Tony: Sign of the Times and parking tickets for po’folk

This X-mas is gonna suck. KUDL is already playing holiday music that makes me want to kill myself and should remind us all that we’re all broke.

On a not so unrelated front, Hearne has made this blog an awesome, one stop shop for all things cool and fun happening in Kansas City but I was just thinking that the upcoming holiday season is going to exceptionally hard for the many poor and, maybe more importantly, newly poor people among us.

Today, there was another great example that Kansas City doesn’t really care about the disenfranchised. Or, at the very least, there’s not a lot of sympathy for folks struggling to pay their bills in much the same way the dimwits on The Plaza every year celebrate a holiday lighting ceremony on a property built by a tyrant who used racially restrictive covenants to secure his real estate empire in Kansas City.

But I digress, let’s get to the most recent slap in the face to po’folk in River City.

Today there were hundreds of people lined up to get help for their heating and utility bills for the upcoming cold stretch of Kansas City weather who were subsequently given parking tickets by Police.

It was a move even the most ardent scrooge had to respect.

One of my online buddies put it far more eloquently than I ever could:

“Only in America could this happen… A bunch of poor, jobless disadvantaged scumbags show up to beg a few dollars from the government for heat assistance and the government is all over them with parking tickets. A “City that Works” sure enough. At the same time, one can’t really expect either common sense or empathy from a bureaucrat, can we?”

I think that “City that works” line is a reference to Mayor Funky. While he didn’t play any direct part in this hot mess, there is a connection.

Kansas City can only expect things to get worse as X-mas approaches.

Contrary to common knowledge: The murder rate has been known to escalate during the holiday season. During the horrible murder spike of 2008, the colder months of January actually started off a terrifying year of carnage.

This year, the broke ass people of this town are getting fined on the street for Red Light Camera Violations, fined while waiting for assistance and a great many dregs of humanity in the KC area can’t get into the P&L District to let off steam. So, it wouldn’t be out of line to suggest that so many affronts to social justice could translate into increasing violence. On this one, I hope I’m wrong (probably not) but it’s certainly something to think about while zoning out and listening to crappy holiday music.

Tony Botello
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14 Responses to Tony: Sign of the Times and parking tickets for po’folk

  1. Anonymous says:

    If they are so poor, then why do they have cars?

    I don’t mind if they tow a few Cadillacs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    midtown miscreant
    I think somebody is in love with Tony….JoJo.
    Looks like you are building a nice fan base over here with the French Poodle crowd T.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Jojo…love the sinner, hate the sin.

  4. Anonymous says:

    no way…this arrogant asshole is always using
    the sympathy and race card. I despise the sinner
    in this case because he’s just a piece of
    shit. Everything is race based. E vertyhng
    has a race side to it.
    And thats totally false.
    And when tony the piece of shit refers to
    people who may have had circumstances turn
    bad for them (whether they are black/white/
    brown/asian etc.) as scumbags shows what this
    crap head is all about.
    And since there are dress codes at the p and
    l…since people are being ticketed for
    going thru red lights…we should “EXPECT MORE
    VIOLENCE” this year. Come on tony…get real!

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s not that hard to find a legal parking space on that side of downtown. If you can afford gas/insurance, you can put some change in a meter.

    I look forward to Tony’s next expose on the regressive nature of parking meters and the undue pressure they put on America’s permanent underclass.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I believe Po’Folk’s is a restaurant.

    Its common knowledge that murder increases during holiday’s. Maybe Jojo will invite Tony over for Thanksgiving?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Broke folk don’t want a ticket for their expired plates, and they also dont want to pay for new plates. So what is a pig to do? Fuck em. Their broke asses can sure as shit stand in line when someone is handing out something free. Welcome to Obamaland. Where everything is free and doesn’t require effort or hardwork.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Rick: Po’ Folks. I loved that place. Jojo, Don’t let Tony get under your skin. He’s like the Latino version of Jason Whitlock. He does what he does to piss people off. If you really want to get under his skin tell him how great he is and what a shame it is that his talent is going to waste.

    Hey Tony, why don’t you ever do some beefcake photos with your posts. My wife is tired of looking at all the oversize breasts.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dimebag, I may be crazy but wasn’t Po Folks owned by a country and western singer?

  10. Anonymous says:

    So if I pay this parking ticket, you’ll zero out my $800 delinquent gas bill? Yeah, Tony, those people are TOTALLY getting screwed by The Man.

  11. Anonymous says:

    craig glazer
    Tony is this the same chick from last photo in a different outfit, man, who is this girl….you win my favorite award…”finding super hot girls photos” so cool….Jo-Jo damn boy can you calm down….please…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Dexter Morgan
    Glazer, that’s Denise Milani. She fine.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Rick: I got juiced thinkin’ about Po Folks. Very few left. Locations in Florida and SoCal. Couldn’t find anything on the net about celebrity ownership. I’ll be in Florida next week and I am going to find a Po Folks.

  14. Anonymous says:

    rick as craig glazer
    it took some research but I found out that Country Singer Bill Anderson use to be the spokesperson for Po Folks. This was done for two reasons. He had a song called Po Folks and his back up band was called Po Folks Back up band. I think the one here was in Gladstone. Good stuff. Kind of like Culvers but without the custard. tell me how u like it.

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