What a difference a century makes!

clipped from www.darkroastedblend.com
The year is 1907

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.

The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
The American flag had 45 stars.

(Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.)

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada , was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. , and only 144 miles of paved roads.
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Marine’s Grave Desecrated

Some have no decency.

clipped from www.chron.com


To Jeremy Burris the word “liberty” was more than the name of his hometown. It was something worth fighting for.An all-American kid from a little all-American town, the 22-year-old Marine lance corporal died heroically in Iraq. More than a thousand people turned out Wednesday as a white hearse carried his body to burial in the historic 1800s Cooke Memorial Cemetery.

Within hours, the grave was desecrated. About 30 sprays of flowers were ripped apart, petals strewn over the loose earth. Flags decorating the gravesite were also torn down and sentimental notes and posters shredded.

“It looked like a big debris field about 40 feet square,” said Liberty Police Chief Mike Cummings. “This wasn’t done by the wind or animals. It was obviously intentional.

Minutes before his death, he rescued two soldiers wounded when a device exploded under their military vehicle. When Burris returned to the vehicle to retrieve some sensitive equipment, another bomb detonated, killing him, his family said.

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Scum of the Month Club gets a new member:

 The recent desecration of Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris’ grave in Liberty County was not an anti-war protest or Halloween prank, police say, but a simple act of theft.

Investigators said Thursday that Wallace Ray DeBlanc, 41, ripped the 25 floral arrangements apart for the wire stands (worth about $1.50 each), a pewter cross and other decorations that could be resold to floral shops.

Liberty Police Chief Mike Cummings estimates DeBlanc, who has given police a statement, got $30 to $50 for the items. He has been charged with two felonies: theft of property from a grave and criminal mischief to a human burial site.

Probably for drugs I’m sure.  And the reaction of the young Marine’s mother?

(LeBlanc) needs our prayers now,” said Burris’ mother, Karla.

“We’re not angry, not trying to get back at him. He committed a crime and he has to pay for it.”

Jeremy Burris, who was home-schooled and liked to lead the worship services in his church, was the oldest of her seven children. The Burrises have two other sons in the military: one in Iraq and another who just joined and will be headed there soon.

“This arrest is a relief,” she said. “It puts the period at the end of the sentence.

Somehow I don’t think I would be quite as forgiving.  And its good to know that the state of Texas is a little more hard-nosed.

If convicted of the latest charges, DeBlanc could receive up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine for each one.