Archive for October, 2008

Frozen Chicken, Spicy Sausage and a Can of Soda

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 29 October, 2008

A man in Jackson, Michigan couldn’t quite help himself from getting in a load of trouble last week. Unfortunately, the article did not go into too much detail, as some of the additional background must have been good.

First off her ended up stabbing his mother with a fork. Again not enough details into this portion, so we have to assume the mother is fine.

Next, while riding a stolen bike, he got into another altercation with another woman. Since the fork was no longer readily available, he resorted to using the only other thing he presently had at his disposal. A ten pound plastic bag of frozen chicken.

As much as this begs to be quite humorous, the man struck the woman on the head with the chicken. However since this was no toy rubber chicken, but a solid hunk of frozen fowl, the object opened up a large gash on the woman’s head. She required medical treatment in the amount of 5 surgical stapes to close up the wound.

He is only being charged with one count of felonious assault, while prosecutors dropped additional assault, larceny and other charges. He faces up to 4 years in prison and up to a $2,000 fine.

To continue with some odd food related shenanigans, a woman in Texas was fined $300 for attempting to smuggle some sausage from Mexico this past Friday night. I am not familiar with the exact U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations for bringing meat across the U.S.-Mexico border, but apparently the custom inspectors decided to ruin this woman’s barbecue plans.

To make this incident interesting, the 21-year-old Southern Texan attempted to hide the chorizo (several links of spicy pork sausage) inside of baby diapers. The diapers were folded to look used, to which the woman declared several “soiled baby diapers” to the border guards.

Failing to get one over on these astute border agents, the suspicious “chunky diapers” did not cut it. The diapers and sausage were confiscated after closer inspection. Luckily for the agents, it was spicy sausage. I’m pretty sure if the diapers were truly soiled, the agents would have been quite unhappy to have to open and prod dirty diapers stored for later refuse.

Not that it would be practical to stuff with sausage, but I wonder if an actual diversion safe would make it past the customs screeners? I mean if you had a some diversion safes that looked like closed cans of soda in your car, perhaps stored in some ice in a small cooler, would the border agents make you pop the tops off a six-pack of Mountain Dew?

I wouldn’t advocate testing this for real at a customs booth, but these diversion safes are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, and are even weighted to feel full. You aren’t going to be able to squish too much sausage in each one, but I wonder if they would take notice.

I would imagine U.S. Customs and Border Protection guys are trained to look for drugs and other contraband items, but most burglars in your house would pass right by these. Stash your valuables in plain sight in a can of soda, household cleaner container, book or flower pot. No one would even know the difference.

I’m pretty sure I would have to pass on the diaper sausage at the BBQ. We are already not supposed to drink the water down in Mexico, I’d have to imagine improperly stored raw Mexican chorizo might miss some USDA standards…

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Join Chuck Norris and NRA in Defending the Second Amendment

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 28 October, 2008

As a Second Amendment supporter, you know there are two kinds of politicians — those who truly support our freedom, and those who just talk about it.

Now, in this final critical week of this campaign, we have an American patriot with a vital message for all of us.

Award winning movie and TV legend Chuck Norris has stepped up to the plate to warn gun owners about politicians who pay the Second Amendment lip service when they want YOUR vote — but oppose our rights once they’re safely in office. Click here to see an important new NRA TV commercial featuring Chuck Norris.

Every gun owner – whether they are a hunter, a target shooter, a collector or someone who owns a gun for self-defense – needs to hear this important message. Take Chuck’s advice and visit That’s the website of your NRA’s Political Victory Fund, where we tell you straight up who the good guys are and who the fakes are.

These days, anti-gun politicians don’t tell the truth. The biased media doesn’t either. For that reason, only you have the power to spread this powerful message of truth — with a little help from your NRA and Chuck Norris.

There are only seven days left before the most important election of our lifetime. Now is the time for action.

Please forward this message to everyone you know. Send it to your family, your friends, and every voter you know who values freedom and believes in the Bill of Rights.

Join Chuck Norris and be a force of one. Every vote counts in every election. We are all counting on you to make a difference this November. Do this for FREEDOM. Can the NRA and Chuck Norris count on you?


