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Punching Kitty was a writing project for the city of St. Louis to have a little fun and try to get everyone to stop taking themselves so seriously...and hopefully highlight some critical issues along the way.
We had a lot of fun, but all good things need an ending and ours was on March 13th, 2013. While we will no longer actively write, the site will stay up as an archive. To the right are some of our favorite and most acclaimed articles from our four year run. You may also enjoy "This Day in PK History" which shows the posts written on this date in years past, and this page which shows a random article from the archives.
- The Editor
This morning KMOX posted a story about a Wright City, Missouri man was hoarding a stash of panties, sex toys, and “feminine hygiene products” he allegedly acquired from various burglaries. They also make mention of the man’s new nickname (emphasis ours)…
A 19 year-old eastern Missouri man has a new nickname after police found him hoarding 59 pairs of women’s underwear along with female clothing, sex toys, photographs and feminine hygiene products in his bedroom.
To know what the nickname was or who gave it to him, look no further than the story’s headline
Pervy Dude Caught With Panties and Feminine Hygiene Products
KMOX, a long standing St. Louis news source, has apparently decided to take it upon themselves to pass judgement and hand out insulting nicknames to the people in their news stories. In other words…they took our job!
— Colleen (@colleenkelly) February 22, 2013
We’re not going to lie, the guy looks pretty “pervy”, and the fact he had a secret stash of women’s clothing and various other vagina-related items isn’t helping his case…but geez KMOX, this is kind of a weird line you just crossed, and if you’re going to try and play our role (Though, honestly, don’t you think we would have been more creative than “pervy dude”?!), we’ll play the game and do the real news bit by pointing out the WTF’s in play here:
1. “Pervy Dude” was in the headline.
2. You make a mention of a new nickname, but with no other mention of the nickname or who gave it, so you have to assume it’s KMOX, which is weird, but also odd not to mention it in the story. Was it actually the cops or someone else that called him that? Why not put it in quotes, or mention that in the article?
3. Yes, the man had a large collection of things that normally guys don’t have, but at this point it hasn’t been proven he stole them. Also, who’s to say what is “pervy” these days. Haven’t you seen the internet? While collecting tampons isn’t our cup of tea, not sure that’s were the “pervy” line is drawn since the arrival of “Two Girls, One Cup”
Ugh, that was weird being all journalistically responsible. Lets make a deal KMOX: You stick to your news bit, and we’ll stick to the creative labeling of people we’ve never met that are unfortunate enough to pop up in the news for whatever reason. It’s called playing to our strengths.
There are 425 different bird species that live in Creve Coeur Park, a 2,145 acre park that contains a 325 acre lake and a large wetlands area and is home to countless other animals. It’s a peaceful place where area residents can come to escape the strip mall that is Creve Coeur and instead look at a bird or two while contemplating the beauty of nature…but f*ck all that sh*t! Lets put a zip line up in that bitch!
Brushing aside vociferous opposition, the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday approved a treetop adventure course that naturalists fear will jeopardize birds populating a migratory habitat in Creve Coeur Park.
Critics blasted the council for expediting the measure without public input, not conducting an environmental impact study, shattering the tranquility of the upper park and permitting a private corporation to profit from taxpayer-supported property.
But at least the tax payers of Creve Coeur were all for the change right?
Of the 16 residents addressing the council Tuesday night, only one spoke in favor of lining a 7- to 10-acre canopy of trees in the park’s upper forest with cables, swinging bridges and ropes.
“I’ve heard from quite a few supporters through email and phone calls,” Burkett said. “They are just not as publicly vocal about (the issue) as the opponents.”
Ah…well…whatever stupid hippies, with your weird signs and arguments so horrible they are barely discernible from bong water gurgling! So what that all of this stuff is being crammed on to a public-owned piece of property and the county is only estimated to make, despite an adult ticket costing $55, a measly $100,000 a year (Seriously, that’s all they plan to make on this?!) but allowing a private company to generate a tidy profit? What are you, a terrorist?! Zip line! Helmets! Fat guys in tank tops that explain the rules a little too quickly! Those strappy harnesses that make your junk bulge out really far! *air horn blast*
Asked if he was concerned that noise and commotion of a zip line and obstacle course would ruin the park as a destination for residents seeking peace and quiet in nature, [County Executive Charlie] Dooley said, “We already have the speed (boat) races (on Creve Coeur Lake) — you could say the same thing for that.”
Damn straight! All this talk of zip lines and speed boat races is giving us such a raging America boner those birds are lucky we don’t march down there and kick all 425 individual species’ asses! Lets do this up all the way and spray paint the tops of the trees yellow so from space it looks like a giant yellow car ribbon magnet! We can even rename the whole thing “Alan Jackson Rules Park”! It won’t make the county much more money, but who has time to think about this with all the supportive emails and awesome blasting in your head?! Not the people in charge of Creve Coeur, that’s who. Goddamned American heroes.
…oh and it should be said that zip lines are, in reality, pretty freaking lame. This clip sums it up.
Another man was gunned down at a MetroLink station last Friday, but lets not focus on that says a MetroLink spokesman, lets focus on all the times people don’t die! Pay no attention to the woefully inadequate security guard, security is fine!
Metro officials say they spend millions each year on security, with dispatchers monitoring all 37 platforms all day and night.
Quoting how much you spend each year isn’t a good defense to the argument that security sucks…it just proves you wasted a lot of money during the suckage.
“Sometimes our dispatchers will see something on the platform that looks suspicious,” said Richard Zott, head of Metro security. “So they’ll call it out to the platform guy saying, ‘Hey, there’s a suspicious individual — go check him out.'”
“I mean, the guy he just stabbed is still gonna die, but the important thing is that we saw it with a grainy still frame and we sent the old woman security guard, armed with a flash light and whistle, out to go take a look.”
“If someone commits a crime, we can zoom in, get a still photograph and pass that out,” Zott said.
“…again, none of this is actually preventing the crime, but you should see our scrapbook!”
MetroLink is what it is. It doesn’t run late enough to use while going out, it doesn’t go to enough places, and no matter what the stats do or don’t say, it’s hard to describe your situation as “safe” while riding it…but if where you want to go is near a station and it’s during the day, it’s a nice solution. To pretend it’s anything else is just living with your head in the sand, but this story doesn’t change that. What’s interesting is that they are spending “millions” on securing just 37 platforms, and that their own spokesman thinks that the best time to announce that their security is “adequate” is just three days after a murder on a MetroLink platform.
You know what’s not interesting? If you mix orange soda with root beer, it will taste like shit but you could call it something fun like “A Carrot” because it’s an orange root.