Thanks to the leadership of 12th & Oak or lack thereof, Kansas City voters are basically back in the same place we were a year ago.

There's a bitter argument over police funding, a proposed slush fund and criticism over lack of "local control" of KCPD.

Here's what we notice . . . 

It's comical that most local media spend so much of their effort attempting to "debunk" and "fact check" the term "defund" because it's so effective and devastating to local anti-police arguments. 

Heck, even Prez Biden has walked away from the "defund" effort.

Meanwhile . .  

Our blog crew is the only local news outlet to point out that Mayor Q's "community policing & prevention fund" hasn't presented a budget to the public which pretty much makes it a SLUSH FUND despite unwritten promises to spend it on police salaries.

Make no mistake . . . A promise from city hall without legally binding obligations is nothing more than an insult and a waste of oxygen.

Accordingly . . .

We're also entertained at Kansas City efforts to tamp down rhetoric against police but maintain street cred with urban voters.

Check this bit of rhetoric tap dancing from Council lady Melissa Robinson . . .

We posit that the converse is also true. 

Supporting funding for police and accountability from elected officials DOES NOT mean that we don't value the lives and safety of residents -- in neighborhoods where African-American people are the majority -- And throughout Kansas City. 

Sadly, local news would like to convince the public otherwise rather abandoning culture war rhetoric and having an honest conversation about allocations. 

Further reading from both sides . . .

Biden denounces the "defund the police" slogan during SOTU address

( NewsNation Now) - In his first State of the Union address, President Joe Biden railed against the liberal wing of his own party Tuesday as he denounced the "defund the police" slogan. "We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police," Biden said.

Biden slammed by both sides of the aisle for SOTU claim that defunding police 'not the answer'

President Biden broke with progressive members of his party during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night saying that the answer is "not to defund" police departments across the country. "We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police," Biden said during his first official State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

The Activist: Why Cori Bush won't back off her call to 'defund the police'

ST. LOUIS - Outcry over "defund the police" has built what seems like one roadblock after another around a champion of the slogan. Naturally, she's yelling back at the encroaching lines, unwilling to disperse. "I am the activist," U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-Missouri, said in a recent interview.

Christina Yuna Lee's blood is on the hands of Democrats

A homeless career criminal with three open cases stalks a young woman, forces his way into her Chinatown apartment, stabs her to death - and Democrats blame everything from Donald Trump to the end of child tax credits. Everything except their anti-cop, soft-on-crime policies that have caused the inevitable breakdown of law and order that led to the gruesome death of Christina Yuna Lee.

Re-Funding The Police: Taxpayers On The Hook For Billions of Dollars Of Law Enforcement Lawsuit Settlements

Apparently, it's not enough that we pay their salaries and buy their uniforms, vehicles, and weapons. We're also expected to foot the bill when law enforcement officers fuck up so badly they can't even avail themselves of qualified immunity, a Supreme Court-created legal doctrine that has been watered down for decades, allowing all but the...

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