Monday, January 22, 2018

Kansas City Chiefs Fanboys Contemplate Super Bowl In Bitter Cold Of Winter



As we prepare for Tuesday, some of the brighter denizens of our blog community point us toward this quote that offers a cold, hard look at the fortunes of The Kansas City Chiefs now in the Winter of our discontent.

For your consideration . . .

"This year I will watch two teams play in the Super Bowl that the Chiefs defeated and I will watch two teams that we lost to have top 6 picks in the NFL Draft and it's at least the second time that both Super Bowl teams were defeated by The Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season and it's at least the second time a former Chiefs back-up QB will start in the Super Bowl. Thanks for the good laugh - The dark comedy known as the KC Chiefs "

Hopefully, more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

Kansas City 'Spiritual Centers' Revealed

Quick bit of local crackpot reporting on the topic of faith life for those who want all of the warm-fuzzies that religious offers with none of the guilt or rules. Read more:

What Are the Open Belief Centers in KC?

Sharon Divine found faith as an adult. Or rather, she lost religion and then found faith. Divine grew up as a Christian attending Methodist, Lutheran, and Unity churches at various points in her life. The older Divine got, however, the less traditional religion seemed make sense to her.

UNLUCKY BONNER SPRINGS BANK ROBBER CROOK CAPTURED AT HARRAH'S CASINO!!!

Just a quick crime and punishment link for our Kansas City late night denizens reminds us all why slaving via the graveyard shift is (slightly) more rewarding than a life of (suspected) violent crime. Take a look:

UPDATE: Police apprehend suspect wanted in Bonner Springs bank robbery

UPDATE: Bonner Springs police say the suspect has been caught. He will be charged on Tuesday morning. The Bonner Springs Police Department says he was arrested at Harrah's Casino. ----- ORIGINAL STORY Authorities are looking for a man who they say robbed a bank in Bonner Springs, KS, on Monday morning.

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER DENOUNCES SHORT TERM FUNDING AS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENDS FOR NOW!!!



The blame game continues but most pundits seem to agree that Democratic Party leaders lost this battle to Prez Trump & his hard-line supporters.

Check the round-up for better sources than local armchair journalists:

New York Times: Congress Passes Stopgap Bill to End Government Shutdown

WaPo: Winners and losers of the government shutdown

CNN: A big loss for Schumer and the Democrats

ABC: Congress agrees to fund government for 3 weeks; immigration debate continues

Fox: Team Schumer caves on filibuster as House, Senate approve end to shutdown; Trump signs bill

Better still . . .

IN A FIERY STATEMENT AMID VOTING, CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER OFFERS HIS PERSPECTIVE ON THIS SHORT TERM FUNDING SOLUTION!!!

Here's the word from KC's top ranking elected official, the highlights belong to TKC . . .

Congressman Cleaver Maintains Stance on Funding The Government, Says “No” to Short Term Funding

The government can no longer continue to operate without a budget, must end continuing resolutions.

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II intends to vote “no” on the short term spending bill. The country cannot continue to operate on piecemeal spending legislation. The bill on the House floor today would only provide funding for the next three weeks and fails to address the domestic and military spending caps to better support hard working families and to enhance our national security.

“Congress hasn’t passed a budget in years. We have been operating on short term continuing resolutions and now we are prepared to vote on a fourth one this year. I cannot, in good conscience, vote for something that I deem as irresponsible,” said Congressman Cleaver.

It is imperative that Congress pass a long-term appropriations bill in addition to finding solutions to several key issues facing the country. Though this bill reauthorizes CHIP for six years, it does not provide funding for community health centers. Additionally the bill does nothing to save American’s endangered pensions – an issue that has been a priority for many in my district. DREAMers are offered no protection under this legislation and will continue to face the threat of deportation. President Trump created this crisis and has yet to calm their worries.

“Businesses can’t plan their fiscal year without knowing how much to spend, or what to spend it on. Even non-profit organizations and churches can’t operate without a budget. Why does the President or Congress, for that matter, believe the government can operate in this way. It is time to stop and do the job we were elected to do,” said Congressman Cleaver.
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You decide . . . 

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! NOT EVERY KANSAS CITY ROLLING GUN BATTLE MAKES THE NEWS!!! READ THIS REPORT OF GUNFIRE FEAR AROUND ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY!!!



With a SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY we offer this insight into a recent spate of shooting that was unreported.

1st word always goes to TIPSTERS . . .

