From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 7:52 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 6, 2008


Good Morning . . .


If you're ever selling your house, and some people come by, and a big rat comes out and he's dragging the rattrap because it didn't quite kill him, just tell the people he's your pet and that's a trick you taught him.


Playoff baseball in Chicago has proven to be a flop . . . Cubs are done quickly and it appears the Sox will be following shortly.  Guess that gives us sports fans more time to turn our attention to "Air Orton" and the first place Bears!


FYI, after this issue Deep Thoughts Weekly will take a brief break - the next issue will be sent out on Monday, October 20th.  Have a great couple weeks.



1973 - Ioan Gruffudd (actor)

1970 - Amy Jo Johnson (actress)

1963 - Elisabeth Shue (actress)

1951 - Kevin Cronin (singer)

1946 - Millie Small (singer)

1942 - Fred Travalena (actor)

1942 - Britt Ekland (actress)

1936 - Anna Quayle (actress)

1930 - Hafez al-Assad (president of Syria, d. 2000)

1914 - Thor Heyerdahl (explorer, author, d. 2002)

1908 - Carole Lombard (actress, d. 1942)

1906 - Janet Gaynor (actress, d. 1984)

1905 - Helen Wills Moody (tennis, d. 1998)

1897 - Jerome Cowan (actor, d. 1972)

1887 - Le Corbusier (Architect, artist, d. 1965)

1869 - George Horace Lorimer (editor, d. 1937)

1846 - George Westinghouse (inventor, developer, founder, d. 1914)

1820 - Jenny Lind (singer, d. 1887)



Can't Possibly Be True

Jose Rivera, 22, survived two tours in Iraq, but back home in California, he took a job at the high-security Atwater federal prison, where officers cannot carry even non-lethal crowd-control weapons, and Rivera was murdered 10 months later by two inmates armed with handmade shivs. "Every single inmate in there is armed to the teeth for his own protection," complained one officer, but a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told CNN in August that "communication" with inmates is a better policy than even modestly arming guards.


When Eric Aderholt's house in Rockwell County, Texas, burned down in June, it wasn't because the fire department was too slow. They arrived within minutes, but none was aware that local hydrants were locked. Apparently, departments know that hydrants in rural areas have been shut off, as part of post-9/11 security, and must be turned on with a special tool, which no one brought that night. Texas law even requires shut-off hydrants to be painted black, but the firefighters still arrived without the tool, and by the time they retrieved it, Aderholt's house was gone.


A member of Pakistan's parliament stood his ground in August, defending news reports from his Baluchistan province that five women had been shot and then buried alive as tribal punishment for objecting to their families' choosing husbands for them. A defiant Israr Ullah Zehri told the Associated Press, "These are centuries-old traditions, and I will continue to defend them," despite condemnation by Zehri's colleagues. "Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid," Zehri said.



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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