Saturday, February 06, 2016

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! DEMOCRATIC PARTY ELITE FEAR COALITION AGAINST KANSAS CITY EARNINGS TAX INCLUDING EAST SIDE VOTERS!!!



The Kansas City ruling class is quickly discovering that hatred of taxes unites voters across political, cultural and demographic lines.

This should be fun . . . Mayor Sly must lobby African-American voters in Kansas City in order to save the earnings tax despite a tense relationship over the years and the fact that his Administration has been mostly focused on corporate welfare for rich white people and their lawyers.

Think about this . . .

- The East side was a big part of the translational tax defeat which earned rebuke citywide . . .

- East side voters helped to defeat the streetcar extension . . .

- And the recent voter petition to thwart BNIM was a product of east side leaders . . .

Here's what looks interesting to us . . .

Mostly white libertarian conservative tax fighters crafted an impressive working relationship with east side activists who have long been ignored and taken for granted by the Democratic Party establishment. This alliance seems like one of the most effective bits of advocacy for the urban core in more than a generation.

Seriously, it's strange to hear Crosby Kemper III talking like a store front preacher on Troost and standing arm in arm with community activist leaders in order to create a coalition.

Meanwhile . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE . . . E-TAX FIGHTERS GAINING TRACTION IN THE URBAN CORE SPELLS TROUBLE BECAUSE SENTIMENT AGAINST THE E-TAX IN THE MOSTLY WHITE NORTHLAND IS ALREADY HORRIBLE!!!

Like it or not, Conservatives and urban core leaders working together have proven to be the only effective means of thwarting the status quo corporate cronyism that has corrupted elite Democratic Party politics.

TKC was FIRST to identify this trend and we kind hinted that the "Divided City" public TV broadcast was really just an hour long commercial against the E-Tax. Turns out, some of the folks working for Crosby helped to craft the documentary in order to create an effective talking point. Now politicos are abuzz over anti-E-Tax radio commercials targeting Question 1 among predominately African-American-centric radio stations. However, this trend is now close to four years old and entrenched newsies and Democratic elite are just starting to notice as it threatens one of this town's biggest tax cash feeding troughs.

Accordingly, all of this inspires our playlist tonight . . .



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday Night . . .

Kansas City Plaza Denizen Cheeseburger Jerry Last Seen In San Francisco



Quick update on one of Kansas City's famous faces . . .

Here's what looks to be the guy who offered a unique greeting to County Club Plaza patrons . . .



Reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated and it looks like was doing okay around Thanksgiving or at least getting what looks like a nice free meal.

More in a bit . . .

KANSAS CITY COUNTS HOMICIDE #14 AFTER MAN FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN DRIVEWAY!!!



Here's the latest local murder investigation that's pushing this town's killing trend toward five-year-highs early in the year.

Checkit:

KCPD investigating homicide after man found shot to death in vehicle
Man found dead in car in his driveway
Man found shot to death in car, KC police say
Developing . . .

NO SOLUTIONS ONLY RAGE AT KANSAS CITY CITIZEN TASK FORCE ON VIOLENCE!!!!

The main concern seems to the relaxed timeline as bodies on Kansas City streets pile up in the interim. Checkit: Kansas City Residents Air Concerns To Mayor's Citizen Task Force On Violence

Kansas City Country Club Bomb Threat Reax Confused Frightened Moviegoers

We were among the FIRST to blog this one last night and in the aftermath there seems to be a lot of frustration from patrons about the lack of information about the problem. You decide: Bomb threat called into Cinemark movie theater on the Plaza

Another Kansas City Link Look Saturday



Just a quick glimpse of some of the important links for today. Take a peek:

Suspect Captured In South Kansas City
Man charged with shooting woman at Hampton Inn in Belton
More Cash For The Creative Class
Kansas City, MO Expands Micro-loan Program for Creative Industries - Kansas City infoZine
More Local Sickness
Preliminary test confirms norovirus in 1 case at KU's Marillac Campus
The Republican Nobody Likes
Missouri Sen. Ryan Silvey
Dead Tree Media Tiger Talk
Time to fix a broken Mizzou
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Western Auto Timelapse



Quick glimpse of one of Kansas City's most iconic landmarks.



