America in all its Glory
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, September 25, 2007
Is this justice? You decide
In Sugarland, Texas, a 16 year old girl, Aston Glover, was murdered by Matthew McCombs.
His motive? Morbid curiosity!!!
McCombs pleaded guilty to murder and received a 50 year prison sentence.
McCombs must serve half of his sentence before being considered for parole.
Had he gone to trial on the murder charge Oct. 2 as scheduled and been convicted, McCombs faced a sentence ranging from five years to life in prison.
The death penalty was not applicable in this case because the circumstances of the slaying did not fall under any of the state laws that allow for capital punishment.
The victim's parents were consulted about the plea bargain and agreed to the 50 year sentence.
I suppose the parents were afraid he would receive the minimum of 5 years if it went to trial. I am of the opinion he should have received the dealth penalty. However, the death penalty was not applicable in this case because the circumstances of the slaying did not fall under any of the state laws that allow for capital punishment.
McCombs accomplice in the murder, Sean Brown's case is still pending and a hearing has been set for January.
For every criminal who was seen and caught dead to rights in committing murder, if they escape the death penalty, then all we can pray for is that if they are going to commit murder when they are released from prison, that their victim will be a person who opposes the death penalty. Mind you, I am not praying that they do commit murder when they are released, only if . . . . . . .