Anti-military loons in the Bay Area are working together to drive the Blue Angels out of San Francisco for Fleet Week:
The annual aerial show by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels — a San Francisco tradition dating back to 1981 that pumps millions into the local economy — is running into opposition from three local peace advocacy groups that are calling for a permanent halt to the popular Fleet Week flyover.
CodePink, Global Exchange and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69, are working with Supervisor Chris Daly on a Board of Supervisors resolution to address concerns over the Blue Angels.
Daly acknowledged he is considering a call to halt the flyovers because, he said, “they seem dangerous and unnecessary.” Daly said he plans on introducing the resolution as early as Tuesday, but is still drafting the language. A resolution is not legally binding, but states a board position.
The Blue Angels, a team of navy fighter pilots, fly over San Francisco during Fleet Week, which this year is scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 9…
…Veterans for Peace takes issue with the pro-military message and the recruiting efforts that come along with the annual visit as well as what it refers to as the “noise pollution.” The group calls the event a public safety risk, pointing to the April crash of a Blue Angels plane during an air show in Beaufort, S.C.
Just a slight miscalculation or a mechanical failure can cause a plane to “go barreling into the Golden Gate Bridge or a high-rise and cause a significant amount of damage,” said Paul Cox, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Veterans for Peace.
Edward Leonard, chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Committee, said that since the April plane crash, the Blue Angels are back flying and “we think it’s safe.” He added that the planes’ maneuvers require approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, the more challenging maneuvers are conducted over the Bay waters and that “commercial airlines fly over The City all the time.”
Veterans for Peace, working with Code Pink and other anti-military groups, is threatening to sue.
I’ve said before it’s time for the military to leave San Francisco in the dust. Back in December, the Navy got the message and pulled plans to commission a warship in the city “because of a perception that the city is anti-military.” You’ll recall that last November, the San Fran school system killed the JROTC program over the protests of students and parents.
Fleet Week attracts about 1 million people to The City’s waterfront and sinks about $4 million into The City’s economy…
They don’t support the troops. Why should the troops support them?
The moonbats’ animosity towards the Blue Angels is long-standing and deep-seated. In Seattle (the San Francisco of the Northwest), they start brainwashing them in preschool. I wrote about the anti-Blue Angels curriculum in 2003:
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which oversees preschool teacher training, curriculum standards, and daycare accreditation, “That’s Not Fair! A Teacher’s Guide to Activism with Young Children” is “an exciting and informative” resource for “developing community-building, deep thinking, and partnership.to change the world for the better.”
On page 106 of the guide, co-author Ann Pelo details an activism project she initiated at a Seattle preschool after her students spotted a Blue Angels rehearsal overhead as they played in a local park. “Those are Navy airplanes,” Pelo lectured the toddlers. “They’re built for war, but right now, there is no war, so the pilots learn how to do fancy tricks in their planes.” The kids returned to playing, but Pelo wouldn’t let it rest. The next day she pushes the children to “communicate their feelings about the Blue Angels.”
Pelo proudly describes her precociously politicized students’ handiwork:
“They drew pictures of planes with Xs through them: ‘This is a crossed-off bombing plane.’ They drew bomb factories labeled: ‘No.’
“Respect our words, Blue Angels. Respect kids’ words. Don’t kill people.”
“If you blow up our city, we won’t be happy about it. And our whole city will be destroyed. And if you blow up my favorite library, I won’t be happy because there are some good books there that I haven’t read yet.”
Pelo reports that the children “poured out their strong feelings about the Blue Angels in their messages and seemed relieved and relaxed.” But it’s obvious this cathartic exercise was less for the children and more for the ax-grinding Pelo, who readily admits that she “didn’t ask for parents’ input about their letter-writing – she didn’t genuinely want it. She felt passionately that they had done the right thing, and she wasn’t interested in hearing otherwise.”
If you live in San Francisco and you do support the troops, now’s the time to speak up.
Contact info for the SF Board of Supervisors here.