Monday, December 11, 2017

December Monday Back To The Grind!!!



AND WE'RE BACK!!!

We begin our Monday with Chloe hotness and come from behind to catch up with some of the more important Kansas City MSM links for right now. Take a peek:

Tech Ranks Kansas City Commute

App rates Kansas City as a top city for drivers - Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City drivers can rest a little easier knowing that they're navigating one of the nation's best cities for driving. Kansas City ranked No. 8 on Waze's annual Driver Satisfaction Index, USA Today reports. The index is based on data regarding safety, traffic and road quality.


Talking KCMO Tragedy Aftermath

Neighborhood mourns death of boy run over by garbage truck

Kansas City Police say an eight-year-old boy died after being hit by a garbage truck outside his grandparents' home. Dra'Viontay Baker and a nine-year-old friend were playing with a small wagon when the truck hit him Friday afternoon. "I'm praying for the family, we're going to make it through this," said Ricky Johnson, a neighbor.


Morning Wreck Aftermath

One person suffers serious injuries in rollover crash on I-435 at Front Street

Kansas City Police are investigating a rollover crash with possible serious injuries on I-435 at Front Street. That incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on I-435 northbound on the exit ramp onto Front Street. One vehicle was involved and one person was ejected from that vehicle. Authorities rushed one person to the hospital with serious injuries.


Kansas City Forecast For Now

Joe's Weather Blog: I feel like a broken record (MON-12/11)

I took the weekend off but, as usual, I was always checking in with some of the extended model forecasts for 8-15 days into the future...not so much because of the temperatures but more because of the moisture situation.


The Eternal Kansas City Chiefs Question

Can the Kansas City Chiefs salvage their season?

The Kansas City Chiefs finally got back to winning on Sunday as they held off the Oakland Raiders 26-15. It was an up and down game. The Chiefs completely dominated the Raiders for the first three quarters as they built up a 26-0 lead.


Mabel - Finders Keepers ft. Kojo Funds is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

CELEBRATE MISSOURI'S STRONGMAN!!!

While the list of the Guv's legislative achievements is light in the loafers . . . He touts his workout regimen as a way to compensate. Read more:

Hyperactive Missouri Gov. Greitens touts his physical feats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event , crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course and entering a burning building with firefighters. These could be action movie stunts by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood star turned California governor.

Kansas City Faith Blogging Against Suicide

A really thoughtful and informative post regarding a tragic and uncomfortable topic that's sadly trending in the U.S. - Read more:

How clergy can help stop suicide: 12-11-17

A few weeks ago, the senior pastor of our congregation preached this terrific sermon about what it means to be a man today. In it, he mentioned that most suicides are committed by men and lots of them have to...

Kansas City Luxury Life Pix

Really nice shots of the local good life seen from above . . . Take a look:

Kansas City Two Light Tower Exterior Completion - Photoblog

Kansas City Two Light Tower exterior completion views both from one of my drones and also from the ground along West Pennway, parallel to I-35. December 2017. Two Light Tower Construction Album on my site ... I have used this particular construction project to help further hone my drone flight safety skills throughout 2017.

Celebrate Kansas City 100-Year-Old Pipes



A less than inspiring clip from KC's Water Department:

"Imagine digging a tunnel underneath the Missouri River with a pickaxe. That’s how KC Water built its first tunnel to send treated water to homes and businesses south of the Missouri River. "

That's a nice way of saying that this town still depends on ancient water infrastructure and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

More in a bit . . .

Sunday, December 10, 2017

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY MAGIC BOW TIE MONDAY NIGHT BOOK DEBUT!!!



We conclude Sunday night posting with story time and a bit of a reminder for avid Kansas City readers . . .

TOMORROW NIGHT MAYOR SLY DEBUTS HIS NEW BOOK IN AN ATTEMPT TO BUILD A LOCAL LITERARY LEGACY!!!

To be fair, let's consider both sides . . .

Yes, this is just another feeble attempt to brand the Mayor as a caring, kind politico who puts youngsters first and foremost while the reality is that his development agenda at the behest of political cronies has actively worked to siphon tax revenue away from schools, libraries and neighborhoods.



However . . . The event seems to be the culmination of the Mayor's "Turn The Page" program which championed KCMO literacy and helped to provide a groundbreaking after school reading program, books and tutoring for some of the best and brightest local students.

We talked about this event last month but now there's a bit more info on the upcoming party . . . Checkit:

Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie



Kansas City Mayor Sly James will leave a literary as well as a political legacy. Daughter Aja James has seen to that, making her dad the star of a new children’s picture book, Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie, highlighting the history of their hometown. Through the magic of his trademark bow tie, the mayor takes young readers back through time for a tour of his favorite locations and landmarks and introduces many of the historical figures who’ve left their imprint.

Launching the book – illustrated by Rob Peters – Sly and Aja James join co-author Audrey Masoner in a discussion of the unique project.

