Thursday, July 28, 2016

KANSAS CITY WOMAN SHOT THRICE WHILST LOCAL CHATTERING CLASS CELEBRATE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION!!!



Hillary wasn't around Kansas City to help some poor broad hit three times by gunfire and now in critical condition amid the crime-ridden Northeast part of town.

Still . . . Let's be real, people across the nation are more interested in talking heads over the reality of their declining neighborhoods.

And so, here are some of our favorite links regarding the DNC party that's overshadowing Trump for the moment . . .

Chicago Tribune: Obama boosts Clinton: 'Carry her the same way you carried me'

Rolling Stone: Watch Joe Biden Bring the House Down in Fiery DNC Speech

Fox Latino: In DNC speech peppered with Spanish, Tim Kaine says Clinton is ‘lista’ to be president

Mother Jones: Top Sanders Backer: I Was Kicked Off the Convention Program and "No Reason Was Given"

JPost: Protesters torch Israeli flag outside Democratic National Convention

Gothamist: Photos: Bernie Or Bust Protests Intensify Outside Democratic Convention

NPR: Obama: 'Reject Cynicism And Reject Fear' And Elect Hillary Clinton

More later . . .

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kansas City Mayor Sly's Summer To-Do List



Really great comment about Mayor Sly returning from the DNC Convention inspired a quick thought . . .

THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF SUMMERTIME FOR MAYOR SLY TO FOCUS ON LONGSTANDING KANSAS CITY PROBLEMS!!!

Quick list for locals who are bored with during the Democratic Party love fest tonight . . .

1. Help Kansas City Tax Incentive Reform

I'm pretty sure this group pushing Mayor Sly's TIF fix plan is a false flag given that an "ordinance with an accelerated effective date" pretty much wipes out most rules and politicos use this trick all the time. Still, more binding effort would be nice than planting promo stories and faking a consensus as usual.

2. Help Fix So Many Kansas City Potholes & Water Main Breaks

This Summer local streets are exceptionally horrible as any driver through Downtown & Midtown can attest.

3. Make Sure Mayor's Nights Doesn't End In Violence Again

This year a young-girl said she was sexually assaulted at the event and this pizza party finale has ended horribly for the past 3 years-in-a-row.

4. Develop A Plan For An Independent Audit Of Kansas City's Water Department

Rates have TRIPLED over the past few years for residents and the pressure of an EPA settlement has taken its toll on residents. Kansas City's water infrastructure troubles are only growing worse and most residents believe it's time for a better plan than literally throwing money down a well.

5. Address Kansas City's Bloody Summer Homicide Spike Of 2016 With Something More Substantial Than Tweets Or Speeches

The level of local violence continues to rise and whilst the Mayor has been very outspoken on the topic . . . It's his job to develop a plan beyond gun control rhetoric, catchphrases and solemn interviews after every exceptionally deadly episode.

Now . . .

FEEL FREE TO ADD TO THIS LIST GIVEN THAT MAYOR SLY'S CONSULTANTS AND CHEERLEADERS ARE CONSTANTLY CHECKING THIS BLOG IN ORDER TO SPIN GROWING FRUSTRATION WITH THIS TOWN'S TOP POLITICO!!!

You decide . . .

Abby And The Kansas City Link Pool



And so, Abigail Ratchford brings us to this link pool blast at the end of the workday . . . Take a peek:

Helpful Guide Calmly Explains Kansas City Country Club Plaza Panic Buttons
Plaza has emergency call buttons to help you
Golden Ghetto Tragedy Tonight
Toddler struck by truck in Olathe neighborhood dies from injuries
Meet This Local Lady Hipster
Helen Proctor, Squad of Sisters organizer, discusses stopping sexual assaults, shutting off Kansas City's fountains, binge reading and more in The Pitch's Questionnaire
Kansas City Old School Discrimination
'Curse of covenant' persists - restrictive rules, while unenforceable, have lingering legacy
One Last Kansas City Tribute
Grand Dame Of Missouri Democrats, Dutch Newman, Dies At 95
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Show-Me SecState Kander Launching Online Attack Advert Against Missouri Sen. Blunt



Kansas City's favorite political son says he's within striking distance of this veteran politico and now his campaign has turned negative in order to push him over the top . . .

