What is it about nice people that attract total idiots?Nice people are martyrs. Idiots are evangelists.


Friday, August 5, 2022

M10 show week #34


Elvis:  Okay, so what kinda special show do ya have fer us this week?

Nothing special.  Just the standard stuff.

What? No "guess the song written by the singer's aunt", or the latest clicklist of  greatest hits of singers wearing dentures?"


Nope.  Just the number ones for the zeros and ones, one new debut, new #1...

Wow, you disappoint me...

Well, I could point out there was about a six-way tie for who the debut was gonna be... I mean, the shuffle has a beefy 26 songs on it.  Or I could just randomly type in 'greatest hits of' and see what comes up... I tell you what, let's go with 'greatest hits of all time, and see how many different answers we get!

Well, that'd be unusual...

You better cue up the debut first...

All right, so the winner of the "debuts this week" derby goes to... more new Built To Spill, at #10...





I like it!  How's about I do the #1s from the 0's this week?

Have at it, buddy...

Boy, yer about a damper tonight...

I'm frustrated.  Nobody comments anymore, Laurie only chuckles at half the jokes... I think I'm losing my touch...

Cain't lose whatcha never had, haw!  Anyway...

This week in 1960, #1 on Cashbox was Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland... now that might cheer ya up...

Long as it isn't Mrs Miller in it...

 I'd plumb fergot about her!  I getcher point...

#1 this week in 1970 was (They Long To Be) Close To You by the Carpenters...

An' in 1980, it was Olivia Newton-John with Magic...

 So, what'd you find on those 'greatest hits?

Well, from the top, we had pages giving the title to...

Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

Aretha Franklin's Respect 

John Lennon's Imagine... let's not go there...

The Beatles, Yesterday...

Yeah, let's not go there, either!

Chubby Checker and The Twist

Led Zep and Stairway To Heaven 

Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody

Beyonce's Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode

Bob Dylan, Like A Rolling Stone

David Bowie, Life On Mars

Stone Roses, I Am The Resurrection

Prince and the Revolution, When Doves Cry

Hound Dog by yours truly...

YES!!! NA NA NA NA!!!!!

And that's seven Google pages back, with multiple votes for Imagine and Bohemian Rhapsody.  A couple of them were various years of the Rolling Stone top 500, Ranker and Rateyourmusic were represented, and of course, the very odd site that pitched in the Stone Roses. I mean, it wasn't bad as 8-minute songs go...

You stopped it at 2:40...

Because we have other things to do!  I say, let's bring up Spotify and see which one's got the most votes...

Which proves what?

Nothing, but it gives us a good jumping-off point.  Whilst I gather that info, make with the other #1s...

Sure, sure... 

1961 this week was Bobby Lewis, Tossin' And Turnin'...

1971 this week was James Taylor an' You've Got A Friend...

...an' 1981 this week was The Oak Ridge Boys an' Elvira...

Good grief!

So, ya get them numbers?

Yep, and here's how Spotify ranked these alleged greatest hits, using the first version that shows up as my number...

Not surprisingly, the Stone Roses bagged last with 41 million... 

The Twist only gathered  67 mil for 13th;

Shockingly, When Doves Cry got 12th with 177 mil;

King.. you got 11th with 185 mil...

RIGGED!  It wuz rigged, I tell ya!

Bowie came in 10th with 243 mil; 

Dylan got 9th with 274 mil;

Chuck Berry was 8th with 322 mil;

Aretha got respected up to #7 with 425 mil;

The Beatles got 6th with 432 mil;

Lennon got 5th with 465 mil;

Beyonce took #4 at 479 mil;

Led Zep came in 3rd with 719 mil;

Nirvana was 2nd with 1.356 BILLION listens;

 And, to no great shock, Bohemian Rhapsody was tops with 1.878 billion!

An, to no great shock, we're running late!  Lemme get that M10 in right quick...

Firecracker by Chicago holds at 9;

Maddie an' Tae up 2 with Every Night, Every Morning at #8;

Beatmaker by Berry and Noble up one to #7;

Up one to 6 is Gilbert O'Sullivan, Let Me Know;

Absofacto down 1 with Dissolve;

Jayhawks drop from top to 4 with Save It For A Rainy Day;

Built To Spill also at 3, up 3 with Fool's Gold;

Just like on the Billboard chart, Harry Styles holds at 2 with As It Was;

And the new #1....

 ...Cannons and Bad Dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Now, y'all git on Spotify an' upvote me!  We cain't let this travers... this travee... this mess happen again!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Wednesday Bible Study: What Jesus asked, part 27


We are rushing towards the end of Matthew, and this week, Jesus askes three questions so rapid fire, I can put them all up in one shot:

Mat 26:51  And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.
Mat 26:52  Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Mat 26:53  Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mat 26:54  But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?"
Mat 26:55  At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.
Mat 26:56  But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples left him and fled. 

