Monday, November 12, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY PROGRESSIVES BELIEVE PREZ TRUMP RESISTANCE AT TIPPING POINT AS 2020 GOP PUSH BACK ORGANIZING BEGINS!!!
While Democratic Party leader Claire McCaskill suffered an EPIC defeat and Missouri Republicans maintain their SUPER-MAJORITY after the Midterms . . . The blue wave in Kansas included a historic win for Sharice Davids and Grandma Kelly trouncing mighty Kris Kobach. And so, the search for a post-election narrative has been tough for partisan hacks to find . . .
Tonight, progressive Kansas City, MO leaders seem encouraged as they gather to consider the future.
Right now Our Revolution Kansas City meets to discuss action opportunities, followed by community conversation and this impending topic: Midterm reflection and the path to 2020.
We talked to one of attendees and here's what they had to share with our blog community . . .
"There is no way for the Republicans to spin it. This was a Blue Wave and the President is on the ropes. As far as McCaskill's loss, that's just the legacy of the old Clinton wing of the Democratic Party. Look at the real grassroots efforts and you'll see tremendous support for a higher minimum wage, ethics reform, redistricting and legalized marijuana - Those were issues that progressives have fought for and most Missouri voters agreed. We are about fairness and supporting workers. We see that message resonating in the Midterms and moving forward in 2020 as Trump has already started to unravel."
Suggested by our reader community and for context. Take at a few of the links we're reading tonight:
Slate: Why the 2018 Midterms May Have Been Bluer Than You Think
NBC: What the midterms taught Democrats — and how those lessons can help beat Trump in 2020
BBC: Mid-term elections 2018 - Recounts descend into rancour
UST: Here's why the midterm elections were both good and bad for Donald Trump's re-election
Fox news: Dozens of Dems mulling White House campaigns, as wide-open 2020 contest ramps up
Politico: Former Clinton adviser says Hillary will run in 2020
NY Mag: No, Hillary Clinton Is Not Going to Be the Democratic Nominee in 2020
And so . . .
WILL KCMO PROGRESSIVES OUST PREZ TRUMP FROM THE WHITE HOUSE???
Turning both Missouri & Kansas from red to blue is a tall order BUT election returns and fights over the recounts have taught us that nearly anything is possible . . .
You decide . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - A light but persistent snow caused two deaths and numerous accidents in Kansas City, and caused several school closings in mid-Missouri. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported at noon Monday that it has responded to 86 crashes, including two deaths and 10 injuries.
Kansas City Public Schools Could Be Fully Accredited Next Year, State Board President Says
Mold in Conservatory causes problems for dancers and faculty
Here's a glimpse at the adult biz becoming more mainstream every day:
Interrobang: Brazzers Put On a Stand Up Comedy Porn Star Show
XBiz: Brazzers Kicks Off 'Our Queen Is Back' Campaign for Lisa Ann's Return
NDObserv: Filter? I hardly know her
Closer to home, these news links dominate our night:
Kansas City Arsty Hospitality
A Hybrid Museum-Hotel Sets Up in Kansas City With an Exhibition as Refuge
Fútbol Winning For Realz
What a weekend for Sporting Kansas City! After a draw with Real Salt Lake at their house, SKC had to get a victory on Sunday in order to advance to the next round of the playoffs. The home team knew what they had to do and they did that and then some.
Art Life After Combat
A Marine Corps veteran from Kansas City is continuing his mission to improve the lives of his comrades with a new venture in the Crossroads Arts District. Joe Williams is hard at work, turning the space at 514 Southwest Blvd.
Snow Day Splurge
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's something about the snow that makes it feel like the holidays are already here, even though we have a few weeks to go. Shop owners in the metro love when it snows early in the season.
Cowtown Vocation Second Act
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Zeph Martinez goes to work each day now, he says he feels at home. "I love it. It is really peaceful," he said. The veteran works at the KC Cattle Company ranch in Weston, Missouri. It's a very different reality than the five years Martinez served in the U.S.
