Monday, August 31, 2009

For the love of a pluot

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 9:42 AM


It's not usually up to fruit to rock your world. When was the last time you had an apple that made you reconsider all previous apples? But one fruit that's now in season might just shift your paradigm right there in the produce section. 

The pluot is a sweet, juicy cross-blend of a plum (approximately 70 percent) and apricot (approximately 30 percent). It looks like a plum, pink or red in color, and you're likely to miss it if you're not looking at labels. Pluots are grown in California, and although they've been around for 20 years their lack of wide distribution means that people keep discovering them anew. 

The season runs from May to September, so expect to see them in the grocery store for the next week or two. When shopping, use the same criteria as in selecting plums -- you want them firm and rich in color. 

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Star's football blowout a little less blown out

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM


Yesterday's Kansas City Star did not land on doorsteps with the authoritative thud of Sunday papers from late Augusts past. The Star's multi-sectioned football preview weighs in this year at 6.2 ounces, a slimmer size than 2007's 9.2-ounce colossus.

The reduction surely says more about business of running the Star than it does about the passion for football. Newspaper revenues are off by almost a third from this time last year.

Missed the 46-page section? Here's a recap:

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Breakfast Buffet: Monday, August 31

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM


A recipe for better-than-brownie chocolate cookies that make you feel fat just looking at them. They are, of course, part of a nutritionally balanced breakfast of cookies and office cake. [Erin in the Real World]

Mole-brushed burgers. Enough said. [Blog Well Done]

It can seem like the time spent waiting in lines could be a part-time job and one man has taken that literally -- issuing invoices to carryout joints for his time. [Telegraph]

OK, this isn't the punch line to a phenomenal joke. Apparently a cop in St. Paul, Minnesota, really did sneak into a local zoo to give a gorilla a Pop-Tart. [Fox Twin Cities]

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A Nirvana Performance You Can Watch and Play Yourself

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Come November, you'll be able to own one of the most-bootlegged concerts in history -- Nirvana's historic August 30, 1992 headlining appearance at the Reading Festival as a color-corrected video from the original film with audio sourced from the original multi-track masters. Nirvana Live At Reading will be issued in a limited deluxe edition of the CD and DVD as well as video or audio only discs, in addition to a double LP version. The CD and DVD drop on November 3, with the LP following two weeks later.

It even comes complete with "More Than A Feeling" intro to "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which you can watch in excrutiatingly poor-quality video below.

As if that wasn't enough, you'll even be able to play the Reading version of "Lithium" in the upcoming edition of Guitar Hero. That's Guitar Hero 5, for you not following along at home. The Spin article that offers the sneak peek refers to Cobain as being "notably absent" from the franchise. Personally, while I like Nirvana, I think the Van Halen edition of Guitar hero makes way more sense. "Eruption" is going to be the cause of more controller replacements than any Dragonforce shredfest.

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Video: Johnny Dare with Steel Panther, "Don't Stop Believin'"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Johnny Dare's birthday bash was at the Midland by AMC Saturday night. If you didn't buy tickets in advance, you were pretty much hosed, as the show featuring Steel Panther and the Federation of Horsepower sold out fast.

However, you can check out the video below and see several personalities from 98.9 The Rock belt out a Journey cover (top-selling song on iTunes ever, by the way) with Steel Panther while various sundry ladies in tight clothing gyrate nearby. Man...this kind of makes that free slice of pie you got at Perkins on your birthday seem like a total screwjob, huh?

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Rightbloggers scour Kennedy funeral for Anti-Obamacare ammo

Posted on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:00 AM


Starting today, Roy Edroso's Rightbloggers: Exploring the right Wing Blogosphere will run here every Monday until Armageddon.

After a plane crash killed liberal Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife and daughter, and several staff members in 2002, his friends and family held a memorial at the University of Minnesota attended by 15,000 people. The theme was "Stand up, keep fighting" for Wellstone's beliefs, and the expected Democratic replacement for Wellstone on the November ticket, Walter Mondale, was ardently cheered. Wellstone's son and other speakers called for victory in that election as a tribute to the fallen senator.

