Tuesday, September 02, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL DUDE SCOTT WAGNER SEEMINGLY WORKS TO REPLACE SEXY CINDY AS THE NEXT MAYOR PRO TEM!!!



Let's start the morning with just a bit of behind the scenes chatter regarding the composition of the NEXT City Council.

To wit . . .

KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDERS REVEAL THAT COUNCIL DUDE SCOTT WAGNER IS WORKING HARD TO TAKE OVER FOR MAYOR PRO TEM CINDY CIRCO ONCE HER SESSY TENURE HAS EXPIRED!!!

In fairness, NOBODY can do exactly what Sessy Cindy does for Kansas City's political scene . . .



Still, Council Dude Wagner is attempting to win the support of Mayor Sly's peeps and prove that he's a worthy successor to a lady who rose up from the ranks of a lowly nail tech to the heights of Kansas City power broker party girl.

The newsie part of this is post is that Council Dude Wagner is an integral part of Mayor Sly's alliance on the Council that our top City Hall honcho hopes to beef up in his second term and maybe even build an UNSTOPPABLE SEVEN VOTE COALITION so that all of his ideas remain mostly unquestioned. 

Personally, I don't want to see Council Dude Wagner in heels . . .



But that's his deal.

Developing . . .

Tragic Kansas City Dumb And Dumber Teens Crash Stolen Minivan Amid Police Chase

KMBC reports local Labor Day weekend double teen stupidity: Police: two teens in custody after minivan stolen

Global Prairie Could Be Taking Themselves Too Seriously Given Latest KCI Airport Plan

Global Prairie Could Be Taking Themselves Too Seriously Given The Latest KCI Airport Plans

Airport officials hope to add more flights to other countries besides Canada @ KCI: Airport officials trying to bring more 'international' to KCI

THE MISSOURI AND KANSAS LINKS



The Missouri And Kansas Links

As the Border War rages on . . . Here are the most relevant links from Kansas and Missouri that might have a bit of consequence for Kansas City . . .

- Kansas Prison Industrial Complex Hits Home: Drug abuse top reason for removing kids from home

- Show-Me Democracy: Amendment 1 Opponents Prepare For Recount

- New York Times Reports Ferguson Highway Protest Aftermath: After a Father’s Plea, Few in Missouri Try to Disrupt Traffic

- Sunflower State Lady Uprising: Women for Kansas protest rally highlights complaints in education, health care and politics

- Pretending That Democrats Really Pose A Red State Challenge: GOP jitters over Kansas



More in a bit . . .

September Carrino And Let's Get Back To The Tuesday Kansas City Grind!!!



September Carrino starts our return to the Kansas City work week . . . Here are the local links that inform our morning . . .

- Local High End Labor Shortage: KC area manufacturers see skilled worker shortage

- Cowtown Tradition: American Royal Events Start This Week

- Kansas City Tragedy: Police: Accidental, self-inflicted gunshot kills 18-year-old

- Smallish Celebration: Crowd lines street for KC Labor Day parade

- KICK-ASS TKC READERS Strange Strobe Lightning On The Way To Kansas City

- Suburban Concert Deets: Saturday's Fifth Annual Prairie Village Jazz Festival

- Dead Tree Media Writer Dave Helling Tries And Fails To Make Politics Interesting



- Crunch Time: Kansas City Royals keep slimmest division lead with 4-3 victory

- Kansas City Baseball Legacy: Celebrating the Monarchs' first Word Series

- Downtown Display: Kansas City Friday 3D Union Station Extravaganza

- Eastern Jack Calender: A roundup of happenings in and around Jackson and Cass counties.

- Fans For A Good Cause: Social media helps Royals fan with cancer



Consider this the OPEN THREAD for the morning . . .



AND WE'RE BACK!!!

More in a bit . . .

Kansas City Film Row Renovation Sequel

This tried and true story is really about "gentrification" but the Kansas City film commission would rather call it "evolution" in order to support the City Hall plot: The New Evolution of Kansas City's Old Film Row

Kansas City Curvy Lady Celebration!!!

