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Flag installation begins for ‘Grand Boulevard of the Americas’
The Kansas City Star ^ | Saturday, Aug 18, 2007 | RICK ALM

Posted on 08/18/2007 8:08:37 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer

Work crews Thursday began installing the first of 152 sturdy vinyl flags that will flutter 24/7 from city light poles along Kansas City’s renamed “Grand Boulevard of the Americas.”

The project, a tribute to the 35 nations of the Organization of American States, is the brainchild of local businessman and longtime civic activist James M. Malouff III.

“I don’t want to demean our heritage,” he said Thursday. “But we’re way beyond cow town. Kansas City is a cosmopolitan city” engaged in international business and cultural exchanges, with emerging international visitor attractions such as the World War I Museum.

He said the flag display was part of “a vision to see Kansas City become more identifiable, locally, nationally and internationally, as a player in the global village.”

Malouff said that in the future he hoped to further cement Kansas City’s international reputation with a “Pan American Initiative” that could include putting on a hemispheric trade show, an OAS ambassadors summit and perhaps even the Pan American Games in 2019.

Malouff hopes that OAS Secretary Jose Miguel Insulza of Chile will accept the city’s invitation this fall to dedicate the flag display and also present the first in a tentative lecture series on the Western Hemisphere being planned by the Kansas City Public Library.

Malouff is president of Malouff Cos., which is engaged in commercial real estate and development. He is on the board of the World War I Museum, is a commissioner of the Sister Cities Association of Kansas City and has been active in other local and regional organizations with international agendas. The national Sister Cities’ parent organization will hold its annual international gathering here next year.

Malouff earlier this year accompanied city officials to Chicago, where the delegation presented a letter from Mayor Mark Funkhouser to an association of national consuls general that are headquartered there outlining Kansas City’s Pan American Initiative and inviting representatives to Kansas City for talks on expanded trade and other cooperative ventures.

For now, the flag project has center stage.

Malouff acknowledged Thursday that its timing might have been better given political tensions between the U.S. and several OAS members, Mexico and Venezuela in particular.

“Governments have differences of opinions, but these things change over time,” he said. “We can’t operate by the moment. We need to take the long-term view” and celebrate international friendships and interdependence, he said.

Malouff said he had lobbied since the early 1990s for a flag-bedecked city street.

“With the redevelopment of downtown, it just made sense to dress up the boulevard,” he said. “It has economic implications. It has educational implications. It has ambiance.”

It is also expensive.

The City Council approved Malouff’s street-renaming proposal earlier this year and also earmarked $60,000 toward startup and installation costs for the flags.

The name change is honorary, so businesses weren’t forced to make expensive address changes. Malouff lobbied many business owners along Grand and won their endorsement of the project, which the council approved with no controversy. Malouff said he owned no property that would be affected by the flag project.

Earlier this year new Grand Boulevard of the Americas street signs were installed between the River Market and Crown Center.

The flags’ installation is expected to be finished by the end of the month.

Under an agreement with the city and the Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees city boulevards, the nonprofit Downtown Council will act as flag project manager, tending to maintenance needs that Malouff hopes will be financed through an endowment fund supported by local firms.

The 30-inch by 6-foot national flags will appear in repeating sequences on both sides of Grand, occasionally interrupted by generic Grand Boulevard of the Americas banners.

Nearly half the light poles along the route will be equipped with double-banner hardware allowing the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association and other groups such as the American Royal to continue displaying their banners during special events and to recognize visiting convention groups.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: americaisdoomed; americas; corruption; doomage; internatioalism; kansascity; kansascityisdoomed; nau; oas; wearedoomed
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“I don’t want to demean our heritage,” said James M. Malouff III,civic activist.

Yeah, right.

1 posted on 08/18/2007 8:08:41 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: calcowgirl; nicmarlo; texastoo; William Terrell; cinives; Czar; Borax Queen; janetgreen; Rockitz; ..

PING


2 posted on 08/18/2007 8:09:29 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Malouff. Egyptian?


3 posted on 08/18/2007 8:13:39 AM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: toddlintown

I knew a Malouf who was Lebanese.


4 posted on 08/18/2007 8:16:28 AM PDT by jabchae
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To: toddlintown

I think that is a Lebanese Christian name..


5 posted on 08/18/2007 8:18:30 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: hedgetrimmer

My heart swells and flutters like those flags at the very sight. World peace. More like peace on us gringos. All the action’s here in the suburbs. Downtown KC is just an island you have to circumnavigate to get to anywhere that’s worth going.


6 posted on 08/18/2007 8:18:34 AM PDT by CARTOUCHE
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To: lilycicero

KC ping.


7 posted on 08/18/2007 8:20:27 AM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: hedgetrimmer
"I don't want to demean our heritage," said James M. Malouff III,civic activist.

Yeah, right.

Oh, pish! I'm sure the illustrious Mr. Malouff isn't demeaning our heritage, he is merely "active in local and regional organizations with international agendas."

8 posted on 08/18/2007 8:20:27 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: hedgetrimmer
“But we’re way beyond cow town. Kansas City is a cosmopolitan city”

I'd prefer a cow town any day over a metrosexual, cosmopolitan, globalist loving one worlder big city.

