Sunday, February 17, 2019

KANSAS CITY BLOODY SUNDAY!!! 2019 HOMICIDE #19: POLICE DISCOVER WOMAN SHOT DEAD ON EAST 12TH!!!



This week of love has been punctuated by a horrific murder spree which has spiked the local homicide count and set this town upon another historic pace for local killings.

Saturday night started the massacre with a man gunned down on Troost.

Sunday morning a double shooting after a club fight left one man dead in a car on 57th & Manchester.

Today, authorities investigated a murder scene on the 6400 block of East 12th where a woman lay dead from several gunshot wounds.

More context:

6 people shot in 5 shooting incidents so far this weekend; 3 have died

Accordingly . . .

19 HOMICIDES SO FAR IN 2019 PLACE KANSAS CITY ON A HORRIFIC MURDER COUNT PACE AND SPIKE THE FIVE YEAR TREND FOR THIS CALENDAR DATE!!!

Translation: Clearly uptick in local killing hasn't stopped despite a slight reduction in numbers last year.

Last year at this time there were only 12 murder and only 16 the year before that . . .

Developing . . .

Kansas City Reminder: City Hall Closed Tomorrow And No Trash Pickup



Kansas City Reminder: City Hall Closed Tomorrow And No Trash Pickup

Quick look at municipal weather news courtesy of Northland Council Lady Heather Hall:



City Hall & 311 closed for Presidents Day

Holiday trash schedule in effect

In observance of Presidents Day, City offices and the 311 Center will be closed on Feb. 18. As a result, trash and recycling collection schedules will move to the holiday schedule.

For example, trash normally picked up on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. The remaining trash collection schedule will be adjusted by one day (Friday collection will be on Saturday, Feb.23)

City Hall will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.
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Kansas City Politico Hopes Missouri GOP Won't Block Missouri Sunshine Laws



Kansas City Politico Hopes Missouri GOP Won't Block Missouri Sunshine Laws

Ethics issues are a running joke in Missouri but recently a Northeast politico shares her perspective and offers insight on the busted process:

Turner Report: Kansas City Democrat - HB 445 guts Sunshine Law, local officials could keep virtually all records secret

Money line:

"HB 445 started with wide bipartisan support. It would have imposed a two-year waiting period on local officials becoming lobbyists and capped gifts from lobbyists to local officials at $5 – requirements recently imposed on lawmakers by a constitutional amendment Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved last year.

"But then, State Rep. Nick Schroer, R-O’Fallon, added an amendment to broadly expand statutory exemptions that allow certain records to be withheld under the Sunshine Law. Under the amendment, government officials would have legal authority to keep virtually all records secret."

Developing . . .

Cascone's Shuts Down In River Market Despite Streetcar Promise Of New Biz

The toy train KILLED another local biz as the fake ridership numbers don't translate into real money at the end of the day. We can debate the merits of the fare but the fact is this place SURVIVED FOR A GENERATION without help from the streetcar but lasted only a few years after the tracks and bad parking chased away most of their lunch traffic. A new hipster restaurant is on the way but the reality is that a great many biz owners along the line have complained about broken promises and fewer customers despite the constant stream of taxpayer funded hype. Read betwixt the lines in this report:

Cascone's Grill closing after decades in the River Market, new concept coming | The Kansas City Star

Cascone's Grill, at 15 E. Fifth St., plans to shut down on Feb. 28. A new concept, Estelle's, by the owner of Anton's Taproom, will open in the space.

Youngsters Safe After KCK Carjacking

Brazen auto theft inspired a citywide search that proved successful after a dude with rifle stole a car with kids inside. Read more:

KCK police take suspect into custody following armed robberies

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - The Kansas City, Kansas police are investigating after two vehicles were stolen at gunpoint on Sunday afternoon. At 2 p.m., officers went to the 1500 block of Freeman Avenue on a call about an armed disturbance.

Kansas City Morning Anchor Mark Alford 'Dancing Monkey' Quip Sparks Debate



An off-handed cooking segment comment on the morning news this week has sparked social media scorn and culture war discussion on the subject of painful and/or harmless analogies.

A local TV viewer shared this complaint that garnered a surprising amount of traction, probably because it's too cold to go outside and most people have been sitting around gawking at their mobile phones for the past 72 hours.

