Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SHOW-ME REAX TO MISSOURI VANDALISM JEWISH GRAVEYARD DESECRATION HATE!!!



The rise of antisemitism in the U.S. continues as Prez Trump calls a recent attack on a Jewish religious site "horrible and painful" in a mostly well-received statement.

Meanwhile, tomorrow press conference cleanup at the site will hopefully shine a spotlight on unity against religious persecution rather than the ongoing politically charged hatred and blame shifting.

Read more . . .

At Jewish Cemetery, Seeking Answers Amid Heartbreak
Missouri governor to help repair vandalized Jewish cemetery
Jewish governor of Missouri, Muslim activists pitching in to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery
Police Investigating Serious Vandalism at Jewish Cemetery in MissouriVandals damage dozens of headstones in Jewish cemetery in Missouri
You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY TONI ANDERSON COLD CASE DEBATE: DEAD TREE MEDIA REPORTS 'HUMAN TRAFFICKING' THEORY WHILST FACEBOOK GROUP DECRIES FAKE NEWS!!!



Kansas City strip club worker Toni Anderson is still reported missing and in her absence a myriad of theories abound.

Tonight's speculation reported by The Kansas City Star:

Mom thinks missing UMKC student is a victim of human trafficking

Meanwhile, social media is far more skeptical . . .

Here's an FB Group with a few hundred members touting their theory: Toni Anderson Missing Scam

What we know for sure . . .

- Local media has downplayed the strip club connection and seemed hesitant to publicize her sex industry work.

- Online chatter unfairly targets police and the investigation as authorities said there's no indication of foul play.

Meanwhile, the constant stream of human misery in the news cycle continues as more locals offer their competing theories regarding the disappearance.

Developing . . .

The Kansas City Tuesday Night Links



Another glimpse at news this evening as we work into the wee hours in order to keep our TKC blog community ABREAST of all the important local news. Checkit:

Northeast  Kansas City Demolition Talk
KCU meets with community ahead of Council vote
Diploma Mill Aftermath
Wright Career College will end up stiffing most of the students it took advantage of
Cowtown Traveling Music
Road Music, Chapter Two: Kansas City, Missouri
Rock Chalk Economic Show Down
Governor Brownback to veto income tax hike meant to fix Kansas budget
New York Times Consideration
A Kansas City Royals Slugger? Jorge Soler Could Fit the Bill
Tribute After Tragic Wreck . . .
Kansas City crash kills two teenage cousins
Kansas City Artsy Links
Where is Nuance Found? A Review of Arterial Echoes: Three Generations of Creative Mentoring
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

CULTURE WARRIOR FIGHT FOR THE NARRATIVE AFTER TERROR SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY TARGETS KANSAS CITY: ISIS FANBOY OR ARMY VETERAN???



Conservative and liberal pundits are battling to place blame after today's terrorist charge allegedly targeted Kansas City.

It's good fun considering nothing happened and the closest this dude got to ISIS was a falafel shop near the place where he was thankfully caught by the Feds.

The rhetorical struggle . . .

According to the affidavit, the investigation began when the FBI became aware (through multiple confidential sources) of the suspects social media posts, in which he expressed animus towards the United States and suggested an adherence to radical Islamic ideology and a propensity for violence. He used several online aliases, including “Mohammed Junaid Al Amreeki,” “Junaid Muhammad,” “Rabbani Junaid Muhammad,” “Rami Talib,” “Ali Talib Muhammad.”

However . . .

He is a U.S. citizen who was born in Missouri. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army for less than a year, receiving a general discharge from service in mid-2013.

And so . . .

The underlying argument here is simple but culture warriors are too lame to come out and say it for fear of being rightfully smacked down by more reasonable people . . . Some liberals might blame the military industrial complex for allowing yet another unstable dude to pass through its ranks whilst many reactionaries rage against billions of Muslims for the allegedly devious plans of solitary keyboard warrior.

