Saturday, December 15, 2018
Notice the uptick in Kansas City homicide during the X-mas season as the so-called progress to curb the local murder count is quickly evaporating.
To wit . . .
CRITICS OF MAYOR SLY AND COUNCIL REMIND VOTERS OF THE KANSAS CITY MURDER SPIKE UNDER THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION AS WE APPROACH THE ELECTION SEASON!!!
Accordingly, here's the link to more resources and a kick-off announcement about this local elecction accountability effort sent our way FIRST . . .
"There is a sad milestone that we will be reaching in KC, maybe this week. We are sitting at murder number 898 under Sly James. 900 will happen soon sadly.
"Residents have set up a Facebook page called Kansas City Survivor. It's using the same terms as David Hogg, Parkland Survivor. It brings attention to the absolute failure of Sly James over his two terms. It also draws attention to the people on the city council running for mayor. Two term council members (Reed, Taylor, Wagner) are noted for the 898 murders under their "leadership" and the one term members (Justice, Canady, Lucas) are noted for the 481 murders under their "leadership". They have pursued the wrong priorities for KC. They have chased jobs out of the city to other areas with tax after tax after tax, increasing the hopelessness of those that do not have the skills to work (many of whom likely attended KCMO schools). Their leadership has consequences and almost 900 families are paying for that."
"People of KC need to know who they are voting for and what the real record of our city council is."
Statement from the page . . .
"Poor policies, bad ideas, and no leadership leads to murders. The James Gang's prioritization and lies concerning street cars, high taxes, and airports drives business away . . .
"The list in the banner ad identifies which council people running for Mayor have presided over KC as it becomes more violent."
You decide . . .
As the community across the bridge continues to expand, there's a growing need for more infrastructure.
Credit to Councilman Scott Wagner & Council Lady Heather Hall who led the way on this effort.
An enthusiastic message from the Northland lady to her followers and fans . . .
Council Lady Heather Hall: "We are moving forward on pouring the foundation for the new Northland Fire Station 15! Progress toward campaign promise.
More look at the build up on the nicer side of the bridge . . .
Developing . . .
On the topic of a recent brutal shooting of a Kansas City cabbie granny more than 20 times . . .
Here's a look at the heavy weaponry that's proliferating on local streets.
Fox4: Vicious attack on KC zTrip driver highlights ‘rifle-carrying war’ police face every day
But in the last 15 years John Ham, a spokesman with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Kansas City Division, says law enforcement officers are seeing brazen criminals carry high-powered rifles on metro streets.
Rifles that, with a quick click, can instantly maim or kill.
Last year in Missouri, ATF agents recovered more than 6,000 guns from criminals. Almost 600 were rifles.
In Kansas, nearly 3,000 guns were seized from drug dealers, gang members and other bad guys. Almost 400 of those firearms were rifles.
Developing . . .
JoCo Sheriff's deputy under investigation for sex crimes.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- To date there have been 126 homicides in Kansas City, and on Friday police identified three of the most recent victims. Police say early on Thursday morning officers went to the 2900 block of Bales where they found a man dead in a Nissan Maxima, witnesses told investigators the car had been there for several hours.
As always, morning panty news comes first . . .
Inquisitr: Elsa Hosk Goes Topless For A Bathroom Selfie On Instagram
Page6: How to get Elsa Hosk’s party-ready red lips
Glossy: As Victoria’s Secret’s dominance wanes, more inclusive bra brands are swooping in to pick up the pieces
Closer to home, these news links dominate our morning . . .
Get Well Soon Granny!!!
Kansas City grandmother shot 21 times while battling gunman faces long recovery
Tech Credit To Mama
Grit and the gridiron might have helped shape Parker Graham's business acumen, but it's the influence of his coach in the game of life who inspired Destiny Wealth - his fintech startup that soon will move to Kansas City.