Outrage from Wellstone's non-family and non-friends ensued. "His family went and turned his funeral into a goddamned political rally," cried Cold Fury. Andrew Sullivan echoed a friend who "felt the pure partisanship, the jeering and cheering, the fanaticism almost, just after a family has been killed, was about as unseemly a spectacle as anything one could imagine."

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan topped them all, actually offering a Wellstone memo from the great beyond. "When the rally was over, I grieved," she had him say. She also had Wellstone castigate his family for "turning everything in your life into politics. ... There are people with the same sickness on the other side too. But I'm telling you, this polar thinking thing has gotten worse on our side the past few years. It's becoming the Democratic disease."

Notwithstanding the absurdity of this pretended solicitude for one of their mortal enemies, the rhubarb was thought to have helped elect Republican Norm Coleman to Wellstone's seat.

Last week Ted Kennedy, a longtime advocate of health-care reform, died of brain cancer, and rightbloggers hauled out the Wellstone memorial template in hopes of again defeating a dead senator's cause by using the dead senator himself.

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What's the Army doing to prevent suicide? Here's a clip

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 7:30 AM

In January, when the Army reported a record number of soldier suicides in 2008, it assured the public it would make prevention its top priority in 2009. During the recent six-month "stand down" members of every rank watched new training materials, like "Shoulder to Shoulder." In the 12-minute video, top Army brass, like General George Casey, Secretary of the Army, pledge "no soldier is alone" and families describe the loss of their loved ones. Here's a clip.

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Killa City: KCMO homicide No. 81, Justin Akins fatally shot Friday night

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Justin Akins, 20, was shot to death after an argument with three men in at 70th Terrace and Olive Friday night.

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Kansas City police received a call about a shooting around 10:43 p.m. The caller said Akins was being taken to a local hospital, where he died a short time later.

Three suspects (all black) fled the scene on foot, police say.

If you know anything about Akins' death, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or e-mail me at

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And we're back ...

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Caught the Cops Kansas City marathon on G4 yesterday. 1998 Kansas City was full of feuding white trash, fast crackheads and mustached cops. The highlights: A married guy screwing a toothless hooker under a bridge, a man wearing nothing but a tinfoil loin cloth and a pet pig in a trashed house.

No naked dudes or pigs this weekend. But lots of pictures this weekend. Here's what happened while we were away:

1. The Kansas City Star discovered the "Wolfman," and he owns Harrisonville Square.



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Friday, August 28, 2009

The other side of the health-care fight: Steineger instigated the bar fight, attorney claims

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 5:33 PM

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Earlier this week, after hearing reports from the Kansas statehouse that Sen. Chris

Steineger had shown up to a committee meeting with a black eye, The Pitch broke the story about his bar fight.

The Pitch confirmed that Steineger, a Wyandotte County Democrat who is considering a run for governor, had gotten into an argument at Breit's Stein and Grill last Friday. Steineger's side of the story -- claiming he got "sucker punched" in an argument over health-care reform -- appeared on Prime Buzz earlier today.

Here's the other side of the story: After Steineger claimed that he might file a police report, Richard Carney, an attorney, hired another attorney, Thomas F. McGraw of Overland Park.

"What happened to the story about him stepping on a rake?" asked

McGraw, who'd heard that Steineger was telling his statehouse colleagues that his black eye came from "yard work."

Here's what McGraw says happened: Steineger was drinking at Breit's with his wife when an argument with Carney escalated. Steineger grabbed Carney's tie and took a swing at him; Carney blocked it and popped Steineger in the face. McGraw says Carney acted in self-defense and Steineger was the "primary aggressor."

The fight was broken up quickly.

McGraw calls Steineger's threats of filing criminal charges "ridiculous" and says if criminal charges are filed, they should be filed against Steineger.

"Why didn't he call

the police a week ago?" McGraw asks. "Why did he lie about what happened?"

Steineger's spokeswoman, Kris Schindler, told The Pitch that Steineger wouldn't be talking any further about the fight.

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