Sunday, March 18, 2018


In the advent of high speed internet and the cruel consultant based "gig economy" the number of people working from home is exploding.

To wit . . .


The inner-suburban legislation marks the beginning of A TREND ACROSS THE KANSAS CITY METRO which hopes to impose higher taxes on people for simply using their laptop to make a few bucks. The reality is that higher taxes imposed on people who work from home has been on the wish list of politicos in many local municipalities for quite some time. 

Here's the word of warning on this crisis in the making . . .

Merriam Planning Commission Upsetting Residents by Regulating People Who Work From Home

Any Merriam, Kansas resident who is an architect, attorney, artist, writer, programmer, book keeper, accountant, marketer, craft maker, sales person, employee of another company or any other profession who is working from their residence a substantial part of their time, must comply with a Merriam ordinance that requires them to have a business license issued by Merriam. Even if they work out of their truck and bring the truck home at night, they are required to get a home office permit. This is just not right. If convicted of not complying with the city ordinance, the fine is $200 per day the business operates without a permit.

On March 7, 2018, the Planning Commission approved a revision to the current ordinance. The revised ordinance will now go to the City Council to determine if the ordinance will be voted into law. It has not yet been scheduled for a vote by the Merriam City Council.

Fifty residents attended the Planning Commission public hearing on March 7. Most comments, given by residents, were in opposition to the ordinance- both the current and revised. Privacy issues were most frequently cited by residents. One Planning commissioner said he was appalled that residents would consider the ordinance an invasion of privacy.

There are currently only 48 Merriam residents that have permits allowing them to earn a living working from home. An estimated 850 Merriam residents currently working from home, are violating the current and proposed ordinances by not having a permit. The number of residents not in compliance with city code is an estimate based on the population of Merriam and a Gallup Poll which estimates that 13% of the U.S. population works from home over 80% of their time.

My understanding is that work from home ordinances have not been revised since before the personal computer was invented. What Merriam does with their work from home laws will likely effect what other cities, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, do with their work from home ordinances.

​The Revised Ordinance Approved by the Merriam Planning Commission - Skip to Page 21 after clicking​

​Video of Public Comments of Residents at the Planning Commission Meeting ​

Some residents were stopped before they could finish their comment, at the public hearing, by the commission chair and then she argued with them. The Senior Poet Laureate of Kansas, Richard W. Jennings is confined to a wheel and could not attend the public hearing. After Sam Matier read Mr. Jennings' comment at the public hearing, the chair told Mr. Matier that he could not read comments from others and only give his own comments.​ After seeing the video, Mr Jennings demanded an immediate apology from the chair or he would contact an ADA attorney.

​Video of ​Planning Commission Member Comments Justifying Vote of Approval

​Video of ​Presentation Given by Director of Community Development to Planning Commission

Gallup Poll Says More People are Working from Home

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Developing . . .


As usual, the New York Times is leading the local political discourse far better than any local news outlet and so this election insight from a Kansas City power broker is worth featuring according to the denizens of our blog community . . .


Here's the word that might be an indication of serious challenges to the current administration given that Mr. Roe & Axiom have always done better in the long run than most of their candidates:

The premise:

President Trump may not be on the ballot in November, but the election will be a referendum on him, as 2010 was on President Barack Obama and 2006 was on President George W. Bush. We will lose seats. The only question is this: Will these losses be catastrophic or manageable?

That will be determined by a very specific choice: Will the party retreat from its leader or fix bayonets and storm to the front with him?

No one fought Mr. Trump harder and longer than I did, as the campaign manager for Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign for the Republican nomination. I know the maddening brilliance of Mr. Trump. I also know history doesn’t favor the president’s party in midterm elections.

Read the whole thing.

You decide . . .


There's not much new in today's court transcription about the legal aftermath of a tragic local case . . .

But we picked out the REAL NEWZ so local readers WILL SAVE THREE BUCKS it costs to read the Sunday fish wrap.


"An autopsy report on Schwab confirmed that he was killed when a metal pole struck his neck and decapitated him."

Of course, our blog community reported this horrific fact YEARS AGO and now the newspaper is just catching up whilst trying to play up pretty standard bookkeeping that has and will only result in wrist slaps . . .

Read more:

Grand jury on Schlitterbahn death has been convened in Wyandotte County

A grand jury has been meeting this month in Wyandotte County to explore possible criminal charges in the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy at Schlitterbahn Vacation Village in Kansas City, Kan., The Star has learned.

