Sunday, May 01, 2016

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY PROTESTERS MARCH FOR MAY DAY & PRISONER RIGHTS!!!



Continuing our TKC local alternative media mission . . . The mainstream newz attempts to offer a bit of May Day explanation with a juxtaposition against a Springtime celebration of flowers.

This morning at TKC . . .

CHECK FIRST WORD FROM KANSAS CITY PROTESTERS AGAINST CAPITALISM, POLICE AND THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!!!

From Citizen Media . . . A brief intro about May Day from their perspective:

"As momentum builds toward the May 1st Alabama prisoner strike and the September 9th national prisoner work stoppage, Kansas City workers, ex-workers, ex-prisoners, unemployed, under employed, and students gather to celebrate May Day Eve. After an early dinner in the park they hold a noise demonstration outside the county jail and then head to Power and Light to raise awareness about this holiday that is widely celebrated in every country in the world except for the US, Canada, and Australia."

Take a look at their clip:



Juxtaposition and a realization that these kinds of protest will only increase as the American middle-class fades . . .

New Statesman: The sad slide of the American middle class

Roll Call: Trump's Dominance Draws on More Than Angry Middle Class

Seeking Alpha: Where Does America's Middle Class Go From Here?

The Atlantic: The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

Alter net: There's a Dark Future for America Coming If We Let the Middle Class Disappear

Agree or not, it's important to realize these kind of protests are gaining a foothold in the American discourse. Think about it: The Democratic Party has moved further to the left than anyone would had ever imagined and many unabashedly advocated socialism during the campaign primary. Meanwhile, the GOP is embroiled in an outright struggle against the party system status quo in an attempt to find a leader more firmly committed to populist rage against immigration and political correctness . The traditional ideals of the modern American political system are in decline and this kind of May Day direct challenge to the system continues to gain, ground, exert political force and shift the conversation.

You decide . . .

SPORTS NEWSIES FEIGN CONCERN OVER DOMESTIC ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DRAFT PICK FOR KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!!!



At its heart, pro-football is about nothing less than winning games and making money . . . Everything else is just subterfuge designed to confuse consumers and fool the masses into believing that giving away their hard earned cash to these jerks somehow helps the troops, or sportsmanship or anybody except the monied class sitting inside the thrown room owner's box.

The latest kerfuffle . . . Sports newsies are aghast some guy charged with beating his old lady while she was preggers . . .

Check the links:

FOX4: Last year, Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery. His former girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, said Hill punched her in the face and stomach and choked her inside their home. Hill was released from Oklahoma State’s football team and sentenced to three years probation, but still while on probation, Hill earned a chance to play for the Chiefs.

Washington Post: Chiefs draft pick Tyreek Hill stirs talk of NFL’s domestic violence issue

Chiefs Digest: Chiefs absorb controversy in fifth round with selection of Tyreek Hill

It's an interesting bit of trivia but hard to believe that a bunch of football fans are really advocating respect for the victims of domestic abuse given that these are the same people who watch musclebound dudes give each other concussions every Sunday afternoon . . .

ARE WE COMPLETELY SURE THAT THIS "CONTROVERSY" ISN'T THE WORK OF BORED RADIO PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS ATTEMPTING TO STIR UP INTEREST IN YET ANOTHER DRAFT THE CHIEFS FRONT OFFICE PRETTY MUCH SKIPPED?!?!

It's Sunday so I'm guessing that we should assume the hearts of Chiefs fans are pure and they really do care about the NFL response to domestic violence which is a far more interesting topic than any players the team managed to pick up over the past few days.

Developing . . .

REMINDER: KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CAN'T SWERVE!!!



There are a great many streetcar safety tips put on blast this week amid the debut of the toy train . . . Here's one of the most important from one of our KICK-ASS TKC blog community denizens.

A helpful reminder and big picture for upcoming transit . . .

