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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bible Curriculum for Public Schools Elective Course Passes Kentucky Senate

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The Kentucky Senate supports a bill that would standardize a curriculum for Bible studies in public schools.
February 12, 2011
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BY ALISON SCHUTZ
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Thou shall not teach religion in public schools. That’s what some in Kentucky are arguing after a bill to offer Bible studies in the state’s public schools passes in the state senate.

WLWT reports
this isn’t the first time the Senate resurrected a bill about the Good Book. It failed in the House once before because some thought it was unnecessary.

“In Kentucky - schools already have the choice of offering courses that teach the Bible. What Senate Bill 56 would do, is standardize the coursework. Some educators say a standard for teaching the Bible has the potential to make more school systems inclined to offer the class.”


The bill’s sponsor -- Senator Joe Bowen --
talked to Louisville’s WLKY.

"No doubt about it, the most important book ever written and obviously, it's had so much influence on our society and all of western civilization."

http://www.wlky.com/r/26818810/detail.html

USA Today notes
what few sources do:  That this bill also “allowed students to substitute their own texts.”

WLKY talked with two Kentucky legislators who aren’t buying into toying with testament teaching.

One told the station he didn’t vote because he thought the bill threw academic credibility out the window.
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Frogs with Teeth, Not an Urban Legend, Discovery Changes Evolutionary Theory

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Discovery of Frogs with Teeth Changes Evolutionary Theory

February 11, 2011

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The regrowth of lower jaw teeth in one species of frog flies in the face of evolutionary theory- once a species loses a trait, it never comes back.
Y MIRANDA WHEATLEY

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“And now please show them your teeth Kermit!
Uh, Grover. Uh, Grover. I was going to say to you, you know how I’m a frog, you know, well frogs do not have teeth Grover, no teeth.
Open your mouth!” (YouTube/Sesame Workshop)
 
Almost everything you learn on Sesame Street is true.  But on this one, Kermit’s got it wrong. Of nearly six thousand known species of frogs, a new study out of Stony Brook University suggests there’s actually one with a set of real-life chompers.  
 
And that is spawning a conversation about evolution -- trait RE-evolution, to be exact. Take a look at all the species that don’t have teeth. According to the 19th Century Dollo’s Law, when a species loses a trait - like humans did tails - it never comes back.  But these biologists say they’ve found a frog with teeth on both jaws - a trait not seen in some 200 million years. (Video from: National Geographic)

The tooth-frog species’ name is Gastrotheca guentheri and lives primarily in the Andean forests of Colombia and Ecuador. Head scientist John tells the BBC, analyzing frog fossils and DNA sequences helped him prove his theory.

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HOW DOES IT FEEL ? Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone MUSIC VIDEO

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"Like a Rolling Stone" is a 1965 song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originate in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England. After the lyrics were heavily edited, "Like a Rolling Stone" was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album Highway 61 Revisited. During a difficult two-day preproduction, Dylan struggled to find the essence of the song, which was demoed without success in 3/4 time. A breakthrough was made when it was tried in a rock music format, and rookie session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known. However, Columbia Records was unhappy with both the song's length at over six minutes and its heavy electric sound, and was hesitant to release it. It was only when a month later a copy was leaked to a new popular music club and heard by influential DJs that the song was put out as a single. Although radio stations were reluctant to play such a long track, "Like a Rolling Stone" reached number two in the US charts and became a worldwide hit.
The track has been described as revolutionary in its combination of different musical elements, the youthful, cynical sound of Dylan's voice, and the directness of the question in the chorus: "How does it feel?". "Like a Rolling Stone" transformed Dylan's career and is today considered one of the most influential compositions in post-war popular music and has since its release been both a music industry and popular culture milestone which elevated Dylan's image to iconic. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Rolling Stones, The Wailers and Green Day.