Take a look . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! RISING EARNINGS TAX EXEMPTIONS ANGER KANSAS CITY CRITICS OF QUESTION 1!!!



The fight to renew the Kansas City earnings tax argues for ongoing support of city services and first responders but fails to mention all of rich, lucky and connected denizens who have found a way to escape the cost of doing biz in this cowtown.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS EPIC LIST OF KANSAS CITY DENIZENS WHO HAVE ESCAPED THE COST OF THE EARNINGS TAX!!!

Turns out, a great many local power players supporting the tax push aren't paying . . . Take a peek:

- A KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER REMINDS US THAT THE SUPER RICH CAN ESCAPE THE KANSAS CITY E-TAX . . . "Exemptions from earnings tax include disability, social security, retirement, pension, worker’s compensation, and unemployment compensation. Also exempted are contributions to and distributions from deferred tax plans, interest, dividends and investment income. My thought is the folks that supported the e-tax last time around don't pay the e-tax - you know the 1% . . ."

- Kansas City Super Lawyers Polsinelli get their E-tax handed right back to them in STL according to the RiverFront times exposé.

- Also, STL is now offering a tax exemption credit for those working out of state whilst Kansas City lingers behind in abiding by a recent ruling from the Supreme Court.

In the final analysis . . .

LIKE IT OR NOT . . . ONLY SUCKERS AND WORKING STIFFS ARE PAYING THE KANSAS CITY E-TAX!!!

Turns out that a great deal of income the power players at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce take down doesn't fund this controversial levy at all despite desperate pleas to renew the regressive tax.

You decide . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS LEADS GIRL POWER FOLLOWERS INTO LOSING BATTLE WITH LABOR!!!



Fallout from the power shift in Jackson County continues to have implications throughout the local political landscape on one fight raging behind the scenes has piqued the interest of our blog community.

To wit . . .

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS MIGHT HAVE STARTED A FULL SCALE WAR WITH LABOR IN SUPPORT OF HER GIRL POWER BUDDIES!!!



Previously, organized labor leaders in Kansas City seemed to allow the local Democratic "girl power" contingent a great deal of leeway in their political posturing. Like it or not, the unions still have most of the money when it comes to getting out of the vote but the good vibes are important to ignite the party base and help to add to the otherwise pathetic dating pool among local political scene. (Ewww)

What's the beef?



JaxCo legislator Crystal Williams' support of her gal pal Angela Malone for a seat on the county over Sherwood Smith has called Crystal's union support into question.

Even worse . . .



Jackson County Insiders say that local labor leaders suspect Crystal was the key vote in thwarting the efforts of Sherwood Smith for the appointment to the legislator.

This is bad news given that money for Democrats has become scarce in Missouri and some party officials are growing increasingly annoyed with Crystal Williams supporting primary "girl power" challengers that serve mostly to waste cash with costly Democratic infighting.

Meanwhile, the response to Crystal's continued divisive political tactics might include not only rougher union campaigning against girl power friends during primary slapfights but also a labor supported challenger for Crystal's next election.

The fact is . . . Local "girl power" ladies like Crystal talk a great game about labor but when the time came to support a labor leader getting a spot on the County Legislature . . . Crystal picked her girl power friend rather than organizers who had previously supported her campaign efforts.

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! TEAM TAMIKA RAGES AGAINST WYCO 'KANGAROO COURT' IN LATEST WRIT TO DISMISS!!!



Tamika Pledger is accused of running down the four teenagers in her car. In the aftermath of a tragic crash, 16-year-old Tierra Smith died as a result of her injuries.

Since last year she has been filing motions to dismiss her case that some have described a "sovereign citizen" argument to deny the court's authority against her.

And now . . .

THANKS TO KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS WE'VE GOT A LOOK THE LATEST MISSIVE FROM TEAM TAMIKA ATTACKING WYCO COURTS!!!

Local news has previously reported on the attempts to dismiss the case but nobody mentioned the AWESOME cover art.