Another problem with the streetcar

I was getting into my car parked on 63rd St. the other day and saw a bus heading in my direction. The bus simply swerved around my door to avoid hitting it as any car would also do. I thought of how that will be impossible with the streetcar on fixed rails. Every time a person enters or exits a car parked on Main St. even if they are parked within the white lines, the streetcar will still have to come to a complete stop, unlike a bus that would just drive around the car door.

The streetcar will be slow enough to begin with. It will have to stop at red lights, like buses and cars also do. But if it has to stop every time a person opens their car door on Main St. - and many will - it will take forever for it to go two miles.

Cars parked outside the white lines will stop the streetcar. Accidents in intersections on the rail lines will stop the streetcar. Car doors opening on Main street will stop the streetcar.

These problems don't exist with buses. The bus would just swerve around the cars or accidents.
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Show-Me Conspiracy Against Trump: Missouri GOP Delegates Skeptical Of The Donald

Like it or not, the reality is that party machine politicos and longtime Republican loyalists in the Heartland aren't just going to hand over power to some reality tv show host: Trump won Missouri district, but delegates support Ted Cruz

Kansas City Newsies Chuckle Over Sunflower State Economic FAIL Consequences

The wold seems against Kansas Gov. Brownback and tax reform . . . These local newsies sort out the political impact of floyover country economic woes . . . Hint: Kansas still isn't gonna vote for Hillary . . . Reporters Review The Kansas Legislative Session

Kansas City Royals Stay Losing

Again, this early season losing streak is the best thing to happen to the team in quite awhile given that the bandwagon needs to be cleared of all JoCo jerks who expect a citywide parade after every win . . . On the other hand, it's gonna be a long 30 year wait for the next winning season. Checkit: Kansas City Royals' offense stagnant in 6-0 loss to Seattle Mariners

Check The Kansas City Sunday Links!!!



Victoria's Secret angelic hotness gets us ready for this morning link blast as we review some of the more important Kansas City news right now. Take a peek:

Kansas City Cookout For A Good Cause
Barbecue fundraiser helps family of mother slain last week
Pill Mill Cleanup Aftermath
Around 400 pounds of prescription drugs dropped off
Kansas City Urban Core Clean Sweep
Northeast Spring Clean-up Photos
Golden Ghetto Lady Vs. Tech Harassment
Olathe woman's push to change drone law a signature away from victory
Girl Power For Realz
Women are already proving their worth in combat
Sacrilege In The Suburbs
Johnson County man's wheelchair stolen one year after leg amputation
High Cost Of Higher Learning Climbs
College tuition continues to rise
And this is the OPEN THREAD for the early morning . . .

Kansas City Toy Train Stretcar Photo Blogging

The latest transit experiment in Kansas City is soon to be unveiled and it's probably going to be a complete failure . . . On the bright side, these ICONIC PIX FROM KANSAS CITY'S GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHER represent the very best of what the project could be in the minds of transit supporters: Kansas City Streetcar Photos Part 2 - Photoblog

Ewww: Kansas City Eat Out Essay Contest

Send free content to these aspiring Kansas City foodie kingpins in their ongoing quest cater to so many gluttonous locals endlessly chattering about all of their eating out adventures that sadly don't feature risky behavior or favors traded betwixt lonely people . . . In other words, there's all kinds of things people can put in their mouths . . . Here's the socially acceptable way to express a bit of indulgence: My Favorite Place to Eat in Kansas City - KCFoodGuys.com

Kansas City Weekly City Hall Hype



It's important to check the Kansas City The Weekly Report if only to keep tabs on all of the city hall hype misrepresented as progress . . . Also, their cooking show is actually pretty great and features a lot of practical recipes.

More in a bit . . .

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Celebrate R. Kelly @ Kansas City's Sprint Center And The TKC Saturday Night Playlist...



Quick note for the late night just because I get antsy if I don't do a playlist every week . . .

