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The tides were trying to wash up on your underwear.
OK, another question.   The moon is 15 billion inches away from the earth. It is moving away at about 1 inch per year, and the rotation of the earth is slowing because of it. Where was the moon 4.5 billion years ago? How fast would the earth have been spinning? What were the tides doing? Now keep in mind a 1 degree tilt from where the earth is now would cause a global ice age.

National Political Opinion / Re: Stimulus Package Waste
« on: February 19, 2009, 04:59:38 AM »
Does this include any Bail Out money? LOL
Thanks for the kind words.

I have been thinking, we need to plan a Capitol Tour trip for some folks on here.  I would have to set a number limit but have folks come to the capitol one day when we are not in session, I would take you around, give a tour, and get into some places that people can't normally go, have some pizza to eat, etc....let folks see their capitol.  I know some have never been, others probably havn't been in a long time.

Would anyone be interested in something like that....on a Friday or Saturday?  If you might be, shoot me something at and let me know.  If there is enough interest I may try to set something up.


Correction, my site is profitable.
Secondly the reason why it is profitable because I have been dishing the dirt for 9 years.. Keep up the good dirt folks.. LOL
I heard once that more people would attend a plane crash full of orphans than the Super Bowl.
Here's an article that points out the problems of trying to advertise local products and services on the internet, where "local" is not easy to define.
The article is mostly on the problems of trying to get local (as opposed to national or regional) ads onto internet websites, and has direct application to trying to make the Pulaski County Daily News and Pulaski County Web financially profitable operations.
"Local Advertising Isn't Jumping Online: As The Newspaper Industry Crumbles, Online Sites Figured They'd Cash In On Local Advertising. But "Local" Doesn't Mean Much Online"
However, the article also asks why newspaper websites, which should be in the best possible position to attract local internet revenue to their sites, are actually seeing significant declines.
"At first the thought of a major metropolitan area like San Francisco not having a daily print newspaper sent a chill up my spine. Then I remembered that I haven't subscribed to my hometown newspaper for the better part of a decade. And despite the pain inflicted on the journalists and others losing their jobs as a result, there's not much of an outpouring of public outrage ... Newspaper boosters are quick to blame the Internet for the death of dailies. The frequent object of their ire is Craigslist, which lets users post local ads for nothing. Craigslist CEO Craig Newmark begs to differ. In my interview with him on Yahoo's TechTicker last year, he said his site has had a 'significant, but still pretty small' impact on classified-ad placement. In his view, local newspapers are at least partly to blame for their own demise. 'Newspapers have much bigger issues,' he continued. 'Conventional news media have forgotten they're a community service. They're supposed to speak truth to power and do things like fact-checking and editing, and when newspapers forget to do that they lose more trust. And that is more damaging than anything we could ever do.' Whatever the root cause of the upheaval among local papers, local advertisers are not rushing to online local sites to fill the void left by this moribund industry. And that means Web sites hoping to profit from local Internet advertising may be in for as big a struggle as their counterparts in print."
Note carefully what the Craigslist CEO says is the major problem of newspapers -- they're not doing their jobs by forgetting to "speak truth to power and do things like fact-checking and editing."
I've seen from less than three months of running this news website that there are certain stories that **CLEARLY** get much more readers than anything else -- and it's not the feel-good stories that many people say they like.
What gets attention?
Roughly, this is the order. First of all, gory nasty awful crash stories with photos, and fires are right up there with the crashes -- but only if they have photos. Second, anything involving the ongoing funding crisis in the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department. Third, budget problems that could result in tax hikes, and fourth, major fights in cities or school boards (such as what's going on now in Crocker).
What gets the least attention? Feel-good stuff.
And that's not by a narrow margin. Sometimes feel-good articles get as few as a couple of dozen people opening the story to look at it.
People love to bash reporters for focusing on pain and conflict, but it seems very clear from the web statistics that the gut instincts of reporters dating back to the 1800s have clearly been right -- if it bleeds, it leads. If it involves a major fight in government, everybody wants to come have a look. And if it touches the pocketbook, people want to do more than look; they want to have a say in the outcome.

LOL if you only knew..
There was never really a Sherri is was all part of the games I play on here. Just like when you all thought I was married before.. This is all just a way to prove to you all that you can't believe everything you read.

I can help you with that  ;D   ((*(*&
And i'm sure Sherrie can recommend a Church or to that have a good plan for your future.
LOL,Remember you brought it up  :lurking: :poke:

I never thought I'd make it to 40 and now I have no plan for this after life stuff.
I know you have slowed down some but if you stop your partying you may last as long as I have.
Now as for you aunt Okie don't worry about her she's already 'pickled' and will last forever!!
 :poke: ;D :th_gen129:

Not the way you partied.

