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Please Pray For Me! October 16, 2015

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Believe it or not, I was struck in the head tonight by a falling sledgehammer.   It hurts like a doozy.   I have a pretty good headache. I don’t think I have a concussion. I did not pass out.  I don’t feel dizzy.  I saw stars briefly.  It fell about 3 ft right on top of my head. Self-inflicted.

So perhaps you would,  in your charity, pray for me that I don’t have a concussion, and no hospital visit will be required. Prayers by priests would be most appreciated.

God bless you and thank you.

14 aborted babies found in abortionist’s home October 16, 2015

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When one murders perfectly innocent babies for a living, there is no depths to the evil to which one will sink:

Local police have raided the upscale West Bloomfield, Michigan home of abortionist Michael Roth after acting on evidence that Roth may be performing illegal abortions — doing abortions either out of his home or in the private homes of his customers. In the course of the raid, police found what they believe are 14 containers that possibly contain the bodies of aborted babies along with other human tissue.

The trunk of Roth’s car also contained medical equipment used for abortion procedures. Investigators confiscated  medical “materials” in bags and boxes at Roth’s home. Now, Roth is now under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General.

“Safe, rare, and legal.”  “No more back-alley abortions!”

Right, they probably happen far more frequently with abortion legalized than they did when it was illegal.  What a crock.

Satanic leftism.  I’m done with it.

Flightline Friday: Another “could have been” Super Tomcat 21 October 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in blogfoolery, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, history, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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My son has gotten me on a Tomcat kick of late.  I found this article at Foxtrot Alpha regarding the final proposed Tomcat variants that competedf14 against the Super Hornet for the Navy’s “interim” strike fighter for the 90s and 00s (and beyond!).  The Navy chose the Super Hornet, mostly because it cost 50% less to acquire and at least that much less to operate, but in so doing, it bought a markedly inferior aircraft.  The great virtue of the Tomcat was its very long legs.  The advanced derivatives Grumman proposed would have stretched those out even farther, extending range to nearly 2x on internal fuel.  Grumman basically planned to redesign the plane from the ground up (which is also what McDonnell did with the Super Hornet) to radically improve its generally problematic maintainability.

Aviation enthusiasts love these “might have beens,” for some reason.  The Avro Arrow, the TSR.2, Supersonic Buccaneer, F-108, F-12…….there are tons of them.  And now, Super Tomcat 21:

The Super Tomcat 21 grew out of a previous proposal made by Grumman after the collapse of the A-12 program [Wrongfully cancelled by Dick Cheney, who was looking for scalps for the early 90s “peace dividend.”  The A-12 had problems, but they weren’t particularly spectacular problems. They were average, run of the mill things that happen in developing a radical new aircraft] called the Tomcat Quick Strike. Quick Strike was meant to be an upgrade for existing F-14s by giving them high-end navigation and targeting pods similar to the USAF’s LANTIRN system, along with upgraded ground attack modes for F-14D’s APG-71 Radar (based on the aircraft’s original AWG-9 radar) and the ability to carry more standoff weaponry like the AGM-84E SLAM andAGM-88 HARM.

Quick Strike was aimed more at cheaply picking up the Intruder’s slack than at replacing the A-12’s high-end capability, and was seen at the time as an insufficient technological leap over the F-14B and D models already in service. Also, rumors that an inexpensive clean sheet next generation Hornet design was in the works over at McDonald Douglas did not help Quick Strike’s attractiveness. So Grumman came back to the Navy with a true “Super Tomcat,” called the Super Tomcat 21……… [Follows a digression discussing how Tomcats were eventually upgraded to essentially Quick Strike levels anyways in the mid-late 90s, when it was realized that not having A-6s
(prematurely retired) was a very bad thing.]

The Super Tomcat 21 would be a modification of the original F-14 design and it was to feature GE-F110-129 motors that would allow the st21-2 (1)Tomcat to super-cruise (achieve mach 1+ without using afterburner) continuously at mach 1.3. [So the sims and wind tunnel said.  That doesn’t always work out in reality, but probably would have in the Tomcat’s case] Additionally, the jet would have an upgraded APG-71 radar, modified and enlarged control surfaces, and enlarged leading edge root extensions (LERX) that would house more fuel and enhance the jet’s low speed handling capabilities. Thrust vectoring nozzles tied directly to a new digital flight control system were also an option. These modifications would give the “Turkey Bird” true super-maneuverability and eye-watering acceleration and sustained speed. Additionally, super-cruise combined with its additional internal fuel carriage capacity would have given the Super Tomcat much greater range than it already had. The jet would also be able to carry targeting and navigation pods, giving it true multi-role capability. Finally, a new single-piece windscreen would be added to provide much better forward visibility.