Tonight the so-called "Downtown Kansas City Renaissance" was celebrated by a bunch of people who didn't care one way or another IF R. Kelly peed on some underage girl not so long ago. Truth be told, this blog isn't prepared to get up on a high horse about it given that the guy really can sing and his "Trapped in a closet" series could be the definitive post-modern statement on R&B music.

We won't pretend to understand the complex issues surrounding the career of this musican but, as always, we take most of our worldview from cartoons . . . Here's an iconic passage from The Boondocks on the subject:



Either way, $15 Million a year is a lot for a city to pay in order to entertain even the best of slow jamz . . .

While R. Kelly may have a greater vocal range, more talent and a far more devoted fan base than Nickleback . . . In the final analysis, these essentially taxpayer funded entertainment offerings are simply another example of hype funding local nightlife at the expense of infrastructure repair and community resources.

And so, R. Kelly tunes comprise our playlist for this evening . . .



Thanks for reading this week. Have a safe and fun Saturday night.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! FEAR THE REVENGE OF KANSAS CITY 'WOMAN CARD' POLITICOS!?!



It's not "girl power" it's something that's a lot darker and not nearly as much fun.

To wit . . .

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATIVE CHAIR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS LEADS A CABAL OF LOCAL POWER BROKER LADIES HOPING THAT EVERY CRITICISM AGAINST THEIR VAPID, WORTHLESS AND INEFFECTUAL POLITICS LEADS TO SOMETHING AKIN TO A RAPE CHARGE!!!

 To be fair, without the "legitimate rape" foible of her opposition, Sen. Claire McCaskill would be enjoying her private jet in the Hamptons somewhere and not the Beltway.

Maybe this is what Trump was talking about when he mentioned the "Woman Card" talking point??? I'm not sure, too busy checking his hot wife.

I doubt he would want to be included in this discussion but Conservative author Jack Cashill noted this tactic in his latest book . . .

Scarlet Letters: The Ever-Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism



"In the neo-puritan world, all conservatives are an awkwardly worded tweet away from being branded a homophobe, a racist, a sexist, an Islamophobe or worse. Progressives force assumptions upon anyone who disagrees with their political and social agenda."

Sadly, despite our years of supporting some of the better female politics in Kansas City . . . Our community has been smeared with the sexist, misogynist tag because we dare reveal the Crystal is one of the worst politicos ever to hold office in Kansas City . . .

And we've all seen how much this blog community adores bikini and lingerie models . . . There's really no way we could ever "hate women" at least not those who actually do their jobs OR flutter their eyes for the camera.



But I digress . . .

Think about this . . . In years on the Legislature . . . What has Crystal Williams accomplished???

I'll wait for an answer.

Sadly, rather than working on property tax complaints . . . Dealing with the disaster at the jail . . . Or maybe asking more questions about that silly vaporware toy train to Meth Town . . . Crystal is spending her time as a champion of women's rights and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.



Again, it's worth noting that Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams has kept an exceptionally low profile at recent meetings of the Mayor's Citizen Task Force on Violence where she could actually do some good and coordinate efforts with Jackson County's anti-crime programs.

But here's where it gets worse . . .

CRYSTAL AND HER TINY CLICK OF LADY POLITICOS ARE PLANNING TO USE FAUX WOMEN'S RIGHTS ADVOCACY TO TRY AND TAKE BACK MISSOURI FROM REPUBLICANS!!!

Here's a look at a recent effort the coordinated Missouri Democratic effort that has been blessed and earned support among denizens of Crystal's Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus . . .



Some of these broads are hot so they deserve consideration but for the most part it's a shameless political ploy that's more about branding than issues, representation or even women's rights.

So here's the question . . .

WILL CRYSTAL AND THE MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC PARTY POWER PLAY STAY WINNING . . . ARE WOMEN THE KEY TO WINNING BACK THE MISSOURI GENERAL ASSEMBLY?!?!

We could talk about bad behavior among the GOP but the reality is the Democratic Party dudes have had problems of their own as well.