The first question is a very interesting one, if you go beyond the words- which the Disciples didn't.  You see, the reason they even had a sword with them we find in the version of the story in Luke 22:

Luk 22:35  And He said to them, When I sent you without a purse, or a wallet, or sandals, did you lack anything? And they said, Nothing.
Luk 22:36  Then He said to them, But now, the one having a purse, let him take it; likewise also a wallet. And the one not having, let him sell his garment, and let him buy a sword.
Luk 22:37  For I say to you that this that has been written must yet be fulfilled in Me: "And He was numbered with the lawless." Isa. 53:12 For the things concerning Me also have an end.
Luk 22:38  And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And He said to them, It is enough. 

So they took swords with them to Gethsemane, not realizing that Jesus was referring to after He left them- after He was numbered with the lawless, i.e. crucified between the 2 thieves.  The lesson in Jesus's question though, is this- for any Disciple willing to fight for Him, He had an army of angels at the ready.  And as commentator John Gill points out:

 and what is it that such a company of angels is not capable of, when a single angel slew in one night an hundred, fourscore, and five thousand men, (2Ki_19:35), wherefore had Christ had any inclination to have been rescued from the present danger, he stood in no need of Peter's sword.

God and Jesus have no need for defenders among men.  Our job is not to apologize for God's Word, to make excuses for it, or to force it on others, literally or figuratively, at swordpoint.  Ours is to learn and to teach.  

Second question points out that everything happening at this point had been predicted hundreds, if not thousands, of years before.  A few examples:

Mat 26:14  Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
Mat 26:15  and said, "What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
Mat 27:3  Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,
Mat 27:4  saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself."
Mat 27:5  And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.
Mat 27:6  But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money."
Mat 27:7  So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers. 

From Zechariah, @520 BC...

Zec 11:12  Then I said to them, "If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them." And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver.
Zec 11:13  Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD, to the potter.


 Mat 27:12  But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.
Mat 27:13  Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?"
Mat 27:14  But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Mat 27:38  Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.

Mat 27:57  When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
Mat 27:58  He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
Mat 27:59  And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud
Mat 27:60  and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.

From Isaiah, @740 BC....

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
Isa 53:8  By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
Isa 53:9  And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Or one last round...

Mat 27:35  And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 

Luk 23:35  And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!"
Luk 23:36  The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine
Luk 23:37  and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" 

Joh 19:32  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him.
Joh 19:33  But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
Joh 19:34  But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.

From David, @ 1,000 BC:

Psa 22:7  All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
Psa 22:8  "He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!"

Psa 22:14  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
Psa 22:15  my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.

Psa 22:18  they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

Psa 34:20  He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Psa 69:20  Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.
Psa 69:21  They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.

Not to mention that you can use the historical information described in Nehemiah do date the timeline in Daniel 9 to give an almost exact date of the Crucifixion- early April of 32 AD.

The third question shows that even His arrest was predetermined- not in the open, among the crowds, but here in an isolated spot in the middle of the night.  That this went against all Jewish laws reminds us of the lengths that evil will go to to prevent the works of God- excuses, lies, cheatings.  That we have such things now that so many believe in, from a 'bigoted and intolerant Bible' to evolution, UFOs, and the like, shouldn't be surprising.  I've asked the question before of atheists- "If you grant me a Satan actively trying to make people not believe in a God, what sort of things would he do?"  Atheists won't answer- 'it's beneath their intellect to respond'- but I just did.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday Morning walk

Neighborhood bunny says hello

Tops of the trees just getting the sun

Bunny #2

We weren't the first ones out... but there weren't many until the way back

Way to the distance, a 4-pack of deer

And they go... but not far

Misty on 'varmint patrol'

chirping at us

I bet Stick could

Almost caught a frog

On the way through the Swamp, I thought about it being a nice enough day to cross the bridge to the River Walk.  Miss mind reader had the same thought.

Here's a newbie- a new Blackjack Oak

Uh-oh- road work ahead

A new electrical box?

Ah, for the new decorative lights

At this point, my legs mentioned they were getting tired.  Misty seemed to be showing signs of slowing down too (you know, like a Chevelle big block showing first signs of needing a tune-up). I asked if she was ready to turn around, and she turned around.

Another newbie- a Showy Mountain Ash.  Not yet showy, though.

The view is, though.  Picture don't do it justice.

Just a quick drink, Homey's not doing water today.

At last, we're on the same pace.  For a minute or two, at least!

Friday, July 29, 2022

M10 show week #33


Elvis:  So what's this I hear we ain't doin' the number ones this week?  It's m'favorite part!

Well, we already have one feature and two M10 debuts, so I wanted to leave room for something I KNOW you'll bring up...

How do YOU know what I'm-a gonna say?

Um, I write the post, so...

Oh, yeah...