Here's the statement:



Text capture quote for a social media debate that's newsworthy given hundreds of reactions and shares:

"While we sitting here doing nothing I think I’d let y’all know your boy Mark Alford of FOX4 News Kansas City was asked to do the Carlton dance. He responded by saying “no I’m not a monkey”. Unsure about y’all but I’m questioning why a monkey was used in reference to this dance.

"Sadly this guy has been allowed do to and say anything he wants with no consequences. Time to plan a protest at the station."

For those who don't know, the "Carton Dance" referred to by this quote is a series of moves popularized by Alfonso Ribeiro on the popular 90s TV show "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" -- The dance has garnered pop culture resurgence thanks to the Battle Royale Video Game Fortnite and the ensuing & failed legal effort to copyright the steps.



Given that the reference to a monkey is the main point of contention -- It's worth attempting to explain and recognize the justified reaction to any hint of "simianization" in pop culture given the painful past of mass media and Western Culture in general.

A more thoughtful explanation:

For centuries the West has found it useful to compare black people to monkeys

However, if we're to place the comment in the appropriate historical context it's also worthwhile to mention a classic bit of Americana that doesn't necessarily have have any obvious racial component BUT does offer a frame of reference for Mr. Alford's remark . . .



Organ grinders and their monkeys, who often seemed to dance, are a part of American culture and the immigrant story of big cities during the wave of immigration around the time of WWI.

Whilst animal rights activists might object, there is also a long history of circus animals who were trained to mimic dance moves during their performances.

A reasonable person might say that all of this historical context is far too much pressure to place on casual conversation and a cooking segment intended to entertain old ladies during the morning. Meanwhile, others cite the need to inform MSM presenters as to history and context.

As weekend outrage over an alleged racist, pro-Trump beat down hoax powers MSM media rhetorical hyperbole . . . Locally, it's worth discussing this lower stakes debate over language and analogies rather than dismissing either side.

Was the comment insensitive or innocent???

Brief TKC aside that will go ignored . . .

LOOK CLOSELY AT THE DISCUSSION AND AMONG PREDOMINATELY AFRICAN-AMERICAN SOCIAL MEDIA DENIZENS, THE REACTION IS DIVERSE AND THERE IS NO MONOLITHIC REBUKE!!!

It's important to note this is one person bringing his concerns to light without universal agreement . . . So often pundits want to paint every issue as black vs. white because the multiplicity of viewpoints and arguments complicate any narrative . . . However, those of us who truly believe in Liberty might argue that understanding the importance of the individual above demographics, partisan politics or even social media mobs offers the only hope of salvation.

But I digress . . .



The only thing we know for sure is that even the subject of dancing threatens to evoke backlash and sparks Internets criticism as the American culture war worsens.

You decide . . .

Prep For EPIC Winter Bills Powered By KCP&L Eternal Surveillance

Credit where it's due . . . They have kept the lights on during this latest winter blast but the cost of that should be hefty and lead to a Springtime Surprise in a few weeks. Read more:

New meters keep 24-hour watch on your energy

It's not a butterfly flapping its wings, but a falling tree 15 years ago is about to change the way the electric company tracks power usage in St. Joseph. In August of 2003, falling trees caused a cascading power outage that left 50 million customers in the dark throughout the Northeast and Canada.

Social Media #MeToo Allegations Caused Kansas City Skater Suicide???

The newspaper dances around culture war consequences and fleeting mobile phone chatter that ALLEGEDLY caused the death of this local skater that most residents never heard of . . . You decide:

Skater John Coughlin family blames SafeSport for his suicide | The Kansas City Star

On the Monday evening before John Coughlin was buried, a stream of friends and family walked with mournful respect into Christ the King Catholic Church to honor the life of a two-time national champion, arguably the greatest figure skater to ever come from Kansas City.

KANSAS CITY BIKE LANES ON ARMOUR BLVD ENDURE REBUKE AMID SNOW!!!



Let's make it plain . . .

MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY THINKS THE BIKE LANES ON ARMOR ROAD ARE STUPID & DANGEROUS DURING WINTER!!!

The idiocy of the "road diet" gives driver less room, puts pedestrians in the middle of crowded streets and offers nothing but a path of snow and ice for imaginary bicyclists who simply arne't there . . . It's urban planning at its worst and looks like the goofy design of a suburbanite urban planner passing off bad ideas on the urban core.

Whoever came up with this plan should be ashamed and banned from offering any other suggestions for local streets.

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY 2019 HOMICIDE #18: DOUBLE SHOOTING KILLS MAN ON TROOST!!!



