Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KICK-ASS TIPSTER CAMPAIGN FINANCE REVELATION: COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS RUNNING FOR KANSAS CITY MAYOR!!!



Some of the MOST AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS have taken the time and trouble to look through the the exceptionally sloppy campaign finance reports for 4th District In-District Council Lady Jolie Justus and they've CONFIRMED a widely held Kansas City political inevitability.

In this two part series, take a good look at the Council Lady's latest filing here's what most local voters don't know . . .

KANSAS CITY COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTING REVEALS THAT SHE'S RUNNING FOR MAYOR!!!

Take a look and double check our blog community work for yourself . . .



This is a big deal for a lot of reasons but here are a few more . . .

- She's a major airport advocate and second to Mayor Sly is pushing a corporate development agenda.

- Council Lady Jolie Justus could be Kansas City's first openly gay Mayor.

- Sadly, she led a citizens anti-violence committee that was totally ineffective and widely regarded as a bad joke.

And so we ask our blog community . . .

DO YOU LIKE JOLIE'S CHANCES FOR BECOMING MAYOR, IS SHE NOW THE LEADING CANDIDATE???

You decide . . .

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY SILENCE AFTER POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN WESTPORT!!!

He was shot in full view of many witnesses on a busy night but almost nobody has come forward to help the case against his killer:

Bewildering for KC police: Only handful of people have come forward about deadly Westport shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police say that while more than 200 people were inside Californos restaurant Sunday night in Westport when an off-duty Lee's Summit police officer was killed, only a handful have come forward to help them find the killer.

Monumental Kansas City List

More local confederate talk and a look at the other signs of tribute around town . . . Checkit:

Of Monumental Importance

A few months ago Chris Dixon, who drives on Ward Parkway every week with his family to go to church, sat at a stoplight. Dixon looked over and noticed something on the median where Ward Parkway meets W. 55th Street. He saw it was a monument dedicated to the women of the Confederacy.

The Kansas City Tuesday Link Pool



Right now we're also coping with a flood of news as we admire Abby hotness and sort through the most important stuff. Take a look:

Kansas City Startup Talk

With Boulevard in hand, KCMO to celebrate innovation partners at demo day

The Sept. 11 celebration serves as the culmination of Kansas City's three-month Innovation Partnership Program. Launched in 2015, the partnership program connects area startups with city departments to not only identify new efficiencies, but also offer the participating startup firms a chance to earn business with the city.


Lesson In Prison Industrial Complex

Kansas City Teen Wrongfully Arrested And Locked Up For Three Weeks Sues KCPD

A Kansas City teenager who was arrested and detained for three weeks for a crime he didn't commit is suing the Kansas City Police Department and the Board of Police Commissioners in federal court. Fifteen-year-old Tyree Bell was walking home from summer school on June 8, 2016 when he was stopped by an officer and arrested.


Tech Boss Coming To Town

H&R Block names former Uber president as its new CEO - Kansas City Business Journal

H&R Block Inc. hired a new president and CEO to succeed Bill Cobb, who retired at the end of July. Jeffrey Jones' experience includes some of the nation's best-known brands. Until Jones starts Oct. 9, he will be CEO-designate and get started learning about the company (NYSE: HRB) from the ground up - including a planned meeting with company co-founder Henry Bloch.


Help Find This JoCo Lady

Woman reported missing in Overland Park, police say

Police in Overland Park, Kansas, are asking for help in finding a missing woman. Diana R. Workman was last seen in the 8300 block of Wedd Street on July 13. Authorities said she last contacted her family on Aug. 18, through social media. Police said Workman has been known to frequently visit Olathe and Kansas City, Missouri.


THIS Series Is The Season

Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez activated for Rockies series

The Kansas City Royals made the announcement on Tuesday that fans have been waiting for weeks to hear: Salvador Perez is back. His presence behind the plate has been sorely missed since he was placed on the disabled list with an intercostal injury on August 6.


This is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Internets LOVES Sleaze Scummit TV Crook!!!

