In Which the Wife of the Kansas City Mayor Brings Down the Funk

This, from the wife of the mayor of Kansas City, is the Best Christmas Letter in the History of Best Christmas Letters.

Also, their Website is Most Excellent.

AN UPDATE: Thanks to all for your comments. Yes, I know that we’re talking about Kansas City, Mo. here. I grew up 30 miles on the Kansas side from the city. I am familiar with State Line Road. I tagged this post ‘Kansas’ because, well, I talk about Kansas a lot on this blog and, as Grandpa Simpson would say, I’ll be cold and dead in the ground before I recognize Missouri.

7 Comments on In Which the Wife of the Kansas City Mayor Brings Down the Funk

  1. A bright light // May 2, 2008 at 4:12 pm // Reply

    Nice tag. The Kansas City you speak of is in Missouri, moron.

  2. Winston Smith // May 2, 2008 at 5:54 pm // Reply

    Why is it tagged ‘Kansas’???

    Your magazine is a joke, so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me you don’t know in which state Kansas City is located

  3. Yuck!! and bring the family??? heck no, what a terrible mayor and wife this must be. Kansans must be bored.

  4. This letter made me think they are real people and not politicians. It made me smile and made me like them. They are normal human beings. Glad he was elected. Makes a lot of people look like muck rakers with nothing better to talk about. Go Funkmaster!

  5. Are all Newsweak employees this geographically lost? Kansas City is actually in Missouri-who would have thought?

  6. Bill Drummond // May 4, 2008 at 10:29 pm // Reply

    Hi, Yes we have a cool Mayor, Mr. Mark Funkhouser! And his wife ,Gloria Squitiro, is an earthy and enjoyable lady!

    The “status-quo” of the past City administration is running scared right now. The self-interested developers which got slopped at the TIF Pig trough regularly are now denied their free bag of diverted city tax money. This has caused an unending stream of “Funk Hate” to propogate from the denied developers. This “scandal” is what they mix into their Funk Hate grist – which they eat- then they fling like monkeys at the Swope Park Zoo!

    What is really interesting is that we have an intelligent, sharp-witted Mayor now that will bring back Kansas City to being “everything-up-to-date’ with the 2000’s, (and not the retro developer’s TIF Pig trough, of last millinium).

    Please write, or visit! I’d love to tour visitors around- we have such a great town!

  7. If it were only true that Mayor Funkhouser were bringing change to Kansas City. He’s only nibbling at the edges. The biggest, baddest TIF ever was passed over his token and timid questioning. He fails to stand up for the people who elected him, can’t reach out to people who disagree with him, and puts his foot in his mouth almost every time he makes a public statement.

    I used to be a big Funk supporter, but have completely lost faith in him. As a bean counter, he was great. As a statesman and politician, he is an idiot.

    Truth to Power!

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