Chris W. Cox
Executive Director, NRA-ILA

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I’ll bet you 5 bucks on the pizza guy…

Posted by Rob on Monday, 27 October, 2008

A quote from Jeff Marder states “We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police do.”

I’m not sure if I totally believe this, but some pizza delivery is really fast. Sometimes it’s like a guy is driving around with hot cheese pizzas in his car and a side bar of toppings in the center console. Made to order on the way to your house.

Police response time will however vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, and district to district. But you can fairly easily surmise that by the time the police get there, most of the time the incident will be over, and all that is left is the report to write. Thanks for the info, we’ll get back to you shortly. By the way, lock your windows and doors…

Lets face it, pizza joints outnumber police departments probably 15-1. Check your local yellow pages.

The bad guys don’t want to get caught. Typically they will be in and out or hit and run, not sticking around long enough to wait for you to call the cops and have them show up. Then when they don’t get caught, they are able to do it again to someone else.

You need an immediate deterrent, solution or equalizer, on hand and at the ready. An alarm, some pepper spray, a stun gun or Taser. Many choices to fit your situation and comfort level. Pick the one that suits you best, then pick the next one as a secondary option. I’d personally go for a triple decker, and practice using all of them until it is habit forming. Never leave without them, and always know how and when to deploy them.

I just had a buddy telling me about some creep causing some problems in his ‘safe’ neighborhood. He wanted some information on self-defense and security products for himself and his neighbors.

Apparently, some homes were broken into and one of his neighbor’s wife was grabbed but got away from the guy over the course of a week or so. All the women were scared, and all the guys were anxious.

So I typed up a recommendation e-mail with some products, descriptions and links to the webpage. He was going to forward it off to the group and figure out what he wanted. A couple days past, and no orders from his neck of the woods, my buddy let me know that the creep was caught and everything was all hunky dory again.

The excitement was over as quick as it started and everyone was back to feeling safe and complacent again. I hope that he saves the e-mail for the next time. Oh well. Maybe they should just have a neighborhood pizza party.

When you hear it on the news and it happens miles, states or countries away, random acts of violence, theft and other ‘bad things’ don’t always sink in as a potential reality. If you don’t know the victim, or it didn’t happen to you personally, it is hard to relate.

The most surprising gal from my buddy’s neighborhood is the woman who got grabbed by the arm and managed to get away without being assaulted, robbed, raped or worse… I would have expected her to be the first and probably largest order.

I used to end every post with the following slogan, but I recently decided to just add it to the page sidebar next to every post.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Don’t wait for the first time or the next time. Be ready now, just in case. It may save your life, or the life of a loved one. Or at least detain a creep until the police arrive and prevent something bad from happening to someone else, even if you don’t know who the next victim is.

Then you can order your pizza in peace.

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He Must Have Really Needed the Deodorant

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 23 October, 2008

Police arrested and charged a man with burglary with a weapon in Dania Beach, Florida. Apparently, two men were seen stealing underarm deodorant spray from a local supermarket.

The manager followed the men into another store next door and confronted them. When asking for the deodorant back, one of the men pulled out a black handgun, which ended up being an Airsoft BB gun.

Some people steal things they want, others steal things they need. I’m thinking if you are going to shoplift personal hygiene products, you probably really need them. Or at least a long, hot shower. The manager may have wanted to give himself some extra distance with plenty of breathing room when confronting the malodorous thief, with or without a gun…

The manager and police assumed it was a real gun, so an apartment complex nearby was closed off and a nearby school was locked down. A helicopter and police dogs were summoned to help with the search but when they eventually found the guy, who still had the deodorant, they found out the gun wasn’t a real firearm, just a BB gun. It wasn’t listed if any of the deodorant was used yet.

The news story also didn’t say what aisle the men were on in the next store when the supermarket manager followed them in. Perhaps mouthwash or toothpaste?

Luckily no one was shot in the eye with a BB, or sprayed in the face with deodorant. That would have stunk…

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Conscience and Consequences of Self-Defense

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 15 October, 2008

It has been reported that the rate of justifable homicides has been rising in the past couple years to the highest levels in over a decade.

