Friday, November 16, 2018


As usual our blog community was ahead of all of Kansas City in terms of calling out an impending disaster.

To wit . . .


It's funny to hear insiders attempt to explain away the additional costs as "financing" when just about everybody knows that BUYERS HAVE TO PAY FINANCING COSTS AS WELL . . . Or at least that's how the good people at Fleshlight are explaining recent charges on my debit card.

Accordingly, here's a quick refresher on the airport to keep us up-to-date:

- Voters were promised a 1-BILLION DOLLAR new airport, again the cost is closer to 4 & rising.

- Two airlines won't sign on to start.

- Yesterday's airport committee meeting was the FIRST IN 3 MONTHS thanks to Council Lady Jolie -- The chair of the group.

- The quadrupling of costs starts before a shovel has yet to hit the ground.

- Plans have yet to be revealed to the public, we've only seen drawings/renderings and it's likely the final product will be a cheap plastic & glass substitute for the more sturdy KCI.

That's where we are now but it's gets better . . .


In this clip we capture the best part of Conservative Patrick Tuohey debating civic leader Jim Heeter over the current price dispute.

And so, the airport argument persists as City Hall is soon to spend even more cash to maintain a project that supporters promised wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime.

More news:

Fox4: Airline dispute delaying agreement on new KCI single-terminal airport

WG: 2 small airlines protest KC airport project

KSHB: Mayor works to keep new KCI terminal plan on track

KCUR: Small Airlines Worry Bigger Price Tag On New Kansas City Terminal Could Force Them Out

KMBC: At Thursday's meeting, where the KCI airlines were expected to have a progress report, Mayor Sly James called the dispute a "kink" in the new airport's momentum.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Flashback Friday: Remember When The Chiefs Partied In Westport?!?!

Here's a desperate hamburger publicity grab that remembers the glory days of this party district before it mostly served near hobos, hipsters and 30K-millionaries. Read more:

Westport Flea Market offers Mahomes free meals, ketchup

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Patrick Mahomes is getting more ketchup. Westport Flea Market says they take offense to a Pittsburgh company, like Hienz, dictating when Mahomes can receive free ketchup. Starting Friday, Mahomes will eat free for life at Westport Flea Market. The restaurant says Mahomes can have unlimited ketchup.

KCK Police Capture Gunfire Suspect Friday

A shootout on the other side of the State Line that leaves one victim clinging to life. Take a look:

1 in custody after man shot several times at KCK home

Ross Ferguson/KMBC SOURCE: Ross Ferguson/KMBC One person was taken into custody after a man was shot early Friday at a Kansas City, Kansas, home. Police said officers were called at 7:22 a.m. to a house near 33rd Street and Delevan Avenue on a reported shooting.

Granny Guv Kelly Getting Kansas Weed???

The newbie political lady has an open mind about relaxing Sunflower State rules & regs. Read more:

Kelly senses 'momentum' in Kansas toward medical marijuana | The Wichita Eagle

Kansas City Artist Peregrine Honig Challenges The Patriarchy Saturday

Possibly the most important artistic discussion Kansas City will have during the holiday season.

In the run-up for her latest show Peregrine Honig has challenged politically correct conceptions of cultural appropriation by LatinX locals and then explored themes of male rape . . .

This weekend, she's offering an explanation of her artsy journey:

Peregrine Honig Artist's Talk this Saturday

Please join us this Saturday afternoon at Blue Gallery for a talk with artist Peregrine Honig in which she will be discussing her new solo exhibition . . .

Find My Fear and Unfold Me is Peregrine Honig’s exhibition of new work. Consisting of over thirty paintings, portraits, and sculpture using materials that include, gouache, acrylic on hot press, silverpoint, ink, rabbit skin glue, pigment, graphite, and enamel. This work presents contemporary thought questioning male ­dominated visualization in art history using comparisons of sexuality and mythology.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST
Blue Gallery
118 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

You decide . . .


Shared by social media frenemies thanks to TKC . . . Check Thoughtful reporting and better journalism than any content produced locally, here's a vital insight into the economic divide that City Hall is working and FAILING to bridge . . .

