Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mayor Funkhouser, You MUST do your Duty

Mark, when you started out on this effort, you knew this time was going to come. You knew that the forces that have controlled the city to their own advantage were going to attempt to seize control of the Mayor's office. The time has come - not a time of your choosing, not the issue of your choosing, not even the opponents of your choosing. But you knew that it would come about like this - fighting an awkward fight on a tilted battlefield.

You must fight.

The City Council has quite literally sought to dictate who may speak to the mayor, and under what terms. The ordinance they passed has specifically included giving advice as a forbidden activity. They did so even though it had been pointed out to them that forbidding unapproved contact with government officials is not only undemocratic, but unconstitutional.

Sadly, the City Council seems to think this was simply about your wife. Indeed, they sought to hide that fact when they started on the twisted, secretive journey to passage of this ordinance. They claimed to be imposing a volunteer ordinance that applied to all volunteers, but were forced to strip away provisions that applied to the Parks Department, then to other departments, and finally passed an ordinance that was, as you wisely pointed out all along, drafted to apply only to your wife. It was sad to see how they stabbed Beth Gottstein in the back, leaving her hanging out to dry when she made the unfortunately false claim that the city council would not be so small as to draft an ordinance aimed at your wife. Even as she uttered her hopeful words, her fellow 4th District Councilperson was in a backroom boiling the ordinance down to its poisonous essence. They are ruthless, even to each other.

But, even though the ordinance was aimed at your wife, it was never about her. With all due respect for Kansas City's first lady, she was merely a cruelly chosen target for serious people with a deeper agenda. Gloria is a tool they are using to cause you pain, but, if it weren't her, it would be something else entirely. This is about power. This is about who controls the Mayor's office. More centrally, this is about money.

Dirt and concrete - not bare feet and most definitely not words between former friends - are the reasons the council has acted as it has. As you knew when you started this whole effort, Mark, there are people who make money, huge money, staggering money, based upon the decisions of the Mayor's office. For decades, those people have controlled the Mayor's office. Mayors Cleaver and Barnes, in particular, saw that things went smoother when they made sure the very powerful were kept happy. And smooth sailing for the powerful meant smooth sailing for the politicians who kept them happy. To be fair, they accomplished much that was good while they were appeasing the powerful. They were talented politicians.

Dirt and concrete - real estate holdings and construction dollars - are very, very serious matters, as you well know. Those persons who control the valuable real estate (and their lawyer hired hands and other servants of power) in our city expect to see money spent on them, and taxes abated for them. Where many of us view political involvement as a civic interest or even a hobby, these people are in it for the deadly serious money. If they dream up a new project that enhances their holdings, the Mayor is supposed to be enthusiastically behind it, even if it means taking tax dollars away from our schools, and resources away from our poorer citizens on the East side, the West side, and the Northeast. Those cops patrolling the Cordish properties are not patrolling the areas that are seeing drive-by shootings and drug dealing. Why? Because the high dollar dirt and concrete are focused on Return on Investment, not returning hope to the urban core.

The citizens of Kansas City have very few opportunities to sit at the tables of power. In fact, they have none. Nobody is going to genuinely seek citizen input on whether we should gold plate the doorknobs on the latest Cordish fantasy. Nobody expects the public to have a voice when the powers that built the fantastically expensive convention center now say it is incomplete without a fantastically expensive hotel to go with it. Nobody was supposed to discuss development tools for the East side, or pledge to pursue TIF projects that benefit the areas that are genuinely blighted.

You are that nobody, Mark, and you have the chattering and monied classes in an uproar. So those people have manufactured an issue to knock you down a notch. They want to reach into your office, indeed, into your very marriage, and tell you how and when and where your wife can give you advice. The city council is willing to do that because, in the eyes of the real estate developers and the insiders, family values evaporate in the face of real estate values.

You are at a crossroads, Mark. You can allow the city council to wildly overstep its boundaries as set forth in the Charter and attempt to tell the Mayor how to do his job. You can ignore the unconstitutionality of their sloppy, treasonous little ordinance. You can go along and get along. You can act as though this ordinance is just a little bump in the road for your relationship with the council. You can even use this as a fresh starting point, and begin a rebuilding process to become the ribbon-cutting, cheer-leading, credit-claiming Mayor that this city chose to eschew when it voted Orange. In short, you can join in the reindeer games with the council and be one of them, all to your personal benefit. If you do that, you may retire after 8 years with a solid gold watch and a send-off party sponsored by the bluest of Kansas City's blue bloods.