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"Like a Rolling Stone"
An album cover with a black background. Diagonally aligned, a photo of a man runs across one side of the cover. He is in a brown shirt and looks at the camera, turning the left side of his body towards it. To the right of him are large words printed on the black background, reading: "Bob Dylan", "Like a Rolling Stone", and "Gates of Eden".
Cover of the 1965 French single
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Highway 61 Revisited
B-side "Gates of Eden" (5:44)
Released July 20, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded June 15–16, 1965, Columbia Studio A, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City[1]
Genre Rock
Length 6:09 (single)
6:13 (album)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer Tom Wilson

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WE CAN BEAT ANY LOCAL WEBSITE NUMBERS!!! NEW UPDATE 2-11-2011: Hermann Missouri Business Alert: Beware of Local Website Offering Snow Jobs, the same Site That Makes Outlandish Uncorroborated Internet Traffic Claims

HERMANN MO NEWS  topped 10,000 unique visitors in a month on January 26, 2011 !!! It took us LESS THAN 4 MONTHS  to achive this!!!  We Now Far exceed that 10,000 number!!!
 email us hitmethankyou@hotmail.com and Poor Richard will send you a screen shot attachment for you to see for yourself.  I promise not to try and sell you anything!!!


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A Word A Day — gasconade

gasconade
 
PRONUNCIATION:
(gas-kuh-NAYD)

MEANING:
noun: Boastful talk.
verb intr.
: To boast extravagantly.


ETYMOLOGY:
From French gasconnade, from gasconner (to boast), after Gascon, a native of the Gascony region in France. First recorded use: 1709.


NOTES:
Were people from Gascony full of boast and bravado? Not necessarily. Historical rivalries lead one people to generalize others' names as having some shortcoming and some of those names become part of the language. Other examples of such words are solecism solecism, Boeotian, and fescennine.


USAGE:
“Stanley Hauerwas's explanation is not appreciated in an era of instant broadcast and electronic gasconade.”
Irony at UVa; The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia); Aug 2, 2010.



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We notice on a recent web search Hermann Mo News again was found on PAGE 1.  We also noticed that the web site that keeps claiming to break local web Traffic Records, was also on page 1 but under 'Sponsored Links,' THAT MEANS THE HAD TO PAY $$$ TO GET ON PAGE 1. If they really are so popular, why is it they have to pay to get recognized by google?
See for yourself, CLICK ON link below:
http://search.mywebsearch.com/mywebsearch/GGmain.jhtml?st=hp&searchfor=Lastest%20Weather%20For%20Hermann%20Mo.&ptnrS=ZZyyyyyyyyus&ptb=3971bc27-c574-457d-8f57-a43ca749610b&n=77dd9c72

A local Hermann Missouri website has made a very odd claim of 10,000+ page views in a single day.  The site in question does not appear to have enough content to explain this high volume.  So we checked it out. 
Alexa Rank: 116078 countynewslive.com Down 31155 ranksDown 31155 ranks. 
WE SEE NO SPIKE IN ALEXA GRAPH ABOVE!!!


Page Views does NOT necessarily mean increased traffic.  If the same people keep returning over and over that would boost page views.  It should also be noted that when you land on web site and they only offer a headline and one sentence description and then you click READ MORE, you have just been counted as 2 page views to read ONE story.  Even worse, you finish reading the story, then what...you click on HOME and...yet another page view is counted...that's 3 PAGE VIEWS and you only read ONE STORY!!!

If you are a subscriber and log in, that also counts as an added page view.  There are many techniques web sites use to boost page view numbers.  In other words, bragging about page views is very self serving and really doesn't SELL ANYTHING!!!


Lets Review:


1) You land at the web site = 1 page view

2) You Login = another 1 page view
3) You Land on the sites HOME page = another 1 page view

4) You find a story your interested in and click READ MORE = another 1 page view
5) You Finish reading the story and then click HOME because there is nothing left on the page to read this = 
another 1 page view
SUMMARY OF 1-5
If you are a subscriber to the un-named web site to read one story on that web site totals 5 counted Page Views, in fact any time you click on anything on a web site it counts as a Page View unless that click takes you to a totally different web site, then it is considered an exit link.
In other words, bragging about page views is very self serving and really DOESN'T SELL ANYTHING!!!


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 Why Didn't They Provide A Link to Prove Their Claim? 






