From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 8:43 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 28, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.


The Christmas “break” this past weekend wasn’t much of one for me as I found myself more preoccupied with work than originally expected (my apologies to my family).  However, it was still a special event and nothing beats the excitement of a child opening up presents.  AJ now has his own cheap but durable camera and a huge collection of weapons, albeit ones that fire soft Nerf darts a pretty good distance! 


The next edition of this newsletter will be out at its usual time - next Monday - but it will be one year ahead in 2010.  Happy New Year everyone!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 28th                        

1981 - Sienna Miller (model, actress)

1978 - John Legend (musician)

1960 - Marty Roe (singer)

1954 - Denzel Washington (actor)

1954 - Gayle King (editor, talk show host)

1946 - Edgar Winter (rock & pop artist)

1940 - Don Francisco (TV host)

1935 - Bruce Yarnell (actor, singer, d. 1973)

1934 - Dame Maggie Smith (actress)

1932 - Nichelle Nichols (actress)

1932 - Dorsey Burnette (singer, d. 1979)

1931 - Martin Milner (actor)

1921 - Johnny Otis (composer, song writer, musician)

1913 - Lou Jacobi (actor, d. 2009)

1911 - Sam Levinson (humorist, d. 1980)

1908 - Lew Ayres (actor, d. 1996)

1905 - Cliff Arquette (entertainer, d. 1974)

1905 - Earl 'Fatha' Hines (musician, songwriter, d. 1983)

1883 - Hendrik Meijer (grocery store founder, d. 1964)

1856 - Woodrow Wilson (28th US President, d. 1924)



Unreformed Health Care System

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections decided in October that it (i.e., taxpayers) should fund complex facial reconstruction surgery for inmate Daryl Strenke, who is serving 30 years after pleading guilty to murdering his girlfriend. Strenke had shot himself in the face in apparent remorse for the killing, severely disfiguring his mouth and jaw and making it nearly impossible for him to eat or speak normally.


Common Sense Takes a Vacation

Three men were convicted in August in Kansas City, Mo., of having convinced "numerous" customers to buy 3-inch-by-4-inch laminated "diplomat" cards that, promoters said, would legally free them from ever having to pay taxes or being arrested for any crime. According to the FBI, customers ponied up fees ranging from $450 to $2,000 to get the cards.


Things You Thought Didn't Happen

British Museum officials announced in September that the hoard of 7th-century Anglo-Saxon gold and silver treasure discovered on land in Staffordshire (at least 1,500 pieces, including crosses and parts of helmets and daggers) would take a year to evaluate fully but could be worth "many times" the 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) archaeologists initially estimated. The treasure was discovered by an unemployed 55-year-old man using one of the widely ridiculed, hand-held metal detectors that beachcombers favor to recover loose coins in the sand.


People With Too Much Money

After Nicolas Cage filed a lawsuit against him for mismanaging the actor's money, Cage's former business manager Samuel Levin filed his defense in November, charging Cage with creating his own problems by disregarding Levin's budgetary advice. According to Levin, Cage's 2007 purchases included three houses (costing $33 million), 22 cars (including nine Rolls-Royces) and 47 works of art. By 2008, said Levin, Cage owned 15 houses, four yachts, a Gulfstream jet and an island in the Bahamas.



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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