From:                             Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent:                               Monday, May 21, 2007 5:37 AM

Subject:                         Deep Thoughts Weekly - May 21, 2007

 

Good Morning . . .

 

Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someone's neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because WHAT IS THAT THING?!?"

 

Have you ever had one of those weekends with lots of constructive plans, only to end up doing basically nothing?  Seems like that just happened to me.  Well, at least the Cubs provided some entertainment, taking two out of three from that south side team. 

 

One other note - if you occasionally don't receive this message on Monday mornings, chances are it hit a "spam" block.  The biggest offenders are AOL & Comcast, with SBC Global recently doing the same.  I'm usually able to correct the issue within a day.

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, May 21th

1987 - Ashlie Brillaut (actress)

1974 - Fairuza Balk (actress)

1972 - Notorious B.I.G. (rapper)

1952 - Mr. T (actor)

1926 - Peggy Cass (comedienne)

1921 - Andrei Sakharov (physicist)

1920 - Anthony Steel (actor)

1917 - Raymond Burr (actor)

1917 - Dennis Day (singer)

1916 - Harold Robbins (writer)

1904 - Fats Waller (blues musician)

1904 - Robert Montgomery (actor)

1688 - Alexander Pope (poet)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Your Government in Action

Among the long-term disabilities that have been drawing compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (at a time when the returning wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan are meeting bureaucratic delays in getting their own disabilities properly compensated): 124,000 veterans receiving monthly checks because of hemorrhoids (according to a March Scripps Howard News Service report) and "thousands" of veterans since 1972 having received regular monthly checks to cover venereal diseases that they contracted on their own time while on active duty, including those treated for depression at having caught the disease (according to an investigation by the same reporter, published in May).

 

Fifty-six New York City principals and assistant principals and more than 500 schoolteachers have records so dismal that no school will take them on its rolls, leaving the school system the choice of either commencing long, expensive termination procedures for each or (as the schools chancellor has chosen to do) placing them into lower-status and make-work jobs (at their previously high rate of pay), according to a March report in the New York Daily News.

 

KUSA-TV reported in March that a Transportation Security Administration undercover team was able to sneak simulated liquid explosives past screeners at Denver International Airport about 90 percent of the time during a three-day test in February, in nearly every case because, though machines detected the explosives, the undercover agents talked the screeners out of personally searching them.

 

 

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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