This weekend the cold hasn't stopped for local violence and the uptick in KCMO homicides defies the cold & ice that has kept everyone else snowbound at home.

Here's the aftermath of a club shooting sparked by a dispute at a nearby club:

KMBC: Police investigate deadly shooting at 87th and Troost

Deets:

"Officers were called to 87th and Troost at 2:15 Sunday morning. They found two shooting victims inside a car. A man was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but is said to be stable."

Again, this is the 18th homicide so far this year compared to 16 at this time last year and and the year before that as well.

Developing . . .

Newspaper Seyz Lisa Benson Won But She'll Never Get Another Job In TV News Again

The social justice editorials from The Kansas City Star usually work out better for TKC than their paper because our community usually offers a reality check or discussion that they simply aren't willing to endure . . . And so, this screed calls a paltry payoff and the end of a career a "win" when it seems more like yet another meaningless sacrifice on the altar of the false idol culture war. You decide . . .

Former KSHB reporter challenged the system and won - sort of | The Kansas City Star

Lisa Benson Cooper, a former KSHB-TV Channel 41 reporter who was fired for sharing an article on white fragility, says she has no regrets about challenging a system she says failed to reward her years of hard work.

Mourning Lady Killed In Missouri Pile-Up

The dramatic footage made national news but here's an important look at the tragic human toll:

Family IDs victim in fatal 47-car I-70 crash near Oak Grove

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Linda Henderson of Platte City, Missouri, has been identified as the woman who died in a 47-vehicle pile-up Friday on westbound Interstate 70 near Oak Grove, Missouri. The family announced that Henderson, 74, - "our beloved and incredible Mother, Grandmother, Girl Scout Leader, and loving woman" - died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Kansas City Sunday News Link Stroll



Beyond the glam & big bucks, fashion real life is mostly workout, veggies and more workouts . . . Our favorite "classic" hottie share some real life inspiration:

Elle: Adriana Lima on Eating Healthy While Traveling and Wearing Makeup at the Gym

Closer to home, here are the news links worth checking right now . . .

Kansas Story We've Been Saving Seems Appropriate For Sunday Laugh

Police: 'Bomb threat' at Home Depot was just a warning from man needing to poop

(Meredith) -- A Kansas man said he had no intentions of setting off an actual bomb when he told other customers that he was going to "blow up" the bathroom at a Home Depot. Turns out, he was just talking about a bowel movement.


Local Wear & Tear

Five KDOT snow plows damaged due to distracted drivers

OLATHE, Kan. - Kansas Department of Transportation crews, which have worked nonstop since a winter storm moved into the area Friday, rely on snow plows to help clear the roads. The massive plows, which also often carry salt or sand to spread on roads, aren't the most nimble or fast vehicles on the road, but other drivers need to calm down and let them do their jobs.


Homegrown Hotness

Inspired by a Family Recipe, Lal's Sweet Chili Sauce is Heating Things Up in Kansas City

Lal's Sweet Chili Sauce initially tastes sweet and savory followed by an undercurrent of mild spice. The tantalizing sauce contains common ingredients, such as tomato, vinegar, chiles, garlic, sugar, salt and spices, but it tastes quite unlike anything else. Imagine the richness of barbecue sauce, fruit-laden sweetness of chutney and slow-burning kick of chunky, piquant salsa.


Freezing For A Good Cause

Kansas City locals support Special Olympics with Polar Plunge

Some people in the metro braved the elements for a chilling dip Saturday morning as part of the annual Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics.


Local Happy Survey

Name Something That Will Always Make You Laugh

On Feb. 9, 2019, more than 130 BritGram supporters gathered in the 1900 Building for KCPT's annual teatime toast to all things British. We also spoke to some of our neighbors for our ongoing series, "I'm Your Neighbor." Hear what Thaylia had to say about what makes her laugh.


Spring Training Awaits

Kansas City Royals: Offseason Prospect Watch, Kelvin Gutierrez

Kelvin Gutierrez began the 2018 season in the tenth spot on the Washington Nationals list. By midseason, he was listed as the 17th best prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization, according to MLB Pipeline. Gutierrez was signed by the Washington Nationals in April of 2013, and the 24 year old was traded to the Royals in the Kelvin Herrera trade.


