Tuesday, September 29, 2020

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY CRIME PREVENTION PLAN CUTS POLICE AMID WORSENING COVID-19 BUDGET CRISIS!!!

The pandemic has forced Mayor Quinton Lucas to choose his priorities and maintaining the police budget isn't one of them. To be fair, despite pleading from neighborhoods for more cops, KCPD indulged in buying new tech toys with their MASSIVE budget that's now at risk. 

It gets worse . . . Given longtime local voting history, MAGA conservatives from the police union make HORRIBLE spokesmen for continued funding of desperately needed community policing given their documented animosity for the widely held progressive political values of the community which they're supposed to serve.

Accordingly, and just as we predicted . . . 

CORONAVIRUS DEVASTATION OF THE KANSAS CITY  BUDGET FACILITATES DE FACTO "DEFUND THE POLICE" POLICY!!!

Argue semantics with somebody paid to push a party line because the (bad) joke here is that there's no cash for ANYBODY until the federal government starts printing more money despite diminishing returns. Meanwhile, the police budget is still going to take an EPIC hit with 400 JOBS AT RISK despite double talk about supporting law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement at the same time. 

Example . . .

Check the money tweet from Mayor Lucas that doesn't skimp on highlighting ongoing diversity efforts for police:

"I do not believe in cutting staff or closing stations. I also believe we need new recruit classes, many of which reflect our city. I hope all can work together on administrative adjustments that can help address our budget challenges but still keep our residents safe."

Sadly, 145 murders so far this year proves that a great many residents in Kansas City aren't safe and the upcoming politically charged slap fight betwixt the mayor & police isn't going to improve the deadly crisis underway. 

Check the links:

KSHB: Mayor Lucas previews new crime prevention plan for KCMO

KCMO: KCPD budget-cut proposal met with skepticism

You decide . . .

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB PATRICK MAHOMES & FIANCÉE BRITTANY MATTHEWS REVEAL BUN IN THE OVEN!!!

In a newsflash that comes as a shock to NOBODY . . . Kansas City's most celebrated footballer reminds us that dudes with a contract worth HALF-BILLION BUCKS don't have to waste time waiting around.

Check the refreshing slap in the face to traditional values that nobody believes anyhoo . . . 

Fox4: Patrick Mahomes and fiancée Brittany Matthews announce they're having a baby

Deets:

"Matthews posted the big news on her Instagram account Tuesday afternoon, captioning the post: “Mom & Dad, taking a small detour to the wedding.” The two are holding an ultrasound image of their soon-to-be bundle of joy! Matthews didn’t share any news of when they baby is due . . ."

A more joyful declaration: Snarky bastards in the TKC comments were absolutely correct in their prediction on this topic. 

Developing . . .

Kansas City Officials Plead With Locals: Fill Out Census Or Risk Losing Cash

Credit to KCTV5 for finally writing a report that puts the local government efforts in perspective without all of the flowery euphemisms about locals "counting" for something other than more federal funding. 

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How important is the census, really? KC didn't qualify for COVID relief money because of undercounting

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The last day to respond to the census is next Monday (Oct. 5), but the census is not just a count of how many people live in the United States. It's a guide for how to allocate federal resources, and Kansas City almost missed out on some much-needed COVID-19 relief.

KCMO Claps Back Against Operation Legend

Stats from authorities took center stage as the law enforcement transitions into a new phase . . . Now locals share their opinions on the crackdown impact.

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Residents question claims of Operation LeGend's success as KC homicides climb

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Monday afternoon, officials said after about 60 days with federal agents in Kansas City, crime is trending down and Operation Breakthrough made major strides. But not all residents believe there's been much of an impact. Mayor Quinton Lucas, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tim Garrison and KCPD [...]

Clay Chastain Challenges Jason Kander's Tweet Attack Against Prez Trump

This one is just for our blog community and offers a word from this town's prolific petitioner regarding a VIRAL TWEET sent by way of a former KCMO mayoral candidate and current nationwide Democratic political activist.

Here's the word . . .

Chastain challenges Jason Kander's cruel baseless attack on President Trump

President Trump has outshined democrats. He has outshined progressives. He has outshined Biden.

Jason Kander and his fellow liberals cannot outshine President Donald Trump and his successful policies and accomplishments for America, so they attack other things about him as they try to make the upcoming Presidential election a personality contest.

"Now they seek to demonize Trump for not paying more in federal taxes. If Trump's tax attorney did something illegal on his behalf then that would be an issue. If Trump is merely taking advantage of tax law that Joe Biden did not seek to change in 47-years in office, then it's Biden's issue."

