Exposing The Publisher: To Sell Or Not To Sell.


exposingI admit it.  It’s been too quiet here of late.  granted, I’ve tossed around a comment or two at the trailer park of posting forums called Topix but lately I’ve been more of a lurker when it comes to the antics of The Publisher, whom I am about to expose one more time.  My apologies if “expose” brought other visions to your sick and twisted little minds than was intended.

Currently, The Publisher: Mark Halburn of Putnam(redacted).com,  is facing some changes in his life.  It would appear that all his ranting, raving and acting like a general fool has gotten him in a little hot water with the lady of the house.  You know, the one that pays for his domain name for his “news” (Blog) site when he’s spent all his money on KFC and Taco Bell because a coupon for a freebie wasn’t enough.  Knowing things are about to change for The Publisher, I decided to try and alleviate him of the burden of his web site by offering to buy it.  Now, being an entrepreneur, I figured that I could buy his web site and actually turn it into a credible news site.   Of course, that was just crazy talk.  With all the damage he has done using that domain for his blogging and political attacks the best I could do is buy the domain and dismantle it.  But, I figured I would go in with high hopes and with a professional manner.

What follows is based on actual events.  No names were changed to protect the innocent.  There wasn’t any.

Now, as you see I just wrote up a quick e-mail saying I was interested and I expected there would be some back and forth where we would eventually work out an idea.  Would I pay for the just the domain and the name?  Could I be convinced this was a successful business and I could take it over as a business?  If so, would I get all the information I needed?  As you can see, I only offered to buy the web site, meaning the domain, so I could perhaps continue to run the site.  As you can also see, with no discussion, little fan fare and lacking in reality, The Publisher fired back with a price of $250,000.

$250,000!?

Yeah, I know all about the fact he wants $300,000 for his little blue shack on a hill which is only worth $89,000 appraised, but good lord.  I was even surprised by the price.  $250,000?!  Whew.  Well, despite the quoted cost, I figured I would push this for all it was worth.  At this point?  I was done being serious about buying the site because I knew it would never happen.  Not with a guy that had zero touch with reality.  However, I kept up the charade to see what I could get.

At this point, I had my accountant working on more research on this site to see how much something like this would actually cost to run, what kind of billable income there actually could be and what kinds of overhead there would be.  In an effort to learn more from The Publisher, I asked for the obvious, as you can see.  By the way, we tabbed that this site, with it’s readership and projected readership was worth about $2500.  He fires back by making this a package deal.  $250,000 for the site and the “office headquarters”, which he quoted at an addition $300,000.

::laughs:: Whoa there Nelly.  What the hell just happened here?

So, his “office building” is up for grabs too?  Office building?  You know,  his soon to be second ex wife’s house, whom she shares with her mother.  So now it’s gone from $250,000 to $550,000 but he did say “package deal”.  I assumed the original asking price of $250,000.  My question here is, does it come with a wife, kid and a mother-in-law in that asking price?

By this point he has no clue what he is doing.  All I wanted was a balance sheet or an income and expense report to see what the numbers were.  He tosses out the $2500 a month “billable” mail and then adds in a taunt about the “great debate” that I no showed to, like I was ever going to debate the mentally retarded.  Oh, and because I am from Vermont he decides to taunt me with a maple syrup joke.

Hahahahahaha!  Yeah, like I have not heard that before.  Who’s the dumb one?  me for living in a state that is famous for maple syrup or guys like Mark Haburn that pay $60.00 a gallon for it?

He gets a little ahead  of me in the mail trade off’s, but he starts to offer some of the costs associated to this because he doesn’t want to send me anything.  He doesn’t trust me.  As you will see later, he even says that.  He’s right though, he shouldn’t.  He ends with sort of a “take it or leave it” finality.

At this point I decided to really get the facts.  He’s called his web site a business for years and granted, we have seen a business licence and he has filed taxes on it, but I still say it’s not a business and I will tell you why a little later, just bear with me.  I went right after him.  I wanted a list of everything and if you are a business person serious about selling your business, you would offer that up.  Especially if you were asking 100 times what it was actually worth.

This is where he starts to attack me, saying that his “employees, contributors, editors and webmasters” would not work for me.  Of course they wouldn’t because he is all of that.  He’s had one contributor (another crazy “journalist” named Lawrence Smith) do some work for him and at one point he claims it’s all volunteerism.  We’ll get to that little white lie later.

As you can see, I kept at it.  I want that information now and at this point, I was willing to give him like a$1000 bucks just to dismantle the damn site and let him watch all his years of “hard work” disappear.  Plus, he’s been claiming for years that he has had editors, writers and photographers all working for him.  He’s claimed an office just outside of city limits he was renting.  If so, then I wanted the proof.

This was my last real attempt to get the information from him.  It worked too.  Mark said he was “traveling”.  I didn’t believe him because he was at Marshall University Graduate College taking pictures and playing journalist again.  That’s not traveling.  he says in his next mail that he wasn’t in Putnam County.  That was true.  He was just across the line in Kanawha County.

Let’s wrap up the capture’s here, shall we?

There you have it.  $1000 was my final offer.  Of course he turned it down.  My research of his “clients” revealed what we already knew.  He does a “barter” with them and once you enter Hotel Haburn, you will never leave.  He’s got a few fish on the hook that should have wiggled before they wrote the check but even when they are done paying him, he has left many of them on, just to have some sort of “proof” he has advertisers.

