Friday, August 29, 2008

Horrible Moms in the News

What is going on with some moms lately? Is this a trend? Were there always moms doing this in the past, but now it surfaces more in the news?

I'm not sure, as I know you aren't either, why these terrible moms are appearing. I first heard about these killing moms in the 70's, when some very young girls were throwing their newborn babies in dumpsters, to save face. Now there is the case of the 28 year old woman, not a young girl, from Dayton, Ohio, that microwaved her 1 month old baby girl! And of course the on going case of Caylee, the little girl that has been missing in Florida and who's mom was arrested for not giving out information.

Killing babies is not the only thing going on. There are the Munchhausen by Proxy moms, that make their children sick on purpose, just to get some personal attention for themselves.

If a woman doesn't want her baby, she does not have to kill it! What ever happened to placing it up for adoption or even just leaving it at the doorsteps of a Church or hospital? It makes you wonder, if these women are sick or if they are violent control freaks. Are these women comparable to rapists that rape for the thrill of violently controlling a person? Should they go to jail or to an insane asylum?

I know that I'm asking a lot of questions, but I feel that we should try very hard to get some answers. Our society is suppose to improve with each generation, not collapse into barbarism.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What to Avoid During Thunderstorms While Indoors

We all know that when there is a thunderstorm, it is best to go indoors. What some people don't realize, is that if there is lightning outside, you can still be hurt or even killed inside your home. Experts say that if you are inside while a thunderstorm is going on, you should avoid touching anything that involves plumbing or electrical wiring. Some people have been seriously hurt while leaning against metal framed windows. There are things that we do during a thunderstorm that we don't think about, but that we should avoid. Using anything with plumbing is a no no. Why? Because unless all your plumbing is PVC, plumbing leads to the exterior of the house, that can be hit by lighting and reach you inside. Using anything with electrical wiring is also a no no. Lightning can travel through the wires into your home. Below is a list of some of the items you should avoid while there is a thunderstorm.

Plumbing Items to Avoid
Kitchen sinks
Bathroom sinks
Showers or baths
Washing & Drying Machines
Door knobs of exterior doors
Any metal objects that come from outside

Wiring Items to Avoid
Telephones that are wired
Door bells
Hair dryers
Electric Shavers
Electric tooth brushes
Wired video game systems (kids play on TV)
Washing & Drying Machines

It is also a good idea to disconnect sensitive items from outlets, such as computers, TVs, stereo systems, cell phone chargers, etc.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Superfund Sites - What they are and where you can find out if one is near you

Many people, myself included, don't know what a Superfund Site is. Basically, I found out that it is a government program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. I was reading about a rare blood cancer issue going on in a small region in Pennsylvania, and came across this term. These sites can be found by government officials or just by citizens, like you and I. We just have to inform the EPA, if we know of a place that doesn't smell right, looks filthy, etc. The Government analyzes the site and if it has hazardous material contaminating it's surroundings, they classify it as a Superfund Site. Once this is done, they follow up with cleanup and make it livable and safe for humans again. There are, of course, many Superfund Sites whose residents surrounding them have stated that they have not been cleaned properly and still have contaminants leaking out to the environment. This occurs even when the Government has supposedly cleaned them up.

The government has made it easy for us to find out if a Superfund Site is near where we live. I went to the EPA site and selected my State. I did not know the particular region or any other information, so I just clicked search. To my surprise there were 75 sites in my State. Fortunately, none were near where I live.

If you are interested in finding out if your area has Superfund Sites, just go to this link: SuperFund Site Information.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bizar Taser Story

Woman Kidnaps Man She Met On "Second Life" Internet Game
DELEWARE (NBC) -- A North Carolina woman is behind bars in Maryland after she allegedly drove hundreds of miles to Delaware and posed as a postal worker for several days, all as part of an unsuccessful plot to abduct her online ex-boyfriend.

Kimberly Jernigan, 33, of Durham, N.C., and her ex-boyfriend, a 52-year-old resident of Claymont, Delaware, met through the online community "Second Life," where users can create virtual lives and interact with other members. Police say the trouble began when Jernigan and the man met in person and he broke off the relationship. Jernigan later went to the man's job and tried to abduct him, pointing a weapon at him and trying to get him into her car.

On Monday of last week Jernigan returned the area and found out the man had moved, police said. She spent four days finding out the victim's address and then broke into his apartment, where she waited for him to return, police said.

"He suddenly notices the silhouette of a person standing inside of his apartment pointing what he described as an object at him," said Cpl. Trinidad Navarro. "He then notices a laser beam on his torso, and he runs out." Police found Jernigan's dog, Gogi, in the bathroom.

