Tuesday, March 26, 2019

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CRITICS & PO-PO LOYALISTS ATTACK COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS FOR ACCUSING KCPD OF RACIAL PROFILING IN CAMPAIGN MAILER!!!



It has been a peaceful few days in KCMO and that might lure locals into a false sense of security on the topic of violence and our horrific homicide count.

Fact is . . . The rate of killing in Kansas City remains a constant overall as this town ranks among the most dangerous cities in the nation.

Accordingly . . . A recent message was sent our way with the tagline . . .

"Lucas accuses KCPD of racial profiling"

Direction . . . "See point 2."

It reads:

Responded "Yes" when asked if there is a "a racial profiling problem in Kansas City, and not enough police accountability for improper targeting of race"

Take a look:



The pull quote from KCTV5 reminds us that KC voters are also picking a police commissioner as well . . .

"If elected, Councilman Quinton Lucas wants to examine how police are being used across the city."

In fairness, Councilman Lucas has been up front with ALL of his ideas to promote racial justice. Part of his platform . . .

Municipal Criminal Justice Reform

- Eliminate jail time for the majority of municipal offenses 

- Offer a KCMO Municipal ID Card which will provide residents identification regardless of immigration status 

- Decriminalize mental health and addiction by creating and fully funding alternatives to incarceration for those suffering from dependency and addiction

- Pardon all stand-alone municipal marijuana convictions

To wit . . .

LEGAL WEED AND AMNESTY SEEM LIKE A GREAT REASON FOR MANY TKC READERS TO SUPPORT COUNCILMAN QUINTON BUT RACIAL PROFILING PUSH BACK RISKS VOTES FROM POLICE & THEIR SUPPORTERS!!!

We turned to one of our cop readers in an early morning message and here's the hot take . . .

"None of the candidates for mayor are very strong on crime or support for police. But Councilman Lucas seems to be the most active in wanting to 'reform' the department. That's not always a bad thing but a lot of his ideas are contrary to policy or they're procedures that we already practice. Bottom line: I doubt he'll get many votes among law enforcement."

You decide . . .

LAST KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY 'STATE OF CITY' TALK TODAY: WHAT WILL HE SAY?!?



The lame duck Mayor is wildly unpopular as he leaves office and on the brink of finishing his term backing a loser Pre-K sales tax.

He was never beloved but after delivering one tax increase after the next to The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce & The Civic Council . . . He earned respect among elites for his ability to play spokes-model. Sadly, now that his credibility is used up . . . His former big money friends don't have a lot of use for him by way of public office representation . . .

But more importantly . . . We ask our blog community . . .

PREDICT MAYOR SLY'S PARTING WORDS FOR KANSAS CITY!!!

Context . . .

- The water is brown but City Hall says we should still drink it down. Slowly.

- Murders continue to trend upward and KCMO ranks as the #5 most dangerous town in the nation.

- Streets are filled with potholes and only Ward Parkway is getting things fixed.

And so, here's the invite and a preview of the swan song of this social media politico.

Checkit:

Presenting Mayor Sly James' 2019 State of the City Address

Join Mayor James for the his final State of the City Address. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the last 8 years of Kansas City's growth and development, and look forward to the city's next chapter. This event is open to the public and we encourage you to attend! If you are unable to attend, the event will be livestreamed on Facebook Live and available for later viewing on Channel 2 and kcmo.gov.

Date and Time

Tue, March 26, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT

Location
Rockhurst University, Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall
5351 Forest Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
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TKC READER EXPOSES KANSAS CITY ELECTION 2019 SILLY SEASON WARD PARKWAY REPAVING CONSPIRACY!!!



We're through the looking glass people and a TKC readers offers a glimpse of the truth seen in midday traffic.

Checkit:

"We all know that the road conditions in KC are crap and that’s because of our city council. Likely voters blame the city council. It’s their fault. Probably 40% of the likely voters live on the west side. The pols call it the Gold Coast. It’s where the money in KCMO is and where the voters live. Note these pics I sent of ward Parkway today - the main thoroughfare of the Gold Coast. Total repaving. No doubt it needs after years of neglect but it’s funny that this road is repaved this week even though the city apparently has a policy to release repavement priorities on May 1 - after the election. They confirmed that only a week or so ago in this article you also posted. How and why did Ward Pky get repaved ahead of he official schedule? [rhetorical]. Who authorized this before the election? [real question]. This seems to be yet another in a long list of examples of poor governance and vote buying in KCMO."

The MSM take . . .



