Whinery: A Tale of Two Presidents

Having watched the speeches of former President Clinton and President
Barack Obama, I’m left longing for the past and all of the great times under
Clinton…

And filled with dread about the condition of our country at present. Now I may not always have glowing words for Obama, but I did have great hopes for the man.

Is everything wrong with the Country presently Obama’s fault?

Absolutely not!

But what have Obama and his policies done to help the country? What is Obama’s plan? Does anybody have a plan for that matter? Can Romney’s plan, whatever that may be, exactly… save the USA from becoming  Greece or some third world banana republic? Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Langhorne Slim@RecordBar, Buckwheat Zydeco@KU Lied Center, Hall & Oates@Starlight, Strider@Jackpot

 The days are getting shorter, football season is finally gearing up, sun dresses are disappearing (gasp), blah blah blah…

Besides the obvious though, what fall means to me is that the Harvest Music Festival is right around the corner.  For those not in the know, here’s the deal:

It’s held on the same grounds in Arkansas that Wakarusa now calls home.  But the vibe of this fest is much different.

Think less glow sticks, and more moonshine. Continue reading

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Glazer: Cleaver Strikes Out @ DNC & Beyond

I’d like to tell that you our guy – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver – hit it out of the park tonight…

Unfortunately, instead he gave his “Church Speech.”

HOPE, HOPE, HOPE. COLOR ME DEMOCRAT.

Meaning, color me black. That’s what Cleaver really meant.

It was a hollow speech about nothing…like most political speeches.

Mitt Romney wants to lower taxes so he won’t have to pay any.”

Really? I don’t think so. Continue reading

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Whinery: Democrat Convention 2012, Day One

The first day of the Democrat National Convention went fairly well, as far as delivery goes…

They did a really good job focusing on personal anecdotes while dutifully avoiding the President’s record at all costs.

The Michelle Obama could give David Copperfield or the late Harry Houdini a run for their money in the magic department.

The First Lady came off as a better orator than Barack! Continue reading

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New Jack City: Boulevard Drive-In Benefit Showcases K.C. Animation, VFX & Motion Design

The Boulevard Drive-In theater has enjoyed a buffo summer…

It also marked its first season in which the movies were shown through the ozoners new 4K digital projection system.

And this Saturday, September 8th, add another first to the Boulevard Drive-In’s offerings.

The first-ever ANIMATION CELEBRATION, a benefit for CinemaKC and the Midwest Association Of Professional Animators. Continue reading

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Starbeams: Eastwood to Replace Bodine on KCUR & Who’s Your Fry Daddy?

We spoke with officials at KCUR FM and there is no truth to the rumor they’re considering replacing the Walt Bodine show with the Clint Eastwood show.

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A lot of Democrats who’ve traveled to the DNC convention in Charlotte are disappointed the president’s speech has been moved from a 74,000 seat stadium to an 18,000 seat arena because of the weather, because so many more people wanted to participate.  Sounds almost exactly like Social Security. Continue reading

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Locke: Have you noticed? Everybody’s leaving The Star

These are the times that try men’s souls…

When Star corporate owner McClatchy announced its first wave of layoffs – a 10 percent company-wide reduction in June of 2008 – its vice-president of news, Howard Weaver (since retired) wrote, “We need the 90% of employees who aren’t in the downsizing to focus on the work at hand with confidence, not be looking over their shoulders for another round of layoffs.”

Four years and waves of layoffs and unpaid weeks off later, there are a lot of sore necks at The Star and not much confidence.

And now, behind the news of Tuesday’s exodus, another problem for the higher-ups at 18th and Grand has become obvious. Continue reading

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Hearne: Unhappy ‘Ink’ Magazine Editor Jocelyn Jacobson Bails on Star

They’re dropping like flies at 18th and Grand…

Three today. However this time out, the body count at the Kansas City Star is exiting on a voluntary basis.

Long missing TV critic Aaron Barnhart bit the dust (officially) earlier today. Followed by copy editor Pamela Spencer.

And now, the biggest fish of all to fall – in summer shocker – Ink magazine editor Jocelyn Jacobson. Continue reading

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Hearne: Ailing StarTV Critic Aaron Barnhart Quits Newspaper

This just in…

After more than eight months on the missing in action list Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart has resigned his post at the newspaper.

In a letter to the staff Star editor Mike Fannin put things this way: Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Mourns for Cancelled MTV Series ‘Jersey Shore’

Well it’s over, Jersey Shore was cancelled last week…

This will be the last season, number six. Are you sad? I doubt it.  Snooki has been the target of tons of jokes and ridicule – I hear it weekly from the comics on our stage.

But hey, give those guys credit. They had no talent really, just a group of knuckleheads who wanted to party, fart, fight and cuss. Which was funny only because they were just kinda stupid. Rarely were there any real jokes or smart scenes. And to be honest I only watched Jersey Shore a few times to see what the big wow was and didn’t find much to like.

Then again, I don’t like Basketball Wives either – boy am I a loser. Continue reading

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Hearne: Funkhouser Fingers Zoo for Past Illicit Cash Stash

Talk about boo at the zoo…

When it comes to potential taxpayer ripoffs, the sky’s the limit in Kansas City – at least at the zoo. Or so it would seem based on an example cited by former Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser in a recent story written in his current gig as director of The Governing Institute.

“Back in 1996, while I was city auditor of Kansas City, we undertook an audit of cash control that discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in trash bags at the zoo,” Funk begins. “That was only the worst of what we found at the dozens of different locations throughout the city that collected cash.”

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Whinery: What (Little) to Expect From The Democrat Convention

What can we expect from the Democrats? 

Check out demconvention.com and peruse the list of “winners” they’ve lined up. What a bunch of rejects and retreads!

Obama must be the egomaniac he’s accused of being with this motley crew. There’s no one on this list that’s gonna be half the “Master-Orator” the President is.

Take “Georgetown Law Graduate” Sandra Fluke– who’s only real claim to fame is Rush Limbaugh calling her a “slut” on his radio show for complaining she has to choose between “food or birth control.”

Or something like that. Continue reading

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Whinery: Republican Convention Recap & Future President Alert

Having taken a few days to digest the results of the Republican Convention, I’ve come away with a somewhat jaded opinion of the whole thing…

For starters, I only saw one President take the stage and it wasn’t Mitt Romney. It’s not that I’m not going to vote for Mr. Romney or don’t think he will be a MILLION times better President than Mr. Obama, he’s just not very exciting. He’d be a brilliant turnaround artist, should he win- which is precisely what the “failed corporation” called the United States of America needs at this time in our history.

All due respect to Mr. Romney, Marco Rubio was the ONLY future President I saw at the convention. Continue reading

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Glazer: KC Export Nikki Glasser Gets MTV Show, In Town This Week

Think of it as an early Homecoming Game for KU…

Former Lawrence resident Nikki Glaser is getting her own TV show! That’s right, the 28 year-old Jayhawk has hit it out of the park.

It seems like only yesterday I was bugging Johnny Dare to put her on his show. Johnny was not overly excited, “What, a young chick with no credits, are you serious?” he asked. I told him she was a tall blonde, well-endowed, very funny and smart as hell. Continue reading

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Hearne: The KC Confidential Crass Comments Cleanup Conundrum

To be or not to be, that is the question…

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the Slings and Arrows of outrageous verbiage. Or to take journalistic arms against a sea of profanities, and by opposing end them: to die, to sleep no more; and by a sleep, to say we end the heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks that reader’s eyes are heir to.

Could I state it any plainer?

Of course I can, and so I shall. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Lays Down a Few College Bets to Get Things Started

I was going to wait until next week for a full slate of pro and college football picks but…

There are a couple good games today and tomorrow in college football, so let’s take a fast look around the track and pick a couple winners to get things rolling.

The early game is Notre Dame vs. Navy.

Boy does Missouri hate Navy. Remember when Navy beat MU in bowl game three years back?  Continue reading

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Leftridge: August Royals’ Recap: The Blessed End is Near

The infuriating thing about the Kansas City Royals is that baseball doesn’t exist in a world of “coulda.”

Baseball is a universally black and white affair (hold the Dominican jokes, please), wherein a team plays 162 games during the course of a grueling regular season. If they win a small percentage more than they lose (typically, anyway), they stand a reasonable chance of earning a postseason spot.

Unfortunately, Royals’ seasons are often marred by some variation of the following sentiment: “if ONLY they’d won even HALF of the games they lost during the ___ game losing streak back in ___, they’d be in good shape right now!” (the blanks are usually filled as follows: double-digit figure, and usually April or May—and occasionally June).

This season, it was “12” and “April.” Early April, at that, thereby toppling the canoe only feet from the lakeshore. Continue reading

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Starbeams: Navy Seal Sex, World’s Oldest Joker, Prom Date & Bugs

I’ve decided the sex in the new Navy Seal book is much better than the sex in 50 Shades of Grey.

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Besse Cooper of Georgia is the world’s oldest person. She turned 116 this week and still spends most of her time writing jokes for me.

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Glazer: Scribe Picks Chiefs to Finish Last in Division

Well, so most Chiefs fans are worried…

Worried a little, but not too much, right? I listen to sports radio sports shows like on 610 Sports and callers think we’ll likely be 10 and 6, that it’s just the preseason.

Did this one and three preseason really matter?

Where the Chiefs playing possum? Do they have secret weapons? Is Romeo saving his best for Game One with Atlanta? I guess next Sunday we’ll all find out.

What do I think? I don’t want to repeat myself ad nauseam but…

Green Bay‘s backups just waxed our asses. We didn’t lose three games in a row, we got run over. We were never in any of those games with the first string let alone the third.

I say preseason games do matter. Continue reading

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Hearne: Entercom’s Point Lands Popular Jack FM Host Nycki Pace

There’ve been damn few free agent radio deals go down since the era of people-metered ratings dawned a few years back…

For the most part music radio deejays are lucky to hang on to their paychecks period. Shut up and just play the songs being the current mantra.

And as of late it’s been open season on female air personalities, as evidenced by the recent firings of Alice 102’s Shorty and The Point’s Tanna Guthrie.

Which is funny because women listeners are one of the most sought after demos.

With that in mind, it’s good to hear that a female of the radio species has actually moved up the ladder to the higher ($$$) ground. Continue reading

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