Why don't they have a visible visitor counter? ALL WEB SITES HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO HAVE A WEEKLY COUNTER THAT IS VISIBLE TO THE VISITOR!!!

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A local Hermann Missouri website has made a very odd claim of 10,000+ visits in a single day.  The site in question does not appear to have enough content to explain this high volume.  So we checked it out.

The site seems to be using this claim as an advertising gimmick to drum up ad business.  They claim their source for these numbers is Alexa.com, however when we looked them up on said site we could not confirm their claims. We did notice on Alexia.com that the local site gets 55% of its traffic from facebook users yet has less than 500 facebook friends.


Upstream Sites

Which sites did users visit immediately preceding local site in question?
% of Unique Visits Percent of visits to (uniqued daily by user) preceded by a visit to the upstream site. Upstream Site
55.24% facebook.com
24.76% google.com
11.43% youtube.com
5.71% ngnn.com
2.86% visithermann.com


Furthermore we also noticed that to read most of their stories on the site one must click READ MORE, which counts as another page view (visit) to the same story, this is a cleaver way inflating actual web traffic.  We also noticed unusually big jumps in their 'viewers currently online counter' every time we clicked to another page the number increased by more than just couple.


Web Traffic numbers are very easy to manipulate so we feel it is necessary to WARN Area Businesses not to just take the word of the ad man, do a little research yourself!



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Missouri Gasconade Commissioner Jerry Lairmore Slams County's Struggling Unemployed ?

Missouri Gasconade County UNLAWFUL PAY-RAISE LAWSUIT Long Over, But NOT FORGOTTEN!!!


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Missouri Gasconade Commissioner Jerry Lairmore Slams County's Struggling Unemployed ?

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Gasconade County Commissioners' Report
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Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010

   The Gasconade County Commission met with Presiding Commissioner Ron Jost, Northern District Commissioner Matthew Penning, Southern District Commissioner Jerry Lairmore present at Courthouse beginning with Pledge of Allegiance.



GENERAL DISCUSSION

   All Commissioners were present at the GCCS meeting Monday, December 27 at the Courthouse. All agree it was a good, positive meeting and was a major step forward as the neighboring properties will be deeded to Gasconade County.

   Commissioner Jost also announced census numbers have been released and Gasconade County lost population since 2000, from 15,342 to 15,096.

   Commission held its first budget hearing as required by law. Lietzow announced individual budgets were passed out Monday, along with everyone getting a copy of General Revenue. Those are due back to County Clerk's office Tuesday, January 4; also between that time, her office will work with Treasurer Joey Gross to close out books for 2010 and project revenue for 2011. All these numbers will be summarized on Wednesday and reported to Commission at the session Thursday in Owensville. Her hope is they   will plan to meet in special session Monday, January 10, to work on it. Lietzow said it doesn't look like General Revenue will end up $100,000 ahead of the Jan. 1 balance. It looks closer to being $75,000.

   All of the following county elected officials except, Paul Dopuch, Surveyer, appeared for budget discussion and for the Commission to hear from all about their questions and c o n c e r n s : P u b l i c Administrator Fay Owsley, Associate Circuit Judge John Berkemeyer, Coroner Ben Grosse, Prosecuting Attorney Ada Brehe-Krueger, Sheriff Randy Esphorst, Treasurer Joey Gross, Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Deeds Joyce Gabathuler, Assessor Joe Mundwiller and Collector Shawn Schlottach. The Commission asked Lietzow to repeat the information she had just given them, so she   did. Judge Berkemeyer's first comment that possibly the group of elected officials, without the Commission, should meet before the Jan. 4 budget submission deadline, just to discuss each other's needs. It was later agreed to meet after this meeting ended, so everyone could check their calendars and schedule. Based on Lietzow's assessment of General Revenue, Berkemeyer said with the challenge of cutbacks, small counties such as Gasconade County struggle to make it and he fears county mergers as a future option, not necessarily anyones' choice.

