Sunday, December 17, 2017

ARROWHEAD PARKING LOT CAR FIRE AMID KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VICTORY!!!



Postscript and reality check on Kansas City Chiefs victory Saturday night . . . Social media video of a car fire is circulating from Arrowhead which is interesting but kind of tame considering that tailgating debauchery typically includes some car sex, a great many drunken fights and sometimes a dude gets killed with consequences for the death.

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #143: WOMAN FOUND SHOT DEAD ON STREET SUNDAY!!!



More info on today's Kansas City killing . . .

KCPD investigating Saturday homicide after a woman was found shot near 93rd and Cable

Deets:

Officers were called to 93rd and Cable Road just after 11 p.m. Saturday to investigate after a woman was found at that location. When police arrived, they discovered the woman had been the victim of a shooting. That woman was rushed to an area hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries.

And so . . .

This is latest killing now makes 11 MORE MURDERS THAN LAST YEAR and nearly a 10% total increase in KCMO killing over 2016.

Developing . . .

SHOW-ME MISSOURI SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL RANKING AMONG RICHEST POLITICOS IN THE NATION!!!



While voters are thinking about #MeToo during this election season, our TKC blog community is a bit more savvy and knows that it's all about the money.

Accordingly . . .

Check Sen. McCaskill ranked with $60-MILLION and among the richest politicos in the nation.

And so, while Sen. McCaskill asks women for support and cash amid this upcoming election, it's only fair the local broke-ass ladies do the same.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Tragedy Sunday News Links



Quick collection of all the local human misery for Sunday.

An important news fact . . .

FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN KANSAS CITY METRO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN THE PAST 24 HOURS!!!

Take a look:

KCMO Church Tragedy

Woman dies in collision with church van at Oldham, Hillcrest

A woman has died after her car collided with a church van head-on on Sunday morning in KC.


Midtown Burns Today

Fire in KC's Volker neighborhood kills one person

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- According to James Garrett with the Kansas City Fire Department, one person was killed in a house fire at the 1200 block of W. 41st Street in the Volker neighborhood in midtown. The fire was reported at about 8:30 a.m., Sunday.


Kansas City Auto Manslaughter

Pedestrian struck and killed on I-670 in hit-and-run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police said one person was killed on a roadway in what is believed to be a hit-and-run incident. Emergency personnel responded to a scene along eastbound Interstate 670 near Genessee Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a pedestrian struck.


Golden Ghetto Old Lady Killed

1 killed in 3-vehicle crash on Johnson Drive in Shawnee

One person died at the scene of a crash in Shawnee on Sunday morning. It happened in the area of Barker Road and Johnson Drive just before 10 a.m. Three vehicles were involved in the crash. In addition to the one person who died at the scene, another person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.


Kansas City Crash Landing

In Indiana, plane out of KC crashes, killing three people and dog

OLDENBURG, Ind. -- The initial investigation into a small plane crash in Indiana has determined that the single engine Cessna (Tail Number N761YZ) originated from Kansas City and was heading to an airport in Frederick, Maryland when the crash occurred.


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

TKC SUNDAY QUESTION: DOUBLE HOBO FIRE IN CROSSROADS REVEALS KANSAS CITY DEVELOPMENT AGENDA FAIL???



A suspicious double fire this weekend reported FIRST IN THE TKC COMMENTS sparks an important question about the reality of local economic development schemes.

But first, here's visual link follow-up report on the blaze and squatter suspects  . . .



Now the reality check . . .

DESPITE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF KANSAS CITY TAXPAYER INVESTMENT - THE CROSSROADS REMAINS OCCUPIED BY SOME VACANT BUILDINGS AND HOBOS ALLEGEDLY STARTING DANGEROUS INFERNOS!!!

Meanwhile, the rest of KCMO copes with busted infrastructure, fewer police, unreliable services from City Hall a great deal of political representation that champions shiny new toys over concern for neighborhoods and community.

To be fair . . . In addition to an alleged 25-million tourists-a-year. Developers claim Kansas City now has "momentum" and continued investment might some day trickle down to taxpayers when bigger projects are completed one day.

THE QUESTION: SHOULD WE FEAR CROSSROADS DOUBLE HOBOS FIRES AS AN INDICATION OF UNDERLYING WEAKNESS IN KANSAS CITY'S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA???