But I don't think you can do that. Certainly not if you are the man I hope you are.

As I said above, this is most definitely not about cross words between former friends. This is not about one of hundreds of lawsuits pending with the city. It's not about Gloria, or volunteers.

It is about power. The powers that be want to control the power that wants to be. They have convinced members of the City Council to pass an unconstitutional power grab, and even gotten them to lie about their motivation along the way. The fact that many of the majority are fundamentally good people who are acting in this manner shows just how deeply the control of dirt and concrete runs in this town.

I leave it to you and your legal team to figure out exactly how to challenge the ordinance. But I call on you, as my Mayor, as my representative at the tables of power in this city, to stand up and carry on the fight. I can't be certain whether you will win, though I firmly believe that our judicial system stands as our most steady bulwark against the corrosive effects of money, power and influence.

The powers that be, acting through their influence on a too-easily-swayed council, want to dictate who may speak to the Mayor, when, and where. It is, of course, an outrage, and it was accomplished in a back room while committee members shamelessly ignored the public speaking against it.

If you fight and win, you will have struck a serious blow in favor of Democracy.

If you fight and lose, you will have provided an example of integrity that may inspire others to continue to fight.

If you do not fight, you will gain the peace and quiet and respite of the morally dead.

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46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gloria is a tool

Dan finally wrote something worth reading.

9/27/2008 5:22 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

What a bunch of overly dramatic blathering. The city knew it would be sued befance was approved - of cvourse it will withstand a couyrt challnge.

Dan - I've two things to to say to you:

#1 - You can only talk about your theories of what motivations were behind the ordinance - and guess what? the motivations don't matter one iota. It's the letter of the law that matters. But you probably know that, you've gotta be smarter than that - your bluster is to drive a political - not legal upheaval.

#2 - you and other Gloria apologists don't spend any time discussing letter of the law itself, and what exactly is unconstitutional. That's because there isn't anything, and Funk supporters are either stupid, desperate or winging a poorly-conceived PR campaign, or a combination of all of the above.

The only concrete thing you evefr bering up is that the ordinance prevents people from advising the mayor. That's wrong.

"Sec 2-1951. Definitions. Volunteer means a person who, of his/her free will, provides services relating to the city, including consulting or advisory..."

Providing services is the key phrase here.

Consituents providing their feedback to elected officials on any matter of the city is not addressed by this ordinance. Consituents, residents and taxpayers can all feel free to tell the mayor what they think should be done on any matter, because they are in a constituent role - they are not providing services to the city.

Get it? Providing services to the city or elected officials is different than constituents telling the mayor what's on their mind and what they think the mayor oughta do.

You're absolutley 100% wrong in your assertion. Keep it up Dan, maybe one of these days you'll hit on something.

I doubt it though. But go ahead, feel free to continue to waste everybody's time and the city's money on protecting the mayor's wife's right to walk up to city employees and say "betcha'd like 9 inches in ya!!"

9/27/2008 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must have missed something, but is there a particular set of former friends who had cross words?

9/27/2008 7:14 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

Wow. That was an incredible piece of writing my friend. Truly.

I don't know what type of law you used to practice, but if you weren't a trial lawyer you were wasting your talents.

Because this post is one of the most brilliant pieces of misdirection I've ever read. It would make a great closing argument in a case where you knew all the evidence was against your client, where you knew in your heart that your client was as guilty as Original Sin.

It's a Hail Mary. "Don't look at the hand holding the ball, look at this other hand waving the silk hanky!"

A power grab in the Mayor's Office by some nefarious, conspiratorial cabal operating a shadow government that pulls Kansas City's strings from the shadows?

Was this midwestern branch of the Illuminati also responsible for 9/11 and flouridated water?

Sounds incerdibly complicated, Dan. The truth is always simple.

The truth is, Mayor Funkhouser has as much as admitted that he cannot do the job he was elected to do unless his wife is at his side 24/7.

The truth is that Mayor Funkhouser has installed his wife, an unelected "volunteer", as a surrogate Mayor. He has told people that she speaks for him. She has told people that she knows him well enough to speak for him.

So when an unpaid, unaccountable, uneducated, untrained baby catcher with no experience in government or business makes a decision or gives an order, it should be treated with the same gravitas as if the Mayor issued written decree.

That, my friend, is no way to run a city.