Radio Daze Playlist
Breaking News If you've not heard Will Sterrett deploy his magic during Jam or No Jam on the Dana and Parks Show... you really must. Typically he only needs to hear about a third of a second of a song and he can identify both song name and artist.
Show-Me Bovine Photo Bomb
COLUMBIA, MO (AP) - University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot. The Columbia Missourian reports that senior animal sciences major Massimo Montalbano brought 3-year-old Amelia on campus Thursday to join his commencement photo shoot.
Kansas City Artsy Guide
Today's show: "Structured Vision: The Photographs of Ralston Crawford" is on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, through April 7. The solo exhibition presents the late artist's photographs, which "provide an essential look at a vital era of abstraction in American art, and at the cultural scenes and subjects from which that creative sensibility arose," according to the museum's website.
KC Take On Christmas Comet
'Christmas comet' - the year's brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend
Sound Of KCMO History Tribute
Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, the astronauts of Apollo 8 - the first humans to leave Earth's gravity - orbited the moon, photographing its dark side and witnessed the first view of an earthrise. Broadcasting back to Houston, they offered a Christmas greeting to those on Earth, where one in four people were watching the televised event.
Kodak Black - Gnarly is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
A quick glimpse at all the worthwhile topics this week according to those paid to make the news. Checkit:
"Nick Haines, Steve Kraske, Micheal Mahoney, Steven Dial and Colleen Nelson discuss the latest squabbles over the new KCI terminal project, the growing list of KCMO mayoral candidates, KCPS announcing it will not support a pre-K tax, Laura Kelly's busy agenda as she prepares to take over as governor, the early impact of Clean Missouri, Kansas legislators considering party switch & McCaskill's exit."
Take a look:
You decide . . .
Another time under a different president, Keven Yoder could have been re-elected to Congress for decades. President Donald Trump derailed his political career, but the Kansas Republican will still utilize his talents.
It's our Monday column, Thursday Night Football. Arrowhead Stadium. AFC West showdown. 's first regular-season home game since he defeated Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Re-Up. In this column, I'll write about some deeper thought I had about the last game and finish with some fun stuff to ponder at the article's end.
In the early 1500s, the great reformer, Martin Luther, wrote this: "Cannons and fire-arms are cruel and damnable machines; I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the Devil. If Adam had seen in a vision the horrible...
Friday, December 14, 2018
A quick week with a lot to accomplish ahead of us, right now we look at the local strongest and how they stayed ahead of the rest as X-mas approaches.
Sen. Claire McCaskill
This week she said farewell to the Senate and offered not only a word of warning regarding the fate of Democracy but also insight about Prez Trump and a priceless quote about all of the "embarrassing uncles" in the Senate.
Councilman Scott Wagner
The mostly mild-mannered Council Dude offered his social media followers a look at his fiery side this week when he let loose on two colleagues and proved his able to mix it up when it comes to debating policy and politics.
Councilmember Heather Hall
Mostly under the radar, this week the Northland Council lady was appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) federal advocacy committee. Even better, she has kept her promise to focus on public safety and supporting the police as locals across the bridge are starting to see more crime as well.
And so . . .
This list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people, trends and our times.
Another good link on the topic:
A porn star who was recently ordered to pay President Donald Trump's legal fees over her dismissed defamation lawsuit will be performing at a Kansas gentlemen's club in February. A photo posted to Facebook by The Shady Lady in Salina says Stormy Daniels will be at the club February 13 and 14.
"The nonprofit’s members have rescued or rehabilitated more than 200 pigs in the last two years."
CLEVELAND, MO (KCTV) -- You likely know who to call if a stray dog or cat wanders into your yard, but what if a pig is on the loose in your neighborhood? It happens a lot all around the metro. So much so, that a group of pig owners teamed up to create the Kansas City Pig Rescue Network.
This scathing report was released Friday in the afternoon by an out of town outlet because it's filled with the kind of uncomfortable fact that makes people question their beliefs and loyalties . . . Nevertheless, the controversy that started in Kansas City should resonate for a lot of reasons.