STL Post-Dispatch: Secretary of State Jason Kander is launching his first digital ad, one that criticizes incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt as beholden to Washington interests.

SecState Kander has also taken his share of lobbyist cash so the criticism is kinda fake . . . But the tuba music is kinda cool and reminiscent of our favorite comedy skits.

You decide . . .

TKC WARNING!!! FEAR KANSAS CITY CARJACKER SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE!!!



Earlier reports of a Midtown Kansas City & Plaza crime spree last night have elicited a suspect search for a local denizen who could be involved in seven robberies over the past 12 days . . .

To wit . . .

CHECK THE DEETS OF THIS POLICE SUSPECT SEARCH AMID A KANSAS CITY CARJACKING CRIME SPREE!!!

Here's the word:

Kansas City Police need your help to find the suspect who continues to rob people at gunpoint in midtown, near the Plaza, and east downtown area. The suspect is a black male, 40-50 years old, 6’00”, 220lbs. He has a shaved head, gold teeth, gray goatee, armed with a silver or black handgun. The suspect fled the scene in a 1998 – 2002 Lincoln Town car with a sunroof and tinted windows (possible KS temporary tag).

More info . . .

Fox4: Police want to find armed man who has robbed several victims in midtown and downtown

KSHB: Kansas City police are looking for a suspect police said robbed several victims in the Midtown, Plaza and downtown east areas.

KCTV5: Kansas City police seek crooks responsible for robbery sprees across Plaza, Midtown

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY AIRPORT BOMB HOAX EARNS LOCAL JOKER 18 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON!!!



An important note and warning about the consequences of tragic stunts amid tense times. Checkit:

KCK MAN SENTENCED FOR AIRPORT BOMB HOAX

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced in federal court for conveying false information as part of a bomb hoax at Kansas City International Airport in August 2014.

David James Cain, 35, of Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 18 months in federal prison without parole.

On Jan. 21, 2016, Cain pleaded guilty to one count of conveying false information.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2014, Cain parked the truck he was driving in front of Terminal B at Kansas City International Airport. The truck remained parked along the curb in front of the terminal for approximately one hour. A KCI traffic control officer had the truck ticketed, and announcements were made over the loud speaker inside the terminal that the owner of truck needed to report or the truck would be towed.

After approximately one hour, Cain approached the Southwest Airlines ticket counter and told a ticket agent that there was a bomb in the truck. Cain repeated that there was a bomb in the truck, and then twice told the ticket agent’s supervisor the same thing. The customer service supervisor contacted law enforcement. The KCPD Bomb Squad and an FBI bomb technician searched the truck, and no bomb or explosive material was located.

As a result of Cain’s false statements, KCI evacuated and closed Terminal B for approximately two hours. Shutting down the terminal caused significant flight delays throughout the rest of the day.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Casey. It was investigated by the FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
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KANSAS CITY GRANNY STABBED!!!

Call this a back to school link or a reality check for urban core ladies coping with a new generation of problems despite so much hype about breaking a "glass ceiling" from politicos with whom they have very little in common. Checkit: KCPD searches home after woman reports being stabbed by grandson

DESPICABLE!!! MAYOR SLY DEFENDS POLICE BUDGET CUTS WHILST PLAYING RACE CARD AMID RISING KANSAS CITY CRIME STATS!!!

The newspaper transcribes this tragic big of blame game politicking from Kansas City's lame duck Mayor who continues to defend his policy of focusing the vast majority of his attention on development projects championed by the Greater Kansas City Chamber Of Commerce . . . What's worse is that he earns very little pushback on his policy from mainstream media and yet he can't cross Troost without additional police protection. You decide: KC mayor: Race plays a role in lack of action on urban violence

JaxCo Exec Frank White Celebrates Hot Dog Legacy Rather Than Help Local Democrats

The County Exec wastes more of campaign season feeding his ego rather than doing any kind of fundraising locally. Checkit: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum names a signature hot dog after Frank White, Royals baseball legend

Ela And The Kansas City Link Pool



Ela Rose hotness inspires this quick peek at all the Kansas City mainstream media links worth a look right now. Dive right in . . .