TKC BLOG COMMUNITY KICK-ASS READER: "This happened Sunday morning and naturally never made the news. Sounded like Iraq out there for ten seconds. Must have been 20-30 shots fired by my count. Heavy caliber. You could hear it from Westmoreland to Loose Park."

Read more . . .

Rockhurst University had the following security notice to students and staff yesterday...

"On Sunday, January 21, 2018, at approximately 2:45 AM the Department of Safety and Security was contacted by a Rockhurst affiliate who stated his vehicle was struck by bullets as he traveled northbound on Troost Ave. towards 60th street. The victim stated while traveling north on Troost he heard gunshots and noticed two vehicles behind him were shooting at one another from their respective vehicles as they traveled northbound on Troost. The victim described the suspect vehicle’s a dark-colored unknown type SUV with tinted windows occupied by unknown individuals, and an unknown year, make or model, light in color vehicle occupied by unknown individuals.

The victim took appropriate action by lowering himself in the driver’s seat to avoid injury. The vehicles engaged in the moving assault eventually turned on 60th Street from Troost. The victim continued to Rockhurst campus and immediately contacted the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD) and Rockhurst Department of Safety and Security.

The Department of Safety and Security and KCPD examined the victim’s vehicle and located a bullet hole in the bed and cabin area of the truck. The victim was not injured during the event, and KCPD is the lead agency on the investigation."
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Developing . . .

Public Radio Plays Kansas City Immigrant Song Against Prez Trump?!?!

Important alternative perspective amid increasing political anger targeting these members of the local community. Checkit:

Juniper Tangpuz; KC Refugees And Immigrants React To A Year Of Trump

Travel bans and the promise to build a wall are among burgeoning changes in the United State's stance on immigrants. Now, a year after President Trump's inauguration, we sit down with refugees and immigrants in Kansas City to hear their current experiences and feelings in their new home.

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY INSULTS MBE/WBE ADVOCATES WITH SLOPPY HYPOCRITE 'HOG' NAME-CALLING DESPITE HIS FAILED CORPORATE SCHEME!!!

Credit where it's due . . . The newspaper dutifully transcribed Mayor Sly's angry outburst for a public show of hypocrisy . . . Remember that the Mayor's busted Burns & Mac no-bid scheme started this hot mess . . . Actually, most everything related to the airport has been an exercise in hypocrisy.

KC mayor decries 'hogs' fighting for pieces of KCI project

Mayor Sly James lambasted parties fighting over construction of the new KCI single terminal Sunday, likening them to "hogs who have to belly up to the billion-dollar trough." James, making his annual appearance at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Midtown, didn't name names.

Show-Me GOP Missouri Lady Making EPIC Argument For Guv Greitens Resignation

Really sound reasoning from a CONSERVATIVE woman who offers a well-reasoned, practical and informed statement on the Guv . . . Which should go over horribly with all the Internets haters. Read more:

Politically Speaking: Rep. Haefner on why Greitens should step down - and the legislature's reaction

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Marsha Haefner to the program. The Oakville Republican has served in the Missouri House for close to eight years. She is a member of the House Budget Committee and the chairwoman of the House Fiscal Review Committee.

Kansas City Afternoon News Link Study



Right now we want to share a great many Kansas City MSM news links for further study along with hottie Jodie inspiration despite her recent modeling game retirement.

Read more:

Kansas City Traffic Teaser!?!

MoDOT Has A Plan To Improve I-70 Around Kansas City But No Timeline

Missouri's plans for fixing a stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas City are now public; the only hang-up now is a lack of funding. A final environmental impact statement released Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Transportation's Kansas City District spells out plans for I-70 just east of downtown KC.


Good Look At Metro Crook

FBI searching for suspect in Bonner Springs bank robbery

Authorities are looking for a man who they say robbed a bank in Bonner Springs, KS, on Monday morning. The robbery happened at about 10:24 a.m. at the KCB Bank, located at 13010 Commercial Drive. Federal Bureau of Investigations officials have been called in to assist with the investigation.


EPIC KCFD Rescue Report

KCFD on scene of house fire near E. 16th and Drury

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City firefighters responded to a burning home early Monday afternoon. It happened at a home near East 16th Street and Drury Avenue around 12:45 p.m. There is no word yet on what sparked the fire or if anyone is injured.


TV News Is All Traffic Tonight

Messy evening commute possible with snow moving into Kansas City area

A couple of areas of rain and snow are moving through eastern Kansas and western Missouri Monday afternoon.


