Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hollywood Casino Kansas City Opens Friday Smoking Allowed

$386 Million dollars later, the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas near the Kansas Speedway will open it's doors on Friday, February 3rd, as planned. Construction for the new casino was finished ahead of schedule due to the mild weather that we have experienced in the Kansas City area this "winter". Many inquiries are flying in to us at Kansas City News about smoking at Hollywood Casino, and the answer is HELL YES you can smoke at the casino. The law is strict but they are not stupid, they know that smoking cigarettes and gambling go hand in hand and that they also know that the Hollywood Casino is poised to raise $203 million dollars during it's first year of operation. 22% of the revenues from the casino will go to the state of Kansas, while 5% will go to the city of Kansas City, Kansas, where it will be dumped into welfare like worthless programs and gambling help centers and programs. Obama's welfare based game plan will prevail here, and the 5% that will go to Kansas City, Kansas will help out the welfare mama's sitting around the house with 4 or 5 illegitimate children drawing welfare checks. Gotta love the dumb ass democrats.

Gambling is a fast growing fixture here in the Kansas City area. I can remember when Sam's Town first opened back in 1995. It was a BIG DEAL for Kansas City, and if any of you remember, back in those days, the casinos actually had to be riverboats. The casinos were giant boats that would board passengers every 2 hours and then cruise up and down the Missouri River. Crazy huh? You would have to wait in line on the docks to board the riverboats when they returned to pick up new passengers. Sam's Town is now owned and operated by Cerner and is used as a special events facility. After this was deemed ridiculous, and probably dangerous, the law changed to state that the new casinos being built (Ameristar, Harrah's, and Isle of Capri - or as we call it "Pile of Debri") would only have to be sitting on some sort of water. This was even more ridiculous as they simply built the buildings over about 1 foot of water under the gambling floor. Now, Kansas City has completely abandoned any rules when it comes to casinos including smoking in a public place, they just ignore that rule and let everyone smoke away.

The new Hollywood Casino in Kansas City has been described by those who got a sneak peek today at a mini grand opening by invitation only with proceeds benefitting the Sunflower House as being much bigger and better than any of the other casinos in the area. Most said that it more closely resembled the large and grand Las Vegas casinos rather than the ghetto Kansas City casinos loaded with penny machines and low life drifters. If you plan to visit the new Hollywood Casino, remember the golden rule of gambling, "only bring what you plan to lose".

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pro Bowl 2012 Roster Depth Chart Starters

Well, if you're here in Kansas City, the idea of being in Honolulu, Hawaii sounds pretty damn good right now. Having been to Honolulu and staying in the same resort that the NFL Pro Bowl players are staying in, believe me, it is awesome. The 2012 Pro Bowl Game is pretty much just a nice vacation for the NFL players who were honored to be selected to go and represent their teams. Obviously many of the key players who were voted to the game will not be attending as players for the Super Bowl matchup New York Giants and New England Patriots will be reporting to Indianapolis for practice later in the week and will not participate in the 2012 Pro Bowl. The rosters, depth charts and starters are as follows:

2012 Pro Bowl Starters - Offense

Quarterback - Ben Rothlesburger, Steelers
Running Back - Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
Fullback - Vonta Leach, Ravens
Wide Receiver - Mike Wallace, Steelers, A.J. Greene, Bengals
Tight End - Antonio Gates, Chargers
Offensive Line - Nick Mangold, Jets, Joe Thomas, Browns, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets, Ben Grubbs, Ravens, Marshal Yanda, Ravens
Kicker - Sabastian Janikowski, Raiders
Punter - Shane Legler, Raiders - how the hell did Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs miss this team?
Kick Return - Antonio Brown, Steelers

Quarterback - Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Running Back - LeSean McCoy, Eagles, Frank Gore, 49ers (declined to participate)
Wide Receiver - Larry Fitzgerald
Tight End - Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, Jimmy Graham, Saints
Kicker - David Akers

2012 Pro Bowl Starters - Defense

Defensive Line - Elvis Dumervil, Broncos, Dwight Freeney, Colts, Richard Seymour, Raiders
Linebackers - Tamba Hali, Chiefs, Von Miller, Broncos, Ray Lewis, Nursing Home - oops I mean the Ravens
Cornerbacks - Champ Bailey, Broncos, Derrell Reevis, Jets
Safety - Eric Weddle, Chargers, Brian Dawkins, Broncos

Defensive Line - Justin Smith, 49ers
Linebackers - Clay Matthews, Packers, Patrick Willis, 49ers
Cornerbacks - Charles Woodson, Packers, Carlos Rogers, 49ers (declined to participate)
Safety - Charles Woodson, Packers

Ironically, Guard Brian Waters (who we traded to the Patriots) was voted to the Pro Bowl
Other than that, the Chiefs were completely eliminated from the offense COMPLETELY.
The only Chief players that made the 2012 Pro Bowl were defensive players Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson (not a starter).

The 2012 Pro Bowl starting lineup and depth chart is brought to you by Kansas City News.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Animal Shelters in Kansas City Lose Funding

It was a sad day for local Kansas City Animal Shelters when they found out that a program introduced by Spay and Neuter Kansas City and Heartland SPCA would be defunded in 2012. Taking away the funding for this spaying and neutering program will mean thousands of puppies and kittens will be homeless in the near future. These programs asked for a VERY reasonable $180,000 of the $300 MILLION dollar city budget to fund the cause, but were turned down for other groups like Harvesters - who already have a strong charity base in Kansas City of private donors. It just doesn't make sense and it is a tragedy.