Kansas City Teacher Story Time

Inspiring classroom revelations from dedicated local instructors who direct classrooms with their voice instead of packing heat. Take a listen:

Extra Credit: Story Time

Subscribe Apple Podcasts Subscribe Google Play Subscribe Stitcher Teachers are great storytellers. We aim to elevate teacher voice by giving them the mic, literally, and we got a special chance to do that at a recent event sponsored by one of our funders,

Kansas City Sunday News Link Look

Right now we offer tribute to angelic hottie Erin as Victoria's Secret stock stumbles and the founder is forced to take a pay cut thanks to public demand for cheaper panties.

Closer to home, we check some of these top news links for the morning:

Northeast St. Joseph's Table Inspiration

St. Joseph's Tables locations and viewing times

By Paul Thompson Northeast News After months of negotiations, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council finally voted on Thursday, February [...]


Smoke visible for miles as building burns in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Only a shell of a building remains after a large fire on 33rd and Brooklyn Saturday evening. Multiple crews were called to the area just before 7 p.m. First responders saw heavy smoke and flames upon their arrival, and called a working-fire response.

Cold Weather Drunk Tank Report

Police make 17 DUI arrests on St. Patrick's Day in KC, down considerably from last year

Kansas City police, along with the Jackson County Sheriff's office, arrested 17 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol this St. Patrick's Day holiday. The bulk of the arrests came between 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday.

Local Middle-Class Love Rail Transit

Forgotten Railroads In Platte County

This week's post on the Frisco Highline Trail between Springfield and Bolivar, Missouri got me thinking about abandoned railroads here locally so I pulled up some Sanborn fire insurance maps and old plat books and used them as necessary to trace old railroads in Platte County. I actually learned something...

Weekend remainder Forecast

First Alert Forecast: Gray Sunday leads to rainy Monday

With spring starting this week, we'll feel a little bit like winter today. Sunday's gray will eventually lead to rain on Monday, but there are warmer temps on t...

Meth Town Rescue Mission

Person life-flighted after ATV accident in wooded area in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A person was flown to the hospital via Life Fight after an ATV accident Saturday afternoon. According to a spokesperson with the City of Independence, crews were called to an area north of the Rock Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant just after 4:33 p.m.

Local Songbird Inspiration

Prairie Village's Joyce DiDonato Brings Power Of Music To Moscow, Sing Sing And Kauffman Center

She's taken her craft from Barcelona to Beijing, but this weekend Joyce DiDonato will grace a stage much closer to home. Before the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano brings the music of Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz to life at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we sat down for a wide-ranging conversation on KCUR's Up To Date.

Season Of Discounts Awaits Fanboys

Kansas City Chiefs: Money saving ideas

Spotrac list the Chiefs current salary cap figure at just under $12 million. That number sounds like a fair amount but it actually puts them in the lower third of the league. This means that while they have some space, they could easily be out bid for any players by most of the league.

Aretha Franklin - I say a little prayer - Live HQ 1970 is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Newsflash: New York Times Dislikes Kansas SecState Kobach Crackdown On Illegal Aliens

Special thanks to more than a few TKC readers who direct our attention to this EPIC TAKEDOWN of the right-wing white knight contender for Kansas Guv by the nation's paper of record . . .

Opinion | Kris Kobach's Voting Sham Gets Exposed in Court

It has not gone well for Mr. Kobach. The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Kansas residents who were blocked from voting under the new law, contends that the legislation violates federal law, which requires only that prospective voters attest to their citizenship under penalty of perjury.

Show-Me AG Hawley 'Sham' Investigation???

The most effective Democratic Party argument against noob AG is that he's "soft" which will hurt him in his struggle to defeat Sen. Claire McCaskill and might be the most effective rhetorical challenge the super-minority party has thrown at him thus far given that Missouri politics is mostly akin to a high school election:

Democrats called his Greitens probe a 'sham.' Now, the investigator is defending himself

JEFFERSON CITY * A state official who probed Gov. Eric Greitens' use of the text-message deleting cellphone application Confide defended his findings Friday after the Missouri Democratic Party recently slammed the inquiry as a "sham." "If the attorney general had told me to reach a specific conclusion based on politics ...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Kansas City 2018 St. Paddy's Postscript Playlist

Right now the local "Irish" celebration has only just begun amid a day of boozing and bothering the curmudgeonly denizens of midtown.

Just a few highlights . . .

- On the way back to basement HQ we noticed no less than half a dozen police stops, KCPD isn't kidding around about increased patrols.

- The hipsters and noobs are getting gouged today. Exceptionally costly beer is fair play but ride-share price surging near Westport & P&L District is now at OBSCENE levels . . . Ztrip is attempting to lure people with lower rates but most of the NextGen are locked into their phones and are walking past the controversial monopoly taxi stands.

- Cold kept crowds just a bit lighter this year but the dedicated party people are still out in full force and in sort of a bad mood as the meaner part of St. Paddy's celebration starts to unfold.

Again, we wish the denizens of our blog community good luck and share our St. Patrick's Day 2018 playlist . . .

