Wednesday, April 15, 2020

DISGRACE!!! KANSAS CITY STAR PROMOTES CORONAVIRUS 'IMMUNITY CARD' PLAN WITHOUT ANY COUNTERPOINT DEFENDING CIVIL LIBERTIES!!!



Toight the largest daily newspaper in town betrayed every resident in Kansas City by way of publishing a one-sided prescriptive screed without even an attempt to balance a controversial idea or create community conversation or debate.

Without any effort to balance . . . What the Star published isn't opinion journalism and it's not punditry; it's straight up propaganda.

It wasn't until this very moment that it became apparent the Kansas City Star is no longer a community resource but instead serves as an increasingly dangerous, rogue print publishing outfit struggling to retain relevance and willing to promote any radical idea in order to feign political authority.

Checkit . . . 

Kansas City Star Guest Op/Ed: ‘Immunity certificates’ will be key to reopening Missouri’s economy safely

Here's the money line:

"People who have antibodies to the current coronavirus could then receive what have been referred to as “immunity certificates” by the press. Awkward as the term might sound, that is precisely what they would be. Obtaining this information for as many people as possible would be the most effective tool to curb the spread of the disease since social distancing measures were put into place. It would allow us to continue to bend the curve until a vaccine and treatment are finally developed."

The editorial is hidden behind the paywall. It was penned by Jonathan Patterson, a Republican from Lee’s Summit and a practicing general surgeon. Mr. Patterson represents District 30 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He is chair of the House Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention.



Again, tragically, there is no balance or opposing viewpoint offered.

The clinical polemic makes some important points but threatens to lose readers with far too much medical jargon.

So let's make it plain . . .

THE COVID-19 IMMUNITY CARD PLAN TOUTS MANDATORY BLOOD TESTING FOR AMERICANS WANTING PERMISSION TO WORK AND LIVE FREELY!!!

If that sounds reasonable or if the threat from the virus is that grave then TKC is open to hearing arguments both for and against this proposal. But, given that Germany is already SLOWLY reopening without extracting blood from residents, this is certainly a step drastic enough to merit some discussion and public opinion polling.

The immunity card proposal would basically void the 1st Amendment or make sure that a vaccine was required to attain constitutionally protected freedom and it's not something that any other mainstream Republican is advocating

Again, rather than vitrol or reactionary pushback, this is an idea that merits further consideration beyond the arguments provided by a newbie suburban politico . . . Because it sounds Orwellian at best.



Still, we had a plan for this post that included a great deal of bluster and brash sentiments . . . And maybe a few well placed superlatives. But that's not really productive.

INSTEAD, we simply offer readers a more balanced view of the debate and encourage the public to speak out and share their thoughts and feelings about immunity cards in this forum that's far more open than the sketchy Kansas City Star agitprop that seemingly advocates granting doctors the power of dictators.

Check the links . . .

Futurism: US Government Considering COVID-19 “Immunity Cards”

FoxBiz: What are coronavirus immunity cards? The card would determine who is allowed to reenter the public

StatNews: Covid-19 ‘immunity certificates’: practical and ethical conundrums

WaPo: Our elected leaders need to reclaim control from the doctors

Biz Insider: Fauci says the government is considering giving out COVID-19 'immunity cards' as part of push to reopen the economy

DW: Coronavirus antibody tests and immunity certificates pose ethical and scientific problems

Fox4: Local experts warn of unknowns surrounding most COVID-19 antibody tests

Developing . . .

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

the newspaper never cared about its readers. Too busy repackaging two day old news for three bucks a pop.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Ouch.

Anonymous said...

People still read the star?

Weird.

Anonymous said...

Patterson is not a real Republican.

Not even a RINO would write something so deplorable.

Anonymous said...

^^^ +1

Glen Garry said...

TKC, I believe you when you say you are open to ideas.

And I think what you are missing is that this kind of card would be TEMPORARY.

The health emergency is real and this step could save countless lives. It also paves the way for more testing and health services.

Yes there should be a debate but there should also be a consideration of public health and how we live in a society that has already ordered lock downs in so that we can protect public health.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is temporary in KC. Temporary great flood tax was for 50 years, temporary health levy tax, still going. Hell NO

Byron Funkhouser said...

It will create a new class system, eventually turning out very badly for the have-nots.

The best plan is to stay calm & wait.

"Everything takes as long as it takes, & costs as much as it costs" - Ruth Funkhouser

Anonymous said...