Local Startup Money Talk
Savvy investors are turning their attention to the Midwest. Leading VC firms and investors are fleeing from the high prices, the groupthink and the cutthroat competition of the coasts and turning to the heart of the United States for their next moonshots.
Hipster Agenda This Week
Thanksgiving cooking classes, a vintage cookbook sale, and Lawrence's best talent teams up to feed the hungry: KC's food and drink events for November 12-18
April Fleming Monday, November 12 Adam Clary from Standard Beverage Company is hosting a Bourbon Trail dinner tonight at Rye Leawood (10551 Mission Road). Smoked bay scallops, duck breast, and risotto are featured on the menu. Featured bourbons include Bakers, Eagle Rare, 1792 full proof, and Old Forester 1920.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
Electric scooter company Lime has issued a global recall of one model of its scooter after customers complained that the devices could break apart. The Washington Post reported that Lime was forced to recall scooters made by Chinese manufacturer Okai from its global fleet following concerns about the structural integrity of the vehicles.
A day of celebration out at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday took a tragic turn when girlfriend suddenly lost her stepfather. KCTV5's Dani Welniak has what we know about what happened.
A tragedy in Kansas City, Kansas was one of the worst the metro has ever seen and now local newsies offer testimony about the long recovery process for a family that has started to emerge from grief . . .
Fox4: Scott Schwab speaks - As criminal cases loom, dad talks of journey forward after Verrückt tragedy
Scott Schwab, is talking about their journey to this point two-and-a-half years after that horrific day for the first time locally. He remembers it as a blur — bits and pieces of it coming back to him now and then in flashbacks — but prefers to focus on the now and the future.
“I had a lot of memories I just wasn’t able to remember because I wasn’t able to cope with memories. And now that it’s been two years, things are coming back,” Schwab told FOX4’s John Holt during a sit-down interview.
The fact that criminal indictments have been handed up against the park’s co-owner and others involved, that Verrückt remained standing while investigations went forward, and that other reminders like birthdays and milestones came and went, make the journey to recovery a long process for the family.
Check the full interview at Fox4.
Developing . . .
Kansas recorded more domestic violence-related homicides in 2017 than it had in more than two decades. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation report shows the 38 domestic violence deaths in 2017 was twice as many as 2016. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the agency says 20 of the deaths were female and 18 were male.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis lawyer who tried to get the financial records of a dark money group associated with former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has announced that he is running for attorney general. Elad Gross said Monday that he is running as a Democrat in the 2020 attorney general's election.
Check community journalism and just a bit of advocacy for locals who took to the streets in order to push back against the latest actions from the Prez . . .
Documentary description . . .
"In response to President Trump's firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions a group of passionate citizens rally in front of the federal courthouse in Kansas City, MO."
Take a look at the movie that seems supportive of the protesters and their mission:
News links on the topic:
The Hill: Whitaker saying he won’t cut Mueller funding: report
CBS News: Democrats seek ways to protect Mueller probe from acting AG
CNBC: The stock market doesn't see a big risk for Trump in Mueller probe right now
US: Charles Schumer says Democrats might tie spending bill to Mueller protection
Salon: Trump, Mueller and Matt Whitaker: What’s next in D.C.’s high-stakes chess match?
You decide . . .
StoryCorps' MobileBooth came to Kansas City to collect the stories and memories of residents. This is one in a series of stories KCUR has chosen to highlight. Samantha Ruggles came out as a transgender woman long after her grandparents and parents had passed away. "If they were still alive, how would that conversation have gone?
"Congress could pass a national law banning this sort of corporate bribery. Mark Funkhouser, a former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, envisions a law as the domestic version of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal for Americans to bribe foreign officials."
Amazon's HQ2 Spectacle Isn't Just Shameful-It Should Be Illegal
News that our broke-ass readers can use or at least share with indigent friends & relatives . . .
