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US birth rate reaches record low June 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, The End.
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We’re heading for European levels.   Socialism, is there anything it can’t do?!?

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Maybe the 14 and  under and over 45 demographics will save us.

68 live births per 1000 women is, at present, about replacement rate (it varies, of course, according to death rate).  You can see how, since mass contraception and then abortion were legalized, the birth rate has plummeted to below replacement rate, and almost instantaneously, in demographic terms.  To have a birth rate collapse by nearly 50% in just over a decade is probably unprecedented in human history outside dire calamities like wars, plagues, and civilizational collapse.

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Oh, well……. that’s a calamity if I’ve ever seen one.  Damnable poison.

You can see the US has not been at replacement level but a couple of brief times since the mid-70s.  Immigration has been required to keep the population growing. The native born fertility rate is even lower.  Liberal white and Asian women have some of the lowest birth rates of any cohort, with Jews being the very lowest (0.6 babies per, but the growth of the orthodox/hasidic is starting to raise this up a bit).

The future belongs to those who show up.  Since the libs are deciding in increasing numbers not to, they require immigration and indoctrination to continue their political dominance, which, I think, may be much more fragile than it appears.  A sudden change could sweep the landscape and make much of this a bad memory.

BUT……I don’t see much evidence of that just yet.

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Freakish Flightline Friday June 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, foolishness, Four Last Things, non squitur, sadness, silliness, Society, technology.
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Strange occurrence today.  In separate episodes spread over 1000 miles part, both a US Navy Blue Angels F-18A and a USAF Thunderbirds F-16C crashed.  The pilot of the Blue Angels plane, Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, was killed, God rest his soul.  The Thunderbird crash seems to have been a mechanical fault, as the pilot was returning to the strip when he apparently made the call to pull the yellow handle and eject.  He’s supposed to be injured but should be OK.  The bird may be totaled, hard to tell, but USAF has so few planes these days they are expending heroic efforts, and lots of $$$, to put birds back in service that have crashed (an F-22, more precious than gold, was repaired at a cost of over $25 million).  Some details:

The pilot of a Blue Angels jet was killed Thursday during practice for a weekend air show, hours after a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed following a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony attended by the President, officials said.

The Navy said the Blue Angels pilot died from injuries suffered in the crash in Tennessee.

The Thunderbirds pilot safely ejected before the plane went down in Colorado, officials said……..

…….Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, commander of the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team, told reporters that the pilot, Maj. Alex Turner, experienced an unspecified problem as he was trying to land after the flyover and ejected.

“He had already put his gear down, and that’s when the incident occurred,” Hammond said, adding that Turner radioed that he was maneuvering so he wouldn’t hit any houses. “He made a conscious effort to direct his aircraft away from some of the local neighborhoods.”……..

………The crash was the first for the Blue Angels since April 2007, when Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis was killed when he crashed during an air show at a Marine Corps air station in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Hammond said the Thunderbirds crash was the squadron’s first since September 2003 when Capt. Chris Stricklin ejected safely before his F-16 hit the ground. None of the 85,000 people at the air show in Mountain Home, Idaho, was injured.

The two demonstration team crashes on one day appear to be first time such a coincidence has occurred.

Yeah, I can’t think of two crashes affecting the two teams on the same day ever before.  Not even sure about the same year, except maybe back when the Thunderbirds flew the F-105B Thunderchief and had wings falling off.

Bad stuff.  The F-16 looks fairly messed up, but possibly repairable.  At a guess, both ventral strakes, both horizontal stabs, the port wing, the landing gear, the front fuselage, and the intake will all have to be replaced.  Maybe the engine, too, if it was still spinning when it hit the ground.  Might be a write-off.

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The deceased:

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But then again, this Six went back into service after the pilot bailed out due to an unrecoverable flat spin.  Amazingly, after he bailed out, the aircraft righted itself and coasted down to the ground. The airplane landed itself.  It then continued to gradually scootch along the icy ground under the thrust of the still operating engine.

