Monday, December 11, 2017

KANSAS CITY NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART B-DAY QUESTION: HAS HIGH CRIME, CULTURE WAR AND BAD CHOICES DESTROYED THIS INSTITUTION???



Final note for posting today and a tribute to one of Kansas City's most iconic spaces . . .

Nelson-Atkins tweeted: Today is our 84th birthday! The museum opened December 11, 1933 . . . The estates of William Rockhill Nelson & Mary McAfee Atkins specified the creation of an arts hub in Kansas City.

For many denizens of the local arts scene, this place is the pinnacle of local culture and class . . . However, in the era of Prez Trump, the Internets put everything up for debate.

Long, long ago the shuttlecocks earned just a bit of push back before the MSM pretty much demanded public appreciation of the installations.



However, the artistic merits of Bloch building have been openly debated and isn't quite as beloved as the rest of the campus.



Either way, the place continues to move forward despite constant critics, rising crime in the surrounding neighborhood and the overall decline of public appreciation for nearly everything outside of their mobile phones.

Developing . . .

Tracy Reports GROUNDBREAKING Attendance For 'Sonia' Holocaust Documentary



Our pal Tracy offers a preview and box office report from a local film fest and tribute . . .

Take a look:

Tracy: Big Sonia is an upbeat inspiring documentary about Kansas City's most beloved Holocaust survivor. It's breaking all records over the last 35 years of movie attendance at the Glenwood Arts theatre. In just the first ten days, 6153 Kansas Citians have seen it!

Developing . . .

TKC BLOG COMMUNITY REQUEST: SOCIAL MEDIA ATTENTION-SEEKING, LENIENT JUDGE AND ANTI-WHITE TRUMP HATE APPARENT IN WRIST SLAP SENTENCE THREATENING KANSAS CITY & NATION!!!



More than a half-dozen readers have requested this story and want to consider its local implications.

And so . . .

MANY TKC BLOG COMMUNITY DENIZENS DECRY PROBATION AGAINST AN ATTACKER IN A BRUTAL BEAT DOWN TARGETING A SPECIAL NEEDS PERSON WHILST ANTI-WHITE AND ANTI-TRUMP RHETORIC WAS ESPOUSED!!!

Here's the comment that was most reasonable amid the slew of outrage sent this way . . .

"You covered this kidnapping and assault earlier this year so I think it deserves more attention. One of the members of the gang who attacked a mentally challenged person was recently let go on probation. It's beyond explanation that such a dangerous individual could be placed back on the streets but we see the same thing here in Kansas City - Jackson County in particular. When the prosector's office does take a big case and earn a conviction, criminals are let back on the street in days. In KC the judges are off the hook when it comes to crime because they have political connections to keep their jobs. What's worse is that we don't see any consequences for hate crimes that are committed by black people. A double standard exists. If the situation was reversed there would be a national outrage but in this case the story is largely forgotten. I hope you offer some follow-up coverage because this case isn't just about Chicago. This same kind of thing is happening everywhere in our country and it's a big part of the reason the KC murder rate is so high."

Check background links offering more deets about the latest development in this case:

Daily Mail: Girl, 19, who narrated the horrifying beating and torture of a disabled man on Facebook Live AVOIDS JAIL in case that shocked the nation

Chicago Tribune: Jude Hooks told Brittany Covington he could have imposed a prison sentence but added, “I’m not sure if I did that you’d be coming out any better.”

WGN: Woman In Facebook Torture Case Banned From Social Media For 4 Years

As always, even if we disagree we want to consider thoughtful arguments and and well-reasoned debate . . . We encourage our blog community to articulate their responses and offer their pithy reactions.

Is there a double standard in this case???

Was the sentencing unfair?

How does this impact KCMO???

You decide . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY CONFRONTS RAT INFESTATION CRISIS!!!



Earlier this year TKC warned our blog community about this crisis in the making and now a rodent health hazard infestation is news fact.

Checkit:

Fox4: Rat infestations getting out of control in Kansas City as reports double in two years, officials say

Deets:

According to the health department, the rat infestation problem in the metro has gotten so bad, they said the number of calls they've received over the last two years has nearly doubled.

“About two years ago, it was roughly about 1,200 a year, and we're on track to about 2,400 this year”.

Developing . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES STANDS UP FOR NET NEUTRALITY!!!



Tonight we find common ground with the top ranking elected official at City Hall as he offers his perspective on a controversial new effort to subvert the architecture of the Internet for the benefit of corporate monopolies that will undoubtedly crackdown on free speech.