The "CurveInspire" blog vows to take on "hate trolls" as a local lady law student celebrates her style and even reveals that one of her profs told her to tone down her curvacious celebration. GASP!!! Check the photo gallery and testimony from this body positive movement blog: Meet "Real Curvy Girl" Molly! | CurveInspire

SHOCK!!! MISS KANSAS SASEK IS BI-STATE!!!



This Sunflower State beauty queen suddenly seems more interesting given that she goes both way . . . Across the State Line.

Check it.

Missouri native represents Kansas in 2014 Miss America Pageant

Deets:

"Amanda Sasek, this year's Miss Kansas, was born and raised in Moberly, Missouri. Sasek won her Miss Kansas title as a Kansas resident, after competing in eight pageants and winning five local titles between Kansas and Missouri."

Best of luck to this contestant repping flyover country in this outdated contest of hairspray and eating disorders.

Developing . . .

Atop The Downtown Kansas City Green Roof

Kansas City's most KICK-ASS photog offers this moment of respite and really nice images of Downtown green space: Eric Bowers Photoblog | Views from P&L Green Roof in Downtown Kansas City

Kansas City Blogger Talks Responsibility

Uncommon Courage wonders: "Would happen if everyone accepted responsibility for the part of the mess they created?" check it: Uncommon Courage

Kansas City Artsy Fountain Fundraiser

Curious KC features her fantastic art work helping to keep Kansas City fountains running since the E-Tax is going to help the toy train streetcar: Buy My Art!

The Kansas City Early Morning Peek



Photo babe Billie Faiers brings us through the Kansas City early morning hours as we consider more than a few local videos.

Despite the overnight rain, right now check this clip for a clear view over Midtown Kansas City and possibly a glimpse of the curvature of the Earth . . .



And then a few more clips we're watching right now:

Monday, September 01, 2014

COMING SOON: KANSAS CITY NEW SCHOOL PRO-LABOR GROOVE TO AMEND PARTY!!!



Remember that not-so-long ago Kansas City new school labor activists urged Mayor and Council to recognize that corporations are not people.

Their resolution was successful and that the Kansas City contingent of "Move To Amend" earned a significant organized labor victory.

Remember, Move to Amend is "a United States national, grassroots coalition that works toward overcoming corporate power by calling for a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood and declaring that money is not speech. The nonpartisan group was created in response to the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The ruling held that corporations have a First Amendment right to make expenditures from their general treasuries supporting or opposing candidates for political office. Move to Amend argues that the Court's decision disrupts the democratic process by granting disproportionate influence to the wealthy."

Now, a couple of years later the KANSAS CITY MOVE TO AMEND crew are still rocking out and want to party with like-minded supporters and maybe even their old school "Occupy KC" partners as well.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS NOTICE OF AN UPCOMING KANSAS CITY MOVE TO AMEND JAM SESSION!!!

Check the deets:

KC Move to Amend will hold its 2nd annual benefit concert, “Groove to Amend,” Saturday, Sept. 13, from 2-8 p.m. at The recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO. A $10 donation brings concert-goers five musical acts, featuring 2014 Pitch Music Award winners The Pedaljets, the Hardship Letters, the Invisibles (including former members of local 80’s favorite The Clocks), and singer/songwriter Kathryn Lorenzen. Closing the show will be local hip-hop artists Vertigone & Ben Swiller.



“We are thrilled to have such an eclectic lineup of music to celebrate democracy of the people, by the people and for the people,” said Mike Dean, member of KC Move to Amend and one of the show’s organizers. “Our hope is to raise awareness about the need for an amendment stating that corporations are not people and money is not speech, and to raise funds that will help us continue our work into 2015.”

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY LABOR HATES MAYOR SLY!!!

A theme we've been exploring on this blog for quite some time . . .

KANSAS CITY LABOR DOESN'T LIKE MAYOR SLY!!!

