Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OUTCLASSED!!! WIN STREAK OVER!!! KANSAS CITY ROYALS STAY LOSING 1ST WORLD SERIES GAME IN 29 YEARS!!!



And so all of Kansas City has a moment of pause tonight.

Accordingly . . .

TKC INSTANT REAX: SUPERIOR PITCHING AND PLAY LIFTED THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS OVER THE ROYALS 7-1 TONIGHT IN A TRAGIC KANSAS CITY WORLD SERIES RETURN!!!

The K was exceptionally quiet tonight.

In neighborhoods around Kansas City there was a palpable frustration with so many commercials for political agendas, boner pills and mediocre beer.

Accordingly . . .

UNDERNEATH THE CHEERLEADING SOCIAL MEDIA CHATTER IS THE SUSPICION THAT ROYALS HYPE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY MYTH-BUSTED TONIGHT!!!

We hope to explore this theory for the morning update as this town hangs its head in shame tonight . . . STAY TUNED!!!

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SHOCK!!! LYFT TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS OPERATIONS IN KANSAS CITY!!!



For the moment, it looks like Kansas City isn't such a tech savvy town after all.

To wit . . .

FIRST ON TKC: THE MOST KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS SEND US NOTICE THAT LYFT IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING THEIR KANSAS CITY GAME IN ORDER TO COOPERATE WITH A CITY COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION INVESTIGATION!!!

We'll have more on this for the morning but we wanted to blog it FIRST and provide readers with something to check our during the 7th inning-stretch . . .

Here's the note . . .

It was part of an e-mail sent to Kansas City drivers and seemingly intended to give the company a clean slate as City Hall starts their investigation of local transit that we also noted FIRST on TKC.

Take a look:



Developing . . .

MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY'S OPEN LETTER TO THE NATION AMID EPIC ROYALS WORLD SERIES RETURN!!!



Here's a nice note from The Mayor that kinda proves his staff is reactive and a bit behind the game.

To wit . . .

MAYOR SLY PENS YET ANOTHER HAPPY PRESSER AFTER OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY LIFTED THE SKIRT OF KANSAS CITY AND EXPOSED THIS TOWN'S NASTY UNDERCARRIAGE!!!

I'm a bit flattered, kinda like point-by-point answer to our morning fact check.

Take a look:

An Open Letter to America from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James

Money line . . .

"Above all, we are real. We know our strengths (entrepreneurship, arts and culture, medical research, food, music, sports, to name a few) and we know where we can improve (We must lower our crime rate and we must ensure every child has access to a world-class education – and as long as I have any say at all, we will.)

"Being real resonates. It’s charming. And it’s Kansas City."

Meanwhile, suburbanites seems to be less concerned with the fate of Kansas City proper and more interested in playing up their home team affiliation for any mainstream media denizen who might listen.

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! PANTY RAID!!! BELOVED LOCAL ARTIST PEREGRINE HONIG BUSTED BY HOMELAND SECURITY FOR HER KANSAS CITY ROYALS PANTIES!!!



The latest from our most celebrated Kansas City artist Peregrine Honig:



"Major League Baseball just took our panties. ‪#‎homelandsecurity‬ — with Birdies Bridal and Danielle Meister at birdies."

This should put everybody on notice that Kansas City is undergoing a crackdown from law enforcement in order to protect the licensing rights of the MLB.

Developing . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO: MICHAEL SAM STAYS LOSING!!! CUT FROM COWBOYS!!!

In a scene right out of Brokeback Mountain . . . The Cowboys really do know how to "quit" the NFL's first openly gay player who was a pioneer but still too slow and small to play in the pros: Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Police Search Tech For Clues In Angel Killing After Community FAILS To Provide Tips

Sadly, this story is already fading from the news amid World Series fever . . . Police scour surveillance video for clues in fatal shooting of 6-year-old

Collen Shannon And Kansas City Links



Collen Shannon and her bikini promo goodness start our afternoon look @ local links . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! MUST READ: ARMOUR BLVD. RESIDENTS STRIKE BACK AGAINST CITY HALL AND KANSAS CITY GENTRIFICATION EFFORTS!!!