9 posted on 08/18/2007 8:21:05 AM PDT by Bob Mc
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To: hedgetrimmer
‘Grand Boulevard of the Americas’

Locals still call it Sixth Avenue.

10 posted on 08/18/2007 8:25:32 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: hedgetrimmer
Nice project, though it should have been 50 state flags + possessions.

Don' wan no furriner flags cluttering our skyline. Especially you know who's.

11 posted on 08/18/2007 8:28:05 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: hedgetrimmer
We’ve always called it Kansas Shitty. I think that’s appropriate.
12 posted on 08/18/2007 8:29:37 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: Bob Mc
I'd prefer a cow town any day over a metrosexual, cosmopolitan, globalist loving one worlder big city.

I'm with you, Bob Mc. We every loss of those 'cow towns' we lose more of America.

13 posted on 08/18/2007 8:29:45 AM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: jabchae; toddlintown
Lebanese...
leb.org
James Michael Malouff, III - My father's family originated from Zahle, Lebanon. My mother's family was from Ras Baalbeck. I was born in the United States of America. I am a member of Maloofs International, our world wide Maloof family organization.
Businessman, Malouff Companies
Kansas City, Missouri 64113, USA
Zahle - 1939
14 posted on 08/18/2007 8:32:09 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: sheik yerbouty; jabchae

Malouff is definitely Lebanese Christian name. James is a common Eastern Orthodox name. In honor of St James


15 posted on 08/18/2007 8:32:48 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: philman_36

inneresting


16 posted on 08/18/2007 8:33:26 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: AuntB

This cow town Kansas City is on track for a direct rail link with the port of Lazaro Cardenas. Rail link is Kansas City Southern

ChiCom and other Asian ships will drop off cargo at Lazaro Cardenas


17 posted on 08/18/2007 8:36:29 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw
I'm of some use. ;^)
18 posted on 08/18/2007 8:37:39 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Six Ave


19 posted on 08/18/2007 8:49:53 AM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Thanks, hedgetrimmer! BTTT


20 posted on 08/18/2007 8:50:08 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: hedgetrimmer

On the news here last night, the talking head was so proud that the school district will now offer “all the languages of the U.N.” I wanted to scream.


21 posted on 08/18/2007 8:51:39 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: hedgetrimmer

WOW! Even our streets and highways are going multi-nationalist! It’s like the brains have been sucked out of all the local as well as the Federal politicians! And we are supposed to enjoy our ride down the tubes?


22 posted on 08/18/2007 8:58:35 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: philman_36

Very quick research. Arabs have been in the US for decades. But they were the the good Arabs- the Christian ones. Here, “Lebanese” is a very wide and sloppy term. Many Syrian and Iraqi Christians who came here years ago call themselves Lebanese plus the boundaries weren’t so set 7-10 decades ago


23 posted on 08/18/2007 9:00:25 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Borax Queen
On the news here last night, the talking head was so proud that the school district will now offer “all the languages of the U.N.” I wanted to scream.

It's a mental derangement. Liberal mush for brains -- No pride in America but endlessly titillated by foreigners

24 posted on 08/18/2007 9:02:58 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: philman_36
"...I am a member of Maloofs International, our world wide Maloof family organization..."

FBI ALERT - Target Rich Environment???

25 posted on 08/18/2007 9:04:35 AM PDT by NordP (HUNTER: "The real question for Mexico--Why are your people crossing burning deserts to get away?")
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To: hedgetrimmer
“I don’t want to demean our heritage,” said James M. Malouff III,civic activist.

A civic activist without an open history is always demeaning to any nation's heritage.

26 posted on 08/18/2007 9:10:46 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: dennisw
Very quick research.
You've hit my vanity and pride head on. I'm good at finding the obscure as well for some reason.

But they were the the good Arabs- the Christian ones.
I know of an Iraqi Christian restaurant owner. He fled when the Shah was overthrown. He was very glad to have left. Gleaned during a passing conversation. We had a couple of very intersting conversations. I haven't been to his place in years.

27 posted on 08/18/2007 9:11:08 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: NordP
FBI ALERT - Target Rich Environment???
I don't think so. I perused that as well and it seems it is a family geneological organization. Much like a "Smith Foundation" would be for the Smith family.
28 posted on 08/18/2007 9:13:22 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: Borax Queen
"What the leaders should do is enunciate a vision of a North American community and sketch a blueprint for accomplishing it." says Robert Pastor, director of the Center for North American Studies at American University.

Renaming streets is just a part of it.
29 posted on 08/18/2007 9:14:16 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: NordP
The History of Maloofs International
Fred Melof of Birmingham, Alabama, first had the vision of creating a Maloof family organization. Eight Maloofs gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana in July of 1967. The meeting was held in conjunction with a convention of the Southern Federation of Syrian/Lebanese Clubs. At this convention, Maloofs International, Inc. was formally founded.
30 posted on 08/18/2007 9:16:23 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: hedgetrimmer
Now you've done it. The naysayers will be falling all over themselves to get here and declare that no such thing exists, there is no legislation and the proponents are nobodies.
31 posted on 08/18/2007 9:20:55 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: Paperdoll
Here is what the OAS is up to...