There was also a more deep strike optimized version floated called Attack Super Tomcat 21. From an avionics standpoint this jet would be a major leap forward compared in comparison with its predecessors, with an attack FLIR and Terrain Following Radar housed in the Phoenix missile mount’s aerodynamic fairings under the fuselage. The Infra Red Search & Track system and Television Camera System would be mounted in under-nose pods similar to the F-14D’s TCS/IRST pod. Also, the aircraft would have upgraded cockpit avionics including a new wide angle heads up display (HUD) that would be capable of projecting the navigational FLIR’s imagery. New mission computers and an upgraded self defense suite was included in the more elaborate Attack Super Tomcat 21 proposal. The Super Tomcat 21 and the Attack Tomcat 21 were pitched as a concept for remanufacturing existing F-14s or for new build aircraft. [This would have gone new build almost certainly. By the time they were done, barely 10-20% of the old aircraft would have remained. At that point, it’s cheaper just to build new]

A side note: I once talked to an accomplished engineer that worked for Grumman on the Super Tomcat 21 proposal. He told me that the performance models they were seeing with the Super Tomcat design were absolutely stunning and the jet’s low speed handling, especially with thrust vectoring [OK, sounds easy, but adding thrust-vector control to the engines would require a complete rewrite of the flight control software.  No mean task.  This was basically a ground-up redesign of the F-14 and would not have been cheap] and the bigger engines, and the sheer amount of territory it could cover in a single mission were unprecedented. This man went on to work for “other contractors” on major fighter programs, but he maintains that the Super Tomcat’s maneuvering performance and ability to operate as a fighter independent of tanker assets over large distances has still not been accomplished in any US or foreign design to this day. He did mention that he does see a large degree of the Super Tomcat’s potential in the Russia’s late model Flanker series, especially with its thrust vectoring and large internal fuel, but according to him it still does not really compare.

The Tomcat’s ultimate proposed configuration was known as the “ASF-14” would be a new build, highly updated version of the legendary F-14. A true “Super Tomcat” in every sense of the word, the machine would boast an even larger increase in internal fuel over the Super Tomcat 21

ASF-14

ASF-14

via thicker wings, the gutting of bulky older generation sub-systems and the use of carbon fiber structural components to save weight and volume. It would initially utilize the same motors as the Super Tomcat, but there was talk of eventually rolling the F-22 and NATF’s F-119 or F120 engines into the design at a later date. [Unlikely. It would have required major airframe surgery] I was told that the Tomcat’s super-cruise ability with these advanced engines would be limited more by heat accumulation than speed itself (think numbers over mach two).

Even without thrust vectoring, the aerodynamic enhancements found on the ASF-14 would allow the jet to reach over 77 degrees of sustained AoA, but thrust vectoring was also to be part of the new design which would have made it the most maneuverable fighter of all time. Additionally, the ASF-14 would have been built with a top of the line self defense and countermeasure suite along with ability to perform “wild weasel” suppression/destruction of enemy air defenses (SEAD/DEAD) missions.

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ASF-14

Possibly the best part of about the ASF-14 is that it would be an entirely new aircraft, much along the same lines as the Super Hornet. This means old 1960’s era sub-systems that were heavy and complex [and became a maintenance nightmare during the 90s and 00s] would be replaced with modular components. All of the jet’s hydraulic and electrical systems that gave legacy Tomcat maintainers such headaches over the years would have been replaced with greatly simplified systems. Furthermore, many structural components would be made out of carbon fiber instead of aluminum or titanium. This would allow the new Tomcat to be only slightly heavier in gross weight (about 1200 pounds) than its predecessor, while gaining thousands of pounds of fuel. There was even talk that some stealthy characteristics would be applied to the ASF-14, this may have included radar baffles over it engines’ fan faces and “edge-alligned” gear doors and access points.

