Sunday, July 05, 2015

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! RAMPANT KANSAS CITY SHOOTING AND DEAD BODIES SPOIL AFTERMATH OF JULY 4TH WEEKEND!!!



At the midpoint of the year we noted that this weekend was make or break for Kansas City in terms of preventing increasing violence.

Now, as Sunday comes to a close . . .

THE 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND WAS EXCEPTIONALLY VIOLENT THROUGHOUT KANSAS CITY AND OFFERS A PREVIEW OF WHAT COULD BE DEADLY DOG DAYS OF SUMMER!!!

Evidence . . .

- Gunfire in both major Kansas City entertainment districts as the P&L along with Westport business suffered gunfire damage.

- Multiple homicide scenes for dead bodies found around the metro. Only one is described as "without trauma" but investigation continues . . .

- Let's not forget increased domestic violence escalating with a daddy shooting.

And so . . .

YOU DECIDE: WILL KANSAS CITY BECOME INCREASINGLY VIOLENT DURING THE HOT MONTHS OF SUMMER!!!

Rather than one assurance after the next from politicos . . . It's important to bring this discussion to the public and let people on the streets and in the neighborhoods decide.

Developing . . .

Undocumented Sanctuary San Francisco Fatal Shooting Consequences For Kansas City?!?!



Days after some nasty remarks, it turns out that many people are saying THE DONALD might be right . . .



Tragedy in San Francisco now has Presidential candidates and immigration advocates on the defensive.

Fox News: Man arrested in connection with San Francisco killing had been deported several times, officials say

As Hillary slouches toward Kansas City for the NCLR conference AND comprehensive immigration reform talk ramps up . . .



Kansas City's model of relaxed immigration enforcement could soon come into question from national media.

For those who haven't kept up . . .

Remember that Kansas City has earned international acclaim by "empowering" the undocumented at the West side.

Accordingly, GOP candidates AND the Donald might soon use Hillary, La Raza and the Kansas City immigration model as a point of attack.

While local pundits and Mary Sanchez wait for their talking points from the DNC. Of course TKC and our blog community are already FAR AHEAD of this debate and await the partisan entertainment and Mexican hat dance. Natch.

Developing . . .

Cash For Kansas City Social Justice Art



Here's an interesting note about an upcoming collabo betwixt minority communities in the aftermath of a Missouri uprising by way of artsy therapy.

Check it:

Rocket Grants: One Struggle KC Engaging Art / Una Lucha KC Arte Atractivo

Deets: "One Struggle KC Engaging Art/Una Lucha KC Arte Atractivo works to empower, unite, and educate oppressed groups/communities within the KC metro area through art. This grant will enable One Struggle KC/Una Lucha KC (1SKC/UL) to serve marginalized communities within their own neighborhoods. By utilizing less stigmatizing settings to address mental health concerns, 1SKC/UL will be able to reach families most affected by trauma. 1SKC/UL will partner with other organizations to capture the attention of people of color who are often unaware of the transformative nature of art."

Developing . . .

Kansas City Fireworks Cash Up In Smoke



Quick fun note about the 4th that we'd like to share right now . . .

MORE THAN A FEW TKC READERS CAN'T HELP BUT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE COST OF JULY 4TH FIREWORKS CELEBRATION NOW THAT ALL THE FUN IS OVER!!!

Essentially, all of that cash that people spent is now up in smoke.

Here's a perspective from one of our readers that's worth a look:



"Hey TKC, there might not be anything you can do with this but I think you should point out how much money people waste on this fireworks junk. I'm sure the same is true of local governments but what I'm talking about hits closer to home.

"FRIEND of mine has had his share of hard luck and I've helped him out with money over the years. I actually admired him for getting involved in this 'Fight for 15' movement . . . I figure anything is more constructive than hanging around with friends and using. So, he tells me that he spent over $200 on fireworks this year.

"WTF!

"Really?! He lives in KCMO and fireworks aren't even legal within city limits but he and his new wife were shooting these expensive little toys all night. Basically burning MY money.

"Please warn people and maybe they will hold their folks accountable since I can still hear fireworks going off in my neighborhood. If authorities can't stop fireworks then maybe we can encourage people to act responsibly."

You decide . . .

Now that it's all over . . . You decide, if Kansas City fireworks are a boom or bust.

Candice And More Kansas City Sunday



Just a few more links today inspired by Candice Swanepoel hotness. Take a peek:

Kansas City Royals Ballot Stuffing Win On Sunday Night
Four Royals named as starters in 2015 MLB All-Star Game
Former Chief End Game
Jack Steadman, former general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs, passes away
Royal Win Today
Kansas City Royals earn split with Minnesota Twins on Eric Hosmer's walk-off double
Steve Rose Seyz . . .
Kansas to Missouri: Got some extra handcuffs?

