Saturday, December 10, 2016

TKC MUST SEE!!! KMBC PREZ SARAH SMITH URGES KANSAS CITY COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA HORSE CARRIAGE RIDE SHUT DOWN!!!



Kansas City animal rights activists earn IMPORTANT support from one of the leading TV stations in metro area.

Here is a game changing editorial:

Sarah Smith, KMBC and KCWE President and General Manager: "Kansas City should follow the lead of other cities by banning horse-drawn carriages. While some say that one incident should not stop the rides, advocates say the time has come.

Horses are sensitive and skittish animals who can become easily spooked even in their natural environments. Add traffic and pedestrians and it's only a matter of time until something tragic happens . . ."

Remember not so long ago a KMBC editorial proved to be the deciding factor in the Schlitterbahn shut down of the deadly Verr├╝ckt water slide.

Accordingly, this statement from the local leader marks and EPIC win for critics of the carriage rides.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY FOLLOW-UP: FAMILY WITNESSES LOVED ONE GUNNED DOWN!!!

Horrific details from a homicide reported yesterday which resonates through the urban core amid the tragically rising murder count that now stands at 120 before Saturday Night. Read more: Man shot and killed in front of family, police say

Steve Rose Seyz Kansas City Needs New Single-Terminal Airport

We always respect the analysis of the leading mainstream media pundit from JoCo but in this instance, even the Mayor's polling suggests that the Greater Kansas City area disagrees with his insight . . . And this move could one day lead JoCo to build a better airport that would rival what could be Kansas City's greatest folly.

Either way, Mr. Rose writes a thoughtful piece worthy of consideration in the ongoing debate that features movers and shakers against the vast majority of residents who value the convenience and low cost of the current configuration and don't want politicos screwing it up: What if a new, single-terminal Kansas City airport never gets off the ground?

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS PLAY 'RENAISSANCE NORTH' BLAME GAME AMID EFFORT TO DUMP DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL!!!!



Behind the scenes, vicious fighting over the Downtown Convention Hotel proposal and the ongoing City Council effort to abandon obligations negotiated by Mayor Sly and City Manager Troy Schulte continues to rage with even more rhetorical tactics.

To wit . . .

OLD SCHOOL ACCUSATIONS OVER THE FAILED "RENAISSANCE NORTH" DEVELOPMENT ARE BEING THROWN BY BOTH SIDES OF THE DOOMED DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY CONVENTION HOTEL DEBATE!!!

For those who don't know . . .

Renaissance Village and Prospect North . . . Called for an 80-acre mixed-use development near Maple Woods Community College. But the project encountered numerous roadblocks and never really got off the ground. A couple of years ago the city settled claims for about 7 million.

Like a great deal of the Northland . . . A lot of the project remains a suburban wasteland where the hint of upcoming development offers a haunting sketch of a neighborhood what was abandoned before it was constructed.



Now . . .

The nasty accusations going back and forth blame some politicos for long ago vote on the project while Mayor Sly is supporting his pal Mike Burke's Downtown Hotel plan despite the power player's pivotal role in the Northland flop.



While we're on the subject of lawyers . . . Here's where things get really tricky . . .



ONCE AGAIN MAYOR'S SLY'S ADMINISTRATION USES THREATS OF LEGAL ACTION TO SCARE COUNCIL INTO DOUBLING DOWN ON THE DOOMED DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL PROJECT!!!

While the financial hole of fees, planning and consulting grows deeper . . . Mayor Sly's team is trying hard to keep council from bailing out before the debt is insurmountable. Yet again the Mayor's people are reminding Council that the KCMO commitment to the project is contractual while many critics of the project are willing to gamble that developers won't sue and can't win given the limited interest in the already controversial endeavor.

At this point, the upcoming Dec. 20th deadline is mostly for show and a lack of significant investors, a competing project from the Hilton and City Council skepticism has doomed this project that once again threatens to discard another Kansas City scheme before it really gets started.

Developing . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY TALKS MISSOURI POLITICS THIS MORNING!!!

