Saturday, November 6, 2010

5yr Old Kansas City Area Boy's Halloween Costume Upsets Christians

Since last year, a Kansas City boy wanted to dress for Halloween like a female character from the cartoon Scooby-Doo (great show, by the way). Well his mother got him the costume for the character "Daphne" from the cartoon. Other mothers at the pre-school were none too pleased. Somehow the national media has picked up on this story with CNN and the Boston Globe running stories on the websites.

When the child asked to Daphne for Halloween, his mother was initially apprehensive, not because the costume was female, but worried that he might change his mind after spending the money for the outfit. At the last minute, the boy expressed concern that some people might make fun of him. Of course his mother reassured him - WHO WOULD MAKE FUN OF A CHILD IN A HALLOWEEN COSTUME? Well, no one as it turns out. But it seems the other mothers at the Christian pre-school were upset that the boy dressed as a female character. They began asking nosy questions - Had the child asked to be that - Don't you think he will be ridiculed - I would have forbidden it. Well, of course, the mother of this child was beside herself.

When I first read this story, I really couldn't believe that the other mothers would even care what a 5yr old would dress as for Halloween, I mean what school is this the Westboro Baptist Pre-School? In fact, if you look at comments on all of these stories, I can't find anyone who doesn't agree with the mother or "Daphne". Lets hope the negative reaction to this costume was from a very few uptight mothers, possibly uncomfortable with their own homosexual tendancied selves. With ridiculous behavior like this it is no wonder less and less people identify themselves as Christian.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Prairie Village Pastor Timmy Gibson Goes Homeless

A Prairie Village Pastor Chooses to go Homeless
by Kansas City News

Timmy Gibson, Pastor of Prairie Village's Mercy Church has opted to become homeless.  Gibson chose to become homeless starting tonight to raise awareness in Kansas City about our homeless problem.  The good Pastor will be making his way towards Westport tonight to find a place to sleep.  The temperature will drop to 27 degrees overnight so he definitely has his work cut out for him.

Gibson will be accompanied by his friend who was interviewed saying "I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that we will eventually be going home.  But I don't know how I would feel if I didn't know in the back of my mind that I would really be going home and that we weren't permanently homeless."

Timmy Gibson is a self proclaimed "regular guy" Pastor, keeping close to his roots in Kansas City and considers himself just one of the guys.  His choice to become homeless has already raised awareness in Kansas City about our ongoing homeless situation.  Gibson claims that the homeless in KC feel lonely, ashamed, dirty and the Pastor encourages us to share the gift of respect and love.  To find out how you can help Timmy and his homeless mission, visit the Mercy Church website .

One thing that I've always wondered about homeless people is why they don't migrate to a warmer city.  If I were to become homeless, I would make my way down to Florida.

About Pastor Timmy Gibson
from the official Mercy Church Website

As the founding pastor, Timmy brings vitality and passion to the vision of Mercy Church. His heart is to help people develop a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ through the ministry of the local church. Timmy was raised in church in Kansas City and never saw himself as the stereotypical “pastor” type; he still feels this way today. He has always had a desire to help people have better lives, and what better way than being a pastor. He graduated Bible College in 1994 with a Bible Degree and just a month after he graduated he married his college sweetheart, Jana, and they have two beautiful children, Shaeylea and Vandon. They enjoy life very much and love what they do here at Mercy Church.

Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Saturday at the Midland

If you don't have children, you have no idea what I'm talking about, but Yo Gabba Gabba! is a wildly popular show for small children. It features DJ Lance Rock and his band of costumed friends entertaining kids and teaching them lessons to song like the classic "Don't Bite Your Friends". Yo Gabba Gabba Live! is a stage show with the same characters and featuring similar segments to the TV show. Show creators are quick to point out that the Live show will not simply be a TV episode acted out on stage. There will be live music - cool tricks, Rapper/Comedian Biz Markie will be there (he does a regular spot on the TV show as well) - it has been described as kind of a rock concert for kids.