Kansas City's Quest For a Real Housing Policy

This summer, the Kansas City, Mo., City Council worked out an agreement with a developer proposing to build a luxury residential tower downtown. To secure tax credits to build it, the developer would add 100 affordable units in another downtown building it owns. Still, there was a problem: the city had no definition for affordable housing.

Kansas City Opposition Against MLK Rename Ram Through On The Paseo Intensifies

Credit where it's due . . . MAYOR SLY JAMES IS THE LEADING CRITIC OF THE REVS & ACTIVIST EFFORTS TO RENAME THE PASEO DESPITE COMMUNITY OPPOSITION and the reality is that there's much more support behind the 63rd street initiative . . . TKC suggestion . . . Why can't we convert 63rd to a Blvd and put it under Parks & Rec authority as well???

Here's the latest round-up and another two week delay:

KCMO leaders still undecided on renaming The Paseo for MLK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A heated debate broke out at City Hall in Kansas City, Missouri as leaders discussed ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is a new name on the table for The Paseo: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on The Paseo.

T-Mobile Acquisition Of Sprint Coming Soon

It's not a "merger" it's a takeover and anyone who says that it won't spark one of the biggest waves of layoffs the Golden Ghetto has ever seen is lying. Take a look:

T-Mobile says Sprint deal may close as early as first quarter next...

(Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc TMUS.N could close its acquisition of Sprint Corp () as early as the first quarter of next year, based on indications it is getting from regulators, Chief Financial Officer J. Braxton Carter said at an investor conference.


Recently, local biz news celebrates the ongoing adventures of a Kansas City biz dude dreamer.

A fair use peek behind the flimsy paywall for the purposes of news, parody and education . . .

KC Biz Journal: Connecting Brookside to the East Side - Butch Rigby takes aim at erasing Kansas City's racial and development dividing line.

The premise via snippet . . .

"Developer Butch Rigby isn’t on a mission to reproduce Brookside — he wants to extend it. With Brookside East, Rigby is redeveloping a stretch of 63rd Street without ripping up its roots. The aim is to conjure the Brookside name without Brookside rents, and to quietly and deliberately guide the look and feel of Brookside toward the traditional dividing line of Troost Avenue...

"Rigby’s company, BB63 LLC, began buying and renovating buildings along 63rd Street in November 2014. It now owns the buildings housing Unbakery and Juicery, Jewish Family Services, Brookside Gardens Events Space and four other commercial buildings. In dollar terms, his investment in the corridor exceeds $15 million. But he said he also has found himself invested in the larger neighborhood’s success . . ."

Read the whole story at the KC Biz Journal.

The more important question . . .


You decide . . .

Kansas City Drunk Drivers Skip Rideshare

A quickie reminder for holiday season drivers . . . Despite so many options that might help local drunks stay out of harm's way . . . DUI busts remain steady according to recent police stats that signal KC motorists don't want to hand over their keys under any circumstance. Read more:

Numbers say services like Uber and Lyft aren't helping to curb drunk driving in KC

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft and transportation options like the streetcar were expected to reduce drunk driving in Kansas City, Missouri. But statistics say that hasn't happened, and the Kansas City Police Department's DUI unit believes drivers may actually be drinking even more. https://bit . ly/2qRfCtG

Golden Ghetto NextGen Killing Itself: Why???

Insights into suburban desperation expected later today, here's a preview of a growing problem that might have bigger implications . . .

Wall Street Journal: Why ‘Deaths of Despair’ May Be a Warning Sign for America

Read more:

Johnson County teen suicide report coming out

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- Friday people will learn more about the number of deaths by suicide in Johnson County and what's being done to stop them. The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be having an open update at 8 a.m. Friday at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

Drama From The Inner-Suburbs: Suspect Charged With Robbing Brain Cancer Charity

A litany of allegations confronts this dude after a high-profile crime captured citywide media attention. Checkit:

Grandview man charged with stealing Head for the Cure trailer

GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- A Grandview man faces a string of charges for allegedly stealing several items, including a trailer belonging to Head for the Cure, a group that supports brain cancer research. Robert Clark, 28, faces several counts of receiving stolen property and property damage charges as well as drug and weapons related charges.