Local Artsy Preview

Kansas City Gets A 'Once In A Lifetime' Immersion In An Influential Composer's Singular World

American composer Harry Partch lived an unconventional life. A dreamer and a traveler, he devised an original system for making music and built dozens of instruments to bring that dream to reality. "My music and my instruments are an expression of an ancient tradition in which sight and sound unite toward the achievement of a single dramatic purpose," Partch said in the documentary " Music Studio."


"STAPLE SINGERS ~ "I'LL TAKE YOU THERE" ~ 1975 is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

The Kansas City Winter Feast

Exceptional nature shots from one of the best photogs in Kansas City turning his attention toward urban core wildlife. Take a look:

Hungry Times

Photography Blog

Kansas City Artsy Sunday

Wanted to link this great Kansas City "Opry" style show celebrating 20 years in this cowtown. However, this KCMO creative class exhibit that features glorified apier-mâché will probably inspire more intense emotions . . . Which is the whole point of art in the first place. Checkit:

Volumes and Violent Joy

Craig Deppen Auge Volumes Kiosk GalleryJanuary 18th - March 7th At first glance, Craig Deppen Auge's work can look chaotic, even frenzied in its making. Folded paper is combined with collaged canvas on spray painted wood on metal rods, and on and on. He refers to this obsessive folding, collaging, and assemblage as ritualistic in nature.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! WINTER 2019 EXPOSED KANSAS CITY SCREWED UP TOURISM & DEVELOPER PRIORITIES!!!



The residents of this cowtown are tired of Winter weather and the hardship that it has wreaked upon local streets.

Potholes, water main breaks and car crashes present a clear and present danger to KCMO denizens who risk mortal danger simply by driving around local streets.

City Hall has been hit hard with public complaints about the conditions of roads this Winter. The budget for street repair has been increased by 70% but we all know that those funds are ALWAYS shifted throughout the year.

However, no matter the partisan stance of KCMO residents . . . Whether this Winter represents "extreme climate change" OR just a return to normal harsh Midwest snowstorms. The FACT is that Kansas City did a horrible job maintaining streets over the past few weeks and this hits home with voters as elections approach and candidates don't really have a solution for boring issues like deferred maintenance but would rather talk about social justice, social engineering or party planning in local entertainment districts.

And so the cycle repeats as streets literally crumble from so many empty City Hall promises.

And all of this has inspired our playlist tonight.



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night/Sunday morning.

KANSAS CITY 2019 HOMICIDE #17: MAN SHOT DEAD ON MANCHESTER!!!



Not even Kansas City's horrific WINTER TUNDRA can stop the murder count this year.

Even worse . . .

EARLY IN THE YEAR, KANSAS CITY IS NOW OUTPACING RECENT MURDER COUNTS OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS!!!

Again, this is the 17th homicide so far this year compared to 16 at this time last year and the same number the year before that . . . While it's still early in the year, what we find troubling is that the cold winter months have always been relatively peaceful. This year's homicide count suggests a rising trend overall.

News links on the Saturday night murder:

Fox4: Man shot and killed near 57th and Manchester in Kansas City

KSHB: Witnesses said the victim and a suspect, who fled on foot and is not in custody, were involved in a disturbance when the shooting occurred.

KMBC: KCPD work a homicide on 57th and Manchester

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TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! OVERLAND PARK ATTORNEY MICHAEL KUCKELMAN WINS KANSAS GOP CHAIRMAN VOTE!!!



TKC FIRST NEWS on this important Kansas GOP development that has a myriad of implications but deserves the attention of our blog community first and foremost. The pullquote highlight is ours but this is all the latest word from the party thankfully sent our way . . . Checkit:

KANSAS REPUBLICANS ELECT NEW LEADERSHIP

Overland Park Attorney Michael Kuckelman is New State GOP Chairman

Topeka, KS (Feb. 16, 2019) - Delegates at the 2019 Kansas Republican Party Convention elected the party's new leadership this afternoon in Topeka. Michael Kuckelman, an attorney from Overland Park, is the state's new GOP chairman.

Delegates also elected Virginia Crossland-Macha (vice-chair), Emily Wellman (secretary) and Bob Tool (treasurer). The party’s officers serve two-year terms.

After being elected the new chairman, Kuckelman addressed the convention delegates. He said the party will focus on unifying the more than 800,000 registered Republicans in Kansas.

He plans to focus on Republican messaging and tying that message to the Republican platform, which is in line with the values of Kansas voters. Kuckelman also emphasized the need for grassroots participation to get voters to turn out for elections.

