Thursday, September 29, 2016

COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA LEGAL MANEUVER: KANSAS CITY ARMY DUDE BEAT DOWN SUES ZOCALO MEXICAN RESTAURANT!!!

The argument here is that the restaurant could have done more to keep patrons safe . . . Like it or not, if the suit is successful it could threaten every bar and restaurant on the Plaza making the location unprofitable . . . Two Kansas City men charged in assaults outside Country Club Plaza restaurant

Golden Ghetto Serial Flasher Allegedly Stalked Four Women In Overland Park

Here's a peek at a police report revealing a nasty dude in the suburbs. Take a look: Overland Park Police looking for suspect after reports of nude man approaching women in parking lots

Meth Town Po-Po Accused Of Statutory Rape

Shocking charges against this local police dude who allegedly preyed upon a youngster girl as young as 14. Read more about the accusations here: Independence police officer charged with statutory rape

MAYOR SLY JAMES BETRAYS PROMISE TO BACK OFF NEW MCI!!! TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION: WILL KANSAS CITY VOTERS APPROVE NEW BILLION DOLLAR AIRPORT SCHEME??? OPPONENTS DARE COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS TO PUT IT ON BALLOT!!!



Amid the highest homicide count Kansas City has seen in nearly a decade, Mayor Sly James continues to dedicate most of his energy to a development slate championed by The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

With very little fanfare or interest, KCTV5 did an excellent job in breaking this story of AN EPIC JUNKET OF MORE THAN 100 CIVIC LEADERS taking a fantastic voyate to talk about new airport plans. . .

KCTV5: Kansas City metro leaders meet in Dallas for research on KCI airport plans

This quickly discarded headline evokes this reaction . . .

MAYOR SLY JAMES ONCE AGAIN MAINTAINS HIS ROLE AS KANSAS CITY'S TOP POLITICAL CORPORATE WELFARE PUPPET ANSWERING DONALD TRUMP'S CALL TO BUILD A NEW AIRPORT AT THE BEHEST OF THE RULING CLASS WHILE URBAN WARFARE BREAKS OUT ON LOCAL STREETS!!!

Sometimes it might seem like this blog is too hard on this Mayor and it's true that we kinda feel sorry for a guy who nobody ever loved without getting a check first . . . But this shameful bait and switch scheme championed by a political charlatan has to be the low point in a career that has seen him completely ignore anyone in this town who wasn't on his campaign donor list.



And so the Mayor's so-called shift in priorities barely lasted 90 days.

Here's the quote . . .

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said accepting a $1.25-billion offer to rebuild KCI is something Kansas City needs to do.

"I recognize that everybody likes the convenience of hopping out of their car and jumping into the security line, but airports need to address a lot more issues than that," James said

And here's where things get really stupid . . .

MAYOR SLY AND JOLIE JUSTUS ARE BACK TO TOUTING THE SOUTHWEST FINANCING DEAL THAT STILL PUTS KANSAS CITY TAXPAYERS ON THE HOOK TO PAY BACK AN EPIC AIRPORT LOAN!!!



Locals heard this offer once and scoffed but now a junket of Chamber dweebs think their excitement will carry the day.

One opponent says . . .

"At this point, we want them put this thing on the ballot and let voters decide. The public has spoken loud and clear on this issue. The new airport is a non-starter especially when Kansas City has so many other pressing needs."

And so, Mayor Sly is RISKING THE BILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE COMING UP in order to please his Chamber pals and this issue is once again on the local radar as the homicide count continues to skyrocket.

Developing . . .

Kansas City ATV Dude With Gun Captured By Police After Neighborhood Chase

Morning stalker ride and subsequent arrest. Take a look . . . Man in custody after fleeing from police on ATV with firearm

Kansas City Murder Suspect Caught In Tulsa

KCPD is exceptionally quiet about this case and say that records are sealed . . . According to Texas media. The suspect reportedly dropped to his knees the moment that emergency lights went off. Here's the roundup report: Kansas City murder suspect arrested in north Tulsa

Sleaze Summit Hosts Kansas City Heroin Forum Amid Overdose Epidemic

Sign of increasing desperation locally and across the nation . . . "Members of law enforcement, first responders and mental and behavioral health professionals led the heroin forum Wednesday night in Lee’s Summit. They addressed questions and concerns from those who attended. This local forum comes on the heels of a national push to address the alarming overdose rate. The justice department has called for law enforcement to identify links between over-prescribing doctors and distribution networks across the country."

