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Liberal Catholics, USCCB, want millions to die – UPDATE May 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.
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Liberal Catholics, and the USCCB (but I repeat myself), have signed on to a petition to demand further cuts in strategic nuclear forces (forces which have already been cut approximately 90% since 1990).  First, a flavor of the incredibly tired and tiresome 60s retread peacenik rhetoric:

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined about four dozen other national organizations in amassing more than 50,000 signatures on a petition asking for a change in the United States’ “outdated” nuclear arms policy.

“You must act now to reduce the nuclear danger and the role of nuclear weapons,” said the petition, addressed to President Barack Obama. [actually, fewer weapons create more instability and dramatically increase the likelihood that nuclear weapons will be used.  Whoever wrote this is an ignorant amateur, with a heavy dose of bias]

The petition urges Obama to “end outdated U.S. nuclear war-fighting strategy, dramatically reduce the number of U.S. nuclear weapons and the number of submarines, missiles and bombers that carry those weapons, and take U.S. nuclear weapons off high alert. Maintaining large numbers of nuclear forces on alert increases the risk of accident or miscalculation.” [By “high alert,” they mean “maintained so that they can be used at relatively short notice.”  Our strategic nuclear forces are not on any kind of the alert status they maintained during the Cold War]

A May 15 announcement from the groups involved said the petition was delivered to the White House May 7. Stephen Colecchi, director of the bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, represented the USCCB. [Why must the bishops continue to arrogate to themselves the right to interfere in the laity’s purview?  Such issues of foreign policy and defense are for the laity to decide, not bishops. This is absurd]

The United States, Kimball told Catholic News Service in a May 15 telephone interview, possesses about 1,700 strategically positioned nuclear warheads. Russia has about 1,500. Each has more strategically deployed warheads than the rest of the “nuclear club” — China, France, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — has warheads of all kinds combined. [Whoever wrote this is, I am sorry to say, woefully ignorant.  Or willfully.  There is no such thing as “strategically positioned nuclear weapons.”  There are strategic nuclear forces assigned to strategic targets.  There are tactical nukes assigned to tactical targets.  Sometimes, the two force types overlap.  BTW, we are terribly ignorant of the state of China’s strategic and tactical nuclear forces.  They are likely far, far  larger than widely recognized, as their defense spending has been increasing at a 10-20% clip a year for two plus decades] 

“Just one U.S. nuclear-armed submarine can destroy several cities,” Kimball said. “We today possess 12 submarines with nuclear weapons.” [Yes, but only 3 or 4 on patrol on one time, and the warheads don’t target cities for the most part, thank God.]

Kimball said, “If our goal is to deter, one of these weapons is far larger than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” [actually, they are smaller but much more powerful] the two Japanese cities targeted by atomic weapons in World War II. He described the stockpile as “massive nuclear overkill that’s … dangerous and costly and unnecessary.” [Oh Lord, the nuclear bogeyman is going to jump out of the closet and get me!  He’s saying one nuclear weapon is enough for deterrence.  What if it doesn’t work?  What if it gets shot down?  There’s another reason why this idea is terrible, dangerous, reckless, see below]

He called for “a sense of proportionality” as Obama is due to receive soon a comprehensive study on the nation’s nuclear forces. “These decisions coming from President Obama very soon are once-in-a-decade decisions. This is President Obama’s best opportunity to change outdated thinking.” [Pray God it is his last.  In fact, Obama’s administration has already commissioned studies to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads to 500, a dangerously low figure]

The reason for my snark and opposition is two-fold – one, this really is an area reserved to the laity – the bishops can state they feel nuclear weapons are immoral, whatever, but setting policy in matters of defense is up to the laity, not the bishops.  Once again, the bishops undermine their own authority on the matters that are rightly their responsibility by feeling compelled to have a public opinion about everything.

Secondly, this recommendation is actually very dangerous, and will lead to many more millions dying in a nuclear exchange should, God forbid, such ever occur.  At this point, you think I’m insane.  How will cutting nuclear forces lead to more dying?   I’ll try to explain it briefly.

There are two basic types of targeting for strategic nuclear forces – counterforce, and countervalue.  Counterforce has always been the policy of the US, and is a targeting strategy aimed at destroying the opponent nation’s warfighting capabilities.  That is to say, his airfields, missile silos, naval bases, etc.  Many of these targets are out in the middle of nowhere (esp. missile silos), but some aren’t.  A pretty good number are in large population centers.  Thus, many millions will die in an all out exchange.

Countervalue, however, is a terror policy that targets the population centers indiscriminately.  It seeks to kill as many of the opponent’s population as possible.

Even though in an all out counterforce exchange millions would die, it’s many millions less than in a countervalue attack.  Tens of millions fewer for a country like Russia.

Now, counterforce strategy requires a large, diverse force, a force that is both large enough to take out all, or a very large percentage of, targets, and also secure enough to function under an all out attack.   Countervalue forces can actually be smaller.  You don’t need more than a few to several hundred warheads to devastate an opponents 100 largest cities.