Checkit:

The Blog Of Mayor Sly James: The FCC Must Focus on Digital Inclusion

Thesis . . .

"The Lifeline program and net neutrality rules are integral to creating digital inclusion in Kansas City. Without these policies, Kansas City’s low-income residents could be unable to access the Internet to apply for jobs, affordable housing and job permits, as well as find public transportation routes, Medicaid and Medicare information and education options for their children. Many of these processes are now only available online, unless the user is willing and able to travel or pay additional fees. Kansas City’s students and schools could face even greater hurdles, no longer having access to the full world wide web, but rather a selection of sites made available by the ISPs, depriving them of a 21st century education. Kansas City’s small businesses could struggle to find customers if their website and social media pages are placed behind a paywall or made completely inaccessible by ISPs. Kansas City’s veterans and military families could find it harder to stay connected with one another when the cost of the Internet services they rely on become prohibitive and services like Lifeline are cut. Without access to affordable Internet services, many Kansas Citians could be excluded from the digital economy, which is becoming a larger and larger chunk of the economy at large, and deprived of the opportunity to be a part of their community."

Read the whole thing.

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY CULTURE WAR CRIME SPREE: IS THE LGBT COMMUNITY UNDER SIEGE ALONG MAIN STREET CORRIDOR???



Over the past week there has been a crime spree impacting denizens of Kansas City's LGBT community and a growing debate as to motive.

Remember that some LGBT activists fear that a horrific murder last week might have been a hate crime.

The latest update . . .

WORKERS AT A NONPROFIT KANSAS CITY LGBT OUTPOST DOCUMENT A CAR ROBBERY TARGETING THEIR ORGANIZATION!!!

Take a look:

Eyewitness says man on crutches stole woman's car in midtown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Samantha Ruggles said a man on crutches stole her car. The theft happened around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Ruggles pulled up to the back door of her workplace, the Kansas City Center for Inclusion, at 39th and Main Street and ran inside to unload a few boxes.


The debate . . .

Are these crimes of opportunity or the actions of criminals targeting members of the LGBT community along the Main Street Corridor???

Sadly, there is no argument that crime along this dangerous section of Kansas City continues to rise.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND WALMART PARKING LOT GUNFIRE TONIGHT!!!



Bullets fly in the nice part of town this evening . . . And seem to confirm a blog community theory that Walmart (even the nicer market stores) often help blight a community . . .

Read more . . .

Fox4: One person grazed in shooting in parking lot at Antioch Crossing

"One person was injured in a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart on Monday evening.

"Kansas City Police responded to the parking lot of the Antioch Crossing shopping center, outside a Walmart and a Qdoba Mexican Restaurant, at 53rd and N. Antioch"

Developing . . .

Country Club Plaza Selloff Complete

Postscript on a recent real estate move as a workplace goes residential despite constant disputes, hobos and protests at a park across the street. Read more:

NorthPoint buys Two Brush Creek office for high-end senior living - Kansas City Business Journal

NorthPoint Development has bought a five-story office building from the the former owner of the Country Club Plaza for $10.3 million. NorthPoint plans to turn the 78,835-square-foot building at 2 Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. in Kansas City into high-end senior housing.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS HELP SAVE THE PLANET WITH NEW NUT SACK!!!

Have a taste of this local effort to make local fanboys just a bit more environmentally friendly . . .

Kansas City Chiefs 'go nuts' over compostable peanut bag

The Kansas City Chiefs football team is going the extra yard by scoring a major victory for the environment. Thanks to a collaboration between BASF, Aramark, and Hampton Farms, BASF reports that Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO, has become the first-ever professional sports venue to sell a prepacked compostable peanut bag.

Kansas City Council Dude Jermaine Reed Relaunches Mayoral Bid With Yet Another Screed Against Prez Trump

He's the youngest Councilman In Kansas City history but his candidacy for Mayor has been mostly forgotten in a crowded field. Here's his latest attempt to gain traction. Take a look:

An underdog to move Kansas City from good to great

We are almost one year into Donald Trump's presidency and Eric Greitens' governorship. In Washington, we have witnessed countless attempts to dismantle Obamacare, and we are on the verge of passing a tax reform bill that will constitute one of the largest transfers of wealth from working-class Americans in the nation's history.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CITY HALL URGES LONG-TERM PLAN TO IMPROVE LACK OF KANSAS CITY POLICE DIVERSITY!!!



Like it or not, here's a fun fact that is backed up by documentation: The Kansas City Police Department is mostly comprised of white dudes and white ladies.

Take a look at the latest numbers:



Amid growing scrutiny of police departments across the nation and the progress of local efforts to garner City Hall control of KCPD, there's a call for change.

