Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TKC AFTERGLOW AFTERMATH QUESTION: DID PREZ OBAMA VISIT KANSAS CITY BECAUSE HE'S DESPERATE???



Kansas City is basking in the afterglow of a Presidential jaunt but mainstream media hasn't has much to say about the purpose of the visit.

SERIOUSLY, DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHY PREZ OBAMA VISITED KANSAS CITY AND WHAT DID HE ACCOMPLISH???

The answer might have a lot to do with the fundamental "fat girl" nature of this town . . . People only come here when they're desperate. More accurately:

Most people only visit Kansas City when they're ON THEIR WAY UP or ON THEIR WAY DOWN AND OUT. NOW, YOU DECIDE WHICH APPLIES TO THE PREZ!!!

What disappoints this blog is that this town got caught up in the celebrity angle of the visit from the Prez which proves his strategy correct but reflects on our po'dunk cowtown culture. Seems like Prez Obama needed to get out into the MIDDLE-OF-NOWHERE AMID FLYOVER COUNTRY TO GIVE A CAMPAIGN STYLE SPEECH WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Still, that strategy speaks to a politically desperate stance and a real need to "rally the base" which proved easy in a town where most people were more concerned about coleslaw than policy issues.

For tonight, here's some of the best news links in the aftermath of the Presidential visit that kinda prove our point . . .

Why the House of Representatives just voted to sue President Obama

Victor Fugate introduced President Obama

The story behind the Presidential cole slaw scandal

Busy dinner rush at Arthur Bryant’s led to ‘Slaw-gate’

KC Police work with Secret Service for visit

President optimistic about country’s future

Supporters and Protestors at the Uptown Theater

NOW YOU DECIDE . . . DID PREZ OBAMA'S KANSAS CITY VISIT SEEM DESPERATE???

SHOCK!!! GAY EXODUS @ KSHB!!!



The most reliable and insightful Kansas City social media quote of the moment . . .

"All the gays are leaving KSHB TV . . ."

It's probably a coincidence but nobody can really explain their recent "WORST TO FIRST" turnabout their news division has enjoyed. Now, the string of departures threatens to upset recent winning in the ratings game as key personnel take their swagger some other place in order to chase bigger and better opportunities or more comfortable positions.

More in a bit . . . 

Gracie Lewis And Kansas City Links Tonight



Gracie Lewis and her NSFW lingerie sexiness starts our evening look at these important Kansas City mainstream media links. Check it:

- Cancer Stix Habit Make Local Lawsuit Payout Go Up In Smoke: Court: No Recovery For Deceased Kansas City Smoker's Family

- Dead Tree Media Democracy Reminder: It’s summer, so exercise your right to vote

- Sleaze Summit Consequence: Lee’s Summit soccer coach admits videotaping young girls and pleads guilty to child porn charges

- Cowtown Buying Spree Is Over: M&A activity in KC sees major decline

- Naming The Kansas City Dead: Police ID man slain on Brooklyn Avenue

- Kansas City Arachnophobia: Brown Recluse spider bite cases rise in Missouri

- Golden Ghetto Fakers: Overland Park police say attempted abduction never happened



- New Look For The Country Club Plaza: Highwoods reveals new rendering of the Halls building

- Solemn Dedication: KC woman sews gowns for stillborn babies

- Show-Me Education Winning Amid Dead Industry: Mizzou named best journalism school in the country

- Fewer Resources In South Kansas City: Hickman Mills Loses Nutrition Clinic For Woman And Children

- Another Local Dumping Ground: Jackson County offers yard waste collection center



And this is the OPEN THREAD for the moment . . .

KEEP KANSAS CITY OPEN CARRY OR SUFFER THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES!!!



Open Carry is now good law in Missouri and the current attempt by Mayor Sly and the City Council to crackdown on 2nd Amendment rights is both misguided and shameful.

Remember that our blog community was the FIRST to put news of this City Hall gun rights crackdown on blast.

Still, Mayor Sly and City Council are neglecting the Constitution and offering a DESPICABLE defense of an Open Carry crackdown.