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY TAXPAYERS CULPABLE FOR FAA FINES AMID NEW AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT!!!



This week, out blog community BROKE AN IMPORTANT STORY about New KCI payouts planned but now put off by rules & regs amid a program name change.

Now . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN THAT, VIA THE GENERAL FUND, TAXPAYERS ARE ON THE HOOK FOR FINES IN THE SKETCHY NEW AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT!!!

Again and again KICK-ASS INSIDERS expose the lie that the new airport "won't cost Kansas City taxpayers a dime" because . . .

FREEBIE NEW KCI EMPTY PROMISES EXCLUDED FINANCING COSTS, UP FRONT SHORT-TERM BORROWING AND NOW POTENTIAL FINES!!!

This is an important think piece for a lot of reasons but mostly because . . .

As Kansas City is still debating the user agreement, maybe our City Council might want to think about clawbacks and penalties for developers if/when KCMO falls under FAA scrutiny and ends up charged fines. As it stands now, KANSAS CITY TAXPAYERS ARE TOTALLY EXPOSED whilst Mayor Sly & Jolie Justus urge Council to hurry and sign on the dotted line.



Here's the word . . .

New KCI “Community Benefits,” or the Semantics of Crime

KCI “community benefits” are back in the news.

This is another of the many ways the new airport could haunt taxpayers down the road. While City Council had no design specs or maximum price in mind when it received airport construction proposals, the so-called community benefits program stroked every political erogenous zone. A vast horde of cash for chumming votes. Tens-of-millions in a slush fund for daycare centers, worker training, historic preservation, etc.

The plan was to front-load the slush fund, paying these back later from revenues taken from the new airport. Then the FAA stepped in, warning that the city was creating a community crime program. The problem is illegal revenue diversion. As this piece notes, the Feds have long forbidden cities to use airports as “cash cows”. Another example of how KCI is becoming a poster child for how to screw up airport development. The basic idea is that all airport funds must be used directly for airport purposes. In this case, the FAA warned the city that funding social services in connection with the new airport, however commendable politically, is likely a violation of Federal law.

Which brings us to this week’s Aviation Committee meeting. We learned the city hopes to avoid being sued by renaming things. The term Community Benefits is out, replaced by “Terminal Workforce Enhancement Program.” This probably sounded better than changing it to “Seeking Campaign Augmentation Money” (SCAM). There was confusion. A Councilman asked if certain community benefits schemes were still part of the deal, despite the semantic evasions. No said the city attorney because that risked a Federal audit and possible criminal charges. Fascinating to watch public officials calculate how terminological changes might or might not evade crime.

How does this matter for taxpayers? The Federal criminal code says the city could be fined up to three times the amount of illegally diverted funds. If that happens, it will be taxpayer money. How is risking potentially millions in fines a community benefit? How much money has the city already spent/will it spend on attorneys to keep from being sued? How did we go down this rabbit hole instead of focusing on the best possible airport at the lowest possible price? We know the answer to the last question. They hang out at City Hall.
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Developing . . .

DEAD-TREE MEDIA DEEP DIVE: INSIDER WORRIES ABOUT WORKERS & CORPORATE TAX STRUCTURE OF KANSAS CITY STAR!!!



Backed up with research, screen shots and verifiable info & analysis . . . Check this peek into the sordid finances of corporate endeavor disguised as a local newspaper biz . . .

FICTITIOUS NEWS = FAKE NEWS

The Kansas City Star is actually owned by Cypress Media, which itself is a subsidiary of The McClatchy Company of California. I thought that was odd, so I took a second look. Turns out that "Kansas City Star" is a fictitious (ahem, FAKE?) business name registered in Missouri.

"Kansas City Star" is owned by Cypress Media LLC, a Delaware corporation registered in Missouri as a foreign corporation. Cypress Media LLC shares a business address with The McClatchy Company of Sacramento California. I'm reminded of the Churchill quote in which he referenced Russia..."a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." When McClatchy declares bankruptcy, how many total shell companies do you think will be disclosed? Former and current Kansas City Star employees will be counting on a pension, but from whom?

FACT CHECK: KANSAS CITY ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON AND HIS TIPSTER NETWORK CALLED OUT LADY SUSPECTS IN CENTRAL 'ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE' DEADLY SHOOTING BEFORE MSM!!!



As usual, local media is overlooking a big part of a horrific local story that speaks to how information is gathered, collected and disseminated in Kansas City.

