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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- Sunday Edition

Thought for the Day -- Sunday Edition


Kissing Fish's photo.

PBS' Rick Steves........ On Baltimore?

Yes, THAT Rick Steves. The travel guy from PBS.

Kicking Ass for the Middle Class's photo.

Black and White in America: How It's Different

One more example of true white privilege and very glaring. It doesn't get any more real, accurate or actual and factual than this.

Watch how long the white cop is frozen in what must apparently be fear, while the man is on the ground, totally unable to even touch his weapon.

White guy open carries?   No big.

Black guy, same thing?


You should watch this to the end.

It's okay if the cracker does it.

Here's another. They rationalize with this guy. Just not a black man.

Quote of the Day -- Sunday Edition

A Revolt - Digital Anarchy's photo.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- Combining Favorites

Missouri Makes A Good to Great List For Business Starts

Yes, sir, Missouri made a good list for people wanting to start a new business and here it is:

The Best (and Worst) Cities to Start 

a Business In

Trouble is, Kansas City is not in the top ten.

Not close.

Springfield is, however.

Best Cities to Start a Business
1. Shreveport, LA
2. Tulsa, OK
3. Springfield, MO
4. Chattanooga, TN
5. Jackson, MS
6. Sioux Falls, SD
7. Memphis, TN
8. Augusta, GA
9. Greensboro, NC
10. Columbus, GA

Surprised me.

Kansas City, meanwhile?

KCMO came in at number 36.

Wichita, Kansas, a not-too-shabby 16.


If you check the list, the worst cities for it are in California and most of the best come from the heartland, the midwest. One thing that surely contributes, surely, is the lower costs associated with beginning a business, I should think.

One thing to note however, if "Best Cities to Start a Business In" means either next to no government oversight and/or that they pay little or no taxes, then the list becomes not just unimportant but a negative in my book. They need to be responsible members of the society, it should go without saying.

Side note: Someone needs to remind these people it's still not good grammar to end a sentence with a preposition. But especially the headline.

Link:   2015's Best Cities to Start a Business

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Embarrassing States Of Missouri and Kansas State Legislators and Legislatures

It's difficult to see which is worse, frequently.

First, from Missouri, rather famously:

Kansas legislators, after slashing taxes for the wealthy and corporations and increasing them for the middle-, lower- and working-classes, hurting the state's credit rating and wiping out their budget, tries to raise some money. Once again, it would be on the backs, largely, of the lower, middle and upper classes but that should be no surprise. And even that failed.

Kansas needs to take care of its fiscal house and isn't, can't, it seems. 

Missouri needs to do all kinds of things, not least of which is work to get a fix for the infrastructure of the state. The highways, bridges and roads and the budgets for them need attention and fixing. The legislature is nowhere close to addressing and fixing that problem alone.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

KC Makes the List of the Best

Check that out---Kansas City makes the list of the top 15 cities in the nation:

Top 15 Best Places to Live

Not just in the top 15 but THE NUMBER ONE SPOT

Kansas City is number one on the LookyLocal list of the top 15 best places to live. It is known to some folks as the hone of swing and bebop, for most others it's known as the "City of Fountains." For many reasons, the music enthusiasts have been drawn to the unique jazz clubs and old tales of famous musicians like the one and only Charlie Parker. Kansas City has more fountains than Rome and there are always plenty of opportunities for scenic for scenic strolling from one fountain to another.

In Kansas City, most people choose to take a break to discover the many interesting neighborhoods as well as browse through some of the city's (sic) eclectic shops. A BIG plus about Kansas City is that families are particularly attracted to the city due to its popular child-friendly venues and events. Kansas City was once a trading post for pioneers that were heading to the Western United States. Today Kansas City offers many activities and attractions for visitors of all ages and all possible interests. 


This is great, of course. Sure. Naturally.And we appreciate it. Certainly.

But Kansas City? Number one?

Ahead of Austin?

And San Diego?


Side note:  St. Louis took the number 9 spot.

Worse,  for St. Louis. Far worse, in fact. They made the number 2 in this list:

St. Louis - In Photos: The 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- Big Flashback

Senator Blunt Said WHAT???

Last evening, the following was typed onto Missouri Senator Roy Blunt's Facebook page:

Missouri is at the center of our nation’s highway, railway, and waterway transportation networks, which makes infrastructure an integral part of our state’s economy. Infrastructure creates jobs, connects people and communities, and enables us to compete globally. I’ll keep working to ensure that investing in our nation’s infrastructure remains a priority this week during ‪#‎InfrastructureWeek‬ and every week‪#‎RebuildRenew‬

I have to tell you, I was stunned.

Thrilled but stunned.

For all these years, no Republican member of Congress since at least 2008 has written or sponsored or proposed any infrastructure or jobs/infrastructure bill.

Not one.

Including, of course, Senator Roy Blunt.

So here, after all this time of we Americans needing jobs and our infrastructure needing work and updates and improvements and the economy---God knows--needing the boost, suddenly there's this statement, this recognition that we need some things done to our nation's highways, railways, waterway transportation networks, our bridges, all that?

Knock me down with a feather.

And call me skeptical, at the same time.