No one is going to let the number of warheads drop below about 500.  That was the lowest figure looked at in the RAND study commissioned by Obama last year.  The bishops and their allies can dream THC laden dreams all day about a “nuclear free world,” but it’s never going to happen.  After all, you can hug children with nuclear arms.

The problem with the 500 figure is that it pushes the US, Russia, and anyone else dumb enough to cut their force levels that low into a countervalue strategy.  There won’t be enough warheads or launch vehicles to allow a countervalue targeting strategy to be used.  You’re pretty much forced into countervalue.  An even more concerning problem is that as the number of warheads drops, the more valuable and vulnerable each becomes, and one becomes forced into “use it or lose it” situations that much more easily.  Very small forces are patently insecure, which is why most countries who develop arsenals build up at least several hundred devices, if not alot more.  What all this means is that millions more will die, if the balloon ever goes up and we all have the worst day of our lives.

But, we have a total amateur, an ignoramus, and a far left ideologue in the White House, so I fully expect the number of warheads to be cut to that ridiculous level, even unilaterally.   And the world will be just that  much more dangerous, thanks to the irrational fears of those who never grew out of their childhood terror of these truly awful weapons.

 Reducing forces to the level the USCCB desires (a handful) will actually make nuclear war more likely, as an adversary not quite so endeared of peace and justice just might wager that a US with only 5 nukes of questionable quality and security would knuckle under to the threat of losing, say, New York City.  Or, would do whatever they want after losing NYC. 

In case any USCCB types are reading, don’t watch the videos below, it’s liable to give  you nightmares for weeks.  I think they are great (except for the horrible scores).  In the first video, from about 40 sec – 1 minute is what the end of the world looks like.  If you ever see it, prostrate yourself and confess!

My best friend was a missile launch officer, crew commander, and instructor at Minot AFB. He routinely had 50 megatons of instant sunrise under his command.  He’s also a devout evangelical Christian.  He was prepared to do his duty.

UPDATE: Obviously, the title was a bit tongue in cheek. I should add an important qualifier: I would be fine with the USCCB’s position if they, at the same time, advocated for an extremely thorough strategic missile and air defense system.  Unfortunately, the latter is far more expensive than the cost of maintaining a minimal deterrent of around 1700 warheads.  But if you want to lower your offensive forces, it must correspond with a concommitant increase in strategic defenses.   China has not been party to any of the arms control agreements between the US and Russia.


Radical gay “tolerance”…….ostracism, burning churches May 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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So, an apparently world famous boxer, Filipino politician, and devout Roman Catholic named Manny Pacquiao has been “banned” from a trendy shopping district in LA for having the audacity to state what virtually evey human being on the planet knew with metaphysical certitude  just a few years ago –  marriage is between one man and one woman.  In banning Pacquiao, the manager of the somehow largely government funded hotspot showed his great tolerance for other views by totally shunning the person expressing those views.  This is the vehicle of the persecution – those who reject morality and God’s Law will try to exact a severe social, economic, and political penalty from the apostates of their humanistic religion. 

As I said recently regarding the collapse of cultures, for most, it’s simply too easy to ride along with the falling rubble than to fight for what has always been right and true.

In Massachusetts, a Catholic parish has received numerous threats, including one to burn the church down, because it displayed a message that said “Two men are friends, not spouses.”

A Catholic parish in Massachusetts has become the target of threats of violence, and vandalism because of a sign posted on church property supporting the traditional definition of marriage, according to The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts.

The sign on the billboard of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in the town of Acushnet displayed a message reading “Two men are friends, not spouses.”

Insert firestorm here.

According to an interview by the local Fox affiliate, Steve Guillotte, the Director of Pastoral Services at the parish, said the church has received a number of menacing, obscenity laced phone calls, including one threatening to burn the church down.

Ah! Tolerance smells like burning churches. Somebody nailed the word “hate”
to the Church’s fence along with other…how shall we say…”hostile” signs and rainbow balloons were attached to it.

The Church did remove any mention of gay marriage from the sign as of this morning.

I don’t know if caving in sends the right message, either.  We’ve been caving in to these bullies so long, they’re going to start doing some real damage, soon. 

This is nothing more than a protection racket.  If you proclaim the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church, some thugs will come by to torch your church. 

Have any of the worldlings bothered to examine the psychology of a movement that cannot brook even the slightest dissent, and must be constantly be told how normal it is, how good it is, how natural it is?  No matter how many times they are told that, it’s not enough, which is why they must constantly look for new avenues of affirmation. 

It won’t work.  God’s Law is written on our hearts.  I know from experience that the faster you try to run from it, the more you try to kill that still, small voice, the more painful any reminder of what you’re doing becomes.  And so the shouting and the threats and who knows what else soon will become more and more severe, but nothing will kill that pain they feel, because it’s God calling them to repentance and they can’t stand it.