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

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TRAFFIC TROUBLE TURNED JACKSON COUNTY FIREWORKS DISPLAY @ LONGVIEW LAKE INTO A DUD!!!



So, it seems like the KANSAS CITY'S BIGGEST FIREWORK was easily eclipsed by traffic problems for patrons of a Jackson County fireworks event.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS SUNDAY TESTIMONY OF TRAFFIC MAYHEM IN THE AFTERMATH OF JACKSON COUNTY FIREWORKS @ LONGVIEW LAKE!!!

Here's the word from a frustrated motorist . . .

Longview Lake fireworks experience

A friend and I went, got there around 7:45. I'd heard on the radio that the event started at 5pm, with music, but we had no idea it would be so crowded that people were parked from Longview and Raytown rd all the way south to Highgrove and beyond, and all down the grass median.

So, the display started around 9:45 and went about 25 minutes, the trees on the east side of Raytown rd blocked the view of all but a few of the fireworks and the final burst, though very loud, was underwhelming to look at, a simple golden burst in just a small part of the sky. Then, the apocalypse really began.

We drove down Raytown Rd to Highgrove, me being reluctant to cross the median over the curb in my little Honda Civic, and we turned left at Highgrove. I turned left on a road deceptively marked "Raytown Rd" and went bumper to bumper a few miles to some sort of marina parking area crowded with SUVs and people, and we had to double back the way we came, all this at a snail's pace. So finally we got back to Highgrove and over to Raytown rd, and back north, hoping to reach Longview rd, the way we had come. This was the worst part: the "authorities" had Raytown rd blocked off just before we got to Longview, with road hurdles with "road closed" and "high water" marked on them. High water? Really? So we all had to u-turn and snail our way back to Highgrove and then turn right, which thankfully got us to Main Street in Grandview and out of there.

All in all, we were stuck on that hamster wheel for over an hour, maybe 90 minutes. There were no signs that I could see pointing to the best way out, we just had to follow the convoy wherever it went. The event organizers must have been overwhelmed by all the people, and though I wouldn't want to be in their place, I'm sure it could have been handled better. Thanks for reading.
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While other media don't dare to report anything but presser copy on a big display, we hope these deets help everyone put together a more organized event for next year. If anyone had a similar experience at this event, please feel free to share . . .

Developing . . .

SHOCK!!! SHOOTOUT IN WESTPORT SHATTERS GLASS @ THE BUNKER!!!

Bullets flew wildly across Kansas City entertainment district streets again and The Bunker was a fashion victim of the ruckus as gunfire shattered store windows. Check it: No injuries reported after shootout in Westport

Kansas City Violence Ramps Up: Dead Body Discovered In Driveway

Another corpse and homicide investigation reminds us that this was an exceptionally violent weekend: Kansas City police investigating after body found in driveway of home on 49th and Lydia

Kansas City Congressman Cleaver: Prez Obama Hasn't Improved Race Relations

Turns out the newsies in Kansas City read The Hill, which reported this story last week. Today bloggers for Dead Tree Media cover it: Emanuel Cleaver: President Barack Obama has not improved race relations

Kansas City E-Tax Tech Winning?!?!



The E-tax campaign is already underway behind the scenes and right now here's just a bit of insight about the tech methods to boost collections of a levy that's one of the biggest deterrents to local biz and residential growth.

Check it . . .

KCMO Chartland: When software and taxes hook up

Money line:

"Since launching its new integrated revenue system called RevKC, in June 2013, the City of Kansas City, Missouri has experienced a significant increase in the collection of earnings taxes from delinquent taxpayers; more than $4,636,758 since the fall of 2014. In perspective, for the same time period (six quarters of data) in the previous fiscal years, the city only collected $189,398. That’s an increase of $4.4 million!"

Developing . . .

TKC MUST SEE SUNDAY!!! CALLING OUT CONTINUED KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT DISCRIMINATION!!!



Insight from dedicated Kansas City Citizen Media activists . . .

A Perspective Of Power & White Racism

A man walking by the Power & Light makes an important point about race & class in this country that Americans are unable to hold a public dialog. Why do we feel we somehow benefit from systemic oppression no matter what race and class we identify with?
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Take a look at this Downtown Kansas City Testimony . . .



Developing . . .