Sure, I hope Senator Blunt puts his legislative work where his mouth--or keyboard--is but I just find it difficult to believe he'll finally, finally do the right thing for the American people and for the nation and do just that---write, propose and at least try to get passed a jobs/infrastructure bill.

There can be no better example of a highway that needs updating and improving than Missouri's own stretch of Interstate 70 from Illinois and St. Louis to the East, through the middle of the state and Columbia, all the way to Kansas City and Kansas to the West. It's outdated, it's narrow, heck, it's even downright dangerous to the point of lethal, repeatedly.

However right and good it is for the nation and people, it seems the last thing Senator Blunt or his Republican Party wants to do is have more Americans working and America with a better economy while this person of the other political party is in the White House, nation be damned.

God, I'd love to be wrong.

So here's hoping. Here's hoping our own Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and all his Republican colleagues finally see the light, as it were, and do what's good and right and needed and necessary for the people and the economy and the infrastructure of the country.

I don't think they will but it could happen.

Again, here's hoping.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- Modern Swing

Great fun.

We Just Aren't Very Bright

It's not stupid enough we have to buy---expensively---water in a bottle, no. Then we have to go further and put it in these plastic bottles and not recycle them so we can pollute. Then, we top it off by taking water from an area suffering a sever drought to do all that.

Water bottle trash

In fact, we're rather dumber than dirt.

An Insight On Race In America

A simple video but insightful.

What white people don't and can't understand:

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- Terrific Redo

Love these people.

Dubya' vs. the Kenyan

Very relevant, right down to today, and on many levels.

Presidential Candidate Has a Message for Missouri, too

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made yet another statement on his political stances in his Democratic Party campaign for the presidency:

Not since 1988 has a presidential candidate for a major political party declared themselves opposed to the death penalty. In announcing his run for the presidency, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has thrown down his gauntlet. During an appearance on “The Thom Hartmann Show” on May 1, a caller asked Sanders if he would end executions of the mentally ill. Sanders replied that he opposes all executions, offering a moral explanation for his position.

CALLER: Execution of the mentally ill, I think […] I’d be more inclined to vote for you if you were to sign an executive order to stop or make a stay on executions of the mentally ill. I think the right wing is actually using that subliminally so that we be afraid of them. […]

SANDERS: Let me just give you an answer that I suspect not everybody will agree with. I am against capital punishment in general. I understand, and certainly for people who are mentally incapacitated who don’t know what they’re doing or what’s happening to them—I think people have been executed who were not even aware of what was going on, and that’s not something that a civilized nation should be engaged in. But in general, this is what I think. Look, there are people who commit horrendous, horrendous, horrendous crimes: we all know that. And we are furious at them, we can’t understand their barbarity. But I think, as with so much violence in this world today, I just don’t think the state itself, whether it’s the state government or federal government, should be in the business of killing people. So when you have people who have done terrible, terrible things they’re gonna spend the rest of their lives in jail, and that’s a pretty harsh punishment. But I’m against capital punishment.
It would be nice if all the Missouri Libertarians and "small government" Right Wingers and even the people who claim to be Christians would all stand up and take this same stance.

It would be the right thing to do.

The United States of America?

It hurts, of course, that there's any truth to this:

Photo -

Quote of the Day -- Sunday Edition

Daily Kos's photo.

Happy Mother's Day

Hey Moms! You do make a BIG difference!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Entertainment Overnight

Now that's music.

And that's dancing.

Heck, that's swinging.

Calling Gwyenth Paltrow

An open lesson for and to Gwyneth Paltrow on her now-failed attempt to take on the "Food Stamp Challenge."  That is, living on $29 per week.

or soft and delicate.

Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare

A not particularly shamefaced Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she failed to survive for seven days on $29 (20 quid) for food as part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge, which invites participants "to walk in the shoes of 1.7 million New Yorkers who rely on SNAP (formerly Food Stamps)."

So here's the thing. Here's what Ms. Paltrow should have done if she wanted to survive on a paltry $29 per week worth of food.

First thing?

Consult someone who does it.

That is, get with some man or woman---likely a woman?--who's been doing it. They could tell you how.


Throw all the ideas about elitism or freshness and fresh vegetables and gourmet and/or healthy this or that out the window. It just isn't going to work.

Here, then, is what you do in order to make a $29 budget work for one person for one week.

Step one:

Go to a "box store." Preferably not Walmart but pick one. Aldi's or Food for Less (also known as "Fight for Food") or wherever. Pick one. Again, if you don't know where to go, ask the person already doing it.

Step two:

Buy fourteen of these:

Yes, that's right. TV dinners.

They can be had for 98 cents each. That's just about 14 precious dollars total. That covers every lunch and dinner for all 7 days. That's making it work. And they have this, of course, with a turkey dinner and a salisbury "steak" dinner and spaghetti with meatballs and all kinds of things so you can get some variety. Again, it's not gourmet--or fresh--but that's not what you get on $29/week, is it? No, it's not.

Step three:

Buy 7 bananas and a half gallon of orange juice. The bananas will set you back about one dollar, give or take and the orange juice, $2.00.

The total? 


So you still have $12 left for week.

You could buy some coffee and filters---again, not the gourmet variety but coffee--and/or other things, to make it work.

So you see, Ms. Paltrow? 

It can be done.

You just have to try.