From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 6:33 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 6, 2009


Good Morning . . .


We tend to scoff at the beliefs of the ancients.  But we can't scoff at them personally, to their faces, and this is what really annoys me.


A pretty exciting day in store for many of us sports fans.most baseball teams kick off their opening day schedules today (GO CUBS!!!) and the NCAA basketball final is tonight.  Oh, and probably more important, TOMORROW (4/7) is election day, so be sure to get out and vote for your candidates in your areas.



1976 - Candace Cameron (actress)

1975 - Zach Braff (actor)

1969 - Ari Meyers (actress)

1969 - Paul Rudd (actor)

1952 - Marilu Henner (actress)

1947 - John Ratzenberger (actor)

1941 - Philip Austin (comedian)

1937 - Merle Haggard (country singer)

1937 - Billy Dee Williams (actor)

1929 - Andre Previn (pianist, composer)

1892 - Lowell Thomas (reporter and radio newscaster, d. 1981)

1884 - Walter Huston (actor, d. 1950)

1866 - Butch Cassidy (outlaw, d. 1908 assumed)



Government in Action

Resident Tony Randall of Ashland, N.H. (pop., 2,000), a surveyor by trade who was elected chief of the town's 12-member police force in March, promised he would know more about his job by September, when he will finish police academy training.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that a March meeting of the Medina, Ohio, City Council required a recess when all members engaged in serial giggling over one person's flatulence.


Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer of Snellville, Ga., involved in a recent feud with an aggressive city council member, called on police chief Roy Whitehead to escort him to the men's room at City Hall for his safety.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with the impossible task of "regulating" 18,000 makers of drug devices (and thousands of other companies and enforcing 123 new federal laws since 1988), has had virtually no increase in staff in 15 years. It's little wonder, then, that the AM2PAT company of Angier, N.C., was not caught before bacteria in its pre-filled syringes were linked to five deaths and hundreds of illnesses in December 2007. Subsequently inspected, AM2PAT's saline and heparin syringes were found to contain "debris" and "sediment" and to be "muddy" and "dingy brown" in color. Furthermore, according to a February report in the Raleigh News & Observer, the required "clean (air) room" was found to be just a room with a fan, and the company's "chief microbiologist" was revealed to be a teenager who had dropped out of high school. The company's owner has fled to his native India to avoid prosecution.



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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