Four years and 4285 blog posts ago……. December 10, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, silliness.
……Tantumblogo brought forth on this internet a new blog, conceived in naivete, and dedicated to the proposition that a blog might somehow make some small difference in the Church.
It has been four interesting years, filled with many twists and turns. I don’t know how long I will continue to blog. When I started out, I just wanted the blog to last some amount longer and have more content than the average for all blogs – 3 months, 11 posts. I think it safe to say I’ve surpassed that initial goal by a fair amount.
I have never had grand plans and designs. This blog started as a reaction to a scandalous conference featuring a new age sister scheduled for Lent 2010. I quickly overcame the naivete that said that simply bringing this matter to the attention of the local authority would result in a quick resolution. So, I started the blog in the hope that getting more information to more people might somehow make a difference. I wasn’t real clear how that would work. But I quickly found along the way that the biggest difference made was within myself – through the blog, I believe I have learned more and come to love more that which is great in the Church than would have ever been possible otherwise.
I hope – I pray – this blog has been of some benefit to you. My goal, after the initial crisis was passed, has always been to help souls grow in their love and practice of the Faith. If at times it seems like I have drifted far from that focus, the failure is entirely mine.
If this blog has meaning for you, please pray for me! Especially if you view what I write with a critical eye!
IMPORTANT: First Friday at Carmel CANCELLED TONIGHT December 6, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin.
Due to weather.
Important – Latin-English traditional breviaries back in print December 2, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Liturgy, priests, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
I was fortunate enough to be able to buy a volume of the Baronius Latin-English Breviaries – after a verrrrrry long wait – a couple of years ago. The first printing was quickly exhausted. When people inquired about where to get a copy, I had to tell them they had missed the boat. Well, wait no more, the Baronius Breviaries, according to the 1962 Missal and with original, sometimes stilted but very accurate and certainly not a bit modernist, Psalm translations are back in print!
This is the only Latin-English Breviary available that accords to the pre-conciliar Rite. I can tell you, the prayers in the 1962 Breviary are far, far more moving and, I would say, efficacious of Grace than the banalities that litter the 1970 Liturgy of the Hours. You may have one of those multi-color sets of the Novus Ordo Liturgy of the Hours in your home, but I can say that in particular that the various prayers in the traditional Breviary are just so much more redolent of a powerful sensus Catholicus that there is just no comparison. As soon as I got the 1962 Breviary, I immediately stopped using the Novus Ordo version and haven’t looked back, since.
The books have stood up pretty well to 2+ years of daily usage, including being crammed in a backpack with a number of other books, being dropped countless times, and just general abuse. My only complaints have been with the ribbons, which frayed very quickly, and, again, the English translations of the Psalms and hymns, which were so focused on accuracy that lyricism went out the window. They are essentially un-singable in English.
These are a must for any person with a love for the Traditional Liturgy, or any Catholic looking to take a big step forward in their interior life. It is such a great shame that, in the terrible excesses that occurred in the Church in the early 70s, the 1970 Liturgy of the Hours was literally rushed out, with many very clumsy, banal prayers – some of which were even composed by protestants. That has been confirmed – while there is some question whether parts of the Mass Propers in the Novus Ordo were composed by protestant “observers,” there is no question prayers from the Hours were. And it really shows.
I know the Breviary is expensive, but this is a lifetime investment. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. I also highly recommend it for priests brought up in the Novus Ordo tradition, but who have an attraction for the traditional practice of the Faith. The traditional Breviary does satisfy their requirement for daily prayer of all the liturgical hours.
Prayer Request December 2, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, sadness, Virtue.
Regular reader “skeinster” has a crisis and could really use some prayer support. Her youngest daughter was involved in a bad car accident and was seriously injured. She is stable, but faces a long road of recovery.
Would you, in your charity, please pray for Sarah and her recovery? I’m sure prayers for the family undergoing this trial would also be of great help at this time.
As a sort of postscript, I know skeinster in RT and she is a great, great lady. She has been very kind to me. I think she thinks I get a bit nutty on the blog sometimes, and she’s probably right, but she’s always been so kind and supportive. I am so sorry her daughter has been afflicted in this way, but I pray this suffering can be endured and worked through for the greater glory of God.
