Lazy Video Post, Hong Kong Flu Edition January 10, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I started with a little sore throat Friday, which transitioned to a cough yesterday, and today is full blown Hong Kong
Phooey Flu. All you get today is two vids, but they’re both really good, one on the Jezebel spirit and wives rebellion from their husbands……….:
…….and the other from that priest many of us had missed so much these past 2-odd years, on Epiphany, the Holy Family, and the Errors of Russia. I believe this is new content, from 2016:
There are so often really good book recommendations embedded in this priest’s sermons.
That will be all for today, barring a miraculous recovery, not sure about tomorrow, either. When I get a high fever, I’m a wimpy as they come.
Any recommendations for home remedies? Pretty sure it is actual influenza, maybe with bronchitis on top.
Your prayers are most appreciated. God bless you!
Prayer Request and Thanks January 5, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, reading, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
A couple of “housekeeping” items, if you will – please pray for A, wife of longtime reader “ADG,” who gave birth to their 9th child a couple of months ago and shortly after developed some serious medical conditions. She is still recovering and her health remains under 100%. If you could please add her to your prayers, I know it would be greatly appreciated.
The thanks comes from me, to those who sent me items from my Amazon wishlist and/or a gift certificate. I thank you very much and feel quite humbled by your generosity. I have just come across some really good new sources of Catholic catechesis and have added a number of items to my wishlist. If any feel called to buy something on there for me, all will be greatly appreciated. Pretty much everything on the list is directly blog related, and if you do send me something, you can rest assured any good material I draw from it will show up on this blog at one time or other.
One of those new items of catechesis is The Catechism in Examples, a five volume set produced by Fr. D. Chisholm and published over 100 years ago in Britain. Reader SL sent me a link to this massive tome (over 2000 pages!) and it looks really powerful. Many find the 1990s Catechism painfully dry, and sometimes questionable doctrinally. I tend to imagine the doctrine in this 100 year old set of volumes will be unimpeachable, while its format is easier to read since it gives concrete examples for each point of doctrine discussed, rather than relaying them in a purely theological way. The Catechism in Examples is also available at The Internet Archive for free if you happen to read books online.
Milo Comes Out As Trad? December 16, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition.
Ok it’s late and I have 1200 miles to drive tomorrow so I haven’t watched all of it, but I believe noted alt-right counter-insurgent has come out……as a TRAD. Note the comment at 1:25, where he makes a joke of the banality of the Mass in vernacular. THERE MAY BE FOUL LANGUAGE, BLUE HUMOR AND GAY INNUENDO IN THE BELOW. YOU ARE WARNED:
Seven Years December 10, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.
Saturday, December 10 marks the 7th anniversary of this blog. I started it because I became aware of heresy being promoted as good catechesis in this Diocese of Dallas. Several thousand rants, a steady migration to a traditional parish, and one bishop later, I can’t say much has changed in the catechesis department. I, however, believe I have learned a great deal. I pray the blog has been occasionally edifying and entertaining for you.
It’s been a privilege to be able to express my opinions as I have, and to have them read by so many people. Amazingly, over 1 million people have dropped by at least once over the years. It is daunting to think what account I may be held to for whatever influence – good or bad – I’ve had on that many souls. I pray God be merciful to me, and judge that even if the “product” wasn’t always what it should have been, the intent has pretty much always been in the right place.
Here’s to more posts in future. As I previously indicated, I may transition a bit away from some topics I feel done to death and try to get back to more solid catechesis, which pray God might serve as a bit of an antidote to the garbage generally taught to souls both here in Dallas and abroad.
As in all things, however I move forward or whatever the future brings, may God’s will always be done.
For Those Interested in My Amazon Wish List….. December 6, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, It's all about the $$$, reading.
…….here it is. I created a bogus new account to try it out and it appears yeah my address won’t show. I haven’t had too many trolls or haters lately, but one never knows.
Most things on there are directly blog-related. There are a few other items I’ve added for other reasons. I do appreciate the generosity some have expressed, very much so. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Just like me to wait till the blog has half the readers it did a year ago to now go trolling for swag.
I’m open to suggestions for things to add, as well. The list really isn’t very long, I don’t think?
You Guys Are Smart – Anyone Know How Amazon Wish Lists Work? December 6, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, reading.
On a number of occasions in the past, readers have – with great generosity and to my total surprise – indicated they would be happy to give me some kind of remuneration for my efforts at blogging. I’ve always tended to resist receiving any kind of compensation, for a number of reasons, but I’ve been re-considering for a year or more. In fact, I keep meaning to bring this subject up by simply haven’t gotten around to it. I am not looking for cash donations or anything of that kind, but I would be happy to make my Amazon wish list public, as Fr. Z does.
