Friday, November 27, 2020

Kansas City Arts Community Declares Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Movement

A money line and social justice reaffirmation from a top ranking and high-class local arts honcho . . .

"Julián Zugazagoitia, director/CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, said the recognition of the fatal Minneapolis incident and its aftermath “brings into more focus the inequities and the systemic injustice that this country has harbored for many years.” 

Institutions such as art museums, he said, can help call attention to social movements that address such inequities. On its website, the Nelson-Atkins states its commitment to “the ideals of empathy, equity, inclusion, diversity and accessibility” and its support for Black Lives Matter."

For our truly classy readers, the Kansas City arts leader was recently featured in French newspaper Le Monde making the same assertions and trying to explain local layoffs at the Nelson.

Check renewed cowtown BLM tribute . . .

A Singular American Moment - KC STUDIO

Unwarranted and unrestrained police violence against African Americans has long been a stain on the nation. But last May, the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis prompted a heightened awareness of that lingering problem - and an enhanced understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement and its struggle for racial justice.

Kansas City Social Media Collabs Could Help Save Local Small Biz?!?!

A local blogger goes on record with a sales pitch to small biz and a glimpse at locals working to push struggling Kansas City biz over box stores amid harsh times . . . Take a look:

How are influencers and brands treating this holiday season differently?

Brand marketers and consumers alike are entering a confusing holiday season, one like never before. What has always been a spend-obsessed time of year is now facing pinched consumer wallets in some cases -- and in other, stored up discretionary income and a desire to reward family members with a big Christmas during an incredibly tough year.

Kansas City 2020 Street Ballet Respite

Quick story . . .

When TKC first started, we talked with a veteran news camerman and he politely asked us to forward any "good news" his way. He seemed sincere about searching for local human interest angles and profiles of "good" things happening in the community. Again, just starting out with this blog it was hard to understand why somebody with a great many connections and experience in the news game would want to waste time on the frivolous. A few years later, it became apparent . . . There's ALWAYS news of corruption, fighting and anger among local factions . . . Truly inspiring stories that don't include a sales pitch are much harder to find. 

But I digress . . . 

And admittedly, this "street ballet" clip might not inspire everybody but it captures locals who are energized about their craft nevertheless. And, at the very least, some of our uncultured readers can have a quick giggle at locals who are far more nimble on their twinkle toes than most.

Take a peek . . . 

You decide  . . .

Show-Me Gun Hoarding Before Prez Biden

The great American gun grab presents yet another threat and Missouri residents continue to prep for greater 2nd Amendment regulations.

Or, skeptics might contend . . . 

Just as Prez Obama inspired a spike in gun sales out of fear, we expect that the Biden/Harris administration will also boost the profits of gunmakers.

Proof . . .

What's Missouri Been Doing During COVID-19? Buying Guns

click to enlarge Missourians have been stocking up on firearms at record rates during the pandemic. The FBI had already conducted more 576,000 background checks for gun sales by the end of October, well over the nearly 498,000 during the entire year of 2019.

COVID-19 Kills Christmas In Kansas

Bigger disappointment lies ahead this holiday season. Here's a glimpse at how this Kansas town copes with the death of their traditions in 2020.

Read more . . .

Tiny Kansas town cancels Christmas tradition as Covid upturns rural life

It's barely a town any more, battered by time on the windswept prairie of north-west Kansas. Covid-19 still managed to find Norcatur. Not much remains of the rural hamlet, save for a service station, a grain elevator, a little museum and a weekend hangout where the locals play pool, eat pizza and drink beer.


The holiday season starts with more murder. Sadly, the Kansas City's historic rate of killing continues to increase despite ongoing community outreach and continued taxpayer funding of anti-crime groups.

Here are the deets:

"Police said officers were called just before 11 p.m. to 79th Street and Troost Avenue on a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Again . . .

This is the RECORD BREAKING 167th KCMO HOMICIDE so far this year compared to 137 murders at this time last year for an overall increase of 21.9% YTD.

Check the links . . .

