General’s lookback to 240 years of USMC history

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General Louis H. Wilson, Jr., the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps 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 (from this source):LoveThe wonderful love of a beautiful maid,Have existed since time began.However, 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 every year, Marines across the globe celebrate the Marine Corps birthday. This season marks the 240th anniversary of the founding of the Corps, the first location of which was Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Marines have always taken a special pride in tracing their historical origins to a recruiting station within 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 centuries afterwards Marines would be fighting a War on Terror? “It is neither,” we might answer. “It’s an, uh, well, I suppose it is sort of a thing.””Then how can you fight something?”Fantastic question. But I digress. Back to the birthday celebration.There’ll be birthday balls in Marine articles all over the world. Marines will arrive decked out in dress blues, the ladies in gowns. 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 injured, from the Revolution to Afghanistan. The Tun Tavern Marine might wince in astonishment at these numbers.There will be fancy cakes, often several layers , ceremonially sliced with a sword. The traditional passing of cake from the oldest to the youngest Marine will demonstrate the passing of the honor, experience, and heart of the Corps to the next 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. “In 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 bash. 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.


Quick Crocodile Survival Tips

Gray Crocodile

Even though the majority of these deadly crocodile attacks happen in Africa and Asia it is important to remember that these strong reptiles are also found in parts of Australia and America (particularly in the Southern States). Humans are typically part of a crocodile’s diet, but in fact they’ll eat just about anything that moves. The best alternative is to give crocodiles and alligators lots of space and be careful around water where they may live. In the unlikely event that you’re attacked, you may have the ability to survive if you employ these easy instructions.

1. Steer clear of infested waters. This is the easiest way to prevent a crocodile attack. Request local governments or residents about the presence of crocodiles in rivers and lakes in your area and do not go swimming beyond the designated swimming areas. These creatures actively look at night when they’re most difficult to see, so avoid swimming at dusk or during the night.

2. In case you’ve spotted a crocodile it’s an excellent idea to remain at least 10 meters away from them so you have space to escape. If you’re passing a crocodile you don’t wish to frighten it by coming up behind it. Slap your oars on the water or make a sound so that it knows you’re there. Crocodiles will occasionally defend themselves when they’re startled. They’re much quicker in water so in case you know that the water is infested you likely won’t need to go swimming or go near the water.

3. Run away. If you happen to get dangerously near a crocodile you should have the ability to outrun it on property. Alligators and Crocodiles generally use the element of surprise when attacking their prey so they will probably not follow you quite far on land. Don’t try to hop over to these guys, it probabaly wont work out for you.

4. Fighting if you’re attacked. If it’s you between its jaws it doesn’t let go. The ability of their snacks are almost impossible to escape struggling your way out. Also in the event that you struggle the creature is more likely to perform a death roll that is generally what crocodiles do to tear off limbs animals. This is the prime goal and it’ll work virtually every time. If you can’t reach the eyes for some unknown reason you might also opt for the nostrils or ears. This is less likely to work but it could be your only alternative. In case you’re dragged under water you can always select the palatal valve. Crocodiles and alligators have a flap of tissue supporting their tongues that protect their throats and prevents water from getting in their stomach. If you can pry this valve open and allow water to rush down its neck then it will almost certainly let you go.

Different take on pancakes

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American colonists called them hoe cakes or johnnycakes, and they were heavier than our modern day sandwiches, usually made with cornmeal or buckwheat, molasses and milk. There doesn’t appear to be any Johnny, but the title may have evolved from the term”travel cakes” since they traveled well. (Although pulling out some pancakes from a hot, smelly saddlebag is not the most appetizing of pictures.)

Thomas Jefferson, on one of his frequent travels to Paris, brought back a similar recipe called crepes, which was a thinner form of our griddle cakes, with no leavening, made with wheat bread and served with a sweet syrup. They had been 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 instructed the early colonists how to grind corn, combine it into a paste, add liquid, some fat and in only a couple minutes, they’d hoe cakes, hot and filling. Covered with honey, they were a delicacy. Without the need for a bread oven, they could be ready quickly, and if the cook had a cast iron skillet, then it could be coated in bacon fat and the batter fried. Those who were fortunate enough to have butter slathered it on and dug in, napkins be damned. (A top sleeve worked just fine.)

Early American hoe cakes definitely made way for hush puppies, cornbread and grits, also made with cornmeal, but that is a whole different story. By the way, hoe cakes got its name from field workers using a plain hoe held over a fire, 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. The British-named flapjacks are different from our sandwiches and made with sugar, Squirrel Poopbutter, and oats, usually served with honey.

Recorded history cites pancake-like foods in the first century (possibly sooner ), and historians who study Neolitic man speculate that flat cakes made with anything handy were probably cooked on hot stones, before cooking pots and utensils were invented, between 10,000 and 3,000 B.C.. Since ancient 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 nations have their own version. Listed below are only a few.
These variations are generally sweet:
Crepes (French)
Pfannkuchen (German or Dutch )
Dosa (India)
Tiganites (Greek)
Apam Balik (Malaysia)
Pannekoeke (South Africa)

These versions are usually served with vegetables or meats:

So don’t limit yourself to just our favorite pancakes. Experiment and revel in the many versions of other nations and discover delicious new variations at any meal. Pancakes. They’re not just for breakfast anymore.