Sadly, amid rampant City Hall spending and very little transparency this quandary is mostly a matter of faith in the rhetoric of political consultants.

In the meantime . . .

Like it or not, the Crossroads and Downtown might be celebrated among civic cheerleaders and politicos looking to move up in the world but more local murders, vacant building fires and the lack of a decent sports bar near the loop reveals that so many Kansas City promises have yet to be fulfilled.

Developing . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE TOUT BENEFITS AMID 2018 RECRUITING PUSH!!!



Here's KCPD making a pitch to potential candidates - Check a sneak peek at word of a sweet benefits package presented at an upcoming recruiting drive.

Take a look:



Will it work???

You decide . . .

Kansas City Season Of Vigils Continues . . .

The latest hope for peace over the weekend as Kansas City copes with one of the most violence years in a generation.

Take a look:

Family remembers teen killed - KSHB.COM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of people brought balloons to a Raytown park Saturday afternoon to remember a teen killed earlier this week. Alexis Mitchell, 16, was shot at an apartment complex near 79th and Manchester in Kansas City Wednesday night. She later died of her injuries.

Hoopz Headline Trolls KC Star Readers

As if begging readers to go somewhere else . . . The Kansas City Star offers this excuse for insight and analysis in a place where something relevant or informative about local life beyond culture war rhetoric might have gone. Take a look:

Need proof that America silences black women? Just read this

She waited until after class to ask me a question. I'd been speaking with about 40 North Kansas City High School freshmen for almost two hours. It was an open conversation about everything from sneakers and music to race and strength. There was a lot of laughter and thoughtful questions.

The Pope Against Fake News

Posted only out of a sense of Catholic guilt for Sunday and for a quick chuckle over the prospect of "journalistic ethics" which is nearly as funny as "military intelligence" or "government organization." Take a look:

Pope Begs Journalists To Avoid 'Sins Of Communication'

Pope Francis, in speaking to a group of journalists Saturday, addressed the importance of a free and responsible press while also warning against falling "prey to the sins of communication."

The Kansas City Sunday Link Look



Quick tribute to Karlie along with just a few local links that are worth a peek for locals right now.

Checkit:

Kansas City Holiday Travel Prep Because #BetterKCI Is Overrated

Kansas City International Airport Preparing for 2017 Holiday Travelers - Kansas City infoZine

Kansas City International Airport Preparing for 2017 Holiday Travelers Kansas City, MO - infoZine - Workers at Kansas City International Airport are gearing up for annual winter holiday season travel. Airport officials suggest that travelers are prepared and arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure.


KCMO Traffic Tragedy Overnight

Motorcyclist killed in crash at Gillham, Linwood in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One person is dead after a crash involving a motorcycle Saturday evening. According to police, two brothers were riding motorcycles along Gillham Rd. between 33rd St. and Linwood Blvd. when one of them lost control. The motorcycle crossed the center line and struck a vehicle head-on.


Holidays Inside The Loop
Downtown is Dazzling as holiday season nears a crescendo
Soggy Kansas City Sunday

First Alert: Rain to begin your Sunday

It looks like we could see some much-needed rain to begin your Sunday morning.


Kansas City Tourist Spike

NCAA Volleyball tournament brings in big money for KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NCAA Women's Volleyball tournament at the Sprint Center brought in more than $8 million to Kansas City. Many of the fans that traveled to Kansas City stayed throughout the whole tournament, some getting in as early as Wednesday and staying through Sunday.


Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers - The Last Mile Of The Way is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Hype From City Hall This Week



Not because we like it BUT because it's important to take a look at the narrative from 12th & Oak.

Take a look:



More in a bit . . .

Saturday, December 16, 2017

CELEBRATE!!! NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTER MARCUS PETERS LEADS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS TO VICTORY!!!



The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the L.A. Chargers in a game that keeps them atop the AFC West and back on track to the playoffs.

The 30-13 final score reflects pretty much total domination of the L.A. team but here's the big takeaway . . .

WITH TWO CRITICAL INTERCEPTIONS MARCUS PETERS IS CERTAINLY THE MVP OF THIS GAME!!!

Credit where it's due, QB Alex Smith & Kareem Hunt put on an exceptional performance but the defense really won this game that wasn't pretty but still effective . . .



