Assault and Battery, Weapon Type: Other (4-foot python)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Posted by Rob

29-year-old Tony Smith was arrested last night for assault and battery at a hotel in Rock Hill, SC. Apparently the victim of the assault, 47-year-old Jeffery Culp had asked the suspect to turn down the loud music in his room previously that night. Words were exchanged and eventually turned into Culp getting smacked across the face with the head of Smith’s 4-foot python. (Snake whipped?)

When the cops showed up, Smith was found on the balcony still holding the weapon in question, his pet snake in his arms. I’m sure the snake wasn’t too happy being used as a blunt striking weapon. Can you give snakes aspirin for headaches?

Smith handed off the snake to a family member and was arrested. The police report classified the weapon type as Other. I suppose they don’t get snake assaults often enough to warrant that specific of a weapon type as a common listing…

It was not reported if the victim was actually injured during the attack or otherwise traumatized by the incident. It was also not reported what kind of music was blasting in the room in question? Perhaps some old school Whitesnake?

Other Python Related Blog Posts
Bah, It’s only a 16 foot Python. No Worries Mate.
Beware: Attack Python on Duty
Farm Worker Defends Himself by Fighting Python in a Tree

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Call Ahead Convenience Going Too Far

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Posted by Rob

The fast pace of today’s society is moving at lightning speed, and nowhere is the demand faster than in the good old US of A. We want fast food, fast cars, 24/7 communication, fast computers on faster broadband internet connections, 1 hour photos, instant music download, same day repairs, and faster than fast service from the businesses we patronize.

I’m all for faster service and convenient accommodations. Drive through windows at banks and fast food restaurants are good. Free delivery at pizza joints, call ahead seating or curbside carryout… Some people even pay a nominal extra fee for this without question. Whatever allows for quicker transactions or lazier customers, we live in a fast pace, fast food world.

But somewhere you need to draw the line. And I’m not just talking about the speed for quality trade off. Somewhere common sense must kick in…

Let’s take this pair of would-be bank robbers from the fast paced area of Fairfield, Connecticut. Police arrested the 16-year-old kid and 27-year-old Albert Bailey in the parking lot of a People’s United Bank before the crime actually occurred.

Apparently the pair decided to test out the speed and helpfulness of the customer service department at the bank and called ahead so the bank would have a full bag of cash ready for them to steal when they got there. I mean they don’t want to waste anybody’s time…

10 minutes later when the speed demons arrived to quickly collect their loot, the police apprehended the guys. Police commented that the suspects were simply “not too bright.”

Hopefully they get a speedy trial.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Be Fast, but not too Fast.

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Start Packing your Bear Pepper Spray and Bear Mace

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Posted by Rob

Even if I forget to pay attention to what time of year it is, the seasonal influx of bear pepper spray and bear mace orders from those in bear country remind me that the bears are waking up from hibernation. I did notice my Canadian Geese have come back north and settled in our pond again, but if you frequent Yellowstone, Glacier National Park or any other areas inhabited by grizzly or black bears, you have no doubt noticed some of them stirring too.

bear-sprayWhether it is bear tracks, bear droppings, animal carcasses or an actual human-bear encounter, now is the time to pack the bear spray.

Coming out of hibernation, these bears are hungry and aggressive. Later on in the season, while still dangerous, bears are more peaceful unless there is an available food source. You do properly store your food while in the woods don’t you?

Since 1992, half of the people ended up injured from bear encounters when people defended themselves with a firearm, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services investigations. Those that defended themselves with bear formulated pepper spray ended up escaping injury most of the time, while those that were injured received less severe injuries and shorter attacks before the bears vacated the area.

Your best bear safety tip is to avoid the heavily bear populated area and heed all seasonal bear closure notices. Most of the time, the bear closures are only temporary, covering certain areas with increased bear activity that eventually lessens. If the park says stay out until June 15th or June 30th, wait until July. This is for your safety and the safety of your family, not the convenience of the park rangers.

This is still early on in the season, not all bears are out and about yet. And the temperatures may still be pretty cold in some areas. It is best to store your pepper spray for bears in a chest holster, which would keep the canister warmer than the frigid temperatures. Bear spray will still operate, but it may spray out slower and not quite as far. But make sure your bear spray is still readily accessible. You may only have a few moments to act, and you will not have time to dig it out from the bottom of your backpack.

I would always have at least 2 canisters on me, one readily available clipped to my hip or chest, and at least another can of bear mace in my pack. Have each person in your party carry the same. You never know if you are going to run in to one bear on your way in and one bear on your way out of the woods… If you do use at least a partial canister of bear spray, replace it when practical. You want a full 9 oz. can in the event you face a potential bear attack.

If you are deploying mace bear spray, take a quick account for the wind and adjust your aim accordingly. Pop the safety and aim towards the animal but slightly down, as the spray with fog out and upwards. Shoot off a brief warning shot when the bear is just out of range of your spray. If the bear continues advancing or charges, spray again creating a wall of fog between you and the bear so he runs into it.

Once the bear is distracted or turns away to wander off, immediately leave the area and seek shelter. Do not run, and do not take your eyes off the animal, but attempt to get back to your vehicle or nearby building or ranger station if available. Under no circumstances should you chase, follow or otherwise taunt the bear. Let him leave freely, and don’t give him a reason to return. Don’t forget to pull out your backup canister from your backpack and attach it to your hip or chest.

Campers, hunters, hikers, fisherman, and other outdoor enthusists be warned.

Watch out for the bear signs, check out the park webpage and as always, Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Not All Bears are Cute and Cuddly
When Bears Attack!

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New Yellow TASER C2 in stock

Saturday, March 13, 2010 Posted by Rob

yellow TASER C2<br /> Spring has almost sprung. Daylight Savings Time springs forward this weekend, and the thugs that have been waiting out cold days are starting to stir.

In honor of the upcoming warm and sunny weather, we proudly introduce our latest TASER Device, our Spring Yellow TASER C2 with Laser. Same thug dropping power, stylish new color.