So while we have everyone corn-fused, how about playing debut #1?

Sure thing! At #10, I love these gals, new Maddie and Tae!




So what's this thing I'm gonna bring up?

Well, it's another thing that Harry Styles' hit As It Was has in common on both Billboard and here- it drops out of #1 this week.

Already? It was #1 10 weeks outta 13 on Billboard, an' only one here!


And that brings up the difference between a Billboard chart and the M10.  For example, this week's M10 songs have a collective 38 weeks on the M10- so, say we did a hot 100, and just to give us a big cushion, say the songs any given week have twice the weeks on the 100 that they have on the ten... that would be 76 weeks.

Yer point?

So this week in 1952 (and here I had to use Cashbox, since Billboard charts weren't official until 1958), the top ten songs had a collective 122 weeks on the chart.

Okay, so they stay longer on their charts...

But it is a phenomena of the modern age that REALLY pushes those weeks out!  For example, 1962 this week, the weeks in the chart of the BB top ten totaled 83...

More like ours...

But that was an outlier.  In 1972, it was 102, in 1982, 119, and in 1992, 115...

Seems to be holdin' pretty steady, son...

Until next:  In 2002, 127 weeks; in 2012, it jumps to 150; and this week's BB top ten has a collective 194 weeks on the chart!

Holy cow!  That went up... uh...

It went up a whopping 40% from the average of the other 7 years, and 22% over just ten years ago!

Sounds like the chart's a bit bound up these days...

Exactly.  One song is in its 79th chart week!  Anyway, how about you rattle off some more of that special from last week- the highest charting songs that debuted on Cashbox at #100!

All righty...

10- Henry Mancini, Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet. came in 5/3/1969, two weeks at #1.

9- Seasons In The Sun, Terry Jacks. Came in 1/12/1974, 2 weeks at #1.

8- The Most Beautiful Girl, Charlie Rich. Came in on 9/29/1973, 2 weeks at the top.

7- I Think I Love You, The Partridge Family. The only three-week #1, it came in on 9/26/1970.

An' 6- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack. First of 3 four-week top dogs, it came in 3/4/1972.


Good job.  Itching to hear that top 5?

Not unless I'm in it...

 Boy, selfish much?  Anyway, the debut at #8 brings back our 'Acid Jazz' buddy, Matt Berry!  He and a lady named Emma Noble did a tune earlier this year covering a song from 1970; this week, he decided to re-release it as a mainly instrumental track!  That's the version we get this week...





So you want the M10 or the other five?

Lemme pick up the M10...

9 is Chicago's Firecracker, up one...

7 is Gilbert O'Sullivan, Let Me Know, up one...

5 an' 6 are a Built To Spill twofer!  The new one, Fool's Gold, up 3 to 6; the old one, Understood, holds at 5...

Absofacto drops one to #4 with Dissolve, and Bad Dream by Cannons changes places with it to 3...

Cat's outta the bag on #2, Harry Styles an' As It Was....

An' the new #1- relatively speakin...




 ... the Jayhawks, with 1995's Save It For A Rainy Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Good job, bud!  So the highest charting five songs in Martin Era 2.0 that debuted at #100...


5- Hey!  Baby, Bruce Channel.  A 4 week #1 that debuted 1/20/1962;

4- In The Year 2525, Zager and Evans.  A 4-weeker from 6/14/1969;

3- Dominique, The Singing Nun, a 5-week chart topper from 11/2/1963;

2- Michael, the Highwaymen. Also 5 weeks, debuting 6/24/1961;


And the biggest CB hit in Martin Era 2.0 to debut at #100, coming in on 8/18/1962....




 ....the Four Seasons and Sherry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wow, that couldn't have worked out better!  See you next time!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wednesday Bible Study: What Jesus asked, part 26


We are close to the nitty gritty of our tour through Matthew, and this week Jesus asks two questions that frame a 'quick review' for the Disciples of all He tried to teach them.  I'm going to save the questions for last, because I can see how they could be directed for us- one for the unbeliever, and one for the believer- and neither one very complimentary.

We are in Matthew 26, and in between the 2 questions He makes 6 statements- during a very famous occasion (the Last Supper)- that, like I said, serve as a review of His teaching to them.


Mat 26:18  He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'" 

The biggest thing that they refused to wrap their heads around was, Jesus was going to die- and rise again.  The come to Jesus tour-original version was ending.And yet, as the statements go on, you can see He is still in control.


Mat 26:20  When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.
Mat 26:21  And as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
Mat 26:22  And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?" 

As I was collecting this verse, it struck me that this was a symbol of how little we learn and why.  They- and we- were more concerned with the "Is it ME?" angle than what was ACTUALLY going on.  "I" am what makes it hard for HIM to get through.