I have suffered the same fate in Kansas City. City Hall and the Star cannot out shine my ideas and accomplishments (saving Union Station, winning a light rail election, and saving the petition process) so they form a tag team and pronounce... I threatened the mayor, I have mental issues, I don't primarily reside in Kansas City and my ideas are "unworkable".

Everyday, whether you like him or not, Trump (and his family) go to work to improve America . . . President Trump is also out shining Jason Pander.

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CDC CANCELLED THANKSGIVING!!!

This afternoon public health note applies to the entire nation as officials imagine that Americans have the patience to make a Zoom call during dinner. Sadly, this time around political debates betwixt family members won't be possible amid the ongoing pandemic. And, of course, all of this depends on who wins.

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CDC recommends virtual Thanksgiving as pandemic drags on

News World Americas And whatever you do, don't go for a last-minute dash to the store on Thanksgiving Day Add Thanksgiving to the growing list of things that will be happening over Zoom this year. As families across the US prepare for holiday season, the CDC has released a guidance for how to celebrate the holiday without spreading the virus.

Rep. Sharice Davids Vs. Amanda Adkins According To Progressive Kansas City Media

If it was a KCMO vote, the contest wouldn't be close . . . However, this contest is the best indication of how "blue" this district has flipped in the past two years.

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At A Glance: Where Kansas' 3rd Congressional District Candidates Stand On The Major Issues

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and former Cerner executive Amanda Adkins, a Republican, have sharp differences in their vision for how best to represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District. If you live in Johnson, Wyandotte or part of Miami County, read on to find out where Davids and Adkins stand on major issues facing the United States and Kansas.

Show-Me Tuesday Nasty Amish Mugshot

Local reporting hits the national stage amid disgusting allegations, hair don'ts, and, for once, the denizens of our blog community have their suspicions regarding the Amish confirmed.

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Missouri Amish brothers break 5-year probation agreement on child molestation charges

Outrage erupted in Missouri after two Amish brothers earlier this month were give just five years of probation in a plea agreement after allegedly admitting to child molestation of their underage relative. Aaron C.M. Schwartz, 22, and Petie C.M.

KCK Deadly Tuesday Shooting In Argentine

The Kansas City metro epidemic of violence and murder persists this week. The tragedy occurs in a working-class but not entirely awful neighborhood.

Deets:

"Kansas City, Kansas Police are investigating a homicide Tuesday in the city’s Argentine neighborhood. Police said the call came out just before 11:30 a.m. near S. 24th and Silver Ct., just north of Metropolitan Ave."

Check the links:

Fox4: KCK police investigating after man found shot and killed inside Argentine apartment

KMBC: KCK police investigating homicide in 2200 block of Silver Court

KSHB: Officers were still at the scene two hours later.

KCTV5: KCK police called to report of homicide Tuesday afternoon

Developing . . .

Kansas GOP Family Drama Exposed Just In Time For Campaign 2020

Here's a bit of afternoon "journalism" that informs our political discourse . . . We could pretend that this perfectly-timed dirty laundry published right before the election isn't aimed at swaying voters . . . OR we could get even more disheartened by realizing that it probably won't work given that red state voters have been increasingly hard to budge in 2020.

Here's the story that doesn't speak to policy or impact the lives of the electorate BUT does provides a preview of how nasty November is going to get . . . Read more:

MO Republican House candidate Rick Roeber's adult children claim he abused them

Two adult children of Rick Roeber, a candidate for the 34th District House seat in Missouri, say he abused them when they were young . . . Roeber has denied all allegations of abuse, but Anastasia and Samson Roeber shared instances of abuse . . .

Show-Me Numbers Game: Kansas City Disputes Missouri COVID-19 Low Ball Count

NEWSFLASH: The numbers have been hopelessly politicized and the plebs don't know exactly who to trust as people as people are still (and always have been) getting sick and dying. 

Show-Me news reality check regarding Missouri public health: Hospitalizations up 286% in outstate Missouri since June

Sadly, today's newspaper report hidden behind the paywall doesn't provide any help. And so we post the link tease merely to entertain our blog community and remind locals to wash their hands and whatever other body part gets dirty.

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Missouri's COVID-19 data not 'accurate depiction' for Kansas City, local officials say

The number of COVID-19 cases reported for Kansas City on the state of Missouri's new dashboard is not an accurate depiction of the local coronavirus situation, officials say. Gov. Mike Parson announced the release of the new website Monday.

Kansas Bars Stay Winning COVID-19 Rules

Quick bit of guidance from a White House task force politely ignores pandemic precautions for people doing liver damage late night and on the weekends.