A justifable homicide is when a private citizen kills another person in self-defense while the person is committing a felony or when a police officer kills a suspect in the line of duty. Analysts claim these numbers represent a change in the attitude on the street where regular citizens are taking greater responsibilities concerning their safety, while police officers may be feeling increasingly threatened by well-armed criminals.

Police departments have been faced with arms escalation where they have been forced to utilize higher powered weapons to keep up with criminal offenders, who in turn keep upgrading their arsenals.

Besides Illinois and wisconsin, the other 48 states allow law-abiding citizens various rights to carry some sort of gun. In a recent landmark Supreme Court ruling of the Second Ammendment, law-abiding citizens are allowed keep firearms in their home for self-defense purposes. Still, non-law-abiding criminals are able to freely carry whatever weapons they see fit in blatant disregard for whatever laws or restrictions are in place.

Pepper Sprays are restricted in some way in Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts or Wisconsin. Stun Devices are regulated or illegal to own in the states of Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin or the city of Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA.

Besides the country wide reality check of the Septemeber 11th attacks, widespread looting, chaos and violence after Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, and the increasing desparate acts by desparate individuals in the midst of the current financial turmoil, many people are being spurred to take a greater responsibility for the safety and security of themselves and loved ones. Sad what it takes to turn some folks around, but as long as they finally realize before its too late…

“Americans are simply refusing to be victims,” say a NRA spokesman.

So this brings us to Conscience and Consequences. While few can (but some still do) argue about the benefits of owning, carrying and using a hand gun to defend themselves or their family, either their conscience or fear of consequence prevent them from purchasing and using a firearm.

Are you actually able to pull the trigger and shoot someone? Even if they are dead set on harming or killing you or a loved one? Maybe, maybe not.

Let’s say in the heat of the moment, you are able to muster up the conviction to pull the trigger. Are you so afraid of a possible consequence afterwards that you would rather not have a gun readily available to save yourself and spare a court appearance?

As the old saying goes “Better Judged By Twelve Than Carried By Six…”. Or whatever the juror to pallbearer count was.

Even Jiminey Cricket had an umbrella that he could use to lay the smack down if need be. (Bad conscience reference, I know, it’s less funny if it needs to be explained.)

But you do have to weigh the facts of the situation during those spare split-seconds during a confrontation. We aren’t shooting that unarmed teenage punk trying to grab a purse. He can have some pepper spray to the face. But that naked sex offender in your daughter’s bedroom with a knife at 3 am in the morning is probably getting a bullet. Sorry dude.

Unless you are Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Steven Segal or any other martial arts movie actor that can effortlessly disarm and disable an attacker. Well, Steven Segal does usually pack a gun in the movies.

So for all us normal guys and gals, Is there a day that goes by that crime isn’t in the news? Child abductions, rapes, robberies, assaults, car-jackings, break-ins and home invasions are in the headlines every day. Every law-abiding can use a slight edge. The bad guys have them. Shouldn’t you be protected?

Whether it be a firearm, pepper spray, stun gun, Taser, steel baton, or better yet, a combo of 2-3 items to use at your discretion, Be Safe, Be Prepared.

It looks like things will be getting worse before they get better. Economy goes down, crime goes up. It is simple math, make sure your personal protection measures add up.

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How safe is your bike?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 9 October, 2008

Rule of thumb, if you want to decrease your chances of someone stealing your bike, lock it up. But realistically, if someone really wants to go to the trouble, they can easily clip the chain and be on their way. I have even seen people lock the front tire of the bike and then have someone unhook the rest of the frame an steal everything except the secured front tire. They need a new front tire, you need a whole new bike.

But a rather ingenious safe city gauge has come out of Buenos Aires. The basis of the test is “How long will an unchained bicycle last on a city street before someone steals it?” How safe is your city or neighborhood?

“It’s not a statistic but in a way it shows that the places where the bicycle gets robbed really quickly perhaps the quality of life is poorer,” said Mariano Pasik of Argentina.

Hidden cameras monitor the bait, which is a cheap bicycle, unsecured, laying out in the open. His hypothesis is the longer the bike remains in place before it is stolen, the safer the area is.

