From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 8:28 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 16, 2008

 

Good Morning . . .

 

It's funny how two simple words, "I promise," will stall people for a while.

 

Happy Father's Day (a day late) to all you fathers out there.  Hope you enjoyed the weekend and caught some of the U.S. Open.  Hey, even non-golf fans had to appreciate the drama of this past weekend's event.  "Overtime" playoff round - Woods vs. Mediate - is today.  Whoo-Hoo!

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, June 16th

1987 - Diana DeGarmo (singer)

1971 - Tupac Shakur (rapper, d. 1996)

1955 - Laurie Metcalf (actress)

1943 - Joan Van Ark (actress)

1941 - Lamont Dozier (songwriter)

1938 - Joyce Carol Oates (author)

1937 - Erich Segal (author)

1917 - Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post, d. 2001)

1910 - Jack Albertson (actor, d. 1981)

1890 - Stan Laurel (actor and comedian, d. 1965)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Government in Action

WWL-TV reported in April that at least one east New Orleans floodwall, built immediately after Hurricane Katrina, had been temporarily stuffed with newspaper to create seals, but that in the two years since had not been upgraded. Among the stuffing that had not decayed or been eaten by bugs was an issue of Parade magazine of May 21, 2006. A contractor of the Army Corps of Engineers told a resident at the time that the newspaper seals were used only until money from Washington arrived to finish the job. Two weeks after WWL-TV's report, the corps repaired the seals properly, but a spokesman insisted that the newspaper stuffing "ha(d) no effect from a structural or safety factor."

 

The Government Accountability Office revealed in April that more than 60,000 of the federal government's contractors owe a total of about $7.7 billion in unpaid federal taxes, and that health care providers who take Medicare payments owe an additional $1 billion in late taxes. One unnamed company owes $10 million in back taxes, yet the Pentagon did $1 million worth of business with it. (One activist on tax issues pointed out that firms might find it easy to win low-bid contracts if they don't have the tax expense that their competitors have.)

 

 

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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