Hearne: The Trouble with Harry — I Mean — Harley



Bear with me…

A long time ago – like nine years – during the early years of KC Confidential there came an irritating, irascible comments section dude named Jojo. Talk about rude and offensive, this dude made just about everybody’s skin crawl. He was a train wreck readers couldn’t turn away from.

Nobody was safe.

Then suddenly, he went away.

However many weeks or months later another equally gifted, odorous comments section dude named Harley rose from Jojo’s ashes and carried poor taste to new heights – or depths – depending on your perspective.

New KCC readers marveled at Harley’s caustic mix of obnoxious wit and flashes of fleeting, borderline genius. With rare exception, poor taste was the dude’s middle name. He was so bad he was good – a train wreck – a funny guy at times.

However for many readers – and a number of past and present KCC writers – Harley’s contributions to the site was a mixed blessing.

I’ve generally taken a bemused, tolerant attitude toward Harley.

Because at times he can bring more to the table than his trademark relentless, repetitive rants.

Other times, less so. Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’–I Wish

jack-reacher-never-go-back-peopleDid 2012’s original JACK REACHER screen adaptation really warrant a sequel?

Depends on how one looks at it.

I’ll get to that in a few graphs.

In ‘JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK’ Tom Cruise returns as the former military officer who is now on call with various agencies when justice needs to be served.

This time he’s about to meet up again with Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) who now leads Cruise’s old security outfit.

But before Cruise even gets to meet-and greet her, he learns that she’s been arrested for treason.

You guessed it, Tom saves the day by springing her out of prison and in the process uncovering a major government conspiracy and cover-up—not to mention a paternity side story.

You get the picture….. Continue reading

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Glazer: Donald Trump’s Last Stand?

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-1-39-24-pmLooks like this may be Donald Trump‘s last stand…

If Trump thinks he’s beaten will he justly and have fun and attack, attack, attack? Maybe.

The way I see it, Trump still has a slugger’s chance to win on November 8th. Even though it looks pretty bad for the Donald right now. I mean, at no time has he had the lead over Hillary Clinton in national polls.

Trump pulled about even before the debates but his off the wall behavior and people seeing him as uncontrollable seems to have done him in.

Current polls show Clinton up 4-8 points.

She leads in almost all the battleground states.

So even if Trump’s last couple of debates were good, the tapes of his comments about women have simply taken over the two hate campaigns. So at this point, short of an indictment – which ain’t happening – Hillary is white House bound. She’s almost bullet proof.

Because the nation will elect the safer bet, a pro political star in Clinton. They just don’t trust the Donald. Those who like him can argue that he’s not a crook, that he wants to shake up Washington. They can say that he will fight for the little guy and wants to make America Great Again, but it’s clearly too late.

The Clinton machine was way bigger than anyone might have imagined. Bill and Hillary have just built a monster, getting backing where it matters from the people who run this country. And that’s pretty much that.

I don’t think Clinton or Trump are any more evil or corrupt than the many politicians who came before them.  Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘American Honey’ Stiffs; Is KC Ready For Its Close-Up?

americanhoney-432x243There’s an old show biz saying that goes something like this…

If people don’t want to see it—there’s no stopping them.

I guess one could apply that expression to the latest feature motion picture to be partially filmed in Kansas City and Johnson County among other mid western locations.

It’s AMERICAN HONEY, a movie about a traveling crew of disaffected teens selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door by day and partying most of the night.

The film was written and directed by Andrea Arnold and stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough among others.

Now one would think that with all the local media hype and fluff pieces afforded the movie, it would have opened here strong here this past weekend.

Some local critics even questioned why AMERICAN HONEY was opening at only TWO theaters in the metroplex?

Well, according to my sources, that may have been one theater too many. Continue reading

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Glazer: Chiefs Destroy Raiders, Go Figure

chsoTalk about strange things…

How about our Chiefs being favored on the road in Oakland after losing so badly to the Steelers. Not only that but with the Raiders at 4-1 with a strong passing attack and a win that would place them a powerful position to win the division.

