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Out of time Flightline Friday November 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Flightline Friday, foolishness, non squitur, rank stupidity, silliness, Society.
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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!



Be careful with claims associated with the Saint Gertrude prayer November 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Commenter Noah M is a blogger I respect a great deal.  He blogs at Unam Sanctum Catholicam, has Alleluia Audio Books with many great resources, and in general is very measured and wise.   He left a comment in a post I did earlier in the week on the Saint Gertrude prayer.  The point of the post was only somewhat the prayer and the associated common claim that it will release 1000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said.  I always liked the prayer and am always eager to do whatever I can to aid the holy but suffering souls in Purgatory, but it had struck me as a bit odd, perhaps, that one could release 1000 souls just by saying this prayer, when obtaining a plenary indulgence involves many conditions and is probably not achieved nearly so often as we all would like to think.

The comment included a link to this site that discusses the claims of the prayer.  The most important part, to me, was Pope Leo XIII’s formal condemnation of the attachment of such extravagant promises to these kinds of prayers, something that apparently got a bit out of hand in the late 19th century when popular piety was much stronger than it is today.

I don’t want to pop anyone’s balloon but I do think the comments in this post Noah linked are worth careful consideration.  I know my good readers all have strong devotion to the Church Suffering and want to aid them as much as possible, but it is possible that the claims of the Saint Gertrude prayer could encourage some folks to direct their efforts in ways that are maybe less efficacious than they think.  For instance, some might be persuaded to offer the Saint Gertrude prayer 40 times instead of visiting a cemetery during the Octave of All Saints (which, I hope you have been doing!).

Since I have developed such an immense respect for Pope Leo XIII, it was his opinions that I found the most moving.  Text from the blog link provided by Noah below:

One thing I discovered is that this promise appears nowhere in Saint Gertrude’s writings. It is generally accepted that she received personal revelations, but her accepted writings do not contain the promise. I searched the entire book “The Life and Revelations of Saint Gertrude the Great” and it is nowhere to be found. This is problematic that the Saints own writings that are considered authoritative concerning her revelations do not testify to this promise of the release of 1,000 souls from purgatory.

The next issue is the general condemnation by the Church of such promises. In the 19th century, there was somewhat of an epidemic in the Church concerning holy cards being released with false promises and indulgences. The Holy See, under the authority of Pope Leo XIII, issued a series of proclamations to try and suppress the problem so that the Faithful might not be lead astray by believing in false promises and indulgences not approved by the Church. These proclamations were posted in an old set of documents called the Acta Sanctae Sedis (Acts of the Holy See), which was a monthly publication containing actions of the Pope and the Roman Congregations. The originals of the documents are posted on the Vatican’s website at this link. They are all in Latin. If you open the link to ASS 31, and scroll to page 727, looking at the paragraph starting with “ad hanc,” you can see a general overview of the problem with these prayer cards and the Vatican’s attempting to weed them out. Then more directly, open ASS 32, scroll to page 243, and look specifically at Rule 8. This proclamation says that any pamphlets or leaflets containing promises to release one or more souls from purgatory are to be rejected by the Faithful, and any indulgences attached to them should be presumed invalid. And so, not only do Saint Gertrude’s writings not contain this promise, but there is a general condemnation for prayer cards with promises to release one or more souls from purgatory.

And a summation of the arguments against the claims associated with the prayer:

And so the evidence that I have found can be summarized as follows:

  1. Saint Gertrude’s writings contain nothing about a promise to release 1,000 souls from purgatory each time the prayer is said
  2. There was an epidemic of prayer cards containing false promises and indulgences
  3. The Church has summarily condemned prayer cards containing a promise to release one or more souls from purgatory
  4. The supposed approval by M. Cardinal is dated that exact same day as the approval by Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira of the book Read Me or Rue it, a book by Fr. O’Malley containing the prayer but not the promise
  5. Such an easy way to release 1,000 souls seems inconsistent with the Church’s understanding of purgatory, given that ordinarily to release one soul requires a plenary indulgence which is very difficult to get, and given all the means the Church employs to help the dead such as special masses or indulgences applicable only to the dead

———-End Quote———–

Again if you have a great devotion to this prayer by all means use it but know that the claims associated with it may not be valid.  I don’t want anyone to feel discouraged from prayer by this post, but I think this information is too important to leave in the comments.

Radfem professor that attacked pro-lifers sentenced, civil suit pending November 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, Domestic Church, error, foolishness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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I guess I had missed the fact that the radical feminist professor who attacked a teen pro-lifer on the UC-Santa Barbara campus earlier this year had been sentenced to three year’s probation.  The college refused to discipline her in any way, however, and tried to blame the pro-lifers for, in essence, being where they do not belong.  It’s quite delicious how elitist and cloistered the left truly is, quite the opposite of the egalitarianism it loves to wrap itself with.  Nevertheless, the “professor” of queer theory and pornography Mireille Miller-Young and the university are now being sued for the assault:

The pro-life group Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLF) filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against the University of California, Santa Barbara and feminist professor Mireille Miller-Young, who was recently convicted of stealing from and assaulting pro-life protesters earlier this year.

