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Worth a weekend watch: Remnant Forum November 21, 2014

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I am desperately late already.  So just a quick note: the portion of the video I think really bears watching starts around 6 minute mark and centers on what happened to the dossier of perverse priests in the Curia and Diocese of Rome that was such a hot item before Pope Benedict XVI tragically (from my point of view) abdicated.  That dossier has been completely forgotten since Pope Francis was elected, even though Pope Benedict thought it serious enough to famously hand it directly to Pope Francis after he was elected.  What happened to it?  Are we to believe there no longer exists a problem of gravely immoral priests and bishops running a sort of cabal inside the Church?  What of Fr. Darius Oko’s widely read commentary on the dossier?

There is much else besides in the video, not all of which I would say I endorse wholeheartedly but worth watching.  I am posting this because the seeming disappearance of that dossier has been much on my mind, off an on, for many months, I have written to that effect, and I have not seen the lack of attention paid to it mentioned elsewhere.

I’m out.  God bless you, have a wonderful and prayerful Thanksgiving. Think of all the incalculable benefits Our Blessed Lord showers on us through His Church!  It is still His Mystical Body and perfect in that sense!

I really don’t want this post to turn into a commentary or battle on the source. Take it for what it is, the portion I’m most interested in is an interesting and valid comment and worthy of consideration.  Comments will be monitored. I may close them for this post if I feel the need.

Flightline Friday: The Worst Planes Ever November 21, 2014

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I cannot stand aviation writer Bill Gunston.  He has a tendency to develop a fixation with certain topics and then just beat them to death, castigating aircraft and nations for failing to design aircraft according to his sacred shibboleths.  For a long time during the Cold War, Gunston was convinced that any aircraft that couldn’t take and land vertically – like the Harrier, the only product TSR2offered by his home nation of Britain during that time period – was just worth than useless and a damnable waste of taxpayer funds.  This despite the fact that STOVL – short takeoff vertical landing – imposes enormous range, performance, and payload penalties that made STOVL types so badly compromised they were really not fit for most missions.  But because Britain had a STOVL plane, STOVL was the be all and end all. Actually, Gunston’s argument went like this: any WWIII scenario in Europe is bound to be nuclear from the get-go, and planes tied to long runways would be vaporized in the opening moments of the war.  This posited a) a very unlikely bolt from the blue attack, and b), the idea that tactical aviation would matter a whit once ICBMs were flying was ridiculous from the get-go.  But since the Royal Air Force only had tactical aviation, Gunston had to trump it to the skies.

I mention Gunston, because he ties in with another aviation phenomenon I’ve witnessed for a long time: the greatest, bestest, most awesomest planes ever were the ones that never got built, or never entered service.  There is a profound tendency among aviation enthusiasts to latch onto “might have beens” and trumpet them to the skies.  Gunston did just that in an article he wrote on the British Aircraft Corporation TSR.2, a low-level tactical nuclear strike aircraft developed in the early 60s.  As Gunston always does, he draws very negative comparisons between an aircraft that actually did enter service, and performed brilliantly for decades, the American F-111, and the vaporware of the TSR.2.  That is to say, the TSR.2 would have been just infinitely superior to the F-111 and the British politicians that cancelled it were evil scoundrels only looking out for their own narrow interest.  And perhaps they were, but the point is this: the TSR.2, even had it continued, would BAC_TSR2_Cosford-01tsr2-web_1still have been in service test when the F-111 was flying combat missions over North Vietnam in 1968.

And a further point: the F-111 experienced more than its fair share of developmental problems. General Dynamics botched several aspects of the design, but, then again, they also introduced many radical new capabilities that advanced the state of the art a huge amount for the time period in which it was developed. Gunston pretends that the TSR.2 would have had none of these problems, even though it was trying to put in service even more advanced capabilities from a much less mature industrial base. Gunston even notes some severe difficulties with the TSR.2, minor things like exploding engines and landing gear that vibrated so violently on contact with the runway that it would literally blind the pilot by joggling his eyes so hard.  Even from a systemic design standpoint, Gunston noted that the British government, in a cost-saving measure, insisted that the TSR.2 not be equipped with any electronic countermeasures – even flying at Mach 0.9 at 200 ft, doing so would have been near suicidal, as US experience in Vietnam showed.