Possibly the metro fashion statement of the Summer and a sign that EVERYONE appreciates a bit of levity amid their workaday routine:

Lee's Summit suspect's shirt generates viral Facebook post

Breaking News LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - Police in suburban Kansas City are on the hunt for a man accused of stealing a TV while wearing a T-shirt with the phrase "I'm Broke Baby" on it. The Lee's Summit Police Department says on its Facebook page Monday that "yes, we realize his shirt is ironic!"

Investigation: Did Kansas SecState Kris Kobach Fire Lady For Not Going To Church???

Former employee claim and current controversy facing the leading radical right GOP candidate for Sunflower State Guv:

Kansas Trial Investigates Religious Discrimination Claim In Kobach's Office

A former employee of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office said Monday in federal court that she was fired in part for not attending church, which left her confused and depressed. Courtney Canfield argues her firing amounts to religious discrimination.

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY FLOODING DISASTER ROUNDUP!!!



Quick overview of recent flooding damage and a look at how THE KANSAS CITY LEGACY OF DEFERRED WATER & SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE threatens the safety of all resident, commuters and tourists.

Check the links:

Local Disaster Clip: Family seeks safety on roof after Blue River floods

South Kansas City Kitty Survival Tactics: Crews rescue woman stuck in tree after she was swept away by Indian Creek flood

First Responder Cope With Deluge: Emergency crews rescue hundreds after historic flooding in Kansas City area

Dead-Tree Global Climate Change Talk: Summer storms drench Kansas City with nearly 3 times the normal rainfall

Lesson In Sewer FAIL: Schools cancel, delay classes due to too much rain

Soggy KCMO Pix: See images of Tuesday's historic flooding in Kansas City

Cowtown Animal Rescue: Pets at Red Bridge Winding River Pet Village are safe and have been moved to higher ground


You decide . . .

Show-Me Payback: Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal Booted From All Committees After Prez Trump Controversy

She'll keep her job but this bit of payback is intended to appease voters who are mad about this fact of life. Take a look at a move that might or might not have been inspired by our blog community reality check regarding politico inaction . . . However there's talk of a very unlikely special session to vote her out:

Maria Chappelle-Nadal removed from all committee assignments

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - A Missouri state senator has been removed from all committee assignments after posting on Facebook that she hopes President Trump will be assassinated. Tuesday morning, Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. Gina Walsh said Maria Chappelle-Nadal is a "distraction" to senators and released a statement saying she has been removed from all committees.

Fear Kansas City Agro-Terror Talks

To be fair . . . I totally thought Pork Magazine and the Pork Network were something completely different:

Kansas, Missouri Senators Bring Agro-terrorism Concerns to Light

While ag leaders often celebrate the fact the U.S. has the world's safest food supply, keeping it safe requires a long list of interagency coordination from farmer to consumer. Hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Show-Me Execution Delay In Missouri

Amid public outcry and serious questions about this guy's guilt . . .

Missouri is set to execute a convicted killer. His lawyers say new DNA evidence proves he's innocent.

The execution of Marcellus Williams is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, but lawyers for the death row inmate have asked the US Supreme Court to stop the execution and examine the new evidence. A brief filed Monday night with Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch said the appeal is not based on witness recantation.

KANSAS CITY OVERNIGHT FLOODING REDUX AS CITY HALL HIDES BEHIND AUGUST GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DELUGE!!!



First word from our blog community today on the narrative that locals will be sold regarding the constant flooding this month . . .

12TH & OAK POLITICOS ARE PREPARED TO BLAME "HISTORIC" AUGUST RAIN FOR THE CONSTANT FLOODING DESPITE VERY LITTLE GO BOND CASH WORK ON BUSTED KCMO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE!!!

That's right . . . It's big oil and not years of neglect that creates EPIC streams in local streets almost every time it rains just a bit.



To be fair, TV weather newsies are backing up this thesis as the note that we're far beyond our rain totals for the month . . . And this fact of life may or many not reveal why KCMO can't maintain power or streets after most storms.

Check the links . . .

