From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 8:00 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 23, 2009


Good Morning . . .


To me, it's a good idea to always carry two sacks of something when you walk around.  That way, if anybody says, "Hey, can you give me a hand?" you can say, "Sorry, got these sacks."


It's been another great first round of the NCAA tournament, and how is everyone doing in their brackets?  As usual I'm doing fair but nowhere near "winner" level.  It ain't over yet . . . but maybe next year!  J



1976 - Keri Russell (actress)

1957 - Amanda Plummer (actress)

1953 - Chaka Khan (singer)

1929 - Roger Bannister (athlete, neurologist)

1926 - Martha Wright (singer, actress)

1925 - Monique Van Vooren (actress)

1912 - Wernher Von Braun (scientist, d. 1977)

1910 - Akira Kurosawa (film director, d. 1998)

1905 - Joan Crawford (actress)

1900 - Erich Fromm (psychoanalyst, d. 1980)



Unclear on the Concept

In Airdrie, Alberta, in January, police officers responded to a report from the Ralph McCall Elementary School that a man was standing in the yard yelling with a portable loudspeaker toward a group of frolicking kids, calling, "Girls in the field, come over to my truck, come pet my dog." When alarmed adults nearby approached him, the man quickly got in his truck and took off.


In response to a bomb threat called in to Hays High School in Buda, Texas, in February, Principal Shirley Reich directed the evacuation of all students, who were kept out for two hours until the all-clear. The building had not been completely cleared, though. Reich had ordered that eight special-needs students, who presented mobility problems for the staff, be kept inside during the evacuation, and afterward Reich defended her decision, crediting herself for compassion because it was cold outside, and she wanted the special-needs students to be comfortable.


In February, a federal jury in Tucson, Ariz., awarded damages of $77,000 to six illegal immigrants who had trespassed on rancher Roger Barnett's land in 2004 (only one of hundreds of forays onto his land over the years by border-jumpers from Mexico) because Barnett had detained them while he was carrying a gun, which the jury said constituted "infliction of emotional distress" (though Barnett said he was merely protecting his property). Originally, 16 Mexican nationals had sued for $32 million, accusing Barnett of violating whatever civil rights illegal-immigrant trespassers might have.



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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