Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Our blog community got quite a few panties in a bunch when we asked for a guesstimate on how long it would take this place to be robbed . . .

However, this morning we're only wishing the best for The Monarch on Broadway given some great progress displayed by the upscale and upcoming Midtown coffee shop.

While other "journalists" reported presser copy. We wanted to take a FIRST LOOK inside the place and hopefully we didn't scare some very KICK-ASS HIPSTERS hoping to pull off a bit of Kansas City gentrification on Broadway against all odds.

It really does take a lot of guts to think that a hostess and reserved seating will keep the hobos at bay, but again, we wish them luck.

Consider this a bit of free promo and tacit support for even more local coffee options in Kansas City.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Veg Fest 2017!!!

Healthy food montage in an EXCELLENT celebration clip that offers a glimpse of a recent Kansas City veggie event packed with tattooed local hipsters who don't really seem in great shape.

Still, there's no doubt that at least the ingredients, at least, are much better than standard carcinogenic Kansas City cuisine.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Rollin' Grocer Food Desert Fix

Another worthwhile write-up of this Kansas City alternative solution for the urban core grocery dilemma that's much more practical than trying to mimic suburban food temples that mostly throw away their stock. Checkit:

Rollin' Grocer Takes On Kansas City's Food Deserts

The problem of food deserts--low-income areas that lack stores selling healthy, fresh affordable fare--is a tough nut to crack. Supermarkets typically are low-margin, expensive businesses to start and run. And while some entrepreneurs have introduced buses that drive around neighborhoods selling fresh produce, generally they don't have a lot of other stuff shoppers need.

Savor KC BBQ Earned Media Fake News

A reminder to anybody who linked, blogged or wrote about this one . . . It's low-key, soft sell swill advertising that's not really that cleaver but mostly just sold to compliant local media. Take a look:

'Ribdiculous' American Royal billboard goes up on I-35

It's a bird. It's a plane. Nope, it's a ridiculously big rack of ribs silhouetted against the Kansas City skyline. If you're headed into downtown Kansas City via I-35 on Monday morning, pack a stack of napkins. You'll need them to sop the drool off your dashboard while driving by a billboard featuring the "World's Largest BBQ."

The Kansas City Tuesday Early Look

Agnetis is a new hottie taking Instagram by storm and this early morning she inspires a quick Kansas City link peek to start Tuesday.


Kansas City Teachable Moment

A Place in Time: Book takes a look back to historic Kansas City sites

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - These days, Kansas City seems to be focused on moving forward. But there's an office in City Hall where they think a look back would be a good idea.

Dead-Tree TrumpCare Scare Tactics

Dave Helling: Today, Medicaid. Tomorrow, Medicare and Social Security.

The Senate health care bill makes dramatic cuts to future spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program for the working poor. Those cuts may just be a prelude to a massive battle over entitlement spending for Medicare and Social Security, the nation's two biggest social programs.

Show-Me Cyclist Tragedy Tribute

St. Louis man killed during Kansas City cycling event

Cyclists in St. Louis remembered Casey Saunders on Monday night with a bike ride from The Grove to the Central West End. "Everyone is feeling really down," said Johnny Merli. Saunders died on Sunday after a crash during a cycle race in Kansas City.

KCMO Lesson In Graffiti Over Tagging

Artists have unexpected message for vandals painting graffiti over school murals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Scarritt Elementary School closed several years ago, Kansas City Public Schools, the Kansas City Art Institute and the City of Kansas City joined together on a project to reduce vandalism at the school. But in less than two months, vandals have hit twice painting graffiti on some of the murals.

Kansas City Hope For Summer

Kansas City Royals: Reinforcements are Not Far Away

The Kansas City Royals appear to be ready to make another run at the playoffs in 2017. With most of their core left from playoff runs in 2014 and 2015, Kansas City Royals fans should be excited about what the rest of 2017 has left to offer.

Lil Yachty - Dirty Mouth is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Monday, June 26, 2017


Here's a look at corporate power players earning some love from union interests in the ongoing debate . . .

There has been some talk about this letter previously but we thought it was best to let our blog community take a look at the document in its entirety:

Check the opening and money line . . .

"The Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO and the Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council both passed motions to endorse Burns & McDonnell to design, build and finance a new single terminal at KCI.

