Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON WARNED US OF KCK 'FIGHT CLUBS' YEARS AGO AND NOW THE THREAT LEVEL INCREASES!!!



Right now Kansas City social media seems to be leading the way as an important component of forecasting local crime.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY ANTI-CRIME ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON OFFERS WARNING OF MORE KCK SCHOOL FIGHTING IN THE NEAR FUTURE!!!

Activist Alonzo Washington has consistently advocated against "Fight Clubs" in KCK.



Here's a call for responsibility from school officials . . .

@KCCrimFighter: "Why can't David Smith & school security resolve the plight of fight clubs in KCK schools? This is a 5 year old problem!"

And now a word of warning from Mr. Washington:

@KCCrimeFighter: "I'm putting out the warning 2 school security in KCK a massive fight club shoot is scheduled 4 this Friday in multiple KCK schools."

More on this topic later but right now it's important to realize the growing role of the Internets in helping to prevent Kansas City crime and maybe a hint that local leaders should start recognizing this longstanding trend.

Developing . . .

Aftertaste: Kansas City Gates BBQ Served Up Tough Labor Decision After Contentious Strike

Retaliation against employees and their collective bargaining efforts leaves a bitter taste for this beloved Kansas City BBQ joint. The latest labor ruling offers a bit of protection for workers but is sure to leave a bad taste in the mouths of everyone involved. Gates & Sons Can't Cut Benefits After Strike, Says National Labor Relations Board

Why Pick The Lesser of Two Evils??? Helling Considers Horrible Kansas Voting Choices!!!

This thoughtful missive opines on the contests in Kansas that have locals hoping against hope to influence national politics. Dave Helling: How do voters decide? No one knows for sure
Also, the answer here is that most people don't vote and made that decision long ago.

Sarah Nicola Randall And Kansas City Links



Sarah Nicola Randall starts our look at some of the more important Kansas City links for today . . .

- Give Kansas City Pedestrians A Brake: Teen pedestrian struck at 80th Street/Troost

- More Traffic Down By The River: Port of Kansas City to reopen for barge traffic

- Meth Town Recovery: Tasered teen is awake and talking

- Rock Chalk Broke-Ass Assistance: KU joins effort to help low-income students

- Show-Me Tiger Threat: Police investigating 2 rapes at U. of Missouri

- Fate Of The GOP Decided In The Sunflower State: How a Kansas ballot dispute could determine control of the US Senate

- South Kansas City Fear: Ruskin HS sheltered Tuesday after gunman report

- Healthcare Industrial Complex Wants To Dictate Policy: Kansas Medical PACs Concentrate Spending On Incumbents

- Show-Me Another Pointless Exam That Doesn't Prepare Students For The Workforce: Missouri may require students to pass citizenship test

- Upgrade For Nicer Suburban Digs: Georgetown Apartments gets $16M loan for refi, improvements

- Local Love Hangover: Boozefish closes after this weekend's two-day party

And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

CHECK IT: Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz Out On The Town!!!



She might be a future City Council lady who would break the Latino dry spell of elected leadership at City Hall that has lasted nearly a generation.

But for now, Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz seems to be having a good time . . .

One very attentive KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER sends us this important tidbit: "Look at the ring finger. Notice anything missing?"

While we remind Kansas City voters that TGR has residency "issues" it's also worth nothing that she'll come under more public scrutiny as election season moves closer.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Careers: VisitKC Help Wanted



This afternoon, some of the kind readers of this blog sent us a bit of info for ambitious souls who want to shill for tourist biz without holding political office.

Check it:

VisitKC: Special Assistant to the President/Government Affairs Manager

Job duties:

"This position works closely with coordinating the activities and schedule of the President. Is part of the Management Team and interacts with department leaders for smooth facilitation of the executive office. Represents the President at meetings when required and appropriate; provides extensive professional assistance, project management and recommendations on legislative and political issues. Possesses extensive experience with intergovernmental relations, lobbying, sales, communication skills and processes a variety of details of considerable complexity. In addition, helps to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders of Visit KC."

