Archive for December, 2008

Grand Theft Eggbeater?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 17 December, 2008

The masses never fail to amaze me.

A guy in Tampa, Florida was robbed at gun and knife-point when 2 (culinary inclined?) men entered his home and demanded a particularly unusual item.

An eggbeater.

Police apprehended the suspects outside the now eggbeater-less man’s home. Caught red-handed, one of the suspects still had the incriminating eggbeater in his left pocket. He was not afforded enough time to make an omlet or scramble an egg that the two men must have been sorely craving.

Since this crazy story wasn’t written with much detail, we can only speculate on what might have gone down.

“Your eggbeater or your life!”

“You know egg-sactly what we want, hand over your beater!”

“That’s a real purdy eggbeater you got over there in your utensil drawer…”

If its not bad enough, now we have to worry about people armed with guns and knives poaching eggbeaters. I understand the pressures of the holiday season, all the baking that needs to get done, but really a wisk or a fork would work fine in a pinch. There is no need to go postal and steal eggbeaters.

So I am wondering if these guys actually needed the eggbeater for personal use or if it was intended to be a hot Christmas present for that someone special? I mean I haven’t been in the eggbeater market recently, let alone in southern Florida, so perhaps there is an extreme shortage of good eggbeaters available down there. There is only a week until Christmas, perhaps you were unaware of the top hard to find gifts this year.

You know, Tickle-Me-Elmo, Nintendo Wii, Pampered Chef Eggbeaters…

Make sure while finishing up your holiday shopping, if you happen to see a beater left on the shelf at Walmart, grab it fast! Maybe I should check the going rate of eggbeaters on e-Bay? I might be missing out on some quick sales if I can head to the local Dollar Store and stock up.

That is unless the are all being played with by 4-year-old in the middle of the night and had to be confiscated by the police as evidence…

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Late Night Playtime, Another Sandwich and the Ice Storm

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 16 December, 2008

A 4-year-old boy from Texas was caught on surveillance video playing with toys at a local Family Dollar store at 3 AM this past Monday.

Apparently the youngster woke up and unlocked the door of his house in the middle of the night and preceded to take off down the street to a nearby shopping plaza.

When he arrived at the store, the in-store surveillance picked up on the small child attempting to gain entry to the store’s front door, which was locked. He kept trying and found a second door that was unlocked, so the boy went inside, triggering a silent alarm.

When the police arrived at the scene, he was playing in the aisle and happily showed the toys to the officers.

Unfortunately, Child Protective Services says the boy will have to stay with extended relatives while they review the details of this incident. But on the plus side, it doesn’t look like anyone was hurt. Luckily it was 3 AM in the morning when the boy crossed a street that I’m sure would have been rather busy during the daylight hours.

There was also another sandwich in the face assault charge in Florida, but these stories are quickly becoming dumb and boring. I guess this one was something about an auto insurance dispute and the guy hit the girl with a sandwich, but he said he just threw it at her and missed, blah blah blah. Give me a break with these already.

Back here up north in frigid New England, we are recovering from the recent ice storm this past weekend. Personally, we were without power, heat, internet, etc from Thursday night until Monday afternoon. There are still several hundred thousand still without power, but the utility services are still working around the clock.

They had help from utility crews from all over neighboring states come in to help from NY, Maine, PA, VA and even Canada to help out good old New Hampshire out of the worst power outage and ice storm the area has ever seen.

During the ordeal, I broke out one of the telescopic steel baton LED flashlights. It had some heavy flashlight use over the almost 5 days without power and held up great.

I almost wanted to test it out and keep it running consistently throughout to test the battery life, but decided to conserve the battery just in case. However the kids did kept playing with it, turning it on and off and otherwise “stress testing” it, dropping it a few times, and it held up great.

Needless to say, we are a bit behind on e-mails, the blog and orders, but we are catching up and will be up to date by the end of the week. Thanks for your patience!

Be Safe!

