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Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Saturday, September 29, 2008

*** METRO GUNS KILL AT LEAST ONE- LEAVE 2 OTHERS IN VERY CRITICAL AND SERIOUS CONDITION ***

*** At least 2 of the three lead-poisoned people are reported to be males- two of the incidents reported as "possibly self-inflicted."

The dead GSW recipient was found in a Downtown KC-MO residential structure just before 1 am Saturday morning. An initial indication from police detectives is this gunshot was "possibly self-inflicted. "

Just before the Downtown call- KC-KS agencies responded to another "possibly self-inflicted" shooting call in the area of 49th and Leavenworth Road. That young male with a gunshot to the temple was in very bad shape when taken to an area trauma center.

The last incident was in southern Blue Springs-MO off of Missouri-7 highway- a man in his 40's shot in the back- and initially reported to be "accidental." That man's injuries were serious to critical.

All 3 incidents have been or are being investigated.
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<><><> OVERNIGHT WEATHER <><> <>

Kansas City MetroRegion skies were mostly cloudy overnight- even some showers moved through northwestern portions. Temperatures fell from the lower 70's to the lower 60's to near 60 most areas at daybreak. South winds ranged from around 5 to 15 m.p.h.

Today- above seasonal normal temperatures can be expected- highs in the 80-85-degree range. South breezes this morning will increase to 10-20 m.p.h. this afternoon ahead of strong low pressure developing to our west.

There is a chance for brief showers and thunderstorms by midday Sunday.

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Kansas City's Breaking News Leader - NBC41 ACTION NEWS.
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Friday, September 28, 2007

Citizen Letter From KC-MO's Mayor: "Notes From Funk's Front Porch" XVI

Funk's Front Porch

28 September 2007


Dear Folks,


This week’s city news:

It was busy in the Mayor’s office this week. Funk held a press conference with the Downtown Council to inform the public that downtown is ready and on target for the grand opening of the Sprint Center come October. Contrary to what you might have heard, there is plenty of parking within a few blocks of the arena. Staffer Kendrick Blackwood worked really hard to pull the press conference together, hard enough to make himself sick with a cold once his job was complete. Such is the way things go up here.

We have some wonderful endorsements of Funk’s vision for a regional light rail system. We’ll have more details about this in a couple of weeks, but it’s becoming more and more obvious that people do see a need for a transportation system that enhances the entire metropolitan area. Funk feels that a regional transit system is imperative to spur fast-paced economic growth and to make our city greener and more user-friendly. The plan includes not only light rail, but rapid transit buses, walking trails and bicycle lanes. In Funk’s mind, a key flaw with Clay Chastain’s rail plan is that it calls for taking funding away from the bus system and this is something that Funk will not give support to. And, as Stan Glazer put it so comically on the campaign trail, “Clay’s rail plan is good if the animals at the zoo want to visit the airport.”

The Sales Tax Renewal Campaign kicked off today. The campaign offers no further taxation than what citizens are already paying, but it does provide a guarantee that 35% of the money will go towards improving neighborhoods. Because of this, it is important that citizens vote for its passage.

Funk met with Brenda Tinnen of the Sprint Center today regarding the ticketing fiasco. His heart went out to Ms. Tinnen as she is taking a lot of flak over the arena concerts being sold out. This would be a huge sign of success by any other measure. I guess it’s all in how you decide to look at things. If the tickets weren’t selling out, that would mean that the arena was failing and, if the arena fails, the city is in a world of hurt. Obviously, sold out shows mean that the arena is a hit. And, after all, one of the big reasons for building the arena was to bring visitors, and hence, their money, to our downtown. Sometimes there is no winning with these sorts of things. Of course, Ms. Tinnen is working hard to make sure that more tickets are available to the folks living in our metropolitan community.

On a more personal note:

I am taking a short break from writing this newsletter for the next week or two, but you can get a daily update regarding the Mayor’s office by visiting, www.funksfrontporch.com.

Until next week,

In faith,
Gloria & Mark


You can respond to this newsletter at funksfrontporch@gmail.com.