KMBC: Man shot, killed near 79th, Troost Thanksgiving night

KSHB: That was the 2nd homicide for Kansas City Thanksgiving 2020

KCTV5: A high number of the homicide this year started with an argument. A majority of people killed were shot, most with a handgun.

Developing . . .

Kansas Obeys Mask Mandate This Time

Hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, and more people we know are suffering from this modern day plague that's just starting to hit home . . . On the bright side, there's now bi-partisan support for mask orders and greater compliance.

Check-it . . .

More Kansas counties join in on Gov. Kelly's mask mandate this time around

TOPEKA, Kan. - More Kansas counties have gone along with Governor Laura Kelly's mandate this time than did back in July. Only 43 counties have opted out of the new November mask mandate. Sixty-two counties did not opt out, or already had mask mandates in place.

Bambi's Mom Lives Another Day

Quick update on season of slaughter in Missouri that was just as disappointing as everything else this year. Take a peek . . .

Missouri hunters take down fewer deer during firearm season

COLUMBIA, MO (AP) - Fewer deer were killed in Missouri during the firearm portion of the hunting season. Hunters killed 176,604 deer during the 11-day season that ended Tuesday, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The opening weekend of the season, when the vast majority of deer are killed each year, was challenging for hunters, the Columbia Missourian reports.

Thursday, November 26, 2020


The Plaza lights started with a single strand in 1925.

The tradition quickly became a hallmark of Kansas City and persists even after BLM social justice riots exacerbated pandemic harsh times and closed down more than two dozen stores in this entertainment district. 

Here's the best link to get all of the coverage of tonight's festivities . . .

KMBC: The Plaza Lights are on! It's the holiday season in Kansas City!

Of course we don't want to damper the low key celebration but just for now it's our tradition to remind locals . . . 


It's still a wonderfully corny song worth a listen to break the soul crushing monotony of holiday music but a fact that deserves a mention if only to lower expectations in hopes that locals will take it easy on themselves. 

Accordingly, this holiday will be different and the most pressing concern is staying alive rather than overspending via credit cards.

Check the links for Kansas City holiday edification and perspective . . .

Entrepeneur: The Map of America's 2 Trillion Dollar Economic Decline

NatGeo: One in six Americans could go hungry in 2020 as pandemic persists

MSNBC: This Thanksgiving, millions of Americans are going hungry in the midst of Covid

NoC: “It’s going to be a billionaire Thanksgiving.” Wealth of US richest just hit $1 trillion since the start of the pandemic

CBS: Will you get a stimulus check by December 31?

And of course, once again . . .

Hope to talk with ya sometime tomorrow!!!


The death count continues to rise, here's the latest tally as numbers across the nation continue to spike. 

Read more . . .

More than 1,000 across the greater KC metro have died from COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Today, the number of COVID-19 deaths across the greater Kansas City metro surpassed the milestone of 1,000. The greater KC metro area includes Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties on the Missouri side.

Kansas City Super Spreader Homecoming???

Another dire medical warning from Kansas City newsies who, clearly, don't have much influence to scare thousands of locals from venturing back this cowtown but still hopefully staying far away from granny. 

Check-it . . . 


Thanksgiving Travelers Fly Into Kansas City Amid Coronavirus Warnings

Joni Breidenthal was waiting in the Terminal B concourse with her daughter Laney. Waiving a "welcome home" sign, the mother and sister welcomed Laney's sister Julia, who attends the Coast Guard Academy, with a group hug complete with tears and laughter. Still, the airport was noticeably quiet before the younger Breidenthal's arrival.

Meet New King & Queen Of Shawnee Castle

Tribute to the golden ghetto good life persists as we share this glimpse at promo hype for this upscale suburban plan that probably won't work amid worsening harsh times.

Take a peek . . .

Historic Caenen Castle in Shawnee reopens as a restaurant, farm winery outlet

After three years of standing vacant, Caenen Castle in Shawnee has reopened under new ownership as a farm winery outlet and restaurant. Carla and Daniel Dyer became owners of the historic building in September 2019. After extensive restorative work and renovations, they have turned the space into a farm winery outlet located in a restaurant.

