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Denizens, as we start this episode of the Perfect Football Weekend, I am encouraged by what I see going on at the University of Tennessee.

The University has told a group of militant atheist douchetards to go pound sand.

Tennessee officials defended the pregame prayer ritual at Neyland Stadium, which has drawn protests from one group.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, in response to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation urging Tennessee to stop its ritual of pregame prayer, University of Tennessee officials ruled there is no violation of the U.S. Constitution with the invocation.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation argues that it should be discontinued on the principle of separation of state and church.

First of all, I’ll say this for the 746,251st time:&#160 The words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the United States Constitution.&#160 Period.&#160 End.&#160 Stop.

Secondly, this tiny little gaggle of asshats is once again sticking its puny nose where it doesn’t belong, and is trying to horn itself in where it is neither needed, nor wanted.

Such tiny little gaggles, if you ask me (and you didn’t, not that I give a shit), should be taken out back and be severely horsewhipped.

If not ventilated, IYKWIMAITYD.

Let’s get on with the football.&#160 I guaranteed you that my Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets would not lose tonight.&#160 And why is that, Wizard?

MERLIN:&#160 Knowing you as I do, old friend, it’s because they do not play.

VENOMOUS:&#160 Right you are, Wiz.&#160 And watch it with the “old” part.

MERLIN:&#160 Relax, m’liege.&#160 You have my word that you shall not be peppered with the black balloons this annum.

Anyway, no – Heights doesn’t play.

But 17th-ranked (17th-ranked???) TCU does, and it’s another early start for Gary Patterson and the Froggies as they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the return match from two years ago.&#160 Virginia’s better now, and it shows in how Vegas rates the game – with the Tadpoles only an 18&#189-point home favorite (in previous years, this would’ve been 28, at least).&#160 The Cavs will give the Purple & Black all it wants.

In addition, TCU will be without RB Waymon James for the remainder of the season, as he blew out his knee against Rock Chalk.&#160 That&#160 ain’t good.

It’s the Big XII opener for sixth-ranked Oklahoma as 15th-ranked Kansas State comes calling.&#160 OU has not impressed anyone to start the season, so K-State’s only a 14&#189-point road dog.&#160 This one does&#160 come down to a field goal.

Bo Pelini’s Nebraska Cornhuskers, back in the Top 25 this week at No. 25, gets another serving of squash in the form of Idaho State.&#160 Taylor Martinez might actually get a break in this game.

Bucky thinks&#160 they’re getting a break when the UT-El Paso Miners visit Camp Randall.&#160 But UTEP gave OU all it could handle, if you’ll recall – and though they’re on the road, I look for it to be a replay of the Utah State game.&#160 (So does Vegas – Bucky’s only an 18-point favorite at home.&#160 Ouch.)

Turner Gill’s Liberty Flames host Lehigh of the Patriot League this week.&#160 Lehigh’s 3-0.&#160 The SpatulaLine is set this week at 40.&#160 That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

And on Sunday, the Dallas Cowgirls have their home opener against the Tampa Bay Bucs.&#160 Doubtless the Bucs want revenge for the pasting Dallas gave them last year in Tampa.&#160 And Vegas has decided to make the ‘Girlz a 7&#189-point favorite at home, so gimme El Choko and about 20.

We’re back Monday or so with the recap.&#160 In the meantime, my question for HDD would be…think you&#160 can coach Bucky’s O-line?


Denizens, I was going to offer commentary on all the crap going on in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East, but Misha has it all covered.

Well worth your time, go and read, ThatIsAll&#153.


Denizens, the Comment of the Month&#153 comes from someone moniker’d “Love of Country” over at Twitchy.&#160 (Yeah, it’s Malicious Malkin’s site – so what?)

Below the fold, ’cause it’s rather long – but it’s Well Worth Your Time&#153.&#160 So click it awready, hm?