TKC NOTE: Beyond Flimsy City Hall ordinances and legal proceedings . . . We want to feature a better perspective . . .

CHECK EXCLUSIVE WORD FROM RESIDENTS ON ARMOUR BLVD. WORKING AGAINST "ENTRENCHED" CITY HALL REPS AMID A FAIR HOUSING BATTLE!!!

Here's the word:

So, again, we don't have anything to do with the legal proceedings between Eagle Point and the city. We know only marginally more than the general public as this battle unfolds because of our on the ground efforts every day. It's my understanding that Eagle Point and the city have attempted mediation all along the way since January but that key people who've led the fight against the Section 8 buildings have refused to show up. That is why you are seeing the filing with Fair Housing now.

It appears this recent resolution, added to the agenda of the Neighborhoods, Housing and Healthy Communities Committee tomorrow, is yet another attempt at mediation, initiated by the city, to avoid further legal proceedings. My opinion is that it won't go anywhere. Given what we know about the 7-year attempt to remove Section 8 housing from Armour, and given what we now know from the 26-page Fair Housing filing, it's clear that this desire to remove Eagle Point is deeply entrenched in the minds of some of our city representatives.

No matter the public opinion on Eagle Point's management of the properties, the bottom line is that Kansas City does not have enough affordable housing available to meet the community need. Throughout this entire process, the question of "where will residents go if they are relocated from the properties and what will be the long-term effect on their wellbeing?" has never been answered. And most importantly, residents haven't been a part of the conversation.

There is a clear misunderstanding of marginalized communities, and of what studies bear out as the most effective ways to address concentrated poverty. What you have, ultimately, is a group of white men with all of the political and social capital, meeting privately for over two years, strategizing a secret plan to "deal with" low-income African Americans in their neighborhood and to hand over the properties to Antheus/MAC. Unfortunately, I don't think this is going to be resolved anytime soon--we are happy to see the process halted, but we continue to work diligently at the community level to construct positive and inclusive solutions to the issues on Armour.
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Will City Council Settle Ongoing Kansas City Armour Blvd Gentrification Ruckus/!?!

A resolution in front of City Council this week offers hope of a solution amid continued housing problems. Take a look: KCMO Council expected to take up resolution of the Armour Boulevard apartment affair

#Ferguson Forever FAIL

The never ending drama is just getting started and once Darren Wilson is acquitted (and then indicted on Fed Charges) things only look to get worse: Missouri governor announces commission to address Ferguson unrest
More . . .

Protester: 'All Hell Is Going To Break Loose' If Darren Wilson Isn't Indicted
Developing . . .

La Raza GOTV In Kansas City

La Raza is in town and signing up voters because once again the Latino vote will decide the presidential election: Group petitions Latinos to head to the polls to 'tip the balance'

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! WARNING: TOP 5 THINGS KANSAS CITY DOESN'T WANT SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FANS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS COWTOWN!!!



Kansas City prepares to take center-stage amid a long anticipated return to the World Series, while politicos and public officials put on their best face for the cameras.

To wit . . .

THIS MORNING OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY REVEALS THE TOP 5 DIRTY KANSAS CITY SECRETS THAT THIS COWTOWN IS TRYING TO HIDE DURING THE WORLD SERIES!!!

These facts are well known to locals but visitors and MLB corporate commercial broadcasts might gloss over the harsh reality of local life. Luckily, the power of the Internets helps us share this important data.

Let's make it hot . . .

MOST OF THE BASEBALL FANS AT THE K TONIGHT DON'T LIVE IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI . . . THEY'RE MOSTLY MIDDLE-CLASS SUBURBANITE LEECHES WHO CONSTANTLY PREY UPON THE TAXPAYER BASE OF KCMO PROPER!!!