I don’t want folks to think I have some irrational hatred of the TSR.2. I don’t.  It could have turned out to be a very good aircraft, but only one ever flew, it had some serious problems, and the bgassumption Gunston and other fans of it make that all the extraordinarily advanced avionics (a big advance over the initial version of the F-111A, more akin to the incredibly capable F-111D) would have just been easily and seemlessly incorporated is ludicrous.  The flight envelope had barely even begun to be explored when the project was cancelled, so it’s impossible to say what further problems would have been found even in basic structure and performance. Even when it was cancelled, the RAF had to back off some performance figures like range.  And don’t get me started on British electronics…….by the late 80s, the Foxhunter radar for the Tornado F.2, in development for 15 years, still only had two reliable operating modes: off and standby.  It never worked right.  Assuming very advanced terrain following radar, air data computers, inertial navigation systems, side-looking radar, and other features coming from a very weak industrial base would have magically worked is a mighty grasp.

Another aircraft that was cancelled prematurely and has since become viewed as the GREATEST AIRCRAFT EVAH! (when we all know it’s the Crusader) is the Canadian Avro Arrow CF-105.  This was a late 50s project for what could have been a very nice, reasonably capable long range Mach 2+ interceptor.  It was designed to have long range and shoot down bombers over the barren Canadian arctic wastes.  What followed is quite typical: the Royal Canadian Air Force (then called) kept demanding more and more advanced features, costs began to go up, and eventually the government got cold feet and cancelled the type.  Some Canadians are absolutely deranged about this aircraft – there was a ludicrous movie made in the 90s and starring Dan Akyroyd that claimed

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Arrow

that the Arrow would have gotten Canada to the moon before the US!  Yes, a Mach 2, 60,000 ft ceiling aircraft is just exactly like a Saturn V!  What a dummy I am to think differently.

Seriously, once again, the Arrow could have been a quite competent aircraft – had its engines met specification (the intended engines hadn’t flown when the program was cancelled), had the fire control system worked, had there been no major problems found (development was, however, pretty smooth), etc.  It would have been one of the best interceptors around had it entered service as intended in the early 60s.  But that doesn’t make it a wunderkind that could outperform an F-15 or, as I have read in various places, still been the world’s greatest military aircraft in the 1990s, almost 40 years after design began.  Please.  Settle down.

As I wrap this point up, I will note this correlation between the odd cases of both the Avro Arrow and the BAC TSR.2 – both were developed by countries that had, a few years before, chosen to embrace very socialistic forms of government.  Both had socialized medicine.  And it was exactly the massive expenditure in those social welfare wealth transfer schemes that so bankrupted the Cf-105_Arrow002state that maintenance of a strong, internal defence production capability became all but impossible. Britain and Canada are today nearly defenseless.  Canada has all of about 40 combat-coded fighters to cover its vast territory, no bombers, no dedicated attack aircraft…….just 66 CF-18s total, only about 40 of which are coded for combat ops at any one time.  Britain once had the most powerful navy in the world, and today is smaller than the US Coast Guard.  Don’t laugh, we’re going to follow them inexorably into this kind of decline, if it is a decline.  The US military is experiencing exactly the same kind of endless budgetary pressures today, pressures that result in endless downsizing and loss of capability, that Britain and Canada experienced starting 50 years ago.

And I think that is why those two aircraft have such fervent partisans, and cause such feverish claims to be made about them. They were sort of the last gasp of a once proud nation turned inward and selfish, preferring comfort and ease over greatness and trial.  A harsh assessment to be sure, and I feel the US has made the same choice, just a bit later, but I think there is much psychology at work in the great partisans of these two aircraft types.  Which weren’t the worst planes ever, they were simply untimely victims of nations that turned their back on their duty towards self-preservation.  Both nations have been extremely dependent on the United States ever since to take up the slack from their own abandonment of their defense, but now that the US has chosen the same path, who is their left to turn to?

Late Flightline Friday – CAG bird November 18, 2014

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I never got a chance to post Flightline Friday before the weekend. So depending on how you look on this, it being Tuesday, it’s either early or late.

Not much today, I just found a few photos I liked over the weekend.  Most feature a remarkable paint job applied to the “CAG bird” of VFA-81 Sunliners.  The CAG bird is the aircraft in a given squadron nominally reserved to the Commander of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) to which the squadron is assigned.  Such aircraft get much more elaborate paint jobs.  Some of them are quite spectacular.

