Leftridge: Worst Idiots Ever Jump to Cosby’s Defense

bill-cosbyAlleged serial rapist Bill Cosby– once known for his stand-up and his classic 1980’s television show but now mostly known for *maybe* being a horrific sex predator– performed for an appreciative crowd Friday night in Florida. The night was peppered with laughter and standing ovations, and afterward, the old white people leaving the venue said things like, “it was good” and “I’m still a fan, no matter what.” (I’ll refrain from pointing out that Charles Manson could probably get elected governor in Florida as long as he managed to appeal to wrinkly white people, because Florida is terribly fucked up and worse than an Ebola infected penis.)

Point being, Cosby has plenty of supporters. And while the court of public opinion will not keep him from being civilly-sued for his copious fortune, it could keep him from blowing his brains out some day in the not-too-distant future. (I honestly don’t know the odds of either thing happening; any sort of decades-old sexual assault seems difficult to prove, AND Cosby is undoubtedly an egomaniac who values his presence on this earth more than anyone else ever would. [This isn’t a condemnation, necessarily–just opinion-based narrative.])

Anyway, people STILL support The Cos. I found a bunch on Facebook, actually, thanks to a page called “BlackPast.org” which a friend (who is supporting Bill because “this whole thing seems like BS“) shared into my news feed whether I liked it or not. Continue reading

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Glazer: Run Alex, Run & This Week’s Picks

Alex+Smith+St+Louis+Rams+v+Kansas+City+Chiefs+FOhZ6wB4F5slThe pain is fading from the Kansas City Chiefs unexpected loss to the lowly Raiders

So what’s next? One reason the Chiefs offense has slowed a bit is that quarterback Alex Smith is not running with the ball. He’s been one of our key weapons, especially on third down. I know his shoulder is banged up, but he’s had four weeks rest now on the injury and his running was a big part of the Chiefs winning.

Granted Thursday was a mess with the rain, but…

ONE BIG RUN might have made the difference.

Think back to us only getting 3 not 7 on the Raiders fumble at their 11 yard line in the second quarter. An Alex run might scored and saved the game. The final five games are all going to be tough. The three at home must yield at least two wins and we need one on the road.

Arizona and the Steelers will be uphill.

The Raiders here is a likely win and then we have Denver and the Chargers. Three wins in 5 games puts the Chiefs in wild card dance…..again. This year is insane though that anything can happen. And it no longer feels that good. A Chiefs win at home with Denver is nearly a must now. Continue reading

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Hearne: Journal World Shoots Arrow at Roy Williams, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

11Remember that line about walking softly and carrying a big stick?

That’s hardly the case in Lawrence, Kansas where the walking is almost always pretty darn soft and the size of the stick is not only small, it’s all but invisible.

That’s the sad reality for a town that by virtue of its proximity to Kansas City and the presence of the University of Kansas desperately wants to believe that it’s big time but all too often falls far short of the mark.

Narrowed to a single reason, owing to a lack of leadership at the local newspaper.

That said, even the proverbial blind sow find an acorn every now and then.

Case in point, an editorial earlier this week in which the Journal World calls out KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little for her silence on former KU coach Roy Williams academic scandal with the North Carolina basketball team. Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Hembree @ Bottleneck, Loretta Lynn @ Uptown

Saturday, November 22nd

Hembree and Your Friend at the Bottleneck in Lawrence

Most of you probably have at least heard of Your Friend, the Lawrence based singer songwriter who recently won The Pitch award in that category for her atmospheric, dreamy, noise pop.  However you likely haven’t heard of Hembree yet.

That’s because they are pretty new, with only a couple shows under their belt.  The band consists of most of the members of the now-defunct folk rock band, Quiet Corral, that disbanded earlier this year after their lead singer Jesse Roberts split from the group.  Which may have been a blessing in disguise really, because QC was built in the mold of that trendy, Mumford and Sons folkie thing that happened then thankfully got taken behind the woodshed a few years back.

From what I can tell, this new version is edgier, with more of an indie rock vibe, but still pretty melodic.  Also performing is Bonzo Madrid, the new project from Cowboy Indian Bear’s CJ Calhoun that I know very little about.  So it should be pretty cool.

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Hearne: Legendary Audio/Video Store Kief’s ‘Business Liquidation’ Auction 9 a.m. Saturday

John Kiefer

John Kiefer

A moment of silence, please for the Kansas City/Lawrence area’s finest electronics retailer…

After more than half a century Kief’s Audio Video is no more. The store closed quietly a few weeks back and at 9 a.m. tomorrow Kief’s will liquidate its assets via an auction at its longtime home at 2429 Iowa in southeast Lawrence.