Heads up on a new Missouri chat show that's reaching out to Kansas City for more viewership and alternative to the closed circle of embittered fired KC Star employees who are keeping their boot on the throats of every other journalist, blogger and writer in this town . . . The Missouri Times talk show offers an alternative outlet with a local panel of guests talking KCMO in relation to the overwhelming GOP hegemony. Take a look: TWMP: Lt. Gov.-elect Parson and a Kansas City-filled panel

Background: JoCo Moderate Republicans Trigger Kansas Chamber Shakeup

The Golden Ghetto political elite are flexing their muscles behind the scenes . . . All 8 of them . . . Here's a Gov. Brownback henchman stepping down after more moderates are taking control in Kansas . . . Reality . . . The Gov. Brownback era is over in Kansas even among hard-line Conservatives and this is more likely a sign of the change: Kansas Chamber's top executive steps down

Kansas City Saturday Morning Reading



On this chilly morning we contemplate Lais Ribeiro hotness and we'd also like to consider these KICK-ASS links sent by readers to share with all of the TKC Blog Community.

Take a look:

The Kansas City Snack Cake Conspiracy
How the Twinkie Made the Super-Rich Even Richer
Single-Terminal Hollywood Dreams
LAX's Makeover Inspires Airport Changes Around the Country
Story Of Traffic Camera Corruption
Former Redflex CEO Sentenced To 30 Months For Corruption In The Awarding Of Chicago's Red-Light Camera Contracts
Crackdown On Kansas City Activists???
Troubling op-ed in Trump in-law's newspaper calls for FBI crackdown on anti-Trump protests
Hampton & Friends Share Holiday Guide
Go With the Flow | Holiday Edition
More in a bit . . .

Kansas City Congressman Cleaver Vows Golden Rule Response To Prez-Elect Trump



An important pledge this weekend from Kansas City's Congressman amid suspicion that the Russians interfered in the election . . . 

"Therefore, I will regulate my congressional conduct, in compliance with the Golden Rule. I will not attend any meeting in any hotel or elsewhere to plot the failure of the President-elect. I will not join others in congress to purposely cause legislative gridlock because I would not want it done to a democrat in the White House. If the president succeeds, I succeed for I am a citizen of this country . . ."

Read his whole statement right here . . .

You decide . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY ORDINANCE THREATENS TO DESTROY PIAC!!!

Here's is THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTICLE CONCERNING CITY HALL PUBLISHED RECENTLY . . .

Money line about the power grab in play . . .

The new processes related to the city manager would begin in May of 2019, and it would still require the final approval of City Council, but some members of the public disagreed with the idea of taking responsibility away from the PIAC process.

“It allows the city manager to have the sole discretion for directing 65% of their funds,” said South Kansas City Alliance President Stacey Johnson-Cosby. “I’d like to respectfully request that you keep the ordinance written as it is now.”

Read more . . .

Council considers PIAC changes

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY CROOKS TARGET SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE DONATIONS!!!

A tragic reminder of holiday desperation, more local junkies and the universal truth the no good deed goes unpunished: Thieves waiting for the right moment are preying upon Salvation Army red kettles around metro

Clay County Security Crackdown Crisis

Yet another reminder that our suburban neighbors are also screwing up their local government as well . . . Clay County leader causes uproar for pepper spray, security decisions

The Kansas City Josie Early Saturday



Our favorite Brit hottie inspires this early morning link blast, take a peek:

Snail Mail Crisis Across The Bridge
Northland neighbors claim mail isn't being delivered
Rock Chalk Injustice Ruling 
Kansas Supreme Court backs man jailed 4 years pending trial
Inner-Suburban Corpse Scare
Second grade student makes startling discovery at a Grandview elementary school
Newsie Foodie Holiday Report
Wine And Food Fit For A Holiday Party
Fear The Meth Town Scrooge Suspect
Real-life Grinch steals Independence children's Christmas tree and decorations
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Downfall Of The Republic Starts In Kansas

More blame game politics that's still worth a read . . .

