I thought this was good……”They Live” March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, self-serving, sickness, Society.
If you know the 1988 John Carpenter satire/horror film, you might appreciate this off-topic bit:
That’s pretty much how I feel about them. I used to think Brad Pitt was maybe OK back in the late 90s when he did 12 Monkeys and Fight Club, but ever since, not so much.
The whole thing has become so false and fake it’s stunning. If you step away from TV/film for a while, and then see scenes like this, it becomes obvious how unreal all this Hollywood crud is.
Two years: RIP, Lex LeFon March 6, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, family, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, sadness, true leadership.
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Two years ago today, widely respected (and read) military blogger Captain Carroll “Lex” LeFon, USN, Ret., was killed.
Man I miss him. I never did read the final accident report, but he ran out of gas trying to land an antiquated jet fighter in a blinding snowstorm at NAS Fallon, NV. He was such a hoss. I am amazed at how much I still miss this man I never personally met, and how much his loss still hurts.
For a while the family kept his blog open, but it appears gone, now. I miss it, a lot. Even after he died, I would go back and read old posts, just because I liked how he wrote so well. For years, the first thing I did every morning was read Neptunus Lex, and it was a treat.
I missed the anniversary of his death last year. I am glad I did not miss it this year. There is a great tribute, here, from which I am stealing a bit:
Re-posting a video of Lex doing what he did best:
God rest you, Carroll Lefon, I have prayed for the repose of your soul every day since you passed and will continue to do so, God-willing, for the rest of my life. You are an intention at every Mass I assist at, along with many other people.
Shop Marymyway for your veiling discount today! March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
A pre-Lent sale is ongoing (and will continue for a few days) at Marymyway for wonderful hand-made chapel veils and other modest head coverings for women. They are available in a wide variety of styles and can be used not only for Mass, but for every woman who wants to hide her glory from the world and reserve it for her husband and God.
Below are just a few examples. The sale on head coverings is 25% off, so shop soon! You can also suggest a material if you want a different look. Marymyway is very flexible!
Marymyway can even make First Communion dresses/veils:
With long sleeves for a very modest look!
If you don’t see quite what you like or need, be sure to contact Marymyway, they will do their best to meet your request.
Orders usually ship in two weeks.
Help reverse the cultural slide into oblivion! Be an example to other women and dress modestly all the time!
You might even consider wearing a veil/head covering throughout all of Lent, not just at Mass. A serious mortification, no?
Awesome selfie…… March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, silliness, Society, technology.
This is being passed all over the secular intrawebs, may as well glom on. A Royal Danish Air Force pilot of an F-16A MLU had a dash-mounted cam take this nice shot of him launching an AIM-9M Sidewinder missile:
If his helmet looks kind of funny, that’s because he’s wearing a Joint Helmet Mounted Cuing System helmet, which projects HUD and targeting information onto the pilot’s visor:
It is actually intended not to work with the 80′s vintage AIM-9L/M, but with the much more recent and capable AIM-9X:
This is called a high off-boresight missile. It can literally be fired at aircraft flying above, below, alongside, and in some very limited conditions even behind the “good guy’s” aircraft. The AIM-9L was revolutionary when introduced in the early 80s, since it permitted pilots to engage enemy aircraft not just from behind, by having the early IR-homing missiles home on the bad guy’s AB plume, but from any direction – front, side, etc. But you still had to get your nose on the bad guy’s plane.
With the helmet mounted sight+high off boresight missile, all the pilot has to do is to look at the aircraft he wants to target, and fire the missile. The nose of his plane does not have to be pointed at all on the bad guy. But he has to think in Russian.
I love that escort shoot-down (the third trial in the video) – if you’re wingman torques you off, you can deal with him! I said two miles in trail, not abreast, @#$%it!
I really didn’t know the AIM-9X Sidewinder had enough energy to chase down a target after a head on pass like that. Wow.
It was also interesting seeing that Phantom down low popping flares like mad get hit in the first trial. Another wow. So much for countermeasures (actually, there are better countermeasures, but they weigh a lot and are very expensive).