Today, City Staff offered this suggestion:

Strategy for improving the diversity of employee recruitment, succession planning, and retention in @kcpolice: Develop a multi-year plan to implement the recommendations of the @kcpolice staffing study.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE PLAN TO ENCOURAGE MORE KCPD DIVERSITY???

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY SHOOTING DOWNTOWN NEAR CITY HALL AFTER METRO POLICE CHASE!!!



Confrontation with police and a quick chase this afternoon and one of the many reasons that inside of the loop seems like a demilitarized zone right now. Read more about this drama near City Hall today.

Deets:

Police say the suspect was with three others when they took a car at gunpoint from a driver at a car wash in Kansas City, Kan. The suspects fled in the vehicle. Kansas City, Kan., police later saw the vehicle and pursued it into Kansas City, Mo., where it stopped at 11th and Oak. There, all four of the suspects tried to run. Kansas City, Kan., police took two into custody and Kansas City, Mo., police took the third suspect into custody. They encountered the fourth suspect in the parking garage.

“Commands were disregarded. Shots were fired,” said Stacey Graves, Kansas City, Mo., Police Dept.


Here's the roundup:

KCTV5: A carjacking led to a chase and ended with a police shooting as bystanders had to be rushed into the downtown courthouse while officers searched for suspects.

KSHB: According to KCMO police, KCK police said four suspects carjacked a man near 10th and State on Monday morning. The suspects were reportedly armed with a shotgun and "several" handguns.

KMBC: KCMO Police investigating shooting near 11th and Oak that reportedly started with a KCK carjacking

Fox4: KCK car wash carjacking suspect shot by police inside Kansas City, Mo., parking garage

Developing . . .

Kansas City News Links Tonight



Top stories for our local discourse that mostly focus on Kansas City metro crime, traffic and tragedy. Read more:

Show-Me No Cash For Kansas City Streets

MoDOT sees continued challenge with current transportation funding

Missouri Department of Transportation's budgetary shortfalls have been no secret over the last several years, with attempts at tax increases turned down by voters and creative planning processes for additional revenue on the table. However, MoDOT area engineer Matt Killion told members of the Grandview and South Kansas City Chambers of Commerce last Friday that they're making the most of their current funds.


Deadly JoCo Blaze Today

Man killed in Overland Park apartment complex fire Monday

Authorities in Overland Park are investigating the cause of a fatal fire Monday afternoon. Overland Park and Lenexa Fire crews were called to the Overland Towers apartment complex in the 8500 block of Farley around 2 p.m. A fire was located in an apartment on the 2nd floor of that building.



Kansas #MeToo Allegation

Woman says Kansas official offered her job for sex

A top administrator of disability services in Kansas is accused of pressuring for sex from a woman employed by a Topeka company under his regulatory control, sending her a graphic masturbation video and proposing she could swap sex with him for a supervisory job in state government.The Topeka Capital-Journal confirmed through interviews and documents evidence indicating Brandt Haehn subjected the woman to months of sexual harassment in 2016 by sending her provocative messages and pornographic



71 Stays Losing Cash

TDD raised thousands, spent zilch on U.S. Highway 71 improvements - Kansas City Business Journal

A report from Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway shows that a transportation development district formed in 2010 to improve the U.S. Highway 71 corridor raised thousands through an additional 1-cent sales tax but resulted in none of the planned highway and bridge improvements.


Coach Talks Challenges Ahead

Andy Reid reflects on Raiders, talks Chargers

After beating Oakland on Sunday, the Chiefs focus on a "red hot" Los Angeles Chargers team this week. Andy Reid visited with the media Monday to discuss the cha...


Nasty Rock Chalk #MeToo Charges

Lawrence man charged with rape, arrested on KU campus

LAWRENCE, Mo. -- A 19-year-old Lawrence man has been charged in Johnson County with rape. Terrance Redmond, who lives on the University of Kansas campus, is accused of forcing himself upon a woman he had previously dated even though she says she told him 'no.'


The Afternoon Wait

Traffic Alert: Rollover crash causes shutdown of I-35 at Pennway Street

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Traffic is backed up after a crash caused a vehicle to flip over the concrete barrier on Interstate 35 Monday afternoon. The crash happened around 3 p.m. on I-35 near Pennway Street. Witnesses saw a silver 4-door vehicle upside down in the roadway and a portion of the concrete center barrier dislodged.


And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .

Show-Me Guv Greitens Calling Kansas City Star Desperate Amid Text App Slap Fight

Credit where it's due . . . This request for public information isn't getting much traction or support from readers or any other media outlet and the Guv's workout routine is more interesting to the public . . . But the newspaper continues to push for more access:

Greitens answers question about his use of secret texting app by attacking media

Gov. Eric Greitens lashed out at the media on Monday over revelations that he and his staff use an app that erases text messages after they've been read.

Platte County Misconduct Smack Down

Quick legal note for so many lawyers reading this blog . . . Here's follow-up on the ongoing mess up North and proof that suburban politics can get just as screwed up any other municipal debacle . . . Read more:

Panel Recommends Public Reprimand For Platte County Prosecutor

A disciplinary panel has found Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd guilty of professional misconduct and recommended that he be publicly reprimanded. The matter now goes to the Missouri Supreme Court, which will decide whether to accept or reject the panel's findings and recommendation.

Harvard Approved Kansas City Smart Tech

A celebration of a local wi-fi study that's widely touted by City Hall. Read more:

Harvard University recognizes KCMO digital inclusion map

Harvard University recently , a tool that - at a block-by-block scale - detail residents' access to internet connectivity overlaid with poverty levels. highlighted the City of Kansas City, Missouri's Digital Inclusion map "This visualization was chosen as Harvard's Map of the Month for its ability to reveal insights on the far-reaching influence of Internet connectivity," Harvard's Chris Bousquet .

Kansas City Nice Links Right Now



Brit hottie Sophie remains our favorite pr0n star still slugging it out in a brutal industry and right now she inspires a glimpse at some of the most important Kansas City news links right now . . .

Kansas City Agenda Inside The Loop

Ho, ho, happenings this week in Downtown KC

Here's the ho, ho, highlight reel for the busy and festive week ahead in Downtown KC - Monday to Sunday, Dec. 11-17: Accidental Activitists - Author David Collins discusses his book Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas at 6:30 p.m.


Boozy KCMO Hipster X-Mas

EJ's Urban Eatery teams up with KC Bier Company, Boulevard hosts a holiday bazaar, and more of this week's food and drink events

Courtesy Border Brewing Company Wednesday, December 13 Beginning at 4 p.m. today, Border Brewing Company (406 East 18th Street) is releasing its Imperial Coffee Stout, this year made with beans roasted by the West Bottoms' Blip Coffee. Thursday, December 14 Crane Brewing Company (6515 Railroad Street, Raytown) is tapping two new beers tomorrow, both of them New England-style "milkshake" IPAs.


TV Newsie Local Guide

Kansas City's 5 hottest holiday experiences

Even though some of us put up our holiday decorations the day after Halloween, it still feels as though the holiday season has a way of zipping by no matter how hard we try to stretch it. We get used to the festivities around town, the endless holiday parties and somehow even develop a taste for eggnog.


Nice Northeast Decorations

Victorian Christmas

Photography Blog


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

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! URBAN PLANNERS AND ACTIVISTS DEMAND WESTPORT STREET PRIVATIZATION STUDY!!!



The fight for control of Westport streets continues this week as locals inundate City Council with demands for action amid growing violence in and around this party district.

Here on TKC we've covered nearly every aspect of this debate over the past year.

We've considered the social justice angle and claims of hip-hop discrimination.

Better than any other news outlet we've dived deep into the political ramifications of this move and revealed that Westport biz owners are angry with Council Lady Jolie Justus for her alleged betrayal.

The current plan according to legislation sponsored by Council Lady Katy Shields actually vacates even more streets from local control.

And this leads us to the latest chapter in this fight . . .

Kansas City class warfare:

URBAN PLANNERS, ACTIVISTS AND ACADEMICS TALK TRASH AGAINST 'BAR OWNERS' GARNERING CONTROL OF KANSAS CITY STREETS!!!

The latest round of talking points focuses on "bar owners" and their ALLEGED lack of qualifications to equitably, fairly and legally govern public streets. Like it or not, this bit of rhetoric that kinda focuses on class issues is gaining traction.

Evidence . . .

KANSAS CITY URBAN PLANNERS NOW DEMAND AN EXTENSIVE STUDY FROM CITY COUNCIL ON WESTPORT STREET PRIVATIZATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS!!!

Like it or not, the document should be over the head of the bar crowd who are way too busy trying to eek out a living and can't really afford to dive deep into urban planning jargon.

Moreover, the "study" of Westport street privatization will reportedly call for Council-appointed oversight into any quasi-private group that administers public streets.

Translation:

URBAN PLANNERS AND ACTIVISTS MIGHT ACTUALLY GAIN MORE CONTROL AND INFLUENCE AGAINST WESTPORT BAR BIZ IF STREET PRIVATIZATION IS ENACTED!!!