Take a look @ Yael playing the role of apologist: KC fire union president's misleading attack on Mayor Sly James
And while the political rivalry isn't exactly new, we can't help but ask: Who do you think will win???

Kansas City Advice From Activist Ron Hunt: Leave The Guns At Home!!!

Here's an interesting reax from Kansas City activist Ron Hunt regarding a recent deadly police shooting. It's a sound bit of reasoning but any hint about that missing $15K from his dong hanging Councilman friend would probably be much more appreciated by taxpayers given that people carrying guns into the street most likely aren't taking many hints regarding non-violence: Activist urges young people to leave guns home after police shooting

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION DISASTER!!!



This week, Kansas City toy train streetcar construction kicks into high gear and denizens of the loop will be beset by a horrific array of detours and roadblocks.

To wit . . .

DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION IS NOW REACHING NIGHTMARISH PROPORTIONS AND IS SOON TO BRING ANY SIGNIFICANT TRAFFIC TO A NEAR HALT!!!

Check the EXCLUSIVE QUOTE FROM A KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER:

"I am pretty sure the streetcar people said there would be minimum construction disruption, because their construction activity would be done a block at a time. You would have to look hard at their list to find a block downtown that not torn up because of their trolley!"

Seriously, anybody who has tried to run any kind of errand has Downtown during the day is out of luck if they have to cross West to East . . .

Furthermore . . .

COMPLAINTS ARE NOW STARTING TO EMERGE THAT THIS CONSTRUCTION PROCESS HAS BEEN POORLY PLANNED AND RISKS DAMAGING LOCAL BIZ DEPENDENT ON MIDDAY TRAFFIC!!!

We're always concerned about lunch and it seems that even the P&L District is starting to groan about this haphazard process . . .



Here's a LITANY of the current Downtown construction kicking off the week that's ANYTHING BUT MINIMAL and has served to SERIOUSLY IMPEDE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY TRAFFIC AND BIZ . . .

Melissa Riso And Kansas City Monday



Melissa Riso inspires this quick collection of Kansas City links that currently define mainstream media reporting in this town . . .

- Kansas City Gunfire Gallery: A person shot on Sunday night at 98th Terrace near Donnelly Avenue is in critical condition.

- More Outdoor Festival Aftermath: Storm damages tents at Santa-Cali-Gon Days

- Show-Me Teacher Report Cards: Missouri ballot features teacher evaluation change

- Lightning Strike: Fire reported at a Kansas City church

- Independence Outrage: Vendors unhappy with high costs at Santa-Cali-Gon Days

- Today's Kansas City Cookout: Crews put out fire in space above Plaza Jack Stack

- Weather Man Honor: Gary Lezak throws out first pitch at Royals game

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

Celebrate Even More Schizophrenic Kansas Gov. Election Dead Tree Media Coverage

Dead Tree Media really doesn't seem to be able to delineate news from editorial any longer. Here's the latest example: Sam Brownback is paying a political price for bold leadership

Kansas City Kemper Tax Break Fun & Games

Earlier this Summer our blog community considered the video game plan to save Kemper . . . Now Kansas City public radio offers some discussion on the topic: A Vision of Kemper Arena As A Competitive Video Game Hub

Oxford On The Blue And KCMO In The Red

Take a look at this quick round-up of an upcoming tax break ask that Mayor Sly and City Council will be considering soon for another proposed biotech mega-office-park that might never materialize: Backers of biotech office park seek KC tax breaks

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TOP 5 CHALLENGES CONFRONTING ORGANIZED LABOR!!!



Labor Day is yet another holiday that's lost on most Kansas City residents.

While this is still very much a "union town" there are fewer voters engaged in our local Democracy and by and large the mainstream media fears examining labor issues because the spin is often too complex to completely understand and so many behind the scenes "movidas" are exactly the kind of tactics that turn voters away from participating in the Democratic process.

Nevertheless . . .

TO CELEBRATE THIS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HOLIDAY, TKC OFFERS EXCLUSIVE QUOTES AND INFO FROM TOP RANKING POWER BROKERS ON THE CHALLENGES CONFRONTING ORGANIZED LABOR IN KANSAS CITY!!!

