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Bryan Stalder is running for Kansas City City Council.

It’s a bit surreal to write that last sentence. Bryan and I have been friends since Kindergarten. We both grew up together in the historic Northeast neighborhood. In our teenage years our parents took us north. He eventually found his way back to our old stomping grounds and has taken quite an interest to being involved in his community.

I don’t always agree with Bryan. He’s a little bit different flavor of conservative than I am, but this blog has never been about complete agreement with people. Whether or not we agree or disagree on all the issues, I know he’s passionate about Kansas City and serious about his run for the City Council. His candidacy presents a surprising alternative to the usual embarrassment that is your average Kansas City City Council(wo)man. At least, I don’t see him punching and kicking an aide.

Anyways, enough of my meanderings on the topic. Without further ado, introducing Bryan Stalder:

BryanStalderMy name is Bryan Stalder, and I’m running to be Kansas City’s 4th District At-Large representative on the City Council. The 4th District is kind of weird (it includes the Plaza, Westport, Crossroads, Downtown, the River Market, part of Northeast, Briar Cliff, and Crestview), but because I’m running at large, my role would be to represent citizens from the entire Kansas City area.

This is my first experience running for a public office. I’ve been a stay at home dad, an editorial cartoonist for the community newspaper, and president of our neighborhood association. I chose to take on this challenge because I’m frustrated with the leadership of this city, disappointed with most of the reporting about what is going on, and discouraged by the level of apathy from the voters. It is my hope that I could bring accountability back to City Hall by asking questions that many journalists aren’t asking. I want to make it hard for the media to ignore what is going on.

City Hall makes decisions that directly affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and a lot of the money we pay for city services is being used to redevelop downtown Kansas City into a dense neighborhood that is incongruent with the lifestyle accommodations of the traditional family. The result is higher taxes, and Kansas City residents who are trying to raise a family choosing to relocate outside city limits. Even worse, we have seen a decline of jobs in downtown Kansas City by up to 20% over the last decade despite over $1B in redevelopment. I believe these decisions will have a negative economic impact on our region. They will create more challenges before we’ve even created solutions for our currently unresolved problems.

I am someone who is not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom. I may be the youngest candidate running in this election, but as a father of four who is raising a family in Northeast and educating them in the Kansas City Public Schools, I have an alternative perspective to offer those who would rubber stamp an agenda to provide more and more subsidies to large real estate developers downtown. I’ve created a plan to make Kansas City EPIC; by focusing on Education, Parks, and InterConnectivity. We can shift our focus toward creating communities that families are excited to make long term investments in. I hope that you will follow the upcoming municipal elections closely, learn more about all of the At-Large candidates, and consider voting for me.

Please follow me on Twitter: @StalderEsq, or email me at

I receive press releases from the government of Kansas City, I often pay little attention to them, but this one caught my eye and I couldn’t help to make a comment on it.

News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Petrina Gooden, aide to Councilman Reed, 816-513-6513


Councilman Reed to meet with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and national leaders

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed will meet with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other national political leaders this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the sixth annual convening of People For the American Way Foundation’ s Young Elected Officials Network (YEO). Councilman Reed will have the opportunity to discuss innovative local and state policy initiatives with national leaders and more than 200 progressive elected officials from around the country.

“It’s vital for young elected officials to network with each other and learn how to avoid the pitfalls of being the ‘new kids on the block’ in a neighborhood of seasoned politicians,” said Councilman Reed.

Councilman Reed, 26, was sworn-in as a councilman on the Kansas City, Mo., City Council in 2011. At the convening, he will share with other elected officials his experiences working for crime reduction and economic vitality for the Third District.

YEO, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, provides a network of support for young elected leaders to share ideas and discuss issues that affect their common interests and constituencies. The network consists of more than 600 young and progressive city, county, state and federal officials from all 50 states. At the network’ s convening, elected officials will discuss innovative policy solutions for issues including economic development, education, environmental policy, tax reform, immigration, equality, national security and more.

“These elected officials make a difference every day in their home communities,” said Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee City Commissioner and executive director of the YEO Network. “This conference is an opportunity for young, progressive elected officials to exchange ideas with fellow office holders and with national policy leaders. State and local elected officials lay the
foundation for progressive change around the country. The Young Elected Officials Network gives leaders an opportunity to share ideas and come back to their communities with new strategies and solutions.”

Media inquiries about Councilman Reed should be directed to Petrina Gooden, aide to Councilman Reed, 816-513-6513.

Media inquiries about YEO or People For the American Way Foundation should be directed to Miranda Blue or Justin Greenberg, 202-467-4999.

Now, first off, I wouldn’t be celebrating meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. It continues to amaze me how people get caught up in this clown’s title and position. Just ignore the fact that this Secretary of Education never spent a day in the classroom, never was an administrator, and has no degree in education. I fully believe that by the end of President Obama’s term our nation’s education system will be nearly destroyed. So, by all means Mr. Reed, go pick his brain as much as you can.