Read more: Local forum raises awareness for growing number of drug overdoses

GOLDEN GHETTO JOHNSON COUNTY EARNS TOP RANKING AMONG TRUMP DONORS!!!



A recent donation breakdown from Wired magazine reveals that suburbanites in the metro area are funding the rise to power of Donald Trump.

Take a look:

"Locally, Trump is reported to have received $12,418 from an Olathe zip code (66061) and $8,620 from two Leawood zip codes ($5,920 from 66206, $2,700 from 66211). Together those Johnson County neighborhoods gave $21,038 to Trump."



Meanwhile, a few post places in our ritzy corridor seem kinda stingy: "Kansas City, Mo. zip code 64112, which includes the Country Club Plaza and Loose Park, gave $8,273 to Clinton."

And while there aren't many people willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to politics . . . This listing of local donations reminds us that Greater Kansas City Area denizens are buying into what is objectively one of the worst choices American Democracy has ever presented voters.

You decide . . .

Community Leaders Continue Demands For Investigation Into The Kansas City Police Killing Of Ryan Stokes Three Years Later

Activists claim that KCPD shot and killed an unarmed man . . . Police initially reported a gun at the scene of a theft refort and failure to obey police commands during a near riot at the P&L Entertainment District . . . The debate continues following a deadly aftermath: Civil Rights group calls for FBI to investigate police shooting death of Ryan Stokes

WARNING: FEAR THE KANSAS CITY TROLLEY TRACK TRAIL FLASHER!!!

Casting aside the temptation to clown this story . . . This report is actually important given that over the years there have been more than a few sexual assaults on this stretch of local land which contradict UMKC and Kansas City propaganda regarding development and public safety. Take a look and be careful: Waldo woman says man flashed her as she walked along Trolley Track Trail

Kansas City Drone Poetry Clip



MetaphorMedia is run by a local journeyman Kansas City creator and not a hispter denizen of the Crossroads creative class . . . This video has a lot of heart and offers a great view of this town as seen by one of its more authentic voices.

More in a bit . . .

Kansas City Chiefs Forbes Valuation: Taxpayer Subsidy Funds Small Market Success For Billionaire Family And Mostly Mediocre Team

Proving that it's possible to fool all of the people all of the time as long as they're Midwestern sports fans looking for a distraction from lives of quiet desperation or at least away from nagging wives . . . An amazing stat for a team with two first round playoff victories over the past generation: "The Chiefs have ranked seventh in NFL attendance each of the past three years. Last year’s squad drew an average of 74,086 fans per game to Arrowhead Stadium."

Read more . . .

Kansas City Chiefs on the Forbes NFL Team Valuations List

Kansas City Without Cars???

Without a citywide vote on most transit issues costing HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS this cowtown seems to be pushing a driver-less future and this local blogger is smart to offer a peek at what the future holds. Checkit: A Car-less City

Kansas City Royals FAIL 2016 Season

And once again hometown baseball fanboys talk nostalgia and admiration for a team that was mostly a MONEYBALL FLUKE but will continue to profit from taxpayer subsidy and middle-class boredom. Take a look: Royals win, but officially eliminated from postseason (Sep 28, 2016)

Old School Hottie Sharon Stone Starts The Kansas City Thursday Morning Look



Because we are interested in hotness in every stage of life, let's start with this . . .

HollywoodTuna: Every Hipster Doofus Model On Instagram Looks Like Sharon Stone In 1983

She was a mere 25-years-old when this shot was taken and long before she would perform the beaver shot that change the cinema world forever.

Now here's the Kansas City links we're checking to start the morning . . .

Kansas City Cash For College
New Kansas City College Scholarship Program To Benefit 1,500 Students
Meth Town Nasty Bite
Female inmate claiming to be HIV positive bites Independence police officer
Mary Sanchez Considers Double Dipping
Is pension entitlement or nest egg? It may matter when you double dip
Kansas City Football Preview
Kansas City Chiefs to face Pittsburgh Steelers team filled with unknowns
Local Double Murder Tribute
Flags honoring two Kansas City firefighters raised at U.S. Capitol
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

KANSAS CITY GIVES NEWSPAPER PUNDIT PALTRY FAREWELL CHEER!!! AFTER STAR CAREER KAPUT: WHO CARES WHAT YAEL ABOUHALKAH WRITES NEXT???



Some of the brighter denizens of our blog community note that the end game for a career dedicated to Kansas City newspaper journalism doesn't include a lot of fanfare for even the highest ranking members of the profession moving on to his next phase of life.

To wit . . .

FOMRER KANSAS CITY STAR WRITERS YAEL ABOUHALKAH ASSURES HIS PALS ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT HE'S GOT HIS MORTGAGE PAID AND HE'LL BE BACK TO RAGE AGAINST TRUMP AND BROWNBACK!!!

Here's the note for those who haven't seen it . . .



Money line . . .

Yael: "And FINALLY I get to say what I really think about Sam Brownback and Donald Trump. "

The question . . .

WITHOUT THE DAILY PRINT NEWSPAPER TO BACK HIM UP . . . WILL ANYBODY CARE WHAT YAEL WRITES/BLOGS/TWEETS!!!

The outpouring on Facebook/Twitter was nice but we've all seen stripper birthdays get a bigger response. Meanwhile, only one mainstream media news outlet covered the dismissal and that was because the fellow journalist worked with the guy for about twenty years and they share most of the same demographic background.

In the era of clickbait digital news mostly focused on celebrity and niche interest . . . The Kansas City columnist opinion-maker is now an officially a LOST profession right up there with a pinsetter and Blockbuster employee or so it seems given the lackluster amount of public interest in the conclusion of a career that spanned generations.

Penny And The Kansas City Links Tonight



Penny Mathis/Jenny P still pops up from time to time among the tidal wave of hotties competing for attention on the Internets and this evening she inspires this look at local links. Take a peek:

COMBAT Consideration . . .
Will voters renew Jackson County's anti-drug/crime tax?
Important Charge Against Kansas City Murder Suspect Lady Chauffeur
Driver of alleged murderer of Jacob Brantner hit with felony charges
More Tax Incentive Work
Council committee paves way for October 6 economic incentive vote
Golden Ghetto Against Google Fiber???
Shawnee man accused of assault after allegedly pointing shotgun at utility worker
Show-Me Debate Prep
Blunt vs. Kander: What you need to know ahead of Friday's debate
Mr. K Legacy Tribute
Ewing Marion Kauffman at 100: A look at the millions given to local education
Local Music Scene Meetup Idea
Eddie Moore and KC's young jazz musicians want a new space to create
And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT APPROVES KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR EXTENSION VOTE!!!



Take a look at Kansas City moving further town the track to bankruptcy along with the corruption of our local Democracy via a QUARTER BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT pushed forward by a handful of people who were delayed but not deterred to prolong their ongoing consulting fees.

The Jackson County Circuit Court has approve the Extension proposal to UMKC. A mail-in election will be held April 5 to May 2 2017.

Here's a FIRST LOOK at the court order that's kind of a mixed bag and eschews most of the responsibility for the whole thing.

You decide . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! LEGISLATIVE CHAIR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS CONFRONTS BLAME FOR LITANY OF JACKSON COUNTY DISASTERS!!!



2016 has been one of the worst years for the Jackson County Legislature in at least a decade and the chairman of this group now confronts upcoming challenges given so many promises of "reform" during her earlier campaigns.

First, a quick list of wrongs to lay at the feet of Legislator Crystal Williams . . .