Not to worry.
The 5 people that pay to read this shit in the Star don't matter.

Anonymous said...

Make everyone not vaccinate wear some sort of conspicuous badge, concentrate them together where they'll be safe, five them work to do.

Anonymous said...

Tony you link to one sided MSM articles without offering any counterpoints.

Anonymous said...

That's why nobody reads the Kansas City Star anymore because they're so elitist and so far from the taxpayers they live in our little shiny castle and rub their little Cox together we can't wait until they go bankrupt

Jopu said...

the comments are the counterpoint, bitch. That shit cracks me up.

Anonymous said...

The Consritution is shredding like wet toilet paper

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

I suppose jewish people must wear a star of david also?

Anonymous said...

There will be blood in the streets before there is a permit card to work. I would place bets on that being closer than people giving up more rights. We haven't made people with other viruses obtain a card, par example HIV.

Anonymous said...

It's a bad idea. Guy deserves to have his Republican card taken away.

Anonymous said...

A McCain Republican. When you can't win on the other ticket, you change your party.

Anonymous said...

Let the stigma and discrimination begin. Rhetorical, but no clue of exposure to the virus does or does not result in immunity to the virus. As noted by the doctors over and over again, time will tell. The antibody tests indicate antibodies, not immunity. No conclusion one way or another if the virus every goes away. No cure for herpes. No cure for HIV. Endless virus continue in the body for life.

Anonymous said...

Assuming the article is correct, the end result will be quite a few people intentionally exposing to the virus to acquire immunity. No same person would hire an individual without immunity, given a choice.

Anonymous said...

Yeah comments are great, one should not throw stones when one lives in a glass house.

Pretty much uncensored comments hard to find, only a few places left...VOAT/pol and 4chan pol...checked out if you can handle banter.

Anonymous said...

Who would have thought exposure to a virus would be an advantage. Decades of avoiding HIV and herpes. Strange days indeed.

Rg said...

I think the doctor makes a good point about more testing. He's not completely off base but not sure if a codified system will work in the very short term. Like three weeks from now.

Harold Eugene Johnson said...

The Gestapo (German Secret Police) is about to be reinvented in America, where the same results can be expected, before we are exterminated, based on a virus that is not extremely fatal.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Byron, if Ruth is your mom, it’s now clear where you get your stupidity.

Anonymous said...

All of you people have some heavy-duty "issues."

Anonymous said...

And your boy Trump is installing it.

Anonymous said...

Virus has changed. Nobody will ever be naturally immune. Read the news. Its going to sadly kill off the older folks and those with health issues. No more Chiefs game. No baseball. No Basketball.

Anonymous said...

Sweden has done nothing and is just fine.

Icelade randomly tested 10% of its population and 90% of them didnt even know they had it.

The only same thing is quarantine the elderly and sick, let regular ppl go on living.

Anonymous said...

Are you also for banning Blacks from society or just New York people ? Since they both have the majority of cases . Maybe start up the Nazi party for your views ? Maybe put the elderly and sick in gas chambers ? You are one stupid fuck, you can't know who "regular " people are ..

Anonymous said...

Only if the HIV people wear the rainbow first .

Anonymous said...

All False Info from 4:57.

Anonymous said...

Would the same people that don't want to show their DL to vote, be the same people able to show their Covid card? Ask ing for a Friend.

Anonymous said...

I always love the comparisons of Sweden, Finland and Norway to all our problems. Perhaps people should move there and not stay here. Add to their population and then we will see how comparing a small country to one with more illegals than all their populations combined. Maybe then report back . Rather simple concept. Now let's compare New York City to Dead horse, Wyoming.

alsam said...

well the only good thing is it's behind the paywall. At least it will be limited to about 50 people reading it.

Anonymous said...

Does it look anything like the Monopoly Get out of jail free card?

One good thing is that there's finally something I can "feel" I have a say in...I live and VOTE in his District. As for me and my house, it will be a no. May even throw some cash at opponent, if I still have some.

spaceotter said...

Nothing is temporary in this country. What few freedoms we had left after 9/11 are being whittled away under our noses. We need to stand against these ideas and gently convince those in our circles that support them out of fear to critically think through them and then make their decisions.
What this virus IS showing is that people on both sides of the political fence share similar concerns over loss of freedoms and both sides are willing to impose those measures against us. Thatv is when you take out the low brow emotional comments in this comment thread.