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Violent Little Machine Shop – “Would You Like To Know More?” Morale Patch

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

As a film, Starship Troopers is a terrible adaption of the Robert A. Heinlein novel of the same name, but stands on its own as an entertaining movie, and more importantly, for its oft-quoted and memed in-universe propaganda segments. Such is the inspiration for VLMS’ “Would You Like To Know More?” morale patch, which features the quoted phrase, along with the United Citizen Federation logo. Sized 2.5″ x 3.25″ inches, leather, and Hook Velcro backed.

www.violentlittle.com/collections/new-shit/products/would-you-like-to-know-more-morale-patch

Happy 4th Of July Everybody!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Because the original file was removed, here’s a low-quality replacement.

30 Sec Out – Those Meddling Kids Patched

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’ve heard of America’s former arch-nemesis Osama bin Laden. You’ve also likely heard of Mystery, Incorporated, the stars of ‘Scooby Doo’ who gained fame via a half-century of solving mysteries in their groovy mini-van.

When the team unmasked whatever evildoer was causing mayhem, said villain always exclaimed, “and I would have…”

30 Seconds Out commemorates one of the greatest operations in US military history, by reminding us of those meddling kids.

Get yours at www.thirtysecondsout.com/products/morale-patch-meddling-kids.

This post was originally featured on SSD.

Tactical Outfitters – AT4 World Record Largest Morale Patch

Friday, June 15th, 2018

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Tactical Outfitters has began accepting pre-orders for what they claim will be the world’s largest morale patch, supported by an application to Guiness World records. A 1:1 sized replica of the Swedish AT4 anti-tank launcher, this patch will be 40″ long by 6.22″ wide, and fully Velcro backed. This will be a limited-time offer, and purchasers will also receive a numbered art card with every pre-order customer’s name on it. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the AT4 Morale Patch will be donated to Wishes For Warriors.

tacticaloutfitters.net/products/pre-order-world-record-largest-morale-patch-at4

Happy 243rd Birthday US Army!

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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Happy 243rd Birthday to the US Army!

Also, Happy Flag Day, and Happy Birthday to the POTUS!

A Day Of Solemn Reflection

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Since the beginning of our nation, men and women have given their lives in defense of their fellow citizens. Today, we honor their sacrifice.

Take a moment to share your memories of our fallen brothers and sisters.

SeaWorld Announces Free Tickets for U.S. Veterans

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

From May 24 to July 4, 2018, U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Veterans must redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s) online at www.WavesofHonor.com, and the free tickets are available online only (not available at the front gate for each park).

Since SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment started the Waves of Honor program in 2005, more than 9 million active military, veterans and their families have visited the parks for free, which represents an estimated value of $300 million.

Details about Waves of Honor via SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

WHO: U.S. military veterans and retirees who have honorably served, and up to three guests.

WHAT: Free admission

WHERE: The free admission offer is available at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

WHEN: May 24 to July 4, 2018

WHY: SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment provides several military ticketing offers via www.WavesofHonor.com year-round in appreciation of U.S. military and veterans’ bravery and incredibly important work.

HOW: Veterans must redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s) online at www.WavesofHonor.com, and the free tickets are available online only (not available at the front gate for each park).

Military families who redeem the Waves of Honor offer will be able to experience some amazing new attractions and events opening this summer at SeaWorld parks, including:

• Electric Eel at SeaWorld San Diego: The tallest, fastest roller coaster in San Diego is here—a multi-launch coaster with high-energy twists, electrifying loops and inversions. Launched on May 10, Electric Eel features accelerations of more than 60 miles per hour in a matter of seconds, rocketing riders skyward nearly 150 feet where they’ll brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as they reach the peak of the coaster before breathlessly returning to the station. Complementing the Electric Eel roller coaster is a hypnotizing live eel habitat featuring a collection of moray eels. The eel habitat, located at the edge of the Ocean Explorer realm already part of SeaWorld, features large viewing windows where guests can plunge into the world of the eel as they swim and dart through the caves and crevasses of their naturalistic deep-ocean environment. Both rider and non-riders can also learn about the elusive eel through an interactive game and an exhibit with real California moray eels. Plus, SeaWorld San Diego have partnered with WILDCOAST to raise awareness for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Guests will be able to learn more about MPAs and the importance of protecting ocean ecosystems in the habitat.