Pasik edits the video footage, blurs the thieves’ faces, puts it to music and posts the results to his website. Pasik runs his own publicity firm called Liebre Amotinada Ideas (Mutinous Hare Ideas), and says this safe neighborhood project is “part art, part reality show, part journalism and part fun.”

“What you see on the videos is that they aren’t professional thieves, they aren’t people who went out to rob. They are people who ran into temptation and decided to commit a crime, they become thieves at the moment they take the bike,” Pasik says.

“The popular fantasy is that the bike will be stolen in seconds, and it isn’t quite like that,” Pasik said.

In a recent video, a bike lasted only a few short minutes on the upscale shopping street of Santa Fe, while another lasted a whole hour without being stolen in the unsavory Constitucion neighborhood.

A neighborhood “passes” Pasik’s bicycle test if an hour passes, the filmer gets tired or the camera runs out of batteries. Pasik hopes other videographers around the world will join his nonprofit “Bicycle Test” project and help create a worldwide insecurity index.

Fans of his site have already offered free bait bicycles and some have sent in test footage from Uruguay and Spain.

The thieves from these videos are often more opportunists than hardened criminals. “You see the person thinking and thinking and thinking, coming and going. Sometimes they talk by phone. They go away. They come back. It’s more about an internal dilemma between good and bad, than about the bicycle itself,” Pasik says.

Another interesting fact, so far in Pasik’s Bicycle Test, a woman has yet to steal a bike on film…

As a side story of note. Did you see the one about the guy who got busted stealing an unchained bike next to a police station in Fargo, ND? Apparently some guy was in detox at the station, and his bike was put into the bike rack outside of the police station. So while a cop is outside doing some paperwork in his patrol car, he sees this other guy walking down the street, approach the bike rack, grab the bike and attempt to take off. He tried to plead his case that it was in fact his bike, but the cop wasn’t buying the story.

Come on guy. That’s almost like trying to steal a donut in a donut shop.

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Popular Stun Master Devices Back in Stock

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 8 October, 2008

Our Stunmaster Telescopic Stun Batons and Stunmaster Cell Phone Stun Guns are finally back in stock, in limited quantities. Those of you waiting on past orders to be filled will go out very soon. Thank you for your patience.

We have a horrible time keeping these in stock due to their extreme popularity. They truly do fly off the shelves and are often left with people upset with backorders who wished they could get their hands on one and have to wait. We are at the mercy of our warehouse, at the mercy of the manufacturer.

So here is your chance. Act now. I can NOT guarantee how long our supply will last, so if you were debating on purchasing one, or were otherwise waiting to place your order, please do so ASAP.

If we do run out again, I would urge you to place a backorder and reserve your spot on the list of items on the next incoming shipment. First come, first serve. If you wait and others pre-order purchase ahead of you, they get the first ones in. If there are any left after the backorders are filled, you might get lucky, you might not.

For those not aware of why these products are so popular here is a quick breakdown:

Stun Master Telescopic Stun Baton allows protection in 3 ways: a flashlight, a loud 120db Alarm and a stunning 800,000 volts of stopping power.

It is also rechargeable so you don’t ever have to buy batteries.

The Telescopic Stun Baton is 21.5 inches long when it is fully extended, and collapses to only 13 inches when stored. It comes with a FREE holster (a $15.00 value) for easy carrying. The full length of the metal end is electrified. If an attacker attempts to grab the Telescopic Stun Baton from you, the creep will be shocked.

A push of the trigger immediately expands the Telescopic Stun Baton and starts shocking. Just push it on the end to collapse. It is very easy to do. Stun Master™ Telescopic Stun Baton comes with a Life-Time Warranty, it breaks, we replace it. We do have other, non-collapsible stun batons available, similar to a police billy club, with the punch of a stun gun.

Our Stun Master 4 Function 800,000 volt Cell Phone Stun Gun has an extremely unique design which gives you a tactical advantage on the streets.

Because the Cell Phone Stun Gun simply looks like a harmless cellular phone, it will be easy to surprise an attacker. Remember, the purpose of this stun gun, and all other non-lethal self-defense products, is to give you time to escape harm.

“Use the 800K Cell Phone Stun Gun, then run for safety. Don’t stand around looking at your handy work.”