YES I CAN – Give thanks to the state run media for making all things possible
YES I CAN – Make the largest number of BROKEN PROMISES ever
YES I CAN – Enable the largest number of home forclosures ever
YES I CAN – Promise a new era of civility and then deliberately rip the country in two with unseen fervor and resolve
YES I CAN – Create the largest number of AGENDA-SETTING FAILURES ever
YES I CAN – Make the largest number of SELF-SERVING SPEECHES ever
YES I CAN – Have an incompetent, brown-nosing tax cheat for Secretary of Treasury
YES I CAN – Finally admit Hope and Change was merely a calculated rouse for gullible , low information, racist trolls
YES I CAN – KiII you, an American citizen, with a predator drone if I think you just might deserve it
YES I CAN – Lie my way into two illegal wars while falsely accusing my predecessor of the same thing
YES I CAN – Have sanctuary cities for illegals
YES I CAN – Create the largest DEFICIT ever
YES I CAN – Champion the life long slacker while publicly demonizing those who did everything by the book
YES I CAN – Make ad hominem attacks against the GOP in evey single speech I ever make
YES I CAN – Expand the powers of Eminent Domain to seize YOUR property …
YES I CAN – Tell my Justice Dept not to prosecute bIack people if the accuser is white
YES I CAN – Fail to punish the BIack Panthers who were on film intimidating voters at the voting station with weapons
YES I CAN – Do nothing about the Gulf oil spill for two months
YES I CAN – TAX, BORROW & SPEND 5 TRILLION dollars after promising PAY-GO
YES I CAN – Tell Latinos that Republicans are their ENEMIES and fan the flames of racism for political gain
YES I CAN – Spend millions in legal fees to keep my real birth certificate hidden
YES I CAN – Run and ruin YOUR life
YES I CAN – Increase the size of government
YES I CAN – Spend YOUR TAX DOLLARS on failed programs
YES I CAN – Maliciously slander the Tea Party while PRAISING union thugs
YES I CAN – Put more people on the Govt dole to rob them of their drive and dignity for political gain
YES I CAN – Continue all of Bush’s National Defense policies after tirelessly painting him as the Devil
YES I CAN – Create more unnecessary, crippling regulations
YES I CAN – Create more wasteful spending
YES I CAN – Be the first president to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party
YES I CAN – Appear on MSNBC and say Fox News is not really a news organization
YES I CAN – Tell congress to pass the Dream Act for illegal aliens
YES I CAN – Sue Arizona for defending itself from ILLEGAL ALIENS
YES I CAN – Take over banks, auto manufacturers and the economy
YES I CAN – Call any and all spending cuts pure evil when proposed by Republicans
YES I CAN – Cause the credit rating in America to fall for the first time ever
YES I CAN – Gladly add 15 million slackers to Food Stamps
YES I CAN – Bow to other world leaders like a TRAINED FLEA
YES I CAN – Earnestly promote union card check strictly for purposes of intimidation to CONTROL who YOU vote for
YES I CAN – Feign and scream racism when an Arizona Governor enforces immigration laws
YES I CAN – Fill my cabinent with unelected czars like self avowed Communists Van Jones and Anita Dunn
YES I CAN – Shut down oil drilling on Public lands and take credit for all the drilling done during the Bush Administration
YES I CAN – Turn the highest office of the land into a laughingstock of the world at your expense …. your kids’, too
YES I CAN – Take several vacations while millions of gallons of oil leak into the gulf and destroy whitey’s way of life
YES I CAN – Force healthcare down America’s throat that 76 % opposed
YES I CAN – Be the most non transparent president of all times
YES I CAN – Take a 17 day vacation during the worst economy in decades
YES I CAN – Make sure GE pays no taxes on 15 billion dollars worth of profits
YES I CAN – Tell 1000 lies and FULLY EXPECT the State Run Media to completely ignore, spin, or bury all of them
YES I CAN – By-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat
YES I CAN – Give a great speech until the TELEPROMPTER goes down….
YES I CAN – Divide the USA like never seen since the Civil war
YES I CAN – Keep my main agenda to turn the USA into a SOCIALIST FAILURE
YES I CAN – Blame anything that goes wrong on my watch on the last administration even after 4 years
YES I CAN – Apply for college aid as a foreign student and then pretend it never happened
YES I CAN – Create 450,000 new govt jobs and dozens of new bureaucracies …. all paid for with your taxes
YES I CAN – Visit all 57 states
YES I CAN – Forget how old my daughters are
YES I CAN – Subvert the American people at every conceivable turn
YES I CAN – Speak Austrian
YES I CAN – Speak from a teleprompter at my kids’ birthday parties
YES I CAN – Be the TROJAN HORSE that brings America to her knees
YES I CAN – Promise to cut the deficit in half and then more than double it
YES I CAN – File lawsuits against half a dozen states
YES I CAN – Have a portrait of Mao Tse Tung on my Whitehouse Christmas Tree ornaments
YES I CAN – Have the fastest dive in popularity ever for a President
YES I CAN – Take dozens of uber lavish vacations at YOUR expense during the economic crisis of a lifetime
