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Ladies, beware “natural” products containing phytoestrogen! July 27, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, catachesis, contraception, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Society.
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Good reader TE alerted me yesterday to an “essential oil” product from Young Living containing phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen is essentially natural birth control.  Sold as a “beauty aid” or “support for the female glandular system,” I was advised by a local priest that phytoestrogen has strong capabilities to block conception.  doTERRA, which seems quite popular among traditional Catholic women, sells products containing the substance.  Phytoestrogen is sometimes sold alone and thus easy to identify, but it is also frequently mixed into other products.

Something else my wife has learned, however, is that phytoestrogen is found in many foods, and could play a role in women having difficulty conceiving.  In addition, there are many foods and substances that can greatly lower progesterone levels, which my wife has learned is a factor in miscarriages (you see my interest).

A partial list of foods that contain high levels of phytoestrogens below:

flax seed
soy beans
soy nuts (anything soy or flax)
tofu
tempeh
multigrain bread
hummus
garlic
parsley
apricots
sunflower seeds
chestnuts

Regarding the lowering of progesterone, caffeine/chocolate are supposed to be bad. Foods that raise estrogen should be avoided.  But there are some specific foods that are recommended to be avoided in order to avoid low progesterone levels:

Flax seed
soy
wheat
yeast
tomatoes
peppers
eggplants
potatoes

My wife has a fuller list. I will try to post that later if possible.

Some of the above is a bit speculative but high doses of phytoestrogens have been used for birth control for millennia. Estrogen is known to lower progesterone, typically.  Low progesterone is implicated by the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in being a frequent cause of miscarriage.

I just put this out as a brief public service.  It may have no import for you at all, or it might.

Amazing the things learned, and forgotten, over time.

Rushed Flightline Friday: early F-16 July 24, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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Pretty good video on the early development of the F-16 from Air Force Systems Command in 1977. It provides a lot of detail on the F-16, including its ability to radically outmaneuver preceding jets like the F-4E (not sure if the comparison was to F-4E with fixed slats or not – they made a big difference in Phantom maneuverability).

The F-16A was quite a bit different from the F-16. There is a shot at ~8:30 that shows many of the differences: the inlet was enlarged, the nose was significantly enlarged to provide room for the air-cooled APG-66/68 radar, the fuselage was made a bit wider and deeper to hold more fuel.  The arrogant “fighter mafia” led by McNamara favorites Pierre Sprey, Col. Everest Riccione, Chuck Spinney (founder of the hard left Center for Defense Information, which has opposed every single moderate or major defense program of the past 45 years) decried all these changes, but chief F-16 designer Harry Hillaker said that if GD had built the plane the fighter mafia wanted – a totally stripped down F-104 type with nothing but a gun and two Sidewinders, with no range at all – it would have been a failure.  He was right.

I have a huge beef with Sprey, Riccione, and Spinney. For one thing, they remain stuck firmly in the mid-60s.  They’ve never managed to get over that experience, of being “whiz kids” proved utterly wrong in having forced an aircraft with no gun and problematic maneuverability on all three services (the Phantom).  So they continue to trot out extremely antiquated and disproven “data” to oppose every new fighter since the F-16, which they unreasonably regard as their brainchild.  Things like “air to air missiles work less than 10% of the time” – true for 1967, but not for 2015.  Since the Gulf War, the effectiveness of air to air missiles has been greater than 50%.  Take everything they say with a huge grain of salt, and know they have opposed the F-15 (most successful air-superiority fighter ever), E-3 “AWACS” (probably the single most important factor in providing US air superiority in all conflicts since 1975), the unbelievably capable F-22 (they contributed to the disastrous decision to cancel production after only 187 airframes, knee-capping USAF air superiority capability for decades), and even the F-35 (which ain’t great, but at this point, its the only show in town).