Again, check the listing for more info . . . The qualifications also include the ability to serve as a footstool for Taxicab honcho Bill George.

Developing . . .

Hallmark Sends The Very Best Pink Slips

Kansas City's favorite manufacturer of sappy sentiment is slowly going out of biz amid the digital era where nobody remembers anything. Here's the latest worker slash amid harsh times: Hallmark Cards will cut 47 jobs - Kansas City Business Journal

Get Comfy Watching Kansas City Chiefs Lose

Here's a pretty good list of local places where fanboys can enjoy the continued FAIL of this year's Kansas City football disappointment. The Chiefs aren't coming anywhere close to the playoffs this year but this list offers a variety of locations to for locals to drink their troubles away: 5 Best Sports Bars to Watch Kansas City Chiefs Games
Our more social readers should feel free to contribute to this list, but in reality most denizens of this blog watch the game while complaining on the Internets.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! NORTHLAND LADIES LOVE KANSAS CITY COUNCIL CONTENDER HEATHER HALL!!!



Across the bridge there's a Kansas City political moment underway that deserves a look.

Check it . . .

KANSAS CITY COUNCIL CONTENDER HEATHER HALL HAS ALREADY EARNED QUITE A BIT OF SUPPORT FROM A GREAT MANY NORTHLAND LADIES!!!

Heather Hall is running against incumbent 1st District Council Dude Dick Davis who doesn't stand a chance @ reelection . . . There are a few other minor contenders we don't care to mention but these pix make it clear Ms. Hall has the momentum . . . Especially given her early FOP endorsement.

Thanks to AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS for sending us word and images from the Heather Hall for City Council Launch Event last night

Clearly, TKC is interested whenever a lot of ladies are ready to line up for any Kansas City cause. What's more revealing here is that we hear Ms. Hall is a bit of a conservative . . . Soooooo this lady support is, currently, unaffiliated with the Midtown Kansas City lady clique that tends to swagger jack all things female and political.



Word from supporters:

"Lots of enthusiasm for a campaign platform of fiscal accountability and public safety."



And all of that is nice but I'm more interested in this photo of Heather Hall with some dude who may or may not be Walter White.

Whatever the case . . . This Northland political lady renaissance is worthy of consideration and shows us that the suburbs within city limits are starting to establish their own political movements that may or may not be aligned with traditional Kansas City constituencies.

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY COP BLOCK ACTIVIST TONI BONES LEADS LOCAL NATIONAL DAY OF RESISTANCE!!!



In light of recent Kansas City clashes with police and increasing questions regarding police tactics, Cop Block and their lead activist Toni Bones lead locals in a National Day Of Resistance.

To wit . . .

CHECK OUT THE TONI BONES STATEMENT ON THE RECENT METH TOWN TEEN TASER RUCKUS ALONG WITH A PROTEST NOTE!!!

For better or worse, more a great many residents and elected officials are calling for greater scrutiny of the police and the 1 MIL+ followers of Cop Block are  a big part of that movement.

Check it:

National Day of Resistance

In solidarity with Kansas City, cities around the country are gathering to peacefully protest and demand that the media shed truthful light on the overwhelmingly prevalent atrocities being committed by those claiming authority and claim to be our protection, We also gather to bring attention to Bryce Masters, Mike Brown and the countless other victims of police brutality often swept under the rug...

A young man is in critical condition after filming law enforcement in my home town of Independence, MO. He could not roll down his window. What took place is nothing short of horrific. This Sunday at 3:30 marks one week since the attack..

Please join us as we stand in solidarity and say enough is enough.

Most horrifying of all is that we are seeing this happened in all cities, to all races, to all genders, to all income brackets... all of the time. We funded this...