Either way, gender identity politics and love letter media coverage crafted by political hacks, often using mentally unbalanced people as pawns seems to be the plan for victory in upcoming elections for a vicious set of local ladies hoping to help Hillary and a great many other ladies win power, influence and money under the guise of equal rights.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Public Education Brain Storming

Be very scared when people in Kansas City start coming up with bright ideas about schools . . . A recent KCPS administration believed that leaving a bunch of vacant buildings abandoned in local neighborhoods would help things out . . . Long ago a "magnet school experiment" worth hundreds of millions nearly bankrupted Missouri . . . And here's a few hipsters attempting to reinvent the wheel when it comes to local schools. Checkit: Area Education Innovators Go From Pitch To Prototype In One Weekend

Kansas City Seyz 'Adios' To Manny Lopez

Thanks to the readers who sent notes about this one . . . TKC knew Manny growing up, the article doesn't note that he often identified as a Republican even though he was very pro-union and was a rather strident conservative Catholic which are just few of the many interesting things about the guy who was one of the area's first Westside biz pioneers. His daughters will continue to run his namesake restaurant which has found its niche in a crowded Latino foodie marketplace with hipsters searching for an untouched Latino oasis and other consumers more familiar with the Southwest section of the Applebee's menu. Read more: Manny Lopez, long-time restaurant icon in KC, has died

Mayor Holland Cutting KCK Fire Department

Political competition continues and now the Mayor is going after the KCK FD budget in a move that is transparent for all the wrong kinds of reasons. Checkit: KCK Fire Department downsizing to tackle city spending

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! NEW CLUES DISCOVERED IN THE ONGOING SEARCH FOR KARA KOPETSKY!!!



Important revelations are on the way in a tragic missing persons case that captivated the metro not so long ago.

To wit . . .

TKC IS FIRST TO OFFER A PEEK AT NEW INFORMATION THAT COULD HELP THE FAMILY STILL STRUGGLING WITH HER DISAPPEARANCE!!!

Here's the word from one of the MOST DEDICATED AND AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS following the case:

"For the first time since her disappearance 9-years-ago, the family will release new clues Sunday on the anniversary of her disappearance.

"The family believes this photo - found this week - may contain a significant new clue. Sunday they'll explain the significance and why it could lead to what happened to Kara. 

"The family speculates the abductor may have kept trophies.

"They're asking anyone who has photos of Kara In the month prior to the disappearance to send those photos to them and Belton police for more clues"



Obviously we'll have more on this as the search for Kara continues and more information becomes available in this scary missing person's case that continues to remind us of the pain endured by families throughout the metro who have lost a loved one.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY WATER BILL DOUBLE TIME!!!

Keep this fun fact handy whenever we're talking about subsidy for multi-millionaire developers and crony corporate capitalists: Kansas City residents to pay more than double for water bills

Kansas City Ward Parkway Ready For Renaissance Nearly A Decade After Tragedy

Interesting perspective on this local report from NBC Action News . . . Thinking about Kansas City violence in terms of its impact to profitability and development. Take a look: Development plans revealed 9 years after Ward Parkway Center shooting

MUST READ!!! FAMILY REMEMBERS FATHER'S LEGACY AT KANSAS CITY AIDS WALK!!!

Another incredible story from Kansas City locals of a loved one recently passed away from the ongoing pandemic. Checkit: Team Erick - How AIDS Walk for one family is very personal this year.

Reminder: Kansas City Police Probably Snooping On Your Mobile Phone!!!



This one has been reported but public comment was blocked and media outlets were far too optimistic about their coverage of the data tracking, invasion of privacy and potential for snooping on innocent people . . .

On the bright side . . . Authorities looking through TKC mobile phone data might be entertained by all of the unanswered texts to chubby white women who regret ever being nice to Kansas City's worst blogger . . .

Here's more into on this troubling spy tech trend that's now part of the KCPD arsenal . . .