The cockpit would have featured an all glass design with helmet mounted displays for both the pilot and the RIO/WSO. The most exciting part of the avionics suite would have made use of the Tomcat’s massive radar aperture. A mammoth active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar would have been fitted and provided with immense amounts of power for interlaced air-to-air and air-to-ground operations or even standoff electronic attack. You can see how incredible the ASF-14s AESA capability would have matured into by looking at the current APG-63V3 AESA radar upgrade program for the F-15. The APG-63V3 is actually more capable in some respects than the F-22A’s APG-77 AESA radar because it is larger in diameter, allowing for more transit/receive modules to be utilized, and it is newer in its design. The Tomcat was built originally for the massive Hughes AWG-9 fire control radar, the largest radar ever deployed on a US fighter, so there is a LOT of real estate up front for the mother of all fighter jet AESA radar arrays to have been fitted…….[There follows several paragraphs detailing the myriad shortcomings of the Super Hornet.  I’ve already covered those here. The main thing: lack of range.  The F-18 has always been fuel-critical and the Super Hornet did not improve things much. In many cases, it has half the range or less than the standard Tomcat, let alone any upgraded versions discussed above.  Another little known fact: with any kind of load, even air-to-air, the Super Hornet has a hard time going supersonic even in full afterburner]

qaj8w0anhpyapbxchgvr…….Taking a light strike fighter and turning it into a medium strike fighter is far less than ideal. Taking a heavy fighter and turning it into better heavy strike fighter is much more relevant especially considering the unique challenges of the carrier environment. The ASF-14 would have been the pinnacle of American non-stealth fighter aircraft, offering blistering speed, immense range, long on station time, advanced sensors and super-maneuverability all in a proven carrier capable package. In fact, with the upgrades planned under the ASF-14 model this “ultra-Tomcat” of sorts would have been more or a regional fighter and attack aircraft than a traditional fighter, which would have made a ton of sense over the last 13 years of war and in the present where America’s strategic focus is turning towards the vast expanses of the Pacific Theater. [That’s very, very true. Hindsight is 20-20, no one could have predicted what has come to pass back in ’92-3 when these decisions were made, but the Super Tomcat would have been far better suited to the wars this nation has fought, and the need to shift more focus to the Western Pacific, than the Super Hornet.  It would have cost a good bit more, but that added cost would have bought impressive capabilities.]

Sadly the ASF-14 proposal never came to reality as the USN thought it would be too expensive in the long run and opted with the Super Hornet instead.

I look on the decision to purchase the mediocre Super Hornet vice advanced Tomcats as a prime argument in favor of maintaining a separate Air Force. There are many who advocate that the Air Force should be closed down, its assets devolved back to the other services.  But we see the other services, especially the Navy since 1990, give very short shrift to their own air arms in favor of buying more and more ships or focusing on land warfare. The Navy is still largely run by surface admirals. These are men who came out of the surface fleet.  Since 1990, the Navy has almost completely recapitalized its surface fleet, while allowing its air arm to severely degrade.  They did this even though there were literally scores of low-time destroyers and frigates built in the late 7os/80s that could have been in service until right about now, and been very effective.  Scores of cruisers, destroyers, and frigates built (or vastly upgraded) at great expense in the 80s were scrapped en masse in the 90s while the Navy kept buying more and more billion dollar Burke class destroyers.  So, the surface Navy got its shiny new toys, while Naval Aviation has experienced a brutal, 25  year long contraction, losing many organic capabilities (long range strike, long range air defense, organic fixed wing ASW, organic long range tankers, to date ZERO stealth capability, etc).  And yet, it is Naval Aviation that is used in combat 90+% of the time, compared to the surface navy.  This is the kind of foolhardy decision that tends to come from subordinating an air arm to a service that really has a different core mission.  It is a powerful argument in favor of keeping an independent Air Force.

Leftist choir replaces Jesus with “Hilary” in hymn October 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, damnable blasphemy, disaster, foolishness, rank stupidity, Revolution, sadness, scandals, Society.
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Tell me again how the Left is not a system of fervent religious belief:

Religious, and implacably hostile to Christianity.

Also, just really, really stupid.  So, we not even in 2016,  yet, and already the freakish, cultish behavior of the Left is getting ramped up.

