From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 7:26 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 27, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot.


Regardless of what this busy and potentially crazy week hits me with, at least I know there is the Durty Nellie's Beer Fest at the end of it (Saturday).  It's the fifteenth annual and I can proudly state I've made it to all but the first one.  Well, maybe "proud" isn't the right term.  J



1959 - Sheena Easton (singer)

1951 - Paul 'Ace' Frehley (musician)

1939 - Judy Carne (actress)

1937 - Sandy Dennis (actress, d. 1992)

1932 - Anouk Aimee (actress)

1932 - Maxine Brown (singer)

1932 - Casey Kasem (radio host)

1927 - Coretta Scott King (civil rights leader, d. 2006)

1922 - Jack Klugman (actor)

1899 - Walter Lantz (animator, d. 1994)

1822 - Ulysses S. Grant (18th US President, d. 1885)

1791 - Samuel F.B. Morse (painter, inventor, d. 1872)

1759 - Wollstonecraft (author, d. 1797)

1737 - Edward Gibbon (historian, author, d. 1794)



Leading Economic Indicators

As Italy's banks (like so many others) curtailed lending during the global financial crisis, the country's 180,000 small businesses had nowhere to turn for liquidity except to the Mafia, whose lending continued (at ridiculous interest rates, of course), unrestricted by the recession, according to a March Washington Post dispatch from Rome. Organized crime in Italy collects an estimate of the equivalent of $315 million a week.


In March, because of budget cuts, the Municipal Court in Mount Gilead, Ohio, ordered its clerk to accept no new filings of any kind (including criminal cases) unless the filer brings his own paper for printing the legally required copies to be distributed.


London's Daily Mail reported in March that among the recession-themed business start-up grants awarded by the Welsh Department of Work and Pensions was the equivalent of about $6,600 to the Accolade Academy of Psychic and Mediumistic Studies. One of the Academy's owners defended the award, noting that parents who have lost a child need to know that the child is safe.



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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