YES I CAN – Destroy the oil and gas industry and blame the Republicans with the aid of the state-run-media
YES I CAN – Count on LAZY, RACIST, FOOLS to vote for me AGAIN in 2012
YES I CAN – Operate on infinite spin cycle and hope no one catches on
YES I CAN – Have the FCC illegally take over the internet
YES I CAN – Give the nuclear advantage to the Russians and give the nuke to Iran
YES I CAN – Start a war in Libya and by-pass going to congress for approval
YES I CAN – Say the Cambridge Police acted stupidly
YES I CAN – Violate the War Powers Act
YES I CAN – Have a hearty laugh with my henchmen over the lack of shovel ready jobs
YES I CAN – Tell the Russians I will have much more flexibility after the elections
YES I CAN – Turn the EPA into the fascist arm of my government
YES I CAN – Have sanctuary cities for illegals
YES I CAN – Provide guns for drug cartels to use against us and kiII our BORDER AGENTS
YES I CAN – Support Palestine while throwing Israel under the bus
YES I CAN – Be the most partisan president of all times inspite of my numerous campaign promises to the contrary
YES I CAN – Create the largest DEFICIT ever …. we’re talking biblical proportions, people
YES I CAN – Champion the life long slacker while publicly demonizing/castigating those who did everything by the book
YES I CAN – Burn 9000 gallons of jet fuel on Earth Day
YES I CAN – Kick Republicans in the teeth in EVERY single speech I ever make
YES I CAN – Expand the powers of Eminent Domain to seize YOUR property …. my reasons are little of your business
YES I CAN – Tell my Justice Dept not to prosecute bIack people if the accuser is white
YES I CAN – Fail to punish the BIack Panthers who were on film intimidating voters at the voting station with weapons
YES I CAN – Wait two months to start helping those white Repunlicans whose businesses were hurt by the gulf oil spill
YES I CAN – TAX, BORROW & SPEND 5 TRILLION dollars after promising PAY-GO
YES I CAN – Tell Latinos that Republicans are their ENEMIES and fan the flames of racism for political gain
YES I CAN – Spend millions in legal fees to keep my real birth certificate hidden
YES I CAN – Run and ruin YOUR life
YES I CAN – Increase the size of government
YES I CAN – Spend YOUR TAX DOLLARS on failed programs
YES I CAN – Maliciously slander the Tea Party while PRAISING union thugs
YES I CAN – Put more people on the Govt dole to rob them of their drive and dignity for political gain
YES I CAN – Continue all of Bush’s National Defense policies after tirelessly painting him as the Devil
YES I CAN – Create more unnecessary, crippling regulations
YES I CAN – Be against Chick-fil-A
YES I CAN – Be against fracking
YES I CAN – Be against farmers
YES I CAN – Be against cattle ranchers
YES I CAN – Be against budgets
YES I CAN – Be against home Bible studies
YES I CAN – Be against state’s rights
YES I CAN – Be against the unborn
YES I CAN – Be against gold miners in Alaska
YES I CAN – Overturn Welfare Reform and make it 10x easier for lazy recipients to milk the system in return for votes
YES I CAN – Have a father who was a radical revolutionary communist
YES I CAN – Have a step father who was a radical revolutionary communist
YES I CAN – Have a mother who was a radical revolutionary communist
YES I CAN – Have a grandmother who was a radical revolutionary communist
YES I CAN – Have a high school mentor who was a radical revolutionary communist
YES I CAN – Start a race war
YES I CAN – Start a class war
YES I CAN – Start a gender war
YES I CAN – Start a generational war
YES I CAN – Praise State Run Media while bashing Fox, the very salvation of America and American values
YES I CAN – Give waivers to all groups who supported Owebamacare in the most profoundly disturbing hypocrisy ever
YES I CAN – Produce 1/2 of 1% of all the power we need as a nation with Green energy so let’s stop drilling now
YES I CAN – Play golf and fill out brackets at the same time
YES I CAN – Personify hypocrisy, racism, subversion and fascism all at the same time
YES I CAN – Sue more states than anyone thought possible or certainly ever imagined
YES I CAN – Shut down the Gulf while investing in Petrobras and other George Soros owned entities
YES I CAN – Effectively put every American in the country at each others’ throats
YES I CAN – Have a social security number from a state I never lived in
YES I CAN – Destroy the human spirit on the Left with entitlement addiction in exchange for political power
YES I CAN – Laugh at all the fools who believed me when I said I had shovel-ready jobs
YES I CAN – Attack the constitution to such a degree that even my own Secret Service cannot respect me
YES I CAN – Destroy the oil and gas industry while telling you I’m the only reason for their current success
YES I CAN – Turn my back on the keystone pipeline cause I want 8 dollar a gallon gasoline
YES I CAN – Get all of my talking points from Media Matters …. same goes for MSDNC
YES I CAN – Aspire to 8 dollar gallons of gasoline and try my best to blame it on Republicans
YES I CAN – Act like Solyndra and Fast and Furious were no big deal and deny justice for Brian Terry’s family
YES I CAN – Abate and annul bankruptcy law and turn over control of companies to union supporters
YES I CAN – Destroy the USA
YES I CAN – Be from Kenya

