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Happy 246th Birthday, US Marine Corps

Marine tradition holds that the Marine Corps was formed in a bar. The story dates back to November 1775, when two newly commissioned Captains, Samuel Nicholas and Robert Mullan, reportedly organized the first Marine Corps muster at the Tun Tavern, a popular bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the tale, the two officers enticed potential recruits with mugs of beer and the promise of adventure on the high seas.

These recruits made up the first five Marine Corps companies that served aboard Continental Navy warships. Some historians maintain that a pub called the Conestoga Wagon was the more likely recruitment site; however, that is also a bar, and so, this tale remains a part of Marine lore to this day.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia even features a restaurant appropriately named “Tun Tavern.”

Somehow, given the reputation of the US Marines as “life takers and heartbreakers,” this seems oddly entirely appropriate. I mean, how many other US military services can brag they were formed in a bar?

All joking aside, if you see a Marine today, wish them a Happy Birthday, and maybe buy them a beer!

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Black Democratic Congressman Joins Republican Party!

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English: Official congressional portrait of Congressman Artur Davis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I salute Congressman Artur Davis, the former Black Democratic Senator, who has left the Democratic Party because in his words,”wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities.

On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country.”

I am sure Artur Davis will be excoriated for this in the liberal press.  He will be labeled an Uncle Tom, etc.  It is unfortunate that any independent, free-thinking Black man or woman who steps off the Democratic Plantation gets treated in this fashion.  But, then again, this is the same administration that labels me a possible terrorist because I am white, former military, and an NRA member; and I support true Freedom of Speech (not just the freedom of politically correct speech), the Second Amendment, states rights, and I love (and have always been proud of) my Country without having to “fundamentally transform” it first.

I am a conservative and I am not a racist.  For a long time it has seemed to me that Liberal Democrats are the ones always wanting to categorize us (black, white, hispanic, gay, etc.) and then pit one group against the other; while conservatives tend to think in terms of “Americans.”  Most of the conservatives I know base their decisions about a person on that person’s character; not their creed, color, or religion.  While there are certainly some racist conservatives out there, the party that uses race as a weapon is, and has been for a long time, the Democratic Party!

Can I get an “Amen!”