The dog was bound with duct tape. "The dog was making too much noise, so she bound the dog with the duct tape she brought along to bound her ex-boyfriend," Navarro said.

The Delaware SPCA took the dog. Jernigan was arrested about an hour later at a rest stop in Maryland.

"She had handcuffs, duct tape and a Taser," Navarro said. "It's pretty bizarre. We haven't seen anything like this in the past."

Police said Jernigan will face kidnapping and burglary charges. The SPCA is considering animal cruelty charges, police said.

Read original story here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Man Arrested for Mugging an 85 Year Old Woman in an Elevator

Yesterday, police arrested the man who mugged Ms. Lillian France in an elevator in Brooklyn, NY. The mugger was captured, thanks to an alert Detective Matthew Walker. The Detective noticed a similarity in this mugging case and in a previous case six years ago when he arrested a Cornelious Abson. He also noticed that the man in the elevator video had the same features as the man he arrested previously.

Seems like these weren't the only muggings Mr. Abson had committed. There have been dozens of muggings in Brooklyn under the same conditions, where a mugger has taken money, groceries and cellphones from elderly victims. This mugger was taking advantage of the elderly. The mugger wrote a half page letter to Ms. France, apologizing to her and saying he had a drug habit.

For more details on this story, click on the title of this posting.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Stun Pen or Pepper Pen, Great for College Students

With the Fall semester getting closer, many parents of college students are concerned about their children's safety around campus. The disguised Pepper Pen and the Stun Pen are excellent self defense products for college students. These two items will not look out of place in a college environment, yet they will be a handy device when it comes to preventing crime. The Pepper Pen looks like a normal pen, but it is really a pepper spray. It has a 10-gram stream which sprays up to 6 feet and contains 5 one-second bursts. The Stun Pen looks like a pen or a marker but it really is a stun gun. The Stun Pen contains 800,000 powerful volts and it also includes a LED flashlight. Either one of these items can easily be carried by a student in their back-pack, purse or pocket.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New! Mini Keychain Digital Camera

Available now at, under the HIDDEN CAMERAS category, is a wonderful little camera that comes in handy when you want to shoot a picture unexpectedly. The Mini Keychain Digital Camera is very small and also shoots short video clips! The camera only uses 1 AAA batteries and you can transfer images to your computer thru a USB interface. This cameras is so small that most people would not notice it, making it convenient to shoot a photo in a nonchalant way. Below are the specifications for this handy camera, that also serves as a keychain.
  • 8MB Built in SDRAM (memory)
  • 24 bits Color
  • Hi-Res Mode (VGA) 640 x 480 Pixels
  • Standard Res Mode (QVGA) 320 x 240 Pixels
  • Capacity: Up to 105 pictures (Compressed VGA)
  • 25 pictures (VGA 640 x 480)
  • Up to 410 pictures (Compressed QVGA)
  • 102 Pictures (QVGA 320 x 240)
  • USB Interface
  • Photo Express Editing Software CD
  • 1 “AAA” Alkaline Battery

Monday, August 18, 2008

PRESS RELEASE Donates Pepper Spray Again, This Time to Louisiana donated pepper spray to the Metropolitan Center for Women & Children (Metro), in Jefferson, Louisiana. This is just the latest pepper spray donation of many since the Fall of 2007.

Indian Beach, NC August 18, 2008. donates self defense products to a different sexual assault women’s crisis center around the country on a monthly basis. is a website that sells non-lethal, self defense products such as Mace, pepper spray, stun guns, Taser products, personal alarms and home protection products. This website includes hotlines, safety tips, helpful links and a Blog.

Metro was started in 1986. They provide services to the survivors of stalking, rape and domestic violence victims. The Center, which is located in Jefferson, LA, provides services throughout the Greater New Orleans Area. Women can call their 24-hour line for emergency counseling and assistance. Metro staff and volunteers are trained in crisis intervention and can offer limited placement in emergency shelters and make appropriate referrals. Metro also offers individual counseling services as well as group, children’s counseling and emotional support. They also assist in legal rights and court proceedings.

