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Flightline Friday: America’s “Hind” December 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday.
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Real short post- the Soviet/Russian Mil-24 “Hind” has been an effective close air support helicopter for the Russians for years.  Different from the American approach with the AH-1 Cobra, failed AH-56 Cheyenne, and AH-64 Apache, which are all two seat helicopters that tried to minimize frontal aspect to improve speed and present less of a target, the Mil-24 is a huge beast that is not only an attack helicopter but can also carry 8 combat loaded soldiers.  It’s sort of a combination attack helo and transport, though used predominately in the former role.

I haven’t the time to go into the history much, but after the failure of the Advanced Aerial Fire Support System/AH-56 Cheyenne program, the Army cast about for an improvement on the Cobra to serve as a dedicated anti-armor helo in Europe, to help oppose the massive Soviet superiority in tanks and armored vehicles.  Two aircraft were evaluated after the failure of the Cheyenne, the Bell 309 – an improved Cobra – and the Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk (no relation to the Blackhawk of today).

The S-67 was a real departure from American attack helicopter practice in that it was also a very large aircraft that could carry several (some say 6, some 8) fully equipped men into combat, rather like the Hind.  It was also for a time the fastest American, if not the world’s, helicopter.

Anyway totes out of time, here she is:

Video shows troop insertion, but poor quality:

Later it was modified with a “fantail” ducted propeller tail rotor:

Weak, but I haven’t done one in ages.  Enjoy, I guess.  Some pics give an idea of the helicopter’s size:

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An Exhortation to Assist at Mass Daily December 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, reading, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Not that many of the present company probably require an exhortation to do so, if the option is available, there is still a lot of good in this excerpt from The Incredible Catholic Mass by Fr. Martin von Cochem, on assisting daily at Mass if at all possible. For those who believe strongly in their souls that assisting at the Novus Ordo is at least problematic, if not spiritually dangerous or worse, this can present a problem of access, of course, as the TLM is still generally only available at most at one or two places in most dioceses, often only on Sundays, and most probably in inauspicious locations.  Nevertheless, for those who have the TLM available every day or most every day, assisting at Mass should be perhaps their highest priority, something they are willing to suffer a good deal of inconvenience and even some potential lost work opportunities to do.  As Fr. von Cochem notes, our God is a great and generous God, and will not long let such generosity on our part go unrewarded, both spiritually, but in most cases also materially:

In the first place, let me tell you, O Christian, that no hour of the whole day is so precious as that wherein you hear Mass and offer that Mass to the ever-blessed Trinity.  It is indeed a golden hour, for all that you do in cooperation with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is changed to gold.  The other 170px-martin_von_cochem_nach_steinlehours of the day, in comparison with it, may be likened to copper.  It may be alleged that work is of greater importance than hearing Mass to those who earn their bread.  To this I reply that hearing Mass is more important than our work, because it contributes largely to our eternal welfare.  I do not say that a man should neglect his work altogether, but that he should spare half an hour from it for the service of his God: his work will get on all the better for it, for God will bless it more abundantly.  Those who absent themselves from Mass out of indifference or for the sake of some temporal advantage change the hour that might be golden into one of lead and sustain a loss incalculably greater than any earthly loss, for in that hour they might have won a hundred times more than they could earn by a whole day’s labor.  Our Savior teaches us this in the memorable words of His: “What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Mt xvi:26).  By not going to Mass on weekdays for the sake of temporal profit we do our soul an immeasurable injury, for which no worldly wealth can compensate.  Shall we, then, heedless of Our Lord’s warning, throw away eternal riches for the things of time and sense?

…….How short-sighted, then, is the man or woman who prefers to lose the treasures contained in Holy Mass rather than deprive himself of a few pennies!  By going to Mass they might earn treasures wherewith to purchase Heaven, but they will renounce these if the least diminution of their wages is involved – not that I believe they would be losers in the end, for God, of His divine bounty, would so prosper their work as more than to make up for the time they took from it………

……..Yet, of a truth, in every Mass, not earthly riches, but celestial riches from Heaven are showered down on all who are present, and all who are free to possess themselves of them.  But what are the riches which drop down from above?  An imageincrease of divine grace, an increase of merit and virtue, an increase of eternal glory, celestial consolations, the divine blessing in temporal affairs, the pardon of venial sins, the remission of a great part of the temporal debt due to Divine Justice, a share in the infinite merits of Christ.  Grace and mercy, temporal welfare and eternal salvation – such is the heavenly dew which distills from above…….Wherefore, if on account of the slight trouble it costs us or the trifling pecuniary sacrifice it entails, we omit going to Mass on weekdays when we might do so, we are guilty of great folly…..

…….The object and end of our existence upon earth is to praise the Divine Majesty according to His great glory.  This cannot be done better than by hearing Mass, for it is the most Sublime Sacrifice of praise……….We cannot bear fruit better than by hearing Mass in the state of grace, for it is the most perfect Sacrifice of satisfaction.  We daily stand exposed to the danger of falling into sin, of being overtaken by misfortune; we cannot guard against these perils better than by hearing Mass, for it is the most efficacious Propitiatory Sacrifice.  Death and the devil constantly dog our footsteps and lay in wait for us, desirous to snatch us away and precipitate us into hell; we cannot shield ourselves against their arrows better than by hearing Mass, for it is the surest protection against the evils that threaten us.  Finally, let us not forget that in the hour of death we shall be in some need of the Savior’s assistance; there is no better means of assuring ourselves of this than by hearing Mass devoutly, for have we not heard how Christ Himself gave to one of His servants the promise that he would send for his solace and support at his last moments as many blessed spirits as he had heard Masses with devotion during his lifetime?  Reflect upon these truths and resolve from henceforth to hear Mass, if possible every day.  

——–End Quote———

I will not be around much through to next year.  A little early next week, than that’s probably it for the year.  This blog will probably change a lot next year.  Most posts will, God willing, be like this one.  Seven years in, I feel it’s about time for a change. I feel like in some regards I have said the same thing 50 or 100 times, so I think I’ll let others speak for the most part for a while, like this quote from Fr. von Cochem.  We shall see.

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Buzzfeed Sets Out to Destroy Popular Christian’s Livelihood, Fails – UPDATED December 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unadulterated evil.
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UPDATE: It has been confirmed, as if we needed more evidence, that this was nothing but a hit piece intended to create an internet mob that would destroy this couple’s program and livelihood, all because they are Christians. The authorette wrote a nasty tweet about them three days before her hit piece was posted, basically revealing she reviled the hosts over their beliefs.

Leftists always lie. Leftists always project. Leftists always double down.

Interestingly, my mom told me about this at lunch today.  I don’t have cable, don’t follow Twitter, find HGTV overrun with sodomites, and in general prefer to actually……you know, fix things up…….rather than spend many hours watching others do so on TV.  Having said that, this show “Fixer Uppers” featuring an evangelical Christian couple with a happy marriage, largish family, and successful home-renovation business has been a popular fixture for years.  They are up front about their Christianity and their joyfulness is apparently infectious.

Well, the Left hates two things the most in the whole wide universe, Christianity and success, so this obviously could not be permitted to stand.  So, click-whoring site Buzzfeed stepped into the breech with an article even many left-wingers are finding atrocious in trying to harm, possibly even destroy this couple by impugning them for attending a church (sect house) whose pastor opposes pseudo-sodo-marriage.  This is obviously little but an attempt to both attract hits (the cheapest way) and gin up a progressive outrage mob to try to steal away a little bit of this couple’s happiness and success.  Rather what one would expect from the vile, reprehensible, self-loathing creatures who inhabit sites like Gawker, Jezebel, and, yes, BuzzFeed.

Fortunately, there has been a massive backlash, rather like what happened when the Left over-reached and tried to take down the “Duck Dynasty” family.  I’m glad there is still some pushback, but it’s not nearly frequent enough, nor on the right things (my emphasis and comments):

So Buzzfeed reporter Kate Aurthur wrote a post about popular HGTV hosts Chip and Joanne Gaines which informed the world that the Gaineses’ have a pastor who is opposed to same-sex marriage. This post had one purpose and one purpose alone: to harm the couple. The post served no news purpose—even Aurthur concedes she never learned the Gaines’ view of same-sex marriage. The post cannot be termed “activism” since it fails at every level to persuade readers of the rightness of the same-sex marriage cause. Even the most generous alternate topic of Aurthur’s post, “Texas pastor opposes same-sex marriage,” is as dog-bites-chew-toy as a news item can be. The only conceivable purpose of targeting the popular television couple in this manner was to cost them viewers and, perhaps, their jobs[Of course.  You will be made to care, and brought to heel.  Christianity as a religion with a counter-cultural moral code must be destroyed.  I think, however, this kind of over-reach, and the reaction it engenders, actually demonstrates the extreme tenuousness of the Left’s many “successes” in recent years in appearing to radically shift accepted morality.  I think that’s why they HAVE to try to gin up outrage mobs and punish innocent people like this, both because it’s who they are, but also to keep people on message and to try to block any counter-revolutionary efforts. I think they know should any serious opposition start to develop, the likelihood for a preference cascade against some of their most recent, egregious revolutionary gains is massive, and growing in the wake of Trump.  My parents were absolutely incensed over this attempt at an Alinskyite destruction through “find the target, freeze it, frame it, destroy it.”]

To forestall the protestations, there can be no serious doubt that Aurthur specifically targeted the Gaineses as the object of her post. The headline, subhead, and first, second, third, and fourth paragraphs were solely about the Gaineses, their popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” and the fact that they are (gasp!) openly Christian. Only in the fifth paragraph does Aurthur wander into the question of whether gay people will appear on their television show (like with other HGTV programming), and the rest of the piece is about the Gainses’ pastor’s views. [So maybe there aren’t just a whole lot of open devotees of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah in Waco?]

The word for Buzzfeed publishing this garbage is “harassment.” Even as Aurthur (and her boss) hide behind a pretense of journalistic standards, there is no journalistic content in the piece. The Gainses cannot be blamed for declining to volunteer themselves as victims for Aurthur’s bullying. After years of contemptuous boycotts and Twitter outrage storms directed at individuals and companies over their views on same-sex marriage, harassers like Aurthur have taught many of their victims — reasonably! — to hunker down and say nothing. [Which is also part of the point.  Make Christians and others so terrified of the reaction they may engender for publicly espousing what essentially everyone believed even 6-8 years ago is all part of the Leftist game, which shows both its power and its weakness, as there must be an ever-increasing reign of terror for each advance, while resentment against that reign grows and grows]

Worse, harassment will never be a good tool of persuasion. Aurthur presumably supports same-sex marriage and would like more people to join her side of that cultural split. [I don’t think she cares a whit about convincing people to join her side. She thinks because there is supposedly a narrow majority in favor of pseudo-sodo-marriage that her side has won, and only seeks to punish her tribe’s enemies and reinforce her allies] But by targeting the Gaines’ livelihood this way, without even knowing the couple’s views of marriage, Aurthur has made her own cause appear mean and and her publisher petty. Bystanders, watching this little drama can learn but one thing: a perfect stranger with a media platform can try to ruin your livelihood because of religious beliefs she imputes to you, and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it.

No, Leftists are mean and petty by nature, and since the vast majority of the media is made up of left-wingers, the media is also, of course, filled with similar little jealously vindictive individuals.

Around our little lunch table today, the consensus was that we’re absolutely sick of being called racist, “homophobic,” sexist, and “islamophobic” for absolutely no reason.  We concluded the terms have lost all meaning through overuse, and that the Left uses these terms because it is intellectually and morally bankrupt.  We were hardly a diverse group, but my mom used to be kinda feminist, and now essentially rejects that label, as the feminism she used to embrace (equality of education and economic opportunity for women) has ceased to need to exist, and has been replaced by a radical man-hating baby-killing Leftism she finds abhorrent.

Ace – who had a fantastic post on the Left’s projection of their collective bigoted hatred when it comes to racism, sexism, and all the other -isms onto their ideological opponents – is recommending #War with organizations that seek to destroy individuals based on nothing more than their not being part of the leftist coalition:

If it’s #War, then let it be #War for all sides; this stupid game of restraint by conservatives where we try to convince people to follow our example by acting “better” than they do is pure foolishness, for a simple reason: They are arrogant and think they need to learn nothing more than they knew in kindergarten, and furthermore, they literally believe you to be subhuman.

In what world does someone who thinks you’re literally subhuman learn “lessons” from you by observing your behavior and then imitating it?

Most of us want the Peace State. I know I do.

But it is foolish in the extreme — foolish to the point of delusion — to continue insisting that a tactic that has a long, long track record of simply not working at all — acting as if one is in the Peace State when one’s enemies have decided to attack you — will lead to the Peace State.

No. Continuing to unilaterally disarm ourselves will lead to further attacks.

If you want to be in the social-war Peace State — as most do — then one must, as one must do in real life, temporarily go into the War State to punish one’s enemies until they are willing to discuss terms and themselves move to the Peace State.

Weakness in the face of aggression is provocative.

Weakness in the face of unceasing harassment is volunteering for this treatment.

To treat kindly those who treat you cruelly is to make oneself an accomplice in one’s own debasement, denigration, and subjugation.

Si vis pacem, para bellum — if you wish peace, prepare for #War.

Of course, this would be a war where, pray God, no one dies, simply a war of ideas, of economics, of rhetoric, and of cultural muscle.  It’s always been fought at a marked disadvantage by us on the “right,” as we have productive jobs and families and don’t generally spend 10 years working as paid agitators for some group or other.

But if we want to survive as a nation and as Catholics, we had probably start getting prepared to go to war to retake cultural space in all areas of endeavor, rather than simply run off and try to find some enclave where we can hide and be left in peace to practice our beliefs and possibly be allowed to live rather freely. Because the Left won’t let that happen.  They will come after you and me and everyone who disagrees, eventually.  War is pretty much the only choice at this point, because the other side demands it, knowing nothing else.  It’ s been coming for a long time – had earlier generations of Christians, especially Catholics, done their duty, perhaps this could have been avoided, but it’s too late, now.  Having the institutional Church fall to co-option by the Left in the 60s certainly has made resistance difficult, but institutional Church-backing or no, we need to get a lot more serious about how we are going to oppose the Left and even fight them, where necessary, on their own terms.  We can see they have absolutely no compunction about destroying the lives of those they perceive as being – even passively, peacefully – their ideological opponents.  We are going to have to acquire something like the same willingness, though without the overt vindictiveness and pettiness.

Our best tool is economic.  Refuse to do business with left-wingers to the greatest extent possible.  Kellogg’s, for instance, is off my list. I won’t go to Sonic because they support Planned Butcherhood.  The list is long, but we really need to start amping up who and how much we boycott.

Open to your suggestions.