Fox4: More than 140 pothole reports leads to critical resurfacing on Ward Parkway

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY FAKE NEWS FORGETS YEAR LONG NEW AIRPORT SINGLE-TERMINAL DELAY AMID ONGOING VOTER BETRAYAL!!!



The new Kansas City airport is the BIGGEST SCAM IN MODERN KANSAS CITY HISTORY and for now local news is content to keep voters stupid as the election approaches and everyone wants to make sure the feeding troughs are arranged nicely.

What MSM forgot to mention during the ground breaking . . .

- Kansas City taxpayers are backing the bonds for the monstrosity and only Southwest has agreed to commit to a lease for less than a decade. KC has already sunk $40-MILLION into it so the notion "taxpayers won't pay a dime" is patently FALSE.

- A short term loan worth $90-MILLION was pushed through committee and City Council is warning every MSM newsie to keep their mouths shut about it.

- The airport campaign promised a "community benefit" to a wide cross-section of non-profit groups. They broke that pledge because they didn't tell everybody that the FAA demands that airport money stay at the airport.

There are so many more scams to enjoy BECAUSE CONSTRUCTION IS ALREADY BEHIND BY A YEAR but we'll take our time and enjoy the afterglow of the hype at the fake groundbreaking . . .

KSHB: Women, minority-owned firms to play central role in Terminal A demolition

KCTV5: Ticket to nowhere: Inside look of eerie abandoned terminal at KCI

41: REVIEW: What to look for at KCI as construction begins on new terminal

Developing . . .

KCK CAPTAIN D'S BURNS!!!

Thankfully, there's no report of anyone hurt yet . . . Sadly, there's one less fishy destination amid this Lenten season . . . Here's a grease fire gone wrong or right depending on your preference of factory farm mad science shrimp or lovingly breaded bottom dweller . . . Posted just for context for local "journalists" and "professors" who mistakenly take their job, themselves or the practice of "making" the news too seriously.

Checkit:

Fire destroys Captain D's restaurant in Kansas City, KS

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A Captain D's restaurant is a total loss after it went up in flames overnight. Now, investigators are trying to figure out what happened. The fire started about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at 7525 State Ave. When fire crews arrived the building was already in flames and had heavy smoke.

Newspaper And Voters Consider Kansas City Alternative Mayoral Candidate Options

Just a hint that the Kansas City's so-called paper of record had a look at the same polling data we've seen about local voter angst against incumbents . . . Here's a trio of outsiders that earned a worthwhile mention. Take a look:

Klein, Lee and Chastain keep running for Kansas City mayor | The Kansas City Star

Foreshadowing: Kansas City Royals Stay Losing Historic Game To Minor League Team

The match-up earned warm fuzzies from small town fans but SHOULD SERVE TO TERRIFY LOCAL BASEBALL FANBOYS hoping to avoid another 100-game-loss-season. Read more:

Storm Chasers beat the Royals, 3-2 in the first matchup in 19 years

For the first time in 19 years, the Kansas City Royals and their Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers, matched up in an exhibition game, facing off in Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Recording one final tune-up game before the regular season begins on Thursday against the White Sox for Opening Day, the Royals were bested by the current minor leaguers, 3-2.

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY HOBOS EARNS THREE DECADES OF TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED ROOM & BOARD AFTER BRUTALLY STABBING DUDE TO DEATH!!!



A homeless man was smacked down with a prison sentence of 30 years after fatally stabbing man for more than seven minutes.

Checkit:

Fox4: Kansas City man pleads guilty to 2017 murder at car wash

Deets:

(He) pleaded guilty to second degree murder and armed criminal action. He was sentenced by a Jackson County judge to 30 years on each conviction, with sentences to run concurrently.

On Nov. 14, 2017, police were called to a car wash located near 9th and Prospect Avenue on a reported stabbing. At the scene, officers located the victim . . .Video surveillance from an area business showed Scott repeatedly stabbing the victim and removing items from the victim. Police later arrested HIM in an unoccupied building on Truman Road."

Developing . . .

Show-Me Good Book Winning In Missouri

Given that many public schools can't even afford to keep their textbooks current . . . Introducing ancient texts can't hurt the public education system that has lost of the faith of so many Americans. Read more:

Missouri House votes to allow Bible courses in public school

Missouri House lawmakers have passed legislation to allow public schools to offer elective social studies classes on the Bible. The Republican-led House voted 95-52 to pass the bill Monday. Some critics argued that public K-12 schools can already teach about the Bible and other religious texts. But Republican bill sponsor Rep.

