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You know you're pariahs when even the ACLU wants nothing to do with you. In my in-box this morning was this release:

A number of recent news reports have included an erroneous assertion by Larimer County (Colo.) Sheriff Jim Alderden that the American Civil Liberties Union is representing the Heene Family of Fort Collins, Colo., which is reportedly being investigated for allegedly perpetrating a 'balloon boy hoax' for publicity purposes. Neither the ACLU nor the ACLU of Colorado has any involvement in the representation of the Heene family. Please direct any questions to the ACLU media line at media@aclu.org or (212) 549-2666.

--Michael McGough

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From the start of this circus, I had notice that the ballon was way too small to carry a child:

1. The unconstructed construction of the ballon would not hold its flying shape with its wide upper disc shape and short lower payload cavity, it would have collapsed the middle of the balloon.

2. The balloon would have tilted in its early flight before leakage as the child could not have maintain position inside the payload cavity and will cause the balloon to be tilted drastically which would not allow the ballon to spin like a top as it did in flight.

3. The balloon was is simply too small to be airbourn with the weight of 50 lb. to 60 lb. and when it was leaking during flight all the smarter people should also know that the weight factor would not have sustain flight.

4. The balloon lifted off way to fast.



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