While I was watching this show tonight, I had to rewind my DVR 4 times to re-watch this clip. Even though I was making my daughter crazy, I couldn’t stop laughing. I just thought it was hysterical! Mary J. Blige was just cracking up and it made me laugh even harder.
Many believe that Richard Heene played the media like fools and that he had single-handedly orchestrated the biggest media hoax of 2009. Across our nation’s cable television and radio networks, people watched and listened to the story of a balloon traveling from Fort Collins, Texas to Colorado. All the while the viewers and listeners of this news feared that the balloon was carrying his 6-year old son, Falcon. Hours after the balloon had landed, sans the boy, did the Heenes claim that little Falcon had been hiding in the attic the entire time.
What’s got people up in arms is that Richard Heene contacted not only the local sheriff’s department, but also the media to assist in the so-called-rescue of his son traveling in the balloon, knowing all along that little Falcon was safe and sound. After the news of Falcon’s safety, Richard Heene and his family appeared on Larry King Live as well as on the Today show the following morning. It seems that what people are now most upset about were the answers that Falcon gave on the Larry King Live show in which he, in essence, said that he “did it for the tv show.” A follow up interview on CNN reveals a very defensive Richard Heene about what Falcon had said.
At some point today, we are expecting a press conference in which the Ft. Collins’ Sheriffs Department will publicly announce the charges that will be pressed against The Heenes for their illegal behavior (see video insert). WHAT CHOPS MY HIDE? The amount of public tax dollars and private dollars spent on the tracking of this wayward balloon in the belief that they were on a life-saving mission… when, all along, they were falling into the hands of a whack-job who believed there was no harm done in his personal use of the press for a publicity stunt. WHAT MAKES ME SAD? That a nation, for a few hours, came together in the hopes of seeing a miraculous rescue of a young boy. I can only imagine the number of prayers that were said for his safe landing. (*which makes me wonder what God thought about all of this?*) When our nation needs something good to focus on… not lose faith in others because of idiot stunts like this. WHAT MAKES ME SICK? Poor little Falcon was so upset about being told to lie to the cameras that he literally was vomiting over it.
I did happen to see Richard Heene and his family on Wife Swap. At the time, I thought that he was a TOTAL KOOK and couldn’t stop shaking my head. He was a total drama queen then, as much as he is now. I bet ABC will get some great ratings if they re-air the episodes!
Not long ago, I wrote a post after watching a cable television show, The Whale Wars, on Animal Planet. With tears in our eyes and lumps in our throats, my daughters and I watched tonight’s episode as a beautiful Minke whale was murdered. A defenseless, beautiful, and peaceful mammal suffocated in its own blood for nearly 20 minutes until it died. The man at the hand of the harpoon trigger… I wondered who he was and how he slept at night. Did he feel any remorse or guilt? As hard as this is to admit, in writing and for all of you to see, I wondered if this gunman was going to hell for his actions.
Watching the film of the murder of this whale was unbelievably sad. It changed me. I looked at my daughters and felt the need to try do so something… anything…
For the first time in my life, I wrote a letter to the President of The United States of America. I have elected to send copies of my letter to my local congressman, The International Whaling Commission, and the CEQ Chair, Nancy Sutley.
I fear, my voice will make no difference. I am just one person… and not an influential one at that. I’m just a mom… just a lover of the planet… just a lover of animals.
But, what else can I do? Like most other Americans, I don’t have the liberty of excess time or money to pursue the injustices of the world. I have to take care of my family, our home, and our lives. I can’t crusade about the earth protecting nature. But, oh, how I wish I could.
Say what you want about environmentalists, but I happen to love them. At least they have the courage to live their passion and express their beliefs. Say what you want about Paul Watson and his vigilante ways, but I happen to admire him. He has the guts to dedicate his life to a cause that he believes in. Say what you want about me for crying over the death of whales… but, know that all I have is compassion and love in my heart.
Should you have any interest in this topic of commercial whaling being disguised as “research,” I have researched some articles that you might find eye-opening:
My daughters are proud of me for writing the letter. And, I hope that I showed them that change is up to us. I talked to them about protecting our planet when they grew up and their generation takes charge of our world. They said they would.
I hope they can… because, although my generation is trying… we’re just not quite doing enough.
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