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Being able to Protect and Defend yourself, your home, and your loved ones is an important topic to all of us.

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The Mystery of Hat Pins

by Scotsman Shield
hat pins

Several generations ago the ladies wore hat pins in their hair, how this worked was always a mystery to me. These were long sharp like needles that hooked into something in their hair.

I was raised by a single Mother who was well educated and very beautiful. She had long auburn hair and a perfect complexion, naturally the male of the species always took notice. She was an outstanding businesswoman and rose to become the editor of a local newspaper and a syndicated writer.

I will get back to the hat pins later, but for now let me say that today's problems that ladies have with the ungentlemanly, probably have existed since the beginning of time with rare exception.

The Pee Pot

by Scotsman Shield
Chamber Pot

We are driving back from vacation and dealing with the 'dreaded traffic.' Of course, my definition of horrible traffic is vastly different than my husband’s.

If he gets to stay in the fast lane for more than five minutes without pressing on the brake and keeps his beloved cruise control intact, he is a happy camper. If I CAN read the license plates on the cars in front of me, and I have 60-year-old eyes, my personal space has been invaded, I quit singing, and I go into the 10 and 2 death-grip on the steering wheel.

I don’t really know when my fear of traffic began because I actually have vivid memories of loving to go for a drive. My radio would play a favorite song and I would instantly be one of the Mamas and the Papas. Think you know the era I come from now.

But somewhere, around the time of 'having babies' all that changed. I’m going to blame it on the Pee Pot.

Christmas With 4 Generations

by Scotsman Shield
Mountain Christmas

The family that ‘Plagues Together Stays Together,’ my son-in-law said as he shoved the last 31 Bag filled to the roof of the car and kissed me good-bye. I almost felt guilty until I remembered that it was his youngest twin daughter that was the carrier monkey whom infected us all on Christmas 2018.

You probably think it was a terrible Christmas as, one by one, we started sniffling and carrying around tissue boxes. A common shout of, “Cover your mouth!” was constant for five days to young and old. Speaking of old, the oldest generation in the group didn’t get the plague.

Why you ask? Well, maybe he, at 88, was too busy sitting back and enjoying the constant chaos four other generations caused the minute they enter the mountain retreat. Each family showed up in SUV’s stacked to the hilt with food, alcohol, presents, snow clothes, electronic devices and dogs.

Our Bill of Rights and Its Relationship to our Constitution

by Scotsman Shield
Bill of Rights

To the discerning person, our founding documents were clearly inspired by God who in turn conveyed these wonderful words to our founding fathers. Any doubt of divine providence in the creation of our Republic, historically flies in the face of man’s selfishness. No nation has ever come forth offering such absolute freedom to their people as these documents have provided.

8 Tips to Help You Travel Safe Overseas

by Scotsman Shield
Travel Safe

No matter where you travel, there are always risks. But rather than allow these risks, no matter how big or small, to deter you from traveling altogether, you can do your research so that you can be prepared.

Learning about the risks and taking the right precautions will allow you to have a safe, enjoyable trip, no matter where you are going.

We've put together this list of eight tips you can use to be prepared for the risks of travel so that you can travel safe and have a great experience overseas.

What Are the Best Self Defense Weapons to Carry While Traveling?

by Scotsman Shield
Self Defense Weapons for Traveling

A vacation is a time for fun and relaxation. But safety should never be too far from your thoughts. Especially if you're going someplace unfamiliar or a little dodgier than you're used to.

That's why it's always important to carry a self defense weapon. But when you're traveling, it can be tricky to know what you can and cannot bring with you.

To cut the confusion, let's look at the best self defense weapons to carry while traveling.

Do You Live in a Safe Neighborhood?

by Scotsman Shield
Safe Neighborhood

In 2016, the District of Columbia had the highest violent crime rate with about 1206 violent crimes per 100, 000 residents.

Alaska had the second-highest figure with around 804 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. Shocking, right?

But how can you know if your neighborhood is safe? Is it possible to find out the rate of violent crimes in your location?

Well, there are a ton of free crime-tracking tools that you can use to check neighborhood crime rates. The downside is that some of these tools and websites are junk.