Another Kansas City native Gavin "Cosmo" Long who was a former Marine but insisted that his deadly shooting targeting cops was not affiliated with any other group.

Still, we should all credit open comments and social media spying for allowing a platform for (alleged) nut-jobs to voice their crazy.

Here's even more info . . .

Columbia Tribune: Jefferson City man accused of aiding in fake terror plot

KFVS: Former Missouri soldier accused of plotting terror attack in Kansas City

IBTIMES: ISIS In America? Foiled Train, Bus Bomb Plot Was Planned For Islamic State, DOJ Charges

You decide . . .

How Will City Hall Spend $800 MILLION In Kansas City GO Bonds??? Who Knows???



If Show-Me policy dude Tuohey doesn't know where the cash is going then nobody else does either . . .

Meanwhile . . . A question . . .

Blank Check Or Bait And Switch??? - TKC blog community was FIRST to use both these phrases regarding this issue but we can't figure out which one is better.

You decide . . .

KCK FOCUSED ON VIOLENT CRIME RATHER THAN PLAYING LA MIGRA FOR PREZ TRUMP!!!

A thoughtful quote from the top law man across State Line . . .

“Everybody wants to live the American Dream, that's why they come here, and as long as they're not committing crimes, we're okay with that,” Chief Zeigler said.

Zeigler said the new immigration policies under the Trump administration will not change how his department runs.

“We have enough crime issues to deal with in the community. That it is not feasible for us to go out and look for people who are here illegally,” Zeigler explained.

Read more . . .

KCK police chief and local ACLU respond to President's new immigration orders

NEWSFLASH!!! KANSAS CITY RISING WATER RATES THANKS TO BUSTED PIPES!!!

While our blog community has been noting the public demand for AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT and outrage of costs for months . . . This newspaper article seems to advocate more taxes by way of a blank check to fix a longstanding problem. Take a look: Kansas City haunted by 'ghost water': Leaks adds millions to ratepayers' bills

The Kansas City Tuesday Link Workout



Quick peek at way more than a handful of important Kansas City afternoon links inspired by Leanne Crow hotness. Take a peek:

More Kansas City La Migra Fear
Department of Homeland Security announces increased immigration enforcement
Show-Me STL Baby Killing Fight
GOP-backed House bill would strike down St. Louis' 'abortion sanctuary city' law
Rock Chalk Political Cash Smack Down
Kansas House Shoots Down Campaign Donation Increase
Golden Ghetto Gunfire Aftermath
Case against man charged in Shawnee Wal-Mart shooting will move to trial
South Kansas City School Options???
Where rich Cerner meets the strapped Hickman Mills district, charter schools may rise
Retail Worries Persist Across The Bridge
Zona Rosa for sale? Costco and 6 other Northland updates
After Work Time For Some Brewskies
Westport's newest bar 'HopCat' opens Saturday with 100 taps of craft beer
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

SHOCK!!! TERRORIST SUSPECT CAPTURED PLOTTING ATTACKS AGAINST KANSAS CITY!!!



Today's reminder of an ongoing DOMESTIC terror threat among locals who watch way too much TV.

Take a peek:

On Jan. 31, an undercover agent pretending to have ties to ISIS provided the suspect with a list of items that could be used to make bombs. According to the affidavit, when the undercover agent implied that the materials would be used “to bring them to their knees,” Hester replied, “I can’t wait. I can’t wait.” He purchased 9-volt batteries, roofing nails and duct tape the next day.

The targets of the attack were to be buses, trains and a Kansas City train station.

Hester was arrested on Feb. 17 after following an undercover FBI agent to a storage facility.

Read more:

KMBC: Man accused of trying to aid ISIS in what he believed was plot aimed at KC targets

KSHB: MO man charged with planning terror attack in KC

KCUR: Columbia Man Charged In Terrorist Plot After FBI Sting

KCTV5: ISIS supporter charged after plotting terror attack against Kansas City

Developing . . .