As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.

Just A Few Local News Links Of Note . . .

Quick look at news for tonight and a glimpse at local weekend notes. Take a look:

Kansas City St. Paddy's Domestic Violence

Man ends standoff with police after punching wife

UPDATE MARCH 17, 2018 9:00 A.M. - Just before 9:00 Saturday morning the man exited the residence and surrendered without incident. Charges are expected later today. A man allegedly punched his wife, is threatening to shoot at officers, and is refusing to exit his house in the 3400 block of Montgall.

JoCo Suspect After Blaze

Overland Park man charged in connection with apartment fire

An Overland Park man is facing arson charges in connection with a fire that happened at Cedar Crest Apartments on Friday. Darian Deron Patrick Mitchell has been charged with one count of arson and one count of aggravated arson. According to court documents, Mitchell damaged an apartment at the complex by causing a fire with a dishwasher in some way.

EPIC Fire East Of Downtown Kansas City



Northland Wildlife

Wandering horse found in Clay County

Clay County Sheriff's Deputies are hitting the trial, looking for the owner of a horse. Shortly after 1:00 Saturday Afternoon Deputies posted pictures on facebook, of a horse wandering at NE 132nd & Mt. Olivet, and haven't been able to locate an owner.

Hipster Help Wanted

Parlor, Kansas City's New Food Hall, Is Seeking Local Chefs

Parlor, Kansas City's newest food hall set to open this fall in the Crossroads Arts District, is currently looking for a few good chefs. The collaborative new dining hall is under construction and plans to serve as a launch pad for seven brand-new restaurant concepts, in addition to offering two bars, stylish lounge areas and a second-floor open-air deck.

Golden Ghetto Bad Hombre Suspects

4 men charged in Johnson County in connection with identity theft

Four men from the East Coast have been charged in Johnson County for allegedly stealing someone's identity and trying to defraud them.

Hoping For A Bit More Luck 2018

Kansas City Royals: Rotation could be bright spot for 2018 Royals

It was announced on Thursday by Ned Yost that Danny Duffy would be starting Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals. There's definitely no surprise there, as Duffy is head and shoulders the best starting pitcher on the roster. Yost also said that Ian Kennedy would be the number two starter, but the other three spots are up for grabs.

And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .


So much local partying doesn't stop the local killing . . .


Not much into to share on this one but most local news hasn't mentioned that this is the 26th murder so far this year compared to 24 at this time last year.

Check the links:

KCTV5: The authorities are investigating a homicide after a man's body was found in the area of 12th and Jackson.

KMBC: Police said they’re treating the case as a homicide, and there is no suspect in the case. They’re also not releasing the cause of death at this time.

Developing . . .


The Kansas City annual silly St. Patrick's Day drunken festival has finally arrived in the midst of a historic murder streak and more than anything locals want to keep crowds safe.

To wit . . .


Whilst most coverage of the event is confined to happy, advertiser friendly chatter . . . There's more important issues to confront.

For instance, check this KCPD St. Paddy's Day reminder about crowd control:

Police ask all parade attendees and St. Patrick’s Day revelers to protect their property by not leaving any items of value in plain view in their vehicles. Police also ask attendees not to leave unattended bags, backpacks, coolers or the like. Numerous officers will be patrolling the parade route and nearby areas. Police remind parade-goers that open-container ordinances remain in effect during the parade, and citations will be issued for open consumption of alcohol. Police also will conduct DUI saturation patrols on Saturday.

After the parade, police will dedicate numerous officers to provide extra security in entertainment districts throughout the city.

And now let's get even more real . . .

It seems the Kansas City is always in a dark mood nowadays when it comes to the divisive social scene.

 And so, FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR BEST KANSAS CITY ST. PADDY'S DAY ADVICE IN THE COMMENTS but for now here's a quick bit of wisdom from insiders and pesky neighbors regarding all things Irish and otherwise . . .

First and foremost . . . A word of warning:

"Encourage your readers that they shouldn't let their 'Irish Pride' get in the way of discretion when it comes to inevitable confrontation during today's revelry. Suburbanites often don't know who they're dealing with when they visit local party spots and fighting with strangers in KC Proper is never a good idea. The illusion of safety is a very real it's easy to forget that places like Westport can get dangerous quickly - Don't forget that an off-duty cop was shot and killed there just months ago."

A word about local scholars . . .

"Just wondering if local news is gong to report the mini-riots that always happen on St. Patrick's Day. It's kind of a tradition but something that most TV stations try to downplay."

Finally, a social media note making the rounds featuring Midtown neighborhoods fed up with the KCMO St. Paddy's Party before it even starts . . .