Take a look:
Exclusive: Internal documents detail VA police altercation with veteran who later died
WASHINGTON – A 66-year-old veteran was found severely injured and nearly unconscious following a traffic stop by a Veterans Affairs police officer in May, and he died two days later . . . The VA has repeatedly refused, even seven months later, to disclose any details about what happened, citing an ongoing investigation. But the internal report provides an account of a tragic altercation between the veteran and officer outside the VA medical center in Kansas City, Missouri.
In Kansas City, on the night of May 10, a VA police officer, who is not named in the report, stopped a motorist driving the wrong way on a driveway outside the VA medical center. The driver was a VA patient.
After being pulled over, the patient began making inappropriate gestures and physically threatening motions with his arm,” the report says.
The officer also noticed a “large ‘bulge’” by the driver’s abdomen “(later found to be due to recent hernia surgery).” He decided to detain him. The man “struggled.” So the officer “brought the patient to the ground.” He then completed the “handcuffing process.”
During the incident, the patient’s son approached “from behind.” The officer directed him to stay back, and he called for backup.
But something was awry.
“While being brought to the ground, the patient seemed to suffer some injuries,” the report says. So he was taken inside the hospital to be checked out.
“Upon arrival to the Emergency Department the patient was non-verbal, moaning with a decreased level of consciousness,” the report says.
Medical workers found he had a gash in his scalp and “multiple” cuts and bruises on his face. A CT scan of his head showed areas of bleeding around his brain, one on the left frontal lobe and another on the right . . .
He continued to deteriorate. He became less responsive, had to be intubated and lost some movement in his arm. Another CT revealed several areas of bleeding in his brain, and a scan of his neck showed a blockage in an artery that could have caused a stroke.
He died soon after . . .
Read the whole thing.
You decide . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An Independence, Missouri teenager tased by Independence police in 2014 was awarded nearly $6.5 million in damages by a federal court jury. Bryce Masters, then 17, was tased by officer Timothy Runnels during a traffic stop in September 2014. The incident was recorded on body camera video that was made public.
Kansas City man charged in deadly shooting at home near 46th and Chelsea
Mania and hype dominate the holiday season but it turns out our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY might be the only place where locals can unite in order to accurately identify politico & corporate transit misdirection.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS AWESOME TKC READER FACT CHECKING THE LATEST STREETCAR PROPAGANDA!!!
The offending headline that we talked a bit about yesterday:
KC Streetcar Authority secures $3M for Main Street extension
Now check the EPIC takedown . . .
"It comes across as boosterism about a whopping $3 million secured but within this story are 3 important facts:
(1) That federal BUILD cash *is not* going to the toy train and
(2) The KCATA is spending a million on it. That is pretty outrageous. KCATA should not be hemorrhaging money on the rail plan. They should focus on buses. There have been significant cuts to bus lines since the toy train e.g. 47, 28, 570 etc. It is silly because the rail line does not go anywhere that wasn't within the mainstreet MAX (or the 56 line before it),at least before they moved the downtown leg of the Main St. MAX line over to Grand because of the embarrassing reality that the streetcar is completely within an existing bus line.
(3) This is NOT new money it is just shuffling money around from pocket to pocket among shady quasi public entities, from a TDD to a Streetcar Authority. The reality is there's no big fat federal check paying for this expensive turd - it is just money sucked from local pockets."
You decide . . .
Police investigating reports of shot fired into air and shooting at 2 metro high schools
Police, county authorities, neighborhood associations and other community groups have stepped up to a complex crime problem in Kansas City's Historic Northeast with a multi-layered solution. Today, we heard about their efforts, credited with bringing the rates of homicide, aggravated assault and robbery down.
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas takes to Facebook to encourage members of church to keep donating
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has taken to Facebook to encourage members of the church to keep donating. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann says the current crisis has created a myth that the church is not being responsible.
