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Did an American Hermit Predict Donald Trump Would Lead a Great Spiritual Revival in the US? February 22, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in fun, General Catholic, huh?, priests, Restoration, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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I haven’t much time, but was sent this yesterday by reader D.  I’ve never heard of the priest before.  He claims, through rather providential circumstances, to have met at American hermit living in Loreto many years ago, a man who predicted decades before last year’s election that Donald J. Trump would lead a great spiritual or religious revival in this nation.  Take it for what you will, it’s certainly interesting, to say the least:

Look, I am grateful to have Trump.  Anybody but Hillary.  And he’s done some pretty good things so far, along with a few not so good ones, like letting the “Dream Act” illegals remain, apparently.  His undermining of the self-serving elitist uniparty of indifference and self-enrichment is a great achievement in itself.  But I do think people sometimes have exaggerated expectations for the man.  He’s never been particularly devout or Christian.  His personal morality is uninspiring, to say the least. So, I’m a bit doubtful about the great 21st century American Catholic Restoration being inspired by this man, but there is certainly nothing wrong in maintaining a pious hope that such may occur.  Lord knows, we need it.

I’m out for the day.  It always happens like this, I have a proverbial ton of great material for the blog and no time to share it!  Perhaps God may will that I may have more time tomorrow.  I tried to get a few things out today.

Alright, I’m hooked……. February 17, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, foolishness, fun, Holy suffering, silliness, Society.
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………stupid Steven Crowder got me hooked on this earbug:

Pope Francis Mandates All Catholics Convert to Lutheranism!11! February 16, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in different religion, Ecumenism, foolishness, Francis, fun, General Catholic, silliness, the return, the struggle for the Church.
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I actually thought it would be Calvinism, but I guess the “god” of surprises has shocked again.  From Eye of the Tiber, which I have neglected for too long:

Just hours after Pope Francis published his latest work Reformatio Si, Catholic theologian Cardinal Walter Kasper told reporters that, though Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation mandating all Catholics convert to Lutheranism might be tough to comprehend, he nevertheless prayed that they have faith in the same Holy Spirit that not only chose Francis to become pope, but also “was the instrument behind the works of St. Martin Luther.”

“I would like to say that, though this new exhortation is a few hundred years coming, it’s finally here,” Kasper said. “Honesty, I think that controversies surrounding Reformatio Si are ludicrous. Luther reformed a corrupt Church, meaning that his ideas were superior to the Catholic faith, and since God calls us to greatness, we then ought to except the superiority and greatness of Luther’s teachings.”

“Listen, and listen to me clearly,” Kasper went on to say. “I got 95 thesis but a pope ain’t one. I understand that and Francis understands that. And that’s why, as of tomorrow, Pope Francis will relinquish his title as Head of the Whore of Babylon, and will kindly ask to simply be called ‘Pastor Jorge.’ He has been given a part-time job as Associate Youth Pastor in Training at Atonement Lutheran Church in Louisville Kentucky. We ask everyone to pray that he does well.”

I needed a laugh.  But then again, maybe it’s not so funny after all.  A little too close to the mark.  More on that tomorrow, God willing and time available.

Flightline Friday: F-35 Debuts at Red Flag February 3, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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Red Flag – the world’s premier and most realistic air combat exercise – 17-1 began last week at Nellis AFB, NV.  As usual, participants are many and varied – F-22s from the 1st FW at Langley AFB, VA, B-1s from the 28th Bombardment Wing at Ellsworth AFB, SD, and marking their operational debut, F-35s from the 414th Combat Crew Training Squadron (CCTS), 388th TFW, Hill AFB, UT.

Everyone knows, it’s been a long slog for the F-35.  I have certainly never been a big supporter of this badly compromised design.  From a standpoint of aerodynamic performance, it will always be a very middling performer.  Crippled by the Marine requirement for STOVL capabilities, it will be badly hamstrung in the visual air-to-air arena.  In addition – and also because of the Marine requirement – it’s internal storage volume, required to maintain low-observability – is also badly limited.  It can only carry two air to air missiles internally when engaged in the high-end fight.  This wouldn’t have been a big deal, had Obama and Gates (who also destroyed the Boy Scouts), not crippled US air superiority by capping F-22 production at 187 aircraft.  The F-22 has turned out to be all that was promised and more in the air-to-air arena, but there simply are not enough of them. As such, should disaster happen, like a war against a near-peer competitor in China or Russia (God forbid this should happen), the US would be badly  underequipped in the air supremacy regime and F-35s would likely be pressed into the fight be default.  This is not something it was designed to do.