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White House reports urge Kansas to up testing, ignores bars

Higher testing and increased compliance with mask wearing guidance are the top pieces of advice the White House Coronavirus Task Force has for Kansas, according to two reports obtained and published by the Center for Public Integrity.The reports are part of weekly guidance submitted by the federal panel to the state for review, alongside a data analysis of COVID-19 infection and testing in the stateIn other states, including Missouri, leaders have resisted the taskforce's repeated

Kansas City Tuesday News Hike

Right now 24-year-old hottie and celeb spawn Ireland inspires this peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines as we bounce back into the news day.

Take a look:


Kansas City Jobs Coming Soon

FedEx Ground will hire 300 for in Kansas City's Northland Park

by: FOX 4 Newsroom Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - FedEx Ground will begin operations next month out of a new 548,500-square-foot large package distribution center within Kansas City's Northland Park. The new distribution center at 4029 N. Pleasant Ave.


Head Check In The Dotte

KCK Public Schools provides teachers with mental health support

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools officials instituted a 24-hour care line to offer mental health support to students and staff. The care line is one of several efforts under way to help employees throughout the coronavirus pandemic. KCKPS Director of Student Services Lisa M.


Kansas City Voter Win Today

Hundreds line up for Chiefs voter registration and food giveaway at Truman Sports Complex

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thousands of people are getting free food and registering to vote at a special event organized by the Kansas City Chiefs and several community groups. The Chiefs have placed a priority on voter registration efforts. The team wants to make sure as many people as possible exercise their right to vote.


Hottie Hygiene Promo Debuts

Ireland Baldwin Hikes Up Dress By Highway For Tampon Reveal

It's worth remembering that comments on Ireland's Instagram can very much go either way. The model, this summer slammed for her green tea-reccing "period bloat" rant, was, however, supported by her followers here. A fan calling the post "awesome" said that "these kind of ads make me actually want to but the products."


Yet Another Debate Preview

Biden and Trump prepare for a debate that could turn personal

Inside the map room of the White House, a small group of advisers sat around a table and peppered the President with accusations and criticisms about everything from lying to incompetence. The team, led by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was getting Donald Trump prepared for the onslaught they expect from Joe Biden on the debate stage Tuesday night.


Democratic Party Plays Hide & Seek With Newsies

Kamala Harris doesn't take questions after speech ripping Trump's Supreme Court push

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris faced renewed scrutiny for her lack of press availability on Monday after she abruptly exited the stage after a speech in North Carolina in which she criticized President Trump's bid to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election.


More Cash Coming Soon?!?!

Democrats' revised stimulus bill pushes for $600 in extra weekly unemployment through January

Democrats are continuing their push to restore $600 a week in enhanced unemployment benefits, under a revised legislative proposal intended to juice the pandemic-challenged economy. The modified $2.2 trillion HEROES Act - a $3 trillion version cleared the Democrat-controlled House in May - was unveiled Monday.


OLD SCHOOL RULES!!!

Trump, Biden Are Potential 'Super Agers' Whose Age Is 'Not Relevant' To Election, Study Finds

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are likely to stay in good health for the duration of the next presidential term and may be "super agers" who will significantly outlive other men their age, a new study projects, undercutting criticisms about the septuagenarians' age and mental fitness that have plagued both candidates on the campaign trail.


Tech Car Commercial Imagines Mars Survival Mission

Elon Musk says humans need to move to Mars as Sun will one day engulf Earth

ELON Musk has reiterated his call for humanity to become an "interplanetary species" in order to save itself from extinction. The billionaire, who founded US rocket firm SpaceX, was a guest on the podcast " Sway" on Monday, where he warned that mankind must populate Mars to avoid the destruction of Earth as it is engulfed by the Sun.


Po-Po Fights Rising Beat Downs Amid Coronavirus

Rose Brooks, KCPD and court system teaming up to assist victims of domestic violence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rose Brooks is teaming up with law enforcement and the court system to create change, the new plan to help domestic violence victims was launched on Monday. The plan was developed over the past three years thanks to a grant from the city.


Midday Sweet Review

Celeste Gant dishes on her life and upcoming cupcake flavors at KC Cupcake Co. in KCK

Celeste Gant at KC Cupcake Co. // Photo courtesy of Celeste. The owner and founder of Kansas City Cupcake Co. Cafe in downtown Kansas City Kansas, Celeste Gant knows a thing or two about sweet treats. Celeste tells about her experience owning a small business and when she learned to start baking.