Since most of my Amazon wish list consists of very much blog-related books, most things bought there would serve as a catalyst for future posts and hopefully be mutually beneficial – I’d get a new book and the knowledge that comes therein, and would then share bits and pieces with you as I am able.
My problem is, I still like to keep this blog semi-anonymous, and I’m not sure how Amazon wish lists work. That’s where you come in. Does anyone know if I make my wish list public, will my address show? Or does Amazon just ship to my default address? It would seem odd to show someone’s address but the thing is, we have used more than one over the years and they have several in their system. If there is more than one address, do they list them? That’s my only concern.
I am not doing this looking to “get paid,” things are tight for us since the new baby and I can’t afford to buy books – especially some of the more expensive speciality books I’d like – as much as I used to. I’ve been running a little dry on blog content lately, I feel, and this would help.
Hopefully someone can help me out with this. Thanks and God bless.
Flightline Friday: America’s “Hind” December 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday.
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:
The Most Famous Communique in US Naval History? The World Wonders November 3, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, history, non squitur, silliness, Society, Victory.
TURKEY TROTS TO WATER GG FROM CINCPAC ACTION COM THIRD FLEET INFO COMINCH CTF SEVENTY-SEVEN X WHERE IS RPT WHERE IS TASK FORCE THIRTY FOUR RR THE WORLD WONDERS
Converting to a bit more plain English:
TURKEY TROTS TO WATER GG FROM COMMANDER IN CHIEF PACIFIC FLEET ACTION COMMANDER THIRD FLEET INFORM COMMANDER COMBINED TASK FORCE 77 WHERE IS REPEAT WHERE IS TASK FORCE 34 RR THE WORLD WONDERS
Halsey took it as the biggest sleight of his already controversial career. The multi-part Battle of Leyte Gulf was the largest naval battle in history, by any measure. It was fought over hundreds of thousands of square miles. It involved thousands of ships and hundreds of thousands of sailors from the US and Imperial Japanese Navies. Kido Butai, the awesomely capable, experienced, and technically innovative Japanese carrier strike force had been broken. The carriers Halsey went chasing after hundreds of miles to the north of Leyte Gulf off Cape Engano had virtually no aircraft and even fewer pilots. He had left the hundreds of assault ships and landing craft in the Leyte Gulf anchorage dangerously exposed. When Kurita’s Center Force came steaming down the San Bernadino Strait into the very thin covering force of Task Group 77.43 under command of Rear Admiral Clifton Sprague, it looked as if the dream of every frustrated big gun enthusiast in every navy in the world was about to be realized – finally, absent fleet carriers and their steel harpies armed with armor piercing anti-ship bombs and torpedoes, would the big guns of battleships and cruisers be turned against the painfully thin steel hulls of escort carriers and, even more, assault landing ships.
By this point in the war, Halsey’s Third Fleet, and especially Task Force 38 (VADM Marc A. “Pete” Mitscher), the
Fast Carrier Strike Force, was the most powerful naval unit the world had ever seen. Comprised of 9 fleet carriers and 8 light fleet carriers, the task force embarked over 1100 (!!) combat aircraft and the best trained, most experienced naval aviators in the world. In addition, the task force was screened by 6 fast battleships and nearly two dozen light and heavy cruisers and literally scores of destroyers. The “northern force” of the Japanese, intended to serve as a decoy to Halsey’s massive task force, was pathetic by comparison. While it did lure Halsey north to try to accomplish the final extinction of Japanese naval aviation power in the Pacific (an objective already achieved the previous June in the Battle of the Philippine Sea), it comprised only one fleet carrier and three light carriers. Nevertheless, Halsey chose to steam north at high speed with his entire massive force, leaving the landing beaches
and assault ships off Leyte and Samar protected by a screen of pre-WWII slow battleships to the south (who got revenge for their sufferings at Pearl Harbor by sinking two battleships on the night of Oct 24/5 in the Battle of the Surigao Strait) and the escort carriers and small destroyers of Task Group 77.4 to the north. It was from the north that the main Japanese threat would come.
By this day, October 25, 1944, the Japanese Center Force under Admiral Takeo Kurita had already had a long battle. Starting two days before, his powerful force consisting of 5 battleships (including the two largest battleships ever built, Yamato and Musashi) had been under constant attack. His command ship had been sunk out from under him with the torpedoing and sinking of the heavy cruiser Maya by the submarine Dace. The next day, the super-battleship Musashi was sunk under the weight of at least TWENTY torpedo hits, SEVENTEEN bomb hits, and eighteen near misses. Kurita’s force turned around and looked to be headed for home, but not for long.