Susan Eaton, Co-Owner of stated that the website chose New Orleans for their donation recipient of the month because of the escalating violent crimes in the city. Some information published not long ago by The Violence Policy Center in Washington, DC, ranked Louisiana as 3rd in rate of women murdered by men in the nation. Susan stated, “New Orleans has had days where 3 or more murders occur in their streets. Actually, pre-trial motions are expected to start for Louis Lamonica. He is a former pastor and one of seven members of the Hosanna Church who face rape charges.” In general, the state of Louisiana has had an increase in crime, especially after Katrina. She stated that women are unfortunately some of the victims of murder, sexual assault and domestic violence.’s owners Susan Eaton and Martha Z. Martinez decided to start donating pepper spray, a year after their website was launched. Martha stated that it was just the most natural path to take for a company that sells non-lethal, self defense products. “We decided to donate pepper spray instead of money, simply because, victims would be able to use these products and protect themselves immediately. We wanted to help the victims directly. We have donated to 11 crisis centers so far and plan to continue donating for as long as we need to. Right now, our focus is on a different state each month.” She stated. Martha went on to say, “We want to spread the word to women, that they can purchase non-lethal, self defense products without having to walk into a gun shop. We also want to point out that we chose non-lethal products, because sometimes weapons are turned against the victims that carry them. It is better to be sprayed with pepper spray, stunned with a stun gun or tasered with a Taser, than to be killed by your own gun. stands for less crime in this country, not more crime.”

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Message Boards Lack Women Crime Category

While surfing many forums and message boards on the internet for a while now, I've noticed that NONE offer crime related topics. I've noticed that all women targeted websites only have topics such as; beauty, health, parenting, relationships, dieting, etc. None of these female targeted websites offer a forum on crime or safety. Why is this? Don't they think that women should discuss this? Do they all assume that we are just interested in beauty and dieting and that our husbands are the only ones that can protect us? Women are being raped or killed in this country, in epidemic proportions! I don't know about you, but I think this topic should be discussed more often, especially on websites that advertise predominantly toward females.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Chef Julia Child was a Civilian Spy

Who would of thought that the ever so polite, talented chef, who always enjoyed a cocktail with her delicious meals, was also a spy for the US Government.

Back during World War II, when the Nazis were threatening other countries, our government had nearly 24,000 military and civilian personnel employed who were spying for our country. Julia Child was one of them along with many other well known people, such as a son of Ernest Hemingway, sons of President Theodore Roosevelt and others. The organization was called the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). It was to later become the CIA. It was created by President Franklin Roosevelt. The members of this organization were responsible for studying military plans, create propaganda, infiltrate enemy ranks and stir resistance among enemy troops. The OSS was so secretive that the members were not even allowed to tell their own families about their involvement.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Killing For Honor

I'm sure you have read or heard about Honor Killings before...

In England it is getting out of hand with some communities having women getting killed for shaming their families. These communities murder their daughters either because she will not agree to marry who her parents plan for her to marry, she is no longer a virgin, she changes her religion, etc. The reasons for this honor related violence is limitless. For these communities, family honor is more important than a child. The parents and families of these women have them killed and sometimes even assist in the killings. In England there have been reports that around 17,000 of these cases have taken place and in London, they are starting an awareness campaign against Honor Killings. There is even a group of women who want "Forced Marriages" to become a criminal offense.

I wonder how many Honor Killings have occurred here, in certain communities, in the USA?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Outdoor Summer Fun, Pepper Spray Precautions

There are many things going on in the summer and most of them take place outdoors. As always, when you go out, take a self defense product with you. Of course there are precautions you need to take with all self defense products. Pepper spray is at the top of the list for precautionary measures when it pertains to heat. Be especially aware during the summer, that the spray is in a pressurized container (just like hairspray) and if it gets too hot, it can expand and break through the container, spreading pepper spray everywhere! When at the beach or pool, make sure to keep your pepper spray covered from the sun, if it is going to be exposed for a long period of time. Most pepper sprays are OK if they get wet, but it is not recommended that you submerge them in water. Another thing to remember is if you leave your pepper spray in the car, it is better to place it in the glove compartment or a place that is shaded at all times. If your car gets way too hot in the summer, it is recommended that you NOT leave the pepper spray in the car. If you are going to fly on a plane, remember that you will not be allowed to carry it on board, so leave your pepper spray at home. This is due to the Homeland Security issues. This is also why when you purchase pepper spray from, it reaches you via UPS or USPS ground service instead of air. The only product that can send via fast air mail is the Guardian Angel Pepper Spray. Due to it's unique container, it is not pressurized and it is not affected by heat.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Scientist Might be Able to Make Things and People Invisible

Scientists are stating that they are getting one step closer to making people and objects invisible! That's right, you read correctly. It has to do with some artificially engineered materials that redirect light around objects.

This might have a huge impact on military equipment and numerous other applications. I, of course, thought about how this might possibly be applied to civilian self defense products. I really don't know what the steps would be to accomplish this, but if it is simple, once they figure it out, the potential of this substance is enormous! Just think, anything could be made to be invisible... again, not just limited to objects, but people too. Cops could be observing you, without you knowing it, criminals might get a hold of it, people might start carrying invisible guns or weapons... Well you get the picture.

