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.

INS Shuts Down Farmville!


From The Non Associated Press: As the mist started to burn away in the early hours of January 3rd, 2011, many migrant workers were just checking in to Farmville Farms across the country.  Little did they know what would be waiting for them once they were ready to hit the crop fields.

Spreading out like a wildfire across Farmville Farms were Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, armed with deportation papers and portfolios of millions of illegal migrant workers.  In what would be the biggest raid ever, ICE teams converged on close to a million farms in the Farmville nation and began background checks on all workers.  All migrant workers found to be at these Farmville Farms illegally were hurried onto tractor trailers and shipped off to a holding center.

“I was stunned!” Said Julie Glusser, a 43 year old housewife who spends at least 6 hours a day making sure her farm runs smoothly.  “I came in and was bombarded with paperwork, questions from the ICE agents and complaints from the workers.  I lost 92% of my workers.  I had no idea they were all illegal!” She added.

ICE agent in control of operations of Operation Farmville Sweep, Moe Thebear said that the raid has been planned since the introduction of immigrant workers into the Farmville setting.

“It’s just gotten out of control.  Farmville creators, Zynga Games, have shown no regard for the immigration rules and laws of this nation and those that own the farms and check on them daily are either blind or ignorant to the fact that 85-90 percent of their workers are in fact, illegal.” Thebear said.

It should be noted that Farmville owners are 87% female with an average age of 43 and an average salary of $430,000 a year.  While real farm owners are 85% male with an average age of 57 and a salary of $57,000 a year.

“That’s just not right and with the closing of 100 or more farms across the States every year, those numbers drop drastically.  What these Famvillians are refusing to understand is you can’t feed a nation with Internet crops.  Especially grown, tended, picked and shipped by someone that’s not even supposed to be in this country.” Thebear added.

“I can’t believe this!” Screamed one woman in Kansas City.  “I think I am going to be sick!. That would be Mrs. I.P. Freehley, a doctors wife that used to spend 10 hours a day on Farmville.  She had deleted her account by accident in an attempt to hide the fact she knowingly hired illegal migrants to tend to her crops.  When she found out she could not get any of her Farmville Farm back, she was physically sick.

“Serves her right.” Says Moe Thebear. “I heard she had one of the biggest Farms in the Famville community.  Now it’s gone.  All gone.  Excuse the pun, but you reap what you sow.”

Final numbers on the total number of illegal Farmville workers that have been or will be deported are not in, Thebear estimates that it will be in the several million.  This article written by Tyler Hollywood of “That’s So Not The News.”

Exposing The Publisher #6


In this hard hitting series of Exposing The Publisher, number six focuses on a recent story that was the “top headline” story of the day that ran for two days during the week of the 4th. First, it should be noted that The Publisher over at Putnam(Omitted).com never dates his articles. This fact plays an important part in the following expose’.

Oh yeah, I call this one ” I kain’t stand da noise!”

MAYOR EDWARDS ADMITS ZONING DOESN’T CHANGE NOISE IMPACT

“For months, Hurricane Mayor Scott D. Edwards has told neighbors of the Walmart that to get the city to order the retailer to build a sound wall that they must change their zoning to residential.”

Actually, to be honest, it doesn’t matter what the zoning is. Changing the zoning permits won’t force Walmart or any other business to build any sort of sound wall or plant trees. A study would have to be done to see if the noise emitted, the distance sound waves travel and the actual decibel levels, effect any sound waves have on neighboring dwellings, would warrant the need of sound protection. One man complaining constantly about ambient noise (lets face it, we all have seen the video, it’s just ambient noise) does not make a study on sound wave effects.

“The neighbors have accurately said that zoning has no impact on noise levels and that the fast-talking Edwards has been throwing up a false argument to protect his pet project.”

What? I don’t even understand this statement as far as an argument in The Publishers favor. I just got done saying zoning doesn’t make a difference. The way he stated this line makes one wonder if he is crazy because it comes across as him stating an obvious; that something on paper (zoning) doesn’t effect something of a physical nature (travel of sound waves). Really, is he crazy or did I just read that that wrong way?