Kansas City Thanksgiving 2020 News Redux

Hottie Karlie probably committed one of the worst fashion faux pas in recent memory with a native panty tribute that earned universal rebuke because the fashion diva from Missouri looked impressive whilst committing what might have been a hate crime by today's standards.

And all of THAT inspires tonight's peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines . . .


Kansas City Kindness On A Roll

Thanksgiving meals delivered to homeless, homebound seniors


More Local Jobs

We're Hiring: Jobs at Spectrum, Genesis 10 could jump-start new career

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - From customer service representatives to software developers, two companies are hiring for these positions in the Kansas City area, and your experience or skills in other areas could help you start a new career. Spectrum Spectrum is looking to hire about 100 people by spring 2021 at the Spectrum Mobile call center in Kansas City.

Feds Offer Cash For Tips

FBI offering $5,000 for information regarding 2 children from Kansas City missing since November 9th

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Police say that the FBI is adding $5,000 for any information regarding the whereabouts of two children from Kansas City that have not been seen for over two weeks. Police say 7-year-old Avontay Reed and 4-year-old Kelvontae Cooper are in Children's Division custody and were placed with their maternal [...]

Hottie Bun In The Oven

Pregnant Karlie Kloss Shows Off Her Bare Baby Bump in Red Bikini

The supermodel is expecting her first child with husband Joshua Kushner In an Instagram post shared by husband Joshua Kushner on Thursday, the 28-year-old supermodel gave a fierce pose as she showed off her growing baby bump in a red bikini. In the footage, the expectant star wore a black bra top and orange bottoms while lounging in bed.

Prez Trump Promises

Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden

Donald Trump has said that he will leave the White House when the electoral college votes for Democratic president-elect Joe Biden in the closest the outgoing president has come to conceding defeat. Biden won the presidential election with 306 electoral college votes - many more than the 270 required - to Trump's 232.

Beg Pardon

Trump and pardons: How many people could be granted clemency?

"This is one unfettered presidential power the president enjoys using," one former administration official was quoted as saying by Reuters, amid media reports that lists of people are being finalised. He might enjoy using such powers but actually Mr Trump has granted clemency sparingly - doing so just 44 times over nearly four years in office.

Supreme Lockdown Dispute

Supreme Court ruling doesn't have 'any practical effect,' Cuomo says

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is downplaying the significance of a Supreme Court decision blocking him enforcing stringent attendance limits on religious institutions in Covid hot spots. "That Supreme Court ruling on the religious gatherings is more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else," Cuomo said on a Thanksgiving morning briefing call.

White House Forgiveness???

After Trump retweets call to pardon himself, Fox News asks "can he?"

Fox News briefly explored whether President Donald Trump could pardon himself after he retweeted a call on Thanksgiving Day from his ally Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz to consider doing so. After pardoning former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump on Thursday shared a call from Gaetz encouraging him to pardon himself.

Inspiring Last Words

Alex Trebek pre-recorded touching Thanksgiving message: 'Keep the faith'

In a heartfelt pre-recorded message, the late "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek reminded his fans to hold out hope despite the pandemic, imploring viewers to "keep the faith." Trebek, who died on Nov. 8 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, continued to film "Jeopardy!"

Turkey Day Name Game

KC Chiefs players with the best Thanksgiving-themed names

For most of us, today is a holiday unlike most years. A global pandemic has likely completely sidelined Thanksgiving day plans for many-yours truly included here-or at least altered them to one degree or another. Still, it is a holiday and here's hoping you're at least within reach of a turkey leg and watching some football.

Fashion For A Good Cause

Charlie Hustle foundation helps families impacted by COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Charlie Hustle is stepping up in a big way to help families hurting because of the pandemic. "We have a platform, I think, a voice to share and to be able to help others," said Chase McAnulty, founder and CEO of Charlie Hustle.

Weather Forecasted For Now

Friday will be sunny with highs in the upper 40s


And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.