Just now, Dead Tree media chimed in with their support that's ignorant of gun rights in the Show-Me State and scornful of 2nd Amendment protection.

Moreover, this gun rights crackdown accomplishes NOTHING but silly political pandering. Right now OPEN CARRY ENTHUSIASTS PRESENT NO CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO KANSAS CITY and more often than not they are a sign that we live in a free and vibrant Democracy. A few of these peeps hang out @ local Starbucks, Liberty events and other places without a single incident. It's also worth noting that crime has spiked in every city that has cracked down on law-abiding gun owners.

TKC EXCLUSIVE: ALREADY WE HAVE WORD ON AN EXPENSIVE LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THIS MISGUIDED MOVE AKIN TO THE FAILED OPEN CARRY BAN IN KANSAS!!!

The Mayor and Council miss the mark again given that ILLEGAL GUNS present far more danger to locals and this TWISTED ATTACK ON KANSAS CITY CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED FREEDOM which makes it clear that our elected leaders have nothing but contempt for our rights, they probably hate America and don't have much in common with the residents of this community.

Developing . . .

The Fishy Kansas City Urban Core

Lucky we've caught this informative guide to local spots where Kansas City outdoor aficionados can find a more nutritious brand of bottom dweller: 10 Urban Fishing Spots In The Kansas City Area

Meet The Most Ambitious Man From Kansas

Fox4 offers our favorite TKC news story of the day: Kansas man accused of robbing Bellagio Casino, then using money to pay prostitutes

THE KANSAS CITY PREZ OBAMA MESSAGE: STOP JUST HATING ALL THE TIME!!!



The Prez is now on his way out of Kansas City and the litany of complimentary coverage is nearly complete.

Strangely, enough . . . What the Prez said resonates should resonate with this blog community.

PREZ OBAMA'S MAIN POINT IN HIS KANSAS CITY TALK: STOP THE HATE!!!

Here's the full video for people with more patience than TKC.

It's was a simple yet provocative statement that seems to define election time politics but sadly doesn't provide much practical guidance.

In fact, he didn't even help decide the constant Kansas City BBQ debate

The President's comments on the economy weren't substantial, there were no real solutions to the growing list of international concerns which confront the nation and I'm not sure anybody is willing to give him credit for the slight economic bounce as of late.

But more or less, the Kansas City Presidential visit made this town feel good about itself . . . Which is kind of the point of all local politics.

Here are the links that pretty much summarize the KCMO Prez Obama visit and celebrity treatment wherein some goofy middle-class, middle-aged white lady @ a BBQ joint gushing serves this town's defining moment:

- Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

- Obama Calls For 'Economic Patriotism' in Kansas City Speech

- President Obama addresses minimum wage during speech in Kansas City

- BLUNT: What the president should hear in Kansas City

- 'You're so handsome!' Obama fan declares during President's barbecue date with Kansas City penpals

- Protesters mass outside Obama appearance in KC

- WATCH: President Obama has message for Congress from Kansas City

More in a bit . . .

Signs Of Kansas City Election Time

El Bryan surveys the local political scene and notes that all signs point to election time in Kansas City.

Kansas City Country Club Plaza Seyz Farewell To Halls Dept. Store Tradition On Sunday

Sadly, don't expect a "flash mob" of a crowd at their going out of biz sale: Halls on the Country Club Plaza will close for good on Sunday.

Show-Me The Missouri Amendment 7 Snips!!!



No, Missouri doesn't have any a significant mountain range but Jordan Carver piques our interest more than video politico talking heads.

Still . . . Here's the DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of Missouri Amendment 7 footage both for and against. Check it:







So far we hear this thing is in another close race with the edge going to for votes simply out of economic interest and big money put in by the Heavies.

More in a bit . . .

Gisele And The Kansas City Link Look



Gisele starts our look at Kansas City mainstream media links that mostly don't include news about the local Prez BBQ tour . . .

- Check The Kansas City Life Expectancy Odds

- Gov. Jay Wrist Slap: Nixon gives General Assembly an 'F' for public education

- Tea Party Stalker Tactics: Wolfe confronts Roberts at Emporia campaign stop

- Religious Implications: 'Nun On The Bus' Coming To Kansas City

- Another Celebrity Song And Dance: As the President heads out, Justin Timberlake heads in

- For Music Fans Of The 90s: Matthew Sweet played 53.33% of Girlfriend last night at Knuckleheads

- Exit Strategy: Watch live: President leaves KC

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

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SHERWOOD SMITH JACKSON COUNTY CAMPAIGN KAPUT!!! SUPPORTERS GIVING UP AND TALKING ABOUT THE FORMER FIRE DUDE RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL!!!



Yesterday we learned that the last remaining ardent supporters of Former Fire Dude Sherwood Smith have all but given up Jackson County election hopes.

All of the top Kansas City political consultants have Sherwood Smith losing by no less than 10 points and as much as 30.

In the aftermath, there's now a plan to put Sherwood Smith on the City Council in the 5th District.

To wit . . .

KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS DECLARE THE SHERWOOD SMITH CAMPAIGN OFFICIALLY KAPUT!!!



There's a lot of reasons for this call but we've seen FIRST HAND that the "fight" has left the campaign and Sherwood Smith loyalists are now focused on angling for a City Council spot.

Count this as a big win for Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders who was able to play both sides of this race and get by without making an endorsement.

Mr. Peanut also can put another W in his victory column and he remains well-represented @ The Courthouse.

Finally, this is major LOSS for Missouri Democrats and labor who simply weren't able to overcome name recognition and the deep pockets of Mr. Peanut. The "star power" of AG Chris Koster, Sen. Claire McCaskill, And Secretary Of State Jason Kander wasn't able to move the dial for this highly skilled Democratic Party operative and now the Smith billboards that have FINALLY gone up around town really represent a campaign that simply didn't connect with the public during a strangely hopeful baseball season and in the shadow of one of the best bits of political signage ever devised in local politics during the modern era.



Developing . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! TIPSTER SMELL TEST: KANSAS CITY SEWAGE FUMES STINKING UP CITY MARKET!!!



The Summer season has been remarkably mild as of late but RIGHT NOW some of the most KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS are reporting a rather STRONG STENCH emanating from the River Market . . . And it's not just the ethnic food . . .

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS EXCLUSIVE TKC TIPSTER TESTIMONY CALLING OUT THE RISING KANSAS CITY SEWAGE ODOR IN THE CITY MARKET!!!

Sadly, this is after KCMO has kept funding local water FAIL . . .

Here's the word: 

"The awful pungent odor generated by the KCMO sewage treatment plant in the West Bottoms usually stays in that area & greets visitors arriving to KCMO on I-70. Now the rancid smell is so strong it is very noticeable in River Market. Sly better steal some trolley money to get a replacement facility built or the developers are going to have a hard time renting their new subsidized, market rate apartments."

Developing . . .

SHOCK!!! SHAME!!! SMH!!! KANSAS CITY UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS ANTI-VIOLENCE PARADE ERUPTS IN VIOLENCE!!!



Kansas City social media denizens have called out tragic brawling at a recent anti-violence event.

Here's a fun activity for the Kansas City morning . . .

Search: "UniverSoul + Kansas City + Violence" and then you'll see why this town can't have anything nice. Or, just continue reading this post . . .

On a bright note, it's somewhat comforting to note that SMH also comes up quite a bit.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY SOCIAL MEDIA BROKE THE NEWS THAT TODAY'S UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS ANTI-VIOLENCE WAS BASICALLY AN EXERCISE IN TRAGIC BRAWLING AND VIOLENCE!!!

Here are some of the choice quotes:

"Soooooo... y'all fighting at the UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS/Stop The Violence parade???"

"Really bro... people were fighting at the UniverSoul Circus? I need to get the f*ck up out this state"

"Alvin piisssed! RT @BrianBShynin: Fighting at the UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS/Stop The Violence parade???"

Yes, yes . . . MSM mentioned this as well but burried in their other photo coverage.

Also, there are many other tweets and social media messages but these are my fave.

So, what have we learned . . .

KANSAS CITY CAN'T STOP FIGHTING FOR ONE AFTERNOON IN ORDER TO STOP THE VIOLENCE!!!

A tragic reminder to an otherwise nice East Side event.

On the other hand, at least nobody was shot.

Developing . . .

Kansas City DUI Map Number Crunching



Here's an interesting look at Kansas City drunken danger on local streets . . . Compiled expertly by Ryan Kath and revealing that local drunks are everywhere in this town and not just in Westport . . .

41 Action News investigation compiled 7,366 of alcohol-related wrecks from the past five years and plotted them on a map to identify patterns and “hotspots" around the Kansas City area.

Developing . . .

Jackson County Deadly Shooting Charges

KCTV5 reports on the latest charges from Jackson County: "A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with the June 14 shooting that killed Christopher Mondaine in a parking lot near Sixth Street and Grand Avenue, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Tuesday."

KCMO Toy Train Streetcar Eco-Devo Pitch

Northeast News offers this roundup of recent toy train streetcar community meetings: TDD or not to TDD, that is the question: The vehicle to improvement in NEKC

Related: Mayor James: Economic development in east KC

Coming Up: Kansas City Mandatory Recycling



Kansas City gives up gun rights in order to take up plastic bottle sorting . . .

KSHB: City leaders discuss mandatory recycling in Kansas City

Deets:

"Nearly 90,000 tons of trash is collected in Kansas City. Less than a third of that is recycled.

"The next step is to have 80 percent of the trash collected go somewhere other than landfills. Right now that number is at 20 percent, even though the majority of people in Kansas City recycle."

And while the dictate from Public Works seems nice . . . REGULARLY SCHEDULED CURBSIDE BULKY ITEM PICKUP would probably serve Kansas City better, help decrease the local illegal dumping problem AND earn greater civic cooperation.

Celebrate Kansas City Urban Core Rat Control

Fox4 reports that City Hall is ready to crackdown on this tragic ongoing infestation . . . Which is good news even if it doesn't seem that way: KCMO health officials offer rat relief to Blue Hills residents

Kansas City Obamacare Catholic Faith Community Buyout Controversy

KCUR think-piece considers a corporate takeover of the highest order: Company Seeking To Buy KC-Area Catholic Hospitals Inspires Anger, Admiration

Bárbara del Regil And Kansas City Early Links



Bárbara del Regil and her early morning magazine hotness inspire this collection of Kansas City mainstream media links. Check it:

- Kansas City Northeast Rec Plans: Committee swinging for fences with area park

- KCK Baby Boom: Wyandotte County third for births among Kansas counties in 2013

- Prez Rests His Head @ Crown Plaza: President Obama spends the night in downtown KC

- Show-Me Word Games: Campaign for Missouri road and bridge repair omits the words ‘tax increase’

- Golden Ghetto Abduction Fear: Kids staying inside after OP attempted abduction . . . Police and neighbors on watch after attempted abduction in Overland Park

- Airport Convenience Concern: KCI valet promises are greeted with doubt and worry

- KCFD Diversity Moment: KCFD strives for diverse paramedics division



- Kansas City Baseball Backsliding: Royals fall flat in 2-1 loss to Twins

- Local Life-Saving Training: KC and other fire departments cooperate on ‘hands-only’ CPR training for residents

- The Day The Music Died In Kansas City: Midwestern Musical Co. closes its doors after a quarter century

- Golden Ghetto Grows Stronger: Johnson County is getting older, not slowing down

- Hipsters Report Nearby Water Park Insanity: Taking the plunge on Verrückt, the world's tallest water slide



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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY PREZ OBAMA BBQ BLEH!!!



Everybody in Kansas City is disappointed that Prez Obama decided on Arthur Bryant's for his local PR dinner.