Accordingly . . .

CREDIT TO KANSAS CITY CRIME FIGHTER ALONZO WASHINGTON AND HIS TIPSTERS WHO CALLED OUT LADY SHOOTER SUSPECTS AFTER DEADLY CENTRAL 'ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE' GUNFIRE!!!

Mr. Washington is correct to rant against the MSM in one of the latest updates as he notes:

"It all came from a vast network of tipsters that I have acquired. I also gave law-enforcement her phone number!!!"

In fact, the images that he acquired offer a more complete view of the adult females caught in the discussion of this tragedy than any other media outlet.

In the immediate aftermath, local reporters were informed only by images that authorities provided.



Mr. Washington's vast network of TIPSTERS and urban core friends & fans are an essential resource to help fight local crime and this fact deserves acknowledgment in an era when filtering, quantifying and sharing relevant information has become an increasingly rare skill among those who merely consume local news but are unable to provide any context or analysis of the data.

Time and time again, Mr. Washingon's skill in navigating both tech and community networks have helped serve the community.



Developing . . .

Kansas City Saturday Cleanup News



Hottie Rosie isn't just a model but now a mum, cleaning up her image in much the same way that socialist Democratic Party denizens hope to tidy up the planet.

Checkit:

THe Hill: Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing

Green Tech: A Look at the Green New Deal’s Clean Transportation Goals and How to Achieve Them

Vox: No, the Green New Deal won’t threaten the grid

Closer to home, here are the top news links for the midday . . .

The Great Kansas City AWD Debate



This confessional argument for driver safety makes a good point and offers an alternative perspective for driving local streets which favors slow precaution rather than tech supremacy . . .

Argument Against AWD

Every so often when this a snowstorm happens there's always some MACHO idiot in the comments talking about how they get around better in snow than everyone else. They're the kind of d-bag who owns an all wheel drive vehicle or snow tires so believes it's ok to fly by traffic in the snow. That kind of thinking is what leads to pileups and deaths on the road. Here's why: Cars are heavy. And because they're heavy, manufacturers fit them with all wheel braking as standard. You don't get better brakes or better stopping power by buying an all wheel drive model. AWD makes the heavy thing start faster, but the stopping was already as good as they could make it.

It's a common trope around where I'm from, Canada, that first-time buyers wrap their machines around a tree because of this. They're more dangerous in some ways . . .
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You decide . . .

MIGHTY KRIS KOBACH SUPPORT DOOMS PREZ TRUMP BORDER WALL NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION!?!?!



After being completely smacked down, embarrassed and disgraced by granny Guv Kelly and the housewives of Johnson County, "Mighty" Kris Kobach completed his remedial legal classes, threatened a Senate run and now wants to help build the wall.

Never mind that that Kansas GOP fears Mr. Kobach will give away a Senate seat and can't believe they were forced to repeatedly endure the antics of a dude who would run around a parade with a toy gun.

Furthermore . . .

Notice that the Prez has yet to make good on those promises to bring Kris Kobach to D.C. and save the guy from the horrible work of rallying the right wing of rural Kansas.

Nevertheless, Kris Kobach remains at the forefront of the border wall debate after the U.S. House Democratic Party majority gave the Prez pennies on the dollar for a tiny wall that won't live up to promises.

To be fair, here's a glimpse at much more civilized conversation featuring intelligent consideration of immigration policy:

"Although some Republicans have criticized President Trump's national emergency declaration, others endorse it. One of them is Kris Kobach, former Kansas secretary of state, who talks to Amna Nawaz about the “extraordinarily broad” nature of the National Emergencies Act, why a wall is a "force multiplier" and how we don’t know the true volume of illegal drugs coming across the U.S.-Mexico border."



Further reading from both sides of the aisle:

Fox News: Trump’s emergency declaration is legal and needed to protect America

UST: Emergency declaration is clearest sign Donald Trump and Republicans are divided going into 2020 campaign

Daily Caller: Trump Was Sued Over National Emergency Declaration In Less Than Six Hours

Vanity Fair: Trump’s “National Emergency” Speech Was a Rambling Mess

Guardian: Five false claims from Trump's national emergency speech – video

National Review: Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is Contemptuous of the Rule of Law

Fox: Trump declares emergency on border, eyes $8B for wall as he signs spending package

You decide . . .