So, I asked for income and expense reports.  Employee lists.  Since this was a web based business, I wanted verifiable traffic logs. Lists of visitor IPs, ISPs, OS and location.  He also would have had to send that same inform for his .com as well as his .org because of his change over last year.   So, what did I eventually get after pressing?  One page of his 2010 Tax forms.  One page.  Just a page from an online tax form that could have just been filled out with numbers and made into a jpg.  However, I believe the form page I have is real.

Now, let me say that I have never doubted that the web site is registered as a business.  I have seen the proof.  I still call it a non business though, at least in the way Mark claims it.  He’s not a journalist, he’s a blogger.  Bloggers make money by selling advertising too.  The good ones at least.  The ones that are read.  The ones that are worth paying for.  He’s not a successful businessman, much less a successful member of society and he just can’t, won’t and will never see that.

Remember when I said I don’t believe this is a viable business?  Here is why.  It’s not for the fact that his profit (which is what you pay taxes on when you run your own business) was only $2448.  At least it made some money, on paper.  But don’t believe what you see.  This “business”?  Is really a tax shelter.   I can also wrap up my explain of the little white lie I mentioned.  He says that his contributors and “photographers” (interesting note here from Mike Balburn; the exif information that is embedded in photographs reveals that Mark takes all his pictures) are volunteer yet on his little tax form he supplied me, he writes off $1150 in contract labor.  There is nearly 9 grand in car expenses, nearly $12oo in utilities.  It goes on and on.  Basically, he’s paying 100% of his household bills with income from his various jobs he’s held over the course of the year plus about a closer number of $600 for “advertising” on his site.  By the way, speaking of advertising, he wrote off $1500 in advertising for his own site.  $1500?!  On what?  Plus 4400 in “other expenses”.

Business?  No.  Tax shelter?  Yes.  Yes indeed.

So this begs a question.  Will Mark ever sell his web site for $250,000?  No.  Will he sell his house….oh wait, I’m sorry… his wife’s house for $300,000?  No.  His soon to be ex wife may be able to sell the house and move away but she won’t get that much for it.  If she thinks she can she is either as crazy as Mark is or has been so brain washed by Mark that she is a walking zombie.

Update: Rumor mill has it that Doed’s might have pulled the divorce papers.  I will now go with the latter for the reason behind her brainlessness.

So there it is, folks.  The Publisher has been exposed.  He’s been pants’d in the middle of I64, if you will.  He want’s no less than $250,000 for a web site that is worth no more than $2500, he still has delusions of being a businessman and a journalist which we have proven time and again that he is not and he uses his business licence to set up a tax shelter for his pathetic life.

To sell or not to sell, that’s no longer a question.

Exposing The Publisher #11


Here’s a quickie for you.   The Publisher over at Putnam(redacted).com has been busted by yours truly, right out of the July gate.

I was reading the Beez Buzz today and read a fantastic opinion piece by John Bornschein about honoring Independence Day.  I caught a screen capture of it actually.

Later in the day I ran across a letter that was “sent” to Putnam(redacted).com that the Publisher printed from a “letter writer”.  I caught a screen shot of that too.

Imagine my surprise when I got done reading.  Huh.  July 1st is only a few hours old and The Publisher is still up to his old tricks.  Mr. Publisher?  I demand you close down you trash blog or admit to the fact that it is what it is.  An opinion blog and not a news source.

Crook.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog reading.

 

Exposing The Publisher Detta, Tama, Tento (#10)



Dit. Tama. Cette. Diese. Questo. Este. Detta. Acest. Tento.

Any way you choose to say it, it all means the same.

The number 10.

In my continuing effort to make sure that you, the reader, the listeners or those brothers and sisters in arms in Putnam County, are fully informed of the story telling that The Publisher likes to tell over at Putnam(redacted).com, I bring to you EtP10. In a continued effort of yellow journalism, The Publisher has once again “created” a story out of nothing. Once again, he attacks Mayor Edwards, accusing his “staff” of planting political signs for the Mayor’s reelection campaign in The Publishers yard. I present to you;

“Here’s Your Sign.” 

As always lets begin with the title of his attack piece.

Edwards Campaign Harasses Critics Again

Right off the bat, he accuses.

Signs Placed In Front Of Home Without Permission

The byline. Even though you eventually come to find out that The Publisher says that he doesn’t blame the Mayor for personally putting signs up in The Publisher’s yard, he leads you to believe such. This is bait and switch.

During his 2007 campaign for mayor, Scott D. Edwards chose to campaign on a Hurricane street corner across the street from the employer of this publisher’s wife. This publisher has been one of Edwards’ strongest critics, citing his anti-family and anti-jobs stance that hurts the City of Hurricane and Putnam County.

Wow. I think I just heard a hamstring snap as he reached for that first statement. The Publisher accuses Edwards of picking a spot specifically because The Publishers wife worked in a building across the street? I’m going to let that sink in for a moment.

First of all, while chatting up the mayor in casual conversation over cheeseburgers and a Pepsi (note: that’s what I was having when I wrote him an email, I have no clue what he was having), I got the impression Mr. Edwards had no idea that The Publisher’s wife was working in any building on any of the street corners he chose to do his hand waving and hello’s. As any smart, intelligent, politically oriented candidate would do, he chose his spots strategically. Highest traffic flow gets you to wave that hand and say hello more which translates into “impressions”. It’s the smart thing to do. Edwards did not choose a street corner based on a critic or where that critic’s wife works. End of story.

All this is, is an attempt to once again for this critic, The Publisher, to try and sully the name of a candidate, The Mayor, just because his panties are still in a bunch about Walmart. It’s all about Walmart. “Edwards is anti family…” because he brought in a Walmart. “Edwards is anti jobs…” because he brought on a Walmart.