Downtown Kansas City Jackson County Jail Suffers Worsening COVID-19 Outbreak

There's continued outcry for more early releases as the pandemic surge becomes more serious. Here's a glimpse at local officials working to contain the surge inside prison walls . . . Read more:

COVID outbreak at Jackson County jail, a week after 90 inmates went into quarantine

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A week after 12 people at the Jackson County Detention Center tested positive for COVID-19, the county health department is now saying the location has an outbreak of 122 confirmed cases so far. Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forte announced on Nov.

Kansas Politico Gives Prez Trump Vaxx Props

This link from last week is worth remembering and sent our way from our blog community to provide a rare bit of perspective on the political big picture . . . Check-it . . .

Ex-HHS chief Sebelius says Trump administration deserves credit for vaccine progress

Kathleen Sebelius, a former Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama, offered some praise for the Trump administration's vaccine efforts on Monday but said the administration has shirked other critical responsibilities in mitigating the spread of coronavirus.

Show-Me Thrifty Missouri Congresswoman

Disagree with her politics but "normalizing" bargains and earning high fashion praise for it is a welcomed Missouri value shared with the rest of the nation.

Take a look . . .

Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush On Thrifting Her Wardrobe for the Hill

Like anyone starting a new job, an incoming congresswoman has plenty to figure out. Where's her office? Who should she hire? Who are her colleagues? How does being in Congress actually work? The list goes on-and as Cori Bush recently pointed out on Twitter, it may include the not-incidental challenge of assembling a suitable wardrobe on a slender budget.


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world forever but in this little corner of the web we remain true to our Kansas City traditions nevertheless.

To wit . . .


As always, we use this space to highlight the biggest FAILS, DISAPPOINTMENTS AND DISGRACES among our cowtown elite and this year there were no shortage of nominees. 

Check our list . . .

Mayor Q Flight Of Fancy FAILS

Mayor Quinton Lucas has put forth one horrible idea after the next this year. His 10-10-10 policy met with universal rejection and rebuke . . . And now his new curfew has prompted an upcoming legal challenge in the aftermath of the KANSAS CITY 2020 RESTAURANT APOCALYPSE. Even worse, the mayor has become increasingly irritable and reactive. Accordingly, we can only expect more bad decisions from his administration in the future.

Dr. Rex Knows Politics & More

The director of the health department stepped into the lime light this year and quickly earned rebuke by talking about locking up Prez Trump. Since then he has continued his foray into politics along with a great many provocative tweets and statements that have irked even the most strident supporters of public health regulations.

Sleaze Scummit Gym Rat Dishes Far Too Much Attitude

This Sleaze Scummit provocateur provides some comedy but far too much bravado in a public health fight that sparks the ire of keyboard warriors across the nation. Moreover, he has inadvertently proved to be the perfect villain for KCMO COVID crackdown proponents. In the end, his antics haven't proved productive and he doesn't have the decency to serve his snark with queso dip à la Don Chilitos.

Nicole Galloway Helped Embitter Missouri Against Dems

Casual voters might not remember but Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway was a favorite to flip Jeff City and capitalize on suspected animosity against Prez Trump. Obviously, that never happened . . . But even worse, her ambivalence for campaigning and complete lack of ideas or arguments helped to tank EVERY STATEWIDE DEMOCRAT IN MISSOURI. Without question, she was the leader of a miraculous defeat and what was the only real chance for the super minority party to make progress now or any time in the near future.

Kris Kobach Plucked From Republican Mainstream

The Kansas GOP betrayal was cruel to this right-wing vanguard. At all costs, his own party cast him aside out of fear for a "blue wave" that never really happened. An empty suit safely won the Senate and Mr. Kobach has been cast aside yet again with the rest of the GOP rank & file despite his own elite credentials and skills which have consistently proven repellent to the most populous voter concentrations in the Sunflower State.

Stereotypical Latinx Hype Runs Afoul Of Voters

Some white lady college professor invented the term Latinx and most Latinos, Hispanics, cholos, vatos, sad girls and homies have universally rejected it. The people who proudly use this term in any context outside of an op/ed are predominately white "progressives" who don't mingle with any people of color outside of an office or university setting.

