From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 7:59 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 10, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Sometimes I think I'd be better off dead. No, wait, not me, you.


Well . . . the presidential election didn't exactly work out the way I had hoped, but the majority of American voters have spoken so what's done is done.  Let's hope the "new guy" will actually be able to accomplish some good without making things worse.  A tall order for any politician to be sure, but we can always hope and dream!



1986 - Josh Peck (actor)

1979 - Chris Joannou (bassist)

1969 - Ellen Pompeo (actress)           

1959 - MacKenzie Phillips (actress)

1956 - Sinbad (actor, comedian)

1950 - Jack Scalia (actor)

1949 - Ann Reinking (dancer, actress)

1947 - David Loggins (singer)

1944 - Tim Rice (lyricist)

1941 - Donna Fargo (singer, songwriter)

1935 - Roy Scheider (actor, d. 2008)

1925 - Richard Burton (actor, TV Narrator, d. 1984)

1916 - Billy May (composer, bandleader, d. 2004)

1907 - Jane Froman (singer, d. 1980)

1889 - Claude Rains (actor, d. 1967)

1793 - Jared Kirtland (physician, d. 1877)

1728 - Oliver Goldsmith (playwright, d. 1774)

1483 - Martin Luther (religious leader, d. 1546)



Fine Points of the Law

A 38-year-old man was cited for disorderly conduct in Fond du Lac, Wis., in September after he bought a beer for his sons, ages 2 and 4, at the county fair. He could not be cited for providing alcohol to minors because, under Wisconsin law, parents are exempt, but he was written up for swearing at police.


Meleanie Hain's Pennsylvania concealed-weapons permit was revoked in September after spectators complained about her openly carrying her loaded, holstered Glock at her 5-year-old daughter's soccer game. However, the only penalty under state law is the loss of the privilege of concealment, so that if Hain continues to carry the gun, she must do so openly.


Cultural Diversity

In September, despite an increasing chorus of complaints, Peruvians celebrated the annual Gastronomic Festival of the Cat in a village just south of Lima, serving a variety of feline delicacies (fried cat strips, cat stew, grilled cat with spicy huacatay). For the most part, according to a Chicago Tribune report, the dishes are made with specially bred cats rather than street prowlers, and are consumed for their health benefits, though centuries-old tradition is the likeliest explanation. Said one Peruvian, such cultural events "are our roots and can't be forgotten."



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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