From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 25, 2010 7:43 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 25, 2010


Good Morning . . .


Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don't know what your rights are, or who the person is you're talking to. Then on the way out, slam the door.


Just a quick mention about job opportunities – if you know anyone who may be interested in working at McGonigal’s Pub or Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant, we’re starting our hiring later this week at job fairs on Thursday & Saturday.  Have them visit for more details.  Also, congrats to the New Orleans Saints for finally getting to a Super Bowl!  WHO DAT?!!? 


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, January 25th                

1981 - Alicia Keys (singer, songwriter)

1971 - China Kantner (actress)

1938 - Etta James (singer, songwriter)

1933 - Corazon Aquino (Philippines President, d. 2009)

1931 - Dean Jones (actor)

1919 - Edwin Newman (TV news correspondent, commentator)

1918 - Ernie Harwell (baseball broadcaster)

1882 - Virginia Woolf (author and publisher, d. 1941)

1874 - W. Somerset Maugham (author, d. 1965)

1759 - Robert Burns (Poet, d. 1796)



Government in Action!

In January, the Berkeley (Calif.) School Board began consideration of a near-unanimous recommendation of Berkeley High School's Governance Council to eliminate science labs from its curriculum, reasoning that the classes mostly serve white students, leaving less money for programs for underperforming minorities. Berkeley High's white students do far better academically than the state average; black and Latino students do worse than average. Five science teachers would be dismissed.


The Wisconsin legislature is considering a bill to designate a "state bacterium" (the Lactococcus lactis, which is crucial to turning milk into the state's famous cheese). If approved, the bacterium would join two dozen other state symbols (according to the Wisconsin Blue Book): coat of arms, seal, motto, flag, song, flower, bird, tree, fish, state animal, wildlife animal, domestic animal, mineral, rock, symbol of peace, insect, soil, fossil, dog, beverage, grain, dance, ballad, waltz, fruit and tartan.


New York City, under Mayor Bloomberg's leadership, has taken aggressive positions against cigarette-smoking and restaurant dishes made with trans fats, but the city's Department of Health is apparently more tolerant regarding heroin. A recently released, department-funded 16-page pamphlet instructs heroin users on "safer" ways to inject the drug (and suggests, if the first needle stab misses a vein, the more healthful course is to pull out and begin anew rather than try to maneuver the syringe). Of course, the booklet contains several warnings against any use of heroin, but those, obviously, are messages habitually ignored by addicts.


Least Competent Bank Robbing Criminals

In December in Cardiff (Wales) Crown Court, James Snell was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a bank robbery from which he made his getaway in his own car with an easy-to-remember personalized license plate ("J4MES").  And Mark McAvinew, 52, was arrested in Kansas City, Mo., in December after allegedly robbing the Metcalf Bank and fleeing in an A.M. Heating & Cooling company van (a business he co-owns). Also, in November, Christopher Walker was sentenced to two years in jail for robbing a Lloyds TSB Bank in Birmingham, England. He had been caught within minutes, as he fled the bank to his home across the street.



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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