Revealed: Rock Chalk Po-Po Gunfire Amid Seat-belt Stop Caught On Spy Cam

A realization/reminder that total submission cooperation with hands on the steering wheel with driver's license & registration info ready at your fingertips is often recommended when dealing with people who are encouraged licensed by the state to shoot you at their discretion . . . And the only consequence is usually a few days of social media trolling until the next Ariana Grande selfie post drops. Take a look:

Dash cam video shows Lawrence, KS police shoot, injure man

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Lawrence, Kansas Police Department Monday released dash camera video at the center of a felony charge filed against an officer. On May 29, 2018, LPD officers stopped Akira Lewis for not wearing a seat belt. In a matter of minutes, the stop led to Lewis body slamming one officer before another office, Brindley Blood, shot him.

Kansas City Early Tuesday News Grab



The Shannon Twins were once iconic Playboy hotties and now they've stepped up their game to hardcore pr0n whilst keeping their social media reach strong. And all of this reminds us that the "adult" pay for play games are now part of the mainstream.

Examples:

BBC: Young, female, and addicted to porn - The impact of porn on men has been studied, but little is known about how it could affect women

CNN: Pete Buttigieg calls Vice President Pence a 'cheerleader for the porn star presidency'

Rush: Creepy Porn Lawyer Arrested for Extortion

Closer to home, these are the news links that have a hold of our attention as well . . .

Kansas City Tourists Trapped
KC couple survives cruise ship nightmare
Newspaper Doggie Style Journalism

Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption saves lives of animals | The Kansas City Star

Focus of Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption in Johnson County is on saving the lives of vulnerable animals.


Local Cancer Check Double Take

Wrong test result prompts woman to have double mastectomy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Maureen Boesen has always known cancer risk was high in her family. "We're able to really track our history of breast cancer back to the late 1800s and early 1900s," Boesen said. "My grandmother actually passed away from ovarian cancer when she was 44.


KCK Death Discounted

KCTV5 investigation leads to autopsy refund for KCK woman

FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- A Kansas City, Kansas woman who turned to KCTV5 for help has a $3,000 check for a refund for an autopsy that never happened. Her complaint sparked a nationwide investigation into botched autopsies by the KCTV5 investigative unit.


Golden Ghetto Home Wreckers Revealed

Dream home nightmare: Roeland Park family spent thousands but only got excuses

ROELAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -- A dream home turns into a disaster for a Roeland Park family who's now fighting to get their money and their house back. "This is not the ideal situation I would like to be in during a pregnancy ... is sitting in construction zones," homeowner Sarah Alquist said.


Looking For Old School Love

Finding Friends When You Are Over 60

Sheryl Raineri grew up in the Chicago suburbs, relocated to the warmer climes of San Antonio for almost two decades, and then found herself in Kansas City, North, of all places, nearly seven years ago. She came here for family support when her husband was dying from lung disease.


Hype & Then 100 Losing Games

Kansas City Royals: Keys to a successful 2019 season

Many pundits will tie the Kansas City Royals success to wins and losses. Many pundits have the Royals losing more than 90 games this season. Fangraphs predict the Royals to lose 94 games While Baseball Prospectus has the Royals at 89 losses. So, how do the Royals measure a successful 2019 season?


P!nk - Walk Me Home is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Blogger Talks Church Of Nothing

This town's top ranking faith-based blogger offers a terrifying glimpse of the future wherein Americans believe in NOTHING . . . Or even worse, talk about their "spirituality" that offers very little guidance, foundation or the good old fashioned GUILT that keeps the rest of us from acting on our worst impulses . . . Most of the time.

Take a look:

Will all Americans some day be 'nones'? 3-26-19

Kansas City Blogger Depression Confessions

Blogger lady Erin has a cult following here in Kansas City and across the nation. Her writing reveals a lot about her personal struggles and single-mom life. In her latest missive she offers A LOT of detail about her personal struggles, tragedies and triumphs . . . All of which should serve as an inspiration to so many other people going through the same thing. Take a look:

Mental Health - I Am the Face of Depression

Another woman recently made my day, in a very unexpected way. Over coffee, mental health suddenly became our topoic of conversation. She admitted that she has anxiety and that she takes medication. She also made a point of saying, "I am not ashamed."

Monday, March 25, 2019

TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN PROMISES TO MOVE BACK TO KANSAS CITY FULL-TIME AND SAVE THE KCI AIRPORT IF ELECTED MAYOR!!!



For the late night, we consider a pledge that no other candidate will make from this town's most prolific petitioner. Take a peek:

Chastain: Clay will move to stop misrepresented airport fiasco, if elected mayor.

Voters, if you think...

#1. The new airport will not be as good as a remodeled KCI,
#2. The new airport was misrepresented to voters and is being rushed before the new mayor and council are elected,
#3. The new airport is not necessary and will not be as safe, convenient and secure from terrorist attack as KCI,
#4. The new airport, unlike what voters were told, will require taxpayer assistance,
#5. The new airport is not a priority since our drinking water is unsafe, violence is excessive, infrastructure is broken down, taxes are sky high and our schools are failing...

then you want to vote for mayoral candidate Clay Chastain because not only am I going to stop this magnificent glitzy airport (until voters are presented a real honest election that includes an alternative plan (ALT 30) to remodel KCI), I am also going to shake the corruption out of City Hall and then refocus its priorities on the issues our people care about.

Doesn't it make sense to wait on deciding which way to go with the airport until the new mayor and council review the issue since they are the ones that will be overseeing its construction or remodel the next 4-years?

But no, Jolie, Sly and the Star are hell bent on tearing down Terminal A before the new mayor and council are seated because they think it will get Jolie elected, get the elite another glitzy project to enjoy and there will be no turning back once demolition begins. We will see.

As mayor I would move to provide voters the choice between a new single terminal airport plan (no deceiving the voters this time) and the best alternative plan ("Alt 30") to remodel KCI. Then let the voters decide, because it is their airport after all.

We are all fed up with the powers that control Kansas City forcing their will upon the people with secret backroom deals that are for their advantage - not the people's advantage.

The airport fiasco is not unlike the restricted streetcar election fiasco, which is not unlike the renaming Paseo to MLK fiasco, which is not unlike the giving away more taxpayer dollars to the 18th & Vine fiasco, which is not unlike the heavily taxpayer-subsidized downtown convention hotel fiasco, which are all not unlike the entire secret, backroom dealing bully-style Sly James' Administration fiasco!

If you want a new Sheriff in town that will shake things up from the top down, give you back control of your City and make it work for you; then I'm the man of the hour coming at the 11th hour to be at your service.

Mayoral candidate Clay Chastain
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You decide . . . 

Jackson County Domestic Drama Exposed: House Arrest FAILS For Violent Suspects

Scary story reveals the limits of the local justice system and why work on the new jail might need to be expedited. Checkit:

Alleged victim 'living in fear' after suspect on house arrest disappears

Last week, an Independence man on county house arrest disappeared.Joe Lepper was assigned to county house arrest in January after pleading not guilty to charges of domestic assault and armed criminal action.KMBC 9's cameras were allowed into that hearing as part of an investigation into the house arrest program.

Kansas City Techies Play Kingmakers?!?!

Check this Internets focused missive on the mayoral election wherein another special interest advocates for their agenda . . . Here's their pitch:

Startup leader: A new mayor is coming, with many good options

Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this commentary are the author's alone. Chris Brown is the founder of Venture Legal where he represents startups, freelancers, and small businesses. This column (originally published by Venture Legal) is not intended as an endorsement of any particular Kansas City, Missouri, mayoral candidate.

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER PUSHES FOR PUBLIC ACCESS TO MUELLER REPORT!!!



Kansas City's top elected official offers his perspective on the controversial investigation at its conclusion . . . Meanwhile, here's the latest GOP response . . .

The Hill: McConnell blocks resolution calling for Mueller report to be released publicly

To be fair, the Prez wants to report released as well:

WSJ: Trump Signals Support for Report’s Release as Democrats Dispute ‘Exoneration’

Take here's more insight and advocacy for public information from the elected leader . . .

Congressman Cleaver Releases Statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report

(Washington, D.C. ) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding the recent release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report has been submitted, I would like to personally thank Mr. Mueller – and his team - for their unwavering commitment and service to completing this nearly two-year investigation. During the course of the investigation, his integrity was questioned, his reputation was shamefully smeared, and he and his team were falsely accused of conspiracy. Despite it all, Mr. Mueller displayed impeccable character while conducting an unbiased probe. He and his team should be commended for their hard work.

Special Counsel Mueller’s team handed down 34 individual public indictments and 3 company indictments, rendered seven guilty pleas and obtained one conviction. The Special Counsel determined that there were two main Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election; disinformation campaigns on social media, and Russian government actors’ hacking the emails of members of the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations.

