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Product Review: Telescopic Steel Baton

Posted by Rob on Friday, 29 January, 2010

If you haven’t been formally introduced previously, let me introduce you to Mr. Telescopic Steel Baton. Baton, Reader. Reader, Baton.

A telescopic steel baton is neither a high school coach’s whistle, nor a walking stick. We are talking up to 26″ of solid steel thug-bashing pain-on-a-stick. Not to knock personal alarms which do serve their purpose, but nothing beats a solid whack to the ribs, or hobbling blow to the knee quite like a telescopic steel baton. Just ask Nancy Kerrigan.

When fully collapsed and stored, your baton will only take up about 9″, give or take depending on if you purchased the 18″, 21″ or 26″ models. The sizing corresponds to then strength and size of its wielder. A big burly trucker would probably pack a 26″er, a 5’5″ petite woman may prefer the 18″.

But don’t let the difference between the sizes sway you. Each one is going to get the job done with a quickness and cause some serious injury and trouble for any would-be attacker.

Talk about walking softly and carrying a big stick, quite the physical and psychological advantage.

No one is trying to strongarm you into buying self defense products but you have to believe in the statistics spread over the past few years, all pertaining to violence at different levels. Day by day, our environment is coming up with prominent signs of danger.

It used to be the dark damp alleys you had to worry about, now you could be victim of an assault during your leisurely stroll through the park in the middle of the afternoon, or taking your morning jog before work.

Just last week, there was a story in the news about a 26-year-old autistic woman in Toledo, Ohio that was raped on the sidewalk by a 15-year-old thug on her way to the library. This occurred in the middle of the day, with several cars just driving by. The woman was followed by the attacker, knocked to the ground, threatened with scissors, had her sweatpants pulled off, and was raped while yelling for help in broad daylight. The attacker then stole her cell phone as he fled the scene.

Eventually one woman, who had already driven past, gave the incident she just viewed a second though, and decided to call 911.

Of course the police arrived well after the assault and rape was over. It was even reported immediately after the attack, the victim attempted to borrow the cell phone of a man walking down the street to call the cops, and the man refused and kept on walking. La la la, I can’t hear or see you…

Are you serious?

I’m thinking minimum someone should have pulled over along side, laid on the horn for the duration and phoned the police right then and there. Next best, someone armed with pepper spray, a stun gun or perhaps a telescopic steel baton could have intervened and given this punk a working over. Let the cops clean up when they got there.

The juvenile delinquent was found later, and sure enough, it is reported that he suffers from mental issues. As if that wasn’t evident from his public display of aggression…

I am counting a number of people that could use a good wake up whopping to knock some sense into them.

Just a flick the Telescopic Steel Baton and it will automatically extend itself to the maximum attitude-adjusting capacity. This will engage a rather satisfying sound, as the positive locking system snaps into place. This serves a dual purpose, one to let you know your baton is ready for business, and secondly, your soon-to-be target will know he is about to be pummeled. If he had a lick of sense, he might even turn tail and vacate the area right then and there.

In addition, these trusty sidekicks have a couple of other features besides its low public profile and solid steel construction. It in encased in a comfortable foam handle for easy gripping and maneuverability, and it has an optional LED light to double as a flashlight.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Don’t Just Stand There, Take Some Action.

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Tonya Harding’s Latest Whack at Nancy Kerrigan

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 26 January, 2010

It appears Tonya Harding is trying to steal the spotlight from Nancy Kerrigan again. Not that Nancy was trying to garner any media attention this time…

I’ve never really been a fan of Tonya Harding. But now she is trying to offer her condolences to her former ice skating rival whose father just passed away. It just reeks of a media publicity stunt.

The statement from a Tonya Harding representative: “Tonya feels very sad for Nancy and her family and extends her deepest sympathy and condolences to them. Tonya’s beloved dad, Al Harding, passed away this April, so she understands the grief Nancy and her family are feeling at this time.”

Seriously, she still has a rep? To me, her statement sounds more like “Nancy Kerrigan’s dad just died and it is all over the news? Hey, MY dad died last April and it was hardly covered by the media… What about ME? Who is sorry for ME?”

We all feel sorry for you Tonya, trust me…

The notorious feud between Hardin and Kerrigan climaxed in 1994 when a hit man, allegedly hired by Harding’s ex-husband, took a lead pipe similar to a telescopic steel baton to Kerrigan’s knee before a U.S. championship. “Why, Why??”

Of course Harding denied involvement in the plot and expressed disgust towards the attack. Which didn’t help her mediocre career anyways, she was always in the shadow of the stellar Kerrigan. So again, Kerrigan is in the news and Harding is trying to grab some of the spotlight she doesn’t deserve off of Nancy’s coat tails…

So she’s “reaching out” to her former arch-rival to express her deepest sympathy after the tragic death Daniel Kerrigan? I’m not buying it.

Nancy’s brother, Mark Kerrigan, allegedly assaulted his 70-year-old father moments before he died at the family’s home in Massachusetts.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, was arrested and has since pleaded not guilty to the assault.

At least this time Tonya’s publicity stunt didn’t involve a 3rd party with a weapon.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Dishwashing, Gladiator Style

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 18 September, 2008

The other night my wife wasn’t feeling well, and the sink was full of dishes. I wasn’t particularly keen on washing them all by hand, so I loaded up the dish washer. Apparently I did not properly clean the dishes enough before I put them into the machine. I guess I figured the point of the dishwasher was to clean the dirty dishes, not mostly clean and rinse the dishes first then have the dishwasher finish up the last 10% of the job.