"While we understand that the RFP/Q process is still soliciting bids from other companies, we believe Burns & McDonnell is the right choice because of their strong ties to Kansas City and their long-standing, positive working relationship with organized labor . . . "

Now . . .

While the sign of support is nice, here's the behind the scenes reality . . .


Nevertheless, with billions of dollars at stake there's not much room for subtly amid a great many good questions about this screwed up process.

Developing . . .

KCMO Mayor Sly Welcomes Rookie Chiefs

Quick a quick bit of introduction for a few more among the 24 MILLION tourists Kansas City earns every year.

You decide . . .


Authorities are ready to release more video evidence in this case that cased a citywide panic regarding white dudes being targeted.

Here's the latest . . .

Fox4: "The family of Mike Darby, killed while walking on Indian Creek Trail in May, has raised the reward fund for information leading to an arrest for his murder. The family has added an additional $3,000 to the reward fund, which is now at $5,000."

Developing . . .

Kansas City Dead Dude Found Tonight

Medical personnel are waiting to make a determination on the cause of death:

Police investigating death after body found in home on E. 39th St.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police are investigating a death after the body of a man was found in a home in the 10400 block of E. 39th St. Monday afternoon. A witness told first responders an unresponsive male was inside a home. Kansas City Fire Department personnel declared the man dead at the scene.


More deets on today's infrastructure disaster which reveals that GO BOND cash hasn't gone very far. Take a look:

WATCH: Water main break floods street near Plaza

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A water main break near the Country Club Plaza flooded a street on Monday. The break occurred at the 4900 block of Mercier Street. Video shows that the water was gushing so hard the road began to buckle. KC Water says the pipe that broke on Mercier Street was first installed in 1922.

Kansas City Youngster Clings To Life After SHOCKING Playground Gun Fight

Shot by another youngster amid increasing local violence while Mayor Sly is mostly concerned with his development agenda. Take a look:

KCPD: Child has life-threatening injuries after shooting at neighborhood playground

Kansas City police say one child shot another at a playground near 20th St. and Park Tower Road. A child who is believed to be younger than 10 was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. The shooting occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday.

Rolling With The KCMO News Link Comeback


Rosie hotness reminds us that international hotties rule the media landscape and inspires this round-up of all the afternoon drama right now. Here's a look at how we roll with early evening news. Checkit:

Kansas City Development Hard Times

Contractor sues developer of $60M River Market apartment project - Kansas City Business Journal

More than two years ago, developer Jonathan Arnold won a property tax abatement for his $60 million, 276-unit Second and Delaware apartment project in the River Market. A few months later, Arnold Development Group LLC announced that work would begin soon on the project, which called for 16-inch-thick concrete walls and other green features to slash energy costs.

Golden Ghetto Crackdown Coming Soon

Overland Park Police cracking down on drag racers this summer

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - This past weekend alone, officers responded to nearly 100 calls of drag racing and reckless driving. Julie Jost is an Overland Park mother of two young drivers. She's concerned about the drag racing and reckless driving she sees in her community. "It makes me angry," said Jost.

Plaza Busted Infrastructure Flood

Neighbors complain water from water main break west of Plaza is making its way into their homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just west of the Plaza a water main break is creating a front yard fountain at the corner of 49th and Mercier Monday. Water crews were on scene as of noon trying to shut it off. There is no word on when repairs will wrap up.

Rock Chalk School Money Waiting Game

Kansas Legislature Ends Session But Awaits Court Decision On School Funding

Kansas lawmakers met briefly Monday for the ceremonial end of the legislative session. They considered overriding some vetoes issued by Gov. Sam Brownback but ultimately took no action. Republican Senate President Susan Wagle ended that chamber's meeting quickly because she said some lawmakers were gone and overrides simply weren't going to be possible.

Kansas City Extra Crunchy: Plaza Mexican Food Reopen After Roach Trouble

Zocalo restaurant to reopen Tuesday after roaches cause weekend closure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After the Kansas City Health Department closed Mexican restaurant Zocalo due to a roach infestation, the restaurant said it will be reopening its doors Tuesday. The Health Department confirmed Monday that the Plaza restaurant has dealt with the issue and will open for business.

Show-Me MSNBC Future

What's next for Missouri Democratic darling Jason Kander?

Missouri Democrat Jason Kander spent last week knocking on voters' doors, shaking hands, giving speeches and snapping selfies with eager young campaign volunteers. In Georgia. He was in Atlanta on the last leg of a cross-country tour, the sort that tells the political cognoscenti that this is an up-and-comer to be watched closely.