Even better or worse, this stalling tactic could delay a decision on street privatization for another year.

Meanwhile, the homicide count in and around Westport continues to rise.

Developing . . .

MONDAY TEACHABLE MOMENT: JACKSON COUNTY RACIAL DIVIDE WORSENS!!!

Data-driven reporting offers a glimpse at growing disparity in local education.

Actually, the graphs are pretty horrible but still offer a culture war talking point for locals dedicated to earning political street cred for their opinions rather than working to find any realistic solutions to worsening American public education overall. Read more: Wide Racial Gap Exists Between Teachers and Students in Jackson County Schools

Healthcare Crisis Inspires Kansas City Musician Community Holiday Jam

A benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation and a realization that neither Trumpcare nor Obamacare satisfy more widespread demands for a real single-payer option. Read more:

Kansas City Musicians Show Fan-Love By Covering Each Others' Songs For A Good Cause

When The Matchsellers ' Julie Bates sent out the word that she was organizing Cover Me, Kansas City Folk, an evening of local roots and acoustic songwriters covering each other's songs, nearly every songwriter leapt at the chance. "People were really excited about it," she says.

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #138: WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON THE STREET!!!



Monday morning starts with more murder on local streets as the local homicide count continues to spike . . .

Description:

Around 1 a.m. Monday, officers found a woman's body outside on the ground in a neighborhood just southwest of the Kansas City Zoo. KCPD said they've opened a homicide investigation into her death.

Links:

KCTV5: Police investigate homicide after woman found dead near 70th, Kensington

Fox4: Police describe the victim as a female who was in her 20s to 30s.

KSHB: KCPD officers find woman killed in south (east) KC

With three weeks left to go in the year this latest killing marks a 5% increase in murder over last year overall and 12% year-to-date.

Developing . . .

CHARTER SCHOOLS SAVE KANSAS CITY???



Here's the thesis of the latest Conservative media blitz that has a bit of data to support along with a great deal of public testimony hoping to distance itself from the clutches of direct KCPS control . . .

Charter Schools Are Keeping Families in Kansas City

Deets:

Homes in Kansas City, Missouri are selling like hotcakes, and a local real estate agent says school choice is driving the trend of middle-class families staying in the city.

Kansas City realtor Mary Hutchison told public radio station KCUR more first-time homebuyers want to raise kids in the city “because there’s more school choice now.” Hutchison says the number of prospective homebuyers in the past couple of years has been so overwhelming that the inventory cannot keep up with the demand.

“Middle-class families are coming back to [Kansas City Public Schools],” KCUR reported in October 2017, noting, “Most of the growth, during the last three years, was in the charter sector.”

You decide . . .

Sleaze Scummit Double Shooting Gun Fight

Suburban drama ends with a double bullet wounds with only one shot and this police report revealing that the life in the stix can also get complicated. Read more:

Two injured in Sunday night shooting in Lee's Summit

Lee's Summit police were investigating a fight that left two men with gunshot wounds around 10 p.m. Sunday night. According to police, the men were fighting in the street in front of a home in the 700 block of SW Windsong Circle when one of the men revealed a gun.

December Monday Back To The Grind!!!



AND WE'RE BACK!!!

We begin our Monday with Chloe hotness and come from behind to catch up with some of the more important Kansas City MSM links for right now. Take a peek:

Tech Ranks Kansas City Commute

App rates Kansas City as a top city for drivers - Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City drivers can rest a little easier knowing that they're navigating one of the nation's best cities for driving. Kansas City ranked No. 8 on Waze's annual Driver Satisfaction Index, USA Today reports. The index is based on data regarding safety, traffic and road quality.


Talking KCMO Tragedy Aftermath

Neighborhood mourns death of boy run over by garbage truck

Kansas City Police say an eight-year-old boy died after being hit by a garbage truck outside his grandparents' home. Dra'Viontay Baker and a nine-year-old friend were playing with a small wagon when the truck hit him Friday afternoon. "I'm praying for the family, we're going to make it through this," said Ricky Johnson, a neighbor.


Morning Wreck Aftermath

One person suffers serious injuries in rollover crash on I-435 at Front Street

Kansas City Police are investigating a rollover crash with possible serious injuries on I-435 at Front Street. That incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on I-435 northbound on the exit ramp onto Front Street. One vehicle was involved and one person was ejected from that vehicle. Authorities rushed one person to the hospital with serious injuries.