An uncomfortable truth: Latino culture can be far more sexist, racist and elitist than mainstream American society but there's not enough money or interest to reform it.  Whilst "Karen" is fighting the good fight on Twitter, some of the bravest women in the world are attempting to stop rampant femicide in Mexico & Proving that more authentic people have bigger problems than name games.

Kansas City Star Carved Into Smallish Local News Role

There is no longer any "paper of record" in Kansas City.

Most people get their news from TV but spend far more time spying on frenemies and former loves via social media.

Even worse, the Star has given up its role as a traditional newspaper and now spends its final days as a partisan rag pushing talking points devised by smarter people.

The decline of The Star isn't tragic or unprecedented, it's merely a fact of life amid an ongoing and continual American transformation.

To wit . . . 


We realize that many of our readers are celebrating alone this year and we hope today's offerings have inspired at least a couple of (cheap) laughs.


Moreover, we hope our blog community is having a good day and we invite suggestions of more turkeys to compliment this list.

You decide .  . .


In no uncertain terms, Kansas City public health officials share one last word of warning and denounce locals who choose to ignore health advice today.

Take a look . . .

KC Health Dept: "Don't gather for Thanksgiving or there won't be room at the hospitals for everyone next week"

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The Kansas City Health Department started Thanksgiving off with a warning, urging people that if they gather with loved ones for the holiday, "(T)here won't be room at the hospitals for everyone next week." The Health Department's Tweet was accompanied by a video of Truman Medical Center personnel telling why they wear masks.

Kansas City Fight For $15 Amid Pandemic

Local progress for higher wages continues with hospital workers and this Kansas City institution . . . Check-it:

As Saint Luke's raises minimum wage to $15, more groups push to make it the norm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The "Fight for 15" is over in one hospital system with locations in Missouri and Kansas. On Wednesday, Saint Luke's Health System announced their new permanent minimum wage for employees will be $15 per hour. Hospital administration said the move is a show of gratitude and will support frontline staff during [...]

Prez Trump Inspires Americans To 'Gather' Amid COVID-19 Thanksgiving 2020

MSM and public health officials warn us that today could be the "mother of all super spreader events" and advise caution whilst eating turkey hiding in the darkest corner of a basement. 

Meanwhile, the Commander-In-Chief shares contradictory advice:

The Hill: Trump encourages Americans to 'gather' in Thanksgiving proclamation despite coronavirus surge


“I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings,” he said in the proclamation, which is custom for presidents to issue marking holidays, on Wednesday.

The comments from the White House come as public health experts have advised Americans to stay home amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases and warnings that the pandemic could get much worse during the holiday season.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Hobos Move To Suburbs

Quick reminder to our golden ghetto pals that this day of kindness, generosity and gratitude might or might not apply throughout the year and during the upcoming "dark days" of Winter. 

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With long waitlist, pandemic puts strain on homelessness services in KC's suburbs

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The ongoing pandemic is straining services in the suburbs that are designed to lift people out of homelessness. For years Jennifer Wolfe had a toxic relationship with drugs and a man who became abusive. "I knew I had to what I had to, to better my life," Wolfe said.

Find A REAL Christmas Tree In Kansas City

Or, a helpful local guide to burning your house down . . .

Where To Find Christmas Trees In 2020 In The Kansas City Area

Kansas City, MO - As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens some of America's most iconic holiday traditions in 2020, it should still be possible to take your family on the hunt for the right Christmas tree - and do it safely.

Kansas City 2020 Thanksgiving News Cuts

Given that it's also #TBT, we wanted to share this wayback classic TV promo that was before TKC's time but lives forever in reruns that still hold up or at least provide worthwhile background noise. Accordingly, here's our extended peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines for right now . . .

Sharing Kansas City Thanksgiving Survival Tips

WATCH: Kansas City experts discuss ways to stay safe during holidays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Even months and months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, people have questions about the virus and the ever-evolving situation its presence has created. Tuesday, 41 Action News hosted a town hall with local experts to discuss current issues within the pandemic.