Kansas City Politico Watering Hole Switch

Mike's Tavern on Troost has closed; Brady's Public House will soon open in the location

The twin forces of Troost gentrification and UMKC expansion arrived last month, inevitably, at 5424 Troost, home to the beloved brick box known for the last 50 years as Mike's Tavern. The place closed not long after classes let out.

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

Another Look At Kansas City Rolling Gun Battle Via Bus SpyCam & Ensuing Car Crash

Transit wild times continue in Kansas City. Here's another glimpse at the aftermath of a recent bullet time collision. Take a look:

KC bus video shows car involved in rolling gun battle lose control, crash

Video from a KC ATA bus shows a narrow miss after a car involved in a rolling gun battle crashes.

Show-Me Tragic Tiger Court Crash

Mizzou drama contines at an even higher speed. Take a look:

Police: Man crashes Volkswagen onto Mizzou Arena court, causing estimated $100k in damage

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A 23-year-old MU employee has lost his job and now faces criminal charges after crashing into Mizzou Arena with a Vokswagen and driving the vehicle onto the court over the weekend.

Northland Dead-Tree Media Stays Losing

Consolidation across the bridge as journalism becomes a tough sell to a nation that mostly gets news via the Internets. Take a look:

After 170 Years, The Liberty Tribune Merges With Northland Papers

The Northland's Liberty Tribune newspaper, one of the oldest weeklies in the country, recently rolled off the printing press for the last time. Since 1846, residents had unfurled their own paper published under the motto, "Willing to praise but not afraid to blame."


Monday morning starts with a crackdown on the prison industrial complex in Downtown Kansas City.

Now, whilst few people care about law enforcement throwing cots . . . Let's focus on the reality of this situation:


Check the round-up:

KSHB: Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the Jackson County Jail Monday morning.

KCTV5: More than 200 law enforcers search Jackson County Detention Center

Fox4: 4 charged with smuggling after search of KC jail, including two corrections officers

You decide . . .

Kansas City Deadly Chimp Fight Aftermath

Kansas City captive cruelty round-up:

Kansas City Zoo Chimp Dies After Fight With Other Chimps

A chimpanzee at the Kansas City Zoo died Wednesday from internal injuries after a fight with other chimps. According to Sean Putney, the zoo's senior director of zoological operations, Bahati, a 31-year-old male chimp was taken to the animal health staff after falling from a tree during a "skirmish" with the other chimps.

Global Cooling In Kansas City

It's fun to confuse weather with climate. We do it all the time, here's Kansas City's most strident Conservative having the same kind of fun:

Global Cooling Alert: KC Flirts with Record Lows - The Sentinel

While the media fixates on warmer than average temperatures in Arizona, they have chosen not to notice as a major cooling front engulfs the eastern half of the United States. The 55-degree morning temperature on Monday in Kansas City has come within two degrees of the record set for the date in 1958.

Kansas CIty Old School Report

Life lesson from long ago about from one of our favorite blogs:

Do you remember E. 31st between Charlotte and Campbell?

Residents began moving into the block around E. 31 st Street from Charlotte to Campbell in the late 1800s, and as the population grew, 31 st Street (formerly known as Springfield Avenue) became a commercial street that offered such services as cleaning, furniture making, and a grocery store.


Once again Kansas City MSM is keeping this town stupid when it comes to sketchy rail transit development deals that never seem to live up to expectations.

To wit . . .


For at least two years we've been saying that this transit project is nothing but sound and fury sold by politicos and now the GOP hegemony in Jeff City is finally catching onto this fact.

More than a year ago we promised . . .


Now check the latest:

STL Post Dispatch: Missouri reconsidering commitment to cross-state Rock Island Trail

Refresher on Rock Island:

It's a "17.7-Mile Line To Be Developed For Bike Trail & Potentially A Multi-Modal Transportation System" that'll happen some time around the 1st of Octember.

There have been drawings and plans and even more hype . . .

And in all the time the path still looks like a hobo alley . . .

Even worse, as the County gets ready to increase taxes . . . Let's not forget that a great many politicos who still hold office approved a big money bond sale for this monstrosity:

Jackson County: Legislature Approves Bonds To Purchase Rock Island Corridor

$52 MILLION worth of financing in fact . . .