The program begins with a 6:30 p.m. performance by the Millennium String Quartet, featuring members of the Kansas City Symphony. They will play KC-themed selections, culminating with an original arrangement of Goin’ to Kansas City.
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More deets . . .

Tomorrow at 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch
4801 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

You decide . . . 

NEWSFLASH!!! SUSPENSION OF PROTESTER MARCUS PETERS UNIFIES KANSAS CITY CHIEFS IN EPIC VICTORY OVER RAIDERS!!!



Today the Kansas City Chiefs earned a return to their winning ways with an impressive victory over the Raiders. The team was unified, disciplined and cohesive in every facet of the game. Insiders, experts and local fans have already attributed the turnaround to the absence of controversial national anthem protester Marcus Peters.

At one point the team had shut out the Raiders 26-0.

The final score: 26-15.

Alex Smith and the offense regained their confidence as both passing and running yards simply overpowered the Oakland team.

On defense, the secondary looked sharper, pass rushing was dramatically improved and better communication bewixt players was obvious.

And so . . .

CLEARLY, BENCHING MARCUS PETERS MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS EPIC KANSAS CITY WIN!!! 

Accordingly . . .

SHOULD THE CHIEFS CONTINUE THE MARCUS PETERS SUSPENSION???



The team still clings to the top of the AFC West and a glimmer of playoff hope remains.

As the post-season approaches, fans must now confront the reality of the disruption that Marcus Peters brings to the squad.

The Kansas City Chiefs are clearly a better team without Marcus Peters.

And now, the most astute local football fans must confront the damage that his return could inflict on the playoff hopes of the team.

Check the links:

ESPN: Who needs Marcus Peters? Chiefs snuff Raiders without him

NBC: Chiefs snap losing streak, stay on top in AFC West

Arrowhead Pride: Chiefs beat Raiders, still in first place

You decide . . .

Kansas City Sunday News Link Look



This afternoon we offer tribute to hottie Erin and check some of the top news links for today. Take a peek:

Downtown Kansas City Good Life Dominates The Local Discourse

Downtown Dazzle Kansas City | KC's Signature Holiday Experience

Explore Downtown Kansas City and celebrate the season with holiday lights, special experiences and dining and shopping exclusives.


Mary Sanchez Talks #MeToo

Men, let's not take the low road to gender equality

Gentlemen, this is not a moment to mansplain or to assert that men are unfairly under attack. In the wake of a stunning number of powerful men falling to sexual harassment charges, the best reply is to listen, learn and vow to do better.


Happy Rock Crash Tragedy Update

Man is killed after being hit by vehicle in Gladstone

Police in Gladstone are investigating after a man was struck and killed by a vehicle early on Saturday. The incident happened at 2:50 a.m. on Highway 1 between 72nd and 80th Street. The man has not been identified at this time, as next of kin has to be notified.


Losing Faith In Hosmer Return

Royals Rumors: Royals not optimistic about re-signing Eric Hosmer

The Kansas City Royals knew that keeping Eric Hosmer beyond 2017 would cost them big bucks and now it appears that they're not all that encouraged about retaining the first baseman. Jon Heyman tweeted on Saturday (see below) that the team was "discouraged" about their pursuit of Hosmer.


Classic Kansas City Dive Bar Redux

Nomads Reinvents the Former D.B. Cooper's Space, Serving Coffee, Cocktails and Snacks

D.B. Cooper's was a great dive in the truest sense: It was dark and nearly windowless, with a comfortably regular clientele, vintage furniture and cheap drinks. But not everything can last. D.B.'s ownership had long been ready to move on, and the bar was sold.


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

TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY STAR WARNED TO BACK OFF MIKE SANDERS INVESTIGATION AS EDITORIAL BOARD NOW CAUTIOUSLY DEFERS 'ALLEGED KICKBACK SCHEME' TO AUTHORITIES!!!



The Kansas City Star is now noticeably more cautious in how to they refer to an "alleged kickback scheme" and the connection they have made to former Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.

Why?

INSIDERS ON TEAM MIKE TELL TKC: THE KANSAS CITY STAR HAS BEEN WARNED ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR SKETCHY INVESTIGATION!!! NOTICE THEIR CAREFULLY WORDED SUNDAY EDITORIAL ON THE TOPIC!!!

A quick look back, The Star seemed more confident about their deets last week . . .



Today, the local dead-tree media institution steps back a bit an use the term "alleged" to describe their reporting . . .



Actually, today's newspaper screed doesn't really contribute much to the local discourse and instead wants law enforcement to pick up their crusade.

Even better . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TEAM MIKE CLAIMS THE TWO YEAR OLD KANSAS CITY STAR STORY IS A 'NOTHING BURGER' AND WON'T HAVE MANY REAL CONSEQUENCES!!!

