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Great sermon – how porn destroys societies January 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, disaster, error, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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And more disturbingly, the role of our government in making that happen.  Those in elite positions in society, including within the government, who desire a much more authoritarian, probably left-wing, orientation for government know that they must first anesthetize the people in order for that to occur.  The priest below posits that modern governments use porn to help undermine traditional morality, insuring the breakdown of the family, leading more people to have recourse to the government as protector and provider.  That plays into the hands of statists everywhere.

See what you think of this, I am out of time, have a blessed weekend!

Flightline Friday – the Convair F-106 Delta Dart January 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, Society, technology.
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Ah, this is one of my all time favorite birds.  I love the Delta Dart.  Conceived in 1954 as the “ultimate interceptor,” the F-106 endured a protracted development period that wound up seeing far more of its predecessor – the not nearly so ultimate Convair F-102 Delta Dagger – produced that the ultimate version.

The Delta Dagger and Dart brought a number of new technologies to fruition.  Convair was the prime American company that continued Dr. Alexander Lippisch’s experiments with triangular wing planforms in Nazi Germany.  After the war,

XF-92A prototype

XF-92A prototype

Convair produced the experimental XF-92 delta wing prototype.  Chuck Yeager did much of the early testing on this aircraft.  The aircraft was underpowered, but showed some promise, so the Air Force gave Convair a contract to develop a new, delta-wing interceptor.  That was supposed to be the 1954 ultimate interceptor, but problems in development led the Air Force to approve what was supposed to be an interim type.  That became the F-102, which had many problems of its own.

The -102 was supposed to be the Air Force’s first supersonic all-weather interceptor.  All previous interceptors – the F-89, F-94, and F-86D, were transonic at best.  In order for an interceptor to have a reasonable ability to respond to last minute threats, or even to overhaul a fleeing bomber, they need to have at least twice the top speed as the bomber.  So, these transonic interceptors with top speeds of 6-700 mph were really only good against propeller driven bombers.  They were obsolete against aircraft like the B-52, and even the prop+jet (6 turnin’ and 4 burnin’!) B-36 gave them a very hard time at high altitude.

Unfortunately for the Air Force and Convair, the prototype F-102 did not perform as expected. In fact, it was barely as fast as an F-86!  The problem turned out to be transonic drag.  While the J-57 powered F-102 had plenty of thrust, it’s aerodynamic design was such that the type could not go supersonic.  Fortunately for the Air Force and Convair, NASA’s brilliant aerodynamicist Richard Whitcomb had already discovered this problem and developed his solution of “area-ruling.”  Area ruling required an aircraft to have a fuselage that was fat in front and in back, but skinny in the middle – the so-called “wasp waist” or “coke bottle” shape.  See the photos below, to see how the F-102 changed from a uniform, thick fuselage, to one with some of Whitcomb’s characteristics.

Original F-102

Original F-102

Revised F-102A

Revised F-102A

It might not seem like much, but that change to fuselage shape increased the F-102A’s top speed by about 20%, to 825 mph.  This increase was all that could be achieved by modifying an already complete design. But that was still not nearly as fast as the Air Force needed – in order to counter suspected Soviet transonic (600 mph) bombers, the Air Force needed an all weather interceptor capable of Mach 2.  This was the 1954 ultimate interceptor, or the F-106.

But the F-106 was to incorporate more than just increased speed.  She was to be equipped with a very advanced avionics SAGE_computer_roomsystem, one tied into the brand-spanking new, and very complex Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) computer-controlled air defense system that had just been developed by the Air Force.  SAGE, using the first mass produced computer (the AN/FSQ-7, which took up an entire floor of a huge concrete blockhouse, but was very, very advanced for its time and was the machine that gave the computer industry it’s start – it is the great grandfather of all modern computers), would be capable of guiding the F-106 interceptor virtually without any pilot input, from takeoff to touchdown.  It could perform automatic intercepts and greatly sped up the intercept process – critical if the USAF was to defend against transonic or even low-supersonic bombers.

But this automatic intercept capability required all manner of new avionics for the F-106.  These took time to develop, so that the F-106, originally desired to enter service in 1956, did not enter squadrons until mid-1959.  By that time, concern over air defense had lessened, as the big threat was now perceived to be the intercontinental ballistic missile.  Because of that decreased concern, and also due to its high cost, only 340 F-106s were built.

Proper area ruling on the F-106

Proper area ruling on the F-106

But these were prodigiously capable aircraft. Not only was the F-106 possessed of very advanced electronics and flight controls, she was a dream to fly, very nimble, and possessed of great thrust from her J75 engine.  In fact, she was USAF’s 777px-F-106A_102FIW_Tu95D_CapeCod_1982most capable supersonic dogfighter in the early 60s, and was much better in close in combat than the F-4 Phantom II, which Robert McNamara nevertheless foisted on the Air Force.  The F-106 had a top speed of Mach 2.35, had an internal weapons bay carrying four AIM-4 Falcon missiles and an unguided, nuclear AIR-2 Genie rocket.  The Genie was dangerous and unwieldy, and was rapidly phased out.  In its place, the F-106 got an M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon, giving the F-106 a good close-in combat capability.  Coupled with some other late improvements, such as a clear bubble canopy and some avionics updates, the F-106 could be a dangerous opponent in a dogfight well into the 1980s.

Firing a Genie

Firing a Genie

Even F-15s, if not well handled, could have problems with an F-106.