“As he has used the lame argument to stall the sound wall, Edwards has had council members and other politicians buying his rhetoric, including C. Brian Ellis and West Virginia State Senator W. “Mike” Hall. All along, Edwards has refused to provide any scientific evidence or statements from sound engineers that zoning has any impact on sound waves.”

“Of course, anyone with common sense knows that the reason Edwards never produced any evidence or sound engineer opinions is that there isn’t any.”

Those last two paragraphs/lines are more rhetoric than Edwards has ever let slip from his lips. Seriously. In a vain attempt to make himself sound sane, The Publisher uses his opinionated desperation to once again, disparage the Mayor.

“Now, Putnam(Omitted).com has a recording of Edwards admitting that the zoning has no impact on sound waves.”

Of course he does because The Publisher calls Mayor Edwards at least 4-5 times a week to complain about this or that. I have no doubt that this is one statement that is actually true.

“There’s no difference,” says Edwards. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Of course he doesn’t want to talk about it with The Publisher…he’s sick of talking about it! Matter of fact, there is nothing to talk about! It’s just The Publisher ranting hysterically. Who wants to deal with that, other than the now famous Trash Bloggers Alliance.

“Now that Edwards has finally spoken the truth on the issue, it remains to be seen if Hurricane City Council members will stand up To Edwards and take care of the more than 20 residents that endure the excessive noise from Walmart traffic on a daily basis.”

Edwards has always told the truth. He even admitted that yes, the zoning was changed years ago to simply fit the needs of Hurricane as it grew and evolved. Not to mention the fact that this is a NORMAL course of city evolution. Edwards doesn’t need to be challenged by people that support him. He needs to have a security detail thought because The Publishers obsession with calling the Mayor as much as he does, borders on the creepy.

“Edwards has promised that if a commercial offer were to be made on the neighbor’s homes that the city would gladly re-change the zoning back to commercial again. But he has a credibility problem about his statements and promises.”

Wait a second. Didn’t The Publisher just state in his opening line something about changing it back to residential? Let us check, shall we? To save you the scroll back effort, I’ll re-quote; “…to get the city to order the retailer to build a sound wall that they must change their zoning to residential.” Seriously? This guy calls himself a Publisher, says he has an editing team and calls this a legitimate business and he lets this make final copy? By this point, any reader that is not in the know about this guy is going to look at this as complete tripe and hit the X button in the upper right corner. What really kills me is he flip flops back in the next points. God, this guy is worse than John Kerry in his flip floppy decisions.

“Neighbors of the Walmart don’t want to change the zoning for two reasons:

Realtors have advised them that keeping the commercial zoning will make it easier to sell their homes.

Neighbors of the Walmart don’t trust Edwards after he promised to enforce the City of Hurricane noise ordinance during the July 2nd, 2007 city council meeting, then failed to keep that promise, instead going to court to have the ordinance nullified.

The Walmart neighbors have lived in their neighborhood for decades, up to 40 years. They have endured excessive construction and traffic noise for up to four years. About 15 lawsuits have been filed over construction blasting and construction noise simply because Edwards and the City of Hurricane have failed to enforce its noise ordinance as well as common sense and decency for its longtime citizens.”

Ok, lets tackle these one bullet point at a time.

Point #1: Of course realtors have suggested the zoning stay commercial (though as of this moment, based on this article, we are unsure what the zoning actually is) as it can bring a bigger payday. However, it won’t make things easier to sell. Based on a personal opinion here with the current direction of the economy (we are headed into the worst depression since the 20’s) there isn’t going to be a lot of commercial property changing hands in the near future in many places, much less Hurricane, WV.

Point #2: The only “neighbor” that doesn’t trust Mayor Edwards is The Publisher. But he’s not going to tell you that. He makes these blank statements so that if another Edwards hater happens to be linked to the article, he’ll get a misleading representation to add fuel to the fire. It’s a crock statement.