Secondly, notice the word progressive as it’s sprinkled throughout this press release. Ah, yes, progressives. They always entertain me, considering the fact that the core of their belief system is antipathy towards America and our founding documents. I wonder if Mr. Reed is familiar with the racist roots of the progressive movement? Allow the Hip-Hop Republicans to shed some light on the topic. A little more from as well.

I got curious and decided to see who exactly the Young Elected Official’s Network is. It struck me immediately as something probably funded by George Soros. It doesn’t take much research to figure it out. Drop by the front page of the YEO Network scroll down to the bottom and find that it’s a project of the People for the American Way. (Really nice touch on the People for the American Way website, a solidarity fist, which looks strikingly similar to the raised fists used by socialist movements throughout history.) A little research on George Soros’ funding and you find that the People for the American Way is funded by none other than the New World Order nut himself George Soros.

George Soros is one evil man. One  of my favorite George Soros quotes:

“It is sort of a disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out,” (The Independent, June 3, 1993 “THE BILLIONAIRE WHO BUILT ON CHAOS – GEORGE SOROS.”)

Very nice! He has a god complex and is a billionaire. That will end well!

Oh, let’s not forget his anti-Semitic remarks either:

– In a 1998 interview with Steve Kroft, Soros was asked if he felt guilty about confiscating property from Jews as a teenager. He responded, “No.” George Soros 60 Minutes Interview – 12/20/98

– “I don’t deny the Jews their right to a national existence–but I don’t want to be part of it.” That experience notwithstanding, Soros has chosen to exclude Israel and Jewish causes, by and large, from his massive philanthropy-a decision that has caused comment among one of his colleagues in the financial community, particularly those who are strong supporters of Israel. In Hungary, Soros has been subject to anti-Semitic attacks. Referring to being a target, Soros, in his book “Underwriting Democracy,” wrote, “I am ready to stand up and be counted.” When I mentioned that rather suggestive line to Soros during one of several extended interviews with him, he responded quickly, “Right. It took me a long time.”


He continued, “My mother was quite anti-Semitic, and ashamed of being Jewish. Given the culture in which one lived, being Jewish was a clear-cut stigma, disadvantage, a handicap-and, therefore, there was always the desire to transcend it, to escape it.” He confirmed what someone had told me-that his family name had long ago been changed from Schwartz. “So the assimilationist Jews of Hungary had a deep sense of inferiority and it took me a long time to work through that,” he said, adding, however, that he succeeded in doing so many years ago… “I am escaping the particular. I think I am doing exactly that by espousing this universal concept”-of open society. “In other words, I don’t think that you can ever overcome anti-Semitism if you behave as a tribe… the only way you can overcome it is if you give up the tribalness.”

(Source: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SOROS by CONNIE BRUC, The New Yorker, January 23, 1995

For more on Mr. Soros, and his insanity, please check out this. It’s complete with citations. So you can do your own research.

A couple questions for Councilman Reed? Does he know what groups and people he is involved with? Does Councilman Reed realize that these organizations are very far out of the mainstream of American political thought, or is he just another useful idiot of the progressive left?

Kansas City is a mess as it is, let’s institute some progressive policies and see how we can destroy it!

Young Elected Officials Network (YEO)

For those that swing by on a regular basis, I must apologize for the lack of content lately. The job that pays the bills has taken up most of my time.

I certainly cannot say that I am excited about going to vote tomorrow, but it is my civic duty and thought I would share who I will be voting for.

I will be casting a vote for Mike Burke for Kansas City Mayor. I am not impressed with either candidate, but with Sly James I get the  impression that the Northland will be relegated to first class tax paying citizen, second class Kansas Citian.

1st District At-Large: Daina Kennedy

2nd District At-Large: Allen Dillingham, Ed Ford has been part of the status quo at City Hall. Mr. Dillingham is a proven businessman who I think can bring a fresh perspective to KC.

3rd District At-Large: Brandon Ellington, really impressed with Mr. Ellington in terms of his approach to this campaign. Not at all impressed with Melba Curls. I am sure neither of these candidates agree with me in terms of political philosophy, I get the impression that Mr. Ellington would bring a fresh perspective to City Hall. He’s passionate about his community, plus he is a UMKC Political Science Alum.

4th District At-Large: John Crawford

5th District At-Large: HA!!!!! Yeah….not voting here.

6th District At-Large: Tracy Ward, fresh ideas, libertarian.

There is no opposition to the career bureaucrat Dick Davis here in District 1. So, we’re stuck with him.

If you live in District 2, I would encourage you to dump Russ Johnson and vote for Aaron Benefield.