From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 7:50 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - September 1, 2008


Good Morning . . .


If I come back as an animal in my next lifetime, I hope it's some type of parasite, because this is the part where I take it EASY!


I wish everyone a Happy Labor Day . . . and really hope that Hurricane Gustav lightens up and takes it easy on the city of New Orleans.


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, September 1st  

1975 - Scott Speedman (actor)

1973 - J.D. Fortune (singer)

1957 - Gloria Estefan (singer)

1950 - Dr. Phil McGraw (personal growth author)

1946 - Barry Gibb (singer)

1939 - Lily Tomlin (comedienne/actress)

1933 - Conway Twitty (country singer, d. 1993)

1923 - Rocky Marciano (boxer, d. 1969)

1922 - Yvonne DeCarlo (actress, d. 2007)

1922 - Vittorio Gassman (actor, d. 2000)

1922 - Melvin Laird (US Government Official)

1875 - Edgar Rice Burroughs (novelist, d. 1950)

1854 - Engelbert Humperdinck (composer, d. 1921)



The Aristocrats!

In three instances reported in August, American kids were found living in such filthy squalor and isolation that authorities feared they were nearly as developmentally stunted as feral children raised in the wilderness. A 36-year-old man in Lavonia, Ga., was arrested for having imprisoned his wife and three never-schooled children inside their small trailer home for at least the last three years. And in Burke County, Ga., a woman and 11 never-schooled children were found in a filthy trailer home without electricity or running water. And in Polk County, Mo., six children were found among three families living in a clump of 12 isolated, junk-packed trailer homes with 360 animals and the only water coming from a series of connected garden hoses.


Crime Pays

Kenneth Moore, 49, admitted that he was the one who shot his friend Darrel Benner to death in 1995 during a beer-drinking binge, in front of two witnesses, in Piketon, Ohio, but an appeals court later ruled that he was entitled to a new trial because prosecutors had withheld evidence. At a new trial, with memories failing, Moore was found not guilty. State law thus calls Moore's nine-plus years served "wrongful imprisonment," entitling him to compensation, and in July the Ohio Court of Claims approved a payment of more than $500,000 (plus legal fees) for Moore's having pulled the trigger that night.



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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