Mayor Sly Talks Kansas City Killing
KC's James calls for a political offensive against 'slow motion mass murder'
Hip-Hop Can Save Kansas City
Local rapper hopes music video can inspire change
Local Crime Spreads To Meth Town
KC man charged in Independence shooting
Cowtown Tech Begging
Crowdfunding is finding fascinating uses in the Kansas City area
Artsy Urban Core Reporting
Gallery Stakes Claim To 'New Frontier' For Artists In Northest Kansas City
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS MOURN KANSAS CITY POLITICAL MATRIARCH DUTCH NEWMAN!!!



First word on the end of an era from a group that this beloved Kansas City political lady helped bolster throughout her life . . .

On the Passing of Democratic Giant Dutch Newman

It is with great sadness that we have learned Hila "Dutch" Newman, one of the strongest Democratic leaders this area has ever known, has passed away at the age of 95. News spread quickly among the political community here in Jackson County all the way to the Missouri delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Democratic leaders young and old are deeply moved by this news, but also reflect on her lifetime of service.

Dutch began a long and amazing career as a volunteer and party builder going back to 1944. For decades, she was the head of the Westport Landing Democratic Club and has made an impact on every election in Kansas City since the end of the Second World War. Over the years, the number of high-profile officials that have paid their respects or honored her is too long to list but includes the likes of George McGovern and Tom Eagleton to Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

Senator Claire McCaskill released a brief statement this morning saying, "Dutch was like a second mother to me. She was warm and loving — and at the same time a tenacious and unrelenting institution of the Missouri Democratic party. There will never be another one like her." Jackson County Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Wyrsch had similar thoughts. "I've known her my whole life. She was one of my true mentors and I know she was the same to dozens of others.

Her impact truly cannot be overstated. Every candidate for city, county or state office (and sometimes national) longed for the approval of Dutch. Getting the opportunity to speak with her for a moment at events or over the phone was viewed as both critical politics and an honor. Even in her late years, she made every effort to hear from candidates and elected officials as well as show her support by attending major events around the area.

The Kansas City Star interviewed her last year around the time of her 95th birthday. In the interview, she was asked about the key to grassroots organizing, her true passion for so many years. Her answer, like Dutch, was thoughtful and true. "It’s really not a mystery. It’s about getting a group of people together for a worthy cause, going door to door, meeting your neighbors, having meetings that build relationships within the group, creating a sense of community for a cause or candidate. And it doesn’t hurt to have something to eat and drink."

Dutch touched hundreds of lives is a very meaningful and personal way. The landscape of Democratic politics, and therefore our very society, is better because of her. Our friend will be missed.
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TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! RELAPSE!!! MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY CRIME SPREE MOVING TOWARD COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA AGAIN!!!

The crime wave hitting Midtown Kansas City this Summer has been more violent and dangerous to nearby residents and now criminals are targeting the Plaza area. Here's the best write-up so far that seems to understand the landscape given that the station is in the neighborhood but protected by a pretty advanced security system and steel gates. Checkit: Four overnight robberies in Plaza, Midtown area

KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CRASHES AGAIN ON CROWDED STREET!!!

We've warned about this bottleneck and now the toy train claims another victim and experiences more embarrassing down time. Take a look: KC Streetcar temporarily delayed after incident involving van

TKC MUST READ!!! NORTHEAST NEWS RAGES AGAINST MAYOR SLY'S CUTS TO POLICE 'COMING HOME TO ROOST' IN KANSAS CITY!!!



The topic of increased local violence and homicide is exceptionally relevant amid this bloody Summer . . .

Check this MUST READ editorial in the latest issue of an urban core newspaper . . .

Northeast News: Police budget cuts pushback

Money line . . .

"Positions of both civilian and commissioned officers have been cut department-wide, putting a greater burden or patrol officers who already go from call to call leaving very little time for problem resolution, much less grabbing a street taco for a quick lunch. Those cuts to the police budget compromise public safety at large. Now on the heels of the recent line of duty deaths in Dallas, Baton Rouge and for the second time in two months, Kansas City, Kansas, the Mayor and council’s decision to cut the Department’s budget for two years running seems to be coming home to roost."