The TASER C2 series has almost 100% effectiveness rating, combining the injury reducing benefits of traditional stun technology with a quantum leap in stopping power via Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technology.

The TASER C2 has a 15-foot range and the lithium power magazine. The integrated LED light is included to illuminate the darkness before firing and a trigger safety cover is provided preventing accidental activation. All colors of the TASER C2 transmits 50,000 volts of electrical pulses along the wires and into the body affecting the sensory and motor functions of the peripheral nervous system.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Spring is in the air.

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For Trade: Bookmarks, Follows and Backlinks…

Thursday, March 11, 2010 Posted by Rob

Click on the Help Us, Help You link here or above in header links.

We are willing to reciprocate any Social Bookmarkings, Facebook Fans, Follows, in-content links, blogroll links, etc.

For more details and trade options, check out the Help Us, Help You page.

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Robber steals $6 from 11 people in California

Thursday, March 11, 2010 Posted by Rob

Times are tough.

When the economy is as bad as it is, and many people are without jobs or having problems making ends meet, crime rates go up. As unemployment tops 20% in eight California counties… desperate people are resorting to desperate measures…

A woman armed with a gun in Thermal, California help up 11 people at La Chicanita Market this past Tuesday afternoon. You would think with those kind on numbers, she would get a decent amount of cash. However, this crime netted her and average of $0.55 per victim.

That’s right, a whole $6.00. Isn’t minimum wage like $7.25?

Police report the woman confronted one person who was entering the market and another 10 customers inside the store. Afterwards, the frustrated robber fled in an old car.

Nobody was hurt in this incident, except the robber who probably suffered from extreme disappointment.

In another low payout waste of a robbery attempt, a group of friends in Murfreesboro, TN faced a similar robbery. Different scenario, similar outcome.

Sometimes you just want to unwind and soak in a hot tub. What could be more relaxing then that? That is unless you are robbed at gun-point while kicking back.

Being held up was probably the farthest thing from the minds of the 7 friends that were enjoying an evening soak, Until a masked man dressed in black jumped the fence of their apartment complex. Brandishing a gun, the man demanded “Where’s the money?”

“Honestly I thought it was a joke at first,” said one of the victims, a resident of the complex. The robber got away with a backpack, about $20 in cash, a wallet, debit card and a few other items. Not that big of a score, but what do you expect from a bunch of people in bathing suits in a hot tub? At least the take was about $2.86 per victim.

Witnesses believe there was another man on the other side of the fence acting as a look out.

Police believe this incident may be related to an attempted carjacking by 2 men dressed in black and armed with handguns in the same general area.

As the old saying goes, Crime doesn’t pay.

In these past two instances, it may pay, but it’s just barely enough to be at all worth it.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, How much blood can you squeeze out a a stone anyways?

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Different World Today
Store Clerk Robbed Twice in One Evening

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Happy Birthday Chuck Norris

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Posted by Rob

chuck norrisCarlos Ray “Chuck” Norris was born March 10, 1940. An American martial artist and actor, he served in the United States Air Force and has founded Chun Kuk Do martial arts. The roundhouse kick is Chuck Norris’ trademark move and was a six-time undefeated World Professional Middle Weight Karate Champion.

Chuck Norris has appeared in a number of action films, one of his more famous ones is Way of the Dragon, also starring Bruce Lee and the Missing in Action and Delta Force series. He also played the starring role in Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001 on television. As a result of his “tough guy” image, Chuck Norris facts began in 2005, an Internet phenomenon referencing various implausible feats of strength to Norris.

In celebration of his birthday, I’d like to share some of my favorite Chuck Norris facts:

“Chuck Norris did not turn 70 today, 70 turned Chuck Norris.”

“Thousands of years ago Chuck Norris came across a grizzly bear. The bear became so terrified that it fled north into the arctic and all of its descendants now have white hair.”

“Contrary to Al Gore’s findings, there is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was simply cold, so he turned the sun up.”

“When an episode of Walker Texas Ranger was aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.”

“Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, and scissors beats paper, but Chuck Norris beats all 3 at the same time.”

“Chuck Norris keeps his friends close and his enemies closer. Close enough to drop them with one round house kick to the face.”

Happy 70th Birthday Chuck!

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RIP Corey Ian Haim dead at 38

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Posted by Rob

Corey HaimCanadian actor, Corey Haim was pronounced dead at 2:15 AM on March 10, 2010. Hopefully I’m not breaking this news to you for the first time, like I did to my wife a few hours after it happened. She thought I was kidding.

Best known for his 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol, Corey appeared in a number of films such as Lucas, Murphy’s Romance, The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream.

By far, my favorite Corey Haim movie was The Lost Boys (and Lost Boys: The Tribe, even though he only cameo’d during the credits in the sequel).

In The Lost Boys, Haim played Sam Emerson, whose family recently moved to Santa Carla, California, a coastal town plagued by gang activity and unexplained disappearances. Which ends up being vampires.

During the course of the movie, Sam meets The Frog brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan, who are self-proclaimed vampire hunters. They give Sam a vampire comic book to instruct him on how to defend against and kill vampires. Eventually Sam believes the brothers, and the rest of the movie continues with the guys trying to kill off the vampire gang and save the Emersons. We probably all know how it ends.

For the most part, I think more people would know how to handle a vampire or zombie attack, rather than defending themselves against a human assailant.

Sure some of the tactics differ depending on the actual vampire movie, but the traditional standbys are pretty well known and accepted. For sake of argument, lets just use crosses, holy water, garlic, wooden stakes and sunlight.

I would wager a bet that just about anybody could have come up with this standard list, and would know how to use each item on a traditional Hollywood vampire. Let’s face it, even if you don’t like vampire horror movies, you have seen or heard enough about them to know this without thinking very hard.