Please help us by forwarding this email to as many people as you think might want to be more informed about their city government. They can sign up to receive the newsletter at
http://www.blogger.com/www.funksfrontporch.com.

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.


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Killer Bacteria - A Real-Life Horror Show In America

There is a microscopic creature- an ameoba- that enters a human's olfactory canal and makes it's way to your brain and starts munching.

Six Americans have died this year from this rare microbe which prefers warm bodies of water- according to the Associated Press.

Preliminary symptoms include headaches- stiff neck and fevers- advanced stages of this brain-hungry ameoba include hallucinations and behavioral changes.

I suggest America's high-ranking politicians be immediately tested for this microbe- that could explain volumes about what's going on....
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Murder In Myanmar

This should be front page news in America- the people of a country fighting a military for freedom with virtually their bare hands.

This and I'm sure many Americans are with you People of Myanmar.

Unfortunately- unless you have a valuable commodity such as oil- I seriously doubt the American government/military is going to send you so much as a bullet....
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It's The Rock And Roll Hall Of Shame With No Chicago

It was with anticipation that I read the latest nominated inductees into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a bit ago.

That anticipation turned again to anger- another year passes and America's 2nd biggest-selling band of ALL time STILL won't be entering the Hall.

CHICAGO didn't pass muster.

I submit the band's first 3 albums. If this isn't "groundbreaking" enough- please tell me what is?

They had a guitar player- Terry Kath- who a fellow named Jimi Hendrix once said was a better guitar player than he was. The band's first 3 releases- all double albums- covered virtually all musical styles from classical to country.

It was and still is great music that became the soundtrack of my very life.

Sure- I'm biased. No doubt all the ballads CHICAGO released in the subsequent years probably lost them credibility in the rock world. But that alone is no excuse.

Better musicians you will not find in an American band- STILL touring and recording I may add. The only American band that has sold more records- tapes and CDs is The Beach Boys- and THEY were inducted in the Hall years ago.

IMHO- the Hall of Fame is bogus without inclusion of what is without any doubt one of America's greatest musical treasures- CHICAGO.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007

FAUX News Statement About O'Reilly's Foot-In-Mouth

See where American politicians get their modern-day training. Read how- when YOU make a gaffe- to incredibly shift the blame elsewhere.

A FAUX News spokesperson "Bill Shine"- replying to their lackey Bill O'Reilly's comment about a Harlem restaurant said discussion of O'Reilly's comments constitutes "nothing more than left-wing outlets stirring up false racism accusations for ratings. It's sad.".

Heh- and people wonder WHY I have FAUX News locked out of my TV's channel rotation....
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A Grand Jury With Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Too Much Time On It's Hands

America's drowning in lies and corruption- so what does a local "grand jury" do?

Bust some local businesses for selling "pornography."
Hell- one of the stores- Priscilla's- ADVERTISES selling adult-content stuff. GIMME A DAMN BREAK!

I could supply my OWN comments to this idiocy- but one of my local fave bloggers Xavier Onassis of the Hip Suburban White Guy blog does it SO much better!

"Well --------------- isn't THAT special!"
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Senator Continues To Shame Idaho


Ole Senator Craig continues to try to undo what he already did and pled guilty to- according to this WASHINGTON POST article.

You remember- this fun and gay Senator trying to solicit a homosexual act in a bathroom of the MSP airport back in June.

True to this new American tradition of hypocritical- dellusional and/or brain-damaged politicians- Senator Craig has rescinded his pledge to resign his Senate seat.

(Tip 'o the Spaulding pith to the BLUE GIRL- RED STATE blog)
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Fleet Needed For 2008



Soon- you will see these trucks appearing outside every venue a politician spews from.

It's a good thing Generous Motors settled (tentatively) their strike- because America's going to need a HUGE fleet of these vehicles for next year's elections.

(Tip of the Spaulding pith helmet to Beth in OK for the photo).

Court Rules Parts Of The PATRIOT Act Unconstitutional

As I watched the drama of September 11- 2001 unfold on the boob tube- the question came up of "how many freedoms does this act of terrorism cost us?"

The answer came soon after that September day in the form of knee-jerk legislation assaulting America's Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It was as if American citizens were being punished for what the terrorists did.

Wednesday in Portland-OR- U.S. District Court judge Ann Aiken ruled against 2 parts of that wildly- infuriating PATRIOT Act.

Judge Aiken said in her written ruling about a Federal intelligence section that it "now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment"- according to the AP article.

"For over 200 years, this Nation has adhered to the rule of law - with unparalleled success. A shift to a Nation based on extra-constitutional authority is prohibited, as well as ill-advised,"- my new judicial hero continues to opine.

The decision was rendered in the case of a lawsuit brought against the federal government by an American citizen wrongly accused of participating in the Madrid-Spain train bombings which left nearly 200 people dead.

Our law enforcement agencies misread that accused man's fingerprints- which brought on a $2-million lawsuit against the American government.

Thank you sincerely Judge Aiken. It is TRUE patriots like you who MIGHT save America from doom.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Toone For The Doodes - "Everything They Say You Are"

Yo guyz-

Have you ever had a gurl you were nuts about- yet she seemed to be nuts for EVERYONE else too?

Have you ever had a woman who thought "faithful" was part of a sign on a Yellowstone geyser?


Done kind of like a big-band number- with a brass line similar to the old tune "The Stripper"- these song lyrics are for such a lady we idiotic guys sometimes get hooked up with...


EVERYTHING THEY SAY YOU ARE
(J. BOTEE) ©1978 JOINT AGREEMENT - BoSongs MUSIC COMPANY


I LOVE YOUR TASTE;
A REAL COZY PLACE;
I'M OF A MOOD
WHERE I COULD
THROW YOU ON THE COUCH AND THEN,
KISS AND MAKE OUT,
THRASH ALL ABOUT;
REMOVING ALL DOUBT,
THAT YOU'RE
EVERYTHING THEY SAY YOU ARE;


I LOVE YOUR PROSE;
PLEASE HOLD THAT POSE;
LET ME GET THE KODAK
SO I CAN
SAVE IT FOR POSTERITY;

SPRAWLED IN THE SACK,
LOSING ALL TRACK,
THINK I'LL COME BACK:
YOU'RE EVERYTHING THEY SAY YOU ARE;


BRIDGE: GOOD LOVE COMES CHEAP,
SAID A MAN ON THE STREET;
FOR THE LIFE OF HIM,
COULD NOT RECALL YOUR NAME;
I MADE FRUITLESS CALLS,
BUT ON BATHROOM WALLS,
WAS THE ADVERTISEMENT
THAT TOLD OF YOUR GAME;


FROM MAINE TO DULUTH,
THE RUMOR IS TRUTH;
YOU COULD MAKE
THE POPE FORGET
HIS VOWS OF CELEBACY;
YOU'VE FOUND A FRIEND,
I'LL BE BACK AT TEN,
TO DISCOVER AGAIN,
YOU'RE EVERYTHING THEY SAY YOU ARE.

EVERYTHING THEY SAY YOU ARE.




EVERYTHING THEY SAY YOU ARE
©1978 MAY 5, 1978 ... JOINT AGREEMENT - BoSongs MUSIC COMPANY
WORDS & MUSIC: J. BOTEE ... #240.

A White House Chiefs Of Staff Meeting


Bush Promises Veto For Child Health Insurance Bill

No Child Left Behind? Bullshit...

The worst president (in my lifetime anyway) has promised to veto a bill that would provide health insurance coverage to those children just over the government-established poverty line.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday by a vote of 265 to 159- according to the Associated Press.

Ok folks- no insane laughter here- 'cause Dubya says this bill will- ready?- COST TOO MUCH.

That's right. The moron and his butt-buddy Republicrats who got us into another Vietnam- costing lives and BILLIONS of dollars daily- says we can't afford health care for financially-borderline children in the U.C.S.A. (United Corporate States of America).

I wonder if the 1/3 of sheep-people polled thinking Dubya is doing an "alright job" think that still?
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Kansas City Metro Weather Radar Pix

Some scattered showers and thunderstorms have moved into the southwestern Kansas Metro area of Johnson County and now crossing the state line into Jackson County Missouri. Movement is north-northeast at around 30 m.p.h..

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Westbound I-70 Still 1-Lane In The "Benton Curve"

As depicted by the K.C. Scout pix- traffic is still down to the one- far inside lane coming out of the Benton curve on westbound I-70 east of Downtown KC-MO.

The 18-wheeler now seen against the large tow truck- uprighted and being unloaded into another semi and trailer- overturned several hours ago- ruining Monday morning drive on one of K.C.'s busiest stretch of highway.

It's hoped the Interstate will be fully opened before noon say the latest statements from police.
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Sunday, September 23, 2008

*** TWO FOUND DEAD IN TRUNK OF BURNING CAR IN KC-MO ***


*** Two bodies- police say are of 2 black males- were found in the trunk of a burning car on Kansas City- MO's East Side around 5:15am Sunday morning.

A Fire department pumper company got the call at 5:11am for a car fire in the 4900 block of East 22nd Street or near 22nd Street and Chelsea.

That pumper- No. 24's- reported the car fully-involved in flames when they arrived 2 minutes later and orders police to respond on "a possible stolen" car. At 5:16am- the captain of 24's then reports they found "2 bodies in the trunk."


Crime scene investigators are processing the scene on the reported blue Ford Thunderbird- possibly a 1994 model- and there's no other info yet.
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** SHOTS FIRED IN KC-MO'S WESTPORT AREA AGAIN **

... At 3am- police on 'party-patrol' in Westport heard shots fired- see people "hitting the deck"- then there's the report to MAST-EMS & Fire that there's a shooting victim down in the parking lot of the Sun Fresh grocery store at Westport & Mill.


Officers never found any victim or evidence someone had been struck- reporting a possible suspect who's said to have fired shots- but was never apprehended.
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* PERHAPS YELLOW RIBBONS WOULD HELP... *

*** Around 12:30am Sunday morning- KC-MO's MAST-EMS sent a mutual-aid paramedic unit to neighboring Blue Summit- where a patient is reported at a structure fire near 18Th Street and Hayes.


Who the MAST unit transported to a hospital was "a 46-year-old male" who- quoting the MAST paramedic- "struck a tree head-on while running at full" speed.

The anonymous MAST paramedic told an E-R physician "the man thought his house was on fire and was running to check."
Turns out "it was the house next door to" their patient's house. The man's injuries were not serious.


Didn't hear anything further about the fire in "Dogpatch."
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<><><> OVERNIGHT WEATHER <><> <>

Skies remained clear to mostly clear over the Kansas City MetroRegion overnight. Rising moisture being shunted northwest from the Gulf states disturbance kept temperatures warm through the autumnal equinox at 4:51am: Metro temperatures were near or in the lower-70's..

It'll be a warm- humid and increasingly-windy Sunday with a slight chance of showers overnight.

The weather pattern is changing- and more needed precipitation brought by two- cooling frontal systems is the coming week's forecast- one system Monday and the other toward next weekend.

Some severe weather and heavy rains are possible over parts of the MetroRegion late Monday into Tuesday- then temperatures should return to a more seasonable range for the first week of fall.

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Kansas City's Breaking News Leader - NBC41 ACTION NEWS.
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Congrats To "Professional Gamer" Leland 'Bubba' Jones


Yeah- that's the pix of my youngest brother's step-son- Leland or "Bubba" Jones sitting absorbed at the video monitor on page A-4 of Saturday's KANSAS CITY STAR.

Actually- the nickname Bubba is a misnomer. Lee was always the quiet- intense one of the 3 kids. I think Bubba first got into video games at the maternity ward PacMan.

A public congrats Bubba- for the Halo article interview & pix.

You're lucky too. This jester had to share his news media debut with two other clowns....
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