ACLU: Stingray Tracking Devices: Who's Got Them?

Deets:

"Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators" or "IMSI catchers," are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. When used to track a suspect's cell phone, they also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby."

 YES, Kansas City police are using this bit of spy tech . . .

Further reading . . .

Wired: Turns Out Police Stingray Spy Tools Can Indeed Record Calls

Sci-American: State and local law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are setting up fake cell towers to gather mobile data, but few will admit it

Ars Tech: Meet the machines that steal your phone’s data

More in a bit . . .

Sleaze Summit Lady Allegedly Stabbed To Death Nearly 50 Times By Teens Who Later Took Her Corpse On A Joyride Police Claim!!!



Tanya Chamberlain was killed Nov. 1 of 2015 and two teens (age 13 & 14) are charged with her murder . . .

Case files recently revealed . . .

Testimony reveals Lee’s Summit woman was stabbed or cut 49 times

Suspects claim they were sexually abused as youngsters in an attempt to win mercy.

You decide . . .

FEAR KANSAS CITY 'SLEEPY FEET' JERK!!!



More "news" on a nasty story that comes after a clearly contentious break-up . . . And a troubling pr0n trend . . .

Fox4: Ex-girlfriend says word of sexual abuse suspect’s arrest confirmed her worst fears

Tragic deets:

She said the videos showed her sound asleep as he would use her feet to masturbate.

“On top of that, there were already other videos that were in his phone of other guys doing this same thing to their girlfriends’ ‘sleepy feet,’ that’s what the porn videos were called . . .”

You decide . . .

Help Identify Mean Meth Town Old Man Charged With Cutting Two Walmart Workers

Metro crime crosses demographic lines but still manages to live down to expectations: Police ask public to help find, identify man sought in store attack

Kansas City Gunfire Survivor Wants Justice

Tragic story cont'd amid this town's rep for silence confirmed in a deadly gunfire ambush case that's already growing cold. Here's the latest word: With bullet still lodged in her head, shooting victim pleads for arrest in KC mom's homicide

Kansas City Budget REDUX!!!



Quick peek at this town's busted finances this morning . . .

The KCMO budget includes:

- Less cash for Kansas City police that could take officers off the street amid the ongoing homicide spike . . .

- Not much revenue from all of the white elephants that city all supports . . .

- And A LOT of money for consultants and their studies

Take a look:

View the FY 2016-17 Adopted Budget

Mayor Sly James and the City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Adopted Budget on March 24. The adopted budget aligns with the goals established as part of the Citywide Business Plan to set the City on a path toward greater financial stability. As part of a bold new plan to eliminate blight and revitalize Kansas City neighborhoods, the Adopted Budget proposes a comprehensive $10 million bond issue to eliminate the City’s approximately 800 registered dangerous buildings over a the next two years.

Open Budget KC has also been updated to include the latest data.
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Sprint Stays Losing Golden Ghetto Jobs

Harsh times continue @ the suburban telcom campus that continues to shed jobs despite corporate assurances all the way from Japan. Checkit: Report: Sprint plans to cut another 113 jobs

La Migra Crackdown Didn't Help Stop Crime

At the risk of violating partisan political stereotypes . . . It's worth nothing that NOBODY, not even Latinos want to help dudes like this stay in the country . . . Charges against him confirm that he's definitely not a "dreamer" or whatever today's term is for illegal alien: Policies meant to deport criminal illegal immigrants failed in case of Pablo Serrano-Vitorino

Check Kansas City Newsie Elite Talk



Important conversation this week with a lot of great comments on the airport and the local development craze . . .

"Nick Haines, Lynn Horsley, Bill Grady, Steve Vockrodt and Dave Helling discuss the ongoing debate over the future of KCI, the status of the Missouri religious freedom amendment, the launch of Kansas City's streetcar, the lack of a plan for Kemper Arena, the Kansas exit from the US refugee program, the GM Fairfax furlough and Zona Rosa seeking new ownership."

