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Happy Birthday USMC (and to a crazy German Monk)…

General Lejeune’s Birthday Message

On November 1st. 1921, John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, directed that a reminder of the Corps be published by every command, to all Marines throughout the globe, on the Birthday of the Corps. Since the day, Marines have continued to distinguish themselves on many battlefields and foreign shores, in war and peace. On this Birthday of the Corps, therefore, in compliance with the will of the 13th Commandant, Article 38 United States Marine Corps Manual, Edition of 1921, is published as follows:

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousands of men have borne that name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our Corps is one which bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation’s foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argome, Marines have won foremost honors in war and in the long era of tranquility at home generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres, and in every corner of the seven seas so that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the Birth of the Corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation and has long been the distinguishing mark of Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.

Today is also the Birthday of Martin Luther… Fitting that two organizations/men that have similar temperment were born on this day…

I have Voted…

Because I believe that how you vote should be public (as it was for the first 100 or so years of our Republic) I am listing my votes below:


Since Chuck Baldwin was not on the ballot in PA I voted for:

Bob Barr, Libertarian Party


Titus North, Green Party


Tom Corbett, Republican Party


Chet Beiler, Republican Party


Tom Ellis, Republican Party


Write In Vote, Myself, Crown Rights of King Jesus Party


To authorize the borrowing of $400 million for grants to municipalities for water and sewer improvements….

I voted NO

Pitt Is It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

University of Pittsburgh   36

University of Notre Dame        33

Saturday, November 01, 2008

NOTRE DAME, IND. — Pitt upset Notre Dame 36-33 in four overtimes this afternoon and did so despite playing without starting quarterback Bill Stull, who missed the game with a concussion.

The score was tied 24-24 at the end of regulation and both teams kicked field goals in the first, second and third overtimes to push the score to 33-33 going into the fourth overtime.

But Notre Dame kicker Brandon Walker missed a 38-yard field goal attempt leaving the door open for Pitt and Panthers kicker Conor Lee slammed it shut with a 22-yard field goal. It was Lee’s school-record fifth field goal of the game.

It was an amazing feat by the Panthers, even more so considering they were without Stull and also how bad things began for them as they trailed by 14 points at the half.

The Irish and Panthers exchanged first quarter field goals but Notre Dame took a 10-3 lead with 1:27 to play in the half on an 18-yard pass from Jimmy Clausen to Michael Floyd.

Notre Dame’s Raeshon McNeil then intercepted a Pat Bostick pass and returned it to the Panthers 13. MacNeil actually fumbled the ball at the end of the return but it was recovered by his teammate, David Bruton.

Five plays later, Clausen hit Floyd with a 4-yard touchdown pass to take a 17-3 lead into the half.

However, the Panthers took the opening kick-off of the second half and drove 71 yards on eight plays and pulled to within 17-10 on a 4-yard touchdown run by LaRod Stephens-Howling and the extra point by Lee. Pitt then tied the game, 17-17, early in the fourth quarter after mounting a 15-play, 70-yard drive and capping it with a 1-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy.

Notre Dame took a 24-17 lead with a 6-yard pass from Clausen to Golden Tate but the Panthers responded with an eight-play drive and tied the game on a six-yard pass from Bostick to Jonathan Baldwin with 2:22 to play.

Paul Zeise can be reached at pzeise@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1720.
First published on November 1, 2008 at 6:48 pm