   Schlottach said her collections will be down nearly $9,000 for General Revenue due to the tax charge for personal property and real estate is less, along with Ameren's protested payment. As she has said before, buying two year tags for license, gives people chance to move around and find a way to not have to pay. Her expenses are significantly higher due to delinquent tax sale parcel notices are required to be mailed certified, which is over $5 instead of 44 cents. She also mentioned to all for information, she heard postage is likely to go up 2 cents in 2011.

   She touched on a new law, SB711, that affects her office, Clerk Lietzow's and Assessor Mundwiller's as being just another unfunded mandate for General Revenue. Mundwiller's funding portion will be covered by extra withholding done by Collector Schlottach from collections; he added that state reimbursement for his office has already dropped from $6 per parcel to $4 and he is to expect that to be down to $3 in 2011 and he foresees the day General Revenue will have to supplement the Assessment fund. He has maintained a healthy balance to hold that off as long as possible.

   Berkemeyer asked if he is seeing any new construction beginning yet and he said no, that he expects in this reassessment year of 2011 to lose value for the first time, including more losses in personal property.

   Judge Berkemeyer said he sees virtually no change in his office budget, but that it only covers his expense reimbursement. His salary is paid by state and the remainder of his office expense is covered by Clerk Gabathuler's budget after their merger. Gabathuler said her salary, too, is paid by the state, as well as two of her employees and two of Judge Berkemeyer's, but if anyone would leave employment, the state has frozen hiring so no replacement could be hired.   Both she and Berkemeyer each have one county paid employee. Regarding her budget for 2011, she said she would have to ask General Revenue for more money for her recorder's system lease fees because her discretionary funds will no longer cover it.

   Lietzow said her elections budget will be reduced by $75,000 due to no elections in 2011, but she reminded the Commission she will owe almost $7,000 for voting equipment maintenance fees that she cut out of her 2010 budget. She will try to cover as much as she can from her discretionary Election   Services fund. Penning asked if the Commission will get to see discretionary fund budgets and Lietzow said yes they would be submitted to the Commission along with all budgets. Lietzow also reminded the Commission of several items they mentioned over this year that would need to be considered at budget time such as, finish basement shelving, fill in outside steps, fix roof, boiler room door, personnel policy update.

   Prosecutor Brehe-Krueger added that the salary contribution she makes to General Revenue from her discretionary funds will likely have to end soon, because her funds are not being replenished as before. She asked the Commission if they see the county gaining in any way.   Lairmore said because of his involvement with IDA board and GVEZ board, he sees industry wanting to come into Gasconade County, if they are offered incentives, so he does see the economy starting to come back up. What he sees as a major problem is all those drawing unemployment because they do not want to work and they are not scrutinized enough by state or federal agencies to be validated.


Grosse said he will need to budget for more autopsies. The Commissioners said they know he will use his best judgement. Grosse said he tries to avoid that expense as much as possible, but unfortunately some cases he feels he has to have that and Judge Berkemyer agrees it's needed to prove a case. Berkemeyer also mentioned that he has learned the public defender system is on overload and he is afraid that the county will have to start paying bills for   these attorneys and that could get very costly.     

Gabathuler brought up a situation that the Commission needs to address that just happened this week in her office. They had a volatile, mentally unstable person in their office two times and they were afraid yesterday she would come back. In an effort to be prepared, they tried the panic buttons in their office and they did not work. Batteries were replaced and that did not fix the problem. It was later discovered that the main receiver box in the Sheriff's office was not working properly and was shut off, unplugged, more than once to reset, but it didn't help. EMD Dan Dyer was contacted and he agreed they had done everything they could and he would check to see the last test date and told Clerk Lietzow, the Commission would have to look at possibly replacing the   system which was purchased in 2002. The Commissioners agreed with Dyer and they will discuss further with him while working on the budget.