She has no business in City Hall. If I were a citizen of Kansas City, I would not want my elected Mayor making policy decisions about city infrastructure, transportation, crime and finances based on the primary input of a New Age doula. She brings nothing to the table but divisiveness and distracting controversy.

The Mayor of a major, metropolitan city needs PROFESSIONAL STAFF administering his office and vetted Subject Matter Experts advising him.

Not family members. Not political supporters. Not friends. Not bloggers.

He needs people who know what they are talking about, have experience in these areas, have a proven track record and are PROFESSIONALS.

This "mom and pop" routine is just embarassing.

This isn't a small town General Store with a Post Office.

It's Kansas City, Missouri. It deserves a Mayor's office that takes that seriously.

Instead of fighting this ordinance, he should follow his principals and priorities.

He should stand up for his wife by resigning. Leave office and take her with him.

9/27/2008 7:44 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Excellent comments XO.

Dan's post is a piece of amatuership misdirection that has no legal basis, and even more so, no logical, moral or ethical basis.

9/28/2008 12:01 AM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

I think it would be awesome if, on Monday morning, every single city employee showed up for work with their spouse in tow.

Each spouse in attendance should insist that they are claustrophobic and require a private elevator ride to their spouses office.

Each spouse in attendance should set up tax-payer-funded office space with tax-payer-funded supplies and control access to their spouse.

They should tell all of their spouse's co-workers "When you talk to me, you are talking to my spouse. I speak for my spouse."

It would make a wonderful non-violent protest.

Just bring your spouse to work and give her the same level of authority as the city gives you.

Oh, and be sure to tell your employer that you can not do your job without your wife at your side to give you advice.

In fact, let's not limit it to city employees.

How about everyone who work's in Kansas City?

Let's all bring our spouses, signifigant others, and "friends with benefits" to work with us on Monday.

The more the merrier!

9/28/2008 12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan,
It seems to me like you are using Funkhouser to live out your fantasies. If you truly believe what you write, throw your hat in the ring the next time. Don't goad Funkhouser into a fight he doesn't know how to win. It's not that it isn't a good fight or that the fight can't be won. Unfortunately, he is not the right man for the job.

9/28/2008 2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

XO,

Where/how does one find such a friend?

9/28/2008 4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, excellent post.

Funkhouser HAS to might or set back and be, to put it bluntly, castrated.

If he is NOT going to fight, then he might as well resign now rather than live in impotence.


Christensen

9/28/2008 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Jayhoax said...

"More centrally, this is about money"

Exactly. It's about the money the city is going to have to pay out in the lawsuit that Gloria caused....

"but unconstitutional"

Still waiting for someone, anyone, to show why this is unconstitutional....

"With all due respect for Kansas City's first lady"

Respect? Respect is earned. You don't get it just because you are married to the Mayor. And please, quit referring to her as the First Lady. That's just another cheap ploy by the Mayor....

9/28/2008 8:03 AM  
Blogger sophia said...

This is very bad advice, Dan. And this is sadly untrue:

The time has come - not a time of your choosing, not the issue of your choosing, not even the opponents of your choosing.

It is the issue of his choosing. He's the one acting like he's Samson and Gloria is his wavy locks. And you're just encouraging him.

XO- It's called sophistry, and it's one of the many benefits of a catholic education. People asking for details as to how the ordinance is unconstitutional are missing the bigger scam. Dan's arguing that Gloria isn't the problem, it's powerful interests attacking a reform minded mayor. I'd like to see the details of what Funkhouser has done to piss off those interests. Show me where the dirt and concrete crowd asked for something that Funkhouser denied them. Show me where their agenda is being thwarted in some new way.

I've asked Dan this before. If his argument were true, it would be a powerful argument. But he apparently can't point to what Funkhouser has done to deny these people what they want.

I think there is a kernel of truth to what Dan is saying. I do think that powerful interests don't appreciate having to deal with someone who didn't follow the normal route to power. And Funkhouser's abject failure will be used for years to come to argue against a true outsider being taken seriously as a candidate for office.

This pisses me off because Funkhouser was never an outsider, he was Yael's technocratic wet dream. A true outsider would sit down with the Editorial Board of the Star and be asked -- well, why didn't you run for city council first? At the end of the day, I suspect the "orange revolution" will accomplish nothing more than reinforcing the existing way in which people go through the hoops to become Mayor. It's one of the reasons I didn't vote for him in the first place. Not because I don't want a city that works. Not because I hate change. But because he wasn't new, he had an obvious contempt for political skills, and hadn't seemed to given much thought at all to serious political issues that had not crossed his desk as auditor.