Like it or not, this bomb has now landed in the lap of Jackson County Exec Frank White and the legislature as they struggle with a jail crisis that just won't quit and continued budget slap fighting.

More importantly, for Kansas City voters . . . The New GOP Administration considering putting The Rock Island Corridor on FULL STOP holds a lesson for Kansas City and so much irrational exuberance for rail transit development schemes that neglect far more pressing needs for communities and constituents.

Developing . . .

Urban Core Gas Station Robbery Shooting Welcomes Tourist To Kansas City

Despite so much Kansas City hype on the topic of 25 million visitors to this town . . . Here's a scary welcome to one guest who probably won't be coming back any time soon. Checkit:

Man shot during gas station robbery in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man was shot during a robbery at a gas station in Kansas City, Missouri. The robbery happened near 31st and Mersington. Police said a man was visiting friends from out of town. He stopped at the Inner City Service Co. gas station around 1:30 a.m.

More Deets On Horrific Kansas City Playground Gunfight Betwixt Two Youngsters

Once again there's a constant lament over the lack of gun safety in Kansas City that always seems to crack down on Constitutional Rights. Additionally, word thrown around social media is that the shooting is even more serious than initial reports revealed. Here's the update from Fox4:

BREAKING: Child shot by another child on a playground near 23rd and Wheeling

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating a shooting that took place Sunday evening involving children. Police said that a child, under the age of 10, was shot at a playground near 23rd and Wheeling Avenue around 7 p.m. Sgt. Kari Thompson with KCPD said the child's injuries are life-threatening.

Kansas City 'Black Healing' Rally This Week

The latest activist lament from One Struggle KC . . . A diverse group with good intentions and some questionable tactics that rose up in the midst of the Ferguson riots.


Black Healing, Tuesday, June 27

"In light of the acquittal of Philando Castile's murder in Minneapolis, the killings of Charleena Lyles in Seattle and Nabra Hassanen in Virginia, our Black communities continue to mourn. Children's activities will be available."

You decide . . .

Kansas City Biz Loses Big Bucks

Realization that the quotient of rapidly increasing Kansas City crime makes it nearly impossible for small biz to survive in this town. Here's the latest example:

Kansas City business robbed of $250K worth of tools

An owner of a local business is hoping the community can step forward and assist him in locating thousands of dollars worth of tools stolen from him on Saturday night. Keith Starling owns Kansas City Dent, a business that specializes in dent repair. It does business with both individuals and car dealerships around the metro.

KCMO Double Shooting We Didn't Mention

It's hard to keep up with so much local crime but this bit of gunfire that critically injured two people deserves attention amid a spate of Sunday violence. Checkit:

Double shooting leaves two with serious injuries at 55th & College

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two people sustained serious injuries in a shooting late Saturday in Kansas City. Officers were dispatched to the area of 54th and Indiana on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, two victims were found in a vehicle with gunshot wounds.


Really great glimpse of Kansas City's artisans of the digital age creating another great, local community . . .

From director J. Canell: "From blacksmiths to cosplayers to weavers and robot designers they come from far and wide to show their inventions and designs."

Developing . . .

Shanley Pulled Pork Celebration

Shanley is the foodie queen of Kansas City. Nacho everyday blogger even if she doesn't like to taco 'bout it . . . Pretty pix and practical foodie advice from one of the local best. Take a look:

Fourth of July BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos and a Giveaway | Out to Eat

Nothing fuels a Fourth of July celebration like barbecue. If you're searching for a simple and delicious addition to your holiday spread, try this recipe for BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos with Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce. Best of all, enter to win a barbecue gift basket filled with Head Country sauces, spices and swag.

1967 Six-Day War In Kansas City

Great history and perspective from one of the very best faith bloggers in Kansas City. Checkit:

How the 6-Day War affected religion: 6-26-17

Jim Rudin, who early in his days as a rabbi worked in Kansas City, has been thinking about the long-term effects of the Six-Day War of 1967, in which Israel won a quick, stunning victory against the Arab forces bent...

Kansas City Blogger Book Review Considers The Tragic New Global Economy

Because economic disparity and the disappearing U.S. middle-class make all of the culture war partisan politics of MSM look silly . . . Here's a peek at a COMPREHENSIVE local blogger review of an important work that's might make a good addition to Summer reading lists:

LR Blog: F*cked: A Review of Brian Alexander’s "Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town"

You decide . . .