We are the resistance.
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Sunday at 3:30pm
JC Nichols Memorial Fountain
MO/KS Cop Block
Toni Bones
KCMO Copblock
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Developing . . .

TODAY'S MISDIRECTION LESSON: MAYOR SLY HOPES TO SCHOOL KANSAS CITY!!!



Once again the Mayor of Kansas City offers his insight, hard work and perspective on an important subject wherein he has absolutely no responsibility or legislative control.

Check it:

Kansas City Mayor Sly's Blog: Raising Expectations Means Raising Stronger Leaders

Money quote: "Since taking office in 2011, I have worked to highlight the need for every child in the city to have access to quality early childhood education programs, so seeing these first steps energizes me to continue pushing down that path. Wouldn’t it be frosty if families actually moved to Kansas City, Missouri because they knew their children would have access to unparalleled early learning opportunities? Why not set that expectation for our schools and for our community?"

While this is all great stuff . . .

LET'S NOT FORGET THAT EDUCATION ISN'T THE JOB OF THE KANSAS CITY MAYOR!!! ALSO, LAST ELECTION MAYOR SLY PROMISED TO STAY OUT OF SCHOOL BOARD POLITICS!!!

In fairness, it's hard to argue with helping kids read . . . Which is EXACTLY THE POINT.

More in a bit . . .

Meth Town Mom Offers Money For Info On Carjackers Who Held Her Up At Gunpoint

This Meth Town lady puts up a cash incentive after a GUNPOINT CARJACKING leaves her scared and hoping to buy some peace of mind. Independence mother carjacked at gunpoint offers reward for criminals' arrests

Double-Edged Kansas City Spy Tech: KCPD Chief Considers Police Body Cameras

A controversial bit of surveillance could drastically change law enforcement in Kansas City proper. Take a peek: Chief Forte talks body cameras for KCMO police

Kansas City Church Ladies Call For Social Justice And Peace #Ferguson

KCUR reports on a local lady church group hoping for peace in the aftermath of a violent uprising that made international headlines: Women Interfaith Leaders Call On Mothers To Promote Peace Post-Ferguson

Celebrating All Things Sen. Claire McCaskill



Sen. Claire McCaskill has been making more than her share of headlines as of late so we thought we'd compile some of the recent greatest hits of this lady who had her humble beginnings down on 12th & Oak and now is one of the top powerbrokers in the nation . . .

USA Today: Sen. McCaskill: Sports leaders put victory over decency

Yahoo: Oklahoma police say McCaskill wrong on extreme militarization example

STL Public Radio: McCaskill Says She's Focused On Sinquefield, Not Possible Bid For Governor

The Path To Victory (Or Something): McCaskill Questions Agency About Road Safety

Politics MO: Claire McCaskill won’t close the door on a potential run for governor in 2016

Developing . . .

Cowtown Docs Don't Want Kansas City Cut Out Of Life Or Death Organ Donation Game

Local medical professional and doctors hope to save Kansas City from the last place in line when it comes to organ donation. They think the key is more education for potential donors, more motorcycles might also do the trick. Take a look:Local doctors fight organ poaching, see donation education as a solution

Northeast KC Cliff Drive Consideration

Here's the latest on the favorite dumping ground of Kansas City's urban core: Down to three options for Cliff Drive
Somewhat related but on a brighter note:

Better Block KC celebrates Pendleton Heights

Kansas City Newspaper 'Nutterville' Tribute

Maybe the first time I've seen the term "Nutterville" make the newspaper . . . Still, in real life the moniker is usually followed by cussing. Here's today's newspaper advertorial dedicated to the King of Midtown real estate: Small businesses drawn to whimsical Nutterville in midtown KC

THRASHER MAG SKATES KANSAS CITY!!!



The crew from Thrasher Magazine pay another visit to Kansas City in order to paint and skate this cowtown.

TAKE A LOOK AT THRASHER MAG RACING, SKATING AND PAINTING KANSAS CITY!!!