The place is favorite to NOBODY in Kansas City . . .

It's a typically tone deaf move from an Administration that now seems like nothing more than a warm-up for the days of Hillary soon to heat up our national debate.

Also, fun to watch . . .

EVERYBODY FREAKS OUT BECAUSE PREZ OBAMA ORDERED A CRAPPY BUD LIGHT INSTEAD OF BOULEVARD!!!

Also, no cole slaw for the Prez might be karma.

More interestingly . . .

Earlier today we asked some of you what you'd mention to Prez Obama over dinner.

Here are the more clever or at least halfway interesting responses:

"Please pass the government cheese."

"Remember when you promised to get to work on America's highways and bridged and improve and widen those interstate roads from coast to coast? What happened to that deal Mr. Prez? Did your own party forget about you and your agenda?"

"Well, you did that president thing, now what? What are you going to do after you are president?"

"I would ask him if he intends to let the MEXICANS & MUSLIMS take over our country."

"Do you have a plan for handling Ebola when it comes into the United States?"

"I would say to him: Get some better taste in BBQ."

Developing . . .

LIKE IT OR NOT: EAST SIDE DECIDES THE KANSAS CITY STREETCAR II VOTE!!!



Consider this follow-up to news that we reported FIRST . . . The Kansas City Toy Train Part Deux all comes down to "Freedom Wards" on the East Side despite Mayor Sly's pitch to a community he hasn't done much of anything for during his tenure . ..

Accordingly . . .

CHECK THIS 1ST PERSON PERSPECTIVE FROM TODAY'S MAYOR SLY EAST SIDE TOY TRAIN PLEA!!!

Take away from the mayors event today: "No really trust us this time we're going to help the east side infrastructure with the new street car"

More . . .

Well the mayor has Hartsfield and his church in support and other churches. One of the proposals sent to city manager was looking to freeze the property taxes of home owners in the new taxing district for a set amount of time . . . Looks like the mayor has finally realized he ain't getting his toy train without the east side. Guess we'll see if this is just another broken promise from city hall.

Developing . . .

Celebrate The Kansas City Prez Obama Junket



President Obama has touched down in Kansas City and now we prepare local newsie celebration like we haven't seen for almost a year.

The upshot of this visit is that traffic is a mess despite some chatter about economic concerns.

In the next 24 hours we anticipate ...

- Presidential BBQ Coverage

- A few local complainers (other than this bunch)

- Presidential Dinner Party Obsession'

- Photobombing with every politico in town

- Tragic Royals/Chiefs reference

And, of course, a lot of hateration that fails to realize the GOP doesn't have a long list of candidates who can stop Hillary's long march toward the White Hose.

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! EAST SIDE ACTIVIST BRYAN DIAL OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR KANSAS CITY 3RD DISTRICT COUNCIL SEAT!!!



Here's the FIRST LOOK at a Kansas City urban core political battle that should be exceptionally interesting.

Accordingly . . .

KANSAS CITY EAST SIDE LEADER BRYAN DIAL OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED HIS 3RD DISTRICT CANDIDACY AGAINST INCUMBENT JERMAIN REED TODAY!!!



This should be an EPIC MATCH-UP given longstanding frustration with Councilman Reed and Bryan Dial's impressive and extensive list of community community involvement.

Here's the announcement along with A COMPLETE DOSSIER on the rising star candidate.

Check it:

Bryan Dial announces his candidacy for Kansas City, 3rd District City Council Seat

Bryan Dial, Jr., a lifelong Kansas City resident, has announced his candidacy for Kansas City, MO 3rd District City Council Seat, in the 2015 election.

“I look forward to continue serving Kansas City and adding another voice of leadership and expertise to City Council,” said Dial. “I am ready to immediately start working on building the strength and policies that are necessary to develop the economic condition needed for the future of our city. Now is the time to craft intelligent solutions to protect Kansas City’s future. It is imperative that we elect strong leaders to guide us through these times of neglect in the Third.”

Through posts such as Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church and Kansas City Cares, Bryan has spent his life serving in the Third district.