KSHB: Flash flooding causes problems in KC metro area

KMBC: FLOOD EMERGENCY ISSUED FOR KANSAS CITY

KCTV5: Kansas City police, fire crews requesting voluntary evacuations near Indian Creek due to flooding

Fox4: Full list of roads closed in KCMO due to flooding

You decide . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! STREET PRIVATIZATION NOW: WESTPORT DEMANDS MORE SECURITY AMID DEADLY KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE!!!

The shadow of death now inspires a controversial crackdown and city policy that many think is the last hope of saving this beleaguered and dangerous party district. Take a look:

Recent streak of violence ramps up calls for more safety measures in Westport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some locals say the latest shooting in Westport is the type of crime they're fighting with plans to privatize local street. On Monday, people reacted to Sunday night's deadly restaurant patio shooting. Tom Platt lives three blocks from Sunday night's shooting scene at Californos at Pennsylvania and Archibald.

Wall Street Journal Roundup Analysis Of Mizzou Protest Crisis Aftermath

Another reader suggested link reminds us of ongoing bad news for the struggling state college . . . "This is not news to Missourians, but as a high profile piece in the Wall Street Journal, it's got to be unwelcome national publicity."

Read more:

Mizzou Pays a Price for Appeasing the Left

Enrollment is down more than 2,000. The campus has had to take seven dormitories out of service.

The Kansas City Tuesday Morning Link Pool



Let's start the morning with Jordan hotness even in the midst of soggy conditions as we check just a few of the local news stories that are worth a peek right now . . .


Officer Killed In Westport Double Take

Friends remember Lee's Summit officer shot in Westport as a vibrant man who loved to enjoy life

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An off-duty Lee's Summit police officer is the latest victim of the increasing violence in Westport. Thirty-year-old Thomas Orr, Jr, was off-duty, attending a young professional's party at Californos restaurant in Westport when he was shot and killed.


Heartland Secret Pill Popping
Opioid overdose deaths under-reported in Missouri and Kansas, study says
Soggy Traffic Trouble Last Night

Charter bus, KCFD ambulance collide - minor injuries reported

The Kansas City Police Department is investigating what led up to a crash involving an ambulance and a charter bus late Monday night. That incident happened around 11 p.m. near 13th and Central. Fire Chief Paul Berardi confirms two paramedics from that ambulance were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.


Rock Chalk Walking Papers

Kansas dismisses LB Maciah Long for violating team rules

Kansas football has dismissed linebacker Maciah Long for violating team rules, according to the Kansas City Star's Jesse Newell. KU football announces LB Maciah Long has been dismissed from team for violation of team rules. Was 3-star prospect in 2016.


The Kansas City Comeback Cont'd

This is the dumbest Wild Card race ever, and the Royals still have a shot

The American League Wild Card race is decidedly blah. Eight teams are within five games of the final post-season spot, none of which is more than four games over .500. The Wild Card race is a marathon of the mediocre, a contest of the cromulent, a battle of the beige, a matchup of the "meh."


Miley Cyrus - Younger Now is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Prez Trump Helps Hallmark Channel???

One of Kansas City's favorite companies might own a debt to the Prez given that their family friendly entertainment is booming amid turbulent times. Check this KICK-ASS reader suggested link:

Analysis | The feel-good Hallmark Channel is booming in the age of Trump

There's a very good chance that you or someone in your close circle of friends watches the Hallmark Channel. Ratings are booming. Hallmark was the only non-news channel in the top 15 to see substantial viewership growth last year.

Faith Blogging Kansas City Eclipse 2017

From the foremost faith writer in the metro . . . An interpretation of yesterday's anti-climax and MSM bust:

What the two solar eclipses told us: 8-22-17

The first solar eclipse yesterday where we live in Kansas City was loud and wet (as this photo of our driveway shows). A storm cell moved through soon after 9 yesterday morning, blotting out the sun. And the moon wasn't...

KANSAS CITY INFRASTRUCTURE FAIL TONIGHT: FLOODING AND FLAMES AT WESTPORT RD & SW TRAFFICWAY!!!



Just an overnight reminder to maintain an important point . . .

