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Re: “FC Kansas City cements the metro's reputation as a soccer haven

I know a ton of people in this town...and NOBODY ASKS ABOUT SOCCER. Nada, zilch, never ever had anybody ask me about any soccer match or team. White, black, hispanic, asian...soccer is a niche to a certain white-only, about junior high to high school then its over crowd. Spectators are mostly white, affluent somewhat, age about 19 to 30 types. The few older than that are guys trying to fit in, they really don't give a damn about soccer, hee hee. They're pretenders. I could walk up and down any sidewalk in KC right now and ask a random 100 people to name two KC Sporties...I guarantee that I'd get 91 strong that couldn't name one!

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Deacon on 12/29/2012 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Why is a new, no-kill animal shelter still sitting empty in Independence?

5.3 million to build an animal shelter? WTF spend it on homeless, out of work veterans... where are your priorities?

2 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by The Corpse of George Tiller on 12/26/2012 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Why is a new, no-kill animal shelter still sitting empty in Independence?

do they at least use the mutts for medical experiments?

2 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by Dr Laura on 12/24/2012 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Why is a new, no-kill animal shelter still sitting empty in Independence?

Poor decisions, inept planning, ludicrous, ill-conceived concepts, total absence of creativity and imagination, over inflated salaries, . . . . .etc, etc

Welcome to KC MO

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Jimmy on 12/21/2012 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Why is a new, no-kill animal shelter still sitting empty in Independence?

so this is the opposite of a planned parenthood facility....nothing/no one get's killed? what a waste.....people are more concerned with saving flea infested stray dogs and cats than babies......

3 likes, 41 dislikes
Posted by Charlie Coathanger on 12/20/2012 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Why is a new, no-kill animal shelter still sitting empty in Independence?

The fact that this shelter STILL sits empty is ridiculous! Many areas of Jackson County surrounding the areas of Independence will benefit from this shelter. Why can't some of the neighboring communities pitch in to help get this thing open and running! The people working at the current shelter and the animals all are suffering because of the lack of management and direction of this facility! Someone needs to take some action here Mr. Jackson County Legislator Dennis Waits!

26 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michelle Hammack on 12/19/2012 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Never-occupied Merriam Village is razed to make way for IKEA

IKEA furniture: Functional, contemporary, overpriced and boring, boring, boring!

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ray Hawkins on 10/13/2012 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Never-occupied Merriam Village is razed to make way for IKEA

I worked in Merriam Village for two years with Spirit Halloween inside of the almost-finished Circuit City. The building was filled with their new "The City" concept store signage, fixtures, and a fully wired alarm system. The center was never completely empty, and the "lifestyle center" did actually attract various people including dogwalkers, rollerbladers, luxury car test drivers, and joggers.

That Circuit City did pose a direct threat to the OfficeMax across the street in the Merriam Town Center. The City had built a mobile audio installation bay, a soundproofed home theater listening room, and firedog tech support into the Merriam Village location.

The store could have been a major electronics destination for Northern Johnson County, though the Merriam OfficeMax location has continued to perform well over the past few years.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by James McAllister on 10/13/2012 at 2:03 AM

Re: “Never-occupied Merriam Village is razed to make way for IKEA

I know I'd Drive 10,000 miles to go to an IKEA Store, don't konw what i'd be able to BUY once I get there, because I spent all my money on GAS to get there - but it sounds good right , and thats all that matters !!!

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 10/12/2012 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Never-occupied Merriam Village is razed to make way for IKEA

"If all goes well, all your friends' home furnishings will start to look alike in 2014" - so after they build this thing, they actually believe ( the city), that just tons of people are going to go there and Buy, Buy, Buy and go in Debt to buy the Furniture - in an Economy like this, with millions who've lost their homes the 4 to 5 years, and Lay-offs that are taking place, Just read where Hallmark Cards is laying about 250 workers, as well, and with the election coming up, everything slows to a Crawl for a few years after an election.

The jobs IKEA will provide, to be Blunt, its still "Retail Jobs", we all know what those pay, low wage - "Part Time Jobs".

These Cities just want and all they see is the supposed TAX REVENUE they "might" - Maybe get out of the deal, kinda like the deal they were Sold back in 2003/ 2004 with the current Vacant shopping center they have now and with the one at 67th & I-35 on the West Side where the former General Electric building used to sit.

Cities are way too Easy to be sold a line of goods, I've sat at many of those types of meetings and watched the suit & ties get up and present all kinds of Mystical Graphs & Charts and fancy talk and sell pipe dreams to the over eager city officials.

I suspect it'll be built, and as usual for the 1st 3 months it'll be crowded and packed as people come look and check it out. as usual !

Then once the New wears off, it'll slowly start to go vacant, as usual, these places do. Especially since the economy is going to slowly not get any better , no matter who's in office.

Its like selling Ice Cream to kids, with many at these cities, their eager to get their hands on it, then once they've got it, its gone - it MELTED right before their very eyes !

