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A Little Fun Video – I Like Guns November 15, 2017

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Man what a lucky guy.  I’ve never heard of this Steve Lee before, but he got access to a mighty collection of uncommon firearms to have a hand at.  Man I would LOVE to have an RPG-7 with real rounds.  I am not sure how one would even obtain the rounds, given that they are explosives.  I do know some guys who have had training RPGs that could not fire, but that’s no fun.  Of course, the machine guns would also be a blast.  And contra those who say automatic weapons have no usefulness, they absolutely do, suppressing fire can be hugely important and they are excellent at just that.  They are also excellent in a static defense role against large numbers and in scaring the jeebers out of the Feds when they come to take your guns away.  Heh.

Anyway, the song is fun and lighthearted and I found it quite entertaining.  Hopefully you will, as well.

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Flightline err Tuesday: Showing the Flag in the Sea of Japan November 14, 2017

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Every year, the RIMPAC exercise will feature some impressive shows of force, with as many as three US carriers, many US and allied escorts, and an occasional allied carrier or similar “capital” ship.

But RIMPAC is generally staged around Guam.  Last week, however, the following was recorded in the western Sea of Japan or East China Sea off the coast of North Korea:

That is USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and USS Nimitz (CVN-68), along with what I believe is the Japanese JMSDF Izumo helicopter carrier.  There are a dozen odd escorts.

But the frankly cool part is looking down on the flyover by B-1Bs and Super Hornets.  That’s not a sight one sees everyday, a top-down aerial view of not only a large naval formation but also manned bombers and fighters.

Now the view from the carriers:

View from inside the Nimitz pilot house during the obvious PR event:

Amazingly, the USN managed not to have a collision in spite of all these ships being in such close proximity.  Top. Men.

Not sure how wise such a demonstration is in such close proximity to hostile shores.  That’s about $70 billion worth of hardware.

Since the USN only has 9 carriers, and typically two are in either refit (like USS George Washington right now, in refit for 2 years) or otherwise unavailable for every one deployed carrier, that’s basically the entire US carrier force right there.  I think there is one more in the Persian Gulf right now (Vinson?).  It is possible at times to take a force of 9 and have 5 deployed, but that’s about it, and only some of the time.  More than likely, only 3 are available on a day to day basis.

So the Brits with two Queen Elizabeth class ships basically have zero carriers, at least as a sort of worst case your enemy picks the day to start the war kind of scenario.

Anyhoo.   Love to see those Bones flying over the carriers, but the operational art the old SAC had……….I’m not sure it exists anymore:

All Day Masses Tomorrow on All Soul’s Day November 2, 2017

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There are Masses all day tomorrow at Mater Dei Latin Mass parish in Irving, TX.  So let not lack of convenient times be an issue to prevent anyone from earning indulgences for the poor holy souls in Purgatory!

Times below:

6:30am – Three consecutive Low Masses
9:30am – Three consecutive Low Masses
12:10pm Low Mass; 1pm Low Mass & 2pm Low Mass
7:00pm – Sung Mass followed by two Low Masses
Please remember, according to Canon Law you may only
receive Holy Communion twice in one day.

I assume readers already know the requirements to earn a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory.  But if you need a reminder, go here.

Thank you all for your continuing prayers.  I have missed a great deal in recent weeks but really wanted to encourage folks to take advantage of the wonderful spiritual work of mercy offered by the traditional priests of Mater Dei in making Mass, and the plenary indulgences, so convenient for all on this so very important day.  Most all of us, if we are so blessed, will be in great need of such prayers one day, and our generosity now will certainly be repaid by the intercession of the Saints released from Purgatory through our prayers tomorrow!

If you know of other parishes, local or otherwise, with special Masses for tomorrow, you might be doing someone a great favor by posting that info in the comments.  Thank you for your generosity.

Prayer Request for Your Little Blogger November 1, 2017

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First, sorry posting has been so light, it was at first due to work but the past several days I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my heart arrhythmia.  Generally this is more annoying than anything else but the past few days it’s been bothering me more and more and the medication I’ve taken for a long time doesn’t seem to be working like it did.

These things can be hard to catch and identify when they are intermittent. I had one appointment with EKG, etc., but everything was fine there.  This morning, however, has been bad.

Your prayers are hugely appreciated.  I feel the weight of responsibility more and more as I grow older and know how many souls there are dependent on me.  I pray God may let this be resolved quickly and positively.  Thank you.

Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary Procession October 17, 2017

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First, sorry posting has been almost non-existent for the past week.  It’s just work, and family.  I had expected work to slow down, but, it has not.

But, let me at least do a quick post on the wonderful procession held on the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the miracle of the sun at Mater Dei FSSP parish in Irving on October 13.  I was present for the Mass, but due to a bad upper respiratory infection stayed only for the beginning of the 3 mile procession.  There were probably about 400 people at the Mass, which is more than our little church can hold, but many more came just for the procession.  It is estimated about 600-650 people took part in this procession down public streets to Trinity Park and back.  What a fantastic witness to our Catholic Faith!