As usual, this mag-of-record for the skate community offers one of the best clips of the season. Take a look:



Youtube deets: "The Krooked team heads to Kansas City for the Gonz City Racer Art Show with special guest Sean Malto."

More in a bit . . .

El Bryan Jokes Kemper Demands On KCMO

In the latest installment of Retorts Illustrated from El Bryan Stalder . . . Kansas City's best comic artists puts the Kemper fam & Neal Patterson ask in perspective.retorts illustrated bryan stalder http:/...

Artsy Kansas City Country Club Plaza

She's our favorite new Kansas City artsy blogger and this latest series of water colors serves as an important primer for the upcoming Plaza Art Fair/Cowtown-Yuppie-Watch-Fest. Check it: Brush Creek Art Walk

Kansas City Truck-A-Palooza



Just posting this one because I like the Kansas City graphic for the weekend event . . .

Truck-A-Palooza

"Learn about the vehicles that help build the city, keep the city safe, and clean. Fun for the whole family!"

Saturday, September 20
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Parade, The Paseo & Truman Road.
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Joey Fisher And The Kansas City Early Look



Hottie Joey Fisher starts our Kansas City morning musings . . . And so . . .

CHECK OUT THESE TOP 20 LINKS TO STAR THE DAY!!!

Here we go . . .

- Global Climate Change Immigration Is The Wave Of The Future: KC-area family trapped in Mexico after hurricane

- Tragic Carh Crash Testimony: Witness to fatal crash recalls suspect’s demeanor, emotional scene in his front yard

- Golden Ghetto Slash And Burn: Shortfall could hurt services in Johnson County

- Sunflower State Speculation: Orman & Davis Continue to Hold Leads in 3P Kansas Poll

- Lesson In Cost Effective Substitution: With eyes on the bottom line, some school districts turn to private substitutes when vacancies arise

- Kansas Court Fight: Gov. Brownback's Selection Of Stegall Stirs Debate Over Judge Selection Process

- TV Fact Check Break: Mahoney analyzes Pat Roberts ads against Greg Orman

- Kansas Report Crackdown: Don’t let Kansas lawmaking bullies succeed at censorship in Johnson County

- Kansas City Fights Back Against Rugrat Sickness: Respiratory therapists key to kids’ recovery from enterovirus 68

- Meth Town Recovery: Family: Teen improving after police stun gun hits near heart

- Northeast Homicide Aftermath: Charges are filed in August killing in Kansas City

- Golden Ghetto Tribute: For Johnson County’s volunteer firefighters, working in the fire service is a lifestyle

- Show-Me Missouri Law Enforcement Crackdown: Missouri House committee to review water patrol merger after Ellingson drowning



- Local Flavor: State Line Living From Rosedale's View In Kansas City, Kansas

- Kansas City Artsy Scene: KCAT turns Shakespeare inside out with Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

- Flush With Country Club Culture: Brush Creek synonymous with Plaza living

- Football Safety Follow-up: School districts review ambulance policies following James McGinnis’ on-field scare

- Dead Tree Media Tribute To Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo: Ah, the wonder. Beautiful soccer fields in the heart of Kansas City

- Urban Core Good Times: Family Fun Days return to KC Museum

- Kansas City Royals Stay Losing Another Important Game: Herrera, Davis see scoreless streaks end in 7-5 defeat to Chicago



And this is the OPEN THREAD to start the morning . . .

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kansas City Late Night Local Pig Talk



For the Kansas City late night, let's take a look at this bit of local moviemaking that offers a glimpse at locally grown and slaughtered piggies that are purportedly more nutritious . . .

While we try not to "dig on swine" this Kansas City clip is captivating nonetheless . . . Check it:



Also, this bit of description is impressive and telling: ""The Local Pig" is part of the interview series conducted by architecture students at the University of Kansas as part of an effort to discover not only what makes local businesses in Kansas City successful, but learn how good design, ideas and overall emotion evoked by space promotes healthy and productive working scenarios for an emerging class of creatives in an otherwise depressed economic atmosphere."