"Kansas, which was denied expanded Medicaid by its hard-right governor, Sam Brownback, who has also sought to cut back social safety-net programs in various ways."

People Are Dying Younger Because America Keeps Failing the Bad-Break Test

Show-Me Prison Crackdown In Missouri

Follow-up to nasty allegations against the prison industrial complex and a great deal of cash paid out in settlements: Sexual Harassment Lawsuits In Missouri Prompt Audit Of State's Legal Expense Fund

The Kansas City Week In Hype Via City Hall



All the the propaganda from 12th & Oak during this bloody week of multiple murders . . .

Take special note of toy train hype despite the downward spiral for ridership.

Here's just a quick peek for Saturday early birds . . .



More in a bit . . .

Friday, December 09, 2016

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PROTEST ON THE PLAZA TONIGHT TOUT UPCOMING ORDINANCE TO BAN HORSE CARRIAGE RIDES!!!



On a cold December night, Kansas City animal rights activists seemed exceptionally committed to ending the Country Club Plaza horse carriage ride tradition that many consider cruel.



A crowd of about two dozen protesters at its peek held signs and talked to local newsies about their cause and opposition to the longstanding Country Club Plaza tradition.



Everybody seemed in a good mood and it wasn't an angry protest in the least as protesters and purveyors of the carriage stood next to each other in the cold.



Fun fact for those who don't already know . . .



ACTIVISTS SAID THAT THEY'RE WORKING WITH COUNCIL LADY THERESA LOAR TO DRAFT LEGISLATION CALLING FOR A BAN ON PLAZA HORSE CARRIAGE RIDES!!!



There are similar bans in other cities but this legislative move not only comes after an injury crash last week left a horse trapped beneath the carriage and hurt riders but also relates to an animal shelter which leads the upcoming $800 MILLION General Obligation vote desperately advocated by City Hall.



And so . . . While the protesters seem earnest in their request . . . The bigger picture tonight is that this demonstration is part of the argument to keep City Hall funded for the sake of cute animals that everybody loves.

We'll have more images and video from the scene tomorrow but this evening we wanted to send a shout out to newsies, protesters and horses who were out in the cold.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE COUNT NOW 120 AFTER DOUBLE MURDER AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON TROOST DEADLY SHOOTING!!!



Amid the holiday season and as end of the year approaches, the Kansas City homicide count is now reaching record highs.

Accordingly . . .

THREE MURDERS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS SPIKES THE KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE COUNT TO 120!!! THAT'S THE HIGHEST MURDER TOTAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR IN A GENERATION!!!

Police confirmed that the two deaths last night counted as a double murder.

Friday at an apartment complex in the 8100 block of Troost Avenue a person was shot and killed as the police apprehended a suspect they now have in custody.

And so . . .

A slight warmup this weekend could prove disastrous for Kansas City as our murder count continues to surge.

The rundown . . .

- This is now more than a 20% increase over homicides last year at this time.

- There were only 99 murders last year at this point.

- The KCPD Clearance rate hovers slightly above 50% as a significant number of killings this year were due to arguments raging out of control.

Sadly, while politicos and public officials boasted about a reduction of homicide numbers a couple of years ago . . . This time around there are few politicos willing to go on record about the topic as holiday and sports celebration has earned more comment than one of the deadliest years in recent KCMO history.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Bannister Fed Complex Cleanup Cash Courtesy Of Congressman Cleaver



An important move for a former financial anchor of South Kansas City.

Take a look:

KC Biz Journal: Cleaver helps secure $200M for Bannister complex cleanup, transfer

Here's the word according the Congressman's Office . . .

Congressman Cleaver Advances Redevelopment of Bannister Federal Complex

End-of-the-year appropriations bill will allow for the transfer of ownership

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) advocated for the inclusion of language in the end-of-year Continuing Resolution – H.R. 2028 - and is pleased to announce that the language was included in the final bill. H.R. 2028 was passed by the U.S. House today by a vote of 326-96. This added language will help further the redevelopment of the old Bannister Complex.

