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Monday, October 10, 2011

How silly are the End the Fed signs at Occupy Kansas City?

Thoughts on why we might not want to 'End the Fed.'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Occupy KC demonstrators marched from Penn Valley Park to Mill Creek Park on Sunday.
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  • Occupy KC demonstrators marched from Penn Valley Park to Mill Creek Park on Sunday.
It was predictable that “End the Fed” signs would find their way to the Occupy Wall Street protest and its satellites.

One day last week, at the Occupy Kansas City site near the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, a dreadlocked and heavily pierced individual, who identified himself as Rocky, brandished a piece of cardboard that accused the Fed of treason. Among Rocky’s complaints was (I think) the obscure moment in rock history when Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies album was delayed at the printer because of concerns about the way currency was used in the artwork. It was actually the Secret Service that temporarily stopped the presses, but I got his drift.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street spreads to Kansas City

Occupy Wall Street comes to Kansas City.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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The occupation was off to a tentative start when a trolley driver showed up with a bullhorn.

Taking inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, about 15 people showed up at Penn Valley Park at 9 a.m. Friday for Phase One of Occupy Kansas City. The cars and bicycles collected in a parking lot near the shipping containers that comprise sculptor John Salvest’s IOU/USA temporary installation. Val Baul, who hosts a show on KKFI 90.1, pulled up in the KC Strip trolley car that she drives and left the group with a megaphone. “I think the movement is about movement,” she explained, standing near her trolley. “I think people are tired of the status quo.”

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Protest against gun and pawn shop at 63rd and Troost scheduled for October 10

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

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Looks like a protest against the Smart Pawn shop, which sells guns and ammo at 63rd and Troost, is being planned for 5 p.m. October 10.

Miles Bonny posted the above image on his blog, adding that the info was taken from an e-mail from an employee of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph. Tony's Kansas City posted a photo of the place with big letters spelling out "guns & ammo." Apparently, the place used to be a Hollywood Video.

The pawn shop is near three schools (Hogan Preparatory Academy, St. Peter’s and Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology). I can't stop shaking my head.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket SlutWalk

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

SlutWalk happens on July 30.
  • SlutWalk happens on July 30.

Surprising no one, the Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the SlutWalk march in Kansas City on July 30. The mere mention of the word "slut" sent church officials reaching for the finger grease-stained pages of the Old Testament. Leviticus! Deuteronomy! Some other book of the Bible that only sex-obsessed fundamentalists read!

SlutWalk is an international response to a Canadian policeman's advice that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to maintain their safety. The marches make the point that it's rapists who commit rape and that blaming the victims of sex crimes is unacceptable.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Anti-Koch-brothers group parodies 1970s' 'I'd like to buy the world a Coke' commercial (video)

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:41 AM



Wichita's ultraconservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch likely won't be amused by this video parodying the 1970s' "I'd like to buy the world a Coke." The video comes via the anti-Koch-brothers websites Koch Blocked and The Other 98 Percent. The commercial premiered last week -- projected on the wall of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. Why do I get the feeling that there's litigation brewing?

H/T: Mo Rage.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

House Republicans hate the environment ... love taking care of Koch brothers' peeps

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

The House GOP disagrees.
  • The House GOP disagrees.

Because there's nothing like petty spite, House Republicans are getting rid of biodegradable cups in the Capitol lunchroom, replacing them with Styrofoam cups. Of course, there's going to be a link to Wichita's billionaire Koch brothers.

Via the Huffington Post: "Former Koch Industries executive George Wurtz owns WinCup, which supplies the Styrofoam cups now littering the building, following the House GOP's decision to phase out biodegradable cups from a Capitol lunchroom.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Anonymous has a new target: The Koch brothers

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Anonymous has launched OpWisconsin against the Koch brothers.
  • Anonymous has launched OpWisconsin against the Koch brothers.

The loose collective of hackers known as Anonymous have two new Kansas targets in their cross hairs: billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch of Wichita's Koch Industries.

Last week, Anonymous took on Topeka's gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church. Anonymous announced on its website the plan to go after the Koch bros as a sign of solidarity with union workers protesting in Wisconsin. Anonymous said on its website: "The Koch brothers have made a science of

fabricating 'grassroots' organizations and advertising campaigns to

support them in an attempt to sway voters based on their falsehoods."

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rachel Riley's 23rd Street PAC to prosecutors: 'We want justice!'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Rachel Riley ain't gonna take it no more
  • Rachel Riley ain't gonna take it no more

You can hear them chanting from blocks away: "We want justice! Prosecutors out! Aren't you fed up? We want closure! Ain't gonna take it no more."

Rachel Riley, head of an East Side political action committee called the 23rd Street Nonviolent Marchers, is leading a protest until 4 p.m. today on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse. She seeks closure in her son Larry's murder. No one has ever been charged in the shooting, which took place in front of Truman Medical Center on October 30, 2003. Riley's not angry with the Kansas City Police Department, she says, but she's fed up with the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office. 

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ex-clown, others protest Ringling Bros. circus

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Andre du Broc is no longer a happy clown.
  • Andre du Broc is no longer a happy clown.

Throngs of kids and parents swarmed the Sprint Center last night for the opening of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. But they had to pass by a different circus outside in order to make it into the Big Top.

A huge elephant, whose body was made of gray plastic tablecloth and whose legs were made of little humans, lumbered outside of the entrance with a sign on its back bemoaning the supposed cruelty done to his species by the circus. One woman brandished a piercingly sharp bullhook and announced that the instrument was used to train the elephants. "Do not, buy, the tickets!" shouted a young elefriend at the top of her lungs, her tiny voice punctuated by shallow breaths.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Anti-nuclear activists arrested during Honeywell plant protest

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Official mascot of the new Honeywell plant.
  • Official mascot of the new Honeywell plant.

Protesters from as far away as Florida convened at the Honeywell plant construction site yesterday in south Kansas City. The protest was the culmination of a three-day gathering for the KC Nuclear Weapons Plant Conference.

The activists condemn the plant, which will replace one nearby and will be the first new nuclear weapons plant built in the United States in over 30 years. It will cost $4.8 billion, says the KC National Nuclear Security Administration/Honeywell Watch blog. The plant will manufacture non-nuclear parts for uber-nuclear weapons.

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