Hopefully, we'll have more BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE NEWS, discussion, debate, discourse, more than our share of hateration and all kinds of good stuff in just a bit . . . STAY TUNED!!!

More Kansas City McWage Slave Coverage

The Pitch finally gets a chance to write-up last week's protest that saturated the Kansas City news media . . . Let's pretend we haven't heard that Rachel Maddow guy exclaim all of these same class-war pleasantries before . . . In fairness, some of the conclusions are on the money and that fast food ruckus deserves a bit more share of mind from the relatively few number of local folks who care about how their tragic McMeal is constructed . . .While Stand Up KC pushes for higher wages, fast-food companies still have it their way

Golden Ghetto LGBT Right Slapfight Persists

The not so great people of Roeland Park can't seem to live with an obscure bit of legislation on the books in their horrible and quickly decaying inner ring suburb that mostly exists to write speeding tickets. Take a look: Petition filed to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance

Craig Glazer Considers Adrian Peterson And Tragic NFL Domestic Abuse Controversy



TKC NOTE: Tonight our pal Craig Glazer shares his perspective on the recent domestic abuse drama that has dominated NFL headlines and seems to be bringing about a cultural shift along with a greal deal of local discussion. Check it:

Adrian Peterson Beats His Four Year Old, Peterson Is a Child Himself!

Vikings star running back, Adrian Peterson is charged with criminal conduct cause he beat his four year old son with a switch, stick. Is he wrong? Is it a crime? Is he evil? The answers as follows in my opinion: Is he wrong? In todays world, YES. Is it a crime, NO, HE KNEW NO BETTER AND WAS RAISED THAT WAY. I saw the photos, at first glance they look bad, those are NOT BAD WOUNDS, I got beat as a kid daily and mine looked like that. I lived. It's wrong but the Dad is also a child. Peterson has little if any real education, he was beaten as a kid, thinks its the right thing to do and is irresponsible with his life to begin with folks. His crime, HOOD LIFE, HOOD BEHAVIOR, HOOD ETHICS...5 women, 7 kids...end of story. This is typical low end, hood life behavior and THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. It's that b.s. that leads to the bad parenting, Adrian's anguish and low self esteem, though he is a star. He doesn't like himself, I would guess. 5 women with 7 of his kids. Do white men do this? Not even in the ballpark of black men. It's NOT part of white culture, even red neck culture frowns on many women, no wives and a boatload of abandon children.

In the last ten years the NFL and NBA have gone almost totally black. It is an urban led sports world of super star players making 3-20 million a year. Movie star money and then some. Few black players can handle the money, attention and afterlife of pro sports. According to SI, ESPN and other sports journalistic groups, 85% of ALL BLACK ATHLETES ARE BROKE, BANKRUPT OR IN DEEP FINANCIAL TROUBLE WITHIN 3 YEARS OF LEAVING THE GAME. This is a factor in bad behavior. Why? THEY KNOW ITS COMING.

Most of these players were raised by one parent, or none. Broken homes with rare exception and poor education Degrees but never went to class, can't speak very good english, don't like or trust white people and so on. You know the drill. Causes anger and this leads to poor parenting as in the case of Adrian Peterson. Is he a decent guy, we hear he is that. Peterson is a product of his environment. Hood life demands, bitches, fat cars, strip clubs, multiple women with your babies daddy's long gone. I see that right here with black women I know. Yes most get beaten, have several babies daddy's and no support. Thats the rule not the exception. As in this case.

As for Ray Rice, he is being picked out of the crowd which is unfair. Many other NFL and NBA players have done that and much worse with no punishment. None. So he got singled out, the VIDEO killed him. Both he and Adrian were wrong in what they did. However it is selective punishment.

