From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:45 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 10, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset, and he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet, and also, you're drunk.


Just got back last night from a short but fun (and tiring) trip to Las Vegas with a couple friends.  I didn’t make it into the Flamingo as referenced in the above Deep Thoughts, but the drunk part was true!  Methinks that with the pub responsibilities imminent, that may be the last vacation for a while.  Back to reality . . .


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, November 10th                        

1979 - Chris Joannou (bassist)

1969 - Ellen Pompeo (actress)

1959 - MacKenzie Phillips (actress)

1956 - Sinbad (actor, comedian)

1951 - Jack Scalia (actor)

1949 - Ann Reinking (dancer, actress)

1947 - David Loggins (singer)

1945 - Donna Fargo (singer, songwriter)

1944 - Tim Rice (lyricist)

1939 - Russell Means (activist)

1932 - 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)



Compelling Explanations

Robin Magee, a law professor at Minnesota's Hamline University, was charged with state income tax evasion in September for failing to file in 2007 and for filing returns for 2004, 2005 and 2006 only very recently. Magee told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she was "unable" to file on time because she has "extreme" attention-deficit disorder. Among the lapses of attention, according to prosecutors, was Magee's claim of eight tax exemptions, even though she is single and has no dependents.


The Litigious Society

With lawsuits piling up on Bank of America during the current economic downturn, Dalton Chiscolm found a new angle. In September, he sued the bank in federal court in New York City for inadequate customer service concerning his checks' routing numbers and asked for damages of "1,784 billion, trillion dollars" plus an additional "$200,164,000." Judge Denny Chin gave Chiscolm 30 days to better explain his complaint but dismissed it finally on Oct. 23. (BBC News reported that the first amount, which is 1,784 followed by 21 zeros, is more money than exists on the planet.)


Leadership in Action

In his campaign for election to the school board in Birmingham, Ala., Antwon Womack, 21, issued biographical materials claiming to be 23 years old; to be a graduate of a local high school and of Alabama A&M; to be a bona fide resident of Birmingham; to be properly addressed as "Dr."; and to have chaired three previous political campaigns. After inquiries by the Birmingham News, Womack acknowledged in August that none of those claims is true. However, he defended his campaign and his principles: "My values are not lies. It's just (that) the information I provided to the people is false."



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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