If you are interested in reading where I got this info, click on the title of this post.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Real Estates Agents Can Be Easy Targets For Attackers

With all the housing market stories flowing around, WomenOnGuard continues to bring attention to the issues that real estate agents face on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day. As you know, agents are always out and about and show houses to potential buyers all the time. Carrying self defense products is essential for this line of work.

The situation of real estate agents is unique in many ways. Talk about risky jobs, this is definitely one of them and where self defense products might come in handy. First, they usually don't know the person that they will be showing a home to. Second, more often than not, they show it alone without a partner or assistant. And third, many times the homes are unoccupied. These three circumstances can add up to a potentially dangerous job description for real estate agents, who become agents because they consider themselves good sales people and knowledgeable in the housing market. This danger is not very often spoken about, but is always on the minds of the real estate agents, while showing homes.

When the agent is a woman, it is even more of a safety issue. This danger is increased considerably if she is showing a home to a male buyer. As mentioned above, she usually would not know anything about this man, and she would usually show the house to him alone. Showing an empty house or condo is a perfect place for an assailant to commit a crime. They don't have to worry about witnesses and if they actually kill the agent, they don't have to worry about where to leave the body, since an empty house is the perfect place.

Occasionally you will hear in the news of cases where a real estate agent was raped or killed. This is no surprise, considering their unique situation. A real estate agent should always be conscience of their safety when showing homes and should always carry self defense products. This applies to male as well as female real estate agents and in small towns as well as large cities.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sexual Assault Incidences are More Common Than You Think...

Rapes or sexual assaults are so common in this country, that the media doesn't bother to report them, unless it is a slow news day. I wondered how many stories were in the news today on "Sexual Assault". So I went to a website that I frequent to check on the news, I did a search for the words "Sexual Assault" and noticed that just in the stories posted within the last one hour there were 39 stories about sexual assaults. After that 39th story, the 40th story was posted over an hour prior to me seeing the list of my search result. There were all types of sexual assault stories. Some were stories of just reported sexual assault incidents, others were rulings in court cases, pedaphile cases, predator cases, phychiatrist assaulting patient, State Representative charged with sexual assault, the list goes on and on... 39 stories made it to the news in a time span of just one hour.

What is really sad, is that most cases are not reported, let alone, make it to the news! What is even more sad is that this is constantly going on and the public is so used to it, that nothing is done to resolve this problem. People say, "It just exists, there is nothing we can do about it...". As stated in's home page, "Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted." This information comes from (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).

Obviously, something has got to change. We are in the 21st century and these incidences are as predominant today as they were centuries ago or maybe even worse. We need to have tougher laws and sentences for these assailants and not let these horrific crimes continue to affect future generations of women, children and also men.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Why Use Non-Lethal, Self Defense Products?

People's response to this question is usually the first obvious one; you don't kill your attacker. This is correct, but there is an even more important reason to use non-lethal, self defense products. This reason is not thought of as often but it is the most important of the reasons for me.

When a criminal attacks a person, most of the time, that person is not carrying a self defense weapon. But sometimes a potential victim does carry an item he or she uses to protect themselves and attempts to use it in self defense. Sometimes, potential victims that are armed with a self defense weapon or product, are overtaken by the attacker's strength and have their weapon taken away from them. This can obviously be a dangerous situation and one that you obviously want to avoid. But, it does happen and this is where having a non-lethal, self defense product becomes a better choice. More often than not, attackers will use your weapon against you. I'm sure you know the ending of this explanation... If you carry your non-lethal, self defense product such as a Taser and it is turned against you, you will NOT be killed. If you had a lethal weapon, such as a gun, in your possession, then you have a chance of being killed by your own weapon and it will probably only have your fingerprints on it.

There are other advantages to using non-lethal, self defense products:

The accidental discharge of the product or weapon by an innocent person or a child or by your own carelessness. Again, this is where it is important that the product you carry be non-lethal.

Another good reason to carry a non-lethal product is that if you unlawfully or carelessly use it on someone, the legal consequences aren't as harsh as if you would have killed someone!

You don't need a special permit to carry a non-lethal, self defense product. Firearms require you to get a conceal carry permit.

And last but not least, non-lethal, self defense products are usually cheaper than fire arms.

I don't know about you, but non-lethal, self defense products get my vote, hands down!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Man Arrested For Impersonating Marshal, Sexual Assaults

Reporter: Cayle Thompson

Wichita police have arrested a man they said impersonated a U.S. Marshal and sexually assaulted at least two women. Police discussed the arrest with reporters this morning.

Police believe 51-year-old David Gage met the women on "Craig's List" in the personals section. Officers said once the people met in person Gage would produce a badge and handheld scanner, then coerce the victims into having sex.

While police know of two cases, they believe there could be additional victims. If women have information about similar incidents they can call the Wichita Police Sex Crimes Division at (316) 268-4156.

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