Kansas City Pumpkin Spice Weather Forecast Redux

Your Storm Track 5 Daily Forecast

Calmer and cooler weather for your Chiefs Monday. High temperatures today will stay in the middle 60s with a 20% chance for an isolated, light shower this evening.

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

TKC WARNING: DO NOT HOOK UP BEFORE THE COVID-19 HOLIDAYS!!!

Public service message here from a dude who has successfully avoided the American transactional marriage institution and lives relatively happily in his mom's basement . . . October is a dangerous time for single-dudes as many lovelorn locals are on the prowl for a partner during this time when marketers target couples to boost corporate profits.

Credit to this college lady note that actually understands and advises against the trend that will be even worse this year . . .

If You Don't Know, it's a No.

With "cuffing season" quickly approaching - along with the cooler weather, spooky season, etc. - it's likely many of us are trying to find a special someone to spend the season with. While getting to know someone that you're interested in, it's normal to have your doubts here and there.

Kansas City Coffee Shops Serve Democracy

Posted only because most of these local places are going broke and desperately looking for some way to lure customers back . . . Check this volunteer note which imagines that people STILL paying 5 bucks for barista attitude haven't yet made up their minds about election 2020.

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Kansas City Voters Can Get Their Ballots Notarized at Several Local Coffee Shops, Breweries and Cafés

Curbside KC is bringing its curbside model to the ballot box. The website, which Open Belly founder Danielle Lehman launched earlier this year to help highlight local restaurants and bars pivoting to carryout service amid COVID-19, has launched a new initiative aimed at helping local voters get their mail-in ballots notarized.

Kansas City Chicano History Remembered

By today's standards "walkout" activism is quaint and speaks to a moment in history when people actually believed in the promise of equality. Accordingly, here's a quick but worthwhile write-up that recalls the glory days of the civil rights movement before the nation delved into the muck of partisan identity politics and racially charged power struggles.

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Learn Kansas City's Place in Chicano History

On Sept. 16, 1969, a small group of Chicano students at Kansas City's now-closed West High School marched off campus to advocate for civil liberties. As the sounds of mariachi played, they marched toward the Chicano Cultural Center.

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE NEAR COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA HAILS EPIC CHIEFS WIN!!!

The Kansas City Chiefs distracted this town from its troubles last night but the escape was short-lived for patrons of this town's most embattled entertainment district.  

To wit . . . 

CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE BROKE OUT NEAR THE COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA AND STARTLED BAR PATRONS WATCHING THE GAME!!!

Sadly, it's a stretch to claim that bullets flying by are "terrifying" given that this is KCMO and shooting scenes are now commonplace amid a historically violent 2020. 

Special thanks to KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS who sent us notes on the scare after the game and inspired the write-up that's a bit more pertinent to local life than the outcome of the basketball football game.  

The basics . . . The sound of gunfire echoed through the west part of the Plaza in the final moments of the EPIC win and startled a few bar patrons and neighbors. Suspect & car info was reported and drinking continued for a couple more hours as the game night crowd was DRASTICALLY diminished thanks to Kansas City coronavirus crackdown rules and the pandemic economy that's even more rigged than pro-sports.

To be fair, here's a collection of our favorite fanboy football news links:

NFL Power Rankings: The Chiefs are No. 1, and everyone else is miles behind them

UST: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs prove they're in separate class from Ravens, rest of NFL

Arrowhead Pride: Seven winners and three losers from the Chiefs’ domination of the Ravens

Arrowhead Addict: The Kansas City Chiefs own the Baltimore Ravens

Mahomes' mom to MNF football announcers: Call my son Patrick

DKN: Eric Fisher scores big man touchdown, leads hot potato celebration

KC Kingdom: Chiefs get the best of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens once again

Developing . . .

Kansas City Tuesday Early Morning News

They call hottie Angela White the "Meryl Streep of pr0n" and right now she inspires this peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

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Kansas City Super Voter Tuesday Debuts

Voter registration event set for Tuesday at Truman Sports Complex

A voter registration event will be held Tuesday at the Truman Sports Complex hosted by the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and United Way of Greater Kansas CityThe drive-thru event, which goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will allow anyone from Missouri or Kansas to register to vote in time for the Nov.


Golden Ghetto Tech Trouble Endangers Student

Parent angered after third grader ends up in adult chat room on district-issued device

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. - A parent in the Shawnee Mission School District is questioning the district's filtering program on devices given to students. Traci Higbee said her third grade son, Logan, somehow ended up in an adult chat room on his district-issued device while doing virtual learning last week.