The program, which had been funded up until last year, was to assist in the costs of spaying and neutering pets owned by low income pet owners in Kansas City. Legislators in Kansas City that voted to defund the program defended their vote by saying that it was more important to take care of the people in Kansas City than the animals. Many argue that this is a "save a penny, LOSE a dollar solution" - in other words the city might be saving money in the short term, but after a few months of cats and dogs running around the city without being spayed or neutered, it will surely mean that thousands of puppies and kittens will end up in the pounds and shelters, costing the city even MORE money in the long run.

Most importantly, IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO SPAY AND NEUTER A DOG OR CAT, YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO OWN ONE. Please do not take on the responsibility of owning a pet if you can't even afford to have it spayed or neutered. Unfortunately, the people in the ghetto and low income areas probably won't be online reading this - but if you know anyone who might be in this situation, please tell them to consider waiting until they are in a more financially stable living situation before they take in a pet.

The spaying and neutering program was extremely successful, and local Kansas City animal shelters and pounds saw a drop of nearly 50% of the stray animals that were dropped off at their shelters in the past 5 years. YOU CAN HELP! Please consider making a donation to any of the following animal shelters in Kansas City. Every little bit helps, and if you are not in the market to adopt a dog or cat without a home, at least donate a little bit to the cause if you are able.

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City - offers adoptions, accepts donations, provides spay and neuter services.

Kansas City Animal Control Shelter - 4400 Raytown Road - one of the animal adoption centers that really needs your help! Please consider adopting a wonderful animal from this shelter as they are only able to keep their dogs and cats for one month before they must have them put to sleep.

Animal Medical Center - 75th street in Waldo - veterinary service and adoption service.

Wayside Waifs - animal adoption center, cats and dogs, spayed and neutered.

Heartland SPCA - Heroes for Pets, Partners for Life.

Spay and Neuter Kansas City - Offers spaying and neutering for cats and dogs and also offers discounted rates for low income families who qualify.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentines Day Kansas City Sunflower House Gala 2012

Looking for the perfect Valentines Day event to attend in 2012? The Sunflower House Gala 2012 in Kansas City provides an opportunity to attend a wonderful evening of dining and dancing, while at the same time donating to a worthy Kansas City Charity event. If the 2012 Gala is anything like last year's Sunflower House Valentine Gala, you and your date will be in for a real treat! At last year's gala, they had one of the hottest dance bands in Kansas City, The KC All Stars, who kept the dance floor packed all night long. This year's gala will feature entertainment provided by Adam Blue Productions, and they are going to have Dueling Pianos! The dueling pianos will definitely make the Sunflower House Gala 2012 an amazing and fresh event to attend on Valentine's Day in Kansas City.

Here is a blurb from the Sunflower House Valentine Gala 2012 website:

Grab your Valentine and join Gala Co-Chairs-Chief Rick and Allison Armstrong and Chief Ellen Hanson–as we celebrate 30 years of protecting children from abuse. Larry Moore will host another fabulous evening with a gourmet dinner with fine wine, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment and dancing from Roll Over Beethoven-Kansas City’s leading dueling piano pair. For their years of dedicated service to Sunflower House and the Kansas City community, Ernie and Susan Straub will be recognized as the 2012 Honorary Chairs.

With the support of people like you, the Valentine Gala has raised almost THREE MILLION dollars to provide life-saving services to physically and sexually abused children in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. With proceeds from the Gala, Sunflower House has seen over 5,000 alleged victims of child abuse and educated over a million children, parents and professionals on how to RECOGNIZE, RESIST and REPORT suspected child abuse.

Tickets are $150 and include dinner, beer and wine.

Sponsorships begin at $2,500

For more information contact The Sunflower House Valentine Gala 2012 at 913-631-5800

Happy Valentine's Day Kansas City! From your friends at Kansas City News

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down Resigns from House

In a video communication today Representative Gabrielle Giffords resigned from her office as Arizona Representative to the House. On January 8th, 2011, while holding an event for "Congress on Your Corner", Gabrielle Giffords and several supporters were gathered at a Safeway near Tuscon, Arizona when 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner shot her at point blank range in the left temple before killing 6 people and injuring several others in what is now called the 2011 Tuscon Shooting. Giffords miraculously survived the point blank shooting, and after a year of intensive therapy and recovery, Gabrielle is able to walk and talk. Even though she has made incredible progress in a year's time, she feels that she cannot serve the state of Arizona in the capacity that she wishes and that she would resign from the House of Representatives so that she can focus on her recovery. Giffords promises that she will return to politics after her full recovery, and her full statement read:

"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We need to not change that but I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. We can do so much more by working together. I don't remember much from that horrible day but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery and so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week I'm getting better every day. My spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country."

Gabrielle Giffords has inspired millions of Americans with her message of bipartisanship, and her amazing story of survival and subsequent recovery and bravery. Giffords was very instrumental in passing legislature that improved border security in Arizona.

Part of this story hits home here in Kansas City, as the shooter involved in the 2011 Tuscon Shooting, Jared Lee Loughner, was sent to MCFP Hospital for Federal Prisoners located in Springfield, Missouri. Loughner's trial is suspended until his psychological evaluation is completed. Recently, Judge Larry Burns has requested that Loughner's psychological evaluation be completed by January 25th, 2012. Loughner's primary psychiatrist is currently Christina Pietz of Springfield, Missouri.

We at Kansas City News will keep you posted on the court case as well as the recovery of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

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