It did make me sad to see all those Phantoms die. They shot down so many (over 300) they’re moving onto F-16s for full-scale drone targets.
Looks like you got your Flightline Friday early this week.
Oh, one more thing I saw, that fourth and final trial has a portion of the video edited for classified reasons. I suspect – heck,I know – that’s because they had outfitted the QF-4 target with an advanced infrared countermeasures device, looks like the type that tries to blind the seeker on the missile by admitting incredibly bright flashes of light. Some of those are laser-powered, others use incandescent magnesium. Looks like it may have been the latter in this case.
A note on the commenting policy here March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin.
Since I’m getting many, many, many new visitors, let me review the commenting policy here. Comments are generally allowed as a courtesy to guests. I reserve the right to block comments, terminate comments, and ban rude or obnoxious commenters as I see fit. Commenting is not a right. This blog is my place to express my ideas and thoughts. If you want to express yours, get your own blog. It’s real easy to do.
Many long time and thoughtful commenters are appreciated and given a great deal of latitude. New commenters who are rude, insult others, insult me, or make egregious claims, may be banned without warning. No one is ever un-banned. Cussing will get an instant ban.
Fisher-More denied ability to offer TLM March 3, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, sadness, scandals, self-serving, SSPX.
Some commenters already brought this up in another post, but Rorate has a screaming headline concerning Fisher-More College in Ft. Worth, and some decision by the Diocese of Fort Worth to deny Fisher-More the ability to have the Traditional Latin Mass on campus.
You guys know how much I respect Rorate. But I think in this case their zeal for the TLM, and perhaps a less than full understanding of the situation, may have skewed their coverage a bit.
As commenter Skeinster noted, there are problems at Fisher-More. Problems so severe, I privately regretted having supported their fundraising drive last fall (I had heard inklings at the time I gave that support, but came to know much, much more shortly thereafter).
A lot of people who live outside Texas, and even many within the state who reside outside the Metroplex, do not know how close together Dallas and Fort Worth are. It’s only about a half hour drive from downtown Dallas to downtown Fort Worth. As such, our local Traditional Latin Mass community shares a lot of people between the two cities. And, the priests of our FSSP parish provide a TLM in the Fort Worth Diocese on Sundays. Some priests from our parish have taught classes at Fisher-More.
But they have stopped doing so. In fact, many long-time faculty have left Fisher-More. This is not solely related to their financial woes. In fact, it has to do with really severe problems with the college’s administration, and in particular, the college president Michael King referenced.
I know many exceedingly good traditional Catholic families who have (or, I should stress, had) children at Fisher-More. I know some folks who have taught there. I know some who are still employed there. All are unfailingly stalwart supporters of the great Tradition of our Faith and all recognize the hideous crisis now afflicting the Church. But many – most – have increasingly grave concerns regarding Fisher-More and especially the direction Michael King is taking the college. Well-known traditional Catholic academic Taylor Marshall left Fisher-More last summer over these same concerns.
These concerns center on Mr. King taking an increasingly severe stand regarding the Council and the changes that have occurred in the Church in the past 50 years. I am not privy to all the details – perhaps some of those who are could chime in – but the level of excoriation for the Church and Her leaders has reached a state that even many good, traditional Catholics are scandalized by the rhetoric. And, from what I have been told by many, no dissent from Mr. King’s “direction” is tolerated. Those that voice doubts or express concerns are dismissed, virtually on the spot. This applies to both faculty and staff. As such, the college has lost many longtime faculty and administrators and even the college’s founder has been sidelined. Again, I have had all this confirmed to me by numerous sources. Many students – very solid, traditional Catholic students – have left the university as it seems to be heading towards such extremism the students fear scandal if they continue their studies.
In addition, many parents feel that they are being told one story by the administration (Mr. King), but that the reality is something quite different. Many parents feel misled.
I’m not saying Bishop Olson’s solution is fully appropriate or justifiable. It seems severe. And naturally, it was aimed at the TLM. If this was absolutely necessary and the ONLY way Bishop Olson thought he could solve the problems at Fisher-More, he should have explained why his action in that regard was uniquely necessary. He should also explained under what authority he, as a bishop, managed to undo a papal act liberalizing the availability of the TLM. Bishop Olson has now caused some degree of scandal among the faithful, who feel their rights trampled upon.
After Bishop Vann departed, the vicar general of Fort Worth had already restricted the TLM at Fisher-More. It could be Bishop Olson followed the recommendations of his staff, some of which probably aren’t too fond of having a traditional Catholic college in their diocese. And even if this act is intended to be some charitable attempt to recall a wayward sheep, it does seem harsh and uncharitable towards students and others at Fisher-More who have come to depend upon the TLM. Fisher-More was an attempt to build a traditional Catholic college, but without the TLM either on campus or immediately available on a daily basis, it would seem one of the prime reasons for the college’s existence was just wiped out. Close as Dallas and Fort Worth are, asking college students to drive 60 miles round trip every day to assist at the TLM in Irving is a bit much.
I also think it was an unfortunately clumsy statement – a truly foolhardy statement – to associate removal of the TLM with “the good of your own soul.” I think folks are reading a connection there that may not be intended, but it’s too easily made by this very brief, very unspecific document.
Nevertheless, there has been growing concern locally both over King’s draconian style of administration and his seeming desire to make Fisher-More an informal (or formal, who knows?) appendage of the Society of St. Pius X. That may not be King’s intent, but it is the impression many have. In addition, I am told that even though they managed to stay open this spring, Fisher-More’s finances are a wreck and the college is living on borrowed time. These issues may seem unrelated, but they are not. In fact, they are tightly intertwined. That’s all I’ll say about that.
So, make up your own mind. Hopefully we’ll get some more details in the comments from those close to Fisher-More.
UPDATE: I’m shutting down comments since I cannot monitor overnight. I think this has been talked about enough.
I love Michael Voris and Christopher Ferrara and Michael Matt February 27, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, blogfoolery, disconcerting, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, sadness, Society, SSPX, Tradition, Virtue, Voris.
There seems to be some sad controversy developing between people who should be friends and allies. I decline to participate.
I love Michael Voris. I have met him personally and know of his commitment to aid souls in obtaining salvation and remedying the crisis in the Church. I firmly believe his work is of great benefit and that he is completely sincere in all his efforts.
I have never met Chris Ferrara or Michael Matt, but I also appreciate their work very much. I think Ferrara’s book exposing the foundations of the United States as highly problematic and delving deeply into the heresy of liberalism/Americanism is a huge contribution to the sensus fidelium.
I had never met an SSPX priest until this past Saturday. He was a great gentleman, scholarly, and obviously well formed. I have strong feelings of thanks towards the SSPX, because without their endurance, even what some may call their obstinacy, I am convinced the great Traditional Mass would have disappeared forever. At the same time, I wish and pray their canonical situation could be regularized. I think there are some problems with their current status but those problems pale in comparison to the problems with say, the Jesuits, most Dominicans, Franciscans, etc.
It is very easy for those of us who have only known the glory of the traditional Mass and traditional practice of the Faith for a short time to cast aspersions at those who have been struggling to adhere to that practice and see it grow and spread through long decades of vicious persecution. It is easy to claim how misguided some souls are, how wicked their errors, from a very comfortable position where no suffering is required and you have all you could ever want. That’s my position, and I’m incredibly blessed. I daily get contact from readers not so fortunate, who struggle with agonizing decisions as to whether risk “disobedience” or to continue to expose their children and themselves to nightmarish abuse and error, to see their children literally falling away because of what they are exposed to. It is easy to forget that some people have now been in this fight for 40 or even 50 years, when some of us have only come into it in the past 4 or 5. 50 years of combat can take a toll on a person.
I don’t have any great answers for this situation. I’m sure all involved are motivated by true compassion and zeal for souls. As for me, I have no criticism to make of any personalities involved. I feel no need to assault the SSPX. I haven’t seen anything from Michael Voris or Michael Matt or Christopher Ferrara that makes me say – these guys are a danger. These guys are really leading people astray. I just haven’t seen it, and I follow them all pretty closely. What I see instead is almost universally works of great value, prudence, and basic goodness.
Commence fire if you like, I shall keep my powder dry, and safely locked up.
Against my better judgment, I’m going to open comments.
Buy some nice Catholic art for Lent! February 18, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Art and Architecture, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Lent, North Deanery, Tradition, Virtue.
This would help a local family in serious need out quite a bit:
Bridegroom Press sells attractive imagery for Stations of the Cross. All the fourteen stations are included, represented by Catholic artistic masterpieces dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
Buy a set and place them around your home to do Stations without ever leaving the house! Glue them on cardboard. Make little wooden frames for them that could be used indoors or out, as I did. Just buy them to enjoy the art.
There are some really beautiful images.
Please consider helping this family out by buying some good art in time for Lent.
Mary of Nazareth movie…….looks good? February 12, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, family, fun, General Catholic, North Deanery, Our Lady, Society.
So I’ve seen ads for this movie for a while and finally watched the trailer last night. Has anyone seen a screening? It looks to have potential, but I’ve been disappointed before. This is produced by Carmel Communications and released by Ignatius? So…….have you seen it? Comments?
So this is specifically made for a Catholic audience? We won’t see Our Blessed Mother reduced to some protestant-acceptable side figure who just happened to birth her some good Messiah?
The endorsements for the movie are a whose who of conservative Catholics. All good, then?
I will say, from the trailer, they are either modifying Scripture for the script or they are using a somewhat funky translation of the Bible. It didn’t exactly sound Douay-Reims.
I guess no DVDs on this until late this year. That is probably how I will see it. However, I do see it is playing this Sunday and next (2:30 pm) at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas at Spring Valley and North Central Expy.
Go see it. Report back. Father said seeing a movie is OK on a Sunday.
Books to introduce souls to the crisis in the Faith….. February 10, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Basics, Christendom, episcopate, General Catholic, Interior Life, Liturgy, reading, sadness, scandals, secularism.
…..and the liturgical revolution.
A reader asked me for some book recommendations to help introduce souls to the crisis in the Faith. These books would be for folks who are either unaware there is a crisis, or who only have a sort of nebulous understanding that things have gone wrong, but can’t really fathom how.
I immediately thought of Michael Davies. His many short books, especially on the Liturgy, are simple, easy to understand, and convey in brief examples and clear imagery the cause, nature, and extent of the crisis. A few books I recommend to that end are:
The list for books that discuss the general crisis in the Faith more broadly (that is, without focusing so much on the liturgical devastation) is a bit harder to define. I would not recommend Iota Unum or Pope Paul’s New Mass to those who don’t have a pretty good understanding of both the Faith and some knowledge of the crisis. Maybe the latter. But Anne Roche Muggeridge’s The Desolate City might be pretty ideal. It’s not too long, is more focused on real-world effects than theological arguments, and is written in a popular style. Dietrich von Hildebrand’s two analyses of the crisis in the Church, The Trojan Horse in the City of God and The Devastated Vineyard might be good, depending on the individual, but they may be too detailed or erudite for some.
Some might suggest The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in the United States, but I have to say, I have tried reading that book twice and I just found it way off base on a number of topics. I put it down again without finishing it, which is really saying something, because I am incredibly stubborn about finishing even lousy books. It is definitely meant to have mass appeal, but the fact that the author fundamentally mistakes the crisis in the Church as an American, rather than a universal, problem completely undermines it, as does his reflexive Americanism (as in the heresy) and his acceptance of many modernist presuppositions. I can’t recommend it.
Everything else I’m thinking of is either too detailed or too involved for the beginner. The request included some specific details I won’t share here, so maybe I’m being too limited for a general audience, but I think the vast majority of Catholics would find The Second Vatican Council: an unwritten history baffling.
So what suggestions have you? I’m sure I’ve missed some wing dingers, I’m going from memory. Remember, this would be a book to introduce people to the idea that there is a crisis in the Church/Liturgy, and the what/where/how/why it came about. I don’t think The Banished Heart (good as it is), for instance, is appropriate.