Zombie self defense in traditional horror movies is slightly more involved, but I’d also bet that once you heard the methods, it is something you would remember. Killing a make believe zombie is memorable because it is unusual and uncommon. Seeing a zombie movie and learning the techniques is one of those “I’ll never actually need to use this, but for some reason this is burned into my mind because it is interesting.”

Think of all the other stupid meaningless trivia stored in your bin of useless knowledge. You will never forget why the chicken crossed the road. You will always remember what came first, the chicken or the egg. Ok, well maybe not that one.

But what about some simple tips about defending yourself or loved ones from a human being with criminal intent? Rapist, murderer, run of the mill thug wishing to do you harm?

To be honest, even if you can recall Tips 1-8 out of the list of top 10 self defense tactics, you may not be in any better shape than if you splashed the thug with holy water or crushed garlic (although garlic juice to the eye wouldn’t be pleasant.)

Not even the Hollywood vampires will follow a standard script, just like certain vampires in certain movies will act differently when exposed to certain tactics. Just ask Corey and the Frog brothers.

Self defense is much more than memorizing a set list of moves. You need to train your mind and body to enter a dynamic state of awareness and a dynamic course of action. No two attacks or scenarios will ever be the same.

Without getting into a ton of details in this post (more to follow), truly your best line of self defense is recognizing a potential threat well in advance, and avoiding the situation altogether, before it even happens. When possible.

In the cases when this is not possible, and a situation wasn’t noticed until the last minute, or no forewarning was given, you need to employ a dynamic course of action.

Dynamic means ever changing, depending on any new environmental variable that is introduced. Go with the flow, but know who, what, where, when and how. This is not following a set script. This is having a well defined bag of tricks, if you will. Depending on what happens, you need to be able to employ a custom solution, and if some variable changed mid stream, you need to be able to quickly adapt to that change, and dynamically change to a new appropriate course of action.

Think of something you are really good at, such as your job or even your favorite hobby. How many times at work do you effortlessly “put out fires”? Big or small, things of all sorts go wrong or unexpectedly at work, and with out batting an eye, or with only minimal effort, you solve the problem and carry on with your day. These actions are normal occurrences, or things that you have trained to handle over and over again. Or you have enough working knowledge and experience that you can dynamically adapt to any given situation and take care of it.

Let’s categorize three types of home handyman. The professional, the handy-around-the-house husband, and the totally clueless.

The totally clueless person may call a professional electrician to come change a burnt out light bulb. The handy-around-the-house husband may be handy enough to install a ceiling fan in place of a ceiling light fixture. The professional electrician would be able to convert a fuse box to a circuit breaker box and rewire the home if necessary. Of course there are also several other in-betweens. It all depends on how comfortable that person is with what needs to be done, and how dynamic the actions of the person are if something else happens.

What happens if the husband successfully installs the ceiling fan, and then 1/2 the house’s power goes out? Can he fix it or does he call the electrician? Break out the Time-Life Home Improvement book and see what happens.

On the street, you can’t break out a manual, and calling a professional is not always practical. Hopefully you have enough self defense know how to get by. Depending on the situation, you may need to come out swinging. You might need to play along and wait for an opening to attack or flee. You may be able to just hand over your wallet and end it.

But you have to have the bag of tricks down and be ready to adapt to the situation, without going all deer in the headlights. You don’t necessarily need to be a 10th degree Grand Master martial artist either. Have a plan, have some options, be handy-around-the-street. Practice in your head, practice in person.

I’ll follow up over the next few weeks with some ways to turn some traditional self defense tips into a dynamic self defense mindset. It’s not that hard, doesn’t require taking a lifetime of devotion to gain martial arts mastery, but it can help you think like a professional martial artist and take charge of your personal protection.corey haim

Self Defense – Defending one’s Self. – Go with the flow, adapt, overcome.

Be Safe, Be Prepared. Rest In Peace Corey.

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Freddy Krueger robs convenience store with machete?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Posted by Rob

Is nothing sacred?

Apparently a 280-pound man robbed a convenience store in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn Sunday night, dressed in a Freddy Krueger mask and armed with a machete and a bowie knife.

Even the clerk was puzzled. The Foodies Food Store clerk actually said, ” ‘You’re joking, right?’ and Krueger says, ‘No, I’m serious,’ ” reported the police.

The clerk was able to look through the eye holes to determine the robber was a white male, probably between 37 and 43 years old, standing approximately 5′10″.

To further go against Krueger’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” trademark wardrobe, the man was wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt and khaki pants, not a striped sweater.

He made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled on foot.

So for the sake of arguement, lets get the facts straight:

Freddy Kreuger: red and dark green striped sweater, brown fedora
Signature weapon: metal-clawed brown leather glove

Jason Voorhees: hockey mask
Signature weapon: machete

Not a hockey mask with finger knives, not a Freddy mask with a machete.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Get your Horror Movie Facts straight.

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McDonalds Parking Spot Rage

Monday, March 8, 2010 Posted by Rob

It seems McDonald’s is just a magnet for making news headlines with some sort of shenanigans. McNugget Rage, Hamburger Rage, now Parking Spot Rage.

Apparently this incident happened back in July 2008, but the assault conviction just went through the court system. Jurors convicted 52-year-old Vernon Brant of third-degree assault on 85-year-old Richard Albers in a Loveland, Colorado McDonald’s restaurant parking lot.

Brant and Albers had exchanged words previously over Brant parking his contracting pickup truck and trailer across Albers “preferred” parking spot. This is the parking spot Albers has grown attached to, using it almost daily for some 16 years. I guess that is when Brant does not double occupy Albers’ space…

The boiling point occurred when Albers decided to get out of his SUV and walk up to Brant’s truck while he was still sitting in the cab, obstructing the parking space. Upon tapping or knocking (banging?) on the door, Brant swung open the door, knocking the elderly man to the ground.

A witness testified Brandt then jumped out of the truck and grabbed Albers, cocked his fist and said, “you want to fight, you son of a b____?”

