Down and Out in Larimer County

You knew we'd get around to the Hindenburg.

Balloon Dad’s lawyer wins today’s award for Best Callback to the Patricide Orphan Gag:

David Lane, a Colorado civil rights lawyer who is representing Richard Heene, said both Mr. Heene and his wife, Mayumi, would plead not guilty and would turn themselves in to avoid further public spectacle.

Mr. Lane contended that placing handcuffs on the Heenes, in the full glare of the news media and for their children to see, would be abusive to the youngsters…

When asked how the Heenes were doing Monday, Mr. Lane said: “They are holding up as well as any family under siege would be holding up. They’re doing the best they can.”

See, now we’re supposed to feel sorry for the besieged famewhore Dad who called the local TV station before he called 911. Have we no shame?

Meanwhile, Harry Shearer alerts us to a curious aside in the Washington Times story:

The sheriff said he planned to interview others about the case, saying that “clearly there were other people who had some knowledge about this,” which could include the media. He said that at least one media outlet had offered to pay the Heenes for their story, although he refused to name the organization.

So, did the hoax go beyond the Heene Family Circus? We were already satisfied with the entertainment value of the show, but we might get an encore. Although frankly, we’re running out of balloon graphics.

Parents in Balloon Case to Surrender [NYT]
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Although frankly, we’re running out of balloon graphics.

Just blow up some condoms or something.

I’m perfectly willing to say their 15 minutes of infamy are up and forget all about them forever. Maybe they can move in with the Palins.

@redmanlaw: I was starting to think his credentials as an “amatuer scientist” were pretty bad, what with the studying whether tornados are caused by electromagnetic forces, but then I saw where he had studied the issue of whether Hillz McKankles was in fact a shape-shifting alien reptilian, and I had renewed confidence in his bona fides.

was just reading this

Documents show that a media outlet has agreed to pay money to the Heenes with regard to the balloon incident, Alderden said. He didn’t name the media outlet, but said it was a show that blurs “the line between entertainment and news.”

hmmm
that could be pretty much any of them.

however since that story was on FOX my vote is MSNBC.
they milked it and milked it and milked it.
and I would laugh if they ended up with a frothy white mustache.

@Capt Howdy: Ah, but before after the Flight? The timing is unclear from what I’ve read, and the moment it hit CNN, you know Crackberries were humming all over L.A.

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