The shadowhunters arrive at Magnus’ infamous Halloween party. Jace has convinced Simon he is there as a trick rather than a treat, so Alec leaves them arguing to go and find his boyfriend. Said boyfriend who seems to have misplaced his pet demonic hellhound…
Retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, is a real, bonafide badass. In fact, if you parachuted him unarmed onto an island inhabited by psychotic ninja robots, he would get more kills than famed Scottish warrior William Wallace.
There was rumors of a story that shows Mattis has a compassionate side to him. The story goes that Mattis stood duty on Christmas back when he was a brigadier general so that a younger Marine could spend the holiday with his family.
Since the privilege of rank makes it extremely rare for general officers to pull duty for their subordinates, the story seems extremely unlikely…to say the least.
However, we were was able to find out what happened from retired Marine Gen. Charles Krulak, who was commandant when the story took place. Every Christmas during his tenure, Krulak delivered cookies to every Marine duty post around Washington and Quantico, Va.
Back 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.
“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.”
Gen. Mattis who famously said he enjoys shooting the Taliban, so no one is going to call him a softie. But by standing duty so that a young Marine could spend Christmas with his family, he showed you don’t have to be heartless to be a leader. But don’t expect him to pull that stuff on Presidents Day.
This colorized photo shows U.S. Marine Private First Class Rez P. Hester, with the 7th War Dog Platoon, 25th Marine Regiment, takes a nap while Butch, his War Dog, stands guard while on Iwo Jima, February 20, 1945.
President Elect Trump just “unofficially” announced that General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis will be the next Secretary of Defense!
Wow I can’t tell you how great it is knowing that people with a backbone will be in charge again.
If your wondering what that smell is ISIS just shit themselves.
A boxed Devil Dog:
Off the shores of Guam, Coast Guardsmen and Marines handle a “Devil Dog” with care as they transfer the war dog from a Coast Guard landing barge to an LVT. He is boxed because he is trained for battle and apt to go after any and all but his own handler. 1944
The following is an excerpt of my words on a similar post. They remain as true now as they did then, perhaps more so. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you General James “Mad Dog” Mattis for President of these United States of America!
Ladies and Gentlemen please take note, he is practical. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
Hes confident. “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”
Hes smart. “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
And he would keep us out of pointless conflicts. “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
Hes a Patriot. “Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”
Hes against violence to women. “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…”
Hes a peaceful man who will kill you if you make him. “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
General James “Mad Dog” Mattis have my vote, my loyalty, and my life anytime he needs it.
It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense.
Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country. You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and an America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind.
Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.
I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary.
A message from the Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis