Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Disagreeing with the Mayor

Funk has announced his support of the current smoking policy, which is that smoking is legal in bars and restaurants until 80% of surrounding areas enact a smoking ban. He explains:
I intend to follow through on the promise I made during the campaign for mayor, and that is to honor the current ordinance, which represents a compromise that was reached after a very long and sometimes contentious period of public debate. [. . .]

I believe that it would be disrespectful to the process if we were to back away from the ordinance now. And I believe it would be dishonest and disingenuous if I were to break my campaign promise.
Well, I disagree with his position. The prior council's action was a backroom response to bar-owner bullying, and I expect Funk to rise above that kind of politics. Reading between the lines, it sounds like he shook hands with Nigro on this point during the election, and given the narrowness of his victory, it's possible it was a necessary handshake in order to put himself in position to become mayor and achieve his other reforms. If so, it was probably a smart move.

Fortunately, Mark's just one vote on the Council, and the signers of the petition have done the work to force the issue onto the ballot despite his opposition. I believe that the majority of the council will shepherd the issue through the process, led by Beth Gottstein, who has taken a leadership role in this issue. I trust the process.

I disagree with the Funk on this issue. It doesn't mean that he's a bad mayor, it doesn't mean that I want to recall him, it doesn't mean that the sky is falling. It certainly doesn't mean that I wish Brooks/Glorioso had won. It doesn't mean that I am going to turn this blog into a receptacle for a daily ani-Mayor rant.

It merely means that two people who care deeply about our city disagree on a point. The next time I see him, I'll politely express my disagreement. That's the way adults handle disagreements.

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Anonymous PorchPundit said...

Where's the fun in that?!

Good post.

1/08/2008 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes you disagree with him on this one issue and you finally admit funkhouser made political deals to get elected. You seemed obsessed with Glorioso, It was pat gray that ran brooks' campaign. Glorioso was for Albert Redierer. Plus according to yael it is gray, white, glorioso and rowland who did the petition drive. You are in same bed with those guys!

1/08/2008 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glorioso and Barnes fought Funk every step of the way. I remember the nastiness. Glorioso worked on behalf of Brooks after the primary.

Did Dan ever deny that Funk made promises to constituents during the election? I don't remember that.

1/08/2008 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



1/08/2008 2:22 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

IF we are going to play fair , let's ban smoking on casino floors. Otherwise, we're screwing State Line bar owners for the same double standard that resulted in the exisiting ordinance.

1/08/2008 2:26 PM  
Blogger Ambitious Fledgling said...

The one time you disagree with the Mayor, I disagree with you. I'm sick of politicians saying what the general public wants to hear to get elected and then not backing it.

"And I believe it would be dishonest and disingenuous if I were to break my campaign promise."

Damn right it would be! That's why I continue to like him. You know, some people don't like him now because he acts like a regular joe, well... isn't that why he was elected? So why are people pissed off at the outcome when he doesn't act like the poshiest of the bunch? Even with Gloria.. so what the man loves his wife! He treats her good and she has a place in his office. Good. It's about time someone in office actually acts like a damn family man. I agree that some things are questionable, but shit, haven't we ALL done questionable things? Some of us just don't live under a spot light to have those things put on the front page news.

So anyway, good for him.

1/08/2008 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't anyone post up about the Business Rights Coalition? That is what is driving this. RJ or PM is throwing tons of money at an organizer for hire who had a bunch of meetings last year to rally the bars and restaurants together. Some of those folks saw this coming and contributed mightily to the Funk campaign.

Follow the money people.

1/09/2008 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Muni Court "Loans To Go" Office said...

What right does someone have to blow cancer causing chemicals in my face?


Its an assault. It should be a crime like any other assaut.

1/09/2008 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Brent said...

Dan, good for you for being in favor of limiting the rights of business owners and wanting to put local owners at a disadvantage. Very brave of you.