Check the links:

NBC Sports: Chiefs take command of AFC West race with 30-13 win over Chargers

Arrowhead Addict: The Kansas City Chiefs played aggressive from the outset and ultimately forced the Los Angeles Chargers into multiple turnovers in a dominating win.

ESPN: Chiefs overwhelm turnover-prone Chargers as luck runs out

And now . . .



KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS CONFRONT DANGEROUS STREETS TONIGHT WITH DRUNKEN CHIEFS FANS CELEBRATING THE COMEBACK OF THEIR TEAM!!!

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

TKC MUST SEE!!! VICTOR & PENNY PLAY FOR KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!



Credit where it's due . . . The Kansas City toy train doesn't is chugging along with declining ridership numbers, solid voter opposition and so sign of help under the Prez Trump Administration.

Still, local faves Victor & Penny played for an adoring crowd this afternoon and everybody seemed to have a great time whilst enjoying their unique musical offerings.

While this might confirm some suspicions that the streetcar is just touristy frou-frou . . . For awhile, it provided some welcomed local entertainment downtown.

You decide . . .

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY METRO METH CONSPIRACY BUSTED AFTER DISTRIBUTING 200LB OF OF CRYSTAL EVERY MONTH!!!

Like it or not, this indictment features a diverse cast of characters from nearly every demographic and income level allegedly working together to turn an illicit profit and provide another example of the massive scale of the drug war . . .

Ten Indicted for $5.4 Million Meth Conspiracy - Kansas City infoZine

Ten Indicted for $5.4 Million Meth Conspiracy Kansas City, MO - infoZine - Michaela Joeanne Hernandez,36, of Raymore, MO, Brandy Michael Morgan, 44, of Kansas City, MO, Anthony Dewayne Fifer, 46, of Mexico, MO, Sharmyn Leanne Shryock, 27, and Jeffery Allen Jennings, 31, both of St.

Sen. Claire McCaskill Seyz Democratic Party Powerless Against Prez Trump Agenda???

Actually, she was a little bit more upbeat in her comments but did concede that neither Internets free speech crackdown nor corporate tax breaks would face much of a challenge. Read more:

McCaskill opines on federal tax bill and net neutrality at town hall

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill criticized a tax plan poised for approval in Congress during a town hall in suburban St. Louis - while conceding there's little she and her Democratic colleagues can do to stop it. At the event Saturday morning at St.

Check Kansas City Diplomacy NextGen

Here's a look at how small town politicos socalize with international power players:

Volunteer Diplomats Introduce Kansas And Missouri To The World

Honorary consuls are essentially volunteer diplomats. "You're representing the country and promoting the country when possible," Lebert Shultz told KCUR's Central Standard guest-host Brian Ellison. Shultz is the honorary consul of South Africa to Kansas and Missouri. Born in New York, he moved to the Midwest in 1960.

The Kansas City Saturday Night Serving



Not all the news is nice but tonight we take a peek at Jodie and her enduring body of work along with some of the top local news stories for right now . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO: Unions Call The Shots On Airport Deal

Future of KCI up in the air, trade unions call for new developer

KCI's future is up in the air after the city council rejected memo of understanding with Edgemoor. Now, the people tasked with building the terminal are calling for someone else to lead the project.


Seeking Justice In JoCo

Lawsuit alleges girl was raped by boy in Olathe school bathroom

A federal lawsuit alleges that a 12-year-old Kansas girl was raped by a boy in a school bathroom after a teacher failed to supervise their return to a classroom. The girl's mother filed suit Thursday against Olathe Public Schools, the school board and the student who allegedly assaulted her daughter, The Kansas City Star reported.


Scary KCK Sweep

U.S. Marshals, KCK Police arrest 8 in Friday operation

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A joint operation Friday by the U.S. Marshals and Kansas City, Kan. Police took several suspects into custody and a trove of guns, cash and drugs off the streets. Kansas City, Kan. Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted late Friday that his officers assisted the US Marshal's Service in an operation that started around 3:30 p.m.


Keeping Convicts Out Of Jail

KC to get $500,000 for medications for people returning from prison

People coming back to Kansas City after being discharged from prison will get a 90-day supply of prescription medications instead of a 30-day supply under a grant-funded program announced Friday. The program is called "Healthy Transitions" and it started in St. Louis last year.


