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Patch Blog: Is a Stealth Bomber Right for the Rose Parade?

Is the stealth bomber the right symbol to initiate the annual Rose Parade?

The B2 stealth bomber can deliver sixteen 1.2 megaton nuclear bombs from 50,000 feet altitude. Each bomb has 20,000 times the destructive force of the Hiroshima blast in 1945, that killed an estimated 166,000.

How can one begin to grasp the breath of devastation and loss of life that could cause?

So next time you see the B2 fly over,  what it could do to the southwestern United States, or any other part of the world—and ask yourself if that's an appropriate symbol to have at the ... an event meant to evoke joy and a happy distraction from our day-to-day lives.

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S. Ray February 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM
So, maddie's mom, why exactly was he there? Is he like the woman interviewed at this link? http://media.waaf.com/a/46698833/occupy-boston-greg-interviews-jody-at-tent-city.htm The so-called demands of the Occupy movement are so ridiculous that they are beyond comprehension. Who, after all, is supposed to pay for all of the largesse that the movement wants? The members of the Occupy movement are so far divorced from reality as to be meaningless. The whole aim of the movement, which was sponsored in no small part by one of George Soros's political arms, is to destablize America, to take attention away from the Tea Party, and to provide cover for Obama's failures. In other words, those in the Occupy movement are being useful idiots.
S. Ray February 02, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Pattie, your daughter may be an example of what was talked about above about getting the right degree. My college graduate son told me that his grades were going to suffer during the first quarter of his senior year. When I asked why, he said that it was because he was going to focus on getting a job for after graduation. His grades did indeed suffer, but he worked hard, interviewed feverishly, and got 5 offers for jobs paying more than $50K a year right out of college. He ended up having to take an extra course on line just to graduate, but he did get a job. It can be done with the right focus and effort. I had a young woman about to graduate from college approach me for help with getting a job in my field after meeting her mother when I was serving jury duty. I asked to see her resume. What she sent me was poorly written, lacked focus, and featured her photo with a flower superimposed on it. It was far from professional. I tried to counsel her about producing a professional resume tailored to the field, and what I got back was a lot of attitude telling me that I was stifling her creativity. I am not sure if she got a job or not, but her attitude was not unlike a lot of the Occupy folks, i.e., divorced from reality.
S. Ray February 02, 2012 at 01:40 AM
We don't need that Jones. Our military benefits us in unseen ways every day. Take your grocery store example. Today, 54% of all packaging that we use in the grocery store was developed for the military to be strong, light weight, durable and protect food for a long time in harsh conditions. A great deal of our medical technology was developed for military applications and is applied to everyday uses. And yes, military power is what keeps us free to enjoy the parade, as I do every year. On January 1, 2002, the first New Year's Day after 9-11, bus loads of Marines from Camp Pendleton came to the parade, wore yellow jackets with fatigue pants, and carried bags on their shoulders which obviously contained weapons. In that environment, nobody complained. As I recall, that was also the first year that there was a B2 flyover, sort of assurance to those attending that we were still America and we were safe. Nobody questioned whether it was appropriate then, and it was. Faded memories and increased loathing for American success by liberals within our borders is all that has changed in the meantime.
Sheepdog February 02, 2012 at 02:14 AM
S.Ray, the first B2 flyover was 1997, the first operational year of the B2. And you are correct about the unseen ways the military benefits our daily lives. The paramedics and EMTs that respond when you call 911 and the trauma center they drop you off at all stemmed from military live-saving innovations during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Patrizzi Intergalactica February 07, 2013 at 02:31 AM
O' the irony, Sam.

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