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Awesome spiritual resource – Auxilium Christianorum August 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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Rorate posted a link to an online resource that contains most powerful prayers.  There is only one condition, you must review your participation in this group and the offering of these prayers with your traditional priest/spiritual director before taking them up.  Because they are that powerful.  I plan to do so.  While I am certain that most of my readers read Rorate as well, and probably well before they are so bored that they stumble across this blog, for those few who don’t or who are unaware, the information from Rorate below:

There are so many Christians in need of prayer, now more than ever. Some of their issues are caused by natural means, some supernatural. But, in either case, prayer is the answer.

Therefore, we repost this information from last year: a set of prayers, approved with an imprimatur, and all the power of the Church that an imprimatur brings:

Click here to see the prayers, the rules surrounding them and the requirements to be a member of the Auxilium Christianorum. …

One caveat: as the fathers say on the site, please try to consult a traditional spiritual director before starting the prayers, if you have one available. If not, seek out a traditional priest in the confessional, and speak to him. These prayers are serious, and must be taken seriously.

I second that recommendation.  They are powerful prayers, somewhat of a nature as those proposed by Fr. Carota a few weeks ago.  Not everyone should get involved in using them on an ongoing basis.  The reasons for that are somewhat long and convoluted, just do check with your priest/spiritual director before getting involved in this very holy and beneficial “society.”

Have a blessed weekend!

Weekend videos for you! August 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I had some other stuff I wanted to post but have run out of time.  As usual.  Fridays are just a mess, and this one is a Holy Day of Obligation!  Make sure you get to Mass!

Some good sermon videos below.  The first is on the general resurrection and judgment – not our particular judgment, but the Last Judgment, when all will be assembled, have their sins and virtues revealed, and head back to their final destination (which they have already been at, but this will be at the end of the world, and after that, everything will be final final).  Good sermon!

This second sermon is on prudence and how to be wise as serpents and simple as doves.  It also deals with that “difficult” passage from Scripture (Luke 16:8) that says: “….the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.”  What does that mean?  How can we be be as wise and prudent as those who use self-interest and vice as their guide, when we are called to virtue, and to what end should we always direct our lives?  Very good sermon, worth listening to:


Flightline Friday – The Great F-14 Tomcat August 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society.
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Oh I wish I had time to write all I could tell on this, the first of the fourth generation fighters to enter service, worldwide.  Fourth generation fighters differed from the preceding 3rd generation (F-4 Phantom, F-105, etc) in having turbofan (as opposed to turbojet) engines, digital as opposed to analog electronics, more advanced aerodynamics, much improved performance, etc.

The F-14 came about as a result of a crash program to develop a new fleet defense interceptor after the failure of both the F6D Missileer and the “all-service” F-111.  The F-111 was originally intended as a long-range deep penetration low-level strike aircraft for the Air Force.  Robert Strange McNamara, in one of his many massive blunders as Secretary of Defense under Kennedy and Johnson, insisted that the F-111 be used by both the Air Force in its intended role, and by the Navy as their new fleet defense interceptor.  Called the F-111B, the aircraft was a huge problem from the start.

For one, it was massively overweight.  Designed to haul very heavy strike loads at very low level over a very long range, the F-111’s structure was far too heavy for Navy requirements.  That, and General Dynamics generally blundered the design, period.  It took about 10 years of in service development before the aircraft was really ready for prime time.  That was the mid-70s, when the Navy needed an aircraft in 1965!  The F-4 Phantom could sort of perform the fleet air defense role but it had several severe limitations – too short range, poor missiles, a s0-so at best radar…..it was a problem.  The F-111B was intended to rectify all those deficiencies, but save for a much better radar and missiles, generally had performance so awful that it simply could not fill the role.

In addition, a little thing called the Vietnam War had started in the interim, from when TFX/F-111 got going (1962), and 1968, when it was realized the F-111B would never do for fleet air defense (it was simply too heavy to operate from the carriers, and had gravely insufficient thrust).  The Vietnam War had pointed out a number of other deficiencies in US fighter designs, most notably, a certain lack of maneuverability in the transonic regime, where most air combat took place, and excess weight that made acceleration less than stellar.

