Star beams: Kansas City & San Francisco Are the Same

journey-075-c-moa-steve-perry-jpgSan Francisco and Kansas City are basically the same city.

They have the Golden Gate Bridge.  We have the Kit Bond Bridge.

They have Alcatraz, we have Leavenworth.

They have Steve Perry.  We have Perry Lake.

They have Rice-A-Roni.  We grow rice. Continue reading

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Hearne: AMC Puts Kibosh on Cinetopia World Series Promotion

takethecrownaTalk about getting ratted out…

For three weeks the new Cinetopia Overland Park 18 has been hosting free watch parties for Kansas City Royals baseball games during the team’s playoffs run. It started with KC’s wildcard win over the Oakland A’s October 1st and continued through the the weekday games against the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles.

Between 200 to 300 fans showed up for each game – free of charge – to watch the Royals’ successful clash with the MLB titans. Attendees chomped on gourmet cuisine, cocktails and movie fare on otherwise slow weekday movie nights.

Until last night when they showed up for the Royals World Series debut only to be turned away. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Crosses His Fingers, Conjures Cup Half Full

Lee-SungwooBehold the talk of the day in Kansas City…

Did the long layoff hurt the Royals momentum? Can the team start hitting again? Does the first loss of the post season spell trouble? Can KC still win it all?

Hey, it’s just one game right?

Well, in the last 15 years only two teams that lost game one came back and won the World Series. However these Royals don’t follow conventional rules, do they? So it’s just game one, relax, tonight is the NEXT BIG ONE.

That said, the Royals are in an almost must win in tonight’s game at home.

If they go down by two games with five left and three in San Fran, OUCH. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: Ebola Czar Has No Clothes


Kim Kardashian

I can’t get the Faux-Ebola panic off my mind…

Fortunately more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died of Ebola. And frankly, I’m not sure which would be more painful, but that’s another story for another time.

Ebola Czar Ron Klain is our man. To show my prejudice right up front, I have no use for the term “czar.”

Actually, “tsar” was Russian term, referring to the emperor. Webster defines a czar as a tyrant, autocrat, emperor or king, an autocratic ruler or leader, or, a person with great authority or power in a particular field.

According to, there are 32 czars ensconced in the White House, but only eight are Obama-appointed – the rest just picked up the nickname from the media.

An abundance of news stories have questioned Klain’s qualifications for the job since he really doesn’t know anything about Ebola. Continue reading

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New Jack City: The X-Rated Upside of Unemployment, Old Age & Going Green

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.41.17 PMForget about legalizing marijuana, that’s childsplay…

While many Americans wrestle with unemployment, the cost of going green and Medicare, their German counterparts are getting off…literally.

Senior’s discounts at Denny’s are one thing, but they don’t compare to Germany, where prostitution is legal, and retirees can soak up early bird and off hours discounts at brothels where ads proclaim, Life Begins At 66.

For example, a 50% discount on sex services between noon and 5:00 p.m. on proof of age.

Beats free coffee at McDonalds, right? Continue reading

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Sutherland: The Kansas Moderate Old Guard Meets Its Waterloo

Nancy Kassebaum

Nancy Kassebaum

The most elite unit in Napoleon’s army was the “Old Guard.” 

Its members were the longest serving veterans and those with the fiercest loyalty to the Emperor.  Last weekend I went to an event where the Old Guard of the Kansas Republican Party was gathered.  Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker was there and I was breathlessly assured by one of her former staffers that if I played my cards right I would be granted an audience with the Queen Mother of “Moderate” Republicanism in the state.

I quietly demurred, having had unpleasant dealings with “Nancy” over the years.  In 1978, her opponent in the Republican Senate primary was Wichita businessman Sam Hardage.  Hardage, his wife, and two children were badly injured in an airplane crash two days after the primary. (The night of the primary, I had gone with Hardage to Kassebaum’s headquarters to congratulate her.  He held her arms aloft for the cameras, like the victor in a prize fight.)