The procession lasted about 1 1/2 hours, led and followed by a police escort, at night through neighborhood streets the 1 1/2 miles from Mater Dei to the park.  Rosaries and litanies were prayed, and hymns were sung, there and back.  Along the way, many people came out of their house to see this great mass of people going by, drawn by the lights of the police cars and the many voices raised in prayer and song.

Now, there are pictures and some video, but I warn you on the quality.  I took the before photos of the bier and statue of Our Lady, my wife took a couple of videos on the way back, but in between my kids took the pictures and……..well, they’re a bit blurry and shaky. In their defense they were using my phone and it was dark.  I gets what I paid for.

Anyway, hopefully these convey at least a little what the procession was like.  It was a most blessed event, and I pray we are able to do more processions like this on public streets, giving witness to our Faith and, God willing, perhaps leading some souls to, or back to, the Church.  I know going on public streets with a large crowd involves a great deal of effort and cost to make happen, but I think the potential benefit for souls, both those involved and those along the way, more than justify the cost.  I’m reading a long book about how San Francisco slid into the nightmare it is today, and one of the principle causes, aside from the obvious debauched evil far too many residents there not only embrace, but practically worship, was the failure of Christians to not just resist, but adequately witness their Faith.  This has been one of the prime reasons for the entire slide of this nation into its present state, which is just as bad as Sodom and Gomorrah.  They won’t leave us alone.  They will MAKE YOU CARE.  They will come to take our churches away, eventually, unless we resist, which isn’t always a negative “thou shalt not” attitude/action, but also a positive demonstration of the great love God inspires in us and the great Grace and happiness he brings to our lives.  Sermon concluded.

Thanks to everyone who put this blessed event together. I know it took a great deal of work, especially from Father Longua and Adrian Montes, and I want to thank both of them personally for loving Our Lady, Holy Mother Church, and souls enough to pull off such a wonderful, beautiful procession.

Happy 100th Anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun! October 13, 2017

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Sorry for not posting the past few days, and doing very little on this most auspicious of days.  I’ve had a cold and at this place of work of mine, they don’t let you throttle down at all.  It’s WOT from day one and your engine is supposed to grow more and more powerful as time goes by, always picking up speed.  Pretty competitive environment.  Very little slack.

At any rate, I pray you have had a blessed day and will have a wonderful night.  Let me know if you saw anything miraculous or providential today, on this anniversary.  There is Mass and a big procession tonight at the FSSP parish but I don’t think I’m up for the procession. Still getting over this cold I picked up at church. Hopefully my wife or kids will take some photos or video I can share with you.

Anyway I have tons to post as usual, but some will age out before I get to it.  But I’ve got some local items I hope I get a chance to write about next week.

God bless you and may Our Lady of Fatima intercede for us all and for our Holy Mother Church on this most incredible anniversary.

Flightline Friday Extra: More Than Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know about APR-25/6 September 25, 2017

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Early in the Vietnam War, partly due to amazingly poor planning, but even more due to unbelievably onerous targeting restrictions, US tactical aircraft started racking up heavy losses to North Vietnamese Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs).  The SAM in question was the SA-2, which had been known about half a decade at that point, the SA-2 having played a role in the shoot down of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 in 1960.

Since the rules of engagement imposed by the Johnson-McNamara Administration forbade attacks on SAM sites under construction, or even possibly under construction, for fear of “accidentally” killing any Soviet “advisors” present and thus potentially escalating the war, US airmen had to wait until positive proof that a SAM site was operational before they could attack it.  The only positive proof accepted was their being attacked by that very SAM site.  Obviously this gave enormous initiative to the enemy, and made attacking SAM sites when they were most vulnerable impossible.

Defensive measures were needed, and needed quickly.  But how to defend against a radar guided flying robot whose only purpose in life was the kill you?  Fortunately, the problem was well understood. Indeed, specialist aircraft like intelligence gathering types had been equipped with limited numbers of what were then called radar homing and warning receivers (RHAW) for years.  SAC’s big bombers also carried radar warning and electronic countermeasures (ECM) gear of varying degrees of effectiveness, but much of this was far too large and heavy to fit into a tactical aircraft.

Fortunately, a small company in northern California, Applied Technologies, Inc, later part of Litton, now part of Northrop Grumman, came rushing to the rescue, in late 1965, with their “Vector IV” product.  Consisting of 4 roughly equally spaced radio frequency receivers and some very basic analog processing equipment, Vector IV entered service as the AN/APR-25/6.  This equipment was first fitted to specialist “Wild Weasel” SAM hunter aircraft, and later, to almost every tactical aircraft in theater – certainly, every one that went up North.  It was fairly effective, but became much more so when coupled with the North American “SEE SAMS” (clever) system, which added capability to discriminate targeting and launch radar signals from regular radar tracking signals.

