HOW COULD I HAVE EARNED A SUNSHINE AWARD AND THE SEMPER FIDELIS AWARD?

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

THE MARINE CORPS MOTTO

“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
USMC History Division

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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 DeHavelle.com/ 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 motorcitytimes.com.

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.

13 thoughts on “HOW COULD I HAVE EARNED A SUNSHINE AWARD AND THE SEMPER FIDELIS AWARD?

  1. 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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