(Vouchers? Seriously? You raised children in this city and don't even have a basic understanding of the politics of improving schools? You got your kids into Lincoln and stopped caring? I don't even have kids and I know more than that arrogant ass about one of the most serious problems facing our community. Instead of sending your people to the internet to whisper about setting up your own slate of candidates for the council, how about when you took office you had put some energy and political capital into recruiting a slate of candidates for the fucking school board? That's what a revolution looks like , asshole. Not your fucking family drama.)

And, what the hell, as long as I'm ranting, who decided that in a weak mayor system it makes sense to expect that people serve on the council before becoming mayor? It cracks me up the way people angle for the job of mayor like it's some enormous step up in power, when it's just a prettier title and figurehead position.

9/28/2008 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure wish you would do a post on how the Obama campaign, with the help of well-known MO prosecutors/sheriffs using their office, as a means to shut up and intimidate those that oppose him.
(KMOV ran a story showing the prosecutors support - search for the source at gatewaypundit.blogspot.com)

From sending letters to DoJ, to cease and desist letters to the NRA, to calling a Chicago radio station to shut down findings of his Ayers/Annenberg close working relationship that threw away 40 million dollars to radical causes.
Obama and his brown shirts have no clue what the first amendment is all about.

9/28/2008 1:33 PM  
Anonymous JurMom said...

Wow, Sophia really laid it out well.

Dan, please name one case that is on point and shows this ordinance un-constitutional.

9/28/2008 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Whistleblowme said...

Wow, Sophia brings the anti-Catholicism and filthy language, all in one package. What a piece of work!

9/28/2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

'blowme - It's kind of surreal to have a commenter named "whistleblowme" standing up for cleanliness of language. But not quite as surreal as having a bunch of anonymous and pseudonymous commenters begging for a lesson in Constitutional law. I'm not going to bother going into detail, but I'd highly advise those interested to try to think about due process, the free speech issues involved in requiring people to be approved to offer advice to their elected representatives, the propriety of the city council attempting to dictate the Mayor's staffing decisions, and bills of attainder.

Mainstream - if the city's foreknowledge of litigation means they did it right, why is the council already talking about amending the ordinance to fix its glaring flaws? Not very convincing.

What do you think providing services means? If, as you seem to think, it is meaningless, then what impact does the ordinance have? Are volunteers free to offer advice in the mayors office on a regular basis? I'd recommend you read the ordinance again - even the council is beginning to see how flawed it is.

XO - I agree that the truth is usually simple (your recent excellent post on astronomy notwithstanding). It's pretty simple that the people with huge dollars tied up in dirt and concrete want to make certain the city continues to respect their power. That's a whole lot simpler than understanding why the City Council ought to be able to run the Mayor's office. And the fact that you proceed from that point on to misunderstand this issue once again as being about the First Lady suggests that the truth is not the only thing simple around here . . .

Sophia - there is no Cordish hotel being built right now,and we have an economic development policy that makes it absurd to even discuss. I don't recall you ever asking me about that before, but there it is. I can understand why you would prefer to attack my faith, if your arguments are that easily handled. Please try to see if you can write with out bigotry and foul language, okay?

9/28/2008 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if I follow your logic. For years advisors to elected officials have been anonymous. Nobody really knows the behind the scenes players. These are people who don't go to public meetings. They don't even bother to call (or have their assistants call) elected officials directly. They simply schedule a meeting or a meal (lunch or dinner) in a location of their choice. You must come to them. Once you meet with them, they tell you what needs to get done. Public meetings are part of the red tape, a bump along the way.
This ordinance changes that. It allows people to know who the advisors are. I think it promotes more transparency. Even though Gloria (a.k.a. "the tool") prescipitated it, there is more transparency as a result of it. Not a bad thing, in my opinion.

9/28/2008 3:25 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous -

No, if you read the ordinance, it is limited to advisors who go to the offices of the elected officials on a regular basis. The backroom meetings and off-premise orders to certain city councilpeople will continue unabated. Only those who choose to do their business in public will have their free speech curtailed. A bad thing, indeed.

9/28/2008 4:01 PM  
Anonymous infunkaboutthefunk said...

Hey Dan, You were rambling on a touch about the reaal estate interests, the real estate lawyers et al who have over the years inordinately influenced the local government. Whereas as the leader of the Oranage Revloution, Funk A Dunk ranted and railed about these people, if you look at the campaign filings, if you look at the money losing TIF's he has gone along with and if you look at who he has chosen to represent him in the various lawsuits either he or the Squid created, HE IS NOW IN THE POCKETS HOSE VERY SAME PEOPLE.

So who do you think you are kidding?

9/28/2008 4:34 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Ina -

I don't think I'm kidding anybody. I'm here to tell the truth as I see it. It's true that several of the usual suspects donated to support the Mayor after the election - but that does not make him in their pocket (I assume that is the phrase you were struggling to articulate). "In their pocket" would mean that Mark would have stopped the eco-devo policy, supported Cauthen's fantasy-land budget, and we'd be breaking ground on a luxury hotel with taxpayer dollars covering the downside.

9/28/2008 4:54 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

No Dan, you're wrong.

Per the ordinance volunteers provide "services, relating to the city, which may include consulting or advisory...".

When the hell would that language be interpreted to say the volunteer ordinance applies ONLY to advisors?????

What kind of eff'd up legal reasoning are you trying to peddle?

And you won't give specific consitutional violations when you're arguing that there ARE constituional violations - because you're not here to teach us constitional law???

This is comic.

Why don't you start Dan by laying the legal problems with this ordianance with SPECIFICS - you're beginning to sound like Sarah Palin.

9/28/2008 5:29 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

1,311 words.

1,311 words in Dan's post, and not one fact.

Not one single fact to bolster whatever confused case Dan's trying to build.

1,311 silly word.

The only central message Dan ever has about Funk is that

"it's not funk's fault."

Oh, and like everything else, there are no facts to back up that claim either.

Dan, you are the Palin of Kansas City, and your 1,311 words above are truly

"A post to nowhere."

Take full credit Dan.

9/28/2008 7:26 PM  
Anonymous David Icke said...

Lets say that Dan is 100% correct. The Illuminati is behind this and trying to get back at Funk for thwarting their nefarious dealings.

So the Free Mason's have the ordinance passed to get Gloria out of the mayor's office.

What does it say about the mayor, that he can't function with his wife by his side? I mean, I have no problem doing my job without my wife. None of the other employees in my office feel a need to have their spouse next to them.

I mean if the Rosicrucian Order could so easily cripple our mayor by simply having him go to work without his wife, what does that truly say about our mayor?

I want a mayor that is a strong leader. Not some one that the Skull and Bones Society could take down by simply making him work without his spouse.

9/28/2008 7:26 PM  
Blogger sophia said...

I am catholic. A non-catholic wouldn't recognize your shit as well as I do. And if I wanted to run the sophistry route, I'd do it much better than you, Dan, did. But I had this nonsensical idea that I'd be honest and straight forward. And I wouldn't have used foul language if I thought you were capable of honest discussion. But you're obviously not. So I took the opportunity to express my frustration that the opportunity for real change and progress in this city that I love is being wasted on a man who goes all in defending his OFFENSIVE wife.

9/28/2008 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Jayhoax said...

"pseudonymous commenters begging for a lesson in Constitutional law."

These same commenters have been "begging" for a lesson for quite a while now, because that seems to be the crux of yours and Funk's problem with the ordinance.

"and bills of attainder"

I would love to see someone try to argue this one in court....

9/28/2008 7:36 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

The whole argument that Gloria NEEDS to be in the office of the mayor is

just

plain

batshit

crazy

9/28/2008 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Dan, please name a case that is even close to being on point and supports your position.

9/28/2008 8:59 PM  
Anonymous gonefunky.com said...

Hey Dan, I've got a deal for you.

Why don't you offer some facts and specifics or shut the fuck up?

Sound like a deal?

9/28/2008 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are wrong, Dan.
This ordinance establishes a procedure for using volunteers. You have to inform the clerk.

You are probably the only person I know who wants Funkhouser to carry on with this fight.

9/28/2008 9:05 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Mainstream - You're misunderstanding the point on advisors. The ordinance applies to volunteers for elected officials, but it does not apply to all advisors - only those advisors who do their work in the office on a regular basis.

9/28/2008 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Dan. If it is as clear cut as you say, please offer up a case on point?

9/28/2008 9:23 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

That's true, Dan. The volunteer ordinance applies only to volunteers.

Advisory services may be volunteer or paid.