Read the whole thing . . .

You decide.

Kansas City Chiefs Parking: $40

This season isn't gonna be great and disappointment starts with the high prices right at the gate . . . Chiefs' game-day cash parking now costs $40

Kansas City Whiskey Tango Celebration

Brief interlude and quick reminder about the demographics of local media denizens . . . Blake Shelton surprises Kansas City-area fans with free concert in Grain Valley

Another Kansas City Crime Gripe Session

This time youngsters are introduced to the constant cycle of Kansas City crime complaints with no real solutions beyond an alphabet soup of social service groups all subsidized by taxpayers to "fight" crime and keep their members employed by taking part in these "conversations" more than anything else . . . Kansas City town hall meeting on violence seeks answers in youth groups, smart policing, gun control, jobs

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KCK POLICE AND VOTERS HATE MAYOR HOLLAND'S POORLY TIMED POLITICAL RHETORIC!!!



Previously, talked about the negative reaction to KCK Mayor Holland's controversial remarks during a press conference concerning the killing of police Capt. Melton . . .

Now check this EXCELLENT report from Fox4:

Fox4: Many upset with speech by KCK Mayor mentioning ‘loss of innocent lives at the hands of police’

Money line . . .

It was that line -- "the loss of innocent lives at the hands of police" -- that the Fraternal Order of Police said did not sit well with many officers, especially considering the remark came less than 24 hours after Melton was shot.

Many people in the community were offended, and one officer's wife told FOX 4 why the comment upset her.

"That line made me stop and literally rewind to watch it again because I was appalled that those words came out of his mouth," said Dana Bye, the wife of a law enforcement officer. "We have barely started to even know what our new norm is after losing Lancaster. Now we have it again, and we have to have political rhetoric thrown in our faces.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Politico Dutch Newman Dies @ 95

A nice lady of a bygone era passes away . . . This write-up is better than anything that we'd want to post here but we will note that even in her last years she inspired a great deal of hateration from baby-boomer era critics . . . Now the only real question is if she can still win a Committee seat against Ann McGregor in her current condition . . . Which is entirely possible: Dutch Newman, longtime Democratic leader in Missouri, dies at 95

Kansas City Council Lady Shields Celebrates Hillary Clinton Glass Ceiling Breakthrough

The 4th District council lady has been noticeably quiet whilst seemingly planning another mayoral run but recently she took a moment to celebrate the cacophony of voices cheering the ascendancy of the former 1st lady . . . Metro women reflect on Hillary Clinton's historic nomination

TKC MUST SEE!!! MAYOR SLY FIDDLES WHILST KANSAS CITY CRUMBLES!!!



This latest political comic from El Bryan is ICONIC and perfectly captures urban core neighborhood sentiment toward Kansas City's top ranking politico who keeps pushing his misplaced priorities.

Developing . . .

Meet This Kansas City Drone Dude



Most drone photographers keep a low profile but this local puts himself front and center in a clip with some pretty great footage . . .



More in a bit . . .

Hipsters Cry Amid Kansas City Westport Booze Glut Crackdown Coming Soon!!!

Upscale liquor spots aren't up to code and patrons and the smarter denizens of the server class quit complaining about their customers and life for just a second in order to focus their anger on City Hall . . . Which is equally productive: Regulated Industries threatens to cork Ça Va and Julep

Kansas City Hip-Hop Saves Dead Tree Media?