Here's a quote from another arguement in support of Tamika Pledger's innocence . . .

WyCo Kangaroo Court of Kansas

"The release of this document is dedicated to all of those who are falsely incarcerated, convicted or currently facing charges at the hands of WyCo Kangaroo Court of Kansas. Do not take the picture above personal for it is not targeted towards any individual nor is it connected to anyone connected to the case. It is an image of how I am treated and how I feel during the judicial process."

What is Kangaroo Court?

"Kangaroo Court is an unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial conducted by individuals who have taken the law into their own hands; a proceeding and its leaders who are considered sham, corrupt, and without regard for the law."

Here's a link latest writ calling out corruption and sent to a pretty impressive mailing list . . .

You decide . . .

Outcry Over Historic Kansas City Deadly Firefighter Tragedy Argues Frame-Up

Amid more conversation about controversial convictions, KCTV5 offers this important jail house interview . . . Man convicted for killing 6 firefighters says he's innocent

Jackson County Capitalizes On Cold Case DNA Science Cash With Old School Rape Charge

Obamacash for crime science helped local authorities charge this cold case . . . Jackson County federal grant to review cold cases ending with charges in 30-year-old rape

Happy Rock Crime Spree High-Speed Capture

Deets on Northland crime and the aftermath of an arrest which included what might have been target list of cars for future theft. Take a look: Possible crime spree hits dead end when police capture theft suspect following high-speed chase

Sophie Dee And The Kansas City Saturday



Sophie Dee starts our Kansas City morning look at some of the more important links right now. Checkit:

Kansas City Blaze Across The Bridge
Two hurt, including one child, in Northland duplex fire
Show-Me Ticket Quota Case
Lawsuit challenging new traffic fine caps in Missouri argued in Jefferson City
Rock Chalk Student Free Speech Case
University Daily Kansan editors sue KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little over First Amendment claims
More Internets Talk From The Google Blog
An update on our work to help narrow the digital divide
Followup To Video We Blogged Last Month
Metro developers' robot solves Rubik's Cube in record time
JoCo Man Needs Help
OP police search for missing man with Autism
Old School Big Game Perspective
Former Chiefs Cheerleader reflects on Super Bowl I as an 8 year old
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Blogging Hillary & Bernie Love

Tribute to the Presidential Nominees and their fight for the soul of Democratic Party. Take a look at these upbeat arguments from one of our favorite local bloggers. Checkit: Uncommon Courage

Celebrate The Kansas City Barista Battle

Under the radar, there's an EPIC struggle going on in Kansas City right now in order to "take the crown" of coffee kingpin barista. Here's a comprehensive write-up of the local java game: Notes from a Roaster: US Regional Barista Championships

Kansas City Week In Review Right Now



Take a look at the Kansas City newsie elite talking the top issues of the week . . . Actually a pretty good discussion this time around.

Here's the description:

"Nick Haines, Lynn Horsley, Eric Wesson, Steve Vockrodt and Dave Helling discuss airline reaction to a recent KCI renovation proposal, the convention hotel lawsuit, Johnson County and Wyandotte County business development projects, the Helzberg TIF project, Google Fiber and reaction to KCPT's Crime Caucus."

Take a look . . .



More in a bit . . .

Friday, February 05, 2016

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA BOMB THREAT FORCES CINEMARK EVACUATION!!!



Kansas City Friday night fear at the movies . . .

Fox4 Newsie John Holt tweeted it first: Bomb threat empties Plaza theater.

Confirmation on Plaza curiosity . . .

"It's official - bomb threat on the #KansasCity plaza. Not a word from @kcpolice though... It's a Friday night and people are everywhere here"

More deets on the way but clearly the low ball selling price for this embattled entertainment district is probably worth it.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings!!!



Tonight, Imogen Thomas looking quite formidable inspires us to take a quick peek at the strongest in Kansas City and remind Friday night readers who won this week . . .