Remember Local Feature Writing???

In case of nuclear attack, Kansas City says it's ready. Here's why

On a rooftop 18 stories above a busy Kansas City street, it's 16 degrees, the wind's blowing and here comes a bunch of bundled-up guys who, fittingly, want to see what some might call a monument to madness. And there it sits atop this old building on Independence Avenue: a Chrysler Victory Air-Raid Siren.


Gen-X Kansas City Comeback

Foo Fighters announce October concert in Kansas City

AP Photo SOURCE: AP Photo Here come our heroes. Foo Fighters announced Monday seven additional dates for their Concrete and Gold Tour, and Kansas City was one of the cities added. They will perform Oct. 12 at the Sprint Center, and tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday.


Pitch Occupied With Doughnut Promo

Black Dirt and Doughnut Lounge Overland Park open their doors, Torn Label turns three, and more food and drink events for your week: January 22-28

Courtesy of Black Dirt Monday, January 22 After the Harvest, the Linwood YMCA, and Healthy Communities Wyandotte are teaming up together tonight to present a free screening of the documentary Wasted at Cinder Block Brewing Company (110 East 18th Avenue). The film addresses food waste in the United States.


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

Still No Cash For Sick Kansas City Youngsters Amid Fed Shutdown Temp Fix Talk

Update on local healthcare or lack thereof . . .

KC safety-net services still 'in the dark' after CHIP funding vote - Kansas City Business Journal

A stopgap bill to end the government shutdown will extend children's health insurance, but Kansas City-area safety-net services are still in suspense as they await needed funds. Both the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) were due for renewal on Sept. 30, 2017.

Kansas City Traffic Cone Celebration Amid Sketchy Taxpayer Subsidized Downtown Convention Hotel Groundbreaking

Media is covering traffic cones and not mentioning that THERE'S VERY LITTLE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE ON THE DEAL financing this upcoming local nightmare. What we know for sure is that KC is committing more than $35-MILLION based on little more public info than drawings and promises. Read more:

Construction officially begins on new Loews convention center hotel in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Constructions began Monday on the long-awaited convention center hotel in Kansas City. The Loews hotel is going up near 16th and Wyandotte downtown. The 24-story, 800-room hotel will have a pedestrian bridge connecting it to Bartle Hall. Developers said the $320 million project will do more than just reshape the Kansas City skyline.

Ryan Silvey Missouri Senate Exit Interview: Show-Me Sour Grapes!!!

He's about to disappear into the Missouri "deep state" but offers some parting shots after his time in the spotlight concludes without much support on either side of the aisle. Read more:

Ryan Silvey, Now Out of Missouri Senate, Decries Political Scene 'Like A Reality Show'

Just days into the 2018 legislative session, after 13 years of service in the General Assembly, Kansas City Republican Senator Ryan Silvey was out of the statehouse and beginning a six-year term on the Missouri Public Service Commission.

KANSAS CITY 2018 HOMICIDE #6: MONDAY MURDER SCENE REVEALS URBAN CORE MAN SHOT DEAD IN CAR!!!



The latest local cold weather killing boosts Kansas City homicide numbers back to typical levels.

This is the 6th KCMO murder so far in 2018 compared with 8 at this time last year.

Check the report . . .

Fox4:Man dies in shooting near Indiana and Gregory; person of interest being questioned by police

Deets:

KCPD spokesman Darin Snapp said around 2:30 p.m. Monday police found the man inside a vehicle with no signs of life. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

A person of interest was found a few blocks away, Snapp said. That person is being questioned.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Developing . . .

Kansas City 'Smart City' Hype Cycle Broken!!!



Here's an import cowtown fact check on tech promotion that is now growing tiresome after Amazon HQ2 FAIL.

Read mroe:

KC Biz Journal: Black & Veatch report: Skepticism grows around smart cities

Money line:

"Black & Veatch surveyed utility, municipal, commercial and community stakeholders. About 15 percent of survey participants believe that smart cities are a passing fad without long-term substance. Last year, only 6.3 percent held that belief.

"It could be due to the "hype cycle," Fred Ellermeier, a vice president and managing director of Black & Veatch's Connected Communities business, told the Kansas City Business Journal. When a new technology is introduced, there's typically inflated expectations and overconfidence in what the technology can achieve. Eventually, however, expectations level out. Part of the issue, too, is that the rollout of smart city initiatives are taking longer than what some expected."

You decide . . .

Rock Chalk KU Jet For Sale???

