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."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bush Aministration's Rose Colored Glasses!!

I know I have been away for awhile - certainly not due to lack of important news!

But I just could not overlook this dandy piece by Andy Stern on the Huffington Post.
Rose Garden Colored Glasses
Posted October 25, 2007 | 10:06 AM (EST)

Earlier this week, the administration tried again to justify its astonishing veto of the popular SCHIP bill. Although the bipartisan bill will make healthcare benefits available to about 10 million children, the White House thinks we would be helping the wrong kids.

Now I confess that when we're talking about making sure children can get routine check ups, dental care and emergency medical treatment, I am not sure how to identify the right kids from the wrong.

However, if you share the president's belief that we should only consider protecting the health of the children at the very, very bottom, there's a silver lining. According to the official White House Oct. 23 press release on the SCHIP veto, "Over half the families in America are not poor."

That's right. There's a high standard for you.

Straight from the folks who thought Brownie did "a heck of a job," we now can take comfort in the fact that according to the White House, "There are a lot of things you can say about half the families in America. Half of them aren't poor."

It's hard not interpret this as another sign of an administration that is profoundly out of touch with the lives of working people all around this country. But maybe what we've got here is a glass-half full kind of guy celebrating his milestones where he can find them. After all - a little cockeyed optimism at the White House probably brightens some of the darker headlines these days.

So donning our Rose Garden colored glasses, here's some other good news from the Bush administration:

* More than half of all the homes in this country have not been foreclosed on--yet.
* More than half of the residents of New Orleans were not permanently displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
* More than half of Halliburton executives haven't been indicted.
* More than half of the polar ice caps are still in place.
* More than half of Americans who don't have health insurance probably won't get sick today.
* More than half of college graduates won't have to declare bankruptcy immediately because of their student loan debt.
* More than half of oil company executives can still afford to fill their cars' gas tanks
* More than half the nations of the world still return our phone calls.

With this kind of good news, it's no surprise that well more than half of Americans are counting the days until the Bush administration is no more.

Andy Stern is the president of the 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America
And here are some of the priceless responses!
The wealthiest half depend on the poorest half to keep shopping so the Economy does not crash.
posted 12:31 pm on 10/25/2007
*More than half of Alaska is still free from oil drilling

*More than half of the border fence--still hasn't been built yet

*More than half of our troops haven't returned in body bags

It's really scary how much fun this is--I suppose we've all decided that levity is the only way to deal with this disaster of a President.
posted 12:19 pm on 10/25/2007
"Over half the families in America are not poor or in concentration camps or gas ovens and only half the people is southern California are on fire and half the service-people come home from war without external wounds that are covered by medical and only half of those will die from radioactive munitions exposure and less than half of them will ever know why half of their babies are deformed so severely that half of them die before they leave the hospital .Further only half the black male population is in prison and only half of them were smoking pot and half the people in the White house are not traitors and half of the people that are traitors are named Cheney and the rest are on the housekeeping staff.
posted 12:16 pm on 10/25/2007
It is precisely 453 days until George Bush is GONE! If ya want the minutes and seconds, ask Thom Hartmann, he knows! See, WE ARE COUNTING THE DAYS! I like your line, Nosybear. "Figures lie and liars figure..." That some of the parents of children who could have been covered by SCHIP are better off than others does not mean they should lack healthcare! Some places here in the U.S. require a high income to even survive. The one truly IGNORED fact is that there would not be homelessness, hungry working poor, or poverty if capitalists paid enough wages in keeping with costs of living here. That THE capitalist motive needs many to be poor cements the servant/slave classes that they require to maintain economic dominance and control. Elementary, my dears. This is a funny post! Sometimes appealing to humor can enlighten some people. Thanks, Peace
posted 12:08 pm on 10/25/2007
collapse rbspickles
Good did this imbecile EVER get in a position of power....let alone the MOST powerful position in the world? I am exhausted trying to keep up with his insane, inane views. And I also agree, NO HILLARY!!! Enough is enough for crying out loud. I say, vote EVERY incumbent out and put all fresh blood in...'cept of course the computerised voting machines will make sure that would NEVER happen.

God, I need a drink :(
posted 11:59 am on 10/25/2007
And the saddest statisic: only two percent of Americans are the richest people in the world.

Now that's where more governmental assistance is so badly needed.
posted 11:33 am on 10/25/2007
Considering that half of Americans did not vote for George Bush in 2000, this means that our President represents only those who voted for him. I hope that none of those voters need health care for seriously ill children.
posted 11:32 am on 10/25/2007
Thank you, Andy, for your endorsement of John Edwards -- from the more than half of Democrats who do not want Hillary Clinton to be our nominee.
posted 11:25 am on 10/25/2007
I can't wait until my wrist is fully recovered after surgery so I can type without pain.

Boy do I have a few things to say!!!!

Starting with this administrations's "good news" about Mr. Bush's draconian veto on behalf of those pesky uninsured children.

In the meantime, my best to all,

posted 11:20 am on 10/25/2007
no, no, you got it wrong. Bush says half glass full. Half of all Americans can speak English good.
posted 11:17 am on 10/25/2007
More than half of US citizens have not been wiretapped
more than half of us are not in Iraq

Gee,I feel better already
posted 10:56 am on 10/25/2007
More great news: Half of all Americans make above median income!

Maybe that's where the Chimp got his statistic. Figures lie and liars figure but it's much easier to lie to the numerically illiterate.
posted 10:43 am on 10/25/2007

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