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This F-106A (S/N 58-0787) was involved in an unusual incident. During a training mission, it entered an flat spin forcing the pilot to eject. Unpiloted, the aircraft recovered on its own and miraculously made a gentle belly landing in a snow-covered field. (U.S. Air Force photo)

This F-106A (S/N 58-0787) was involved in an unusual incident. During a training mission, it entered an flat spin forcing the pilot to eject. Unpiloted, the aircraft recovered on its own and miraculously made a gentle belly landing in a snow-covered field. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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The F-106 was always known to be a smooth and steady aircraft.  So smooth, apparently, it could land itself.  I’m sure the ice and snow helped a bit.

As an addendum to the story, not only was 58-0787 hardly damaged, not only did it return to service, but it was the very last F-106 retired from the Air Force, 18 years after this unpiloted landing.

Project Six Shooter.

Again, God rest the soul of the pilot who died and God speed the healing of Maj. Turner.

Shock! Numerous USCCB employees support sodo-agenda! June 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
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I know, you’re stunned.  Workers at a government funded NGO being left wing and/or supporting immoral activities?  Whoddathunkit?!?

Lepanto Institute reports, finding several individuals  supporting “gay pride” and other anti-Catholic beliefs, even while they hold positions of influence within Catholic organizations.  You can read the article there, because I’m not real big on “outing” private individuals whose only public stand comes from a Facebook page, but I will excerpt some from this article about Tony Spence, head of the USCCB’s news agency (Catholic News Service (CNS)), who has repeatedly supported very strident aspects of the perverse agenda IN HIS ROLE AS HEAD OF CNS:

The Director and Editor in Chief of the Catholic News Service, which is the official news and information service of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued public statements decrying proposed legislation in several states that would protect religious freedom and deny men pretending to be women the “right” to enter women’s bathrooms.

Tony Spence has been thehead of the Catholic News Service since 2004.  Over the last few weeks, Spence has been publishing statements on his own twitter feed, identifying him as the head of CNS, speaking out against legislative efforts to protect the religious freedoms of individuals, businesses and churches.

On 24 March 2016, Spence claimed that “LGBT protections get flushed as NC governor signs bill over #bathroomwars.”…..

…….More recently, on 7 April 2016, Spence issued a statement calling the measures to protect the religious liberty of individuals and businesses “stupid.”

In his twitter statement, Spence included Missouri in the list of “stupid” “pro-discrimination laws.”  According to the article linked to by Spence in this statement:

“Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a far-reaching law allowing people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and protecting other actions considered discriminatory by gay rights activists.”

Clearly, the head of the Catholic News Service has an agenda that is in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church……

…….On 10 March, Spence stated that the shift in GOP strategy to move away from fighting against Same-Sex, so-called “marriage” to defending religious liberties “fooled no one.”

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I know, you’re as shocked as I am to learn that a pro-sodomite agenda individual is working at the behest of the US bishops in a highly public and influential role.  Why, it’s almost as if the bishop’s feigned adherence to Catholic Doctrine is basically meaningless, to be shed at the first convenient moment.

So long as the wind keeps blowing in that direction, that is.  I’d like to say it’s always been this way, but even by the relatively low historic standards of orthodoxy in the Catholic episcopate, today’s bishops stand out rather uniquely for cowardice and moral enervation.

Believe it or not, this post, and the previous one, are actually quite closely related.  And the wheel in the sky keeps on turning……..

It’s looking like 1968 all over again in the US June 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, demographics, disaster, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, shocking, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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In 1968, Americans watched in horror as young people, energized and radicalized at least to some degree by 8 years of the most left-wing presidential administrations in US history, exploded out of college campuses and into the streets, sparking riots and bringing society to what seemed to many to be the tipping point of anarchy.

The presidential election in 1968 featured a democrat machine politician against a highly polarizing figure from the Republican party, a man who had in the past said and done many things that made even conservative’s skin crawl.  But under what appeared to be the threat of a near-total collapse of society, Americans rallied to the the rather unlikable Republican candidate and gave him a fairly narrow victory.  Along the way, there was tremendous violence and bloodshed as leftist protesters attacked both democrat and Republican political rallies.  A very long, hot summer of violence ensued, a summer that helped drive the outcome of the presidential election.  Oh, by the way, there was also an interminable war in a far off Asian land that seemed to accomplish nothing but the filling of body bags.

I think the US stood at a precipice in ’68, and, fortunately, turned back, at least to some degree.  While the cultural advance of leftism continued unabated, and even accelerated, after 68, the political advance of leftism was stymied for 30-40 years.  Until today.

This country increasingly appears to stand at a new and more frightening precipice.  There were very few democrat politicians who supported the radical, violent tactics of the ’68 “protesters” – today, the democrat party and its media allies seems to be actively enlisting them to try to terrify people into changing their vote, or not voting at all.  Riots directed at Trump supporters are reported as “violence breaking out.”  The leftist/media complex (one and the same) seem intent on disenfranchising 100+ million Americans who are just about sick to death of being bullied on everything from how big their soda can be to how much endless shame and guilt they absolutely MUST feel because they were born the “wrong” sex (male) or the “wrong” skin color (white).

We also have an increasing breakdown of respect for the concept of “equal under the law.”  Those same tens of millions of Americans being increasingly, and violently, persecuted by the Left, can see how much of a gigantic double standard has emerged in this country.  If you’re left-wing, you can break the law with impunity, enriching yourself and your buddies as you see fit.  You can also use the government as a weapon to terrorize and shut down political opposition.   Remember all those lessons you learned in school about how terrible it was for the Jim Crow apparatus to use government power to disenfranchise blacks and other minorities?  Good times, good times.

So, on the one hand, we have a sizable cohort of thoroughly radicalized, poorly educated, largely unthinking and wholly emotional young people who have been indoctrinated to believe that democrat = virtuous, who feel themselves on the cusp of seizing real power and driving this country on a path of no return to Balkanized socialism (fueled by massive illegal immigration) – and you have an even larger group, a group that has tended in the past to be too meek, mild and occupied with their families and jobs to be very politically active – saying, hell no, we’ve had enough, we’re not taking one more step in that direction.

Readers know I am very cool to Donald Trump.  But the reaction he is engendering on the Left is causing my antipathy towards him to ebb away.  The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and all that.  In addition, the Left is obviously terrified of the guy, I think because of his ability to reduce PC-shibboleths to a laughingstock effortlessly (and maybe the wall).

Which raises a further variable in which 2016 appears more dangerous than ’68 – the presence of tens of millions of unassimilated, aggrieved (for no good reason) illegal immigrants who have been showing themselves increasingly willing to act violently to prevent any change to the broken immigration status-quo in this country.  Thus, you get scenes like this, where a woman peacefully attending a political rally is violently attacked by young Hispanic males, while idiots stand around filming:

Just a few more scenes from yesterday’s insanity in San Jose, where leftists and Mexicans wave the Mexican flag and destroy the American flag (excessive foul language):

The core of all these protests are trained professional cadres employed by leftist organizations to go around staging riots.  They are not honest actors, they are deliberate agents provocateur on the demonrat payroll for things like “community organizing” and “controlling the message.”  They literally are paid to go around from event to event, city to city, to stir up trouble. If you look at the footage and photographs closely, you will start to see the same faces over and over, like that jackass in the video above with the sunglasses.

Here’s another guy being attacked for doing nothing more but participating in the American political process:

Now I don’t agree with some of the language the guy uses in the video above.  But heck, he’s not nearly as incendiary as some on the right are becoming, as a natural reaction to these kinds of attacks.

So where does all this go?  Do demonrats really expect 80-100 million (almost universally) heavily armed Americans to just sit there and take it as they are attacked, beaten, disenfranchised, stolen from, told to shut up, nannied to death, threatened with politically motivated persecution, etc., etc ad nauseum, and watch their country crumble in the dust?  Do they know how fine the edge upon which this country walks now is?  Or are they too stupid and blinded by ideology to notice or care?  Yeah…….I can answer that for myself.

Plus there is the role of the media in turning Trump into a racist monster, very nearly Hitler (again, you can see the mortal terror with which they fear him), which has been helping fuel so many of these protests, as this guy, who attended a Trump rally from a neutral perspective, makes clear:

Scary, scary times.  I don’t know how this is going to play out, but it’s looking very bad.  I suggest investing in ammo.  It is true Thomas Aquinas lays out very narrow grounds upon which Catholics can morally resist a tyrannical government, but there is much more flexibility when you talk about widespread civil unrest.

But, then again, it’s most likely this will just peter out.  This is entirely, 100%, about getting a democrat elected president.  So I think we can strongly assume this stupidity has an end date.