Interesting effort here as Kansas City's best hip-hop mag looks to take their game to print media . . . Not sure of contributors will get paid but the intro "Kansasanity" theme might be a worthwhile local collaboration. Checkit: Demencha Magazine Is Now Seeking Visual Artists, Photographers For New Print Issue - DEMENCHA

Wendy And The Kansas City Wednesday



EPIC hottie Wendy Fiore starts the midweek as we move to mid-marking and play just a bit of catchup. Right now we're starting off with about a dozen news items that are worth a click. Checkit:

Artsy White Lady Will Save East Side???
Kansas City Playwright Explores Troost Avenue, Makes An Unexpected Connection
Old School Traffic Tragedy
Kansas City grandmother dies after being hit by truck
Golden Ghetto Getting 1K Jobs
Companies seek to hire more than 1,000 during OP job fair
Show-Me Lady's First
McCaskill helps Clinton make history in Philadelphia
Politics In The Urban Core This Week
Northeast's August 2 Primary Election Preview
Meth Town Gunfire Tragedy
Police: Man in 'grave condition' after being shot in his Independence home
Call For Local Justice
Family of hit-and-run crash victim wants answers
Dead Tree Golden Ghetto Report
Shawnee Mission board and teachers at odds over new contract
Almost Time For Football Disappointment
Kansas City Chiefs: Top Ten Training Camp Positional Battles
Cowtown Sound Collabo
Kansas City Heavy Metal
Kansas City Doggie Doing Better
Pit bull injured in fireworks attack recovering, still looking for new home
KC Playoff Chances Almost Kaput
Angels score 13, shut out Royals
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

KANSAS CITY DEMOCRATIC PARTY HILLARY CLINTON LOYALISTS CELEBRATE BUBBA!!!



Tonight the denizens of Kansas City's Democratic Party political scene seem confident that the legacy of a former President Bill Clinton will help the old school 1st lady make a return trip back to the White House.

Meanwhile, some of the foremost experts of the Kansas City political scene remind us that even haters will find it hard rage against Former Prez Bubba's penchant for the ladies . . .



Let's be clear . . .



The only thing that's "historic" about tonight is that the now we all know the title of "First Dude" is the greatest and most coveted job in the free world.

Accordingly, here are better links and coverage than what the Kansas City news is providing and something to consider for the overnight . . .

Politico: Bill Clinton: Hillary is the ‘Real One’

AP: Bill Clinton Tells DNC Hillary Is the 'Best Darn Change-Maker'

LA Times: Bill Clinton tells the story of 'the real' Hillary Clinton

New York Times . . . A Worry if Hillary Clinton Wins: What to Do With Bill

WaPo . . . Bill Clinton: 'In The Spring Of 1971, I Met A Girl'

Newsday: Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter speak at DNC convention, day 2

AP Big Story: Sanders loyalists bash Clinton nomination, clash with police

MSNBC Maddow: I Found Top Part of Clinton's Speech 'Shocking and Rude'...

NBC News: How Sanders Delegates Organized a Walkout Under Everyone's Nose

NPR: 'First Dude'? Why Bill Clinton Could Make A Powerful First Spouse

You decide . . .

DESPERATE TIMES FOR JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS CREATE KANSAS CITY DEMOCRATIC INFIGHTING!!!



On the night Hillary Clinton becomes the 1st woman nominated to the Presidency by a major political party . . . Closer to home we see at the Jackson County Legislative Chair Crystal Williams courting an implosion and creating quite a bit of animosity betwixt her Democratic Party allies.

This week the Pitch story attempts to persuade but seems to reveal nothing more than Crystal at the center of a nasty bit of election in-fighting among Democrats that will undoubtedly have negative consequences for her career:

Even The Pitch headline suggests we've seen this all before: August 2's Rizzo District 19 showdown is running in some familiar shadows

The "reporting" is kinda biased and there's not a lot of background here . . . In fact, most of what it reveals is that The Pitch is short staffed and taking most of their notes form their radical feminist drinking buddies.

But here's the real news . . .

THIS COULD BE THE LAST NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN THAT CRYSTAL INFLUENCES GIVEN KANSAS CITY DEMOCRATIC PARTY DENIZEN FRUSTRATION WITH HER DIVISIVE ANTICS!!!

There aren't any real discussion of issues or anything beside branding and Crystal's attempt to add another legislator to her withering list of friends.

In a caustic style very much like that of Hillary Clinton . . . JaxCo Legislative Chair Crystal Williams has evoked the ire of local Democrats who would like to see a departure from the culture war and instead focus on the issues that really impact their constituents.

You decide . . .