OAS names New Mexico governor as migration envoy

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former UN ambassador, was named as the Organization of American States' special envoy on migration in an effort to improve US-Latin American dialogue.

The appointment came amid heated debate in the United States over illegal immigration, as US lawmakers consider proposals to deal with the 11.5 million undocumented workers, mostly Latin Americans, living in America.

"The migration issue is key to improving relations (between Latin America and the United States," Richardson, 59, said at a news conference alongside OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.

***

This man should be in jail, and NOT running for president. What do you think he'll do, if elected?
32 posted on 08/18/2007 9:22:48 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer

North American Union Super highway coming their way. Lots of flags will be needed, various countries don’t you know. Not just the red, white, and blue. One Happy Hemisphere. I need a stiff drink.


33 posted on 08/18/2007 9:36:26 AM PDT by hershey
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To: hedgetrimmer

Great...


34 posted on 08/18/2007 10:03:43 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: hedgetrimmer; Duncan Hunter Ambassador

>This man should be in jail, not running for president. What do you think he’ll do if elected?<

He will serve cold cervasa to everyone coming over the border, what else?

That OAS article of 2006 should be widely distributed or reprintedd today with Richardson running for president! I hope Rep. Hunter is alerted, if he doesn’t already know.


35 posted on 08/18/2007 10:04:36 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: hedgetrimmer

I got to the part that said “global village”, and couldn’t read any further. YECCCCCCCHHHHHH


36 posted on 08/18/2007 10:18:02 AM PDT by janetgreen
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To: Paperdoll

Yes I agree. I tried to find the original article to post to a New Mexico television station forum, but couldn’t find it.

If you post to any newspaper or television forums,you should put it there. That article should be read far and wide!

Thank goodness for freerepublic!


37 posted on 08/18/2007 10:51:50 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer
Malouff is president of Malouff Cos., which is engaged in commercial real estate and development.

Globalists love cheap illegal labor - it helps their bottom line ...

38 posted on 08/18/2007 10:56:20 AM PDT by 11th_VA (Support the troops, Support Petraeus)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Here are two OAS links worth looking at:

http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rls/rm/2006/73727.html

and

http://www.oas.org/charter/docs/resolution1_en_p4.htm

Looks like you might have to dig a bit on the first one!


39 posted on 08/18/2007 11:07:48 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: hedgetrimmer; RasterMaster

Hey Raster! Would you have any way of finding the thread article for hedgetrimmer? Thanks.


40 posted on 08/18/2007 11:13:30 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: RedRover

Super, it’s the 2nd thing I will take you to see on tour in KC. The first will be the Muzzie wash basins at KCI airport.


41 posted on 08/18/2007 11:34:44 AM PDT by lilycicero (Then I will take you to eat at George Brett's restaurant......na.)
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To: Paperdoll

This one?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1750957/posts

There are many more that should make any reader concerned who our government is REALLY working for:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=any;o=score;s=OAS%202006


42 posted on 08/18/2007 11:51:51 AM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: hedgetrimmer

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_kmafp/is_200612/ai_n16940734

http://www.americanpatrol.com/REFERENCE/billrichardsonremarks.html

http://newmexicansforrichardson.blogspot.com/2006/12/governor-richardsons-speech-on.html

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0307/3054.html

http://www.democratsforthewest.com/cgi-bin/display.cgi?page=news


43 posted on 08/18/2007 12:01:56 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: All

OAS names New Mexico governor as migration envoy - Dec 7, 2006

http://www.oea.org/OASpage/press_releases/press_release.asp?sCodigo=E-271/06


44 posted on 08/18/2007 12:03:47 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: dennisw; Borax Queen

Welcome to the new America - Corridor for the world. Just what we always wanted to be, a ‘rapid transit’ district.

It all stinks.


45 posted on 08/18/2007 12:54:54 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Let’s call it the “Heartland Highway to Hell”.


46 posted on 08/18/2007 12:56:22 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: AuntB; dennisw

Except we citizens will be the only ones who must show papers, flash Real ID, have our cars scanned - whatever the nobility decides.


47 posted on 08/18/2007 1:15:13 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: AuntB; dennisw
Whoops - meant to quote this in 47:

Just what we always wanted to be, a ‘rapid transit’ district.

48 posted on 08/18/2007 1:16:31 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: hedgetrimmer; RasterMaster

RasterMaster found it - post#44.

Thank you, Raster. You are amazing! :)


49 posted on 08/18/2007 1:18:31 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: AuntB

>Welcome to the new America - Corridor for the world. Just what we always wanted to be, a ‘rapid transit’ district.<

Are we just going to sit around and take it? Or are we going to get 100% behind the man who will work to reverse the direction we’ve been hurling in, reinstate American values, return good manufacturing jobs to the country, and restore American sovereignty?

We also must carve the Commies out of Congress! SO, GO DUNCAN HUNTER!!!


50 posted on 08/18/2007 1:25:14 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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