Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kansas City Double Shooting Saturday

Quick reminder about the real problems Kansas City confronts:

Two injured Saturday in south KC shooting, expected to survive

The shooting was reported about 6 p.m. near East 85th Street and Holmes Road. According to police dispatch, two people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Raytown Rage After Vandals Attack

Quick look at the handiwork of criminals without political motivation . . .

Raytown residents fuming after vandals attack neighborhood

RAYTOWN, Mo. -- People living in one Raytown neighborhood woke up Saturday to find vandals spray painted their cars, street signs, and even slashed tires. "Grow up. I mean, this is other people's property," said Xavier Vinson. Vinson is excited to celebrate his sister's wedding.

Run On Brookside Store For Eclipse Glasses

3rd worst place in Kansas City today . . .

Kansas City residents in hunt for eclipse glasses

A long line formed Saturday morning outside the Brookside Toy & Science store as Kansas Citians waited for a chance to buy solar eclipse glasses.

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY 'UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY' MEMORIAL VANDALIZED!!!



Just was we predicted yesterday morning . . . After calls for police protection, vandals attacked on Ward Parkway last night.

Take a look:

KCTV5: 'United Daughters of the Confederacy' monument vandalized in Kansas City

KMBC: The monument has been sitting along Ward Parkway for nearly 60 years.

Fox4: They say the vandal’s message was unclear. It was indiscernible, painted in red spray paint. Someone there thought it looked like an old Soviet logo, possibly a hammer and sickle.

Deets:

What appears to be a hammer and sickle and various letters, some of which are almost illegible, were spray painted in red onto the monument.

The exact time the vandalism happened, who did it, and how many people did it are unknown.

Sad thing here is that this kinda negates a protest coming up tomorrow given that opponents of the memorial were unwilling to obey the rule of law and instead took matters into their own hands.

Curious to know what TKC readers think about this . . .

You decide . . .

TKC SATURDAY MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CRIME EXPERT DR. ERNEST EVANS EXAMINES THE HISTORY AMERICAN POLITICAL VIOLENCE AMID PREZ TRUMP CHARLOTTESVILLE REACTION CRISIS!!!



Right now Dr. Ernest Evans offers an important historical look at the current American culture war turned violent with some important examples, references, data and BRILLIANT perspective. 

Checkit: 


Dr. Ernest Evans: Violence By Domestic Groups in the US


The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 have once again brought to the forefront the issue of violence by extremist groups in US history. In the 1960s black radical Stokely Carmichael used to say: "Violence is as American as cherry pie" (Apple pie would have been a better example, but his point stands!!) There has been a great deal of politically motivated violence in US history. And extremist groups on both the left and the right have often been willing to use violence to achieve their goals.

It is important to recognize that most of the politically motivated violence in US history has been "pro status quo" violence--violence designed to uphold the status quo rather than violence to further social change. And in the more than two centuries of the American Republic there have been a number of targets of such "pro status quo" violence.

A heavily disproportionate amount of this "pro status quo" violence has been directed at black Americans trying to achieve racial equality. The Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) was one of the most violent periods of American history as efforts to make the newly-freed slaves first class citizens met with massive resistance by the white majority. In terrible massacres like the 1873 Colfax Massacre in Louisiana (in which 153 people died) the black population of the South was terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists organizations into accepting second class citizens--they were not to become full citizens until the 1960s. And, it is now largely forgotten, but in the period of the civil rights movement from 1955 to the death of Dr. King in 1968 some several hundred people were murdered by the Klan and similar organizations in an effort to preserve racial segregation.

Another target of such "pro status quo" violence has been new immigrants. In the years since its founding the US has seen waves of immigration from parts of the world not represented among the original population--and these new immigrants have often not been welcomed by the native population. The large Irish immigration of the 1840s and 1850s (sparked by the Potato Famine of 1845-1853) led to a lot of violence against Irish-Americans. When immigrants from China and Japan began to arrive in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries they were often subjected to violent attacks in the places where they settled. In Los Angeles in 1943 there were several days of rioting targeting Mexican immigrants--the infamous "Zoot Suit" riots. In 1965 the US changed its immigration laws to end the national quotas that had severely restricted immigration to the US from Third World countries--the resulting large wave of immigration from Third World countries has sparked a lot of violence against these new immigrants.

There has also been a lot of violence against movements working for economic change. The US has had a very bloody history of labor relations--with strikes often being violently put down and with labor organizers being murdered. And groups pushing for radical change like the Industrial Workers of the World and the Communist Party have often been targeted for violence.

In one respect the history of violence in America has been quite different from most other nations, and that is the issue of violence against people of different religions. Such violence has been rare in the US--although not entirely absent. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon faith, was murdered by a mob that considered his church to be a perversion of Christianity. Leo Frank, the Jewish owner of a factory in Atlanta, Georgia, was falsely accused and convicted of raping and murdering a young girl in 1913--and then was lynched by a mob in 1915 when the governor of Georgia courageously commuted his death sentence. And in the aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11 there have been a number of acts of violence against American Muslims and Sikhs. (Sikhs are not Muslim but are often mistakenly identified as such.)

In the past several decades we have begun to see a new form of violence by the extreme right; namely violence by anti-government militants. Such violence began to take place as, starting with the Vietnam War and Watergate the American people's trust in the good faith of their government declined sharply. By the early 1990s, with the Ruby Ridge incident of 1992 and the Waco incident of 1993, many Americans began to conclude that their government was illegitimate and had declared war on its own people. The Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 is only the most spectacular action by these anti-government militants--as several articles in 2015 by Judy Thomas of the Kansas City Star show, in the past several years several dozen people have been murdered by anti-government militants.

Now, while violence by the extreme left has been a lot less common in US history than violence by the extreme right, there have been a number of cases of violence by left-wing extremists. In the 1870s in the coal fields of Pennsylvania a group called the Molly McGuires carried out a number of acts of violence against mining companies and their employees. In 1910 a radical labor leader bombed the offices of the Los Angeles Times--21 people died in this explosion. In 1920 an anarchist exploded a bomb on Wall Street--38 people were killed. In 1901 an anarchist successfully assassinated President McKinley--and in 1933 an anarchist unsuccessfully tried to assassinate President-Elect Roosevelt. (He did, however, kill Mayor Cermak of Chicago.)

In the years of the Vietnam War there were a number of violent groups on the extreme left such as the Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Panthers. While these groups got a lot of publicity and did carry out a number of acts of violence, they were never able to get the mass base of support that enables revolutionary movements to grow and flourish.

In conclusion, in the Administration of President Trump violence by extremists on both ends of the spectrum has become a most serious issue. The election of Trump showed that there are a lot of Americans who are upset with the changes in our society in the past several decades--and the first few months of his Administration have led to a counter-mobilization of Americans afraid that Trump will undo the gains they have made in recent years. The deep anger that has been expressed in the several days since the tragedy in Charlottesville shows that America right now is deeply polarized--and that polarization could lead to a great deal of violence.
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TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY PROTESTERS PREP MARCH AGAINST J.C. NICHOLS FOUNTAIN AND CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL!!!



Here's more info on the upcoming protest and culture war in Kansas City . . .

Moreover . . .

KANSAS CITY PROTESTERS REJECTED MAYOR SLY AND CONGRESSMEN CLEAVER SPEAKING AT THE MARCH/RALLY!!!

Here's their statement and more info on the upcoming protest without much opposition so far . . .

We gave Rep. Cleaver the option to speak at the open mic which was not met favorably by his staff. All are welcome to attend this event and speak during the open mic portion of the event. The purpose of this event is to give a platform to people who do not normally have the chance to speak to this large of an audience or who have been visible in leftist causes. The bottom line is that the Mayor and the Congressman have a platform they can use at anytime.

Here is the event schedule for the day:

No Place for Hate Speakers

Andi – Welcome, about petition, speech
Terrence (Wise) – McDonalds worker and a StandUpKC leader
Helen – Squad of Siblings
Rep. DaRon (McGee) – MO State Representative from the 36th District
JJ – Kansas City Grassroots Network
Ricardo - Mexicans without Borders
Andrea - Kansas City Green Party
Andi – Reminder of the events in Charlottesville and a moments silence for Heather and those injured
James - Kansas City IWW
Denny - Kansas City DSA

Call to March

MARCH

To the Confederate Monument at 55th and Ward Parkway

Open mic at the Monument

Links . . .

takeitdownkc.com

@TakeItDownKC

FB - Take It Down KC

March Starts @ JC Nichols Memorial Fountain 12 PM.

Developing . . .

TKC REALITY CHECK: AMID PREZ TRUMP FLAP DON'T FORGET MISSOURI REPUBLICAN SUPER MAJORITY HAS ENOUGH VOTES TO OUST MARIA CHAPPELLE-NADAL!!! IF THEY DON'T . . . THEY'RE ALL TALK!!!



For just a moment, let's take a pause and hold politicos ON BOTH SIDES accountable for their chest thumping rhetoric.

Here's the deal . . .

- Missouri Republicans have a Super Majority in the Missouri Senate with a 72.7% voting share . . .

- The Guv is threatening to call for the ouster of the Senator after her hope for violence against the Prez and refusal to apologize

- According to MSM, the Senate needs a 2/3rds majority to do vote her out. That's a meager 22 votes that can completely come from a united GOP front on this topic.

And here's what needs to be put on blast . . .

SHE'S NOT GOING TO RESIGN . . . AND SO, IF MISSOURI REPUBLICANS DON'T LIVE UP TO THEIR BIG TALK THAN THEY'RE JUST CYNICALLY CASHING IN ON A STUPID SOCIAL MEDIA MISTAKE AND UNWILLING TO STAND UP FOR THEIR BELIEFS IN THE REAL WORLD!!!

To be fair, Democratic denizens need to live up to their words as well and vote her out . . .

But it seems that Guv. Grietens has drawn himself into a corner and now all of Missouri will be watching to see if his actions will live up to his bold statements.

Check the links . . .

WaPo In-Depth: 'I hope Trump is assassinated': A Missouri lawmaker faces mounting calls to resign after Facebook comment

Fox News: Missouri governor calls for expulsion of Dem senator who urged Trump assassination

New York Post: Lawmakers call for removal of state senator who made Trump threat

Developing . . .

Kansas City Protesters Dispute Mayor Sly Strategy Of Submission To Neo-Nazis



Thanks to TKC Readers who found this disagreement in tactics betwixt Kansas City's top politico at some of the most prolific anti-facist protesters.

The mayor's plea for KC ANTIFA to stand down . . .



The response . . .

"Because this worked out so well for the Germans. Mayor Sly James should take a history class. This type of sentiment is dangerous and will only embolden the fascists and provide space for them to grow in our city."

"While the out-of-touch Democrats and other bourgeois politicians demonstrate their cowardice and utter lack of moral conscience, the communists, socialists and anarchists will be on the front lines defending our communities against the fascist threat."

Accordingly . . .

DO YOU AGREE THAT KANSAS CITY SHOULD BACK DOWN AGAINST NEO-NAZIS OR CONFRONT THEM NON-VIOLENTLY?!?!

You decide . . .

SHAME: KCK GRANNY HIT BY GUNFIRE!!!

The lady is now, rightfully, afraid to leave her house in the aftermath of more horrific violence. Checkit:

Police investigating after woman in 70s is shot in back during drive-by

Police are investigating after a shooting in the area of 15th and Freeman sent a woman in her 70s to the hospital.

Columnist Steve Rose Offers Winning Strategy Against Kris Kobach?!?!

Just was we predicted . . . The real fight in Kansas is among the GOP establishment and radical right champions like Kris Kobach & Prez Trump. Credit where it's due . . . Here's an insightful preview of this intra-party grudge match:

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer needs to toughen up to beat Kris Kobach in 2018

After a one-hour chat with Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, I came away with one overriding thought: Colyer had better grow fangs between now and the 2018 GOP primary if he intends to whip Kris Kobach for the Republican nomination for governor. The two are front-runners in a pack of challengers.

Celebrate City Hall Subsidized Kansas City Good Life Penthouse Clip!!!



Here's a look at the vacation or biz class life of the local 1% in this clip featuring yet another luxury playground along the taxpayer subsidized toy train line . . .



Developing . . .

Kansas City Chiefs Committed To Stay Losing Big Games With Alex Smith

In fairness, he's a perfectly fine QB right up until the playoffs . .

Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith Isn't Going Anywhere Yet

It's interesting how an idea can catch hold and become a major topic of conversation. That's the case with the Kansas City Chiefs and their quarterback situation. Recently, there have been two articles that have led to how the Chiefs could trade Alex Smith.

Check Kansas City Urban Core Startup Scene

Great info regarding locals who have found success outside of the Crossroads tech clique that mistakenly believe they represent all of the local creative class. Take a look:

10 BLACK INNOVATORS MAKING WAVES IN KANSAS CITY

Last month I had the chance to spend a week in Kansas City for the Kauffman Foundations E-Ship Summit, a gathering of over 400 people representing startup ecosystems from across the US. Kansas City is home to a thriving community of entrepreneurs, including some of the nation's most innovative and inventive startups.

Are We Doomed To Forget The Kansas City Charlie Parker Legacy???

Here's a guide to the 4th annual celebration but also a reminder that most of the participants are getting up there in years as well and few youngsters are showing much jazz appreciation . . . Meanwhile, City Hall is spending MILLIONS to subsidize a party district dedicated to a mostly forgotten art form.

Check this listing of local events that hope to rekindle some interest to the brilliant junkie who defined the sound of this town:

Charlie Parker Celebration | KC Jazz Alive

The 2017 Charlie Parker Celebration is presented by KC Jazz Alive. The mission of KC Jazz Alive is to build awareness, serve as a listening body, provide a platform for integrating ideas, function as a voice, provide exposure to resources, and unite the Kansas City jazz community.

The Kansas City Saturday Early Look



We dedicate the early part of the day to Danica hotness as we start the morning with these Kansas City MSM links. Checkit:

Celebrate Kansas City Bus Stop Tech

Smarts kiosks planned for Kansas City bus stops | Blog | Ride KC

They're one of the hottest advancements in transit and they'll start cropping up along RideKC routes in a matter of months. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners has approved the installation of 66 Smart City kiosks, similar to what you see along the downtown streetcar line.


More Rigged Airport News

KCI selection committee meets to continue comparing project proposals

A selection committee that is reviewing new terminal proposals for Kansas City International Airport met Friday but made no decision, and the timing of a recommendation remains uncertain. "The reality is, we've still got a lot more work to get done," said City Councilman Jermaine Reed, one member of the selection committee.


Midtown Kansas City Cleanup

Large tree blocks northbound lanes of Southwest Trafficway near 35th Street

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A large tree fell into the northbound lanes of Southwest Trafficway in Kansas City Friday afternoon. The tree blocked the northbound lanes and a portion of one southbound lane near 35th Street. Police diverted northbound traffic onto side streets. It's unclear what caused the tree to fall.


Local Troops Still Shipping Out

Ceremony held for 30 members of Army National Guard going to Afghanistan

A ceremony for 30 men who will be shipping off to Afghanistan for Operation Freedom's Sentinel was held on Friday. They are members of Bravo Battery, 2nd battalion of the 130th Field Artillery, so their role will be to provide rocket and missile fire.


Reality TV Competition

Kansas City Finals start time and live stream

American Ninja Warrior is racing along towards the start of the National Finals. Only two more cities remain before we know every Ninja who will take their shot at Mount Midoriyama. Up next is Kansas City. These City Finals promise to be thrilling.


Kansas City Lights And Pollution

As Far As the Eye Can See (Hint: It's Not Far)

As it happens, the stars have aligned between curiousKC and the historic astronomical event coming Aug. 21. Just as our region was preparing for the full lunar eclipse, Kansas Citian Clark Johnson wondered if there is any local regulation of light pollution. Johnson asked curiousKC: "Is there an ordinance for reducing light pollution?"


This Series Is The Season

Kansas City Royals: Division is on the line in series against Cleveland

The 2017 season hasn't gone according to plan so far for the Kansas City Royals, but even despite their recent struggles, the boys in blue are still in the running for the American League Central division title. Right now, the Royals are five and a half games out of first place, which isn't insurmountable by any means.


Weezer - Mexican Fender is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Friday, August 18, 2017

KANSAS CITY WEEKLY POWER RANKINGS!!!



In another tumultuous week for Prez Trump, we continue our news workout into the night and not only offer tribute to hottie Lana but also compile this weekly list of local winners.

Take a look:

Kansas City Democracy Doesn't Stop Rigged Toy Train Streetcar Expansion


The Streetcar doesn't respect local elections, they're moving forward despite a recent vote calling for a full stop without CITYWIDE voter approval.

Kansas City Mayor And Council Stay Winning Amid Culture War Distractions


Some denizens of the Council are putting up a good fight against a rigged airport vote and they deserve credit for that . . . But let's not forget that ALL of our elected officials are taking Burns & Mac money.

In The End, Congressman Cleaver Outlasts Ousted Alt-Right Steve Bannon


Last year Congressman Cleaver expressed outrage at the appointment of Steve Bannon as Prez Trump's Chief strategist . . . Today, with Bannon out, like it or not. The Congressman earned another victory in his opposition of the current administration.



As always, this list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people.

Kansas City, Kansas Family Endures Another Teen Gunshot Tragedy

The cycle of violence also continues across The State Line.

According to KCTV5 - "A 15-year-old was shot and killed just one year after his 15-year-old sister was also killed."

Read more:

Teenager shot in chest, killed in Kansas City, KS

A teenage boy was killed Thursday night after he was shot in the chest, police said.

Kansas City Season Of Vigils Continues . . .

Tonight's memorial and a tragic back to school traditions whilst culture war dominates the headlines. Take a look at the story but maybe don't check comments for those who are still in grief:

Roosevelt Cooper, 18, remembered at Kansas City vigil

Roosevelt Cooper, a former all-state football player at Hogan Prep High, was tragically killed Thursday. His family, friends, and former coaches and teachers gathered at a vigil Friday, the day he was supposed to leave for college.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ACTIVISTS ORGANIZING WEEKEND PROTEST MARCH FROM CONTROVERSIAL J.C. NICHOLS FOUNTAIN TO WARD PARKWAY CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL!!!



This weekend Kansas City activists will take a decent hike as they rally against symbols of divisive American history.

 Debate over the local Confederate memorial has dominated the local discourse given the crisis in Charlottesville and of course the J.C. Nichols Fountain represents local discrimination and housing disparity to many.

To wit . . .

FIRST ON TKC . . . TKC TIPSTERS TELL US THAT KANSAS CITY ACTIVISTS ARE PLANNING TO MARCH FROM THE PLAZA TO WARD PARKWAY AND RALLY AGAINST LOCAL SYMBOLS OF HATE!!!

So far, Kansas City Democratic Socialists are leading the effort but they're getting cooperation from a myriad of protesters including but not limited to local ANTIFA, feminists along with social justice denizens.

Again, this is about a 5 mile jaunt so a lot of people will be jumping in cars to get to the Confederate Memorial location. The march is tentatively scheduled for Sunday.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY STAR PARENT COMPANY STOCK PLUNGES TO NEW 52-WEEK LOW!!!



A bit of financial news from our blog community offers a perspective on the state of local media on the Friday after work update . . .

To wit . . .

TKC TIPSTERS CLAIM JOURNALISM FAIL WORKS AGAINST THE STOCK PRICE OF KANSAS CITY STAR AND McCLATCHY!!!

Take a look at a chart from today . . .



Here's a quick note sent our way that's worth a peek . . .

Crash & Burn @ The Newspaper . . .

JOURNALISTIC SINS SEND MCCLATCHY EMPLOYEES TO PURGATORY

FRIDAY AUGUST 18 BRINGS A FRESH 52-WEEK LOW TO SHARE PRICE


Trivia question: What do Kansas City Mayor James, his son Malik James (editorializes against governor Greitens), and the KC Star have in common?

Answer: None of them own real estate in KCMO.
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Frankly, we have to disagree . . . With few exceptions, newspapers across the nation are failing and dead-tree organizations aren't finding any respite in their online offerings.

Real talk: The Star could be a champion of Prez Trump and that still wouldn't inspire people to put down their phones and pick up a newspaper. The fall of the Kansas City Star is a trend facilitated by technology not politics.

Look around at any public gathering and watch most people scrolling their social media feeds rather than carrying the local rag around.

Further reading . . .

Poynter: McClatchy quarterly results and forecast show more stormy weather ahead for newspaper organizations

You decide . . .