The Sharice Davids Headlines

The Congresswoman-elect is one of the most celebrated new faces in the Beltway and here's just a bit of recent news on her ascendancy that has evoked right-wing tears in the Kansas 3rd District:

Huff Post: ‘Every Drop Of Decency Is Fought For’: LGBTQ Activist Shares Story Of Politics At Work

Newsmaven: Seven election lessons from Indian Country

McClatchy: Sharice Davids doesn’t want to get ‘in the weeds’ with Trump investigations

You decide . . .

Pricey Kansas 'Teach For America' Shame

Behind the scenes, here's a story that Kansas Teacher's unions put on blast but STILL offers an important lesson on government waste and the ongoing education war in the Sunflower State:

Kansas To Pay Nonprofit Group $270,000 For Recruiting Three Teachers

The Kansas legislature agreed to pay education nonprofit Teach For America more than $500,000 this year for a pilot program to recruit 12 teachers to the state. But the national organization only recruited three teachers for the state in 2018.

Missouri Tragedy Hits National Stage

National coverage of Show-Me State mystery and lamentable MWWS aftermath . . . Read more:

Missing Missouri ballet dancer, 23, found dead in lake

A Missouri ballet dancer's body was found in a lake Wednesday, one day after she was reported missing, police said. Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was found dead in Mark Twain Lake about 9 a.m. Wednesday after a private plane pilot, who had volunteered to search for the ballet dancer, spotted a body in the water, FOX2 St.

The Kansas City Friday Morning Stretch Out

We begin Friday with a bit of Vida hotness and helpful exercise for our office worker pals:

Saw1st: Vida Guerra Photoshoot 2018

KCTV5: Everyday stretching moves that can improve your well-being

LHR: How to Stretch If You Hate Stretching

Runners World: 6 Desk Exercises You Should Do If You Sit All Day

Life Hack: 5 Simple Stretches To Boost Your Energy At Your Office Desk

Closer to home, here are more than a few links worth a look right now . . .

Kansas City Road To The Weekend

Construction on I-435, Route 210 begins Friday morning

CLAY COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- Crews will be closing all lanes of Eastbound Route 210 at Interstate 435 Friday morning, right after the early morning commute, at 9 a.m. This type of work usually happens over the weekend so it doesn't impact people as much.

Local Expression For The Troops

"Art transforms lives" Charity using art therapy to help Veterans

A local charity is using art to help Veterans. The After Action Network has a downtown campus covered with murals. We had a chance to talk to the charity's leadership and supporters on why the growing scene is a win for the whole community.

Golden Ghetto Real Estate Redux

Metcalf Crossing plans change, gets mixed reviews

It's Plan B for the Metcalf Crossing Area in Overland Park. Right now there are two abandoned hotels at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Marty Lane as developers couldn't secure another hotel deal and now wants to put in an office building with a storage facility instead.

Celebrate Another Kansas City Hipster Hangout

Brandwell Partners opens coworking studio for creatives - Kansas City Business Journal

The co-founders of Brandwell Partners didn't want to create just any coworking space in Kansas City. They wanted a place for creatives, such as writers, designers, web developers and public relations experts. Now CoCreate KC, their cozy coworking studio in the North Hyde Park neighborhood, is open for business at 3238 Gillham Road.

Life Lesson Friday

Buses in Piper School District running late after someone stole batteries overnight

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Students in the Piper District may be picked up later than normal for school Friday morning. The school district posted on Facebook that several of the buses in the Durham fleet were not running because someone stole the batteries.

Artsy Debut At Last

A Longtime Kansas City Curator Gets 'Nudged' Into Her First Solo Show

Sherry Cromwell-Lacy is well-known in Kansas City for her curatorial eye. She helped open the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, directed exhibitions at the Kansas City Art Institute for more than 20 years and has worked as an independent curator. Cromwell-Lacy is also an artist who has shown her work around the country.

Hype Spring Eternal

The Royals bullpen should be significantly better in 2019

The Kansas City Royals were all kinds of bad in 2018. There is no denying that. They ranked 25th in the MLB in runs scored, 27th in runs allowed, and wound up with the second worst record in baseball. With all of that being said, it didn't FEEL like that was the second worst team in baseball.

Hozier - Movement is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Weather Newsie Gary Lezak Flexes On Winter Snow Count

Predictive science and a peek at a hard December coming up . . . Checkit:

Gary Lezak's winter forecast: How much snow will Kansas City get this year?

Kansas City Chiefs Confront Cover Curse

A sports mag might have ruined this town's good time . . . Here's a perspective that hopes the myth-bust the bad omen. Read more:

Kansas City Chiefs: Ignore the Sports Illustrated curse

The Kansas City Chiefs are rocking and rolling, which has a lot to do with their star quarterback. Patrick Mahomes has led the Chiefs to a 9-1 record to start the season and they're currently sitting atop not just the AFC West, but all of the AFC.

The Kansas City News Gathering

These are important local news links that probably deserve a click and items we want to share and cycle thru quickly for the morning update . . .

Help Make This Family Reunion: KC mom fears daughter who’s been missing for nearly 2 months may be in danger

Courthouse Concern & Teachable Moments: Seg. 1: New Leader Of Jackson County's Anti-Drug Task Force. Seg. 2: History Of Haskell University.

Animal Cruelty Coming To Meth Town: Shrine Circus provides fun for the entire family this weekend in Independence

Local Life Lessons: Top of the List - School districts, private schools (and a look at KC charter schools)

Rock Chalk Stoners Stay Winning??? Legal marijuana in Kansas? Incoming governor supports medical use

Good Deeds After Suburban Tragedy: Lee's Summit mom channeling grief for daughter into kindness movement

Reference To Nasty Creeper Allegations: Sex offender accused of watching child porn on Overland Park library computer

Po-Po Helping Hand: Cass County company offers jobs to laid off Garden City police officers

Meth Town Power Play: Council member presses for lower electric rates

Helping Amid Season Of Scams: Oak Grove charity group in need of help after presents for seniors stolen

Avoid Local Pupper Ploy: FOX4 Problem Solvers find online advertisements for puppies littered with trouble

Growing Urban Core Initiative: BoysGrow mentors Kansas City’s urban youth through agricultural entrepreneurship

Word Of The Year: It’s official, 2018 was ‘toxic’

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

Buy Kansas City Po'Folk A Lawyer For X-Mas

Our favorite faith blogger shares a bit of inspiration about legal salvation for the lower-class . . . Checkit:

You can help the poor find legal services: 11-16-18

As I've said here and in other venues more than once, one of the primary concerns of institutional religion -- at least in theory if not always in reality -- is for the welfare of people in poverty and need....

Kansas City Thanksgiving Confessional

There isn't enough throughout 1st person writing in Kansas City beyond angst-y social media posts and this long-form perspective on the upcoming holiday offers some EXCEPTIONAL insights from a local author. Checkit:

The Smoking Thanksgiving

Back in early October I made a momentous announcement to my family and like any announcement that would shake my husband and children to their very core I did it over Snapchat and text.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Kansas City Political Ruckus Cont'd

The fight to spin the aftermath of the midterm elections continues and tonight the GOLD STANDARD OF KANSAS CITY POLITICAL DISCOURSE asks even more middle-class white people what they think about a vote wherein most people of color and working poor opted out despite of the record numbers of cable TV news viewers showing up to enact the corporate misinformation they took to heart . . .

Check the description:

"Mike Shanin talks to Melinda Henneberger from the Kansas City Star Editorial Board about midterm elections results and the KCMO mayoral race. Lisa Johnston, Jim Heeter, Patrick Tuohey and Steve Mirakian discuss the challenges that Governor-elect Laura Kelly will face with a conservative GOP legislature, the future of the Missouri Democratic Party and the rising price tag for a new KCI."

Take a look:

You decide . . .