Shortly after he was elected, in a tainted election, while this publisher was working in South Carolina, a City of Hurricane inspector cited this publisher’s pregnant wife for weeds on a hillside behind our home. Edwards’ business, Netranom Communications, (the Old Town Hall building) and the current Hurricane City Hall had tall weeds, but they weren’t cited. City inspectors have repeatedly refused to cite Edwards for the issues at the Netranom building. It’s part of Edwards’ double standard and dirty politics.

Tainted election? There has never been proof of this. It was a sore losers late attempt to try and change the minds of those that had already spoken though the ballots. Sam Cole lost in a close election and he didn’t even care until someone started to whisper in his ears about “rigged elections” and “unsafe ballots” or some other hooha. Could it have been Mark Halburn? An obvious critic of Mayor Edwards that was doing the whispering through his opinionated web site? I’ll let you be the judge. Never mind the fact Cole had a solid recount done with the same results. You can count 100 times and nothing was going to change.

As for the weeds part of this yellow journalism piece? Oooops. There goes the other hammy! Seriously? Is there any proof that his second wife was ticketed for tall weeds? Any proof at all? Do they really enforce that statute anymore? Oh, wait. Weeds at a computer business as well, no ticket there? Oh, ok. So basically we have another untruth out there, tossed up like a softball by The Publisher. Excuse me while I take a swing here. He takes a picture of tall weeds in behind the City Hall building and tries to sell that (with no proof) as to have been taken in 2007?  I call dirty journalism.

::bat crack::

I will say this though. Don’t be a stooge, Mr. Publisher. Cut your damn grass if you are looking to make an impression to sell that double wide.

So when Edwards’ re-election campaign signs showed up in the grass in front of our home, Thursday, May 12th, 2011, we weren’t surprised. Edwards says he didn’t do it. We believe him. However, we don’t believe he didn’t know a supporter was putting them there. And despite Edwards assertion that the culprit will be prosecuted, more than 24 hours after the trespassing and malicious mischief occurred (I decided to leave all his spelling mistakes and grammatical errors…that‘s not me), no one from the Hurricane Police Department had fingerprinted the signs. Chief of Police W. “Mike” Mullins hung up on this publisher when he was asked why the signs were not fingerprinted and why the Walmart surveillance video had not been viewed.

Oh my. There are so many things in this little paragraph that just tickle me pink. He totally believes his lie and thus herein lies the crux of my expose’ in this article. It is my belief that Mark Halburn aka The Publisher, did in fact steal signs from various places about the city of Hurricane and deliberately destroyed them to “create” a story to put Mayor Edwards in a negative light.

When asked about the accusation, Mayor Edwards responded with the following quote; “ Me nor my people did this — not sure who did. He emailed me and said he was out of town and demanded 1 trillion dollars per sign per day for yard space rent.”

Yep. You heard that right. One trillion. I have to wonder if Mark sat there laughing manically, his pinky finger resting at the corner of his mouth when he wrote up that email to Mayor Edwards?

Oh yeah, you want to see the entire email The Publisher sent Mayor Edwards? I thought ya might;

“For the second campaign in a row, you have chosen to harass my wife. Last time you campaigned in front of her employer. Today, while I am out of town, she awoke to find TWO of your campaign signs in our front yard. Since these were UNAUTHORIZED, the overnight space rental fee is $1 TRILLION per sign. Yes, I WILL be making this public as just your latest unethical conduct! How do you sleep at night? The payment is due IMMEDIATELY at the City National Branch, in Hurricane! Mark.”

I giggled. Seriously. Until I laughed. Is this guy crazy? Wait!

Don’t answer that.

When I talked to Mayor Edwards a few days later about the missing signs he stated that he had been told a few signs were missing. To quote; “Well, they were stolen from what appears to be random locations… Some in subdivisions and some on main roads.” 

I agree that the culprit be prosecuted. Go ahead and look at any Walmart footage. It’s not going to show anything than an empty parking lot and a few cars rolling up and down Progress Way. As far as the finger printing goes, yeah, do that too. It will find that Mark’s greasy little paw marks are all over them in specific places, not just from “uprooting” them from his yard and crunching them in a barrel to take pictures of the offending signs. The Publisher could be nailed with theft of property, burglary and destruction of said property. Who knows, if he stole enough of the signs and it’s proven he did, then it could be a felony. There’s a hell of an add to the ole rap sheet for ya. No wonder Mullins hung up on his ass. Oh yeah. Can I answer the question of “How do you sleep at night?” for the Mayor? Thanks. Like a hard working Mayor.

::bling smile and a thumbs up!::

We removed the signs and placed them in a more appropriate location. Edwards was sent a bill for the space rental for the time that the signs were in the grass. Naturally, Edwards hasn’t paid the bill. He sent the following email:

“Thank you for letting me know that there were some of my campaign signs in your yard. If they are still on your property, I will be glad to come and get them, but I do want you to know that I did not place them there. Actually, I noticed numerous signs of mine had been moved to different locations last night. I was out until midnight, so it had to have taken place between midnight and 7 am, which is when I noticed the others that were moved. If it happens again, please let me know and I will remove immediately.”

The “appropriate location” was a garbage bin. First off, if The Publisher was any kind of decent human being and this was indeed a prank by someone knowing how much of a critic he is to Edwards, he would have called and said “I have your signs, come get them or I will bring them in. They are not supposed to be on my lawn.” I would not have deliberately broken the law and destroyed them and then taken photographic proof of this.