But hey, the people in Las Vegas knew must have known something. Because the Chiefs walked all over the Raiders 26-10. Not only that, they beat them up physically on the field. Derrick Johnson had a couple crushing tackles that could end careers. He was awesome with seven big tackles.

The Raiders started the game in the heavy rain with a big return and an easy drive into the Chiefs end zone.  It looked like it would be another bad outing for KC. However Alex Smith led KC right down the field for a score and the Raiders and Derrick Carr were pretty much done.

The Chiefs played by far their best game of the year. Perhaps their best road game in years against a top tier team. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Celebrates a Decade with ‘Black Barbie’

black-barbie-poolI went with Hearne nearly 10 years ago so see a Police concert at Sprint

After the show I got a call from a pal who worked the door at downtown strip club Temptations, just down the road. He told me that there was a young 9-plus new dancer from San Fran that I had too meet.

Her name was Black Barbie.

She stood nearly six-feet tall – even more in her stiletto heels – and was stunningly beautiful. All eyes were on her, including mine.

It was lust and love at first sight.

Barbie told me I looked like a young Al Pacino and it was on.

It was 2007 and she was 18. We began dating that night.

Oh, I tried to get her out of stripping, the usual moves one makes on these ladies. We were a couple for nearly two years.

I introduced her to my pals, double dated, even with Hearne, and we had so much fun.

Unlike other dancers she was very upbeat and had a nice way about her – even strangely well meaning.

But like all good things it ended. Continue reading

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Glazer: Chiefs-Raiders Redux & Zzzzzzzzzz Big 12 Games

6f1ef68decefbe4afe58ee4b5353ae82Not too many juicy football games to bet on this weekend…

Lots of tough calls.

Our Chiefs caught a break with Denver losing to the Chargers this week and falling to 3-2. That leaves Oakland alone at the top with a 4-1 record.

The Raiders are hoping to take over the division with a win against our Chiefs Sunday.

Based on the first part of this NFL season, that should happen.

That said, Oakland has lost its last three to KC, however this one should go their way at home.

Chiefs pass defense looks more than suspect, other than Marcus “Big Play” Peters.

The Raiders Derrick Carr should out duel a fading Alex Smith. Jamaal Charles says he is 100% ready to go – and we’ll need him – but we’ll see.

When Alex Smith scores a touchdown on the ground himself the Chiefs are 9-0.

Those were the days.

Nut this season Smith has not run the ball much, so he needs to start.

For some odd reason KC is favored!

What? Yep. By one point on the road, strange. I look for a close game with the Raiders winning. 24-17. Lets hope for better. Continue reading

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NEW JACK CITY: Jack Meets Up With ‘American Honey’

maxresdefaultThis is not really a movie review…

But since AMERICAN HONEY filmed some of its scenes in Kansas City and Johnson County, I felt that I better touch on it—all 2:42 hours of it.

First off, the basic story line finds Muskogee runaway (newcomer) Sasha Lane hooking up with a traveling crew selling door-to-door magazine subscriptions.

Shia LaBeouf is their top sales guy as the crew now heads on through Oklahoma, Iowa, North Dakota—with stops in Kansas City and lovely Johnson County.

Selling by day and partying by night.

And yes, there is drama, sex and social empathy as these kids glide from brotherly highs to lonely valley’s of distress with magazine pitch techniques perfected by LaBeouf. This guy is smooth as silk.

“He’s not lying. He’s selling”

It’s like a band of Gypsies hitting neighborhoods….all living for the moment.

The movie gives the impression that it was filmed improvisationally. A documentary approach and style complete with the hand-held camera hipness which (almost) gave me a headache. Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Accountant’—What You See ISN’T What You Get!

the_accountantTHE ACCOUNTANT is not who you think he is—or WHAT he appears to be…

In one sense he’s an accounting specialist who offers savant-like skills with numbers to some of the world’s most dangerous outfits.

His other side is one driven by the cruel world of autism.

Ben Affleck in the title role walks a fine line between both aspects of this complex action-thriller.

