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  • Bloodied 'burglar' fled Connecticut home after being slashed on the arm by a teen wielding a samurai

    10/30/2015 4:38:58 PM PDT · by Ramius · 47 replies
    Associated Press and Daily Mail ^ | Published: 29 October 2015 | Updated: 29 October 2015 | By Evan Bleier For and Associated PressDaily Mail
    A Connecticut teenager used a samurai sword to slash a burglar who was trying to break into the home in Danielson he shares with his parents on Tuesday morning, according to police. Angel Maldonado, 19, was getting ready to walk his three dogs when he heard someone trying to pick the lock of the home's back door so he grabbed the sword from his room. The Quinebaug Valley Community College student opened the door and slashed the 30-year-old homeless man, identified as David Lyons, on the arm while he tried to force his way into the home. Maldonado, who had...

    10/11/2015 5:45:48 PM PDT · by Ramius · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-11-2015 | Awr Hawkins
    by AWR HAWKINS11 Oct 2015251 On October 8, an Indianapolis homeowner–who is also a Roller Derby girl–punched an alleged home intruder until she had driven him back into a corner, then drew “a Japanese-style sword” and used to it to keep him subdued until police arrived. The incident occurred “around midnight.” According to The Indianapolis Star, 43-year-old Karen Dolley awoke to sounds of someone in her home. When she turned on the lights to investigate police say she saw 30-year-old Jacob Wessel standing in her living room. Dolley began punching Wessel and opened a near-by drawer to grab a gun,...
  • Hacked to pieces with a Samurai sword, the burglars who got a VERY unpleasant surprise (...)

    04/13/2015 8:27:12 PM PDT · by Ramius · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-13-2015 | Jack Crone
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Dias Costa, 49, slashed the face, arms, and necks of the four raiders The men, armed with guns, had broken into his home in central Argentina Raiders were forced to flee in getaway car and they are all in intensive care. By JACK CRONE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 12:24 EST, 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 EST, 13 April 2015 A man defended his home from four armed burglars by hacking pieces out of them with a Samurai sword. Dias Costa, 49, slashed the face, arms, and necks of the raiders, who fled the property in a getaway...
  • Knight club: The mace-wielding fighters who REALLY go medieval (...)

    02/16/2015 4:27:22 PM PST · by Ramius · 21 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 2/16/2015 | Claire Carter
    As maces crash into shields and battle axes cut into armor, knights are left wounded and bloodied on the battlefield. But while this scene appears reminiscent of a Medieval clash, these fights are happening in the U.S. with the launch of a new extreme sport in the form of a medieval fight club. The Armored Combat League of America (ACL) sees knights from different states face each other in battle, armed with maces and swords. The Armored Combat League of America has launched its own Medieval fight club, where people dress as knights in full armor and equip themselves with...
  • Texas Game of Thrones fan staves off an intruder with a MEDIEVAL SWORD...

    09/20/2014 3:36:14 PM PDT · by Ramius · 44 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9/20/2014 | Mail Online
    A homeowner sporting a Game of Thrones T-Shirt and brandished with a medieval sword says that he could have taken the life of an intruder who entered his home but that he is a Christian and doesn't believe in killing. Thomas McGowan, 25, broke into the Wichita Falls, Texas home of Jimmy Morgan Jr. at midnight on Tuesday but retreated with terror leaving splatters of blood on the wall after Morgan Jr. whipped out a medieval sword and told him to get lost. McGowan broke into Morgan Jr.'s home to hide from police after crashing his car during a police...
  • Police: Man who attacked women pulled a sword on latest victim

    01/31/2014 10:28:10 AM PST · by Ramius · 18 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 1/31/2014 | Lee Stoll
    By Lee Stoll EVERETT, Wash. — Police said a man attacking women at an apartment complex in Bothell pulled a sword on his latest victim. For the second time in three weeks, officers were called to the complex on the Bothell-Everett Highway to arrest 21-year-old Johnathan Arnold. In court papers, deputies pleaded with the judge to keep Arnold locked up this time saying he “is causing young innocent females to live in fear of their lives, he is showing a pattern and is increasing his level of dangerousness." "I've never felt threatened here - ever. And I walk this way....
  • Gonzaga University students could face expulsion for gun