This model has a 120db Alarm, a bright Flashlight, a Disabling Wrist Strap and uses 2 included CR-123A Lithium batteries. If an attacker attempts to take the cell phone stun gun away from you, the wrist strap will pull out disabling the stun gun, preventing it from being used against you. We do have a couple of other cell phone stun gun models, but this one is our favorite.

Cell phones are carried by everyone these days from kids to the elderly. No one will think that yours is actually a non-lethal self defense weapon on hand, ready to defend yourself. It also has a safety switch to prevent the stun gun from accidentally discharging.

This particular cell phone stun gun comes with a free genuine leather carrying case and is uniquely designed right into a regular cell phone casing so there’s no question of how it looks. It’s authentic! Just don’t let anyone make a phone call!

Our 975k volt Hot Shot Stun Guns were also out of stock for awhile and are now back on the shelves. get one of these while you can also! As indicated by the name, these stun guns are HOT!

These Stun batons and Cell Phone Stun Guns use high voltage and low amperage to temporarily disable an attacker for several minutes. These stun devices do not rely on pain for results. The energy stored in the baton or stun gun is dumped into the attacker’s muscles causing them to do a great deal of work rapidly.

This rapid work cycle instantly depletes the attacker’s blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid. In short, he is unable to produce energy for his muscles, and his body is unable to function properly. The stun batons also interrupts the tiny neurological impulses that control and direct voluntary muscle movement. When the attacker’s neuromuscular system is overwhelmed and controlled by the stun baton or guns he loses his balance.

You shouldn’t worry about being shocked should the attacker be touching you. Won’t happen! The current will NOT pass to you and will shock through a 1/2 inch of clothing. Order your personal protection device without delay.

You snooze, you lose!

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Homeowner Pepper Sprays Intruder

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 1 October, 2008

A woman woke up in the middle of the night Sunday in her Atkinson, NH condo when she heard some noise downstairs. She found an unknown man in her living room when she proceeded to check out what was going on.

During the confrontation, the intruder grabbed her by the arm and punched her in the face. The woman then asked the man if he wanted money, which of course he said yes. The man allowed the woman to retrieve her purse, to which she pulls out a can of pepper spray, and let the creep have it.

The intruder quickly fled the house, full-faced with mace, but otherwise empty-handed. He was gone by the time the police arrived and it was determined that the man entered through a garage door that was left wide open.

1 AM in the morning, homeowner asleep, and garage door left open for the night. Not the best plan. Home Security 101, close and lock your doors. Let’s not make it that easy.

The Plaistow police attempted to track the burglar with their K-9 unit, but the dog was unsuccessful in tracking the creep down in the neighborhood.

It was good the homeowner had some pepper spray in the house, but she might have avoided the punch to the face if she had it handy while investigating the disturbance. Luckily, it was only a punch to the face, not a naked, knife wielding sex offender like yesterday’s story.

Spray first, ask questions later. As soon as you realize this person does not belong in your house, in the middle of the night, there is no courtesy. Lets not make it a habit of pepper spraying a teenager sneaking back into their house after curfew. That is another discipline issue for the next morning.

I was watching that new “Worst Week” sitcom last night. The show is basically about a man with very bad luck that is planning to tell his girlfriend’s parents that he wants to marry their daughter, and that she is carrying his child. That is if anything ever ends up going right for him.

The main character Sam, caught an intuder breaking-in to his future in-laws house after hearing there was a burglar terrorizing the nieghborhood. He even helped his girlfriend’s dad install a motion light earlier that day.

So when Sam saw this strange man attempting to gain entry into the house late at night, he smacked the guy in the head with a shovel and tied him up in the yard. When he retrieved the family to show off his handywork, his girlfriend introduced him to her brother he hadn’t met yet. “I forgot my keys” said the brother, still dazed from the shovel shot to the head. The parents were less than thankful of the gesture.

If you have seen the show or previews, this wasn’t Sam’s first blunder on his huge list of things to make his future in-laws hate him. Funny show, but it his defense, Sam really wasn’t reacting poorly to the situation.

What would you do if you saw someone breaking into your house, or someone was already in your living room that didn’t appear to belong there? The police will not get there soon enough.

You owe it to yourself and family to protect your household. Be safe, be prepared.

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