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Charges to be Brought Against Balloon Boy's Family

Remember on Thursday how you were glued to the news, amazed by the simple shining silver balloon flying across landscape in Colorado? "Oh my God, is the boy inside?" "How did this happen?" "What will happen?" "Wait, who keeps a large, inflatable balloon in their backyard?" Well, it looks like Falcon Heene's family are looking at "misdemeanor charges" from police, who think that this may have all been a hoax.

Concerns that this ordeal was a terrible publicity stunt came from Falcon himself. While doing an interview for CNN, Falcon answered his own father's question of "Why didn't you come out [of the attic]," with "Um, you guys said that, um, we did this for a show."

Here's the video:

(Please note the huge BALLOON BOY LIVES! next to the CNN logo)

Follow that up with the odd way that the Heene family handled the whole thing and, oh yeah, a researcher saying that he knew, and helped plan, the whole thing, and you've got a bona fide hoax on your hands.

I'll see you in ten to twenty, Falcon.


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Another idiot created by th... (Below threshold)
CDR M:

Another idiot created by the draw of reality tv.

Of COURSE it was a hoax. Th... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

Of COURSE it was a hoax. The father saw it take off (there's a video showing his "reaction.") He would HAVE to know there was no place inside it for his son to hide, since he built the darn thing. And you can clearly see it's a sealed balloon.

Remember on Thursday how... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Remember on Thursday how you were glued to the news, amazed by the simple shining silver balloon flying across landscape in Colorado?

No. Because I wasn't. Why bother? Once the basic facts were established, nothing was going to change until the balloon came down or was snatched out of the air.

This guy needs to run for c... (Below threshold)
MPR:

This guy needs to run for congress. He is obviously a liberal. He is doing what he thinks is right and the hell with the cost and risk to anyone else. That's what Obamalala and the Democrats are doing now. So why is everyone calling for his head? He is just doing what liberals do.

MPR: take a looky-loo at He... (Below threshold)
Langtry:

MPR: take a looky-loo at Heene's YouTube postings (asking for evidence that Hillary Clinton is a reptilian from outer space) as well as clips from "Wife Swap". You will discover that Heene is anything but a Liberal. Sadly, the guy comes from the outer limits of our own political persuasion. He's a wack job, and all political camps have them. All the better for wise-minded Libertarians and Conservatives to disown him and his ilk.

The family needs to be invo... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

The family needs to be invoiced for the cost of the search & rescue effort. They also should be sued for any EMS delays for other people with "REAL" emergencies.

Langtry: I know he is a ego... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Langtry: I know he is a egomaniacal wack job and says some loony things. I don't know what his politics are and don't care. I was just drawing a parallel between what he DID and what the liberals are doing. Just a little fun on Sunday morning.

I'm still waiting for the d... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm still waiting for the day when all this "reality" bullshit ceases.

"Anyone who watches this fi... (Below threshold)

"Anyone who watches this film will not fail to be deeply moved by the incredible imagery captured by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It is a truly remarkable call to action for all us to play a part in protecting the planet for the generations to come."

I am hoping it was not a ho... (Below threshold)
Amy:

I am hoping it was not a hoax, because that would be a twisted thing for the parents to do.

Concerns that this ordeal w... (Below threshold)

Concerns that this ordeal was a terrible publicity stunt came from Falcon himself. While doing an interview for CNN, Falcon answered his own father's question of "Why didn't you come out [of the attic]," with "Um, you guys said that, um, we did this for a show."

Concerns that this ordeal w... (Below threshold)

Concerns that this ordeal was a terrible publicity stunt came from Falcon himself. While doing an interview for CNN, Falcon answered his own father's question of "Why didn't you come out [of the attic]," with "Um, you guys said that, um, we did this for a show."




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