The black helicopters have arrived

This may be my last post.

Can anyone tell me what the heck this is?

black helicopter

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  1. jimsantafe says:

    It’s the giant dreamcatcher being flown in to go with the giant puppets at the next Call to Action liturgy!

  2. patergary says:

    Trapping an invisible UFO in your area. LOL

  3. GirlCanChant says:

    We tried to warn you about The Vortex, but no, you wouldn’t listen….

  4. jjfxg says:

    i think that’s used to detect some sort of magnetic or electrical field. i remember seeing it on a show a long while back, maybe somebody can verify that.

  5. jjfxg says:

    ok, i looked more into it, and it appears to be either transient electromagnetic method or frequency-domain helicopter-borne electromagnetic method. this is probably being used to look at groundwater or something under the earth’s surface.

  6. ghp95134 says:

    A diagram is attached to the below link (won’t allow me to copy)
    “…The data are gathered by transmitting an electromagnetic signal from a system attached to a plane or helicopter. The signal induces eddy currents in the ground which are detected by receiver coils towed below and behind the aircraft in a device called a bird. Depending on the system used and the subsurface conditions, AEM techniques can detect variations in the conductivity of the ground to a depth of several hundred metres. The conductivity response in the ground is commonly caused by the presence of electrically conductive materials such as salt or saline water, graphite, clays and sulfide minerals….”
    Don’t worry about the “black” helecopters …. you won’t see them until they get you!

    –Guy Power

  7. From a priest:

    Of course. It is obvious. That’s the gizmo they use to hang dead Cardinal’s hats from the cathedral roof. I proposed a refinement to let them hang LIVE CARDINALS from the cathedral roof, but nooooo! Nobody ever listens to Fr Wilson. How I suffer.

    Everyone’s a comedian….

  8. Guy: Don’t worry about the “black” helecopters …. you won’t see them until they get you!

    I dunno. I’m pretty crafty.

  9. Philangelus says:

    Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along.

  10. Acolythus says:

    It resembles the framework for a part of the Orbital Nightcloak superweapon (developed by the Imperial Department for Military Research and used by Warlord Zsinj at the Battle of Selaggis and at Dathomir). We must triangulate the center of power between the Vortex, Area 51, and the Bermuda Triangle. We must be cautious, however; it is most likely a nexus of Force energy (light or dark side is irrelevant in this case). It would be best to have no Force-sensitives in the expedition party. 2 Fighters, a Paladin, a Thief, and a Cleric would be best suited for the job, backed up by a Force-user using Battle Meditation (preferably from high altitude directly above the nexus). There may be undead attracted by the nexus as well. One explanation for the nexus is a high-level lich, such as the Witch-King of Angmar and his Nazgul. No party under 18th Level should venture in, as it may alert any hostile undead forces to our efforts.

  11. EXCHIEF says:

    Not sure, but if you see any neighbors wearing tin foil hats I’d be a little concerned.

  12. benedetta says:

    I can already see the write-up: “That last post wherein Fr. Zuhlsdorf defended the lay canonist was the last straw. Something had to be done…”

    On the other hand if it is a gizmo for hanging a cardinal’s hat, well, that would be one giant cardinal.

    Just to be safe, will standby and refresh the blog page in hopeful anticipation of a further dispatch from the front…”all is well on the ground…area secured…”

  13. Tina in Ashburn says:

    The picture is upside down Father.

  14. Mrs. O says:

    Well, next to your car, that thing stands no chance.
    I thought it was a net till reading the above. What would require a net that big?

  15. Maxiemom says:

    I thought it was obvious – a helicopter rodeo, small car roping.

  16. Charivari Rob says:

    @ jimsantafe: You beat me to it! I was going to suggest “dreamcatcher for that solar-powered cathedral window”

    @Acolythus: “His name is Kettch. He’s an Ewok – and a liturgist!”

  17. frdanbecker says:

    This is clearly the Halliburton Hurricane Machine, piloted by Dick Cheney, about to unleash Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. Thankfully, the Democratic Party, the USCCB, and the Madison WI teachers union are fighting to save us.

  18. don Jeffry says:

    Years ago I worked on the railroad between Salem, IL and Chicago. I remember that a train got stopped in the plains near Champaign, IL due to heavy snow, eventually it ran out of fuel. The train was eventually covered completely by windblown snow and it covered the telephone poles nearby as well. For that reason it was necessary to have a helicopter fly around and literally “detect” the metal of the train in order to rescue the crew. Really!

    don Jeffry

  19. digdigby says:

    “La Dolce Vita” remake? Flying the Sacred Circle of Tolerance to the Vatican?

  20. Indiana_Bob says:

    Only the red helicopters do anything!

  21. Stu says:

    Was there an albino monk at the controls?