The league needs to be fair and create rules for these issues. Consistent ones. Women KNOW THEY CAN YELL 'HE HIT ME' when he didn't and destroy a man. So they aren't always the victim. You have to investigate each charge and case.

The NFL is now our new HOLLYWOOD, THEY ARE THE NEW MOVIE STARS....tons of attention and pressure go with that check and fame. Tons. Black men are rarely prepared for such issues as you can see. They don't mean harm, it just always seems to happen. It won't end. Different culture from the middle class white world.

As mentioned I was brought up being hit with belts, hair brushes, jockey whips, and more. I thought it was normal back then, it was wrong, who knew. My brother Jeff never hit his sons, he was divorced and yet he and his wife raised two great kids. One is an honor student and college level athlete at SME, and the other a full scholorship with his tennis and 4.3 grade average in college. Neither ever in any trouble. The parents talked to their kids and didn't beat them. They loved them and went to their games and school events. They gave them their free time. In hood life that is not the case. Thus the difference. It's a me, me,me world.

Neither Peterson or Rice will do any jail time. Both will play again. NFL and NBA need to police themselves with player boards made up of mostly black members to help decide the fate of the ones charged.

Teaching Moment: Tragic KCK Abuse Lesson

It seems that local young dudes are learning violence against women at an increasingly young age. Tonight a Kansas City TV station investigates a tragic clip revealing abuse drama within a KCK school. Video of high school fight raises concerns about violence against women

South Kansas City Fears "Cocky" Crooks

At least our local news stations are having fun with Kansas City violence and crime reaching the edges of town. Check it: Cops believe cocky crooks are behind a string of connected burglaries in South KC

MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH IN AN EPIC SOMBRERO!!!



As always, we celebrate diversity in Kansas City and right now this image and message from Mayor Sly James seems important for Mexican Independence Day that's celebrated by more than a few longtime residents of this town.

Take a look:

A message from Kansas City Mayor Sly James: "During National Hispanic Heritage month, September 15, 2014 – October 15, 2014, we recognize the important contributions of Hispanic families living in the United States."

To wit . . .

CHECK THE TKC TOP 5 WAYS KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY CAN HELP LOCAL LATINOS AND MAKE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EVEN BETTER!!!

Here's a quick list of helpful suggestions that will not only encourage a greater celebration of diversity in Kansas City but also contribute to better Mexican food in town and possibly raise the quotient of local hotties like Jessica Burciaga.



Here we go . . .

Hire Another Latino In His Office

Genaro is working in Parks and most informed denizens throughout the urban core are kinda miffed that the Mayor's office is packed with nearly all white professionals with Ivy League backgrounds and absolutely no community contacts.

Support A Hispanic For City Council . . . No, Theresa Garza Ruiz Doesn't Count

Plain and simple, TGR has residency problems and her connection to the Latino community in Sleaze Summit is tenuous at best. Meanwhile, the Mayor could help the local KC Hispanic community by using his overwhelming popularity to encourage more Latinos to run for office THIS ELECTION rather than next.

Encourage Diversity Within The Ranks Of City Hall And Local Government

Every demographic would benefit from Greater City Hall diversity . . . Not only Latinos but female dept. heads are sorely lacking @ 12th and Oak. A focus on City Hall hiring diversity is a longstanding need for local government.

Visit Northeast Kansas City More Often

The Mayor would find a warm welcome in Kansas City's fastest growing Latino enclave.

Complete Our "Sanctuary City" Designation

Already the Westside CAN Center has earned international recognition with its unique approach to community policing in Latino neighborhoods that doesn't crackdown on immigration but instead hopes to bolster community participation among residents.

As always, we admire the Mayor's hat and hope to see him do even more during Hispanic Heritage Month that would not only benefit Latinos but all of Kansas City.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY ECONOMY STAYS LOSING!!!



Take a look at this reality check regarding the current state of the FAILING Kansas City economy that doesn't live up to the hype of the so-called "creative class" hype.