YES I CAN – Be One and Done!

Damn.&#160 Just, damn.

Well done, LoC.&#160 (Even if it is&#160 a C&P job, nice catch.)


I got this from Professor Mentu over at the University of Man blog, who in turn got it from Comedy Central’s (?) Tosh.0.

See if you don’t find yourself nodding your head at least once.&#160 Whilst trying to not have a coronary from laughing yer ass off.&#160 (It’s mildly NSFW, but it’s not that bad.)

Fret not, Denizens. The PFW overview is on its way.


According to Hoft over at Gateway Pundit, MSNBC has not only already called the race for Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Lt. Governor Rebecca “Babe” Kleefisch also wins tonight, 59-41.



Usually, in our culture, we strive to be the best, at whatever legal (and sometimes illegal) cost.

But this shows that on occasion, some things are just more important.

COLUMBUS — Lending a helping hand was more satisfying than winning a state championship Saturday for Meghan Vogel.

The West Liberty-Salem High School junior was the surprise winner in the Division III girls 1,600 meters in the finals of the state track meet at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium.

She broke away from race favorite Tammy Berger of Versailles and Delainey Phelps of Toledo Christian with 300 meters to go. She won going away in 4:58.31. It was the first time she had broken the five-minute mark.

What Vogel did at the end of the D-III 3,200 meters, however, got her a standing ovation.

Within 20 feet of the finish line, Arden McMath, a sophomore from Arlington High School, collapsed in front of Vogel. Rather than run by her, Vogel helped McMath to her feet and helped her across the finish line.

Good on ya, Ms. Vogel.&#160 There may be hope for our culture yet.


We start my Glorious Week of Vacation&#153 with a Grab-Bag&#153 item, courtesy of the Sibling Unit&#153.

Subject: Fwd: Electric Fence

If you have ever used an electric fence or know someone who has one you should read this.

The language used is a bit salty, but ‘he tells it like it is’ without cursing.

If you don’t laugh hysterically at this,….CHECK YOUR PULSE…this is funny….and true. This was sent by a retired dentist.

We have the standard 6 ft. fence in the backyard, and a few months ago, I heard about burglaries increasing dramatically in the entire city. To make sure this never happened to me, I got an electric fence and ran a single wire along the top of the fence.

Actually, I got the biggest cattle charger Tractor Supply had, made for 26 miles of fence. I then used an 8 ft. long ground rod, and drove it 7.5 feet into the ground. The ground rod is the key, with the more you have in the ground, the better the fence works.

One day I’m mowing the back yard with my cheapo Wal-Mart 6 hp big wheel push mower. The hot wire is broken and laying out in the yard. I knew for a fact that I unplugged the charger. I pushed the mower around the wire and reached down to grab it, to throw it out of the way.

It seems as though I hadn’t remembered to unplug it after all.

Now I’m standing there, I’ve got the running lawnmower in my right hand and the 1.7 giga-volt fence wire in the other hand. Keep in mind the charger is about the size of a marine battery and has a picture of an upside down cow on fire on the cover.

Time stood still.