Point #3: More smoke. Those 15 lawsuits? All filed by The Publisher over the course of the last 3-4 years. Again, omitting the whole truth is unethical. And I will state again, there is a reasonable amount of evolution going on here. There are but a few neighbors still on Grace Drive and one of them is a huge salvage yard or whatever it is. Things have changed. Evolution has come to that part of Hurricane and The Publisher is doing nothing to better his position by complaining and demanding. He better be careful because ever since The New London, CT incident (the start of it) there is something called Eminent Domain. He’ll never get the $350,000 he is asking and Hurricane has plenty of time to wait him out before they hand him Eminent Domain papers and a check for what the property is actually worth.

“Edwards is a member of the Putnam County Development Authority Board of Directors which put together the Walmart project and served as a non-elected Hurricane City Council Member when the Walmart was planned. He was elected mayor in 2007 in a disputed election that included a decisive ballot box with unsealed envelopes.”

The Publishers version of the Florida “Chad” incident.

“Putnam(Omitted).com has reported that the City of Hurricane changed the zoning without the neighbor’s knowledge or permission, up to four decades after they bought their homes.”

Again, this is now harping, not reporting and again, it’s called city evolution.

“Meanwhile, Edwards refuses to put the Walmart sound wall and trees on the city council agenda, preventing a vote on the matter. When asked why, after the June meeting, he simply said, “because I don’t want to.” This means one man, the mayor, is preventing an entire neighborhood from having peace and quiet, something he enjoys every day-in his neighborhood across town from the Walmart.”

Ha! I love how he says “one man” in that statement. Why? Because it’s one man behind all this bullshit we are exposing now. The Publisher. He is “speaking” for all the residents. The only resident that complains is him. The only resident that hates Mayor Edwards is him. The Publisher. I’d also like to point out that The Publisher once again lied. He says Mayor Edwards enjoys his quiet in his neighborhood across town. I beg to differ. he can hear the caterwauling of The Publisher from his house every day.

“Putnam(Omitted).com used to publish a daily diary chronicling the daily excessive noise. However, we pulled it after Edwards’ supporters and Walmart supporters harassed this publisher and family members.”

Bullshit. It’s still up there. He just doesn’t make public the link for fear of one person. Your’s truly. Between myself and the commenter’s to this blog site making light of his lies and incessant bitching, he can’t stand it so he only allows it to be seen when he is all bent out of shape over something Walmart related. As it is, his latest effort is only updated through June 25th and that was released all at once. So it’s still pure BS and a crock.

“Councilman Ellis looked stunned when Putnam(Omitted).com informed him of Edwards’ admission, and councilwoman Lana Call says “The city can’t afford it,” while ducking the real issue of the city forcing disruptive businesses to endure the cost of sound walls.”

I happen to agree with Lana Call here. Of course the city can’t afford it. They have had to endure not only the down economy but the lawsuit wrath of The Publisher. That costs time, money and effort and each one (I know he has admitted to the 15 as stated in this piece earlier but there have been dozens more…all unsuccessful but disruptive none the least) adds to the time it will take to make a recovery.

Now.

Remember I said to pay attention to the fact that The Publisher never dates his stuff? Well, if you take out the last two lines of this story, you will find that this “article” was posted several months or even years ago. I know I read this entire piece about a year and a half ago when we first were turned on to the antics of The Publisher. Of course, he will call me a liar because there are no dates on said article. That doesn’t prove I am a liar, it proves he is unethical by deceiving the readers with old posts and added lines or changed facts when he has been called out.

As an added note here regarding this article, I have been invited by the Mayor or Hurricane himself to (at some point of my convenience) to give him a call. I am sure Mr. Edwards will be happy to put some truth behind the spin job that we have just exposed.

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.

Mark Halburn in Training?!


You be the judge.  Let me tell you about Duke.  Duke is an acquaintance of mine from the days when I was writing for E-Wrestling groups.  Sort of fantasy writing for wrestling fans.  Duke doesn’t like my radical views.  He mistakingly thinks I like President GWB.  He also likes to rant and rave like another crazy man we all know and love to hate.

