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

Three British soldiers killed by US 'friendly fire'

Three British soldiers have been killed and two injured in Afghanistan after a friendly fire incident involving a US aircraft which had been called in for support after British troops came under attack.

The soldiers, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, were taking part in a patrol north-west of Kajaki, Helmand Province, at about 6.30pm local time yesterday when it is believed they were killed by a bomb dropped from a US F15 aircraft to repel Taliban insurgents.

The deaths come at a time of intense debate about Britain’s ability to continue with military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and just weeks after it emerged that the casualty rate among front line units fighting in Afghanistan has now surpassed the average suffered by troops in the Second World War.

I doubt very seriously that an apology will be coming forthwith from our President, but I personally would like to extend an apology and my heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident.

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