• Battle for Eire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg: An exhilarating new adventure is underway at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg with the recent opening of the innovative virtual reality attraction, Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride. With Battle For Eire and the 360-degree virtual reality, riders can have a unique experience each time they ride. Battle For Eire is the story of a heroic fairy warrior, Addie, and her quest to rescue the Heart of Eire from evil villain Balor. This one-of-a-kind ride is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating a thrilling experience unlike any other in the theme park industry. Riders are completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.

• Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego: Enjoy 8 amazing experiences, including shows with live performers inspired by playful sea creatures, an electrifying dance club with world-class DJs, and your favorite SeaWorld attractions and shows like never before – all at Electric Ocean, an exciting nighttime event. The event is returning this year to SeaWorld Orlando (May 24 through September 2) and San Diego (June 16 through September 3) and is brand new to SeaWorld San Antonio (June 15 through August 12).

• Free Beer at SeaWorld Orlando: Now through September 2, from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close, complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. Guests can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer.

• Free Beer at Busch Gardens Tampa: Now through August 5, guests can get a taste of the park’s beer garden history when they visit the former Hospitality House, now called the Garden Gate Café, to receive two complimentary beers during every visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Every two weeks, new featured beer brands will be highlighted.

• Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa: From May 24 through August 5, guests can experience endless energy and thrilling rides from day into night. As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours to 10 p.m. on select days. Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park and take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Plus, indulge in delicious food like steak chimichurri, chicken waffle sandwich with blackberry pepper jelly, smoked beef brisket sliders with peach slaw, hummus topped with curry-roasted cauliflower, chilled shrimp with watermelon & tamarind glaze, mini donuts, funnel cakes and more, with special Summer menus.

Active Military and Veterans can always receive discounted admission tickets through MWR and ITT offices on U.S. military bases as well as www.WavesofHonor.com. These offers are available year-round. Each park may have various discounted admission products throughout the year that are also available online at www.WavesofHonor.com.

Colonial Williamsburg Marks Memorial Day Weekend with Free Military Admission, Commemorative Service

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Home Depot Foundation Funds Free Admission for Active duty Military, Veterans, Reservists, Retirees and their Dependents May 25-28

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 17, 2018) – Colonial Williamsburg honors American military service Memorial Day weekend May 25-28 with free admission tickets for active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, National Guard members and their immediate dependents thanks to a $100,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

Tickets issued through the Honoring Service to America program include admission to dozens of Historic Area sites including iconic attractions and trade shops plus historic gardens, interpretive programs and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The program has distributed more than 28,000 tickets since 2014 and is part of The Home Depot Foundation’s philanthropic mission to improve the homes and lives of service members, veterans and their families.

“Colonial Williamsburg’s Honoring Service to America program aligns with The Home Depot Foundation’s commitment to improve the lives of military families,” said John E. Ellington, director of finance and grants administration for The Home Depot Foundation. “It is an honor to provide military families an opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg and immerse themselves in the history of a nation for which they sacrifice so much.”

“Colonial Williamsburg is extremely grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for its continued support of the Honoring Service to America program,” said Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, and leader of the Foundation’s military outreach efforts. “Colonial Williamsburg is honored to host military families this Memorial Day weekend—and every day of the year—as our nation reflects upon the heroic sacrifices military families have made throughout history and continue to make today.”

Service members need not be present for qualifying guests to receive free Honoring Service to America tickets, which are provided to dependent family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission tickets are available at all onsite ticketing locations.

A Memorial Day commemorative service will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on May 28 to honor fallen service members. A procession with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Military Programs staff will begin at the Governor’s Palace and proceed to Bruton Parish Church, ending at the Capitol. Remarks, placement of wreaths and ceremonial musket volleys honor soldiers of the American Revolution, the Civil War and other conflicts. This service is free and open to the public.

Military guests and their families are encouraged to stop by Colonial Williamsburg’s new military information desk at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and the Liberty Lounge, a complimentary space for ticketed military guests to relax and recharge in the Historic Area. In addition to complimentary and discount admission for military families year-round Colonial Williamsburg is proud to offer military discounts on all Colonial Williamsburg hotels, dining, retail, golf and spa.