Consulting services may be volunteer or paid.

Clerical services may be volunteer or paid.

I think every service you could provide a city could fall into both categories.

Volunteer or paid.

So I'm not sure what the point is.

9/28/2008 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still unclear on who the former friends are.

9/28/2008 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to read through all the comments.. I really did.. but this discussion just pisses me off.

Just goes to show you that the masses don't really know what they want.

One minute they want a family man, the next they want him to throw his wife to the wolves.

If you aren't outraged, you should be.

I have an idea! Let's replace this genuine man with some uptight, right wing ass who last concern would be his wife.

Family values my ass. Kansas City has some serious issues, mental ones at that. Make up your fucking mind already Kansas City!

A.F;

9/29/2008 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Family values my ass. Kansas City has some serious issues, mental ones at that. Make up your fucking mind already Kansas City!

Sounds like someone needs a good nine inches.

9/29/2008 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KC has already made up its mind. We don't want Gloria. There's some debate about this next one but I'm pretty sure we don't want the Funk-ee either.
I don't think some people can accept that, though.

9/29/2008 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Jayhoax said...

If you aren't outraged, you should be.

We are outraged. We're outraged at what the co-Mayors have done....

9/29/2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger sophia said...

there is no Cordish hotel being built right now,and we have an economic development policy that makes it absurd to even discuss.

As far as I can tell, Cordish has never submitted this deal for TIF consideration, which suggests they fear opposition greater than just the Mayor. Why should Funkhouser get credit for this? I really couldn't find much reporting about this deal, so I don't have any evidence of construction interests or convention interests clamoring for a Cordish hotel.

http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2008/05/cordish_claims_of_power_light_costs_way_off_the_mark.php

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2006/09/18/story2.html?jst=s_cn_hl

I do know the city just hired consultants (36K price tag) to look into building a new convention hotel downtown. That sounds like business as usual to me.

http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2008/09/15/daily30.html

9/29/2008 12:56 PM  
Blogger sophia said...

Damn, my links suck. I will now go say some Hail Marys as penance

9/29/2008 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill Drummond said...

Dan, this is a great piece! You have neatly said the very things that needed to be said for a long time.

Dan has also parsed the reasons that Mayor Funkhouser should act to confront this major issue.

If we think that Kansas City is really worth keeping as a place where our fellow citizens can be safe, health, and have good work, then we citizens need to support our Mayor in this time of conflict.

There has not been an intellegent man like Funkhouser, that has followed his mind and heart to help our citizens, for decades.

Regular people out there know that Funkhouser is doing right for them- and they will allow him to succeed. They also know that the "concrete and dirt" money people will do whatever unseeen trickery possible to bring him down.

Thank you Dan, for telling it like it is!

9/29/2008 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Jayhoax said...

Thank you Dan, for telling it like it is!

No, you mean thank you Dan, for telling it like you think it is....

9/29/2008 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. The people who make the lights work and the toilettes run will do anything to get rid of this idiot who only knows how to talk but has never actually been at the helm of anything that was in any way meaningful.
How can anybody say this is a "time of conflict"? We are talking about the mayor's wife. We are talking about a mayor who has been thumbing his nose at the nepotism laws.
I'm glad the ordinance passed and I'm glad Ed resigned. He did not to be embarrassed like that.

9/29/2008 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mayor Funkhouser, You MUST do your Duty"

From the smell of things in city hall, I think Funk already did his DUTY!!!

9/29/2008 9:15 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Big Ed Wolf jumped ship this day... what say ye Dan?

9/29/2008 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sounds like someone needs a good nine inches."

Wow... someone reads my blog...

ROFL

AF

10/01/2008 4:00 PM  
Blogger kc_punk said...

What I find interestind is that I agree with both parties, here. The city council needs to focus on sooo many other things. And quit trying to run the Mayors office.
The fact that gloria is a lighting rod in the office and clearly rubs people the wrong way, is undeniable.
But its the fact that Funk is not a politication that is the problem. His unwillingness to compromise that which he belives is right. Is the problem. And I admire him for it. We(kansas city) voted him in for just that reason. We all are watching our city fall into disrepair and dispair. We voted on mark to make that stop. We voted on sound fiscal policy. We voted to stop corperate pandering.( and none to soon I might add) We voted for a man we could trust. So lets start doing that. If we do, we might just make it through these rough times with our city intact.

10/02/2008 8:58 AM  
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