Whilst we build taxpayer subsidized hotels, private airports and toy trains . . . Flooded local streets are bursting into flames:

Ariel Rothfield KSHB: Again, AVOID intersection near Westport Road and Southwest Trafficway. Very dangerous right now!

Warning from the KCFD Chief . . .



KMBC: High water, flooding reported across the metro Monday night

Developing . . .

Monday, August 21, 2017

Just Another Dark Kansas City Day



One last look . . . Promise.

Josh Weinstock offers the definitive glimpse at today's solar event: "Immerse yourself in the high definition sights and sounds of the total solar eclipse from downtown Kansas City, Missouri."

You decide . . .

Kansas City Flash Flood Fear Tonight

Forecast for tonight given local busted infrastructure and the lack of decent flood control despite an ongoing federal storm sewer mandate: First Alert: Flash flooding threat remains through rounds of rain into Tuesday

Fear Kansas City Highway Gunfire

More bullets flying confront local drivers from all walks of life and throughout the metro:

Random shootings on I-435 rattle drivers, leave police with difficult investigation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two random shootings on Interstate 435 in just two days have many in the metro worried. "We were driving along, coming home, and I heard a pop, and I felt my car move," said 57-year-old Janet Harms. Harms was driving west on I-435 between Wornall and Holmes with her husband in the passenger seat, and her mother in the backseat last Thursday around 7:30 pm.

DISGRACE!!! KANSAS CITY BUTCHERS TREES ON THE COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA!!!



Before after featured in the photo above thanks to AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS . . . And so, in the midst of party district political battles and the growing divide betwixt rich and poor . . . The crown jewel of Kansas City trims its brush just a bit too much and makes the party place seem just a bit less beautiful.

You decide . . .

Celebrate Kansas City Eclipse 2017 Fake News



At the risk of seeming like a party pooper despite today's overwhelming disappointment . . . The total solar eclipse was possibly the least important "news" event that has happened so far this year.

Again, a quick rundown . . .

- They're killing cops in Westport and because the officer was African-American . . . That somehow makes Kansas City hipsters feel safer as our murder count inches closer to the century mark.

- Eclipse 2017 was ruined by rain that also backed up and flooded local roadways because Kansas City politicos LIED about fixing infrastructure with GO Bond money . . . Which is actually being used for a variety of pet projects.

- There's a war over monuments in Kansas City that persists as culture warriors battle for the heart and soul of this town whilst armed dudes confront crowds of local angry ANTIFA.

Nevertheless, most of today's news was about the middle-class eating fried food whilst watching the sky . . .

Best Timelapse Of The Day

And The City Went Dark

Photography Blog


Okay, Maybe The Sun Isn't Really Racist

The Atlantic Claims Monday's Solar Eclipse Is Racist

Return your solar eclipse glasses and cancel your sun-watching parties, America. According to The Atlantic, Monday's predicted total solar eclipse is, it turns out, racist.


Nice Neighborhood Party
Eclipse dodges storms, delivers for Northeast residents
Nearby Totality

Americans flock to St Joseph, MO to view total solar eclipse

A partial eclipse will be visible from anywhere in North America, but the path of totality covers only 70 miles across the U.S.


Kansas City Biz Class Look Upward

KC businesses deliver eclipse-viewing parties [PHOTOS] - Kansas City Business Journal

A variety of Kansas City businesses gave their workers quite a show on Monday afternoon. As a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse passed through the Kansas City area, some companies gave their employees time for some celestial bonding. Look through the attached slideshow to see some submitted photos from the different eclipse-viewing parties.


2-Star Foodie Eclipse

Spectators view eclipse at Chicken N Pickle in North Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Monday morning the doors at Chicken N Pickle opened as the storm clouds rolled out. Nicole Bailey from Kansas City, Kansas and Rachel Corl from Mission, Kansas were among the 200 people who purchased tickets for the rooftop eclipse watch party.


Credit Where It's Due: The Timeless Johnny Rowlands Has Kansas City's Best View

Watch the eclipse totality from News Chopper 9

Johnny Rowlands had a 360 degree view of the phenomenon from the skies.


We'll leave this thread open but let us never speak of this again . . .