Now that it has concluded, it is imperative that the full report and findings be released to the public and the underlying evidence be made available to the relevant Congressional Committees. The House overwhelming passed H. Con. Res. 24 by a vote of 420-0, to make the full report and its findings public. Congress must exercise its constitutional mandate as a co-equal branch of government to examine the full report – and underlying evidence gathered by the Department of Justice – so that;

1) The American people get answers

2) Congress ensures that steps are taken to protect our election systems from future foreign interference

3) A final Congressional determination can be made regarding the report’s findings and recommendations

The public is entitled to the Mueller Report, not the Attorney General’s summary of it. I will continue to push for its public release.”
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KANSAS CITY NEW SINGLE-TERMINAL AIRPORT GROUNDBREAKING POSTSCRIPT: BAIT & SWITCH DISASTER BEGINS!!!



Round-up of today's coverage of a momuntums occasion that's bringing Kansas City a SMALLER AND MORE EXPENSIVE NEW AIRPORT that will open more than a year behind schedule.

Checkit:

KC Biz Journal: KCI's groundbreaking celebrates $1.5B project soaring over hurdles

KCUR: New Airport Planners Set To Use Parts Of Old Floor In Kansas City's 'Largest Art Project Ever'

Fox4: KCI Airport project sparks construction hiring boom

Developing . . .

Kansas City Promises $10-MILLION NCAA B-Ball Tournament Economic Impact

Just a bit more hype from City Hall despite a dearth of local interest from locals . . . Take a look:

No local teams at Sprint Center this week won't be problem

Crappy Water Ruins Kansas City Beer?!?!

Insight into how local industry attempts to cope with this town's bold and busted infrastructure now confronting the consequences of long term neglect. Checkit:

Kansas City brewery adjusts to water concerns

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV)-- Stouts, lagers and ales are still flowing at Brewery Emperial despite recent concerns about water quality in Kansas City. Brewery Emperial founder Keith Thompson said they run their water through a carbon filter, then boil it before it's turned into beer. "We do treat our water here," he explained.

KCMO Northland Soccer Stays Winning?!?!

A glimpse at a "new" plan to boost a part of town that didn't work in South KC . . . File under election season hype:

City leaders moving forward with Northland soccer complex

Kansas City Monday Night News Roundup



Today's glimpse at nerd culture going mainstream. Read more:

Extra: Emily Ratajkowski is the cowgirl we all want to be in Texas

PC Gamer: The cosplayer who turned a passion into a business

Kotaku: Cosplay Is Outgrowing Cosplay Conventions

Closer to home, here are the news links also worth a peek tonight . . .

Kansas City Fire Dept. K9 Winning

Meet Zoom: KCKFD's newest team member

The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department unveiled a new member to its team Monday.Meet Zoom, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever.The fire department said Zoom is a "live find K9," which means he is trained to search for and locate trapped or lost human victims. "Zoom locates a human scent and narrows the 'source odor' to a small area and gives a continuous barking alert until his handler arrives at that location," the department said in a Facebook post.


Talking The Dotte Today

Seg. 1: Strawberry Hill. Seg. 2: Violence In Pop Music

Segment 1: An iconic KCK neighborhood teeters on the brink of change. Strawberry Hill overlooks the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, I-70, the West Bottoms and downtown. It's maintained its identity as a Croatian neighborhood, despite several waves of new arrivals and teetering on the edge of gentrification for more than a decade.


Fanboys Celebrate Future

Patrick Mahomes will be a "special guest" on opening-night draft coverage

Just call him Patrick Mahomes, NFL Draft analyst. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and reigning NFL most valuable player will join host Robin Roberts of Good Morning America on the set before the first pick on ABC's opening-night draft coverage, as announced by the network in a press release Monday afternoon.


Celebrate Rock Chalk Tech Jocks

Are Video Games A Sport? Hoping To Attract Fans And Students, Kansas Colleges Say Yes

Wichita State student Jonathan Gallegos said gamers on campus felt like an afterthought. "The school wasn't really supporting us," Gallegos said. This semester, the support came. Gallegos is now a varsity athlete. He competes under Wichita State's name against other schools across the country.


Show-Me Vaporware Believers
Missouri panel planning out next moves to land Hyperloop
Pitch Transitions Into Hipster Shopper

Pirate's Bone is having a closing-party fundraiser, True Food Kitchen opens on the Plaza, and more: KC's food and drink events for March 25-31

Courtesy Casual Animal Monday, March 25 Meet Lidia Bastianich tonight at her restaurant, Lidia's Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street), during a four-course meal honoring the paperback release of her memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food.