Here's today's lesson in buyers remorse and unneeded luxury for a campus coping with a gun debate and more young people coming to the realization that a liberal arts degree is a scam . . .

Read more: University of Kansas group wants school to sell jet

Did Guv Greitens Outsmart Missouri Journalists By Way Of Social Media?!?!

An interesting alternative theory from The Sentinel about the strategy of an embattled politico attempting to survive a revenge pr0n blackmail scandal. Take a look:

Other Republican Officeholders Should Imitate Greitens' Media Prowess - The Sentinel

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is under fire for an affair and alleged blackmailing related to his marital misconduct. Despite taking hostile fire from all directions, he gets one thing right: His communication efforts. Greitens deals with media differently than other Republicans, and it's likely to keep him in office in spite of lawmakers from both parties calling on him to step down.

Tech Dude Running For Kansas SecState

Also a former Google worker . . . Here's a glimpse at Sunflower State Nerdcore politics:

Ex-Uber Maps exec Brian McClendon running for office

Brian McClendon, a notable engineering executive at startups and large tech companies including Google and Uber, has announced his candidacy to run for the open seat of Secretary of State of Kansas. He will compete in the Democratic primary scheduled for August 7th.

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! EPIC AND EXPENSIVE ETHICS BATTLE CONFRONTS JACKSON COUNTY TODAY!!!



A united Jackson County Legislature is ready to make the next move against embattled Executive Frank White in order to cut off his money supply and render him powerless.

Of course, this weekend a judge's ruling declared that Exec Frank White can't touch COMBAT anti-drug tax funds for the moment.

And now . . .

THE COUNTY WILL DEBATE ETHICS LEGISLATION THAT NOT ONLY CUTS MORE COURTHOUSE PURSE STRINGS FOR EXEC FRANK WHITE BUT ALSO THREATENS HIS TENURE MOVING FORWARD!!!

I'll spare readers the civics lesson but the "perfected" and pending legislation basically covers payments and benefit to County denizens and it threatens to not only make life harder for Team Frank but also put their tenure to rest before an upcoming election.

Real talk . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS: BEHIND THE SCENES COURTHOUSE INSIDERS ARE TALKING ABOUT EXEC FRANK WHITE REPRIMAND AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE!!!

As this court fight proceeds, this is an option we're going to hear about more and more . . .

Nevertheless, as we gear up for this fight, here's another more detailed look at the price tag:

Already, there's a rush resolution transferring $61,000.00 within the 2018 General Fund to cover the cost of outside legal counsel to serve as municipal court prosecutor for use by the County Counselor's Office.

But it gets worse . . .

CHECK THE COUNTY LOOTING PROGRAMS ACROSS JACKSON COUNTY AMID THIS LEGAL FIGHT WITH THE EXEC!!!

Also on the agenda today . . .

A RESOLUTION transferring $255,000.00 within the 2018 Health Fund, $22,298.00 within the 2018 Park Fund, $234,232.00 within the 2018 Special Road and Bridge Fund, and $100,000.00 within the 2018 Assessment Fund to partially cover the cost of legal services and related expenses for use by the County Counselor's Office.

And yes, the end note here, as always, is that taxpayers are left paying this bill to resolve a political impasse and decide a contentious Courthouse battle.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY SHARES RACIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEECH PREVIEW!!!

Democratic Party talking points highlight this conversation offering a sneak peek of an upcoming citywide address from EXCEPTIONALLY CLEVER AND DECEPTIVE politico who has spent the vast majority of his tenure advancing the goals of developers and corporate cronies while employing progressive activist chatter to distract critics.

Checkit:

Mayor talks crime, education, racial issues at unofficial state of the city

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Mayor Sly James highlighted the city's successes and challenges over the past year at an unofficial State of the City speech on Sunday. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Walnut St. traditionally hosts the mayor to review the city's accomplishments and challenges over the past year.

Kansas City Northland Activism: Celebrate Clay County Audit Petition Progress!!!

Here's just a bit of insight into a Northland petition effort that's making waves across the metro and might lead to an audit of a local government body that has been embroiled in scandal for about a year. Take a look:

Growing Grassroots Movement Asking for Accountability in Clay County Government

Over the last couple of years I've become good friends with Jason Withington. Jason's one of those guys that cares about his community and isn't afraid to get involved. We need more of those people. They're often in short demand. I'm quite impressed with the work he has done on trying to organize a petition...

KANSAS CITY CALL FOR JUSTICE AFTER YOUNGSTER SHOT & KILLED!!!