The first thing I notice is my pecker trying to climb up the front side of my body. My ears curled downwards and I could feel the lawnmower ignition firing in the backside of my brain. Every time that Briggs & Stratton rolled over, I could feel the spark in my head. I was literally at one with the engine.

It seems as though the fence charger and the piece of shit lawnmower were fighting over who would control my electrical impulses.

Science says you cannot crap, pee, and vomit at the same time. I beg to differ. Not only did I do all three at once, but my bowels emptied 3 different times in less than half of a second. It was a Matrix kind of bowel movement, where time is creeping along and you’re all leaned back and BAM BAM BAM you just crap your pants 3 times. It seemed like there were minutes in between but in reality it was so close together it was like exhaust pulses from a big block Chevy turning 8 grand.

At this point I’m about 30 minutes (maybe 2 seconds) into holding onto the fence wire. My hand is wrapped around the wire palm down so I can’t let go. I grew up on a farm so I know all about electric fences … but Dad always had those piece of shit chargers made by International or whoever that were like 9 volts and just kinda tickled.

This one I could not let go of. The 8 foot long ground rod is now accepting signals from me through the permadamp Ark-La-Tex river bottom soil. At this point I’m thinking I’m going to have to just man up and take it, until the lawnmower runs out of gas.

‘Damn!,’ I think, as I remember I just filled the tank!

Now the lawnmower is starting to run rough. It has settled into a loping run pattern as if it had some kind of big lawnmower race cam in it. Covered in poop, pee, and with my vomit on my chest I think ‘Oh God please die …. Pleeeeaze die’. But nooooo, it settles into the rough lumpy cam idle nicely and remains there, like a big bore roller cam EFI motor waiting for the go command from its owner’s right foot.

So here I am in the middle of July, 104 degrees, 80% humidity, standing in my own backyard, begging God to kill me. God did not take me that day …. he left me there covered in my own fluids to writhe in the misery my own stupidity had created.

I honestly don’t know how I got loose from the wire ….

I woke up laying on the ground hours later. The lawnmower was beside me, out of gas. It was later on in the day and I was sunburned.

There were two large dead grass spots where I had been standing, and then another long skinny dead spot where the wire had laid while I was on the ground still holding on to it. I assume I finally had a seizure and in the resulting thrashing had somehow let go of the wire.

Upon waking from my electrically induced sleep I realized a few things:

1 – Three of my teeth seem to have melted.

2 – I now have cramps in the bottoms of my feet and my right butt cheek (not the left, just the right).

3 – Poop, pee, and vomit when all mixed together, do not smell as bad as you might think.

4 – My left eye will not open.

5 – My right eye will not close.

6 – The lawnmower runs like a sumbitch now. Seriously! I think our little session cleared out some carbon fouling or something, because it was better than new after that.

7 – My nuts are still smaller than average yet they are almost a foot long.

8 – I can turn on the TV in the game room by farting while thinking of the number 4 (still don’t understand this???).

That day changed my life. I now have a newfound respect for things. I appreciate the little things more, and now I always triple check to make sure the fence is unplugged before I mow.

The good news, is that if a burglar does try to come over the fence, I can clearly visualize what my security system will do to him, and THAT gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, which also reminds me to triple check before I mow.



With all the talk about how the Ayatollah has just come out of the closet, LC George the Apocryphal Prophet over at the Rott has pretty much nailed it in one:

The real problem as I see it is the next item on the gay rights agenda: adoption.

Most people can agree that the state has no business dictating what two adults do with each other in private, and if they love and trust each other it makes sense to let them enter into a legal union similar to a marriage.

The fact remains though, that the human race perpetuates itself by means of sexual reproduction. It is a simple biological fact that what homosexuals do is not how babies are made, so they can’t have any children unless someone else gives them kids. There is a 97% chance that a given child will grow up to be straight, and therefore will be best served being raised by parents who attempt to exemplify the partnership of man and woman, because that is what will prepare the kids with knowledge of how to conduct themselves toward the opposite sex, and conducting themselves toward the opposite sex is 97% likely to be what they are going to want to do when they get older. I am not expressing any kind of hate toward gay couples here. I’m just pointing out that when it comes to adopting children, it should not be presumed that it is just as well to give a kid to a gay couple as a straight couple. Nevertheless you can count on the gay activist crowd to come unhinged at an argument like this and construe it as some kind of unspeakably vile hate speech. When it gets to the point where we actually should draw the line, will we be willing to do so?