They say the law firm connections of Mike Sanders remain intact and that he's still the man in Sugar Creek - For whatever that's worth.

Even better, Team Mike is confident that one day they'll get that train to nowhere on the Rock Island Corridor built even if all they can achieve now is a low rent bike path along an abandoned swath of land.

And so we have a juxtaposition which we present to our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY who stand in judgement of all serious and very important matters of local journalism . . .

DO YOU TRUST THE KANSAS CITY STAR AND DUDE IN TAX TROUBLE OR THE REPUTATION OF MIKE SANDERS BEFORE HE LEFT THE COURTHOUSE LIKE A HOBO IN THE NIGHT???

This is a horrible choice either way and, just like real life, the absence of "good guys" in the local political discourse is why most people don't bother to vote.

Developing . . .

Should Omaha Follow Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar Lead???

Interesting consideration of Kansas City's transit hot mess that actually takes some time to consider both side of the toy train issue but fails to mention that KCMO STREETCAR RIDERSHIP HAS BEEN IN DECLINE FOR MONTHS BY THEIR OWN ACCOUNT . . . Read more:

Kansas City's streetcar, which began service in 2016, is considered a success. Could it work in Omaha?

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in November, people filled a shiny streetcar as it hummed through downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Most of the 38 blue plastic seats were occupied. Several dozen more people stood. They held onto stainless steel poles, or to loops dangling from bars connected to the ceiling.

Kansas 'Ravaged' By Tax Cuts??? Will Prez Trump Take Nation Down Same Path???

More economic debate on the legacy of Guv. Brownback . . . To be fair, the GOP plan isn't counting on companies moving to a desolate cultural wasteland just for a few bucks . . . Admittedly, TKC is not a financial wizard unlike so many politicos and their donation-based economy. Read more:

Failed tax cuts ravaged Kansas. Is Trump about to do the same to the US?

Is Donald Trump about to turn America into Kansas? It's a question some worried people who live in the state are asking as the Republican party pushes through the biggest tax overhaul in a generation - an overhaul that, they claim, bears an uncanny resemblance to a tax plan that left their midwestern home in disarray.

Show-Me Home School FAIL In Missouri

Teachable moment and worthwhile reading on the topic of education in the Show-Me State or the lack thereof . . .

Starved, beaten and forgotten: Child deaths in Missouri and Illinois expose how predators exploit home school system

In January 2016, someone from the Jerseyville public school district called child protective services concerned that Michael and Georgena Roberts didn't have enough food in their home. Investigators concluded the couple's then 5-year-old son Liam had a medical condition that caused weight loss. Soon after, the Robertses opted to home-school him and two of his siblings.

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE VIGIL HONORS 137 MURDERS IN 2017 AS KILLING CONTINUES!!!



We posted a note for this tribute earlier in the week and now the local news picks up the story.

More importantly . . .

THIS HAS BEEN A HISTORICALLY BLOODY YEAR IN KANSAS CITY WHILST CITY HALL HAS BEEN MOSTLY FOCUSED ON MAYOR SLY'S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA!!!

Police are fighting for their budget, the Citizen Task force against violence turned out to be a bad joke and worst of all . . .

NEITHER LAW ENFORCEMENT NOR CITY HALL HAS REVEALED A NEW PLAN TO CONFRONT THE RISE IN KANSAS CITY MURDER!!!

Here's a local faith community calling attention to the problem:

Community members came together on Saturday afternoon to pray for those killed in 2017. Norton Heights Community of Christ church held a prayer vigil for all of the city’s 137 homicide victims.

“It’s really just a tragedy, of this loss of life because every life is of value, every life is important,” said Pastor Peter Judd of Norton Heights Community of Christ.

Judd says church members felt compelled to do something because of the city’s alarmingly high homicide rate. They hope that by displaying the crosses near a busy intersection in a Historic Northeast neighborhood, it sends a message to passers by.

Links:

Fox4: Prayer vigil attendees recognize 137 Kansas City homicide victims in 2017

KSHB: With 137 murders total this year so far, it’s been the deadliest year in Kansas City, Mo. since 1994.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Talks 'Liberation Theology' Amid The Era Of Prez Trump Tonight



This local conversation is worth consideration as Kansas City progressives commune with one another today and hope for the future.

Here's their note which hints at increased local activism:

Jesus The Liberator

Jesus was a person of color who was born under an oppressive Roman regime, and when Jesus launched his ministry at age 30, he started by declaring freedom for the captives! This message of liberation and hope has animated the church in poor and marginalized communities all over the world! This Advent season, we are continuing our series on race with a conversation about liberation theology and reading the Christmas story through the eyes of the oppressed. Father Turbo Qualls, Deacon of St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Christian Church, will be our guest teacher.

Today at 6:30 PM - 8 PM
The Open Table
318 E 55th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64113

Developing . . .

