Monday, May 21, 2018

AFTERMATH: KANSAS CITY MLK ADVISORY COMMITTEE TOUTS NEW AIRPORT CIVIL RIGHTS ICON TRIBUTE AS DEBATE FRACTURES LOCAL POLITICAL INTERESTS!!!



Our blog community previewed the decision and then broke the news yesterday on a daunting decision confronting Kansas City regarding MLK tribute.

The aftermath:

- Some local leaders call the decision "daring" and the topic has already garnered national attention.

- Kansas City Aviation Leadership seems skeptical.

- The group will present this final recommendation to Mayor James Monday afternoon.

Nevertheless . . .



LOCAL NEWSIES WILL EVENTUALLY GET AROUND TO COVERING TKC FIRST NEWS: OUR BLOG COMMUNITY FIRST NOTED THE HIGH PRICE OF "NAMING RIGHTS" FROM THE KING FAMILY THAT HAS BEEN HERETOFORE UNMENTIONED!!!

Credit where it's due, some locals think we might get a freebie or at least a discount.

A few more points to consider . . .

- The Revs are not backing down, they'll continue to push the Paseo rename issue for an August ballot decision.

- Some members of the committee STILL suggest that 63rd Street could be renamed ALONG with the new airport -- There is a real possibility that KCMO could see BOTH options move forward.

- There is NOBODY PUBLICLY ADVOCATING AGAINST some kind of KCMO MLK naming tribute. Don't let anonymous trolls bully local opinion too much because the real debate is over the specifics of the tribute. In the end, some kind of MLK honor is an inevitability and something that most locals in the mainstream think is long overdue.

Finally . . .



Credit to Mayor Sly on this issue that he has navigated expertly so far. By taking the debate outside of the sphere of neighborhood politics he has encouraged real local conversation on this issue and sparked a debate that goes beyond the group of Revs who, some say, threaten to reinforce dividing lines for their community.

Developing . . .

TKC WARNING: NORTHLAND COMMUTE SUCK STARTS TODAY!!! BLAME CITY HALL, MODoT AND DEFERRED MAINTENANCE!!!

The fastest growing part of KCMO will be punished for the rest of 2018 because of bad planning and the incompetence of public officials and bureaucrats.

Meanwhile, instead of doing their work, these politicos will be defending their incompetence online and via social media.

Read more:

Kansas City Northlanders: Here's How To Cross Missouri River With Buck O'Neil Bridge Closed

Starting Saturday, southbound lanes on the Buck O'Neil Bridge will be shut down for construction until December. This will inconvenience around 44,000 commuters who cross the bridge daily. Here are alternate routes: If you're heading south on Route 169 and I-29: You'll see signs directing you to Southbound I-35 to the Christopher S.

Time For Kansas City To Stop Weed Busts???

Once again law enforcement suffers another MASSIVE in the war on drugs as the most important city in the nation has now relaxed their stance on week.

To wit . . .

IS IT TIME FOR KANSAS CITY TO DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON MARIJUANA ARRESTS?!?!?

There's actually some low-rent mayoral candidate working up a one-issue campaign on this front.

Check the precedent . . .

NYC mayor tells police to end arrests for pot smoking

Currently, smoking in public can lead to arrest, while possession of small amounts of marijuana can lead to a summons. This weekend, the mayor told the NYPD to issue summonses for smoking pot in public, instead of making arrests.

Kansas City Early Morning Monday



With a cache of hottie promo to back it up, a pop star selling big ladies panties is now online and trending.

Take a peek:

The Fader: We tried Savage X Fenty. Here’s what it’s really like.

Closer to home, we're pulling down some pretty news items to start what should be an exciting week.

Checkit:

Start Of Kansas City Summer

Celebrate the spirit of the season in Downtown KC

The annual Celebration at the Station is the theme of a celebratory week ahead Downtown from Monday to Sunday, May 21-27 - including: Celebration at the Station - The Kansas City Symphony's 16th annual patriotic concert event - set to begin at 8 p.m.


Kansas City Pride Promo

For Pride, Explore the Local Kansas City Queer Scene

Kansas City has, for a long time, be a central point for adventure-seekers. Mayor Vital James has been a longtime advocate for the queer community, and the city follows suit in its lively bar culture, down-to-earth feel, and air of possibility.

Sleaze Scummit Close Call

Family grateful to be alive after possible road rage shooting in Lee's Summit

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A family of four says they are lucky to be alive after a possible road rage shooting on May 20 in Lee's Summit. The couple says it was a scary situation on a day that was supposed to be one of the happiest.


Working With Lower Expectations

Trade jobs offer career success without college degree

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many high school graduates already know where they are continuing their education, but there are other options for those who are still on the fence. Romond Holt is the outreach coordinator for the Builders' Association in North Kansas City.


Local Foodie Confessional

Jay Sanders of Manifesto Talks Trader Joe's Wine, Celery Bitters and His Love of Burritos

Jay Sanders doesn't have a long resume. "I don't like to restaurant-hop," he says. "I like to turn my staff into my family." Sanders, who is now general manager at Manifesto, got his start as a server at Room 39 under Ted Habiger and eventually worked his way up to beverage director over almost 10 years.



Blurry Local Early Start

Drying out overnight, fog possible early Monday

Scattered showers possible Sunday evening


Journey Toward Top 100 Defeats

Royals end homestand with rubber-game loss to Yankees

KANSAS CITY - The New York Yankees rightfully lamented a miserable week filled with rainouts, broken planes and a patchwork schedule that forced right-hander Sonny Gray to pitch on eight days' rest. Well, that last bit turned out to be a good thing.


Anderson .Paak - Bubblin is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

PiNK THiNG And Kansas City Music Scene Reported Brilliantly By Shuttlecock Magazine



It's nice to know that the Kansas City underground music scene endures whilst the younger middle-class spend their time coveting and consuming corporate fare.

Accordingly . . .

PiNK THiNG is an alt-punk out of Dallas that might be on the cusp of greatness or oblivion. Fronted by their vexing lead singer, Lauren, who works a dangerous combination of styles reminiscent of Blondie & Patti Smith with even less hope for the future of the United States as the world's last super power -- She could be the next "it" girl of a generation or the main character in a tragic Lifetime movie. 

None of this is to say that the band isn't skillful -- The dueling guitars of Sophia and Sean are breathtaking in their artistry backed up by a solid rhythm section provided by Cesar & Matt.

The local angle . . .

This pop-up basement party is shared via Shuttlecock music magazine.

For a couple years Aaron Rhodes has established himself as a young, upstart Kansas City music scene insider.

His interviewing skills have greatly improved and the list of bands working with him is growing impressive in addition to so many start-up bands competing for his attention.

More to the point . . .

ARRON & SHUTTLECOCK MAG ARE THE NEW POWER IN KANSAS CITY MUSIC!!!

Whilst this post runs the risk of ruining the young man because the Star hacks hang on the every word of our blog community . . . Local MSM could taint him in much the same way the daily newspaper has mostly silenced the incisive reporting skill of Steve Vockrodt.

TKC truism . . . 

The shadow of Dave Helling is where good local commentary withers & dies. 



But I digress . . .

We couldn't wait to give Aaron &  his webiste a shout out for his EXCELLENT local music reporting work.

Our TKC blog community feels like this is going to be the Summer of Aaron and we wish him the best in his publishing journey.

This clip proves his dedication to his craft -- Check PiNK THiNG performing at a somewhat secretive locale and Shuttlecock mag offering an alternative view of local music outside of the KCMO entertainment district pop garbage forwarded around by so many local social media moguls desperately attempting to fight off middle-age.

Take a look:



More in a bit . . .

Kansas City Faith Blogger: Don't Bet Against Dangers Of Legalized Sports Gambling

We're at the outset of an explosion of an American industry built on concussions and poor life choices. Credit to Mr. Tammaus for talking about the dangers of separating fools from their money. Take a look:

The destructive path of sports gambling: 5-21-18

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling made all kinds of legal sense if you consider just the interests of fairness among states and freedom for individuals. But it was one more...

Kansas City Family Time Podcast

Take a listen to one of my favorite local podcasts in Kansas City because it offers a wonderful perspective on local family life without TKC having to get a job at the lowest rungs of the insurance/law/box store industry in order to enrich the makers of mid-tier consumer products.

Checkit: The Hump! Podcast Ep. 5: Time Warp Again | HeSaysSheSaysKC

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Kansas City Sunday Night Movie Lookout



For the beloved shift worker denizens of our blog community starting their much harder work week before everybody else,we offer a quick check-in featuring some of the better Kansas City movies recently produced.

Check the clips and a quick headline description:

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY MLK ADVISORY COMMITTEE PRESENTS NEW AIRPORT TRIBUTE AS TOP CHOICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS ICON TRIBUTE!!!



Our blog community warned about this earlier in the week.

Now . . .

THE KANSAS CITY AIRPORT COMMITTEE OFFERS NEW AIRPORT AS THEIR TOP CHOICE FOR AN MLK RENAME!!!

2nd choice is 63rd street.

Moreover . . .

THE PASEO DIDN'T RANK HIGH ENOUGH FOR A MENTION!!!

Of course, the decision isn't final and is now subject to even more debate.

But, for now, a power move by the Revs has been thwarted as a greater diversity of opinion in the KCMO urban core is offered.

Team Sly seyz the next steps on this issue are to be determined.

Links After TKC:

KCUR: Kansas City's New Airport Terminal May Be Named After Martin Luther King Jr.

KMBC: “This to me would be kind of bold, maybe a little more daring,” said Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

KCTV5: Patrick Klein, Director of Aviation, Marketing & Air Service Development for the Kansas City Aviation Department, told the committee in a May 10 letter that most airports that carry an individual's name are "not well-known."

Developing . . .

Does Kansas City Hate The Northland???

More on this one later but quite a few denizens of our blog community believe that the mishandling of the bridge issue is just another instance of revenge against the great white North:

SB Buck O'Neil bridge closed for repairs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The southbound lanes of the Buck O'Neil bridge were closed to traffic for temporary repairs about 2:00 a.m. Saturday. The Bridge will remain closed through December 1st. The Missouri Department of Transportation is set to begin a rehabilitation project in three phases. All southbound traffic was closed this morning.

KCK SUNDAY GUNFIRE KILLING!!!

Nasty weather doesn't slow down the quotient of local violence. Here's the latest murder across the State Line. Take a look:

Man dies in car after being shot in Kansas City, Kansas

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened on Sunday morning and left a man dead. The shooting happened in the 1500 block of N. 5th St. at 8:50 a.m. Officers were on patrol in the area when they heard gunshots.

NEWSFLASH!!! KANSAS CITY STAR SEYZ TRAFFIC TICKETS ARE RACIST!!! BUT TKC TIPSTERS CAUGHT THEM TWISTING STATS!!!



In journalism they call stories primarily based on stats "data driven reporting" but in today's Kansas City Star the practice is more akin to the same old story of MSM driving identity politics.

Check the local Sunday straw man argument . . .

Kansas City Star: Black KC drivers get more tickets than whites. Race is only part of the problem

Deets:

The Star analyzed traffic tickets from 2017 issued by the Kansas City Police Department and processed by the Kansas City Municipal Court and found significant racial disparities among those ticketed.

Of the traffic tickets given to Kansas City residents, 60 percent went to African-Americans, who make up 30 percent of the population. Thirty-seven percent of tickets went to whites, who make up 59 percent of the population.

Among Kansas City residents, speeding is overwhelmingly the top traffic offense for all races — except African-Americans. The top traffic ticket charge for African-Americans is "state license plate required," followed by "no insurance" and then speeding.
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As always, we advise reading beyond the Star in order to gain better understanding.

First a note on the methodology of our blog community . . .

"Statistics are often used to support points that aren’t true, but we tend to attack only the data that conflict with some preexisting notion of our own. The numbers themselves – unless purposefully falsified – cannot lie, but they can be used to misrepresent the public statements and ranking systems we take seriously. Statistical data do not allow for lies so much as semantic manipulation: numbers drive the misuse of words. When you are told a fact, you must question how the terms within the fact are defined, and how the data have been generated. When you read a statistic, of any kind, be sure to ask how – and more importantly, why – the statistic was generated, whom it benefits."

And so because so many lawyers read our blog every day, a kind soul and brilliant legal mind sent us a tip and a key to debunking the Star's faulty thesis and shameful misreporting.

Here's the word . . .

"Apparently, nobody at The Star has knows how traffic court works. Their reporting on this issue doesn't take into account all of the whites who pay a lawyer to PLEAD DOWN their traffic ticket to a non-moving violation. This little trick of the trade is what keeps more than half of the smaller law firms in Kansas City in business and mention of this fact has been buried or eliminated from The Star's report. Please call them out on this TKC, they're 100% misrepresenting these traffic statistics as racial bias. The fact is, there might be some racial disparity but it's mostly because whites in the middle-income brackets are far more likely to pay a lawyer and get their ticket off the books to keep insurance rates down. The fact that they don't really mention this extremely common practice is absolutely repugnant and really makes me distrust them."

To wit . . .

THANKS TO TKC TIPSTERS FOR DECIMATING THE KANSAS CITY STAR SUNDAY FRONT PAGE WITH REAL WORLD KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TRAFFIC COURT WORKS RATHER THAN STATISTICAL SPIN!!!

Let's make our argument plain:

KANSAS CITY STAR ANALYSIS EXCLUDES WHITES PLEADING DOWN TRAFFIC TICKETS TO NON-MOVING VIOLATIONS!!! THIS IS COMMONPLACE IN TRAFFIC COURT AND TOTALLY DISPROVES ACCUSATIONS OF RACIAL BIAS IN TICKETING!!!

Think about this . . .

At a time when Kansas City is in the midst of a horrific murder crisis, the Kansas City Star is peddling a report that propagates distrust in the police without doing as much as a basic fact check on real world practices and street level reality.

Again, they say this is "data driven reporting" but it looks a lot more like propaganda to an increasing number of readers who are now openly questioning the quality of journalism from Kansas City's largest daily paper and have graciously reached out to our AWESOME TKC BLOG community in order to set the record straight.

You decide . . .

SECSTATE KOBACH DISAVOWS RACIST HATERS AND SLAMS KANSAS CITY STAR FOR RUNNING PAC HIT PIECE!!!



As the Sunflower State contest for governor heats up, of course, the sordid topic of racism arises and targets the leading right-wing contender.

Recently, the local newspaper highlighted talking points from a political action committee linking Kansas Secstate Kris Kobach to extremeist and racist groups.

The article is somewhat interesting but nothing that hasn't been published previously. What's noteworthy is the Kansas immigration crackdown activist fighting back in no uncertain terms and blasting the newspaper with a ferocity that we haven't seen previously.

First, the push back on the MSM narrative . . .

The PAC’s 15-page report is replete with “allegations that are completely false,” Kobach said, adding that the accusations of his association with white supremacists and militias is “completely outrageous.”

“I don’t have any association with white supremacists,” Kobach said, calling the Star’s article “stupid” and “idiotic.”

And then, a clever refusal to play identity politics with the media.

“What’s the definition of a racist?” Kobach asked, after noting that purportedly leftist factions are increasingly using “racist” as a boilerplate insult. “A conservative who is winning an argument.”

Whilst SecState Kobach is often a punchline for our blog community because he's wicked smart, controversial in his tactics yet ultimately kinda boring in the personality department, there's no denying that he dominated this debate and turning the newspaper into an enemy might play to his advantage.

Dead-Tree Media Blogs Demand List For Missouri Guv Greitens Removal

The news paper turns into a full-on blog with with this snappy listicle attempting to sway opinion of their last remaining subscribers. Read more: The top five reasons Missouri lawmakers must impeach Gov. Eric Greitens

Kansas Legalizes CBD As Cannabis Reform Moves Forward In The Sunflower State

The road to legalization starts now as one of the strictest states in the nation is forced to back down amid market pressure.

Great reporting on this topic: 3 Things To Know About The State Of Cannabis In Kansas

And then a fun link:

Kansas Legalizes CBD Products for Adult-Use Sales - News | MERRY JANE

Cannabis reform is coming to Kansas, but there won't be any dispensaries or grow houses opening up in Topeka or Wichita. Instead of a restrictive medical marijuana program or all-out legalization, Kansas has legalized non-psychoactive, hemp-derived CBD products for adult-use across the Sunflower State.

Kansas City Sunday Morning Look



We check in with one of our favorite hotties across the pond as she continues to make waves in the fashion world . . .

Daily Star: Kelly Brook unleashes ample assets in sinfully low-cut dress

And in local news . . .

Kansas City 100 Loss Season Underway

Duffy's struggles continue in Royals' 8-3 loss to Yankees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The New York Yankees hit so many home runs against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night that they had just about every variety covered. Gleyber Torres had the game-breaking three-run shot. Aaron Hicks added the inside-the-park kind, the second time he's done it this season.


Local Life Lesson

KC Scholars program expands funding, seeks to expand outreach - Dos Mundos Bilingual Newspaper

KC Scholars' outreach is growing. In 2017, its first year, the program provided financial assistance to more than 600 applicants, estimated Val Salazar, program manager. Recently, KC Scholars announced in a press release that 900-plus applicants spanning six Kansas City area counties would receive funding this year to go toward their college education.


JoCo & Ozarks Tragedy Aftermath

Young people from Overland Park, Olathe killed in boat crash at Lake of the Ozarks

Three people from Overland Park and Olathe have died in a fatal boat crash at the Lake of the Ozarks and the driver has been arrested for being intoxicated. Missouri State Highway Patrol received the call about the crash at 1:45 a.m.


Harsh Times For Rural Metro

Man robs Basehor Citizens Savings and Loan

BASEHOR, Kan. - A man robbed the Basehor Citizens Savings and Loan early Saturday morning, but no injuries were reported. The FBI says just after 10:00 Saturday morning, a white male handed the teller a demand note, but did not display a weapon.


Time For Kansas City Change Up

Kansas City Royals: It's Never Too Early For Trade Talk

Then a quick glance over the rest of a very very weak American League Central Division where no team is over 500. You realize that the Kansas City Royals would be at least tied for last and 14 games out, in every other American League Division.


Matthew West - All In is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Double Shooting Last Night

The weekend war on local streets persists. Here's the latest losing battle . . . Read more:

Two people in life-threatening condition after double shooting

Police are investigating after two people were shot at 73rd and College.

Cringey Kansas City, Kansas Catholic Barrio Coverage Still Offers High Praise

Considering that Latinos comprise a growing majority of PRACTICING Catholics in the metro and throughout the nation. Maybe a role outside of the kitchen might be in order. But for now and probably a few more decades until Holy Mother Church gets REALLY desperate as more and more Americans turn their back on organized religion - This well-meaning bit of acknowledgement is nice . . .

Take a look:

Building community one tamale at a time

by Olivia Martin olivia.martin@theleaven.org OVERLAND PARK - When organizers from All Saints Church in Kansas City, Kansas, were preparing a sister-parish tamale- making class and dinner at Church of the Ascension here, they were hoping for 30 people. When more than 90 signed up for the cooking class alone, they knew they had a hit on their hands.

Lady Critic Sci-Fi Deconstructs Dystopian Kansas City Toxic Masculinity

Movie scholarship about an underrated flick set in this cowtown actually resonates a lot with modern day life:

Looper's Kansas City is a place where walking too close to someone's ride can get a blunderbuss pulled on you, and snatching someone's bag can get you shot through the back. Guns can turn any interaction into a violent one, any slight into a deadly transgression. Men rush to whip out their guns, thinking not of the future, only of what they want now. Impulsive desire defines this city and the men who run it.

Read more:

Fangrrls on Film: Looper, a sci-fi western about toxic masculinity

Film criticism is a very dude-heavy industry. According to a 2016 study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, men account for 73% of the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, resulting in men often shaping the narrative of what makes a "good" film or a "bad" film-what's worth seeing and what's not.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! WHILST FORMER KANSAS CITY STAR NEWSIES LAMENT HER JOURNALISM EMPLOYMENT, HACK HOOPZ PROCLAIMS: OPRAH STILL TRUMPS NEW BLACK PRINCESS!!!



Because the MSM news cycle is mostly dedicated to trials, travails and obsessions of middle-class women . . . Lives of the super rich across the pond dominated headlines for consumers wanting to learn more about their betters.

Accordingly . . . 

There are actually moments of brilliance in the latest column from Hoopz on the topic of today's Royal Wedding and dating life for minorities.

However, her money line is not only cringe worthy but also calls into question why Hoopz continues to draw a salary when so many other better newspaper scribes have been cast aside:



"Why are we upholding the idea that being a wife makes Meghan matter more? Oprah isn't married. You mean to tell me wifehood makes someone more inspirational than Oprah. Hella sexist. A royal putting a ring on it doesn't validate Meghan. It doesn't make her any more whole than she already was."

Certainly, global media coverage is mistaken and this wedding wasn't really a big deal.

TKC doesn't actually disagree.

But if we're gonna talk about inspiring, single women of color . . .

Hottie Selita Ebanks is actually far more newsworthy.



Nevertheless, here's the salty fun goodness for Saturday night . . .

Amid the latest round of layoffs and worsening financial fortunes for The Kansas City Star and its parent company: Behind the scenes, local unemployed journalists grow increasingly frustrated with the work of Hoopz.

Whenever we mention her latest hit piece, there's always a great deal of envy and hateration directed toward the newspaper's "woman about town" The chatter is less relevant on sleepy lesser blogs and largely ignored social media accounts but it's there for anybody who bothers to look. To be fair, newspaper advice, grammar correction and analysis from reporters who have been out of work for years is always great for a laugh . . .



In much the same way that today's "royal" wedding served mostly as a distraction for plebs across the globe who don't want to think about the harsh reality of worsening income inequality.

And all of this inspires our playlist tonight . . .



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.

TKC QUESTION: SHOULD KCPD START PATROLLING FACEBOOK???



Check Youtube testimony and a glimpse at one of the tens of thousands of calls to KCPD every day . . .

"Someone hacked my fb and locked me out. They then demanded money for it. It is the only place for many of my important pictures. The cops refused to even take a report until i complained . . ."

The victim seems rightfully peeved about the predicament and tech trouble can be tough . . . But other than looking for info on some of the more obvious violent and dangerous activity on FB -- KCPD probably doesn't have the resources to work these kind of cases. Moreover, the perps are most likely overseas.

Nevertheless, for the weekend, this is a testament to how much people value their social media presence and the lengths they'll go to in order to find Internets justice - Which, for the most part, doesn't exist.

Take a look:



You decide . . .

The Kansas City Saturday News Link Layout



Fashion hotties still make news across the world . . .

Daily Mail: Taylor Hill of Victoria's Secret fame is SWARMED by dozens of fans as she touches down in Japan

Closer to home, here's a look at the news scene today:

Kansas City Infrastructure Crumbles

Water Main break at 46th & Rockhill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A water main break buckled the street, and limited water pressure in the area of 46th & Rockhill Road Saturday afternoon. The Kansas City Water Department says the break was reported about 12:30 Saturday afternoon. The six inch main break, near the southeast corner of the Nelson Art Gallery property only reportedly effected four customers.


JoCo Blaze Aftermath

Early morning fire engulfs Olathe home, couple and their dogs escape unharmed

Fire caused significant damage to an Olathe home after flames broke out in the early Saturday morning. Olathe firefighters arrived at the home, 21025 W. 105th St., shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday. A man, woman and their two dogs were home at the time the fire started and escaped without injury.


Kansas "Faith Based" Conflict

Kansas Gov. Colyer signs bill giving faith-based child welfare services access to state contracts, even if they discriminate

Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a bill Friday that gives private, faith-based child welfare agencies access to state contracts for adoption and foster care placement services, even if they refuse to work with families on the basis of the agency's religious beliefs.


Tragedy At The Lake

Lake of the Ozarks boat crash kills three, injures two

Three people died and two more injured early Saturday in a boat crash on the Lake of the Ozarks, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Few details were available but the patrol tweeted Saturday that a boat apparently struck a rock bluff about 1:45 a.m. near the lake's Simmons Point in Camden County.


Storm Is Coming

Storms approach KC; could bring hail, strong winds to the area

Severe thunderstorms are expected across eastern Kansas and Western Missouri this evening in an area that has an Enhanced Risk for severe storms. The primary threat will come from damaging winds and large hail, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.


Triglycerides For The Weekend

Order Up | Fritz's Hot Dog BLT

Order Up is a regular series that takes a layered look at drinks and eats across Kansas City. You can see previous selections here. Got a dish you think we should feature? Drop us a note below or on Twitter @FlatlandKC.


Developing . . .

TKC TRENDING!!! KANSAS CITY DEADLY VIOLENCE TRAVELING TO OTHERWISE NICE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE METRO!!!



This week we've seen Kansas City gunfire and homicide at otherwise posh locations proving that there really isn't any place to hide from this town's rising murder count.

Of course we have examples, evidence and further explanation . . .

Uptown Kansas City Killing


Yes, while this was a hip-hop killing let's not forget that the Uptown is an upscale Midtown Kansas City location that mostly hosts hipsters and music aficionado rock concerts. Nearby biz is increasingly upscale as this part of town has earned MILLIONS in taxpayer subsidy and hopes to claim even more when/if the streetcar arrives.

Deadly Northland Shooting Spree Claims The Life Of Beloved Tattoo Dude


The recent deadly Northland spate of gunfire by way of an illegal Mexican alien was exceptionally shocking because it occurred in a part of town that's normally quiet. As friends of the artist mourn the tragic loss of life the Northland is quickly losing its sense of security that most deadly crime is on the other side of the bridge.

More Gunfire In JoCo Golden Ghetto


Overland Park has been home to more gunshots and Kansas City émigrés seeking lower income suburban life are taking the blame for bringing crime with them. This latest shooting pushes those complaints to the forefront this week.

Deadly Ward Parkway Gym Gunfire


Ward Parkway has undertaken MILLIONS in renovations and the Trader Joe's attracts an upscale crowd. A deadly ambush in the parking lot this week is out of character for the mall and SHOCKED residents of pricey housing and corporate offices nearby.

Graduation Gunfire In Leawood


More than any other shooting this week, double gun blasts near a posh suburban graduation ceremony shows us that violence follows Kansas City residents. Nevertheless, the scary episode educated denizens of Leawood on the real world dangers of KCMO high school life.

And so . . .



The warning is clear:

KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE CAN'T BE CONFINED TO THE URBAN CORE OR AMONG ANY DEMOGRAPHIC!!!

At the outset of Springtime we've seen innocent people suffer lethal Kansas City brutality that's spreading across the metro and challenging assumptions about the impact of so many local murders over the past couple of years that were heretofore unnoticed but now threaten the doorsteps of surrounding communities.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY TEACHABLE MOMENT: EDUCATOR TELLS YOUNGSTER HE'S GONNA GET SHOT BY POLICE!!! INSTRUCTIVE WORD OF WARNING OR OFFENSIVE INSULT???



Let's call this a discussion of Kansas City metro pedagogy.

First, a headline run down of the sitch:

Blavity: This 10-Year-Old Says His Teacher Told Him He'll Only Have Himself To Blame 'When You Turn 16 And The Police Shoot You'

Fox4 Broke The Story: Ten years ago, when the youngster was just seven months old. someone shot and killed his father in Kansas City.

Newsone: Here’s How White Privilege Affects Black Boys And Girls In School

And so, we ask our blog community . . .

IS THIS TOUGH LOVE BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE TRUTH HURTS?!?!? OR WAS THIS A STUNNING LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM FROM THIS TEACHER?!?!

For our edification:

Time: Guns kill about 10 times more black children than they do white children each year, according to a new analysis.

Vox: Black people are much more likely to be shot by police than their white peers.

Vice: Cops Are Nearly 3 Times More Likely to Kill Black Americans Than White Americans

Just so we don't get hung up on crime stats, here's a bit of number crunching that counters preconceptions about crime and should inspire a bit more fear of local meth addicts no matter what their color . . .

Further reading: White supremacists' favorite myths about black crime rates take another hit from BJS study

The numbers are important but this story is more about the best way to prepare the NextGen for the future. Fear or hope???

This lesson will resonate with the student for the rest of his life and leaves us with more important questions about how to most effectively impart wisdom.

You decide . . .

Reality Check: Kansas City Only Has 10 Housing Inspectors For Section 8 Hell Holes

Accordingly, the government voucher program goes mostly unchecked despite MILLIONS more in funding every year.

Take a look at real estate chaos in action:

Inspectors spread thin for KCMO voucher program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tens of millions of federal tax dollars go to help Kansas City's low-income families rent housing. But only 10 people check to make sure that housing investment is being protected.

Mayor Sly Seyz Smart City Tech Helps Protect Kansas City Against Increased Threats

The Mayor touts the ability of tech to save Kansas City whilst rising crime and the flooding season haven't met much resistance from his administration.

Moreover, he's only talking about one small swath of land that has been carved out for those imaginary 25-million tourists every year. Take a peek:

How cities use data to widen resiliency

Cities coping with phenomena like climate change and cybersecurity, often forced to fend for themselves, are empowering themselves through data mining and other smart technologies.

Kansas City Classic Architecture Tour

A nice weekend link because it's the real estate selling season and also serving as a reminder of elegant housing for a more civilized age.

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Exploring Frank Lloyd Wright's Naturalistic Legacy

Our area certainly has some distinctive architecture, including the art deco Power & Light Building in downtown Kansas City and the massive new Church of the Resurrection sanctuary in Leawood, Kansas. Before those bricks were laid, one of the world's most famous architects left his mark on Kansas City.

The Kansas City Saturday Morning Look



Hottie Mel D is a Brit favorite and international modeling hottie who has garnered newsworthy Instagram fame and works quite a bit harder than the Queen.

Closer to home, we're checking these local links:

Saturday Stormy Weather Report

LIVE UPDATES: Severe weather possible Saturday

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Kansas City Trivia Teachable Moment

2nd grade teacher in SMSD wins big in Jeopardy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local 2nd grade teacher won Friday afternoon in the Jeopardy Tournament of Teachers. Friday afternoon, Larry Martin, a 2nd grade teacher at Belinder Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission School District, won the Jeopardy Tournament of Teachers, besting two other competitors in the two-day episode.


Missouri governor to sign bill providing peer counseling to first responders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What has been a law in the state of Kansas for three years, only needs the governor's signature to become a law across the state line. Since 2015, Missouri has been working on a bill that would help first responders better cope with trauma or stress they encounter everyday on the job.


Rolling Tribute To KCMO Murder Victim

Friends pay tribute to murdered KC tattoo artist who loved cars with memorial ride

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds revved up their cool, classic Chryslers, custom made Carmaros, pretty exotic Porsches and a lot more to honor a KC tattoo artist killed in the Northland one week ago.


Show-Me Faux Flesh

'Fake Meat' Labeling Bill Passes in Missouri

Missouri is one step closer to being the first state to enact labeling that makes it clear if 'meat' is sourced from an animal or not. The Missouri Senate passed an omnibus bill on May 17 with bipartisan support of 125-22 voting.


Newsies On The Road To Kansas

Five strangers, one canceled flight: Our epic overnight carpool to Kansas

Airports have a funny way of reflecting the face of humanity. If you want to get a sense of how we're doing as a human race, go sit in an airport and observe interactions between spouses, patrons and employees, parents and children, and especially those between strangers.


Local Slice Of Life

Longtime Liberty Fruit CEO retires

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Liberty Fruit Co. CEO Arnold Caviar celebrated his last day as CEO with friends, family and business partners May 18. After 47 years in charge of the Kansas City wholesaler, Caviar becomes chairman of the board and will no longer have any day-to-day dealings with the business, said Liberty Fruit president Allen Caviar.


KC Comeback & Ned Yost Win 1.1K

After an Endurance Test, the Yankees Lose to the Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It may have been the seven days between starts, or perhaps the bizarre travel delay the Yankees endured in suburban Washington from Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Either way, C. C. Sabathia lacked his usual effectiveness on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, a team he had beaten 21 times, more than any active pitcher except Justin Verlander.


Five Finger Death Punch - Sham Pain is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City NBA Team Speculation Spikes

Seattle is actually ahead in these talks because Seattle wants their b-ball team back . . . Nevertheless, check a bit of local history on the topic:

NBA executive: Kansas City will get NBA team 'at some point'

It sounds like Kansas City has made the short list to land an NBA team. Jarrett Sutton of the SEC Network spoke to an anonymous NBA executive on Friday, who said that Kansas City "will get an NBA team at some point."

Kansas City Metro Standoff Ends When Shirtless Dude Comes Down Out Of Tree

In nearby rural Missouri a dude runs out of court, leads police on a chase, his car runs out of gas so he takes off on foot . . . Barefoot.

And then . . .

The suspect climbed a tall tree in the area and stayed there for approximately three hours until the standoff ended peacefully. He was booked into jail n $500,000 cash bond.

Come up with a tune & a catchy title and TKC wants co-writing credit for the next hit country song.

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Man sits in tree for 3 hours after escaping Missouri courthouse

A typical court appearance ended up with an unusual standoff in the Kansas City area.

Steve Rose Contemplates Johnson County Golden Ghetto Life Without Sprint Jobs



The answer to this newsie question is: They're gonna get laid off.

If T-Mobile merger is approved, what will become of 6,000 Sprint employees?

"The future of the current 6,000 Sprint employees in Overland Park is up in the air. As the Sprint official told me, some employees will be vital to keep in Overland Park. Some employees are performing duplicate jobs already covered in Seattle and thus would find their positions eliminated. And some will be given the opportunity to relocate to Seattle. Those decisions will be made later by T-Mobile."

This is a bright side column from an optimistic scribe.

By contrast . . . 

TKC reality check: Most of them will get the ax.

Also, the T-mobile presence here might just be confined to more mall kiosks i.e. it'll never come close to Sprint glory days.

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SHOW-ME MORE JEFF CITY ETHICS REFORM FAIL!!! CAN WE CLEAN UP MISSOURI???



Pron hottie Kayden can accomplish anything she sets her mind to . . . Sadly, given circumstances every bit as sticky as the sex industry -- Missouri hasn't had much luck with ethics reform over the years.

Here's an important presser and possibly a solution on the topic . . .

Missouri General Assembly fails to pass ban on lobbyist gifts—again

Clean Missouri initiative will eliminate nearly all lobbyist gifts

Jefferson City - The Missouri General Assembly has adjourned without taking any action to end Jefferson City's obscene lobbyist gift culture.