Here’s a brainbender for the lefty crowd:&#160 Suppose they identify the ‘gay gene,’ and suppose they develop a treatment, injected directly into the gonads, that can eliminate the chance of having children with any of a wide range of genetic conditions, including homosexual inclinations. Should people be denied the right of reproductive choice to secure the future existence of homosexuals?

Bammo.&#160 (Well, except for the part about the “love and trust each other” BS – trust me, it may be many things…but it sure as Hell&#153 isn’t love.)


Oh, snap.

(Hat tip:&#160 Former LENSnetter Bob Blaylock.)


And to end our workweek, we bring you this, courtesy of my best friend General Belvedere:

13 Politically Incorrect Gun Rules for Conservatives
April 18, 2012

1. Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.

2. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

3. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.

4. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.

5. Never say, “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.

6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

7. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.

8. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets . . . You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, because it’ll be empty.

9. If you’re in a gunfight:

* If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
* If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
* If you’re not moving, you’re dead.

10. In a life and death situation, do something . . . It may be wrong, but do something!

11. If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?

12. You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.

13. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.

Damned straight.


This, on the other hand, is pure effin’ genius.

Cute Overload Alert&#153!!!!!&#160


I am not one who generally posts sermons on-line. My thoughts are that these are written for a specific congregation, for a specific time. However, since this is the season of Easter, I thought I would post this past Sunday’s sermon. Comments are very welcome.


For those of you who do not attend a liturgical church, or one which follows the liturgical calendar, the season of Easter lasts for seven weeks. We have a three year schedule of readings that we follow, and that are read during the service. The usual pattern is to read three lessons, one from the Old Testament, one from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading. Currently we are in year “B” of the three year cycle, and this year our Gospel readings come from Mark and John. This Sermon is on the Easter Sunday Gospel reading.


Mark 16:1-8                                                               Easter Sunday




Grace mercy and peace be unto you, from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


“When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him” (Mark 16:1)


These ladies were bound and determined to give the body of their Lord and teacher the proper Jewish burial treatment. This had not been possible on Friday afternoon as the Sabbath was about to start. At that time, the goal was to get Jesus’ body off the cross and into a tomb before the start of the Sabbath. Now it is Sunday morning, and these three faithful followers of Jesus were doing what needed to be done, in order that he might have a “proper” burial.


For three years, Jesus had traveled Galilee and Judea, teaching and healing, proclaiming to people the Kingdom of Heaven. For the last six months, Jesus had spoken more and more of what was going to happen in Jerusalem. Never in all this time did Jesus hide from his students the fact that he was going to die, and then rise again. This being the case, why do you suppose that these ladies were going to the tomb to anoint his body, to give him a proper burial?


If Jesus was going to come back to life after three days, what need would his body have for the traditional Jewish burial treatments?


The answer is simple, and obvious. These ladies, along with everyone else, expected that on Sunday morning, Jesus’ body would still be in the tomb. Mary, Mary and Salome along with the Disciples had been at Golgotha, they had seen the results of the scourging, a punishment which had left Jesus so weak that he had been unable to carry his own cross. These ladies had seen the nails driven into Jesus’ body, they had seen the cross raised up, and they had seen him die. Everything in their experience had told them that their teacher was dead, dead, dead.


Yes, Jesus had spoken of raising from death back to life, but everything in their lives up to this point told them that this man was dead. Thus all that remained was for them to treat the body with the respect that their customs called for. So on the first day of the week, these three faithful ladies went to the tomb to perform this one last service for their friend and teacher.


Put yourself in the place of Mary, Mary and Salome, as they walked along the road to the tomb. Consider how you would feel. You are on you way to pay your last respects to a beloved friend and teacher, to give his body the treatment called for by custom. What’s on your mind?


Perhaps you are talking among yourselves of the memories you have of your time with him. Perhaps you are wondering what the future holds. One thing is certain however. When you arrive at the tomb, you are expecting to find just that, a tomb, with a stone still sealing the entrance, and the body within.


Imagine your concern when you arrive at the tomb, to find that not only has the boulder been rolled away from the entrance, but the body itself is gone! What is going on! Has someone, in a final act of desecration, stolen the body of your friend?

