Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ELITE KEMPER CLAN ORDERS KANSAS CITY TO BACK THEIR ECO-DEVO PLAN!!!



Today's history lesson . . .

THE KEMPER CLAN USES DEAD TREE MEDIA TO GIVE KANSAS CITY MARCHING ORDERS FOR AN ECO-DEVO GAMBLE ON THEIR LATEST SCHEME!!!

"Family says it’s time to move on, past Kemper Arena"

The screed was penned by Richie Rich Mariner Kemper, President of and CEO of UMB Financial Corp.

Sadly . . .

THE SIMPLE FACT THAT THE KEMPER CLAN HASN'T PAID SOMEBODY TO PIMP THEIR PIPE DREAM SPEAKS TO THEIR WANING INFLUENCE IN KANSAS CITY PROPER AND/OR LACK OF ANY REAL COMMITMENT TO THEIR PROJECT!!!

It's not that it's a bad idea, it's just that few people in Kansas City want this town's 1% giving marching orders. Times have changed and the Kemper Clan is stuck in the past with this hard sell approach that mistakenly believes their big name convinces people more than a few well-placed checks.

Accordingly . . . I'd like to note that my e-mail address is in the sidebar and I'd be clad to put on tap dancing shoes to promote the whims of the Kemper Clan. (Kidding, I hope) . . .

In any event, it's important to start the week with the realization that big money still gives the orders in Kansas City and doesn't really care if their dictates seem callous, arrogant and slightly self-serving.

35 Comments:

chuck said...

That Richie Rich comment is pretty funny.

:)

Anonymous said...

I saw that there are at least 20 events booked there not including the Renegades.

Anonymous said...

Tony, they are doubling down on the only event that draws a crowd down there.

Your drift toward "TEA Party Stupid" is annoying.

Anonymous said...

The Renegades only want to be paid to go away. The "team" is a scam. They are no more real than their "Cheerleaders" who were borrowed from a beer distributor.

Anonymous said...

That was one of the most horrible appeals I've read, and a simple fact check would disprove half of Ritchie Rich's assertions.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Ritchie, the citizens of Kansas City have proven that hey want to keep Kemper Arena by putting their money where their mouth is. They have passed not one, but two bond issues to repair and upgrade the facility.

And the Sprint Center vote you refer to as being indicative of the lack of citizen support for Kemper? A critical selling point on that campaign was AEG's promise (which, by the way, they broke) to keep Kemper open and to program and manage it profitably.

Anonymous said...

Knock it down. I do not care if the Kempers want to use their money to build something on the site or not.

Anonymous said...

I have yet to hear an argument in favor of keeping Kemper that is not based on nostalgia.

On the contrary the place has no bookings.

Bring Walmart to the Bottoms said...

I read that Walmart is looking for locations in the KC Metro area?

Seems like a perfect fit.

Anonymous said...

What a smarmy, duplicitous appeal.

Why doesn't Ritchie Rich just say what's really going on here? That his family does not want their prominent banking family name associated with the third rate programming that Kemper now attracts?

I could understand and support that. Then, instead of a tearing down a viable and iconic structure, all we'd have to do is rename it.

Botello's West Side Arena is my choice for the new name. It indicates viable, iconic and third rate all in one.

Show that asshole with his airplane who has the biggest girders on the West Side.

Anonymous said...

7:15 (paid hack) - then you're not listening to any of the dialogue.

chuck said...

7:17

Hilarious.

Anonymous said...

lolz

JdX said...

I've got an idea, why don't we VOTE on what happens to the arena instead of relying on a rich family to make all of our decisions for us.

It seems like a shame that the Kempers feel entitled to tell Kansas City what's best for them even though few of them live within city limits any longer.

Anonymous said...

"Why doesn't Ritchie (sic) Rich just say what's really going on here? That his family does not want their prominent banking family name associated with the third rate programming that Kemper now attracts?"

If you had taken the time to read his op-ed, that is EXACTLY what Kemper is saying.

Let us also not fail to forget, as Kemper did, that Kemper Arena was built just after the Cincinnati Royals moved in to become the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, and the NHL awarded KC an expansion franchise which was the ill-fated Scouts.

Coupled with the American Royal, you had two anchor tenants (and later the indoor soccer Comets) sucking up a lot of winter dates, plus those concerts that we fondly remember during the spring, summer and early fall.

Well, there are no longer sports franchises to be the anchor tenants, and Sprint is landing all the big concerts.

Curiously, I wonder what Tony's reaction to be if Kemper had instead written a "Save Kemper" column.

My guess? The same "rich people telling us what to do" thing.


Anonymous said...

"Why doesn't Ritchie (sic) Rich just say what's really going on here? That his family does not want their prominent banking family name associated with the third rate programming that Kemper now attracts?"

If you had taken the time to read his op-ed, that is EXACTLY what Kemper is saying.

Let us also not fail to forget, as Kemper did, that Kemper Arena was built just after the Cincinnati Royals moved in to become the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, and the NHL awarded KC an expansion franchise which was the ill-fated Scouts.

Coupled with the American Royal, you had two anchor tenants (and later the indoor soccer Comets) sucking up a lot of winter dates, plus those concerts that we fondly remember during the spring, summer and early fall.