You might wonder how “Commander Air Wing” resulted in the acronym “CAG” – that’s because they used to be called Carrier Air Groups and the CAG was the commander of the air group, not air wing. Even after the change, decades ago, everyone continued to call him CAG.

I like the POW/MIA on the inboard sign of the starboard vertical fin.  I also threw in a totally unrelated pic of a Gator in some unique climactic conditions:

From last week

From last week

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That’s a great shark mouth.  The Hornet is a natural for it.

So I guess the Sunliners converted from the F-18C Hornet to the E model recently?  Because the video below from last year has them flying C model Hornets and not the Super Hornet I are dumb. The video was of two squadrons, VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes and VFA-81, the Shrike birds were C models but the Sunliners were E’s:

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The pic below shows LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima with fog right about flight deck level.  I’m sorry that is just too awesome:

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Quick weekend thought to discuss November 14, 2014

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I am out of time for the day, work got in the way, but the ruminating on the situation regarding Fr. Rodriguez (and he is not alone), and also the terrible persecution being inflicted on the Franciscans of the Immaculate has caused a question to arise in my mind.  That question is this: there appears to me to be a paradigm growing regarding Summorum Pontificum/Universae Ecclesiae and the TLM, that while it may be permitted by bishops/powers that be/Pope for a priest “raised,” if you will, in the Novus Ordo environment, to offer the TLM on occasion, it most certainly will not be permitted for such priests to offer the TLM exclusively.

That was the nub of the issue with the Franciscans of the Immaculate, the sense by some within and without that sadly afflicted order that many, perhaps most members were “drifting” towards the continuous and exclusive traditional practice of the Faith as represented by offering exclusively the Traditional Mass, praying the Traditional Breviary, looking to Councils prior to VII for enlightenment, etc., etc.  And I can say that is the core of the difficulties Father Rodriguez is experiencing right now, too.

This seems to be to be a growing trend.  As I said, Fr. Rodriguez is not the first priest who has felt called to embrace the Traditional practice of the Faith even though he was ordained and initially was a non-traditional or, if you forgive the clumsy phrase, was a “Novus Ordo priest,” and who has subsequently experienced great difficulties due to that embrace. Fr. Peter Carota experienced similar difficulties.  There are others as well.

Discuss.  Sorry, I may flesh this out more if I get the time, but I must depart for Mass.

 

Some blog admin items: revisiting commenting policy and e-mail notification of posts November 10, 2014

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My dear readers, have any or all of you who have signed up for e-mail notification of posts being uploaded experienced a failure in this service of late?  I have been notified by three separate long-time readers that the notification system has failed for them.  I am at a loss to explain this. Have any of you tried signing up again, and if so, with what result?  I scoured through the blog settings and found nothing amiss, so if there is a problem, and you cannot fix it by signing up again, then I must blame it on WordPress and pursue the matter with them. I recognize this is a serious inconvenience and I apologize for the frustrations you have experienced.

Secondly…….a word on comments. I know there are blogs where the comments are completely unpoliced and a Wild West mentality prevails.  That has never been the case on this blog.  As I have maintained since day one, this blog is my site for me to express my views. I am very gratified that others find some value in what I write.  But I have always maintained that commenting here is allowed as a courtesy to guests, contingent on their good behavior.  If  you have been around longer, and the matter under discussion is dire and upsetting, you may be given more leeway to vent more, ah……energetic…….points of view.  But there are some basic ground rules I’d like to go over again, and add one more.  The below are things that can get you banned from commenting, unless you are one of those long-term commenters of value who generally make substantial contributions but who may violate one of the below in a rare moment of pique:

  1. Use of foul language
  2. Being a troll (as I define it)
  3. Being constantly argumentative for the purpose of being argumentative (see #2)
  4. Sexual content/innuendo
  5. Link spamming, meaning comments with numerous and off-topic links, and/or genuine spam
  6. Constantly repeating the same argument on your particular hobby horse over and over in posts on disparate subjects
  7. Showing up on the blog with your first comment that is a 10,000 word essay showing elements of #6

That list is not exhaustive, but gives you the gist.  There is a new addition:

8.  Making judgments as to the state of the soul of either the blogger, commenters, other Catholics striving to be faithful, other “allied” sites, etc.

