From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 8:05 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 3, 2008


Good Morning . . .


I think a good gift for the President would be a chocolate revolver.  And since he is so busy, you'd probably have to run up to him real quick and give it to him.


Please don't send the secret service after me for that Deep Thought!  OK, in all seriousness, we have a very important election right around the corner - actually tomorrow - and regardless of what side of the political spectrum you're on it's very important that you exercise your right as an American and vote.  Besides, if you don't vote, you waive your right for the next four years to either take credit for or bitch about the outcome!



1987 - Gemma Ward (model)

1961 - Lee Montgomery (actor)

1959 - Dolph Lundgren (actor)

1954 - Adam Ant (singer)

1953 - Dennis Miller (comedian, writer)

1953 - Kate Capshaw (actress)

1952 - Roseanne Barr (Arnold) (actress)

1948 - Lulu (singer)

1933 - John Barry (composer)

1933 - Michael Dukakis (politician)

1933 - Ken Berry (actor)

1931 - Monica Vitti (actress)

1928 - Wanda Hendrix (actress, d. 1981)

1921 - Charles Bronson (actor, d. 2003)

1794 - William Cullen Bryant (poet, d. 1878)

1793 - Stephen Austin (principal founder of Texas, d. 1836)

1718 - John Montague (4th Earl of Sandwich, inventor, d. 1792)



The Country of Brinkle

Donna and Joel Brinkle of Deltona, Fla., raised a family and held respectable jobs until, in the 1990s, they declared themselves a sovereign nation and stopped paying taxes. Subsequently, the county took their home, and they now appear to be living on the handouts of their son and their church, but they have become irritations by filing property liens against government officials (including, once, President Clinton) who fail to recognize their independent authority. Once, they tried to buy a $700,000 house with a "money order" drawn on their home-made currency. Even though the Brinkles' game plan has failed on every single point (and Joel even did some jail time), the couple remains chipper, according to an October Orlando Sentinel report, certain that some higher official will soon vindicate them.


The Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Street-begging has become so sophisticated that some Web sites and blogs offer "market research" for panhandlers, with tips from wizened "pros," according to the Summer 2008 issue of City Journal. Current begging techniques (which apparently spread nationally, at least for those non-homeless, non-mentally-ill beggars) suggest humor (e.g., "I won't lie to you. I need a drink") and specificity of amount (e.g., "I need 43 more cents for a cup of coffee"), which often produces a larger donation. Local TV reporters in Memphis, Tenn., and Salt Lake City, among other cities, have found panhandlers to routinely earn $10 an hour and sometimes substantially more.



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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