Another interesting point: the presenter in the video, then Brig. Gen. James Abrahamson, had quite a colorful career.  Unknown to outsiders, he played a very significant role in bringing the F-16 to fruition, and led the Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initative throughout most of the 80s.  Prior to that, he was selected as a USAF astronaut in 1967 to fly on the eventually cancelled KH-10 Manned Orbiting Laboratory, and flew F-100s in combat over Vietnam.  I did a paper on SDI back in high school (actually, three papers I think, I kept recycling the one I did in 10th grade and nobody caught on), and because I’m a life member of the Air Force Association and hence receive Air Force Magazine (and have since I was 13), I had a bunch of USAF-centric articles on SDI to use.  Gen. Abrahamson figured heavily in all those articles, so I wound up knowing quite a bit about the guy.  He was a consummate USAF pilot-politician, an extremely effective program manager and reputed all-around straight shooter.  Every program he managed seemed to have been managed well.

Have a good weekend:

Reason #9948 why America is doomed July 24, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Society, Admin, foolishness, asshatery, silliness, non squitur, paganism, huh?.
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Goofy Friday non sequitur post ahead.

Look, I get it, not everyone likes McDonald’s.  They have issues.  I’m rather cold to their lunch/dinner items, but I’ve always thought their breakfasts were pretty good.

But who are these people – “millenials” apparently – who have never had McDonald’s before, or at least the breakfast?  And why do they pretend as if they’ve never seen a burrito or some kind of a wrapped sandwich?  I’m calling BS on this. I’m calling “I’m so above the hoi polloi I don’t even know what this pre-packaged food for the masses is.”

But I’m calling more than that.  Wait and see:

First, I bet most of these people are BuzzFeed interns/hangers on.  I sincerely doubt their randomness.

 

I will admit, when I first saw Zach, I had an irresistible urge to do something cruel.  But as I watched the video I found him slightly more tolerable, but still highly annoying.

Let’s look at his statement: “When I was older, I started loving Chick Fil A, then Chick Fil A started hating gay people.”

Now what would prompt a person to make that kind of statement in this environment?  Let’s assume he is just a “man off the street” who has never had McDonald’s.  This is what he comes with?  Some radical sodo-propaganda?  Why would Chick Fil A’s now abandoned stand for marriage cause him such angst that he is still assaulting random strangers about it, even 2  years after they caved?

And yet I see statements like this all the time. I was watching some review about True Detective Season II on Youtube and the reviewer, for no apparent reason, spent the first five minutes of the review just bashing Christians and other “homophobes.”  It was completely out of left field.

My belief is, people do not make statements like this out of real conviction.  They may think that’s their motivation, but the statements are too of a kind, too plainly simply a regurgitation of propaganda they’ve heard elsewhere, to really come from a “this is something I believe down to my core” kind of motivation.

I think these kinds of reflexive ejaculations of propaganda are made for two primary reasons: a kind of gnostic tribalism, signalling oneself to be above the “other,” and base fear.  Fear at being “outed” from the elite one craves to belong to.

That this belonging is almost always a total illusion only reinforces the craving to belong. This tendency seems incredibly common among millenials in particular, who, to my old grey mind, seem to be so easily manipulated by social propaganda as to essentially stand for nothing.  Whatever the “hip”  sources (what is that: Reddit, Buzzfeed, Tumblr, Gawker?) tell them to believe, they’ll parrot that like the most zealous Hitler Youth at Nuremberg in 1935.

I wonder if these people (save maybe for the Aussie?) have any idea how shallow and……dare I say it?……fake they come across.  Every reaction seems contrived, to prove some point (I’m above this).

No I do not mean to pick upon you, or your kids, I’m speaking in generalities.  I know folks in the ostensible “millenial” age range that are very much grounded in reality and who have substantial personalities in their own right.

I guess my major beef with this – and I don’t mean to come off as some McDonald’s shill because I’m not, I eat there but only on occasion – is that it seems so contrived.  And I think so much of our culture today is just that: contrived. Political theater, constant 24/7 entertainment for the masses, people dealing in shallowness, and very few having the time or inclination to go a bit deeper, to say what people have always said: why am I here?  What does this mean?  We Christians, thanks be to God, have the answers. But there are so, so many lost souls out there who do not.  I think that video struck me as emblematic of that. There are so many people, especially young people, who are essentially groundless, and thus move with whatever they perceive to be the strongest breeze blowing through the culture.

But then again, a cigar is sometimes just a cigar.

