Glazer: Table is Set for Excellence at City Hall Now That The Rascals Have Been Neutered

OK sports fans it’s come down to this…

Looks like your old buddy "The Glaze" is a pretty good picker. To be honest, I felt the KC mayor’s would come down to Sly James and Mike Burke – and maybe the Funk. I liked what Sly had to say and the way he carries himself. So this will be a close one.

A white man versus a black man.

No matter how you cut it, that’s the case. However Sly is not a black candidate like Emanuel Cleaver or Alvin Brooks. Former mayor, Cleaver was also a minister and a former Black Panther. Brooks was the king of neighborhoods in a black community that had gone through far too much "yellow tape." You know, shootings. Alvin is best remembered for remembering fallen young black men and women killed by other young black men and women.

To be even more blunt, these men were considered "of the people," by black voters.

Not so much Sly James. He’s sharp, well spoken, lived in Europe (Italy),, is a true lawyer (he’s actually won cases as a litigator). And in simple words the man "can speak." That doesn’t mean Cleaver wasn’t a great speaker – he was and is – But Cleaver wasn’t one to move too many issues outside the black community or church.

in other words, "He didn’t do crap for white KC, the Plaza, Westport and so on.

It was all about the yellow tape district being a total failure.  But Brooks was just too old and a nice man, but no longer very strong on much of anything. 

Sly is young, strong and open minded.

He’ll need the black vote to win, but right now he is seen by blacl voters as more as an Obama – too clean cut. Sly will need to continue to show up and speak at church’s. Uh, black ones, of course.

With all that said, its a toss up right now. So I will stay on it and interview Mike Burke.

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Now a few words about the Funk

Here’s a guy who was once very popular who lost all of that because he and city council hated each other. Mark was a "my way or the highway guy."  Like Deb Hermann said, "the smartest guy in the room, like it or not."  But Funk ran almost no campaign, no signs, few commercials on TV, nothing really.

He only lost by 2,000 votes, so clearly he needed a stronger campaign effort. Hey, the guy wanted to put my dad on the visitors bureau board. I know the Funk, but not really very close. He seems guarded.  And he loves his wife and family. Maybe that love cut him off from others – I’m not sure. I wish Mark the best. A good person.
 

Here’s something else; the so-called genius era of Steve Gloriosso and Pat Gray seems to be over.

They’ve almost always had the winner, the guy who paid them to win. Last time out they won it was Kay Barnes. She bought Freedom and the other groups votes. This year it was Jim Rowland and he came in fourth – even with all his ad buys. So that magic is gone. Too bad for my dad Stan. Had they been this weak when Stan ran, he would have beaten Barnes.

I wish someone had, Christ!

Can KC be fixed? Yes, in time. It will take a council made up of people like Tracy Ward, who won the right to run in the 6th District. We need new and young thinkers, not lazy neighborhood do gooders.

Those people took our city from the top 15 in 1950 to the bottom of the top 30 in 2011. 

Let’s try and light it up, shall we?

Let’s elect sharp, younger folks, like Ward. Hey, you got Jim Glover back but at least Ward beat out Chuck Eddie. Those are nice guys, but we need people who travel, look and listen.

The old ways broke this city, badly.

Get off your pulpits, people. Fix this mess. No strip clubs? Really? Now all those girls are hookers at the clubs – nice move, DO GOODERs. That kinda stuff never works, ask the Pilgrims. They burned witches. Yeah, how’s that working out?

It’s time to get real and move this city like Vegas, LA ,New York, Denver, Phoenix – even Omaha. And yes, even the next city to pass us by, Oklahoma City. Sorry but it’s true. 

Lets wake up people. Get to work!