Aftermath of this local tragedy and the effort to find the culprit and/or information from the community. Checkit:

FOX 4 News on Twitter

Community activist pleads for information after 9-year-old boy shot and killed https://t.co/AQuaWhzTP4

KANSAS CITY HOUSING WAR AGAINST LOCAL SLUMLORDS COMING SOON!!!



We warned our blog community that this was gonna be a big issue in the coming year and now here's public TV promoting their upcoming movie on the topic of a Kansas City housing crisis . . .

More to the point, this bit of local cinema will also compliment a legislative crackdown against landlords and more KCMO "renters rights" that are sure to make life a great deal harder for property owners.

Here's the description:

"After years of stagnant wages and skyrocketing rents, many metro residents are not able to find affordable housing . . . From evictions, to gentrification, to the fight over apartments and rent, we take a closer look at how housing issues are impacting health, education and the long-term viability of neighborhoods."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Could Dreamer Pleading Persuade Kansas???

Check this important conversation that offers a glimpse at some of the youngsters confronting deportation in the midst of a tough immigration debate. Like it or not, this talk is important because it's harder to crack down on real people rather expressing anger against faceless immigrants . . . Agree or not, here's these folks pleading their case. Checkit:

DACA, the Dreamers, and Immigration

Sunday, January 21st, 2018, by Kaye McIntyre This week on KPR Presents: as the debate over DACA and immigration heats up in Washington, D.C., how is the issue playing out in Kansas? We hear from Dreamers and people on the frontlines of immigration in this week's show, a collaboration between Kansas Public Radio and the Lawrence Public Library.

Show-Me Road Ahead Amid Missouri Scandal

It's not very sexy but improving Missouri roads is a very big deal for this session despite the salacious deets that STILL threaten to destroy an otherwise promising career. Checkit: Missouri legislature prepares for state budget, more bills, keeps an eye on Greitens scandal

The Kansas City 'Poop Knife' Conversation



Here's middle-class Kansas City "young country" (ugh) chatter from Codie & Chris @ 106.5 The Wolf which offers their "hot take" on a trend which actually reveals that neither of these talkers has ever lived in a place with bad pipes.

By the way, their gross-out chatter and middle-class comedy of manners doesn't offer practical advice . . . The knife is usually plastic and gets thrown out afterwards.

Take a listen:



You decide . . .

Kansas City #MeToo Guide



Here's a glimpse at the issues confronting women who have been harassed and a perspective which reveals that workplace persecution is only the beginning of challenges confronting victims.

Take a look:

Uncommon Courage: Sexually Harassed at Work - What Should You Do?

Deets:

"Are you going to just take it, and feel horrible about yourself? Are you going to ask to move to a different supervisor or department, while worrying about the next women under his clutches? Should you quit and quietly go away? Or, should you go to his boss or Human Resources and report him, while realizing he may retaliate against you or the boss may not believe you.

"You have a dilemma and there are no guarantees that if you report, the workplace will be fixed. I know how hard it is to report a harasser. I know it’s even harder to either file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or Missouri Commission on Human Rights, or even harder to seek legal counsel. 

There is no easy solution."

You decide . . .

The Kansas City Monday Morning Early Look



AND WE'RE BACK!!!

Right now, visions of Josie hotness inspire our early morning look at some of the top Monday 1st news. Take a look:

Kansas City Internets Help Wanted Today

Kansas City 'Virtual Career Fair 2018' kicks off January 22nd

Breaking News The Kansas City Virtual Career Fair is coming January 22-February 18 at www.VirtualCareerFair.com. This is the perfect chance to discover your next professional opportunity, all from the comfort of your home. When you visit the Kansas City Virtual Career Fair, you'll find virtual booths from employers all over the Kansas City area and hundreds of openings that need to be filled immediately.


Kansas City Legend Remembered

Royals fans to remember Yordano Ventura one year after death

Kansas City Royals fans across the country will remember Yordano Ventura on the one-year anniversary of his death.


Youngster Traffic Tragedy

Woman arrested after 8-year-old seriously injured in wrong-way car crash

A Smithville woman has been charged in connection with an overnight crash that seriously injured an 8-year-old Kearney boy. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was called to investigate a crash that happened around 12:10 a.m. on northbound I-35 and MO-291 in Liberty. When they arrived, they found two vehicles had suffered extensive damage.