KC Murder Postscript

Man, 28, charged in fatal shooting Friday near 57th, Indiana

Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Kansas City man in a fatal shooting Friday near 57th Street and Indiana Avenue.Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Tevin M. Lynch was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Heath Morgan. According to court records, Kansas City police responded to a residence in the 5700 block of Indiana Avenue on a reported shooting late on Friday.

Tragic Final Note

'It's just not fair': Well-known metro musician, father of six dies of COVID-19, family says

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - A metro musician that FOX4 recently introduced to viewers has died. Family members said 65-year-old Jimmy Dykes died early Tuesday morning in intensive care at a Lee's Summit hospital. His family said Dykes was suffering from the effects of COVID-19. Dykes, a popular guitar teacher and musician, had been in intensive [...]

Supreme Freedom

Amy Coney Barrett plays decisive role as Supreme Court bars New York COVID restrictions on religious services

Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a decisive role as the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain coronavirus restrictions on religious services. The Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues in the Brooklyn and Queens borough of New York City had sued to challenge attendance limits at houses of worship in areas that were harder hit by the virus.

Smooth Transition Unrealized

Biden predicted a GOP 'epiphany' after the election. Trump's standing in the way.

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden predicted that Republicans would have an "epiphany" after President Donald Trump lost. Three weeks after the election, there's no sign of it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., still hasn't acknowledged Biden as president-elect. And, like most Republicans, he hasn't condemned Trump's unprecedented attempts to overturn the will of the voters.

American Scarcity Arrives

'No end in sight': hunger surges in America amid a spiraling pandemic

illions of Americans must rely on charity to put Thanksgiving dinner on the table this year, as hunger surges amid a devastating spiraling of the Covid-19 pandemic which the Trump administration has failed to get under control.

Deporter In Chief Speaks

Obama takes shot at evangelical Hispanics who voted for Trump despite 'racist' rhetoric

Former President Barack Obama took a shot Wednesday at some Hispanics who voted for President Donald Trump, saying they did not care about his "racist" remarks because of their alignment on social views.

Canned Holiday Uncovered

Celebrity Prisoners' 2020 Thanksgiving Prison Meals Revealed

America's most notorious prisoners will sit down for a Thanksgiving like the rest of us in 2020 ... complete with turkey and the fear of catching COVID-19. Lori Loughlin , Mossimo Giannulli and Harvey Weinstein are spending their first turkey day behind bars, and they're about to discover what Bill Cosby ,Kodak Black and Bobby Shmurda know all too well ...


Could This Be the Sexiest Thanksgiving Ever?

Some of you may recall that last year, I, a leading Thanksgiving sexpert, declared Thanksgiving the sexiest holiday. Like the rest of you, however, I had no idea how different Thanksgiving would look just one year later, nor how much sexier it could be.

Aging Hipster Celebration

Sly James the Cat appeared on Drew Barrymore's TV show and delighted the host

The Drew Barrymore Show played host to a very popular local feline yesterday. Sly James the Cat, also known as Catrick Mahomes, is the star of one of our favorite Instagram pages, and does daily costume modeling. Sly's owner submitted a few photos to Drew, and our city's shared Absolute Baby clearly delighted the host/actress and, presumably, the not physically...

Shop Local Gift Tour

Shop small: Five ways to wear and wash with KC pride from Westside Storey's historic corner

Startland News perused Westside Storey's 1920s-era corner shop as part of the newsroom's five-part holiday gift guide that identifies locally made goods and supports the call to shop small. Click here to read the multi-day gift guide as it develops.

Sunny Turkey Day Ahead

Your Storm Track 5 Daily Forecast

Skies will begin to clear this evening with winds that will ease to less than 10 MPH before turning to the south by daybreak. Temperatures will drop quickly as the clouds fracture leading to scattered frost by daybreak Thursday morning.

Dido - Thank You is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now. Keep going for more local links . . .