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5 Responses to Glazer: Table is Set for Excellence at City Hall Now That The Rascals Have Been Neutered

  1. harley says:

    WTF ARE YOU THINKING GLAZER….
    you continue to talk above your head. and up your a$$.
    You mention the key problem…shutting down strip clubs. Are you serious man. are you for real…
    and if those ho friends of yours like black barbie gotta go fuck guys in bars so be it.
    thats not a job for the mayor to worry about. What are you thinking?
    Where did you get that omaha has passed up kansas city? In strip clubs…hookers…or
    white trash whores? where did you get this info please….please tell us what trash can did
    this analysis come from.
    Can this city make a comeback. Of course it can. Here’s how…
    1. Move the stateline 100 miles east and incorporate all the kc metro area in missouri
    into kansas. Thats easy…then kansas won’t invade missouri to steal business away.
    2. Put a huge fence around the zip codes where 80% of the crime occurs. don’t let them
    out….don’t let them in….surge every available military force..police force…dea…fbi into
    those areas and clean them up once anf for all.
    3. close down the kcmo schools. do something…charter…private…whatever but theres no
    way to turn it around with the limited funds.
    You are an idiot for thinking that if we just model our town after vegas (right…lets legalize prostitituion
    so all your girlfriends and your father don’t get thrown in jail). Denver…hey it took billions of dollars
    to create that city and decades of planning with the lodo and the stadiums…and the
    high tech areas….hey how about l.a. (lets bring all the jet setters to our “great year round climate”….
    Phoenix….broke…..las vegas…broke….California …broke….yeah glazer lets model oursevlves after
    these great cities…..broke cities laying off teachers….police…firemen….so far in debt probably have
    to declare bankruptcy (which you know about).
    Lets just be ourselves. You be like yourself. No hairpieces…no phony dates…no phony smoke and
    mirrrors…..that is the problem…kansas city has no identity to anyone.
    Its a big nothing…no image…no
    We are a world class city…..no traffic…entertainment that rivals almost any city.
    Look at the list of entertainment options available to us now thru October of 2011….huge concerts…
    major acts…sports and a new stadium…..a winning football team….a major hub of college basketball…
    (well almost)…..the world most incredible arts hall about to open that will dazzle the world with its
    quality…..a great way of life (for all but the black areas of the city)…..world class park system….
    no immigration problems…..an economy that can withstand even the worst recession and still
    make it……cheap housing (ev en cheaper now that we just went thru the bust)…..
    Restaurants that rival some of the best in the nation….
    SO GLAZER WHAT DO YOU WANT? MORE BARS FOR 20 YEAR OLD GIRLFRIENDS…
    MORE HOOKERS ON THE STREETS….MORE STRIP CLUBS SO SINGLE MOMS CAN
    MAKE A LIVING DOING LAP DANCES ON 60 YEAR OLD MENS LAPS ( HEY GIRLS….MAYBE TRY
    GETTING AN EDUCATION IN NURSING/HEALTH CARE/LEGAL…SOMETHING YOU CAN BE PROUD
    OF)….
    WHAT IS SO BAD…….you want to make this city something we are not. I think it has to do wtih
    your own perception.
    We are a great city…..we will never be la or vegas or phoneix……thats not what this town is
    and until you finally realize that we are who we are you will continnue writing horrible posts like
    this.
    STOP TRYING TO BE SOMETHING WE ARE NOT….TAKE WHAT WE HAVE AND USE THAT TO
    OUR ADVANTAGE…….
    AT YOUR AGE ITS TIME TO REALIZE
    …….

  2. Football Guy says:

    Harley For The Love of God
    Harley you have to stop the ‘hate Glaze’ campaign. Funny stuff but Glazer’s post is right on target. The man didn’t say Strip clubs were the big problem, he simply gave examples of dumb things our city does. You mention the guys age, don’t know him, but again, not a factor, you’ve said you were older, so what do you know about anything Harley.

    Glazer, yes it will be close, with the Star backing Burke, he will be hard to beat, but it can happen as you say. Don’t know about Sly, I will listen to what he has to say, then decide. Again, good follow up.

  3. Maureen says:

    This is a Good Thing
    Craig I agree it was time for a big change. The Funk just wasn’t connecting with anyone. Hope one of these two will.
    Harley person, my word, you post your opinion but why do you bring Glazer into everything.

  4. Stewart S says:

    I like Sly
    In my opinion it will be Sly James, not Burke. I like the guy. I’m white.

  5. Tiger says:

    Bring Back Stan and Wheeler
    we need some energy, those guys have it, not sure these people do.

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