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So, What Are We Going to Do on Thursday, July 4th?

I mean, what are we REALLY going to do for our fellow Americans?

Here's what I think we can't do:

1. Demonstrate on public property (e.g., government buildings, schools, parks, etc. ) Risky and potentially will draw attention from blue men with bad breath wheeling cudgels.

2. Using something that creates a spontaneous shock wave, no matter how small the amount of energy released (no need to elaborate on this).

3. Noise making public displays with bullhorns, air horns, etc. This sounds threatening and annoys people.

4. Groups of people (at least two) singing freedom songs. Nah, too wussy for me.

Hmmm, what to do, what to do.

I have an idea but let me digress for a moment.

You know what's great about the simple hotdog? It's the variety of stuff you can do with it. Besides grilling, frying or boiling them, you can add all kinds of different condiments on top. It is a great American food tradition because of the variety of options that are available. Anybody can have their hotdog the way they like it.

To my point, another American tradition is lighter than air balloons. You know, the kind you can buy at the dollar store and fill them up with a lighter than air gas and watch them float high into the sky. You don't need a license to buy them, they're not regulated by the FAA, they come in a variety of colors and they can fly for hundreds of feet upward.

Now a liberty minded person could attach any number of things to the string that connects to the balloon. You can draw or write anything on the surface of the balloon as well. It is a very simple but versatile amusement and everybody likes them. Who doesn't take a moment to look up at a balloon?

I've decided I'm going to fly a balloon on July 4. I going to write some clever words on a piece of paper ("Let's renew the Declaration of Independence"), attach it the string and let 'er go. I'll watch my little voice of freedom ascend into the heavens over America.

Maybe my balloon will meet other balloons. Maybe, thousands of them all demanding their independence from tyranny.

My voice will be seen, my words will be read and freedom loving Americans will know they are not alone.

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I really like the ballon

I really like the ballon idea, feels fitting, a personal message from us, to.....well, too us, if you think about it, even if its just 2 parts symbolic......i like it

edit:well, looks like balloons are a lot more dangerous then i gave them credit for......shame

Please don't litter

I think a large tethered sign would be more effective and not cause any problems for the environment.

Also, balloons create a potential hazard for pilots that I can personally attest to.

Yes, Ditto

Spent balloons are a killer of many animals, too. Not to mention power outages. Personal responsibility is in order.

What do you think?

Small Balloons a Pilot Hazard?

I did not know this.

According to the FAA Aeronautical Information Manual, Chapter 7 (Safety of Flight), Section 5 (Potential Flight Hazards) paragraph 7-5-4 (Avoid Flight Beneath Unmanned Balloons), the balloons referred to are large surface area balloons capable of carrying payloads, instruments packages or trailing wire antenna beneath them (see:

As I stated before, the FAA does not regulate small amusement balloons because they do not present a flight hazard otherwise they would regulate them.

As far as litter, latex balloons are environmentally biodegradable as described here (see: and here (see: ).

So if you are flying your aircraft in Western New York on July 4 and you happen to bump into my little balloon sharing the same airspace as you, give it a liberty wave as it goes by. :)

Again, I'm speaking from personal experience

Regardless what the FAR/AIM says, small unannounced party balloons don't gently float by when you're well in excess of 100MPH. The brain (already taxed with other tasks at hand) has very little time to comprehend what it sees before taking an evasive maneuver. It can and has been a very jarring experience.

Most people I think would recognize the potential danger of tossing such a seemingly harmless object in front of a race car and yet there's very little difference for a pilot.

I'm asking for your compassion and understanding as a fellow human.

Well I won't be celebrating

Well I won't be celebrating since we are no longer independant and are back under the domination of the Bank of England.

I'm going to grill some

steaks,shrimp brochette and potato's and drink some ice cold rolling rocks to celebrate Independence Day like i always do! Then Friday i'm going to take my boat out and do some 100+mph blasts up and down the river to remind myself i'm still a free man...They cant fade me!

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams

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I'm going to work, then playing golf.

Just like every other Thursday.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

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