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Balloon boy: hoax rumours as Falcon Heene says 'we did this for the show'
The UK Telegraph ^ | 10/16/2009

Posted on 10/16/2009 2:58:55 AM PDT by GoldStandard

Speculation is mounting that the story of six-year-old American boy Falcon Heene who was feared to have floated away on a home-made weather balloon was a hoax organised by his family to gain publicity.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: balloon; balloonboy; colorado; falconheene; hoax; publicitystunt; wildgoosechase

1 posted on 10/16/2009 2:58:55 AM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard

Watching the kid’s video on Youtube told me all I need to know about their upbringing. The parents are nuts and I wouldn’t put this past them.


2 posted on 10/16/2009 3:02:39 AM PDT by inflorida
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To: GoldStandard

IMHO this child has no idea what is real and what is ‘show’.

Time for the father to give up his dream of fame and fortune and give his kids a normal family life.


3 posted on 10/16/2009 3:03:01 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: GoldStandard

Uh oh. Looks like dad is going to have to actually work for a living.


4 posted on 10/16/2009 3:03:11 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: GoldStandard

His two brothers were up on the roof with their cam corder and they were recording it for a “show.” He was talking about their show.


5 posted on 10/16/2009 3:06:53 AM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE ONLY ASTROTURF IN CONGRESS IS FOUND BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI'S EARS!!)
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To: GoldStandard

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6 posted on 10/16/2009 3:07:03 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: GoldStandard

The media outlets that aired this nonsense (and were derelict in discerning the veracity of this story) are utter ——s, and hypocrites in the wake of “BALLOON BOY.”

They are fools beyond belief: but according to their self-importance- blameless.


7 posted on 10/16/2009 3:08:44 AM PDT by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: NRA2BFree

Is that the latest official Henee family spin?


8 posted on 10/16/2009 3:12:12 AM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard

I just watched the video. If that would have been my dad, he would have stopped the video and took everyone of them to the cellar. It would not have been pretty.


9 posted on 10/16/2009 3:15:02 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: NRA2BFree

That’s nonsense.

They need to make the family pay for all the rescue expenses and toss mom and dad in jail.


10 posted on 10/16/2009 3:21:38 AM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: period end of story

“The media outlets that aired this nonsense (and were derelict in discerning the veracity of this story) are utter ——s, and hypocrites in the wake of “BALLOON BOY.”

They are fools beyond belief: but according to their self-importance- blameless.”
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Well said. I however just don’t know what to say. I just (foolishly) sat with my mouth hanging open as an idiot on cnn desperately tried to explain how the stimulus was “working”.


11 posted on 10/16/2009 3:37:00 AM PDT by toddausauras
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To: period end of story

The media outlets that aired this nonsense were derelict in discerning the veracity of this story.

The drive-by media is alive and well. Idiots all. I would be ashamed to show my face on TV as a media person. They’ve been skunked by a 6 yr. old and his brothers.


12 posted on 10/16/2009 3:40:07 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: toddausauras

CNN: The Most BUSTED name in news.


13 posted on 10/16/2009 3:40:57 AM PDT by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: chainsaw
The drive-by media is alive and well. Idiots all. I would be ashamed to show my face on TV as a media person. They’ve been skunked by a 6 yr. old and his brothers.

Actually, this story is hilarious for that very reason.

A 6 yr. old punked them all!

14 posted on 10/16/2009 3:43:30 AM PDT by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: period end of story

Haaaaaah! Love it.


15 posted on 10/16/2009 3:50:35 AM PDT by toddausauras
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To: GoldStandard

Lets see...this family was on a reality type tv show.
The boys were filming for their “show”.
What do we have to look forward to from Jon and Kate’s kids?


16 posted on 10/16/2009 3:56:48 AM PDT by texaschick
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To: GoldStandard
Why is Drudge this article claiming the incident as a Hoax?

The boy was hiding in the attic after getting scolded earlier for being in the basket.

17 posted on 10/16/2009 4:05:14 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GoldStandard

I’ll bet 0bama is looking for a balloon czar.


18 posted on 10/16/2009 4:05:17 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Gimme some Obama stash, mmmmmmm,mmmmmm,mmmmm)
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To: TexasCajun
Why is Drudge this article claiming the incident as a Hoax?

Because it was?

19 posted on 10/16/2009 4:10:37 AM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard
What is discipline like in this home? This kid hid in the attic because his dad yelled at him. The father claims he'll never yell at his kid again.
20 posted on 10/16/2009 4:18:44 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: period end of story

I’ll give Shepard Smith credit: He did say that the boy was likely hiding under his own bed.


21 posted on 10/16/2009 4:21:44 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Shep would know. He’s been under the bed before.