Dead-Tree Media Columnist Mary Sanchez Demands Strident Opposition To Prez Trump

Her latest column touts upcoming Midterm election victory against Trump . . . But doesn't dare tout Democratic candidates . . . In one of the most muddled bits of writing we've seen from this lady clinging to her cushy newspaper job . . . Other than generic hateration against the Prez, it's hard to figure out what she means. Just try and translate:

After Charlottesville, opposing Donald Trump will not be enough

Steel thyself, America. Donald Trump is turning toxic. He's oozing with poisonous scorn for the sanctity of the office he holds. Trapped in his own narcissism, he is oblivious to the damage he's inflicting on American government and the country's standing in the world. And he's just getting warmed up.

Will MO Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal Stay After Prez Trump Assassination Controversy???

She has refused to apologize TWICE . . . The Guv wants her gone and Missouri Democrats don't seem to be willing to fight her her. Check the roundup. Make a prediction and we'll award TKC bonus points to the winner:

'I hope Trump is assassinated': A Missouri lawmaker's Facebook comment leads to calls for her resignation

A Missouri lawmaker started the day by making a comment on Facebook that would soon lead to calls for her resignation and even catch the attention of the Secret Service. Two days after President Trump once again blamed " both sides " for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Democratic state Sen.

The Kansas City August Evening Link Pool



Right now we celebrate August Ames and her Canadian porno hotness along with some of the more important Kansas City mainstream media links today. Take a peek:

Kansas City Foodie Political Conversation

Roberts, McCaskill discuss protecting nation's food supply

Two U.S. senators from Kansas and Missouri say an emphasis on protecting the nation's food supply has waned since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and it's time to make the issue a priority again. Sen.


Show-Me Union Fight

Unions move to block 'right to work' law in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri labor unions moved to block the state's new right to work law from going into effect, submitting over 300,000 signatures Friday calling for voters to weigh in on the measure. In a blow to Gov.


Kansas City Scraps For Hobos

Local nonprofit After the Harvest gleans overlooked food for people in need

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - "Gleaning," in a historical context, means "gathering (leftover grain or other produce) after a harvest." This is a practice kept alive today by After the Harvest, a nonprofit organization in Kansas City that works with farms, orchards, gardens, and markets in the metro area to take produce that would otherwise go to waste and give it to those who need it most.


Talking End Of The World Tech

Eclipse watch: Drones to help UMKC-led researchers analyze gridlock

With all eyes on the sky for Monday's rare solar eclipse, the heavens will be watching back. A team of volunteer drone pilots, research specialists and emergency management officials plan to use a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles to provide real-time observation and analysis of Kansas City-area traffic at two likely congestion points during the much-anticipated astronomical event.


Sleaze Summit New Start After Fleeing SKC

New Lee's Summit Superintendent: 'There Is A Place For Equity In The Suburban Districts'

Former Hickman Mills Supt. Dennis Carpenter has started his new job in Lee's Summit. Carpenter, whose Twitter handle is @EquitySupt1, has advocated for an accountability system that was fair for poor, high mobility districts. He says that work isn't over now that he's in Lee's Summit, one of state's most affluent school districts.


Airport Now Hiring

200 packaging jobs coming to KCI business center

A St. Joseph company is expanding its packaging operations in Kansas City with plans to hire 200. BMS Logistics Inc. has leased 432,000 square feet at KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre. The company plans to begin operations at the site in January to accommodate an increase in its customer base.


Diversity of KC Weekend Plans

Ethnic Enrichment Festival & Other Weekend Possibilities

Eat your way around the world at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, today through Sunday. Whether you're craving crepes or sticky rice, there's a host of food booths that'll make you feel like Epcot Center got transplanted to Swope Park for a weekend. There's a host of live acts, including traditional dancing and music performances.


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

KANSAS CITY CELEBRATES BANNON OUT???



One of the top alt-right leaders is out and local reaction has been mostly celebratory . . .

New York Times: Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run

KCUR: Moran Hopeful Bannon Departure Will Bring Order To ‘Divisive’ White House

The Atlantic: Bannon Is 'Going Nuclear'

I'm more interested as to what our blog community interpretation:

Is this the beginning of the end for Prez Trump now that his base is being pushed out???