DO BETTER ARROWHEAD: BOSTON SPORTS TALKERS CALL KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FANS 'DISGUSTING' AFTER BEER THROWING!!!
Once again fanboy actions out of frustration reflect poorly on all of Kansas City.
Check bean town d-bags talking trash on River City . . .
"Typical Kansas City: Disgusting Chiefs fans rain trash down on Chargers after loss"
We hinted at this in the early morning and now the sentiment has been widely repeated today across social media.
The reality is that Boston fans are derided across the nation from New York to LA. And while it may not be as nice as it used to be, generally Arrowhead is much more hospitable than any other big city.
Still . . . The turnabout makes sense given that KC fans got on their high horse after Tyreek Hill was bullied by beer guzzling New England fans earlier this season.
Admittedly, this might all be fake news to create a bigger jock payday rivalry for the playoff anti-climax but it serves as a teaching moment regarding the power of sports to define conceptions of cities that mostly don't benefit from their games.
You decide . . .
Kansas City Fake Gronk Winning Big Bucks Amid Crushing Defeat Reminds Us That American Class Warfare Is For Realz
Some reading on the topic growing American economic disparity from both sides of the issue:
Time: The Median Amazon Employee's Salary Is $28,000. Jeff Bezos Makes More Than That in 10 Seconds
Fox News: Steyn - Al Gore Committing 'Class Warfare' Through Climate Change Fanaticism
Vice: How a Real Class War, Like with Guns, Could Actually Happen
To be fair, job growth is the best weapon against economic inequality, especially for those who find work playing meaningless games for a taxpayer subsidized team owned by a billionaire family and comprised of millionaires. Read more:
By: Andy Nesbitt | December 13, 2018 11:36 pm It's good to be Travis Kelce. Not only is the Chiefs tight end a key player on the NFL's No. 1 offense but he also picked up a nice little six-figure bonus in Thursday night's game against the Chargers.
Show-Me Auditor Investigating 'Golden Boy' Josh Hawley Under 'Heightened Security' Amid Public Fund Misuse Allegations
JEFFERSON CITY * Auditor Nicole Galloway said Friday she would give "heightened scrutiny" to allegations that outgoing Attorney General Josh Hawley used taxpayer resources to pump up his successful bid for U.S. Senate. Galloway, a Democrat, said in response to a request for aid by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a Republican, that her office would work with Ashcroft's office.
Pr0n life reality check for the end of the week . . .
KWCH: Stormy Daniels to perform at Kansas strip club for Valentine's Day
Independent UK: Trump 'directed me' to pay Stormy Daniels hush money and knew it was wrong, Michael Cohen claims
TMZ: Stripping Could Help Pay Trump Bill$
NYT Roundup: Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $293,000 in Legal Fees
UST: Why hush money Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels was an illegal campaign donation
In slightly more classy news closer to home . . .
Kansas City Deadline Looms
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Christmas is just around the corner and shipping deadlines are fast approaching. If you wait until this weekend, it could cost you. Friday is the last day to ship it or you will pay a premium! The deadline is for ground shipping is for all delivery services UPS, FedEx, and the post office.
Show-Me Worsening Roads
The failure of Proposition D in the November election presents serious challenges for Missouri's highway system absent more funding, the state's transportation leader said Thursday. Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said the additional money from Proposition D's increases in the fuel tax would have gone a long way toward addressing funding shortfalls for maintenance and new construction, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
Missouri Work Plan
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Good Deeds For KC Rugrats
Wonderscope Children's Museum got a big boost in its $15 million capital campaign to build a new museum at the corner of Red Bridge Road and Oak Street in south Kansas City. The museum, currently located in Shawnee, recently received a $4 million matching grant from the Regnier Family Foundation, according to a report in The Kansas City Star and confirmed to KMBC 9 News.
Check Fanboy Fortitude
As ugly and unexpected as it was to endure the Kansas City Chiefs ' 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night, it's important to remember one thing: The Chiefs still control their own postseason destiny.
