Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 3 of 8

 Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — EightSmell, Hearing and TasteWe won’t find any advantages here. Pity poor Man, all domesticated and dumbed down so that his wild senses, if ever he had any good ones, are now blunted and tamed.All the other animals, with their razor-sharp sensory gifts beat us all to hell in this area. Even without the ever-present threat of slinking, silent predators, we seem barely well enough equipped to keep from poisoning ourselves with … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 2 of 8

Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight… Okay, it never happened.I did stand under the streetlight on that lonely highway, right enough. After hours of waiting, I began to study the darkness around me, projecting my fears into it, and as I began to think more and more of things that might lurk out there, I gradually froze into spooked immobility. Though I never saw or heard the merest evidence that anything was out there, I stood locked in place, imagining everything fro … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 1 of 8

Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight[ Preface: ]Life is full of surprises.In my experience, there are two kinds. One is the kind that springs itself on you. The birthday party you weren’t expecting. The mistake on your paycheck that turns out to be an unexpected raise. The skin-crawly spider web that suddenly engulfs your horrified face as you walk through the woods at dusk.The second is the kind you look for. The magnificent vista that hoves into view aro … [Read more...]

Short Stack #3

I’ve been joking for years that Christianity is a stolen religion. Christians heisted it from the Jews in the middle of the night, polished off the serial numbers and changed the plates, slapped on a new coat of paint, and now they’re driving it like it was their own.---------------------What?? You mean ... Jesus wasn’t actually a Christian?? Oh, man. If JESUS wasn’t a Christian, why should I be? … [Read more...]

Brutalized, Simply BRUTALIZED for Their Faith

In a country filled with a strong majority of Christians — 85 percent or so, last I checked — the "downtrodden Christian" meme still resonates with epic appeal.Loosely, the reasoning behind the thing seems to be:  I am a devout Christian. Christians are savagely threatened for adhering to their faith. Therefore, I am a hero. Anita and Rick Perry, Downtroditorians from Texas, have now brought the meme to the Republican presidential race. … [Read more...]

Killing Kids for Luck, Money … and the Word of God

There are times I wonder "How does anybody even GET such ideas?"From the BBC, a report from Uganda: Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice.The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until about three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly … [Read more...]