Sunday, April 22, 2007
Blue Angel Earth Day Massacre
I believe it was Gore Vidal who wrote that four of his favorite words in the English language were, "I told you so." And so I did, back on October 6, 2005 on the beginning pages of this photoblog (click here for a trip into the time machine).
The Blue Angels were performing their annual Fleet Week aerial displays in October, and I wrote the following: "Quite a few people LOVE the Blue Angels and their acrobatics and I've always tried to respect that, but frankly right now their "demonstration" is nothing less than obscene. It's an obscene use of our taxpayer dollars, an obscene waste of oil-based energy, and it's ridiculously dangerous to be practicing at low altitudes over a city."
And continued: "I wonder how many Americans would be quite so enthusiastic about this demonstration of military might and drill-team displays if murderous foreigners regularly flew over their cities and bombed the hell out of them, as we currently do with our FA18 Hornets in Iraq. Their "weapon load" is pictured above."
I even went to the trouble to write letters to each of the Board of Supervisors members pleading with them to prevent a San Francisco neighborhood from being turned into a fireball in the event of an "accident" such as happened yesterday in South Carolina. (Click here to get to the whole post, with lots of interesting comments from, well, everyone.)
But does anybody listen? Nooooooo. Please do me a favor, readers, and get hold of your local supervisor's offices and call the mayor's office and tell them it's finally time to politely disinvite the Blue Angels from endangering the entire city every year.