Formerly of The Crossroads, and a longtime denizen of the local political scene . . . Bill Drummond now works with the Historic Manheim Park Neighborhood Association and puts local dumpers on notice that he's tracking their activities . . . Take a peek:

Fed up neighbors install hidden cameras

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Dozens of neighbors are fed up and ready to take matters into their own hands to get rid of all the trash being dumped illegally in their own backyards. A lot of illegal dumping in Kansas City happens on secluded streets or vacant lots without any proof to punish anyone.

Inconvenient Meth Town Shooting Tonight

Maybe not a "good guy with a gun exactly" but reminder that many clerks are packing and evening crime near highway booze stands is a risky proposition for everybody. Checkit:

Police investigating after person shot by clerk during reported robbery in Independence

The Independence Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened during an alleged robbery Thursday evening. Police said during a reported robbery of a business near 24 Highway and Jennings, the store clerk shot the would-be robber around 7:30 p.m. One person was rushed to an area hospital for treatment.

Kansas Blue Wave Election Switcheroo

The "Red State" Trump Country narrative script keeps getting flipped in the Sunflower State. Here's the latest example tonight . . .

Democrat Rui Xu has won Kansas's 25th district over Melissa Rooker

JOHNSON COUNTY. KS (KCTV) -- Democrat Rui Xu has been declared the winner of the house seat in Kansas's 25th district. It was a very close race between Republican Incumbent Melissa Rooker and Xu, that it came down to just a handful of votes. Johnson County Election Officials certified the results Thursday late afternoon.


With few financial deets and very little evidence that throwing more taxpayer cash at systemic problems will work, campaign season at 12th & Oak just getting started with a mayoral front runner achieving a legislative Pyrrhic victory.

And so we ask . . .


Check today's damage and what might a brand new plan to FAIL the urban core . . .

Officials Pass A Sweeping Measure To Revive Kansas City's Most Distressed Neighborhoods


The “Revive the East Side” initiative, sponsored by 6th District councilman and 2019 mayoral candidate Scott Taylor, would, among other things, establish a $10 million home improvement fund, create tax credits to encourage hiring workers who live in high unemployment areas, improve trash collection and “protect long-time residents against gentrification.”

It’s a lot to promise, noted 3rd District councilman Jermaine Reed, who voted against the measure. He called it overly ambitious and believes it would give residents of needy neighborhoods with false hope.

“The people in the 3rd and 5th District, right in the urban core, we can’t continue to hope and wait and wish that something would happen,” Reed said.

Reed also said he was waiting to hear how the program would be funded; those details haven’t been settled.

You decide . . .

More Deets: Airlines HATE Expensive New KCI Single-Terminal Airport Bad Deal

Here's a hint the expenses are going to be passed on to customers and taxpayers in a major way . . .

Two of KCI's smallest carriers won't sign agreement for payment of KCI renovations

There's another hang-up on the KCI renovation project. Two of the airport's smallest carriers are not signing the agreement to pay for the renovated airport. The two airlines are Allegiant and Spirit. Both companies are unhappy about their share of the $20 million for a new baggage claim system in the renovated airport.


We can only take this a DIRECT SLAP IN THE FACE TO OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY (jk). . . We wanted Patrick Mahomes and The Plaza gave us a lame duck politico.

In his last Christmas as Mayor, Sly James will celebrate very little progress for Midtown since he had to dive in the bushes to avoid shopping district thuggery at the start of his term. Check the bad news . . .

KC Mayor Sly James to 'flip the switch' at KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony

Kansas City Season Of Crime Starts NOW

Actually, this town hasn't had much of a break from increased violence and thievery for at least a few years . . . Now the local desperation ramps up just in time for the holidays:

Mistake costs Kansas City woman her wedding ring

Leaving your car unlocked is a mistake we talk about all the time here at KCTV5. Well, it cost one woman big this week.


Check this scathing indictment released today from a Kansas City lady concern . . .

RFT: Missouri Women Are Totally Underrepresented in Politics

Here's why we note the former Senator . . .