One final note, which I will try to be lenient on because I understand how upset people are, but I have brought this up before: we laity should be exceedingly careful in making public judgments or declarations to the effect that the current Supreme Pontiff, whoever he may be, is a heretic, outside the Church, tool of the devil, etc.  I have gained huge insight in the past few weeks into some of the extremely heavy criticisms that have been laid on current and deceased popes even by great Saints in the past, but most all of those were either high ranking prelates with the duty/station to make those kinds of judgments, or they were commissioned by private revelation by the Lord to do the same.  It is one thing to declaim the modernist cabal, or to criticize specific statements/actions made by the Pope (especially if those involve specific errors that could lead people astray), but it is quite another to make blanket declarations as to heresy and/or the state of his soul.  I do understand how trying the situation in the Church is right now, but we always need to keep some level of Church decorum in mind.

I am certainly not one who feels that all public criticism of prelates, even the Pope, is out of bounds, but I do make a bit of a distinction with the Pope not because of the man but because of the office.  A bishop may be judged a heretic by a layman, but I recommend great caution in making such a statement with regard to a Pope.  That may be hypocritical, I don’t know, but it “feels” prudent to me right now, if that makes sense.  The main point is, keep it focused, don’t go general, don’t make solemn judgments regarding the state of anyone’s soul, and you’ll be fine.

Who knows how events may play out.  But for now I would ask again that commenters refrain from such all-encompassing denunciations of the Pope.  And, no, I do not have any specific individual in mind as I write this.  At times I do get so many comments I cannot stay on top of them all so I apologize if any of you have been scandalized, I will try to give all comments at least a once over.  At some point this policy may become counterproductive but for now I believe it appropriate.

Out of time Flightline Friday November 7, 2014

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It’s Friday and I got nothin’.  I did get a bunch of books this week on the F-8 Crusader.  So in lieu of doing a real post, I’ll tell you how stupid the author of this blog you read really is.

So I’ve prattled on endlessly about how the mighty Vought F-8 Crusader – built maybe 6 or 7 miles from my house! – is the greatest aircraft of all time.  There is simply no comparison with any others, and anyone who says differently is guilty of damnable blasphemy.

Now, some might wonder, why does Tantumblogo like this plane so much?  I mean, sure, it’s cool, but it’s performance has been obviously succeeded by later types, it’s kind of old, it didn’t have all the really great modern cockpit design……what is it?

And you might think…..maybe it’s the name!  Maybe Tantumblogo likes it because he’s also into the Crusades and Crusader is a very Catholic name.

Well, if you ever thought that – not that you would even waste any time considering my strange obsessions  – you would be wrong.  Because this is how dumb I am…..I never even made the connection until a few weeks ago.  Somehow it just jumped out at me…….after many years……”Crusader……..crusades……..Catholic………It all makes sense!”  Because in reality I don’t know why I like the Crusader so much, I just do.

But now you know that I couldn’t even make the obvious connection between my love for the Faith and the love for this plane for many, many years.

And that’s how dumb I am.

Are you sure you want to keep reading this blog?

Now some great Crusader pr0n:

Kind of lame, some of the facts are wrong:

Sad to see. A panopoy of F-8 Crusader accidents.  The quality of the video is terrible:

The Frogs used the Crusader all the way until 1999:

More French Navy Crusader action, this time on deck.  I think this is on Clemenceau Foch:

I pray you have a blessed weekend.  Pray for the poor souls!

 

 

A bit non sequitur – Thailand arms civilian auxiliary to stop muslim terror November 6, 2014

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Most readers are likely aware that the past decade or two have seen the worst persecution of Christians we have seen in a century or so.  However, while due to proximity and other reasons Christians tend to bear the brunt of muslim depredations, muslims are equal opportunity persecutors.  I have mentioned on this blog that I used to belong to a defense analysis group online that included a broad cross-section of military/diplomatic/economic professionals deep in “the business” (the defense biz), as well as some exceedingly well informed outsiders.  And then I just kind of hung along.  Anyway, one of the professionals that belonged to our group (which included high ranking staff and flag officers (including a former First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy), senior defense analysts at the premier consultancy firms, people with many years experience developing and applying military hardware, etc) was an active duty major general in the Royal Thai Army.  There was no one quite like Suphi.  She had fought the Vietnamese at Mon Mok Moon (an attempted invasion of Thailand by Vietnam crushed by the Royal Thai Army and almost unknown in the West), conducted counter-insurgency against the Vietnamese and Chinese backed communist insurgency in Thailand (she had a special method of “interrogating” communist cadres, she would take them up in her personal helicopter and throw them out), and, around 2003, started informing us of the growing muslim insurgency, backed by Malaysia, against the southern Thai provinces.