Check this quick and dirty labor topic list we have toiled to compile . . .

THE KANSAS CITY FAST FOOD FAIR WAGE FIGHT IS THE FUTURE OF LOCAL POLITICS


Of all our local elected officials, Kansas City Congressman Cleaver leads the struggle to establish a fair wage of at least $10 an hour for fast food workers . . .

At a somewhat recent protest, the former Mayor of Kansas City noted:

Congressman Cleaver Via Social Media: "Minimum wage is about valuing and respecting work. But these days, it's just not enough to get by. Working famlies are suffering while companies rake in record profits. No one who works hard and plays by the rules should live in poverty. LIKE if you agree, we need to ‪#‎raisethewage‬. ‪#‎standup‬"

It's also worth noting that while union bosses and some workers get today off, most fast food workers enjoy no such luxury.

CELEBRITY AND CASH TRUMPS UNION POLITICAL CONNECTIONS


A clever sign, Kansas City baseball legend status and a solid reputation for community service proved far too much to contend with for one of the most skilled organized labor political operatives in all of Kansas City. Frank White trounced Sherwood Smith at the polls. The 80-20 landslide reveals that union support and even political allegiance isn't even a slight consideration for Kansas City voters.

Like it or not, the Aug. 5th contest betwixt Frank White vs. Sherwood Smith was nothing less than a referendum on Jackson County union political power . . . At least when compared to the far more appealing idea of sport celebrity.

REALITY CHECK: UNIONS NOW WORK OPENLY WITH REPUBLICANS AMID MISSOURI'S RED STATE REALITY


This is the new normal . . . Unions need to work with Republicans despite longstanding divisions and grudges among their largely Democratic power base.

During recent elections, insiders raged over Kansas City's strongest union sending a shout out to the GOP on one of their mailers . . .

"Things that should never be seen on a union paper: Republican"

Still, Missouri Red State domination is now a fact of life and a very real obstacle confronting organized labor who barely escaped obliteration this Missouri House session by mostly selling out Democrats to keep the "RIGHT TO WORK" issue off the table.

As usual, Kansas City voters didn't really notice the union betrayal but instead blamed the GOP for so many super-majority displays of strength.

LIKE IT OR NOT: KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES IS LARGELY PERCEIVED AS A CORPORATE AND ANTI-LABOR


The recent KCFD ambulance billing service outsourcing conflict is a perfect example of Mayor Sly battling against Kansas City workers . . . Heck, he reportedly even had to apologize for calling them stupid.



In the end, Mayor Sly and his City Council alliance still found a way to route cash to a sketchy company.

"The Mayor has lost touch with the people, he's so corporate, with little regard for the folks who actually make this city run," One insider said.

However, with a strong corporate alliance, the Mayor has garnered a huge bankroll to defend against potential challengers.

THE FIGHT OVER WATER DEPT. PRIVATIZATION PERSISTS


The future of the Kansas City Water Department is largely dictated by the bargaining strength of organized labor. Lots of people don't realize that it's only the unions and their lobbyists who have made privatization an impossibility. Still, as demographics shift along with political priorities . . . The fate of this vital Kansas City service remains in flux.

Sadly, at today's mostly pointless and sad Labor Day Parade, none of these issues will be mentioned and instead local politicos will simply enjoy an event filled with free food and empty pleasantries regarding the questionable future of organized labor in Kansas City.

Developing . . . 

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL PLANS TO INCREASE PROTECTION ORDER SAFETY!!!



Take a look at well-deserved crackdown on Kansas City creepos proposed by the City Council.

Check it:

CITY COUNCIL DEVISES INCREASED PROTECTION ORDER SECURITY BEFORE COURT DATES TOO!!!

It's a simple but important tweek in the law that attempts to enforce some distance BEFORE the waiting period when these matters usually go to court.

