Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
10. San Diego Airport - Lindbergh Field
9. Madeira Airport - Portugal, Spain
7. Courcheval Airport, France
6. Kai Tak Airport Hong Kong
5. Gibralter International Airport
Gibralter airport makes our top 10 most dangerous airports mainly because there is a four lane highway that passes right through the middle of the runway! There is a stoplight, similar to one you would see at a railroad crossing that shuts down the highway whenever a plane takes off or lands. This can stop traffic for up to 30 minutes. The next challenge is the landing. The rock of Gibralter creates an extremely complex wind circle that can throw the planes around quite a bit when they reach about 300 feet. The swirling winds are very unpredictable and cause pilots to be on their "A" game every landing at Gibralter.
4. Princess Julianna Airport at St. Maartin
3. Gustaf III Airport - St. Barts
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley continues to insist that Thomas Jones is the team’s starting running back as the start of the NFL regular season approaches. While Jones has had a steady and productive career, the Chiefs must make Charles its feature back for the offense to be successful this season.
If the Chiefs need convincing, all they need to do is take a look at the Tennessee Titans. After initially splitting carries between Chris Johnson and LenDale White, the Titans gave Johnson the feature back title and he responded by rushing for over 200 yards. The Chiefs are in a familiar situation now, with a steady back in Jones and a home-run hitter in Charles. Last season, Charles rushed for 953 yards over the Chiefs final eight games, and provided an offensive spark the team badly needed.
I was excited that the team signed Jones in the offseason, and am in no way advocating the Chiefs render him meaningless. However, Jones has proven he can produce, and will provide a steady rushing attack should Charles struggle. Let Charles have his chance at feature back, and the Chiefs may find their own Chris Johnson.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Original Bassist Dave Ellefson rejoins Megadeth this year after an 8-year hiatus, rested and ready to deliver throbbing baselines and ominous backing vocals. Slayer's lineup has remained largely unchanged. These four guys have been Reigning Blood since 1981. After the annihilation on Monday night at Sandstone, fans who haven't had enough can follow the American Carnage Tour to Denver on Wednesday night.
Dave Mustaine, front man for Megadeth, will also be pimping his new book today at 12:30PM at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Times have sure changed, 20 years ago the only way Dave would have seen 12:30 is if he was still awake from a previous night's drinking binge!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wizards Rough Up New England Revolution
The Kansas City Wizards took the Revolution behind the woodshed on Saturday night. The final score was the 4-1. Birahim Diop had two goals in the first half and an assist in his first start in the MLS in eight years. Both goals were assisted by Wizards leading scorer Kai Kamara, the second one a dazzling header over a New England Defender in the 27th minute. Diop returned the favor with a beautiful pass that Kamara tapped in the near post in the 65th minute. Four minutes later, long time Wizard and Springfield, Mo native Jack Jewsbury knocked in the Wizards fourth goal to end any hopes of a New England comeback.
This was a huge win for the Wizards who have had their ups and down this season. The victory over New England catapults the Wizards back in the race for the playoffs in the Eastern Division of the MLS. Kamara's eighth goal of the season puts him among the league leaders.
The Wizards are next in action on Saturday the 28th when they travel to Los Angeles to take on Landon Donovan and the Galaxy. The Los Angeles Galaxy not only hold the best record in the MLS, but also have two stars from the United States recent World Cup run in Donovan and striker Edson Buddle. It will be a tough test for the Wizards, and a result will be critical to any future playoff plans they might have.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Checkpoints in Kansas City - Dui Checkpoints August 20th, 21st Weekend
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In a stunning announcement Thursday at the Missouri State Fair, Robin Carnahan said she supports the extension of the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts. Carnahan is currently running for Missouri's open Senate Seat vacated by retiring Senator Kit Bond.
She is locked in a close race with current House of Representatives member from the Springfield area, Roy Blunt. Robin Carnahan is currently the Secretary of State for Missouri. Both candidates have been firmly entrenched in Missouri politics for years. Carnahan's father and Blunt's son are both previous Governors of the state. Polls show a modest lead for Blunt, who is likely riding a wave of backlash against a Democratic Congress and President seen as failing to get a still struggling economy on the right track.
Some see Carnahan's support of extending the tax cuts as an attempt to move more to the middle of the political spectrum. Her popularity has waned as the economy fails to improve and the passage of Obamacare. With the passage of Prop C, Missourians sent a message that they were opposed to National Health Care. In October of 2009, she enjoyed a 4 point lead in the polls, but by the end of the year it was a near dead heat.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Rachel Perez of Desoto Kansas Abandons 6 Year Old Boy in Attic
Welfare workers were alerted to a home at the 8200 block of Center Drive in Desoto Kansas where resident Rachel Perez had abandoned her 6 year old boy in an unfinished attic. The 6 year old boy has down syndrome and was discovered on Tuesday in the attic covered in his own feces and weighing at about 20 pounds (a healthy 6 year old boy should weigh about 45 pounds).
Rachel Perez had been keeping her son in the attic of the home that she was renting with her two daughters. The attic where the boy was kept was unfinished, about 3 feet tall and often reached temperatures of over 100 degrees. When Desoto police arrived at Perez' home she told them that her son was not there and she was taken away by police on previous warrants. When Perez' family members urged police to return to search for the boy, they found him abandoned and malnourished in the attic on the brink of death.
Rachel Perez is now in police custody and was arraigned today before a judge for child abuse and for aggravated child endangerment. Courtroom witnesses reported that Rachel Perez appeared "void of emotion". Rachel is currently 5 months pregnant. Medical experts say that malnourished children can develop medical problems later in life such as damage to the nervous system and brain damage.
Neighborhoods of Kansas City - Independence, Missouri
In our ongoing breakdown of Kansas City neighborhoods, in the interest of those who may be considering moving to Kansas City, we will focus this article on the city of Independence. If you wish to catch up on the articles that preceded this article please visit: Kansas City neighborhoods, ghettos, downtown, plaza, brookside, waldo and more and our more recent article on the outer city of Lee's Summit.
Independence, Missouri, was the birthplace of former President Harry S. Truman and is an important hub for The Church of the Latter Day Saints, or the "Mormons" as they are more commonly referred to. Independence was a common starting point for those who traveled along the Oregon Trail, California Trail, and The Santa Fe Trail and is therefore known as the "Queen City of the Trails". The population of Independence is approximately 130,000 as of 2010, and it's racial makeup is 91.87% White, 2.59% African American, 0.70% Asian, 0.64%, and Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.69% of the population. The median household income is around $38,000 per year.
And that's about where the positive facts end. Independence gained recent fame by becoming the 3rd largest manufacturer of Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) in the entire United States. It is currently the birthplace of a new form of Crystal Meth called Blue Meth, or "Smurf Dope". Needless to say, Independence has some seriously bad neighborhoods. Mostly white trash, petty-crime-committing drug addicts who frequent the multitude of porno shops and payday loan stores that litter the streets everywhere you look.
On a good note, Independence has areas where a few older "farm-type" folk reside and their respective neighborhoods are fairly docile - just don't go up the street to get gas at Quik Trip or you will immediately be immersed in the local criminal trash. Basically, Independence is a place to be avoided at all costs - unless you need to break into a house, go next door to the pawn shop and get cash for the items you just burglarized, then go next door to the porn shop to meet a drug dealer who will sell you some shiny new Blue Meth.
Stay tuned for more Kansas City neighborhoods - broken down honestly by people who have lived here for over 35 years. Don't listen to that real estate agent who is trying to unload a house on you that has been on the market for so long the real estate firm is offering a bonus to the first agent to move someone in.