Bless you my son  :wink1a:   ;D   ::)   :th_gen129:
You didn't think I would make it did you? :shame:   ((*(*&

Happy birthday dad.

Local News / As if Eeyore hasn't been through enough lately..
« on: February 14, 2009, 05:21:55 AM »
Today she lost her sister. Our thoughts are with you Eeyore..

Local News / Truman Education Center, Fort Leonard Wood
« on: February 13, 2009, 10:53:35 PM »
News Release Contact: Dr. L. Stewart
Education Services Officer
Truman Education Center
(573) 596-0172
Feb. 13, 2009
Truman Education Center, Fort Leonard Wood
to host a Financial Aid Workshop
(FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo.)ó There will be a Financial Aid Workshop at the Truman Education Center on Fort Leonard Wood on Wednesday, Feb. 18.  The workshop will be held first at 12 noon and again at 3:30 p.m. in classroom # 25.

The workshop is open to the public and will be conducted by a Army Continuing Education System (ACES) counselors from the Truman Education Center staff and by representatives from some of the colleges/universities at the Truman Education Center.  The workshop will cover ways and means that a student can use to pay for higher education.  Specific topics will include:  Military Tuition Assistance; Veteranís Benefits; Grants and Loans; and Special Benefits and Discounts available from the on-post colleges and universities.

The Truman Education Center has been operating in its present location on Fort Leonard Wood since 1974 providing training, learning resources, testing services and a venue for Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) schools to offer college classes.  While priority space in college classes is given to active duty military, veterans, family members, DA and DoD civilians and even non-affiliated civilians in the local communities may take college classes at the Truman Education Center on a space-available basis.

Lighter News / Re: Did I do good?
« on: February 13, 2009, 05:28:17 AM »
I wrote some good stuff here and Sherri made me erase it.
NO Taz, you DID NOT do good, you have now screwed it up for the rest of us.  Gee thanks... uuugghhh... and I'm going to have to deal with all of this tomorrow night when the other 1/2 finds out...  great, now how am I going to dig myself out of this hole you threw me in?!?!?!?!

Lighter News / Re: Did I do good?
« on: February 13, 2009, 04:40:22 AM »
Naw, some of us will all stick with being the ones who wear the pants in the relationship.
taz that is so sweet that you do all that for your wife. can you have a class to teach other husbands how to be so sweet? lol

Business Opinion / Re: Asian dress shop next to TKs Pizza
« on: February 12, 2009, 03:59:20 AM »
Is that where you got your school girl outfit? LOL.. Could have went with the bent over backwards angle for a joke too ..
I've been in the store several times and they have ALWAYS bent over backwards to assist in any way possible.

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National Political Opinion / Re: Stimulus Package Waste
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:51:59 PM »
Sad part is, we seem to have no control over the wastefull government we have. The majority seems to buy in.
We are the "chattering class".

I respectfully disagree with the Senator, people....people that don't normally follow politics are calling my office all day everyday about this (they know I can't do anything but are hopeful I can help send a message for them to DC) that are very upset and frankly scared of this spending package.  These are not at all just Republicans, fairly even on both sides of the aisle of the ones I know personally.
You know what they say:  "A few hundred million here, a few billion there, and pretty soon we%u2019re talking about real money".

Anyway, just thought you might like to know what we are on here...LOL.


Business Opinion / Re: Asian dress shop next to TKs Pizza
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:22:57 AM »
When you are in business you realise no one has one ounce of compassion for your store. Being in business gives you a bad taste in your mouth really fast. It is a never ending battle with thieves, or at least it was in my business..

I agree that he should have consulted his siblings, but when you are grieving, most people are in a "different" state of mind.  One of the reasons people buy expensive caskets, vases, and the such..... Grief can make people do things they normally wouldn't do, and a little compassion on the store owner's part, would have meant good advertisement for her business.

Business Opinion / Re: Asian dress shop next to TKs Pizza
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:18:28 AM »
The reasons stores like that are forced to have policies in place like that is because of all the people who try to rip the store off, people wear clothes for one occasion then try and bring it back for a refund. They all come with elaborate stories in tow. It is the bad people who make it hard on all people.. I only refunded on unworn merchandise, in the box with a receipt, unless we recognised the person who bought it as having bought it.

National Political Opinion / Re: Liberal Judges=Public Menace
« on: February 10, 2009, 11:44:18 PM »
They say what ever the number is a woman tells you she slept with you can multiply by ten, and for men you divide by ten.