- Don't throw your trash in people's lawns - there are plenty of trash cans around

- Don't pi$$$ on peoples property - there are hundreds of "porta-potties" for you to use

- Be courteous - If someone asks you to discontinue your current behavior, it's because you're being an asshole.

- But most importantly DON'T PARK IN THE RESIDENTIAL PARKING SPOTS AND LOTS It's hard enough to park around here without people taking spots

And so . . . 

Take a look at the route and more traffic deets . . .

Here's a second round parade guide from police:

The Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. and lasts about three hours. The actual parade is on Broadway, beginning at Linwood and going south to 43rd Street. Broadway will be closed from 31st Street to 47th Street beginning at 9 a.m. Crossing Broadway is discouraged after that time. The parade staging area also will be closed prior to and during the parade, beginning at 8:15 a.m. This includes Linwood from Main to Pennsylvania and Broadway from 31 st Street to Linwood. All cars parked in any of these areas must be moved before 4 a.m. Saturday, March 17. The parade route and map of parking are on the parade’s web site. Broadway will reopen from north to south at the conclusion of the parade, around 2 p.m.

Additional KCATA buses will be available at 39 th and Broadway/Main to help ease pedestrian traffic at the end of the parade.

Accordingly . . .

The parade and after party isn't really about any patron saint but more of an exercise in how stupid locals can get when they're boozed up. Thankfully, the cold should dissuade more timid souls from clogging local streets or drinking too heavily.

Nevertheless, today we'll see the best and worst of Kansas City and a local economy that's increasingly reliant on partying above all else.

Good luck . . .


There's no doubt that not so long ago Irish-Americans had it bad and confronted much of the same anti-immigrant, nativist rhetoric which still exists today among the nastiest factions of the extreme right-wing.

However, this formerly local artist with a blog that has a great many worthwhile KCMO Irish references offers this important perspective on the culture of victimization now sweeping the planet . . .

Irish KC: Stop, Stop, For The Love of God, Stop, With the Irish Slaves Nonsense

Money line . . .

"There are many forms of slavery, and we use the term today often in a general sense, but if we’re going to compare peoples in the same time period and the same places, like the white Irish with the black Africans, in colonial times, there was no comparison. Being a servant, an indentured one, Irish and white, was far better than being a chattel slave, African and black.

"So by all means, and on this day, remember this horrible dark time in history for the Irish - but do not use that to play down the greater suffering and oppression of Africans and their descendants, nor the racial significance of it."

You decide . . .

Talking Kansas City Racial Strife History

Here's a preview of an upcoming conversation . . . We offer this preliminary link because we'd like to keep the discussion going and feature anything halfway intelligent that our blog community has to offer on this controversial topic. Checkit:

Strife in the Streets: Kansas City Remembers 1968

Frustrated with the slow pace of civil rights reforms and outraged at the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., protesters in Kansas City took to the streets on April 9, 1968, leading to four subsequent days of civil unrest.

KCK Saturday Morning Murder

Here's a glimpse of ongoing local violence on the other side of the State Line as well. Read more:

Man shot, killed inside Firelight Lounge early Saturday morning

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A man was shot and killed inside the Firelight Lounge, in the 1800 block of Parallel Parkway early Saturday morning. Police were called to a shooting about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Upon arrival officers located a black male in his mid-thirties, dead from an apparent gunshot wound inside the business.

Kansas City Irish Saturday News Link Love

Right now we celebrate the legacy of hottie Lucy as she remains relevant and newsworthy thanks to her Page 3 body of work as we check some of the best news links closer to home:

Kansas City Tech NextGen Again

Photos: LaunchCode christens KC's newest techies with celebration

An Afghan immigrant. A mother of six. An English grad turned techie. A man now able to provide for his family. They're all among the graduates and inspirational stories highlighted during LaunchCode's graduation ceremony that recognized the newest members of Kansas City's tech community.

Overcoming Hate In JoCo

A Year After Olathe Shooting, Sunayana Dumala Has Learned How Strong She Is On Her Own

A little over a year ago, Sunayana Dumala's husband, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was shot and killed at an Olathe bar by a man who questioned whether he was in the country legally. Back then, Dumala wondered whether she should stay in the United States.

Traffic Tragedy Tribute

First grader that was killed in car accident honored at school

First grader killed honored by Hickman Mills School District

School Laundry Life Lesson

Washers & dryers will soon be installed at KCPS so kids have easier access to clean clothes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first of seven washers and dryers were delivered to Kansas City Public Schools on Friday as part of an effort to boost classroom attendance. Administrators believe clean clothes impact learning at Garfield Elementary School. The United Way and Faultless Starch raised more than $27,000 to buy washers and dryers for needy families in city schools.