In Missouri and Kansas the Cold Weather Rule is in effect November 1 through March 31 each year. It prohibits all utilities from disconnecting service based on lack of payment during forecasted cold temperatures
More info on this fact of life and good law from local power companies:
PSC Cold Weather Rule Takes Effect November 1
KCP&L: The rule also provides certain types of payment arrangements for up to 12 months.
Kansas Corporation Commison: The Cold Weather Rule helps ensure you will have electric, gas, and water service for your home during the winter. You must make pay arrangements with your utility to use the Rule.
Accordingly, news of Independence homes suffering power cuts is curious and might deserve further investigation.
In the meantime, this info is important for po'folk who are increasingly targeted by big biz billing that is outsourced and often unaware of local rules & regs.
Developing . . .
Sharing Local Domestic Drama Life Lessons After Kansas City Woman Killed With Protection Order In Her Pocket
The murder of a Kansas City woman could be a cautionary tale for victims of domestic violence, because the victim had an order of protection in her pocket when she was found dead. The object of 40-year-old Tabitha Birdsong's court order is also the suspect in her death, estranged husband Gene Birdsong.
A woman has died from injuries suffered in a fire in Overland Park. The first started in a home on Kessler Lane, just after 9 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters said during a search of the home, an adult woman was found unconscious in the basement. The woman was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
The impressive performance of the home team has inspired local fans to share their creative talents as tribute to the team.
Accordingly, while there are a great variety of these clips on the Internets, we selected this one from Mizznekol Ft. Snapz because it's the most cringe-y in a good way and somewhat intentionally:
You decide . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Expect wet roads and slick spots as you head to your destination Monday. Snow during the morning commute has created several traffic issues, including low visibility and crash delays, throughout the metro. Road temperatures in many areas dropped below freezing, hovering around 30 degrees.
Marcus Peters was a star with the Kansas City Chiefs but was traded away this offseason. He now stinks with the Rams. Why? The Monday night game in Mexico City next week is a chance to see who was right about Peters.
Strategy from an op/ed in the nation's paper of record . . .
New York Times: Do the Math. Moderate Democrats Will Not Win in 2020.
Perspective on McCaskill's defeat . . .
In Missouri, Claire McCaskill, the incumbent Democratic senator, lost to Josh Hawley by six percentage points, 45.5 percent to 51.5 percent. Senator McCaskill campaigned by highlighting her moderate credentials and ran a radio ad distancing herself from her party: “Claire’s not one of those crazy Democrats,” a narrator said. “She works right in the middle and finds compromise.”
Jumping to the conclusion to save time . . .
Democrats can go the old route that has consistently failed to come close to winning and demoralized supporters down the line, or they can do the math and . . . Invest in the infrastructure and staffing to engage and mobilize voters. Stand as tall, strongly and proudly for the nation’s multiracial rainbow as Mr. Trump stands against it. And mobilize and call forth a new American majority in a country that gets browner by the hour and will be even more diverse by November 2020.
You decide . . .
TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas' new Democratic governor-elect said Thursday that she will look to block enforcement of a new adoption law that she and LGBTQ-rights activists consider discriminatory, a sharp break with the state's two previous conservative Republican governors. Gov.-elect Laura Kelly said she will have her staff review how far the state can go to avoid enforcing the law.
This has been a game-changing year for the marijuana industry. Last month, Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational weed in the world, and just this past week two more states -- Utah and Missouri -- legalized cannabis in some capacity.
AND WE'RE BACK!!!
Morning snow and ensuing car wrecks might have thinned the local heard . . . But we remain committed to our local discourse and these topics regarding the changing climate:
Biz Insider: Big Oil claims it's doing its part to combat climate change. A new study finds it's not even close.
WBUR: Climate Change Is Fueling California's Wildfires, Scientists Say
Axios: Climate change is getting too big and divisive to solve
Closer to home, here's the top links we're checking from our news morning . . .
