Monday, September 6, 2010

Kansas City Water Services Sneaks in Rate Increase

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The Water Department started billing customers monthly last July. To some of you who have never lived in Kansas City, this may not seem unusual. But as long as anyone can remember, the KCMO Water Dept has billed every 2 months. Anyway, they effectively raised the service charge by almost seven dollars per month. I suspect they thought no one would notice. Well people did notice, and they're none too happy. Water officials claim that customers have been been asking for the change to make monthly budgeting easier. Monthly budgeting easier with an almost $7 increase in fees per month?

The Water Department claims that the increase is justified partially because of the increased cost to bill monthly. What? This is the same Water Department logic that has sleeping workers wait for hours for a concrete delivery. I am amazed (but shouldn't be) at the stupidity of this - government in action. Though rates in Kansas City are still very competitive, the fact that the increase was not communicated to the public shows that Water Services Director Terry Leeds is in over his head.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Checkpoints in Kansas City - Labor Day Weekend - Sept 5th

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Checkpoints in Kansas City - Labor Day Weekend - Sept 5th

As we mentioned earlier in our article about Kansas City DUI Checkpoints, the Kansas City Police Department have made no secrets about the fact that they will be out in force pretty much every weekend conducting checkpoints.

Due to a grant from the Federal Government which was put in place to weed out those driving with suspended licenses or outstanding warrants which most likely stemmed from a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 12 year old boy on 71 highway (the ghetto highway) and Gregory that involved Clayton R. Dunlap and Damian Slayton, KCPD is now conducting more DUI checkpoints in Kansas City than ever before.  The leftover funding from this grant is now going towards putting up DUI checkpoints pretty much every weekend in Kansas City.

Again, for Labor Day weekend including September 5th and 6th, the most likely dui checkpoint areas in Kansas City will be 77th and Wornall, anywhere on Southwest Trafficway, on Ward Parkway where it splits off into Kansas at 77th Street or where Ward Parkway merges with Wornall Road around 93rd Street.  Avoid Westport all together as it is swarming with ghetto thugs riding around in their stolen cars with "temporary tags" and playing idiotic boom boom music.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Chiefs Beat Packers, Regular Season Prediction

The Kansas City Chiefs finally got a preseason win, beating the Green Bay Packers 17-13 last night at Arrowhead Stadium. The preseason is finally over, which means Kansas City fans can officially look forward to the regular season.

Over the preseason, I felt like I was able to get a good grasp on the Chiefs strengths, weaknesses and possibilities. With that in mind, lets break down the teams game-by-game and take a look at the Cheifs' regular season schedule:

Week 1: San Diego Chargers

The Cheifs will put up a fight, but the Chargers have too much talent on both sides of the ball. LOSS

Week 2: @ Cleveland Browns
Chiefs get revenge from last season's debacle and hang on to win a close road victory


Week 3: San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have too much talent on defense, and Alex Smith may have moved past Matt Cassel in the QB picking order of the NFL. Sad isn't it?


Week 5: @ Indianapolis Colts
This game is terrifying


Week 6: @ Houston Texans
The Texans simply have a little more talent on both sides of the ball.

Week 7: Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City matches up well with the Jags on defense. The offense and special teams should make the difference.

Week 8: Buffalo Bills
Chambers doesn't drop the sure touchdown this time. Kansas City simply has the better team

Week 9: # Oakland
Raiders finally have a decent quarterback. Feeling a split this year with the Raiders.

Week 10: @ Denver
Mile High has been a house of horrors for the Chiefs

Week 11: Arizona Cardinals
Matt Cassel will look like a superstar compared to the mess at QB for Arizona.

Week 12: @ Seattle Seahawks
The Seabirds lack talent, and seem to be hampered by injuries every year. This game is late, so...


Week 13: Denver Broncos
Chiefs repeat last year's home finale by running all over Denver again. Not even this guy will save the donkeys.

Week 14: @ San Diego Chargers

Week 15: @ St. Louis Rams
You and I could lineup for WR for the Rams. Seriously lets do it.

Week 16: Tennessee Titans
Chiefs will struggle to stop the Titans potent ground attack

Week 17: Oakland Raiders

Last time I checked, Al Davis still owns this team.

All in all, the Cheifs have a very easy schedule (most pundits have deemed it the easiest schedule in the league) and have the chance to be competitive. If Cassel can recover from a poor preseason and the defense keeps improving, Kansas City will have a shot.

Man Shot and Killed by Store Clerk in Kansas City

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For the second time this week, a disturbance at a local Shell Station has lead to gunshots. The gas station and convenience store located at 5501 Bannister Rd in Kansas City was the scene of a fatal shooting last night. Police responded to a disturbance call at the location that was quickly upgraded to a shooting around 7PM on Friday. A witness described the victim as "acting crazy", throwing things and generally tearing the place up before the clerk took action. The clerk reportedly tasered the man before shooting him. Police arrived to find the man bleeding just outside the door of the store. He later died at the hospital.

Early Wednesday morning, cops were called to the same station. Two armed men tried to hold up the store. A clerk (we don't know if it was the same one involved in last nights incident), pulled a gun from his waistband and fired several shots. The would be robbers fled and have not been arrested. One of the men may have been shot.

I think the message has been sent to would be robbers and other dirt bags. Do not pull any shenanigans at the Shell Station at 5501 Bannister Rd. They are packin' and not afraid to spray a little lead. One more piece of trash cleaned off the street.

Friday, September 3, 2010

KC Irish Fest Kicks off Today at Crown Center

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Friday marks the beginning of this year's Irish Fest at Crown Center. This will be the Eighth year for the annual event. The fun starts at 5PM on Friday and continues through Sunday evening starting at 11AM on Sat & Sun. It runs until 11PM each night. There will be shops and food vendors, and of course green beer! Tickets are available at Hy-Vee or at the gate ($15 each, kids 12 & under, Free).

New for this year, Quixotic will perform on Saturday night at 9PM. They blend music, dance, and aerialists in their performance. I think of a Cirque de Soliel type of show (though I have never seen Quixotic). If you can't make it to the Irish Fest, there is live streaming available at the festival website. The Heritage stage has activities and classes relating to Irish Heritage. You can learn how to brew beer, dance the Riverdance, or how to play traditional Irish games. The Red Hot Chili Pipers are also new this year. The eight piece band plays something know as "bagrock" - Think Classic rock on the bagpipes - awesome! They won the British show When Will I Be Famous.

For the little ones, there is a children's area. The theme this year is Halloween - it was invented by the Irish you know. A kids' entertainment stage will run every day until evening as well with acts such as The Toe Jam Puppet Band and The Mad Scientist.


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