Kansas Cows Communicate With Outer Space

Kansas Farmer Gets His Cows To Say Howdy To Satellite

Derek Klingenberg is kind of a farmer celebrity. His YouTube channel draws more than 70,000 subscribers for ag-themed pop-music parodies, trombone covers and, more recently, cow art made with satellites. This week, the Peabody, Kansas, farmer took his cow art to the next level, or altitude.

More Fanboy Hope For The Future

Chiefs signing QB Chad Henne to two-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs have a backup quarterback. It is nine-year NFL veteran Chad Henne, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Chiefs are signing QB Chad Henne to a two-year deal, source says. He'll back up and mentor Patrick Mahomes.- Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2018 Henne, 32, first entered the league as a second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

The Unlucky Forecast

First Alert Forecast: Windy, cold St. Patrick's Day on tap

First Alert Forecast: Windy, cold St. Patrick's Day on tap

Dropkick Murphys - "The Wild Rover" is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .


Sketchy med practices profiled in this report as a celeb health craze gains traction locally . . .

Fox4: New IV therapy clinic aims to keep Kansas City hydrated and healthy


The business is staffed by a team of medical professionals, including nurses and doctors. When a person comes in to get IV fluids, they’ll check your blood pressure and other vitals. If everything checks out, you can be hooked up with a bag of fluids of your choice.

There are seven different kinds. Each is advertised as providing a different and specific set of health benefits to the person who takes in the fluid.

You decide . . .


She was nearly booted out of office after an FB flap involving loose talk and Prez Trump.

Now she's back and taking aim at her own party . . .

Check the description:

"Sen. Chappelle-Nadal (District 14) walks through the multiple times she has been sexually harassed and harassed as an elected official. She hopes sexual harassment policies will be adopted by the General Assembly that will leave victims whole instead of further victimized by silence and ineffective policies."

More reporting:

RT: Maria Chappelle-Nadal Accuses 3 Lawmakers of Sex Harassment in New Video

Take a look:

You decide . . .

Kansas Faces $2-BILLION School Price Tag

OR . . . Welcome to this year's lesson in JoCo income redistribution:

Report: Better Kansas schools may cost $2B more

Breaking News A new report from two out-of-state consultants says improving student performance in Kansas public schools could cost the state as much as $2 billion more a year. The report released Friday stunned some legislators.

Show-Me Smear Campaign Dedicated to Disgraced Missouri Sancho Guv Greitens

On a recent visit, the Prez seemingly didn't want to be anywhere near THE MISSOURI SANCHO GUV as his political fate still hangs in the balance because most Missouri Republicans really don't seem to like him and remember how he acted like a tyrant to his own party when he was on top of the world.

Read more:

Politically Speaking: As Greitens awaits trial, his friends and foes seek to alter public opinion

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann round up this week's legal and political news surrounding Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. This week's episodes focuses on how the governor's allies and adversaries are trying to alter public opinion in the run up to his felony invasion of privacy trial on May 14.

The Kansas City Big-Ass Link List

Right now we celebrate a legendary hottie who has been an advocate for the kind of "body acceptance" which makes Instagram such an AWESOME, worthwhile app. And so, closer to home we share these local news links that hopefully lead to better understanding.

Take a peek:

Kansas City Fanboy Fresh Start: For Royals, Rebuilding Begins At Spring Training

Celebrate The Local Deuce: Kansas City ranked second in the nation in affordability

Meth Town Doggie Discrimination: Changes to ‘dangerous dog’ policy in Independence causing issues for some owners

Celebrate Role Model Reference: Northeast Newscast episode 46 – Northeast Library branch manager Claudia Visnich on her retirement

Politico Power Play Demands Payback To Public: Report says Kansas lawmakers should add as much as $2 billion to public school funding

Your Newsy Country Song Of The Day: Kansas City man reunited with truck stolen from Belton repair shop

Get Well Soon Golden Ghetto: 7 cases of measles identified in Kansas; officials fear more could be exposed

It's Fashionable To Help Po'folk: Kansas City event helps teens find the perfect prom dress for free

Survivor Cinema Lesson Plan: Free ‘Big Sonia’ screenings coming to several Olathe schools

Local Artsy Diversity: Celebrating Music, Books and the LGBTQ Community in Kansas City

Kansas City Crypt Crisis: Devastated daughters say KC cemetery botched mother’s burial after grave is ‘compromised’

Protecting Police Doggie From Danger: KCK police K9 receives body armour after donation from MA non-profit

Kansas City Teaching Moment: Midday with J&W: Mark Bedell the Kansas City Public School Superintendent talks with Midday J/W

Developing . . .

Friday, March 16, 2018

Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings

Amid harsh times in the local discourse, here's a list of locals who STAY WINNING thanks to courage, dedication just a bit of luck.