National Political Opinion / Re: Liberal Judges=Public Menace
« on: February 10, 2009, 11:10:16 PM »
Personally I don't fall for the theory that POT is some kind of medical miracle. I belive there are alternatives to its use.. I also belive it should be legal if cigarettes and alcohol are.

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: what are they building
« on: February 10, 2009, 03:06:30 AM »
We all see Lowes being built etc., but my shock came seeing the clearing in Downtown Waynesville. After living here all my life it is a shock..

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: what are they building
« on: February 10, 2009, 01:54:27 AM »
Vocational Building.
I know this is on here somewhere but i don't remember> What are they building next to Waynesville High School?

If you are refering to my mental balance, I'd have to agree.
"me thinks I am fair and balanced.. LOL"

Fair you are Rick without a doubt, balanced I'm not so sure of that  :poke:

He has an opinion and he is entitled to it just like you are. Do I agree with everything you or he says, no, but that's what this is, an opinion site.. Just because he is an administrator doesn't mean I agree with everything he says.

Try and see this from my perspective. For the most part i am blamed for everything written, and I am ok with that to a point. I do, however, realise that I am not to blame.. I believe I am doing a good job as steward of this site, and I don't expect many to agree, and that's ok, because I am ok with it. I am the one who has to live with me, me thinks I am fair and balanced.. LOL
I think you alll don't realise how impossible it is to please everyone, and how that makes this site a no win situation for me.. I provide a free service to the community for almost ten years and I get hate mail for it.. I am a very strong person who laughs it all off, again because I know better..

Rick do a vote thing and Id bet he`d get maybe 2 votes Sorry the mans out of control and has been for a long time

Your post reminded me that there are modifications for this site made specifically to moderate moderators.. LOL.. The buck does stop here, but I do back up decisions made by moderators, unless they are way out of line, and so far I haven't ran into that problem as I believe they get it or I wouldn't have ask for their help. All of them work for free, and you all should appreciate that. I'd like to take this oportunity to say thanks to all who help..

Dixon please stop trying to dig digital, he earned his position 9 years ago.. He would win in an extended battle..
DixonBob ... the "guy in charge" is Rick Lepard -- not Digital, not me, and not anybody else other than Rick Lepard. Like most other web opinion sites, Rick appoints assistants to do various things since he cannot be everywhere, all the time, monitoring everything.

They are refering to paid subscriptions not paying enough, we don't have paid subscriptions or near as much overhead.
Here are three more summary reports about the ongoing news media crisis.
The first is a summary of major problems nationwide with major layoffs and closures.
A series of cuts and closures for American newspapers
The second and third are issues that affect both Rick Lepard at the Pulaski County Web and me at the Pulaski County Daily News. They're a warning by people in two of America's largest newspaper corporations that online advertising revenues not only don't make up for lost print revenue but running an online news operation actually **LOSES** money, when all expenses are factored in.
Can paid online content work? McClatchy CEO doubtful
To pay or not to pay: NY Times discusses possible paid-for online model
Now I'm fully aware that bookkeeping can result in rejiggering figures to show a paper loss when a division of a large company is actually profitable, by the financial standards a small business would use. I've seen that in several newspapers where I worked. But it is something those of us trying to run an online business need to consider carefully.

Local News / Re: How About Those Utility Bills Sports Fans !!!!
« on: February 06, 2009, 04:41:16 PM »
Mine $450.00. I have a large home in Waynesville with two space heaters and it came in at 85.
OK I'm fed up. $343.00 this month and it never gets higher than 60 degrees in my house. I can't afford this yet I make too much money to get assisstance from MOCA.

Local News / Re: Greek Meadow, a PCW Member
« on: February 06, 2009, 02:02:37 AM »
We plan to be there, so there better be lots of food.. You will lose money on my servings.. I will bring some things to auction..

Local News / Re: Greek Meadow, a PCW Member
« on: February 06, 2009, 02:00:20 AM »
This is one thing we don't see eye to eye on.
I am going to be there arn't I??

Local News / Re: Greek Meadow, a PCW Member
« on: February 05, 2009, 11:10:29 PM »

I won't wear a name tag but I am 6'6"so I should be easy to spot. :th_thwhistling:    ***(((*

Local News / Richland Mirror and Democrat merge.
« on: February 05, 2009, 07:47:10 AM »
Check out this smoking new site. If you scroll to the right you can see an ad for web design. I highly reccommend them.
Think they are feeling the pressure from Darrell Todd?