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Terrorist ID Tape Measure

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

This little gem from the Perfect Measuring Tape Company measures up to 80 inches and has the names and heights of top international terrorists marked along its length. Aside from being a pretty kick-ass tape measure, a portion of the profits also goes to helping Paws And Stripes, so if you buy one you’re not only getting a great tape measure but you’re also helping out a great charity.

www.perfectmeasuringtape.com – Terrorist ID Tape Measure

Fraud Alert: Veterans Support Organization (VSO) bogus?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This comes courtesy of Weaponsman. I’ve copied and pasted it here in full. The organization in question is the VSO, Veterans Support Organization, which if allegations are true spends approximately 6% of what it brings in on actually supporting real veterans.

Yep, 6%.

Volunteers out soliciting money allegedly keep 30% of whatever they bring in as a “finder’s fee”. Nice eh?

As the original author points out, there are many legitimate charities, some career field specific, some are for service dogs for veterans, some for veterans with specific injuries. Choose the one you want, but put some due diligence into it. Check with the DVA or the VFW or one of the charity watch organizations; make sure your money isn’t lining some grifter’s pockets. Note: if you aren’t aware, BLUF is Bottom Line Up Front.

The article from Weaponsman:

Veterans Support Organization: A Scam?

DAV (legit vets’ org) letter about the VSO (scam vets’ org). Click to expand.

BLUF: Almost certainly.

What occasioned this post is the attached letter from the DAV. Unfortunately it came to us as a .jpg so the links in it are not clickable. So we googled up the organization and found a bunch of criticism out there:

  • NewsChannel 5, Nashville TN finds that most of the money goes to paid staff, many of whom aren’t even veterans. They dress non-veterans in uniforms to solicit money!
  • NewsChannel 5’s Consumer Investgator Jennifer Kraus follows up with a story that reports the state is investigating the suspect organization, and that “the VSO keeps most of what you give to pay for its own expenses and that what VSO fundraisers will say to get donations isn’t always true.”
  • They claim to be raising money for shelters that don’t exist and aren’t planned, and for legitimate charities like the Fisher House Foundation (Fisher House won’t even take their tainted money!) (Link is to the 2nd NewsChannel 5 story again).
  • A Florida TV Station, 10 News, corroborated the findings of Ms Kraus’s reports. In fact, they found the VSO was even worse… dedicating a mere 6.6 percent of the millions it collects to helping veterans, concealing its fundraising expenses as “somehow related to its programs,” and reporting a fundraising expense of $0 despite relying on paid fundraisers — street solicitors, often fake veterans, who get 30% off the top. (The article also includes five helpful tips for evaluating charities at the end).
  • Some of the fundraisers are volunteers. Here’s 10 News’s story of one who quit after suffering pangs of conscience. She also revealed — and the individual confirmed — that the Tampa, Florida branch head of VSO was a convicted violent repeat felon. “We have a lot of convicted felons,” he told the station, and VSO HQ confirmed that. VSO spokesman Justin Wells implied that it was just because so many veterans were felons and ex-cons. “[V]eterans are a very small part of the adult population, so why are veterans 2-3 times more likely to serve time in our prison system?” he demanded. But in fact, veterans are less likely than their cohort who never served to do time.
  • Their Director of Treatment, Jack Bittleman, is a career felon with a criminal record in 4 states, according to a letter sent to major veterans groups by Steve Udovich, a legitimate member of all.
  • VSO boss, the extremely well-compensated Richard Van Houten, was unable to produce a DD-214 of his own and may not be a veteran at all, according to the Udovich letter.

We’re very critical of the media here, and so critical of TV that we don’t have one. But the media, particularly TV consumer reporters at local stations nationwide, including Noah Pransky and Jennifer Kraus, whose stories are linked above, have been instrumental in exposing this rip-off charity. Tip o’the beret to them both.

Not everyone recognizes VSO as a scam. Ken Smith of the fake-veterans online paper Veterans Today wrote this apologia which followed the VSO party line, but Smith is a problematic figure. He has made his fortune on tha backs of veterans, and is himself one of the most egregious cases of Stolen Valor, whose exaggerations of his pedestrian record resonated with gullible donors — but were exposed in the book Stolen Valor that gave its name to the phenomenon, and even recognized in the Boston Globe: “Ken Smith, founder of the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston, was found to have boasted of battles he never fought and donned awards he never won.” BG Burkett. co-author of Stolen Valor, expanded elsewhere:

One of the stories in the book is actually a Boston story. They have a New England Mission for the Homeless here, it was run by a guy named Ken Smith. I saw this guy in Heraldo and he was had some Vietnam veterans with him and they were going through the litany of their Vietnam service and everything and Smith had talked about his glorious combat in Vietnam and the Easter Offensive and all that stuff. I get his military record and he was in Vietnam at that time but he was a security guard, didn’t even have a Combat Infantry Badge and never came under fire, basically concocted his whole record. I then checked further and he had multiple felony convictions for embezzlement and fraud and all this. Now the Kennedys got this man 20 million dollars to start this facility, got him the building and of course money starting disappearing in the balance, they did not match up and I frankly don’t know what happened to the guy but he is in my book. You all hear the same kind of thing about the homeless, it goes on like the suicide rates.