Celebrate Rabbit Food Local Lunch And You Might Actually Live Longer
April Fleming It seems unlikely that the phrase You must try this broccoli salad has been uttered very many times in the history of the world - and particularly not in this beef-obsessed town. But here I am saying it: chef Joe West's charred broccoli salad from the lunch menu at the Savoy must be tried.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
"Outgoing Rep. Joy Koesten, of Leawood, Thursday that she's changing her party affiliation. Koesten wrote that she "just can't stomach trying to 'fit in' anymore to a party that grieves me so each and every day." Her announcement follows state Sen. Barbara Bollier's decision to switch after she endorsed Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly and was stripped of a committee leadership post."
Another Kansas lawmaker is switching from the Republican to the Democratic party. Outgoing Rep. Joy Koesten, of Leawood, announced Thursday that she's changing her party affiliation. Koesten wrote that she "just can't stomach trying to 'fit in' anymore to a party that grieves me so each and every day."
The police chief in Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday told a rape victim advocacy group that the department will review sex crimes cases in which the agency destroyed rape kits.
Quick peek of some of the more interesting local crime stories accompanied by AND EPIC LOCAL MUGSHOT sent by one of our best and brightest readers. Here's more:
Kansas City Creeper Doc Hard Time
A pediatric rheumatologist who once worked at Children's Mercy Hospital was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor. In his guilty plea agreement in September, Mark Franklin Hoeltzel admitted that he created a fake Facebook persona under the name "Ryan Gardner" to contact minor girls, including an 8th grader from whom he requested sexually explicit photographs.
Help Find This Local Lady
Police seek missing Kansas City, KS woman who may be in danger
Multiple Charges For The Holidays
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A North Kansas City woman has been indicted for embezzling $116,367 from her employer. Tonya Topel, 41, was charged in an 11-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Wednesday. According to the indictment, Topel worked at SunSource Homes, Inc., from October 2016 to April 2018 as the officer manager and accountant.
Creeper Gamer Charges
A man on probation in Johnson County for a sex-related crime is facing a new charge after child pornography was allegedly found on his Xbox gaming system. He was booked into the jail on Thursday night.
Golden Ghetto Gunfire Report
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) - Someone in Shawnee was uninjured after an individual shot at their vehicle while they were inside. The vehicle was hit by gunfire at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday in the 10900 block of 65th Place. Police said they did not find any buildings in the area that were hit by the gunfire.
Developing . . .
CLOSE AMHERST, Ohio - Kareem Hunt peeked through window blinds. It was early Sunday evening when a reporter knocked on the front door of his mother's house about 35 miles outside of Cleveland. Stephanie Riggins, Hunt's mother, opened the door.
TOPEKA, KS (AP) - A state court judge is considering whether to block Kansas from enforcing a ban on telemedicine abortions that are to start in January. With telemedicine abortions, women in rural areas are allowed to get abortion pills without an in-office consultation in a city clinic.
Marijuana legalization is working; most Americans are on board
Meanwhile, the drug war is mostly yet another crackdown against po'folk and authorities attempting to justify their budgets. Take a look:
COOPER COUNTY, Mo. (KHQA) - On Thursday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol seized hundreds of pounds of marijuana. A traffic stop was conducted for a vehicle following too close on eastbound I-70 at the 101 mile marker in Cooper County. From the traffic stop, 301 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags was seized.
Because sports talkers will offer nothing but excuses and saccharine pleasantries, we wanted to start the day with the main local topic of discussion imposed by every office bully if only because our blog community will likely contradict typical fanboy talking points.
To wit . . .
THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS CHOKED & THREATENS TO START THE TYPICAL LATE SEASON IMPLOSION!!!
Just a bit of backup proof . . .
- The secret is out, QB Patrick Mahomes isn't so magical under pressure. Yes he has the ability to make amazing plays but he's not (yet) a miracle worker against a solid defense. Last night he was "unspectacular" according to most.