Kansas City Sunday First Look



As we move closer to the holidays we witness the hotness of Lily and then take a quick look at some of the more important Kansas City mainstream media links for right now . ..

Peep New Kansas City Pix

Retrospective of Photographer Eugene Richards Opens at Nelson-Atkins - Kansas City infoZine

Retrospective of Photographer Eugene Richards Opens at Nelson-Atkins Kansas City, MO - infoZine - The first retrospective museum exhibition highlighting his internationally renowned career, Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time, features 130 photographs and opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City Dec. 9.


JoCo Mishap Overnight

One person taken to hospital after vehicle goes into creek

Lenexa police are investigating after a rollover accident occurred at W. 82nd St. and Nieman Rd. One woman was transported to the hospital as a precaution after it appeared that she drove her vehicle off the road and down into a creek. The vehicle stayed above water.


Kansas City Lady Promo Expands

Women's Foundation's Appointments Project™ expands across Kansas with new initiative

WICHITA - The Women's Foundation, League of Kansas Municipalities, Kansas State University Extension and the Kansas Health Foundation have announced a new partnership focused on expanding the Appointments Project™, an initiative designed to increase the number of women serving on civic boards and commissions.


Show-Me Politico Drug Spying

Missouri's version of long-awaited prescription monitoring program is up and running

JEFFERSON CITY * Gov. Eric Greitens' version of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program is now in use. The state recently began receiving data on dispensing records of controlled substances by doctors and pharmacists throughout the state. It's an attempt to identify prescribers who help fuel the abuse of prescription painkillers.


1st Responders Work The Weekend

KCK firefighters battling house fire

KCK firefighters are battling a reported house fire at the 1100 block of Oakland Ave. Shortly after 9 p.m., firefighters were called on smoke showing from a house. KCTV5 has a crew on the way to the scene. KCK Fire Chief John Paul Jones tweeted out about the fire.


Elvis Presley - Put Your Hand In The Hand is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS MUST WIN AGAINST RAIDERS TODAY: WILL THEY???

The rivalry continues today . . . Curious about what TKC reader predictions for today's game. The only insight TKC will share is that the colder weather has almost always favored the Chiefs at home vs. the Raiders. Check the temps as this game is MAKE OR BREAK for Kansas City football 2017.

Read more:

Kansas City Chiefs likely to be in a shootout with Raiders

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that the Kansas City Chiefs season hangs in the balance on Sunday. Sure, there might still be a path to the playoffs even if the Chiefs lose, but it would be unlikely.

Kansas City Royals Fans Confront Impending Departure Of Eric Hosmer With Disbelief

Perspective on the inevitable from loyal fans unwilling to accept that the glory days of 2015 are long gone. Read more:

Eric Hosmer visits San Diego, could he really sign with the Padres?

The off-season has been slow to develop, but with Shohei Ohtani signing with the Angels this week, action picking up on the Giancarlo Stanton trade front, and the Winter Meetings next week, things should pick up quickly now.

Fear The Kansas City Weekly Hype Machine



A quick look at the world according to City Hall . . . Not because we like it BUT because it's important to track the development focused agenda which dominates 12th & Oak.

Take a look:



More in a bit . . .

Saturday, December 09, 2017

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! FRUSTRATED KANSAS CITY RETAIL WORKERS COMPLAIN AFTER WILLIAMS-SONOMA SHUT DOWN REPORT: COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA FADING INTO THE PAST???



Word of the Williams-Sonoma shutdown on the Plaza has been circulating since Thursday night this RETAIL FAIL might not be important in terms of the supply of overpriced crockery, but there are greater implications for Kansas City's crown jewel entertainment district.

A quick round-up for those who have forgotten Christmas past . . .

Violent teen flash mobs have plagued the Plaza for years and now they're all grown up and suspected of killing people in surrounding neighborhoods.

Longtime local upscale merchants have already moved out and lamented the changes in the district over the years.

Bank & biz robberies have increased near the Plaza amid an overall crime uptick in Kansas City.

There was recently a NUDE DUDE running through Plaza parking lots that was downplayed nearly as much as the current guy who carries a sword through Country Club party district streets or word of a few robberies around the area during the recent lighting ceremony.

Factor all of these problems into tough times for retail overall as Amazon is now the top destination for shoppers.

And so we ask . . .

IS THE KANSAS CITY COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA FADING INTO THE PAST???

We're hoping that some of the insights from our blog community will spark a productive conversation about how to save this centerpiece of Kansas City history as both crime and the reality of online commerce threaten not just change but obsolescence.

And all of this inspires our playlist for tonight . . .



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

SHOCK!!! HUGE TURNOUT FOR KANSAS CITY PROTEST AGAINST ISRAEL!!!

It's nearly impossible not to take a side on this one as local express opposition against the only thing close a Democracy in the Middle East and overlook the tactics of many radical Islamic terrorists who have hurt their own people just as much as their victims. Check International politics from the safety of local streets in daylight . . .