Kansas City Crime Drama

'Fargo' peers into underworld of 1950 Kansas City + Demo Day

The fourth season of Noah Hawley's offbeat crime anthology series is set in the criminal underworld of 1950 Kansas City. Comedian Chris Rock takes a dramatic turn to play a crime boss who challenges the white establishment and the remnants of the city's Jewish, Irish and Italian gangs.


Sex Advice Informs 2nd Wave

Quarantined porn stars admit to 'lots of masturbating' in coronavirus lockdown

Porn stars have united to urge people to practise social distancing in a YouTube video where they also shared what they have been getting up to during lockdown. In a clip shared by Adult Time, the all-star cast tell fans how they are coping with home quarantine and advise people to prioritise safety during the growing coronavirus pandemic.


Merch Against MAGA

Biden campaign quickly capitalizes on Trump taxes report with T-shirts, buttons and stickers

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign didn't waste any time to quickly spotlight a viral report from the New York Times on President Trump 's taxes. The report - which Trump labeled "fake news" - details how the president didn't pay federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years.


Stimulus Downgraded

House Democrats Introduce Scaled-Back Coronavirus Aid Package

subscribe to The NPR Politics Podcast podcast House Democrats have released a $2.2 trillion coronavirus response package as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attempt to revive long-stalled aid negotiations.


Debate Night Prep

Trump, Biden prepare to debate at a time of mounting crises

CLEVELAND (AP) - In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult.


COVID-19 Kills One Million

Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 1 million people

More than one million people across the globe have now died of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. The toll comes about nine months after the illness was first detected in Wuhan, China. The first death linked to coronavirus in China was reported on Jan.


Count Stopped Cold

Census Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order

The Census Bureau announced on Monday that it intends to wrap up its count on Oct. 5, despite a judge's order to continue the census through the end of October. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Wilbur Louis Ross Trump admin asks Supreme Court to fast-track excluding people in U.S.


Celebrating Taco Tuesday

KCK Taco Trail launching just in time for National Taco Day

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - If you want some authentic tacos, look no further than Kansas City, Kansas. The KCK Convention and Visitor's Bureau has created the KCK Taco Trail as a way to highlight the city's authentic Mexican and Central American cuisine. The KCK Taco Trail features a passport to the city's more than 50 [...]


Kansas City Fashionistas Dress Up For Fall

Support local boutiques at the Second Kansas City Virtual Fashion Show

Models from Kansas City Virtual Fashion Week In April, Kansas City showed up to support local boutiques at the first Quarantine Fashion Show-a Zoom event where eight local boutiques showed off their collections in a virtual fashion show. Now, they're back for round two.


Autumn Arrives In KC

Tuesday will be mostly sunny, high near 66

Hide Transcript Show Transcript TO CLEAR SKIES. FIRST ALERT HOUR-BY-HOUR FORECAST. 62 BY 6:00. 58 BY 8:00. 9:00, 56 AND DROPPING. LOW TEMPERATURES BY TOMORROW MORNING IN THE 40'S. 44 IN KANSAS CITY. 44 IN OLATHE AND GARDNER. 43 IN CLINTON. UP TOWARD SEDALIA, 43. EVERYBODY IN THE LOWER 40'S.

Melanie Martinez - The Bakery is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Baltimore Ravens Monday Night Open Thread

Two Democratic Party towns battle for football supremacy in this nice distraction from politics, the pandemic and cable news chatter.

FORMER KANSAS CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE JASON KANDER PENS VIRAL TWEET ATTACKING 'BROKE' PREZ TRUMP!!!

Prez Trump tax talk still dominates headlines today.

Here's the local angle from one of this town's most popular politicos on the national Democratic Party level . . .

Check the one liner that has met with nationwide acclaim from this politico backed by DNC power players . . .

You decide . . .

Kansas City Police Body Cameras Delayed

Local statements from authorities are pure spin . . . After social justice during the Summer, local media quickly announced police body cameras that would be up and running by October with help from authorities. Now that date has been pushed back. Again.

Take a look:

KCPD expected to have body cameras by end of 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Missouri Police Department is expected to have body cameras by the end of 2020. The DeBruce Foundation announced on June 3 that it was donating the money to purchase body-worn cameras for KCPD officers, in cooperation with the Police Foundation of Kansas City.

Bike/Walk KC Creates More Street Confusion

A look at the horrible and likely unsafe designs from this group of prolific activists who are infamous for endangering Kansas City neighborhoods in the name of Bike Supremacy.

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How to use the two-stage turn box on the Gillham Road cycletrack

A safe and easy way to exit the cycletrack while it's still under construction.