Not a peep from Crystal on this recent attack against women: Two female inmates say they were attacked, one raped inside Jackson County Jail

More Lady Charges: Former county attorney sues Jackson County for discrimination

Settlements For JaxCo But Very Little Talk of Reform: Jackson County Sheriff's Office receives Strike 3 for Sexual Harassment

And let's not forget the latest "DOUBLE DIPPING" effort that insiders tell us is really just a very complex arrangement to keep the wife of the former Exec employed . . .

No Dirt Turning ON This Jackson County Vaporware On Crystal's Watch Where Crystal Said Politicos Should "Move On" From Cash Questions: Legislature Approves Bonds To Purchase Rock Island Corridor

To wit . . .



AMID THIS ELECTION SEASON OF HILLARY CLINTON HYPE IT'S CLEAR THE TENURE OF JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATIVE CHAIR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS HAS BEEN A TOTAL DISASTER FOR WOMEN CONNECTED TO THE COURTHOUSE!!!

Sadly, so many promises of "reform" and hope that business as usual would change under female leadership have been broken. What's worse is that this list of wrongs is being ignored by so many lady politicos who put their "friends" before their principles and end up with neither.

Also, it's unfair put blame on newbie Exec Frank White for any of this because he's not really in charge he never promised anything more than a mention of his baseball glory days.

Legislator Crystal Williams told voters she would champion accountability, transparency and a new style of leadership throughout the Jackson County and the current litany of devastating failures for this local government body without any commentary or action from the leader of the Legislature reveals those words to be empty and a betrayal of her last remaining supporters.

You decide . . .

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CONGRESSMAN KEVIN YODER CALLS JAY SIDIE HYPOCRITE!!!



The reality is that this contest isn't even close but the name-calling from Rep. Yoder is nice when he isn't calling for "civility" in politics . . . And counting his HUGE bank roll that will deliver all the votes he needs to beat this nobody offered up by typically lackadaisical Kansas Democrats. 

From a Yoder presser on the topic . . .

"Even though he has failed to lift a finger to vote for our children's schools, Liberal Jay Sidie is shockingly asking the voters of the Third District to trust him with their vote in Washington. In fact, of the 37 total elections Sidie has been eligible to vote in since moving to Kansas, he's only participated in nine, giving him a 24% overall voting percentage and a 0% when it comes to schools. Notably, Sidie did not vote in the 2014 general election for governor. "

Meanwhile, both Republicans and Democrats lament the education debate in Kansas given that is mostly creates hard feelings among a few Johnson County denizens but hasn't seemed to move the dial in terms of voting for more than a decade . . . The so-called "revolt" against lame duck Gov. Brownback doesn't count given that "moderate" Republican is just a code word for a suburbanite who over-explains their mostly reactionary voting record.

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES PROPOSES BIG SWOPE PARK ARTY PARTY!!!

Today's news from City Hall features this town's top ranking politico clinging to the unfortunate myth that the so-called "creative class" and their mere presence helps to "save" the East side . . . Which might need jobs more a couple of days of horrible festival music and high calorie snacks: Mayor Proposes Three-Day Kansas City Arts Festival In Swope Park, Targets Next Fall

Fear Mission, Kansas Creeper Charges

Nearby crime report is important if only to correct the misguided notion that all of this town's misdeeds are in the urban core . . . Check this these tragic allegations from the inner-suburbs: Mission man charged with rape and sodomy of two victims under age of 14

Abby And The Kansas City Link Pool



Abigail Ratchford and her swimwear hotness inspires this quick peek at some of the mainstream links this afternoon.

Take a peek:

Diversity Builds Kansas City
Minority Firm Contracts Up in Kansas City, Missouri - Kansas City infoZine
Rock Chalk Hater Starting Early
Young White Nationalist Seeks Foothold In Kansas Politics
Shocking School Charges Amid JoCo Crime
15-year-old charged with four sex crimes related to bathroom assault at Shawnee Mission East
Kansas City History Revisited
Defendant in 1988 deaths of KC firefighters seeks release from prison
Golden Ghetto Autos Burn Today
Two vehicles in KU Med Center's Olathe parking garage catch fire
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

RACIST TIGER CONTROVERSY CONTINUES: MIZZOU FRAT SUSPENDED AMID ALLEGED HATEFUL SLUR SHOUTING FRACAS!!!



