From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 8:26 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 8, 2008


Good Morning . . .


To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kinda scary. I've wondered where this started, and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus and a clown killed my dad.


Well, no clown killed my dad this weekend, but he did manage to dislocate his hip on Saturday night - the same one he had surgery on eight weeks prior!  Nothing crazy was going on, he just turned the wrong way and out it went.  Fortunately the good folks at the Good Shepherd Hospital E.R. were able to pop it back in and he's almost good as new (though still quite sore).  Yup, getting older is truly a wonderful thing! 


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 8th  

1966 - Sinead O'Connor (singer)

1964 - Teri Hatcher (actress)

1953 - Kim Basinger (actress)

1953 - Sam Kinison (comedian, d. 1992)

1947 - Gregg Allman (musician, vocals)

1946 - John Rubinstein (actor, singer)

1943 - Jim Morrison (singer, d. 1971)

1939 - Jerry Butler (singer)

1939 - James Galway (flautist)

1937 - James MacArthur (actor)

1936 - David Carradine (actor)

1933 - Flip Wilson (comedian, d. 1998)

1930 - Maximilian Schell (actor)

1925 - Sammy Davis Jr. (entertainer, singer, d. 1990)

1916 - Richard Fleischer (director, producer, writer, d. 2006)

1911 - Lee J. Cobb (actor, d. 1976)

1894 - James Thurber (writer, d. 1961)

1886 - Diego Rivera (painter, d. 1957)

1865 - Jean Sibelius (composer, d. 1957)

1861 - Aristide Maillol (sculptor, d. 1944)

1765 - Eli Whitney (inventor, d. 1825)

1730 - Jan Ingenhousz (Physician, plant physiologist, d. 1799)

1542 - Mary Queen of Scots (d. 1587)




Hummer H2 driver Yvonne Sinclair, 29, was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter in November in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., from a 2006 crash that killed two people and in which her intoxication was a major factor. Sinclair had bought the Hummer from proceeds of a lawsuit settlement over the 2003 death of her boyfriend, who was killed by a drunk driver


Strange Justice: The Saudi Arabia delegation to the United Nations sponsored a conference on religious tolerance in November. (Not only does the kingdom employ a police force "on the prevention of vice and the promotion of virtue," but it is accused of widespread internal discrimination against disfavored Islamic sects.)


Janice Warder, a former Texas judge and now the incoming district attorney for Texas' Cooke County, was accused in March by a Dallas judge of having improperly withheld evidence in a 1986 case to secure a murder conviction. (The Dallas judge ordered a new trial.)


Patricia Howard filed a lawsuit against her USA Environmental employer in 2006 (just recently unsealed by a judge) for subjecting her to dangerous work during 2003-2005. The workplace was in Iraq and involved detonating surplus munitions to prevent their falling into insurgents' hands, but that was not the "danger" she feared. Rather, the munitions were located in abandoned football-field-sized warehouses that had long been home to pigeons. Foot-high piles of feces had dried and turned to powder, and Howard charged that the company's respiration protection was nearly useless, subjecting workers to Hantavirus and other diseases.



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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