For more information about “Honoring Service to America” tickets and program, telephone 855-296-6627 or visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/military. More information is also available by following Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Knight’s Armament – SR-25 Magazine Flask

Monday, May 7th, 2018

I picked up one of Knight’s Armament’s SR-25 Magazine Flasks at their booth at the recent NRA Annual Meetings show. Modeled after the dimensions of the SR-25 magazine, this flask features a slick black finish, an included funnel, and ‘NRA 2018’ is marked on the bottom.

The best part? The fluid capacity is equal to 20 shots… *cough*

www.knightarmco.com

ASP Introduces Blue Line Accessories

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Appleton, WI, April 30, 2018— Armament Systems and Procedures (ASP) has introduced a collection of products featuring the well-known “thin blue line” design, universally recognized as a tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of law enforcement. The company’s new Blue Line Collection includes a Sapphire rechargeable clip-on flashlight (MSRP $24), a pair of multi-tool, liner lock pocket knives with integral handcuff keys ($32-$45), tactical belts ($20-$21), a logo cap that fits ASP Friction-Loc Batons ($17), and two different swivel handcuff keys ($22). Each is decorated using cloisonné enameling—a deep, permanent, heirloom-quality process that results in a finish that won’t fade or wear off, unlike painted or screen-printed surfaces. The flashlight and knives also have brightly-polished metal accents.

“ASP is single-minded in its focus on—and dedication to—law enforcement officers,” says Daryell Harmon, the company’s Vice President of Law Enforcement Sales, and a retired police officer. Harmon says that in addition to manufacturing products centered on officer safety, the company provides training programs to law enforcement around the world, at no cost to officers or agencies. “Everything we do revolves around these professionals, and these small commemorative products are just another way of showing it.”

For more information, or to find a distributor or dealer, visit asp-usa.com.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

We made it through another year. Here’s to 2018!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 25th, 2017

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Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Enjoy the holiday.

Bob Hope’s Long Forgotten Corona Recording to Play Dec. 23

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Thanks for the Memory!
Bob Hope’s Long Forgotten Corona Recording to Play Dec. 23

By Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Public Affairs

NORCO, Calif. – “Thank you very much. How do you do, ladies and gentlemen? This is Bob ‘Broadcasting from the Naval Hospital at Corona, California’ Hope.”

And with that, on Dec. 23, 1947, Bob Hope and Les Brown and his Band of Renown began to entertain hospital staff, guests from the community and Hope’s target audience, the patients – Sailors and Marines – many still recovering from World War II. Hope and his cast entertained with a half-hour of jokes, jibes and rapid-fire banter during his popular NBC radio show, broadcast from the auditorium in the Naval Hospital, the former luxury Norconian Resort Hotel where Hope vacationed years earlier.

And thanks to a decade-long search, the public will get to hear the entertaining show on the 70th anniversary of its first broadcast when the Navy will stream it live on Facebook, Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. – its original broadcast time on the West Coast. It also features announcer Wendell Niles, Vera Vague, Jerry Colonna and singer Frances Langford.

Some priceless samplings include a classic Hope wisecrack: “It’s good to be here tonight. Of course, this is a little new to me. It’s the first time I’ve ever been in the hospital before a broadcast.” With his impeccable timing, Hope continued: “And this hospital is located in such rugged country, you have to get well before you can come here.”

Following a hilarious monologue, Hope and Langford perform a skit where they venture to nearby Ontario for some Christmas shopping. The show closes with a touching rendition of “Silent Night” and a sign off of Hope thanking Corona for hosting him and the many veterans at Corona and around the country who fought in World War II, giving us “stockings filled with freedom.”

The historic recording is part of Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona’s capstone celebration for the Navy’s 75th anniversary in the Inland Empire. When it goes live on Facebook, facebook.com/NAVSEACorona, it is likely the first time the show will have been broadcast since it originally aired on the NBC Radio Network in 1947.

Hope was familiar with California’s Inland region, making his first USO show May 6, 1941, at March Field in nearby Riverside, now March Air Reserve Base. March’s program was Hope’s first remote broadcast and paved the road for Corona’s performance years later.

Based on these appearances and prior visits to the Norconian, the warfare center’s public affairs director and historian, Troy Clarke, said he has been trying to obtain evidence for the past 10 years that Bob Hope came to the Navy base when it was a hospital.

“I always suspected it, but not until 2010 were we able to obtain a photo of Bob Hope from the USO that identified the location as Corona,” Clarke said.

Clarke and command archivist, Aida Cuevas, continued to dig. Cuevas found proof of the Corona show in the extensive Library of Congress collection of Hope’s body of work.

