America in all its Glory

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.

Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.

Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!

Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!

Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.

A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Driest L.A. rain season on record

While I really sympathize with the parts of the country where they are getting far too much rain and are experiencing devasting floods, here in the L.A. area we are in the worst drought year on record. Here are the statistics.
The National Weather Service's downtown Los Angeles station received only 3.21 inches of rain for the rain season which ended June 30. This puts Los Angeles at 11.93 inches below normal. This breaks the previous record for the driest year since 1877, which was set just five years ago when 4.42 inches fell during the 2001-02 season.

This means that could possibly have a year of fires like we had in 2003 in which 14 lives were lost and 300,000 acres were destroyed. This was not just a single fire that got out of control. This was a series of 5 fires and 2 of the fires managed to burn until they united as one.

I just pray that all the weather conditions stay right and that the crazies that come out and dot stupid things that start fires use their heads this year.

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