Kansas City Sunshine Warning

Sunshine returns Tuesday, so do warmer temperatures

Cloudy skies will prevail around the region Monday through the overnight hours. Low will to drop into the upper 30s. Sunshine returns on Tuesday with a high...


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

TKC WARNING!!! BAD HOMBRE ON THE LOOSE AFTER KANSAS CITY SHOOTING!!!

The work week starts with more urban core gunfire and a warning issued to residents . . . Read more:

"Police said the shooting happened at 12:54 p.m. and they believe the shooter is a Hispanic male who is not in custody."

Read more:

1 person has life-threatening injuries after shooting at 120 N. Topping

Meth Town Shooting & Standoff Right Now

Tense start to the week from this enclave known for crystal and chaos . . . Independence police investigating shooting on Susquehanna Drive . . . Checkit:

BIKE/WALK KC ADVOCATES AUTO CRACKDOWN AMID DEADLY METRO PEDESTRIAN CRASH UPTICK!!!



The nicer weather brings more people out into the street and increases risks of deadly accidents betwixt cars, trucks, pedestrians and cyclists.

Accordingly, here's a bit of advocacy from locals who have grown increasingly hostile toward drivers in a fight for street space and to save lives . . . Checkit:

Bike/WalkKC: Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise -- What Do We Do?

The problem:

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released 2018 data on pedestrian traffic fatalities by state, and the numbers were sobering. Since reaching a low of 4,109 fatalities in 2009, the national total has climbed back up to 6,227. The report notes that 2018 is projected to see the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990.

In Missouri, that translated to 44 pedestrian fatalities, a 5% increase from the same period in 2017. In Kansas, 16 people were killed, which represents a 33% increase.

In an interview with Streetsblog, GHSA spokesman Jonathan Adkins said, “The report is an urgent wake up call that pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority. Significant infrastructural improvements are needed as is focused-enforcement of traffic laws.”

Now here's what they want to do about it:

"Pedestrians should never be blamed for their own deaths. The City of KCMO recently updated some of its own traffic definitions to change their wording of these incidents from “accidents” to “crashes”. Policies and projects are important; how we think about and discuss these crashes are important as well.

"BikeWalkKC wants to make this clear: the narrative that crashes like these are unpredictable and unavoidable is false. How we design and build our streets determines how people of all transportation modes use them. We have the tools and knowledge to make them safer, but we currently lack the will and focus to act on it. It is convenient to dismiss these incidents as “accidents”, but we must acknowledge that our policy and infrastructure choices create the conditions that allow these tragedies to occur."

Translation . . .

BIKE/WALK KC IS PUSHING FOR MORE DRIVER CRACKDOWNS AND THEIR OWN HORRIBLY DESIGNED BIKE LANES AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ACROSS KCMO!!!

You decide . . .

Public Radio Takes A Dive For Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids?!?!

Conservatives fight back against media funded by taxpayers and viewers like you . . . Here's a fact check on the Sunday Rep. Sharice David's rendezvous . . . Read more:

Public radio misleads on Sharice Davids coverage - The Sentinel

Drone View: Missouri Stays Losing Flood Fight Near Kansas City Riverside

National news sums up the damage as the rising tide isn't as far off as locals would like to think. Read more:

WATCH: Water from Missouri River flooding is everywhere along Highway 9

Flooding along the Missouri River continues to impact areas in Parkville, Riverside and Kansas City. This drone footage from Josh Clevenge along Missouri HIghwa...

Kansas Granny Guv Kelly Shuts Down Republican 'Brownback II' Tax Breaks

The moderate lady leader flexes on her colleagues today and questions their priorities and willingness to repeat the past. Take a peek:

Kansas' new Democratic governor vetoes GOP tax relief bill

TOPEKA, KS (AP) -- Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor. Gov.

TKC EXCLUSIVE FLASH!!! KANSAS CITY WATER STINKS AND SURVEY SEYZ VOTERS BLAME CITY HALL INCUMBENTS FOR IT!!!



The latest polling doesn't bode well for Kansas City elected officials hoping to gain higher office or fend off off election challengers.

Here's the word . . .

"A weekend flash poll of likely Kansas City voters discovered that recent warnings about local water quality have inspired negative feelings directed toward Mayor Sly James and City Council members. These same voters then responded that they were more likely to vote for a City Hall outsider than someone who had experience at City Hall. This trend holds up to real life scrutiny given that a last time a Kansas City councilman was elected as mayor was in 1991."

Among more than 500 voters questioned the common theme was this:

"Likely voters blamed Mayor Sly James & City Council for rising water rates and worsening qualify of water department service."