This activity soon got so intense she would drop off the site for extended periods.  Then she ultimately relayed that because of the coups that began in Thailand in 2006 and the role the Army (or she?) played in those coups, she could no longer participate at all. That’s about the time I finally dropped off, as well.

But prior to doing so Suphi had described for the benefit of others how Thailand defeated  the communist insurgency of the 70s and 80s.  They did this not by bombing their own country to smithereens, as we  did to our ally South Vietnam, nor by flooding the countryside with hundreds of thousands of troops and thereby totally disrupting rural life so essential to the stability of any country.  No, they did it by giving some basic training to villagers, winning them over to the country’s/government’s side decisively, arming them, and leaving a radio to call for help to stop large groups of insurgents the villagers could not handle.  This method was exceedingly successful, and after 20 years of patient effort the communist insurgency – conducted mostly by Chinese and Vietnamese outsiders – was crushed.

She said similar steps were being taken to fight the muslim insurgents in the South, but that the left wing government that occasionally came to power constantly opposed this. The most recent coup in Thailand unseated a certain destructive political movement again, and I must admit I smiled when I read this:

Thailand has a separatist problem. A Muslim separatist problem, to be more specific, in three southern provinces. As straitstimes.com reports, “Violence in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south has left thousands dead – the majority civilians – since 2004 across the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, which were annexed more than a century ago by Thailand. In response to a recent slew of shootings and bomb attacks on civilian “soft” targets, Thailand has vowed to protect locals while it seeks a firm date for a fresh round of peace talks with the publicity-shy but ruthless rebels.” But the strategy they’ve chosen is an unusual one for a government that took power in a military coup . . .[Suphi described how these terrorists work. First of all, almost all of them are high as a kite on speedballs when they do their attacks. She described hitting one with 7 rounds from her .45 Smith and Wesson Desert Eagle and still not taking a doped up terrorist down. He was eventually cut down by a Ma Deuce.  Secondly, they have sanctuaries in Malaysia and the Malaysians do absolutely nothing to stop them, and probably help the insurgents quite a bit, least of all by letting armaments get to them.]

So to uphold the new prime minister’s promise to bring both sides to the negotiating table, he’s trying to create a balance of power. To do that…

Some 2,700 Heckler & Koch HK33 assault rifles have been distributed over the past two months to volunteers in the region, according to a spokesman for the Internal Operations Security Command (ISOC). [Yeah, well, these people cannot be negotiated with.  They aren’t interested in “dialogue.”]

Yes, an authoritarian government is putting thousands of rifles in the hands of volunteers who have come under attack, part of an insurgency that has killed more than 6000 people in the last decade. As one internal security official put it,

“They need weapons for self-defence… they can’t fight with just wooden sticks,” ISOC spokesman Colonel Banphot Phunphien told AFP.

All of which has caused pearls to be clutched and hands to be wrung among Thailand’s peace activist community, who have apparently learned to appropriate talking points from America’s disarmament community. As bbc.com relates,

Guns have been distributed to Muslim and Buddhist villagers before this, but some fell into the hands of the insurgents themselves or resulted in incidents where volunteers opened fire on unarmed civilians. [Sure, and guns were stolen from villagers during the communist insurgency, but the vast majority weren’t, and the forming of armed groups of loyal Thai citizens played a decisive role in blocking the previous insurgency]

Right(s) groups have condemned the distribution of guns saying it would only increase violence in the region. [And the government removed from office by the military – possibly at the behest of the Thai king – had made this policy so inconsistent as to be ineffective.  Perhaps it will be more so now.]

I’m not saying this is the only way to defeat an insurgency, but it’s a proven and effective way.  The British won the insurgency against them in Malaya during the 50s by police tactics which included arming loyal citizens.

Thailand is one of the least Christian countries in the world.  It was never successfully penetrated by missionaries of any stripe.  The vast majority of the populace is semi-Buddhist but mostly addicted to pleasure.  Thais are a happy people, a business-like people, and an incredibly well-mannered people, but they are not religious. It will be interesting to see how they stand up to this insurgency, even more fanatical than the communist one.