Take a look:



More stuff just a bit later in the morning . . .

Kansas City Royals Stay Losing Early

This is just the outset of the season and these early loses are actually welcomed in order thin the bandwagon crowd and stop trying to live world series glory with every game. The reality is that THIS is not the same team as last season and THAT is a good thing: Royals lose 4th straight despite giving up just 1 hit

Blogging Local Health Hard Times

The Turner Report is one of the best in Missouri and recently the author has seen a bit of harsh times as he struggles to keep his posting schedule. WE WISH THE BEST TO RANDY TURNER!!! Checkit: The Turner Report

Blogging The Kansas City Writing Life

One of the original Kansas City bloggers is now a "writer in residence" for a prestigious local arts organization . . . Check his view of the project: 366 days in pursuit of the ridiculous

Sara And Kansas City Saturday



Sara Jean Underwood helps us get our Saturday morning started. Take a look:

Another Midtown Traffic Mess This Weekend
KCMO.gov " Scheduled race events impact weekend traffic in Kansas City on April 30 and May 1
Rock Chalk Tax Rollback Underway
7 House members from JoCo, WyCo vote to reimpose small-business tax
Kansas Toilet Talk Revolt
Transgender supporters rally in Topeka to protest bathroom bill
Show-Me Campaign Rage Today
Missouri GOP to choose national convention delegates Saturday
Sunflower State Hope
Former Senate Candidate Greg Orman Calls For More Independents
Kansas City Football Front Office Foibles
Chiefs draft DT Chris Jones with 2nd-round pick
Celebrate Kansas City Wild Life
Endangered Missouri falcons hatch in two KC area nests, public can watch them grow online
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Friday, April 29, 2016

Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings!!!



Right now we celebrate Kansas City metro movers and shakers and offer just a bit of insight regarding how they helped to shape the local discourse and big deal decisions.

To wit . . .

LET'S CELEBRATE TOP KANSAS CITY POWER PLAYERS WORKING ALL SIDES OF THE LOCAL DISCOURSE!!!

Check who led the way and made the most of this week in local talk . . .

Sleaze Summit Council Dude Chris Moreno On Target With Gender Safety Toilet Talk!!!


Bathroom stall fear that is very real in some instances but also a hotly debated political topic has propelled this newbie Council Dude in a sleepy part of town to citywide prominence. The political game is all about publicity and Councilman Moreno commanded the prime-time attention of KSHB and Fox4 with his power move that follows a national boycott of Target over gender neutral bathroom policy that's now more than 1 MILLION strong.

Mike Sanders Stays Winning With Foray Back Into Kansas City Metro Political Talk


He's back on the political scene and talking in public . . . His talk show debut was actually rather impressive and the new high profile for this politico is an important step for this onetime king of Jackson County.

Show-Me Celebrated Politicos Taking On LGBT Wedding Cake Controversy


A GOP sellout and the zero hour and dogged persistence by Democrats have killed a culture war controversy that made Missouri the laughing stock of the nation.

Mayor Sly Flying High For Now With Ultimatum Single-Terminal Power Move


The Mayor now refuses to talk alternatives to a plan that will cost Kansas City at least a billion dollars.

Kansas City 1st Responders Stay Winning


Credit to the people who put their life on the line for Kansas City every day but still manage to have a bit of fun in the process.

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.

Will Kansas City Fire Department Embrace Multiculturalism And Diversity?!?

Given the demographics of Kansas City Proper, the numbers are out of line but a the annual attempt at recruitment makes a nice running joke for just about everybody who knows how city hall hiring really works . . . KCMO Fire Department works to improve diversity

Kansas City Dead Tree Media Toy Train Streetcar Special Edition

A ton of happy talk articles from the newspaper are exemplified by this bit of double-edged talk that doesn't quite now if the transit experiment will work . . . Hint: It won't. Checkit: Kansas City's streetcar system could be a big triumph - or big failure

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! OUR BLOG COMMUNITY DISCOURSE INSPIRED KANSAS CITY ROYALS DIVERSITY!!!



