PUNCHING KITTY: 2009 - 2013

Editor’s Note: Make sure you play this video in the background while you read this.

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

Some Guy in High Ridge Brandon Lee’d His Friend

Three friends from the High Ridge, Missouri area got together to help one of the buddies move. As friend-based moving crews are tend to do, they moved beers to their face faster than anything else and soon the evening turned to less serious pursuits, namely watching he moving “Savages”. What was already a bad idea because of the fact that the one guy needed to get his stuff moved and “Savages” appears to be a pretty horrible flick (51% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), got worse when someone decided to act out a particular scene involving disarming someone in some badass way. [Read More]

Woman Arrested For DUI After Passing Out in a Hardee’s Drive Through

Janice Lyles was arrested Saturday after being found passed out in a Godfrey, Illinois Hardee’s drive-through, engine running and everything. Hardee’s must get like one of these a week, but it’s still pretty funny. The staff at the restaurant, located in the 2700 block of Godfrey road, called police when they notice a woman asleep in the drive thru with the engine running. According to police, Lyles displayed obvious signs of being under the influence of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. [Read More]

Dad Accidentally Shoots Kid While Talking About Gun Safety

A father shot his 11-year old kid in the face Friday night during a discussion on firearm safety in St. Joseph, Missouri. Seems like a tough lesson, we guess this is one of those “building character” kind of teaching moments and it probably worked. Junior’s not going to forget where the safety switch is now. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the boy sustained serious injuries Friday night while cleaning guns and planning a hunting trip with his father. [Read More]

The Cardinals’ David Freese Crashed in SUV

David Freese can drive a baseball, but driving cars can still be a challenge. The Cardinals third basemen crashed his car Thursday while trying to avoid a deer. It’s his third accident over the last few years, but this crash didn’t involved alcohol and luckily Freese was unharmed. Freese, 29, was heading south on Wildhorse Creek Road near Rieger Road in Wildwood when he crashed his 2011 black Range Rover into a tree to avoid a deer, said St. [Read More]

Some Guy Shot a Dog Twelve Times

Ron Jackson is in custody today after someone found his dog in a city dumpster after it that had been shot 12 times and choked with an electrical cord. That punishment seems a tad over the top, but this is what happens as the nation’s newspaper companies begin to fold. What do you expect us to correct our dogs with now that no one gets the newspaper?! We certainly don’t to risk breaking our Kindle. [Read More]

The Telegraph Calls St. Louis ‘America’s Greatest City’

Wow, thanks Telegraph. The British paper recently had an article in their “Expat Life” section claiming that St. Louis is the best city in America for the Brits to visit. The author is Mark Sutherland, who moved to St. Louis 20 years ago and apparently has yet to have been murdered. Always nice to hear a success story! Sutherland just loves him some St. Louis. You can find all the English flavor you need… [Read More]

Guy Gets Shot After Offering to be the Designated Driver

No city knows how to flip a good rule on it’s head, spit on it and kick it in the eye like St. Louis. For instance, earlier in the year we saw someone that “Just said no.” to drugs get shot, and now we have a guy that offered someone a ride home get shot in the neck. In the freaking neck! That’s what you get for looking out for other people’s safety you dick! [Read More]

A Suicidal Florissant Man Blew Up His House

A house blew up in Florissant but it look like the blast might have been part of a suicide attempt rather that the usual St. Louis area meth-house explosion. “It blew it off the foundation,” said Deputy Fire Chief Scott Seppelt of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. It appeared that the blast knocked out a window on a silver Kia Soul that was parked on the street near the house. [Read More]

RallySTL.org

The Rally Saint Louis project is a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform that generates ideas and uses funding from the region’s residents and then uses those ideas to help market greater Saint Louis. It has been over a year in the making, and it’s an effort unlike anything ever attempted, not just in the Saint Louis region, but across the U.S. Interesting idea. We just hope there are more to the submissions than various hipster activities, and instead see some trying to focus on the big issues standing in the way of making the city considerably more livable: crime, education or swapping out our stale area government officials for shiny new ones. [Read More]

MetroLink Stations to Get New Art No One Asked For

While it could be said that St. Louis’ MetroLink stations aren’t the most beautiful train stations in the nation, it doesn’t matter. Being bland is actually a clever safety mechanism because you need to focus on the tasks at hand: 1. Board the right train. 2. Don’t get stabbed. You don’t need to look at art, you need to be watching your back, because that fat lady over there half asleep wearing the skin-tight generic security uniform isn’t going to do it. [Read More]