Did you see the bill that's looking at banning swearing and obsenities in bars? Don't say I didn't tell you so.

1/09/2008 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Whistleblowme said...

Bar owners' rights are already limited. Deal with it.

You didn't tell anyone that some Republican nitwit in St. Charles was going to try to ban cussing, but, even if you had, I promise to vote against any such proposal. The slope isn't that slippery.

1/09/2008 8:51 AM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...


The mayor's prostate goes national.

1/09/2008 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, heavens! Whatever shall we do, now that the Washington Post has written about us? That completely destroys my self-esteem.

(Grow up, Xavier. You're whining like a little bitch. If the Post doesn't like our Mayor, that's more reason to like him.)

1/09/2008 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Hugh Janus said...

I think all of us adults can agree it's bad publicity when we hear about the holiday letter in the Washington Post.

1/09/2008 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can agree that it's bad publicity, but I can't agree that adults would be concerned about it.

1/09/2008 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anna Moose said...

Isn't that nice of Mrs Funk to get Kansas City mentioned in a important newspaper. Maybe, because of her letter they will decide to have their convention here? I hope so. I think Mr Will would enjoy haveing one of those procto doctors examine him. Maybe Mrs. Funk would let us all watch.
Would you like to watch too Mr Dan? I think Mr Will is sexy


1/09/2008 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a really good article on Kansas City in the Washington Post. It is nice of such a national paper to take interest in us.


1/09/2008 8:17 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Way to go, anonymous! You broke that important story within a day of Xavier breaking that amazingly important story.

Go back and read your namesake at 10:43 am.

1/09/2008 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You broke that important story

Glad you think it is important too.

1/09/2008 11:10 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

"Blessed are the cheesemakers"

1/09/2008 11:22 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Mainstream -

Thanks for gently reminding me that my sarcasm was a little harsh. Sometimes it makes me a muenster.

1/10/2008 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Whistleblowme said...

Don't brie so hard on yourself . . .

1/10/2008 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...

For the record the post under my handle that led off this thread was not me. I swore off this for a few days after the Holiday Card story broke -- I did not think it needed any help.

Someone has to keep Gloria and Joe away from computers.

1/10/2008 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...

Someone's playing games, but it's not me. I took no vacation, and posted the 1/8 comment. See, I can be nice!

1/10/2008 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...

Dan, someone is gaming you.

It is my assumption like most blogs you can compare the general IP address that is used for "porchpundit" posts.

Unless someone has been breaking into use my computer, a felony, you should be able to see where the old "porchpundit" posts came from and where the one tonight and 1/8 came from.

Thanks Dan

1/10/2008 9:05 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Porchpundit(s) -

I don't out people for using pseudonyms. I might be more inclined to get involved if there was a real person involved, but there's not. The question of who is the "real" artificial character is a little too arcane for me.

1/10/2008 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...

Dan I understand your position, I am just trying to provide context for readers and let YOU know what is going on. I am not asking you to out anyone or back up my position.

It is a trade off for anonymity.

1/10/2008 9:41 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Dan, regular, articulate commenters are worthy of more consideration.

Porchpundit just wanted to distinguish his comments from someone posing as himself.

And a real person is involved, as you know...

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

Good points, Porchpundit and Mainstream. Commenters (most of them) are appreciated and add much to the blog. But, seriously, I don't care to dig through logs to figure out IP addresses, etc., to track down someone who (may have) fraudulently given me a compliment.

1/10/2008 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...

OK Dan, here is your proof.

I am not a nice guy. I want Gloria to go home, which means that Funk has to be recalled based on his honor's statements. We do not have a Co-Mayor system.

There Dan, YOU know who the real Porchpundit is. I hope other readers will keep this incident in mind if "porchpundit" should happen to endorse Gloria for Congress.


Thanks for the clarification Mainstream.

1/10/2008 10:26 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Hah - proof - you're the fraud! I didn't want to out you, but the real Porchpundit is not quite so frothingly insane. Close, but not quite.