Kansas City Citizen Initiative Petitioners Successfully Fight Crony Capitalism


Some call this SMACKDOWN of a controversial corporate tax break deal in the thriving Crossroads part of  "populist fervor" sweeping the nation while others claim it represents direct Democracy in action. Either way, citizen initiative ended the week with a win and more consideration of City Hall's development-focused economic policy.

KCPD Chief Forté Stands Up For E-Tax And Earns Support From Top Politicos


Kansas City's top cop touted the E-tax in no uncertain terms this week and also earned backup from Mayor Sly after controversial firings. 

Mike Sanders Still Connected To The County With Reportedly EPIC Contracts


Controversial work for a vaporware train powers this newly resigned politico into a new gig that irks more than a few Jackson County insiders.

Reports of Sickness Scare Kansas City


From norovirus to Zika . . . Good hand washing and careful restaurant selection has never been more important to Kansas City survival

Subway Crooks Take A Bite Out More Than A Half Dozen Soft Target Locations


So far, AT LEAST EIGHT KANSAS CITY SUBWAY SAMMY SHOPS HAVE BEEN ROBBED have been robbed in the metro and it looks like these crooks are still hungry for more . . . Locals should be on guard or consider ordering a significant other to make a sammich with a loving tone rather than a cruel demand.

As always, this list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people.

Candice & The Kansas City Friday Night Look



Candice Swanepoel and her latest lingerie hotness inspires tonight's look at Kansas City mainstream media links for the most dedicated news hounds and everybody else who doesn't have much to do on a Friday night. Checkit:

Show-Me Kansas City Car Crime Take Down
Man charged in years-long string of catalytic converter thefts
Hoopz Takes Flight While Other Unemployed Kansas City Reporters Stay Losing
Jeneé Osterheldt goes indoor skydiving at IFly Kansas City
Tragic Collision Aftermath
Teen charged with involuntary manslaughter in crash that killed Blue Springs High senior
Golden Ghetto Survivor Story
OP driver injured after car hits tree, catches fire
Weekend Cowtown Restaurant Debate
Food Critics: The Best Italian Food In Kansas City

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY RESTARTS SPRING CLEANING BLIGHT JUST IN TIME FOR E-TAX CAMPAIGN!!!



Let's finish Kansas City Friday afternoon with a bit of somewhat good news about cleaning up Kansas City neighborhoods.

To wit . . .

BROKEN WINDOWS CRIME FIGHTING THEORIES ABOUT BLIGHT AND FEAR OVER E-TAX REJECTION HAS INSPIRED KANSAS CITY TO PLAN AN EPIC SPRING CLEANING THAT SHOULD EARN A GREAT DEAL OF PUBLICITY!!!

Proof that public TV still holds sway . . . A groundbreaking documentary contributed to the conversation . . .



Check this snippet of spirited e-mail circulating that makes the connection . . .

"The City of Kansas City is the largest owner of blighted property and even though this current mayor made a campaign promise to tear down problematic buildings he has done absolutely nothing. Every Kansas City voter should view: Our Divided City, prior to voting on the e-tax. Then ask yourself is Kansas City being a good steward of my hard earned cash or are they not. If they are not then you need to vote no on the e-tax."

Now here's where it gets good . . .

CHECK THIS E-MAIL NOTING AN UPCOMING KANSAS CITY BLIGHT FIGHT PARTNERSHIP COMING SOON!!!

Checkit:

The City Manager has advised the City will partner with the Kansas City Community Release Center beginning May 1st to identify and cleanup overgrown brush, dumping sites etc. in public areas. This could include a public alley in a neighborhood that’s overgrown with weeds, trees, etc. The program will be completely managed by the City. The City has asked the Police Department for recommendations on cleanup sites.

The City Manager has also asked for suggestions for the abandoned/dangerous buildings for possible demolition/remediation. City Manager Schulte has advised that the City has funds specifically earmarked for this endeavor and has asked the Police Department for recommendations.

So if your neighborhood has any overgrown public areas or buildings that need to be demolished/remediated, send the locations to me and I will forward them on to the City. I need your suggestions on the dangerous buildings by 02-10-16, and suggestions on overgrown areas by 02-24-16.

Crime Prevention Officer / Community Interaction Officer
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Analysis from our blog community . . .