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY LOOSE PARK TREES AGAINST PREZ TRUMP!!!

Follow-up on social media chatter but still probably better news than ALL OF THE CONSTANT CAR BREAK-INS that go unreported. You decide . . . Graffiti on trees against Trump in Loose Park

Today's Kansas City Drive-By Investigation

Bullets fired into this home while kids were inside . . . Police looking for gunman who shot up Kansas City home

The Kansas City Tuesday News Link Check



More than a few important local items to consider right now. Here's a start . . .

Pleading Kansas City Innocence
Judge grants appeal hearing for Kansas City man who says he's wrongly imprisoned for murder
The Downtown Scheme Continues
KC Convention Hotel development plan filed with the city; hearing is set for April
Public Radio Talking Points
KCUR Releases 'Midwesternish' Podcast To Tell The Stories Of People Between The Coasts
Canine Tragedy Near The Kansas City Loop
Dog dies in fire at home just east of downtown KC
Show-Me Tragic & Drastic Cuts
KC program that houses female ex-convicts with nuns hopes to replace lost state funding
Nice Home Town Local Link
Kansas City Royals: Every Team Needs a Player Like Salvador Perez
The Local Concert List
Willie Nelson, Chris Brown add Kansas City concert dates
And this is the OPEN THREAD right now . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION: HAVE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR DEVELOPERS RUINED THE CROSSROADS WITH PARKING PROBLEMS???



Crowds are a good problem to have but a mix of Kansas City office, retail, residential and restaurant denizens are putting a beloved local neighborhood under pressure.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN DENIZENS ARE RAGING OVER CROSSROADS PARKING PROBLEMS AND CITY HALL IS FINALLY TAKING NOTICE!!!

Here's a look at a recent City Hall survey that tacitly admits the dilemma . . .

Crossroads Parking

"The City of Kansas City is asking for YOUR help! We are developing smart parking strategies for one of the City’s fastest growing neighborhoods- the Crossroads Arts District. As part of that effort, we’d like to ask you about your travel habits in the Crossroads. Please take the survey below to assist the City in our development of smart parking and transportation solutions to benefit the Crossroads in the future. We appreciate your participation!"

Crossroads Parking and Transportation Survey

Crossroads Smart Parking Study

Staff from the Public Works and Planning departments are working with community members to examine the parking needs of the Crossroads Arts District. The City is working with parking consultants,Walker Parking, to identify opportunities and implement parking improvements in the Crossroads.

The City’s overall goal is to improve effectiveness of parking management and ensure that municipal parking resources are used in a manner that support public parking, public transit, multi-modal transportation and Crossroads economic growth and development. With that goal in mind, city staff, Walker Parking, Crossroads stakeholders and members of the community are working together on identifying best practices to best serve the Crossroads community. We are committed to continue to work on Kansas City solutions to a nationwide challenge.

As the City works with Walker Parking to define solutions, more information will be posted on this page. We thank you for your participation in the survey!
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Take the survey despite the fact that most of the numbers from City Hall are fake.

Still . . .

HIGHER CRIME, MORE TRAFFIC AND PARKING CONGESTION ALONG WITH SKYROCKETING RENTS HAVE RUINED A LOT OF THE APPEAL FOR CROSSROADS RESIDENTS!!!

One constant TKC Commenter and gentrification detractor seyz:

"Crossroads is the new Plaza. Dangerous and overdone. Over the past 5 years KCMO has killed a great neighborhood and now they plan to finish the job with more meddling."

You decide . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ACTIVIST PAT CLARKE FORMS 3RD DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE!!!



Kansas City Council election branding and positioning is already underway and we want to thank KICK-ASS TKC READERS for sending this bit of info along . . .

KANSAS CITY ACTIVIST PAT CLARKE IS LOOKING AT A 3RD DISTRICT COUNCIL RUN!!!