Take a look:

Ordinance #140711:

WHEREAS, orders of protection are initially entered as ex-parte orders of protection until a hearing is held and a full order of protection is entered; and

WHEREAS, Section 50-47 as enacted on August 21, 2008, only allows for violations of full orders of protection, and not ex-parte orders of protection, to be prosecuted in the City of Kansas City Municipal Court; and

WHEREAS, in the interest of public safety, it should be possible for both ex-parte and full orders of protection to be prosecuted in the City of Kansas City Municipal Court;

Quick layman's explanation of the language . . . Missouri seyz an Ex Parte Order is a temporary order that lasts only until a hearing is held, which should be held within 15 days. So, this bit of stop-gap legislation is important for a great many residents struggling with domestic drama which is usually exacerbated during pro sports playoff season, extended weekends and the holidays . . . And once again TKC drinking alone in the basement seems like a wise choice.

Developing . . .

MUST SEE!!! AMID MLB PLAYOFF CRUNCH TIME KANSAS CITY ROYALS FANS ARGUE FOR REPEAL OF SIXTH INNING SONG!!!



Kansas City's sixth inning song is meeting with more resistance given the fact that it sings the praises of Detroit - A top playoff competitor.

To wit . . .

CHECK THE RISING TIDE OF KANSAS CITY ROYALS FANS DEMANDING THE ORGANIZATION "REPLACE AND REPEAL" THE SIXTH INNING SONG!!!

Our social media buddy and Kansas City's premiere writer and man about town Hampton Stevens seyz: "Yes!! I was NOT "born and raised in south Detroit". Detroit is our rival, dangit. Change the song before the Tigers come to town Sept. 19-21."

Join this upstart and growing community of Kansas City baseball complainers on Facebook:

Repeal & Replace the Sixth Inning Song

Mission Statement of the group:

"Royals Fans Unite! Repeal & Replace the “new” Kansas City Royals sixth inning sing-along song. Real Royals fans don't sing about Detroit at the "K"."

Fans are noting increased signage and boos when Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is played . . . Now the push is no to cancel the song before the Tigers come to town.

Developing . . .

GOLDEN GHETTO GETS GOOD MARKS!!!

Once again the Kansas City myth that the "creative class" will save Dowtown is busted as there is yet another practical reason for families to stay out in the burbs, even if they have to pay a bit more for gas . . .

"A list from the Daily Beast news site ranks Johnson County high schools as some of the best in the country. Out of 25,000 high schools across the country the top 738 were ranked and eight of those are in Johnson county."

Check it: Johnson County earns some high grades for it's education system
The Daily Best: America's Top High Schools

Kansas City Labor Day Crackdown Continues

Driver checkpoints are back in place today during this drunken extended weekend where low wage workers still toil for Labor Day: RESULTS: Sobriety checkpoints in KC and Lawrence

Show-Me New Day For Missouri Breastfeeding

We remember the not-so-long-ago days of this blog back when Denise Milani was our hottie of choice and that fond recollection leads us to this story regarding all of the cans we DON'T want to see at the local food court . . .



Apparently, it's now okay for ladies to whip them out in public rather than show a bit of discretion if they're not going to offer anybody else a sip. This is probably a good thing for families but still doesn't justify the families who will brazenly change diapers in a restaurant booth. Check it: New Missouri Law Loosens Restrictions On Breastfeeding
We notice that KCUR is getting kinda racy with their choice of imagery which is cool for them but, again, here @ TKC we're far more interested in the cleavage of hottie models rather than rurgrat feeding time.

KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR 20-POINT ELECTION REJECTION COULD SIGNAL LOCAL TAXPAYER REBELLION!!!



The tenure of Mayor Sly James has been defined by a slew of tax increases and now it seems the overwhelming trend in recent elections is a rejection of increased local levies.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY VOTERS HAVE DEFEATED TWO CONSECUTIVE BIG MONEY ELECTION QUESTIONS FROM THE CIVIC ELITE AT THE OUTSET OF WHAT MIGHT BE TAXPAYER REBELLION!!!

Here's a summary of the trend that our blog community has witnessed for quite some time.

Forbes: Kansas City Streetcar Expansion Proposal Derails at the Polls


Deets . . .

"Doug Stone, a Husch Blackwell LLP attorney working on streetcar issues for Kansas City, said the no vote will mean Kansas City will need to start from scratch on forming a new TDD that can help pay for the more than $500 million worth of proposed transportation projects. That will require a new petition and court approval before another vote could be held.

"What would that new district look like? We don’t yet know, but whether Kansas Citians even have an appetite for more taxes with such narrow purposes right now remains to be seen."

And while it's nice to think that voters are wising up . . . What's really happening here is real opposition to these local initiatives has stood up and HELPED TO FIGHT these local tax schemes. Realistically, without Brad Bradshaw cash or Mr. Peanut support these tax efforts would have easily passed. In Kansas City, the reality is that civic power brokers can easily dominate UNLESS they face real competition that's somewhat equally matched when it comes to fundraising. This fun fact is important to remember as the next E-Tax fight approaches.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Westside CAN Center Undocumented Immigrant Hangout/Refuge Earns Al Jazeera International Coverage



Kansas City law enforcement tactics continue to earn acclaim and recognition across the globe for real world approach to immigration enforcement that focuses on community policing rather than attempting to solve a problem that the Feds aren't interested in addressing anyhoo . . .

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS RECENT AL JAZEERA SPECIAL REPORT ON THE KANSAS CITY WESTSIDE CAN CENTER!!!

The story notes the reality of urban policing amid rapidly changing immigration laws and how attitudes among local law enforcement have evolved . . .

After zero tolerance failed, K.C. police empowered migrants (part one)

Description: "In the early 2000's, the number of undocumented immigrants in Kansas City doubled. Many took to the streets, seeking work as day laborers. The nuisance crimes that often accompanied their large gatherings upset residents, so police cracked down hard. But that didn't work. Then, an enterprising veteran officer had the idea of integrating the men into the community and helped set up a center to help them find work. America Tonight'€™s Chris Bury reports on how the plan worked - complaints and crime are down - and how the Kansas City experiment might be a model for the rest of the nation."

After zero tolerance failed, K.C. police empowered migrants (part two)

The reality is that Westside crime stats have plummeted partly due to the progress of the CAN center and local hip-hop clubs have created far more crime and gun violence than recent immigrants both undocumented or otherwise.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Parking Ticket CRACKDOWN

Here's another consequence of the toy train streetcar, Downtown parking is now at a premium and the last bit of remain retail biz is soon to suffer from a CRACKDOWN that will ultimately stifle biz and chase away customers. Check it: Kansas City plans a crackdown on parking scofflaws

Big Money Front Office Mistake: Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith Not Worth $68 Mil

The consensus among sports fans is that the Kansas City Chiefs overpaid for QB Alex Smith in tragic contract worth $68 MIL total, $45 MIL guaranteed and $30 Million upfront this year . . . Meanwhile, most realistic fans don't think the Chiefs have half a shot of returning to the playoffs:The Chiefs Reportedly Gave Alex Smith A Buttload Of Money Up Front

Checking Kansas City Royals Validity

The Kansas City Royals could soon fall completely out of 1st place or hold on as the season's end approaches . . . The debate is still open if this town's team is for reals: ESPN Analysts Provide Insight to Royals Validity

Kate Upton Caught Up In Nude Selfie Scandal And Kansas City Working It For Labor Day



Again, the most widely read MSM story of the moment involves hottie celebs and a horrible invasion of privacy . . .

UK Mail: 'This is a flagrant violation of privacy': Cyber hacker has targeted dozens of female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton and posted their graphic naked cell phone photographs online

In our corner of the world, here's the Kansas City MSM links to start this Labor Day:

- Report About Recent Storms: Severe weather moving through KC metro

- Pedestrian Paradise Grows Larger: New plans to extend the Katy trail to Kansas City

- Local Legacy Stepping Down: KC Municipal Court Judge Leonard Hughes III is resigning

- Kansas City Fun And Games For A Good Cause: Whiffle ball tournament raises money for charity

- Coverage About The Coverage: Ferguson shows that real life is not a story

- Kansas City Connection: Local pathology assistant Shawn Parcells is at the heart of the Ferguson storm

- Saving Kansas City From An L: Heavy rain and storms suspend the Indians-Royals game

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

MUST SEE!!! MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY HIPSTER LATE NIGHT STREET CONCERT ON BROADWAY OUTSIDE THE BLARNEY STONE!!!



