KC BBQ :: all about the meat not the sauce

Advice to all food and travel writers and bloggers writing about Kansas City barbecue:
  1. Don't use the words 'slather', "sweet', or 'sticky'.
  2. If you are contemplating using the words 'slather', "sweet', or 'sticky' it's probably because you're composing a sentence describing how Kansas City barbecue is 'all about the sauce'. This is incorrect. Kansas City barbecue is not 'all about the sauce'. Kansas City barbecue is all about the meat. You probably got the idea that it's 'all about the sauce' from reading what other food and travel writers have said about Kansas City barbecue and not what Kansas Citians themselves say about it. Before writing about Kansas City barbecue, come to Kansas City and talk to the people who make it, and the people who eat it. They will tell you, it's not 'all about the sauce.' Therefore, there is no reason to use the words 'slather', "sweet', or 'sticky'.
  3. Don't use the phrase 'it's all about the sauce.'
  4. Especially don't use the word 'slather'. 'Slather' is the worst.
Love this. Saw it posted on Facebook by Joe's Kansas City, a great BBQ restaurant.

A Coffee Company that makes the World a Better Place

To celebrate National Coffee Day I thought that I would tip my hat to the Rogers Family Coffee Company - makers of the French Roasted k-cups that I buy at Costco. Here is an inspiring 5 minute video about them.

If you like coffee, and companies that help make the world a better place, I recommend Rogers Family Coffee.

Is there a biblical significance of tonight's blood moon?

Four minutes of sound teaching by our pastor. Worth the watch.

Not that I agree with (all of) this ...

We Missourians are sometimes a bit weird - but in a nice way.

GOP Presidential Candidate Eliminations | Sweet 16 15 14 13

September eliminations are below. Sorry to see Rick Perry go. My favorite (today anyways) is John Kasich. He seems to meet a lot of my ICE IT criteria but he does need to work on inspiration a bit. Who are you liking so far? What part of ICE IT (Inspiration, Character, Experience, Ideology or Temperament) do you think they are most strong in.

The list of GOP candidates seems to be complete. Suspect I will be eliminating about one candidate each month.
  1. Jeb Bush
  2. Ben Carson
  3. Chris Christie
  4. Ted Cruz
  5. Carly Fiorina
  6. Lindsey Graham
  7. Mike Huckabee
  8. Bobby Jindal
  9. John Kasich
  10. Marco Rubio
  11. George Pataki
  12. Rand Paul
  13. Rick Perry
  14. Rick Santorum
  15. Donald Trump
  16. Scott Walker
Of course I may be wrong. I you disagree with an elimination please tell me why I should keep them on the list.

Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer

Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray for these in this order:
  1. The thumb is closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a "Sweet Obligation."

  2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.

  3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God's guidance.

  4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.

  5. And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
In these days of widespread violence, famine and war, please join me in praying for our nations and our world.

Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, a three-time AL MVP and 10-time World Series champion, died Tuesday at age 90. Growing up in New York City, I was a huge Yankees fan. Yogi was one of my boyhood heroes. Love how Yogi excelled after his playing career in managing teams. Here are a few Yogiisms that speak to his keen wit.
"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

"He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."

"You can't think and hit at the same time."

"So, I'm ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face."

"It's déjà vu all over again."

"Even Napoleon had his Watergate."

"Cut my pie into four pieces. I don't think I could eat eight."

"Never answer an anonymous letter."

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

"You can observe a lot just by watching."
Please join me in offering prayers of comfort today for his family and friends.

Basic Pirate Lingo

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

What is your favorite pirate word? Care to share it?


I came across this word and wrote about it in one of my daily devotions (read it here).
I think that it is an important word because it helps us identify unhealthy religious behavior.

Fearing God can often start out as something healthy and morph into something toxic and bad for us. As the Apostle John writes: "whoever fears has not reached perfection in love". I strive to be more perfect in love and more rejecting of fearfuls ways.

Goodbye Kansas Bob

Almost 11 years ago I began blogging under the "Kansas Bob" moniker. Not long after that I purchased the kansasbob.com domain and begain to use it. Then, 5 years ago, I moved to the Missouri side of the Kansas City metroplex. Subsequently I bought the kansascitybob.com domain and mapped kansasbob.com to this new domain. Recently kcbob.com came up for sale and I got it for five bucks. I will eventually redirect the kansascitybob.com to kcbob.com. Consequentially I will not be renewing kansasbob.com. So if you are using it please change it.

The Anti-Awesome List

I have heard that Awesome is the most overused word in our language.
Not sure that is true, but I love the list of alternate words that ragan.com have come up with. Here are a few of their suggestions:
Awe-inspiring, Awe-struck, Beyond the call, Breathtaking, Brilliant, Clever, Dazzling, Exciting, Exceptional, Great, Heart-stopping, Humbling, Incredible, Ingenious, Magnificent, Majestic, Marvelous, Mind-blowing, Momentous, Moving, Out of this world, Outstanding, Overwhelming, Remarkable, Righteous, Shazam, Simply divine, Spectacular, Staggering, Striking, Stunning, Stupendous, Un-freakin believable, Wonderful, Wondrous and You rock.
I particularly like Shazam. Check out the rest of the list here.

Border Crossing Question

The Border With The Most Frequent Legal Crossings Per Year Is Between?

Click here to check your answer. And let me know how you did.

The Sacredness of Tears

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. -Washington Irving

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. -Leonardo da Vinci

I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.' -Billy Graham

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven. -Henry Ward Beecher

Tears are the silent language of grief. -Voltaire

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength. -Billy Graham

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. -Edgar Allan Poe