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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Lock this guy up

And please throw away the key!

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Perhaps he and his kind could benefit from a GPS neck collar by Tazer that is triggered by their heart rate.

They get excited or stray from home and Pop Goes the Weasel!

Posted by: Abe at July 26, 2006 09:29 PM

I remember a rotting, falling-down shed, barely shaded from our sharp young eyes by dry, thin, huckleberry bushes, and a few oak trees.

We rode by it fast on our bikes, we tried not to look at it. We'd heard whispers, among our friends. Something bad had happened there to a girl. Our mothers told us, if you need to go to the bathroom, make sure you go to a friend's house.

That's all I know about what happened there so long ago. We didn't talk about such things, back then. Our parents just told us, "don't take candy from strangers."

Some things haven't changed at all. Probably never will. But at least we are better about getting the word out, these days.

Posted by: Anne Dufay at July 26, 2006 10:41 PM

I guess no one is safe anywhere at any time. Used to be crminals prowled around late at night, but 10:30 am at the ZOO??

Posted by: Lily at July 26, 2006 11:42 PM

If John Walsh, of America's Most Wanted had his way, this guys ass would have exploded several years ago.

- Walsh told television critics that when he was talking to senators about electronic monitoring of sex offenders, "I said implant it in their anus and if they go outside the radius, explode it, and that would send a big message."


Posted by: Justin M at July 27, 2006 06:42 AM

two words:

chemical castration

Posted by: andy at July 27, 2006 07:39 AM

implant it in their anus and if they go outside the radius, explode it, and that would send a big message.

ouch! yes, I bet it would.
I have always admired Arab countries for how they handle crime, public corporal punishment. Just cut off the offending appendage...no recidivism.

Posted by: Jon at July 27, 2006 07:44 AM

They locked him up. They just didn't throw the key far enough. "Hero" tag goes to the construction workers.

Posted by: Max at July 27, 2006 11:44 AM

Things like this underscore the need for women in particular to learn how to protect themselves. It doesn't take too active of an imagination to wonder what this animal would have done to that woman and her children if she hadn't fought back a knife attack and screamed for help. She is a hero in my book. There are really good self defense courses (preferably taught by experienced martial artists) out there for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The women I have spoken to who have taken these courses say that they have gained confidence that they would be able to react to an attack if one were to take place. A lot of women are so busy taking care of everyone else they don't take time for this type of thing. Men can support their wives, girlfriends, sisters, moms, and daughters by making a gift of one of these courses.

Posted by: Kevin at July 27, 2006 02:38 PM

Self-defense was a PE module in middle school for me. We got half a semester dedicated to physically fending off attackers, and how to be aware of your surroundings and a little psycology in learning what offenders are looking for. Best thing school ever did for me. It should be something at ALL middle schools.

Posted by: pril at July 27, 2006 04:53 PM

Amen, pril. Self-defense isn't martial arts or crane kicks or waxing on and off. It's about being aware, observant and thinking ahead. It's much more mind than body. If you have to rely on physical contact, you're already in a world of hurt.

I also advise every reasonable person to carry pepper spray, the stream variety. It incapacitates pretty quickly and causes no long-term harm. Plus it's good on eggs.

Keep it in an easily accessible pocket, not your purse. Practice occasionally with it. Aim for the eyebrows.

Posted by: anahit at July 28, 2006 12:24 AM

"Self-defense isn't martial arts or crane kicks or waxing on and off. It's about being aware, observant and thinking ahead. It's much more mind than body." Anahit, I get the gist of your post. My intent wasn't to suggest that a person needs to become a martial artist to defend themself. I am sure that the mother who was attempting to unload her kids at the zoo was totally caught off-guard because she was focusing on her children. Predatory criminals look for situations like that gain an advantage. If she had pepper spray she probably had zero opportunity to reach for it before the attack. Sometimes stuff goes down so fast without warning that all you have is a second to react. Self defense courses that train women to kick where it hurts, gouge eyes, bite, etc. could save lives. If you are in a situation where it gets physical maybe it is too late, but doing something is better than being helpless. It has nothing to do with "wax on wax off" or whatever you're talking about. Pepper spray and the like is good but it can also give a false sense of confidence. One With Heart on S.E. Hawthorne has excellent courses for women taught by women.

Posted by: Kevin at July 28, 2006 01:37 PM

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