Missouri Ethics evidence . . .



A sign of fundraising coming soon . . .



Background:

Mr. Clarke has earned more than a bit of notoriety in his recent work with Kansas City Police and a great deal of community volunteerism over the past few years . . . Most recently and notably he established a basketball court on Paseo Blvd. that's a lot safer than most of the late night entertainment on the Plaza.

As of this writing, Mr. Clarke isn't aligned with Freedom, Inc., instead he has worked with MO House Rep. Brandon Ellington's "We The People" group and their volunteer efforts. However, his campaign Treasurer Dee Evans is a longtime Freedom member.

Mr. Clarke is most likely competing to replace termed-out 3rd District Councilman Jermaine Reed. Like him or not, if elected, Pat Clarke will undoubtedly provide stronger representation for his constituents than his predecessor.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Children's Museum & Library Redux At Red Bridge Shopping Center

Nice non-profit plans at this Southland dead end location that will be home to a $12 MILLION project . . . Children's Museum, Library Announce Plans For New Building At Red Bridge Shopping Center

Celebrate Bruce Smith Drugs Revival In Perfect Village Hen House!!!

IMPORTANT suburban slice of life coverage from our little sister blog publication out in the suburbs . . . Bruce Smith Drugs staff moving to new Hen House Pharmacy at Village Shops

Is Kansas City Underrated???

Clickbait news link but still a topic worthy of consideration from our blog community sent by one of the best and brightest TKC readers . . . As local leaders constantly hype this town and it's alleged 24 million tourists . . . Playing the underdog becomes a harder proposition. You decide . . . Travel study finds Kansas City the most underrated city in the U.S.

Show-Me Sen. Claire McCaskill Skeptical About Prez Trump's Wall After Border Visit



Our favorite Red State Democratic lady offers her insight regarding Prez Trump's plan that's still (forever) in the design stages . . .

KSHB: 'This isn't as simple as a wall': Missouri senator visits US-Mexico border

Fox3: She spent the last few days and nights with border patrol agents, seeing people come across the areas that are not secured.

Developing . . .

Missouri Jewish Cemetery Attack Earns Nationwide Media Coverage

Once again, homegrown antisemitism puts the Show-Me State on the map . . . Vandals Have Attacked a Jewish Cemetery in Missouri

Kansas HealthCare Stays Losing

Red State social safety net still FAILS to earn compromise as residents just begin to feel recession recovery. Take a look: House Committee Votes To Sideline KanCare Expansion Bill

Tessa And The Kansas City Tuesday Link Pool



Lots of stuff to cover this morning along with Tessa Fowler hottie inspiration . . . Take a peek:

Kansas City Kindness Disaster
Fire destroys hundreds of donated items given to Kansas City family after basement flood
Golden Ghetto Morning Blaze Aftermath
Overland Park house fire displaces family of 4
Kansas City Traffic Tragedy Testimony
Family of teen cousins killed in Ward Parkway crash grieves
Inner Suburban Gunfire Redux
Raytown Police investigating after bullet comes through man's apartment ceiling
Youngster Politics Teaching Moment
Shawnee Mission North banner taken down at Lawrence High School in mascot controversy
Home Team Falling Apart
Eric Hosmer talking extension, but prepared for breakup of Royals' core | FOX Sports
Kansas City Big Breakfast Today
Leaving politics at the door, mayors from 120 cities gather to focus on ethics and spirituality in governing
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City 'Not My President's Day' Protest Redux: Photography And Drone View

Exceptional images of the crowd from ground level and from above by way of Kansas City's best photographer . . . President's Day Protest of Donald Trump in Kansas City - Photoblog

Kansas City Faith Blogger Vs. Prez Trump

In his latest post, local author and blogger Bill Tammeus offers his perspective on the current administration along with faith community reactions. Take a look: Why Trump's ideas about Islam are dangerous: 2-21-17

Kansas City Music Scene Blogging

A lot of local music scene activity over the past few weeks is linked, referenced and reported in this Kansas City blogging compilation. Checkit: Different Strokes and Indifferent Folks

Kansas City Parkour Clip



The world's most accurate encyclopedia tells us that "Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Parkour includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other movements as deemed most suitable for the situation."