After more than a year, Clarke and Cuevas finally received NBC’s permission to obtain a digitized version of the original lacquer-disc recordings. Clarke said he’s been working for months to play the recording publicly on its 70th anniversary and the final permissions from NBC and the Bob Hope estate Dec. 20.

Cuevas discovered Hope performed three other shows around Southern California that December of ’47, including a Dec. 9 appearance at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a Dec. 16 show at the Fox Theater in Pomona. On Dec. 30, Hope broadcast his show from Pasadena City College featuring the coaches of the Rose Bowl football teams.

Among these programs, Clarke says research of the Nielson Radio Index indicates Hope moved from a sixth-rated show in average audiences to second in popularity after the Corona broadcast – seemingly his highest rated show of December 1947.

On Christmas Eve, the Corona Daily Independent published its account of the show and reported the auditorium was packed to capacity, with Sailors and Marines confined to wheelchairs being placed in “favored” spots before the stage. The paper wrote that once the show completed the weekly broadcast at 7:30 p.m., Hope continued the show for nearly an hour, telling commanding medical officer Capt. J.W. Vann – whom he said he recalls seeing overseas – that he’d like to make another broadcast from the hospital soon. The paper reported that the versatile Hope also performed several soft-shoe and tap dance numbers.

At the conclusion of the Navy’s 75th year in the region, Dec. 15, Clarke played excerpts for the warfare center workforce in the command auditorium where Hope may have visited patients when he returned for later, non-broadcast show in 1952. The auditorium was the theater for the hospital’s tuberculosis ward that opened in 1943 and now houses workspace for the Navy’s current science and engineering mission on the property.

The discovery of the Hope broadcast adds to the Navy’s rich legacy in the Inland Empire. In the months and days preceding the Dec. 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy had been investigating buying the Norconian Resort to use as a hospital. Days before the attack, the Navy’s medical team conducted its final evaluation, and within hours of the attack, Capt. Frederick Conklin arrived at the hotel to advise its owner, Rex Clark, that the Navy was taking over the property. By direction from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Navy acquired the property and officially designated it Corona Naval Hospital Dec. 16, 1941 Conklin would later present Lt. John F. Kennedy with the Navy-Marine Corps medal for heroism during World War II.

Among Corona Naval Hospital’s first patients were Pearl Harbor survivors – one of whom, Donald Stratton, recently told his story aboard USS Arizona in the New York Times-bestselling book, All the Gallant Men. Another was James Leavelle – who later became the Dallas homicide detective who interrogated President Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, to whom he was later handcuffed when Jack Ruby shot Oswald.

Corona Naval Hospital housed an extensive medical staff throughout the war, providing medical treatment for some 5,000 patients at its peak. As treatment concluded following World War II, it closed in 1951, reopened to support the Korean War, and finally closed in 1957.

The science and engineering mission that began for guided missiles in 1951 continues today at its original site and, along with new state-of-the-art facilities, has developed into the Navy’s premiere independent assessment and analysis agent that help warfighter’s train, fight and win. Headquartered in Norco, the warfare center has some 3,200 military, civilian and support contractors around the country.

LA Police Gear – Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Monday, December 18th, 2017

‘Tis the Season once again, and LA Police Gear has the ugly Christmas sweater covered, with a ‘tactical’ twist. This particular sweater, titled ‘Zombie Christmas’, depicts St. Nick slaughtering the zombie elf horde, although other designs such as ‘Oh Deer’ and ‘Santa Droppin’ Bombs’ is also available.

The sweaters are made of 100% acrylic material, and come in sizes S-XL, when available.

www.lapolicegear.com/lapg-christmas-sweaters

SPARTANAT – Do It With Style: MultiCam Bow Tie

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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Danish, you have to melt on your tongue: Taktisk Butterfly og Lommetørklæde fra Tardigrade Tactical. This means “Tactical black bow tie and matching handkerchief from Tardigrade Tactical”. Great idea, so you can also send a small tactical signal during the opera visit in a tuxedo. Or in civilian professional life. Ideally you have to wear it in front of the Christmas tree. Extremely tacticool! HERE are black bow tie and handkerchief to have: inf-wear.dk/da/gaveideer-og-gavekort/3407-tardigrade-tactical-tacticool-bow-tie