It's been quite awhile since we've seen a music clip that accurately captures the scuzzy spirit of Midtown Kansas City quite so perfectly.

Accordingly . . .

CHECK THE MUST SEE MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY HIPSTER CONCERT OUTSIDE THE BLARNEY STONE!!!

Take a peek ...Days N' Daze @ Outside The Blarney Stone KCMO



It's not exactly social protest but it's angry, artsy, probably drunk and seems appropriate for an extended holiday weekend.

Developing . . .

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence Nude Pix Controversy And Kansas City Sunday Night Questions



Once again at the end of the week we're confronted with the reality that people care about nude celeb pix far more than any topic related to the local discourse.

Example:

Jennifer Lawrence Part of Celebrity Nude Photo Leak, Rep Says "Authorities Have Been Contacted"

And while hottie pix certainly have their time and place (at the top of our priorities) . . . There are still a few Kansas City questions to consider for the Sunday night as rains approach . . .

Can QB Alex Smith and his new long term contract save the Kansas City Chiefs??

Are the Kansas City Royals just going to choke???

How much does Kansas City love Mayor Sly???

Will the media full frontal assault on police stop any time soon???

What will become of Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo in the near future???

Hopefully, we'll have the answer to these questions and so many more for the morning update.

For now, we'll just take it easy and enjoy the rain and this missive about taking it easy from old school Dead Tree Media writer C.W. Gussewelle.



Hopefully, more BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE NEWS, discussion, debate, discourse, our fair share of hateration and all kinds of good stuff for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

BREAKING!!! KCI 'CREDIBLE' BOMB THREAT AND EVACUATION SUNDAY!!!

KCI terminal evacuated due to credible bomb threat
Update . . . Amid ongoing Middle-East "adventures" Kansas City should grow accustomed to more bomb threats and scare . . . Here's today's KCI evacuation notice.

UPDATE ... Reportedly one dude arrested and traffic now flowing through the Terminal B.

Developing . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY CRIME EXPERT DR. ERNEST EVANS EXAMINES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HOMICIDE RATE DATA AND FEARS DE-POLICING CONSEQUENCE AFTER FERGUSON, MISSOURI RAGE!!!



TKC NOTE: Here's a thoughtful analysis of homicide trends across the nation that could impact Kansas City in the very near future. We thank Dr. Evans for his consideration of this big picture perspective and look at the data regarding this longstanding issue. Check it:

Dr. Ernest Evans: Surge in Black Homicides in US?

So, there was a small increase in black homicides in 2012 after such homicides had declined every year since 2006. The increase was not large enough in itself to justify any sweeping conclusions, which is why it is so important that as soon as possible the Justice Department releases the 2013 Uniform Crime Report so we can get the black homicide stats for 2013. (This report should have been released three months ago.) If black homicides in 2013 did, indeed, increase over their 2012 levels, then there are legitimate grounds for concern that the black neighborhoods of the nation may be in the early stages of a "de-policing" crisis that could result in a major surge of violence in those neighborhoods.

Black Homicides in US, 2006-2012:

2006: 7,421

2007: 7,316

2008: 6,782

2009: 6,556

2010: 6,470

2011: 6,329

2012: 6,454

In earlier memos going back to the spring of 2012 I have expressed concern that the mishandling of the Trayvon Martin tragedy could set in motion such a "de-policing" crisis. These concerns of mine about a national "de-policing" crisis in the nation's black neighborhoods have, of course, been greatly increased by the tragedy now engulfing the town of Ferguson, Missouri.
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Related links . . .

