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Banning The Blue Angels?

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 7:11 AM

San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly has another Big Idea. He wants to ban unnecessary overflights of military aircraft. Or, in short, he wants to ban the annual appearance by the Blue Angels during Fleet Week in October.

It's noisy, he says. It pollutes the air. It could traumatize veterans, he points out. And it's just goldurned dangerous! Why, they might crash and kill a bunch of people!

Ahem. Perspective, please. The Blue Angels have been making their Fleet Week appearances for over two decades.


It's not like they hired a bunch of inexperienced pilots and told 'em to go fly wingtip-to-wingtip. Certainly, they have more discipline and responsibility than Supervisor Daly, who routinely gets recognized for hairbrained schemes and shouting matches with Mayor Gavin Newsom.

So, with Endeavour having a divot in its protective tiles, NASA is mulling over whether or not astronauts should be tasked to make repairs prior to the shuttle's return.

They're weighing factors such as risk and expense.

So, which would be more expensive, sending the astronauts out for a space walk to make repairs, or having another shuttle go up in flames as it returns home?

And while much is being made of how the Evil Chinese churned out batches of toys that had to be recalled because of lead paint, let's remember one thing.

It's Americans who sent the work abroad in order to save money.

More toy recalls, and also a toothpaste recall (Gilchrist & Soames, the little tchotchke-sized courtesy products in hotel rooms) are coming down the pike.

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