As you enter the tomb, imagine your shock as you see the young man sitting there. Imagine how you would feel as he tells you that the man you had expected to find lying dead in this tomb was actually on his way to Galilee, and that he expects to see you there!


Mary, Mary and Salome fled. They simply did not know what else to do. The entire sequence of events was more than they could handle. They were frightened and confused, and just wanted to get away.


As we observed earlier, Jesus had been very clear about what was going to happen in Jerusalem. Why had these ladies and the rest of the Disciples not been expecting this? Why weren’t they expecting a resurrection? Why hadn’t they gathered at the tomb to welcome their Lord back? Why this lack of faith in the teachings of Jesus?


The simple answer is that like everyone else, the hearts of Jesus’ friends and students were blinded by the corruption of sin. Even though Jesus had plainly told them what was going to happen, and even though these people had faithfully followed Jesus for up to three years, The stain of their, of our sinful nature prevented them from seeing the entire picture. It took the empty tomb to begin the process of actually understanding what Jesus had been teaching.


It took an angel in the tomb telling the ladies that Jesus was alive, to actually get Jesus’ followers to begin to comprehend all that they had been taught.




The three ladies who visited the tomb had the benefit of an Angel announcing to them that their Lord was alive, and even then, their response was to flee in fear. How about you today?


The twenty first century Church has had the benefit of two thousand years of teaching, exposition, revelation and instruction about our risen Lord, and the gift of salvation his death and resurrection accomplished for us.


Is your ability to see the truth of our Lord any better than what it was for Jesus’ friends and students on that first Easter?


Here at St Luke, we are blessed to have a church family that is, if nothing else, faithful. Believe it or not, this is much more rare than it should be. As wonderful and as blessed as this is, how many times have you, in your lives, just not seen the teachings of our Lord?


You see, the challenge for us us somewhat different than it was for the three ladies in our Gospel lesson. We don’t have to worry about whether we are going to go into a tomb and see the body of a man, or an angel announcing the resurrection of the Lord. That has already happened.


Our challenge is to remain faithful believers in a world which is becoming increasingly secular. It seems hat every time we turn around, we are being told that the Bible is not true, that our God is just one way to “fulfillment”, or even that people who are mentally healthy do not need any god. That “God” is just a crutch that was created by man to explain that which science now explains.


How do we, how do you remain faithful in this environment?


Once again, the answer is simple and sounds trite. All you have to do is to trust God. Your salvation and your faith is an unearned gift to you from God, and it is a gift that he pours out upon you again and again. God pours this gift out upon you in many ways, in the private reading of his word, in the public reading and proclamation of that word, in the regular gathering of his people for worship, in the waters of your Baptism and in the celebration of his Supper. God wants to strengthen you, all you have to do is to let him do what he already wants to do.


The bottom line? This resurrection we celebrate today, despite the fear it caused in those who first learned of it, is the victory which makes possible our salvation, and our eternal life. It is this which enables us to live lives of faith in today’s world.


May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.





Great Honkin’ Cthulu, we could use more backbone like this in the GOP.

As reported in detail at Lost Lettermen and the Kansas City Star, 5-year-old Emma Burton of Olathe, Kan., refused to participate in a class coloring assignment when she and her classmates were told to color in a Jayhawk, the mascot of the University of Kansas. The coloring exercise was part of the kindergarten class’ celebration of the state of Kansas.

However, Emma wouldn’t comply with her teacher’s instructions. Instead, according to her mother — Bug Bytes blogger Julie Burton — the four-foot tall tot brazenly refused to color the Jayhawk on the grounds that she doesn’t like the University of Kansas. She took the Jayhawk sheet she had been handed, walked up to her teacher and asked for a Powercat (the mascot of Kansas State) to color. When Burton was told there weren’t any Powercats to color, she threw the Jayhawk in the trash.

Go read the rest.

Honors her father & mother?&#160 Doesn’t back down in the face of oppressive official adversity?

Damn, I love that kid!&#160


Well, Denizens, I’ve gotta do something to get my blood pressure under control, seeing as Roger Goodfella’s No Fair League can’t be arsed to hire full-time zebras who would be somewhat more than fairly competent to know the difference between a busted route & intentional grounding…

…so here, to try to get us all in a better mood today, comes this from Ronaldus Magnus:



Drudge has it up that Kim Jong “Mentally” Il has packed it in.

Y’all know what that means…



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