Kansas City Traffic Checkpoint Legality

KSHB reports on a Kansas City Summer traffic crackdown tradition: Police checkpoints: What are the legal issues?

Petition To Stop Kansas City Fire Department Outsourcing By Mayor Sly Stays Winning

Just as TKC TIPSTERS TOLD YOU FIRST . . . This ground has enough signatures and today they to stop Kansas City’s effort to privatize ambulance billing, they turned in hundreds of pages of petition signatures Tuesday to try to force a public vote on the issue.

Sarah Summers And The Kansas City Links



Playboy Cyber-babe Sarah Summers inspires this Tuesday night look at Kansas City local links . . .

- Country Club Plaza Robbery Consequences: Kansas City man charged in Monday's Plaza bank robbery

- Gambling On Vet Support: Voter Guide To Missouri Amendment 8, The 'Veteran's Lottery Ticket'

- Cowtown Host Report: Victor Fugate to introduce & dine with POTUS

- Weekend Flash Mob Party Plans: Mayor James Announces Details for “Sly’s Rock the Block”

- Mass Street Crackdown On Cancer Stix: Man seeks smoking ban on popular Lawrence street

- Cowtown Produce Pricing: How Much Does A Tomato Cost In Kansas City?

- Kansas City MSM Rigmarole: The President and his press secretary cook up some BBQ plans

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

TKC QUESTION: WHAT SHOULD KANSAS CITY SAY TO PREZ OBAMA @ DINNER???



Local mainstream media is playing nice with Prez Obama over a Kansas City publicity stunt dinner . . .



Here's the closest thing to critical coverage:

CS Monitor: "Obama has been using their stories to criticize congressional Republicans in this midterm election campaign for failing to act on his legislative agenda."

Sadly, locals have been pretending that it's a social call and not business.

Similarly, our City Hall honcho is using this occasion to continue his PR agenda ...

Mayor Sly seyz: "Can we all agree that presidents don’t visit a community that often unless that community is a hub for some cool, one might even say frosty, things?"

Not really.

And so, here's something more important than Kansas City Prez Obama Happy Talk . . .

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PREZ OBAMA DURING DINNER CONVERSATION?!?!?

Or . . .

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER??? TKC BLOG COMMUNITY FREE SPEECH?!?!

TKC Advice: Keep it legal because I'm certain the Super Secret Scary Agency is spying on this cowtown via red light camera and other scary methods . . . Which is why I'm wearing a double-layered tin-foil hat for the remainder of the week.

Still . . . I'm certain there are good questions or comments directed to the Prez that WON'T BE COVERED in the contrived MSM conversation.

Developing . . .

Nina Agdal And The Kansas City Tuesday



Heck no we're not trying to "class up" this blog . . . But sometimes high fashion hotties have their place . . .

Egotastic: Nina Agdal Hot Pimping Bebe

Now here's the Kansas City links we're checking:

- Kansas City Northeast Demolition Celebration

- Meth Town Murder Case: Guilty plea in Independence triple homicide

- Happy Rock Person Of Interest: Authorities want to talk to man, 21, in Gladstone homicide

- Kansas Cash Contest: Kobach raises more than both foes in Kansas race

- Golden Ghetto Crime And Punishment: Suspect enters guilty plea in premeditated Overland Park murder case

- Ranking The Golden Ghetto: Overland Park Chamber issues legislative report card

- Prez Luggage Drop-off: C5 Galaxy Military Transport @ Kansas City Airport



- Show-Me Kansas City Back To School Buying Spree: Mo. sales tax holiday set for this weekend

- Kansas Captivity Consequence: Rare gazelle breaks own neck, dies at Topeka Zoo

- Cowtown Panties For A Good Cause: Lingerie company helping out victims of domestic violence

- Play Date For Rugrats Across The State Line: Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey's to visit KCK Public Library

- Local Lit Reminder For Mostly Unappreciative Hobos: Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air and Blood Will Out, speaks at the KC Library tonight



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

MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY GUIDE TO PREZ OBAMA TRAFFIC TROUBLES TOMORROW!!!