"It is reasonable to conclude that this project was due to the KCPT documentary and to the fact that voters are having a say on the earnings tax."

More to the point and a contradiction of "Kansas City Nice" curse of phony politeness enforced by so many denizens of our local discourse . . . Nothing ever gets done at City Hall without a lot of complaining from voters or politicos in desperate need of cash.

You decide . . .

Convenience Store Gunmen Found Guilty Of Shooting WyCo Deputy SEVEN Times!!!

News on local justice for the afternoon in the aftermath of a terrifying gunfight . . . 2 found guilty in shooting of Wyandotte County deputy

Kansas City Chiefs Resolve At Least One Lingering Aspect Of Old School Discriminiation

Right before Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt was scheduled to give a deposition . . . Kansas City Chiefs Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Tech N9ne Helps Hope House With EPIC Donation Of Bras Thrown At Him By Groupies

When Tech N9ne plays his track Areola lady fans throw their bras on stage . . . As of late, Tech & crew have been collecting the ladies undergarments and putting them to good use with this bra drop. Local media is starting to pick up the story but it hit the hip-hop news circuit last month. Take a look: Tech N9ne Donates Bras to Domestic Violence Shelter - XXL

Taylor And The Kansas City Link Look



Taylor Vixen hotness at work inspires this Friday afternoon link look. Checkit:

Kansas City Big Game Crackdown
Law enforcement aims to crackdown on drunken Super Bowl revelers
Everybody Loves Obamacare
Marketplace Enrollment Climbs In Kansas, Missouri
KCMO Snail Mail Shakedown
Attempted robbery of postal worker alleged in KC
Show-Me Welfare Consideration
Feb. 5, 2016 Editorial: Food Stamps
Rock Chalk Binge Drinking Bill
Kansas bill would protect underage drinkers who seek help
Golden Ghetto Doggie Dies Today
Overland Park apartment building on fire, residents evacuated
Dead Tree Media Talks New Airport
Steve Paul: Is plan to renovate KCI really over?
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION!!! IS THE BNIM TIF BUST OUT BAD FOR KANSAS CITY BIZ OR VICTORY FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY?!?!



Like it or not, Kansas City voters killed the grand plans for the new BNIM HQ over concern about tax subsidy for millionaires in the thriving Crossroads neighborhood.

In the aftermath, the Mayor, corporate leaders and the newspaper have been pouting about the defeat and threatening that this bit of civic protest will push more business to Kansas and reignite the so-called economic "Border War" that the Sunflower State has been winning for the past 5 years.

Meanwhile . . .

We see Kansas City petitioners stepping up to score major victories in this Crossroads TIF debate, in the fight against the Downtown Convention Hotel and the demand for a public vote amid talk of a new single-terminal airport.

This seems like part of The Kansas City Taxpayer Rebellion we've been talking about since marketing wizards and the d-bag contingent of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce devised the silly "Translational Research" tax that went down in flames . . .



A recent statement from petitioners offers a quote that speaks to local taxpayer concern over Kansas City corporate handouts . . .

"In the process of circulating the referendum petition and gathering nearly 5,000 signatures, we encountered many people who expressed frustration with: the misuse and abuse of tax incentives; the detrimental impact on taxing jurisdictions (especially the school district and library system); finding blight in vibrant areas such as the Plaza and Crossroads; and reconciling the need for the e-tax with the diversion of substantial tax revenues to developers. Some even asked if the City was relying on the e-tax to make up what they are giving away. There is no victory for us or the signatories unless and until the City substantively addresses these concerns."

So, now we put it to you (natch) . . .

IS THE BNIN HQ TIF DEFEAT A WIN FOR KANSAS CITY VOTERS OR BUST FOR LOCAL BIZ?!?!

There are plenty of arguments on both sides but for now the Border War threat isn't so scary if all that's keeping companies in KC is budget busting breaks . . . Meanwhile, make no mistake that this petition take down now has Question 1 supporters just a bit more concerned about the voter climate toward taxes.

You decide . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY WOMEN ORGANIZE RALLY AGAINST 'PRO-RAPE' GROUP!!!



