From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 7:27 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 16, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."


A pretty appropriate Deep Thoughts for this week with St. Patrick's Day right around the corner . . . well, tomorrow to be exact.  Also, don't forget to get your NCAA bracket pools done as that tournament starts this Thursday.  Oh, and we have our kitchen contractors tearing up and rebuilding stuff all this week.  Who would've thought mid-March could be so busy?  J



1963 - Kevin Tod Smith (actor)

1959 - Flavor Flav (rapper, television host)

1949 - Erik Estrada (actor)

1942 - Jerry Jeff Walker (country singer, guitarist)

1940 - Bernardo Bertolucci (film director)

1932 - R Walter Cunningham (astronaut)

1929 - Betty Johnson (singer)

1927 - Ruby Braff (musician, actor, d. 2003)

1926 - Jerry Lewis (actor, comedian)

1916 - Mercedes McCambridge (actress, d. 2004)

1912 - Pat Nixon (first lady, wife of Richard Nixon, d. 1993)

1906 - Henny Youngman (comedian, d. 1998)

1897 - Conrad Nagel (actor, d. 1970)

1751 - James Madison (4th US President, d. 1836)



Latest Religious Messages

Pastor Bob Book of the Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta and his wife scrub the feet of three dozen homeless men every Monday, based on the concept of Jesus washing his disciples' feet, with such pedicures including a soak, pumice-rubbing, nail-trimming and massage, topped off by a clean pair of socks. Book says his crusade makes the down-and-out feel more confident, and the "worst ongoing" threat, according to him, is not Satan in men's minds but fungus in their toes. "It eats away and destroys the toenails and just makes it very hard for people to walk."


Cultural Diversity

A state-of-the-judiciary report in February by Chief Justice AP Shah of the High Court in Delhi, India, estimated that the backlog of cases in the country's notoriously sluggish legal system would take up to "466 years" to clear. Shah acknowledged that progress had been made since 2007, with 56,000 cases cleared, at an average time of five minutes per case, but that systemic problems remained, among them corruption, the complexity of laws and the low quality of judicial personnel. (One property case from the 1950s was not resolved until the mid-1990s.)


Least Competent Criminals

In Phoenix in January, Shawn Holden, 20, ran from his car rather than be detained at a traffic stop for running a red light, and officers pursued him on foot. As police were wandering around looking for Holden, a truck driver walked by, got into his truck, and drove off, running over the prostrate body of Holden, who had been hiding underneath. He was treated at a hospital and arrested.



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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