The Pope took a couple of days off to visit the mountains of Alaska for some
sight-seeing. He was cruising along the campground in the Pope-mobile when
there was a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods. A helpless
Democrat, wearing sandals, shorts, a "To Hell with Bush" T-shirt, was screaming
while struggling frantically, thrashing around trying to free himself from the
grasp of a 10 foot grizzly bear.

As the Pope watched horrified, a group of Republicans came racing up.
One quickly fired a .44 magnum into the bear's chest. The other two reached up
and pulled the bleeding, semiconscious Democrat from the bear's grasp. Then
using long clubs, three finished off the bear and two of them threw it onto the
bed of their truck while the third tenderly placed the injured Democr at in the
back seat.

As they prepared to leave, the Pope summoned them to come over. "I give you my
blessing for your brave actions!" he tol d them. "I heard there was a bitter
hatred between Republicans and Democrats but now I've seen with my own eyes that
this is not true."

As the Pope drove off, one of the Republicans asked his buddies "Who was that

"It was the Pope," another replied. "He's in direct contact with heaven and has
access to all wisdom."

"Well, he may have access to all wisdom but he sure doesn't know anything about
bear hunting! Is the bait holding up, or do we need to go back to Massachusetts
and get another one?"