Convicted embezzler and fraud artist! Well, that makes us trust Smith’s defense of VSO all the more! A look at the latest stories on Veterans Today indicates that Smith also seems to have an obsession about Israel and Jews — and not a healthy one. No, I won’t reward this crook with another link.

There are many good veterans’ organizations. Personally we recommend The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Green Beret Foundation, and Divers for Heroes.  The first supports the families of operators and SOF support personnel killed in combat, on clandestine operations, or in training mishaps. (It has been putting SOF kids through college for their lost fathers since the aftermath of Desert One, for almost 30 years). The second is new, but specifically supports legitimate needs in the Special Forces community — it’s SF helping SF. The third gives wounded and crippled warriors a chance to experience weightlessness and freedom by scuba diving, and it’s run by a couple that are personal friends.


Gratuitous hot chick with gun

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Love this one, though it’s not a gun. Just ammo. Plus there’s helicopters. Who doesn’t like boobs, guns and helicopters?

Tagger in AUSCAM

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Sorry to say some truly incredible artwork has been painted over in many places downrange (I understand why, but the loss of some of that art is a shame). If you don’t follow Unconventional Military Art you should.


Take Aim at the Enemy of Humanity

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Note: TFB is happy to share this article from Red2Alpha, long-time reader of Tactical Fanboy and ardent Cylon-hater.

I have stated publicly that I will not rest until the Cylon threat to humanity is recognized for what it is: A slow, creeping plot that if not stopped will eventually see the human race reduced to near extinction and for those who do survive, a life of slavery to their silicon based overlords.  Do your part to prevent humanity from entering that dark night by sharpening your skills with this Cylon Centurion target poster.
















Gratuitous hot girl with gun

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Here’s something more than your typical hot girl with a gun. Michelle Viscusi. Top Shots Season Four. Nom nom nom.

Pictures courtesy of Axium Photography.

Soldier of Fortune Presents: Stealth

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Here’s something you don’t see every day. Soldier of Fortune Magazine, as in the long-time “magazine for professional adventurers” published by Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown (USAR, Ret.) has teamed up with a comic company called Bluewater Productions to release a comic series called Soldier of Fortune Presents: Stealth.

In the official press release, Col. Brown advised it would be a “…real adventure graphic novel for real men.”


The Wrath of Sulu

Monday, March 19th, 2012

They should have made another Star Trek movie with the old crew, starring Sulu and the Excelsior. Seriously, would it have been too much to ask they do that before the the Next Generation got hold of things?

Ever wonder what would happen if the Excelsior and the Enterprise went to fisticuffs?


Poor man’s shotgun slugs

Monday, March 19th, 2012

This is pretty interesting…I certainly didn’t know when slugs were invented…makes sense, given the old “buck and ball” shot (well, not just old, you can still get it). Anyway, these are known as “Cut Slugs.” They’re a field expedient alternative shotgun slug. These munitions were used back before true slug munitions were available.

I’m not terribly sure why sometimes they just randomly open up with the rifles, unless it’s to contrast the effectiveness of the Cut Slug.


Cool Kit I Want Just Because

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Glock slide with bad ass work by Up-Armored Knives and Coatings in the SRT Skull pattern. It’ll cost you a hundred bucks plus shipping (and your own Glock slide, of course). UAKC says the finish will hold up as well or better than the original.


Gratuitous Hawt TattooedChick

Monday, March 19th, 2012

This installment of our occasionally look at tattooed beauties features Jay Jay Skye, courtesy of Rogue American Apparel. We thought this one apropos since it was just St. Patty’s Day.




Here’s another look at her. We’d like to see more of her…





Happy St. Patrick’s Day Hangover

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Meg Turney – Princess Leia Photo Shoot

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Check out this video of Meg Turney cosplaying as Pricness Leia for a shoot at Gentle Giant Studios. FYI, there’s a bit of crass language and suggestive dialogue, so this one’s probably better off not seen while at work.



Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The Devils of Kildare

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Figured since today is often celebrated in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland we’d talk about some of Ireland’s more dangerous men – the Fiannóglach, or “Devils of Kildare.” The Irish Rangers.

Now somewhat analogous to our Combat Action Group (CAG), the British SAS, French GIGN, etc, they began as a cross-training exchange program with our 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning. The full spectrum of special operations/counter-terror role within the Irish Defense Force is now fulfilled by the ARW, Irish Army Air Ranger Wing, or Fiannóglach. There’s no literal English translation from the Gaelic, so the proper term for one of their operators is Ranger. They wear a tab much like the Ranger scroll that says FIANNOGLACH.

