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."

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sit up and take notice!!

This was in my local newpaper on Friday. While our firefighters are to be commended for their heroism in fighting fires, sadly what is indicated in this letter to the editor is all too true.

The majority of firemen in California make double their normal income in overtime in a year. I am not speaking out of the blue. A member of my family is a fireman, so I am fully aware of what goes down in the fire departments.
Firefighters pad pay

One of my employees has volunteered at a local foothills fire department for several years - with the hope that some day he would be accepted into the department.

He expresses a genuine passion for serving the community.

He was called in by the department Monday, to assist with the mountain fires. After arriving for duty, there was a heated interdepartmental argument to the effect that he would be taking precious overtime from the paid firefighters.

He was subsequently sent home.

With fires raging all around us it appears that our "public servants" are more concerned about padding their paychecks than about our safety.

When qualified volunteers are turned away due to self-serving interests at the taxpayers expense, it's time to seriously re-evaluate how our fire departments are organized.


When you see the firemen out "passing the boot" for donations to help the widows of firemen, does it never cross your mind to wonder why? The firemen in California make good money and have great benefits. If my husband should pass away, if I took a boot to the California fire stations, do you think they would contribute to my financial welfare? Maybe a few token $$s (and by a few token, I am talking probably raking in only $100 all told).

People have put firemen up on pedestals to the point that they cannot see beyond sound reasoning.

Do not get me wrong. I appreciate all their work. But I think everyone should use their heads and face the reality that they are greedy beyond anyone's reckoning.

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