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  1. I don't think Republican supporters are stupid, REPUBLICANS think their supporters are stupid: This is was Lyndsey Grahm said about General James Mattis's criticism of Donald Trump: “It is so fashionable to blame President Trump for every wrong in America," Graham said on "Fox & Friends," the morning after an extraordinary rebuke by Mattis was published by The Atlantic. Graham said Mattis seems to be "missing that the liberal media has taken every event in the last three-and-a-half years and laid it at the president's feet." He said Trump is not "blameless" for the situation unfolding in the country but said Mattis is "buying into a narrative" that is unfair. I have attached Mattis's Military bio below. Graham expects us to believe that Mattis is not expressing a sincerely held opinion based on his belief in American idea, but rather that Marine Corp General James Mattis is trying to be "fashionable" and "buying into a narrative" pushed by the media. Think. About. That. I would expect there might be a few Marines out there who might want to have a little private conversation with Graham. James N. Mattis General, U.S. Marine Corps James N. Mattis was born on 8 September 1950 in Pullman, WA. He graduated from Richland High School in 1968 and attended Central Washington University. After completing Officer Candidate School he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 1 January 1972. As a Lieutenant, he served as a Rifle and Weapons Platoon Commander in the 3rd Marine Division. As a Captain, he Commanded a Rifle Company and a Weapons Company in the 1st Marine Brigade. As a Major he Commanded Recruiting Station Portland. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion 7th Marines; one of Task Force Ripper's Assault Battalions in the Gulf War. As a Colonel, he commanded 7th Marine Regiment. As a Brigadier General he Commanded 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Task Force 58 during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan. As the Commander of TF-58, he became the first Marine to command a Naval Task Force in combat. As a Major General, he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent stability operations during the Iraq War. Mattis played a key role in the April 2004 battle of Fallujah, Operation Vigilant Resolve, by negotiating with the insurgent command inside of the city, as well as playing an important part in planning the subsequent Operation Phantom Fury in November. After being promoted to Lieutenant General, Mattis took Command of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. On 1 February 2005, speaking ad libitum at a forum in San Diego, he said "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a **** of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a **** of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling." Mattis's remarks sparked controversy and General Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement suggesting that Mattis should have chosen his words more carefully, but would not be disciplined. Following a Pentagon survey that showed only 55% of soldiers and 40% of Marines would report a colleague for abusing civilians, Mattis told his Marines in May 2007, "Whenever you show anger or disgust toward civilians, it's a victory for Al Qaeda and other insurgents." Reflecting an understanding of the need for restraint in war as key to defeating an insurgency, he added that, "Every time you wave at an Iraqi civilian, Al Qaeda rolls over in its grave." General Mattis popularized the slogan "no better friend, no worse enemy," (originally coined by the Roman Sulla as his own epitaph in 78 BC) for his command. This phrase became widely publicized during the investigation into the conduct of Lieutenant Ilario Pantano, a Platoon Commander serving under General Mattis. The Pentagon announced on 31 May 2006 that Lieutenant General Mattis was chosen to take command of I Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. On 11 September 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that President George W. Bush had nominated Mattis for appointment to the rank of General to command U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA. NATO agreed to appoint Mattis as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. On 28 September 2007, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mattis's nomination, and he relinquished command of I MEF on 5 November 2007 to LtGen Samuel Helland. Mattis was promoted to four-star General and took control of JFCOM/SACT on 9 November 2007. He transferred the job of SACT to French General Stéphane Abrial on 9 September 2009, but continued in command of JFCOM. In June 2010, Mattis was passed over for selection to replace James T. Conway as Commandant in favor of General James F. Amos. In July, he was recommended by Defense Secretary Robert Gates for nomination to replace U.S. Army General David Petraeus as Commander of U.S. Central Command instead of Deputy Commander John R. Allen, and formally nominated by President Barack Obama on 21 July. His confirmation by the Senate Armed Services Committee on 5 August marks the first time that Marines have held billets as Commander and Deputy Commander of a Unified Combatant Command. He took command at a ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, on 11 August 2010. Mattis retired from the Marine Corps on 22 March 2013. Post-Military Life On 1 December 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he will nominate James N. Mattis to be Secretary of Defense in his administration. Education He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College. Medals, Awards and Badges Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Navy Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Gold Award Stars Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Combat Action Ribbon Presidential Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Commendation Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars Afghanistan Campaign Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Sea Service Ribbon with Silver and 2 Bronze Stars Marine Corps Recruiting Service Ribbon with Bronze Star NATO Meritorious Service Medal NATO Medal (ISAF) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge Mattis was also awarded the Polish Army Medal and 4 Expert Rifle and 2 Expert Pistol Badges. Portrayals in Media General James Mattis is portrayed by Robert John Burke in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. Another Side of General Mattis: A True Story Marine General Charles C. Krulak [Honoree Record 403], was Commandant of the Marine Corps when this story took place. Every Christmas during his tenure, Krulak delivered cookies to every Marine duty post around Washington, DC, and Quantico, VA. On Christmas Day in 1998, he was making his final delivery to Marine Corps Combat Development Command headquarters at Quantico when he asked the Marine on duty who the Officer of the Day was. “The young Marine said, ‘Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.'” Krulak thought the Marine had misunderstood him, so he asked again, but he got the same answer. Krulak said, “I looked around the duty hut and in the back, there were two cots: One for the officer of the day and one for young Marine. I said, ‘OK, let me cut through all of this: Who was the officer who slept in that bed last night?’ " “ And the Marine said, ‘Sir, Brigadier General Mattis.’” At that moment, Mattis walked around the corner. So I said to him, ‘Jim, what are you standing the duty for?’ “And he said, ‘Sir, I looked at the duty roster for today and there was a young major who had it who is married and had a family; and so I’m a bachelor, I thought why should the major miss out on the fun of having Christmas with his family, and so I took the duty for him.’ ” Never before, or since, has Krulak run into a general officer standing duty on Christmas Day. “I think it says volumes about Jim Mattis and his leadership style,” Krulak said. “He did it very unobtrusively. He just took the duty.” [The story above came from an article titled "Did Gen. Mattis pull duty on Christmas so a Marine could be with his family? by Jeff Schogol and was published in Stars and Stripes on 16 February 2011.] Origin of Nickname/Handle: As a colonel in the Gulf War, Mattis' radio callsign was 'Chaos.' However, he pestered his operations officer so often with new ideas that C.H.A.O.S. came to stand for: "Colonel Has Another Outstanding Solution."
