Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Hymn We Really Want to Sing!


The audio on a commercial started out:  "Tired of itchy bands and digging wires?"  I was thinking about dental braces (which I recently got).  Turns out it was an ad for bras!   😉

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ted, Jr., Yet Again

For those who tune into this blog occasionally, you will pick up on the idea that I am a fan of Brigadier General Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt, Jr.  He was President Theodore Roosevelt's oldest son.  With D-Day coming up on 06 JUN, I like to think of him. He was the first General Officer on the beach on D-day.  Not only this, but he was leaning on a cane.... from injuries sustained in World War I!!!!

As World War I had been drawing to a close, young Major Ted Roosevelt was asked to help form the American Legion.  The picture below is from the preamble to the Legion's constitution.  I highlight it because I really like how it mentions freedom from the "autocracy of the classes and the masses."  Neither mob rule nor oligarchy should define our country. These words are clearly those of Ted, Jr., and his father before him.  It's a shame we can't get that balance now!  (Of note, the "classes" are mentioned first... definitely a risk in our time.. has been growing since the 80s.)

For the record, the "100% Americanism" is of note.  Both Ted and his father wanted Americans to define themselves as "Americans without hyphens."  (I don't always do this because I do sometimes define myself as German-American.  I want to keep my ancestors' culture alive, particularly as I see little actual culture afloat in White America.)  But I take the point... and it cuts both ways.  It means we also have to let people of other races and other immigration statuses fully integrate as Americans. A lot of White Americans have griped over the years that minorities don't seem to fully integrate, but have blocked them when they tried.  Not cool.


Interesting... Christianity's founder said, "Turn the other cheek." But some Americans (who claim to publicly defend The Faith) are glad that the secular Executive-in-Chief is willing to "punch the bully."   Hmmmm….. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Class Act

     (Eugene) Hugh Beaumont, who played "Beaver's" father, died 36 years ago, on May 14th, 1982.  This blog is running a retro feature on this solid citizen.
     Mr. Beaumont was bon in Lawrence, KS, in 1906.  He spent a lot of his childhood moving because his father was a travelling salesman.  He eventually started college at the University of Chattanooga, where he played football. He later went on to study at the University of Southern California, obtaining a Master's of Theology Degree in 1946.  Besides acting, he was a licensed Methodist minister.
     Mr. Beaumont began performing in various media in 1931. He first performed live and on radio. He got into the movies in 1940, but his movie roles are largely forgotten.

     Leave it to Beaver ran from 1957-1963.  One "back story" about the father, Ward, was that he'd been a Seabee (CB; Construction Battalion) during World War II.  Hugh was slightly on the older side to have really done this, but the story line didn't really come into question.  Hugh and his family lived in Minnesota.  At one point, Hugh flew from MN to Hollywood. His wife, son and mother-in-law drove. They were involved in a serious car accident that killed his mother-in-law and badly injured his son. The cast of the show noticed that Hugh often seemed to be going through the motions as he tried to get through this phase of his life.
     Later into the Petty Coat Junction series, Hugh had the repeating guest role of Steve the pilot's father in 1967.  This made him the father-in-law of read-headed daughter, Betty Jo. 
    He largely retired from show business in the late 60s.  He became a Christmas tree farmer in Grand Rapids, MN, his adopted "home state."  However, he did continue to do a few guest starring roles.  Most notable during the early 70s Hugh were a few Mannix episodes. 
    Besides really being a minister, he occasionally took on the role of a minister.  He did this in the movie Member of the Wedding.  He played Rev, Randy Roberts on a TV episode of The Loan Ranger.  There was a TV series called Crossroads, which featured fictionalized stories of American clergy.  Mr. Beaumont played Rev. Clifton R. Pond in one of these episodes.  He had another guest -starring role as a minister in Letter to Loretta.  He was a "Father" on Cavalcade of America and a "Padre" in Four Star Playhouse
     Mr. Beaumont also played in a religiously-themed movie, put together by some Lutherans.  Reaching for Heaven (1948) does not have the highest critical ratings. In it, a new immigrant is hit by a car, and the townspeople face some things about themselves. Hugh plays a construction foreman.  Regis Toomey is not given the best reviews in his role as minister.  Margaret Hamilton, the "Wicked Witch of the West" in The Wizard of Oz, is a ridiculous, cranky, gossipy secretary. 
     Mr. Beaumont was not able to spend many years in Christmas tree farming.  He had a stroke in 1972, from which he never fully recovered.  He was only married on time, to Kathryn Adams [later "Doty"].  She divorced him in 1974. They had three children together.
     Mr. Beaumont died in Munich, Germany.  He was there visiting his son.  His ashes were scattered in Minnesota.
     Besides providing seeming stability to those around him, Mr. Beaumont is a reminder of how church and Christianity were once more favorably treated by various media --- before things heated up on both sides in the later decades of the 20th Century and beyond.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Alphabet Soup

Apparently, I'm friends with 25 letters of the alphabet.  I don't know "why"....  😉 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Theodosius the Atrocius

It's real popular with a certain crowd of conservative Christians to talk about creating "a Christian nation" here in America.  Talk about misguided!  That's never commanded in the New Testament.  We're supposed to get on with our work of sharing the Good News of Jesus through private endeavors.

In fact, an early attempt to create "a Christian nation" did not turn out well.  The Roman Emperor Constantine is somewhat well known for making Christianity legal. Before this, Christians had suffered episodic persecution.  Then Theodosius came along and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.  Theodosius did some really foolish things as emperor.  Though his rule was not the final cause of Rome's fall, it did add to it.  Plus, the Christians turned around and persecuted the pagans, something we were never told to do.  In fact, both Jesus & St. Paul had given us such injunctions as "put up your sword [in regards to religious matters]", "shake the dust off your feet [just go on your way]", and "as much as it is possible for you, live in peace with others."  

It seems to work better to use the economic benefits that come from well-run governments and societies to support the Christian Church privately.

It's interesting that Rome fell AFTER it became "officially Christian."  This should be a warning that creating a Christian nation is not going to guarantee an easy life.  Read on:

Theodosius I- Wikipedia

Theodosius I- Encyclopedia Britannica

Plus, you had people "glomming on" to Christianity to curry favor with the Emperor and other high officials. Christianity lost its glow as a movement of grace and love, first God's towards us, then Christians' towards each other.

It also led into centuries of forced state church religion in Europe. After warfare done in its name, a lot of Europe has shed Christianity.

This is NOT the way to go.