Is this yet another chance for a restart???

With Bannon gone, are we getting a kinder & gentler Prez Trump???

MSM and social media feeds are clogged with "progressive" talking points on this issue and it's hard to filter out the noise.

MAYBE our blog community might be able to find an alternative perspective . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! MO STATE AUDITOR NICHOLE GALLOWAY RIPS TDDs IN KC!!!



State criticism of the mechanism my which the toy train advances . . . This time on local TV:

Fox4: Mo. state auditor calls tax districts ‘outrageous,’ urges lawmakers to change laws governing them

Another important statement from Missouri's rising star political lady:

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway calls a special taxing district, increasingly common in the state, "outrageous" and "rigged."

“It’s taxation without representation,” Galloway said.

Galloway’s recent audit takes specific aim at Transportation Development Districts, or TDD’s. It’s a common arrangement whereby a property owner, or developer, in a busy retail or commercial area can add up to 1-percent in extra sales tax.
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You decide . . .

Fear Mission Gateway Infinite Loop

Proving that developers and politicos across the State Line don't really know what they're doing either:

Mission Gateway developer lobbies for latest iteration of project - Kansas City Business Journal

Tom Valenti was back in Mission this week, lobbying City Council members to support the most recent version of his plan - and the public incentives he says he must have to advance the project.

Meth Town Deadly Gunfire Aftermath

The level of local violence continues to rise in neighboring cities as well. Here's the roundup:

Independence police investigate fatal shooting on South Pearl Street

A man was fatally shot in front of a house late Thursday in Independence, police said. Police officers were called at 10:49 p.m. to the 1500 block of South Pearl Street and found a 33-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound, authorities said. Police identified him as Christopher L. King.

Cashill Smacked Down Over Salary Screed

On the bright side, the direct attack and just a bit of public radio notoriety might mean that he's making waves among the progressive crowd and the non-stop culture war vicious circle. Checkit:

Kansas Media Watchdog Attacks JCCC Educator's Salary, Then Backtracks

An online news site that says it "holds government and mainstream media accountable" attacked an instructor at Johnson County Community College Thursday, suggesting her six-figure salary was related to her gender and race. The Sentinel, created this year by the libertarian Kansas Policy Institute (KPI), wrote an editorial about salaries at JCCC.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! RESIDENTS FEAR VANDALISM AGAINST KANSAS CITY CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL AND PLEAD FOR POLICE PROTECTION!!!



Ward Parkway is a posh boulevard in Kansas City that has been defined by luxurious homes and meticulously-manicured lawns for more than a century.

Amid the current culture war and a local fight over a longstanding but now controversial monument . . . The residents of this neighborhood fear their mansions might soon serve as prisons giving a rising level of public resentment against the United Daughters of the Confederacy memorial.

Moreover . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS REVEAL: WARD PARKWAY DENIZENS DEMAND POLICE PROTECTION AND FEAR UPCOMING PROTESTS AND VIGILANTE DESTRUCTION OF THE CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL!!!

Here's the word:

"Nobody wants to fight the Civil War again. At the upcoming meetings to discuss the fate of that thing, you won't find many people from this neighborhood defending the memorial. The support for it is almost nil. This is a classic KC liberal fight against an enemy that only exists in their minds. So I'm sure they'll win a resounding victory and then move on to their next crusade. But what we don't want is a bunch of bums camping out, committing vandalism and then wandering around our homes looking for criminal opportunities. That's the real threat, that's the discussion we want to have with authorities and our council representatives. The quicker they move it, the better. And hopefully they'll clean up properly as they leave . . . "

Fun fact . . .

There actually was a protest planned yesterday at this site but nobody showed up.We predict a better choreographed demonstration in the coming days . . . Or not.

And so, this small piece of Kansas City history will come down as this town removes symbols of a troubled past rather than confronting more pressing civic issues that currently confront the populace . . . Or, just maintaining all of the crappy streets, busted pipes and stanky sewers that define local scenery outside of few nice neighborhoods.

You decide . . .

SHOW-ME SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATING MISSOURI STATE SENATOR MARIA CHAPPELLE-NADAL AFTER TRUMP ASSASSINATION FACEBOOK POST!!!