Mat 26:26  Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."
Mat 26:27  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you,
Mat 26:28  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 


If they could get past their case of the I's,  they might have noticed the symbolism He was trying to bring out- and the point that what He was about to go through would erase their debt of sin.  But as we well know, there was a lot they weren't getting yet, especially the next part.


Mat 26:31  Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
Mat 26:32  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." 

Still trapped in the I's, they were mentally arguing with Him, that they would NOT fall to fear- which of course, they did.  And so they failed to catch both the implication and the promise:  He would die- but He would be raised from that death!


Mat 26:33  Peter answered him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away."
Mat 26:34  Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."
Mat 26:35  Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!" And all the disciples said the same.

Now their mental argument reached spoken level.  They weren't sorrowing about His death, nor rejoicing about His resurrection.  They were pride-wounded because He said THEY would fall.  Jesus knows we CANNOT live a perfect life.  That's why He had to do what was coming.  We have to get out of the I's to truly see what He DID for us.


Mat 26:36  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go over there and pray."
Mat 26:37  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Mat 26:38  Then he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me." 


There is our job on earth- to remain here, to wait for Him and pray.  And I bet if you have been following the scorecard, you know the 2 questions that frame this story.


QUESTION ONE (to the unbeliever)

Mat 26:7  ...a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.
Mat 26:8  And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
Mat 26:9  For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor."
Mat 26:10  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
Mat 26:11  For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
Mat 26:12  In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.
Mat 26:13  Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her." 

The woman is doing what the Church is expected to do- she glorifies God, in anointing Jesus.  She acknowledges both His God-ship and His prediction of His death.  Unbelievers , they think it's all about doing the 'feel-good' stuff, the WORKS that are the important thing.  Not to God.  To God, the worship is #1.  

QUESTION #2 (To the believer)

Mat 26:40  He came back and found his disciples sleeping. So he said to Peter, "Can't any of you stay awake with me for just one hour?
Mat 26:41  Stay awake and pray that you won't be tested. You want to do what is right, but you are weak."
Mat 26:42  Again Jesus went to pray and said, "My Father, if there is no other way, and I must suffer, I will still do what you want."
Mat 26:43  Jesus came back and found them sleeping again. They simply could not keep their eyes open.
Mat 26:44  He left them and prayed the same prayer once more.
Mat 26:45  Finally, Jesus returned to his disciples and said, "Are you still sleeping and resting? The time has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to sinners. 

We make it such a struggle to pray.  But the real challenges are just on the other side of the praying.  I found it interesting, in looking at the translations of the words "sleeping" and "resting" that each one has a 'directional'.  The word for sleep has a component meaning 'down', and the explanation says, has a component of "frequently denotes opposition distribution or intensity ."  Opposition to praying?  The word "resting" has a component of "up", but drifts into the realms of 'severally' and 'each'.  Each prayer is a battle against Satan.  He seeks to distract, to put us to sleep, to make it seem we'll never get it right.  Do you see why Jesus told them pray THAT YOU WON'T BE TESTED?  We not only need to pray, we need to pray to be ABLE to pray.  Jesus told Peter in between questions that 

Luk 22:31  "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,
Luk 22:32  but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."

Just because Jesus HAD prayed for him, didn't mean he shouldn't have prayed for himself.  If you know the test is coming, shouldn't you put the work in to pass?  Don't fall asleep.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Another walk

 Hey, is anybody watching out there?  Today it was a bit cloudy (which Misty likes) if a bit more humid (which I don't), but staying near the trails, we eliminated the skeeter problem from yesterday.  And so...

Bunny #1...

"Yeah, so?  I gotta friend about 15 yards that way..."

Oh, yeah...

Not sure what the yellow stuff was, but something was climbing out of some of them (or around them), and the beetle didn't care

Misty heard something- I didn't- and she tried hard to find it...

This time, she literally leapt into the weeds after whatever it was

This is what happens when a yellow swallowtail dive bombs you and you try to get a snap...

And here's a black one!  Between that and the fact that today we went from 2 monarchs spotted this year to about a dozen, I'd say they are all just de-pupating (?)

Here he's beating his wings at supersonic speed.  Think they are still drying.

I did say Monarchs, right?

"Guess I'll stop off at the Swamp on the way home..."

Duck Family Robinson is back

Misty scared the crap outta this one

While the goldfinch sang merrily

Misty's goal, just ahead

Playing the nose game again

Suddenly, this guy went straight overhead, down the trail towards the river...

...and went right back over the other way...

Landing on the pole at the near side of the field, screaming...

While I assume his lady friend, screaming in a higher key, was at the opposite end...

Yellow swallowtail dive bombed me again!

These are new to me- elliptical outdoor bikes!

More monarchs

I think this one JUST came out...

Gray Kingbird

This time I heard it, saw the grass move.  Misty missed it, but I called her back and she almost caught it by surprise!  Still no idea what it is, but I'd guess they are groundhog pups.