The Other Home Team Keeps Rolling

The Royals and the abundance of options at first base

While the focus has been on the Royals pursuit of first baseman Eric Hosmer, there hasn't been much discussion about what Kansas City will do if (or when) Hosmer doesn't return. Normally at this stage of the game there has already been some talk of future replacements or even Plan B, C and D.


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

TKC MUST READ!!!! COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS SHARES HIS #BETTERKCI NEW AIRPORT MOU FACT CHECK!!!



A treatise on new airport developments from Councilman Lucas. In this thoughtful examination of the issue, one of the leaders of the Council offers readers a look behind the scenes and a glimpse of how the process will take shape in the future. Take a look:

Councilman Quinton Lucas: Okay. Okay. Can we stop with the broadsides? Here's the deal. Everyone wants a new airport. People have different views how to get there. That doesn't make them bad . . . 

By now, most in KC have heard the Council yesterday voted down the draft MOU presented to us by our legal counsel. As I somewhat expected, this led almost immediately to gross mischaracterizations of the implications, the allegedly illegal or derelict intentions of the 9 out of 12 of councilpersons with concerns, and now missives among colleagues who are calling both for collaboration but also launching unhelpful personal attacks against the (majority of) colleagues they wish to work with.

That's one approach. I'll take another and that will start with facts that conform to the truth; not PR statements issued today, and hopefully avoid the invective that plays great for TV and newspapers, but doesn't help anyone get anywhere.

1. Didn't Council create this selection/procurement process?

Kansas City Music Video Top Ten 2017



A nice collection of local artists doing their best to make it our of this town. Take a look:

The Ten Best Kansas City Music Videos of 2017

A nice mix of mostly alt. and some blues according to local hipsters.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Lady Confronts Consequences For 2016 Gunfire Killing

Authorities close this holiday season case amid a great deal of violence this year. Take a look:

Woman sentenced in connection with first homicide of 2016

A woman has been sentenced for her role in a shooting that happened on New Year's Day of last year. Destynie J. Wright, 20, has been sentenced to more than 30 years in a Missouri prison in connection with the shooting of Sederick J. Jones and the wounding of another person.

Explaining Kansas City Parkland Votes

Here's a comprehensive investigation into an issue that most voters don't understand (or care about . . .)

Remember Voting On Kansas City Parkland? Here's Why That Happens

If you voted in Kansas City, Missouri, in November, you may remember being asked whether the city should remove two pieces of land from the park system. Those two parcels of land were "no longer necessary or appropriate for park, parkway or boulevard use." What does that mean?

SEASON OF DISCONTENT: KCMO MAYOR SLY & JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE FINISH 2017 LITERALLY ON SOUR NOTE!!!



More than any other trend this week, over the past few days the Kansas City discourse was defined by the top elected officials on 12th & Oak lashing out at their colleagues via the written word.

First up . . .

After Mayor Sly's sketchy airport plan was shot down . . .

The City Hall honcho penned a nasty note to council questioning their commitment to voters.

There was more than a bit of irony in Mayor Sly's words given that he demands transparency whlist his airport talks have been mostly secret AND he started this process by way of a shady no-bid deal with Burns & Mac.

And then . . .

Last night we talked about Exec Frank White denouncing the Jackson County Legislature as "spiteful and irresponsible" in a budget debate that he's losing.

So, what do these notes teach us about elected leaders of both the Courthouse & City Hall???

IN WRITING, MAYOR SLY & EXEC FRANK WHITE HAVE SHOWN KANSAS CITY THAT THEY HAVE LITTLE PATIENCE WITH COLLEAGUES, LACK THE ABILITY TO COMPROMISE AND DEMAND TOTAL SUBMISSION RATHER THAN COOPERATIVE SOLUTIONS!!!

Check their notes - These two politicos are resorting to name calling, spin and allegations about motives rather than arguing with facts or support for their positions.

As we take a look at how this year has played out politically and moving forward . . . Kansas City voters would do well to realize that . . .

Local democracy fails to work by way of minor celebrity and a cult of personality. Instead, big decisions require hard work and cooperation rather than bombastic  pronouncements from on high exemplified by the latest blasts from both Frank & Sly . . .

Again, the future of Kansas City and possibly he nation depends on a tough realization that creating consensus and partnership is crucial for success and far more effective than capitalizing on fleeting popularity.

You decide . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CITY HALL COMING SOON 'BIG SONIA DAY' IN KANSAS CITY!!!



