From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 6:04 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - September 8, 2009

 

Good Morning . . .

 

One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh no," I said, "Disneyland burned down." He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.

 

Yes, this issue is a day late . . . figured I'd also celebrate Labor Day by doing little labor.  J  Actually the family (along with my sister's family) went to the season's last day of the Renaissance Faire in Bristol WI.  That really is a fun time regardless of your age.  OK, onto the NFL this weekend . . . WHOO-HOO!!!

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, September 8th               

1981 - Jonathan Taylor Thomas (actor)

1979 - Pink (singer)

1971 - David Arquette (actor)

1946 - Ron McKernan (musician, d. 1973)

1939 - Guitar Shorty (blues guitarist)

1932 - Patsy Cline (country singer, d. 1963)

1925 - Peter Sellers (actor, d. 1980)

1922 - Sid Caesar (TV comedian)

1900 - Claude Pepper (congressman, d. 1989)

1841 - Anton Dvorak (composer, d. 1904)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Can't Possibly Be True

Rhode Island legislators are scrambling to fix an oversight in state law that came to light only earlier this year. While the state treats 16 as the age of sexual consent and the age at which most child labor laws no longer apply, the under-18 sex-worker law bans only "prostitution" and "lewd" activities, leaving girls age 16 and 17 free to work as strippers. (Nudity, by itself, is not "lewd" under constitutional law.) Other Rhode Island laws bar under-18s from, for example, serving drinks, working with power tools or buying pornography. (The city of Providence is also now trying to fix its own ordinance in which prostitution appears to be illegal only for streetwalkers, thus legalizing the trade for those working indoors.)

 

Unclear on the Concept

Admitted gang member Alex Fowler, 26, of Jasper, Texas, was arrested in July and charged with an attempted home-invasion robbery that went bad. Tough-guy Fowler, who has the words "Crip for Life" tattooed on his neck, was chased from the house by the 87-year-old female "victim" pointing a can of Raid insect repellant at him, threatening to spray.

 

Benumbed by Taxes

In April 2008, Jeanette Jamieson of Toccoa, Ga., finally paid off her state income tax lien (covering 1998 through 2005) of $45,000, but a year later was indicted for failing to file state tax returns for 2006 and 2007, when her income was at least $188,000. In Jamieson's day job, she runs a tax preparation service. Also, for the past 24 years, until defeated in 2008, she was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.

 

According to the Detroit Free Press, City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson is a fierce advocate for getting more money to the impoverished city from state and federal grants, but was herself shorting the city treasury. Municipal records revealed that somehow she managed to be billed only $68 a year in property tax for a well-kept home in a neighborhood where her neighbors' property tax ranges from $2,000 to $6,500 annually. She told the newspaper she never realized she was paying too little and assumed the low amount was because of "tornado damage," even though Detroit's last tornado was in 1997.

 

 

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

www.mcgonigal.org

 

*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at www.newsoftheweird.com.

 

 

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