Plain and simple, the overwhelming majority of the people cheering for the Kansas City Royals tonight at the 1st game of the World Series don't actually live in Kansas City.

Kansas City is a deeply divided metropolis that has been gerrymandered and cut apart in order to serve the interests of the middle-class corporate employers looking to evade taxes. Yeah, the city has an earnings tax but over the past few years the surrounding suburbs have schemed against KCMO in order to siphon away business and workers in a way that's devastating the long term outlook of the economy.

If Kansas City is the next major American city to go bankrupt like Detroit, it'll be because so many of tonight's cheering Royals fans have helped to financially feed off this town and encourage sports subsidy while not paying for anything more significant than a couple of beers and parking - And griping all the while.


KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES IS KIND OF AN UNPOPULAR JERK DESPITE HIS CONSTANT SMILING


Mayor Sly James suffered an incredible election defeat this year.

RECENT TKC POLLING INDICATES THAT THE MAYOR'S JOB APPROVAL RATING AMONG ACTIVE VOTERS HAS FALLEN TO A MERE 36% AND STEADILY DROPPING!!!

The Mayor has made enemies with leaders in the African-American community, firefighters and fiscal hawks.

The only reason Mayor Sly James doesn't have a more formidable election challenge is because local corporations and law firms have colluded in order to prop up his Administration and discourage any opponents.

Mayor Sly James is mostly a corporate puppet with an agenda dominated by economic development subsidies for just about any big biz that asks while neighborhood and community concerns run a distance 4th behind ribbon cutting and the occasional dance video.

IN THE PAST YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN TWO LITTLE GIRLS GUNNED DOWN AND THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT


Twice in very recent memory Kansas City has suffered through little girls murdered by way of deadly gunfire. In both instances, information or help from the community has been non-existent despite overall public outrage.

KANSAS CITY IS ONE OF THE MOST RACIALLY SEGREGATED AND DIVISIVE TOWNS IN THE NATION


This goes back to the mostly white, middle-class cheerleading Royals fans from the suburbs and nearby rural towns . . . Still, it's a well documented fact that Kansas City is more divided by race than almost any other place in nation in terms of proximity and politics.

The benefit to this disparity is that KCMO is culturally diverse, exciting and really some place unique while the suburbs are a vapid collection of strip malls and food courts from NOWHERE, USA. For those who don't catch a stray bullet or Ebola, the trip to visit KCMO amenities and attractions really is worthwhile.

THANKS, IN PART, TO PRO-SPORTS SUBSIDY . . . KANSAS CITY INFRASTRUCTURE IS OLD AND BUSTED AND MODERATE AMOUNTS OF RAIN AND/OR SNOW USUALLY END IN DISASTER


The P&L District that so many politicos are pointing visitors toward . . . That loses more than $15 MIL a year and most of the other local attractions pretty much bleed red ink as well.

Tonight we celebrate baseball but this town really loves to gamble on big money projects that usually don't pay off.

Economists call it "tin-cup urbanism" and our Kansas City economic strategy is mostly based on tips that have failed to materialize.

Accordingly . . .

ALL OF THIS IS SIMPLY TO INFORM WORLD SERIES AFICIONADOS THAT KANSAS CITY IS ABOUT MORE THAN BBQ AND FAKE MIDWESTERN VALUES . . . THIS COWTOWN IS JUST AS SCREWED UP, ANGRY, RACIALLY DIVISIVE, AND BROKE-ASS AS ANY OTHER CITY IN THE NATION ONLY A BIT MORE POLITE AND HOME TO BEEFIER WHITE WOMEN!!!

Don't believe mainstream media hype and be exceedingly careful about the selection of highway exits because Kansas City can be a lot more cruel, unwelcoming and inhospitable than representations on TV tonight. And the point of all of this is to note that locals realize these facts of life and that's why so many of us move out of town to some place just a bit nicer. Natch.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! FEAR THE DOX CLAIMING TRAGIC CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEX SCANDAL!!!