KC Biz Journal: Kansas City-area real GDP growth trails nation, region

Deets:

"On Tuesday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released 2013 real gross domestic product figures for metropolitan areas. Real GDP in the Kansas City MSA grew 1.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, which lagged the rate of 2.5 percent for the Plains region and 1.7 percent for all U.S. metro areas."

And the real tragedy here is that our local saving grace is supposed to be THE TRAGIC DOWNTOWN TOY TRAIN STREETCAR that's unproven on based on mostly unsound and imaginary economic theory in order to garner very real construction and consulting contracts.

Developing . . .

CHECK THE DEETS OF THE GOLDEN GHETTO WHITE LADY POLICE BRUTALITY DEAL!!!

Again, we see a theme here . . . Check this white lady instance of alleged police brutality and the ensuing community rage and actually really EXCELLENT media investigation . . . Settlement reveals how much JoCo mom received after controversial arrest caught on dashcam video

Fear The JoCo 'Just Chill' Scam Suspect

Check another shot of a Kansas City area crook with an unfortunate fashion sense . . . Clearly, this dude should not "just chill" as his t-shirt suggests but maybe call a lawyer and worry about a very clear surveillance photo. Check it: The Overland Park Police Department

Yasmine Colt And The Kansas City Link Pool



Let's start this Kansas City link look by drinking in just a bit of promo hotness:

Egotastic: Yasmine Colt Sideboob Splish Splashy Sextastic in Aruba Bikini Shoot

And here are the Kansas City mainstream media links worth a click right now . . .

- Meth Town Recovery And Ongoing Dispute: Teen stunned by police slowly coming out of coma

- Sunflower Fate Of The Nation: Kansas High Court Considers Case That May Determine Who Controls Senate

- Golden Ghetto Run Down Consequences: Teen charged in death of 52-year-old man, and for seriously injuring woman

- Calling GOP Haircut Help: Perry to appear in support of Brownback

- KMBC Face-Off: Rep. Kevin Yoder (R) and former Kansas State Senator Kelly Kultala

- Artsy Obama Lady Visits: New NEA Chair Jane Chu Returns To Kansas City

- Polling Encouragement: New poll has Greg Orman stretching out a 7 point lead over Pat Roberts



- Tune Into This Local Music History Lesson That We Already Covered: Remembering The Beatles Concert In Kansas City 50 Years Ago

- Still Recovering From The Weekend: Man back home from hospital after falling from party bus on I-35

- Snack Cake Reporting: Bernstein-Rein, a Kansas City-based full-service ad agency, and "The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever" campaign for Hostess Brands.

- High Times In Kansas: Effort to lower marijuana penalties gets 2nd try

- Show-Me The Movie GFS Across The State Will Drag Their Dudes To See: Movie 'Gone Girl' expected to premiere in Missouri



And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

KANSAS CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT INFO AND WARNING!!! NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS MUST STOP REPAINTING HYDRANTS!!!



Here's just a bit of community news that contradicts the best intentions of creative white people attempting to beautify their hipster neighborhoods.

Check it:

HERE'S SOME IMPORTANT KANSAS CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT INFO URGING NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS TO STOP REPAINTING FIRE HYDRANTS!!!



This public info posted by a KCFD veteran started an important conversation and even a bit of push back in a local social media neighborhood group. Check it:

"While I appreciate efforts to beautify our neighborhoods, re-painting fire hydrants can hinder public safety, and that of (The KCFD). I am seeing more and more of this type of redecorating in our district. We use different paint schemes to identify hydrants that are out of service, likely to leak into a business or residence, and to tell us what size main the hydrant sits on.

"Three am. with fire and/or people jumping out the windows is not the time to find out the plug in front of the house or on the corner doesn't work.

"Any delay in getting water is a potentially life-threatening matter. We inspect plugs every year, but have nothing to do with their repair, and we can't always tell a plug is out of service by looking at it, unless it has been marked as such. Help us help you. Don't paint your fire hydrants!"

