I know you don’t care, but it’s my blog and I can waste time if I want to: A Flightline Friday EXTRAVAGANZA!!! April 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, Society, technology.
I found all kinds of assorted goodies this week, which I will inflict upon the poor unwilling readers of this blog like the uncaring self-absorbed neo-promethean Pelagian I am.
This one below is very interesting, from a historical standpoint. Anyone who went to UT or lived in Austin in the period from the late 50s to the mid-90s probably has heard of, or knows, Cactus Pryor. He was a sort of local media celebrity at KTBC-7 CBS affiliate in Austin for many years. He also used to announce all the UT home football games. I guess in order to meet his desire to be a real journalist, KTBC produced a number of programs with Pryor as the star, if you will, sort of news specials or coverage on various topical items. The one below is interesting as it covers something I still remember as a kid – hearing sonic booms from military aircraft. While rare by the mid-to-late 70s in a populated area, I know I did hear several while growing up. That was legislated out of existence by our increasingly mamby-pamby culture before I was 10, but back in the early 60s when this was made, it was a very common phenomenon, and folks didn’t much like it. They would complain of broken windows and other home damage (unlikely but maybe possible on occasion) and being scared by the loud booms. They were especially common when the supersonic B-58 Hustler was in service.
One little giddy part – see the sparsity of traffic on I-35 @ 0:57 – 1:01. Sheesh! That would be nice! I-35 in Austin is a parking lot during just about any daylight hours nowadays. That’s the brand new section of I-35 put in south of the Colorado River. The view looks north from just south of Oltorf to Riverside Drive and downtown Austin. Look at the southbound lanes, there’s like 3 cars over a mile stretch! That must have been nice:
The Hustler was designed, and did, fly at Mach 2 for long periods of time, and overflight over almost every area of the country was allowed. So there was something of a “sonic boom problem” for a while. Now you have to be within a specific military operating area (MOA) or, even more likely, out in the ocean, to hear one. There are regions of the Gulf south of the panhandle of Florida, for instance, where the Eglin and Tyndall AFB training ranges are, where sonic booms are common. You can also hear them off the Florida Keys.
OK, more Vietnam footage below. Truly sorry that this is silent. This is footage of MiG-killing Phantoms of the 8th TFW at Ubon Ratchathani returning to base in spring 1967. Shown are the awesome Robin Olds, Daniel “Chappie” James (in khakis), Bill Kirk, Dick Pascoe, Norm Wells, and many others. Sure wish it had sound, what a group of men (even though silent, the video is high resolution with good color):
Look at those Phantoms smoke! That problem was not fixed until the early 70s. The enemy could find a Phantom from miles away because of that smoke trail. But in so many respects that was one of the greatest aircraft ever built.
Dick Jonas’ song about Robin Olds. Jonas was a “GIB” (guy in back – weapons system operator) with the 433rd TFS “Satan’s Angels” in 1967 while Olds commanded the 8th TFW.
OK, last one then I’ll try to do one more “real” post before I go. This is pretty interesting but exceedingly arcane. It’s a training video on Navy Electronic Warfare techniques and equipment from the early 60s. Many of these systems would get a thorough workout in the skies over Southeast Asia just a few years later, and in general be found to be wanting. But the Navy was in much better shape than the Air Force at this point in time – almost no Air Force tactical aircraft had any EW systems of any kind at that time! That later proved to be a severe embarrassment. Pods and other equipment had to be quickly developed and incorporated, and it wasn’t until the ALQ-101 came along about 1970 that a really effective jammer was available to USAF. The earlier ones were just too low powered. But, USAF did learn its lesson and by the 80s had a good range of quite capable EW systems – but then the lesson was lost again, and USAF in particular but all services have basically fallen a generation behind again in EW equipment. The Russians have some pretty good kit, so if we do get involved in something stupid in Eastern Europe, we may learn to our cost what endless deployments over the sandbox and failure to reinvest in critical technologies has wrought. The Navy is once again generally in better shape, but even there they have retired many very capable systems without replacement, and that whole “skip a generation” thing applies to them as much as USAF:
Next men’s prayer outside ‘The Men’s Club’ May 6 @ 8 pm April 22, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, scandals, sexual depravity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I will be praying outside the sexually oriented business “The Men’s Club” on Wednesday, May 6 2015 at 8 pm. I was told by a good number of men that they would have attended if they had more notice. So…..here you go. I will give weekly reminders until the event.