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Food Fight! Round 3

Posted by Rob on Friday, 5 December, 2008

Doesn’t anyone eat food anymore?

Couple of weeks back a couple was in the news over a dispute in their car that ended up with the girl being hit in the face with a sandwich. It didn’t say what kind of sandwich, but we were speculating it might have been a “club”?

Then, right after Thanksgiving another fiesty couple down south made headlines for another domestic assault dispute, when unhappy with what was for dinner, a guy smashed a hot sweet potato pie in his female companion’s face. This incident was a tad more serious because the pie was hot, and the woman was treated for burns on her face and neck. Apparently the guy had enough with the turkey leftovers…

Now, we just had a cheeseburger assault reported in the news.

A guy in Florida got into an arguement with his girlfriend in the car, fresh off a trip from McDonald’s.

The story says the guy wouldn’t let the woman out of the car, so she whipped his drink out the window and into the street. In retailiation, the man grabbed her by the arm and smooshed a cheeseburger into her face.

The couple then exited the vehicle, and man picked up the McDonald’s sandwich and rubbed what was left of it in her face again. He now faces domestic violence charges. At least McDonald’s burgers are never hot by the time you get them. The coffee, however, is typically hot enough to win a lawsuit.

So the drink was thrown out the window and the cheeseburger was smashed up twice. Since they were not mentioned, one can assume the french fries survived the incident unscathed, ot at least eaten properly. I guess we won’t know for sure.

So what is this new found fascination with food related assault? I guess the recession hasn’t hit the food rationing stage yet and people are still willing to waste some in the heat of the moment.

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Self-Defense with a Candy Cane?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 4 December, 2008

A man in Sacramento successfully used candy cane to subdue attacker wielding a kitchen knife. I can’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Apparently the intoxicated 49-year-old suspect went over to a neighbor’s house on Thanksgiving and began waving a kitchen knife at a group of people gathered out on the lawn. He ended up cutting several peoples’ clothing before one of them decided to fight back.

Luckily, the home was already decorated for Christmas. Yes, on Thanksgiving.

One of the manly men in the group grabbed a two-foot-tall plastic candy cane lawn ornament and fended off the knife-wielding drunk until the police arrived on the scene. I’m not sure what technique was used, whether it was held by the curved end and used as a fencing sword to parry the knife, or if the base was held to use as a make-shift club.

I guess the candy cane is more functional in a self defense capacity then a pink flamingo lawn ornament would have been. Then the guy would have just been laughed at, swinging a plastic bird around…

Regardless, in this holiday version of rock-paper-scissors:
Kitchen knife cuts turkey…
Turkey covers candy cane…
and Candy cane subdues kitchen knife. (No lizard or Spock needed, and like I said before, the flamingo just doesn’t work)

Police arrested the man with the knife was on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and determined the candy cane crusader acted in self-defense as was not charged with anything.

Sadly it was necessary to make that special determination.

If you missed the Lizard Spock reference, it’s from nerdy The Big Bang Theory TV show. They came up with a new Rock Paper Scissor version that was pretty funny if you follow that humor.

“It’s very simple. Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and, as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”

You will need to YouTube the clip for the full effect.

Back to the knife incident, you won’t always get lucky enough to have early (way early, and just because the stores put out Christmas stuff the day after Halloween, it doesn’t make it right) Christmas decorations handy to fend off a knife-wielding lunatic. Or drunken, turkey gorged losers with kitchen knives.

Be alert, have a real plan, and be prepared to defend yourself or your loved ones when necessary. Even Spock can get owned by a well prepared posionous lizard.

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Merry Freaking Christmas Dad!

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

A man in sunny western Florida is being charged with felony assault this joyous holiday season. The report didn’t say why, but apparently this guy, upset with his father, threw a Christmas tree at him.

Before I got to the details, I kinda raised my eye at the headline “Man Accused of Tossing Christmas Tree at his Dad”. First I pictured a full-size, fresh-cut real evergreen being hurled across the room. Ok, Not likely.