Kansas City Double Shooting Sunday

Weekend violence continues to spike and local explosions to celebrate freedom included a great deal of Kansas City gunfire. Check it: Kansas City police looking for two suspects in overnight shooting that injured one

National Council Of La Raza Conference Benefits Kansas City Seyz Dead Tree Media

The newspaper seems upbeat about an upcoming Latino celebration . . .

Their money line . . .

"Instead of scapegoating Hispanics — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is the latest worst example of this — people should look at the opportunities and economic growth that Latinos bring to this country. La Raza is right to invite people from this area to the conference and National Latino Family Expo to register, educate and mobilize eligible Hispanic voters and to help others on a path to U.S. citizenship."

Read more: Kansas City will gain from the National Council of La Raza conference

KCPD Chief: Country Club Plaza Safe

Amid constant concern of the County Club Plaza being overtaken by violent teen flash mobs . . . Recently, Kansas City's top cop sought to fact check some of the more panicky patrons. You decide: chiefforte on Twitter

NKC Community Broadband Network Review



Google Fiber and entrepreneurial biz hype dominates the Internets discourse in Kansas City but on the other side of the river there is an interesting solution bringing high-speed online access to small biz.

Check it:

Tech Blog: Gigabit Internet access is (almost) free for ten years in North Kansas City

Deets:

"DataShack and the City of North Kansas have created LinkCity, an entity that offers internet access over a municipal network to business and residents alike. Here's the kicker: residents get gigabit access for $300 for installation and $0 monthly charges for 10 years. No one else that I know is doing that . . .

"The circumstances and business environment in NKC seem to be hard to reproduce anywhere else, but this network shows us what is possible. It shows us that business service revenue can support free residential internet access on a municipal network and it represents a natural synergy between business and consumers."

The main point here is that the Internets creates biz growth for small communities . . . The story seems exceptionally relevant for parts of the urban core experiencing the same disparity. Right now groups like Connecting For Good and the Free Network Foundation are working to level the playing field while City Hall has only shown interest in partnering with big companies who provide great presser coverage and benefits along the streetcar line but very little opportunity for other parts of Kansas City which struggle to keep up with technology.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Independence Day Daddy Issues



Here's the roundup of what was probably the most exciting bit of news for July 4th and proof that Kansas City family life for many is just as dysfunctional as our politics.

Check it:
Woman surrenders after shooting, standoff in KC neighborhoodPolice: Woman surrenders to officers after shooting her fatherLife-threatening shooting at Mersington and 37th in KCMO More in a bit . . .

Candice And Kansas City Sunday



Candice Swanepoel
inspires this quick but useful local link collection . . .

Kansas City Warm Up And Storms Today
Jeff Penner on Twitter
Sign Up To Tech Talk
TEDxUMKC | Your local university TEDx
Dead Tree Media Doesn't Know
What's inside those secret Jackson County employment discrimination settlements? Good luck finding out

Saturday, July 04, 2015

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CELEBRATE JULY 4TH AND KANSAS CITY'S LAST REMAINING KICK-ASS STRONGHOLD OF 1ST AMENDMENT FREEDOM!!!



Thinking about freedom in Kansas City and around the world what stands out is that the discourse, discussion, debate and comments that happen in this FREE SPEECH ZONE every day would get people killed or imprisoned most other parts of the world.

Thanks solely to the many people who comprise this blog community, we've been able to influence local elections, talk to candidates and elected officials from throughout the metro, break news and compile easy to read information in one convenient out.

But more than anything, what makes TKC different and more gully than any other Kansas City news and current events Internets presence is that our blog community is willing to ask questions that nobody else dares and partake in discussions other media outlets would rather suppress.

For us, asking tough questions and partaking in unpleasant discussions is at the heart of what real CITIZEN JOURNALISM is all about . . . This has not come without a cost . . .



This blog community has been the target of spammers, stalkers, racists, political consultants, bullies, weirdos and all sorts of people who would rather not have their public profile or elected office challenged by any criticism or outright mockery.

Sometimes the biggest struggle is to keep it fun, plucky and most of all . . . Entertaining.



All of this freedom isn't worth a thing if it's not at least a little bit fun. And so we vow to remain vigilant not only in our defense of the 1st Amendment but also in championing dumb jokes and hotness.

Still, we are most concerned with the issues that impact ALL OF KANSAS CITY and that's why we're focused on the news. Other sites might also have the same free speech emphasis but we think the focus on municipal issues from our blog community is one of our most important functions . . . Other than dick jokes.

A bit of housekeeping for the July 4th . . .

We'll work on the language a bit but we've been wanting to remind commenters that our policy is to protect FREE SPEECH above all else . . .