    11/09/2013 5:42:22 PM PST · by Ramius · 33 replies
    NWCN ^ | 11/8/2013 | KREM
    SPOKANE, Wash.-- Two Gonzaga University students could be expelled for using a gun to protect themselves at their University owned apartment. GU leaders said the students violated a policy all students show know about when living in a school owned apartment. Seniors Erik Fagan and Dainel McIntosh felt they needed to protect themselves in late October when a convicted felon came to their door asking for money. Fagan said he yelled for his roommate after trying to get the man to leave. McIntosh came down with his gun, which he has a concealed weapons permit for according to Fagan. The...
  • may be a 'black swan'

    10/25/2013 3:43:13 PM PDT · by Ramius · 47 replies ^ | 10/25/2013 | Patrick Thibodeau
    One in six IT projects face out of control costs, and bring much disruption, making them 'black swans' WASHINGTON - Despite partisan sniping over the Affordable Care Act, members of a U.S. House committee probing the problems at Thursday asked some tough, IT-specific questions that revealed some key facts. Two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), were especially focused on the testing process for the ACA website that's had problems since its launch on Oct. 1. It turns out that project's 55 contractors had only two weeks to...
  • Gunman Reportedly Opens Fire in Texas Courthouse

    03/14/2012 10:33:02 AM PDT · by Ramius · 70 replies
    Fox News email alert ^ | 3-14-2012 | FoxNews
    At least one dead and three wounded after gunman reportedly opens fire in Beaumont courthouse, while suspect now believed to be holding hostages. More headlines from
  • Amanda Knox may soon return to Italy

    01/26/2012 9:28:40 AM PST · by Ramius · 37 replies
    NWCN ^ | 1/25/2012 | Linda Byron
    Amanda Knox may soon return to Italy by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News Posted on January 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM The Amanda Knox saga isn’t over yet. Knox was acquitted of murder and released in October after spending four years behind bars in Italy. But her Italian attorney Carlo Dalla Vedova says Knox could be going back to Italy as soon as September in order to help her parents, who are on trial for slander. At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, an Italian judge ruled there is enough evidence against Amanda’s parents, for the case to go to...
  • How to respond to an Active Shooter with your CCW pistol.

    01/10/2011 8:03:13 PM PST · by Ramius · 87 replies
    1/10/2011 | Vanity
    This is a topic that I have considered posting for a long time. I'm hoping to generate some good quality discussion, becuase I think this really matters. I don't know the answers. I hope that with some vigorous discussion maybe some good actionable ideas will come out. The exercise is this: You are out and about, let's say... at a shopping mall. It could be anywhere, of course. But for the purposes of this exercise we're at a shopping mall. You're looking at a nice pair of boots in the window of some store-- suddenly the unmistakable sound of gunshots...
  • Verdict reached in Oakland subway shooting

    07/08/2010 4:12:35 PM PDT · by Ramius · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/08/2010 | CNN
    <p>Oakland (CNN) -- A verdict has been reached in the trial of a former police officer who is white and who is accused of killing an unarmed black man in Oakland, California, according to a superior court spokesman. The verdict will be read at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET).</p>
  • Skin cells turned directly into neurons

    01/28/2010 4:55:50 PM PST · by Ramius · 11 replies · 408+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 1/28/10 | Clive Cookson
    Skin cells turned directly into neurons By Clive Cookson Published: January 28 2010 02:00 | Last updated: January 28 2010 02:00 Stem cell scientists at Stanford University in California announced "a huge step forward" last night, with the publication of research that turned skin into nerve cells without any intermediate step. The production of neurons [nerve cells] directly from other adult cells, without making stem cells en route, could transform "regenerative medicine" - providing a plentiful supply of neurons for treating people with degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson's or those with spinal injuries. "We actively and directly induced one...
  • Fisher Plaza Fire Disrupts Stations, Knocks Out Web Sites

