Blue Angels grounding is a victory for sanity, safety, and peace

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Good riddance!
Getty Images photo by Justin Sullivan

Finally, peace in our time. The Blue Angels' annual Fleet Week assault on San Francisco has finally, blessedly, mercifully been canceled for 2013, the result of $85 billion in federal budget sequestration cuts divided equally between military expenditures and social service spending.

The Guardian has long called for the cancellation of this wasteful show of military might, citing its inherent danger to a dense urban area, wanton waste of resources and fossil fuels, disturbance of the peace and pets, glamourizing of war and its weapons, and its Soviet-style fetishizing of militarism.

But in the end – appropriately and a little ironically – it was conservative fiscal prudence that finally shot down the Blue Angels. The military is already the biggest item in the federal budget, a massive, unjustifiable expenditure caused by imperial over-reach and the bloat of crony capitalism and pork barrel politics. Spending millions more just to show off their toys over scenic San Francisco was the ridiculous cherry on top of that sloppy sundae.

Real people and the real economy are suffering real harm from reckless sequestration cuts to social programs that have been inflicted by the anti-government ideologues sent to DC by the plutocrats and their minions. To keep the Blue Angels flying high against that backdrop would have been simply obscene, and surely a sign of decadent late empire in decay.

This decision by the Navy to nix the Blue Angels is a small but significant sign of sanity in a country gone mad, and the Guardian proudly salutes this decision.

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of the crippling deficit that we have because the federal government has followed your policies of endless largesse to public sector workers and the poor?

Let's see if that smug, shit-eating grin sticks around when the sequestration starts hitting social services in SF.

And, FWIW, the vast majority of SF'ers love the blue angels and the show they put on for us every year. And, unlike you, we support our armed forces and feel patriotism.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

Hear hear. Well said.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

All right wingers so brain-dead? Look at this fool, who thinks that public sector employees are the enemy and communicates his stupidity through a medium supplied by the government - and given away to the people that this miserable idiot thinks "earn" it.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

I'm a democrat. California is out of control, and yes they need cuts to social services. I too will miss the blue angels flying over San Francisco. I don't endorse war, but I support our troops. It is great to see them demonstrate such skill and prowess in their annual shows.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

But I applaud this. I think it's a waste of taxpayer money and a government boondoggle. If we're serious about fiscal responsibility, we need to be honest with ourselves and go after the most wasteful departments first. It may be fun to watch but it costs millions of dollars that could be spent on infrastructure. It's great to see our troops demonstrate such skill, but maybe it's time to inject a little free market into this. If this event is so important, then I think an angel investor like Larry Ellison or Carly Fiorina will readily step forward and pay for it. And if it turns out there isn't enough private sector money for this, then no one should be upset, because the free market decided it wasn't worth supporting after all.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 12:04 am

Leave it to the lone republican to bring some common sense to the table. Democrats need Allan cranston back i guess. This isnt about all the cash n prizes illagal immigrants steal from us nor the Americans whoo take 2 yrs of unemployment, Nor the criminal single mothers who pop a baby out knowing they will get an automatic handout as a result. This isnt about all the wasteful Govmnt. Spending both in the military structure nor is it about the Gov employees breaking our backs getting huge payouts..what was that local statistic again..::average weight of a mass transit employee exceed 240lbs? Thats interesting, but what matters in this BLUE ANGELS DEBATE is that we dont want to give the enemy any glimpse of our military might, we dont want to show off our military flying skills as a deterrent to war, nor do we want to influence children to enter an aviation carreer or they might want to go off into space. Not the space between the liberals ears but deep space. We also dont want taxpayers seeing first hand what they get in exchange for all their taxes paid. If wecan get private sponsorship of a fly by of the Blue Angels, great, but private business already underwrites the entire festivals at which the fly bys ooccur. This fly by coutesy was just a way of the fed govmnt saying 'were with you' we recognize the goodness of your local event on a case by case basis. Lets cut it out now and send single mothers with strollers in formation over our skies. Like Logans run. They more acurately represent us and our current situation.

Posted by Guest Surveilence on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 9:49 am

"I'm a democrat."

Well that's your problem. Tough luck. Calling oneself a "Democrat" doesn't mean anything these days, especially when they are really Republicans (the one-party system with two names).

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 2:35 am

Are all right wingers so brain-dead? This guy who thinks that public sector employees are the enemy and communicates that shit-for-brains notion through a medium that was supplied by the government - and given away to the people that this dink thinks "earned" it.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

That's why we have a bill of rights, restricting the government's power over us and, in particular, the 2nd amendment which ensures we can form a militia to oppose our government when it takes too much power.

As we saw with Occupy, the government will usurp it's power, and a well-defended peoples' milititia is an important safeguard.