Well, there are no longer sports franchises to be the anchor tenants, and Sprint is landing all the big concerts.

Curiously, I wonder what Tony's reaction to be if Kemper had instead written a "Save Kemper" column.

My guess? The same "rich people telling us what to do" thing.


Anonymous said...

Actually, 7:54, I did read the article.

No where did I read that Ritchie's justification for demo'ing Kemper was the embarrassment of their name being associated with wraslin', rap and arena football.

In fact, if you had bothered to take Ritchie at his word, instead of inferring his intent, you would see Ritchie's justification for demo'ing Kemper at the end of the second paragraph. And it's purely economic.

You really think if third rate programming paid the bills that the Kemper family would proudly endorse keeping the arena?

And your argument that Kemper was built for anchor tenants flies in the face of what really happened. The Kings moved here BEFORE Kemper was built, and without any promise for a new arena. And, speaking of dated facilities that are not financially viable, did you not ever go to any Kings games at Municipal Auditorium?

Let's demo that monstrosity, too.

Anonymous said...

Kemper is dead!

Long live Botello Arena!

Anonymous said...

8:19. Try reading the entire article next time. You missed this:

"On behalf of my family, we have no interest in Kemper Arena’s being remembered as a decrepit and underused facility that drained the city treasury through a slow, drawn-out death."

So even when Kemper says what you wanted him to say, you bitch about it.




Anonymous said...

The best part of this story is not in the article. While the city manager plays both sides of the discussion, he has lied to everyone. He promised the CEO of the American Royal $20M to tear down Kemper and put a down payment on the new building. Just go to thier offices and see the drawings of the new building.

Second, while he was promising to tear it down, he decided to place the arena football in there to say there are events there and we still need it, thus getting out of his first promise. Then the city under his 'leadership' now is investing 10's if not 100's of thousands of dollars into the unused building in new lighting and HVAC. Why, who knows, but the local contractors are loving puting so much money into a building that needs to be torn down. What a lack of leadership from the city manager on this issue.

Why the article from Richie Rich, to warn the CM to get his stuff straightened out before he is the next to go. This is the tip of a much deeper iceberg in the city.

Anonymous said...

Say what you want, you have to admit that the Kemper family has done more for Kansas City than virtually any other single family in town. Yes, they've made money in the process; however, the beginnings were very altruistic and have added greatly to the quality of like in KC.

LMFAO said...


7:17 is goddamned funny!

Anonymous said...

Reading into his words again, 8:40.

The quote you cite says the Kemper family does not want their name associated with the arena because they believe it will not be physically maintained and because they believe it will not be financially viable. He does NOT say they would support any viable reuse that would pay for upkeep and maintain financial viability.

If wraslin', rap and arena football prove to be those uses that would meet the Kempers' financial solvency tests, do you think they would support keeping it? The answer is FUCK NO!!! This is about their collective egos.

You'd think the Kemper's could afford better representation than your lame apologies.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of his motives he makes a valid point and anyone who thinks we can support two arenas within two miles of one another is delusional.

Anonymous said...

I trust the "viable and iconic structure" part was sarcastic.

Anonymous said...

"And your argument that Kemper was built for anchor tenants flies in the face of what really happened. The Kings moved here BEFORE Kemper was built, and without any promise for a new arena."

WRONG! The General Obligation Bonds for Kemper were passed in the spring of 1972, THEN with the promise of a new arena, it clinched the deal for the Cincy Royals to move here and begin play for the 1972-73 season, AND for the NHL to announce in June that it would expand to KC and Washington, D.C.

You know, just because you are ignorant doesn't mean you get to make up your own "facts."

Or do you really think the NBA and the NHL would have come here to play in Municipal without a new arena signed, sealed and quickly delivered?

Anonymous said...

What's the beef with the guest editorial? I thought it was well-written and laid out some factual realities. Further it didn't sound like orders, rather an offer to work with others in the city to find some sort of financially feasible solution to the old arena.

Anonymous said...

10:27, if you think "wrasslin', rap and arena football" can save Kemper and make it financially viable, then you are truly deluded.

As for what the Kempers will support, I have no idea because unlike you, I am not a mind-reader.

But he clearly said that he doesn't want his family name on a shithole. And he's got a valid point, no matter what you imagine his true, unstated reason is.

Anonymous said...

12:09, the only thing "wrong" with this op-ed is that it was written by a Kemper. That's what's causing the knee-jerk reaction by Tony and his camp followers.

Had this been written by any one else not rich, Tony and his minions would be cheering it.

Anonymous said...

I think the Sprint Center should have been named Kemper Center. At least they would have paid more for the naming rights. They have done more for the State of Missouri as a whole than most other wealthy families.

Anonymous said...

A KCPS grad asks:

Botellos? Ain't that what they been closing down on Overland Park?

Anonymous said...

kemper can buy me a new fart cushion. Forget him.

Anonymous said...

Go Gades!

Anonymous said...

I you ever need a pictue to accomplany the term, Douche-bag," insert Mariner's. By the way, what a DB name, too.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they turn it into condos and the all the banks the Kempers own can finance them and then they can become richer motherfuckers.