He's an important look at how The Leader of The Free World will be screwing up Kansas City traffic on Tuesday . . . Check the Prez Obama KC ATA Traffic guide . . .

July 29-30: Presidential Visit Reroutes

Effective 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, to Wednesday, July 30, Metro buses will reroute because of road closures for President Barack Obama’s visit. Wyandotte between 11th and 17th streets will be closed.

As the President’s motorcade travels through the city, additional unplanned closures are expected. Buses will delay or reroute as necessary.

Show-Me Missouri Right To Farm Fact Check

KCUR attempts to make sense of a ballot issue nobody in town cares about: "In Missouri, the so-called “right to farm” is on the ballot in the form of an amendment to the state Constitution. And the controversial provision could be a model for Constitutional additions on other ag-heavy states."

Meanwhile, the most effective discourse against this ballot issue seems to be AGAINST COMPETITION FROM FOREIGN FARMING COMPANIES . . . And ANIMAL RIGHTS AGAINST PUPPY-MILL FARMING . . .

Developing . . . 

Counting Toy Train Streetcar Campaign Cash

Pitch rounds up all the cash that could've been spent on free bus fare for Kansas City residents: Big money flowing into the streetcar campaign

Burns & Mac Newsie PR Flack Kevin Collision Touts Toy Train Streetcar 'Slight' Lead



Kansas City social media criticism of a former newsie and current PR flack to ponder right now:

"Kevin Collision seriously tweeted this, using the wrong spelling of slight, creating a hilarious pun suggesting the poll is a sleight of hand trick. I'm assuming it was unintentional, but maybe this guy is a closet genius."

Why can't it be both?

More in a bit . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SOUTH KANSAS CITY REAX RAGE OVER PROPOSED KCFD STATION 41 CLOSING FOR CERNER BIG TAX BREAK CAMPUS!!!



This morning there's we want to feature an important bit of Kansas City testimony that has implications for taxpayers throughout the metro.

To wit . . .

HERE'S A LOOK AT MORE REAX TO THE POTENTIAL CLOSING OF A KANSAS CITY FIRE STATION NEAR THE CERNER CAMPUS AT GREAT EXPENSE TO LOCAL TAXPAYERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY!!!



There's a lot of detail in this IMPORTANT 1ST PERSON TESTIMONY that signals the beginning of Kansas City push back against corporate interests dictating local policy.

Check it:

FIRE STATION 41

There is a lot of history on this one – this latest maneuver by Cerner and City Hall to tear down a four million plus facililty that is only eight years old has a lot of precedent to it – the fire department has been manhandled on this station from the very beginning.

Check around and you will discover that the station was never finished -it was supposed to have had a direct access onto a roundabout in the center of which would have been the first fountain in the then 6th District. These were fully funded for approximately one and one half million dollars. In fact it would have been the first fire station in the US to directly connect to a roundabout and the first fire station in the US situated on not one, but three national historic trails (Santa Fe, Oregon and California). The station architecture, with full community involvement, was modeled around the mission style of the Santa FeTrail to further build on the national history associated with this site.

Construction of the roundabout and fountain was abruptly stopped because the Cerner folks back in 2007 decided the roundabout might interfere with their soccer stadium plan. Our validating engineering traffic studies to the contrary were just put in the trash can. Check a little deeper and you will discover that this half built station was never formally dedicated by the fire department for good reasons. I have all of the plans and drawings to fully document my statements should you care to view them. This station was funded from the same 3/8 ‘s sales tax that is now up for a 20 year renewal.