RAINMAN with high-octane lethal firepower anyone?

And now J.K. Simmons of the Treasury Department is closing in on our complex CPA/Hero by following the murky trail of inconsistencies uncovered by Anna Kendrick at John Lithgow’s Living Robotics high-end tech outfit.

Sounds weird?

It is to a degree as the movie combines the best of two very different worlds.

Some would call it the worst. Continue reading

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Hearne: So Many ‘Pussycats,’ So Few Dance Grooves

article-1279558711395-0a7e3bd7000005dc-434089_466x425It’s not unusual for 76 year-old men to lose a step after more than 50 years…

Such was the case with ’60s heartthrob Tom Jones before a sold out crowd at the Uptown last week.

What was unusual was for the septuagenarian’s pipes to be in such amazing shape. Make no mistake, for an oldster, Jones did not disappoint.

Unless of course you have a really long memory and/or checked out Jones clips on YouTube from the days when he was – to put it plainly – a panties magnet.

No mas.

These days – with the odd exception, including my date of course – most of the panties tossers in the crowd seemed better suited to Depends.

That said, Jones dress shirt was dripping wet halfway through his two hour show, despite the complete absence of the slinky, suggestive, signature body language and dance moves he was once famous for.

Powering Jones’ show was a stellar nine piece band that breathed fire into many (but not all) of his greatest hits along with a smattering of  R&B, blues and gospel tunes that were pleasing if mostly unfamiliar.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was no small feat; to bring a packed house to its feet and sustain such a high energy level with so many unfamiliar songs.

Not that everything about Jones show made perfect sense.

For example with his arsenal of actual hits numbering under 10, how does one rationalize leaving out, “She’s a Lady” and “Daughter of Darkness” to name two?

“So how do you rate the concert so far,” asked an anxious audience member to my left. “Don’t be a dick.”

“Eight to 8.5,” I shot back.

Again, despite a nonstop parade of mostly obscure songs.

Then Jones threw the crowd a bone and did, “Kansas City.

Complete with an odd rewording of the song’s signature line:

“You gotta crazy way of living here and I’m gonna get me some,” Jones sang.

Huh, crazy way of living?

What happened to: “They got some crazy little women there, and I’m gonna get me one.”

Maybe at Jones advanced age he’s finally packing it in romantically.

Wasn’t always the case. Continue reading

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Starbeams: ‘Creepy Dads’ + Weiner/Trump + Save Second Base

74910Happy Christopher Columbus Day!  If you can’t get a good deal on a mattress, you’re not paying attention.



Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton spoke after the Sunday night debates in St. Louis.  They wanted to exchange creepy dad stories but they only had three hours to kill.



Finally some good news for Donald Trump.  He received and endorsement from Anthony Weiner!

      *******  Continue reading

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Lefsetz: HBO’s Vice News Tonight —Out With the Old!

viceIt’s all about trust…

Shane Smith and his roving group of merrypersons are going to take over the news business, they’re gonna hijack it in plain sight, just like MTV became the music juggernaut.

But this is different. Because Vice is built for the 21st century. Where how you look is secondary to who you are.

The hosts were a cornucopia of sexes and ethnicities. They looked like America. Where everybody is just not an old white man.

The show was strangely riveting, like watching a younger, hipper, version of 60 Minutes. It was news with gravitas for an educated viewer – it was a home run.

And it will only get better.

We can argue all day long whether millennials watch television.

One thing we know for sure is HBO is the most trusted name in television. Its imprimatur is priceless, and yes, millennials do watch Game Of Thrones.

And they’re newshounds.

Forget Fox News; its audience is so aged the outlet should be sponsored by mortuaries.

The networks think it’s about slickness. Local stations are a joke, peopled by bimbos, both male and female – it’s a caricature of the news.

But Vice News Tonight… It was the real thing.