An important bit of Kansas City diversity, inclusion, equity and digital advocacy news for out blog community tonight.

To wit . . .

THANKS TO THE POWER OF OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY REPORTING AND THE REAX OF THOSE OUTRAGED AFTER OUR EPIC BLOGGING . . . THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS CHANGED THEIR WHITES ONLY ADVERTS FOR NEGRO LEAGUES DAY!!!

Check the time-stamps . . . Our KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS noted this story FIRST:



The response was swift and stern and we noticed former council members along with a great many political denizens following our lead in order to create change . . .

Here's just a bit of juxtaposition to prove our point . . . And a reminder that OUR LAST REMAINING FREE SPEECH KANSAS CITY MEDIA OUTLET remains important in challenging the status quo:



Now, the story here isn't that our blog community is AWESOME . . . We already knew that . . . What's more important is that more than a bit of critical discourse from our blog community once again created change and for that the credit belongs solely to this town's biggest newshounds who are kind enough to visit this bloggy goodness outlet on the reg. Natch.

FEAR KANSAS CITY CHINO-LATINO TEEN ATTACK ON BRIARCLIFF GOOD LIFE!!!

Forgive the stereotypes but the adult teen names attached to this report remind us that Kansas City's crime scene is diverse and now targeting areas beyond the urban core. These alleged youngster crooks seemed to understand that big scores overlook most of the broke-ass denizens of the skyline. Checkit: Teens charged with stealing Mercedes, guns and more from Briarcliff homes

Clay County Political Slap-Fight Continues

Somebody wrote this in the comment awhile ago and it was genius . . . "The fighting is so vicious, because the stakes are so low." Accordingly, check this news that's getting a good chuckle from our blog community: "The petition alleges misuse of county tax dollars stemming from birthday cards, “accountability cards,” and coupons for Jesse James Farm and Museum that were sent to Clay County citizens." Read more: Legal Petition Brought against Commissioners Owen and Ridgeway for Illegal Use of Public Funds - The Northland News

Kansas City Friday After Work Link Look



Just a quick Kansas City news roundup at the end of the week. Checkit:

Local Small Biz Struggle Aftermath
Kansas City businesses thanking locals for their support during construction
In Search Of Rock Chalk Social Justice
KU's diversity, equity and inclusion need improvement, report says
Contrasting Corporate Greed
Small business owners willing to pay tax only to help schools, not budget
This Week's Missouri Switcheroo
Extra Shot: A Conservative Republican Casts A Deciding Vote Against The 'Religious Shield'
Local Golfing Legend Talks Lynx
Tom Watson on the Watson Challenge tournament and what makes Hallbrook the toughest course in Kansas City
The Only Way To Win Is Not To Play
KC wedding planner offers tips on ways to save
Celebrate Cowtown Carbs
Food Critics: The Best Bakeries In Kansas City
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! INSIDERS: AIRLINES FAIL TO GUARANTEE NEW KANSAS CITY SINGLE-TERMINAL!!!



This week there was a sales pitch and a lot of talk about the new airport that was COMPLETELY unchecked by Kansas City mainstream media. Luckily, the first sketches of the deal are so horrible that local power brokers already seem eager to oppose the plan.

To wit . . .

TKC FACT CHECK: KANSAS CITY INSIDERS CALL B.S. ON AIRLINE PROMISES TO BACK UP KANSAS CITY SINGLE-TERMINAL BONDS!!!

Following the big announcement this week, here are just a few items that stand out to people already working on a campaign to challenge this low turnout voter initiative:

AIRLINES GRACIOUSLY AGREE TO KEEP PAYING KANSAS CITY AIRPORT RENT FOR A NEW SINGLE-TERMINAL!!!