Upcoming Kansas City tribute for one of the most remarkable residents of the metro as a local documentary details her heroic story of survival . . . Checkit:

“Big Sonia” comes to City Hall

Kansas City, MO — Councilwoman Heather Hall will introduce a resolution to the Mayor and City Council to honor Sonia Warshawski, declaring December 21st as “Big Sonia Day.”

“It is my distinct honor to recognize Sonia for her big heart and perseverance. I admire her dedication tocivility, love and kindness and ask all citizens of Kansas City to live like Sonia,” said Councilwoman Hall.



Sonia Warshawski is a Holocaust survivor and a citizen of the greater metropolitan Kansas City area. Ms. Warshawski continues to show compassion, determination and service in educating the world of the Holocaust and her legacy. She has been influential in breaking many barriers involving our communities, her message of love and tolerance has healed many hurting people and she remains a strong role model for so many.

We’re overjoyed that Sonia’s message of “love over hate” is resonating with so many people of all ages, races, cultures and ethnicities around the globe. Big Sonia Day reminds us that small acts matter BIG and we’re honored that the “Sonia Effect” is spreading rapidly! (Leah Warshawski, Producer, BIG SONIA) The multi-award winning documentary BIG SONIA is now playing at the Glenwood Arts Movie Theater multiple times a day.
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TKC MUST READ!!! ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS FEAR REDEVELOPMENT OF BANNISTER FEDERAL COMPLEX THREATENS HEALTH OF KANSAS CITY!!!



As we enjoy this balmy global warming December, check out the ongoing debate over the destiny of an embattled site . . .

Moreover . . .

AS THE BANNISTER FED COMPLEX CHANGES HANDS . . . THERE'S GROWING CONCERN THAT REDEVELOPMENT RISKS THE HEALTH OF KANSAS CITY!!!

More to the point . . . The best laid plans of government consultants can't dictate the path of toxic dust clouds.

First up, a note about the upcoming devlopments . . .

NNSA Completes Transfer of Bannister Federal Complex to Private Developer for Demolition, Remediation and Redevelopment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) today announced that ownership of over 200 acres of the aging Bannister Federal Complex in South Kansas City was formally transferred in November to Bannister Transformation and Development LLC (BT&D).

“Transferring this property from federal to private ownership was a highly successful team effort involving several local, state and federal government agencies. I want to thank everyone who helped make this happen,” said NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz. “We have fulfilled our commitment to Congress and the residents of Kansas City to transfer this excess property in a timely and safe manner. In the process, we are saving hundreds of millions in future tax dollars that the federal government would otherwise have had to spend to decommission the site on its own . . .”

Accordingly . . .

Check the money line from an environmental law center about the future of this project . . .

"The community likely will be exposed to contaminants during the redevelopment process. Steps should be taken to eliminate additional exposure to the many toxic substances present at the site;

At present there is no proposed mechanism for monitoring the health of the members of the community. No effort has been made to establish a health baseline. No provision has been made for monitoring the health of the community going forward."

Read the whole thing here . . .

Developing . . .

TKC BLOG COMMUNITY FACT CHECK!!! CHECK FAKE KANSAS CITY STREET REPAIR!!!



Impressive street level reporting reveals that City Hall promises concerning GO BOND money sitting around might not live up to expectations. Take a look . ..

Reality check from Kansas City citizen media . . .

The painted potholes of Kansas city

"Infrastructure maintenance is the new lipstick on a pig. The had to change the name from "public works" to "infrastructure" because of pork barrel projects but in late stages of capitalism the city of kansas city doesn't even have to try anymore."

Developing . . .

SAVE THE DATE!!! KANSAS CITY 'COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION' FEATURES KANSAS CITY STAR SCRIBE HOOPZ SPEAKING 'TRUTH TO POWER' AT HAPPY HOUR!!!



Sneak peek for denizens of the Kansas City discourse of a new chatty series starting off with a controversial dead-tree media columnist . . .

Special thanks to the best and brightest readers of the blog for this one . . .

HOOPZ WILL OFFER HER PERSPECTIVE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AT THIS HIPSTER SPEAKEASY IN THE NEW YEAR!!!

The conversation is sure to be scintillating with an extra serving of complimentary white guilt paired with so many bitter tears over the 2016 Hillary Clinton loss.

TKC NOTE . . . This actually does seem like an interesting event inasmuch as the everybody deserves a right to speak with folks in a more relaxed setting where keyboard warriors fear to tread i.e. the real world.

Checkit:

Cocktails & Conversation: Jeneé Osterheldt

Join us for a new series, Cocktails & Conversation at P.S. Speakeasy!

Hear from notable Kansas City business men and women telling the story of their path to success, over fresh cocktails, under ground, under the radar and off the cuff.

Your ticket includes admission and one complimentary house brand drink.

On January 17, 2018, P.S. Welcomes Jeneé Osterheldt, The Kansas City Star's Culture Columnist and 2017 Harvard Nieman Fellow.

Jeneé Osterheldt was named a diversity advocate by the NAACP of Olathe and we have seen her work appear in Essence, Rolling Out, KicksOnFire.com and most recently, Very Smart Brothas. She joined the Kansas City Star in 2001 as an intern covering pop culture and hip-hop before moving on to intern for The Contra Costa Times in California and The Pioneer Press in Minnesota. She returned to the Star in 2002 as a music critic and nightlife columnist.

She transitioned into a lifestyle colomnist and spent her fellowship year at Harvard exploring the role of pop culture and the arts in shaping identity and social justice movements. Her beat covered everything from Rachel Dolezal to the unapologetic blackness of Beyoncé's Formation.

She recently returned to The Star as a culture columnist, where her columns speak truth to power. She concentrates on identity through the lens of pop culture, politics and the arts. She's taken on Trump, sexism and is unafraid to write about controversial topics. For her, being a journalist is not simply a job or a career. It is a responsibility.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7 PM - 8 PM
P.S.
106 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105

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See ya there!!!

Steve Rose Seyz Greg Orman Could Be Guv

Kansas prognostication from the opinion maker of Johnson County setting up a scenario for an Independent win. You decide . . .

Here's how independent Greg Orman could be elected Kansas governor

Could Greg Orman - indeed could anyone - be elected Kansas governor running as an independent? Everybody who knows anything about Kansas politics says no way. So, a contrarian is needed. I volunteer to serve in that role for today only. I will tell you how Orman could win.

SHOW-ME GOP BEGGING FOR BITCOIN!!!

In a desperate fight to replace incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Republicans hope that cryptocurrency will fuel their rage. Check the deets on the right-wing getting just a bit liberal with their fundraising efforts. Take a look:

US Senate Hopeful Opens Coffers to Bitcoin Donations

(TNS) - WASHINGTON - Missouri Republican Senate candidate Austin Petersen said Thursday he has accepted bitcoin contributions from about a dozen donors to his campaign, and federal records show his is just one of a handful of campaigns that have accepted donations in the virtual currency.

Kansas City Newsie Chatter This Week



Take a look at newspaper peeps talking over this week and what it MIGHT mean to the shrinking number of people who don't let rigged social media feeds dictate their emotions.

Description . . .

"Nick Haines, Steve Vockrodt, Eric Wesson, Barbara Shelly and Dave Helling discuss the latest KCI developments, the FBI investigation of Mike Sanders and his involvement in a kickback scheme, the homicide rate reaching the highest total in 23 years, the secretive text messaging app used by Greitens, the ouster of the JOCO City Manager & the impact of Greg Orman on the Kansas Governor's race."

Take a look:



More in a bit . . .

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY HOBO IGNITES CROSSROADS VACANT BUILDING!!!

A look at "density" near downtown Kansas City gone wrong and a real world sign that real estate speculation isn't working. Take a look:

One injured in downtown Kansas City building fire

Kansas City EMS transported one man to an area hospital after a building fire in downtown. Firefighters got the call just before 9 p.m. Friday. When fire crews arrived they saw heavy smoke coming from a vacant two-story building near 19th and Main.

Kansas City Old School Fire Frame-Up Case

A look into local history and a miscarriage of justice in the name of "closure" and political expediency. Read more:

New lawsuit seeks info in 1988 fire that killed six Kansas City firefighters

A new federal lawsuit argues information concerning the 1988 deaths of six Kansas City firefighters should be made public. It's filed by former defendant Bryan Shepard. He was freed earlier this year on a legal technicality. Shepard vowed on his release to help his remaining co-defendants win their freedom too.

The Kansas City Saturday First Look



We start the morning with tribute to Josie and work our way forward with all these Kansas City MSM news links. Take a look:

Kansas City Comeback Story

Humanitarian returns to helping homeless weeks after bad accident

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the sunset Friday evening "Taking It the Streets" was getting to hand out meals for a needy or homeless person in Kansas City A familiar face is back with them, founder, Scott Lamaster.


Rock Chalk Hard Times

KU Study Indicates Link Between Kansas Welfare Restrictions, Foster Care Case Increase

A University of Kansas study supports the suspicions of lawmakers and advocates who believe there's a link between additional restrictions on welfare benefits and an increase in foster care cases.


Life Lesson After Tragedy

Classmates, neighbors remember KC teen fatally shot in head at apartment as 'nice, quiet girl'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At Raytown South High School students can't believe their classmate, 16-year-old Alexis Mitchell, is now gone. "I am just shocked," Jamirah Cameron said of his fellow classmate. "I just saw her Wednesday afternoon in our world history class.


Golden Ghetto TV Winning
Shawnee woman wins Ellen's 12 Days of Giveaways
Kansas City Fanboy Movie

This Chiefs hype video narrated by Eric Berry has me fired up

The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing out all the stops on Saturday night. They're going to be wearing their all red uniforms on Saturday night. Primetime at Arrowhead with the red on red. Sweetness. Next, the Chiefs released this hype video that features Eric Berry's voice and IT HAS ME READY TO RUN THROUGH A BRICK WALL!


Dreezy - Spar ft. 6LACK, Kodak Black is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Friday, December 15, 2017

Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings



Tonight we celebrate the strongest in Kansas City this week and take a quick peek at their power moves . . . Take a look:


Councilman Lee Barnes


Even if it was a distraction of sorts, and amid the ensuing #BetterKCI blame game - This Councilman raised an important issue about the deets of the Kansas City Airport MOU and ultimately was the public voice in the Council shooting down a sketchy billion dollar plan.

Main St. Toy Train Streetcar Enthusiasts


Extension of the streetcar without a citywide vote was passed but still developers persist with TDD schemes and pretty pictures.

Westport Biz Activist Bill Nigro


Behind the scenes he is working to try and keep illegal guns out of Westport and save the party district by way of street privatization. There are some important arguments over his strategies but nobody should question his career dedication to the heart of Kansas City.

And so . . .


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.

Kansas City Friday Night Working Links



We find kinship with all of those locals still trying to get as much work done before everyone hangs it up for the holidays. Accordingly, we offer these Kansas City evening news links with just a lingerie hotness flash of Rosie brilliance because even at the office a man can dream, a man can dream . . .

Check the links:

Kangaroo Tech Gambit
UMKC Will Build State-Of-The-Art Computer Science Facility To Keep Up With EnrollmentNortheast Kansas City Biz Life

Northeast Newscast Episode 36 - on entrepreneurship w/ The Tamale Kitchen founder Becky Gripp

On the latest edition of the Northeast Newscast, we sit down with Becky Gripp, the founder of The Tamale Kitchen, to get some insight into the Northeast-based business. Gripp invited us to a tamale cook to get a look at the process, and opened up about the many stages The Tamale Kitchen has gone through since it's genesis in July of 2015.


Rare Instance Of Meth Town Restraint

Independence homeowner subdues would be burglar, holds him until police arrive

An Independence homeowner quickly foiled a burglar's plans by catching the suspect in the act and pinning him down until police could arrest him. Once the homeowner had the suspect pinned down he called the police. When officers arrived at the man's home, they found the homeowner still holding the suspect down.


Rock Chalk Teachable Moment

DA won't file rape charges from incident at KU basketball dorm; no suspect ever identified after alcohol-filled party

The Douglas County District Attorney's Office will not file sex assault charges from a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped a year ago at the University of Kansas men's basketball dorm. The investigation and inquiry into the case has concluded, and a sexual assault suspect was never identified, DA Charles Branson said Friday.


EXCELLENT KANSAS CITY CHRISTMAS PIX FROM A MASTER PHOTOG!!!

The Halls Are Decked - The Stevens Home

The 1902 home of Edward A. Stevens is all aglow for the holiday season thanks to its current owners Jeff Zumsteg and Jeffrey Linville. The annual decorating takes 10 full 8 hour days, although they spread it out a little more than that. There are 19 Christmas trees in the house this year.


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

TKC MUST READ!!! JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE RAGES AGAINST 'SPITEFUL AND IRRESPONSIBLE POLITICAL GAMES' OF LEGISLATURE IN SCATHING STATEMENT!!!



One of the most vehement responses we've seen from a local elected official this year. This one speaks for itself. Checkit:

Jackson County Executive responds to Legislature’s approved budget

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has issued the following statement after the Legislature’s 6-3 vote to approve its amended budget.

“It’s spiteful and irresponsible when some members of the Legislature take joy in eliminating staff members, some who have been here decades and worked hard on behalf of the taxpayers. Those same legislators say their decision to cut jobs is to save taxpayer dollars, but they’re adding jobs to their budget.

Despite the political games by some members of the Legislature, I want all County Associates to know that this fight is not over. I will fight for our County Associates because they fight every day for Jackson County. I would like to commend the three legislators who voted against the budget and stood up today for our Associates as well.

While we are still reviewing the Legislative budget, we have already determined:

· There is no funding for necessary safety and security repairs to the jail;

· There is no funding for salary increases for entry-level corrections officers despite the Legislature’s commitment to do so; and

· There is a $500,000 increase to the Legislative budget.

I have taken a lot heat from many elected officials about what’s going on at the jail. I have worked tirelessly with them to make repairs and improvements. With this budget, it is clear of Legislature’s unwillingness to work with my administration. The Legislature has impeded us every step of the way from improving the quality of life for Jackson County citizens and it’s time the taxpayers know who is truly working for them, instead of against them.

My staff will work diligently to mitigate the damage done by the Legislature. I will do everything in my power to protect taxpayer dollars as the voters elected me to do.”
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Developing . . .

FRIDAY MURDER COUNT FOLLOWUP - KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #141 & #142: TEEN DIES FROM GUNFIRE AND MAN SUCCUMBS TO STAB WOUNDS!!!



At the end of the workweek, here's a glimpse at the ongoing impact of rising Kansas City violence.

Accordingly . . .

KANSAS CITY STARTS THE WEEKEND MOVING TOWARD A HISTORIC HOMICIDE COUNT IN 2017!!!

Here are the follow-up reports:

KMBC: Teen dies from injuries suffered in shooting on Wednesday, police say

"A teenage girl shot earlier this week has died from her injuries, Kansas City police said Friday. Alexis Mitchell, 16, was shot Wednesday night in the 7900 block of Manchester Avenue. Authorities said detectives have a person of interest in custody."

And then . . .

KCTV5: Man dies after stabbing at Kansas City car wash

Officers were called about 5:35 p.m. on Nov. 14 to the car wash at 820 Prospect Ave. on an ambulance call. When they arrived on the scene, they located the victim, who was unresponsive and suffering from apparent stab wounds.

With a little more than two weeks to go in the year Kansas City has recorded 10 MORE MURDERS than 2016 last year.

Developing . . .

FRIDAY FACE-OFF: JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE'S BUDGET AND FIRES CHIEF OF STAFF CALEB CLIFFORD!!!



Power move from the Courthouse this afternoon breaks a legislative impasse and features politicos lashing out at behind the scenes players.

Checkit:

KMBC: "The Jackson County Legislature has passes an amended $314 million budget, calling County Executive Frank White’s budget “structurally unsound.” In addition, the Jackson County Legislature abolished Jackson County Chief of Staff Caleb Clifford’s position."

So, it's not really a firing but a bold budget move on a big salary that should make the Exec's life miserable over the holidays.

Our blog community has profiled the tension betwixt the Legislature and Frank's right hand man for some time and recently the Pitch had a hard time defending him.

Accordingly . . .

EPIC PUSH BACK FROM THE LEGISLATURE DOOMS JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE TO AN ELECTION CHALLENGE WHERE HIS ABILITY TO GOVERN IS NOW IN QUESTION!!!

Developing . . .

KCMO Drunk Driving Suspect Confronts Double Manslaughter After Deadly Crash

A reminder for locals to stay safe and call for a ride this holiday season . . .

Kansas City man accused in Thanksgiving wrong-way crash that killed 2 people faces manslaughter charge

KANSAS CITY, Mo -- Platte County prosecutors filed manslaughter charges Thursday against a 31-year-old Kansas City man in connection to the wrong-way crash that killed two people early Thanksgiving morning. Police say when they arrived at the scene at I-29 near 152 Highway at about 12:50 a.m., on Nov.