Kansas City Forecast For Now

Joe's Weather Blog: I feel like a broken record (MON-12/11)

I took the weekend off but, as usual, I was always checking in with some of the extended model forecasts for 8-15 days into the future...not so much because of the temperatures but more because of the moisture situation.


The Eternal Kansas City Chiefs Question

Can the Kansas City Chiefs salvage their season?

The Kansas City Chiefs finally got back to winning on Sunday as they held off the Oakland Raiders 26-15. It was an up and down game. The Chiefs completely dominated the Raiders for the first three quarters as they built up a 26-0 lead.


Mabel - Finders Keepers ft. Kojo Funds is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Monday Warning: Lots Of Young People Move To Kansas City Metro And Then Get Killed!!!

Aftermath of a Happy Rock Traffic Tragedy reveals this young dude just moved here and then died two weeks later. Which is kind of a trend. Read more:

Family IDs man killed after being hit by vehicle

GLADSTONE, Mo. -- Police are still investigating a Gladstone man's death early Saturday morning. Just one day after losing her son Ryan, Mary Rossiter and her family sat down with 41 Action News to tell his story. "You never think you're going to bury your children," Rossiter said.

CELEBRATE MISSOURI'S STRONGMAN!!!

While the list of the Guv's legislative achievements is light in the loafers . . . He touts his workout regimen as a way to compensate. Read more:

Hyperactive Missouri Gov. Greitens touts his physical feats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event , crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course and entering a burning building with firefighters. These could be action movie stunts by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood star turned California governor.

Kansas City Faith Blogging Against Suicide

A really thoughtful and informative post regarding a tragic and uncomfortable topic that's sadly trending in the U.S. - Read more:

How clergy can help stop suicide: 12-11-17

A few weeks ago, the senior pastor of our congregation preached this terrific sermon about what it means to be a man today. In it, he mentioned that most suicides are committed by men and lots of them have to...

Kansas City Luxury Life Pix

Really nice shots of the local good life seen from above . . . Take a look:

Kansas City Two Light Tower Exterior Completion - Photoblog

Kansas City Two Light Tower exterior completion views both from one of my drones and also from the ground along West Pennway, parallel to I-35. December 2017. Two Light Tower Construction Album on my site ... I have used this particular construction project to help further hone my drone flight safety skills throughout 2017.

Celebrate Kansas City 100-Year-Old Pipes



A less than inspiring clip from KC's Water Department:

"Imagine digging a tunnel underneath the Missouri River with a pickaxe. That’s how KC Water built its first tunnel to send treated water to homes and businesses south of the Missouri River. "

That's a nice way of saying that this town still depends on ancient water infrastructure and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

More in a bit . . .

KESHA & MACKLEMORE ADVENTURES TOUR COMING TO KANSAS CITY 2018!!!



Quick note on local hipster party planning already in progress . . .

"Kesha and Macklemore will team up in 2018 for 'The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore' Tour. The tour follows acclaimed and celebrated eras for both artists. For Kesha, that has included her triumphant latest No. 1 album ‘Rainbow,’ a completely sold-out headlining tour, and two recent GRAMMY® nominations. For Macklemore, ‘Gemini,’ his first solo effort in 12 years, debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart, No. 1 on the charts for Rap, R&B/Hip-Hop and Independent Albums and includes Platinum-certified single “Glorious” with the viral video that has been viewed over 95 million times. Macklemore also recently wrapped up a completely sold-out US tour."

June 26 at Sprint Center

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at Noon

Developing . . .

Sunday, December 10, 2017

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY MAGIC BOW TIE MONDAY NIGHT BOOK DEBUT!!!



We conclude Sunday night posting with story time and a bit of a reminder for avid Kansas City readers . . .

TOMORROW NIGHT MAYOR SLY DEBUTS HIS NEW BOOK IN AN ATTEMPT TO BUILD A LOCAL LITERARY LEGACY!!!

To be fair, let's consider both sides . . .

Yes, this is just another feeble attempt to brand the Mayor as a caring, kind politico who puts youngsters first and foremost while the reality is that his development agenda at the behest of political cronies has actively worked to siphon tax revenue away from schools, libraries and neighborhoods.



However . . . The event seems to be the culmination of the Mayor's "Turn The Page" program which championed KCMO literacy and helped to provide a groundbreaking after school reading program, books and tutoring for some of the best and brightest local students.

We talked about this event last month but now there's a bit more info on the upcoming party . . . Checkit:

Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie



Kansas City Mayor Sly James will leave a literary as well as a political legacy. Daughter Aja James has seen to that, making her dad the star of a new children’s picture book, Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie, highlighting the history of their hometown. Through the magic of his trademark bow tie, the mayor takes young readers back through time for a tour of his favorite locations and landmarks and introduces many of the historical figures who’ve left their imprint.