New York Times: Race and Police Shootings: Are Blacks Targeted More?

CNN: Fallout from questionable police actions in Ferguson continues

WaPo: At least 5 Ferguson officers apart from Brown shooter have been named in lawsuits

Fox News: Police shootings politicized after Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson sparks outcry, violence

Developing . . .

DEETS ON KANSAS CITY DUDE KILLED DURING KCPD SHOOTING CONFRONTATION!!!



Here's aftermath of an early morning Kansas City morning shooting during a confrontation with KCPD . . . Check it: KCPD identifies 28-year-old man who died during officer involved shooting

KANSAS CITY FEAR FLIGHT SUNDAY!!!

Concern over an "unruly" passenger aboard an Alaskan Airlines plane caused an unexpected landing today @ KCI . . . Concern over passenger prompts plane to land at KCI


LATEST: KCI terminal evacuated due to credible bomb threat

MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY ANTI-CRIME ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON AND KCPD CHIEF FORTÉ AGREE ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY!!!



Speaking of Sunday compromise, here's an important social media exchange betwixt anti-crime activist Alonzo Washington and Kansas City's top.

Take a look . . .

Alonzo Washington was posting questions about this morning's deadly police shooting and came to the rather reasonable conclusion that police should have both community support and accountability.

SURPRISINGLY THE KCPD CHIEF REPLIED AND AGREED WITH MR. WASHINGTON'S ONLINE REMARKS!!!

Take a look:



UPDATE . . . FOLLOW-UP TWEETS FROM THE CHIEF . . .

The Chief talks about more info that was released today . . .



The Chief notes a common goal . . .



Some might not see the significance of this exchange but it's important in noting that KCPD community outreach includes social media and answering online discourse. This Sunday exchange is probably the most encouraging online example we've seen of the Internets providing a constructive forum talking about police shootings . . . At the very least, it's far more constructive than burning down a QT.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN PROPOSES COMPROMISE!!! INSIDERS WORRY ABOUT TOY TRAIN TAX INCREASE BALLOT ISSUE SWITCHEROO!!!



Like it or not, Clay Chastain is correct in his concerns regarding the questionable ballot language in a poorly worded election issue devised by Mayor and Council.

Moreover . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WORRY: SHOULD VOTERS UNWITTINGLY PASS THE CLAY CHASTAIN TAX INCREASE . . . THE CASH COULD BE USED TO FURTHER FUND THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR GIVEN THAT THE DESIGNATIONS ON THE BALLOT ISSUE ARE SO VAGUE!!!

Kansas City mainstream media have yet to report that Clay Chastain is proposing a compromise rather than putting this strange language before voters . . . So far he hasn't heard anything back.

Check his latest message to City Hall:

Proposed Compromise Ballot Language

Mayor James and the City Council are refusing to pass the City Law Department's Resolution #140 (See attachment "draft resolution") that would commit the City to using two initiative taxes (Now Ballot Question's #1 & #2 on the November 4th ballot), if approved by voters, for the light rail-based transit system outlined on the light rail initiative petition signed by 4,000 KC voters.

The City can inform voters what they will use the taxes for by resolution.

The City would be acting in extremely bad faith, if they refuse to pass Resolution #140 and inform the KC electorate what project the City would use the new taxes for ($1.0 to $1.5 billion in revenue over the next quarter of a century), if approved by voters.

This absurd and untenable position by Mayor James and the City Council is not only bad government gone cuckoo, but also shows Mayor James' contempt for the KC electorate!

The Light Rail Initiative Committee of Petitioners and myself demand Mayor James and the City Council pass City Resolution #140 at next Thursday's council session. We are all tired of Mayor James' non-transparency, voter manipulation, and disgraceful acting mayoral administration.

Our campaign, and probably the community itself, wants to turn the page on the government's egregious mishandling and manipulation of this light rail initiative petition. Rather, we want to begin postulating to the voters why the Light Rail Initiative plan will make a better Kansas City for the people.

Clay Chastain