And yes it's still a thing . . . A recent clip featuring a crew of Parkour enthusiasts jumping around Kansas City proves as much.

You decide . . .

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lana & The Kansas City Late Night Link Smile



After another TOUGH DAY OF PROTESTING AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP along with social media slap fighting amid an ongoing divisive and ultimately unproductive culture war . . . Let's take a moment to consider hottie Lana Kendrick and her impressive body of work WHILST we take look at these Kansas City news links that bring things back closer to home for the evening. Checkit:

Searching For Kansas City Cures
KCU professor discovers possible breakthrough in slowing ALS progression
Another Inner Suburban Gunfire Report
Raytown man calls police after gunshot comes through his ceiling
Antisemitism Fear Hits Home Again
More Bomb Threats Close Jewish Community Centers Across The Nation
KCMO Community Resource Tour
Linwood YMCA reopens after spending $10.5-million on upgrades
Local Low Budget Tech Work
Need a job? Kansas City's HipHire has an app for that
Rock Chalk Kind Consideration
Kansas Senate panel hears arguments over medical marijuana
Low Key Home Team Stays Winning
Kansas City Royals Enter Spring Training As Underdogs
And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .

Shanley Shares Waldo Ramen Bar Suggestion

She's the foodie queen of Kansas City and latest write-up of a new place in Waldo is much better than what most of us had for dinner . . . Here's a taste and the link: Bōru Ramen Bar Opens in Waldo | Out to Eat

Show-Me Blogging The Missouri River

Great slice of life blogging accompanied by EXCEPTIONAL pix from one of the best local blogs that should be on your list of daily reads: The Dredge Report

TKC MUST SEE!!! EPIC CROWD OF HUNDREDS CELEBRATES #NOTMYPRESIDENTS DAY RALLY AGAINST TRUMP ADMINISTRATION!!!



Once again, protesters against President Trump dominate the Kansas City discourse.



Today, "Not My President's Day" was the occasion as a crowd of nearly 1000 gathered to cheer and chant against the current Prez.



Close to two dozen police protected the crowd . . .



The signs were clever but mostly focused on talking points we've seen previously . . .



Lots of honking and cheering on of the youthful plaza crowd . . .



Moreover . . .



The pouty hottie with the legs advocating a free press was my highlight for this quick tour.

Take a look at MSM roundup from just a few minutes ago . . .

Fox4KC: Protesters rally on the Plaza to oppose Trump administration for ‘Not My President’s Day’

KSHB: Protesters against Donald Trump protesting in KC

KCUR: Hundreds Of Kansas Citians Participate In Presidents Day Anti-Trump Protest

You decide . . .

OVERLAND PARK CROOK EXCLAIMS 'KANSAS CITY IS UNDER ATTACK' WHILST EATING PIZZA DURING HOME BURGLARY!!!

Tragic story and follow-up of mental health issues making their way into the suburbs . . . As if they needed any more . . . Today's reminder that cutting the social safety net has far reaching implications: Police: Man breaks into Overland Park home, spends the night & claims 'KC is under attack'

Show-Me Missouri 'Bathroom Bill' Distraction

Here's the handiwork of the no-veto SUPER MAJORITY that hopes this culture war tidbit will keep the attention of newsies and political denizens whilst they crack down on unions and pass one corporate tax break after the next . . .

SB 98, introduced by Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar), would require that any public school bathrooms or locker rooms accessible to multiple students at the same time be limited to those of "the same biological sex" — defined in the bill as the one "identified at birth by a person's anatomy and indicated on their birth certificate."

Your fart joke is better than mine . . .