This needs to be noted once and for all for the cheap seats:  

THE AIRLINES ARE NOT CO-SIGNING ANY BOND ISSUE BACKING UP THE FINANCIAL FATE OF THE PROPOSED KANSAS CITY SINGLE-TERMINAL AIRPORT!!!

Reality . . .

The extent of the airlines "backing" the single-terminal airport plan is only a non-binding, flimsy and completely unenforceable MOU document which only promises that IF Kansas City builds a new airport THEN the airlines will probably pay rent there, too. 

That's not a commitment, not even something close to a promise . . . It's an empty headline grabbing statement from companies who are coping with their own biz problems.

AIRLINES WON'T SAY THEY'LL LEAVE WITHOUT A SINGLE TERMINAL


For those of us who watched the presentation . . . A few council members questioned the airlines and asked them if this was a "make or break deal" and the airlines balked. Neither Southwest nor any other airline has said that they'll leave MCI if there is not a new Kansas City airport forthcoming.

But let's not feel too confident . . .

AIRLINES AREN'T BOUND TO STAY IN KANSAS CITY AMID RISING COSTS


By that same token, if the costs get too high, if biz doesn't pan out here in flyover country or if there's a better deal to be found elsewhere . . . The airlines aren't committed to Kansas City beyond any agreement that isn't easily breakable if it begins to seriously impact their business.

In other words, the airlines don't have any love for the proposed single-terminal beyond their bottom line and THERE IS NO FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FROM THE AIRLINES TO BUILDING THE SINGLE-TERMINAL.

Mayor Sly and the cadre of biz interests he represents have taken years, countless meetings and millions in taxpayer funded consulting fees in order to concoct this week's cleverly worded press statement that puts Kansas City back where it started and no closer to a resolution of the single-terminal airport question soon to be asked of voters.

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN LATEST LIGHT RAIL PETITION NEARLY COMPLETE!!!



Surprisingly irritable (for a Friday) Pitch newsie Steve Vockrodt questions Mr. Chastain: "Is your petition approved as to form and legality?"

No answer yet but here's the progress on the latest endeavor from Clay so far. Checkit:

Clay Chastain: Light rail petition moves forward with 75% of needed signatures already collected

75% of the needed signatures to place a new light rail petition before voters have already been collected. Here are some of the reasons KCMO voters are signing in support of that light rail petition slated to be placed before voters on the presidential ballot in November:

1. Voters know Kansas City is 30 years behind the rest of American cities in modernizing its public transportation system around a rapid, citywide and zero-emission light rail system that will not only get people to jobs and most major destinations across Kansas City (without it taking 3 buses and 3 hours to get there), but will also reduce transportation costs, sprawl, the need for more parking garages and asphalt parking lots, air pollution, traffic congestion, and lost time sitting in traffic.

2. Voters know that the city's downtown streetcar line (it goes no where and no where fast), is a waste of money and pointless in terms of improving transit and helping people get to jobs.

3. Voters know that if a city is to grow and prosper it must have as a major selling point a comprehensive and first class public transit system that is quick, quiet, green, convenient, and attractive to everyone.

4. Voters know that (unlike the city's current projects that favor wealthy developers and the elite... new airport, new convention hotel, and Mayor James' "Touristy Frou Frou" streetcar line, etc.), a vast improvement to the city's pathetic public transportation infrastructure will directly benefit everyday citizens and their quality of life.

5. Voters know that the government of Kansas City (which over turned a light rail vote and blocked a light rail vote) despises petitions because they cannot control them and because petitions challenge the government's stupid self-serving leadership which too often defers to wealthy and special interests over the people's interests.

To make Kansas City great again we must make it a city for the people again. A great light rail -based public transportation system will catapult that aim forward.

Clay Chastain...Kansas City community activist, helped save Union Station from demolition, lived in the urban core of KCMO for 20 years, is currently a registered KCMO voter, and is now a dual resident of Bedford,Virgina and Kansas
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