This will boggle your mind. The year is 1907. One hundred years
ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the
U.S. Statistics for the Year 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
There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. , and only 144 miles
of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more Heavily
populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st
Most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in the U.S. Was 22 Cents per hour.
The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year
. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist made $2,500 per year, A veterinarian $1,500 per
year, And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place
Ninety percent of all U.S. Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of
which Were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used !
Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from Entering
into their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death in the U.S. Were 1. Pneumon ia
and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease
5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma,
New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the
The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea Hadn't been invented
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day. Two out of every
10 U.S. Adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over The
counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists
Said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy
to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in
fact, a perfect guardian Of health."
There were about 230 reported Murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!
Just Try to imagine..... What it may be like . In another 100
this and it will make you sick.
If an immigrant is over 65 they can apply for SSI and Medicaid
and get more than my mom gets for Social Security, and she worked
from 1944 till 2004, only getting $791 per month because she
was born in 1924 and there is a "catch 22". It is interesting
that the federal government provides a single refugee with a
monthly allowance of $1,890. 00 and each can also obtain an additional$580.00
in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00/month. This compares
very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to the
growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years can only
receive a monthly maximum of $1, 012.00 in old age pension a
nd Guaranteed Income Supplement. Maybe our pensioners should
apply as refugees!
Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can
all be ticked off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1,
012.00 and the pensioners upto $2,470.00 and enjoy some of the
money we were forced to submit to the Government over the last
40 or 50 or 60 years. Please forward to every American to expose
what our elected politicians have been doing over the past 11
years to the over-taxed American.
A Check for Alzheimer's
The following was developed as a mental age assessment by the
School of Psychiatry at Harvard University. Take your time and
see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake. The average
person over 40 years of age cannot do it!
1. This is this cat.
2. This is is cat.
3. This is how cat.
4. This is to cat.
5. This is keep cat.
6. This is an cat
7. This is old cat.
8. This is fart cat.
9. This is busy cat.
10. This is for cat.
11. This is forty cat.
12. This is seconds cat.
Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top
you believe these are made from ordinary scotch tape?
are very interesting - be sure to take the time to observe #
7 as instructed - they are all amazing!
What were you expecting?
McCain's remarks on the Pledge of Allegiance
Everyone Should Read this It is very touching and the
In light of the recent appeals court ruling in California
, with respect to the Pledge of Allegiance, the following recollection
from Senator John McCain is very appropriate:
"The Pledge of Allegiance" - by Senator John McCain
As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a prisoner
of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our
imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement or two
or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us from these conditions
of isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to
This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was
a direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans onbehalf
of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home.
One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike
Christian. Mike came from a small town near Selma , Alabama. He didn't
wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old. At 17,
he enlisted in the US Navy. He later earned
a commission by going to Officer Training School . Then he became
a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and captured in 1967.
Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the opportunities this
country and our military provide for people who want to work
and want to succeed.
As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some
prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages
were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing.
Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of
months, he created an American flag and sewed it on the
inside of his shirt. Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of
soup, we would hang Mike's shirt on the wall of the cell and
say the Pledge of Allegiance.
I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important
part of our day now, but I can assure you that in that stark
cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful event.
One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically,
and discovered Mike's shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed
That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and
for the benefit of all of us, beat Mike Christian severely for
the next couple of hours. Then, they opened the door of the cell
and threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could.
The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle
on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner
of the room.
As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After
the excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the
room, and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece
of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend,
Mike Christian. He was sitting there with his eyes almost
shut from the beating he had received, making another American
flag. He was not making the flag because it made Mike Christian
feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important
it was to us to be able to Pledge our allegiance to our flag
So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never
forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans
have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the
You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America and to the republic for
which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all."
The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short
haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is
considered by society as half man, half boy Not yet dry behind
the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die
for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would
rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never
collected unemployment either.
He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably
an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives
a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that
either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting
when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and
roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howitzer.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because
he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.
He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,
but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it
in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature
of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively
if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a
professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until
he is told to march.
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation,
but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other.
He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets
to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook
his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are
hungry, his food.
He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle
when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons
and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half
the pay and still find ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his
He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped
to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for
friends who have fallen in combat
and is unashamed.
He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his
body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire
to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand,
Remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day
in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he
is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is
not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this
country free for over 200 years.
He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship
and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our
respect and admiration with his blood. And now we even have women
over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going
to War when our nation calls us to do so.
As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A
short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their
Prayer wheel for our military... please don't break
it. Please send this on after a short prayer.
"Lord, hold our troops
in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need.
: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and
say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors
on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq.
There is nothing attached... This can be
very powerful....... Of all the gifts you could give
a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine or Airman,
prayer is the very best one.
I can't break this one, sorry.
This is a ribbon for soldiers fighting in
Iraq . Pass it on to everyone and pray.