Johnson County Tags Obscure Negro Creek

Here's a glimpse at golden ghetto social justice activists searching far and wide to find something to be offended over.

Check the language update:

Hundreds pushing to change name of Johnson County creek that some consider offensive

OLATHE, Kan. - Some consider the name of a creek in Johnson County offensive. It's known as Negro Creek and now there's a push to change the name. There are over 400 signatures on a change.org petition. People are commenting and saying the name is very offensive and needs to repurposed to something more meaningful.

Kansas City Operation LeGend Shares Crime Crackdown Numbers Amid New Phase

This afternoon authorities called upon MSM to talk about a controversial law enforcement effort that is now in transition. 

The federal initiative was named after a Kansas City youngster who was shot dead in his sleep. Protesters initially denounced the local effort but LeGend's mom was an outspoken defender of investigators who charged a suspect in her son's killing. 

As a deadly Summer dragged on, there was growing local skepticism given the record pace of KCMO homicides. Last week a 1-year-old boy was slaughtered in a hail of gunfire and shortly thereafter news outlets noted that most of the federal agents have already departed KCMO.

Now, Kansas City stands only 8 homicides from an all-time murder record.

Here is the statement and more info from authorities regarding this undertaking:

Operation LeGend Results in Over 500 Arrests, Including 37 Murder Suspects, Officers Seized 176 Firearms

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison, at a joint press conference with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, announced today that 518 arrests have been made by local and federal law enforcement officers in Operation LeGend.

“On behalf of the team of federal law enforcement agencies involved in this groundbreaking initiative, I made certain promises when Operation LeGend was launched,” Garrison said. “Those promises have been kept. The FBI, the ATF, the DEA, and the U.S. Marshals Service worked collaboratively and effectively with the Kansas City Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to accomplish the objectives of Operation LeGend. We created a model for others to follow. Our success in Kansas City is now being duplicated in eight more cities across the nation.”

Promises Made, Promises Kept

“We promised that Operation LeGend would be a short-term, high-impact strategy to freeze the escalation of violent crime and respond to the record number of homicides in Kansas City this year,” Garrison said. “That promise was kept. Operation LeGend has had a significant impact on violent crime in Kansas City, and those efforts will continue.”

During the 10 weeks from the announcement of Operation LeGend on July 8 through Sept. 16, homicides in Kansas City were down 22 percent, non-fatal shootings were down 24 percent, and aggravated assaults were down 44 percent, as compared to the 10 weeks before July 8.

“We promised that federal agents would work alongside local law enforcement, in a supportive role to provide additional support and assistance,” Garrison said. “That promise was kept, and in the process, valuable lessons were gained for how to confront violent crime.”

For example, the FBI has doubled the number of agents working violent crime cases and embedded agents with the Kansas City Police Department’s violent crime unit. The ATF has added a new unit that is permanently embedded with Kansas City’s assault squad. Intelligence has been gained and shared among law enforcement agencies to improve future investigations. “These strategies for collaborating with local law enforcement have been successful, and will continue,” Garrison said.

“We promised there would be no storm troopers patrolling the streets of Kansas City, no interference with the civil rights of protesters engaged in public demonstrations,” Garrison said. “Despite accusations of a federal occupation, we have worked cooperatively with both local law enforcement and local community leaders. None of those dire predictions from our critics came to pass.”

“I’ve also said, from the start of Operation LeGend, that law enforcement would not be the sole solution to violent crime,” Garrison added. “Violence is a community issue, and requires a community-wide response.”

“I hope that by keeping the promises we made, by doing what we said we would do, we’ve established a level of trust and credibility that will continue to bear fruit,” Garrison said.

Among those arrested since the launch of Operation LeGend, 126 are federal defendants in the Western District of Missouri (with additional federal cases referred to U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Kansas and Texas). Among the remaining arrests, 37 were homicide cases. In addition to the arrests, agents and officers have seized 176 firearms, large quantities of illegal drugs, and several stolen vehicles during Operation LeGend.

Among the homicide arrests made under Operation LeGend was the defendant charged in state court with murder of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, in whose memory the operation was named.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office does not track cases that are referred for prosecution in state court or in other districts. Defendants have been charged in the Western District of Missouri with the following federal crimes:

- 70 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses;

- 45 defendants have been charged with drug trafficking offenses;

- 11 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Operation LeGend

"Operation LeGend is a federal partnership with local law enforcement to address the increase in homicides and violent crime in Kansas City, Mo., in 2020. The operation honors the memory of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, one of the youngest fatalities during a record-breaking year of homicides and shootings. Additional federal agents were assigned to the operation from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service."