Possibly a comment prelude: TKC COMMENTS ARE AN UNRATED, NO-HOLDS BARRED, AWESOME FREE SPEECH ZONE FOR KANSAS CITY!!!

You'd be surprised at how many people try to hold TKC accountable for the rantings for every rando on the Internets.

Another thing . . .

Spam is the enemy of free speech whether it's cut and paste garbage or links to pest control sleaze. A lot of readers might not realize that SPAM is such a great danger and so pervasive on the Internets that comments have always gone to moderation after a post is 3 days old because DIRTY, STINKY SPAMMERS have tried continually to take this blog down in the blog archive. If it's not an original thought or idea . . . odds are it's spam and nothing more than an attempt to deprive other people of their 1st Amendment rights. Whether it's racist or commercial or ultra-liberal or porn . . . This blog has taken the position that SPAM poses one of the greatest threats to the 1st Amendment right now . . . Other than politicos who don't understand the Internets or the Constitution.

The TKC blog is the free speech zone . . . Social media is just for promos and pix. Readers can comment wherever they like but the rules of our free speech zone can only be defended here . . . FB, Twitter, Instragram etc. have their own rules on their platforms which they enforce . . . That call is not up to us. For now, Blogger.com has been the absolute BEST in helping to defend freedom from the tyranny of petty local politicos and other pezzonovante and that's why we prefer their software for our publishing endeavor.

Finally, at some point there might be ads . . . It's getting harder and harder to turn them away BUT . . .

We promise never to censor our editorial content, if it's a statement of opinion from our blog community; At some point it will be featured or linked on the front page for public FREE SPEECH discussion and debate. 



And all of this is simply the STATE OF OUR TKC FREE SPEECH ZONE BLOG COMMUNITY for 2015. Every now and then it's good to take a look at where we stand.

MORE THAN ANYTHING WE REALIZE THAT THIS BLOG HELPS TO DEFEND 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS THANKS ONLY TO A KICK-ASS COMMUNITY OF CRITICAL THINKERS WHO CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE & FUTURE OF KANSAS CITY!!!

The sum is greater than its parts and our meager blog post contribution is merely a spark for much smarter people to have their say. That fact of life continually inspires us.

And so tonight we salute the troops who have have put their lives on the line for our rights, our BAD-ASS TIPSTERS who dedicate their valuable time and words to this cause and this community who has continually shown that they support a vibrant discourse above all else.

And all of that inspires tonight's playlist . . .



As always, thank you for reading this week. Have a safe and fun 4th of July. God Bless this community, Jordan Carver and the United States Of America.

MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY'S CRAIG GLAZER CONSIDERS JULY 4TH LEGACY!!!



TKC NOTE: A really important slice of life note today from Kansas City's media impresario reminds us of July 4th tradition rooted in America's history. Check it:

HOLIDAY MEMORIES AND FIREWORKS

Ah yes the 4th of July. If you are like me, a guy who loved this holiday as a kid, then you still do. Yes sir as a kid and teenager the 4th and New Years were the big nights. You can throw in Halloween as well. But the 4th of July was so damn exciting. Going to fireworks tent with Dad, later with your pals. Hoping to find cherry bombs and M-80's knowing you wouldn't so you settle for black cats. Remember. Somehow Dad would show up with cherry bombs and M-80's, how did he do that? Later we found the 'connection' right.

As we got older we found the same way to get the 'good' stuff.

As teenagers some of us went a bit overboard with blowing up things we shouldn't have from the neighbors mailbox to making the explosion extra loud by throwing fireworks into trash cans and garages. Wild nights back in the day. Of course shooting off fireworks with the guys always meant trying to impress the teenage girls, it never really did we just thought we were cool, scared the girls away. Oh well, they didn't know what fun was right.

We all have our stories of fireworks and dumb ass incidents. I had several. I learned how to 'time fuse' the M-80's with a cigarette. Yep you just broke off the cig and stuck the firecracker fuse in the end of it, lit it and it would take a couple minutes to burn down the fuse and go off, giving you time to be somewhere else and see the calamity it caused. Big stories back then, right. I did it in a movie theater on the Plaza in the bathroom, of course somehow got blamed and thrown out as I deserved, I was maybe 13. Later I tried at boy scout camp and was also sent home. Maybe that was the start of my getting into trouble, hah.

I was never a huge fan of the big firework displays. Sure they had all the good stuff but I think guys always wanted to be the ones lighting up the fireworks not just watching. We always wanted the credit for the show.