So yes, I trust the people but I do not trust politicians.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

When people cite the 2nd Amendment, I always imagine in my mind this "militia" forming to oppose our government. It's a nice idea but that militia better pack a mighty big lunch. In case you haven't heard, our government's defense budget is larger than the 2nd through fifteenth leading countries COMBINED. As much as I hate to think about it, our government is WELL prepared for just such an uprising. We the people, likely, wouldn't stand a chance. the 2nd Amendment is a nice little furry teddy bear Uncle Sam lets us sleep with to make us feel better and that's about it.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

Obviously they would lose any conventional conflict, but then as we found out in Iraq, occupying a place where you have technically "won" isn't that easy when every man woman and child has a gun or an IED.

Switzerland was spared from Nazi Germany at least partly because there is a gun in every home there. Likewise a foreign invasion of the US would be very messy given how there would be a gun around every corner pointing at the invader.

Given how the SFBg is always expressing concern about the police and LE in general, I'd have thought they would be strong advocates of a peoples' militia.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

Excellent news. I'm glad this nonsense is over with. I guess the right-wing will have to jack off to something else, like maybe U.S. flags on a casket coming back from many of the geographic areas where the U.S. is engaged in imperialistic empire building, endless dronings, and the stealing of another country's natural resources in the Orwellian name of "spreading democracy and freedom."

This is the first good news in a long time. Thanks for the article.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

You might be changing your attituded and running for the hills when N. Korea attacks S. Korea, Japan, or the U.S. Who will protect you then? Have a plan?

Posted by chergui69 on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:46 pm
War

Are you suggesting that the Blue Angels will protect us?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

training these pilots is the exact same training and ethos that has kept us safe from foreign invasion for 200 years, and makes every other nation fear us.

Do you have any idea how out of touch with the average American you really are?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

LOL. Wow. Hilarious. Ignoramus.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

Unless you live in South Korea, I don't see any reason to be running for the hills. The US shouldn't be over there anyway.

For what it's worth, I don't think North Korea will be attacking anyone. I think it's all bluster.

Posted by Greg on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

San Francisco really does hate everything besides trying to control everything from Happy Meals to circumcision. The tone of this article makes its border on satire without the author even realizing. I feel sorry for you.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

amen.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

The ability to impose your religious rituals on unconsenting children, as well as the right of corporations to market their junk to kids -these rights are sacrosanct. It's what this country's all about. Our brave servicemen died for such freedoms, and we need to honor them with extravagant displays funded by taxpayer money.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 12:09 am

Let's see what everyone says when North Korea attack Japan, South Korea, or the U.S. When that happens, then all the doves will be running scared.

Posted by chergui69 on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

San Francisco really does hate everything besides trying to control everything from Happy Meals to circumcision. The tone of this article makes its border on satire without the author even realizing. I feel sorry for you.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

as long as his long-time nemesis - the Blue Angels - go along with those cuts.

Here we see, once again, the triumph of ideology of practicality. Steven Jones will crow endlessly about this but behind every cut is the face of human misery. AIDS patients, nutritional programs, subsidies for students? Steven says "let them eat cake as long as I don't have to listen to the Blue Angels anymore!!"

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

He'll sell some tenants down the river just because they use AirBnB just so that he can take a cheap shot at our popular Mayor.

He'll cheer as social services are cut as long as SF's children can do longer watch in awe the blue angels.

There is not level to which he will not stoop to further his jaundiced, partisan agenda.

Posted by anon on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

Hate to spoil your narrative, but anyone who actually read what I wrote understands that I oppose these cuts social services, as I stated explicitly.

Posted by steven on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

and FYI - your vulgar triumphalism is all the more pathetic because the Blue Angels aren't going away permanently - they'll be back.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

The grounding of the Blue Angels wasn't the result of any political shift or change of heart anywhere. It was a budget issue; they've been grounded nationwide. Let Steven crow about his great victory. The only victories on his horizon are lucky ones like this so let him have his big day, the Blue Angels will be back next year.

David Chiu summed it up "While some residents won't miss the jet noise, Fleet Week has been a major economic boost to our city with 1 million spectators and is an unfortunate casualty of Washington's budget crisis."

Yes, the million people visiting our waterfront would have been an economic boost, the young kids looking up in wide eyed amazement at machines that can fly upside down could have great implications for the future.

But let Steven have his great victory.

Posted by Troll on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

Awesome. I for one will be celebrating non-Fleet Week.

Posted by Greg on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

You guys may be right that this isn't coming about because of some great political shift. But that's irrelevant. That's not how empires die. Empires don't collapse because the citizens of the empire suddenly wake up and decide that empire and militarism is a folly and an injustice. We all wish that were the case, but unfortunately it doesn't happen. And yet... collapse they do. And the empire we're living in is in decline. It's in decline, because the world is getting more and more resistant to Yankee bullying, so the bullying is becoming more and more costly, and it's happening precisely at the time the capitalist economy is in downward spiral. At some point we will have to face the fact that this country can no longer afford empire. Whether the Blue Angels stay grounded, or temporarily return in some (probably scaled down) form, doesn't change the ultimate reality. Their grounding is a symptom of that economic reality. And one way or another we're going to have to deal with it sooner or later.

The sooner the better in my book. Because the sooner we give up on the American empire, the better chance we have of saving the American nation from collapsing with it.

Posted by Greg on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

No. I don't think they *will* be back.

I think that the Blue Angels were created to entertain rubes like you and the time for that is past. You'll find out soon enough -- and this isn't "triumphalism" talking at you.

Posted by lillipublicans on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

OK Lilli. Thanks for the info that you don't think that they will return. Very useful information for us. We were all waiting anxiously for you to spread some enlightenment on the issue.

The million people who flocked to the waterfront are ABSOLUTELY rubes like me and not representative of anything. They are meaningless.

Thanks again!

Posted by Troll on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 5:17 pm
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 6:20 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

It's about getting over.

Whatever works this minute for the agenda.

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

Those servicemen and women who protect our country fight and die for the freedom you have to publish the rag you call a newspaper.

Fleet Week is one way for everyday citizens to say thank you for their sacrifice.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

I'd rather support the troops by opposing poorly thought-out wars that needless endanger their lives. It's you "patriots" who promote war and then oppose taxes for the rich to pay for the VA and other services who dishonor this country.

Posted by steven on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

Or maybe facing regular terror attacks from arab terrorists.

Cowards never led a nation to security, nor greatness.

Shame on you.

Posted by anon on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

It wasn't Leftists who were at the forefront of trying to keep the U.S. out of WWII, but the bootlickers like anon. We'd be "speaking German" if bootlickers like anon had their way.

Posted by lillipublicans on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

In that case, take it up with your pacifist friend Steven.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

Well said!

Posted by Greg on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

Well said Steven. I served in the US Navy on a multi-billion dollar reconnaissance submarine platform in Soviet waters (Read "Blind Man's Bluff" USS Richard B. Russell) running missions with the sole purpose of gathering data the US already had acquired from British intelligence. The whole thing was a HUGE waste of money over nearly 20 years. As "top secret" as it was, it has all been declassified already. Getting health care for a spinal cord injury sustained in the line of duty and the long term health complications induced by the prolonged toxin exposure has been a 25 year uphill battle. And I have to fight and scrap with the VA for funds to get through school so that I can get a degree in a field where my disabilities won't be a factor.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

And fuck your "sacrifice." Some of these "servicemen" are sadistic killers and war criminals. Others are just unfortunate dupes being used as cannon fodder. Either way, none of them are fighting for my freedom. Wikileaks is fighting for my freedom. The ACLU is fighting for my freedom. Union organizers fought and died for my freedom. But the shmucks doing victory rolls in their F-16s after they drop daisy cutters on wedding parties from 30,000 feet? They're just murderers. How do we thank the peoples of the world engaged in heroic resistance against these murderous cowards?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

"Sadistic killers and war criminals?" Thanks for doing more damage to the Progressive cause than a dozen Rush Limbaughs.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

Steven,

Your opinion piece represents a very small majority: the group that uses phrases like "Soviet-style fetishizing of militarism" in reference to the Blue Angels without realizing what a laughable pontification that is.

Actually, wait a minute... you can't possibly be that dense. Perhaps this piece is satire? Let us know so we don't miss the joke.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

inscribed on a fairly small fragment of a mapkin.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

I happen to know a LOT about the Soviet Union. I served there on dark ops and studied their military operations intimately. One thing I do know is that the Soviet's lust for all things war and dominion were both reactant and catalyst in its demise. I happen to know Steven personally. We used to be neighbors. While I don't agree with a fair portion of his views, I can assure you, his views are based on research. At the very least, he knows how to spell napkin and use spell check before he cannons off a retort to self-entitled elitists such as yourself.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

Why? Because it is so important to be 100% grammatically correct on an obscure anonymous website?

Is that it?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

I think it's mostly so you don't hit the Trifecta of Idiocy: Gingoistic perspective, illogical arguments, and grammatical errors.

Posted by steven on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 11:01 am

These days, it's cool to make up words, blame Twitter.

Anyway, it's mostly not that people do not know how to spell words, but rather that they make a typo. Since these aren't school essays, I'm really not clear why it's important. And when someone points out spelling errors or syntactic flaws, it's usually because they cannot refute your point and know they are losing the debate.

Posted by anon on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

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