H.R. 2028 provides funding for the U.S. Government until April 28, 2017. Special language was needed to provide full funding for the transfer of ownership of the Bannister Complex from the National Nuclear Security Administration to private ownership.

“Our hands were tied. We could not make a move towards new use and new ownership at the Bannister Complex without the full funding. Thankfully, we can now get to work and begin the clean-up and redevelopment of this blighted area,” said Congressman Cleaver.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, which currently owns the property, needed $200 million for demolition and remediation costs to meet legal obligations to transfer the Bannister complex to private ownership in 2017.

Kansas City Carbs For Christmas

Not all of the local news that interests our blog community is horrible . . . Here's the nice link of the day and a celebration of local foodies talking about something appetizing for a change. Checkit: C Is For Cookie

Kansas City Northland Robberies Abound

Not so long ago, Kansas City residents mistakenly believed they could move across the bridge and enjoy the good life far away from urban crime . . . Economic desperation and the surge of heroin use among struggling white people is changing crime demographics for the declining American middle-class, too: Platte County neighborhood on alert after string of burglaries

Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Raider Cheap Seat Fight Confirms NFL Isn't For Families



Drunken brawling among the plebs with seats far enough away to be in the parking lot is the latest local embarrassment after last night's victory.

A quick look at the clip reveals that these football fans lack the both the agility and accuracy of the footballers which they admire so much . . .

Sadly, there's one good punch here and it was unfortunately landed by a Raider fan.

Take a peek:



Meanwhile, the flying bodies and missed punches amid the cold weather remind us that declining American middle-class is far more concerned about football than anything related to their local governments.

You decide . . .

Craig Welcomes Michael Winslow



Weekend funny note from our pal Craig . . .

Police Academy Star, Michael Winslow, At Stanfords.

Michael Winslow has played Stanford and Sons more than any other national celebrity, over 30 shows over the past 25 years. Damn. He passes up Larry The Cable Guy and Pablo Francisco. Winslow best known for his 7 starring roles in the franchise comedy movie series, 'Police Academy.' Winslow is the man of a 1000 noises and voices. He is much more. Winslow's show is unique much more of a Vegas Sammy Davis Jr. show than comedy. Winslow impersonates Jimmy Hendrix, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin and now adds 'Prince.' He looks and sounds like them, he of course even does the guitar work with his own voice...its real...he is one of a kind.

Maybe the most amazing thing he does is put movies like 'Star Wars' on the movie screen and do every noise, explosion, voice and character for an entire battle scene. Truly incredible. He now does Vegas and Europe in theaters where he shines. While Winslow is often funny he is much more of a 'show' than a comic. One reason he has been so popular for years and he is close to G rated.

Winslow has many other credits. He started his career acting in Cheech and Chong movies, yes he does both their voices. Michael is a close friend of Mel Brooks and was the co star in Space Balls. Winslow even has become part of 'Shark Week' with his role in Sharknado movies. The list is too long to mention. He is simply a great show. See him this Friday and Saturday at Stanfords, Legends. Tickets online stanfordscomedyclub.com or call the club 913 400 7500. Yes we sell gift certificates for the holidays or anytime. Yes we do holiday large group banquets and shows.

Coming up, Josh Wolf star of The Josh Wolf Show, My Name is Earl and of course Chelsea, April Macie for New Years Eve...Kevin Farley from Still The King and I am Chris Farley, much more...check out the line up on stanfordscomedyclub.com. Great Chiefs win over Raiders. See you soon.
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Petition To Free Chelsea Manning

Another passionate plea to help free this Kansas Fed Prisoner who some call a whistle-blower and others say is a traitor. You decide . . . Petition: commute Chelsea Manning's sentence to time served

Sleaze Summit Votes For Jackson County Investigation Of Illegal Biz Deals

Ongoing political drama in the suburbs elicits an important move to bring the Sheriff's Office into the fray of a blood-feud betwixt Council members: Card

Methlehem Midday Murder Scene

Tragedy and the 8th murder of the year so far in this city to our east . . . Police block off large area to investigate Independence homicide

Jackson County Jail Remodeling Bond???