The details: I will be praying outside The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on April 8, Easter Wednesday, at 8 pm. I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office. This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”
The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway. It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there. It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this SOB. Men over 18 only. All men are welcome. You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.
No protesting, just prayer. No interaction with the patrons at this time. That may come later. We’ll see.
Hopefully turnout will steadily grow. I’m hoping SB will send out an e-mail to the local men’s group.
Back when politics was for adults April 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Christendom, history, non squitur, rank stupidity, Society, watch.
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I stumbled across the following video on Youtube, and I found it remarkable not for content, or for video quality, but for something else, something a bit more elusive. Below is an interview between an American journalist and a British government official from 1954 or 5. The official is Selwyn Lloyd, Minister of Defense in the government of Prime Minister Anthony Eden. The reason I found the video remarkable, is that the conduct of both the reporter and the government official are so radically different from what we almost invariably see today.
What I mean is this: what we see here was a serious conversation between grownups. I do have some problems with the behavior of the reporter, we can start to see the deleterious trends that have afflicted journalism for several decades now in his pompous behavior and attributing his own criticisms of British government policy as questions put to the interviewer from nebulous “some say” sources, but he would be considered an elder statesman of “broadcast journalism” if he behaved similarly today. However, in Lloyd’s measured and well-formed responses, I have to say……this is politics for grown ups. This is so different from today, when politicians are always on a script, always making only very finely parsed responses, and rarely say anything of true substance. Goodness, our pathetic president built an entire campaign and presidency on nothing but “optics,” presenting a false image of himself as a sexular pagan savior and almost never addressing serious questions with a serious response. Even worse, we have the politics of emotionalism and division, that seeks to turn us into ceaselessly warring classes, races, and victim groups – the better to be controlled by the self-anointed elites.
I’m not saying that I agree with everything Lloyd advocates, nor that his answers are even right. But they are serious and thoughtful, and not just spoon-fed pablum for the masses. And that gets me to the final point, the reason we have such low brow politics and politicians today (this is not a strictly American phenomenon, it is occurring throughout the former Christendom), is because society itself has been (deliberately) dumbed down to such a level that politicians are able to get away with such foolishness. There have always been bottom-feeding politicians, of course, but they were usually outcasts and one-offs. Today, that’s how almost all politicians behave, and the media right along with them.
So just a small, brief, non sequitur post for your consideration today:
Instead of this, today we get “trigger warnings,” kabuki politics, and US representatives too dumb to start a car on their own. Yeah…….we’re done.
Flightline Friday – the forgotten South African Border War April 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, history, sadness, silliness, Society.
The video below covers a conflict few ever heard of even when it was ongoing, and probably next to no one (in this country, anyway) remembers today. It was the two decade-plus “border war” between South Africa and Cuba+the Soviet Union in southern Angola and northern Namibia.
The war started in 1966 when an insurgency against then Portuguese Angola got started with substantial Soviet support. South Africa at that time ruled what was then called South West Africa (Namibia) as a trust territory. South African involvement was mainly limited, for the first decade, to joining Portugal in creating a counter-insurgency movement, based on tribal lines, to fight against the so-called “Southwest Africa People’s Organization” (SWAPO). This counter-insurgency was called UNITA. Anyways, after the leftist Portuguese “rose revolution” of 1974, Portugal rapidly divested itself of its colonial empire in Africa and Angola was granted independence. A leftist (communist) government seized power, and was abundantly supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba, up to and including the insertion of tens of thousands of ground troops and hundreds of millions of dollars in military hardware.
South Africa responded by increasing its support for UNITA, support that was so successful South Africa/UNITA basically controlled the southern quarter of Angola, along the border with Namibia, for most of the duration of the conflict. However, as SWAPO used terrorist/insurgency tactics, there was ongoing low level conflict in northern Namibia throughout. South Africa’s main aim in the conflict was to limit the insurgent activity into Namibia as much as possible, and basically to contain the major fighting to Angola. They were almost wholly successful in this.
As I said, Cuba, in particular, deployed large contingents of troops in division strength to support the Angolans. As the war progressed in the 80s, it became less and less a counter-insurgency and more and more a conventional conflict. In all respects, the South Africans absolutely excelled. Over the course of the war, South African casualties were an order of magnitude less than those of the Cubans, and even less when the native Angolans are factored in. South Africa used long range patrols, mobile forces included wheeled armored vehicles such as the Ratel, and long-range G5 and G6 artillery to deal crushing blows to the communist forces. The South Africans demonstrated themselves to be a very competent, professional fighting force, almost always severely outnumbered and even out-equipped, but, through superior training, tactics, and unit cohesion, almost always emerging victorious.
