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Holy Foghorn! No time for Blue Angels

Photo by: MC2 Todd Frantom

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (May 19, 2012) The U.S. Navy fight demonstration
squadron, the Blue Angels, demonstrate choreographed flight skills
during the annual Joint Service Open House. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass
Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom/Released)

San Francisco
is America’s most entertaining city, though not always in the way the
people who live there think it is. “Baghdad by the Bay,” as a favorite
newspaper columnist was fond of calling it, did not invent the politics
of the absurd, but San Francisco is where the absurdities were perfected.
San Francisco,
one of America’s most beautiful cities where the living is cultured and
easy, is also the nation’s most prominent “sanctuary city,” where
felons, scofflaws, assorted desperados and others on the run from border
agents can be comfortable waiting for President Obama to complete his
repeal of immigration controls. This makes the city unsafe for everyone
else, as Kathryn Steinle, 32 and pregnant, learned to her fatal sorrow
when she strolled the waterfront with her father last summer. She was
slain by an illegal Mexican immigrant who had been deported five times
before he found sanctuary from federal authorities in Baghdad by the
San Francisco
takes itself very, very seriously, as befits a city with foggy streets,
a history of romance of an unusual provenance, “little cable cars that
climb halfway to the stars,” and its own immigration law. Now some of
the city fathers imagine themselves arbiters of the nation’s defense,
which they seem to regard as something scarily reminiscent of Nazi
John Avalos, a member of the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors, says the Blue Angels, the celebrated U.S. Navy-Marine Corps
aerial acrobatic team that has thrilled 260 million spectators since it
was formed in 1946 to demonstrate precision flying, is no longer
welcome above San Francisco.
Avalos wants to ban flyovers of what he sneers are “killing machines,”
because the squadron of six McDonnell-Douglas F-18 Hornet fighter jets
“strike terror in the community” when they “strafe neighborhoods.” Mr.
Avalos, who sounds like he has watched too many war movies and confuses
“strafing” with aerial acrobatics. “It’s about the terror that they
cause in people when they strafe the neighborhoods,” he tells the San
Francisco Chronicle. “That’s something I hear about all the time when
the Blue Angels fly overhead.”
On Twitter, where such twaddle
thrives, he tweaked that “more than anything [the Blue Angels] just
maintain U.S. power ‘uber alles’,” invoking the German for “over all.”
He wants to clear the skies above the city before Fleet Week in October,
when San Francisco
takes the U.S. Navy to its bosom in an annual liberty. He let the smoke
from the entrails get in his eye during Fleet Week last year, seeing
things nobody else did.

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