Despite word of cancellation . . . Here's a pair of groups planning to protest a controversial organization embroiled in controversy this week . . . They'll both be at Liberty Memorial this weekend.

Check the first rally note . . .

And then this presser

SQUAD of SISTERS PLANS RALLY to COUNTER ‘PRO-RAPE’ GROUP’S MEET-UP

Kansas City, Missouri- Although blogger Roosh Valizadeh’s followers have reportedly cancelled their planned meetup for Saturday, Squad of Sisters (SOS) is continuing plans to lead a rally at 7pm Saturday on the north side of the Liberty Memorial grounds.

Squad of Sisters was formed in late 2015 to support, empower, and protect the women of Kansas City. Our duty to combat sexual assault is executed through community-level education, activism and advocacy. Our goal is to create safe spaces within our communities, to elevate an informed dialogue, and to eliminate the surrounding stigmatizations and misconceptions about rape and sexual assault.

“The Return of Kings public meetup day was allegedly cancelled, and very well may have been a publicity stunt to begin with,” said Helen Proctor, UMKC student and Squad Member. She continued, “Regardless, Squad of Sisters, our fellow allies and survivors are all here to support one another and demonstrate an active opposition to sexual and gender violence.”

Chatter online in Men’s Rights Groups suggest that the event in Kansas City was not cancelled but possibly moved to another location. Local artist and Squad member, Ana Marcela Maldonado Morales. “Either way, we don’t have to hide our message. We aren’t cowards. We will shout what we believe. And believe me, it’s no skin off our backs to get together with our sisters and laugh at them.”
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Show-Me Deadly Shoot Out Ending To Missouri 'Bonnie And Clyde' Crime Spree!!!



Notes on Missouri romance gone wrong amid this month of love . . .

"Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper — wanted in a string of robberies and kidnappings across the South — led cops in the Florida panhandle on a high-speed chase before the early morning shootout began, officials said."

CBS News: Manhunt for modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" ends with gunfire, chases

ABC News: 1 Dead, Another Injured After Real-Life 'Bonnie and Clyde' Car Chase

NY Daily News: Manhunt for Missouri 'Bonnie and Clyde' couple ends in Florida as man killed in shootout with cops

Developing . . .

SURPRISE!!! CLAY CHASTAIN SUPPORTS NEW KANSAS CITY SINGLE-TERMINAL AIRPORT WITH LIGHT RAIL, TOO!!!



A new plan from Kansas City's most prolific transit activist jumps aboard the bandwagon of a new airport . . . Like it or not, he's offering more detail in his designs than other City Hall supporters of the controversial airport plan.

Chastain calls to integrate new light rail system into new single-terminal airport



If ever the time was right to build a new citywide and rapid light rail train system (to connect a new single-terminal airport to Twin Creeks, downtown, Union Station, the Plaza, Brookside, Royals & Chiefs Stadiums, and destinations beyond), it is upon us, and would shine down upon the city these benefits:

* Save Kansas City taxpayers $200 million in not having to scab light rail into the 3-terminal airport configuration
the city has now.

* Add a new (wow) convenience factor to the new single-terminal concept in that passengers could be whisked away (on a gleaming fast train) from our new state-of-the-art airport to downtown in 30 minutes, as well as other major destinations beyond without having to de board the train to make a transfer.

* Provide the people quiet, zero-emission rail / electric bus-based transit components that can get people to jobs and major destinations across the city without it taking 3 hours and 3 buses to get there.

* Provide Kansas City a state-of-the-art public transportation system that will dual as a major selling point in attracting back to the city...not only new job, business, population, and economic growth, but new conventions and visitors as well.

* Secure for Kansas City $750 million from the FTA's Rail Starts Program (Phoenix secured $1.0 billion for their light rail system) to help build Kansas City's new gem of transportation infrastructure.

Conclusion: No one can doubt the melding of these two powerful infrastructure improvement projects would catapult Kansas City forward and bring much needed jobs, growth, and prosperity to the city

See attachment of my artistic rendering showing a new light rail station & welcome center as an adjunct to the city's proposed new single-terminal airport.

