Month: January 2014

Because, you know, we are cowards.

Livingston, a graduate of West Point and former Army Ranger, was trained in medicine at Johns Hopkins. He has written books and spoken about many things, including suicide and grieving. I contacted him Saturday afternoon for commiseration and told him about my sense of resignation — those things that seem to be in the American blood, guns and violence as a solution. Livingston agreed we’ve been on the wrong track for too long.

“Anyone who believes that they need to go about the world while armed has proven their cowardice,”

via Expecting the horrible is the American way –


Which is the reason cops and soldiers, including Army Rangers, go about the world carrying a can of wasp spray and a bag of Cheetos.

Hat tip to @SFDB via Twitter.

Advice that kills: Wasp Spray.

[ Durham County sheriff’s deputy Michael] Lemay recommended that the woman keep two things by her front door: a whistle and a can of wasp spray.

“It shoots 20 feet, it’s cost-effective and it does the job,” Lemay said.


As somebody who has dealt with a wasp colony or a couple of dozens in his life, I can attest that the only way that wasp spray does good against wasp is if you place a flame between the can and the target. and create your own makeshift flame-thrower. A human attacker is a wee bit bigger than a wasp and unless you manage to convince him to stand still, open his mouth and ingest the contest of the can, the wasp spray is not gonna do squat.

A very physically fit couple in Seattle found out the hard way that bug spray is for bugs. One Ken Boonstra apparently wanted to play “let’s make a snuff porn video,” broke into their house and after liberal applications of wasp spray and a baseball bat, Mr. Boonstra failed to get the memo about surrendering. The wife had to retrieve a kitchen knife and apply it liberally to various parts of Mr. Boonstra’s anatomy until he gave up enough blood to depart this earth.

Again: a very fit couple (Both into the Crossfit scene) used a baseball bat and a can of wasp spray without results. Only when a knife (a deadly weapon) was introduced, the struggle finally tilted in favor of the good guys.

Now, if we could make a request to the Durham County Sheriff and ask him to have Deputy Lemay swap his sidearm and carry only a can of Wasp Spray when patrolling the streets…….. nah, not happening.