Hundreds of protesters in KC oppose Jerusalem decision

Hundreds of protesters gathered in KC this afternoon to voice their opposition to moving Israel's capital.

Beloved Officer Wagstaff Talks About Bullet In His Head And So Much Community Support

Forgive us this inspiring link as an officer injured in the line of duty jokes with the crowd and shares his thanks for an outpouring of love . . . ‘I still have the bullet in my head,’ Independence officer tells homecoming gathering. Read more:

Officer Tom Wagstaff speaks at ceremony in his honor

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- After making a miraculous recovery, Independence Police Officer Tom Wagstaff is finally home. The Independence Police Department, city officials, and the community thanked him for his sacrifice at a Saturday ceremony in his honor. Wagstaff, his wife, and their two boys spoke publicly for the first time in eight months after their lives changed forever.

KANSAS CITY WISHES MAYOR SLY JAMES HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!



It's the B-Day of Mayor Sly James and his nearly 100K Twitter friends are sending him a great deal of social media love.

Rather than Ad hominem attack, we invite our blog community to be constructive with their insights on this special day for the top politico at City Hall.

Birthdays are a time for reflection and setting goals. And so . . .

WHAT ARE YOUR WISHES FOR MAYOR SLY TO ACCOMPLISH IN HIS NEXT YEAR???

Be nice and realize that, for better or worse, so many of his staffers and consultants are actually paid to read this blog . . . So the more insightful suggestions that could help the Mayor & KCMO might actually make their way back to him.

Best wishes . . .

KANSAS CITY RADIO TALKER KELLY URICH COMEBACK AFTER PODCAST FAIL!!!



Our TKC blog community has been talking about this in the comments for about a week and so here's a bit of confirmation and update from a local radio insider . . .

Report: "Kelly Urich takes over the morning drive slot on December 26th, replacing Dick Wilson. Urich has been out of radio for about a year. But otherwise, Urich has worked at KBEQ, KXXR, KMXV, and three different formats on 99.7, most recently, KZPT."

This move offers an interesting opportunity for Mr. Urich after the demise of his online radio efforts but still begs the question:

CAN KELLY URICH SAVE KCMO RADIO???

His online podcasting effort suffered from tech glitches and was web based while the rest of the world adopted apps and mobile tech, still he shouldn't be faulted for trying new things.

Nevertheless . . .

The power of local celebrity can be tricky but we can't fault Mr. Urich for trying to rekindle the fortunes of a faltering station and his own rocky terrestrial radio career that certainly deserves even more attention.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Second Saturday Look



Quickie tribute CharMac hotness and our Saturday night news link peek. Take a look:

How To Help Kansas City

Want To Volunteer For The Holidays? Here's What KC Organizations Say You Should Know

The holiday season brings a surge of many of things: shopping, twinkling lights in public places, men in white beards roaming around malls. But the seasonal spirit can spur something else, too - volunteering. While many nonprofits are searching for help, the gift of time can sometimes be a bit overwhelming this time of year.


Happy Rock Tragedy Today

Man is killed after being hit by vehicle in Gladstone

Police in Gladstone are investigating after a man was struck and killed by a vehicle early on Saturday. The incident happened at 2:50 a.m. on Highway 1 between 72nd and 80th Street. The man has not been identified at this time, as next of kin has to be notified.


Talking Changes In Kansas After Tragedy

Kansas DCF speaks on Adrian Jones' case, lack of transparency

Topeka, Kan. -- Just six days into the job, the new secretary of Kansas Department for Children and Families is talking about issues within the agency that had previously been kept quiet. Gina Meier-Hummel's first day was Dec. 1. For 6 months, the 41 Action News investigators have been asking DCF to talk about the death of Adrian Jones.


Meth Town Tax Fight

Audit raises questions about special sales tax Independence shoppers pay for events center

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- If you shop anywhere around Independence Center, Missouri's auditor wants you to know where the extra sales tax you pay is really going. Nicole Galloway said the city of Independence is raking in excessive fees, and the Community Improvement District Board failed to manage more than $67 million.


Show-Me Double Lucky Broad

Missouri woman wins lottery twice in single day

A Missouri woman has won the lottery twice in a single day. Veronica Buchanan's lucky day was Nov. 29, KSDK-TV reported. That morning, the Florissant woman won $1,000 from a $10 Monopoly scratch-off ticket she bought at the Bellefontaine BP gas station. She tested her luck again later in the day and bought another $10 scratch-off ticket.


More Deets On JoCo School Suppression

ACLU calls for Kansas school board to end complaint ban

SHAWNEE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has called for a school district in the Kansas City area to eliminate a policy prohibiting public complaints about individuals at board meetings. The ACLU sent a letter to the Shawnee Mission School Board Dec.