KICK-ASS TKC TOP ECHELON INSIDERS offered their perspective from this weekend flash poll and one respondent could be heard over the phone talking at the top of his lungs . . .

"They keep charging you more and more . . . The water bills are sky high but you can't drink it?!?! What kind of ripoff is that?"

And so . . . It seems that residents fear Kansas City moving toward a future that looks a lot like Flint, MI with water infrastructure contributing to health problems and opening the floodgates to municipal bankruptcy.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY MUELLER REPORT MONDAY REVIEW: NOTHING BURGER AFTER TASTE AMID OBSTRUCTION JUST DESERTS!?!?



Most of the local doesn't really know what to make of the Mueller report but we turned to our blog community and garnered a better and more homespun perspective than anything so many local chat show pundits can broadcast.

Here are the best comments . . .

DNC SLEUTHING STAYS LOSING

"Will be reelected and easily. Know why? You doofuses wasted two years playing gotcha detective. Angry? You should be. Rachel Maddow and the rest of the hacks made you believe total B.S., as we kept saying all along."
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DISH SERVED COLD

Be patient his is far from being over

1) The SDNY is still rockin' and rollin' and is far from being finished. (think money laundering, tax evasion, bank fraud, etc. etc.)

2) Mueller has referred four areas of investigation to four different States for further pursuance

3) Ongoing House of Rep. and Senate investigations.

Time will tell
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POLITICAL TURNABOUT FAIR PLAY

Sorry, it's over, and a colossal defeat for Democrats. You guys need actual issues, not continuing to try to subvert the outcome of a free and fair election. Speaking of that, how's your investigation into the rigging of the Democratic primary going? Oh, that's right, you don't care.
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Check the links:

CNBC: Trump’s ‘delight’ and the discomfort of Democrats: How global media is reacting to the Mueller report

Bloomberg: It's a New Day for Donald Trump as Mueller Disappoints Democrats

KSAL: Kansas Officials React To Mueller Report

KQ2: Missouri politicians react to Mueller report 

CNN: WH says Mueller report is 'complete exoneration' of Trump

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KANSAS CITY MONDAY MATCH-UP: STAUBIO ADVOCATES FOR UNITED DOWNTOWN SUPREMACY AHEAD OF UPCOMING VOTE!!!



One of Kansas City's toy train transit leaders offered a bit of election advice which is strange given that he second guessed his own political adventures.

However, a recent tweet offered a curious bit of advocacy . . .

"Candidates can pander and use reductive "downtown vs neighborhoods" rhetoric that dismisses 30,000 residents of the city's most populous neighborhood for one big reason: downtowners don't vote."

Look at that statement closely . . . It's nearly a cry for unity . . . But then he claims Downtown SUPREMACY over all of KCMO because of size . . . Using that logic that lumps every part of Downtown into one category . . . The NORTHLAND STILL OUTPACES DOWNTOWN in terms of population size, job growth and economy. Sadly this "neighborhood" doesn't but nearly as many of the resources allotted to the enclave of hipsters and the "creative class" inside the loop.

And now the match-up inspired by the otherwise insightful statement . . .

IS THE UPCOMING VOTE REALLY A CONTEST BETWIXT KANSAS CITY NEIGHBORHOODS VS. DOWNTOWN?!?!

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY AIRPORT GROUNDBREAKING TODAY WILL BE A CAMPAIGN RALLY FOR COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS!!!

Some of our reader community claim that this is merely a milestone on the road to bankruptcy . . . Meanwhile, look for quite a few insiders to skip this event because it's going to be sold to the MSM as a sign of the Jolie Justus campaign gaining some that that "momentum" that's widely disputed. Checkit:

Groundbreaking for new KCI Airport terminal happening Monday

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Starting Monday, KCI will become another step closer to opening a new terminal. The city will break ground at 2 p.m. at the former Terminal A. The new singe-terminal airport will have 39 gates and span just over a million square feet.

Disgrace: Mayor Sly And Kansas City Star Demand Pre-K Sales Tax Money

One more time for the cheap seats . . .

EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IMPACTED BY THIS SAYS NO TO MORE TAXES!!! THE MAYOR IS PUSHING SOMETHING ON SCHOOLS THEY DON'T WANT!!!

Meanwhile, the glorified shopper of a newspaper offers their editorialized "coverage" at the behest of City Hall. Checkit:

What to know about Sly James' pre-K proposal before you vote | The Kansas City Star

Gwendolyn Grant could barely stay in her seat as she talked about the reasons she's leading a campaign against Kansas City's proposed sales tax for universal pre-K. "It's not universal," said Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, pushing away from the boardroom table and throwing both hands in the air.