Alright, dammit . . . You Clay County peeps are almost making TKC interested in the vast cultural wasteland that you call home.

Almost.

To wit . . .

TKC JUST FINISHED READING A RATHER SCINTILLATING SCREED DETAILING SEXY QUESTIONS, ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPRIETY AND CLAY COUNTY CLOAK AND DAGGER SHENANIGANS OF ALL SORTS!!!

Now, we've read enough court documents to know that people claim all kinds of crazy stuff in their dox . . . But we respect the vivid description in this screed.

Look for it soon . . . Or not . . . We're just dropping the perfectly legal hint that SOMEBODY has some rather SESSY things to say about the Clay County Sheriff's office and they might soon find their way to court.

Developing . . .

Fear The JoCo Escort Assault Suspect And Alleged Hospital Bomb Threat Dude!!!



A lot of JoCo drama is this story that starts in the dude's parent's apartment . . .

KCTV5: Man arrested for rape at hospital where victim being treated

Deets:

"On Sept. 29, a neighbor saw the suspect walk into the apartment with a young woman. Hours later, police surrounded the apartment complex.

"Court documents say that the woman was an escort, and when they went to the apartment, he raped her at knife point. She told police that she begged for her life and could feel the breath leaving her body as he strangled her. Eventually, documents say that the suspect let the woman go. After seeking help, she was taken to Shawnee Mission Medical Center for treatment as police searched the apartment complex for her.

"Court documents say that police pinged the suspect's cell phone, and it came back to the hospital where the victim was. As the victim was being interviewed in the hospital, an officer looked out the window and saw the suspect standing there. Officers arrested him, and he told them that he had placed bombs around the hospital and that everyone was going to die."
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Innocent until proved guilty as always and acknowledging the fact that this guy probably won't have a very easy time of it in jail.

Developing . . .

KCK Chinese Buffet Kingpin Admits Guilt And Conspiring To Hire Undocumented Workers

Not so tasty case that includes a former favorite TKC Kansas City Chinese buffet . . . Kansas City Kansan: Kansas City restaurant owner pleads guilty to harboring foreign workers

Kansas Senate Contest Down To The Wire

The Kansas contest heats up as newsies pretty much give up doing anything but playing pollster and pretending that they haven't been working for an upset . . .Kevin Glass - Pat Roberts Is Closing On Greg Orman - But Is It Too Late?

Show-Me Ferguson Forever: Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed Arrested Last Night

Another sign that rage over alleged racial disparity and the Missouri uprising is nowhere close to being finished. Check it: Missouri state senator arrested in late-night Ferguson protests

FULL TEXT: CLAY CHASTAIN'S KANSAS CITY MAYORAL CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF SPEECH!!!



This blog was FIRST to break news of Clay Chastain running for Mayor and now for those who couldn't watch his campaign kick-off in person . . .

CHECK THE FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT OF CLAY CHASTAIN'S KANSAS CITY MAYORAL CAMPAIGN SPEECH KICK-OFF!!!

Lots of great one-liners in this missive but it's mostly aimed at Mayor Sly's leadership or lack thereof . . .

Check it:

KC Mayoral (www.chastain4mayor.com) Clay Chastain's campaign kick-off speech delivered under the clock at Union Station:

Thank you for coming. It is good to be home.

I am excited for the chance to become Kansas City's next mayor. I want this job and I will be good at this job.

In my mind, the race for mayor of Kansas City between Mayor Sly James and myself is about two things...who can best restore the people's trust in their government, and who can best lead our city to a brighter future.

The trust issue first;

Kansas City Baby George The Chimp

The Kansas City Zoo celebrates another primate born in captivity courtesy of the local forever tax: Proud mom shows off new baby chimp at Kansas City Zoo

Burns & Mac Global Big Time Winning

Perspective . . . Our favorite Kansas City engineering company is world-wide juggernaut and not just a concern of the cowtown elite: Huge Canadian project hints at Burns & McDonnell's global future - Kansas City Business Journal

TKC MEGAPOST: Kansas City Royals Litany



This morning, here's EVERY-SINGLE-ROYALS-LINK that our blog community thinks is interesting . . .