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Here's local news follow-up . . .

Check the links:

KSHB: Operation LeGend transitions to ‘new phase’ in Kansas City

KMBC: The operation led to a drop in crime during a 10-week period from July to mid-September

KCUR: Federal Agents Have Left Kansas City, But Officials Say Anti-Crime Operation LeGend Continues

Developing . . .

Coronavirus Killed Kansas City Retail

Actually, we should also blame Amazon, riots, looters, garbage chain restaurants like Applebee's, systemic American wealth disparity and China. However, a conversation sparked by the plague mentions more a few of these trends as well . . . Only in a much nicer fashion.

Checkit:

Webinar: Greater Kansas City Retail Outlook: How is the Greater Kansas City Area Retail Sector Responding to COVID-19?

The "Greater Kansas City Retail Outlook: How is the Greater Kansas City Area Retail Sector Responding to COVID-19?" webinar, hosted by Shopping Center Business and Heartland Real Estate Business, covers the impacts of COVID-19 and what panelists expect for the rest of 2020.

Meth Town B-Day Party Ruined By Standoff

Here's glimpse at an education in rising local desperation and confrontation with law enforcement becoming part of everyday life. Thankfully, the lesson is easier to understand with cake & ice cream.

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Neighbor recounts hostage standoff as he set up son's birthday party in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A disturbance call turned into a police standoff when a suspect pulled a gun on police. Officers responded to a disturbance call on Kendall Drive, according to a statement from the Independence Police Department. An armed adult female barricaded herself and a hostage inside the home.

Jackson County Gives Kansas City Public Schools ONE MILLION BUCKS Whilst Bigger School Districts Stay Losing Cares Act Cash

The KCPS is one of the smaller districts in the Kansas City metro. HOWEVER, the Exec announces that desperately needed school funding was awarded whilst considering "poverty" of the district in Jackson County.

Now that our blog community has pointed out this not-so-fun fact FIRST for local newsies . . . We expect to hear some rather serious questions from educators representing bigger districts that might feel short-changed.

Now, here's the word from the courthouse . . .

Jackson County Executive announces passage of $5 million equity-based school funding plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. is excited to announce the County Legislature’s unanimous approval of his equity-based K-12 public school funding plan. The plan, Ordinance 5398, provides $5,000,000 of the federal CARES Act funds received by Jackson County be distributed to K-12 public school districts within Jackson County to assist with their reopening needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The members of our Legislature have been very diligent and responsible with every single dollar the County received from the federal government to combat the unforeseen, devastating impacts of the coronavirus,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “Their support of this plan ensures teachers and staff have access to the resources they need to provide a quality education to our children no matter where they live. Jackson County is committed to serving our community during this critical time of need and I’d like to commend the Legislature for their valuable role in getting this important work done.”

The funding approved today allocates money to the public school districts based on enrollment and poverty and would allow each district significant flexibility in determining how the funds are used.

 Examples include but are not limited to, enhanced wireless internet services, improved education technology, mental health services, COVID-19 testing and nutrition programs.

On March 27, Congress passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established a new $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for state, county and municipal governments with populations of over 500,000 people to address necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Accordingly, Jackson County received $122,669,998.30, which may only be used to cover costs that:

1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); and
2. Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act); and
3. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

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Coronavirus Shuts Down KCK School HQ

The reality of the virus hits home for these public school administrators as the Kansas City metro school pandemic re-opening confronts continued hardship and risk of the plague spreading.

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KCK School District Headquarters closed due to positive COVID-19 tests

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - The Kansas City, Kansas School District Headquarters is closed due to multiple employees testing positive for the coronavirus. About 60 employees who have been working in the building, located at 2010 North 59th Street, are now doing their jobs from home after four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Show-Me Coronavirus Hitting Rural Missouri

The Guv and his wife have the virus and now more red state voters are becoming sick whilst coping with the pandemic that is the subject of continued political debate as hospitalizations and deaths mount.

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Outside Of St. Louis And Kansas City, Coronavirus Cases Rise In Missouri

The St. Louis region has seen ups and downs recently in its coronavirus case numbers, but elsewhere in the state the number of cases is rising quickly. Nine counties in Missouri have had case counts increase by more than 20% last week, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Kansas Confronts More COVID & Less Cash

The pandemic has killed people, events and the economy. Here's a look at the worsening financial situation for the local economy as tragic numbers continue rise . . .

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Kansas has another COVID-19 spike; counties worry about aid

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had 2,037 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases since Friday, an increase of 3.6% to make the total 58,629 since the pandemic reached the state in early March.

