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summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 5:02 PM

OH, FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD!


"Errant balloon lands in Colo.; boy not aboard". The boy is six years old! The "balloon" was kept in the backyard of his home in Colorado and was in the stages of development....as a family experiment! The child climbed in alone....no adults present...and guess what? The experiement worked! Now the child is presumed dead. The link is to the "On Deadline" site which posts ongoing updates...last was at 3:23 pm ET.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/10/officials-scramble-to-rescue-6yearold-boy-floating-away-in-hot-air-balloon.html?csp=34

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 5:21 PM

Stupid people shouldn't breed.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 5:29 PM

This couple was on Wife Swap earlier this year and I recall seeing the show. It's unfortunate this has happened. We can pray for a miracle that the little boy will be found alive.How terrified he must have been. It's heartbreaking.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 5:41 PM

I hope the little boy is okay. If his parents have taught to brave, hopefully it will pay off.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:08 PM

He's alive and at home

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:12 PM

Update at 4:53 p.m. ET: A sheriff's official says that the boy climbed into a box attached to balloon but that the basket was not found where the craft landed. A search is continuing.

Update at 4:57 p.m. ET: Officials now say they believe the boy might not have ascended with the balloon and is hiding near his home.

"At this point, we are thinking that he did not fall out of the balloon and is somewhere on the ground," said Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Eloise Campanella. "The basket itself was not breached. It does not look like he fell out of it, but again, this is all conjecture."

"I'm very confident we will find him. I think it's a matter of him being a little scared," she said. "Maybe he's not ready to be found."


alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 7570)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:15 PM

Breaking news! The boy was found alive- hiding in a box in his attic!

Wow!


lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:15 PM

He's alive and at home safe


smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:16 PM

HURRAY!

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:17 PM

Amazing Story! I can't even begin to imagine what the parents were going thru.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:24 PM

I thought we definitely had a Darwin Award teed up...

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 6:27 PM

We now return to our regular program schedule.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 7:09 PM

Looking hoaxy to me. Like maybe dad wants attention and funding for his invention?

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 8:04 PM

I was thinking the boy let it go...its a balloon! And realized dad was going to beat his ass and hid. I would have...lol

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 10:26 PM

First, what a relief! Secondly....right on Smoke!

The boy's father, Richard Heene, said the family was tinkering with the balloon Thursday and that he scolded Falcon for getting inside a compartment on the craft. He said Falcon's brother had seen him inside the compartment before it took off and that's why they thought he was in there when it launched. But the boy fled to the attic at some point after the scolding and was never in the balloon during its two-hour, 50-mile journey through two counties. "I yelled at him. I'm really sorry I yelled at him," Heene said as he hugged his son during a news conference. "I was in the attic and he scared me because he yelled at me," Falcon said. "That's why I went in the attic."

Richard Heene adamantly denied the notion that the whole thing was a big publicity stunt. "That's horrible after the crap we just went through. No."



smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 10:45 PM

Hink alarms all over the place. Just struck me odd in the beginning of the interview that the dad explained his "invention" the "Low Altitude Vehicle" you can take out of your garage and drive to work 50 feet above the traffic, BEFORE he said anything about his kid. When they asked what he did when he knew the kid was missing, he said he called the FAA. Then he said they had video of the kid getting into the box, but then details got fuzzy. When a reporter asked how it got untethered, he sort of threw up his hands and said "A mishap, I'm not going to blame anyone," and ended the interview pretty quick.

Maybe he needed to run an experiment he couldn't get permits for and the uproar over the kid might save him some fines. He could've gotten a lot of data from all that coverage, and a chase helicopter to track it.

I dunno. Call me a cynic.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 10:46 PM

Now that the child is safe, I just wanted to say - that balloon is gorgeous! I want one.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 10:47 PM

The child was always safe. It was pretty, sailing along at a good clip, too.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 11:00 PM

That does sound hinky, Smoke. I was wondering about the publicity of it, myself.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 11:35 PM

Within a few minutes of the balloon touching down, someone on the internet was already seeing "Balloon Boy" t-shirts.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 11:36 PM

Selling, not seeing.