Early in the morning of October 25, Kurita’s force, which had resumed its original heading hours before, was spotted by terrified lookouts aboard the ships of “Taffy 3,” the part of Task Group 77.43 on the northern end of US forces covering the Samar and Leyte beachheads. As they saw the instantly identifiable “pagoda” masts of the Japanese battlewagons, they realized that not only was their goose just about cooked, but the entire Pacific War could take a radically different direction.
None of the American vessels carried anything larger than a 5″ gun, whereas the Japanese had everything up to 18.1″ weapons. Furthermore, the top speed of the American CVEs was appreciably lower than that of even the Japanese battlewagons. All in all, things did not look promising for Old Glory.
Fortunately, the Americans were aided by two factors. First, they did have airplanes on those jeep carriers, albeit airplanes without much in the way of anti-ship ordnance other than torpedos. By 0615, the Americans had launched several hundred aircraft, who proceeded to do everything short of throwing stones to harass the Japanese attackers. Second, the screening DDs and DEs for Taffy 3 were maniacally brave. In one of the great feats of sheer guts in naval history, seven American DDs and DEs charged the entire Japanese squadron, which outgunned them so utterly it beggars the imagination.
Throughout this battle, which raged for most of the day, first the commander of Taffy 3, Clifton Sprague, then his boss over Task Group 77.4, and finally 7th Fleet Commander Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, had been screaming for help. The messages eventually devolved into plain voice, uncoded HF broadcasts that were picked up by Pearl Harbor. Admiral Nimitz, quite rightly a bit perplexed, wanted to know where in the heck the battleships of Third Fleet – the fast battleships, the modern ones, the ones commanded by that great old sea dog Willis Augustus Lee, commander Task Force 34, the ones that could easily stand with the Japanese and fight – were at. So, Nimitz sent a message to Halsey asking:
WHERE IS RPT WHERE IS TASK FORCE 34
And that it all. The “turkey trots to water” and, especially, “the world wonders” were just filler, things added to
throw off potential Japanese code breakers. This should have been made abundantly clear by the two consonants joined together, “GG” and “RR,” but the decoder on Halsey’s flagship – Battleship New Jersey – was the only one in the entire fleet to decode it fallaciously, leaving “the world wonders” attached to the message. Halsey thought Nimitz was deliberately insulting him, and basically went ballistic and then sulked in his stateroom for about an hour, before finally detaching TF34 under Lee to try to intercept the Japanese dreadnoughts, which by that time were already retiring with a severely bloody nose.
The Battle off Samar, as the fight between Kurita’s Center Force and Taffy 3 was called, ended, miraculously, in American victory. As noted above, the 3 destroyers and 4 destroyer escorts (primarily designed for ASW work, and even more lightly armed that regular destroyers) fought maniacally, actually severely damaging at least one cruiser among several other ships. The cost to the Americans was actually slight, considering the scale of forces ranged against them: one CVE sunk, and three damaged, two DDs sunk, and 1 DE sunk, with several of the escorts also damaged. When the destroyer escort Samuel B. Roberts was sunk, the Japanese saluted her. That’s how well she fought. That, combined with incessant air attacks and harassment from about 450 escort-carrier based planes helped convince the already rattled Kurita that he was facing not a small covering force but the main American carrier strike group. He expected battlewagons like the Iowa and New Jersey to fall on his already
severely scattered and disrupted force any moment. So even though he was sacked after returning to Japan somewhat in disgrace for his failure to disrupt the landing forces, many historians have found his lack of vigor somewhat understandable. In the end, however, what Kurita feared did happen, as Halsey also directed airstrikes from TF38 to pummel the Japanese stragglers, resulting in the sinking of 3 heavy cruisers and with three more being badly damaged.
As for Halsey, the judgment of history has often been harsh, not only for his conduct at Leyte Gulf, when he rather needlessly failed to split off TF34 to cover the northern approaches to the landing beaches as Nimitz had expected, but also for his later actions such as losing multiple ships while driving his fleet through a typhoon. But Halsey had
always believed in concentration of forces, and didn’t know quite what to expect from the Japanese carrier force to the north. Lee’s battleship screen had been instrumental in preventing Japanese carrier-based aircraft from even reaching the US carriers during the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. He probably felt he would have need of the awesome firepower of the massed 5″ and 40 mm guns of the battlewagons. That it turned out he did not is something only those with hindsight can really scold him with.
Later on the 25th, the error the decoder had made was revealed to Halsey, indicating that Nimitz was just plainly asking where the battleships were, and not giving him a verbal smackdown in front of the entire fleet. Still, relations were apparently a bit awkward between Nimitz and Halsey
through the end of the war.
