Don Waitt The Pub


So a grown man was attacked, killed and partially eaten by a cougar this week in Washington state.

Let that sink in.

Killed and eaten by a cougar.

In America. In the 21st century—where we have flying planes, cell phones, the internet, Mars probes and the atomic bomb.

We’ve even walked on the moon.

And some guy gets eaten by a cougar.

And you think you’re having a bad day.

Only 20 people have been killed by mountain lions in North American between 1890 and 2011. Unfortunately S.J. Brooks and a buddy decided to do some mountain biking this week and encountered an emaciated, and very hungry, 100-pound mountain lion who attacked both men, killing Brooks. The cougar was later shot by wildlife officials.

What a strange, and violent, world we live in.

A woman gets sucked out of the window of a Southwest passenger jet in flight.

Two students go into two high schools in the space of a month and between them kill 27 students and teachers.

A terrorist knifes and kills tourists seeing the sites and walking the streets of beautiful Paris.

A police officer is arrested and charged with being the Golden State serial killer, whose unsuspecting victims were raped and murdered.

The woman on the Southwest flight thought she would be at her destination in a few hours. The students at the two high schools went to school worrying about pop tests, not AK-47s. The tourists in Paris were looking for souvenirs not a razor-sharp knife. And police officers are supposed to protect citizens not rape and murder them.

You never know what’s going to happen next.

You get up in the morning and you expect to have a normal day and then go to bed.

Doesn’t always work out that way.

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