As far as Mr. Edwards paying the bill? Well, a collection has been started and the office is up to $6.75 in coins and dollars. We here at a State Of Mind have started a matching collection of $6.75 in Pepsi cans so we are well on our way to paying off this two trillion dollar debt. That’s a lot more than the liberal Publisher’s current leaders administration has saved up towards it’s trillion dollar debt.

As for Mayor Edwards going out of his way to respond, it’s a lot more than he needed to do. He was polite and apologetic about this happening and has not once accused Mark of any wrong doing. I have and I will stick to it. What surprises me is The Publisher didn’t burn these signs. He is a suspected firebug after all.

So far, Edwards has not picked up the signs for fingerprinting despite a request to do so.

So here it ends. Number ten. A decology, thus far, of Exposing the Publisher. The Publisher wants the police to investigate, finger prints to be taken, signs to be picked up and trillions of dollars to be deposited into his account. Huh. I just realized we can add extortion to the charges in this little episode (temper tantrum?) by The Publisher. I bet no one thought of that yet, did they. Especially The Publisher.

One final note. The Publisher posted a photo of a supposed Mayor giving a photographer the middle finger. I chose not to repost that. But I did come up with something of my own to cap off this expose, if you will. I call it a three finger book for The Publisher to read.

I just hope he can read between the lines.

Exposing The Publisher #8


West Virginia Man Caught In Lie!

Mark Halburn. Family man, blogger, KFC fiend….and liar.

Recently the Great White Shart has been spotted leaving his slimy trail of hoo hah around the Hurricane, WV Topix Forums. I can only assume that he figured no one would be watching. He thought it was safe to go back into the commenting waters.

Wrrr…wrrrr…wrrrrr…wrrrrrong!

Already having posted under the name of Mark with an IP hit of Nitro, WV, Mark left several different comments on a few topics at Topix. Not a big deal, just his usual rantings and copy and paste efforts and his always present linkage to the his putnam(blargh).com web site.

In his wisdom, he decided to rant and rave under the guise of “Lee” (also with a Nitro IP hit), whom he of course took the name from the infamous Lee from Cryptic Bullshit, and posted several lame shots at the Hurricane political elite. It’s a tactic called Wingmanning.

After a few hours, he got caught. It, of course, escalated. He then went on a big back track attempt by creating an account and making a post under the name of The Real Mark Hallburn. Of course, I have since proven that The Real Mark Hallburn, Lee (from Nitro) and Mark (from Nitro) are all…Mark Hallburn.

Fast forward.

In Post #11 under the “Gazette makes endorsements in Putnam election” thread, Mark (in response to someone using his own name…which is funny as all get out in this case) had the following to say.

LIES by yet more libelous statements made by people hiding under false names to try and discredit me and my family!!!!

I have NEVER set foot in that vile place! My family and I shop elsewhere for our grocery and merchandise needs!!

Wal-Mart and the Putnam County leaders that allowed such poison into this fair county are a disgrace and they can’t stand it when I print the TRUTH!!!!

Many Thanks!
Mark Hallburn
Publisher
putnam(redacted).com
(304) 415-NEWS

Wait. Did you miss it? Go back and read line #2 there. What what?! He’s never set foot in that Walmart?

BLASPHEMER!

::insane Preacher point::

I have the proof right here. Proof that Mark himself sent this “publisher” back in the early part of the year.  Now, to protect his information, the account  numbers have been removed  (by his own doing) and I have captured only the necessary parts to prove my point.

Now, let us not forget that he has been seen at Walmart by several different alert readers and fans of various blogging sites and radio shows to prove he has been there, but we have numerical and verified proof that he has actually spent money there.

How will The Publisher deny this one?  He can’t!  I wonder what his “legal team” thinks of him now?

Lets envision, shall we?

::dream sequence music::

The scene opens up to show a close up of finger puppets all sitting around a small table, stolen from Matthews Barbie Playhouse set.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #1: Wow.  I think we have a development, gentlemen and as Mark’s legal team, we have to nip this in the bud if we are to have any chance at any sort of lawsuit.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #2: This is disastrous!  There is no way we can spin this.  Is there?

Finger Puppet Lawyer #3: Did anyone bring the KFC like we talked about at the earlier meeting?

Finger Puppet Lawyer #1: Will you shut up about that!  And Jesus Christ, wash the grease from your face.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #3: Someone said there would be chicken.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #2: Seriously, guys, I think we are up the you know what creek without a paddle.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #3: So no chicken?

Finger Puppet Lawyer #1: There has got to be a way to salvage this.  Where did Hollywood say he got this?

Finger Puppet Lawyer #2: From Mark himself.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #1: What!?  Are you f’ning kidding me?!

Finger Puppet Lawyer #3: How about some Taco Bell?

Finger Puppet Lawyer #2: I’m not kidding.  This is why I am saying we should run the other way.  Kind of like the way the democrats are running away from Obama.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #1: I think you might be right.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #3: I really wanted the chicken.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #1&2: SHUT UP ABOUT THE DAMN CHICKEN!

Dolores: Mark?  Ae you playing with your sock puppets?

Mark: Awww…Dolores!  Way to break the fourth wall there.  Damnit.

Finger Puppet Lawyer #3: Oh great, so now there really is no chicken.

Annnd scene fade.

Thank you and…GOODNIGHT CHICAGO!