  22. Charivari Rob says:

    …delivering the red “martyr’s halo” for a really big Saint statue?

  23. Paulo says:

    Father, quick, call the National Geographic team! You just captured an image of a rare (and elusive) jellybird (an airborne relative of the jellyfish). The helicopter is actually trapped by the creatures delicate but deadly tentacles. The people inside did not stand a chance…

  24. PhilipNeri says:

    It’s the Spirit of Vatican Twooooooooo. . .come to snare you in its helicopter supported burlap tentacles.

    Quick, Father! Throw holy water at it while reciting Liturgiam Authenicam in Latin.

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  25. BenedictXVIFan says:

    I’m thinking Wonder Woman painted her invisible helicopter because it’s cheaper than getting plastic surgery.

  26. Luvadoxi says:

    It’s that red rain from the alien “V” visitors again…..

  27. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Can’t anyone see the Klingon Warbird under cloak there? The giant trampoline is to be transported to the 24th century…..

  28. APX says:

    Looks more like Cobra Command to me.

  29. Supertradmum says:

    The chickadees in Father Z’s garden got together and rented a helicopter to catch the nasty, spotted Predator.

  30. Tim Ferguson says:

    After seeing the car he uses in Sri Lanka, I would guess that this is Cardinal Ranjith’s helicopter – perhaps he was coming to the Sabine Farm for some top-secret consultation.

  31. mike cliffson says:

    Obvious : a Befana -sweeper. Now you know WHY every single statesside priest did NOTreceive trad missals etc on 6th Jan.

  32. Phil_NL says:

    @Tim Ferguson:
    In that case, wouldn’t the brim of the hat be above the helicopter, along with the rest of it?

    (thanks for referencing that pic btw, I googled “Cardinal Ranjith’s car” and had a good laugh)

  33. Bryan Boyle says:

    Got any AM radio stations with a tall tower close to you? That looks like what’s called a ‘capacitive hat’ that’s occasionally installed on towers to increase the electrical length without pushing the stick up any higher.

    Usually installed via helicopter, since trying to put them together whilst strapped to the top of a tower is dangerous (as if being strapped and harnessed to the top of a tower isn’t to begin with…), so, they’re usually skyhooked in…

    Just a thought. The rest can take off their tinfoil hats….;)

  34. robtbrown says:

    Maxiemom says:

    I thought it was obvious – a helicopter rodeo, small car roping.

    Will Rogers!!

  35. Andrew says:

    This is a mind-control device: it makes it possible for voters to accept “change”.

  36. chris1 says:

    Why are the images always broken on Fr. Z’s posts? I thought it was Google Reader causing the problem, but most times even when I come to the blog site itself the images don’t display. What am I doing wrong?

  37. Tantum Ergo says:

    It’s a hula-hoop being hauled in for Weight Watchers’ “before” pictures.

  38. Tantum Ergo says:

    I note this post with great satisfaction:
    robtbrown says:
    I thought it was obvious – a helicopter rodeo, small car roping.
    Will Rogers!!

    I almost posted this being Will Rogers, Jr, but I didn’t think anybody else would remember him and his lasso! My favorite quote from him is: “Everybody’s ignorant… just on different subjects.”
    (Mea MAXIMA culpa!)

  39. robtbrown says:

    I think it was Will Rogers, Sr, who was the great roper. His son WRjr, was a sometime actor.

  40. asophist says:

    chris1 –
    Try using a different browser, such as Mozilla Firefox (which you can download for free off the Internet).

  41. APX says:

    Chris, pictures seem to load fine for me in safari on my iPhone. It might be on your end. Perhaps a security feature preventing photos from being downloaded?

  42. MAJ Tony says:

    I thought perhaps it was an aerial cat detector unit of the “Ministry of Housinge” from the Monty Python’s Flying Circus “Fish License” skit.

  43. Tony Layne says:

    It’s trying to find the people who voted “No” on the WSJ poll … if you see Tommy Lee Jones or Will Smith at your door, shut and lock it, then jump out the back window!

    @ Acolythus: I don’t know which is worse, the fact that you brought up all those Star Wars/LOTR/RPG references or the fact that I understood them. :^)=)

  44. The Cobbler says:

    @Acolythus: I’d call Paladin, but I never sally forth into battle without my sister handling our fallback and medical position, and she’s ridiculously Force-sensitive. Besides which I’m currently in a cave in Alefgard trying to find my Staff of Transportation — metal slime somehow nabbed the thing and ran off. You’ll have to see who Tony here can recruit.

  45. MJ says:

    It’s a portable landing pad…in case the hospital doesn’t have one already. Also the pilot can use it to see what’s directly beneath him as he lands.

    … if the copter won’t go to the landing pad, the landing pad will go to the copter.

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