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First Christmas Video: Special Operators vs. The Grinch

I love the guys at Art 15 Clothing for doing this video, the first of the Christmas season, released on Black Friday. Get it Black Ops on Black Friday. As former U.S. Army Ranger MBest11X notes, “Santa knows who to hire to take care of business.”

A message from Mat Best the President of Art 15 Clothing:

Black Friday is known as the day of discounts. What we want this day to be known as a second day of thanks. As the President of Article 15 Clothing, I want to thank you all for your continuing support of our brand. Nothing makes us more happy than knowing we have such a broad spectrum of supporters. From Actively Serving Military Members, to avid female firearm enthusiasts, thank you. In our quest to bring laughter and support to a culture that so desperately needs it, you are the ones making us successful. So yet again, thank you.

For Black Friday, we are offering 20% off of our entire store. We truly hope you support our business, but at the very least please enjoy our latest video. Thank you!

In this video Santa needs a little help from his special operator friends to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas. Watch and enjoy (warning some rough language from some rough men with beards):

To purchase some really cool clothing for that man in your life visit: http://www.art15clothing.com
Mat Best FB: http://www.facebook.com/mbest11x

Mat Best 11X: A Veteran’s Veteran

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Matt Best, U.S. Army Ranger.

Mat Best is a former U.S. Army Ranger turned online video satirist. Mat has five OIF/OEF combat tours with the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Mat is the President of Article 15 Clothing. I learned about Mat from a column David Reeder did in Issue 14 of RECOIL Magazine. Reeder describes Mat thusly, “He is an irreverent, irrepressible smartass who will cut off the filthiest of jokes mid-sentence to hold the door open for an old lady. In short, he is almost impossible not to like.”

Mat Best did an op-ed that RECOIL published titled “Grass is Greener Veterans, Regret Veterans & Depressed Veterans – What is PTSD?.” This is perhaps the clearest understanding of PTSD that I have read from a soldier’s soldier. The bottom line: Mat believes that the individual must deal with their experiences and make the most of life by giving back to society and his fellow man.

Mat gives back by doing videos that are hard hitting but funny at the same time. His YouTube channel is MBest11X. For those who do not understand what 11X stands for the U.S. Army Military Occupational Specialty of an Infantryman. Mat was an 11X and has captured the warrior spirit, with a satirical twist, in his video parodies that since have gone viral.

For Mat “sometimes life experience outweighs a scholarly approach.” I must agree. Here are two examples of Mat at his best (pun intended).

Let’s Give Back To Veterans

Epic Rap Battle: Special Forces vs MARSOC (WARNING: Some language may be offensive especially to those who have never been shot at in anger):

Here is my favorite by Mat titled “You Might Be A Veteran If…” (WARNING: Contains language that may offend a Navy SEALS wife, or maybe not?)

In a 1993 Washington Times essay Richard Grenier wrote, “As George Orwell pointed out, people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Put another way in the Aaron Sorkin film A Few Good Men, “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it.”

I would not be one to question Matt Best in any manner. Matt is a rough man with a big heart and good soul.

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For a larger view click on the image. Photo courtesy of RECOIL Magazine.