 

TFP praying outside area mills 07/26-07/27/15 July 24, 2015

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Just a quick notice and request, members of Tradition, Family, and Property are going to be praying outside area mills this Sunday and Monday.  I’m not sure of their schedule.  I think this is the group based more or less out of Tyler.  Anyway they are coming to Dallas to pray outside mills and they are looking for a place to stay Sunday and Monday night.  They will stay anywhere, sleep on the floor, etc., but they have one requirement: no teenage girls.  Anything else is fine.  I assume relative proximity to the two remaining mills would be a plus.

If you think you have an ability to help you can contact Joanne Underwood at the Dallas CPLC.

BTW, I know some readers have issues with TFP but I do think they’ve written one of the best responses to the diabolical Obergefell decision I’ve read.  It brings out a number of important points, including the fact that even the very hostile dissenting views expressed by some justices are deficient in that they ignore the natural law:

Regrettably, Chief Justice Roberts’ dissent was weak and included concessions to the homosexual movement such as: “Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us….”  “Although the policy arguments for extending marriage to same-sex couples may be compelling….” “The people of a State are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition.”[14]

More importantly, Roberts’ dissent shares by omission in the majority’s implied denial of the obligation of every man, and therefore of society, to do good and to avoid evil. There is no discussion much less condemnation of the unnaturalness and intrinsic immorality of the homosexual act, which lies at the root of every same-sex “marriage.”[15]

With the attention of America riveted on the issue, Roberts’ dissent could have been used as an ideal “teaching moment” that a moral wrong can never become a civil right, steering America’s conservative reaction onto the high ground where it belongs……..

……Of the three other dissenting opinions only that of Justice Thomas comes close to mentioning our obligations under Natural Law, but only in a fleeting manner. He quotes John Locke and Thomas Rutherforth but does not develop this line of thought.[16] While he expounds ably our constitutional political liberty and correctly denounces the majority’s misconception of the physical liberty alluded to in the Fourteenth Amendment, he does not denounce their erroneous view of man’s moral liberty.

Both majority and dissenting opinions talk about the impact of this decision on the free exercise of religion in America. The latter show evident concern that it stands threatened, and they should be worried. Just as the homosexual movement fought for the legalization of same-sex “marriage” so that homosexuality would be accepted as normal and homosexual acts would be considered equal to the marital act, it will now push to further erode and eventually extirpate the expression of Christian morality from society.[17]

This decision increases the country’s growing polarization. If before this decision anti-discrimination laws around the country were already being used to elevate homosexuals to a privileged class, giving rise to many incidents of egregious and unjust persecution (e.g. bakers, florists, photographers, CEOs, teachers, etc.), what will the nation witness in the decision’s wake?

Admin post – comments, ads, and thank you July 22, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, blogfoolery, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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OK guys I just released about 15 valid comments mostly from long-time commenters from spam block.  Again I have very little control over this and it has always been a frustration, it seems every few months the spam blocker goes hyperactive and starts blocking normal comments, even those without links, for no apparent reason.  I’ve complained and changed settings but it’s never really gotten better.  If it happens, just try to leave another short comment and I’ll try to dig them out.

On the ads some are seeing, this is also something I have little control over, though I do have a mechanism to file a complaint if the ads are indecent/inappropriate.  So if you are seeing those (I never do), you can let me know that, as well.  A little info about the ad would help ID and report it.  Sorry if this is a problem, I’ve only had one complaint but it would be devastating if immoral ads were running on the site.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

On a happier note, I have been humbled by the great outpouring of generosity in response to my request for prayers during this pregnancy.  You guys have blown me away with your generosity.  I am compiling a list and will pray for all of you in turn.  Thank you thank you thank you for your generosity. I cannot express my gratitude sufficiently, all I can say is that I am so blessed to have such awesome readers, and to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ which prompts such incredible outpourings.

Prayer Request July 21, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace.
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My wife informed me a short while back that she is pregnant. This is a tremendous blessing and a great surprise.  Our last child, the boy, just had his 6th birthday.

My wife has had several pregnancies since then but none progressed very far. That sort of stopped about 3 years ago.  I know from experience that your prayers are very powerful.  Would you, in your charity, pray that it may be God’s will that this child may make it to birth safe and sound?  I have a feeling about this pregnancy that it just might be different. It’s probably also our last chance.