Missouri Legal SMACKDOWN And Show-Me More Unemployment Bennies For Everybody

The social safety net got just a bit stronger after a recent crackdown of po'folk was pushed back. Take a peek: Supreme Court overturns unemployment benefit limitation law

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! COLUMBUS PARK RAGES AGAINST CITY HALL BROKEN PROMISE DELAY IN TEARING DOWN DANGEROUS KANSAS CITY BUILDING!!!

Despite some challenges from consultants and media people on Mayor Sly's payroll . . . Kansas City looks exceptionally inept when it comes to double talk about tearing down this structure. We talked about this one LAST WEEK and Mayor Sly's loyalists raged late into the night about all the things that weren't going their way including the streetcar. . . Now Northeast News brights some great reporting to this discussion of broken promises and blight: Columbus Park property owner halts demolition, working to save partially collapsed structure

Pussy By The Dozen Discarded In Kansas City

Literally, a box full of kittens is the only thing that brought us back for the evening update of all things good with Kansas City . . .
KC Pet Project cares for cats found abandoned in alley

Leanne And The Kansas City Link Pool



Leanne Crow inspires this important collection of Kansas City links for tonight filled to the brim with links we thought were interesting and worth a click . . .

Cowtown Now Hiring
Need a job? Kansas City employers want you
Fear Kansas City Busted Pipes
Bloch Fountain outside Union Station shut off again after pipe breaks
Rock Chalk Big Money Moment
University of Kansas To Break Ground On New Overland Park Hospital Building
KC Star Next Column Seen First On TKC
S&P downgrades Kansas credit rating, citing ongoing budget issues
Show-Me The Campaign Slap Fight
Greitens donor sues Brunner over "sex slave" moniker
Sound Of The Cowtown Creative Class
Kansas City Producer Hooks Up Grunge Punk Metal Bands With Free Studio Time
Attractions Down By The River
KC Crew Riverfront project casts Millennial net with sand volleyball, kickball
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

THE TKC TUESDAY QUESTION: DOES KANSAS CITY LOVE OR HATE HILLARY AMID DAY TWO OF DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION 2016 ANTI-GUN CELEBRATION?!?



The evening news should focus on so many Kansas City anti-violence/anti-gun advocates who love gun control for this town in much the same way that its a staple of the Democratic Party platform.

Meanwhile, let's not forget that KCMO was much more excited about Bernie than smallish gatherings for Hillary and support mostly from politicos . . .

Finally, all the Democratic Party hype ignores the fact that Kansas City is betwixt two RED STATES and Hillary votes from this town might not count for much.

Check the links and you decide . . .

Snopes Flag Check: Several right-wing web sites offered the misleading claim that no American flags were on display at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The Guardian: Democratic convention live: Bill Clinton and Lena Dunham to speak tonight

Time: Bernie Sanders Has Lost Control of His Political Revolution

New York Times . . . Democratic Convention: Sanders Supporters Could Roil Second Day

Vox: Here’s why Sanders delegates are booing at the Democratic National Convention

Bloomberg: Trump Seizes on Democratic Convention Discord

Roll Call: Gun Violence Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention

Developing . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY ARTISTS CALL FOR HEARTFELT SUBMISSIONS OF IMAGES DEPICTING LOCAL WOUNDS!!!



Check this interesting Kansas City art project in the midst of a violent and politically divisive local Summer. Checkit:

Call for Artists, Activists, Change-Makers, and Friends...

Seeking individuals to participate in a community art project led by Kansas City artists Sonié Ruffin and Arzie Umali.

Common Threads: Anatomy of the Wound

Recent violence in this world has wounded us. We are hurting. We are in pain. We need to heal. Join us in art-making to transform the hurt and the pain. Art can help heal the wound.

What to submit:

A 14” X 14” TEXTILE SQUARE IN WHICH THE IMAGERY REPRESENTS THE ANATOMY OF YOUR WOUND.