Missouri 'Bathroom Bill' Will Get a Hearing Tomorrow

Kansas City Strip Club Worker Case Gone Cold: Toni Anderson Still Missing

Perspective from Wichita where "journalists" from that community are hesitant to mention strip club connections . . . No new leads on Wichita woman missing in Kansas City

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL DUDE SCOTT TAYLOR BUILDS $330K MAYORAL CAMPAIGN WAR CHEST WHILST CRITICS FEAR CONFLICTS!!!



Behind the scenes the contest to replace Kansas City Mayor Sly James is heating up. This is important because most Kansas City elections are decided before a single ballot is ever cast.

To wit . . .

KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS SHOW US THAT 6TH DISTRICT COUNCIL DUDE SCOTT TAYLOR LEADING ALL CONTENDERS WITH AN EPIC $330K WAR CHEST!!!

We're still two years out from campaign season but he just took down another $55K+ during the last fundraising period.

Take a peek . . .



Accordingly . . .

EPIC FUNDRAISING FROM COUNCIL DUDE TAYLOR ELICITS FEAR FROM SOME DENIZENS OF OUR BLOG COMMUNITY ABOUT POTENTIAL CONFLICTS!!!

Here's the word . . .

"We're asking about a specific exchange of campaign cash from a KCMO real estate developer who had business before the Council. Councilman Scott Taylor, Chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee, spoke glowingly of his support for the project. We wonder how many people realized he'd just accepted thousands of dollars from the company? The Council approved the project in a unanimous vote..."

MSM evidence that lacks any in-depth reporting about the behind the scenes moves . . .

KCMO City Council Approves $90 million New Housing Development at 47 Madison on Plaza

"Councilman Scott Taylor, Chair of Planning and Zoning committee said, "This will be one of the most visible and exciting new apartment developments in Kansas City for years to come. We are excited to support this significant $90 million private sector investment in Kansas City."

Proudly displayed on the block website:



And here's public info that isn't widely touted via the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Contributor = Block Real Estate Services, LLC
700 West 47th Street, Suite 200 Kansas City MO 64112
Contribution received 11/17/2016
Contribution this time = $2,000.00
Aggregate total = $2,500.00



Don't take our word for it . . . We invite all of our readers to check our work at the MO Ethics Website.

But what we've found brings this conclusion from the TKC blog community . . .

"At the very least, Councilman Scott Taylor (an attorney) exhibited very poor judgment and leadership, and leaves the appearance of being "ethically-challenged" . . . We hope that the Mayor and Council can enter remedial ETHICS 101 class to review their responsibilities and oath of office . . ."

Will there be an ethics investigation or more training? Will Missouri politicos step up and actually fulfill so much "ethics" chatter that's always ignored after every election cycle?

Probably not . . .

To be fair, this donation connection is pretty much STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE AT CITY HALL and doesn't violate any campaign fundraising rules . . . That are rarely enforced anyhoo . . .

On the bright side, without our blog community NOBODY WOULD REPORT so many big money power moves that actually reveal a lot more relevant information about Kansas City politicos.

You decide . . .

FEAR COSTLY KANSAS CITY SPRAWL!!!



A longstanding complaint of urban planners who never take into account that KANSAS CITY'S HORRIFIC CRIME PROBLEM is part of what contributes to so much local sprawl.

Checkit:

"If you’ve ever wondered about how Kansas and Missouri fund its roads, follow The Cost of Roads, the fourth in of a five-part general overview series on our city’s aging infrastructure."

Check the entire playlist which hasn't earned much online love but still serves as a valuable resource regarding crumbling local infrastructure whilst so many locals are asked to vote for more taxes in order to service bonds for pet projects.

Developing . . .

Show-Me Sen. Claire McCaskill Still Attacking Controversial Prez Trump Travel Ban



Politically targeted by the GOP for her continued resistance . . . Missouri's top Red State Democratic Party denizen is unapologetic about her resistance to the current administration.