The war eventually degenerated into a costly stalemate. South Africa basically gained its objectives but Cuba and the Soviet Union were, even as their own nations collapsed, too stubborn to quit the fight. It was actually international pressure and changing internal political dynamics (the collapse of Apartheid) in South Africa that eventually led to the end of the war in late 1988. Namibia gained its independence and majority rule, while the Cubans and Soviets, who couldn’t afford to fight such a costly war anymore, anyway, went home. The communist aspect of the insurgency, anyway, was soundly defeated.
The video below was produced in the late 80s and contains a lot of very graphic combat footage. You are forewarned that there is a lot of blood and gore. Unfortunately whatever source this came from deteriorated badly before being uploaded. Resolution is quite poor overall, and terrible at times. But ti’s a heck of an interesting video for the 2 other readers who share my interest. This is a modern counterinsurgency war and one with a lot of lessons for those willing to investigate and learn them. For some reason, the southern Africa whites (Rhodesia, South Africa) somehow proved to be perhaps the world’s greatest counterinsurgent fighters, even if their cause was far from noble or just, in the grand scheme of things:
The final South African withdrawl from Angola in 1988. Real good footage of a Centurion @~1:30.
Non sequitur – Tim McGraw poised to “Dixie Chick” himself over gun control endorsement? April 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, error, foolishness, non squitur, silliness, Society, the enemy.
EDIT: So, I wrote this yesterday, then decided I wasn’t sure I wanted to post it. But since I’m running short of time today, and haven’t got much else queued up, I’ll just throw it out, with the preface that this is just sort of random ephemera, and not something I feel very passionate about.
I’ll be honest…..I’ve never liked Tim McGraw. I really don’t like anything Nashville has produced in at least 20 years, and if you exclude some early George Strait, a lot longer than that. The only time I thought McGraw was half decent was in the Friday Night Lights movie. As for his music and his whole shtick……..it’s about as “country” as New York City. And I’m tired of that spray painted black straw hat.
Anyway, McGraw has come out recently pretty passionately in favor of severe gun control, and he’s agreed to do a benefit concert for some gun control group that instills fear of children dying from firearms to try to advance their cause. This is apparently a group that uses some pretty ugly tactics. So a pro gun-rights blogger is wondering if this will turn off his (diminishing) fan base:
In 2003, the country music trio Dixie Chicks were near the top of the charts and starting a world tour in England when leader singer Natalie Maines criticized President George Bush in the run up to the Iraq War. The statement led to a harsh backlash from country music fans who viewed the act of lashing out against a President on foreign soil prior to conflict as inappropriate. While the group produced albums since then, they were never accepted back into the country music fold, and have faded from prominence.
Country music superstar Tim McGraw seems poised to make a similar, potentially career-ending move, as he has announced plans to play a concert benefiting gun prohibitionist group Sandy Hook Promise:…..
……This decision is not going to be received well by McGraw’s country music fan base, which overwhelmingly supports gun rights, and views a concert benefiting Sandy Hook Promise as being a betrayal.
Sandy Hook Promise claims to “promote mental wellness, combat social isolation, and prevent gun violence,” but by far their strongest emphasis is on turning the public against the Second Amendment rights of Americans by subtly equating the support of gun rights with the murder of children, as their social media accounts clearlyshow.
A major push right now for the group is forcing the adoption of so-called “universal background checks,” which would prevent the private transfer or sale of firearms between friends and family members without a federal background check. The goal of such a system is to serve as de facto gun registry, and which serves no legitimate crime prevention purpose.
Meh. Whatever. As one commenter at the link said, even more reason not to know who he is. I know who he is, but I pretend not to.
This is so much better, anyway:
Can’t get enough of Ralph Mooney’s steel guitar.
Tim McGraw can’t even a hold a candle to Waylon.
Comments problems – again April 14, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.
Sorry, guys, I guess the commenting problem has reared its head again. And I’m doubly sorry, because apparently it’s been going on for a while and a ton of valid comments have been blocked. I had been negligent in checking the spam folder. Almost everything there was valid going back weeks. I have released many comments and will be doing more. My apologies, again, I have very little control over this and it’s been a pain in the neck for years.