On several occasions, Duke has felt the need to comment on some of my Facebook comments, where he and I are also acquainted.  Sometimes, our arguments are just a little too much for Facebook and I have deleted such arguments.  But I hate to be blamed for stepping all over the 1st amendment so this time I decided to move the conversation here.   This way comments can be open and those that wish to be a part, can be, without having their Facebook pages inundated with lunacy that I am sure will follow.

Here’s how it started;

My reply, which was a mistake.  I should have instantly come here and started this thread knowing Duke was going to go off.

Really Duke? You want to go here? It’s not a state dinner when you let some third world country’s leader to stand up and berate our own government about our internal affairs. What’s worse, is that this Muslim leader we now have in office is tearing apart our country from the inside, which I predicted would happen. This is no different than when Obama bowed before other leaders and apologized for the past…it’s just an embarrassment meant to belittle the United States.

It’s too bad he has you young, dick sucking liberals (hey, I started the dick suck joke here, I’m gonna finish with it) brainwashed into believe he is all about “change” for the better. The only thing he wants to change is how much freedom we have in our own fucking country.

So just can it, Duke. Get in line at the welfare office like all the other illegal immigrant sponges and just continue to suckle that teet. One day…it’s gonna run dry.

He responded;

“Young? Well, I’m not in my mid 50’s like you but…sheesh. Young? You make it sound like I’m of the fresh-out-of-high-school MTV generation. And I’m not actually liberal. Wow, you’re 0-2…

Tear apart out country from the inside, hmm? You say that like it was all that well put together to begin with. Your boy Bush did that we he decided that we don’t need any of our rights anymore(Patriot Act) and that it’s ok to act like the terrorists(Gitmo/Water boarding) because “it’s what they were doing to us”…which, by the way, how school yard can you BE? They torture us so we’re gonna do it to them!! Didn’t his daddy teach him anything? Wait, he was silver spooned his entire fucking life…so, probably not.

Have you LOOKED at our past? There is shit we need to apologize for. Slavery, the fact it took us almost 200 years give people back the rights that are given to them via The Constitution of The United States of America, internment camps, Vietnam, 9/11.

Yes, we had a hand in 9/11 because Clinton could’ve had Bin Laden’s head mounted above the fireplace, but he was too busy dicking interns. We get him then, the chances of 9/11 happening or even happening on the scale that it did decrease DRASTICALLY.

I’m going to guess you and everyone you know has never stepped a foot inside a welfare office or even gone near one. You’ll notices 3/4’s of the people that use it, and abuse it…ARE LEGAL. They were abusing it long before immigration became a problem, but, I’m sure you already knew that, because you know everything, right? Obama’s the devil incarnate, he’s a terrorist plant by Al-Queda, he’s going to “ruin” this “great” and “wonderful” country.

FUCK YOU.

Personally, I’m praying for nuclear war, because at this point, pushing the little red button would be an upgrade!”

Well, at least Duke and I agree on one thing.  Let God push the reset button and lets start over.  those that will survive?  They won’t be the ones standing in line waiting for a handout, nor their sympathizers, like Duke.

It’ll be guys like Tyler Hollywood, future Overlord.

Exposing The Publisher #3


The following is part number three in an ongoing investigative reveal into shoddy writing and blogging in the guise of journalism.    Our goal here as part of the Trash Bloggers Alliance is to make sure you know the truth and to make you aware of free Speech abuse.

HPD CITES FREELANCE REPORTER SMITH

By Mark Halburn

“One week after he witnessed the City of Hurricane violating the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act, city police cited a freelance reporter who was trying to review public documents. “

Oh for God sake. Now there are two fat boys wandering around Putnam County flashing a Press Pass that does mean shit. And before you “details” people that like to get on me at the start of an article tear down, I know this Smith guy is a freelancer. That doesn’t mean he is any better than Mark Halbun and it certainly doesn’t make his Press Pass any more viable. It also doesn’t help him break the law either by requesting free information on certain documents. Have these two ever heard of a right to privacy…that they complain about not getting?!