Kansas City Agenda This Week
From Lifehouse with Rock the Red Kettle to Oleta Adams with the Folly Folic; from Brian Wilson to Stephen Curtis Chapman; and from the smackdown fun of 'School of Rock' to WWE Raw ... this promises to be a stunning week in Downtown Kansas City.
Newspaper Local History
Reader Ryan Ptomey reached out to The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Public Library to ask about a historical building. "What happened to the really cool looking city hall at 5th and Main?" "Really cool looking" is definitely an accurate description of Kansas City's second City Hall building.
Slick Street Teachable Moment
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A school bus involved crash has occurred off Booth Avenue and Bannister Road. The crash happened around 8:15 a .m. At least 18 children were on the school bus. The kids were transported on another bus to school. No word yet on any injuries.
Golden Ghetto Doggie Alert
Overland Park Police are asking for the public's help to find a tiny puppy taken during a car theft. Police said on November 3, around 1 a.m., a black Chrysler 200 was stolen from the 10700 block of Roe Avenue with a 3-month-old Yorkshire Terrier puppy inside.
Upscale Local Workplace
Look around your office. Does it need a refresh? Is that scraggly potted plant in the corner not exactly doing it for you? Well, imagine having the ability to completely redesign your company's workspace from scratch. That's precisely what Laura Menninger, creative director at Thruline Marketing, got the opportunity to do when the company rebranded...
News Of The Weird
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Polka and parody superstar "Weird Al" Yankovic has announced a tour stop in Kansas City next summer, and he's bringing classical musicians with him. Yankovic announced a tour on Monday, with a stop at Starlight Theatre on August 31. Yankovic says an orchestra will appear with him on stage at every stop.
Compulsive Gamblers Keep Betting KC
The Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams matchup opened with what is likely the highest over/under in NFL history. The 11 totals to close at 57.5 or higher since 2003 have all gone over, including three this season. It's official, folks. Week 11's Monday Night Football matchup between the Chiefs and Rams has opened with the highest over/under ...
Violent Femmes - American Music is the song of the day this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
Hi everyone! My name is Kristi McNair and I'm new to Google Fiber's communications team. I'm posting in honor of Veterans Day not only because I'm now a seasoned, two-week veteran of Fiber, but also because I'm an actual veteran of the U.S. Army.
Winter is coming. And if your outerwear options are seriously lacking, may we suggest a trip to visit Alaskan Fur in Overland Park? Not only have they been outfitting women and men since 1926, they are now dressing third (and sometimes fourth) generations in their fabulous fur apparel.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
At the conclusion of the Armistice centennial and Veterans day we notice that the occasion was documented but not offered any context by corporate and state sponsored media . . .
KSHB: Hundreds attend ceremony at World War I Memorial to mark centennial of armistice
Fox4: Poppy illumination at Liberty Memorial gives visitors a unique reflection on WWI
WDAF: World War I sparked from economic jealously, desires for power, and nationalism
KMBC: New documentary restores World War I footage like never before
Time: President Trump Honors Fallen Soldiers in World War I Commemoration Speech'
And so . . .
Our TKC takeaway is that the commemoration of WWI and Veterans Day reveals the fundamental impact that post traumatic stress disorder upon the nation.
Here's a myriad of news links and perspectives which detail the effect of PTSD on the politics and culture of the United States:
PBS: From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma
Independent UK: What WWI taught us about treating PTSD
CT: What Mass Shootings do to Those not Shot: Social Consequences of Mass Gun Violence
NextCity: Can Treating PTSD Solve Urban America’s Employment Crisis?
Self: What It's Like to Live With PTSD After Escaping Domestic Violence
Newsweek: Some College Students Suffered PTSD-Like Symptoms After 'Traumatic' Campaign
Psych Today: Victims of child bullying can end up with PTSD later in life.
