Friday, July 31, 2009

Rally to 'Put People First' and protect kids from the budget hatchet

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:15 AM

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How's this for some math that doesn't quite add up?

Missouri's Department of Social Services keeps track of 9,000 kids in foster care, investigates 75,000 reported cases of child abuse annually and provides 43,000 children daycare while their low-income parents go off to work.

To do that -- and more -- the Child Division takes up just 3 percent of the state's multi-billion-dollar bank account. Now, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he needs to cut $60 million from the state's 2010 budget to make ends meet. But 20 percent of those proposed cuts could be aimed at that already tiny pot for kids.

Last night, at least 100 Kansas City residents packed the empty lot across from Operation Breakthrough to demand Nixon protect the state's most vulnerable, rather than put them first on the chopping block.

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Breakfast Buffet: Friday, July 31

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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A look at the turkey sandwiches, baked beans and drink choices at the recently opened Greedy Man's Bar-B-Que & Grill. [Kansas City Lunch Spots]

The KC Beer Blog questions President Barack Obama's choice of Bud Light at the White House beer summit. [KC Beer Blog]

On the road with a competitive barbecue cook at the Illinois BBQ State Championships -- an annual event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. [The Huffington Post]

The debate over backyard chickens comes to Columbia, Missouri. [The Columbia Missourian]

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Shitty Limits Show Moved to Love Garden

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Due to the Batcave being shut down, and no longer hosting shows -- something that I sincerely hope I had no part in -- the UK punk act's show with Logic Problem and Dark Ages has been moved to Love Garden in Lawrence.

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The show is 7-10pm, all ages, and $5. Love Garden is located at 936 1/2 Massachusetts St. See you there.

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Get Up Kids Apologize For Emo; Not Really

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

In an interview with Drowned In Sound, Get Up Kid Jim Suptic has some things to say about the crop of bands spawned in their wake:

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"Honestly, I don't often think about the state of 'emo'. The punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It's like glam rock now. We played the Bamboozle fests this year and we felt really out of place. I could name maybe three bands we played with. It was just a sea of neon shirts to us. If this is the world we helped create, then I apologise."

"If a band gets huge and they say we inspired them, great. The problem is most of them aren't very good. What does that say about us? I don't know. Maybe we sucked. We at least can play our instruments."

To be fair to Mr. Suptic, it's got to suck to listen to some horrible band that got a major label contract after two shows and sounds like it tell everyone that they wanted to be a band because of you. I've read more than a few interviews where a lousy band name-drops an act, and that causes me to lose any desire whatsoever to check out that influence.

But, really, putting it in perspective, this has still got to be better than being Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, or Alice Cooper. Those guys have to be fucking miserable.

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Police say drinking game killed 11-year-old boy, uncle and girlfriend charged

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 8:09 AM

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Missed this yesterday. It's from Joplin. The couple on the right, Dale Phillips and Linda Petrait, are accused of challenging Phillips' 11-year-old nephew to a drinking game. Police believe the boy, Tyler Fecko, then died of alcohol poisoning. 

Court records say Phillips and Petrait, both 27, challenged Fecko to drink several shots of Jim Beam Whiskey and then ignored the boy after he had "ingested a substantial amount of alcohol."

Fecko was found dead Monday at Phillips' home.

Petrait and Phillips are charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The probable cause statement is on the Joplin Globe's Web site.

Fecko's mother, Angie Fecko, told a local TV station that she doesn't blame her brother. She blames Petrait.

"God just didn't step in in time and Linda Petrait was giving him the alcohol and everything and I hope she pays for every last thing that she did," Angie Fecko told ABC 12.

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Killa City: JoCo mom accused of killing her newborn makes court appearance

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 7:35 AM

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Alice Zeorlin -- the Johnson County mother accused of suffocating her newborn baby girl -- appeared in court Thursday.

Earlier this week, Johnson County prosecutors charged Zeorlin, 25, with first-degree murder for the asphyxiation death of her newborn at Zeorlin's Overland Park home.

KSHB Channel 41 adds:

Zoerlin is accused of giving birth in her parents basement on May 31st and wrapping the baby in a bag. Her parents found the child's body the next day.
Zeorlin's MySpace page is set to private but a profile picture of her is still visible. She last logged in on June 14. Her mood is "impervious" and her status says "Alice!!! enjoying the life."

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What to do this weekend -- our suggestions

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 6:30 AM

1. Get to know a man-eating plant. Friday night at 9 p.m., there's a free, outdoor screening of the Little Shop of Horrors at 9 p.m. at City Market.

2. Hot it up. Starting Friday night at 8 p.m., Summer Salsa Fever at Harrah's VooDoo Lounge features some heavy hitters from the world of salsa music.

3. Reflect upon the art, life and legacy of wacky author William S. Burroughs. An exhibition of his artwork opens for one night only Saturday at Lawrence's DotDotDot Art Space. Another Burroughs-centric show opens Sunday at the Bourgeois Pig.

4. Check out some roller derby action. The KC Roller Warriors get brutal starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hale Arena.

5. Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure and rock out to Softee and others at Mammapalooza Saturday night at Crossroads Live behind Grinders. The show starts at 7 p.m. and a whopping 100 percent of ticket sales go to the charity to fight breast cancer.

For more ideas of how to waste your weekend (or at least get wasted), see The Pitch calendar of events.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Roy Blunt believes Obama is an American citizen afterall

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Be careful what you ask for, Roy Blunt. The Missouri Congressman was ambushed on whether he believes Barack Obama is an American citizen. OK, ambush is a little harsh considering it's a yes or no question. But yesterday's video from Fire Dog Lake showed Blunt saying that birthers were raising a "legitimate question" and that he didn't know why Obama couldn't provide a birth certificate (Obama can and has).

Blunt's spokesman kept telling blogger Greg Sargent to just wait until the unedited tapes were released. Vindication was right around the corner, right? Not exactly. Here's the first tape where Blunt gives a yes -- although still trying to dodge the question. He says it off camera, and it's hard to hear.


Mike Stark, the Fire Dog Lake interviewer, asked again the next day. That's when Blunt fed the birther conspiracy, giving the slimy "I don't have any reason not to believe that [Obama was born in the United States]."

As Jon Stewart pointed out on The Daily Show, that's a pretty

lazy reply and can go both ways. Like, say, "I don't have any reason not

to believe that Roy Blunt was faithful to his first wife."

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Killa City: KCK homicide No. 24, Carol S. Thomas identified as the woman found dead in an apartment Tuesday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 4:17 PM

The death of a woman found dead in an apartment at 1215 Central Avenue has been ruled a homicide, Kansas City, Kansas police announced today. KCK police also identified the woman as 48-year-old Carol S. Thomas of KCK.


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The cause of death has not been released, yet.  

If you have info about Thomas' death, call 913-573-6020 or 816-474-8477.

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The infamous George Brett poopypants video gets autotuned

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Just a warning: This isn't going to be safe for work. Clips from the now legendary George Brett video get the autotune treatment so we can all relive the best moments from the potty-mouthed Royals' classic accident. Who's the pitchers in this game?



Thanks to Pitch art director Zachary Trover for sending the link to 8corp.

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