Needless to say, if you are already familiar with the limitations of this “time and effort saving device”, the dishes were not properly clean in the morning when she went to empty my handy work. Yes, I saw the oatmeal, peanut butter and other food remnants on the dirty dishes, just figured the dish washer expected to do a little work.

Luckily, the clothes washing machine seems to do a better job with handling dirty objects; however, it is not capable of cleaning dishes. I figured that out in my head, I didn’t actually load plates, pans and silverware into the front load washer and dryer in the basement.

So in the morning, my wife was less than thrilled with the dishes, but at least she didn’t bite me, break a picture frame across my face and try to slash me with a sword. I mean it is only some dirty dishes, right?

Well a Fort Worth, Texas couple got into a heated dishwashing dispute resulting in the guy getting bit on the shoulder, smacked in the face with a picture, and getting a 2-foot sword swung at him. Luckily the woman missed the guy with the sword, however the picture frame cut him up pretty nicely.

Apparently it was his turn to do the dishes and when they were still left dirty, all hell broke loose. After an intense argument and blatant refusal to do the dishes, the 20-year-old gal told the 21-year-old guy to leave the apartment, to which he again refused.

Next, the woman attempted to physically remove the noncompliant man from the premises. This turned into the struggle where the guy ended up with bite marks on his right shoulder, visible cuts to his face where the picture frame was broken across his face, and having to dodge the wild swing from sword.

It was not known how many less violent dishwashing episodes lead up to this boiling point event during the four months the couple lived together.

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No Coconuts for You!

Posted by Rob on Friday, 12 September, 2008

A man in Vero Beach, FL was arrested the other day after slashing a co-worker with a machete. Apparently the guy wanted to take a drink from a coconut, and a disagreement broke out over the break.

So these two guys are doing some landscaping in the hot Florida sun and one of them wants a drink. Sounds reasonable, so he cuts down some coconuts from a nearby coconut tree. The other guy gets irate and tells him to get back to work. No coconuts for you! When the first guys refuses, the victim grabs a lawn mower and runs over the coconuts.

Now the thirsty guy, still armed with the machete from cutting down the coconuts moments before, whacks the other guy with a machete. Charged with aggravated assault, It wasn’t reported if he chopped down another coconut and got his drink while the other guy laid wounded.

The guy is also now being held for Immigration and Customs violations. All over a coconut.

This story reminded me of that joke about the race up the coconut tree.

There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are four animals underneath: a lion, a chimpanzee, a giraffe, and a squirrel.

They decide to compete to see who would be the fastest to get a banana off the tree.

Who do you think will win?

The lion?

The chimp?

The giraffe?

Maybe the squirrel?

Well if you guessed any of those, let me know when you find a tall coconut tree that is growing bananas…

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Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends Arrested for Assault and Robbery

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 12 August, 2008

Winnie-the-Pooh, a guy in a mouse costume and another guy in a panther disguise were all arrested in Tokyo, Japan following an assault and robbery of two victims. Apparently, the cute and cuddly trio ran out of clean clothes, so instead of doing some laundry, decided to wear the silly costumes and head out on the town.

So there is Winnie, mouse boy and panther man standing on a street corner, obviously drawing some attention to themselves. It is not common, even in Japan to be hanging around after midnight in this ridiculous getup. Now I have seen that silly “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” reality series, so this didn’t seem like a huge stretch of the imagination, but these guys were getting some unusual stares even over there.

So Winnie-the-Pooh starts to get all bothered by two innocent but gawking bystanders and waddles his way up to them. ‘What are you staring at?’ bellows Winnie-the-Pooh in a non-friendly Hundred Acre Woods manner. The situation quickly escalated as Winnie started to beat up the two normally dressed people, as the mouse and panther jumped in. That willie, nilly, silly old bear.

When everything was said and done, the victims were beaten and robbed of about $160. Winnie, Piglet and Tigger, I mean Winnie, the mouse and the panther were later arrested. I guess the police line up was pretty easy, although the original call to the Japanese police must have been awkward.

You were beat up and robbed by who?

Now in a situation like this I suppose either traditional pepper spray or Bear Mace would have sufficed. Or a good jolt with a stun gun might have made and interesting scene as Winnie-the-Pooh lay rolling around on the ground. You’d just have to dig the device rather deep, depending on how stuffed with fluff the costume was.

It takes all kinds in this world, Be Safe, Be Prepared. Be on the look out for ill-mannered cartoon characters looking for an easy buck.

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When Hedgehogs Attack!

Posted by Rob on Monday, 7 April, 2008

Hedgehogs in New Zealand are getting a bum rap. Ok, well it wasn’t actually the hedgehog’s fault. Some guy grabbed one and chucked it at a teenager, hitting him in the leg.

“It hit the victim in the leg, causing a large, red welt and several puncture marks,” police say. The teen did not require further medical treatment. The hedgehog did not fair as well. It was not known if the hedgehog was alive while airborne, but when collected for evidence it was pronounced dead at the scene.

Said hedgehog was determined to be classified as a “weapon” so the attacker has been charged with assault with a weapon and may face up to a maximum of five years in prison. I am pretty sure the “Street Cred” in jail for assault with a hedgehog is rather low.

“People often get charged with assault for throwing things at other people,” said police. Although it was also said that it is uncommon that a hedgehog is used.

Uncommon? Really? You would have thought it would be a regular weapon of choice. It is rather, um, prickly…

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