Today there are still firework tents and fathers buying all the bottle rockets and black cats in sight, plus all the new stuff. Its still a big and fun holiday for the entire family to enjoy and remember.
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P&L District Pedestrian Pummeled By SUV

Reminder that walking within the Downtown Kansas City loop remains a dangerous proposition despite hundreds of millions spent to make it more friendly to people without cars . . . The streetcar isn't going to help the situation: Pedestrian hit near Power & Light District

Celebrate Jackson County Big Bombshell

More reporting on this publicity stunt . . . On the bright side, this round-up is comprehensive and the big news doesn't haven anything to do with all of the G-men purportedly circling the courthouse. Check it: What You Should Know About The Largest Fireworks Shell In Kansas City

Even More Kansas City 4th Of July



Wendy Fiore helps us fire off a few more Kansas City mainstream media links that are certainly worth a click . . .

More Never Before Seen Deets On Kansas City Vet 4th Of July Fear Factor
'About twilight, I'm back in the house hunkered down;' Vietnam veteran prepares for Fourth of July
Slumping Kansas City Keeps Up Appearances With Latest Victory
Cain has 3 hits to lead Royals over Twins 3-2 in 10 innings
TKC Doesn't Own A Boat And I've Only Been On One Twice. Therefore I've Got No Idea What This Means:
No-wake ban lifted at Lake of the Ozarks, Governor announces
This is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY PROFESSOR DR. ERNEST EVANS CONSIDERS THREAT OF NEW NATIONAL CRIME WAVE!!!



TKC Note: Recently, we've been talking about a new national crime wave. Right now Dr. Evans weighs in with this perspective. Check it:

A New National Crime Wave? By Dr. Ernest Evans

In American history crime levels has gone up and down. In the 1920s there was a major surge of violent crime brought on by the enactment of Prohibition in 1918; this crime wave receded with the repeal of Prohibition in 1933--for the next three decades crime levels remained stable. In the late 1960s crime levels began to increase again--this new crime wave reached its height in the early 1990s.

In the two decades since the early 1990s there has been a steady decline in crime. In NYC in 1992 there were 2250 homicides--in 2014 there were 325 ; in Washington/DC there were 440 homicides in 1994--in 2014 there were 105; and in Los Angeles County there were 1500 homicides in 1990--in 2010 there were 500.

There are, however, disturbing signs that we may be in the midst of a new crime wave. The FBI has not yet released national crime statistics for calender year 2014 so we cannot, at this point, be sure if crime did indeed go up in the last half of 2014--but there are some worrysome statistics from 2015. In Chicago so far in 2015 there have been 163 homicides--compared to 137 at this point in 2014; in NYC there have been 161 homicides so far in 2015--compared to 135 at this point in 2014, and in Washington/DC there have been 61 homicides in 2015 compared to 51 at this point in 2014. And, several cities in which there have been high-profile cases of police-community friction there have been particularly large crime surges: In Baltimore in the approximately two months since the death of Freddie Gray there have been 80 homicides--in 2014 there were an average of 17 homicides a month in Baltimore. In Saint Louis there have been 83 homicides so far in 2015--compared to 58 at this time in 2014.

Police officers are required to do, and do on a daily basis, a most politically incorrect thing: Use force against racial minorities. And, as any veteran police officer can tell you, there is no such thing as a "nice" takedown: They all look terrible on camera. Given that ugly but painful realities, recent decades have shown that when police officers are put in a position that, if accused of racially motivated misconduct they will not get either fair media coverage or due process, then out of sheer self-survival they abandon their duties in the black neighborhoods of their town. Nature abhores a vacuum--so the gangs and criminal elements take over these neighborhoods and violence explodes. This appears to be what is happening in Baltimore in the aftermath of the Freddie Gray tragedy.

There is a very real danger that the violence now raging in the black neighborhoods of Baltimore could spread to other cities around America because of the extensive media coverage of every case of police-black community conflict. I noted the increase in violence in a number of US cities in the first half of 2015: It is important to realize that this violence increase is not spread evenly across the population: Almost all of this crime surge has been in black neighborhoods. For example, of the 58 homicides in Saint Louis at this point in 2014 51 were black and 7 were white; of the 83 homicides in Saint Louis in 2015 75 are black and 8 are white.

If we are, indeed, in the early stages of a national crime wave centered in our nation's black neighborhoods, this is a most alarming development. Here in the KC-area there have been repeated attempts to get a supermarket in the heavily black neighborhoods east of Troost Street--if crime goes up sharply in those neighborhoods it is certain that no one will open a grocery store there. The same pattern of a loss of businesses and residents threatens to be repeated all over the country.

