Monday, September 4, 2017

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To All,
I hope you all are having a great long weekend.
This Day In Naval History - September 4
1804 - USS Intrepid (LT Richard Somers) blew up in failed attack on Tripoli
1941 - German submarine, U-652, attacks USS Greer, which was tracking the submarine southeast of Iceland. Greer is not damaged, but drops depth charges, damaging U-652.
1954 - Icebreakers, USS Burton Island (AGB-1) and USCG Northwind, complete first transit of Northwest passage through McClure Strait.
1954 - P2V from VP-19 shot down by Soviet aircraft near Swatow, China
1960 - USS Bushnell and Penguin begin relief operations in Marathon, FL, after Hurricane Donna.
Today in History
September 4
At the Battle of Montaperto in Italy, the Tuscan Ghibellines, who support the emperor, defeat the Florentine Guelfs, who support papal power.
After four years of war, Spain agrees to allow a Portuguese monopoly of trade along Africa's west coast and Portugal acknowledges Spain's rights in the Canary Islands.
Los Angeles, first an Indian village Yangma, is founded by Spanish decree.
Louis XVI of France recalls parliament.
Jacques Necker is forced to resign as finance minister in France.
USS Intrepid explodes while entering Tripoli harbor on a mission to destroy the enemy fleet there during the First Barbary War.
Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.
Robert E. Lee's Confederate army invades Maryland, starting the Antietam Campaign.
A republic is proclaimed in Paris and a government of national defense is formed.
The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on.
Elusive Apache leader Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Ariz.
Beatrix Potter sends a note to her governess' son with the first drawing of Peter Rabbit, Cottontail and others. The Tale of Petter Rabbit is published eight years later.
The U.S. military places Haiti under martial law to quell a rebellion in its capital Port-au-Prince.
German submarine U-652 fires at the U.S. destroyer Greer off Iceland, beginning an undeclared shooting war.
Soviet planes bomb Budapest in the war's first air raid on the Hungarian capital.
Allied troops capture Lae-Salamaua, in New Guinea.
British troops liberate Antwerp, Belgium.
The American flag is raised on Wake Island after surrender ceremonies there.
The first transcontinental television broadcast in America is carried by 94 stations.
Arkansas governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to bar African-American students from entering a Little Rock high school.
Operation Swift begins as US Marines engage North Vietnamese Army troops in Que Son Valley.
Mark Spitz becomes first Olympic competitor to win 7 medals during a single Olympics Games.
Sinai II Agreement between Egypt and Israel pledges that conflicts between the two countries "shall not be resolved by military force but by peaceful means."
Google founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
(Several good videos on  Andrew Arthur Breese / link.  Here is one: F-4 Fanatics - )
Watch: The Boneyard! Magical Video for Aviation Lovers. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
FIGHTERSWEEP STAFF - September 3, 2017
Boneyard - (2:04)
So much history and so many memories all in one magical place! The 'Boneyard' located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona is a special place for those of us that love and cherish aviation. A must visit place when you can.
Commonly referred to as the "Boneyard," the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., contains about 5,000 retired military aircraft throughout 2,600 acres.
Crews at the Boneyard preserve aircraft for possible future use, pull aircraft parts to supply to the field, and perform depot-level maintenance and aircraft regeneration in support of Air Force operations.
Today on Fighter Sweep
Watch: More From 'The Boneyard' an Aerial View Davis-Monthan AFB
Featured image of various types of military aircraft, including C-5 Galaxy that once belonged to the 445th Airlift Wing, are dispersed across more than 2,600 acres of desert land at View More ›
Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
Labor Day celebrates the contribution of workers to our economy.  We celebrate it by not working.
Although many of us see Labor Day as the end of summer or as the beginning of football season; did you know…The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City and became a federal holiday in 1894, after the Pullman Strike.  The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
"If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end... it would probably be Labor Day Weekend."—Doug Larson
"Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken."—Bill Dodds
     My boss made me go into the office on Labor Day. Halfway through the day, he came in to check up on me and caught me having a beer.
     He said to me, "You can't drink while you're working."
     I said, "Oh, don't worry - I'm not working."
Finding the Right Job
     In honor of Labor Day, here's a report of someone who was not quite as successful as he had hoped to be in the job market:
As a young man
My first job was in an orange juice factory, but I couldn't concentrate on the same old boring rind, so I got canned.
Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.
After that, I tried working in a donut shop, but I soon got tired of the hole business.
I manufactured calendars, but my days were numbered.
I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it. Mainly because it was a sew-sew job, de-pleating and de-pressing.
I took a job as an upholsterer, but I never recovered.
In my prime
Next I tried working in a car muffler factory, but that was exhausting.
I wanted to be a barber, but I just couldn't cut it.
Then I was a pilot, but tended to wing it, and I didn't have the right altitude.
I studied to become a doctor, but I didn't have enough patients for the job.
I became a Velcro salesman, but I couldn't stick with it.
I tried my hand at a professional career in tennis, but it wasn't my racket. I was too high strung.
I became a baker, but it wasn't a cakewalk, and I couldn't make enough dough. They fired me after I left a cake out in the rain.
I was a masseur for a while, but I rubbed people the wrong way.
I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.
Later in life
Then I became a personal trainer in a gym, but they said I wasn't fit for the job.
I thought about being a historian, but I couldn't see a future in it.
Next I was an electrician, but I found the work shocking and revolting, so they discharged me.
I tried being a teacher, but I soon lost my principal, my faculties, and my class.
I turned to farming, but I wasn't outstanding in my field.
I took a job as an elevator operator. The job had its ups and downs, and I got the shaft.
I sold origami, but the business folded.
I took a job at UPS, but I couldn't express myself.
I tried being a fireman, but I suffered burnout.
I became a banker, but I lacked interest and maturity, and finally withdrew from the job.
I was a professional fisherman, but I couldn't live on my net income.
I next worked in a shoe factory, but I just didn't fit in. They thought I was a loafer, and I got the boot.
I worked at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.
So I've retired, and I find I'm a perfect fit for this job!
Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Corporate America
Indecision is the key to flexibility.
You can't tell which way the train went by looking at the track.
There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.
Happiness is merely the remission of pain.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.
The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.
Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world.
Things are more like they are today than they ever were before.
Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.
If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
One seventh of your life is spent on Monday.
By the time you make ends meet, they move the ends.
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.
There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
This is as bad as it can get, but don't count on it.
Never wrestle a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.
The trouble with life is, you're halfway through it before you realize it's a do-it-yourself thing.
Youth and skill are no match for experience and treachery.
No amount of advance planning will ever replace dumb luck.
Anything you do can get you fired; this includes doing nothing.
Money can't buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.