While all its competitors are cutting back, believing it’s about balancing the books, Vice is doubling-down and will take over, right under everybody’s noses. It’s quite a remarkable story. Vice knows the marketplace has changed, that people want to know and they want someone/something to trust, and if you provide this… Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Laments Alex Smith, Andy Reid, Lays Down Winners

15113048The Chiefs are as big a dud as Hurricane Matthew was yesterday in Florida…

The season already seems lost and head coach Andy Reid is likely at the end of his coaching days. Reid has had a career similar to Marty Schottenheimer….lots of great regular seasons but no Super Bowls.

The Alex Smith experiment is nearly over as well.

Smith had his moments but in the end he netted only one playoff win and just didn’t have enough talent to take the Chiefs to big dance.

The Chiefs have made a lot of money using up other team’s quarterbacks. No other team in the NFL has dodged developing a young quarterback for nearly half a century.

It’s getting to be about time to look at Nick Foles.

Alex is looking pretty old at 32.

Taking all those hits for sacks over the years seems to have aged him and slowed him down. His passes are off this year more than ever with no long balls. And he no longer runs the ball to get first downs and keep drives going. Maybe he just can’t anymore. So it’s going to be a long fall and winter for all of us in KC regarding football.  Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: The Jury is in – Harris Faulkner is NOT a Hamster

hamster-toyFormer WDAF Channel 4  -turned FOX News anchor Harris Faulkner, has settled a $5 million lawsuit against Hasbro over a plastic toy hamster that shared her name and that she claimed was designed to look like her….


Please do not confuse this story with Craig’s coming soon, Harlequin romance submission on his decade with Black Barbie. This is serious journalism.

I knew Harris when she was in the Kansas City market. She’s a strong, beautiful and talented conservative Christian lady who I like a great deal.

After the toy came to her attention, Faulkner played the rodent card and sued Hasbro in a New Jersey federal court last year.

She claimed the toy; part of the company’s Littlest Pet Shop line wrongfully appropriated her name and persona and harmed her credibility as a journalist.

Clearly Faulkner should have sued FOX for doing that first. Continue reading

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Glazer: Stanford’s Comedy Club Returning to KCK in November

oStanford & Sons  comedy club will return to Legends’ Village West in early November…

The deal has been in the works for some time now.

Stanford’s enjoyed eight good years at Village West, however when our lease ran out in 2014 the powers that be thought they had a huge medical tenant in for the building we were in and they needed our space to complete the project. Thus we were unable to renew our lease, forcing our move to the Uptown Theater and then  Overland Park.

The project fell through at Legends and now they’ve decided they want to bring back Stanford’s to recapture the adult entertainment crowd.

Our location has been vacant since we moved out 2 1/2 years ago. So it’s under clean up and redo and we are in final stages negotiating a new lease. Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Troubled ‘Girl On The Train’ Turns Obsessive Thrill-Ride

maxresdefaultAt first glance most fans of the genre will want to compare director Tate Taylor’s THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to David Fincher’s modern marriage gone wrong thriller GONE GIRL

Well I’m here to tell you that THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is no GONE GIRL!

What we’ve got instead is an alcoholic’s struggle feeding into a prolonged and possessive case of hypnotic voyeurism—or something like that.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a multi-layer thriller in which devastated divorcee Emily Blunt seems transfixed on one Harley Bennett’s life in a series of what-might-be fantasies about what this woman’s life may be like in the home she once shared with her ex-husband.

Meanwhile she refuses to stop contacting her ex who is remarried and living in their old home.

Add Ms. Blunt’s alcohol infused past (AND present) and surely the new wive’s mortal fear about what Blunt might try and pull off next makes for quite the mystery!

So what we basically have are three characters, two husbands and a psychiatrist whose status quo become intertwined when one of the players suddenly disappears and everyone else in the chain becomes a suspect. Continue reading

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Hearne: A Tale of Two Cities — KC’s Inflated Streetcar Ridership Numbers

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-26-49-amIn a world of made-up news stories and overblown media hype, the unsubstantiated success of the Kansas City streetcar line looms large…

Check out a recent front page headline in the local newspaper of record:

“Transit line needs more cars; KC’s streetcars are so so crowded that the authority is starting the process to buy two more vehicles”

Now let’s move beyond fantasy and exaggeration towards reality.