The prosecutor argued that no reasonable man would open the door in that violent fashion. Brant seemed to show further poor judgment trying to condone his action by saying that he wasn’t sure if it was a “nine-year-old child or a man with a gun outside” the door.

“His own words: ‘Could have been a nine-year-old,’” the prosecutor told jurors. “That’s reckless, folks.”

The case seemed to go back and forth, citing the victim was to blame for starting the altercation by approaching the truck in the first place without leaving well enough alone. There were other readily available parting spots.

Then the case swayed back towards the defendant who obviously over-reacted… I think they were both rather equally at fault. Stubborn old man clinging to a particular parking space, stubborn contractor for taking the parking spot he knew was bothering the old man…

Can we all just get along? Perhaps Obama will get involved like the odd Beer Summit for the Henry Gates and James Crowley case in Cambridge, MA and suggest a Hamburger Summit for Albers and Brant at the White House?

I’m Lovin’ It.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Woman Accused of Breast Milk Assault

Sunday, March 7, 2010 Posted by Rob

I really debated on how to post this story, so I am going to be really selective about the comments. I really couldn’t not post about it… well, I could have, but it is kinda funny.

Apparently a 31-year-old woman in Owensboro, Kentucky got arrested for a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication. A drunk woman in Kentucky probably isn’t too uncommon, but while Toni Tramel was changing into her inmate apparel from her street clothes, she removed her bra and revealed two concealed loaded weapons. Now armed, she then squeezed her breast and sprayed breast milk into the face of the female deputy who was keeping abreast of the situation.

The stream of milk shot the female jailer in the neck and face. Officer down.

A release from the Detention Center states the officer was able to “decontaminate herself” and “clean the bio-hazard off her.”

The woman who couldn’t leave well enough alone on her misdemeanor, is now facing third degree assault on a police officer, a felony charge.

It’s udderly impossible for me to form a good opinion of the story without all of the facts at hand, but I’m not sure the jail will be able to release a picture of the weapon in question…

I even found a similar story from London, England back in March 2007. 18-year old Felicha Marin was caught trying to steal a pair of shoes from a store. When apprehended, Marin resisted arrest by opening her blouse and popping out her right breast. She then aimed at the cop and shot breast milk at the police officer. She was charged with shoplifting and assault on a police officer for the breast milk incident. I’m not sure if she was originally trying to steal pumps…

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Got Milk?

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Robber Falls Asleep While Holding Man Hostage

Sunday, March 7, 2010 Posted by Rob

A machete-wielding robber held a 61-year-old Birmingham homeowner hostage for seven hours in a home invasion, until he eventually grew tired and allowed the victim to escape.

After threatening the man with a machete and hammer, the robber told the victim he would “slice him open” if he didn’t hand over all of his cash. For some reason the robber then stuck around awhile, holding the man hostage.

Jason VoorheesEventually the robber wandered into the victim’s bedroom. In Goldilocks fashion, the bed ended up being just right. The 24-year-old robber crashed on the mattress and fell asleep.

The victim was then able to sneak out of the house and flee to his neighbor’s home where he called the police. The burglar was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and false imprisonment.

I think Jason Voorhees would turn over in his grave to hear about this disrespect of a machete crime. But I suppose he would even get bored after messing around for 7 hours…

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Connecticut residents may soon carry TASER Devices outside the home

Friday, March 5, 2010 Posted by Rob

Currently, residents of Connecticut can only keep a TASER Device in their home. But now, some forward thinking lawmakers in Hartford are finally considering a bill that would allow them to carry TASER devices for personal protection wherever they go. Let’s face it, not all criminal acts occur within the confines of your own home. CT state law dictates a fine of up to $500, up to three years in jail or both to any law abiding citizen that is caught with a Taser outside their domicile.

TASER devices are not considered firearms by the U.S. Government and can be legally carried (concealed or open) without a permit in 43 other US states.

In police studies, they have found that TASER Devices may have a higher instant incapacitation rate than a 9mm hand gun. TASER Devices, not to be confused with contact stun guns, shoots out 2 darts attached to 15 feet of wire. This device packs 50,000 volts, which travels through the wires and over-rides the target’s central nervous system providing incredible take down power, even through 2 inches of clothing.

While firearms are also widely popular self defense weapons, not everyone wants to carry a gun that has the potential for taking a life in self-defense, even the life of a low life thug attempting to harm them or their family. Traditional stun guns, which are also popular and effective, do require you to be dangerously close to your attacker (although your TASER C2 can be used as a contact stun gun in a pinch). The personal TASER C2 eliminates many problems some individuals have, providing a less-than-lethal way to stop aggression and allow you quickly escape dangerous situations to contact the police.

Hopefully the other couple of states that still restrict TASER Device use by law abiding citizens will follow Connecticut’s lead and reconsider their pro-criminal ways and allow their citizens to remain on equal ground.

Don’t TASE me Bro!

* Show me the TASER® C2™
* Show me the TASER® M26C™
* Show me the TASER® X26C™

TASER Devices are legal for consumers in the following US States:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

TASER Devices are legal with Firearms registration in the following US States: Illinois, District of Columbia

TASER Devices are legal in the home in the following US States: Connecticut, Illinois,

TASER Devices are Illegal in the following US States: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan (legal for law enforcement) New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Naomi Campbell is Out of Control

Thursday, March 4, 2010 Posted by Rob

naomi_campbell_hit-meMost guys wouldn’t mind getting hit on by supermodel Naomi Campbell…

However, the 39-year-old is back in the news over allegations of punching a driver in the back of his head, forcing him to face plant the steering wheel of his Cadillac Escalade while driving through central Manhattan. That must have been some smack upside the head.

Miodrag Mejdina reported that the assault occurred after he had picked up Campbell from a Manhattan hotel and was in route to the Astoria Studios in Queens.

So far, the chauffeur is not planning on pressing charges while he is enjoying his 15 seconds of fame. I’m not sure, but do you get bragging rights about getting beat up by a girl, if the girl is Naomi Campbell?

