View Poll Results: Is the balloon boy story fake or real?

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  • Fake! The parents planned all this.

    19 73.08%
  • Real! Everything the parents said is true.

    1 3.85%
  • I don't know.

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Thread: Balloon Boy: Was it all a hoax?

  1. #101

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    Atta boy (or girl...?), FM! I appreciate your input, if only because HT is rather stale these day's due to the neighborhood being abandoned. But at least the issues are being tossed around. Keep it coming, and I'll work on perfecting my aim.

    What is it with most of our most important proffessionals being worked into delirium? Flight controllers, doctors, people who's lives are in their hands are forced to stay wide awake for too much time. It's nuts!

  2. #102

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Atta boy (or girl...?), FM!
    My name is Frankie,.... and you think I might be female? Am I talking to a Prisoner Cell Block H fan?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    I appreciate your input, if only because HT is rather stale these day's due to the neighborhood being abandoned. But at least the issues are being tossed around. Keep it coming, and I'll work on perfecting my aim.
    The feeling is mutual. When it comes to entertainment value, debating you just manages to beat out watching paint dry. LOL!

    Don't feel too bad about that. The truth is that I would rather spend my time watching paint dry than suffer through a haranguing by Judge Judy.
    Last edited by Frankie's Market; October 28th, 2009 at 08:48 AM.

  3. #103

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    My name is Frankie,.... and you think I might be female? Am I talking to a Prisoner Cell Block H fan?
    Or a Frankie and Johnny fan.

    Michelle Pfeiffer???

    I kid.

  4. #104

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    My name is Frankie,.... and you think I might be female?
    I had a girlfriend long ago named Frankie (Francis, which she hated!), so I don't take it for granted.

    Per the paint, if there was more action here I'd tend to just kick back and watch the letters fly thru the air.

  5. #105

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    FRANKIE is the 570th most common female first name in the U.S. 0.022% of females in the US are named FRANKIE (around 26,950). Look up Frankie Housley for just one story.

    And just to clarify (because you are intelligent and deserve the opportunity for clarity), I had no issue with the points you were discussing (culpability, parenting skills), but with your descent into sarcastic personal attack (starting with post #85), something you tend to do, FM.

    Now if you'll excuse me, my horse is getting antsy, so I must ride away (though I do enjoy the view up here).

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    Default Re: Balloon Boy: Was it all a hoax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Like what? A parent that murders his/her kids in cold blood?

    That's about what it takes to be "way worse" than a parent who deliberately places their children in a life-threatening situation, just for the sake of thrill-seeking.
    Which is what every parent does when having a child...
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  7. #107

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    I had a girlfriend long ago named Frankie (Francis, which she hated!), so I don't take it for granted.
    Interesting. Maybe it is fitting that folks called her Frankie, if her parents gave her what is typically the spelling of a boys name. (Francis, as opposed to the more common spelling of Frances for girls.)

    Coincidentally, I have a friend named Frances. But she always wanted people to call her Fran as a result of the teasing she got in school back in the days when Francis the Talking Mule was all the rage.

    Oh well. Bypassing the personal agendas and side shows:

    The Heenes strike back with their own lawsuit against the sheriff's department for violating privacy laws. Sounds like the Heene's lawyers are desperately grasping at straws here, but we'll see.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...balloon_h.html

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...tOLxQD9BKBDP01

  8. #108

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Interesting. Maybe it is fitting that folks called her Frankie, if her parents gave her what is typically the spelling of a boys name. (Francis, as opposed to the more common spelling of Frances for girls.)
    That's right..., my Aunt's name was Frances too. It's been many years.
    Thanx for the reminder.

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    Default Re: Balloon Boy: Was it all a hoax?

    A man by the first name of Frances has been thru my office. There is a female realtor in Hawaii by the name of Frankie. Rules are made to be broken, I guess.

  10. #110

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Walkoff Balk has it right.
    I nevah thought I would see that. Another thing impossible that might happen is that Richard Heene has been named Father of the Year.
    Do you believe in miracles?

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    Talking Re: Balloon Boy: Was it all a hoax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    They probably got accepted into the Civilization Beta!


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  12. #112

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    A man by the first name of Frances has been thru my office. There is a female realtor in Hawaii by the name of Frankie. Rules are made to be broken, I guess.
    Oh, you'll always have parents who are oddballs when it comes to naming their kids. I mean, Shirley Povich was a great sportswriter. June Jones is a successful football coach. But as many admirers as these men have, I don't anticipate that it will ever be common practice in this country to give either of those names to boys.

    One consequence that the balloon hoax has had on the Heenes ambitions for TV fame and fortune: Lifetime cable network has yanked their Wife Swap episodes from the channel's rerun cycle.

    http://watching-tv.ew.com/2009/10/24...e-balloon-boy/
    Last edited by Frankie's Market; October 29th, 2009 at 01:30 AM.

  13. #113

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    The District Attorney appointed to investigate whether or not the local sheriff violated privacy laws decided not to press any criminal charges against the law enforcement officer.

    Criminal charges against the Heenes have not been filed yet, but they are expected soon.

  14. #114

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    ...the Heene parents are both going to get probation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    ...the Heene parents are both going to get probation.
    I heard on the news they were both going to plead guilty. Do you have a cite re probation?

  16. #116

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    Heard it on the radio news this morning.

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    Default Re: Balloon Boy: Was it all a hoax?

    “Mayumi Heene has been charged with one count of false reporting to authorities, a class 3 misdemeanor. The penalty range for a class 3 misdemeanor is up to six months in county jail and a fine of $50 to $750.”

    “…Mayumi Heene is a citizen of Japan, so a felony conviction could result in her deportation.”

    http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20...ation+to+Japan

  18. #118

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    The chances of that happening are less than Santa Clause making his Christmas rounds in the deflated balloon.

  19. #119

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    So there will be charges and a plea by both parents. I wonder if a bill from the rescue people will follow, for those parents having wasted so much of taxpayers' money with their foolish pursuit of fame?

    According to Richard Heene's defense attorney's statement today:
    http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2...est=latestnews
    Guilty Pleas
    On November 13, 2009, at 8:30 a.m., Richard and Mayumi Heene will enter pleas of guilty in Larimer County Court.
    Mayumi Heene will plead guilty to False Reporting to Authorities, a class 3 misdemeanor (the lowest level misdemeanor in Colorado law) with a stipulated sentence of probation.
    Richard Heene will plead guilty to Attempting to Influence a Public Servant, a class 4 felony. The prosecutor has stipulated to a sentence of probation.
    The stipulations carry the possibility of up to 90 days in jail for Richard and 60 days for Mayumi along with the probation. After pleas are entered the sentencing will be continued for approximately one month for the preparation of pre-sentence reports.
    Facts
    Mayumi Heene is a citizen of Japan. As such, any felony conviction or certain misdemeanors would result in her deportation, even though her husband and children are Americans. Because Mayumi, while being questioned by law enforcement made certain statements which the prosecutor could use against her to possibly obtain a felony conviction and thus, her deportation by the federal government, she is avoiding that possibility with this plea.
    By the way, I just voted on the poll in this thread. I think "yes it was all a hoax".
    Last edited by Amati; November 12th, 2009 at 04:05 PM.
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    Default Re: Balloon Boy: Was it all a hoax?

    On one hand I am thinking if the parents had just said they released the balloon without having a kid inside would they have been in this much trouble?

    The balloon was kind of sizable and having the FAA being notified that a rogue balloon (being manned or unmanned) was in the area could at least warn other aircraft to be on the look out for it.

  21. #121

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    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    On one hand I am thinking if the parents had just said they released the balloon without having a kid inside would they have been in this much trouble?
    Probably not. It was the resulting full force "rescue" operation that brought all the attention and expense.
    Now run along and play, but don’t get into trouble.

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    Default Re: Balloon Boy: Was it all a hoax?

    http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20...m+gets+20+days
    Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene sentenced to 90 days jail, mom gets 20 days


    Richard Heene, who orchestrated the Balloon Boy hoax that transfixed the nation in October, was sentenced this morning to 90 days in jail and four years probation.

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    His wife, Mayumi Heene, was sentenced to 20 days alternative jail time and four years probation because Schapanski said she was "less involved" in the hoax

  23. #123

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharilyn View Post
    http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20...m+gets+20+days
    Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene sentenced to 90 days jail, mom gets 20 days
    In addition to the jail time, they'll both have to public letters of apology, pay back restitution to the estimated tune of $47,000, perform community service, and be on supervised probation for 4 years. Good ruling, Judge! The jail time for both parents was the way to go in creating a deterrent for any copycats out there who are contemplating similar publicity stunts to gain their 15 minutes of fame.

    I also like the judge's stipulation that the probation will be revoked if it is discovered that the Heenes try to profit from the stunt. That means no cashing in on any book, TV, movie, or any other deal related to the hoax.

    The sentence not only sends out the right message to the rest of the public, but in particular, it sends the right message to the 3 Heene boys. What their parents did was very wrong. And for that, mom and dad will have to be punished. The jail time will be spaced out in a way that will allow for one parent to be home while the other is incarcerated.

    Good going, Judge. We certainly need someone like you in our state.

  24. #124

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    Would it be a hoax if the jail he's in rises up in the air and then flies away?

  25. #125

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    Balloon ... prison ... son ...
    http://black20.com/network/balloon-prison-extra
    (It's not SUPPOSED to make sense.)

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