How to properly place new employees
Put 400 bricks in a closed room.
Put your new hires in the room and close the door. 
Leave them alone and come back after six hours.
Then analyze the situation:
If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting Department. 
If they are recounting them, put them in Auditing.
If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in Engineering.
If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them In Planning.
If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in Operations.
If they are sleeping, put them in Security.
If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.
If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.
If they say they have tried different combinations, they are looking for more, yet not a  brick has been moved, put them in Sales.
If they have already left for the day, put them in Management.
If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.
If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been moved, congratulate them and put them in Top Management.
Finally, if they have surrounded themselves with bricks in such a way that they can neither be seen nor heard from, put them in Congress.

Submitted by Lindsey Krause:

Dilbert's Labor Day words of wisdom
I can only please one person per day.  Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either. 
I love deadlines.  I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. 
Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it. 
Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue. 
Needing someone is like needing a parachute.  If he isn't there the first time, chances are you won't be needing him again. 
I don't have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem. 
Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?
My reality check bounced.
On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.
I don't suffer from stress.  I am a carrier.
You are slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.
Never argue with an idiot.  They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.
A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.
Don't be irreplaceable - if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.
The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard. (I carry a piece of paper or something of significance)
Eat one live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.
When bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
If at first you don't succeed, try again.  Then quit.  No use being a damn fool about it.
There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office.
Everything can be filed under 'miscellaneous'.
Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour.
To err is human, to forgive is not our policy.
Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he/she is supposed to be doing.
Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
If you are good, you will be assigned all the work.  If you are really good, you will get out of it.
You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.
People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.
If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.
When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried (like some people around here and then we hear about this nonsense later whether we want to hear it or not).
Following the rules will not get the job done (or grt you promotes unless you have a little or big brown spot on your nose!!!).
Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.
When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

Submitted by Jamie Hapgood:

     Carlos calls: "Ey, boss I not come work today I really sick. I got headache, stomach ache and my legs hurt, I not come work."
     The boss says: "You know Carlos I really need you today. When I feel like this I go to my wife and tell her to make love with me. That makes me feel better and I can go to work. You should try that."
     Two hours later Carlos calls: "Boss, I did what you said and I feel great, I be at work soon.  You got nice house."