Consequences continue for this politico who has refused to apologize for a comment that has been universally denounced and now (rightfully) threatens her job as an elected official. Read more:

Secret Service investigating after Mo. senator's Facebook post hoping for Trump's assassination

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Thursday morning, a Missouri State Senator posted a comment on Facebook stating she hoped President Donald Trump will be assassinated. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, posted the comment, "No. I Will. I hope Trump is assassinated!"

Coach's Owner: No Kansas City Solutions After Flooding Destroyed Southland Biz

Whilst social justice warriors crusade against evils identified by cable news . . . Closer to home, busted infrastructure remains a costly problem. Checkit:

After losing business, Coach's Bar and Grill owner voices concerns about future flooding

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Restaurants came together on Thursday night to help out former employees of Coach's Bar & Grill who are now out of jobs following bad flooding in late July. The restaurant on 103rd Street had to close its doors following damage to the inside of the facility after heavy rain and flooding from Indian Creek on July 27.

SHAME: ANOTHER TEEN KILLED IN KCK

After a teen shooting last week, this latest gunfire aftermath reveals a deadly youth violence trend across the State Line. Read more:

Teenager shot in chest, killed in Kansas City, KS

A teenage boy was killed Thursday night after he was shot in the chest, police said.

Investigator Claims: Murder Charges Coming Soon Against Kylr Yust



Excellent round-up of a tragic story along with a well-informed prediction . . .

Fox4: Private investigator believes Kara Kopetsky’s ex-boyfriend will be implicated in two murders

Money line:

"He will be charged with both murders because he killed both girls," said private investigator Marlene Rockwell.

Yust is in the Jackson County jail, awaiting trial for burning up Jessica Runions' car. Twenty-one-year-old Runions disappeared September 8 after leaving a party with Yust. Three days later, her car was found in a park after being set on fire.

Runions and Kopetsky's bodies were found in the same area in April, by a mushroom hunter.

While Yust is the main suspect, he has not been charged in the disappearance of either woman.

Developing . . .

FEAR THE HEARTLAND HATERS!!!

Local MSM reposts this scary guide of people with frightening and often hateful beliefs that aren't endorsed, sanctioned and normalized by multi-national corporations like most American political discourse. Take a look:

Here are all the active hate groups - including the 28 from Kansas, Missouri

By Dakin Andone, CNNDesign: Will Mullery CNN (CNN) -- Nine hundred and seventeen. That's the number of hate groups operating in the US, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Golden Ghetto Family Demands Payback Against Drug Dealer After Overdose

Johnson County street pharmacist now confronts liability following a recent death . . . A nice crackdown that might also consider going after BIG PHARMA which has flooded the nation with far too many addictive pills. Checkit:

After his opioid overdose, this man's alleged drug dealer is heading to court charged with his death

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Show-Me Eclipse At Missouri Nudist Camp

OR . . . Bad mood rising during Missouri eclipse . . . Your bad pun is better than mine:

Missouri nudist resort offers different kind of eclipse viewing party

Some in Missouri will be celebrating Monday's eclipse while in the nude. A 40-acre nudist camp in Londell invites people to attend its special viewing. The resort is the last remaining of its kind in Missouri. The club still has about five sites for RVs available.

Snowfall Features Kansas City Baseball Cap In Drama Exploring Roots Of The Crack Epidemic



Quick local entertainment news connection that is more organic than most of the canned news broadcast by the other local stations. A KICK-ASS denizen of our blog community noticed a bit of local memorabilia is a highly acclaimed new TV show.

Snowfall is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack epidemic and its impact on the culture of the city. The series follows the stories of several characters whose lives are doomed to intersect: 19-year-old drug dealer Franklin Saint, Mexican luchador Gustavo "El Oso" Zapata, CIA operative Teddy McDonald, and Lucia Villanueva, the daughter of a Mexican crime boss.

CIA operative Teddy McDonald is played by Carter Hudson and our blog community notices that he wears the KC cap for most of the show . . . Which is kind of a nice shout out and maybe a reference to intelligence community pretty much stretching from the heartland and far beyond.

Altogether, the drama has great reviews and might be worth a look if only to get a glimpse of the vintage local gear.