18 hours ago
Friday, October 16, 2009
The Boy and the Balloon
If you have heard of this story, and if you've had an electronic communication device turned on in the last 12 hours, you have been inundated with it, you know the facts.
Well, at least the facts the media determined that you SHOULD know.
First and foremost, these parents are idiots, and their children should be taken away permanently. First the idea of the ‘attractive nuisance’ of a balloon in the backyard that a 6 year old could access (I’ll ignore that the media kept calling it a ‘Hot Air’ balloon when it was really a helium balloon) was STUPID. If they had left their pool unfenced and the boy had fallen into it, would they have had half the sympathy they garnered nationally while this fiasco was going on?
Second; these parents are idiots, and their children should be taken away permanently. I have seen other blogs where the lift and weight of this balloon were calculated, things the father (who built this contraption) would have known. He would have known from the minute he filled it with gas that there wasn’t enough lift for a case of beer in the basket of his balloon, much less enough lift for his 6-year old. So why the crocodile tears on national TV?
Third: these parents etc… Larry King show last night. Need I say more?
Fourth, and probably most important, while the nation was focused on a runaway weather balloon in Colorado, what monstrosity of legislation did they pass in Washington? We’ll probably find out in November of 2010, when Obama cancels the midterm elections.