History Of Kansas City Squirrels Revealed

Right now we stumble upon a fun fact which deserves consideration and reminds us that migration is a part of nature. Posted for a brief respite from bad news and, of course, expecting that one of the nuts who read this blog might object to these furry friends.

Take a look . . .

Squirrels are not native to modern Kansas City-this is how they got here

"I was living in Boston, and I noticed that tourists who were from out of the country would be kind of fascinated with these creatures and would take photographs of them. It suddenly made me see that something that I had taken for granted was unusual to a lot of people.

Kansas City Last Words ID Suspected Killer

Dramatic confession and a realization that, when all is said and done, locals still want justice. 

Read more . . .

Court documents: KC man told police who shot him before he died

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, man managed to tell a 911 call taker the name of the man who shot him just before dying. Heath Morgan called 911 on Nov. 23 from his house at East 57th Street and Indiana Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, according to a court document.

Downtown Copes With 2020 Homeless Surge

Quick sign of hope and generosity amid the pandemic as the number of homeless inside the loop spikes.

Check-it . . .

Spirit of giving comes to the rescue for homeless, hungry

Thanks to the support of a cadre of corporate and philanthropic partners, the Downtown Council (DTC) and its Community Improvement Districts successfully raised $105,000 and provided in-kind support to make critical repairs and improvements at the DCSC including a failing ADA ramp, thus allowing it to continue functioning and serving those in need.


The spate of local murder proves relentless and doesn't let up for the holidays.

Here's the latest note amid the worsening cycle of violence . .  .

"Officers responded to a call of gunshots heard in the neighborhood at 3:45 a.m. at 16th Street and Topping Avenue. There police found a man dead on the sidewalk dead from gunshot wounds. Police said no one is in custody in the incident, and they do not have a description of the shooter."

Again, this is the 166th murder of the year compared to only 137 counted at this time last year for an increase of 21.17% YTD.

  Check the links . . .

Fox4: Man shot, killed on Thanksgiving morning at 16th and Topping, Kansas City

KCTV: There is a $25,000 reward for information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS.

KSHB: One found dead at East 16th & Topping

Developing . . .

Kansas City Guide To Debating Prez Trump

Helpful advice from a local student that offers practical advice but doesn't seem to understand that most political arguments among friends & family are the result of deep-seated restatement spanning decades.

Check-it . . .

How to Have a Political Discussion in 2020

President-Elect Joe Biden has declared victory for the 2020 presidential election and while many people are upset with the outcome of the el

Kansas City Copes With Turkey Day Despair

Local public radio lamentation for this year's lost tradition that was claimed by the pandemic. 

Check the overly sentimental eulogy for an occasion that most people take for granted . . .

Alone Together: How We Are Grieving the Loss of This Thanksgiving

As we enter the holiday season battered by the year's events, the sentiments that often accompany this time of year will likely be intensified. COVID-19 will uproot family gatherings and alter holiday plans throughout the country as numbers of infections continue to grow, and are projected to continue scaling upwards.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Kansas City Wednesday Movie Overnight

For late night denizens of the discourse we share Kansas City movies that offer a glimpse at local life, politics and municipal events during the pandemic.

Hyping Mayor Q's COVID Curfew Discount

City Hall's top politico has been enduring harsh criticism for his strict effort to regulate local biz as pandemic numbers worsen. 

Accordingly, here's public radio sharing spin on a modest proposal which hopes to diffuse a great deal of local service industry anger directed toward 12th & Oak.

Read more . . .

'Scrappy' Small Business Owner Says $400 Break From Kansas City Is 'A Ray of Sunshine'

Like many small business owners, it's been a tough year for An Zebler, the sole employee of YUM, a boutique bakery in mid-town Kansas City. In addition to trying to stay afloat amid the pandemic, Zebler is a COVID-19 long hauler, battling the long-term effects of the virus.

KCTV5 Shares Murder Pr0n

Late night not so nice news from this local broadcaster focuses on the gory deets on this old school crime and a rescheduled federal death sentence for a lady who won't be saved by American politics in transition. 

