Woman gouges eyes of attempted rape suspect to escape Astoria attack
I note that the eye gouge worked--it seems she didn't do any serious permanent damage but his eyes do look red in the video--and that two people who heard the screaming didn't recognize it as an attack for which they should...
Man openly carrying new gun in Gresham robbed by armed man
For the most part, I'd rather conceealed-carry any weapon I'm carrying. I can imagine exceptions in which displaying arms might ward off an attack, but here it attracted a robber and in general I'd rather have surprise on my side.
WWE champion Daniel Bryan uses wrestling hold to catch thief after he spotted two men breaking into his house
Bryan Danielson put Cesar Sosa in 'rear naked choke hold'
22-year-old suspected burglar was wanted on kidnap charges, police say
Seattle student credited with stopping campus gunman has wedding registry, honeymoon paid for by strangers
People chipping in for his wedding registry--now that's a feel-good story! I also note that sometimes the only thing that can stop a bad actor with a gun is a good actor with pepper spray...
Indian court asked to rule on whether Hindu guru dead or meditatingIndian court has been asked to rule on whether a revered Hindu guru is dead or alive and whether it is a matter of religious faith or scientific fact
Improvised weapons in the Ukraine are mostly club-like:
As I often remind people: To this day, the club is a common weapon.
Also, I note that people are wearing (limited) body armor:
I often when teaching remind students that some techniques are usually taught as being targeted in ways that...
Smartphone saved gas station clerk from robber's bullet, cops say
Phone blocks bullet in Hess station robbery.
Great luck. More generally, I always advise that anyone interested in carrying a weapon for self-defense make sure that a cellphone...
In U.S., Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New High
Twenty-six percent believe Democratic and Republican parties do adequate job
This would help for a while--but then polarization would set in again. It always does. Still, if we could get a few good elections out of a...
Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll
"And there are far more of these innocent victims than official records show.
A New York Times review of hundreds of child firearm deaths found that accidental shootings occurred roughly twice as often as the records indicate, because of idiosyncrasies in...
Police: Md. Boy Uses Karate to Escape Murder Attempt
I'd wager it was more karate confidence than karate moves, but who cares--this is a feel-good story! I hope he continues to be able to view this as a great success for him and doesn't have lingering fears from the attack.
Wong Kar-wai Gives a Grandmaster Class
Sounds good to me! I just started Ip Man 2 and am finding him too lionized--a hagiography, as in the first film. I'd prefer a less exaggerated version of his life story rather than a standard kung fu film loosely based on his life. (Mind you, Ip Man 1...
James Spader to Play Ultron in Avengers Sequel
The first Avengers film has grossed $1.5 billion! I'm looking forward to Thor 2 and Avengers 2. I'm not as optimistic about Capt. America 2 and am definitely worried about Guardians of the Galaxy--though I do like Drax.
South African girl of seven 'shoots friend dead'
This is a place with a much greater violence problem than the U.S.--the gun homicide rate is just over 5 times greater than here--that is also having a gun control debate.
As to dealing with the murder of one child by another:
This is one of...
Prescott united in grief, divided over firefighter survivor benefits
After Arizona's Yarnell Hill fire, Prescott is torn over survivors' benefits for the families of 13 part-time Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew members killed in the...
Tennessee Judge orders baby's name be changed from 'Messiah'
Once again, an example of how the religious think everyone else in this country should be forced to live by their standards. They outlaw Sharia law, then do something like this. Incidentally, as to this and other 'titles'...
You call that a knife? MTA worker Rudolph Simmons case over itsy-bitsy blade dismissed
The 59-year-old was arrested on his way to work for apparently bogus reasons. When he was searched, he had two knives on him, but the Bronx resident says they were small blades used to work on the...
I thought Pres. Obama did an excellent job of explaining what causes such a divergent set of views on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin incident and in particular the lens through which African-Americans are apt to see it. He acknowledges the reality of the increased rate of criminal behavior...