Friday, August 29, 2014

THANKS TO MIKE SHANIN AND ALL THE KICK-ASS CAST AND CREW OF RUCKUS!!!



Over the years, we've long been on the record about how much we like KCPT's Ruckus political talk show and how important it is to the local discourse . . .

Yesterday, it really was a dream come true to accept an invitation to chat about local politics on Kansas City's gold standard opinion forum.

THANK YOU TO MIKE SHANIN AND ALL THE KICK-ASS CAST AND CREW OF RUCKUS!!!

KCPT stays classy and I was in good company with Mary O'Halloran, Woody Cozad & Marcus Leach.

Mr. Shanin was an exceptionally warm and friendly host, it's always kinda cool to meet people you've seen on TV for years and then find out that they're just as nice, smart and interesting as you've suspected.

People who meet TKC are always disappointed to see that I'm mostly distracted by my phone like some dweeb tween.

Anyhoo . . .

CHECK THE LATEST EPISODE OF RUCKUS . . .



The TKC invite doesn't have much to do with my efforts but speaks to the importance of our blog community in the local discourse, even if we're bawdy, brazen, out of line very often but still THE LAST REMAINING FREE SPEECH ZONE in Kansas City.

Thanks to everyone for watching and some really good insights, congrats and analysis from Chuck, The Polar Bear, Miss Sweetie Pie, xalti, Special K, G-Man, my friend M, and many others.

More in a bit . . .

36 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Not a bad show, good they are opening it up to more people. Some of the picks have been pretty good so far. Looking forward to who they have next.

Anonymous said...

Marcus Leach's IQ leaves much to be desired.

Anonymous said...

He was good. They all were good. The characters change in Kansas City but the game remains the same.

Anonymous said...

Toy train proves Leach and Glorioso can be beat. It's pretty simple.

Anonymous said...

I want more pics of the fit, hot new Tony!

Anonymous said...

Sly James can be beat also. Count on it.

One Termer

Anonymous said...

Toy train proves KC can easily be beat. Its pretty simple. Stir up the knee jerk stupidity of its citizenry. Watch StL, OKC and Charlotte outpace KC in economic growth, urban core revitalization, and national prominence.

KC = Topeka

Anonymous said...

Nice job...Mary seemed somewhat dismissive of you, probably and thankfully because you're not Yael, the self ascribed smartest man in the midwest if not the country.

Anonymous said...

Tony: Stop swiveling in that chair. It is distracting from what you are saying.

Anonymous said...

"We've long been on record ..."

Links, Taco Boy?

Anonymous said...

I like the direction KCPT is going in, really good to involve more members of the community. They need to reach out even further and let the people's voice be heard!

Anonymous said...

"knee jerk stupidity of [KC's] citizenry" = KC voters won't provide Mensa boy's post council employment.

Nebraska = home, Mensa boy. Go peddle your streetcar there.

chuck said...

Marcus Leach is actually pretty quick.

Congrats again Tony.

Anonymous said...

chuck is going to have his own show on kcpt - it's called fuckup.

Anonymous said...

Love the variety of ruckettes but hate everything else

Anonymous said...

Tony I am sure the folks ate the play TV station owe you for all 17 of their viewers.

Anonymous said...

Polar bear in the buff should be next on

Anonymous said...

The problem with Leach is he actually believes his own bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Not having a policy against hateful, frequently violent acts does not make you the last venue for free speech. Just means you allow anyone to say anything.

And you take pride?

Public Service Announcement said...

Fuck You 7:11 assholes like you can sure stink a joint up. Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

Anonymous said...

8:25 Shut the fuck up and clean your rose coloured glasses.

Anonymous said...

Byron you Dad is back and raping your wife again.

Anonymous said...

he didn't rape her he was doing what hillbilly boy couldn't do and that was have sex with the woman.

Anonymous said...

Great job Tony! They need to keep that old crone Mary off.

Anonymous said...

RUCKUS undergoes a transmutation this week by welcoming the avant-garde "Tony's Kansas City" blogger Tony Botello!!!

Let's ALBOROTO!!

I like the new opening graphics and music. Managing Editor Mike Shanin anchors this program and his discretion should be respected.

Regarding the Headliner segment---if you plan to make this permanent, the show needs to be lengthened to one hour. Otherwise, the time remaining for the panelists becomes too abbreviated.

Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George (and her predecessor Tom Hoenig) are classic reflections of Midwest conservatism, whose votes, unfortunately, get overridden routinely. Dr. Kuehl is an economic realist and I enjoyed his assessment---good guest!

Tony gets the "Yael" chair..... hey, it could be worse.

First off, let me say that this week's panel is MUCH better than the inaugural edition. You've got four people with strong opinions, who generally express their views articulately and respect the tradition of taking your turn!

Panelist Grades:
Tony Botello = (B+), a little nervous(?) initially, but easily held his ground and came across as a well-informed civic/political reference source with a nice sense of humor! You know you're doing alright when Woody chooses to associate himself with your comments.

Marcus Leach = (B+), came across as "talking his book" a tad, but a knowledgeable budding political operative.

Mary O'Halloran = (B+), while I don't agree with most of Mary's politics, she represents the "other side" with conviction and passion.

Woody Cozad = (A), Mr. Cozad is simply one classy guy! His intellect, vast experience, and superior communication skills make him a real gem for the viewing audience. He should be on every week that his schedule permits.

Mike Shanin = (A+), I like to think of Mr. Shanin as the Adrian Cronauer of Kansas City.
What are you going do? FUGETABOUTIT!!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8hchspIj8I

This was a good one folks! Sets the standard for the new Ruckus.

Polar Bear said...

Can you imagine what the offspring of Marcus Leach and Mary O'Halloran would look like?

Wait....could Alonzo call Marcus daddy ?

Both of those ass clowns (Leach and O'Hagoran) should get on that fucking Toy Train and ride the rail right out of town. Douche bags....

You need to hang your nut sack on those clowns next Ruckus.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Tony, you seem much more mature since you lost weight. You have a voice for broadcasting. I enjoyed listening to & watching you.



Asshole 9:24

My father has been dead for a long time. Why don't you grow a pair?

Anonymous said...

Damn Tony, you keep taking the conversation to the left they won't ask you back!

Anonymous said...

Mary should bow out of RUCKUS - a better fit for her would be 'ladies who lunch' type settings.

Given the show's time constraint, bullet point delivery is essential.

Nice job Tony!

Anonymous said...

I think Byron's getting ready to ask Tony out.

Anonymous said...

That fat nigger is worthless! He doesn't know shit from applebutter but keeps running his fat lips, like he does. Loser!!

Anonymous said...

Tony, you really look Italian now!! Good job...

The Reverend Doctor Bishop Kingfish Jackson, Jr., III said...

Brother Tony, you done good. I will put a $10 I.O.U. to Jesus in the collection plate for you on Sunday. Do I get a Amen?

Anonymous said...

Eeewwww gold standard? I don't think so. Now I'd like to see Tony on WIR. I pretty much stopped watching Ruckus because they have s bunch of dried up self-centered delusional crones on there. Just the sound of Mary's name dropping voice makes my skin crawl. And Shaming breeds to stick with right-wing radio. Yuck.

Anonymous said...

Looks to skinny to be an Italian. That's the fattest group of filthy slobs in the fatty fat filthy slob city.

Plus they dress like fucking clowns.

He looks like he could maybe be an italian woman, though.

Anonymous said...

Ruckus, limp dick liberials arguing with hair lip liberials.