On Veterans day, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said that the holiday aimed at honoring our heroes, has been turning into a weekend sale. I agreed with his statement, and while I have no issue with capitalism, our priorities as a country are remarkably skewed. Memorial and Veterans day have turned from honoring our fallen, and praising those who signed the dotted line, to the weekend where you can get 199 dollar flat screens, and half priced washers and dryers. Howard Schultz aims to change the way our veterans are welcomed back home, and help them get back into the work force.
Back in March, Schultz/Starbucks donated 30 million dollars to go towards Veterans with TBI, and PTS, this is after he pledged to hire 10,000 Veterans, and Military spouses.
During an interview with Scott Pelley, Schultz said something that stuck with me.
..That's correct. The truth of the matter is, and I say this with respect, more often than not, the government does a very -- a much better job of sending people to war than they do bringing them home. These young men and women who are coming home from multiple deployments are not coming home to a parade. They're not coming home to a celebration. They're coming home to an American public that really doesn't understand, and never embraced, what these people have done.
I have known that Starbucks gives back to Vets for a while now, we have had coffee care packages sent to us, and even received gift cards at the USO while traveling. But when I walked into my local store this past weekend, and saw the things they were doing, it blew me away. They had coffee for sale where all the proceeds went to Veterans charities, a donation drop box, even a veteran themed gift card which if you purchased, Starbucks will donate $5 to Onward Veterans, an initiative to support and empower veterans as they transition to civilian life, and as the lady said, it was selling like crazy. It is nice to see a mega huge company is trying to give back, and not solely interested in profits.
If you are interested in the programs Starbucks offers, check out the Veterans Page on the Starbucks website.
So before you 3pers, or 2A douchebags chime in about the recent debacle with the open carry group, ask yourself which company has given more to veterans, or are as committed to hiring our heroes?
For the dudes who says Starbucks coffee sucks, its better than the steaming pile of shit that Dunkin Donuts sells.
Being the type of person I am, I sketch a lot. Whether it be a new tee shirt design, or doodling while talking a phone call, some sort of writing implement is usually always in my hands. I usually like writing with a pencil because I can edit, erase, and change things up fairly quickly. That being said the only type of pencil you can carry in your pocket is a mechanical pencil, which is fine for the most part, but sometimes I want a regular number two lead pencil. However you can't carry one of those in your pocket.
When Jon showed me the prototype for the bullet pencil I was immediately intrigued. It's small enough to fit in pocket, and extremely lightweight at half an ounce. The bullet pencil serves a dual role. In addition to being a regular number two pencil it also acts as a quasi kubaton. A kubaton is a self-defense device designed to be held like an ice pick, or with a forward grip, and is excellent to target fleshy, sensitive parts such as knuckles, forearms, the bridge of the nose, solar plexus, spine, temple, ribs, groin, neck and eyes. With the top cap of the bullet pencil being a nice point, it should perform fine being buried into an attackers collarbone.
Operation of the bullet pencil is simple, unscrew the cap, flip it around, and screw it back in, then you're off and writing. You can also use any pencil you want. I am partial to Faber-Castell HB pencils, so I went ahead and threw one in there.
Metal shop CT is in old world machine shop. Growing up watching his Grandfather operate and run his own machine shop he was intrigued with the whole process. After opening his own shop, Jon became tired of many products being produced overseas, so he took his training, and experience and set out to build the best products he can, all the old fashioned way, with hard work, and attention to detail.
The Bullet Pencil is currently on its last week of its KickerStarter campaign, while they are already fully funded, they are trying to reach their stretch goal, so check it out and back it. You can even purchase the new pen option they are currently offering.
The Bullet Pencil has found it home in my EDC for the past 2 weeks now, and I don't plan on changing it out anytime soon.
Check out Metal Shop online
2014 Navy Hornet Ball is the most definitely the best naval aviation video of the year. The Hornet Ball is an annual event consisting of all the West coast Naval Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. Each year the event features a video, produced by “Wingnut”, a Hornet pilot himself, compiled from all the squadrons’ last year of flying in both combat and training missions: catapult launches, trap landings, aerobatics, dogfighting, live firing of air-to-air missiles, LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs), cluster bombs, low level flying in the desert, and much more. Being stationed on an aircraft carrier for 4 years, and seeing these birds in action was truly unforgettable experience. Hornet pilots are also bad influences, excellent drinkers, and will try to have sex with anything they can. Watch it now and comment below!
This blog post is going to sound insensitive, please don’t take it that way. This is just the rambling of a normal man who is questioning the world. I am in no way trained as a Sociologist, Doctor, or any type of educated scholar. Just take it for what it is, words.