  2. After two or three weeks of declining deaths, the last three days indicate that opening things might not be working nationally. I am watching very closely to see if this uptick is a trend.
  3. No. I’m telling you. You can’t. well, you can, but you shouldn’t. trust me.
  4. The attorney general of the United States told of a bald face lie to provide cover to the President of the United States so that the president could violently oppress first amendment rights in order to campaign. 1) exactly what part of that did I get wrong? 2) If the answer to the first part is “nothing”, should I or any of us have anything to be nervous about?
  5. Best I could tell, the curfew was announced less than an hour before it was scheduled to begin. I can’t imagine most of the protesters even knew.
  6. There is no way that is Cruz. If it was, then there would be some people on this planet who did not completely hate him. BTW, I follow Martina on Twitter, and she’s pretty funny. She is exactly like every other angry progressive I know, except it’s Martina Navrati-freakin”lova!
  7. I figured we were going to hear something.....Dude is huge, ripped, and worked as a bouncer. That means he knew how to fight to neutralize multiple opponents by any means available. Regardless, I cannot imagine circumstances which would necessitate four armed officers choking him to death. Plus we saw video of him calmly being seated while handcuffed. What in blazes happened?
  8. Either those heinous attacks are evidence that Obama is not a decent person who makes careful decisions, or Obama’s history as a decent person who makes careful decisions is evidence that those were not heinous acts.
  9. The first thing I did was look for the date on the Tweet. Haven't we been through this before? I did not realize she was back on twitter . . . . or relevant.
  10. Here's my question for Conservatives: If y'all so opposed to affirmative action, WHY do you put people like Candace Owens get attention? Why was she hired in a leadership position "Talking Point USA"? Couldn't they find someone that had . . . you know, FINISHED their undergraduate education? And Diamond and silk? What are their qualifications? What have they done to earn a White House meeting with the President other than be Black . . . and Conservative? And here comes Vernon Jones. Marginalized to political irrelevance in the Democratic Party, he is recently a super hero for the Republicans. Shouldn't white Republicans be outraged that Blacks are getting this kind of preferential treatment?
  11. That's some mighty fine Swamp Draining we're seeing right there.
  12. I"m shocked you would presume a Harvard Law School Grad, three years out with her looks would not be making $183,000, or more, doing something else. This isn't about the money. What an absurd, contrarian for the sake of being a shmuck reply.
  13. Hahaha....it’s fake of course right? its gotta be fake.
  14. Joe is a conservative. He was a conservative Republican. But he has a soul so he isn’t anymore.
  15. And Kayleigh MAC....you know, she’s actually really smart. And a babe. She doesn’t have to do this. And she does it. these ******* people
  16. All of the relevant numbers are trending down; daily new cases, daily deaths, etc.
  17. It’s sort of an endearing quality he has. I embrace it.
  18. Oh.... so THIS is the “moral” line. FFS
  19. Sort of puts things into perspective about the soullessness of Trump that he can make a piece of poop like Sessions seem sympathetic.
  20. Damond and Silk...just dayum! As a white dude, how ok is it for me to be ape **** crazy about totally Un credentialed black folks grifting for Trump. It’s a ******* cottage industry!! And now thank his, Vernon Jones is going to stop Grifting his constituents, and will be raking it in grifting for Trump.
  21. Then you’re not doing it right (The emoji that would be appropriate here is apparently no longer available. )
  22. During our firm zoom meeting this morning, my cat brought a bird into the house to play “release chase catch release.... “. A dog is chasing the cat. A son starts chasing the dog.....what could I do? I started giving my coworkers a play by play. I also told my son to open windows and doors so the bird could get out. A few minutes later, Mrs. HolyMoses is back from her walk (of the other dog) and screams “WHY IS THE FRONT DOOR WIDE OPEN ?!?!?” (Yes, I’m still in my meeting.)
  23. Republicans are actively trying to take away voting rights. At this time, Democrats don’t have the votes to stop them. They obviously would stop Republicans for taking away your voting rights if they have the votes. but, you’re not gonna vote for them because they aren’t stopping the Republicans ******* brilliant
  24. This is actually something that I might agree with @Serge Trump can be an idiot and have a strategy that looks brilliant: The idiocy is that the ONLY thing he knows is that the guy in the room is a descendent of the original Henry Ford. And that Ford was a great capitalist. Trump DOES NOT know that the original was racist and Antisemitic AF, and “bloodlines” is highly provocative. But the media sure does and they jump all over it and make a huge deal and to the majority of Americans who are just as ignorant as Trump, it COMPLETELY looks they are desperately looking for an excuse to criticize him. (Do I have that right, Not mocking you this time!)
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