Immaculate Conception Novena starts Nov. 29 November 29, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
Dallas Carmel in need of your support November 26, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
The good nuns of the Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague are in need of help. Their HVAC unit has conked out. It must be replaced, it is beyond repair. I don’t have a figure for the cost of the replacement, but it is likely to be high. Could you please consider, in your charity, sending a donation to these good nuns, who have so supported the traditional practice of the Faith in this Diocese (and whose prayers likely played a huge role in the miracle that is Mater Dei)? Any amount will help.
Donations can be sent to:
Discalced Carmelite Nuns
600 Flowers Avenue
Dallas, TX 75211
You can make your checks out to Dallas Carmelites
God bless you!
Please pardon this brief editorial departure from our normal standards November 22, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin.
All you leftists out there
w******g yourselves off (my apologies folks, should have at least warned you. Nevertheless, inexcusable, a big failure on my part) calling Dallas the City of Hate because your previous failed “god,” John “pass the girls around, strung out on speedballs” Kennedy happened to be murdered by a communist here (and so you desperately try to deflect that fact by claiming Dallas had some right-wing “climate of hate” before the assassination) can all go…….well, I was originally going to write something reflective of my emotions here, but……….repent and be converted.
Let’s face it, in typical leftist fashion, you are projecting your own hatred of Dallas, as a scion of free-enterprise and conservative values, onto the city itself. You’d hate it no matter what happened to your false hero here, but the assassination just gives you all the more excuse to hate. In bizarro left-think, Dallas thus becomes “the city of hate,” because you hate it. In the same way, you try to claim every lone nut with a gun who kills or tries to kill some people is always a right winger, even though more often than not, they are actually crazed leftists like Jared Loughner and James Holmes (who now, btw, appears to be muslim). Oh, but after you’d pilloried conservatives with these knowing lies, the corrections somehow never get made.
I refuse to take part in this self-loathing. There was nothing “wrong” with Dallas or anywhere else, in particular, on Nov. 22, 1963, that precipitated the Kennedy assassination. In fact, what was wrong was a very sick little man filled with typical leftist hate, who wanted to bring down a president who was not the peasnluv liberal you’ve so desperately spent 50 years making him out to be, but was actually an inept dilettante and Cold War hawk who massively expanded the US defense budget and strategic nuclear arsenal after taking office. At this point, your fingers are in your ear and you’re screaming “no no no” so I’ll leave it at that.
From a Catholic perspective, there is every reason to pray for John F. Kennedy’s soul. Given his propensity to take intoxicating drugs daily, and his near-nonstop infidelities, ruminating on his state of Grace when assassinated is a frightful prospect to consider. No matter what a disaster he was as president – and he was a substantial one, especially in terms of foreign policy – he likely needs our prayers. I’ll pray for him.
That’s it, I’m officially famous November 18, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, blogfoolery, Ecumenism, Eucharist, General Catholic, Liturgy, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society, Victory.
That’s right, Tantamergo/Tantumblogo has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal:
Some non-Methodists also see the idea as sacrilege. “Isn’t this taking things a bit too far?” said Roman Catholic blogger Larry Roach of Dallas. “How much can you trivialize what should be sacred?”
Well, I’m famous beyond all telling now. Next up, twerking and making out with giant stuffed teddy bears. This one quote will be the start of a massive multi-media Catholic empire that will make Church Militant TV look like a PBS station in rural Idaho. But I shan’t let it go to my head. BTW, I’m going to start to charge a $200 a year subscription to read this blog.
Here is the article, sure to be recorded, studied, and argued over for ages, that started it all.
Kidding aside, I’d like to thank Valerie Baurelein for the quote. I’m gratified she found it useful. But don’t take the inclusion of a quote form my work as an endorsement of everything in the article. I would argue with some of the history of the Blessed Sacrament, at least as far as it relates to the Church, and a few other details contained therein.
Non Sequitur – Flightline Friday: UH-1 action in Vietnam November 15, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness.
