Friday, April 29, 2011

The official kickoff of the outdoor art season!

From the Website: The Brookside Art Annual, presented by Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, is celebrating its 26th year on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2011. Located in an eclectic neighborhood in the center of Kansas City, Brookside is just minutes from downtown, the Plaza and the southern suburbs. This is the first art show of the year and draws over 70,000 people from the entire region. The focus of the show is on ART! This community loves art shows and it consistently ranks in the top 25 shows according to Art Source. Art Source quote "This is a very pleasant, national caliber event attracting an affluent, enthusiastic and knowledgeable clientele."

The Brookside Art Annual is produced by the Brookside Business Association. It is a non-profit organization of merchants working to promote and improve the community in the heart of Kansas City. Dominated by quaint neighborhoods, the Brookside neighborhood becomes the center of the Midwest art community each May. The Brookside Art Annual is known for its festive atmosphere, hospitality, convenience, and has become a must-attend event for artists and art seekers alike.

The location for the show is at 63rd and Brookside between Main St. and Wornall.

Art Fair Hours:
Friday, April 29, 5pm-9pm
Saturday, April 30, 10am-9pm
Sunday, May 1, 11am-5pm

Shawnee Mission School District has priceless art work!

Shawnee Mission School District is short on cash, but has Benton treasure
As it turns out, Wyandotte High School is not the only high school in the area to have high priced art. The Shawnee Mission School District has a $700,000 original painting by Thomas Hart Benton, a Missouri Native that is stored in a “secured location” somewhere.  The art work was a gift from the 1957 graduating class of 1957 given to the former Shawnee Mission High School which is now Shawnee Mission North. Read more about it the KC Star.
This picture is from The Kansas City Star

It's tuff being a skateboarder these days!

Skateboarders feud, cousins charged in teens death

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday night for a vigil at Roeland Park’s skate park, where Spillman was a regular. The park has been the scene of so many complaints — unrelated to the killing — that on Monday the city closed it for 30 days. The Kansas City Star Reports

Closing the skate park for 30 days was a little harsh. I have never seen any problems when I have been by the park and enjoyed a McDonald's meal while watching skateboarders. Maybe this whole thing is being blown out of proportion. Typical Joco!

Mission's deal with JOCO Transportation

JoCo OKs land purchase for Mission express bus center

The Kansas City Star reports that the express bus service will operate from 119th Street in Overland Park to the Country Club Plaza through Mission, via Metcalf Avenue, Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway. The service would be similar to Kansas City’s MAX line on Main Street and will have sleek bus shelters with iconic markers. I am so sure that the people of Johnson County are going to want to get to the Country Club Plaza by bus when they can take the BMW!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Donald Trump

I want to see Donald Trump's birth certificate and financial records! Can we say bankruptcy?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Politicians are like snakes in the grass!

I am so tired of politics! I never thought that I would say that in a million years but the truth is that I am. What is happening to this country that I love? The fighting that goes on in Washington is out of control! Almost makes me not want to vote ever again!
In the one corner we have republicans and in the other corner we have democrats. Let’s get ready to rumble! (Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding) The crowd goes wild! The lights are dimmed and the bell rings. Salivating on the sidelines in the tea partiers! The tea partiers or tea baggers are like a bunch of rabbet animals foaming at the mouth that can’t wait to destroy this country. The tea baggers are snapping at the heels of the republicans like a rabies infested dogs.
The same old bible verses are said. “Sustainable fiscal path” and “For too long Washington has not been honest with the American people about the dangerous and unsustainable spending our country is on”  or “Thus budget contains real, fact-based solutions to our looming fiscal crisis” also “living within our means” etc.
Each side claims that we need a clean break from the politics of the past. Let me see, the politics of the past…8 years of Republican President George Bush and his policies? No thanks! Let us not forget that he approved of the first economic recovery payments and the bail out of Wall Street.
“We need to use commonsense, American principles to preserve the American dream for future generations.” Oh common what? Sense? Really now? Hmmm I don’t know if any of them would know commonsense if it hit them in the face. The American dream? What is the American dream again? I also hate the use of the phrase “for future generations” all the time. Here is a news flash, the future generations, generations and on have heard that line before. It’s like a bad pick up line in a bar.
“Come up with results that matter in families’ daily lives.”  They are so out of touch with Americans and family’s daily lives it is ridiculous! Americans are worried about jobs, putting food on the table and health care. The politicians in Washington don’t know what that is like to have to worry about a job and where their next meal is coming from. How the mortgage is going to get paid or how are old Mom and Dad going to make it on Social Security and what little savings they got left.
The only thing that I have heard a politician say that I have to agree with is that we didn’t get into this mess overnight and we won’t get out it overnight. So what do we do? Cut spending and cut taxes. Ok sounds good in theory but how are we going to pay for those things that are important like an extra air traffic controller on the night shift? Oh sorry, budget cuts!

KCM Tipster breaks the reall story on fire in Mission!

From KMBC 9 News: MISSION, Kan. -- Mission police said officers had to come provide backup for firefighters responding to a business fire early Sunday.
The fire broke out outside inside an office at 5401 W. 58th Terr. just before 1 a.m. A police officer responding to a burglary call put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and then called firefighters to inspect the scene. When firefighters arrived, they said a man who was hiding in a closet came out of the building and started to attack one of them. Police later identified the man as Catalino Garcia.
Police came to provide support to the firefighters. They said they believe Garcia was the same person who set the fire.
Garcia was facing burglary, assault and arson charges. Police said they're not sure what may have motivated the incident. They said he has no connection with the business that was the target of the fire.

From a great KCM tipster! The firefighters beat the guy that was hiding in the closet pretty bad after he hit just one firefighter with a broom stick. The guy was bruised up pretty bad. Inappropriate behavior from the firefighters. A cover up from the police and the firefighters? The authorities also left out the fact the guy was also drunk as a skunk! The guy was released on a $1000 bond.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bioscience in Kansas under the microscope

Outrages Staff pay, bonuses and expenses are only some of the problem questions facing the Kansas Bio science Authority and the Governor of Kansas is demanding a audit! The Bio science Authority provides tax dollars to emerging bio tech firms. Johnson County district attorney's office is all ready investigating the organization.

Golden Ghetto Struggles to Help People

Republicans in Johnson County who used to live in one of the richest counties in the country have never had to worry where they would sleep at and never had to go without a meal but that is all changing. They are now seeing what it is really like to be poor. What t is really like to wonder where your next meal is coming from as they once dream of dinners at the country club. These images are haunting for these recovered Republicans who now have to question their political affiliation.

What is even more haunting for Republicans in the Golden Ghetto are children eating out of dumpsters in one of the richest counties in the country. One in ten children are living in poverty. The sheer number of impoverished residents in the Golden Ghetto now exceeds those living in Wyandotte County!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Johnson County Canvas Spring Art Crawl Friday

Art crawl helps show our surroundings in a new light

Johnson County Canvas Spring Art Crawl takes place Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and will tour The Rice Gallery of Fine Art, 11535 Ash St., Leawood; Eva Reynolds Fine Art Gallery, 4851 W. 134th St., Leawood; Leawood Fine Art, 11843 Roe Ave., Leawood; and Art at the Center, 11902 Lowell Ave., Overland Park. For more information, go to Events/Spring-Art-Crawl.

Largest layoff in Kansas City History - 38,000!

Federal Shutdown Would Have Big KC Impact

Federal Employees Await Word On Jobs

KMBC 9 News-KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Without a budget agreement or an extension, the federal government will shut down on Friday, leaving the immediate future uncertain for thousands of federal employees in the Kansas City area. The federal government employs 38,000 people in 145 different agencies in the region. Many would be affected if a shutdown takes place.

ALSO: The United State House of Representatives and the United States Senate still get paid during a government shut down, now how is that fair?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I have been shown ther error of my ways!

Looks like the etax has NOT passed. OK,'s OK because I will continue to work both my wonderful jobs in KCMO and love it. A couple of friends who live in KCMO showed me the error of my ways. In the grand scheme of things, it's really not that much a year because I don't make that much any ways.

The age old question...can AM radio survive?

With changes in radio programing in Kansas City for 1 news and talk radio station on the AM dial to the FM side brought a great article in The Kansas City Star today

One of the new fresh  voices in Kansas City, mentioned in the article is Chris Merril, "The Voice of Merrill" heard on KMBZ 980AM and now 98.1FM (the old KUDL). I got to listen to him the other day and I laughed out loud while driving down Rainbow Blvd in KCK. He is not only funny but he makes you think too. By the way, he is much better then Glenn Beck! It seems that he graduated from Ft. Hays State University located in the cultural and economic center of Western Kansas.

Monday, April 4, 2011

1% of my earnings go to KCMO, a city that I don't live in.

I can't vote tomorrow. I do vote when I get the chance to vote. The outcome of this vote in KCMO affects me as well as lots of other people who can't vote. Yes, I am talking about the earnings tax. 1% of my earnings go to Kansas City, MO, because I work there. I don't live there. I call it taxation without representation! So, VOTE NO tomorrow on the earnings tax.

Suprise! EPA Regional Office heading to JOCO!

See KCMO, even KCK can't keep a local employer that has over 600 employees in beautiful downtown area! JOCO welcomes you and your jobs!

EPA Region Office To Leave KCK

Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel Arrested because he was thirsty!

Hey Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrable! It's AA on the line and they want to talk to you!

Chiefs' Vrabel Arrested On Theft Charge

Polsinelli Shughart gives up on the Plaza

Polsinelli Shughart gives up on Plaza HQ site

The Kansas City Star is reporting that it is no longer considering building a headquarters at the site of the Neptune Apartments on the County Club Plaza. I really don't have an opinion one way or the other. This could be a win-win for everyone. Those that don't want The Plaza to loose it's authenticity have won and more jobs for  Kansas is also a win. I am sure we can find room for them over here in Kansas just like we have found room for everything else that can't put up with the anti-business environment in KCMO.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kan. Lawmakers Vote To Increase Speed Limit

This may be the only positive thing that the Kansas Legislature does this year! I shall enjoy driving 80 now!
Kan. Lawmakers Vote To Increase Speed Limit - Kansas City News Story - KMBC Kansas City

Music Saturday - Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin has a new album and new hit single out for a while now, and I like the song as well as the music video. The Best Thing About Me Is You, CLICK on the image above to watch this cool music video. Although I wouldn't buy the double CD album, it's all in Spanish except for this song and another one. On sale at TARGET.


April is Autism Awareness Month. I have had the unique pleasure of once working with several individuals that have Autism. They are all so amazing that the fact is that they not only inspired me but also blessed my life and made it whole in many ways. So for Eric, Bobby and Matt, thanks!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Kansas City Metro - Movie: Angels & Demons

Tonight I screened the movie directed by Ron Howard, Angles & Demons. This was a great redbox rental of a mystery thriller film. In the move Tom Hanks plays Professor Robert Landgon. He is summoned to the vatican to help solve a threat. Turns out the threat was from within.

Boys on the FHSU campus do it in high heals!

The boys in Western Kansas put on the heels to walk a mile in her shoes!

KCK EPA offices to clear the air

Federal workers in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, are not just wondering these days if they are going to be furloughed but if they are going to have to drive to the golden ghetto for work. The regional headquarters for the Environmental Protection Agency may be leaving beautiful downtown Kansas City, Kansas, for a deluxe apartment in the sky-Johnson County. Of course Mayor Reardon is crying fowl.

The building is Eco friendly. It costs a lot of money to relocate over 600 employees and with the budget situation in Washington, is this really going to fly? Mayor Reardon said "There is an executive order, signed by Jimmy Carter, that says the GSA ought to locate buildings in the central downtown district because of the positive economic developments they can bring." I say, "Have you been in downtown Kansas City, Kansas?" The only economic development in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, is boarded up buildings and homes. The only economic development in KCK is clear out by the speedway.