Kansas City Talks Mass Incarceration Conspiracy

KCKS NAACP Working To Keep Young People Out of Prison; and Prison Imperialism Program - Exporting The US Prison Industrial Complex -

KCKS NAACP Working To Keep Young People Out of Prison The Kansas City, Kansas Chapter of the NAACP has been working on the problem of young people being funneled into prison instead of the workforce for years. They are partnering ...


JoCo Tribute After Tragedy

Students hold candlelight vigil for 17-year-old John Albers

Blue Valley Northwest High School student John Albers was remembered at a candlelight vigil on the playground of Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Overland Park Sunday evening. Albers was shot and killed by a police officer responding to a call at his home Saturday night.


Apropos For Year Of Rebuilding

LEGO art & Royals Fan Fest inspire a fun-filled week

LEGO art and the Kansas City Royals Fan Fest top a colorful stretch of arts and entertainment in Downtown KC over the week ahead - Monday to Sunday, Jan. 22-28: The Art of the Brick featuring the critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks was created by world-renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.


Something Weather Comes This Way

Rain, drop in temperature possible to start your work week

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The Greatest Showman - Never Enough is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Sunday, January 21, 2018

TKC SUNDAY MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY GENTRIFICATION CONVERSATION GROWS LOUDER AMID ONGOING CITY HALL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA!!!



Tonight we offer a look at a growing number of locals discussing the impact of civic policy geared toward speculative economic development above all else.

Accordingly . . .

TKC SUNDAY NIGHT CONTEMPLATION!!! CHECK THIS UPCOMING KANSAS CITY BOOK CLUB CHAT TRENDING AMONG LOCALS DEMANDING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF GENTRIFICATION!!!

Like it or not, hundreds of locals talking about development policy might not be a good sign as politicos are soon to go back to voters for more funding and bonds to boost the prospects of luxury condos and development districts.

Take a look:

How to Kill a City - Midtown

Hosted by SURJ KC - Showing Up for Racial Justice, Kansas City

What is gentrification? Why does it happen? Read “How to Kill a City” by Peter Moskowitz (Nation Books, 2017) and come ready to discuss how the gentrification narratives detailed in the book connect to our own neighborhood experience here in KC. Ultimately we will look to develop action steps to take on gentrifying forces, including those we are complicit in, wherever we live. Due to limited library copies and hardcover prices, please try to share the book. If you are able, buy multiple copies and distribute in your own network or let us know you have extra so we can help all who want to read this book get their hands on it. See you there!

This book study is located in Midtown KCMO. We have 2 additional book studies in Mission, KS and Northeast KCMO.
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You decide . . .

GOLDEN GHETTO SHOCK!!! SOCIAL MEDIA OUTCRY QUESTIONS OVERLAND PARK POLICE TACTICS AFTER REPORTEDLY SUICIDAL TEEN SHOT DEAD!!!



Right now a bitter debate in the suburbs rages over a weekend shooting and tactics used by Overland Park police.

First word, here's the and text to the Overland Park Police Statement on the sitch:

On January 20th, 2018 the Overland Park Police Department responded to the 9300 block of W.149th Terrace reference a welfare check of a suicidal male. As the responding officers approached the residence to make contact, the garage door opened and a vehicle exited the garage, moving rapidly toward one of the responding officers. The officer discharged his service weapon striking the male driver. The driver died at the scene.

The Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team (OISIT) in conducting the investigation. The officers were uninjured and the officer involved was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. The deceased male name is not being released at this time. If you have any information or witnessed this incident you are asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS
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Nevertheless . . .

THE OVERLAND PARK POLICE CONFRONT SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH BACK AGAINST THEIR TACTICS IN THE KILLING OF THE YOUNG MAN!!!

Here's an example of the questions their facing and just a glimpse of the outrage that's lighting up their social media page . . .

A critic on the OPPD page writes: "Where are the trained mental health officers OP has hired?!? Why is this child dead? . . . I’ll never understand why a child threatening to hurt themselves & calls police in a cry for help ended up dead! This is a tragedy for all involved but quite frankly it’s due to a lack of training officers receive in mental health crisis. This could have been avoided. What a shame. RIP . . ."

Check the links:

Fox4: Victim identified in Overland Park officer-involved shooting


KCT5: 17-year-old killed in officer-involved shooting in Overland Park

KCUR: Blue Valley Northwest Student Fatally Shot By Overland Park Police

KSHB: Coach mourns 17-year-old killed in officer involved shooting

You decide . . .

IS KANSAS CITY BETTER OR WORSE ONE YEAR AFTER PREZ TRUMP TAKES OFFICE?!?