Clay Chastain
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MO House Rep. Brandon Ellington Confronts Racial Problems At University Of Missouri

Practical advice and insight from one of Kansas City's most independent and prolific elected officials. Rep. Ellington's statement reminds us that it's not student protest but the horrible reaction from the Administration which has led to problems at the University of Missouri including an enrollment drop and a bond downgrade. Lawmaker says Mizzou not doing enough to address racial problems

FACT CHECK KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY: CITY HALL CAUGHT PAYING SHELL GAME WITH AVIATION MONEY DESPITE ASSURANCES!!!

Documents reveal City Hall has moved funds from the Aviation Department to the Finance Department but Mayor Sly keeps insisting that "money that is generated in the airport stays in the airport" despite repeated evidence to the contrary . . . Read more: How Bad Policy Survives

CRAIG GLAZER WELCOMES RON JEREMY AND SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!



TKC Note: Right now our pal Craig shares his weekend plans and Superbowl pick . . . Checkit:

Craig Glazer: "Oh No, Ron Jeremy Has Landed In KC! Stanfords!

Well some weekends are wild and some are extra wild. Ron Jeremy was ranked number one Adult Film Star ever by the Adult Film world. Hey he's been in over 2000 adult films. Busy boy. Ron is multi talented. He has music CD's and DVD'S out with name talent and has directed major stars in some adult film scenes just cause they wanted to be in a 'different kind of movie' once. Hah. He was best pals with Sam Kinison and Jim Norton so comedy was his second love. Ron decided to do stand up comedy. Yes you have seen him on stage with Johnny Dare at RockFest now see him doing his comedy thing at Stanfords this weekend. Friday and Saturday night.

Ron also did tv shows like the Surreal Life and movies including 'Reindeer Games' w/ Ben Aflfleck and Ronin with Robert Dinero.

Jeremy teamed up with comedy couple Dante and Rebekah. Dante has had a strong career started with NBC's Last Comic Standing, then went on to do many comedy movies including his recent film 'Inappropraite Comedy' with co star Jamie Kennedy. Dante also wrote and was on Fashion Police with the late Joan Rivers. His lady is Rebekah Kochan of the film series 'Eating Out' and many Life Time movie leads and co starring roles. She hosted the AVN last year on Showtime and met Ron there. Now they are a 'threesome' well in comedy anyways.

Ron was on Johnny Dare for three hours yesterday just killed it. Dare loves him, hey the guy is damn funny. The stories he has, oh man you can only imagine. Somehow he makes adult film sound not only fun and funny but acceptable and almost clean cut. Yep. He was on stage last night and they just loved him and the show.

See the show Ron Jeremy, Dante and Rebekah at Stanford and Sons Overland Park, Rosana Square this weekend. Call 913 4007500 for tix and have dinner before the show. Or go online to stanfordscomedyclub.com.

Next week for Valentines, one of the all time greats: Jimmy JJ 'Kid Dynomite Walker! Jimmy will be here Feb 10-14 with two shows on Valentines Sunday and a special steak and lobster dinner offered that evening. Coming up AJ Finney, Colin Kane and the return of Night Court star Marsha Warfield.

I love the Panthers on Sunday. Have a great Super Bowl weekend.
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Kansas City Star Internets News Chooses Royals Over Rising Murder Count Coverage



A thoughtful reader sent us this bit of news about the quality and focus of Kansas City print media struggling to keep up in the digital era . . .

Local print coverage awards: "The Star's journalists decided to use the 2015 baseball season as a digital laboratory. They created the True Blue app, they launched a Royals blog, they dove into aggregation, podcasts, and social media. Along the way, they produced beautiful writing, gorgeous photography and coverage that drew them ever closer to the community they serve. And the community responded: In just a year, the Star's Royals audience grew by 80 percent."

The fact is, everybody, even this skeptical blog got a bump from the Royals.

Meanwhile . . . A more pressing issue that should concern locals didn't get much attention from the Dead Tree Media crowd and it was The New York Times that really amp'd up talk of the recent homicide spike.

