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Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Silver Bullet....

I have been obsessing over a cartoon. I have written of it before. Format Films' The Lone Ranger keeps coming back, and I have been watching it during late-night print runs. It goes far beyond other 1966 kidvid drek. The animation was done by the venerable Halas and Batchelor studio in Merrie Olde, they of the first animated Animal Farm from the '50s. This is animation for Saturday Morning, so don't expect Studio Ghibli, here, but stylistically, TLR easily transcends its humble setting, a gem in a dimestore ring. 

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The background work is worth the price of admission, ranging from watercolor washes to torn construction paper for texture. The characters are spare, with the dispassionate faces of Greek statuary. The villains, well, they are superb, from Mephisto to the Warlock, to Mr. Happy (voiced by Gildersleeve his own self!) to Terrible Tiny Tom, the Doctor Loveless of the piece. Screenshots later.
The grandiose weaponry presages the steampunk enthusiasm four decades ahead.

Here is the open, and an episode. Revel in Vic Schoen's score!

More to come!

Is the boss outlaw's voice Jonathan Winters, or a subdued Jim Backus? He is not credited. I'm leaning toward Backus.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Who Would Jesus Torture?


That is one of the most pellucidly stupid questions ever uttered, both the sense of it, and the motive for it, because it betrays one of the most basic flaws in Christian (or religious) thinking. There exists differing things authorized for different groups in the New Testament (this betrays my apriori assumption that the Bible is authoritative in matters of faith and practise.) In church life, there are three groups involved, at least in this case. First you have individuals, then the church (local congregation, then the State (or "Caesar"). Each of these groups has Scripturally authorised abilities and spheres of influence; differing jobs, if you will. In money usage, for example, I as an individual Christian may do as I like with my money. It is mine as long as it is in my possession (and as to Facebook theology "Well, it REALLY all belongs to God....", no. Peter told Ananias that as long as he kept his money, it was his to do with as he wished -Acts 5:1-11). I determine what I do with my money. Once I deliver some to the local church in an offering, different rules apply. Scripture gives example of uses of a congregations offerings, and it appears to be quite narrow, helping true widows and orphans in the congregation, giving aid to indigent believers elsewhere, and the support of evangelist/teachers locally and on "mission" journeys. What I as an individual may do charitably is broader than what the congregation may do.

As to censure, and the "church court", if I see a brother falling into an unhealthy lifestyle, rebelling against the counsels of God's Word, I may speak to him. If he will not listen to me, then I may bring someone else with me to speak with him. If he rejects that, we take him before the church. If he rejects the church's judgment, "
let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector" Matthew 18:15-17 As an individual, I may not censure him. The congregation and its leadership has that authority.

But what if he kills someone? Same rules apply. The church, however may not apply Ultimate Sanction, execution. The State alone has that authority. Romans 13 teaches:

Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.

The State wields the sword against evildoers; it has that authority. I do not, nor does the church.
(The individual may protect himself and others...that is a different issue). Jesus would not have wielded the Civil Sword; His Kingdom is not of this world. Nor would he have waterboarded, nor let a dog bark close to a prisoner, nor applied heat to soft tissues. Right or wrong, those things are the purview of the State. I am not seeking to argue whether any of these practices are right or proper, or not.

I merely wish to correct the blithering idiocy of that question.

Old model work.

Did this back in college, using kit-bashed parts and the packing bits from IBM typewriter ribbons.
Also added a couple of white-metal ships, carrier-style;
Boanerges-class Destroyer. The GodSword.

Used high-contrast film in my Calumet view camera.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reminds me of th' taste of wild hick'ry nuts....

Your Humble was an Environmental Studies Major at a small Southron liberal arts college in the late '70s. Compost, Sustainability, and Buckminster Fuller. We worked out a recycling system for small towns that would use organic waste as compost-fodder (perhaps using methane produced from landfill arrangements as well). Local farmers could get low-cost organic fertiliser to spread on their land, building the soil over time. We were serious about this, until the End-Times bug bit hard, and well, you don't polish brass on a sinking ship....

When ultimately I saw Big Environmentalism for what it really was, an anti-Western civilisation doctrine -anti American, to boot (Is it a surprise that when the Soviet Union collapsed, the Reds joined the Green parties? The goals were congruent.), it made me want to set fire to a stack of truck tyres! Hornswoggled, I was!

But we were not a grimly earnest lot, singing "Kum Ba Ya" and "This Land is Your Land" as we scrubbed the manure from under our nails. We had fun. One of our friends, Brian, had an amazing product idea, in keeping with the overalls and sandals crowd. You take pine sawdust, sterilise it, cook it, add maple and natural sugar, freeze-dry the lot, et voila!, you have a high-fibre breakfast food, packed with a forest-full of flavor!

Woodsy Morn. The maple-flavored instant fibre cereal. Add boiling water, let it sit for 3 minutes, add butter, and each morning will give you 1398% of your weekly fibre needs. Just needs Andy Griffith to do the VO of the commercials. "Mmmmmmmm-MM!

Woodsy Morn!