Geez, where is spell checker???

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 16th Oct '09 12:06 AM

Well...could work either way!

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 16th Oct '09 7:20 AM

The very worst aspect of this episode was enduring toady Wolf Blitzer covering the story in place of Larry King this morning.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 16th Oct '09 11:08 AM

Surely li'l Falcon didn't need a balloon in the first place...

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 17th Oct '09 11:57 PM

Criminal charges being filed. Imagine that.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 1:39 AM

As well the charges should be! I read the child protective services is now also now involved. Imagine forcing those young boys to lie, not only to reporters, but on national television when interviewed by Diane Sawyer. The kids looked like whipped puppies; I can only think those boys were given strict instructions either not to say a word or continue on with the lies. No, I know those boys were warned, otherwise Falcon would not have vomited twice during the interview - within earshot of the microphones. Sawyer continued on with the interview as if Falcon wasn't throwing up, which by the way, his mother never left to tend to him until Sawyer asked her to do so!

Truly an odd story, but making the boys lie is unconscionable!

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 6:36 AM

Hope they throw the book at the parents. Both deserve a jail term for this outrage.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 2:19 PM

Here's the update as to the involvement of the Family Protective Services with these wacky parents!
Also, the video I mentioned earlier with Diane Sawyer is included. What a shame...those darling boys.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/AheadoftheCurve/balloon-boy-home-safe-family-facing-questions-disappearance/story?id=8842957&cid=yahoo_pitchlist

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 2:38 PM

Another early alarm signal was when the sheriff said they didn't look in the attic because they didn't see any way he could've gotten up there by himself.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 2:39 PM

No wonder the kid threw up on national TV during his interview when they asked him "why"? Dad said to lie and his body reacted otherwise.

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.5 - Posts: 1952)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 2:51 PM

I consider this child abuse. Forcing a kid to lie is just wrong.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 3:02 PM

Creeps for sure.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 7:12 PM

So, Smaug, I guess you get to present your Darwin Award after all.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Tue, 20th Oct '09 3:56 PM

It soared then crashed.
It was a ploy for TV face time.
When it hit the ground it was proven empty.
It was flashy while in the sky.
It was ripped to pieces by those chasing it.


Oops! Sorry I thought this was the Obama approval rating thread. Never mind.



rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 24th Oct '09 3:38 AM

Please keep in mind there has been no trial yet....

The mother said it was a publicity stunt, but only
after 2 days of questioning, with her limited English.

Everyone who was there at the time, said emphatically
that it wasn't a stunt by the Parents....maybe the boys
decided to do it and the parents thought they were
protecting them, by telling them to lie.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sat, 24th Oct '09 11:33 AM

Dear, dear Rowlanda, I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, but I really think these people are ....... (you can fill in whatever word suits you).

My first thought, when I heard the mother had "confessed," was that both of them may have been looking at significant jail time and she made her confession so she might just get probation and be able to stay with the kids.

OR maybe they separated her from her husband and she felt free to tell the truth.

We'll have to just wait and see how events play out in the days ahead.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 24th Oct '09 2:24 PM

Much ado about nothing

Apparently that little balloon could not carry much of anything aloft.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 25th Oct '09 10:17 PM

Yes Pat, having heard many other things about this couple
- especially the husband - since I wrote that comment....
I too wonder about the whole thing. However those kids
really do seem to be out of control

Nevertheless, I hate it when people are tried in the media,
and realize also that there is little justice in the way the
Laws are applied.

For instance, the police keep quiet about evidence that
would clear a suspect....and a judge can slant a whole
case just by what he/she choses to allow into evidence.
Or what he/she keeps the jury from hearing about the
criminal's past history.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 25th Oct '09 10:25 PM

I heard that most of the crimes they "may" be charged with up to D.A. are misdeamnors. I think it is a publicity stunt that backfired and maybe family life should be looked into. What do they do for real money if this is what the Dad does for living?
So actually because we are posting and talking about it and he has been on interviews he has actually gotten what he wanted publicity so I am with Andy, who cares?ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


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