    07/03/2009 9:42:01 AM PDT · by Ramius · 18 replies · 718+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 7/3/2009 | Seattle PI
    Posted: 9:02 am PDT July 3, 2009 Updated: 9:16 am PDT July 3, 2009 SEATTLE -- A fire at Fisher Plaza has disrupted stations that broadcast from the building near the Seattle Center and many Seattle-based Internet sites. KOMO Radio said the fire in an electrical vault about 11 p.m. Thursday forced the evacuation of the building and caused the sprinkler system to activate. The fire and water damage knocked out a large data center in the building that handles many Seattle-based web sites., which handles credit card transactions for tens of thousands of e-commerce vendors, is one of...
  • Arizona moves to allow concealed guns in bars

    06/30/2009 7:28:20 AM PDT · by Ramius · 36 replies · 1,028+ views
    Excite (AP) ^ | 6/28/09 | Amanda Lee Myers
    PHOENIX (AP) - There was a time in the Wild West that cowboys had to check their guns before they could pull up a bar stool for a drink - rules that protected against the saloon gunfights that came to define the frontier era in places like Arizona. But a bill moving through the Arizona Legislature has some bar owners fearful that the state is turning back the clock to the Old West. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed-weapons permit to bring a handgun into bars and restaurants serving alcohol. The bill gives bars...
  • DVD Review: Reclaiming the Blade

    04/28/2009 10:14:27 PM PDT · by Ramius · 18 replies · 688+ views
    The Medieval and Renaissance blade, a profound and beautiful object handcrafted by master artisans of old. An object of great complexity, yet one with a singular use in mind- it is designed to kill. The truth of the sword has been shrouded in antiquity, and the Renaissance martial arts that brought it to being are long forgotten. The ancient practitioners lent us all they knew through their manuscripts. As gunslingers of the Renaissance they were western heroes with swords, and they lived and died by them. Yet today their history remains cloaked under a shadow of legend.
  • Returned bonuses are still taxable

    03/24/2009 11:14:14 AM PDT · by Ramius · 78 replies · 2,203+ views
    Vanity | 3/24/2009 | Ramius
    A little nugget that came up in a conversation with my Dad: It’s been a while since I took tax accounting, but as I recall: You can’t “gift” away income in order to avoid the tax on it. No matter what you do with it, it is still *income*, and still taxable. Isn't that swell... The AIG executives that have returned their bonuses—still have to pay the tax on them anyway. What do you suppose congress will do about *that*? LOL. What a comedy of errors this has become.
  • Report: Sims headed to Washington, D.C.

    02/02/2009 10:10:17 AM PST · by Ramius · 13 replies · 765+ views
    NWCN ^ | 2/2/20009 | King5 Staff
    Washington, D.C. 09:28 AM PST on Monday, February 2, 2009 By Staff SEATTLE – King County Executive Ron Sims is heading to Washington, D.C. to work for the Obama administration, Seattle Times columnist Joni Balter is reporting. Balter says Sims will take a job as deputy secretary, No. 2, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Rumors about Sims have been circulating for months. Sims has called a 10 a.m. news conference. Sims was first elected to the King County Council in 1985. He was appointed King County Executive in 1996 after then-Executive Gary Locke was elected...
  • Sword handling part 1

    09/16/2008 10:08:51 PM PDT · by Ramius · 59 replies · 3,474+ views
    Sword Post 2: Woohoo! It’s time for Tuesday night Sword Pron!  Today’s topic: Guards. “Guards” are essentially stances. They’re places to start and places to end. They are ways to hold the sword to begin fighting, and curiously enough, most of the strikes that one will take with a sword are merely a progression from one “guard” or “hut” to another. To wit: There are 4 basic guards. Since the vast majority of the surviving source material is in German, they are named in German. The picture is from a 14th century Fechtbuch (fight book). They are (in the...
  • Another Odd Guru

    04/23/2008 9:03:24 AM PDT · by Ramius · 21 replies · 85+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/22/08 | IBD Editorial
    Another Odd Guru By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 4:20 PM PT Election '08: Killing God and destroying the right to private property are usually associated with communism. They also seem important to the prominent legal theorist serving as Barack Obama's technology adviser. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig likes to treat his audiences to a short video that doesn't always go over so well. In it, Jesus Christ lip-syncs Gloria Gaynor's late '70s disco hit "I Will Survive," during which he strips down to just a diaper, effeminately struts along a city street and finally...