There is one answer and one answer only to the pattern of "de-policing" that appears to be taking place in black neighborhoods all over the nation: The nation's political class must say, and say openly and firmly, that police officers accused of misconduct will receive fair media coverage and due process in any criminal charges brought against them. Now, I know that so saying will infuriate the PC Thought Police and as a political scientist I am well aware of the enormous power of the PC Thought Police--but if these steps are not taken there is strong reason to believe that the crime surge we are now seeing in America's black neighborhoods will get a lot worse.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN DOUBLE SHOOTING REPORTED NEAR SPRINT CENTER AND CBE!!!



Our blog community has warned of violence near the Sprint Center for more than a year and now the situation has finally reached the boiling point.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! FIRST: KANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN DOUBLE SHOOTING REPORTED NEAR THE SPRINT CENTER!!!

There has been trouble near the CBE for quite some time and now violent teens and bar patrons combine into a tragic mix that should send property values and patrons into a tailspin.

UPDATE:John batten on TwitterRSL on Twitter
UPDATE #2: MAINSTREAM MEDIA CATCHES UP AND REPORTS INJURY STATUS OF THE VICTIMS . . . 2 wounded in shooting near Sprint Center VIDEO: Two shot near the Sprint Center overnight, one in critical condition2 people shot outside of Sprint Center
Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY CITIZEN MEDIA POOL



Check the work of Kansas City citizen media activists who are not only helping to save the planet but also offer their own look at 1st Friday festivities . . .

First, read about the serious biz of fighting pollution throughout the metro and MUST SEE INFO for all the locals spending their holiday near local lakes . . .


"Kansas City is a major polluter to one of the largest bodies of water in the United States. This form of environmental degradation occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds. Point source water pollution refers to contaminants that enter a waterway from a single, identifiable source, such as a pipe or ditch. Examples of sources in this category include discharges from a sewage treatment plant, a factory, or a city storm drain. The U.S. Clean Water Act (CWA) defines point source for regulatory enforcement purposes.[9] The CWA definition of point source was amended in 1987 to include municipal storm sewer systems, as well as industrial storm water, such as from construction sites . . ."

Organizers are asking locals to sign this petition against local pollution . . .

Now . . . CHECK THEIR VIDEO . . .

Description: "Ever wonder why the fish in Jackson County aren't fit to eat? Even more so, why the county doesn't post no fishing signs for these poor anglers out for a carp or a channel cat who can't afford a bass boat, lake house and a zillion gallons of gas? Go no further, it's just a matter of time before we see fresh water catch on fire again just like Lake Michigan in the 1960's! So sit back and enjoy the show this 4th of July as we sing "The Apocalypse Waltz" to the florescent colors of motor oil running off parking lots into our fresh water streams."



Additionally, here are a few citizen media pix from 1st Friday . . .

The Love Butt is a real thing and it was in Kansas City last night  . . .



Kansas City art and social protest . . .



And again . . .



Developing . . .

Fireworks And Kansas City Freedom



This morning let's think about the law of the land and how illicit fireworks celebration persists and inspires in Kansas City.

They say we are a "nation of laws" but people of every demographic in Kansas City openly challenge restrictions against fireworks. Streets are closed off, block and neighborhood parties ensue and the local plebs blow up their paychecks on devices invented and manufactured in China so that they can celebrate a Constitutionally protected right to be obnoxious.

Every year there's a media scare tactic to give people a moment of pause but I can't imagine hauling away working stiffs for having a few beers and shooting off fireworks is a priority for any police department in the metro . . . Fact is, there's more serious violence police are dealing with today.

TKC QUESTION: DOES THE HIGHLY TOUTED KANSAS CITY SHOT SPOTTER COME CLOSE TO WORKING AMID SO MANY EXPLOSIONS AROUND TOWN TODAY?!?!

Whatever the case . . . We advise caution and warn that some people will get busted for illegal fireworks but most won't as this town celebrates freedom by challenging overly restrictive muni-codes.

Check the links:

Happy Rock Hates Freedom
Gladstone Police enforcing zero-tolerance policy on fireworks
Doggies Aren't Loyal To 'Merica
The 4th of July can be scary time for cats and dogs
Dead Tree Media Publishes Mostly Empty Threat Presser
Kansas City area police ready to crack down on illegal fireworks
Save Some Cash And Let The Pros Handle The Fireworks
List of local fireworks displays for the weekend
Developing . . .

Kansas City 4th Of July Morning News Links



Jordan Carver might be our favorite German hottie but today she reminds us of our freedom and AWESOME . . . Check some of the more important links out there right how . . .

