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Mattis Just Took an Unannounced Trip to ISIS's Doorstep to Personally Tell Them They're About to Die

He hates the name Mad Dog, but he's a mad dog.  Or a remorseless, biting pit bull.  Whatever, he's one tough, no nonsense guy, and I'm glad he's on our side.
In a press conference upon his arrival Mattis made the following points:
ISIS will not retake territory and cannot stand up to American forces:
“[ISIS] have been shown to be unable to stand up to our team in combat and they have not retaken one inch of ground that they've lost.”
ISIS is trapped:
“You see, ISIS is now caught in-between converging forces. So ISIS’s days are certainly numbered, but it’s not over yet and it’s not going to be over any time soon.”
ISIS is a bunch of cowards:
“An enemy that hides behind women and children are showing who are the people violating every standard of decency and fills us with conviction [for] what we have to do about this enemy.”
America is the “good guy”:
“I've seen people fleeing to ISF (Iraqi security forces) and feeling safe when they get to them. That alone is more telling than anything there, you see people risking their lives getting from one side to another. We are the good guys and the innocent people in the battlefield know the difference.”
Mattis named the fight:
“ISIS’s last stand.”


In a stunning setback to federal prosecutors planning to try the Bundy family patriarch and two adult sons later this year, the jury acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges, and delivered not-guilty findings on most charges against Scott Drexler and Eric Parker.
More than 30 defendants' supporters in the courtroom broke into applause after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ordered Lovelien and Stewart freed immediately and set Wednesday morning hearings to decide if Parker and Drexler should remain jailed pending a government decision whether to seek a third trial.
"Random people off the streets, these jurors, they told the government again that we're not going to put up with tyranny," said a John Lamb, a Montana resident who attended almost all the five weeks of trial, which began with jury selection July 10.
And wow again!
Drexler's attorney, Todd Leventhal, referred to defense teams' complaints that Judge Navarro set such strict rules of evidence that defendants weren't able to tell why they traveled to the Bundy ranch.
The judge rejected testimony from five prospective defense witnesses, and Drexler and Parker were the only defendants to testify in their defense. However, the judge struck Parker's testimony for what she said was a deliberate failure to keep his testimony within her rules.
All four defense attorneys declined Aug. 15 to make closing arguments, a gesture of standing mute that Leventhal said may have had an effect on the jury.
"As much as we were shut down from bringing anything up, the jury saw through it," he said.
Now I'm not familiar with why the judge ruled this way, although I can think of several reasons to legitimately limit some testimony.  However, to refuse to allow that many defense witnesses and to strike the testimony of one of the accused because he didn't stay within her rules seems a bit much.  Kind of like she was trying to hamstring their defense from the beginning.  Who really knows, but that's an eyebrow raiser.

ESPN blasted for political correctness after pulling Asian-American announcer Robert Lee from UVa football game

“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties,” reads the ESPN statement posted at t he popular Fox Sports college-football blog Outkick the Coverage.
“Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?” wrote disbelieving blogger Clay Travis, who first broke the story, citing “multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN.”
Hey ESPN!  We're looking at you!