The feminist studies professor, who specializes in queer theory and pornography, went on a video-recorded rampage in March when she stole and destroyed a pro-life poster, before attacking and causing minor injuries to 16-year-old protestor Thrin Short. [Oh I’m sure what a deep intellect this woman possesses, taking on such vital topics!  Now, one might ask, how on earth does a raging feminist rationalize her eager support for pornography, the most objectifying of objectifications of women?  Hypocrisy, thy name is leftism]

In July, Miller-Young was convicted of assaulting Short, and stealing and destroying the protestors’ property.

The Life and Legal Foundation, however, is taking Miller-Young back to court on behalf of the demonstrators who were attacked during the March confrontation. The foundation filed a civil suit Thursday against Miller-Young, UC Santa Barbara and a group of students who assisted the professor during the attack, according to a Life and Legal Foundation press release. LLF is seeking compensation for physical battery, property theft and civil rights violations.

Though Miller-Young was court-ordered to attend conflict resolution classes through the Quaker Church, and is currently serving three years of probation, bureaucrats at UC Santa Barbara never reprimanded the professor for her actions. In fact, the professor is still listed on the school’s faculty webpage as an associate professor in the public university’s feminist studies department.

So, what does this special snowflake of a princess conduct her oh-so-vital “research” on?

The Ph.D.-wielding professor whose dissertation is called “A Taste for Brown Sugar: The History of Black Women in American Pornography,” is still listed as an associate professor at the public university…..

“In fact, communications from university officials implied that the youth who had been peacefully engaged in advocating a pro-life worldview caused the incident,” the press release said.

We all know there are some decent universities still out there.  And even at good ol’ State U I managed to completely avoid any of this kind of garbage, mostly by virtue of being an engineering major.  I did have one history class I took where the professor was wacked out, but even back then I knew more about 20th century American history than she did and she was scared of me, so she toned down her socialist crap.  But nothing so blatantly immoral as this.

However, if one of my children wanted to attend some state university and major in one of these useless subjects like queer feminist Vietnamese theory, I would have to say…….do it on your own dime.  I don’t think there is even a remote chance of that happening, but it is amazing to me how many at least moderately faithful Catholic parents will turn the child they so carefully raised and preserved from this insanely perverse culture loose on some loony college campus to be radicalized.  Kids don’t magically cross some boundary  when they turn 18 where parents just have to take a hands-off approach and let them make their own mistakes.  At least, I don’t think so.  I’ll let them make their own mistakes when they’re……fifty.

Seriously, though, obviously kids will sometimes insist on making really bad choices, and parents do not always have the control they would like. But too often, parents are willing co-conspirators in some dangerous and even self-destructive behavior, because they have been catechized by the culture to believe that 18 is some magical age where the chrysalis opens and the butterfly must be free to fly, fly away!

So one time this good local priest went on a very appropriate harangue about the collapse of Notre Dame University as a Catholic university.  And some parents who had just committed a child to this formerly Catholic institution were at that Mass, and they got all upset.  Not at their decision, naturally, but at the priest.  How dare he make them feel bad!  They got all irate, and the priest actually apologized later.

What happened to the child, raised with so much care and concern?  I’ll not go into too much detail, but simply say that the outcome appears far from ideal.

But who knows, maybe they’ll convert back and be the next Michael Voris.  What do I know?

UN surreptitiously sterilizes millions of Africans through tetanus shot? November 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Wow. If true – and given the UN’s eager promotion of the leftist agenda of population control, it would certainly fit – what an unbelievable travesty.  I haven’t had a tetanus booster in nearly 20 years and my doctor asks me every year at my physical if I want one.  Ummm…….no thanks?  I have not done so because they’ve combined it with whooping cough now and I’m more than a bit concerned about the origin of this particular vaccine.

This is just so evil, and yet so typical of the modern left that dominates non-governmental organizations, the UN, and so many national governments.  They know what is best for us, we will be made to comply with their unholy agenda whether we want to or not, they will find ways to make us sick and sterile and thus dependent on them, they will manipulate seemingly innocuous services to their nefarious ends……it is of the devil:

Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.

“We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”

Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”

But the government says the vaccine is safe. Health Minister James Macharia even told the BBC, “I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects.”  [That is not a denial.  It’s not even close. He simply agrees with the intention of the vaccine, to render women sterile.]

Supporters of the vaccine say women who receive the shots are still getting pregnant.  But this is not the first time such an attempt at mass sterilization has been made, and it takes a while for the vaccine to take effect:

“We knew that the last time this vaccination with five injections has been used was in Mexico in 1993 and Nicaragua and the Philippines in 1994,” said Dr. Ngare. “It didn’t cause miscarriages till three years later,” which is why, he added, the counterclaims that women who got the vaccination recently and then got pregnant are meaningless.

Ngare said WHO tried to bring the same anti-fertility program into Kenya in the 1990s. “We alerted the government and it stopped the vaccination. But this time they haven’t done so.”

This sounds very strange.  If they keep messing with vaccines, deriving them from hideous sources or mixing in things that are immoral, people are going to stop receiving them en masse and we’re going to be back to the days of mass plagues.

But I’m far from sure the sterilizers care.  Once one is disconnected from the Faith and the morality it requires there is no limit to the evil to which men will stoop.