A History of Violence

Let’s recap the rap sheet of this violence prone supermodel, who has allegedly shown “chronic abusive and repeatedly violent conduct toward her employees.”

2010 – Passenger Rage on a chauffeur in New York City when she slapped and punched her driver in March. Police dropped the matter after the driver chose not to pursue criminal charges.

2008 – Sentenced to 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to the Air Rage assault of two police officers on board a UK plane at Heathrow airport in London after her luggage ended up getting lost. Campbell cited verbal abuse and racist slurs by members of the British Airways crew as the reason for her violent outburst.

2007 – Pleaded guilty to reckless assault against Ana Scolavino, a former housekeeper, in an assault requiring 4 stitches. Campbell faced 5 days of community service and 2 days of anger management classes. Campbell blamed “her temper on lingering resentment toward her father for abandoning her as a child.”

2006 – Campbell was arrested for allegedly causing a housekeeper to suffer a bloodied head requiring several stitches after being assaulted with a cell phone in March.

2006 – Another former housekeeper, Gaby Gibson brought up charges seeking unspecified damages over the model’s violent behaviors in November.

2005 – Campbell allegedly slapped her assistant Amanda Brack and beat her over the head with her Blackberry. Brack accused the model physically and verbally abused her repeatedly by assault, battery and emotional distress spanning three continents.

2005 – Yvonne Sciò, an Italian actress reported Campbell left her “covered in blood” after beating her up in a Rome Hotel room, seemingly over the fact that Sciò had the nerve to wear the same dress as Campbell. “She punched me in the face. She was like Mike Tyson.” said Sciò.

1998 – Pleaded guilty to assault in Toronto in 2000, stemming from hitting her assistant Georgina Galanis over the head with her mobile phone in a hotel room and threatening to throw her out of a moving car two years prior. Campbell agreed to take anger management classes (which clearly have not worked) and paid off Galanis an undisclosed amount of cash. Her record was cleared after apologizing (and of course the pay off).

Someone get this woman a Valium. Who is her anger management instructor, Jack Nicholson?

So if you were assaulted by Naomi Campbell, would you take it like a man and love it, hit her back, douse her with pepper spray, or just settle for the undisclosed amount of cash? Inquiring minds want to know…

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Does the Pink Pepper Spray work better than the other colors?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Posted by Rob

I am always getting questions in the e-mail. What self defense product would you suggest for this situation? Do you ship internationally? What is the difference between this product and that one?

When I get a particularly good question, I try to incorporate the answer into the product description in case others have the same question. Likewise, when I get a product question I refer back to the product page to verify that I didn’t already include those extra details. Many times the answer was there and the customer simply overlooked that section.

Like the saying goes “The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask…” I did however get an unusual question the other day from a female prospective customer.

wildfire pepper sprayDoes the Pink Pepper Spray work better than the other colors?

At first I wasn’t sure if it was a joke, or a serious inquiry. I resisted the urge to immediately respond that the color of the plastic casing had no bearing on the effectiveness of the product. I could have simply reassured this person that the black, red, blue or pink models were all equal.

Instead I pondered what other meaning could possibly be behind this question. Yes, I was bored and had some free time to spare…

So I carefully crafted the following answer:

“Yes, the pink pepper spray works better. Physically, the pepper spray contained in each colored container is identical. Psychologically, if you are more apt to actually carry the pink colored model, it will be 100% more effective than a black, blue or red container that you leave at home or don’t practice using. I would suggest the Wildfire 18% Pepper spray keychain over the Pepper Shot 10% pepper spray keychain. – In pink, if that is your favorite color.”

After I already sent that reply, I second thought my response. But it was too late, sent means sent. Now I was hoping I didn’t come across negatively, slightly sarcastic, or otherwise rude. Oh well, what are you going to do, right?

So a couple of hours later, I heard back from this woman. Not in the form of an e-mail reply, but on a purchase notification.

She placed an order for five Wildfire Pepper Spray key chains. Four in pink, one in blue.

I’m not sure what she is going to do with the blue one. Maybe that one is for her husband or son.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Color coordinate your self defense accessories.

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Unique Pepper Spray Products

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Posted by Rob

One of the biggest concerns of using pepper spray is the fear that once deployed, the product may overspray backwards and affect the user as well as the attacker. Of course this may be an issue if you spray into the wind, or if you are in a close quarters area. However, if self defense was an iPhone, there’s an app for that… (Note: These are not actual iPhone apps…)

Typically pepper spray comes in a stream spray pattern and a fogger cloud pattern. There are others, but these are the most common. If you have ever used Windex, or other spray bottle cleaning products, you probably have turned the square shaped head of the spray bottle. There is an off, stream and spray setting. Your pepper spray stream models shoot out in a stream pattern much like this stream setting. You would need to read your package, but most of the stream model keychain pepper sprays go about 8-10 feet. The larger pepper spray cans may shoot the stream in the 12-18 foot range, depending on the product specs.

The fogger models shoot out a fog of pepper spray, resembling an aerosol air freshener, such as a standard can of Glade. The fogger spray pattern is much less precise than the stream model, allowing you to engulf the target in a cloud of OC spray, rather than having to get a direct spray shot to the face. But as you can imagine, the fogger has a greater possible chance of overspray if you are not careful.

Mace Pepper FoamNow for the pepper spray apps…

Mace Pepper Foam is a 10% OC Pepper formula that contains the popular UV Ultra-Violet marking dye. The pepper foam sprays in a thick foam, much like shaving cream. This OC foam acts like a “blindfold” and disorients an attacker while also causing the same “burning” and closing of the eyes as any normal liquid pepper spray would. The foaming action causes the attacker to want to wipe off, or rub out the foam from their eyes. This in turn, causes the foam to foam up more and grinds the pepper into their eyes.