Lucy And Kansas City Early Monday

We begin with classic Lucy and her Internets winning and then we go from there . . . Check some of the top Kansas City MSM links:

Maybe Not The New Boss After All

ESPN's Louis Riddick refutes report about interview for Kansas City Chiefs GM opening

The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly are interested in interviewing ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for their vacant general manager opening. Riddick later tweeted Sunday that the Chiefs have not contacted him about the GM job, shooting down a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who earlier wrote on Twitter: "The Chiefs have reached out to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick to set up an interview for next week for their now-vacant GM job, sources say."

Show-Me GOP Forever Future In Missouri

AP analysis shows more unopposed Missouri races, GOP edge

The number of Missouri House races lacking major-party opposition has been on the rise. An analysis by The Associated Press of last fall's elections found that 60 percent of Missouri House races lacked a Republican or Democratic candidate - ranking in the top tier of states nationally.

Sunflower State Cash Reservations

Gov. Brownback signs state budget bill, denounces 'excessive spending'

Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a $15.6 billion budget Sunday financing pay raises up to 5 percent for state employees and vetoing a directive from the Republican-led Legislature forbidding consolidation of Medicaid programs serving people with disabilities. Brownback expressed regret the 2017 Legislature approved an annual spending blueprint that burned through too much cash and avoided efficiency ideas recommended by consultants.

Friendly Fire Investigation Cookout

Police hold BBQ competition to raise funds for Officer Wagstaff's recovery

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. - Dozens of area law enforcement officers gathered in Harrisonville Saturday, smoking brisket and passing around pulled pork, to support one of their own. "It's not about this competition, it's not about who wins. It's about helping out Tom and his family" said Ed Wisdom, an Independence Police officer.

Kansas City Hype Inside The Loop
Downtown KC is cookin' this week - June 26-July 2
Song for the day Desiigner- Outlet and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Sunday, June 25, 2017


A relatively peaceful weekend was punctuated by this horrific incident signaling increased local cruelty.


KSHB: Officials say a child was shot at a playground in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday.

KMBC: Child suffers life-threatening injuries in a shooting at a KCMO playground


Police were called to the area of 23rd and Wheeling around 7 p.m.

According to police at the scene, the child was reportedly shot by another child on the playground at the housing complex there.

The child is listed in life-threatening condition.

Developing . . .

Kansas City 'Fortuity' For Sale In The Crossroads Amid Plaza Move

Here's a quick Sunday tidbit on the local real estate scene as fortunes continue to change in Kansas City.

A constant and KICK-ASS reader notices: "That's a sign on the Fortuity space better known as the "Kansas City I'm So In Love" place."

Check the listing to verify some of the most KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS . . .

The good news is that the hipster fashion space is open on the Country Club Plaza according to their website. Sadly, the new location for this upstart brand is always changing hands BUT maybe a new hipster offering might be a sign of renewal for the old school entertainment district.

Either way . . . For the moment the KC love selfie landmark is secure as the Crossroads stays losing one of their more trendy retailers who might or might not be moving up in the real world.

You decide . . .


Tragedy today as weekend warriors and bicycling advocates suffer a horrific loss and we all learn their hobby is just a bit more dangerous than most people realize. Read more:

Cyclist dies in Tour of Kansas City event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri police say that a man cycling in the Tour of Kansas City race has died. KCPD spokesman Darrin Snapp says that the man struck a railing during the race and died from a head injury. His identity has not yet been released.

Will Bubba Ever Live Up To The High Hopes Of Kansas City Royals Fanboys???

Wisdom from our blog community on this former star and current journeyman struggling to make it to the show:

"He might make the majors someday, esp at the point in a season where the Royals are eliminated from postseason, but he won't play more than 100 MLB games in his life."

Here's a more optimistic take:

Kansas City Royals: Bubba Starling is on the rebound

It was almost to the point that Kansas City Royals fans were giving up on Bubba Starling. The outfield prospect seemed to be making slow, if any, progress towards the major leagues. However, over the past month Starling has been on an absolute tear. He now stands poised to make his major league debut very soon.

Coming Soon: Kansas City Transportation Network Company Code For Uber & Others

Internets ride-share companies and City Hall have been arguing over this for at least two years and now the ordinance seems to be just about finalized.