Packets of fabric will be provided to all participants. You are welcome to freely express yourself by using these materials and by adding your own. Stitch, paint, draw, collage, write, cut, paste, embellish... Your art piece is about you, your wound, and your healing. The common thread connecting all pieces will be a RED HEART (provided in each packet) that we ask you to incorporate into your piece. All finished pieces will be included in an art installation and exhibited at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

The exhibit:

LEEDY-VOULKOS ART CENTER, 2012 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
EXHIBIT DATES: FRI, SEPT. 2 – SAT, OCT. 29, 2016

***FIRST FRIDAY OPENINGS: SEPT. 2 & OCT. 7***
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Read more about this effort and its designers here . . .

Developing . . .

KCMO Urban Core Pollution Protest Cont'd

Ongoing advocacy against this small biz amid longstanding complaints about fuel leak fumes that permeate the area: Protestors rally outside of Inner City Oil demanding change

Find Kansas City Hit & Run Car & Driver!!!

Police need help looking for this car involved in a deadly crash. Take a good look: Police want to find vehicle, driver involved in hit-and-run crash that killed victim

Rock Chalk Trash Baby Charge

Here's what is likely the worst local news story of the day with at least a bit of hope for justice . . . Checkit: Man charged with attempted murder, child abuse after baby found in trash

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY LIGHT RAIL ADVOCATE CLAY CHASTAIN CHALLENGES 'BASELESS PROPAGANDA' OF CITY ATTORNEY!!!



Strong words from one of the strongest light rail advocates the nation has ever seen and the only guy to win a citywide KCMO rail transit vote in the modern era. Check the latest word from Clay Chastain:

Chastain challenges city attorney to offer proof light rail petition "could be illegal"

On July 20,2016 City Attorney, Bill Geary, testified before the Council's Finance Committee declaring the light rail petition "could be illegal." Yes, and the sun "could" not come up tomorrow.

Geary has had the light rail petition for 6- months to review and still could not tell this council body why he thinks the petition could be illegal. Mr. Geary, are you employing baseless propaganda to try and scare the public into not voting for the light rail petition?

Then our devious public servant went on to remind the council that ballot proposals that the city deems illegal can be repealed after the fact (election). Mr. Geary, are you trying to orchestrate yet another repeal by Kansas City's Government of a voter-approved light rail petition?

Mr. Geary, I request that you attend my news conference (July 28 at 2:45 P.M. outside the council's chamber and before the council votes on whether to place the light rail petition on the November ballot) to tell the council, media, me, and the public why you think the light rail petition "could be illegal."

Mr. Geary, do not be afraid to discuss this issue in the presence of someone who refutes your dubious contention. After all, you are the experienced, all-powerful and all knowing city attorney, and I the lowly crackpot engineer who writes light rail plans on the backs of napkins.

We the people are going to win this light rail election and build a heralded and successful light rail-based public transportation system for our city, whether the Sly James' Administration likes it or not.

Clay Chastain... degree electrical engineer, leader of the light rail petition, and part-time resident and registered voter of Kansas City, Missouri.
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TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TUESDAY TERROR TESTIMONIAL: PERFECT VILLAGE MERCHANTS CONFRONT COUNTERFEITERS AND CUSTOMER CAR CRIME SPREE!!!



Bad news for people trying to do business in this beloved metro bedroom community . . .

DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR PERFECT VILLAGE AS A CRIME SPREE AND COUNTERFEIT CASH PLAGUE THE POSH SUBURB!!!

Here's the word:

Crime Spree In Prairie Village: "The merchants in Corinth Square at 83rd & Mission have been experiencing a crime spree (Well, it's relative. It’s Prairie Village).

"Someone is passing counterfeit bills. One of banks in the area told a small merchants that they have had a rash of fake bills deposited by various businesses in Corinth Square.

"There have also been some break ins in the cars of customers. Computers, cameras, and various other electronic devices have been stolen . . ."

Like it or not and as we've noted many times before . . . The KCMO crime DOES NOT stop at the city limits and that's why it's in everyone's interest to address the problem.

Developing . . .

Remains Of Reputed Cop Killer Gavin 'Cosmo' Long Returned To Kansas City Family

The funeral won't be in town . . . But his writings are being distributed among both black & white racists as "proof" of their mostly unproductive theories. Take a peek: Baton Rouge shooter's body released to family; funeral planned in Arkansas

SHOCK!!! SHAWNEE TEEN GANG ATTACKS DUDE NEAR CUSTARD SHOPPE!!!

