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Hyppo and Critter: You say you want a Revolution

This is my β€œR” post for the April 2011 β€œA to Z Blogging Challenge.”

You say you want a Revolution

Image from RevKites.com

I couldn’t agree more. I want a Revolution, too. A Revolution kite!

What were you expecting? Politics??? πŸ™‚

A Revolution is a four-string “stunt kite” with unique properties and abilities that are not possible with traditional one and two-string kites. The Revolution has the ability to do maneuvers like hover, fly upside down, fly in reverse direction, perform propeller-like spins and even “fly” underwater. The kite can also be “stacked” to fly multiple kites on the same lines. There is a lot you can do with a Revolution kite.

Pictured here is the Rev EXP model which is the basic model, suitable for a wide range of wind conditions, and currently offered on the company’s web site for about $209 including the lines.

The kite was introduced in 1989 and the official web site offers a limited edition 20th Anniversary edition for $350. The also offer versions suited for low wind that can even be flown indoors.

Flying is controlled with two handles with two-lines each, a top line and a bottom line. When you pick up the handles for the first time it can be a little intimidating. It is something you either grok or you don’t. It didn’t take too long for it to click for me, just a few minutes. I’ve seen it take longer for other people, sometimes much longer. I knew one person that took quite a few times out before it grokked. Once it does, though, it is intuitive and a lot of fun.

A long time ago I owned one of these. I think there were only two versions back then. Now there are lots of designs and styles including the “Masterpiece” series featuring custom designs.

If we’re going to have a Revolution then I say it should be a kite. πŸ™‚

Learn more at RevKites.com.

What can Browning do for you?

Seen on Capitol Hill, March 20, 2010

Browning Arms Company was founded in Utah in 1927. It offers a wide variety of firearms, including shotguns, rifles, pistols, and rimfire firearms. (Source: Wikipedia.)

When the tea party talks about “revolution” ad infinitum what do they mean by that?

On March 20, 2010, “tea party activists” gathered on Capitol Hill for a rally named “Code Red.” The purpose of the rally was to protest against “health care reform” and was promoted by actor John Voight, who said the rally was a way to fight back against the β€œcorrupt ACORN liars.”

The “Code Red” event was organized by organizations like FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity.

The sign shown in the inset was on display at that rally. It references a “Browning” firearm and even includes a picture of a handgun (just in case the Browning reference wasn’t clear enough) and a picture of the Capitol building. It also depicts “fire line” yellow tape which is typically used in reference to hazardous areas. (Like a shooting range, I wonder?)

One question I have: Why don’t those in the vicinity take a little bit of proactive action and self-police signs with messages like that? Does that mean the sign has the tacit approval of the crowd and/or the event organizers? You’re not likely to tear down signs you agree with, are you?

These are strange times indeed when messages like that are displayed in our nation’s capitol. I can only sit here and wonder: What can Browning do for you?

The evolving face of dissent

protest and dissentI’m going to give you the hook for this post right off the bat:

Under Bush: A message on a t-shirt would get you arrested.

Under Obama: Guns at presidential appearances are okay.

Yes, this is the same Obama who we’re told – under the auspices of the politics of fear – wants to take our guns.

Bush wouldn’t even allow a message on a t-shirt. Obama allows guns.

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