It’s a nightmare, and there are many who would rather just go along and allow this nightmare to be imposed on our entire culture. 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Non sequitir – harvest time is here May 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, fun, Society.
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Alot of people don’t think about where the bread in the store they buy comes from, or where the corn in their corn flakes comes from, but there are people up and down the Great Plains getting very busy right now, as harvest time is here.  Harvest time in a small farming town is a really unique time – I’ve only experienced it to a small degree, as an outsider, but it’s a strange mixture of extremely hard work and great anxiety, followed by jubilation for most (hopefully) and a tremendous let-down for others (say, if your wheat crop got hailed out a week before cutting).  A large combine can run anywhere from $3-400,000, so many farmers don’t own one.  They pay custom cutters to harvest their crops.  We don’t have to do that, the man who farms our land does his own cutting, but every year there is a pilgrimage as custom cutters move down to Texas, starting with the wheat harvest in May, and then work their way north all the way to Saskatchewan, then head back south to cut milo and corn in the late summer and fall, sometimes well into December.  It’s a busy time, but they get to see some great country and have the tremendous satisfaction of seeing a visible result of their work almost every day (when they don’t get rained out, or have equipment problems).

I’ve added in the sidebar a link to a blog called All Aboard Harvest.  It’s run by the High Plains Journal and covers the harvest from the perspective of several custom cutter outfits.  I really enjoy it.  Some are down in Texas now, already cutting, while others are just getting underway, heading to Oklahoma.  Due to the very warm winter, the wheat is running 3-4 weeks ahead of what it usually does, so harvest is getting fired up early this year.

I’m really looking forward to going to Kansas and checking out our farm. I hope one day I get to be there during harvest and ride in the combine with Kenny for a while.

This is a photo of Hoffman Harvesting cutting outside Olney, TX, this week.  The wheat looks pretty good around here, I pray we get some more rain up at the place in Kansas. 


Short Novena for Pentecost – start tomorrow! May 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Tradition, Virtue.
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I’m finally ahead of the curve when it comes to a Novena:

Dearest Holy Spirit, please guide us to constantly know and seek you.  Grant us the holy fear of God, Grant us true contrition and patience.  We beg you to protect and keep us from falling into sin.  Give us a constant increase of faith, hope and charity, and bring forth in our souls all the virtues proper to our state in life.  Make us faithful disciples of Jesus and obedient children of our Holy Mother the Church.  Give us the Grace sufficient to keep the Commandments and to receive the Sacraments worthily always.  We humbly ask for the four Cardinal Virtues, Your Seven Gifts, Your Twelve Fruits.  Raise us to perfection in the state of life to which you have called us  and lead us at our last hour to the grace of a holy death. We beg You to have mercy on the holy souls in Purgatory, especially those closest to us and those most in need of our prayers. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

( Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

<You can also insert invocation for the intercession of particular Saints here>

Upcoming activities at the Carmelite Chapel May 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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First, there will be NO First Friday Vigil at the Chapel, due to a rare wedding.  That may be disappointing to some, but may God bless the couple marrying!  It is a beautiful place for a wedding, that is for certain.

Other items:

Monday, May 21st at 11:00 A.M. : Sister Maria Guadalupe of the Infant Jesus of Prague will be “Rendering her Vows” to the Superior of this Carmel, Reverend Mother Juanita Marie.  Sister Maria Guadalupe has transferred to the Dallas Carmel from another Carmel in California.

Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00 A.M. : Sister Rose Marie of the Sorrowful Mother will be taking her First Vows.  Fr. Fabian M. Rosette, O.Carm, founder and prior of Mount Carmel Hermitage in Christoval, Tx, will be the celebrant for this Mass.

Sunday, June 3rd at 5:00 P.M. : The newly ordained Fr. Martin Mary of the Blessed Sacrament, O.Carm will be offering his First Mass of Thanksgiving.  This will be a High Mass with Rita Pilgrim’s choral group,  Voces Pro Domino, singing the Mass.  [Wow, a TLM High Mass , too!  Just stay at the Carmel all day!]

Friday, June 15th, Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus  at 10:00 A.M. :   Sister Faustina of the Merciful Heart of Jesus will have her clothing ceremony along with a Mass.  Fr. Fabian M. Rosette, O. Carm will be the celebrant for this Mass.  One of the brothers from the Mount Carmel Hermitage in Christoval, TX is the blood brother of Sister Faustina.  If you come early before Holy Mass you may go to the parlor located at the top of the west steps to see Sister in her wedding dress. After the Mass and ceremony you may go to the same parlor to congratulate Sister Faustina and to see her in her holy habit.

We went to the clothing ceremony for St. Veronica of the Holy Face.  It was glorious!  If you’ve never been to a Mass where a religious gets clothed or takes vows, they are so beautiful!  Sister Veronica was so beautifully radiant, so joyful, the Grace she was experiencing seemed to fill the whole Chapel!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a little bit of time with the nuns in the parlor, too.

I’ve always wanted to go to the two Carmels in Christoval (there is also a Carmel for nuns there), but we’ve never made it out there.  But now the prior is coming to us!  Deo Gratias!

Pray that the good Carmelites get even more vocations!  They went for a very long time without any, but now they have many.  Pray for them often!  They always pray for you!