After a year of tragic sexual assault allegations against female inmates and repeated allegations of corruption . . . The County is ready to start over, with help from the taxpayers of course . . .

Examiner: Bond mulled for jail projects

Intro:

"Jackson County legislators are discussing going to the voters for a bond issue to pay for major work on the county jail and perhaps other projects. Legislators point out that they are nowhere near having enough information to even decide whether to stick with the current building at 13th and Cherry in downtown Kansas City – which officials say is built in a way that makes operations inefficient – or to look at a new facility."

Read the whole thing here . . .

Developing . . .

The Kansas City Friday Link Look



Hottie Joey Fisher in her skivvies inspires this quick peek at all the important Kansas City midday links for right now. Take a look:

Bad News After Big Win
Kansas City Chiefs' Derrick Johnson ruptures Achilles, out for season
Kansas City Standoff Today
KC police surround home on Walrond Avenue
Rock Chalk Hot Mess
KU basketball player arrested on suspicion for domestic battery
Show-Me Holiday Tradition Helpers
Volunteers redecorate highway after MoDOT removed Christmas decorations due to lack of permit
Another Hipster Java Option
The Roasterie Cafe is coming to the Crossroads
Kansas City Jazz Calling
Here's Why This Kansas City Jazz Organist Has No Trouble Jumping From The Club To Church
Legend Concert Coming To KCMO
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are coming to the Sprint Center in June with Joe Walsh
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PLAN PROTEST AS HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES RETURN TO COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA AFTER INJURY CRASH!!!



Once again the American culture war will be fought on the Kansas City Country Club Plaza amid controversy betwixt allegations of animal cruelty vs a beloved local tradition.

First just a bit of news . . .

NBC Action News: Kansas City Carriages is bringing its horse-drawn carriages back to the Plaza Friday night.

Better still . . .

CHECK THE STATEMENT FROM ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS EXCLUSIVELY ON TKC BECAUSE NO OTHER MEDIA OUTLES OFFERS DEETS LIKE OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY!!!

Here's the word . . .

"Because horse drawn carriages constitute a danger to people in vehicles, on bicycles and on foot; and Because they impede the flow of traffic, particularly with respect to emergency vehicles; and Because it is inhumane and unbecoming to a great city like Kansas City and the renowned Country Club plaza to force these beautiful sentient animals to work in dangerous, unhealthy and unnatural conditions.

"Because of the accident on December 3rd we want to see these horses retired and only horse-less carriages on the Country Club Plaza.

"Come make it loud and clear that Kansas City wants a ban of the KC horse-drawn carriages! Tell them NOT TO TAKE THAT RIDE.

"We want big numbers to show that Kansas City citzens are ashamed of this industry and that we want to see change after the incident on December 3rd!

"Please keep in mind that these demonstrations are meant to educate the public, so be respectful, obey all local laws (we must stay on the sidewalk!), dress appropriately (it will be cold), and be the best voice you can be for the animals . . ."

You decide . . .

Celebrate Kansas City Nutcracker Diversity

Progressive radio takes not of ballet casting choices that nobody else really noticed given that this tradition pretty much blends into all the white noise of the holiday season. Checkit: Kansas City Ballet Recruits International Dancers, Breaks 'Cookie-Cutter' Mold

Cruel Crooks Trash Kansas City Home

Holiday season warning regarding the cruel criminal class in Kansas City and their lack of mercy for the homes they target. Take a look at this scary break-in story: Kansas City man warns others after thieves ransack home

KANSAS CITY DOUBLE KILLING LAST NIGHT ADDS TO HISTORIC 2016 HOMICIDE COUNT!!!



Still waiting on word from the medical examiner to determine is this is a single or double addition to the horrific spate of Kansas City murders so far this year.

Deets from the scene . . .

"Kansas City police are investigating after finding two dead bodies in a house on the city`s East side at 39th and Chestnut . . . Police sources tell FOX 4 that a 13-year-old girl arrived home to find her father dead on the couch covered in blood. It was soon discovered that another man - whose relation to the family is unknown - was also dead inside."