::crowd roars::

Exposing The Publisher #7


Hi there.
Have you missed me?  I’ve certainly missed you fine people here at Hollywood: It’s A State of Mind.  The summer proved to be pretty quiet on the blogging front.  A lack of some meaty material combined with a full schedule of work between the store, the consulting and the radio show (not to mention the weather was just mind blowing in the NE this year) made for a “slow news” period, if you will.
I never worried though.  Fellow blogging sensation Mike Balburn, over there at PutnamLIES has kept us updated on the Mark Halburn (Whale) Watch.  Keeping the man in line.  I also know at some point, Mark would poke his head out like one of those gophers on Winnie the Pooh, asking for an “excavation expert.”  God that whistly lisp was annoying!
Now, I wasn’t totally sold on what exactly to do for a coming back party post at first but I knew something would strike me and the ole writing bug would nibble at my fingertips.  I was going to tear apart some of the Publishers recent articles but the Might Balburn beat me to a couple of those and of course, I tip my hat to thee.
::hat tip::
Then the publisher himself embarked on a new post happy opportunity over at Hurricane Topix forums and some of his postings were the nibbling I needed to fire up the next in the installment of Exposing the Publisher series.  Two days later, he gave me something even better with a recent “article” on…you guessed it, us trash bloggers.  Now that the important preamble (much like the declaration of Independence) is over, let us free our minds…
IMPERSONATION PAGES PULLED OFFLINE
Twitter Shuts Down Harassing Fakes
By The Publisher
Online critics of Putnam(Redacted).com are finding it harder to take their cyber cheap shots.
Uh, really?  I don’t find it any harder to do much of anything when it comes to exposing the publishers lies.  The summer has indeed been quiet because Mark has remained pretty quiet.  That was until recently over at the Hurricane Topix threads.  You really think you can pop your head back up like one of those fake moles in Whack-a-Mole?  By the way, what we level upon you are not cheap shots.  The 411 we drop on the lobes of the masses is the plain truth, which you seem devoid of being able to tell.
I think I should take a moment to mention that the publisher added a picture in his post.  Let me give you a peek.
::finger snap::
Oh yeah…this!
In the past week, Twitter, and other online services have shut down several pages impersonating and harassing this publisher of Putnam(Redacted).com.

Ha!  You had one Twitter account shut down.  Any others (if they excisted) were so unused they were shut down by Twitter for non use.  Of course, you like to pad stats and numbers all the time, like you did with your web site numbers.  How is that clicker finger by the way?  Any others that you think you can prove were “shut down” were ones you made to make it look like people cared enough to even “harrass” you.