- Kansas City needs a good running back. The Kareem Hunt controversy might have been the beginning of the end for this season despite a few surprising performances from backup players.
- The defense is good but not great. Reality: In less promising seasons, the team has put forward a more fearsome squad and last night they were picked apart when it counted.
More than anything . . .
MANY OF OUR TKC DENIZENS BELIEVE THIS CRITICAL GAME FORESHADOWS "ONE AND DONE" IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!
Check the links:
Kansas City Defeated
The Kansas City Chiefs had all the momentum. Not only were the Chiefs at home at Arrowhead Stadium against the visiting L.A. Chargers, but they were inducting a legend into their Ring of Honor in record-setting tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Early Lead Fizzles
The Kansas City Chiefs jumped out to an early lead thanks to big plays from their defense and led by as many as 14 points, but ultimately couldn't contain the Los Angeles Chargers offense in the fourth quarter, losing the game 29-28 on a touchdown pass and two point conversion with just eight seconds left in the game.
Last Minute Extra
The Chargers pulled off one of the most dramatic wins of the NFL season on Thursday and they did it by making a gutsy call with four seconds left in the game. After Los Angeles scored a touchdown to cut the lead to 28-27, the Chargers could have kicked the extra point to go to overtime, but instead, they decided to go for the win.
2:03 AM ET Adam TeicherESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star Joined ESPN in 2013 KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Playing in his first game in more than a season and a half, safety Eric Berry led his team in tackles in the first half with six, and the Kansas City Chiefs took a 14-7 lead into halftime.
New Playoff Power???
Ever since the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, the Chargers have been looking up at the Chiefs in the AFC West. Even after the Bolts peeled off nine wins in 10 games following a 1-2 start, Kansas City's victories overshadowed L.A.'s success.
Blaming Refs Is For Losers
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End Game Truism
Dan Marino is football royalty. Almost any quarterback would be flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary Hall of Famer. But in Patrick Mahomes' case, such a comparison could be a cautionary tale.
You decide . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Co-working spaces in the KC metro are seeing a boom in business as the demand increases. Quest Moffat didn't like his work environment. "We got there at 9 o'clock in the morning and I would see Fred and we may have saw each other in passing and it kinda got boring," Moffat said.
Concerned Raytown citizens turned in a petition for a state audit of Raytown city officials, Thursday. State Auditor Nicole Galloway accepted that petition from Raytown city government watchdog Tony Jacob after he and fellow volunteers gathered more than 1,800 signatures.
Fair play for Friday, there was local outrage when Pats fans threw their beer on Tyreek Hill after an EPIC catch but now, once again, home team fanboys prove themselves hypocrites:
VIDEO: Chiefs fans throw beer at celebrating Charger players
41 Action News Reporter Jordan Betts was in the stands when Chargers players walked into the endzone to celebrate. Betts said angry fans then began throwing beer cans, cups and other trash at the players.
To be fair, it does seem like the Chargers are kinda taunting but nevertheless its a reminder that the games are anything but a family affair like the team claims.
You decide . . .
"One of President Trump’s biggest supporters, Kris Kobach—a candidate in the Kansas gubernatorial race and a prominent voice in the U.S. nativist movement—made it a campaign promise to encourage undocumented immigrants living in the state to leave. Ultimately, his tough immigration policies, coupled with his history of voter suppression, cost him the race."
In what has been coined the "blue wave," the 2018 midterm elections resulted in 40 seats being flipped from Republican to Democratic control, the largest midterm gains by Democrats since Watergate in 1974.
Ken Allen stole a Gay-Straight Alliance poster from Smithton Middle School in Columbia, Missouri, in a "fit of rage" because he says the club shouldn't be allowed. The school board declined to press charges.
The federal government has named Kansas a hub for human trafficking in the U.S., and now Kansas organizations are partnering together to decrease these crimes.