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

They are gonna fry this time!

Guard killed in Huntsville prison escape; inmates caught

A Texas corrections officer was killed this morning when she was run over by two inmates who escaped from a prison in Huntsville, authorities said.

The officer who was killed has been identified as Susan Canfield, a 59-year-old Correctional Officer IV with 85 months of service.

Jerry Duane Martin, 37, and John Falk, 40, escaped about 10:30 a.m. while they were on a work detail near the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Wynne Unit in Huntsville, officials said.

"They managed to overpower one of the correctional officers and took her weapon," said Jason Clark, a TDCJ spokesman.

They also stole a Huntsville city vehicle during their escape, Clark said.

"In the process of fleeing, they ran over the correctional officer," Clark said. "She died a short time later."

Martin was serving a 50 year prison sentence after he was charged with attempted capital murder in August 1994. He was accused of shooting at a Collin County sheriff's deputies and state troopers during a standoff in a field near McKinney that followed a high-speed car chase.

Falk was serving a life sentence for murder, Clark said.
Texas is known for the number of criminals who are put to death each year. If these two had been given the death sentence, then they would not have been allowed a work detail and Officer Canfield would be alive today.

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