July 9th, 2007

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Corrales: The village I grew up in...

Corrales, New Mexico a small farming village on the northwest edge of Albuquerque is also where I grew up. Surfing around GooTube YouTube, I found a video which is a picture compilation of a bunch of pictures from Corrales. So if you were ever wondering what my old "stomping grounds" looked like, here you go.

Now normally I would just embed the video into my post, but the person who created this, and posted it to YouTube has disabled their video from being embedded into other sites, so you will just have to click this link to see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KJKtiAS1XE.
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AIBF - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Ok, one last post for the night (well I guess its morning now). This is a Time-Lapse Video from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and is really a quite amazing video.

For those of you who do not know, every year in early October Albuquerque holds the worlds largest hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the world. The event lasts ten days and includes a fleet of nearly 750 hot air balloons with pilots from throughout the United States and the world.

You can read more about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta from it's entry on wikipedia and from the AIBF's website.
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Hard Landing: Enough fun for one week...

Ok, so I think we have had our fun for the week now. Also, just so we are clear, I was not on this helicopter.

Around 10:10am this morning, just up the road about half a mile there was a helicopter crash. Now when I say up the road, I do not mean in general, I mean up the road that my office is on. The crash happened around the intersection of Aztec & Vassar NE. From what I understand the helicopter lost power up in the sky, and on its way down, it struck one of PNM's large feeder power lines wiping out power to lots of people in the area (expect for us). Remarkably the pilot is just fine and walked away from the crash.

Also I swear that the media must have wet them self as this is the biggest breaking news story we have had here in the Albuquerque metro area in a long time. All 3 news stations (ABC, NBC, & CBS) had there own helicopters up in the air circling the area for at least 3 hours after the crash. I must say that I find it kinda ironic that the news stations were using helicopters to cover the crash of another helicopter. I do not know why I find this amusing or ironic, but I do.


Picture of the crash from ABQJournal.com


Also I can not tell you how many calls we took from family, friends, and associates wanting to make sure that we were ok.
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Coroner: 7 Year Old, 34-Pound Boy Died Of Starvation, Death Ruled A Homicide.

Tonight, looking at the the trusted name in news, CNN, I saw a story that made me really sad. The headline was Death of boy, 7 and 34 lbs, ruled homicide. I click the link which was a link to a Denver TV News website and reading the story makes me sadder.

From what I understand, the boys legal guardians, Jon Phillips and his girlfriend Sarah Berry, not only abused the poor child, but also locked him in a closet and didn't feed him. The child died after going into cardiac arrest.

Now I think what kills me the most about this story was that people tried to do the right thing and report the abuse to a hotline run by the Denver Department of Human Services. Not only once did they report the suspected abuse to the hotline, they reported it twice. The child also told his kindergarten teacher, "Dad kept slapping my ear in the shower. He smacked me in the neck and kept putting me in the water." School staff also reported that the boy had been sent to school in the December snow with one shoe and no coat.

So who fucking dropped the ball here? I really have no clue, but it seems like someone did. The moment that the abuse was reported, and that the police found the child in the condition they did, he should have been removed from his foster parents, and put in a loving, caring home.

The worse part about this is that the boy was a foster child. Why is it that as of late, every time there is a case of child abuse, it’s from a child that is in the foster program? Kids in the foster programs already are down on their luck and these people abuse and kill these children.

If it was left up to me (and I am really glad its not), then I would have these parents chemically (and or physically) castrated, and they would never ever be able to have a and/or care for a child again, EVER! Part of me says that if you abuse a child, you should be put to death. You might disagree with me and that is your choice, but this is how I feel.

I know that I have said this before, but if you ever, ever, ever, for any reason at all suspect that a child is being abused in any way, shape, or form, PLEASE REPORT IT TO THE COPS OR YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
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