From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 3:25 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 14, 2009


Good Morning . . .


The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then I told myself, “Go ahead, do whatever you want, it's ok by me.”


Why does the old Billy Joel song “Pressure” keep ringing through my head?  Man oh man oh man . . . things are sure heating up with this little pub project . . . and I’m trying to avoid a meltdown!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 14th                        

1988 - Vanessa Hudgens (actress)

1979 - Michael Owen (soccer player)

1946 - Michael Ovitz (Hollywood power agent)

1946 - Joyce Vincent Wilson (singer)

1946 - Patty Duke (actress)

1935 - Lee Remick (actress, d. 1991)

1932 - Charlie Rich (singer, d. 1995)

1932 - Abbe Lane (singer, glamour actress)

1922 - Don Hewitt (producer, d. 2009)

1920 - Clark Terry (musician)

1919 - Shirley Jackson (writer, d. 1965)

1918 - James Aubrey Jr (movie executive, d. 1994)

1917 - Dan Dailey (singer, dancer, actor, d. 1978)

1914 - Morey Amsterdam (comedian, actor, d. 1996)

1911 - Spike Jones (musician, bandleader, d. 1965)

1896 - Jimmy Doolittle (aviator, d. 1993)

1503 - Nostradamus (Physician, prophet, d. 1566)



Police Report

In the past three years, at least 39 drivers in Dallas have been ticketed by police officers for the "offense" of being "a non-English speaking driver," according to a Dallas Morning News investigation in October. The software for officers' in-car computers features a check-off box with the phrase, perhaps leading officers (and their sergeants) to believe it constituted a separate traffic offense rather than merely an indication that the motorist might not have understood an officer's instructions. The police chief expressed shock at the report and promised to end the practice.


Justifiable Felonies?

Five people were arrested in Los Angeles in October and charged with kidnapping and "torturing" two "loan modification" agents who had taken fees while promising to save their home from foreclosure but had allegedly failed to help.


Daniel Adler, 61, was arrested in October in Stony Point, N.Y., and charged with assault. Police said Adler had been solicited by a Sears Home Improvement telemarketer and had agreed to an appointment but that when the employee arrived, Adler allegedly punched him in the face. Adler said he had scheduled the appointment only to "advise" Sears, in person, to stop calling him.


Florida Democracy in Action

When a Broward County Republican club held its scheduled meeting in October at a local gun range (according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report), among the shooters was the congressional candidate trying to unseat the Democratic incumbent, and on his target as he fired away, someone had written the Democrat's initials.  Also in Broward County in October, the father (a Democrat) of County Mayor Stacy Ritter was arrested and charged with threatening his daughter at gunpoint. The father is running for mayor of Tamarac and was upset that his daughter had endorsed his opponent.



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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