Launching the book – illustrated by Rob Peters – Sly and Aja James join co-author Audrey Masoner in a discussion of the unique project.

The program begins with a 6:30 p.m. performance by the Millennium String Quartet, featuring members of the Kansas City Symphony. They will play KC-themed selections, culminating with an original arrangement of Goin’ to Kansas City.
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More deets . . .

Tomorrow at 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch
4801 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

You decide . . . 

NEWSFLASH!!! SUSPENSION OF PROTESTER MARCUS PETERS UNIFIES KANSAS CITY CHIEFS IN EPIC VICTORY OVER RAIDERS!!!



Today the Kansas City Chiefs earned a return to their winning ways with an impressive victory over the Raiders. The team was unified, disciplined and cohesive in every facet of the game. Insiders, experts and local fans have already attributed the turnaround to the absence of controversial national anthem protester Marcus Peters.

At one point the team had shut out the Raiders 26-0.

The final score: 26-15.

Alex Smith and the offense regained their confidence as both passing and running yards simply overpowered the Oakland team.

On defense, the secondary looked sharper, pass rushing was dramatically improved and better communication bewixt players was obvious.

And so . . .

CLEARLY, BENCHING MARCUS PETERS MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS EPIC KANSAS CITY WIN!!! 

Accordingly . . .

SHOULD THE CHIEFS CONTINUE THE MARCUS PETERS SUSPENSION???



The team still clings to the top of the AFC West and a glimmer of playoff hope remains.

As the post-season approaches, fans must now confront the reality of the disruption that Marcus Peters brings to the squad.

The Kansas City Chiefs are clearly a better team without Marcus Peters.

And now, the most astute local football fans must confront the damage that his return could inflict on the playoff hopes of the team.

Check the links:

ESPN: Who needs Marcus Peters? Chiefs snuff Raiders without him

NBC: Chiefs snap losing streak, stay on top in AFC West

Arrowhead Pride: Chiefs beat Raiders, still in first place

You decide . . .

Kansas City Sunday News Link Look



This afternoon we offer tribute to hottie Erin and check some of the top news links for today. Take a peek:

Downtown Kansas City Good Life Dominates The Local Discourse

Downtown Dazzle Kansas City | KC's Signature Holiday Experience

Explore Downtown Kansas City and celebrate the season with holiday lights, special experiences and dining and shopping exclusives.


Mary Sanchez Talks #MeToo

Men, let's not take the low road to gender equality

Gentlemen, this is not a moment to mansplain or to assert that men are unfairly under attack. In the wake of a stunning number of powerful men falling to sexual harassment charges, the best reply is to listen, learn and vow to do better.


Happy Rock Crash Tragedy Update

Man is killed after being hit by vehicle in Gladstone

Police in Gladstone are investigating after a man was struck and killed by a vehicle early on Saturday. The incident happened at 2:50 a.m. on Highway 1 between 72nd and 80th Street. The man has not been identified at this time, as next of kin has to be notified.


Losing Faith In Hosmer Return

Royals Rumors: Royals not optimistic about re-signing Eric Hosmer

The Kansas City Royals knew that keeping Eric Hosmer beyond 2017 would cost them big bucks and now it appears that they're not all that encouraged about retaining the first baseman. Jon Heyman tweeted on Saturday (see below) that the team was "discouraged" about their pursuit of Hosmer.


Classic Kansas City Dive Bar Redux

Nomads Reinvents the Former D.B. Cooper's Space, Serving Coffee, Cocktails and Snacks

D.B. Cooper's was a great dive in the truest sense: It was dark and nearly windowless, with a comfortably regular clientele, vintage furniture and cheap drinks. But not everything can last. D.B.'s ownership had long been ready to move on, and the bar was sold.


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

TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY STAR WARNED TO BACK OFF MIKE SANDERS INVESTIGATION AS EDITORIAL BOARD NOW CAUTIOUSLY DEFERS 'ALLEGED KICKBACK SCHEME' TO AUTHORITIES!!!



The Kansas City Star is now noticeably more cautious in how to they refer to an "alleged kickback scheme" and the connection they have made to former Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.

Why?

INSIDERS ON TEAM MIKE TELL TKC: THE KANSAS CITY STAR HAS BEEN WARNED ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR SKETCHY INVESTIGATION!!! NOTICE THEIR CAREFULLY WORDED SUNDAY EDITORIAL ON THE TOPIC!!!

