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10/16/2009

Father Knows Best: “My Dad Says He’s Tired of This Show”

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 6:11 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

This AP article has more information on the Henne family’s recent adventure:

  • Falcon Henne threw up during 2 morning interviews after he was asked why he told his parents “you said we did this for a show” when asked why he did not come down from the garage rafters during the search.
  • In reporting their child’s disappearance, the Heenes “called the FAA first, followed by a local TV station with a news helicopter, and then dialed 911.”
  • Home video suggests the parents may have been present when the balloon lifted off.
  • Deputies searched the family’s home but not the attic because they “just didn’t think it was possible that 6-year-old boy would be able to get up to that space, so they didn’t look there.”
  • During the incident, the authorities contacted a university professor who determined “the balloon could probably handle a payload of about 80 pounds. The child weighed 37 pounds.”
  • After this incident, the authorities asked social workers to get involved because of the Henne’s involvement in storm-chasing.
  • And last but not least:

  • “On Friday, dozens of journalists were parked in front of the family home. At times, two of the boys could be seen playing in the backyard and peeking through windows at the scene on the street. One of the boys, Ryo, would occasionally crack open the door and tell journalists that the family was not talking today.

    “My dad said he’s tired of this show,” the boy said.

  • — DRJ

    10 Responses to “Father Knows Best: “My Dad Says He’s Tired of This Show””

    1. Methinks the show is only just beginning…and someone’s got some ‘splaining to do.

      Gazzer (22ecdc)

    2. Balloon dad wonders if Hillary is reptilian.

      DRJ (7fbae6)

    3. I love that silly reptile theory. Perhaps old Slick Willie read The Lusty Argonian Maid?

      My wife was wondering how a small child would be able to get up into an attic, and close the attic ladder or hatch, without help. I agree with the cops that it’s not a realistic place to look, if you know the kid acted alone. But the police did not know that the child acted alone, and I guess they should have been a lot less trusting.

      Dustin (bb61e3)

    4. Our culture and media are officially insane.

      Peg C. (48175e)

    5. In reporting their child’s disappearance, the Heenes “called the FAA first, followed by a local TV station with a news helicopter, and then dialed 911.”

      If that’s true, these people are really pretty…unintelligent.

      Whatever the case, the lesson for today is: if you don’t want people doubting your motives, don’t give them a history that provides possible shady ones to them – in spades.

      no one you know (1ebbb1)

    6. They may have called the news station thinking the helicopter could already be in the air, and thus be able to find the balloon quickly.

      …the authorities asked social workers to get involved because of the Henne’s involvement in storm-chasing.

      This is troubling. We gonna take kids away from parents with dangerous hobbies or occupations?

      Storm chasing seems risky, but is it in fact?

      flick (ac82ba)

    7. People that volunteer to be on reality tv shows are way more likely to vote for Barcky.

      JD (85cf0b)

    8. “My dad said he’s tired of this show,” the boy said.
      Oh this show has just begun, folks! The real show. Don’t get tired yet….

      The sheriff’s office said it does not believe at this point that the balloon episode was a stunt, but investigators planned to question the family again Saturday. Richard Heene denies that the events were a hoax, dismissing such allegations as “extremely pathetic.”

      Doubts surfaced after a series of bizarre TV interviews, including one on CNN in which Falcon Heene told his parents “you said we did this for a show” when asked why he did not come down from the garage rafters during the search
      Indeed. Daddy knows best. What a show. And it’s just started.

      The Emperor (0c8c2c)

    9. The media created psycho parents like this and the media will destroy psycho parents like this. The whole family needs help. Maybe jail time for dad, who upon further examination is inching toward “lunatic” status.
      They should be required to pay for all the emergency response to this hoax, as well as for the wheat field that was damaged by all the emergency vehicles at the “landing” and “rescue” site.

      Marty Farty (cb1d38)


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