 I have seen no information as to where the funds will come from for a tear down and rebuild – maybe from the same fire tax or other City monies, which means the taxpayers just paid twice for the same thing or the Cerner TIF which means the bulk of the funds will come out of the taxes captured from the Hickman Mills School District which is already going to contribute 340 million to the Cerner project. For the sake of the south Kansas City community this matter should be fully disclosed and a lot of questions answered, especially the proposed funding - before the sales tax election. There just does not seem to be any control over these continuing tax giveaways to well healed developer/business interests – in this case the community is losing a public Hillcrest Road and its signature fire station to a closed private tax subsidized campus for Cerner and so far the only thing it may get in return is a State parole processing center in nearby Loma Vista shopping center. Something is very much out of balance in this picture.
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MUST SEE!!! TRAGIC SIGNS OF KANSAS CITY AIRPORT TERMINAL A NEGLECT!!!



The fight for the Kansas City Airport continues with an EXCLUSIVE/BREAKING NEWS FIRST LOOK at City Hall Aviation letting a vital resource fall into disrepair.

To wit . . .

KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS SHOW US RECENT EVIDENCE OF KCI AIRPORT NEGLECT!!!

Here's the word . . .

"This is an open jetway door at the closed and "secured for possible future re-use" terminal A at KCI. In addition to the obvious neglect of a valuable jetway and city asset, is this not also a security issue?"

Clearly, this is a sign of bad faith on the part of City Hall and maybe a FIRST LOOK showing that the single-terminal might be an inevitability if Aviation isn't committed to taking airport maintenance seriously and is treating the place like some kind of abandoned shopping mall.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY EARLY MORNING HOMICIDE!!!



And so, the Kansas City Summer Season of Killing is upon us . . .

KSHB: Man found shot to death in the middle of a Kansas City street

Deets:

"It happened near 37th and Brooklyn around 12:45 a.m.

Officers have closed off a large section of 37th Street as detectives go through the crime scene and interview witnesses.

When police arrived, they found a man shot in the street.

Paramedics started doing chest compressions, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s grandmother told 41 Action News she woke up to a heart-breaking phone call from her daughter, the victim’s mother, saying her grandson was shot and killed."

Fox4: One dead in overnight shooting, two others arrive at hospital with gunshot wounds

KMBC: Disturbance leads to fatal shooting in east KC

The victim was 20-years old police say, two more gunshot victims showed up to a nearby hospital later on that night. This report claims a house party gone wrong is at the center of the deadly drama.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Anti-Violence Circus



This afternoon there will be an East side parade aimed at curbing local violence . . .

A circus with an anti-violence message comes to Kansas City

Deets:

"The UniverSoul parade starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29th at Prospect and 39th Street. It ends at the Linwood Shopping Center with a rally, which starts around 7:15 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m."

It's a really nice effort to raise awareness in the Kansas City fight against crime even if it doesn't seem like much fun.

More in a bit . . .

HILARIOUS!!! KANSAS CITY SPY CAMS TO CATCH ILLEGAL DUMPERS HAVE BEEN STOLEN AND VANDALIZED!!!



Here's a Kansas City reality check that indicates the effort to stop illegal dumping is a bit tougher than previously anticipated.

"The city currently has 25 cameras on watch and nine more are to be installed to replace 10 stolen or vandalized so far this year."

In other words . . . Kansas City remains a dumping ground and the penchant for local surveillance by authorities doesn't seem to prevent the hot mess.

More in a bit . . .

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY TOUTS TOY TRAIN STREETCAR 'SILVER BULLET' MAGIC FIX!!!



The latest missive from Mayor Sly James seems like nothing more than hocus pocus that references a bit of "silver bullet" legend or maybe they plan to serve Coors Light on the Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar. WTF???



Either way . . . The magic "silver bullet" to fire up the local economy is a dangerous bit of economic theory that's more akin to tragic "tin-cup urbanism" wherein this town begs for change from our suburban betters without fixing more pressing infrastructure and public safety needs.

Check it:

Mayor Sly James: In Search of the Silver Bullet



Around the country, local leaders are searching for the key to economic development.

I have attended several conferences this summer where I have met other local leaders and policymakers, and they are all looking for the same thing: A silver bullet that will bring economic development far and wide in their communities. I’d love to find one myself. That will be hard to find, but it’s our duty to look for proven, research-based economic development tactics.