Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fleet Week: Warmongers Of San Francisco Unite!

Every year when Fleet Week comes along, it’s a source of great pride and joy for San Francisco patriots. Battered by daily anti-American and anti-military sentiment, Fleet Week is the one time right-leaning San Franciscans can revel in their patriotism. Not to mention proudly enjoying a display of American military might in the spectacular air shows of the Blue Angels.

When those beautiful blue jets fly overhead in formation and that sonic boom sounds above the Victorian rooftops of San Francisco, it’s an awesome sight indeed. In fact, as I write, Angels pilots are practicing for this weekend’s air shows and being lucky enough to have access to a roof deck with a great view, I was just up there watching them go. Not a bad way to pass the time, if I do say so myself.

Adding to the deliciousness of it all is the fact that local lefties can’t stand Fleet Week and in particular the Blue Angels. Such icky reminders of war don’t jibe too well with San Francisco’s self-proclaimed "antiwar" environment. Plus, the loud noise can be very disturbing when one’s trying to sip a latte in a café while perusing the latest issue of The Bay Guardian.

Last year, I wrote an article for SFGate about San Francisco’s attempt to turn itself into a military-free zone and in it, I made reference to the ridiculously named Bay Area Peace Navy. This is a group that wants to replace Fleet Week, which it calls an "ugly symbol of…oppression," with "a peaceful celebration of the Bay." Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll take military prowess over pacifism anytime. After all, someone has to protect all those San Francisco liberals and their "eclectic" lifestyles, whether they appreciate it or not.

As for the rest of us, we’ll be enjoying the Fleet Week festivities in all their military glory. Fellow members of the 9/11 Neocons and I will be gathering down by the waterfront this weekend to watch the Parade of Navy ships, the Red Bull air show and then of course, the Blue Angels.

Peaceniks eat your heart out.

Warmongers of San Francisco unite!


Blogger diurnalist said...

"Bay Area Peace Navy"?

Well at least they wouldn't be afloat long, silly twits.

I think that Fleet Week should also feature parades of our militay hardware like the commies do so well. That would really enrage the local
lefties who might have to take their clothes off in protest.

Thursday, October 05, 2006 1:45:00 PM  
Blogger Fern @ Life on the Balcony said...

As a Southern Californian, I've never understood the Bay Area's fascination with "____ free zones." The first time I visited Berkley I noticed that they had "nuclear free zone" signs up all over the place. What does that really mean? And does the Berkley city council even have to power to make their city free of whatever nuclear particles they find politically disagreeable?

Thursday, October 05, 2006 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

Immediately following 9/11 the frenzied leftists plastered the whole area with "Hate Free Zone" stickers.

They were certain that Americans would begin terrorizing Muslims because Americans are racist bigots who'll pillage and burn at the slightest provocation. Oh wait a minute...that's what Muslims do.

Thursday, October 05, 2006 5:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I prefer Liberty Provider over Warmonger ;)

In past discussions with Lefty's, it never ceases to amze me that they cannot comprehend the value of a Military that preserves their right to be the obnoxious moonbats they are. Every single one I spoke to informs me the Military provides them NOTHING! Their freedoms are provided for by the Constitution, they state.

In their ignorance, they cannot fathom that it takes the Military to preserve the Constitution and keep others from invading and doing away with it.

It is the soldier, not the reporter who gives us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet
who gives us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by
the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Father Denis Edward O'Brian,

Thursday, October 05, 2006 9:33:00 PM  
Blogger de Andrea said...

See you Andrea

Friday, October 06, 2006 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Update from 4/21/07:

Blue Angel pilot crashes during an air show at Beaufort, South Carolina. SFGate article here and from Yahoo! here.

This has always been a concern of people who don't want the air shows in San Francisco. There is always a lot of air traffic with commercial planes in the Bay Area and to complicate that with the military jets is unwise. The air space is small, why make a difficult area to fly worse?

Saturday, April 21, 2007 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why put your prejudice ahead of patriotism? Your complaint is not about safety and you know it. You couch your opposition in a concern that there have been crashes at other air shows... well there have been deaths on the roads in San Francisco and you haven't shut them down for safety reasons... Once they do, then we can talk. Until then, get over it!

Friday, October 05, 2007 5:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to find something strong enough to make you understand that fleet week is bad, and that writing about patriotism is bad as well (patriotism should be invisible). I just don't have time for that.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 1:25:00 PM  

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