From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 5:42 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 18, 2007

 

Good Morning . . .

 

The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw.

 

Hope everyone had a nice weekend, and for you fathers out there, a belated "Happy Father's Day" to you!  I haven't done many updates on the website lately but hope to have some good new stuff later this week. 

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, June 18th

1971 - Nathan Morris (singer)

1952 - Carol Kane (actress)

1952 - Isabella Rossellini (actress, model)

1942 - Roger Ebert (film critic)

1942 - Paul McCartney (musician, singer and songwriter)

1939 - Lou Brock (baseball)

1917 - Richard Boone (actor)

1914 - E.G. Marshall (actor)

1910 - Ray McKinley (musician)

1908 - Bud Collyer (radio and TV host)

1901 - Jeanette MacDonald (singer with Nelson Eddy)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Latest Religious Messages

While the California Assembly debated an open-hand-only spanking bill for parents this spring, the Bethel Baptist Church in El Sobrante continued to demand that spanking by flexible rod is the only punishment acceptable to God and that will produce wisdom in the child. No sturdier weapon may be used, nor the open or closed hand, nor even mere yelling, according to a church pamphlet cited by InsideBayArea.com for a May report. Said one parishioner-parent, "With my girls, the spanking relieved them of their guilt, which allowed them to be happy in a very short time afterward." Said another, "We disagree with timeouts. ... That's an attack on spanking."

 

In May, The Times of London, interviewing witnesses in Diyala province in Iraq, described scenes from the hard-core Salafist version of Islam being enforced (similar to what the Taliban imposed in Afghanistan), including breaking the fingers of those who repeatedly smoked cigarettes, prohibiting grocers from displaying bananas (as "obscene"), and requiring them to screen cucumbers from tomatoes (as the latter are "feminine vegetables"). One local man said he assumed that another restriction that farmers modestly cover their goats' "nether regions" was just a rumor, until he saw a goat wearing boxer shorts.

 

 

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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