Claire McCaskill Against Prez Trump 2020

The ousted Missouri Senator attempts to take the high-ground with this backhanded slap against the current Administration. Sadly, her words only remind TV viewers why voters rejected her by a surprising margin and her big money connections put her on cable news. Checkit:

McCaskill: 'I Have to Believe' We'll Have 'Dignity' Back in the White House in 2020 | Breitbart

Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) predicted Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "dignity" will be back in the Oval Office in 2020. Host Joe Scarborough asked McCaskill if the socialist Democrats are hurting the "heartland Democrats, to which the new MSNBC political analyst said she has to believe the party is going to have to sell the American people they are "not going to push extreme ideas."

Double Talk: Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids Votes For Border Wall Funding Compromise Despite Her Previous Opposition

VERY IMPORTANT fact check and update on the rookie Rep. just a bit behind the curve when it comes to vague political language that keeps our elected officials making return trips to the nation's capital. Take a look:

Davids votes for border wall funding

Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids said she would not vote for border wall money. But she voted for the bill.

Celebrate Kansas City Centurions 2019



A glimpse at the local leadership class and their next generation of denizens . . .

Class of 2019:



What they're all about . . .

"Since 1976, the two-year leadership development program has prepared greater Kansas City’s emerging leaders for roles including judges, CEOs, and nonprofit executives. Centurions is an unequaled training ground for future Kansas City leaders."

It's an impressive title and program to be sure, even if the name-check for glory wrapped in antiquity seems a bit much.

Posted so that our readers can learn about who really runs this town in a manner more effective than just complaining on the Internets.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Survivor Radio Conversation

In one of the best local discussions this week . . . Kansas City hosts share a moment with one of their colleagues and consider his arduous journey to their offices. Take a listen:

KMBZ's Moneyline host survived WWII concentration camp as a child

Kansas City, MO - Peter Newman is a certified public accountant who has hosted Moneyline on KMBZ for more than 30 years. Peter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1938, not too long after the Nazis took over. He and his family are Jewish. Peter and his parents fled Austria for Yugoslavia.

KANSAS CITY UPRISING AGAINST RENT!!!

The recent rental inspection program was just the beginning of an effort to fight for affordable housing OR bring local socialism to the forefront. Take a look:

This Eviction Researcher Says It's Time For Kansas City's Renters To Organize

Tara Raghuveer wants to raise the alarm. "The national housing crisis has not skipped over Kansas City," she says. "Half the people in this city are tenants and many of them have issues with their housing." Raghuveer is the woman behind the Kansas City Eviction Project, which has analyzed 18 years of eviction filings in Jackson County.

TKC MUST SEE!!! RANT AGAINST RISING KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE SHOWS ASSAULT RIFLE TERRORIZING DOWNTOWN!!!



A heartfelt plea from a Kansas City TV station depicts worsening violence on local streets and terrifying display of heavy weaponry intimidating denizens inside the loop.

Checkit:

KMBC Prez & GM Sarah Smith Editorial: Gun violence in Kansas City

Money line:

We can no longer turn a blind eye to our murderous climate, either out of fear or desensitization because silence emboldens these criminals. As evidenced by a photo recently taken in the heart of downtown, as you can see, there is an assault-style rifle thrust out this car window ready to fire. Imagine strolling through downtown and seeing this? It's outrageous.

You decide . . .

Northland Walmart Bomb Threat Last Night

As labor pushes for unionization of box stores, let's not forget that local municipalities spend a lot of time and money securing places like Walmart. Read more:

Kansas City police investigate reported bomb threat at Northland Walmart

Kansas City police investigated a reported bomb threat Friday night at a Northland Walmart.Authorities said the threat was reported just after 9 p.m. at the store near Interstate 29 and Barry Road.Police say no bomb was found. Kansas City police investigated a reported bomb threat Friday night at a Northland Walmart.

Blame Game: Family Claims Central 'Academy Of Excellence' Needed Better Security After Teen Girl Gunned Down

Reality check, there were security guards on the scene but not every gathering can be heavily guarded. Realize this same debate exists in the suburbs where the rising threat of school shooters has caused residents to realize how vulnerable students are when it comes to the threat of gun violence.

Kangaroo Students Learn Feds Stalk Internets

Training day at the city college offers a life lesson on the new era of citizen surveillance targeting both suspects and citizens alike for all manner of speech and identifying deets . . . Take a look:

"Intelligence Executive of the FBI gave students an in-depth understanding of assigned jobs on the FBI’s Social Media Exploitation Team (SOCMET) and taught students about different techniques they use to uncover crime."

