New orders from Prez Biden and recent shut downs in Kansas City signal that this new chapter of the pandemic once again targets small biz and workers in order to protect public health and fight against a global virus threat.

Accordingly . . .

In this post we take a peek at local biz shut down along with with today's healthcare declaration and then share news of the worsening COVID pandemic.

We try our best to represent both sides of the argument with the caveat that this blog understand COVID-19 IS REAL and presents an existential threat to millions of Americans . . . Meanwhile, neither our citizenry nor elected leaders have been able to achieve any meaningful consensus on combating the plague that supersedes a destructive culture war.

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Rae's Cafe receives new notice from Jackson County ordering it to close

BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) --- Rae's Cafe has received another notice from Jackson County to close. Rae's has been operating as a private club with a dress code requiring no masks. The notice comes after Jackson County officials announced late Wednesday night they would seek a court order to close the business.

Season Of Lock Downs Ahead

Rae's Café owner speaks out on 'Fox & Friends'

BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -- Amanda Wohletz, the owner or Rae's Café, spoke out on Fox & Friends regarding imminent court action by Jackson County to close her business. "I'm just waiting honestly," said Woheltz. She says customers have been supportive and amazing of her decision to transform her business into a private club.

No Kansas City Comfort In Booze

Kansas City bar loses liquor license after not following COVID-19 safety protocols

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The crackdown on businesses that are not following COVID-19 protocols continues in Kansas City, Missouri. The Scene KC Rock Bar lost its liquor license Wednesday after a hearing before the liquor control board. Investigators with Regulated Industries said it started with a routine checkup on bars and restaurants in November during Kansas City's emergency COVID-19 order.


Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant.


BREAKING: Biden To Force Private Companies To Mandate Vaccinations, Weekly COVID Tests: Report

Companies with at least 100 employees must require their employees get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests under a new Biden administration plan to combat the coronavirus and encourage vaccination. President Joe Biden is scheduled to outline a revamped federal strategy to address COVID-19 that includes far more invasive regulations and restrictions than the federal government has put in place to date.

Lesson In Local Student Surge

KCPS deals with 200+ quarantines 2 weeks after start of new school year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than 250 students and staff within Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools are quarantined, according to the district's COVID-19 dashboard. "Anything that's happening in the community is going to be reflected in the school," Sara Williams, KCPS' COVID-19 response coordinator, said during a KCPS Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

Talkers Discount Freedom

Howard Stern rips anti-vax radio hosts who died: 'F-k their freedom'

Howard Stern takes no pity on his peers. The iconic shock jock has typically strong opinions about the swelling list of outspoken anti-vaxxer media personalities - including several US radio hosts - who've died of COVID-19 after waging high-profile campaigns about their "freedom" being impinged upon.

Ozark COVID Vaxx Effort Confronts Political Challenges

Getting the vaccine can still feel like an act of treason in this hard-hit corner of rural America

It felt like Covid-19 was closing in around us during the five days in August this CNN crew spent in Carter County, Missouri.

COVID Cash Help Still Struggling In Kansas

$50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds stalled in Kansas

A plan in Kansas to allocate $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds towards retention incentives for nurses and frontline workers has stalled. Top Republican legislators voiced concerns Wednesday about which hospitals would receive the money and how those funds would be spent.

Joker Plays Doctor

Jimmy Kimmel suggests packed hospitals should prioritize those who haven't taken ivermectin

Jimmy Kimmel suggested this week that crowded hospitals should prioritize patients who have been vaccinated and who have not taken the deworming medicine ivermectin. Kimmel, who has been on vacation from hosting "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" since June, told his audience on Tuesday, "I leave you people alone for two months.

Economy Plagued By Doubt

It's Still the Coronavirus Economy

Let's start with a bit of epidemiology. On July 12th, the United States reported 35,383 new cases of , according to the Times. A month later, as the Delta variant continued to spread in many parts of the country, the U.S. reported 138,709 new cases.

Lesson In Public Health

Blue Valley student, parent file lawsuit against Johnson County's mask order for schools

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- On Aug. 5, the Johnson County Administration Building was filled with people both for and against masks who were waiting for the commissioners upstairs to vote on a new health order.

JoCo Shares COVID Big Picture

Health officials outline state of pandemic in Johnson County

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The weekly Johnson County COVID-19 data update given to the Board of County Commissioners shows a slight flattening or decline in the case rate - but experts warn to take that with a grain of salt.

COVID Intercourse Causes Cringe

'High-risk activity': Ardern advises against sex with Covid patients during hospital visits

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern may have kept her cool through a global pandemic, but a question about a patient and a visitor having sex at an Auckland hospital had the typically unflappable leader struggling to contain her expressions.

Winter Is Coming . . .  

Looming flu season worries COVID-19-strained Kansas hospitals

Kansas' hospitals are worried about the upcoming flu season because they're already strained by the surge in COVID-19 cases.Wichita's four hospitals have been operating for weeks at full capacity, with limited beds and staff.

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