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."

Thursday, July 26, 2007

What were they thinking???

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - There is no disputing that 3-month-old Tiffany Eilders suffered a violent and terrible death.

When paramedics rushed the baby girl to the hospital in November 2005, she had a fractured skull, broken ribs and cuts in her mouth, all of which appeared the result of unthinkable abuse.

But exactly who did this to her, and when, was the topic of fierce contention Wednesday as a trial opened for the man police said is to blame.

John Michael Burton, the 29-year-old boyfriend of Tiffany's foster mother, is charged in West Valley Superior Court with fatally assaulting the infant. Tiffany had been in the foster care of Burton's girlfriend. Both the girlfriend and the child were living in a home with Burton's parents.

Burton, however, had been forbidden by social workers from living there with them. He disregarded the order and remained in the house anyway because he had nowhere else to go.
What on earth was the foster care agency thinking when allowing this woman to have foster children? It is very apparent she was not a good candidate - having no stable home environment for children. AND knowing that the home she was residing in had someone they forbade from residing there?


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