22 posted on 10/16/2009 4:22:35 AM PDT by John W
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To: GoldStandard
The boy's father, Richard Heene, said the family was tinkering with the balloon earlier in the day and that he scolded Falcon for getting inside a compartment on the craft.

After the balloon floated away, the boy apparently fled to the family's garage, climbing a pole into the rafters and hiding in a cardboard box

Boy found safe after experimental balloon drifts off

If true, how is the incident a hoax? ...intentional deception.

23 posted on 10/16/2009 4:26:18 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: John W

I thought Shep hid in the closet?


24 posted on 10/16/2009 4:34:20 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: TexasCajun

What do you expect the father to say if it was really a hoax? “Yeah, we tricked you guys good with our false police report, ha ha ha”?


25 posted on 10/16/2009 4:35:14 AM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: period end of story

Shepard Smith was especially precious.


26 posted on 10/16/2009 4:56:29 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: eartrumpet

Shep hid in the closet because there wasn’t a public bath house nearby.


27 posted on 10/16/2009 5:00:26 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: GoldStandard

Have you seen the boys “rap” video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Ns87YkdRI


28 posted on 10/16/2009 5:02:38 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: GoldStandard

This wacky family named their son “Falcon.” Wonder if they wanted him to soar in the sky.


29 posted on 10/16/2009 5:14:17 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: NRA2BFree

I agree- this remark to me meant the kids were playing at putting on a show, not that the parents planned this.

Reminds me of stunts my siblings and I might have done when we were kids. Especially if we saw Disney movies like “Up”


30 posted on 10/16/2009 5:17:52 AM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: eartrumpet

LOL!!!


31 posted on 10/16/2009 5:18:28 AM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: TexasCajun; GoldStandard
After watching the family on the morning news where, last night, Falcon says "I did it for the show", I am highly skeptical.

They just happen to be videoing at the moment the balloon 'accidentally' gets away. ...the hubby is acting all mad and the wife is seen with a big smile, almost laughing as the balloon takes off.

And dad seems all too eager to be in front of as many cameras as possible.

32 posted on 10/16/2009 6:14:37 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GoldStandard

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/10/16/balloon-boy-parents-pay-rescue/#

Fox new poll asking if the Heenes should pay for emergency services. 51% say yes, 43% say maybe; yes if an investigaton shows it to be a hoax. Public opinion is not good!


33 posted on 10/16/2009 7:10:22 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Best thing about Cash for Clunkers is that 90% of the Obama bumper stickers are now off the road.)
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To: TexasCajun

A balloon that size could’nt lift more than 10lbs. The father knew that, therefore the kid could not be in the balloon, and the father held back that info. Total Hoax!


34 posted on 10/16/2009 7:16:26 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: GoldStandard

My opinion:

Balloon Boy is a hoax.

Balloon boy dad will be sued by government agencies inolved in the search.

Balloon boy dad will have a book written about him and a made for TV movie, where he will have the income to pay off the lawsuits.

Balloon boy dad will be charged with misdemeanor filing of false police report.

Balloon boy story will occupy all of the weekend news shows and generate ratings boosts.

Balloon boy story will detract from the real story of Obama taking over our healthcare, which Obama will highly appreciate.


35 posted on 10/16/2009 7:28:28 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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I agree something about all of this is off. And the father seems like a real jerk.

After I found out that this family is going to be on Wife Swap it just makes this whole affair seem suspicious. The family should pay all expenses for the emergency services that had to waste their time on this crap.

Who names their poor kid Falcon?


36 posted on 10/16/2009 7:43:21 AM PDT by HarryCrowel
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To: GoldStandard
I, like many others was extremely interested in the coverage both in the USA and Canada. The two Canadian monoliths did a good job of at least showing some excellent coverage. The word associated with the old fashioned manned balloons was the "gondola".

It is easy to work things out in hindsight. At that time the vital information did not seem to be given out by the family. This was to the effect, that was the whole thing enveloping the helium gas? It was that sort of bucket shape at the bottom that still (but maybe has), not been identified properly. A story was put out that a basket had been attached to the balloon. Even someone thought they saw something fall. An immense effort was made by search and rescue people. If it was part of the whole thing, then the helium would have escaped on any entry.

Lastly, I heard Glen Beck call the man who rushed in with a spade as a "dufus". I presume the man wanted to puncture the balloon so it could not be dragged by any wind. Beck is one of those who stands by. Mark that I do not mention any favourable political views he has. Just that he knows all- in retrospect.

37 posted on 10/16/2009 8:26:41 AM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: GoldStandard

The male parent is a combination turd & attention whore, the female parent is a compliant enabler, and the children are screwed up for life.


38 posted on 10/16/2009 11:42:06 AM PDT by twister881
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