If you are a commenter who has my e-mail and you post a comment that doesn’t show up, please e-mail me and let me know. That’s one of the best ways for me to know that akismet has gone spasmodic again.
Flightline Friday – early lifting bodies April 10, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Society, Admin, silliness, fun, non squitur, technology, Flightline Friday.
I’m totally out of time. Sorry for minimal posts today. I was simply too busy, and will be. I didn’t do a Flightline Friday last week, but here’s a real quick and dirty one, two videos on early NASA efforts to develop lifting bodies, and the Air Force Titan III rocket. It’s a bit funny to hear them speak of the Titan III as an easy to assemble, inexpensive to operate rocket – both the III and the follow-on Titan IV were notorious for spending a year or so on the pad in final checkout prior to each launch. They were abandoned as being much too expensive.
But still some pretty cool stuff, if you’re the one or two who like this stuff.
The lifting body shown at the beginning of the first video was the X-20 DynaSoar, cancelled by Robert McNamara in 1963. It’s replacement, the Manned Orbiting Laboratory – aka KH-10 – was to be a manned reconnaissance satellite. That was also cancelled in 1969.
Blaine! Thanks for the e-mail. I will get back to you. It was good to hear from you, it’s been a crazy week, I will reply soon. My phone is dead, so that’s has inhibited my response.
I just wanted to give a quick report of last night’s prayer vigil outside a strip club in Dallas. First, I wasn’t alone, a few folks turned out, and I was most gratified that they did. I thought the effort a great success. Next month, May 6, I plan on doing it again. But this time there will be an e-mail sent out many local men. I found that most people I thought likely candidates to come did not even know what I had planned. So the first step is to improve communication. That is being addressed.
I guess we may have to come up with a name for this group if this effort does continue and more men join it. In Philadelphia, there is a group called The Kings Men (it has spread far beyond Philadelphia now) that has apparently had some success in shutting down sexually oriented businesses in various locales. This is an already existing organization, but I’m not sure I’m looking to either join it or set up something so big. I wouldn’t mind getting some info on how to make this prayer effort outside strip clubs more efficacious for souls, though. At present, I plan on keeping this a strictly prayer effort. If more men attend later on, we can start branching out to “protesting” with signs and possibly trying to reach people with literature on porn, self-abuse, chastity, and all the rest.
I am still thinking of a name for the group. It’s really too early, yet. I will see how the spirit moves me as things begin to develop.
I will say picking The Men’s Club was a good choice. While Northwest Highway is busy as all get out, we have a safe place to park and pray. We are also directly across from the entrance to the strip club cum whorehouse (what do you think “VIP rooms” are for?) and slightly up a rise so we are quite visible to all those coming and going. I noted last night a large number of women coming and going from the place. It was after 8pm, I don’t know if it was shift change time or what. Kind of disturbing, to be honest.
I will post more reminders and information in the next few weeks regarding the next prayer event. Thank you again to those who attended, and for the prayer support of those unable to do so. I have asked St. Joseph for his intercession and protection for this endeavor. As always, he came through last night. Deo Gratias!
All the details are here. I will be praying outside The Men’s Club tonight, April 8, at 8pm or thereabouts. No banners or signs, please. Men over 18 only. I do greatly value skeinster’s suggestion that those who cannot attend please support us with your prayers, wherever you are.
Many thanks, we shall see if it will be more than just my trusty friend SB and I. But the numbers don’t matter, I plan on continuing this even if alone. If it be blessed by God, it will grow.
To remind and/or inform local men, I will be praying outside The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on April 8, Easter Wednesday, at 8 pm. I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office. This is directly across from the entrance to the house of prostitution (yes……that goes on all the time in these places).
About the time, I will be going to pray directly after Mass, but if Mass runs long, I could be a bit late. There will be no picketing or attempts to evangelize on this outing. It will simply be quiet prayer across from the entrance to this place.
If you use Google street view, you can easily find the location to the Post Office parking lot. It is literally directly across Northwest Highway from The Men’s Club entrance.
I plan to stay about an hour or so. This area is well-lighted and heavily traveled, and I don’t think overtly dangerous. It is unlikely denizens of the ‘club’ will have any idea what we are doing. So I think any risk is quite low.
I pray I see you there! I sort of expect to be there alone, but God may surprise me.