Take a look:

Kansas City Anchorman Mark Alford Celebrates 20 Years & Counting

As the civic conversation moves away from the newspapers, Mr. Alford now has a higher profile on the local talk show pundit circuit and his Centre-Right politics are a stark contrast to the deluge of local progressive talking points backed by patrons and donors. This contrast is important because he's not a right-wing paid talking head either and his objectivity as a news dude allows him greater freedom to analyze issues objectively.

Kansas City Student Protesters Against Gun Violence Dominated The Local Discourse

Without question and agree or not . . . Local students arguing for greater restrictions on 2nd Amendment gun rights were the focus of most of the local talk this week and made their case to voters along with providing a glimpse at the future of the electorate.

Prospero's Immersed In The KC Discourse

This Midtown Kansas City bookstore took a bold stance with a horrible marketing campaign and then had the courage to back down amid outcry from far more progressive/activist customers. In the end, the conversation helped raise the brand identity for the establishment and maybe revealed a few of their patrons & hangers-on who didn't really have the best interests of the local reader community at heart . . . In the midst of more honest objections that didn't want their favorite bookstore to seem callous. 

As always . . .

This list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people.

Visitation Church Homophobic Hot Mess Finally Revealed To Mary Sanchez

NCR broke the story, we talked about the controversy yesterday and now the newspaper attempts to play advocate for a situation that's mostly resolved . . . You decide . . .

An anti-gay activist is trying to divide Kansas City's Catholic flock

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has canceled an upcoming concert at Visitation Church by Dan Schutte, a renowned composer of church hymns. The decision has upset many parishioners who believe the decision was a response to pressure exerted by an anti-gay website.

Kansas City Old School Sound Dedication

Really great read for KCBJ subscribers, noobs or those who know how to get around the paywall . . . Check the history of this groundbreaking local musica man:

Inventor of renowned Kustom amplifiers and police radar dies - Kansas City Business Journal

Charles "Bud" Ross came to the Kansas City area on a Greyhound bus. Ross leaves a legacy that included inventing a world-famous guitar amplifier and handheld police radars, and being inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Ross, who died Saturday, was self-taught in electronics.


In the last stop on his book tour, Former FBI Director James Comey will speak in Kansas City on May 25.

The former FBI director's book, due out April 17th, and is expected to offer a window into his experience working for President Donald Trump.

"Comey has been quiet for nearly a year — fired by President Trump on May 9, precipitating the appointment of special counsel Bob Mueller eight days later. He has heard a lot of lies and misstatements about the FBI that he intends to correct. He didn’t want to be in this position, but is embracing it."

Comey’s memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, is due to be released on April 17 and is already Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller in three categories: politics & social sciences, law, and biography.

Visit the Rainy Day Books website for more info . . . Tickets will be available Monday beginning 4:15 a.m. Admission for one is $35 plus tax and includes a hardcover copy of "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies. and Leadership." There will not be a signing opportunity.

Politico: Extreme secrecy surrounds Comey book manuscript

Axios: Comey to come out hot on book tour, correct lies

Fortune: What We Know So Far About James Comey’s Top-Secret Book

You decide . . .

Kansas City Dude Confronts Charges After Shooting Mommy In The Face With Full House

A tragic local update regarding the local dating scene. Take a look:

Man charged with shooting girlfriend with 4 children inside home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man is accused of shooting his girlfriend in the face while her four young children were inside the home. Mervin M. McNeal, 34, is charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action.

One Teen Exonerated Amid Ongoing Investigation Into Sleaze Summit Crew Charged With Bringing AR-15 To School

Investigation continues into a hot mess youngster socialite beef with horrible timing during a national gun debate. Read more:

Charges dropped against 1 of 4 teens accused of bringing weapon to Lee's Summit High School

Charges have been dismissed against one of four teenagers accused of bringing a loaded weapon to Lee's Summit High School recently. Michael Mansur, spokesman for the Jackson County Prosecutor, confirmed to KCTV5 News that charges have been dismissed against 18-year-old Landon Mikle. "Other charges against others involved in that case remain," Mansur said.


The debate of fair wages and public subsidy continues in the KCMO inner-suburbs . . .

Remember that even law enforcement has said that the Raytown Walmart is a public nuisance.

Accordingly . . .


Here's the word . . .

We've been in Raytown, MO for the past several weeks, trying to figure out why the city still refuses to do anything to recoup some of these dollars from Walmart when places like Beech Grove, IN and Fruitport, MI seemed to have found solutions to hold Walmart financially accountable for its taxpayer burden.

It turns out, as I'm sure you probably already knew, a lot of Walmart and Raytown's history stems from a bad TIF deal in 2008 that continues to cost Raytown about $1.5 million in sales taxes every year and has created a 10 years of financial crises and in-fighting between aldermen, mayors, the police chief/department, fire department district, and of course, Walmart.