Showtime is 2PM on Saturday (November 6th) at the Midland. You can purchase tickets for $40 or a family 4 pack for around $80 here.

Also this Weekend in Kansas City

The Broadway musical CATS will be at the Municipal Auditorium Music Hall in Downtown Kansas City. This all ages show is a great introduction to live theater for the whole family. One of the longest running show in Broadway history comes to Kansas City for one weekend only - Friday night, and two shows on Saturday and Sunday. You can get tickets here.

It is the second to last weekend for all of the haunted houses. Check out our Halloween information here.

For Concertgoers, John Mellencamp or John Cougar, or John Cougar Mellencamp will be performing tonight (Friday, November 5th) at the Midland - 6:45PM - tickets prices range from $42-$125 - get them here. Also, renowned Jazz Saxophonist Branford Marsalis will be performing at the Gem Theatre in the 18th and Vine district 8:00PM, Saturday November 6th, Tickets are $50 - get them here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kansas City Looks to Future Without Earnings Tax

Tuesday's Passage of Prop A in Missouri will lead to a vote next spring in Kansas City on the future of their 1% Income Tax. City Leaders are critical of the plan, why wouldn't they be - the Earnings tax supposedly makes up 45% of the city revenue. If that figure is correct, Kansas City has some real problems. Property and sales taxes in the city are on par or even higher than many other areas in Missouri. Why on earth they can't get by without an income tax is beyond me, most everywhere else does.

The good news for the City is that the Earnings tax will be phased out over 10 years (if Kansas City voters decide to end the tax) giving the city time to adjust to the lowered revenues. The Mayor himself said that we need a new tax structure that is "pro business and pro Kansas City, and we don't have that now."

The end of the Earnings tax will ultimately be a good thing for the city. I personally know a handful of people who moved out of Kansas City because of the tax - there are already enough reasons to move to the suburbs (schools, crime, etc..) without the extra tax. It will make Kansas City more competitive and hopefully more efficient in it's delivery of services. Some cuts would be tough, but it's a job that needs to be done, and a solution will be found. I grew up in Kansas City, I love Kansas City - ending the Earnings Tax will make it a better place.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Republicans Do Well Nationally and in Kansas City Area

Tuesday's elections sent a clear message. Americans are not happy with the Democratic leadership. The Republicans took over the House of Representatives with a clear majority, and made huge strides in the Senate leaving the Democrats with the narrowest of majorities. This is all good news, of course, but let's be clear that we are giving Republicans another go at it - if we do not get results, we'll throw their asses out, too. Locally, the pattern was upheld with Republicans winning in all but one National race.

There was one big upset. Long time Congressman (34 years) from Missouri's 4th District, Ike Skelton, was defeated by Republican Vicky Hartzler. Skelton is good man and really a victim of President Obama's bad policy. Maybe we can get him to move to the 5th District and take on Cleaver in the Democratic Primary. Speaking of Congressman Cleaver, how does this guy keep getting elected? Oh yea, that's right he's black - and unfortunately black people will vote for other black people. ANY black person, no matter now stupid. If Cleaver can get re-elected this year after "spittlegate" and his glowing compliments of Communist Dictator Fidel Castro, I guess he will be Congressman for life.

In Kansas, a poor showing by Stephane Moore in the 3rd Congressional district race made easy pickins for Kevin Yoder as the Democrats lost another seat (retiring Democrat Dennis Moore's) to the Republicans. A unified (for a change) Kansas Republican Party led former Senator Sam Brownback to a landslide victory for the Governor's office.

Other Election News

Missouri Proposition A - Voters passed Prop A by a wide margin showing their distaste for local earnings taxes. The passing of this Proposition paves the way for a vote in Kansas City on the continuation of the 1% income tax the city assesses on those who LIVE OR WORK in the city.

Missouri Proposition B - Passed by a relatively small margin, this unnecessary law will cost the State Money, and do virtually nothing to end cruelty to animals.


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