From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 8:33 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 12, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I guess the hard thing for a lot of people to accept is why God would allow me to go running through their yards, yelling and spinning around.


While putting together today's mailer I'm listing to Howard Stern on Sirius/XM radio on what also happens to be his 55th birthday (see below in the famous birthday section).  I've now been a satellite radio subscriber for over three years and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys high quality music and entertainment - a significantly greater variety that's much better than anything you'll find on regular radio.  Sure it isn't free, but it doesn't really cost that much and you definitely get your money's worth!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, January 12th    

1988 - Andy Lawrence (actor)

1974 - Melanie Jayne Chisolm (singer)

1966 - Rob Zombie (singer)

1964 - Jeff Bezos (founder & CEO,

1955 - Kirstie Alley (actress)

1954 - Howard Stern (radio and television host)

1951 - Rush Limbaugh (radio host)

1951 - Chris Bell (singer, guitarist, d. 1978)

1944 - Joe Frazier (Boxer)

1930 - Glenn Yarbrough (singer)

1926 - Ray Price (singer)

1915 - Martin Agronsky (newsman, d. 1999)

1910 - Luise Rainer (actress)

1905 - Tex Ritter (singer, actor, d. 1974)

1902 - Joe E. Lewis (comedian, d. 1971)

1876 - Jack London (author, d. 1916)

1856 - John Singer Sargent (artist, d. 1925)

1729 - Edmund Burke (statesman and philosopher, d. 1797)



Government in Action!

A Houston Chronicle investigation revealed in November that Immigration and Customs Enforcement failed to act against 75 percent of all self-identified illegal aliens convicted of local crimes in the Houston area recently, including immigrants who had committed felonies ranging up to sexual assault of a child and even capital murder. After ICE declined to hold them, that 75 percent were simply released back into the community. Nationally, during that same approximate time period, ICE was deporting twice as many illegal aliens with clean records (clean, except for being undocumented) as those with criminal rap sheets.


Rats Oppressed, But Bats Live Large: Environmental activists announced in November the intention to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reducing by 80 percent the California sanctuary area of the endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat (distinguishing feature: only four toes on its hind feet). In Britain, however, the Ministry of Defense has shown great sensitivity to bats that were living in antiquated military housing in two Hampshire facilities. Remodeled buildings for 18,000 personnel will include special cavities built into the structures so that the bats can resume cohabiting with the military.


Robert Christianson, 64, was arrested in October upon his arrival at Tampa International Airport, based on a hold requested by Canadian customs officials. Christianson was being sought only on two warrants: allowing a dog to run at large and having no license for his dog.



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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