Gronk Retires And Now Kansas City Chiefs Stuck With Discount Knockoff Travis Kelce



A football legend recently concluded his career with a Super Bowl victory.

Sports Illustrated: Rob Gronkowski Retires—On His Own Terms, and As One of the Greats

Meanwhile back in Kansas City . . .

TKC READERS WANT TO KNOW IF GRONK'S CAREER CONCLUSION HELPS THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OR THE LOCAL 'GREAT VALUE' IMITATOR?!?!?

Fact is, Kelce is damaged goods who is sightly more entertaining but not nearly as good of a TE has the legend who was crucial in delivering disappointment to fanboys who believe the local news hype.

You decide . . .

Show-Me Food Insecurity In Rural Missouri

Fact of life . . . The right-wing often downplays access to food in the urban core but it seems that many of the same issues regarding subsidy, culture and education also impact mostly white residents in more "conservative" sections of the state. Here's a conversation about helping to alleviate the problem. Take a look:

Intersection Excerpt: Missouri Health Talks on Food Insecurity 'The Hidden Problem'

In this excerpt from KBIA's Intersection, Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer with Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks, discuss the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding food insecurity. They spoke to KBIA for Missouri Health Talks. Monica Palmer: I grew up in rural Missouri. Single Mom. Five kids.

Kansas Political House Cleaning

Procrastinating politicos will now rule of statewide legislation on the fly. Here's an EXTENSIVE round-up of all the legislation confronting the Sunflower State right now . . .

Marathon debate planned in Kansas House

"I've never seen anything like this. It's going to be chaos," said Rep. John Carmichael, (D) Wichita, on Sunday afternoon. He's talking about a race against the clock Kansas lawmakers will begin Monday to finish work some say should've been done weeks ago. The Kansas House plans to debate 37 different bills.

Missouri Real ID Starts Now

Conservatives GOP battling Prez Obama every step of the way called this a big government intrusion and an affront to liberty . . . Now it's quietly moving forward without any push back. Take a look:

Missouri residents can now apply for a REAL ID

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Starting Monday, residents in Missouri can begin applying for a REAL ID compliant license. Effective October 1, 2020, you will be required to present a REAL ID, or another form of identification accepted by TSA, to board domestic flights.

Kansas City Monday Morning News Bite



Hottie Tianna inspires this quick collection of Instagram "influencer" news for the modern era. Take a look:

Ots: Instagram Checkout Wants to Change How We Shop for Gear

Vox: Why Instagram’s anti-vaccine problem isn’t surprising

Lifehacker: It's Time to Unfollow Your Favorite Brands on Instagram

Closer to home these news links start our morning . . .

The Kansas City B-Ball Agenda
National spotlight to light up Downtown scene this week
Flyover Country Flooding Neglected

10 Failed Levees In Midwest Flood Zone Were Not Inspected By Federal Government

The 11 levees that failed last week during catastrophic flooding along the Missouri River were maintained by local associations or private owners, with just one inspected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this year, KCUR and APM Reports has found.


Old School Weed Need

Bingo and bongs: More seniors seek marijuana for age-related aches

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong SOURCE: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong The group of white-haired folks - some pushing walkers, others using canes - arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland.There they board a bus for a quick trip to a building that, save for the green Red Cross-style sign in the window, resembles a trendy coffee bar.


Air Travel Confidence Check

American Airlines is canceling 90 flights a day because of 737 Max grounding

American Airlines plans to cancel flights well into April because of the Boeing 737 Max grounding.


Coach Shares Tribute After Trades

Arrowheadlines: Andy Reid says he's "forever grateful" for Eric Berry, Justin Houston and Dee Ford

Andy Reid 'grateful' for departed trio's contribution | NFL For the Kansas City Chiefs, their faithful and coach Andy Reid, this offseason has seen the departure of three veteran defensive stalwarts: pass rusher Justin Houston (released and signed by the Colts), pass rusher Dee Ford (traded to the 49ers) and safety Eric Berry (released and still looking).


Another KC B-Ball Overview

Blue bloods, underdogs to battle in Midwest Regional in KC

The field for the Midwest Regional next weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, is set. Kentucky and Auburn are Sprint Center-bound after picking up second-round wins Saturday in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, while North Carolina and Houston joined the party with wins Sunday.


Jon Bellion - Stupid Deep is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .