*** The alarm sounded at 3:25 am for five KC-MO fire companies to a "possible" house fire in the 10800 block of Ewing- in the Ruskin Heights area.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
*** The alarm sounded at 3:25 am for five KC-MO fire companies to a "possible" house fire in the 10800 block of Ewing- in the Ruskin Heights area.
Friday, August 17, 2007
The week was filled with two interesting observations, the first having to do with our car tag, or lack thereof. While there wasn’t a major hub-bub in the newspaper about our license tag renewal being one month late, I was still surprised to see a really angry letter to the editor about it. To our way of thinking, our lives have been turned completely upside down, and not getting our tag renewed in time was the least of our problems.
One of Funk’s husbandly duties has always been to get the vehicles inspected and then to stand in the DMV line to renew the tags. Since the campaign, I’ve been going with the flow and accepting, quite graciously for me, less husbandly-ness around the house, but the wives will understand when I say that there is a line that husbands can’t cross and still expect us to be understanding. The DMV was my line – I wasn’t about to take over this horrific duty for him. Having to pay the ticket we got for our tardiness was both our punishment.
The letter to the editor did leave me pondering why the woman had so much anger towards us about a pretty normal oversight that many families find themselves contending with. Then it dawned on me – it’s the whole “haves” and “have-nots” issue at play. To her, we probably seem like the “haves.” I’m guessing in her mind, we surely must be in order for Funk to have gotten elected. Unfortunately, our electoral system is weighted toward people with money. Consequently our congressman, senators and even a lot of our Mayors are millionaires. But one of the greatest achievements and the hope that came out of Funk’s campaign was the reminder that regular folks can still get elected if they are able to work hard to win over a population. This woman probably has no idea that we’re more like her in this regard, than not. This was a breakthrough to me, and I can now go down the road with a little more understanding about these sorts of things. Her sentiment is just another blazing example of how we’ve underserved the people in this community. And while I could do without the indigestion while reading the morning paper, I’m grateful for this insight and the reminder, I feel it was a blessing in disguise.
The second observation came about at an event that we attended. It surrounds an issue that’s confused me for a while now. Funk and I were sharing a table with a staffer from a prominent public official’s office. The conversation was pleasant enough, with talk at one point coming around to the typical question regarding how Funk was adjusting to being Mayor. Funk’s typical response is that it is harder than he thought it would be, but that he is learning with each new day how to do it better. The staffer then asked why we were at the dinner, and Funk answered that the staffer’s boss had invited us, and since he liked said boss, he thought he should attend. The staffer became very animated at this point and said enthusiastically, “I guess you are learning. That was the perfect response – you’re going to do just fine.” His response baffled me until I realized what he was really saying. He thought Funk’s response was the perfect “political” response, instead of the innocent remark that it was - the simple truth spoken from my little hubby’s mouth. This exchange brought to light a major obstacle that Funk has to overcome – people expect doubletalk from their elected officials, so much so that they can hardly believe it when an elected official is just simply speaking the plain truth to them. Fortunately, our campaign supporters understood that what came out of Funk’s mouth was the truth, plain and simple. And thankfully, the people attending the town hall meetings walk out of the meetings understanding this fact. Now, we just have to work hard to earn the trust from the rest of the community to this apparently “new” phenomenon as well.
It’s crying time for us again next week as our daughter Tara heads back to college. Imagine, the selfish child wants to continue her education instead of continuing to help in the Mayor’s office? I don’t know where we went wrong.
Until next week,
Gloria & Mark
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The Mayor’s top ten priorities:
1. Establishing a good working relationship with the Council
2. Getting the City’s finances in order
3. Making downtown work
4. Tending to our neighborhoods
5. Implementing the Housing Policy task force recommendations
6. Improving the perception and the reality of public education in Kansas City
7. Reducing Crime
8. Repairing our sewer systems
9. Establishing an excellent regional transit system, which includes light rail
10. Improving citizen satisfaction with City services.
The National Snow and Ice Reporting Center- in an Associated Press article- reports "2.02 million square miles of ice in the Arctic, falling below the Sept. 21, 2005, record minimum of 2.05 million square miles."
The spectre of HD-TV has been looming for years now. One or more deadlines have come and gone on when all U.S. TV stations were to shut down their old- standard TV transmitters and operate only the new digital transmitters.
But most of us John and Jane Q. Public have resisted HD-TVs due to the cost then- and many still do now. It's still a $1500 difference in price for a comparable screen-sized analog over a new HD TV.
In today's economy of uncertanty- you and I have a LOT more things to do with $1500 than buy a new TV to watch the same-old crap in high definition.
If you're on cable or satellite using the old tube TV - no problem.
But come summer of 2009- forget taking the old battery-operated TV out to the lake to watch a ballgame- "by the people and for the people" you know.
The latter is what Kansas City's leaders want you to vote for- now tentatively set for a February 2008 election.
Governments have incredible guile these days- ignoring the directives of the citizens.
Kansas Citians SAID with the approval of the Clay Chastain light rail plan that we wanted SOMETHING - ANYTHING pertaining to a modern public transit system.
