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."

Monday, September 24, 2007

"The Conservative Post" and Fred Thompson on Santuary Cities

Another post from from August 24, 2007:
-Scott Miller

This is why “I’m with Fred”.
“The consequences of “sanctuary cities” may be most obvious in the city that became the first in 1979 — Los Angeles. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, a confidential California Department of Justice study from the mid-1990’s showed then that at least 60 percent of the members of L.A.’s most violent gangs, with membership in the tens of thousands, were illegal aliens. Of all outstanding murder warrants in Los Angeles, 95 percent are for illegal aliens. Frustrated police say they are powerless to pick up even well-known, previously deported felons.

The costs of policies that offer shelter to criminals are borne not just by the citizens of Newark, Cambridge, and other sanctuaries though. According to the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, illegal aliens made up 27 percent of the federal prison population in 2005, totaling 49,000 and costing federal taxpayers $1.2 billion. There were also more than 220,000 illegals in state and local prisons and jails. Now, I am not suggesting that all illegal aliens are violent criminals. They are not. Most are peaceful folks just trying to get by like the rest of us. But we would be far better off if we checked on people as they come into the country rather than find out who the bad ones are after they victimize people here.”

Many are becoming a bit frustrated that Fred has not announced yet… not me. I believe he will announce either on Labor Day, or directly after. Perfect timing as people are out of vacation mode, and will begin paying attention to the upcoming political battles in earnest in Sept. Make way for Fred!

Okay, Fred, just how are you going to check the people when they are entering the county illegally? That is how they become illegal!

And since our Government has failed to reimburse cities the monies spent incarcerating the illegals when they break the law, the cities soon realized by incarcerating them BECAUSE they are illegals would bankrupt them. So they had to stop doing so only on the basis they had broken the law simply by being an illegal.

When will our Government step up to the plate and spend the monies they promised to the cities that are doing the job for the Government?

Secondly, when a city/county police/sheriff does recognize that an individual is an illegal why are they not picked up and delivered to the local INS (pardon me, ICE) facility? Then they could put them in their facility pending deportation.

So many unanswered questions and if only bureaucracy would simplify the "rules", it could be done efficiently. But I don't think bureaucracy could do anything without the long redtape and rhetoric. Simplify, simplify, simplify!!!

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