Kansas City is soon set to enact a “Transportation Network Company Code” and here are just a few of the highlights we picked out:

Definition Of Terms: "Transportation network company or TNC means a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other entity that uses a digital network to connect TNC riders to TNC drivers who provide prearranged rides. A TNC shall not be deemed to own, control, direct, operate, or manage the TNC vehicles or TNC drivers that connect to its digital network, except where agreed to by written contract."

Big Bucks To Operate: "(A TNC) Pays an annual license fee of seventy-five thousand dollars, which shall be prorated in accordance with this section, to the department. This annual fee shall cover all transportation network company drivers affiliated with the transportation network company, and no per driver or per vehicle fee shall be assessed."

Protection For Kansas City Cabs: "A TNC driver shall not solicit or accept street hails."

Uber has been fighting most of this regulation and it has been cumbersome enough to push Lyft out of Kansas City. However, moving forward it provides a framework for future transit companies and will most likely become quickly outdated as apps evolve and transit options working online become even more complex.

Developing . . .

Mizzou Desperately Seeking Book Donations

Today's lesson in the real world consequences of social justice protest unchecked in the midst of a cruel culture war. Checkit:

After budget cuts, Missouri Libraries seeks book donations

The University of Missouri Libraries, responding to the loss of millions of dollars in its budget, is asking book lovers for some help. Two weeks ago, library officials posted a website with a wish list of more than 400 books they hoped to buy for the libraries but are not able to because of budget cuts.

Kansas Teachable Moments Following Guv Brownback Tax Cut Pull Back

As The Guv signs the Spending Bill and Amid progressive chest thumping about a political victory, here's a more reasonable round-up of economic data and confirmation of the TKC contention that political bragging and big promises were part of the Conservative disappointment: Three Lessons from the Tax Defeat in Kansas


This Sunday was share a blind item that should enlighten locals regarding the tragic state of their County government.

To wit . . .


This one is posted as a blind item not only to keep us out of court but also because there's more than enough blame to pass around Jackson County as this division of local government has become an increasing source of scandal and disappointment.


Where's Waldo?

As the human rights crisis at the jail continues to deepen, major public events get questionably canceled in ways that cause people to begin gossiping about dark days and incompetence at the courthouse, and the quiet rage among county taxpayers continues to build around a massive and unwarranted property tax hike, what does a leader of the county decide to do in order to get a handle on his crumbling administration? Why, take a top secret all "expenses paid" two week long "fishing trip" to Canada of course! Isn't that what responsible elected leaders should do?

This is the latest in a string of multiple "excursions" this County leader has enjoyed since taking office. All of this must be placed in the context of a very rigorous "normal" weekly schedule consisting of: Namely, golf outings at swanky private and taxpayer funded clubs, which numerous county staff are often required to "attend" to the county leader at. This politico reportedly "earns" over $155,000 in salary a year, massive benefits and perks, plus "access" to a free $55,000 car for his "solid" work week.

Not only is the timing of this "trip" bizarre and arguably a dereliction of duty, but the real story here is how this politico and his enablers have ordered staff to keep the junket a "top secret" or else risk losing their jobs. Supporters of the courthouse leader have directly ordered his staff to lie about where he is, so the press and public won't get wind of his absence. Rather than simply focus on actually doing their jobs, the people who pull this politico's strings, have directly threatened the jobs of longtime county staff if the "leaks" don't stop (and warned them) that they will be ousted. All of this secrecy provided to a major elected official have raised the specter of even darker days ahead for Jackson County.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Dead Dude Driveway Sunday

Death investigation as another body turns up on local streets. Read more:

Car crashes into house, dead man in driveway

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A vehicle crashed into a house in the 9400 block of North Kentucky early Sunday morning, and a man was found dead outside. Police say about 4:00 a.m. officers were called to the house in regards to an accident.


Last month we asked:

Did the Burns & Mac plan to capitalize on Mayor Sly's social media power backfire amid public outrage over yet another clumsy start to the airport conversation?!?

Our blog community mostly answered yes and weeks later the newspaper decided to report pretty much the same discussion:

'Original sins': Early errors erode KCI project perception, progress as deadlines loom

The bumpy saga of Kansas City International Airport traces its roots back six years to a pair of themes: City leaders failed to gauge the affinity Kansas Citians have for the airport, and they never overcame the public's misperception that taxpayer funds would be involved in funding a $1 billion single terminal.