Submitted by Alan Krause Jr.:

Office Arithmetic
Smart boss + smart employee = profit
Smart boss + dumb employee = production
Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime

Submitted by Chuck Kincade:

Here's a little clarification of corporate lingo.
COMPETITIVE SALARY:  We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY:  We have no time to train you.
CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE:  We don't pay enough to expect that you'll dress up well; a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.
MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED:  You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.
SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED:  Some time each night and some time each weekend.
DUTIES WILL VARY:  Anyone in the office can boss you around.
MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL:  We have no quality control.
CAREER-MINDED:  Female Applicants must be childless (and remain that way).
APPLY IN PERSON:  If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has been filled.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE:  We have filled the job. Our call for resumes is just a legal formality.
SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE:  You'll need it to replace three people who just left.
PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST:  You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos.
REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS:  You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.
GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS:  Management communicates, you, figure out what they want and do.
I'M HONEST, HARD-WORKING AND DEPENDABLE:  I pilfer office supplies.
MY PERTINENT WORK EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:  I hope you don't ask me about all the McJobs I've had.
I TAKE PRIDE IN MY WORK:  I blame others for my mistakes.
I'M PERSONABLE:  I give lots of unsolicited personal advice to co-workers.
I AM ADAPTABLE:  I've changed jobs a lot.
I AM ON THE GO:  I'm never at my desk

Submitted by Mark Logan:

     Five cannibals get appointed as engineers in a defense company. During the welcoming ceremony the boss says, "You're all part of our team now. You can earn good money here, and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat. So please don't trouble any of the other employees". The cannibals promised.
     Four weeks later the boss returns and says, "You're all working very hard, and I'm very satisfied with all of you. However, one of our janitors has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to him?" The cannibals all shake their heads no.
     After the boss has left, the leader of the cannibals says to the others, "Which of you idiots ate the janitor?" A hand raises hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals replies, "You fool! For four weeks we've been eating Team Leaders, Supervisors and Project Managers and no one noticed anything, and you have to go and eat the janitor!

Submitted by Paul Ferrara:

     A construction boss in Boston was interviewing men when along came a guy named Vinny from New York. I'm not hiring any wise-a$$ New Yorker, the foreman thought, so he made up a test hoping that Vinny wouldn't be able to answer the questions, and he'd be able to refuse him the  job without getting into a dispute.
     "Here's your first question," the foreman said. "Without using numbers, represent the number nine."
     "Widout numbiz?" Vinny says. "Dat's easy," and he proceeds to draw three trees.
     "What's this?" the boss asks.
     The New Yorker replies, "Ain't you got no brains? Tree 'n' tree 'n' tree makes nine. Faghedaboutit......"
     "Fair enough," says the boss.   "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time use the number 99."
     Vinny stares into space for a minute, then picks up the picture he has drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Dare ya go, Buddy."
     The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?"
     Vinny says "Each a da tree's is dirty now!  So it's dirty tree 'n' dirty tree 'n' dirty tree--dat's 99".
     The Boss is getting worried he's going to have to hire the New Yorker, so he says, "All right, last question. Same rules but this time use 100."
     Vinny stares into space again, then picks up the picture once again, makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Dare ya go, Mac, a hunnert."
     The boss looks at the picture for a moment and says, "You must be nuts if you think that represents 100!"
     New York Vinny leans forward and points to the marks at the base of the trees. "A little doggie comes along and takes a dump on each a dem trees, so now ya got dirty tree an' a turd, dirty tree an' a turd, dirty tree an' a turd--which makes one hundred.  Bada boom, bada bing. When do I start?"

Submitted by Margaret Smith:

"Tater" Employees
Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are just content to watch while others do the work.  They are called "Speck Taters".
Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do the work.  They are called "Comment Taters".
Some people are very bossy and like to tell others what to do, but don't want to soil their own hands.  They are called "Dick Taters".
Some people are always looking to cause problems by asking others to agree with them.  It is too hot or too cold, too sour or too sweet.  They are called "Agie Taters".
There are those who say they will help, but somehow just never get around to actually doing the promised help.  They are called "Hezzie Taters".
Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not. They are called "Emma Taters".
Then there are those who love others and do what they say they will. They are always prepared to stop whatever they are doing and lend a helping hand.  They bring real sunshine into the lives of others. They are called "Sweet Taters".

Enjoy your Labor Day,
Thanks to Tam -
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it...
What The Battle Of Actium 2,000 Years Ago Can Teach Us About The Fragility Of A Republic
A cursory scroll through one's newsfeed is sufficient proof that events from two millennia ago, just as those from two centuries ago, still have much insight to offer us.
"Well, doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"
"A republic, madam – if you can keep it."
This well-known exchange between Benjamin Franklin and Mrs. Eliza Powel has gotten quite a bit of attention recently, circulating on social media and in the news. Americans have become increasingly aware of the fragility of our republic—how vulnerable it is to ignorance, fear, and violence. Franklin's words from more than 200 years ago speak poignantly to the political upheaval we find ourselves in today.
The good doctor's insight, though true, was not original. It was a sentiment many shared throughout history, including the founders of our republic and the framers of our Constitution. All of the men who helped to shape the American order well understood how susceptible their chosen system was to corruption and decay, and they understood this because they were students of ancient history.
The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of many of today's leaders. Classics, having lost its erstwhile position of importance in pre-college curricula, has been relegated to the ivory tower of academia (when it is lucky enough to survive the knife of philistine administrators). Yet a cursory scroll through one's newsfeed is sufficient proof that events from two millennia ago, just as those from two centuries ago, still have much insight to offer us. One such event is the Battle of Actium, which took place on September 2, 31 B.C.
The Battle's Setting: Civil War
That early September battle, fought in the Ionian Sea off of Epirus in Greece, marked the final gasp of the Roman Republic. Although the republican form of government had been in crisis for decades, this clash between Mark Antony and Octavian, Julius Caesar's great-nephew and adopted son, laid it fully and finally to rest.
Throughout the century, Rome had been ravaged by civil war due to economic unrest and the rise of strong-man generals in control of formidable private armies. Matters came to a head in the aftermath of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Antony and Octavian worked as partners in the so-called Second Triumvirate, waging war against Caesar's assassins Brutus and Cassius, defeating them decisively at the Battle of Philippi in Macedonia in 42 B.C.
But by 33 B.C., as eminent historian H.H. Scullard recounts in "From the Gracchi to Nero," the Second Triumvirate had run its course, and Mark Antony and Octavian were in open conflict, with Antony allied with his lover Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. In 32 B.C., as both consuls for the year, along with more than 300 senators, joined Antony's forces, and the conflict reached a boiling point in 31, when the forces of Antony and of Octavian, now consul himself, met in Greece.
On the way, Octavian's naval commander and right-hand-man Agrippa captured several important cities, including Corinth, which isolated Antony and his men in Epirus. So, with a land action no longer feasible, Antony took Cleopatra's advice and instead engaged Octavian on the sea on September 2.
But things went badly, and Antony joined Cleopatra's ships in an attempt to escape. Neither his fleet nor his land army, however, were as fortunate: Antony's men were captured or surrendered, and Antony and Cleopatra returned to Egypt and eventually committed suicide. When the dust settled, Octavian was left in sole control of all of Rome's domains. The form of government known as the principate was inaugurated, and Octavian became the emperor, later styling himself Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus ("Emperor Caesar Augustus, Son of the God"). Never again would Rome be a republic.
The Vulnerability of a Republic
Scullard summarizes the events of September 2 thus: "The century of civil wars that had started with the murder of Tiberius Gracchus was ended. The Republic and liberty had gone; men turned gratefully to their new savior." It's view Vergil seemingly endorsed in his depiction of the battle on the Shield of Aeneas in Book 8 of the "Aeneid," though Vergil's portrayal of Octavian is not without some ambiguity.
The anniversary of the Battle of Actium gives one pause to reflect on the vulnerability of a republic, so some general lessons for our own day might be drawn from the course of events in ancient Rome. First, republican constitutions are delicate and frangible things. Whatever the designs of their creators (and the Roman constitution was the product of several centuries of development), there is nothing inherently durable about them.
Second, and relatedly, even a good constitution cannot survive without virtuous character and prudence in those responsible for its administration. Third, social and economic conflict exert a massive centrifugal force away from the rule of law. Fourth, the rule of law in such cases inevitably will be replaced by the rule of men—often those with the most money and the capability of appealing to widespread fears and grievances, both legitimate and illegitimate.
Fifth, the command of such strong men, as they play upon the passions of the masses, is not only different from but antithetical to republican constitutional order. As the rise of Augustus, at the bitter end of civic division and lawlessness, indicates, the exaltation of the former means the destruction of the latter. Sixth, and finally, once such constitutional rule is lost, it is almost never recovered.
Eric Hutchinson is an associate professor of classics at Hillsdale College.

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Making America Great again
Thanks to Doctor Rich

Today at 5:30PM Mountain Daylight Time Steve Hinton flew a highly modified P51 Mustang to a New World Speed Record of 531.53 MPH, thereby achieving the goal of becoming the Fastest Piston Engine Propellor driven Airplane in the World.

The fastest lap reached a Speed of 554 mph.

The Airplane is owned By Bob Button and was sponsored by Joe Clark and Aviation Partners Inc of Seattle. The Aerodynamics for the Wing modification were designed by Aviation Partners Inc, known as The Winglet Guys. The record was achieved at Clarks Ranch in a remote part of Central Idaho.

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