In this piece, we'll look at the top 5 crime-tracking websites that can help you figure out if you're living in a safe neighborhood. Here they are:

Personal Safety Phone Apps: 3 Options to Download Now

by Scotsman Shield
Personal Safety Phone Apps

More than 95% of 18-29-year-olds have cell phones in the United States. This means that if you're ever in a scary situation, there's a high chance you'll have your phone on you.

While your phone is handy for keeping in touch with friends and family, it can also be crucial for your personal safety. Read on to learn how.

7 Tips for Protecting the Valuable Items In Your Home

by Scotsman Shield
Valuable Items

No matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, you could be at risk for a break-in.

Home burglaries are shockingly more common than many people realize. In fact, about 4,500 home burglaries happen every day!

Your home is your oasis, your safe place where you can go when you need to get away from the world. The sad truth is that, unless you take steps to protect it, true safety and security is an illusion.

But there are things you can do to minimize the possibility of a break-in. You can also mitigate the financial impact by protecting your valuable items. Even if the thief makes it into your home if he doesn't get much that's a win for you!

Check out these 7 tips here for protecting your home and expensive items.

Castle Doctrine Law In the U.S.

by Scotsman Shield
Castle Doctrine Law

According to the Department of Justice, over three billion home invasions occur in America each year.

No matter where you live, it's important that you take the safety of yourself and your home very seriously. Part of taking the proper precautions is knowing your legal rights. Different states in the country have different laws when it comes to intruders on your property and the actions that you can legally take.

The Castle Doctrine Law and Stand Your Ground are the two most common legal practices when it comes to self-defense in the United States.

Below, we'll walk you through where and how these laws apply and everything that you need to know about them. That way, you'll be prepared even in the worst case scenario.

How to Deal with a Home Intruder

by Scotsman Shield
Home Intruder

Ready to learn about the best strategies for dealing with a home intruder?

Looking for tips on how to handle a home invasion?

Few things can be scarier than discovering you have an intruder in your home. However, it is a real possibility. While you should try to discourage break-ins and home invasions in the first place, you may still experience it at some point in your life.

In the case someone does break into your home, it's important that you have a game plan on how to deal with it and stay safe. Below are a few of the best options and tips you need to know about to deal with a home intruder.

Where and When Do Most Muggings Happen?

by Scotsman Shield

According to the FBI, property crime has been down but violent crimes have been up.

Mugging--it's something everyone wants to avoid and some people don't even think it will ever happen to them.

The reality is that, regardless of falling crime rates in the last two decades, getting mugged is still a very real threat.

A big part of defending yourself and your loved ones is being aware of the reality of muggings, as well as knowing the high probability of when and where they might happen.

Today, we'll take a look at just that so you can be better prepared.

4 Self-Protection Myths You Should Stop Believing Today

by Scotsman Shield
Self-Protection from a Mugger

You know that it's important to be able to defend yourself from an attacker at any time, and in any place.

But with so much misinformation about personal safety out there, it can be tough to understand the best steps to take both now and the moments when you're facing down an attacker.

Do you believe myths about self-defense that could end up costing you your life?

From helping you to get access to the top self-defense tools to making sure that you don't believe some of the biggest self-defense myths out there?

This post will help you to know what's real and fake in the world of self-protection.

Wasp Spray VS Pepper Spray: What's The Difference?

by Scotsman Shield
Wasp Spray vs. Pepper Spray

Did you know in the U.S. alone there's one aggravated assault every 34 seconds?

Maybe you do know and that's why you're here... Looking for information on wasp spray vs pepper spray.

There is a lot of information -- and misinformation -- circulating about the use of wasp spray for defense.

We want to clear it up for you.

Read on to learn the differences between wasp spray and pepper spray so you can make an informed decision.

How To Choose The Best Personal Alarm

by Scotsman Shield
Best Personal Alarm for Bad Guys

The world can be a very dangerous place. Whether you're walking down the street, driving in your car, or staying in a hotel room for a few nights, there's always a chance that you could potentially encounter danger and put your life or the lives of others at risk.

One of the best ways to reduce that risk on a regular basis is to invest in the best personal alarm for your specific situation. There are personal alarms that are designed to keep those at home, in the car, in hotel rooms, and more safe.

But before you buy a personal alarm, it's a good idea to search around for the one that will work best for you. Personal alarms come with many different features included and many different price tags attached to them.

Here are some of the best personal alarms your money can buy.


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