From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 5:34 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 23, 2007

 

Good Morning . . .

 

When Gary told me he had found Jesus, I thought, Yahoo! We're rich! But it turned out to be something different.

 

My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends who lost loved ones at Virginia Tech. 

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, April 23rd

1970 - Scott Bairstow (actor)

1961 - George Lopez (comedian)

1960 - Valerie Bertinelli (actress)

1960 - Craig Sheffer (actor)

1957 - Jan Hooks (comedian)

1954 - Michael Moore (film producer)

1949 - Joyce DeWitt (actress)

1942 - Sandra Dee (actress)

1940 - Lee Majors (TV actor)

1936 - Roy Orbison (singer)

1932 - Jim Fixx (jogger/writer)

1928 - Shirley Temple (child star/actress)

1791 - James Buchanan (15th us president)

1564 - William Shakespeare (playwright)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

We Must Never Offend Anyone

According to a report commissioned by Britain's Department of Education and Skills, some history teachers have dropped references to the Holocaust (and the 11th-century Crusades) out of fear that the regular history curriculum might confuse or anger Muslim students who have been taught differently in local mosques (according to an April story in London's Daily Mail). And London's Daily Telegraph reported in March that the head teacher at a school in Huddersfield had changed the June student festival production of Roald Dahl's "The Three Little Pigs" to "The Three Little Puppies," out of fear that Muslim children would be uncomfortable singing "pig" references. (A local Muslim spokesman immediately condemned the change as unnecessary, and the school overruled the teacher.).

 

People With Issues

Army drill sergeant Edmundo Estrada, 35, was arraigned in January in Hampton, Va., on charges of indecent assault, on a complaint by a young subordinate who said Estrada prescribed a confidence-building regimen in which the two men role-played from a pornographic movie, with the trainee dressing as a Superman character and Estrada performing sexual acts on him. According to the arrest affidavit, when Estrada "torture(d)" the trainee, the man was to respond by "moaning." (Another trainee accused Estrada of trying to photograph his squad bare-chested, claiming he needed to document their physical growth.)

 

 

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

www.mcgonigal.org

 

*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at www.newsoftheweird.com)

 

 

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