Tony Soprano used to shop at Cabela's to buy items that shoot holes in small animals, and people

Courtesy of a friend of a friend of someone's niece comes that amazing snapshot of James Gandolfini, hiding in plain sight, reloading at our very own Cabela's, near Hamburg. How ever did the local newspaper miss this scoop?


​What did James Gandolfini eat and when did he eat it?


Perhaps it is only fitting that controversy should swirl and rage around the last supper of Tony Soprano, distracting the world from more important business, such is the name of the Kanye-Kim infant. 

Was his final feast Italian enough? Did he wash it down with a bottle of fine Chianti before chomping on a fat cigar? 

The New York Post reports

“Sopranos” star James Gandolfini, who struggled with booze addiction in his final weeks, scarfed down a decadent final meal that included at least eight alcoholic drinks, The Post has learned.
Gandolfini guzzled four shots of rum, two pina coladas, and two beers at dinner with his son — while he chowed down on two orders of fried king prawns and a “large portion” of foie gras, a hotel source in Rome said.

But sister paper New York Daily News posits a different menu, enjoyed by “The Sopranos” at an al fresco table in Rome:

In one photo, snapped by an American tourist sitting at a nearby table, the 51-year-old Gandolfini is dressed in a casual dark blue shirt, enjoying an evening meal at the Sabatini restaurant off Rome’s Piazza Santa Maria.
He appears to be eating a plate of the restaurant’s freshly made gnocchi as tourists stroll the piazza admiring a historic fountain.

The Daily News says Gandolf seemed healthy and happy in his final days; the Post found "the actor looking haggard in the days leading up to his death — and he spent a lot of the time with a drink in his hand."

Might there be multiple James Gandolfinis, just as many believe Lee Harvey Oswald had a double? Could this be another Obama coverup?

Sometimes Facebook can be a legitimate source for news

Just Monday I told my English Comp students to never consider a Facebook update as a news source, but already I need to retreat.

Case in point: Commissioner Christian Leinbach posted this today:


Now, if I remind you, the source is Christian Leinbach, not an impetuous reposting of someone else's blather. But still, 45 minutes after this story about the death of a great local figure was already being discussed on Facebook, neither the morning newspaper's website nor other news outlets had printed a word.

As for those other goofy Facebook updates, such as 31  troops getting killed in Afghanistan in August or political flapdoodle, to my students caveat emptor.