City leaders- particularly the city's wealthy- say they don't want light rail running on certain streets- but offer no alternative plans whatsoever.
The city's wealthy don't ride public transit!!!
In lieu of an alternative light rail plan- VOTE NO TO CHANGE KANSAS CITY'S LIGHT RAIL PLAN- and remove from office those who don't want to implement such a plan.
This model depicted shows Dean making a run at the Galveston-Houston areas by early Wednesday morning. This model also has Dean missing the Yucatan peninsula- which would tend to decrease the intensity of the hurricane.
Another operational weather model shows Dean making landfall near or just south of Brownsville-TX around this same time period. That model takes Dean over the tip of the Yucatan- which decreases the intensity somewhat.
I urge all residents along the Texas Gulf coast to make preparations this weekend for Dean's forecasted landfall- possibly somewhere along the Texas coast- Wednesday.
Locally- models also predict what is left of Dean after landfall to be ingested northward- toward the Metro Region- late next week.
There had been no signs the trapped miners are alive and with the latest setback- rescue (recovery) operations have been suspended.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The death toll continues to rise with each news report- this the latest from the AP at this filing says 510 are dead with more than 1500 injured.
Hard hit were the Peruvian cities of Ica- of 120000 people and the port of Pisco. At least 200 were killed when a church collapsed on them during a service in Pisco. At another church in Ica- 17 died.
Many structures in both cities have collapsed into piles of debris- blocking streets. Roadways to the 2 cities had been severely damaged. Half of a hospital collapsed in a small town near Pisco.
There have been two major aftershocks today- a 6.7 and a 6.0- further hampering already-difficult rescue efforts.
You can see by the extrapolated 5-day path forecast that on Day 5- Dean clears the Yucatan and makes it into the Gulf.
Present forecasts are Dean will continue to strengthen- possibly becoming a Category 4 before reaching Mexico's Yucatan.
Fill up your vehicles and gas cans folks....
Their histories- their past statements- yes- even their families. That's why many qualified people don't run and we get stuck with nightmares like Dubya.
According to this AP story- Rudy Giuliani didn't like a question posed to him by a woman in New Hampshire- regarding Giuliani's daughter supporting Barack Obama.
Giuliani told the woman "leave my family alone."
I think America should leave Rudy Giuliani alone- period.
Torrential rain can also be expected producing localized flooding.
MetroRegion counties included are: Lafayette- Johnson and Carroll Counties MO..
You can bet the man WILL be back on the airwaves- Americans have short memories and frankly- the black leaders SHOULD be spending all their vocal energies on gangsta rap artists anyway.
I tend more to despair over the young black youth of America killing each other/being incarcerated at high rates than I worry about some old mush-mouthed has-been....
If you have a poll question you'd like to see voted on- email me.
Two people remain missing.
Minnesota politicians debate if a replacement bride CAN be built in less than 2 years.
As a local sidebar- inspections are still on-going on the 2 bridges rated lower than the collapsed Minneapolis bridge: the twin spans of the Lewis & Clark viadaut that carries I-70 between the 2 Kansas Citys (I take I-670 now anyway).
The cumulus clouds are building to the north according to a spotter report just called in here- and weather radar backs that up with a large thunderstorm cell already over Carroll County MO or about 35 miles ENE of Downtown KC-MO.
No watches currently in effect ... Goodbye heat and hello rain!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
CRP will be on the northeastern or active side of this tropical storm- with chances for torrential rains and isolated tornadoes.
Residents in that area- including Perrydise- should monitor local media information for the latest on Tropical Storm Erin.
Also on the horizon is Tropical Storm Dean- and Dean could become a hurricane in the Gulf later next week.
That's good to see- considering America is stuck in a foreign policy void with the present administration's "shoot first and negotiate later (if at all)" stance.
There was no immediate reports of the driver's or any other motorist injuries.
KOA is reporting the Colorado Department Of Transportation says "I-70 will be closed both directions" near the collapse site "until further notice."
I-70 is closed both directions at the accident scene. Detours are on U.S. 6 through Grand Junction.
KOA News also stated "the truck burned and the driver died" in the wreck. It was also reported "the truck was possibly carrying hazardous materials" but they did not know what they might be.
The man and his newborn both tumbled to the floor- the child reportedly suffering head injuries in the process.
I hope 1) Moron Barney Fife gets fired and NEVER works ANY type of security job again and 2) the father sues the hospital's ass off....
I can't believe Americans- especially my "baby-boom" generation that went through the folly of Vietnam- still support this idiocy in Iraq.
I can't believe my generation are letting their kids- and grand kids- go fight this worthless cause.
Maybe if the war enters some living rooms or the economy goes to Hell America MIGHT wake up....
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 593
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK - 505 PM CDT MON AUG 13 2007
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 593 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS - NE - NEBRASKA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ARTHUR - BLAINE - BOYD - BROWN - CHERRY - CUSTER - GRANT - HOLT - HOOKER - KEYA PAHA - LOGAN - LOUP - MCPHERSON - ROCK - THOMAS
SD - SOUTH DAKOTA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE AURORA - BON HOMME - BRULE - CHARLES MIX - DOUGLAS - GREGORY
HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER- THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH- AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
DISCUSSION- LINE OF INTENSE THUNDERSTORMS HAS FORMED ALONG AXIS OF STRONG HEATING AND WEAKENING CAP OVER CENTRAL NEB/SOUTHERN SD. THESE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR SEVERAL HOURS THIS EVENING WITH A RISK OF DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL.
AVIATION- A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 600. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 30025.
And as is typical with such goverment largess- this tax break does NOT apply to regular people- those wanting to buy property (homes) to live in themselves.
Besides Kansas City's annual Elvis parade Friday- there will actually be an Elvis impersonator contest in Memphis at Graceland itself.
I met Elvis a little more than a year before he died.
Standing far backstage in 1976 at Kemper Arena with Firefighter Joe from blogpost "Pumper 9 Was Left To Burn"- Elvis appears from his dressing room- looking bloated and haggard.
He makes his way down the inclined walkway with his entourage- pumps himself up- then sees Joe and I in our fire turnout gear- walks over to us- his eyes all lit up- and says "Where's the fire boys? Hi- I'm Elvis."
Like Joe and I didn't know who The King of Rock & Roll was. We shook hands.
Elvis invites Joe and I to sit in his personal box next to the stage. We grabbed the pumper's portable radio and go- and end up sitting next to Elvis' girl at the time- Linda Thompson.
Elvis opened with 'America The Beautiful'- but because I couldn't hear the walkie-talkie even against my ear- we left about midway through.
When our hands touched and eyes met- I got this incredible feeling from Elvis of tiredness- of a simple man who was sucked into a giant publicity vortex and couldn't escape.
To this day- I think had we invited Elvis out to the fire truck for a ride around Kemper with lights and sirens- he would have left 15000 cheering fans waiting to do just that.
He may not have wanted to come back. R.I.P. Elvis....
The moderate risk area is a 50-percent probability of severe weather later today and tonight.
America will not miss Herr Rove.
Now get this- Bush- who was just cavorting around in Kennebunkport on what the American people THOUGHT was a vacation is scheduled to leave later today for Texas and- guess what?
That's right- another vacation.
It's just a crying shame for America and the world Bush didn't go on vacation January 21- 2001 and stay there.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Mr. Afffordable Air Care (sorry- didn't catch the name) donated his labor & materials to a KC-MO Northland woman with medical issues- according to a report aired on KMBC-9 during their 10 pm newscast.
Regarding the continued rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina of August 29, 2005- confusion seems to be the only common denominator between the myriad governmental agencies/programs and the people they are supposed to "help."
Surely memories of the rescue efforts AFTER Katrina save the blessed Coast Guard and Navy give us an idea of how all that would go....
In another Katrina-related story- the trial for the nursing home owner where 35 patients died when the hurricane buried the facility in water begins tomorrow (Monday).
So far- 8 persons have been confirmed dead and 5 were still missing until today's find. This latest discovery would raise the official death toll in the August 1 collapse to 9.
Site clearance has continued away from the river where divers continue to search for the remains of what now appears to be 4 missing people.
The Captain's REALLY getting tired of these S.O.B.s- it was just to protect the rich & so-called celebrities of society's irresponsibilities under the guise of doing this for the poor.
HaHa! Good riddance! We don't need MORE governmental secrecy- we have Dubya!
The gunman also reportedly "briefly" held 25 to 50 people hostage in the church- but released them with the suspect taken into police custody.
Neosho is about 20 miles southeast of Joplin- in the southwestern part of the state.
A cluster of strong storms is currently over eastern Nebraska- moving east-southeast. At this time- this activity does NOT threaten the K.C. MetroRegion.
Geez Queenie- I know yer 65 now and it's sweltering- but it might be cooler if you lost the fur....
As you can see on the image-map- the oval that indicates an area that could get some severe thunderstorms- later today into the overnight.
The 'Day-1' forecast period is valid until 7am the next (Monday) morning- and this "slight risk" or about 25% chance of severe boomers comes as close to just north of St. Joseph-MO. or about Savannah.
Also within the area are such northern and northwestern Missouri towns as Rock Port- Maryville and Bethany.
The area of "slight risk" extends to cover most of eastern Nebraska- western Iowa and extreme southeastern South Dakota. General thunderstorms could pop up over most of Kansas except the southeast- the northern 2/3 of Missouri- and all of Nebraska and Iowa.
*** A yet-unidentified man died after he was shot in the Crossroads district of KC-MO around 3:15 am Sunday morning.
Police at 18th Street and Baltimore reported a man was shot in the head "by (one or more of) 4 to 5 possibly Hispanic males who left the scene in a blue Ford Taurus."
The victim had been declared dead at the scene initially by MAST- but then was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
I believe this will be 2007 homicide 58 or 59 in KC-MO - about 5 ahead of a year ago.
** Critical Injures To Male Hit In Head With Hatchet **
** Man Critically Hurt After Hit & Run Incident in KC-MO **
** Fires Virtually Destroy 2 Metro Homes Overnight **