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

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.


What an insufferable load of puny-minded technocratic bullshit. I think scientists -- "Scientists" for the semi-literate -- ought to be made to obtain literary degrees.

Posted by lillipublicans on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

reaching conclusions, but rather prefer some misguided touchy-feely artsy notion.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

The bluster is the best part about watching a joke glide lazily past lillipublicans.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

is that Russia got attacked straight away after their revolution by the White Army which was supported by the West. Winston Churchill said "we must strangle Bolshevism in its cradle."

Without defending the results of Stalinism or Etatism in general -- as the lying trolls will claim I've done -- Soviet "fetishizing" of military might can be seen as an all too natural and justifiable response to the historical record with regard to external threats.

Posted by lillipublicans on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

Dressing up a phrase by attaching "Soviet" to it is on the same level as a comedian who can only make fart jokes.

Here are some others things we can only assume are deplorable because they too are emotionally charged by the word:
Soviet-style potatoes
Soviet-era tapestries
Soviet-esque rivers and mountains
Going to school like they did in the Soviet Union

Aerospace Engineering is a fascinating field. Many people enjoy observing it simply for what it is.

And even if the people are there to celebrate our military, is it not ok to let them have their day too? Every other group in this city is tolerated... Leftist paradox?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

and move to address the last paragraph; which is alone in your commentary as supporting analysis:

"And even if the people are there to celebrate our military, is it not ok to let them have their day too? Every other group in this city is tolerated... Leftist paradox?"

The huge difference with the Blue Angels is that -- unlike the gay pride parade or the Columbus Day/Italian heritage parade -- the military air and boat show is put on at a huge cost to taxpayers, creates what is by far the most single significant noise disturbance of the year which is days long in duration, and represents increased physical danger to residents in every part of the city.

I think you should be free to solicit and receive a permit to have a parade to celebrate the military.

As for "paradox," I think there indeed is one. The paradox is about how those who react with such pleasured awe to military demonstrations can lack the least bit of consideration for what horror such appliances of death bring upon mostly civilian populations when they are used as intended.

Posted by lillipublicans on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

>"the most single significant noise disturbance of the year which is days long in duration,"

Yeah. Actually it is a grand total of 135 minutes.

And these planes with their laser guided and GPS bombs are intended to bring death on mostly civilian populations? Because that serves our purposes so well?

For anyone else, that would be making things up. For Lilli, just another few minutes of pontification.

Posted by Troll on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

It barely merits mention, but anybody who'd go the trouble to look up or make up a "135 minute" figure has never actually experienced the days of practice flights prior to the big event.

I'd guess the Troll lives in some backwater of flyover country drawing a big ol' red-state government check.

As for "smart bombs," that's coming from the sort of dimwit who sops up every bit of military/idustrial pablum that Fox is dishing out. Most bombs are completely dumb and of the "smart" ones, they can only be as "smart" as the intelligence with which they are launched.

When military might is used in the modern age, civilians always suffer the worst of it no matter how much care is given -- or not -- to avoiding direct targetting of them. In any case civilian infrastructure is regularly hit by intent.

Posted by lillipublicans on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 4:38 am

Well then, you should contact the Navy and inform them that you'd like to produce and promote an event for them. Since so many people think it is viable to spend money to see these birds fly, all who wish to watch can buy enough tickets to fund the show and they can fly over some remote airfield JUST FOR YOU.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

It might help.

The problem is that there is a host of soft science academics to draw from around the issue of making sense instead of opportunism.

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

Next question is will Fleet Week be cancelled as a whole or just the Blue Angels?

Posted by Barry Eisenberg on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

The Sequester was the only way that we were going to see any military cuts to speak of, they were certainly not the worst option amongst the range of poor politically "viable" options.

That would be the "Grand Bargain" that Obama's getting ready to ram down your throats, the one that cuts social insurance and gives the military a pass.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

Congress so far seems capable of.

The sad fact is that in terms of the deficit, even defense isn't a large number. It's the entitlment programs that are eating us alove, and of course the interest on the borrowings we have because we have not tackled the entitlement programs.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

The perpetual war machine and the Fed's Wall Street subsidies are the entitlement programs that we need to tackle.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 11:25 am

Hi, thanks for sharing.

Posted by tiger on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 7:37 am

US military spending is around $800 billion annually. That's about 48% of all military spending worldwide. We spend more than China, Russia, and the next 16 biggest spenders combined.

We can afford to cut the Blue Angel Pony Show.

We account for 23% of global GDP but 48% of military spending. Time to reduce the military budget by 50% and start living in the real world, within our means.

Posted by Troll the XIV on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 9:56 am

I love watching these guys, most people I know get a thrill out of watching them. Yes I understand the budget problem, yes I can understand the cost of flying each show. yes I can understand.

Hope they come back but something tells me they won't be, we keep starving the government. USPS, Dept of Transportation, Health and Human Services and so forth.

But the basic fact is getting harder to get government services, both parties are to blame.

Posted by Garrett on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 10:11 am

I know people from countries where the sight and sound of those planes is associated with imminent death. They and their children most certainly don't get a thrill out of the Blue Angels. You must know only people from places that haven't had bombs dropped on civilian populations.

Lucky people. If only we could all be so lucky.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

Unless you count 9/11 anyway.

And why haven't we been bombed?

Hmm, let's see, oh yeah, because of that very same military!

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

because someone might be offended.

Condoms should be behind the counter so as not to offend "Christians", ad's should always have a rainbow of peoples of colors in them so progressives will not be offended, churches should be covered in bed sheets so atheists don't have to look at them, etc...

It's the governments fault if you are offended, or put out, or upset, in the least, something needs to be stopped, or started, or removed, or added, or cut, or shortened, or lengthened... People need to be educated, or ostracized, or maybe there children need to be conditioned...

The world needs to be turned upside down so that the most sensitive and emotionally needy stunted types can have their entitlements feted, be they born againer, neo-con, randroid, progressive, minority racialist, or sexual identity obsessed types.

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

Hi, thanks for sharing.

Posted by used handphone on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

Unfortunately they will just divert the money 'saved' into other nefarious activities. I understand they did not enough time to organise it this year, but plans are in the works for a 'Drone Fly-by' next year.

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

Hi, thanks for sharing

Posted by card on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 8:35 am

Thank--whomever one thanks in the heavens where these expensive vehicles fly--that we are being spared the incredibly violating, upsetting, outrageous flyovers of macho militarism, called the Blue Angels(?). As October nears every year, I feel PTSD for those who actually have it. If you're so obsessed with your cute pets, why do you support these terrifying fly-overs?

Posted by TinyTim on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

Hi, thanks for sharing.

Posted by tiger on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

Happen to be in Vietnam while reading this, and it's striking (though not surprising) to hear people here refer to "the American War." The sights and sounds of F-whatevers overhead is cause to run and hide in most of the world. Good riddance.

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

Hi, thanks for sharing

Posted by used handphone on Apr. 12, 2013 @ 12:29 am

I really really hate out of towner leftists like you who come to our city and ruin it. Your shitty reporting and your stupid bike do more damage than the Angels. Plus, at least sailors and airmen take baths, unlike a stinker like you. Please go back to the junior college in flyover country you hail from and be the angsty outsider there - you are a virus ruining SF.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 13, 2013 @ 6:19 am

also by supporting this you support the GOP and their bullying tactics regarding the budget so once again you lose, loser! please get hit by a uber cab.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 13, 2013 @ 6:20 am

I really hated the Blue Angels

Posted by Guest on Apr. 13, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

The Blue Angels flying over SF along with the Fleetweek celebrations are one of the best times in the City all year.

Anyone who is opposed to it fundamentally doesn't understand what makes S.F. work the way it does, S.F. is a tourist attraction, take away tourism and there is no S.F.

If you don't like the noise and the crowds ask yourself why you live in a city to begin with ?

And trying to tie it to the whole warmongering thing is idiotic, it's like saying a parade with a marching band is a subliminal attempt at making people buy more brass instruments.

It's about entertainment and tourism, it's wildly popular, and it generates revenue for the City.


Posted by Rojopendayho on Apr. 14, 2013 @ 11:49 am

Everything you said is total bullshit.

Posted by TrollKiller on Apr. 18, 2013 @ 6:14 am