From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 7:50 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - September 29, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Do you know what happens when you slice a golf ball in half? Someone gets mad at you. I found this out the hard way.


Another off week of football for me - the Bears looked like contenders again, which was the one positive.  My Huskers lost to Virginia Tech in a game I went out to Lincoln NE to see, my bets got blown out of the water, plus my fantasy teams continue to stink.  Well, it's all in the past as the Cubs start their series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.  GO CUBS GO!!!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, September 29th

1948 - Bryant Gumble (TV host)

1948 - Mark Farner (musician, singer)

1943 - Lech Walesa (Nobel Peace prize-winner)

1942 - Madeline Kahn (actress, d. 1999)

1939 - Larry Linville (actor, d. 2000)

1935 - Jerry Lee Lewis (singer)

1931 - Anita Ekberg (actress)

1922 - Lizabeth Scott (actress)

1913 - Trevor Howard (actor, d. 1988)

1913 - Stanley Kramer (director, d. 2001)

1912 - Michelangelo Antonioni (director, d. 2007)

1908 - Greer Garson (actress, d. 1996)

1907 - Gene Autry (actor, d. 1998)

1901 - Enrico Fermi (physicist, d. 1954)

1547 - Miguel de Cervantes (writer, d. 1616)



The Continuing Crisis

The Nebraska legislature's new "safe haven" law for unwanted babies, like other states' laws, allows them to be dropped off anonymously at hospitals to discourage abortions (and neglect by unfit parents). However, unlike other states' laws, Nebraska's applies not just to infants, but "minors," because, said Sen. Tom White, "All children deserve our protection." In September, the first two non-infants were abandoned, as exasperated parents gave up on rebellious sons aged 11 and 15, and critics say the law could apply to those up to age 19.


In August, the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled new rules for train and bus drivers returning to work from drug-use suspensions. They must now be tested first by a strip search to detect devices for cheating (such as artificial penises), and if none is found, they may re-dress themselves, but a monitor must still "directly watch the urine as it goes from the employee's body into the collection container." Not surprisingly, several unions have challenged the rule in court.



As a reminder, my reason for sending this is to help keep communication lines open between friends while hopefully adding a bit of levity to the day.  Back issues are available in the Deep Thoughts section of my website.  Have a great week!


Bryan McGonigal


*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at



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