As far as these several “pages” you have had shut down?  That is a big fat ZERO.  He  can’t get shit pulled because they are either parody sites or sites that have only revealed the truth.  If he tries to  claim he  shut down Cryptic Bullshit.com, that’s misleading.  Lee let his subscription run out months ago. Everyone else that he has  had an issue with, is still blogging.  They  just aren’t saying shit about him  anymore.  But he keeps opening these doors and he’ll see what he gets.
In addition, several other sites are in the process of being pulled offline.
Bold faced lie.  I can’t even explain this any other way, this is a lie.
Putnam(Redacted).com is the only web site operated by this publisher. Any other sites using the publisher’s name or the name of Putnam(Redacted).com are fakes.
His  web site isn’t even a web site.  It’s where real news goes to get distorted and treated like a whore by it’s publisher.  Links to others work is the majority of the “news” on this “news web site”.  The news “articles” or breaking stories written by the publisher are so one sided and full of diatribe, they do not constitute news.  One other deed of trickery is how these “articles” are reused with slight changes to fit the needs of the publisher when something crawls up his ass for the day.  No dates!  Things are rehashed all the time and because of this singular fixation of the publisher, having no dates allows him to the trickery.
While trash blogs and other online sites irresponsibly allow anonymous comments that libel people, here at Putnam(Redacted).com we limit comments to verifiable Letters to the Publisher as part of civil discussion. In addition, the publisher of Putnam(Redacted).com does not participate in trash blogs and forums.
White trash.  I laugh in this guys face.  If anyone is the epitome of white trash, it’s this guy.  First off, his house and yard scream of white trash.  They are both a mess yet he has the audacity to complain about a salvage yard next door.  Then take a look at his wife and kid.  I’ve been to the back water town race nights for wannabe NASCAR drivers and in the stands I have seen folks that are less white trash than this guys wife and kid.  Not to mention that the publisher himself is a 300 pound, half balding, loose fitting short, croc wearing waddler.  If that isn’t white trash I don’t know what is.
Addressing the limiting of comments.  The publisher likes to say he is protecting the “readers” (ie: his index finger) from vulgar language and/or disparaging remarks or as he puts it, “libelous” statements.  Let me first state that he is the biggest opponent of free speech as I have ever seen.  The reason he won’t allow any posts or comments on his sites is because he knows for a fact that he will get caught in a lie and confronted.  So he hides behind being selective as the reason for barring comments.  He is afraid of open discussion, much like our current, socialist administration.  By the by, his verifiable letters?  They are just stolen from other news services and posted as “Letters To The Publisher.”  With this guys track record, I totally believe that Governor Manchin and his wife write him letters all the time.
::coughsbullshitcoughs::
As Flipper, the editing bottle nose pointed out, these letters are columns send to newspapers and the publisher scabs them from other places to make it look like he is on this list of reputable news sites.
And excuse me a moment.  I have to change my britches.  I just sharted when I read this line.
“In addition, the publisher of Putnam(Redacted).com does not participate in trash blogs and forums.”
Hahahahahahahahahahaha! ::pfffftb:: Damnit!  I did it again.
This has got to be one of the biggest, bold faced, out in the open, no way to prove otherwise lies he has ever told.  Lets see, he have posted at WebBrodcasting.net, Medialine.com, HuntingtonNews.net, broll.net and a host of other places as himself and with fake names.  We “trash bloggers’ have proven it time and again.  He has even created fake names to argue with himself or to defend himself.  This is very typical tactic of an internet argument seeker.  He even does it in the same posts.  Here is an example from the newest forums he has been posting at.  Hurricane Topix.
This past Sunday (October 10th), the Publisher posted the following as Mark from Nitro (Nitro was listed because that was the IP the site collected when he was online.  Like my IP can be from Burlington, Essex or Montpelier, it all depends on what connection I make.) over at the Hurricane, WV Topix comment forums.  It was in response for a guy named Eddie who posted a question about moving to Hurricane…in 2006 I might add.  Douchenozzle decides to answer him.
Eddie:
I used to live and work in Oceanside.(Crouch Street and Oceanside Schools). Welcome to West Virginia. The surf sucks, but the people (not the politicians) are rather nice! You’ll miss the fish tacos but will adopt Tudor’s.
Please send me an email to News@PutnamLIVE.com and I will fill you in on how things are in Putnam County.
BTW, we have some great schools here.
That is a classic publisher comment.  One, he is trying to “make friends” with Eddie in the hope of getting him on his side.  Two, it’s 4 years after the fact which again proves just how far the publisher goes and three, shows his obvious relevance.  Now the funny thing in all this is how the publisher has tried to post under a few names to hinder and help his cause.  he has used this tactic in several places until he gets caught and outted.  Once that happened, he posted this as The Real Mark Hallburn;
For the record, I am the REAL MARK HALLBURN!! There has been several “imposters” on this website pretending to be me and who are supporters of people Scott Edwards and Joe Haynes who want to cover up the TRUTH!!!!
“Mike” who runs a libelous website about me, “Lee” from Ohio who seemingly has an obsession with me, and countless others. All of you are ordered to CEASE AND DESIST ALL LIBELOUS POSTS ABOUT ME IMMEDIATELY OR FACE LEGAL ACTION!!!! I have consulted my personal attorney on this matter and he did advise me I have a case if this type of behavior continues.
I provide a service to the people of Putnam County by providing them with the news and facts they deserve. I’m sickened the “powers-that-be” in this county want to hide the truth. I pledge to give the good people of Putnam County what they deserve!!!!
He’s even denied he is the Mark (who is obviously the publisher by the way he comments) is not him.  So in actuality, he is threatening himself with legal action!  By the way, proof that The Real Mark Halburn is indeed Mark?  He posted this (as Mark from Nitro) to another thread after he posted his “I’m the Real Mark Hallburn” temper tantrum.
Dawn:
This is Mark Hallburn from PutnamLIVE.com and I said “Why would you care about the sexual orientation of a mini-mart clerk?” I am not homophobic as indicated by this statement. There are other people on this board impersonating me who are posting things that I don’t stand for.
Lee, you have nothing to sue me for. However, I have copies of all of your Cryptic BS blog as well as that other blog that you write. It’s a long list of libelous stuff.
He then caught himself and posted as The Real Mark Hallburn again, blaming Lee, Mike and myself of course.
One final note on his statement.  The reason he hasn’t been participating on any forums or web pages?  He’s been banned by all of them!  Including this one.  But I will be lifting said ban so that he can grab his shovel and continue to dig his own grave.  Wow, that segment was a little long winded.  Shall we move on?  A show of hands?
::raises hand::
Ok!  That’s good enough.
Meanwhile, we are gathering online evidence of harassment, stalking, and altered photographs that have been used to cyber bully Putnam(Redacted).com’s publisher, his family members, and sponsors of Putnam(Redacted).com. That evidence will be used in court against the cyber bullies, impersonators, and those that have funded and contributed to those sites.
Ah yes.  Leave it up to the publisher to jump on the current bandwagon of the bullying topic.  If people like the publisher Mark Halburn, Tyler Clemente (the gay student who jumped off a bridge for being outted) or Rigoberto Ruelas (5th grade teacher that killed himself because of a bad review) grew some god damn hair then non of this would be an issue.  The easiest way to deal with a bully is to stand up to him.  Not to get on some bandwagon and waggle a finger at them.  Fucking people like this are pussies.  Maybe it’s Mother Natures way of thinning the herd.
The publisher should be one to talk about being a bully.  It’s all he does to people that interact with him.  From physically pushing an elected official, to the 20 something year old female manager at the local pool to confronting the SWAT team that was practicing at another.  He’s the worst kind of bully and masks it by calling everyone else a bully.
It should be noted that this entire idea of the publisher collecting stuff as evidence of bullying is also a lie.  Oh sure, no doubt he is collecting stuff but it’ll be tossed right back at him when he tries to bring this to some public court system.  I remember the last time he tried to collect stuff, storing it on a web site.  I got it pulled because all he was doing was copy and pasting our work of parody.  He had no right.  Still doesn’t.  Maybe he has wised up and just started some sort of text file but it still won’t hold any water in any court.  Good luck with that Mr. Publisher.  I’ll be sure to be on the list of witnesses against you when it comes to your bullying and destroy any credibility you have.  Speaking of which, I have a call to make.
Be right back.
*beep beep boop beep boop*
If you know of any such sites, or the identity of those operating and funding those sites, please email that information to News@Putnam(Redacted).com. The information will be turned over to our lawyer.
Dear readers and dear listeners (for I will be covering this on my show for the pure entertainment this is) I implore you to report back to me on any copy and pasting the Publisher has done in his efforts to collect information.  He most likely is not reporting it as such and I can have his stuff removed, defeating him once again.
Rest assured, Putnam(Redacted).com will not be deterred from presenting hard-hitting news to our readers, no matter how much the cyber bullies waster their time. Our advice to them: Do something productive with your time!
I guess we can wrap this epic blog posting up by saying that no matter what the publisher likes to call us, be it trash bloggers, figments of ones imaginations or cyber bullies, it is not us that will deter the publisher from presenting hard hitting news to his readers.  It’ll be his own ignorance and self applause that will do it for him.
Oh and I almost forgot.  Did you happen to see how much of a love fest that article was?  I mean, the publisher mentioned putnam(redacted).com a total of 8 times (once in title, 7 times in body) and his email once (in body) in that 8 paragraph curtain puller.  That was so much self love that I have no doubt his crank is a little raw to the touch and the paper towel rolls are empty.  Dode’s gonna be pissed.
::long stretch and sniff::
It’s good to be back.  Thank you and… GOODNIGHT DETROIT!
::crowd roars::