Next I pictured, again a full-sized tree, but this time an artificial one. But, I just assembled our pre-lit, 3-piece artificial Christmas tree this past weekend. That thing has some poundage to it, so again, not likely.

So further reading down the page, it ended up being a tiny 3-footer used as a weapon to attack his dad. Being Florida, it was probably one of those lame white-needle foo foo trees with pink garland.

So the 37-year-old winner who still lived at home with mommy and daddy, at least before Yule-Rage set in, tosses the tree at his father. The tree missed, but then the guy tried to use the metal base to take a whack at dad.

His mom and dad were able to subdue the son by holding down his arms to prevent any real injuries. The cops said the tree could have caused some serious damage since the steel base weighs a good five pounds.

I’m thinking junior will be looking for a new residence and singing “I’m gettin’ nuthin’ fer Christmas” this year.

Normally this is where I’d plug some self-defense tools with a spin towards the story, but I am actually at a loss of Christmas tree self defense suggestions besides “DUCK!”

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Easiest Hidden Camera to Use In the World

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

I’d like to introduce our newest all inclusive hidden cameras. Literally, plug them in the wall, point them in the direction you want to record and using the remote, start recording. Its that easy.

To review what you recorded, just remove the SD card and plug it into the standard SD card reader on your computer or laptop. If you don’t already have a SD card reader, you can pick up a SD card reader (SD-READ) for $12.00.

The featured models include an alarm clock, exit sign, boom box, electric utility box, and 4 different wall clocks.

Here are the specifications:

Recording time at 352 X 240 resolution real time 30fps
- High quality setting 16 hours
- Medium quality 96 hours
- Low quality 144 hours

Recording time at 640 X 480 resolution 12fps
- High quality setting 8 hours
- Medium quality 48 hours
- Low quality 72 hours

- Motion activated and scheduled recording
- Motion detection area masking
- Time and date stamp
- Remote control operation
- Sampling rate 44.1KHz
- MPEG4 file format
- Composite video out

These cameras already come with a 8 GB SD card. Don’t be fooled by the competitors that build theirs with a measly 2 GB SD card.

Of course for our full line of all of our Hidden Cameras, Nanny Cams, Spy and Surveillance Equipment check out the main page, but for a quick, simple all inclusive hidden camera system for an affordable price, look no further.

Sure, it would be nice to think that you can trust your employees, your nanny, your children or your spouse, but that’s not always the case.

Surveillance Systems just make sense.

Just keep them out of the Wal-mart bathrooms.

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Happy Cyber-Tuesday!

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008

I know, Black Friday (the biggest shopping day after Thanksgiving) is normally only followed by Cyber Monday (the biggest online shopping day when people go back to work after the holiday weekend), but everyone uses that one, so we will celebrate Cyber Tuesday (and the rest of the Cyber week).

Since there is only a few weeks left before Christmas, and in honor of the rest of this week’s shopping festivities, if you spend $50 or more, plug the word “cyber” in to your discount code when checking out for an additional $5.00 savings on top of our already discounted prices.

What can an extra $5.00 get you?

- a free keychain pepper spray stocking stuffer($4.88)
- a free kubotan keychain ($4.88)
- a free heart attack self defense key chain ($4.88)
- $3.95 flat rate shipping (normally $8.95)
- or just a cool $5.00 off our already discounted prices on any one item, can’t beat that!

Many of us are forced to cut back on extravagant holiday gifts this year, opting for some more practical choices. Socks, underwear, useful appliances, you know, all the less-than-fun items.

What can be more useful or practical than saying “I love you and want you to be safe and secure” with a personal protection device? Sure, it may not be a mink jacket, but it could save the life of a loved one. You can’t put a price tag on that one.

Undecided on exactly what to buy? Go the traditional gift certificate route and let your loved one pick out whatever self defense option is right for them.

We got you covered this holiday season, in more ways than one! Order now to beat the rush and get your items delivered by Christmas!

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