Hardage and his family were medivacked back to Wichita from Colorado where the plane crash occurred.  While they were in the hospital there I got a call from David Bushong, Kassebaum’s campaign manager, asking me to release Hardage’s list of campaign contributors.

I called Hardage in the hospital to get his permission and was startled by his angry response.  Apparently at the exact moment her campaign manager was telephoning me to get the “Glengarry leads,” Kassebaum was holding a press conference on television, claiming she’d just visited her defeated rival in the hospital, along with his family, and that they were all going to be fine but to join with her in her thoughts and prayers for their recovery.

Kassebaum had made all this up and Hardage saw this press conference from his hospital bedContinue reading

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Hearne: Midland Uses World Series as Excuse to Dump Ducats

"Sure I want half price Susan Boyle tickets, who wouldn't?"

“Sure I want half price Susan Boyle tickets, who wouldn’t?”

Let’s see, you’re sitting on a you-know-what load of soft ticket shows and you want to save face – what to do?

Well, there’s always the option of “papering the arena” as they say. Concert biz insiders are all too familiar with that term. In short, it’s when promoters and artists quietly flood the marketplace with freebie tickets to a show or event to try and save face. Because the last thing an artist and its management want is to play to a half empty (or worse) concert hall.

My first direct experience with the papering phenomena went down in the mid 1980s when Frank Sinatra played Kemper Arena. The smart money would have been for Old Blue Eyes to rock the Midland or Music Hall – venues that seat between 2,400 and 3,800 as opposed to 17,000 or more.

Never underestimate the power of greed though – or you know – over-optimism.

Sinatra could have easily sold out the smaller venues, put on a more intimate show and charged darn near whatever he wished. Instead he chose a venue that shortly before the show date appeared would be well under half full. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Belly’s Up for Second Helping of Crow

AFL-preseason-game-program_1964-San-Diego-Chargers_Kansas-City-ChiefsTalk about eating my words…

With a monster win on the road against a very good team, you have to count the 3-3 Kansas City Chiefs in the hunt for post season play. Just about everyone who mattered agreed with me after the Titans loss week one. That the team was among the worst in the NFL. They had a ton of starters hurt, poor off season moves and a horrible preseason, mixed with the league’s worst defense that this season needed a rebuild.

The Chiefs looked like they’d be lucky to win six or seven games – or far less even.

However beating the San Diego Chargers on the road has fans thinking, “HEY KC ROYALS PART TWO.

Who knows? I don’t think so, but I thought this team was toast and one of the league’s worst. Head coach Andy Reid has done an excellent job of holding together a patch work team on both sides of the ball. Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Losers’ @ Sports Illustrated Forecast Royals Rumble

Screen Shot 2014-10-18 at 8.35.30 PMDoes Sports Illustrated still matter?

A handful of years back the editor at the Kansas City Star told me in no uncertain terms that it did not. It was a joke, the dying embers of an outdated dream.

Seems SI had been doing a bit of fishing in the Star’s pond – and a year or two later it actually succeeded in catching big fish, sports columnist Joe Posnanski. So it must have mattered even then – at least to Joe – back in 2009 when the newspaper was hemorrhaging both journalists and journalism in a free fall that continues to this date.

Posnanski has since moved on from SI, although he was quoted not two months back in a somewhat prophetic SI cover story about the MLB team the entire world is now breathlessly talking about – so much for the so-called cover jinx.

And with a circulation of more than 3 million – versus the Star’s 200,000 – one could make a case for Sports Illustrated still mattering. Continue reading

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Leftridge: The Royals Have Turned Me Into a Big Pussy

sweepSo I was wrong about the Royals

Look, I’ll admit it. In the piece I posted before the ALCS, I suggested that Kansas City would win the series, but Baltimore would rack up two victories in the process.

Jesus, Mary and JoJo is my face red.

