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Morning News – Balloon Boy Found

Falcon Heene, Balloon BoyFalcon Heene, aka Balloon Boy, was not in the balloon that looks like a Jiffy-Pop container (as Joy Behar put it). He was hiding in the attic the whole time.

His father, Richard Heene, got annoyed when Falcon told his pop “You guys said we did this for the show.” Huh?According to CNN, Falcon said on “Larry King Live” that “he heard his parents call for him from the garage. When asked by his father on-air why he didn’t respond, the boy replied, ‘You guys said we did this for the show.’ When the father was pressed by Wolf Blitzer, who was filling in for King, to explain what his son meant, he became uncomfortable, finally saying he was ‘appalled’ by the questions, and then adding that Falcon was likely referring to all the media coverage.” Watch:

Falcon Heene says, “You guys said we did this for the show.”

Richard Heene says, “I think I can see the direction you guys are hedging on this… We weren’t even going to do this interview… I’m kind of appalled… that you guys are trying to suggest something else.” Wolf Blitzer says “We’re not asking anything unusual,” adding that “we’re just thrilled that Falcon is alive and well.”

Not to jump to conclusions here, but could this whole thing have been a hoax? The Heene family is all over YouTube, having appeared on the 100th episode of the ABC show “Wife Swap.” They also are storm-chasers and self-described “science detectives” (link is to Richard Heene’s MySpace page) or “psyientists”; their website, thepsyiencedetectives, appears to be down but you can watch some of their kooky videos on FameCrawler. My personal favorite is the rap video which features all three Heene brothers. And Barbara Slusser, a former business partner, has some negative things to say about Mr. Heene. Dad says it wasn’t a hoax, and so far the local authorities are saying the same thing, according to various sources. To quote Dana Carvey’s impression of Johnny Carson, this is weird, wild stuff.

New York State is having big time money troubles, and classrooms could feel the pinch with budget cuts.

The New York Times editorial board is happy that the kid who got kicked out of school for having a spork is back in class. We are too.

An interracial couple in Louisiana was denied a marriage license. Not to make light of the situation, but Louisiana? I’m shocked. Shocked.

Cloud computing, which is where your data exists on a server somwhere in the wilds of the Interwebs, is not all that safe, some say. This comes in the wake of a bunch of users of the Sidekick cellphone losing their personal data. By the way, that web-based email account you rely on? That’s cloud computing too. Something to think about.

And finally, “Where The Wild Things Are” starts today. The reviews seem to be mostly positive. I can’t tell if this is a movie for kids or not. And for some reason I’m already sick of hearing about the darn thing. It all feels very precious, you know? I’m curious to see it but I’m getting an “oy vey” vibe. Not sure why. If anyone sees the thing this weekend, let us know what you thought, ok? Thanks.

See also:

Balloon Boy a Publicity Stunt?

Heene Family Video (FameCrawler)

Balloon Boy Rap Video (DaddyTips)

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