Having said that, however, in the air-to-ground role for which it was primarily designed, the F-35 is finally starting to come along.  The sensors and sensor fusion of the type are simply amazing.  Once the real meaty software comes out later this year – Block 3F – the type will have extremely impressive capabilities in finding, fixing, sharing, and prosecuting all manner of ground targets. In addition, the aircraft will have very advanced means to avoid both ground-based and airborne threats, all projected instantaneously on the pilot’s all-important helmet visor., with the threats appearing as 3-D volumes to be avoided. Thus far, capabilities are limited but all reports are that the F-35 will take visual spectrum, infrared, ultraviolet, and radio-frequency sensors, and the fusion of all the above, to the next level.

Whether all this will be enough to overcome its fundamental aerodynamic limitations, the shortfalls in other areas of US airpower, and to deal with the rising Chinese threat remains to be seen.  Whether it is worth the (falling but still) astronomical cost is infinitely debatable.  But, unfortunately, due to policy decisions of three different presidential administrations, it is now the only game in town (whereas, had the F-22 been kept in production, as it should have been, the types could have been competitively evaluated and the best – the F-22 – chosen) and it would be 10-15 years, minimum, to field a replacement.  If it turns out to be a turkey, we’ll be stuck with it.  Cancellation really isn’t an option at this point, the Marines and Air Force are nearly utterly dependent on this type.

More than likely, what will happen is that US crews will make it work, and work well, warts and all.  It’s just what they do.  And hopefully sanity will prevail and the F-35 won’t ever have to come up against a serious competitor.

Now for airplane video pr0n.  Check out how much the F-35 resembles the F-22 on approach:

I don’t know what the Air Force was thinking with these new velvetine looking crew sweaters.  They look awful.

Taking off.  That 43,000 lbst engine makes terrific noise:\

As I said, Red Flag brings a wide variety of participants. There are Navy and Marine F-18s and EF-18s and British Typhoons from a squadron I am hoping someone will identify. Video courtesy 99th ABW PAO:

See what I mean by those velvetine sweaters?   WTH?  As if people in other branches didn’t make fun of Air Force softness enough, now they have to look like a stuffed animal?

And now for something a bit different – an awesome 360 degree video from inside the cockpit of the Boeing T-X entry’s first flight.  External view in the second video.  I wish it had come out with more F-23 in it as originally planned.  Looks more like a shrunken Super Hornet.

I like Boeing for the win in this large program.  The only real competition left is Lockheed since Raytheon has already bailed and it seems Northrop Grumman isn’t real serious about it.  Lockheed’s only advantage might be price, but will a Trump administration buy hundreds of new jets largely fabricated in Korea?  Doubt it.

That’s it.  Enjoy your much belated Flightline Friday.

Thanks to Reader TT for the Kind Gifts February 1, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, fun, non squitur, reading, thanksgiving.
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I wanted to give a special shout to reader TT who went through some shipping hassle to send me a very nice gift of all five volumes of The Catechism in Examples off my Amazon wishlist.  That was really generous and unexpected.   Thanks, TT!

I’ve also received some other items from folks who wish to remain anonymous.  I thank you all for everything you have taken the time to send.  My hope is to draw fruitful material from whatever I am sent off the wishlist and share it with readers in posts.  It may take me some time to get around to a particular book, but I will eventually get to it.

It means a great deal to me that people think enough of my prattlings to go to the time and expense to buy me a little something (or a big something).  I do appreciate it!

 

That’s Amoris! January 26, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, different religion, episcopate, error, Francis, fun, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, silliness, the struggle for the Church, Victory.
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I guess today is Video Thursday. Sorry for the flood.  This is the last one.  Greatness from Laurence England:

Lots of good laughs.  I really enjoyed that.

Steven Crowder Owns Feminism January 26, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, cultural marxism, disaster, error, foolishness, fun, rank stupidity, scandals, sexual depravity, silliness, Society.
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Sorry I’m out of time for the day.  I found out I’m getting sued over a trivial car accident, my work project I’ve spent 5 months on devolved into complete chaos and will probably be cancelled, and I took some serious grief offline for a post I did two weeks ago.   More on that, possibly, tomorrow. Did I enjoy all of this?  No, no I did not.

I’ve been busy as all get out and haven’t had time to put anything up.  But here’s a great video of Steven Crowder completely destroying the feminists at the woman’s march against teh Patriarchy and all things good and holy last Saturday.  This was from the Austin version.