The F-106 was the last purpose-built interceptor acquired by USAF.  Various plans for replacements and upgraded versions were put forth, but the Vietnam War and then the post-Vietnam malaise insured none of those came to fruition.  Maybe next week, I’ll do a post on one of those proposed replacements, the F-12B Blackbird, a truly amazing aircraft.  Because it was never replaced, the F-106 wound up soldiering on in the USAF and Air National Guard until the late 80s, when it was finally replaced by F-16s.

The San Diego Air and Space Museum, located in Convair’s old home town, has a truly prodigious video library.  They have been slowly adding items to Youtube.  See below some videos on my second favorite aircraft of all time (after the glorious F8U Crusader):

The first video gives an overview of the F-102 and F-106 programs from the perspective of 1956:

The below shows the program to add the M61 Vulcan cannon to the F-106:

The following is a pretty arcane video that shows how the F-106’s very advanced (for it’s time) flight controls worked.  It illustrates how the pilot could use the electronic commands from the ground to intercept an enemy aircraft.  Some nice shots of the 106’s very advanced radar screen.  Too bad they did not show the 8″ movie map display down between the pilot’s legs, I’ve never seen video of that:

Enjoy!

Our sick culture – Mein Kampf book sales surge January 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Sales of Hitler’s biography/plan of action (kill the Jews/Catholics/non-aryans) have, mysteriously it seems, exploded.  The media, blinded by its left wing bias, blames this on “neo-nazis” and skinheads.  That, my friends, is ludicrous. There has not been a sudden surge in the number of neo-nazis and/or skinheads.  In fact, I thought those two groups were pretty much the same.

No, Jew-hatred has not dramatically increased on the right.  But it certainly has among the left, and viciously so.  The left, particularly in Europe but also on this continent, is becoming increasingly vitriolic in its bashing of Israel, which often serves as a thin mask for antisemitism.  But then again, we also have the usual unhinged Jew-hatred in radical muslims.  I’m certain they also make up a rather large slice of the rise in interest in Hitler’s program for racial purification (in fact, see below).

Notice what these two groups share in common: no Christian faith, and even a hatred for same.

For just a few sources on left-wing antisemitism, see the below:

http://www.paulbogdanor.com/antisemitism.html

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/joseph-puder/the-evangelical-left-and-anti-semitism/

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/312327/anti-semitism-anti-zionism-and-left-michael-potemra

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Anti-Semitism-in-left-wing-online-media

Just Google left wing antisemitism and you’ll find hundreds more.

Now, the article on Mein Kampf sales:

Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic political testament “Mein Kampf” is surging up electronic book bestseller lists…….

….As of Wednesday, two electronic versions of “Mein Kampf” ranked 12th and 15th in the Politics & Current events section of the iTunes book store. On Amazon, Hitler’s polemic ranked number one in the Propaganda & Political psychology section. There are currently six e-book versions of “Mein Kampf.”

One explanation offered for the surge in electronic sales concerns the relative anonymity offered by e-books as compared to their printed counterparts.

“These are things that people would be embarrassed to read otherwise,” journalist Chris Faraone, who wrote about the trend for Vocativ.com told ABC News. “Books that people would probably be a bit more embarrassed to read or display or buy in public, they are more than willing to buy on their Kindle, or iPads.” [Embarrassed for now, maybe not so much later.  We must always remember that Nazism – National Socialism – was left wing.  It was not “far right.”  That’s asinine. The Nazi’s socialized millions of workers and de facto took over most German industry. They had socialized health care schemes and compulsory national education. There is no question they were left wing, and it is a coup of the highest magnitude that the Left has managed to convince most people they were somehow right wing.]

….The book has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. In 2005, when it was first published in Turkey, it sold 100,000 copies in two months alonethe Guardain reported, citing the book’s publishers. [Turkey’s islamist prime minister Erdogan has made Jew hatred a prime national policy]

Jewish leaders have expressed alarm that companies would profit from surging digital sales of “Mein Kampf.”

[Now, watch this…….] “While the academic study of Mein Kampf is certainly legitimate, the spike in ebook sales likely comes from neo-Nazis and skinheads idolizing the greatest monster in history,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer told ABC News in an emailed statement……

No, it doesn’t.  It doesn’t at all. There is ZERO evidence for sudden growth in either of these groups.  But as I show above, there has been an explosion of antisemitism on the left, to the extent that there is even now a group of far left wing professors in the “American Studies Association” which have been calling for universities to totally boycott ANY academic relationship with Israeli universities or academics.  That’s some powerful Jew hatred, there.  Fortunately, more and more universities are not just rejecting this boycott, they are leaving the pointless, leftist American Studies Association. I am proud my alma mater recently did so.

I must wonder why the WJC would identify right-wing neo-nazis as the culprit for this increase in interest, rather than islamists or leftists?  The WJC is quite left wing itself.  They may find it near-impossible to decry the growing antisemitism among their ideological “allies.”  Why they would not identify islamists, I have no idea, but such is leftism.  Islamists, to the left, are an exotic “other,” non-Christian and non-Western and thus, sacrosanct. It’s amazing to see, but this kind of blindness is very prevalent.

Unfortunately, for most American Jews, leftism is far more their religion than Judaism.  Even as the Left becomes increasingly anti-Israel and even antisemitic, most Jews remain solidly, unreservedly left wing.