From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 9:31 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 9, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Sometimes I think it would be better to live my life as a bird, able to soar above the ground, than to live it as a confused bird that digs into the ground.


Just got back from a trip out West to visit my new nephew (California) and some old friends (Arizona).  It was actually hotter in Chicago over the past several days than in both of these places.  I thought it was supposed to be October!?!   



1981 - Zachery Ty Bryan (actor)

1979 - Brandon Routh (actor)

1973 - Steve Burns (actor)

1954 - Scott Bakula (actor)

1953 - Tony Shalhoub (actor)

1952 - Sharon Osbourne (music manager - The Osbournes)

1948 - Jackson Browne (songwriter, singer)

1944 - John Entwistle (musician - The Who, d. 2002)

1941 - Brian Lamb (founder and CEO of C-Span)

1940 - John Lennon (singer, songwriter, d. 1980)

1914 - Edward Andrews (actor, d. 1985)

1908 - Jacques Tati (director, d. 1982)

1899 - Bruce Catton (journalist, historian, d. 1978)

1890 - Aimee Semple McPherson (evangelist, d. 1944)

1873 - Charles R. Walgreen (Drug store chain owner, d. 1939)



Latest Human Rights

"Zero Tolerance" Is Just for the Kids: One Alabama teacher, already fired but awaiting trial on a charge of raping a student, has not only received his regular paychecks for nearly two years, and will continue to until the trial is over, but has also been awarded two routine raises, based on a 2004 state law boosting teachers' rights (according to an August Associated Press review of records).


The largest school district in Montreal, Quebec, was ordered by an arbitrator to rehire a teacher whom it had fired in 2004 for illegally failing to disclose a conviction for killing his wife. The arbitrator ruled the firing improper, in that homicide is unrelated to the teacher's classroom work.


It's Good to Be a British Prisoner: Britain's chief inspector of prisons, Anne Owers, included in a recent inspection report of facilities her advice that prison wardens try to improve respect for inmates by having guards address prisoners by their preferred names and knock on cell doors before entering. A guards' association spokesman said the suggestion lacked even a "modicum" of sense.



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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