sunshineawardI don’t usually win many awards. To some extent, that is because I have done the right thing, but the primary reason is that I am not capable enough.

What have I done right? I have tried to compete at a fairly high level — for me anyway. That is, I compete with plenty of people who are more able than I. That makes for fun and interesting work, but not many awards.  Hence, even though blogging awards have no material value, I still enjoy the novelty of getting such recognition from someone I respect. In this case, semper-fidelis-award Biltrix (James Stone) nominated Citizen Tom for both the Sunshine Award and the Semper Fidelis Award. Thank you!

Of course, when we are nominated for an award, there are requirements that must be met to receive the award.

The Rules.

  1. Use the logo in the post.  Check
  2. Link to whoever nominated you.  Check
  3. Write 10 pieces of information about yourself.  Check
  4. Nominate ten fellow bloggers. For the Sunshine Award, that means bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” For the Semper Fidelis Award, that means bloggers who are “always faithful.” Check
  5. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.  Check

For military buffs, here is the origin of “Semper Fi.”

Customs and Traditions


“Semper Fidelis” (“Always Faithful”) is the motto of the Corps. That Marines have lived up to this motto is proved by the fact that there has never been a mutiny, or even the thought of one, among U.S. Marines.

Semper Fidelis was adopted about 1883 as the motto of the Corps. Before that, there had been three mottoes, all traditional rather than official. The first, antedating the War of 1812, was “Fortitudine” (“With Fortitude”). The second, “By Sea and by Land,” was obviously a translation of the Royal Marine’s “Per Mare, Per Terram.” Until 1848, the third motto was “To the Shores of Tripoli,” in commemoration of O’Bannon’s capture of Derna in 1805. In 1848, after the return to Washington of the Marine battalion that took part in the capture of Mexico City, this motto was revised to: “From the Halls of the Montezumas to the Shores of Tripoli” – a line now familiar to all Americans. This revision of the Corps motto in Mexico has encouraged speculation that the first stanza of “The Marines’ Hymn” was composed by members of the Marine battalion who stormed Chapultepec Castle.

It may be added that the Marine Corps shares its motto with England’s Devonshire Regiment, the 11th Foot, one of the senior infantry regiments of the British Army, whose sobriquet is “the Bloody Eleventh” and whose motto is also Semper Fidelis.

Reference Branch
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Ten Pieces of Information About Myself/Ten Nominees

Since the criteria are similar I have combined my  response for the awards.  Since the object of this blog advocate what I believe about politics and religion.

  1. God will win! Good will reign supreme.  Check out When the Light Shows Up (John 1:5) at The River Walk.
  2. We suffer because we have a choice. We can choose whether we will love and obey God.  In C. S. Lewis & Omnipotent God, With All I Am considers how C. S. Lewis explained human suffering.
  3. The best way to defend the Bible is with the Bible.  Instead of trying to defend the Bible, Settled In Heaven focuses on Bible exposition. See The Call To Separation: The Standard at Settled In Heaven for an example.
  4. God wants a relationship with us. What does that mean? See God Hates Religion at Defining the Narrative.
  5. We cannot know what God understands. altruistico explains in What does it mean that God is infinite?
  6. A man can change for the better.

    One of Nelson Mandela’s famous quotes was also an expression of a deeply Christian idea – “until I changed myself, I could not change others”. That expression of being born again, the need for internal revival before one can lead others to their own change, was just one of many expressions of faith Nelson Mandela shared throughout his life. (continued here)

    What happened to Nelson Mandela? Did Mandela change himself, or was he reborn in Christ?  Here in Mixed Mandela Level-headed discussion of politics and science records the change, but how Mandela became a man of peace we can only guess.

  7. What people believe makes a difference in how they live.  In Evangelii Gaudium and the Rule of Law, nebraskaenergyobserver observes how misguided we can be about the purpose of government and the definition of charity. Even those we deem wise do not know everything they should know.
  8. To have a free society, we must protect the free exercise of religion.  DOJ to SCOTUS: Nuns Must Violate Faith or Pay Fines at pumabydesign001′s blog provides an example of what it means to fight for the free exercise of religion.
  9. Before we believe what a man says, we need to investigate.  Even when a territory applies for statehood, we cannot believe what politicians say. Check out Alaska Statehood Buildup at aurorawatcherak.
  10. To protect all our other rights, we need the right of self-defense. See A ray of sanity in Detroit: Police Chief says legal gun owners can deter crime at

challenged his Sunshine Award a nominees to name some sunshine song. I am not much of a music fan, but I did think of this one.


  1. ingrafted, Keith, and scatterwisdom: Thank you for the kind remarks, and please keep up your good work.

    Biltrix: Thanks again for the nomination and a convenient excuse to publicize some of the blogs and post I have enjoyed.


  2. Congratulations Tom. You deserve the awards. Well done. Since I have begun following your blog I have come to appreciate your insight and knowledge in the areas of the Bible, history and government.

    Thanks for including Settled In Heaven Ministries as a nominee for the award. It is very encouraging and much appreciated.

    It is only by the Lord’s grace that SIH ministries exists and continues to reach out to others with the Word of the Lord. For those of us who are simply being used of Him, we deserve no awards nor acclaim. But again, thank you for your very kind and generous offering on our behalf. Lord bless you.


    1. Rob, thank you for your kindness and your blessing.

      We do have disagreement, but I am certain you will understand. 🙂 As did Paul those who allow themselves to be used of Him hope for a reward that no earthly reward can match (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

      I pray you will earn a crown or two and hope that eventually I might be worthy of some such thing myself.

      May our Lord bless you and yours.


  3. Tom-
    Being relatively new to ‘blogsville,’ I’m not too sure as to how, what, why awards are given, from whom, etc, but I am sure in this:

    You handle difficult and important topics fairly, and give voice to opposition in a manner that is salutory. I watch as a bystander for instance the interplay with comments, the ‘balls getting lost in the woods,’ and how help and patience is given in the relocating and understanding of a topic, all with a combination of God’s grace and faith in His word, with passion for the land of the free.

    You also include a diversity of topics, humor, and just seem very well balanced on your site. Nice work, (and I know it’s work.)



    1. Jack, thank you very much. You may be new to ‘blogsville,’ but you are doing excellent posts.

      Why are the awards given? Like you I was at first puzzled by the whole process. That confusion only increased when I saw that some people referred to these awards as a type of Internet meme (google “Internet meme”). Then I decided why someone chose to give me the award and what I did about it was more important than the label some “expert” put on it.

      When another blogger sees fit to give me an award, I see no reason not to be pleased. I also see no reason not to spread that pleasure in a manner profitable to everyone. So when I get an award, I don’t get embarrassed or annoyed. I just try to accept the award gracefully and point to other blogs that I want people to read.

      Eventually, when there is no one left to nominate, an award will stop spreading. Hence, I created an awards page so I only get nominated once. 😀


  4. Thanks, Tom, for the kudos. I truly appreciate your work. You’re one of the bloggers I look for when I’m reading. I like your style — the humor, the faith and the clarity of purpose.


  5. Reblogged this on aurorawatcherak and commented:
    Okay, I feel a little weird reblogging this because Tom gives me kudos and I’m not a person who is comfortable with that, but Tom deserves the attention. If you haven’t checked out his blog, you should.


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