By 1968, the Navy needed a new fighter/fleet air defense aircraft, and it needed it NOW.  The problem was that the Soviets had built up a huge naval air force of Tu-95 Bear, Tu-16 “Badger,” and Tu-22 “Blinder” bombers that could each carry at least one, and sometimes several, long range anti-ship cruise missiles.  This fleet grew greatly over the late 60s and early 70s and made the current air defense systems employed by the Navy tend towards obsolescence.  The F-4 couldn’t really cope with the new threat (its radar, for one, could not track and engage multiple targets simultaneously), and the F-111B had turned into a giant flying garbage truck, so something new was needed.

Luckily for the Navy, Grumman stepped into the breech with a highly refined design they had largely developed at their own expense from 1965-1968.  When the the F-111B was mercifully euthanized in May 1968, Grumman was given a new contract for a fleet air defense and air superiority fighter based on its model 303.  Grumman performed admirably, producing a prototype in only 2 1/2 years (unthinkable today, but something quite possible in the 1960s- The Vought A-7 Corsair II was only 2 1/2 years from start of program to aircraft in service, 1964-1966 ), which took its first flight in December 1970.  In spite of a crash of the first prototype on its second flight (see below), development was quick and the first squadrons began equipping with the type in late 1972.  The aircraft was in regular fleet service by 1974, and squadrons VF-1 “Wolfpack” and VF-2 “Bounty Hunters,” flying from CVN-65 Enterprise, covered the final American withdrawal from Saigon.

So below some videos of the F-14, including that crash on the second test flight.  The F-14A was always underpowered, using the same engines as the F-111, but the F-14B and D versions erased that difficulty with vastly improved F110 engines of 27,000 lbst.

Here is a video that contains cockpit voice recordings of the 1989 incident in which F-14As from the USS Kennedy shot down two Libyan MiG-23:

Discovery Wings episode on the F-14:

3x as much spent on “War on Poverty” than all US wars combined August 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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This is pretty interesting.  And it dates from 2010, I’m sure the imbalance is even worse now.

According to a study performed by the Congressional Research Service – the best of all the Congressional accountability organizations, by far, and the least politicized – the United States government spent $20 trillion between 1965 and 2010 on the “War on Poverty” – socialistic wealth transfer payments, subsidies, etc.  Far, far less has been spent on all the real wars this nation has ever fought:

“Since the beginning of the War on Poverty, government has spent $19.8 trillion (in inflation-adjusted 2011 dollars) on means-tested welfare. [NOTE: This does not include Social Security, or Medicare, nor disability.  Just direct payments to non-elderly individuals capable of work.  That works out to $444 billion each year, in FY2011 dollars, for each of the 45 years.] In comparison, the cost of all military wars in U.S. history from the Revolutionary War through the current war in Afghanistan has been $6.98 trillion (in inflation-adjusted 2011 dollars).* The War on Poverty has cost three times as much as all other wars combined.”

I have said it before and I will say it again, the entire defense apparatus, DoD, the services, everything, could be shut down and this nation would still run a multi-hundred billion dollar a year budget deficit.  Actual combat is expensive, as is the defense establishment, but it is small potatoes compared to the ongoing and massive transfer of wealth from productive to non-productive sectors of the economy.

Of course some of that is necessary, and in some cases a charitable good.  But it is also a system that breeds abuse, corruption, vice, and multi-generational dependence.  Briefly reformed in the late 90s and early 2000s, the welfare estate is utterly out of control again under Obama.

Each year of the Iraq War, that “horribly expensive, unsustainable” war cost less than 1/3 as much as was spent on welfare in the same year.

Just a little perspective before your weekend.  Perhaps something to keep in mind as we consider a whole slew of issues.

You sure don’t hear those kinds of figures from the USCCB!