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FBI Student Academy on social media safety

WIR: Dead-Tree Kansas City MSM Newsy Pundits Hint At Decline Of Their Influence



Old school MSM pundits hold court via public TV and grouse about a disinterested voters -- A situation they mostly helped to create. Meanwhile, there are a few good topics buried in here including these grownups attempting to understand Fortnite whilst the NextGen migrates to Apex.

Checkit:

"Nick Haines, Caroline Sweeney, Steven Dial, Dave Helling and Steve Kraske discuss the perception that Kansas City voters lack interest in KCMO's mayoral race, the absence of city council race coverage, the ongoing gun homicide problem, the local connection to the border debate, the lack of prison guards in Kansas, efforts to bypass the Clean Missouri Amendment and Park University's eSports arena."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Distracted Kansas City Drivers Threaten Walkers At Record-Breaking Pace

A glimpse at one of the many dangers on local streets as mobile phones make modern-day life even more dangerous and miserable. Read more:

Pedestrian-involved traffic crashes rose in KCMO in 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - New data from the Kansas City, Missouri police department shows there was nearly one traffic crash involving a pedestrian every day in 2018. The 360 pedestrian-involved traffic crashes is the highest number in the city over the past four years for which data was readily available.

Kansas City St. Patrick Mahomes Canonized

This town is already planning many weeks of March drunkenness and today starts the prep with some fanboy gear that has been deemed newsworthy. Read more:

"St. Patrick Mahomes" shirts to go on sale Saturday

On Thursday, KMBC got a sneak peak at some new Patrick Mahomes t-shirts. Ultimate Athletic Sportswear in Parkville Missouri printed the shirts all Thursday night so they can go on sale this weekend at HyVee stores. The "St. Patrick Mahomes" shirts will be finished Friday morning.

Kansas City Snowbound Saturday Update



It's cold and snowy and few people will brave the weather today, most of the Saturday morning local news is dedicated to this fact of life but first . . .

Hottie Lucy inspires us to start this freezing morning with a few news highlights, obviously related to the snow. Checkit:

Her: Apparently, THIS is the reason why women feel the cold more than men do

Today: The 25 best snow boots for women

Outside News: Women Are Not Treated Equally in the Outdoor Industry

Closer to home, here are the news links worth checking right now that basically cover most of the MSM content today . . .

Downhill Health Slide
If you plan on sledding, doctors say there are some things to look out for
Climate Change Kills KC Cars

This winter has been rough on cars

From collisions to pothole damage, this winter has been rough on cars in Kansas City. Auto body repair shops are full of cars that need fixing.


Life Lesson: School Is Luxury

More snow for Kansas City, more time off for school kids

Breaking News Kansas City, MO - School districts around the Kansas City Metro are off again on Friday, due to several inches of snow falling throughout the day. The move may have seemed strange for parents who looked outside and saw dry streets, but forecasters have been calling for several inches of snow.


Celebrate Cowtown Pushers

Dozens of good Samaritans stop to push cars stuck on KC's snow-covered hills

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of drivers got stuck in the snow Friday. But if you end up stuck, you may not have to get free on your own. Good Samaritans were all over KC trying to help. Signal Hill is home to FOX4.


Pop Country Persistence

Thousands brave snowy conditions to see Blake Shelton

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Despite snow-packed roads and slippery hills, 12,500 Blake Shelton fans battled their way to downtown Kansas City. The country music artist held a concert at the Sprint Center Friday night. "We came down early because a lot of the roads are slick and closed and traffic so we decided to play it safe," said Jeannine Ziegler.


Kansas City Snow Advice

Truck drivers says motorists' impatience problem in snow travel

"It takes a truck two football fields to stop -- loaded or empty. But all of a sudden you cannot be behind them, you've got to be in front. I see it day in and day out for 22 years," trucker David Villarreal said.


We'll Talk More About Kansas City Upcoming Round II Snow FAIL In A Minute

First Alert: Wintry mix to move in Saturday night

Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT AND THEN TOWARD THE EVENING WE WILL CONTINUE TO DROP OFF. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW. INSTEAD OF HAVING THE RED TRIANGLES OUT LIKE WE DID EARLIER. IT WILL BE ON A COLD NO. ARE WIND CHILLS WILL LIKELY BE BELOW ZERO.


XXXTENTACION - SAUCE! is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .