From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 9:54 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 29, 2008


Good Morning . . .


I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it.


Arrrrrgh . . . well I'm not interested in talking about pro football now, or the crazy weather, but I will take this moment to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Have a great week and we'll see ya in '09!  J



1972 - Jude Law (actor)

1966 - Bryan "Dexter" Holland (guitarist, singer)

1954 - Ed Autry (actor)

1952 - Gelsey Kirkland (ballet dancer)

1953 - Yvonne Elliman (actress, singer)

1947 - Ted Danson (actor)

1946 - Marianne Faithfull (singer, actress)

1941 - Ray Thomas (singer, harmonica, flute, bass)

1938 - John Voight (actor)

1936 - Mary Tyler Moore (actress)

1934 - Ed Flanders (actor, d. 1995)

1932 - Inga Swenson (actress)

1920 - Viveca Lindfors (actress, d. 1995)

1879 - Billy Mitchell ("father" of the U.S. Air Force, d. 1936)

1876 - Pablo Casals (musician, d. 1973)

1808 - Andrew Johnson (17th US President, d. 1975)

1800 - Charles Goodyear (inventor, d. 1960)



Can't Possibly Be True

In a March change of regulations, the Pentagon began saving money by reducing "combat-injury" benefits for all except those wounded while actually fighting, explaining that combat-"related" injuries were simply not worthy of full compensation. Thus, in examples offered by The Washington Post in November, Marine Cpl. James Dixon and Army Sgt. Lori Meshell were not entitled to full combat-injury coverage for their Iraq wounds (Dixon from a roadside bomb and a land mine, and Meshell while diving for cover during a mortar attack) because neither was actually fighting at the time. (Dixon, initially denied about $16,000 by the classification, recently won a hard-fought reversal, but Meshell, drawing $1,200 less per month because of the change, is still appealing.)


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reporting the latest of 10 lawsuits against dentist Thomas Laney, 55, found "flaws" in Washington state's medical disciplinary system, in that Laney was apparently doing "full-body cosmetic surgeries." Laney was being sued this time by a woman for allegedly botching her breast-reduction. His attorney told a reporter that negative outcomes happen, but that Laney should not be held responsible unless the patient suffers deformities that are "terribly, terribly wrong." (When an earlier patient of his died after surgery, Laney was "disciplined" with a fine and an order to get additional training.)


Modern Obsessions

Professionals at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, told an annual meeting of radiologists in Chicago in December that they had discovered an alarming new teenage trend of self-mutilation: girls deliberately inserting objects into their arms, hands, feet, ankles and necks (including needles, staples, wood, stone, glass and a crayon). According to the Chicago Tribune, the hospital reported extracting 52 such objects from 10 girls in a three-year period and regarded the practice as an extension of the more common self-cutting. Other studies have shown that at least 13 percent of high school students have deliberately injured themselves at least once.



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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