And so, while urge those who need help to seek it and reject any implication mental health stigma, like a former KCMO candidate Jason Kander . . . We also know that music helps soothe the troubled mind and we offer this playlist of WWI tunes as a bridge for the overnight . . .
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY 'FREE HOT SOUP' PUSH BACK AGAINST HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITH SUNDAY FALL PICNIC!!!
This week the Kansas City Health Department was confronted with a national disgrace for pouring bleach on food intended for homeless people.
Today, just as we reported earlier in the week . . .
KANSAS CITY "FREE HOT SOUP" ACTIVISTS DEFIED THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND CONDUCTED A PICNIC THAT WAS WELL RECEIVED BY THE LOCAL HOMELESS POPULATION!!!
Check this publicly shared photo set with a few dozen photos featuring the group in action and promoting sharing with less fortunate locals.
While Kansas City doesn't really have a viable strategy to confront the growing population of homeless on local streets, most of the populace stand against heavy handed tactics from local government aimed at thwarting volunteers.
Developing . . .
For those getting ready for the week overnight, just a quick bit of practical news . . .
"City Hall will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 to observe the #VeteransDay holiday. Trash and recycling collection will move to the holiday schedule. Pickup will be one day later than usual for residents."
Of course, all this is retaliative for some Brookside residents and neighbors on the out reaches of town who have always had problems getting trash picked up thanks to so many foibles related to City Hall vs. private contractors.
Developing . . .
Angelic Candice inspires one last (more) look at culture war debate over panties . . .
Variety: Victoria’s Secret Exec Apologizes for Transgender Comments After Fashion Show
Mashable: Victoria's Secret shouldn't dictate what 'sexy' is if transgender models don't fit its 'fantasy'
Inq: In the week of important women’s news, VS Fashion Show is still late in the game
Closer to home, a look at evening news for our community of locals concerned with hyperlocal topics:
Another Kind Of KC Footballer Win
It was a fight to the very last roll of the ball, but Sporting KC is moving on! Visiting Real Salt Lake fought back an early deficit to make for a frantic finish in the 2nd leg of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Kangaroos Teachable Moment
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - The University of Missouri-Kansas City expects to provide 400 more scholarships to low- and moderate-income students. Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal announced Thursday that the university is partnering with the nonprofit KC Scholars to expand its scholarship program. The university and KC Scholars will each contribute $10 million.
The Monday Forecast
Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT I WAS THERE FOR CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR. THEY ARE OLD PROS. NEVILLE: WE HAVE A LITTLE COMING INTO OUR AREA. NOTHING LIKE THAT. NO ONE WILL NEED THE SHOVEL. AT LEAST IN THE METRO. BUT PERHAPS IF YOU LIVE MORE TO THE SOUTH.
Adios International Dreams
The Rams and Chiefs both requested to play in Denver the week before their game in Mexico City, but the NFL rejected both requests, sources tell ESPN, not wanting to give either team an advantage by giving them an additional week at altitude.
Hope Springs Eternal
We are in our third offseason at Call to the Pen of putting together top 10 prospect lists for every organization in baseball. Today's list is the Kansas City Royals.
Golden Ghetto Burns Tonight As 1st Responders Rescue Woman From Basement
Overland Park fire department responded to a house fire where one female was left in critical condition
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - Overland Park Fire Department responded to a house fire on the 7500 block of Kessler where a female is in critical condition. Local called 911 at 9:05 p.m. on Sunday reporting of seeing black smoke coming from the roof of the structure.
One More New Hope Roundup
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 26-14, on Sunday to improve to 9-1 on the 2018 season. After the game, Pete Sweeney, Kent Swanson and Mike Wickett wrapped up the game on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .
Topeka resident Tonya Boyd absorbed news of the country's latest mass shooting - California country bar, 12 patrons slaughtered - like a punch to the gut.She's felt that soul-wrenching anguish before. Her daughter, Tyesha, was killed in 2009 by a man feared enough to have a protective order issued against him.
JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment last week to change state ethics laws and overhaul the way the state's political maps are drawn. But with the changes scheduled to start going into effect Dec. 6, the initiative could face another round of scrutiny in a courtroom and under the Capitol dome.
Kansas City Chiefs Roast Cardinals 26-14 And Question To Fanboys: Is Patrick Mahomes Really Better Than Len Dawson???
The team hits 9-1 at what seems like the apex of the season so far. The game started closer than most expected and play was a bit more competitive even from the struggling Arizona franchise.
Still, the Kansas City Chiefs kept up their streak of impressive numbers and looked exceptionally, skilled, capable and captivating as we move into the second half of the season.
But main question following today's record smashing performance:
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB CONTEST: IS PATRICK MAHOMES ACTUALLY BETTER THAN LEN DAWSON???
All things considered, in a historical context and given the big picture of football's evolution . . .
Thank you for joining us for an emotional morning to commemorate the fallen and celebrate the peace 100 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front. It was a day particularly marked by the beautiful details and remarkable acts of camaraderie that brought over 1,000 together to our Memorial Courtyard on an early Sunday morning.
Shawnee PD investigating murder-suicide near Riverfront Park in western Shawnee KCPD requested a welfare check for an endangered person when they found two individuals deceased Shawnee Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide near Shawnee's Riverfront Park.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A bomb threat was called in to the Michael Forbes Grill in Brookside Sunday morning shortly before the restaurant was set to open. Police say a caller reported the threat at 9:56 a.m. Restaurant staff was on hand preparing to open for the day at 11:00 a.m.
TKC SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL!!! AIRLINES UNCERTAIN ABOUT RISING NEW KANSAS CITY AIRPORT PRICES AND MORE CITY HALL AVIATION INCOMPETENCE!!!
Despite the best efforts of the current administration to ram this continually evolving deal through with a series of misstatements and deception, the new airport continues to experience turbulence . . .
Here's the upshot . . .
CITY HALL INSIDERS FEAR AIRLINE PUSH BACK OVER NEW KCI USE & LEASE TERMS AGREEMENT THAT REMAINS UNSIGNED!!!
It gets worse . . .
THE AVIATION DEPT. ISN'T CALCULATING INTEREST ON AIRPORT BONDS AS PART OF THE PRICE TAG WHICH WILL SEND THE TOTAL FAR ABOVE THE PRICE SOLD TO VOTERS!!!
At the current rate insiders figure the price tag is at last 4-billion not the 2 recently made headlines. Tragically, this is only the beginning of soaring costs for the biggest construction project in modern KCMO history that's currently spiraling out of control.
Developing . . .
ARROWHEAD VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE BACKSTORY: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS PAID BIG BUCKS FOR PATRIOTIC DISPLAYS!!!
There won't be any kneeling during the anthem today as the NFL struggles to clean up their branding debate with Prez Trump.
Moreover . . .
Here at TKC we respect the troops and that's why we CELEBRATE OUR 1ST AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF SPEECH BY SHARING UNCOMFORTABLE FACTS that offer a perspective on local displays . . .
To wit . . .
Today the Chiefs game will feature the same kind of military tribute that caused funding controversy over the past few years. In fact, many believe the big money DoD marketing debate sparked national anthem protest of which Chiefs TE Travis Kelce joined last season.
Check the links that provides more info than sports newsies will allow as they attempt to keep fanboys stupid:
CBS Sports: US Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4M to honor soldiers
Think Progress: Standing for the national anthem is a new concept that may have coincided with a government marketing campaign.
TPM: Where The National Anthem Fits Into Military’s Paid Displays With NFL
Today's related highlight . . .
Fox4: Army parachute team flying into Arrowhead Stadium like a Mahomes touchdown pass for Veterans Day
You decide . . .