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TROUBLED PAST?

btccfan2002  February 19, 2010 
An update on the bizarre story from Gasconade County where residents accused the county commissioners of "stealing" money from the its coffers. A few days earlier, a judge ruled the commissioners could keep their money because Missouri's statute of limitations on it (even if it was a criminal event) had run out.
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LET ME TAKE YOU DOWN Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever MUSIC VIDEO

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It was 44 years ago Sunday (February 13th, 1967) that the Beatles released their double A-sided single of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane." The single contained two of the first three songs recorded for the group's upcoming Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. (The other song, "When I'm 64," was saved for the album.) The songs broke the group's then unprecedented six-month stretch since their last single, "Yellow Submarine" backed by "Eleanor Rigby."
The new songs, which touched upon the group's Liverpool upbringing, were a study in contrasts, with Paul McCartney's more literal "Penny Lane" borrowing heavily from the sound of the Beach Boys' then-recent Pet Sounds album, and John Lennon's introspective "Strawberry Fields Forever" breaking new ground in both record production and song structure.
Beatlefan magazine's executive editor Al Sussman says that by the time of the single's release, Beatles fans were chomping at the bit for new music: "We didn't really start to get nervous about this until you're into '67. And it was starting, 'When are they going to put something out?' And then they put this single out in February, and of course (it was) one of the two or three best singles they've ever made."
Sussman recalled how the Beatles fan base reacted when after five months of being out of the public eye, the group all were featured in the songs' promo films with facial hair: "The mustaches were. . . were, weird. When the Beatles grew mustaches and George (Harrison) grew this little beard -- it was like oh my God, what is this???
The single was a global hit, with "Penny Lane" eventually topping the U.S. charts on March 18th, and "Strawberry Fields Forever" going on to peak at Number Eight.
In Britain, the single was kept from the top spot by Engelbert Humperdinck's "Release Me," marking the first time since their 1962 debut single "Love Me Do" that the Beatles failed to top the charts in their homeland.
The single, which was the Beatles' first after retiring from touring, featured the first of many Beatles songs the group never got to perform live.
In 1990, during McCartney's first performance in Liverpool since Lennon's death, he performed "Strawberry Fields Forever" in a medley with the Beatles' "Help!" and the Plastic Ono Band's "Give Peace A Chance" as a moving tribute to his fallen former partner.
McCartney introduced "Penny Lane" into his live shows on his 1993 world tour.

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 "Strawberry Fields Forever"
Single by The Beatles
from the album Magical Mystery Tour
A-side "Penny Lane"
Released 13 February 1967 (US)
17 February 1967 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded November–December 1966
EMI Studios, London
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 4:10
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin

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"Strawberry Fields Forever" is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. The song was written by John Lennon and attributed to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership. It was inspired by Lennon's memories of playing in the garden of a Salvation Army house named "Strawberry Field" near his childhood home.[1]
"Strawberry Fields Forever" was intended for the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), but was instead released in February 1967 as a double A-side single with Paul McCartney's "Penny Lane". "Strawberry Fields Forever" reached number eight in the United States, with numerous critics describing it as one of the group's best recordings.[2][3] It is one of the defining works of the psychedelic rock genre and has been covered by many other artists. The song was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour LP (though not on the British double EP package of the same name). The Strawberry Fields memorial in New York City's Central Park is named after the song.[4][5]


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Van Halen - Hot For Teacher MUSIC VIDEO, VH to Record New Music 2011 ?

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Word from Triple M Radio in Sydney is that Van Halen are currently confirming dates for an Australian tour that will support the band’s new album, which they also say may be out before the end of summer.

"Van Halen dates are getting locked in,” music reporter Nui Te Koha announced Wednesday morning (Feb 9) on Triple M Melbourne's Hot Breakfast. “They'll be here with David Lee Roth. Van Halen representatives were here with The Eagles during The Eagles tour in December.”

(Ed note: Irving Azoff manages both bands)

Koha added: "They're recording a new album at the moment. Eddie Van Halen says he doesn't want to do any shows until there is new material. And that new material should be out by August."

Check out the Triple M report here.
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"Hot for Teacher"
Single by Van Halen
from the album 1984
A-side "Hot For Teacher"
B-side "Drop Dead Legs"
Released 1984
Format 7" Vinyl record
Recorded 1983, at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, blues-rock, heavy metal
Length 4:44
Label Warner Music Group
Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen
Producer Ted Templeman
Van Halen singles chronology
"Panama"
(1984)
"Hot for Teacher"
(1984)
"Best of Both Worlds"
(1986)


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