hiefs. In the Super Bowl. Two straight years. It’s like Ground Hog Day. What a time to be alive.
Pro tip: If you’re going to be looking for Chiefs Super Bowl memorabilia such as hats, t-shirts, sweat shirts and such if/when they win the big game on Feb. 7, be patient and wait a few weeks. You’ll notice the price will drop, very drastically in most cases, just a few weeks down the road. A little patience will pay off, in particular if you’re in no hurry to start wearing the stuff. So maybe just parade around in last year’s Super Bowl attire for a while. Be different. Buck the trend.
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I watched Monday’s hearing in the Jason Maki vs. City of Parkville lawsuit regarding open government records and alleged Sunshine Law violations and whatnot.
Maki is acting as his own attorney in the matter. For some folks, that’s not a good idea, but the talented Maki on Monday again looked like the more experienced and poised debater of the law. So while Parkville is running up legal expenses with a five-attorney team (the bill is over $100,000 for taxpayers by now) Maki is handling his own legal work and to this point seems to be doing a fine job of it.
We know he can’t bill the taxpayers for it, and I’m guessing he isn’t billing himself for his services, so it’s a win-win for everybody.
It has to be asked again: Wouldn’t it have been much simpler and less expensive for taxpayers if city officials had simply turned over the requested documents?
Really makes you wonder what the secret is, doesn’t it?
In a Facebook post timestamped Jan. 5 at 5:08 a.m., Dagmar Wood, first district commissioner for Platte County, referred to a group of people as “batshit crazy.”
Pot meet kettle.
The public potty mouth by another elected official (think Nan Johnston) might be enough to rub some folks the wrong way, but it’s irony that gets me every time. It’s pretty rich when an elected official known for overly dramatic interpretations, who has re-posted conspiracy theories about COVID-19, given tacit approval to violating public health orders, and proposed building a $65 million jail after the county’s credit rating had tanked refers to anyone else as “batshit crazy.”
Bookmark that one. It’s still early, but that’s going to be in the running for quote of the year.
Are you a movie buff? I admit I’m missing the movie theater experience during the pandemic. The theater is a relaxing time, or at least as relaxed as you’ll ever want to get while sitting in the dark surrounded by strangers. My favorite part is the overpriced popcorn loaded with fake butter and stuff.
Well here’s some good news. At least temporarily.
AMC Entertainment, owner of those AMC movie theaters you see in this area, including the one on Barry Road, says talk of imminent bankruptcy “is completely off the table.” On Monday the Kansas City Business Journal reported the Leawood-based theater operator says it has raised more than $900 million in new capital since mid-December.
AMC, according to the Business Journal report, says it now has enough liquidity to continue operating “deep into 2021.” The company has apparently raised or signed commitment letters to receive $917 million in new equity and debt capital. Of that, $506 million has come from the issuance of 164 million new shares of common stock and commitment letters for $411 million of debt capital.
According to the New York Times, AMC has come close to bankruptcy four times in the past nine months. The company has struggled since being forced to close its roughly 1,000 theaters worldwide in March due to COVID-19. The company is also dealing with movie studios that continue to push back release dates for new titles while also studying increased opportunities on streaming platforms. The company said in a news release that it will need to see more of the public vaccinated if it is to “succeed over the medium term.”
Notice they said “medium term.” So they’re worried about the short term and medium term at this point. Long term doesn’t even come up in the discussion at this point, apparently.
So anyway, AMC is continuing to march onward. Though not very confidently, it seems.
Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the internet, another episode of Landmark Live will come your way this Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Watch it at Platte County Landmark on Facebook or on our web site at plattecountylandmark.com.
Brad Carl, former radio disc jockey/occasional co-host/occasional musician/youth soccer coach/craft brew enthusiast, will join me for 30 minutes of talk about newsy current events in Platte County and beyond. Show sponsored by Lindsay’s Custom Designs.
We’ll be broadcasting live from Landmark Studio A in downtown Platte City. No in-person audience please. Social distancing. Since the show doesn’t have a budget for security, we’re politely requesting folks not to storm our building, break our windows, or commit other riotous or impeachable offenses.
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