KANSAS CITY STAR STAYS LOSING: FEAR MORE DEAD-TREE MEDIA BUYOUTS!!!

Some of the more skilled longtime workers are being forced out as the daily paper is forced to do less with less:

Three KC Star Veterans Accept Buyouts As 'Newsroom Reinvention' Gets Underway

Kansas City Star reporters are being given new assignments as part of parent company McClatchy Inc.'s "reinvention" of newsrooms across the newspaper chain. The health beat has been transformed into the "bad medicine" beat, the education beat into "raising Kansas City" and the crime beat into "courts uncovered," to cite three examples.

Kansas City Northland Eclipse Flooding

Water rescues and no real sign of local politicos spending that GO BOND money on infrastructure improvements:

High water in the Northland forces drivers off the highway, residents from homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In Riverside Monday afternoon, the rain came down hard and suddenly, residents in the area of N.W. Waukomis Drive and N.W. Vivion Road realized they and their belongings were in trouble.

Kansas City Dead Lady In Blue River

Not yet counted as the latest local homicide. Here's the roundup: Woman's body pulled from Blue River in KCMO

BEHIND THE SCENES: EXPLAINING KANSAS CITY AIRPORT REVENUE BONDS AMID BURNS & MAC SINGLE-TERMINAL RIGGED BID!!!



An important perspective from tax fighters on the financial reality of a crucial decision under consideration for MCI . . .

What some Airport developers don't want you to know about Airport Revenue Bonds!

Over the next few days and weeks ahead many important decisions will be made about the Kansas City Airport. These decisions will affect us for the next
generation. It’s important that we all understand what is being discussed and even more importantly what is not being discussed publicly.

The City Council will be voting on a number of airport related ordinances this week including how to finance the airport. Councilwoman Shields has
proposed an ordinance calling for airport revenue bonds to be used. This will require a vote of the people and the interest rates for airport revenue bonds are much lower than private financing. The flying public should not be forced to pay millions of dollars more in interest payments. Councilwoman Shields proposal is the best way to finance the work to be done on the airport. The next few paragraphs will help explain CFRG’s position.

At last week’s Mayor’s Town Hall, held at the historic Gem Theatre, Mayor Sly James painstakingly made clear over and over again that the money made at the airport - by the airport- has to stay at the airport - for airport stuff. That the money generated by the airport cannot be used for roads, bridges, parks, zoos or anything else the city needs cash for. That is absolutely positively unequivocally true-sort of . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE REALITY CHECK!!! MISSOURI GOP FORGIVES STATE SENATOR WHO APOLOGIZED FOR PREZ TRUMP ASSASSINATION POST!!! MISSOURI INSIDERS: OUST UNLIKELY!!!



Remember that recent rage over Maria Chappelle-Nadal and her flap over an unwise FB post was going ruin her political career . . .

Well, yesterday we noted that she has apologized and said that she's never going to do it again.

And Missouri Insiders reveal . . .

OFF THE RECORD MOST DENIZENS OF THE MISSOURI GOP ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR TOUGH TALK ABOUT REMOVING HER WAS JUST AN EMPTY GESTURE!!! SHE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!

To be fair, Democratic Party denizens called for her resignation as well.

But here's where TKC will hold Missouri politicos accountable for their words while MSM accepts their flimsy narrative . . .

Fact is, the social media beef was never anything more than a sideshow and the State Senator was never in much trouble of pushback from Missouri politicos who all have their share of sketchy political reputations. While a vote to oust the lady would be a great civics lesson for Missouri, it's exceptionally unlikely according to just about everyone who has a working knowledge of Jeff City.

And so, for hopeless and clueless partisan political players . . . This episode might shed just a bit of light on even more empty rhetoric exchanged betwixt culture warriors on both sides of aisle.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Airport Eclipse Traffic Jam



Posting this perspective in fairness and because the "convenience" is really for Kansas City denizens dumping travelers into the airport system that's screwed up across the nation . . .

The "Convenient" Airport

It is like this every week......no place to sit, people on top of each other. Delta Terminal B. I wonder if the anti-airport crowd ever sets foot in their beloved airport.
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You decide . . .