Apparently I failed to realize that the Royals were some sort of unearthly juggernaut incapable of failure. (Call me crazy, but I don’t think I was the ONLY person who was a little surprised by a second series sweep.)

I mean, they were still the ROYALS, right?

THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Whips Out Ouija, Lays Down His Picks

f04a62d3f071b6a9050493aef71907a4What to do while we all wait on the Kansas City Royals

I know! The Chiefs have a big game in San Diego, a place they’ve had very little luck winning any games the last 10 years. Most of the scores lately are very high so I will put my dough on the over here at 44 1/2.

I think the Chiefs, who have improved way beyond anything I expected, have a shot to win. They have the best ground game in the NFL and their short passing attack is dangerous as well.

The Chumps defense has improved getting rid of dead weight like Eric “Over Rated” Berry. However, I see San Diego winning a close one and sending the boys in Red to 2-4. However if the Chiefs get to 3-3 look out they could end up with 8 wins. Way better than I expected but I would still win with my under bet of 8 1/2.

Sorry. Continue reading

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Calvin Sense: The Naiveté of Ebola & Our Military

p.txtConcerning the Ebola crisis…

I use the word crisis because if President Obama is canceling appearances at fundraising events to meet about a problem it must be a CRISIS!

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Chief Thomas Frieden danced like a politician avoiding the hard questions before the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Frieden’s reasoning as to why travelers from West Africa should not be allowed in the USA made absolutely no sense and provided plenty of fodder for comedians.

America has sent over 3,000 military personnel to Liberia.

And to think that none of our military personnel has a chance to be exposed to Ebola is unrealistic.  Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Ryan Adams @ Uptown

Monday, October 20th

Ryan Adams at the Uptown Theater in KC

Once the darling of the alt-country rock craze, for about the last decade Ryan Adams has been putting out decent records that never could quite live up to Heartbreaker, or even Gold.  To be fair, it would be tough for anyone who has had such success with his first two records to stay on that high course.  The bar was just set a bit too high, perhaps.

His most recent effort dropped several months ago, is self-titled, and mixes the tender vocals of his earlier work, with some of the blaring guitar that was featured on Rock N Roll.  If you’ve never seen Adams live, it’s kind of a trip.  He’s a great live performer, and he generally chain smokes, drinks, and cusses his way through the “set list,” sometimes stopping songs in the middle, yelling at audience members and the like.  Good times.

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Glazer: Scribe Admits Error of His Ways, Hops on Royals Bandwagon

c1280x720_59Eight playoff wins in a row – never been done before…

Our Kansas City Royals are UNDEFEATED. What a story. What a team. What a fan base. Everyone in Kansas City is a Royals fan now. Hell, most of the nation is wearing blue or a Royals hat or t shirt. It’s a true Cinderella Story. Longtime losers turned HUGE WINNERS.

And yes, we all know they’re going to win the World Series – they can’t be stopped.

Strange how everyone is on the wagon now, huh?

Well, everyone but me.

I can’t be on the wagon because I wrote, IT’S OVER, IT’S OVER AND IT’S OVER.

When the Royals fell to Detroit n their final couple critical chances to win the division, I wrote that maybe they’d qualify for a wild card game. Maybe.

Boy, was I wrong and boy is this town happy. Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: The ‘FURY’ Depicts Sheer Ferocity of War

fury9April, 1945…

The Allies are making their final push into Nazi Germany. Just then battle worn tank commander Wardaddy—in a terrific performance by Brad Pitt—is assigned to assist in a rescue and mission behind enemy lines.

An embattled tank battalion, heavily outnumbered and outgunned, fighting against all odds by balancing their hatred for the Nazis against the sheer power of the human spirit.

The film is called FURY and truly delivers on the pure horrors of war.

FURY is directed by writer, producer, director David Ayre of TRAINING DAY fame and engulfs the big screen with a deeply effective and often gruesome depiction of those horrific last days of World War II.