A quick look back, The Star seemed more confident about their deets last week . . .



Today, the local dead-tree media institution steps back a bit and uses the term "alleged" to describe their reporting . . .



Actually, today's newspaper screed doesn't really contribute much to the local discourse and instead wants law enforcement to pick up their crusade.

Even better . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TEAM MIKE CLAIMS THE TWO YEAR OLD KANSAS CITY STAR STORY IS A 'NOTHING BURGER' AND WON'T HAVE MANY REAL CONSEQUENCES!!!

They say the law firm connections of Mike Sanders remain intact and that he's still the man in Sugar Creek - For whatever that's worth.

Even better, Team Mike is confident that one day they'll get that train to nowhere on the Rock Island Corridor built even if all they can achieve now is a low rent bike path along an abandoned swath of land.

And so we have a juxtaposition which we present to our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY who stand in judgement of all serious and very important matters of local journalism . . .

DO YOU TRUST THE KANSAS CITY STAR AND DUDE IN TAX TROUBLE OR THE REPUTATION OF MIKE SANDERS BEFORE HE LEFT THE COURTHOUSE LIKE A HOBO IN THE NIGHT???

This is a horrible choice either way and, just like real life, the absence of "good guys" in the local political discourse is why most people don't bother to vote.

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Should Omaha Follow Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar Lead???

Interesting consideration of Kansas City's transit hot mess that actually takes some time to consider both side of the toy train issue but fails to mention that KCMO STREETCAR RIDERSHIP HAS BEEN IN DECLINE FOR MONTHS BY THEIR OWN ACCOUNT . . . Read more:

Kansas City's streetcar, which began service in 2016, is considered a success. Could it work in Omaha?

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in November, people filled a shiny streetcar as it hummed through downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Most of the 38 blue plastic seats were occupied. Several dozen more people stood. They held onto stainless steel poles, or to loops dangling from bars connected to the ceiling.

Kansas 'Ravaged' By Tax Cuts??? Will Prez Trump Take Nation Down Same Path???

More economic debate on the legacy of Guv. Brownback . . . To be fair, the GOP plan isn't counting on companies moving to a desolate cultural wasteland just for a few bucks . . . Admittedly, TKC is not a financial wizard unlike so many politicos and their donation-based economy. Read more:

Failed tax cuts ravaged Kansas. Is Trump about to do the same to the US?

Is Donald Trump about to turn America into Kansas? It's a question some worried people who live in the state are asking as the Republican party pushes through the biggest tax overhaul in a generation - an overhaul that, they claim, bears an uncanny resemblance to a tax plan that left their midwestern home in disarray.

Show-Me Home School FAIL In Missouri

Teachable moment and worthwhile reading on the topic of education in the Show-Me State or the lack thereof . . .

Starved, beaten and forgotten: Child deaths in Missouri and Illinois expose how predators exploit home school system

In January 2016, someone from the Jerseyville public school district called child protective services concerned that Michael and Georgena Roberts didn't have enough food in their home. Investigators concluded the couple's then 5-year-old son Liam had a medical condition that caused weight loss. Soon after, the Robertses opted to home-school him and two of his siblings.

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE VIGIL HONORS 137 MURDERS IN 2017 AS KILLING CONTINUES!!!



We posted a note for this tribute earlier in the week and now the local news picks up the story.

More importantly . . .

THIS HAS BEEN A HISTORICALLY BLOODY YEAR IN KANSAS CITY WHILST CITY HALL HAS BEEN MOSTLY FOCUSED ON MAYOR SLY'S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA!!!

Police are fighting for their budget, the Citizen Task force against violence turned out to be a bad joke and worst of all . . .

NEITHER LAW ENFORCEMENT NOR CITY HALL HAS REVEALED A NEW PLAN TO CONFRONT THE RISE IN KANSAS CITY MURDER!!!

Here's a local faith community calling attention to the problem:

Community members came together on Saturday afternoon to pray for those killed in 2017. Norton Heights Community of Christ church held a prayer vigil for all of the city’s 137 homicide victims.

“It’s really just a tragedy, of this loss of life because every life is of value, every life is important,” said Pastor Peter Judd of Norton Heights Community of Christ.

Judd says church members felt compelled to do something because of the city’s alarmingly high homicide rate. They hope that by displaying the crosses near a busy intersection in a Historic Northeast neighborhood, it sends a message to passers by.

Links:

Fox4: Prayer vigil attendees recognize 137 Kansas City homicide victims in 2017

KSHB: With 137 murders total this year so far, it’s been the deadliest year in Kansas City, Mo. since 1994.

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