An important recent statement from Sen. McCaskill . . .

"President Trump’s ban on immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries – and refugees from anywhere – is making our country less safe and has compromised our most sacred values.

"This ban has handed a potent recruiting tool to international terrorists by communicating that America is at war with Muslims. And in addition to refugees, it’s threatened to leave behind even those people who put their lives and the lives of their families at risk to help American military servicemembers in war zones. It’s appalling . . ."

Read more @ Turner Report . . .

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY CROOK CROSSES INTO GOLDEN GHETTO AND BREAKS INTO HOME FOR ALL-NIGHT PIZZA BINGE!!!

Call this a late lunch link as further evidence that the struggle regarding crime spreading in KCMO is real . . . Burglar broke into Overland Park home, ate pizza, spent night until husband found him next morning

NEWSFLASH!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS ADVOCATES ICE CREAM ALONG TOY TRAIN STREETCAR LINE!!!

When the newspaper isn't celebrating so many local "cool" Muslims throughout the community . . . They're doing groundbreaking investigative coverage about a bit of Kansas City transit that continues to confront ongoing political debate after it recovers from a Winter ridership decline. Checkit: KC councilwoman Jolie Justus craves world-class ice cream parlor along streetcar line

Celebrate Kansas City Downtown Luxury Life

The desperate attempt to sell more EMPTY Downtown Kansas City condos, lofts and apartments is ramping up at the bubble of irrational exuberance and old plans that never materialized keeps getting bigger: More people are packing up, selling their homes and moving to the city to live the life of luxury

The Kansas City Monday Midday Link Pool



Kim Kardashian continues her reign as big-ass promo babe with this recent photo shoot in Costa Rica as we check these Kansas City mainstream media links. Take a look:

Kansas City Tribute To Tragic History
UMKC students pay tribute to lives lost during Bataan Death March
Local Crime Comeuppance
Man pleads guilty to robbing Central Bank of the Midwest in Leawood last August
More Local Blight Burns
Flames consume, destroy vacant KCMO home
Help Find This Local Dude
Police looking for missing man in Overland Park
Talking Kansas City Faith
The Greater Kansas City Area Mayors' Prayer Breakfast | Our Next Meeting
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS CONTRADICT CLAIMS FROM '123 GO BONDS' CAMPAIGN!!!



The Kansas City campaign website to support $800,0000,000 bond issue questions is inaccurate according to critics.

Check the the website link as the "123 Go Bonds" campaign attempts to explain complex municipal bond issues simply . . . Progresskc.com



However . . .

ANOTHER LOOK AT THE MATH REVEALS KANSAS CITY GO BONDS WILL TAKE DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF TIME TO REPAY THAN WHAT CITY HALL CLAIMS!!!

Here's the word that we've highlighted as we try to figure out a way to embed an interesting spreadsheet that's going around on this topic . . .

Just The Facts:

At the Mayor’s Town Hall Meetings we’ve heard him say the $800,000,000 bond issue will cost the average taxpayer a little more than $8.00 per year for a $100,000 home and a $15,000 auto. The exact language is quoted below from the City’s bond sales brochure.

"How Do We Pay for Them?

The GO Bonds will be paid for with a modest property tax increase. Paying back $800 million over 20 years will result in a property tax increase of just $8 more on average each year for the typical homeowner.”

It sound like the average taxpayer owning a $100,000 home and a $15,000 auto will only pay $8.00 more a year more in property taxes. NOT TRUE! This is just wrong and very misleading as are several statements made at these meetings.

They also state it is a 20 year bond issue when in fact it will take 40 years to run it’s cycle.

Remember the City will have unlimited authority to raise property taxes however much they need to pay the bonds off. They do not need approval of the taxpayers. It’s basically a blank check.

The taxes are in addition to what you pay now and you will be taxed on all your personal property, not just homes and cars.
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Developing . . .