I am getting up there in years but I would really like another chance to raise a child up for the glory of God.  I pray this is not a selfish request. I pray that His will may be done.  But I know it would thrill my wife to have one more baby, and it would me, too (somehow, being older, and raising a number of kids to ages 6-16, makes me appreciate babyhood and child rearing far more than I did, say, 10-15 years ago. Youth is wasted on the young, and all that).  Conversely, one more miscarriage would be pretty hard to take, but God be praised either way.

God bless you for your prayers.  We’re very early, if you could make this a regular intention, that would be enormously appreciated.

I will pray for each one of you who lets me know in return, by name.  Deo Gratias!

No rest for the wicked at Casa de Tantumblogo July 20, 2015

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Bit of a non sequitur personal post. You may wonder what I do on weekends.  Lately, I build things for my kids. In addition to a chicken coop and rabbit hutch, I’ve been working on this fort for the last 6 weeks or so:

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For the statisticians – 6′ wide x 6.5′ long x 12.5′ tall. All pressure treated pine construction.  Frame of 4x4s and 2x6s.  Made from scratch, no plans. Decided against a swingset, for reasons I can’t recall.  It’s mostly done now save for closing in the open ends on each side and a few other details.  The kids seem to like it.  They plan on turning it into a private clubhouse.  They may even sleep out there when it stops being 100 degrees.

No TV can be a boon to productivity.  We had a birthday party Saturday and it was a hit with the 4-10 year old boy crowd.

That made me pretty happy.

Men’s Prayer Vigil report plus answers to FAQs July 20, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Holy suffering, manhood, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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I continue to be blown away by the response of men to this prayer vigil effort outside sexually oriented businesses (SOBs) in Dallas.  We had a very good turnout Friday night.  And, even more inspiring, there were a lot of first timers.  Several of the regulars in this effort were unable to make a Friday night, but an equal number of new faces showed up.  So, we had another good crowd that certainly attracted attention.

I mentioned after the last prayer vigil that we had been accosted by a manager of the SOB ‘The Men’s Club.’  This time we were approached by a number of “dancers.”  The approaches were not nearly so hostile as that of the manager.  They were more questioning with a bit of mocking perhaps.  Again we had one member of our group tend to deal with them while the rest prayed.

Friday night, to me, had a different feel.  We didn’t stay that late, about 10:30, but it felt different than Wednesdays have. A bit more hard edged.

I will say that every time out I/we learn something new.  Late Friday night we had a Suburban pull up and the driver asked us what we were doing.  We told him, and he said he runs a safe house for women who want to leave this lifestyle.  I got the firm impression from him that some of these women do feel trapped, or even more, are coerced into performing in this manner.  For everyone’s benefit, I took photos of his card so we can all have details of this alternative for these women:

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The sad part about this guy is that he’s a cradle Catholic who has left the Church.  He grew up going to Saint Thomas Aquinas including attending Catholic schools (which probably explains a great deal as to why he’s now a former Catholic).  Yet another soul lost to the Church, in this case, one that is visibly on fire and doing very good works.  We didn’t get to speak with him as to why he left but if he is like so many other souls, it’s because he was spiritually starved.  He seemed kind of shocked that there would actually be Catholic men similar to himself – that’s another commentary on the crisis in the Church.

He told us there are fenced in areas behind the clubs with barbed wire around the top.  This is where the women can go “smoke.”  This group throws little convenience kits with their contact info over the top of the fence and then drives off.  Good for them, that’s pretty bold.

Switching topics, I have become aware that some men interested in taking part in this effort have not done so because they are afraid of being scandalized or even forced into an occasion of sin.  I guess some people have wondered whether there are naked dancers running around outside trying to tempt us with the siren song of bacchanalian lust.

That is not the case at all.  All the dancers we have seen have been in street clothes.  It may not be the most modest dress in the world, but it is generally just comfortable jeans and tees and things like that.  Even Dallas in this year of our Lord 2015 does still have laws regarding public nudity and similar that are enforced.  And recall we are across Northwest Highway from the place, very visible but 30 yards from their property.  There has been nothing scandalous that I’ve seen from any of the dancers.

The only bad behavior we’ve seen was from that manager two weeks ago, who used a storm of profanity and coarse language in attacking us and the Church.  I think I effectively blunted his attacks and made good responses but I certainly got to hear a week’s worth of “grown up words.”  I would imagine a replay is very likely in future.  I didn’t feel scandalized by this, but maybe some would.