Two FOIA requests, a letter to the state attorney general, and one missing mystery PowerPoint later, we are still wondering what exactly is going on with Walmart and Raytown . . .

Developing . . .


Here's local media helping along with renewed effort to shift blame for an ongoing human rights crisis toward Jeff City.


Jackson County's Crumbling, Overcrowded Jail Could Really Use That $2 Million Missouri Owes It

Money line:

“Jackson County currently houses 800 or more inmates on behalf of the State of Missouri every day," Director of Corrections Diana Turner said in a statement. "Until the state pays on time and pays the actual cost of incarceration, much of the burden will continue to fall on Jackson County taxpayers and that’s unfortunate.”

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Like it or not, the St. Paddy's partying has already begun . . .

Police chase naked man following serious shooting in KC

Police officers in KC had to chase a naked man down the street after a shooting that seriously injured someone on Friday. The shooting happened in the 2200 block of Oakley around 11:10 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they talked to the homeowner who said that the victim had been in the back bedroom with a man.


As the donation model proves to the the only sustainable revenue scheme for legacy media . . . Here's a look at how they're spending donor cash and replacing the newspaper as the local source of record. Read more on a hire and journalistic niche:

"Michelle Tyrene Johnson, a playwright, journalist, columnist, and former employment attorney and diversity trainer, is covering this beat for us here at KCUR 89.3. She’ll bring her experience analyzing our city’s fracture lines and connecting points as she contributes to our reporting on Kansas City news and culture through this lens."

Read more:

KCUR 89.3 Announces New Reporting Collaborative On Race, Culture And Identity

Talking about race and culture is hard for a lot of Kansas Citians. It's hard everywhere in the United States where people from different backgrounds share space and resources.


Special thanks to KCBJ for this freebie Friday update and all of the happening on the Plaza. Take a peek:

"According to reports, the new store will be built along the block of Jefferson Street where The Capital Grille is located. In that scenario, sources said, The Capital Grille would move from 4740 Jefferson St. to the former Williams Sonoma location at 4764 Broadway, which closed in January."

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Brokers: Nordstrom's Plaza store will include Capital Grille site - Kansas City Business Journal

Nordstrom Inc.'s newly announced plan to relocate from its three-story, 200,000-square-foot space at Oak Park Mall to a new 116,000-square-foot store on the Country Club Plaza in 2021 has raised a lot of questions. One of them, which the Kansas City brokerage community seems to have a handle on, is where on the Plaza the new store will be located.

Kansas City Friday Clock-watcher News Links

For all of our pals stuck in an office as the drunken local partying begins . . . We share visions of newsworthy glam model hottie Agentis who burst onto the Internets scene very recently after spending years working her way out of the Euro-modeling market. Additionally, we gawk at some of the most important news links for this afternoon.

Take a peek:

Kansas City Not-So-Friendly Skies???

KCI's biggest airline earns top spot in Consumer Reports ranking - Kansas City Business Journal

Southwest Airlines, which holds just under 50 percent of the market share at Kansas City International Airport (Code: MCI), earned a top spot on Consumer Reports' list of best and worst airlines. The product testing magazine surveyed 55,000 of its members who took about 98,000 economy flights over the course of a year.

Meth Town Spy Cam Collabo???

Independence residents asked by police to register security systems

The Independence Police Department is hoping that its citizens can help them solve crimes faster. Independence already has a public crime map but, now, police want to map out the locations of security cameras around the city. Here's why.

Jackson County Gimmies Needed

Soccer complex needs $8 million investment from Grandview in order to proceed

The developers of Gateway Village are asking the City of Grandview for an investment into the private development before the project can proceed. On Tuesday, March 6, representatives of the project met with the Grandview Board of Aldermen, leaving an $8 million question on the table.

Blight Fight Continues In Northeast
Another dangerous home demolished in Northeast
Pitch Talks Local Sex Drama

Theater review: Sex with Strangers, at the KC Rep, misses the #metoo moment

Cory Weaver Sex with Strangers, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's latest production, asks a question I never thought we'd need an answer to: What if the only thing professional women needed to rise to the top was a good lay?

Fanboy Hope For The Future

Arrowheadlines: Chiefs building an "offensive juggernaut"

Kansas City Chiefs introduce wide receiver Sammy Watkins | The Kansas City Star In an increasingly pass-happy league, the Chiefs are pinning their hopes for the future on building an offensive juggernaut reminiscent of some of the all-time great NFL offenses: the early 2000s Colts or Chiefs, late '90s Rams or even the early-'90s Cowboys.