TARDIGRADE TACTICAL im Internet: www.tardigradetactical.dk
INF WEAR im Internet: inf-wear.dk
SPARTANAT. www.spartanat.com

This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

Black Rifle Coffee Company Introduces Instant Coffee

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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BRCC’s new Instant Sticks allow you to take your favorite coffee anywhere. These pouches of instant coffee are a robust blend of Colombian and Asian coffee with a full body flavor, a touch of acidity, and a smooth finish. Mix with 5-8 oz of hot water and stir for kickass coffee in seconds!

www.blackriflecoffee.com/products/instant-stick

This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Spice up your Christmas tree this year with all your favorite morale patches! The ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers are double-sided loop hangers that allow you to display all your hook-backed morale patches alongside your standard ornaments.
Available in a set of three, the ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers feature a 2” round circle, a 3” wide x 2” tall rectangle and a custom 2.5” wide x 3.5” ITS Shield shape. Each set also includes three 8” strips of black polyester ribbon to hang each of them in your tree! (they’ll also accept standard ornament hanger hooks)

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Features:
• Double-Sided Loop Shapes with Embroidered Borders
• Each Set Includes One Each of the Round, Rectangular and ITS Shield Shape
• Three 8” Strips of Black Polyester Ribbon Included for Hanging (or use your own standard hooks)

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store.itstactical.com/its-morale-patch-ornament-hangers

BFG Stockings “Tactical Santa Socks”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

These Berry compliant stockings are made from genuine 500D CORDURA. Each is approximately 15″ long and 5.5″ in diameter. erfect amount of stocking stuffers including a Vickers Sling in and still hang securely by the sewn external loop. The top is made of 1.5″ loop field for morale patches because if it didn’t have patches – these would just be “Santa Socks”.

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The BFG Stocking is available in two colors – Multicam with Sand loop field at the top or Coyote Brown with the rare ATAC-S Arid loop field.

Supplies are extremely limited – these are the last of the BFG Stockings!

www.blueforcegear.com/bfg-stockings

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Did you have a good Turkey day? Tell us about it in the comment section. Oh, and enjoy this completely unrelated clip from the greatest gangster movie never made:

30 Sec Out – Doing>Talking Necktie

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Thirty Seconds Out is now doing a line of ties, starting with a tie featuring their ‘Doing>Talking’ design. The tie is made of 100% silk, Navy Blue in color with Silver text. This is a limited run, so grab one quick if you’re interested.

thirtysecondsout.com/products/necktie-doing-talking

Bullets2Bandages – Six Shooter Shot Glass

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A few years back, Bullets2Bandages, a San Diego-based Veteran-owned small business, hosted a campaign for Six Shooter Shot Glasses, modeled after the cylinder from a Colt revolver. It seems they were successful, because they’re currently selling the item on their Etsy page. The glasses are machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, and comply with U.S. 21 CFR F.D.A. Reg Part 175.300 clause C1/C2/C3/C4, meaning according to the Government they’re safe to drink from. Additionally, they can be custom laser-engraved, for an extra touch of personalization.

www.etsy.com/listing/266604275/pair-of-six-shooter-shot-glasses

Bullets2Bandages is a Veteran-owned small business located in San Diego, CA, founded in 2011 by two former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal divers. They produce accessories and apparel that aim to honor those who have served the USA. B2B hires veterans, manufactures locally, and donates 15% of profits to veteran charities.

www.bullets2bandages.org/

Violent Little Machine Shop – “Welcome To The Friendzone” Greeting Card

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Violent Little Machine Shop is known for their wide variety of morale patches, and related materials, so making a greeting card welcoming people to the friendzone a bit counter-intuitive; that could be considered… anti-morale, don’t you think? Regardless, it’s tongue-in-cheek like almost everything else VLMS, so get one for a friend or family member who just can’t spit out an anguished declaration of love, or maybe even an unwanted admirer. Really drop the hint on ’em.

www.violentlittle.com/products/welcome-to-the-friend-zone-greeting-card

Happy 4th Of July

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Enjoy your Independence Day and all the beach trips, backyard barbecues, and fireworks that come with it, but don’t forget what the day celebrates: the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress; 241 years ago today. Of course the 4th also represents the denouncement of a lack of freedom and the practice of tyrannical oppression. In a remarkable coincidence, this day also marks the deaths of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the year 1826. A little history lesson for you all.