Friday, January 02, 2009

The Rose Bowl, "Pasta"-dena, California

A B-1 bomber delivers the highlight of Rose Bowl pre-game activities.

Ah, the excitement of football bowl games this time of year, always preceded by the presentation of the colors accompanying our National Anthem and, faithfully, some sort of appearance by our military in the form of an army parachute team dropping in, some Navy jets or an Air Force bomber flyover.

Yesterday, a thunderous pre-game cheer emoted from the Rose Bowl crowd after two B-2 Stealth bombers dropped low over the stadium as they sped past.

I know the enthusiastic cheers are most likely for the much anticipated game that is about to follow. But who in the crowd can't be a little awed by the military might roaring so low above them?

And perhaps the fans are a bit relieved, too, thankful that this display of military might on this day came to celebrate, not decimate.

But maybe it would be nice for festivity revelers to take a moment and give thanks while remembering those our bombers did. It's what makes America the great nation we are.

5 comments:

Border Explorer said...

Although such an awe-inspiring display is quite expensive--lots of pricey hardware (with overhead!)--I suppose it's worth the price of the undeserving poor who don't get health care, higher education, adequate nutrition, etc to present such eye candy to the wealthy who can afford seats at the Rose Bowl.

xandtrek said...

Those terrorists might be watching the game and decide not to attack us when they see all that defensive muscle.

Dada said...

B.E. - oh, such sensitivity for we little people. Thank you! I love that we are dismantling the nation from within to be able to afford a military that can defend it against threats from without.

Perusing tvl agency itineraries for certain bowl games, I noted some of the cheapest were to be had for $2,800 or so (p/person, based on dbl occupancy). Now, I don't think that's out of reach for most Americans, here, in middle of mental and economic depression.

FOR A FLIPPIN' FOOTBALL GAME?!

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xandtrek - Listen, as we approached the Rose Bowl for a low, low pass, I TOLD editor Sam, "Do NOT touch the little red button that reads 'BOMB'"

Of course, I forgot Sam doesn't listen to a word I say, let alone read, even short little four letter words.

Oh F * * K!

D.K. Raed said...

oh so that's Dada & Sam piloting the football plane of death? If I'd known there'd be such interesting side effects, I might have watched it.

Wasn't there some kind of terra threat against the game this year (isn't there EVERY year)??? Maybe that's the reason for the show of farce.

Dada said...

Yeh, Deke, isn't their always, if not explicit, then implied?

I've just come here from Info. Clearing House where I was watching a video of the aftermath of murder and mayhem by the Israelis in Gaza.

It's something we don't get to see much of re Americans actions against Iraqis, Afghanis, or Pakistanis, but I imagine there'd be pretty much the same chaos after a similar American action in any of those places, i.e., the bombs all come from the same place, right?