Watch, Listen, Learn.

7 06 2016


Killed himself in the process of a selfie-with-gun.

His aunt is blaming everyone else.

What they all need to do is watch a video that someone made in reaction to when yet another bellcurver killed himself while doing a selfie-with-gun.

Failing that, we’ll just have to let Darwin do his thing.



Short Answer: Nothing.

6 06 2016

Carr Square

“All the neat stuff that’s going to go up around it.”


“These 3,000 people that work there need places to live, eat and shop.”

But they already have places to live, and they’re nowhere near the corner of Parnell and St. Louis Avenue, they’re not going to shop on that corner, either, and they’ll eat at the company cafeteria, or brown bag it.

Believe me, they’ll build only what they need to between Cass, Jefferson/Parnell, St. Louis Avenue, and 22nd, and not one square foot more, and the people that work there will only be there for as long as they need to to do their jobs.

The video says that moving the civilian part of NGA to Arnold sprouted all sorts of new businesses around there.  Yes, because it’s Arnold, not Bell Curve City St. Louis.  That and people actually want to be around Norm.

Skip Town

6 06 2016


If you were a witness in the Darren Wilson grand jury, my advice to you right now is to leave town, and never come back.

Unless you like the idea of someone making lots of holes in you.

With a Tweet and a Whimper

5 06 2016



Messenger: With a tweet, Mayor Slay signals plan to expand transit in St. Louis

Walking Cherokee Street on a sunny Thursday afternoon, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay gives off a certain rock star vibe.

With a passel of staffers and a reporter in tow, he chats in this iconic South Side neighborhood with nearly everybody. Drivers roll down their windows and wave. At the intersection with Jefferson Avenue, Nyeisha Muldrew stops the four-term mayor and asks for a picture.

The mayor abides.

Then he tells Muldrew why here’s here, at this corner, on this day.

“We’re looking at expanding MetroLink,” Slay tells the 29-year-old who lives on Cherokee. “We’d have a stop right here.”

Muldrew’s smile can’t be contained.

“Oh, that would be perfect,” she gushes. Then she explains.

Here’s how her smile will be turned into a frown:


Nowhere close to Jefferson and Cherokee.

Of course, by the time this thing actually gets built and open, Slay will be both out of office and probably out of St. Louis, so he won’t feel Miss Muldrew’s personal wrath at what she will by then realize was a bald faced lie told to her face back in 2016.

She takes public transportation every day to get to her job in Webster Groves. But from where she lives, there’s no easy way to get there. She takes the No. 73 bus to Union Station downtown, where she connects to the MetroLink Shrewsbury line. It’s better than being on the highway, she says, but she’d welcome a better, quicker route.

Tell me how the above helps her even one bit in her Jefferson-and-Cherokee to Webster Groves and back daily commute.

The request came after the mayor, as he sometimes does, signaled a major policy shift with a tweet.

The current flash mob into Germany was also the result of a single tweet.  Should we St. Louisans be worried that Slay has a penchant for tweeting?

“Top of my list to move forward: North/South Metro expansion. No new line has been added since 2006,” he tweeted on May 21.

And why is that?  Because the 2006 expansion was two years late and a couple hundred million over budget, and it brought Metro so close to financial insolvency, that they had to do serious service reductions and then beg for and eventually get a city/county sales tax increase so that it could restore them.  And why was the 2006 expansion so late and so far over budget?  Affirmative action contractors.  Three words:  Kwame Building Group.  They screwed up so badly that Metro had to take over the job and finish it directly, and as affirmative action happy as Metro is as an agency, they weren’t much better managing the project than Kwame was.

Finally, there’s the matter of finding the more than $1 billion it would take to build such a system.

A billion sounds like a hell of a lot of money for a line that will largely run along pre-existing railroad right-of-way and tracks.  Oh well, doesn’t matter, it’ll cost at least $2 billion.

The Ferguson Commission identified development of the north-south MetroLink line as one of its 148 calls to action in its Forward Through Ferguson report.


I already told you why, Messenger, but you’re not smart enough to read Countenance Blog.

He points to the old YMCA on Loughborough Avenue, near where the southern terminus of the city’s route would be.

Actually it would be where the new YMCA is in Carondelet Park.  And I’m sure the white people around there are just happy to hear that.  Think of what the MissingLink did for the Galleria.  It’s not as if the Y in Carondelet Park isn’t already full of bouncyball-dindus.  The weird part about that is that Slay lives in that area, in fact, he lives south of Carondelet Park.  So you’d think he wouldn’t be so happy to see the MissingLink be extended to end close to his nest.  Except it’s just like I said above, he’s not running for mayor again, he won’t be mayor as of next April, and he’ll probably move out of St. Louis not long after.  Besides, it’ll take years to start turning dirt if financing can be lined up, and because they’ll give the job to some affirmative action outfit, it’ll take even more years and years to get the thing built.

“This is where I learned to swim,” he said.

And now he wants to make it easier for non-swimmers to get there.

Later, on the north side, he points to St. Liborius Church, just west of where the MetroLink would run, near the new site of the NGA headquarters.

NGA employees aren’t going to use the MissingLink to commute to and from work, I can assure you of that.  They’re only going to be there for as long as they need to on a day to day basis for their jobs, and then get the hell out of Dodge once the whistle blows.

Incidentally, here’s the proposed north half of this project:


“My mother graduated from elementary school there,” he said.

It was 1945. The school is long gone and the neighborhood has seen better days.

He means whiter days.

Dueling P-D Headlines

4 06 2016


Cellphone videos show aftermath of 2011 St. Louis police shooting at heart of murder charge

St. Louis police chief renews call for more officers in showdown with aldermen


Ain’t Skurred

3 06 2016


Oh no, not them.

Messenger ends it subjunctively:

If only the city can make sure crimes such as the one that took Hill’s life aren’t commonplace.

That’s what AFFH is for.  Making these crimes commonplace in the suburbs instead of the city.

If only the publicity from such crimes doesn’t scare people away.

That’s what Jim Clyburn’s daughter is up to, to make sure there is no publicity.  And in case any news about black crime slips through the cracks, Tony Messenger will make sure that he screams even louder about white racism so that we can’t remember the news about black crime.

Sixteen years ago, one of Sharon’s colleagues and good friends, Joyce Belrose, was brutally killed in a carjacking at the West County Center mall in Des Peres. It was a killing every bit as horrific and unexpected as Brandi Hill’s last month. But people didn’t stop going to the mall.

I remember that.  At that time, a bus line that ran from Downtown then along Chouteau and Manchester ended at West County Center, and I suspect that had something to do with this carjacking.  True, people didn’t stop going to the mall, but go to many malls these days and you’re going to see a lot of shuttered fronts, and the mall that still has all of its major anchor tenant space filled is lucky.  Though the mahogany mobs and black crime aren’t wholly responsible for that.


3 06 2016


BT brawl.

Really nothing I can say that I haven’t already said so many times in this space, but I’ll reiterate them:

1. GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS was an alumnus of this school.

2. The Normandy district was the most desirable and most desired school district in the 1950s, when the demographics of the district’s service area were much different, thereby disproving the magic dirt theory.

I’ll add this brand new thought:

3. While I steadfastly oppose busing for the sake of racial integration, I can understand why some people advocate it.  If, for example, these two young women who started fighting were bused to distant schools, the adults who came to the school to join the fight as reinforcements wouldn’t have been able to go all the way out to whatever distant high school they would have been bused to.  Even though we know it fails in the long run.