WE'VE GOT 22 TOP KANSAS CITY LINKS FOR THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS BECAUSE ANYTHING MORE WOULD JUST BE OVERKILL!!!

Also, everything else is mostly just a commercial. This is a pretty substantial list but doesn't even come close to all of the content that's out there . . .

Check All The EPIC Pix From Kansas City's 18th and Vine Jazz and Blues Festival

Comprehensive coverage, photography and insight on this Kansas City music tradition from this local blogger: kcjazzlark

Kansas City Music Scene Redux

Here's what Kansas City music looks like to white people with a bit of alt. artsy performance thrown in for good measure. Check it: There Stands the Glass

Tessa Fowler And Early Kansas City Tuesday



Tessa Fowler gets us started on our bloggy journey on this early Tuesday morning.

Take a look:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kansas City Creative Community Celebrates The Royals In The World Series



Kansas City has turned into a constant pep rally but tonight we're taking a look at the local arts community getting in on the celebration.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is aglow in home town pride.

And while getting evening blog fuel coffee I noticed KANSAS CITY STREET ARTIST PAUL ROSE and his KICK-ASS ROYALS DESIGNS . . .



Mr. Rose will be selling his wares tomorrow in Westport as NOBODY plans to get any work done tomorrow.

Developing . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES ANSWERS ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON EFFORT ADVOCATING ANGEL HOOPER WORLD SERIES TRIBUTE!!!



We're going to keep reporting on Alonzo Washington's IMPORTANT effort to mark Angel Hooper's death amid the World Series games in Kansas City in order to reach out for community support and spotlight this town's homicide problem for a global audience.

Meanwhile . . .

THE GROWING MOVEMENT TO PUSH FOR WORLD SERIES TRIBUTE AND SEEKING INFO ABOUT THE MURDER OF ANGEL HOOPER WAS ANSWERED TODAY BY MAYOR SLY JAMES!!!

Thankfully, the Mayor promised to continue his efforts to push for solutions to the local murder problem . . . This time he did so without mentioning a gun rights crackdown.

At the urging of Mr. Washington:



Here's the Mayor's response . . .



The more we think about this . . . The more it seems like a BRILLIANT IDEA . . .

TWEET MAYOR SLY AND URGE HIM TO PUSH FOR WORLD SERIES ANGEL HOOPER TRIBUTE!!!

With only one lousy tip so far . . . Keeping up public pressure regarding this case is important as happy baseball news threatens to push this story out of the spotlight.

The latest . . . Group looking for answers in 6-year-old Angel Hooper's death
Developing . . .

Laura Dore And Kansas City Evening Links



We adore Laura Dore as she starts our look and Kansas City evening links.

Check it:

MUST SEE!!! FALL IN KANSAS CITY CLIP!!!



Quick break betwixt news of crime and Kansas City politics . . .

CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING "FALL IN KANSAS CITY" CLIP!!!

Crafted expertly by one of our blog mentors HC, it serves as a real reminder about good stuff going on in Kansas City right now.



More in a bit . . .

Quinton Lucas Winning Campaign Kick-Off



In politics, they call this "synergy" . . . From 3rd District At-Large City Council contender Quinton Lucas. Take a look at this smart bit of baseball tribute accompanied by a campaign ask amid Kansas City World Series hysteria.

It's a nice bit of branding that could prove successful given that just about everybody in this town is clamoring to spend their cash on all things baseball related.

More in a bit . . . 

CELEBRATE KANSAS CITY ROYALS WORLD SERIES TIX PRICE CHECK INSANITY!!!