The Battle of Leyte Gulf makes for awesome study. Submarine attacks, massive air battles, the introduction of the kamikaze, nighttime battleship vs. battleship battles, one of the most lopsided surface battles in history (where the underdog won!) among much, much more.
The great naval historian Samuel Eliot Morison probably summed up the Battle Off Samar the best:
In no engagement of its entire history has the United States Navy shown more gallantry, guts and gumption than in those two morning hours between 0730 and 0930 off Samar.
Late n’ Rare Flightline Friday: The World’s Worst Carrier, Kuznetsov October 24, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, disaster, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, non squitur, pr stunts, silliness, Society, technology.
A lot of folks apparently got excited last week when, for the 7th time in its nearly 30 year history the broken down, way too small, horribly designed (and only) Russian carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov put to sea to ostensibly conduct combat operations off of Syria. If the carrier makes it to the Eastern Med – which is by no means certain, given its deplorable history – Kuznetsov will take party in combat operations for the first time with its tiny fixed wing fleet of 16 Su-33 aircraft.
But first she (or, as the Russians say, he) has to get there. And that’s been the problem in the past. Even when Kuznetsov made it to Eastern Med, she was generally in too poor condition to actually do anything remotely military. Her freshwater condensers constantly crap out, meaning they can’t run the turbines, meaning the ship has to be towed back to port. Why else do you think the Russians never let Kuznetsov put to sea without the world’s largest tug as escort? Does the US Navy do this, with their carriers? The Japanese? Italians? Spanish? Even the Brazilians? No, no they do not.
Kuznetsov was a product of two disastrous characteristics: inexperienced, frankly incompetent design, and late-Soviet-era build standards. Coupled together, and you have one of the most poorly designed and built ships ever to slide down the ways. Her horrific design and shoddy workmanship are legendary. The phased array antennas on the island? – they’re concrete ballast, as the real radar was never made functional. The plumbing is worthlessly rusted out in half or more of the ship. Basically half of the ship is unlivable. The ship is only marginally large enough to handle the huge Su-33 tactical aircraft, and can only carry a handful of them, really barely enough to protect the carrier (if that), let alone project power anywhere. And her power plant…….a large steam unit……….has always been her most pronounced weak point.
It appears to have gotten even worse. While passing through the English Channel, Kuznetsov belched forth such hideous, thick plumes of smoke from her oil fired engines that I seriously doubt she could conduct flight operations under such conditions. See, carriers, when they do flight ops, always turn into the wind. Pilots trying to land on Kuznetsov would be rendered almost totally blind by these clouds of incredibly dense smoke emanating from the ship and flowing straight into their approach path to land. And this was while cruising at a leisurely 7-8 knots, not the 25+ generally required for flight operations. I would wager she can’t come close to that speed with engines in such dire shape*. If she can, her pilots will probably be splattered all over the round down trying to land.
Wow. They are either using incredibly dirty, unrefined oil, or those engines have unbelievable problems. Likely a bit of both.
This is not made up stuff. How to deal with carrier smokestack emissions prior to the advent of gas turbines and nukes was a huge issue. That’s one reason US carriers wound up with their islands so far back, which generally prevented the gasses from spreading so much they seriously affected visibility. On earlier Essex class carriers, with islands roughly midship, this was much more of a problem. The Japanese, on their WWII carriers, actually vented the boiler gasses downward, below the level of the flight deck, to try to deal with this.
Of course, US and allied pilots go through the training hell of learning to make night traps using only mirror, ball, and the screams of the LSO. Those landings are dang near blind, so it was generally less of a problem for US naval aviators even when we still had oil-fired carriers (which, we don’t. The last were retired nearly 10 years ago).
So don’t get too worked up over Putin’s latest bluster. This one is much more show than go. That’s all any combat operations conducted from Kuznetsov will be, if there are any – show. And it will be another hellish cruise for her crew, which despises the ship to the extent they mutinied a short while back. This is a ship that has spent over 95% of her 30 year career tied up pierside or in drydock. She’s a floating disaster, and the Chinese were probably suckers to gain most of their carrier knowledge, and their currently only operational carrier, from the incompleted hulk of Kuznetsov’s sister, now finished and called Laioning by the Red Chinese. She has all the same engines and other design flaws of the original, and to date hasn’t put to sea very often at all, by Western standards.
I loved the jokes on Ace: the world’s first wood-, or possibly peat-, burning aircraft carrier. I don’t think Lexington put out that much smoke after taking multiple Jap torpedoes at Coral Sea.
*- In fact, Kuznetsov has apparently never come close to her design speed of 29 kts