Needless to say it’s a major loss for the Kansas City area, given that local retailers such as Brandsmart, Primus, SoundFX, Audio Renaissance, David Beatty and a host of others – both national and local – have fallen by the wayside over the past 10 to 15 years. Continue reading

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Glazer: The Rain, The Raiders, The Result; Chiefs in Trouble

raider-nation-fansWell, we all know that it rained and rained hard…

But Oakland had to play in the same weather as the Chiefs. And yes, it was a road game. And yes, it was a trap game. However great teams have to beat the teams they are suppose to beat, and the Chiefs were a huge favorite to destroy an Oakland team that had ZERO wins this season. Zero.

The fact we had the national stage and so did they also was a factor.

Plain and simple, Oakland just wanted the win more than we did.

The first quarter the Chiefs looked hungover. Meaning, “We don’t want to be here.” Who would? That stadium is snake hole and the fans are well, ‘Raiders Fans.’

The rain, the ugly city – I get it.

Still it was a monster loss. Continue reading

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Star beams: ‘Spirit in the Sky’ Day, Cheap Gas & a Tale of Two Bills

shirtfront1Royals designated hitter Billy Butler accepted an offer from the Oakland A’s.  He’ll be selling hot dogs in section 320.


A gallon of gas is now cheaper than a gallon of milk.  Ironically, both give me gas.

Gas prices haven’t been this low since 2009.  I can finally afford to get a hummer.


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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Mockingjay-Part 1′—Franchise Forges Towards Cliffhanger

hunger-games-mockingjay-trailer-comic-con-2014-lionsgateEven though you KNOW that the movie version of the final HUNGER GAMES book has been split into two parts, it’s still jarring when it actually occurs…

A sigh of disappointment swept through our screening audience.

However it sure isn’t the first time Hollywood has split a major franchise finale into two parts. It happened with, among others, HARRY POTTER and the TWILIGHT SAGA as well.

This cliffhanger type ending gives the studio the opportunity of double dipping—getting twice the bang for their bucks, especially since the movies were filmed back to back.

Hey, it’s called ShowBUSINESS for a reason! Continue reading

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Glazer: Kansas City’s Forgotten World Series

Texas Rangers v Kansas City RoyalsYes, it was unexpected…

Kansas City Royals fans hoped the team could maybe get a wild card game. And then, perhaps even one playoff series before it all ended. Instead Kansas City was treated to a month of playoffs and a World Series that went to Game 7 right here at The K – one run short of a world championship. But hey, we’re champions of the American League now and that’s something we haven’t done in 30 years.


It was decided there’d be a parade the Friday after the series ended win or lose, but that was cancelled.

I know a parade was in the mix because I got called to help get it done. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: Rainy Day Books Presents Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking to Rainy Day Books honcho Vivien Jennings

For those of you who may not know her, Vivien is the woman behind bringing nationally recognized authors, politicians and celebrities to Kansas City for readings, lectures and book signings for the past three decades.

And tomorrow – Wednesday November 19th at 7:00 p.m. – she is hosting author Anne Lamott at the Community Christian Church on the Plaza to talk about her new book, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments.

Vivien’s done hundreds of these, but tomorrow night is very special to me.  Continue reading

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Glazer: The Dismantling of the Bill Cosby We Thought We Knew

3225002Actor/comedian Bill Cosby was the modern day Bob Hope

From the late 1960’s through the 1990’s it was all Bill. His comedy albums were a must in the early 70’s. His hit television series “I Spy” in the mid-1960s was a trendy, pre Miami Vice. Cosby followed that up with a number of hit movies and THE COSBY SHOW from 1984 to 1992. It was a family show about a wealthy black man and his ups and downs with kids,wife and family – a huge, huge hit.

However as Cosby aged he began to have issues.

Cosby had been a handsome, brilliant, rich Hollywood star and a ladies man who openly cheated on his wife. His son was killed on a hillside road in Malibu while changing a tire in 1997. Bill then went back out on the road to cheer up America and is thought to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Since President Obama wouldn’t scold Black America for bad behavior and lack of family values and eduction, Cosby decided to try and set the record straight. He wouldn’t accept any Tomfoolery, no sir – get an education, be respectful and fly right was his message.

Now at age 77 Cosby is being accused of sexual assault on at least 16 women. Continue reading

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New Jack City: Deck the Halls, Hollywood’s Gifts to Mankind

19ezabi6u2ekxjpgI give you, Kansas City’s 2014 Holiday Grid of major movie releases:

Starting this Friday, Nov. 21—“THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay-Part 1″ (Lionsgate)—Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philips Seymour Hoffman.

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Wednesday, Nov. 26—“HORRIBLE BOSSES 2″ (Warner Bros.)—Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston.

“PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR 3D” (Fox/Dreamworks)—Voices of Benedic Ctumberbatch, John Malkovich, Chris Miller, Tom Mcgrath.

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Friday, Dec. 5—“THE PYRAMID” (Fox)—Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare.