Sleaze Summit Po-Po Slain In Westport: Police MSM Report Seyz He Was Innocent Bystander

Law enforcement played a tragic role in the recent deadly Midtown Kansas City gunfire . . . Check the MSM take on the story as the murder total nears 100 before the close of August. Checkit:

Lee's Summit police officer shot and killed at Westport bar was 'innocent bystander' to argument

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Lee's Summit Police Department confirmed to FOX 4 Monday morning that the man who was shot and killed at Californos in Westport Sunday night was a Lee's Summit officer, assigned as a school resource officer to Campbell Middle School in Lee's Summit.

Out Of Town Billionaire Deadbeat Demanding Kansas City New Single-Terminal Airport

Given the corporate welfare that his organizations already take home . . . This ask really isn't that surprising . . .

Clark is in favor of a new KC airport

Clark Hunt's vote is in and it's for a new airport The Kansas City Chiefs owner has been identified as for a new single-terminal airport, according to a report from 41 Action News the other day.

Kansas City Midday Back To The Grind



AND WE'RE BACK!!!

Quick peek at classic Candice hotness that offers a ray of sunshine on even the darkest day along with some of the top Kansas City local links. Take a look:

Kansas City Broken Promise Redux???

WOULD BLUES MOVE TO KANSAS CITY?

QUESTION: Is there a real threat that the Blues could eventually move to Kansas City, or do you see another team possibly going there? JR: I've seem some "reports" about the possibility of the Blues going to Kansas City because of the problems with the city approving the renovation funding.


More KCMO Hipster Songs Of Discontent

A Tribute Artist Recreates A Legendary Protest Singer For A Show With Kansas City Musicians

" Outside a Small Circle of Friends," by Phil Ochs, is not a typical protest song. The song tells the biting, sardonic tale of all-too-normal people walking away from tragedies without helping - because, after all, "outside a small circle of friends," who would care? The message is simple: just help.


Rigged Airport Discussion

Committee zeroes in on apples-to-apples comparisons for KCI terminal - Kansas City Business Journal

A selection committee tasked with recommending one of four competing development teams for the job of designing, building and privately financing a new one-terminal Kansas City International Airport is closing in on an apples-to-apples comparison of the teams' financing proposals.


The Pitch Is Now Mostly Booze News

What happens inside the luxury-minded Monarch - opening today on the Plaza - may well affect KC's whole cocktail scene

Photo by Zach Bauman The Monarch is not coy about its extravagance. The new bar - nestled between the rich Polsinelli building and the Plaza-posh Jax Fish and Oyster House - basks in its own gilded-lily glow, from the showpiece terrace outside to the Italian-marble centerpiece bar indoors to the 1,500 handmade plexiglass butterflies that hover overhead.


Kansas City Teachable Moment

Valentine block was home of school board president

Midtown households in the 1930s were predominately made up of typical nuclear families: a working father, stay-at-home mother and several children. But a glimpse at the 1930 makeup of the Valentine neighborhood block from Pennsylvania to Jefferson between 37 th and Valentine shows other trends: a proportionally large number of households headed by widows; families that had taken in boarders; and a dwindling number of live-in servants.


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

Kansas City Monday Reality Check Reminder: Every Times It Rains, It Floods

Here's a good look at all of those GO BOND PROMISES unfulfilled and mostly just a bad joke:

Heavy rain leaves portion of Elmwood Avenue & Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard covered with water

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A driver cruising near Elmwood Avenue and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard Monday morning quickly came to a stop when they noticed their vehicle had become submerged in water. As of 11 a.m. water completely covered the roadway making it unsafe for this driver and others.

If Kobach Makes It Past Primary, Here's The Kansas Democratic Party Dude He'll Destroy

Remember that the Sunflower State election for Guv is really a debate among Republicans over whether they'll endorse Prez Trump and the radical right or establishment GOP poster boy Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer Still, here's the aftermath:

House Democratic Leader Ward Joins Kansas Governor's Race

Kansas Democratic House Leader Jim Ward is finally jumping into the race for governor. Ward ended months of speculation with his announcement Saturday at a Wichita union hall. "I wanna move Kansas forward," he told the crowd. "I love Kansas. There's no other place I would rather call home."

