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Could the Blue Angels and Fleet Week be on the chopping block?
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Kristen Go

Posted on 02/16/2013 2:20:37 PM PST by artichokegrower

In bleeding heart, do-gooder San Francisco, most fretting over the scheduled federal budget sequester has revolved around what the across-the-board cuts would mean for the poor.

Homeless advocates, for example, have warned that if Congress and President Obama don’t compromise by March 1, the city will lose more than $1 million in homeless assistance grants and $800,000 worth of housing vouchers for low-income AIDS patients.

But in emphasizing to reporters after last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting that the city’s fairly rosy budget projections for next year would be dramatically worse if sequestration happens, Mayor Ed Lee highlighted something else.

No more Blue Angels. And perhaps, gasp, no more Fleet Week.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 113th; bhodod; defensespending; sequestration
I imagine that Gay Pride Week will go on as scheduled
1 posted on 02/16/2013 2:20:46 PM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

They hate the military anyway. They don’t deserve fleet week.


2 posted on 02/16/2013 2:24:55 PM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: artichokegrower
Ditto for Seattle. The Bleeding Heart Media is all in a dither because “their Blues” might not make their annual August appearance at SeaFair.

The military is hated - until you need them.

3 posted on 02/16/2013 2:27:55 PM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It’ll make it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: artichokegrower

Blue Angels shows may be on the chopping block regardless of what San Francisco has to say about it. Our navy is broke.


4 posted on 02/16/2013 2:33:28 PM PST by Drew68
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To: artichokegrower

What, there are still homeless in liberal SF? I’m shocked.


5 posted on 02/16/2013 2:38:59 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: artichokegrower
I believe the SF liberals have been schreeching about Fleet Week for years, trying to get rid of it.

Certainly can't take money away from diseased homos.........

6 posted on 02/16/2013 2:39:40 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: artichokegrower

The Blue Angels just carried my Uncles coffin today to his resting place here in NY.

Without them, our procession to his resting place would NOT have been possible, without some major accidents, especially in Queens, NY.

God Bless them...they kept the procession going and no one got hurt.....well, almost one guy did. The one who tried to break through it, very rudely I might add.

His truck got a tad bit damaged by some ticked off family members, but all turned out well.


7 posted on 02/16/2013 2:48:45 PM PST by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: artichokegrower

They’re giving Egypt 20 F-16 jets, might as well just give them these as well. Rotten treasonous bas***ds


8 posted on 02/16/2013 2:51:50 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: artichokegrower

I agree, if states and regions keep electing people that HATE THE MILITARY, then why should the military waste any time there.

It has always ANGERED me that I could go to, at least, 4 FIRST-RATE shows when I lived in California (Edwards, Mirimar, El Toro, and Vandenberg) for NO CHARGE. But I move to Texas (Houston), and guess what - I have to PAY to watch them. In a state that LOVES the military and elects people that that vote that way.


9 posted on 02/16/2013 2:52:32 PM PST by BobL
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To: llevrok

TOMMY
by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
The publican ’e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ’adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-’alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ’ow’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ’eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”,
But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ’is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!


10 posted on 02/16/2013 2:58:26 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: artichokegrower
The Navy late last month circulated an internal memo saying that sequestration would mean slashing all funds for the Blue Angels, the nation’s oldest aerobatic flying team, in the second half of this year.

We greatly expanded the military budget in order to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now we are out of Iraq, and we have greatly reduced our presence in Afghanistan. The cuts are less than the increases to fight those wars. Yet what will get cut is something that has been around for decades.

This will be the end of those units, by the time the navy has any money again, we will be using all pilotless aircraft, so they won't need a recruiting tool anymore.

11 posted on 02/16/2013 2:58:47 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Kozak

If the Blue Angels in the future will be anything like the pitiful show we had in Milwaukee last summer it won’t be a loss.

Sad, as former USAF I used to love the air shows.


12 posted on 02/16/2013 3:01:37 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the alter of "gun free zones"?)
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To: artichokegrower

The All-American Mantra: Cut, Cut, Cut...Just Don’t Cut Mine.


13 posted on 02/16/2013 3:17:57 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Kozak

Amen. I’m sure other ports exists in military friendly states that would love to have Fleet Week.


14 posted on 02/16/2013 3:19:56 PM PST by matt04
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15 posted on 02/16/2013 3:39:17 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: matt04

Although the politicians may not be friendly, I can assure you that thousands of young (and not so young) women in and around San Francisco always made Fleet Week quite memorable for the Navy. Of course, when I attended they didn’t have to worry about running into any gay sailors.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 3:45:24 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: BobL
As time goes on many of the free military shows are civilian run now for savings. Since congress passed the military copyright law they can now also make money on military items. Civilians have stepped up by funding the shows themselves while still having to pay the jet teams thus there is an entry fee.

Many of these jet teams make a lot of money to support their shows so having the the shows cancelled by the government is not saving as much as they say.

17 posted on 02/16/2013 3:49:22 PM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of a 9 yr old son with Down Syndrome and fighting to keep him off Obama's death panels.)
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To: artichokegrower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7CIgWZTdgw


18 posted on 02/16/2013 4:02:47 PM PST by jaz.357 (Contrary To Ordinary)
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To: dsc

That was exactly on my mind when I made my comment about never appreciating the military until you need them. (great minds.....)

So true in Kipling’s day.

So true (by liberals )today.


19 posted on 02/16/2013 4:04:21 PM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It’ll make it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: New Perspective

“As time goes on many...”

I won’t deny that things change over time. But I just prior to coming out to Texas, the air shows in California were practically all free, and seem almost every every month. In Houston, it’s once a year, and you pay.

Regardless, it’s just a minor gripe that comes to mind when I see these types of threats.


20 posted on 02/16/2013 4:06:12 PM PST by BobL
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To: Wolfie

I know where they could cut about $2 million and give it to the air show

“the city will lose more than $1 million in homeless assistance grants and $800,000 worth of housing vouchers for low-income AIDS patients.”


21 posted on 02/16/2013 4:19:02 PM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower
Sequestration is now forecast to be a 13% (even worse than forecast because it is compounded by the Continuing Resolution freeze) across the board cut halfway through the fiscal year, and the military is already dealing with a $487 Billion cut (over ten years) that began in 2011.

America, this is what your entitlement greed has brought you. A once great nation is in rapid decline.


22 posted on 02/16/2013 4:34:52 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Drew68

Blue Angles, Thunberbirds, Black knights and all the other stuff doen fro recruiting.

When you are laying off 20,000 Marines and 80,000 (or more) Army folks - and furloughing the bulk of all civilians working for the military - you don’t need to spend anything on recruiting.

March 1 is going to be interesting.


23 posted on 02/16/2013 6:31:48 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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