Developing . . .

$500 Fine For Offending Kansas City Cyclists

The fight against Kansas City motorists continues with this measure put forward by the local cycling extremists @ BikeWalkKC Here's a crackdown on public expression at the behest of cycling advocates who already route an inordinate amount of City Hall cash to their pet cause. Check it: Group wants KC to consider street harassment ordinance

Kansas City Walks The (State) Line

KCUR examines Kansas City divisions by many factors including the State Line that splits the metro populace in half. We Walk The Line: What It Means To Live In A City On A State Line

Fear The Puffy Kansas City Fashionista Crook

Wanted: Kansas City serial convenience store crook with horrible fashion sense . . . KCPD: Man suspected in several convenience store robberies

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON CALLS OUT DISPARITY IN COVERAGE OF WHITE TEEN TASER VICTIM!!!



Police tactics have been hotly debated since the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, and now a local controversy over an Independence, MO police taser incident features an additional point of contention.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON NOTES DISPARITY IN PUBLIC OUTRAGE AND MEDIA COVERAGE OF A WHITE TEEN TASER VICTIM VS. SO MANY ALLEGATIONS OF POLICE BRUTALITY IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY!!!

Recently, Mr. Washington's Twitter revealed some important insights on the topic. Take a look:

Regarding recent FBI Investigation: "The FBI has never done this in any KC slaying of a Black person by the cops! Why? "

A note of goodwill even among debate over public policy: "I pray Bryce Masters survives. If he was Black no 1 would care in KC!"

Compare and contrast from Mr. Washington:



An important passage that sums up criticism from Mr. Washington: "KC citizens & press hates Black killers more than whites ones. That's so racist & stupid. They do the same thing: Kill."

The bright side of this story is that media is making it clear that community concern regarding public interaction with police crosses demographic lines.

However . . .

LIKE IT OR NOT, MR. WASHINGTON IS CORRECT THAT MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS MAKING A BIGGER DEAL OUT OF THESE WHITE METH TOWN COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE WHEN SIMILAR URBAN CORE MINORITY CONCERNS HAVE BEEN MOSTLY IGNORED!!!

Over the years, Mr. Washington has shown a long-term commitment to working toward community cooperation with authorities. Hopefully, this recent wave of concern regarding law enforcement tactics from the press and public will also result in more participation.


LINKS:

NBC Action News: Former FBI officer: No 'red flags' in Taser vid

KMBZ: A 17-year-old boy is still in critical condition after being tased

Fox4KC: FBI to investigate tasing incident involving 17-year-old Bryce Masters

KSHB: When can a police officer use a Taser on you?

Channel 4: The Independence Police Department released the name of the officer who used a Taser on a 17-year-old teen.

Developing . . .

MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY BEAR FIGHTERS 'YOU'RE IN KANSAS' INTERNETS CLIP!!!



The Kansas City Bear Fighters have earned national acclaim for the creativity of their videos and the latest project from this local alliance of alt. rockabilly musicians is no exception.

To wit . . .

TAKE A LOOK AT THE LATEST EPIC KANSAS CITY BEAR FIGHTERS CLIP "YOU'RE IN KANSAS" ALREADY CREATING A GREAT DEAL OF LOCAL BUZZ!!!

Summary from one local review: "Through a series of cleverly animated sequences, the video covers all the basics and hits the major landmarks. It wouldn’t be a Kansas City Bear Fighters song without a few cheeky jabs at the state, as well."

Take a look at the clip all of your hipster friends will assume you've already memorized at this point:



Youtube deets: "Official video for the Kansas City Bear Fighters song "You're In Kansas" off of the album "The Planet Where We Fell In Love" from Little Class Records."

This song powers our morning and should provide a bit of alternative and quirky Kansas City area hometown pride.

More in a bit . . .