Again.

This year, like every year, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2017, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2016, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2015, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2014, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2013, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2012, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2011, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.
In 2010, there was talk about a lobbyist gift ban.

Missourians are done waiting for politicians and lobbyists in Jefferson City to clean up their act.

Since 2004, lobbyists have given an average of $885,020 worth of free meals, drinks, tickets and other gifts to members of the General Assembly, their staff members, and their family members. Just last year, lobbyists reported a whopping $1,070,653 in gifts to the General Assembly.

To make matters worse, 68% of the gifts reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission since 2004 have been listed as going to legislative groups, meaning Missourians have no idea who actually accepted $8,660,463 worth of gifts in the past 15 years.

The Clean Missouri initiative will eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly by banning any single gift worth more than $5.

With its broad coalition of support from across the state, the Clean Missouri coalition submitted 346,956 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office on May 3, more than enough to qualify the initiative petition for the November 2018 ballot.

A growing number of Republicans, Democrats, and independents have publicly endorsed the full package of desperately-needed reforms in the Clean Missouri initiative to increase integrity, transparency and accountability in the Missouri General Assembly.

Signatures will now be counted and verified by local election authorities, and then the Clean Missouri amendment will be certified for the November 6, 2018 ballot. To learn more, visit http://www.cleanmissouri.org.
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EPIC Payback For Kansas Falsely Imprisoned

Historic pushback against the prison industrial complex and a great many people who have been unjustly incarcerated. Read more:

Kansas Governor Signs One of the Strongest Compensation Laws in U.S.

Today, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed one of the strongest laws in the nation providing state compensation for innocent people who were wrongfully convicted ( House Bill 2579). This makes Kansas the 33 rd state to enact a wrongful conviction compensation law.

Disgraced Guv Greitens Touts Navy SEAL Training In Refusal To Resign And Despite Hateration From Many Former Colleagues

Credit where it's due . . . If the Guv is anything, he's persistent. Meanwhile, criticism of former Navy SEALs who worked with the Guv are starting to reemerge.

For now, final word goes to the Guv:

Missouri governor Greitens cites Navy SEAL training while refusing to quit

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) cited his training as a Navy SEAL on Thursday in refusing to step down from office despite criminal allegations and possible impeachment proceedings against him.

Kansas Hates LGBT Adoptions???

Advocacy perspective on this controversial legislative move that is undoubtedly headed for legal challenge. Read more:

Kansas Governor Signs Anti-LGBTQ Bill | Human Rights Campaign

Today, HRC blasted Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer for signing a patently discriminatory bill, SB 284, which is a license to discriminate with taxpayer funds against prospective LGBTQ foster or adoptive parents, single parents, or other qualified families. Kansas and Oklahoma are the only two states this year to allow anti-LGBTQ legislation to become law.

Kansas City Self-Loathing Sycophants Celebrate Early Morning Royal Wedding



Right now a very big gathering of Kansas City denizens are waking up REALLY early to watch people with more money than God put on a circus for the world - Or at least make the lives of middle-class white ladies a little less drab..

To wit . . .

THE KANSAS CITY ROYAL WEDDING WATCH PARTY IS UNDERWAY FOR LOCALS WHO WANT TO ENJOY THE LIVES OF THEIR BETTERS!!!

To be fair, it sounds like a nicer time than watching the event in a van down by the river.



Also, Union Station deserves respect for putting together a successful party that caters to American celebrity obsession as the ranks of the middle-class dwindle.



Check the announcement, maybe they might throw a few leftover scones to the hobos . . .

Royal Wedding Watch Party - SOLD OUT!

Union Station invites you to the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19. View all the excitement leading up to, including, and following the nuptials on the largest screen in the Midwest, Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre. Wear your Royal Wedding attire or even your Prince or Princess pajamas.

 The point is to celebrate in style and see every detail while enjoying British inspired breakfast traditions to add to the festivities.

An English inspired breakfast will be served from 3:30 am – 6 am including Windsor Waffle Stacks, High Street Bangers and Hash, English Scones with Clotted Cream, coffee and of course English Breakfast Tea. Plus, just prior to the ceremony, raise a Champagne toast (21 years old and up) to the new Royal couple.

Enjoy fun giveaways throughout the event, but make your reservation for the celebration of the year! Space is limited.
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Kansas City Fiery Newsie Ruckus This Week



A great discussion of local issues and A FEW SPARKS FLY THANKS TO KICK-ASS NEWSIE MARK ALFORD PUSHING BACK AGAINST THE NEWSPAPER . . . Even better, listen closely and you'll hear a TKC mention.

Check the description:

"Nick Haines, Angie Ricono, Mark Alford, Steve Kraske and Dave Helling discuss the dismissal of the Eric Greitens invasion of privacy case, the special session in MO, the naming rights for Kemper Arena going to Hyvee, Colyer urging the Nobel Prize Committee to give prize to Trump, the grand jury report on the Jackson County Jail, the Poor People's Protest, living on minimum wage and sports betting."

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