incident with police harassment that we are aware of,” he said.

Now some gun owners say open carry is just the beginning.

Many say they hope Texas lawmakers will consider “constitutional carry” next year to let Texans openly carry handguns without any license at all.

Business reaction

Since Jan. 1, a number of gun owners have posted pictures of themselves openly carrying holstered handguns in public — including in front of the Texas Capitol — on Facebook and Twitter.

And many have been asking which businesses allow people to openly carry on their property and which ones prevent it.

“Yes, it seems some businesses have decided to put up signs, but it’s not as widespread as the media has made it sound,” Grisham said. “This is the same sort of business reaction that occurred in 1995 when the concealed handgun law was passed, so we expect that within a year or so the hype will die down and the signs will begin disappearing.”

Open carry opponents say they won’t go into businesses such as Kroger, Home Depot or Bass Pro Shops that have said licensed Texans may openly carry on their property.

And open carry supporters say they won’t go into businesses such as Half-Price Books, Torchy’s Tacos or AMC movie theaters that won’t let them openly carry their weapons.


The Moms Demand Action group has posted a list of stores online that it has learned won’t allow handguns to be openly carried on their property.

Worth it?

Some gun owners have questioned whether open carry was worth the effort, since there now seem to be more businesses preventing any sort of gun from on their property.

“I hope the right to walk around looking like Wyatt Earp is worth it to the open carry folks because a lot of us are loosing our right to concealed carry and it may cost some of us our lives for your privilege to play cowboy,” a gun owner with the handle LTUME1978 posted on the TexasCHLForum.com website after his workplace prohibited guns to be carried at all.

A person with the handle Richbirdhunter was among those on the online forum who disagreed.

“So you guys have no appreciation for this restored freedom? Would you rather the government take it away again for another 125 years,” Richbirdhunter responded. “Freedom scares people, we have been told it’s OK to lose freedom for safety. What freedoms are you willing to give up for safety?

“We have the patriot act, Obamacare, ‘common sense’ gun laws. All of these things make us safer. Do you feel free?”

On Facebook, one open carry supporter encouraged like-minded Texans to continue openly carrying their weapons and look to the future:

“Now, on to Constitutional Carry.”

Now we wait for the whiners to start in…….