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."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

You may have more hair Mr President, but I've got more testosterone, says the BBC's political editor

In early August, when GWB was holding his first summit meeting with Britain's new leader in Maryland, it was a very, very warm day. Standing for a very long time in the beating sun a British reporter who happened to have a hair deficit on the top of his head was sweating profusely.

After the summit meeting and GWB and the British leader had met with the press, GWB remarked to the reporter "Next time you should cover your bald head".

Here from the reporter:
Call me sensitive, suggest I'm paranoid if you like – we who are follically challenged are used to it – but I think his meaning was pretty plain. "Now it's your turn to feel the heat, baldie," the President was saying.

"I didn't know you cared," I replied, as Dubya and the PM started walking away.

"I don't," the President snapped.
Perhaps GWB was suffering from the heat as well! However, he is know to make snide and nasty remarks in the coldest of winters as well!

I hail from the same state as GWB - Texas. I do not recall ever being raised to be snide. Perhaps his mother was lacking in maternal skills to teach her children the art of tact! Gee she seemed like such a nice woman.

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