Kansas City Hipster Buzz

Caffeine tours give 'pub crawl' experience for lovers of coffee and tea

Escaping corporate life in New York, Jason Burton moved to Kansas City in 2004 and began pouring his work into a new passion. As a marketer for Kansas City's Roasterie, Burton soon recognized coffee and tea lacked the social component of events and festivals that are more associated with specialty beverages like beer and wine.

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


A local truism confirmed by science. Read more:

KU basketball fans ranked as some of the most obnoxious fans in the US

LAWRENCE, Kan. - This will ruffle some feathers. In the season of March Madness, a new ranking lists the top 16 basketball fans in the country based on level of "obnoxiousness" ... and KU comes in at #15.

Global Climate Change Weather Report: Kansas Suffering 'Catastrophic' Wildfires Amid Extreme Drought

Blame it on SUVs or SJWs . . . But the damage, ongoing infernos and WATER SHORTAGE is impossible to deny . . .

Kansas Wildfires Burn Thousands of Acres; Warnings Issued For 'Catastrophic' Fire Conditions | The Weather Channel

Wildfires burned thousands of acres Thursday in Kansas and authorities are warning that "extreme, catastrophic" fire conditions could prove disastrous for the region on Friday. Strong winds and dry conditions fueled dozens of fires Thursday that scorched an estimated 13,000 acres in the Sunflower State, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Show-Me Eternal Sentence Double Down

Kansas City activism didn't seem to persuade this politico running for office and trying to butch up his image. Take a peek:

Missouri Defends 241-Year Prison Sentence Given to Man at 16

Josh Hawley says in a U.S. Supreme Court filing that Bobby Bostic's sentence does not violate the ban on cruel and unusual punishment


Whether locals struggle with the sauce or impulse control . . . KCPD has put Kansas City on notice with a warning that authorities will be out in full force to keep unruly crowds in check and on the lookout for drunk drivers.

Check the links that pretty much acknowledge that public boozing is a Kansas City tradition:

Fox4: KC police switch to patrols instead of checkpoints for St. Patrick’s Day drunk driving enforcement

KMBC: This coming weekend is the busiest weekend of the year for DUI's - St. Patrick's Day

KSHB: Kansas City police will not have a DUI checkpoint during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend for the first time in more than 20 years.

Background . . .

“St. Patrick's Day is one of our days where we have the highest number of DUI fatalities,” said Sgt. Christopher Betch, supervisor of the KCPD DUI unit.

In 2017, Kansas City police made 65 DUI arrests on St. Patrick’s Day weekend alone. Many of these drunk drivers were contacted at checkpoints.

Missouri legislators last year eliminated the money for DUI checkpoints and so the switch to patrols will make things more INTERESTING this weekend . . .

More to the point . . .


And so we ask . . .


Whatever the case, anything beyond the parade isn't really a family affair and so we ask our blog community to weigh-in on the topic and share plans to offer tribute to the patron saint on a holy day now dedicated to depravity.

You decide . . .

Celebrate The Kansas City Jumpsuit

Actually, jumpsuit/tracksuit technology was perfected in the mid-90s and is affectionately known as the "Independence Ave. Tuxedo" within KC Proper but this lady hipster effort might still be worthwhile.

Take a look:

KC native builds jumpsuits for all occasions - butt flap included

That's the benefit of wearing a jumpsuit with a butt flap included: Users avoid the hassle of removing half the outfit to use the restroom, said Brittany Weltner. The Kansas City native just launched a crowdfunding campaign for her new business, Jomper, to build more functional jumpsuits for all occasions.

Hip-Hop King Of Kansas City Tech N9ne Achieves Another Music Industry Milestone

He works to discover local artists, donates to charity, still struggles to connect with Black audiences and this Summer he'll be playing a hipster beer fest . . . Better still, he's still local and one of the most successful independent musical artists Kansas City has ever seen.

Here's proof:

Tech N9ne Breaks Record for Most Top 10s on Rap Albums Chart

Tech N9ne breaks the record for the most top 10 albums by any artist on Billboard's 14-year-old Top Rap Albums chart as his 19th, Planet, debuts at No. 7. The set, which arrives on the chart dated March 17, pushes the rapper above the sums of Gucci Mane and E-40 -- each with 18 top 10 albums -- since the ranking began in January 2004.


The lead image is taken from a controversial but brilliant French public relations campaign for Amnesty International . . .

Closer to home . . . Here's a troubling stat that deserves mention . . .

Fox4: With nearly 1,000 reports so far this year, domestic violence groups join for community discussion

Fact check money line that hopes to break the stigma associated with this local trend . . .

“One in four women at some point in her life will be a victim of domestic violence, so most likely you know someone,” said Hope House CEO MaryAnn Metheny.

Over the past few years there as been an effort to direct anti-crime toward this crisis that is one of many troubling facets of increasingly violent KCMO life.

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