Streetcar supporters claim the River Market to Union Station route has drawn an average of 6,600 daily riders with Saturday ridership “often exceeding” 10,000.

Hold it right there…

“That’s beyond ridiculous,” says a local public transportation expert. “There’s absolutely no way they could be moving that many passengers. To anybody who works in the industry, those numbers are blatant lies.”

Former KC Strip trolly system main man Bill Nigro declined to address the believability of four 150-capacity streetcars moving that many riders in a low traffic part of town, but did offer some insight from his years of running trollies between downtown, Westport, the Plaza and Waldo.

“At our best, we did 2,000 people on a New Year’s Eve with 11 busses and that was a cluster-fuck,” Nigro says. “And unlike the streetcars we did it with tickets so we could get an accurate count. On a normal Saturday night we might do anywhere from 300 to 500 people and our busses stayed pretty full. To say they did over 13,000 people one day with only four streetcars is totally beyond the realm of possibility.”

Let’s take a look at my alma mater the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

The Tucson Department of Transportation claims its new Sun Link streetcar line averaged more than 4,000 riders in its first year of operation.

And while even that may be a stretch, it’s 40 percent less than the number the vested interests in Kansas City have been floating. On top of which, Tucson’s streetcar route has a demonstrable geographic and demographic advantage over KC’s. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: Comedian’s #UnfollowTrump Campaign’s Massive Fail

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-8-31-42-pmOn October 1, comedians Tim Heridecker, Danny Zucker and Ellen Gamerman called on their fans across the twitterverse to join forces to cut Donald Trump’s Twitter following in half.

The concept originated with Heidecker, creator of Adult Swim series “Tim & Eric” and “Decker.”

Zucker’s motivation was most likely in retaliation for Trump having blocked him on Twitter after way too many back and forth attacks.

I’ve never heard of Gamerman, but I’m assuming Craig’s slept with her.

Why three comedians you’ve scarcely heard of felt they had enough influence to pull off a feat of that magnitude remains a mystery.

My guess: it’s where three massive egos met Trump’s massive ego.

Regardless the motive, they asked followers to join them using the hashtag  #UnfollowTrump in an action they called the “The Big Unfollow.”

The flaw in their strategy was twofold.

First, most of Trump’s followers are there to be informed about their candidate. Second, the rest of his followers are there simply to watch the circus.

Neither group was likely to jump ship and unfollow Trump because three libtard, barely recognizable yuk-dudes told them to.

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New Jack City: Achtung, German Diners!

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Not a week goes by without someone asking about a good German restaurant in Greater Kansas City…

There really hasn’t been one since several years ago when Nettie closed the doors to The Berliner Bear on Wornall Road. And to be truthful the last few years of the Bear’s operation were far from its best.

Today four restaurants in the market specialize in der Deutschen Kueche.

One is Grunauer’s at 101 West 22nd Street behind Union Station.

The food there is very good but in all fairness is really more Austrian and Eastern European.

Highlights of the Grunauer dinner menu include:

* Ungarisches Rindsgulasch (Hungarian style beef gulasch)

* Karlsleber Berliner Art (Sauteed veal liver)

* Schweinebraten (Roast pork loin)

* Zwiebel Rostbraten (Center cut strip loin with crispy fried onions)

* Paprikahuhn (Grilled chicken breast.)

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And then there is the Rheinland located at 208 North Main Street in Independence. Continue reading

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Glazer: Man, the Chiefs Suck

1394125200149515809It’s been just about 50 years since the Chiefs were in a Super Bowl...

Most Chiefs’ fans today were not yet born. I was a little kid and never dreamed our team would never see another Super Bowl again. Let alone only one playoff win in five decades. The Chiefs, along with the Jets and Detroit are one of the worst run and worst NFL franchises of all time. They just are.

Comments section dude Kerouac is right about everything he writes.

They just have no real leadership, good coaching or much of anything else.

Tonight they reminded us of why KC is a joke.

I am not even watching the second half. Continue reading

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