News link roundup . . .

Fox4: Police have yet to explain what led to this - or whether they`re looking for any suspects.

KCTV5: Kansas City police investigating 2 'suspicious' deaths near 39th, Chestnut

KMBC: Police investigate 2 deaths in KC home

KSHB: An investigation is underway after two men were found dead Thursday evening in a KCMO house.

The run down . .

- This pushes the local murder count closer to 120 which would make this the deadliest year of the 2000's for Kansas City.

- There were only 99 homicides last year at this time last year.

- This close to a 20% increase in Kansas City homicides from last year at this time.

Developing . . .

Ruskin Shooter Remains At Large After Gunfire Ambush Targeting Kansas City Police

Police are still hoping for community cooperating in apprehending a suspect who fired at a KCPD officer. Read more: Man who fired shots at officer still at large

Ritzy Northland Neighborhood Gunfire

Shooting last night in a nice enclave across the bridge reported in this story highlight "blood frozen on the front porch" as the holiday season reminds us that rich people have their problems, too.

Checkit: Mom, young son come in close contact with gunman who opens fire in Northland neighborhood

Golden Ghetto Economy Stays Winning!!!

Despite troubling economic numbers throughout the Sunflower State . . . This suburban enclave maintains it's financial dominance over the region and seems to be winning the border war for jobs. Checkit: Economy, property values surge in Johnson County

Kansas City 'Steeple Of Light' 360° Clip



An inspiring visual tribute illuminating the skyline . . . Or just another way Kansas City wastes energy.

You decide . . .

Description from KCUR:

"Nightly, light cannons illuminate the sky completing Frank Lloyd Wright's vision. The projections in the interior of the dome is "The Steeple of Light" at Community Christian Church. The display was designed by Dale Eldred and installed by his widow and artistic collaborator Roberta Lord in December of 1994."

Those with newer phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs will appreciate the clip . . . Take a look:



More in a bit . . .

Blogging Historic Kansas City Cold

Actually, it seems to be warming up but this local blogger offers an old school look at freezing temperatures that destroyed some important Kansas City infrastructure in much the same way that we're now entering busted pipe season. Take a look: Almost Cold Enough to Break the Paseo Bridge

Dancing Kelce Mocks Raiders In Defeat

Kansas City is riding high after national TV winning wherein the media were focused on the dancing antics of the hometown reality TV star and not the murder rate, crumbling infrastructure, rampant racial and political divisiveness along with the economic disparity which otherwise defines this town. Here's another glimpse at the distraction: WATCH: Chiefs' Travis Kelce rides Raider punter's pony after Tyreek Hill's return TD

Looking @ Downtown Kansas City Lights

Click the link to take a look at a MAGNIFICENT photo set from Kansas City's most talented photog offering his impressive view inside the loop: Downtown KC Highway Traffic with Two Light Construction - Photoblog

Kansas City Heidi Early Morning News Links



Here is the most heartfelt tribute to enduring hotness posted on the Internets in quite some time:

Egotastic: Heidi Klum Revealing Hotness Because Sexy Moms Need a Hero

In the spirit of finding beauty everywhere, we offer these Kansas City mainstream media links we're checking for the early morning. Take a peek:

Helping Hungry Hobos On Cold Streets
KC group brings supplies, hope to homeless on frigid night
Big Bucks Made Broadcast TV Unbearable
Greitens, Koster spent close to $60 million in Missouri's hard-fought contest for governor
Sunflower State Tech Waste Reported
Kansas poured $17m into tech solution before outsourcing instead
Happy Rock Shooter Suspect Captured
Gladstone man arrested, charged in Liberty fast-food drive-by shooting
More Deets On JoCo Against Hate
Olathe North HS principal addresses racial discrimination
McTavish Makes The Weekend List
6 Free or Almost Free Things To Do in Kansas City This Weekend
Kansas City Football Is For Realz
It's time to stop hating on Alex Smith and realize the Chiefs can win the Super Bowl
And this is the OPEN THREAD for the early morning . . .