Mace Pepper GelOur next pepper spray app is the Mace Pepper Gel. This formula suspends the OC in gel instead of a liquid stream, much like a cross between ketchup and honey. Sure that may sound tasty, but this is far from a delicious condiment. This Pepper Gel formulation also results in several advantages, such as a longer distance, sticks on the attacker’s face like glue, less contaminating, and non-flammable.

Both the Mace Pepper Foam and Gel are ideal for auto, personal (walking, running, etc.), or home use. These new pepper foam and gel formulas are one of the newest and most ingenious products available in our self defense spray line.

Mace Pepper GunOur last iPhone-like self defense pepper spray app is another revolutionary self defense product. The new Mace Pepper Gun, one of the most accurate defense pepper spray available.

The super strength OC pepper spray formula is contained in disposable cartridges that can be replaced when empty. These cartridges use an advanced Bag-In-A-Can™ technology delivery system that allows you to spray a constant stream, reaching up to 25 feet, from any angle! Think hand held super-soaker squirt gun, spraying pepper spray.

There is even a trigger activated LED light helps you to accurately aim the Pepper Spray Gun and even momentarily distracts your attacker in the dark. This self defense unit includes an OC Pepper cartridge, a water test cartridge (practice makes perfect), and batteries for LED light operation in the package.

You can also buy extra replacement water cartridges for more practice, practice, practice…

All pepper spray products are inflammatory agents. They will all induce coughing, choking and nausea, as well as dilating the capillaries in the eyes, resulting in temporary blindness. Once you spray an attacker with pepper spray, you should immediately flee to safety and call the police from a safe distance. Pepper sprays with UV marking dye will aid in the identification of the assailant, that is if a blinded, coughing, choking thug flailing around on the ground isn’t evidence enough.

Don’t be afraid to spice up your self defense arsenal.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Practice, Practice, Practice using your Self Defense Products.

More Information:
Pepper Spray FAQ, Pepper Spray Techniques Guide

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Self Defense and Safety Training Seminar Warning

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Posted by Rob

I just read an article about another neighborhood that has become fed up with their escalating crime rates. These residents are no longer going to tolerate these crimes without fighting back. The community has decided to host a Self Defense and Safety Awareness Training, much like many, many communities across the United States.

While these programs inherently seem like a good idea, you must also consider the false sense of security that often occurs after spending the hour or two “learning to fight back.”

I discussed this awhile back using the Kim Kardashian self defense episode from her Keeping Up with the Kardashians show. You can click that link to see that whole blog post.

There are a couple major problems with these one-time self defense classes.

Problem #1: Anyone can claim to be a self defense expert and decide to host a training class. It doesn’t matter if the class is offered for free, or they charge cash. The expert instructor may even be a black belt or otherwise trained in some form of martial arts, but if this individual is not well-versed with effective street worthy defense techniques, you are wasting your time, and unknowingly putting yourself at an extreme disadvantage if something unfortunate were to occur.

Problem #2: Once you learn these “techniques of mass destruction”, unless to habitually train and practice these moves, I guarantee you will forget them. Many people think that showing up for an hour session will grant them the keys to the self defense kingdom, and many times the instructor will reinforce these beliefs before you leave, telling you that you are all set to handle anything that comes your way. Then you leave, never giving these moves a second thought until you are put in a situation where you need to utilize those since forgotten techniques.

Problem #3: You give away your secrets beforehand. This typically happens when you try to show someone else what you just learned, and is one of the exact problems Kim Kardashian’s sister illustrated for us. Khloe went home and told her step-dad everything she just learned, and then tried to demonstrate. All of her techniques failed, crushing her recently inflated sense of security and confidence.

Ok, so how do I learn some meaningful self defense techniques then, you ask?

punch in the faceWell, solution #1 is difficult. You expect an instructor standing in front of a room of people to be competent and trustworthy. Many times, It may not necessarily the instructors fault, he might truly feel he is conveying effective methods for defending yourself, but has no real world experience to back up his claims that sound good on paper, or worked fine in a training dojo on targets who acted out their role in what we would refer to a perfect environment.

My best recommendation is to take anything you learn at one of these classes with a grain of salt. Carefully consider its merit, but also realize that you are not going to gain 10 years worth of martial arts training in an hour or 2. Keep your ego in check.

Solution #2 is easy. Practice, practice, practice what you have learned. Did I say make sure you practice?

The worst thing you can do in any situation, whether we are talking about self defense seminar information, buying pepper spray or a stun gun, or even playing basketball, is to not practice.

You need to practice enough to make sure you are comfortable enough to do whatever it takes, and effectively utilize these moves in a stressful situation. If you have to stop and think what that instructor told you, you fail. If you forgot what pocket you stashed your pepper spray, or never flipped the safety switch before until you had a thug in your face, you fail.

And we aren’t even talking about 3 hours of hardcore training every day. You can “get away” with 20 minutes a couple times a week if that is all you can squeeze into your busy schedule. Trust me, if you are ever faced with a situation where you need to kick someone in the groin, or douse someone with pepper spray, you will treasure all of the practice time you put in. This isn’t like winning a gold medal in the Olympics; well maybe it is, but a gold medal in living if your life just happened to depend on it…

Solution #3 isn’t rocket science either. One of your best defenses is the element of surprise. Most of the time, an attacker is not counting on you to fight back. Kim and her sister’s problem was they told her step-dad what to do, and what they were going to do. So to prove a point, the step-dad did not do “what he was supposed to do,” which flustered the Kardashian sister and rendered their entire “two hour” arsenal useless.

When you practice, you need a good partner but you cannot rely on one way of doing things. A good example is if your technique required you to kick your opponent in the groin. One, you need your training partner to act the part, and act like they got kicked. The problem is: what is the correct way to react to a groin kick? What if they bend over and fall backwards, what if they simply drop straight down to one knee, or what if they collapse forward into your body? If you only ever practiced one way, how would you react if they did something off-script? You need to be prepared for an alternate finish. What if your attacker was jacked up on meth, and just stood there with no effect whatsoever? What if you missed the groin kick and hit them in the inner thigh, that reaction will be less than what you expected? I bet your Self Defense and Safety Training seminar instructor didn’t get in to that great of detail.