“THE HOMESMAN” (Roadside)—Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Continue reading

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Valentine: Cracking The Political Code


Original art by Mark Valentine

Words take on different meanings when politicians use them…

Sometimes it’s a clever twist meant to put on a better face. Pro-Life sounds so much better than Anti-Abortion. And Pro-Choice sounds much better than Pro-Abortion.

Sometimes the official words seem disconnected from the concepts. How did the expansion of government spying on private citizens become part of The Patriot Act? A stronger central government that invades privacy seems contrary to the Constitution.

Should an assault on The Constitution be branded with the word Patriot?

Sometimes code words are a deliberate smoke screen.

Was it a really surprise when Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, said lowering health care costs to citizens was never part of the planning sessions? So they called it The Affordable Health Care Act. Continue reading

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Glazer: Thanks Andy, Super Bowl Here We Come!

$T2eC16dHJFwFFZ8hL!tdBR,IfByM!w~~60_35The debate begins…

Are the Kansas City Chiefs the best team in the AFC? Are the Chiefs the NFL’s best? The answer may could be, YES.

With a tough, but impressive win over the world champion Seattle Seahawks today at Arrowhead and a loss by Denver to a team KC beat, the Chiefs are in 1st place in their division and the toast of the NFL.

Seriously, five straight wins. Continue reading

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Glazer: We Live in a Kim Kardashian World

1393012222_kim-kardashian-zoomYes, it’s a Kim’s world out there…

Because Kim Kardashian is the World’s best known celebrity. Her new totally nude photos online are everywhere and in magazines, and have been seen by millions. She and her mother, Kris, are brilliant promoters, modern day P.T. Barnums.

“Never give a sucker an even break,” said W.C. Fields.

There’s a name nobody under 30 can tell you anything about. And therein lies the problem. We deserve to have Kim Kardashian as our top named celebrity in America. She’s vacant and sadly so are the young of America for the most part.

Kim has no real talent, an annoying voice, she can’t act and she’s done no movies or real television outside of her own reality show – a show about how silly her entire family is. So she’s being paid millions just to show up and talk about really nothing.

It’s today’s American Dream.

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Calvin Sense: Check Out 2004 Movie ‘Crash’ While Awaiting Ferguson Verdict


Like everyone else, I’m waiting to hear the grand jury decision concerning the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri… 

After the decision is announced I’ll post the real results of what the decision means.  Hopefully the decision will be reached today or soon after.

The movie Crash is the essence of what really happened that day in Ferguson.  By the essence of what happened I mean how the personalities and the lives of the police officer and Michael Brown intersected on that day. Continue reading

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FIAT FRIDAY 11:14:14

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Glazer: Critical Weekend for Chiefs & This Week’s Picks

glazeThe big win last week over Buffalo made the Chiefs a top wild card team in the AFC

And a win Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks – last years Super Bowl Champs – would make them something much more, a Super Bowl Contender. That might be wishful thinking, but hey, if the Royals can do it…

If the Chiefs can get to 7-3 their games with Denver and the Chargers will be for the division title. If not they will battle for the wild card.

Can the Chiefs stop Seattle’s big running game and stop QB Russell Wilson?

I think Wilson is over rated. Continue reading

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Hearne: Journal World Columnist Error Precedes Embarrassing Tap Dance

sv-headerWhen is a factual error not an error and a correction not a correction?

Answer: In Bizaro World aka the Lawrence Journal World.

When 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan botched a story about a security contractor who provided a bogus eyewitness account that was almost entirely fabricated of the Benghazi attack, CBS laid a six-month pink slip on her.

However in the case of the “award-winning” Lawrence Journal World’s reporter, humorist and columnist Chad Lawhorn all he had to do was dance.

And dance he did.

Lawhorn may have inadvertently set a Guinness World Record Tuesday for the longest newspaper correction – a 10 paragraph masterpiece – attempting to explain away his front page Sunday story in which Lawhorn reported on a local man claiming to be a former Vietnam POW who had received numerous medals for valor. Continue reading

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Leftridge: Fresh Off World Series, Royals Seek Replacement Parts

coveroffseasonWith Major League Baseball’s off season hootenanny officially underway—Ned Yost finished third in AL Manager of the Year voting, btw—it’s time for rumors to start flying faster than insults regarding intellect and/or sexuality in the KCC comments section.

So far, the Royals have been the subject of multiple whispers, most of them awful. For the first time in club history, there’s a chance payroll will exceed $100mil. This is fine news IF they spend the money wisely; speculation seems to suggest that they may not.

But again, these are only rumors and furthermore, we find ourselves in a digital era teeming with exceptional levels of unaccountability. So when @BonerRoyals69 says: “sources indicate Baltimore has offered B. Butler a 3 yr/$30MM deal,” you should probably just LOL at that asshole. Continue reading

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