The culture war continues to dominate the conversation at The University of Missouri and the latest incident is already inspiring the threat of more protest that TANKED the Institution's enrollment rate over the past year . . .

Columbia Tribune: University of Missouri fraternity suspended after report of racial, sexist slurs

Fox4: Delta Upsilon fraternity suspended at Mizzou after members allegedly yell racial slurs

NPR: Racial slurs force Mizzou to address continuing problems, a year after protests

Thinking, other than the fact that I thought most frat guys spoke in nothing but a series of racial slurs . . . But that's my stereotype that I must confront . . .

This regional scandal impacts Kansas City given that this signature branch of the UM system enduring trouble has already weighed upon UMKC given their recent cutbacks.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY HOTEL CID TRENDING!!!

The new hotness when it comes to tax breaks for supposedly "blighted" hotels. Take a peek: For Some KC Council Members, Marriott's Request For Help On Renovations Has Merit

Regional Railroading: Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar Takes All The Local Transit Money

Cash analysis of Downtown efforts . . .

"Streetcar advocates are asking that the streetcar be given higher priority than other regional projects—much higher priority. During the next two-year STP/CMAQ funding period, roughly $42M in funds will be available. So the $14.5M grant that rail advocates are after could gobble up more than a third of the total funds."

Could KC Streetcar Expansion Drain Regional Resources?

Everybody Hates The Kansas City Star

Pitch skeleton crew casts aspersions upon the skeleton crew daily newspaper duo . . . Let's call it a slap fight betwixt a dying industry that's exceptionally entertaining: The Star celebrates new two-man editorial board by waiting 17 hours to post politically ignorant recap of Trump-Clinton debate

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN STRUGGLES TO FIND VOLUNTEERS WHILST COWTOWN TEAM TRUMP PREPARES EPIC 'DAY OF ACTION' MISSOURI EVENT!!!



Recently, our blog community was the FIRST Kansas City media outlet to offer a glimpse inside the local Hillary Clinton HQ . . . And now we want to balance our coverage just a bit . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS REVEAL TEAM HILLARY IS HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING LOCAL VOLUNTEERS AND INSTEAD IS SPENDING A LOT OF CASH ON PAID CAMPAIGN WORKERS!!!

Given the billions that both of these politicos are raising . . . I'm not sure it's wise for ANYBODY to give them freebies.

Meanwhile . . .

KANSAS CITY TRUMP SUPPORTERS PREPARE TO PARTICIPATE IN MISSOURI 'DAY OF ACTION' TO GET OUT THE MISSOURI TRUMP VOTE!!!

Here's the word from KC Team Trump . . .

"Thursday, September 29th, there will be volunteer training in multiple locations across the state from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

"Additionally, this Saturday, October 1st, there will be another statewide “Day of Action” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the same locations for volunteers to meet up and knock doors or make phone calls in support of the Trump-Pence ticket."

Developing . . .

Golden Ghetto Construction Workers Rage Against Worst Lady Driver In Roeland Park

Possibly the most embarrassing motor accident in the Kansas City metro this week: 41 Action News - KSHB-TV - Timeline | Facebook

Kansas City Chiefs Lineman Earns Accolades For Impressive Hottie Girlfriend

Brief aside and bikini pix celebrating the good fortune of this journeyman O-line player before the season really gets started. Take a peek: This Kansas City Chiefs Girlfriend Is A Straight Smokeshow

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! BIG MONEY EMERGENCY ORDINANCE FOR KANSAS CITY CONVENTION CENTER ACCESSIBILITY!!!



Here's just a bit of ongoing insight into this move . . . There are HUNDREDS of miles of public sidewalks in Kansas City that do not meet ADA standards but City Hall is starting it's big compliance push with another tourist attraction . . .

