And now . . . this – Oct. 27/14

October 27, 2014

We are now officially stupider as a species for having to say this, but . . .

The U.S. Forest Service at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe say visitors are risking their lives in the hunt for a unique profile picture by approaching the bears.

‘We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a “selfie” photo,’ Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit told Reno Gazette-Journal.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Why is it that you need a license to buy a gun or catch fish, but anyone with a smartphone and a double-digit IQ can go out in the bush and take a picture of himself with a bear?

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The Vegan Monologues, at a dinner theatre near you

October 7, 2014

And now, this: California-style, weapons-grade moonbattery courtesy of one Kelly Atlas, under the auspices of an animal-rights group calling itself “Direct Action Everywhere”.

This utter loon walks into a restaurant, where coincidentally the PA system is playing “My Girl,” and delivers a monologue about her girl: “I have a little girl. She was very abused for her entire life. She was terrified. . . . And she was hurt and abused her entire life because of this establishment and because of establishments like it.” And so forth.

Of course, as the weepy, blonde monologue progresses, it is eventually revealed that her “little girl” is actually a chicken named “Snow” whom Kelly apparently “rescued” (read: stole) from a commercial farm or some such place. Kelly’s lachrymose jeremiad continues, bemoaning the fate of Snow’s “sisters”: “And right now their eggs and their milk and their bodies are on plates inside this restaurant, and that is so unfair to them!” she wails.

Behold the certifiable delirium that is the modern animal-rights movement:

Direct Action Everywhere writes, on their Web site, explaining why they engage in “direct action”:

The passion of the movement for animal liberation is unmatched. Many of us have cried countless tears of pain, as we have heard, seen, and even felt the oppression and violence imparted on our non-human sisters and brothers.

Of course, they don’t really believe this, and they say so: the hashtag in the YouTube video title is #DisruptSpeciesism. If a chicken truly is my brother or sister, then eating him might be racism or sexism, but it isn’t speciesism. Direct Action Everywhere doesn’t want to stop animals from eating other animals. If they really believed humans and animals were brethren, they’d try to stop animals from eating meat, or they wouldn’t try to make humans stop eating meat, against their nature. Their aims contradict their presuppositions, and so their message is incoherent as well as risible.

As I wrote a few months ago, “there is a significant categorical and moral difference between human beings and animals. One is made in the image of God, and the rest are a gift of God for our use (Genesis 9:3).” Snow isn’t made in the image of God, and it’s going to take a lot more than a crocodile-tear-jerking homily from a flaky Californian to convince me I can’t turn her into delicious chicken tenders.


And now . . . this – Oct. 7/14

October 7, 2014

These days I consider myself lucky if I can grab a couple of weird news stories in a day. So today is a smorgasbord!

A mother of a 4-year-old was arrested after her daughter brought heroin into a daycare and began passing it out to other children, Delaware State Police say. . . .

Police say a 4-year-old girl unknowingly brought the small bags of heroin into the childcare in a backpack that her mother gave her after hers had become ruined by the family pet sometime in the night.

Upon thinking the packets were candy, she began passing them out to her classmates.

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Kids these days.

Of course, she’s probably the driving force behind the class president by now.

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Superman Saturday: Ain’t it a shame about the radium rain?

October 4, 2014

Clark Kent and Lois Lane are in New Birmingham to interview Lois’ uncle, meteorologist Horace Morton, who has a supposedly foolproof method for predicting the weather. They soon learn, however, that he has discovered a means to control the weather, and is being used by a criminal syndicate to aid them in their crimes.

Dr. Morton was also aiding a local radium refinery to find a new process for refining pitchblende ore. When Clark and Lois discover his assistant dead, with a handful of pitchblende, the police arrest Morton for murder. However, the syndicate actually committed the murder, and also abducted Morton from the jail . . .

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Friday in the wild: October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014

I haven’t done a Friday in the Wild for a few weeks, so while it might look like I’m playing catch-up, it is in fact a doozy of a week. Lots of interesting stuff to share. So, without further ado:

Come Reason posted this about the rise in relativism in Christian youth:

This kind of thinking is how tyranny is born. If one cannot tell another his actions are evil, then they will continue until those that would dare to oppose immorality are themselves labelled as immoral. . . . And now, the kids we send to college hold not the belief that they cannot stand their moral ground, but that they should not stand their moral ground, because to do so is itself an immoral act!

[Read The Epidemic of Relativism Among Christian Youth]

Woe unto anyone who declares woe unto anyone.

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And now . . . this – Oct. 3/14

October 3, 2014

Some pig

At a campground in Western Australia over the weekend, a feral pig guzzled down 18 beers that had been left out improperly secured. And just like anyone 18 beers in at a rural dive bar, the pig got big-headed and decided to start a fight with a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car.

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Oh dear. Wilbur’s on a bender.