Local Opinion Today's Meaning Beyond BBQ
Kansas City residents celebrate the Fourth of July; explain what it means to them
Congressman Cleaver Talks Freedom & Love
The Turner Report
Link Pool Caution
Officers cracking down on drinking and boating Fourth of July weekend

Friday, July 03, 2015

KANSAS CITY JULY FIRST FRIDAY 2015



Interesting Kansas City First Friday in the Crossroads this evening . . . Not as many people out as I would have suspected but a lively crowd nonetheless.

Here's just a bit of how we saw it and our ongoing street photography experiment:

Kansas City Sia impersonators, maybe?  . . . But way more friendly.


Anti-establishment art for sale . . . Which is kind of an artsy contradiction.



Quixotic in the Crossroads . . . Or some facsimile thereof . . .



More pix of this really classy place that I'm gonna save my blogger pennies to go inside one day . . .



American (hottie) woman . . .



Panorama and the KCFD rolling through First Friday . . .



It'll be RenFest time soon enough . . . Possibly enough time to hit the gym and say hello to this very friendly promo hottie again . . . And then walk away all sheepish and giggling like a coward.



Love and lack of parking in the Kansas City Crossroads.



By sheer luck or just because this town is smaller than anybody would like to admit . . .



Check out Kansas City dunce cap artist extraordinaire Charlie Mylie doing his thing for an adoring crowd.



Kansas City jazz legacy endures . . .

And my favorite photo for Kansas City First Friday July 2015 . . .



This one's actually too good to title.

Hopefully, more BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE NEWS, discussion, debate, discourse, our fair share of hateration and all kinds of good stuff for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY HIPSTERS, CROOKS, FIREWORKS AND POSSIBLY TERRORISTS READY TO GO H.A.M. INTO FIRST FRIDAY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!!!



The other day I overheard a rather talented barista trying to explain H.A.M. to his coworker . . . It was a giveaway that the slang term was now passé and at least 4 years out of date BUT hipsters claiming that they're going "Hard As a Motherfu@#r" into the weekend was still worth a bit of a giggle and a welcomed distraction from more serious online granny dating research.

It's Kansas City First Friday and right now a bevy of causal drug users calling themselves artists are people watching and getting wasted in the Crossroads without much of a ruckus.

However . . . Good times have a way of turning horrific really fast in Kansas City.

To wit . . .

HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR: THE NEXT 48 HOURS COULD BE THE TIPPING POINT FOR KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE AND HOMICIDE STATS!!!

Already we've seen a noticeable uptick in shooting, homicide and child murder . . .

LET'S NOT FORGET THAT KANSAS CITY STEADILY MOVES UP THE RANKS AS ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT PLACES IN THE NATION!!!

Check good info on our disproportionate crime rate . . .

#10 Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri–a newcomer to the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities list–ranks #10 this year. The city displaced Atlanta, Georgia, which was ranked #10 last year. Despite the fact that Kansas City moved into the Top 10, its violent crime rate did in fact decrease by less than one percent from 2012 to 2013. The city of nearly a half-million people experienced 99 murders, 377 rapes, 1,662 robberies, and 3,726 aggravated assaults.

Violent Crime Rate: 1,260/100,000 people | Murder Rate: 21/100,000 people

Population: 465,514 | Officer to Population Ratio: 1:341

Median Household Income: $45,150 | Pop. Below Poverty Line: 18.8%

Rank last year: #12
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Some claim we're out the outset of more violence and possibly an American uprising . . .



Here's a well-reasoned examination of this trend: Are We Really Seeing a 'Nationwide Crime Wave'?

Furthermore . . . Osama's ghost still threatens the U.S. for the moment:



Time: Officials Ramp Up Security for Fourth of July After Warning of Terror Threat

Finally . . .

ALREADY KANSAS CITY, MO ENDURES A BEVY OF ILLEGAL FIREWORKS THREATENING LOCAL RESIDENTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS!!!



Some Kansas City neighborhoods sound like a war zone with bombs going off throughout the day and there really is no stopping this illegal local tradition . . . Police have resorted to asking locals to be careful not to blow their hands off . . .

And so we hope for the best as we 4th approaches and Kansas City makes or breaks already increasing violence so far this year.