Late night grocery trips deep in the heart of the metro suburbs are no longer an option according to this report. Suspect description: "Police say the man told them six to seven black males between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age strong armed him and demanded he empty his pockets. The suspects punched the victim in the face and took off on foot . . ."

Read more: Shawnee police search for as many as 7 suspects believed to have robbed man outside Sheridan's Frozen Custard

Lucy And The Kansas City Midday Links!!!



Lucy Collett inspires our Kansas City midday link look and another beautiful lesson in body acceptance for right now, take a peek:

Big Kansas City Company Stays Losing
Waddell & Reed Hit With $9.7 Billion Outflow in 2Q
Kansas City Contamination
General Mills expands flour recall to include additional dates from last fall
Show-Me Big Money Election Fight
Greitens hit with ethics complaint over 2M in anonymous super PAC money
Rock Chalk Breakfast With Bernie!!!
Sanders surprises Kansas delegation at breakfast
Kansas City Trading Day
Royals, It Is Time To Sell
Additional update . . . Police are looking for a lost youngster, and a guy was wounded badly in a Meth Town shooting just now . . . So stay tuned out there . . . And this is the OPEN THREAD for the midday.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! GUNSHOTS AT LOOSE PARK LAST NIGHT SCARE DOZENS OF STONERS AND THEIR DANCING KANSAS CITY DRUM CIRCLE!!!



Sadly, the rising quotient of Kansas City violence interrupted a longstanding local stoner tradition at Loose Park last night and sent dozens of middle-class youngsters running for cover as if they were chasing a Pokémon in real life.

To wit . . .

GUNFIRE RANG OUT AT THE TRADITIONAL KANSAS CITY MONDAY NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE DANCE FEST AT LOOSE PARK LAST NIGHT . . . WHICH IS ODD BECAUSE THESE STONERS ARE USUALLY PRETTY CHILL!!!

On Monday nights . . . Midtown Kansas City denizens can smell the weed all the way to Waldo from this drum circle and we've noticed a bigger crowd every year and especially this year given the mobile gaming enthusiasts.

Here's a description of what happened but as with all things on Reddit it's totally fake:

"Hey guys I was just at Drum Tribe at Loose Park and there was a shootout about five feet from me. Everything was cool, people were spinning fire and hooping and playing drums and relaxing, and then a fight broke out right next to me over some guy messaging someone else's girl. A brawl broke out, a couple people fell onto our blanket that were fighting and then they started coming towards us. We grabbed as much of our stuff as we could and started getting away and then I heard the word "gun" and turned to start running and the first shot was a few feet away from me I saw it in the corner of my eye. Booked it out of the park and one of the people I was with called the cops and the cops said they were already on their way. There were 4 shots in all I'm pretty sure, two ambulances came after about 15 minutes so I'm sure someone got hurt. I don't see anything on the news about it yet so I thought I'd let everyone know. There are cops everywhere over there right now. Stay safe out there guys

We checked with a denizen of our blog community and the story is a bit different . . .

"It was a bunch of jerks who never come to the Drum Tribe . . . They thought it was a rave and they were there to start trouble. We have shut these people out before this time they were bound and determined to start trouble. They did."

And urgent text to us last night . . .

"Pokémon Go FIGHT at Loose Park. Gangsters showed up with guns and we were only packing Pikachu! Lulz."

Some confirmation and social media laments . . .

"Can't go nowhere no more."

Gunshots in Loose Park. Please Stay Safe Everyone.

"Thankful we are safe and hoping everyone else is as well . . . "

To be just a bit serious . . . We our journalistic Spidey sense knew that trouble couldn't be far off when the stoners brought in speakers and more dance music to this area behind the pond and amped up their dance party . . . And while we appreciate that youngsters getting baked in the park is just good fun . . . Something bad was bound to happen.

And so the granola pastimes and stoner hula-hoop celebration is that latest party to be crashed by gunfire amid this increasingly violent and Bloody Summer 2016.

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