Clogged With Kansas City Christmas Foodie Suggestions

Food Critics: The Best Cheese Dishes In Kansas City

What's not to like about cheese? First of all, it's probably the one food item for which "ooey-gooey" was invented. (And if not, let's just say it was). Whether you like it melted in a sandwich or by itself with a glass of wine or beer, cheese is having quite a moment in KC.


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

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FANS: MARCUS PETERS SUSPENSION REALLY FOR VERBAL ATTACK AGAINST ASST. COACH!!!



Football fans are debate recent discipline as the Chiefs are favored but not exactly confident going into the crucial Raiders game.

Read more:

Arrowhead Addict - Chiefs rumors: Marcus Peters suspended for yelling at assistant coach

Deets from Arrowhead Addict:

"The suspension was clearly based more on internal strife that no one outside the Chiefs can truly know about. We cannot know what led to Peters’ outburst, nor do we even know the coach involved or the substance of the argument.

"Everyone who has watched the Chiefs defense this year has likely yelled through the TV at an assistant coach themselves—wondering why Justin Houston is in coverage or why Terrance Mitchell doesn’t play a single snap for games while Kenneth Acker gets starters minutes.

"Peters’ altercation plus his overall attitude and behavior at the game (and perhaps before) likely earned him this extreme punishment. (Remember, a suspension cost a player significant money in the form of a game check.

"The good news for all involved is that Peters is reportedly contrite and is letting this punishment and entire affair direct him forward. He’s reportedly apologetic and feels remorse for the way it has all played out."

Developing . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TEAM SLY TRANSITIONS TO KANSAS CITY COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS MAYORAL CAMPAIGN!!!



Special thanks to some of the best and brightest from our AWESOME TKC BLOG COMMUNITY for watching the KCMO 2019 Mayoral race unfold long before local plebs approach the polls under the misguided illusion of choice.

To wit . . .

BEHIND THE SCENES, THE STRONGEST SUPPORTERS OF TEAM SLY HAVE NOW DIVED RIGHT INTO THE COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS MAYORAL CAMPAIGN!!!

Let's not get bogged down in financial transcription because insiders already understand that the Dover Group is gearing up to support Council Lady Jolie along with some of the Mayor's biggest proponents who are setting up shop in a little dump in Waldo.

And this tipster tidbit doesn't even take into account the dweebs from Polsinelli who are yelling at one another as they take sides betwixt Council Dude Scott Taylor vs. Council Lady Jolie.

Meanwhile, more contenders won't have the far-reaching corporate, legal and consulting expertise that is now being galvanized behind this local political lady.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER BREAKS DOWN BUDGET DEBATE!!!



Important insight into the financial process and behind the scenes deets from KC's leading elected official.

Read more:

Congressman Cleaver: Passing the Federal Budget

While it may not be the flashiest, it is perhaps the most important thing that Members of Congress do while in office. This may seem like a complex and arcane set of numbers and figures, but the federal funding process touches on numerous aspects of our lives. It covers programs such as housing assistance and Medicaid, provides money to our schools, provides medical research dollars, and funds veterans programs. The budget process has gotten more and more complex, and now more than ever we need to return to regular order to fund the government.

The federal budget process begins with a recommendation from the President, usually delivered on the first Monday in February. After taking this recommendation into account, the House and Senate pass a concurrent resolution which sets the amount the federal government can spend for the fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1st to September 30th of the following year. This serves as a guide during the next step where the twelve appropriations subcommittees decide how they will allocate this money. The process operates on tight deadlines but the most important one is October 1st. That is when the government runs out of money from last year’s appropriations.

It has been over 20 years since congress passed all of its funding bills by this deadline. For the past twenty years we have been incapable of funding the government on time. Not a single funding bill has been passed on time since 2009. This year, none of the appropriations bills were completed by the October 1st deadline. We have, instead, passed multiple continuing resolutions, which provide stopgap funding for the government.

In all, 435 Representatives and 100 Senators have at least 535 priorities they want included in 12 pieces of legislation. We used to be able to get this done. We used to be able to work together. We used to be able to compromise. As this world gets more polarized, congress needs to remember how we used to work across the aisle and through the regular order process. We are not here to score political points or ram an agenda through behind closed doors, we are here to run a government for the American people.

Warmly,

Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress
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SHOCK VIDEO FEATURING PO-PO KILLING MAN BEGGING FOR HIS LIFE SPARKS NATIONWIDE OUTRAGE!!!



While not specifically Kansas City related, a clip of a dude gunned down in cold blood has consequences for the entire country and it would be unwise to ignore.

TKC hot take . . .

LIKE IT OR NOT: THE OVERLY COMPLICATED ORDERS AND DEADLY FORCE SEEN IN RECENT MSM VIDEO HAVE SERIOUSLY DAMAGED PERCEPTION OF ALL POLICE THROUGHOUT THE NATION!!!

