Defending yourself has a lot to do with attitude

The women in this video have attitude. Women Use Chairs to Take Down Suspected Carjacker at Nail Salon

This guy was taken down by 3 women at a nail salon. That’ll go over nicely in the big house.

Three women in a nail salon in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles smashed chairs against a carjacking suspect head while defending themselves on Wednesday, January 31.

Two do a credible job of keeping him occupied while the 3rd runs next door for reinforcements. The folks from a neighboring business show up and subdue the bad-guy, holding him for police.

Just click thru and enjoy.

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The Moral of the Story – Don’t Open the Door

The other moral of the story – Don’t invade someone’s home. Disabled Oroville man shoots intruder at Olive Hill Retirement Community

He was banging on the door. The homeowner – a 54-year-old disabled gentleman – opened it, asked what was the matter. The guy wanted assistance, so the homeowner closed the door and went to call 911. And arm himself. (Do that first.) The 2nd time he opened the door, the guy tried to force his way inside. The homeowner fired 1 shot.

Upon arrival, officers located the subject that had been shot. Medical personnel arrived on scene and the subject was flown via life flight to an area hospital and is in extremely critical condition.

Self-defense is a human-right. Even in the People’s Republic of California.

California Fires, Eucalyptus Trees, and Building Codes

This is happening with too much regularity. In San Diego, Lessons on Rebuilding From a Neighborhood Once Ravaged by Fire

The thing that caught my eye is the main photo attached to the article. If you click through you are treated to the site a VERY nice house under construction in a neighborhood that suffered “heavy damage” after (I presume) the 2003 fires.

After Hurricane Andrew hit (and decimated) Dade County Florida, the county made some serious changes to building codes. The state of Florida eventually followed suit on at least most of the changes for hurricane protection. (For one example, you can purchase Dade County Windows, which were required if you don’t have hurricane shutters. They will stop a 2X4 piece of lumber fired at about 120 mph.)

The house being built/rebuilt in California after the 2003 fires is completely stick built shown with plywood roof sheeting and strand-board walls. Now based on its neighbors, it would appear that it will end up with a tile roof (completely fire-proof) and stucco exterior walls (mostly fire-proof). But there is no concept of fire break around the other houses, and while it is hard to be sure, there appears to be at least one Eucalyptus tree in the background.

As they have for years, local residents eye the towering Eucalyptus trees that shade their streets with dread over their explosively flammable branches. They grimace each time they see a wooden fence in the neighborhood, thinking of it as a Roman candle that could shoot flames onto a nearby home.

15 years since the fire decimated the area and there are still Eucalyptus trees in the area. (We won’t talk about lessons learned from the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.) What is wrong with this picture? Forget the fact that they are an invasive species introduced from Australia, displacing native plants, and they do not support native animals. Eucalyptus trees excrete a highly flammable oil. It is this oil, and these trees that are behind a lot of the California fires. (Trees on fire can actually explode, sending flaming bits all around spreading fires.) But those trees are still in the neighborhoods.

And while I’m no expert, it doesn’t appear that the building codes have changed to encourage more in the way of fire-resistance.

There is a movement to eradicate the Eucalyptus at least from certain areas in California, but I would think cities – in danger from wild fires – would want to do that immediately. Immediately being in 2004.

He Cooperated With Them. They Killed Him Anyway.

And what the hell is a “.22-caliber assault pistol?” One arrested, another at large in ‘cowardly’ killing at convenience store

“Some people put way too low of a value on the lives both of the victims and the families that they disrupt by doing things like this,” [Madera County Sheriff Jay] Varney said. “I think this was a pretty cowardly act for this person to do that on the way out the door after the clerk had done everything to comply with their needs to take someone else’s property.”

He got the first part exactly right. Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you do, or do not do. They don’t suddenly develop a sense of the value of human life, because you are cooperating.

Most corporations like to ignore this fact and pretend that if you cooperate, you will be safe. That is a strategy, not a guarantee. But the corporations will keep you disarmed – for your own safety of course – while you are at work.

While this may have been a workable strategy 30 years ago, it is less of one today. Being armed for self-defense is another strategy. It is also not a guarantee. “There are on guarantees in this life save death and next winter’s snow.” But I think that relying on cooperation, as if it were a guarantee, is misguided.

Cops have arrested one guy, and are looking for a second suspect.

He Apparently Didn’t Like The “Ex” Part of Ex-boyfriend

Arguing the point didn’t work out too well for him. Sheriff: Man shoots girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend in self-defense

No charges were filed against the boyfriend who did the shooting, but the ex-boyfriend was arrested and booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of criminal threats and battery, deputies said.

He made a brief detour to the local hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

He had made threats. He showed up (according to police) “as the aggressor.” He threatened a stabbing. When he reached into his pocket he got shot in the leg.

Why is it that some people don’t understand the phrase, “It’s over?”

Self-defense is a human-right.

They Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

They thought it would be a good idea to rob a liquor store. They thought wrong. Man fatally shot during alleged Whittier liquor store robbery attempt identified

Even in the People’s Republic of California, self-defense works.

Butler, along with a second man who fled the scene and is yet to be identified, are suspected of entering the store with at least one handgun between them in what police described as a robbery attempt, according to Whittier police Sgt. Willie Lawson.

The clerk working at the store pulled a gun of his own, leading to “an exchange of gunfire,” Lawson said.

Lawrence Butler Jr. died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other miscreant ran like a rabbit. Police did not recover a gun, but they did recover evidence that indicates they shot at the clerk.

Self-defense is a human-right.