Take a look at a big upgrade for Bartle Hall:

#160718: Authorizing a $ 3,439,250.00 contract with Turner Construction for the ADA Facility Improvements at the Kansas City Convention Center project; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date.

Again, accessibility is a good thing and maybe more than a quarter million in signage alone is a good price . . . Meanwhile other parts of KC still go without sidewalks.

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #88: MAN DISCOVERED MURDERED INSIDE HIS HOME!!!



The latest Kansas City killing features ongoing concerns over "domestic" drama and the rising murder count overall.

Here's the latest news adding to the KCMO murder count during this 7-year-high-trend of rising local crime.

Checkit:

KSHB: Kansas City police investigated a homicide at a residence on Poplar Avenue near East 26th Street on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.

KCTV5: Man found dead inside home in Kansas City

Fox4KC: Kansas City police investigate homicide where they say an obvious disturbance occurred in home

KMBC: Police investigate homicide near 25th Street, Poplar Avenue

Developing . . .

Kansas City Deadly Uber Crash Testimony

Youngster taking what he thought was a a safe route home dies in a tragic suspected drunk driving crash. Check this word from the family: Family grief stricken after alleged underage drunk driver kills son

NO JUSTICE IN KANSAS CITY!!!

When people ask about why our local crime count is trending upward . . . This story detailing a long wait for charges and justice is one of many reasons why. Checkit: Two months after attack, metro woman wonders why prosecutors haven't charged robbery suspect

BLOODY EXPENSIVE KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE GENDER PERFORMANCE!!!



Remember that not so long ago the Kansas City art institute earned the title as one of the most "overvalued" colleges in the nation because their degrees didn't really pay off.

Somewhat related to money . . . Here's a bit of KCAI student expression challenging "gendered" toilet space and a bit of commode creativity . . .



More in a bit . . .

KU CELEBRATES ROCK CHALK BLACK AND TRANS LIVES MATTER COLLABO!!!

The "safe spaces" debate we had over the weekend seems to be a lead-in to this recent demonstration of unity that's mostly a sign of college campus good life but is still a powerful symbol. Of what I have no idea . . .KU students stand silent for black lives, trans lives

Show-Me Koster & Greitens Tax Returns???

Contenders for the top job in the State are pulling a Trump card and not showing a great deal of interest in transparency. Take a look: Candidates for Missouri governor are keeping their income tax returns under wraps

SecState Kobach Stays Losing Controversial Kansas Voter Proof Of Citizenship Crackdown

Just in time for Election 2016 . . . "Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks’ decision affects more than 19,545 potential voters who registered at motor vehicle offices or with a federal form without providing documentary proof of U.S. citizenship." Read more . . . Judge Opens November Election to Kansas Voters Without Proof of Citizenship

Kansas City Mayors Sly & Holland Celebrate 'Smart City' Prez Obama Cash



More federal money subsidizing not a lot of job creation in our Kansas City tech scene . . .

Still, here's a great deal of enthusiastic talk:

Mayors Sly James and Mark Holland Applaud Kansas City Selection for White House Smart City Initiative

Money line . . .

The announcement by the White House is further validation that Kansas city continues to be a global leader in civic innovation,” said Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. “We commend the White House for their continued leadership in helping cities across the nation come together to tackle difficult challenges,” continued James.

“Our selection as global lead cities reflects a spirit of strong regional collaboration. Innovation is a key priority of my administration and participation in the Global Smart Cities initiative will help us create smarter, healthier communities,” said Mark Holland, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Faith Blogging American Muslim Concerns Amid Divisive Election Season

Longtime local newsman Bill Tammeus considers controversy surrounding this community caught in the midst of debate more contentious than the ongoing struggle to kick all the Latinos out of the country . . . Given that people actually object to anti-Muslim hateration. On the bright side, their tacos are horrible . . . The struggle of today's American Muslims: 9-28-16

Kansas City CID Is The New Hotness

El Bryan BRILLIANTLY clowns the latest trend in Kansas City corporate welfare . . . retorts illustrated bryan stalder