The Fiannóglach divide all operations into green (traditional special forces, recon, direct action, Foreign Internal Defense) or black (counter-terrorist, counter-espionage, high value target direct action, etc.). They are garrisoned in Curragh Camp, County Kildare (hence the nickname Devils of Kildare). Their motto is Glaine ár gcroí, neart ár ngéag agus beart de réir ár mbriathar: in English, the cleanliness of our hearts, the strength of our limbs and our commitment to our promise.


Bob’s at it again

Friday, March 16th, 2012

This guy is almost clever enough to make us believe he’s been hangin’ around with us. Not quite, but close. UTR previousl reported that Bob Riggle was doing some bad ass spokesmanning (we just made that up, deal with it). He’s actually done more than one Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 video. Here’s another. Yeah, i’s been a while and maybe you’ve seen it. So f-in what? Watch it again.


Tactical Fanboy: A Resounding Call for Call of Duty Elite










Now, did you know he was the guy who killed Bin Laden? You should. That’s a pretty significant achievement.

How do you get this party started? Elite!

How do you kick more ass? Elite!

How do you get more UUUHH? Elite!

How do you get more swagger in your wager? Elite!

How do you piss off a terrorist? Elite!

How do you break up withy our fiancée? Elite!

How do you disappoint your mom? Elite!

How do you confuse your dad? Elite!

What rhymes with dead meat? Elite!

Wanna learn more about Bob Riggle, or just drop him a line and tell him he oughta do an interview with the Swingin’ Dick Kilgore and Slim? Check out his website. Riggle’s a Light Colonel, USMC, who served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He earned the Combat Action Ribbon and has several unconfirmed hippie kills. He wants to chill with us, he just don’t know it yet.

One other thing: we’ve told those of you who aren’t hippies, sissies, fans of Olberman or horny for Joy Behar to join us on Facebook (especially if you pull a trigger for a living). Some of you haven’t done so yet. That’s your prerogative, but here’s some food for thought. We saw this assclown stealing from a blue-hair in a Korean War hat last week, and read his tattoo.

You can see what we thought of it. Wanna reconsider your reluctance to join us? (Notice we used a cheap knife and not one of the ones Darrel Ralph made us. See, we’re like walking metaphors for smart badassery. Living icons of the thinking man’s slaughter…and nearly as humble as we are good looking.)

More to follow. We’re off to help Ron Jeremy and Jack Murphy with a how-to video (separate videos, in case you’re worried, not all at once).

ALCON: Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Friday, March 16th, 2012


Friday, March 16th, 2012

Looking for an ambi-selector for your AR? Battle Arms Development several ambidextrous selector variants, with five lever options. All are CNC machined ambidextrous selector and levers, with included KNS Precision selector detent. BADASS: Battlefield Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector. They’re for AR15s and the like, and will shortly be available for the MP15-22.

“MP15-22 has a reversible selector, but reversible isn’t ambidextrous. Soon 15-22 owners can outfit their 15-22s like their high powered cousins and train with similar controls,” says BAD.

Note: currently non-dovetailed selectors are back ordered, but only for a few days. They do have the dovetailed, BAD-CASS-SA (Combat Ambidextrous Safety Selector, Semi Auto) in stock and available. Also, since mid-February, all selectors have shipped with two extra screws and an extra selector detent spring. If you’re like me, that’s good news, I can’t hang on to a damn thing smaller than a bowling ball for any length of time.

Battle Arms Development is on Facebook and of course has a homepage.



Another morale patch for the week

Friday, March 16th, 2012

We know a lot of guys and a few gals who might legitimately wear this patch. We know even more (including ourselves) that just want one in support of those boys and girls.

The new MilSpec Monkey patch! Five bucks on the MilSpec Monkey store!

Go Tell the Spartans

Friday, March 16th, 2012

I’m a huge fan of BattleComp. I’m one of the many who’ve suffered the ‘Startled BattleComp Tourette’s Syndrome’ on the range the first time I used one.

Anyway, this photo is courtesy of Kevin Mah of BattleComp. I thought it would make a cool poster.

One of the greatest indoor ranges in the world…

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

…is apparently in Germany. Check this out.It helps if you speak German of course.


Medal Of Honor Warfighter Announcement Trailer

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Check out this announcement trailer for the upcoming Medal of Honor Warfighter, the sequel to 2010’s Medal of Honor. If its anything like its predecessor, Warfighter will be the perfect blend of action and realism set in actual modern day conflicts. Its also worth mentioning that Danger Close, the developer, will be handling multiplayer duties along with the campaign this time around, and the game is running on the latest version of Frostbite 2 instead of a modified Unreal 3 engine.

Medal of Honor Warfighter drops October 23, 2012.