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Kansas City Dunce Cap Artist Gives It Away In The Lobby Of Crossroads Missouri Bank

Credit where it's due . . . I think the guy's hat might be "wizard" gear and he's actually pretty talented . . . But Kansas City gentrification enthusiasts might want to realize that art doesn't go with everything . . . Banking least of all. Here's his portfolio site: About Story from KMBC: KC artist works from bank's lobby in Crossroads District . . . Charlie Mylie's gives artwork away

More Kansas City Artsy Micro-Loan Deets

While the average loan is for around $8,800, "artists can borrow anywhere from $500 to $50,000 on a five-year note with interest rates between 8 percent and 14 percent." Read more: Kansas City sculpts new program to fund artists

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY REMAINS SILENT AMID SLEW OF SLAUGHTERED CHILDREN!!!



As we begin another dangerous and violent holiday weekend, a tragic trend persists in Kansas City despite valiant efforts hoping to foster more community engagement against violent crime.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE CASES INVOLVING CHILDREN KILLED AMID RAMPANT GUNFIRE ARE NOW GOING COLD THANKS TO A LACK OF COOPERATION!!!

Accordingly . . .

THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY FACTORS MAKING KANSAS CITY ONE OF THE TOP 10 MOST DANGEROUS CITIES IN THE NATION!!

As the Summer heats up this is an important trend to watch and a sign that community disengagement isn't just a phenomena impacting local elections.

Check it:

KSHB: Months later, three drive-by shootings that left young children dead remain unsolved

Deets:

"Three Kansas City metro drive-by shootings that killed young children over the past nine months remain unsolved. In all three cases, simply getting a credible lead has been tough, no matter how hard law enforcement works or how much local leaders plead for help."

Again, anybody with any info is advised to contact the TIPS HOTLINE regarding any of these tragic cases or the rampant violence that most authorities expect over the weekend.

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Wall Street Journal Internets Fact Check: Perfect Village Not As Rich As Mission Hills

It always kills me a just a little bit to link this glorified Internets shopper BUT we acknowledge and applaud their attempt to fact check the world's most respected financial newspaper with a bit of home grown data. Take a look: Prairie Village the 'richest town' in Kansas? So says 24/7 Wall St. - Prairie Village Post - Neighborhood news and events for Prairie Village, Fairway, Mission Hills

Kansas City Pedestrians Can't Even Walk Without Getting A Gun Put To Their Head

A look at more inner city street crime and gunplay which reveals that making this town "bike and pedestrian friendly" is a bigger challenge than most people realize: Man robs woman who was walking at Armour and Wyandotte Friday morning

Kansas City Link Pool & Jennifer Nicole Lee



Enduring fitness babe Jennifer Nicole Lee inspires this quick look at some of the more important Kansas City news links right now on a weekend where most of the important people have already left town . . .

Another Corpse On Cowtown Streets
Kansas City police investigating after body is discovered on street
Keepsake For SecState Kander
Show Me Progress:: Time capsule
The Big Bang For Longview Lake: 24” shell weighs more than 150 pounds and is expected to go 1,800 to 2,000 feet in the air.
Largest fireworks shell for Big Bang Fourth of July Celebration ready

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! COUNCIL DUDE GLOVER DEMANDS RECOUNT!!!



Here is the latest election development that should keep the Summer interesting and offer more reasons for fighting in the 4th & throughout the metro ...

FIRST ON TKC!!! COUNCILMAN GLOVER ASKS FOR RECOUNT!!!

Here is the presser and a legit complaint amid the razor thin margin of victory for Katy Shields...


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TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! NEW COUNCIL PREPARING TO JETTISON KANSAS CITY AVIATION DUDE VANLOH!!!



The Kansas City skies aren't looking so friendly for a top ranking airport official in the aftermath of a surprising election.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY AIRPORT DUDE VANLOH MIGHT WANNA START MAKING TRAVEL PLANS AS THE NEW COUNCIL PREPS TO PUNCH HIS TICKET!!!

Basically, VanLoh was the architect and the front man for a failed scheme to sell the public on a new airport that NOBODY wanted.

Now . . .

LOOK FOR THE NEW COUNCIL TO ASSERT THEIR NEW AUTHORITY BY SENDING VANLOH INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER AND ESSENTIALLY PUTTING DOWN ANY TALK OF A NEW AIRPORT!!!



A hardline stance against the new airport was a major talking point for quite a few candidates during election season and rejection of the scheme to wreck this important Kansas City convenience is just about the only issue that locals could agree upon which crossed cultural, demographic and partisan lines.

VanLoh could be the first casualty of Mayor Sly's inability to put together a viable election slate. 

And so, while many local won't be sad to see VanLoh go . . . His upcoming departure could signal a new, more active and involved City Council that does not exclusively follow Mayor Sly's plan and has quite a few interesting items on their radar.

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