Missouri Prepares To Kill Innocent Man

Science doesn't really matter amid the call for more state sponsored killing . . .

Missouri Prepares to Execute Marcellus Williams, Dismissing DNA Evidence

click to enlarge Over objections by civil rights groups contending that evidence points to a different perpetrator, convicted murderer Marcellus Williams is scheduled to die tomorrow at 6 p.m. by lethal injection. It would be second execution carried out under Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Barring intervention by the U.S.

Kansas City Enjoys Worst Eclipse Evar!!!



For better or worse, the world didn't end . . . As far as we know.

And apparently the term "eclipse" is is an ancient Mayan word for "cloudy day" or some such.

Btw . . . Just remember that nobody wants to see your eclipse photo.

On the bright side, the phony late-season Kansas City Royal playoff run will be the latest fake news sensation that local newsies tout. Also, somebody mentioned something about creative class millennials missing the eclipse because they sleep until 2pm . . . Which might have been the comment of the day.

More in a bit . .

EL SOL NEGRO: KANSAS CITY AND THE NATION CONFRONT INEVITABLE CHANGE AMID TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!!!



There's a ton of great conspiracy theories about the end of the world today . . .

White guys without self-confidence have recently taken to the streets in fear over the so-called "darkening of America" and that's exactly what's going to happen today.

Moreover, the Aztecs predicted all of this long ago as part of their Five Suns creation myth which foretold thee destruction and resurrection of their civilization . . . i.e. Reconquista.

Before we discount star signs . . . Let's not forget that the Lord and Savior of most Americans had his virgin birth touted by signals from the heavens.

Either way, everyone is attempting to derive some form of meaning from today's eclipse . . . And "El Sol Negro" sounds much nicer than all of the science most people don't understand about today's Sun worship festivities.

Still, what always matters most is the story that people take away . . . And so we ask our blog community:

HOW WILL TODAY'S ECLIPSE CHANGE KANSAS CITY AND THE NATION???

Some are hoping for unity in the midst of the Universe in motion and with the humble recognition of our insignificance in the grand scheme of things. Meanwhile, factions "from all sides" tout the dawn of a new era which will bring fourth their rise to power. I suppose most people will just be working their dead end jobs and take a few moments to look toward the sky before their bosses demand their heads are pushed back down toward their toil.

Today I'm honestly curious about how Kansas City and the world view the eclipse when they're not trying to impress frenemies and strangers on social media.

If the world does or doesn't end we sincerely hope to see you d-bags on the other side of the eclipse . . .



Either way, it has been such great fun to play a very small part in a civilization that learned to harness the power of the Sun and then used it to kill and terrify one another.

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #95: DEADLY GUNFIRE ERUPTS IN WESTPORT AFTER FIGHT ON CALIFORNO'S PATIO!!!



Check the roundup of the latest horrific instance of violence in Westport amid an exceptionally deadly Summer and the demise of the party district by way of developers and bullets.

Even better, because advertisers and politicos rule the local media . . . Our blog community asks because nobody else will:

HAS KANSAS CITY KILLED WESTPORT AFTER AN EXCEPTIONALLY VIOLENT 2017 & PLANS TO OVERBUILD?!??

Street privatization remains the last hope of desperate party people to try and control the increasingly rambunctious crowds. But the reality is that opponents of racial profiling and public access to taxpayer funded streets have already raised their concerns about this effort.

Meanwhile, given that everyone in KCMO is packing heat this Summer . . . Here's a the aftermath of a shouting match gone horribly wrong . . .

Links . . .

KCTV5: Man dead, woman injured in double shooting on patio of Westport restaurant

Fox4: Police said the incident began with two men fighting, and ended with a man and a woman shot. The male victim died at the scene.

KSHB: Police say about 200 people were in the area at the time. According to witnesses, the man was arguing with the suspect before shots were fired.

Developing . . .