Check the prices list STARTING STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR $500 AND $6K FOR DECENT SEATS paid by people who can't use their imagination while listening to the radio OR so many $30K-a-year "millionaires" without much self-control. Check it: 2014 World Series Game Two ticket prices by section - Kansas City Business Journal

Show-Me Teacher Tenure Slapfight

Here's a bit of background on the Missouri fight over education that may or may not change the continued exodus from Kansas City Public Schools . . .Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3: Missouri to vote on teacher evaluation changes Political perspective . . . Despite no organized challenge, Missouri teachers launch TV ad urging voters to oppose Amendment 3
Developing . . .

Kansas Empty Suit & Rich Guy Stay Winning

Mainstream media champions polling the seems to predict a political shift in solidly Red-State Kansas . . . On the ground, only the nicer parts of JoCo seem convinced: Davis up, Orman tied with Roberts in new poll

Kansas City Congressman Cleaver Earns Award For Helping To Create Jobs



TKC NOTE: Afternoon achievement from one of the few Kansas City politicos who has championed the plight of the working class . . .

Congressman Cleaver Receives “Spirit of America Award”

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 20, 2014 – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II received the “Spirit of America” award from jobs4america and PACE for his efforts in contributing to the creation of over 100,000 customer service jobs in the United States. The award was presented to Cleaver by Matt Zemon, chairman jobs4america and Phillip Grudzinski, president and CEO of Professional Association of Customer Engagement during ceremonies at the PACE Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. today.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award from jobs4america and PACE for what it represents—putting American citizens back to work with meaningful jobs and hope for a brighter future,” said Cleaver. “Our work is far from done and we will continue our critical mission of helping people in this state and country become fully employed.”

Wrist Slap For Kansas Daddy Issues Killer

Here's another example of what is most likely disparity in sentencing when it comes to juveniles from differing socioeconomic backgrounds: Teen sentenced to 64 months in father's shooting death

Kansas City Middle-East News Connection

Here's a look at how news is shared among Kansas City's diverse communities who have more important things to worry about than doggies eating cupcakes while cheering for the Royals. Take a look: Kansas City Middle Easterners Come Together To Seek Out News From Home

KANSAS CITY CODE OF SILENCE: POLICE COMPLAIN OF ONE MEASLY TIP IN THE AFTERMATH OF ANGEL HOOPER HOMICIDE!!!



So, it looks like EVERYBODY is to blame in the aftermath of Angel Hooper's death.

Here's the word from police that should put the impetus on the community to say something and maybe focus on bringing the shooter to justice instead of hassling a gas station.

Police have received only one tip in 6-year-old’s murder

Despite multiple people witnessing the incident, police have received just one tip about the murder of a 6-year-old girl Friday night.Angel Hooper was in the parking lot of the 7-11 at 10615 Blue Ridge Blvd at about 7:15 p.m. Oct. 17 when someone drove by and fired several shots into the lot. Angel was struck and killed. Police know several other people were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, and detectives are asking them or anyone else with information to come forward. Detectives are following up on leads, but they need the public’s help to bring the killer of this innocent child to justice. Tipsters can remain anonymous and earn a cash reward by calling the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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Developing . . .

Activist Clay Chastain Starts His Outsider Kansas City Campaign For Mayor Today

Even Clay will admit that he's a political outsider. We've talked about this previously and today it's official . . . CLAY CHASTAIN IS A KANSAS CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE!!! Media will obsess about his residency status and overlook the fact that he's the only guy to win a citywide transit initiative. Check it: Clay Chastain running for mayor in Kansas City

Kansas City Counterfeit World Series Tix

Fear costly Kansas City faking that preys upon the naive and the greedy i.e. mostly suburbanites: Police warn baseball fans to beware of counterfeit World Series tickets

Fighting Kansas City Ebola Stereotypes

Another Kansas City diverse community is dogged by a stereotypical stigma: Kansas City's West Africans Fight Ebola In Their Home Countries And Stigma Here

Candice And The Kansas City Link Pool



Candice Swanepoel and her blonde hotness start this local look at all the important Kansas City links for the afternoon.

Take a look: