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."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Appleseed - good or bad?? Determine for yourself.

I have just come across an organization - Appleseed - and in reading their website, I really cannot determine for myself the realm of people they help. On the surface, it appears that they help the poor and downtrodden.

They discuss assisting immigrants.
Immigrants make valuable contributions to American communities and are often some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Appleseed works to ensure that immigrants are well served in their communities and that they are afforded the rights and opportunities they deserve. Our Immigrant Policy Program is focused on helping to improve law, policy, and practice on immigrant policy issues at the state and local levels. Our Latino Immigrants' Access to Financial Institutions project educates immigrants about financial issues and works with banks and credit unions to develop better ways to serve the unique needs of this growing market.

However, nothing in their message indicates if the people they help are illegal immigrants. I would really like to know!!

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