Compare with the previous post……people hunt around for pathetic worldly saviors when they don’t believe in Jesus Christ.

 

Bishop Vera Lopez of Saltillo: “Homosexuals” will save the Church October 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, damnable blasphemy, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Papa, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
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Immediately before the formal start of the Synod, an organization that is the public face of the radical sodomite lobby in the Church (and among the clergy) held a conference in Rome.  This conference took place on Oct. 3, the day before the Synod kicked off.  There is also evidence this group was tied into the very visible “coming out” of Polish Fr. Charamsa.  The conference featured many of the most notable advocates of the “normalization” of sins which cry to Heaven for vengeance, including the notorious Sister Jeanine Gramick and Bishop Vera Lopez of Saltillo, MX.

While most of the rhetoric at the conference was forgettable sexular pagan boilerplate, the involvement of Bishop Vera Lopez is of particular note. He has faced well-merited criticism for years for his very openly pro-perversion stance, having made numerous statements that have been as damaging as they are openly contrary to the Doctrine of the Faith. He is perhaps the single-most heterodox bishop in the entire Mexican episcopate. To my knowledge, he’s never faced any real repercussions for his radical advocacy.

Given the winds blowing in the Church today, at least as progressives perceive them, it’s no surprise he ramped up his rhetoric to a whole ‘nuther level:

The day’s proceedings were concluded by the most anticipated and important speaker of all due to the position he holds, the Dominican Bishop Raúl Vera López from the Mexican diocese of Saltillo, known for his views that are openly in contrast with Catholic doctrine, in favour of the rights claimed by LGBT and promotion of abortion. The bishop started by declaring that he felt honoured and privileged to be breaking new ground together with the LGBT community. He then praised the skill and organisational capacity of the gay rights movement, likening the LGBT community to the tiny ants in a Mexican proverb which, through their perseverance and hard work, manage to defeat monsters far greater than themselves: “those who are small and well organised overcome the monsters; you are well organised and you will win.” [That much is true: the pro-sodomite lobbies have worked a revolution in the culture by their lavish funding, powerful organization and the complicity of a satanically pagan media.  But it is their organization that is probably their most effective weapon, and faithful Christians really have nothing that is comparable]

Lastly, Bishop Vera López pointed the finger at those priests who, he said, use the Bible as a club to beat poor sinners, and urged them to open their eyes to today’s social changes. At this point, having declared his support for all kinds of family, gay and straight, he addressed the audience with a heartfelt and urgent appeal: “We need you to create a more inclusive church; you are our saviours. [So now virtue and piety are evil, and SIN is the savior.  Could anything be more blasphemous?  It is a perfect inversion of the truth]  (…) The Church did the same work with migrants and subsequently society began to change. (…) Now, Pope Francis needs us. He has cast aside the doctrine and has taken up the Gospel of mercy, peace and love. Please help us!”

There is so much that is hugely significant in the above.  First, we see plainly that the sexular pagans in the Church clearly associate Francis’ protean revolution with the destruction of Doctrine.

Secondly, this is the fruit of decades of inculcation of moral relativism and even inversion.  For decades the Left has attacked traditional morality and created severe doubt in billions of minds as to what constitutes right and wrong. This process deliberately elevated sin, evil, and perversion as normal and reasonable, if not outright good, while attacking traditional virtues like chastity, self-control, etc. Now they come to the point which was the goal all along – to flip the two in the cultural mindset.  That is, good becomes “evil,” and evil “good.”  That is nakedly apparent from the above.  So now faithful Catholics who adhere to the constant belief and practice of the Church are the “evil” ones, while unrepentant sodomites and others lost in the gravest of sins are now “good.”

Thirdly…….I increasingly believe that many things we see going on around us may not be accidental.  See his comments on migrants.  I assume he is referring to the flood of millions of muslims into Europe.  What suddenly caused many hundreds of thousands to flood into Europe in a concentrated mass, something unprecedented in history?  Note the timing with the Synod, the increasing lawless Obama administration, the total collapse of conservative parties in the US and Europe as real opposition to the dominant socialist governing paradigm…….is all this accidental?  Vera Lopez is a nut, but he’s also plugged into many of the most radical sexular pagan groups.

More in a follow-up post.