Here's the followup from a KC Star digital news gathering effort that was abandoned . . .

The latest news from The Star's Homicide KC project: 0 people have died in Kansas City-area homicides this year.

Reality, Kansas City counts 13 homicides this year compared with 9 at this time last year.

Developing . . .

SHOCK!!! JOCO GRANDPA BEGS FOR TEEN KILLER MERCY AFTER MOLESTATION ALLEGATIONS THAT INSPIRED MURDER!!!

Domestic drama and a tragic confessional in this case of a teen using a 40 caliber glock handgun, firing 16 times and killing his father amid allegations of sexual abuse in the teen's defense . . . Grandfather defends teen grandson serving time for murder, says change needed for young offenders

Kansas City Lesson In Corporate Crime Fight

UMKC's prof. William Black calls for more regulation of big banks a regulator “Top 100” list of elite fraud schemes. Take a look at the local hope that authorities start enforcing the law against people who are really stealing hand over fist. Checkit: An Idiot's Guide to Prosecuting Corporate Fraud

Rising Golden Ghetto Crime Targets Teens

Here's the aftermath report of a local family confronting more crime and realizing that the suburbs aren't as safe as they once seemed. Checkit: Teenager shaken after he's jumped, robbed of shoes, cell phone and laptop

Lana And The Kansas City Friday Link Look



Lana Kendrick begins our early morning look at some of the top Kansas City links to start the morning. Take a peek:

Meth Town Killing Overnight
Person dead following officer-involved shooting in Kansas City
Another Local Dead Tree Report
Grant allows KC to turn dying ash trees into wood products
Show-Me Tiger Audit
MO Auditor to look into MU administration
Kansas Democracy Crackdown
Change At Federal Election Agency Muddles Kansas Voter Registration Laws
Lady Fights The Internets
Woman fighting back after nude photos leaked online
Rock Chalk Debate
A Long And Contentious Week For Education In The Kansas Legislature
The Hedgehog Comes To Town
6 Debatable Things To Do This Weekend In Kansas City
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Fear The Kansas City Sickness Links



Quick roundup of recent local disease and virus links offering a glimpse at even more threats to Kansas City's health.

Checkit:

Univ. of KS Hospital:18 may have norovirus

Rock Chalk Cleanup:Illness at Overland Park medical facility treated as norovirus; cleaning procedure underway

New Plauge: Amid alarm over Zika virus, Kansas family shares their story and offers hope

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KCMO Democrats Rally For Ailing Activist

This Kansas City Democratic Party call to action is actually worth a bit of consideration. One of this town's most prolific organizers is battling stage-4 lung and bone cancer and her colleagues are working to provide some financial assistance. Check the donation list and you'll see City Council Lady Jolie Justus, MO State Sen. Jason Holsman, MO State Rep. John Rizzo and even MO State Rep. Jeremy LaFaver among many other local politicos offering just a bit of support.Click here to support Chere Chaney's Medical Fund by Lauren Gepford

Kansas City East Of Troost Power Players

Kangaroo college newspaper list of influential locals that's well-meaning if not a bit condescending but still provides a good starting point to learn more. Checkit: The 10 Greatest Kansas Citians: An "East of Troost" Perspective

Kansas City Brookside Upgrade

Nice update on just a bit of improvement for our last remaining middle-class enclave within talking distance of Troost. Checkit: New Traffic Signals Coming to Brookside

Kansas City Ruckus Right Now



There's a lot to cover this morning but for early birds with a bit of time. Check the latest episode of Ruckus and their discussion of some of Kansas City's most important issues right now. From transit to development . . . This GOLD STANDARD of Kansas City discourse is one of the few places where a bit of back and forth is tolerated.

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"Mike Shanin talks to Oliver Burnette, executive director of the Midwest Innocence Project, about efforts to exonerate the wrongly incarcerated. Then Mary O'Halloran, Jim Heeter, Woody Cozad and Ron Freeman discuss the Iowa Caucuses, the report about Kansas City commute times and how they might affect public transportation use and the competing proposals for Kemper Arena."

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