This is where enrolling in a good martial arts school could help. It would probably cost you up to $100 a month, but you would get regular training sessions a couple times a week, and some personalized instruction and feedback. Just make sure you are studying at a reputable dojo that teaches effective and realistic self defense. Something like a good American Kenpo or Krav Maga school.

Tae Bo and Cardio Kickboxing are great if you are looking to drop a few pounds and get in shape, but do not confuse exercise classes, sport karate or traditional tai chi styled martial arts with real world self defense. Train where you want; just realize what you are getting out of it.

Another option is instructional self defense DVDs. Now before you condemn video instruction, think about what you are getting and how often you watch YouTube clips to learn other tasks. Sure, you are not going to master a martial art by going through prepackaged white belt through black belt video correspondence courses, but instructional self defense videos aren’t bad.

What you are getting is an hour to a couple hours of self defense footage, but the difference between these DVDs and the training awareness seminar is that you can watch the DVD over and over again, practicing correctly and fine tuning your skills. You do not have to worry about forgetting what you learned 3 months ago and the local YMCA. Just rewind and review over and over, and you may even recognize the martial arts expert in the video, not just some Joe Schmoe local expert…

Or, if you can’t be bothered with learning all that martial arts mumbo jumbo, you can quite simply go the pepper spray, stun gun, TASER device or other self defense weapon route. These items are effective when used properly (meaning buy, practice, carry and deploy when needed).

Just like the self defense techniques, none of these self defense tools will do you a lick of good if you don’t carry them, carry them in inconvenient places, buy it and don’t know how to use it, or if you are simply unwilling to pull the trigger.

Don’t get me wrong, any extra information and awareness training you can get is a good idea. Anything that gets people to pay attention to their surroundings, and warns people to stay out of dark alleys at 2 AM is good. Just don’t fall into a false sense of security thinking you are invincible after a short seminar or that your new keychain pepper spray is a magical shield of protection. And don’t think avoidance is the key, sometimes bad things seek out good people in good neighborhoods or in broad daylight.

Teach yourself the difference between losing your purse and staying unharmed, or fighting for your life or the life of a loved one. Self defense isn’t an exact science; it is full of gut instincts, practical experience and practice, practice, practice.

Every little bit helps, just don’t rely on one sole mechanism to protect you. Always stay alert, use your head and assess the situation – the best you can. That is all you can be expected to do.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Top Droppers on Entrecard – February 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010 Posted by Rob

Special Thanks to my Top Droppers this month, especially the ones that dropped every day, even during the 4 days I lost power up here in New Hampshire, and could not return drop for a few days!

Ba-Bootie – What happened to the great food we had before terms like cholesterol, free range and organic became so fashionable?

My Outsourced Brain – Articles about topics ranging from technology and software to scientific research. Occasional book reviews. Topics of general interest such as lifestyle, and nutrition. Exploration of blogs and the technical side of blogging.

Nice2All – A personal photo collection. Constructive criticism welcome.

Nature’s Beauty And Fury In Pictures – Images of nature’s beauty and fury around the globe.

Confessions of a Fitness Diva – The Fitness Diva shows you how to be fit and fabulous while still indulging in some of the more “sinful” things in life. Tips on how to be decadent, but still smart enough to stay looking amazing!

Online Social Networking – Thought provoking articles on a wide range of social media, web marketing and PR strategies.

Lakbay Philippines – Lakbay Philippines! A blog about the best places the Philippines has to boast, from the famous to the not-so-famous-yet-equally-great spots.
Also contains satire and humour about the current showbiz, er, politics of the Philippines.

Beyond Left Field – Humorous and lighthearted events in and out of the news with an emphasis on morons.

Opportunities Knock – This is a blog about taking back control of your personal financial future. We talk about opportunities in the stock market and in life.We believe that anyone can and should create their own wealth.

Mobile Device Programming – All About mobile device programming

Honorable Mention:
Prove Me Wrong, Rambling Thoughts in SMK Serian, Cooking Japanese Style, BeadedTail, Blog Auto Repair

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Stun Guns and Tasers Don’t Kill, People Do

Monday, March 1, 2010 Posted by Rob

To borrow one of the anti-gun control slogans “Guns Don’t Kill, People Do”, I’d like to offer the following:

“Stun Guns and Tasers Don’t Kill, People Do”

If a person really wanted to kill or otherwise injure you, just about any object could work. A steak knife, a tire iron, a two inch thick tree branch cut into a club, even a ball point pen used in a certain manner… Equal opportunity at its finest.

Yet you will not find crazed opposition picketing in front of Bic Pen Headquarters or otherwise trying to ban and regulate pen use.

But seriously, even if some sort of ridiculous legislation was passed to specifically make it illegal to stab and kill someone with a ball point pen, it would not stop a criminal from doing so. Criminals could care less what the laws are. Best case the killer may opt to use a legal mechanical pencil instead… yeah right.

Let’s for the sake of argument, we use the newer, politically correct term of “Less-than-lethal” self defense weapon, since “Non-lethal” falsely implies that a fatality could never occur… (insert eye roll here)

arrestSo now a police officer, doing his unenviable job of keeping the peace, and protecting the public comes across an unruly person resisting arrest or attempting to harm someone. It does not matter if this person was pulled over for speeding or is being chased down the street after robbing a liquor store with a gun.

The uncooperative suspect is going to be tasered if he does not comply with the orders of the police officer. Stop means stop, no means no. If the officer does not have a “less-than-lethal” TASER Device as an option, he is left with his baton or gun.

But then you are going to have people question their judgment while trying to uphold the law, protect civilians, and keep themselves safe in the process? I’m not talking about blatant Rodney King style police brutality, which is wrong and would need to be dealt with on a case by case basis. No one is arguing that. I’m simply talking about police officers doing their jobs, apprehending the bad guys, and protecting themselves from those who resist arrest. And OMG possibly having to use a TASER device!