Just like the election, debate over the tenure of Prez Trump usually breaks down along partisan lines and involves boring people hurling mean-spirited insults at their opposition.

However, Kansas City has felt the impact of Prez Trump mostly by way of negative reinforcement. Translation: The Prez Trump one year anniversary in KCMO is marked by stuff that didn't happen or stopped over the past year.



A few examples . . .

- Kansas City is more violent under the reign of Prez Trump so far - Chicago's murder rate fell but the past year under Prez Trump locally continues to prove exceptionally violent. To be fair, a renewed public discussion and fed resources to "Make America Safe Again" seem to hold promise but have yet to take hold.

- Goverment Funding For The Kansas City Streetcar has dried up under Prez Trump - The toy train is so desperate for cash that it's seeking private money . . . Instead of just charging a fare. Streetcars were championed by Prez Obama and the current administration's disdain for Tiger Grants and other trendy urban core economic schemes has stalled progress.

- The Kansas City metro still awaits tidal wave of progressive female political pushback - Don't get it twisted, there are some great lady politicos out there who have had success in representing their supporters. But the best of them mostly skew Conservative. Meanwhile, aggressive progressive hopefuls like strident women's rights activists like Hillary Shields were soundly defeated amid outcry over the questionable tactics of her opposition.

Beyond all the left vs. right bickering . . . The question really belongs to residents of the metro:

IS KANSAS CITY BETTER OR WORSE ONE YEAR AFTER PREZ TRUMP HAS TAKEN OFFICE?!?!



Check the links:

ABC News: A year in, Trump's presidency has been disruptive and unique

LA Times: One year in, is Donald Trump's presidency a fluke or a political turning point?

CBC: Holy covfefe! President Trump's year in tweets

The Hill: Trump's year-one report card is in, and it isn't pretty

New Yorker: Trying to Explain Trump’s First Year in Office

Huff Post: In One Year, Trump Dismantled Reproductive Rights Around The World

Fox News: At Trump's one year mark, he still gets my vote. Here's why

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #5: DOUBLE SHOOTING LEAVES MAN DEAD!!!



Urban core gunfire on Sunday following a weekend youngster killing withing city limits boost the local murder count back up to typical levels.

Take a look:

KMBC: Man killed, woman suffers life-threatening injuries in shooting near 27th and Denver

Deets:

Officers working just east of 27th and Denver heard the sound of multiple gunshots around 11:20 a.m. They drove through the area and found one adult male, and one adult female inside a parked vehicle.

Both were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

They were rushed to an area hospital for treatment, however, the man ultimately died as a result of his injuries.

Developing . . .

Brookside Real Estate Still Booming Despite Rising Kansas City Crime And Owl Attacks

Here's an optimistic weekend real estate report that offers some interesting data but doesn't account for increased political bickering, a prominent lawyer gunned down and the murder case gone cold or AN OWL ATTACKING RESIDENTS in this part of town. Take a look:

2017 Brookside Home Sales Report - Prices Rise for Third Straight Year - At Home in Kansas City with Sarah Snodgrass

by Sarah Snodgrass · January 21st, 2018 · Filed Under Real Estate Business · No Comments It was another stellar year for our real estate investments as prices increased for the third straight year in a row in Brookside*. The average home sales price in Brookside rose 9% over 2016.

Youngster Gunned Down In Grandview

Weekend tragedy report and realization that the entire metro now copes with rising violence:

9-year-old is shot in KC, ends up in Grandview, dies at hospital

The Kansas City Police Department is investigating after a 9-year-old shooting victim ended up in Grandview and died. Just after midnight, police in Grandview went to an address on a call about a shooting. When they arrived, they found the 9-year-old boy in critical condition.

TKC SUNDAY QUESTION: GUV GREITENS SEYZ SORRY THRICE BUT WILL HE SURVIVE FBI INQUIRY & GOP HATERATION???



Last night embattled Guv Greitens finally spoke publicly amid a week of scandal and demands for his resignation.

Once again, the Guv didn't bother to wear a tie . . . HOWEVER, his face-to-face encounter with tough questions was far more convincing than social media statements from his lawyer of his wife.

Repeated denials were expected along with yet another apology but a bigger question remains . . .

CAN GUV GREITENS EFFECTIVELY GOVERN GIVEN MISSOURI REPUBLICAN HATERATION AND ONGOING SUSPICION OF THIS EVOLVING SCANDAL?!?!

