From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 6:40 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 22, 2007

 

Good Morning . . .

 

If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because, man, they're gone.

 

For those of you getting this who live in the Chicagoland area, hope you enjoyed the nice weather this weekend - supposedly that's the last of the really warm days until 2008.  Then again, weather reporting has been known to be slightly incorrect at times . . .

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, October 22nd

1990 - Jonathan Lipnicki (actor)

1985 - Zac Hanson (singer)

1968 - Shaggy (reggae singer)

1968 - Shelby Lynne (Country singer)

1963 - Brian Boitano (figure skater)

1952 - Jeff Goldblum (actor)

1945 - Eddie Brigati (singer, musician)

1945 - Leslie West (singer, musician)

1943 - Bobby Fuller (singer, musician)

1943 - Catherine Deneuve (actress)

1942 - Annette Funicello (actress, singer)

1939 - Tony Roberts (actor)

1938 - Christopher Lloyd (actor)

1920 - Mitzi Green (actress, d. 1969)

1920 - Timothy Leary (Counter-culture guru, d. 1996)

1917 - Joan Fontaine (actress)

1905 - Constance Bennett (actress, d. 1965)

1903 - Curly Howard (Jerome Horwitz) (the Three Stooges, d. 1952)

1882 - N. C. Wyeth (painter, d. 1945)

1811 - Franz Liszt (composer, d. 1886)

(and happy birthday to my dad, who turns 64 on October 24th)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Government in Action!

Pentagon investigators discovered in August that a small South Carolina company fraudulently collected $20.5 million in shipping costs, including one invoice of $999,798 for sending two washers (cost: 19 cents each) to a base in Texas. According to Bloomberg News, the Defense Department was said to have a policy of automatically and unquestioningly paying shipping bills labeled "priority."

 

The Senate Finance Committee found in April that more than 450,000 federal employees and retirees owe back federal income taxes (totaling about $3 billion), including almost 5 percent of the employees and retirees of the U.S. Tax Court.

 

In August, the Palestinian Authority admitted that, after Hamas violently split from the government in mid-June, civil servants nonetheless failed to act quickly and thus in July continued to pay the salaries of about 3,000 Hamas security officers (who were formerly PA employees, but who by then were fighting the PA).

 

 

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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