The other thing we experience is general gawking, picture taking (literally), occasional hassling by homeless……..that’s been about it.  Really, it’s been pretty low-key.  We’re across a major road from the place, so we haven’t gotten any threats or felt unsafe in any way.

I will say this: I was really surprised how few men were at the SOB Friday night.  I figured Wednesday nights would be slow but I don’t think there were many more there on Friday night.  It was far from packed.  I guess leaving at 10:30 may still have been considered “early,” but I kind of doubt it.  Usually by 10:30 a pretty good crowd should be filtering in.  We saw a lot of U-turns right in front of us, whether that was men who planned on going there seeing us and changing their minds, I don’t know.  I like to think we are having an influence on the lack of crowd.

One last thing.  I understand two young men could not join us Friday night.  As an alternative, they went and prayed, kneeling, directly outside a “gay bar” here in Dallas.  Apparently, they received a much hotter reception than we ever have.  I don’t think they were physically attacked, but they had a lot of perverse men yelling at them, shouting terrible things, etc.  Eventually management threatened to call the cops.

I’ve considered doing similar, but I don’t think we’ve reached that time, yet. My thought with that kind of intervention is to go heavy or don’t go at all.  I’d prefer only to make such a prayer intervention with a group of 20-30 minimum.  A strong presence tends to impress and cow others.  But more importantly, I think we still have much more to do in opposing these burlesque joints.  Our impact continues to grow, we’re clearly being seen and noticed, we’re starting to coordinate with other groups…..in short, we’re still building towards whatever God wills for us.  It’s not time, yet, to switch the focus of efforts even to this other matter that is probably an even greater evil in our city and culture at large.

Having said that, I know the two  young men who had the faith and bravery to pray outside such a hostile, evil place.  They have my utmost admiration and my prayers.  God bless you C and J!  You guys be careful, and I pray you can make it to one of my little efforts soon!

Next prayer vigil is planned for Wednesday August 5 at 8 pm.  We will alternate Wednesday and Friday nights every two weeks.

Thanks again to all the men who turned out.  You guys continue to inspire me.

FINAL REMINDER: PRAYER VIGIL OUTSIDE ‘MEN’S CLUB’ TONIGHT JULY 17! July 17, 2015

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At 8:30.  I pray I see you there.

who keep us going with your prayers from afar.

I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on FRIDAY, July 17 @ 8:30 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.”  

We’ve had some good turnout.  I pray all of you are able to come back out this time.

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 sexually oriented business (SOB).  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.  I will stay for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half, depending on how many show up.

No protesting, just prayer.  No interaction with the patrons at this time.  That may come later.  We’ll see.  Of course, recently we have had some interaction we did not seek. If that happens again, please keep praying and I will try to engage with whomever approaches us.

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

OH, and we have priests praying for us now, as well.  They are most gratified with our efforts, and will bring an added level of spiritual armor to our battle array.  We might even be joined by a priest at some point.

Now, Mr. Toro and I are going to beat up on the grass.

Men’s Prayer Vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club’ this FRIDAY 07/17 @ 8:30p July 15, 2015

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This week’s prayer vigil will be a bit different.  We discussed this on the 1st and decided a mid-month prayer vigil should be held on FRIDAY, and not Wednesday.  So this week’s is at Friday at 8:30, same place as noted below. I pray I see you there. We are most certainly starting to make a difference!  We are getting hostile/fearful reactions from the denizens of the sexually oriented business (SOB).

Thank you all for your continued support, both those who attend, and those who keep us going with your prayers from afar.

I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on FRIDAY, July 17 @ 8:30 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.”  

We’ve had some good turnout.  I pray all of you are able to come back out this time.

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 sexually oriented business (SOB).  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.  I will stay for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half, depending on how many show up.

No protesting, just prayer.  No interaction with the patrons at this time.  That may come later.  We’ll see.  Of course, recently we have had some interaction we did not seek. If that happens again, please keep praying and I will try to engage with whomever approaches us.

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

OH, and we have priests praying for us now, as well.  They are most gratified with our efforts, and will bring an added level of spiritual armor to our battle array.  We might even be joined by a priest at some point.

Deo Gratias!

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