“Lawrence J. Smith, 29,of Hurricane, was cited for misdemeanor Obstructing and Trespassing by HPD Officer C.K. Eggleton.”

Mark? You call yourself a substitute teacher? I hope it’s not in math. Smith’s birthday is 03/28/70 and if you bother to check your details and counted more than just your toes and fingers, you’d know Smith is 39, not 29. Even Flipper was able to catch that!


“Smith, who writes for The West Virginia Record, The State Journal, and Putnam(BLOB).com, says he was researching criminal records for a lawsuit filed regarding an incident at a Hurricane bar but was told he had to file a Freedom of Information Act request for a routine review. When he asked to see a copy of that policy, he says he was ordered to leave the HPD lobby and was cited. Smith was not jailed.”

He doesn’t write for Putnam(BLOB).com! He’d probably charge Mark for doing a piece and we all know Mark is not making any money off his site with all his “advertising trading” he does. As for the reason he was cited, there would be no reason he would have been unless HE got out of control. He’s just like Mark. Doesn’t want to pay for any information, doesn’t take no for an answer, was probably talking to a female at first and pushed a little too far. An officer was called and he was cited becuase he wouldn’t shut his fat jowls and go away and do things the right way. All he had to do was fill out the FOIA and get the review. If he was looking for more the town can say “fuck you, pal” this is an ongoing case. This is the worse case of Halburnian Disorder I have seen yet.

“Law enforcement agencies rarely require FOIA filings to review arrest documents, including criminal complaints and citations.”

Bullshit. Each case is determined on it’s own merits based on the current standing of the investigation. You get squat if it’s on going, you shit for brains. That statement you published is a lie.

“The City of Hurricane has a history of violating West Virginia FOIA law, including illegally attempting to charge $35 an hour for “Research fees,” ignoring FOIA requests, and failing to respond to FOIA requests within the five-day time period.”

Another fucking lie. They can charge what they need to for the man power they expend. Lest I remind you?

“West Virginia Code §11-1C-7”

Again, this wasn’t an article aimed at telling any unbiased story or reporting on a citation. It was a reactionary rant made to look like an article because once again, the publisher was skewing things to make it look like a conspiracy. There is no wrong doing by having those that flash fake or little respected Press Passes fill out the proper forms and pay the proper amounts for needed information…like everyone else has done.

It’s Called Progress (Way)!


Ya know what? I hate how this guy hides details. “The no truck zone in front of our home…” That is such bullshit. I mean really. Give me a break. The home is several hundred feet away from Grace Drive, an unpaved, original road. That being said, the road that is supposedly (I have seen no proof of this at all) a “No Truck Road” is actually Progress Way, which was built by Walmart 12 feet BELOW that of Grace Drive. It’s also further away from “the home” than Grace Drive is. Look. I have proof dating back to original construction of Progress way.

Thanks To GOW for the crop and resend!

Speaking of Progress Way, I call that a little sweet irony. I’ve always told Mark that what is going on around him is progress. I find out today the “offending” road he constantly complains about is not Grace Drive, but Progress Way! HA! I laughed until I pee’d a little. Maybe I should have that checked. I kid. I kid.

So, on to answering his questions.

1) Why can’t these Walmart delivery morons honor the no-truck zone? A) No doubt because there is no such “rule” on that road. It’s Walmarts. They can do what they want with it.

2) And why doesn’t Hurricane Police cite these idiots!(?) (I had to add the question Mark to correct his punctuation). A) Because you have bashed, libeled, and pissed off the police department (as well as the city officials) to the point that they wouldn’t send you help if you dialed 911 come break in or fire.

I gotta tell ya, if I was the Mayor of this City, I’d wait until Mark and his Korean like family (how many people live there now?) are out of the house and I’d have a wrecking ball “accidently” level the home.

No, really. I would.