There is some foul language from the protestors and a great deal of immodesty, which is thankfully blurred out.  But because the video is kind of rough I’ll just link to it and not embed it in the post.

The idiocy and banality of the Left -as if we needed more confirmation – is on full display.  Also note how adopting one of the “sainted,” aggrieved classes so approved of by the Left gives one carte blanche within their milieu.  No wonder so many souls are falling into sodomy, self-hatred, self-mutilation, etc. – it’s a ticket to instant adulation, social status, and blanket forgiveness for virtually any (leftist approved) sin.  Watch to the end to see former Texas gubernatorial Wendy Davis get completely destroyed.

Note that none of these people can form a cogent argument for why they oppose Trump with such an unhinged hatred.  They hate him simply because he is not theirs, and he made them lose. Of course, they would be doing this to anyone.  Had Cruz or, God forbid, Bush been the Republican nominee and won, we’d be told how they are Hitler and the gbiggest threat to peace and goodness, ever.  The greatest, gentlest Saint imaginable could be the president, and so long as that Saint had an (R) after their name, these people would turn him into the devil in their minds.

It has nothing to do with what Republicans do, what their policies are, it has everything to do with the fact that they kept the Left out of power.  And the Left has no more arguments anymore, after three generations of steadily worsening education and descent into mindless extremism, all they have left is stupid displays and egregious epithets.

More and more, they just look incredibly dumb.  I think there are increasing signs their act moves fewer and fewer people not in their tribe.

Milo Consigns Pro-Aborts to Hell, Plus the Inversion of the Church January 23, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, fun, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Two short but awesome videos below.

First up, Milo lays down some really hardcore truth on pro-aborts.  Milo behaves himself in this clip, but there is a video image of a profanity-laced tweet from a leftist included in his presentation.

Later in this same presentation at the University of Washington, outside of which a leftist shot and very nearly killed a young Trump and Milo supporter, Milo “joked” that he is going to undergo “gay reparative therapy” and that he might have been straight all along.  Hmmm.  He says it would cause the Left to completely freak out even more over him if he revealed his gay schtick had been nothing more all along.  Double hmmm.  We’ll see.

Finally, you can either watch the entire Gloria video below, or skip to 2:20 for the punch line:

“We used to pray for the intentions of the pope and the conversion of Russia. Now, we pray for the intentions of Russia and the conversion of the pope.”

Indeed.  Too flippant and disrespectful, or right on the mark?

The Most Schadenfreude-Filled Inauguration Ever? January 20, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, fun, Immigration, manhood, Society, Victory.
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On this afternoon where our long national nightmare ends (and we are reminded of how an even worse one was avoided), there’s a lot of schadenfreude in the air.  Not that I mind.  I’m enjoying this as much as anyone.  Some videos from the day, including Trump’s swearing in and inaugural speech:

Promise the moon much?  I worry about the endless infrastructure and educational promises.  I am heartened by reports Trump intends to sharply reduce federal government staffing. We’ll see whether he can deliver.

The ceremonial parade, where Trump drags his vanquished enemies behind his golden chariot, is ongoing:

There have been riots and disruptions flaming tantrums aplenty today from some of those enemies yet unvanquished.  They managed to disrupt traffic and then started devolving into the usual childish violence cum rioting for which the Left is so justly infamous.  Keep it up, boneheads……..that’s how you got Trump.

In fact, as I watch the livestream right now, it seems the inaugural parade could descend into a wild melee at any moment.  Nice.  This is the new normal, folks. The Left would be reacting this way to ANY Republican who won, because all they have left in their rhetorical arsenal is hateful demonization.

Language warning below, but the always funny and on-point Gavin McGinness reviews Obama’s deplorable near-decade in office.  Worst. President. Ever.  McGinness is part of the new, young, very hip right that is – for better or worse – remaking the conservative movement in this country into a much more energized, combative, confrontational effort.  It will be interesting to see if this new movement has persistence or just happened to catch the Trump wave.

Reminder: Christ Child Luncheon This Saturday Nov. 19 November 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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If you would like to buy some generally Catholic-themed Christmas gifts, hang out with committed pro-lifers, and support local pro-life efforts, you might consider attending the Christ Child Luncheon this Saturday.  It’s not inexpensive, but the money does go for a good cause, supporting pro-life work and crisis pregnancy centers:

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My wife went to this for a number of years and always found it enjoyable and rewarding.

YMMV.