TKC MUST SEE!!! DUDE FIGHTS WITH WOMAN IN THE STREET AMID KANSAS CITY PREZ TRUMP PARADE!!!

More video emerges of a shameful scuffle during an otherwise peaceful and MASSIVE Kansas City event over the weekend.

To be fair, there's a lot of things we could talk about regarding this parade . . .

- The event demonstrated a great deal of voter excitement for the incumbent. Where's the Biden/Harris parade???

- The parade angered a great many locals who wanted politicos to require permits. Actually, there was more outrage over this than that 1-year-old getting gunned down in a hail of gunfire this week.

- In a rare bit of political honesty, the parade actually lived up to the hype with THOUSANDS of participants as promised. Most of the attendees were from JoCo & local rural areas and don't represent KCMO voters . . . But still. 

Nevertheless, this blog must focus on the most captivating aspect of the festivities . . . 

CHECK SOME FAKE TOUGH GUY FIGHTING WITH A WOMAN IN THE STREET DURING THE PREZ TRUMP PARADE!!!

Now, normally we eschew fight clips but the political angle is too great to resist and the "fight" is really more of a scuffle. Police were on the scene and seemed to have arrested everybody in order to keep order and restore calm on this always "vibrant" corner of KCMO. 

Here's one side of the story:

"Tensions boiled over in Kansas City on Saturday (September 26th) during a car parade in support of US President Donald Trump. At one point, a woman protesting against the parade broke a flag off one of the vehicles and a scuffle broke out between her and some Trump supporters. Police had to intervene. Later, police were seen arresting at least one protester."

Check the link . . .

LiveLeak: Scuffles and arrests at Trump parade in Kansas City

You decide . . .

Kansas City Activists Continue Demands For Mayor Quinton Lucas To Help Fire KCPD Chief Smith & Push Local Police Control

We've previously noted that so-called "local control" was killed mostly by way of Council dude Eric Bunch double talking his BLM allies. Now, once again, activists call out the mayor with the help of public radio:

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Kansas City Mayor Lucas Says He's Passed 'Radical' Criminal Justice Reform, Some Say 'It's Not Enough'

Protesters gathered at Kansas City police headquarters and City Hall after the grand jury decision not to charge Louisville police with the killing of Breonna Taylor. The group of about one hundred protesters chanted Taylor's name, called for Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith to be fired, and renewed demands to abolish the police.

Show-Me Senator Hawley Standing Against Supreme Catholic Questions

Quick peek at concerns over the domination of one organized religion in this ruling body.

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AP: If Barrett joins, Supreme Court would have six Catholics

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Hawley warns Schumer not to criticize Barrett over religion during SCOTUS hearing

After President Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., asking Democrats to avoid attacks on her beliefs in Jesus Christ and Catholicism, during the confirmation process.

TKC MUST SEE!!! MONDAY MUGSHOT: PARKVILLE MAYOR NAN JOHNSTON DWI!!!

Check follow-up coverage after ever Kansas City newsie was busy waiting for the po-po to release this photo and share this moment of "shame" with the public.  Again, amid coronavirus the Western world has increasingly hit the sauce and, of course, this lady is innocent until proven guilty.

Restorative justice: She looks pretty good considering the circumstances. 

More importantly . . .

Let's not forget that she's in the midst of a political battle with some of the more cranky denizens of her community who make living in Parkville just as much of a drag as anywhere else.

Check the links:

KMBC: Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston arrested for DWI, sheriff’s office says

KCT5: Parkville mayor arrested in drunk driving incident

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Gunfire & Suspect On The Loose In Lenexa

Golden Ghetto and a morning scare in this middle-class enclave that's confronting rising crime like the rest of this town.

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Police say suspect shot at them, ran away in Lenexa neighborhood

LENEXA, Kan. - Police have closed off several residential streets along a significant road as they search for someone they say shot at them early this morning. The incident happened at in the 8900 block of Haskins Street. Police said they found a suspect standing outside of a stolen car at about 1:50 a.m.

Kansas City Star Charges For Murder Pr0n

No solutions, no questions for local politicos and no plan . . . Here's raw documentation that isn't really journalism but just another index behind a paywall.

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Kansas City metro records 211 homicides in 2020. Here are the details of each killing.

Here is a list of the homicides reported this year in the Kansas City area. It includes the names of the victims and when and where they died. The list will be updated throughout the year, and the most recent homicides are at the top.

Kansas City Back To The Grind Link Pool

AND WE'RE BACK!!!

Right now hottie mom Kristin inspires this peek a pop culture, community news and top headlines on Monday.