I always liked their "Used Car Salesman" approach to sell these kinds of things to cities and the public tho, if it sounds good and they say it - it must be True , right ????

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Crazy Clown on 10/12/2012 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Never-occupied Merriam Village is razed to make way for IKEA

would have liked to read what they're doing with all the building material used to build the old strip mall. are there any other prospective tenants moving in across the street? tax abatements? yes boring is right.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by eyekeea on 10/10/2012 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Never-occupied Merriam Village is razed to make way for IKEA

BORING......

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by salt on 10/10/2012 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Kansas City B-cycle rides into a town that might at last be ready to share the road

Seven bucks for half an hour?

Posted by Bill Pryor on 08/17/2012 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Kansas City B-cycle rides into a town that might at last be ready to share the road

I'm really excited to see the B-Cycle system in place and working. I think it's a great thing for KC on a lot of levels, not the least of which are that it makes cycling more visible and sends a message to the public that cycling is something that the city and a lot of people in it believe in.

The question of whether KC motorists are ready to share the road is an open one. One need look no further than the cover of this issue of the Pitch to see that KC still has a long way to go when it comes to understanding cycling as a viable means of utilitarian transportation.

I'm sure I'll sound like a big ol' wet blanket with no sense of humor to a lot of people mentioning this, but maybe that's the point. Looking at the cartoon cyclists on the Pitch front cover, I'm reminded of a passage in the book "The Enlightened Cyclist" by the popular blogger Bike Snob NYC in which he points out that representations of cyclists in popular entertainment generally fall into four categories: 1) The Hapless Wussbag, 2) The Fitness Dork, 3) The Self Important Enviro-Douch Luddite, and 4) The Freakish Manchild.

While the characters on the Pitch cover don't exactly nail these types, they're definitely in the ballpark. They're definietly all goofballs.

I know, I know, I need to get a sense of humor. But I do notice that the one thing that's missing is a plain honest guy or girl just trying to get to work without getting killed, choosing a type of transportation that, even though it often seems to be despised by pretty much everyone else on the road, still offers a commute that, on so many levels, doesn't suck.

Posted by Shane Rowse on 07/17/2012 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Kansas City B-cycle rides into a town that might at last be ready to share the road

yawn, who cares. See if they're even around in a year. I'm guessing no.

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Posted by opie33158 on 07/12/2012 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Kansas City B-cycle rides into a town that might at last be ready to share the road

Hard to believe this article didn't even mention the recent death of cyclist Michael Forbes in the area while positing the question of Kansas City's readiness to share the road.

Based on this week's cover I was excited to read the article - and greatly disappointed that it turned out to be a puff piece.

Posted by Scott on 07/12/2012 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Kansas City B-cycle rides into a town that might at last be ready to share the road

I rode these in Boulder, Colorado. Nice bikes, if a bit cumbersome. Very slick process, there were stations all over the place. My buddy has a ton of bikes, but he had a yearly membership, so he just scanned his card and let me grab one to ride with him.

I looked a little goofy on the critical mass ride with all the hipster mobiles, but it got the job done. It has built in lights and it kind of charges its self.

Also important to note, when that first half hour of ride time expires, you can re-dock at a station and I'm pretty sure it will be like resetting a new 30 minute timer.

I'm glad this effort is downtown and not on some paved or gravel "bike trail" in fricken Johnson County. I also hope that we can ride safely, follow the rules of the road and not get hassled by folks who see us as playing with toys. Bikes, for many city dwellers, are viable means of transportation. I look forward to using this service and seeing it flourish.

Thank you.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Burt Turner on 07/11/2012 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Park Hill's school-board race has a great white dope: race baiter Edward Stephens

Yes, February is recognized as Black History Month. But you ask "When is White History Month?" This reminds me of when I was a kid and I asked my dad on Father's Day "When is kid's day?" His answer.. "Every day is kids day!" sooo...

ALL MONTHS ARE WHITE HISTORY MONTH!!!!

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Josh Schmittzehe on 06/21/2012 at 1:29 AM

Re: “Dead to Fred

One of the classic signs that any group is actually a cult is when that group encourages or commands its members to cut ties with those outside the group. A true church is supposed to ENGAGE the world, not cut itself off from it! Read the end of the Gospel of Matthew and you'll see this is true! Hence, westboro cannot truly call itself a church, since it encourages its members to cut off ties with anyone outside the group and it does not engage the world in such a way as to make disciples as Jesus commands at the end of the Gospel of Matthew. So, since it cannot truly call itself a church, lets just lay all the cards on the table and call it what it really is: A CULT.

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Posted by rickyfan3956 on 05/23/2012 at 3:01 AM

Re: “Front Flip's app makes a game of dining out

I had enjoyed using Front Flip at Minsky's and winning awards of garlic toast on several occassions including a large pizza of my choice. It appears it must be costing them too much, because they have already discontinued the program.

Posted by Jim Massey on 05/09/2012 at 7:41 AM

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