Bi-partisan support for his resignation makes this issue far more complex than just left vs. right mutual masturbation debates.

While his apologies seem sincere, Missouri voters still confront the very same problem as betrayed spouse . . . A question of trust.

And so, the real challenge facing the Guv right now is rebuilding trust among justifiably skeptical members OF HIS OWN PARTY if he plans to move forward even as many suspect (despite his denials) that he's just buying time while looking for a better gig.

Check the links . . .

Fox2Now: Gov. Eric Greitens addresses blackmail accusations in exclusive TV interview

Ozarks1st: Fifth Republican Lawmaker Calls for Greitens to Step Down

Daily Mail: 'There was no blackmail, there was no violence': Missouri Governor admits he had an affair but denies claims he threatened and slapped his mistress

Newsweek: MISSOURI GOVERNOR ERIC GREITENS DENIES BLACKMAILING MISTRESS WITH EXPLICIT PICTURES

Post-Dispatch: Republican lawmaker says he has spoken with FBI regarding Greitens

TPM: Embattled Missouri Gov: ‘I’m Staying,’ Was No Violence Or Blackmail In Affair

Inquisitr: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Involved In More Scandals Than Just Cheating And Blackmail

Tracy: Governor Duct Tape--on the verge of being pushed out as Mo Governor?? A photo essay...

You decide . . .

GOLDEN GHETTO SUICIDE BY COP?!?! MORE DEETS ON DEADLY OVERLAND PARK POLICE SHOOTING LAST NIGHT!!!

A better description of the scene as inner suburban life grows increasingly tougher. Take a look:

Overland Park Officer Shoots Male Behind Wheel of Car

Teenagers say they were checking on a 17-year-old friend who posted suicidal messages on social media, when they came upon police in an Overland Park neighborhood. Overland Park Police say they were called to 149th Terrace and England to check on a person who reportedly threatened to harm himself.

Latest Kansas City Highway Shooting Report

Violence continues on local streets over the weekend as deets are still coming in regarding last night's spate of gunfire. Read more:

Shooting investigation closes one lane of NB I-29

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An incident on Interstate 29 caused one northbound lane of the highway to shut down Saturday night. Missouri Highway Patrol said around 9:45 p.m. a shooting victim pulled up behind an officer on I-29 near 64th Street. The victim's condition is unknown at this time, but police believe the shooting occurred at another location.

Kansas City 12th & Oak Propaganda



Watching the latest update from City Hall isn't enjoyable but it's still necessary for those tracking the evolving narrative of a governing body ALMOST completely committed to working for special interests.

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Kansas City Faithful March Against Abortion

Last year we reported that U.S. bishops elected Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, as chairman of the conference’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities right now here's a perspective from a member of his flock on renewed 2018 activism against abortion in order to offer an alternative perspective and because local news will cover all kinds of protests but usually shy away from local opinion hoping to avert baby killing.

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Leaping into the March

by Moira Cullings moira.cullings@theleaven.org Buses lined the parking lot of Savior Pastoral Center this frigid morning in Kansas City, Kansas. I watched as countless young people from across archdiocese - friends and strangers alike - climbed aboard. By the time the buses were packed full, I couldn't feel my hands.

Kansas SecState Kobach Rages Against Dreamers, DACA And Democratic Party

Here's the latest passionate screed from the 2nd place political Guv candidate fundraiser who makes a great case until even a casual observer of politics understand that TOP REPUBLICANS ARE LEADING EFFORTS TO MAKE A DACA DEAL and the outcome to the current shutdown crisis will invariably disappoint right-wing hardliners who are 50-years-too-late in their anti-immigration efforts.

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Kobach: Democrats Putting Americans Last - Breitbart

First, we have the budget battle over the continuing resolution to fund the federal government. Virtually all of the Democrats in both houses of Congress have decided that it is worth shutting down the federal government if Republicans do not agree to an amnesty for the approximately 800,000 DACA illegal aliens.

Kansas City Newsie Mark Alford Talks Movies, #MeToo And Diversity With Shawn Edwards



Another insightful Kansas City media conversation with morning newsie dude Mark Alford.

Check the description:

"Shawn Edwards is one of a very few Black film critics in the US. A native of Kansas City, Shawn spends a lot of time in LA talking to the biggest names in Hollywood. Shawn gets comfortable with me talking about the #metoo movement, the future of movie industry, how he got started, and whats it like being one of the only prominent black voices in the world of film critics."

Take a listen:



You decide . . .