Exposing The Publisher #5


What follows is #5 in the hard hitting series of Exposing The Publisher.  This week, guest writer Lenny B takes her shot at “The Publisher” as she tackles his latest pet peeve, county pools.  Keep in mind folks, this rant fueled article no doubt stems from his conviction of trespassing at a county pool that was upheld recently.  I now hand things over to Lenny.

By the way, I am calling this one;

Swimmin In The Deep(shit) End

All across West Virginia, Mountain State residents are enjoying their summers. Some are biking, others are hiking, more are fishing, and some are swimming in county pools.

Lenny’s Response: And some are sitting on their fat asses, with a handful of cheetos, masturbating into a sock and bitching about what everyone else is doing…

But not in Putnam County. Once a sparkling relief from the summer heat and humidity, the County Pool, in Eleanor, is now a crumbling eyesore, a symbol to the mismanagement that has badly hurt our county in recent years.

Lenny’s Response: You willing to pay for it, fatty? Because all these “improvements” you want cost money. It doesn’t just come from nowhere. Money has to be wasted on frivilous lawsuits from douchesacks like you.

Please take a close look at the photo above this editorial. Not only is the County Pool falling apart, it isn’t even covered and secured. A kid, or a vandal could scale the fence and plunge into a 10-foot concrete hole, injuring him or herself, then turn around and sue Putnam County for negligence-costing taxpayers.

Lenny’s Response: Or an obese blogger who lives in a shitty blue house might think he’ll go for a swim and enter through the side gate, then make case after case against the city along with libelous commentary about city officials.

Again, mismanagement

Lenny’s Response: Again, you’re a douche.

But this is nothing new. For several years the current Parks and Recreation Commission has been mismanaging our pools. Here are the lowlights: (From a lowlife!)

  • First they fired award-winning Parks and Recreation Director Cordie O. Hudkins-and used a Cabell County resident, Dennis Prisk, who should have been dismissed from the commission instead of being allowed to vote. Putnam County Commissioner Raymond “Joe” Haynes arrogantly tried to defend Prisk’s stay on the board despite a West Virginia law that clearly states Prisk should have been “disqualified.”

Lenny’s Response: It’s less likely that you’re pissed because Hudkins was fired – which was probably just house cleaning after a change in the local political climate. 7 of 11 commission members voted on his termination. He wasn’t popular. Sucks to be him. On to Prisk… WHY should he be disqualified? Because of where he lives? Details, asswipe. Remember your 5 W’s when writing – you’re trying to make your case here, and you just look like even more of a crybaby asshole.

  • Just a short time later, Waves of Fun was closed on Labor Day Weekend Sunday. Commission President William “Bill” Byus blamed lifeguards who he said had all returned to college and weren’t available for the weekend. Miraculously, they returned 24 hours later to work on Labor Day. Byus didn’t show up at the next commission meeting to explain that turn of events.

Lenny’s Response: There are certain numbers of people who have to be staffed to run a water park. For SAFETY reasons. You can’t just have one or two lifeguards for a place the size of Waves of Fun. It’s possible that a large number of lifeguards did return to college and were unable or unwilling to work that weekend. It happens in every business. You wouldn’t know, because you don’t have a business, but it does happen. It’s possible that there were enough lifeguards pulled from other pools to cover labor day. Again, it’s none of your business who called out and why. Seriously. NOT YOUR CONCERN.

  • A few years ago, Waves of Fun was temporarily closed by the Putnam County Health Department because of high bacteria levels. We are told it was the first time in Waves of Fun’s history that the pol had to be closed.

Lenny’s Response: And? This happens in larger water parks, public pools, etc. If you’d rather be violently ill, go ahead, dive right in. They were doing what was right for public safety. Again, go fuck yourself.

  • Then there was the time when County Pool’s manager falsely accused Putnam(BLOB).com’s Publisher, Mark Hallburn, of Assault and Trespassing when he paid full price top swim in the pool during posted business hours. He was acquitted after it was revealed that the pool was rented out for a private party later in the day and the manager wanted to use staff to clean the facility.

Lenny’s Response: And there was this time, not long ago, where you were RIGHTLY accused, and CONVICTED of trespassing in a Kanawha County pool. YOU, Mark Halburn, are convicted. Who gives a shit about you paid, city and county parks can be rented out for private functions, as well. A city is a business, a county is a business, a pool is a business within a business that makes money for the city or the county. If a business needs to be closed early to make accommodations for a private party, so be it. That’s THEIR concern. Let’s say I own a restaurant, and I have my hours posted as 10am to 9pm, and I decide that I am going to accept a higher paying private function, but I have to close at 5pm to prepare my space for it, I’m going to do it. Your $4 that you would pay for a sandwich is less of a concern. Yes, you paid, but if you’re still sitting there eating it at 5:30, I’m going to ask you to leave. If you refuse, you bet your ass I’m calling the cops. Of COURSE they use staff to clean the facility. Do you expect them to not clean it out after having a giant piece of shit like you floating in the water?