Check-it . . .

Looking into the mind of a killer

SKIDMORE, MO (KCTV) - There's no question it was a horrific murder. Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a young pregnant woman was strangled, and her unborn child was cut from her womb. There's no question that Lisa Marie Montgomery is the killer. She's admitted it.

Kansas City Turkey Day Drinking 2020

Boozy celebration was ruined this year and that's probably for the best. 

Still, we share a triple shot of pandemic bar talk to late night readers:

KCTV5: COVID-19 health regulations collide with the biggest drinking night of the year

KSHB: KC bar owners upset with establishments violating COVID-19 restrictions

Fox4: 'We haven't seen any stop to it': Deadly crashes, fueled by speed and alcohol, rise in KC area amid pandemic

Moreover . . .

Midtown residents might notice a few more po-po on the street overnight given that holiday boozing is a proud Kansas City tradition.


And be careful.

Kansas City Star Celebrates Rising Star Young Lady Who Lambasted Po-Po

We don't expect that the fact checkers at Teen Vogue are very diligent but this 25-year-old blogger is highly skeptical that a controversial local activist is being honest about her age . . . Not that it's important either way given that gullible white ladies are still likely to fill her Venmo with no questions asked in order to assuage their culpability in helping Gwyneth Paltrow sell nasty candles

Here's what passes for dead-tree media "news" that's safely hidden behind the paywall . . . The link tease is good enough . . . 

KC activist KJ Brooks named Teen Vogue's 21 Under 21 after viral video criticizing police

A Kansas City activist who went viral in a video at a Board of Police Commissioners meeting is getting national recognition. Keiajah Brooks, 20, was deemed "the Justice Watcher" on Teen Vogue's list of "21 Under 21," released Tuesday. The group of young women includes organizers and activists who are demanding change and fighting against injustice.

Kansas Guv Kelly Sends Turkey Day Warning

Politicos across the nation are putting constituents on notice for this potential American super spreader event and the word from Kansas is exceptionally distressing. 

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Gov. Kelly urges state to 'hunker down' amid virus surge

MISSION, Kan. (AP) - Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly warned residents Wednesday not to let down their guard during Thanksgiving Day celebrations as coronavirus cases soar and hospitals overflow. The number of confirmed and probable case cases rose by 5,738 from Monday to 147,797, bringing the daily average to 2,743 over the past week.

Missouri Toilet Water Seyz Ur Sick

Quick peek at more public health surveillance and a reminder that suffering from the pandemic amid the current surge is really just a crap shoot. 

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Testing of wastewater shows dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in Missouri

( - Missouri epidemiologists have been testing wastewater while test results show a state flushed with coronavirus cases. "We're learning new things about it every month," says Jeff Wenzel. News 4 found the state has been detecting coronavirus volumes in wastewater since May. The samples are provided by MSD from their seven wastewater treatment plants across St.


The quotient of historic local violence temporarily slowed down over the past week but now looks like it's picking up again . . . Just in time for a desperate holiday season as record unemployment persists and everyone waits impatiently for their stimulus check.

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"Kansas City police were called to an apartment complex located on Monroe Avenue just north of East 67th Street for a shots fired call. When they arrived at the location, they located a deceased adult male."

Again, Compare 165 murders to far in 2020 to only 137 at this time last year for an overall murder increase of 20.44% YTD.

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KMBC: KCPD investigates homicide Tuesday in 6600 block of Monroe Avenue

KCTV5: KC police investigating homicide Wednesday evening

KSHB: 1 shot to death on Monroe Avenue in Kansas City

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Kansas Keep Waiting For Payout

Unemployment insurance proved unreliable for THOUSANDS of Sunflower State denizens during the pandemic and now officials are hoping to catch up amid the "dark days" of Winter 2020. 

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Kansas Labor Department working through a backlog of roughly 32,000 claims

The Kansas Department of Labor continues to receive complaints about missing payments and long hold times as it works through a backlog of roughly 32,000 claims for various unemployment benefits.Jason Croft lives in Durham, Kansas.