Skip to comments.Could the Blue Angels and Fleet Week be on the chopping block?
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 dont 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 Tuesdays Board of Supervisors meeting that the citys 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.
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They hate the military anyway. They don’t deserve fleet week.
The military is hated - until you need them.
Blue Angels shows may be on the chopping block regardless of what San Francisco has to say about it. Our navy is broke.
What, there are still homeless in liberal SF? I’m shocked.
Certainly can't take money away from diseased homos.........
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.
They’re giving Egypt 20 F-16 jets, might as well just give them these as well. Rotten treasonous bas***ds
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.
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 beind the bar they laughed an giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an to myself sez I:
O its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an Tommy, go away;
But its Thank you, Mister Atkins, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O its 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 adnt none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-alls,
But when it comes to fightin, Lord! theyll shove me in the stalls!
For its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an Tommy, wait outside;
But its Special train for Atkins when the troopers on the tide,
The troopships on the tide, my boys, the troopships on the tide,
O its Special train for Atkins when the troopers on the tide.
Yes, makin mock o uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an theyre starvation cheap;
An hustlin drunken soldiers when theyre goin large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin in full kit.
Then its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an Tommy, ows yer soul?
But its Thin red line of eroes when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O its Thin red line of eroes when the drums begin to roll.
We arent no thin red eroes, nor we arent no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An if sometimes our conduck isnt all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks dont grow into plaster saints;
While its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an Tommy, fall beind,
But its Please to walk in front, sir, when theres trouble in the wind,
Theres trouble in the wind, my boys, theres trouble in the wind,
O its Please to walk in front, sir, when theres trouble in the wind.
You talk o better food for us, an schools, an fires, an all:
Well wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Dont mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widows Uniform is not the soldier-mans disgrace.
For its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an Chuck him out, the brute!
But its Saviour of is country when the guns begin to shoot;
An its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an anything you please;
An Tommy aint a bloomin fool you bet that Tommy sees!
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.
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.
The All-American Mantra: Cut, Cut, Cut...Just Don’t Cut Mine.
Amen. I’m sure other ports exists in military friendly states that would love to have Fleet Week.
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.
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.
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.
“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.