Government

It takes “PBIS” for a Branson show to be successful

BRANSON, Mo., July 22, 2012 — It’s no secret, this year has been a really tough year for many shows. Why? Simply put, “There’s not enough ‘PBIS’ (Paid Butts In Seats.) This might seem trite but it is PBIS, the “gross” revenue generated by each “butt” in a seat, that provides theatres and show owners with the major revenue source to pay performers, staff, taxes, operate theatres, costuming, sets, marketing, a myriad of other costs and hopefully, make a “net” profit.

“Remember the No Back To School, Sales Tax Holiday” when “They” want more taxes!

Branson, Mo., August 5, 2012 – “They” are the City of Branson, Taney County, Branson Landing Transportation Development District, Branson/Lakes Area Tourism Community Enhancement District, Taney County Ambulance District, all of whom have made the intentional decision not to join the State of Missouri in providing …

Carpetbaggery in store for the Taney County Commission elections?

It seemed surreal, almost as if the Ole Seagull wasn’t actually in the crowded room in Branson filled with some of Branson’s biggest power brokers and a sprinkling of others. Although, it was as if they didn’t even notice him, he was surprised he was there because lowly Seagulls are not normally invited to the meetings where the “Condors roost” unless they want something from them. …

Are rights without responsibility and a “free lunch” destroying America?

Although the Ole Seagull listens to Rush Limbaugh on the radio, much of the time he loses the benefit of his tremendous intellect and logic because of the “noise” of his self-aggrandizement. During a recent broadcast however, Limbaugh blasted through the noise and caught his attention when he defined “the Democratic Party base” as “The  poor and the disadvantaged and the put-out and the put-upon” and asked the question, “Why isn’t it proper [to] point out that the Democrat base is made up, for the most part, of the nation’s losers?” …

Could Branson marketing math of 2 + 1= 2 lead to a Humpty Dumpty marketing fund?

The short and quick of it is, “That’s the indication.” Normally one establishes a precedent that starts them on a gradual slide down the “slippery slope.” A discussion at the November 22 meeting of the Branson Board of Aldermen about that precedent happening using City Tourism Tax marketing funds to pay off airport bond indebtedness under an agreement with the Branson Airport didn’t stop there however. The statements of two aldermen, Mike Booth and Rick Todd, made during the meeting indicate, at least to an Ole …

Does inaction of local, elected and paid leaders place Branson area at risk?

What a difference a couple of months makes. Most of the questions an Ole Seagull gets about Lake Taneycomo these days is about how low it is and why is it that way. Less than a couple of months ago it was about how high the water in Lake Taneycomo was getting and why they weren’t getting the water out of Table Rock Lake quicker.

Is America committing suicide using the “Exit Bag” of an unbridled Federal Judiciary?

If the “oxygen” necessary for America’s “life” is even remotely related to the way Abraham Lincoln described it at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, then an Ole Seagull would have to answer “Yes.” In concluding his speech that day Lincoln said, “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” …

Plan fiddles “The Plood” while local officials and community leaders dance to the tune, tick tock, tick tock…

In terms of the ticking time bomb that hangs over the Branson area, not only in terms of those who will be directly impacted by any more “high water,” but by those businesses that are effected adversely, even by the perception of Branson being flooded, let’s hope that three years from now, the words written by the Ole Seagull in 2008 won’t still apply. In 2008 he wrote: …

Are the insensitive “Cretins of Westboro” really the fault of our Forefathers?

This week, in the case of SNYDER v. PHELPS ET AL, the U.S. Supreme Court proved one thing once and for all, our Forefathers made one huge mistake and in making it might very well have sowed the seeds that bode the end of this great nation. As used in this opinion the term “Cretin” is defined as “A stupid, vulgar, or insensitive person” and the t …

Can America compete in the “Super Bowl of Nations?”

Tens of millions of Americans will watch the “Green Bay Packers” and “Pittsburgh Steelers” play in the Super Bowl today with millions cheering for one team or the other to win. However, if they were honest with themselves, “being truthful in what they say and do,” many would put a “steely” faced grin on their “packed” stuffed faces and realize that the game can only end one way. The same way our great Nation will end. …