(More seriously, with crap like you just laid on this blog, do you see why I don't care too much whether someone is having fun at your expense?)

1/10/2008 10:31 PM  
Anonymous PorchPundit said...

I'm not insane. Just because I think that I should be entitled to protect one of my several imaginary personalities doesn't mean I'm insane.

1/10/2008 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...

Dan, with the Funkhouser Defense Crap (FDC) you have laid on this city through your blog I am not surprised you said what you said, :-)

With regard to the pretender, I think I am more identifiable about my "imaginary personality" than most -- including those who swipe a handle which they oppose.

Now since you raised the issue: please name my "other" personalities.

This should be fun.

1/10/2008 10:46 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Well, you have this secret identity online that you carefully keep separate from your real world identity. Now you're claiming that there are two "Porchpundits". So far I'm seeing three personalities, which is getting kind of "Sybil"ish.

1/11/2008 5:54 AM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...


Dan my last note was primarily aimed at faux "porchpundit" 10:37, but I did like your response.

I have not found the need for a string of "several imaginary personalities." (PP 10:37) Nor have I found the need to co-opt anyone else's blogging handles.

Keeping track of one Porchpundit is enough for me -- and I am sure the same can be said for you Dan.

1/11/2008 7:49 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Indeed, Porchpundits.

I have enough trouble working on my own personality - I'm not ready to take on the burden of multiple personalities.

1/11/2008 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I can't believe it. You actually disagreed with the Mayor...and openly stated it?? You must have some serious making up to do if you do not want to get thrown off the porch.

1/11/2008 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you agree or disagree with the mayor moving staff to the back of the office because of the EEOC complaint?

Before you get high and mighty about it coming from a "joke" blog. The last time you said that TKC was right about the mammy thing.

1/11/2008 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt - Dan's openly disagreed with the Mayor several times before. He just doesn't act like his disagreements are huge crybaby deals.

If the Latino leadership were as grown up as Dan, we'd be having the La Raza convention here.

If the Nasty Nine were as grown up as Dan, we'd be rid of Travel Budget Cauthen.

1/11/2008 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:59...let me make it VERY clear!! The person you are referring to as mentioned in the "joke" blog....did move to another area of the Mayor's office today. She requested it!!!!! She now has one of the bigger spaces and has a window.

Before one more person does the dis-service to the whole community by speculating on what is or is NOT true in regard to this topic...please check out the FACTS before jumping to conclusions.

There is an absolute feeding frenzy on several of the blogs on several topics, and the contributors do not know diddly squat about anything they are putting their 2 cents into.

Let me make it very clear before it goes one moment longer.....SHE is getting what SHE wants........

1/11/2008 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Latino leadership were as grown up as Dan, we'd be having the La Raza convention here.

If they were as grown up as Dan, they would be shining Gloria's feet everytime she called out "Hey Mammy."

1/11/2008 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by speculating on what is or is NOT true

Well we do know that Gloria called her "mammy". She admitted that. Or was it mam-eeee.

1/11/2008 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 108 that is completely false. Dan has never openly and vocally disagreed with the mayor before.

1/14/2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

No, anon 1/14, you are the one who is mistaken. I have written on this site of several disagreements. I'm not so egotistical as to expect you to keep track of all my posts, but I do expect you to refrain from making false statements about me.

1/15/2008 5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 1/14 Dan. I don't recall you disagreeing with him. If so, post some and elaborate on exactly why you disagree with him. No spin.

1/15/2008 11:10 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anon - Your faulty memory is not really the most compelling reason to get me to go over my old posts and satisfy your lazy curiosity. Off the top of my head, I recall disagreeing with him on the Semler appointment, on failing to use the application process for the Parks Board appointment, and, of course, supporting the current smoking policy. There are other issues, as well. Go back and look.

1/16/2008 6:04 AM  

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