"It's also worth mentioning: With the loss suffered by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), the state has lost one of its highest profile women representatives. And while the state attorney general's seat opened as a result, Governor Mike Parson swiftly replaced one white male with another, appointing state Treasurer Eric Schmitt to the position. "

Actually, the study FROM THE KANSAS CITY WOMEN'S FOUNDATION drills down to the local level and blames us all for the horrible haircuts of Hillary Shields . . .

"Nicole Galloway is now MISSOURI's only female statewide elected officeholder, and women will still hold just a quarter of state legislative seats. Closing this gap is vital for our government to represent the diversity – and interests – of the communities it serves. Through our Appointments Project the Women’s Foundation is committed to building a pipeline of women leaders with the skills and experience needed to finally end the era of underrepresentation and close the leadership gap for good.”

"In Missouri, there were a total of 118 women running in state, federal and judicial races in 2018. Sixty-one, or 53 percent, of those candidates won their respective races. In Kansas, there were 75 women candidates for those offices, 32 of which won their elections. The gender makeup of the Missouri and Kansas state legislatures will also remain largely static, with the percentage of women in the Missouri General Assembly ticking up from 22.8 percent to 25.4 percent, and the percentage of women in the Kansas Legislatures declining from 28.4 percent to 26.5 percent."

You decide . . .


The long awaited day of Courthouse reckoning is at hand as state officials will FINALLY investigate some of the shady practices related to so much cash shifted around clandestinely. Here's a nice preview:

Jackson County Audit Has Begun - First Up, COMBAT, The County's Anti-Crime Sales Tax

Mayor Sly's New Single-Terminal Kansas City Airport On Path To Crash & Burn

Today, a couple of airlines said they can't afford the high prices . . . Meanwhile, the lame duck Mayor is now mostly powerless to bully his colleagues. The good news is that voters should be able to exert influence IF they're active in the upcoming election. Take a look:

Mayor works to keep new KCI terminal plan on track

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Progress with building a new airport in Kansas City has slowed after a disagreement between large and small airlines at the airport. "It took six years to get to this point and I am not going to get to this point to see it fail because different agendas that are not in the best interest of this city are being pushed," said Mayor Sly James.

Kansas City Real Life Tech Lady Catwalk

Credit where it's due . . . This event manages expectations for local Internets dudes with a bit of satire. Take a peek:

On the TechWalk runway: This is what real KC Women in Tech look like

The Kansas City Thursday News Blast

Related to pop culture payouts . . .

Newsweek: Wisconsin University Chancellor Paid $5,000 to Former Porn Actress Nina Hartley to Speak to 70 Students

LCT: 'It's OK to like porn': Porn star Nina Hartley lectures UW-La Crosse students on sex, adult entertainment

Insta Notes She's Not A "Former" Pr0n Star, She's Up-To-Date: @miss_nina_hartley returns to Brazzers for the first time in over 10 years!

Closer to home . . .

Tasty News Promo

Heinz offers Mahomes ketchup for life if he scores 57 touchdowns

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 24 touchdowns shy of receiving what possibly could be a gift of a lifetime. After a profile piece by ESPN showcasing the 23-year-old NFL star and his love of ketchup on steak, Heinz was quick to come to his defense, extending a special offer to their number one fan.

Urban Core United Against Crime, Again

Roundtable: Crime is more preventable than flu

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Earlier this year, a group of community leaders and activists gathered at a Kansas City, Missouri barbershop to discuss solutions to the issues holding Kansas City back. 41 Action News anchor Kevin Holmes recently expanded that conversation with a group of eight women at a Brookside restaurant.

Justice For Ladies

Ex-massage therapist guilty of secretly recording woman

A suburban Kansas City massage therapist faces sentencing Jan. 3 after admitting that he secretly recorded video of a woman while she undressed. The Kansas City Star reported that Daniel Gorski, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony count of breach of privacy. He previously worked as a massage therapist at a chiropractic clinic in Gardner, Kansas.

Today's Survivor Story

Kansas City man escapes house fire in city's northeast side

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A man escaped a house fire in the city's historic northeast side. It broke out just after 7 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Wabash Avenue. The man was able to get out OK. Fire crews had to call a second alarm to get the flames under control.