Flightline Friday………it’s getting to feel like old times October 31, 2014

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During the Cold War, Russian bombers regularly probed the North American and NATO Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ), testing reactions and gathering intelligence on, say, the latest modification to an F-4 or the tactics used when multiple bombers approach a given zone on different axes at different altitudes.  Of course, we did the same, although in a much more low key manner (well……at least after the late 60s it was low key.  Prior to that, we were quite aggressive, including direct overflights by military aircraft of another nation’s sovereign airspace, technically, an act of war).  And NATO forces were also “trained” as well, being able to spot improvements in Soviet bombers or other aircraft, testing crew proficiency and professionalism, etc.

Early on, these confrontations could be fairly tense, especially when it was Soviets intercepting our bombers.  There were…….incidents.  But after the late 60s and strategic parity set in, both sides took a step back and strove not to needlessly provoke World War III.  Professionalism and safety were the watchwords.  And both sides also became careful not to reveal too much to the other while proving out their own capabilities.

Anyway, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian bombers threatening to penetrate US airspace has been comparatively rare. There were some occasional bursts of activity in the 90s, and then again during the 2000s, but then there would be long lulls.

However, over the past year, and especially since the Ukraine imbroglio got going, the number of these missions and the aggressiveness of the Russian aircrews have increased a very great deal.  Numbers of flights have increased by a factor of 2, with flights near some countries like Japan numbering in the hundreds.  And coordination of the missions is becoming increasingly complex and aggressive, such as the recent instance when a large group of Russian fighter bombers – and their most advanced types – were penetrating the Baltic at the same time a group of Tu-95MS Bear-H bombers were coming down the North Sea with tanker support (and if its one thing the Russians haven’t many of, its tankers).

So its seems Tsar Vlad I has initiated some old time Cold War gamesmanship.  European governments are just aghast, they promised we were in a new future of peace in our time!

Yeah, maybe not so much.

A catalog of some recent activity:

Russian jets “invading Japanese airspace” in record numbers

NATO tracks large-scale Russian air activity in Europe – first known flight of the advanced Su-34 long range interdiction fighter in one of these probing exercises

This next one is pretty unusual.  During the Cold War and since, it has not been too unusual for Russian bombers to fly just outside the US Air Defense Identification Zone, but it has been very rare for Russian fighters to do so. But do so they did, last month, at least two MiG-31s (NATO reporting name: FOXHOUND) and some Su-27SM “Flankers.”

Also this month, a heavily armed Su-27SM Flanker, with very capable AA-12 fire and forget radar guided missiles, nearly collided with a Swedish Gulfstream V electronic reconnaissance aircraft.

Photos of some of these incidents below:

Flanker a bit too close to Swedish Gulfstream. This kind of thing did happen during the Cold War.

Flanker a bit too close to Swedish Gulfstream. This kind of thing did happen during the Cold War.

F-22 escorts Tu-95MS Bear

F-22 escorts Tu-95MS Bear

RAF Typhoon F.2 escorts Tu-95MS

RAF Typhoon F.2 escorts Tu-95MS

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I don’t know what’s going on in this photo.  I would say that’s a pretty unusual attitude for an escorting aircraft to take.  But Canadians are crazy:

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EWTN radio broadcasting from Mater Dei parish today at 2 October 30, 2014

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KATH/Guadalupe Radio,the local EWTN affiliate, is broadcasting today from Mater Dei parish in Irving, in order to provide some last minute PR for the pumpkin sales effort the parish has been involved in for the past two weeks.  That today is October 30, 2014 by the way, for those time travelers among you..

Some of us had doubts how well pumpkins might sell at a church that faces an industrial boulevard largely traveled by semis.  All I can say is, if you’re in the market for pumpkins at your late date, there are plenty to choose from at Mater Dei.

So come by and check it out.  Maybe you’ll find your dream pumpkin.  A big hunk of the proceeds do go to the parish. Why else would I presently have 20 pumpkins at my house?

Die, Pro/E, Die! October 30, 2014

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File corrupter from the bowels of hell!  What junk have you unleashed upon us, PTC?!?  How does a heat sink turn magically into an MPO adapter, and refuse to turn back!  MPO adapters don’t cool 50W FPGAs very well, do they?!?

Grrrrrr!!!!!!!

 

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