Cooperating with Criminals Does NOT Ensure Safety

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There is a long-standing myth that if you just “give them what they want” the bad guys will leave you in peace. This guy didn’t get that memo, apparently. SC store clerk shot in head during Pageland robbery | The Herald.

A witness told police a black man came into the store and demanded money and that after the woman gave him cash, he shot her.

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you can do. That is a sad truth.

A gun may not have saved this woman – there are no guarantees in this life, except death and next winter’s snow. But meekly complying did not accomplish the goal of keeping her safe.

How you respond to a violent encounter requires a strategy. My strategy would be based around self-defense.

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Who will join Homer and Winston for the cat-off on Thursday?

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It was a very tough choice, but I’ve narrowed almost 400 hundred cat photos this week down to five for you to vote on to find who goes to the big Peri Reed Cat-off contest this Thursday, (May 21) But first, we have to find the last cat, joining Winston and Homer. The winner of the cat three-way will be featured on Peri Reed’s phone as a cling. (This year’s freebie to help promote the new series coming out the first of September.
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I have a lot of honorable mentions. You guys have some seriously fun and beautiful cats.

To vote, pick out your favorite, and then send an email to coldtoastwritingsllc@comcast.net with the name of your pick in the subject line.

1. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE NAME OF YOUR PICK IN THE…

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Cape Blanco State Park Beach – Sixes, Oregon

Que Sera, Sera... Whatever Will Be, Will Be...

The motorhome is parked in the yard of a friend. I’m planning to leave here later this morning. Now that I’ve arrived here, I’m planning to slow my pace and spend the rest of May and most of June along the Oregon coast. Then into the State of Washington for the summer.

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. I’m hoping she will be able to rejoin me sometime after July 4th.

Yesterday Cheryl and I drove in her car the about two miles to the Cape Blanco State Park Beach.

I started by taking photos in her yard…

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Bright sun, temperature around 60 degrees and a brisk wind made for a…

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Walking the gangplank

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Continuing my 1985 diary of a trip to China

March 17

Plane to Nanning. The aircraft is much snazzier than the one to Lhasa and we get free hankies (my second), boxes of chrysanthemum tea (not dried tea; it’s a cold drink) and a compass on a key ring. I don’t know if the compass is supposed to make us feel more confident that the pilot knows what he’s doing, but we get there.

Cheryl and Elspeth were entranced by the news that, according to that guy I met in Cheng Du, you can get pizzas in Nanning. Unfortunately I can’t remember which hotel he said, and we trail round three with no success. Our packs are getting heavier as we are now carrying all our winter clothing. The further south we go, the hotter it gets. We’ll have to get out our shorts, soon. C…

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