Sunday, January 20, 2008

Can Funkhouser Save Us From Ourselves?

Another day, another "controversy". Another conversation with a well-connected political friend who claims she has heard "nobody" speak in favor of Mark, while all the "political crowd" is knocking him. Another blogger in high dudgeon because of something the mayor said that a smooth, antiseptic mayor would never have uttered. It all gets kind of exhausting sometimes, and there's a temptation to simply be done with with and join the Greek chorus of naysayers attacking our Mayor over trivialities and faux pas.

But I can't.

Something fundamental and important lies at the heart of why I continue to support our Mayor, even while disagreeing with him and criticizing him on various points. There's more to the picture than the latest gaffe, or the next one, and I sincerely believe that it's a minor battle in an epic war between those who believe in democracy and those who think we should be ruled by an elite class of politicos. The war on a national basis is going badly, with the "villagers" protecting DC as "their town", but I hope that, out here in the hinterlands, we might be able to keep a place for real citizens.

Funkhouser ran as a non-politician wanting to get the city working for regular folks. Remember that? If you don't, take a few moments and go look at the campaign website. It's a text-heavy, not-particularly-pretty website with a whole lot of focus on Mark's primary goal - getting the city to work for all Kansas Citians. I remember working on the campaign - it was a shockingly fun and amateur operation. We knew we weren't going to "out-smooth" the other operations, and we didn't particularly care to. The folksy, what-you-see-is-what-you-get persona projected waas genuine, not some Madison Avenue creation.

And the people responded. Out of a flock of primary candidates, they chose Funkhouser and Alvin Brooks to advance to the general election, by a huge margin. The next closest candidate drew just more than half the votes that Mark did. In the general election, Mark pulled out a squeaker of a victory in what was fundamentally a clean and respectful race. Brooks ran a fine and traditional campaign, with the bulk of the political establishment solidly behind him, and Funk ran a quirky and creative campaign, with orange as its color and a dog as his most popular endorsement.

When the election was over, I truly believe that the political establishment thought it had been out-Madison Avenued. Surely this folksiness had to be an act - a persona - a focus-group-analyzed, digitally-manipulated, carefully-calibrated sleight of hand pulled off by a political genius.

Because in their world, that's how it works - that's how it must work, or their entire world-view is threatened. Politics is image. Politics is shiny showmanship. Authenticity is the gold ring of slickness; if you can fake authenticity, you've got it all.

But they didn't realize that Mark didn't fake his authenticity. When he said he wanted to get the city to focus on basic services for regular Kansas Citians, they thought that he meant that his crowd of insiders would get a share of the pie that had been reserved for the TIF pigs, and they had better get in line. I was amused to see Jerry Riffel show up at the Flea Market toward the end of Mark's watch party on primary night. I was even more amused to see the crowds of dignitaries show up at the Beaumont Club on the night of the general election. "Meet the new boss, we hope he's same as the old boss."

But Mark has utterly failed to meet their expectations. He lacks the glittery, cocktail persona of Mayor Barnes. He put a bunch of barbarians on the Parks Board, a board that had previously belonged to the cream of the elite, where they worked to find things to name after each other. He has spoken bluntly, and allowed his wife (why won't that woman be seen and not heard?) to speak bluntly as well.

So the attacks have been relentless. One blogger has published attack pieces on Funkhouser and his family every day for months. At gatherings of political types, the mutually-reinforcing scoffing and disapproval has replaced the weather for banal small talk. A core of 5 or 6 commenters on the Prime Buzz turn any news into fodder for Funkhouser attacks.

All this is rolling toward the overwhelming question - can an authentic person serve in politics any more?

Because that, to me, is what it all boils down to.

Take, for example, the latest kerfluffle. Mayor Funkhouser, at a public forum, pondered whether it would help with minority recruitment to allow people with youthful felony convictions to pass hurdles and join the force. He was crystal clear that it was not a proposal he was making, but a thought for the audience to chew over (he knew he'd "get run out of town as a terrible person" for making such a proposal, despite the statistical fact that minorities have a much higher rate of felony convictions than non-minorities.)

So, how is the world reacting to this honest attempt at provoking creativity and fresh ideas to help minority recruitment? How is the "chattering class" responding to Mark's unwillingness to settle for under-representation of minorities on our police force?

They are horrified! The commenters on the Prime Buzz are aghast that Mark acknowledged the statistical facts concerning "those people". Coming a few days late to the party, the KC Blue Blog pitches a full-fledged hissy fit, opining "It's sad that we have this man as Mayor. It is insulting to all people who want to be involved in the political process."

They have a point. Mayor Barnes would never, ever, in a million years, have bothered to voice a thought about minority recruitment for the police force, unless that thought had been signed off on by a team of PR experts as well as the group of "race insiders" who have sat by quietly while minority recruitment remained stagnant. The political chattering class would never dare to speak on a topic touching on race without making certain every possible nuance to the statement passed the PC test. Humorously enough, even Mark showed awareness of the likelihood that a furor would label him as a "terrible person" for talking about the thought.

So, it boils down to whether we want Madison Avenue or the Mayor having an honest conversation at a church in the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District. It boils down to whether we want a cagey political beast who knows precisely what questions to avoid and what issues to ignore, or whether we want a regular person to work hard to change things.

A little less than a year ago, the voters of Kansas City chose a regular person to work hard. The people who opposed that regular person didn't go away - they are still there demanding Madison Avenue. If they can't get Madison Avenue from Mark, they'll do everything they can to undermine him and make him so toxic that nobody will dare ally themselves with him and accomplish his goals. What kind of an idiot would a minority leader have to be to face the chattering mob and help Mark tackle some of these issues?

Fortunately, there are many such idiots. They are regular people, who care about our city and accept that Mark is working on their behalf. They accept that he's not perfect and he's not always polished, but he's a good man who appointed a Hispanic man to lead the Parks Board, who is willing to talk about racial issues, and who would rather take the heat for firing Cauthen than put up with his unwillingness to change his focus from serving developers to serving regular citizens.

Not surprisingly, the ordinary people who were at the forum where Mark made the "gaffe" that has the chattering class so upset weren't as aghast as they "should have" been. In fact, they appreciated the Mayor talking with them, and gave him a warm reception. They even called the SCLC leaders "fools" and applauded Gloria Squitiro. They understood the honesty and courage Mark displayed when he responded to a question about whether he is prejudiced by saying "I don't think so" instead of the dishonest but more Madison Avenue "absolutely not". In short, they accepted his authenticity and responded favorably to it.

But the chattering class doesn't accept that authenticity. When Mark behaves like a real person, they go crazy. They insist that he needs a "savvy political insider" to be his consultant, and tell him what he can and cannot say. They insist that he needs to be just as polished and just as smooth and just as antiseptic as a national candidate. They insist that his Christmas letter must be written by a committee of serious people in suits.

Are they right? Can Mark govern effectively even if his family Christmas letter is a little coarse? Is that really an issue that could matter? Can the thousand paper cuts inflicted by a furious group of insiders really bring down a Mayor who has set out to make this city work for regular folks? Will the voters who voted for a regular person be persuaded that they really wanted a slick, smooth-talking politician instead? Is the average Kansas Citian more concerned about one seat on the Parks Board than better basic services in our city?

What frightens me is that, if the chattering classes have their way, we could have neither. Ed Ford managed to foment and channel anger at Mark's handling of Cauthen's termination into a foolish attempt at sticking regular Kansas Citians with 3 more years of a bad City Manager. Will other City Councilpeople see that the political insiders don't support Mark, and fail to support him in his efforts to help our city? Will those who attack Mark for failing to be their Madison Avenue ideal prevent him from achieving his real world goals?

Can Mark Funkhouser save us from ourselves?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan -

Darn good points.

1/20/2008 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Brent said...

Dan, I supported the mayor during the election...for the same reasons you noted -- that he claimed to be a regular person. But he has time and time again NOT done what he has said he would do. It's not just about "gaffes". It's about putting an elitest on the parks board and then stubbornly standing behind the appointment in spite of all evidence that he should move on. It's not one small racist gaffe, but a series of racist gaffes that start pointing to it not being a one-time flub. It's standing up at a neighborhood forum and saying that "that's how the political process works" -- instead of realizing that we HATED the way the system worked, and that's why we voted him in in the first place. He's defended the very processes that he said he was against. It's the way he's handled the light rail, the Cauthen contract and pretty much everything else he's touched.

I really hope he figures it out...because it will be important for our long-term future as a city. But his first year is really, really bad, and he's showing no signs of fixing the PR nightmare that he's creating for himself.

1/20/2008 1:24 PM  
Blogger whistleblower said...

Brent...

"It's about putting an elitest [sic] on the parks board"

I imagine that you are referring to Frances Semler. Has Semler made any racist comments? Has Semler taken any action that would be considered racist?

While I will acknowledge that some members of the Minutemen have acted in a manner that I would consider racist, that is not the advertised mission of the organization, and it sure hasn’t been demonstrated by the actions or statements of Semler.

Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Mission Statement: To see the borders and coastal
boundaries of the United States secured against the unlawful and unauthorized entry
of all individuals, contraband, and foreign military. We will employ all means
of civil protest, demonstration, and political lobbying to accomplish this goal.

Does anything in that mission statement appear to be racist?

Semler joined a group that wants to do what our government has failed to do. That is; secure our borders. Do you think our borders should be left unsecured?

What Kansas City has done to Semler is the worst kind of prejudice. They have judged Semler not on her own actions, but on the actions of others.

Dan…

Good post! You know it had to be good when it took over 4 hours to get a negative response.

If there is one thing you can say about Mark, and Gloria for that matter, is that they are not phony. As I have posted numerous times before, the person in political office that is going to look the best, is the one that does nothing.

Kansas Citians should be careful what they wish for. They could end up with a polished, politically correct, do-nothing, and then they’ll be happy.

As for Mark's consideration to permit those with youthful indiscretions, who have demonstrated that they learned from their mistakes and subsequently chose a path that follows the law to be permitted to serve on the PD. – I applaud him.

1/20/2008 3:01 PM  
Anonymous arewethereyet said...

Thanks for the ring toss to this everyday person, but I don't need the mayor to save me. The fight against race based exclusion is lonely. Firm, unrelenting pressure is hard but necessary. Vigilance is a must. The words spoken by squitiro on a weekly basis are unacceptable to free thinking individuals of all stripes. I invite you to add your talents to the ongoing quest for full justice in race related matters.

1/20/2008 3:38 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Arewethereyet -

I'm sure that in your mind you're a courageous soldier for racial justice. To me and the others here, you're an anonymous commenter with no evidence of any involvement beyond typing. I don't need or seek your invitation to be involved in working for improvement of our city. Way ahead of you.

1/20/2008 3:56 PM  
Anonymous arewethereyet said...

Perhaps we meet at the same events and our checks arrive at the same time. I hope this to be true.

1/20/2008 4:04 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

I don't think our choices are accurately characterized between Funk and "Madison Avenue".and you've outlined the two extremes, for sure.

We've got alot of good people in this town that could run this city well. But that's another discussion.

About "Madison Ave."

Let' put things in a little less-heated more objective context, Dan.

And set the record straight on the role of politico's in the Mayor's race.

There were two reasons why Funk won the election. Reason #1 is that Jim Nutter Sr. supported him; Nutter spent a ton of money on TV ad and direct mail (I liked the campaigns spots much better)on the campaign. Jim Nutter is the most famous and active politico in Kansas City. He brags that he's picked all of the Mayors since something like 1958.

The second reason is because some corporate/quasi-corporate heavy weights backed Funk - Tom McDonnell (head of DST) is one of them. Tom endorsed and worked actively on behalf of Funk.

Did you know that Tom McDonnell, for his personal endorsement and before he will give a candidate money, required candidates to fill out an application? Like the Citizen's Association, Sierra Club etc. except he's just one guy.

That's power. Once Tom signs on with you everybody follows. All of the heavyweights and more look to where he is pointing.

Next to the word "corporate-embedded-interest-connected" in the dictionary is Tom's picture.

Tom McDonnell is the epicenter of corporate power in Kansas City.

"Madison Ave." as it were.

(btw this isn't a hit on Tom, KC is a much better place because of him)

Oh - Nutter prides himself on his TV advertising, and his well-crafterd direct mail operations.

"Madson Ave" comes to mind here too.

What I have just recounted is factual. Knowing what I've just stated it's hard to assert that funk eschews and is not connected to "politicos" and Madison Ave.

And for the record, I'm not criticizing Mark for doing working with "Madison Ave", I'm simply trying to put your statement in the proper context.

Now, you may argue that Funk didn't go to them, they came to him, Mark was the innocent beneficiary of the help from "Madison Ave.".

Accepting help, help that was central to one' success, from the very people you oppose is a slippery slope.

1/20/2008 4:27 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

The really interesting thing is that Mayor Funk (not Funk, but the mayor)- a creation of politicos and elite in this town - is a creation gone awry in many of their minds.

Mark attends to his image of the anti-politician as diligently as John Edwards attends to his populist credentials.

I didn't say "well" -- I said "diligently", there's a difference.

Again, nothing wrong with image management. I think image is important - people only criticize image management with they disagree with the image being managed.

1/20/2008 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Walter Mondale said...

I just went over to Funk's old campaign site. I had started a long comment, but I'll just cut to the chase.

Under Why I'm running?
Our city government needs competence. That means employing highly trained professionals and using professional standards...

Dan, do you believe that Gloria Squitiro meets that standard that Funk ran on? Even though she is an unpaid volunteer, she has a tremendous presence in city hall.

Bottom line it for us Dan. Does Gloria meet the standard of "highly trained professional" that Funk ran?

1/20/2008 8:45 PM  
Anonymous 6 Down & 2 Back @ CCP said...

No one who works in City Hall for nearly 20 years is a "non-politician." And when Funkhouser relies on KC's own Dick Cheney, Councilman Bill Skaggs, then you know that the intimidation and dirty tricks are coming not far behind. Even friends need to make sure that they do not look like a quail around Dick and Bill.

IN ADDITION, Funkhouser did not believe in democracy when he advocated overturning the Light Rail election.

It is all about Funk.

1/20/2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Mainstream -

You could scarcely have missed the point by a wider margin if you were trying to avoid it.

My Madison Avenue contrast is one of style, not one of financing. Mind you, you're utterly wrong if you think that Nutter helped in the primary, but that's taking up an issue that shouldn't be an issue anyhow.

Walter - There is no professional on earth better at holding Mark's trust than Gloria Squitiro. None. If he wants her there as a volunteer, then, even if you would prefer that Steve Glorioso be there instead, he has the right person for the job.

1/20/2008 10:19 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

6 down and Tupac -

Huh? What are you trying to say?

Are you really trying to claim that we ought to be building gondolas at Liberty Memorial? Are you really trying to claim that Mark is a smooth politician in the mode of Chris Koster?

Or are you simply one of those who thought that if the CCP had endorsed in the City race, it would have swung 850 votes and made a difference in the result. Because if that's what you're thinking, you make me feel very savvy and sophisticated.

1/20/2008 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Brent said...

whistleblower,

My comments regarding the Parks Board is only slightly pointed toward Semler. Sure, she's the one that gets the most press, but I have issues with a lot of what they've done (or not done) since they've been there. Stackhouse, Fierro and McHenry have all been pretty disgraceful as far as I'm concerned. If it was just Semler, I'd see Funk's appointments as mostly good but with a mistake. But the fact that as a collective unit they're a mistake is unfortunately very telling.

1/20/2008 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Not Tony said...

You racist! You can't say anthing bad about Fierro!

1/20/2008 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recycling this post...

Most of the mess we're in was created before March, 2007. We cannot blame Funkhouser for that that existed May 1, 2007. He's not a slick politician which is what drew voters to him and gave him the victory last March. Yes, he's made some blunders, mostly because he lacks the thinking-processes of a politician that requires one to veer away from answering questions honestly and directly without first calculating "what's in it for me or for my cronies". I cannot and will not defend the Gloria gaffs.

What I want to highlight is the all-out organized assault from the losers in the mayor's race.

Clearly Barnes has headed up the assault. She wants her legacy to remain intact, as she painted it while still in the limelight. She doesn't want the light of day showing its many flaws. After all she is running for a US Congressional seat. She has nothing else to run on. She and her followers are very much responsible for what can only be described as dirty tricks.

As recent as December, she is still running some things in City Hall. She apparently negotiated the contract for the rodeo in the new arena, handed it to Cauthen with instructions to sign it. So much for keeping the dirt and manure in the west bottoms... Guess it resides in the glass bowl and in the west wing of the 29th floor.

Steve Glorioso, a Barnes leftover, was revealed to be pushing anti-Funk propaganda to all the news outlets that would bite and, no doubt, he spends time at the blogs fueling fires. He's successfully brokered his sleaze services to 6 of the 9 council newbies and recycled used-to-bees. Glorioso is MR DIRTY TRICKS from way back. When are you going to fulfill the bet you lost and go back, permanently, to New Orleans, Steve?

Wayne Cauthen is no novice at political games and has played quite a few of them in his 4 1/2 years. And he's used his race card more than once by rallying blacks and Hispanics and their leftist organizations to be his alleged co-victims. His appointments are not beneath carrying out a dirty trick or two, too.

The leftist Hispanic organization La Raza "the race" has tried to blackmail their way into dictating mayoral decisions. Now they're trying to form a permanent alliance with the black population to strengthen and further their illegal immigration agenda. (Hello? Who is taking labor jobs away from us?)

Developers... doing what developers do best... whatever it take to keep the hog troughs full... full of our hard earned tax dollars. The something for nothing rich. They'll align with anyone, anytime, as long as they can get our something for their nothing. What ever happened to free enterprise? They've focused on the "free" and forgotten about the "enterprise" part. They knew the Barnes regime stood for "free" and that Funkhouser wanted to put a stop to it.

The Falling Star has contributed as much to our City's mess by their omission as by their commission. They are dependent on this City's citizens for their livelihood. I hope they wake up soon and act as watchdog instead of hired attack dog.

As for the friends of Ed Ford, Ford used his "experience" as a lawyer and former councilman to lead the coup on City Hall in anticipation of ousting or succeeding Funkhouser. I don't think he has shown superior knowledge or vision to anyone. He's a fool and we won't let the public forget should he announce plans for any future elective office.

And to the other 9 game players... many of you are career politicians. Why don't you get an honest job. Not one appointed to you because of your political connections, John. Learn what it's like to be a citizen paying those taxes from their hard-earned paychecks that you so frivolously fritter away. You could learn how to be a real public servant by being a real wage-earning citizen. Remember how you drew the lines early in Funkhouser's administration? So do we.

Funkhouser was duly elected by a majority of voters as our mayor, (the 9 fools were not), and he deserves the chance to accomplish his goals without the dirty tricksters' constant interference. What happened to his honeymoon? Stolen, wasn't it?

1/20/2008 10:58 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Sorry Dan, you can try to dismiss the point, but it's not going to work.

Funk won by 850 votes.

850.

"Madison Ave" as you would have it put Mark in office. If it wasn't for Nutter (the biggest politico in town) and the big corporate/money guns like Tom McDonnnel and Barnett Helzberg supporting Funk, Funk wouldn't have been elected.

Now, Funk was opposed by politicos, and "madison ave" types as well, but that's politics.

As you read this answer the question for yourslef, with a 850-vote win, without Nutter's and corporate big money in Funk's campaign, would he have won?

Of course not.

1/21/2008 7:48 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Mainstream -

You're not wrong about the importance of financial support, but you're totally off the point.

The issue is whether a regular person can be mayor, or whether we insist on a smooth political type.

1/21/2008 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Short Bus Driver said...

Dan, Mainstream thinks that because Mayor Funkhouser took money from McDonnell and Nutter, he is a Madison Avenue smoothie. Mainstream isn't very bright.

1/21/2008 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a shorter version of Mainstream: "I don't understand Dan's point, so let's talk about something else."

1/21/2008 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt Funkhouser can dress himself let alone "save us" from anything. Give it a rest Dan, Funkhouser was a mistake.

1/21/2008 8:33 AM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

No, I'm not off point, I'm just taking my time addressing the points raised.

A significant component of Dan's argument is that Funk is not a product of "Madison Ave".

My point is, he is a product of "Madison Ave" in a very significant way. Madison Ave got him elected, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

So it's not off point.

You can keep dismissing it, but it's true and relevant to the arguments you are making.

I just don't have time to immediately address everything above, there's a lot of material there. A lot.

From characterizations like "youthful felony convictions" (to position a felony drug conviction as if they simply got caught with a joint) to the question "can an authentic person serve in politics anymore" positioning Funk as the only hope for having an an authentic person in office.

And that Funk doesn't carefully manage his image. Nothing could be further from the truth.

But we'll get to those issues in time.

1/21/2008 9:04 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Yes, Mainstream, you are off point, as my observant commenters have noticed. Perhaps your mistake was based on a misunderstanding of what Madison Avenue is - the center of the advertising industry, where soap is always new and improved, hair color is always lustrous blonde and politicians are always beautiful with shiny white teeth. You seem to have confused it with Wall Street. You can argue that Wall Street got him elected, but you can't really argue that he's a Madison Avenue creation. (Well, actually, YOU can, but the rest of us will know you're way off point again.)

1/21/2008 9:13 AM  
Anonymous BoomerBiz said...

Dan, That's an awful lot of rationalizing for imcompetence and failure. This guy is a lifelong bureaurcrat, way out of his depth...regular folk, give me a break!

1/21/2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Salvage the City said...

Dan -

I appreciate your appeal. Whether you like Funk or not is not really the question. This is about our city, and the spinsters keep spinning every choice to tell a story of racism, ignorance, and poor management.

At what point do we examine what we spend our energy on? Is foaming at the mouth over twisted innuendo and the unconfirmed beliefs of appointees truly worth our time and tax dollars?

If you don't like the man, fine. If you don't like the leadership, fine.

At the end of the day, I hope that we choose to contribute toward a better city instead of stall the city for several years. While we're bickering over idiotic minutia over minor misspoken ideas, there are parts of our city that are still decaying. Our school system is still bleeding.

Life goes on, and we cannot choose to stall out what good could be done in our communities.

If you cannot get behind Funk, at least get behind the city.

1/21/2008 9:33 AM  
Blogger whistleblower said...

mainstream...

When Dan is referring to "Madison Avenue"; I think he is referring to window dressing, not money.

Funk could have tons of financial backing and still never look like he was a product of Madison Avenue. In contrast, Koster could be bankrupt and still come across as a model in a Madison Avenue storefront.

1/21/2008 9:35 AM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

I don't pretend to be an expert on Kansas City politics or government. But as I understand things, it is the City Manager and the City Council who have all of the actual power and run things. The Mayor really doesn't have much power at all.

In that sort of arrangement, the only way a Mayor can lead and accomplish his goals is to build relationships, form alliances, build coalitions, and persuade other people to follow his leadership.

Interpersonal skills. Understanding that perception IS reality. Understanding that in this town, the office of Mayor is a POLITICAL office. It has no real power.

If Mayor Funkhouser can't wrap his head around that concept, he will never stop the bleeding.

Being a "regular person" is all fine and dandy.

But look around you. Right now. Look at all those "regular people".

How many of them have what it takes to run a city?

Exactly.

1/21/2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Whistleblower -

Well stated. (Damn, that's a few times lately that I've agreed with you - are you getting smarter, or am I getting dumber? - on second thought, let's not put that to a vote.)

XO -

You raise the point that has me frightened. If the rest of the councilpeople view him as toxic and refuse to work with him, the best ideas in the world won't amount to a hill of beans. That's why Glorioso and the TIF pigs have been so aggressive and consistent in trying to spin every step or comment as a Horrible Disaster. They're not trying to change Mark, they're trying to influence the rest of the council to make him irrelevant. It remains to be seen how badly the council will be blinded.

1/21/2008 10:00 AM  
Blogger Midtown Miscreant said...

I dont think you can really chalk all of the negative attention on Funk to a few disgruntled brooks supporters or blggers. And even if you could, you have to question the judgement of a guy that keeps throwing himself under the bus. He has alienated the people he has to work with to make "change and progress". Maybe it is like you say Dan, maybe it is because he doesnt view things through the eyes of a politician. If thats the case then it leads me to think he is over his head. We hired a plumber to do electrical work , so to speak. Ive lived in this city my whole life save a few years, I hate to see it's leader constantly embroiled in one hot mess after another.

1/21/2008 10:11 AM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

Dan - You are correct about the toxicity issue. But I think you're wrong about the source. Seems to me that the source of the toxicity is about 20% Mark and 80% Gloria.

No one on the council and no one in the city is going to take Mayor Funkhouser seriously as long as he continues to bring his wife to work with him.

Look around one more time at all of those "regular people". How many of them are so incapacitated and insecure that they have to bring their spouse to work with them?

How many council members bring their spouses to the council meetings?

Does Wayne Cauthen bring his wife to work with him?

It is just totally inappropriate and unprofessional.

I don't know how anyone can justify that sort of behavior.

1/21/2008 10:15 AM  
Anonymous travel said...

Dan, well written and thoughtful argument. I'd add that it appears to me that the one common thread to almost all of the controversy involves race. From Semler to Mammygate to Cauthen to the School District..almost everything that people are so upset about has race as a big part of the controversy. It's as though we've gone back to the 60's. I don't have solutions, I only point this out as something that must be admitted before any kind of progress can be made.

1/21/2008 10:28 AM  
Anonymous the nitwit said...

Dan, it's past time for you and the rest of the Funk apologists to stop blaming "Glorioso and the TIF pigs" for everything.

Funkhouser has been politically inept from day one, and that has NOTHING to do with his being "Madison Avenue" or not. It has to do with being smart, reasonably savvy and getting how things work in the real world. You Funk "insiders" can sit there and say that if only his critics would shut up ... but then YOU are missing the point. Funk has no one but himself to blame for his situation, and he needs to wake the hell up.

"Glorioso and the TIF pigs" didn't file Gloria's campaign report. (Speaking of which, can you tell us where the $80,000 went? It's been nearly a week and so far, no explanation.) Can anyone else on here imagine that if Koster or Amy Coffman had misplaced $80,000, that Dan wouldn't have gone after them for incompetence or ineptitude? But hey, it's Funk and he's an outsider, so let's all stop criticizing and just be patient.

"Glorioso and the TIF pigs" didn't send out an official holiday missive about "sausage-sized fingers" and they aren't facing an EEOC suit for directing a racist and demeaning name at a city employee.

"Glorioso and the TIF pigs" didn't fail to research the background of an appointee to the Parks Board. "Glorioso and the TIF pigs" didn't force Funk to try to secretly fire the city manager, they didn't force him to undemocratically thwart the light rail plan that voters approved, and on and on.

Dan, it's not about "Madison Avenue" vs. "Regular Folks." We'd be perfectly fine if Funk were rough around the edges, but for you to write off his missteps as just that is absurd. We're not fed up with Funk because he's not slick, we're frustrated by the non-stop embarrassment train that's bringing our city down.

Funk has no one but himself to blame, and you folks on the Front Porch need to realize it. It's not too late for Funk to save himself, but blaming everyone else is a paranoid losing move straight out of the Richard Nixon playbook.

And unless Funk does fix his own mess, the question isn't whether can he win a second term, it's whether he will survive this one.

1/21/2008 10:36 AM  
Anonymous A Regular Folk said...

Brooks was Kay Barnes' puppet. She endorsed him early. She had made him pro tem, remember? He was used to doing her will. Brooks' campaign involved the same behind-the-scenes cast of players that was there both times Barnes ran for mayor and fed at the pig troughs throughout both terms. Had the people chosen Brooks, it would have been status quo... minus the big flower, with more lip service to minorities and an emphasis on crime victims.

I don't believe there is a defined job specification for K C Mayor with Kay Barnes' photo on it. And to midtown miscreant with your racist b-word, the job specification does not state "must be an electrician; plumbers need not apply".

The people determined that Funkhouser met their interpretation of needed job qualifications. That is the democratic way, Dims.

The losers of the election was Barnes, Brooks, et. al. The people have spoken but the losers are still campaigning, still trying to win. They are very ugly losers.

1/21/2008 11:26 AM  
Blogger sophia said...

The issue is whether a regular person can be mayor, or whether we insist on a smooth political type.

I believe that you're sincere in framing the issue this way, but I think it's a false frame. Funk did not run as a regular person. He ran as an anti-political super-smart highly competent bureaucrat. And the KC Star cheerleaded him the whole way. A regular person doesn't sit down with the Star editorial board and say "I want to be mayor because I want the city to work for regular folks" and get taken seriously. A regular person would be asked "why didn't you run for city counsel first?"

I think many voters were attracted to the absence of "smooth" political skills in Funk, but the question I hope they're asking themselves now is - was it worth it? Was I wrong to place so little value in those skills? Could it be that those skills serve a purpose in governing, not just in getting elected?

He has spoken bluntly, and allowed his wife (why won't that woman be seen and not heard?) to speak bluntly as well.

Yeah, the pseudo-feminist defenses of Squitiro's behavior really irk me. To begin with, few things say "I (heart) the patriarchy" quite like energetically engaging the totally bullshit role of "first lady." If Squitiro were to refuse to play the first lady role and continue to conduct her life as she had before, I would gladly defend her on feminist grounds. But she hasn't. And I don't think she's being criticized for speaking at all, she's being criticized for the content of her speech - and that's fair game, unless you want to accept the attitude that she's just a silly woman whose opinions don't matter and whose eccentricities should be indulged.

They insist that he needs to be just as polished and just as smooth and just as antiseptic as a national candidate.

There are, no doubt, people out there trying to hold him to that standard. But the city is also full of "regular folks" whose insider status consists solely of following the news, who would like to see the Mayor act like less of an arrogant buffoon. By presenting a false choice between "warts and all" and "plastic candidate," you're ignoring the very reasonable expectation among many citizens that the Mayor conduct city business with a minimum degree of professionalism and dignity.

Can Mark Funkhouser save us from ourselves?

No. He really can't. He is a symptom of the problem, not a solution. By painting all this in such grand terms you seem to have lost track of the fact that the Mayor's vision for the city is remarkably pedestrian - a city that works. There are enormous barries to achieving the vision, but the vision itself is small.

He's not some transformative politician reclaiming government for the people. He's a nuts and bolts insider who got frustrated by the failure to get the basic job done and decided to take a shot at it himself. I can appreciate his goals while acknowledging that his "authentic" persona is a practical barrier to achieving those goals.

1/21/2008 12:12 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Sophia,

Right on. Nail hit on head. Succinct and insightful.

Your point about false frames and false choices are especially relevant.

It's to bad they haven't broadcast more widely Funk's State of the City speech entitled "Kansas City is Profoundly on the Wrong Track", it illustrates these points quite well.

Many reasonable people are asking the question you posed:

"I think many voters were attracted to the absence of "smooth" political skills in Funk, but the question I hope they're asking themselves now is - was it worth it? Was I wrong to place so little value in those skills? Could it be that those skills serve a purpose in governing, not just in getting elected?"

I, and many other people were wrong to vote for Funk, and perhaps because we placed too little value in those skills. I'd like to think it's because we didn't realize they were so incredibly BEYOND COMPREHENSION lacking.

And then of course, for that criticism we'll be drawn in to another false frame, and that is the response of Funk and Funk supporters - "Well, you hired someone to fix the problems, be careful for what you wish for - it takes this type of a personality to make the tough decisions."

The answer to that is simply: no it doesn't. Of course it doesn't.

To make big changes it takes 7 votes on City Council.

1/21/2008 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Bill Drummond said...

I think Dan has aptly summed the situation up. And the usual cast of anonymus "posers" seems to be ready to recycle their innuendo in this blog as well as Prime Buzz.

VIVA Funk!, VIVA Gloria!

Your Crossroads' friend, Bill Drummond

1/21/2008 1:24 PM  
Anonymous the nitwit said...

I love it, Bill. We're the "usual cast of" blah blah blah. Anyone who has been watching what's happened in this city since Funk took office and could actually utter the phrase "Viva Gloria" is so clearly drunk on the Funk that their opinion cannot possibly be taken seriously.

I've been a frequent critic of Funk but I've also tried to couch my criticism with constructive suggestions. Should Funk listen to me? Well, since my name's not Gloria that question is clearly moot. But I haven't simply bashed. And you'd think the fact that even Yael "I Love the Funk" Abouhalkah is criticising him might tell you something.

I have said over and over again, that I would love to see Funk succeed because it means my city is succeeding. But for anyone (whether it's you or Dan or Funk or Gloria) to suggest that the situation he's in is anything but his own making is ludicrous.

Only Funk can right his ship and blaming his critics for his repeated missteps ain't gonna do a thing to fix it. The problem is him, Gloria, and their utter lack of political savvy or even common sense. He's mayor now, and he's responsible for his own actions whether he succeeds or fails.

Blaming "Gloriso and the TIF pigs" is a strawman argument that does Funk no good and does are city an absolute disservice.

Oh, and Bill, do you know where the $80,000 is? Does Funk? Does Gloria?

1/21/2008 1:49 PM  
Anonymous SSideDem said...

At least this Funkhouser saga will probably keep the city from having to put up with an NAACP convention.

Let's hope they do not come to the city because it would take months to get the hair stench out of hotel pillows and beds. You know they put like 18 of them in each room. Ain't enough Fabreez in the world to do that job.

1/21/2008 2:38 PM  
Blogger whistleblower said...

Dan...

Please delete SSideDem's last comment.

We don't need that here.

1/21/2008 2:49 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

I agree - delete it - blatantly inflammatory racist ad hominem remarks don't belong anywhere.

SSidedem is obviously anti-Funk, and posing.

If someone wants to argue the Bell Curve is correct, that's one thing but it's another to issue racist adhominems.

1/21/2008 2:57 PM  
Blogger whistleblower said...

I don't think it was the real SSideDem that posted that.

If Dan is willing to delete it, I think it would be good for us to delete any comments referring to it.

1/21/2008 3:05 PM  
Anonymous SSideDem said...

Screw all of you with your conspiracy theories. NAACP is not needed here and King trashed the Democrat party.

1/21/2008 3:22 PM  
Anonymous KCnative said...

Count me as another Funkhouser supporter who is disappointed. As for his eastside comment, assuming it's true that more young black people are arrested/convicted of felonies, isn't anyone asking why that is so? I can think of several reasons, for one, white kids aren't stopped and profiled as much as black ones (I know that for a fact). This is a social issue that requires a lot of thought and kindness, and I like Funkhouser's suggestion about excusing their youthful "mistakes." However, it's possible that some young people do not see the police in a positive light. There are some brutes on the KC force, and one of them stopped my son several times a week when he was on his way to work at Papa Johns. The cop always wanted to search his car, but NEVER ticketed him for anything. It was just constant hassle. The cop's partner did not participate and seemed disapproving, but did not stop his over-anxious partner. Now my son is a Junior in college majoring in business, but he stills dislikes and distrusts the police. Illegal activities can't be excused, but more needs to be done to get kids of all backgrounds engaged, and I don't think minorities have been invited often enough.

1/21/2008 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greek chorus of naysayers attacking our Mayor over trivialities and faux pas.

Dan, I dare you to walk up to a latino and say that appointing a Minutemen to your administration is "trivial".

I dare you to walk up to a black woman and say that calling a black woman "mammy" is trivial.

Only middle class white guy would think that calling a black woman "mammy" was trivial.

1/21/2008 7:43 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

To Bill Drummond, the People's Friend (not!): What do you think about the missing and unaccounted for $80,000? You were asked, you did not answer.

1/21/2008 8:06 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous -

You don't know what happened with the Mammy comment, do you? You're relying on gossip and half the story to reach a conclusion. Pardon me if I'm not impressed.

I'll happily tell anyone that, in the context of running a major city, one parks board appointment to a member of a legal organization with whom I disagree is trivial. I'd be surprised if I get an argument. It's one fo the areas with which I've disagreed with the Mayor, but I would happily argue that Semler has been a far better parks board member for minorities than Tim Kristl was.

Besides, I didn't claim that all criticisms are trivial, but any sane person would have to agree that a good number of them are. Care to discuss the picture in the bathroom? Care to discuss a Christmas letter?

1/21/2008 8:12 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

inafunk

I don't know about Mr. Drummond, but I look forward to learning what happened with the funds. I'm confident there's nothing amiss, but, if there is, we'll deal with it when we know what we're talking about. Till then, it's a good way for people who don't know much to make a lot of noise. Thanks for providing an example.

1/21/2008 8:21 PM  
Anonymous the nitwit said...

Dan, a number of the criticisms in isolation would be "trivial," but combined, they add up to a lot more. You could call it gestalt incompetence if you want. The frequency and volume of missteps by the first pair are getting tired, embarrassing and need to end. And NONE of them have anything to do with the "TIF pigs" no matter how red in the face you Frontporchers want to get.

Add to these "trivial" mistakes the more serious missteps Funk's made, and enough is enough. And sorry, but costing your city millions in convention money because you didn't bother to check the background of your appointees is more than trivial, nevermind losing 85% of your campaign treasury without being able to come up with an explanation.

Oh, and when the Washington Post reports on "sausage sized-fingers" it's no longer a "trivial" thing. It's a national embarrassment for your city.

Also, I've asked you along with Bill Drummond if you have any explanation about the missing $80,000. We were supposed to get one last Wednesday, then last Friday. So please, can you enlighten us on where the money went or when we'll finally get an actual explanation?

Again, I can't imagine you'd ever let Chris Koster or Amy Coffman off the hook like you're letting the Funks. Got an answer? Or are you going to play the hypocrite card and say we should all just be patient again?

1/21/2008 8:27 PM  
Anonymous inafunkabouthefunk said...

I'm confident there's nothing amiss, but, if there is, we'll deal with it when we know what we're talking about.
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"...we'll deal with it..." And who might you be, the Sheriff?

Till then, it's a good way for people who don't know much to make a lot of noise.
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Less noise would be required if the media, especially our favorite investigative titan, Yael T Abouhalkah, spent more time looking into this and some of the other indiscretions or miscues. You don't think this issue is flummery, do you? I mean the Funk did campaign on the slogan of being smart with the money, didn't he? And he wanted to bring a new smart and quick breed of employee into the City Government, didn't he? And who did we get? Co Mayor Squirito and because of his arrogance and ineptitude in his clumsy and racially divise attempt to expunge the inept and useless Cauthen we still have Cauthen for at least a little while longer.

Thanks for providing an example.
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Are you casting an aspersion at me? All I pointed out is that Super Funk Fan Bill "I'm your friend" Drummond took a pass at answering or responding to a difficult question where at best the answer is going to be that the Co Buffoons messed up a touch and didn't account for the campaign money in a timely or professional way. This will be th least of the problems for the Grand Funk... if someone dipped into the till or they get fined for improperly accounting for the funds, I'm not sure he has the money to make good the fine nor the political capital and emotional presence and stability to ride that situation out.


1/21/2008 8:21 PM

1/21/2008 8:39 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Nitwit -

Trivialities don't become major issues just because people like you and Tony whine about them day after day after day. The noise machine is only a noise machine, when all is said and done.

We'll learn the explanation for the discrepancy soon, I'm sure (much sooner than the month that Coffman took to put up a website after it was promised, and much sooner than Koster got around to the Rex money - oh wait, he still hasn't returned it!). I never mentioned those things on a minute-by-minute basis, the way the Greek chorus is beating the $80k issue, though.

1/21/2008 8:42 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

We can all afford to be patient. If Mr. and Mrs. G Iphone really misappropriated or misused the money, it will be the coverup that will do them in. So let us all attend to our daily chores while these bird brains dig themselves and their supporters like, perhaps, James B Nutter Sr., a hole to fall into. And then we can wait on Dan and Bill Drummond to spin it for us. When the editorial hammer drops, it will be interesting to see where Yael T Abouhalkah will be. I would be amused to read an article by Lindsay Hanson Metcalf about Yael's retirement. She seems like a nice young lady and I am sure could come up with soemthing nice to say about him.

1/21/2008 8:46 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Inafunk =

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And if it turns out that he was the guy on the grassy knoll, we'll prosecute him for shooting Kennedy, too.

It's good to see that you consider being an example of the noise machine to be an aspersion. I was afraid you'd take it as a badge of honor. I'm proud of you.

1/21/2008 8:46 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

The missing and unaccounted for campaign money, the now infamous $80,000 :), is in and of itself a non-event. It will take care of itself. It is yet another example of the ineptitude of the man Gloria Squirito has called the smartest guy in the room. One of many examples by the way. My original point was Bill Drummond going silent and dark on us all. He also is a non-event. So I guess I don't care about his absence any more.

1/21/2008 8:50 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Hey Dan, do you think Kansas City is doing better today than when Mayor Funkhouser was sworn in to office? And do you think his natural nabob of negativism ways (Kansas City is headed in the wrong direction speech) are good for our town? Don't "Drummond" us now... or maybe some of will cast an aspersion or two at you :)

1/21/2008 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Walt Bodinator said...

Besides, I didn't claim that all criticisms are trivial, but any sane person would have to agree that a good number of them are.

It is my (uneducated) opinion that people are pissed about: Semler, mammy, car, missing 80K, in that order.

Once folks get pissed off, they get tunnel vision and start grabbing on to anything. So folks are mad about the above reasons and stopped thinking clearly and grab on to stupid things like the picture and Christmas letter.

Saying that, I haven't heard many (any?) people that are "angry" about the picture or christmas letter. Folks have said the letter was stupid and embarrassing, but I wouldn't say angry. I have yet to hear the local proctologist community complain.

So yes, I think you have a point.

but I would happily argue that Semler has been a far better parks board member for minorities than Tim Kristl was

Semler may be doing a good job, but hey Hitler made the trains run on time. (ok, that is a bit of a streeeeetch, but you get my point). Semler represents a group who's members are openly hostile to immigrants and seem to have a large number of white supremacist types as members.

What was the quote I heard on NPR, "If I had to choose between getting respect and having my side walks fixed, I would choose respect." If Semler was the only person in the city that was capable of doing good on the parks board, then I would say keep her, but that is not the case.



You don't know what happened with the Mammy comment, do you?

Yes I do. Gloria said she added an "eee" to the end of "mam". If she is telling the truth, I don't know. But we do know she said it. So we know she said "mam-eee" and there is an EEOC complaint.


I'd be surprised if I get an argument.
On the next cinco de Mayo, lets go to one of the local celebrations and ask some latino's about appointing minutemen to city boards. If you are "surprised" and get an argument, then you buy the tacos. If you don't get an argument, then I'll buy the tacos.

from anon at 7:43p.

1/21/2008 8:54 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

ABSOLUTELY!!!

1/21/2008 8:56 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Busy, Dan? Cat got your tongue? Or are you really Bill Drummond?

1/21/2008 8:58 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

While you are mum, I will add on another question for you. Do you think it is appropriate for Gloria to be the Campaign Treasurer?

1/21/2008 9:05 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Inafunk - I answered your question, but blogger seems to be screwed up tonight. Yes, we are far, far better off with Mark than we were with Kay.

Walt - You don't know what happened with the Mammy issue. You don't. You know a couple details. The EEOC process will work it out with a whole lot more information than you or I have. Maybe we'll know by the time you're buying me tacos.

1/21/2008 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Walt Bodinator said...

The noise machine is only a noise machine, when all is said and done.

Never underestimate the noise machine. That noise machine got us into war with Iraq. The noise machine turned triple amputee Max Cleland from patriot to "traitor". The noise machine that is Fox News has done a lot of damage.

Dan, that type of thinking may be Funk's biggest problem. Let's say you are correct. Car was an honest idea, Funk really didn't know about Semler, $80K was used on campaign debt, etc... . Let's say you are 100% correct about Funk doing no (purposeful) wrong.

What if the noise machine is so loud that Funk looses support and credibility? With the council against him and conventions pulling out, Funk could possibly become a three year lame duck mayor.

The noise machine helped solidify the council against Funk. The noise machine helped get La Raza's convention moved. The noise machine is trying get the NAACP convention moved. The noise machine is keeping Cauthen in his job.

Why doesn't Funk just cut the noise machine off at the legs? Why doesn't he just ask Semler to resign? Why not send Gloria home and just have her give him advice over the phone. Why not think before sending out a potentially embarrassing Christmas letter. Why say "bring it on" when talk of recall comes up.


The noise machine is more than just noise. Funk would be smart to try and get things quieted down a bit.

1/21/2008 9:12 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Appropriate? Hmm - that's kind of a tough one. I don't think it's ideal - and I did a post about how I think it would be best to have a professional handling it.

I understand, though, that most professionals would rather take on different clients, since there is a core of savage attack dogs waiting to make up or imagine reasons to attack, even if everything is done properly.

1/21/2008 9:14 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Inafunk - I answered your question, but blogger seems to be screwed up tonight. Yes, we are far, far better off with Mark than we were with Kay.
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Try again. I didn't ask you that question. I chose the Reaganesque Are we better off today than we he started question? Like the one he asked Mondale. And the fact is that Kay Barnes was term limited and not going to get another go at being Mayor.

SO I ask again, are we better off today then on the day Funk was sworn in as Mayor?

1/21/2008 9:14 PM  
Anonymous inafunkabouthefunk said...

I understand, though, that most professionals would rather take on different clients, since there is a core of savage attack dogs waiting to make up or imagine reasons to attack, even if everything is done properly.
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Most accoutants and lawyers I know care about getting paid and perhaps not being involved in criminal acts especially if those acts benefits only their clients.

The Gloria question is a softball. How are you going to spin the tougher issues?

1/21/2008 9:17 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Walt - Do we need to have a mayor who tries to satisfy an unreasonable, hostile noise machine by buckling to it? Truth is, the forces of opposition would not be satisfied if he canned Semler for having unpopular views. They would not be satisfied if Gloria went to charm school and stayed at home. There is real money and real power involved here, and they will not stop.

Not unless he sells us all out and gives free reign to the people who Barnes allowed to run the city.

1/21/2008 9:24 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I answered your question. ABSOLUTELY.

1/21/2008 9:25 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

First if your answer continues to be we are doing better today than if Kay Barnes were Mayor, you answered ABSOLUTELY nothing.

Second, your comment: There is real money and real power involved here, and they will not stop.

And just who do you think bankrolled him and who do you think he is feeding off of now?

What up and smell the hummus, Dan?

1/21/2008 9:33 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Sorry, Inafunk, you've lost my interest.

1/21/2008 9:38 PM  
Anonymous porchpundit said...

Well I am glad you two plan to be here for Cinco De Mayo because I fully expect Funkhouser to skip town then too.


MMMMM Good Hummus

1/21/2008 10:03 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

PP - what's the hummus reference? I don't get it.

1/21/2008 10:08 PM  
Anonymous porchpundit said...

Dan I was referring to Inafunk's reference above as well as to something you posted in response to me a few days ago that said "wake up and smell the hummus."

To the best of my knowledge Gloria has not started a Hummus Scandal, so you are safe.

People have been busy on here tonight.

1/21/2008 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Walt Bodinator said...

Do we need to have a mayor who tries to satisfy an unreasonable, hostile noise machine by buckling to it?

Do we need a mayor who can't do anything because he has no support from the city council and shrinking support from the citizens?

Truth is, the forces of opposition would not be satisfied

Are you talking about Star Wars or city politics?

Seriously though, do you think La Raza would have pulled out even if Funk had never appointed Semler?

1/21/2008 10:16 PM  
Anonymous porchpundit said...

Hell maybe I was dreaming about your first reference to the Hummus, or maybe it was to some one else and I liked it. I do get a laugh on here from time to time Dan. I am very worried that I MIGHT be dreaming about you. I will seek help if it happens again. Perhaps self-medication through grain beverage. These posts all seem to run together after a while.

1/21/2008 10:20 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Walt -

LaRaza would not have pulled out without Semler, but we would be treated to some other fauz controversy. Glorioso's been on this from day one.

PP -

I don't recall ever using hummus as a metaphor, but thanks for answering. I was wondering if it meant something.

1/21/2008 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, guess you get pretty lonely over there in your mama's basement, seeing as no one with and i.q. higher than room temperature ever talks to you on your blog. Why besmirch gentleman Dan's blog? Keep your hate in your own house. Oh yeah, that's right, it's momma's house. When are you going to stand on your own 2 feet?

1/21/2008 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

"..I sincerely believe that it's a minor battle in an epic war between those who believe in democracy and those who think we should be ruled by an elite class of politicos."


"Can Mark Funkhouser save us from ourselves?"
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I voted for Mark and worked on his campaign but have pulled my support because of many of the recent events along with the fact that he hasn't shown me anything positive and hasn't fixed one thing since being in office. I am completely offended by the fact that just because I care about my city and criticize a mayor when criticism is due you say that I am not for regular people, and that I want an elite class running Kansas City. I don't even know the "Madison Avenue" people you keep referring to. I just want a "city that works" and so far it hasn't been with Mark Funkhouser.

So let's quit acting like he is Jesus Christ and is here to "save us from ourselves".

1/21/2008 11:21 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Dan said...Sorry, Inafunk, you've lost my interest. 1/21/2008 9:38 PM
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Or is it like most of the pro-funk side, you have no answer to an obvious question. Luckily, your answer isn't the important one.

Ha, sort of reminds me of Nicholson in A Few Good Men: You can't handle the truth.

In your case, I don't you want it either. And you can't handle it. And you wouldn't know the truth if it came up to you and bit you. Dream on Danny.

1/22/2008 1:21 AM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

I don't you want it either ... oops!

Should read You don't want it either.

You get the message. Maybe?

1/22/2008 1:23 AM  

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