Trolls and propagandists might defend the tactics but the narrative plays right into the hands of the most strident police critics.

Further considerations . . .

- The shooting victim was young, white and unarmed. Progressive activists have seized upon these facts to create allegiance with groups the Black Lives Matter movement. This clip might actually reinvigorate a movement that was declining.

- This wasn't a model cop, he was later dismissed from his job, reportedly for "unsatisfactory performance."

- The clip is terrifying because anybody with even a shred of dignity would be unable to follow the confusing instructions of the officer and in the so-called "land of the free" getting killed for trying to pull up your pants is a horrific prospect.

Part of the motive in posting in this is simply a matter of curiosity as to any defense of this deadly action that isn't overtly repugnant to most people with common sense.

Don't get it twisted, TKC supports police and understands that their job is one of the most dangerous professions imaginable . . . But, killing a dude as he sobs and begs for his life isn't a good look and something that UNDENIABLY erodes the public trust.

Smart police public relations people across the nation would do well to try and offset the damage this clip is doing but instead we can only expect more culture war slap fighting that attempts to draw a line in the sand and plays to growing American political tribalism rather than attempting to create greater understanding betwixt 1st responders and the communities they serve.

Check the links . . .

Chicago Tribune: Video shows Arizona man sobbing, begging for his life before fatal police shooting

Vox: An ex-cop from Arizona was acquitted for shooting an unarmed, sobbing man

AZ Central: 'It looks awful': Ex-officer's acquittal reignites debate over police use of force

Last word . . . Again, like it or not, this news will only serve to inspire the national and local effort to enact more oversight and sanctions against police.

You decide . . .

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY UNSOLVED MURDERS RISING AMID HOMICIDE SPIKE 2017!!!

Another sign of the times as we approach the end of the year and community outreach efforts haven't inspired more locals to offer tips against suspected criminals. Checkit:

Number of unsolved murders grows

We've heard a lot about Kansas City's murder rate, which is on the rise. But, how many murders are being solved?

Shawnee Mission B-Ball Coach Allegedly Talked Trash About Mexicans

A better write-up of a legal eagle note offers more deets and insight into not-so-low-key racism allegations against a JoCo dude. Read more:

'Why do Mexicans smell like that?': ACLU puts high school on notice over coach accused of mocking minorities

Despite testimony from multiple students claiming they heard a basketball coach make racist remarks to students, the Shawnee Mission South High School appears not to have properly investigated those claims. As the Kansas City Star reports, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas is calling for the Shawnee Mission's interim superintendent to open an independent investigation into claims of racism by at least four student athletes against coach Brett McFall.

Kansas City Snap Chat Pimp Suspect Charged

More deets on KCMO digital nasty danger. Checkit:

Man charged with wounding accomplice in Snapchat sex ambush

A Kansas City man is charged with accidentally wounding a 15-year-old girl while attempting to rob a man who had arranged through Snapchat to meet up with the girl for sex.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: KANSAS CITY STAR AND KANSAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY DENIED ACCOMMODATION!!!



As we approach the Midterm election season, we notice that alleged "core principles" touted among denizens of the political discourse are quickly discarded amid the quest for partisan slap fight supremacy.

The latest example . . . Candidate Chris Haulmark offers his perspective on a recent meetup where so-called progressives failed to live up to their talk promises of inclusion.

He shares his story better than anyone else could:



TRANSCRIPT . . .

Hello, everyone.

This is Chris Haulmark, running for the US House of Representatives in Kansas’s Third Congressional District.

*rolling his sleeves back*

This is the Kansas way of doing HARD WORK.

I, Chris Haulmark, am prepared to do this difficult job.

Why is this so?

K-State Low Cost Duplex Design Winning

Practical work from a local college amid the era of lower expectations and the growing number of working poor.

Read more: Architecture students build modern duplex for low-income families

Kansas City Star Once Again Attempts To Explain Chiefs Protester Marcus Peters

Mellinger is an otherwise brilliant writer but in this missive he's playing from talking points and mistaking brash behavior (which is always encouraged) with openly disrespecting a stadium full of fans who don't want the national anthem disrespected in the name of ill-conceived social justice protest. Read more:

He's not 'Kansas City Nice' - Marcus Peters' rocky relationship with Chiefs fans

Kansas City is a conservative market, with a strong military presence, and a general expectation that athletes stay in line.

Kansas City Saturday Early Layout



Hottie Sammy starts our Saturday morning and here are a few links worth checking right now. Take a peek:

Kansas City Tech Power Play

Nokia to provide Kansas City Power & Light with a new microwave network to enhance its power grid

Nokia has been selected by Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) to enhance the microwave communications network that supports a range of mission-critical services for the utility's power transmission and distribution grid.