Hollywood has been shy when it comes to depicting World War II of late. Only two very impressive movies of that era filmed in halfway recent times stick with me.

One is Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. The other Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

Now there are three. but be forewarned that deeply realistic FURY isn’t an easy sit.  Continue reading

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Hearne: Much Ado About Nothing, Baltimore Media Manufactures Controversy

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 1.36.34 PMIt was bound to happen…

After days of smashing pies in one another’s faces and chanting and waving signs reading, “We Won’t Stop,” the Baltimore media and to an arguably lesser extent its fans are starting to devolve into nitpickers and sore losers.

Case in point, today’s headline in the Baltimore Sun that reads, “Jeremy Guthrie Apologizes After Post Game T-Shirt Sparks Outrage From Orioles Fans.”


After three games in which one of the mightiest teams in baseball has gone down in flames to the lowly Kansas City Royals, “Charm City” gets its panties in a bunch over a pitcher they traded away two years ago wearing a T-shirt to a press conference after last night’s game that read “These O’s ain’t Royal.”

And suddenly the entire city of Baltimore is supposedly “outraged” because why? Continue reading

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Hearne: Star vs. Star & The Winner Is…

ardgz5zM_400x400It’s really quite surreal watching playoff baseball and seeing dudes with the words “Kansas City” etched across their chests….

I can’t think of any sport – with the possible exception of curling or log rolling – I’ve watched less of for the past however many years than Kansas City Royals baseball. And frankly, I know I’m far from alone.

That said, I was supremely disappointed yesterday to learn that the Royals-Orioles game had been cancelled and can’t wait to watch tonight’s game…and tomorrow’s and as many more this dream sequence allows.

And as good as the Kansas City Star‘s coverage of the team’s playoff run has been – and it’s been damn good – my curiosity got the best of me, wondering how the former Twin Towers of Kansas City sports were handling the Royals ascension. Continue reading

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Calvin Sense: Will Obama’s Legacy Hurt Future Minority Presidential Candidates?

p.txtPresident Obama’s in an unwinnable position…

He’s boxed himself into a corner from which he cannot escape. Because if he sends ground troops to fight ISIS his legacy will be destroyed and the Democratic Party will not win in the upcoming elections.  Yet to stop ISIS is going to require ground troops.

So Obama cannot beat them without American troops on the ground as fighters or advisers to some other country’s troops.  

And the problem with using another country’s troops is the Iraqi Army will not fight and I can’t see any other country supplying boots on the ground in this war.

Obama’s critics are blasting him for not sending troops to Iraq again, but they also know that he can’t because the American public wouldn’t put up with it. And those who support Obama’s position of not using troops also realize ISIS can’t be defeated without the use of US troops. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: Coming Soon to a Town Near You…Ebola

duck and coverThis week’s news brings word that KU Med is hosting a guest…

And not just any guest, mind you, but one who could become the third person in this country diagnosed with Ebola. While the hospital refers to the patient as “low to moderate risk,” they’re paying big time attention because, let’s face it, no one knows all that much about this disease.

Ebola’s airborne, Ebola’s not airborne –  the CDC doesn’t have a clue. Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting Kansas City Clinch Playoff Berth With 2-0 Win Over Chicago

USATSI_7980281_167117624_lowresIt took a little longer than usual, and at times in the middle of the season Sporting KC looked downright awful.

They struggled through a ton of injuries, including the season ending variety to Chance Myers and Ike Opara, and the career ending type to Peterson Joseph.  National team call ups also wreaked havoc with the roster, with Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Lawrence Olum, Soony Saad and others missing extended periods of the MLS’ marathon season.

But with just three regular season games left, and a must-have playoff berth hanging in the balance, the boys in blue came up big against the visiting Chicago Fire, winning 2-0 on the strength of an 80th minute Zusi left footed bomb from about 25 yards out.

And that was after Dom Dwyer missed an early PK over the bar.  No doubt, as the game neared its end Sporting was gripping a bit. Continue reading

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