Hobo Activist Push Back

Free Hot Soup responds to Kansas City Health Department's letter

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The Free Hot Soup organization has posted its response online to a letter from the Kansas City Health Department. This comes after the health department poured bleach on food because the group didn't have the proper permit to feed it to the homeless.

Front Porch Festivities Announced

Holidays Come Alive beginning Saturday at Union Station

The holiday season officially returns to Downtown this weekend, as the Holidays Come Alive at Union Station beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event is a day-long, free celebration packed with festive entertainment and family activities. It will conclude with a spectacular holiday lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Big Slick Downtown Redux

Big Slick 2019 moves auction from Midland Theatre to Sprint Center - Kansas City Business Journal

Big Slick will more than triple the size of its annual Saturday night auction and party in 2019, according to a Thursday release. In honor of the event's 10th anniversary the June 8 auction and marquee party will be moved from the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland to the Sprint Center.

KCMO Hipster Weekend Forever

Pie, Thai & Other Weekend Possibilities

Curry, pad thai and all the ginger has arrived in Independence, Missouri. Thai Kitchen is now open at 19321 E. U.S. Highway 40, Suite A. The restaurant serves papaya salad, fried rice and Thai iced coffee. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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

Retail Is Dead Reminder: Will Platte County Succeed In Dumping Zona Rosa Bill???

For subscribers, an important update on the struggle to get out sketchy agreement that could charge taxpayers for the dubious schemes of corporate merchants. Take a look:

Missouri county wants court blessing to shed bond obligation

CHICAGO - Platte County, Missouri's decision to mount a legal challenge to its annual appropriation obligation to repay $32 million of bonds issued for a struggling retail complex triggered a downgrade to CC from S&P Global Ratings as analysts now believe a default is all but certain.

Kobach Clear For Election Data Breach

Sadly, only win for this right-wing loser rejected by voters in November . . . Read more:

Kansas AG: Kobach not liable for exposure of data on voters

TOPEKA, KS (AP) -- Kansas' attorney general contends that Secretary of State Kris Kobach shouldn't be held personally liable for exposing sensitive personal information about hundreds of voters and that the voters have no constitutional right to their data being kept private.


Remember that a little more than a year ago Mayor Sly James worked diligently to promote Kansas City as a destination for Amazon HQ2.

His efforts were derided by the tech industry, competitors and most people who hate so much advertorial garbage which clogs the Internets.

A sampling of the reaction:

ZDNet: Kansas City mayor spams Amazon reviews in bid for headquarters

In fact, the thousands of phony reviews might have even violated the Amazon TOS and proved that 12th & Oak isn't as "smart" about tech as many contend.

Money line from a critical article: "Nothing smells of desperation more than spamming Amazon with thousands of potentially 'fake' reviews."

Nevertheless . . .


Whilst the influx of jobs would've been nice, what we're seeing in the aftermath is a great deal of outrage about what cities offered in return.

Moreover, taxpayer cash to fund one of the biggest companies in the world has rubbed many critics the wrong way.

Finally, local tax fighters lament the dearth of information available regarding the KCMO bid . . .

"Philadelphia and Pennsylvania offered $5.7 billion to @Amazon for #HQ2. Meanwhile, in #KC, we still don't know what giveaways our leaders offered. Where's the transparency, @MayorSlyJames?"

And so, while the sketchy KCMO bid might be forever a secret . . . Right now what we know for sure is that rising rents, overwhelming subsidy and strain on the public resources confront the cities that "won" the bid whilst KC got off cheap by merely and unwittingly offering the company free promotion.

Check the links:

Wired: Why Amazon’s Search for a Second Headquarters Backfired

The Hill: HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon

The Verge: Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon’s New York HQ2

Axios: Shunned by Amazon, the heartland fights to stay relevant

Atlantic: Cities That Lost Amazon's HQ2 Contest Can Still End Up Ahead

Tech Crunch: Lies, damn lies, and HQ2

Slate: HQ2 Is an Antitrust Issue

Yahoo News: Amazon got over $42 million worth of free publicity from its HQ2 search

You decide . . .