The equipment worked pretty well, and losses were reduced.  The seesaw battle of the electronic wizards on both defense and offense continues to this day, but, generally speaking, since the APR-25/6, the US has held the upper hand (we think/hope – we haven’t been seriously tested in 25 years).

The video below is an actual training film for USAF aircrew in APR-25/6 operation and tactics.  It gets way down into the nitty gritty, discussing import of length and intensity of strobe, billboard notifications and their meaning, and the varying sounds the equipment picks up when illuminated by various kinds of search, tracking, and fire control radars (a radar is like any other radio frequency device, and thus its signals can be interpreted as a sound).  Techniques used to spoof APR-25/6 are also discussed.  Very interesting if you are a slavishly devoted geek like me, all others will probably find it mind-numbingly boring.

I post this mostly to keep a record of this highly esoteric material since this video was posted once before but pulled because someone asserted the data therein was still classified.  Of course, it is not.

A picture of what modern radar warning receiver (today’s term) displays looks like.  Gone is the analog signal intensity reading and guessing, replaced by digitally processed symbology indicating the type of threat, distance and bearing, with priority ranking, etc:

 

Footage of AFRES PJs Rescuing Harvey Victims September 6, 2017

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Yes this may be getting pretty dated, but the military moves slow.  Several Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadrons were deployed from around the country to help with rescues. Equipped with (now quite long in the tooth) HH-60G Pave Hawk helos and probably the most serious special operators USAF has to offer – Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) – there are many nice scenes of families being rescued.  In fact, I watched the first rescue on the video live streaming on the internet last week from the perspective of the ground.  Quite interesting to see it from the other end:

Were those New York guys from the 101st Rescue Squadron on Long Island being cheeky with their big NY letters on the side of the copter?

This unit has actually historically made some quite impressive at-sea rescues.  They conducted themselves with professional aplomb in everything I saw in the videos.

 

Finally! August 30, 2017

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New plates, baby:

Multi-shot Level IV steel body armor.  Two plates plus sides.  Yikes is it heavy.  My plate carrier now weighs 32 pounds loaded, and that’s without magazines (it’s more than a carrier, more like a tactical vest/carrier combo).

So now my kids like to put it on and engage in punching contests.

I don’t know if I ever mentioned this in a post, but when I went to Kansas this summer I took some soft body armor along to target shoot.  It was all Level IIIA stuff, soft kevlar.  Nonetheless, I was impressed with how well it faired.  I had several pieces stop anywhere from 5-10 9mm rounds from about 25 feet.  I had one stop seven 9 mm and about 15 .22LR rounds.  It puffed up like mad but it did very well against the kinds of rounds it was designed to stop – handgun caliber.  I was surprised that this soft-armor was capable of stopping multiple rounds so long as they didn’t hit too close together (within maybe 2″ of a previous hit).

I also took some video of bottle shooting and what not but the end result was not so great.  So much for relying on a giddy 13 year old cameragirl.

We’re Fine But Very Proud of My State August 29, 2017

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Sorry I’ve been away the past few days, I even missed my birthday. I’ve gotten some e-mails from people wondering if we’re OK, and of course, we are, thank God.  Not much happened in Dallas, a bit of badly needed rain on occasion but that’s it.  The heavy stuff was all a good 100 miles or more to the south.

We do have family in the area affected by Harvey and all are fine to date.  Only one outlaw nephew lives in the Houston area but they have not been flooded.

Just been too busy with work and life to get on and blog.  I hope to have some time tomorrow, I’ve put some big things behind me the past two days, work-wise.

I am so very proud of my state and the residents of the Houston area.  Dallas and Houston have a sometimes not-so-good-natured rivalry but I have been blown away both by the tremendous outpouring of aid, Texan’s self-reliance (utter opposite of Katrina), and the (to date) very small loss of life in this once in a millennium cataclysm.  I don’t know how many thousands have been rescued by neighbors and other “civilians” but based on the bits of coverage I’ve seen it is quite probable a majority of the rescues have been carried out not by agencies of the state (at whatever level of government) but by private citizens.  #That’sTexas.

I had an exchange with reader Tim via e-mail last week, he forwarded one of the predictions of 30+ inches of rain last Thursday and I kind of pooh-poohed it.  I was right on – tropical weather events virtually never affect the Dallas area more than slightly, we’re just too far inland (close to 300 miles), but I feel terrible thinking this event was going to be more hype than real.  Ooops.  Even though that was a private exchange, I look pretty dumb now.

This natural disaster isn’t over  yet, even though the rains have moved off, for the most part, waters will continue to rise for another day or so as the ground drains.  I’ve certainly been praying for these poor souls along the coast, as I’m sure you have.  Even without loss of life the impact is going to be devastating.