It is so easy for those not in harm’s way condemn something, but these same people would be wishing they had a stun gun or a TASER device if they were being beat half to death by some thug in an alley. That is unless they would just rather have their cell phone to call 911 instead, I mean violent criminals have rights too, who are you to fight back…

Did you see that story the other day about the math teacher who tackled a shooter in a Colorado school parking lot? A 32-year-old gunman was walking through a middle school parking lot with a bolt-action hunting rifle, taking shots at students. He shot 2 kids before David Benke tackled the man, and wrestled him to the ground.

What the hell is wrong with some people these days, you may ask?

Good question. You just never know when minding your own business, some random lunatic with a gun, baseball bat, pocket knife or machete might turn his head funny and trigger a chemical imbalance induced act of violence.

Personally I’d rather have a telescopic steel baton and some pepper spray first, then my cell phone to call in the cleanup crew afterwards. Unless there is a real “protect and serve” police officer already standing there. But I’m not going to wait around and take a beating, especially if there is only a “observe and report” security guard watching from a safe distance.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Karate Kid 1984 vs. Karate Kid 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010 Posted by Rob

I have to admit, I don’t typically mind movie remakes. It seems Hollywood has been running out of new ideas lately and every other movie they put out is a straight remake, blatant rip off or otherwise extremely similar story line with minor plot twists and a new title. As long as the new movie does a good job, I’m fine. You don’t have to go see it if you don’t want to.

Special effects are way, way cooler now as well as all of the other technological advances that they didn’t have back then. And it always seems to be a good idea from a studio standpoint to take a classic movie and update the story to present day to hook a new generation into the cult classics.

I thought the latest Friday the 13th remake was pretty good. You have to like that kind of movie genre, and accept the way those story lines go, but I thought they did a good job blending the first couple of Friday the 13th plots, updating the blood and gore to today’s standards, even updating Jason’s motions and mannerisms, all while keeping in tradition with the original classic. Opinions may differ.

Sure, I’m sure you can pick out certain remakes or even sequels that they should have just left alone. Lots of ideas sound good on paper, but just lose it in production.

However, when they first said that they were going to remake The Karate Kid, I was less than thrilled. That movie was one you just don’t mess with.

I was 11 when the first Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita classic came out, and I saw it in the movie theater. Since then, I’m sure I have watched it at least 50 times, more if you include the second and third. In fact, I just watched them all on Comcast On-Demand a few short weeks ago.

For some reason, as I could let all the other movies of my youth get remade, but the thought of The Karate Kid being tarnished and retooled really ticked me off. I don’t care if it is a 26 years old flick. (Funny side note: About a year ago I was watching this movie called Beer League, a comedy about a bar sponsored baseball team… I watched the entire movie, and then when the closing credits played, it said Ralph Macchio was in it. I had to rewind the movie, and I still didn’t recognize the 45 something year old Macchio, heh…)

So yesterday I came across a trailer for the new Jaden Smith/Jackie Chan version. Apparently the first trailer had a bunch of other Karate Kid purists upset, but I caught the version 2 trailer. I was expecting to follow suit, and be disappointed… Boy was I wrong!

First off, I love just about anything Will Smith has ever done, I’m not sure why (I am Legend, a 3 times over remake was one of my favorite Smith flicks). Jaden Smith is an 11-year-old Mini-me to his dad. Talk about having billion dollar shoes to fill, and having no problem doing so. This kid is going to be amazing.

Jackie Chan is another near can-do-no-wrong actor in my book. Sure a couple of his recent movies were kind of lame, but his fight scenes are always great. Again, you have to like that genre and accept the stereotypical roles he is cast into.

I’ve heard the complaints, it should have been called “Kung Fu” Kid, not “Karate” Kid, but you have to accept the fact that the vast majority of people use the term karate and martial arts interchangeably. They simply don’t know, or care what the difference is. They see Steven Segal, Bruce Lee, John Claude Van Damme, Jeff Speakman, Jason Stratham and even Jack Bauer doing “karate moves” on screen and wouldn’t know the difference between an Aikido wrist lock, American Kenpo technique, or a Jeet Kune Do strike…

I think Daniel, I mean Dre moving to China is a cool change. I’ll miss the classic wax on, wax off training, but you can see the replacement in the trailer. I don’t want to ruin too much before you see it, so go watch the trailer.

I think this is one of the better remakes, and this is coming from a once original Karate Kid purist. I’ll have to watch the whole movie to make the actual call, but if the trailer paints a picture of the movie to come, this is going to be really good.

I will be interested to see if this movie prompts the incredible influx of “karate” school enrollment like it did in the late 80s and early 90s. Martial Arts schools of all forms (because non-martial artist don’t know the difference) got huge enrollment numbers, accredited to the popularity of The Karate Kid series. Parents were signing up their kids to all the local Tae Kwon Do and Karate dojos. Of course most of them didn’t stick with it for very long, probably once the novelty wore off.

True martial arts take a lot of dedication. The generation of instant gratification is not going to stick to a curriculum of hard work and tough skills. And that is both the parents and the kids. Even the McDojos that churn out belts faster than a child’s attention span in hopes of milking as much money out of parents before the child gets bored. Then you have a bunch of McBlack Belts, that aren’t worth a damn in any self-defense situation, and are probably worse off, because they think the 2 years worth of “black belt” skillz they learned are going to help them. Go ahead and throw that Tae Kwon Do head kick on the street and see how fast you end up on your back…

Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt do you have?
Miyagi: Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?
Daniel: [laughs] No, I meant…
Miyagi: In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants. [laughs; then, seriously]
Miyagi: Daniel-san…
[taps his head]
Miyagi: Karate here.
[taps his heart]
Miyagi: Karate here.
[points to his belt]
Miyagi: Karate never here. Understand?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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