I have been told that I have a lot of interests. That I am eclectic. Probably, that means I’m really a dilettante. But it is true, there have been a great number of subjects that have struck my interest over the years. Longtime readers may remember that I was, in the past, an extremely serious student of military affairs and history and even dabbled in that a bit professionally. One of my earliest and longest areas of interest, one I always come back to from time to time, is the Vietnam War. I know a bit about it.
For some reason, of late, that fancy has come back again, and I’ve found some pretty good videos – both Hollywood and real life – of helicopter action in Vietnam. They didn’t call Vietnam The Helicopter War for nothing. The US could not have fought the war without them, really. Millions of sorties were flown, well over ten thousand helos saw service, and thousands were shot down.
The ubiquitous bird of that war was the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, known throughout the world as the Huey. The Huey was fairly capable for its time, but was an incredibly vulnerable aircraft. No armor to speak of. Just an aluminum frame and shell wrapped around some fuel tanks and a turbine engine. That was about it. Huey’s were incredibly vulnerable compared to today’s Blackhawks, Super Stallions, and others. That’s why over 3300 were shot down over the course of the war. But they were there in great numbers, and they did a great job. A few videos of the Huey in action, for those who are interested, starting with this very interesting video of 128th Assault Helicopter Company UH-1B and C gunships in action, narrated by one of the pilots:
I don’t normally listen to rock n’ roll anymore, but there is something captivating about scenes of Vietnam action with some of the music from that area. Below is a particularly good video put together by a Brit who also incorporated real mission audio to add a great deal of realism to the silent Super 8 movies our troops shot tons of during that war:
There are a lot of mistakes in Vietnam movies regarding how the equipment was used, but the movie Hamburger Hill was better than most. Hamburger Hill was concerned with the hellish fighting in the A Shau Valley, about 4 miles east of Laos, engaged in by the 101st Airborne Division (it was still called that, back then) in 1969:
That was a tight LZ. That kind of LZ happened very frequently, with some barely fitting one UH-1D or H at a time.
One mistake in the scene above was the M60 hanging limp on the starboard side of the lead Huey. That would not have happened in anything like a hot LZ.
One more, some scenes from the world famous An Khe “golf course,” An Khe Army Airfield near Plieku and the 1st Air Cav division:
I thought about putting in the highly stylized and none-too-accurate “Ride of the Valkyrie” scene from Apocalypse Now, but that would be too trite. Instead, some KS-87 rear-facing strike camera footage showing a whole pile of napalm and white phosphorous being dropped on who knows what, most likely, no one. I pray God it was empty jungle, because if not, a good proportion of the time, civilians wound up getting hit. In the words of the pilots at the 12th TFW at Cam Ranh Bay in 1966, it was an f-d up war:
Money says most of that came from A-1 or F-100 aircraft. All of this is plainly from South Vietnam. I was looking for some footage of F-105s bombing Phuc Yen or Kep airfields, but didn’t score any.
I may make this non sequitur Flightline Friday a regular feature, even though most of you may hate it. Sorry.
Non sequitur for Codgitator November 8, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society.
Someone named Codgitator liked the blog recently. They had as their avatar a photo of my favorite non-human movie character of all time, the Heuristically-programmed ALgorithmic computer model 9000, or HAL 9000. I just had to post a few videos:
After HAL murdered 4 members of the crew of USS Discovery XD-1, he was de-activated by mission commander Dr. Dave Bowman:
There has still never been a fiction movie (thus, I’m throwing out Apollo 13) that has come even close to so accurately representing a future space environment. I don’t love 2001: a space odyssey for the story, or the vision of man “evolving,” and certainly not for its religious message – I love it because it still shows a potential future progress of man in space, even if that progress, which looked so inevitable in 1965, is today, almost 50 years later, an even more distant dream than anyone back then could have imagined. I love it for the engineering details, even if a few were gotten wrong (the Discovery was supposed to have massive fuel tanks and large radiators to dump excess heat from its nuclear reactor into space, but Kubrick for various reasons deleted those for aesthetic reasons).
There is enough good in it that it remains my favorite movie of all time, over 30 years after first seeing it.