Happy B-day Marines
237 years ago today a Quaker that had recently been appointed as "Captain of Marines", Captain Samuel Nicholas began the recruitment efforts of the first two battalions of Marines at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA. Three months later the Marines saw their first battle and have been fighting for and protecting our country ever since. So sometime today raise a toast to the leathernecks past, present and future.
It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith. It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.-H.L. Mencken