Its the USMC Birthday

Marine Corps Memorial Washington Dc Statue


General Louis H. Wilson, Jr., the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Marine CorpsĀ (visit the site) and a recipient of The Medal of Honor from World War II, read this poem in the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Camp Lejeune, N.C. on November 10, 1978:LoveThe wonderful love of a beautiful maid,The love of a staunch, true man,But the greatest of loves,The quintessence of loves,Even greater than that of a mother,Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,On 10 November of each year, Marines across the planet celebrate the Marine Corps birthday. This season marks the 240th anniversary of the founding of the Corps, the original location of which was Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Marines have always taken a special pride in tracing their historical origins to a recruiting station inside a tavern. Do you assume a Leatherneck veteran of the Revolutionary War, sitting on a barstool at Tun Tavern in 1780 and enjoying a brew, would have any idea that nine generations later Marines would be fighting a War on Terror? “Terror?” “It is neither,” we might reply. “It’s an, uh, well, I guess it’s kind of a thing.””Then how can you fight a thing?”Fantastic question. But I digress. Back to the birthday party.There will be birthday balls in Marine articles all over the world. Marines will arrive decked out in dress blues, the women in dresses. There will be speeches, and a solemn moment of remembrance for all those Marines who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation. That number, by the way, is 44,500 Marine battlefield deaths, with another 220,000 wounded, from the Revolution to Afghanistan. The Tun Tavern Marine might wince in astonishment at such amounts.There will be fancy cakes, often several layers , ceremonially sliced with a sword. The standard passing of cake from the oldest to the youngest Marine will demonstrate the passing of this honour, experience, and heart of the Corps into another generation of Marines to continue.Then there’ll be toasts.The stirring Marines’ Hymn will be played, bringing everybody in the house to their feet. “From the Halls of Montezuma…”And more toasts.The Marines know how to do a lot of things. They know how to fight and win (and yes, they’ve adapted to learn how to fight a”thing”). They know how to keep their rich traditions. And they certainly know how to throw an annual birthday celebration. Nobody does it better. And I happen to know that for a truth.Joyful 240th, Marines!And by the way, due to my Tun Tavern Leatherneck for not only helping to save our country, but for helping to begin a Corps of Marines.Semper Fi.

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Legends of the White Gator

Close Up of Alligator Head


The white alligators are among the rarest alligators around. They’re limited to the Southeastern United States. In 1987 at the bayou of southwest New Orleans 18 infant White Alligators were discovered. Out of these 18 only 10 of these have survived. There’s not really a great deal of difference between them and the rest of the alligators. Like others they live in freshwater, swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes and little bodies of all the southeastern United States. The only difference is the color of the skin looks like”White Chocolate”. They are sometimes known as the”Swamp Ghost”.

Believe it or not there are two types of white Alligators. These two are extremely similar, however there are minor differences between them. Albino’s have a pink or red eyes in which White Alligators have blues eyes. Contrary to the White Alligators, Albinos are extremely weak creatures.

White Alligators are very beautiful to look at, and equally as adorable and mesmerizing as other alligators. Unfortunately the only way to observe a white alligator now is to go to some of the few zoos that have made a home for them. This is a result of the fact that they really have white pigments. Which means their skin is truly just white skin.

I would like to share the knowledge I have learned about this magnificent creature. Click to investigate I also have some terrific pictures that I am confident you will love.

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Breakfast of champions

Pancake, Honey, Nuts, Fruits

There doesn’t seem to be any Johnny, but the title may have evolved from the term”journey cakes” since they traveled well. (Although pulling out some pancakes from a hot, smelly saddlebag isn’t the most appetizing of images.)

Thomas Jefferson, on one of his frequent travels to Paris, brought back a similar recipe called crepes, which was a thinner type of our griddle cakes, without leavening, made with wheat flour and served with fruit or a sweet syrup. They were gobbled up at state dinners, and once again that industrious President introduced a fresh and delicious French dish to the colonists.

Consider that they were simple to make, eaten by hand, and the pioneers could cook them on a hot stone around the campfire after a long hard day of traveling. Native Americans probably taught the early colonists how to grind corn, mix it into a paste, add liquid, some fat and in just a couple minutes, they’d hoe cakes, hot and filling. Covered with fresh honey, they were a delicacy. With no need for a bread oven, they could be ready quickly, and if the cook had a cast iron skillet, it could be coated in bacon fat and the batter fried. Those who were fortunate enough to have butter slathered it on and just dug in, napkins be damned. (A shirt sleeve worked just fine.)

Early American hoe cakes undoubtedly made way for hush puppies, cornbread and grits, also made with cornmeal, but that is a whole different story. Incidentally, hoe cakes got its title from field workers using a plain hoe held over a flame, and dropping cakes onto the hoe to cook.

Pancakes are enjoyed all over the world in a large number of variations, served plain, topped with sauces and spices, wrapped around fillings and eaten for lunch and dinner. Some type of flat cakes have been around for centuries, enjoyed by ancient cultures such as the Greeks and Romans, eaten in China, India and Europe. The British-named flapjacks are different from our sandwiches and made with sugar, butter, and oats, usually served with honey.

Recorded history mentions pancake-like foods in the first century (possibly sooner ), and historians who research Neolitic man speculate that flat cakes made with anything handy were probably cooked on hot stones, before cooking pots and utensils were devised, between 10,000 and 3,000 B.C.. Since early cave dwellers usually kept a fire burning to scare away predators, how simple to just whip up a batch of cave man pancakes while they were at it?

Many countries have their own version. Listed below are just a few.
These versions are generally sweet:
Crepes (French)
Pfannkuchen (German or Dutch )
Dosa (India)
Tiganites (Greek)
Apam Balik (Malaysia)
Pannekoeke (South Africa)

These variations are usually served with meats or vegetables:
Latkes (Jewish)
Cong you bing (Chinese)
Uttapam (India)
Blini (Eastern Europe, Russia)
Kimchi pancakes (Korea)
Cachapas (South America)

So don’t limit yourself to only our favorite pancakes. Experiment and revel in the many versions of different countries and find delicious new variations in any meal. Pancakes. They are not just for breakfast anymore.

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