Will Kickball Save The Stix???
Multi-million dollar soccer complex could come to Platte County
Kansas City Lady Fight Aftermath

Jennifer Maia Retains Title, Mackenzie Dern Impresses (Invicta FC 26 Results)

Invicta Fighting Championships was back at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday with Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedwiedz. Flyweight champion Jennifer Maia put her title on the line for the second time in the fight card's main event against undefeated challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz.


Local Hipsters Craft The Holidays

Kansas City Crafts And Drafts For The Holidays

When you think of holiday beverages, you probably imagine eggnog and spiced cider before you think of beer. Today, we hear from brewers and brew-enthusiasts from Bier Station, KC Bier Co., and Crane Brewing who think that's a shame. Find out what seasonal concoctions they're cooking up, how they critique a beer and when "pastry stouts" take flavoring too far.


Even More Kansas City Fanboy Hope

Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith could set career marks on Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs are in the midst of a terrible slump, and fans are demanding changes. The loudest calls for change are at the quarterback spot. However, despite fan ire, Alex Smith is actually having quite a career year. In fact, he could set career high for both passing yards and touchdowns this Sunday.


Migos, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B - MotorSport is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Friday, December 08, 2017

Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings!!!



We dedicate this quick weekly list to Jodie in top form and the strongest players in the Kansas City discourse this week. Take a look:

Kansas City Council Lady Heather Hall


An ordinance requiring greater financial transparency from Downtown Kansas City hotel developers was SHUT DOWN this week but the effort is still important in demonstrating the shady manner in which this effort is being built. Groundbreaking is slated for January 2018 and most local residents have no idea that KCMO is investing about $42-MILLION without much public oversight. Council Lady Heather Hall seems to be the leader of only three elected officials in KC attempting to hold developers accountable.

Officer Wagstaff


The hero's homecoming can't be understated and might be one of the most important instances of local law enforcement support.

KC Chiefs Coach Andy Reid


If Kansas City can pull itself out of a slump before the end of the season, the suspension of controversial Chiefs CB Marcus Peters might be the defining moment for Kansas City's embattled coach.

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.

Kansas City December Tragedy News Tonight



Just a quick collection of mostly horrible news links for late night KCMO readers. Checkit:

Horrific KCMO Holiday Crash

8-year-old struck, killed by trash truck in area of 100th, Drury

A boy has died after being struck by a trash truck in the area of 100th and Drury. The boy was 8 years old and his best friend witnessed it. It was trash day in the neighborhood and the boy was hit by a trash truck.


Suspected Local Catholic Disgrace

KCK priest accused of inappropriately touching young girl to stand trial

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A district judge ordered a KCK priest who is accused of inappropriately touching a young girl to stand trial. Father Scott Kallal was in his mid-30s when prosecutors say he inappropriately touched a then 11-year-old girl. The alleged incident happened in 2015 in the gym at St.


Naming The Kansas City Dead

Police identify 2 men killed in double homicide near 24th and Cypress in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police have identified the two men who were killed in a double homicide Thursday in Kansas City. Two KCMO men -- 57-year-old Darryl Singleton and 36-year-old Reginald Jones -- were killed in a shooting Thursday night near 24th Street and Cypress Avenue, police said Friday.


Dead-Tree Media Vs. KCPD

KCPD took 2 years to investigate its failed child crimes unit - but what did it find?

After two years, the Kansas City Police Department is reviewing a recently completed internal affairs investigation into its failed Crimes Against Children unit. The Police Department has not said when its review will be finished or if any more information will be released.


Kansas City Police Ask For Help With This Week's Westport Murder Case

Police looking for SUV seen at Westport homicide at 40th, Walnut

Police are asking for the public's help locating a vehicle seen at the homicide that happened in Westport on Monday.


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

FRIDAY FAIR WARNING: USED SYRINGES PLAGUE KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SPACES!!!



What should be a public health warning is merely a news item pushed back for only the most avid and informed readers to check.

Take a peek:

Fox4KC: Metro man warning neighbors of abundance of dirty, used needles in KC public areas

Deets on the efforts at prevention of this problem:

The Kansas City Care Clinic said it's seeing an uptick in the number of client needle exchange encounters.

Kansas City has had a needle exchange program for more than two decades with tens of thousands of needles exchanged monthly.

People can walk in, and turn in their dirty needles from IV drug use. They’re given clean syringes for every one they bring in -- so if a client brings in 200 dirty needles, they give them 200 clean needles.

The clinic on Broadway distributes just under 600,000 needles a year.

The idea is that giving clients clean syringes reduces the likelihood they will get HIV or Hepatitis. They're also given other supplies, and it's all done confidentially.

Read the whole thing because it gets worse . . .

KANSAS CITY HYDE PARK RESIDENTS REPORT INCREASED JUNKIE TRAFFIC IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD AS WELL!!!

And so, whilst the local development agenda hopes to sell Kansas City luxury life and living spaces, the reality is that residents are increasingly threatened by violence and drugs.

Developing . . .