  • We are still waiting for the “inside job” robbery to be solved at County Pool. Between $800 and $1,200 was stolen, according to a police report. Retired Eleanor Chief of Police John Fleck told PutnamLIVE.com that only an employee would know where the money was kept-in a safe that was unlocked. Why was the safe unlocked? Why was the money not deposited in a bank? Why weren’t there secured receipts accounting for just how much money was stolen? Because of mismanagement.

Lenny’s Response: No. It could be because people are dishonest. Especially people who are getting paid shit money to deal with assholes like you. It may not have been in a safe, but grand scheme of things, it’s not a lot of money. Generally county run operations make only a couple hundred dollars a day, if that. Because of their low revenue they may only be doing deposits once or twice a week. Will they do things differently now? Probably. Will they be locking their safe that keeps the change they need as a day to day operating fun? Yeah, most likely. Is it any of your business where they keep their money? Nope. Not at all. Try again, fatso.

  • Haynes, Byus, and Williamson turned away a $250,000 grant to build a kiddie pool at Waves of Fun. The lame excuse was that Parks and Recreation could not afford the matching grant money. However, PutnamLIVE.com has repeatedly pointed out that the Good family home and adjacent properties on the fringe of Valley Park could have been sold to match the grant. Additionally, no fundraising was tried before the cowardly commission threw in the towel and robbed Putnam County’s children of the kiddie pool. People that mistreat children should not be in public management positions.

Lenny’s Response: It’s unlikely that the fringe properties would be worth anywhere NEAR $250k. Just like your house isn’t worth the free trees you planted in the front yard, someone has to want to buy it. Without the grant money matched, they can’t accept it. You’re not writing a check for $250k. Hell, you’re not even paying taxes, you worthless fuck. But you want everything for everyone. While we’re talking about mistreating kids… your friend Troy is an asshole. The city not being able to afford a pool? Not mistreatment. No one was robbed, and certainly not you.

It doesn’t take a rocket science to figure out that when pools are closed to the public aren’t bringing in admission fees which could be used for proper maintenance. But no one will ever accuse Andes, Byus, Haynes, Williamson and the Parks and Recreation Commissioners of being Rocket Scientists.

Lenny’s Response: Making a couple hundred dollars a day, having to pay for water, chemicals, security, life guards, management… it’s not going to be supported by a handful of people using a pool each day at $4 a pop. And no one would ever accuse you of being a rocket scientist… hell… no one would accuse you of being a decent human being.

In a state known for its obesity, Putnam County officials should be doing back flips off the 10-meter board to encourage exercising. Instead, they have done everything they can to destroy the pool system, including the destruction of the Eleanor pool.

Lenny’s Response: Eat less, move more. There are plenty of people in WV who are NOT obese. The problem is that people make choices of what to put into their bodies. With such an impoverished area, people fuel their bodies with cheap food, carbs, fats, sugars… instead of eating healthy food that fuels their bodies and is sustainable. Stop tossing back the double cheeseburgers and 55 ounce vats of Jolt Cola and go take a fucking walk. Eat less, eat healthier, move more, lose weight. Simple. Your weight problem is not because the pool is closed.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Current Parks and Recreation Director Scott W. Williamson wants to build an indoor aquatic center that can be used year-round. That’s a great idea that has been implemented for decades in towns across America. (Which shows how behind Putnam County “leadership” is.)

Lenny’s Response: Most of their time is spent dealing with your bullshit. It’s hard to drive a car when you constantly have to turn around and yell at the kids to stop kicking the seats.

However, before Putnam County taxpayers shell out the estimated more than $1 million to build an aquatic center, we need better managers. Smart people don’t hand keys to a Ferrari to someone that just totaled the Pinto. So Andes, Byus, Haynes, Williamson, and the rest of the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commissioners need to resign. We need a new management team. A team that understands that county swimming pools are a resource of the people to be cared for, not abused.

Lenny’s Response: Kill yourself. Seriously. You need to resign from life. It’s just something else for you to bitch about while you sit in your broken down $19 WalMart office chair, one cheetos stained hand in your jockeys, and the other hand holding the magnifying glass. Smart people don’t keep doing the same thing and try to convince yourself the results will be different. In fact, that makes you crazy. And I know, you’re already certifiable. But there is no need for Andes and Co to resign. They were voted into office, and there are more people who think they are doing a fantastic job than there are of you, who thinks they are not doing such a good job. Again, you throw abuse out there, but there is no abuse. Not having funds to maintain a pool is not abusive. Get a dictionary.

I Have A Dictionary


I use it quite often. However today I was quite surprised at what I found when I looked up the word Plagiarism.  Low and behold what do I see?

Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.

Within academia, plagiarism by students, professors, or researchers is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud and offenders are subject to academic censure. In journalism, plagiarism is considered a breach of journalistic ethics, and reporters caught plagiarizing typically face disciplinary measures ranging from suspension to termination. Some individuals caught plagiarizing in academic or journalistic contexts claim that they plagiarized unintentionally, by failing to include quotations or give the appropriate citation.

I’d like to say you could have knocked me over with a Q-tip but I’m not surprised that The Publisher’s picture is in the dictionary, associated with this word.  Here is just one of many examples found and exposed by Mike Balburn* over at PutnamLIES.com.  Please also note the bold text that has been highlighted.

Feel free to comment!

*Special thanks for Mike Balburn for the use of the picture.